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senate Bill S. 3198

Should the Pentagon & Congress Monitor U.S. Allies’ Military Spending?

Argument in favor

U.S. contributions to mutually beneficial security efforts should be matched by our allies. Keeping track of our allies’ defense spending and contributions to joint operations will help Congress ensure that the U.S. is not taken advantage of by allies who fail to pay their fair share of our mutual defense.

operaman's Opinion
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09/20/2018
If the US taxpayers have a part in helping the foreign military with grants, then absolutely we need yearly audits of all expenditures. There is a history of taxpayers money being siphoned into a politician's pocket.
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James's Opinion
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09/20/2018
Vote all Republicans out of Office, ASAP!!! Jb3
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Kenneth 's Opinion
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09/20/2018
The USA provides large amounts of funding to our allies. It is only responsible of us to track the use of our financial support.
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Argument opposed

Measuring our allies’ defense spending in dollars alone doesn’t fully account for the value they bring to mutual defense efforts. Additionally, expecting most U.S. allies to spend as much as the U.S. on defense simply isn’t reasonable, given the U.S.’ larger economy and more sophisticated military.

Milan's Opinion
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09/20/2018
Let’s just monitor our own spending? Not doing a really great job ourselves so we can hardly police others
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Nancy's Opinion
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09/20/2018
The United States spends more on its military than 8 countries in the world. Our allies should be watching us, not the other way around. Plus, if we cannot afford to educate our children, provide healthcare and build bridges it becomes an additional problem.
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Dicr's Opinion
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09/20/2018
Let’s monitor our own spending and bring it back to reasonable levels.
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    If the US taxpayers have a part in helping the foreign military with grants, then absolutely we need yearly audits of all expenditures. There is a history of taxpayers money being siphoned into a politician's pocket.
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    Let’s just monitor our own spending? Not doing a really great job ourselves so we can hardly police others
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    The United States spends more on its military than 8 countries in the world. Our allies should be watching us, not the other way around. Plus, if we cannot afford to educate our children, provide healthcare and build bridges it becomes an additional problem.
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    Let’s monitor our own spending and bring it back to reasonable levels.
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    Vote all Republicans out of Office, ASAP!!! Jb3
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    No we should not monitor our allies defense spending. Our allies help us in so many ways. Not just through how much money they spend. This administration needs to STOP trying to drive wedges between the US & our allies. This is very dangerous. If they keep this up our allies will NOT be there when we need them.
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    The USA provides large amounts of funding to our allies. It is only responsible of us to track the use of our financial support.
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    If part of an agreement in which the US shares expenses, yes. If not, it’s none of our business. Do you you want them to monitor ours? That would be really interesting!
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    We can’t even figure out where our money goes in our military. It’s pure hypocrisy. Get a full audit of the DOD. Until we have that we can’t even make claims about our own spending.
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    Many of them don't meet their NATO military spending standards anyway. Of course we should make share that they are paying their fair share.
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    It is not a case of minding our own business people. We are paying to defend our allies and they are not standing with us in their own defense. They pay for their social programs by shifting their defense burdens on to us. So their defense spending is our business. You want to reduce our military spending then get our allies to defend themselves by spending the money it takes to do it.
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    U.S. contributions to mutually beneficial security efforts should be matched by our allies. Keeping track of our allies’ defense spending and contributions to joint operations will help Congress ensure that the U.S. is not taken advantage of by allies who fail to pay their fair share of our mutual defense.
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    We can't keep our own military spending controlled. Where do we have the right to monitor someone else's?
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    We should monitor our allies defence spending, Just like any other partnership, Partners need to know they are getting the same commitment from each other, as long as, the amount of their contribution is based on the same percentage of GDP.
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    Our allies, what’s left of them, are pretty transparent about their military budgets. This bill is redundant.
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    How can we monitor other countries when we can’t control our own irresponsible spending here
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    Absolutely we should
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    If my money, you damn well better be.
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    In a time of diminishing leadership in the world, we gain nothing by antagonizing our allies.
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    I believe it is wise to be aware of our allies capabilities for defense. If we are committing our resources, people, weapons, technology, and finances to protect another nation, we need to be educated as to that alliance capability to defend themselves.
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