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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.

A david's Opinion
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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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JTJ's Opinion
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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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Gopin2020's Opinion
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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.

burrkitty's Opinion
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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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Nkav's Opinion
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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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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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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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  • 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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    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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