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house Bill H.R. 5293

The Pentagon’s $575 Billion Spending Package for FY2017

Argument in favor

The U.S. military needs to be as strong as it has ever been to stand against Chinese and Russian aggression while also combating ISIS and other threats. This bill provides those vital resources.

SherryTX's Opinion
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06/14/2016
I had to read the opposing argument twice. Our national defense is the first priority of the Federal Govt! Read the Constitution!!!! I often wonder how some people manage to even dress themselves in the mornings. There are no words for the level of frustration I feel. We CANNOT AFFORD NOT TO HAVE THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY IN THE WORLD!
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NACSP's Opinion
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06/15/2016
Saying there is "undoubtedly wasteful spending somewhere in this bill" is so generic and non-specific it could literally be applied to any bill. We won't have a nation with as much freedom as we have now if we don't protect it.
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Loraki's Opinion
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09/20/2016
Because of the weakness of this present Administration, our enemies have increased in number and in power. And as for our allies, they are struggling with their own problems brought about by globalist policies and Islamic supremacists. The world in general is becoming more and more dangerous every day! As Countable member SherryTX pointed out, we cannot afford to NOT have the strongest military in the world! You have crafty, power-hungry Vladimir Putin in Russia; and there's that lunatic in North Korea, Kim Jong-un; and don't forget the "dragon" that resides in China, Xi Jinping. And the whole Middle East and much of Africa and Asia are infected with the "cancer" that is Islamic supremacy! Just take a look at this infographic: https://planetrulers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/current-world-dictators-2016.jpg What it boils down to is this: There's an awful lot of evil in the world, and too many "actors" on the world stage have nuclear capability, as well as other WMDs. And since bullies only respect power and strength, the USA had better have both! Of course, it would also help A LOT if we had a real statesman in the Oval Office like Reagan! And don't forget what he said: "We are never defeated, unless we give up on God."
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Argument opposed

There is undoubtedly wasteful spending included somewhere in this bill, and the U.S. can’t afford to have by far the most powerful military in the world when there’s so many other priorities that need funding.

Nick's Opinion
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06/15/2016
I'm all for a well funded military and I understand that some spending has to remain classified for security purposes BUT everyone needs to learn how to make a fiscally responsible budget and I don't think the Pentagon understands how to do so.
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Andrew's Opinion
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06/16/2016
It's just plain wasteful. Military contractors have sucked at the teat of taxpayers way too long. I know first hand how wasteful this spending is as I have worked for a company who built their LCS Navy fleet. Waste everywhere.
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Kristoph's Opinion
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06/15/2016
Our nation is addicted to war, stemming from the militarization of our industries during WWII. Enough is enough. Let's invest in education, social programs, and infrastructure to make the foundation of our nation strong again. Military spending has spiraled out of control unnecessarily.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed June 16th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 282 Yea / 138 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedMay 19th, 2016

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What is House Bill H.R. 5293?

This bill would provide $575.7 billion in funding the Dept. of Defense (DOD) to spend in fiscal year 2017. The base DOD budget would be set at $517.1 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $3 billion more than the previous fiscal year and $587 million less than the president’s budget request. A total of $58.6 billion would be set aside for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) and the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), about $16 billion of which would be used to meet needs within the base Pentagon budget. The following is a breakdown of the areas of the military that would be receiving funding from this very, very long bill:

​Operations and Maintenance​

$209.2 billion — including $179.3 billion for base requirements and $30 billion for OCO/GWOT requirements — would be set aside for operations and maintenance. Funding for base requirements is $8 billion above the president’s request and $11.8 billion more than the year prior. In general, this funding supports readiness programs to prepare American troops for combat and peacetime missions, including flight time and battle training, equipment and facility maintenance, and base operations.

Military Personnel and Pay​

$132.6 billion would provide for 1,310,615 active-duty troops and 826,200 Guard and reserve troops. Of the total, $130.4 billion would go to base requirements and the remaining $2.2 billion to OCO/GWOT funding. This legislation would deny the troop reductions requested by the White House and add 28,715 active forces and 25,000 reserves above the administration’s request. The authorized 2.1 percent pay raise for the military would be fully-funded, instead of 1.6 percent as requested by the president.

