"I do expect it will be a bigger number than Congress provided last year," McCord said.
"We cannot and must not defend the status quo when it comes to the Pentagon budget.".
It is 10 times Russia's military budget and more than 2.5 times that of China.
"This is why we urge you to request a lower military budget this year," the groups explained.
"One of the many ways we can accomplish this is by spending less on the wasteful Pentagon budget," the letter argues.
"We reject pouring our dollars into outdated ships, malfunctioning planes, or record-breaking contractor CEO salaries while everyday people remain hungry, unhoused, in need of adequate healthcare, or seeking a living wage.".
"Isn't it time to force the Pentagon to pass an audit each year—it's failed the last five!—or else cut its budget even more deeply?" »