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Mon, 25 Apr 2011 05:59:15 GMT
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The Pentagon budget remains untouched, although the US debt soars.
The United States' plans to decrease the national debt of about USD 14 trillion exclude America's military spending but include heavy cuts impacting the country's working class.

Capitol Hill lawmakers have failed to include cuts in the US military spending as a means of lowering the deficit even though the Pentagon budget is the largest it has ever been, Peace Action West's Paul Martin told Press TV.

According to the report, the Republican budget plan this month proposes a military budget of USD 7.5 trillion over the next years, while US President Barack Obama has proposed spending USD 400 billion less, which does not include the costs of actual war-fighting.

Another report released by Peace Action West said the total cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for 2010 reached USD 160 billion, after US Congress spent over USD 30 billion to send 30,000 more troops to war-ravaged Afghanistan.

Currently, over 50 cents of every dollar of discretionary federal spending goes to the Pentagon, earlier figures by the New York Times showed.

Republican lawmakers have been proposing budget cuts stripping the country's most vulnerable class of benefits and rights, while Democratic lawmakers are proposing heavier taxes on the wealthy.

In response to recent budget cut plans, teachers, police officers, students, and union workers have been staging mass demonstrations across the country.

Most experts say lowering the Pentagon's budget is the only way to bring the US deficit under control, and that military spending is the first spending that should be cut.

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