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senate Bill S. 4049

Authorizing $740 Billion in Defense Spending for FY2021

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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last Sunday
Unless you like speaking Chinese, Russian or Arabic, I suggest this passes!
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last Sunday
Strong US military with it, weak US military without it.
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Jennifer 's Opinion
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Congress’s foremost constitutional duty is to provide for the national defense.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. shouldn’t be spending $740 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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It is time to sort out our priorities. I have recounted the interview of Jimmy Carter when he was asked ‘How did the Chinese economy grow so much over the last 40 years?’ He answered with the question, ‘How many military conflicts has China been involved with over the last 40 years?’ Well, they invested heavily in infrastructure and increasing the wealth and affluence of the Chinese people. They invested heavily in education and making scientific advances in critical technological areas and have become world leaders in a few. Yes, they cheated by stealing intellectual property from the US and others. They thought long-term and strategically and, for example, bought up 90% of the world’s mining rights to rare earth materials - something that modern electronics and electrical devices such as critical defense systems, integrated circuits, circuit boards, electric motors, lithium batteries and green energy photovoltaics require. Our country was so involved with policing the world that we did not even notice. … … … I would suggest dividing the military budget into three parts: Defensive Capability, Offensive Capability, and Operational Sustenance. Figure out what is most important in light of other national risks and needs- and then to invest wisely. My guess is that some Offensive Capability could be deferred for more important strategic goals, like educating our people and repairing our aging infrastructure. Of course, if the wealthy and wealthy corporations need military offensive capabilities to protect their interests, we can always levy a defense fund tax directly upon them; if the wealthy benefit the most from offensive capabilities, have the most needing protection - then they can pick up the tab. … … … Then of course, we have the issue of dealing with the climate crisis which is currently effecting global watersheds, precipitation patterns, arable lands, weather, ecological food chains, and increasing pandemic risks by wildlife migration into heavily populated areas. … If you think that the pandemic is hard on us and requires self-sacrifice, wait until the climate crisis gets worse and we will have no choice but to aggressively take action!
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last Tuesday
There is no realistic way to reduce the US budget deficit without cutting military spending. 2% of the GDP or 10% of the federal budget is the absolute hard maximum of what we should be spending on the military. Cut it in half.
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We have a war to fight right here. We NEED everything we have to defeat this invisible enemy. We NEED a leader RIGHT now to lead that fight!
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What is Senate Bill S. 4049?

This bill would authorize $740.5 billion in discretionary defense spending for fiscal year 2021, of which $662.3 billion would go to the base budget and $69 billion to Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). It would also authorize $9.1 billion for defense-related mandatory spending. An in-depth summary of how its various provisions impact troops, military families, equipment, and various aspects of U.S. defense & intelligence policy can be found below.

RESOURCES

Troops & Families: This section would fully fund a 3% pay raise for the military & reauthorize more than 30 types of bonuses & special pay. It would authorize an active-duty end strength of 1,345,205 including 485,000 in the Army; 346,730 in the Navy; 180,000 in the Marines; and 333,475 in the Air Force. It would also establish a Space Force reserve component, and study the establishment of a Space Force National Guard.

Professional development opportunities for military spouses would be continued, and Dept. of Defense (DOD) efforts to provide families with affordable childcare would be continued. DOD initiatives to track & report incidents of child abuse on military installations would be improved. Oversight of privatized housing would be increased, and service secretaries would be prohibited from leasing substandard family housing.

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

  • $9.1 billion to procure 95 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, including 60 F-35As, 12 F-35Bs, and 23 F-35Cs. Additionally, the Air Force would be allowed to utilize, modify, and operate six Turkish F-35s that were never delivered because of Turkey’s suspension from the F-35 program.

  • $21.3 billion for shipbuilding, including seven battle force ships and long lead time purchases for future procurement of Columbia-class & Virginia-class submarines, Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and San Antonio-class amphibious assault ships. 

  • $3.7 billion for weapons procurement programs, including Tomahawk missiles, Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles, and Ground-Based Anti-Ship Missiles.

  • Funding for test materials, prototyping of hypersonic weapons, and planning would be 

  • Additionally, this bill would prohibit divestment of A-10 Warthog aircraft, delay divestment of certain refueling & intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft.

This bill would authorize $8.15 billion for military construction and focus on the facility sustainment backlog. It would also prohibit the DOD from conducting an additional round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) in FY2021.

