House Defeats Goodlatte-McCaul Bill, 193-231
House Session - July 18, 2012

During Morning Hour, any member may speak for up to five minutes on any topic. When no additional members seek recognition, Morning Hour concludes. During Morning Hour, any member may speak for up to five minutes on any topic. When no additional members seek recognition, Morning Hour concludes.

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  • 10:00:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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  • 10:00:35 AM

    THE CLERK

    ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 18, 2012. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE JEAN…

    ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JULY 18, 2012. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE JEAN SCHMIDT TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY, SIGNED, JOHN A. BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:49 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:01:32 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    SAD UNNECESSARY BATTLE SHAPING UP AGAIN OVER THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC…

    SAD UNNECESSARY BATTLE SHAPING UP AGAIN OVER THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC BROADCASTING. IT'S NOT AN EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT THIS BATTLE IS ABOUT THE VERY FUTURE, ITS VERY EXISTENCE OF PUBLIC BROADCASTING. YOU MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT WE WERE PAST THIS WHEN 15 MONTHS AGO THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE LEADERSHIP TARGETED N.P.R. AND TRIED TO DEFUND THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING. LUCKILY LAST YEAR THE 170 MILLION PEOPLE WHO DON'T JUST LISTEN AND WATCH PUBLIC BROADCASTING BUT DEPEND UPON IT UNLEASHED AN UNPRECEDENTED SHOW OF SUPPORT AND AS A RESULT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP WENT BACK, THEY CUT BUT DID NOT KILL FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING DESPITE THE RHETORIC. THERE WAS ACTUALLY A CONSTRUCTIVE SIGN IN LAST YEAR'S APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT WILL REQUESTED A STUDY TO EXAMINE ALTERNATIVES TO FUNDING PUBLIC BROADCASTING TO FEDERAL FUNDING. SO PEOPLE WOULD HAVE HARD FACTS TO OPERATE ON THIS YEAR. IRONICALLY THAT STUDY REQUESTED BY OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IS NOW BEING CIRCULATED, CLEARLY SHOWS THERE IS NO VIABLE ALTERNATIVE TO FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING AND THAT MANY OF THE PROPOSALS THAT HAVE BEEN SUGGESTED WOULD ACTUALLY END UP WITH LESS OVERALL REVENUES IN THE LONG TERM. THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL BEING MARKED UP THIS MORNING WOULD SLASH FUNDING NOW, DEFUND N.P.R. SUPPORT, AND END PUBLIC BROADCASTING AS WE KNOW IT WITHIN TWO YEARS. AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE WHO SINGLED OUT PUBLIC BROADCASTING AS ONE OF THE FIVE PROGRAMS THAT HE WOULD ELIMINATE. IN RECENT -- IT'S BECAUSE GOVERNOR ROMNEY AND THE REPUBLICANS LISTENED TO A TINY FRACTION OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT IS EVEN A MINORITY IN THEIR OWN PARTY. A RECENT POLL SHOWED THAT 2/3 OF THE REPUBLICANS SURVEYED WOULD EITHER KEEP FEDERAL FUNDING AS IT IS OR INCREASE IT. WHAT RESONATES WITH REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS IS NOT WHAT AMERICA WANTS, NEEDS, OR BELIEVES. THE UNPRECEDENTED THREAT COMES AT EXACTLY THE TIME AMERICA NEEDS PUBLIC BROADCASTING MOST. NPR NEWS, THE OBJECT OF GREATEST SCORN, IS THE MOST TRUSTED BRAND IN THE AMERICAN NEWS MEDIA. LISTENERS LEARN SOMETHING, UNLIKE FOX NEWS VIEWERS WHERE SURVEYS SHOW ACTUALLY KNOW LESS ABOUT THE FACTS THAN PEOPLE WHO LISTEN TO NO NEWS AT ALL. NPR NEWS AS RATED AGAIN -- HAS BEEN THE HIGHEST RATED FOR THE NINTH YEAR IN A ROW. PBS SHOWS LIKE "SESAME STREET" HAVE HELPED THREE GENERATIONS OF PARENTS RAISE THEIR CHILDREN WITH EFFECTIVE COMMERCIAL-FREE CARBLE PROGRAMMING. LOCALLY OWNED NEWS IS BECOMING ONLY A MEMORY FOR MOST OF AMERICA AS LARGER CORPORATIONS BUY UP RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS AND LOCAL NEWSPAPERS. THERE'S NO MONEY TO BE MADE BY COMMERCIAL STATIONS THAT CATER TO THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF RURAL AND SMALL TOWN AMERICA, BUT PUBLIC BROADCASTING IS THERE BECAUSE THEIR MISSION IS TO SERVE NOT MAKE MONEY. OFTEN THESE LOCALLY OWNED MANAGED PUBLIC BROADCASTING STATIONS ARE THE ONLY SOURCE THAT IS DIRECT NEWS, EDUCATION, AND ENTERTAINMENT LOCALLY MANAGED FOR LOCAL NEEDS. WE MUST STOP THIS ATTACK ON THIS CRITICAL SERVICE FOR RURAL AND SMALL TOWN AMERICA. IT'S TIME FOR THE 170 MILLION AMERICANS WHO DEPEND ON PUBLIC BROADCASTING EVERY MONTH TO SPEAK OUT AGAIN AND FOR CONGRESS TO FINALLY LISTEN. THE RADICAL PROPOSAL TO SLASH PUBLIC BROADCASTING FUNDING DEFUND NPR, AND TERMINATE PUBLIC BROADCASTING AS WE KNOW IT IS THE MOST POWERFUL SYMBOL OF HOW OUT-OF-STEP THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS FROM THE COUNTRY THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT. THERE'S NO REASON TO MAKE PUBLIC BROADCASTING A PARTISAN ISSUE. THE AMERICAN PUN LICK -- PUBLIC HAS BROAD SUPPORT, REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS, AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE, ESPECIALLY WHEN PUBLIC PBS AND ITS MEMBER STATIONS WOULD NEED NUMBER ONE IN PUBLIC TRUST AND A, QUOTE, EXCELLENT USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR THE NINTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR. SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS, WE HAVE BEATEN BACK THIS DESTRUCTIVE EFFORT, BUT OUR CHALLENGE NOW HAS NEVER BEEN MORE URGENT. IT'S TIME FOR PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN PUBLIC BROADCASTING TO STAND UP TO WHAT CAN ONLY BE TERMED EXTREMISM AND SETTLE THIS QUESTION ONCE AND FOR ALL. ABOUT THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC BROADCASTING. FOR UNLESS WE FIGHT IT NOW, THERE MAY BE NOTHING LEFT TO PROTECT.

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  • 10:06:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DREIER, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DREIER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:06:46 AM

    MR. DREIER

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 10:06:52 AM

    MR. DREIER

    THE COVER OF THIS WEEK'S ECONOMIST MAGAZINE COVERS IT TRULY WELL.…

    THE COVER OF THIS WEEK'S ECONOMIST MAGAZINE COVERS IT TRULY WELL. REBUILDING AMERICA'S ECONOMY IS ITS POINT. WE ALL WANT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO CREATE GOOD AMERICAN JOBS. WELL, UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF LOSING A POTENTIAL MARKET OF 140 MILLION CONSUMERS. THE REASON I SAY THAT IS JUST LAST WEEK AND TODAY DEBATE IS TAKING PLACE IN THE DUMA, THE RUSSIAN PARLIAMENT, AND THE DUMA'S LOWER HOUSE AND THE FEDERATION FIRST DOWN SILL IS THE UPPER HOUSE, THE DUMA HAS PASSED IT AND THE FEDERATION COUNCIL TODAY IS DEBATING, THEY MAY HAVE ALREADY VOTED ON IT, THEY ARE GOING TO BE JOINING THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. AND THIS ECONOMIST PUBLICATION TALKS ABOUT THE FACT THAT IS THE MARKET IS EXPORTS. WE KNOW FORCING RUSSIA TO LIVE WITH A RULES-BASED TRADING SYSTEM IS SOMETHING THAT CAN INURE TO THE BENEFIT OF U.S. WORKERS. THAT'S WHAT ACCESSION TO THE W.T.O. IS. GUESS WHAT? RUSSIA IS GOING TO BE A MEMBER OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION WITHIN 30 DAYS, THE QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THAT MARKET. WE ALL KNOW THAT WILL PUTIN ENGAGES IN CRONY CAPITALISM, THEY HAVE A MASSIVE BUREAUCRACY AND CORRUPT COURT SYSTEM. FORCING THEM TO LIVE WITH A RULES-BASED TRADING SYSTEM IS THE RIGHT THING FOR US TO DO. I'M HAPPY TO SAY THAT THERE HAS BEEN AN EFFORT LED BY MY COLLEAGUES, MR. LONG AND MR. REED, WITHIN THE FRESHMAN CLASS THAT HAS BROUGHT 73 REPUBLICAN MEMBERS TO SEND A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES URGING SUPPORT OF PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA, AND URGING THIS INSTITUTION TO SUPPORT THAT. I'M HAPPY IT'S A BIPARTISAN EFFORT. MY FRIEND, MR. MEEKS, HAS JOINED IN THIS EFFORT AS WELL, AND I'D LIKE TO AT THIS POINT YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MISSOURI, MR. LONG, AND THANK HIM FOR THE EFFORT THAT HE HAS MADE TO TACKLE THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 10:09:03 AM

    MR. LONG

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, WE AGREE THAT WE NEED…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, WE AGREE THAT WE NEED TO GET OUR NATION'S ECONOMY GROWING AGAIN IN ORDER TO CREATE JOBS FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES. INCREASING OUR NATION'S EXPORTS IS ONE AREA THAT WOULD HELP GROW THE ECONOMY, CREATE JOBS, WITHOUT COSTING ONE THIN DIME. I SUPPORT FREE-THROW BECAUSE MORE EXPORTS -- FREE TRADE BECAUSE MORE EXPORTS EQUAL MORE JOBS. I RECENTLY LED AN EFFORT AS MR. DREIER MENTIONED TO RALLY MY FRESHMAN CLASS TO SUPPORT THE PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATION WAS RUSSIA. AFTER NEARLY TWO DECADES OF NEGOTIATIONINGS, RUSSIA IS POISED TO JOIN THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION THIS SUMMER AND WITHOUT REPEALING A COLD-WAR ERA TRADE RESTRICTION, AMERICA'S BUSINESSES WILL BE AT A SEVERE DISADVANTAGE TO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS. WHILE THE U.S. ALREADY TRADES WITH RUSSIA, THE REPEAL OF THE JACKSON-VANIK POSITION WOULD LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR U.S. EXPORTS AFTER RUSSIA JOINS THE W.T.O. THE MEDIA IN SOME OF THIS COUNTRY LIKE TO PORTRAY MY FRESHMAN CLASS AS A GROUP NOT WILLING TO WORK FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR WORK IN A BIPARTISAN SPIRIT. WE CAN PUT THAT TO REST. THE PRESIDENT HAS SHOWN AN INTEREST IN INCREASING AMERICAN EXPORTS ANTI-PURPOSE OF MY LETTER WAS TO SHOW THE PRESIDENT THAT 73 MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN FRESHMAN CLASS ARE WILLING TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE TO HELP SUPPORT AMERICAN JOBS. I WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT EFFORTS THAT WILL BOOST TRADE OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS AND BUSINESSES. THIS IS ABOUT DOING WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY AND SUPPORTING EFFORTS TO CREATE JOBS FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:10:37 AM

    MR. DREIER

    MY FRIEND FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL CONTRIBUTION. AND DISABUSING PEOPLE OF THIS…

    MY FRIEND FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL CONTRIBUTION. AND DISABUSING PEOPLE OF THIS NOTION THAT SOMEHOW THIS GROUP OF 87 NEW REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE COME TO CONGRESS ARE NOT WILLING TO TACKLE IMPORTANT ISSUES. THEY LED THE EFFORT TO BRING ABOUT PASSAGE OF THE PANAMA, COLOMBIA, AND KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS, AND ONCE AGAIN THEY ARE PROVIDING TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON OUR GOAL OF CREATING GOOD AMERICAN JOBS BY PRYING OPEN THAT MARK AND ENSURING THAT THE UNITED STATES WORKER WILL HAVE ACCESS TO IT. IF YOU THINK ABOUT NOT ONLY CREATING JOBS HERE, BUT DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS OF CRONY CAPITALISM, DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS OF A MASSIVE BUREAUCRACY, AND DEALING WITH A CORRUPT COURT SYSTEM WHICH IS WHAT EXISTS UNDER PUTIN TODAY, THIS IS THE RIGHT THING FOR US TO DO. WE SHOULD NOT LOSE ACCESS TO THE MARKET. I ALSO WANT TO NOTE THAT MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, MR. HERGER, WHO HAS BEEN A GREAT LEADER ON THE ISSUE OF TRADE IS HERE, MR. BERG IS HERE WHO HAS VERY INVOLVED IN THIS. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MR. REED, WHO HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE ON THIS ISSUE.

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  • 10:11:45 AM

    MR. REED

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT TO JOIN MY FRIEND…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT TO JOIN MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA AS HE KNOWS WE HAVE BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF FREE TRADE FROM THE MOMENT WE GOT HERE. I WAS SO PLEASED TO SEE COLOMBIA, PANAMA, AND SOUTH KOREA BE PASSED.

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  • 10:12:01 AM

    MR. DREIER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

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

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  • 10:12:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR.…

    THANK YOU. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR.

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  • 10:12:26 AM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS MONTH AS AMERICA'S FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THIS MONTH AS AMERICA'S FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES ANXIOUSLY AWAIT CONGRESS' ACTION ON THE EXPIRATION OF ANY NUMBER OF TAX CUTS, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO ASK OURSELVES AGAIN THAT QUESTION, WHAT WOULD RONALD REAGAN DO? LET'S QUERY THE GIPPER. AFTER ALL, FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS ALL WE HAVE HEARD FROM REPUBLICANS IS THE CLAIM THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA TAXES TOO MUCH. AND WHEN THE TEA PARTY STARTED ITS LOBBYING EFFORTS IN 2009, THEIR NAME ACTUALLY, TEA, WAS AN ACRONYM STANDING FOR TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY. JUST LIKE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THE TEA PARTY EXPRESSED AN FUROR ABOUT WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS HAPPENING IN TAXES. WHILE BLIND CONJECTURE AND PITHY SLOGANS ARE USEFUL IN GETTING ATTENTION, THEY ULTIMATELY FAIL UNLESS THEY ARE BACKED BY FACTS. THANKFULLY THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, CAME OUTLE WITH A COMPARISON OF THE AVERAGE FEDERAL TAX RATES PAID BY AMERICAN FAMILIES OVER THE PAST 31 YEARS. I'M SURE REPUBLICANS IN THE TEA PARTY WERE ALL AS SURPRISED AS MANY OF US TO LEARN THAT SINCE 1979 AMERICANS PAID THE LOWEST AVERAGE FEDERAL RATE IN 2009 UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA. THAT'S RIGHT. THANKS IN LARGE PART TO THE RECOVERY ACT, $243 BILLION IN MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS WHICH MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OPPOSED TO A PERSON, THE AVERAGE FEDERAL TAX RATE FELL TO A 1-YEAR LOW. THE AVERAGE FEDERAL RATE SINCE 1979 IS 21%. MEANING AN AVERAGE OVER THE PAST 31 YEARS, AMERICANS PAY 21% OF THEIR YEARLY INCOME TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EACH APRIL. THE PREVIOUS LOW FOR THE PAST 31 YEARS WAS 18%. BUT IN 2009, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE, THE AVERAGE FEDERAL TAX RATE ACTUALLY FELL TO 17.4%. THE LOWEST SINCE 1979 WHEN JIMMY CARTER WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THAT MEANS A LOWER PERCENTAGE OF TAXES PAID THAN UNDER BILL CLINTON, LOWER TAXES THAN UNDER BOTH OF THE TWO GEORGE BUSHES, AND LOWER AVERAGE FEDERAL TAX RATE THAN UNDER THE GIPPER, RONALD REAGAN. THROUGHOUT PRESIDENT REAGAN'S EIGHT YEARS IN OFFICE, THE AVERAGE FEDERAL TAX RATE WAS 20.9%. NEVER DROPPING BELOW 20.2%. IN CONTRAST TO HIS FIRST YEAR, THE AVERAGE RATE UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS 17.4%. IN OTHER WORDS, AFTER TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALL THE TAKES AND LOOPHOLES, ESPECIALLY THE RECOVERY ACTS MAKING WORK PLAY TAX CUTS, AMERICANS IN 2009 PAID 2.8% LESS OF THEIR INCOME TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAN THEY PAID DURING RONALD REAGAN'S BEST YEAR. RONALD REAGAN, GEORGE BUSH, BILL CLINTON, GEORGE -- THE OTHER GEORGE BUSH AND PRESIDENT OBAMA. BY FAR PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS THE LOWEST TAX RATES. PERHAPS IF THE AVERAGE FEDERAL TAX RATE UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS AS HIGH AS THOSE UNDER PRESIDENT CLINTON'S SECOND TERM, THEN REPUBLICANS MAY HAVE A BETTER ARGUMENT. OF COURSE, PRESIDENT CLINTON'S SECOND TERM IN OFFICE SAW SIGNIFICANT JOB GROWTH AND EXPANDING ECONOMY AND THE ONLY SURPLUS SINCE 1969, FOUR IN A ROW. BUT TO COMPLAIN ABOUT FEDERAL DEFICITS AND THEN IMMEDIATELY CALL FOR CUTTING TAXES ON THE HIGHEST INCOME BRACKETS EVEN LOWER THAN THE CURRENT 31-YEAR LOW UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOWS SIGNIFICANT HYPOCRISY OR LACK OF BASIC ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION SKILLS. SO AS TODAY'S REPUBLICANS TRY TO SPIN A TAX FAIRY TALE WITH THE LOWEST AVERAGE FEDERAL TAX RATE UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA IS SOMEHOW TOO HIGH WHILE IGNORING THE HIGHER RATES THROUGH THE 1980'S AND 1990'S, PERHAPS IT'S TIME TO ASK, WHAT WOULD RONALD REAGAN HAVE DONE? REPUBLICANS, EVEN THOSE WHO PROFESS TO IDOLIZE PRESIDENT REAGAN WON'T ASK. PRESIDENT REAGAN SUBSEQUENTLY SIGNED INTO LAW A HOST OF TAXES TO TRY TO BRING THE BUDGET BACK INTO BALANCE. FIVE TIMES HE RAISED TAXES IN HIS EIGHT YEARS. MADAM SPEAKER, AS CONGRESS DEBATES THE EXTENSION OF THE CURRENT TAX BURDEN, COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM AND OVERALL BUDGET DEFICITS, I AGAIN FEEL COMPELLED TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES, WHAT WOULD RONALD REAGAN DO? I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:17:05 AM

    MR. POE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. RECENTLY I HEARD FROM JACQUELINE, A SMALL…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. RECENTLY I HEARD FROM JACQUELINE, A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS, AND HERE'S WHAT SHE SAID. BUSINESS OWNERS WHO WANT TO SUCCEED PUT THEIR HEART AND SOUL INTO THEIR BUSINESS. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO GET THERE AT THE CRACK OF DAWN AND LEAVE AFTER EVERYONE ELSE HAS LONG SETTLED IN FOR THE NIGHT. I HAVE BEEN A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND I KNOW A GREAT MANY OTHERS LIKE ME, AND NOBODY DID ANYTHING FOR US. WE DID IT OURSELVES AND THE ONLY THING THE GOVERNMENT DID FOR US WAS TO TAX US. APPARENTLY THIS PRESIDENT DISAGREES WITH JACQUELINE'S STATEMENT. ACCORDING TO THE ADMINISTRATION, QUOTE, IF YOU GOT A BUSINESS YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT, SOMEBODY ELSE MADE THAT HAPPEN. SO THE PRESIDENT IS INFERING THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD GET THE CREDIT FOR THE SUCCESS OF ENTREPRENEURS. HE IS WRONG, MADAM SPEAKER. PEOPLE ARE THE REASON FOR AMERICANS' SUCCESS, NOT GOVERNMENT. AMERICANS HAVE THE VISION, CREATIVITY AND AUDACITY TO PURSUE A DREAM, NOT THE GOVERNMENT. AMERICANS RISK THEIR LIFE SAVINGS, NOT KNOWING WHAT PROFIT THEY WILL GET BACK IN RETURN FOR THEIR LABOR. GOVERNMENT DOESN'T RISK ANYTHING. AMERICANS SPEND LONG DAYS, SLEEPLESS NIGHT AND WORKING ON WEEKENDS AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILY IN ORDER TO KEEP THEIR COMPANY AFLOAT AND PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES. AMERICANS BATTLE THROUGH DISCOURAGEMENT AND CRITICISM IN THE HOPE FOR BETTER DAYS AHEAD. IT IS AMERICANS WHO GIVE UP THEIR HOME IN ORDER TO PAY FOR A STORE, AND IT'S AMERICANS WHO PAY ALL THOSE TAXES AND EXPENSIVE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS THAT THEY'RE FORCED TO PAY. GOVERNMENT ISN'T THERE WHEN A DECISION IS MADE TO GET STARTED, TO TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH, MAKE A HIRE, SELL FIRST GOOD OR TALLY BILLS. THESE PEOPLE PURSUE THE AMERICAN DREAM WITHOUT GOVERNMENT HAND HOLEDING THEIR HAND. THOSE BELIEVERS IN BIG GOVERNMENT SAY THAT AMERICANS CAN ONLY BE SUCCESSFUL IF GOVERNMENT CONTROLS THEIR LIVES. MADAM SPEAKER, GOVERNMENT ISN'T THE ANSWER. GOVERNMENT'S THE PROBLEM. AMERICA IS NOT GREAT BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. IT'S GREAT BECAUSE OF AMERICANS. INDIVIDUALS WITH THE SPIRIT AND DESIRE TO MAKE THEIR LIVES AND THIS COUNTRY BETTER. GOVERNMENT DOESN'T ASSUME THE RISK OF BUSINESS. INDIVIDUALS DO. AND STARTING A BUSINESS IS NOT EASY. BUSINESS IS DRIVEN BY AMERICAN INGENUITY, CREATIVITY AND, YES, HARD WORK. THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL DIDN'T WAIT AROUND FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO HELP THEM WITH A GOVERNMENT HANDOUT. THE REALITY IS THAT GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY MAKES IT HARDER TO DO BUSINESS NOW, NOT EASIER. WHEN I ASKED TEXAS BUSINESSES WHAT WASHINGTON CAN DO FOR THEM, THEIR ANSWER'S ALWAYS THE SAME. GET OUT OF THE WAY. BUSINESSES CANNOT AFFORD TO HIRE OTHERS AND GIVE THEM JOBS BECAUSE OF THE COSTLY UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS IMPOSED BY GOVERNMENT. ACCORDING TO THE WORLD'S BANK 2012 "DOING BUSINESS REPORT IN THE WORLD," THE U.S. NOW RANKS 13TH IN THE WORLD IN PLACES TO START A BUSINESS. WE TRAIL COUNTRIES LIKE BELARUS, MACEDONIA AND RWANDA. NOW, ISN'T THAT LOVELY? AMERICA SHOULD NOT BE A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE WAIT FOR A GOVERNMENT HANDOUT CHECK. INSTEAD, THEY SHOULD GET A PAYCHECK FOR WORKING. INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT USED TO BE CELEBRATED IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT THE ADMINISTRATION SEEMS TO PUNISH SUCCESS. AND WHAT DOES THE GOVERNMENT DO WHEN INDIVIDUALS ARE SUCCESSFUL? THE GOVERNMENT PUNISHES THEM WITH TAXES. ACCORDING TO THE COLLECTIVISTS, WEALTH WAS CREATED BY GOVERNMENT AND SO IT BELONGS TO EVERYBODY. SOUND A LOT LIKE STATISM TO ME, MADAM SPEAKER. THE IDEA THAT CITIZENS SHOULD BE BEHOLDEN TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR EVERYTHING AND GOVERNMENT IS WORSHIPED AS THE SAVIOR OF US ALL. THAT IS NOT THE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY. SO THE POLICY IS UNDER THE STATIST, TAX THEM TO DEATH. YOU HEARD THE STATEMENT, MADAM SPEAKER. IF SOMETHING IS MOVING, REGULATE IT. IF IT STOPS MOVING, SUBSIDIZE IT. GOVERNMENT IS DOING ALL OF THE ABOVE TO BUSINESSES IN THIS COUNTRY. AND GOVERNMENT IS ALSO OVERTAXING THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES, KEEPING 23 MILLION AMERICANS FROM FINDING JOBS. MADAM SPEAKER, SMALL BUSINESSES CREATE MOST OF THE JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY. YOU SEE, WHEN A SMALL BUSINESS IS SUCCESSFUL, IT CAN EXPAND BY HIRING PEOPLE. GOVERNMENT DOESN'T CREATE JOBS. PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES DO. SO WHAT NEXT? ARE THE GOOD DAYS OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM BEHIND US? NO. AMERICANS ARE EXCEPTIONAL AS EVER BEFORE, AND IT'S THE GOVERNMENT THAT IS OUR PROBLEM. WHERE I COME FROM WE TEACH OUR KIDS IN THIS COUNTRY NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHERE YOU CAME FROM, HARD WORK AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY WILL PAY OFF. AND THE AMERICA I KNOW, PEOPLE EARN THEIR PAYCHECK AND DON'T SIT AROUND WAITING FOR A FREE GOVERNMENT CHECK. SMALL BUSINESS OWNER JACQUELINE IS CORRECT. INDIVIDUALS, AMERICAN INGENUITY AND FREE ENTERPRISE CREATES SUCCESS, NOT WASHINGTON. THAT IS THE AMERICAN DREAM, MADAM SPEAKER, AND WHEN YOU TELL -- SEE THE PRESIDENT, TELL HIM HE'S WRONG AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 10:22:22 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:22:32 AM

    MR. MEEKS

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. RUSSIA WAS SOME OF THE -- WITH SOME OF THE MOST…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. RUSSIA WAS SOME OF THE -- WITH SOME OF THE MOST RAPIDLY GROWING CONSUMERS AND GROWING MARKET WILL JOIN THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION AT YEAR'S END. AFTER REDUCING TARIFFS, YES, VERY SHORTLY, RUSSIA WILL BE A MEMBER OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. FOR THE UNITED STATES, THIS COULD MEAN IMPROVED MARKET ACCESS FOR OUR EXPORTS OF GOODS AND SERVICES. IT COULD MEAN PROTECTION IF RUSSIA VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL RULES. IT COULD MEAN A TRADE BOOST AND ADDITIONAL 50,000 JOBS OR MORE RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT AND ALL OF THIS IF ALL OF THIS IF THE UNITED STATES AND THIS COCK LIFTS THE COLD WAR RELIC, JACKSON-VANIK AMENDMENT, AND HAS NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS. WE WAIVED JACKSON-VANIK FOR OVER 20 YEARS. WE NEED PNTR AND WE NEED TO DO IT NOW. OUR COMPETITORS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THAT MARKET. WE WILL THEN FALL BEHIND THEM. WE CAN COMPETE WITH ANYBODY IN THE WORLD. THIS IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. LET'S NOT LOCK OURSELVES OUT OF THE MARKET IN RUSSIA. LET'S NOT PUT OURSELVES BEHIND OUR COMPETITORS. HERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO COME TOGETHER. YOU HEARD EARLIER THIS MORNING MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUE -- MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, DAVID DREIER, TALKING ABOUT WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO HAS AN EXPORT INITIATIVE TO CREATE MORE JOBS. HERE WE CAN DEMONSTRATE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT CREATING JOBS AND THAT WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT OPPORTUNITY BY BRINGING PNTR FOR RUSSIA IMMEDIATELY, GETTING INVOLVED AND TRADING WITH THEM TO CREATE JOBS RIGHT HERE IN THE GOOD OLD UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:25:06 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:25:13 AM

    MRS. BLACK

    MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN 41 MONTHS OF UNEMPLOYMENT ABOVE…

    MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN 41 MONTHS OF UNEMPLOYMENT ABOVE 8% AND THE PRESIDENT IS CALLING FOR HIGHER TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESSES. THAT IS THE DEVASTATING REALITY CURRENTLY FACING 13 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS. AMERICA IS THE IN THE MIDST OF A JOBS CRISIS UNLIKE ANYTHING THIS COUNTRY HAS SEEN SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, AND THE PRESIDENT'S MOST RECENT ANSWER TO THIS ADDRESS -- THIS CRISIS, A TAX HIKE ON SMALL BUSINESSES, TO FEED THEIR APPETITE FOR MORE WASTEFUL, EVER-EXPANDING GOVERNMENT SPENDING. THIS PAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT FOLLOWED UP HIS RECENT CALL FOR HIGHER TAXES BY SCOLDING ENTREPRENEURS, AND I QUOTE, IF YOU GOT A BUSINESS, YOU DIDN'T BUILD IT. SOMEBODY ELSE BUILT THAT, END QUOTE. HIS DISDAIN FOR AMERICAN ENTERPRISE TRULY UNDERSCORES THAT HE IS NOT -- THAT HE NOT ONLY DOESN'T KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO START AND RUN A BUSINESS BUT HE IS CLUELESS ABOUT HOW JOBS ARE CREATED. IF THE PRESIDENT GETS HIS WAY, INSTEAD OF SMALL BUSINESSES CREATING MORE PAYCHECKS FOR MORE WORKERS, THEY WILL BE PAYING MORE TAXES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I WONDER IF THE PRESIDENT HAS CONSIDERED THE FACT THAT SMALL BUSINESSES CREATE TWO OUT OF EVERY THREE NEW JOBS IN AMERICA. AND THAT MEANS FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE NEARLY 13 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS, THEIR BEST HOPE OF BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILY HINGES ON SMALL BUSINESS' ABILITY TO HIRE MORE PEOPLE. THE FACT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION'S ONLINE SLAUT OF NEW REGULATIONS AND OBAMA -- ONSLAUGHT OF NEW REGULATIONS AND OBAMACARE HAS ALREADY PLACED A HUGE BURDEN ON AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES. THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY AND STIPEND AWAY $200 BILLION MORE FROM JOB CREATORS. THE PRESIDENT'S LATEST TAX HIKE PLAN WOULD DESTROY 700,000 JOBS AND FURTHER WEAKEN OUR STRUGGLING ECONOMY. THE HOUSE IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS ON LEGISLATION TO EXTEND ALL OF THE CURRENT FEDERAL INCOME TAX RATES. WHILE AT THE SAME TIME LAYING A GROUNDWORK FOR MAKING OUR TAX CODE SIMPLIER AND FAIRER BY LOWERING RATES AND CLOSING LOOPHOLES. PRO-GROWTH TAX REFORM IS NEEDED TO HELP CREATE THE CLIMATE FOR JOB CREATION AND TO ENSURE MORE JOBS STAY RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE MOST RECENT UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT SHOWS THAT A NUMBER OF PEOPLE LEAVING THE JOB MARKET TO GO ON SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY OUTNUMBERS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING BACK TO WORK. LET ME REPEAT THAT. THE MOST RECENT UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT SHOWS THAT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LEAVING THE JOB MARKET TO GO ON SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY OUTNUMBERS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING BACK TO WORK. SO REGARDLESS OF ONE'S POLITICAL IDEOLOGY, IT'S TRUE UNCONSCIONABLE FOR THE PRESIDENT OR ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO BE CALLING FOR TAX HIKES ON AMERICANS WHEN MILLIONS ARE OUT OF WORK AND THE ECONOMY IS STILL TREADING WATER. BUT TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THIS WEEK MANY DEMOCRAT LEADERS IN THE SENATE HAVE SAID THEY ARE WILLING TO ALLOW THESE TAXES TO INCREASE FOR ALL AMERICANS IF THEY AREN'T ABLE TO GET THEIR WAY AND RAISE TAXES ON 1.2 MILLION SMALL BUSINESSES. NOW EVERY DAY THE PRESIDENT AND SENATE DEMOCRATS CONTINUE WITH THIS POLITICAL POSTURING AND CLASS WARFARE NONSENSE WHILE THE ECONOMY SUFFERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES SUFFER AND ULTIMATELY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUFFER. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE PRESIDENT AND THE SENATE DEMOCRATS WHO RUN WASHINGTON WORK WITH THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO STOP THIS HUGE JOB-KILLING TAX INCREASE FROM HITTING SMALL BUSINESSES AND EVERY AMERICAN WHO PAYS AN INCOME TAX? OR WILL THEY CONTINUE TO INSIST ON HIGHER TAXES TO PAY FOR WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND BAILOUTS FOR POLITICAL ALLIES? THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR NOW…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. RANGEL

    MADAM SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MR. RANGEL

    SUNDAY THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AIDS IS GOING TO BE HELD IN OUR…

    SUNDAY THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AIDS IS GOING TO BE HELD IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. IT'S BEEN SOME 30 YEARS AGO THAT THIS SERIOUS DISEASE BECAME KNOWN IN OUR GREAT COUNTRY AND IT SPREAD FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. . SINCE THAT TIME WE HAVE LOST OVER HALF A MILLION PEOPLE, YET WE HAVE NOT FOUNDAL CURE FOR THIS DEADLY DISEASE. I HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION, H.R. 1462, WITH SENATOR GILLIBRAND, TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT WE COULD HAVE MORE NATIONAL ATTENTION FOCUSED ON THE FACT THAT WE CAN DO A LOT MORE THAN WE ARE DOING. WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS TO EDUCATE PEOPLE THAT THIS DISEASE, ALTHOUGH IT USED TOE HAVE A GREAT STIGMA, -- USED TO HAVE A GREAT STIGMA, IS RECOGNIZED THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO COME IN CONTACT WITH IT, THAT EDUCATION IS ONE WAY THAT WE CAN HELP PEOPLE. PREVENTION, OF COURSE, IS ANOTHER. BUT I'D LIKE TO EMPHASIZE THE NEED FOR TESTING. SO MANY PEOPLE ARE WALKING AROUND WITH VIRUS AND HAVE NO IDEA THAT THEY HAVE IT. AND EVEN THOUGH THERE HAS BEEN EFFORTS MADE BY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS FOR FREE TESTING, THIS IS ONE OF THE EXCITING THINGS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THERE'S NO QUESTION AFTER WE GET FINISHED WITH THE POLITICAL CIRCUS THAT WE ARE FORCED TO GO THROUGH BECAUSE OF THE COMING ELECTION, THAT MORE AND MORE AMERICANS WOULD UNDERSTAND THEP BENEFITS -- THE BENEFITS THAT THEY ARE RECEIVING EVEN NOW FROM THIS UNIVERSAL COVERAGE THAT SO MANY PEOPLE NEED. AND THE DRAMATIC DECREASE IN COST WHEN PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO GET PREVENTIVE CARE. PREVENTIVE CARE IS ONE OF THE MAJOR PARTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND WHAT IT MEANS IS THAT PEOPLE CAN NOW GO TO DOCTORS FOR REGULAR CHECKUPS AND FIND OUT THINGS IN TIME TO PREVENT IT FROM BECOMING MORE SERIOUS. WHEN I WAS A KID, MY MOM HAD THREE KIDS, AND SOMEONE TOLD HER THAT SHE WAS GOING TO THE DOCTOR WITH US AND WE WERE NOT SICK. WELL, THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE DIDN'T THINK WAS A LUXURY WE COULD AFFORD. BUT NOW IN SEEING HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO CONTAIN SERIOUS ILLNESSES AND TO REDUCE THE COST OF HEALTH CARE, IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT PREVENTIVE CARE BE A PART OF OUR NATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM. AND THE QUICKER WE GET ON WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS GREAT BILL, THE MORE LIVES AND MORE DOLLARS WE WOULD BE ABLE TO SAVE. AND SO REMEMBER IF YOU HAVE ANY INTEREST AT ALL, TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING TO BE HAPPENING IN SEPTEMBER AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS DURING OUR LEGISLATIVE WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER, WILL HAVE PROFESSIONALS TO COME IN TO TALK WITH US, TO TEACH US, TO TELL US WHAT WE CAN DO TO EXTEND THIS EDUCATION PROCESS THROUGHOUT OUR GREAT COUNTRY. I THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. REED, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. REED

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE THIS MORNING TO EXPRESS MY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE THIS MORNING TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR THE RUSSIAN ACCESSION TO THE W.T.O. AND OUR NEED HERE IN THIS CHAMBER AND IN WASHINGTON, D.C., TO GRANT RUSSIA PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS STATUS -- PNTR STATUS SO WE CAN ESTABLISH A STRONG, FORWARD-LOOKING TRADE RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S SIMPLE, AMERICAN TRADE OPPORTUNITY AS REPRESENTED BY THE RUSSIAN MARKET EQUALS AMERICAN JOB OPPORTUNITY HERE ON OUR SOIL. I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS NEED TO GET PNTR TRADE STATUS RECOGNITION FOR RUSSIA, AND I'M JOINED THIS MORNING BY A GOOD FRIEND FROM NORTH DAKOTA WHO I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME ON THE SAME ISSUE. MR. BERG.

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    MR. BERG

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THE TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, I REQUEST…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THE TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. BERG

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO URGE CONGRESS TO GRANT PERMANENT…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO URGE CONGRESS TO GRANT PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA. ALSO KNOWN AS PNTR. RUSSIA WILL SOON JOIN THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. THIS WILL INCREASE TRADE WITH RUSSIA AND CREATE SIGNIFICANT EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES. HOWEVER, BEFORE WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE TRADE BENEFITS, WE MUST GRANT PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA. THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA TO INCREASE TRADE WITH THE NINTH LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD. IN 2011, LAST YEAR, NORTH DAKOTA HAD OVER $46 MILLION WORTH OF EXPORTS TO RUSSIA. THIS IMPACTS 160 JOBS IN OUR STATE DIRECTLY. THAT NUMBER WILL GROW SIGNIFICANTLY IF WE GRANT PNTR TO RUSSIA. ON THE OTHER HAND, FAILING TO GRANT PNTR WILL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT NORTH DAKOTA BUSINESSES AS WELL AS ALL AMERICAN BUSINESSES. IT WILL PUT US AT A COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE. THIS IS WHY IT'S IMPORTANT FOR CONGRESS TO GRANT PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA AND TO DO IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER.

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    MR. REED

    GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS. I THANK THE FOLKS THAT CAME TO THE CHAMBER…

    GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS. I THANK THE FOLKS THAT CAME TO THE CHAMBER THIS MORNING, MADAM SPEAKER, IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO RECOGNIZE THE NEED TO GRANT PNTR STATUS TO RUSSIA IN ORDER FOR US, AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS, AMERICAN JOB CREATORS, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT TRADE OPPORTUNITY THAT IS REPRESENTED BY THEIR RUSSIAN ACCESSION TO THE W.T.O. MADAM SPEAKER, IF WE GO FORWARD AND GRANT PNTR STATUS TO RUSSIA, OUR EXPORTS, UNITED STATES EXPORTS, COULD DOUBLE OR PERHAPS EVEN TRIPLE AS A RESULT OF THE TRADE OPPORTUNITY THAT RUSSIA REPRESENTS TO OUR AMERICAN JOB CREATORS. AND IN THE GREAT STATE OF NEW YORK, THAT MEANS TREMENDOUS NUMBERS OF JOBS WILL BE CREATED. AS WE ALL KNOW THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE FACING US IN THIS CHAMBER, IN THIS CITY, IS HOW ARE WE GOING TO GROW JOBS ACROSS AMERICA? AS I SAID IN THE BEGINNING AND I'LL SAY AGAIN, AMERICAN TRADE OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS REPRESENTED BY RUSSIA EQUALS AMERICAN JOB OPPORTUNITIES. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS WEEK THE HOUSE IS DEBATING…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS WEEK THE HOUSE IS DEBATING THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL WHICH PROVIDES AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO POINT OUT SOME THINGS QUITE IRONIC ABOUT MY COLLEAGUES IN THE MAJORITY. BECAUSE, MADAM SPEAKER, FOR ALL OF THEIR TALK ABOUT GETTING SPENDING UNDER CONTROL, THAT SAME RHETORIC IS SURPRISINGLY ABSENT WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE PENTAGON BUDGET. WHICH WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS WEEK. YOU SEE, THEY ARE EAGER TO SLASH AND BURN WHEN IT COMES TO PROGRAMS THAT INVEST AND SUPPORT MIDDLE CLASS WORKING FAMILIES, BUT SOMEHOW WHEN IT'S TIME FOR SACRIFICE TO BE SHARED, THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. WHILE WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR EVERY PENNY OF DOMESTIC SPENDING, THE PENTAGON SIMPLY FILLS IN ITS AMOUNT ON A BLANK CHECK, IT APPEARS. SO I THINK WE OUGHT TO HAVE A DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR MATCH IN SPENDING CUTS. I WILL BE OFFERING A SERIES OF AMENDMENTS TO THE D.O.D. APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO CALL FOR DEFENSE CUTS IN THE EXACT AMOUNT THAT OTHER IMPORTANT PROGRAMS ARE BEING REDUCED. FOR EXAMPLE, THE PROPOSED LABOR-HHS EDUCATION SPENDING BILL ELIMINATES THE TITLE 10 PROGRAM. TITLE 10, THE FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM, THAT HISTORICALLY HAS BEEN PASSED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, AS PROVIDED CONTRACEPTIVE AND PREVENTIVE HEALTH SERVICES TO LOW-INCOME WOMEN FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS. THE REPUBLICANS WANT THE TITLE 10, $294 MILLION INVESTMENT, GONE. SO LET'S CUT THE DEFENSE BUDGET BY AN IDENTICAL $294 MILLION. THE AG APPROPRIATIONS BILL PROVIDES $119 MILLION LESS THAN THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED FOR W.I.C. THAT'S THE WOMEN, INFANT, AND CHILDREN PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES BADLY NEEDED NUTRITION ASSISTANCE FOR POOR PREGNANT WOMEN, NEW MOTHER, AND CHILDREN UP TO THE AGE OF 5. IF WE ARE GOING TO SHORTCHANGE A PILLAR OF OUR SAFETY NET BY $119 MILLION, THEN I BELIEVE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CAN DO WITHOUT THAT SAME $119 MILLION. HERE'S THE BIG-TICKET ITEM, THE REPUBLICAN BUDGET. THE BUDGET THAT PASSED THIS BODY IN MARCH AND ZEROED OUT ALL FUNDING FOR THE SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT, INCLUDING $1.7 BILLION IN CUTS FOR NEXT YEAR. IF MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS BELIEVE THAT WE CAN'T AFFORD $1.7 BILLION NEXT YEAR TO PROVIDE DAYCARE, HOUSING, HOME HEALTH CARE, HOME MEAL DELIVERRY, AND OTHER SOCIAL SERVICES, THEN I SAY WE CAN ALSO ELIMINATE A CORRESPONDING $1.7 BILLION IN DEFENSE SPENDING. THE FACT IS, MADAM SPEAKER, DEFENSE CUTS ARE NOT ONLY FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND MORALLY DEFENSIBLE, THEY ARE WIDELY POPULAR. "USA TODAY" REPORTED YESTERDAY ON A NEW SURVEY THAT SHOWS THAT 2/3 OF THOSE LIVING IN REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS BELIEVE THE DEFENSE BUDGET IS TOO LARGE. IT IS NO SECRET MILITARY SPENDING IS WIDELY OUT OF CONTROL. AND LET'S REMEMBER THAT NONE OF THIS TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, WHICH ISN'T FUNDED THROUGH THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. SO ON TOP OF THE BLOATED DEFENSE BUDGET, AMERICAN TAXPAYERS ARE SHELLING OUT ANOTHER $10 BILLION A MONTH, A MONTH, NOT A YEAR, A MONTH FOR A DECADE-LONG WAR THAT IS FAILING TO ADVANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY OBJECTIVE. IT'S TIME TO REVERSE THIS COURSE. IT'S TIME TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN. IT'S TIME FOR THE PENTAGON TO ASSUME ITS SHARE OF THE SHARED SACRIFICE. IT'S TIME TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT AND THE SENSIBLE THING, STOP SPENDING ON WEAPONS AND WARFARE. START INVESTING IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HERGER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. HERGER

    SPEAKER, COMING FROM A SMALL BUSINESS BACKGROUND, I ORIGINALLY RAN FOR…

    SPEAKER, COMING FROM A SMALL BUSINESS BACKGROUND, I ORIGINALLY RAN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE NOT BECAUSE OF WHAT GOVERNMENT WAS DOING FOR ME BUT RATHER BECAUSE OF WHAT IT WAS DOING TO ME. MANY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS IN MY NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT FEEL THE SAME WAY BUT APPARENTLY THE PRESIDENT ISN'T GETTING THAT MESSAGE. THE OTHER DAY HE SAID, QUOTE, IF YOU'VE GOT A BUSINESS, YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT BUSINESS, SOMEBODY ELSE MADE THAT HAPPEN, CLOSE QUOTE. MADAM SPEAKER, PERHAPS THAT'S WHY HE'S SO DETERMINED TO RAISE TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESSES ON JANUARY 1. NOW SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING THAT THEY CAN'T -- IF THEY CAN'T GET THEIR SMALL BUSINESS TAX HIKE, THEY'LL LET TAXES GO UP FOR EVERYONE. THAT'S JUST WRONG. LET'S STOP THE TAX HIKE FOR ALL AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON

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    TO PROVIDE SPECIFICS ON WHAT HE WOULD CUT IF SEQUESTRATION GOES INTO EFFECT

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    THE SPEAKER

    HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED TODAY BY OUR GUEST…

    HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED TODAY BY OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, VEREND STAN BALLARD, MIDDLETON BAPTIST CHURCH, JONESBORO, ARKANSAS.

