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house Bill H.R. 6395

Authorizing $740 Billion in Military Spending for FY2021

Argument in favor

Congress’s foremost constitutional duty is 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.

Alison's Opinion
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07/22/2020
I do NOT support the current military budget! I support reducing it by 10% and using those funds to support pubic programs here at home in the areas of health. education, the homeless, and supporting small businesses all over this country. Anyone know how to change what appears to be me in favor to me being against, which is really where I stand....
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Jim2423's Opinion
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07/19/2020
I hope the majority of this money goes to American workers and not corrupt contractors. I do support a strong and well trained military. But look at other countries not spending money on engagement of their military in foreign countries, especially areas that were not really a deterrent to begin with 9 trillion dollars so far in Iraq and Afghanistan not counting all the money going for VA expenditures. Do we really need all the cost plus military expenses. Well it appears our representatives do not really look into these Bills. Just wave it off and vote YEA. We all know this is an atrocious expense with NO Accountability. Yes we need a well trained and ready military but this is ridiculous.
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Jarret's Opinion
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07/22/2020
I’m quite happy that congress authorized a high, robust and necessary defense budget! The Space Force being solidified as fully fledged branch of the military is a real key to growth of our security in the future. Hopefully this budget will go towards modernization of equipment. I think a strong solid defense budget is needed to counter China and other growing threats. Just because we have a large defense budget doesn’t mean other government programs can’t be funded as well. Hopefully the public can soon see the strides the US military has been making on our “loyal wingman” program and the “sixth generation” future fighter jet program.
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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.