STRATEGIC READINESS

Nuclear Deterrence: This section would improve DOD coordination, insight, and participation in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) budget development process, and improve transparency of the NNSA budget for Congress & the public. It would prohibit the use of FY2021 funding to reduce the quantity or alert status of intercontinental ballistic missiles below 400, and authorize construction projects to convert Minuteman III launch facilities to Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent configurations under certain conditions.

Space: This section would make technical changes needed to continue implementation of the Space Force; continue development of the space technology base including launch vehicles and responsive launch; and authorize increased funding for space domain awareness, launch development, and space-based surveillance capability. The Space Force would continue working with research institutions to establish critical research infrastructure and develop the future workforce.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and service chiefs would be directed to report on the space-related missions and expertise within each service that should remain within each service and whether they require organized or liased Space Force personnel. The transfer of military installations would be prohibited prior to congressional defense committees receiving an analysis from the Secretary of the Air Force.

ADDRESSING THREATS

Russia

  • The European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) would be fully funded and enhanced to support rotational forces in Europe. The DOD would be prohibited from using any funds to reduce air base resiliency or demolish protected aircraft shelters in the European theater without creating similar protection, or to close or return existing airbases to host nations until the DOD certifies that there’s no need for a rotational military presence in the European theater.

  • DOD would be required to report on Russian support to racially & ethnically motivated violent extremist groups & networks in Europe & the U.S. that pose national security threats, are involved in information warfare, and increase risks to societal stability & democratic institutions. 

  • Restrictions on military-to-military cooperation with Russia and any activities that would recognize Russian sovereignty over Crimea would be extended.

  • The DOD limitations on providing sensitive missile defense information to Russia and on the integration of U.S. missile defense systems into Russia’s would be extended.

  • This bill would express a sense of the Senate that long-term strategic competition with Russia is a top defense priority that requires sustained investment and enhanced deterrence due to the level of threat posed.

China

  • The DOD would be required to submit a report on the risk to DOD personnel, equipment, and operations due to Huawei 5G architecture in host countries & possible steps for mitigation. 

  • The DOD would be required to consider 5G & 6G security risks posed by vendors like Huawei & ZTE when making overseas basing decisions. 

  • The DOD limitation on the integration of U.S. missile defense systems into China’s would be extended.

Missile Defense:

  • Additional funding would be made available for the Hypersonic & Ballistic Tracking Sensor, components for an eight Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery, Homeland Defense Radar in Hawaii, and additional SM-311A interceptors.

  • The DOD would compile a classified report on the integrated air and missile defense; counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM); and Counter-Unmanned Aircraft posture in the CENTCOM area.

Pacific Deterrence Initiative: This section would establish the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI) to send a strong signal to the Chinese Communist Party that America is deeply committed to defending its interests in the Indo-Pacific region. It would authorize $1.4 billion for PDI in FY2021 for missile defense, enhanced forward posture, and improving interoperability with allies & partners. The PDI would specifically aim to:

  • Improve the lethality of the Joint Force in the Indo-Pacific, including by improving active & passive defense against theater cruise, ballistic, and hypersonic missiles for bases, operating locations, and other critical infrastructure.

  • Enhance the design & posture of the Joint Force in the Indo-Pacific by transitioning from large, centralized, and unhardened infrastructure to smaller, dispersed, resilient, and adaptive basing; increasing the capabilities of expeditionary airfields & ports; enhancing pre-positioning of forward stocks of fuel, munitions, equipment, and material; and improving logistics & maintenance capabilities in the region.

  • Strengthen alliances & partnerships to increase capabilities, improve interoperability & information sharing, and support information operations capabilities with a focus on countering malign influence.

  • Additionally, a PDI topline budget of $5.5 billion would be authorized for FY2022, and the DOD would develop a spending plan for those resources.

Alliances & Partnerships: This section would aim to develop & strengthen mutually beneficial alliances & partnerships as part of the National Defense Strategy, and would specifically:

  • Authorize $4 billion for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund & require an assessment of the Afghan government’s progress on shared security goals & fulfillment of commitments under the joint declaration on bringing peace to Afghanistan. It would also extend & modify support for the Afghan government’s reconciliation activities to ensure it’s only provided for activities including the Afghan government and don’t restrict the participation of women.

  • Express a sense of the Senate expressing concerns about the risks of a precipitous withdrawal of U.S. military, diplomatic, and intelligence personnel from Afghanistan & the need to ensure such decisions are conditions-based. It would also express a sense of the Senate urging the government to clear the backlog in processing Special Immigrant Visa applications for Afghan allies.

