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house Bill H.R. 2577

$81.6 Billion in Funding for the VA, Military Construction, and Zika in FY2017

Argument in favor

Congress has a responsibility to fulfill its obligations to veterans, members of the military and their families. This bill allows for over $81 billion to be spent on those goals, ~$2 billion more than last year. Additionally, the bill provides long-overdue funding to fight the Zika virus.

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06/05/2015
This is the best we can do under the current fiscal climate. I support this bill.
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ptcdcs's Opinion
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04/30/2016
Our national debt has grown to a tremendous level, and we must do something to combat it.
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09/05/2016
Our veterans do not receive nearly enough compensation for one of the bravest and most courageous acts a person could ever commit; laying down there lives to protect our values. Additional funding to mental health and the issue of homeless veterans are long overdue. I agree that the level of where our infrastructure stands is beyond laughable, however our people should always come first and we needed this yesterday.
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Argument opposed

There’s a lot to like about this bill, but denying bonuses to all managers at the VA is a petty provision that needs to be removed. Additionally, the provision that provides funding for fighting Zika unnecessarily excludes Planned Parenthood from receiving funding.

JMandel's Opinion
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06/04/2015
It's time for America to invest more - not less - in its public infrastructure.
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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06/04/2015
Yet again government spending increases in a time when we need to be reducing it. Simply slowing the growth rate of spending is not enough to fight the dangerous growth of federal control.
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Michelle's Opinion
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06/03/2015
We need our infrastructure updated. Everything is falling apart because it's old.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate Passed May 19th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 89 Yea / 8 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
  • The house Passed June 23rd, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 239 Yea / 171 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedMay 27th, 2015

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    It's time for America to invest more - not less - in its public infrastructure.
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    Yet again government spending increases in a time when we need to be reducing it. Simply slowing the growth rate of spending is not enough to fight the dangerous growth of federal control.
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    We need our infrastructure updated. Everything is falling apart because it's old.
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    There's no way the government can't afford to invest more in our crumbling infrastructure. The government needs to get their priorities straight. Charge some of the mega corporations their fair share of taxes! Stop giving out massive tax breaks! Charge the wealthiest their fair share of taxes! There is money to pay for these this, and it's total B.S. to claim otherwise. It would take real political will.
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    I don't even have my mechanical engineering degree yet and our infrastructure is pathetic and in desperate need of an update. How about we quit funding abstinence education and start funding birth control (cuz we know they're still shagging behind our backs) so states can have money to fund updating our infrastructure.
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    No context as to what amount of funding and how much needs to be supported, but I suspect that if it has to do with our crumbling and neglected transportation infrastructure, we need strategic investments and sustained support to repair and improve.
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    Public transportation needs more funding, not less.
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    It's less funding that last year, and we're in a deficit. We can invest more money into this when we aren't in debt. Please bring a bill to cut military spending as well.
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    Not allocating funding to Planned Parenthood for the Zika virus makes it more likely for the disease to develop in poor areas among populations who are least likely to have access to healthcare. This can create pockets of disease in highly dense inner city areas putting all of us at risk.
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    Stop funding dying or dead infrastructure.
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    The government has no authority to fund these things and the money that goes into these areas warps them. Get the government funding out. Most of it ends up being corporate welfare.
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    Provisions regarding Guantanamo got to go. No place for this in funding bill. Planned Parenthood restrictions also petty politics
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    Private companies don't deserve federal money. If they can't make it on their own then they don't deserve to be in business.
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    This is the best we can do under the current fiscal climate. I support this bill.
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    Criminally low funding rates. Infrastructure investments have an ROI of 3 to 1 and constitute the undergirding of our physical economy.
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    I think this is a long over due vote
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    Our (failing) infrastructure needs to be funded & fixed f i r s t. According to government agencies, industry leaders & other experts, if we do not address (repair) our infrastructure in the next few years, it will start to detrimentally effect our economy & we will be unable to compete in the global marketplace. In addition, failing to fund infrastructure repairs (by itself) will pose a nightmarish national security risk.
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    I think we need to invest more in our transportation infrastructure. Cuts to TIGER Grants, lack of innovation, and a crumbling road system are an equation for disaster.
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    Our veterans do not receive nearly enough compensation for one of the bravest and most courageous acts a person could ever commit; laying down there lives to protect our values. Additional funding to mental health and the issue of homeless veterans are long overdue. I agree that the level of where our infrastructure stands is beyond laughable, however our people should always come first and we needed this yesterday.
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    Not enough, the country needs to be renovated and modernized not exposed to additional austerity measures...
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