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senate Bill S. 4049

Authorizing $740 Billion in Defense Spending for FY2021

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Congress’s foremost constitutional duty 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.

Sneaky-Pete's Opinion
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07/23/2020
👍 S. 4049: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 👍 It's Congress’s foremost constitutional duty 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. I support and strongly recommend the passage of the Senste bill A-4049 AKA National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 which would authorize $731.3 billion in discretionary defense spending for fiscal year 2021, of which $662.3 billion would go to the base budget and $69 billion to Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). It would also authorize $9.1 billion for defense-related mandatory spending. An in-depth summary of how its various provisions would impact troops, military families, equipment, and multiple aspects of U.S. defense policy can be found below, along with amendments adopted by the Senate in the course of its consideration. I'd also recommend that the President lineline veto any attempts at the renaming any military base, post or installations. SneakyPete 👍👏 S4049👏👍 7.23.20
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B.R.'s Opinion
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07/23/2020
Recognizing the fact and the reality that the number one priority is the defense of this nation, this bill is the best version I have seen so far; very targeted, thorough, etc. I would only make one suggestion, which is to continue to differentiate between necessity and luxury. While I understand there is a demand to do something about the Confederate names, statues, symbols, etc., it should be presented on its own. It is simply not a necessity.
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07/23/2020
Support our military! I have a sinking feeling we’re gonna need them real soon. God bless America!🇺🇸🙏🏻
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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.

jimK's Opinion
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06/28/2020
It is time to sort out our priorities. I have recounted the interview of Jimmy Carter when he was asked ‘How did the Chinese economy grow so much over the last 40 years?’ He answered with the question, ‘How many military conflicts has China been involved with over the last 40 years?’ Well, they invested heavily in infrastructure and increasing the wealth and affluence of the Chinese people. They invested heavily in education and making scientific advances in critical technological areas and have become world leaders in a few. Yes, they cheated by stealing intellectual property from the US and others. They thought long-term and strategically and, for example, bought up 90% of the world’s mining rights to rare earth materials - something that modern electronics and electrical devices such as critical defense systems, integrated circuits, circuit boards, electric motors, lithium batteries and green energy photovoltaics require. Our country was so involved with policing the world that we did not even notice. … … … I would suggest dividing the military budget into three parts: Defensive Capability, Offensive Capability, and Operational Sustenance. Figure out what is most important in light of other national risks and needs- and then to invest wisely. My guess is that some Offensive Capability could be deferred for more important strategic goals, like educating our people and repairing our aging infrastructure. Of course, if the wealthy and wealthy corporations need military offensive capabilities to protect their interests, we can always levy a defense fund tax directly upon them; if the wealthy benefit the most from offensive capabilities, have the most needing protection - then they can pick up the tab. … … … Then of course, we have the issue of dealing with the climate crisis which is currently effecting global watersheds, precipitation patterns, arable lands, weather, ecological food chains, and increasing pandemic risks by wildlife migration into heavily populated areas. … If you think that the pandemic is hard on us and requires self-sacrifice, wait until the climate crisis gets worse and we will have no choice but to aggressively take action! … … … Our country’s greatest strength has never been vested in military prowess. Our country’s greatest strengths had been the ability of our empowered and diverse population to take on threats with resolve, ingenuity and common purpose. The threat of collective American ingenuity was feared by our enemies and the promise of our democratic ideals was envied by our friends. We formed alliances which contributed to our strength and we used many forms of positive influence to make positive changes throughout the world; our diplomatic processes were second to none, our world wide reach through our voice of America institutions honestly addressed our missteps and the missteps of others giving us a world-wide audience and great credibility, our dominance of world currencies, our economy, our beneficial trade agreements, our willingness and expertise in leading the world when in crisis - these are the things that made us a world power, these are the things that brought down the Berlin Wall - not our military prowess. North Korea thinks it is a World power because it has nukes and a strong military; it is not. When we shifted our country’s priorities to enriching our wealthy, we sacrificed the education of our youth, the ability of our populace to take on new challenges since most are struggling just to get by. We have lost and are still losing our position in the world order, our ability to be what we were, a world leader. We will continue to sacrifice what it took years to achieve if we continue to be so one dimensionally focusing so heavily on military prowess without also addressing all of those things that had made our country great. We do not exist and should not exist to just support the wealth gathered by the Military Industrial complex. Military ‘might’ does not make ‘right’. It never has and it never will. Balance and working to re-establish all of those things that had made us a great nation will.
