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senate Bill S. 1356

Authorizing Military Funding Levels for 2016

Argument in favor

National defense is the federal government’s primary responsibility, and increasing funding from the previous fiscal year recognizes increased demands on our military in a dangerous world.

operaman's Opinion
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11/05/2015
I would like to think that this would be a good idea. But there needs to be much oversight in additional spending.
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SherryTX's Opinion
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11/06/2015
While I believe that the military needs to be more fiscally responsible and that they shouldn't be forced to acquire things they don't want because a senator or representative wants the money from the manufacturing of it to go to his/her district, I'm not inclined to not fund our military.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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11/09/2015
The primary job of the president and government is to ensure that we have a safe nation, and authorizing this ensures that.
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Argument opposed

Defense spending is one of the most bloated parts of our government. This plan gives money to programs that the military doesn't want, some of which should be cut altogether.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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11/16/2015
"[There is too much] waste and fraud in the military budget." [sanders.senate.gov]
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DonaldTrump's Opinion
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11/16/2015
"I'm gonna build a military that's gonna be much stronger than it is right now. It's gonna be so strong, nobody's gonna mess with us. But you know what? We can do it for a lot less." [dailymail.co.uk]
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ElizabethWarren's Opinion
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11/16/2015
"we can make cuts in our defense budget - smart, targeted cuts that preserve our national security." [elizabethwarren.com]
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bill Progress


  • EnactedNovember 25th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed November 5th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 370 Yea / 58 Nay
  • The senate Passed May 14th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Strategic Forces Subcommittee
      Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee
      SeaPower Subcommittee
      Airland Subcommittee
      Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee
      Committee on Armed Services
    IntroducedMay 14th, 2015

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    I would like to think that this would be a good idea. But there needs to be much oversight in additional spending.
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    "[There is too much] waste and fraud in the military budget." [sanders.senate.gov]
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    "I'm gonna build a military that's gonna be much stronger than it is right now. It's gonna be so strong, nobody's gonna mess with us. But you know what? We can do it for a lot less." [dailymail.co.uk]
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    "we can make cuts in our defense budget - smart, targeted cuts that preserve our national security." [elizabethwarren.com]
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    "Woefully short." [usatoday.com]
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    Stop adding shit our military has plainly said it does not need or want. Perhaps audit the entire defense dept. Account for all monies before they get more. Cancel the f-35 nightmare or stop paying for it till the manufactures deliver on their promises.
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    According to congress now the cost of living did not go up. So folks on SSA get no raise. If that is the case then the Defense Department should not need an increase either. The price of fuel went down. Also maybe with less troops why do they need more money? I vote no, but we will see how Congress does.
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    "We must continue to adapt our military’s force structure and spending to meet today’s threats." [time.com]
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    There are areas of the military that don't need this extra funding that is being provided under this military budget. We need to decrease the military funds, without hurting the people sacrificing their lives, and give more benefits to veterans that are struggling to get effective healthcare and other benefits to have a normal standard of living.
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    While I believe that the military needs to be more fiscally responsible and that they shouldn't be forced to acquire things they don't want because a senator or representative wants the money from the manufacturing of it to go to his/her district, I'm not inclined to not fund our military.
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    It's a problem if the military is actually telling you to cut back, only for you to increase. Who has the more experience in this matter, the Military? Or the Politicians?
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    This cuts the pensions of military retiress!!! CUT CONGRESS'S Pension, not our military!
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    Cut military spending.
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    The primary job of the president and government is to ensure that we have a safe nation, and authorizing this ensures that.
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    To much spending in defense sector instead of education. That to me is entirely to much money we spend on our military
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    Absolutely!! This administration has tried to hurt our defense capabilities from day 1. Like the slogan, "leading from behind", their efforts to "strengthen" America through the power of words has been an utter and complete failure. Our enemies no longer fear us. We must restore the PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH paradigm or there will be dire consequences.
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    Military is saddled with pet projects of Congress. Eliminate porkbarrel programs, then see how much pentagon needs.
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    I agree that it is bloated. I also agree that a lot of programs should be cut. The bottom line is let the Military know what then can spend. At the same time the congress should do there job of over site and do the cuts. We have all these sub-committes protecting there own special interest and not the people's.
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    No piecemeal budgets resolutions. Pass a budget
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    Yes Yes Yes!! Dear Leader has decimated the military for the past 7 years. He has removed approximately 20 general officers, (google it) replacing them with politically correct drones, many without combat experience. Particularly noteworthy was his immediately removing three general officers after the Benghazi disaster, www.thegatewaypundit.com What difference does it make???
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