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house Bill H.R. 6157

The $855 Billion Defense, Health, Education, and Labor “Minibus” & Extending Gov't Funding Until December 7th

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill appropriately funds the needs of America’s military, along with the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services. It'd also avoid a costly and disruptive government shutdown by giving Congress until December to pass the other spending bills.

Daniel's Opinion
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06/24/2018
It is necessary because President Obama gutted our military over the last 8 years.
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06/27/2018
Keep our military strong! Provide the equipment and support materials they need. A strong military is a great deterrent to rogue nations. We must be prepared for anything. We have nations who want to hurt us any way they can.
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ryanwoleary's Opinion
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06/27/2018
Giving the military more money to rebuild itself is essential.
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Argument opposed

While funding the military is a critical function of the federal government, $675 billion is far too much and taxpayer dollars would be better spent in other ways. Congress shouldn't enact continuing resolutions to avoid shutdowns.

Katherine 's Opinion
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06/24/2018
Our nation needs to take care of critical human rights and humanitarian funding in our own backyard before invading and destroying other nations
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Michelle's Opinion
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06/27/2018
We have a humanitarian crisis at the border, Flint still doesn’t have clean water, homelessness on our streets, an opioid epidemic, and failing infrastructure. This is not needed.
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Michael's Opinion
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06/27/2018
Pointless military spending must end. Bring the troops home and let’s repurpose that money where it’s needed most, here at home.
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bill Progress


  • EnactedSeptember 28th, 2018
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 18th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 93 Yea / 7 Nay
  • The house Passed September 26th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 361 Yea / 61 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJune 20th, 2018

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    It is necessary because President Obama gutted our military over the last 8 years.
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    Our nation needs to take care of critical human rights and humanitarian funding in our own backyard before invading and destroying other nations
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    We have a humanitarian crisis at the border, Flint still doesn’t have clean water, homelessness on our streets, an opioid epidemic, and failing infrastructure. This is not needed.
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    Pointless military spending must end. Bring the troops home and let’s repurpose that money where it’s needed most, here at home.
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    No. The US Military has received enough pork to last for years. They need to re-evaluate. They’ve sunk too much money into large purchases (fighter jets, tanks, battleships) while underfunding flack-jackets for our troops. I’d like to see our military become a bit leaner & a lot more flexible. We’re not fighting in rows with muskets anymore.
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    That money would be better served elsewhere
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    Why do we need $675 billion for the military when we don't have enough for Medicare, Medicaid, health insurance, education, or other programs that help average Americans? We don't need to spend more on the military than multiple other of the highest spending countries combined.
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    Can we please take even $10 million of that and fix the water in Flint? Maybe take some more to help the people in Puerto Rico. We spend entirely too much on Defense.
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    Keep our military strong! Provide the equipment and support materials they need. A strong military is a great deterrent to rogue nations. We must be prepared for anything. We have nations who want to hurt us any way they can.
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    We cannot afford this. We have been spending more than the combined spend of the next five largest militaries for YEARS. This is not the budget of a defense force. This is the budget of an empire. Tell me, democracy lover, do you remember voting to become an empire? Do you remember voting to get militarily involved in a dozen conflicts around the world that otherwise would have had nothing to do with us? Are you okay with spending hundreds of billions of your grandchildren's tax dollars (taxation without representation, by the way) so that our military can blockade Yemen, the poorest country in the middle east, so that millions of children and babies could enjoy the experience of dying from the worst (and an entirely man-made) cholera outbreak in the past century? No, seeing as I care about not killing people, and seeing as I care about not occupying nations where we have no business being, and seeing as I care about basic math and logic, I am adamantly opposed to this.
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    Stop the Military Industrial Complex and the never ending war against fake terror. While the left hands out to the poor. The right hands out to the rich and powerful.
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    Giving the military more money to rebuild itself is essential.
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    We do not need to put this much money into defense. We spend more than the next 10 countries combined. We have the biggest deficit that has been blown out of proportion because it’s the corporate tax cut last fall. We’re threatening to cut Social Security and Medicare for the elderly, ill, and disabled. We have to end the madness.
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    The last thing we need is more funding for the military. We should use these funds instead for healthcare, housing, education, and meeting basic needs. I am against this bill.
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    I spent nine months in Afghanistan. It’s time for the US to leave and quit intervening in foreign civil wars.
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    No way. We need to stop increasing the DOD budget and start investing our finances into the future of this country: education, healthcare for all and green energy strategies to keep our civilization from selfdestructing.
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    We should fund health, not war, since the ROI is much better. Even Trump should understand that. Fund NIH $20B more & we will have healthier, more productive country and military.
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    I'm a vet and this is an absurd waste of money. NOPE!
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    Just what this country needs, more $$$ for DOD!?!
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    Stop spending so much money on our bloated military! It has not made us or the world safer by just pumping more and more cash into defense. Just that $17 billion increase alone could go towards ensuring that people in Flint and across the country will have clean water! We need to reorder our priorities right now!
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