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Publish Date: 16:58 - 24 September 2020
Thursday, 24 September 2020_The Pentagon has been slammed for its use of $1 billion fund, meant for the coronavirus pandemic response, for military purposes; in a move that has sparked outrage among Democrats, who described it as a violation of congressional intent.

Pentagon under fire for using $1 billion coronavirus fund for weapons contractorsLate in March, President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill as his administration was trying to blunt economic destruction from the virus outbreak across the US.

In a report earlier this week, the Washington Post reported that military contractors and the military-industrial complex were awarded "hundreds of millions of dollars from the fund, mostly for projects that have little to do with the coronavirus response.”

The Pentagon claimed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act does not require all the money distributed to be spent on medical resources, according to Pentagon spokesperson Jessica Maxwell.

This is while reports warned earlier this week about “multiple serious consequences” of medical supply shortages amid the pandemic.

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