Steyer calls for cuts to defense spending

Steyer calls for cuts to defense spending
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Billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerSteyer endorses reparations bill, commits to working with Jackson Lee Progressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters The Hill's Campaign Report: Jacksonville mandates face coverings as GOP convention approaches MORE on Tuesday night called for a reduction in U.S. defense spending during the Democratic debate in Iowa.

"I agree with Sen. [Elizabeth] Warren [D-Mass.]. We are spending dramatically too much money on defense," Steyer said.

"The money that we’re spending there we could use in other parts of the budget, and it’s time for someone from the outside to have a strategic view about what we’re trying to do and how to do it," he added.


Steyer also compared his "outside perspective" on foreign policy to that of former President Obama and Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeDemocrats introduce bill to repeal funding ban on abortions abroad Democrats hope clash resonates with key bloc: Women OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court strikes down Trump administration's methane rollback | Energy regulators uphold compensation for rooftop solar energy producers | Democrats target Confederate monuments in spending bill MORE (D-Calif.), the sole vote against the war in Afghanistan.

Steyer referenced Obama and Lee shortly after former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Trump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives soaring after big primary night 'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay Sanders supporters launch six-figure ad campaign explaining why they're voting for Biden MORE (I-Vt.) invoked the two in a back-and-forth over Sanders’s opposition to the war in Iraq and Biden’s initial support for it.

“If you look who had the judgment, it was a state senator from Illinois with no experience who opposed the war [in Iraq],” Steyer said. “It is a congresswoman, Barbara Lee, from Oakland, Calif., who stood up against the original [Afghanistan] vote, who was the only person in Congress.”