Defense Spending

The Senate Tuesday debated a defense department appropriations bill.  It includes an amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders that would require the Pentagon to tally how much money goes to defense contractors that repeatedly defrauded the government and suggest ways to punish them. Sanders told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, "You're looking at the big three, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman. Since 1995 these three companies have been cited 109 times for ripping off the American people. They have been fined or reached settlements for $2.9 billion."

To watch the MSNBC interview, click here.

To watch the senator's floor speech about his amendment, click here.

To view the amendment, click here.