Mr. FRANKS of Arizona (for himself, Mr. GOODE, Mr. DAVID DAVIS of Tennessee, Mr. AKIN, Mr. HUNTER, Mr. DOOLITTLE, Mr. THORNBERRY, Mr. NEUGEBAUER, Mr. SAXTON, Mr. LOBIONDO, Mr. RENZI, Mr. COLE of Oklahoma, Mr. KUHL of New York, Mr. BROUN of Georgia, Mr. LAMBORN, Mr. GINGREY, Mr. BARRETT of South Carolina, Mr. MCCOTTER, and Mr. MILLER of Florida) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Armed ServicesCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas the defense of the United States is contingent on fully equipped, fully armed, well trained, and healthy volunteer armed forces who must receive unconditional moral and monetary support from the Congress;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas there is a broad consensus that there must be significant personnel increases in both the United States Army and Marine Corps, which are authorized to grow by 94,000 soldiers and Marines within the next 5 years;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas Congress must robustly fund the United States Army in order for the Army to undertake its first modernization program in nearly 40 years;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas the number of fighter wing equivalents in the Air Force has dropped from 37 at the time of Operation Desert Storm to 20, and the average age of Air Force aircraft has risen from 9 years in 1973 to 24 years by 2007;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas in constant FY2008 dollars, United States Air Force procurement has been cut by almost half between FY1985 and FY2006;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas in constant FY2008 dollars, U.S. Air Force Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (`RDT & E') is projected to drop by half between FY2006 and FY2012;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas the United States should put economic policies in place that will grow gross domestic product to permit the United States to spend more on National defense in real dollar terms;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas a defense budget of 4 percent of gross domestic product is far lower than during the Cold War and almost a full percentage point lower than the `hollow force' era following the Vietnam War; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Whereas without maintaining a robust defense budget of no less than 4 percent of gross domestic product over the next 10 years, the United States will be unable to equip, train, and modernize a full-spectrum force to preserve America's security: Now, therefore, be itCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That it is the policy of the United States to commit a minimum of 4 percent of the Nation's gross domestic product to the base defense budget in order to meet the fundamental National security requirements of the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
OpenCongress allows anyone to follow legislation in Congress, from bill introduction to floor vote. Learn more about issues you care about and connect with others who share similar views.
OpenCongress was founded by the Participatory Politics Foundation in 2007 and operated as a joint project with the Sunlight Foundation until May 2013.
Founded in 2006, the Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government globally and uses technology to make government more accountable to all. Visit SunlightFoundation.com to learn more.
Like this project and want to discover others like it?
Join the Sunlight Foundation's open government community to learn more.