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senate Bill S. 3159

The $675 Billion Defense Spending Plan for FY2019

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill appropriately funds the needs of America’s military, ensuring that the military is prepared to defend the nation while giving troops and military families a much-deserved raise.

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08/05/2018
👍🏻2018 Defense Appropriations Bill👍🏻 Pass this bipartisan bill appropriately funds that meets the strong needs of America’s military, ensuring that the military is prepared to defend the nation while giving troops and military families a much-deserved raise. The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation funds the Department of Defense – including operations, readiness activities, and health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families. 8*5*18 ..... SneakyPete
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08/05/2018
I strongly support the FY2019 Defense Appropriations Act. We are finally providing our armed forces and our heroes with the pay, equipment, training, and support that they deserve. It’s the least we can do for them in return for all that they do for us. Without them and without sustained and robust funding, the United States wouldn’t be the historical and global powerhouse that we are today. The Federal Governments primarily responsible for providing the defense of our Nation, and this legislation is another step in the right direction under the Republican Congress and the Trump Administration. God Bless our troops and God Bless America.
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08/05/2018
Defense is absolutely critical! We have lost our technological edge thanks to decades of liberal cuts. We can either have numerical superiority and accept high casualty rates or we can spend the money to regain our technological edge. So, which is it? Are you willing to go on record that you're more concerned with money than lives?
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Argument opposed

While funding the military is a critical function of the federal government, $675 billion is far too much and taxpayer dollars would be better spent in other ways.

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08/05/2018
We need to cut this at least in half so that we can invest into our nation for education, health care and infrastructure. This is a ludicrous amount.
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08/06/2018
WE spend way too much money on military spending. More then many countries combined
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08/19/2018
We don't really need to outspend the rest of the world (slight exaggeration).
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What is Senate Bill S. 3159?

This bill would provide $675 billion in FY2019 for the Dept. of Defense (DOD), an increase of $20.4 billion from the prior year. Of the total, the base budget is $607.1 billion while $67.9 billion is provided for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). A detailed breakdown of where that funding would go can be found below.

Military Personnel & Pay: This section would fund an Active Duty end strength of 1,329,461 servicemembers and a Selected Reserve end strength of 816,900 for a total strength of 2,146,361 — an increase of 6,961 servicemembers from the prior year. A military pay raise of 2.6%, the largest in nine years, would be funded by this bill. It’d also include additional funding targeted to support the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs, the State Partnership Program, and the Advance Trauma Training Program.

Readiness: A total of $232.2 billion in base and OCO funding would be provided for operation and maintenance accounts to improve the military’s readiness. This includes funding for training and equipment modernization to restore readiness in the near- and long-term. It’d also include targeted funding for the following:

  • $350 million for Navy facility sustainment, restoration, and modernization;

  • $350 million for Air Force weapons systems sustainment;

  • $23 million in funding for U.S. Southern Command Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance requirements (which includes the Caribbean plus Central and South America);

  • Full funding for flight operations and force related training for Special Operations Command.

Shipbuilding: A total of $24 billion would be provided for Navy shipbuilding, including $2.3 billion in additional funding for high priority shipbuilding and industrial base programs. It’d fund the construction of 13 new ships:

  • Two Virginia class submarines;

  • Three Arleigh Burke class destroyers;

  • Two Littoral Combat Ships;

  • One expeditionary sea base and one expeditionary fast transport;

  • Two TAO fleet oilers; one towing, salvage, and rescue ship; and one cable ship.

Additionally, this section would provide:

  • $500 million in advance procurement for an LPD Flight II amphibious transport dock;

  • $350 million in advance procurement for the LHA 9 amphibious assault ship;

  • $250 million in advance procurement to purchase an additional Arleigh Burke class destroyer in FY2021;

  • $250 million for submarine industrial base expansion to increase capacity and create multiple suppliers for critical submarine components.

Aviation Programs: A total of $42.2 billion would be provided for the procurement of military aircraft, including $3.8 billion to address high priority aviation programs across the services such as:

  • $1.2 billion for eight F-35 carrier variants and four F-35 short takeoff/vertical landing Joint Strike Fighters (Navy & Marine Corps);

  • $720 million for additional AH-64E Apache helicopters (Army);

  • $320 for 15 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters (Army National Guard);

  • $300 million for the O/A-X Light Attack Aircraft program (Air Force);

  • $240 million for three V-22 Osprey aircraft (Navy);

  • $120 million for Air Force F-35 advance procurement for FY2020;

  • $200 million for Navy and Marine Corps aviation spares and repair parts to address maintenance issues;

  • An additional $375 million to support the Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System, including additional MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles.

Missile Defense: A total of $10.5 billion would be provided for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), which includes $1.2 billion to support unfunded priorities and emergent threats including:

  • $100 million for the development of a space-based Missile Defense Tracking System to detect conventional ballistic missiles and hypersonic glide vehicles;

  • $85 million to continue research and development of three separate laser scaling efforts;

  • $46 million to accelerate development of critical technologies against hypersonic threats;

  • $285 million to address a U.S. Pacific Command Joint Emergent Operational Need.

  • $500 million for Israeli Cooperative Programs.

Munitions: $18.5 billion would be provided for missile and ammunition programs, including $366 million in additional, targeted funding for high priority munitions. That’d include $125 million to expand Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile and Long Range Anti-SHip Missile production rates and an additional $57 million for the Army’s industrial facilities to increase production capacity.

