For years, boosting the military budget has been a bipartisan priority in Congress, with little accountability for how that money is spent. The same lawmakers in both parties often raise the specter of budget deficits to fear-monger against investments in urgent, popular priorities like heading off climate chaos through a Green New Deal, or expanding healthcare with Medicare for All.

That’s why, in 2020, the United States spends 53 percent of its discretionary budget on the military — more than the next 10 biggest spenders combined.

Read the full article at Data for Progress.

Ashik Siddique is a research analyst for the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Follow him on Twitter @ahSHEEK.

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