Skip to comments.House approves $602B defense bill despite White House objections
Posted on 05/18/2016 8:46:28 PM PDT by ColdOne
WASHINGTON The Republican-led House voted convincingly Wednesday to approve a $602 billion defense policy bill after rejecting attempts by Democrats to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to repeal the war powers President Barack Obama relies on to fight the Islamic State (ISIS).
The legislation, which authorizes military spending for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, seeks to halt a decline in the combat readiness of the U.S. armed forces by purchasing more weapons and prohibiting further cuts in troop levels. But in a 17-page statement on the policy bill, the White House detailed its opposition to numerous provisions and said Obama would veto the legislation if it reached his desk.
The bill, approved 277-147, must be reconciled with a version the Senate is expected to consider by month's end.
Republicans shot down an amendment by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., to strike parts of the bill that renew a longstanding ban on moving Guantanamo detainees to the United States. The embargo has kept Obama from fulfilling a campaign pledge to shutter the facility. The White House said the restrictions interfere with the executive branch's authority to decide when and where to prosecute prisoners.
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A hundred billion here, another hundred there.
WH objections = Odungo’s muzzie advisors
Honestly we don’t need a big army or marine corps. Keep our navy and air force intact, we’ll be fine. Just keep West Point running so we have qualified officers in the army just in case.
While I would not put too much store on white hut objections pentagon pork and pandering are driving the U S under.
Not even sure what the Air Force does except “aim high.”
Back in the old days fighter pilots aimed at the f&*%^^ target - the enemy that needed shooting down or blowing up.
Our military capability is in shambles. It must be rebuilt to adequate strength to support world needs and values...and I agree with Trump that the rest of the world that lives under our umbrella of freedom, must help pay for it.
Oh noes! The whitehut is objected to? whatever are we to do? This must be some kind of mistake, GOPe objecting to barkie! Racist! Racist! Racist!
I’d just be happy if trump says no to the congressmen wanting aircraft and weapons systems the military don’t want. In the 2018 DOD budget of course.
“Our military capability is in shambles. “
The amount of money is secondary to getting rid of the political correctness and cronyism.
Get the transgenders out, fire Obama’s sissy generals and admirals, gut the F35. Plenty to do.
I heard a few days ago that the 2nd ID was deactivated.
Yes, we absolutely do need a top-notch Marine Corps.
“..Get the transgenders out, fire Obamas sissy generals and admirals, gut the F35. Plenty to do.”
As a vet, I can say “AMEN!”
Today's troops have been in war deployments since the early 1990's with very little peace time either in the Middle East such as Iraq or Afghanistan. It's not an issue of not enough volunteers to serve it's a matter of congress has not substantially increased End Troop Strengths since the mid 1990's cuts. We're at the same level we were more or less in proposed 1996 numbers in troops strength.
Snipe as I recall you use to the exact numbers of our Troop Strength numbers. You’ve posted before in the past, can you post it again?
Department of Defense Personnel (End of Fiscal Year Strength in Thousands) Percent Change
FY 1987-1997 is -33% in Total Active Duty
FY 1987 Active Military 2,174,000
Air Force 607,000
1,482,000 Active Duty
Air Force 388,000
FY 1997 Active Duty 1,457,000
Air Force 381,000
1998 authorization for end strength active duty
Air Force 371,577
SEC. 401. END STRENGTHS FOR ACTIVE FORCES.
The Armed Forces are authorized strengths for active duty personnel as of September 30, 2002, as follows:
(1) The Army, 480,000.
(2) The Navy, 376,000.
(3) The Marine Corps, 172,600.
(4) The Air Force, 358,800.
SEC. 401. END STRENGTHS FOR ACTIVE FORCES.
The Armed Forces are authorized strengths for active duty personnel as of September 30, 2004, as follows:
(1) The Army, 482,400.
(2) The Navy, 373,800. currently Active Duty: 381,135
(3) The Marine Corps, 175,000.
(4) The Air Force, 359,300
This site shows the new numbers for 2016-2017 as well as for 2010. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/end-strength.htm
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