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house Bill H.R. 5325

Funding the Federal Government Through December 9 (With Money for Zika)

Argument in favor

Congress needs additional time to reach an agreement on a budget for fiscal year 2017, and providing a stopgap funding package that runs through December will give lawmakers the ability to produce one after the election is over.

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09/28/2016
As a student/veteran, I know the nightmare of a government shutdown with school funding and programs. If you hold funding hostage again for political gain and hurt citizens, veterans will put you on blast. Do not put government workers and former civil servant's lives in jeopardy. We don't all have cushion to fall back on while you play political games. How do you think young vets end up homeless or suicidal?
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06/07/2016
Yes! With a pay freeze until the budget is balanced.
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06/27/2016
I love that the reps pay will freeze unless they can decide on this bill. Budget looks pretty okay too. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Argument opposed

A short-term deal to keep the government open for a little over two months is just going to create more chaos down the road. Congress should either agree on a longer-term budget or allow the government to shutdown in the short-term.

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06/08/2016
Cut congressional pay. The deadbeats in Congress don't deserve to be paid. No sympathy. Get a real job if you want to feed your family.
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06/06/2016
Vote NO on H.R. 5325, the Senate Continuing Resolution Vehicle "... I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 5325, the vehicle for the continuing resolution (CR) expected to be considered by the Senate this week. The legislation violates the conservative principles of fiscal responsibility by pushing tough spending decisions into the lame duck session of Congress, rather than into 2017. This short term funding measure reinforces the status quo, damages our economy, and fails to honor regular order. The CR being considered by the Senate will extend government spending only until December 9, 2016, instead of into 2017 as preferred by conservatives. In the lame duck session of Congress that will be guaranteed by the CR, members of the House and Senate will be faced with the prospect of voting on funding the federal government well into 2017 through an omnibus, or a series of minibuses. This CR will set up an effort to pass a funding bill in December when both chambers are at their least accountable to the people, with some members departing, and the current session of Congress drawing to a close. Moving forward with the CR represents a conscious choice to exercise the power of the purse in a manner that marginalizes regular order and ignores the concerns of the large coalition that opposes a short term CR. This resolution will perpetuate the status quo in Congress that has our country staggering under the weight of congressional failures to control spending. Please contact your senators and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 5325, the legislative vehicle for the CR. FreedomWorks will count the votes on this bill as a Key Vote when calculating our Scorecard for 2016. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of the House and Senate who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty." Sincerely, Adam Brandon, President and CEO, FreedomWorks http://www.freedomworks.org/content/key-vote-no-hr-5325-senate-continuing-resolution-vehicle And furthermore: WHAT I DON'T LIKE: 1. The Capitol Police would see their funding rise by $16.3 million under this legislation to $391.3 million and improve the level of security provided for lawmakers, their staffs, and visitors to the Capitol. WHY DO THE CAPITOL POLICE NEED THIS ADDITIONAL $16.3 MILLION DOLLARS?! I think it's strange how the Democrats are pushing gun control and trying so hard to keep many of us from even owning the means of protecting ourselves. YET, OUR ESTEEMED AND EXALTED "PUBLIC SERVANTS," a.k.a., OUR "REPRESENTATIVES" THINK THEY DESERVE MORE AND BETTER PROTECTION THAN WE THE PEOPLE! Remember, the POTUS decided that HE needed a higher fence around the White House, but yet, he OPPOSES securing our border with a proper wall and lets in all manner of criminals and terrorists! He's even released many of them from prison! And a new study has found that 30% of "immigrants" committed new offenses after release, including murder and rape! https://youtu.be/TcYX9xbi5Dw When you start to [consider] the...troubling developments that have taken place over the past 30 years or more: the expansion of the military industrial complex and its influence in Washington DC, the rampant surveillance,...the militarized police, the loss of our freedoms, the injustice of the courts, the privatized prisons, the school lockdowns, the roadside strip