CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 1994

U.S. Senate's Budget Allocation Plan in the Vietnam War

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By Tejas Chakravarthy, The Chronicle

The U.S. Senate is currently debating which of seven resolutions should be passed on the floor this week. One of the resolutions, SB #3, states that “in light of failed efforts in the Vietnam War, the Senate has decided to restructure their budget plans. They would like to mandate that two billion dollars from the dissolved military budget go to a restructuring of the American Education System.” They would also like to instruct that “an increase of four billion dollars go into the U.S. missile program.”

Instead of trying to articulate a strategic foreign aid policy, the U.S. diverted its attention to current internal military and political affairs, explaining that “these issues require the complete attentiveness of the U.S. government.”

Senators Paul Fannin and Carl Curtis, who oppose these clauses stated, “We can’t pull out now. We must spend more time and resources to ensure that our foreign aid policies regarding Vietnam are as strong as they can be.”

The difference between these policies is stark, and the U.S. Senate has a big decision to make in the near future.