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house Bill H.R. 2500

House Democrats’ $733 Billion Defense Authorization Bill for FY2020

Argument in favor

This bill would authorize funding for many bipartisan priorities with regard to defense policy, from providing troops with a 3.1% pay raise and funding the acquisition of key technologies, to strengthening alliances against threats around the world. It also would prevent the wasteful diversion of defense dollars to building a wall, fence, or other barrier along the Southern border, which undermines military readiness.

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last Thursday
This is still way too much for the war machine. We must put an end to this waste of resources and defrauding of taxpayers.
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Frank's Opinion
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last Friday
Absolutely, no wall ever, yes for raises & benefits for the military
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Barbara's Opinion
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last Thursday
Always take care of the military. But use caution with how the funds are used. No wall.
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Argument opposed

This bill falls short of authorizing the funding needed to restore military readiness in response to threats from Russia, China, and North Korea. It also threatens to spoil the spirit of bipartisanship that has enabled the adoption of 58 consecutive NDAAs by Congress by including Democratic riders allowing the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S., inhibiting nuclear weapons programs, and blocking border security activities.

Eric's Opinion
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last Thursday
Cut that amount in half and quadruple the spending for veterans healthcare. We already spend as much on our military as the next 20 countries combined. End no-bid military contracts to reduce their overhead, close unnecessary bases, and stop authorizing unjust military actions.
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Allen's Opinion
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07/07/2019
The Us military is NOT engaged in "defense," but in OFFENSE, aka "intervention" in foreign countries.
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Isaac's Opinion
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last Thursday
I do not care about the border implications of this defense spending bill. I do care that our defense budget has been bloated too much. Cutting defense spending in half and reestablishing the methods defense contracts are conducted would provide armed forces with a realistic budget. The current system is wasteful and unnecessary. The USA does not need to spend as much as we do on our military when the next five nations combined (most are allies) don’t even come close to our level of spending on defense. Please attempt to provide the pentagon with an appropriate sized budget, instead of the current blank check method.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed July 12th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 220 Yea / 197 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
    IntroducedMay 2nd, 2019

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Title

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020

Official Title

To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Summary

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 This bill authorizes FY2020 appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense (DOD) programs and activities, including military personnel strengths. It does not provide budget authority, which is provided in subsequent appropriations legislation. The bill authorizes appropriations to DOD for Procurement, including aircraft, weapons and tracked combat vehicles, shipbuilding and conversion, missiles, and space procurement; Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation; Operation and Maintenance; Working Capital Funds; Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction; Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities; the Defense Inspector General; the Defense Health Program; the Armed Forces Retirement Home; Overseas Contingency Operations; and Military Construction. The bill authorizes the FY2020 personnel strength for active duty and reserve forces and sets forth policies regarding military personnel, acquisition policy and management, international programs, and National Guard and Reserve Forces facilities. The bill also authorizes appropriations for base realignment and closure activities.
    No wall.
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    Cut that amount in half and quadruple the spending for veterans healthcare. We already spend as much on our military as the next 20 countries combined. End no-bid military contracts to reduce their overhead, close unnecessary bases, and stop authorizing unjust military actions.
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    The Us military is NOT engaged in "defense," but in OFFENSE, aka "intervention" in foreign countries.
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    I do not care about the border implications of this defense spending bill. I do care that our defense budget has been bloated too much. Cutting defense spending in half and reestablishing the methods defense contracts are conducted would provide armed forces with a realistic budget. The current system is wasteful and unnecessary. The USA does not need to spend as much as we do on our military when the next five nations combined (most are allies) don’t even come close to our level of spending on defense. Please attempt to provide the pentagon with an appropriate sized budget, instead of the current blank check method.
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    This is still way too much for the war machine. We must put an end to this waste of resources and defrauding of taxpayers.
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    When will the industrial military welfare system end?
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    I would like to see the defense bill broken down honestly into three broad categories; military defensive spending, military offensive spending, military personnel sustenance. Only then could I make some reasonable assessment regarding funds requested and funds needed. I think it time to abandon our concepts of being invincible and needing to police the world. We have given that up by abandoning allies, breaking treaties and world negotiated agreements, acting with horrible inhumanity toward immigrants, partnering with the thug leaders of the world, forcing valued allies and trading partners into new alliances without us, and in general simply breaking international trust that we actually stand for our “American values”. American exceptionalism no longer seems quite so exceptional. Time to put more focus on our military defensive capabilities and less on our offensive capabilities.
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    I support the 155 billion for pay and benefits going directly to the troops, but not the rest of the 600 billion for military toys. The reason other countries have universal healthcare and we don't is because we spend proportionately more of our resources on unnecessary defense weapons than do other countries. At some point we need to shift from funding the weapons of war to funding the policies for peace. War mongering and the flawed ideology underlying it is an archaic way of viewing our role in leading the world toward a peaceful co-existence.
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    Too much. Cut it in half. End the DOD blank check.
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    Always take care of the military. But use caution with how the funds are used. No wall.
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    I’m opposed to this bill as written, not one cent for abortion and anything which doesn’t rebuild and strengthens our military, help the families, better housing. Pass the Senate defense bill now and get it to Trumps desk for signature now. #MAGA
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    Absolutely, no wall ever, yes for raises & benefits for the military
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    Never trust a democrat
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    The Pentagon has been overfunded for years and has to learn how to run an efficient operation on less. Cost overruns are a national scandal, for example the extremely costly airplanes that cannot fly well,
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    #buildthewall
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    No vanity wall
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    The defense budget needs to be reduced. The deficit is too high and defense contractors are overcharging for the equipment we get. Stop the wasted defense spending.
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    Two areas of dissent: 1. I don’t want the crazies in Guantanamo Bay released. 2. The border wall needs to be built. Does Congress not listen to constituents? The citizenry has opted out of the “process,” and actually donated money to get a wall built because Congress would rather placate the minority instead of representing the majority. Step outside of your bubble. Look at America instead of your pocketbooks.
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    This democrat military funding bill supports giving money toward abortion for service members. It prohibits the use of funds for the border wall. And several other Democrat strangle holds on the military. So vote no on this bill.
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    TOO DAMN MUCH--WE ARE BEGGARING OUR PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THE MILITARY! WE ALREADY HAVE TWICE THE MILITATRY OF EVERY OF COUNTRY ON EARTH! WE NEED MEDICARE FOR ALL FAR MORE--AND MORE MONEY FOR EDUCATION, SOCIAL SECURITY, AND ESPECIALLY TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE, OR WE WON'T HAVE A PLANET TO SURVIVE ON!
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