searches, the military drills on domestic soil, the fusion centers and the simultaneous fusing of every branch of law enforcement (federal, state and local), the stockpiling of ammunition by various government agencies, the active shooter drills that are indistinguishable from actual crises, the economy flirting with near collapse, etc., suddenly the overall picture seems that much more sinister. Clearly, as I point out in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, there’s a larger agenda at work here. Seven years ago, the U.S. Army War College issued a report calling on the military to be prepared should they need to put down civil unrest within the country. Summarizing the report, investigative journalist Chris Hedges declared, “The military must be prepared, the document warned, for a ‘violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States,’ which could be provoked by ‘unforeseen economic collapse,’ ‘purposeful domestic resistance,’ ‘pervasive public health emergencies’ or ‘loss of functioning political and legal order.’ The ‘widespread civil violence,’ the document said, ‘would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security.’” http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Report_Military_may_have_to_quell_1229.html http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090216_bad_news_from_americas_top_spy At what point will all of the government’s carefully drawn plans for dealing with civil unrest, “homegrown” terrorism and targeting pre-crime become a unified blueprint for locking down the nation? For instance, what’s the rationale behind turning government agencies into military outposts? There has been a notable buildup in recent years of SWAT teams within non-security-related federal agencies such as Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Education Department. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/28/inside-the-ring-directive-outlines-obamas-policy-t/?page=all#pagebreak As of 2008, “73 federal law enforcement agencies… [employ] approximately 120,000 armed full-time on-duty officers with arrest authority.” Four-fifths of those officers are under the command of either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Department of Justice. http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/03/10/why-the-heck-is-dhs-buying-more-than-a-billion-bullets-plus-thousands-of-guns-and-mine-resistant-armored-vehicles What’s with all of the government agencies stockpiling hollow point bullets? For example, why does the Department of Agriculture need .40 caliber semiautomatic submachine guns and 320,000 rounds of hollow point bullets? For that matter, why do its agents need ballistic vests and body armor? https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=9fc3a01217d03b0354e1e18b69aa7bad&tab=core&tabmode=list&= http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/16/agriculture-department-puts-request-buy-body-armo Why does the Postal Service need “assorted small arms ammunition”? Why did the DHS purchase “1.6 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition, along with 7,000 fully-automatic 5.56x45mm NATO ‘personal defense weapons’ plus a huge stash of 30-round high-capacity magazines”? That’s in addition to the #FBI’s request for 100 million hollow-point rounds. The Department of Education, IRS, the Social Security Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the National Weather Service, are also among the federal agencies which have taken to purchasing ammunition and weaponry in bulk. https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=bc222ffef75536f044a0e0353788683b&tab=core&tabmode=list&print_preview=1 http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/03/10/why-the-heck-is-dhs-buying-more-than-a-billion-bullets-plus-thousands-of-guns-and-mine-resistant-armored-vehicles http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/16/agriculture-department-puts-request-buy-body-armo https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=cb68cf9f3fa2fe18a83d1c3dee0039b2 https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=8d3b076bd4de14bbda5aba699e80621d&tab=core&_cview=1&cck=1&au=& https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=6c39a2a9f00a10187a1432388a3301e5&tab=core&_cview=0&fb_source=message http://truth-out.org/news/item/24186-usda-and-submachine-guns-latest-example-of-mission-creep-as-federal-policing-expands Why is the federal government distributing obscene amounts of military equipment, weapons and ammunition to police departments around the country? And why is DHS acquiring more than 2,500 Mine-Resistant Armored Protection (#MRAP) vehicles, only to pass them around to local police departments across the country? