At what point do we start to hold our elected officials accountable? Time and time again we have in depth conversations about the nefarious nature of our legislative body. Nothing is ever done about it because all we do is talk about it.
The first Ukrainian supplemental appropriations act was passed on March 10th just 2 months ago. In that bill they stated that it would cover $13.6 billion but the bill actually cost the taxpayer closer to $16 billion. Over half of that bill went to the Department of Defense. $10 billion dollars to be exact. It also covered DOJ salaries, Attorney salaries, FBI salaries, Department of Commerce salaries, Treasury salaries, Office of Terrorism Salaries, and State Department Salaries. In that bill they spent $25 million to fund global media amongst other things. I covered the first bill in depth here on America's Tribune and across social media. You can check out the 2 articles below.
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H.R 7691 Additional Aid to Ukraine
The bill passed the House on May 10th with a 368-57 vote and only 57 representatives voted against the bill, all Republican. This means that 154 Republicans voted in favor of it. The bill is 30 pages long and will cost the American taxpayer $40 billion dollars, $39.568 billion to be exact. Almost half of the funding goes to President Biden ($17.131 billion) to shift and appropriate in any manner he chooses. While using placeholder to fill the contents of the bill. These bills are a rabbit hole by default. That, however, does not distract from the content of the bill. It is common knowledge that these bills will be replaced with provisions in the future utilizing future legislation and fund shifting.
So, let’s break down the contents of the bill and see where all the money is going.
Department of Justice (page 2)
$67 million-salaries and expenses (may be merged with other accounts)
Spent $30 million in the first one
$97 million total in two months
Department of Defense (page 3)
Personnel (page 4)
Army $12.75 million
Air Force $1.59 million
Operations and Maintenance (page 4)
Army $1.494 billion rounded up
Navy $939.779 million
Air Force $195.262 million
Space Force $800,000
Additional Funds $14.953 billion rounded down
Procurement (page 6)
Army (Missiles) $350.970 million
Army (Vehicles) $255,000
Army (Ammunition) $45,000
Army (Other) $1.25 million
Navy (Other) $1.25 million
Air Force (Aircraft) $155.382 million
Defense-Wide $24.218 million
Defense Production Act Purchases $600 million
Research and Development
Army $128.700 million
Navy $43 million
Air Force $119.815 million
Defense-Wide $72.103 million
Revolving and Management Funds
Defense Working Capital (page 9)
Defense Health Program (U.S Bio Labs?)
General Provisions (page 9)
Missile Procurement $500 million