Should Congress authorize $830 billion to the U.S. military, an increase of $30 billion since 2023?

This bill has Passed the House of Representatives
Bill Summary

This resolution aims to set the overall funding for the U.S. military during the year 2024. It would appropriate approximately $830 billion to the Department of Defense, up from $797.7 billion in 2023. The resolution would provide additional funding to deterrence efforts against China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran while reducing funding for healthcare, research, and technological development within the military. Sponsor: Rep. Ken Calvert (Republican, California, District 41) View full bill text ➔

How do you feel?

You can still save your opinion to your scorecard, but since the vote has already taken place, your opinion won't be sent to your lawmakers.

Opponents say

•      "The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 4365, making appropriations for the Department of Defense (DOD) for the fiscal year (FY) ending September 30, 2024… The draft bills also include numerous new, partisan policy provisions with devastating consequences including harming access to reproductive healthcare, threatening the health and safety of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Americans, endangering marriage equality, hindering critical climate change initiatives, and preventing the Administration from promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.Source: Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget 

•      "The reductions in funding for climate resiliency programs will leave the Services more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – which the Department of Defense has labeled a national security threat. In many hearings and markups this year, you have heard me discuss specific instances of hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires that have significantly impacted DoD installations to the tune of billions of dollars. When we cut these programs, we will be paying for it on the back end." Source: Rep. Betty McCollum (Democrat, Minnesota, District 4), Ranking Member of the House Defense Subcommittee

Proponents say

•      "The world around us is becoming more dangerous. China is rapidly modernizing and becoming more aggressive in the Pacific, Russia continues its war against Ukraine, and Iran and North Korea are investing in ballistic missile capabilities. We cannot afford to take these threats lightly. We must provide the men and women of our military with the tools they need to defend our nation. It sends a clear message that the United States is serious about investing in our capabilities, such as ammunition and ships, we will support our allies, and we are prepared to meet and defeat our enemies." Source: Rep. Kay Granger (Republican, Texas, District 12), Chair of the House Armed Services Committee

•      "As appropriators, it is our responsibility to ensure our military has the resources necessary deter (sic) conflict and if we do get into a fight, we win, they lose. This bill makes it clear to any adversary that challenging the United States military is not in their best interest." Source: Rep. Ken Calvert (Republican, California, District 41), Chair of the House Defense Subcommittee and sponsor of the resolution