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/09/us/war-gear-flows-to-police-departments.html Why is the military partnering with local police to conduct training drills around the country? And what exactly are they training for? In Richland, South Carolina, for instance, U.S. army special forces participated in joint and secretive exercises and training with local deputies. The public was disallowed from obtaining any information about the purpose of the drills, other than being told that they might be loud and to not be alarmed. The Army and DHS also carried out similar drills and maneuvers involving Black Hawk helicopters in Texas, Florida, and other locations throughout the U.S., ostensibly in order to provide local police with “realistic” urban training. http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/01/20/upcoming-military-drill-limits-reporters http://www.wnd.com/2015/03/urban-warfare-training-rattles-florida-town What is being done to protect the American populace from the threat of military arms and forces, including unarmed drones, being used against them? Policy analysts point to Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities” (issued on Dec. 29, 2010), as justification for the government’s use of military force to put down civil unrest within the United States. http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/302518p.pdf Why is FEMA stockpiling massive quantities of emergency supplies? On January 10, 2014, FEMA made a statement enlisting the service of contractors who could “supply medical #biohazard disposal capabilities and 40 yard dumpsters to 1,000 tent hospitals across the United States; all required on 24-48 hour notice.” This coincides with other medical requests seeking massive amounts of supplies, such as “31,000,000 flu vaccinations,” “100,000 each of winter shirts and pants and the same for summer” and other goods and services requests as well like tarps, manufactured housing units, and beverages. And why does the TSA need $21,000 worth of potassium chlorate, a chemical compound often used in explosives? https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=0ffb342b4814c03ad0799376f0287350&tab=core&_cview=0 https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=f68c321e2d5f6080895eab712e1fb916&tab=core&_cview=1 https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=7f58e6a9e4694089757959981e6e6bc4&tab=core&_cview=0 Why is the Pentagon continuing to purchase mass amounts of ammunition while at the same time preparing to destroy more than $1 billion worth of bullets and missiles that are still viable? http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/27/pentagon-ammunition-sen-tom-carper-gao-waste/8145729 Indeed, when viewed collectively, [all of these questions] leave one wondering what exactly the U.S. government is preparing for and whether American citizens shouldn’t be preparing, as well, for that eventuality when our so-called “government of the people, by the people, for the people” is no longer answerable to “we the people.” John Whitehead's commentary provided courtesly of The Rutherford Institute. Read more at: http://www.thedailybell.com/international-real-estate/john-whitehead-turning-america-into-a-battlefield-a-blueprint-for-locking-down-the-nation/ THIS IS NOT RIGHT! THIS IS THE SORT OF BEHAVIOR I WOULD EXPECT IN A FEUDAL SYSTEM, WHERE THE KING AND NOBLEMEN HAVE FAR GREATER PRIVILEGES THAN THE SERFS! WHAT I DO LIKE: 1. There would be no pay increases for any lawmakers in fiscal year 2017, building on the House-only pay freeze that was enacted in 2010. 2. This legislation includes a provision that would PROHIBIT the Library of Congress from stopping its use of the term “illegal alien” in favor of “noncitizen” or “unauthorized immigration.” I'M GLAD SOMEONE ELSE HAS HAD ENOUGH OF THIS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GARBAGE! WHERE DOES IT END?! DO THE PRESIDENT AND LIBERAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THINK THAT YOU CAN PROTECT THE "FEELINGS" OF EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN, IMMIGRANT, AND ILLEGAL ALIEN EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY??? I FOR ONE OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT'S ABOMINABLE ASSAULT ON OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH! IT IS ALSO AN ABOMINATION FOR THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE EU TO TRY TO CRIMINALIZE SO-CALLED "HATE SPEECH"! THEY ARE EVEN WANTING PEOPLE TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT-ISSUED ID TO LOG IN TO THE INTERNET! People, are you willing to give up your freedoms? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! -- Patrick Henry, St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia March 23, 1775. https://www.history.org/almanack/life/politics/giveme.cfm
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06/06/2016
This is way too much money to hand over to a do-nothing congress. They need to cut back and stop trying to hamstring the Library of Congress on their choice of vocabulary.
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  • EnactedSeptember 29th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 28th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 72 Yea / 26 Nay
  • The house Passed June 10th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 233 Yea / 174 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedMay 25th, 2016

