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house Bill H.R. 2376

Want to Know How Many of Your Tax Dollars go to Funding Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria?

Argument in favor

For the sake of transparency, the DOD needs to make the public aware of the costs that the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria have posed to taxpayers. Where better to do that than the DOD website?

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01/03/2016
War must never be measured in dollars, it should be measured in lives. 37,000 American casualties has been the cost of the War On Terror since 2001....Yet the dollar cost is in the 2-4 trillion mark. Which was never levied through taxes, yet through inflationary practices via the Executive Branch (Bush & Obama) and Federal Reserve.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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01/03/2016
We should know where every penny of our tax dollars go to. It is our money, after all.
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operaman's Opinion
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01/03/2016
I wish to know not only the budget, but the breakdown of each category. And this should include those fancy plane trips around the world.
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Argument opposed

This is a petty proposal that would do little to enhance the public’s knowledge of war costs. Why not use the DOD's resources for something more useful than pulling stats that very few taxpayers will actually see?

Steven's Opinion
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01/01/2016
How much each conflict cost after the fact is not as important as how much of our budget gets spent on the military every year is the more important number. That's where the change needs to happen, what's spent is spent and we're not getting it back. It's a noble idea to paint a picture for the general public but it's not a good one. It's not a good practice to make the exact breakdown of defense spending common knowledge. For the same reason banks don't make their security measures common knowledge, because it makes robbing the place easier. Exact breakdowns of what is spent where is kept intentionally vague for security reasons. The overall gist is we can and should spend less on it. This is not the way to go.
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01/02/2016
The Department of Defense spent $43 million to build a gas station in Afghanistan that should have cost roughly $500,000, the lead oversight team monitoring U.S. spending in Afghanistan has found. The discovery came as part of a broader investigation into allegations of criminal activity within the DOD's premiere program to kick-start the Afghan economy. In lieu of counting pennies stop this nonsense. How many small towns in America could have a new library for 43 million?......
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SherryTX's Opinion
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12/31/2015
Better yet, let's find out what the president spends on living expenses and vacations paid for by the people. War is part of national security - something that the Constitution states is the responsibility of the Federal Government; unlike funding the protection of swamp mice, funding an IRS that is dysfunctional, Dept of Education (state responsibility) the Federal Reserve, and the list of perks that our Representatives and Senators enjoy. Heaven forbid the liberals actually dispute spending on frivolous things.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
    IntroducedMay 15th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 2376?

This bill would require the Dept. of Defense (DOD) to publicly post how much each of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria cost each U.S. taxpayer. 

These numbers would be published on the DOD’s public website after consulting with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Under current law, the DOD is not required to publish an estimated cost of U.S. wars per taxpayer on its website or anywhere else.

Impact

Taxpayers and members of the public who wish to view the cost of U.S. wars, members of the armed forces, their families, the DOD, and the IRS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2376

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: After introducing this bill in the 113th Congress, sponsoring Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) cited the lengthy nature of America’s post-9/11 conflicts as a reason for there to be greater transparency about the cost of those wars:

“The war in Afghanistan has become the longest war in our history. According to a Brown University study we have spent and currently obligated almost $4 trillion dollars on war since FY 2001. This is much, much more than the $50 billion we were told these conflicts would cost in the beginning.  The Pentagon was originally allocated $1.4 billion to pay for these conflicts, and we have spent trillions more, paid for mainly by raising taxes and selling war bonds.”

Of Note: Attempts to estimate the cost of the wars to U.S. taxpayers have yielded a variety of results based on the types of costs included in the analysis. For example, the Congressional Research Service estimated the financial cost to taxpayers at $1.6 trillion, while others have put the price tag as high as $4 to $6 trillion if you factor in veterans' benefits and the costs of replenishing the military.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Lars Plougmann)

AKA

Cost of War Act of 2015

Official Title

To direct the Secretary of Defense to post on the public Web site of the Department of Defense the cost to each American taxpayer of each of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

    War must never be measured in dollars, it should be measured in lives. 37,000 American casualties has been the cost of the War On Terror since 2001....Yet the dollar cost is in the 2-4 trillion mark. Which was never levied through taxes, yet through inflationary practices via the Executive Branch (Bush & Obama) and Federal Reserve.
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    How much each conflict cost after the fact is not as important as how much of our budget gets spent on the military every year is the more important number. That's where the change needs to happen, what's spent is spent and we're not getting it back. It's a noble idea to paint a picture for the general public but it's not a good one. It's not a good practice to make the exact breakdown of defense spending common knowledge. For the same reason banks don't make their security measures common knowledge, because it makes robbing the place easier. Exact breakdowns of what is spent where is kept intentionally vague for security reasons. The overall gist is we can and should spend less on it. This is not the way to go.
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    We should know where every penny of our tax dollars go to. It is our money, after all.
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    The Department of Defense spent $43 million to build a gas station in Afghanistan that should have cost roughly $500,000, the lead oversight team monitoring U.S. spending in Afghanistan has found. The discovery came as part of a broader investigation into allegations of criminal activity within the DOD's premiere program to kick-start the Afghan economy. In lieu of counting pennies stop this nonsense. How many small towns in America could have a new library for 43 million?......
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    I wish to know not only the budget, but the breakdown of each category. And this should include those fancy plane trips around the world.
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    By showing how much we have spent on these wars it may help inform the American public the real cost of this war and inspire them to pressure Washington to spend that money here at home.
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    Better yet, let's find out what the president spends on living expenses and vacations paid for by the people. War is part of national security - something that the Constitution states is the responsibility of the Federal Government; unlike funding the protection of swamp mice, funding an IRS that is dysfunctional, Dept of Education (state responsibility) the Federal Reserve, and the list of perks that our Representatives and Senators enjoy. Heaven forbid the liberals actually dispute spending on frivolous things.
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    YES! I want to know how much of my money they are wasting on killing people
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    Americans deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent, especially when it comes to war.
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    A good idea to inspire fiscal austerity, but the execution is passive-aggressive.
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    I would rather see the money going to help the poor, rebuild our infrastructure and helping Vets
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    We need to know
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    It is NOT enough for the legislative and/or executive branches of government to tell us we are in danger & need to be at war. If elected & unelected government officials are denying US citizens adequate infrastructure, healthcare, education and also deny veterans, members of the military as well as senior citizens the promised benefits of the society, we ALL have a right to know what you are doing with the money you are given to wage these endless wars!
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    As part of transparent government this and other budgetary information should be available on a government website. If it's not available already
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    Contrary to SherryTx's obvious ignorance of how things work, ALL presidents pay for their personal expenses while on vacation. Yes, I want to know how much of our tax dollars are used to kill innocents in other countries that we have no business being in.
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    Government transparency should be a high priority for American citizens
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    Well the Democratic Party said everything would be transparent, how about we start now!
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    So long as the DOD can hide the costs of war within their budgets there will always be people who want to start costly wars like we did in Iraq. Even if very few citizens look at the stat, as Countable's opposing side argues, the American public deserves to know the actual costs in blood and treasure that our current wars are incurring on is.
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    Because it's my money! I have a right to know how it's being spent.
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    All money Spent!
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