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House Session - July 6, 2011
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  • 02:01:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND…

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1 THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE WILL BE LED TODAY BY THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA,

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  • 02:01:53 PM

    MS. FOXX

    JOIN ME IN THE PLEDGE TO OUR WONDERFUL FLAG. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE…

    JOIN ME IN THE PLEDGE TO OUR WONDERFUL FLAG. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 02:02:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT…

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 02:02:22 PM

    MR. WILSON

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND…

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 02:02:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:02:28 PM

    MR. WILSON

    MR. SPEAKER, THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA MEN'S BASEBALL TEAM ENDED…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA MEN'S BASEBALL TEAM ENDED THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES THIS SEASON JUST AS THEY DID LAST YEAR, THE GAMECOCKS ARE OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONS AGAIN. BACK-TO-BACK VICTORIES. BY BEATING THE FLORIDA GATORS ON JUNE 28 AT OMAHA, NEBRASKA, T.D. AMAYOR TRADE PARK, THEY -- AMERITRADE PARK, THEY BECAME THE ONLY TEAM TO WIN BACK-TO-BACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. THEY WON IN RECORD-SETTING FASHION. THEY ARE THE FIRST TEAM TO GO 10-0. THEY ARE BOTH ALL-TIME RECORDS. IN THE TITLE GAME, ONLY ALLOWED TWO RUNS BY THE GATORS. HE WAS HELD BY A SERIES MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER, SCOTT LINGO, WHO NOT ONLY MADE A COUPLE OF RUNS, AND THE COACH MUST BE CREDITED FOR PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER AGAIN FOR STEERING THEM TO A WIN. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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  • 02:03:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT RISE?

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  • 02:03:45 PM

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 02:03:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:03:52 PM

    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF ARTHUR OF ESTONIAN,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HONOR THE LIFE OF ARTHUR OF ESTONIAN, CONNECTICUT. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO REMEMBER ART'S REMARKABLE SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY. HE WAS PART OF THE GREATEST GENERATION SERVING IN THE SUBMARINE FORCE FOR 20 DISTINGUISHED YEARS. HIS CAREER IN THE NAVY INCLUDE TIME ABOARD ONE OF THE SUBSTANCE THAT EXECUTED THE WOLFPACK ATTACK STRATEGY IN THE SEA OF JAPAN. IT WAS INSTRUMENTING IN THE PACIFIC AND A CENTRAL INGREDIENT TO FINAL VICTORIES. DURING THE CONFLICT HE EARNED THE BRONZE STAR AND AFTER THE WAR ROWS TO THE RANK OF COMMAND -- ROSE TO THE RANK OF COMMANDER. HE TRIED TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT. HE TAUGHT MATH TO HIGH SCHOOLERS ALL ACROSS THE STATE. HE COACHED LITTLE LEAGUE, SERVED ON THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND BECAME ONE OF THE FIRST MAYORS IN HIS DISTRICT. HE WILL BE MISSED BY HIS WIFE, CHILD AND GRANDCHILD. HIS SERVICE IS AN INSPIRATION FOR US TODAY AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:04:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

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  • 02:05:04 PM

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 02:05:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:05:12 PM

    MR. SHIMKUS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE ALL GLUED TO OUR TELEVISIONS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE ALL GLUED TO OUR TELEVISIONS AND THE INTERNET WATCHING THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE, CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM ALIKE, DEMANDING FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN EGYPT FAR EXEDENS THAT -- EXCEEDS THAT THAN ISLAM. EXTREME GROUPS ATTACKED THE FELLOW EGYPTIANS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE CHRISTIANS IN AN ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THEM OUT OF EGYPT. IN SOME CASES THEY WERE SUCCESSFUL. OUR COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. AS A CHRISTIAN AND MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I'M HOPEFUL THAT THIS EXAMPLE OF A BROAD RANGE OF BELIEFS OF 435 MEMBERS WILL STAND AS AN EXAMPLE TO THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE. I WILL ASK THE EGYPTIAN PEOPLE AND THE CURRENT MILITARY LEADERSHIP TO STAND WITH THE CHRISTIAN MINORITY IN EGYPT AND ASK THEM TO SURELY PRACTICE THEIR FAITH IS NOT IMPUGNED BY THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP OR THE ONE THAT MAY BE ELECTED IN THE FUTURE. I WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP THE HELICOPTERIC CHRISTIANS IN EGYPT IN MY PRAYERS AND I WILL ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:06:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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  • 02:06:26 PM

    MR. COHEN

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:06:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:06:32 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEKEND WHILE MOST AMERICANS WERE CELEBRATING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEKEND WHILE MOST AMERICANS WERE CELEBRATING THE FOURTH OF JULY, MONTANANS WERE IMMERSED WHAT HAS BECOME THE NEW AMERICAN TRADITION, CLEANING UP OIL SPILLS. AFTER EXXON'S SILVER TIP PIPELINE FAILED AND SPEWED 40,000 GALLONS OF TOXIC OIL INTO THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER, EXXON QUICKLY LABELED THE INCIDENT A FREAK ACCIDENT, A PHRASE COMMONLY USED BY THE OIL INDUSTRY AFTER SPILLS. BUT AN EXHAUSTIVE HISTORY OF BIG OIL SPILLS THESE ARE NOT FREAK ACCIDENTS BUT EVIDENCE OF BIG OIL'S NEGLECT. EMPTY SAFETY PROMISES BELONGS TO TRANSCANADA WHO DUBBED THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE THE SAFEST PIPELINE EVER BUILT. A YEAR AND 1 SPILLS LATER KEYSTONE WAS SHUT DOWN AND DEEMED AN IMMINENT THREAT TO LIFE, PROPERTY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. BEFORE WE PERMIT THE KEYSTONE E.X. PIPELINE, ANOTHER DEADLY TRANSCANADA PIPELINE, WE MUST REFORM OUR SAFETY REGULATION BECAUSE OUR PIPELINE MUST BE AS CONSISTENT AS OLD FAITHFUL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:07:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 02:07:44 PM

    MS. FOXX

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 02:07:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:07:50 PM

    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEKEND WE CELEBRATED AMERICA'S INDEPENDENCE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEKEND WE CELEBRATED AMERICA'S INDEPENDENCE DAY. AS I VISITED WITH CONSTITUENTS, THEY ASKED THAT WE CREATE ANOTHER INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT. INDEPENDENCE FROM MIDDLE EASTERN OIL, AND I AGREE. UNFORTUNATELY, RATHER THAN PURSUING ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION KEEPS FOSTERING AN ENERGY DEPENDENCE POLICY THAT COSTS AMERICAN JOBS, BRINGS HIGHER PRICES AT THE PUMP AND ENDANGERS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BY MAKING US MORE DEPENDENT ON UNSTABLE MIDDLE EASTERN GOVERNMENTS. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE RESPONDED BY INTRODUCING AND PASSING FOUR BILLS TO INCREASE OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CREATE AMERICAN JOBS, BUT THE SENATE HAS TAKEN NO ACTION. LIBERAL DEMOCRATS ARE OBSTRUCTING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR JOBS FOR AMERICANS, LOWER ENERGY COSTS AND A NEW ERA OF INDEPENDENCE. IT'S TIME, MR. SPEAKER, TO DECLARE INDEPENDENCE FROM MIDDLE EASTERN OIL AND START USING OUR OWN RESOURCES FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:08:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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  • 02:08:54 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    SPEAKER, I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:08:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:09:02 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS THE HOUSE WILL…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS THE HOUSE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO END U.S. MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IN LIBYA, AND WE SHOULD DO SO FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS -- FIRST, THE WAR IS ILLEGAL UNDER THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND OUR WAR POWERS ACT. BECAUSE ONLY THE U.S. CONGRESS HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DECLARE WAR AND THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN UNABLE TO SHOW THAT THE U.S. FACED AN IMMINENT THREAT FROM LIBYA. HE IGNORED HIS TOP LEGAL ADVISORS AT THE PECK AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE -- PENTAGON AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. SECOND, THE WAR HAS REACHED A STALEMATE AND IS UNWINNABLE WITHOUT THE DEPLOYMENT OF NATO GROUND TROOPS TO EFFECTIVELY INVADE THE NATION OF LIBYA. IT WAS ILL CONCEIVED FROM THE BEGINNING. THE BENGHAZI BASED OPPOSITION, THEY DON'T HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY OF LIBYANS. ONE WHICH HAD REPORTEDLY BACKED BY THE C.I.A. IN THE 1980'S SHOULD NEVER HAVE LAUNCHED AN ARMED CIVIL WAR AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT IF THEY HAD NO CHANCE ABSENT A MASSIVE NATO AIR CAMPAIGN AND THE INTRODUCTION OF NATO TROOPS. IT'S TIME TO PUT AN END TO THIS WAR. VOTE TO CUT OFF FUNDS.

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  • 02:10:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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  • 02:10:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:10:26 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, RISING UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUES TO POPULATE THE HEADLINES. AN…

    MR. SPEAKER, RISING UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUES TO POPULATE THE HEADLINES. AN ARTICLE LAST WEEK BY THE A.P. POINTS OUT THAT SEVERAL CITIES IN MY STATE OF MICHIGAN, INCLUDING BATTLE CREEK, WHICH I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING, HAS BIG UNEMPLOYMENT. MICHIGAN'S UNEMPLOYMENT STANDS AT 10%. IT EXACERBATES BAD SITUATIONS. WE DO NOT NEED MORE SPENDING, RISING ENERGY COSTS, GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE AND MORE REGULATIONS.

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  • 02:10:54 PM

    MR. WALBERG

    OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE PUT FORTH A JOBS PLAN. WE KNOW…

    OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE PUT FORTH A JOBS PLAN. WE KNOW GOVERNMENT CANNOT CREATE JOBS. INSTEAD, WE CAN SUPPORT AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THE PRIVATE SECTOR FLOURISHES AND CREATES JOBS. OUR JOBS PLAN WILL REDUCE REGULATORY BURDENS WHICH ARE CURRENTLY COSTING SMALL BUSINESSES OVER $10,000 PER EMPLOYEE EACH YEAR, REQUIRING CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL FOR EACH REGULATION THAT HAS A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY. OUR JOBS PLAN WILL REFORM THE TAX CODE, STREAMLINING AND LOWERING TAX RATE. OUR JOBS PLAN WILL INCREASE DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CUT UNSUSTAINABLE SPENDING WHICH CRUSHES BURDENS OF DEBT. AT HOME LAST WEEK I WAS CONSTANTLY REMINDED HOW THE LACK OF GOOD COMMONSENSE, GOOD-PAYING JOBS IS HELPING MY CONSTITUENTS.

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  • 02:11:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 02:11:48 PM

    MR. WALBERG

    TIME WE STAND FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. I YIELD BACK.

  • 02:11:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA RISE?

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  • 02:12:02 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:12:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:12:06 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    OUR STATE IS SHUT DOWN DUE TO A BUDGET CRISIS. I WANT TO THANK THE…

    OUR STATE IS SHUT DOWN DUE TO A BUDGET CRISIS. I WANT TO THANK THE GOVERNOR FOR MAKING PRODUCTIVE COMPROMISES AND NEVER FORGETTING THE NEEDS OF MINNESOTANS, ESPECIALLY OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS. THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO CUT HEALTH, EDUCATION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. IN CONGRESS AND IN MINNESOTA, REPUBLICANS USE THE SAME PLAYBOOK. FIRST, CREATE A CRISIS, PUT JOBS AT RISK AND THE ECONOMY IN PERIL AND THEN IGNORE THE NEEDS OF MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. AND THEN FIGHT TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES. WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN WASHINGTON AND ST. PAUL IS A RADICAL TEA PARTY EXTREMISM, THEYENING JOBS AND THE ECONOMY WITH DESTRUCTION IN THE NAME OF POLITICAL ADVANTAGE. THIS IS A DANGEROUS POLITICAL STRATEGY AND IT NEEDS TO END NOW. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE OUR NATION'S PROBLEM. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND MINNESOTANS EXPECT THAT OF THEIR ELECTED LEADERS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:13:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RISE?

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  • 02:13:12 PM

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    ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:13:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:13:18 PM

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND TO TELL A RARE SUCCESS STORY THAT I SAW…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND TO TELL A RARE SUCCESS STORY THAT I SAW FIRSTHAND LAST WEEK. CUSTOM ALUMINUM PRODUCTS, A LOCAL MANUFACTURING BUSINESS, PLOGE MORE THAN 360 PEOPLE, IS CELEBRATING THEIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR.

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  • 02:13:33 PM

    MR. SHILLING

    GROWN FROM A SMALL LOCAL MANUFACTURER TO A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED LEADER IN…

    GROWN FROM A SMALL LOCAL MANUFACTURER TO A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED LEADER IN THE ALUMINUM INDUSTRY. I TELL THE STORY TODAY BECAUSE CUSTOM ALUMINUM IS A THRIVING LOCAL BUSINESS, ACK SELLING.

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  • 02:13:50 PM

    MR. HULTGREN

    MUCH TO LEARN ABOUT THIS. GIVEN TO EXCELL OUR SMALL BUSINESS WILL ANSWER…

    MUCH TO LEARN ABOUT THIS. GIVEN TO EXCELL OUR SMALL BUSINESS WILL ANSWER THE CALL AND IT IS NEVER THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CREATE JOBS. INSTEAD, GOVERNMENT MUST GET OUT OF THE WAY OF SMALL BUSINESSES BY REDUCING JOB-KILLING REGULATIONS AND BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE AND ALLOWING THE JOB CREATORS TO DO WHAT THEY DO BEST, CREATE JOBS. WE MUST BRING BACK CERTAINTY TO THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND REBUILD THEIR CONFIDENCE IN OUR ECONOMY SO WE CAN GET AMERICANS WORKING AGAIN AND CELEBRATE MANY MORE LOCAL SUCCESS STORIES LIKE THIS IN THE COMING MONTHS AND YEARS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:14:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 02:14:30 PM

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    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND…

    I ASK PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 02:14:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:14:41 PM

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    THE STORY TITLE "MEDICAID PAYMENTS GO UNDER THE KNIFE." THIS IS AN ISSUE…

    THE STORY TITLE "MEDICAID PAYMENTS GO UNDER THE KNIFE." THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT UNFORTUNATELY IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO GET WORSE. MEDICAID ISN'T JUST GOING UNDER THE KNIFE, IT'S BEING SLASHED. THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS IS ONLY AN EMPTY PROMISE FOR PEOPLE WHO MAY NEED SERVICES AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS ONLY GOING TO EXACERBATE PATIENT ACCESS TO PHYSICIANS.

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  • 02:15:11 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    IT HAS CHANGED WHAT WAS A PROGRAM THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR THE POOREST OF THE…

    IT HAS CHANGED WHAT WAS A PROGRAM THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR THE POOREST OF THE POOR, PREGNANT WOMEN, CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY, AND TURN IT IS INTO A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL GOVERNMENT PROGRAM. IT WILL ADD MILLIONS OF YOUNGER ADULTS, PUTTING AN EVEN GREATER STRAIN ON THE STATE BUDGETS. THE HEALTH CARE LAW NEVER ADDRESSED THE ROOT PROBLEM. WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT MEDICAID SPENDING IS DIRECTED IN A FASHION AT THAT PROVIDES AN ACTUAL SAFETY NET FOR THOSE IN NEED AND ALLOW STATES TO CREATE A RANGE OF PRODUCTS SO TO GIVE MEDICAID PATIENTS ACCESS TO THEIR PHYSICIANS AND BETTER CARE. WE ACTUALLY NEED TO GET BACK TO THE BASICS AND IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT WE EXAMINE MEDICAID AND REALIZE THE RAMIFICATIONS BEFORE OUR STATES SINK EVEN DEEPER INTO A BUDGETARY CRISIS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    SPEAKER. CHINA RECENTLY ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET, THE PRESIDENT IS BEHIND…

    SPEAKER. CHINA RECENTLY ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET, THE PRESIDENT IS BEHIND ME, THIS INDICTED WAR CRIMINAL, WHO WAS FUND GUILTY OF MURDER AND RAPE. PRIOR TO THE VISIT, I WROTE A PRESIDENT TO THE CHINESE PRESIDENT URGING HIM CANCEL THE VISIT. NOT ONLY IS BASHIR WANTED FOR HIS ATROSSITIES IN DARFUR BUT ATROCITIES ARE NOW UNFOLDING AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN THE MOUNTAINS, DAILY REPORTS OF KILLINGS, INDISCRIMINATELY SHELLING CIVILIAN POPULATIONS. CONSIDER THIS REALITY, BASHIR IS A WANTED WAR CRIMINAL, THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TREATS HIM AS A TREND AND EXTENDS EVERY DIPLOMATIC GRACE AND CHINA OWNS OUR DEBT. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? AN INDICTED WAR CRIMINAL WITH THE PRESIDENT OF CHINA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE IN

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    THE GENTLEMAN RISE IN

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    EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:18:40 PM

    MR. LANKFORD

    LISTENING TO PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT. NO ONE SAID THEY WANTED MORE…

    LISTENING TO PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT. NO ONE SAID THEY WANTED MORE GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE. NO ONE SAID THEY WANTED TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY BY HAVING MORE GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT. WE NEED REAL SPENDING LIMITS TO OFFSET OUR SERIOUS BUDGET SHORTFALL. WE CAN'T CONTINUE THIS WAY. THERE'S A LIMIT TO THE DEBT WE CAN CARRY. OUR CURRENT DEBT EQUALS OUR G.D.P., AND I HOPE THAT MANY IN THE HOUSE SEE THAT AS A PROBLEM AS WELL. WE NEED TO OVERHAUL OUR ENTITLEMENTS. THEY ARE NECESSARY FOR SOME BUT THEY WILL GO BROKE IF NO ONE IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE. 15 YEARS AGO, THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT FAILED TO PASS THE SENATE BY ONE VOTE AFTER IT PASSED THIS HOUSE WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.

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  • 02:19:49 PM

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  • 02:19:52 PM

    MR. LANK SPORD

    SPORD: ILL SAY WENT DOE HAVE A DEBT CEILING TROTE VOTE CRISIS, WE HAVE A…

    SPORD: ILL SAY WENT DOE HAVE A DEBT CEILING TROTE VOTE CRISIS, WE HAVE A DEBT CRISIS.

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  • 02:20:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 02:20:03 PM

    MR. POE

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:20:08 PM

    MR. POE

    ABDUCTED, RAPED AND STRANGLED IN 2004. HER CULL WAS CRUSHED AND HER BODILY…

    ABDUCTED, RAPED AND STRANGLED IN 2004. HER CULL WAS CRUSHED AND HER BODILY LEFT ON A DIRT ROAD -- IN 1994. HER SKULL WAS CRUSHED AND HER BODILY WAS LEFT ON A BIRT ROAD IN SAN ANTONIO. TOMORROW, HE IS -- HER CONVICTED MURDERER IS GOING TO BE -- IS KE JEWELED TO BE PUT TO DEATH. BUT THEY SAY TEXAS VIOLATED HIS RIGHTS BY NOT ALLOWING HIM TO SPEAK TO A MEXICAN CONSUL. HOWEVER, THE SUPREME COURT HAS ALREADY RULED THAT IT'S NOT REQUIRED UNLESS CONGRESS INTERVENES.

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  • 02:21:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:21:25 PM

    MR. BROUN

    TODAY WE ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA WHY HE WON'T SUPPORT THE ENERGY BILLS IN THIS…

    TODAY WE ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA WHY HE WON'T SUPPORT THE ENERGY BILLS IN THIS HOUSE. WE ALSO ASK WHY HE'S KEEPING ENERGY RESOURCES OFFLIMITS. AN EXSM OF THE BILLS PASSED BY THE HOUSE ARE THREE THAT CAME OUT OF THE NATURAL RESORS COMMITTEE THAT WOULD HAVE CREATED 1.2 MILLION JOBS. PRESIDENT OBAMA WON'T SUPPORT THOSE. THE SAD TRUTH IS THAT WE KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS BECAUSE THE SWRADMRGS HAS MADE IT CHER THEY WANT TO EXPORT AMERICAN JOBS AND INVEST IN OTHER COUNTRIES' RESOURCES RATHER THAN DEVELOPING OUR OWN. REPUBLICANS WANT TO KEEP OUR -- HELP OUR ECONOMY BY CREATING JOBS AND CREATING ENERGY INDEPENDENCE BUT LIBERALS IN CONGRESS ARE STANDING IN THE KAY. -- IN THE WAY. MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER ALL THE GOOD ENERGY REPUBLICAN BILLS WOULD DO FOR REPUBLICANS -- FOR OUR PRICES AND OUR GAS TANKS. IT IS IMPERATIVE THE SENATE PASS THESE BILLS AND THE PRESIDENT SIGN THEM INTO LAW. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:22:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA RAISE?

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    >>

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    IS HOSTING HIS FIRST EVER TWITTER TOWN HALL TO GATHER INPUT FROM CONCERNED…

    IS HOSTING HIS FIRST EVER TWITTER TOWN HALL TO GATHER INPUT FROM CONCERNED AMERICANS. HERE'S INPUT FROM CONCERNED WEST VIRGINIANS, PEOPLE STROG CHOOSE WHETHER TO BUY GROCERIES OR GAS AS ENERGY PRICES SKYROCKET AND THE ECONOMY CONTINUES TO REMAIN SLOW AND UNRECOVERED.

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  • 02:23:08 PM

    MRS. CAPITO

    WEST VIRGINIAIANS ARE WONDERING ABOUT ONE THING IT'S WHY THE PRESIDENT…

    WEST VIRGINIAIANS ARE WONDERING ABOUT ONE THING IT'S WHY THE PRESIDENT ISN'T DOING MORE TO LOWER ENERGY COSTS AND GET OUR CUPRY BACK ON TRACK. AMERICA IS TRULY BLESSED TO HAVE AN INABUN DAUNT SUPPLY OF NATURAL RESOURCES. FRANKLY, I'M STUNNED AS TO WHY THE PRESIDENT HASN'T CONNECTED THAT A GOOD, SOLID JOBS PLAN IS A GOOD, SOLID ENERGY PLAN. LAST MONTH, A.E.P. ANNOUNCED IT WILL SHOUT DOWN PLANTS IN OHIO, WEST VIRGINIA, AND OHIO, COSTING JOBS, PAYROLL, AND RAISING ELECTRICITY 15%. THIS IS A DIRECT RESPONSE TO NEW AND BURDENSOME REGULATIONS LEVIED BY THE E.P.A. IN THE LAST YEAR. IT'S TIME TO TAKE VNG OF THE RESOURCES FOUND HERE IN AMERICA. DOING SO WILL LAUNCH OUR ECONOMY IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND CREATE THOUSANDS OF GOOD-PAYING JOBS.

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  • 02:24:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REQUEST PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REQUEST PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 02:24:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    >>

    MR. SPEAKER, THE OBAMA SCRADMRGS HAS MOVED OUR COUNTRY BACKWARD IN TERMS…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE OBAMA SCRADMRGS HAS MOVED OUR COUNTRY BACKWARD IN TERMS OF ENERGY PRODUCTION. THE MORATORIUM ON OFFSHORE DRILLING IS CAUSING A SIGNIFICANT DECLINE IN ENERGY PRODUCTION. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE THESE AREAS WERE OPEN TO DRILLING AND PRODUCTION. SINCE THEN, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS TAKEN STEPS TO EFFECTIVELY REIMPOSE AN OFFSHORE DRILLING BAN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN ISSUE OF COMMON SENSE. FAILURE TO DEVELOP OUR OFFSHORE ENERGY RESOURCES IS INCREASING OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN SOURCES OF OIL AND DENYING MUCH-NEEDED REVENUE TO HELP PAY DOWN THE NATIONAL DEBT. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT IS COSTING US AMERICAN JOBS. WE HAVE AN ABUNDANT SUPPLY OF NATURAL RESOURCES OFF OF OUR SHORES. COMMON SENSE DICTATES THAT THE USE OF OUR OWN RESOURCES TO MEET THE ENERGY NEEDS, AN I CO-SPONSORED AND VOTED IN FAVOR OF H R. 1231, REVERSING OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S OFFSHORE MORATORIUM ACT. NOT SURPRISINGLY, THE SENATE HAS FAILED TO CONSIDER THIS ILL OF.

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  • 02:25:27 PM

    MRS. ELLMERS

    WE WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH MORE ACCESS TO OUR NRNL RESOURCES. THANK YOU, MR.…

    WE WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH MORE ACCESS TO OUR NRNL RESOURCES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER

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  • 02:25:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 02:25:39 PM

    THE CLERK

    HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE…

    HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTING IN CLAUSE 2H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVES THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON YULL 1, 2011, AT 11:50 A.M. APPOINTMENTS, UNITED STATES-CHINA INTERPARLIAMENTARY GROUP, WITH BEST WISHES I AM, SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 02:26:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

    SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND EXCLUDE -- AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 2219.

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  • 02:27:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 320 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 320 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2219. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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  • 02:27:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2219 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 02:27:46 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONERS IN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL…

    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONERS IN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 02:27:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    2011, ALL TIME FOR YEN DEBATE HAD EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE BILL…

    2011, ALL TIME FOR YEN DEBATE HAD EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE CHAIR MAY ACCORD PRIORITY AND RECOGNITION TO A MEMBER OFFERING AN AMENDMENT WHO HAS CAUSED IT TO BE PRINTED IN THE DESIGNATED PLACE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. THOSE AMENDMENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED READ. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 02:28:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE FOLLOWING SUMS ARE APPROPRIATED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012. NAMELY, TITLE 1,…

    THE FOLLOWING SUMS ARE APPROPRIATED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012. NAMELY, TITLE 1, MILITARY PERSONNEL, MILITARY PERSONNEL, ARMY, $43,859,709,000. MILITARY PERSONNEL, NAVY, $27,141,334,000. MILITARY PERSONNEL, MARINE CORPS. $13,480,436,000. MILITARY PERSONNEL. AIR FORCE. $28,264,646,000. RESERVE PERSONNEL. ARMY. $4,333,507,000. RESERVE PERSONNEL, NAVY, $1,948,544,000. RESERVE PERSONNEL MARINE CORPS. $645,422,000. RESERVE PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE. $1,711,653,000. NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL. ARMY, $7,607,345,000. NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE. $3,099,629,000. TITLE 2, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY. $34,581,321,000. OPERATION ANT MAINTENANCE, NAVY, $49,389,685,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, MARINE CORPS, $6,036,936,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE, $36,065,107,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, DEFENSE-WIDE, $30,--

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  • 02:30:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE…

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 02:31:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. CONNOLLY OF VIRGINIA. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT…

    OFFERED BY MR. CONNOLLY OF VIRGINIA. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 31, LINE 17, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASE BY $10 MILLION.

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  • 02:31:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    I THANK THE CHAIR. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN YOUNG, RANKING MEMBER…

    I THANK THE CHAIR. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN YOUNG, RANKING MEMBER DICKS AND THEIR STAFF FOR WORKING WITH ME ON OPERATIONAL ENERGY CHALLENGES BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. OPERATION ENERGY REPRESENTED 43% IN 2010 AND DESPITE A 9% REDUCTION IN ENERGY USE, COST INCREASED BY 19.7%. AIR CONDITIONING ALONE FROM AMERICAN FORCES IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN COST $20 MILLION EACH YEAR. LAST YEAR'S BILL TO HEAT, COOL AND LIGHT, 539,000 D.O.D. BUILDINGS WAS MORE THAN 3,000 WAR FIGHTERS AND CONTRACTORS HAD BEEN KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHILE MOVING OR DEFENDING FUEL CONVOYS. WE CANNOT CONTINUE SACRIFICING AMERICAN DRIVES AS A RESULT OF FAILING TO APPROVE ENERGY USE BY OUR MILITARY. INCLUDED IN THE BILL IS A TARGETED INVESTMENT OF $82 MILLION FOR MARINE CORE EXPEDITIONARY EQUIPMENT TO PREVENT OUR MARINES FROM CARRYING MORE THAN 13 MILLION POUNDS OF GEAR AND WILL HELP TAXPAYERS OF NEARLY $40 MILLION IN ANNUAL ENERGY RELATED COSTS. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN YOUNG AND RANKING MEMBER DICKS FOR INCLUDING THIS FUNDING IN THE BILL. THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT WOULD COMPLEMENT THAT INVESTMENT BY OPERATIONAL ENERGY BY INCREASING FUNDING FOR THE STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, KNOWN AS CERTIFICATEA. FROM $56.4 MILLION TO WHAT MATCHES THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST AND THE HOUSE-PASSED NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ACT. I OFFERED THIS AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND MR. BARTLETT OF MARYLAND AND MR. HINCHEY OF NEW YORK. AS MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES RESPECTIVELY, THEY HAVE BEEN LEADERS IN THE EFFORT TO SECURE ENERGY SECURITY. UNFORTUNATELY, WITH ALL THE FUNDING THIS WOULD PROVIDE, THE PENTAGON WOULD BE FORCED TO DELAY OR CAN SELL CERTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS WILL SUPPORT THE JOINT CENTER OF EMISSIONS PROGRAM WHICH DEVELOPS ALTERNATIVES TO T.N.T. THESE ALTERNATIVES ARE ELECTROTOXIC AND LOWER CLEANUP COSTS. AND IT WILL HAVE FORWARD OPERATING BASES IN COMBAT ZONES. IT IS NOT TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT NEAR THE BASES BUT TO REDUCE FUEL AND WATER WASTE. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT WILL ALSO HELP OUR MILITARY ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE. IN VIRGINIA, NORFOLK NAVAL BASES LOCATED AT SEA LEVEL, WE'RE WITNESSING LARGER SEA LEVELS IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. IT WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE PRESIDENT. I DO NOT BELIEVE WE SHOULD RISK DELAYING OR CANCELING THESE CRITICAL DEFENSE PROGRAMS AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:34:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MAY NOT RESERVE HIS TIME. DOES HE YIELD BACK?

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    THE CHAIR

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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    MR. KUCINICH

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    MR. DICKS

    THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DICKS

    I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. IT WOULD REALIGN $10 MILLION…

    I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. IT WOULD REALIGN $10 MILLION TO SUPPORT ADDITIONAL WORK WITHIN THE STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1990 AND IS JOINTLY PLANNED AND EXECUTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES AND INDUSTRY. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES D.O.D. MISSION READINESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE BY PROVIDING NEW SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND COST-EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN THE AREAS OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, MUNITIONS AND RESPONSE, RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND WEAPON SYSTEMS AND PLATFORMS. SDRP ENHANCES MILITARY OPERATIONS, IMPROVES MILITARY SYSTEMS, EFFECTIVENESS, ENHANCES MILITARY TRAINING AND READINESS, SUSTAINS D.O.D.'S TRAINING AND TEST RANGES AND INSULATION INFRASTRUCTURE AND HELPS ENSURE THE SAFETY AND WELFARE OF MILITARY PERSONNEL AND THEIR DEPENDENCE BY ELIMINATING OR REDUCING THE GENERATION OF POLLUTION AND USE OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AND REDUCING THE COST OF REMEDIAL ACTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 02:36:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. YOUNG

    RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    THIS WOULD -- THIS AMENDMENT WOULD OFFER $10 MILLION TO A CUT THAT THE KP…

    THIS WOULD -- THIS AMENDMENT WOULD OFFER $10 MILLION TO A CUT THAT THE KP HAD ALREADY MADE. IN THE DEFENSEWIDE ACCOUNTS. ACTUALLY, THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OFFERED UP THIS -- WHEN WE WERE LOOKING FOR SAVINGS TO ACHIEVE THE $10 BILLION $THE -- THE $9 BILLION, THIS IS ONE AREA WHERE THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT INDICATED THE CUT. YOU WILL HEAR ME THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND THROUGHOUT THE EVENING AS LONG AS WE'RE DEALING WITH THIS BILL. WE HAD TO COME UP WITH $9 BILLION IN REDUCTIONS FROM THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST. THIS IS PART OF WHERE WE GOT THE $9 BILLION, AND SINCE THE DEPARTMENT DID NOT HAVE ANY OBJECTION TO THIS, IN FACT, OFFERED THIS UP AS A POSSIBLE WAY OF HELPING WITH THE SAVINGS, I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND ASK THAT THE MEMBERS DO SO. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:37:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN…

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 02:37:56 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    ON THAT MATTER I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 02:38:12 PM

    MR. BROUN

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 23 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF…

    NUMBER 23 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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  • 02:38:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM GEORGIA, DR. BROUN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BROUN

    MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE THE OPERATING BUDGET OF THE OFFICE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE THE OPERATING BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF DEFENSE SECRETARY BY 10%, MOVING ROUGHLY $217 MILLION TO THE SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT. I SPENT A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE DURING THIS APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS WORKING HARD TO FIND SPENDING CUTS ACROSS EVERY LEVEL OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND ACROSS NEARLY EVERY AGENCIES. THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY HAS ROUGHLY $2.1 BILLION INCLUDED IN THIS BILL FOR ITS OPERATION FUND FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR WHICH IS FOUR TIMES THE COMBINED OPERATING BUDGET OF THE SECRETARY -- SECRETARIES IN OUR PREVIOUS F.Y. 2012 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. I UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FACES ON A DAILY BASIS AND THE ENORMITY OF THE DEPARTMENT HE IS TASKED WITH OVERSEEING. BUT EVEN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MUST DO ITS PART TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT, MR. SPEAKER, AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:39:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

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    MR. DICKS

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO…

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 02:39:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DICKS

    I RISE IN VERY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. IT APPEARS…

    I RISE IN VERY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. IT APPEARS TO BE DIRECTED AT FUNDED IN OPERATION DEFENSEWIDE FOR THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE. THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE DEFENSEWIDE ACCOUNT RECEIVED A THOROUGH REVIEW DURING THE COMMITTEE PROCESS AND HAS ALREADY BEEN REDUCED BY $258 MILLION FROM THE BUDGET REQUEST. THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ACCOUNT HAS SIMILARLY BEEN REDUCED BY $36.4 MILLION BASED ON A DETAILED REVIEW OF SPECIFIC PROGRAMS WITHIN THIS ACCOUNT. ADJUSTMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO DUPLICATIVE EFFORTS AND TO PROGRAMS THAT WERE POORLY JUSTIFIED. FURTHER REDICTIONS RISK HARM TO OPERATIONS IN THE DEFENSEWIDE ACCOUNT SUCH AS SPECIAL OPERATIONS ACTIVITIES, EDUCATION PROGRAMS LIKE THE NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY AND THE DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVERSITY AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT PERFORM BASIC OPERATIONAL FUNCTIONS LIKE FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 02:41:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BROUN

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    MR. DICKS

    UNFORTUNATELY, THAT'S NOT THE WAY THE GENTLEMAN WROTE HIS AMENDMENT. SO I…

    UNFORTUNATELY, THAT'S NOT THE WAY THE GENTLEMAN WROTE HIS AMENDMENT. SO I WILL STAND WITH MY PROVISION THAT SAYS FURTHER REDUCTIONS RISKS HARM TO THE DEFENSEWIDE ACCOUNT WHICH IS -- SO IF YOU TAKE 10% OUT OF THE ACCOUNT IT'S GOING TO AFFECT SPECIAL OPERATIONS ACTIVITY, EDUCATION PROGRAMS LIKE THE NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY, DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVERSITY. AND LORD KNOWS WE NEED HELP IN ACQUISITION. AND OPERATIONS THAT PERFORM FUNCTIONS LIKE HUMAN RESOURCES. I STAND BY MY STATEMENT AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:42:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA…

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 02:42:15 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND I DO SO RELUCTANTLY BECAUSE I --

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    RELUCTANTLY BECAUSE I KNOW THAT MY GOOD FRIEND IS VERY SINCERE ABOUT THIS.…

    RELUCTANTLY BECAUSE I KNOW THAT MY GOOD FRIEND IS VERY SINCERE ABOUT THIS. HOWEVER, MR. DICKS HAS SPOKEN THE POSITION ESTABLISHED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE VERY WELL, AND I ENDORSE THE COMMENTS THAT MR. DICKS MADE AND RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:42:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 02:42:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. BROUN

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE POSTPONED.…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 02:43:11 PM

    >>

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    IT'S AMENDMENT NUMBER 9. MR. BLUMENAUER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    9 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. CONNOLLY OF VIRGINIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF MR.…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF MR. BLUMENAUER, MR. HINCHEY AND MRS. CAPPS WHO WERE UNABLE TO ARANGE FLIGHT SCHEDULES TO GET BACK HERE FOR THIS CONSIDERATION. MR. BLUMENAUER'S AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY TECHNOLOGIES CERTIFICATION PROGRAM BY $15 MILLION TO MATCH THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT PASSED BY THE HOUSE EARLIER THIS SPRING. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT, FACILITIES REPRESENT AT LEAST $4 BILLION IN DIRECT COSTS TO THE TAXPAYER THIS YEAR. THE DEPARTMENT IS PAYING TO HEAT, COOL, LIGHT AND OPERATE 539,000 BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES HOLDING 2.2 BILLION SQUARE FEET. THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM IS FOCUSED ON FUNDING -- FINDING WAYS TO DECREASE ENERGY DEMAND, DEVELOP SMART DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS AND INCREASE ALTERNATIVE RENEWABLE ENERGY AT U.S. MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1995 TO PROMOTE THE DEPLOYMENT OF PROVEN INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO FIELD OIL PRODUCTION USE. THE PROGRAM DEMONSTRATIONS COLLECT COSTS AND PERFORMANCE STATUS FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES -- TO HELP THESE NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO OVERCOME BARRIERS TO THE DEVELOPMENT. THE GOALS IS TO HELP D.O.D. IMPROVE ITS ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION SUCH AS UNEXPLODED ORDINANCE, CLEANUP, ENERGY PERFORMANCE AND COST SAVINGS. SCAP FUNDS IN FIVE AREAS, INCLUDING WEAPON SYSTEMS AND PLATFORMS. IT HAS A CONCEPT THAT IS FOCUSED ON FINDING WAYS TO DECREASE ENERGY DEMAND, INCREASE THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY AT MILITARY INSTALLATIONS WORLDWIDE. THESE PROJECTS INCLUDE ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHTING, HEATING, DAYLIGHT HARVESTING, PERSONIZED DIMMING, HIGH-PERFORMANCE COOLING TECHNOLOGY. SCAP'S FUNDING INITIATIVES THAT WILL MAKE ADVANCEMENTS TO BUILDING CONTROL RETROFITS SUCH AS THE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND THE ZERO ENERGY HOUSING WHICH GENERATE 100% OF THEIR POWER REQUIREMENTS THROUGH ONSITE RENEWABLE AND DEMAND REDUCTIONS. THE LED STREETLIGHTING SYSTEM WILL HAVE 50% REDUCTIONS UNDER EXISTING STREETLIGHT SYSTEMS AT D.O.D. FACILITIES AROUND THE UNITED STATES. AN ADDITIONAL $15 MILLION ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST WILL HELP ADDRESS THE IMMENSE CHALLENGE OUR MILITARY FACILITIES ENERGY REQUIREMENTS REPRESENT. IT HAS AUTHORIZED SCAP AT $40 MILLION AND THE AUTHORIZE HAS CREATED 82-5 FOR THAT PURPOSE. I APPRECIATE MR. BLUMENAUER'S WORK ON SECURITY ISSUES, INCLUDING THIS AMENDMENT, AND I ASK FOR ITS FAVORABLE CONSIDERATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:46:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:46:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:46:33 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    WOULD REDISTRIBUTE $30 MILLION OF O.E.M. FUNDING TO RECERTIFY THE PROGRAM.…

    WOULD REDISTRIBUTE $30 MILLION OF O.E.M. FUNDING TO RECERTIFY THE PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM IS NOT AUTHORIZED. IT WAS ADDED BY THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE BUT THE DEFENSE BILL IS NOT LAW. THIS PROGRAM CURRENTLY IS NOT AUTHORIZED AND BECAUSE OF THAT, THE AMENDMENT HAD TO BE WRITTEN IN SUCH A WAY A STRAIGHT INCREASE OR DECREASE, WITHOUT ACTUALLY MENTIONING THE ACTUAL PROGRAM. TO AVOID BEING OUT OF ORDER. FURTHER, THE ARMY O.&M ACCOUNT IS FUNDED AT OVER $34.5 BILLION. SHOULD THIS PROJECT REMAIN IN THE FINAL AUTHORIZATION BILL, AND THE DEPARTMENT CONCURS THAT IT IS A HIGH ENOUGH PRIORITY, THEN THERE ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH FUNDS FOR THEM TO EXECUTE THE PROGRAM. UNFORTUNATELY, HOWEVER, I DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE THAT DETERMINATION FOR THEM ON THE FLOOR AND BECAUSE OF THESE AND OTHER OBJECTIONS, I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:47:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I RISE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS.

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    >>

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:47:50 PM

    MR. DICKS

    TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, REGRETTABLY. MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OREGON, MR.…

    TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, REGRETTABLY. MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER IS ONE OF OUR MOST THOUGHTFUL MEMBERS, ALWAYS A LEADER ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE BUS IN THIS CASE, WE'VE DOUBLED THE FUNDING IF THIS AND I THINK THIS IS UNNECESSARY AT THIS TIME AND WE HAVE TO CONSTRAIN SPENDING. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:48:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 02:48:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    THAT MATTER, I WOULD ASK ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND MR. BLUMENAUER FOR A…

    THAT MATTER, I WOULD ASK ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND MR. BLUMENAUER FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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  • 02:48:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION OF THE GENTLEMAN…

    CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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  • 02:48:43 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    BY MR. KUCINICH OF OHIO. ON PAGE FIVE, LINE SIX, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT…

    BY MR. KUCINICH OF OHIO. ON PAGE FIVE, LINE SIX, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT $DECREASED BY $3 MILLION. PAGE ONE, LINE -- PAGE 33, LINE SIX, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT RAISED -- INCREASED BY $3,600,000.

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  • 02:49:28 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    WILL BRING THE MODEST BUDGET FOR THE GULF CAR ILLNESS PROGRAM IN LINE WITH…

    WILL BRING THE MODEST BUDGET FOR THE GULF CAR ILLNESS PROGRAM IN LINE WITH THAT OF ITS PEER PROGRAMS TO $10 MILLION TOO MANY VETERANS OF THE FIRST GULF WAR SUFFER FROM PERSISTENT SYMPTOMS SUCH AS CHRONIC HEADACHE, WIDESPREAD PAIN, COGNITIVE DIFFICULTIES, UNEXPLAINED FAILURE, GASTRO INTESTINAL PROBLEMS AND OTHER ABNORMALITIES NOT EXPLAINED BY TRADITIONAL MEDICAL OR PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSES. RESEARCH SHOWS AS THESE BRAVE SOLDIERS AGE, THEY ARE AT DOUBLE THE RISK FOR A.L.S. OR LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE, AS THEIR NONDEPLOYED PEERS. THERE MAY ALSO BE CONNECTIONS TO MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE. SADLY, THERE ARE NO KNOWN TREATMENTERS IN LIFELONG PAIN THESE VETERANS ENDURE. IN A NEW LANDMARK REPORT, THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE HAS RECOGNIZED THAT AND CALLED FOR A MAJOR NATIONAL RESEARCH EFFORT TO IDENTIFY TREATMENTS. THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY HAS RESPONDED WITH A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF PROPOSALS THAT ARE SUBMITTED TO MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS CDMRP. IN THE FEBRUARY 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILL, CDMP WITH DIRECT RELATION TO THE GULF WAR IS -- TOOST VITAL AS SUMMARIZED BY THE COMMITTEE OCHAIR ON THE POPIC, DR. STEPHEN HAUSER, GULF WAR STUDY IS VITAL FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE GULF WAR VETERANS. IN ADDITION, THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL PILOT STUDY OF A MEDICATION TO TREAT ONE OF THE MAJOR SYMPTOMS OF GOLF -- GULF WAR ILLNESS. JUST LAST MONTH, A REPORT WAS RELEASED ON THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL MEDICATION PROGRAM STUDY IN THE HISTORY OF GULF WAR ILLNESS RESEARCH. THE STUDY SHOWED THAT THE LOW COST SUPPLEMENT, COEN SIEM Q-10 PRORE-DEUCED SYMPTOMS IN GULF WAR ILLNESS, FATIGUE WITH EXERS, AS WELL AS OTHER RECERTAIN. THE NEXT STEP IS FOR CLINICAL TRIALS WHICH WILL ONLY BE FUNDED BY THE CDMRP. THE AMENDMENTS' OFF THE -- THE AMENDMENT'S OFFSET COMES FROM THE PENTAGON CHANNEL WHICH IS COSTLY, OVER $29 MILLION IN THE PAST THREE FISCAL YEARS. TEST DUN DAUNT, THERE ARE EIGHT OTHER ARMED FORCE TELEVISION SERVICES PROVIDING ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATION TO MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILY. BUT THIS RESEARCH IS CRITICAL TO THOSE FIGHTING NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. THE KNOWN CAUSE OF GULF WAR ILLNESS ARE FROM EXPOSURES TO KNOWN CAUSES ARE FROM EXPOSURES IN IRAQ, LIKE CERTAIN PESTICIDES OR EX-PE SURES INCURRED BEFORE DEEMPLOYMENT, FOR EXAMPLE FROM TAKING A DRUG THAT'S A VACCINE FOR SARIN GAS. CURN FORCES IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN CAN STILL INCUR EACH OF THESE EXPOSURES. THAT'S WHY THE CHAIR OF THE I.O.M. COMMITTEE SAID, QUOTE, THIS REPORT MAKES FIPPEDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS VIE TOOLT HEALTH AND EFFECTIVENESS OF CURRENT AND FUTURE U.S. MILITARY FORCES IN ADDITION TO OUR GULF WAR VETERANS. THIS IS A TIME FOR US TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THOSE WHO SERVED TO SAY WE UNDERSTAND THE SUFFERING THAT GULF WAR VETERANSED ARE WITH THIS ILLNESS AND WE'RE DEDICATED TO FINDING HIGHER LEVELS OF RESEARCH TO MAKE SURE WE CAN RELIEVE THEIR SUFFERING. I YIELD BACK THE PLNS OF MY TIMEFUL

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  • 02:53:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

  • 02:54:04 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I BELIEVE THAT THE GULF WAR ILLNESS PROGRAM IS AN IMPORTANT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I BELIEVE THAT THE GULF WAR ILLNESS PROGRAM IS AN IMPORTANT MEDICAL RESEARCH AREA. THE PROGRAM TO WHICH MR. KUCINICH SPEAKS. BUT THIS BILL ALREADY CONTAINS $6.4 MILLION FOR THE PROGRAM. IN ADDITION, IN THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS BILL HAS ALREADY APPROPRIATED AN ADDITIONAL $15 MILLION FOR THE PROGRAM. THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN EXTREMELY CAREFUL TO GUARANTEE THAT MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS WERE FUNDED AT THE LEVEL THAT THEY COULD BE ADEQUATELY DEALT WITH AS FAR AS THE MEDICAL RESEARCHERS ARE CONCERNED. WE BELIEVE IN THE DAYS OF HAVING TO REDUCE OUR BUDGET BY $9 BILLION, WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE ADEQUATELY FUNDED THIS PROGRAM ALONG WITH THE $15 MILLION ADDED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND THE VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION. SO I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 02:55:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME?

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    THE CHAIR

    I RISE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS.

  • 02:55:24 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I RISE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS.

  • 02:55:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:55:30 PM

    MR. DICKS

    URGE A YES VOTE ON THE KUCINICH AMENDMENT AND YELLED PACK MY TIME.

  • 02:55:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

    FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 02:56:04 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    MR. CHAIRMAN. ON THAT I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 02:56:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR…

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 02:56:26 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK NOTED AS 175.

  • 02:56:59 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 69, PLEASE.

  • 02:57:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 02:57:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS, PAGE NINE, LINE SIX, AFTER…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS, PAGE NINE, LINE SIX, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDEUCE BY $650,000. PAGE NINE, LINE 13, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, INCREASEDLY INTRS 30,000. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT BY -- INCREASE BY $500,000.

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  • 02:58:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:58:12 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO MR. YOUNG, WHO…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO MR. YOUNG, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND TO MR. DICKS, THE RANKING MEMBER, FOR THEIR LONG YEARS OF SERVICE. TO MY COLLEAGUES, GOOD NEWS TODAY. WHEN THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAME THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD SEND THE SAME SYMPATHY LETTER TO FAMILIES OF THOSE SOLDIERS WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE IN BATTLE AS THOSE WHO HAD FALLEN IN DIFFERENT WAYS IN BATTLE. THE REASON WHY THAT IS GOOD NEWS IS BECAUSE THE SENTENCE I'M REMINDED OF IS THAT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS OFFICE INDICATED THAT THEY DID NOT WANT TO STIGMATIZE MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS OF OUR SOLDIERS. I WANT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR ITS WORK ON POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND TO MAKE NOTE OF OUR LATE FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN JOHN MURTHA, WHO WORKED WITH HOUSTON ON ESTABLISHING A NEW POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER CENTER. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THAT. BECAUSE AS ALL OF OUR STATES, MANY OF US ARE FACING THE LARGE NUMBERS OF RETURNING SOLDIERS FROM BOTH IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. SO I ASK FOR MY AMENDMENT TO BE SUPPORTED TO INCREASE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FUNDING FOR POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. THAT AFFECTS OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED SELFLESSLY AND BRAVELY IN OUR NATION'S ARMED SERVICES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR PTSD AND T.B.I. FOR $500,000, WOULD OFFSET GENERAL OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE AND ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. I BELIEVE THIS IS CRITICAL IN ENSURING OUR NATION'S MILITARY STRENGTH AS WE MOVE FORWARD THE -- TOWARD THE 21ST CENTURY. WE OBVIOUSLY WERE AWARE OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS IN ALL OF OUR WARS. WE'VE SEEN IT EVERY DAY BY OUR VIETNAM SOLDIERS. THOSE WHO CAME HOME WITHOUT WELCOME. WE SEE IT IN THE NUMBERS OF HOMELESS SOLDIERS, MANY OF THEM VIETNAM VETS. OVER THE YEARS, MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY AND VETERANS HAVE SEEN A TRAUMATIC INCREASE IN THE NUMBERS OF PTSD AND T.B.I. PTSD HAS RISEN TO 88,719,000 CASES IN 2010. IT'S REPORTED THAT 70% OF ALL ACTIVE DUTY SOLE CRERS, 25% OF RESERVE SOLDIERS AND 9% OF VIETNAM VETERANS SUFFER FROM PTSD. TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES HAS INCREASED FROM $963 -- FROM 963 IN 2000. WE KNOW THE EXPLOSIVES NOW USED IN WAR CAUSE GREATER DAMAGE OR MORE DAMAGE OF DAMAGE OF THIS KIND TO OUR SOLDIERS. ALSO, MAY OF THIS YEAR, THE NINTH CIRCUIT OF THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS RULED THAT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS IS SO INADEQUATE THAT IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE, BUT THIS COURT SAID MANY VETERANS WITH SEVERE DEPRESSION OR POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER ARE FORCED TO WAIT WEEKS FOR MENTAL HEALTH CALLS AND GIVEN NO OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST OR DEMONSTRATE THEIR NEED FOR EXPEDITED CARE. THIS IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. THE COURAGEOUS MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES BRAVE I.E.D.'S, ATTACKS, INJURY AND HORRIFIC VIOLENCE TO PROTECT THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. I WAS LISTENING TO A SOLDIER ON THE TELEVISION SPEAK ABOUT HIS INJURIES AND THEN MENTIONED THE FACT THAT A SOLDIER IN FRONT OF HIM, HIS COMRADE, HIS FRIEND, STEPPED ON THE I.E.D. BUT THE VAST DAMAGE OF ALL OF THOSE AROUND HIM, AND SO WE KNOW THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE IS AS SEVERE AS IT MIGHT BE IN ANY OTHER FORM OF MASS WAR. WE SEE THE LOSS OF LIFE BUT WE SEE THE INJURIES ARE MAKE. WE MUST IN TURN CARE FOR THEM AND WHEN THEY RETURN HOME WE MUST MAKE IT A PRIORITY. AS I KNOW THIS COMMITTEE HAS DONE TO INCREASE THE RESOURCES. MEMBERS OF COPING MAY DISAGREE WHEN IT COMES TO THE LEVEL OF COMMITMENT AND RESOURCES TO THE UNITED STATES OF FOREIGN WARS AND CONFLICT. HOWEVER, WE MUST NOT ALLOW THESE DEBATES AND DISCUSSIONS TO CAUSE US TO FAIL TO PROPERLY CARE FOR THESE BRAVE SOLDIERS WHEN THEY RETURN HOME OR WHEN THEY'RE INJURED. I BELIEVE IN CONGRESS AND ITS WISDOM, AND I BELIEVE IT IS COMMITTED TO TAKING CARE OF OUR WARRIORS. AS A MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY RETURN TO THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES, THEY COME WITHOUT THE DESIRE FOR GLORY OR APPRECIATION. WHENEVER YOU TALK TO A VET THEY ARE MAKING SURE THEY HAVE THE CARE THAT THEY NEED. INCREASING AMOUNT OF RESOURCES, HOWEVER SMALL THIS AMENDMENT OFFERS, HELPS IN SPECIALIZING, FINDING WAYS TO BETTER TREAT AND PREVENT POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND T.B.I. IN THE FIRST -- AND IS THE FIRST STEP THAT CONGRESS CAN ADD TO THE WORK THAT IS ALREADY BEING DONE. ACCESS TO POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER TREATMENT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT SINCE VETERANS LIVING IN SUCH AREAS THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF SOME OF OUR LARGEST CENTERS ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE DIAGNOSED. WE SHOULD NOT WAIT --

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  • 03:03:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 03:03:35 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I ASK COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 03:03:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?