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What is House Bill H.R. 5325?

Update September 27, 2016: This bill was co-opted through the amendment process from its original form to serve as the legislative vehicle for a short-term funding package to keep the federal government open through December 2016. Originally the bill provided $3.48 billion in funding for the operations of Congress, the Capitol Police, the Library of Congress, and other federal entities that assist the legislative branch.

Currently, this bill would fund the federal government through December 9, 2016 by keeping spending at the levels agreed to under the Bipartisan Budget Act for fiscal year 2016 reduced by 0.496 percent. All federal programs or activities that weren’t funded under that legislation wouldn’t be able to receive funding under this bill. The bill also contains $1.1 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus, and $500 million in additional emergency spending to go toward funding relief for Louisiana.

There are also a number of provisions in this bill specific to certain agencies, including:

  • The Dept. of Defense (DOD) would be prohibited from starting new programs, entering into multi-year contracts, or increasing production rates.

  • The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) would have extra operational funding to implement opioid addiction legislation.

  • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would be able to continue to receive and approve permits for drilling on federal lands.

Additionally, the agency tasked with controlling the internet’s domain name system would give up control of the DNS to the international community as planned. The District of Columbia would be authorized to continue spend locally-generated revenues.

Impact

The entire federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5325

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would authorize spending at an annual level of $1.2 trillion, although spending would only be authorized for a little over two months.

More Information

In-Depth: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced this continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded and operational beyond the election and into Congress’ lame duck session:

“There have been broad requests for a clean continuing resolution. So that’s what I’ve just offered. It’s the result of many, many hours of bipartisan work across the aisle.”

This bill has faced opposition from Democrats, who prevented it from advancing in the Senate on September 27 because it excluded funding for dealing with the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Following an agreement in the House later that day to provide $170 million in funding for Flint in a separate bill, they relented, with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) voicing his support:

“I’m convinced that there’s going to be help for Flint in the lame duck. Now I feel very comfortable.”

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AKA

Continuing Appropriations Act, 2017

Official Title

Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes.