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larubia's Opinion
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07/23/2020
This budget needs to be cut, by at least 10%. USA: Military Budget $740 billion, one time $1200 stimulus check during pandemic Canada: Military Budget $21.9 billion, monthly $2000 check during pandemic Stop the endless wars. Stop feeding the military industrial complex. Take care of the people of the USA.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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06/30/2020
There is no realistic way to reduce the US budget deficit without cutting military spending. 2% of the GDP or 10% of the federal budget is the absolute hard maximum of what we should be spending on the military. Cut it in half.
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    👍 S. 4049: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 👍 It's Congress’s foremost constitutional duty 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. I support and strongly recommend the passage of the Senste bill A-4049 AKA National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 which would authorize $731.3 billion in discretionary defense spending for fiscal year 2021, of which $662.3 billion would go to the base budget and $69 billion to Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). It would also authorize $9.1 billion for defense-related mandatory spending. An in-depth summary of how its various provisions would impact troops, military families, equipment, and multiple aspects of U.S. defense policy can be found below, along with amendments adopted by the Senate in the course of its consideration. I'd also recommend that the President lineline veto any attempts at the renaming any military base, post or installations. SneakyPete 👍👏 S4049👏👍 7.23.20
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    It is time to sort out our priorities. I have recounted the interview of Jimmy Carter when he was asked ‘How did the Chinese economy grow so much over the last 40 years?’ He answered with the question, ‘How many military conflicts has China been involved with over the last 40 years?’ Well, they invested heavily in infrastructure and increasing the wealth and affluence of the Chinese people. They invested heavily in education and making scientific advances in critical technological areas and have become world leaders in a few. Yes, they cheated by stealing intellectual property from the US and others. They thought long-term and strategically and, for example, bought up 90% of the world’s mining rights to rare earth materials - something that modern electronics and electrical devices such as critical defense systems, integrated circuits, circuit boards, electric motors, lithium batteries and green energy photovoltaics require. Our country was so involved with policing the world that we did not even notice. … … … I would suggest dividing the military budget into three parts: Defensive Capability, Offensive Capability, and Operational Sustenance. Figure out what is most important in light of other national risks and needs- and then to invest wisely. My guess is that some Offensive Capability could be deferred for more important strategic goals, like educating our people and repairing our aging infrastructure. Of course, if the wealthy and wealthy corporations need military offensive capabilities to protect their interests, we can always levy a defense fund tax directly upon them; if the wealthy benefit the most from offensive capabilities, have the most needing protection - then they can pick up the tab. … … … Then of course, we have the issue of dealing with the climate crisis which is currently effecting global watersheds, precipitation patterns, arable lands, weather, ecological food chains, and increasing pandemic risks by wildlife migration into heavily populated areas. … If you think that the pandemic is hard on us and requires self-sacrifice, wait until the climate crisis gets worse and we will have no choice but to aggressively take action! … … … Our country’s greatest strength has never been vested in military prowess. Our country’s greatest strengths had been the ability of our empowered and diverse population to take on threats with resolve, ingenuity and common purpose. The threat of collective American ingenuity was feared by our enemies and the promise of our democratic ideals was envied by our friends. We formed alliances which contributed to our strength and we used many forms of positive influence to make positive changes throughout the world; our diplomatic processes were second to none, our world wide reach through our voice of America institutions honestly addressed our missteps and the missteps of others giving us a world-wide audience and great credibility, our dominance of world currencies, our economy, our beneficial trade agreements, our willingness and expertise in leading the world when in crisis - these are the things that made us a world power, these are the things that brought down the Berlin Wall - not our military prowess. North Korea thinks it is a World power because it has nukes and a strong military; it is not. When we shifted our country’s priorities to enriching our wealthy, we sacrificed the education of our youth, the ability of our populace to take on new challenges since most are struggling just to get by. We have lost and are still losing our position in the world order, our ability to be what we were, a world leader. We will continue to sacrifice what it took years to achieve if we continue to be so one dimensionally focusing so heavily on military prowess without also addressing all of those things that had made our country great. We do not exist and should not exist to just support the wealth gathered by the Military Industrial complex. Military ‘might’ does not make ‘right’. It never has and it never will. Balance and working to re-establish all of those things that had made us a great nation will.
