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house Bill H.R. 4974

$81.6 Billion for the VA, Military Construction, and Housing for 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.

GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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05/19/2016
Yes! Let's takes care of our own instead of taking care of everyone else. Regarding Guantanamo, in light of recent events we may want to consider enlarging the facility.
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Amie's Opinion
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05/19/2016
Spending measures for veterans have never been enough. Veterans with benefits have not seen a cost of living increase in two years, which only promotes the risk of homelessness. Therefore this should not be voted down because VA administrators are not getting a raise, vets come first not VA admin. Furthermore spending to fight the Zika virus should not be added to this bill, keep the focus on our vets.
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Clark's Opinion
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05/19/2016
Thank you for standing behind our men and women in the armed services protecting our freedom.
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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. Congress should also add Zika funding to this bill so it can be approved faster.

SamJenkins's Opinion
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05/19/2016
I like the idea of assisting veterans but slipping in the provision of keep Guantanamo open is unacceptable.
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CPMonroe's Opinion
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05/19/2016
While there's several items to celebrate in this bill, it does not address many, critical issues. This bill still does nothing to: optimize or prioritize veterans' treatment (through the VA or Choice systems); underestimates & underfunds both the time & cost of streamlining the disability & claims process; it ties the hands of the VA with excessive oversight & mandatory expenditures; doesn't allow CBD, THC or other, more effective treatments for PTSD & trauma mitigation; and, finally, it interferes with both the President's & Armed Forces' ability to administer, maintain, upgrade &/or close military bases & other, related facilities (such as Guantanamo Bay & other, outdated bases). By not fully addressing & funding these issues, Congress is essentially disregarding innovation, penalizing veterans as well as to those trying to help &/or treat our veterans.
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BubonicClegg's Opinion
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05/19/2016
Why does the bill have to prevent the closing of Guantanamo? And can we divert the almost-$10 billion from building new military bases to VA care, specifically mental care and housing for homeless veterans?
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed May 19th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 295 Yea / 129 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedApril 15th, 2016

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    Yes! Let's takes care of our own instead of taking care of everyone else. Regarding Guantanamo, in light of recent events we may want to consider enlarging the facility.
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    I like the idea of assisting veterans but slipping in the provision of keep Guantanamo open is unacceptable.
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    Spending measures for veterans have never been enough. Veterans with benefits have not seen a cost of living increase in two years, which only promotes the risk of homelessness. Therefore this should not be voted down because VA administrators are not getting a raise, vets come first not VA admin. Furthermore spending to fight the Zika virus should not be added to this bill, keep the focus on our vets.
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    While there's several items to celebrate in this bill, it does not address many, critical issues. This bill still does nothing to: optimize or prioritize veterans' treatment (through the VA or Choice systems); underestimates & underfunds both the time & cost of streamlining the disability & claims process; it ties the hands of the VA with excessive oversight & mandatory expenditures; doesn't allow CBD, THC or other, more effective treatments for PTSD & trauma mitigation; and, finally, it interferes with both the President's & Armed Forces' ability to administer, maintain, upgrade &/or close military bases & other, related facilities (such as Guantanamo Bay & other, outdated bases). By not fully addressing & funding these issues, Congress is essentially disregarding innovation, penalizing veterans as well as to those trying to help &/or treat our veterans.
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    Why does the bill have to prevent the closing of Guantanamo? And can we divert the almost-$10 billion from building new military bases to VA care, specifically mental care and housing for homeless veterans?
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    The VA should get more. Our vets deserve a whole more then what they're getting now.
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    Thank you for standing behind our men and women in the armed services protecting our freedom.
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    Let's go for it. While the $81B won't protect sea lanes or keep Iranian missiles out of our skies, but it does support our military personnel and will keep a boot on the necks of VA Administrators. A tiny step in the right direction.
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    Better than what Obama has spent money on. and now we all know what he did.
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    This bill is unfocused and the name, as is common, is misleading. Political equivalent to "click-bait" looking for legitimate issues with this bill? We can start with unnecessarily prohibiting the closure of Gitmo and go from there..
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    Ending VA bonuses is a good thing and no Piggy backing to get a bill that is dead passed!
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    The stupidest part of this bill is keeping Guantánamo Bay open. We have a fine high-security prison unused in the state of Illinois. There is room for the remaining prisoners. No federal employee should be getting bonuses. Most federal employees make a very fine salary, including their three hour martini lunch breaks.
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    Keep the promise made to Our Veterans. No dollar is wasted that is spent on Our Veterans. This is up to and including PTSD Dogs and their Medical care, as Our Veterans are mostly on a fixed income. This is something they Need.
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    The military is the reason that this country is the way it is, free. Without them, we would not be the United States. We are obligated to take care of them for what they sacrifice for this country.
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    Approving funds for the Zola virus has no place in this bill
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    Our military gives all. We need to do the same.
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    Was totally for it until I saw that it contains a provision to halt the closure of Guantanamo Bay.
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    I do not agree with the amendment to allow for VA doctors to support medical marijuana
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    We're in debt. That needs to be paid off because $80 billion budgets are passed.
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    Take care of those who took care of us. This is where I want my tax dollars going!
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