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senate Bill S. 1503

Should the Relationship Between Defense Contractors and the Dept. of Defense be Limited?

Argument in favor

The Dept. of Defense (DOD) has been captured by defense contractors and lobbyists who use their access to DOD to push bloated contracts through. This leads to out-of-control defense spending. By reining in defense contractors’ influence, this bill will help make DOD more accountable for its spending of taxpayer dollars.

burrkitty's Opinion
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11/03/2019
Anything to cut down our sickeningly bloated military budget is fine. CUT IT IN HALF!!! 2% GDP or 10% of the federal budget for defense IS more than enough!
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jimK's Opinion
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11/04/2019
All federal workers are barred from accepting employment from a contractor over whom they had recent influence, I think for 5 years. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be enforced for higher level federal executives. Further, it does not seem to much of a factor for senior military either. Contractors who can benefit by the relations of retired officers with the military officers driving future procurements are an invaluable resource to contractors who can use that influence to become favored suppliers or to influence procurement plans. Senior contractor executives are often appointed to federal government leadership positions and work toward the common benefit of the military and their ‘former’ company. And, the circle is complete! It is wrong and needs to be cleaned up. It contributes to runaway budgets for military procurements. It contributes to decisions being made based on mutually beneficial considerations instead of bottom-line costs and need. It is the evils long warned about with a growing military industrial complex. ... ... Next, if we can only keep Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firm executives out of our Treasury, Commerce Department and the FED. That’s a whole other round of ‘invested’ self-serving interests.
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Robert's Opinion
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11/03/2019
I don’t believe there should be any lobbyist in any industry it breeds corruption.
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Argument opposed

This bill goes too far and applies arbitrary limits to DOD’s engagement with defense contractors. By making defense contracts subject to FOIA requests, it would also make it difficult for DOD to ink contracts with defense companies, which are unlikely to want their trade secrets and sensitive business information to be publicly available.

Caren's Opinion
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11/04/2019
No, that’s our military. That is the defense of our country, the protectors of our borders, the ones who are sometimes called upon to enforce our laws. How can we in good conscience not adequately support and properly fund our military. It is no surprise that Elizabeth Warren would suggest this as she is searching a way to fund her Medicare for All plan which we know will financially devastate the middle class because 1% of the population (rich people and businesses) cannot afford to fund this indefinitely. Her plan is a pie in the sky all your physical needs will be met and you will be prosperous, but it is a plan that she will not be able to deliver on no more than Obamacare was a success. Many not on Obamacare saw their insurance premiums go up and benefits became subpar. Warren’s plan will kill us financially. Government will be unable to sustain this and claims for treatment will be denied for those who need the most care. It’s possible there might be an option like Canada has where if the government denies to cover treatment you can get care independently, no insurance, but you pay directly out of your pocket. No, we can’t afford not to keep our government funded and we can’t afford anything that Elizabeth Warren suggests, recommends, or plans to dish out.
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Curt's Opinion
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11/04/2019
WARREN IS A DELUSIONAL LIAR. THEREFORE I NEVER SUPPORT A WARREN BILL!
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John 's Opinion
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11/04/2019
The DoD is one of the only valid organizations in the long as they aren’t operational inside the USA, it’s all good.
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      Committee on Armed Services
    IntroducedMay 16th, 2019
    Anything to cut down our sickeningly bloated military budget is fine. CUT IT IN HALF!!! 2% GDP or 10% of the federal budget for defense IS more than enough!
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    All federal workers are barred from accepting employment from a contractor over whom they had recent influence, I think for 5 years. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be enforced for higher level federal executives. Further, it does not seem to much of a factor for senior military either. Contractors who can benefit by the relations of retired officers with the military officers driving future procurements are an invaluable resource to contractors who can use that influence to become favored suppliers or to influence procurement plans. Senior contractor executives are often appointed to federal government leadership positions and work toward the common benefit of the military and their ‘former’ company. And, the circle is complete! It is wrong and needs to be cleaned up. It contributes to runaway budgets for military procurements. It contributes to decisions being made based on mutually beneficial considerations instead of bottom-line costs and need. It is the evils long warned about with a growing military industrial complex. ... ... Next, if we can only keep Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firm executives out of our Treasury, Commerce Department and the FED. That’s a whole other round of ‘invested’ self-serving interests.
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    I don’t believe there should be any lobbyist in any industry it breeds corruption.
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    While you are at it, stop the insider trading that take place. You folks are in office to serve the people not your personal wealth.
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    Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes! This will prevent the awarding of defense contracts to certain companies who have friends in the Congress or Senate!
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    We shouldn’t be promoting a cozy relationship between defense contractors and the department of defense
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    Close the lobbying loopholes; we should NOT have lobbyists in Washington.
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    The defense spending is out of control, and these people just give the money to the same few people, creating a circle of unimaginable power and wealth. Meanwhile, soldiers and citizens alike get the breadcrumbs. FUCK THAT. I would like to see us spend the entire budget on citizens and force the military to coast for just ONE year. We could: -pay down the deficit -give the non wealthy 100% of their tax money back -begin a health insurance solution -assist with education-related debt -cheaply build temporary housing for ALL of the nation’s homeless -help farmers -attack and make a dent in trade issues -do something about the crazy ass Russians in our country that think they are American Republicans.
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    We don't need things to be easy, we need things to be right. I often sound like a broken record, saying smaller federal government, give more power to the states and less power to the president... Well, this is federal, and important... and we desperately need to trim the fat on all corners of the federal government...
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    Cut military spending by half - stop these people from profiting over endless war impoverishing working Americans who pay the bill!
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    Yes, having clear, specific guidelines for when current and former DoD officials can lobby or work for defense contractors would be a good start to greater transparency.
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    And limit the influences.
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    Dick Cheney is a war profiteer, G. W. is an idiot, and we are all culpable in an illegal war that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis.
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    Yes, and they should be completely and utterly transparent.
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    Yes!!! Definitely..no question about it!!
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    Eisenhower warned of the military-industrial complex as he left office as President. Hs advice was not heeded and we have an incestuous relationship between the two as a result. For best results there should be NO relationship between contractors, lobbyists, and the government. Ethics and government too often are mutually exclusive concepts, and our current administration is a neon sign to that.
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    The Dept. of Defense (DOD) has been captured by defense contractors and lobbyists who use their access to DOD to push bloated contracts through. This leads to out-of-control defense spending. By reining in defense contractors’ influence, this bill will help make DOD more accountable for its spending of taxpayer dollars.
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    ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!
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    There should be no conflict of interest
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    YES. routing out corruption in government should be paramount.
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