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house Bill H.R. 2029

Omnibus: How Congress Wants to Spend $1.1 Trillion in Taxpayer Dollars

Argument in favor

Failing to pass this bipartisan legislation would likely lead to a government shutdown. This agreement represents an acceptable compromise across both sides of the aisle on the multitude of issues that come up when you're funding the federal government.

Cary's Opinion
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05/02/2015
For the love of all that is good yes and please actually speed up the wait time for our veterans, they deserve it!
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Christopher's Opinion
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04/29/2015
I don't know when the last time congressional representatives have driven around Naval Station Norfolk, but the infrastructure is falling apart and the buildings are SOOO out dated and just... 1960s. With as old and unkept these buildings look I feel like I'm on some old decrepit USSR base instead of the most powerful and largest naval base in the world. And don't get me started on veterans affairs. Congress had the balls to send them to war, it's your damn job to take care of my brothers and sisters when they come home.
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04/29/2015
It's not enough. But at least it's something.
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Argument opposed

A compromise bill inevitably leads to certain programs losing out on funding — but some of the cuts in this omnibus are unacceptable. This bill also has a number of unsavory policy provisions begging for another round of negotiations.

Jared's Opinion
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04/28/2015
***UPDATE- I am always skeptical of any bill which contains riders. I truly believe that one if the biggest pitfalls of our governmental process is the ability to exploit this loophole and that laws should be written to make it illegal to include any rider, and any law containing riders becomes null and void, as do the riders themselves (not sure what it is, but there has to be a term for people like me- I cannot be the only one). Good luck getting the people we have to rely upon to pass a bill to write one preventing them from being able to conduct business as usual.*** Yet another opportunity for the Republican party to blame the Obama administration and Democrats for underfunding during the election when, in fact, the bill is designed to provide far less than the President's requested funding. As a veteran, I abhor the Republican party for hijacking my political representation and know full well that, while they portray themselves as the pro-veteran, pro-military party, they use us as pawns to meet their agenda then undercut us at every chance. This is one of many examples.
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billwdk9's Opinion
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04/28/2015
Fund the VA at the higher levels requested in the President's budget. We must properly support our veterans.
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Edwin's Opinion
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04/27/2015
Congress should take quick action to fully fund the President's request. Why short change veterans coming home from wars that lasted longer than any previous conflicts. Make cuts elsewhere!
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    For the love of all that is good yes and please actually speed up the wait time for our veterans, they deserve it!
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    ***UPDATE- I am always skeptical of any bill which contains riders. I truly believe that one if the biggest pitfalls of our governmental process is the ability to exploit this loophole and that laws should be written to make it illegal to include any rider, and any law containing riders becomes null and void, as do the riders themselves (not sure what it is, but there has to be a term for people like me- I cannot be the only one). Good luck getting the people we have to rely upon to pass a bill to write one preventing them from being able to conduct business as usual.*** Yet another opportunity for the Republican party to blame the Obama administration and Democrats for underfunding during the election when, in fact, the bill is designed to provide far less than the President's requested funding. As a veteran, I abhor the Republican party for hijacking my political representation and know full well that, while they portray themselves as the pro-veteran, pro-military party, they use us as pawns to meet their agenda then undercut us at every chance. This is one of many examples.
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    Fund the VA at the higher levels requested in the President's budget. We must properly support our veterans.
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    Congress should take quick action to fully fund the President's request. Why short change veterans coming home from wars that lasted longer than any previous conflicts. Make cuts elsewhere!
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    I don't know when the last time congressional representatives have driven around Naval Station Norfolk, but the infrastructure is falling apart and the buildings are SOOO out dated and just... 1960s. With as old and unkept these buildings look I feel like I'm on some old decrepit USSR base instead of the most powerful and largest naval base in the world. And don't get me started on veterans affairs. Congress had the balls to send them to war, it's your damn job to take care of my brothers and sisters when they come home.
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    Here's an idea: Stop using private contractors for government construction projects. Start utilizing the Army Corps of Engineers again instead of paying them to do almost nothing. The government has the ability to do all of these things in house and at cost. Why inflate the cost?
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    Find somebody besides veterans to shortchange
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    Fund them fully. Even the Presidents call is too low. These men and women have often sacrificed their lives and limbs for foreign policy decisions that are often in the service of private interests. Give these soldiers much more!
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    Send it back for a rewrite. Tie the money to specific goals of reform by the VA.
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    It's not enough. But at least it's something.
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    Less military spending, more veteran support. This is s two part bill that should solely focus on veterans.
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    Pony up the money requested by the Executive Branch. It is little enough for our military!
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    I agreed with several of these budget proposals, but I must say that some of the riders are not okay with me. I was especially appalled at the plan to fund a program to work toward violating our privacy rights.
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    Although this is not the ideal for our nations former serving members. We should pass what bills we can to boost funds when possible. I see this bill as a start, not an end to raised funds for our veterans.
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    We must cut government spending across the board.
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    Can we just balance the budget without throwing in useless pork? Like CISPA?
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    Read the riders below---- approves of US crude oil exports. We should not be creating incentives to provide more fossil fuels.
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    Throwing more money at a problem will not fix the problem. Our nation is $18 trillion in debt in addition to $100 billion in unfunded liabilities. Increasing spending (in any government agency) needs to be offset by responsible, equal and effective cuts to the federal budget in other areas. Serious governmental reform in these agencies is needed and the corruption that is rampant in agencies such as the VA and the IRS must be weeded out; plenty of money can be found and reallocated in this manner. Waste and fraud must be stopped. One could have unlimited funding but if incompetent bureaucrats are running the programs (and sometimes lying for personal benefit), the amount of money is arbitrary and doesn't actually get to the people who need it the most - our brave veterans.
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    If we can not afford to support our veterans, we should. Not be going to war. Do not undercut President Obama's funding request, fund it fully.
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    Can't wait to see how our taxpayer's money on non-important issues like bike paths, nature walks, running shrimp or spending $25,200 to study the experiences of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of Pentecostal churches.
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