‘Atrocious’: 188 Democrats Join GOP To Hand Trump $738 Billion Military Budget That Includes ‘Space Force’

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Above Photo: President Donald Trump speaks at the Joint Systems Manufacturer on March 20, 2019 in Lima, Ohio. (Photo: Andrew Spear/Getty Images)

“It is Orwellian for Congress to hand over billions of dollars worth of weapons and bombs to a president waging a horrific, unconstitutional war in Yemen—and call that progressive.”

More than 180 House Democrats joined a nearly united Republican caucus Wednesday night to pass a sweeping $738 billion military spending bill that gives President Donald Trump his long-sought “Space Force,” free rein to wage endless wars, and a green light to continue fueling the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.

Just 48 members of the House, including 41 Democrats, voted against the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which increases the Pentagon budget by $22 billion. The final vote was 377-48.

“This NDAA is atrocious, and it’s very depressing that only 48 members of congress voted against it,” tweeted anti-war group CodePink.

In a floor speech ahead of Wednesday’s vote, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), the most vocal opponent of the NDAA in the House, said “there are many things you can call the bill, but it’s Orwellian to call it progressive.” Khanna was standing across the aisle from Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), who hailed the measure as “the most progressive defense bill we have passed in decades.”

“Let’s speak in facts,” said Khanna. “This defense budget is $120 billion more than what Obama left us with. That could fund free public college for every American. It could fund access to high-speed, affordable internet for every American. But it’s worse. The bipartisan amendment to stop the war in Yemen: stripped by the White House. The bipartisan amendment to stop the war in Iran: stripped by the White House.”

According to the New York Times, Smith—chairman of the House Armed Services Committee—negotiated several provisions of the NDAA directly with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

“It was Mr. Kushner who helped broker a deal to create the Space Force, a chief priority of the president’s, in exchange for the paid parental leave [for federal employees],” the Times reported Wednesday. “It was also Mr. Kushner who intervened on measures targeting Saudi Arabia that would have prohibited arms sales or military assistance to the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen. He said they were nonstarters for the White House.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) foreign policy adviser Matt Duss expressed outrage that Democrats allowed Kushner—who has close ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman—to kill an amendment that would have helped end U.S. complicity in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who voted against the NDAA, noted in a statement that the final version also stripped out her House-passed amendment that would have repealed the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

“With the release of the Afghanistan Papers, it is especially imperative that we take a hard look at our military spending and authorizations,” said Lee, the only member of Congress to vote against the war in Afghanistan in 2001. “I can tell you: it is an appalling, but not shocking read for those of us who have been working to stop endless war. It’s past time to end the longest war in United States history, withdraw our troops, and bring our servicemembers home.”

The 2020 NDAA now heads to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it is expected to pass. In a tweet ahead of the House vote on Wednesday, Trump praised the bill and said he would sign it into law “immediately.”

“New rule: Every member of Congress who voted to give the most corrupt, unhinged, and unstable president in history $738 billion to fight endless wars, fund a bogus space force, and put our troops at risk must never tell us that we cannot afford Medicare for All or a Green New Deal,” Warren Gunnels, Sanders’ senior adviser, tweeted Wednesday night. “Ever.”

  • voza0db
  • voza0db

    Since that dude talked about “ending endless wars” he is CLEARLY working for the Russians!

  • voza0db

    But like I wrote on another article, it needs to be repeat! Some mental rocks are very hard to brake…

    What’s the surprise?
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    Don’t FORGET dear slave to KEEP voting DEM or REP… Democracy without your VOTE is worthless!

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  • Tony

    Dems Roll Over & Give Trump Sadistic Military Budget — AGAIN

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6zOF-rnqRw

  • MrRedwoodGuy .

    The DOD budget grows endlessly because most of it goes to our corporations, who own the Congresspeople who vote for this. It’s not hard to understand, folks.

    The DOD budget is a “wealth redistribution scheme” in the most classic form.

  • mwildfire

    I have said she’s my top choice, because she’s the only one standing against US imperialism (tho Sanders has gotten better) but I’ve read that she supports Morsi, is anti-Muslim. In this time in which Muslims are being treated globally like Jews were treated in the 1930s, this is concerning. And I think she also is not for Medicare For All, which there is simply no excuse not to support.

