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house Bill H.R. 2740

$982 Billion ‘Minibus’: FY2020 Funding for Defense, Health & Human Services, Education, Foreign Affairs, and More

Argument in favor

No bill is perfect, but this bill contains funding for many bipartisan priorities. It also advances progressive priorities like ending the so-called “global gag rule” that banned foreign aid dollars from going to groups that provide abortions overseas, and allowing “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to work for the federal government. Members of Congress need bigger office budgets to do their job effectively.

ClydeK's Opinion
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06/09/2019
I provided my 'Yes' vote earlier under ClydeK. Still vote yes but remove restrictions on Hyde Admendment. I previously said this bill should be modified to remove a raise for Congress. That was before I was informed they have not been given one in 10 years. I might consider they are due one. I think i might be in favor of trying to do a "pay for performance" approach. Something that would consider things like: Bill's submitted, Bill's passed, Bill's voted on, etc. Also, make each member of Congress track how their constituents asked them to vote vs how the member actually voted.
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jimK's Opinion
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last Wednesday
I think there is more good than bad in the bill and at least keeps things funded. It is somewhat shameful that Congress folks get to "hide" what they truly stand for by lumping things into big amorphous blobs in highly packaged legislation.
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Dara's Opinion
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last Wednesday
Why can’t we get one bill, one vote? This bill has good and bad policies. We have to learn the art of compromise. Sometimes it’s ugly.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t cram nearly $1 trillion in spending that would ordinarily be broken out into five bills into one package. This bill (which is subject to a veto threat) contains “poison pill” riders that continue the Hyde Amendment’s restrictions on federal funding for abortions domestically, allow foreign aid to go to groups that provide abortions overseas, and prevent the use of funds to build the border wall. Also, lawmakers shouldn’t vote to give themselves a raise.

