Woolsey Supports Defense Secretary’s Plan But Calls for Deeper Military Cuts

Rep. Lynn Woolsey

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) is supporting  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ plan to eliminate $100 billion in wasteful spending at the Pentagon over the next five years.
“Secretary Gates’ plan is a welcome but small step in reining in out-of-control spending at the Pentagon, which I have called for in the Common Sense Budget Act, first introduced in 2006, and in alternative budgets proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC),” said Woolsey, co-chair of the CPC and president of Americans for Democratic Action.
“Much more needs to be done. After all, the United States doesn’t just lead the world in defense spending – we almost outspend the rest of the world combined. A full 43 percent of the world defense spending comes from the U.S., and the U.S alone,” she said.
“The Cold War has been over for 20 years and the need for many of the costly weapons programs it spawned has passed.”
Secretary Gates’ plan should be just a beginning, Woolsey continued. “It’s time for the Defense Department to take stock with a critical eye and spend only on what it really needs, not on what it merely wants.”