  • 03:03:50 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:03:57 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THIS IS A TREMENDOUSLY IMPORTANT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THIS IS A TREMENDOUSLY IMPORTANT ISSUE, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IS SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE NEEDS ARE GOING TO BE IN THE FUTURE. AS OUR WARRIORS ARE COMING HOME WOUNDED, FULL OF HIGH SPIRIT AND FULL OF MORALE AND FULL OF THE FIGHT THEY WOULD LIKE TO GO BACK TO IF THEY WERE ABLE MEDICALLY AND IF THEY COULD, SOME OF OUR WARRIORS TODAY DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT THEY HAVE OR WILL BE EXPOSED TO HAVING TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IN THE FUTURE. IT'S SOMETHING WE JUST DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO. WE ALSO KNOW THAT THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TELL US THAT THEY CANNOT JUST USE MONEY JUST TO SPEND IT, BUT THEY HAVE TO USE IT EFFECTIVELY AND THEY HAVE TO USE IT WHERE IT HAS PRODUCING RESULTS. BUT IN VIEW OF THIS I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO GUARANTEE THAT WE HAVE AN ADEQUATE SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR THIS MEDICAL RESEARCH AND THE TREATMENT OF THESE WOUNDED WARRIORS WHO SUFFER WITH THIS AFFLICTION. AND SO IN VIEW OF THAT I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:05:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

  • 03:05:19 PM

    MR. DICKS

    IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT --

  • 03:05:25 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS.

  • 03:05:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DICKS

    THE COMMITTEE HAS ADDED $125 MILLION THIS YEAR AND $454 MILLION OVER THE…

    THE COMMITTEE HAS ADDED $125 MILLION THIS YEAR AND $454 MILLION OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS GOING BACK TO WHEN MR. MURTHA AND I WERE CHAIRMAN. SO WE COMPLETELY CONCUR THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE, AND THE GENTLELADY HAS MADE A VERY COMPELLING CASE. I RISE IN SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:05:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. DO YOU SEEK TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD? YOU'RE RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 03:06:08 PM

    MR. BROUN

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M A PHYSICIAN AND I REPRESENT FORT GORDON, GEORGIA.…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M A PHYSICIAN AND I REPRESENT FORT GORDON, GEORGIA. WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF SOLDIERS AS WELL AS VETS FROM THE VIETNAM ERA WITH POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. I'M ALSO IN THE NAVY RESERVE. I WAS SEEING PATIENTS EARLIER TODAY AND I SAW A LADY WHO WAS A SAILOR, AN INTELLIGENCE SAILOR IN AFGHANISTAN AND SHE'S SUFFERING FROM POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND ALL THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT. AT FORT GORDON, GEORGIA, WE'RE TRYING TO EXPAND THE FACILITIES THERE TO TREAT PTSD, TO DO THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. THAT'S A TEACHING HOSPITAL AS WELL AS A HOSPITAL THAT CARES FOR SOLDIERS. SO I APPLAUD MY FRIEND FROM HOUSTON'S AMENDMENT HERE. IT'S AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ISSUE WE FACE. WE'LL FACE THIS ISSUE FOR THE NEXT SIX, SEVEN DECADES. WE CAN'T PUT AS MUCH EMPHASIS AS THIS ISSUE WILL DEMAND OVER THE NEXT DECADES. IT'S AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. I CONGRATULATE MS. JACKSON LEE ON THIS AMENDMENT, AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:07:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ANYONE ELSE SEEK RECOGNITION? THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ANYONE ELSE SEEK RECOGNITION? THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 03:07:39 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, AMENDMENT NUMBER 67.

  • 03:07:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 03:07:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $600 MILLION. AFTER THE DOLLAR…

    AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $600 MILLION. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASE BY $500 MILLION. PAGE 34, LINE 1, INSERT AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASE BY $500,000.

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  • 03:08:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 03:08:21 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LET ME TAKE A MOMENT SINCE I JUST FOLLOWED MY AMENDMENT TO THANK MR. YOUNG…

    LET ME TAKE A MOMENT SINCE I JUST FOLLOWED MY AMENDMENT TO THANK MR. YOUNG AND MR. DICKS FOR SEEING AN EXPANDED CATEGORY OF INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM PTSD AND ACCEPTING MY AMENDMENT AND WORKING WITH US. I WANT TO THANK DR. BROUN FOR HIS SERVICE AND HIS DIRECT VIEW OF WHAT HAPPENS TO GREAT AMERICANS, SOLDIERS WHO HAVE SACRIFICED AND THEY CANNOT FUNCTION BECAUSE OF PTSD. SO I AM GRATEFUL FOR THAT. AND THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT, CHAIRMAN YOUNG, AND TO RANKING MEMBER DICKS, IS BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THE WORK THAT THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS AND THE PENTAGON DOES ON A NUMBER OF HEALTH ISSUES. ONE OF THEM HAPPENS TO BE CANCER, AND I'VE HEARD IN COFFEE CLUTCHES, AROUND DINNER TABLES, THAT CANCER IS AN EPIDEMIC. IT SEEMS APPROPRIATE FOR THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT THAT'S BEEN AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY OVER THE YEARS SUCH AS THE INTERNET CAN TALK ABOUT OR BE AT THE LEAD. SO I INTEND TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT I'D LIKE TO DISCUSS. I'D LIKE TO DISCUSS WITH MR. YOUNG AND MR. DICKS, BUT I INTEND TO WITHDRAW, BUT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING UNDER TITLE 6, DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAMS, BY $500,000 IN ORDER TO FUND RESEARCH RELATED TO TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER AND WILL BE OFFSET BY REDUCING THE GENERAL OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCES AND ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. I'M HOPING MY COLLEAGUES WILL WORK WITH ME ON THIS, AND I HOPE THEY'LL BE REMIND OF A YOUNG WOMAN BY THE NAME OF YOLANDA YVETTE WILLIAMS WHO WAS AN OUTSTANDING MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, WHO FOUGHT AGAINST THIS TRIPLE THIRD GRAIN CANCER AND LEFT BEHIND A HUSBAND, A MOTHER AND TWO CHILDREN. IT IS A SPECIFIC STREAM OF BREAST CANCER IN WHICH NO TARGETED TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE. THE AMERICAN CANCER ASSOCIATION SAYS THIS IS AN AGGRESSIVE SUBTYPE WITH LOWER SURVIVAL RATE. I OFFER THIS AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR RESEARCH, NOT TO TAKE AWAY MONEYS FROM OTHERS, BUT I WOULD CERTAINLY LIKE TO OUT OF THIS DISCUSSION HAVE THIS KIND OF CANCER LOOKED UPON AS WE ARE DOING OUR RESEARCH TO DEVELOP A TARGETED RESEARCH FOR THE TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER STRAIN. BREAST CANCERS WITH SPECIFIC TARGETED METHODS SUCH AS HORMONE HAS A HIGHER SURVIVAL RATE. IF I MIGHT, MR. DICKS, AND I'LL YIELD TO YOU JUST TO SAY A WORD ABOUT YOLANDA, WHO WAS A DEDICATED MEMBER OF THE GOOD HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH. SHE WAS A GRADUATE OF TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY. SHE RECEIVED A NUMBER OF DEGREES, A NUMBER OF THE JACK AND JILL, HER MOTHER WAS A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, AND SHE WAS A CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER IN STAFFORD, TEXAS, HAVING A LONG HISTORY, EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS VERY YOUNG, OF HER COMMITMENT AS A NURSE TO MEDICAL CARE. THIS YOUNG WOMAN DID NOT HAVE A CHANCE BECAUSE OF THIS ENORMOUS STRAIN THAT DOES NOT HAVE A HIGH SURVIVAL RATE. IT IS TREATMENT IS HORMONE GENE-BASED STRAIN AND AS I SAID HAS A DIFFICULT TIME OF SURVIVAL. MR.

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  • 03:11:50 PM

    MR. DICKS

    WILL THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

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    MR. DICKS

    I APPRECIATE THE SINCERITY AND THE GENTLELADY'S COMMITMENT TO THESE…

    I APPRECIATE THE SINCERITY AND THE GENTLELADY'S COMMITMENT TO THESE PROGRAMS. I HAVE BEEN A SUPPORTER OF THESE PROGRAMS OVER THE YEARS. TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER IS A VERY, VERY AGGRESSIVE AND DIFFICULT TYPE OF CANCER, AND AS THE DEPARTMENT GOES THROUGHTH WORK, PEER REVIEW RESEARCH, WE WILL BRING THIS UP NEXT YEAR IN OUR HEARINGS AND ASK THEM WHAT THEY'RE DOING ABOUT THIS.

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  • 03:12:21 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I APPRECIATE IT. LET ME JUST SAY BREAST CANCER COUNTS FOR ONE IN FOUR…

    I APPRECIATE IT. LET ME JUST SAY BREAST CANCER COUNTS FOR ONE IN FOUR CANCERS AMONG WOMEN. IN 2011 MORE THAN 26 MILLION AFRICAN-AMERICAN WILL BE DIAGNOSISED WITH BREAST CANCER. ANOTHER 6,000 WILL DIE. THEM PACTS ALL WOMEN OF ALL BACKGROUNDS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY SUBSET HAS A SEAT AT THE TABLE, CHAIRMAN YOUNG, SO NO MATTER WHAT BACKGROUND, NO MATTER WHAT ETHNIC BACKGROUND, WILL NOT IN ESSENCE SUFFER THE OPPORTUNITY FOR FULL RESEARCH. MY AMENDMENT WAS $500,000. IT IS IN TRIBUTE TO THE HONOR AND THE LEADERSHIP AND THE LIFE OF YOLANDA WILLIAMS. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES HERE ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO ALLOW ME TO ENGAGE WITH YOU AND TO POSSIBLY MODIFY AS WE GO FORWARD LANGUAGE TO JUST SAY THAT THIS MONEY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DIFFICULT STRAINS OF CANCER SO THAT HER LIFE WILL BE HONORED AND THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD. WITH THAT I WILL SUBMIT THE REST OF MY STATEMENT INTO THIS RECORD. JUST CONCLUDING BY INDICATED THAT I HAD THE PRIVILEGE AND HONOR OF MS. WILLIAMS AT HER SERVICE. I WANT TO OFFER TO HER FAMILY AGAIN, HER HUSBAND, MOTHER AND CHILDREN MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR THIS VALIANT AMERICAN WOMAN. WITH THAT I KNOW WE WILL WORK TOGETHER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:14:14 PM

    THE CLERK

    LINE 16, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY RESERVE. $3,047,330,000.…

    LINE 16, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY RESERVE. $3,047,330,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NAVY RESERVE, $1,323,134,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, MARINE CORE RESERVE, $274,443,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE RESERVES, $3,310, 459,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, $6,979,232,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE --

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  • 03:15:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    SEEK RECOGNITION? CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR NATIONAL GUARD, $6,094,380,000. UNITED…

    OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR NATIONAL GUARD, $6,094,380,000. UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ARMED FORCES, $13,861,000. ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, ARMY, $346,431,000. ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, NAVY, $308,668,000. ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, AIR FORCE, $525,453,000. ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, DEFENSEWIDE, $10,716,000. ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION, FORMERLY USED DEFENSE SITES, $276,495,000. OVERSEAS HUMANITARIAN DISASTER AND CIVIC AID, $107,662,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION ACCOUNT. $508,219,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ACQUISITION WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT FUND, $105,501,000. TITLE 3, PROCUREMENT, AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, ARMY, $6,487,481,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. MISSILE PROCUREMENT, ARMY, $1,464,223,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. PROCUREMENT OF WEAPONS AND TRACK COMBAT VEHICLES, ARMY, $2,178,186,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, ARMY, $1,952,000. $1,952,625,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. OTHER PROCUREMENT, ARMY. $9,371,952,000. TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, NAVY, $17,80 ,750,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. WEAPONS PROCUREMENT, NAVY, $2,975,749,000. TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS, $0 -- $633,943,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. $270,639,000. COMPLETION OF PRIOR YEAR'S SHIPBUILDING PROGRAM, $73,992,000. IN ALL, $14,725,493,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2016. OTHER PROCUREMENT, NAVY. $5,996,459,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. PROCUREMENT, MARINE CORPS, $1, 453,000 -- $1,453,602,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE, $13,987,613,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. MISSILE PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE. $5,689,998,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 14 -- SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, AIR FORCE, $522,565,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30,2014. OTHER PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE, $17,260,619,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. PROCUREMENT, DEFENSE-WIDE. $5,046,447,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. DEFENSE PRODUCTION, $29,964,000. TITLE 4, RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT TESTS AND EVALUATION. RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT TESTS AND EVALUATION, ARMY, $9,381,166,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30,2013.

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  • 03:20:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA…

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SPECIFY THE NUMBER OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:21:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 24 AND 25. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN DESIGNATE WHICH OF THOSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 24 AND 25. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN DESIGNATE WHICH OF THOSE AMENDMENTS.

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  • 03:21:20 PM

    MR. BRUN

    CHAIRMAN. ARMY ENVIRONMENTAL. 24.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WIZ DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    24 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BROUN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT ELIMINATES BOTH THE ENVIRONMENTAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT ELIMINATES BOTH THE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH COUNT AND THE MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SET TO ACCOMPANY THAT RESEARCH UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF ARMY SENDING $25.7 MILLION TO THE SPEND REGULAR DUCKS ACCOUNT. MUCH OF THE RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY THE ARMY IS OF MERIT AND DESERVES THE FUNDING PROVIDED. WITHOUT SOME OF THESE RESEARCH PROGRAMS, WE WOULD NOT HAVE MANY OF THE TECHNOLOGIES THAT PROTECT OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND MAKE THEM MORE EFFECTIVE SOLDIERS. HOWEVER, I DO NOT SEE THE NEED FOR THE ARMY TO CONDUCT RESEARCH ON TECHNOLOGIES PERTAINING TO ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY. THIS TYPE OF RESEARCH WOULD BE BEST CONDUCTED IN A UNIVERSITY OR IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. ASKING THE ARMY TO RESEARCH SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT DIRECTLY COINCIDE WITH THEIR DIRECT MISSION IS IMPRUDENT AND THESE FUNDS WOULD BE BETTER USED IN REDUCING THE BURDEN OF DEBT ON OUR NATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:22:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON…

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

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  • 03:22:48 PM

    MR. DICKS

    OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DICKS

    THE ARMY'S ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH PROGRAM D DEVELOPS TECHNOLOGIES THAT…

    THE ARMY'S ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH PROGRAM D DEVELOPS TECHNOLOGIES THAT SUPPORT THE LONG-TERM SUSTAINMENT OF ARMY TRAINING AND TESTING ACTIVITIES BY IMPROVING THE ARMY'S ABILITY TO COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH LAWS AND REDUCING THE COST OF THIS COMPLIANCE. THE PROGRAM DEVELOPS TECHNOLOGIES TO DECON TESTIMONY NATE OR NEUTRALIZE, EXCUSE ME, ARMY UNIQUE HAZARDOUS AND TOXIC WASTE AT SITES CONTAINING WASTE AMMUNITION, EXPLOSIVES, HEAVY METALS, PROPELLANTS, CHEMICAL KNEW MOVE IN ADDITIONS AND OTHER ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS. THIS RESENL CONCENTRATES ON TECHNOLOGY TO AVOID THE POTENTIAL FOR FUTURE HAZARDOUS WASTE PROBLEMS BY REDUCING HAZARDOUS WASTE YEN RATION BUT PROCESS MODIFY CAGE AND CONTROL, MATERIALS RECYCLING AND SUBSTITUTION. THIS PROGRAM ALSO SUPPORTS MILITARY READINESS BY DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGIES TO PREDICT AND MITIGATE RANGE AND MANEUVER CONSTRAINTS ASSOCIATED WITH CURRENT AND EMERGING WEAPONS SYSTEMS DOCTRINE AND REGULATIONS THIS PROGRAM SUPPORTS BOTH D.O.D. ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARTSHIP AND MILITARY REQUIREMENTS. THEREFORE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:24:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEA…

    FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEA RISE?

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  • 03:24:21 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    THE ONLY BUDGET DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE COMMITTEE DURING OUR LENGTHY…

    THE ONLY BUDGET DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE COMMITTEE DURING OUR LENGTHY HEARING PROCESS, AND THEY WERE LENGTHY, STATED THAT FUNDING IN THE REQUEST FOR THIS PURPOSE IS TO SUPPORT THE LONG-TERM SUSTAINMENT OF ARMY TRADING AND TESTING ACTIVITIES BY IMPROVING THE ARMY'S ABILITY TO COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS MANDATED BY FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH HERE IS AN ISSUE THAT THE MILITARY IS MANDATED TO COMPLY WITH. BY EXISTING LAW. WE HAVE ALREADY -- I SAID THIS BEFORE, I'M GOING TO SAY IT AGAIN, PROBABLY NUMEROUS TIMES TODAY, WE HAVE ALREADY REDUCED THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE DEFENSE BILL FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 BY $9 BILLION. IT WASN'T EASY. WE TOOK A LOT OF CUTS. BUT WE HAVE TAKEN A LOT O-- A LOT OF CUTS AND I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD TAKE THIS CUT AND SO I OBJECT AND OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:25:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. MR. CHAIRMAN. --

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  • 03:26:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FWEA RISE?

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    MR. BROUN

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, NUMBER 25.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    25 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BROUN

    MY AMENDMENT ZEROS OUT THE H.I.V. RESEARCH REFORM D.T. -- RDT&E IN THE…

    MY AMENDMENT ZEROS OUT THE H.I.V. RESEARCH REFORM D.T. -- RDT&E IN THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY. AGAIN, HERE WE SEE RESEARCH BEING CONDUCTED BY THE MILITARY THAT DOESN'T FOCUS ON THE CORING MY OF NATIONAL SECURITY. H.I.V. RESEDGE IS BEING CONDUCTED TO THE TUNE OF -- IN MY HOME STATE OF GEORGIA, AT THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL, AS WELL AS THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. IT IS THIS TYPE OF DUPLICATION THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TCHANDED THAT CONGRESS ELIMINATE THIS MAY MEAN AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS COORDINATING MORE EFFECTIVELY TO SHARE INFORMATION BUT WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER, MORE EFFICIENTLY IN THE NAME OF REDUCED SPENDING. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 03:27:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. DICKS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DICKS

    ABILITY -- MANY NATION STATES. PLACES LIKE SUBSAHARAN AFRICA AND OTHER…

    ABILITY -- MANY NATION STATES. PLACES LIKE SUBSAHARAN AFRICA AND OTHER PLACES ARE PARTICULARLY AT RISK. FURTHER RESERGE IS NEEDED TO PROTECT U.S. MILITARY READINESS AND DECREASE TREATMENT COSTS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE. THE BILL PROVIDES $24 MILLION ABOVE THE REQUEST, INCLUDING $8 MILLION IN THE DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM AND $16 MILLION IN RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION ARMY, RELATED TO H.I.V.-AIDS RESEARCH THIS FUNDING WILL ENHANCE EFFORTS TO PREVENT NEW H.I.V. INFECTIONS, DEVELOP BETTER TESTS AND DREAM OPTIONS FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL AND HEALTH CARE BENEFICIARIES AN PROVIDE FOR A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ON PREVENTIVE H.I.V. VACCINES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD PACK MY TIME.

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  • 03:28:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 03:28:56 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

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    MR. YOUNG

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ELIMINATE ALL THE FUNDS…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ELIMINATE ALL THE FUNDS FOR THE ARMY'S MILITARY H.I.V. RESEARCH PROGRAM. SINCE 1986, THE MILITARY HAS RECOGNIZED THE H.I.V. EP DEMOCRATTING AS A THREAT TO U.S. AND ALLIED FORCES WORLDWIDE. AND THIS PROGRAM HAS EVALVED TO BECOME AN IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL PARTNER IN EFFORTS TO COMBAT THIS DISEASE. WITH OVER 33 MILLION INFECTIONS WORLDWIDE, H.I.V. POSES A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO OUR OWN MILITARY WHO ARE SERVING OUR NATION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. ADDITIONAL HI H.I.V. HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITY IN THE PRESIDENT'S NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY SINCE 2002. PREVIOUS FUNDING FOR THE MILITARY H.I.V. RESEARCH PROGRAM HAS HELPED ENSURE A SAFE BLOOD SUPPLY FOR OUR WAR FIGHTERS. MORE RECENTLY, FUNDING HAS SUPPORTED THE FIRST VACCINE CLINICAL TRIAL WHICH SHOWED A REDUCTION IN THE RISK OF H.I.V. INFECTIONS TO HUMANS. THIS FUNDING FOR THE MILITARY H.I.V. RESEARCH PROGRAM WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN H.I.V. VACCINE, ENSURE ACCURATE H.I.V. TESTING FOR THE ARMY, TRACK THE PRESENCE OF H.I.V. IN THE MILITARY PRODUCTION AND ASSESS THE RISK OF H.I.V. EXPOSURE TO U.S. ALLIED FORCES DEPLOYED OVERSEAS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ELIMINATE THE $22.8 MILLION OF FUNDS FOR THE ARMY'S PROGRAM, WOULD ELIMINATE ALL THE MONEY FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAM. SO I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 03:30:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED. THE CLERK WILL CONTINUE. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK RECOGNITION? THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 03:31:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND DEVELOPMENT, NAVY -- TO REMAIN AVAILABLE…

    RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND DEVELOPMENT, NAVY -- TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013.

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  • 03:31:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    MR. BROUN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, IT'S NUMBER 26.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 26 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF…

    NUMBER 26 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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  • 03:31:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BROUN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT ELIMINATES THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT ELIMINATES THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION RESEARCH UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF NAVY SENDING $27.7 MILLION TO THE SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT. AGAIN, WE SEE RESEARCH BEING CONDUCTED THAT IS NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE ARMED FORCES MISSION WHICH COULD AND SHOULD BE CONDUCTED ELSEWHERE. CURRENTLY, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, E.P.A., THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND NASA ARE ALL CONDUCTING SIMILAR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION RESEARCH, LIKE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THIS IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE DUPLICATIVE PROGRAMS CONDUCTED DUPLICATIVE RESEARCH. INSTEAD, LET'S FREE UP TECHNOLOGIES THAT FULFILL THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION OF PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE OF OUR NATION AND ITS CITIZENS WHILE DECREASING UNNECESSARY SPENDING. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:32:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

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  • 03:32:57 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DICKS

    VESSELS, AIRCRAFT AND FACILITY THAT WOULD IMPEDE NAVY OPERATIONS IF NOT…

    VESSELS, AIRCRAFT AND FACILITY THAT WOULD IMPEDE NAVY OPERATIONS IF NOT MET. THE NAVY MUST BE ABLE TO CONDUCT ITS NATIONAL SECURITY MISSION IN COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENT IN THE U.S. AND A-- REQUIREMENTS IN THE U.S. AND ABROAD WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY MINIMIZING THE COST OF COMPLIANCE. THIS PROGRAM DEVELOPS AND EVALUE WAITS PROCESSES, HARDWARE, SYSTEMS AND OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES WHICH ALLOW THE NAVY TO OPERATE IN U.S., FOREIGN AND INTERNATIONAL WATERS, AIRSPACE AND LAND AREAS WHILE COMPLYING WITH ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, REGULATIONS, EXECUTIVE ORDERS, POLICIES AND INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS. PROJECT FUNDED IN THIS PROGRAM SUPPORT NAVY COMPLIANCE WITH THE CLEAN WATER ACT, THE ACT TO PREVENT POLLUTION FROM SHIPS, THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR THE PREVENTION OF POLLUTION FROM SHIPS AND NUMEROUS OTHERS. I COME FROM AN AREA WHERE THE NAVY OPERATES VERY EFFECTIVELY IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, AND THESE KINDS OF ONBOARD WASTE DISPOSAL ARE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE A NUCLEAR SUBMARINE YOU'RE OUT THERE FOR MANY, MANY DAYS AND YOU GOT TO HAVE THINGS ONBOARD SHIP AS WELL TO DEAL WITH THESE KINDS OF PROBLEMS. SO I THINK THIS IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY, AND I URGE A NO ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 03:34:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 03:35:01 PM

    MR. BROUN

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, IT'S NUMBER 1.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BROUN

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD ELIMINATE THE NAVY'S…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD ELIMINATE THE NAVY'S FUNDING FOR NATO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSFER $9.1 MILLION TO THE VARLE COOPERATIVE PROGRAM. -- THE ISRAELI COOPERATIVE PROGRAM. THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE HAS WENT ON RECORD STATING, AND I QUOTE, THE NATO ALLIANCE HAS BEEN USED BY MANY EUROPEAN NATIONS FOR THE MEANS TO SUBSIDIZE THEIR OWN SPENDING WITH U.S. TAXPAYER MONEY. UNQUOTE. I CANNOT AGREE MORE WITH THE SECRETARY. MANY MEMBERS OF NATO REFUSE TO BEAR THEIR SHARE OF THE COST AND RISK. ESSENTIALLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE SHOULD INVEST OUR VALUABLE RESEARCH INTO AN ALLY WHO IS WILLING TO PULL THEIR WEIGHT AND TAKE THEIR FIGHT TO THE ENEMY. THE ISRAELI COOPERATIVE PROGRAM IS A BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM TO ENSURE THE CAPABILITY OF OUR TWO MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAMS. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'VE NEVER HAD A GREATER NEED FOR MISSILE DEFENSE, NOT ONLY IN THIS NATION, BUT IN THE MIDDLE EAST WITH OUR GREAT ALLY, ISRAEL. WE HAVE NO GREAT ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST THAN ISRAEL AND OUR RESEARCH PROGRAMS SHOULD REFLECT OUR COMMITMENT TO THOSE ALLIES WHO STAND READY AND WILLING TO PARTNER WITH US TO PROTECT OUR MUTUAL INTEREST. AND THIS WOULD STRENGTHEN THAT MUTUAL INTEREST AND STRENGTHEN THAT PARTNERSHIP. MR. CLARME, I URGE SUPPORT OF -- MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:36:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, FOR WHAT…

    FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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  • 03:36:59 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DICKS

    FUNDING IN THIS BILL SHOULD NOT BE CURTAILED BECAUSE THE U.S. AND THE NATO…

    FUNDING IN THIS BILL SHOULD NOT BE CURTAILED BECAUSE THE U.S. AND THE NATO NATIONS ARE ONE ANOTHER'S CLOSEST PARTNERS, AND THE NATO ALLIANCE HAS BEEN A VITAL AND SUCCESSFUL PART OF U.S. FOREIGN POLICY DATING BACK TO ITS FORMATION IN 1949. WHILE THE ALLIANCE MUST EVOLVE IN LIGHT OF CHANGELINGING WORLD EVENTS, THERE IS NO -- CHANGING WORLD EVENTS, THERE IS NO PRACTICAL OPTION. FOR ALL NATO NATIONS, THE ALLIANCE ALLOWS FOR SECURITY CAPABILITIES AND A STRUCTURE TO CONTROL OPERATIONS THAT THE ALLIES ON THEIR OWN COULD NOT AFFORD TO MAINTAIN. ACTIVE PARTICIPATION, NATO ALSO ALLOWS U.S. TO PURSUE DEFENSES AGAINST EMERGING THREATS SUCH AS IMPLEMENTATION OF IMPROVED MISSILE DEFENSE CAPABILITIES. TO MAINTAIN ITS COMMITMENT TO NATO, THE U.S. MUST CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE FUNDING TO NATO PROGRAMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT, AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 03:38:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM WASHINGTON YEEMEDS BACK HIS TIME. -- YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT…

    FROM WASHINGTON YEEMEDS BACK HIS TIME. -- YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 03:38:14 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. NATO HAS BEEN A VERY, VERY…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. NATO HAS BEEN A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PART OF KEEPING PEACE IN THE WORLD. THERE MIGHT BE SOME CHANGES NECESSARY IN NATO AS WE SEE THE WORLD UNFOLD AND THE WORLD DEVELOP DIFFERENTLY, MAYBE SO, BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE DONE IN A HIT OR MISS, HELTER-SKELTER WAY. MR. DICKS AND I AS LEADERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE HAS ALREADY HAD SEVERAL LENGTHY MEETINGS ON THIS SUBJECT, AND WE HAVE AGREED THAT FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF THIS FISCAL YEAR'S DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL WE PLAN TO HOLD HEARINGS AND LOOK THOROUGHLY INTO WHAT WE SEE THE ROLE OF NATO TODAY, TOMORROW AND NEXT YEAR. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE DON'T DO ANY SERIOUS DAMAGE TO NATO WHICH IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AT MAINTAINING PEACE THAT WE HAVE IN THE WORLD. SO I MUST OBJECT TO THESE -- TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:39:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 03:39:38 PM

    MR. BROUN

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE CHAIR

    PAGE 31, LINE 1, RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, AIR FORCE.

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    THE CLERK

    RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, AIR FORCE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND.

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    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT.

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    MR. WELCH

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE AN AMENDMENT?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE AN AMENDMENT?

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    MR. WELCH

    I'M SORRY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    BY MR. WELCH OF VERMONT. PAGE 31, LINE 6, OFFER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT…

    BY MR. WELCH OF VERMONT. PAGE 31, LINE 6, OFFER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $29023,000. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASE BY $297,023,000.

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  • 03:40:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. WELCH

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW, TO GOVERN IS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW, TO GOVERN IS TO CHOOSE. TO WRITE A BUDGET IS WHERE GOVERNING MAKES CHOICES. MY AMENDMENT RAISES THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT SPENDING $297 MILLION FOR RESEARCH IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF FIGHTER IS THE RIGHT CHOICE TO MAKE AT THIS TIME. LITTLE BIT OF BACK GROUPPED -- -- BACKGROUND.

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  • 03:41:21 PM

    MR. DICKS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. DICKS

    FIGHTER. IT'S A BOMBER.

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    MR. WELCH

    THE GENTLEMAN. THE NEXT GENERATION OF BOMBER. IS THAT THE RIGHT CHOICE?…

    THE GENTLEMAN. THE NEXT GENERATION OF BOMBER. IS THAT THE RIGHT CHOICE? AND HERE'S THE QUESTION, NUMBER ONE, IT MAY BE DESIRABLE BUT IS IT AFFORDABLE? THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET DID NOT INCLUDE THIS AS A RECOMMENDATION IN THE BUDGET NOR DID THE PRESIDENT WHO'S CHARGED MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THIS COUNTRY WITH OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. WE HAVE THE RIGHT AS A CONGRESS AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE OUR OWN JUDGMENTS. MR. DICKS DOES A GREAT JOB AT THAT AS DOES MR. YOUNG, BUT WE HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WHEN OUR OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT BUDGET, OUR HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE BOTH SAY THAT THE CURRENT FLEET OF BOMBERS, BOMBERS, MR. DICKS, IS FUNCTIONING VERY WELL, CAN WE AFFORD AT THIS TIME $297 MILLION FOR ADDITIONAL RESEARCH? NOW, THE QUESTION IS, IT MAY BE DESIRABLE BUT IS IT AFFORDABLE WHEN WE HAVE THIS HORRENDOUS BUDGET SQUEEZE THAT WE KNOW IS DIVIDING THIS CONGRESS BECAUSE WE HAVE TO MAKE SOME VERY TOUGH CHOICES IN THE FUTURE? THE SECOND QUESTION THAT COMES UP IS WHETHER SOMETHING THAT MAY BE DESIRABLE COMES AT A COST THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. NOW, THE DEFENSE BUDGET IS LARGE AND NECESSARILY SO, BUT IT IS THE ONE ITEM OF SPENDING THAT'S BEEN EXEMPT FROM CUTS. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IS GOING TO BE DOWN 15%. NASA DOWN 10%. YET, THE SPENDING INCREASE IN THE PENTAGON IS GOING TO BE SUBSTANTIAL DESPITE THE ENORMOUS BUDGET PRESSURES IN THIS ONGOING, VERY SERIOUS DEBATE THAT WE'RE HAVING ABOUT REVENUES AND TAXES THAT EMBRACE BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THE THIRD QUESTION IS, IF IT'S NECESSARY, IS THERE SOME BURDEN ON THOSE WHO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OVERSEEING TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN THE DEFENSE BUDGET TO POKE AROUND AND FIND THAT $300 MILLION SOMEWHERE ELSE IN A NEARLY $700 BILLION BUDGET? SO THOSE ARE THE QUESTIONS. IT'S NOT A DIRECT ASSERTION THAT WE MUST SUSPEND FOREVER RESEARCH ON THE NEXT GENERATION OF BOMBERS, BUT IT IS ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS IN THIS TIME, JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING'S DESIRABLE, DOES IT MAKE IT AFFORDABLE? IF IT'S DESIRABLE, AT WHAT COST DOES IT COME? AND IF IT'S NECESSARY, ARE THERE OTHER PLACES IN A $700 BILLION BUDGET THAT WE CAN FIND THIS $300 MILLION TO DO RESEARCH THAT WILL ALLOW US TO PROCEED? AND THAT'S WHAT THIS AMENDMENT ASKS. IT SAYS TOUGH CHOICES FOR AMERICA HAVE TO BEGIN HERE AND THEY HAVE TO INCLUDE TOUGH CHOICES WITHIN THE PENTAGON BUDGET. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:44:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN MAY NOT RESERVE. DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK HIS TIME?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN MAY NOT RESERVE. DOES HE YIELD BACK?

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    MR. WELCH

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

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  • 03:44:40 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I RISE IN VERY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DICKS

    FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE TO AGAIN CORRECT THE RECORD HERE THAT THE PRESIDENT…

    FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE TO AGAIN CORRECT THE RECORD HERE THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, O.M.B., DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, REQUESTED $197 MILLION. OUR COMMITTEE HELD HEARINGS WITH THE AIR FORCE AND FOUND FROM A LOT OF DIALOGUE WITH THE THREE COMPANIES THAT ARE COMPETING THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO ACCELERATE THIS BOMBER REMACEMENT PROGRAM IF WE COULD GET -- REPLACEMENT PROGRAM IF WE COULD GET AN ADDITIONAL $197 MILLION. WE ADDED $100 MILLION TO THAT BECAUSE WE SEE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS VITALLY IMPORTANT. NOW, I LED THE FIGHT MANY YEARS AGO IN THE HOUSE ON THE B-2 BOMBER. MY COLLEAGUES GOT TIRED OF LISTENING TO ME ON THAT. WE STARTED THE PROGRAM WITH 125 BOMBERS AND ENED UP WITH 20. SO WE NEED ANOTHER STEALTH BOMBER WHICH CAN REACH AROUND THE WORLD AS WE HAVE SEEN THE B-2 DO JUST RECENTLY AND SO THIS IS A VERY HIGH PRIORITY OF THE AIR FORCE. NEXT TO TANKERS, THE REPLACEMENT OF THE BOMBER IS GOING TO -- ALONG WITH THE JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER ARE GOING TO BE THE TOP PRIORITIES FOR THE AIR FORCE. SO THIS WOULD BE A CATASTROPHIC BLOW TO TERMINATE THIS PROGRAM AND THOUGH I HAVE THE GREATEST RESPECT FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, I WOULD SAY THAT I WOULD STAY WITH THE COMMITTEE WHICH UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED THIS PROGRAM, HAS ALWAYS SUPPORTED MODERNIZATION OF STRATENALIC BOMBERS AND STRATEGIC MOD ERPSAGE OF SUBMARINES, TWO OF THE MAJOR ISSUES OUR COMMITTEE IS DEALING WITH. SO AGAIN, I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:46:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MR. YOUNG

    I RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I SUGGEST MARYLAND TIMES I…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I SUGGEST MARYLAND TIMES I WOULD NOT DO ANYTHING OR SUPPORT ANY BILL THAT AFFECTED OUR SOLDIERS OR AFFECTED OUR READINESS. THIS BOMBER IS THE WRONG TIME OFF BECAUSE IT TAKES A WHILE TO DEVELOP A NEW BOMBER BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THAT VEHICLE. BY THE TIME IT GETS ONLINE, WE ARE GOING TO NEED THE NEW BOMBER BECAUSE THE OLD BOMBERS ARE GOING TO BE OLD. WITHOUT GOING INTO ALL THE DETAIL THAT MR. DICKS DID, AN HE DID A VERY GOOD JOB EX-PLAINING DETAIL WHY THIS NEW BOMBER IS NEEDED, LET ME RELATE A STORY THAT HAPPENED TO ME AS A FRESHMAN AND A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AFTER A LENGTHY HEARING WITH THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. THIS VERY, VERY DISTINGUISHED, VERY POWERFUL LOOKING AND APPEARING MARINE CAME TO ME AFTER THE HEARING AND HE SAID, LISTEN SON, HE CALLED ME SON IN THOSE DAYS, HE SAID, LISTEN, SON, WE MARINES WILL GO ANYWHERE TO FIGHT ANY WAR OUR COUNTRY SENDS US TO. WE'LL FIGHT ON THE BEACH, WE'LL FIGHT ON THE SEA, WE'LL FIGHT IN THE JUNGLERING JUST PROMISE ME AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS YOU'LL MAKE SURE THAT ANY AIRPLANE THAT FLIES OVER THAT BATTLEFIELD IS AN AMERICAN AIRPLANE. AND YOU CAN CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND WHY THE TROOP ON THE BATTLEFIELD WOULD WANT THAT TO BE THE CASE. WHY HE WOULD WANT THAT BOMBER FLYING OVER TO BE AN MERGE, WHY HE WOULD WANT THAT FIGHTER TO BE AMERICAN, WHY HE WOULD WANT THAT STRIKE FIGHTER FLYING OVER THE BATTLEFIELD TO BE AMERICAN. IF IT -- IT JUST MAKES GOOD COMMON SENSE THAT IF YOU'RE SENDING TROOPS TO WAR, MAKE SURE THAT THE AIRPLANES THAT PLY OVER THE BATTLEFIELD BELONG TO US, NOT THE ENEMY. AGAIN, I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 03:49:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT.

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  • 03:49:30 PM

    MR. WELCH

    A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, NUMBER 22.

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    >>

    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, NUMBER 22.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DEZ IGTHATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 22, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 22, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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  • 03:49:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINS.

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    MR. BROUN

    IS NEARLY IDENTICAL TO THE AMENDMENT THAT TRANSFERS NAVAL RATE TO ISRAELI…

    IS NEARLY IDENTICAL TO THE AMENDMENT THAT TRANSFERS NAVAL RATE TO ISRAELI DEFENSE. THIS TAKES THE MONEY OUT OF THE NATO R BRAND D FUND AND PLACES THE FUNDS THAT THE ISRAELI COOPERATIVE PROGRAM WHERE ISRAEL AND THE WRITS ARE COOPERATING TO DEVELOP A MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM THAT WILL HELP THEM AS WELL AS HELP US. WE MUST STAND BY ISRAEL NOW AND ALWAYS. MY AMENDMENT MAKES A POSITIVE STEP TOWARD GROWING OUR RELATIONSHIP AND SOLIDIFYING SECURITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. IT WILL HELP ISRAEL AND HELP THE UNITED STATES ALSO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND I CEIL BACK.

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  • 03:50:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

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  • 03:50:55 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 03:51:01 PM

    MR. DICKS

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS PACK?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS PACK?

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSES DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    >>

    LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    >>

    MYSELF WITH THE RASHES OF THE RANKING MEMBER FROM WASHINGTON STATE IN…

    MYSELF WITH THE RASHES OF THE RANKING MEMBER FROM WASHINGTON STATE IN OPPOSING THIS BILL. NATO IS A STRONG ALLY. WE HAVE A MULL PL YEAR GENERATIONAL COMMITMENT TO NATO. WE DO A LOT OF JOINT PROJECTS, A LOT OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT THAT'S QUOINTLY DEVELOPED AND WE NEED THEIR SUPPORT AND THEY NEED OUR SUPPORT AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO MR. BROUN'S AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:52:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS EASM I THINK IT'S A GOOD REAM OFFERED BY THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS EASM I THINK IT'S A GOOD REAM OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. WHILE I CONCUR WITH THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORDS OF THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE EARLY WARDS OF THE -- WORDS OF THE CHAIRMAN ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT NATO IS, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, AS DEFENSE SECRETARY GATES TOLD US A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, THE EUROPEAN MEMBERS OF NATO ARE NOT PULLING THEIR WEIGHT. THEY'RE NOT SPENING THE KIND OF MONEY WE'RE SPENDING, THEY'RE NOT SPENDING THE KIND OF MONEY THAT ISRAEL IS SPENDING ON THEIR OWN DEFENSE, THEY NOT PUTTING IN MUCH EFFORT AT ALL. WE'RE CARRYING THE BURDEN. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, AS WEAVER SEEING IN LIBYA, WHERE THEY'RE RUNNING OUT OF AMMUNITION AFTER TWO WEEKINGS OF TIGHTING WITH A NOTHING POWER, NATO AND THE EUROPEAN ALLIES ARE NOT SPENDING MONEY, THEY'RE RELYING ON US TO DO IT. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT ISRAEL IS SPENDING 7.5% OF G.D.P. ON THE MILL TEAR, SHE HAS TO, BECAUSE SHE'S THE OBJECT OF THE IRANIANS AN OTHERS WHO WANT TO DESTROY HER. AN WE ARE GETTING OUR MONEY'S WORTH BECAUSE ISRAEL'S TECHNICAL EXPERTISE IN ANTI-MISSILE DEFENSES IS FEEDING BACK TO US. SO SWITCHING THESE FUNDS FROM NATO TO ISRAEL WOULD BENEFIT THE UNITED STATES IN TERMS OF ANTI-MISSILE TECHNOLOGY. WOULD BENEFIT ISRAEL AND THEY GIVE A LITTLE MORE WEIGHT TO SECRETARY GATES' WORDS WHEN HE SAYS TO THE EUROPEAN MEMBER OF NATO THAT IF THEY WANT TO PULL THEIR WEIGHT THEY OUGHT TO START PULL MANAGER WEIGHT INSTEAD OF SPENDING UNDER 2% OF G.D.P. AND IF THE WANT TO BE ALLIES OF THE UNITED STATES, IT CAN'T BE A ONE-WAY ALLIANCE. THIS AMENDMENT WILL HELP ISRAEL, WILL HELP US, WILL HELP THE CAUSE OF OPPOSING TERRORISM YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIMELY ANDSEN A MESS AM TO THE EUROPEAN ALLIES, MAYBE YOU'RE GOING TO START THINKING, IF YOU'RE GOING TO PULL YOUR WEIGHT IN NATO, PULL YOUR WEIGHT IN NATO.

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  • 03:55:08 PM

    MR. BROUN

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS? MR.ED IN

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    MR.ED IN A DER

    A DER: YES, I'LL YIELD.

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    MR. BRUN

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. IRAN IS DEVELOPING IMMEDIATE…

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. IRAN IS DEVELOPING IMMEDIATE YALM AND LONG-RANGE MISSILE TECHNOLOGY AS WELL AS NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT. WE'VE NEVER NEEDED THIS KIND OF CONTRACT TO PREVENT NOT ONLY A MISSILE ATTACK OR FURTHER MISSILE ATTACKS WHICH THEY GET EVERY DAY, BUT ENEED FOR OUR OWN DEFENSE TO PUT MORE MONEY INTO THIS INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING NATO. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THINK THIS IS EXTREMELY RT IMPORTANT THAT WE PLUS UP THIS MISSILE DEFENSE RESEARCH, FOR ISRAEL AN FOR OUR OWN SELVES AN I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:56:01 PM

    MR. NADLER

    SUM UP. IT HELPS THEM, IT HELPS THE UNITED STATES AN IT SENDS A MESSAGE TO…

    SUM UP. IT HELPS THEM, IT HELPS THE UNITED STATES AN IT SENDS A MESSAGE TO THE EUROPEAN ALLIES INTO SAYING, MAYBE WE SHOULD PUT SOME WORK INTO NATO, WHICH THEY HAVEN'T BEEN DOING RECENTLY. LET'S GET THEM TO START MAKING A LITTLE EFFORT AND SEND THEM A MESSAGE HERE. I SUPPORT THE JELL'S AMENDMENT. -- AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:56:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM FORK YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION SON THE OPTION OF THE AMENDMENT…

    FROM FORK YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION SON THE OPTION OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN OF GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES VISIT, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE , FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE , FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 03:56:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    PAGE 31, LINE 8, RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT TEST AND EVALUATION DEFENSE WIDE.…

    PAGE 31, LINE 8, RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT TEST AND EVALUATION DEFENSE WIDE. $19,324,865,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013.

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  • 03:57:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

  • 03:57:52 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK IN MR. FREE LING D

  • 03:58:00 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESKFUL

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    1 AFTER THE COLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASE BY $16 MILLION.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. STEARNS

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. S THAT VERY SIMPLE AMENDMENT. BASICALLY, I AM TAKING…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. S THAT VERY SIMPLE AMENDMENT. BASICALLY, I AM TAKING $16 MILLION, NOT BILLION, $16 MILLION FROM PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUDGET WHICH IS CALLED DEFENSE-WIDE APPROPRIATIONS. THERE'S ALMOST $20 BILLION. SO I'M ASKING TO TAKE ROUGHLY .008, OR.8% FROM THIS DEFENSE-WIDE APPROPRIATIONS WHICH IS USED FOR OTHER THAN MILITARY DEPARTMENTS. NOT EVEN ALICKABLE TO THE ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, BUT IT'S USED BY THE SEC RETEAR OF DEFENSE FOR THE MAINTENANCE, LEASE AND OPERATION OF FACILITIES AND CONGRESSWOMEN. WHAT I'M DOING IS TAKING THIS AND TRANSFERRING IT TO THE PEER REVIEW PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM. FUNDING LEVELS FOR THIS PROGRAM HAS GONE DOWN DRAMATICALLY SINCE 2001. RIGHT NOW IT'S FUNDED AT $64 MILLION. IT WAS FUNDED IN 2001 AT $100 MILLION. IT'S CONTINUALLY COME DOWN AND DOWN AND DOWN. I'M NOT ASKING YOU TO TAKE IT UP TO THE 2001 LEVEL. I'M JUST ASKING YOU TO TAKE IT UP TO PERHAPS WHAT IT WAS IN 2005. I THINK WITHOUT GOING INTO DETAILS, THIS IS A VERY WISE MOVE BECAUSE FUNDING LEVELS FOR THIS PROGRAM HAS DECREASED YET PROSTATE CANCER IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF MALE CANCER-RELATED DEATHS IN THE UNITED STATES WITH AN ESTIMATED $170,316 CASUALTIES LAST YEAR. THERE ARE NO NOTICEABLE SYMPTOMS IN EARLY STAGES. TESTING HAS LED TO DETECTION OF NINE OF 10 CASES. THAT'S WHY THIS PALTRY AMOUNT WOULD BE BETTER SPENT FOR PROSTATE CANCER RESEDGE FOR OUR MILITARY THAN ABOD. ACCORDING TO THE PROSTATE RESEARCH PROGRAM, ACTIVE DUTY MALES ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO DEVELOP PROSTATE CANCER AS THEIR CIVILIAN COUNTERPARTS. RESEARCH FUNDED BY THE PCRP, SOLDIERS EXPOSED TO CHEMICAL AGENTS SUCH AS AGENT ORANGE AND THOSE EXPOSED TO DEPLETED URANIUM. CONGRESS HAS SKIPTLY SUPPORTING FUNDING LEVELS OF OVER $80 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR THIS IMPORTANT OST AN IT'S ONLY FUNDED AT $60 MILLION. THE PCRP FUNDS ARE INNOVATIVE, HIGH RISK AND SUPPORTING INTERDISCIPLINARY GROUP SETTINGS. IT ALLOWS RESEARCH TO MOVE FASTER AN FASTER AND ALLOW THEM TO BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR MUNDING -- FUNDING FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HELL. UNLIKE ANY OTHER MEDICAL PROGRAM, THE REVIEW PANELS ARE MADE UP OF THE COUNTRY'S TOP RESEARCHERS AND PROSTATE CANCER SENIOR VIVORS MAKING SURE THAT INNOVATIVE IDEAS RAPIDLY BENEFIT ALL MEN AND THOSE BURDENED BY THIS DISEASE. IN 2010, THEY HELPED SHEPHERD TWO NEW DRUGS THROUGH CLINICAL TRIALS. IT IS BOTH TO PROLONG A MAN'S LIFE WHO HAS PROSTATE CANCER. THEY MOVE THROUGH THE CLINICAL TRIALS PROCESS AND HAS MADE IT TO THE BEDSIDE OF MEN'S DYING FROM PROSTATE CANCER. IT WILL INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY OF GOVERNMENTLY FUNDED AND PRIVATELY FUNDED MEDICAL RESEARCH. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT TO TRANSFER THERE ARE 16 MILLION FROM DEFENSEWIDE APPROPRIATION WHICH IS OTHER THAN MILITARY WHICH THEY USE IT PRESENTLY FOR MAINTENANCE. IT REPRESENTS A.08% REDUCTION IN THIS OTHERWISE MILITARYWIDE FUNDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE LETTER TO ME FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROSTATE CANCER REMP PROGRAM AND THE PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION BE PART OF THE QUESTION.

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  • 04:02:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

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  • 04:02:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 04:02:55 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT. I'VE BEEN VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN PEER…

    TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE AMENDMENT. I'VE BEEN VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN PEER REVIEWED PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH IN MY HOME STATE AND CERTAINLY MADE A COMMITMENT TO THAT COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT ADDITIONAL FUNDS AND WE'RE WILLING TO ACCEPT THE --

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  • 04:03:13 PM

    MR. DICKS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I AM SO THRILLED THAT I HAVE AN AMENDMENT THAT…

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD? I AM SO THRILLED THAT I HAVE AN AMENDMENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS AN AMENDMENT THAT I CAN SUPPORT. I JOIN WITH YOU AND URGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:03:33 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. ALL THE TIME GIVEN ON THE AMENDMENT WHICH HE HAS VERY…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. ALL THE TIME GIVEN ON THE AMENDMENT WHICH HE HAS VERY LITTLE TIME TO LOOK AT. AGAIN, THIS HAPPENED AND I'M PLEASED HE'S SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT. OBVIOUSLY I WILL NOT CALL FOR A VOTE AND APPRECIATE THE APPROPRIATORS SUPPORTING MY AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:03:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 04:04:16 PM

    THE CLERK

    17, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $13 MILLION. AFTER THE…

    17, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCED BY $13 MILLION. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASE BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 34, LINE 1, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASE BY $10 MILLION.

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  • 04:04:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. DICKS

    EXPLAIN TO ME THE $10 MILLION WOULD NOT BE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM,…

    EXPLAIN TO ME THE $10 MILLION WOULD NOT BE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT PROGRAM, THAT THIS WOULD GIVE PEOPLE WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AN OPTION TO GO TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR?

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  • 04:06:06 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    FACT, THAT IS CORRECT. WHAT HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN IN THE DEFENSE ARMED…

    FACT, THAT IS CORRECT. WHAT HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN IN THE DEFENSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE POLICY THAT WOULD ALLOW MEN AND WOMEN OF THE MILITARY WHO HAVE T.B.I. TO BE ABLE TO TAKE THESE FUNDS AND BE ABLE TO USE THEM OUTSIDE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO WHAT I WOULD CALL PRIVATE --

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  • 04:06:29 PM

    MR. DICKS

    TRICARE, WHICH IS A PRIVATE COMPANY?

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    MR. SESSIONS

    CHOOSE TO NOT WHERE THEY ARE DESIGNATED TO GO TO BY THE DEPARTMENT OF…

    CHOOSE TO NOT WHERE THEY ARE DESIGNATED TO GO TO BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, THAT WOULD BE CORRECT.

