Four Demands for the U.S. Military Budget

Today we need you to amplify our four demands for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This might sound really boring, but hear us out. This is our best shot to stop or reduce harm in some key areas of our government. The NDAA funds the military and the Department of Defense, which means this is one bill Mitch McConnell can't simply ignore. And, as chair of the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith is the lead negotiator seeking to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the NDAA.

Thanks in large part to Adam Smith's leadership, the House version of the NDAA contains a number of progressive provisions: from prohibiting diversion of funds to a border wall and reversing the military transgender ban, to stopping arm sales to the Saudis who have been using U.S. munitions to bomb hospitals, schools and other civilian targets in Yemen.

Congressman Smith met with us in person in August and on Wednesday we sent him a follow-up letter, outlining Seattle Indivisible's NDAA priorities that we want him to stand firm on as he negotiates with the Senate. Our four priorities are:

  1. No use of funds for a border wall.

  2. No U.S. involvement in Yemen hostilities or related assistance to Saudi Arabia/UAE.

  3. Overturn the military transgender ban.

  4. Repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Today's Action: Ask Congressman Smith to stand firm on our progressive priorities

If you live in Pramila Jayapal's district, please call her and ask her to talk with Congressman Smith.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I live in {CITY, ZIP}. I'm calling to ask the Congresswoman to speak with Representative Adam Smith about ensuring the National Defense Authorization Act meets our progressive priorities: no border wall, no arms sales to Saudia Arabia, overturn the transgender ban, and repeal the 2001 AUMF.

If you live in Adam Smith's district:

Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I live in {CITY, ZIP}. I'm calling to ask the Congressman to stand strong on National Defense Authorization Act negotiations, and ensure the final bill contains four progressive priorities: no border wall, no arms sales to Saudia Arabia, overturn the transgender ban, and repeal the 2001 AUMF.

Background

If you are a member of our Facebook group, you can learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SeattleIndivisible/permalink/892975647742107/

Lawmakers aim to twist Trump’s arm on Yemen — and check his cozy ties to Saudi Arabia: https://www.vox.com/2019/9/10/20849004/trump-yemen-war-saudi-arabia-mbs-ndaa