House Passes $649B Defense Spending Bill

The House has passed a $649 billion defense spending bill that boosts the Pentagon budget by $17 billion.

The vote was 336-87 on Friday. The legislation would provide $119 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a 1.6 percent pay raise for military personnel.

The vote came after the House turned back an amendment by Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio that would have barred funds for the U.S. operation against Libya.

The House has sent mixed signals on President Barack Obama's military action against Libya, voting to block weapons and military assistance to Libyan rebels but stopping short of cutting off funds.

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  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jul 8, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    Oh Barlow - Employment reports say today Obama only added 18,000 jobs this month. After spending 800 Hundred Billion Dollars on a job stimulas plan. For what jobs Barlow? When will Obama's wars end? Obama lies now over 100 hundred times now. Obama " If you elect me I will end Bush's wars " . I think that was Obama's only the 49th lie. Barlow did you get a Obama check from the rich people yet. LOL Barlow you Obama Zombie!
  • by Barlow Location: Madison on Jul 8, 2011 at 03:00 PM
    President Eisenhower, a Republican president and former Commander of the Allied Forces in WW2 warned of the growth and power of the military industrial complex in America as he left office. And look what we've become. No healthcare or foodstamps for the poor but BILLIONS for the war machine. Millions and millions are going to outdated weaponry even the Pentagon doesn't want. I agree with Anon Location: ENC on Jul 8, 2011 at 01:15 PM, I too am ashamed of a country that neglects it's needy while it sells weapons around the world and goes to war over lies.
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      by anon. on Jul 8, 2011 at 05:00 PM in reply to Barlow
      careful Barlow, I agree with you but the republicans on this blog will tear you apart stating that you hate America....
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      by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2011 at 06:16 PM in reply to Barlow
      Sure, lets do away with the military all together while we are at it. Give all that money used to DEFEND our country not to the poor but to those who choose to be poor and live off of the system because it is the easiest thing to do. I am all for helping those who are will to work for it but I am getting sick and tired of my tax money going to low life's who DO NOT DESERVE on cent of it. When our national defense is weakened it only makes us more vulnerable to attacks.
  • by Puh-Leez on Jul 8, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    Hopefully someone is going to go into this bill and do some serious cutting(say in research and development, new unnecessary weapons systems, and plain wasteful spending). I believe this can and must be done, but in a way as to not put our troops in jeopardy. ALL budget items in the government need some serious pruning.
  • by H. on Jul 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    We do not need to get involved with Libya. Let's finish what we are already doing.
  • by Anon Location: ENC on Jul 8, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    No money for teachers, crazy bonuses for business men, healthcare failing, social security failing, yet we pour more money into the war machine of the good old USA. Welcome to fearmongering, authoritarian, corrupt, self serving USA. We body scan and grope kids in airports for your "safety", I hate to say it but I'm ashamed of what America has become.
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      by Puh-Leez on Jul 8, 2011 at 01:21 PM in reply to Anon
      Then it is up to you and I to DO something about it.
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      by Gamer on Jul 8, 2011 at 06:03 PM in reply to Anon
      Then get out of America. If you don't want your kids scan and searched, then don't fly! Guess what this money is going too, improving weapons and other items to ensure the safety of our military families!
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        by LOL on Jul 11, 2011 at 07:47 AM in reply to Gamer
        Gamer you must be gaming the system to believe that bull! If the idiots in washington default on the money they owe already, they won't be paying our precious military families much less ensuring their safety. Stop smoking the republican crack, it makes you crazy and will kill America before this is over.

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