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  • 04:06:41 PM

    MR. DICKS

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    26 AND 27 DURING THE DEBATE THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED AN AMENDMENT TO…

    26 AND 27 DURING THE DEBATE THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED AN AMENDMENT TO CREATE A PILOT PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THAT WOULD BEGIN TREATING OUR TROOPS COMING BACK HOME FROM THEATER WITH T.B.I. AND PTSD. TODAY, CONGRESS HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS THAT WOULD BE USED TO TREAT OUR ACTIVE DUTY AND VETERANS SUFFERING FROM T.B.I. AND PTSD. MY AMENDMENT SPECIFICALLY MOVES $10 MILLION FROM THE MORE THAN $19 BILLION IN RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION OF THE PROGRAM TO INCREASE THE TEST PROGRAM BY $10 MILLION, ONCE AGAIN. THIS MONEY WILL ASSIST DIRECTLY TO THESE SOLDIERS AND OTHERS IN THE MILITARY WHO HAVE T.B.I.-RELATED INJURIES TO BE ABLE TO GO TO PRIVATE SECTOR FACILITIES WITH THE UTILIZATION OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR THEM TO GET LEADING EDGE TREATMENTS ON THESE ISSUES. IN APRIL, 2007, THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SCREENED VETERANS WHO WERE SERVING IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN SINCE OCTOBER, 2001, FOR SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH T.B.I. MORE THAN 19% OF THESE VETERANS SCREENED POSITIVE FOR T.B.I. SYMPTOMS. THIS IS A BIG ISSUE. ACCORDING TO THE U.S. ARMY, THE NUMBER OF SOLDIERS LEAVING ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE HAS INCREASED 64% FROM 2005 TO 2009 DUE TO BRAIN HEALTH. WHETHER IT WAS T.B.I., PTSD OR A MENTAL ILLNESS. A 2009 RAND STUDY SAYS THAT COSTS RELATED TO DEPRESSION, PTSD AND T.B.I. FROM OUR SOLDIERS RANGES FROM $4 BILLION OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD OF TIME. TODAY, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY ARE TREATING -- HEALTH CARE PEOPLE ARE TREATING BRAIN INJURY PATIENTS WITH NEW AND INNOVATIVE TREATMENT WITH REMARKABLE RESULT. UNFORTUNATELY, -- REMARKABLE RESULTS. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY OF THESE TREATMENTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR OUR HEROES THAT I HAVE PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM T.B.I. OUR TROOPS PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY DAY AND I THINK THEY NEED THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE THIS TREATMENT THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR THEIR RECOVERY. THIS PILOT WILL PROVIDE FOR THAT TREATMENT AND RECOVERY. AS HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, $10 MILLION OUT OF $19 BILLION SHOULD BE ALLOCATED TO THIS. I APPRECIATE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES NOT ONLY LEARNING MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE, WANTING TO BE PART OF HOW WE CAN HELP THESE MEN AND WOMEN MAKING GROUNDBREAKING TREATMENTS FOR OUR NATION'S VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIERS. I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:09:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 04:09:46 PM

    >>

    LAST WORD. WE COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN --

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. KIX DICTION WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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  • 04:09:57 PM

    MR. DICKS

    WE ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT TOO.

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    THE CHAIR

    ANY OTHER MEMBER WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE AMENDMENT…

    ANY OTHER MEMBER WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 04:10:24 PM

    THE CLERK

    19. OPERATIONAL TESTS AND EVALUATION DEFENSE, $191,292,000. TO REMAIN…

    19. OPERATIONAL TESTS AND EVALUATION DEFENSE, $191,292,000. TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. TITLE 5, REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS, DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUNDS, $1,575,010,000. NATIONAL DEFENSE SEALESS FUND $1,100,519,000. TITLE 6, OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS, DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM, $32,317,459,000. OF WHICH $16,920,000,000 BE AVAILABLE FOR CONTRACTS UNDER THE TRICARE PROGRAM. $632,518,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 FOR PROCUREMENT. $1,187,206,000 AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30,2013 FOR RESEARCH. CHEMICAL AGENTS, AMMUNITIONS DESTRUCTION DEFENSE, $1,554,422,000. OF WHICH $401,768,000 SHALL BE ONLY FOR THE ASSEMBLED CHEMICAL WEAPONS ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM. DRUG INTERDICTION AND COUNTERDRUG ACTIVITIES DEFENSE, $1,208,147,000. JOINT IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEFEAT FUND, $220,406,000 TO BE AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. OFFICER OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, $346,919,000. TITLE 7, RELATED AGENCIES, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY RETIREMENT AND DISABILITIES SYSTEM FUND, $513,700,000. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT $54,218,000. TITLE 8, GENERAL PROVISIONS. SECTION 8001, NO PART OF ANY APPROPRIATION SHALL BE USED FOR PUBLICITY NOT AUTHORIZED BY THE CONGRESS. SECTION 8002, PROVISIONS OF LAW PROHIBITING THE PAYMENT OF COMPENSATION TO ANY PERSON NOT A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL NOT APPLY TO PERSONNEL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. SECTION 8003, NO PART OF ANY APPROPRIATIONS SHALL REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNLESS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED HEREIN. SECTION 8004, NO MORE THAN 20% OF THE APPROPRIATIONS ARE LIMITED FOR OBLIGATION DURING THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR SHALL BE OBLIGATED DURING THE LAST TWO MONTHS OF THE FISCAL YEAR. SECTION 8005, THE SECRETARY MAY TRANSFER -- MAY TRANSFER NOT TO EXCEED $4 BILLION OF WORKING CAPITAL FUNDS. SECTION 8006, WITH REGARD TO SPECIFIC PROGRAMS IN TABLES TITLED EXPLANATION OF PROJECT LEVEL ADJUSTMENTS THE OBLIGATION OF AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED FOR WHICH THE AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED EXCEED THE AMOUNT REQUESTED ARE HEREBY REQUIRED TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE MANNER REQUIRED BY SUCH TABLES. SECTION 8007, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT TO ESTABLISH THE BASELINE FOR APPLICATION OF REPROGRAMMING. SECTION 8008, CASH BALANCES AND WORKING CAPITAL FUNDS MAY BE MAINTAINED IN SUCH AMOUNTS AS ARE NECESSARY FOR CASH DISPERSEMENTS. SECTION 8009, FUNDS APPROPRIATED MAY NOT BE USED TO HAVE SPECIAL ACCESS PROGRAM WITHOUT PRIOR NOTIFICATION 30 CALENDAR DAYS IN ADVANCE. SECTION 8010, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO INITIATE A MULTIYEAR CONTRACT THAT QUANTITY TIF PROCUREMENT IN EXCESS OF $20 MILLION IN ANY ONE YEAR OR A CONTRACT FOR ADVANCEMENT -- FOR ADVANCED PROCUREMENT LEADING TO A MULTIYEAR CONTRACT THAT EMPLOYS ECONOMIC ORDER QUANTITY PROCUREMENT IN EXCESS OF $20 MILLION UNLESS CONGRESSIONAL DEFENSE COMMITTEES HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED AT LEAST 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE. FUNDS APPROPRIATED IN TITLE 3 OF THIS ACT MAY BE USED FOR A MULTIYEAR PROCUREMENT CONTRACT AS FOLLOWS -- U.H.-60-M -- 60-M HELICOPTER AIR FRAMES AND MH MACHINE MISSION AVIONICS AND COCKPITS. FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ARE HEREBY APPROPRIATED FOR HUMANITARIAN AND CIVIC ASSISTANCE. SECTION 8012, DURING FISCAL YEAR 2012, THE CIVILIAN PERSONNEL OF THE DEPARTMENT MAY NOT BE MANAGED ON THE BASIS OF ANY END STRENGTH. THE 2013 BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE DEPARTMENT SHALL BE PREPARED AND SUBMITTED TO CONGRESS. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO MILITARY CIVILIAN TECHNICIANS. SECTION 8013, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE USED TO INFLUENTIAL CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON LEGISLATION. SECTION 8014, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE BASIC PAY AND ALLOWANCES OF ANY MEMBER OF THE ARMY PARTICIPATING AS A FULL TIME STUDENT. SECTION 8015, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO CONTRACTOR PERFORMANCE AND ACTIVITY OF THE DEPARTMENT THAT IS PERFORMED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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  • 04:16:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK SHALL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 46 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 46 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. AMASH OF MICHIGAN.

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  • 04:16:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT 62.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL DESIGNATE.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 62 PRESENTED BY MR. AMASH OF MICHIGAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. AMASH

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WITHIN THE LAST MONTH THE HOUSE HAS VOTED TO…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WITHIN THE LAST MONTH THE HOUSE HAS VOTED TO STRIKE PROBLEMATIC AND ANTICOMPETITIVE A-76 LANGUAGE FROM H.R. 2017, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL, AND FROM H.R. 2112, THE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THE SAME CHANGE AND REVERSAL OF BAD POLICY SHALL BE ADOPTED IN THIS LEGISLATION BY STRIKING SECTION 8015. MY AMENDMENT DOES JUST THAT. AS DRAFTED SECTION 8015 PROHIBITS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FROM CONTRACTING OUT ANY FUNCTION UNLESS WILL IT -- IT WILL SAVE A MINIMUM OF 10% OF THE DEPARTMENT'S PERFORMANCE COST. EVEN IF THE CONTRACTOR IS LESS COSTLY OVERALL AND CAN PERFORM THE WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY. INDEPENDENT STUDIES HAVE FOUND THAT PUBLIC-PRIVATE COMPETITION LOWER COSTS BY BETWEEN 10% AND 40%. REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE COMPETITION IS WON BY A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR OR THE GOVERNMENT. RATHER THAN STAND IN THE WAY OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE COMPETITIONS, CONGRESS SHOULD CUT THE RED TAPE AND MAKE THE USE OF THIS COST SAVING PROCESS EASIER, NOT HARDER. THE REQUIREMENTS IN SECTION 8015 ARE LARGELY CODIFIED IN EXISTING STATUTE. RETAINING SECTION 8015 WILL OBSTRUCT AND POTENTIALLY NULLIFY ANY CURRENT EFFORTS TO REFORM THE SYSTEM IN WAYS THAT IMPROVE PUBLIC-PRIVATE COMPETITIONS AND BRING MUCH-NEEDED CONSISTENCY AND RELIABILITY TO THE PROCESS. INSTEAD OF COMPLICATING THE USE OF COMPETITIONS THAT IMPROVE SERVICE AND LOWER COSTS, WE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGING THE AGENCIES TO FIND THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO DELIVER SERVICES. THIS AMENDMENT WILL SEND MA MESSAGE BY REDUCING RESTRICTIONS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND MAKING IT EASIER TO ACHIEVE REFORMS THAT WILL INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY OF COST-SAVING COMPETITIONS THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE TAXPAYER FIRST FIRST AMENDMENT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:18:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 04:19:02 PM

    MR. DICKS

    IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    MR. DICKS

    WOULD REPEAL SECTION 8015 OF THE BILL WHICH IN VARIOUS FORMS HAS BEEN…

    WOULD REPEAL SECTION 8015 OF THE BILL WHICH IN VARIOUS FORMS HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE BILL FOR THE PAST 14 YEARS. THIS SECTION REQUIRES THAT BEFORE WORK IS CONTRACTED OUT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MUST CONDUCT A FORMAL COST COMPARISON TO DETERMINE WHETHER PRIVATIZATION WOULD ACTUALLY SAVE MONEY. THE SECTION ALSO PROVIDES AN EXEMPTION TO EASE CONTRACTING WITH BUSINESSES OWNED BY DISADVANTAGED PERSONS, QUALIFIED NONPROFIT ENTITIES FOR DISADVANTAGED PERSONS OR BUSINESSES OWNED BY NATIVE AMERICANS. IN CASES WHERE OUTSOURCING IS APPROPRIATE, ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL REASONS WOULD BE LOWERING GOVERNMENT OPERATING COST, REQUIRING THE D.O.D. ACTUALLY CONDUCT THIS ANALYSIS UNDER THE I THINK IT'S A-76 REVIEW IS REASONABLE AND SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS AMENDMENT AND I MUST SAY, WE HAVE DONE THESE A-76 REVIEWS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND MANY TIMES WE FIND THAT THE GOVERNMENT ENTITY REORGANIZES ITSELF AND CAN ACTUALLY DO THE WORK AT A LESSER COST THAN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THE OTHER PROBLEM WITH THIS WHOLE THING IS ONCE THE PRIVATE SECTOR GETS IT, THE COSTS GO RIGHT THROUGH THE ROOF. SO YOU NEED TO HAVE ANALYSIS DONE AFTER CONTRACTING OUT IS DONE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE NOT GETTING RIPPED OFF. SO I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:20:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 04:21:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED AND PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER…

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED AND PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 04:21:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    9, SECTION 8016, FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR THE DEPARTMENT PILOT MENTOR…

    9, SECTION 8016, FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR THE DEPARTMENT PILOT MENTOR PROTEGE PROGRAM MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO ANY OTHER APPROPRIATION CONTAINED IN THIS ACT FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPLEMENTING A MENTOR PROTEGE PROGRAM. SECTION 8017, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR THE PURCHASE OF WELDED SHIP CHAIN UNLESS MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES. SECTION 8018, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO DEMILITARIZE M-1 CARBINES OR DESTROY SMALL ARMS AMMUNITION OR AMMUNITION COMPONENTS THAT ARE NOT OTHERWISE PROHIBITED FROM COMMERCIAL SALE. UNLESS CERTIFIED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY AS SERVICEABLE -- AS UNSERVICEABLE OR UNSAFE FOR FURTHER USE. SECTION 8019, NO MORE THAN $500,000 SHALL BE USED DURING A SINGLE FISCAL YEAR FOR ANY SINGLE RELOCATION OF AN ORGANIZATION OR FUNCTION OF THE DEPARTMENT INTO OR WITHIN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION. SECTION 8012, IN ADDITION $15 MILLION IS APPROPRIATED FOR INCENTIVE PAYMENTS AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 504 OF THE INDIAN FINANCING ACT OF 1974. SECTION 8021, FUNDS BY THIS ACT FOR THE DEFENSE MEDIA ACTIVITY SHALL NOT BE USED FOR ANY POLITICAL ACTIVITIES. SECTION 8022, THE DEPARTMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO INCUR OBLIGATIONS NOT TO EXCEED $350 MILLION FOR PURPOSES SPECIFIED IN SECTION 2350-JC OF TITLE 10 UNITED STATES CODE. SECTION 8023, FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS ACT NOT LESS THAN $30,945,000 SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE CIVIL AIR PATROL CORPORATION. THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE SHAD WAIVE REIMBURSEMENT FOR ANY FUNDS USED BY THE CIVIL AIR PATROL FOR COUNTERDRUG ACTIVITIES. SECTION 8024, NONE OF THE FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO ESTABLISH A NEW DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER AS A NEW ENTITY, A SEPARATE ENTITY. NO MEMBER OF A BOARD OF DIRECTORS OR ANY SIMILAR ENTITY OF A DEFENSE, SFRDC, MAY BE COMPENSATED FOR HIS OR HER SERVICED AS A MEMBER OF SUCH ENTITY. NONE OF THE FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT FROM ANY SOURCE MAY BE USED BY A DEFENSE FFRDC FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NEW PLGS. THE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO THE -- BUILDINGS. THE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT MAY BE FOR DEFENSE FFRDC'S. THE SECRETARY SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT PRESENTING THE CIVIC AMOUNTS OF STAFF YEARS OF TECHNICAL EFFORT. THE TOAL AMOUNT APPROPRIATED FOR FFRDC'S IS REDUCED BY $125 MILLION. SECTION 8025, NONE OF THE FUNDS VALUE BE USED TO PROCURE CARBON OR ARMOR STEEL PLATE WHICH WERE NOT MELTED IN THE UNITED STATES OR CANADA. SECTION 8026, THE TERM CONGRESSIONAL DEFENSE COMMITTEES MEANS THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE, THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE. SECTION 8027, THE DEPARTMENT MAY ACQUIRE THE MODIFICATION AND REPAIR OF AIRCRAFT THROUGH COMPETITION BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPOT MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES AND PRIVATE FIRMS. SECTION 8021 -- 8028, IF THE SECRETARY OR AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE DETERMINES THAT A FOREIGN COUNTRY HAS VIOLATED TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT AGAINST CERTAIN PRODUCTS PRODUCED IN THE UNITED STATES, THE SECRETARY SHALL RESCIND THE SECRETARY'S BLANKET WAIVER OF THE BUY AMERICAN ACT.

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  • 04:25:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO…

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO RISE?

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  • 04:25:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MRS. SUBJECT OF OHIO. INSERT AFTER THE PERIOD, -- MS. SUTTON OF…

    OFFERED BY MRS. SUBJECT OF OHIO. INSERT AFTER THE PERIOD, -- MS. SUTTON OF OHIO. INSERT AFTER THE PERIOD, SUCH REPORT SHALL INDICATE WHETHER REPORTS OF ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 04:25:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RESERVED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS…

    IS RESERVED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED. MS.

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  • 04:25:48 PM

    MS. SUTTON

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SHINE A LIGHT ON HOW AMERICA IS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SHINE A LIGHT ON HOW AMERICA IS SPENDING DEFENSE DOLLARS. THIS WEEK WE WILL VOTE ON A $530 BILLION DEFENSE BUDGET. SOME OF THAT MONEY WILL GO TOWARDS PAY FOR OUR SOLDIERS, SOME OF THAT MONEY WILL GO TOWARDS ENSURING MILITARY FAMILIES ARE CARED FOR. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING EVERYTHING FROM BUILDING MATERIALS TO FIGHTER JETS, AS MUCH OF THAT MONEY AS POSSIBLE SHOULD GO TOWARDS BUYING AMERICAN. EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND ON A PART OR A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURED OVERSEAS WHEN WE CAN EASILY BUILD IT AT HOME IS DOING OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND OUR MANUFACTURING BASE A DISSERVICE. THIS IS A CLARIFYING AMENDMENT THAT WILL INCREASE TRANSPARENCY WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BY HAVING THE DEPARTMENT INDICATE WHETHER PARTS PURCHASED OVERSEAS ARE AVAILABLE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. TAXPAYERS DESERVE TO KNOW WHERE THEIR DEFENSE DOLLARS ARE GOING. THEY WANT TO SEE THEIR TAXPAYER DOLLARS USED TO PURCHASE QUALITY PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS PRODUCED RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES BY AMERICAN WORKERS. AND WHEN THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN THEY WANT AND DESERVE TO KNOW WHY. CURRENTLY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS GRANTING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WAIVERS TO ALLOW FOR TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO BUY EQUIPMENT MADE OVERSEAS. IF OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING TO BUY A PART MADE OVERSEAS, TAXPAYERS DESERVE TO KNOW IF THAT PART IS AVAILABLE IN MICHIGAN OR OHIO OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE UNITED STATES. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY USES THE CURRENT DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DATA AND THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION AND ADDS MORE TRANSPARENCY BY HIGHLIGHTING AREAS WHERE OUR GOVERNMENT IS SENDING MONEY OVERSEAS INSTEAD OF KEEPING IT AT HOME. IF WE ARE TRULY TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK, WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT CONGRESS IS DOING EVERYTHING IT CAN TOWARDS THAT END. THIS AMENDMENT IS ONE SMALL STEP THAT WE CAN TAKE RIGHT NOW. THIS CLARIFYING AMENDMENT WILL ONLY SERVE TO SHINE A LIGHT ON TAXPAYER DOLLARS BEING INVESTED IN THE WRONG PLACE AND SHOW WHERE THOSE FUNDS CAN BE DIVERTED IN A WAY THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR JOBS HERE AT HOME. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS COMMONSENSE CLARIFYING AMENDMENT TO ENSURE INCREASED TRANSPARENCY FOR AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND ENCOURAGE OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO BUY AMERICAN BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT TAXPAYERS WANT AND THAT IS WHAT AMERICAN WORKERS DESERVE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:28:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUE…

    FROM OHIO YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUE TO RESERVE HIS POINT OF ORDER. MR.

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  • 04:28:30 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO…

    I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW AND CONSTITUTE LEGISLATION IN AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THEREFORE IT VIE -- THEREFORE VIOLATING CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE RULE STAPETS IN PERTINENT PART AND THE -- STATES IN PART, AN AMENDMENT SHALL NOT BE IN ORDER IF EXCHANGING EXISTING LAW. THIS AMENDMENT IMPOSES ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 04:29:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK TO THE POINT OF ORDER? THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

  • 04:29:04 PM

    MS. SUTTON

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE POINT OF ORDER. THIS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE POINT OF ORDER. THIS IS SIMPLY A CLARIFYING AMENDMENT. IT CLARIFIES INFORMATION THAT'S ALREADY BEING GATHERED IN THIS SECTION. SINCE 2007 CONGRESS HAS MANDATED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BEGIN TRACKING WAIVERS THAT ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TO BUY PRODUCTS FROM OVERSEAS. CURRENTLY THE -- TO QUALIFY FOR A WAIVER, THE BUY -- FROM THE BUY AMERICA REQUIREMENTS, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS TO COMPLY WITH ONE OF EIGHT CRITERIA. ONE OF THOSE CRITERIA IS PROVING THAT THERE'S NO DOMESTIC PRODUCT AVAILABLE. THIS SECTION OF THE BILL ALREADY REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO REPORT BACK TO CONGRESS ON THE AMOUNT OF THEIR PURCHASES FROM FOREIGN ENTITIES AND THE DOLLAR VALUE OF ITEMS FOR WHICH THE BUY AMERICA ACT WAS WAIVED. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY USES THE CURRENT DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DATA AND THE REQUIREMENT SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION AND ADDS MORE TRANSPARENCY BY HIGHLIGHTING AREAS WHERE OUR GOVERNMENT IS SENDING MONEY OVERSEAS INSTEAD OF KEEPING IT AT HOME. AS I SAID, IF WE ARE TRULY TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT CONGRESS IS DOING EVERYTHING IT CAN TOWARDS THAT END. IT WOULD SEEM A SHAME FOR THIS OBJECTION TO STAND TO AN AMENDMENT THAT JUST ENSURES TRANSPARENCY AND SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY BEING USED TO GATHER INFORMATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:30:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ORDER IS SUSTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

  • 04:31:16 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    MADAM CHAIRMAN, I DO SO TO MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER…

    MADAM CHAIRMAN, I DO SO TO MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF POINTS OF ORDER LYING ON AMENDMENTS THAT WE WILL BE CONSIDERING SHORTLY. IT WILL BE MY HOPE THAT WE CAN RESERVE THE POINT OF ORDER SO THAT THE MEMBER PROPOUNDING THE AMENDMENT CAN ALSO HAVE THEIR FIVE MINUTES TO EXPLAIN THE AMENDMENT. AND AS LONG AS THAT COURTESY IS NOT ABUSED, I WILL CONTINUE TO ALLOW THAT. BUT IF IT DOES APPEAR TO BE ABUSED THEN WE WILL RAISE THE POINT OF ORDER IMMEDIATELY.

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  • 04:31:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    1, THE SECRETARY SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT ON THE AMOUNT OF DEPARTMENT…

    1, THE SECRETARY SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT ON THE AMOUNT OF DEPARTMENT PURCHASES FROM FOREIGN ENTITIES. THE TERM BY AMERICA ACT MEANS CHAPTER 83 OF TITLE 41, UNITED STATES CODE. SECTION 8029, AMOUNTS CONTAINED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OVERSEAS MILITARY FACILITY INVESTMENT RECOVERY ACCOUNT SHALL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL EXPENDED FOR THE PAYMENTS SPECIFIED BY SECTION 2922-C-2 OF THAT ACT. SECTION 8030, THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE MAY CONVEY WITHOUT CONSIDERATION TWO INDIAN TRIBES LOCATED IN NEVADA, IDAHO, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, MONTANA, OREGON, MINNESOTA, WASHINGTON RELOCATEABLE MILITARY HOUSING AT GRANT FORKS AIR FORCE BASE THAT ARE EXCESS TO THE NEEDS OF THE AIR FORCE. THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE SHALL CONVEY MILITARY HOUSING UNITS UNDER SUBSECTION A. THE OPERATION OF WALKING SHIELD PROGRAMS SHALL BE -- SHALL RESOLVE ANY CONFLICTS AMONG REQUESTS OF INDIAN TRIBES FOR HOUSING UNITS. INDIAN TRIBE MEANS ANY RECOGNIZED INDIAN TRIBE INCLUDED ON THE CURRENT LIST PUBLISHED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR. SECTION 8031, APPROPRIATIONS FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE MAY BE USED TO PURCHASE ITEMS OF NOT MORE THAN $250,000. SECTION 8032, NONE OF THE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUNDS SHALL BE USED FOR THE PURCHASE OF AN INVESTMENT ITEM FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACQUIRING A NEW INVENTORY ITEM IF SHUTCH AN ITEM WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CHARGEABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUSINESS OPERATIONS FUND. THE FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE DEPARTMENT SHALL BE PREPARED AND SUBMITTED TO THE CONGRESS ON THE BASIS THAT ANY EQUIPMENT WHICH WAS CLASSIFIED AS AN END ITEM SHALL BE BUDGETED FOR IN THE PROCUREMENT AND NOT FOR THE SUPPLY MANAGEMENT BUSINESS AREA. SECTION 8033, NONE OF THE FUNDS FOR PROGRAMS OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY SHALL REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION BEYOND THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR. SECTION 8034, FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS ACT FOR THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY MAY BE USED FOR THE DESIGN AND DEPLOYMENT OF GENERAL DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM AND INTELLIGENCE COMMUNICATIONS. SECTION 8035, NONE OF THE FUNDS UNDER THE HEADING "OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE DEFENSEWIDE" NOT LESS THAN $12 MILLION SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE MITIGATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS. SECTION 8036, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE EXPENDED BY AN ENTITY OF THE DEPARTMENT UNLESS THE ENTITY COMPLIES WITH THE BUY AMERICAN ACT. IF THE SECRETARY DETERMINES THAT A PERSON HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF INTENTIONALLY AFFIXING A LABEL BEARING AN AMERICA INSCRIPTION TO ANY PRODUCT NOT MADE IN AMERICA THE SECRETARY SHALL DETERMINE WHETHER THE PERSON SHALL BE DEBARRED FROM CONTRACTING. IT IS THE SENSE OF THE CONGRESS THAT ANY ENTITY OF THE DEPARTMENT PURCHASE ONLY AMERICAN-MADE EQUIPMENT. SECTION 8037, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR A CONTRACT FOR STUDIES ENTERED INTO WITHOUT COMPETITION ON THE BASIS OF AN UNSOLICITED PROPOSAL UNLESS THE HEAD OF THE ACTIVITY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROCUREMENT DETERMINES AS A RESULT OF THOROUGH TECHNICAL EVALUATION ONLY WHEN SOURCES FOUND QUALIFIED FOR THE PROPOSED WORK. SECTION 8038, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE SHALL ESTABLISH A FIELD OPERATING AGENCY. SECTION 8039, THE SECRETARY THROUGH THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT MAY USE FUNDS UNDER THE HEADING "OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE DEFENSEWIDE" TO MAKE GRANTS. SECTION 8040, FUNDS ARE RESCINDED. NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONAL SEA LIFT CAPACITY. SECTION 8041, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO REDUCE THE AUTHORIZED POSITIONS FOR MILITARY TECHNICIANS OF THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. SECTION 8042, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE OBLIGATED OR EXPENDED TO THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA. SECTION 8043, FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS COMBATANT COMMANDS SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF PAY WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE BE INCURRED AGAINST APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE. SECTION 8044, NONE OF THE FUNDS IN THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO REDUCE THE CIVILIAN MEDICAL AND MEDICAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL. SECTION 8045, NONE OF THE FUNDS FOR DRUG INTERDICTION OR COUNTERDRUG ACTIVITIES MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO ANY OTHER DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY. NONE OF THE FUNDS TO THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY FOR DRUG INTERDICTION MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO ANY OTHER DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY. SECTION 8046, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF ROLLER BARINGS OTHER THAN THOSE USED BY A DOMESTIC SOURCE. SECTION 8047, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO PURCHASE ANY SUPERCOMPUTER WHICH IS NOT MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES. SECTION 8048, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO PAY THE SALARY OF ANY OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT WHO APPROVES OR IMPLEMENTS THE TRANSFER OF ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES. SECTION 8049, NONE OF THE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT MAY BE OBLIGATED OR EXPENDED TO TRANSFER TO ANOTHER NATION. SECTION 8050, NONE THE FUNDS SHALL BE OBLIGATED TO PAY A CONTRACTOR FOR COSTS OF ANY AMOUNT PAID BY THE CONTRACTOR TO AN EMPLOYEE WHEN SUCH COSTS ARE FOR A BONUS. SECTION 8051, NO MORE THAN $30 MILLION MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO APPROPRIATIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE PAY OF MILITARY PERSONNEL TO BE USED IN SUPPORT OF SUCH PERSONNEL IN CONNECTION WITH SUPPORT FOR ELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 2012 OF TITLE 10, UNITED STATES CODE. SECTION 8052, IN THE CASE OF AN APPROPRIATION ACCOUNT FOR WHICH THE AVAILABILITY FOR OBLIGATION IS EXPIRED AND WHICH HAS A NEGATIVE UNLIQUID ATED BALANCE, AN OBLIGATION MAY BE CHARGED TO ANY CURRENT APPROPRIATION ACCOUNT FOR THE SAME PURPOSE AS THE EXPIRED OR CLOSED ACCOUNT IF THE OBLIGATION WOULD HAVE BEEN PROPERLY CHARGEABLE. SECTION 8053, THE CHIEF OF THE NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU MAY PERMIT THE USE OF EQUIPMENT OF THE NATIONAL GUARD DISTANCE LEARNING PROJECT BY ANY PERSON ON A SPACE AVAILABLE REIMBURSABLE BASIS. SECTION 8054, THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE MAY HAVE AGREEMENTS FOR REQUIRED HEATING FACILITY MODERNIZATION AND THE KAISER SPOTTER MILITARY COMMUNITY AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY. SECTION 8055, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO PROCURE END ITEMS FOR DELIVERY FOR MILITARY FORCES FOR OPERATIONAL TRAINING. SECTION 8056, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO APPROVE OR LICENSE THE SALE OF THE F-22-A ADVANCED TACTICAL FIGHTER TO ANY FOREIGN GOVERNMENT. SECTION 8057, THE SECRETARY MAY WAIVE WITH RESPECT TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY EACH LIMITATION ON THE PROCUREMENT OF DEFENSE ITEMS FROM FOREIGN SOURCES IF THE SECRETARY DETERMINES THAT THE APPLICATION WOULD INVALIDATE COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS. SECTION 8058, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO SUPPORT ANY TRAINING PROGRAM INVOLVING A UNIT OF THE SECURITY FORCES OR POLICE OF A FOREIGN COUNTRY. THE SECRETARY SHALL ENSURE THAT FULL CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO ALL CREDIBLE INFORMATION AVAILABLE. THE SECRETARY AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE MAY WAIVE THE PROHIBITION NOT MORE THAN 15 DAYS AFTER THE EXERCISE OF ANY WAIVER THE SECRETARY SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE COMMITTEES DESCRIBING THE PURPOSE AND DURATION OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM. SECTION 8059, NONE OF THE FUNDS AVAILABLE MAY BE OBLIGATED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PERFORMING REPAIRS OR MAPET ASSISTANCE TO MILITARY FAMILY HOUSING UNITS. SECTION 8060, FUNDS APPROPRIATED UNDER THE HEADING "RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION DEFENSEWIDE." SECTION 8061, THE SECRETARY SHALL PROVIDE A QUARTERLY REPORT TO BEGIN 30 DAYS AFTER ENACTMENT OF THIS ACT TO THE HOUSE. SECTION 8062, NONE OF THE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT MAY BE USED TO ANOTHER DEPARTMENT IF SUCH DEPARTMENT IS 90 DAYS IN ARREARS IN MAKING PAYMENTS TO GOODS AND SERVICES PREVIOUSLY PROVIDED ON A REIMBURSABLE BASIS. SECTION 8063, A RESERVE WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL GUARD SERVING ON FULL-TIME NATIONAL GUARD DUTY MAY PERFORM DUTIES IN SUPPORT OF THE GROUND-BASED ELEMENTS OF THE NATIONAL BALLISTIC NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM. SECTION 8064, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO TRANSFER TO ANY NONGOVERNMENTAL ENTITY ANY MUNITION DEPARTMENT THAT HAS A CENTER-FIRED CART RADGE. SECTION 8065, THEY MAY WAIVE PAYMENT OF CONSIDERATION UNDER SECTION 2667 OF TITLE 10, UNITED STATES CODE. SECTION 8066, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE USED FOR THE SUPPORT OF ANY NONAPPROPRIATED FUNDS ACTIVITY OF THE DEPARTMENT THAT PROCURES MALT BEVERAGES. SECTION 8067, UNDER THE HEADING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY, $124,493,000 SHALL REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL EXPENDED. SECTION 8068, SECTION 8106 OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 1997, SHALL CONTINUE IN EFFECT TO APPLY DISBURSEMENTS THAT ARE MADE TO THE DEPARTMENT. SECTION 8069, $4 MILLION IS HEREBY APPROPRIATED TO THE DEPARTMENT TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL EXPENDED. SECTION 8070, UNDER THE HEADINGS PROCUREMENT DEFENSEWIDE AND RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION DEFENSEWIDE, $235,700,000 SHALL BE FOR THE ISRAELI COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS. SECTION 8071, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE OBLIGATED TO MODIFY COMMAND AND CONTROLLED RELATIONSHIPS TO GIVE FLEET FORCES COMMAND ADMINISTRATIVE AND OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF U.S. NAVY FORCES ASSIGNED TO THE PACIFIC FLEET. SECTION 8072, UNDER THE HEADING "SHIPBUILDING AND CONVERSION: NAVY," 72 MILLION SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 TO FUND PRIOR YEAR SHIPBUILDING COST INCREASES. SECTION 8074, FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES ARE DEEMED TO BE SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED. SECTION 8075, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION OR EXPENDITURE THROUGH A REPROGRAMMING OF FUNDS THAT CREATES A NEW PROGRAM UNLESS SUCH PROGRAM MUST BE UNDERTAKEN IN THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY. SECTION 8076, THE BUDGET OF THE PRESIDENT SHALL INCLUDE SEPARATE BUDGET JUSTIFICATION DOCUMENTS FOR COSTS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES PARTICIPATION IN CONTINGENS OPERATIONS FOR THE MILITARY PERSON -- CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS FOR THE MILITARY PERSONNEL ACCOUNTS. SECTION 8077, NONE OF THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR RESEARCH OF A MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM. SECTION 8078, $44 MILLION IS HEREBY APPROPRIATED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. SECTION 8079, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE USED TO REDUCE THE OPERATION OF THE 53RD WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE SQUADRON OF THE 81ST RESERVE. SECTION 8080, NONE THE FUNDS SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTEGRATION OF FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION UNLESS THE INFORMATION HAS BEEN LAWFULLY COLLECTED. SECTION 8081, AT THE TIME MEMBERS OF RESERVE COMPONENTS EACH MEMBER SHALL BE NOTIFIED IN WRITING OF THE EXPECTED PERIOD DURING WHICH THE MEMBER WILL BE MOBILIZED. THE SECRETARY MAY WAIVE THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBSECTION A IN WHICH THE SECRETARY DETERMINES THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO DO SO TO RESPOND TO A NATIONAL SECURITY EMERGENCY. SECTION 8082, THE SECRETARY MAY TRANSFER FROM ANY AVAILABLE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY APPROPRIATION TO ANY AVAILABLE NAVY SHIP CONSTRUCTION APPROPRIATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF LIQUIDATING NECESSARY CHANGES. SECTION 8083, ANY SUBDIVISION OF APPROPRIATIONS MADE UNDER THE HEADING SHIPBUILDING AND CONVERSION, NAVY, THAT DOES NOT -- IS NOT CLOSED AT THE TIME REIMBURSEMENT IS MADE SHALL BE USED TO REIMBURSE THE JUDGMENT FUND. SECTION 8084, NONE THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO TRANSFER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT RELATING TO CURRENT TACTICAL UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES. SECTION 8085, $15 MILLION UNDER THE HEADING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE NAVY MAYBE MAID AVAILABLE FOR THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL INITIATIVE PROGRAM. SECTION 8086, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION BEYOND THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR EXCEPT FOR FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY. SECTION 8087, ANY SUBDIVISION OF APPROPRIATIONS SUNDAY THE -- UNDER THE HEADING SHIP BUILDING AND CONVERSION NAVY SHALL BE CONSIDERED TO BE FOR THE SAME PURPOSE AS ANY SUBDIVISION UNDER THE HEADING SHIP BUILDING AND CONVERSION NAVY APPROPRIATIONS IN ANY PRIOR FISCAL YEAR. SECTION 8088, NOT MORE THAN 35% OF FUNDS MAY BE OBLIGATED UNDER INDEFINITE DELIVER, INDEFINITE QUANTITY CONTRACTS WITH THE TOTAL CONTRACT VALUE OF $130 MILLION. SECTION 8089, THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SHALL INCLUDE THE BUDGET EXHIBITS IN THE DEPARTMENT, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATION WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET JUSTIFICATION BOOKS. FOR PROCUREMENT PROGRAMS REQUESTING MORE THAN $10 MILLION IN ANY FISCAL YEAR. SECTION 8090, THE SECRETARY SHALL CREATE A MAJOR FORCE PROGRAM CATEGORY FOR SPACE FOR EACH FUTURE YEAR'S DEFENSE PROGRAM. SECTION 8091, THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT TO ESTABLISH THE BASELINE FOR APPLICATION OF REPROGRAMMING AUTHORITIES PURSUANT TO SECTION 8092 OF THIS ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012. SECTION 8092, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR ONLY GATION THROUGH REPROGRAMMING OR TRANSFER OF FUNDS IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102-AD OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY ACT OF 1947. NONE OF THE FUNDS VALUE BE -- SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION IN EXCESS OF $1 MILLION THAT AUGMENTS EXISTING PROGRAMS, PROJECTS OR SUBPROJECTS. SECTION 8093, THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SHALL SUBMIT TO CONGRESS EACH YEAR A FUTURE YEAR'S INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM REFLECTING THE ESTIMATED EXPENDITURES AND PROPOSED APPROPRIATIONS. SECTION 8094, THE TERM CONGRESSIONAL INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES MEANS THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE HOUSE, THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE OF THE SENATE. SECTION 8095, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL CONTINUE TO REPORT INCREMENTAL CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS, COSTS -- CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS COSTS. SECTION 8096, $11 MILLION FROM TITLE 2 OF THIS ACT FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ARMY, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE NAVY AND OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE AIR FORCE MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO ITS CENTRAL FUND FOR FISHER HOUSES AND SUITS. SECTION 8097, FUNDS APPROPRIATED IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT, $22 MILLION IS AVAILABLE FOR TRANSFER FOR GOVERNMENT-WIDE INFORMATION SHARING ACTIVITIES. SECTION 8098, FUNDS FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR REMITTENCES TO THE DEFENSE ACQUISITION WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT FUND. SECTION 8099, ANY AGENCY RECEIVING FUNDS SHALL POST ON THE PUBLIC WEBSITE ANY REPORT REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED BY CONGRESS. B, SUBSECTION A SHALL NOT APPLY IF THE PUBLIC POSTING OF THE REPORT COMPROMISES NATIONAL SECURITY OR CONTAINS PROPRIETARY INFORMATION. SECTION 8100, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE EXPENDED FOR ANY FEDERAL CONTRACT IN EXCESS OF $1 MILLION UNLESS THE CONTRACTOR AGREES NOT TO ENTER INTO ANY AGREEMENT WITH ANY OF ITS EMPLOYEES OR CONTRACTORS, THAT THE EMPLOYEE OR CONTRACTOR AGREED TO RESOLVE THROUGH ARBITRATION ANY CLAIM. SECTION 8101, PROHIBITION ON --

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  • 04:49:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 04:50:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 04:50:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. SESSIONS OF TEXAS. STRIKE SECTION 8101.

  • 04:50:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THIS MONTH THE HOUSE HAS VOTED TWICE TO STRIKE…

    YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THIS MONTH THE HOUSE HAS VOTED TWICE TO STRIKE PROBLEMATIC AND ANTICOMPETITIVE A-76 LANGUAGE FROM H.R. 2112, THE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, AND H.R. 2017, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THE SAME CHANGE AND REVERSAL OF BAD LANGUAGE SHOULD BE ADOPTED IN LEGISLATION TODAY BY STRIKING THIS ANTICOMPETITIVE LANGUAGE. MY AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE SECTION 8101 OF THIS LEGISLATION WHICH AS DRAFTED PROHIBITS THE USE OF FUNDS IN THE UNDERLYING BILL TO CONVERT ANY FUNCTIONS PERFORMED BY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO PRIVATE COMPETITION PURSUANT TO A STUDY CONDUCTED UNDER O.M.B. CIRCULAR A-76. A-76 COST COMPARISONS BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR BRINGS THE BEST VALUE TO THE TAXPAYER. LIFTING THE CURRENT MORATORIUM WILL REFORM THE WAY THE DEFENSE -- DEPARTMENT -- THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DOES BUSINESS, ALLOWING THE FLEXIBILITY TO MANAGE THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT COSTWAYS IN SUPPORTING THE MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE TO GOVERN, NOT TO OPERATE BUSINESS INSIDE THE GOVERNMENT. CURRENTLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES SOME TWO MILLION EXECUTIVE BRANCH NONPOSTAL FULL TIME AND PERMANENT EMPLOYEES. 850,000 OF THESE EMPLOYEES HOLD JOBS THAT ARE COMMERCIAL IN NATURE. THE UNDERLYING PRINCIPLE OF A-76 IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER PRIVATE SECTOR PERFORMANCE OF COMMERCIAL SERVICES WHERE APPROPRIATE. THIS NOTION HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY EMBRACED BY ADMINISTRATIONS OF BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS. OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS PUSHED FOR AN END -- AN INSOURCING CAMPAIGN WITHIN D.O.D. SECRETARY GATES PUT A HALT ON THAT PRACTICE RECENTLY DUE TO WHAT "FORBES" MAGAZINE ON MARCH 7, 2011, CALLED, AND I QUOTE, A VICTIM OF BAD PLANNING AND DISAPPOINTING RESULTS. END OF QUOTE. TWO YEARS OF SHUTTING OUT PRIVATE COMPETITION RESULTED IN ZERO TAXPAYER SAVINGS. ACCORDING TO A SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION STUDY, 71% OF A-76 GOES TO SMALL BUSINESS. THIS WORK IS IMPORTANT AND MUST BE DONE WELL BUT SHOULD BE DONE ALSO WHERE THE TAXPAYER SEES RESULTS AND THE TAX BENEFIT. ANY TIME CONGRESS PLACES A RESTRICTION ON AGENCIES' ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT A-76 SUCH ACTION DENIES OPPORTUNITY FOR SMALL BUSINESS. OUR NATION'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STANDS AT 9.1%. WE MUST ALLOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR THE ABILITY TO CREATE JOBS WITHOUT AN UNFAIR DISADVANTAGE. THE A-76 PROCESS ALLOWS THE PRIVATE SECTOR JUST THIS OPPORTUNITY. IF COMPETITION IS DEEMED FAIR, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO WINS. AS LONG AS BOTH SIDES ARE ALLOWED EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE JOB, THE TAXPAYER ULTIMATELY WINS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE TAXPAYER FIRST AMENDMENT AND TO ENSURE THAT COST SAVING COMPETITION IS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:53:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 04:53:37 PM

    MR. DICKS

    YES. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 04:53:42 PM

    MR. DICKS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 04:57:00 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    OF COURSE.

  • 04:57:03 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    THE GENTLEMAN BRINGS UP PERTINENT QUESTIONS THAT HE HAS DEALT WITH…

    THE GENTLEMAN BRINGS UP PERTINENT QUESTIONS THAT HE HAS DEALT WITH THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER ABOUT HOW DO WE EFFECTIVELY UTILIZE TAXPAYER DOLLARS BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST TO YOU THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES, MOWING GRASS, PAINTING BUILDINGS, DOING LOTS OF OTHER THINGS, TOO, BUT DOING THINGS THANK WHICH ARE VERY ESSENTIAL -- THAT ARE VERY ESSENTIAL TO THE UPKEEP AND OPERATION BUT WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THE BASE COMMANDER HAS A GOOD GRASP ON. THIS THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE ARCHITECTURE GROUP, THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE OPERATIONS GROUP, THEY KNOW WHO THEY'RE GETTING AND THEY'RE GETTING REGULAR PEOPLE WHO CAN COME IN AND DO THE JOB THAT THEY'RE SPECIFIED AND THEN LEAVE. NOT HAVE FULL TIME EMPLOYEES THAT CHANGE OIL, MOW GRASS, DO THE PAINTING, DO ALL THESE THINGS. AND NOT IN EVERY LOCATION IS IT ADVANTAGEOUS BUT SOME IT IS. AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHERE THEY CAN USE IT TO THEIR ADVANTAGE. THAT'S WHERE THIS WOULD BE UTILIZED AND SO I'D LIKE TO SPEND A LITTLE TIME WITH YOU, BUT WHERE IT'S ANING AN ADVANTAGE FOR THE DEPARTMENT, WE'RE GIVING THEM -- WHERE IT'S AN ADVANTAGE FOR THE DEPARTMENT, WE'RE GIVING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT.

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  • 04:58:15 PM

    MR. DICKS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. DICKS

    AND THAT'S WHAT I'M TRYING TO GET TO. I THINK THE IDEA THAT THEY CAN…

    AND THAT'S WHAT I'M TRYING TO GET TO. I THINK THE IDEA THAT THEY CAN SUBMIT THEIR BUDGET BUT NOT BE ABLE TO TELL US HOW MANY CONTRACTORS THERE ARE OR HOW MANY --

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  • 04:59:01 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 04:59:03 PM

    MR. DICKS

    IS JUST RIDICULOUS. YES, I YIELD.

  • 04:59:05 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    IF YOU WANT TO GET YOUR GRASS MOWED AS A BIG BASE WHERE YOU'VE GOT A LOT…

    IF YOU WANT TO GET YOUR GRASS MOWED AS A BIG BASE WHERE YOU'VE GOT A LOT GOING ON, DO YOU CARE HOW MANY EMPLOYEES OR JUST THAT YOU HAVE THE GUY THAT'S SUPPOSED TO CUT GRASS, YOU HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE, EVEN IF HE HAS 80 PEOPLE WORKING FOR HIM? THAT'S THE POINT WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE. YOU DON'T HAVE TO KNOW HOW MANY EMPLOYEES, YOU HAVE TO KNOW THAT IT GOT DONE AT THE RIGHT PRICE. WE'RE NOT DOING AWAY WITH THE A-76 PROCESS. YOUR POINTS ARE WELL MADE. THE GENTLEMAN IS DEAD ON AND I APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING.

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  • 04:59:31 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN. IF WE CAN GET A BETTER DEAL, LET'S GET A…

    I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN. IF WE CAN GET A BETTER DEAL, LET'S GET A BETTER DEAL. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:59:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, FOR WHAT…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES HE RISE?

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  • 04:59:44 PM

    >>

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 04:59:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    >>

    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, I'M SORT OF SURPRISED BY THIS AMENDMENT. IT…

    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, I'M SORT OF SURPRISED BY THIS AMENDMENT. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IF WE WANT TO HAVE CONTROL OVER THE CONTRACTS AND THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS, IF WE WANT CONGRESS TO BE ABLE TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, IF WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAVE MONEY, WHICH IS WHAT WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT, YOU WANT THE PROCESS THAT WE HAD HERE.

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  • 05:00:10 PM

    MR. NADLER

    PERHAPS YOU WANT AN IMPROVED PROCESS BUT YOU WANT INVENTORY. CERTAINLY NO…

    PERHAPS YOU WANT AN IMPROVED PROCESS BUT YOU WANT INVENTORY. CERTAINLY NO ONE WILL DENY THAT SOME, PERHAPS MANY OF THE PRIVATE CONTRACTS THAT THE PENTAGON LETS HAVE BEEN WASTEFUL. . THE INVENTORY TIES CALCULATED TO REDUCE THE WASTE, REDUCE THE WASTEFUL EXPENDITURES AND ENABLE US TO HAVE BETTER OVERSIGHT. SO WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO CHANGE THAT -- AND I'M GIVEN TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS AMENDMENT ORIGINATED DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND IT WAS A GOOD INNOVATION. CONGRESS OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO WATCH MORE CLOSELY WHAT ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT IS SPENDING THE KIND OF MONEY THAT THE PENTAGON IS SPENDING, HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, MUCH OF IT THROUGH PRIVATE CONTRACTS, WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO WATCH WHAT THEY ARE DOING, WATCH IT CLOSELY AND REIN IT IN AND SAY THAT CONTRACT IS BEING WELL ADMINISTERED OR IT ISN'T. SO WHY WOULD WE WANT TO ELIMINATE THAT PROVISION THAT HAS WORKED WELL? IT HASN'T WORKED AS WELL AS WE WANTED. GRANTED, WE NEED TO IMPROVE IT. MAYBE SOMEONE CAN COME UP WITH SOME LANGUAGE TO IMPROVE IT, BUT TO SAY WE DON'T NEED THAT OVERSIGHT, THAT INVENTORY OF CONTRACTS, LET THE PENTAGON DO THAT IN THE DARK OF NIGHT AND LET THE PENTAGON HAVE THEIR CONTRACTS AND THEN LOOK AT IT -- IT SEEMS RATHER WASTEFUL AND NOT CALCULATED TO SAVE THE TAXPAYERS MONEY. WHY WE WOULD WANT TO DO IT, I DON'T KNOW. I HAVE TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:01:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    MR. DICKS

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 05:02:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    VOTE IS REQUESTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON…

    VOTE IS REQUESTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 05:02:31 PM

    THE CLERK

    18, SECTION 8102, NO NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM FUNDS IN THIS ACT MAY…

    18, SECTION 8102, NO NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM FUNDS IN THIS ACT MAY BE USED FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEM THAT IS NOT REGISTERED WITH THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE. NO FUNDS MAY BE OBLIGATED OR EXPENDED FOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AUTOMATED INFORMATION SYSTEM MORE THAN $3 MILLION WITHOUT THE BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION INVESTMENT REVIEW BOARD. SECTION 8103, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS FOR REFORM NOW OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES. SECTION 8104, FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR OPERATION AND MAINTAINANCE FOR THE DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM UP TO $132 MILLION SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR TRANSFER TO THE JOINT DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL FACILITY DEMONSTRATION FUND. SECTION 8105, THE SECRETARIES OF THE ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE AND THE DIRECTORS OF THE DEFENSE AGENCIES AND FIELD ACTIVITIES ARE TO REPORT TO THE COMMITTEES WITHIN 60 DAYS, THEIR PLAN FOR DOCUMENTING THE NUMBER OF FULL-TIME CONTRACTOR EMPLOYEES. SECTION 8106, SECTION 310-B OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2009, PUBLIC LAW 111-32, 124 SET 1871 AS AMENDED BY PUBLIC LAW 112-10 IS AMENDED BY STRIKING TWO YEARS BOTH PLACES IT APPEARS AND INSERTING THREE YEARS. SECTION 8107, THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SHALL NOT EMPLOY MORE SENIOR EXECUTIVE AND GENERAL SCHEDULE 15 EQUIVALENT EMPLOYEES THAN ARE SPECIFIED. SECTION 8108, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE OBLIGATED OR EXPENDED TO PAY A RETIRED GENERAL OR FLAG OFFICER TO SERVE AS A SENIOR MENTOR ADVISING THE DEPARTMENT. SECTION 8109, APPROPRIATIONS MAY BE USED FOR THE PURCHASE OF HEAVY AND LIGHT ARMORED VEHICLES FOR THE PHYSICAL SECURITY OF PERSONNEL OR FOR FORCE PROTECTION PURPOSES UP TO $250,000 PER VEHICLE. SECTION 8110, AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL UNDER TITLE 1 OF THE ACT NOT TO EXCEED 1% OF EACH APPROPRIATION SHALL REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. SECTION 8111, AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE DEFENSE-WIDE, $33 MILLION SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO THE SECRETARY TO MAKE GRANTS, CONCLUDE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS AND TO ASSIST THE CIVILIAN POPULATION OF GUAM IN RESPONSE TO THE MILITARY BUILDUP OF GUAM. SECTION 8112, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED BY THE SECRETARY TO OPERATE MORE THAN 1,000 PARKING SPACES PROVIDED BY THE BRAC 31 PROJECT AND LEASE OF SPACES IN THE IMMEDIATE VIVENTS. SECTION 8113, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION OR EXPENDITURE TO RELOCATE AIR FORCE PROGRAM OFFICES OR ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS OF MAJOR WEAPONS SYSTEMS TO ANY LOCATION OTHER THAN THE AIR FORCE COMMAND SITE UNTIL 30 DAYS AFTER THE SECRETARY SUBMITS THE INITIAL REPORT. SECTION 8114, NOT LATER THAN 120 DAYS AFTER ENACTMENT OF THIS ACT, THE SECRETARY SHALL RESUME MONTHLY REPORTING OF THE NUMBERS OF CIVILIAN PERSONNEL END STRENGTH FOR EVERY APPROPRIATION ACCOUNT USED TO FINANCE CIVILIAN SALARIES. SECTION 8115, IN ADDITION, $10 MILLION IS APPROPRIATED FOR RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION ARMY TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. SECTION 8116, NONE OF THE FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO ESTABLISH NEW FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER, FFRDC. SECTION 8117, THE SECRETARY SHALL STUDY AND REPORT THE FEASIBILITY OF USING COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE TELECOMMUNICATIONS EXPENSE, MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT. SECTION 8118, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO PLAN, PREPARE FOR OR TAKE ANY ACTION TO UNDERTAKE OR IMPLEMENT THE SEPARATION OF THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM BUDGET FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUDGET. SECTION 8119, NONE OF THE FUNDS IN TITLE 2 OF THIS ACT FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE MAY BE USED FOR INFORMATION OPERATIONS, MILITARY INFORMATION SUPPORT OPERATIONS ACTIVITIES. SECTION 8120, UPON A DETERMINATION BY THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, THAT ACTION IS NECESSARY AND IN THE NATIONAL INTERESTS, THE DIRECTOR MAY TRANSFER $1 BILLION OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS ACT TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND ASSOCIATED AGENCIES FOR INTELLIGENCE FUNCTIONS. SECTION 8121, TO REFLECT SAVINGS FROM REVISED ECONOMIC ASSUMPTIONS THE TOTAL AMOUNT APPROPRIATED IN TITLE 2 OF THIS ACT IS REDUCED BY $501, 800,000 AND REDUCED BY $484 MILLION AND TOTAL AMOUNT APPROPRIATED IN TITLE 4 OF THIS ACT IS REDUCED BY $323 MILLION. SECTION 8122 IN ADDITION TO AMOUNTS PROVIDED ELSEWHERE, THERE IS APPROPRIATED $250 MILLION FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE DEFENSE-WIDE. SECTION 8123, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO TRANSFER, RELEASE OR ASSIST IN THE TRANSFEROR RELEASE TO OR WITHIN THE UNITED STATES ITS TERRITORIES, POSSESSIONS, KALID SHEIK MUHAMMAD OR ANY OTHER AND TWO, IS OR WAS HELD ON AND AFTER JUNE 24, 2009 AT GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA, BY THE DEPARTMENT. SECTION 8124, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO TRANSFER ANY INDIVIDUAL DETAINED AT GUANTANAMO TO THE CUSTODY OR EFFECTIVE CONTROL OF THE INDIVIDUAL'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN UNLESS THE SECRETARY SUBMITS TO CONGRESS THE CERTIFICATION DESCRIBED BY NOT LATER THAN 30 DAYS BEFORE THE TRANSFER OF THE INDIVIDUAL. SECTION 8125, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO MODIFY ANY FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES TO HOUSE ANY INDIVIDUAL FOR THE PURPOSES OF DETENTION OR I AM PRISONMENT AND THE CUSTODY OR UNDER CONTROL OF THE DEPARTMENT. THE PROHIBITION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY MODIFICATION OF FACILITIES AT THE UNITED STATES NAVAL STATION, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA. SECTION 8126, IN GENERAL, FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT UNDER OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE DEFENSE-WIDE IN TITLE 2, $1 MILLION SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO CONDUCT A FORWARD-LOOKING INDEPENDENT ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT AND PERSPECTIVE SITUATION ON THE GROUND IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN. NOT LATER THAN 120 DAYS AFTER ENACTMENT OF THIS ACT, THE ENTITY DESCRIBED IN SUBSECTION 8, SHALL SUBMIT TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE CONGRESS, A REPORT. SENSE OF CONGRESS, IT IS THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT THE ENTITY SHOULD BE MODELED ON THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP. SECTION 8127, NOT MORE THAN $200 MILLION MAY BE EXPENDED --

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  • 05:10:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE.

