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senate Bill S. 985

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.

Gopin2020's Opinion
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07/18/2019
I support this, since the forming of NATO the US has been picking up most of this tab and finally under Trump they are being forced to pay their fair share, still not all but were getting their. We must do our own accounting of what there paying and not take their word as gospel. #MAGA
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James's Opinion
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07/19/2019
Looks like the Congress is more interested in harassing President Trump than doing their job,
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Tooluser1's Opinion
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07/19/2019
Congress can't do their own job, much less anyone else's.
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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. Finally, NATO already provides this information in its annual secretary-general report.

IllWill's Opinion
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07/19/2019
The U.S. spends so much on the military because we’ve chosen to pretend that we’re actually the world’s policeman when we’re actually just helping our defense contractors make money off of war. And yet, we’re going to complain when our allies don’t spend as much as us? This is absurd! Also, we would never accept other countries monitoring our military spending so why should we monitor theirs?
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Terry's Opinion
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07/19/2019
It’s none of our business. Worry about our spending
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Dicr's Opinion
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07/19/2019
We need to monitor our spending and at least cut it in half.
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    I support this, since the forming of NATO the US has been picking up most of this tab and finally under Trump they are being forced to pay their fair share, still not all but were getting their. We must do our own accounting of what there paying and not take their word as gospel. #MAGA
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    The U.S. spends so much on the military because we’ve chosen to pretend that we’re actually the world’s policeman when we’re actually just helping our defense contractors make money off of war. And yet, we’re going to complain when our allies don’t spend as much as us? This is absurd! Also, we would never accept other countries monitoring our military spending so why should we monitor theirs?
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    It’s none of our business. Worry about our spending
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    We need to monitor our spending and at least cut it in half.
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    Are We also going to cut OUR Military spending to 2% of the GDP? Are we going to let them monitor our spending? Until that happens, how about we mind our own? until we can get some control over our absurd bloated military budget we have no business criticizing others.
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    No. The only purpose I can see for this is to gain public support for bullying allies into meeting the costs which we prescribe to be their fair share of shared military operations. It is either that or somebody needs some righteous sounding legislation so they can claim they actually did something when campaigning. We need allies and do not need a tool to increasingly publicly bully them. The information requested for this report should be available upon request to appropriate classified congressional sub committees. It should also be available to appropriate diplomats to negotiate changes, if needed- without the need to publicly denigrate allies or expose their overall military budgets or efforts.
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    The cheap donkey occupying the White House needs to stop pissing off our allies. We are the richest nation in the world and can well afford to pay a little more to protect our allies and keep the world safe from the likes of another Hitler or Stalin. If he wasn’t in bed with Putin and other autocrats, and listening to the war mongers in his cabinet we might keep the world safe.
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    We can't even monitor and track our own military spending, so why should we try to do it for other countries? Let's start with auditing and tightening our own military budget first.
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    If they are our allies, why should we need to monitor their activities? We can’t keep our eye on everyone, especially trusted allies nations.
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    No. Pay attention to your own issues and military actions! And work more on diplomacy and cooperation with allies.
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    Looks like the Congress is more interested in harassing President Trump than doing their job,
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    Congress can't do their own job, much less anyone else's.
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    The U.S. spends so much on the military because we’ve chosen to pretend that we’re actually the world’s policeman when we’re actually just helping our defense contractors make money off of war. And yet, we’re going to complain when our allies don’t spend as much as us? This is absurd! Also, we would never accept other countries monitoring our military spending so why should we monitor theirs?
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    We spend/waste more on military spending then Russia and China, plus multiple other countries combined. We need to cut our spending feeding the military industrial complex and the war mongering it creates.
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    Defense budgets need to cut the fat. We spend more than the next seven countries combined. Too much is going begging here in the US like infrastructure for starters.
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    Congress either passed the Bill or not. They should never have any control over our military with the exception of passing Bills. Most never served and have no clue.
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    First the DOD must pass a full 10 year audit. Until then stop the endless flow of waste, overcharging, padding their own pockets, missing more money each audit asking for more and always getting it!?!? They had how many billions to spare for the wall? No if we don't take care of our own first, what place have we to say anything. Besides uncovering the corruption at home, will give you invaluable insight into where to look for corruption on our allies defense budgets.
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    We need to cut our bloated military spending , house every vet, give them premium health services. Then we can worry about our allies military spending
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    👍🏻Senate Bill S.985 AKA the Allied Burden Sharing Report Act of 2019👍🏻 I’m in support and strongly recommend the passage of theSenate Bill S.985 AKA the Allied Burden Sharing Report Act of 2019 would direct the Dept. of Defense (DOD) to submit an annual report to Congress describing: 1) U.S. allies’ annual defense spending, their contributions to military or stability operations in which the U.S. participates, and limitations they place on their military contributions’ use; and 2) actions taken by the U.S. or other countries to minimize limitations on allies’ contributions. 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. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻S.985👍🏻. 7.19.19
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    Should other sovereign powers inspect and expect the USA military budget? This is asinine. Unless we are truly declaring an emperor and expecting our vassal states to abide by our laws then this is unreasonable. We signed treaties without requiring this. We should honor them or our word is not worth the paper it’s written on. Other countries have their own priorities and abilities to provide for their own people. We should not be interfering in other country’s government. It has not worked for 100 years and has as is the case of the Central American countries come back to haunt us.
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