  • Express commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act, which assures Taiwan of U.S. military support to ensure it has self-defense capabilities needed to resist any use of force or other form of coercion that would jeopardize its security, in addition to calling for deepened bilateral ties with Taiwan.

  • Provide $250 million in security assistance for Ukraine, require a long-term plan for assistance to Ukraine, and support NATO designation of Ukraine as an “enhanced opportunities partner.”

  • Provide assistance to Iraq and to vetted Syrian groups & individuals to counter the threat posed by ISIS, and emphasize support to Syrian Democratic Support for the humane detention & repatriation of foreign terrorist fighters, and continue efforts to transition security assistance to standing assistance authorities in Iraq.

  • Authorize funding for the Missile Defense Agency’s cooperative programs with Israel in line with the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • A commission would be established to study and provide recommendations concerning the removal of names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that commemorate the Confederate States of America. The commission would develop an implementation plan, cost estimate, and criteria for renaming, among other procedures. It would allow the renaming of any base, installation, street, building, facility, aircraft, ship, place, weapon, equipment or other DOD property. The implementation plan would include a plan for collecting & incorporating local sensitivities associated with naming or renaming DOD assets, and would go into effect three years after the enactment of this legislation. The bill would exempt grave markers (not monuments) from the removal, and the commission would further define what constitutes a grave marker. The commission would have $2 million in funding to conduct its study and provide recommendations.

  • This bill would authorize $44 million for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine & biotechnology research supported by the DOD.

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. 4049

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSenate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) offered the following statement about the committee’s work on the annual defense authorization bill:

“This year marks the 60th year in a row that the Committee has fulfilled our Constitutional duty to provide for the common defense by advancing the National Defense Authorization Act — once again with overwhelming support. There’s a reason for this: It’s because this bill is, to its core, bipartisan, reflecting equal input from Republicans and Democrats alike. There isn’t too much Congress does anymore on a bipartisan basis and for so many consecutive years — but we all agree that supporting our troops and defending our nation are two of our most important priorities. Building on the last two years, this year’s NDAA charts a decisive course of action to implement the National Defense Strategy, regain a credible military deterrent, and, ultimately, achieve a lasting peace, not only for us, but for our children and grandchildren. It does so by prioritizing strategic competition with China and Russia, particularly in the Indo-Pacific theater, investing in a modern, lethal joint force, spurring innovation at every level of the Pentagon, and, of course, ensuring our troops have the training, equipment, and resources they need to succeed in their missions.”

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

“This bipartisan NDAA provides our troops with a well-deserved pay raise and tools to protect the health and well-being of our forces and their families. I commend Chairman Inhofe for his bipartisan collaboration. While I do not support every provision in this bill, it makes important investments in readiness, modernization, and force protection and includes several needed reforms. I hope we can improve the bill on the floor. Congress must work on a bipartisan basis to ensure our forces have the right tools and capabilities to combat threats around the globe.”

This legislation passed the Senate Armed Services Committee on a bipartisan vote of 25-2, after the committee adopted 229 bipartisan amendments.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Specialist Steven Hitchcock / Public Domain)

AKA

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

Official Title

An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 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.