​​Equipment and Procurement​

A total of $120.8 billion would be spent purchasing and upgrading equipment, of which $9.4 billion would go toward OCO/GWOT requirements. This funding exceeds the president’s budget request by $9.6 billion, and would be $644 million more than provided to the DOD in the previous fiscal year. In general, this section supports the readiness of the military by providing for needed platforms, weapons and other equipment needed to train and maintain the force while conducting successful operations.

Research and Development​

$70.8 billion would be used for research, development, testing, and evaluation of new defense technologies — $334 million of which would be to fulfill OCO/GWOT requirements. This total represents a $664 million increase from fiscal year 2016.

Among the defense projects funded by this section are the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the new Air Force bomber program, the Ohio-class submarine replacement, a next-generation JSTARS aircraft, the MQ-4 Triton drone, Stryker lethality, cooperative programs with Israel and other programs.

Overseas Contingency Operations / Global War on Terrorism​

A total of $58.6 billion would be made available in OCO/GWOT funding, that would generally be spent on operations in the field to fight ongoing threats. This money would be spent on funding personnel requirements, operational needs, replacing equipment destroyed in combat, making combat vehicles safer, maintenance facilities, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets. Additionally, some support to U.S. allies such as Israel, Ukraine, and Jordan is funded under this section.

$43 billion would support OCO/GWOT operations through April 2017, funding that would allow the U.S. to sustain its current troop levels in Afghanistan rather than drawdown requested by the Obama administration.

​​Defense Health and Military Family Programs​

$34 billion would be set aside for the Defense Health Program to provide care for troops, military families, and retirees. This section would receive $559 million more than it was allotted in the president’s budget request, and $1.7 billion more than provided in the previous fiscal year.

Force Structure​

This bill would reject the Obama administration’s proposed troop reductions, and instead provide funding for the following increases in troop levels:

  • 5,000 additional active-duty Army;

  • 8,000 Army National Guard;

  • 7,000 Army Reserves;

  • 1,000 active-duty Marines.

Savings

This legislation would save money compared to the president’s budget request including:

  • $1.95 billion from rescinding unused prior-year funding;

  • $1.5 billion from lower-than-expected fuel costs;

  • $573 million due to favorable economic conditions, such as beneficial exchange rates for materials that are imported.

Impact

Members of the military, their families, and retirees; defense contractors; and the Department of Defense.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5293

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Rodney Freylinghuysen (R-NJ) introduced this bill to ensure that Congress provides the funding needed to keep the military prepared to respond to a wide variety of threats to national security:

“In an increasingly dangerous and rapidly changing world, we must guarantee that our military and intelligence community have the capability to defeat barbaric Islamic terror groups and deter aggressor-nations, like Russia, Iran, China, and North Korea. This bill recognizes the critical need for increased funding for more training, readiness and equipment and provides for military families. And our heightened oversight ensures that every dollar counts.”

While the House Appropriations Committee advanced this bill out of committee without a recorded vote, its Democratic members did express some reservations about using OCO funds to pay for things typically covered by the base budget. Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Pete Visclosky (D-IN) had this to say on that point in the bill’s committee report:

“While this bill technically does not violate the [budget caps] for base defense programs and OCO, it is hard to argue that this bill comports with the spirit of that law. There is no doubt that the Chairman and Subcommittee staff made smart investment decisions in executing the $15.7 billion in OCO to Base funding strategy, but we are troubled by the circumstances that compelled the subcommittee’s action.”



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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user 1st BCT, 1st CD)

AKA

Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017

Official Title

Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes.