burrkitty's Opinion
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last Wednesday
I can do a point by point rejection of this ridiculousmegabill, but at a certain point it just becomes absurd. So no. The defense spending is out of control. monies being misdirected to stuff that we have no business wasting it on. There’s just too much. Stop combining bills. We shouldn’t have to accept the poison pills if you would passed individual clean bills.
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singinghawk926's Opinion
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06/10/2019
I cannot support spending bills that contain the Hyde Amendment. Please amend this bill to remove the Hyde Amendment and I will support it!
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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last Wednesday
I cannot support the Hyde amendment nor the excessive military spending.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedMay 15th, 2019
    This bill includes the Hyde amendment, which I do not support and do believe federal funds should be used for abortions. Also, there is an excessive amount of money going towards the military and should be distributed towards other programs, departments, etc. Congress also wants to give themselves a raise, which is not needed and this bill should instead be broken down to smaller pieces / split apart into other bills. This bill needs to be rethought if it wants to pass, as it has many issues.
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    FBI must inform congress about ongoing counter intelligence investigations - especially about the ongoing counter intelligence investigations into Russians interfering in 2016 USA elections and trump campaign involvement. This must be a top priority for congress!!! Subpoena Wray if you must. This is extremely important.
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    I don't support giving the military industrial complex more money than domestic resources are needed. Also get rid of the Hyde amendment as it should be removed permanently.
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    Cut our bloated defense budget and repeal the Hyde amendment!
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    No more short term funding. Pass a complete budget. Nothing less is acceptable.
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    No more omnibus bills. This allows too much to slip through the cracks. Vote on each thing individually. Far more money will be saved and the people will get a better look at their representative government.
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    No Hyde amendment. No bundled spending bills.
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    I hope Countable will work diligently to breakdown the information in the 667 page document into bite size chunks. It certainly would be a reprieve from being asked repeatedly about our stance on the same issues. It will also give members/voters an insight as to every social good policy on the line in 2020. Example: How can a voter frame the 1st spending item: Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act without knowing what it is: WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers. What its track record is; http://www.americaforward.org/evidence-in-action-workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act/ Whether or not existing funding is sustainable and sufficient; https://youthtoday.org/2019/06/summer-jobs-especially-crucial-for-low-income-teens-need-more-funding/ Simply put maybe less time in recycling the same issues and more time educating voters about what is at risk.
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    Pass the bill. Allow Congress to get on to other matters. The President is claiming that Democrats are doing nothing in Congress. The House has passed more bills than you can imagine only to have them die in the McConnell Senate. Partisanship at its finest.
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    No more increases in Defense funding until we see a full audit of the entire Department and an accounting of all waste. And even then, the sum total of increases for all other departments must be equal to the Defense budget. For too long the government has continued to spend wildly and without accountability on Defense while domestic programs starve. Maybe if we spent more on domestic initiatives and didn't waste so much money on defense so many Americans wouldn't have been desperate to vote for a con man for President. All Americans deserve investment, not just defense contractors.
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    This may look nice to some but there are issues with it. For one thing, this bill would hand over billions of dollars to develop more military combat aircraft while our funds to research Alzheimer’s disease and HIV receive only 5.6 billion dollars, which considering how deadly these diseases are is not really a lot of money to try to find a cure to some of the deadliest diseases around. Also part of this bill would be used to fund medicare and medicaid, which in a way is a generous act, but the issue is that insurance companies wield tremendous political and financial power and are not accessible to many people who both deserve and need it. The main problem here is for health insurances in particular there is a lot of stuff they don't cover that should be covered because how much harm, both physically and financially, they can. An example of this would be if a foot arch collapses. The Hyde amendment should be carefully reviewed for it may not be a wise move. if your going to do that then perhaps you should review your foster care system funding and fix that system first before regulating for undoubtedly left unrepaired it could ruin countless children's lives.
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    Please stop with the stinking mega bills that no one likes! Defense, Health care, Education, Foreign affairs and so on should all be separate bills. I have brought this up in town hall meetings and I was told if we did that nothing would ever get done. That is not true! Nothing is getting done now! Break it down! Get a smaller bill done then do another one.
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    Get rid of the Hyde Amendment and keep funding for the military separate. Stop trying to sneak things through with these omnibus spending bills.
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    Permanently repeal the “Global Gag Rule”, as well as preventing the use of funds to implement the Mexico City Policy. Absolutely not! What the heck are "reproductive rights"? That term is exactly the opposite of what the left means.
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    Could we not cut defense to 300 billion? I mean seriously!
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    Spending money that we don't have. Typical demoncrat spending bill.
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    The Dreamers need a path to citizenship, the Hyde Amendment has to go.
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    I am against any bill, that supports Congress from voting themselves raises; or "cost of living raise", the (D's) proposed 2 bills vote on a raise. One worded directly, the other is a loophole, of sorts, our a play of words, ex. "Democratic Socialism" any way it's worded, it means the same. So, my opinion is separate these out some. This is going to end up costing us taxpayers more money, like everything else the left has proposed. Until, the legal citzens/voters, see the left actually do more then dream up ways to take down Trump, then why do they deserve raises. They don't... Period... Sucks, cause if this bill proceeds to senate, with so many controversial areas, that the departments in dire need of serious funds, will do without. This isn't a good negotiation. Maybe, go back to the table, brainstorm another plan. I do not like the fact the left, tried to trick the voters by disguising their votes on raises, what a disgusting disgrace... How dare any of you, underestimate our intellect of us, legal American citizens/voters. Trying to pull a wool over our eyes isn't a well thought out plan. You do not deserve raises if you do not do your job, ethically, to full capabilities. That's when the bosses, approve raises... Wish I didn't have to choose between so many. Our Defense needs to be well funded, but can't agree with the raise nonsense... How about a breakdown of all their time actually working, and what all they have accomplished, ex. past 5 years. So us people can decide if and who should get raises. Just an idea or few... Thanks!
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    Sure why not. But, no money authorized by Congress should be used to pay for a stupid border wall! If Congress can agree to use fencing or technology for the border, democrats have always been in favor of that. No need for a larger project to construct a wall, that is unnecessary
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    Please make sure money is divided as fair as you can. Education seems to come in last or close to it. Make it fair.
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