Bill Sponsorship: setting minimum spending on defense at 4% of GDP
Source: Resolution for Minimum Defense Budget (HJ.Res.67/SJ.Res.26)
The resolution supports a base Defense Budget that at the very minimum matches 4% of gross domestic product:
Whereas the defense of the US is contingent unconditional moral and monetary support from the Congress;
Whereas the US is engaged in a long war with those who employ terror;
Whereas current equipment is being worn out and damaged and must be rebuilt or replaced;
Whereas there is a broad consensus that there must be significant personnel increases of 94,000 soldiers within the next 5 years;
Whereas the defense budget is scheduled to drop in the coming years, to just 3.2% of GDP by 2012;
Whereas a defense budget of 4% of GDP is far lower than during the Cold War and almost a full percentage point lower than the 'hollow force' era following the Vietnam War;
Therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House, That it is the policy of the United States to commit a minimum of 4% 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.
Participating counts on VoteMatch question 15.
Question 15: Expand the military
Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
Topic: Homeland Security
Headline: Set minimum spending on defense at 4% of GDP