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If Republicans want Americans to take them seriously about cutting spending, they need to cut programs that matter to them – not just programs they don’t care about.

Last week, Congress voted on an amendment to reduce the annual spending on our 140 U.S. Military bands from $388 million to $200 million (HR5856). Republicans in Congress (including Montana’s Denny Rehberg) defeated the amendment!

Why do we need 140 military bands? And why are the bands more important than programs Republicans constantly try to cut, such as education, environmental protection, benefits for the poor or women’s health care?

The answer is simple: Cutting items that Democrats value fires up the Republican base and distracts from the real issues, which are that the rich aren’t taxed enough and that our military budget is based on profiteering, not defensive needs.

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