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By: Arnie Alpert on October 4, 2015

The military spending bill working its way through Congress includes an endorsement of the trillion nuclear weapons overhaul and includes a special fund to cover the cost of a fleet of new submarines with nuclear firepower sufficient to destroy the world several times over.  It's no surprise that the firms which stand to get the contracts are big contributors to a key member of the House Armed Service Committee.   

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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on September 28, 2015
GUI Volunteer Hannah Armentrout asked Senator Ted Cruz a question on the Military Industrial complex, at his Iowa Headquarters opening. Senator Cruz responded by stating there are long term politicians who get into bed with lobbyists that grow government, which impacts the defense industry. Senator Cruz stated "there is a lot of pork and corporate welfare in the defense budget. You see for example members of congress adding items to the defense budget that the military doesn't even want but that a lobbyist is pressing for."
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By: Erika McCroskey on September 28, 2015
When questioned about the nuclear arms race and his plan to end it even with the huge amount of money weapons contractors are making, Governor O'Malley stated "Well first of all, we should only give the military what they ask for and not what the politicians want to give them."
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By: Will Thomas on September 25, 2015
Asked about spending on "guns" or "butter," Sen. Rand Paul said he wants to spend less on both.
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By: Judy Elliott on September 18, 2015
Hillary Clinton responded - briefly - to questions about nuclear weapons modernization and the military industrial complex. She agreed we have to find a way to rid the world of nuclear weapons and said she would start a high-level commission to study how to make weapons procurement decisions more resistant to the political influence of weapons makers.
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By: John on September 15, 2015
Lincoln Chafee says he would stop the current $1 trillion nuclear modernization program and live up to US obligations to negotiate under the Non Proliferation Treaty.
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By: Kathleen McQuillen on September 5, 2015
O'Malley calls for more openness and transparency in our Defense budget when asked about the Obama's administration $1 trillion nuclear weapons plan and how to stop governing under the influence of the weapons industry for private profit.
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By: Muriel on September 4, 2015
Jeb Bush called for more transparency to dilute the influence of Pentagon contractors, then called for stronger military forces abroad. But he did talk about abuses associated with money and lobbyists.
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Will the next president expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal? If defense contractors have their way, the answer is yes. But grassroots activists are determined to change that. 

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By: John on August 21, 2015
Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker made a campaign appearance at One Mile West in Sunapee, N.H., on August 20, 2015 and answered John's question about the DOE's inspector general citing Lockheed-Martin for illegally used taxpayer money to lobby for more nuclear weapons contracts. Walker called for increasing military spending, but said he'd set up a commission to study waste, fraud, and corruption.
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