    As a student/veteran, I know the nightmare of a government shutdown with school funding and programs. If you hold funding hostage again for political gain and hurt citizens, veterans will put you on blast. Do not put government workers and former civil servant's lives in jeopardy. We don't all have cushion to fall back on while you play political games. How do you think young vets end up homeless or suicidal?
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    Cut congressional pay. The deadbeats in Congress don't deserve to be paid. No sympathy. Get a real job if you want to feed your family.
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    Vote NO on H.R. 5325, the Senate Continuing Resolution Vehicle "... I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 5325, the vehicle for the continuing resolution (CR) expected to be considered by the Senate this week. The legislation violates the conservative principles of fiscal responsibility by pushing tough spending decisions into the lame duck session of Congress, rather than into 2017. This short term funding measure reinforces the status quo, damages our economy, and fails to honor regular order. The CR being considered by the Senate will extend government spending only until December 9, 2016, instead of into 2017 as preferred by conservatives. In the lame duck session of Congress that will be guaranteed by the CR, members of the House and Senate will be faced with the prospect of voting on funding the federal government well into 2017 through an omnibus, or a series of minibuses. This CR will set up an effort to pass a funding bill in December when both chambers are at their least accountable to the people, with some members departing, and the current session of Congress drawing to a close. Moving forward with the CR represents a conscious choice to exercise the power of the purse in a manner that marginalizes regular order and ignores the concerns of the large coalition that opposes a short term CR. This resolution will perpetuate the status quo in Congress that has our country staggering under the weight of congressional failures to control spending. Please contact your senators and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 5325, the legislative vehicle for the CR. FreedomWorks will count the votes on this bill as a Key Vote when calculating our Scorecard for 2016. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of the House and Senate who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty." Sincerely, Adam Brandon, President and CEO, FreedomWorks http://www.freedomworks.org/content/key-vote-no-hr-5325-senate-continuing-resolution-vehicle And furthermore: WHAT I DON'T LIKE: 1. The Capitol Police would see their funding rise by $16.3 million under this legislation to $391.3 million and improve the level of security provided for lawmakers, their staffs, and visitors to the Capitol. WHY DO THE CAPITOL POLICE NEED THIS ADDITIONAL $16.3 MILLION DOLLARS?! I think it's strange how the Democrats are pushing gun control and trying so hard to keep many of us from even owning the means of protecting ourselves. YET, OUR ESTEEMED AND EXALTED "PUBLIC SERVANTS," a.k.a., OUR "REPRESENTATIVES" THINK THEY DESERVE MORE AND BETTER PROTECTION THAN WE THE PEOPLE! Remember, the POTUS decided that HE needed a higher fence around the White House, but yet, he OPPOSES securing our border with a proper wall and lets in all manner of criminals and terrorists! He's even released many of them from prison! And a new study has found that 30% of "immigrants" committed new offenses after release, including murder and rape! https://youtu.be/TcYX9xbi5Dw When you start to [consider] the...troubling developments that have taken place over the past 30 years or more: the expansion of the military industrial complex and its influence in Washington DC, the rampant surveillance,...the militarized police, the loss of our freedoms, the injustice of the courts, the privatized prisons, the school lockdowns, the roadside strip searches, the military drills on domestic soil, the fusion centers and the simultaneous fusing of every branch of law enforcement (federal, state and local), the stockpiling of ammunition by various government agencies, the active shooter drills that are indistinguishable from actual crises, the economy flirting with near collapse, etc., suddenly the overall picture seems that much more sinister. Clearly, as I point out in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, there’s a larger agenda at work here. Seven years ago, the U.S. Army War College issued a report calling on the military to be prepared should they need to put down civil unrest within the country. Summarizing the report, investigative journalist Chris Hedges declared, “The military must be prepared, the document warned, for a ‘violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States,’ which could be provoked by ‘unforeseen economic collapse,’ ‘purposeful domestic resistance,’ ‘pervasive public health emergencies’ or ‘loss of functioning political and legal order.’ The ‘widespread civil violence,’ the document said, ‘would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security.’” http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Report_Military_may_have_to_quell_1229.html http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090216_bad_news_from_americas_top_spy At what point will all of the government’s carefully drawn plans for dealing with civil unrest, “homegrown” terrorism and targeting pre-crime become a unified blueprint for locking down the nation? For instance, what’s the rationale behind turning government agencies into military outposts? There has been a notable buildup in recent years of SWAT teams within non-security-related federal agencies such as Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Education Department. