President Biden proposed a record $813 billion in defense funding, which experts called a boon to weapons contractors developing nuclear weapons.
The expensive Littoral Combat Ships, only seven years old, were expected to serve for 25 years.
As corporate-backed Democrats threaten to block the party's reconciliation bill, their talking points draw on support from deficit scold allies among party leaders and well-funded ideological groups.
The Biden admin's $3.5 trillion spending plan over ten years would have a net cost of $1-1.75 trillion, budget groups say, far less than the Trump tax cuts of 2017.
Leaders of a centrist advocacy group with funding from the pharmaceutical industry founded outlet The Well News and have editorial input on its promoted posts.
Blue Dogs Seek to Delay Democratic Budget Plan After Their PAC Takes Millions From Corporate America
The House Blue Dog PAC has received donations from pharmaceutical giants, health care companies, and the fossil fuel industry this year as nearly half of their members seek to delay a vote on the Democrats’ budget plan.
Top defense contractors have quietly restarted their PAC donations after a pause, including to Republican election objectors.
The White House budget proposal, with its infrastructure and families plans, would only spend about a quarter of GDP, less than other wealthy countries spend.
The average Hill staffer stays for only about three years, with many moving to become lobbyists.
As the F-35 fighter comes under Pentagon review for potential cuts, bipartisan groups of lawmakers are calling to continue high levels of spending on the troubled $1.7 trillion program.
Over 50 members of Congress are calling on President Biden to "significantly" cut military spending in next year's budget and invest in social needs.