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Each American taxpayer’s share of the cost of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan would be calculated and posted on the Defense Department’s website under an amendment to the 2013 defense authorization act passed Thursday by the House on a voice vote.
The amendment was sponsored by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., an opponent of big defense spending who for many years has tried, without success, to give taxpayers a choice of having their tax dollars spent on domestic programs instead of the military.
He said his proposal is about “truth and transparency.”
“Even if you don’t oppose war, don’t you want to know its costs?” he said.
Lewis’ amendment does not set a timetable for how long it might take before the per-taxpayer cost of war is calculated and posted on the Defense Department’s website.