AOC Votes Against $700 Billion in Defense Spending, Blasts Pundits for Not Calling It ‘Free Stuff’

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) arrives before the town hall meeting in the Queens borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon/File Photo

Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.) voted against the $738 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and asked why pundits don’t refer to that spending as “free stuff.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s comments came as lawmakers debated the NDAA, which authorizes military spending. While the bill typically receives bipartisan support, it received criticism from progressive lawmakers who criticized the spending and the omission of provisions aimed at ending “endless wars.”

In a statement, Democrats called the NDAA a “bill of astonishing moral cowardice.” Democratic lawmakers said the current bill is a victory for Republicans, as it included a majority of their priorities.

The final bill included defense spending, pay raises for service members, 12-week paid parental leave, and funding for President Donald Trump’s Space Force.

Trump touted the bill on Wednesday morning, saying, “All of our priorities have made it into the final NDAA,” adding that he would sign it “immediately.”

However, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) blasted the bill for increasing defense spending, saying it is “Orwellian” to spend that much on defense when the money could be used to “fund free public college for every American” and access to “high-speed, affordable internet.”

Khanna went on to list a series of provisions aimed at ending so-called “endless wars” that were taken out and asked when Congress would “stop funding these endless wars and start funding our domestic priorities.”

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted early Thursday about her opposition to the NDAA, and blasted pundits for supporting the bill without asking how Congress would fund the new spending.

“Proud to join [RO Khanna] in voting [no] on the NDAA. As Ro says, when Pres Obama left, the US defense budget was $618 BILLION/year. It will now be $120 billion more than that. No pundits ask how we pay for it, or blast it as ‘free stuff.’ We just accept it. Pay attention.”

At a town hall in November, Ocasio-Cortez took issue with pundits calling proposals such as free public college and student loan forgiveness “free stuff,” saying that they should be considered public goods.

“These are public goods. They’re public goods. So, I never want to hear the word or the term ‘free stuff’ ever again … because I’m tired of already hearing some of these neoliberal folks who are trying to, like, flip the script on us.”

The NDAA passed the House on Wednesday in a 377-48 vote with six Republicans voting “no” and 41 Democrats voting against it.

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ron
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aoc you don’t want to give away free stuff? what about the green deal isn’t a lot of free $$$$$$? the good thing id we won’t have to hear about it anymore.

Tom Bodine
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This dumb c++t is too stupid for me to comment on

William Conley
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Yes when we don’t fund our defense then when we get invaded by China or Russia because we’re too weak to defend ourselves. I’m sure they’ll provide all the free college and high speed internet the survivors who comply with them need. I just want this ditsy bartender to go back to serving drinks where she belongs, or she can go stand in a bread line and embrace her beloved socialism aka communism with extra steps.

Bonnie Keever
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This is to pay our military from taxpayers who work we are not giving out free college or loans

Walter Swartz
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Walter Swartz

AOC may want to read up on the constitution and federalist papers … both fairly clear.

John
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John

AOC, I know it is hard for you to think but if there is no military, there is NO public goods.

Bob
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AOC (always on cocaine) Is a traitor to America. She would sell this nation down the river in order to give everyone “FREE” stuff. This has always been a nation of people who are self sufficient and NOT on the government dole. She is a communist, along with 90% of ALL demonrats and want the government to foot the bill for all those who do not want to work. The “NUMBER 1 PRIORITY” of government is to defend America against ALL enemies (communist, democrats and others) foreign and domestic. If the demonrats should take over, there will be another War… Read more »

Betsy Lawson
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This homely heifer needs to go back wherever she came from. It’s amazing she doesn’t run into walls when she walks. Nothing about her is even the least bit appealing…personality and intelligence of a dead flashlight battery. Go away please…or just someone put her out to graze.

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