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    IntroducedJune 23rd, 2020
    Unless you like speaking Chinese, Russian or Arabic, I suggest this passes!
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    It is time to sort out our priorities. I have recounted the interview of Jimmy Carter when he was asked ‘How did the Chinese economy grow so much over the last 40 years?’ He answered with the question, ‘How many military conflicts has China been involved with over the last 40 years?’ Well, they invested heavily in infrastructure and increasing the wealth and affluence of the Chinese people. They invested heavily in education and making scientific advances in critical technological areas and have become world leaders in a few. Yes, they cheated by stealing intellectual property from the US and others. They thought long-term and strategically and, for example, bought up 90% of the world’s mining rights to rare earth materials - something that modern electronics and electrical devices such as critical defense systems, integrated circuits, circuit boards, electric motors, lithium batteries and green energy photovoltaics require. Our country was so involved with policing the world that we did not even notice. … … … I would suggest dividing the military budget into three parts: Defensive Capability, Offensive Capability, and Operational Sustenance. Figure out what is most important in light of other national risks and needs- and then to invest wisely. My guess is that some Offensive Capability could be deferred for more important strategic goals, like educating our people and repairing our aging infrastructure. Of course, if the wealthy and wealthy corporations need military offensive capabilities to protect their interests, we can always levy a defense fund tax directly upon them; if the wealthy benefit the most from offensive capabilities, have the most needing protection - then they can pick up the tab. … … … Then of course, we have the issue of dealing with the climate crisis which is currently effecting global watersheds, precipitation patterns, arable lands, weather, ecological food chains, and increasing pandemic risks by wildlife migration into heavily populated areas. … If you think that the pandemic is hard on us and requires self-sacrifice, wait until the climate crisis gets worse and we will have no choice but to aggressively take action!
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    There is no realistic way to reduce the US budget deficit without cutting military spending. 2% of the GDP or 10% of the federal budget is the absolute hard maximum of what we should be spending on the military. Cut it in half.
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    We have a war to fight right here. We NEED everything we have to defeat this invisible enemy. We NEED a leader RIGHT now to lead that fight!
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    No! Time to scale back the death and destruction. No more war!
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    Given this administration’s tumultuous history with our national security, foreign policy, and the elimination of oversight, I am wary of endorsing any additional military spending beyond that needed to cover existing daily expenses: ie solider’ salaries and maintenance expenses. --------------
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    Get out of some of these wars we’re in and we can reduce it significantly. Congress keeps it bloated to keep themselves in office and as a income source for their rich donors.
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    No more military spending. Defund the military.
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    How can 750 billion dollars be justified when our front line workers don't even have the necessary equipment to tackle the pandemic! America has to stop spending these rediculous amounts on defence and start taking care of its citizens. The apparent need for this outrages amount of defence spending is a populist myth.
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    How can we justify billions of dollars of military spending when we have an unhoused crisis, a dangerous lack of PPE for our frontline medical workers, historically high unemployment with millions of Americans without jobs, and underfunded schools? We are living through a devastating global pandemic, and many vital parts of our society have been continuously denied adequate support. We need funds to create healthy communities, not more defense spending.
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    The chances of this going to where we really need it like cyber security or protections for our elections are slim to none. We don’t need to spend trillions on a dysfunctional fighter jet program. Just like the first 3 months of the pandemic, trump and cohorts continue to tell us they are doing a great job as the numbers break every record made from back in April. The trump administration is sitting on 14 billion in Corona virus funding at the same time they are closing 14 testing sites. 7 of which are in hard hit Texas and everybody said he was joking when he said he wants to cut testing because the numbers are to high. Russia has targeted coalition forces in Afghanistan. Offering bounties to those who would attack American troops. Our intelligence has known for a few months which means if trump read his security reports. He knows to. “I was also told that the acting U.S. Attorney was giving Stone such unprecedentedly favorable treatment because he was ‘afraid of the President.’ ” Aaron Zelinsky, one of four prosecutors who withdrew from the Roger Stone case because of extraordinary interference from the justice department. U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman fired. I don’t guess I need to go into detail about how trump hates law and order as it pertains to himself. trump asked president Xi for help in the 2020 election. Bolton says he was so alarmed by Trump’s determination to do favors for autocrats such as Erdogan and Xi that he scheduled a meeting with William P. Barr in 2019. More than half of all federal civilian law enforcement right now is being led by temporary acting officials, everything from ICE and CBP to DEA. (That calculation doesn’t even count the thousands of special agents in inspectors general offices that have recently seen an administrationwide purge of the government’s watchdogs.) The Bureau of Prisons was being overseen by an acting director last summer when Jeffrey Epstein managed to commit suicide while supposedly under strict monitoring. The DEA, with its special temporary powers for the protests, is currently led by an acting administrator who has been on the job for just days. Law enforcement agents seized hundreds of face masks that read “Stop killing black people” and “Defund Police” that a Black Lives Matter-affiliated organization had sent from Oakland, Calif, to cities including Washington, St. Louis and Minneapolis. It’s not clear what law enforcement entity seized the masks or what they're citing as a legal justification for doing so. Current and former U.S. intelligence officials express dismay at the parallels between events at home and the signs of decline or democratic regression they were trained to detect in other nations. