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senate Bill S. 1790

Authorizing $750 Billion in Defense Spending Plus Intelligence Funding for FY2020

Argument in favor

Congress’s foremost constitutional duty to provide for the national defense. While this bipartisan bill is a compromise, it will strengthen the military at a time when global threats are increasing and funding is hard to come by.

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06/16/2019
While it is easy for those of us on the Left to decry military spending, it is one of the major functions of the Federal Government. While the spending may be too high, it is hard to gauge if we do not have a serious National Defense Plan, and we haven't had one sense Reagan was President. The Defense Department, and the relevant Congressional Committees, need to craft such a plan, and then fund it.
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06/21/2019
Defense is the reason I pay taxes. None of the leftist social programs are legitimate functions of government.
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06/24/2019
I fully support and recommend passage of this bill as written. Even with the previous two defense bills our military is far from rebuilt. 8 years of poor defense spending under the military hating Obama where even training, spare parts were difficult to get to have full plane squadrons capable of doing sorties it will take more too get our Armed Forces to the level they were just prior to the first Gulf War enabling us to be victorious against Saddam and liberate Kuwait. #MAGA
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Argument opposed

The U.S. shouldn’t be spending $750 billion on national defense, an amount significantly outpacing America’s most significant rivals. A smaller military would free up funding for other priorities.

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06/19/2019
Just outrageous. DOD has a blank check. Where is the outrage from the budget hawks? Where are the fiscally conservative Republicans? I don’t want my tax money paying for more war! Cut it in half!!!
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06/19/2019
While millionaires wage war overseas, the American people suffer from the cuts to their welfare programs
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06/19/2019
Oh my gosh I have to stop laughing. No absolutely no. Here’s my compromise. You may have every bit for the raises and housing, benefits, death benefits, VA benefits, care housing and research and any other things our vets may need, training for our troops and any already approved construction projects with no possibility of that money being allocated anywhere else, simple maintenance, a defense budget that matches the least of the top nine country’s defense budget, no nuclear weapons, no ships, no short or long range weapons ( we just sell them anyway) and no helicopters. Oh and no physical wall. See I saved you billions that can go to our debt and safety net programs and paying back SS, perhaps some infrastructure...
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house Passed September 17th, 2019
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Financial Services
      Committee on the Budget
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on Homeland Security
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
      Committee on Small Business
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The senate Passed June 27th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 86 Yea / 8 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
    IntroducedJune 11th, 2019

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What is Senate Bill S. 1790?

(Updated June 27, 2019) This bill would authorize $741.5 billion in discretionary defense spending for fiscal year 2020, of which $665.7 billion would go to the base budget and $75.9 billion to Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). It would also authorize $8.4 billion for defense-related mandatory spending. The Senate amended this bill to include an authorization of FY2020 intelligence activities (which is largely classified) and require various reports for intelligence oversight purposes. An in-depth summary of how its various provisions impact troops, military families, equipment, and various aspects of U.S. defense and intelligence policy can be found below. 

RESOURCES

Troops & Families: This section of the bill would fully fund a 3.1% pay raise for the troops and set an active duty end strength of 1,339,500 soldiers, sailors, aviators, and Marines. A total of $155.8 billion would be authorized for pay, allowances, bonuses, death benefits, and permanent change of station moves.

Additionally, $18 billion would be authorized in base and OCO funding for military construction, including family housing. Within that amount, $3.6 billion would be authorized to replenish funds for previously authorized military construction projects that may be repurposed in relation to a national emergency declared on the Southern border. Another $3.3 billion would be provided for disaster recovery at military bases in Nebraska, North Carolina, and Florida.

Equipment: The acquisition and modernization of several key defense technologies would be stepped up under this bill, including:

  • 94 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft at a cost of $10 billion.

  • 12 new warships (including 3 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and additional Virginia class submarines) at a cost of $24.1 billion.

  • 48 AH-64E Apache helicopters at a cost of $806.8 million.

  • 65 Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles at a cost of $264 million, plus upgrades to the Stryker at a cost of $393.6 million.

Additionally, this section would require the Navy to carry out the nuclear refueling and complex overhaul of the aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis and USS Harry S. Truman.

