Senate Committee Passes $700 Billion Military Spending Bill

Sequestration capped the increase rate of military spending in theory, but in practice the OCO budget has been used to circumvent that, as there was no limit on this, and laws enabled the money put into that budget to be shifted by the Pentagon wherever they want.
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    Over a mere two decades, the Pentagon lost track of a mind-numbing $10 trillion.

    Just days after the House Armed Services Committee unveiled its $696.5 billion military spending bill, their Senate counterpart, led by Sen. John McCain (R – AZ) offered an alternate version that would exceed even that, topping out at around $700 billion.

    Both of these versions far surpass the $603 billion proposal of President Trump, which was itself a substantial increase. The House version has a larger amount of money in the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget than the alternatives, but the Senate version is larger overall.

    The Senate version is said to add 6,000 more Army soldiers and 1,000 Marines than the Pentagon wants,as well as 24 more of the troubled F-35 warplanes than have been requested. Sen. Jack Reed (D – RI), ranking Democrat on the committee, endorsed the idea, but wanted the Budget Control Act repealed to allow such a massive increase without any legal obstacle.



    Sequestration capped the increase rate of military spending in theory, but in practice the OCO budget has been used to circumvent that, as there was no limit on this, and laws enabled the money put into that budget to be shifted by the Pentagon wherever they want. Ironically, while no one takes sequestration seriously, the OCO slush fund seems to be continuing apace anyhow.

    This article originally appeared on Antiwar.com . 

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    • ajaxthegreat

      To tune of “Lowlife” by Theory of a Deadman, here is my song, “Rogue State:.

      You know we’ll be the ones to go bombing for peace, like f**king for virginity
      We got a trillion-dollar jet that doesn’t even work, it’s been grounded indefinitely
      We got 7000 nukes so put up your dukes
      You really wanna make us mad?
      We’re an oil-stealing, drug-dealing, country without any feelining
      Sometimes it just pays to be bad….

      ‘Cause we’re a rogue state, and we’re loving it,
      We got the whole damn world in the palm of our hands
      ‘Cause we’re a rogue state, so f**king deal with it
      You know you can’t change something that you don’t understand

      Livin’ it up, livin’ it up, being a rogue state
      Livin’ it up, livin’ it up, being a rogue state…..

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      Our idiotically avaricious ruling elite and its government of slimy puppets want to spend our wealth oppressing the world, rather than keeping our infrastructure and medical system in good shape.

      They are traitors.