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HARVARD CONGRESS 2011 # S5-02 A Bill to Reduce America’s Debt and Military Budget 

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Be It Enacted By This Student Congress Here Assembled That:

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Section 1: The total sum of discretionary defense spending relating shall be reduced to about half of the

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2010 level, and all surplus funds shall be allocated towards immediately paying off the national debt.

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Section 2: The level of 2010 spending shall be defined as $533 billion, or the amount of money the 111th

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Congress approved in 2010. This figure excludes the cost of the wars and security operations in

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Afghanistan and Iraq. The bill also excludes the costs of operations and programs that required mandatory

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funding by laws passed before or in 2010.

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Section 3: The bill shall be implemented over 10 years, beginning with the vote on the next federal

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budget, with a 5% reduction of the discretionary defense budget every year. The reductions shall occur so

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that in ten years, the discretionary defense budget is about $260 billion. It can be no more than $280

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billion. This level cannot be exceeded, from that point on. The effects of this bill can be voided when

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Congress declares an act of war, but Congress must vote to maintain the ban on the bill’s effects every

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two years, if the length of the war exceeds two years.

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Section 4: All monetary values may be nominally adjusted to the point where they

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violate this bill. However, all real-money values must remain

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commensurate with the terms of Sections 1, 2, and 3 of this bill.

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Section 5: Congressmen must vote nay to any federal budget that violates the terms

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of this bill. All conflicting laws are hereby declared null and void.

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Section 6: This bill will take effect on June 1st of the year 2011. Respectfully Submitted, Matthew Zuckerman Fordham Preparatory School

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Bill to Cut Military Spending