This bill — the Preparedness Before Parades Act — would prohibit the Dept. of Defense (DOD) from carrying out a large-scale military parade unless the Secretary of Defense certifies that the parade will have no effect on military readiness or budgetary needs due to the diversion of personnel and equipment or the financial costs. The government of any municipality where the parade is to be conducted would have to approve it at least 90 days before the parade. At least 50 percent of the parade’s cost would have to be paid for using funds appropriated to the Executive Office of the President.
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- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on Armed ServicesIntroducedFebruary 8th, 2018
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What is House Bill H.R. 4982?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4982
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) introduced this bill to block President Donald Trump’s proposed military parade if it negatively affects the readiness of our armed forces:
“After more than a decade and a half of combat and years of unnecessary budget dysfunction, we are stretching our military to the breaking point. I have severe concerns about the cost, diversion of resources, and effect on readiness of a large-scale parade seemingly conceived only to please the whims of the President. The best way to honor our men and women in uniform is by supplying the training, equipment, and support they need to succeed on the battlefield and get them back home safely. This bill ensures our military leaders are consulted and that any parades do not distract from their critical missions.”
This legislation has the support of five cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Sgt. First Class Christopher DeHart / Public Domain)