  • 05:10:42 PM

    MR. CARTER

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 05:10:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 05:10:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 31 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 31 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. CARTER OF TEXAS. STRIKE LINES 6 THROUGH 9 RELATING TO MILITARY MUSICAL UNITS.

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  • 05:11:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:11:08 PM

    MR. CARTER

    AN ISSUE I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE PATRIOTIC MEN AND WOMEN WHO…

    AN ISSUE I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE PATRIOTIC MEN AND WOMEN WHO FIGHT AND DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. REPRESENTATIVE MCCOLLUM, IN GOOD GRACES, ASKED THAT WE RESTRICT THE MILITARY BAND FUNDING BY $120 MILLION AND IN AN ATTEMPT TO HELP WITH THE SAVINGS. BUT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS INFORMED US THAT THIS REDUCTION, THIS $120 MILLION REDUCTION WILL NOT SAVE THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS ONE RED CENT NOR WILL IT REDUCE THE OVERALL D.O.D. SPENDING. THE FACTS ABOUT OUR BANDS ARE THAT THEY ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE PATRIOTISM THAT KEEPS OUR SOLDIERS' HEARTS BEATING FAST. FOR EXAMPLE, OVER 10,000 FUNERALS ARE HELD PER YEAR AND THESE BANDS ATTEND THESE FUNERALS. AND MANY OF US UNFORTUNATELY IN THIS BODY HAVE HAD TO ATTEND MILITARY FUNERALS IN THE PAST AND THEY KNOW HOW MUCH THAT MUSIC MEANS TO THE PARENTS AND THE LOVED ONES OF OUR LOST HEROES. WELCOME HOME CELEBRATIONS AT FORT HOOD, I HAD THE REAL GREAT PLEASURE AT BEING AT WELCOME HOME CELEBRATIONS, WHICH ARE VERY DRAMATIC. THE BUSES PULL UP ACROSS THE PARADE GROUND IN THE DARK AND THE BAND STRIKES UP MILITARY MUSIC AND OUT OF THE DARK COMES MARCHING OUR SOLDIERS INTO THE PARADE GROUND. AND THE TEARS FLOW. AND PARENTS AND CHILDREN OF THE SOLDIERS AND THE LOVED ONES OF SOLDIERS, TIERS COME IN THEIR -- TEARS COME IN THEIR EYES. THE CONCERTS, THE CEREMONIES, THE FUNERALS, THE WELCOME-HOME CELEBRATIONS ARE ALL PART OF WHAT MAKES OUR MILITARY -- THE PATRIOTIC BODY THAT IT IS. THE INDIVIDUAL BANDS PERFORM AS MANY AS MANY AS 1,200 MUSICAL MISSIONS. MILITARY BANDS ALSO PERFORM AT U.S.O. AND OTHER PLACES. THE NUMBER OF BANDS, THE ARMY HAS 100, 32 ACTIVE DUTY, 51 NATIONAL GUARD AND 17 RESERVES. AIR FORCE, 24, NAVY 14 AND THE MARINES 14. SPEAKING OF THE MARINES, FRIDAY BEFORE LAST, I HAD THE FIRST TIME OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO GO TO THE PARADE AT THE MARINE BAR RACKS HERE IN -- BARACKS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AND EVERYONE SHOULD AATTEND IT AND THAT IS THE MOST PATRIOTIC STRIKING THING YOU WILL EXPERIENCE. AND TO LOSE SOMETHING LIKE THAT WILL BE A TRAGEDY FOR THIS COUNTRY. THE TOTAL COST FOR THIS -- FOR THE BANDS IS $320 MILLION. AND $282 MILLION OF THOSE DOLLARS IS PERSONNEL COSTS. SOMETHING THAT MANY DON'T UNDERSTAND IS THAT THESE BAND MEMBERS THAT PERFORM IN AT LEAST TWO OF THE SERVICES I'M FAMILIAR WITH, ARMY AND MARINE CORPS HAVE OTHER DUTIES. SOME OF THEM ARE RIFLE MAN. IN THE ARMY, MOST OF THESE PEOPLE WORK IN SECURITY OR MILITARY POLICE. AND IF THE BANDS WERE NOT PERFORMING, THEY WOULD STILL BE IN THE MILITARY AND STILL HAVE PERSONNEL COSTS, HOUSING COSTS AND OTHER COSTS THAT WOULD BE PART OF THE D.O.D. EXPENSES. SO THERE IS -- THIS IS NO EXTRA THAT WE'RE DOING HERE. THESE PEOPLE ARE STILL GOING TO BE EMPLOYED BY THE MILITARY AND STILL GOING TO HAVE THOSE COSTS. THAT'S WHY THERE IS NO REAL SAVINGS HERE. BUT WE ARE SAVING SOMETHING THAT'S IMPORTANT TO THIS COUNTRY AND THAT IS, THIS IS WHAT MAKES PATRIOTIC PEOPLE JOIN THE MILITARY. THIS IS WHAT CAUSES YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO HAVE THEIR HEARTS BEAT FAST ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY AND TO LOSE OUR BANDS WOULD BE A TRAGEDY. AND THEREFORE, I AM ASKING THAT WE ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT AND THAT WE REPLACE THESE FUNDS FOR THE MILITARY BANDS SO WE ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE THIS LONG TRADITION THAT GOES BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF OUR COUNTRY TO HAVING BANDS PLAY TO CELEBRATE MILITARY EVENTS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:15:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEELTS -- YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. . .

  • 05:15:50 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

  • 05:15:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

  • 05:16:00 PM

    MR. DICKS

    OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I'M GLAD THAT THE SPONSOR OF THE…

    OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I'M GLAD THAT THE SPONSOR OF THE AMENDMENT HAS ARRIVED AN WE WILL LET HER TALK ABOUT THIS. SECTION 8127 LIMITS SPENDING FOR MILITARY BANDS TO $200 MILLION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012. NOW THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT -- AND I'M A PERSON WHO BELIEVES IN MUSIC, BELIEVES IN OUR BANDS. I'VE BEEN AT FORT LEWIS, OUT IN MY PART OF THE COUNTRY, YOU JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCORD, AND THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THE MUSIC ADDS TO THE EVENT. BUT WE'RE IN A TOUGH FISCAL PERIOD HERE DURING THE FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, THIS WAS AGREED TO BY A VOICE VOTE. THE AMENDMENT PARALLELS SIMILAR LANGUAGE INCLUDED IN SECTION 599C IN THE HOUSE-PASSED NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012. WE HAD THE AUTHORIZATION COMMITTEE LOOK AT THIS, WE'VE HAD THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE LOOK AT IT. AND I THINK -- I THINK THAT THE -- WE OUGHT TO SUPPORT THE POSITION THAT CAME OUT OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:17:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK THE PLANS OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS BACK THE PLANS OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE YEALT FROM MINNESOTA A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, RISE?

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  • 05:17:33 PM

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:17:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:17:49 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    AMENDMENT IS NOT ONE I LIGHTLY CAME UP WITH. AT A TIME WHEN WE'RE CUTTING…

    AMENDMENT IS NOT ONE I LIGHTLY CAME UP WITH. AT A TIME WHEN WE'RE CUTTING BACK ON WMPLE I.C. FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN, WHEN WE'RE CUTTING BACK ON EDUCATION, I FELT I HAD A DUTY TO LOOK AT OPPORTUNITIES TO CUT BACK ON SPENDING. I HAVE COME UP WITH A FEW IDEAS, I KNOW THEY HAVEN'T BEEN THE MOST POPULAR, BUT ONE WAS CUTTING BACK THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE SPEND ON MILITARY BANDS. I ENJOY MILITARY BANDS, I'VE LISTENED TO A LOT OF THEM SINCE BIRTH. BUT THE ARMY HAS OVER 100 BANDS EMPLOYING 4,600 PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS AND SUPPORT STAFF, THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS HAVE PROFESSIONAL BANDS, WE ALL TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THEM. CONGRESS NEEDS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THIS PORTION OF THE BUDGET. IT'S GROWN SUBSTANTIALLY OVER THE YEARS. I THINK WE NEED TO FIND WHAT IS THE RIGHT NOTE TO HAVE WITH MILITARY BNDS. THAT'S WHY THIS AMENDMENT DID CUT BUT ALSO CONTINUED TO POVIDE $200 MILLION TO THE PENTAGON TO CONTINUE THIS FINE TRADITION. AS FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY SEE CRITICAL RESOURCES BEING REDUCED OR ELIMINATING, INCLUDING MUSIC IN PUBLIC EDUCATION SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, I THINK IT'S TIME TO ASK THE PENTAGON TO MAKE A SMALL SACRIFICE IN ITS MUSICAL BUDGET SO I WOULD ASK THE COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE OF THE BILL AND REJECT THE CARTER AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:19:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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  • 05:19:40 PM

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    I'LL BE BRIEF. I'M TOLD THE AMOUNT IN THE BILL HERE, $200 MILLION, IS THE…

    I'LL BE BRIEF. I'M TOLD THE AMOUNT IN THE BILL HERE, $200 MILLION, IS THE AMOUNT BEING SPENT NOW, SO THIS IS NOT A REDUCTION. SECOND, I'D LIKE TO ADD ONE THING TO WHAT THE QUELT FROM -- THE YOM FROM MINNESOTA SAID.

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  • 05:19:58 PM

    MR. NADLER

    I WENT TO A FOOD BANK IN CONEY ISLAND, THERE WAS A LINE OUT THE DOOR, THEY…

    I WENT TO A FOOD BANK IN CONEY ISLAND, THERE WAS A LINE OUT THE DOOR, THEY WERE GIVING FOOD PACTS THREE TAIS OUT OF EVERY MONTH, TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO GIVE IT FOUR DAYS A MONTH. WE'RE CUTTING THE BUDGET FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN, FOR FOOD AID, FOR FOOD STAMPS, WE CAN MAINTAIN THE MILITARY BANDS AND NOT EXUP AND DOWN THEM. I LOVEON PHILLIPS SOUSA, I LOVE MILITARY BANDS, I LOVE MARCHING BANDS BUT PEOPLE HAVE TO EAT. AND WE ARE BEING SAVAGED IN THE BUDGET WE ARE PASSING AND IN THE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE DEBT CEILING, WE'RE BEING SAVAGE. ON THINGS FOR PEOPLE TO EAT. THIS SEEMS THE LEAST WE CAN DO. I OPPOSE -- I'LL YIELD.

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  • 05:20:58 PM

    MR. CARTER

    YOU'RE SAYING ABOUT GOOD PROGRAMS BEING CUT AND REDUCED AND IF THIS PUT…

    YOU'RE SAYING ABOUT GOOD PROGRAMS BEING CUT AND REDUCED AND IF THIS PUT MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF THOSE PROGRAMS THAT WOULD BE ONE THING USM BUT THE FACTS ARE THE CUTS WE DO HEAR DO NOT CHAME ANY AMOUNT OF SPENDING D.O.D. DOES. THESE PEOPLE CONTINUE TO HAVE MILITARY JOBS AND CONTINUE TO GET A PAYCHECK.

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  • 05:21:22 PM

    MR. NADLER

    THE LIMITATION IN THE BILL WILL MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T EXPAND AND THE FACT…

    THE LIMITATION IN THE BILL WILL MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T EXPAND AND THE FACT IS THAT WITH ALL THE NEGOTIATIONS GOING ON AND THE DEBT CEILING AND EVERYTHING EL, THERE'S GOING TO BE PRESSURE TO CUT EVERYTHING AND THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY SAYS WE CAN EXPAND HERE EVEN THOUGH WE'RE CUTTING FAR MORE IMPORTANT THINGS. I THINK THE LANGUAGE IN THE BILL IS SUFFICIENT, THE COMMITTEE DID A WISE JOB, I URGE OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD PACK.

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  • 05:21:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK TO THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK TO THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON THE ALL THE OFFERED BY THE QUELT FROM TEXAS, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AYES VISIT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 05:22:14 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

  • 05:22:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MADAM CHAIR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MADAM CHAIR.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD…

    THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2219 DIRECT ME TO REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION -- RESOLUTION THEREIN.

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  • 05:22:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2219 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 05:24:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.RES. 268.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    REAFFIRMING THE UNITED STATES COMMIT MVENT OF THE TO GROISHT SETTLEMENT OF…

    REAFFIRMING THE UNITED STATES COMMIT MVENT OF THE TO GROISHT SETTLEMENT OF THE ISRAELY-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT THROUGH DIRECT ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATIONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CHAIR

    CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATION DAYS…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATION DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 268 AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    RESOLUTION 268 SPONSORED BY MAJORITY LEADER CANTOR AND HOUSE MINORITY…

    RESOLUTION 268 SPONSORED BY MAJORITY LEADER CANTOR AND HOUSE MINORITY LEADER HOYER. WE FACE A PERILOUS JUNCTURE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. OUR ADVERSARIES ARE FAR FROM DORMANT AND FOCUSED ON AN INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO ISOLATE AND DEMONIZE ISRAEL. THAT IS WHY IT IS ALL THE MORE IMPORTANT FOR THE UNITED STATES TO STAND BY OUR DEMOCRATIC ALLY AT THIS CRITICAL TIME. LET'S GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT, MADAM SPEAKER. AS SECRETARY CLINTON NOTED, THIS ISRAELI GOVERNMENT HAS MADE UNPRECEDENTED CONCESSIONS IN PURSUIT OF PEACE. ISRAEL HAS ALWAYS BEEN WILLING AND ABLE TO MAKE THE TOUGH SACRIFICES. ISRAEL HAS PROVEN ITS COMMITMENT TO PEACE. UNFORTUNATELY, ISRAEL DOES NOT HAVE A PARTNER FOR PEACE AND SECURITY AS THE PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP CONTINUES TO NEVER MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MISS AN OPPORTUNITY. THEY CAN UTTER ALL THE RIGHT WORDS TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND TO THE EUROPEANS WHO APPEAR GULL I BELIEVE ENOUGH TO BELIEVE. BUT THE PROBLEM IS WHENEVER THE PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP PAST AND PRESENT HAS BEEN ASKED TO SIGN A PEACE AGREEMENT WITH ISRAEL, IT HAS ALWAYS REFUSED. AND THEY CONTINUE TO REFUSE TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL AS A JEWISH STATE, YET THEY SAY ISRAEL RECOGNIZES PALESTINIAN STATE. AND THE MEDIA THEY CONTROL PUBLISHES PROPOGANDA. THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY HAS REJECTED EVERY OFFER OF PEACE FROM ISRAEL. THE P.A. HAS REFUSED TO NEGOTIATE DIRECTLY WITH ISRAEL. THE P.A. HAS REFUSED TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST AS A JEWISH STATE AND FAILED TO CRACKDOWN ON ANTI-ISRAEL INSITE MEANT AND HAS INTOLERATED AND ENCOURAGED SUCH BEHAVIOR. IT HAS SUPPORTED BOY COTS OF ISRAELI GOODS AND THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PRIME MINISTER WHOM SOME CONSIDER A MODERATE, PARTICIPATED IN A MASS BURNING OF SUCH GOODS. INSTEAD OF NEGOTIATING DIRECTLY WITH ISRAEL, THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY IS PURSUING UNILATERAL RECOGNITION OF A PALESTINIAN STATE FROM VARIOUS FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS WITH AN EYE TO RECOGNITION OF SUCH A STATE BY THE U.N. THIS FALL. PALESTINIAN LEADERS ALSO KEEP THREATENING VIOLENCE TO EXTRACT CONCESSIONS. THEY HAVE NOT ONLY FAILED TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST AS A JEWISH STATE, BUT RECENTLY SIGNED A COALITION AGREEMENT WITH HAMAS WHICH IS COMMIT TODD ISRAEL'S DESTRUCTION. TO DEMONSTRATE THEY ARE TRUE PARTNERS FOR PEACE, WHAT PALESTINIAN LEADERS MUST DO IS SIMPLE, MADAM SPEAKER, THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THEY ARE DOING. SIT DOWN AND NEGOTIATE DIRECTLY WITH ISRAEL WITHOUT PRE-CONDITIONS AND ENCOURAGE PALESTINIANS TO ACCEPT ISRAEL INSTEAD OF TOLERATING AND ENCOURAGING VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND ANTI-ISRAEL INCITEMENT. WE MUST NO LONGER MAKE ADDITIONAL CONCESSIONS THAT WOULD COMPROMISE OUR DEMOCRATIC'SIAL EYE SAFETY AND SECURITY. RECENT CALLS FOR ISRAEL TO RETURN TO THE 1967 BORDERS ARE UNACCEPTABLE AND DANGEROUS. CONTINUING TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO THE PALESTINIANS, ASSISTANCE AMOUNTING TO $2.5 BILLION IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS ALONE IS CERTAINLY NOT THE ANSWER. CONGRESS MUST NOT AGREE TO THE ADMINISTRATION'S 2012 BUDGET REQUEST, WHICH WOULD PROVIDE YET ANOTHER $400 MILLION BAILOUT TO THE WEST BANK AND GAZA, INCLUDING ANOTHER $200 MILLION DIRECTLY TO THE P.A. THERE ARE ALSO MANY OTHER STEPS THAT CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION CAN AND MUST TAKE TO SUPPORT OUR ALLY ISRAEL AND TO ENCOURAGE THE ADVANCEMENT OF PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE REGION. THE U.S. COULD SHOW ITS SUPPORT FOR THE JEWISH STATE'S SOVREIGNTY AND RIGHT TO EXIST BY MOVING OUR EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM, ISRAEL'S ETERNAL AND UNDIVIDED CAPITAL. WE SHOULD DEMAND THAT THE UNITED NATIONS STOP ITS RELENTLESS ACTIVITIES TO DEMONIZE ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTH IS. THE MOST EXAMPLE OF THIS BIAS IS A CARTOON POSTED BY RICHARD FROST WHICH WAS TAKEN DOWN MINUTES AGO AND THE U.N., HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HAS APPOINTED MR. FALK AS AN EXPERT, UNQUOTE TO INVESTIGATE AND CONDEMN ISRAEL AND I'M SURE THAT THE VIEWERS COULD SEE OR PULL IT UP ON THE INTERNET WHAT THIS CARTOON DEPICTS. IT DEPICTS AMERICANS AND JEWS AS BLOOD THIRSTY DOGS AND THAT IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT MR. FALK HAS SPREAD SUCH VENOM. HE HAS COMPARED THE TREATMENT AS THE HOLOCAUST AND QUESTIONED THE VEER ASITY OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS AND CONTINUES TO WORK FOR THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL WITH HIS EXPENSES AND STAFF PAID BY U.S. TAXPAYERS. AND HAS THE U.N. HIGH COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN RIGHTS EVER CONDEMNED FALK AND ASK HIM TO CONDEMN HIS POST. NEVER. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT HE SAYS NOW THAT HIS ACCOUNT WAS HACKED INTO AND HE HAS TAKEN THAT DRAWING DOWN. BUT I SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD WITHDRAW FROM THE BIAS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL AND CONGRESS SHOULD WITHHOLD FUNDING FROM THE COUNCIL AND OTHER U.N. BODIES THAT DO NOT ADVANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS AND CONDITIONS U.S. CONTRIBUTIONS ON REAL REFORMS. WHAT A CONCEPT. AND TIMELY, MADAM SPEAKER, INSTEAD OF DEALING DIRECTLY WITH THE MUSLIM BROOTSHOOD WHICH SEEKS ISRAEL'S DESTRUCTION AND CONDEMN THE KILLING OF BIN LADEN, THE U.S. SHOULD DENY ALL LEGITIMACY TO THAT GROUP NO MATTER WHAT FAKE NAME OR LABEL IT NOW USES AS IT TRIES TO CAMOFLAUGE ITSELF INTO A LEGITIMATE POLITICAL PARTY IN EGYPT. AND I'M GLAD THAT THIS BODY IS DOING THE RIGHT THING TODAY, MADAM SPEAKER. WE HAVE MUCH TO DO, MUCH MORE TO DO TO DEFEND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS AND OUR INDISPENSIBLE ALLY, ISRAEL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA AND OUR DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER FOR AUTHORING THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. BERMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. BERMAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I BELIEVE NEGOTIATIONS ARE THE ONLY PATH TO A TWO-STATE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I BELIEVE NEGOTIATIONS ARE THE ONLY PATH TO A TWO-STATE SOLUTION TO THE ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. FOR THIS REASON, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS HAS EVER REASON TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT EFFORTS BY THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY LEADERSHIP TO ATTAIN RECOGNITION OF STATEHOOD WHILE BYPASSING THE ACCEPTED NEGOTIATION PROCESS. THESE EFFORTS RUN COUNTER TO THE PALESTINIANS' OWN INTERNATIONALLY WITNESSED COMMITMENTS AT THE 1991 MADRID CONFERENCE AND UNDER THE 1993 OSLO AGREEMENT AND 2003 ROAD MAP. THAT IS BUT ONE REASON I'M DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED BY THE PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP'S RECENT PUSH TO SEEK RECOGNITION OF AN INDEPENDENT STATE AT THE UNITED NATIONS. INDEED, EVEN SOME PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT SUCH U.N. RECOGNITION OF STATEHOOD GIVES THE PALESTINIANS NOTHING BUT AN EMPTY SYMBOLIC VICTORY. ONE THING IS CLEAR. THERE WILL BE NO RECOGNITION OF PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD BY THE SECURITY COUNCIL, WHERE I FEEL CONFIDENT THE UNITED NATIONS WOULD USE ITS VETO JUST AS IT HAS IN THE PAST TO PREVENT PASSAGE OF AN UNBALANCED ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTION. AND WHAT EXACTLY WHAT U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY RECOGNITION OF A PALESTINIAN STATE DO FOR THE PALESTINIANS? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. IT WOULD NOT SOLVE THE PALESTINIANS' NEED FOR RECOGNIZED BORDERS NOR WOULD IT SOLVE ISSUES LIKE WATER RIGHTS OR PALESTINIAN REFUGEES. IT WOULD NOT ENHANCE THE PROSPECT FOR SUCCESSFUL NEGOTIATIONS. IN FACT, IT WOULD BE SEEN BY ISRAEL AND MANY OTHERS AS AN ACT OF BAD FAITH CREATING YET ANOTHER OBSTACLE TO SUCCESSFUL TALKS. AS PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID IN MAY, QUOTE, FOR THE PALESTINIANS, EFFORTS TO DELEGITIMATE IDSE ISRAEL WILL END IN FAILURE. SYMBOLIC ACTIONS TO ISOLATE ISRAEL IN THE UNITED NATIONSES WON'T CREATE AN INDEPENDENT STATE. A GLANCE AT RECENT HISTORY SHOWS THAT HE'S RIGHT. IN 1988, YASSA ARA FAT GARNERED RECOGNITION FROM MORE THAN 100 NATIONS. 23 YEARS LATER, THERE IS STILL NO PALESTINIAN STATE. THEY DON'T WANT A BUNCH OF DECLARATIONS OF STATEHOOD, THEY WANT A STATE AND THEY SHOULD HAVE ONE THROUGH THE ONLY MEANS POSSIBLE FOR ATTAINING ONE. NEGOTIATIONS WITH ISRAEL. THE LEADERS ARE COMMITTED TO A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION. SO I HOPE THEY WILL RETURN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AND ABANDON THEIR FLAWED U.N. STRATEGY. THE CONGRESS HAS BEEN VERY GENEROUS IN ITS SUPPORT OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY'S WORTHY EFFORTS TO BUILD INSTITUTIONS AND THE ECONOMY ON THE WEST BANK. I BELIEVE WE ARE THE MOST GENEROUS NATION IN THE WORLD IN THAT REGARD. SO I THINK OUR PALESTINIAN FRIENDS SHOULD UNDERSTAND, IF THEY PERSIST IN PURSUING A UNILATERALIST PATH, INEVITABLY, THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR PALESTINIAN RELATIONSHIPS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PRO-NEGOTIATIONS, PRO-PEACE RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 05:41:54 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO OUR ESTEEMED MAJORITY LEADER AND…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO OUR ESTEEMED MAJORITY LEADER AND CO-AUTHOR OF THIS RESOLUTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CANTOR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CANTOR

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER AND I THANK THE LEADERSHIP OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AS WELL IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. MADAM SPEAKER, WE CALL TODAY ON HAMAS AND THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO RENOUNCE THE PATH THEY HAVE SET IN PLANNING TO ANNOUNCE STATEHOOD IN THE UPCOMING UNITED NATIONS SESSION. BY THREATENING TO SIDESTEP THE OSLO ACCORDS, THEY ARE DISMANTLING THE FRAMEWORK OF FUTURE PEACE PROCESS. WE HAVE SEEN WHAT THEY HAVE PERPETRATED AGAINST ISRAELIS AND THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE IN THE GAZA STRIP. YET HAMAS REFUSES TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITS ACTIONS OR REIN TERRORISTS CALLED TO STRIKE AT THE HEART OF THE ISRAELI PEOPLE. TODAY, WE ASK AND CALL UPON THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO RETURN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AND JOIN THE ISRAELIS INDIRECT DISCUSSIONS TO END THIS CONFLICT. FURTHERMORE, WE CALL ON THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO RENOUNCE THE VIOLENCE HAMAS CONDONES AND TEACHES TO ITS FOLLOWERS. THIS RESOLUTION, MADAM SPEAKER, DIRECTS THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO BE RESPONSIBLE ACTORS ON THE WORLD STAGE AND TO RETURN TO NEGOTIATIONS. FOR FAR TOO LONG, THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY HAS NOT ACTED ON BEHALF OF ITS PEOPLE. CORRUPTION HAS CAUSED MANY TO DISCREDIT ITS LEGITIMACY. THE PEOPLE OF THE REGION DESERVE AN HONEST BROKER THAT ACCEPTS AND RESPECTS THE STATE OF ISRAEL. ISRAEL HAS STOOD BY AMERICA IN ITS FIGHT AGAINST EXTREMEIST IDEOLOGY. MADAM SPEAKER, WE STAND BY ISRAEL AS OUR MOST VALUED ALLY IN A REGION IN NEED OF MORE WHO RESPECT FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE FREE ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE, A REGION THAT, FRANKLY, MUST FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE SET BY ISRAEL IN ITS WORK AND PROMOTION OF HUMAN PROGRESS. IT IS TIME FOR THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO ACCEPT A PEACEFUL SOLUTION TO THIS CONFLICT AND TEACH THEIR CHILDREN THAT VIOLENCE IS NEVER THE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM. THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY MUST UNDERSTAND THAT PEACE IS ONLY ACHIEVABLE WHEN THEY ARE WILLING TO RECOGNIZE THE LEGITIMACY OF ISRAEL TO EXIST AS A JEWISH STATE. AND THEY MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THE SOLUTION TO THIS CONFLICT WILL ONLY COME THROUGH DIRECT NEGOTIATION WITH THE ISRAELIS AND NOT BY CIRCUMVENTING THE PEACE PROCESS THROUGH INTERNATIONAL PARALLEL MEN TRY GIMMICKRY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 05:45:04 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    TWO MINUTES TO THE MINORITY WHIP, MR. HOYER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. HOYER

    I THANK MR. BERMAN FOR YIELDING AND I THANK MS. ROS-LEHTINEN FOR BRINGING…

    I THANK MR. BERMAN FOR YIELDING AND I THANK MS. ROS-LEHTINEN FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR AND I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, MR. CANTOR, IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. . I BELIEVE THERE'S ONLY ONE LASTING SOLUTION TO THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT, A FUTURE OF TWO STATES TWO PEOPLE LIVING THIS SECURITY AND PEACE WITH ONE ANOTHER. SUCH A SOLUTION IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF REGIONAL PEACE AND IN THE BEST INTEREST OF BOTH PARTIES. THAT'S WHY I STRONGLY BELIEVE EP SURING THE LONG-TERM VIABILITY OF THE JEWISH DEMOCRATIC STATE OF ISRAEL ALSO REQUIRES SUPPORTING A HOMELAND FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE. HISTORY TEACHES US THAT IN CONFLICTS SUCH AS THIS UP WITH, PEACE MUST BE NEGOTIATED. IT CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE IMPOSED FROM OUTSIDE. OR ELSE IT WILL REST ON AN UNSTABLE AND TEMPORARY FOUNDATION. THAT IS WHY I STRONGLY OPPOSE PALESTINIAN EFFORTS TO IMPOSE A SOLUTION TO THE CONFLICT AT THE UNITED NATIONS AS WELL AS PALESTINIAN EFFORTS TO UNILATERALLY DECLARE STATEHOOD. I'M CONCERNED THAT A UNILATERAL DECLARATION WILL ONLY ENCOURAGE BOTH SIDES TO DIG IN AND PUT A LASTING NEGOTIATION OF PEACE FURTHER AT RISK. AS PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID AND AS MR. BERMAN HAS QUOTED, BUT I WANT TO QUOTE A LITTLE MORE OF THE PRESIDENT'S REMARKS, BUT I WILL REPEAT SOME OF WHAT MR. BERMAN SAID BECAUSE I THINK THEY'RE RELEVANT. QUOTE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, FOR THE PALESTINIANS, EFFORTS TO DELEGITIMIZE ISRAEL WILL END IN FAILURE. SYMBOLIC ACTIONS TO ISOLATE ISRAEL AT THE UNITED NATIONS IN SEPTEMBER WON'T CREATE AN INDEPENDENT STATE. PALESTINIAN LEADERS WILL NOT ACHIEVE PEACE OR PROSPERITY IF HAMAS INSISTS ON A PATH OF TERROR AND REYECK AND PALESTINIANS WILL NEVER REALIZE THEIR INDEPENDENCE BY DENYING THE RIGHT OF ISRAEL TO EXIST. ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE? I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. BY PASSING THIS RESOLUTION, THE HOUSE WILL MAKE IT CLEAR THAT IT AGREES THAT A REAL PEACE CAN ONLY COME THROUGH NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES. THAT PEACE WILL ONLY LAST IF BOTH SIDES BY INTO IT. WE ALL KNOW THAT THOSE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN, ARE NOW RELATIVELY NONEXISTENT AND THEY WILL BE DIFFICULT EVEN HAVING BEEN ENTERED INTO. THEY WILL BE PAINFUL. THEY WILL REQUIRE COURAGE AND SACRIFICE ON BOTH SIDES. BUT THE HARD WAY IS ALSO THE RIGHT WAY. AND IF THERE IS TO BE ANY HOPE OF PEACE, AS SURELY ALL OF US PRAY THERE IS, BOTH SIDES MUST RETURN TO THE TABLE WITHOUT PRECONDITIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I WILL CONTINUE TO URGE AMERICA'S ALLIES TO STAND AGAINST QUICK, UNILATERAL AND ULTIMATELY UNSTABLE SOLUTIONS TO THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AN THE CHAIR FOR BRINGING THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I AM PLEASED TO --

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. FOR TWO AND A HALF…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. FOR TWO AND A HALF MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIRLADY. NO ONE HAS BEEN A STRONGER SUPPORT FOR THIS AN MS.S…

    THE CHAIRLADY. NO ONE HAS BEEN A STRONGER SUPPORT FOR THIS AN MS.S RELEHTINEN.

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    MR. CHABOT

    ELEMENTS SPURN ISRAEL OVERTURES AND SEEK TO ESTABLISH A PALESTINIAN STATE…

    ELEMENTS SPURN ISRAEL OVERTURES AND SEEK TO ESTABLISH A PALESTINIAN STATE UNILATERALLY THROUGH A VOTE AT THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THOUGH A SHORT-TERM SECURITY MAY BE ACHIEVEABLE UNILATERALLY, PEACE IS NOT. PALESTINIAN REJECTIONISM WHETHER BY HAMAS OR FATTAH MUST BE ABANDONED. U.S. TAXPAYER MONEY SHOULD UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES GO TO THE PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT WHOSE MEMBERS DO NOT ALL ABIDE BY THE THREE PRINCIPLES, RECOGNIZING THE STATE OF ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST, RENOUNCING TERRORISM AND ABIDE BIG PREVIOUS AGREEMENTS. AND JUST AS THE U.S. SHOULD NOT SUPPORT A PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT WHOSE VERY COMPOSITION IS ANATHEMA TO PEACE, SO TOO IT SHOULD NOT SUPPORT AN EASYALL TERNTIVE TO NEGOTIATIONS. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION TO CUT ALL FUNDING TO THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHOULD IT VOTE TO RECOGNIZE A PALESTINIAN STATE IN DIRECT CONTRAVENTION OF THE CHARTER. TRUE PEACE WILL ONLY BE MADE BETWEEN TWO PEOPLES, ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS, NOT THE 191 ORR MEMBERS OF THE YEN ASSEMBLY. ISRAEL, LIKE THE UNITED STATES, WELCOMES THOSE WHO WOULD MAKE PEACE EVEN AS IT FIGHTS THOSE WHO WOULD MAKE WAR. TIME AND AGAIN, ISRAEL DEMONSTRATED ITS COMMITMENT TO A PALESTINIAN TATE LIVING AS ITS NEIGHBOR IN PEACE AND SECURITY. BUT THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS ON THE PATH TO THIS OUTCOME AND THERE'S NO GETTING AROUND THE HARD CON SEGS THAT HAVE TO BE MADE. THE U.S. MUST NOW STAND WITH ISRAEL AND AGAINST THOSE WHO WOULD OBSTRUCTION RATHER THAN ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF PEACE. I URGE ME ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. BERMAN

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE AND A HALF MINUTES.

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    MR. NADLER

    SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. AND IN OPPOSITION TO ANY UNILATERAL…

    SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. AND IN OPPOSITION TO ANY UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD BY THE UNITED NATIONS. HOW CAN A DISPUTE BETWEEN TWO PEOPLES BE RESOLVED BY UNILATERAL DECISION OF ONE? THE PATH TO PEACE HAS BEEN CLEAR FOR MANY YEARS AN PROVIDED FOR BY SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS AND THE OSLO ACCORD SIGNED BY THE ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS. THESE PROVIDE FOR SETTLEMENTS NEGOTIATED BETWEEN THE PARTY A SETTLEMENT THAT'S THE RESULT OF TWO STATES, THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND THAT OF PALESTINE. SECURE BORDERS AN THE STATUS OF THE REFUGEES OF 1948 AND THEIR DESCENDANTS. IS AN ATTEMPT BY PALESTINE TO DELEGITIMIZE ISRAEL AND GIVE THEIR STATE A REASON TO KEEP FIGHTING ISRAEL AND REFUSE THE ALLEGED RIGHT OF RETURN TO UNDERMINE THE JEWISH STATE. THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY SHOULDING PLAIN TO ITS PEOPLE THAT A PAL STIPIAN STATE CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED BY RECOGNIZING AN ISRAELI STATE NEXT DOOR. I URGE ALL MEMBER OS TORTE -- TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AFRICA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. SMITH

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.RES. 268 AND DEEPLY APPRECIATE MAJORITY…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.RES. 268 AND DEEPLY APPRECIATE MAJORITY LEADER CANTOR, STENY HOYER, CHAIRMAN ROS-LEHTINEN AND MR. BERMAN, THE RANKING MEMBER, FOR OFFERING THIS RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE U.S. COMMITMENT TO A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT THROUGH DIRECT NEGOTIATION. H. REDS 268 SPEAKS IN VERY CLEAR, UNAMBIGUOUS LANGUAGE ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS. IT MEANS SETTLEMENT THROUGH DIRECT PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATIONS RATHER THAN THROUGH HIGHLY MISGUIDED, COUNTERPRODUCTIVE UNILATERAL PALESTINIAN DECK LA RAGE OF STATEHOOD OR BY PALESTINIANS SEEKING RECOGNITION FROM OTHER STATES OR THROUGH THE UNITED NATIONS. SADLY, THE LATTER, A HAVEP OF ANTI-ISRAEL AND SOMETIMES ANNE SEMITIC ACTIVITY. DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN A KEYSTONE OF U.S. AND ISRAELI POLICY TWAD THE REGION FOR DECADES AND EVEN PERFORM L.O. CHAIR YASSER ARAFAT PLEDGED TO ACCEPT THIS BACK IN 1993. UNFORTUNATELY, HAMAS IS -- HAMAS' 2011 UNIFY AGREEMENT DID NOT ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT -- THIS COMMITMENT NOR DID IT ARE-MOUNSVIBLES. H.RES. 268 ALSO OUTLINES WHAT A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT SHOULD ENTAIL, NEGOTIATIONS IN WHICH EACH ACCEPTS THE OTHER'S RIGHT TO EXIST AND WHICH ARE AIMED AT A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. AGAIN THESE HAVE BEEN KEY POINTS OF U.S. AND ISRAELI POLICY BUT HAMAS, A STATE DEPARTMENT FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION, HAS REJECTED THEM THEY HAVE FACT IS, MADAM SPEAKER, THE U.S. LAW PRECLUDES FOREIGN ASSISTANCE THROUGH A P.A. WHICH SHARES POWER WITH HAMAS UNLESS IT RECOGNIZES ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST AND ADHERES TO PRIOR AGREEMENTS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE P.L.O. THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN EXTREMELY GENEROUS TO THE P.A., PRORISING OTHER $550 MILLION ANNUALLY SO THE RESOLUTION WISELY REAFFIRMS THIS LAW.

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    SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA,…

    SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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    SCHULTZ: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 268. THIS…

    SCHULTZ: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 268. THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION REAFFIRMS OUR NATION'S UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT WHICH CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED THROUGH ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE TALKS. SINCE 1948, WE HAVE ALWAYS STOOD BY ISRAEL'S SIDE AS A STRONG ALLY AND FRIEND. THIS RESOLUTION IS NO EXCEPTION. AS EACH DAY BRINGS A NEW SET OF CHANGES TO THE MIDDLE EAST, IT IS MORE VITAL THAN EVER THAT WE STRENGTHEN THAT FRIENDSHIP. FROM INSISTING HAMAS ACCEPT ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST, H.RES. 268 REAFFIRMS THE OF THE CONGRESS AND THE OPAW MA ADMINISTRATION THAT WE MUST CONTINUE TO STAND STRONG WITH OUR DEMOCRATIC ALLY AGAINST HOSTILE ENEMIES AND ATTEMPTS AT DEHE SWRIT MYIZATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WEST

    IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 26 WHICH SUPPORTS PEACE TALKS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND…

    IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 26 WHICH SUPPORTS PEACE TALKS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE, WE MUST ENSURE THAT ANY PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT WORK ON PEACE WITH ISRAEL. THE SECOND THING, WE MUST MAKE SURE THE LEADERS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE CEASE ALL EFFORTS AT CIRCUMVENTING THE NEGOTIATION PROCESS INCLUDING THROUGH A UNILATERAL DECK LA RAGE OF STATEHOOD OR BY SEEKING RECOGNITION OF A PALESTINIAN STATE FROM OTHER NATIONS OR THE UNITED NATIONS. THE THIRD AND PROBABLY MOST IMPORTANT, THAT THE PALESTINIAN LEADERS MUST TAKE APPROPRIATION MEASURES TO COUNTER THE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE AND FULFILL ALL PRIOR PALESTINIAN COMMITMENTS, INCLUDING DISMANTLING THE TERRORIST INFRASTRUCTURE EMBODIED WITH HAMAS. ISRAEL IS A BRIGHT AND SHINING BEACON IN A SEA OF DESPOTS, THEOCRATS AND AUTOCRATS. THE PALESTINIAN LEADERS CAN CHOOSE TO BE PART OF THIS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. BERMAN P.C. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. MURPHY.

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    MR. MURPHY

    IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. SETTING PRECONDITIONS ON NEGOTIATIONS IS…

    IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. SETTING PRECONDITIONS ON NEGOTIATIONS IS JUST AN EXCUSE TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO. IF PRESIDENT ABBAS IS SERIOUS ABOUT PEACE, HE SHOULD FOCUS ALL HIS ENERGIES AND THE NRBLINGS OF HIS PEOPLE ON NEGOTIATIONS WITH ISRAEL. AN AGREEMENT WON'T BE EASE EESY BUT THE OUTLINES OF AN AGREEMENT ARE WELL KNOWN. ALL THAT'S NECESSARY NOW IS LEADER -- LEADERSHIP FROM BOTH SIDES. WE ARE A ROCK SOLID FRIEND OF ISRAEL AND ANYONE WHO SEEKS PEACE WITH THEM BUT THIS MEANS WE STAND AGAINST THOSE WHO SEEK TO CIRCUMVENT THE PEACE PROCESS BY RUNNING TO THE U.N. YEN ASSEMBLY FOR A DECLARATION THAT MAY SCORE POLITICAL POINTS BUT WILL SET BACK THE PEACE PROCESS FOR YEARS. NOW WITH TURMOIL ON EVERY BOARD WE ARE ISRAEL, WE NEED TO STAND WITH THEM AS AN ALLY. WE WANT PEACE. ISRAEL WANTS PEACE. PEACE CAN ONLY HAPPEN WITH NEGOTIATIONS. ALL WE ARE MISSING IS A TRUE PALESTINIAN PARTNER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MRS. ADAMS

    SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 268 WHICH WOULD REAFFIRM AMERICA'S…

    SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 268 WHICH WOULD REAFFIRM AMERICA'S COMMITMENT TO A NEGOTIATED SOLUTION TO THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT RESULTING IN TWO STATES A DEMOCRATIC JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL AND A DEMOCRATIC PALESTINIAN STATE LIVING IN PEACE AND MUTUAL RECOGNITION. FOR SIX DECKS KIDS, THROUGH 12 AMERICAN PRESIDENTS AND 12 ISRAELI PRIME MINISTERS, ISRAEL HAS STOOD AS A BEACON OF DEMOCRACY IN AN UNSTABLE REGION AND REMAINED A LOYAL AND COMMITTED FRIENDS TO THE UNITED STATES. . WE OWE NO MORE THAN THAT. HE WILL STAND WITH ISRAEL TO HONOR OUR FRIENDSHIP AND TO CONTINUE OUR COMMITMENT TO NEGOTIATE A PEACE THAT BOTH THE ISRAELIS AND THE PALESTINIANS HAVE AGREED TO, NOT ONE THAT IS IMPOSED UPON THEM. THE UNITED STATES CANNOT DICTATE HOW PEACE CAN BE REACHED WITH THE PALESTINIANS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE WILLING TO ALLOW HAMAS TO PARTICIPATE IN MANY OF THEIR ELECTIONS. THIS IS WHY I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT'S STRATEGY TO FORCE ISRAEL INTO A PEACE THEY HAVE NOT NEGOTIATED. AGAIN, I WANT TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 268. I BELIEVE THE PEACE WILL BE A NEGOTIATED PEACE BETWEEN THE PALESTINIANS AND YEALS WITHOUT THE INFLUENCE OF TERRORISTS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BERMAN

    ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND AND PARTNER IN SO MANY OF THESE EFFORTS, THE…

    ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND AND PARTNER IN SO MANY OF THESE EFFORTS, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, RANKING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN OPERATIONS APPROPRIATIONS.

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    MRS. LOWEY

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP…

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND THE CHAIR. I TRAVELED TO ISRAEL LAST WEEK AND I SAW THE DETERMINATION AND RESOURCEFULNESS OF THAT YOUNG NATION. IN A VOLATILE REGION, ISRAEL IS A STRONG DEMOCRACY, DESPITE MANY SETBACKS, THE COUNTRY STILL LONGS FOR PEACE, YET UNILATERAL ACTIONS BY PALESTINIAN THREATENS PROGRESS. WE MUST DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO STAND BY ISRAEL TO PERSUADE THE PALESTINIANS TO ABANDON THEIR EFFORTS IN THE U.N., BREAK WITH THE TERRORIST GROUP HAMAS AND RETURN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE WITH ISRAEL WITHOUT PRE-CONDITIONS. THIS RESOLUTION IS A STRONG STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF PEACE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR.

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    MR. GOSAR

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. GOSAR

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 268. THIS RESOLUTION AFFIRMS…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 268. THIS RESOLUTION AFFIRMS CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT FOR DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN LEADERS IN AN EFFORT TO ACHIEVE PEACE IN THIS OVER SIX-DECADES-LONG STRUGGLE. WHILE THE PALESTINIAN PURSUIT OF A STATE IS UNDERSTANDABLE BUT TO BYPASS IS INAPPROPRIATE AND A DISGRACE TO THE U.N. CHARTER AND ALL ACCEPTABLE NORMS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. TO CREATE OR RECOGNIZE A STATE WILL NOT FORESAKE TERRORISM, VIOLENCE, ETHNIC HATRED AND GENOCIDE. IF A VOTE FOR THE PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD COMES TO THE U.N., THE U.S. MUST DO SO UNTIL A PEACE AGREEMENT IS ACHIEVED AND MAINTAINED BETWEEN THE ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS. NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR EITHER PARTY TO REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. PEACE WILL NOT BE ATTAINED WITH ONE SIDE SEEKING IT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REASSERT DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS BY SUPPORTING H ARE 268 AND I YIELD BACK.

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    I GET THE TIME REMAINING ON EACH SIDE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS NINE MINUTES REMAINING AND THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. BERMAN

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH.

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    MR. DEUTCH

    THE RANKING MEMBER FROM CALIFORNIA. I THANK THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE AND…

    THE RANKING MEMBER FROM CALIFORNIA. I THANK THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE AND I RISE TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 268, REAFFIRMING OUR NATION'S UNYIELDING SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL. MADAM SPEAKER, THE LACK OF PROGRESS IN THE PEACE PROCESS THUS FAR, STEMS FROM THE PALESTINIANS' REFUSAL TO NEGOTIATE DESPITE ISRAELI CONCESSIONS. THEY COULD CHOOSE DIALOGUE, THEY COULD CHOOSE PEACE, INSTEAD THEY HAVE CHOSEN HEY TREATED AND VIOLENCE. THEY COULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO NEGOTIATE WITH A NATION THAT REFUSES TO ACCEPT PRINCIPLES, CONTINUES TO MURDER INNOCENT ISRAELI CITIZENS AND REFUSES TO RELEASE THE ISRAELI SOLDIER. THEY PURSUE PLANS TO AVOID PLANS ALL TOGETHER AND DECLARE STATEHOOD AT THE UNITED NATIONS. JUST WEEKS AGO, HERE IN THIS CHAMBER, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU REMINDED US OF WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW, THAT PEACE CANNOT BE IMPOSED, PEACE MUST BE NEGOTIATED. BY PASSING THIS RESOLUTION, CONGRESS WILL UPHOLD THIS PRINCIPLE AND REAFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO ISRAEL'S SECURITY AND EXPRESS OUR UNYIELDING SUPPORT FOR THE ISRAELI PEOPLE IN THEIR QUEST FOR A TRUE AND LASTING PEACE. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS RESOLUTION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. WE ONLY HAVE ONE SPEAKER…

    WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME. WE ONLY HAVE ONE SPEAKER WHO WILL CLOSE THE DEBATE.

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    TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE…

    TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL.

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    MR. ENGEL

    RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION. I COME FROM THE PREMISE THAT IF…

    RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION. I COME FROM THE PREMISE THAT IF YOU WANT TO WORK OUT A DISAGREEMENT, YOU SIT FACE TO FACE AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AND NEGOTIATE. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN IRELAND AND IT SHOULD HAPPEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST. BUT THE PALESTINIANS ARE PLAYING THEIR CUTE LITTLE GAMES. THEY WANT TO ESTABLISH A LOT OF PRE-CONDITIONS AND WANT TO MAKE EXCUSES TO NOT SIT AND TALK WITH ISRAEL AND THINK THEY CAN IMPOSE THIS AT THE U.N. WITHOUT FACE-TO-FACE NEGOTIATIONS. I SAY NO TO EXCUSES, NO TO 1967 LINES, NO TO ALL KINDS OF PRE-CONDITIONS BEFORE PALESTINIANS WILL EVEN SIT DOWN AND TALK. THE ONLY WAY IF PALESTINIANS ARE TRULY -- TRULY WANT PEACE, THEY HAVE A WILLING PARTNER IN ISRAEL. AS PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU SAID, THERE IS NO PALESTINIAN STATE NOT BECAUSE WE DON'T SUPPORT ONE, IT'S BECAUSE THE PALESTINIANS WON'T RECOGNIZE THE JEWISH STATE. I BELIEVE IN TWO STATES SIDE BY SIDE, A JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL AND AN ARAB PALESTINIAN STATE. AGAIN, THAT CAN ONLY HAPPEN WITH FACE-TO-FACE NEGOTIATIONS, NO PRE-CONDITIONS, LET THE PARTIES SIT DOWN AND TALK. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BERMAN

    SPEAKER. I AM PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

    SPEAKER. I AM PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, FORMER MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. GREEN.