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    THE CHAPLAIN

    PRAY TOGETHER. FATHER IN HEAVEN, THANK YOU FOR THIS UNIQUE PRIVILEGE YOU…

    PRAY TOGETHER. FATHER IN HEAVEN, THANK YOU FOR THIS UNIQUE PRIVILEGE YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TODAY TO PRAY AND ASK YOUR BLESSINGS ON THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. I PRAY FOR YOUR WISDOM AND GUIDANCE TO BE GIVEN TO EACH MEMBER OF CONGRESS. I PRAY FOR YOUR PROTECTION FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. PLEASE REVEAL TO EACH OF THEM THAT THEY HAVE A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY TO VOTE AND CONDUCT THEMSELVES ACCORDING TO YOUR DIVINE WILL AND PURPOSE. SHOW THEM THAT THEY ARE ACCOUNTABLE NOT OVERWHELM TO THE VOTERS, BUT TO YOU, ALMIGHTY GOD. THANK YOU FOR THE UNITED STATES AND THE FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITIES WE ENJOY AS AMERICANS. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO BE BLESSED BY YOUR OMNIPOTENT HAND FOR OVER 236 YEARS. YOUR PURPOSE IS FOR US TO SHARE YOUR BLESSINGS OF LOVE AND GRACE TO ALL PEOPLE. WE PRAY FOR OUR STRONG ECONOMY AND FOR NATIONAL UNITY. WE ARE BLESSED BECAUSE YOU ARE OUR GOD. IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

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    THE SPEAKER

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

    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 OF ALLEGIANCE TODAY WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE…

    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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    THE SPEAKER

    OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, IS RECOGNIZED FOR…

    OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. CRAWFORD, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR.

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    MR. CRAWFORD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN HONOR FOR ME TO INTRODUCE OUR GUEST PASTOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN HONOR FOR ME TO INTRODUCE OUR GUEST PASTOR THIS MORNING, DR. STAN BALLARD. HE HAS PASTORED NUMEROUS CONGREGATIONS AND TODAY HE SERVES AS PASTOR TO MY FAMILY CHURCH. HE'S A NATIVE MISSISSIPPIAN. EARNED HIS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY. AFTER GRADUATING, HE EARNED A BACHELOR'S DEGREE FROM NEW ORLEANS BRANTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN NEW ORLEANS. AND A DOCTORATE DEGREE IN ATLANTA. HE HAS PASTORED CHURCHES IN LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, OHIO, AND ARKANSAS. THE PRIDE AND JOY OF HIS LIFE ARE HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. DURING THEIR 42 YEARS OF MARRIAGE, THEY HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH THREE SONS AND MORE RECENTLY FOUR GRANDCHILDREN. ON A PERSONAL LEVEL I CAN SAY HE'S BEEN A CONSTANT SOURCE OF GUIDANCE FOR THE ENTIRE CONGREGATION. ANY TIME A MEMBER OF OUR CONGREGATION IS IN NEED WE CAN RELY ON HIM. IT'S AN HONOR TO INTRODUCE PASTOR BALLARD AND WELCOME HIM TO THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE…

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    SPEAKER. I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO CALL ON THE ADMINISTRATION TO INFORM…

    SPEAKER. I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO CALL ON THE ADMINISTRATION TO INFORM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOW THEY INTEND TO IMPLEMENT THE SEQUESTER CUTS MANDATED BY THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. WITH THE FAILURE OF THE SUPERCOMMITTEE, WE NOW FACE THE DEFENSE CUTS THAT EVERYONE AGREES ARE TOO STEEP. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LEON PANETTA HAS SAID CUTTING MILITARY SPENDING BY AN ADDITIONAL $500 BILLION, QUOTE, WOULD DO REAL DAMAGE TO OUR SECURITY, OUR TROOPS, AND THEIR FAMILIES, AND MILITARY'S ABILITY TO PROTECT THE NATION, END QUOTE. CUTS OF THIS NATURE WOULD RESULT IN US HAVING THE SMALLEST GROUND FORCE SINCE WORLD WAR II, THE SMALLEST NAVY SINCE WORLD WAR I. AND THE SMALLEST TACTICAL AIR IR AIR FORCE SINCE IT WAS CREATED IN 1948. INDEPENDENT ECONOMISTS HAVE TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT THESE CUTS WILL QUAS -- CAUSE MASSIVE JOB LOSSES.

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    MR. HECK

    HAS PASSED A PLAN TO REPLACE THESE DEVASTATING CUTS, MAINTAIN NATIONAL…

    HAS PASSED A PLAN TO REPLACE THESE DEVASTATING CUTS, MAINTAIN NATIONAL SECURITY, AND PREVENT JOB LOSSES. TODAY I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO OUTLINE ITS PLAN FOR ADDRESSING THIS SITUATION. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    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 RHODE ISLAND RISE? MR.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE THATILL BRING 25,000 MEN AND WOMEN TO WASHINGTON, D.C., NEXT WEEK. AS A COUNTRY HAS MADE INCREDIBLE STRIDES IN THE THREE DECADES SINCE THE FIRST CASE OF THE HIV-AIDS WERE IDENTIFIED IN THE UNITED STATES, IN THE 1980'S, AFTER RYAN WHITE, A TEENAGER LIVING IN INDIANA, ACQUIRED THE DISEASE THROUGH A BLOOD TRANSFUSION, THE FAMILY HAD TO FIGHT THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD THAT FEARED HE MIGHT INFECT HIS CLASSMATES SIMPLY BY SHOWING UP FOR SCHOOL. TODAY MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN WITH H.I.V. ARE LIVING LONGER, MORE FULFILLING LIVES DUE TO ADVANCEMENT IN TREATMENT AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISEASE. JUST THIS WEEK THE F.D.A. APPROVED THE FIRST BILL DESIGNED TO PREVENT HEALTHY PEOPLE FROM ACQUIRING THE VIRUS. EVEN TODAY HIV-AIDS IS STILL A EPIDEMIC THAT PRIMARILY AFFLICTS OUR POOREST AND MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS ACROSS THE WORLD AND HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK WITH ADVOCATES SO THAT ONE DAY WE CAN FINALLY ERADICATE HIV-AIDS. IN RHODE ISLAND, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DR. DEGREE, IS WORKING TO ADOPT A GLOBAL VACCINE. I WISH THEM GREAT SUCCESS IF THEIR WORK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    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 MISSISSIPPI RISE?

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    VETERAN OF THE PERSIAN GULF WAR AND ONLY MEMBER IN THIS GROID THAT IS…

    VETERAN OF THE PERSIAN GULF WAR AND ONLY MEMBER IN THIS GROID THAT IS CURRENTLY SERVED AS A NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER IN THE NATIONAL GUARD SIMPLY TO SAY THAT ONE OF THE BIGGEST THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY THAT WE FACE AS A NATION ARE THE CRIPPLING DEFENSE CUTS THAT WOULD PUT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AT PHYSICAL RISK AND MORE THAN ONE MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF WORK.

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    MR. PALAZZO

    WILL HARM FOLKS BIKE THE 857TH THAT I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO SEND OFF THIS…

    WILL HARM FOLKS BIKE THE 857TH THAT I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO SEND OFF THIS WEEKEND AS THEY ARE ABOUT TO DEPLOY TO AFGHANISTAN. OR THE MORE THAN 170,000 WAR FIGHTERS FROM ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES WHO COME THROUGH THE GATES OF CAMP SHELBY, JOINT FORCES TRAINING SEPTEMBERERS AS PART OF THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. SO TODAY ONCE MORE I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN ASKING THE PRESIDENT AND SENATE DEMOCRATS TO COME TO THE TABLE, CONSIDER THE SOLUTIONS WE HAVE ALREADY BROUGHT FORTH, OR PROPOSE YOUR OWN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE ANSWERS ON HOW THESE DEFENSE CUTS WILL AFFECT THEM AND AMERICAN SOLDIERS DESERVE LEADERSHIP FROM THEIR COMMANDER IN CHIEF. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    MORE THAN 20,000 DELEGATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD WILL CONVENE IN…

    MORE THAN 20,000 DELEGATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD WILL CONVENE IN WASHINGTON FOR THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE. I FIND IT IRONIC AND A LITTLE BIT SAD THAT SO MANY MOBILIZE TO FIGHT THIS DEADLY EPIDEMIC, THE MAJORITY IN THIS BODY WANT TO CUT $150 MILLION FROM U.S. AID -- USAID'S GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVES WHICH FUNDS AIDS PREVENTION EFFORTS. WHEN WILL WE LEARN? FIGHTING DISEASES IN THE DEVELOP WORLD IS MORE THAN A MATTER OF HUMANITARIAN DECENCY, IT'S ALSO CRITICAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS WEEK AS WE DEBATE HOW MUCH MONEY TO APPROPRIATE TO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, I HOPE WE'LL REMEMBER THAT DEFENDING AMERICA AND OUR VALUES ISN'T JUST ABOUT HOW MANY WEAPONS WE BUILD BUT HOW MANY LIVES WE SAVE ARPPED THE WORLD. THIS IS -- AROUND THE WORLD. THIS IS WHAT'S BEHIND MY SMART SECURITY PROPOSAL, FIGHTING TERRORISM, KEEPING OUR COUNTRY SAFE DEPENDS LESS ON AMERICAN MILITARY FORCE AND MORE ON AMERICAN COMPASSION. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. JUST WHEN I THOUGHT THE ADMINISTRATION ECONOMIC…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. JUST WHEN I THOUGHT THE ADMINISTRATION ECONOMIC POLICIES COULDN'T GET WORSE, THE PRESIDENT'S NOW CALLING FOR A TAX INCREASE THAT WILL HIT 53% OF SMALL BUSINESS INCOME. AT A TIME WHEN SMALL BUSINESSES AREN'T ABLE TO HIRE BECAUSE OF THE CONSTANT THREAT OF HIRE TAXES, THAT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. THE PRESIDENT'S TAX PLAN DOES NOTHING TO REDUCE THE EVER INCREASING NATIONAL DEBT. INSTEAD OF THREATENING JOB CREATORS WITH MORE JOB DESTROYING TAXES, WE NEED TO CUT SPENDING, GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER, AND ENSURE THAT AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES WILL NOT HAVE TO FORK OVER MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY TO UNCLE SAM. THE PRESIDENT SHOULD RECOGNIZE THAT JOB CREATORS PUT THEIR OWN BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS INTO BUILDING THEIR BUSINESSES AND THE GOVERNMENT SHOULDN'T BE DESTROYING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WITH ANY TAX HIKE. YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BACA

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED CONGRESS TO TAKE FULL ACTION TO CREATE JOBS.…

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED CONGRESS TO TAKE FULL ACTION TO CREATE JOBS. WHILE OUR ECONOMY IS SLOWLY IMPROVING, UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 11.9 IN MY HOME OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY. IN THE LAST 500 DAYS SINCE THE REPUBLICANS TOOK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, THEY HAVE REFUSED, I SAY THEY HAVE REFUSED TO MOVE FORWARD A REAL PLAN TO PUT MORE AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. INSTEAD OF WORKING TO CREATE JOBS, REPUBLICANS HAVE PASSED A BUDGET THAT GIVES AWAY $3 TRILLION IN TAX BREAKS TO BIG CORPORATIONS AND ULTRARICH. END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT. BY TURNING A PROGRAM INTO A PRIVATE VOUCHER SYSTEM. JUST LAST WEEK THE REPUBLICANS AGAIN VOTED TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH BENEFITS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. IT'S TIME TO STOP THE POLITICAL GAME AND GET TO WORK ON FINDING REAL SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS WE FACE. WE MUST END THE BUSH TAX FOR THE RICH, PROTECT MEDICARE, AND WORK TO CREATE NEW JOBS FOR ALL AMERICANS AND ASSURING WE DON'T OUTSOURCE THOSE JOBS AS WELL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL PERSONS IN THE GALLERY THAT THEY ARE HERE AS GUESTS OF THE HOUSE AND THAT ANY MANIFESTATION OF APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF PROCEEDINGS IS IN VIOLATION OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RISE?

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. LAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT SAID TO AMERICAN JOB…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. LAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT SAID TO AMERICAN JOB CREATORS THAT IF YOU'VE GOT A BUSINESS, YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT. SOMEBODY ELSE MADE THAT HAPPEN. LET ME TELL YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, THE PRIOR TO COMING TO CONGRESS I RAN MY OWN BUSINESS FOR 16 YEARS. WHERE WAS THAT PRESIDENT OR FAMILY PERSON HE CLAIMS CREATED MY BUSINESS, WHERE WERE THEY WHEN I WAS DRIVING 60,000 MILES A YEAR CHASING BUSINESS, OR SIGNING THE LOAN PAPERWORK AT THE BANK SO I COULD MAKE PAYROLL OR KEEP THE WHEELS TURNING ON MY VEHICLES? THE ONLY OTHER PERSON THERE WHEN I STARTED MY BUSINESS WAS MY WIFE WHO SUPPORTED ME IN SO MANY WAYS. THIS COMMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CLEARLY SHOWS THAT NEITHER HE NOR ANYONE IN THE ADMINISTRATION KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT CREATING JOBS OR RUNNING A BUSINESS HERE IN AMERICA. MAY GOD BLESS THE REAL JOB CREATORS IN AMERICA AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS THIS GREAT NATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HONDA

    MADAM CHAIR. NEXT WEEK MARKS THE LAUNCH OF THE 19TH INTERNATIONAL AIDS…

    MADAM CHAIR. NEXT WEEK MARKS THE LAUNCH OF THE 19TH INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE. BRINGING TOGETHER ADVOCATES AND LEADERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE CONFERENCE'S PRESENCE IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS IS A TESTAMENT TO THE HARD WORK THAT MEMBERS OF THE HIV-AIDS COMMUNITY, INCLUDING MANY IN MY DISTRICT, AND MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS, LIKE MY DEAR FRIEND, BARBARA LEE, HAVE DONE. IN THE 20 INTERVENING YEARS WE HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A GENERATION SEEN INFECTION RATES GO DOWN WITHIN THE UNITED STATES AND STABILIZE ABROAD. DESPITE THESE STEPS, HOWEVER, IT IS CLEAR THAT WE ARE STILL LOSING THE WAR TO KEEP MINORITY COMMUNITIES. RISING INFECTION RATES IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN, LATINO, ASIAN, GAY, AND LEASE BEIAN COMMUNITIES ARE A STARK -- LESBIAN COMMUNITIES ARE A STARK REMINDER OUR WORK IS NOT DONE. IT IS CRITICAL THAT OUR NATION'S CAPITAL IS HOSTING THIS EVENT AS IT IS THE EPICENTER OF THIS RISING PROBLEM. WASHINGTON, D.C., HAS A HIGHER HIV-AIDS INFECTION RATE THAN MOST PLACES IN AFRICA, PRIMARILY IN THE MINORITY COMMUNITIES. FROM LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO GRASSROOTS EFFORTS, NOW IS THE TIME FOR MORE COMMITMENT TO H.I.V. AND AIDS NOT LESS. MORE ADVOCACY, NOT LESS. MORE RESEARCH, NOT LESS.

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    MY COMMUNITY, CONGRESS PASSED AIRLINE SAFETY REFORM. WHILE TIME RULES HAVE…

    MY COMMUNITY, CONGRESS PASSED AIRLINE SAFETY REFORM. WHILE TIME RULES HAVE BEGUN TO BE RELEASED FOR THESE REFORMS, THERE ARE STILL MANY REGULATIONS YET TO BE FINALIZED AND IMPLEMENTED.

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    MR. HIGGINS

    YESTERDAY, CONGRESSWOMAN JEAN SCHMIDT AND I, ALONG WITH OUR COLLEAGUES,…

    YESTERDAY, CONGRESSWOMAN JEAN SCHMIDT AND I, ALONG WITH OUR COLLEAGUES, SENT A LETTER ABOUT FINALIZING LONG OVERDUE RULESEN CREW TRAINING THIS THIS WOULD MANDATE ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS, ENSURING THAT THOSE WORKING ABOARD AN AIRCRAFT ARE BEST EQUIPPED TO HANDLE THE SITUATION. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD FOUND THAT BETWEEN 1988 AND 2009 INADEQUATE TRAINING WAS FOUND TO BE A LEADING FACTOR IN 178 ACCIDENTS. THE FLIGHT OF 3407 WAS -- THE CRASH OF 3407 WAS PREVENTABLE. EACH DAY THESE RULES GO UNIMPLEMENTED IS A RISK TO THE FLYING PUBLICFUL I YIELD BACK.

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    SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE RECENTLY APPOINTED PRESIDENT MILDRED…

    SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE RECENTLY APPOINTED PRESIDENT MILDRED GARCIA FOR THE CAL STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM'S FULLERTON CAMPUS. PRESIDENT GARCIA CURRENTLY SERVES ON THE COMMITTEE ON THE COMMISSION FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR HISPANICS AND SHE WAS APOINTED TO THAT BY PRESIDENT OBAMA.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    PEEVESLY SERVING AS THE 11TH FEMALE PRESIDENT FOR CALIFORNIA STATE…

    PEEVESLY SERVING AS THE 11TH FEMALE PRESIDENT FOR CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY DOMINGUEZ HILLS, SHE BECAME THE FIRST LATINA PRESIDENT IN THE CAL STATE SYSTEM IN 2007. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER AS AN EDUCATOR, SHE'S STILL AN EDUCATOR, STILL TEACHING AT CAL STATE FULLERTON WHILE HAVING THE PRESIDENCY ALSO. SHE IS A SCHOLAR. PRESIDENT GARCIA FOCUSES MUCH OF HER RESEARCH ON THE FAIRNESS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY AND PRACTICE. SHE HAS AUTHORED MANY BOOKS ON THE SUBJECT. I WISH HER GREAT SUCCESS IN HER NEW POSITION AND AGAIN CONGRATULATIONS, MILLIE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    SUPPORT REMOVING OUR TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN. WE WENT INTO AFGHANISTAN TO…

    SUPPORT REMOVING OUR TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN. WE WENT INTO AFGHANISTAN TO GET THOSE WHO ATTACKED US ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. OSAMA BIN LADEN HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO JUSTICE AND AL QAEDA HAS BEEN LARGELY CRUSHED. OUR TROOPS HAVE DONE THEIR JOBS.

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    MR. SCHRADER

    OUR TROOPS ARE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN AFGHANISTAN. IT'S TIME FOR AFGHANS TO…

    OUR TROOPS ARE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN AFGHANISTAN. IT'S TIME FOR AFGHANS TO STAND UP FOR AFGHANISTAN AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO DO OUR JOB TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. WE HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TROOPS FIGHTING A GROUND WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. THE $88 BILLION WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PUTTING INTO AFGHANISTAN IN THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL THIS WEEK COULD BE PUT INTO OUR OWN INFRASTRUCK CHER REBUILDING ROADS HERE AT HOME. IT IS LUDICROUS TO SPEND SO MUCH REBUILD ORGE COUNTRIES WHEN OUR OWN PROBLEMS ARE SO LARGE AND PERSISTENT. OUR GREATEST LEADERS SAY OUR GREATEST THREAT IS NOT -- IS ECONOMIC.

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    MR. WELCH

    THIS AFTERNOON, WE TAKE UP THE TRANSPARENCY ACT, IT'S HARMLESS ENOUGH BUT…

    THIS AFTERNOON, WE TAKE UP THE TRANSPARENCY ACT, IT'S HARMLESS ENOUGH BUT IT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING. WHAT IS IT? A YEAR AGO, MR. BOEHNER AND MR. MCCONNEL TOOK THIS COUNTRY TO THE BRINK OF DEBT DEFAULT THEY DEMAND AN OFFSET FOR THE INCREASE IN THE DEBT LIMIT. THEIR PLAN WAS GET THE JOB DONE BUT IF THEY -- IF THAT FAILED, THEY HAD A BACKUP, AUTOMATIC CUTS THAT WOULD BE HALF PENTAGON AND HALF DISCRETIONARY. NOW THE DAY ARRIVES, JANUARY 1, 2013, THOSE CUTS GO INTO EFFECT. BUT THEY DON'T WANT THEM TO GO INTO EFFECT. SO THIS LEGISLATION TELLS THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE TO LOOK AT THE LAW WE PASSED AND TELL US, WHAT DID WE DO? WHY DID WE DO IT? WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WHAT WE ORDERED TO BE DONE IS ALOUD TO BE DONE. THIS IS A COMEDY CENTRAL JOKE. WE HAVE TO HAVE A BALANCED APPROACH TO A SERIOUS PROBLEM BUT THAT MEANS MAKING DECISIONS TODAY ABOUT A BALANCED APPROACH THAT INCLUDES REVENUES, INCLUDES THE PENTAGON, INCLUDES DOMESTIC DISCRETIONARY. I YIELD BACK.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE COURTESY OF ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK AT THIS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE COURTESY OF ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK AT THIS TIME. I WANT TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE IN ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THIS WEEKEND WE WILL BEGIN THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE.

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    MS. PELOSI

    COME TO AMERICA WITH A FITTING THEME, TURNING THE TIDE TOGETHER. THERE'S A…

    COME TO AMERICA WITH A FITTING THEME, TURNING THE TIDE TOGETHER. THERE'S A LONG HISTORY IN 1990, EXPERT SCIENTISTS AND POLITICAL OFFICIALS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE GATHERED IN SAN FRANCISCO, IN MY DISTRICT, FOR THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE TO TURN OUR PROMISE OF LEADERSHIP INTO PROGRESS. SINCE THAT TIME, HOWEVER, THE CONFERENCE HAS NEVER RETURNED TO AN AMERICAN VENUE FOR TWO DECK KIDS. -- FOR TWO DECADES. NEXT WEEK WHEN THE CONFERENCE ASSEMBLES HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL, THE WORLD WILL SEE HOW FAR WE'VE COME. TOGETHER WE WILL COMMIT TO TURNING THE TIDE, AS THE THEME INDICATES, TOWARD THE NEXT PHASE IN OUR FIGHT, A CURE AND AN END TO H.I.V.-AIDS. CONSIDER WHAT THIS CONGRESS HAS DONE. CREATING HOUSING OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE WITH H.I.V., EXPANDING ACCESS TO MEDICAID FOR PEOPLE WITH H.I.V., BUT NOT FULL-BLOWN AIDS, THAT'S AN EARLY INTERVENTION, INCREASED INVESTMENTS IN RESEARCH, CARE, TREATMENT AND PREVENTION BY MORE THAN HALF A BILLION DOLLARS AND RESPONSE TO GLOBAL CHALLENGE AND THE LEADERSHIP OF CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE WE HAVE SUPPORTED GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, INCREASING FUNDING FOR THE BILATERAL AIDS EFFORTS, MAKING THE FIRST AMERICAN CONTRIBUTION, CONGRESSWOMAN LEE, TO THE GLOBAL FIGHT TO FOOTH AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA IN 2000. WORKING WITH PRESIDENTS BUSH AND OBAMA TO ESTABLISH PEPFAR. I KNOW IT'S A SOURCE OF GREAT PRIDE TO PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, THE LEADERSHIP HE PROVIDED, THE SUPPORT HE GAVE, AND THE PRIDE I THINK HE TAKES IN PEPFAR. WE SALUTE HIM FOR THAT. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS CONTINUED THAT WORK. WE'RE DOUBLING THE SUPPORT FOR GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVES AND DOUBLING OUR INVESTMENT IN THE GLOBAL FUND. THESE COMMITMENTS AND MORE HAVE HELPED FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE VILL AS OF AFRICA AND COMMUNITIES WORLDWIDE FOR THESE ACTIONS -- WORLDWIDE. THESE ACTIONS HAVE SAVED LIVES AND THERE'S MUCH MORE TO DO. WITH THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE COMING TO WASHINGTON, D.C., WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECOMMIT OURSELVES TO THE CAUSE OF A WORLD WITHOUT HIV-AIDS. THAT IS THE CHALLENGE THAT IS THE GOAL. WE CAN TURN THE TIDE TOGETHER. AFTER 20 YEARS IN CONGRESS NOTHING SURPRISES ME MUCH ANYMORE BUT ONE THING THAT DOES IS THAT AFTER ALL THIS TIME WE DON'T HAVE A CURE, BUT WE'RE HOPEFUL. WITH THE AIDS CONFERENCE, WHEN IT OPENS ITS DOORS NEXT WEEK, WE MUST STAND UNITED IN OUR PLEDGE TO DISCOVER A CURE AND RAISE UP AN AIDS FREE GENERATION. SCIENCE IS MAKING PROGRESS. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO SUPPORT THAT. IT HAS BEEN DONE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH'S LEADERSHIP, UNDER PRESIDENT CLINTON, UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA. HOPEFULLY WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO THAT. WE CAN AND WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE HIV-AIDS A VERY, VERY SAD MEMORY AND NOT PART OF OUR FUTURISM THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN LEE, FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP, LOCALLY, GLOBALLY AND IN EVERY WAY AND CERTAINLY IN THIS CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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    MR. SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I'M DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT 240E6 -- BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S CLEAR THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CHERISH…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S CLEAR THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CHERISH THE MANY TAX LOOPHOLES THAT FUNNEL BILLIONS TO OIL COMPANIES, OUTSOURCERS AND OPERATORS BENT ON REPEALING WALL STREET REFORM. THAT'S WHY THEY KILLED THE DISCLOSE ACT, WHICH WOULD CLOSE LOOPHOLES USED BY SPECIAL INTERESTS TO SECRETLY SPEND ON ELECTIONS.

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    MR. DEUTCH

    INCLUDE THE RIGHT TO BUY ELECTIONS ANONYMOUSLY. S THE PLUP CONGRESS THAT…

    INCLUDE THE RIGHT TO BUY ELECTIONS ANONYMOUSLY. S THE PLUP CONGRESS THAT PROTECTS THE IDENTITIES OF THOSE WRITING THE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR CHECKS. THEY WANT A BATTLE OF BANK ACCOUNTS BECAUSE THEY CAN'T WIN A BATTLE OF IDEAS. THEY CAN'T RUN ON DEREGULATING WALL STREET WHEN AMERICA'S FPSRBLE SECURITY IS AT RISK. THEY CAN'T RUN ON BLOCKING TAXES -- ON TAXES FOR -- ON TAX CUTS FOR MILLIONAIRES WHEN THEY'VE DESTROYED THE MIDDLE CLASS. IF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES BELIEVE THEY'RE WORTHY OF COMPETING IN THE GREAT BATTLE OF IDEAS THAT IS OUR DEMOCRACY, THEY SHOULD PUT THEIR MOUTH WHERE THEIR MONEY IS AND PASS THE DISCLOSE ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST REASONS WE HAVE SEEN SO MANY JOBS OUTSOURCED BY…

    THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST REASONS WE HAVE SEEN SO MANY JOBS OUTSOURCED BY THE PRESIDENT WHO COULD BE CALLED THE OUTSOURCERS IN CHIEF FOR ALL THE MILLIONS OF JOB THAT WAS LEFT THIS COUNTRY TO GO TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE LAST THREE AND A HALF YEARS. A REPORT CAME OUT YESTERDAY BY THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES THAT SHOWED THE PRESIDENT'S NEWEST TAX PROPOSAL TO RAISE TAXES ON SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WILL COST 700,000 JOBS. THAT'S FRIDAY 13TH FOR EVERY SMALL BUSINESS OWNER OUT THERE, TRYING TO GET THE ECONOMY BACK ON, TRYING TO KEEP THEIR BUSINESSES ANOTE. THAT'S OVER 10,000 JOBS LOST JUST IN LOUISIANA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SCALISE

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    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS NOT IN ORDER TO ENGAGE IN PERSONALITIES…

    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS NOT IN ORDER TO ENGAGE IN PERSONALITIES WITH THE PRESIDENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII RISE?

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. .

  • 12:30:15 PM

    MS. HANABUSA

    WHEN THE SUPREME COURT DECIDED CITIZENS UNITED, IT LIFTED THE FLOODGATES…

    WHEN THE SUPREME COURT DECIDED CITIZENS UNITED, IT LIFTED THE FLOODGATES TO SPECIAL INTERESTS. THIS COUNTRY IS FOR THE FIRST TIME A SMALL MEMBER WOULD INFLUENCE OUR ELECTIONS, SOMETHING WE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE. LET US REMEMBER IT IS OUR ELECTION, OUR RIGHT TO VOTE WHICH MAKES US A GREAT NATION THAT WE ARE. IT IS WHAT PEOPLE HAVE GONE TO WAR FOR AND DIED FOR. BUT NOW WE ARE SEEING THE BUYING OF AMERICA. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THERE ARE ABOUT 600 SUPERP.A.C.S THAT RAISED OVER $240 MILLION, AND THEY HAVE ALREADY SPENT OVER $113 MILLION ON OUR ELECTIONS. WE DO KNOW THAT THE REPUBLICAN DONORS' FAMOUS BROTHERS WHO THEY WITH THEIR FRIENDS WHO SPEND ABOUT $400 MILLION IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION, AND WE ALSO KNOW THERE IS A REPUBLICAN DONOR CASINO OWNOR WHO HAS ALREADY SPENT $71 MILLION TO EFFECT THEIR ELECTIONS. WE CAN'T PROHIBIT THE SPENDING BUT WE CAN REQUIRE TRANSPARENCY SO THAT THE PUBLIC KNOWS WHO IS SPENDING THIS MONEY. THIS IS THE DISCLOSE ACT. BUT, MADAM SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE STOPPED THE VOTE UNDER THE DISCLOSE ACT. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE SIGNED A DISCHARGE PETITION TO BRING IT UP TO VOTE. WE MUST BRING IT UP TO VOTE, MADAM SPEAKER. WE MUST SHOW THE PEOPLE THAT AMERICA IS NOT FOR SALE. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 12:31:48 PM

    MR. COSTA

    DESPITE OUR ECONOMIC CHALLENGES, AGRICULTURE IS ONE OF THE BRIGHT SPOTS IN…

    DESPITE OUR ECONOMIC CHALLENGES, AGRICULTURE IS ONE OF THE BRIGHT SPOTS IN OUR ECONOMY. LAST WEEK THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE IN AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN FASHION SENT A SIMPLE MESSAGE, WE NEED A FARM BILL NOW. WE HAVE CHALLENGES IN AMERICA AND AGRICULTURE TO BE SURE. SUCH AS THE VERY PRICES FLUCTUATIONS, THE CURRENT DROUGHT AFFECTING CROPS NATIONWIDE. AND CREATING A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR FARMERS TO COMPETE IN FOREIGN MARKETS. THIS BILL ISN'T PERFECT, BUT THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF CONSENSUS IN IT. OUR FARMERS NEED CERTAINTY AND ONLY A FARM BILL CAN GIVE THEM THAT. THERE ARE 11 DAYS LEFT FOR THE HOUSE TO VOTE ON A FARM BILL BEFORE THE AUGUST RECESS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF CONGRESS BICKERING JUST TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON. THIS LEGISLATION HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE COMMITTEE AND IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. MADAM SPEAKER, THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE IS SERIOUS ABOUT PROVIDING CERTAINTY AND PROMOTING ECONOMIC GROWTH, THEY WILL BRING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE NOW. THE FARM BILL HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT. LET'S KEEP IT THAT WAY.

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    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 KENTUCKY RISE?

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    MR. YARMUTH

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:33:10 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    MADAM SPEAKER, TWICE THIS WEEK SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCKED A VOTE ON THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, TWICE THIS WEEK SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCKED A VOTE ON THE DISCLOSE ACT, WHICH WOULD SHINE A MUCH NEEDED LIGHT ON THE DARK CORNERS OF SECRET ANONYMOUS POLITICAL SPENDING. THE BILL STANDS ON A SIMPLE IDEA, VOTERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHO IS TRYING TO INFLUENCE THEIR VOTE. THIS YEAR ALONE MORE THAN 600 SUPER PAX HAVE SPENT $13 MILLION ON OUTSIDE ADS, MOST OF WHICH HAVE BEEN NEGATIVE AND MANY DISHONEST. MUCH EASIER TO LIE ABOUT A CANDIDATE WHEN YOU ARE ANONYMOUS AND CAN'T BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE THE DAMAGE BEING DONE. MORE THAN 3/4 OF VOTERS BELIEVE CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM IS A KEY NATIONAL ISSUE AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS OPPOSE THE CITIZENS UNITED DECISION WHICH OPENED THE FLOODGATES FOR OUTSIDE SPENDING AND DISHONESTY IN AN ELECTION. EVEN IN THE DECISION, THE SUPREME COURT ANTICIPATED THAT CONGRESS WOULD REQUIRE DISCLOSURE AS A CRITICAL MEANS OF PROVIDING TRANSPARENCY IN CAMPAIGNS. MADAM SPEAKER, THE VOTERS HAVE A RIGHT TO JUDGE THE CREDIBILITY OF CAMPAIGN ADS. THEY CAN'T DO THAT WITHOUT DISCLOSURE OF THOSE PAYING FOR THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:34:24 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I REGRET TO SAY THAT AMERICA IS FOR SALE. AND…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I REGRET TO SAY THAT AMERICA IS FOR SALE. AND THE WHITE HOUSE WILL GO TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. 17 PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN $1 MILLION TO THE BIGGEST CONSERVATIVE P.A.C.S IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THOSE CONTRIBUTIONS REPRESENT MORE THAN ONE HALF WHAT THOSE P.A.C.S HAVE RECEIVED. WHO ARE THESE 17 PEOPLE? WELL, THE MEDIAN AGE IS 66. THE MEDIAN WEALTH IS $1 BILLION. AND THEY ARE INTERESTED IN A COUPLE THINGS. THEY WANT TO ELIMINATE INHERITANCE TAX. THEY WANT TO EXTEND THE BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY. AND THEY WANT TO SLASH THE HIGHEST TAX BRACKET. LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THEM. MR. AIDLESON, HE'S CONTRIBUTED $25 MILLION, $10 MILLION TO MR. ROMNEY'S RESTORE OUR FUTURE. WHAT IS $10 MILLION IN HIS BUDGET LIKE? HIS $10 MILLION IS A CONTRIBUTION IN A $24 BILLION WORTH OF WORTH. HOW DOES THAT COMPARE? THAT WOULD BE LIKE A $40 CONTRIBUTION TO SOMEONE WHOSE NET WORTH WAS ABOUT $100,000. MR. AIDLESON CAN GIVE A LOT MORE MONEY WITH MUCH LESS EFFORT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:35:58 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    SIX WALL STREET MEGABANKS CONTROL 2/3 OF THE WEALTH IN OUR NATION, IT'S…

    SIX WALL STREET MEGABANKS CONTROL 2/3 OF THE WEALTH IN OUR NATION, IT'S TOO MUCH ECONOMIC POWER IN TOO FEW HANDS. WHEN UNDISCLOSED BILLIONAIRES SPEND BILLIONS ON POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND THEY CRUSH THE VOICES OF ORDINARY CITIZENS, IT'S TOO MUCH POLITICAL POWER IN TOO FEW HANDS. AMERICA MUST PUT AN END TO THE INFLUENCE OF SECRET MONEY ON OUR ELECTIONS. THE DISCLOSE ACT OF 2012 WOULD SHINE THE LIGHT ON THE SECRET MONEY IN POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS, BUT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP WON'T BRING IT UP. EVEN THOUGH AMERICANS, 3/4 OF OUR VOTERS THINK CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM IS A KEY ISSUE FOR THE ELECTION, AND 69% OF THE PUBLIC BELIEVES THAT SUPERPACKS SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. JET HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERS REFUSE TO BRING UP THE DISCLOSE ACT. IT'S LONG PAST DUE THAT WE PUT POWER BACK IN THE HANDS OF OTHER ORDINARY CITIZENS. LET'S RECHANNEL THE BILLIONS BEING WASTED ON CAMPAIGN OVERKILL TO HELP OUR SENIORS AFFORD FOOD AND BALANCED THE NATIONAL BUDGET. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A MESSAGE.

  • 12:37:03 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS WITHIN THE 90-DAY…

    THE AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS WITHIN THE 90-DAY PERIOD PRIOR TO THE ANNIVERSARY DATE OF ITS DECLARATION, THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS A NOTICE STATING THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS PROVISION, I HAVE SENT TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER FOR PUBLICATION THE ENCLOSED NOTICE STATING THAT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13581 OF JULY 24, 2011, IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND JULY 24, 2012. THE ACTIVITIES OF SIGNIFICANT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS HAVE REACHED SUCH SCOPE AND GRAPHITY THAT THEY THREATEN -- GRAVITY THAT THEY THREATEN THE STABILITY OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SYSTEMS. SUCH ORGANIZATIONS ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED AND DANGEROUS TO THE UNITED STATES. THEY ARE INCREASINGLY ENTRENCHED AND THE OPERATIONS OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND THE NATIONAL -- INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM. THEREBY WEAKENING DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTION, DEGRADING THE RULE OF LAW, AND UNDERLINE MIENING ECONOMIC MARKETS. THESE ORGANIZATIONS FACILITATE AND AGGRAVATE VIOLENT CIVIL CONFLICTS AND INCREASINGLY FACILITATE THE ACTIVITIES OF ANOTHER DANGEROUS PERSONS. THE ACTIVITIES OF SIGNIFICANT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS CONTINUE TO POSE AN UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY, FOREIGN POLICY, AND ECONOMY OF THE UNITED STATES. THEREFORE I HAVE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13581 WITH RESPECT TO SIGNIFICANT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS. SIGNED, BARACK OBAMA, THE WHITE HOUSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT…

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON THE MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION ON CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. ANY RECORD VOTE ON POSTPONED QUESTION WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    DOES THE GENTLEMAN CALL UP THE BILL AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN CALL UP THE BILL AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    CALENDAR NUMBER 417, H.R. 5872, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO PROVIDE…

    CALENDAR NUMBER 417, H.R. 5872, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO PROVIDE A REPORT DETAILING THE SEQUESTER REQUIRED BY THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT OF 2011 ON JANUARY 2, 2013.