  • Richard

    No money to house the homeless, no money to fix roads and bridges, no money to feed the poor who need it, but there is MONEY for war.

  • the ghost of Edna Cintron

    the last real democrat was sen Tom Daschle who stood up to the bush/cheney cabal. he received a little baggie of anthrax in the mail from “terrorists” as a result.

  • chetdude

    “she supports Morsi, is anti-Muslim”

    That’s not true.

    Tulsi Takes On Monsanto & Religious Bigotry
    https://www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=rEMBmoW3dAk

    And she considers the current Medicare for All bills inadequate — she wants even MORE Medicare for All…that’s why she’s not yet a co-sponsor for HR1384 even though she WAS a co-sponsor of HR676 — its predecessor.

    But, don’t worry, because she’s fundamentally anti-war she has no chance at the nomination for pResident…

  • voza0db

    Well… reading the stuff about M4A I found this!

    She’s a co-sponsor of H.R.1384 – Medicare for All Act of 2019, which would provide universal healthcare to all Americans

    H.R.4442 CONNECT for Health Act to promote cost savings and quality care under the
    Medicare program through the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services

    H.R.465 Prescription Drug Price Relief Act of 2019 To significantly lower prescription drug prices for patients in the United States by ending government-granted monopolies for manufacturers who charge drug prices that are higher than the median prices at which the drugs are available
    in other countries.

    H.R.448 Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act To amend title XVIII of the Social Security
    Act to provide for the negotiation of lower covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries

    H.R. 676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act

    H.R.447 — Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act

    Under the current sub-system if you are one of those that votes, 1st try to vote for someone outside the DEM & REP LLC!

    If you don’t like that… then vote for those being most attacked! It means they are rocking the muddy waters… In the end if they fail to be and do what they said… well that’s just the lovely sub-system we’ve!

  • mwildfire

    I watched that whole clip, and there were interesting things on it (what the hell was the pineapple on pizza about tho?) but it really didn’t answer the support of Morsi thing. Her response was that Clinton and Obama embraced him too but the “difference is I’m Hindu and they’re not.” No, irrelevant. The issue here is LACK of difference, of course Hillary and Obama embraced him like they’ll embrace any authoritarian figure who takes orders from DC. We expect different from Tulsi. Nor is it about US-India relations; the issue is does she support a president and a party who are engaged in actual pogroms against Muslims in India. And on 9/11, the involvement of Saudi Arabia in 9/11 is only one of the things we all want to know–more important is the involvement of Dick Cheney and the CIA.
    Of course, your last statement is entirely correct and likely applies to Sanders as well.

  • StopIsraeliGenocideInPalestine

    Why are we not surprised. If the tax money doesn’t go to the Pentagon it goes to Israel. Each year AIPAC gets billions so the representatives can get their kick backs.

  • StopIsraeliGenocideInPalestine

    Those are communist ideas! Having enough to eat, shelter and some fun after 16 hours work each day makes the masters poor and to demand this is another crazy communist idea.

  • StopIsraeliGenocideInPalestine

    Trump loves the Jewish Kosher Nostra – his slum lord son in law belongs to this criminal group.

  • US PATRIOT

    Everyone knows all this has been dictated by Israel.
    Americans don’t have the guts to even say the name out loud much less do anything about those monsters.

  • US PATRIOT

    Putin and his buddies are living the dream.
    They don’t want war to interrupt all that.
    America is bombing at least 17 countries and slaughtering millions of innocent people.
    Russia is not attacking anyone.
    Russia is not really our enemy.
    It is more like our competiton.
    We need to get the guts to admit that Israel and Zionists are the monsters.
    Americans are too afraid to admit it out loud.
    Because they might be called a name.

  • chetdude

    Thank you for taking the time to watch the clip.

    I’m among her actual constituents and am fairly well convinced that Tulsi is against ALL authoritarians and the damage they do — including war.

    Her personal, internal, emotional responses to India and Modi – “Hindu/Muslim” are probably complicated — mainly by childhood programming from a fanatic parent.

    Of course, she’s more a practitioner of Yoga, Progressive politics and Surfing than Hinduism…

  • chetdude

    Hawai’i — Pineapple and Ham on Pizza…

    (A sort of dirty little pleasure — although my fave is pepperoni, I like Hawai’ian Pizza too)…