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    MR. GREEN

    COLLEAGUE, RANKING MEMBER ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. I RISE IN…

    COLLEAGUE, RANKING MEMBER ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 268, A RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING OUR NATION'S COMMITMENT TO THE NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT IN THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, BOTH REPUBLICAN LEADER CAINTOR AND DEMOCRATIC WHIP HOYER BY BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR. I HAVE BEEN TO ISRAEL AND WEST BANK. I VOUCH FOR THE DESIRE OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND THE PEOPLE OF THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES TO COME TO A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT THAT WILL END VIOLENCE. A NEGOTIATED TWO-STATE SELLMENT IS THE KEYSTONE IN THE PEACE PROCESS AND OFFICIAL POLICY OF OUR GOVERNMENT, THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT AND UNTIL RECENTLY THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY. ONLY THROUGH DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS CAN DIFFICULT COMPROMISES BE REACHED FROM CORE ISSUES LIKE BORDERS, WATER, REFUGEES, STATUS OF JERUSALEM AND SECURITY. ATTEMPTS TO BYPASS DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS AND SEEK RECOGNITION OF UNILATERALLY DECLARED PALESTINIAN STATE BY THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL NOT HELP THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE. SUCH A DECLARATION WILL UNDERMINE THE PEACE PROCESS AND ENDANGER THE SECURITY AND WELL-BEING OF THE VERY PEOPLE IT CLAIMS TO STORT. A DECLARED PALESTINIAN STATE WILL LEAD TO GREATER HEIGHTENED TENSIONS AND TURN THE REGION INTO A POWDER KEG AND INVITE HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BERMAN

    MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI MR.…

    MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI MR. CARNAHAN 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. CARNAHAN

    I CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION STRONGLY. THE…

    I CALL UPON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION STRONGLY. THE COMMITMENT TOLL ISRAEL IN A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT BY AND BETWEEN THE ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS. THE FUTURE OF ISRAEL IS LINKED TO THAT OF ITS NEIGHBORS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA. WITH GAS PRICES RISING, CONFLICTS IN THAT REGION HAVE A DIRECT IMPACT ON AMERICANS HERE AT HOME. I HAVE LONG SUPPORTED A TWO-STATE SOLUTION TO THE CONFLICT WITH ISRAEL AS THE RECOGNIZED HOME OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND A STRONG PALESTINIAN STATE TO PROMOTE THE WELL-BEING OF THE PALESTINIANS AS WELL. U.S. AND OUR ALLIES MUST SUPPORT THIS PROCESS. WE MUST ALLOW THE TWO PARTIES TO COME TOGETHER AND NEGOTIATE A SETTLEMENT. THIS IS THE BEST AVENUE TO ACHIEVE LASTING PEACE. I STRONGLY OPPOSE PALESTINIAN ATTEMPTS FOR UNILATERAL RECOGNITION THROUGH THE U.N. THAT WOULD DELEGITIMATE MIES THIS PEACE PROCESS. HARRY TRU TRUMAN RECOGNIZED ISRAEL WITHIN MINUTES OF ITS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND WE MUST CONTINUE THIS KIND OF SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL AND OUR ALLIES STRIVING FOR PEACE. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE I'LL -- AISLE IN THE MONTHS AHEAD. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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    RESERVEAL THE OTHER SIDE YIELDS BACK AND THEN WE'LL CLOSE.

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    MR. MORAN

    THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. THE MIDDLE…

    THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS IS AT RISK OF COLLAPSE. AND I BELIEVE THAT ONLY AMERICAN LEADERSHIP CAN SAVE IT. BOTH SIDES CAN AND SHOULD DO MORE TO RESTART NEGOTIATIONS. HOUSE RESOLUTION 268, DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT HAS VIRTUALLY UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FROM THIS BODY AND INCLUDES A LAUDABLE REAFFIRMATION OF THE UNITED STATES' COMMITMENT TO A NEGOTIATED SOLUTION OF THE CONFLICT FALLS SHORT OF THE KIND OF LEADERSHIP I BELIEVE IS NEEDED. THIS RESOLUTION CHASSES THE PALESTINIANS AND FOR PURSUING RECOGNITION OF THEIR STATE AT THE UNITED NATIONS. THE FIRST POINT, I THINK WE SHOULD GIVE THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY WHICH IT HAS DONE AN IMPRESSIVE JOB OF DEVELOPING INSTITUTIONS AND ITS ECONOMY IN THE WEST BANK SOME CREDIT. THEY HAVE TRIED TO PROVIDE THE LEADERSHIP TO PURSUE THE GOALS THAT WE HAVE ENCOURAGED THEM TO DO AND THEY HAVE, I THINK, DONE SO IN TERMS OF DEVELOPING DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS IN A WAY THAT WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF BECAUSE WE HAD A ROLE IN THAT, A MAJOR ROLE. THERE IS NO INDICATION THEY HAVE ANY INCLINATION TO ALLOW HAMAS TO JEOPARDIZE THOSE GAINS THAT HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED IN THE WEST BANK AND THUS FAR THE RECONCILIATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN HAMAS AND FA FATTAH HAS ANY EVIDENCE TO YIELD A AGREEMENT. IN MANY WAYS, THE PURPOSE FOR BRINGING FORTH THIS RESOLUTION IS MOOT. SHOULD HAMAS BE INVITED TO JOIN THE GOVERNMENT WITHOUT ACCEPTING THE CONDITIONS OF THE CORTE, UNITED NATIONSES, UNITED STATES, RUSSIA, THOSE ARE THE DESIGNATED BODIES THAT HAVE COME FORWARD WITH AN GEEMENT WE HAVE AGREED TO IF THEY INVITE HAMAS TO JOIN A COALITION GOVERNMENT WITHOUT ACCEPTING THE CONDITIONS THAT WE INSIST UPON, IT WILL HAVE VERY SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR RELATIONSHIP AND THAT'S THE REASON WHY WE SHOULD CUT OFF FINANCIAL AID. IN 2006, PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS, WHICH WERE ADVANCED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION -- THAT'S WHAT BROUGHT HAMAS INTO POWER. IN REACTION, THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS THE INTERNATIONAL CORTET SUCCESS PNDED ASSISTANCE TO THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS CONTINUING THAT POLICY. THERE IS NO AID GOING INTO GAZA. THE PALESTINIAN UNITY IS CRUCIAL TO A LONG-TERM PEACE. GAZA'S SEPARATION FROM THE WEST BANK HAS MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO ADVANCE MEANINGFUL NEGOTIATIONS. THERE IS INSUFFICIENT TIME TO LAY OUT -- MAY I HAVE 15 SECONDS?

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    MR. MORAN

    THERE IS INSUFFICIENT TIME TO LAY OUT THE OTHER SIDE. I DON'T HAVE STRONG…

    THERE IS INSUFFICIENT TIME TO LAY OUT THE OTHER SIDE. I DON'T HAVE STRONG DISAGREEMENT WITH MANY OF THE POINTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BUT THERE IS ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE TO THIS AND OUGHT TO BE ADVANCED IN THIS BODY. I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR HER TIME AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA CONTINUES TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:16:05 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    ASK THROUGH THE CHAIR DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA --

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    WE HAVE 3 1/2 MINUTES LEFT APPROXIMATELY AND WE HAVE MR. BURTON TO CLOSE…

    WE HAVE 3 1/2 MINUTES LEFT APPROXIMATELY AND WE HAVE MR. BURTON TO CLOSE FOR US. SO WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO FINISH.

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  • 06:16:23 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 45 SECONDS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 45 SECONDS. .

  • 06:16:39 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    TWO IMPORTANT ISSUES RAISED BY THIS RESOLUTION. ONE SEEMS A LITTLE MORE…

    TWO IMPORTANT ISSUES RAISED BY THIS RESOLUTION. ONE SEEMS A LITTLE MORE DISTANT THAN IT DID AT THE TIME IT WAS INTRODUCED AND THAT WAS THE POSSIBILITY OF A UNITY GOVERNMENT THAT INCLUDED AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS ON OUR TERRORIST LIST THAT SUBSCRIBES TO VIOLENCE, TO THE ELIMINATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE PAST AGREEMENTS IN A UNITY GOVERNMENT. HOPEFULLY THAT AGREEMENT -- THE CHANCES OF IT ARE DIMINISHING. THE SECOND POINT IS A STRATEGY WHICH VIOLATES THE PALESTINIAN'S OWN COMMITMENTS TO -- THAT THEY MADE IN MADRID, THAT THEY MADE PART OF THE ROAD MAP, THAT WERE MADE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE OSLO AGREEMENTS, THAT THEY WILL NEGOTIATE DIRECTLY WITH THE ISRAELIS TO RESOLVE THIS CONFLICT. I THINK IT IS ALL TOO APPROPRIATE TO POINT OUT THAT SHOULD THEY PURSUE THAT CORS, THE ASSISTANCE THAT WE HAVE VERY GENEROUSLY GIVEN --

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  • 06:17:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. BERMAN

    BE TERMINATED AND I URGE AN AYE VOTE ON THIS RESOLUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA -- THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA -- THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 06:17:46 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MR. BURTON, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, WHO'S ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE -- SUBCOMMITTEE ON EUROPE AND EURASIA AND OUR COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BURTON

    I THANK MY CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST, MADAM SPEAKER,…

    I THANK MY CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST, MADAM SPEAKER, SHOULD BE GUARANTEED. AND ISRAEL HAS TRIED TO WORK OUT OVER THE YEARS A PEACE AGREEMENT WITH THE PALESTINIANS SO THAT THERE COULD BE A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. IN FACT, TWICE, ONCE DURING THE TERM OF PRIME MINISTER BARACK AND AGAIN DURING THE TERM OF PRIME MINISTER OLMERT, ISRAEL OFFERED THE PALESTINIANS A VERY GENEROUS AND FAIR FINAL SETTLEMENT AND BOTH TIMES THOSE OFFICERS WERE FLATLY REJECTED AND MET WITH VIOLENCE -- OFFERS WERE FLATLY REJECTED AND MET WITH VIOLENCE. AND WHAT HAVE THE PALESTINIANS DONE RECENTLY? THEY WENT AND SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH HAMAS. HAM IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION -- HAMAS IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION THAT'S BEEN LOBBYING BOMBS AND MISSILES INTO ISRAEL, TRYING TO DESTROY THE ISRAELI STATE. THEY'RE COMMITTED TO THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS HAVE SIGNED AN AGREEMENT ON MAY THE FOURTH OF THIS YEAR TO WORK WITH THEM. ISRAEL WENT THAT EXTRA STEP WHEN THEY ALLOWED GAZA TO BE TURNED OVER OR TURNED OPEN AND WHAT HAPPENED RIGHT AFTER THAT TOOK PLACE? HAMAS CAME IN THERE AND TOOK OVER AND STARTED ATTACKING ISRAEL DAY AFTER DAY. INNOCENT WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE RUNNING CONSTANTLY FROM BOMBING BEING DROPPED ON THEM -- BOMBS BEING DROPPED ON THEM BECAUSE GAZA HAD BEEN SET IN A POSITION WHERE THEY COULD OPEN UP TO HAMAS. AND SO YOU'VE GOT A CONSTANT DEMAND BY THE TERRORISTS, HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH AND OTHERS, TO DESTROY THE STATE OF ISRAEL. AND ISRAEL HAS BEEN A GREAT ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1948. WE NEED TO SEND A VERY STRONG SIGNAL AND I THINK WE'RE DOING IT RIGHT NOW TODAY, A VERY STRONG SIGNAL THAT THIS COUNTRY, THIS CONGRESS AND THE SENATE SUPPORTS THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND DOES NOT WANT THE PALESTINIANS TO GO TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND TRY TO HAVE A UNILATERAL SETTLEMENT MADE BY THAT BODY. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS TO BE WORKED OUT AT THE CONFERENCE TABLE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS. AND NOT AT THE UNITED NATIONS. SO I'D JUST LIKE TO CONCLUDE BY SAYING THAT ISRAEL IS OUR BEST FRIEND AND ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, THEY'RE A STABLE ELEMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST, WE NEED TO SUPPORT THEM AND MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH AND THE OTHER TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS DO NOT HAVE THEIR WAY AND DESTROY THE STATE OF ISRAEL. WE ARE COMMITTED TO THAT, THIS CONGRESS IS COMMITTED TO THAT AND THIS WHOLE DEBATE HAS SHOWN VERY CLEARLY THAT ALMOST UNANIMOUSLY THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES STAND WITH ISRAEL. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:20:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I'D LIKE TO ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED AND THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES…

    ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED AND THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 268. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLELADY…

    2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 06:21:26 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED AND PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 0, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION -- 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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  • 06:21:43 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 515 AS AMENDED.

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  • 06:21:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 515, A BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE BELARUS DEMOCRACY ACT OF 2004.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BURTON, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES AND THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 06:22:05 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY…

    I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 515 AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 06:22:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS NOW RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:22:22 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD LETTERS FROM TWO COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN, ONE FROM JUDICIARY AND ONE FROM FINANCIAL SERVICES, ON THE MEASURE BEFORE US. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK -- THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH AND CHAIRMAN BACHUS FOR THEIR CORPORATION IN ALLOWING THIS BILL TO PROCEED SO SWIFTLY TO THE FLOOR. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 515, THE BELARUS DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACT OF 2011. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, MR. SMITH, FOR INTRODUCING THIS TIMELY AND IMPORTANT MEASURE. BELARUS HAS BEEN CORRECTLY DEEMED THE LAST DICTATORSHIP OF EUROPE. UNDER THE IRON HAND OF THE BELARUSAN PEOPLE, THEY HAVE ENDURED THE SYSTEMATIC DENIAL AND VIOLATION OF THE BASIC FREEDOM AND HUMAN RIGHTS. THE AUTHORITIES IN BELARUS HAVE SEVERELY RESTRICTED FREE SPEECH AND INDEPENDENT MEDIA. PRODEMOCRACY POLITICAL ACTIVISTS ARE SUBJECT TO BEATINGS AND IMPRISONMENT. THE REGIME'S HEAVY-HANDED TACTICS WERE FULLY UTILIZED IN LAST DEAST'S -- DECEMBER'S FRAUDULENT ELECTION FOR PRESIDENT. ACCORDING TO OUR OWN HUMAN RIGHT IT'S REPORT, AND I QUOTE, AUTHORITIES DENIED CITIZENS THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THEIR GOVERNMENT, MANIPULATING THE DECEMBER 19 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TO ENSURE THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD NOT BE SERIOUSLY CHALLENGED. SECURITY FORCES BEAT DETAINEES AND PROTESTERS, USED EXCESSIVE FORCE TO DISPERSE PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS AND REPORTEDLY USED TORTURE DURING INVESTIGATIONS. AND IT CONTINUES, IT A CRACKDOWN ON POST ELECTION DEMONSTRATIONS LED TO THE ARREST OF OVER 700 ACTIVISTS INCLUDING CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST FIVE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AND NUMEROUS ACTIVISTS AND JOURNALISTS, END QUOTE. UNFORTUNATELY THE REGIME, DESPITE ITS REPEATED PROMISES OF REFORM, CONTINUES THIS CAMPAIGN OF REPRESSION AGAINST ITS OWN PEOPLE. IN RESPONSE TO THE RUMORS THAT PEACEFUL PROTESTERS WERE PLANNING TO GATHER ON BELL RUSE INDEPENDENCE DAY, JULY 3, JUST RECENTLY, TO SHOW THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE REGIME BY CLAPPING THEIR HANDS, THE DICTATOR STATED, AND I QUOTE, STOMPING, CLAPPING, BELLOWING AND ROARING ON SQUARES AND STREETS CANNOT SOLVE PROBLEMS. THE STATE HAS THE RESOURCES AND POWER TO PACIFY THOSE WHO VIOLATE THE LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION. END QUOTE. AND WE HAVE NOW SEEN THE PRESIDENT DID INDEED USE THE STATE'S POWER TO PACIFY THE DEMONSTRATORS. HOW? HE ORDERED THE AUTHORITIES TO START BY FIRING TEAR GAS AT THE PROTESTERS FOLLOWED BY THE VIOLENT BEATING AND IMPRISONMENT OF THOSE WHO DARED TO CLAP THEIR HANDS, OVER 300 ACTIVISTS WERE ARRESTED AND TODAY 140 WERE CONVICTED ON SUCH DUBIOUS CHARGES AS BEING HOOLIGANS OR PARTICIPATING IN UNSANCTIONED DEMONSTRATIONS. THIS UNRELENTING PERSECUTION OF THE BELARUSAN PEOPLE BY THE REGIME IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. THE U.S. AND OTHER RESPONSIBLE NATIONS MUST SUPPORT THE PRODEMOCRACY FORCES IN BELARUS AND HOLD THE AUTHORITATIVE REGIME ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS GROWING ABUSES. THAT'S WHY I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE WHICH AMONG OTHER THINGS CONDEMNS THE CONDUCT OF THE RECENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AND THE CRACKDOWN ON OPPOSITION CANDIDATES AND ACTIVISTS, EXPRESSES A SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD CONTINUE TO SUPPORT RADIO, TELEVISION AND INTERNET BROADCASTING TO THE PEOPLE OF BELARUS AND EXPANDS ON EXISTING SANCTIONS INCLUDING THE DENIAL OF VISAS TO ANY MEMBER OF THE BELARUSAN GOVERNMENT WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE CRACKDOWN ON OPPOSITION LEADERS, JOURNALISTS AND PEACEFUL PROTESTERS THAT OCCURRED IN CONNECTION WITH THE DECEMBER ELECTIONS. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AFRICAN GLOBAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS, MR. SMITH, BE ALLOWED TO MANAGE THE REMAINDER OF OUR TIME, MADAM SPEAKER.

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  • 06:26:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, WILL CONTROL THE BALANCE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, WILL CONTROL THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:27:03 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WILL BE THE ONLY SPEAKER TO SPEAK FROM OUR SIDE ON…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WILL BE THE ONLY SPEAKER TO SPEAK FROM OUR SIDE ON THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 06:27:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:27:12 PM

    MR. BERMAN

    SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. ON DECEMBER 19 OF LAST…

    SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. ON DECEMBER 19 OF LAST YEAR BELARUS PRESIDENT ALEXANDER STAGED A FRAUGHT LEND -- FRAUDULENT ELECTION. IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARD HE HAD THE OPPOSITION CANDIDATES ARRESTED AND ALMOST ALL OF THEM WERE SENTENCED TO PRINCENEN. THE REGIME HAS CONTINUED TO A-- HARASS MEMBERS OF OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTIES, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AND CIVIL SOCIETYS AND TO SUPPRESS BELARUSANS' ACCESS TO FREE PRESS AND INFORMATION. OVER THE PAST MONTH AN INCREASING NUMBER OF BELARUSANS HAVE GATHERED TO PROTEST AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AND THE DETERIORATING ECONOMIC SITUATION THERE. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS REACTED STRONGLY TO THE FRAUDULENT ELECTIONS AND POST ELECTION CRACKDOWN. ON FEBRUARY 2, THE U.S. SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDED THE LIST OF BELARUSAN OFFICIALS SUBJECT TO TRAVEL SANCTIONS AND TO HAVE THEIR ASSETS BLOCKED AND RESTORE FULL U.S. SANCTIONS AGAINST BELARUSA'S LARGEST STATE-OWNED OIL AND GAS CONCERNS. ON JULY 2, SECRETARY CLINTON MET WITH ACTIVISTS FROM BELARUS DURING HER VISIT TO LITHUANIA FOR A MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRACYS AND REPEATED HER DEMAND THAT BELARUS RELEASE POLITICAL PRISONERS AND EMBARK ON THE PATH OF DEMOCRATIC REFORM. IN COORDINATION WITH THE EUROPEAN YUPE -- EUROPEAN UNION, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDED DEMOCRACY ASSISTANCE TO BELARUS THIS YEAR FROM $11 MILLION TO $15 MILLION. WE MUST CONTINUE TO CALL FOR THE REOPENING OF THE O.S.C. OFFICE IN MINKS AND FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF BELARUS TO COOPERATE WITH A FACT FINDING MISSION REQUESTED BY 14 PARTICIPATING STATES UNDER THE MOSCOW MECHANISM. AND WE MUST CONTINUE TO DEMAND THE RELEASE OF MANY HEROIC INDIVIDUALS STILL LANGUISHING IN BELARUSAN PRISONS WITHOUT ACCESS TO THEIR FAMILIES OR LEGAL COUNCIL. EUROPE'S LAST DICTATORSHIP SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND UNCHALLENGED. I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:29:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 06:29:29 PM

    MR. SMITH

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 06:29:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:29:34 PM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL LET ME THANK CHAIRWOMAN…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. FIRST OF ALL LET ME THANK CHAIRWOMAN ROS-LEHTINEN FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY, THE MAJORITY LEADER AND THE SPEAKER FOR SCHEDULING IT AND TO HOWARD BERMAN FOR HIS STRONG SUPPORT OF IT AS WELL AND HIS VERY ELOQUENT STATEMENT JUST A MOMENT AGO. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 515, THE BELARUS DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACT VISIT -- ACT OF 2011. THE BILL DEMONSTRATES OUR STRONG AND SUSTAINED PROMOTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW IN BELARUS THROUGH TARGETED SANCTIONS AGAINST THIS BRUTAL DICTATORSHIP. H.R. 515 REINFORCES EARLIER LAW, THE BELARUS DEMOCRACY ACT OF 2004, AND THE BELARUS DEMOCRACY RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2006, BOTH OF WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND WERE SIGNED INTO LAW. . THIS UNDERSCORES THE NEED FOR A THE GOVERNMENT RESPONDED TO PEACEFUL PROTESTS WITH SAVAGE MASS BEATINGS AND LARGE SCALE DETENTIONS, OVER 700 PEOPLE. LATER ON, I WILL PUT IN THE RECORD THE LIST OF MANY OF THE ACTIVISTS, MANY OF WHOM ARE ALREADY IN JAIL, THEIR SENTENCES AND THESE ARE MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE ONLY CRIME WAS ASKING THAT BELARUS GO FROM DICTATORSHIP TO A DEMOCRACY. SOME RECEIVING HARSH SENTENCES UP TO CIRCUMSTANCE YEARS. LUKASHENKO USUALLY FINDS A REASON TO EXTEND THE JAIL SENTENCES. THESE SENTENCES ARE AWFUL INDEED. AS REPRESENTATIVE ROS-LEHTINEN POINTED OUT, THIS ALSO INCLUDES FIVE OF THE NINE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES WHO RAN AGAINST LUKASHENKO. THEIR FAMILY, LAWYERS, JOURNALISTS AND ACTIVISTS CONTINUE TO BE HARASSED AND INTIMIDATED. IT IS THE WORST POLITICAL CRACKDOWN IN EUROPE IN OVER A DECADE AND IT'S ONGOING, MADAM SPEAKER. THE REPRESSION REGIME WAS IN FULL FORCE EARLIER THIS WEEK AS POLICE BROKE UP PROTESTORS ATTEMPTING TO MARK THEIR COUNTRY'S INDEPENDENCE DAY. HUNDREDS WERE DETAINED, 140 ALREADY RECEIVED ADMINISTRATIVE SENTENCES OR FINES, INCLUDING INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS REPORTING ON RALLIES HELD ACROSS THE COUNTRY. . THROUGH A SERIES OF RIGGED ELECTIONS, LARGE-SCALE INTIMIDATION AND SUPPRESSION OF INDEPENDENT MEDIA AND CIVIL SOCIETY, THE DICTATOR HAS LONG SINCE CONSOLIDATED HIS CONTROL OVER VIRTUALLY ALL NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. HIS DICTATORSHIP IS THE WORST OF ANY IN EUROPE TODAY. MOST SIGNIFICANTLY ABOUT THE LEGISLATION, THE BILL SUPPORTS TARGET THE SANCTIONS THAT EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF THE CONGRESS TO DENY THE PRIVILEGE OF VISITING OUR COUNTRY TO SENIOR BELARUS OFFICIALS, IMMEDIATE FAMILIES AND OTHERS INVOLVED IN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND ANTI-DEMOCRACY ACTIONS, INCLUDING THOSE INVOLVED IN THE DECEMBER 19TH POST-ELECTION CRACKDOWN. IT HAS PROVISIONS PROHIBITING U.S. GOVERNMENT FINANCING EXCEPT FOR HUMANITARIAN GOODS AND AG AND NONHUMANITARIAN LOANS TO THE BELARUS GOVERNMENT, BLOCKING ASSETS OWNED BY THE GOVERNMENT SENIOR LEADERSHIP OR THEIR FAMILIES AND THOSE INVOLVED IN ANTI-DEMOCRATIC ACTIONS. THESE SANCTIONS ARE AIMED AT THE SENIOR LEADERSHIP OF A DICTATORSHIP THAT DISPLAYS UTTER CONTEMPT FOR THE PEOPLE OF BELARUS AND WITH THESE SANCTIONS WE STAND WITH THE BELLA RUSSIAIAN PEOPLE. I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY STATEMENT BE MADE PART OF THE RECORD AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:34:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. AND THE QUESTION IS,…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. AND THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 515 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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    PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES.

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    THE CLERK

    ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 337, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF…

    ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 337, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 2354, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:35:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 320 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE FOR…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 320 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2219. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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  • 06:36:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR…

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2219, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 06:36:18 PM

    THE CLERK

    MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR…

    MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:36:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, AMENDMENT NUMBER 31 PRINTED IN…

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, AMENDMENT NUMBER 31 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER, HAD BEEN DISPOSED AND THE BILL HAD BEEN READ THROUGH PAGE 122 LINE 19. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER, AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 OF MR. CON ELLIE OF VIRGINIA, MR. AMENDMENT NUMBER 2, AMENDMENT BY MR. KUCINICH INITCH OF OHIO, AMENDMENT NUMBER 21, AMENDMENT BY MR. WELCH OF VERMONT, AMENDMENT NUMBER 22, AMENDMENT NUMBER 26, AND AMENDMENT BY MR. SESSIONS OF TEXAS. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CON ELLIE ON WHICH FURTHER -- CONNELLY. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:37:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 OFFERED BY MR. CONNELLY OF VIRGINIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND…

    VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.].

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  • 06:59:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 175, THE NAYS ARE 241, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 175, THE NAYS ARE 241, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 23 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BROUN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED, ON WHICH THE NAYS PREVAILED BY A VOICE VOTE.

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  • 06:59:41 PM

    THE CLERK

    23 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

  • 06:59:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 07:05:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE NAYS ARE 328, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS…

    THE NAYS ARE 328, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2, OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNELLY, ON WHICH CONNOLLY.

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  • 07:05:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    2 OFFERED BY MR. CONNOLLY OF VIRGINIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE…

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. THE CHAIR WILL ASK MEMBERS TO STAY CLOSE INTO THE CHAMBER. IT IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. 6 -- [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 07:08:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 152, THE NAYS ARE 266. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.…

    THE YEAS ARE 152, THE NAYS ARE 266. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. KUCINICH, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NAYS PREVAILED BY A VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:09:06 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. KUCINICH OF OHIO.

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    THE CHAIR

    VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE…

    VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS ANOTHER TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 07:13:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 253, THE NAYS ARE 167. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE HOUSE…

    THE YEAS ARE 253, THE NAYS ARE 167. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. TAKE SEATS AND CLEAR THE WELL. AGAIN, THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE IS ALSO IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 07:14:06 PM

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    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW MY REQUEST FOR A…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW MY REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTES ON AMENDMENTS NUMBER 21 AND 22 TO THE END THAT THEY STAND DISPOSED OF BY THE VOICE VOTES THEREON.

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  • 07:14:21 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 21, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF…

    NUMBER 21, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 22 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA.

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  • 07:14:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTES ARE WITHDRAWN…

    OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTES ARE WITHDRAWN ON AMENDMENTS NUMBER 21 AND NUMBER 22. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS BEFORE THE COMMITTEE IS THE REQUEST FOR A RODDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND WHICH THE NAYS PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMERICA.

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  • 07:15:03 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. WELCH OF VERMONT.

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES ANY MEMBER WISH TO CHANGE A VOTE?

  • 07:17:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO CHANGE A VOTE?

  • 07:18:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 99, THE NAYS ARE --

  • 07:19:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE NAYS ARE 222, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS…

    THE NAYS ARE 222, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 62 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN MR. AMASH ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:20:09 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 62, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 62, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR. AMASH OF MICHIGAN.

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  • 07:20:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE…

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE DOWNED. A A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED -- A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 07:23:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 207.

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 212, THE NAYS ARE 208, THE AMENDMENT IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 212, THE NAYS ARE 208, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SESSIONS, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY A VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDEZ IGS NATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:25:08 PM

    THE CLERK

    BY MR. SESSIONS OF TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    HAVE ALL MEMBERS VOTED?

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 270, THE NAYS ARE 204.

  • 07:29:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 270, THE NAYS ARE 204. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL COME TO ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. WILL THOSE MEMBERS…

    WILL COME TO ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. WILL THOSE MEMBERS TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR OR TAKE A SEAT.

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  • 07:32:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL…

    MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR SEATS SO WE CAN PROCEED WITH BUSINESS.

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  • 07:33:36 PM

    THE CLERK

    10, SECTION 8128, THE SECRETARY SHALL SUBMIT TO THE DEFENSE COMMITTEE, A…

    10, SECTION 8128, THE SECRETARY SHALL SUBMIT TO THE DEFENSE COMMITTEE, A REPORT ON $100 BILLION INEFFICIENCY SAVINGS IDENTIFIED BY MILITARY DEPARTMENTS IN THE BUDGET COVERING FISCAL YEARS 2012-2016.

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  • 07:33:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RISE?

  • 07:33:59 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. AGAIN, THOSE TO MY RIGHT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. AGAIN, THOSE TO MY RIGHT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS DESERVES TO BE HEARD. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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  • 07:34:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN DESERVES TO BE HEARD. THE BODY NEEDS TO HEAR. TAKE YOUR…

    THE GENTLEMAN DESERVES TO BE HEARD. THE BODY NEEDS TO HEAR. TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:34:51 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AMENDMENTS TO THIS TITLE THAT CUT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF AMENDMENTS TO THIS TITLE THAT CUT FUNDS, REDUCE OUR MILITARY FOOTPRINT AND MOVE TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE UNDERLYING BILL. I WANT TO COMMEND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN DICKS FROM WASHINGTON, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN CALLING FOR A FRESH LOOK AT HOW WE CARRY OUT MILITARY OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE NEED FOR A STRATEGY THAT BRINGS OUR TROOPS HOME SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. I JUST RETURNED FROM A TRIP TO AFGHANISTAN. I CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW IMPRESSED I AM WITH THE COMMITMENT, THE DEDICATION AND THE WORK CARRIED OUT EVERY SINGLE DAY BY OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THOSE IN THE CIVILIAN SERVICES. I MET AND SPOKE WITH THEM IN KABUL, BASES AND AIR FORCE BASES AND SMALL VILLAGES. QUITE SIMPLY, THEY ARE INCREDIBLE. BUT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN, I HEARD THE SAME MESSAGE, THIS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. THE STRATEGY THAT WE ARE PURSUING IN AFGHANISTAN IS NOT SUSTAINABLE AND IT IS COSTING US TOO MUCH IN HUMAN LIVES AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO CONTINUE. IT CAN'T CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER 18 MONTHS AS CALLED FOR BY THE PRESIDENT, LET ALONE EVEN LONGER. I STAND HERE TONIGHT MORE CONVINCED THAN EVER THAT IT IS TIME TO FORGE A NEW PATH, A NEW STRATEGY, BUILT UPON PAST AND PRESENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND MORE AGGRESSIVELY FOCUSED ON REDUCING THE MILITARY FOOTPRINT IN AFGHANISTAN THAN THE PLAN DESCRIBED BY THE PRESIDENT LAST MONTH, ACCELERATING THE TRANSITION OF COMBAT OPERATIONS AND INTENSE INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL EFFORT TO SECURE A POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE AFGHAN COMPLEX IN DEFINING A COORDINATED EFFORT THAT SAFEGUARDS THE REGION AND WORLD FROM TERRORIST THREATS. GENERAL PETRAEUS INVITED ME AND TWO OTHER MEMBERS, CONGRESSMAN WEST AND CONGRESSMAN HUNTER TO ATTEND A CEREMONY. WE MAY NOT ALWAYS AGREE ON POLICY BUT WE FOUND THE SERMONNY HONORING THE FALLEN SOLDIERS WHO WERE BEING TRANSPORTED BY THE C-130 ON THEIR FINAL JOURNEY HOME. 1,650 AMERICAN SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN HAVE SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES IN THE AFGHANISTAN WAR. WHILE I WAS IN AFGHANISTAN, SIX MORE WERE KILLED. IT WAS A REMINDER OF THE ENORMOUS SACRIFICE THAT OUR SOLDIERS ARE PAYING. 2010 WAS THE DEADLIEST CONFLICT FOR U.S. AND COALITION FORCES AND FOR AFGHAN CIVILIANS. THIS YEAR, 2011, IS ON PAGE TO BE THE DEADLIEST PAGE OF THE WAR. WE NEED TO END THE WAR, NOT SUSTAIN ON IT. WE ARE BORROWING $8 BILLION, TO $10 BILLION EACH MONTH ALONE. BORROWING, BORROWING. WE KNOW WE CAN'T SUSTAIN THAT AND AFGHAN GOVERNMENT AND SECURITY FORCES DON'T HAVE THE POLITICAL WILL TO SUSTAIN THAT WILL OF RESOURCES ONCE WE LEAVE. WE NEED TO FIND A NEW STRATEGY TO BRING THIS CONFLICT TO AN END. THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS ARE GRAPPLING WITH HOW TO DEAL WITH THE NATIONAL DEBT. IT CAN'T BE DONE IF WE DON'T FIND THE MEANS. ACCORDING TO C.B.O. WE CAN SAVE $1.3 TRILLION BY ENDING THESE WARS, TRILLION WITH A T. WE HAVE SPENT $3.7 TRILLION SINCE 9/11 IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. WE CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER DECADE LIKE THE LAST ONE. IT IS SIMPLY NOT SUSTAINABLE. WE NEED TO ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT JOBS AND ECONOMIC SECURITY AND ECONOMIC STRENGTH ARE A CENTRAL PART OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WHILE WE SERVE AS AN A.T.M. MACHINE FOR THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT IN KABUL, WE TELL OUR OWN PEOPLE WE DON'T HAVE MONEY HERE AT HOME. ENOUGH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT AMENDMENTS THAT REDUCE OUR SPENDING AND MILITARY FOOTPRINT IN AFGHANISTAN. HELP BRING OUR TROOPS HOME SOONER RATHER THAN LATER AND CALL FOR A NEW DIRECTION IN AFGHANISTAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL BE SUBMITTING FOR THE RECORD TWO ARTICLES ONE FROM THE "WASHINGTON POST" ENTITLED "C.B.O. ENDING THE WARS" AND AN ARTICLE THAT ARE APPEARED IN "SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN." MR. CHAIRMAN THE TIME HAS COME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER AND FIND A DIFFERENT STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN, ONE THAT WILL BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. IT IS TIME TO END THIS WAR. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 07:39:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 07:40:00 PM

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    LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. JONES

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:43:20 PM

    MR. NADLER

    BE A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY MR. GARAMENDI, MYSELF AND MR. JONES…

    BE A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY MR. GARAMENDI, MYSELF AND MR. JONES AND OTHERS, ALL IN VARIOUS WAYS SEEKING TO SPEED OUR EXIT FROM AFGHANISTAN. I SUPPORT THEM ALL. TWO WEEKS AGO, THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED THAT WE CONTINUE FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN FOR AT LEAST 3 1/2 MORE YEARS. IN THOSE 3 1/2 YEARS, MORE OF OUR SOLDIERS WILL DIE, MORE OF OUR TREASURE WILL BE SPENT AND IN THE END, WE WILL NOT BE ANY CLOSER TO CREATING A STABLE AFGHANISTAN OR TO ENHANCING OUR SAFETY. THE WHOLE PREMISE OF THIS WAR IS WRONG. FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN DOES NOT ENHANCE THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. 10 YEARS AGO, WE WERE ATTACKED ON 9/11 BY AL QAEDA. AL QAEDA HAD BASES IN AFGHANISTAN AND AT THAT TIME, IT MADE SENSE TO GO IN AND DESTROY THOSE BASES, A AND WE DID. BUT THE C.I.A. TELL US THERE ARE FEWER THAN 100 PERSONNEL IN AFGHANISTAN. SO WHY ARE WE STILL FIGHTING THERE. WHY DO WE HAVE TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN AT THE END OF 2012, TROOPS WHO WILL CONTINUE TO RISK THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY IN A WAR THAT HAS ALREADY CLAIMED TOO MANY AMERICAN LIVES? AND WE WILL CONTINUE DEPLOYING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO A MESS WHEN WE SHOULD BE DEVOTING TAXPAYER FUNDS TO OUR OWN ECONOMY, OUR OWN JOBS, OUR OWN HOUSING, OUR OWN SOCIAL PROGRAMS AND OUR OWN EDUCATION. AFGHANISTAN IS IN THE MIDDLE OF WHAT IS SO FAR A 35-YEAR CIVIL WAR. IF WE CONTINUE ON THIS COURSE, IN THREE YEARS, THERE WILL BE SEVERAL THOUSAND MORE AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD, SEVERAL HUNDRED BILLION MORE DOLLARS WASTED AND TWO OR THREE MORE PROVINCES LABELED PACIFIED. AS SOON AS WE LEAVE, NOW, OR IN 2014 OR 2016 OR WHENEVER, THOSE PROVINCES WILL BECOME UNPACIFIED. THE TALIBAN AND THE WARLORDS WILL STEP UP THE FIGHTING AND THE AFGHAN CIVIL WAR WILL RESUME ITS NATURAL COURSE. OUR TROOPS ARE FIGHTING VALIANTLY BUT THEY ARE ON THE WRONG MISSION. REBUILDING REBUILDING AFTER FAN STAN IS BEYOND OUR ABILITY. TO CONTINUE THIS TERRIBLE POLICY AT SO HIGH A COST IS SIMPLY UNCONSCIONABLE. IT IS UNJUSTIFIABLE TO SACRIFICE MORE LIVES AND MONEY ON THIS FUTILE ENDEAVOR. WE SHOULD WITHDRAW OUR TROOPS NOW, ALL OF THEM, AS RAPIDLY AS PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:46:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 07:46:20 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. ON MARCH 16, 2011, I JOINED MY CO-CHAIRS OF THE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. ON MARCH 16, 2011, I JOINED MY CO-CHAIRS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS ON PEACE AND SECURITY IN SENDING A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT ASKING THEM TO MOVE SWIFTLY TO END AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR, THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN.

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  • 07:46:49 PM

    MR. HONDA

    THE CO-CHAIRS HAVE CALLED ON THE ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE TOWARD THE SWIFT…

    THE CO-CHAIRS HAVE CALLED ON THE ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE TOWARD THE SWIFT AND SIZABLE REDUCTION OF THE TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN. MEETING OR EXCEEDING THE NUMBER OF TROOPS ON THE GROUND BEFORE THIS REVISION. WE CALL FOR A -- EVEN THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS CALLED FOR AN END TO THE AFGHANISTAN WAR. IN POLL AFTER POLL, THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE CONSISTENTLY CALLING FOR AN END TO THIS WAR. A SIGNIFICANT REDEPLOYMENT OF U.S. TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN BEGINNING THIS MONTH WOULD HAVE SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT SEEK A PERMANENT PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN. THIS MOVE WOULD RECOGNIZE WE CANNOT AFFORD THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN COSTING NEARLY $10 BILLION PER MONTH WHILE AMERICAN FAMILIES STRUGGLE TO STAY AFLOAT AMID THE SLOW RECOVERY OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE C.P.C. TASK FORCE ON PEACE AND SECURITY BELIEVE THAT A SIGNIFICANT, SWIFT, AN SIZABLE TROOP REDUCTION IN AFGHANISTAN IS NECESSARY. ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE C.B.O. REPORTED RECENTLY THAT ENDING THE WARS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ WILL SAVE THIS COUNTRY $1.7 TRILLION AND ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE FACT THAT A RECENT BROWN UNIVERSITY STUDY SHOWS THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS SPENT $3.7 TRILLION IN THESE WARS SINCE 2001. ANYTHING LESS HURT OURS NATION'S FUTURE AND IS UNACCEPTABLE. IT IS TIME TO FOCUS ON SECURING A FUTURE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND PROSPERITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE PRESIDENT MUST MOVE SWIFTLY AND BOLDLY TO END THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN AND BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW. THE PRESIDENT'S ANNOUNCEMENT LAST MONTH DOES NOT REFLECT A SIGNIFICANT POLICY CHANGE IN AFGHANISTAN. THIS STRATEGY DOES NOT REPRESENT A DRAWDOWN IN AFGHANISTAN BUT RATHER AIMS AT MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO THROUGH THE END OF 2012. SIMPLY REMOVING THE 30,000 SURGE TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN MEANS THAT BY THE END OF THE SUMMER OF 2012, WE'LL BE EXACTLY WHERE WE WERE IN LATE 2009. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS CONTINUE TO FIGHT A BATTLE THAT THEIR COMMANDERS INSIST WILL ONLY END WITH A POLITICAL SOLUTION. PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN WILL DEPEND ULTIMATELY ON AN AFGHAN SOLUTION, NOT ON AMERICAN SOLDIERS. EVERYONE SEEMS TIRED OF THIS WAR BUT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN WASHINGTON -- FROM REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN WASHINGTON, TO AFGHANS IN KABUL TO AMERICANS A KANSAS. OFFICIALS ACKNOWLEDGE THAT DUE TO AMERICA'S DEBT AN DEFICITS, WAR COSTS $120 BILLION ANNUALLY FOR AFGHANISTAN ALONE ARE NO LONGER SUSTAINABLE. REPUBLICANS GAINED SIMILAR GROUND WITH DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE JACK KINGSTON AND OTHERS EXPRESSING CONCERN ABOUT THE COST, THE MISSION AND LACK OF PROGRESS. SENATORS ALSO CALLED FOR TROOP WITHDRAWAL. NEARLY HALF THE HOUSE WEIGHED IN WITH A CALL FOR AN ACCELERATED PLAN TO DRAW DOWN TROOPS AND TRANSITION TO AFGHAN CONTROL. CONSIDER THE AFGHANS WHO ARE AT THE RECEIVING END OF ALL OF THIS. AFTER A SERIES OF SERIOUS CIVILIAN CASUALTIES RESULTING FROM MULTIPLE INDISCRIMINATE NATO BOMBINGS, AFGHAN PRESIDENT HAMID KARZAI DECLARED OPPOSITION TO ANY AND ALL AIR STRIKES ON AFGHAN HOMES. THIS ADDS TO THE CALL FOR THEM TO END NIGHT ROADS AND STAY OFF ROADS AND OUT OF AFGHAN VILLAGES. THE AFGHAN PEOPLE ARE NO MORE PLEASED WITH KARZAI WITH AMERICA'S CONTINUED PRESENCE, HARDLY A SURPRISE GIVEN THAT GENERAL PETRAEUS HAS INCREASED BOMBING BY 80% IN THE LAST YEAR ALONE. ACCORDING TO A RECENT POLL, NEARLY 6-10 AFGHANS STAID WESTERN TROOPS MUST LEAVE ON OR BEFORE THE ORIGINAL JULY, 2011 WITHDRAWAL DATE. ONLY 27% SAY THE DEEMPLOYMENT SHOULD BE MAINTAINED LONGER. AFTER SPENDING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF AMERICAN TAX DOLLAR THE SECURITY AND DAY-TO-DAY LIFE IN MANY REGIONS OF AFGHANISTAN ISN'T IMPROVING. CRIME, ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, AN FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT ARE GETTING WORSE, NOT BETTER. AVAILABILITY OF ELECTRICITY, FOOD, MEDICAL CARE AND SCHOOLS HAS SHOWN LITTLE OR NO IMPROVEMENT. IN RECENT YEARS. SO FOR ALL THESE REASONS AND MORE THE CASE IS CLEAR SO THEY -- WE NEED TO END THIS WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME.

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  • 07:51:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:51:57 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    YES. MR. --

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    BILLION PER WEEK, $28.3 MILLION PER -- BILLION PER DAY. WE ARE HAVING A…

    BILLION PER WEEK, $28.3 MILLION PER -- BILLION PER DAY. WE ARE HAVING A DEBATE RIGHT NOW OVER HOW WE GET THE DEBT UNDER CONTROL AND THESE BORROWED MONEYS ARE NOT EVEN A SUBJECT OF DISCUSSION.

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  • 07:56:42 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    IF YOU WANT TO GET THE DEBT DOWN, YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE WAR COSTS AND…

    IF YOU WANT TO GET THE DEBT DOWN, YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE WAR COSTS AND I CAN'T BELIEVE FOR THOSE ADVOCATING THE STATUS QUO THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR IT. IT'S GOING ON A CREDIT CARD. I THINK THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE. THIS IS AN ENORMOUS COST TO US HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 07:57:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    UNDERLYING BILL TO WITHDRAW OUR TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN. EARLIER THIS…

    UNDERLYING BILL TO WITHDRAW OUR TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN. EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE PRESIDENT MADE AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT, HE PLANS TO WITHDRAW 10,000 TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN IN A MONTH AND ANOTHER 20,000 BY NEXT SUMMER.

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  • 07:57:32 PM

    MS. CHU

    I COMMEND THE PRESIDENT FOR DRAWING THROUGH -- FOLLOWING THROUGH WITH A…

    I COMMEND THE PRESIDENT FOR DRAWING THROUGH -- FOLLOWING THROUGH WITH A DRAWDOWN PLAN. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CRYING FOR A SIGNIFICANT DRAWDOWN AND WE ARE STILL TOO FAR FROM THAT. EVEN AFTER THE TROOPS COME HOME, WHICH WON'T BE FOR ANOTHER YEAR AND A HALF, WE WILL STILL BE EXACTLY WHERE WE WERE IN 2009. 70,000 AMERICAN SOLDIERS WILL STILL BE SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN AND I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER WHY. THE ONGOING FINANCIAL AND HUMAN COST OF THIS WAR ARE NOW INDEFENSIBLE. WE SPEND $2 BILLION A WEEK ON THE WAR EFFORT IN AFGHANISTAN AND WHAT'S WORSE IS THAT OUR OWN MONEY IS WORKING AGAINST US. LAST YEAR, I WAS OUTRAGED TO LEARN THAT TAXPAYERS ARE SPENDING $2.16 BILLION ON PRIVATE CONTRACTORS IN AFGHANISTAN. THESE CONTRACTORS USE PART OF THE MONEY TO PAY OFF LOCAL WAR LORDS WHICH THEN END UP IN THE TALIBAN'S HANDS. IN EFFECT, WE'RE FUNDING BOTH SIDES OF THE SAME WAR. THIS CORRUPTION AND WASTE OF HARD-EARNED AMERICAN DOLLARS IS THE DIRECT RESULT OF UNRELIABLE COUNSEL AND A LACK OF PERSPECTIVE AND IT'S COSTING US A WHOPPING $100 BILLION A YEAR. THAT'S FIVE TIMES MORE THAN WE SPEND ON PELL GRANTS EVERY YEAR. FINANCIAL AID TO PUT AMERICAN KIDS THROUGH COLLEGE. THAT'S DOUBLE WHAT WE SPEND ON MEDICAID THAT KEEPS ALL AMERICANS HEALTHY REGARDLESS OF INCOME. AND $100 BILLION WOULD COMPLETELY PAY FOR THE HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT, COMMERCE DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT OF SIPES AND THE ENTIRE JUDICIAL BRANCH COMBINED. WHEN MONEY IS TIGHT AND CONGRESS IS TRYING TO SLASH MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY TO KEEP THIS NATION AFLOAT, IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE TO KEEP WRITING BLANK CHECKS FOR THIS WAR. BUT SADLY, THAT'S NOT THE LARGEST TOLL OF THIS WAR. SINCE 9/11, WE'VE LOST OVER 1,600 AMERICAN LIVES, OVER 11,000 TROOPS HAVE BEEN WOUNDED AND AN UNTOLD NUMBER OF AFGHAN CIVILIANS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES AFTER A DECADE OF WAR. AND IT'S NOT GETTING ANY BETTER. IN FACT, LAST YEAR WAS THE MOST DEADLY YEAR ON RECORD FOR U.S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN. AL QAEDA IS NO LONGER IN AFGHANISTAN BUT SCATTERED AROUND THE WORLD. IT DID NOT TAKE 100,000 TROOPS TO FIND OSAMA BIN LADEN AND IT DOES NOT TAKE A MILITARY OCCUPATION OF AFGHANISTAN TO PROTECT US FROM TERRORIST THREATS. BY FAILING TO DRAW DOWN THE NUMBER OF TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN, WE CONTINUE TO FOCUS EFFORTS AWAY FROM THE TERRORISTS AND NEEDLESSLY PUT AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN THE LINE OF FIRE. BUT THIS STORY IS ABOUT MORE THAN NUMBERS AND FIGURES, ABOUT IT'S REAL PEOPLE WHO SACRIFICE EVERYTHING TO KEEP US SAFE. ON SUNDAY, APRIL 3, OF THIS YEAR, A 21-YEAR-OLD YOUNG MARINE NAMED HARRY LU DIED WHILE SERVING THE COUNTRY IN AFGHANISTAN. HE WAS A SON OF SANDY AND ALLEN LU, THE SISTER OF CARMEN LU, AND HE WAS MY NEPHEW. HARRY DIED WHILE SERVING ON WATCH DUDEY -- DUTY IN HELMAND PROVINCE. HIS UNIT'S GOAL WAS TO PROVIDE SECURITY TO LOCALS. BUT THREE SHORT MONTHS BEFORE HE WAS SET TO RETURN HOME HE WAS GONE. ENDING THIS YEAR -- THIS WAR WILL SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. ENDING IT WILL LET US FOCUS ON FIGHTING TERRORISM AROUND THE DEMROBE. ENDING THE WAR WILL SAVE MONEY -- GLOBE. ENDING WAR WILL SAVE MONEY AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED IT MOST. IT IS TIME TO END THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, BRING OUR TROOPS HOME AND BEGIN SERIOUSLY ADDRESSING OUR REAL SECURITY NEEDS.

