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house Bill H.R. 1735

A Plan for National Defense Spending in FY 2016

Argument in favor

National defense is the federal government’s primary responsibility, and increasing funding from the previous fiscal year recognizes increased demands on our military.

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05/13/2015
I'm voting"yes" because I want my country protected and our men and women in uniform safe, supplied, and trained. However, a Defense Appropriations Bill is very complex and there's no way to know how spending priorities line up with our National Security Strategy and other strategies which would demand a line-item "yea/nay" vote within the greater bill. I ask my reps to get to know the bill before voting for it.
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05/13/2015
Even though I would support a reduction in defense spending, I realize the world we live in. There is increasing threats to the United States and our allies from other countries and terrorist groups. We must protect ourselves and our country, but we also must look at areas where we can reduce and streamline services.
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Jackie's Opinion
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05/13/2015
If we do not keep our borders secure, we are opening the door to Terrorist to flood into our Nation ... We will then have terror in our Nation. Please keep this bill on tract to past
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Argument opposed

Defense spending is one of the most bloated parts of our government. This plan gives money to programs that don't want it, and to programs that should be cut altogether.

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05/12/2015
We spend more money on defense than the next dozen countries combined. The military budget is bloated and desperately needs to be cut. Please don't assume this means I don't support our troops, the simple fact is that everyone needs to balance their budget, one section of the government shouldn't get a free-reign when it comes to funding. If we set a cap of just spending at least three times as much as China (The next after the US in terms of funding) we'd still be saving hundreds of billions of dollars that can be appropriated to other projects like NASA or infrastructure.
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Wendy's Opinion
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05/12/2015
We spend as much as the next 12 countries combined. They don't need any more money.
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Kelly's Opinion
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05/12/2015
This budget increases spending. We need to stop funding congressional pet projects that the military says they don't need. In doing so, that will reduce military spending.
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bill Progress


  • Vetoed
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate Passed October 7th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 70 Yea / 27 Nay
  • The house Passed October 1st, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 270 Yea / 156 Nay
      house Committees
      Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities
      Committee on Armed Services
      Tactical Air and Land Forces
      Military Personnel
      Readiness
      Seapower and Projection Forces
      Strategic Forces
    IntroducedApril 13th, 2015

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    I'm voting"yes" because I want my country protected and our men and women in uniform safe, supplied, and trained. However, a Defense Appropriations Bill is very complex and there's no way to know how spending priorities line up with our National Security Strategy and other strategies which would demand a line-item "yea/nay" vote within the greater bill. I ask my reps to get to know the bill before voting for it.
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    We spend more money on defense than the next dozen countries combined. The military budget is bloated and desperately needs to be cut. Please don't assume this means I don't support our troops, the simple fact is that everyone needs to balance their budget, one section of the government shouldn't get a free-reign when it comes to funding. If we set a cap of just spending at least three times as much as China (The next after the US in terms of funding) we'd still be saving hundreds of billions of dollars that can be appropriated to other projects like NASA or infrastructure.
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    We spend as much as the next 12 countries combined. They don't need any more money.
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    This budget increases spending. We need to stop funding congressional pet projects that the military says they don't need. In doing so, that will reduce military spending.
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    Even though I would support a reduction in defense spending, I realize the world we live in. There is increasing threats to the United States and our allies from other countries and terrorist groups. We must protect ourselves and our country, but we also must look at areas where we can reduce and streamline services.
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    This is an increase in possible funds to the military, which not only ignores the budget (what's the point of a budget if it's not followed?) but also acquires a number of crafts for the Armed Services, many of which are not requested. It's time that we begin to step away from Imperialism, and downsizing our military is a big step towards that.
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    The defense budget the greatest deficit producing item we have. JUST STOP IT! Spend $$$ on domestic programs: social security, Medicare, infrastructure. No increases are needed ever!!!
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    Unfortunately, it is a dangerous world. Keeping the military strong has to be a priority, and taking care of the soldiers is the right thing to do.
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    If we do not keep our borders secure, we are opening the door to Terrorist to flood into our Nation ... We will then have terror in our Nation. Please keep this bill on tract to past
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    If cutting government spending is your platform then why are we sending more money to war? Moronic behavior.
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    We always cut the wrong thing. Cut the nukes, cut the spending on officer's pensions, do away with the VA hospitals & give vets benefits to obtain private care. Cut the waste. Leave our soldiers alone.
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    Increase funding? The Government is doing things like re-developing the A-10, which the Military is PISSED about. They want F-16s over A-10s because the A-10 is an aged platform. Get this crap out of military spending, then we can talk numbers.
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    We already spend way too much on military. This would cost an additional 1.1 trillion dollars, absolutely a no
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    With the world like it is. I usually would say we need a lower defense budget. However, due to more circumstances the U.S. Need a strong military and a smart budget to help the military. Now they didn't do everything they could and yes they added some unnecessary spending but the budget does help out for the months ahead. The budget has my support
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    Invest the money into the safety net, infrastructure, healthcare. We don't need to waste money like that. Military industrial complex needs major downsizing.
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    The DOD protects the U.S. And it's interest. Money spent goes to US companies who employ Americans. Salaries are paid to American patriots. All pay taxes on income. 100% more important and useful than the governments social welfare and war on poverty which has created a large, non working, non tax paying and often drug and violent thug class.
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    Our national defense SHOULD be a priority. National defense and interstate commerce are the TWO things that the constitution lays out as federal responsibilities. About time the folks in DC re-read the Constitution and played by the rules!
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    Maybe this spending will make up for previous budget cuts
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    My opinion shouldn't even be necessary. The world has never been more dangerous. And we, The USA, have NEVER been more less ready militarily. We could fight a war on two fronts on a bet. Which if you think about how would've WWII tired out. We'd have had to choose between the European Theater or the Pacific Theater. Or spread our forces so thin we'd be speaking either...well let's leave it at that.
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    of course I want my money going to my country's defense and keeping the people of America safe. I'm very proud that my money is NOT going to some homeless drug addict welfare recipient who claims to have some type of "hold" on my hard earned money.
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