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    MR. RYAN

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

    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. 5872, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:40:17 PM

    MR. RYAN

    SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 12:40:23 PM

    MR. RYAN

    HERE'S BASICALLY WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY WITH THE SEQUESTER TRANSPARENCY…

    HERE'S BASICALLY WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY WITH THE SEQUESTER TRANSPARENCY BACK. BECAUSE THE SUPER COMMITTEE WAS UNABLE TO AGREE ON A DEFICIT REDUCTION PACKAGE, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET WILL IMPLEMENT A $110 BILLION BILLION ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT WHICH -- BILLION ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT WHICH WE REFER TO AS SEQUESTRATION ON JANUARY 2, 2013. THIS COMES AFTER ON DEFENSE, HALF ON DOMESTIC DISCRETIONARY. IN OTHER WORDS, $55 BILLION CUT, 10% CUT TO DEFENSE IMMEDIATELY, AND THEN $8% CUT TO DOMESTIC DISCRETIONARY. BUT WE DO NOT KNOW THE ACTUAL REDUCTIONS THAT WILL RESULT FROM THE SEQUESTER. AS WE DEBATE THIS BILL TODAY, WE WILL PROBABLY NOT BE ABLE TO AVOID THE CONTENTIOUS ISSUES ON THE SEQUESTER, BUT LET'S NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT THE BILL BEFORE US SIMPLY DIRECTS THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET TO TELL US HOW THEY'LL IMPLEMENT THE SEQUESTER. WE ARE ASKING FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY, MORE DETAILS WITHIN 30 DAYS, THEY SHOULD GIVE US THE PLAN HOW THEY'LL DO THIS. THIS BILL IS ESSENTIALLY ABOUT TRANSPARENCY. IT'S NOT RELITIGATING THE BUDGET FIGHT. IT'S ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE AS MUCH INFORMATION AS WE CAN TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS. IT'S ABOUT CARRYING OUT A CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO ENSURE THAT LAWS ARE FAITHFULLY EXECUTED AND WE FULLY UNDERSTAND THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT SEE QUESTER HOW IT'S GOING TO BE IMPLEMENTED. IT HAS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE VOTED 30-0 TO REPORT THIS BILL HERE TO THE FLOOR. AND THE SENATE HAS PASSED SIMILAR LEGISLATION ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 12:42:06 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AS THE CHAIRMAN OF…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE SAID, IT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY OUT OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. I BELIEVE THAT MORE INFORMATION IS BETTER THAN LESS. I ALSO BELIEVE FROM THE COMMENTS I HAVE HEARD FROM COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, WE ALSO AGREE THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO KNOW RIGHT NOW TODAY THAT A ACROSS-THE-BOARD MEAT AX APPROACH TO REDUCING THE DEFICIT, THE SEQUESTER, IS A RECKLESS WAY TO DEAL WITH OUR BUDGET. WE HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE CUTS ON DEFENSE. SECRETARY PANETTA'S TALKED ABOUT THOSE. WE HAVE HEARD A LOT LESS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE CUTS ON OTHER IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS, SUCH AS THOSE IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH, AND A COALITION RECENTLY REPORTED THAT THE CUTS TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH ALONE WOULD REDUCE -- CUT 33,000 JOBS, THAT MEANS FEWER PEOPLE INVESTIGATING CURES ON TREATMENTS TO DISEASES THAT PLAGUE EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY. THAT'S ONE SMALL EXAMPLE ON THE NONDEFENSE SIDE. MADAM SPEAKER, I BELIEVE GIVEN WHAT WE KNOW WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED TODAY AND EVERY DAY ON AVOIDING THE SEE QUESTER. AND IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS, THE DEMOCRATS OFFERED A ALTERNATIVE APPROACH, I HAVE IT RIGHT HERE IN MY HAND. IT CALLED FOR A BALANCED APPROACH TO REPLACING THE SEE QUESTER, THE KIND OF BALANCED APPROACH THAT EVERY BIPARTISAN COMMISSION THAT HAS LOOKED AT OUR DEFICIT CHALLENGE HAS RECOMMENDED. IT INCLUDED A COMBINATION OF CUTS SUCH AS DIRECT PAYMENTS IN EXCESS OF FARM SUBSIDIES. IT ALSO INCLUDED CUTS TO THINGS LIKE BIG OIL COMPANIES, ELIMINATING TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES. AND THAT PLAN WOULD TOTALLY REPLACE THE SEE QUESTER FOR ONE YEAR AND IT WOULDN'T HAVE TO HAVE THE DEFICIT -- THE IMPACT THAT WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT. SO GREAT TO GET MORE INFORMATION. MAY HAVE A UNANIMOUS VOTE HERE TODAY ON THE HOUSE. BUT LET AS TAKE A BALANCED APPROACH TO REDUCING OUR DEFICITS AND LET'S TAKE A BALANCED APPROACH TO REPLACING THE SEE QUESTER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- SEQUESTER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:44:24 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 12:44:35 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, WE KNOW OUR NATION…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, WE KNOW OUR NATION FACES VERY SERIOUS THREATS OVERSEAS, BUT WE ALSO HAVE A VERY SERIOUS DOMESTIC THREAT AS WELL. AND THAT IS OUR NATIONAL DEBT. A DEBT THAT HAS INCREASED MORE IN THE LAST THREE YEARS ON A NOMINAL BASIS THAN IN THE PREVIOUS 200. THUS THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT, BUDGET CONTROL ACT, BECAUSE AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE POINTED OUT, THE SUPERCOMMITTEE, OF WHICH I SERVED, AS DID THE RANKING MEMBER, DID NOT PROVE SO SUPER. WE ARE STARING INTO THE FACE OF A SEQUESTER. . I WOULD LIKE TO COMPLIMENT THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS VISION IN BRINGING A PROPOSAL TO THE SEQUESTER BUT I'D ALSO LIKE TO COMPLIMENT THE DEMOCRAT RANKING MEMBER FOR ALSO OFFERING AN ALTERNATIVE MAN, ONE I DISAGREE WITH, ONE THAT BY MY RECKONING INCLUDES 73% TAX INCREASES, BUT HE SHOULD BE APPLAUDED AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE APPLAUDED AT LEAST FOR RECOGNIZING THE DRACONIAN DEFENSE CUTS THAT COULD DO REAL DAMAGE TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, AS SECRETARY PANETTA HAS SAID, QUOTE, THE -- THEY WILL DO REAL DAMAGE TO OUR ABILITY TO PROTECT OUR NATION. THOUGH I COMPLIMENT THE RANKING MEMBER, I FIND IT MORE CHANNELING TO COMPLIMENT THE DEMOCRAT SENATE MAJORITY LEADER. SENATOR REID HAS SAID, QUOTE, I'M NOT GOING TO BACK OFF SEQUESTRATION. THAT'S WHAT HE HAS SAID. THUS WE ARE LOOKING AT A 10% REAL CUT IN OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. MADAM SPEAKER, I ALSO PICKED UP MONDAY'S EDITION OF THE "WASHINGTON POST," NOT EXACTLY KNOWN AS A BASTION OF COP SERVETIVE THOUGHT, AND I READ THE HEADLINE, QUOTE, DEMOCRATS THREAT TON GO OVER FISCAL CLIFF IF G.O.P. FAILS TO RAISE TAXES. SO ON THE ONE HAND, AGAIN, THIS IS A VERY SIMPLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THAT I'VE CO-AUTHORED WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE. IT SIMPLY SAYS, MR. PRESIDENT, SINCE UNDER SEQUESTRATION YOU GET TO CALL A LOT OF THE SHOTS, ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, QUOTE, THE ADMINISTRATION'S O.M.B. HAS SOLE AUTHORITY TO DETERMINE WHETHER SEQUESTRATION IS REQUIRED AND IF SO THE PROPORTIONAL ALLOCATIONS OF ANY NECESSARY CUTS, ALL THIS IS IS SAYING, MR. PRESIDENT, SHOW US YOUR HAND, SHOW US YOUR PLAN. LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THE TRUE IMPACT IS GOING TO BE ON OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE, ON OUR ECONOMY, ON A NUMBER OF VITAL SERVICE. BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE DISCRETION. THAT'S ALL THIS BILL DOES. BUT I FEAR TO SOME EXTENT IT MAY MASK ANOTHER AGENDA OF WHAT THE DEBATE IS REALLY ABOUT. MADAM SPEAKER, I NEED NOT TELL YOU, WE CONTINUE TO FACE THE WEAKEST, SLOWEST RECOVERY IN THE POST-WAR ERA, AND THERE ARE SOME WHO SEEM TO HAVE AN IDEOLOGICAL PASSION FOR RAISING TAXES ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AN EARLIER SPEAKER GOT UP IN AN EARLIER DEBATE AND SAID THAT THE LARGEST SMALL BUSINESS GROUP IN AMERICA, THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS, HAS JUST RELEASED A NEW STUDY SAYING THAT THE PRESIDENT'S TAX PLAN WILL COST 710,000 JOBS, JOBS OF WORKING FAMILIES, AND THOSE SAME WORKING FAMILIES WILL SEE THEIR WAGES FALL BY 1.8%. SO WHY WOULD WE WANT TO RAISE TAXES ON ANYBODY IN THIS ECONOMY? SOME ARE POINTS OUT, WE NEED TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT, AND WE DO, BUT MADAM SPEAKER, IF YOU DO THE MATH, GIVE THE PRESIDENT THE TOP INCREASE IN TAX RATES IN THE TOP TWO TAX BRACKETS, NOT ONLY DOES IT DESTROY JOBS, IT'S ABOUT 2% TO 3% OF HIS 10-YEAR SPENDING BUDGET. IT HARMS JOBS AND DOESN'T SOLVE THE PROBLEM. I FEAR IT IS A DIVERSION FROM THE FAILED POLICIES THAT WE HAVE SEEN FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS CREATED THE WORST UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. BUT I WOULD HOPE THAT WE WOULD AT LEAST HAVE A GROWING CONSENSUS THAT WE SHOULDN'T DECIMATE NATIONAL DEFENSE AND THERE SHOULD AT LEAST BE TRANSPARENCY, AND I URGE MY CLOOGS TO SUPPORT THE SEQUESTRATION TRANSPARENCY ACT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED. MR. VAN

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  • 12:49:55 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HI…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HI COMMENTS ABOUT THE SUPERCOMMITTEE, WE ALL WISH IT HAD SUCCEEDED BUT IT DID NOT. IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE WITH MY COLLEAGUE IF TEXAS. JUST A QUICK CORRECTION ON THE MATH. UNDER THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT, WE CUT TCHRS 1 TRILLION IF THE BUDGET. 100% CUTS. THE ALTERNATIVE THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE PROPOSED TO THE SEQUESTER TAKES A BALANCED APPROACH OF ADDITIONAL CUT BUS ALSO REVENUE. IN FACT THE ONE-YEAR PROPOSAL WE PUT FORWARD PUTS ADDITIONAL CUTS IN DIRECT PAYMENTS, EXCESSIVE SUBSIDIES AROUND THE FARM BILL. YES, WE ALSO ELIMINATE TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES TO THE BIG OIL COMPANIES. FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH TESTIFIED THAT WHEN OIL IS OVER $50 A BARREL, YOU DON'T NEED TAXPAYERS SHELLING OUT MONEY TO ENCOURAGE OIL COMPANIES TO INVEST. WE THINK WE SHOULD ELIMINATE THOSE SUBSIDIES TO HELP REMOVE THE SEQUESTER, INCLUDING THE SEQUESTER DEFENSE. THE REASON WE'RE HERE IS THAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES DELIBERATELY CHOSE AS PART OF THE SEQUESTER TO PUT DEFENSE SPENDING ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK, ALONG WITH OTHER SPENDING. THAT WAS THE CHOICE ABOVE AN OFFER TO DEAL WITH REVENUE AS PART OF A SEQUESTER. WHEN THE CHOICE BOILED DOWN TO CUTTING TAX SUBSIDIES FOR OIL COMPANIES AN OTHER SPECIAL TAX BREAKS OR CUTTING DEFENSE, REPUBLICANS CHOSE TO PUT IN THE SEQUESTER CUTTING DEFENSE. NOW, I KNOW WE HAVE A HEARING TODAY IN THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, I SEE THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN ON THE FLOOR TODAY. I HAVE TO COMMEND HIM BECAUSE HE HAS SAID BEFORE THAT IF WE WERE -- IF HE WERE FACED WITH THAT CHOICE, HE WOULD TAKE THAT NEXT, MORE BALANCED APPROACH. THAT ULTIMATELY IS WHAT WE'LL HAVE TO DO. THAT'S THE APPROACH THAT'S BEEN TAKE BIN EVERY BIPARTISAN COMMISSION THAT'S LOOKED AT THIS CHALLENGE. WITH THAT, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM PENNSYLVANIA, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE,

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    MS. SCHWARZ

    I APPRECIATE --

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    MS. SCHWARTZ

    AND I APPRECIATE THE COULDN'T TO SPEAK ON THE ISSUE BEFORE US. I DO…

    AND I APPRECIATE THE COULDN'T TO SPEAK ON THE ISSUE BEFORE US. I DO SUPPORT THERE BEING BETTER INFORMATION ON THE IMPACT, SEQUESTRATION WHICH IS THE AUTOMATIC SPENDING CUTS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT YEAR. SEQUESTRATION WHICH WOULD TRIGGER THOSE AUTOMATIC CUTS WAS PUT IN PLACE TO FORCE CORNING TO WORK TO FIND BIPARTISAN, BALANCED APPROACH TO DEFICIT REDUCTION. TODAY'S LEGISLATION DOES NOT MOVE US ANY CLOSER TO ACHIEVING THAT GOAL. TIME AND AGAIN THE MONEYS IN CONGRESS REJECTED A BALANCED APPROACH THAT WOULD INCLUDE SPENDING CUTS AND REVENUE AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. THEY REJECT A PLANSED APPROACH THAT WOULD PROTECT OUR NATION'S SHORT-TERM ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND CREATE THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT FOR LONG-TERM GROWTH. THEY REJECT A BALANCED APPROACH THAT'S BEEN RECOMMENDED BY EVERY BIPARTISAN COMMISSION THAT WOULD MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD BY MAKING TOUGH YET RESPONSIBLE CHOICES ON THE DEFICIT AND WOULD REFLECT AMERICAN'S PRIORITIES AND BUILD AMERICANS' ECONOMIC STRENGTH. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW THE IMPACT OF ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUTS RESULTING FROM THE FAILURE OF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY TO FIND THAT COMMON GROUND AND AVOID SEQUESTER. BUT THEY ALSO DESERVE REAL SOLUTIONS, SOMETHING THEY HAVE YET TO DELIVER. THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET TAKES A PARTISAN, ONE-SIDED APPROACH TO DEFICIT REDUCTION AND RELIES SOLELY ON SPENDING CUTS AND DIRECTS THE $100 BILLION CUTS NEXT YEAR FROM SEQUESTRATION TO COME ONLY FROM ONE PART OF THE BUDGET, NONDEFENSE DISCRETIONARY. ALL OF THE $100 BILLION CUTS NEXT YEAR WOULD COME FROM OUR DOMESTIC PRIORTIES, HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, TRANSPORTATION, LAW ENFORCEMENT, TO NAME A FEW. THEIR BUDGETS FAILED TO ACQUIRE OTHER, EVEN LARGER PARTS OF THE FEDERAL FWOUNLT REDUCE COSTS AND BE MORE EFFECTIVE. IT FAILED TO PROTECT OUR FRAGILE ECONOMIC RECOVERY. THEY SHOULD WORK TOGETHER WITH DEMOCRATS TO MAKE A REAL DEFICIT REDUCTION ECONOMIC GROWTH PACKAGE FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED MR. RIPE: WHEN WE HEAR A BALANCED APPROACH --

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    MR. RYAN

    WE HEAR A BALANCED APPROACH, IT MEANS KEEP FEEDING HIGHER SPENDING WITH…

    WE HEAR A BALANCED APPROACH, IT MEANS KEEP FEEDING HIGHER SPENDING WITH HIGHER TAXES. THE PROBLEM IS THE ARITHMETIC DOESN'T ADD UP. YOU CANNOT TAX YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS MESS. SPENDING IS A CAUSE, WE NEED TO ADDRESS OUR SPEND, THE SOONER WE DO IT, THE SOONER WE GET BACK ON THE PATH TO PROSPERITY. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINS TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT HE BE ALLOWED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE CHOOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME AND…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME AND IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I THANK HIM AND CHAIRMAN RYAN FOR…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I THANK HIM AND CHAIRMAN RYAN FOR BRINGING THIS PILL TO THE FLOOR.

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    MR. MCKEON

    GREATLY NEEDED. BARRING A NEW AGREEMENT BETWEEN CONGRESS AND THE WHITE…

    GREATLY NEEDED. BARRING A NEW AGREEMENT BETWEEN CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE ON DEFICIT REDUCTION, OVER $1 TRILLION IN AUTOMATIC CUTS, KNOWN AS SEQUESTRATION, WILL TAKE EFFECT. ALTHOUGH THE HOUSE HAS PASSED A MEASURE THAT WOULD ACHIEVE THIS NECESSARY DEFICIT REDUCTION, AVOID SEQUESTRATION FOR A YEAR AND GIVE US TIME TO WORK ON IT OUTSIDE OF AN ELECTION YEAR PRESSURE, THE SENATE HAS YET TO CONSIDER ANY LEGISLATION. NOW I HEAR A LOT OF GOOD IDEAS FROM THE OTHER SIDE, THEY TALK ABOUT INCREASED REVENUE. ALL I'M SAYING IS, PUT IT DOWN ON PAPER. WE HAVE A PROCESS BY WHICH WE WORK. IT'S OUTLINED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. ONE BODY PASSES LEGISLATION, THE OTHER BODY PASSES LEGISLATION, A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE IS FORMED AND THE DIFFERENCES ARE RESOLVED, GOES BACK TO THE BODIES FOR FINAL PASSING AND THEN GOES TO THE PRESIDENT. FOR HIS SIGNATURE. WE HAVE TAKEN ACTION IN THE HOUSE, WE'RE WAITING FOR THE OTHER BODY TO TAKE SOME ACTION. THE PRESIDENT WEIGHED IN ON THIS. HE SUBMITTED A BUDGET. HIS BUDGET SOUGHT $1.2 TRILLION IN DEFICIT REDUCTION, HE FOLLOWED THE PROCESS. THAT BUDGET WAS DEFEATED IN A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL MANNER. NOW WE NEED ANOTHER BILL THAT WE CAN WORK ON. THIS IMPASSE AND LACK OF A CLEAR WAY FORWARD HAS CREATED A CHAOTIC AND UNCERTAIN BUDGET ENVIRONMENT FOR INDUSTRY AND DEFENSE PLANNERS. COMPOUNDING THE ISSUE IS A LACK OF GUIDANCE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION ON HOW TO IMPLEMENT SEQUESTRATION. WE JUST HELD A HEARING IN THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE WHERE WE HAD INDUSTRY LEADERS COME IN TO TELL US THE PROBLEMS THEY'RE HAVING ON GETTING GUIDANCE. YOU KNOW, I COME FROM A SMALL BUSINESS BACKGROUND. NOTHING LIKE BUILDING PLANES OR SHIPS OR BOTES OR THE OTHER THINGS OUR WAR FIGHTERS NEED TO CARRY OUT THEIR MISSION. AND I MIGHT REMIND PEOPLE THAT WE ARE AT WAR, WE DO HAVE WAR FIGHTERS GOING OUTSIDE THE WIRE AS WE SPEAK EVERY DAY PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE AND THEY'RE WATCHING US. THEY'RE WATCHING WHAT WE'RE DOING, THEY'RE WONDERING IF THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE THE THINGS THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT THIS MISSION AND TO RETURN HOME SAFELY. MY BUSINESS, AS I SAID, WAS SMALL, FAMILY BUSINESS. WE WERE IN THE WESTERN WEAR BUSINESS, WE SOLD BOOTS AND HATS IN A RETAIL WAY AND WE WOULD GO, MY BROTHERS AND I, FAMILY BUSINESS, WOULD GO TO THE MARKET IN JANUARY, WE WOULD BUY FOR OUR NEEDS FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS, WE WOULD BUY SHIRT, HATS, JEANS, BOOTS, AND THEN OUR SUPPLIERS WOULD GO TO PLIERS -- TO THEIR SUPPLIERS AND BUY THE THINGS THEY NEED TO MAKE THOSE THINGS, THEY WOULD SHIP THEM TO US IN AN ORDER HI MANNER AND WE WOULD HAVE THE PRODUCT ON THE SHELVES WHEN OUR CUSTOMERS CAME IN IN FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL, MAY. THESE INDUSTRY LEADERS ARE ASKING FOR A LITTLE GUIDANCE. ALL THEY KNOW IS THE LAW AS WE HAVE IT NOW KICKS IN JANUARY 2, SAYS THAT THERE WILL BE NO THOUGHT, NO PLANNING, JUST WE TAKE OUT THE BUDGET AND CUT EVERY LINE ITEM A MARGIN, 12%, 20%, WHATEVER IT IS, REALIZING WE'RE ALREADY A QUARTER OF THE WAY INTO THE YEAR. ONE OF THE LEADERS GAVE US THIS QUOTE IN THIS CONFERENCE, THIS IS SHAWN O'KEEFE, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF AODS NORTH AMERICA. I QUOTE. MOST IMMEDIATELY, THE ADMINISTRATION MUST COMMUNICATE ITS SEQUESTRATION IMPLEMENTATION PLAN TO THE PUBLIC, OUR ARMED FORCES AND TO INDUSTRY. THE CURRENT UNCERTAINTY HAS EFFECTIVELY PUT SEQUESTRATION AND ITS CONSEQUENCES IN MOTION. IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY GUIDANCE, INDUSTRY IS ALREADY HOLDING BACK INVESTMENT, QUESTIONING THE FAIRNESS OF GOING -- OF ONGOING COMPETITION, DOUBTING THE VIABILITY OF EXISTING CONTRACTS, AND START TO TRIM CAPACITY. IN THE ABSENCE OF DEFINITIVE GUIDANCE IF THE D.O.D., THE O.M.B., THE DEFENSE CONTRACT MANAGEMENT AGENCY, WE FEEL COME PEELED TO -- COMPELLED TO ACT IN THE SPIRD OF THIS LAW AND IN ALL LIKELIHOOD WILL ISSUE NOTICE TOTS THOSE EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN ONGOING FEDERAL CONTRACT ACTIVITIES, END QUOTE. WE ARE GOING TO PUT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN JEOPARDY OF THEIR JOBS BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN SEQUESTRATION SHOULD KICK IN. THIS IS ALREADY IN MOTION. MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK MADAM SPEAKER I ASK WE COME TOGETHER ON THIS ISSUE. THAT WE SOLVE THIS ISSUE. I ASK THE PRESIDENT TO PUT FORTH SOME LEADERSHIP TO LET -- AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF HE HAS THE OBLIGATION TO HELP US TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. I ASK OUR COLLEAGUES TO PLEASE SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. BRING TRANSPARENCY. THANK YOU.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I LISTENED CAREFULLY TO WHAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I LISTENED CAREFULLY TO WHAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE SAID, AND I DIDN'T FIND MUCH THAT I DISAGREE WITH. WE AGREE THAT WE SHOULD REPLACE THE SEQUESTER. WE AGREE THAT IT'S A MISTAKE TO CREATE THE KIND OF UNCERTAINTY THAT'S OUT THERE, AND OBVIOUSLY IT HAS AN IMPACT NOT JUST IN THE DEFENSE SECTOR, BUT ALSO IN ALL THE OTHER AREAS WHERE OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS ACTIVITIES. BUT I WOULD JUST SAY, AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THE CHAIRMAN'S ON THE FLOOR NOW AND HAS A CHANCE TO RESPOND, HE DEMONSTRATED SOME LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. LAST FALL, BECAUSE HE WAS ASKED THIS QUESTION, HE WAS ASKED IF HE HAD TO PUT TOGETHER A PLAN THAT INCLUDED SOME REVENUE, HE SAID, YEAH. I UNDERSTAND WE GOT TO MAKE CUTS, BUT I'D RATHER INCLUDE SOME REVENUE THAN DEEP CUTS TO DEFENSE. IN FACT, WHAT HE SAID WAS, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO STOP REPEATING IDEOLOGICAL TALKING POINTS AND ADDRESS OUR BUDGET PROBLEMS COMPREHENSIVELY THROUGH SMARTER SPENDING AND INCREASED REVENUE, UNQUOTE. AND WHEN ASKED WHETHER HE WOULD -- WOULD CHOOSE BETWEEN DEEPER CUTS IN DEFENSE AND CUTTING SOME TAX BREAKS, HE SAID WE SHOULD CUT SOME TAKES. THAT WAS LAST FALL. -- TAX BREAKS. THAT'S WAS LAST FALL. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE DEMOCRATS PUT FORWARD IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ASKED FOR A SPECIFIC PLAN. WE HAD A VOTE ON IT IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. WE WISH OUR COLLEAGUES WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED IT. IT WOULD HAVE PREVENTED THE SEQUESTER FROM TAKING PLACE FOR ANOTHER YEAR, ELIMINATED ALL THE UNCERTAINTY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE JUST TALKED ABOUT. THE REASON THAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD IS OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CONTINUE TO INSIST ON SUPPORTING THESE TAX BREAKS FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS AND TAX BREAKS FOR VOTES AT THE VERY TOP AND REFUSE TO ELIMINATE THOSE TAX BREAKS FOR THE PURPOSE OF REDUCING THE DEFICIT. OR MORE THE PURPOSE OF ELIMINATING THE SEQUESTER ON DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE. THAT'S WHY WE ARE IN THE SITUATION WE ARE RIGHT NOW. THE KEYS TO THE LOCK ARE IN THE HANDS OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. WE HAD THE SAME PROPOSAL READY TO BRING TO A VOTE BEFORE THE WHOLE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AS FAR AS THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS. THE RULES COMMITTEE DIDN'T EVEN ALLOW OUR PROPOSAL TO BE MADE IN ORDER SO THAT MEMBERS OF THIS BODY COULD VOTE ON IT. UP OR DOWN. SO, YEAH, LET'S GET ON WITH THE MAIN ISSUE. LET'S FOCUS ON REPLACING THE SEE QUESTER. LET'S DO IT IN A BALANCED WAY. I HAVE TO SAY SINCE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS EARLIER REFERENCED THE COMMENTS, I LOOKED AT THE SENATOR'S COMMENTS. THE SENATOR'S POINT IS THE SAME ONE I'M MAKING HERE. IF WE ARE GOING TO REMOVE THE SEE QUESTER, WE NEED TO TAKE A BALANCED APPROACH. WE NEED TO INCLUDE CUTS, AND AGAIN, IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER, WE DID $1 TRILLION IN CUTS. $100% CUTS AS PART OF THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. WE ALSO NEED TO INCLUDE SOME REVENUE BY ELIMINATING SOME OF THESE SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS AND ASKING FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP OF THE INCOME LADDER TO PAY A LITTLE BIT MORE FOR NATIONAL DEFINANCE AND REDUCING OUR DEFICIT. THAT IS THE UNDERLYING ISSUE HERE. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, MS. BONAMICI.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MS. BONAMICI

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN VAN HOLLEN, FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE…

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN VAN HOLLEN, FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE SEQUESTRATION TRANSPARENCY ACT. WE HAVE ALL HEARD CONCERNS BACK HOME ABOUT PARTISAN GRIDLOCK IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. OUR CONSTITUENTS CONTINUE TO ASK US, IS THERE ANY WAY TO OVERCOME THIS GRIDLOCK TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS FACING OUR COUNTRY? THEY ASK US IF IT'S GETTING BETTER? IF CONGRESS CAN DO SOMETHING? CAN WE GET THINGS DONE? WITH THE END OF THE YEAR APPROACHING AND OUR COUNTRY INCHING EVER CLOSER TO THE SO-CALLED FISCAL CLIFF, THE QUESTIONS FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS TAKE ON A NEW URGENCY. THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IF THE BUDGET SEQUESTRATION IS ALLOWED TO GO INTO EFFECT. AND THEY WANT TO KNOW IF CONGRESS CAN FUNCTION WELL ENOUGH TO AVOID THE DOOMSDAY SCENARIOS THAT MANY ECONOMISTS ARE PREDICTING IF SEQUESTRATION DOES OCCUR. UP UNTIL NOW WE HAVE HAD TO -- NOT BEEN ABLE TO OFFER THEM MUCH IN THE WAY OF POSITIVE NEWS. WE HAVE HAD TO TELL OUR CONSTITUENTS THAT WE ARE NOT QUITE SURE WHAT SEQUESTRATION WILL MEAN FOR OUR COMMUNITY. NOW, THIS BILL DOESN'T SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OUR CONSTITUENTS WILL FACE IF SEQUESTRATION ACTUALLY GOES INTO EFFECT. THE LOST JOBS OR THE DAMAGE O OUR STILL STRUGGLING ECONOMY, BUT IT DOES GIVE US VALUABLE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN AND IT WILL ALLOW US, THE BODY THAT BROUGHT US HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT, TO AT LEAST BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR ACTIONS. AND IMPORTANTLY IT SIGNALS A BIPARTISAN ACTION ON THE PART OF CONGRESS TO ASK HOW BAD WILL THIS BE? IF THERE IS A SILVER LINING TO BE FOUND, IT'S WE HAVE COME TOGETHER ON WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A CONTENTIOUS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I THANK THE BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. NOW THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO PASS A BILL TO GET INFORMATION ON LEGISLATION THAT WE HAVE ALREADY PASSED DOES NOT SPEAK HIGHLY OF THE PROCESS. THE SEQUESTER WAS SUPPOSED TO MOTIVATE US TO WORK TOGETHER AND PASS A BUDGET THAT LOWERS COSTS WHILE MAINTAINING CRITICAL SERVICES. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT WE HAVE TO PASS YET ANOTHER BILL TO MOVE US CLOSER TO ACCOMPLISHING WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE MONTHS AGO. BUT FOR THE SAKE OF BETTER REPRESENTING OUR CONSTITUENTS, LET'S FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE, LET'S SUPPORT A BILL THAT GIVES US THE INFORMATION WE AS LEGISLATORS NEED TO MAKE AN EDUCATED DECISION. I HOPE TODAY'S BIPARTISAN ACTION IS AN INDICATOR OF A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO TACKLING THE SEQUESTER. 15 SECONDS.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    I HOPE IT IS AN INDICATOR OF A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO TACKLING THE…

    I HOPE IT IS AN INDICATOR OF A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO TACKLING THE SEQUESTER AND SENDS A MESSAGE TO OUR CONSTITUENTS THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO GET SOMETHING DONE. THAT'S WHY I SUPPORTED THIS BILL IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND THAT'S WHY I'M ASKING MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING YES ON THE SEQUESTER TRANSPARENCY ACT. THANK YOU.

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  • 01:07:13 PM

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    MR. RYAN

    MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE HOUSE BUDGET AND ARMED SERVICES…

    MINUTES TO A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE HOUSE BUDGET AND ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. YOUNG.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. YOUNG

    THERE IS BROAD BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT IN THIS HOUSE THAT THE LOOMING DEFENSE…

    THERE IS BROAD BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT IN THIS HOUSE THAT THE LOOMING DEFENSE SEQUESTRATION CUTS ARE BAD POLICY FOR THE U.S. MILITARY AND OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. OUR DEFENSE SECRETARY HAS TESTIFIED TO MYSELF AND OTHER MEMBERS THAT THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT SUCH CUTS WOULD HOLLOW OUT THE MILITARY. OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE RIGHTLY CONCERNED ABOUT OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT TO TROOPS IN THE FIELD. TROOPS THAT ARE OFTEN OUR SONS, DAUGHTERS, BROTHERS, OR SISTERS. THE ORIGINAL GOAL OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT GAVE US THE SEQUESTER WAS TO FIND DEFICIT REDUCTION IN THE FEDERAL BUDGET IN A CAREFUL, DELIBERATIVE MANNER. DESPITE THEIR BEST EFFORTS, THE SMALL GROUP THAT WAS CHARGED WITH FINDING THESE CUTS FAILED IN THE END. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE PASSED LEGISLATION IN THE FULL HOUSE TO REPLACE THE DEFENSE CUTS WITH DEFICIT REDUCTION ELSEWHERE. BUT THE SENATE HAS ONCE AGAIN FAILED TO ACT. AS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION, IT'S FAILED TO SPECIFY HOW THESE CUTS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AND WHAT KIND OF IMPACT IT WILL HAVE ON OUR NATION'S SECURITY. MILITARY SPENDING DECISION SHOULD NOT BE MADE IN A VACUUM. WE SHOULDN'T MERELY TRY TO MANAGE DOWN TO SOME PREDETERMINED, ARBITRARY SPENDING LEVEL. ULTIMATELY STRATEGY SHOULD GUIDE THESE SORTS OF DECISIONS. MISSIONS WE ARE ASKING OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM TO PERFORM TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE SHOULD BE OUR MEASURING STICK AND WE SHOULD ENSURE FULL FUNDING EXISTS TO CARRYING OUT EACH OF THESE MISSIONS. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS, IT'S THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS ADMINISTRATION TO INFORM CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC OF ITS PLAN TO IMPLEMENT THE SEQUESTER AND PROVIDE CLARIFICATION ON ITS SCOPE AND SEVERITY. WITH THAT I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, THE SEQUESTRATION TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2012. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:09:18 PM

    MR. RYAN

    SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO ADDITIONALLY YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A GENTLEMAN WHOSE…

    SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO ADDITIONALLY YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A GENTLEMAN WHOSE PRIMARY COMMITTEE, SERVES ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND HE ALSO IS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. COLE.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. COLE.

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    MR. COLE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING ME ON YOUR COMMITTEE. H.R.…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING ME ON YOUR COMMITTEE. H.R. 5872 IS A BIPARTISAN BILL AND IT DID PASS OUT OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED SEVERAL TIMES HERE. THAT'S A GOOD THING. I THINK HONESTLY WE HAVE A VERY STRONG BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT THAT SEQUESTER IS A VERY BAD POLICY, SOMETHING THAT REALLY SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN. OBVIOUSLY I ALSO SIT ON DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE AND SO I FOCUS ON THAT AREA AND IF WE DON'T ARRIVE AT AN AGREEMENT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, WE'LL HAVE $110 BILLION WORTH OF CUTS, BUT ABOUT A 10% CUT ON TOP OF A HALF A BILLION DOLLARS WE HAVE ALREADY TAKEN OUT OF DEFENSE. THAT WILL HAVE TREMENDOUS CONSEQUENCES IN MY STATE, POTENTIALLY 16,000 JOBS, $620 MILLION, $630 MILLION TO THE STATE'S ECONOMY. WE ALL HOPE THIS DOESN'T OCCUR. BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT THE ADMINISTRATION DOES HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PLAN FOR IT AND TO INFORM US OF THOSE PLANS. SO FAR IT'S FAILED TO DO THAT. WORTH NOTING FOR THE RECORD, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE HAVE DEALT WITH SEQUESTRATION IN THIS HOUSE. WE HAVE PASSED A MEASURE TO AVOID IT. IT'S THE SENATE THAT HAS FAILED TO ACT. WE MAY NOT HAVE ACTED IN A MANNER IN WHICH OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE WOULD LIKE, BUT THE RESPONSIBILITY NOW IS WITH THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO AT LEAST PASS SOMETHING AND PUT US IN THE POSITION TO GO TO CONFERENCE. IT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE TO ALLOW SEQUESTER TO OCCUR. AND IT WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SENATE TO ACTUALLY ACT. SO I HOPE TODAY BY GIVING THE SENATE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BY ENCOURAGING THE ADMINISTRATION TO PLAN FOR SOMETHING WE HOPE DOESN'T HAPPEN, WILL ACTUALLY BRING OURSELVES A LITTLE CLOSER TO A SOLUTION AND WILL COME TO A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:11:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. RYAN

    THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? MILLION RYAN: LET ME INQUIRE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? MILLION RYAN: LET ME INQUIRE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE ANOTHER SPEAKER OR NOT.

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  • 01:11:56 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THERE WAS ONE OTHER GENTLEMAN WHO SAID HE WAS ON THE WAY. HE'S NOT HERE…

    THERE WAS ONE OTHER GENTLEMAN WHO SAID HE WAS ON THE WAY. HE'S NOT HERE YET F HE'S NOT HERE, THEN WE'LL CLOSE.

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  • 01:12:06 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MINUTES TO MR. LANKFORD.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. LANKFORD FROM OKLAHOMA. MR. LANG GLORD --

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    MR. LANKFORD

    AT HOME PEOPLE HAVE A SIMPLE REQUEST OF CONGRESS, DO OUR JOB. JUST DO IT.…

    AT HOME PEOPLE HAVE A SIMPLE REQUEST OF CONGRESS, DO OUR JOB. JUST DO IT. THEY ARE TIRED OF WORRYING ABOUT WHAT DUMB THING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL DO TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILY THAT WILL CAUSE THEM MORE PAIN. THEY WANT US TO IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM, FIX IT, AND QUIT MESSING WITH THE PRIVATE BUSINESS WORLD. WHEN THE PRIVATE BUSINESS SEES A THREAT ON THE HORIZON, THEY PREPARE FOR IT. IF IT'S GOOD THEY RAMP UP HIRING, INCREASE TRAINING, THEY GET RED HE -- READY FOR GOOD. IF THEY SEE A THREAT ON THE HORIZON THAT LOOKS BAD, THEY PULL BACK. THEY SLOW DOWN INTERNAL PURCHASES, FREEZE INVENTORY AND HIRING. TWO QUICK OBSERVATIONS. ONE IS THIS, RIGHT NOW THE NATIONAL THREAT ON THE ECONOMIC HORIZON IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LACK OF HURRY TO RESOLVE THIS MANUFACTURED CRISIS. WE NEED TO FIX IT NOW. THE SECOND THING IS THIS, WE HAVE TO LOOK UP AND SEE THERE IS A FINANCIAL CRISIS COMING AND PREPARE FOR IT. IF WE WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO ACT, IT CREATES INCREDIBLE UNCERTAINTY IN OUR ECONOMY AND BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES CAN'T PREPARE FOR IT. WHEN WE RUN ALL THE WAY TO THE LAST MINUTE AND DO SOMETHING, WE HAVE ALREADY CREATED ALL THE ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY THERE. SO HERE'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. IT REQUIRES THAT WE ACTUALLY PLAN FOR AN ECONOMIC CRISIS THAT WE KNOW IS COMING JANUARY 2 OF 2013. IT PUSHES US TO DO WHAT'S ESSENTIAL RIGHT NOW. FEDERAL SPENDING HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED AS WE APPROACH $16 TRILLION IN NATIONAL DEBT AND OUR FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR OF TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT SPENDING, WE SHOULD NOT GUESS OR TRY TO JUST MAKE UP THE FINANCIAL PLAN AT THE LAST MINUTE. SOME PROPOSE THAT WE DEBT OUR WAY INTO PROSPERITY. OR THAT WE TAKE EVEN MORE MONEY FROM ONE FAMILY AND GIVE IT TO ANOTHER TO MAKE LIFE FAIR. THIS BILL JUST SIMPLY ASKS THE PRESIDENT TO LET US KNOW THE PLAN, LET US KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES OF SEQUESTRATION. WE KNOW IT'S BAD POLICY. BUT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT GIVEN US THE DETAILS OF HOW THEY WILL IMPLEMENT THE SEQUESTRATION. MONTHS AGO THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND THE FULL HOUSE WORKED WITH SIX COMMITTEES TO CREATE A SPECIFIC PLAN OF HOW WE WERE GOING TO DEAL WITH THIS. WE JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT O.M.B.'S PLAN IS AND HOW THINGS ARE GOING TO BE DONE, GET US THE INFORMATION NOW. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:14:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

  • 01:14:29 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE LEFT?

  • 01:14:34 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME START ON THE POINTS OF AGREEMENT.…

    HOLLEN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME START ON THE POINTS OF AGREEMENT. WE AGREE WITH THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AS WE HAVE SAID IT PASSED THE BUDGET COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. WHAT IT DOES IS ASK FOR SOME MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE IMPACT OF THE ACROSS-THE-BOARD SEQUESTER SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN JANUARY. THE SENATE ALSO AGREES WITH THAT. LET'S MAKE NO MISTAKE. THERE WAS AN AMENDMENT ON THE SENATE SIDE, BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT, WASHINGTON STATE SENATOR MCCAIN, BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT ASKING FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. THERE IS ALSO AGREEMENT THAT WE DON'T NEED MORE INFORMATION TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE ACROSS-THE-BOARD SEQUESTER CUTS WOULD HAVE A VERY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY AND ON DEFENSE AND ON IMPORTANT NONDEFENSE INVESTMENTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SO THE ISSUE REALLY IS, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? . WE HAVE PROPOSED AN ALTERNATIVE IN THIS HOUSE. WE PROPOSED AN ALTERNATIVE IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, IT DIDN'T PASS. WE ASKED FOR THIS WHOLE HOUSE TO HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE TO VOTE ON THAT INCLUDED CUTS AND ADDITIONAL REVENUE FROM CLOSING TAX BREAKS AND LOOPHOLES. WE WERE DENIED THAT OPPORTUNITY FOR A VOTE OVER HERE. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT SENATOR REID HAS SAID AND HA THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES, BOTH THE TAX ISSUE AS WELL AS THE SEQUESTRATION ISSUE THAT WE'RE DEBATING TODAY. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR. HE WOULD LIKE, TODAY, FOR THE CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION TO EXTEND TAX RELIEF TO 98% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ALL THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS. GET IT DONE TODAY. IN FACT, WHAT SOME PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE, THOSE TAX CUTS WOULD ALSO BENEFIT FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP. IT PROVIDES TAX RELIEF TO 100% OF AMERICANS COMPARED TO CURRENT LAW. LET'S GET THAT DONE. IF WE AGREE ON IT, LET'S ACT NOW. THE SAME IS TRUE WITH THE SEQUESTER. THE KEYS TO THIS LOCK ARE IN THE HANDS OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. WE'VE AGREED THAT PART -- THAT PART OF THE SOLUTION IS CUTS. WE DID $1 TRILLION IN CUTS LAST YEAR. 100%. CUTS. WE'VE ALSO SAID WE CAN DO ADDITIONAL CUTS. BUT WE SHOULD ALSO DEAL WITH THE REVENUE SIDE OF THE EQUATION IF WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT THE DEFICIT. NOW THE CHAIRMAN TALKED ABOUT OUR USE OF THE WORD BALANCE. IT'S THE SAME USE THE BIPARTISAN COMMISSIONS HAVE MADE, SIMPSON-BOWLES AND OTHERS, WHAT THEY HAVE SAID IS ANY CREDIBLE APPROACH TO THE DEFICIT, INCLUDE REGULAR PLACING THE SEQUESTER, REQUIRES CUTS, YES, PUT ALSO REVENUES. AND THE REALITY IS, IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 8% OF OUR REPUBLICAN 98% OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE SIGNED THIS PLEDGE BY A FELLOW NAMED GROVER NORQUIST. IT SAYS YOU CAN'T ELIMINATE ANY TAX BREAKS OR ASK FOLKS THAT ARE MAKING MORE THAN THRS 1 MILLION A YEAR TO PAY ONE MORE DOLLAR FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. WON'T DO IT. NOR DOES THAT PLEDGE ALLOW THEM TO TAKE A DOLLAR TAX SUBSIDY AWAY FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFENSE SPENDING. SO WE HEAR A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF DEFENSE SPENDING. WE AGREE. SECRETARY PANETTA HAS TALKED ABOUT IT. WE THINK WE SHOULD PAY FOR IT. SO RATHER THAN JUST TALK ABOUT DEFENSE SPEND, WHY DON'T WE ALSO PAY FOR IT? WE PUT TWO WOORNS OUR NATIONAL CREDIT CARD, IRAN AND AFGHANISTAN. MANY OF US PROPOSED WE HELP PAY FOR THOSE AS WE GO SO WE WOULDN'T BE LEAVING THE BILL TO THE FUTURE GENERATIONS, TO THE CHILDREN OF THE TROOPS FIGHTING THOSE WARS. WE SHOULD PAY FOR THEM. BUT NO, THOSE TWO WARS WENT ON THE CREDIT CARD. NOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT DEFENSE. ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HAS A HEARING TODAY ON DEFENSE. AS WE SAID, WE AGREE. WE DON'T WANT TO SEE THAT BUT WHEN FACED WITH THAT SIMPLE CHOICE, DO YOU WANT TO CUT MORE TAX BREAKS FOR OIL COMPANIES OR ASK THOSE AT THE VERY TOP TO PAY MORE FOR DEFENSE TO REDUCE THE DEFICIT? NO, CAN'T TOUCH THAT. SO LET'S UNDERSTAND THE UNDERLYING ISSUE HERE. BOTH ON THE TAX ISSUES AT THE END OF THE YEAR, WE CAN SOLVE THEM TODAY. IF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL STOP HOLDING 98% OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS HOSTAGE UNTIL THEY GET A CONTINUATION OF TAX BREAKS FOR THE FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP AND WE CAN DEAL WITH THE SEQUESTER TODAY IF OUR COLLEAGUES ARE WILLING TO TAKE THE PLANSED APPROACH RECOMMENDED BY EVERY BIPARTISAN COMMISSION. THAT'S WHAT IS AT ISSUE. LET ME CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER, WITH THIS. WE HAVE HEARD A LOT OF TALK ABOUT HOW ASKING FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP TO PAY ATE LL MORE WOULD HURT THE ECONOMY. THE REALITY IS, WE'VE TRY TOAD TRICKLE DOWN THEORY. IT'S IN PLACE RIGHT NOW. WE TRIED IT FOR EIGHT YEARS UNDER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION. THE LAST TIME WE HAD A BALANCED BUDGET WAS AT THE ON THE -- THE END OF THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. THEN THE TAX CUTS DISPROPORTIONATELY BENEFITED THE VERY WEALTHY AND AT THE END OF THOSE EIGHT YEARS WE LOST PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS. SO MUCH FOR THE THEORY THAT TAX BREAKS FOR THOSE AT THE VERY TOP TRICKLE DOWN AND LIFT EVERYBODY UP. THEY LIVED THE YACHTS BUT THE BOATS RAN AGROUND. THAT'S THE -- THEY LIFTED THE YACHTS BUT THE BOATS RAN AGROUND. THAT'S THE REALITY. WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT, WE'RE WILLING TO MAKE TOUGH CUTS AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE MORE. BUT BECAUSE OF THIS PLEDGE OR OTHER REASONS, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES REFUSE TO DEAL WITH THE DEFICIT IN A BALANCED WAY. THEY REFUSE TO ASK FOLKS AT THE VERY TOP TO CHIP IN A LITTLE BIT MORE TO REDUCE OUR DEFICITS AND TO HELP PAY FOR DEFENSE. SO LET'S TAKE ACTION TODAY TO PREVENT THE CUTS, NOT JUST TO DEFENSE BUT TO NONDEFENSE. IT'S INTEREST, I HEAR OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TALK ABOUT THE JOBS CREATED BY DEFENSE, THAT'S TRUE, BUILDING AIRCRAFT CARRIERS CREATES JOBS. SOMEHOW THAT CREATES JOBS BUT BUILDING ROADS AND BRIDGES DOESN'T. THE PRESIDENT HAS A JOBS BILL, IT'S BEEN SITTING HERE SINCE SEPTEMBER. WE HAVE 14% UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. WE HAVE ROADS AND BRIDGES AND TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN NEED OF REPAIR. THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS IS GIVING OUR NATION A D, A GRADE D, SO IT'S A WIN-WIN. LET'S SPEND MORE THERE, BOOST JOBS, THE ECONOMY DO, A JOB THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. BUT NO, YOU KNOW, CUTTING DEFENSE SPENDING AND WORK ON TARNINGS, THAT -- ON TANKS, THAT WILL CUT -- WILL HURT JOB BUS IT'S OK NOT TO FUND THE PRESIDENT'S INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSAL, TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK BUILDING BRIDGES AND ROADS. LET'S HAVE A RATIONAL CONVERSATION, MR. SPEAKER, HERE, ABOUT WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T WORK AND HOW WE CAN TAKE THE BALANCED APPROACH TO REDUCING OUR DEFICIT AND ELIMINATING, REPLACING THE SEQUESTER SO WE CAN AVOID THE CUTS TO BOTH DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE. I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING THE INFORMATION CALLED FOR BY THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, OVERPLET M.B. IS ACTUALLY -- O.M.B. IS ACTUALLY ALREADY CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS, THERE ARE LOTS OF DETAILS, I HEAR, BUT OUR TIME HERE WOULD BE BEST SPENT PUTTING IN PLACE A PLAN TO REPLACE THE SEQUESTER RATHER THAN SIMPLY ASKING FOR MORE INFORMATION. MORE INFORMATION IS GOOD, SOLVING THE PROBLEM IS BETTER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 01:22:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

  • 01:22:34 PM

    MR. RYAN

    DO I HAVE LEFT?

  • 01:22:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS TWO MINUTES.

  • 01:22:46 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I'D LIKE TO CORRECT, I PATIENTLY I SAID IRAQ WHEN I MEANT IRAN.