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) revealed Tuesday that she rejected an effort by the White House to take control of her police force. “The unprecedented request sent District leaders scrambling to head off what they regarded as tantamount to a government overthrow, The use of such aggressive force startled some veteran former officers of the Secret Service and other federal agencies, because it appeared to be rushed and unprovoked by protesters. trump used out of state officers under the false pretense of mutual aid, to clear out peaceful protesters 30 minutes before curfew started for a fucking photo op. They removed a priest from the church, shot kids with rubber bullets just to hold up a bible in front of a church he wasn’t invited to. Deplorable Black Lives Matter! If you only raise your voice to criticize the reaction instead of the cause. Your part of the problem. trumps language, “thugs, when the looting starts the shooting starts” is directly taken from racist of our not to distant past. He chooses these words intentionally. It’s not the first time. Please if you doubt me, research it and learn. Wuhan tested 9 million people in 10 days. So we know it’s possible. trump spent Memorial Day weekend playing golf and tweeting lies about a deceased woman. As we pass 100,000 American deaths due to the pandemic and on a day we should be remembering those who have fallen protecting this country. trump disgraced the position he holds, the country he serves and the people who have died defending it. 36,000 Americans could have been saved if social distancing would have been put in place just a week earlier. Imagine what we could have done as a country if we had done something, anything in January. trump said Linick’s removal would be effective in ‘30 days,’ giving him time to wind down his investigations. But Linick has since been told that he is physically barred from returning to the State Department even to collect his belongings, complicating his ability to finish his work. This is where we are at in Florida: Late last Friday, the architect and manager of Florida's COVID-19 dashboard — praised by White House officials for its accessibility — announced that she had been removed from her post, causing outcry from independent researchers now worried about government censorship. Same late night firing pattern as trump has: trump continues to fire inspector generals as if every level of our government isn’t subject to over site and transparency. Nebraska has stopped reporting confirmed cases in our meat packing plants. Here in Florida the medical examiners were releasing coronavirus death data to the public. As they have in every health emergency since 1992 but the state has just made them stop. FL did not meet trumps own guidelines for reopening but here we are. More than a dozen times trump and his administration was warned about the threat of covid throughout January and February. Warned of the death toll, warned of the economic fall out and warned about China lying about the virus. All while trump himself praised China’s job dealing with the virus, said our economy was fine and told us not to worry he had it under control. trump couldn’t be bothered to use the Defense Production Act to prepare for this crisis but he will use it now to force workers back to the factories that had unsafe working conditions in order to handle and process our food. “Why did Maryland have to go to South Korea to get 500,000 tests”. The chances of a second wave are real likely especially since we still can’t test and trace cases like we need to in order to even try to get back to normal. States opening in spite of not meeting the recommended guidelines won’t help any either and then we still have to deal with all this: Vaccine expert Rick Bright is filing a whistleblower complaint, his attorneys said Thursday. Bright said he was ousted as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority because he resisted efforts to join President Trump in pushing hydroxychloroquine as a potential covid-19 cure. A preliminary study, which has not been peer reviewed, was posted that indicated hydroxychloroquine had no benefit in patients and was associated with higher rates of death. Nancy Messonnier, the CDC’s director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, was removed from her post as her agency’s coronavirus response chief after saying publicly on Feb. 25 that Americans should begin preparing for “significant disruption” to their daily lives from this “severe illness.” trumps good old go to distractions: blaming immigrants for our woes and threatening war. All to distract from his epic failure of a response to the pandemic. WHO gave the U.S. real time live updates on the spread of covid right from the start of the outbreak. We have employees of the CDC that do a rotation with WHO. trump continues to repeat claims that their are beds, ventilators and tests for anyone who wants or needs them. That is not true, state after state still have not been able to get enough supplies having to compete against other states and sometimes being out bid by the federal government. trump stopped federal testing after making a bad deal and once again has left the country to fend for themselves. What the fuck did we elect the guy who said he alone can fix it for. But hey we do have the highest death toll now in the world, so winning I guess. Didn’t take long for trump to remove the inspector general who was to oversee the $2 trillion stimulus spending. trumps son in-law announced in a press conference that the national stock pile of emergency equipment and supplies is not meant for the states but for them. Within a day the official government webpage for the Strategic National Stockpile was changed to match his language. trump bragged about his press conference ratings and blamed nurses and doctors for steeling masks during a covid-19 public update. So with tests not working, not getting to the right places and no respirators. Don’t worry his ratings are great. trump’s administration has been withholding a Threat Assessment Report from