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/28/inside-the-ring-directive-outlines-obamas-policy-t/?page=all#pagebreak As of 2008, “73 federal law enforcement agencies… [employ] approximately 120,000 armed full-time on-duty officers with arrest authority.” Four-fifths of those officers are under the command of either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Department of Justice. http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/03/10/why-the-heck-is-dhs-buying-more-than-a-billion-bullets-plus-thousands-of-guns-and-mine-resistant-armored-vehicles What’s with all of the government agencies stockpiling hollow point bullets? For example, why does the Department of Agriculture need .40 caliber semiautomatic submachine guns and 320,000 rounds of hollow point bullets? For that matter, why do its agents need ballistic vests and body armor? https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=9fc3a01217d03b0354e1e18b69aa7bad&tab=core&tabmode=list&= http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/16/agriculture-department-puts-request-buy-body-armo Why does the Postal Service need “assorted small arms ammunition”? Why did the DHS purchase “1.6 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition, along with 7,000 fully-automatic 5.56x45mm NATO ‘personal defense weapons’ plus a huge stash of 30-round high-capacity magazines”? That’s in addition to the #FBI’s request for 100 million hollow-point rounds. The Department of Education, IRS, the Social Security Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the National Weather Service, are also among the federal agencies which have taken to purchasing ammunition and weaponry in bulk. https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=bc222ffef75536f044a0e0353788683b&tab=core&tabmode=list&print_preview=1 http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/03/10/why-the-heck-is-dhs-buying-more-than-a-billion-bullets-plus-thousands-of-guns-and-mine-resistant-armored-vehicles http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/16/agriculture-department-puts-request-buy-body-armo https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=cb68cf9f3fa2fe18a83d1c3dee0039b2 https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=8d3b076bd4de14bbda5aba699e80621d&tab=core&_cview=1&cck=1&au=& https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=6c39a2a9f00a10187a1432388a3301e5&tab=core&_cview=0&fb_source=message http://truth-out.org/news/item/24186-usda-and-submachine-guns-latest-example-of-mission-creep-as-federal-policing-expands Why is the federal government distributing obscene amounts of military equipment, weapons and ammunition to police departments around the country? And why is DHS acquiring more than 2,500 Mine-Resistant Armored Protection (#MRAP) vehicles, only to pass them around to local police departments across the country? http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/09/us/war-gear-flows-to-police-departments.html Why is the military partnering with local police to conduct training drills around the country? And what exactly are they training for? In Richland, South Carolina, for instance, U.S. army special forces participated in joint and secretive exercises and training with local deputies. The public was disallowed from obtaining any information about the purpose of the drills, other than being told that they might be loud and to not be alarmed. The Army and DHS also carried out similar drills and maneuvers involving Black Hawk helicopters in Texas, Florida, and other locations throughout the U.S., ostensibly in order to provide local police with “realistic” urban training. http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/01/20/upcoming-military-drill-limits-reporters http://www.wnd.com/2015/03/urban-warfare-training-rattles-florida-town What is being done to protect the American populace from the threat of military arms and forces, including unarmed drones, being used against them? Policy analysts point to Directive No. 3025.18, “Defense Support of Civil Authorities” (issued on Dec. 29, 2010), as justification for the government’s use of military force to put down civil unrest within the United States. http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/302518p.pdf Why is FEMA stockpiling massive quantities of emergency supplies? On January 10, 2014, FEMA made a statement enlisting the service of contractors who could “supply medical #biohazard disposal capabilities and 40 yard dumpsters to 1,000 tent hospitals across the United States; all required on 24-48 hour notice.” This coincides with other medical requests seeking massive amounts of supplies, such as “31,000,000 flu vaccinations,” “100,000 each of winter shirts and pants and the same for summer” and other goods and services requests as well like tarps, manufactured housing units, and beverages. And why does the TSA need $21,000 worth of potassium chlorate, a chemical compound often used in explosives? https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=0ffb342b4814c03ad0799376f0287350&tab=core&_cview=0 https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=f68c321e2d5f6080895eab712e1fb916&tab=core&_cview=1 https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=7f58e6a9e4694089757959981e6e6bc4&tab=core&_cview=0 Why is the Pentagon continuing to purchase mass amounts of ammunition while at the same time preparing to destroy more than $1 billion worth of bullets and missiles that are still viable? http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/04/27/pentagon-ammunition-sen-tom-carper-gao-waste/8145729 Indeed, when viewed collectively, [all of these questions] leave one wondering what exactly the U.S. government is preparing for and whether American citizens shouldn’t be preparing, as well, for that eventuality when our so-called “government of the people, by the people, for the people” is no longer answerable to “we the people.” John Whitehead's commentary provided courtesly of The Rutherford Institute. Read more at: http://www.thedailybell.com/international-real-estate/john-whitehead-turning-america-into-a-battlefield-a-blueprint-for-locking-down-the-nation/ THIS IS NOT RIGHT! THIS IS THE SORT OF BEHAVIOR I WOULD EXPECT IN A FEUDAL SYSTEM, WHERE THE KING AND NOBLEMEN HAVE FAR GREATER PRIVILEGES THAN THE SERFS! WHAT I DO LIKE: 1. There would be no pay increases for any lawmakers in fiscal year 2017, building on the House-only pay freeze that was enacted in 2010. 