  • 01:22:55 PM

    MR. RYAN

    WRG PROSPERITY, WE'D BE AT THE ON OF THE WORLD ALONG WITH GREECE. THEIR SO…

    WRG PROSPERITY, WE'D BE AT THE ON OF THE WORLD ALONG WITH GREECE. THEIR SO CALLED BALANCED APPROACH IS BALANCED BUT ONLY BECAUSE THE INCREASE HAD A $85 BILLION TAX INCREASE. IF WE KEEP GOING DOWN THIS ROAD, WE'LL KEEP GETTING THE SAME RESULTS. WHAT DID WE START WITH IN THIS CONGRESS? WE PASSED A BUDGET THAT CUTS SPEND, REFORMED GOVERNMENT, REFORMED THE TAXES TO GET US BACK TO ECONOMIC GROWTH TO PAY BACK THE DEBT. THE SENATE HASN'T PASSED A BUDGET FOR THREE YEARS. WHEN WE ENGAGE IN NEGOTIATIONS ON THE DEBT LIMIT TO TRY TO GET A DOWN PAYMENT ON DEFICIT REDUCTION AND THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT RESULTED. THEREFORE THE SUPERCOMMITTEE FAILED AND THE SEQUESTER IS ABOUT TO KICK. IN AGAIN WE TOOK ACTION IN THE HOUSE. WE PASSED THE RECONCILIATION TO REPLACE THE SEQUESTER WHICH RESULTED IN A NET $242 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL REDUCTION. WE PUT SPECIFICS ON THE TABLE, PASSED THEM THROUGH THE HOUSE, AGAIN THE CRICKETS ARE CHIRPING IN THE OTHER BODY, IN THE SENATE. NO LEADERSHIP IF THE PRESIDENT, NO LEADERSHIP FROM THE SENATE. NO LEADERSHIP. WHAT THIS IS, IS SIMPLE. SINCE THERE'S AN ABSENCE OF LEADERSHIP ON THESE CRITICAL FISCAL ISSUES, FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, AT THE VERY LEAST SHOW US HOW THIS IS GOING TO WORK. IF YOU'RE NOT WILLING TO REPLACE THE SEQUESTER, TELL US HOW IT'S GOING TO BE IMPLEMENTED. THAT IS SIMPLY A MATTER OF TRANSPARENCY. WE'RE NOT JUDGING THE DEBATE OR THE MERITS OF EACH OTHER'S IDEAS HOW TO REPLACE IT, WE'RE TELLING O.M.B., TELL US HOW IT'S GOING TO GO DOWN BECAUSE THAT SEEMS TO BE THE PLAN. WITH THAT, I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO FOLLOW THE BIPARTISAN EXAMPLE THAT'S BEEN SET IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND HAVE A NICE, BIPARTISAN VOTE ON BEHALF OF TRANSPARENCY FROM THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. WITH THAT, I YIELD.

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  • 01:24:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5872 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, TWERDS BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE --

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  • 01:25:18 PM

    MR. RYAN

    ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 01:25:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE 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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  • 01:54:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 414, THE NAYS ARE 2. ZERO RORED -- ZERO…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 414, THE NAYS ARE 2. ZERO RORED -- ZERO RECORDED AS PRESENT. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:55:28 PM

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 5856, AND THAT I MAY INCLUDE TABULAR MATERIAL ON THE SAME.

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  • 01:55:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 717 AND RULE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 717 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5856. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MARCHAND, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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  • 01:56:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5856 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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  • 01:56:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL…

    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2013, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:56:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE SWRELT FROM WASHINGTON, MR. DICK -- AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. DICKS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 01:56:54 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 01:57:05 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    IS THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR 2013. IT HAS BEEN DRAWN WITH THE…

    IS THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR 2013. IT HAS BEEN DRAWN WITH THE COOPERATION OF REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATS ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE, THE DEMOCRATS LED BY NORM DICKS AND NORM AND I HAVE WORKED TOGETHER FOR SO MANY YEARS MAKING SURE THAT THESE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS WERE STRICTLY NONPOLITICAL. NO POLITICS IN DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS. AND THERE SHOULD NOT BE. INVESTMENT IN OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE SHOULD BE BASED ON THE THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO PROTECT AGAINST THAT THREAT AND WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO PROTECT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROVIDE FOR THAT NATIONAL DEFENSE. I WANT TO COMPLIMENT MR. DICKS FOR HAVING WORKED TOGETHER WITH EACH OTHER SO WELL REGARDLESS OF WHO WAS IN THE MAJORITY FOR 35 YEARS, MR. DICKS, AND I JUST WANT TO RECOGNIZE THIS WILL BE THE LAST BILL, DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, THAT MR. DICKS WILL PRESIDE OVER ON THE FLOOR BECAUSE HE IS SEEKING RETIREMENT AT THE END OF THE TERM. THIS COMMITTEE WILL MISS MR. DICKS, THE HOUSE WILL MISS MR. DICKS. THE CONGRESS WILL MISS MR. DICKS. THE COUNTRY WILL MISS HIS SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR SO MANY YEARS. MR. DICKS, I EXTEND TO YOU MY VERY, VERY BEST AND MY APPRECIATION AND THANKS FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND YOUR SPIRIT OF COOPERATION OVER THE MANY YEARS. THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAD MANY HEARINGS AND MANY BRIEFINGS ON SO MANY SUBJECTS THAT IT TOOK MOST OF THE YEAR LEADING UP TO THIS DATE IN ORDER TO DO THAT. ONE OF THE THINGS -- I WOULD COMPLIMENT THE MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, BECAUSE THEY WERE VERY ATTENTIVE. ATTENDANCE AT THE SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS, MEETINGS, WERE ALL VERY, VERY WELL ATTENDED. THE MEMBERS WERE VERY LOYAL AND FAITHFUL TO THEIR ASSIGNMENTS AND TO THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. DURING THESE HEARINGS, WE HEARD ONE WORD THAT BOTHERED ME A LOT. THAT WAS A WORD RISK. AS WE GOT INTO THE ISSUE OF THE BUDGET REQUEST, WE WERE TOLD THAT THIS MIGHT BRING ABOUT A CERTAIN RISK OR IMPRUDENT RISK OR UNACCEPTABLE RISK AND WE PURSUED THE ISSUE OF WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE RISK WHEN IT COMES TO NATIONAL DEFENSE. WHAT IS IMPRUDENT RISK? LET ME EXPLAIN SOME OF THE THINGS WE HEARD. ONE, WE WERE TOLD THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO SHOW MUCH MORE PRESENCE IN THE PACIFIC AREA. I AGREE WITH THAT. IT'S A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE WORLD AND WE HAVE GOT TO BE PRESENT. THE OTHER POINT WAS THAT AS WE DID OUR HEARINGS, WE WERE TOLD IN THE MID EAST, THE PERSIAN GULF AREA, WE NEELED A BUILDUP OF NAVAL FORCES. IN ORDER TO DO THE JOB THAT HAS TO BE DONE. ESPECIALLY AS WE WATCH WHAT IRAN IS DOING, WHAT IRAN IS THREATENING TO DO, AND THE CHOKE POINT OF THE STRAITS OF HORMUZ WHERE MUCH OF THE WORLD'S OIL TRANSPORTS. WELL, THESE RISKS, WE THINK, HAVE BEEN MET. ON THE NAVY BUILDUP, THE BUDGET REQUEST ACTION WOULD REDUCE THE NAVAL CAPABILITY, THE NUMB OF ASSETS THAT WE HAVE, SO WE DIFFERED WITH THE BUDGET REQUEST ON THAT AND WE ADDED FUNDING AND BY THE WAY, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, WE ADDED FUNDING FOR AN ADDITIONAL DESTROYER. IN ADDITION, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY WAS REALLY DETERMINED TO BUILD A SECOND VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINE FOR 2014 AND IT WAS NOT IN THE BUDGET. BUT HE CONVINCED US IT WAS IMPORTANT TO DO. BESIDE THE DDG-51 WE SCHEDULED THE SECOND VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINE FOR 2014. IN ADDITION, THERE ARE THREE CRUISERS THAT WERE ABOUT TO BE DECOMMISSIONED, AND FOR A LESSER FEE THAN DECOMMISSIONING WE DETERMINED TO KEEP THOSE CRUISERS IN BUSINESS AND KEEP THEM CAPABLE AND KEEP THEM AVAILABLE FOR THAT NAVAL BUILDUP THAT OUR HEROES TOLD US THAT THE NAVY FELT THAT THEY REALLY NEEDED. ONE OTHER ISSUE I'D LIKE TO RAISE IS THE AIR FORCE -- AND WE'RE NOT AT WAR WITH THE AIR FORCE, BY THE WAY, BUT WE HAVE SOME DIFFERENCES. THE AIR FORCE DETERMINED TO TAKE AWAY AVIATION ASSETS FROM THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD IN OUR STATES, AND WE HEARD FROM ALL OF OUR GOVERNORS, WE HEARD FROM ALL OF THE TAGS, THE GENERALS, THAT THIS WOULD REALLY BE CRIPPLING TO THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD AND THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD IF THOSE ASSETS WERE LOST. SO WE RECOMMENDED TO THE AIR FORCE WE PROVIDED $850 MILLION TO DO WHAT WE CALL A PAUSE, TO LET'S GET TOGETHER AND LET'S WORK WITH THE STATES, LET'S WORK WITH THE GOVERNORS, LET'S WORK WITH THE GENERALS TO SEE WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO HERE AND NOT DENY THE STATES THE ASSETS THAT THEY NEED, THE AVIATION ASSETS THAT THEY NEED. THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO THIS BILL. THE BILL HAS BEEN AVAILABLE ONLINE. THE COPIES OF THE BILL HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE. THE LISTS OF ALL OF THE ISSUES HAVE BEEN ISOLATED IN PRESS RELEASES SO THE ACTUAL CONTENTS OF THE BILL HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR WEEKS, AND SO AT THIS POINT I AM NOT GOING TO GO FURTHER INTO THE BILL BUT I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:03:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

  • 02:03:05 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 02:03:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:03:10 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2013 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BILL. I…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2013 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BILL. I FIRST WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN YOUNG FOR HIS VERY GENEROUS COMMENTS ABOUT MY SERVICE ON THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE, AND HE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, WE HAVE ALWAYS, NO MATTER WHO WAS CHAIRMAN OR WHICH PARTY WAS IN CONTROLLED, WE'VE ALWAYS ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WORKED TO TAKE CARE OF THE NEEDS OF OUR TROOPS AND MAKE SURE WE WERE PROPERLY FUNDED AND HAD EQUIPMENT AND TO DO IT ON THE BASIS OF WHAT WAS RIGHT AND WHAT WAS NECESSARY. AND I APPRECIATE HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS SUBCOMMITTEE, AND I WISH HIM WELL AS WE FINISH UP THIS YEAR. THIS BILL CONTINUES THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE'S LONG TRADITION, AS I MENTIONED, STRONG BIPARTISAN AND FINDING COMMON GROUND AS WE WORKED TOGETHER UNDER MR. YOUNG'S LEADERSHIP TO FIND COMMON GOALS. THE SUBCOMMITTEE HAS AGAIN CRAFTED A BILL THAT PLACES NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE NEEDS OF U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS ABOVE PARTISAN POLITICS. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE PRIORITIES SET IN THIS BILL. THE BILL SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS. IT INCLUDES FUNDING FOR THE THIRD YEAR -- CONSECUTIVE YEAR TO REPLACE INADEQUATE SCHOOLS OWNED BY LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AUTHORITIES UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THAT ARE LOCATED ON MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. IT INCLUDES $40 MILLION ABOVE THE REQUEST FOR IMPACT AID. IT INCLUDES $125 MILLION ABOVE THE REQUEST FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL $20 MILLION ABOVE THE REQUEST FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION AND OUTREACH. AND THE BILL HAS A TOTAL OF $1.2 BILLION IN DEFENSE, HEALTH, PROGRAM, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. $545 MILLION ABOVE THE REQUEST. THE BILL CONTINUES THE COMMITTEE'S LONGSTANDING SUPPORT FOR PEER REVIEWED BREAST CANCER RESEARCH, PEER REVIEWED PROSTRATE RESEARCH, VISION RESEARCH, SPINAL CHORD RESEARCH AND MANY OTHER RESEARCH INITIATIVES. THE BILL SUPPORTS THE GUARD AND RESERVE. IT INCLUDES FUNDING TO PAUSE REDUCTIONS AND AIRCRAFT RETIREMENTS POSED BY THE AIR FORCE THAT WOULD AFFECT AIR GUARD AND RESERVE UNITS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND THE BILL CONTAINS $2 BILLION FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE EQUIPMENT ACCOUNT. THE BILL SUPPORTS TODAY'S EQUIPMENT NEEDS AND DEVELOPS TOMORROW'S TECHNOLOGY. IT SUPPORTS SECRETARY PANETTA'S STRATEGIC FOCUS ON THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION BY INCLUDING ROBUST FUNDING FOR SHIPBUILDING. THE BILL SUPPORTS D.O.D.'S INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE AND RECONNAISSANCE NEEDS BY PROVIDING THE RESOURCES FOR GLOBAL HAWK U.A.V.'S. THE BILL ADDRESSES THE NAVY'S STRIKE FIGHTER SHORTFALL BY FUNDING F-18 HORNETS AND PROVIDING PROCUREMENTS FOR F-18-G ELECTRONIC ATTACK AIRCRAFT. THE BILL PROVIDES FOR GROUND EQUIPMENTS SUCH AS THE ABE -- ABRAM'S TANK, BRADLEY AND HUMVEE. IT INCLUDES THE GUARD AND RESERVE AND HELPS MAINTAIN A STABLE INDUSTRIAL BASE. THE BILL INCLUDES $250 MILLION FOR THE RAPID INNOVATION FUND THAT WILL CONTINUE THE COMMITTEE'S EVERS STARTED IN 2011 -- EFFORTS STARTED IN 2011 TO PROMOTE TECHNOLOGIES AMONG SMALL BUSINESSES. AND THE BILL INCLUDES FUNDING ABOVE THE REQUEST FOR JOINT U.S.-ISRAELI MISSILE DEFENSE TECHNOLOGIES, INCLUDING $680 MILLION FOR IRON DOME. THE BILL FUNDS OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN, CONSISTENT WITH THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO WIND DOWN OUR PRESENCE AS AGREED TO IN THE LISBON ACCORD OF 2010 AND THIS YEAR'S NATO SUMMIT IN CHICAGO. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES IMPORTANT RESTRICTIONS ON D.O.D. ACTIVITIES. THE BILL PROHIBITS PERMANENT U.S. BASES IN IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN AND PROHIBITS U.S. CONTROL OVER IRAQI OIL RESOURCES. THE BILL PROHIBITS THE TORTURE OF DETAINEES. THE BILL PROHIBITS TRAINING FOREIGN MILITARY FORCES IF THESE FORCES ARE KNOWN TO COMMIT GROSS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS. AND THE BILL LIMITS REIMBURSEMENTS TO PAKISTAN AND TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFIES THAT PAKISTAN IS WORKING COOPERATIVELY WITH THE U.S. AGAINST TERRORIST ACTIVITY. WHILE I SUPPORT THE FUNDING LEVEL AND PRIORITIES INCLUDED IN THIS BILL, I MUST ALSO EXPRESS MY OBJECTION TO -- NOT TO MR. YOUNG BUT TO THE MAJORITY'S DECISION TO RENEGE ON THE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT REACHED LESS THAN A YEAR AGO IN THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. I BELIEVE THE REDUCED ALLOCATION IN THE RYAN BUDGET THREATENS JOB CREATION. IT WILL NOT ALLOW US TO PRODUCE THESE BILLS IN A TIMELY MANNER. ACCORDINGLY, IT IS MY BELIEF THAT WE COULD SAVE A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME IN THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS IF WE SIMPLY RETURN TO THE AGREEMENT REACHED LAST YEAR IN AUGUST. THE $1.047 TRILLION ALLOCATION LEVEL FOR THIS YEAR, A LEVEL WHICH EVEN THE REPUBLICAN -- OTHER BODY LEADERSHIP CONCEDES IS WHERE WE WILL EVENTUALLY END UP. DESPITE THIS RESERVATION, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN YOUNG FOR PRODUCING A BILL THAT MEETS THE MOST PRESSING NEEDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND DOING SO IN THE BEST TRADITION OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. I MUST SAY THAT I FEEL WE HAVE ONE OF THE BEST STAFFS ON THE WHOLE HILL. I KNOW PAUL AND TOM HAVE WORKED TOGETHER WHEN PAUL WAS THE CLERK AND TOM WAS THE -- REPRESENTING MR. YOUNG AS THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE COOPERATION OF ALL THE STAFF MEMBERS HAS BEEN EXTRAORDINARY AND THEY WORKED VERY HARD TO GET TO -- PREPARE THIS BILL FOR THE FLOOR. AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THEM ON THEIR GOOD EFFORTS. AND ALSO I WANT TO THANK MR. ROGERS FOR HIS EFFORTS TO RESTORE REGULAR ORDER. I THINK IT'S OUTSTANDING WE HAVE HAD THIS BILL IN THE SUBCOMMITTEE MARKUP, FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, NOW BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR UNDER AN OPEN RULE, AND THIS IS THE WAY THIS COMMITTEE SHOULD OPERATE. AND I JUST APPRECIATE HIS EFFORTS TO PROVIDE THAT LEADERSHIP. AND WITH THAT I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:10:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES MR. YOUNG.

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  • 02:10:14 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS…

    YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MR. ROGERS.

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  • 02:10:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

  • 02:10:22 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS ESSENTIAL BILL. IT PROVIDES…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS ESSENTIAL BILL. IT PROVIDES MORE THAN $519 BILLION IN CRITICAL RESOURCES FOR A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE, SUPPORTING OUR WAR FIGHTERS AND PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS IS AN INCREASE OF $1.1 BILLION OVER LAST YEAR, MORE THAN $3 BILLION MORE THAN WHAT THE PRESIDENT ASKED OF US. IT'S ALSO MORE THAN $8 BILLION OVER WHAT THE SENATE DEMOCRATS WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE. THIS NATION, WITH ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES IT PROVIDES AND THE RIGHTS IT GRANTS, WOULD NOT BE THE BASTION OF FREEDOM WITHOUT THE GREATEST DEFENSE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. AS WE CONTINUE TO FACE THREATS TO OUR SAFETY AND WAY OF LIFE, WE MUST DEAL WITH THE COSTS OF WAR, KEEP OUR MILITARY AT THE READY AND STAY CONSTANTLY VIDGELEPT. THIS BILL SUPPORTS AND TAKES -- VIGILANT. THIS BILL SUPPORTS AND TAKES CARE OF OUR TROOPS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL POSSIBLE PROVIDING 1.7% PAY RAISE. WE PROVIDED $31.5 BILLION FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMS, INCLUDING FUNDING FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY RESEARCH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION OUTREACH PROGRAMS. THIS LEGISLATION KEEPS AMERICA AT THE FOREFRONT OF DEFENSE TECHNOLOGIES BY CONTINUING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS. WE BOOST KEY TRAINING AND READINESS PROGRAMS TO PREPARE OUR TROOPS FOR COMBAT AND PEACETIME MISSIONS WITH AN INCREASE OF $12.1 BILLION FOR OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE. WE ALSO ENHANCE OUR MILITARY WITH $102.5 BILLION FOR EQUIPMENT AND UPGRADES. AND WE CONTINUE FIGHTING THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR BY INCLUDING $88.5 BILLION FOR OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS. BUT IN THIS ENVIRONMENT OF FISCAL AUSTERITY, THE COMMITTEE RECOGNIZED THAT EVEN THE PENTAGON SHOULD NOT HAVE CARTE BLANCHE WHEN IT COMES TO DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. WE INCREASED OVERSIGHT AND TOOK A BALANCED APPROACH TO BUDGETING. COMMONSENSE DECISIONS WERE MADE TO SAVE TAX DOLLARS WHEREVER POSSIBLE, INCLUDING RESCINDING UNUSED PRIOR YEAR FUNDS AND TERMINATING UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS LIKE THE MEDIUM EXTENDED AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM. BUT WE CAN GUARANTEE THAT NONE OF THESE CUTS WILL AFFECT THE SAFETY OR SUCCESS OF OUR TROOPS AND MISSIONS. THE BILL ALSO PROHIBITS FUNDING FOR THE TRANSFERS OF GUANTANAMO DETAINEES TO THE U.S. OR ITS TERRITORIES, PROHIBITS FUNDING TO MODIFY ANY FACILITY IN THE U.S. TO HOUSE DETAINEES AND PLACES STRICT CONDITIONS ON THE RELEASE OF DETAINEES. ALL PROVISIONS THAT WERE AUTHORIZED UNDER THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN, TO RECOGNIZE THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE'S RANKING MEMBER, MR. DICKS, WHO ALSO SERVES AS RANKING MEMBER OF THIS DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE. HE'S BEEN A PERMITTABLE SERVANT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND A DEDICATED USHER OF APPROPRIATIONS DOLLARS FOR SOME 36 YEARS, AND WE APPRECIATE HIS SERVICE. AND AS HE MOVES TO ANOTHER PHASE OF HIS LIFE, WE WISH HIM WELL AND GOD SPEED. HE'S BEEN A GREAT MEMBER OF THIS COMMITTEE AND SUBCOMMITTEE AND OF THIS CONGRESS. ALSO, I WANT TO SAY A WORD OF THANKS TO JERRY LEWIS OF CALIFORNIA WHO'S BEEN A MEMBER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE AND THE FULL COMMITTEE FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS AND TO THIS CONGRESS. WE ARE SORRY TO LOSE THE EXPERTISE, THE LEADERSHIP, TALENT, FRIENDSHIP OF THESE TWO GENTLEMEN WHEN THEY RETIRE AT THE END OF THIS YEAR, BUT WE WISH THEM WELL IN THEIR NEXT PURSUITS IN LIFE. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS BEEN MADE STRONGER, MORE RESPONSIVE -- RESPONSIBLE AND RESPECTFUL THANKS TO THESE TWO OUTSTANDING AND UPSTANDING LEGISLATORS AND APPROPRIATORS. I ALSO WANT TO SAY A WORD OF CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS TO OUR CHAIRMAN, BILL YOUNG, AND TO THIS GREAT STAFF THAT NORM DICKS HAS REFERRED TO AS THE GREATEST ON THE HILL, AND I CAN'T DISPUTE THAT. THEY'VE WORKED LONG AND HARD ON A VERY, VERY TOUGH BILL UNDER AUSTERE CIRCUMSTANCES. TO PUT TOGETHER A BILL THAT'S NECESSARY FOR OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. AND THESE MANY HOURS AND CAPABLE HANDS THAT HAVE HAD A TOUCH ON THIS BILL, I THINK HAVE CRAFTED A SUCCESSFUL, BIPARTISAN BILL THAT ALL OF US CAN BE PROUD TO SUPPORT. SO CONGRATULATIONS, CHAIRMAN YOUNG, FOR A -- FOR ANOTHER GREAT JOB AND YOU BRING SUCH EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE TO THIS CHORE THAT IS SO MUCH APPRECIATED BY THIS BODY. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A MUST-PASS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, VITAL TO THE SECURITY OF OUR HOMELAND AND THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF OUR TROOPS AND VETERANS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS GREAT NATION AND TO PROVE THIS NECESSARY -- AND APPROVE THIS NECESSARY BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:15:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

  • 02:15:57 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I WANT TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS…

    I WANT TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE A MEMBER OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE, CONGRESSWOMAN KAPTUR FROM OHIO.

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  • 02:16:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR YIELDING…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE WORK OF OUR FULL COMMITTEE UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR. ROGERS. OBVIOUSLY THE WONDERFUL WORK OF OUR CHAIRMAN, BILL YOUNG, AND OUR SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DICKS. THEIR COLLEGIAL WORK HAS MADE THIS BILL POSSIBLE AND IT WILL BENEFIT OUR ENTIRE NATION, OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, OUR ARMED FORCES AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE TOUCHED BY THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO ADD MY VOICE TO THOSE WHO WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE MAGNIFICENT WORK THAT CONGRESSMAN DICKS HAS DONE IN HIS YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY, BACK FROM THE TIME WHEN HE FIRST WORKED FOR SENATOR WARREN MAGNUSSON. WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH HIM, HIS WIFE SUE SEE, AND THEIR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY MANY HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE YEARS AHEAD AND WE THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE, ALL THE DUTIFUL, ALWAYS ENLIGHTENED. WHEN HE WALKS FROM THESE HALLS OFFICIALLY, HE TAKES GREAT KNOWLEDGE AND SHOULD TAKE GREAT SATISFACTION WITH HIM FOR A YB WELL -- FOR A JOB WELL DONE INDEED. I WANT TO EXTEND TO CONGRESSMANNIERRY LEWIS AS WELL DEEP APPRECIATION FROM THE PEOPLE OF OUR STATE AND COUNTRY FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SERVICE. I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY WHEN BOTH OF YOU GENTLEMEN LEAF THESE CHAMBERS, NEARLY A CENTURY OF KNOWLEDGE WILL WALK WITH YOU. YOU HAVE LEFT AMERICA WITH HER STRONGEST DEFENSE, GLOBALLY, AND YOU HAVE BEEN PART OF CRAFTING EVERY SINGLE LINE OF THESE BILLS AND AMERICA THANKS YOU AND THE WORLD THANKS YOU. THIS BILL HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN A BIPARTISAN WAY BY OUR SUBCOMMITTEE AND I THANK THE MEMBERS FOR WORKING COLLABORATIVELY TOGETHER. IT IS A MODEL FOR OUR COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS ON HOW TO DO THE WORK NECESSARY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE BILL INCLUDES $125 MILLION ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR FUNDING HEALTH RESEARCH FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, THE SIGNATURE WOUNDS OF THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. OUR BILL ALSO INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL $246 BILLION FOR CANCER RESEARCH, INCLUDING BREAST, PROSTATE, AND OVARIAN CANCER. DURING THE LAST DECADE OF WAR, OUR NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE UNITS HAVE PROVEN THEMSELVES AS A STRATEGIC RESERVE FORCE FOR OUR NATION. THE AIR FORCE IN SUBMITTING THEIR F.Y. 2013 BUDGET DID NOT APPEAR TO APPROPRIATELY APPRECIATE THE GUARD AND RESERVE BECAUSE THEY TARGETED THEM FOR CUTS AND CANCELLATION. WE HAVE FIXED THIS OVERSIGHT ALLOWING THEM TO CONTINUE THEIR MISSION WHICH THEY DO WELL, AT CONSIDERABLY LESS COST AN THE AIR FORCE DOES. WE HAVE A CONTINUING ORDER TO MAKE SURE WE DO NOT END THE PRUCK OF TANKS. THE BILL AVERTS SHUTTING THE PRODUCTION LINES FOR TWO YEARS. THAT WOULD HAVE COST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MORE MONEY THAN PRODUCING TANKS OVER THE SAME TIME AND WOULD DISMANTLE THE NETWORK. IT ALSO CONTINUES THE MILITARY'S COMMITMENT TO LEAD OUR COUNTRY TOWARD ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. NO CHALLENGE COULD BE MORE VIE TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND ECONOMIC SECURITY INTERESTS. HIGH FUEL COSTS ARE AN ENORMOUS BURDEN ON AMERICA'S FAMILIES AND IT IS ALSO A SEVERE AND WASTEFUL BURDEN ON OUR SERVICE BRANCHES AND DIVERTS FUNDS FROM IMPORTANT READINESS AND MODERNIZATION NEEDS. THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME, GOD SPEED TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES IN THE YEARS AHEAD. THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN LEWIS, TO YOU AND YOUR WIFE ARLENE, MANY WONDERFUL YEARS AHEAD, THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN YOUNG, FOR BRINGING A CHAIRMAN THAT BRINGS THIS CONGRESS TOGETHER AT THE SUBCOMMITTEE LEVEL AND CHAIRMAN ROGERS AT THE FULL COMMITTEE LEVEL FOR WORKING WITH ALL OUR MEMBERS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR NATION AND OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. I YIELD BECOME MY REMAINING TIME. -- I YELLED BACK MY REMAINING TIME -- YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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  • 02:20:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?

  • 02:20:36 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MR. FRE LING HUGHESEN, AN EXTREMELY -- FROM FREE…

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MR. FRE LING HUGHESEN, AN EXTREMELY -- FROM FREE LING -- FROM FRELINGHUYSEN AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. MR.

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  • 02:20:54 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    IN PREPARATION FOR THIS DEBATE, THE SUBCOMMITTEE HELD A LENGTHY SERIES OF…

    IN PREPARATION FOR THIS DEBATE, THE SUBCOMMITTEE HELD A LENGTHY SERIES OF HEARINGS EXAMINING SUCH ISSUES AS THE OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN, THE SO-CALLED PIVOT TO THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION, ARMY MODERNIZATION, NAVY SHIPBUILDING, MARINE STRENGTH AND THE AIR FORCE RESTRUCTURING PROPOSALS. MOST OF THESE RELATE TO MITIGATING RISK IN THE DEFENSE BUDGET AND WHAT'S CALLED THE NEW STRATEGIC GUIDANCE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. WHAT I CHARACTERIZE AS PROTECTING OUR GAINS IN THE MIDEAST AND ELSEWHERE. AS WELL AS PREPARING FOR FUTURE AND CURRENT THREATS. CHINA'S GROWING MILITARY CAPACITY, INSTABILITY IN THE KOREAN PENINSULA, THE CIVIL WAR IN SYRIA, IRAN'S PLAN TO CLOSE THE STRAITS OF HORMUZ AND OTHERS. AS YOU'LL HEAR IN THIS DEBATE, THE COMMITTEE WEIGHED IN WITH ITS OWN OPTIONS. AS THE CHAIRMAN SAYS, WE PAUSE THE AIR FORCE RESTRUCTURING DECISION. IN LIGHT OF THE TYRANNY THAT CHARACTERIZED THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION, WE BOLSTER THE NAVY'S SHIPBUILDING ACCOUNTS AND ADD BACK IN A VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINE AND A DESTROYER. OUR GOAL HERE AND THROUGHOUT THE BILL WAS TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT OUR WAR FIGHTERS NOW AND IN THE FUTURE WHENEVER THE NEXT CRISIS ARISES. WHAT WE CLEARLY RECK NICED, THE NATION'S DEBT AND DEFICIT AND FOUND AREAS AND PROGRAMS WHERE REDUCTIONS WERE POSSIBLE WITHOUT ADVERSELY IMPACTING OUR ARMED FORCES IN MODERNIZATION AND READINESS EFFORTS, EXEZZ -- EXERCISING OUR MAN TATES FOR SOUND BUDGETING, WE RESTRUCTURED. THE CHIEF STATINGS WERE FAVORABLE CONTRACT PRICE ADJUSTMENTS, SUCH AS MULTIYEAR PROCUREMENTS OF COMPLICATED WEAPONS SYSTEMS, CUTTING UNJUSTIFIED COST INCREASES OR FUNDING AHEAD OF NEED AND TOOK SURPLUS FROM PRIOR YEAR FUNDS. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE FIND SAVINGS WITHOUT HARMING READINESS OR INCREETSING THE RISK IN CURRENT BIOWAR -- RISK INCURRED BY WAR FIGHTERS. THIS PROVIDES THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO CONTINUE THE NATION'S VITAL MILITARY EFFORTS ABROAD. IN ADDITION THE BILL PRVIDSE ESSENTIAL FUNDING FOR HEALTH QUALITY OF LIFE PROGRAMS FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, ALL VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN YOUNG, MR. DICKS, THE RANKING MEMBER, CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND ALL THE MEMBER OS THEY HAVE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THEIR WORK AND THE EXCELLENT STAFF WE HAVE AND OUR PAST LEADERSHIP AND CONTINUED LEADERSHIP FROM CONGRESSMAN JERRY LEWIS FROM CALIFORNIA. WE'RE ALL ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO ENSURE THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNION FORM, ALL VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, HAVE THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. THE YEARS AHEAD WILL BE CHALLENGING BUT OUR DEFENSE BILL WILL MEET THOSE NEEDS AND I'M PLEASED TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

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  • 02:24:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 02:24:12 PM

    MR. DICKS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:24:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:24:34 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. MARKEY

    MR. DICKS AND I, 36 YEARS AGO. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR. WITH EACH…

    MR. DICKS AND I, 36 YEARS AGO. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR. WITH EACH COUNTRY BUILDING MORE AND MORE NUCLEAR WEAPONS, MORE AND MORE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, IN AN EVER-ESCALATING WAR OF NERVES THAT KEPT BOTH COUNTRIES AND THE WHOLE WORLD ON EDGE. BUT IN THIS REPUBLICAN FANTASY LAND, GOLD-PLATED NUCLEAR WEAPONS SYSTEMS BUDGET, THERE ARE GOING TO BE PROGRAM THAT WAS LONG OUTLIVED THEIR USEFULNESS THAT ARE LAVISHED WITH CANYONS FILLED WITH CASH. IN THIS FANTASYLAND, THE COLD WAR NEVER ENDED. THE SOVIET ME NASS LIVES ON, MAKING IT NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN VAST STOCKPILES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND BUILD NEW BOMBERS TO PENETRATE THE IRON CURTAIN THIS FANTASYLAND -- IN THIS FANTASYLAND, THERE ARE MOUNTAINS OF MONEY FOR INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES, PROVIDING SHADE AND COMFORT TO THE LEGIONS OF DEFENSE CONTRACTORS, MAKING NUCLEAR WEAPONS WE NO LONGER NEED AND CAN NO LONGER AFFORD. IN THIS FANTASY LAND, THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO RETROACTIVELY REFIGHT THE COLD WAR THAT WE WON. THIS MAKES NO SENSE. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIME TO GET REAL. SEQUESTRATION IS COMING. THE REPUBLICANS IN THEIR BUDGET ARE IGNORING THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK THAT HAS NEARLY REACHED MIDNIGHT FOR MILLIONS OF HARDWORKING MERPS. WE MUST PREPARE FOR THIS REALITY. THE BILL THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR TODAY PROVIDES THE PENTAGON WITH $1 BILLION MORE THAN THIS YEAR'S SPENDING LEVEL AND $3 BILLION MORE THAN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED. DESPITE SEQUESTRATION, DESPITE BUDGET PRESSURES, DESPITE THE FRAGILITY OF THE ECONOMY, THE REPUBLICANS STILL WANT TO INCREASE DEFENSE SPENDING. AND WHY? WELL, TO PAY FOR MORE RADIOACTIVE RELICS OF THE PAST NANO-- THAT NO LONGER ARE NEEDED IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY. I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. THE COLD WAR ENDED MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO. THE SOVIET UNION CRUMBLED. IT'S OK TO STOP FUNDING NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO PERPETUATE A COLD WAR RIVALRY THAT HAS DISAPPEARED INTO THE MISTS OF HISTORY. WE DON'T HAVE TO BUY INTO THIS INSANITY. THAT IS WHY I PLAN TO OFFER SEVERAL SANE AMENDMENTS TO REDUCE PENTAGON SPENDING ON UNNECESSARY, OUTDATED NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMS. NOW HERE'S THE BOTTOM LINE. GIPPING IN JANUARY 1 OF NEXT YEAR, FIVE MONTHS FROM NOW, $55 BILLION HAS TO BE CUT OUT OF THE DEFENSE BUDGET AND $55 BILLION HAS TO BE CUT OUT OF CIVILIAN PROGRAMS. SOCIAL PROGRAMS. $55 BILLION AND $55 BILLION, APIECE. THE REPUBLICANS ARE INCREASING DEFENSE SPENDING HEADING INTO THAT. MOREOVER, THEY'RE SAYING, DON'T CUT DEFENSE AT ALL, CUT THE SOCIAL PROGRAMS. WELL WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT MEANS CUTTING THE N.I.H. CUTTING C.D.C. CUTTING THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE. THEIR ALREADY GOING TO BE CUT UNDER SEQUESTRATION. WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE PROPOSING IS TO REALLY CREATE A TRUE DOOMSDAY MACHINE. THAT DOOMDAY MACHINE IS A LACK OF CURE FOR ALZHEIMER'S, FOR PARKINSONS, FOR ALL THE OTHER DISEASES WHICH ACTUALLY DO POSE A TERRORIST THREAT TO FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHEN THEY GET THE CALL THAT ONCE MORE THAT DISEASE HAS COME THROUGH THEIR FAMILY BECAUSE WE, THAT IS THE REPUBLICANS, HAVE DECIDED THAT THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO CUT THE RESEARCH FOR THE CURES FOR DISEASE AND INSTEAD BUILD MORE NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO BE AIMED AT TARGETS THAT NO LONGER EXIST. SO THIS IS AN IMPORTANT DEBATE TO HAVE. IT'S A SEQUESTRATION ANTICIPATION DEBATE. WHERE WE BEGIN TO BE FORCED TO GET REAL. WE HAVE TO HAVE A DEBATE ABOUT WHAT THE PRIORITIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY ARE GOING TO BE AND NOT SOME DOCTOR STRANGELOVE SMILING FROM HIS GRAVE, BEING SO HAPPY THAT WE'RE STILL DEBATING ADDITIONAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

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  • 02:29:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?

  • 02:29:23 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MYSELF ONE MINUTE. I WANT TO SAY, WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF…

    MYSELF ONE MINUTE. I WANT TO SAY, WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF SEQUESTRATION AND WE HAVE GOT TO STOP SEQUESTRATION. IT IS JUST NOT GOOD, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. THIS CONGRESS THIS COMMITTEE, HAS NOT IGNORED THE ISSUE. LAST YEAR, LAST YEAR ALONE, THIS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED A BILL THAT REDUCED FISCAL YEAR 2010, FISCAL YEAR 2013, A TOTAL OF $39 BILLION. BUT WE DID IT CAREFULLY. WE DID IT BY NOT JUST GOING A-- ACROSS THE BOARD, CUTTING MUSCLE OUT OF OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. WE TOOK MONEY THAT WASN'T GOING TO BE SPENT ANYWAY SYSTEM OF WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF MEETING THE DEADLINES ON FUNDAMENTAL REDUCTIONS. WE DON'T WANT SEQUESTRATION. IT IS NOT GOOD FOR THE MILITARY. IT IS NOT GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY. IT IS NOT GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY. ON THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. CRENSHAW WHO IS ONE OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMEN ON APPROPRIATIONS.

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  • 02:30:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:30:29 PM

    MR. CRENSHAW

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. LET ME FIRST SAY THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN YOUNG, CONGRESSMAN DICKS, THE RANKING MEMBER, THANK YOU NOT ONLY FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR SPIRIT OF COOPERATION, YOUR SPIRIT OF BIPARTISANSHIP, WHICH HAS PERVADED OUR SUBCOMMITTEE AND AS WE BRING THIS BEFORE THE FULL HOUSE, I THINK THERE'S GREAT AGREEMENT AMONG THOSE WHO SERVE ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE. WHEN YOU THINK THAT NATIONAL SECURITY IS PROBABLY THE NUMBER ONE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE ONLY WAY TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE IS TO KEEP AMERICA STRONG, AND I THINK THIS BILL DOES THAT. NOW, YOU'LL HEAR PEOPLE SAY -- YOU JUST HEARD PEOPLE SAY, WHY DO WE NEED TO SPEND SO MUCH MONEY ON DEFENSE? THE COLD WAR IS OVER. WE'RE PULLING OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. WE'RE NO LONGER GOING TO BE IN IRAQ. WHY DON'T WE JUST KIND OF PAY A PEACE DIVIDEND? WELL, AS CONGRESSMAN -- CHAIRMAN YOUNG JUST POINTED OUT, WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A PROGRAM WHERE WE ARE REDUCING SPENDING ON NATIONAL DEFENSE. WE LOOKED AT EVERY AGENCY OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND SAID, YOU GOT TO DO MORE WITH LESS. YOU GOT TO TIGHTEN YOUR BELT. AND THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT IS NO DIFFERENT. WE ARE GOING TO BE SPENDING OVER $400 BILLION OVER A FEW YEARS AND THEN WE ARE FACING SEQUESTRATION. IT IS THE NUMBER ONE RESPONSIBILITY. WE ASK IN OUR TROOPS, ASK IN OUR MILITARY TO DO THINGS. WE CERTAINLY HAVE THE BEST TRAINED AND THE BEST EQUIPPED MILITARY IN THE HISTORY OF THIS WORLD, BUT YOU LOOK AT OUR NAVY, FOR INSTANCE. WE HAVE HALF AS MANY SHIPS THAT WE HAD 30 YEARS AGO. HALF AS MANY, AND YET WE'RE ASKING THEM TO DO SO MANY THINGS. SURE, THE SHIPS ARE MORE TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED. SURE, WE HAVE BETTER TRAINED PEOPLE. STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT. WHEN YOU ASK THE NAVY TO GO AND INTERDICT DRUG RUNNERS IN THE CARIBBEAN AND SAY, CHASE THE PIRATES OFF THE COAST OF SOMALIA AND SEND THE CARRIER INTO THE MEDITERRANEAN, GUARD THE STRAITS OF HORMUZZ, WHEN IRAN -- HORMU GLMBINGS WHEN IRAN RATTLES ITS SABER, BY THE WAY, KEEP AN EYE ON THE PACIFIC RIM, BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE CHINA IS FLEXING ITS MUSCLE, REMEMBER, NUMBERS MATTER. WE STILL HAVEN'T SOLVED, HOW DO YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE SHIP IN TWO PLACES AT ONE TIME. IT'S IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES WE NEED TO HAVE A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE. I THINK THIS BILL DOES THAT. I THINK WE SHOULD ALL SUPPORT THIS AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:33:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?

  • 02:33:30 PM

    MR. DICKS

    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA WANTS TO --

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  • 02:33:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM FLORIDA.

  • 02:33:42 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. COLE.

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    MR. COLE

    THEY HAVE WORKED TOGETHER EXTRAORDINARILY WELL AND A WAY THAT MAKES US ALL…

    THEY HAVE WORKED TOGETHER EXTRAORDINARILY WELL AND A WAY THAT MAKES US ALL PROUD. MR. DICKS, I AM GOING TO MISS YOU GREATLY. YOU HAVE BEEN A MENTOR AND FRIEND. THANK GOODNESS MR. YOUNG WILL STILL BE HERE. I WILL HAVE SOMEBODY'S KNEE TO LEARN AT. THIS IS A GOOD BILL. AS BEEN MENTIONED EARLIER, IT ADDS ROUGHLY $1 BILLION FROM ROUGHLY $515 BILLION IN THE BASE DEFENSE BILL. WHAT HASN'T BEEN MENTIONED, THOUGH, IT -- OUR OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY FUND, $88.5 BILLION, IT'S DOWN $27 BILLION. WE ARE SPENDING LESS OVERALL ON DEFENSE THIS YEAR. WE REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PERSONLE BY OVER 21,000. THOSE OF OUR FRIENDS WHO THINK WE'RE SPENDING TOO MUCH, WE'RE AT THE BEGINNING OF A LONG DRAWDOWN. OVER FIVE YEARS WE ARE GOING TO REDUCE SPENDING BY $500 BILLION. THAT MEANS LESS CAPABILITY. THAT MEANS 70,000 FEWER SOLDIERS, 0,000 FEWER MARINES. THAT MEANS 25 FEWER COMBAT VESSELS, 288 INSTEAD OF 313. SEVEN FEWER AIRCRAFT FIGHTER WINGS. REAL REDUCTION IN CAPABILITY. A LOT OF OUR FRIENDS THINK WE SPEND TOO MUCH ON DEFENSE. THE REALITY IS WE SPEND LESS AND LESS AS A PERCENTAGE OF OUR FEDERAL BUDGET AND OUR OVERALL WEALTH. IN THE 1970'S WE WERE SPENDING 40%-PLUS OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET. THIS YEAR BARELY 4%. FOR THOSE THAT THINK THIS INVESTMENT HASN'T MADE A DIFFERENCE, I'D JUST RECOMMEND IN CLOSING, PLEASE READ "THE WORLD AMERICA'S MADE" AND THINK HOW MUCH FREEDOM AND SECURITY WE HAVE ENJOYED FOR A RELATIVELY SMALL PRICE AND THINK ABOUT THE RISK WE'VE -- WE'LL RUN INTO IF WE REDUCE TOO MUCH TOO FAST. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR MAKING SURE THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN AND MAKE SURE SEQUESTRATION DOESN'T OCCUR. AS HE RIGHTLY POINTS OUT, IT WOULD BE DEVASTATING. WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL AND THEN WE SHOULD GET ABOUT THE LONGER TERM CHALLENGE OF MAKING SURE SEQUESTRATION DOES NOT OCCUR. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:36:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. YOUNG

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. FORTENBERRY.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. FORTENBERRY

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME AND FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME AND FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS CRITICAL IMPORTANT BILL. ON THE PUSH AND PULL AND GIVE AND TAKE ON THE CONGRESSIONAL APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, WE HAVE HAD MANY IMPORTANT DEBATES ON THE PROPER ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN SOCIETY, BUT DESPITE OUR DIFFERENCES AND COMPETING PRIORITIES, IT IS CLEAR THAT AMERICANS BELIEVE IN A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT PROVIDES A STRONG COMMON DEFENSE AS A PRIORITY. AMERICAN MILITARY LEADERSHIP IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR OWN SECURITY BUT ALSO FOR GLOBAL STABILITY AND GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR MY HOME STATE OF NEBRASKA. OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, MR. SPEAKER, 15,000 NEBRASKANS IN UNIFORM HAVE SERVED OVERSEAS. TODAY 17,000 MEN AND WOMEN STATIONED IN NEBRASKA WORK TIRELESSLY TO STRENGTHEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AMERICAN TROOPS ARE STEADFAST, SELFLESS AND UNDETERRED IN THEIR SERVICE AND DESERVE OUR UNWAVERING SUPPORT. THIS BILL, I BELIEVE, REFLECTS RESPONSIBLY THE CHALLENGES OF OUR TIMES. FURTHER AMENDMENTS MAY ACTUALLY STRENGTHEN THE BILL CREATIVELY IN BALANCE WITH OUR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY OBLIGATIONS, BUT MOVING FORWARD WITH OUR PRIMARY OBLIGATION TO GOVERN IN DEFENSE OF OUR NATION SHOULD BE OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLE HERE. LET ME ADD, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I LEARNED IN THIS DEBATE THAT THIS IS MR. DICKS' RETIRING SESSION, AND I ALSO WANT TO ADD MY THANKS FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF GOOD SERVICE. MR. YOUNG, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:38:06 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN IF HE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THE…

    I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN IF HE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THE GENERAL DEBATE.