    I had to read the opposing argument twice. Our national defense is the first priority of the Federal Govt! Read the Constitution!!!! I often wonder how some people manage to even dress themselves in the mornings. There are no words for the level of frustration I feel. We CANNOT AFFORD NOT TO HAVE THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY IN THE WORLD!
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    I'm all for a well funded military and I understand that some spending has to remain classified for security purposes BUT everyone needs to learn how to make a fiscally responsible budget and I don't think the Pentagon understands how to do so.
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    It's just plain wasteful. Military contractors have sucked at the teat of taxpayers way too long. I know first hand how wasteful this spending is as I have worked for a company who built their LCS Navy fleet. Waste everywhere.
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    Our nation is addicted to war, stemming from the militarization of our industries during WWII. Enough is enough. Let's invest in education, social programs, and infrastructure to make the foundation of our nation strong again. Military spending has spiraled out of control unnecessarily.
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    $575 billion to promote war and contribute to worldwide unrest? If we should be leading the world in anything, it should be in education and healthcare and diversity, not in the size of a military force that is already bloated.
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    Why is there 700M in assets still in Afghanistan with no one to operate them...only Isis to eventually take them over...like the empty powerplants out there.
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    Saying there is "undoubtedly wasteful spending somewhere in this bill" is so generic and non-specific it could literally be applied to any bill. We won't have a nation with as much freedom as we have now if we don't protect it.
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    Because of the weakness of this present Administration, our enemies have increased in number and in power. And as for our allies, they are struggling with their own problems brought about by globalist policies and Islamic supremacists. The world in general is becoming more and more dangerous every day! As Countable member SherryTX pointed out, we cannot afford to NOT have the strongest military in the world! You have crafty, power-hungry Vladimir Putin in Russia; and there's that lunatic in North Korea, Kim Jong-un; and don't forget the "dragon" that resides in China, Xi Jinping. And the whole Middle East and much of Africa and Asia are infected with the "cancer" that is Islamic supremacy! Just take a look at this infographic: https://planetrulers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/current-world-dictators-2016.jpg What it boils down to is this: There's an awful lot of evil in the world, and too many "actors" on the world stage have nuclear capability, as well as other WMDs. And since bullies only respect power and strength, the USA had better have both! Of course, it would also help A LOT if we had a real statesman in the Oval Office like Reagan! And don't forget what he said: "We are never defeated, unless we give up on God."
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    Put that money into people and you'll solve a lot more problems
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    Let's do this! Yes, PORK, PORK and PORK. ISIS is spreading into the continental US, China telling US Navy to stand down in the South and East China Sea, Kim is launching rockets towards US mainland and Russia stirring up Syria. We can either stand up or rollover. Even our own POTUS imports criminals from Mexico or ISIS immigrants seeking room and board. We need a new president smart enough to recognize that Freedom comes at a cost and planing begins with the Commander-in-Chief. Sissies like Obama or Hillary need not apply.
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    Why do we need a military budget that's bigger than the next ten countries combined? True fiscal conservatives understand that the size of government must be cut across the board. Our government is full of waste and fraud, and the military is no exception.
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    The US already spends $610 billion on its military already, which is 34% of the world's total spending on military. We already have arguably the most powerful military in the world. Not only should there be more focus on creating a sensible and balanced budget, there are domestic issues which deserve a spot in the budget.
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    We do not need themanyh modernization and developmental programs, which will morph into ONE TRILLION DOLLARS over the years ahead and provide NOTHING to help fight today's asymetrical warfare. Stop the military/industgrial complex self-enrichment programs now!
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    I see too many people spouting about how programs like the F-35 and others should be cut cause we don't need them. I just want to say unless you can predict the future just pay attention to things that you know, because you obviously don't know defense. With other countries like China which is developing its advanced stealth fighter "2017" and Russia developing jets like the PAK FA and both these countries wanting to challenge America influence in geo political areas around the globe. America needs to keep preparing to defend against other countries advances in technology. Once they have a superior Armed forces and better prepared military you will be obeying there politburo or even see foreign troops on your streets. Defense is not an area to cut corners and go with the cheapest bidders. I would however be all for better accounting from the Pentagon on where this money goes.
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    Stupid wasteful spending. That's too much money when we are 21 trillion in the hole.
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    It is ridiculous to spend even more money on wars that we don't need to be in. I agree we need funds to defend ourselves but there has to be some point where we see such a huge sum of money being wasted on people giving up their lives for causes that don't advance the US at all. We need to invest these funds in our people. Send them to college, make them see how they can impact our everyday life. I oppose any increase of revenue to war and wish it would be severely decreased
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    Our military budget is already 10 times larger than the next 10 countries combined. We don't need that kind of monetary surplus to assert military superiority. It's important to focus on aid and I think the budget should be bolstered instead of military strength.
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    We already spend an absurd amount on defense. Far too many other areas are suffering to justify this.
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    If we are ever want to have an effective combination of free market ideas and effective public services we need to significantly reduce military spending. If we don't we will eventually have to raise taxes, which will most likely have some negative effect. I can only see positive benefits from reducing our military presence in the world
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    We need to ensure the funding of our military so that we are prepared. Unfortunately, threats are escalating more each day.
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