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senate Bill S. 3158

$179 Billion in FY2019 Funding for the Depts. of Education, Labor, and HHS

Argument in favor

This is a truly bipartisan funding package that ensures vital programs like Head Start or those aimed at countering opioid abuse or retraining dislocated workers receive the funding they need, and it’s only a modest increase in spending.

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08/05/2018
I support this appropriations package due to its bipartisan drafting and numerous positive sections of the bill such as targeted funding for the opioid crisis and preventing fraud in federally administered programs. However, I’d like to see a slight reduction in spending for all three of these bills. With the budget deficit growing, Congress should be focused on trying to level off funding for these types of appropriation bills and either keeping them the same as the prior year, or slightly reducing funding. Put plainly, instead of a $2B increase in spending for these departments, I wish the spending either stayed the same or dropped $500M-$1B. But, it is a compromise and is largely a good spending package.
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08/05/2018
Pass this much needed legislation which is a truly bipartisan funding package that ensures vital programs like Head Start or those aimed at countering opioid abuse or retraining dislocated workers receive the funding they need, and it’s only a modest increase in spending. 8*5*18 ........ SneakyPete.
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Brian's Opinion
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08/05/2018
This is a truly bipartisan funding package that ensures vital programs like those aimed at countering opioid abuse or retraining dislocated workers receive the funding they need, and it’s only a modest increase in spending.
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Argument opposed

This legislation doesn’t do enough to restrain federal spending in areas where it’s excessive or unnecessary. Alternatively, the increases in spending under this bill are insufficient for what these agencies need.

Douglas's Opinion
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08/19/2018
Election security needs more funding. Restore faith in our elections!
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Michael's Opinion
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08/05/2018
As much as I appreciate and like the bipartisan effort to pass bills to fund the government , as far as I am aware this bill still includes an amendment to discriminate against same sex couples. This one amendment would stiffen 15% of child welfare funding for states that don’t protect “moral and religious beliefs.” This is disgusting. Why are we trying to limit child from finding any happy couple to take them in? Why is it right for adoption agencies to turn them away. Why is this even in the bill. Just really pissed me off
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08/20/2018
No minibuses period!!! If they are not important enough to stand on their for a vote, they're not important
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    I support this appropriations package due to its bipartisan drafting and numerous positive sections of the bill such as targeted funding for the opioid crisis and preventing fraud in federally administered programs. However, I’d like to see a slight reduction in spending for all three of these bills. With the budget deficit growing, Congress should be focused on trying to level off funding for these types of appropriation bills and either keeping them the same as the prior year, or slightly reducing funding. Put plainly, instead of a $2B increase in spending for these departments, I wish the spending either stayed the same or dropped $500M-$1B. But, it is a compromise and is largely a good spending package.
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    Election security needs more funding. Restore faith in our elections!
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    Pass this much needed legislation which is a truly bipartisan funding package that ensures vital programs like Head Start or those aimed at countering opioid abuse or retraining dislocated workers receive the funding they need, and it’s only a modest increase in spending. 8*5*18 ........ SneakyPete.
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    This is a truly bipartisan funding package that ensures vital programs like those aimed at countering opioid abuse or retraining dislocated workers receive the funding they need, and it’s only a modest increase in spending.
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    Not enough towards education
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    As much as I appreciate and like the bipartisan effort to pass bills to fund the government , as far as I am aware this bill still includes an amendment to discriminate against same sex couples. This one amendment would stiffen 15% of child welfare funding for states that don’t protect “moral and religious beliefs.” This is disgusting. Why are we trying to limit child from finding any happy couple to take them in? Why is it right for adoption agencies to turn them away. Why is this even in the bill. Just really pissed me off
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    ACTUALLY THIS SPENDING PACKAGE NEEDS TO BE INCREASED AND THE DEFENSE BUDGET DECREASED! THAT WOULD REFLECT MORE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED! WE ALREADY HAVE TWICE AS MUCH MILITARY AS ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD!
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    No minibuses period!!! If they are not important enough to stand on their for a vote, they're not important
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    Take some of the funding from the military and allocate it toward programs for American citizens, esp in the area of health care and health insurance support where there are no increases.
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    Wr need to spend far more on healing our society, educating our people, infrastructure for a strong future, and healthcare for all. This is the 21st century. Love is the answer, hate is the route of cancer.
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    Yes, this is the way to make America better.
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    Money is not wa
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    Vote no on the spending bill. Though there are some good things in the spending bill. It must be voted down because their is no funding for the ACA or our social programs. This is another attempt to take our health care away. Medicare, medicaid & all of our other social programs must be fully funded & protected. Stop this attack on the vulnerable, elderly, poor, disabled, children, & middle class.
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    This bill should be at least $180 billion if not more.
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    Take care of people first
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    Needs some changes for Healthcare (Obama’s)!
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    Of course, this is one of those needed programs. Instead of funding an already bloated military bill this is an example of what we need to be doing with our tax dollars. Remember it is our tax dollars not the government's.
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    let's do this and go for universal healthcare in the near future.
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