House GOP: Cut Programs For Low, Mid-Income Americans To Protect Wasteful Military Spending

CAP’s Melissa Boteach, Lawrence Korb and Max Hoffman report today on how House Republicans are asking low- and middle-income families to sacrifice health care and basic services to preserve redundant defense systems. They note that the Republican controlled Ways and Means Committee recently proposed $68 billion in cuts and tax increases for low- and middle-income Americans in order to “protect” military spending cuts that would occur in January 2013 because last year’s debt deal. The chart below provides a side-by-side comparison:

“We can make strategic cuts to our defense budget without undermining our national security, including reducing our nuclear stockpile while sustaining a credible deterrent and making more effective weapons purchases,” the report states. “In fact, the Center for American Progress has found more than $500 billion in Pentagon cuts that could be implemented over the next decade while still maintaining our vast military superiority.”