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  • 02:38:12 PM

    MR. DICKS

    FURTHER SPEAKERS. IS THE CHAIRMAN GOING TO CLOSE OR IS --

  • 02:38:18 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. YOUNG

    CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. BEFORE I YIELD BACK, I…

    CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. BEFORE I YIELD BACK, I WANT TO TAKE A MINUTE TO THANK THE STAFF WHO HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY ON THIS BILL. MR. DICKS MENTIONED THEM EARLIER ON. WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO APPROPRIATE FOR THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND FOR THE AUTHORIZATION LEGISLATION OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE . YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT THAT IS QUITE A RESPONSIBILITY. THE STAFF WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BECAUSE OUR STAFF IS LIMITED IN SIZE TO THE COMBINED NUMBER OF STAFF ON THOSE TWO COMMITTEES THAT WE DO APPROPRIATE FOR. BUT I WANT TO CALL SPECIAL ATTENTION TO, FOR EXAMPLE, THE MINORITY STAFF WHO WORKED DIRECTLY WITH MR. DICKS, PAUL AND VICKY. PAUL ACTUALLY WROTE THE NET CAPACITY FOR THE MAJORITY STAFF WHEN WE WERE THE MAJORITY. IN FACT, WHEN I WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, I HAD PAUL, SO YOU CAN SEE THIS IS A VERY NONPOLITICAL SUBCOMMITTEE. BROOK ON THE MAJORITY STAFF. WALTER, TOM WHO IS THE CHIEF CLERK OF THE MAJORITY STAFF. JENNIFER MILLER. TIM PRINCE. ADRIAN RAMSEY. ANNRIES. MEGAN ROSENBUSH, PAUL TERRY, B.G. WRIGHT AND THEY ARE QUITE A TEAM AND THEY ARE ABLE TO ANALYZE THE BUDGET REQUESTS, THE BUDGET JUSTIFICATIONS AND KEEP THE MEMBERSHIP ADVISED. SO I WANT TO THANK THEM VERY MUCH FOR THE GOOD WORK THAT THEY DO. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE ARE PREPARED TO YIELD BACK OUR TIME AND MOVE ON TO THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE FOR AMENDMENTS. SO I DO YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:40:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO…

    YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CREDIT FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE CHAIR MAY ACCORD PRIORITY IN 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 AS READ. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 02:40:51 PM

    THE CLERK

    IT ENACTED THE FOLLOWING SUMS ARE APPROPRIATED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013.…

    IT ENACTED THE FOLLOWING SUMS ARE APPROPRIATED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013. NAMELY, TITLE 1, MILITARY PERSONNEL. $40,730,014,000.

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  • 02:41:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CLERK

    4 PRINTED MOUNTAIN CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS. MCCOLLUM OF…

    4 PRINTED MOUNTAIN CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS. MCCOLLUM OF MINNESOTA.

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  • 02:41:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:41:28 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    YOU, MR. CHAIR. BEFORE I DO MY PREPARED REMARKS, I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO…

    YOU, MR. CHAIR. BEFORE I DO MY PREPARED REMARKS, I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO THANK BOTH CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND CHAIRMAN YUCK FOR THEIR COURTESIES -- YOUNG FOR THEIR COURTESIES AND THE HELP THEIR STAFF HAVE GIVEN ME BEING ON THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE. MR. DICKS, I WOULD ESPECIALLY LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR BEING A MENTOR AND A GUIDE STAR THROUGH THIS, NOT ONLY ON THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, BUT IN THE INTERIOR BILL AND JUST IN GENERAL TO WORKING ON HEALTH CARE. THANK YOU SO, SO VERY MUCH. OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS SPENT A STUNNING $1.55 BILLION ON MILITARY BANDS, MUSICAL PERFORMANCE AND CONCERT TOURS AROUND THE WORLD. THAT'S RIGHT. $1.55 BILLION IN TAXPAYER FUNDS FOR FOUR YEARS FOR MILITARY BANDS. THIS AMENDMENT REDUCES THE PENTAGON SPENDING FOR MILITARY BANDS AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCES FROM THE $388 MILLION IN THIS BILL TO $2 MILLION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013. THE $188 MILLION REDUCTION IS TO THE TRANSFER TO THE DEFICIT REDUCTION ACT. IN THE NADA, H.R. 4310, THE HOUSE INCLUDED LANGUAGE TO LIMIT THE AUTHORIZATION FOR MILITARY MUSICAL UNITS NOT TO EXCEED $200 MILLION. THIS AMENDMENT CONFORMS WITH THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION WHILE CUTTING SPENDING BY $188 MILLION. OUR NATION IS IN A FISCAL CRISIS. THE PENTAGON IS ON PACE TO SPEND $4 BILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE ON MILITARY BANDS. IS THE UNITED STATES REALLY GOING TO BORROW MONEY FROM CHINA AND OTHER FOREIGN COUNTRIES SO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT CAN SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR 140 BANDS AND MORE THAN 5,000 FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS? HOW DOES THIS ENHANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY? CONGRESS HAS A DUTY TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES FOR OUR ARMED FORCES AND TO ENSURE OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. WE ALSO HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THAT EVERY DOLLAR IN THIS BILL IS STRENGTHENING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. SPENDING $388 MILLION OF TAXPAYER MONEY ON MILITARY MUSIC DOES NOT MAKE OUR NATION MORE SECURE. IT IS A LUXURY, AND THE PENTAGON AND THE TAXPAYERS COULD JUST NO LONGER AFFORD IT. BEFORE HE RETIRED LAST YEAR, FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY ROBERT GATES SAID, AND I QUOTE, WE MUST COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT NOT EVERY DEFENSE PROGRAM IS NECESSARY, NOT EVERY DEFENSE DOLLAR IS SACRED AND WELL SPENT AND THAT MORE OF EVERYTHING IS SIMPLY NOT SUSTAINABLE. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE DEFENSE DOLLARS I WANT TO CUT THE MILITARY MUSICAL UNITS IS NOT NECESSARY. IT IS NOT SACRED, AND IT IS NOT WELL SPENT WITH SO MANY OTHER PRESSING NEEDS. IN THIS FISCAL ENVIRONMENT, IT IS SIMPLY NOT SUSTAINABLE. I DON'T THINK ANYONE HERE TODAY WILL TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THERE IS NO WASTE OR ACCESS IN THE PENTAGON BUDGET. THIS CONGRESS SHOULD BE PROTECTING WASTE AND EXCESS IN THE PENTAGON. IT SHOULD NOT PROTECT IT. IT SHOULD CUT IT. THERE'S A LOT OF TALK, MOSTLY FROM OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ABOUT PROTECTING THE DEFENSE BUDGET FROM THE SEQUESTER AND PROTECTING MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES FROM EXPIRING TAX CUTS. PROTECTING EVERY SINGLE DEFENSE DOLLAR MEANS SHIFTING THE BURDEN AND THE PAINS FOR MILLIONS OF BUDGET CUTS FROM LOCAL COMMUNITIES, SENIORS, THE VULNERABLE AND CHILDREN. MR. CHAIR -- MR. CHAIRMAN, I WAS GOING TO ASK FOR ORDER BUT IT RESOLVED. IS THIS CONGRESS REALLY GOING TO KICK KIDS OFF THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM AND MAKE CUTS TO OUR RESPONDERS IN ORDER TO JUSTIFYING FOR PAYING FOR MORE MILITARY MUSIC? WELL, THAT WOULD NOT BE MY CHOICE. THAT IS NOT THE LEGACY I WANT TO LEAVE BEHIND AS A POLICYMAKER. IT DOES NOTHING, NOTHING TO IMPACT MILITARY READINESS, MISSION STRENGTH OR OUR TROOPS' ABILITY TO DEFEND OUR NATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE MCCOLLUM AMENDMENT, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CUT UNNECESSARY FUNDING FOR MILITARY BANDS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:46:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK.

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    TO THE AMENDMENT.

  • 02:46:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECK NIGHED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:46:17 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THAT BECAUSE I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH MS. MCCOLLUM ON ANOTHER…

    THAT BECAUSE I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH MS. MCCOLLUM ON ANOTHER COMMITTEE, AND ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE. SHE'S ALWAYS VERY SINCERE AND GENEROUS IN THE WAY SHE TREATS THE ISSUES HE'S WORKING WITH. BUT I DON'T THINK WE WANT TO ELIMINATE MILITARY BANDS. FIRST, I MUST TELL YOU THAT THOSE WHO PLAY IN THE BAND ARE TRAINED AS BASIC COMBAT TROOPS. AND THEY ARE CALLED UPON IN A TIME OF EMERGENCY, THEY ARE CALLED UPON TO PROVIDE SECURITY FOR A MILITARY HEADQUARTERS, WHEREVER IT MAY BE LOCATED. I DON'T THINK THAT WE WANT TO DO AWAY WITH THAT CAPABILITY. NOW, 91% OF THE MONEY THAT DUOS -- THAT GOES TO MILITARY BANDS IS FOR PAY, TO PAY THE MEMBERS AND THEIR BASIC PAY, THEIR ALLOWANCES, UNIFORMS, FOODS, AND I DON'T THINK WE WANT TO DO THAT. NOW, OUR MILITARY BANDS PLAY FOR THE PRESIDENT, PLAY FOR MILITARY FUNCTIONS, BUT MANY COMMUNITIES IN OUR COUNTRY ARE CONSTANTLY INVITING MILITARY BANDS TO COME AND PLAY PATRIOTIC PROGRAMS IN OUR HOMETOWNS. AND THIS IS GOOD FOR OUR COMMUNITY. THIS LETS US BE PART OF OUR MILITARY. THIS DOESN'T PUT OUR MILITARY IN A BARRACKS SOMEPLACE AND KEEP THEM ISOLATED FROM THE GENERAL POPULATION. I THINK THE MILITARY SHOULD BE PART OF OUR GENERAL POPULATION. I JUST BELIEVE THAT THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. 91% OF THIS MONEY WILL COME OUT OF THE MILITARY PERSONNEL ACCOUNT WHICH PAYS FOR VERY IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE SALARIES, MILITARY EXPENSES OF FEEDING OF, CARING FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL AND WHY SHOULD WE PUT OUR MILITARY OFF, ISOLATED IF THE COMMUNITY? THEY SHOULD BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY. IT'S AN ALL-VOLUNTEER FORCE AND THIS COUNTRY NEEDS A GOOD SHOT OF PATRIOT -- TA PATRIOTISM BECAUSE WE'VE HAD TOO MUCH NEGTISM COMING -- NEGATIVISM COMING AT US. THIS IS A POSITIVE COUNTRY. S THAT PATRIOTIC COUNTRY. EXCUSE ME. AND WE HAVE TO ALLOW OUR MILITARY TO SHOW OFF THEIR TALENTS NOT ONLY ON THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE THEY RISK THEIR LIVES, LOSE THEIR LIVES, OR TERRIBLY -- OR ARE TERRIBLY INJURED. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 02:49:03 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 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. THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA.

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  • 02:49:27 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    A REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTE, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER…

    A REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTE, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE SQUEALT FROM MINNESOTA WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:49:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MOVES TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD? THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MOVES TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    IN SUPPORT OF THE 2013 DEFENSE APPROPRIATION BILL. I WANT TO THANK MY…

    IN SUPPORT OF THE 2013 DEFENSE APPROPRIATION BILL. I WANT TO THANK MY CHAIRMAN AND FRIEND, CHAIRMAN YOUNG, AND MY FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER DICKS FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND STAFF, BOTH THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY, FOR EXTREMELY THOUGHTFUL AND BALANCED BILL. IN CRAFTING THIS BILL, THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE HELD COUNTLESS HEARINGS, ENSURING THAT STRONG CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT WAS ALIVE AND WELL. IT'S BEEN AN HONOR TO SERVE ON THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE AND I CAN ATTEST TO THE HARD WORK THAT'S GONE INTO THIS BILL. OUR NATION'S FIRST PRIORITY IS PROTECTION OF OUR CITIZENS AND OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS BILL FULFILLS THAT DUTY. THE F.Y. 2013 DEFENSE BILL ALSO FULFILLS A PROMISE TO OUR SERVICE MEMBERS THAT THEY'LL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THE BEST TRAIN, EQUIPMENT, AND HEALTH CARE. LIKEWISE IT FULFILLS THE NEEDED REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE OUR COMMANDERS HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO ACCOMPLISH U.S. MISSIONS AROUND THE WORLD AND SUPPORT AMERICA'S DEFENSE AND OUR INDUSTRIAL BASE. I UNDERSTAND THAT MANY MEMBERS MAY HAVE OBJECTIONS TO THE OVERALL FUNDING LEVEL OF THE DEFENSE BILL AND THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT EVERY ASPECT OF GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING DEFENSE, MUST COME UNDER CLOSE FISCAL SCRUTINY. HOWEVER, THE SHORT-TERM BEN FIS OF DECIMATING DEFENSE WILL ONLY LEAVE US MORE ECONOMICALLY PRECARIOUS IN THE FUTURE. THIS BILL PROPERLY BALANCED THE NEED TO MAKE RESPONSIBLE CUTS WHILE ENSURING THAT AMERICA MAINTAINS ITS MILITARY SUPERIORITY. ON A PERSONAL BASIS, I WANT TO THANK SOME FRIENDS THAT ARE LEAVING THE COMMITTEE, JERRY LEWIS AND JORM DICKS, FOR THEIR -- AND NORM DICKS, FOR THEIR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE. WE'RE GOING TO MISS THEIR SERVICE HERE IN THIS INSTITUTION. I THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND LASTLY, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:51:49 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 MASSACHUSETTS RISE?

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  • 02:51:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN MOVES TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED…

    THE GENTLEMAN MOVES TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO FORGET THAT WE ARE DEEP IN WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. THE…

    SOMETIMES IT'S EASY TO FORGET THAT WE ARE DEEP IN WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. THE NIGHTMARE OF MASS MURDER IN SYRIA, GARNERS THE ATTENTION OF THE NEWS MEDIA, BUT WE HAVE MORE THAN 90,000 TROOPS ON THE GROUND IN AFGHANISTAN AND ABOUT 100,000 CONTRACTORS.

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  • 02:52:31 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    SOME OF THESE TROOPS ARE SLATED TO COME OTHER -- COME HOME OVER THE SUMMER…

    SOME OF THESE TROOPS ARE SLATED TO COME OTHER -- COME HOME OVER THE SUMMER BUT MANY MORE WILL REMAIN. AND THE EXACT NUMBER OF TROOPS THAT WILL REMAIN IN AFGHANISTAN AS THE U.S. AND ALLIES TRANSITION TO LOCAL SECURITY FORCES THROUGH 2013 AND 2014 IS STILL UNCLEAR. THESE ARE -- NEITHER THE PENTAGON NOR THE ADMINISTRATION HAS PUBLICLY LAID OUT POST-2014 PLANS BUT THEY ARE CLEARLY LEAVING OPEN THE POSSIBILITY OF A SIGNIFICANT MILITARY PRESENCE. THIS IS THE REALITY WE FACE AS WE OPEN DEBATE ON THIS BILL. MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM NOT CONVINCED THAT THERE IS ANY LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. I AM NOT CONVINCED THAT THIS WAR IS COMING TO AN END. I DO NOT BELIEVE WE SHOULD CONTINUE SACK FITESING THE DEDICATION AND BLOOD OF OUR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN FOR DEEPLY FLAWED AND CORRUPT GOVERNMENT THAT IS NOT FIXABLE. WE CAN CHANGE THE NAMES AND THE PROGRAMS AND THE PROJECTS, BUT IT'S SIMPLY MORE OF THE SAME PROBLEMS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THIS IS REGRETTABLE THAT THIS WAR IS NOT MORE OF A PRIORITY IN PUBLIC DEBATE AND IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE THAT DEBATING THIS WAR IS NOT A TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CONGRESS. THE MAJORITY WOULDN'T EVEN LET US HAVE A FULL DEBATE AND VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATIONS BILL TO MAKE SURE THE COMMITMENTS MADE BY THE ADMINISTRATION TO DRAW DOWN OUR TROOPS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS ARE KEPT. CONGRESS IS DEEPLY COMPLICIT IN MAINTAINING AND CONTINUING THIS WAR. WITH AN ALLOCATED $630 BILLION FOR MILITARY OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN SINCE 2001, INCLUDING THE $85.6 BILLION IN THIS BILL. WE'RE NOT JUST SPENDING THOSE BILLIONS, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE'RE BORROWING THEM. EVERY SINGLE PENNY FOR THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN HAS BEEN BORROWED, PUT ON THE NATIONAL CREDIT CARD, EXPLODING OUR DEFICIT AND DEBT. EVERY SINGLE PENNY. EACH WEEK OF THE WAR IN 2012 COSTS ABOUT $2 BILLION. IF THE PENTAGON'S ENDURING PRESENCE MEANS THOUSANDS OF TROOPS REMAINING IN AFGHANISTAN FOR WHO KNOWS HOW LONG, WE ARE LOOKING AT A $1 TRILLION WAR. WE ARE LOOKING AT SCHOOLS SLASHING FUNDS FROM THE SAFETY TO -- WE'RE UNDERFUNDING SCHOOLS, CUTTING THE SAFETY NET TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM POVERTY, OUR INFRASTRUCTURE CONTINUES TO DECAY AND THERE'S NO MONEY TO INVEST IN RESEARCH. AND FOR WHAT? THE VIOLENCE IN AFGHANISTAN GOES ON. THE U.S. DEATH TOLL FOR OPERATION ENDURING FREE DM IS OVER 2,000. MEMBERS OF THE AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES CONTINUE TO TURN THEIR GUNS ON OUR TROOPS AND MURDER THEM. ACCORDING TO THE PENTAGON, 154 ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIERS COMMITTED SUICIDE IN THE FIRST 159 DAYS OF THIS YEAR. THAT'S ALMOST ONE PER DAY. AND AS FOR OUR VETERANS, THE V.A. ESTIMATES THAT A VETERAN DIES BY SUICIDE EVERY 80 MINUTES. HOW LONG WILL WE ASK OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO PAY THIS PRICE? BECAUSE THEY'RE THE ONLY ONES PAYING FOR THIS WAR, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE ONLY ONES. AND I DON'T BELIEVE WE SHOULD ABANDON THE PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN BUT I DO BELIEVE WE MUST END THIS WAR SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. AND I'M NOT CONVINCED WE'RE ANYWHERE CLOSE TO AN END. AN IT'S THE FAULT OF CONGRESS -- AND IT'S THE FAULT OF CONGRESS. WE APPROVE THE MONEY AND WE REMAIN SILENT YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. WE NEED TO STOP. WE AREN'T SUPPORTING OUR TROOP, WE ARE COMMITTING THEM TO SUFFER LIFE-LONG TRAUMA FROM TOO MANY DEPLOYMENTS, OVER TOO LONG A TIME, FOR TOO MANY YEARS, FOR A WAR WITHOUT END, FOR A WAR THAT ALWAYS NEEDS JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME AND JUST A FEW BILLION DOLLARS MORE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT AMENDMENTS OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS TO REDUCE THE FUNDING FOR THIS WAR, BRING IT TO AN END AND HONOR THE SACRIFICE OF OUR TROOPS BY BRINGING THEM AND OUR TAX DOLLARS BACK HOME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:56:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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    YOU. I RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. JONES

    FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND ANYBODY ELSE WHO SAYS IT'S TIME TO BRING OUR…

    FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND ANYBODY ELSE WHO SAYS IT'S TIME TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN YOUNG AND RANKING MEMBER DICKS FOR AN EXCELLENT BILL, I AGREE WITH 80% OF IT, BUT I CANNOT CONTINUE TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT SENDS BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO AFGHANISTAN. I HAVE A BOOK HERE IN MY HAND CALLED "FUNDING THE ENEMY." CALLED "FUNDING THE ENEMY: HOW U.S.

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    CALLED FUNDING THE ENEMY

    HOW U.S. TAXPAYERS BANKROLL THE TALIBAN." ONE CRITIQUE ON THE BACK OF THIS…

    HOW U.S. TAXPAYERS BANKROLL THE TALIBAN." ONE CRITIQUE ON THE BACK OF THIS BOOK, FROM STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICER PETER VAN BUREN, I QUOTE, SOBER, SAD AND IMPORTANT, "FUNDING THE ENEMY" PEELS BACK THE LAYERS OF ENGAGEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN TO REVEAL ITS ROTTEN CORE AND THAT THE UNITED STATES DOLLAR, MEANT FOR THE COUNTRY'S FUTURE, INSTEAD FUNDS THE INSURGENTS AND SUPPORTS THE TALIBAN, PAYING FOR BOLT SIDES OF THE WAR ENSURES AMERICA'S ULTIMATE DEFEAT. MR. SPEAKER, THE REASON I'M HERE TODAY IS BECAUSE I HAVE CAMP LEJEUNE MARINE BASE IN MY DISTRICT. I HAVE SIGNED OVER 10,474 LETTERS TO FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES SINCE WE WERE LIED TO TO GO INTO IRAQ. WHILE WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT KARZAI, I SAW WHERE VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY WAS ON THE HILL YESTERDAY, I'VE SEEN MY COLLEAGUES TODAY TALKING ABOUT SEQUESTRATION. AND YOU SEE MR. KARZAI HERE, WHY SHOULD HE BE HERE? HE'S GOT HIS MONEY IN THIS BILL. HE DOESN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SEQUESTRATION. HE JUST HA HAS TO TAKE CARE OF HIS CORRUPT GOVERNMENT IN AFGHANISTAN. IT IS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIME THAT THE CONGRESS LISTEN TO 72% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO SAY, BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW, NOT LATER. AND I JOIN MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MY CONCERN ABOUT CUTTING PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WHO NEED MILK IN THE MORNING, SENIOR CITIZENS WHO NEED SANDWICHES IN THE AFTERNOON. WE'RE GOING TO CUT THEIR MONEY BUT STILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE TALIBAN WHO ARE KILLING AMERICAN KIDS IN AFGHANISTAN BECAUSE WE HAVE NO ACCOUNTABILITY WHERE THIS $88 BILLION IS GOING. IT IS TIME FOR THIS CONGRESS TO COME TOGETHER AND SAY YES, WE WILL SUPPORT OUR MILITARY, BUT WE WILL NOT SUPPORT A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT WHO IS NOT GOING TO SURVIVE ANYWAY. THE ENEMY, THE TALIBAN WILL TAKE OVER AFGHANISTAN WHEN IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE. PLEASE, AMERICA, BRING PRESSURE ON THE CONGRESS TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM AFTER DEPAN STAN AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. GOD HELP OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:59:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY MOVES TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

    GENTLELADY MOVES TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 02:59:54 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE'LL BE SPENDING THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS DEBATING…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WE'LL BE SPENDING THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS DEBATING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUDGET. A WHOPPING $519.2 BILLION. BY ANYONE'S ACCOUNT THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY. WHAT WE WON'T BE DEBATING IS THE FUTURE OF OUR PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN. YOU'D THINK A CONGRESS OBSESSED WITH THE DEFICIT AND CUTBACKS WOULD TAKE A LOOK AT THE COSTLIEST ITEM ON OUR BOOK THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. NO DEBATE ON THAT. INSTEAD, A FEW OF US COMING TO THE WELL TO TAKE A HANDFUL OF FIVE-MINUTE SLOTS. THIS IS WHAT WAR HAS COST OUR NATION IN BLOOD AND TREASURE IN WAYS WE MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO ADD UP. AND WHAT ARE THOSE COSTS? AS OF TODAY WE'VE SPENT $548 BILLION ON THE WAR. THAT'S $10 BILLION A MONTH. ACTUALLY, IT'S MORE THAN THIS YEAR'S D.O.D. BUDGET. THIS YEAR WE FACE THE 2,000TH DEATH IN OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. MORE THAN 15,000 OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE RETURNED HOME WOUNDED. EVERY DAY WE LOSE ONE MORE SERVICE MEMBER TO SUICIDE. AND THE AFGHAN PEOPLE, HOW MANY OF THEM HAVE DIED AND HAVE BEEN WOUNDED? SO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT COST. WELL, LET'S DO THAT. WHAT HAS THIS MISGUIDED WAR COST US IN INTERNATIONAL STANDING? IS THE U.S. MORE POPULAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST THAN CENTRAL ASIA? NO. ARE WE ANY SAFER? PROBABLY NOT. AS A NEW GENERATION OF AFGHAN CHILDREN GROW UP IN AN OCCUPIED COUNTRY, AREN'T THEY LEARNING TO HATE THE WEST? YES. AND WHAT'S THE COST HERE AT HOME? HOW MANY COPS COULD WE HAVE PUT ON THE BEAT? HOW MANY HOMES COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED FROM FORECLOSURE? HOW MANY FARMERS COULD GET DROUGHT RELIEF? HOW MANY SMALL BUSINESS JOBS COULD HAVE BEEN CREATED? HOW MANY MORE PATIENTS COULD WE HAVE CARED FOR AT OUR VETERANS' HOSPITALS? WE'LL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE INSTEAD OF HAVING AN HONEST AND OPEN DEBATE ABOUT HOUR SPENDING PRIORITIES, WE HAVE TO GRAB FIVE MINUTES HERE AND FIVE MINUTES THERE. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. THEY WANT TRANSPARENCY. THEY WANT MORE DEBATE. FURTHER THAN THAT, THEY WANT THIS WAR TO BE OVER. THEY WANT OUR TROOPS TO COME HOME. SO, YES, BY ALL MEANS, LET'S TALK ABOUT COST, BUT LET'S NOT SQUEEZE IT IN AMONG $500 BILLION OF WEAPONS, PLANES AND THE REST OF THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. I URGE THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO HAVE A REAL DEBATE ON THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. AND LET'S SHINE SOME LIGHT ON HOW MUCH IT COSTS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, FOR WHAT PURPOSE?

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    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN MOVES TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED…

    THE GENTLEMAN MOVES TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 03:03:25 PM

    MR. PAUL

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE APPROPRIATIONS…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE APPROPRIATIONS THAT ARE GOING ON AND IN PARTICULAR THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE VERY, VERY LONG WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. NOBODY KNOWS WHEN IT'S GOING TO END. THERE'S ALWAYS A PRETENSE, THERE'S ALWAYS A THOUGHT, TOMORROW'S GOING TO BE A BETTER DAY. I WAS IN THE MILITARY IN THE 1960'S, AND THERE WAS ALWAYS THIS PROMISE WE'RE JUST AROUND THE TURN AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE PEACE AND PROSPERITY AND HAVE PERFECT RESULTS. WELL, SO FAR WE DON'T HAVE -- WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY PERFECT RESULTS IN AFGHANISTAN. THERE'S A LOT OF UNKNOWN, AND HERE WE ARE APPROPRIATING EVEN MORE MONEY TO CONTINUE THIS WAR. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT WAR POWER AND THE RESOLUTION ON HOW WE GO TO WAR, IT BECOMES VERY COMPLEX. TODAY IT WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO BE VERY SIMPLE. HE WENT TO WAR WHEN THERE WAS A DECLARATION AND THE PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR CONGRESSMEN VOTED UP OR DOWN. TODAY WE SLIP AND SLIDE AND WE FALL INTO THESE TRAPS AND WE GO TO WAR UNDER THE U.N. BANNER AND NATO AND WE NEVER KNOW WHY WE GO TO WAR AND WHAT THE GOALS ARE AND WHEN THE WAR'S OVER AND THEY PERSIST. BUT THERE'S ONE ANALYSIS MADE WHICH BOTHERS ME A BIT AND THAT IS EVEN IF THERE ISN'T A DECLARATION OF WAR, IF SOME OF OUR -- SOME OF THE MEMBERS COME ALONG, AS WE HAVE BEEN FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS, AND SAY, YOU KNOW, THE CONGRESS NEVER DECLARED WAR. THE ARGUMENT THEY MAKE IS, AS LONG AS YOU FUND THE WAR, YOU'RE GIVING ITS -- YOU GIVE CREDIBILITY AND THEREFORE YOU INDIRECTLY SUPPORT THE WAR. OF COURSE, THE ARGUMENT IS NOT SO MUCH ON HOW WE GO TO WAR BUT IF WE GET INTO WAR, THE WHOLE THING IS YOU CAN'T VOTE AGAINST ANY MONEY. YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT THE TROOPS. YOU'RE UN-AMERICAN. YOU DON'T DO THAT. AND THAT CARRIES THE WEIGHT OF THE ARGUMENT AND PEOPLE GET -- SHY AWAY AND SAY, NO, I DON'T LIKE THE CAR. I CAN'T GO AGAINST THE TROOPS. WELL, I'VE HAD LITTLE EXPERIENCE TRAVELING THE COUNTRY AND TALKING ABOUT ISSUES LIKE THIS AND LOOKING FOR SUPPORT OF A POSITION WHICH IS QUITE A BIT DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE HAVE FOLLOWED HERE RECENTLY. AND LET ME TELL YOU, GUESS WHAT, THE TROOPS GIVE ME STRONG SUPPORT. THEY GAVE ME A LOT OF SUPPORT. IT WAS HUGE. AND FOR THEM TO -- FOR ANYBODY TO ARGUE THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO SEND TROOPS CARELESSLY INTO NO-WIN WARS, TO THINK YOU'RE AGAINST THE TROOPS IS NONSENSE. WHEN I WAS IN THE MILITARY, I WAS STILL IN IN 1965, AND THAT'S WHEN THE ESCALATION CAME IN VIETNAM. THE LAST THING I WANTED WAS, I WANT SOMEBODY IN THERE THAT WANTS TO EXPAND THE WAR. WHY DON'T WE GO INTO CAMBODIA AND LAOS? PEOPLE JOINED THE GUARD -- I WAS IN THE GUARD UNIT AS WELL AS ACTIVE DUTY. PEOPLE JOINED THE GUARD AND RESERVES BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. THEY DIDN'T WANT TO TAKE SIX TRIPS TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND ENDLESSLY SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING. AND I GET STORIES ALL THE TIME ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THEIR BUDDIES BEING KILLED, LOSS OF LIMBS. AND, YOU KNOW, THEN THEY SAY, WELL, WE'RE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM. HOW IS -- THINK ABOUT IT SERIOUSLY. HOW IN THE WORLD IS GOING OVER THERE AND FIGHTING IN EITHER IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH -- WE'RE FIGHTING TO DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. WELL, WE NEVER HAD A CONSTITUTIONAL DECLARATION OF WAR. SO THAT'S ALL A FACADE AND THAT'S ALL TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL GUILTY THAT IF YOU DON'T KEEP THE WAR GOING, IN VIETNAM IT WAS WE HAVE TO WIN, WE HAVE TO WIN, SO WE LOSE 60,000 TROOPS. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? YOU KNOW, AFTER MCNAMARA WROTE HIS MEMOIRS AND WAS A BIT APOLOGETIC ABOUT IT. DOES THAT MEAN YOU'RE APOLOGIZING FOR THE KIND OF WAR YOU'RE IN IN VIETNAM? HE SAID, NO. WHAT GOOD IS AN APOLOGY IF YOU DON'T CHANGE POLICY? AND THAT IS THE THING. IF THIS IS NOT DOING WELL AND NOT DOING RIGHT, JUST TO SAY EITHER YOU'RE SORRY OR YOU HAVE TO HAVE VICTORY AND PRETEND THERE'S A VICTORY AROUND THE CORNER I THINK WE'RE FOOLING OURSELVES. WE LIVE WITHIN THE CONSTITUTION, LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS, BELIEVE ME, WE WOULD NOT BE IN AFGHANISTAN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:07:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MS.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CALLING FOR AN…

    YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CALLING FOR AN END TO THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN AND THE REMOVAL OF U.S. TROOPS AND SECURITY CONTRACTORS. WE FACE REAL AND ONGOING CHALLENGES FROM TERRORIST GROUPS AROUND THE WORLD. BUT AFTER 10 YEARS OF FIGHTING, IT IS CLEAR THAT ONGOING MILITARY PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN IS SIMPLY NOT THE ANSWER. THE OVER $630 BILLION WE'VE SPENT ON THIS WAR IN THE PAST 10 YEARS HAVE NOT BROUGHT US SECURITY AND WE CANNOT BRING STABILITY TO AFGHANISTAN THROUGH AN ONGOING TROOP PRESENCE. I SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S EFFORTS TO BEGIN THE WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. TROOPS, AND I APPLAUD HIM FOR STARTING THAT IMPORTANT PROCESS. YET, WE NEED IN MY OPINION TO ACT FASTER TO END THE WAR. WE NEED AN ACCELERATED TIMETABLE FOR TROOP WITHDRAL AND A PLAN TO ENSURE -- WITHDRAWAL AND A PLAN TO ENSURE ALL U.S. FORCES ARE DEPLOYED. MADAM CHAIRMAN, OVER 2,000 AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN AFGHANISTAN IN SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY. THAT INCLUDES ALMOST 1,500 SINCE JANUARY, 2009, AND ESTIMATED 400 SINCE THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN. ANOTHER 12,000 HAVE BEEN WOUNDED AND PERHAPS MOST STAGGERING, MORE SOLDIERS HAVE COMMITTED SUICIDE THAN HAVE DIED IN COMBAT IN AFGHANISTAN. OUR TROOPS BEAR DEVASTATING PSYCHOLOGICAL WOUNDS OF WAR. IT HAS PLACED A DEVASTATING STRAIN ON OUR MILITARY, OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES. WE'VE ASKED MORE AND MORE FROM THEM WITH MANY SOLDIERS STILL SERVING MULTIPLE DANGEROUS DEPLOYMENTS, TAKING THEM AWAY FROM THEIR HOMES AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR LONG PERIOD OF TIMES. THE SUICIDE RATE AGAIN IS A STARK REMINDER THAT WE'RE NOT MEETING OUR OBLIGATIONS TO THESE MEN AND WOMEN. MADAM CHAIRMAN, KEEPING OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN COMES AT GREAT COST TO US. NOT ONLY DOES IT COST SOME $8 BILLION A MONTH, BUT IT CONTINUES TO COST AMERICAN LIVES. IT IS TIME FOR US TO END THIS WAR. INSTEAD OF MORE BOOTS ON THE GROUND, WE NEED TO REDIRECT FUNDING TOWARD DIPLOMATIC AND ECONOMIC ENGAGEMENT WITH THE AFGHAN PEOPLE. WE NEED TO INVEST IN AFGHAN WOMEN, ENSURING THAT THEY HAVE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTIONS AS WELL AS EDUCATIONAL AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES. BECAUSE AFGHANISTAN WILL NEVER BE STABLE AND PROSPEROUS IF HALF OF ITS POPULATION IS OPPRESSED. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS -- HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND OVER 2,000 AMERICANS LIVES HAVE NOT BROUGHT US SECURITY. KEEPING OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN WILL NOT END THE THREAT OF TERRORISM NOR WILL IT BRING STABILITY TO THE AFGHAN PEOPLE. WE NEED A NEW STRATEGY, SHIFTING FROM MILITARY FORCE TO TRUE ENGAGEMENT. MADAM CHAIRMAN, WE ARE FIGHTING A WAR THAT HAS NO MILITARY SOLUTION. IN FACT, FAR FROM MAKING US SAFER, OUR ONGOING TROOP PRESENCE ACTUALLY FUELS THE INSURGENCY AND BREATHS ANTI-AMERICAN SENTIMENT. INSTEAD OF POURING ANOTHER $88 BILLION INTO CONTINUING THIS WAR FOR ANOTHER YEAR, I STRONGLY BELIEVE WE NEED TO END FUNDING FOR MILITARY ENGAGEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN AND FINALLY BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:11:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK HER TIME. --

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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    AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. MR. MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT,…

    OFFERED BY MR. MR. MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASED BY $4,359,624,000. PAGE 3, LINE 20, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASED BY $1,197,682,000. PAGE 121, LINE 12, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $4,359,624,000. PAGE 122, LINE 3, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $1,197,682,000.

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  • 03:12:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 03:12:30 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    IS SUBJECT TO PIRED BUT I AM GOING TO RESERVE THE POINT OF ORDER TO ALLOW…

    IS SUBJECT TO PIRED BUT I AM GOING TO RESERVE THE POINT OF ORDER TO ALLOW THE GENTLEMAN TO HAVE HIS FIVE MINUTES TO EXPLAIN WHAT IT IS HE WANTS TO DO.

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  • 03:12:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM FLORIDA RESERVES A POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. MULVANEY

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND ALSO THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THE…

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND ALSO THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THIS AMENDMENT. MADAM CHAIR, THE AMENDMENT IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR ME. IT IS NOT AN AMENDMENT TO REDUCE SPENDING AND IT'S NOT AN AMENDMENT TO INCREASE SPENDING. IN FACT, THIS IS OUTLAY NEUTRAL. SIMILARLY, CONSISTENT WITH WHAT THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER DISCUSSED WHEN INTRODUCING THE BILL, THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT A PARTISAN AMENDMENT. I DO NOT SEEK TO LAY BLAME ON EITHER PARTY OR ON THE PRESIDENT OR THE CONGRESS FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCE WHICH WE FIND OURSELVES. THIS AMENDMENT REGARDS SIMPLY A POLICY, A POLICY THAT TRADITIONALLY HAS HAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THIS HOUSE AND THAT POLICY IS THAT WE KEEP SEPARATE SPENDING ON THE BASE DEFENSE BUDGET AND SPENDING ON THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS OR THE WAR BUDGET. IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION AND BOTH THE C.B.O. AND THE G.A.O. HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THERE ARE $5.8 -- EXCUSE ME -- $5.6 BILLION IN THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATION BUDGET, IN THE WAR BUDGET, THAT SHOULD BE IN THE BASE BUDGET. WE HAVE TAKEN THINGS SUCH AS THE BASE SALARIES FOR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO ARE NOT DEPLOYED AND ARE CHARGING THAT SPENDING THIS YEAR TO THE WAR BUDGET. MADAM CHAIR, SINCE 9/11, WE HAVE HAD A POLICY IN THIS HOUSE OF KEEPING THOSE TWO ITEMS SEPARATE SO THAT WE KNOW THE REAL COST OF THE WAR AGAINST TERROR. WE HAVE TAKEN THE BASE DEFENSE SPENDING AND ACCOUNTED FOR IT IN ONE FASHION AND THE WAR BUDGET IN AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SYSTEM. THIS TIME FOR THE FIRST YEAR, MADAM CHAIR, WE ARE BLENDING THOSE NUMBERS. WE TAKE $5.6 BILLION OF WHAT SHOULD BE IN THE BASE BUDGET AND MOVE IT TO THE OTHER BUDGET. MADAM CHAIR, THE COMMITTEE ITSELF RECOGNIZES IT IS NOT GOOD POLICY. IF YOU LOOK AT THE BILL, YOU WILL SEE THAT THE COMMITTEE ITSELF SAYS, LET'S MAKE SURE NOT TO DO THIS NEXT YEAR AND THE YEAR AFTER THAT AND THE YEAR AFTER THAT. AND INDEED WE HAVE NOT DONE IT SINCE 9/11. BUT WE DO IT THIS YEAR. THIS YEAR ONLY IN THIS PARTICULAR BILL, AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE TO ABIDE BY THE POLICY THAT ACCOUNTS CORRECTLY FOR THE COST OF THE WAR OVERSEAS. SO MADAM CHAIR, WHAT I SAY TO YOU THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT ABOUT SPENDING MORE MONEY. IT'S NOT ABOUT SPENDING LESS MONEY. IT'S ABOUT ACCOUNTING ACCURATELY FOR THE SPENDING THAT WE DO SO THAT WE CAN TELL FOLKS BACK HOME EXACTLY WHAT WE SPEND ON THE BASE DEFENSE OF THIS NATION AND WHAT WE SPEND IN THE WARS OVERSEAS. AND FOR THAT REASON, MADAM CHAIR, I WOULD ASK FOR AN AYE VOTE ON THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:15:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN MAY NOT…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN MAY NOT RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT IS IN VIOLATION OF SECTION 302-F OF…

    ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT IS IN VIOLATION OF SECTION 302-F OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT OF 1974. THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS FILED A SUBALLOCATION OF BUDGET TOTALS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013 ON MAY 22, 2012.

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  • 03:15:59 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    172489, THE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CAUSE THE SUBCOMMITTEE…

    172489, THE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CAUSE THE SUBCOMMITTEE GENERAL PURPOSE SUBALLOCATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORITY MADE UNDER SECTION 302-B, TO BE EXCEEDED, AND IS NOT PERMITTED UNDER SECTION 302-F OF THE ACT AND I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 03:16:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

    MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 03:16:23 PM

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    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. IT IS TRUE A NEW POINT OF ORDER WAS CREATED UNDER THE…

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. IT IS TRUE A NEW POINT OF ORDER WAS CREATED UNDER THE BUDGET AND CONTROL ACT, PREVENTING ANY LEGISLATION FROM BEING CONSIDERED IN THE HOUSE THAT WOULD CAUSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING TO EXCEED THE CAPS ESTABLISHED IN THE BUDGET AND CONTROL ACT. UNDER THAT PART OF THE ACT, MADAM CHAIR, THE ENTIRE BILL IS TECHNICALLY OUT OF ORDER.