STRATEGIC READINESS

Nuclear Deterrence: Defense and intelligence agencies would be required to submit a report on the nuclear capabilities of Russia and China, including Russian nuclear systems that aren’t covered by New START. This bill would extend authorizations of programs to modernization of U.S. nuclear weapons systems, including the triad of delivery systems.

Missile Defense: A total of $108 million would be authorized to fund the development of a space-based sensor layer for missile defense technologies. Funding for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense procurement and sustainment would be transitioned from the Missile Defense Agency to the Army. Additionally, $500 million would be authorized for U.S.-Israeli cooperative missile defense programs such as the Iron Dome, Arrow 3, and David’s Sling programs.

Space: This bill would establish the Space Force within the Air Force, and continue procurement of equipment for national security space launch programs.

ADDRESSING THREATS

Russia: This bill would authorize the extension of a joint procurement program for the Baltic nations to improve their interoperability with NATO and deter Russian aggression, in addition to expressing support for the increased persistent presence of U.S. forces in the Republic of Poland. The use of funds for activities that would include the recognition of Crimea under Russian sovereignty would be prohibited.

Additionally, delivery of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey would be prohibited if it acquires the S-400 air and missile defense system from Russia.

In the event that the U.S. initiated a withdrawal from NATO, this bill would prohibit the use of funds for withdrawal for one year.

China: This section of the bill would authorize an increase in the Dept. of Defense’s ability to produce rare earth elements from coal ash, a market currently dominated by China.

The bill would authorize research into transformational weapon systems, like hypersonics and directed energy, to keep up with competition from Russia and China. It would also require reports on academic institutions in Russia and China associated with defense programs to prevent their undue influence in American university research.

North Korea: This bill would prohibit the reduction of U.S. forces stationed in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) below 28,500 due to the continued threat posed by North Korea’s conventional forces and weapons of mass destruction.

This bill would also express support for deeper trilateral defense coordination and cooperation between the U.S., Japan, and the Republic of Korea.

Counterterrorism: This bill would extend authorities to provide assistance to Iraqi Security Forces and vetted Syrian groups to counter ISIS through 2020. It would support the temporary detention and repatriation of ISIS foreign terrorists.

As an authorization rather than an appropriations bill, this legislation sets out spending guidelines rather than allowing money to be actually spent. Funding will be provided by subsequent appropriations legislation.

AMENDMENTS

Intelligence Authorization: This section would authorize funding for intelligence agencies in FY2020. Funding levels under this section are classified, but it would also require the Intelligence Community (IC) to produce a number of reports regarding:

  • Cooperative actions to detect and counter foreign influence operations.

  • Comprehensive economic assessments of investment in key U.S. industries by companies & organizations linked to China.

  • Cyber attacks against U.S. election infrastructure, strategy for countering such threats by Russia and other nations, and notifications of intrusions.

  • The foreign employment of former U.S. IC personnel.

  • Foreign influence in academia.

  • Iranian support for foreign military and terrorist activities.

  • 5G wireless network technologies.

  • Major IC initiatives in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

  • Possible exploitation of virtual currencies by terrorist actors.

  • Sources of North Korean revenue.

  • Surveillance threats to Congress.

  • The death of dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

Romney Amendment: This provision would allow the use of funds for the U.S. military to defend themselves and American citizens from attack by hostile foreign forces.

Impact

Members of the U.S. military, their families, and retirees; foreign allies of the U.S. military; and the DOD or other affected agencies.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1790

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSenate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced this national defense authorization bill and offered the following statement on its passage out of committee:

“Today, we move forward with the annual defense authorization bill that fulfills our annual commitment to our troops, the American people, and the defense of the nation. Providing for our national security is one of our most important responsibilities as identified in the Constitution, and I’m pleased the Senate will move on this legislation quickly. This bipartisan bill continues the implementation of the National Defense Strategy, works to restore our combat advantage, and ensures the effectiveness of our military now and for years to come. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this legislation with strong support from both sides of the aisle, as we’ve historically done.”

Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) added:

“This bipartisan NDAA will help strengthen and modernize our military and includes needed reforms. I salute Chairman Inhofe for his leadership and commitment to supporting our troops at home and around the globe. We must continue working on a bipartisan basis to enhance America’s security and keep our military strong, efficient, innovative, and capable of safeguarding our nation and deterring conflict. This bill represents a positive step forward.”

This legislation passed the Senate Armed Services Committee on an overwhelmingly bipartisan 25-2 vote.


