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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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    I do not agree with the amendment to allow for VA doctors to support medical marijuana
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    Approving funds for the Zola virus has no place in this bill
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    This bill is not only good to our vets but good for our economy to help create jobs.
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    Should be an approved budget.
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    There's a lot to like in this bill, not the least of which is this: To prevent further mismanagement or wasteful spending at the VA and improve the care received by veterans, several oversight and accountability provisions are included in this bill. These include limiting transfers between construction projects, reports about bid savings, limiting changes to the scope of projects, and preventing certain spending without notifying Congress. Additionally, all Senior Executive Service Managers at the VA would be prohibited from receiving bonuses.
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    My main concern is why we give this agency more money to waste and spend inappropriately. I want to help the VETS as I am one. I got such poor service in Dublin Ga. I quit going and use local Drs. and pay the difference as needed. I get help when I need it not when some admin. clerk decides.
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    Agreed with the reasons stated, as a combat Vet, now disabled 90% I deal with the VA every month some folks do a great job. But others do not. The Zeika virus NEEDS to be addressed before it hits the US.
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    I honestly am split on this bill: For one, I fully support increasing funding for the VA and to benefits for our veterans, but I absolutely oppose keeping Guantanamo Bay opened. I also oppose wasting taxpayers' money on keeping hundreds of U.S. military bases open in other countries. Imagine if China built their military bases here in America. We certainly would not tolerate it! I am sorry, but I say "Nay" to this bill.
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    The funding seems misallocated in many ways, not to mention the unnecessary inclusion of a clause prohibiting the closure of Guantanamo Bay. The budget for military family housing seems quite excessive, and the VA spending is again lacking, especially for rural and mental healthcare.
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    VA personnel don't deserve bonuses unless and until all wait time and service problems are fixed!
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    They deserve it
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    ABSOLUTELY
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    Our military and their families have been neglected far too long. Obama has decimated our military and put our country at risk. It is time for us to be the elite fighting force that we were in the past. If the military isn't maintained, we won't have a country. Instead we will be under the rule of another country. Our military keep our country free. It is their dedication to keep this country a free nation by giving their blood and life for us. We need to protect and care for the military as they protect and care for us. There are many families who are caring for our wounded warriors who have been severely injured. There are also many families who are having to deal with the loss of a husband, wife, brother, sister, father,other, son or daughter. We need to care for these people and provide whatever they need. It is our duty to care for these soldiers who have given there ALL to protect us while we sit back and watch the tv.
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    I support increased funding for the military that goes to provide for personnel and their families. I don't see any reason to delay this funding because bonuses for managers are not included. Thank you, Judy Chu, for representing my viewpoint on this issue.
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    Yes for the vets. No to raises for managers. Just my opinion
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    It's our duty to make sure our servicemen and women, both active and retired, are provided for. It's also imperative to keep Gitmo open.
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    Congress already voted on funding for Zika research. This funding for veteran aid is a non issue. There should be no debate over whether or not we should provide assistance to these men and women.
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    Since our servicemembers pay and benefits have not kept pace with the cost of living nor the degree of disability incurred in fighting the various wars, it is long past time to make a financial step in the right direction to address theses wrongs. Our members of Congress vote themselves an annual raise EVERY YEAR.
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    There should be no bonuses to any VA executives or managers for doing their jobs. These are not revenue producing jobs! Most salaried or hourly employees in the private sector receive no bonuses unless they directly bring revenue into the organization. I'm satisfied that Capital Hill has produced good legislation here that should be passed. Furthermore it is legislation that meets the definition of what the federal government is responsible for!
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    Never ever close GITMO.
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