Taylor 's Opinion
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07/22/2020
That money should be allocated towards so many other things. Stop investing in war and guns and start investing in communities and people
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AntwonKey's Opinion
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07/22/2020
The Pentagon budget is way too big at a cost to domestic programs.
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Jeremy's Opinion
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07/22/2020
“Overseas contingency operations?” How’s about bringing the troops home instead.
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    I do NOT support the current military budget! I support reducing it by 10% and using those funds to support pubic programs here at home in the areas of health. education, the homeless, and supporting small businesses all over this country. Anyone know how to change what appears to be me in favor to me being against, which is really where I stand....
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    That money should be allocated towards so many other things. Stop investing in war and guns and start investing in communities and people
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    The Pentagon budget is way too big at a cost to domestic programs.
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    “Overseas contingency operations?” How’s about bringing the troops home instead.
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    Updated: 1/1/21. To be clear I opposed the budget submitted because I felt it could be have been reduced in some areas to fund higher priority needs. However, since the budget has already been approved I feel that the allocation of funds to support that budget should be approved without unnecessary delay - because it puts our military in some distress and our country at risk while adversaries are attacking our infrastructure and making threats. … … UPDATED BELOW IN RESPONSE TO Frank-001’s comments. I have commented on this before but it is worth repeating. In an interview a year or so ago with Jimmy Carter, he was asked to what he would attribute China’s rapid economic growth over the last 40 years. He answered that question with the question, “How many wars have they fought over the past 40 years”? The point is that they spent their resources on building their infrastructure capabilities and investing in world partnerships without spending any if their resources on military engagements. Our country did not. China, for example bought 90% of the world’s rare earth mining rights which are critical for lithium batteries, efficient electric motors and a variety of military and commercial electronic devices like smart phones. Our country was too busy fighting endless wars to even notice. … … … Frank-001: your comments on China’s military actions are all well outside of the 40 Year time frame cited in Carter’s comments. Roughly fifty years ago, the Chinese Government committed to long term strategic goals that included avoiding military conflict and the institutionalism of ‘entrepreneurialism’ - which is a much purer form of Capitalism than is practiced in our country, because the awards are reaped by actually competing to make better products and services instead of paying off politicians to protect corporate cash flows. Granted, China’s version is heavily weighted to supporting the state and the rewards that can be reaped are somewhat capped. They strategically chose to add a form a Capitalism and rely on long term goals and strategies instead of highly prescriptive and detailed 5 and 10 year plans; and these changes have certainly contributed to their advances. … … As far as the rare earth mining comments, the future need for these materials should have been recognized as a strategic imperative by our government to incentivize private capital to invest in politically troubled countries where the many of the mining and rare earth deposits are located- and I consider this to be a failure of our government that was much more focused on military engagements than long term strategy. The 90% share of mining rights for rare earth materials was widely reported about a year ago, included countries all over the world and may have changed somewhat since then. … … China did things right and I can see (from pictures taken in places that I visited forty five years ago) tremendous advances in the affluence of the people and major infrastructure improvements. Yes, they cheat by stealing or demanding transfer of intellectual property, engaging in lop sided trade deals, using their expansive economy to engage in their own version of a ‘Marshall Plan’ to buy and demand forced alliances with developing countries and have built the ‘great firewall’ to control information flow within their country and prevent the kind of cyber intrusion from ‘outside’ that they are engaged in elsewhere. China has also logged a number of scientific achievements which could definitely be a factor in their gradual military buildup like quantum entangled satellite communication for unbreakable encryption, satellite ‘buses’ capable of deploying many smaller satellites that have been tested maneuvering toward our military satellites to eavesdrop and possibly damage them, and remotely piloted deep sea submersibles capable of reaching the deepest depths of the transatlantic cables of damaging intercontinental cable communications in locations that cannot be repaired. All true. They have been very successful in their efforts. … … … I am sorry if my comments were seen as an endorsement of the Chinese political system - they are not. My comments are about our government falling behind on the world stage by not thinking strategically and long term, not anticipating long-term consequences of their actions, and the increasing self-serving interests of our politicians. The world is and will be facing severe and consequential long term threats. To just keep up, we will have some solid democratic structural changes to our governance. … … … A strong military defense is important for our country, investment in military offense, not so much. I would suggest reviewing the military budget as consisting of three parts: subsistence and personnel maintenance, military defensive capability and military offensive capability. Then take a long look at investment into offensive capabilities to see what offensive capabilities should be deferred or postponed until they are clearly needed. The freed-up resources would certainly help with the added long term costs from the Covid war attacks that we are currently trying to defend our country from.
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    UPDATED 1-1-21: The only positive aspect of this legislation is The Corporate Transparency Act banning anonymous shell companies used for money laundering, crime & corruption. The enemy is Covid (not other countries, social media, journalists, or the other political party)! This money needs to go to fighting Covid! The US only bought 100M doses (50M people) from Pfizer & turned down a 2nd offer in July. Now they want to buy more but Pfizer won’t have any until June 2021. Penny Wise Pound Foolish decision by the Trump Administration! This bloated Defense Budget does NOT pay our troops well or take good care of veterans. Instead its funding defense contractors & outsourcing to campaign contributors! Thank you Jamie Raskin for voting “Nay” on this bloated defense budget. Hopefully funds can be redirected to higher priorities like COVID-19 control and economic recovery from this disaster, and Justice in Policing. https://www.thedailybeast.com/jared-kushner-okd-trump-campaign-shell-company-that-secretly-paid-inner-circle-says-report https://fortune.com/2020/12/26/ndaa-2021-shell-companies-corporate-transparency-act/?fbclid=IwAR3IUG4DpKybhPTxNSrPLwfYKvvm96liyKO0ayGFl3YClpbOLIXVjnCEWx8 https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-administration-rejected-pfizer-offer-more-covid-19-vaccine-doses-2020-12 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/07/us/trump-covid-vaccine-pfizer.html
