Text: H.Con.Res.278 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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HCON 278 IH
101st CONGRESS
2d Session
H. CON. RES. 278
Expressing a sense of the Congress that substantial savings should be realized
from cuts in programs under the Department of Defense and applied to deficit
reduction, enhanced United States competitiveness in the international economy,
and improvements in United States public education.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 1, 1990
Mr. PEASE (for himself and Mr. OBEY) submitted the following concurrent
resolution; which was referred jointly to the Committees on Armed Services,
Ways and Means, and Education and Labor
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
Expressing a sense of the Congress that substantial savings should be realized
from cuts in programs under the Department of Defense and applied to deficit
reduction, enhanced United States competitiveness in the international economy,
and improvements in United States public education.
Whereas astonishing changes have occurred in Eastern Europe and the Soviet
Union during the past year necessitating a comprehensive review of United
States defense strategies and alternative defense spending options;
Whereas trends toward real cuts in Soviet defense spending and toward greater
freedom in much of Eastern Europe are now opening historic opportunities for
sizeable cuts in conventional forces in Europe and for major reductions in
the Soviet and United States nuclear arsenals;
Whereas events in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union have dramatically
lessened the military threat to the United States;
Whereas approximately half the Department of Defense budget is currently
devoted to possible warfare in the European theater;
Whereas the excessive Federal budget deficit and the further cuts compelled
by the Gramm-Rudman law require deep cuts in defense spending;
Whereas expenditures continue on wasteful and unnecessary weapons systems
that could be substantially trimmed or eliminated altogether with no threat
to United States national security;
Whereas several arms control agreements now entering the closing phases of
negotiation will reduce the production of nuclear, chemical, and conventional
weapons and will make many of the current weapons programs and personnel
deployments unnecessary;
Whereas the United States needs to divert resources to other critical
national security needs, including economic competitiveness, rebuilding the
infrastructure, encouraging technologies of the future, strengthening the
health care and educational systems, and protecting the environment; and
Whereas overdue reforms of the weapons procurement process could also save
billions of dollars every year: Now, therefore, be it
  Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That
  spending by the Department of Defense be reduced by $20,000,000,000 in
  each of the next five years beyond the cuts proposed by President Bush
  in his fiscal year 1991 budget; and the resulting $100,000,000,000 in
  savings be allocated in equal proportions to reduce the Federal deficit
  and the national debt, to public expenditures to enhance United States
  competitiveness in the international economy, and to be distributed for
  property tax relief in those States that commit to improving their public
  schools and to national performance standards for educational excellence
  for their students and teachers.

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