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house Bill H.R. 4982

Should Military Parades be Prohibited if They Have a Negative Impact on Readiness?

Argument in favor

The U.S. military has been short of resources after more than a decade and a half of war, and holding a large scale military parade would have a detrimental impact on readiness. The president’s office should have to pay for half of the parade’s cost.

Karen's Opinion
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03/09/2018
We can’t afford a military parade. Our debt and deficits need to be paid. Honor our military by pay and benefits they can use!
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Diane's Opinion
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03/09/2018
Trump does not need a military parade. Waste of money and just an ego thing for Trump.
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Arlene's Opinion
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03/09/2018
Taking away time, manpower and BIG money from military to make the orange dictator feel more like a dictator? No. Please. No. Pass this bill to stop him!
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Argument opposed

Holding a military parade would divert a small fraction of the U.S. military’s vast resources and budget — it wouldn’t negatively impact readiness. The president’s office shouldn’t have to foot half the bill for the parade.

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03/09/2018
Give it a rest Democrats! You lost the race with a criminal candidate. Why don't you throw your vote to a winner? Love those marching bands! Go Army!
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Eric's Opinion
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03/09/2018
There is no need for military parades. It is a huge waste of money.
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DrRichSwier's Opinion
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03/09/2018
How can a military parade have a negative impact on readiness? What has had a negative impact on the readiness of the U.S. military are: sequestration, the failure of Congress to properly fund the military, the misuses of our military by former Presidents, the failure of Congress to pass a full budget on time, the use of continuing resolutions to fund the government. Finally the use of our military as a social justice and environmental policy tool to promote a political agenda. Shall I go on?
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      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
    IntroducedFebruary 8th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 4982?

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.

Impact

The military; the Secretary of Defense; and the president.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4982

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring 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.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Sgt. First Class Christopher DeHart / Public Domain)

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Preparedness Before Parades Act

Official Title

To limit the authority of the President to carry out large-scale military parades.

    We can’t afford a military parade. Our debt and deficits need to be paid. Honor our military by pay and benefits they can use!
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    Give it a rest Democrats! You lost the race with a criminal candidate. Why don't you throw your vote to a winner? Love those marching bands! Go Army!
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    Trump does not need a military parade. Waste of money and just an ego thing for Trump.
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    Taking away time, manpower and BIG money from military to make the orange dictator feel more like a dictator? No. Please. No. Pass this bill to stop him!
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    This is one of the worst ideas anyone has come up with. Why would the US want to show our weapons off like a dictator ???? This is the most asinine things ever. The practice of having a “military” parade is stupid and wasteful.
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    Trump Needs to Show-off for his own very drab existence. We all accept our Military as best in the World..already. Use our $$$’s more wisely than a parade. Kids like a parade, that’s Trump’s need, as a kid. Grow up!
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    What a waste of money!
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    Being a veteran of the Army, and being stationed at Arlington National Cemetery, which is right next to D.C. I can tell you there is nothing more that I would hate that being told to get into my dress uniform just to go on a “parade”. Don’t be fooled, it is a total waste of resources and time. I can guarantee you the soldiers would prefer a Friday off than a silly parade.
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    Is this really a question? Who comes up with this stuff!? Have we all lost our common sense? Or is this in response to Trumps new kick about having more military parades! The next thing will be people will get arrested for not attending them! More and more are we approaching a military state mentality ?Wow and no one is doing anything about it! Geez Louise!
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    There is no need for military parades. It is a huge waste of money.
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    We shouldn’t need a bill to tell you not to interrupt the military’s procedure. You want ceremony, attend a funeral in Arlington or better yet, go see the Tomb of the Unknown. My sweetie was in the Old Guard. They do plenty.
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    Yes! They should always be prohibited. Glorifying war comes to no good end. It is just too too too white trash tacky to do military parades. Not necessary. Spend that money helping people. What would it take to Use the money on gun violence research?
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    The military parade that Trump wants should not be allowed. He only wants it to boost his ego, not to honor the men and women who have and are serving this country. Don't waste taxpayer money just to make Trump feel good about himself.
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    How can a military parade have a negative impact on readiness? What has had a negative impact on the readiness of the U.S. military are: sequestration, the failure of Congress to properly fund the military, the misuses of our military by former Presidents, the failure of Congress to pass a full budget on time, the use of continuing resolutions to fund the government. Finally the use of our military as a social justice and environmental policy tool to promote a political agenda. Shall I go on?
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    There are better ways to show our military how much, as a country, we appreciate their service. Better health for veterans, housing for veterans.
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    Military Parades should be prohibited if the cost taxpayers even one cent. This is another attempt to keep focus off potential treason
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    Military parades should be confined to national holidays and national celebrations.
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    The United States Armed Forces need no military parades or dramatic displays to assert its MIGHT. We can leave that to the tyrants who flaunt their military power to make up for their weak and unstable regimes.
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    Parades to amuse the Donald should be outlawed. Using taxpayer money for this endeavor should be outlawed. Our military (according to the Donald) is already suffering from a lack of resources and readiness. They should not be pulled from duty or training for his amusement. These brave soldiers belong to THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, not the autocrat in training, and should be allowed to do their jobs. This is not France. We don't celebrate Bastille Day. Veterans Day is meant to REMEMBER OUR VETERANS. Five-time deferments should never be celebrated by this nation.
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    This bill is just childish obstruction by the Democrats.
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