The United States is a world leader in new coronavirus cases, unemployment remains sky-high, and COVID testing and protective gear for health workers are scarce once more.

But this week, instead of sending desperately needed help, Congress will debate sending $740 billion to the Pentagon.

These priorities are desperately out of touch, and Americans know it. A new Data for Progress poll shows that more than half of Americans support cutting 10 percent of the Pentagon budget to pay for things like the coronavirus response, health care, education, and housing.

It’s a bipartisan cause. While 69 percent of Democrats supported such a cut, so did 50 percent of Republicans.

Read the full article at Common Dreams.

Lindsay Koshgarian directs the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Follow her on Twitter @lindsaykosh.

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