Of NoteIf this bill is enacted, it would mark the 59th consecutive year that Congress approved a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / OlegAlbinsky)

AKA

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020

Official Title

An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

    While it is easy for those of us on the Left to decry military spending, it is one of the major functions of the Federal Government. While the spending may be too high, it is hard to gauge if we do not have a serious National Defense Plan, and we haven't had one sense Reagan was President. The Defense Department, and the relevant Congressional Committees, need to craft such a plan, and then fund it.
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    Just outrageous. DOD has a blank check. Where is the outrage from the budget hawks? Where are the fiscally conservative Republicans? I don’t want my tax money paying for more war! Cut it in half!!!
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    While millionaires wage war overseas, the American people suffer from the cuts to their welfare programs
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    Oh my gosh I have to stop laughing. No absolutely no. Here’s my compromise. You may have every bit for the raises and housing, benefits, death benefits, VA benefits, care housing and research and any other things our vets may need, training for our troops and any already approved construction projects with no possibility of that money being allocated anywhere else, simple maintenance, a defense budget that matches the least of the top nine country’s defense budget, no nuclear weapons, no ships, no short or long range weapons ( we just sell them anyway) and no helicopters. Oh and no physical wall. See I saved you billions that can go to our debt and safety net programs and paying back SS, perhaps some infrastructure...
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    What if we spent that money spreading prosperity and hope across the globe instead of instability and fear? I think that would make America Great.
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    SO IF ALL OF THIS MONEY IS FOR DEFENSE --JUST WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DEFENDING ---IT SURE ISN'T DEMOCRACY, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, JOBS, ETC.
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    Defense is the reason I pay taxes. None of the leftist social programs are legitimate functions of government.
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    Chalk up another one for the Military Industrial Complex. Outrageous. We were warned.
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    Include a stipulation that Trump cannot hijack any of this money for his unconstitutional, unnecessary, and unwanted wall.
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    During a recent interview, Jimmy Carter was asked how the Chinese economy was able to grow so much is the past thirty years. He answered that question with this question; "How many military conflicts/wars have they engaged in over the past thirty years? The point is that military conflict/war has long term costs humanitarily and economically. War power should not vest with the executive branch; conscientious oversight is needed to ensure that any conflict we engage in is both righteous and worth the cost.
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    Stop funding the warfare across the world! This is insane! None of this defense (offense) spending has made the world a safer place! We need to actually focus on diplomacy and real problem solving. All this money is just producing massive profits for the defense contractors!
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    Hell, no. There is literally no oversight for such funding. I am all for improving our national security/funding for our nation’s military, but to quote the Palmer report. Donald Trump currently has: - No Secretary of Defense - No Homeland Security Director - No Secret Service Director - No ICE Director - No Air Force Secretary - No FEMA Director - No UN Ambassador - No Communications Director - No clue
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    I fully support and recommend passage of this bill as written. Even with the previous two defense bills our military is far from rebuilt. 8 years of poor defense spending under the military hating Obama where even training, spare parts were difficult to get to have full plane squadrons capable of doing sorties it will take more too get our Armed Forces to the level they were just prior to the first Gulf War enabling us to be victorious against Saddam and liberate Kuwait. #MAGA
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    There are more important things to worry about than far outpacing the Joneses at millitary spending! Education, housing, infrastructure, medical care and so on!
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    It is not just national defense that this bill supports. It is international defense. We have been supporting other countries since WWII. It is time for us to cut back on never ending wars in areas where there is no hope of an end. Stop interfering in other countries political strife.
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    And they probably need more! Our planes were falling out of the air they were so neglected and the nuclear bunkers are still on floppy disk-pitiful.
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    This budget needs to be slashed.
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    A budget of this size is not about defense. Instead, it’s about maintaining the wealth and power of a few on the backs of the many. Eisenhower warned us about the dangers of the military-industrial complex. His advice has been ignored and we now have a military whose cost is bloated beyond all reality, with little to show for it except ongoing, endless wars. Cut the military budget by half and we’ll still have a very well funded military.
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    Defense from who? We're the aggressors. Shouldn't it be attack spending for oil and other resources?
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    Any military with such a vast number of weapons will want to apply them. We need to get the military industrial complex under control. It is nothing more than a big entitlement program serving politicians.
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