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  • 03:16:43 PM

    MR. MULVANEY

    ENTIRE BILL EXCEEDS THE B.C.A. CAPS BY $7.5 BILLION. IRONICALLY THEN, IF…

    ENTIRE BILL EXCEEDS THE B.C.A. CAPS BY $7.5 BILLION. IRONICALLY THEN, IF THIS POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED THEN WE WILL EFFECTIVELY KEEP WITHIN THE SHADOWS OF NONPARTISAN POLICY, SOMETHING EVERYONE HAS SUPPORTED IN THE PAST, A GOOD GOVERNANCE ISSUE, WHILE ALLOWING THE ENTIRE BILL, WHICH ALSO VIOLATES THE SAME POINT OF ORDER, TO PROCEED. MY AMENDMENT IS OUTLAYS NEUTRAL. IT DOES NOT INCREASE SPENDING, IT DOES NOT DECREASE SPENDING. IT SIMPLY MOVES SPENDING FROM THE WAR BUDGET TO THE BASE BUDGET AND VICE VERSA. IT DOES -- IF THE AMENDMENT WERE AGREED TO THE BUDGET AUTHORITY IN THE BILL WILL BE EXACTLY THE SAME AS IT IS IF THE AMENDMENT FAILS. $608 BILLION, $213 MILLION. ACCORDINGLY THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT VIOLATE SECTION 3202-F-1 OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT AND OVERRULING THE POINT OF ORDER GIVES US THE CHANCE TO ABIDE BY THE PRECEDENT ESTABLISHED LONG AGO AND EMBRACED BY BOTH PARTIES AND I RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT THE CHAIR OVERRULE THE POINT OF ORDER. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

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  • 03:17:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WISH TO SPEAK TO THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE.…

    WISH TO SPEAK TO THE POINT OF ORDER? IF NOT THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. UNDER HOUSE COST CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 112, HAS MADE -- AS MADE APPLICABLE BY HOUSE RESOLUTION 614, THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON DEFENSE HAS BOTH A GENERAL PURPOSES AIMCATION AND AN OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY ALLOCATION. THE ACCOUNTS ON THE BILL ON PAGES 2 AND 3 ARE UNDER THE GENERAL PURPOSES ALLOCATION. THE ACCOUNTS ON PAGES 121 AND 122 ARE UNDER THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS ALLOCATION. THE AMENDMENT TRANSFERS FUNDS FROM THE LATTER TO THE FORMER. THE CHAIR IS GUIDED UNDER SECTION 312 OF THE BUDGET ACT AND CLAUSE 4 OF RULE 29 BY AN ESTIMATE OF THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET THAT AN AMENDMENT PROVIDING ANY NET INCREASE IN NEW DISCRETIONARY BUDGET AUTHORITY IN EITHER ALLOCATION WOULD CAUSE A BREACH OF THAT ALLOCATION. THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WOULD INCREASE A LEVEL OF NEW DISCRETIONARY BUDGET AUTHORITY IN THE BILL UNDER THE GENERAL PURPOSES ALLOCATION. AS SUCH THE AMENDMENT VIOLATES SECTION 302-F OF THE BUDGET ACT AND THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT SEEK RECOGNITION? AND THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 03:19:01 PM

    MR. WELCH

    SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN HAD A LEGITIMATE PURPOSE…

    SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN HAD A LEGITIMATE PURPOSE WHEN IT BEGAN. THAT WAS THE GROUNDS FROM WHICH OSAMA BIN LADEN ENGINEERED THE ATTACK ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. CONGRESS SUPPORTED GOING INTO AFGHANISTAN TO TAKE OUT OSAMA BIN LADEN AND TO DENY A SAFE HAVEN TO TERRORISTS. AT A CERTAIN POINT THE POLICY TRANSFORMED FROM AN EFFORT TO PROTECT US AGAINST A BASE OF OPERATIONS INTO A NATION-BUILDING MISSION. THAT WAS A GRAVE MISTAKE. ADOPTING NATION BUILDING WILL BE SEEN THROUGH THE LENS OF HISTORY AS ABOUT AS EFFECTIVE AS TRENCH WARFARE IN WORLD WAR I. OUR MILITARY WILL DO WHATEVER'S ASKED OF THEM. OUR JOB IS TO MAKE REQUESTS OF THEM THAT ARE REASONABLE FOR THEM TO DO. IT IS NOT THE JOB OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN THE U.S. MILITARY TO BUILD NATION STATES IN AFGHANISTAN. THAT POLICY WAS FAILED MILITARILY, THAT POLICY IS UNSUSTAINABLE ECONOMICALLY, THAT POLICY DOES NOT MAKE US MORE SECURE. WHY? NUMBER ONE, AS I SAID, IT'S NOT THE JOB OF THE MILITARY TO BUILD NATION STATES. IT'S THE JOB OF THE MILITARY WHEN THEY DO VERY WELL TO DEFEND AMERICA FROM ATTACK. NUMBER TWO, IF YOU'RE ATTEMPTING TO DO A NATION BUILDING STRATEGY, YOU NEED AN ALLY THAT'S GOING TO BE A PARTNER WITH YOU. THE KARZAI GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT. IT IS INFECTED WITH CORRUPTION. IT HAS EXCEEDED OUR WILDEST AND MOST PESSIMISTIC EXPECTATIONS OF WHAT CORRUPTION CAN BE. WE DO NOT HAVE A RELIABLE PARTNER. SO THE QUESTION BECOMES, AT WHAT POINT DO WE STEP BACK, WHEN WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO SETTLE POLICY THAT PROTECTS THIS NATION, TO SET A POLICY THAT RMENTS OUR TAXPAYER, THAT HAS A POLICY THAT ACKNOWLEDGES THE WILLINGNESS OF MEN AND WOMEN TO SERVE BUT ACCEPTS OUR BURDEN OF GIVING THEM A POLICY THAT'S WORTHY OF THEIR UNRELENTING ABILITY AND WILLINGNESS TO SACRIFICE. AS WE KNOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BELIEVE IT'S TIME TO COME HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN. THEY UNDERSTAND IT. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS SAID THAT WE WILL BRING OUR TROOPS HOME BY THE END OF 2014. SO THE POLICIES HAVE BEEN CHANGED. THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IN FACT IS OVER. THE QUESTION FOR CONGRESS IS WILL WE END IT? WE'RE GIVING IT EVER MORE MONEY FOR A POLICY WE KNOW DOESN'T WORK. WE KNOW THE KARZAI GOVERNMENT IS INCAPABLE AND UNWILLING TO BE AN HONEST PARTNER. WE KNOW THAT NATION BUILDING AS A STRATEGY CANNOT SUCCEED. WE KNOW THAT THE THREAT OF TERRORISM AS PERSISTENT AS IT IS IS NOT A NATION-STATE-CENTERED THREAT. IT'S DISPERSED AND OUR MILITARY RESPONSE TO THAT HAS LIKEWISE BECOME DISPERSED. SO WHY ARE WE PURSUING THIS POLICY WHEN WE HAVE RENOUNCED IT? ACKNOWLEDGED THAT IT'S FAILED? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T SUPPORT IT. IT'S INERTIA. IT'S THE UNWILLINGNESS OF CONGRESS TO TAKE A DEFINITIVE ACTION WHERE OUR POLICY SHOULD MAKE OUR DEEDS. WE'RE BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME, WE SHOULD HAVE AS A POLICY THAT WE BRING THOSE TROOPS HOME AS QUICKLY, AS QUICKLY AS WE RESPONSIBLY CAN. MADAM CHAIR, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:23:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS ADVISED THAT THE READING HAS NO PROSECUTE PRO-GRESSED…

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS ADVISED THAT THE READING HAS NO PROSECUTE PRO-GRESSED TO HIS SECTION -- HAS NOT PROGRESSED TO HIS SECTION IN THE BILL. HAS NOT PROGRESSED TO THAT POINT YET. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 03:23:48 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE DIFFICULT JOB THAT…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE DIFFICULT JOB THAT CHAIRMAN YOUNG, RANKING MEMBER DICKS HAVE . THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, DIFFICULT BALANCING. IT IS A TIME OF STRAIN IN TERMS OF THE BUDGET, IT'S A TIME OF STRAIN FOR THE MILITARY. BUT I DO THINK THAT MY COLLEAGUES WHO COME TO THE FLOOR QUESTIONING WHETHER WE NEED TO CONTINUE THE SAME POLICY, THE SAME FUNDING, THE SAME DIRECTION WITH AFGHANISTAN ARE RIGHT ON POINT. THIS CONGRESS SHOULD BE SPENDING MORE TIME ACTUALLY ENGAGING IN A DEBATE ON OUR POLICY, OUR PRACTICES, OUR FUTURE IN AFGHANISTAN. WE INITIALLY WENT TO WAR TO DEAL WITH THE PROTECTION OF THE UNITED STATES. IT WAS IN AFGHANISTAN THAT OSAMA BIN LADEN HATCHED THE PLOT THAT LED TO THE 9/11 ATTACKS AND HE WAS PROTECTED BY HIS TALIBAN ENABLERS. AND IT WAS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE FOR THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND THIS CONGRESS TO GO AFTER HIM, TO END THAT THREAT AND OBTAIN JUSTICE. SADLY BEFORE THE JOB WAS DONE IN AFGHANISTAN, BEFORE OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS ACTUALLY CAPTURED WE VEERED INTO A TRAGICALLY MISGUIDED, FLAWED AND EXPENSIVE MISSION IN IRAQ. I WAS STRONGLY AGAINST IT, AS WERE MANY OF THE COLLEAGUES WHO ARE JOINING US TODAY ON THE FLOOR. IT WAS A MISTAKE IN TERMS OF STRATEGY, IT WAS A HORRIBLE PRICE PAID BY OUR TROOPS, AND IT WAS DRAMATICALLY UNSETTLING. AND IT HAS LIMPED LONG TO AN UNSATISFACTORY RESOLUTION. BUT IT WASN'T UNTIL NINE YEARS LATER THAT WE FINALLY FINISHED THE JOB WITH THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN. AND I COMMEND THE PRESIDENT FOR BEING IN CHARGE OF THAT OPERATION. BUT IT'S DONE. IT'S OVER. WE KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN, IT IS TIME FOR US TO STOP THE LONGEST WAR IN AMERICAN HISTORY, WHETHER IT IS FORMALLY DECLARED OR NOT, AND I STRONGLY IDENTIFY WITH MANY OF THE COMMENTS FROM MY FRIEND, RON PAUL, ON THE FLOOR HERE A MOMENT AGO. IT IS TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES TO STOP SPENDING MORE IN A MONTH IN AFGHANISTAN THAN IT WOULD COST TO HIRE EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IN AFGHANISTAN OF WORKING AGE. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SPENDING. YOU COULD RENT THE COUNTRY FOR A YEAR FOR WHAT WE ARE SPENDING FOR A MONTH. AND THE RESOLUTION IS GOING TO BE EXACTLY THE SAME, WHETHER IT'S 2013, 2014, TWIST, WHETHER IT'S ANOTHER -- 2015, WHETHER IT'S ANOTHER 100, 1,000 AMERICAN LIVES, WHETHER IT'S $10 BILLION OR -- 10 BILLION OR 100 BILLION, IT'S TIME FOR TO US GIVE THE MILITARY A BREAK, TO LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, TO REPOSITION AND DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES AT HAND. MADAM CHAIR, I AM HAUNTED BY THE NOTION THAT WE HAVE LOST MORE MEN AND WOMEN TO SUICIDE THAN WE HAVE TO HOSTILE ACTION. THERE ARE TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES FOR THIS OPERATION THAT NEEDS GO ON NO LONGER. I SUGGEST IT'S TIME TO END, TO SAVE LIVES, TO SAVE MONEY, TO SAVE THE STRAIN ON OUR MILITARY AND FOR THIS CONGRESS TO GET TO WORK ON THINGS THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY, FOR RESTARTING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER, HEALTHIER AND MORE ECONOMICALLY SECURE. AND IF WE DO OUR JOB IN AFGHANISTAN, SCALING IT DOWN AND GETTING THE TROOPS OUT AS QUICKLY AS WE RESPONSIBLY CAN, WE WILL HAVE TAKEN AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THAT DIRECTION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:28:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIRMAN.

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    VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIRMAN.

  • 03:28:38 PM

    MR. ROHRABACHER

    FIRST OF ALL, LET ME NOTE THAT OUR GOAL AFTER THE VISION TERRORIST ATTACK…

    FIRST OF ALL, LET ME NOTE THAT OUR GOAL AFTER THE VISION TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES -- VICIOUS TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES ON 9/11, OUR GOAL WAS TO ELIMINATE OSAMA BIN LADEN, AND TO CLEAR AFGHANISTAN, WHICH HAD BEEN THE STATIONARY OF THE 9/11 ATTACK, CLEARED OF OSAMA BIN LADEN'S ALLIES WHO HAPPEN TO HAVE BEEN THE TALIBAN. WELL, MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES, OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD. THE TALIBAN WERE CLEARED FROM AFGHANISTAN YEARS AGO. SO IT'S TIME FOR US TO DECLARE VICTORY AND BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. IT IS NOT TIME FOR US TO DECLARE THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE AN EXTENSION OF THE DEPLOYMENT OF OUR TROOPS AND TO LEAVE THEM THERE TO EXPEND THEIR LIVES FOR A CAUSE THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DECIDED. WE HAVE -- THEY HAVE DONE THEIR DUTY, WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THE MISSION, LET'S HAVE A VICTORY PARADE, NOT AN EXTENSION OF DEPLOYMENT. WHY ARE WE IN THIS PREDICAMENT, WHY ARE WE EVEN DISCUSSING $88 BILLION AND PERHAPS HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF MORE AMERICAN LIVES BEING SACRIFICED HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD? IN SOME CANYON SOMEWHERE WHERE SOME YOUNG AMERICAN LOSES HIS LIFE OR LOSES HIS LEGS AND COMES -- AND AMERICANS -- AND OF COURSE THE EXPENDITURE OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WE REALLY NEED SO MUCH HERE AT HOME, IF FOR NOTHING ELSE TO HELP BRING DOWN THIS LEVEL OF DEFICIT SPENDING. WHY ARE WE EVEN IN THIS POSITION NOW? WHY ARE WE NOT RECOGNIZING THIS? WELL, FIRST OF ALL, LET'S JUST NOTE THAT WE HAVE -- WE ARE NOW IN A SITUATION WHERE YEAR AFTER YEAR IS TAKING PLACE AFTER WE HAVE ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED OUR GOALS IN AFGHANISTAN, AND OUR TROOPS ARE STILL THERE LOSING THEIR LIVES. IT'S ALMOST LIKE "THE DWILET ZONE" EPISODE. -- "THE TIE LIGHT ZONE" EPISODE. WE DON'T NEED TO SPEND THIS MONEY. WE DON'T NEED TO LOSE THESE LIVES. WE JUST NEED TO SAY WE'VE DONE OUR JOB AND COME HOME. WHO ARE WE WATCHING OUT FOR? THE STATE DEPARTMENT ENDED UP -- THE STATE DEPARTMENT ENDED UP STEALING VICTORY -- BASICALLY STEALING VICTORY OUT OF THE JAWS OF DEFEAT. WE'VE WON THIS YEARS AGO. YEARS AGO THE TALIBAN WERE CLEARED OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. AND NOW WE FIND THE SITUATION GETTING WORSE. WELL, I'VE BEEN IN AFGHANISTAN. I FOUGHT WITH THE MUJAHEDDIN AGAINST THE SOVIETS THERE. I OVER THE YEARS WAS DEEPLY INVOLVED WITH AFGHAN POLICY AND PEOPLE KNOW THAT. THERE IS NO REASON IN THE WORLD -- THE LONGER WE STAY THERE THE MORE ENEMIES WE'LL MAKE FOR THE UNITED STATES. IT'S GOING TO BE HARDER FOR US TO GET OUT NEXT YEAR THAN IT IS FOR US RIGHT NOW. AND WE WILL HAVE MADE MORE ENEMIES OUT OF THOSE PEOPLE WHEN THEY SEE FOREIGN TROOPS. WHO CARES IF THERE IS SOMEONE IN A CANYON FAR AWAY SCREAMING THAT HE HATES AMERICA? SO WHAT. AND OUR GUYS ARE GOING OUT THERE RIGHT NOW AND INVESTIGATING SITUATIONS LIKE THAT AND PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE BECAUSE SOMEONE HEARD GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE TALIBAN IN SOME DESLOATE CANYON SOMEWHERE. WHAT A WASTE OF AMERICAN LIVES. WHAT A WASTE OF OUR RESOURCES. AND ON TOP OF IT, OUR STATE DEPARTMENT HAS CREATED A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT, WE CREATED A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT FOR THE AFGHAN PEOPLE AND WE'RE SHOVING IT DOWN THEIR THROATS NOW, THE MOST HIGHLY CENTRALIZED AND MOST CORRUPT SYSTEM OF ANY GOVERNMENT IN THIS WORLD. MR. KARZAI IS CREATING A CLEPTOCRACY IN AFGHANISTAN. NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE'RE TRYING TO HELP, THAT MONEY IS DISAPPEARING. THAT MONEY IS -- WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IT EVEN THOUGH THE MONEY'S GOING OUT. WE SHOULD RECOGNIZE THAT WE CANNOT, WE CANNOT MAKE THE HISTORY FOR THE AFGHAN PEOPLE. WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE IT FOR THEMSELVES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE HAVE CLEARED AFGHANISTAN OF THE TALIBAN. WE HAVE ELIMINATED OSAMA BIN LADEN. THE AFGHAN PEOPLE WILL NOW HAVE TO SHAPE THEIR OWN DES NIECE. IT IS NOT UP TO US TO EXPEND MORE OF THE LIVES OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IN ORDER TO GET THE GOAL WE WANT, ESPECIALLY WHAT WE KNOW NOW THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS ALIED WITH SUCH A CORRUPT REGIME -- ALLIED WITH SUCH A CORRUPT REJACKSON LEE. WE NEED TO GET THE TROOPS AS SOON AS -- CORRUPT REGIME. WE NEED TO GET THE TROOPS HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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  • 03:33:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY RISE?

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    STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 03:33:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 03:34:02 PM

    MS. LEE

    ME SAY, THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUES, JONES AND MCGOVERN, AND TO ALL THE…

    ME SAY, THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUES, JONES AND MCGOVERN, AND TO ALL THE COLLEAGUES TODAY IN CALLING FOR A REAL DEBATE OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN WHICH REALLY SHOULD HAVE OCCURRED WHEN IT WAS AUTHORIZED IN 2001 WHICH, OF COURSE, I COULD NOT SUPPORT THEN KNOWING IT WAS A BLANK CHECK. YES, IT WAS AN OVERLY BROAD RESOLUTION FOR WAR WITHOUT END. AS I HAVE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR CALLING FOR A SAFE AND SWIFT END TO THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. WE ALL KNOW THERE IS NO MILITARY SOLUTION IN AFGHANISTAN. EARLIER THIS SUMMER WE PASSED THE SAD MILDSTONE OF 2,000 AMERICAN LIVES LOST IN AFGHANISTAN. TENS OF THOUSANDS SUFFER MORE FROM WOUNDS, BOTH VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE. AS WE REMEMBER AND HONOR OUR DEAD AND OUR WOUNDED AND PRAY FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR LOVED ONES, WE ALSO HAVE THE DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY AND OPPORTUNITY TO ACT TODAY TO ENSURE THAT FURTHER LOSSES ARE AVOIDED AND THAT WE ACCELERATE THE TRANSITION TO AFGHANS RULING AFGHANISTAN. LATER ON TODAY I AM GOING TO INTRODUCE AN AMENDMENT TO THIS DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO LIMIT FUNDING IN AFGHANISTAN TO THE RESPONSIBLE AND SAFE WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS. WE HAVE THE POWER OF THE PURSE STRINGS IN THIS HOUSE, AND FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, WE SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEE AMENDMENT WHICH WILL SAVE AT LEAST $21 BILLION, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THOUGH, THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS AMERICANS AND AFGHANS AND QUITE FRANKLY, AS HAS BEEN SAID EARLIER, IT'S TIME TO USE THESE TAX DOLLARS TO CREATE JOBS HERE AT HOME. IT IS TIME TO REBUILD AMERICA, AND ALSO TO PROVIDE FOR THE ECONOMIC SECURITY OF OUR BRAVE TROOPS. THEY HAVE DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB. THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING WE HAVE ASKED THEM TO DO. THEY HAVE CARRIED A TREMENDOUS LOAD OVER THE PAST DECADE OF WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. ASKING THEM TO STAY IN AFGHANISTAN TWO MORE YEARS WHEN THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT CIRCUMSTANCES ON THE GROUND WILL CHANGE, THIS IS REALLY UNCONSCIONABLE. BEFORE WE SEND OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM INTO AFGHANISTAN OR ASK THEM TO STAY FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO ANSWER SIMPLE QUESTIONS. WHAT NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST DOES THE UNITED STATES CURRENTLY HAVE IN AFGHANISTAN? TO WHAT EXTENT DOES UNITED STATES PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN DESTABILIZE THE COUNTRY BY ANTAGONIZING LOCAL AFGHANS? HOW CRITICAL IS THE OVERALL EFFORT IN AFGHANISTAN COMPARED TO OTHER PRIORITIES IN OUR OWN COUNTRY? EARLIER THIS YEAR, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN WALTER JONES AND CONGRESSWOMAN WOOLSEY AND MCGOVERN, WE HELD A HEARING ON AFGHANISTAN WITH LIEUTENANT COLONEL DANIEL DAVIS. THIS WAS AN AD HOC HEARING, MIND YOU, BECAUSE WE SHOULD HAVE HAD THE AUTHORITY TO HOLD THAT HEARING IN THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE OR THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS BUT QUITE FRANKLY THE LEADERSHIP WOULD NOT LET US HAVE A FORMAL HEARING, SO WE HAD OUR OWN. WE HAD AN AD HOC HEARING WITH THIS BRAVE, OUTSPOKEN WHISTLEBLOWER, COLONEL DANIEL DAVIS, WHO RISKED HIS CAREER TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HE SAW ON THE GROUND IN AFGHANISTAN. IT WAS A HEARING THAT EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE HEARD BEFORE VOTING TO SPEND TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND RISKING THE LIVES AND LIMBS OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS IN UNIFORM. THOSE OF YOU WHO ATTENDED THE HEARING OR READ THE WITNESS' TESTIMONY UNDERSTAND THAT THE CURRENT STRATEGY OF PROPPING UP A CORRUPT REGIME IN AFGHANISTAN WILL ALMOST FAIL. BUT INSTEAD OF HAVING A FULL DEBATE ON THE CURRENT STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN, INSTEAD OF HAVING A REAL DEBATE ABOUT WHAT WE HOPE TO GAIN WITH MORE YEARS IN AFGHANISTAN, WE ARE LIMITED TO THESE BRIEF OPPORTUNITIES ON THE FLOOR TO REMIND CONGRESS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OVERWHELMINGLY WANT TO BRING THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN TO AN END. PEOPLE ARE WAR WEARY AND THEY WANT THIS OVER. THIS CONGRESS HAS THE OPPORTUNITY ONCE AGAIN TO STAND WITH SEVEN OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WHO WANT TO BRING THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN TO AN END BY VOTING YES ON SEVERAL OF THE AMENDMENTS THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE CONSIDERING. MY AMENDMENT THAT I WILL INTRODUCE LATER IN THIS DEBATE WILL LIMIT THE FUNDING TO THE RESPONSIBLE AND SAFE AND ORDERLY WITHDRAWAL OF UNITED STATES TROOPS AND CONTRACTORS FROM AFGHANISTAN. MADAM CHAIR, LET ME THANK ONCE AGAIN OUR COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN MCGOVERN AND JONES, FOR GATHERING US HERE THIS AFTERNOON. WE HAVE VERY LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES, REALLY, TO REFLECT THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S SENTIMENT IN TERMS OF THEIR WEARYNESS OF THIS WAR. IT'S TIME TO -- WEARINESS OF THIS WAR. IT'S TIME TO END IT.

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  • 03:39:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:39:23 PM

    MS. DELAURO

    LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 03:39:27 PM

    MS. DELAURO

    THIS HAS BECOME THE LONGEST WAR IN THE HISTORY OF OUR REPUBLIC. OVER 2,000…

    THIS HAS BECOME THE LONGEST WAR IN THE HISTORY OF OUR REPUBLIC. OVER 2,000 BRAVE AMERICAN WOMEN AND WOMEN HAVE PERISHED IN THIS CONFLICT. BECAUSE OF THEIR SACRIFICE AND THE HARD WORK, DEDICATION AND SACRIFICE, AL QAEDA HAS BEEN DECIMATED AND OSAMA BIN LADEN, THE PERPETRATOR OF THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS AGAINST AMERICANS HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. NOW ALMOST 11 YEARS AFTER WE FIRST ARRIVED, IT'S TIME TO BRING OUR MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN TO AN END. AFGHANISTAN IS ITS OWN SOVEREIGN COUNTRY AND ITS CITIZENS NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR DESTINY. WE NEED TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME AND TO START REINVESTING IN AMERICA AGAIN. AT THE RECENT NATO SUMMIT IN CHICAGO, PRESIDENT OBAMA AND NATO LEADERS ANNOUNCED AN END TO COMBAT OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN IN 2013. AND A TRANSITION OF LEAD RESPONSIBILITY TO THE AFGHAN GOVERNMENT BY THE END OF 2014. THESE ARE IMPORTANT STEPS, BUT THE PRESIDENT ALSO RECENTLY SIGNED AN AGREEMENT IN KABUL THAT WILL KEEP AMERICAN TROOPS IN THE REGION UNTIL 2024. 2024. WE NEED TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME NOW, NOT 16 YEARS FROM NOW. THIS WAR IS COSTING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS $130 BILLION A YEAR. ESPECIALLY AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE TRYING TO CUT THE DEFICIT, REDUCE UNNECESSARY SPENDING AND REINVEST IN OUR OWN ECONOMIC GROWTH, THIS IS FAR TOO MUCH. THE ENTIRE G.D.P. OF AFGHANISTAN IS $30 BILLION, LESS THAN A QUARTER OF WHAT WE'RE SPENDING YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT. THE NATION OF AFGHANISTAN FACES MANY TOUGH CHALLENGES AHEAD, INCLUDING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF A CIVIL SOCIETY SUCH AS LITERACY, EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN. BUT THESE ARE NOT CHALLENGES BUT ARE MERELY MILITARY IN NATURE. HAVE THEM BUILD THEIR ECONOMY RATHER THAN RELYING ON GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS. I VISITED AFGHANISTAN TWICE OVER THE COURSE OF THIS CONFLICT AND SAW FIRSTHAND HOW OUR RENEWED ATTENTION TO THE REGION SINCE 2009 AND THE COUNTERINSURGENCY STRATEGY DEVELOPED BY GENERAL PETRAEUS HAS BROUGHT MARKED IMPROVEMENTS IN SECURING AREAS, IN TRAINING SECURITY AND POLICE AND ESTABLISHING THE RULE OF LAW AND IN DEVELOPING LOCAL ECONOMIES. PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, ON A TRIP LAST MARCH, I HAD A SENSE OF OPTIMISM THAT WAS IN AFGHANISTAN THAT WAS NOT THERE BEFORE AND THE AFGHANS MUST SON TAKE OVER AND GOVERN THEIR OWN NATION. THE TIME IS NOW. FOR OVER A DECADE, OUR TROOPS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THE MISSION THAT THEY WERE GIVEN. THEY HAVE PERFORMED HEROICALLY. THEY, INCLUDING THOUSANDS OF BRAVE SERVICE MEMBERS FROM CONNECTICUT, HAVE BEEN OPERATING IN ONE OF THE MOST INHOSPITABLE ENVIRONMENTS ONE CAN IMAGINE. MAKING SACRIFICES FOR THEIR COUNTRY BY SERVING AS WELL AS LOSING THIS TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES. IT IS TIME TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN TO FORGE THEIR OWN DESTINY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:42:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? FOR…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RICK ANYTHING?

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  • 03:43:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 03:43:05 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AFTER 11 YEARS, OVER 2,000 AMERICANS KILLED, 16,000…

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AFTER 11 YEARS, OVER 2,000 AMERICANS KILLED, 16,000 AMERICANS WOUNDED, NEARLY $400 BILLION SPENT AND MORE THAN 12,000 AFGHAN CIVILIANS DEAD SINCE 2007, WE HAVE TO QUESTION THE U.S. PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN. SHOULD WE CONTINUE AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR? AT WHAT COST AND FOR HOW LONG? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE QUESTIONED AND CONTINUES TO QUESTION TIME AND TIME AGAIN THIS QUESTION, SHOULD WE BE THERE, AND THE ANSWER HAS ALWAYS BEEN A RESOUNDING NO. IT'S NOT BEING USED THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN AND EVERYONE ELSE, HAS SOURED ON THE WAR. THE NATIONAL SECURITY RATIONALE HAVE LOST ITS RECEIPT SANS AND THE ECONOMIC COST IS CRIPPLING OUR ABILITY TO RECOVER FROM OUR OWN DEEP RECESSION. ACCORDING TO "THE NEW YORK TIMES" POLL, MORE THAN 2/3 OF THOSE POLLED, 69% THOUGHT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD NOT BE AT WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. THE U.S. WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IS COSTING THE U.S. TAXPAYERS NEARLY $2 BILLION PER WEEK, OVER $100 BILLION PER YEAR. MEANWHILE, IN THE WAKE OF THE WORST ECONOMIC CRISIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, TOO MANY OF OUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS ARE OUT OF WORK, STRUGGLING TO PAY THE BILLS AND LOOK TO US FOR JOB CREATION AND SUPPORT. AMERICANS WHO FEEL THIS DOING MORE WITH LESS ARE CONNECTING THE DOTS OF OUR FEDERAL PRIORITIES AND THE PAIN THEY'RE FEELING AT HOME. AMERICANS STRUGGLING TO PUT THEIR KIDS THROUGH COLLEGE WITHOUT PELL GRANTS OR RUNNING OUT OF EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WITH NO NEW JOB ON THE HORIZON CANNOT IGNORE THE COST OF THE WAR. ARIZONA FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT HAVE PAID NEARLY $777 MILLION FOR THE AFGHAN WAR SINCE 2001. FOR THAT SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY, THE STATE OF ARIZONA COULD HAVE HAD 336,000 CHILDREN RECEIVING LOW-INCOME HEALTH CARE FOR ONE YEAR, 15,000 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS EMPLOYED IN OUR SCHOOLS FOR ONE YEAR, 93,000 HEAD START SLOTS FOR CHILDREN FOR ONE YEAR, OVER 100,000 MILITARY VETERANS RECEIVING V.A. MEDICAL CARE FOR ONE YEAR, OVER 10,000 POLICE OFFICERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SECURING OUR COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS FOR ONE YEAR, 113,000 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FOR ONE YEAR, 139,000 RECEIVING PELL GRANTS OF $5,550. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE BAD TRADEOFFS WE'RE MAKING BY SPENDING OUR NATIONAL RESOURCES, BOTH OUR TREASURE AND OUR BLOOD ON A WAR INSTEAD OF FIXING THE PROBLEMS HERE AT HOME. I'D LIKE TO TAKE A BRIEF SECOND TO THANK, TO HONOR AND TO COMMEMORATE THOSE WARRIORS FROM MY DISTRICT, DISTRICT SEVEN, FOR THEIR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE TO OUR COUNTRY. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS PAT HARRIS, SERGEANT MARTIN LUGO, SERGEANT JUSTIN GALLEGOS, SERGEANT GONZALEZ, FIRST LIEUTENANT THOMPSON, SERGEANT FIRST CLASS JONATHAN MCCAIN, STAFF SERGEANT DONALD STACY, PRIVATE FIRST CLASS ADAM HART. OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE PERFORMED WITH INCREDIBLE COURAGE AND COMMITMENT IN AFGHANISTAN. THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN ASKED OF THEM, BUT THE TRUTH IS THEY HAVE BEEN PUT AT AN IMPOSSIBLE POSITION. A WAR WITH NO FORESEEABLE END AND A WAR THAT IS COSTING NOT JUST THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES BUT OUR COUNTRY'S ABILITY TO PROSPER AND TO MOVE FORWARD. IT'S TIME TO SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IT'S TIME TO TAKE A RESPONSIBLE -- THE RESPONSIBILITY TO END THIS WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, BE RESPONSIBLE BUT END IT. THE COST TO AMERICA, THE COST TO OUR FUTURE IS TOO ENORMOUS TO CONTINUE ON THE PATH THAT WE'RE ON, A PATH THAT HAS NO END. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:47:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 03:47:35 PM

    MR. HIGGINS

    APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS AND THE BUDGET IS NOT ONLY A SPENDING PLAN ABOUT…

    APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS AND THE BUDGET IS NOT ONLY A SPENDING PLAN ABOUT FUTURE PRIORITIES, IT'S ALSO ABOUT A STATEMENT ABOUT OUR VALUES. AND THE UNITED STATES IN 2001 WENT INTO AFGHANISTAN AND TOOK OUT THE TALIBAN GOVERNMENT. WE'VE ALSO TAKEN OUT OSAMA BIN LADEN. THE UNITED STATES IS PROPOSING TO SPEND $88.5 BILLION AGAIN THIS YEAR IN AFGHANISTAN. WE'RE GOING INTO OUR 11TH YEAR OF U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN. 11 YEARS AGO AFGHANISTAN WAS AMONG THE POOREST AND MOST CORRUPT COUNTRIES ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. TODAY IT IS STILL AMONG THE MOST CORRUPT AND POOREST COUNTRIES ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. WE'VE LOST 2,000 AMERICAN SOLDIERS, 16,000 WOUNDED. LAST WEEK THE U.S. GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO SPEND $105 BILLION REBUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. LESS THAN $53 BILLION IN EACH OF THE NEXT TWO YEARS FOR A NATION OF OVER 200 MILLION PEOPLE. YOU JUST SPENT $78 BILLION REBUILDING THE ROADS AND BRIDGES OF AFGHANISTAN, A NATION OF 30 MILLION PEOPLE. IT'S TIME THAT WE DO NATION BUILDING RIGHT HERE AT HOME. OF THE 34 PROVINCES IN AFGHANISTAN THE SPIRITUAL AND FINANCIAL HARM OF THE TALIBAN IS IN KANDAHAR PROVINCE. BECAUSE THAT IS DISPROPORTIONATELY WHERE THE POPPY FIELDS ARE THAT FINANCES THE TALIBAN. THE LITERACY RATE FOR WOMEN IN KANDAHAR PROVINCE IS 1%. THE LITERACY RATE FOR MEN IS ABOUT 15%. HOW DO YOU BUILD UP AN AFGHANISTAN POLICE FORCE AND AFGHAN NARM ARMY WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE -- ARMY WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE ILLITERATE? YOU HAVE TO BUILD SCHOOLS, YOU HAVE TO BUILD ROADS TO GET THEM TO SCHOOLS AND ELECTRICITY TO POWER THOSE SCHOOLS. THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS NATION BUILDING. IN AFGHANISTAN. WE NEED TO DO NATION BUILDING RIGHT HERE AT HOME. THIS $88.5 BILLION SHOULD BE DIRECTED IMMEDIATELY TO REBUILD THE ROADS AND BRIDGES OF THIS NATION. IN AMERICA, ACCORDING TO TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA, WE HAVE 69,000 STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES. IN NEW YORK STATE ALONE WE HAVE OVER 2,000 STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES. IN MY HOME COMMUNITY OF WESTERN NEW YORK WE HAVE 99 STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BRIDGES AND NO PLAN TO ADDRESS THAT. EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY SEVEN CARS DRIVE ON A BRIDGE THAT IS STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT. WE NEED TO GET OUR PRIORITIES IN ORDER, WE NEED TO REAFFIRM OUR VALUES, WE NEED TO HAVE A VISION FOR REBUILDING AMERICA AND THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS START WITH THIS APPROPRIATION AND REPROGRAMMING IT RIGHT BACK HERE AT HOME FOR NATION BUILDING HERE IN AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:50:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 03:51:05 PM

    MR. BURTON

    SUPPORT THE MILITARY 100% AND I THINK WE OUGHT TO GIVE THEM ALL THE…

    SUPPORT THE MILITARY 100% AND I THINK WE OUGHT TO GIVE THEM ALL THE EQUIPMENT AND SPEND THE FUNDS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE PREPARED TO FIGHT A WAR ANYPLACE AND I THINK WE NEED TO DEFEAT THE TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA AND MAKE SURE THAT THE THREATS TO AMERICA ARE ELIMINATED, AT LEAST AS MUCH AS IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. BUT THE REASON I TOOK FIVE MINUTES TO SPEAK TODAY IS BECAUSE -- NOT BECAUSE I DON'T SUPPORT THE MILITARY OR THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE MILITARY. BUT BECAUSE I WAS SHAVING THE OTHER DAY AND BEFORE I CAME INTO WORK, AND I HEARD THE NEWS MAN TALKING ABOUT A YOUNG FAMILY AND A GENTLEMAN, YOUNG MAN THAT WAS IN THE MILITARY. I CAME OUT WHILE I WAS SHAVING AND I LOOKED AT THE TELEVISION, IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, YOUNG MAN AND A WOMAN WOMAN AND THEIR CHILD, AND THEY ANNOUNCED HE HAD JUST BEEN HIT BY AN I.E.D. AND LOST BOTH HARMS -- ARMS AND BOTH LEGS AND I WAS THINKING, WHAT A TRAGEDY FOR THIS YOUNG MAN AND FOR HIS FAMILY AND THE HORRIBLE THINGS THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO ENDURE THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THEN I STARTED THINKING ABOUT ALL THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WE HAVE. WE HAVE SATELLITES THAT CAN PINPOINT A PACK OF CIGARETTES ON THE GROUND AND WE HAVE DRONES THAT CAN FLY OVER ENEMY TERRITORY AND PICK OUT A TARGET AND HIT SOMEBODY WITH A MISSILE AND BLOW THEM TO SMITHEREENS AND SOMEBODY FROM 1,000 MILES AWAY SITTING AT A COMPUTER WITH A TELEVISION SCREEN CAN DIRECT THAT DRONE AND THAT MISSILE. AND I STARTED WONDERING TO MYSELF, WHY IN THE WORLD DON'T WE USE MORE OF THOSE INSTEAD OF SENDING YOUNG AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN INTO HARM'S WAY DAY IN AND DAY OUT LIKE WE DO? WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO KNOCK OUT ANYBODY, ANYPLACE IN THE WORLD THAT WE WANT TO. AND SO I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ASK THIS QUESTION OF MY COLLEAGUES. WE HAVE TO HAVE SPECIAL FORCES, WE HAVE TO GO INTO CERTAIN SPOTS AND KNOCK OUT BAD GUYS. WE'VE GOT TO DO THAT. BUT WHEN WE DON'T HAVE TO, WHEN WE KNOW THAT THE ENEMY'S IN A CERTAIN AREA, INSTEAD OF SPENDING OUR YOUNG MEN AND -- SENDING OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN THERE, WHY DON'T WE SEND A DRONE OVER AT A SITE THAT WE DISCOVERED FROM A SATELLITE AND BLOW THE HELL OUT OF THOSE PEOPLE? DON'T SEND OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN INTO THAT KIND OF A SITUATION WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO LOSE THEIR ARMS AND THEIR LEGS, WHEN WE'VE SPENT ALL THIS MONEY ON THIS TECHNOLOGY TO STOP THE ENEMY. AND THAT'S MY BIGGEST CONCERN. WHY IN THE WORLD DON'T WE USE THAT TECHNOLOGY INSTEAD OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN GOING INTO HARM'S WAY WHEN IT'S NOT NECESSARY? I UNDERSTAND WAR IS IMPORTANT. I KNOW WE HAVE TO DEFEAT THE TALIBAN AND THOSE WHO WOULD TAKE AWAY OUR FREEDOMS. IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND WE SHOULD SUPPORT THE MILITARY. EVERY WAY WE CAN. GIVE THEM ALL THE TOOLS THAT ARE NECESSARY. BUT LET'S USE THE TOOLS THAT WE HAVE TO STOP THE ENEMY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT PUTTING YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN THAT SITUATION. I DON'T WANT TO TURN ON THE TELEVISION NEXT WEEK OR NEXT MONTH AND SEE MORE YOUNG MENTAL AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SUFFERED THIS WAY -- YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SUFFERED THIS WAY. I'VE BEEN OUT TO BETHESDA AND WALTER REED AND I'VE SEEN THE DAMAGE THAT WAR DOES. AND SO IF WE'RE GOING TO GO TO WAR AND WE HAVE TO GO TO WAR, ONLY GOING IF WE HAVE TO, BUT IF WE DO, LET'S USE THE TECHNOLOGY WE HAVE AND DEFEAT THE ENEMY AND MINIMIZE THE LOSS OF LIFE THAT OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN ARE EXPERIENCING. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:54:28 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 YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:54:33 PM

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    MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THAT WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY COULD HAVE BEEN AND WAS SAID A YEAR AGO. NOT…

    THAT WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY COULD HAVE BEEN AND WAS SAID A YEAR AGO. NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED BUT MORE LIES HAVE BEEN -- LIVES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED AND MORE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN WASTED. ALL TO NO INTELLIGENT PURPOSE. THE WHOLE PREMISE OF THE AFGHANISTAN WAR IS WRONG.

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  • 03:54:57 PM

    MR. NADLER

    THE RATIONALE TO THE WAR IS TO FIGHT AL QAEDA. BUT MOST OF THE DAY TO DAY…

    THE RATIONALE TO THE WAR IS TO FIGHT AL QAEDA. BUT MOST OF THE DAY TO DAY FIGHTING IS AGAINST AN ENTRENCHED TALIBAN U.S. IS THAT WILL OUTLAST ANY -- INSURGENCY THAT WILL OUTLAST ANY FOREIGN FIGHTERS. FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN DOES NOT ENHANCE THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES IN ANY WAY. IN 2001 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. AND WE DID. BUT THAT TOOK ABOUT THREE WEEKS. WE SHOULD HAVE WITHDRAWN AFTER THOSE THREE WEEKS. THE C.I.A. TOLD US A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO THAT THERE ARE FEWER THAN 100 AL QAEDA PERSONNEL IN ALL OF AFGHANISTAN. SO WHY DO WE STILL HAVE 70,000 TROOPS THERE? TROOPS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO RISK THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY IN A WAR THAT HAS ALREADY CLAIMED FAR TOO MANY LIVES. AND WHY SHOULD WE CONTINUE POURING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO AN INTRACTABLE MESS WHEN WE SHOULD BE DEVOTING THOSE FUNDS TO OUR OWN ECONOMY? OUR OWN JOBS, OUR OWN SCHOOLS, OUR OWN BRIDGES AND ROADS AND HIGHWAYS, OUR OWN HOUSING AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS AND EDUCATION. AFGHANISTAN IS IN THE MIDDLE OF WHAT IS SO FAR A 35-YEAR CIVIL WAR. WE DO NOT HAVE EITHER THE NEED OR THE ABILITY TO DETERMINE THE WINNER OF THAT WAR WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO. IF WE CONTINUE ON THIS COURSE, IN TWO YEARS THERE WILL BE HUNDREDS MORE DEAD AMERICAN SOLDIERS, SEVERAL HUNDRED BILLION MORE DOLLARS WASTED AND TWO OR THREE MORE PROVINCES LABELED PASSIFIED. BUT AS SOON AS WE LEAVE, NOW OR IN 2014 OR 2016 OR 2024 OR WHENEVER, THOSE PROVINCES WILL PROMPTLY BECOME UNPASSIFIED, THE TALIBAN AND THE WARLORDS WILL STEP UP THE FIGHTING AGAIN AND THE AFGHANISTAN CIVIL WAR WILL RESUME ITS NORMAL, NATURAL COURSE. OUR TROOPS ARE FIGHTING VALIANTLY BUT WE'RE THERE ON THE WRONG MISSION. WE SHOULD RECOGNIZE THAT REBUILDING AFGHANISTAN IN OUR OWN IMAGE, THAT SETTING UP A STABLE GOVERNMENT THAT WILL LAST IS BOTH BEYOND OUR ABILITY AND BEYOND OUR MANDATE TO PREVENT TERRORISTS FROM ATTACKING THE UNITED STATES. WE FULFILLED THE MISSION IN PROTECTING AMERICA FROM TERRORISTS BASED IN AFGHANISTAN OVER 10 YEARS AGO. WE SHOULD HAVE WITHDRAWN OUR TROOPS 10 YEARS AGO. WE SHOULD WITHDRAW THEM NOW. WE SHOULDN'T WAIT UNTIL 2014, WE SHOULDN'T HAVE SEVERAL THOUSAND ADVISORS ADVISING AND HELPING THE AFGHANIS FOR ANOTHER 10 YEARS. THEY HAVE THEIR ONLY CIVIL WAR THEY'VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR 35 YEARS. I WISH WE COULD HAVE -- WE COULD WAVE A MAGIC WAND TO END IT BUT WE CAN'T. WE SHOULD NOT PARTICIPATE IN AN AFGHAN CIVIL WAR. WE DO NOT NEED TO PICK THE WINNER IN THAT CIVIL WAR. WE DO NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO PICK THE WINNER IN THAT CIVIL WAR. ALL WE ARE DOING IS WASTING LIVES, WASTING LIMBS, WASTING PEOPLE AND WASTING DOLLARS. WE OUGHT TO END OUR INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN AS RAPIDLY AS WE CAN PHYSICALLY REMOVE OUR TROOPS. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:58:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    23, MILITARY PERSONNEL, NAVY, $27, 075,933,000. MILITARY PERSONNEL, MARINE…

    23, MILITARY PERSONNEL, NAVY, $27, 075,933,000. MILITARY PERSONNEL, MARINE CORPS, $12,560,999,000. MILITARY PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE, $28,124,109,000. RESERVE PERSONNEL, ARMY, $4,456, 823,000. RESERVE PERSONNEL, NAVY, $1,871,688,000. RESERVE PERSONNEL, MARINE CORPS, $651,861,000. RESERVE PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE, $1,743,875,000. NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL, ARMY, $8,089,477,000. NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE, $3,158,015,000. TITLE 2, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY. $36,422,738,000.

