Shift priorities away from military budget

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 5 2014 | 3:30 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:13 am in

Iím glad to see our elected leaders in Washington have approved a plan to allow the federal government to spend money through fiscal 2014. I was particularly pleased to see that Congress has restored money for Head Start and other investments in the health of our communities and has refused to give the Pentagon all the money that it was asking for.

Congress has an opportunity to use the regular legislative process enshrined in our Constitution to debate and pass a budget that reflects the moral priorities of our nation. Although the U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan is winding down, our country is spending almost as much on war as we spent at the height of the Cold War or Vietnam.

I hope Sens. Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin will work to support further cuts in the Pentagon budget and additional investments to meet the needs of our struggling communities at home.

Don Laughlin

Iowa City


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