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  • 08:01:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 08:01:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    AS I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT, I WOULD WANT TO CAUTION MY FRIEND, MR. GARAMENDI,…

    AS I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT, I WOULD WANT TO CAUTION MY FRIEND, MR. GARAMENDI, AND OTHERS ABOUT THE ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN. INDEED IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW. THOSE OF US WHO MAY HAVE READ "CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR," I'M SURE MY COLLEAGUE HAS READ IT THOROUGHLY, BUT CHARLIE WILSON WAS A COLLEAGUE OF MINE ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON DEFENSE WHO FIRST RAISED THE PROSPECT OF CHALLENGES IN AFGHANISTAN. AT THAT POINT IN TIME THE SOVIET UNION WAS ATTEMPTING TO MOVE INTO AFGHANISTAN TO TAKE OVER THAT ENTIRE COUNTRY. GIVING THEM ACCESS TO THE ENTIRE REGION. IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR, IN MY JUDGMENT, THE EFFORT MADE AS A RESULT OF TCHARLY -- CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR, AND THE EFFORTS OF POPE JOHN PAUL WHO WAS THEN THE BISHOP FROM POLAND, PERHAPS THIS VERY -- IT'S VERY POSSIBLE THE SOVIET UNION NEVER WOULD HAVE FALLEN. BUT INDEED CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR CREATED A CIRCUMSTANCE WHERE THE SOVIETS DID WITHDRAW FROM AFGHANISTAN AND SO WE ARE RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF OPPORTUNITY AND PEACE AND FREEDOM IN AFGHANISTAN AND WHAT I'D CAUTION MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA ABOUT IS FOLLOWING THAT, WHAT DID AMERICA DO? AMERICA DID WHAT WE OFTEN DO IN THE WORLD WHERE THERE ARE STRIFE AND STRUGGLE, WHERE WE'RE ASKED TO PLAY A ROLE IN LEADERSHIP, PROVIDING FOR OPPORTUNITY AND CHANGE FOR PEACE. THE VACUUM THAT WAS LEFT IN AFGHANISTAN AS A RESULT OF OUR WALKING AWAY AFTER THE WAR, AFTER THE SOVIETS LEFT, WAS THAT VACUUM AND WITHIN THE VACUUM THERE CAME TERRORISTS WHO WOULD HAVE AMERICA AND FREEDOM IN MIND. INDEED AS A RESULT OF THAT VACUUM AL QAEDA, TALIBAN AND OTHERS GOT STRENGTH AND FOUND TERRORIST CENTER AND NOW WE'RE INVOLVED IN A WAR THAT INVOLVES THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD, NOT JUST PEACE FOR THE WORLD, BUT AMERICAN PEACE AS WELL. INDEED, I WOULD BE VERY CAUTION AS WE GO ABOUT -- CAUTIOUS AS WE GO ABOUT SUGGESTING THAT WE AUTOMATICALLY WALK AWAY FROM THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF'S PLAN. INDEED IF WE ARE NOT CAREFUL, THE VACUUM WILL CATCH UP WITH US AND AMERICA WILL FIND ITSELF IN A MUCH BROADER AND A MUCH MORE INTENSE STRUGGLE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:02:02 PM

    MR. LEWIS

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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  • 08:04:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:04:48 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU. BEFORE I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA TO RESPOND, I…

    THANK YOU. BEFORE I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA TO RESPOND, I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION, I APPRECIATED MR. LEWIS' HISTORY, BUT I WOULD SUGGEST TO YOU THAT AL QAEDA COULD HAVE FOUND A BASE IN YEMEN, THEY COULD HAVE FOUND A BASE IN THE SUDAN, THEY COULD HAVE FOUND A BASE IN OTHER PLACES. THERE WAS NOTHING PARTICULARLY UNIQUE ABOUT AFGHANISTAN THAT ALLOWED THEM TO HAVE THAT BASE THERE. THE FACT IS WE WENT INTO A COUNTRY TO FIGHT AL QAEDA WHO WAS ALL IN THE MOUNTAINS IN PAKISTAN AND EVEN IN THE CITIES IN PAKISTAN, PROBABLY WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT. AND WE'VE WASTED A LOT OF MONEY AND LIVES IN AN AREA WHERE WE DIDN'T NEED TO BE, BECAUSE THAT WAR WILL CONTINUE. THERE ARE ONLY 100 AL QAEDA GIVE OR TAKE LEFT IN AFGHANISTAN. BUT THERE ARE AL QAEDA IN OTHER SPOTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. AND AL QAEDA'S PEOPLE HAVE PLOTTED TERRORIST ACTIVITIES FROM GERMANY AND FROM OTHER PLACES IN EUROPE. THEY DON'T NEED OSAMA BIN LADEN'S BASE TO HAVE ACTIVITY. THERE'S NOTHING YOU NEED -- AS FAR AS THE SOVIET UNION, THE SOVIET UNION WENT DOWN FOR GOODLY REASONS, BECAUSE OF ALL THE MONEY THEY SPENT IN AFGHANISTAN. TRUE, WE WERE THERE FIGHTING THEM, BUT THEIR ATTEMPT AT GAINING EMPIRE, WHICH HAS BEEN THE LOSS OF MANY EMPIRES, STRETCHING TOO FAR AND GOING BEYOND THEIR SUPPLY LINES, KILLED THEM. THEY SPENT MONEY THERE AND THEY'D LIKE US TO STAY THERE. THEY'RE BEING REAL NICE TO US. THEY'RE HELPING US WITH BASES, TO BRING IN ARMAMENTS AND TROOPS AND SUPPLIES. COME ON, AMERICA. SPEND YOUR MONEY. BREAK YOUR GOVERNMENT. COME LIKE -- BECOME LIKE WE ARE, BROKEN. IT WAS A MISTAKE. I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO GET OUT OF AFGHANISTAN BECAUSE WE'RE LOSING LIVES AND MONEY AND DOING IT FOR REASONS THAT'S NOT GOING TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY ANY BETTER. MR. LEWIS TALKED ABOUT STRIFE IN PLACES IN AFGHANISTAN. I'LL TELL YOU ABOUT STRIFE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN MY CITY, IN DETROIT, IN PHILADELPHIA, IN BOSTON, IN CHICAGO. YOU GO TO THE INNER CITIES IN AMERICA AND YOU'LL SEE PEOPLE WITHOUT HOPE AND WITHOUT OPPORTUNITY. THAT'S WHERE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS TO BE BUILT. THAT'S WHERE EDUCATION NEEDS TO BE REFORMED. NOT IN PROJECTS IN AFGHANISTAN, BUT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND THAT'S WHAT THE CONFERENCE OF MAYORS SAID, THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD THIS WHILE OUR CITIES GO TO DECAY AND OUR PEOPLE LOSE THEIR OPPORTUNITY AND OUR MIDDLE CLASS IS DESTROYED. WE FIGHT A WAR IN AFGHANISTAN WHICH WAS THE WAR OF ANOTHER GENERATION, WHICH WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM HISTORY, IN THE SOVIETS' EXPERIENCE AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM. IF YOU DON'T LEARN FROM HISTORY, YOU'RE DOOMED TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES AND I SEE THAT HAPPENING. ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN SAID NATIONAL DEBT IS OUR BIGGEST SECURITY THREAT. ADMIRAL MULLEN, NATIONAL DEBT IS OUR BIGGEST SECURITY THREAT. HE SAID IT AT BREAKFAST RECENTLY, JUST LAST MONTH IN A TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS, THAT THAT IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM WE HAVE AND WHEN YOU HAVE A SECURITY DEBT ZSH A PROBLEM LIKE THAT THAT'S A SECURITY INTEREST, YOU GO TO THE BIGGEST SPOT WHERE YOU CAN SAVE MONEY, THE DEFENSE BUDGET IN THIS WAR THAT IS DRAINING AND HAS COST US SO MUCH. AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. MR. GAR MENDY, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO YOU BECAUSE THERE WERE SOME -- MR. GARAMENDI, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO YOU BECAUSE THERE WERE SOME THINGS ADDRESSED TO YOU. I YIELD TO -- ALL RIGHT. BUT I HAVE SOME AMENDMENTS COMING WHICH I'M GOING TO OFFER THAT WOULD REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE SPEND WITH THE FORCES AND ALSO THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE SPEND WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE DEVELOPMENT THERE IN AFGHANISTAN. THE FACT IS JUST LIKE IN IRAQ WE PUT IN EQUIPMENT AND BUILDINGS AND THEN WE LEAVE AND THEY DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAINTAIN THOSE BUILDINGS. OR MAINTAIN THAT EQUIPMENT AND IT GOES TO WASTE. WE DON'T NEED TO BE WASTING OUR RESOURCES, LEAVING THEM THERE WHERE THEY WILL JUST GO TO WASTE. WE NEED TO SPEND THOSE RESOURCES IN AMERICA AND CREATE JOBS IN AMERICA, HAVE HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICA AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD WHATEVER REMAINING TIME I HAVE.

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  • 08:08:49 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS. I WISH WE WERE MORE CAUTIOUS IN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS. I WISH WE WERE MORE CAUTIOUS IN THE WAY WE COMMITTED OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN THE FIELD OF BATTLE. WE NEED TO BE -- IT'S POLITICIANS THAT PUT OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN IN HARM'S WAY AND IT'S POLITICIANS THAT KEEP THIS WAR GOING. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT WE HAVE AN UNRELIABLE PARTNER IN AFGHANISTAN. PRESIDENT KARZAI IS CORRUPT, HE FIXED THE LAST ELECTION. I MEAN, HE'S DENIGRATING OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN. WHEN I WAS OVER THERE ONE OF OUR SOLDIERS FROM MASSACHUSETTS SAID TO ME, WHAT BOTHERS ME MOST IS WE'RE RISKING OUR LIVES TO TRY TO HELP IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY, MR. KARZAI, YOU KNOW, DENIGRATES US, DIMINISHES WHAT WE DO. CALLS US NAMES. ACCUSED THE UNITED STATES OF USING NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN AFGHANISTAN. THE MASSACHUSETTS SOLDIER SAID TO ME, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE? DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE? LOOK, WE NEED TO RETHINK OUR POLICY IN AFGHANISTAN. NOBODY'S TALKING ABOUT WALKING AWAY, WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS THIS CURRENT POLICY -- WE'RE GOING BROKE.

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  • 08:09:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. MCKEON

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO YIELD MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO YIELD MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI.

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  • 08:10:19 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM KATRINA. PREVIOUSLY MY GOOD FRIEND --…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM KATRINA. PREVIOUSLY MY GOOD FRIEND -- CALIFORNIA. PREVIOUSLY MY GOOD FRIEND WITH WHOM I'VE WORKED CHALLENGED ME ON THE POSITION I TAKE WITH REGARD TO WINDING DOWN QUICKLY THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. HIS REPRESENTATION OF HISTORY WAS WOEFULLY INCOMPLETE. MUCH OF WHAT WE ARE NOW FIGHT WAS ACTUALLY BEGUN BY -- FIGHTING WAS BEGUN BY CHARLIE WILSON. MORPHED OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, PERHAPS BY PAKISTAN. BUT WE'RE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A CIVIL WAR. NOT JUST A CIVIL WAR BUT A FIVE-WAY CIVIL WAR, ONE THAT'S GONE ON FOR AT LEAST THE LAST 35 YEARS. AND WE ARE, AS MY FRIEND, MR. MCGOVERN JUST STATED, BACKING A GOVERNMENT THAT IS ON THE FACE OF IT CORRUPT BY ANY STANDARD. SO WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT? WHEN IN FACT WE WENT INTO AFGHANISTAN TO GET AL QAEDA AND WE DID. THERE'S ONLY A HANDFUL THAT ARE THERE, PROBABLY FAR MORE AL QAEDA SYMPATHIZERS AND ACTIVISTS IN THE UNITED STATES THAN IN AFGHANISTAN. SO WHY DO WE HAVE OVER 100,000 AMERICAN TROOPS AND ANOTHER 40,000 NATO TROOPS? IN AFGHANISTAN? I DID NOT SUGGEST THAT WE LEAVE A VACUUM. INSTEAD I SUGGEST WE LEAVE A SMALL FORCE BEHIND THAT GOES AFTER AL QAEDA. TAKE THEM OUT. WHEREVER THEY HAPPEN TO BE. BRING OUR TROOPS BACK HOME. GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN, GO AFTER AL QAEDA. AND YOU'RE QUITE CORRECT, MY COLLEAGUES, THEY'RE IN SOMALIA, THEY'RE IN YEMEN, THEY'RE IN OTHER PARTS OF THIS WORLD. AND THE MORE TROOPS WE HAVE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, THE MORE REASON WE GIVE TO THOSE WHO WANT TO RECRUIT YET MORE AL QAEDA MEMBERS. THIS MAKES NO SENSE GOING FORWARD. YES, WE WILL HAVE A CONTINUING OBLIGATION, BUT IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE STRATEGY THAT IS NOW IN PLACE, ONE THAT CALLS UPON AMERICA TO MAINTAIN ITS TROOPS, THEN YOU CAN COUNT ON A LARGER DEFICIT. THAT MAKE NOES SENSE TO ME. -- MAKES NO SENSE TO ME. LET'S BRING OUR TROOPS HOME RAPIDLY. THE AMENDMENTS THAT WILL BE ON THE FLOOR WILL CAUSE THAT WHO HAPPEN -- TO HAPPEN. WE HAVE THE POWER OF THE PURSE HERE. THIS NATION CAN NO LONGER SUSTAIN $120 BILLION A YEAR IN AFGHANISTAN WHEN OUR BRIDGES ARE CRUMBLING, WHEN OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT EDUCATED, WHEN WE CANNOT AFFORD AND JUSTIFY THE BUDGET YOU'RE PUTTING FORTH CANNOT AFFORD TO FEED OUR CHILDREN, CARE FOR OUR ELDERLY. THIS WILL NOT STAND AND IT MUST END SOON. I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR THE PRESIDENT BUT HE'S GOT THE WRONG STRATEGY. HE'S CONTINUING ON THE STRATEGY THAT BY THE PROOF ON THE GROUND DOES NOT WORK. PIVOT, GO BACK TO WHAT WE ONCE SAID WAS OUR GOAL. GET AL QAEDA. TAKE THEM OUT. WHEREVER THEY HAPPEN TO BE. AND WE KNOW WE CAN DO IT, WE HAVE DONE IT AND ANYBODY THAT WANTS TO PLAY THE AL QAEDA GAME ON THEIR SIDE, KNOW THAT THIS NATION HAS THE CAPABILITY TO TAKE YOU OUT. MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. LEWIS, THE NEXT TIME YOU WANT TO RECITE THE HISTORY OF AFGHANISTAN, RECITE THE FULL HISTORY OF AFGHANISTAN. INCLUDING THIS NATION'S 10-YEAR EFFORT AND ALL OF THE MISTAKES THAT WE'VE MADE. LET US NOT COMPOUND THOSE MISTAKES BY CONTINUING THE SAME COURSE FOR ANOTHER THREE, FOUR, FIVE YEARS AND BEYOND. IT'S TIME TO END THIS WAR. IT'S TIME TO FOCUS ON THE TRUE ENEMY HERE, AL QAEDA. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 08:14:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

  • 08:14:37 PM

    MS. LEE

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 08:14:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?

  • 08:14:48 PM

    MS. LEE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR WILL ADVISE AT THIS TIME WE ARE NOT TO THAT POINT IN THE READING.

  • 08:15:17 PM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA RISE?

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    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BOSS WELL OF IOWA, PAGE 22, LINE 10, STRIKE NOT…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BOSS WELL OF IOWA, PAGE 22, LINE 10, STRIKE NOT AND INSERT A, NOT. PAGE 27, LINE 10, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, BSKS, IT IS THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM SHOULD BE A PRIORITY OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS WITH RESPECT TO REINVESTING THE EFFICIENCY SAVINGS DESCRIBED IN SUBSECTION A.

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  • 08:16:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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    ON THE -- ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    THERE IS NO DIRECTION THAT ENSURES THAT THE SECRETARY INCLUDE EXISTING…

    THERE IS NO DIRECTION THAT ENSURES THAT THE SECRETARY INCLUDE EXISTING SUICIDE PROGRAMS AS PRIORITIES FOR REINVESTMENT FROM THESE SAVINGS. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY CLARIFIES THAT SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS WHICH ALREADY EXIST, HAVE ALREADY BEEN AUTHORIZED, ARE A PRIORITY AND WILL REMAIN A PRIORITY. WE MUST DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO REDUCE THE SUICIDE RATES OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THIS AMENDMENT FULFILLS THAT OBLIGATION. I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:17:14 PM

    MR. BOSWELL

    I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

  • 08:17:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN MAY NOT RESERVE THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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  • 08:18:03 PM

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    MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO CHANGE…

    MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW AND CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION ON AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL, THEREFORE IT VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE RULE STATES IN PERTINENT PART, AN AMENDMENT TO A YEN APPROPRIATIONS BILL SHOULD NOT BE IN ORDER IF CHANGING EXISTING LAW.

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  • 08:18:25 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD?

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    MR. BOSWELL

    AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE POINT OF ORDER. IN…

    AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE POINT OF ORDER. IN ACCORDANCE WITH CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21, THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT MAKE A NEW APPROPRIATION. IT DOES NOT REAPPROPRIATE UNUSED FUNDS. IT DOES NOT RESTRICT AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS. AND IT DOES NOT CHANGE EXISTING LAW. IN FACT, THE -- IN FACT, DEFENSE SUICIDE PRETCHINGS PROGRAMS HAVE ALREADY BEEN AUTHORIZED BY LAW. FOR EXAMPLE, THE YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM, WHICH HELPS SUPPORT NATIONAL FORWARD AND RESERVE SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY CLARIFIES, SIMPLY CLARIFIES THE SUICIDE -- THAT SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS WHICH ALREADY EXIST AND HAVE ALREADY BEEN AUTHORIZED ARE A PRIORITY AND WILL ALWAYS REMAIN A PRIORITY. SO I HUMBLY SUGGEST THAT NO ONE, NO ONE IN GOOD CONSCIENCE COULD SUGGEST OTHERWISE. I THANK YOU AND YEALED BACK.

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  • 08:19:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    COOPERATIVE AMENDMENT THAT ANY FEDERAL TAX LIABLE THAT HAS BEEN ASSESSED

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    THE CLERK

    COOPERATIVE AMENDMENT THAT ANY FEDERAL TAX LIABLE THAT HAS BEEN ASSESSED…

    COOPERATIVE AMENDMENT THAT ANY FEDERAL TAX LIABLE THAT HAS BEEN ASSESSED AND IS NOT BEING PAID IN A TIMELY MANNER PURSUANT TO AN AGREEMENT. SECTION 8130, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING OR COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH ANY CORPORATION CONVICTED OF A FELONY VIOLATION WITHIN THE PRECEDING 24 MONTHS. TITLE 9. OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, MILITARY PERSONNEL, ARMY. $6,822,635,000.

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  • 08:21:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

  • 08:21:15 PM

    MS. LEE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 125, LINE 6, INSERT AFTER…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA. PAGE 125, LINE 6, INSERT AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT THE FOLLOWING. REDUCE BY $3,438,-- $3,438,728,000. I PAGE 23, LINE 12, INSERT THE FOLLOW, REDEUCE BY $

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  • 08:21:51 PM

    MS. LEE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS READ.

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    RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION, THE READING WILL BECY SPENCED WITH AND A POINT OF ORDER IS…

    OBJECTION, THE READING WILL BECY SPENCED WITH AND A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 08:22:15 PM

    MS. LEE

    LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN ROGERS, MR. DICKS AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE…

    LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN ROGERS, MR. DICKS AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THIS BILL. I RISE TO OFFER THE LEE-JONES AMENDMENT JOINED BY REPRESENTATIVES NADLER, STARK, JESSE JACKSON JR., GRIJALVA, PAUL AND AMASH. I WANT TO THANK EACH OF MY COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING REPRESENTATIVE JONES AND ME ON THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD END THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN BY ENDING THE FUNDING FOR COMBAT OPERATIONS BUT WOULD PROVIDE FUNDS TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME IN A SAFE AND ORDERLY MANNER. WHILE I WOULD HAVE -- WHILE I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED TO OPEN THE -- OFFER THE LEE AMENDMENT WHICH I HAVE OFFERED IN THE PAST TO FENCE OFF AND LIMIT FUNDING TO THE SAFE, ORDERLY WITHDRAWAL OF ALL U.S. ARMED FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN, I WAS UNABLE TO DO SO TODAY GIVEN THAT WE ARE DEBATING ON AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. I WANT TO PEMFA SIZE AGAIN THIS IMPORTANT POINT THAT WHILE THIS AMENDMENT CUTS WAR FUND, IT CUTS COMBAT OPERATION FUNDING BUT DOES LEAVE ENOUGH FUNDING TO PROVIDE FOR THE SAFE AND ORDERLY RETURN OF ALL U.S. FORCES FROM AFGHANISTAN. I SPEAK TODAY AS THE DAUGHTER OF A LIEUTENANT COLONEL WHO FOUGHT IN SEVERAL WARS, ONE WHO KNOWS THE TRAUMA AND DEVASTATION OF WARS ON FAMILIES. I WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE PERFORMED WITH INCREDIBLE COURAGE AND COMMITMENT IN AFGHANISTAN. THEY'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE ASK THEM TO DO. BUT THE TRUTH IS, THEY HAVE BEEN PUT IN AN IMPOSSIBLE POSITION. THEY ARE FIGHTING IN A WAY WITH NO MILITARY SOLUTION AN NO END IN SIGHT. ONLY A POLITICAL AND DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION AND A REGIONAL STABILIZATION STRATEGY WILL END THIS WAR. IN FACT, THIS CONCERN OF WAR WITHOUT END IS WHY I OPPOSE THE RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING MILITARY FORCE ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2001. IT BEGAN A SERIES OF OF BLANK CHECKS THAT WE HAVE BEEN WRITING FOR NEARLY A DECADE THERE. THERE ARE FEW THINGS WE KNOW WITH CERTAINTY REGARDING THE SITUATION OF AFGHANISTAN. WE KNOW THAT CORRUPTION PERSISTS UNABATED AND IN MANY CASES HAS BEEN FUELED BY THE U.S. OCCUPATION AND INFLUX OF FOREIGN CASH. PRESIDENT KARZAI HAS PROVEN HIMSELF TIME AND TIME AGAIN UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO MEAN -- MEANINGFULLY ROOT OUT CORRUPTION IN HIS ADMINISTRATION. WE KNOW THAT IT'S INCREASED FROM 4,000 TROOPS IN 2002 TO 100,000 IN 2011. AT THE SAME TIME, MILITARY AND CIVILIAN CASUALTIES HAVE INCREASED AT RECORD RATES. WE ALSO KNOW THAT AL QAEDA'S PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN HAS BEEN ALL BUT ELIMINATED AND OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD. IT'S NOT FEASIBLE OR IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST TO ADDRESS THIS THREAT THROUGH A MILITARY FIRST BOOTS ON THE GROUND STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN AND WE KNOW AS MILITARY AND FOREIGN POLICY EXPERTS FROM ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM HAVE TOLD US REPEATEDLY THAT THE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN WILL NOT BE RESOLVED BY A MILITARY SOLUTION. WE NEED TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME SAFELY AND SWIFTLY AND THAT'S WHY I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT THIS WAR IS COSTING US TOO MUCH. WITH OVER 1,600 TROOPS KILLED AND TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE SERIOUSLY WOUNDED IN AFGHANISTAN, THE HUMAN TOLL CONTINUES TO MOUNT EVERY DAY AND WE'VE ALREADY SPENT OVER $400 BILLION FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN. IT'S PAST TIME TO ADMIT WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO SEND MORE BLANK CHECKS FOR A WAR WITHOUT END. THE UNITED STATES HAS SQUANDERED MORE THAN $1.1 TRILLION ON THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT THE TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT COSTS OF THESE TWO WARS BY THEIR END MAY TOTAL $6 TRILLION. BUT NO -- WITH NO MILITARY SOLUTION, WE NEED TO REDIRECT THE FUNDS TO JOB CREATION AND SUPPORTING THOSE EFFORTS FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN UNEMPLOYED FOR TWO YEARS AND HAVE NO MORE UNEMPLOYEE IMMATERIAL -- UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WHILE WE SPEND $2 BILLION A WEEK ON THIS DECADE-LONG WAR, CRITICAL PROBLEMS LIKE MEDICARE ARE ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK AS WE SEEK TO GET OUR NEIGH'S FINANCES IN ORE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THIS WAR AND THE MASSIVE, UNENDING SPENDING IT REQUIRES. JUST LAST MONTH, THE UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF MAYORS PASSED A RESOLUTION TO END THE WARS AND USE THE MONEY TO BUILD BRIDGES, COOLS AN INFRASTRUCTURE HERE AT HEMOWHERE IT IS NEEDED. THE RESOLUTION CALLS ON THE PRESIDENT AND THE CRITES CONGRESS TO END THE WARS AS SOON AS STRATEGICALLY POSSIBLE AND BRING THE WAR DOLLARS HOME TO MEET VITAL HUMAN NEEDS, PROMOTE JOB CREATION, REBILL OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, AID MUNICIPAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS AND CREATE A NEW ECONOMY. WE NEED TO BRING OUR TROOPS BACK AND USE THE SAVINGS TO ADDRESS OUR NATION'S FISCAL CHALLENGES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THIS. IT'S TIME TO SAY THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IT'S TIME TO BEGIN THE SAFE AND ORDERLY WITHDRAWAL OF UNITED STATES TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN. THIS AMENDMENT DOES JUST THAT BY ENDING THE FUNDING OF COMBAT OPERATION IN AFGHANISTAN WHILE MAINTAINING FUNDS FOR A SAFE AND ORDERLY WITHDRAWAL. THIS IS NOT A CUT AND RUN AMENDMENT. THIS IS A RESPONSIBLE AMENDMENT TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS AMENDMENT, HELPING BRING OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN HOME SAFELY AND ENDING THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:27:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY MAY NOT RESERVE THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY MAY NOT RESERVE THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK.

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  • 08:27:52 PM

    MS. LEE

    I YIELD THIS BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 08:27:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

  • 08:28:03 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    MY RESERVATION AND I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD AND SPEAK IN OPPOSITION…

    MY RESERVATION AND I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD AND SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:28:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS WITHDRAWN AND THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS WITHDRAWN AND THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 08:28:16 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS AN AMENDMENT TO SUPPORT AN ORDERLY WITHDRAWAL OF…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS AN AMENDMENT TO SUPPORT AN ORDERLY WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN. HOWEVER SUCH A REDUCTION WOULD SEVERELY DISRUPT AND SUSPEND A REDEPLOYMENT FROM AFGHANISTAN. THE MAGNITUDE OF HER FUND REGULAR DUCKS WOULD THREATEN THE ABILITY TO SUPPORT TROOP PAY AND SAFETY. THE ME HAS PROVIDED FUNDS TO BEGIN THE REDEPLOYMENT OF TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN. IF THE REDEPLOYMENT FROM AFGHANISTAN WERE TO BE ACCELERATED, THERE WOULD BE SIGNIFICANT INCROOSES IN PERSONNEL, EQUIPMENT, AND TRANSPORTATION COSTS IN FISCAL YEAR 2012. MR. CHAIRMAN, I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND URGE OTHERS TO DO LIKEWISE. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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  • 08:29:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

  • 08:29:18 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 08:29:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:29:23 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY DEAR…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY DEAR FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN LEE, AND THE REST OF THE AUTHORS. CONGRESSWOMAN LEE IS A COURAGEOUS VOICE FOR PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN AND AROUND THE WORLD. AND WHAT SHE SAYS IS THE BOTTOM LINE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS CLEAR. WE SHOULD NOT SPEND ONE MORE DIME WAGING WAR IN AFTER DEPAN STAN. THE ONLY MONEY -- IN AFGHANISTAN. THE ONLY MONEY WE NEED MUST BE USED TO WIND DOWN THE WAR, WITH A SAFE, ORDERLY, COMPLETE AND LONG OVERDUE MILITARY REDEPLOYMENT OUT OF AFTER FAN STAN. THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCED LAST -- ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO, THAT WE WOULD HAVE A TROOP WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN. WELL, I BELIEVE THAT THE INFORMATION OF THAT ANNOUNCEMENT WAS TRAGICALLY INADEQUATE. ACTUALLY, I WAS HOPING TO HEAR THAT AT LEAST 50,000 TROOPS WOULD BE COMING HOME BY THE END OF 2011. INSTEAD THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTION TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR, UNTIL THE SUMMER OF 2012, BEFORE REMOVING THE 33,000 TROOPS THAT WERE ADDED WITH THE SURGE. TOO SLOW, TOO CAUTIOUS, TOO MODEST. I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH CLEARER THE WRITING ON THE WALL HAS TO BE, MR. CHAIRMAN. AFGHANISTAN REMAINS IN TERRIBLE DISARRAY WITH A TERRIBLY CORRUPT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND A SECURITY FORCE ACTUALLY INCAPABLE OF ENFORCING SECURITY. OUR MILITARY FOOTPRINT ISN'T DOING ENOUGH IN AFGHANISTAN. IT IS ACTUALLY CAUSING MORE HARM THAN GOOD. MEANWHILE THE HUMAN COST HERE AT HOME IS NOTHING SHORT OF DEVASTATING. CASUALTIES HAVE SPIKED, AMERICANS ARE DYING IN AFGHANISTAN AT AN UNACCEPTABLE RATE, MORE THAN 200 TROOPS SO FAR THIS YEAR AND OVER 1,600 TROOPS SINCE THE WAR BEGAN NEARLY A DECADE AGO. AND, MR. CHAIRMAN, MAKING IT HOME ALIVE DOESN'T MEAN MAKING IT HOME WHOLE. THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF SERVICE MEMBERS WILL SPEND THE REST OF THEIR LIVES COPING WITH THE WOUNDS AND THE SCARS THEY ACQUIRED IN THIS UNNECESSARY WAR. MANY HAVE LEFT LIMBS BEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN, OTHERS WILL NEVER REGAIN THEIR MENTAL HEALTH OR THEIR PEACE OF MIND, SUFFERING THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF PTSD. WHY WOULD WE CONTINUE TO THROW ANOTHER DOLLAR AT A WAR THAT HAS DONE SO MUCH TO HURT OUR PEOPLE AND AFGHAN CIVILIANS AND DONE SO LITTLE TO HELP THE -- HELP AFGHANISTAN IN GENERAL? THIS WEEK, AS A MATTER OF FACT, ALL OF WASHINGTON IS ABUZZ ABOUT THE DEBT CEILING NEGOTIATIONS. COMMONTATERS ARE ASKING US, WHERE WILL WE FIND CONSENSUS THAT PRESERVES THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? WELL, MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS A CONSENSUS IN THE UNITED STATES, A CONSENSUS AMONG THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THAT IS THAT $10 BILLION A MONTH THAT WE'RE SPENDING IN AFGHANISTAN IS ROUGHLY $10 BILLION TOO MUCH. BUT WE'RE SPENDING -- BUT WAR SPEND SOMETHING OUT OF THE TABLE IN THESE TALKS. INSTEAD MEDICARE CUTS ARE ON THE TABLE. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE CLINGING TIGHT TO LOOPHOLES FOR OIL COMPANIES, CORPORATE JETS, HORSE RACING INDUSTRIES, THEIR SPENDING PRIORITIES ARE JUST TOTALLY WARPED. MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S TIME TO BRING ALL THIS IN LINE WITH THE PRIORITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S TIME TO END THIS WAR. IT'S TIME TO STOP INVESTING MONEY THAT WE NEED RIGHT HERE AT HOME AND IT IS TIME TO INVEST ONLY IN BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME SAFELY. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I STRONGLY URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:33:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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  • 08:34:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    SPEAKER, I WON'T TAKE FIVE MINUTES. BUT I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE…

    SPEAKER, I WON'T TAKE FIVE MINUTES. BUT I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE LEE AMENDMENT WHICH I HAVE THE HONOR OF CO-SPONSORING.

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  • 08:34:16 PM

    MR. NADLER

    ON AFGHANISTAN I EXPRESSED A LITTLE WHILE AGO BUT I WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE…

    ON AFGHANISTAN I EXPRESSED A LITTLE WHILE AGO BUT I WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LEWIS, SAID WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL, THAT WE HAVE TO BE WARY OF A VACUUM SHOULD WE PULL OUT. HAL -- HE ANAL JIESED IT TO WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE SOVIETS LOST THERE WAS A VACUUM BECAUSE WE TURNED OUR BACKS ON IT. AND HE WAS RIGHT. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TURNED OUR BACKS ON HELPING WITH SCHOOLING AND OTHER THINGS IN AFGHANISTAN AT THAT TIME. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THE WORLD'S HISTORY IS FULL OF EMPIRES THAT THREW AWAY THEIR SUBSTANCE ON SILLY MILITARY VENTURES. THIS IS A SILLY MILITARY ADVENTURE. IT'S A TOTAL WASTE. BECAUSE IT IS A CLASSIC WHERE WE ARE FIGHTING -- WHEN WE HAVE FORGOTTEN WHY WE ARE FIGHTING. WE WENT INTO AFGHANISTAN TO GET RID OF THE AL QAEDA BASES. THAT TOOK A WEEK. FOR GOOD MEASURE WE SPENT ANOTHER WEEK AND GOT RID OF THE TALIBAN GOVERNMENT. NOW WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS? TO PUT A GOVERNMENT IN OUR IMAGE? NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. TO INSTALL AND SEE THAT THERE'S A GOVERNMENT THAT CAN RULE FROM KABUL? THERE HASN'T BEEN A GOVERNMENT IN KABUL WHO HAS RAN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY SINCE ALEXANDER THE GREAT. THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WE CAN'T SETTLE THEIR CIVIL WAR WHICH HAS NOW GONE ON FOR 35 YEARS. NOR WILL SETTLING THEIR CIVIL WAR AID OUR SECURITY WHICH WE CAN'T DO ANYWAY AND WE DON'T HAVE TO. OUR SECURITY IS FIGHTING THE TERRORISTS. BUT THE TERRORISTS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. THEY DEVELOP A BASE IN AFGHANISTAN -- IN PAKISTAN, MAYBE WE HAVE TO BOMB IT OR SEND IN SPECIAL FORCES. OR GOD KNOWS WHERE. EVERY SOVEREIGN COUNTRY AS A CONDITION OF ITS SOVEREIGNTY MUST MAKE SURE THAT ITS TERRITORY IS NOT USED TO ATTACK SOMEONE ELSE. AND IF TERRITORIES ARE BEING USED TO PLOT AGAINST US, WE HAVE THE RIGHT AND THE DUTY IF NECESSARY TO DEAL WITH THAT. BUT THAT'S NOT THE QUESTION IN AFGHANISTAN. THE C.I.A., AS I SAID BEFORE, DELLS US THERE ARE FEWER THAN 100 PEOPLE THERE. WHY DO WE NEED 70,000 TROOPS? THOSE TROOPS COULD BE BETTER OCCUPIED BACK HOME IN THE UNITED STATES TRAINING, HELPING FIGHT DISASTERS. OUR MONEY COULD BE BETTER OCCUPIED DEALING WITH OUR SERIOUS FISCAL PROBLEMS, BUILDING UP OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, BUILDING UP OUR SCHOOLS, BUILDING UP OUR SOCIAL SERVICES. AND EVEN BUILDING UP OUR MILITARY FOR REAL THREATS. THERE ARE REAL THREATS IN THE WORLD. AFGHANISTAN, I'M SORRY, PAKISTAN IS DANGEROUS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS, WE HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO IT BUT I FAIL TO SEE ANY PURPOSE WHATSOEVER FOR HAVING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TROOPS, HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS -- TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN AFGHANISTAN WHERE WE VANQUISHED THE ENEMY 10 YEARS AGO, WE SHOULD HAVE PULLED OUT AND WE SHOULD DO SO RIGHT NOW. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:37:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 08:37:50 PM

    MS. LEE

    CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS. A RECORDED VOTE, PLEASE.

  • 08:37:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT RISE? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 08:38:39 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

  • 08:38:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:38:44 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GARAMENDI OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 125, LINE 6, AFTER…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GARAMENDI OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 125, LINE 6, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCE BY $2,695,031,000. PAGE 125, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, REDUCE BY $348,845,000. PAGE 125, LINE 18, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCE BY $264,718,000. PAGE 125, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, REDUCE BY $521,937,000. PAGE 126, LINE 5, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, REDUCE BY $81,201,000. PAGE 126, LINE 11, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, REDUCE BY $16,362,000. PAGE 126, LINE 17, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, REDUCE BY $9,964,000. PAGE 126, LINE 23, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCE BY $10,511,000. PAGE 127, LINE 5, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCE BY $247,421,000. PAGE 127, LINE 11, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCE BY $3,698,000. PAGE 127, LINE 18, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCE BY $8,662,596,000. PAGE 127, LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCE BY $1,584,616,000. PAGE 128, LINE 5, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCE BY $909,681,000. PAGE 128, LINE 11, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCE BY $2,359,569,000.

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  • 08:40:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

  • 08:40:46 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH READING THE REST OF THE --

  • 08:40:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:40:56 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR BRINGING THE RECEIPTTATION TO AN END BUT I ALSO…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR BRINGING THE RECEIPTTATION TO AN END BUT I ALSO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH HERE. I'LL TRY TO EXPLAIN IT WITHOUT READING EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE LINES. THE AFGHAN STUDY GROUP, RICHARD HAAS, AND MANY OTHERS WHO ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE AFGHANISTAN WAR AND THE WAY IN WHICH IT IS BEING CONDUCTED, HAVE SUGGESTED THAT BY THE END OF 2012 AMERICA SHOULD HAVE NO MORE THAN 25,000 TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN AND THEN FURTHER WIND DOWN THE WAR IN 2013 TO 10,000 TROOPS FOCUSED ON TERRORISTS, FOCUSED ON AL QAEDA. AS I SPOKE A FEW MOMENTS AGO ON THIS ISSUE, THIS AMENDMENT IS TO ACCOMPLISH THAT GOAL TO WIND DOWN THE WAR IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY OVER THE NEXT 18 MONTHS SO THAT THE END OF THE 18 MONTHS, THAT WOULD BE DECEMBER 31, 2012, THAT THERE BE NO MORE THAN 25,000 TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN. NOW, UNFORTUNATELY I CAN'T ADD THE REST OF IT BUT I WILL AT LEAST GIVE THE REASON FOR THIS AND THAT IS TO PIVOT ON THE SUCCESS OF GETTING BIN LADEN. WE WENT TO AFGHANISTAN TO GET AL QAEDA. WE SUCCEEDED. AND NOW WE ARE INVOLVED IN A CIVIL WAR, A GREAT CIVIL WAR, A FIVE-SIDED CIVIL WAR, MAYBE A SIX-SIDED OR SEVEN-SIDED CIVIL WAR AND WE ARE SUPPORTING A GOVERNMENT IN THAT WAR THAT IS AT BEST CORRUPT. AND QUITE POSSIBLY EVEN MORE INEPT. SO WHAT ARE WE DOING THERE? BESIDES SPENDING $120 BILLION A YEAR? WELL, WE ARE KIND OF FIGHTING IT OUT, WE'RE LOSING A LOT OF AMERICANS AND EVEN MORE AFGHANS ARE DYING. WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE THIS WITH TROOPS ON THE GROUND. THIS WAR NEEDS TO BE NEGOTIATED. WE OUGHT TO SPEND AS MUCH EFFORT AS WE ARE SPENDING ON THE TROOPS , WE SHOULD SPEND THAT ON NEGOTIATIONS. UNFORTUNATELY LITTLE OR NO NEGOTIATIONS ARE GOING ON, AT LEAST TALKED ABOUT PUBLICLY, AND I WOULD HOPE THEY'RE GOING ON PRIVATELY, SECRETLY, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT TO BE THE CASE. SO WE NEED A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT, WE NEED TO PIVOT ON THE SUCCESS OF BIN LADEN, WE NEED TO FOCUS LIKE A LACER ON AL QAEDA, WHEREVER THEY -- LASER ON AL QAEDA, WHEREVER THEY HAPPEN TO BE IN THE WORLD AND WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE IN PAKISTAN, YEMEN, SOMALIA, OTHER PLACES IN THE WORLD INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES. SO OUR FOCUS MUST BE ON THAT. NOT ON THIS CIVIL WAR. WE CANNOT SOLVE IT WITH OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CAUSE US, AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, TO EXERT THE AUTHORITY GIVEEN TO US BY THE CONSTITUTION, THAT IS THE POWER OF THE PURSE. AND BY DENYING FUNDING FOR MORE THAN 25,000 TROOPS AT THE END OF 2012 WE WILL ACCOMPLISH THE GOAL OF RAPIDLY, APPROPRIATELY WHINING DOWN THE WAR. NOT MY WORDS BUT THE WORDS OF THE AFGHAN STUDY GROUP AND RICHARD HAAS, PEOPLE THAT KNOW THESE HISTORIES. WE MUST DO THIS FOR OUR OWN GOOD, FOR THE GOOD OF THIS NATION, WE'RE SITTING HERE IN THE MIDST OF A GREAT DEBATE UPON A DEFAULT CRISIS. BACK AND FORTH ABOUT HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THE DEFICIT? WELL, ONE WAY WE CAN DEAL WITH THE DEFICIT IS TO END THIS WAR. $120 BILLION A YEAR ADDS TO 1/3 OF $1 TRILLION IN JUST THREE YEARS. WE'RE NOT SUGGESTING WE CAN GET THAT, WE KNOW WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAINTAIN SOME SORT OF A PRESENCE THERE, BUT SURELY WE DON'T NEED TO SPEND $120 BILLION A YEAR -- IN AFGHANISTAN WHEN IN OUR OWN COUNTRY WE ARE DENYING OUR CHILDREN AN EDUCATION FOR LACK OF MONEY, WE ARE DENYING OUR ELDERLY THE HEALTH CARE THAT THEY NEED, FOR EXAMPLE TERMINATING MEDICARE FOR LACK OF MONEY. WE ARE NOT FEEDING OUR CHILDREN, "60 MINUTES" RECENTLY DID A HEART WRENCHING STORY ON HOMELESS CHILDREN LIVING IN CARS AND HOTELS IN AMERICA BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS. WE HAVE AN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE THAT DEMANDS OUR ATTENTION, DEMANDS OUR INVESTMENT IN AMERICA, REBUILDING AMERICA'S BRIDGES, ROADS, REBUILDING OUR MANUFACTURING SECTOR -- SECTOR, MAKING IT IN AMERICA ONCE AGAIN. REBUILDING THE REAL STRENGTH OF THIS NATION, THIS ECONOMY AND THE MIDDLE CLASS SO THEY CAN HAVE JOBS. AND ALLOW THEM TO STAY IN THEIR HOMES, PROVIDE FOR THEIR CHILDREN, LIVE THE GOOD AMERICAN LIFE. WE MUST END THIS WAR. WE MUST FIRST WIND IT DOWN. WERE THIS MORE THAN AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL, I WOULD HAVE GONE TO STEP TWO, WHICH IS $10,000 AT THE END OF 2013. WITH A MISSION THAT IS THE ORIGINAL MISSION, GOING AFTER THE TERRORIST -- TERRORISTS, NOT NATION BUILDING. WE MUST REBILL OUR NATION AND UNLIKE THE PRESIDENT, THIS AMENDMENT OFFERS US THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE OUR MONEY TO REBUILD THIS NATION. BY THE WAY, FOR YOU DEFICIT HAWKS, IT'S ALL BORROWED MONEY. YOU'RE BORROWING MONEY FOR AFGHANISTAN OR BORROWING MONEY TO REBUILD THIS NATION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:46:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

  • 08:46:44 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    MOVE TO STRIKE THE WORD AND OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. WE OPPOSE THIS…

    MOVE TO STRIKE THE WORD AND OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. WE OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT FOR THE SAME REASON WE OPPOSE THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT FROM CALIFORNIA ON THE LAST -- IT WOULD BE HIGHLY DISRUPTIVE TO OUR TROOPS AND I THINK PUT THEM AT GREAT RISK TO THEIR PERSONAL SAFETY. WE OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:47:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. OFFER BD -- THE QUESTION IS…

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. OFFER BD -- THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 08:47:37 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I REQUEST THE RECORDED VOTE.

  • 08:47:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN ASKS FOR A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18,…

    THE GENTLEMAN ASKS FOR A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 08:47:55 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE.

  • 08:48:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE.

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    SPEAKER I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 08:48:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. WELCH OF VERMONT, LINE 27 -- PAGE 27, LINE 58 --

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    MR. WELCH

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS READ.

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. -- AMENDMENT.

  • 08:49:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A SPOIFERED RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    A SPOIFERED RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. PELL. SWK --

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  • 08:49:37 PM

    MR. WELCH

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS, CENTRAL QUESTIONS CONGRESS…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS, CENTRAL QUESTIONS CONGRESS MUST ADDRESS IS WHETHER TO CONTINUE THE POLICY OF NATION BUILDING IN AFGHANISTAN. AS PREVIOUS SPEAKERS HAVE INDICATED, IT'S EXPENSIVE. IT'S ALSO VERY QUESTIONABLE AS TO WHETHER IT'S ANYTHING BUT A FAIL WRUR. THE CORNERSTONE OF THE NATION BUILDING PROGRAM IS THE COMMANDER'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM. THAT GIVES THE COMMANDERS FLEXIBILITY AT THEIR OWN DISCRETION TO AUTHORIZE SIGNIFICANT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN AFGHANISTAN, THE GOAL BEING TO WIN HEARTS AND MINDS OF THE AFGHAN CITIZENS. WHEN YOU LAY IT OUT BY ITS INTENTIONS, IT'S A VERY REASONABLE TOOL TO PROVIDE TO OUR COMMANDERS. THE PROBLEM IS, THE EVIDENCE IS IN AND IT HAS BEEN A FAILURE. THE $400 MILLION COMMANDERS EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM, SERP IS A CENTRAL COMPONENT OF WHAT I BELIEVE IS A FAILED NATION BUILDING STRATEGY. AND THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION HERE IS THIS. DOES THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL DOUBLE DOWN ON THE NATION BUILDING APPROACH WHICH HAS BEEN DRAWN INTO SUCH QUESTION? NOW, THE SERP DEVELOPMENT DOLLARS, ACCORDING TO THE SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN FOR RECONSTRUCTION, SIGAR, ABOUT HALF THE PROJECTS REVIEWED WERE UNSUSTAINABLE AND FELL INTO DISREPAIR IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THEIR TRANSFER INTO AFTER BEGAN HANDS THAT FAILURE OF SUSTAINMENT IS REAL. AND IT IS NOT SUBJECT TO SOMETHING THAT WE CAN CONTROL HERE. SO THE QUESTION THAT WE HAVE TO ASK ON MAFF OF OUR MILITARY STRATEGY IS THE MONEY -- IS, IS THE MONEY BEING USED IN A WAY THAT'S EFFECTIVE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE AFGHANS? IS IT BEING USED ON PROJECTS THAT ARE SUSTAINABLE? AND THE EVIDENCE ON THE BASIS OF OUR SIGAR REPORT IS THE ANSWER IS NO. IT'S NOT SURPRISING. WE'VE GOT TO GET A BIT REAL ABOUT THIS. WHATEVER YOUR POSITION IS ON AFGHANISTAN, IF YOU HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT HAS NO INFRASTRUCTURE OF CIVIL SERVICE, THAT DOESN'T EVEN HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO THE SUSTAINMENT, THEY DON'T HAVE A CIVIL SERVICE THAT CAN GO OUT AN MAINTAIN AND REPAIR THE ROADS AN OTHER PROJECTS, IS IT REALISTIC TO EXPECT THAT THEY WILL? WHEN OFF GOVERNMENT THAT IS CORRUPT, FOR WHATEVER REASON, BUT WHERE THE MONEY THAT GETS INJECTED BY THE U.S. TAXPAYER INTO THESE PROJECTS WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS GETS SIPHONED OFF INTO PAYING OFF PEOPLE WHO HAVE POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY, IS THAT A WISE USE OF OUR TAXPAYER DOLLAR? IS IT GOING TO HELP OUR MILITARY ULTIMATELY BE SUCCESSFUL? SO THE QUESTION THAT WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ANSWER IS WHETHER THIS TOOL OF NATION BUILDING MAKES SENSE. ONE OF THE OTHER QUESTIONS I THINK IS FAIR TO ASK, MANY OF US HAVE BEEN TO AFGHANISTAN AND MET WITH SOME OF OUR USAID PEOPLE, OUR STATE DEPARTMENT PEOPLE OUT THERE, OUR MILITARY PEOPLE, OF COURSE, TRYING TO IMPLEMENT THESE PROJECTS, MR. SPEAKER. THE AMOUNT OF SECURITY THAT IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO DO THE SIMPLEST OF PROJECTS IN THE MIDDLE OF A SHOOTING WAR IS AN ENORMOUS EXPENSE. THE QUESTION THAT COMES TO MIND FOR ME, AND I THINK MANY AMERICANS, IS THIS. DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO DO THESE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, THESE HEARTS AND MINDS PROJECTS IN THE MIDDLE OF A SHOOTING WAR? OR ARE THOSE THINGS THAT HAVE TO BE DONE BEFORE OR AFTER? THAT'S REALLY THE QUESTION. SO THE INTENTION OF THIS PROGRAM MAKES SENSE. THE FLEXIBILITY TO OUR COMMANDERS, THEY SEE AS DESIRABLE. IT IS A TOOL THEY CAN USE. BUT WE'VE HAD 10 YEARS NOW OF HISTORY. WE'VE HAD A FULLY BLOWN REPORT BY SIGAR THAT HAS SAID IT JUST DOESN'T WORK. IT JUST DOESN'T WORK. SO IS IT TIME FOR THIS CONGRESS TO CALL THE QUESTION ABOUT THE WISDOM AND THE EFFICACY OF THIS NATION BUILDING TOOL, THE PROGRAMS THAT FALL INTO DISREPAIR IMMEDIATELY UPON THEIR COMPLETION. OUR AMENDMENT CALLS THE QUESTION, MR. SPEAKER AND IT WOULD CUT IN HALF, WHICH IS ABOUT THE AMOUNT DOCUMENTED TO BE WASTED, THE AMOUNT THAT IS SPENT BY U.S. TAXPAYERS ON THESE NATION BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN AFGHANISTAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:54:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 08:54:48 PM

    MR. STEARNS

    I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 08:54:53 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT…

    I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED EN BLOC, SECTION 3J OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5, THE 112TH CONGRESS, BECAUSE THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT MERELY PROPOSE TO TRANSFER APPROPRIATIONS AMONG OBJECTS IN THE BILL BUT ALSO PROPOSES LANGUAGE OTHER THAN THE AMOUNTS. AND I ASK FOR A RULING ON THE POINT OF ORDER.

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  • 08:55:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THIS POINT OF ORDER? THE CHAIR WILL RULE. TO BE…

    MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THIS POINT OF ORDER? THE CHAIR WILL RULE. TO BE CONSIDERED EN BLOC PURSUANT TO SECTION 3J1 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5, AN AMENDMENT MUST PROPOSE ONLY TO TRANSFER APPROPRIATIONS FROM AN OBJECT OR OBJECTS IN THE BILL TO A SPEND REGULAR DUCKS ACCOUNT. BECAUSE THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT PROPOSES OTHER CHANGES TO THE BILL, NAMELY CHANGING THE LEVEL OF LIMITATION, IT MAY NOT AVAIL ITSELF OF SECTION 3-J-1 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5 TO ADDRESS THE SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RISE?

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  • 08:56:11 PM

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 08:56:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:56:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. NADLER OF NEW YORK, PAGE 27, LINE 18, AFTER THE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. NADLER OF NEW YORK, PAGE 27, LINE 18, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT REDUCE BY $15 MILLION, INCREASE BY $15 MILLION.

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  • 08:56:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. NADLER P.C. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.…

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. NADLER P.C. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I OFFER AN AMENDMENT TONIGHT THAT WILL SAVE BOTH BLOOD AND AN IMMENSE AM OF MONEY. THE AMENDMENT I'M INTRODUCING ALONG WITH CONGRESSMAN BLUMENAUER DESIGNATES ALREADY AUTHORIZED FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $15 MILLION TO BE USED TO INSULATE SHELTERS AT FORWARD OPERATING PACES IN AFGHANISTAN. PROPERLY INSULATING MILITARY SHELTERS CAN SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION, WHICH IN TURN CAN DECREASE THE NUMBER OF FUEL CONVOYS NEEDED TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. THESE FUEL CONVOYS COST US DEARLY. THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY VITAL SUPPLY LINK TO OUR TROOPS IN THE FIELD BUT THEY ARE EXPOSED TO CONSTANT AND DEVASTATING ATTACK. DESPITE THE PENTAGON SPENDING $24 BILLION A YEAR TO PROTECT FUEL CONVOYS IN AFGHANISTAN, MORE THAN 3,000 TROOPS AND CIVILIAN CONTRACTORS HAVE BEEN KILLED OR WOUNDED WHILE RIDING IN CONVOY. WHAT'S MORE, FULLY 2/3 OF THE FUEL USED IN AFGHANISTAN GOES TO PROVIDE ELECTRICITY FOR AIR-CONDITIONING AND HEATING IN MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. IF WE CAN REDUCE THE ENERGY REQUIRED IN THESE AREAS, WE CAN REDUCE THE DANGER. INSULATING STRUCTURES WILL SAVE LIVES FROM PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT BE ON CONVOYS TO BE ATTACKED. IT WILL ALSO SAVE MONEY. PROPERLY INSULATED SHELTERS USE UP TO 92% LESS ENERGY FOR THE HEATING AND COOLING. WITH MORE THAN 200,000 GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL USED EVERY DAY TO POWER OUR FORWARD OPERATING BASES IN AFGHANISTAN, INSULATING OUR FIELD SHELTERS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE FIELD CONSUMPTION. A SIMILAR INSULATION EFFORT IN IRAQ HAS LED TO ALMOST $1 BILLION A YEAR IN SAVINGS AND TAKEN MORE THAN 11,000 FUEL TRUCKS OFF THE ROAD. THIS IN TURN HELPED PREVENT AN ESTIMATED 450 AMERICAN CASUALTIES IN IRAQ. A LITTLE ARITHMETIC WILL SHOW YOU THAT THIS $15 MILLION SPENT INSULATING FORWARD SHELTERS IN AFGHANISTAN SHOULD SAVE SEVERAL BILLION IN COSTS AS WELL AS THOUSANDS OF LIVES. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN BLUMENAUER AND WELCH FOR THEIR SUPPORT. IT PROVIDES A COMMON SENSE WAY TO REDUCE FUEL CONSUMPTION ACROSS THE WAR ZONE. THIS WOULD SAVE ABOUT 2/3 OF THE 200,000 GALLONS USED A DAY WITH THE TOTAL COST OF FUEL SOMETIMES EXCEEDING $400 A GALLON INCLUDING TRANSPORTATION COSTS AND THOUSANDS OF CASUALTIES BY FUEL CONVOYS A SMALL INVESTMENT FOR $15 MILLION IN ENERGY EFFICIENT INSULATION CAN GO A LONG WAY IN SAVING THOUSANDS OF LIVES AND UPWARDS OF BILLIONS OF COLLARS IN RESOURCES. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:59:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 08:59:28 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:59:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINS.

  • 08:59:35 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS AMENDMENT IS VERY, VERY SIMILAR TO ONE THAT THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS AMENDMENT IS VERY, VERY SIMILAR TO ONE THAT THE HOUSE REJECTED EARLIER TODAY. THE PROJECT THAT WOULD BE FUNDED BY THIS AMENDMENT, BY THE SHIFTING OF THIS MONEY, IS NOT AN AUTHORIZED PROGRAM TO BEGIN WITH. BUT EVEN IF IT WERE, THE ARMY'S O&M ACCOUNT IN THE PORTION OF THE BILL IS FUNDED AT OVER $39.1 BILLION. AND SHOULD THIS PROJECT REMAIN IN THE FINAL AUTHORIZATION BILL, THE DEPARTMENT CONCURS THAT IF THE DEPARTMENT -- IF THE DEPARTMENT CONCURS IT IS A HIGH ENOUGH PRIORITY THEN THERE ARE AMPLE FUNDS TO COVER IT WITH THE $39.1 BILLION AND SO I SEE NO REASON FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AN YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:00:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 09:00:51 PM

    MR. NADLER

    RECORDED VOTE ON THAT.