2. This legislation includes a provision that would PROHIBIT the Library of Congress from stopping its use of the term “illegal alien” in favor of “noncitizen” or “unauthorized immigration.” I'M GLAD SOMEONE ELSE HAS HAD ENOUGH OF THIS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GARBAGE! WHERE DOES IT END?! DO THE PRESIDENT AND LIBERAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THINK THAT YOU CAN PROTECT THE "FEELINGS" OF EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN, IMMIGRANT, AND ILLEGAL ALIEN EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY??? I FOR ONE OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT'S ABOMINABLE ASSAULT ON OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH! IT IS ALSO AN ABOMINATION FOR THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE EU TO TRY TO CRIMINALIZE SO-CALLED "HATE SPEECH"! THEY ARE EVEN WANTING PEOPLE TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT-ISSUED ID TO LOG IN TO THE INTERNET! People, are you willing to give up your freedoms? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! -- Patrick Henry, St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia March 23, 1775. https://www.history.org/almanack/life/politics/giveme.cfm
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    This is way too much money to hand over to a do-nothing congress. They need to cut back and stop trying to hamstring the Library of Congress on their choice of vocabulary.
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    No, no, no, way to expensive. Who's brother-in-law is on the receiving end of these funds?
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    Yes! With a pay freeze until the budget is balanced.
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    I love that the reps pay will freeze unless they can decide on this bill. Budget looks pretty okay too. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    GVT shutdowns are counterintuitive and are comparable to childish tamper tantrums. What you should be doing is agreeing to a short term proposal and then sitting down for longer discussions.
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    Are you kidding me? Don't pass it because it make the phrase "illegal alien" required. What a little mind. Don't pass a good law because a politically incorrect is used. What a pin head. Think about! How silly is that?
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    Shutting down the government is never a good thing. There are many good things in this bill that will help a lot of people. That being said, it is with a sad heart to know that once again the competency of our elected officials is once again in question because the parties cannot work together to reach a valuable conclusive budget without causing turmoil for the nation. If the elected officials could spend even one month as a normal lower-middle class citizen and experience the hardships of life without the huge income and all the perks, they might see things differently and be in unisom to
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    Representing our country should not be a lucrative career. Reduce congressional pay and take money from something other than Zika to make it work.
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    As long as Congress gets paid you should fund the government. Using the government as bargaining leverage is why politicians have such a bad reputation.
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    Without intervention, Zika could become the primary cause of birth defects in the Western Hemisphere. Without a financial commitment, now, the long term costs could be astronomical.
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    Who the hell cares if we call illegal aliens what they are instead of some made up politically up crap
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    Considering the track record of all three branches of our federal government: Congress' national debt; President's foreign and domestic policies; Judicial's writing legislation. They all need a reduction in funding due to their failures.
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    Why can't you fund the government for a year. I am sick of how irresponsible congress has become. You cannot continue to be so irresponsible. Straighten this out.
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    Perhaps it is me, but an additional $73 million increase over previous year appears to be in excess, especially considering our national debt issue. My concerns are compounded when I read that $30.8 million is set to be spent on improving the Rayburn Home Office Building Parking Garage. At this price, one must ask are we replacing the garage or improving it? This cost is totally unacceptable. Makes you think that there are other items in this budget that should be looked at. The only thing I like about this bill is that the term "Illegal alien" remains unchanged rather than change it to non-citizen. While the intent to change the term claims it would be less offensive, is more of this politically correct bullshit. Time should be spent on how should we be dealing with this issue rather than on what do we call people who are breaking the law.
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    Funding is necessary, but why do these bills always have some rider to them. Shouldn't the Zika bill be decided on its own merit?
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    Congress should adopt cost savings just like troops have to do
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    Pay for the House has been frozen since 2010; that's nothing new or special. Requiring the Library of Congress to keep using the term "illegal alien" is just stupid. They can do better than this
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