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Job One For Iowans: Watchdogs on New Federal Budget

February 5, 2007

Today, the White House releases the President's proposed 2008 federal budget. It's expected to contain more money for the Pentagon, for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and for the most recent troop build-up. Peggy Huppert with the group Iowans for Sensible Priorities feels the money could be put to better use.

"Billions and billions of dollars that we are wasting through the Pentagon could be used for investments in things like education, health care and renewable energy."

Just one Pentagon decision -- to eliminate long-outdated weapons systems -- would free up billions of dollars for other needs. Huppert insists Iowans are in a unique position to demand these changes.

"People need to question the President's budget and question Congress. And when the Presidential candidates come to Iowa, we'll have a chance to question them directly about what their budgets would look like."

Huppert says Iowans should also be looking for a budget alternative, the Common Sense Budget Act, which will be reintroduced this year in both the U.S. House and in the Senate. She says the plan would provide money for military operations while rerouting money from the Pentagon to fund pressing domestic needs, such as health care, education and renewable fuels research.

Dick Layman/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - IA