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    This budget needs to be cut, by at least 10%. USA: Military Budget $740 billion, one time $1200 stimulus check during pandemic Canada: Military Budget $21.9 billion, monthly $2000 check during pandemic Stop the endless wars. Stop feeding the military industrial complex. Take care of the people of the USA.
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    There is no realistic way to reduce the US budget deficit without cutting military spending. 2% of the GDP or 10% of the federal budget is the absolute hard maximum of what we should be spending on the military. Cut it in half.
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    We have a war to fight right here. We NEED everything we have to defeat this invisible enemy. We NEED a leader RIGHT now to lead that fight!
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    Van Hollen & Cardin: Who are you looking out for Defense Contractors or your constituents! Fund COVID-19 control measures and economic recovery from COVID-19 using defense funds! Until COVID-19 is under control & eradicated this is what the US population needs protection from. Since other countries are facing a similar attack from COVID-19 no other country is really able to do anything else! @Renee: Agree the biggest threats to the US are biological (like Covid-19 & other viruses) and technical (industrial espionage & voter manipulation). Excessive spending on armaments will bankrupt the US just like the Soviet Union & leaves the US unprotected from the real threats.
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    No! Time to scale back the death and destruction. No more war!
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    Person, woman, man, camera, tv. I so smart! https://youtu.be/vBxH26n6i3g
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    Get out of some of these wars we’re in and we can reduce it significantly. Congress keeps it bloated to keep themselves in office and as a income source for their rich donors.
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    This inflated budget is completely unnecessary for our defense and only serves as a fear tactic in other countries to assert American imperialism. We need that money spent here, providing housing and resources for the millions of unemployed and uninsured citizens.
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    Given this administration’s tumultuous history with our national security, foreign policy, and the elimination of oversight, I am wary of endorsing any additional military spending beyond that needed to cover existing daily expenses: ie solider’ salaries and maintenance expenses. --------------
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    No more funding bills for the military until after Congress has funded relief for the unemployed, the hungry (SNAP), schools to increase safety, healthcare workers and facilities, increased testing and contact tracing, and small businesses (truly small) that need help. Then fund police reform and racial equity programs such as fair housing and community investment. The military IS NOT the most important part of this society and we cannot keep throwing good money after bad when people are dying and crowds are protesting in the streets. Wake up, Congress, the people are speaking!
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    No more military spending. Defund the military.
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    Gut this bloated military pig. Cut at least 20 percent off. Make the military be more efficient and therefore more effective. People are crying for a balanced budget. Start here.
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    Discretionary is the MAIN WORD HERE. Why doesn’t the defense department have to submit a REAL LIFE BUDGET of WHERE they plan to SPEND THIS DISCRETIONARY Money. No one would be given $1 million LET ALONE THE $$$$Billions that the military is being given while THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY ARE BEING DENIED HEALTHCARE INSURANCE & the REPUBLICANS ARE COMPLAINING THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO WORK IF THEY GET $600 extra UNEMPLOYMENT. THAT IS THE BIGGEST CROCK OF CRAP EVER. The REPUBLICANS ARE CONTINUING THE SLAVERY CULTURE BY KEEPING THE POOR DOWN & PUSHING THE MIDDLE CLASS DOWN.
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    How can 750 billion dollars be justified when our front line workers don't even have the necessary equipment to tackle the pandemic! America has to stop spending these rediculous amounts on defence and start taking care of its citizens. The apparent need for this outrages amount of defence spending is a populist myth.
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    The military won’t even notice a ten percent cut. The Pentagon can just lose more than that quite easily.
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    We spend way too much money on so-called defense! We’ve been involved in senseless wars my entire life. This budget needs aggressive cuts.
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    Unemployment, healthcare and hunger need to be priority! Cut military spending! Trump brand fear mongering is a con, scam. We have had enough of Trump! Put an end to the fox entertainment propaganda CRAP!
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    Stop using my tax dollars to buy bombs for Saudi Arabia. Stop using them to murder people in Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, and Central & South America. I want my taxes spent here, in our communities, on healthcare, education, housing, nutrition, and infrastructure.
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