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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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Stephone's Opinion
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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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    Soldiers have fought for our country and sacrificed. While we have a history of dropping funds for soldiers once the battles are done, it is something that can be fixed. The Zika virus is one that will need to be investigated and an action plan will need to be created.
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    Not enough, the country needs to be renovated and modernized not exposed to additional austerity measures...
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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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    Cut the over—bloated military budget (but prioritize our Vets within that lowered budget, we need to step away from American Imperialism and play with the world). Put that money into our infrastructure, which has been crumbling for decades as well as affordable housing to take care of Americans and the outrageous homeless population we have allowed to build up to insane proportions. We are the richest nation that has ever been. We have done some wonderful things, BUT there are many things we need to be ashamed of and fix right now both with Representative and People support. We need massive protests to get our priorities right.
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    It needs more money. We have it. Just cut the wars.
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    An increase in HUD is important to help families afford housing.
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    Any argument that starts out with 'fiscally responsible" and is about housing & transportation means that housing & transportation are on the chopping. And yet the Department of Defense NEVER is! Republicans crashed the US economy by allowing criminal speculation in the housing market & then squeal when housing needs funding and, in their copious spare time, criminalize homelessness! You are you totally nuts? (Rhetorical question! Of course, you are!) We have bomb trains transporting oil & you can't bother to fund railways while you pocket enormous amounts of petroleum industry $$$. The "fiscally responsible" thing to do is get rid of YOU!! Let Trump be the dictator & get rid of Congress altogether. You are the biggest threat to American citizens on the face of the earth! A fascist strongman would suit you--just try to control the monster you created...
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    Our Congress is not listening to the people who elect them. It is clear that we have underspent on infrastructure during most of the Obama years as republicans seek to prevent him from being successful at the expense of the economy and the country. It is time to call them to account.
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    You are entitled to nothing, work for what your get, earn your keep.
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    Although it is standard practice to bundle even unrelated legislation together, we need to stop doing so. It leads to pork projects and inefficiency. Let's get a vote on each separate item; let them stand on their own.
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    We have repeatably cut funding for essential infrastructure that we need to function as a first world nation and that must be maintained through federal funding as it impacts every single one of us. Our railroads, highways, bridges and more have been subject to cut after cut. As a direct result we are seeing them crumble and fail time and time again. This bill is inadequate to meet our safety needs. What Obama asked for is a decrease from last year and you want further decreases? What a joke. Either fund the full bill as he proposed or go back to the drawing board. May I suggest the military economy and dirty energy subsidies as a place to look for cuts?
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    Fund infrastructure
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    None.
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    The answer here is not the question of cutting money but how the money is being spent and who is spending the money -- we need efficiency in our departments operations and oversight are the major concerns in our bureaucratic system.
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    Because anything Pete Visclosky voted Yea on, I am voting Nay on.
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    Nay
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    Don't make exclusions that specifically target Planned Parenthood and VA officials. Funding is highly needed for all of the VA, Zika research, and women's health.
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    Remove the restriction on funding Planned Parenthood to help research the Zika virus. This is also a sexually transmitted disease, and blocking funding to PP is an arbitrary measure.
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    I am particularly concerned with Veterans Affairs.
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    Denying Planned Parenthood funding specifically is unconstitutional. We need more money for our Vets, not less.
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