Congress Passes $716 Billion Military Spending Bill
(AntiWar, by Jason Ditz) In a 79-10 vote, the Senate today passed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a $716 billion military spending bill. The bill had already passed in the House last week, and is expected to be signed by President Trump.
The bill sets the base Pentagon budget at $616.9 billion, with another $69 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations, alongside $21.9 billion for the Energy Department for the massive nuclear weapons modernization program.
This was the single largest increase in military spending year-over-year in 15 years, and is the latest in the annual push between President Trump and Congress to see who can outdo the other in spending increases.
The bill authorizes the purchase of 13 new warships, 77 more F-35s, and new low-yield nuclear weapons to be launched by submarine. The $716 billion is by far the most spent by any nation on their military, and almost five times as much as the next largest nation, China.
This bill aims to limit US involvement in the Yemen War, as well as forcing the US to better vet the Syrian factions it arms to prevent arming terrorist groups. The bill also includes language cautioning that nothing in the bill is intended to authorize an attack on Iran.
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Its a must to defend this country after obubomo ruined the USA MILITARY.
You’re SO full of shit !
Stephen Krieg, share with us how you think the military is “ruined?”
We all should know that the name “krieg” means WAR in the German language! Another fruitcake!
Over spending because if Trump
Those dumbasses. There’s more to life.
Another waste of taxpayer’s money on war.
We have to defend our grocery stores from those who don’t have proper ID indemnification
Are you posting from a mental hospital?
Louise Dodson Do you know what sarcasm is?
Please tell me you are kidding… with all the homeless vets congress wants to make more…they should be using that money to reunite the immigrant children with their parents
And this is why the country will soon collapse.
Getting ready for their next fake based war
Why. Russia knows all our secrets
Gop stealing america
To life!!! To life!!! To life!!!
If we spent less on the military and our endless wars we would have the money for universal health care and Social Security etc. Nobody ever seems to question the endless increase in the military budget but social programs are the first to be cut. Makes no sense
And people are starving in the streets
They will buy junk they don’t need.
Destroying America for the oligarchs.
Let’s see how much will be Lost this time.
Hey TRUMP you are a Fired!
I feel so much safer all of a sudden
I need to know how much goes to our vets.. heel spurs did nothing to deserve a parade or a war… if it is war he want he should be on the front lines with his chicken boys
Father God, guide our military for Your glory on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
really are they pocketing the money themselves!
But what about the boots on the ground folks?
An insane amount. Way more than the military needs. Oh I forgot, the companies supplying the military will make billions. More government welfare.
This is why we can’t afford education and health care. I am sick and tired of seeing my tax dollars go to feeding the military complex, which doesn’t even help vets.
And cut vet’s benefits!
IF we ever go to war again you’ll see why we spend the $$$
Run out of toilet seats?
Pentegon didn’t even ask for this. (Why should they?)
INCREASED military spending is one way to prop up the economy facing the threat of inflation—impacts from a tariff war—and interest rates slated to rise…
And so it begins….
keep your eyes wide open because the LITTLE man in the White House will be “forking us with different prongs…”
Remember…his most effective argument is his purported great economic achievements…
Watch as interest rates rise (good for seniors) and stocks fall
AND he blames social programs like SOCIAL SECURITY and MEDICARE and MEDICAID and OBAMACARE
AND Blames Congress for NOT restructuring these programs (conveniently NOT mentioning his massive tax cuts for the top 1% and Its impacts on the booming Federal deficit)
AND the LITTLE man switches focus to stopgap measures
such as his recent $12 billion taxpayer relief to farmers suffering from HIS tariff policy
AND military investments to prop up his failing economy…
mark my words…?????????
They have money to send young people to be killed or wounded but can’t take care of them through the VA system!!! Don’t fight their unnecessary wars!!!
How are we and the next generations ever going to be able to pay off the debt these REPUGNENT war MONGERS have gotten us into??
Is this taxpayer’s money or money from the elite paying for it.
Bankruptcy coming…..cha-ching…cha-ching…cha- ching.
And who’s hand is in that acct??
And borrows how much? How long can this continue?
none of the $$ goes to the troops..