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house Bill H.R. 1301

The $578 Billion Defense Budget for Fiscal Year 2017

Argument in favor

This defense spending package would provide for the operational needs of the military and ensure that America’s troops continue to have a technological edge on the battlefield.

DannyBoy2581's Opinion
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03/06/2017
Our military is the only part of the budget that has had meat cleevers taken to it for the last 30 years... It doesn't make sense for us to keep cutting the defense budget all while the other superpowers are beefing theirs up!
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operaman's Opinion
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03/06/2017
You can't have a National Defense using spitballs against North Korea'a aggressive actions or China's military's buildup in the North and South China seas.
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barb's Opinion
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03/07/2017
We need desperately to strengthen our military, after it being weakened the last 8 years. Not just for us but the free world looks to us for help, going back to WW2
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Argument opposed

This defense spending package unnecessarily increases funding for the military by billions of dollars that could be better spent on domestic priorities.

ArtistFrankie's Opinion
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03/06/2017
Spend less on defense and more on the well being of our citizens.
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Gregor's Opinion
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03/06/2017
We need to invest in infrastructure, education, and job creation, not more weapons.
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Ari's Opinion
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03/06/2017
Maybe let's not spend more money on military, and instead, oh I don't know, maybe spend it on infrastructure, education, homelessness, veterans affairs, social security, welfare, healthcare, renewable energy, climate change prevention, drug addiction rehabilitation, medical studies, space studies....the list could go on for a while
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bill Progress


  • EnactedFebruary 9th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed February 9th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed March 8th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 371 Yea / 48 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
      Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedMarch 2nd, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 1301?

This bill would authorize $577.9 billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2017, a total that’s $5.2 billion more than what was enacted in 2016 and $1.6 billion more than the Obama administration’s budget request. Of this, base discretionary funding rose by $2 billion to $516.1 billion, and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) / Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding increased by $3.2 billion to $61.8 billion.

Military Personnel and Pay: $132.1 billion would be spent to provide for 1,305,000 active-duty troops and 813,200 Guard and Reserve troops. Troop reductions that had been included in the Obama administration’s defense budget for FY 2017 would be denied, and military pay would increase by 2.1 percent instead of 1.6 percent as per the Obama administration’s proposal.

Operation and Maintenance: $215.3 billion would be spent on operation and maintenance, with $167.6 billion in base funding and $47.7 billion for OCO/GWOT requirements. It would support additional readiness programs to prepare troops for combat and peacetime missions, training, and maintaining facilities and equipment.

Equipment Procurement: $117.8 billion would be provided for equipment and upgrades, of which $108.4 billion would come from base funding and $9.4 billion for OCO/GWOT requirements. This funding goes toward providing the platforms, weapons, and equipment the military needs to train and conduct successful operations. The biggest line items of this section include $21.2 billion for 13 Navy ships, $8.2 billion for 74 F-35 aircraft, $1.1 billion for 14 F-18 Super Hornet aircraft; $1.1 billion for 61 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. Additionally, $600.7 million would go to Israel Cooperative Programs.

Research and Development: $72.7 billion — $407 million of which is OCO/GWOT funding — would go to research, development, testing and evaluation of new defense technologies. Among the programs on which research and development would focus are the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the GPS III operational control and space segments, the new Air Force bomber program, a next-generation JSTARS aircraft, the RQ-4 Triton drone, and the Ohio-class submarine replacement.

Impact

The U.S. Armed Forces; and the Dept. of Defense.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1301

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Rodney Freylinghuysen (R-NJ) introduced this bill to provide the funding the military needs to keep its readiness and defend America against threats around the world:

“The singular most important duty of Congress is to provide for our nation’s defense, and the rebuilding of our nation’s military starts with this bill. This legislation provides responsible funding to ensure that our troops have the resources they need to remain the very best in the world, and to fulfill the mission of protecting our country and our way of life. Enacting this essential legislation into law is paramount to our security.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force Eglin Air Force Base / Public Domain)

AKA

Continuing Appropriations Amendments Act, 2018

Official Title

Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes.

    Our military is the only part of the budget that has had meat cleevers taken to it for the last 30 years... It doesn't make sense for us to keep cutting the defense budget all while the other superpowers are beefing theirs up!
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    Spend less on defense and more on the well being of our citizens.
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    We need to invest in infrastructure, education, and job creation, not more weapons.
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    Maybe let's not spend more money on military, and instead, oh I don't know, maybe spend it on infrastructure, education, homelessness, veterans affairs, social security, welfare, healthcare, renewable energy, climate change prevention, drug addiction rehabilitation, medical studies, space studies....the list could go on for a while
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    We already have the strongest defense in the world. This is obscene!
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    We already waste too much money on fear.
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    The Defense budget cannot be taken from domestic budgets that are required to keep the country running smoothly and healthy - Education, Health, EPA, NASA, Clean Air Act, Climate Change, NEA, etc. Building up the military doesn't prevent war, it causes it, and makes enemies, which we don't need!
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    Fund education. Fund the arts. Fund the State Department!!!
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    Don't spend our money on more botched raids in Yemen when you should spend it on the 360 million citizens here!!
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    Let's worry less about feeding the the military industrial complex and more on domestic issues at home. Our infrastructure is crumbling, and we need universal healthcare. Let's focus on these.
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    We already have the biggest military budget in the world. That is enough. Vote no on this ridiculous unnecessary bill! Spend more on our schools, infrastructure, and social safety net programs. Based on the last election I suggest we make sure civics classes are mandatory in high school.
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    Where are the provisions to cut waste in spending?
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    We should not be increasing military spending during a time when we are not at war. As the wife of a veteran and former military spouse, I believe our military spending should be reducing as we wind down from
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    The "war on terrorism" is a noble idea, but it will end up being a failure similar to the "war on drugs". You cannot defeat extremism with heavy handed violence. You need to fight terrorism with education and tolerance.
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    You can't have a National Defense using spitballs against North Korea'a aggressive actions or China's military's buildup in the North and South China seas.
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    I don't want another penny of my tax dollars spent on war, defense, or military.
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    Our top generals can't even come up with a reason for the spending increase, act smarter, don't just throw money at a problem that doesn't exist
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    Taxpayer money should be used to better lives and not to bury hardware. We already outspend the rest of the world.
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    We spend substantially more than every other developed nation in the world. Spend money on our crumbling infrastructure and education.
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    We don't need to increase our already bloated military.
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