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    THE CHAIR

    YES, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE QUESTION OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN…

    YES, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE QUESTION OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 09:01:08 PM

    THE CLERK

    LINE 22, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NAVY, $6,749,489,000. OPERATION AND…

    LINE 22, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NAVY, $6,749,489,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, MARINE CORPS, $3,571,210,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE, $10,739,587,000. OPERATION AND MAIN NANCE DEFENSEWIDE, $9/11, 312, 876,000.

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  • 09:01:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CLERK WILL -- WILL THE GENTLEMAN SPECIFY THE AMENDMENT?

  • 09:01:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL -- WILL THE GENTLEMAN SPECIFY THE AMENDMENT?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK HAS TWO AMENDMENTS WITH THE SAME PAGE NUMBER. COULD YOU PROVIDE…

    THE CLERK HAS TWO AMENDMENTS WITH THE SAME PAGE NUMBER. COULD YOU PROVIDE A LITTLE BIT MORE SPECIFICATION ON THE AMENDMENT?

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  • 09:02:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. POE OF TEXAS, PAGE 128, LINE 17, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT,…

    OFFERED BY MR. POE OF TEXAS, PAGE 128, LINE 17, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT, REDUCE BY $1 BILLION. PAGE 129, LINE 1, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCE BY $1 BILLION. PAGE 161, LINE 1, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, INCREASE BY $1 BILLION.

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  • 09:02:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:02:38 PM

    MR. POE

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT DEALS WITH THE MONEY THAT WE GIVE…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS AMENDMENT DEALS WITH THE MONEY THAT WE GIVE PAKISTAN. SPECIFICALLY IT DEALS WITH THE REIMBURSEMENT ACCOUNT THAT THE UNITED STATES PAYS FOR THE WAR ON TERROR TO REIMBURSE P.C.A. FOR THE SPEND -- PAKISTAN FOR THE SPENDING THAT THEY DO AND THE MONEY THAT THEY REQUEST BACK FROM THE UNITED STATES, SPECIFICALLY TAKES $1 BILLION OUT OF THE REIMBURSEMENT ACCOUNT AND APPLIES IT TO THE REIMBURSEMENT OR EXCUSE ME THE SPENDING REDUCTION ACT. SINCE MAY 2 WHEN OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS TAKEN OUT AND WE LEARNED MORE ABOUT THE ROLE THAT PAKISTAN IS PLAYING OR SHALL I SAY NOT PLAYING IN THE WAR ON TERROR, THEY HAVE BECOME MORE AND MORE A UNFAITHFUL ALLY. PRESIDENT BUSH SAID WHEN THE WAR ON TERROR BEGAN THAT COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, EITHER YOU'RE WITH US OR YOU'RE WITH THE TERRORISTS. PAKISTAN HAS YET TO PROVE WHICH SIDE THEY ARE REALLY ON. SO MUCH SO THAT WHEN OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS TAKEN OUT BY THE AMERICAN MILITARY WE DID NOT TRUST PAKISTAN ENOUGH TO EVEN TELL THEM THAT WE WERE GOING TO -- WE WERE GOING TO COME INTO THEIR COUNTRY. OUR DISTRUST AGAINST THAT COUNTRY HAS BEEN PROVEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN SINCE THAT DATE. ON MAY 16 "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" REPORTED THAT OVER 40% OF THE MONEY THAT PAKISTAN REQUESTS FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR MILITARY AID IS DENIED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BECAUSE THOSE CLAIMS ARE UNFOUNDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IN ONE CASE LAST YEAR THE UNITED STATES PAID MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO REFURBISH FOUR HELICOPTERS TO HELP PAKISTAN'S ARMY TRANSPORT TROOPS INTO BATTLE AGAINST THE TALIBAN. BUT IT TURNED OUT THAT PAKISTAN DIVERTED THREE OF THOSE AIRCRAFT TO PEACE KEEPING DUTIES IN SUDAN PRAKESES WHICH PAKISTAN RECEIVES COMPENSATION FROM THE UNITED NATIONS. OTHER CLAIMS INCLUDE A $26 MILLION CHARGE FOR BARBED WIRE AND PICKETS AND $70 MILLION FOR RADAR MAINTENANCE ALTHOUGH THERE'S NO ENEMY AIR THREAT RELATED TO THE WAR ON TERROR. ON MAY 22 15 TO 20 MILITANT IT'S STORMED HANG ARS IN KARACHI. IT TOOK THE PAKISTAN MILITARY OVER 15 HOURS TO END THAT SIEGE. TWO U.S. P-3-C'S WERE DESTROYED. IT IS AN ANTISUBMARINE AND MARINE SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT. SOME REPORTS NOW INDICATE IT WAS AN INSIDE JOB AS THE TERRORISTS HAD MILITARY UNIFORMS AND KNEW EXACTLY WHERE THE PLANES WERE LOCATED. THEN ON JUNE 14 REPORTS CONFIRMED THAT PAKISTAN NOW HAS ARRESTED C.I.A. INFORMANTS THAT HELPED US LOCATE OSAMA BIN LADEN WHERE HE HAD BEEN LIVING UNDER THE EYES OF THE PAKISTAN MILITARY FOR YEARS. AS REPORTED IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" ON JUNE 14, I.S.I. ARRESTED 30 PAKISTANI INFORMANTS WHO HELPED THE UNITED STATES CAPTURE BIN LADEN. ONE WAS A PAKISTANI ARMY MAJOR WHO OFFICIALS SAID COPIED THE LICENSE PLATES OF CARS VISITING BIN LADEN'S COMPOUND. AND THEN FURTHER IN JUNE WHEN C.I.A. DIRECTOR PANETTA WENT TO PAKISTAN TO INFORM THEM THAT THERE WAS A FACTORY THAT WERE MAKING BOMBS OR I.E.D.'S THAT COULD BE USED AGAINST AMERICANS, BY THE TIME THE PAKISTANI TROOPS SHOWED UP, THE MILITANTS HAD DISAPPEARED. NOT TO BE OUTDONE, WE TOLD THEM AGAIN ABOUT A SECOND PLACE WHERE I.E.D.'S WERE BEING MADE, MORE BOMB MAKING FACILITIES ONLY DAYS LATER AND ONCE AGAIN THE TERRORISTS PICKED UP AND DISAPPEARED. SOUNDS LIKE THEY HAD INSIDE INFORMATION. AND LASTLY ON JUNE 29 PAKISTAN ASKED THE UNITED STATES TO SHUT DOWN A BASE THAT IT HAD IN ISLAMABAD AND END U.S. OPERATIONS AT AN AIRBASE. ALTHOUGH THE UNITED STATES DENIES THAT OCCURRED, PAKISTAN STILL SAID THAT THAT HAS ENDED THOSE OPERATIONS. AND OF COURSE DRONES CARRY OUT STRIKES AGAINST THE TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA MILITANTS IN PAKISTAN'S BORDER WITH AFGHANISTAN. AND LASTLY TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL HAS RATED 178 COUNTRIES IN CORRUPTION AND PAKISTAN, OUR SO-CALLED ALLY, IS RATED THE 143RD MOST CORRUPT, BEATING OUT, OF COURSE, BANGLADESH AND NIGERIA WHO HAVE LESS CORRUPTION IN THEIR GOVERNMENTS. SO WE'RE DEALING WITH THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE OUR MONEY IS GOING, IT MAY END UP IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO HATE US, IT'S BEING WASTED, THE TALIBAN OR THE PAKISTAN MILITARY, THE PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO PLAY AT LEAST TWO SIDES, OUR SIDE, THEIR SIDE, THEY MAY BE ON A THIRD SIDE, WHO KNOWS? BUT $1 BILLION THAT WE SEND THEM FOR SO-CALLED REIMBURSEMENT OF THE WAR ON TERROR, WE CAN STOP THAT. THEY'RE UNAN FAITHFUL ALLY. ONLY 17% OF THE PAKISTAN CITIZENS SAY THEY LIKE THE UNITED STATES. THAT PUTS 83% THAT DO NOT LIKE THE UNITED STATES. WE DON'T NEED TO PAY THE PAKISTAN PEOPLE TO HATE US. THEY'LL DO IT ON THEIR OWN. SO WE NO LONGER NEED TO FUND THEM, WE NEED TO TAKE $1 BILLION OUT OF THIS ACCOUNT AND PUT IT INTO THE DEFICIT REDUCTION SPENDING ACCOUNT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:07:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RISE?

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  • 09:08:01 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 09:08:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:08:06 PM

    MR. DICKS

    THE BILL INCLUDES APPROXIMATELY $2.4 BILLION TO SUPPORT THE PAKISTANI…

    THE BILL INCLUDES APPROXIMATELY $2.4 BILLION TO SUPPORT THE PAKISTANI MILITARY. OF THIS AMOUNT $1.1 BILLION IS FOR THE PAKISTAN COUNTERU.S. IS FUND AND APPROXIMATELY -- COUNTERINSURGENT FUND AND APPROXIMATELY $1.3 BILLION IS FOR COALITION SUPPORT FUNDS. THE PAKISTANI COUNTERINSURGENT FUND PROVIDES FOR THE TRAINING AND EQUIPPING OF PAKISTANI FORCES, SPECIFICALLY TO AID U.S. COUNTERTERRORISM OBJECTIVES. COALITION SUPPORT FUNDS ARE USED TO REIMBURSEMENT -- REBIMURS -- REIMBURSE PAKISTANI MAILTARY. IN THE WAKE OF OSAMA BIN LADEN'S KILLING BY U.S. SPECIAL FORCES, SERIOUS QUESTIONS HAVE ARISEN ABOUT PAKISTAN'S RELIABILITY AS A STRATEGIC PARTNER. AND I MUST SAY THAT I AGREE WITH MUCH OF WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS JUST SAID. THE RELATIONSHIP WITH PAKISTAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN DIFFICULT BUT MAINTAINING THE RELATIONSHIP IS ESSENTIAL. THIS RELATIONSHIP HELPED THE U.S. MAKE PROGRESS AGAINST TERRORISM AND THE PAKISTANIS HAVE ALLOCATED A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THEIR FORCES WITHIN THEIR OWN BORDERS TO THIS MISSION. A COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. ASSISTANCE WOULD LIKELY POLARIZE PAKISTAN AND EXACERBATE SIGNIFICANT PRO AND ANTIAMERICAN RIFFS WITH THEIR MILITARY AND THEIR GOVERNMENT GENERALLY. AGGRAVATING THIS DIVIDE WOULD BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO U.S. OBJECTIVES IN THE REGION AND WE MUST REMEMBER THAT THEY ARE ALSO A NUCLEAR POWER. IN ADDITION TO THE COUNTERTERRORISM ACTIVITY, THE FACT OF PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITY PROVIDES AMPLE REASON FOR THE U.S. TO CONTINUE TO TRY AND ENGAGE PAKISTAN AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:09:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON --…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 09:09:55 PM

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    MR. CHAIRMAN, I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 09:09:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:10:01 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MEMBER, MR. DICKS, HAS ELOQUENTLY POINTED OUT WHY WE ARE OPPOSING THIS…

    MEMBER, MR. DICKS, HAS ELOQUENTLY POINTED OUT WHY WE ARE OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT. BUT LIKE MR. DICKS AND LIKE MR. POE, THE AUTHOR OF THE AMENDMENT, I COULDN'T AGREE MORE . IF THIS LANGUAGE INCLUDED THE WORD PAKISTAN I WOULD PROBABLY HAVE TO HAVE A DIFFERENT ATTITUDE ON THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE I SHARE THOSE CONCERNS AND I SHARE THEM STRONGLY. HOWEVER I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR COALITION AND THE COALITION SUPPORT FUNDS THAT WE HAVE AGREED TO AND THAT WE MAINTAIN THAT AGREEMENT. BUT I WOULD SAY THAT SOMEBODY AT A HIGHER LEVEL WHO DEALS INTERNATIONALLY, DIPLOMATICALLY WITH OTHER COUNTRIES, INCLUDING PAKISTAN, HAS DROPPED THE BALL SOMEWHERE. BECAUSE I AGREE WITH MR. POE BUT I JUST DON'T THINK THAT WE CAN BE OF A POSITION THAT WE CAN RENEGE ON OUR AGREEMENTS WITH AND OUR -- RENEG ON OUR AGREEMENTS WITH AND OUR ARRANGEMENTS WITH OUR COALITION PARTNERS BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO US AND TO THE MISSIONS THAT WE FACE. SO AS RELUCTANT AS I MIGHT BE SHARE BUILDING POE'S THOUGHTS, I ALSO WILL OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:11:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 09:11:40 PM

    MR. POE

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE, THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 09:11:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS REQUESTED A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE…

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS REQUESTED A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 09:12:00 PM

    THE CLERK

    PAGE 130, LINE 8, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY RESERVE, $217,500,000.…

    PAGE 130, LINE 8, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY RESERVE, $217,500,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NAVY RESERVE, $74,148,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, MARINE CORPS RESERVE $36,084,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE RESERVE $142,050,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, $387,544,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE AIR NATIONAL GUARD $34,050,000.

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  • 09:12:29 PM

    MS. LEE

    CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 09:12:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TRANSFER OF FUNDS $5 BILLION.

  • 09:12:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    FUNDS $5 BILLION.

  • 09:12:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. LEE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 131, LINE 25, INSERT AFTER THE…

    OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA, PAGE 131, LINE 25, INSERT AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT THE FOLLOWING, REDUCE BY $5 MILLION. PAGE 161, LINE 12 --

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  • 09:13:05 PM

    MS. LEE

    NOW MAY I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS…

    NOW MAY I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS READ?

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  • 09:13:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:13:11 PM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ALSO ONCE AGAIN THANK CHAIRMAN ROGERS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ALSO ONCE AGAIN THANK CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND RANKING MEMBER DICKS AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. LET ME ALSO THANK MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE JOINING REPRESENTATIVE JONES AND ME ON THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT, REPRESENTATIVES WOOLSEY, OLVER, HONDA, GRIJALVA AND PAUL. I RISE TO OFFER THE LEE-JONES AMENDMENT TO REDIRECT THE $5 BILLION OF THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS TRANSFER FUND INTO A DEFICIT REDUCTION ACCOUNT. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOTHING TO UNDERMINE THE EFFORTS THAT OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE PERFORMED WITH INCREDIBLE COURAGE. ALSO WITH EXTREME COMMITMENT THEY PERFORMED IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ AND AROUND THE WORLD. THEY'VE DONE EVERYTHING ASKED OF THEM AND AS THE DAUGHTER OF A MILITARY VETERAN, I TAKE ANY MATTER THAT AFFECTS OUR TROOPS VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY. BUT SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS DOES NOT MEAN GIVING A BLANK CHECK TO THE PEB PENTAGON. I HAVE CONSISTENTLY SAID THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO GIVE ANY MORE BLANK CHECKS TO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT. THIS AMENDMENT IS ABOUT ELIMINATING A GIANT $5 BILLION CHECK WITH A BLANK MEMO TO FIGHT THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR ANYWHERE AND AT ANY TIME WITHOUT ANY ACCOUNTABILITY. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE JUST HAS TO NOTIFY CONGRESS THAT THESE FUNDS ARE BEING TRANSFERRED. THIS $5 BILLION GIVEAWAY WHICH IS WHAT IT IS, IT'S LIKE A SLUSH FUND, IT'S LIKE A WAR SLUSH FUND. ANOTHER GIVEAWAY TO THE PENTAGON, IT'S A $5 BILLION CHECK TO USE AS IT PLEASES WITH LITTLE OR NO CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. THERE'S NO ACCOUNTABILITY IN HOW THESE FUNDS ARE SPENT. WHILE WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE PENTAGON NEEDS FLEXIBILITY TO ADDRESS TERRORIST THREATS TO THIS NATION AND AROUND THE WORLD, WE NEED NOT CREATE A SEPARATE SLUSH FUND, MIND YOU, TO DO IT. THE FLEXIBILITY HAS BEEN GIVEN ELSEWHERE IN THIS BILL INCLUDING THE $119 IN FLEXIBILITY IN THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL, A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE CUTTING AID TO AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO NEED ASSISTANCE WITH BUYING FOOD OR RECEIVING HEALTH CARE AND ALSO DURING A TIME WHEN THERE ARE MANY CALLING FOR CUTS IN MEDICARE. WE ALREADY HAVE A PROCESS IN PLACE FOR THE PENTAGON TO GET ADDITIONAL FUNDS AS NEEDED OUTSIDE OF THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND THE CONGRESS HAS CONSISTENTLY RESPONDED WELL TO THE NEEDS OF THE MILITARY. BUT CONGRESS DOES NOT NEED TO CREATE A $5 BILLION WAR SLUSH FUND. THE PENTAGON CAN INCORPORATE ITS WORK TO FIGHT TERRORISM GLOBALLY INTO ITS BUDGET WHILE TAKING STEPS TO REIN IN WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE IN AN ALREADY BLOATED BUDGET. . THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THIS WAR SLUSH FUND WOULD GIVE RISE TO WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE AT THE PENTAGON SUCH AS THE $300 BILLION COST OVERRUNS IDENTIFIED BY G.A.O. IT IS TIME TO ADDRESS THE CULTURE OF UNLIMITED SPENDING AND NO ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE PENTAGON. BEING STROCK BEING STROCK ON -- STRONG ON DEFENSE DOES NOT MEAN WE GIVE A FREE PASS. DOES THE PENTAGON REALLY NEED ANOTHER SLUSH FUND? WHY CAN'T THE PENTAGON BUDGET FOR ITS WARS AND BUDGET FOR PREVENTING TERRORIST ATTACKS? IT'S TIME TO HOLD THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT FOR ITS BUDGET AND HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE BY ENDING THIS WAR SLUSH FUND BEFORE IT GETS STARTED. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD BE SHOCKED TO KNOW WHAT'S TAKING PLACE, ESPECIALLY THE $5 BILLION IN WAR FUNDING THAT IS PUT ASIDE FOR THE PENTAGON TO USE AS THEY PLEASE -- AS IT PLEASES. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL VOTE YES TO END THIS SLUSH FUND AND LET'S START TO REIN THESE BLANK CHECKS FOR THE PENTAGON. WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE WHO ARE VULNERABLE AND ASKING OUR SENIOR CITIZENS AND ASKING LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND ASKING EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY TO PAY FOR THIS DEFICIT AND THIS DEBT AND WE KNOW HOW WE GOT THERE. BUT WE NEED TO START TO LOOK AT DEFICIT REDUCTION IN A REAL WAY, IN A WAY THAT IS BALANCED AS THE PRESIDENT SAYS. AND I DON'T THINK ALLOWING A $5 BILLION SLUSH FUND REALLY MOVES US IN THE CORRECT DIRECTION. IT REALLY IS, I THINK A REAL SAD DAY TO THINK WE WOULD ALLOW FOR THE PENTAGON TO HAVE A $5 BILLION SLUSH FUND WHEN WE CUT FUNDING FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WHO ARE HUNGRY, WHEN WE WON'T EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXTENDED THEIR 99 WEEKS OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION. I CAN REMEMBER ASKING THE SPEAKER TO ALLOW US TO VOTE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION THAT WOULD PROVIDE FOR 14 ADDITIONAL WEEKS OF UNEMPLOYMENT, BUT WE WERE TOLD THERE WAS NO MONEY AND THAT WAS $16 BILLION TO $20 BILLION. NOW WE ARE DEALING WITH A $5 BILLION SLUSH FUND AND I ASK FOR A IOWA VOTE.

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  • 09:18:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLEMAN RISE?

  • 09:18:39 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I WOULDN'T CALL THIS A SLUSH FUND. THIS IS…

    OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I WOULDN'T CALL THIS A SLUSH FUND. THIS IS NOT AN ADDITIONAL FUND THAT WAS ADDED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE AT THE REQUEST OF THE PENTAGON OR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. WHEN THE SUBCOMMITTEE ANALYZED THE REQUEST AT OUR HEARINGS AND IN THE SUBSEQUENT MATERIAL PROVIDED US TO JUSTIFY THE BUDGET OF THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT FOR THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS, WE HAD A STRONG DISAGREEMENT. WE DID NOT THINK THAT THEIR FIGURES WERE WELL THOUGHT OUT. RATHER THAN APPROPRIATE THAT $5 BILLION THAT THEY REQUESTED, WE MOVED IT TO WHAT WE CALL THIS TRANSFER FUND. NOT ONLY ADDITIONAL MONEY, IT WAS JUST TAKEN OUT OF ONE ACCOUNT AND PUT INTO ANOTHER ACCOUNT. THIS TRANSFER FUND IS TO GIVE THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT SOME FLEXIBILITY WHEN THEY DO GET THEIR FACTS AND FIGURES TOGETHER ON WHAT THE ACTUAL COSTS ARE. NOW, THE $5 BILLION IS NOT A SLUSH FUND. THEY CAN'T SPEND THIS MONEY WITHOUT REPORTING BACK TO CONGRESS. ANY MONEY SPENT FROM THIS FUND MUST BE REPORTED TO CONGRESS AND CONGRESS HAS 15 DAYS IN WHICH TO RESPOND TO THAT REQUEST. THIS WAS DONE TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAD WHAT THEY NEEDED, THAT THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAD WHAT THEY NEEDED FOR THE OVERSEES -- OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS BUT HAD TO JUSTIFY HOW THEY WERE GOING TO USE THE MONEY. AND TO THE CONTRARY, RATHER THAN GETTING INTO THE SLUSH FUND, THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT A SLUSH FUND. I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 09:20:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO RISE? COVE COVE I RISE TO --

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  • 09:20:45 PM

    MR. COFFMAN

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. WE HAVE MEN AND WOMEN TODAY ENGAGED IN COMBAT. I…

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. WE HAVE MEN AND WOMEN TODAY ENGAGED IN COMBAT. I SERVED IN THE FIRST GULF WAR AND I SERVED IN THE IRAQ WAR. AND I WISH THAT WAR WAS PREDICTABLE. I WISH WE KNEW WHAT THE ENEMY WAS GOING TO DO IT AND WHEN THEY ARE GOING N TO N DO N IT, N BUT N WE N DON'T N KNOW N THAT. N BUT N THIS N IS N A N DEDICATED N FUND N TO N ARE FIGHTING FOR THE THIRD TO LAST PLACE. AFGHANISTAN

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  • 09:21:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ARE FIGHTING FOR THE THIRD TO LAST PLACE. AFGHANISTAN

  • 09:21:40 PM

    MS. LEE

    ARE FIGHTING FOR THE THIRD TO LAST PLACE. AFGHANISTAN

  • 09:21:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ARE FIGHTING FOR THE THIRD TO LAST PLACE. AFGHANISTAN

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    THE CLERK

    ARE FIGHTING FOR THE THIRD TO LAST PLACE. AFGHANISTAN

  • 09:22:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ARE FIGHTING FOR THE THIRD TO LAST PLACE. AFGHANISTAN

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    ARE FIGHTING FOR THE THIRD TO LAST PLACE. AFGHANISTAN

  • 09:22:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ARE FIGHTING FOR THE THIRD TO LAST PLACE. AFGHANISTAN

  • 09:22:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    ARE FIGHTING FOR THE THIRD TO LAST PLACE. AFGHANISTAN

  • 09:22:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ARE FIGHTING FOR THE THIRD TO LAST PLACE. AFGHANISTAN

  • 09:22:36 PM

    MR. COHEN

    ARE FIGHTING FOR THE THIRD TO LAST PLACE. AFGHANISTAN IS HISTORICALLY A…

    ARE FIGHTING FOR THE THIRD TO LAST PLACE. AFGHANISTAN IS HISTORICALLY A CORRUPT NATION AND WHAT FOSTERS CORRUPTION IS THIS MONEY AND THE MONEYS WE GIVE THEM, 97% COMES FROM US. IT'S GOING INTO THE POCKETS OF PEOPLE WHO AREN'T USING IT TO BUILD THAT INFRASTRUCTURE TO HELP THEIR OWN PEOPLE. WE ARE FOSTERING CORRUPTION. AFGHANS COULD BUILD THEIR OWN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR FAR LESS THAN WE ARE INVESTING. WE NEED TO PULL BACK SOME OF THIS FUNDING TO FOCUS ON OUR DOMESTIC PRIORITIES BUT WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR DEFICIT. LET'S KEEP AMERICA SAFE AND STRONG AND URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO JOIN WITH ME IN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT, AND I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:26:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 09:26:17 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

  • 09:26:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:26:24 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THE A.I.F., THE INFRASTRUCTURE FUND FOR AFGHANISTAN, WAS CREATED BY THIS…

    THE A.I.F., THE INFRASTRUCTURE FUND FOR AFGHANISTAN, WAS CREATED BY THIS CONGRESS IN THE F.Y. 2011 HOUSE-PASSED AUTHORIZATION BILL. IT WAS AGAIN FULLY AUTHORIZED IN THE F.Y. 2012 HOUSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. WE SUPPORT THE OPERATIONS OF ENDURING FREEDOM AND THE SECURITY FUND. THIS IS A COUNTERINSURGENCY TOOL THAT GENERAL PETRAEUS PLACED THE HIGHEST PRIORITY WHEN HE RECOMMENDED THAT WE CREATE THE A.I.F.. AND SO, WE DID THAT AND TOOK MONEY FROM THAT AND PUT THE MONEY INTO THE A.I.F. AS PART OF GENERAL PETRAEUS' COUNTERINSURGENCY PROGRAM. SO WE THINK THIS IS NOT A GOOD AMENDMENT AND ARE OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:27:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 09:27:34 PM

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    THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS.

  • 09:27:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:27:40 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    IN OPPOSITION TO MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT. GENERAL PETRAEUS STATED THAT…

    IN OPPOSITION TO MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT. GENERAL PETRAEUS STATED THAT THE CURRENT COUNTERINSURGENCY STRATEGY DEPLOYED BY U.S. FORCES AND NATO HAS SUCCESS. I WAS THERE IN MID-APRIL AND HAVING BEEN THERE SINCE 2005, IT IS BETTER THAN IT HAS BEEN SINCE I STARTED GOING OVER THERE IN 2005. THE AFGHAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND IS KEY AND AS IMPROVEMENTS IS NECESSARY TO ATTAIN SUPPORT. GENERAL PETRAEUS' STRATEGY IS DEPENDENT ON THE POPULATION AND THE INTELLIGENCE THEY PROVIDE. LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS INCREASES THE LEGITIMACY, ESPECIALLY SINCE THESE PROJECTS ARE CONDUCTED IN AREAS THAT HAVE INFLUENCE. AND MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HAS AUTHORIZED THIS PROGRAM. THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS GONE THROUGH THIS BILL WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB AND BELIEVE THESE FUNDS WILL BE PROPERLY USED AND PROPERLY SUPERVISED IN THE BUILDING OF AFGHAN INFRASTRUCTURE AS WE CONTINUE TO PUT IN PLACE THE SYSTEM WE NEED WHEN WE LEAVE AND WE WILL LEAVE, THE AFGHAN PEOPLE WILL SUSTAIN WHAT THEY ARE DOING. ONE OF THE MESSAGES I GOT WHEN I WAS THERE IN APRIL, UNLIKE SOME OF THE PREVIOUS EFFORTS, WE WILL BUILD THINGS TO AFGHAN STANDARDS. THAT IS A BASIC REALITY. THEY CANNOT MAINTAIN THAT ROAD TO U.S. STANDARDS BUT WHEN THEY BUILD IT TO AFGHAN STANDARDS, THEY CAN MAINTAIN THAT INFRASTRUCTURE. GOOD ENOUGH AFGHANISTAN IS FACING REALITY. IT'S DIFFERENT FROM THE UNITED STATES AND DIFFERENT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS WILL BE BROUGHT TO THOSE AFGHAN STANDARDS. I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:29:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 09:29:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS OFFERED BY THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN…

    6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS OFFERED BY THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 09:30:07 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 09:30:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 09:30:13 PM

    THE CLERK

    BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND. INSERT AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT THE…

    BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND. INSERT AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT THE FOLLOWING. REDUCE BY $475 MILLION, PAGE 161, LINE 12, INSERT AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INCREASE BY $475 MILLION.

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  • 09:30:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:30:42 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I JOIN THE EFFORTS OF MY COLLEAGUES TO IN A VARIETY OF AMENDMENT DESIGNED…

    I JOIN THE EFFORTS OF MY COLLEAGUES TO IN A VARIETY OF AMENDMENT DESIGNED TO AC ST. SELL RATE THE END OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN -- DESIGNED TO ACCELERATE THE END OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. WE HAVE BEEN EXECUTING THE AMERICAN MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN WITH BRAVELY, DEDICATION AND EXTRAORDINARY CONFIDENCE. BUT WHAT STARTED OUT AS A QUICK WAR IN 2001 TO BRING OSAMA BIN LADEN TO JUSTICE AND DISMANTLE AL QAEDA IN AFGHANISTAN HAS TURNED INTO THE LONGEST WAR IN THE UNITED STATES' HISTORY. THE ORIGINAL MISSION HAS NOW BEEN LARGELY ACCOMPLISHED. AND WITH BIN LADEN'S DEATH IN PAKISTAN THIS PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY TO RE-EXAMINE OUR ONGOING MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN WHICH SOME ESTIMATES INDICATE IS COSTING US IN EXCESS OF $8 BILLION PER MONTH. WE SHOULD NO LONGER BE SENDING BILLIONS OF AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO THE AFGHAN PEOPLE FOR THEIR SCHOOLS, THEIR HOSPITALS, THEIR ROADS, BRIDGES AND POLICE AT THE EXPENSE OF MAKING THOSE SAME INVESTMENTS IN OUR OWN COUNTRY. ESPECIALLY WHEN THE AFGHANISTAN GOVERNMENT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT KARZAI HAS PROVEN ITSELF INCREDIBLY CORRUPT. IN FACT, TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL RANKED AFGHANISTAN THE THIRD MOST CORRUPT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. AND "THE NEW YORK TIMES" RECENTLY REPORTED ABOUT A ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT JUST ONE EXAMPLE IN AFGHANISTAN FUND BY AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, IT'S A 64-MILE LONG PROJECT, IT'S EXPECTED TO COST $176 MILLION TO BUILD, THAT COMES TO $2.8 MILLION A MILE. UNDISCLOSED AMOUNTS OF MONEY HAVE GONE TO PAY OFF LOCAL STRONGMEN TO BUY SECURITY WHILE THE PROJECT IS ONGOING AND IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE PEOPLE COLLECTING THESE BRIBES STAGE ATTACKS ON THE CONSTRUCTION CREWS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE BRIBES NECESSARY IN THE FIRST PLACE. WITH THIS KIND OF CORRUPTION AND MANY OTHER EXAMPLES WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO CONTINUE TO FINANCE THE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS WAR. AND DON'T FORGET, MR. CHAIRMAN, ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE WE'RE NOT EVEN PAYING FOR THIS WAR. IT'S ACTUALLY BEING FINANCED ON THE NATIONAL CREDIT CARD. THESE ARE DIFFICULT ECONOMIC AND BUDGETARY TIMES. IT'S TIME TO REASSESS U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN SO WE CAN FOCUS ON BUILDING OUR OWN ECONOMY AND REBUILDING OUR OWN ECONOMY, PUTTING AMERICANS BACK TO WORK AND MAKING SURE OUR NATION CAN COMPETE IN THE 21ST CENTURY. AND THAT'S WHY I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT TODAY, TO STRIKE $475 MILLION FROM THE AFGHANISTAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND. VITAL INVESTMENTS TO OUR COUNTRY'S ECONOMIC STABILITY, THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN, THE HEALTH OF OUR SENIORS AND THE EMPLOYMENT OF OUR WORK FORCE HAVE TIME AND AGAIN BEEN PUT ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK IN THIS CONGRESS. WE'RE TOLD THAT WE CAN'T AFFORD TO ADEQUATELY AREPAIR OUR INFRASTRUCTURE HERE IN AMERICA, WE'RE TOLD THAT PELL GRANTS AND STUDENT LOANS ARE EXPENSIVE AND WE NEED TO CHANGE THE SAFETY NETS FOR OUR NATION'S SENIORS AND MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS AND IN THE SAME BREATH WE'RE TOLD WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO BORROW BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR NATION BUILDING IN AFGHANISTAN. WHAT WE REALLY SHOULD BE DOING IS NATION BUILDING RIGHT HERE AT HOME. INSTEAD OF BUILDING ROADS AND BRIDGES AND HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD IN AFGHANISTAN WE SHOULD BE INVESTING RESOURCES ON THE URGENT NEEDS OF OUR OWN COUNTRY. BUDGETS ARE A REFLECTION OF OUR PRIORITIES. ARE WE GOING TO PAY DOWN OUR NATION'S DEBT, ARE WE GOING TO MAKE THE MUCH-NEEDED INVESTMENTS IN OUR OWN ROADS AND BRIDGES AND PORTS, ARE WE GOING TO PROTECT OUR SENIORS ARE WE GOING TO ENSURE THAT ACCESS TO COLLEGE REMAINS AFFORDABLE? IF WE CONTINUE TO SPEND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN AFGHANISTAN THEN WE CANNOT HAVE ALE BAD DISCUSSION OF THESE PRIORITIES AND THESE CHOICES. AND AS WE DEBATE THE MERITS OF RAISING THE DEBT CEILING, AS WE CONSIDER OUR DOMESTIC PRIORITIES, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT WHICH STRIKES $475 MILLION FROM NATION BUILDING IN AFGHANISTAN, TO KEEP THOSE DOLLARS RIGHT HERE AT HOME, TO INVEST IN OUR FUTURE AND REDUCE OUR DEBT. THERE WAS A RECENT REPORT, MR. CHAIRMAN, DONE BY THE EISENHOWER RESEARCH PROJECT AT BROWN UNIVERSITY'S WATSON INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, JUST THIS PAST WEEK. THIS GROUP'S COST OF WAR PROJECT HAS RELEASED NEW FIGURES FOR A RANGE OF COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH U.S. MILITARY RESPONSES TO SEPTEMBER 11, INCLUDING OUR ACTIVITIES IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND AC SPAN -- PAKISTAN. THEY PROJECT THAT THE WLARS COST AMERICANS BETWEEN $3.2 TRILLION AND 4 TRILLION IN COST AND 225,000 LIVES. IT IS TIME TO END THIS SPENDING, IT'S TIME TO MAKE THESE INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:35:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 09:35:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

  • 09:35:28 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

  • 09:35:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:35:32 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME DEBATE WE JUST HAD. THE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME DEBATE WE JUST HAD. THE DIFFERENCE IS THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT JUST ELIMINATES THE AFGHAN INSURGENT FUND OR INFRASTRUCTURE FUND ALTOGETHER WHERE THE OTHER AMENDMENT DIDN'T DO JUST THAT. THIS ACCOUNT, THIS AFGHAN INFRASTRUCTURE FAVORS CREATED BY CONGRESS IN THE FISCAL 2011 AUTHORIZATION BILL, AGAIN IN THE FISCAL 2012 AUTHORIZATION BILL WHICH WE JUST PASSED A FEW WEEKS AGO AT THE REQUEST OF GENERAL PETRAEUS WHO MADE THIS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF HIS COUNTERINSURGENCY STRATEGY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT GENERAL PETRAEUS KNOW WHAT IS HE'S TALKING ABOUT, THEN MAYBE YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT. BUT THOSE OF US WHO HAVE WATCHED GENERAL PETRAEUS SKIM SKILLFULLY FUNCTION AS THE LEADER -- SKILLFULLY FUNCTION AS THE LEADER IN IRAQ AND AGAIN AT CENTRAL COMMAND AND THERE AGAIN IN AFGHANISTAN, WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS NOT A GOOD AMENDMENT AND IT SHOULD BE DEFEATED THE SAME AS THE OTHER AMENDMENT THAT WE JUST DEFEATED. SO I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:36:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 09:36:52 PM

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    TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS.

  • 09:36:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:36:58 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE ONE WE JUST DEBATED EXCEPT TO THE AMOUNT. IT DOES…

    THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE ONE WE JUST DEBATED EXCEPT TO THE AMOUNT. IT DOES STRIKE THE ENTIRE INFRASTRUCTURE ACCOUNT. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A COUPLE OF POINTS THAT I DIDN'T MAKE EARLIER WITH RESPECT TO THE PREVIOUS AMENDMENT. NONE OF THE CONVERSATION PRIOR TO BIN LADEN'S DEATH THAT I WAS EVER AWARE OF REMOTELY SAID THAT THE WAR WAS OVER, THE FIGHT WAS OVER IF WE KILLED BIN LADEN. HAD MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE BEEN MAKING THE ARGUE FRMENT START ONE IT MIGHT HAVE SOME VALIDITY TO IT BUT THAT WAS JUST A MARKER IN THIS LONG FIGHT AGAINST ISLAMIC JIHADISTS AND THESE TERRORISTS. THE OTHER ISSUE OF INVOKING COSTS WHILE INFORMATIVE AS TO HOW WE GOT TO THIS POINT IN TIME, LOOKING AT WHERE WE GO FROM HERE TO WHEN WE HAVE ALL AMERICAN TROOPS OUT OF THERE, HOW WE MAKE THE INTELLIGENT DECISIONS AND INTELLIGENT INVESTMENTS IN AFGHANISTAN BETWEEN NOW AND THEN IS THE BIGGER QUESTION. WHATEVER IT COSTS TO FIGHT IN AFGHANISTAN, WHATEVER IT COSTS TO FIGHT IN IRAQ OVER THE PAST EIGHT YEARS OR WHATEVER, I UNDERSTAND THOSE ARE BIG NUMBERS, BUT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD AS TO HOW WE PUSH THE AFGHAN SECURITY SYSTEM TO A POINT WHERE THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AND IN FACT BEGIN TO RUN THEIR COUNTRY AS THEY SHOULD. MOST OF MY GOOD COLLEAGUES' ARGUMENTS WERE BETTER SUITED FOR THE CONVERSATION WHEN HE IN APRIL WITH REFERENCE TO THE OVERALL BUDGET. THAT BUDGET PASSED, THIS AMOUNT THAT WE'RE NOW GOING TO SPEND ON THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FITS UNDER THE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING CAP THAT WE PUT IN PLACE BACK IN APRIL. THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS HAD DONE THEIR WORK, ALLOCATED THEIR AMOUNT OF MONEYS ACROSS A LOT OF PRIORITIES, IT SAID YES TO THIS ISSUE, SO I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT AND WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT AS WELL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:38:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS --

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  • 09:38:53 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 09:38:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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  • 09:39:08 PM

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    MR. CHAIR, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 09:39:14 PM

    THE CLERK

    39 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. CLARKE OF MICHIGAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:39:27 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED…

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 09:39:36 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 09:39:42 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SHIFT $236 MILLION FROM THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SHIFT $236 MILLION FROM THE AFGHANISTAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND AND RETURN THAT MONEY BACK TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THE UNITED STATES, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS PROGRAM. LOOK, I UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE TRYING TO FIGHT TERRORISM BY SPENDING ALL THIS MONEY IN AFGHANISTAN. BUT THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS IS TO REPEAL -- REPAIR OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES, SECURE OUR PORTS, HELP FUND SECURE, RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEMS SO WE DON'T HAVE TO SPEND AS MUCH MONEY BUYING FOREIGN OIL AND YOU KNOW THAT SOME OF THAT MONEY THAT GOES TO THESE FOREIGN COUNTRIES, WHEN WE BUY OIL, ENDS UP IN THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS. LET'S REDIRECT A SHARE OF THE MONEY THAT'S GOING TO REBUILD ROADS IN AFGHANISTAN TO BUILD AND INVEST IN TRANSIT IN AMERICA. NOT ONLY IS THIS GOOD FOR AMERICANS, PEASKING OVER THESE POT HOLES THAT ARE DAMAGING OUR CARS AND RAPID TRANSIT PROGRAMS ARE GOING TO HELP PROVIDE PEOPLE WHO CAN'T AFFORD A CAR OR IN MY AREA, IN METRO DETROIT, PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD AUTO INSURANCE EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE GOOD DRIVING RECORDS BECAUSE THEY'RE RED LINED. AT LEAST IF WE TRANSFER SOME OF THAT MONEY TO TRANSIT THEY'LL HAVE A WAY TO GO TO WORK AND TO OTHER EVENTS FOR LEISURE BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS. IF WE INVEST THIS MONEY IN THE UNITED STATES AS OPPOSED TO SPENDING IT ALL IN AFGHANISTAN, WE'RE GOING TO CREATE JOBS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. AND THAT'S THE BEST WAY TO SECURE OUR COUNTRY IS TO MAKE SURE WE PUT AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE HERE BACK TO WORK. I URGE YOUR SUPPORT ON THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:41:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA INSIST ON THE POINT OF ORDER?

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  • 09:41:37 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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    MR. CLARKE

    POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS MUST BE CONFINED TO THE POINT OF ORDER.

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    MR. YOUNG

    THE CHAIR IS NOT DEBATING THE POINT OF ORDER. AND SO I INSIST ON THE POINT…

    THE CHAIR IS NOT DEBATING THE POINT OF ORDER. AND SO I INSIST ON THE POINT OF ORDER. CHOIPT CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THIS AMENDMENT INCLUDES LANGUAGE IN PART DIRECTING THE TRANSFER OF FUNDS. IT CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN VIOLATION OF CLUES 2 OF RULE 21. THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT IN ORDER.

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  • 09:43:12 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    PAGE 135, LINE 1, AFGHANISTAN SECURITY FORCES FUND $12,800,000,000 TO…

    PAGE 135, LINE 1, AFGHANISTAN SECURITY FORCES FUND $12,800,000,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 13, 2013.

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  • 09:43:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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    MR. MCKEON

    I WISH TO ADDRESS THE AMENDMENT THAT THE CLERK JUST READ BECAUSE I THINK…

    I WISH TO ADDRESS THE AMENDMENT THAT THE CLERK JUST READ BECAUSE I THINK THAT IS MY AMENDMENT AND MAYBE WE COULD DO A NUNC PRO TUNC AND IT COULD BE THE SAME. THAT'S JUST A LATIN FACETIOUS WAY OF GETTING AROUND A MISTAKE.

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  • 09:43:57 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE, PAGE 135, LINE 15, AFTER THE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE, PAGE 135, LINE 15, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCE BY $4 -- KEEN

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  • 09:44:05 PM

    MR. COHEN

    I WOULD ASK THAT WE WAIVE THE READING.

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    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COHEN

    THE OBJECTION WAS TO READING.

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    THE CLERK

    AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASE BY $4 BILLION.

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    MR. COHEN

    WE MOVE UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WE WAIVE THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT AND…

    WE MOVE UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WE WAIVE THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT AND WITHOUT OBJECTION SO DONE. CHOIPT AMENDMENT HAS BEEN READ. THE GENTLEMAN --

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  • 09:44:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT HAS BEEN READ. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO REALIZE THE RESULT OF THIS AMENDMENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO REALIZE THE RESULT OF THIS AMENDMENT PROBABLY. THERE IS ANOTHER LATIN PHRASE BESIDES NUNC PRO TUNC WHICH IS BASICALLY WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU. I UNDERSTAND THE VOTES TODAY AND I SEE THEM BUT I FIND IT HARD TO FATHOM WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO ARE INDEED CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEFICIT NOT GOING AT THE PLACE WHERE YOU CAN REALLY GET TO THE DEFICIT. WHICH IS IN SPENDING IN THE DEFENSE BUDGET. THAT'S MOBEY DICK. YOU DON'T THROW YOUR SWORDS OR YOUR HARPOONS AT A MINNOW. YOU THROW YOUR HARPOON AT THE WHALE. THIS IS THE WHALE. . YOU SEE THE BIG ONE AND GO FOR IT. THIS WOULD REDUCE THE FUNDS THAT WE ARE GIVING TO THE AFGHANISTAN SECURITY FORCES BY $4 BILLION. THEY STILL HAVE 2/3 AND REDUCE IT BY $4 BILLION AND RETURN THOSE FUNDS TO HELP THE DEFICIT. THE $12.8 BILLION ALLOCATED TO THIS FUND IS EQUIVALENT TO THE G.D.P. OF AFGHANISTAN. THEY ARE AT $$16 BILLION. LET'S UNDERSTAND THIS, WE ARE GIVING THE AFGHANISTAN PEOPLE THEIR ENTIRE G.D.P. AND BORROWING IT FROM CHINA AND OTHER PLACES. THIS MAKES NO SENSE. AND WE NEED TO GO AFTER THE BIG WHALE. SIX TIMES THE TOTAL ANNUAL REVENUE OF THE AFGHAN GOVERNMENT IS WHAT WE ARE GIVING THEM. I UNDERSTAND THESE FUNDS ARE USED TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO THE SECURITY FORCES OF AFGHANISTAN AND PROVIDING TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT SUPPLIES. I HAVE SEEN SOLDIERS KILLED OVER THERE. MY CONSTITUENTS THAT WERE KILLED BY AFGHANISTAN SOLDIERS THAT WE TRAINED. WE DON'T KNOW WHICH ONES ARE TALIBAN AND WE ARE TRAINING THEM AND GIVING THEM WEAPONS. ROUGHLY $6 BILLION OF THE $12.8 BILLION IS FOR SALARIES AND BENEFITS. IN LIGHT OF THE PRESIDENT'S ANNOUNCEMENT IN WITHDRAWING TROOPS, WE NEED TO MAKE REDUCTIONS ALL AROUND AND THAT INCLUDES REDUCTIONS TO SECURITY FORCES. THIS COUNTRY SHOULD NOT FUND THE STRUCTURE OF THE AFGHANISTAN GOVERNMENT AND AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED TO LOOK AT OUR DEFICIT. I'M A FAN OF GENERAL PETRAEUS, BUT HE'S SOMETIMES WRONG. AND I THINK HE WAS FOR US SUPPORTING THE FORCES IN LIBYA AND SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE OF GENERAL PETRAEUS WEREN'T SUPPORTIVE OF GERM PETRAEUS AND HE'S NOT RIGHT ON THESE FUNDS. THESE TROOPS AREN'T GOING TO USE THE WEAPONS OR RESUPPLY THEM. IT'S GOING TO BE A WE. THE GENERAL MIKE MULLEN TALKED ABOUT OUR DEBT BEING OUR BIGGEST SECURITY THREAT AND ACCORDINGLY WE NEED TO ADJUST OUR PRIORITIES AND REDUCE OUR DEFICIT. THIS IS THE WAY WE CAN DO IT AND SAVE $4 BILLION, STILL GIVE THEM $8.8 BILLION. PLENTY. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT ALL CUT, BUT I REALIZE THAT ISN'T REALISTIC. BUT WE ARE PULLING OUT AND AREN'T GOING TO BE ABLE TO TRAIN THOSE TROOPS WHERE THEY WILL MAINTAIN THE FUNDS TO PAY THOSE TROOPS IN THE FUTURE. MOST OF IT IS SALARIES. I HAVE BEEN TO AFGHANISTAN. YOU HAVE BEEN TO AFGHANISTAN. IT'S BEYOND THIRD WORLD. IT'S FOURTH WORLD. AND WE ARE GIVING THEM THE LAST OF OUR DOLLARS. IF YOU REALLY, REALLY, REALLY CARE ABOUT REDUCING THE DEFICIT, YOU HAVE TO GO FOR THE WHALE. YOU GOT TO GO TO THE DEFENSE BUDGET AND JUST GIVING THIS MONEY TO AFGHANISTAN IS A DERELICTION OF DUTY. I RESERVE.

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  • 09:48:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:49:07 PM

    MR. COFFMAN

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION. OUR MARINES, SAILORS, SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN ARE…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION. OUR MARINES, SAILORS, SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN ARE FIGHTING IN THE TOUGHEST PLACES IMAGINABLE. THIS IS TO PULL THE SUPPORT OUT FROM UNDER OUR TROOPS AND LEAVE A LEGACY OF FAILURE IN AFGHANISTAN. I URGE AGAINST SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT. ALTHOUGH I APPLAUD THE BRAVERY AND SKILL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO BROUGHT OSAMA BIN LADEN TO JUSTICE. THIS IS NOT TO INCREASE OUR SECURITY IN AFGHANISTAN. OUR MEN AND WOMEN ARE WORKING TO INCREASE AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES. BUT TO TRANSITION LEAD RESPONSIBILITY OF SECURITY TO THEM IS IRRESPONSIBLE TO THEM. THE FORCES DID NOT SUDDENLY BECOME MORE PROFICIENT BECAUSE OF THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN. I'M IN SUPPORT OF A TRANSITION, BUT ONLY WHEN THEY ARE FULLY PREPARED TO ASSUME THAT RESPONSIBILITY. I AGREE THAT NATION BUILDING SHALL NOT BE A PRINCIPAL TOOL. SUCH CAMPAIGNS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE PARTICULARLY GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OUR NATION FACES. THIS IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO NEGATE THE SACRIFICES ARE TROOPS HAVE MADE. A TIME LINE WILL HOBBLE ANY EFFORTS FOR A RECONCILIATION. IF THEY ARE CERTAIN THAT OUR FORCES ARE LEAVING BEFORE THE TIME LINE IN 2014, THEY WILL NOT WORK WITH THE AFGHAN GOVERNMENT. WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES, WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS IT CUTS OFF FUNDING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES. OUR ENTIRE EXIT STRATEGY IS BASED ON DEVELOPING AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES SO THEY ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO ALLOW TO PULL OUR FORCES OUT TO COMPLETE A TRANSITION WHEREBY THEY ASSUME OPERATION AND CONTROL BY 2014.

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  • 09:51:16 PM

    MR. COHEN

    HALF OF THE MONEY WE GIVE THEM FOR SALARIES. WHEN WE PULL OUT, WE DON'T…

    HALF OF THE MONEY WE GIVE THEM FOR SALARIES. WHEN WE PULL OUT, WE DON'T PAY THE SALARIES. THEIR BUDGET IS LIKE 15% OF EVERYTHING WE GIVE THEM. THEY CAN'T PAY THE SALARIES. THEY CAN'T BORROW FROM CHINA. WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN THEN?

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  • 09:51:34 PM

    MR. COFFMAN

    WE HAVE THREE SECURITY OBJECTIVES IN AFGHANISTAN. THE FIRST IS TO MAKE…

    WE HAVE THREE SECURITY OBJECTIVES IN AFGHANISTAN. THE FIRST IS TO MAKE SURE THE TALIBAN DON'T TAKE OVER THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. THE SECOND IS TO KEEP AL QAEDA OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND THE THIRD IS TO HAVE A PERMISSIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE WE CAN STRIKE TARGETS IN PAKISTAN AT WILL AS WE DID WITH OSAMA BIN LADEN. CUTTING THE LEGS UNDER THE CURRENT STRATEGY OF GIVING THEM THE CAPABILITY OF STANDING UP THEIR OWN SECURITY FORCES COMPLETELY UNDERMINES WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW AND UNDERMINES THE PRESIDENT'S GOAL OF BEING ABLE TO DO THAT TRANSFER OF OPERATIONAL CONTROL UNTIL 2014.

