The Defense Authorization bill (FY17 NDAA) is supposed to be an opportunity for Congress to shape national defense priorities and share the responsibility with the president when it comes to foreign policy. Generally the president has significant authority to make his mark on foreign and defense policy and the authorization process for both the Defense and State Departments is the Constitution’s way to make sure the co-equal Legislative Branch of government is properly part of the process. Sadly though this is what was intended, current reality no longer resembles what was meant to be. Instead, Congress members abrogate their authority to set defense spending priorities to the Pentagon, the military-industrial complex, and to special interests in their districts. The result is a mess that has very little to do with defending this country and a whole lot to do with enriching those in position to feed from the trough. The House voted on the Defense Authorization Act for 2017. The Liberty Report explains the process and previews the result:
Congress will vote on the 2017 military spending bill. Despite all the talk of sequestration and the need to “rebuild the military,” the military industrial complex can look forward to another huge injection of money. Does this huge budget keep us safe? Or does it keep the Beltway bandits rich?