Washington — When the Democrats gained control of the House, Senate, and White House, anti-war progressives saw a faint light of hope that they might achieve one of their long-standing ambitions. : Cut the Pentagon’s vast budget.
Instead, the Democratic-controlled parliament is about 24 billion more than President Biden requested after a dozen or so moderate Democrats from the House of Representatives military committee joined the Republican Party on Wednesday to take significant steps. We plan to increase the military budget by a lot of dollars. Raise the cost of the annual defense policy bill.
“We’re trying to end the longest conflict of 20 years, but more than ever, the world is watching what we’re doing here today,” said a Virginia Democrat and Navy veteran. Said Senator Elaine Luria. “Presidential Budget-Since it was announced, I’ve said it’s not enough.”
The 42-17 vote sharply questions Mr. Biden’s foreign policy, where a skeptical parliament led by members of the president’s own party brought a chaotic end to the war in Afghanistan and presented a new vision for Americans. I ended the week I presented. Leadership to avoid ground wars in support of economic and technological competition.
The amendment, led by Alabama’s top Republican Rep. Mike D. Rogers, has raised the total military budget to $ 740 billion, accounting for nearly half of it. In addition to the additional funding allocated to procure new ships, aircraft and fighting vehicles, we are investing in the development of emerging technologies and new military laboratories.
Understand infrastructure bills
- A $ 1 trillion package has passed. The Senate passed a radical bipartisan infrastructure package on August 10 to conclude weeks of intense negotiations and debate over the country’s largest federal investment in aging public works systems for more than a decade. rice field.
- Final vote. The final tally in the Senate was 69 in favor and 30 against. Laws that still have to pass the House of Representatives will touch on almost every aspect of the US economy and strengthen the country’s response to global warming.
- The main areas of spending. Overall, bipartisan plans focus on spending on transportation, utilities, and pollution cleanup.
- transportation.. Approximately $ 110 billion will be spent on roads, bridges and other transportation projects. $ 25 billion at the airport. It spends $ 66 billion on railroads and provides the most funding it has received since Amtrak was founded in 1971.
- utility.. Senators also have $ 65 billion to connect hard-to-reach rural communities to the high-speed Internet and help register low-income city dwellers who can’t afford it, and $ 8 billion to western water infrastructure. I included it.
- Pollution cleanup: Approximately $ 21 billion will be spent cleaning abandoned wells, mines and super fund sites.
“The bipartisan adoption of my amendment gives a clear signal. The president’s budget submission was completely insufficient to catch up with rising China and re-emergence Russia,” Rogers said. .. “I hope this bicameral, and now bicameral, movement will be understood by the Biden Harris administration.”
The Senate Military Commission overwhelmingly approved a similar increase along the bipartisan line in July, with only Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren opposed in an open ballot.
The legislation approved annually by the Military Commission sets out the military policy of the country, but it will eventually be funded by another commission, which may change the number of budgets. But defense policy legislation sends a strong message to the White House about what Congress expects to take precedence.
Mr Biden demanded a budget of $ 715 billion, which basically flattens military spending. Government officials have proposed reducing spending on new weapons and other military hardware while strengthening funding for the development of emerging technologies to deter China.
“I’ve heard from some Republicans and some Democrats that they may not disagree with the president’s remarks in shifting priority to diplomacy and economic power, but they also have a military element of national power. That should be the case, said Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Institute for Strategic International Studies.
Fourteen Democrats have joined the Republican Party to support the bill. Some of them are facing a tough reelection battle in the conservative district next year.
Biased voting emphasized another reality: transferring power to form foreign policy to the commissar of state security, even as the number of fierce liberal blocks of lawmakers vowing to cut military spending continues to grow in the House of Representatives. Is often a more hawkish member.
The progressives who were already rubbing at the expense of Mr Biden’s budget were alive.
“As we end our long and costly campaign in Afghanistan, we need more war, more weapons, and billions of dollars than the Pentagon wants. It’s worth noting to me what people conclude, “said Congressman Sarah Jacobs. , California Democrat and former State Department employee.
Her discussion reflects what Biden did this week when he defended the turbulent withdrawal from Afghanistan and presented a reconsideration of American power abroad, and his foreign policy is “infinite military.” Bring together other parts of the world for diplomatic, economic tools and support, not deployment. “
“This decision on Afghanistan is not unique to Afghanistan,” the president said in a speech at the White House on Tuesday. “It’s about ending the era of major military operations to rebuild another country.”
However, a meeting of the Armed Services Commission, which lasted until early Thursday morning, showed that many lawmakers were skeptical of the approach.
That dynamic signal anticipates a challenging era in Congress for Mr. Biden. Leading Democrats, who lead an important commissar of state security, who were already worried about his decision to leave Afghanistan even before the chaotic scene in Kabul began, decided to withdraw from power. I promised to investigate.
Parliamentarians also require the government to report more rigorously on Afghanistan, including measures requiring regular briefings to assess US surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to carry out counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan. Approved numerous amendments to the policy bill.Also, the administration needs to explain How the authorities plan to keep American citizens still stuck there evacuated to lawmakers.
Parliamentarians are also selective to women, reflecting the amendment adopted by the Senate Military Commission last month and a clause prohibiting military personnel from “serving extremist organizations or engaging in extremist activities.” He also voted to request registration for service.