No money for the poor, climate protection and health, increase in arms spending to $778 billion

US Senator Bernie Sanders criticises: When it comes to spending on the poor, the working population, the homeless or health care, my colleagues say: We are in debt, the money is not there! But when it comes to deciding on military spending, money and debt play no role. Although the longest US war in history has ended, US policy continues to drive up arms spending. Sanders attributes this to the political influence of the Military-Industrial Complex in parliament. The military budget is higher than that of the next 13 states, higher than during the Vietnam War and the Cold War. Does this foreshadow the global future, the continuation of the "war on terror" and the escalation of the US confrontation with China and Russia? The resolution of this record military budget leads me to conclude that it does. And it is a catastrophic decision not only for the US, but for the whole world: the states threatened by the US will be forced to arm themselves more. US policy will also put pressure on its partners to follow suit. For the climate, it is a terrible decision. Already today, the US military is the biggest environmental destroyer in the world; it emits more greenhouse gases than the next 140 states combined.

House speech by Senator Sanders criticising renewed increases in US military spending: $37 billion more than Trump wanted and $25 billion more than US President Biden wanted

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List of countries by military expenditures - Wikipedia

List by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

2021 Fact Sheet (for 2020)[1]

SIPRI Military Expenditure Database[3]List by the International Institute for Strategic Studies

Top 15 Defence Budgets 2020[4]RankCountrySpending

(US$ bn)% of GDP% of Global SpendingWorld total1,9812.4100%

1United States778.03.7 39%

2China[a]252.01.7 13%

3India72.92.9 3.7%

4Russian Federation61.74.3 3.1%

5United Kingdom59.22.2 3.0%

6Saudi Arabia[a] [b]57.58.4 2.9%

7Germany52.81.4 2.7%

8France52.72.1 2.7%

9Japan49.11.0 2.5%

10South Korea45.72.8 2.3%

11Australia32.42.1 2.1%

12Italy28.91.6 1.5%

13Canada22.81.4 1.1%

14Israel21.75.6 1.1%

15Brazil19.71.4 1.0%

Bernie Sanders

Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician. He is the Junior United States senator from Vermont. He is an Independent, but often votes with the Democratic Party in the Senate.[1][2] He became senator on January 3, 2007.[3] He ran for President of the United States in 2016 and in 2020.[4] Sanders was born in Brooklyn, New York City. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964. While a student, he was active in organizing protests for civil rights.[5] In 1963, he took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.[5] Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont in 1981.[6] He was re-elected three times. In 1991, he became a United States representative for Vermont's at-large congressional district.[7] He was a congressman for 16 years. In 2006, he was elected to the U.S. Senate after he won 64.5% of the vote. In 2012, he was re-elected by winning almost 71% of the vote. In 2018, he was re-elected by winning nearly 68% of the vote. Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist.[7][8] He thinks that a social democratic government for the United States is a good idea.[9][10] Sanders is against income inequality and is supporting universal health care, parental leave and LGBT rights.[7] He is against racial inequality and mass surveillance.[11] In January 2015, Sanders became a member of the Senate Budget Committee.[12][13] Sanders has been seen as the most popular senator in the country by multiple yearly polls.[14][15][16] On April 30, 2015, Sanders became a candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for President in the 2016 United States presidential election. He made the announcement in a speech on the Capitol lawn.[11][17] His campaign started on May 26 in Burlington.[18] Unlike some of the other presidential candidates, Sanders did not want Super PACS to give him money. People give him money on his website.[19][20][21] He won 22 primaries and caucuses in the 2016 Democratic primaries. He won about 45% of pledged delegates to Hillary Clinton's 55%. On July 12, 2016, he formally endorsed Clinton due to DNC policies, but did not end his own presidential campaign.[22] On July 26, 2016, during a roll-call vote at the 2016 Democratic National Convention Sanders lost the nomination to Clinton.[23] After his presidential campaign ended, he started an organization, Our Revolution. Its goal is to "recruit and support candidates for local, state, and national office". He has also announced the upcoming creation of The Sanders Institute, which will spread his political ideas through documentary movies and other media.[24] In February 2017, Sanders began webcasting The Bernie Sanders Show on Facebook.[25] On February 19, 2019, Sanders announced a second presidential campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election.[26] His 2020 campaign had raised over four million in donations from individual donors, the largest than any other presidential candidate in history.[27] In early 2020, Sanders was seen as the front-runner for the nomination after winning the first three primary contests and leading in national polling numbers,[28][29][30][31] but after Joe Biden won most of the Super Tuesday contests in March the primary became more competitive.[32] After failing to win many primary states, Sanders ended his campaign on April 8, 2020, later supporting Biden's campaign for President.[4][33]

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