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While the government has us focused on this healthcare reform and all their other big spending bills what's the defense budget looking like? Is he giving the military a raise like he promised or did that just fall by the wayside like always?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:40 AM on Aug. 12, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yes, so the 2009 budget ~ which was adequate ~ will be in place until then and in the mean time the Def Sec is working on the 2010 budget. It's not passed yet because it's still being put together.

    He has made recommendations such as the following:

    "Increase funding by $200 million for improvements in child care, spousal support, lodging, and education. Many of these programs have been funded in the past by supplementals. We must move away from ad hoc funding of long-term commitments. Thus, we have added money to each of these areas and all will be permanently and properly carried in the base defense budget. Together they represent an increase in base budget funding of $13 billion from last year."
    beckcorc

    Answer by beckcorc at 10:13 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • http://www.defenselink.mil/speeches/speech.aspx?speechid=1341

    This is a memo written by Def. Sec. Robert Gates regarding the proposed 2010 budget. The 2009 budget was put in place by George W. Bush and is still in effect.

    The '09 budget is described by Def. Sec. Robert Gates in this way:

    “the President’s budget for FY 2009 provides the resources necessary to maintain an agile, highly trained, and lethal fighting force, increase Army and Marine Corps end strength, and sustain the United States’ technological advantage over current and potential enemies.”
    beckcorc

    Answer by beckcorc at 9:49 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • But the Fiscal Year ends October 1st.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:07 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • An increase of $13 billion? And people said Bush spent too much on defense OMG!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:24 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • "Increase funding by $200 million for improvements in child care, spousal support, lodging, and education. Many of these programs have been funded in the past by supplementals. We must move away from ad hoc funding of long-term commitments. Thus, we have added money to each of these areas and all will be permanently and properly carried in the base defense budget. Together they represent an increase in base budget funding of $13 billion from last year."

    FINALLY! I've never been to a Marine base where these programs weren't seriously lacking!
    BlueCollarMama

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 10:26 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

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