Despite its rhetoric that Obama has violated the Constitution and waged war in Syria without a congressional declaration of war, the Republican controlled House on Thursday approved a $585 billion defense policy bill giving Obama the authority to expand the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State.
House Democrat Whip Steny Hoyer: No need to read the bill, just pass it.
The legislation earmarks $5 billion for largely useless airstrikes and will provide funding for boots on the ground in Syria.
In addition to Syria, the legislation designates $63.7 billion for “overseas contingency operations” in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It will also provide $24 million to expand the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay Obama promised to close.
$75 million will go to the coup government of Ukraine which is waging a fight against folks in the eastern part of the country who want nothing to do with a U.S. State Department installed government in Kiev that includes fascists and rabid nationalists. So far, more than 4,500 people have died in the conflict, most of them civilians.
Israel, as usual, is included in the pork barrel handout. It will receive $351 million from beleaguered American taxpayers to pay for its “Iron Dome” missile defense system. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been squandered on the system that has a dismal track record against crude homemade Hamas rockets.
The bill now heads over to the Democrat dominated Senate where it is expected to be passed without significant opposition. A handful of Republicans are irked that the defense bill contains unrelated provisions to expand government controlled wilderness areas.