Defense Health: $34.5 billion would be provided for the Defense Health Program, which provides medical services for military personnel and their families, continues advancements in medical research, and implements the next generation of electronic health records. Of the total, $974 million would be provided for defense medical research efforts, including $330 million for the competitively awarded peer-reviewed medical research program, and $202 million to advance DOD medical research priorities.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • $929 million in additional funding would be provided to support and accelerate offensive and defensive hypersonics research and prototyping efforts; including $345 million for the prompt global strike capability development and $300 million for the Air Force’s hypersonic conventional strike and air-launched rapid response weapons.

  • $317 million in additional funding to further directed energy technology and transition such activities to offensive and defensive capabilities in the future; including $150 million for the Air Force to apply directed energy to airbase defense, precision attack, and aircraft self-protection.

  • $447 million in additional funding to ensure access to trusted microelectronics and develop manufacturing processes for next generation chips.

  • $308 million in additional funding to accelerate the pursuit of state of the art AI systems that can be rapidly adapted to the warfighting mission needs of the DOD.

  • $356 million in additional funding to expand and accelerate cyber research across the DOD.

  • $564 million in additional funding to develop enhanced offensive and defensive space capabilities, including $100 million for advanced sensors for the successor to the space based infrared system and $200 million for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) development efforts.

Impact

Military personnel and their families; and the Dept. of Defense.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 3159

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSenate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) offered the following statement on his committee’s passage of this bill:

“This bill sustains U.S. force structure and improves military readiness. It also recommends investments in future technologies needed to defend our nation in an increasingly complex and competitive national security environment. Our military must maintain its technological superiority and this bill does that through important investments in basic research, hypersonics, directed energy, missile defense, cybersecurity, and our test and evaluation infrastructure.”

This legislation passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 30-1 vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: U.S. Navy / Public Domain)

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Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019

Official Title

An original bill making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.

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    IntroducedJune 28th, 2018
    👍🏻2018 Defense Appropriations Bill👍🏻 Pass this bipartisan bill appropriately funds that meets the strong needs of America’s military, ensuring that the military is prepared to defend the nation while giving troops and military families a much-deserved raise. The House Appropriations Committee approved legislation funds the Department of Defense – including operations, readiness activities, and health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families. 8*5*18 ..... SneakyPete
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    We need to cut this at least in half so that we can invest into our nation for education, health care and infrastructure. This is a ludicrous amount.
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    I strongly support the FY2019 Defense Appropriations Act. We are finally providing our armed forces and our heroes with the pay, equipment, training, and support that they deserve. It’s the least we can do for them in return for all that they do for us. Without them and without sustained and robust funding, the United States wouldn’t be the historical and global powerhouse that we are today. The Federal Governments primarily responsible for providing the defense of our Nation, and this legislation is another step in the right direction under the Republican Congress and the Trump Administration. God Bless our troops and God Bless America.
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    ExVet. We need our military to be ready at all times and to be the best trained.
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    Defense is absolutely critical! We have lost our technological edge thanks to decades of liberal cuts. We can either have numerical superiority and accept high casualty rates or we can spend the money to regain our technological edge. So, which is it? Are you willing to go on record that you're more concerned with money than lives?
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    We don't really need to outspend the rest of the world (slight exaggeration).
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    WE spend way too much money on military spending. More then many countries combined
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    No parade for the disgruntled child in our house. Yes a raise for our military, but NO on that parade.
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    Our military deserve this and so much more. In fact we should give them more, everything they need to do the job that's expected of them that so many others don't want to.
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    Do Not approve anything. The degenerate lunatic in the White House must go first.
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    We cannot afford this amount since the Republicans Tax Scam passed--if the wealthiest Americans and the wealthiest corporations are not willing to pay their fair share towards this huge bill, why should the middle class pay for it all, when the Republicans tried to cut our Social Security and Medicare THAT WE HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR! and tried to cut Medicaid for the poor and disabled AND DID CUT CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE! MEALS ON WHEELS! EDUCATION FUNDING! IFG THE GOVERNMENT IS USTIN OUR MONEY TO PAY FOR EVERYTHING, WE SHOULD HAVE MOR INPUT INTO HOW IT IS SPENT!
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    I approve of the pay raise for active duty members- I do no approve of continued funding for obsolete and over budget items- we need an audit!
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    We need a military, I got that, but before we start our next invasion, take care of our existing personnel. No veteran should be in the street, period. Train them for exit careers in civilian, non war-related jobs. We know what the private sector needs in terms of jobs, so train, educate and place them. Take care of all PTSD related issues for the rest of their wretched lives at our cost. Reduce all the freakin remote bases to a bare minimum. Reduce the Naval expansion, we don’t need it. Sell no weapons nor support any of our so called partners in war crimes to Israel or Saudi Arabia until they stop their aggression (killing and taunting) in the Middle East. We cannot afgord the results of these aggressive states. Reduce the defense budget to one third of the present proposal and get back to me, so I can approve it.
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    It is unnecessary to spend that much on defense when you have the strongest military in the world
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    We are blowing up the funds appropriated to defense and minimizing the funds to health and education. We should be transferring some of the defense budget to those areas.
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    Why is is always so important to allocate money to the military while we cut spending to American citizens for everything else across the board? It's time to start supporting our citizens in vital programs. Stop cutting funding to social programs.
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    Yes raise military pay. Yes increase veteran support. No, don't fund more terrible military murder.
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    Congresspersons, as a Riverhead, NY 11933 Constituent, with respect to all military personnel and to citizens that want to feel safe, and thwart enemies, I favor c.o.l.a. , great defense, and small and non-lethal offense. More funds should be spent on exiting strategies and tactics
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    Unnecessary expense
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    What is being done to support servicemen and women that are struggling after serving? This admin seems to have its priorities misplaced
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