Congress since Feb. 12 that warns the U.S. is unprepared for a pandemic. Against all advice trump continues to claim we will be back to normal soon and apparently now we are sacrificing our grandparents for the sake of the stock market. Here in the U.S. trump tells states to fend for themselves when it comes to medical supplies at the same time he writes a letter to North Korea offering them help. WTF U.S. intelligence reports from January and February warned about a likely coronavirus pandemic. In briefing notes trump crosses out corona and writes in Chines virus. He’s making this an us vs them (racist) issue. trump claimed Democrats were using the virus as “their new hoax,” downplayed the danger, repeatedly contradicted public health experts and spread falsehoods, such as saying the virus will go away when it gets warmer. Two weeks ago, Trump said the virus was “very much under control” and that the number of people infected was “going very substantially down, not up.” Soon, he declared on Feb. 26, the total number of cases will be “close to zero.” Stock market at a 12 year low and layoffs due to the Corona virus are just starting. Officials say the response by the White House to the Corona virus has been complete chaos. If you think Pence knows what he’s doing when it comes to the Corona virus take a look at how he handled the HIV outbreak in his state. The White House got rid of its top official leading the government response to a global pandemic and essentially folded up his office. This means no senior administration official is now focused solely on global health security. This year the White House proposed a budget that cuts money from the very health agencies that will be dealing with the coronavirus. The U.S. Justice Department moved Monday to drop its two-year-long prosecution of a Russian company charged with orchestrating a social media campaign to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The stunning reversal came weeks before the case was to go to trial. Judge cites Barr’s ‘misleading’ statements in ordering review of Mueller report redactions. Iran has almost tripled their stock pile of low-enriched uranium and have blocked access to possible nuclear related sites all since trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Why did the state department hold up the visa of a renowned German professor who was scheduled to teach a class on the rise of far right extremism. A senior intelligence official has warned law makers Russia wants and will likely help trump win re-election. We only know this because trump demoted him for it. Now that trump can do what ever, check out the list of criminal friends he has been pardoning or releasing early from prison. Like former Illinois governor who was found guilty of pay to play politics and former New York police commissioner who was being charged with tax fraud. As well as the former owner of the 49ers who’s state he wants to win this year. Federal judges have called an emergency meeting after Roger Stone case intervention. More than a thousand ex-justice department officials have called for Barr’s resignation and have called for staff attorneys to resist interference. trump has again interfered in a criminal case having Barr reduce the sentence of trumps co-conspirator Roger Stone, who was found guilty of lying to Congress and witness tampering. trump is running out of friends who aren’t in jail, being prosecuted or pleading guilty. $650 a night at Mara Lago and $17,000 a month at Bedminster is what the tax payers are being charged by trump for the secret service to stay at his resorts. We now live in trumps world where you are punished for speaking out against what is wrong, trump has removed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his brother, as well as Gordon Sondland. 75% of Americans think there should have been witnesses and FOXs own poll shows half of Americans think he should be convicted and removed. 24 emails show trumps thoughts on withholding Ukraine aid and the Justice Department is refusing to release them unredacted. A congressional budget office says our deficit will surpass $1 trillion this year in part because of trumps 2017 tax cuts and increased government spending. trump told Bolton to withhold Ukrainian aid until they announced an investigation against his political rival. trump has rolled back parts of the Clean Water Act that would directly benefit real estate developers. Shit water for us, big buildings for him. trump has made it easier for our kids to eat junk foods at school instead of healthy alternatives because he is petty and does not care at all when it comes to our children. Marie Yovanovitch a U.S. ambassador was followed, threatened and then fired all at the direction of or directly by our president in exchange for dirt on a political rival from a Ukrainian prosecutor who didn’t like her because of her support for anti corruption groups. Russian spies hacked into Ukrainian gas company behind trumps conspiracies, again entangling Moscow in our politics. trump is trying to divert another $7.2 billion in pentagon funds for a wall that no one wants and wouldn’t work. Accused Obama of being week, pathetic and a bad negotiator so he was going to start a war with Iran in order to win re election. So much for bringing the troops home. 90 minutes after phone call with Ukraine president aid was withheld. Christianity Today now says trump should be removed from office. White House officials feared Putin influenced trumps views on Ukraine. trump, “I new it was Ukraine because Putin told me.” trumps inspector general report says FBI had authorized purpose to investigate trump campaign Russian ties. Three constitutional scholars have stated trump has committed, what is clearly spelled out in the Constitution of the United States, impeachable offenses. Attorney General Barr’s handpicked prosecutor says there is no evidence that supports Russia investigation was a setup or hoax. Why was bipartisan approved military aid to Lebanon held up for months by White House.