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house Bill H.R. 5391

Do the Feds Need to Improve Their Technology for Detecting Nuclear Weapons?

Argument in favor

Nuclear weapons and other bombs with fissile or radiological material pose a significant threat to national security, and federal research into detecting such devices should focus on closing the gaps in the system.

Loraki's Opinion
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09/23/2016
Why isn't this being done on a regular basis?! I'm dismayed that you are just now getting around to addressing this issue, plus the threat that an EMP poses to our nation, and while you're at it, what about a defense against chemical and biological weapons?! Good grief! I see so many bills brought before Congress that are total nonsense and a complete waste of taxpayers' money and a LOT of other bills that are rightfully the purview of state and local governments! With all due respect (and realizing that my own representatives disagree with me on almost everything), there are four main areas that y'all need to be concentrating on right now, IMO: 1. national security 2. national debt 3. restore our Republic form of government and preserve, protect & defend our Constitution 4. downsize the federal government & demilitarize federal agencies
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Gadsden's Opinion
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09/23/2016
"This bill would require the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) to focus its research and development on creating and improving technologies to detect and prevent...". What other role would this office possible have??
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09/25/2016
As our enemies' weapon technologies continue to improve, so does our need to improve our defense technology. BUT, accountability must be in check to ensure that progress is occurring and that the money isn't being floundered.
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Argument opposed

The Dept. of Homeland Security is already trying to research ways to improve the system for detecting nuclear devices. Plus this bill only calls for research to focus on gaps in the system without providing funding.

Rutland's Opinion
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09/23/2016
What else would the DNDO have to do? The name is literally Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. I'm really concerned if they are doing anything else.
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operaman's Opinion
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09/24/2016
Is this a bill to subsidize a failed program so a bunch of scientists can continue receiving a paycheck. Hard to answer this question without more parameters and clarity. Maybe guessing or flipping a coin may help.
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Thomas's Opinion
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09/24/2016
Wait! Wait! Don't tell me! The US early warning system is some retired guy standing on top of a building looking out over the horizon. We have satellites that can tell me where I am on a dirt road in the backwoods of Texas and direct me to a gas station and a restaurant! We have radar that can track a bumble bee! The NSA records every phone call, Internet serf and private conversation in church but the can't detect and incoming missile yet? This is just more useless government spending.
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    Why isn't this being done on a regular basis?! I'm dismayed that you are just now getting around to addressing this issue, plus the threat that an EMP poses to our nation, and while you're at it, what about a defense against chemical and biological weapons?! Good grief! I see so many bills brought before Congress that are total nonsense and a complete waste of taxpayers' money and a LOT of other bills that are rightfully the purview of state and local governments! With all due respect (and realizing that my own representatives disagree with me on almost everything), there are four main areas that y'all need to be concentrating on right now, IMO: 1. national security 2. national debt 3. restore our Republic form of government and preserve, protect & defend our Constitution 4. downsize the federal government & demilitarize federal agencies
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    What else would the DNDO have to do? The name is literally Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. I'm really concerned if they are doing anything else.
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    Is this a bill to subsidize a failed program so a bunch of scientists can continue receiving a paycheck. Hard to answer this question without more parameters and clarity. Maybe guessing or flipping a coin may help.
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    "This bill would require the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) to focus its research and development on creating and improving technologies to detect and prevent...". What other role would this office possible have??
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    Wait! Wait! Don't tell me! The US early warning system is some retired guy standing on top of a building looking out over the horizon. We have satellites that can tell me where I am on a dirt road in the backwoods of Texas and direct me to a gas station and a restaurant! We have radar that can track a bumble bee! The NSA records every phone call, Internet serf and private conversation in church but the can't detect and incoming missile yet? This is just more useless government spending.
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    I haven't voted either way on this issue, as I don't know the our current abilities in this matter. I have though seen numerous pieces about how our nuclear weapons (the software, logistical and hardware controls) are out of date. Perhaps this money should go there as investments now may decrease future upkeep spending? These are just thoughts. My most recent source is John Oliver's piece on nuclear weapons which demonstrates how old we've let some of this technology get. I don't recall him doing a cost of improvement/reduction of future costs analysis though which would be very valuable.
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    As our enemies' weapon technologies continue to improve, so does our need to improve our defense technology. BUT, accountability must be in check to ensure that progress is occurring and that the money isn't being floundered.
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    Maybe with improved technology, they'll finally find the ones in Iraq that we were promised were there.
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    Countries like North Korea and groups like ISIS don't care about the morality of using weapons of mass destruction. Since the primary responsibility of the government is to protect its citizens, I believe that we should do whatever is necessary to combat this threat.
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    Defending the country is one of the most important roles of the Federal Government. They should ensure that our country has the best defenses possible.
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    Other countries are building and expanding their Nuclear weapons capabilities it only makes sense we invest in technology to counter anything they come up with.
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    I feel like this is a very big issue. Especially with Russia recently coming out with a bomb the claim can destroy areas the size of Texas.
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    Yes, of course this should pass. This would help improve national security.
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    Homeland has a history of not being upfront with their activities- this is a step in the right direction. Where are all the bullets they bought?
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    Already being done by Homeland security. Wasted money ,do away with the office.
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    This bill is designed to provide better oversight of the reporting mechanisms that are used to monitor nuclear weapons without requiring increased funding. IMO it is an attempt to improve the information available to our elected officials to aid them in making decisions about the effectiveness of our monitoring systems. Too much of our military budget is inadequately reported and monitored for effectiveness. This bill is intended to correct a portion of this knowledge gap.
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    The Feds should keep out of our business! Nuclear bombs are a non issue compared to the real problems facing Americans, including a living wage, union rights, and pardoning Edward Snowden. Invest less in bombs and more in the education of our youth!
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    We need to protect our country. Period.
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    I agree
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    I feel like this is a rather obvious question. But as weapons improve our technology to defend, find, and destroy them should, as well. Why would you build a wooden wall for a fire attack?
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