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  • 09:52:23 PM

    MR. COFFMAN

    CHAIRMAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD…

    CHAIRMAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:52:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 09:52:32 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 09:52:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:52:37 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    TO COMPLIMENT THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO FOR HAVING MADE AN ELOQUENT…

    TO COMPLIMENT THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO FOR HAVING MADE AN ELOQUENT STATEMENT THAT IS FACK TALL AND GETS TO THE POINT -- FACTUAL AND GETS TO THE POINT. BUT EARLIER IN THE DAY, OUR MEMBERS THAT ARE HERE TONIGHT, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT I MIGHT SAY THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN DURING THIS DEBATE. THIS SUBCOMMITTEE THAT RECOMMENDS THIS BILL IN A VERY NONPOLITICAL WAY, IN A VERY CAREFUL WAY, REVIEWED AND ANALYZED ALL OF THE REQUESTS THAT WE HAD FROM THE ADMINISTRATION IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012 APPROPRIATION FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE. WE REDUCED THE RECOMMENDATION THAT WE MADE, THE ORIGINAL RECOMMENDATION. WE REDUCED BY $9 BILLION AND I THINK THAT IS LARGER THAN THE GENTLEMAN'S WILL AND IT IS A SUBSTANTIAL CUT AND IT WAS MADE WITHOUT ANY REGARD TO POLITICS. WE WERE EXTREMELY CAREFUL NOT TO REFLECT THE WAR FIGHTER AND EXTREMELY CAREFUL NOT TO AFFECT OUR NATION'S READINESS. THIS IS NOT A GOOD AMENDMENT AND I OPPOSE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:54:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. THOSE IN…

    IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 09:54:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:54:27 PM

    MR. HOLT

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    44 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. HOLT OF NEW JERSEY.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:54:42 PM

    MR. HOLT

    CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT REDUCES THE AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES…

    CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT REDUCES THE AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES ACCOUNT BY ABOUT ONE PART IN 500, 1/500 IN ORDER TO DECREASE THE DEFENSE PROGRAM ACCOUNT TO SAVE SOLDIERS' LIVES AND WILL GIVE THE PENTAGON A MUCH NEEDED INFUSION OF FUNDS TO ADDRESS A SERIOUS GAP IN OUR SUICIDE PREVENTION. I LEARNED ABOUT THIS GAP THROUGH THE TRAGEDY OF A YOUNG CONSTITUENT FROM NEW JERSEY WHO FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS. HE TOOK HIS OWN LIFE IN SEPTEMBER OF 2008. BUT IT IS NOT JUST ONE SOLDIER. WE HAVE A BROAD PROBLEM HERE. IN EACH OF THE PAST TWO YEARS, MORE AMERICAN SOLDIERS HAVE DIED AT THEIR OWN HANDS THAN HAVE BEEN KILLED IN WAR FIGHTING. COLEMAN BEAN OF EAST BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY, HE INLISTED IN THE ARMY IN 2001. ATTENDED AIRBORNE SCHOOL IN FORT BEENING AND HIS FIRST ASSIGNMENT WAS IN ITALY AND IN 2003 HE AND THE REST OF THE 173RD CONDUCTED A COMBAT DROP INTO IRAQ. HE SAW THE HORRORS OF WAR FIRSTHAND AND LIKE SOME, HE SOUGHT TREATMENT. FROM THE V.A. FOR HIS DIAGNOSED POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER WHEN HE RETURNED HOME IN 2004. HE WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM ACTIVE DUTY IN 2005 AND LIKE OTHER ARMY MEMBERS, HE HAD FOUR YEARS OF ACTIVE DUTY COMMITMENT THROUGH THE I.R.R. PROGRAM. HE WAS RECALLED TO DUTY IN IRAQ IN 2007 THROUGH THE I.R.R. AND WAS ASSIGNED TO SERVE IN NORTHERN IRAQ. WHEN HE RETURNED TO NEW JERSEY THE FOLLOWING YEAR, HE WAS STILL SUFFERING FROM THE SYMPTOMS BUT MANAGED TO CONCEAL HIS CONDITION FROM THOSE CLOSEST TO HIM. NO ONE REACHED OUT TO HIM. TRAGICALLY, HE TOOK HIS OWN LIFE IN SEPTEMBER OF 2008. TRAGICALLY, A FEW WEEKS AFTER COLEMAN TOOK HIS LIFE, THE V.A. CALLED TO SAY HIS APPOINTMENT WAS READY. TWO FEDERAL AGENCIES CHARGED WITH HELPING PREVENT SUICIDES UTTERLY FAILED THIS SOLDIER AND HIS FAMILY. INDEED EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT SIDING WITH TWO VETERANS' GROUPS THAT SUED THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS FOR FAILING TO PROVIDE TIMELY CARE NOTED THAT AN AVERAGE OF 18 VETERANS PER DAY TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES. WE MUST STOP THIS EPIDEMIC. THIS AMENDMENT WILL HELP. WE CAN'T ALLOW ANOTHER FAMILY TO LOSE A SON OR A DAUGHTER, A FATHER OR A MOTHER, HUSBAND OR A WIFE BECAUSE OF BUCK PASSING. WHEN I INVESTIGATED BEAN'S TRAGEDY, THE V.A. SAID THEY DON'T OFFER DEDICATED PREVENTION PROGRAMS FOR THE I.R.R. THE OFFICIALS SAID TREATING I.R.R. MEEMS IS THE V.A.'S PROBLEM. IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE INDIVIDUAL READY RESERVE SUFFERING FROM PTSD, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. THE SAME CATEGORY APPLIES TO OTHER CATEGORIES OF RESERVISTS, THE I.M.A.'S AND THE MEMBERS OF THE INACTIVE NATIONAL GUARD. ACCORDING TO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, THERE ARE AT LEAST 123,000 I.R.R., I.M.A. AND I.N.G. MEMBERS WHO HAVE DONE AT LEAST ONE TOUR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. THIS WOULD GIVE THE FUNDING NEEDED TO EXPAND THE SUICIDE PREVENTION OUTREACH PROGRAM TO ENSURE THAT MEMBERS OF THESE RESERVE UNITS WHO HAVE SERVED A TOUR IN IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN WILL RECEIVE A COUNSELING CALL FROM A PROPERLY TRAINED COUNSELOR NOT LESS THAN ONCE EVERY 90 DAYS SO LONG AS THE SERVICE MEMBER REMEMBERS IN THESE THREE UNITS. IN THESE CALLS, THE TRAINED COUNSELOR WOULD BE REQUIRED TO DETERMINE THE EMOTIONAL, MENTAL, MEDICAL AND CAREER NEEDS AND CONCERNS OF THE RESERVISTS. COVERED RESERVISTS IDENTIFIED BEING AT RISK WOULD BE IMMEDIATELY REFERRED TO THE NEAREST MILITARY TREATMENT FACILITY. I HAVE DISCUSSED THIS PROGRAM WITH THE PENTAGON, THE UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR PERSONNEL AND READINESS. DR. STANLEY ASSURES ME THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS MORE THAN ADEQUATE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO CARRY THIS OUT.

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  • 09:59:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 10:00:13 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I RISE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:00:18 PM

    MR. DICKS

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. DICKS

    I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN. LET'S DO THIS ONE FIRST. YES, I YIELD TO THE…

    I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN. LET'S DO THIS ONE FIRST. YES, I YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN.

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  • 10:00:30 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    WE'LL ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 10:00:38 PM

    MR. DICKS

    LET'S HAVE A VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN.

  • 10:00:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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  • 10:01:04 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 10:01:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 37 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECOVERED OFFERED BY MR. CLARKE OF…

    NUMBER 37 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECOVERED OFFERED BY MR. CLARKE OF MICHIGAN.

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  • 10:01:14 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUSPEND THE READING REQUIREMENT. AND I SK…

    I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUSPEND THE READING REQUIREMENT. AND I SK ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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  • 10:01:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 10:01:27 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO…

    I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW AND CONSTITUTE LEGISLATION IN AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND THEREFORE VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE RULE STATES IN PERTINENT PART AN AMENDMENT TO A GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL SHALL NOT BE IN ORDER IF EXCHANGING EXISTING LAW. THE AMENDMENT GIVES AFFIRMATIVE DIRECTION IN EFFECT. AND I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 10:01:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. DOES ANOTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE…

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. DOES ANOTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER?

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  • 10:02:02 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS PENDING.

  • 10:02:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS PENDING.

  • 10:02:08 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    TO SPEAK ON THE POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CLARKE

    THIS BILL, THIS AMENDMENT WHICH TRANSFERS MONEY FROM THE AFGHANISTAN…

    THIS BILL, THIS AMENDMENT WHICH TRANSFERS MONEY FROM THE AFGHANISTAN SECURITY FORCES TO HOMELAND SECURITY, IT BETTER SUPPORTS EXISTING LAW, BETTER SUPPORTS THIS DEFENSE BUDGET BECAUSE IT BETTER PROTECTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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  • 10:02:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SPEAK TO THE POINT OF ORDER.

  • 10:02:34 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIRMAN. THE POINT OF ORDER --

  • 10:02:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:02:41 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THE GENTLEMAN IS ADDRESSING THE AMENDMENT AND NOT THE POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR WILL ADDRESS MEMBERS ON THE POINT OF ORDER. THE CHAIR IS…

    THE CHAIR WILL ADDRESS MEMBERS ON THE POINT OF ORDER. THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE.

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  • 10:02:49 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    TO CLARIFY. I WAS EXPLAINING -- IN ORDER TO EXPLAIN MY POSITION ON THE…

    TO CLARIFY. I WAS EXPLAINING -- IN ORDER TO EXPLAIN MY POSITION ON THE POINT OF ORDER I HAD TO EXPLAIN THE MERITS OF THIS AMENDMENT. THIS DEFENSE BUDGET IS ABOUT PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I'M SAYING --

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  • 10:03:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SPEAK TO THE POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SPEAK…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SPEAK TO THE POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SPEAK TO THE POINT OF ORDER. THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. FOR THE REASONS STATED IN THE PREVIOUS RULING, THE AMENDMENT VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT IN ORDER.

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  • 10:03:16 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 10:03:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    I MADE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT EARLIER IN THE DAY THAT I WOULD ALLOW A MEMBER TO…

    I MADE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT EARLIER IN THE DAY THAT I WOULD ALLOW A MEMBER TO HAVE THE FIVE MINUTES TO SPEAK ON THE AMENDMENT EVEN THOUGH IT WAS SUBJECT TO A POINT OF ORDER. IF THAT COURTESY WAS NOT ABUSED. IN RECENT POINTS OF ORDER THAT COURTESY HAS BEEN ABUSED. I WILL CONTINUE TO RESERVE THAT COURTESY TO MEMBERS WHO DO NOT ABUYS -- ABUSE THEIR FIVE MINUTES AND WHO DO NOT ABUSE THE POINT OF ORDER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:03:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 10:03:54 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    THE LAST WORD.

  • 10:03:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:03:59 PM

    MR. CLARKE

    IN THIS BODY I HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT TO THIS INSTITUTION AND THE CHAIR.…

    IN THIS BODY I HAVE THE UTMOST RESPECT TO THIS INSTITUTION AND THE CHAIR. TO THE EXTENT THAT I ATTRIBUTE THE OUT OF BOUNDS, I DO APOLOGIZE. IT'S THE FACT THAT THIS COUNTRY'S IN CRISIS, WE HAVE A HUGE DEBT, WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT NEED JOBS AND SINCE THE BUDGET RESOLUTION WAS PASSED , APRIL 15 OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS CAPTURED AND KILLED. AND THAT PROVIDED US WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO REASSESS OUR MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN. I WANT US TO TAKE A LITTLE SHARE OF OUR MONEY THAT WE'RE SPENDING IN AFGHANISTAN AND RETURN IT HERE TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND ALSO TAKE THE REMAINDER OF THE SAVINGS TO PAY DOWN OUR DEBT. AND I DO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE RULES PROVIDE. IT'S JUST, MR. CHAIR, IN CLOSING I BELIEVE THESE RULES ARE OLD AND OUT OF DATE. WE NEED TO, IN THIS HOUSE NEED TO RESPOND MORE QUICKLY AND MORE EFFECTIVELY ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN MY CLOSING POINT, IT'S THIS, WE SPENT OVER $50 BILLION IN ECONOMIC AID TO AFGHANISTAN. LET'S TAKE A SHARE OF THAT MONEY, REDIRECT IT BACK HOME, CREATE JOBS BY REPAIRING OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES. I UNDERSTAND THAT WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE SAFE HAVENS FOR TERRORISTS AROUND THE WORLD LIKE AFGHANISTAN, THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS TO INVEST IN HOMELAND SECURITY, HELP FUND OUR POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS, THEY DON'T HAVE THE EQUIPMENT THIS THAT THEY NEED TO COMMUNICATE -- THE COMMUNICATION AND RADIOS THAT CAN TALK TO EACH OTHER, THAT CAN SHARE INFORMATION AND ALSO, TOO, I BELIEVE IT'S THE DUTY OF THIS CONGRESS TO FIND A WAY TO PROVIDE MORE EQUIPMENT AND FUNDING FOR POLICE AND FIRE BECAUSE THIS CONGRESS IN THE PAST HAD FAILED TO EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS WHICH REALLY DROPPED PROPERTY VALUES SO OUR LOCAL UNITS OF GOVERNMENT DON'T HAVE THE REVENUE TO HIRE MORE POLICE AND FIRE. SO SAYING THAT I WANT TO SAY TO THE CHAIRMAN THAT I RESPECT YOUR POSITION, I RESPECT THIS INSTITUTION, I'M HERE TRYING TO FIGHT FOR MY PEOPLE I REPRESENT IN METRO DETROIT AND RETURN AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS BACK TO AMERICANS, TO CREATE JOBS HERE AND TO PROTECT AMERICANS AT HOME. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:06:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    PAGE 137 LINE 1, PAKISTAN COUNTERINSURGENCY FUND, $1,100,000,000,000 TO…

    PAGE 137 LINE 1, PAKISTAN COUNTERINSURGENCY FUND, $1,100,000,000,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, TWIRT.

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  • 10:06:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 10:06:45 PM

    MR. POE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN HAS TWO AMENDMENTS AT THE DESK. COULD…

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN HAS TWO AMENDMENTS AT THE DESK. COULD HE SPECIFY WHICH AMENDMENT HE WISHES TO ADDRESS?

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  • 10:06:57 PM

    MR. POE

    4. COUNTERINSURGENCY FUND AMENDMENT. IT'S $1 BILLION. I ASK UNANIMOUS…

    4. COUNTERINSURGENCY FUND AMENDMENT. IT'S $1 BILLION. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WAIVE THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:07:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:07:15 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. POE OF TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. POE

    WILL BE BRIEF. I HAVE HAD MY ARGUMENT ON THE OTHER $1 BILLION THAT I ASKED…

    WILL BE BRIEF. I HAVE HAD MY ARGUMENT ON THE OTHER $1 BILLION THAT I ASKED TO BE DEDUCTED FROM THE REIMBURSEMENT ACCOUNT, TO BE SPENT TO THE SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT. THIS IS A SEPARATE FUND THAT ALSO GIVES MONEY TO PAKISTAN. OVER $1 BILLION. I'M ASKING THAT $1 BILLION OF THAT FUND THAT GOES INTO COUNTERINSURGENCY ALSO BE SENT TO THE SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT. THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS FOR THAT BUT THE MAIN ONE IS PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING, WE FOUND OUT THAT AFTER WE TOOK OUT OSAMA BIN LADEN THAT IN THAT COMPOUND WE FOUND DOCUMENTS THAT REVEALED DISCUSSIONS OF PROMISES OF NO AL QAEDA ATTACKS IN PAKISTAN IN EXCHANGE FOR SHELTERING OSAMA BIN LADEN. THAT'S THE TYPE OF THINGS THAT WE WONDER ABOUT, WHETHER PAKISTAN IS ON OUR SIDE, ON THE SIDE OF OUR ENEMIES, WE DON'T KNOW WHOSE SIDE THEY'RE ON. SO I'D ASK THE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:08:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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  • 10:08:23 PM

    >>

    TO STRIKE THE WORD. STRIKE THE FINAL WORD. AND SPEAK IN OPPOSITION OF THE…

    TO STRIKE THE WORD. STRIKE THE FINAL WORD. AND SPEAK IN OPPOSITION OF THE BILL AND YIELD TO MR. LEWIS FOR ANY COMMENTS HE MAY HAVE.

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  • 10:08:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. LEWIS

    MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GOALS OF THIS…

    MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GOALS OF THIS AMENDMENT WHICH IS TO DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FROM A NATION THAT UNTIL RECENTLY HAS BEEN ONE OF OUR GOOD FRIENDS. PAKISTAN HAS FACED SERIOUS PROBLEMS THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY. AND THE UNITED STATES HAS PLAYED A LEADING ROLE IN HELPING STABILIZE THAT TROUBLED NATION. WE HAVE SENT BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN MILITARY SUPPORT AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS MORE IN ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE. WE HAVE WORKED AS CLOSE AS WE CAN WITH PAKISTAN'S MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES IN ORDER TO STABILIZE THE BORDER REGION NEAR AFGHANISTAN WHERE AL QAEDA AND THE TALIBAN ARE TRYING TO OVERTHROW BOTH AFGHANISTAN AND THE PAKISTAN GOVERNMENTS. IT IS THEREFORE HARD TO EXPRESS THE ANGER AND FRUSTRATION OF ALL AMERICANS WHEN WE DISCOVERED THAT OSAMA BIN LADEN, THE MAN WHO PRODUCED THE DEATH OF THOUSANDS ON THE AMERICAN SOIL, WAS LIVING IN COMFORT JUST A SHORT DRIVE FROM ISLAMABAD. AND WE HAVE ASKED IN VEIN HOW THIS COULD OCCUR, RATHER THAN HELP US GET TO THE BOTTOM OF HOW THIS INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COULD LIVE FOR YEARS WITHIN BLOCKS OF THEIR MILITARY SCHOOL, WE RECEIVED PROTESTS FROM PAKISTANY OFFICIALS THAT OUR BRAVE SPECIAL FORCES CAPTURED AND KILLED BIN LADEN UNDER THEIR NOSES. BUT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WHAT HAS REALLY OUTRAGED ME AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES IS THAT THE PAKISTANIS HAVE HAD THE AUDACITY TO ARREST AND DETAIN THE INFORMANTS WHO HELPED US BRING THIS ULTIMATE TERRORIST TO JUSTICE. IT IS ALMOST TOO MUCH TO TAKE AND IT IS TIME THAT WE MADE IT CLEAR TO THE PAKISTANIS THAT OUR FRIENDSHIP IS AT THE BREAKING POINT. FOR THIS REASON I AM CONVINCED THAT WE MUST CAFRLE -- CAREFULLY SCRUTINIZE EVERY DOLLAR WE'RE SPENDING IN PAKISTAN IN THIS BILL AND ESPECIALLY IN THE FOREIGN OPERATIONS APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND, MR. CHAIRMAN, I -- WHILE I WANT TO SUPPORT CHAIRMAN YOUNG AND THE WORK OF MR. DICKS AS WELL AS THE REST OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS COMMITTEE, I DO WANT TO SERVE IN THE THAT AS WE GO FORWARD AND I'M ABLE TO GATHER MORE INFORMATION I COULD VERY WELL BE PRESENTING A VERY SIMILAR AMENDMENT IN THE FOREIGN OPERATIONS BILL. IT IS HIGH TIME THAT WE GET THE ANSWERS THAT WE SEEK HERE AND KNOW REALLY WHICH FRIENDS ARE TRULY OUR FRIENDS. SO I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:11:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 10:11:20 PM

    >>

    THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    CHAIRMAN. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE PAKISTANIS ARE A TROUBLED ALLY,…

    CHAIRMAN. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE PAKISTANIS ARE A TROUBLED ALLY, THEY'RE AN UNSTABLE ISLAMIC COUNTRY WITH EXTREMIST TENDENCIES AND A COUNTRY THAT HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THE FUNDING THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW IS THAT WHICH IS FOR -- TRAINING THEM IN COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS.

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  • 10:11:48 PM

    MR. COFFMAN

    WE HAVE TROOPS IN COMBAT AT THIS TIME IN AFGHANISTAN. THE TALIBAN, THE…

    WE HAVE TROOPS IN COMBAT AT THIS TIME IN AFGHANISTAN. THE TALIBAN, THE AFGHAN TALIBAN WHO ARE FIGHTING OR FORCES IN THE FIELD -- OUR FORCES IN THE FIELD WILL OFTENTIMES HAVE SANCTUARY IN PAKISTAN. WE ARE TRYING TO STAND UP OUR PAKISTANI MILITARY THAT IS NOT SIMPLY EXCLUSIVELY ENGAGED OR IS EXCLUSIVELY FOCUSED ON A CONVENTIONAL WAR WITH INDIA, BUT IS ABLE TO LAUNCH COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS PARTICULARLY IN THE FEDERALLY ADMINISTERED TRIBAL AREAS. I THINK THIS FUNDING IS CRITICAL SO LONG AS WE HAVE TROOPS IN THE FIELD IN AFGHANISTAN, THAT WE SEEK TO MAINTAIN OR CERTAINLY INCREASE THE CAPABILITY OF THE PAKISTANI MILITARY AND COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT AND WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST IT.

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  • 10:12:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:13:05 PM

    MR. POE

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18,…

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WILL BE POSTPONED. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WISH TO OFFER HIS NEXT AMENDMENT?

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  • 10:13:20 PM

    MR. POE

    I HAVE NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS.

  • 10:13:24 PM

    THE CLERK

    PAGE 138 LINE 12, PROCUREMENT AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT ARMY, $387,900,000 TO…

    PAGE 138 LINE 12, PROCUREMENT AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT ARMY, $387,900,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. ARMY, $118,412,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. PROCUREMENT OF WEAPONS AND COMBAT VEHICLES ARMY, $37,117,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 014. PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION ARMY $208,381,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. UNDER PROCUREMENT ARMY $1,398,195,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT NAVY $492,060,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. WEAPONS PROCUREMENT NAVY $41,70,000 -- $41,050,000. PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION NAVY AND MARINE CORPS $317,100,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. OTHER PROCUREMENT NAVY $249,514,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 14, -- SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. PROCUREMENT MARINE CORPS $1,183,996,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT AIR FORCE $440,265,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. MISSILE PROCUREMENT AIR FORCE $ 46,920,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION AIR FORCE $139,510,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. OTHER PROCUREMENT AIR FORCE $3,213,010,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. . NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE EQUIPMENT, $1,500,000 REMAIN REAVAILABLE. MINE RESISTANT AMBUSH VEHICLE FUND TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT, TASK EVALUATION, RESEARCH EVALUATION, ARMY, $8,513,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL 2013. RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT, TASK AND EVALUATION, NAVY, $53,843,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, AIR FORCE, $182 MILLION TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT, DEFENSE-WIDE, $192,361,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. RESELF-ING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS, $435,213,. OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS, DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAMS, $1 BILLION 2 28,088,000. DRUG COUNTERDRUG ACTIVITIES $469 MILLION TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013. JOINT IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL, 11 MILLION 55,. GENERAL PROVISIONS, SECTION 9001. FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE ARE IN ADDITION TO AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED FOR THE DEPARTMENT FOR 2012. SECTION 9,002. UPON THE DETERMINATION OF THE SECRETARY THAT ACTION IS NECESSARY IN THE NAG INTERESTS, THE SECRETARY MAY TRANSFER UP TO $3 BILLION UP TO THE APPROPRIATIONS OR FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT IN THIS TITLE. SECTION 9003, SFERINGS AND ADMINISTRATION COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT AVAILABLE FOR AFGHANISTAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDS OR AFGHANISTAN SECURITY FORCES FUND MAY BE OBLIGATED AT THE TIME OF CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS IS AWARDED. SECTION 9004, FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS TITLE, THE SECRETARY MAY PURCHASE A PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLE UP TO A LIMIT OF $75,000 PER VEHICLE AND HEAVY AND LIGHT ARMORED VEHICLES UP TO $250,000 PER VEHICLE. SECTION 9005, NOT TO EXCEED $400 MILLION APPROPRIATED IN THIS TITLE UNDER OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ARMY MAY BE USED TO FUND THE COMMANDERS' EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM FOR ENABLING MILITARY COMMANDERS IN AFGHANISTAN TO RESPOND TO SMALL SCALE HUMANITARIAN RELIEF. SECTION 9006, FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE MAY BE USED TO PROVIDE SUPPLIES, SERVICES, TRANSPORTATION, INCLUDING AIRLIFT AND SEA DELEPT LIFT PROVIDING STABILITY OPERATIONS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. SECTION 9007, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE OBLIGATED OR EXPENDED TO ESTABLISH ANY MILITARY INSTALLATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING PERMANENT INSTALLATION FOR THE FORCES IN IRAQ. SECTION 9008, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO IMPLEMENT THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL PUNISHMENT. THE SECRETARY SHALL SUBMIT TO COMMITTEES A REPORT ON THE USE OF ALL FUNDS APPROPRIATED BY THIS OR ANY PRIOR ACT UNDER THE HEADING AFGHANISTAN SECURITY FORCES FUND, AFGHANISTAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND AND PAKISTAN --

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  • 10:20:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY BE RECOGNIZED

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  • 10:20:20 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    THAT THE READING BE WAIVED.

  • 10:20:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    NO OBJECTION. THE CLERK WILL READ. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    TO USE -- I HAVE THREE AMENDMENTS, 040 IS MY FIRST AMENDMENT.

  • 10:20:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    READ THE NEXT PARAGRAPH OF THE BILL.

  • 10:20:46 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    BY MISMCCOLLUM, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF…

    BY MISMCCOLLUM, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF APPROPRIATIONS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT IS HEREBY REDUCED BY $124,800,000.

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  • 10:22:04 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    THIS AMENDMENT CUTS DOLLARS FROM THE OVERALL BILL. MY COLLEAGUES SAY THEY…

    THIS AMENDMENT CUTS DOLLARS FROM THE OVERALL BILL. MY COLLEAGUES SAY THEY ARE COMMITED TO DEFICIT REDUCTION, THIS IS THEIR CHANCE TO PROVE IT. REDUCES THE FUNDING FOR MILITARY BANDS TO THE AUTHORIZED LEVEL. CURRENTLY THIS BILL IN THE PENTAGON'S BUDGET INCLUDES A TOTAL OF $324.8 MILLION, 450 MILITARY BANDS, FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL MILITARY MUSICIANS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE THE TOTAL FUNDING FOR MILITARY BANDS TO $200 MILLION. THE LIMIT SET FOR SPENDING ON MILITARY BANDS INCLUDING A VOICE VOTE IN THE 2012 DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL, H.R. 1540. LET ME BE CLEAR. THIS AMENDMENT BRINGS THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL IN LINE WITH THE SPENDING ON MILITARY BANDS ESTABLISHED IN THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. AGAIN, THE HOUSE IS ALREADY ON RORLED VOTED TO LIMIT SPENDING ON MILITARY BANDS TO $200 MILLION. EARLIER, REPRESENTATIVE CARTER OF TEXAS HAD AN AMENDMENT THAT STRUCK THE LANGUAGE THAT I HAD INSERTED IN THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT WOULD LIMIT THE MILITARY BANDS TO $200 MILLION. THIS AMENDMENT WAS AGREED TO ON VOICE VOTE. BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE THE MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN THIS HOUSE WANT TO BE ON RECORD ADDING, ADDING OVER $124 MILLION IN SPENDING FOR MILITARY BANDS. THIS AMENDMENT GIVES ALL MY COLLEAGUES THE OPPORTUNITY TO REDUCE THE COST TO GOVERNMENT BY CUTTING $124 MILLION WHILE ALLOWING THE PENTAGON TO CONTINUE TO SPEND $200 MILLION FOR CHOIRS, JAZZ BANDS AND OTHER MUSICAL MISSIONS. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT BANDS ARE IMPORTANT. WE ENJOY LISTENING TO MILITARY BANDS AND MILITARY MUSIC. BUT IN TIMES OF FISCAL CRISIS, $200 MILLION IS SET ASIDE FOR THIS. MANY OF YOU BELIEVE THAT SPENDING $225 MILLION IS IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. A NATIONAL PRIORITY THAT CANNOT BE CUT OR REDUCED. I COULDN'T DISAGREE MORE. THERE ARE MEMBERS IN THIS HOUSE WHO IN GOOD CONSCIENCE CUT PROGRAMS FOR HUNGRY AND POOR BUT IS THIS HOUSE SERIOUS THAT ALLOW INCREASES IN MILITARY BANDS. REPUBLICANS ARE FORCING CUTS FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTERS, HOMELESS VETERANS AND TAKE A STAND ON OPPOSING LIMITS FOR FUNDING MILITARY BANDS AT $200 MILLION IS A FLURET PRIORITY. IF THIS CONGRESS IS GO TO GO RAISE THE DEBT CREEG SO IT CAN PAY $325 MILL ION. THESE ARE TRULY MISPLACED PRIORITIES. THIS CONGRESS FACES RECORD DEFICITS AND IT IS TIME FOR SMART INVESTMENTS AND TOUGH CHOICES. IN THE $650 MILLION -- $650 BILLION DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, THIS AMENDMENT PROPOSES AN EXTREMELY MODEST TEST IN THIS HOUSE'S WILLINGNESS TO CUT EXPENSES. LAST YEAR, THE ARMY COMMANDER HAD A $4.4 MILLION STATE OF THE ART BUILDING CONSTRUCTED FOR ARMY MATERIAL COMMAND BANDS WHILE SCHOOL, HEALTH CARE SENT RS AND FOOD BANKS ARE BEING CUT, $4.4 MILLION INDICATES TO ME THAT NO ONE TOLD THE PENTAGON. THE PENTAGON DOES NOT NEED ANY MORE BAND-AID. MR. CARTER ARGUED AGAINST THIS AND HE WAS CORRECT. THIS AMENDMENT SAVES U.S. TAXPAYERS $124.8 MILLION AND MAKES A LOT OF SENSE TO THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT AND SHOULD MAKE A LOT OF SENSE TO MY TEA PARTY COLLEAGUES. THIS GIVES A CHANCE TO SHOW OUR COLLEAGUES A DEFICIT REDUCTION. MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:26:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT WOULD CAP…

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT WOULD CAP FUNDING AT $200 MILLION AND REVERSE THE DECISION OF THE BODY EARLIER THIS EVENING. THE BAND'S MAIN MISSION IS MUSIC. BAND MEMBERS TRAIN FOR SECURITY AND GIVEN THE SHORTAGE OF GUARDS, SECURITY -- THE MEMBERS GO TO WAR. EVERY SOLDIER IS TAUGHT THEIR BASIC COMBAT SKILLS. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE STRONGLY BELIEVES THAT MILITARY BANDS ARE VITAL TO RECRUITING, AND THEY PROVIDE PATRIOTIC INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC TO INSTILL IN SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND AIRMEN AND INSTEEL IN THEM THE WILL TO FIGHT AND WIN IN SUPPORT OF OUR CITIZENS AND PROMOTE -- MR. CHAIRMAN, I OPPOSE THE BILL AND URGE OTHERS TO DO IT AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:27:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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  • 10:28:10 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 10:28:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 10:28:41 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

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    THE CLERK

    BY MISMCCOLLUM. BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE ADD THE FOLLOWING NEW SECTION,…

    BY MISMCCOLLUM. BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE ADD THE FOLLOWING NEW SECTION, SECTION NOT MORE THAN $20 MILLION OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO PAY MOTOR SPORTS DRIVERS, RACING TEAMS OR RACING CARS IN THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR STOCK CAR AUTO RACE CAR, THE NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION, THE INDIE RACING LEAGUE, INDIE CAR SERIES OR THE MOTOR CYCLE ASSOCIATION OR OTHERWISE CONDUCT RECRUITING OUTREACH UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF 561-B OF THE FLIDE D. SPENCE AS ENACTED INTO LAW. 114-1654-A -- 129.

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  • 10:30:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:30:05 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    MY AMENDMENT REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO LIMIT WHAT THEY SPEND…

    MY AMENDMENT REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO LIMIT WHAT THEY SPEND ON MOTOR SPORTS SPONSORSHIPS FOR INDY CAR SERIES NO MORE THAN $20 MILLION IN FISCAL YEAR 2012. WITH OUR NATION IN FISCAL CRISIS I CAN'T IMAGINE ANYONE WANTING TO SPEND MORE THAN $20 MILLION. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE MUST MAKE CHOICES AS TO WHAT TO DO WITH AMERICAN TAXPAYERS' MONEY. CONGRESS NEEDS TO SET PRIORITIES TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT AND GROW OUR ECONOMY. THIS YEAR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WILL SPEND $63 MILLION IN TAXPAYER FUNDS TO SPONSOR MOTOR SPORTS FOR RECRUITMENT PURPOSES. IN THE LAST DECADE, HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS HAVE BEEN SPENT TO SPONSOR MOTOR SPORT RACING AND WHAT DO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GET? THE MILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS BY BIG STICKERS ON RACE CARS, THEY PAY FOR MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR RACE TRACKS FOR RACE CAR DRIVERS AND RACING TEAM OWNERS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE NATIONAL GUARD IS CURRENTLY SPENDING $20 MILLION IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO SPONSOR ONE RACE CAR DRIVER, $20 MILLION. AT A TIME WHEN OUR NATION IS FIGHTING TWO WARS WHY ARE WE BORROWING MONEY FROM RUSSIA TO PAY FOR SPONSORSHIP? HOW DOES THAT ADVANCE NATIONAL SECURITY? . MEN SAY THIS IS FOR A VOLUNTEER MILITARY. I RESPECT THEIR PASSION DESPITE THAT'S FLO -- THERE'S NO FACT TO DEMONSTRATE THAT IT'S EFFECTIVE IN RECRUITING. AND THAT'S WHY MY AMENDMENT MAINTAINS A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT IN MOTORSPORTS SPONSORSHIPS. $20 MILLION. TO ALLOW THE PENTAGON TO DEMONSTRATE TO US AND TO THE TAXPAYERS IT DOES WORK. NOW, AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WE MUST DO A BETTER JOB OF EXERCISING OUR OVERSIGHT OVER THE PENTAGON'S RECRUITING BUDGET. RIGHT NOW 75% OF AMERICANS AGES 17 TO 24 YEARS OLD ARE NOT QUALIFIED. LET ME REPEAT. 75% OF YOUNG AMERICANS AGES 17 TO 25 -- 24 YEARS OLD ARE NOT EQUAL TIED TO SERVE IN THE ARMED FORCES. MOTORSPORT SPONSORSHIPS ARE NOT THE ANSWER TO MAKING AMERICA'S YOUTH MORE PHYSICALLY FIT OR MORE ACADEMICALLY PREPARED TO SERVE. ACCORDING TO A 2010 REPORT BY A RETIRED MILITARY LEADERS ENTITLED TOO FAT TO FIGHT, THE U.S. MILITARY FACES SERIOUS LONG-TERM RECRUITING CHALLENGES. LET ME QUOTE THE REPORT DIRECTLY. WHEN WEIGHT PROBLEMS ARE COMBINED WITH EDUCATIONAL DEFICITS, CRIMINAL RECORDS AND OTHER DISEQUAL FIRES SUCH AS ASTHMA OR DRUG ABUSE, 75% OF AMERICANS 17 TO 24 YEARS OLD ARE UNABLE TO JOIN THE MILITARY FOR MORE THAN ONE OF THOSE REASONS. THE MILITARY WILL HAVE TO HAVE MORE FIT YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IF THEY ARE GOING TO FIND ENOUGH RECRUITS WITH THE EXCELLENT QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED FOR OUR MODERN MILITARY. BUT WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT $63 MILLION TO SPONSOR ACADEMIC SPORTS. WHILE THESE ALARMING TRENDS FACING AMERICA'S YOUNG PEOPLE, THE PENTAGON NEEDS TO BE LEADING THE NATIONAL EFFORT TO ENSURE YOUNG PEOPLE AROUND THIS COUNTRY FROM COAST-TO-COAST ARE EDUCATIONALLY PREPARED, PHYSICALLY FIT, MORALLY SOUND AND DEDICATED TO SERVING OUR COUNTRY. THOSE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN AREN'T JUST FOUND AT RACE TRACKS, SOME OF THEM -- YET THAT IS WHERE OUR BRANCHES OF MILITARY ARE SPENDING DISPRORPT AMOUNT OF MONEY ON A SMALL NUMBER OF RECRUITING TARGETS. HERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF A MOTORSPORT RECRUITING POWER. IN 2010 THE NATIONAL GUARD SPENT $645,000 TO SPONSOR ONE SINGLE NASCAR RACE. ACCORDING TO THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD THAT $650,000 SPONSORSHIP GENERATED 439 RECRUITS. ONLY SIX OF THOSE WERE QUALIFIED LEADS OR RECRUITED ELIGIBLE. HOW MANY ENLISTS FOR $650,000? ZERO. ZERO ENLISTMENTS, ZERO CONTRACTS SIGNED. OTHER BRANCHES OF THE ARMED FORCES FOUND A SPONSORSHIP, THE MARINE CORPS AND NAVY HAVE CANCELED THEIR MOTORSPORT SPONSORSHIP YEARS A AGO. I RESPECT THE PATRIOTISM AND PASSION OF MOTORSPORTS FANS. I DO. AND I ENCOURAGE THE U.S. MILITARY TO CONTINUE ITS LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MOTORSPORTS LIKE NASCAR. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOTHING TO THE ADDITIONAL $8 MILLION THE ARMY SPENDS ON OUTREACH TO NASCAR RACING EVENTS OR THE MILLIONS SPENT ON MILITARY RECRUITMENT AT RACES. BUT WE ARE WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON RACE CARS AND MILLIONAIRE DRIVERS WITH LITTLE OR NOTHING TO SHOW FROM IT. I'VE HEARD FROM SUPPORTERS OF RACE CAR, TALK ABOUT PASSION POINTS AND MEDIA IMPRESSIONS, THESE SPONSORSHIP DOLLARS PRODUCE ALONG WITH TELEVISION VIEWERS. REALLY? AMERICANS DON'T KNOW THAT THERE'S AN ARMY OR AN AIR FORCE OR AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THAT WE'RE AT WAR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN? THEY DON'T NEED A RACING CAR TO TELL THEM THAT WE HAVE A VOLUNTEER MILITARY AND OUR COUNTRY'S AT WAR. ALREADY THIS YEAR THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS HAS VOTED TO CUT NUTRITION PROGRAMS FOR THE POOR, HUNGRY AND FOR INFANTS. AND THIS MAJORITY IS CUTTING INVESTMENTS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND HIGH GAS PRICES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND LIMIT THE MOTORSHIP SPONSOR RACING TO $20 MILLION. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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  • 10:35:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 10:36:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:36:08 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THE GENTLELADY FOR HER DETERMINATION. SHE HAS REALLY WORKED THIS AMENDMENT…

    THE GENTLELADY FOR HER DETERMINATION. SHE HAS REALLY WORKED THIS AMENDMENT HARD ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION. THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY SPOKEN ON THIS ISSUE THAT WE CONSIDERED EARLIER, H.R. 1. THIS AMENDMENT WAS DEFEATED BY MORE THAN 100 VOTES, 148-281. BUT THIS IS A RECRUITING TOOL. I DON'T THINK ANY OF US WANT TO GO BACK TO A DRAFT. I THINK WE LIKE THE FACT THAT WE HAVE AN ALL VOLUNTEER SERVICE BUT IF YOU HAVE AN ALL VOLUNTEER SERVICE, MEANS YOU'VE GOT TO RECRUIT AND YOU USE MORE THAN JUST NASCAR OR SPORTING EVENTS OR ADVERTISING IN NEWSPAPERS TO GAIN RECRUITS. SO THAT WE CAN HAVE AN ALL VOLUNTEER MILITARY AS OPPOSED TO A CON SCRIPTED DRAFTED MILITARY. THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD ESTIMATED THAT IT ENGAGED MORE THAN 83,000 PROSPECTS IN THE YEAR 2010. THE AIR FORCE REPORTS THAT THEIR NASCAR SPONSORSHIP IS THE SECOND HIGHEST SOURCE OF SPORTS SPONSORSHIPS. THE ARMY EXPECTS THAT THEY WILL THIS YEAR ENGAGE 28,700 PROSPECTS AND GAIN ACCESS TO 18 SCHOOLS THROUGH ITS -- 182 SCHOOLS THROUGH ITS SPONSORSHIP OF NASCAR. NOW, THE GENTLELADY, AS I SAID, IS PERSISTENT, SHE USES THE OWE CASE TO MENTION THE FACT THAT -- OCCASION TO MENTION THE FACT THAT THE MARINE CORPS DOES NOT USE SPORTING -- DOES NOT USE NASCAR FOR RECRUITING. WHICH IS TRUE. BUT THAT'S NO REASON TO WHY WE SHOULD DISCONTINUE THE PROGRAM. THE NAVY AND THE MARINE CORPS DO NOT SPONSOR MOTORSPORTS, NASCAR, BUT THEY BOTH USE THE SPONSORSHIP OF SPORTING EVENTS AS PART OF THEIR RECRUITING PROGRAMS. THE NAVY IS A SPONSOR OF THE X GAMES WHILE THE MARINE CORPS SPONSORS A VARIETY OF EVENTS INCLUDING THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS WE SPEND A LOT OF MONEY FOR RECRUITING AND THE RECRUITING THAT -- PROGRAMS THAT ARE SUCCESSFUL OUGHT TO BE CONTINUED AND SHOULD NOT BE DENIED BECAUSE OF WHATEVER THE REASON SOMEONE OBJECTS TO USING THE MONEY FOR SPONSORING RACE CAR VEHICLES. THE NATIONAL CAR TOOK SEVENTH PLACE BY THE WAY IN DAYTONA LAST WEEK, THIS PAST WEEKEND. AND NOT ONLY DO WE GET THE SPONSORSHIP, THE EXCITEMENT OF THE CROWDS AND MANY OF WHOM GO TO THE RECRUITING STATIONS, BUT WE GET NEWSPAPER COVERAGE FOR FREE. WE GET TELEVISION COVERAGE FOR FREE. COVERAGE THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR BECAUSE OF THESE EVENTS THAT WE DO SPONSOR. SO AS WE DID IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND AS WE DID ON H.R. 1 EARLIER THIS YEAR, I JUST HOPE THAT WE WILL ONCE AGAIN DEFEAT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:39:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 10:39:55 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    I WOULD LIKE A RECORDED VOTE, PLEASE.

  • 10:39:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA WILL BE POSTPONED. DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 10:40:08 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    YES, MR. CHAIRMAN. I HAVE MY LAST AND FINAL AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 10:40:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 10:40:14 PM

    THE CLERK

    BY MS. MCCOLLUM OF MINNESOTA, AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT…

    BY MS. MCCOLLUM OF MINNESOTA, AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS --

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  • 10:40:23 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    I ASK THAT WE SUSPEND WITH THE READING.

  • 10:40:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    SO ORDERED. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:40:29 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SECTION 95 OF THIS DEFENSE APPROPRIATION BILL…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SECTION 95 OF THIS DEFENSE APPROPRIATION BILL INCLUDES LANGUAGE AUTHORIZING THE PENTAGON UNDER THE DIRECTION AND CONTROL OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO OPERATE TASK FORCE FOR BUSINESS AND STABILITY OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN. THE BILL PROVIDES $150 MILLION TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO OPERATE THIS BUSINESS TASK FORCE. OUR BRAVE MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN HAVE BEEN IN AFGHANISTAN FOR 10 LONG YEARS, CONFRONTING THE TALIBAN, KILLING TERRORISTS AND HELPING SECURE A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE AFGHAN PEOPLE. WHEN IN THE COURSE OF THIS LONG WAR DID IT BEGIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S ROLE TO FACILITATE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFGHAN AND FOREIGN COUNTRIES? IS IT REALLY WITHIN THE PENTAGON'S EXPERTISE OR MISSION TO EXCEL AT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, FARMING OR MINERAL EXPLORATION? THIS BILL GIVES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION TO CARRY OUT, QUOTE, PROJECTS THAT INCLUDE PRIVATE INVESTMENT, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, BANKING AND FINANCIAL SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT, AGRICULTURAL DIVERSIFICATION AND REVITALIZATION, ENERGY DEVELOPMENT WITH RESPECT TO AFGHANISTAN. AFGHANISTAN IS AN ACT OF -- ACTIVE WAR ZONE. THE AMERICAN SERVICE MENS -- MEMBERS ARE UNDER ATTACK AND OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SHOULD ONLY BE SOLELY FOCUSED ON THEIR SECURITY. THE PENTAGON'S FOCUS SHOULD NOT BE ON STARTING UP BUSINESSES OR FACILITATING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TOWARDS FOR CORPORATE C.E.O.'S. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF AMERICA'S OVERALL STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN BUT THAT IS THE ROLE OF CIVILIAN AGENCIES LIKE YOU SAID, THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE OR THE DEPARTMENT OF CONGRESS. CONGRESS NEEDS TO INVEST IN AMERICA'S CIVILIAN CAPACITY TO CARRY OUT THIS FUNCTION. UNFORTUNATELY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THIS HOUSE DOES NOT BELIEVE IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES, A COMPONENT OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IF THEY DID THEY WOULD NOT CUT VITAL FOREIGN ASSISTANCE CAPACITY AND PROGRAMS. EVERY HOUSE MEMBER NEEDS TO ASK WHY THE PENTAGON IS SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AFGHAN CARPET INDUSTRY WHILE U.S. SOLDIERS ARE UNDER ATTACK. AFGHAN CARPETS SHOULD NOT BE A STRATEGIC PRIORITY FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. EVERY HOUSE MEMBER NEEDS TO ASK THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, IS HELPING CATE SPADE, AN EXCLUSIVE NEW YORK HAND BAG DESIGNER, TO SOURCE RAW MATERIALS IN AFGHANISTAN? SINCE WHEN DID THE PENTAGON'S INVESTMENT AND TAXPAYER DOLLARS GO TO PROMOTING WOMEN'S FASHION? THE DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY OF DEFENSE DESCRIBED HIS ROLE IN HEADING UP THE TASK FORCE IN THE "WASHINGTON POST" AND I QUOTE HIM, WE DO CAPITALISM. WE'RE ABOUT HELPING COMPANIES MAKE MONEY. COLLEAGUES, HELPING COMPANIES MAKE MONEY IS NOT THE ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THIS IS THE WORST EXAMPLE OF MISSION CREEP. IT IS UP TO CONGRESS TO PERFORM ITS OVERSIGHT DUTY AND REIN IN THE PENTAGON. GETTING PEOPLE TO WORK IN AFGHANISTAN IS IMPORTANT. AFGHANISTAN -- AFGHANS WHO ARE WORKING IN THE FARMS AND THE POLICE AND THE MILITARY ARE LIKELY NOT SHOOTING AT OUR TROOPS. BUT THIS REPORT THAT ACCOMPANIES THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL THAT PASSED IN MAY SAID IT BEST AND I QUOTE FROM THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL, QUOTE, THE FUNCTION OF A PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FALLS OUTSIDE THE CORE COMPETENCY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE WENT ON TO FURTHER STATE, QUOTE, THE MISSION SHOULD EVENTUALLY FALL UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF A DIFFERENT AGENCY LIKE USAID OR THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE. THE TASK FORCE FOR BUSINESS AND STABILITY OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN AND ITS $115 MILLION BUDGET SHOULD NOT BE FUNDED AND NOT AUTHORIZED IN THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. THIS FUNCTION AND THIS MONEY BELONGS IN THE STATE AND FOREIGN OPERATIONS APPROPRIATION BILL. THIS TASK FORCE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE MILITARIZATION OF FOREIGN ASSISTANCE THAT DIVERTS THE PEB FROM -- PENTAGON FROM ITS CORE MISSION. IT ALSO DANGEROUSLY BLOWS A -- BLURS THE LINE BETWEEN MILITARY AFFILIATED PERSONNEL IN A WAR ZONE AND CIVILIAN PERSONNEL CARRYING OUT DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES. AMERICA NEEDS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO TAKE CARE OF ITS TOP PRIORITIES, ENSURING THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY. WE ALL KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE FEWER AND FEWER MILITARY PERSONNEL IN AFGHANISTAN IN FEWER MONTHS. TROOPS STATIONED IN AFGHANISTAN WILL BE IN INCREASING DANGER. WE MUST ALLOW THOSE TROOPS TO FOCUS ON THEIR SECURITY MISSION. IF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TRULY BELIEVES BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND THE WORK OF THE TASK FORCE IS VITAL TO NATIONAL SECURITY, THEN THE PENTAGON CAN CONTRACT WITH PROFESSIONALS AT USAID TO CARRY OUT THIS FUNCTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND GET THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATIVE INVESTMENT SUPPORT OUT OF THE PENTAGON. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:45:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 10:45:36 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

  • 10:45:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

  • 10:45:47 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    OUR ALLIES PRETTY MUCH STABILIZED AFGHANISTAN AND STOPPED THE TALIBAN. BUT…

    OUR ALLIES PRETTY MUCH STABILIZED AFGHANISTAN AND STOPPED THE TALIBAN. BUT BEFORE THE JOB WAS COMPLETED, WE ALL WALKED AWAY. THE TALIBAN RESURGED, CAME BACK AND CREATED THE SITUATION THAT WE FACE LAST YEAR AND THE YEAR BEFORE. LET'S NOT LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN. THIS TASK FORCE IS PART OF THAT OPERATION TO TRY TO MAINTAIN STABILITY ONCE WE CLEAR OUT AND STOP THE TALIBAN ONCE AGAIN. THE MISSION OF THE TASK FORCE IS TO ASSIST THE COMMANDER OF U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND IN DEVELOPING A LINK BETWEEN U.S. MILITARY OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN AND ECONOMIC ELEMENTS OF U.S. NATIONAL POWER IN ORDER TO REDUCE VIOLENCE, ENHANCE STABILITY TO RESTORE ECONOMIC NORMALCY IN AFGHANISTAN THROUGH BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES SUCH AS AGRICULTURE DIVERSIFICATION AND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. THE SECRETARY MAY USE UP TO $150 MILLION OF AVAILABLE OPERATIONS FOR OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT THAT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD NOT PERMIT US TO DO THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO AFTER WINNING ON THE BATTLE FLT, AFTER ELIMINATING THE COMBAT AREAS. WE HAVE GOT TO MAINTAIN AN AFGHANISTAN THAT IS NOT ANY LONGER UNDER THE JURISDICTION AND THE INFLUENCE OF THE TALIBAN. AS I SAID, WE DID IT ONCE BEFORE AT GREAT COSTS. WE BASICALLY STABILIZED AFGHANISTAN AND THEN WE WALKED AWAY AND DIDN'T DO THE THINGS THAT THIS INSTABILITY TASK FORCE OPERATIONS WOULD DO. LET'S DO IT THIS TIME SO WE DON'T HAVE TO GO BACK AND REFIGHT THE WAR AGAINST THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN. NOT A GOOD AMENDMENT. IT IS NOT A GOOD AMENDMENT AND I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:48:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. . DICK DICK I AGREE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. . DICK DICK I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN ON THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT. I AGREE WE SHOULD VOTE IT DOWN.

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  • 10:48:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 10:48:33 PM

    MR. HOLT

    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. I BELIEVE IT IS NUMBER 43.

  • 10:48:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL DESIGNATE.

  • 10:48:40 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 43, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 43, PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. HOLT OF NEW JERSEY.

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  • 10:48:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:48:51 PM

    MR. HOLT

    OVER 19,000 PEOPLE IN NEW JERSEY DEPEPPED ON THE GOODS AND SERVICES…

    OVER 19,000 PEOPLE IN NEW JERSEY DEPEPPED ON THE GOODS AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ECONOMIES SEAR OF FORT MAMMOTH WHICH HAS CAST A CLOUD AMONG THE ACTIVE DUTY AND RESERVE AND RETIREES WHO COUNT ON THE ECONOMIES SEAR TO LIVE ON THEIR LIVES THAT WE PROMISED THEM. THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS FACILITY AND RECOMMENDED TO THE PENTAGON LEADERSHIP THAT THE FACILITY REMAIN OPEN. DEPARTMENT REGULATIONS GIVE THE PENTAGON THE ABILITY TO DECIDE WHETHER TO KEEP IT OPEN AFTER A BASE CLOSES. I SHOULD POINT OUT THAT THE ACTIVE PERSONNEL AT THE NAVAL WEAPONS STATION EARL WHICH DOES NOT HAVE A FACILITY DEPENDS ON IT AS WELL. WE IN THE NEW JERSEY STRONG AGREE WITH THE SECRETARY'S RECOMMENDATION WHICH IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THE PENTAGON. THE AMENDMENT I AM OFFERING, BUT WILL WITHDRAW PURSUANT TO A DISCUSSION, A COLLOQUY WITH MY COLLEAGUES, WOULD BAR THE USE OF FISCAL 2012 FUNDS TO CLOSE THE FACILITY. AND AT THIS TIME, WOY LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. DICKS.

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  • 10:50:16 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN HERE AND I HAVE A COPY OF…

    I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN HERE AND I HAVE A COPY OF THE LETTER FROM SECRETARY MCHUGH, WHICH WE SHOULD PUT IN THE RECORD. CAN WE DO IT AT THIS LEVEL?

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  • 10:50:33 PM

    MR. DICKS

    DO IT IN THE APPROPRIATE TIME IN THE HOUSE. I'M PREPARED TO WORK WITH HIM…

    DO IT IN THE APPROPRIATE TIME IN THE HOUSE. I'M PREPARED TO WORK WITH HIM ON THIS AND SEE IF WE CAN TALK TO THE POWERS TO BE OVER AT THE PENTAGON AND HOPEFULLY THEY CAN ACCEPT SECRETARY MCHUGH'S RECOMMENDATION. AND I YIELD --

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  • 10:50:54 PM

    MR. HOLT

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

  • 10:50:57 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    FOR YIELDING. LET ME SAY THAT I AGREE WITH MR. DICKS. WE ARE MORE THAN…

    FOR YIELDING. LET ME SAY THAT I AGREE WITH MR. DICKS. WE ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO WORK WITH YOU TO WORK OUT THIS PROBLEM. AND THANK YOU FOR YIELDING.

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  • 10:51:10 PM

    MR. HOLT

    BOTH GENTLEMEN. AND THIS MEANS A GREAT DEAL TO THE PEOPLE OF NEW JERSEY…

    BOTH GENTLEMEN. AND THIS MEANS A GREAT DEAL TO THE PEOPLE OF NEW JERSEY WHOSE LIVES -- TO WHOM WE OWE A GREAT DEAL FOR THEIR MILITARY WORK. WITH THAT UNDERSTANDING, MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:51:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN.

  • 10:51:37 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    FIVE MINUTES TO 11:00 P.M., I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

  • 10:51:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.…

    THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. THE COMMITTEE RISES. THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 10:52:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 22319 AND HAS COME TO NO…

    THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 22319 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION.

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  • 10:52:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION? THE…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION? THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE.

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