(Jared Kushner has a lot of ties to that part of the world) Giuliani in talks to be paid by Ukraine official, while they were working together to attack trumps political opponent. Donald McGhan ordered to comply with subpoena. Bolton’s next:) Devin Nunez met with Ukrainians and directly pushed for Biden investigations. The meetings were set up by Giuliani’s Russian criminal friend Lev Parnas. Sondland was on a “Domestic Political Errand.” Was there a quid pro quo? Sondland, “Yes, Everyone was in the loop”. David Holmes, testified that Ukrainian officials “came to understand what was required” in order to get military assistance and a meeting with trump. U.S. ambassador to Ukraine felt threatened by trumps remarks and was threatened by trump while testifying. Long time friend and confidant of trump Roger Stone, found guilty of lying and witness tampering. trump has asked the Supreme Court to keep his taxes hidden. So, no more separation of powers in the government? trump sought status of Ukraine investigations showing aid was depended on the investigations themselves. trump complains that witnesses all speak from 2nd and 3rd hand knowledge yet ordered Mulvaney not to testify. Laura Cooper testified that the Pentagon sought clarification from the trump administration about the hold up of the Ukraine aide and received none. A second person has said they reported sexual misconduct involving a former doctor who’s been accused of sexually abusing nearly 300 men over a 17-year period to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his staff felt they would not get the millions of dollars in aid money without publicly committing to launch the investigations Trump wanted. Senior trump administration officials considered resigning en masse in a ‘midnight self massacre’. State Department official says Giuliani was engaged in a campaign ‘full of lies and incorrect information’ about former ambassador. trump has issued pardons for two soldiers being tried for war crimes and returned rank to a soldier who took a selfie with a dead body. trump to pay $2 million for charity foundation misuse. trump wanted attorney general Barr to hold a news conference saying the president broke no laws on Ukraine call. White House official who heard trumps call with Ukraine president was told to keep quite. White House lawyer moved transcript of trump call to classified server after Ukraine adviser raised alarms. He has politicized our national security and has chosen Putin and other dictators over our own congress and security agencies. “I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the NSC was going to get involved in or push,” Vindman adds. Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council is testifying that trump demanded that a foreign government investigate an American citizen in exchange for Congresses approved aide. Just reached a $984 billion deficit while he lines his pockets with our tax dollars and foreign money at his resorts. $400 million in aide money was withheld from Ukraine back in August and Ukrainian leaders were told it was not red tape, that they needed to talk to Chief of Staff Mulvaney to resolve it and make a CNN statement about Biden in order to receive said aide. Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is running a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvents U.S. officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit President trump. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas. Look them up. North Korea just tested a submarine launched missile. Deserted our Kurdish allies who have been fighting ISIS with us and now are being slaughtered. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. “The Americans betrayed us. We do not trust them anymore,” she added. These used to be our Kurdish allies that stood against ISIS. He is refusing to comply with the law. He is using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. He is acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. He is blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. He has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. He invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. He is a #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. He has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. He took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. He has privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. He is pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. He took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. He thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. He is host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Again our tax dollars paying him directly. He taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. He was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. This year the richest of us payed less in taxes than the rest of us. He is destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). He made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. He bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. He is refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. He is attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. He thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. He has: Obstructed Justice. Is profiting from the Presidency. Colluded - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocated political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a criminal investigation of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    We spend way too much money on so-called defense! We’ve been involved in senseless wars my entire life. This budget needs aggressive cuts.
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    We need to cut spending on our defense budget! They are being overfunded while welfare for millions of Americans is being underfunded. Come on!
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    We are a military superpower. We do not need to add funding to our already bloated defense budget. Our biggest threat right now comes from a virus. Let's set our priorities straight and properly fund research and treatment to combat COVID-19.
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    We should be investing more time and money in healthcare, transportation, and infrastructure. We need to find other ways to support our troops and their families instead of lumping them together in a bill that’s mostly focused on the priorities of the people involved in the drafting of this bill.
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    Time to cut the bloated military budget and start funding constructive social programs.
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    Enough money has been spent on death. Time to stop.
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    Strong US military with it, weak US military without it.
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    Why can’t we pay for Healthcare or services beneficial at home? Cause our perpetual money pit in foreign conflicts never runs dry! Get the priorities straight and find a way to end our conflicts and find ways to assert our strength without heading straight to the military.
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    Test, trace isolate. Protect our troops.
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