HARVARD CONGRESS 2011 # S5-02 A Bill to Reduce Americaâ€™s Debt and Military Budget
Be It Enacted By This Student Congress Here Assembled That:
Section 1: The total sum of discretionary defense spending relating shall be reduced to about half of the
2010 level, and all surplus funds shall be allocated towards immediately paying off the national debt.
Section 2: The level of 2010 spending shall be defined as $533 billion, or the amount of money the 111th
Congress approved in 2010. This figure excludes the cost of the wars and security operations in
Afghanistan and Iraq. The bill also excludes the costs of operations and programs that required mandatory
funding by laws passed before or in 2010.
Section 3: The bill shall be implemented over 10 years, beginning with the vote on the next federal
budget, with a 5% reduction of the discretionary defense budget every year. The reductions shall occur so
that in ten years, the discretionary defense budget is about $260 billion. It can be no more than $280
billion. This level cannot be exceeded, from that point on. The effects of this bill can be voided when
Congress declares an act of war, but Congress must vote to maintain the ban on the billâ€™s effects every
two years, if the length of the war exceeds two years.
Section 4: All monetary values may be nominally adjusted to the point where they
violate this bill. However, all real-money values must remain
commensurate with the terms of Sections 1, 2, and 3 of this bill.
Section 5: Congressmen must vote nay to any federal budget that violates the terms
of this bill. All conflicting laws are hereby declared null and void.
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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