Bloated defense spending must be better balanced with domestic priorities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) released the following statement after she voted against the National Defense Authorization Act of 2023.
“This year’s defense spending bill is $45 billion more than President Biden’s initial request and over $89 billion above last year’s defense bill,” said Rep. Barragán. “These tens of billions of dollars could be better invested in communities of color that face health inequities, environmental injustice, persistent homelessness, and an increased cost of living. While I support a strong national defense, we must better balance our defense budget with budgets for additional resources and programs that create opportunity and improve the quality of life for individuals and families in our communities.”
Nanette Diaz Barragán is proud to represent California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts, Willowbrook and Wilmington. She serves as chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Border Security, and on the House Energy and Commerce Health, Energy, and Environment & Climate Change Subcommittees.