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  • 03:59:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 OFFERED BY -- PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 OFFERED BY -- PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. KINGSTON OF GEORGIA.

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  • 03:59:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 03:59:55 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAWS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    YOU SO MUCHISM APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE, MS. MCCOLLUM, AND MR. KINGSTON AND…

    YOU SO MUCHISM APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE, MS. MCCOLLUM, AND MR. KINGSTON AND WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO AHEAVE. I CERTAINLY SUPPORT PEARING DOWN THE BUDGET WHERE -- PARING DOWN THE BUDGET WHERE IT IS APPROPRIATE AND WHERE IT SAVES MONEY. MY COLLEAGUE REFERENCES SOME NUMBERS THAT COME FROM THE ARMY. THE ARMY IS GETTING OUT OF THIS TYPE OF SPONSORSHIP.

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  • 04:05:50 PM

    MR. MCHENRY

    YOU THE NUMBERS FROM THE NATIONAL GUARD THAT INTENDS TO STAY IN THIS FORM…

    YOU THE NUMBERS FROM THE NATIONAL GUARD THAT INTENDS TO STAY IN THIS FORM OF ADVERTISING FOR RECRUITING PURPOSES AND FOR BUILDING GOOD WILL AMONG THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM, THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS, IN ONE FORM, ONE VERY SPECIFIC FORM OF SPONSORSHIP THEY HAVE, AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF OTHERS, BUT THIS ONE FORM OF SPONSORSHIP FOR NASCAR, THE NATIONAL GUARD SAW A NEARLY 300% RETURN ON THEIR INVESTMENT. NOW THAT COMES FROM $68 MILLION IN MEDIA EXPOSURE, IT COMES FROM $5 -- IT COMES FROM 5.5 MILLION PIECES OF MERCHANDISE AND APPAREL WHICH HAS NATIONAL GUARD ON IT, WHICH HAS A VALUE OF ROUGHLY $7 MILLION. S THAT HUGE RETURN FOR THE BUCK. THIS IS WHY FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES ADVERTISE THROUGH NASCAR. NOT BECAUSE IT FEELS GOOD BUT BECAUSE IT DELIVERS RESULTS. THE FACT IS, NO MATTER THE SIZE OF THE MILITARY, YOU'RE GOING TO STILL NEED RECRUITS. AND THE FACT REMAINS, IF WE LOOK AT THE EXAMPLE OF 2005, WHERE THE ARMY DIDN'T MEET THEIR RECRUITING GOALS, WHAT WE HAD TO DO IS INCREASE THE BUDGET FOR RETENTION. SO THE FACT OF CUTTING ONE AREA OF RECRUITING, MEANS THAT IN A COUPLE OF YEARS WE'LL HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR RETENTION IN ORDER TO KEEP IN THE SAME FOLKS IN THE NATIONAL GUARD THAT WE CURRENTLY NEED. FURTHERMORE, BACK TO THIS ONE PARTICULAR FORM OF ADVERTISING. I THINK IT'S HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE FOR THIS CONGRESS TO GET INTO THE BUSINESS OF SPECIFYING HOW BEST THE NATIONAL GUARD OR WHATEVER BRANCH SHOULD SPEND THEIR DOLLARS ON RECRUITING. THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS DONE A OWEMAN'S TASK OF MAKING SURE WE -- A YOMAN'S TACK OF -- TASK OF -- A YEOMAN'S TASK OF MAKING SURE WE SCRUB THIS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. THIS IS A GOOD BILL WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. BUT WHEN WE START MICROMANAGING ADVERTISING PROGRAMS TO TRY TO RECRUIT NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS, WE'VE SLIPPED INTO THE ABSURD. THE NATIONAL GUARD FROM THE EXPERIENCE THEY HAVE HAD IN NASCAR ADVERTISING IN PARTICULAR, THEY GENERATED 5 ,000 LEAGUES. I WISH MY COLLEAGUE HAD REFERENCED THAT OTHER THAN THESE OTHER NUMBERS THAT HE REFERENCED BEFORE, WHICH I THINK ARE A GOOD REASON WHY THE ARMY IS NOT CONTINUING WITH THAT PROGRAM. THEY DEPARTMENT DESIGN IT APPROPRIATELY, APARENTLY. BUT THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS GOTTEN A HUGE BANG FOR THE BUCK AND HAS GOTTEN RECRUITS BECAUSE OF THIS FORM OF ADVERTISING. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES IF THEY VOTED NO ON THE MCCOLLUM AMENDMENT LAST YEAR, THERE ARE TWO AMENDMENTS THAT DEAL WITH THIS SAME ISSUE. IF THEY VOTED NO ON THOSE AMENDMENT, THEY NEED TO VOTE NO AGAIN. I WOULD SAY THIS AGAIN, MADAM CHAIR. IF YOU VOTED NO ON THOSE TWO AMENDMENTS THAT ARE STRUCTURALLY THE SAME, VOTE NO AGAIN. I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THAT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:09:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:09:11 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MS. MCCOLLUM

    THE SPEAKER THAT PART OF WHAT THIS MONEY IS BEING SPENT ON IS BRANDING AND…

    THE SPEAKER THAT PART OF WHAT THIS MONEY IS BEING SPENT ON IS BRANDING AND GOOD WILL AND THE CONGRESS AND US, TODAY, SHOULD NOT BE MAKING MY CHANGES AND MICROMANAGING WHAT THE NATIONAL GUARD IS DOING. I WOULD CALL TO OUR COLLEAGUE'S ATTENTION LEGISLATION, PUBLIC LAW, 106-398 IN THE 106TH CONGRESS. THE LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION SYSTEM, WHICH IS AVAILABLE TO ALL OF US, DIRECTS US AS TO WHAT REALLY TOOK PLACE. IN THE 106TH CONGRESS. WE DIRECTED THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY ON OCTOBER 1, 2000 AND ENDING DECEMBER 1, 2005, TO CARRY OUT A PILOT PROGRAM TO TEST VARIOUS RECRUITING APPROACHES. ONE OF THEM WAS TO BE AN OUTREACH THE ARMY WAS GOING TO DO WITH MOTOR SPOTS. IT DOESN'T WORK. -- IT DOESN'T WORK. THAT'S WHY THE ARMY HAS DROPPED IT. THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS, THROUGH THEIR -- THROUGH WHAT MR. KINGSTON HAD, DIDN'T COME TO US DIRECTLY, WE WERE PROVIDED SOME SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION THROUGH NASCAR, OF ALL THE CONTACTS AND ALL THE HITS. EVERYBODY WHO WALKED THROUGH THE GATE WAS COUNTED AS BEING PART OF BRANDING. FOLKS, THIS WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT BRANDING. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT RECRUITING. THAT'S WHY THE ARMY SPOKESMAN ON CNN SAID WHEN THEY ANNOUNCED THEY WERE ENDING THEIR 10-YEAR, MULTIDOLLAR TAXPAYER FUNDED RELINGTSSHIP WITH NASCAR, QUOTE, IT WAS NOT A GREAT INVESTMENT. THE NAVY PULLED OUT. THE MARINE CORPS PULLED OUT OF NASCAR YEARS AGO. YET THE PENTAGON HAS PAID ONE RACING TEAM, MR. EARNHARDT'S TEAM, $136 MILLION IN TAXPAYER FUNDS FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD LOGO ON HIS CAR AND THE NAME -- IN THE NAME OF RECRUITMENT. THIS YEAR, THEY'RE PAYING MR. EARNHARDT AGAIN $26.5 MILLION TO WHICH THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS REPORTED, THIS IS WHAT THE GUARD TOLD ME, 20 QUALIFIED CANDIDATES EXPRESSING INTEREST, ZERO, ZERO ACTUAL RECRUITS. SO OVER THE PAST TWO YEAR THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS SPENT MORE THAN $20 MILLION IN TAXPAYER FUNDS ON BASS FISHING TOURNAMENTS. WE'RE IN A FISCAL CRISIS. BASS FISHING IS NOT NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS CONGRESS IS CUTTING MONEY TO NEEDY FAMILIES BECAUSE WE'RE IN A FISCAL CRISIS YET THE PENTAGON IS SPENDING IN EXCESS OF $80 MILLION ON NASCAR SPONSORSHIPS, BASS FISHING, ULTIMATE CAGE FIGHTING AND OTHER SPONSORSHIPS. IT'S A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY, IT DOESN'T WORK. OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS, THE PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LOBBY HAS COME OUT IN FULL FORCE TO PROTECT THEIR TAXPAYER FUNDED SUBSIDY. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE 2013 DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL THOSE PRO TEAMS ARE MILITARY CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE FAILED TO DELIVER ON THEIR CONTRACT FOR THE PAST -- IN THE PAST FOR THE TAXPAYERS FOR RECRUITS. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE KINGSTON FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS, AND JOINING ME TO CUT A PENTAGON PROGRAM THAT'S JUST NOT EFFECTIVE. THIS COMMUNITY IN WHICH WE'RE HAVING THIS BILL DISCUSSED RIGHT NOW HAS BEEN BIPARTISAN IN THE WAY THE BILL HAS BEEN PUT TOGETHER AND BIPARTISAN IN THE WAY THE AMENDMENT HAS BEEN OFFERED. IF THE PRIVATE SECTOR WANTS TO PULL THEIR MONEY TO SPONSOR MILITARY RACE CAR TEAMS TO DEMONSTRATE PATRIOTISM, I SAY FANTASTIC AND GO FOR IT. BUT IT IS MY JOB TO BE A STEWARD OF TAXPAYERS' FUNDS. I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT DO. IT DOES NOT PROHIBIT OR LIMITS MILITARY RECRUITERS FROM RECRUITING AT NASCAR RACES OR ANY OTHER SPORTS EVENT. I JUST WANT THE MILITARY RECRUITERS TO ATTEND THE RACES AND COMMUNITY EVENTS WHERE THERE'S POTENTIAL RECRUITS. WE MOOD, AS MR. KINGSTON POINTED OUT, MORE RECRUITERS DOING THEIR JOBS IN THE RIGHT WAY AND THEY HAVE IDEAS HOW WE CAN DO THIS BETTER. WE NEED TO LISTEN TO RECRUITERS. I THINK IT WILL BE -- YOU KNOW, IRRESPONSIBLE AND OUTRAGEOUS THAT CONGRESS WOULD GO AHEAD AND CONTINUE TO BORROW MONEY FROM CHINA TO PAY FOR ONE RACE CAR DRIVER'S TEAM, $26 MILLION FOR DELIVERING ZERO RECRUITS. OUR NATION'S FACING A FISCAL CRISIS. COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES AND SENIORS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN ARE BEARING THE BRUNT OF DEEP AND PAINFUL BUDGET CUTS. CONGRESS NEEDS TO GET ITS PRIORITIES IN ORDER AND STOP PROTECTING MILITARY SPENDING THAT DOESN'T WORK. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MR. KINGSTON'S AMENDMENT, IT'S AN HONOR TO BE A PARTNER TO IT. WE NEED TO CUT WASTEFUL SPENDING AND REDUCE THIS DEFICIT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK TO…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    COLLEAGUE, MR. MCHENRY, I'M RISING BECAUSE I DO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT.…

    COLLEAGUE, MR. MCHENRY, I'M RISING BECAUSE I DO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. SAYING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS TO LIMIT WHAT THEY DO AND THE SIDE HOW THEY CAN RECRUIT AND MAINLY IT'S MICROMANAGING, THE BIGGEST ISSUE HERE IS THIS WILL NOT -- THIS APPROACH IS NOT GOING TO SAVE A DIME IN THE LONG RUN.

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    MRS. MYRICK

    BECAUSE WHEN RECRUITMENT GOALS AREN'T MET, AND THAT IS A CHALLENGE, THE…

    BECAUSE WHEN RECRUITMENT GOALS AREN'T MET, AND THAT IS A CHALLENGE, THE MILITARY PAYS OUT NEARLY $1 BILLION A YEAR IN EXTRA RECRUITMENT BONUSES TO MAINTAIN NEEDED RECRUITMENT NUMBERS. AND WE'RE TALKING, OF COURSE, ABOUT THE NATIONAL GOURD, WHO DID HAVE A 4-1 RETURN ON INVESTMENT IN MOTORSPORTS BUT WE'VE GOT TO BE AWARE WE'VE GOT TO RECRUIT MEN AND WOMEN WHERE THEY ARE, WE NEED THE BEST MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE CAN IN OUR MILITARY SERVICE AND OF COURSE WE OWE ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE CURRENTLY SERVING A GREAT DEBT OF GRATITUDE BUT I DON'T BELIEVE WE NEED TO TELL THEM HOW THEY KNOW BEST HOW TO DO THEIR RECRUITING. I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN ROOTING OUT GOVERNMENT WASTE. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES. BECAUSE IN THE LONG RUN WE END UP SPENDING MORE MONEY ON RECRUITMENT. AS MY COLLEAGUE SAID BEFORE, THE HOUSE HAS TWICE VOTED DOWN THIS AMENDMENT, IT'S THE SAME VOTE. AND I URGE THEM TO DO SO AGAIN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT, JUST THIS PAST WEEKEND I HAD THE…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT, JUST THIS PAST WEEKEND I HAD THE GREAT HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO SEND OVER 150 YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OFF TO FORT BLISS TO PREPARE THEIR FINAL TRAINING TO GO OVERSEAS. THIS IS THE 857TH ENGINEERING COMPANY.

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    MR. PALAZZO

    MISSION IS THE HORIZONTAL CONSTRUCTION WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH THEY'RE GOING…

    MISSION IS THE HORIZONTAL CONSTRUCTION WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH THEY'RE GOING TO BE CLEARING ROADS AND AS WE KNOW THAT'S ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS MISSIONS IN AFGHANISTAN. NOW, I WAS TOO BUSY SHAKING HANDS AND TALKING TO FAMILIES AND OTHERS TO NOTICE WHAT I WOULD PROBABLY HAVE SEEN IN THE PARKING LOT AND THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOT OF BUMPER STICKERS AND ON THOSE BUMPER STICKERS IT WOULDN'T BE FACES OR POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT, OF COURSE I WISH THERE WOULD BE SOME. BUT IT WAS MORE NUMBERS. NUMBER THREE, NUMBER 11, NUMBER 24, NUMBER 14. AND MOST LIKELY THERE WERE A FEW NUMBER 88'S OUT THERE WHICH IS THE CAR DALE EARNHARDT DRIVES FOR NASCAR. SO WITH THAT RIGHT NOW IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON THIS CONGRESS SHOULD BE TELLING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HOW AND WHERE TO SPEND MONEY ON RECRUITMENT. SPORTS SPONSORSHIPS HAVE BEEN A MAJOR SOURCE OF RECRUITMENT AND PROVIDED A GREAT DEAL OF RETURN ON INVESTMENT. THE ONLY OTHER OPTION IS TO SPEND MORE ON RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION BONUSES. AS MY COLLEAGUE JUST MENTIONED, WHEN THEY FILE BELOW A CERTAIN NUMBER THEY SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. SO THIS ACTUALLY SAVES TAXPAYERS MONEY SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO FIND THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO SERVE IN OUR NATION'S MILITARY. AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS, THE NATIONAL GUARD CANNOT ADVERTISE ON TELEVISION WHICH SIGNIFICANTLY LIMITS THEIR OPPORTUNITIES TO REACH THE AUDIENCE THAT THEY WANT TO REACH. THIS IS AN EFFECTIVE PROGRAM THAT REMAINS A KEY TOOL FOR OUR NATIONAL GUARD AND OTHER BRANCHES OF OUR MILITARY SERVICES. THIS BILL HAS ALREADY TAKEN SERIOUS CUTS FROM ADVERTISING AND MARKETING BUDGETS FORMAT ARE IN CORPS, NAVY, AIR FORCE AND NATIONAL GUARD ACCOUNTS, WHICH HAVE ALL BEEN CUT SIGNIFICANTLY. ALREADY, ALREADY BEFORE THIS AMENDMENT. THERE'S NO REASON WHY WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO TIE THEIR HANDS BY CUTTING MORE FUNDS FROM THE BUDGET. THESE SPONSORSHIPS PROVIDE THE ABILITY TO MARKET AND CREATE BRANDING OPPORTUNITIES AND FAMILIARITY WITH THE SERVICE BRANCHES IN AREAS WHERE MARKET RESEARCH SHOWS THAT THE TARGET AUDIENCE SPENDS ITS TIME. FOR EXAMPLE, NASCAR FANS ARE VERY LARGE. UP TO 70 MILLION. I THINK THAT'S A LOW NUMBER. VERY PATRIOTIC, VERY PRO-MILITARY FAN BASE AND ARE VERY LOCAL TO TEAMS AND DRIVERS. THESE ARE WHO WE WANT JOINING OUR U.S. MILITARY. MADAM CHAIR, WE ARE CURRENTLY DEALING WITH VERY SERIOUS CUTS TO OUR MILITARY BECAUSE OF SEQUESTRATION. THIS IS NOT THE TIME OR THE PLACE TO BE CUTTING THE TOOLS THAT OUR MILITARY IS USING TO RECRUIT THE VERY BEST, PATRIOTIC YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SERVE OUR NATION IN ITS MILITARY. THE MILITARY IS MAXIMIZING THEIR RESOURCES TO FULFILL THEIR MISSION AT HOME AND ABROAD. IF THIS WASN'T SUCCESSFUL, THEY WOULDN'T BE DOING IT. I ASK THAT MY COLLEAGUES OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO VOICE MY OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT SPONSORED BY MR.…

    SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO VOICE MY OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT SPONSORED BY MR. KINGSTON, MS. MCCOLLUM, AIMED AT BANNING POST WAR SPONSORSHIP OF THE PRIVATE DEFENSE. TRULY WE ARE IN AN ERA WHERE THE PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE EFFORTS TO TRIM THE BUDGET WHEREVER POSSIBLE. THIS MEASURE, MADAM SPEAKER, DOES NOT ATTACK AN EXCESS OF GOVERNMENT.

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    MR. BISHOP

    THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WILL BE CUTTING OUT A PROVEN, SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT IN…

    THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WILL BE CUTTING OUT A PROVEN, SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT IN OUR NATION'S MILITARY PERSONNEL. THE ARMY, THE NATIONAL GUARD, THE NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. LAST YEAR OVER 280 MEMBERS OF A BIPARTISAN VOTE OPPOSED THIS AMENDMENT. APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ROGERS, DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN YOUNG HAVE BEEN BOTH OPPOSED TO THIS MEASURE IN COMMITTEE VOTES AND FLOOR VOTES. CHAIRMAN YOUNG HAS REPEATEDLY SAID IN 2012 THAT HE OPPOSES IT. OUR MILITARY DESERVES ACCESS TO THE MOST QUALIFIED POTENTIAL RECRUITS AVAILABLE. A VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS AMENDMENT WOULD HANDICAP OUR MILITARY'S RECRUITING EFFORTS. STARTING IN 1999, MARKETING THE MILITARY THROUGH SPORTS OPENED THE D.O.D.'S EFFORTS TO BRAND AND SHOWCASE THEIR SERVICES TO A SPECIFIC TARGET AUDIENCE. THE NATIONAL GUARD CANNOT ADVERTISE ON BROADCAST TELEVISION SO PROFESSIONAL SPORTS SPONSORSHIPS BECOMES AN EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE MEANS OF REACHING TARGET MARKETS FOR RECRUITING AND RETENTION OF CITIZEN SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN. OUR SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN AND MARINES ARE ATHLETES. IT ONLY MAKES SENSE TO ADVERTISE AND MARKET TO PROFESSIONAL SPORTS VENUES. ATHLETES SHARE COMMON VALUES WITH THE MILITARY SUCH AS HONOR, INTEGRITY, INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY, TEAMWORK AND SELF-SACRIFICE. ADDITIONALLY ATHLETES ARE A KEY DEMOGRAPHIC FROM IN THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WANT TO SERVE -- IN THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WANT TO SERVE. ONLY ONE IN EVERY FOUR YOUNG PEOPLE IS EVEN ELIGIBLE TO JOIN. THE D.O.D.'S SUCCESS RATE IN RECRUITING STEMS FROM THAT DIRECT -- THEIR DIRECT ACCESS TO POTENTIAL RECRUITS AND INFLUENCES OF MEN AND WOMEN ABOUT THEIR INTEREST IN SCROINING THE MILITARY OFTEN FOUND AT SPORTING EVENTS. PRO SPORTS SPONSORSHIPS GENERATE RECRUITMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND PROVIDE A NATIONAL PLATFORM TO PROMOTE EACH BRANCH'S IMAGE. IN ADDITION TO RECRUITMENT AND A RECOGNIZABLE NATIONAL PROFILE, THOSE SPONSORSHIPS IN MOTORSPORTS SPOTLIGHT A GOOD RETURN ON INVESTMENT DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR. IN 2011 ALONE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD SPENT $44 MILLION ON MOTORSPORTS SPONSORSHIPS BUT BASED ON MARKET VALUE THE TOTAL MEDIA EXPOSURE THE GUARD RECEIVED TOTALED OVER $150 MILLION. A 336% RETURN ON INVESTMENT. IF LESS IS SPENT ON ADVERTISING, HISTORY PROVES THAT D.O.D. WILL HAVE TO INCREASE DOLLARS FOR BONUSES TO RETAIN MILITARY PERSONNEL AND FOR RECRUITING BONUSES. D.O.D. MOTORSPORTS PARTNERSHIPS HAVE RESULTED IN KEY TRANSFERS OF TECHNOLOGY. THE FIRST HUMVEES SENT TO IRAQ HAD CANVAS DOORS. ADDITIONAL ARMOR ADDED CREATED CHALLENGES TO THE HUMVEE'S SUSPENSION SYSTEMS. THE MARINES TURNED TO NASCAR ENGINEERS TO HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THE ADDITIONAL PROJECT DEVELOPED BY THE MARINES IS A ROLLER. IT CAN DETONATE EXPLOSIVE DEVICES WHILE PROTECTING MARINES IN THE VEHICLE. ONE OF THE FIRST ROLLERS IN IRAQ TOOK A BLAST AND SAVED THE THREE MARINES INSIDE. THE MINE ROLLER USES NEW SUSPENSION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED BY THE JOE GIBBS NASCAR RACING TEAM. BASE COMMANDERS SAY THAT COOPERATION BETWEEN BASE WORKERS AND BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS SAVING TROOPS' LIVES. BEYOND THE DIRECT INVESTMENT, D.O.D. PRO SPONSORSHIPS POSITIVELY INFLUENCE COMMUNITIES SURROUNDING OUR NATION'S PERSONNEL. FOR EXAMPLE, THE NATIONAL GUARD WORKS TOGETHER WITH THEIR PARTNERS IN RACING AND INDIA CAR TO ADDRESS UNEMPLOYMENT -- INDY CAR TO ADDRESS UNEMPLOYMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD LIKELY LIMIT THE MILITARY FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE OLYMPICS, FLYOVER OF THE GAMES, SPONSORING MARATHONS SUCH AS THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON, AS WELL AS THE BLUE ANGELS, THE THUNDERBIRDS AND THE GOLDEN NIGHTS. CUTTING OFF FUNDING FOR D.O.D. SPORTS SPONSORSHIPS HINDERS MILITARY RECRUITMENT OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES, IMPAIRS AND SEVERELY DAMAGES A POSITIVE FINANCIAL INVESTMENT IN OUR MILITARY. TO DIRECTLY QUOTE THE D.O.D., QUOTE, TO ASSURE THE NATION IS FULLY CAPABLE OF PERFORMING, WE MUST RECRUIT HIGHLY QUALIFIED MEN AND WOMEN FROM ACROSS AMERICA. THIS AMENDMENT WILL DIRECTLY IMPACT THE RECRUITING QUALITY AND OVERALL MISSION REQUIREMENTS, INCREASING COSTS AND FORCING REDUCTIONS IN THE STANDARDS FOR AC SESSIONS. A VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT IS A VOTE AGAINST THE EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR MILITARY. PLEASE JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK TO THE…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK TO THE AMENDMENT? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES HE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THIS AMENDMENT AND I'M NOT GOING TO REPEAT WHAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA…

    THIS AMENDMENT AND I'M NOT GOING TO REPEAT WHAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA JUST SAID. HE COVERED THE FACTS WELL. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT HERE THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT RELATIONSHIPS MATTER. AND THE RELATIONSHIP THAT WE HAVE SEEN WITH THE MILITARY AND ESPECIALLY NASCAR, IT SEEMS TO BE GETTING THE BRUNT OF THE ATTENTION HERE, IS A LONG-TIME RELATIONSHIP AND IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP.

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    MR. KISSELL

    UP IN NORTH CAROLINA, ITS HOME IS IN MY DISTRICT IN CENTRAL NORTH…

    UP IN NORTH CAROLINA, ITS HOME IS IN MY DISTRICT IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA. NASCAR HAS SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE NATION WHICH WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT. STILL THE ROOTS ARE HERE AT HOME AND IN RURAL AMERICA. I DON'T THINK IT'S ANY COINCIDENCE THAT WE LOOK AT OUR MILITARY FORCES, ABOUT 41% OF OUR MILITARY IS FROM WHAT WE DESCRIBE AS RURAL AMERICA. WHICH IS ONLY 17% OF OUR POPULATION. AND THAT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE MILITARY AND RURAL AMERICA IS VERY IMPORTANT. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NASCAR AND RURAL AMERICA AND ALL AMERICA'S VERY IMPORTANT. WE DON'T NEED TO INTERFERE WITH THAT RELATIONSHIP. I DON'T THINK IT'S ANY SURPRISE THAT THE MOST POPULAR DRIVER IN NASCAR DRIVES THE NATIONAL GUARD CAR. NUMBER 88, DALE EARNHARDT JR. THIS BRINGS KIND OF THE RELATIONSHIP AND THE VIEWING THAT CANNOT BE DONE IN MANY OTHER WAYS. AND SO WE DON'T NEED TO STRIKE THAT RELATIONSHIP. WE NEED TO BUILD UPON THAT BECAUSE YOU START LOOKING AT THE RAMIFICATIONS AS MY COLLEAGUE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, OTHER WAYS THAT THIS MONEY CAN BE USED TO HELP BUILD THIS RELATIONSHIP, WE LOOK AT NASCAR, SPECIAL FORCES WORKING WITH NASCAR DO DEVELOP EQUIPMENT FOR OUR MILL -- TO DEVELOP EQUIPMENT FOR OUR MILITARY. THE IDEA OF HOW WE CAN ABSORB THE ENERGY TO HELP OUR SOLDIERS THAT ARE IN COMBAT SITUATIONS, NASCAR WORKS ON THIS. THE TICKETS THAT ARE GIVEN TO OUR MILITARY FAMILIES, TO THE MILITARY THEMSELVES, THIS IS ALL PART OF THAT RELATIONSHIP. IT WORKS, WE NEED FOR IT TO WORK. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO ALSO OPPOSE IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    WISH TO -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, FOR WHAT PUMP DOES HE SEEK…

    WISH TO -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, FOR WHAT PUMP DOES HE SEEK RECOGNITION? -- PURPOSE DOES HE SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    YOU. WE WERE AT HOME WATCHING NASCAR ON TELEVISION A COUPLE YEARS AGO AND…

    YOU. WE WERE AT HOME WATCHING NASCAR ON TELEVISION A COUPLE YEARS AGO AND MY WIFE SAID, WHAT ARE THE ARMED SERVICES DOING SPONSORING NASCAR CARS? DON'T THEY HAVE A BETTER USE IT SPEND THEIR MONEY THAN TO SPEND THOSE BIG BUCKS ON NASCAR? AND I SAID, WELL, KATIE, I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WOULD THINK THAT.

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    MR. POSEY

    BUT WE HAVE A VOLUNTEER MILITARY AND THEY HAVE TO ADVERTISE FOR RECRUITS…

    BUT WE HAVE A VOLUNTEER MILITARY AND THEY HAVE TO ADVERTISE FOR RECRUITS SOMEWHERE. WHERE WOULD YOU THINK THE MONEY WOULD BE BETTER SPENT? DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD ADVERTISE IS TO PHIL HARMONIC OR MAYBE SHE SHOULD ADVERTISE IT TO BALLET? WE COULD SURELY GIVE SOME MEAN PAR TROOPERS IF WE ADVERTISED AT THE BALLET. I THINK THAT NASCAR IS A VERY APPROPRIATE PLACE TO ADVERTISE FOR RECRUITS. JUST LIKE BOXING RINGS MIGHT BE, THE CAGE FIGHTS MIGHT BE, AND SO I MADE SOME INQUIRIES ABOUT IT TO THE ARMED SERVICES AND THEY SAID, YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT ON POINT. AS OUR GOOD FRIEND, MR. MCHENRY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, SHARED WITH YOU A LITTLE WHILE AGO, THE STATISTICS ARE OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOR OF EXPENDITURES WHERE YOU GET THE GREATEST RETURN AND THE NASCAR SPONSORSHIPS SEEMS TO HAVE THE GREATEST RETURN WHICH RESULTS IN THE GREATEST SAVINGS FOR OUR TAXPAYERS BACK HOME. NOW, I WISH WE WERE SPENDING THIS TIME RIGHT NOW, RATHER THAN TRYING TO MICROMANAGE HOW OUR MILITARY MOST EFFICIENTLY ADVERTISES FOR RECRUITS, DISCUSSING THE $14 BILLION OUR GOVERNMENT OVERPAID TO PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT ENTITLED TO UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BUT GOT IT ANYWAY. I WISH RIGHT NOW WE WERE DISCUSSING THE $4 BILLION IN REFUNDS IN THE FORM OF TAX CREDITS OUR GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN TO BOGUS DEPENDENTS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE ILLEGALLY. I WISH WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WE WASTED IN THE G.A.O. I WISH WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WE'VE WASTED IN CRONY CAPITALISM, VESTS IN SOLYNDRA AND THE LIKE, IN THE SO-CALLED GREEN ENERGY ENTERPRISES. BUT NO, WE'RE NOT. WE'RE SITTING HERE TODAY, SOME PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO MICROMANAGE HOW OUR MILITARY GETS RECRUITS WHICH IS AN ALL-VOLUNTEER ARMY AND THEY'RE TELLING THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BEST AT MANAGING OUR MILITARY HOW TO DO THEIR JOB. YOU KNOW, IT'S AN OLD ADAGE, IT'S AN OLD CLICHE. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYBODY KNOWS HOW TO MAKE A BABY STOP CRYING EXCEPT THE PERSON HOLDING IT. AND I THINK IN THIS CASE WE SHOULD YIELD TO THE BEST JUDGMENT OF OUR ARMED SERVICES AND HOW THEY FEEL THEY NEED TO RECRUIT. I HAVE SEEN DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ADVERTISE ON NASCAR. I SAW DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES ADVERTISE ON RACE CARS. I WAS AT A SPEEDWAY ONCE AND RAN INTO SOMEBODY FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO I NEVER EXPECTED TO SEE AT A RACE TRACK AND SAID, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? THEY SAID, WELL, WHEN A PERSON IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR DECIDED WE NEEDED TO FOCUS ON MIDDLE AMERICA, SHE DECIDED SHE WANTED TO SPONSOR A RACE CAR AT THAT SPEEDWAY AND THEY SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT? IT WAS THE BEST INVESTMENT OF CAMPAIGN MONEY WE EVER SPENT. THAT'S THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. I'M SURE I COULD TALK ABOUT MY FRIENDS ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE BUT IN THIS CASE, I'D LIKE YOU TO RELY UPON AND REFLECT UPON THE COMMENTS MADE BY MR. MCHENRY, WHO TALKED ABOUT THE VERY PURE AND SIMPLE RESULTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY THAT'S BEEN ACHIEVED BY LETTING THE MILITARY, THE PEOPLE WE TRUST THE MOST WITH PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY AND OUR FREEDOMS, DO THE JOB THAT THEY WERE ENTITLED TO DO. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MR. YOUNG

    I WOULD MAKE ON THIS AMENDMENT WOULD BE SIMILAR TO WHAT I MADE EARLIER…

    I WOULD MAKE ON THIS AMENDMENT WOULD BE SIMILAR TO WHAT I MADE EARLIER WITH THE MILITARY BANDS. I WON'T REPEAT THOSE AGAIN BUT I MENTION THAT THIS AMENDMENT HAS BEEN DEFEATED SEVERAL TIMES. LAST YEAR ON THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS BY THIS SAME HOUSE. WE HAVE AN INTERESTING SITUATION HERE, THOUGH, TODAY. THIS AMENDMENT IS VERY SIMILAR TO LANGUAGE LATER ON IN THE BILL THAT IS SUBJECT TO A POINT OF ORDER. NOW, IT HAS BEEN SKILLFULLY REWRITTEN SO THIS ONE IS NOT SUBJECT TO A POINT OF ORDER BUT IT IS BASICALLY THE SAME ISSUE. UNDERSTAND, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DOES NOT HAVE THE LARGEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD. WE DO HAVE, BY FAR, THE BEST. BUT NOT THE LARGEST. AND OUR MILITARY IS ALL VOLUNTEER. THE MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY SERVE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO. BUT AS THE ALL-VOLUNTEER FORCE ROTATES AND CHANGES, MEMBERS ARE LEAVING. THEY RETIRE, THEIR TIME IS UP THEY GET OUT, THEY HAVE TO CONSTANTLY BE REPLACED. THERE HAS TO BE A CONSTANT FLOW OF RECRUITS COMING IN AS THE OLDER MEMBERS LEAVE. THE MILITARY HAS BEEN RUNNING RECRUITING PROGRAMS FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS, AND VERY SUCCESSFULLY. THEY KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO ENCOURAGE RECRUITING. THE AMENDMENT ITSELF DOES MORE THAN JUST STRIKE OUT THE SPORTS, NASCAR, ALL THESE ISSUES. IT CUTS $30 MILLION MORE THAN THAN WAS SPENT ON THESE ISSUES. I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY WANT TO TAKE THAT EXTRA $30 MILLION BUT ANYWAY, I JUST THINK THAT WE SHOULD NOT PASS THIS AMENDMENT. IT IS, LIKE I SAID, VERY SIMILAR TO ONE THAT IS IN THE BILL THAT IS SUBJECT TO A POINT OF ORDER. I SAY LET THE MILITARY RUN THE RECRUITING AS THEY HAVE DONE SUCCESSFULLY FOR ALL THESE YEARS TO MAINTAIN AN ALL-VOLUNTEER FORCE. A POWERFUL MESSAGE OF THE YOUNG AMERICANS OR THE OLDER AMERICANS WHO WANT TO SERVE, MEN AND WOMEN, WANT TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY IN THE MILITARY. AND THESE RECRUITING PROGRAMS GET THEIR ATTENTION, DIRECT THEM TO WHERE THEY NEED TO BE DIRECTED. I THINK THAT THIS IS JUST NOT A GOOD IDEA, TO PASS THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:34:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK TO THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE QUESTION…

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK TO THE AMENDMENT? IF NOT, 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.

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  • 04:34:41 PM

    MS. MCCOLLUM

    CHAIR. WE WOULD LIKE A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS REQUESTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE…

    IS REQUESTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 04:35:00 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    3, OPERATION AND MAY NOT NAVENS, NAVY. $41,463,773,000.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. DICKS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    MR. DICKS

    TO DISCUSS THE SECURITY CLEARANCE COST.

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    GENTLEMAN KNOWS, SECURITY CLEARANCES ARE NECESSARY TO PROTECT NATIONAL…

    GENTLEMAN KNOWS, SECURITY CLEARANCES ARE NECESSARY TO PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY AND ARE REQUIRED FOR THOUSANDS OF JOBS.

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  • 04:41:01 PM

    MR. FARR

    ALSO EXPENSIVE. D.O.D. PAYS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL…

    ALSO EXPENSIVE. D.O.D. PAYS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, O.P.M., TO MANAGE THE SECURITY CLEARANCE PROGRAM. O.P.M. HAS MADE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE INVESTIGATION PROCESS SO THE PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ON G.A.O.'S HIGH RISK LIST BUT THE PROBLEM EREMAINS THAT OMPT P.M. RELIES ON MANUAL LABOR TO PROCESS SECURITY CLEARANCES. THE RESEARCH SCIENTIST AT SECURITY RESEARCH CENTER, UNDER THE OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR READINESS, HAS DEVELOPED A SUITE OF AUTOMATED TOOLS. THEY COULD SAVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WITHOUT SACRIFICING QUALITY IF THESE TOOLS WERE INCORPORATED INTO THE SECURITY REINVESTIGATION PROCESS. I GREATLY APPRECIATE THAT THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE HAVE INCLUDE RED PORT LANGUAGE ENCOURAGING D.O.D. TO INVESTIGATE AUTOMATED TOOLS FOR SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESS. WOULD MY COLLEAGUES AGREE THAT D.O.D. NEEDS TO LEVERAGE THE RESEARCH OF THIS TO INTEGRATE THEIR INTERFACE INTO D.O.D. SECURITY INVESTIGATION PROCESS.

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  • 04:42:18 PM

    MR. FARR

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. DICKS

    TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, WITH THE TIGHT BUDGET CONSTRAINTS THE…

    TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, WITH THE TIGHT BUDGET CONSTRAINTS THE D.O.D. IS FACING, I APPRECIATE HIM BRINGING TO OUR ATTENTION THAT THE DEPARTMENT CAN SAVE MILLIONS BY REQUIRING D.O.D. SECURITY INVESTIGATION BY USING THIS -- INNOVATION USE THIS TOOL.

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  • 04:42:44 PM

    MR. FARR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS RESPONSE. I HOPE TO ATTACH TO THE BILL…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS RESPONSE. I HOPE TO ATTACH TO THE BILL LANGUAGE DIRECTING THE D.O.D. TO CONDUCT A REVIEW BUT IN THE INTEREST OF HOUSE RULES I CHOSE NOT TO.

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  • 04:43:05 PM

    MR. FARR

    THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN.

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    MR. YOUNG

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S FLEXIBILITY IN FINDING WAYS TO ADDRESS THIS…

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S FLEXIBILITY IN FINDING WAYS TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. LIKE MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, MR. DICKS, I AGREE THAT WE SHOULD WORK WITH OUR GOOD FRIEND, MR. FARR, TO ENSURE THAT D.O.D. IS LEVERAGING THE SECURITY CLEARANCE RESEARCH OF THE PERSONNEL SECURITY RESEARCH CENTER TO IMPROVE THE D.O.D. SECURITY REINVESTIGATION PROCESS AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION.

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    MR. FARR

    THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER, MY DISTINGUISHED FRIEND,…

    THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER, MY DISTINGUISHED FRIEND, MR. DICKS, IN THEIR LEADERSHIP, THEIR FRIENDSHIP AND THEIR COOPERATION IN MAKING THINGS WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY AND MORE COST EFFECTIVELY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:43:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    12, OPERATION AND MAVENT NANCE, MARINE CORPS. $6,075,667,000. OPERATION…

    12, OPERATION AND MAVENT NANCE, MARINE CORPS. $6,075,667,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE AIR FORCE, $35,488,000 675 -- $35,488,675,000. PAGE 13, LINE 9 AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASED BY $8 MILLION. PAGE 27, LINE 7, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT, INSERT INCREASED BY $16 MILLION.

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  • 04:44:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    AMENDMENT WILL PROVIDE FUNDING TO THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD TO OBTAIN…

    AMENDMENT WILL PROVIDE FUNDING TO THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD TO OBTAIN MUCH-NEEDED FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT SO THEY CAN MORE EFFECTIVELY COMBAT THE DEVASTATING WILD FIRES THAT DESTROY MILLIONS OF ACRES OF LAND AND HOMES EVERY YEAR IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES.

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  • 04:45:07 PM

    MR. GALLEGLY

    OF CALLING UPON MAPS EQUIPPED AIR FORCE AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD C-130'S HAS…

    OF CALLING UPON MAPS EQUIPPED AIR FORCE AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD C-130'S HAS INCAREERED. THEY ARE MODULAR AIR FIRE FIGHTING SYSTEMS THAT DROP RETARDANT TO CREATE FIRE BREAKS. IN 2006, THERE WERE 44 FIXED -- BY 1996, THERE WERE 44 FIXED WING AIRCRAFT, BY 2004, THERE WERE 19 AND NOW IT STANDS AT EIGHT. ADDITIONAL AIRCRAFT ON INTERIM CONTRACT WITH THE FOREST SERVICE AND THOSE ON LOAN FROM ALASKA AND CANADA ARE BEING USED TO FILL THE GAP. IN 2011, 74,000 FIRES BURNED -- BURNED 8.7 MILLION ACRES. THE MOST RECENT 10-YEAR AVERAGE IND DATES -- INDICATES THE FIRES BURNED 7.4 MILLION ACRES PER YEAR. AS THE FLEET DIMINISHES, STRESS ON REMAINING AIRCRAFT INCREASES. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN FIRES AND AVAILABLE AIRCRAFT HAVE BEEN INCREASING. THE RESULT IS MORE FIRES BURNING OUT OF CONTROL. ADDITIONALLY AN INCREASE OF FLIGHT TIME AND CYCLES CONTRIBUTES TO AN EARLIER DEMISE OF THE REMAINING AIRCRAFT. ONLY EIGHT CI HAD -- C-130'S ARE AVAILABLE TO SUPPLEMENT THE FOREST SERVICE FLEET. EVEN WHEN ALL EIGHT ARE CALLED UPON, THE NUMBER OF HEAVY AIR TANKER AIRCRAFT IS LESS THAN HALF THAT EXISTED IN 2003. WE CLEARLY NEED MORE AIRCRAFT IN THE FOREST -- AND THE FOREST SERVICE IS NOT LIKELY TO PRODUCE AIRCRAFT CAPABLE OF PRODUCING THE -- MEETING THE NEED FOR TWO OR THREE YEARS OR PROBABLY LONGER. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE AN -- A SOLUTION BY PROVIDING $8 MILLION TO THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD SO THEY CAN MAKE AIR WINGS CAPABLE OF OPERATING AND FLYING TWO LEGACY MAPS, ONE UNITS EACH. THAT WOULD GIVE US FOUR ADDITIONAL TANKER AIRCRAFT TO FIGHT WILDFIRES THAT HAVE BEEN RAVAGING THE WESTERN UNITED STATES. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ALSO APPROPRIATE $16 BILLION FOR THE AIR FORCE TO PROCURE TWO NEW AERIAL DISPERSAL UNITS FOR THE USE FOR THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD. ACTIVATING THE LEGACY MAPS UNITS WILL HELP GET MORE PLANES FIGHTING FIRES THIS NEXT YEAR, WHILE THESE NEW AERIAL DISPERSEMENT UNITS ARE BEING PRODUCED AND HOPEFULLY AVAILABLE FOR USE WITHIN TWO YEARS. OUR NATIONAL -- OUR NATION DESPERATELY NEEDS OUR AIRCRAFT TO FIGHT WILDFIRES AND THE AIR GUARD IS ARE READY TO GO TO WORK -- IS READY TO GO TO WORK. WE NEED MORE AIRCRAFT TO HELP FIGHT THE FIRES THAT HAVE RAVAGES OUR STATES THIS SEASON ALONE AND I URGE THE SUPPORT OF MY COLLEAGUES AND, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:48:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:48:12 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DICKS

    THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS TO ADD MORE FUNDING TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT VIE TOLL TO…

    THIS AMENDMENT SEEKS TO ADD MORE FUNDING TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT VIE TOLL TO THE DISASTER MISSION -- VITAL TO THE DISASTER MISSION OF THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD. RECENTLY FOREST FIRES HAVE BEEN DEVASTATING COLORADO AND THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD HAS BEEN FIGHTING ALONGSIDE THE FOREST SERVICE. THE MODULAR AIRBORNE FIRE FIGHTING SYSTEM PROVIDES EMERGENCY CAPABLE TO SUPPLEMENTAL EXISTING COMMERCIAL TANKER SUPPORT ON WILD LAND FIRES. THIS SYSTEM AIDS THE FOREST SERVICE WHEN ALL OTHER AIR TANKERS ARE ACTIVATED BUT FURTHER ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED. THE FOREST SERVICE CAN REQUEST HELP FROM THE AIR FORCE'S UNIT WHO CAN BE READY IN A FEW HOURS' NOTICE WITH THIS MODULAR SYSTEM. WHEN THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD ADDS THE MODULAR AIRBORNE FIRE FIGHTING SYSTEM TO THEIR C-130 AIRCRAFT, THEY ARE ADDING ANOTHER CAPABILITY TO THEIR AIRCRAFT. CREATING A DUAL MISSION AIRCRAFT WITHOUT MAJOR MODIFICATIONS TO AN EXISTING PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS EFFICIENT AND COST EFFECTIVE AND QUITE FRANKLY WE NEED TO GET A NEW C-130-J'S FOR THE GUARD AND I HOPE WE CAN DO THAT. THAT'S BEEN A PROBLEM WE'VE HAD WITH O.M.B., OVER THE SCORING ON THIS, WHETHER YOU COULD LEASE THEM OR BUY THEM. BUT THIS IS AN INTERIM STEP WHICH IS A GOOD ONE AND I THINK WE SHOULD ACCEPT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:49:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WISH TO SPEAK TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT? IF NOT THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    WISH TO SPEAK TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT? IF NOT 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 AYES HAVE, IT THE AYES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    LINE 1, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, DEFENSEWIDE, INCLUDING TRANSFER OF…

    LINE 1, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, DEFENSEWIDE, INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS, $31,780,813,000.

