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    Trump's Proposed US Military Spending Increase 'Reckless Waste' - Senator Wyden

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    Senator Ron Wyden noted the Department of Defense cannot be audited, and claimed the budget increase would benefit defense contractors.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Donald Trump’s $54 billion defense spending increase is an irresponsible budget allocation, Senator Ron Wyden, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, said on Tuesday.

    Wyden noted the Department of Defense cannot be audited, and claimed the budget increase would benefit defense contractors.

    According to the Congressional Budget Office, defense spending made up more than 50 percent of US discretionary spending in 2016.

    On Monday, the Office of Management and Budget announced that Trump’s budget proposal would boost military and security spending by $54 billion with a corresponding reduction in all other discretionary spendings.

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