House Compromises Away Peace, Senate Stands By War by David Swanson + Take Action!

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 11, 2019

The House and Senate have agreed upon a catastrophic military spending bill.

The House has happily tossed under the bus the following measures that had been in its version prior to “compromising” by going with what the Senate (and the campaign funders) wanted:

Cleaning up Vieques.

[UPDATE: silver lining on Vieques!]

Justifying the Supposed Benefit of Every Foreign Base.

And all of these are virtually or entirely gone:

–repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

–prohibit military force in or against Iran.

–prohibit support to and participation in the war on Yemen.

–prohibit the sale of air-to-ground munitions, used in the conflict in Yemen, to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

–prohibit funds from the Special Defense Acquisition Fund to aid Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates if such assistance could be used to conduct or continue hostilities in Yemen.

–prohibit funding the transfer of weapons to Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates under the emergency authority of the Arms Export Control Act.

–prohibit funding for missiles noncompliant with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

–support extending the New START Treaty, and prohibit the use of funds to withdraw from New START.

–require that the U.S. military provide Congress with the cost and the national security benefits of every foreign military base or foreign military operation.

–require the EPA to designate all PFAS (chemicals with which military bases poison ground water) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act.

–require the EPA to revise the list of toxic pollutants under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to include PFAS.

–prohibit DoD funding to house any foreign nationals who are in the custody of and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

–study potential cost savings with respect to the nuclear security enterprise and force structure.

–study cost increases for the W80-4 nuclear warhead life extension program and prevent $185 million from being obligated or expended until the study is completed.

–prohibit the use of funds for an exhibition or parade of military forces and hardware.

–prohibit the use of funds from being obligated or expended at properties owned by the President or that bear his name.

–amend the current statutory prohibition on members of Congress contracting with the federal government to include the President, Vice President, and any Cabinet member.

–codify a Department of Defense policy to report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System service members who are prohibited from purchasing firearms.

The only good thing in this apocalyptic legislation that stayed in, in some significant part, is this one:

“The House amendment contained a provision (sec. 1250K) that would express the sense of the Congress concerning North Korea and diplomatic efforts to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea.

“The Senate bill contained no similar provision.

“The Senate recedes with an amendment that would express the sense of Congress that, among other things, a sustained credible diplomatic process based on concrete measures to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea and an eventual end to the Korean War should be pursued. The amendment would also express that continued actions by North Korea that run counter to diplomatic negotiations call into question North Korea’s intentions and commitment to a diplomatic solution.”

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for Swanson’s books include Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? (2018) and War Is A Lie. He blogs at and He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Support David’s work.

Take Action:

Not another $738 billion for wars

Tell Congress: Keep these things in the NDAA

Keep Amendment on Foreign Bases in NDAA

See also:

31 Organizations Declare National Defense Authorization Act A Blank Check For Trump’s Reckless Foreign Policy

from the archives:

10 Ways We Pretend War Is Not a Crime and How to Change Them by David Swanson

David Swanson: War Is A Lie

What If Governments Obeyed Laws? by David Swanson + Merchants of Death: How the Military-Industrial Complex Profits from Endless War

Underestimating The U.S. Military Budget, Altruism and Sadism by David Swanson

Audit the Outlaw Military Budget by Ralph Nader

David Swanson: The More The US Spends On Weapons, The Less Safe We Are

David Swanson: Senate Refuses to Stop Endless War