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    I hope the majority of this money goes to American workers and not corrupt contractors. I do support a strong and well trained military. But look at other countries not spending money on engagement of their military in foreign countries, especially areas that were not really a deterrent to begin with 9 trillion dollars so far in Iraq and Afghanistan not counting all the money going for VA expenditures. Do we really need all the cost plus military expenses. Well it appears our representatives do not really look into these Bills. Just wave it off and vote YEA. We all know this is an atrocious expense with NO Accountability. Yes we need a well trained and ready military but this is ridiculous.
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    Why is there always ample funding for the war machine, but not for universal health care, the homeless problem, addiction problems, theft from Social Security, numerous golf trips (with Secret Service costs) to Mar-A-Lago, etc.?
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    UPDATEl Andy Biggs, my apologies, thank you for voting against this! This vote however does not undo the damage to my district, my state, and my nation you and the 'reopening committee' have done. Don't plan on a future representing anyone in politics. I plan on a class action suit for your disregard of your constituents and every death in our district. Or you'll be behind bars for the thousands of murders your and the rest of you have exacerbated. Why we should cut the Defense Budget: military spending and the 1033 program. Since 2016, defense spending has increased by close to 20%. Trump asked for a record-breaking $731 billion. Republicans in Congress then jacked that up even more to $740.5 billion. The U.S. spends more on military and war than the next 10 nations combined. REMEMBER, THAT $731 BILLION WAS DISCRETIONARY! SO NOW THERE IS $745.5 BILLION EARMARKED FOR WHATEVER? DOES THE ASS CLOWN NEED ANOTHER GOLDEN TOILET? GOOD GOD! GIVE ME BACK MY TAX DOLLARS! I DO NOT APPROVE! THE UNITED STATES WILL FALL AND BE REMEMBERED IN HISTORY ALONG WITH THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE! Back in 1990, as part of the “War on Drugs,” the NDAA of that year established the 1033 Program to provide military equipment to civilian police forces. Since then, militarization of police has metastasized like a fatal cancer – drones, armored vehicles, explosives, helicopters, grenade launchers, bayonets, large-caliber weapons, and military-type responses to people who are peacefully and legally protesting. Equipping police officers with military equipment does nothing to reduce crime or protect law enforcement officers from violence. Equipping cops with weapons of war inevitably leads to a war within suppressed communities. Police forces that use military equipment are more likely to kill civilians than police forces that have not been militarized.
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    $10 Billion for 79 new aircraft? Imagine what $10,000,000,000 in our education system could do for the future of our society
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    Cut military spending
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    Cut military funding by at least 10%. We are fighting the COVID War at home...and are losing miserably.
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    Not one red cent until they get their accounting books in order
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    I think it is a good idea to have a large amount of money going to our defense operations, however I find it absolutely absurd that our military spending is continuing to skyrocket! We have more than double the amount of China’s military spending and around 11 times the amount of Russia’s. But for some reason we want to keep increasing that number. I cannot comprehend this decision that leaves our education underfunded, our healthcare materials during COVID-19 inadequate, hundreds of thousands of people homeless, and people who work multiple jobs on minimum wage only to not receive the healthcare that they need to stay alive. Just to have our military spending surge. Once again leaving the majority of the middle class and all of the working class Americans to be disappointed in our congressmen and women who voted for this bill.
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    I would like to see equivalent and greater spending for: coronavirus testing; extending unemployment benefits for american workers and families who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic; fully funding the centers for disease control; providing states with all the funding they need for PPE and testing; and providing rent/mortgage assistance to families and workers who have lost their jobs and now risk evication and foreclosure.
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    This money is needed elsewhere. Our country is falling apart. Literally! Bridges need to be replaced, roads need work. This money could make needed changes and give people jobs. Our military doesn't need billions for discretionary funding. What does that even mean?
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    We need to start figuring out how to cut this ridiculous budget down. Our impact to the world should not be our military.
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    The military has too much funding already. That money needs to be allocated elsewhere. Like to education or healthcare.
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    I’m quite happy that congress authorized a high, robust and necessary defense budget! The Space Force being solidified as fully fledged branch of the military is a real key to growth of our security in the future. Hopefully this budget will go towards modernization of equipment. I think a strong solid defense budget is needed to counter China and other growing threats. Just because we have a large defense budget doesn’t mean other government programs can’t be funded as well. Hopefully the public can soon see the strides the US military has been making on our “loyal wingman” program and the “sixth generation” future fighter jet program.
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    The Pentagon is like Midas....no amount of money is ever enough...the more money you give them the more they want. The military budget is way more than necessary to provide necessary defense and Veteran programs. Another thing that is sorely needed is an audit of Pentagon spending. This needs to be done every few years and for all Government departments, Congress and the WH as well. The amount of wasteful spending and money lost or unaccounted for will be astonishing.
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