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  • 04:50:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION? THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE…

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION? THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:50:24 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. PLAUR OF --…

    NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. PLAUR OF -- BLUMENAUER OF OREGON.

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  • 04:50:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THE AMERICAN MILITARY TRAINED…

    YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THE AMERICAN MILITARY TRAINED FIGHTING FORCE. WE WORK HARD TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE PROBABLY EQUIPPED BUT DECKS OF MILITARY TRAINING -- DECADES OF MILITARY TRAINING HAS LEFT A DANGEROUS -- HAS LEFT DANGEROUS EXPLOSIVES AND HARMFUL CHEMICALS ON MILLIONS OF ACRES OF UNITED STATES LAND. THIS CONTAMINATED REAL ESTATE NOW SERVES AS HOUSING, SCHOOLS, PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS IN EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY. IN FACT, YOU MAY HAVE READ IN THE MORNING PAPER, DOWN AT WHAT IS CALLED THE YARDS NEAR NATIONAL STADIUM, THE DEVELOPMENT THAT IS BEING WORKED THERE, THEY UNCOVERED A THOUSAND-POUND BOMB, LESS THAN ONE KILOMETER FROM WHERE WE'RE DEBATING TODAY. TO HELP THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BECOME A BETTER PARTNER FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR CONSTITUENTS, I STRONGLY URGE THAT MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD PRESERVE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S EFFORTS TO EMPLOY SKILL LABOR AND HIGH-TECH COMPANIES TO CLEAN UP THESE DANGEROUS LIABILITIES AND CREATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES ON THESE DANGEROUS PROPERTIES. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE DEFENSE ENVIRONMENT RESTORATION FUND FORM EARLY USED DEFENSE SITE PROGRAM IN 1986 TO REMOVE HAZARDOUS MATERIAL FROM FORMER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROPERTIES AND ALLOW FOR SAFE REUSE. OVER TWO DECADES LATER 2,600 PROPERTIES NATIONWIDE REQUIRE CLEANUP AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF OVER $18 BILLION. AND I WILL TELL YOU, MY COLLEAGUES, AFTER HAVING WORKED IN THIS AREA FOR OVER A DOZEN YEARS, THAT PROBABLY UNDERSTATES IT. THE CURRENT FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM IS LESS THAN $300 MILLION. 1/2 OF 1% OF BASE DEFENSE SPENDING. AT THIS RATE THE DEPARTMENT ESTIMATES AT THIS LOW BALL FIGURE OF $18 BILLION WE WILL NOT FINISH CLEANING UP THE SITES WE KNOW ABOUT FOR THE NEXT 200 -- 50 YEARS. -- 250 YEARS. MY AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY RESTORE FUNDING TO THE CURRENT LEVEL TO ENSURE WE CAN CONTINUE WORK REMOVING THESE DANGEROUS BURDENS FROM OUR COMMUNITIES WITHIN OUR LIFETIME. TO SAY NOTHING OF OUR GREAT, GREAT -- OUR GREAT-GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. AT THE TIME WHEN TOTAL MILITARY SPENDING AMOUNTS TO MORE IN ONE DAY WITH WHAT WE SPEND IN AN ENTIRE YEAR, I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REPRIORITIZE OUR INVESTMENTS. THESE SITES ARE DECADES, IN SOME CASES THEY ARE HUNDREDS OF YEARS OLD. NOW THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAS AN OBLIGATION TO CLEAN UP AFTER ITSELF. AND THEY'VE MADE GREAT PROGRESS. THEY'VE MADE CRITICAL TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGHS IN REMOVING UNEXPLODED ORDINANCE, MAKING IT LESS EXPENSIVE AND SOME OF THE INVESTMENTS THAT WE HAVE MADE HAVE ACTUALLY SAVED LIVES OVERSEAS. BECAUSE THE SAME TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL HELP US FIGURE OUT WHETHER IT'S A HUB CAP OR A 105-MILLIMETER SHE'LL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN -- SHELL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN I.E.D.'S OVERSEAS IN AFGHANISTAN OR IRAN. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. IT HAS OPERATIONAL IMPACTS TODAY FOR OUR MILITARY, IT HAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IMPACT WHICH WILL HELP US RETURN MILLIONS OF ACRES TO PRODUCTIVE USE, AND IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I DON'T WANT TO BE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE SHORT CHANGE WHAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DOES. REMEMBER IN PRIOR DEBATES MR. DICKS, MR. YOUNG MAY REMEMBER, I BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR WEARING THE LIZARD COLORING BOOKS THAT WE WERE DISTRIBUTING TO SCHOOL CHILDREN TO WARN THEM OF THE HAZARDS BECAUSE WE HADN'T INVESTED ENOUGH TO CLEAN UP. OR THE CHILDREN THAT WERE KILLED IN A FORMER DEFENSE OPERATION IN SAN DIEGO BECAUSE THEY FOUND A BOMB WHEN THEY WERE PLAYING. I STRONGLY URGE THAT YOU APPROVE THIS AMENDMENT AND SIMPLY RETURN THE FUNDING TO THE LEVEL THAT WE HAVE TODAY. IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE MILITARY NOW AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. I APPRECIATE YOUR CONSIDERATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:55:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANY OTHER MEMBER ON THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANY OTHER MEMBER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:55:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    TO THE GENTLEMAN, HIS EFFORT. WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. BUT A LOT OF THESE…

    TO THE GENTLEMAN, HIS EFFORT. WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. BUT A LOT OF THESE SITES -- THERE'S NO DISPOSITION. WE WON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM, WHETHER THEY STAY AS OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WILL THEY GO TO COMMUNITIES? WE DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT, WE DON'T KNOW THE DISPOSITION. BUT THEY DO NEED CLEANING UP AND THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. HERE'S MY PROBLEM WITH THIS AMENDMENT. HE TAKES FUNDS FROM THE DEFENSEWIDE READINESS FUND, THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FUND, WHICH PROVIDES FOR READINESS, PROVIDES FOR TRAINING, IT PROVIDES FOR OUR SPECIAL FORCES. IT PROVIDES FOR THE SUPPORT, SAFETY AND QUALITY OF LIFE PROGRAMS FOR OUR TROOPS. AND THEIR FAMILIES. INCLUDING PROGRAMS TO ASSIST SPOUSES OF SERVICE MEMBERS WITH EMPLOYMENT AND JOB TRAINING WHICH IS A KEY INITIATIVE OF THE FIRST LADY. AS MUCH AS I AGREE THAT THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE, WE DO NOT WANT TO TAKE IT OUT OF THE DEFENSE OPERATIONAL MAINTENANCE WHICH IS OUR DEFENSEWIDE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE FUND. SO I'D LIKE TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT, WHILE I WOULD LIKE TO HELP HIM IN SOME OTHER WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THIS. BUT NOT FROM THIS FUND. THAT IS SO IMPORTANT. READINESS IS READINESS IS READINESS. AND OUR TROOPS HAVE TO BE TRAINED, THEY HAVE TO BE EQUIPPED, THEY HAVE TO BE READY AND I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:57:28 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPORTANCE. IF WE DON'T PROLONG IT…

    APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPORTANCE. IF WE DON'T PROLONG IT AND DEBATE AND RECORDED VOTE AND ALL OF THIS SORT OF THING, WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO WORK WITH YOU AND THE RANKING MEMBER AS WE MOVE FORWARD, TO SEE IF THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO PLUS-UP THIS FUND A LITTLE FURTHER? IN OTHER AREAS?

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  • 04:57:54 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE QUESTION AND I SAY ABSOLUTELY YES. I WOULD…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE QUESTION AND I SAY ABSOLUTELY YES. I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO DO THIS. BECAUSE I BELIEVE WE NEED TO DO WHAT IT IS YOU WANT TO DO. BUT I JUST CAN'T SUPPORT TAKING IT FROM AN ACCOUNT THAT PROVIDES FOR THE READINESS OF OUR TROOPS.

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  • 04:58:11 PM

    MR. DICKS

    WOULD ALSO SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN IN EFFORTS TO TRY TO FIND ANOTHER LESS…

    WOULD ALSO SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN IN EFFORTS TO TRY TO FIND ANOTHER LESS OBJECTIONABLE SOURCE FOR THE FUNDING.

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  • 04:58:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK TO THE…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO SPEAK TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT? IT IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES -- THE NOES HAVE IT. THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:58:46 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    READ. WILL THE GENTLEMAN SPECIFY HIS AMENDMENT?

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    MR. KUCINICH

    NUMBER 89.

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    THE CHAIR

    NUMBER 9. THE CLERK WILL REPORT -- 89. THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. KUCINICH

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TODAY I ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE, BOB HELL IN…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. TODAY I ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE, BOB HELL IN HER, ARE OFFERING AN AMENDMENT -- KELL IN HER, ARE OFFERING AN AMENDMENT TO RESTORE AN OVERALL LOSS OF $10 MILLION TO RESEARCH FUNDING DEDICATED TO FINDING A CURE FOR GULF WAR ILLNESS. AN ILLNESS THAT DIRECTLY EFFECTS OVER 1/4 OF VETERANS FROM THE FIRST GULF WAR. THIS AMENDMENT HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, IT HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA, AND THE SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL VIETNAM AND GULF WAR VETERANS COALITION. ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, IT WILL REDUCE TOTAL OUTLAYS BY $7 MILLION. VETERANS OF THE FIRST GULF WAR SUFFER FROM PERSISTENT SYMPTOMS INCLUDING CHRONIC HEADACHE, WIDESPREAD PAIN, COGNITIVE DIFFICULTIES, DEBILITATING FATIGUE, RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS AND OTHER ABNORMALITIES THAT ARE NOT EXPLAINED BY TRADITIONAL MEDICINE OR PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSES. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT AS THESE BRAVE VETERANS AGE, THEY'RE AT DOUBLE THE RISK FOR A.L.S. OR LOU GERHIG'S DISEASE AS THEY'RE NONDEPLOYED PEERS. THEY THERE MAY ALSO BE CONNECTIONS TO MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE. SADLY THERE'S NO KNOWN TREATMENTS FOR THE LIFE-LONG PAIN THESE VETERANS ENDURE. GULF WAR ILLNESS RESEARCH WAS SLATED TO RECEIVE A TOTAL OF $25 MILLION IN FISCAL YEAR 2012, $15 MILLION AT THE V.A. AND $10 MILLION AT THE D.O.D.'S GULF WAR ILLNESS RESEARCH PROGRAM. WE'VE LEARNED THAT THE V.A. CUT $10 MILLION, CUT $10 MILLION FROM ITS F.Y. 2013 PROGRAM, WHICH MORE OR LESS SUPPORTS ALLEGATIONS THAT V.A. OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN DISCREDITED BY THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE AND THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY, THAT THEY'RE OBSTRUCTING THE RESEARCH. THE VETERANS OF THE FIRST GULF WAR WHO REMAIN WITHOUT A CURE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY THE PRICE OF THIS CONTROVERSY. THAT'S WHY THIS AMENDMENT WOULD RESTORE $10 MILLION INTO A RESEARCH PROGRAM THAT HAS PROVEN ITSELF. THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT'S GULF WAR ILLNESS RESEARCH PROGRAM. LAST YEAR RESEARCHERS FUNDED BY THIS PROGRAM COMPLETED THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL PILOT STUDY OF A MEDICATION TO TREAT ONE OF THE MAJOR SYMPTOMS OF GULF WAR ILLNESS. THE CRITICAL INCREASE IN FUNDING FOR THIS AMENDMENT WAS BUILT ON PROGRESS THAT'S ALREADY BEEN MADE, INCLUDING A FOLLOW-UP CLINICAL TRIAL AS WELL AS OTHER PROMISING STUDIES WHICH HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR FUNDING. THE OFFSET FOR THIS AMENDMENT COMES FROM THE $32 BILLION OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE, DEFENSEWIDE ACCOUNT ENTITLED TO. CONGRESS HAS A RESPONSIBLE TO THESE GULF WAR VETERANS, HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS, WHO PUT IT ALL ON THE LINE AND ARE PAYING WITH A LIFETIME OF PAIN AND A POTENTIALLY SHORTENED LIFE, IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE NOT LEFT BEHIND. . I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IF AMENDMENT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:02:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO RISES IN…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO RISES IN OPPOSITION? THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    SPEAKER, 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'M HAPPY I'M FINALLY GIVING THE AMENDMENT TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF AN…

    I'M HAPPY I'M FINALLY GIVING THE AMENDMENT TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. KUCINICH, BECAUSE SO OFTEN I HAVE TO OPPOSE HIS AMENDMENTS. THIS BILL ALREADY INCLUDES $10 MILLION FOR THE PROGRAM. HE'S CONCERNED THAT THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND MILITARY SUBCOMMITTEE DID NOT HAVE AN ADDITIONAL $5 MILLION AND THAT'S OK. MEDICAL RESEARCH ON GULF WAR ILLNESS IS IMPORTANT. WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THIS PROGRAM COULD HELP US IN OTHER PROGRAMS OF DISEASES COMING FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. IF YOU GET A CHANCE TO VISIT WALTER REED BETHESDA HOSPITAL SEE SOME VERY STRANGE VIRUSES AND MOLDS AND FUNGUSES THAT ARE COMING FROM PLACES THAT WE NEVER EXPECTED TO SEE BUT WE'RE SEEING THEM NOW. THIS RESEARCH PROGRAM COULD HELP ANOTHER RESEARCH PROGRAM TO DEAL WITH THESE DEADLY DISEASES THAT ARE AFFECTING OUR TROOPS IN LARGE NUMBERS. AND SO WHILE WE ALREADY GIVE $10 MILLION IN THIS BILL, I AM GOING TO AGREE WITH MR. KUCINICH AND AGREE TO HIS AMENDMENT TO ADD THE ADDITIONAL MONEY.

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  • 05:04:21 PM

    MR. DICKS

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD?

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    MR. DICKS

    GULF WAR ILLNESS HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT BOTHERED ME A GREAT DEAL. IT'S A…

    GULF WAR ILLNESS HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT BOTHERED ME A GREAT DEAL. IT'S A VERY DIFFICULT DIAGNOSIS ON WHAT WAS CAUSING THIS, BUT I THINK AN ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT HERE IS WORTHY AND I THINK WE SHOULD ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT. I'M GLAD THE CHAIRMAN ACCEPTS IT.

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  • 05:04:45 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS AND THANK MR. KUCINICH FOR OFFERING…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS AND THANK MR. KUCINICH FOR OFFERING THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:04:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. AS MANY AS ARE IN…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. AS MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR WILL SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT'S ADOPTED.

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  • 05:05:04 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    CHAIRMAN, 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

    BY MR. KUCINICH OF OHIO. PAGE 9, LINE 6, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT…

    BY MR. KUCINICH OF OHIO. PAGE 9, LINE 6, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $7,800,000. PAGE 35, LINE 15, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $6 MILLION. PAGE 35, LINE 16, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $6 MILLION.

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  • 05:05:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. KUCINICH

    THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I ALSO WANT TO LET THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE…

    THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I ALSO WANT TO LET THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AND THE RANKING MEMBER KNOW THAT I APPRECIATE THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE GULF WAR VETERANS IN THE PREVIOUS AMENDMENT. I ALSO SUBMIT THAT THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT ADDRESSES ANOTHER AREA THAT IS RECEIVING ATTENTION IN THE MEDIA BUT NEEDS SOME MONEY BEHIND IT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT RECEIVES ATTENTION FROM THE DEPARTMENT. THIS AMENDMENT TO THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL WILL INCREASE FUNDING FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION AMONG OUR SOLDIERS BY $6 MILLION. NOW, I HAPPEN TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE MEMBERS ON THIS COMMITTEE WHO ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE INCREASED LEVELS OF SUICIDE AMONG THOSE WHO SERVE, AND IT'S A BIPARTISAN CONCERN. WE KNOW THE HEARTBREAK THAT'S OUT THERE WHEN SOMEONE WHO SERVES THIS COUNTRY FINDS THAT THE CONDITIONS THAT THEY'RE IN, EITHER DURING SERVICE OR JUST AFTERWARDS ARE SO HORRENDOUS THAT THEY TAKE THEIR OWN LIFE. FAR TOO MANY TROOPS COMING HOME FROM WAR SUSTAINED NUMEROUS MENTAL, INCLUDING POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. THEY'RE STRIPPED OF HOPE. AND THEY JUST FEEL THEY HAVE TO TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES. AND SOMETIMES THEY TAKE THEIR LIVES, NOT ONLY THEIR LIVES BUT THEY MIGHT TAKE THE LIVES OF THEIR LOVED ONES AS WELL. THERE'S A "NEW YORK TIMES" ARTICLE, JUNE, 2012, WHICH SAID THE SUICIDE RATE AMONG THE NATION'S ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL HAS SPIKED THIS YEAR ECLIPSING THE NUMBER OF TROOPS DYING IN THE BATTLEFIELD. I WANT TO GO OVER THAT AGAIN. I WANT EVERYONE TO LISTEN TO THIS VERY CAREFULLY. "NEW YORK TIMES," JUNE, 2012, THE SUICIDE RATE AMONG THE NATION'S ACTIVE DUTY PERSONNEL HAS SPIKED THIS YEAR ECLIPSING THE NUMBER OF TROOPS DYING IN THE BATTLE. AND IT'S ON PAGE TO SET A RECORD HIGH MORE THAN A DECADE AGO. THERE'S ALMOST ONE TROOP SUICIDE PER DAY. WOMEN FACE ADDITIONAL DIFFICULTIES AND HAVE A HIGHER RATE OF ATTEMPTED SUICIDE. BEING THE VICTIM OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IS A KNOWN RISK FACTOR FOR SUICIDE. THE DISINCENTIVES TO REPORTING SUCH AN ASSAULT, GETTING HELP IS HARDER. THE EPIDEMIC OF A VETERAN OR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY SUICIDES IS NOT ONLY REASON TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR PREVENTION OF SUE SIDES, IT'S THE REASON TO END THE WARS. SOME OF THE HUNDREDS OF REASONS THAT ARE INDEPENDENTLY SUFFICIENT TO END THE WARS. BUT UNTIL WE END THESE WARS, THE VERY LEAST WE COULD DO IS TO SUMMON A GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PREVENT SOLDIER SUE SIDES. NOW, THE AMENDMENTS OFFSETS COME FROM THE PENTAGON CHANNEL WHICH HOUSES PROGRAMS LIKE --

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  • 05:08:29 PM

    MR. DICKS

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD TO ME?

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    MR. KUCINICH

    I YIELD.

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    MR. DICKS

    DUE RESPECT, WE HAVE ACCEPTED THE GENTLEMAN'S PREVIOUS AMENDMENT. ON THIS…

    DUE RESPECT, WE HAVE ACCEPTED THE GENTLEMAN'S PREVIOUS AMENDMENT. ON THIS ONE WE HAVE ALREADY ADDED $20 MILLION TO THE BUDGET FOR THIS PURPOSE, AND WE WILL, IF NECESSARY, GO HIGHER IN CONFERENCE BECAUSE OF THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN, THE CHAIRMAN'S CONCERN, MY CONCERN. BUT TO TOTALLY ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR THE PENTAGON CHANNEL I THINK IS A MISTAKE. THERE'S VERY VALUABLE INFORMATION THAT IS RECEIVED BY THE MILITARY, BY THE CONGRESS, BY EVERYBODY WHO WATCHES THIS. SO THE SOURCE OF THE AMENDMENT. SO I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN IF HE WOULD WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT AND THEN WORK WITH US AND WE WILL DO THE BEST WE CAN TO GET TO A HIGHER LEVEL IN CONFERENCE.

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  • 05:09:23 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    SHORT ANSWER IS YES, AND I WANT TO --

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    MR. DICKS

    THE ISSUE OF THIS WAR WHEN MORE PEOPLE OF DYING OF SUICIDE THAN THEY ARE…

    THE ISSUE OF THIS WAR WHEN MORE PEOPLE OF DYING OF SUICIDE THAN THEY ARE IN COMBAT. AND WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE ANY LIFE. IT MEANS THERE IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM. AND WE WANT TO WORK WITH YOU TO ADDRESS THAT.

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  • 05:09:44 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE IF HE WOULD ENTER INTO A COLLOQUY FOR…

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE IF HE WOULD ENTER INTO A COLLOQUY FOR THIS?

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  • 05:09:50 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD?

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    MR. KUCINICH

    WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON FOR HIS COMMITMENT. THIS…

    WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON FOR HIS COMMITMENT. THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME HE AND I TALKED ABOUT THIS. THIS LONG COMMITMENT THAT YOU HAVE TO ADDRESS THIS SUICIDE PREVENTION, I WOULD ASK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO SUPPORT SUCH AN ENDEAVOR TO PLUS UP THE FUNDS FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION IN THE CONFERENCE?

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  • 05:10:15 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD?

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    MR. YOUNG

    THIS ISSUE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US. ALMOST EVERY ONE OF OUR…

    THIS ISSUE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US. ALMOST EVERY ONE OF OUR HEARINGS WE INSISTED ON GETTING GOOD ANSWERS FROM THE MILITARY AS TO WHAT THEY WOULD -- COULD DO, WHAT WOULD THEY DO, WHAT THEY PLAN TO DO TO PREVENT THE SUICIDES. WE HAVE SUPPORTED SO MANY PROGRAMS, ADDED THE ADDITIONAL MONEY THAT MR. DICKS HAS TALKED ABOUT. WE HAVE SUPPORTED --

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  • 05:10:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. DICKS

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. DICKS

    TAKING BACK MY TIME FOR THE MOMENT. THE POINT IS WE HAVE ALSO ADDED MONEY…

    TAKING BACK MY TIME FOR THE MOMENT. THE POINT IS WE HAVE ALSO ADDED MONEY FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, FOR POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. I MEAN, WE HAVE BEEN -- OUR SUBCOMMITTEE HAS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF PROVIDING ADDITIONAL RESOURCES BEYOND THE ADMINISTRATION'S REQUEST FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. THE LAST -- SINCE THIS HAS BECOME A MAJOR ISSUE. BUT I WOULD JUST ASK THE GENTLEMAN TO TRY TO WORK WITH US ON THIS ONE BECAUSE OF THE SOURCE ISSUE AND WE'LL WORK TOGETHER AND DO THE BEST WE CAN.

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  • 05:12:20 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    I HAVE CONFIDENCE AND THE DEPOOD FAITH OF THE CHAIRMAN AND THE -- GOOD…

    I HAVE CONFIDENCE AND THE DEPOOD FAITH OF THE CHAIRMAN AND THE -- GOOD FAITH OF THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER. I KNOW THAT YOU'RE BOTH CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. YOU SAID SO NOW BUT I ALSO KNOW YOU DEMONSTRATED THIS IN OTHER -- AT OTHER TIMES. WHAT I WOULD ASK WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO LOOK AT THE AMOUNT THAT'S IN THE PROGRAM RIGHT NOW, FIND A WAY TO PLUS IT UP SO WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ACTIVE DUTY AND THOSE THAT LEFT ACTIVE DUTY KNOW ABOUT PROGRAMS, HAVE ACCESS TO PROGRAMS AND HAVE ACCESS TO THE KIND OF TREATMENT THAT IS NECESSARY TO CUT DOWN THE NUMBER OF SUE SIDES.

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  • 05:13:00 PM

    MR. KUCINICH

    VIEW OF THIS COLLOQUY, I WILL WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT AND, AGAIN, I THANK…

    VIEW OF THIS COLLOQUY, I WILL WITHDRAW THE AMENDMENT AND, AGAIN, I THANK -- I THANK BOTH GENTLEMEN.

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  • 05:13:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    BY MR. MR. HANNA OF NEW YORK. INSERT REDUCED BY $30 MILLION. PAGE 32, LINE…

    BY MR. MR. HANNA OF NEW YORK. INSERT REDUCED BY $30 MILLION. PAGE 32, LINE 6, INSERT INCREASED BY $30 MILLION.

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  • 05:13:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:13:38 PM

    MR. HANNA

    --

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    THE CHAIR

    CANNOT RESERVE. DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

  • 05:17:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. YOUNG

    TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT WITH MUCH OF THE SAME ARTS I USED EARLIER BY…

    TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT WITH MUCH OF THE SAME ARTS I USED EARLIER BY TAKING THE MONEY OUT OF THE DEFENSE-WIDE ACCOUNTS WHICH IS WHERE WE PROVIDE FOR OUR READINESS AND WE JUST CANNOT CONTINUE TO TAKE MONEY OUT OF THIS FUND AND USE IT AS A SLUSH FUND. READINESS, WE HAVE GOT TO MAINTAIN AND CAN'T TAKE A CHANCE OF NOT BEING READY IN THE EVENT A SITUATION DEVELOPS. NOW ON THE ISSUE OF CYBER, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THIS IS A GROWING THREAT AND EVEN A LARGER THREAT THAN MOST PEOPLE REALIZE TODAY. AND THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE UNDERSTAND THAT BECAUSE WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME DEALING WITH CYBER. BUT THERE ARE OTHER PLACES IN THIS BILL WHERE THE GENTLEMAN CAN OFFER HIS AMENDMENT THAT WOULD, I THINK, APPLY BETTER. BUT IF WE'RE DEALING WITH A NONMILITARY CYBER PROGRAM, IT SHOULD BE DONE THROUGH THE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL, AND THEY DO HAVE MONEY IN THAT BILL. IF IT HAS TO DO WITH THE F.B.I.'S LAW ENFORCEMENT WORK ON CYBER, IT SHOULD BE IN THE COMMERCE, STATE, JUSTICE BILL, WHERE THERE IS MONEY THERE FOR THAT. I'M AFRAID THIS GETS A LITTLE CLOSE TO BEING AN EARMARK THAT IS NOT AN EARMARK. FOR EXAMPLE, THERE ARE THOSE THAT ARE SUGGESTING THAT MEMBERS ARE INCREASING PROGRAM AMOUNTS JUST SO THAT PROGRAM WOULD FAVOR SOMETHING IN THEIR OWN DISTRICT. THIS GETS VERY CLOSE BECAUSE OF A PARTICULAR LABORATORY IN MR. HANNA'S DISTRICT AND I'M NOT OPPOSED TO HIS SUPPORTING HIS LABORATORY, BUT I THINK IT DOES GET TO THE POINT THAT MAYBE THIS IS A PROGRAM INCREASE THAT COULD BE DIRECTED TO A SPECIFIC DISTRICT OR A SPECIFIC PROJECT. WE HAVE ALREADY FUNDED A LOT IN THE CYBER. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO FUND CYBER EVERY YEAR. AS IT GROWS, WE GROW WITH IT, BUT WE CAN'T DO THIS AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR DEFENSE-WIDE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNTS THAT PROVIDE FOR OUR READINESS. AND I'M NOT GOING TO PRODUCE A BILL OR SUPPORT A BILL THAT CUTS INTO THE READINESS OF OUR NATION, THE ABILITY TO DEFEND OUR NATION. WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO IT. THE CYBER ACCOUNTS HAVE THEIR OWN PLACE IN THE LEGISLATION. AND THEY ARE BEING TAKEN CARE OF PROPERLY. SO I'M OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:20:09 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 NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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  • 05:20:36 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. LANGEVIN OF…

    NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND.

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  • 05:20:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    MY AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO ADD $15 MILLION TO THE IDTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF…

    MY AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO ADD $15 MILLION TO THE IDTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF AUGMENTING THE SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH PROGRAM WITHIN THE MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM. THE SPIME CORD INJURIES ARE A SERIOUS COMBAT-RELATED CONDITION AFFECTING MANY SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN. IN RESPONSE, CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE SPIME CORD INJURY RESEARCH PROGRAM IN 2009 TO SUPPORT RESEARCH AND TO REPAIRING DAMAGED SPINAL CORDS AND IMPROVING REHABILITATETIVE THERAPY. MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS FIRST INJURED WITH A SPINAL CORD INJURY, I WAS TOLD I WOULD NEVER WALK AGAIN AND YOU CAN'T PAIR THE SPIME CORD. SOME 30 YEARS LATER, WE KNOW THAT THAT IS NOT ACCURATE AND NO LONGER A QUESTION IF WE CAN REPAIR SPINAL CORDS, BUT WHEN. AND THIS OFFERS GREAT HOPE TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE HAVE BEEN THE VICTIMS OF A SPINAL CORD INJURY IN COMBAT. RECENT RESEARCH PROMISES TO MAKE THE REPAIR OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES A REACHABLE GOAL IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE. IN ONE STUDY, RACKED WITH SEVERE SPINAL INJURIES FOLLOWING A GROUNDBREAKING NEW TREATMENT, TO WALK, RUN, EVEN CLIMB STAIRS. SCIENTISTS IN CHARGE OF THE TRIAL SAID A SIMILAR APPROACH COULD BE USED ON HUMAN PATIENTS WITH A CLINICAL TRIAL POSSIBLE WITHIN ONE OR TWO YEARS. SO THIS AND OTHER RESEARCH PROVIDES WELL AS THE 1.275 MILLION AMERICANS WHO ARE PARALYZED AS A RESULT OF SPINAL CORD INJURIES. THESE THERAPIST WILL NOT BE ABLE TO UNDERGO FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OR CLINICAL TRIAL. THE RESEARCH IS REAL AND SHOWS INCREDIBLE PROMISE, THERE IS A GENUINE POSSIBILITY WE COULD REPAIR THESE INJURIES THAT AFFECT SO MANY. I BELIEVE WE MUST BE SURE AND THAT THE BENEFITS OF DECADES OF RESEARCH IN THE SPIME CORD INJURY ARE REALIZED. I JUST WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, CHAIRMAN YOUNG AND RANKING MEMBER DISCS AND COMMITTEE STAFF FOR WORKING CLOSELY WITH ME ON THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 05:23:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON?

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    MR. DICKS

    STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. I COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM RHODE ISLAND…

    STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. I COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM RHODE ISLAND FOR HIS EFFORTS IN THIS REGARD. AND I JUST HOPE THAT THIS RESEARCH WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. AND I KNOW WITH HIS LEADERSHIP, IT WILL BE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:23:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 05:23:59 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THE AMENDMENT HAS DISCUSSED THIS WITH US AT LENGTH FOR QUITE SOME TIME.…

    THE AMENDMENT HAS DISCUSSED THIS WITH US AT LENGTH FOR QUITE SOME TIME. THIS IS AN IMMEDIATE PROBLEM AND A GROWING PROBLEM AND ONE THAT WE HAVE TO FACE UP TO. AND WE DO NOT OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND WE AGREE WITH THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:24:17 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 AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    HAVE AN AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. SESSIONS OF TEXAS. PAGE 9, LINE 6, AFTER THE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. SESSIONS OF TEXAS. PAGE 9, LINE 6, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 35, LINE 15, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASE BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 35, LINE 23, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $10 MILLION.

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  • 05:24:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    LIKE TO RECOGNIZE BOTH THE GENTLEMEN, MR. DICKS AND MR. YOUNG FOR THEIR…

    LIKE TO RECOGNIZE BOTH THE GENTLEMEN, MR. DICKS AND MR. YOUNG FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING SERVICE NOT ONLY TO OUR COUNTRY BUT TO THIS CONGRESS ON BEHALF OF MAKING SURE WE HAVE FREEDOM AND THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT PROTECT THIS COUNTRY, I EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO BOTH OF THEM. I THANK MR. ROGERS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, WHO IS FROM THE COMMITTEE HERE TODAY AND I WANT TO THANK HIM ALSO. I STAND UP IN SUPPORT OF THE DEDICATION AND HARD WORK THIS CONGRESS HAS DONE FOR WORK ON SOMETHING KNOWN AS PTSD. THIS CONGRESS, AS YOU MAY KNOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, HAS CONTINUED ITS INCREASING FUNDING OVERALL AND BY THIS BILL BY $125 MILLION. ON MAY 18, 2012, DURING THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, THE HOUSE ADOPTED MY AMENDMENT TO CREATE A PILOT PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THAT WILL STRENGTHEN TREATMENT FOR OUR TROOPS COMING HOME WITH PTSD. TODAY, CONGRESS HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THIS PROGRAM. MY AMENDMENT OFFERED WITH MY DEAR FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MIKE THOMPSON, MOVES $2 MILLION FROM MORE THAN $31 BILLION IN THE OPERATION AND DEFENSE-WIDE BUDGET TO INCREASE BY $10 MILLION. THIS MONEY WILL DIRECTLY ASSIST THE SOLDIERS WHO HAVE INJURIES BY ALLOWING THEM TO BE REIMBURSED TO ATTEND PRIVATE-SECTOR FACILITIES. ONE IN FOUR OF RECENT COMBAT VETERANS TREATED BY THE VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION FROM 2004 TO 2009 HAD A DIAGNOSES OF PTSD AND 7% HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH TBI. ACCORDING TO THE STUDY, NUMBERS OF ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIERS HAS INCREASED BY 64% DUE TO BRAIN HEALTH, WHETHER IT WAS T.B.I., PTSD. THESE SOLDIERS LEAVE AT A RAPID RATE. OUR SOLDIERS RANGE FROM $6 BILLION TO 6.2 BILLION. TODAY, HEALTH-CARE PROVIDERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ARE WORKING TO PROVIDE TREATMENT TO BRAIN-INJURY TREATMENTS WITH NEW AND INNOVATIVE TREATMENTS WITH REMARKABLE RESULTS. ONE SUCH TREATMENT USES OXYGEN TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE CHRONIC SIMILARP TOMORROWS SUCH AS HEADACHES, MEMORY LOSS AND MOOD SWINGS. WHILE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS MADE MANY STRIDES UNDER THE DIRECTION OF COLONEL SCOTT MILLER, MANY TREATMENTS UNFORM ARE NOT AVAILABLE WITHIN THE MILITARY FACILITIES. SO THIS AMENDMENT THAT I OFFER TODAY WOULD ALLOW THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SEEK TREATMENT TO BE ABLE TO DO SO AT OUR LEADING-EDGE FACILITIES THAT ARE PRIVATE AROUND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MY AMENDMENT WILL PROVIDE TREATMENT AND RECOVERY THAT IS DESPERATELY NEEDED. I URGE MY AMENDMENT TO BE APPROVED AND YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    I THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THE GOOD WORK THEY ARE DOING ON…

    I THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THE GOOD WORK THEY ARE DOING ON THIS BILL AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ESTIMATES THAT MORE THAN 230,000 SERVICE MEMBERS HAVE SUSTAINED A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY BETWEEN 2000 AND 2011. DURING THAT TIME, AS THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. SESSIONS, POINTED OUT, CONGRESS HAS DEDICATED UNPRECEDENTED LEVEL OF T.B.I. FUNDING AND RESEARCH WHICH HAS ALLOWED D.O.D. TO MAKE GREAT STRIDES IN IDENTIFYING AND TREATING BRAIN INJURIES. BUT DESPITE THE INCREASED FUNDING, SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS SUFFERING FROM POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS AND T.B.I. ARE STILL LIMITED AS TO WHERE AND WHEN THEY CAN BE TREATED. SOMETIMES THE VERY BEST TREATMENT FOR THEIR INJURIES CAN BE FOUND OUTSIDE OF THE TRADITIONAL D.O.D.-V.A. NETWORKS. THERE ARE SOME OUTSTANDING PROGRAMS PROVIDING FIRST CLASS EFFECTIVE TREATMENT TO OUR RETURNING SOLDIERS, YET THOSE PROGRAMS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PAYMENT. I HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT ONE OF THESE FACILITIES, THE PATHWAY HOME PROGRAM RUN OUT OF THE CALIFORNIA VETERANS' HOME. JUST AN OUTSTANDING PROGRAM PROVIDING GREAT SERVICE TO SOME VERY DESERVING HEROES. AND THEY SHOULD BE REIMBURSED. OUR TROOPS AND VETERANS HAVE EARNED, THEY'VE EARNED THE VERY BEST TREATMENT AND CARE THAT WE CAN PROVIDE. BUT SOMETIMES, AS I SAID, THE BEST TREATMENTS AREN'T AVAILABLE AT MILITARY AND VETERAN-MEDICAL FACILITIES. THE SESSIONS-THOMPSON AMENDMENT WILL MAKE SURE OUR HEROES WHO RETURN FROM COMBAT WITH T.B.I. OR P.T.S. HAVE ACCESS TO THE HIGHEST QUALITY CARE OUR NATION HAS TO OFFER. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP THOSE THOSE WHO HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH IN DEFENSE OF OUR GREAT NATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    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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    THE LAST WORD.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    TO THE RANKING MEMBER.

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    MR. DICKS

    TO CONCUR. I THINK THIS IS A DESERVING AMENDMENT. WE CANNOT DO ENOUGH ON…

    TO CONCUR. I THINK THIS IS A DESERVING AMENDMENT. WE CANNOT DO ENOUGH ON THESE ISSUES BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO HAVE A LIFETIME AFFECT ON THESE PEOPLE AND THE MORE WE DO AS THEY COME HOME AND EVEN BEFORE THEY GO TO FIND OUT WHO IS SUSCEPTIBLE, THIS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT, WILL SAVE US A LOT OF MONEY. AND WE WILL ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT ON OUR SIDE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. AS MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR…

    THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. AS MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR WILL SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY. MR. RANKING MEMBER, I RECENTLY WROTE A…

    FOR THE PURPOSE OF A COLLOQUY. MR. RANKING MEMBER, I RECENTLY WROTE A LETTER TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO ASK FOR HIS ASSISTANCE IN DOCUMENTING THE ANNUAL COST OF MILITARY OF TREATING SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS WHO ARE LIVING WITH HYDROCEPHALUS. IT IS A MEDICAL CONDITION CHARACTERIZED BY THE ABNORMAL ACCUMULATION OF FLUID WITHIN THE BRAIN. EXPERTS SUSPECT THAT 2/3 OF THE 41,000 SERVICE MEMBERS DIAGNOSED WITH MODERATE TO SEVERE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES OVER THE PAST DECADE ALSO SUFFER FROM HYDROCEPHALUS. THE PRIMARY TREATMENT FOR HYDROCEPHALUS, A SHUNT IMPLANTED IN THE BRAIN, WAS DEVELOPED DECADES AGO AND HAS THE HIGHEST FAILURE RATE OF ANY IMPLANTS OF MEDICAL DEVICE. VETERANS LIVING WITH THIS CONDITION WILL FACE A LIFETIME OF MEDICAL UNCERTAINTIES AND INCUR COSTLY BRAIN SURGERIES UNLESS A BETTER TREATMENT IS FOUND. WOULD THE RANKING MEMBER, THE GENTLEMAN, BE WILLING TO WORK WITH US TO HELP GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE INCIDENTS AND COSTS OF HYDROCEPHALUS AMONG OUR INJURED SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS SO WE CAN FOCUS THE APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF D.O.D. RESEARCH DOLLARS ON FINDING A BETTER TREATMENT? I YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER.

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  • 05:33:17 PM

    MR. DICKS

    THE COMMITTEE RECOGNIZES THE SERIOUS TROUBLE OF TRA MATIN BRAIN INJURY, AS…

    THE COMMITTEE RECOGNIZES THE SERIOUS TROUBLE OF TRA MATIN BRAIN INJURY, AS YOU JUST NOTE -- TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, AS YOU JUST NOTED, AND I AM WILLING TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY TO UNDERSTAND THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AS WE CONFER WITH THE OTHER BODY AND WORK WITH OUR MAJORITY MEMBERS HERE WHO ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED AS WE ARE ABOUT THIS AMENDMENT.

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    MR. ANDREWS

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. I YIELD BACK THE…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    CHAIRMAN. AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. WALZ OF MINNESOTA. PAGE 9, LINE 6, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT…

    OFFERED BY MR. WALZ OF MINNESOTA. PAGE 9, LINE 6, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT THE FOLLOWING, REDUCED BY $5 MILLION. PAGE 35, LINE 15, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT THE FOLLOWING, INCREASED BY $5 MILLION. PAGE 35, LINE --

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    MR. WALZ

    ASK FOR DISPENSING OF THE READING OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    MR. WALZ

    THE COMMITMENT, NOT TO THE DEFENSE OF THIS NATION BUT FOR THE CARE OF THE…

    THE COMMITMENT, NOT TO THE DEFENSE OF THIS NATION BUT FOR THE CARE OF THE WARRIORS WHO SO DEARLY PAY FOR THAT DEFENSE. WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS IT INCREASES THE APPROPRIATION IN THE SENSORY INJURY FROM $5 MILLION TO $10 MILLION FOR CORE VISION AND IMPORTANT RESEARCH WILL BE PAID FOR BY REDIRECTING FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT BUDGETS. YOU HEARD IT FROM THE LAST SEVERAL SPEAKERS TALKING ABOUT TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND INJURIES THAT COME FROM THAT. ONE OF THE FIRST INDICATORS OF MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY IS EYE INJURY. THE BRAVE WARRIORS THAT SUSTAIN THESE INJURIES, WHETHER THEY'RE PUNCTURE JERTS OR FROM BLAST INJURIES START TO MANIFEST THEMSELVES IN LOSS OF VISION AND EYE INJURIES. OF ALL OF THE T.B.I.'S THAT HAPPEN IN THE WAR ZONE, 70% SUFFER SOME TYPE OF VISION LOSS. THE RESEARCH TO DEAL WITH THIS HAS SOME LONG-TERM BENEFITS. IT IS ONE OF THE FIRST INDICATORS OF BRAIN INJURY. WE CAN START TO GET EARLY TREATMENT ON THAT. ALL THE RESEARCH SEEMS TO SHOW THAT COGNITIVE ABILITY IS AFFECTED POSITIVELY THE SOONER WE GET ON TOP OF THAT. THERE ARE SEVEN DECISIONS TOWARDS RESEARCH AND BATTLEFIELD INJURIES. 15% OF ALL THOSE INJURIES ARE EYE INJURIES. THE 10 MILLION NUMBER THAT WE'RE REQUESTING IS -- GIVES US BASIC ADEQUATE NUMBERS, A FLOOR NUMBER, IF YOU WILL, TO START GETTING THAT RESEARCH DONE. SO I'M VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THE TOUGH DECISIONS MADE IN THIS. I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, TO BEEF UP THE EYE INJURY RESEARCH. I WOULD ARGUE IT'S MORALLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO. WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO WORK WITH D.O.D. AND V.A. TO GET THAT GOING. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:36:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    WE ARE PLEASED TO ACCEPT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA'S AMENDMENT AND WE…

    WE ARE PLEASED TO ACCEPT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA'S AMENDMENT AND WE SALUTE HIM FOR HIS ADVOCACY. I COULD TELL YOU FROM A PERSONAL VISIT FROM A SOLDIER WHO LOST HIS SIGHT, TIM FALLON FROM LONG ISLAND, NEW JERSEY, TO ADVOCATE THESE ARE DOLLARS WELL SPENT, WE NEED TO SPEND MORE. THESE TYPES OF INVESTMENTS BECAUSE TOO MANY SOLDIERS ARE COMING HOME WITH I THINK THINGS COULD BE POTENTIALLY BENEFITED -- BENEFIT FROM THIS TYPE OF INVESTMENT.

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    MR. DICKS

    I CONCUR WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND I WANT TO SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    I CONCUR WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND I WANT TO SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, WE APPRECIATE HIS SERVICE TO THE COUNTRY. YOU KNOW A LOT MORE ABOUT THIS THAN SOME OF US WHO WERE NOT IN THE SERVICE. AND WE APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE.

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    THE CHAIR

    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 THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA. AS MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR WILL SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. HIGGINS OF NEW YORK. PAGE 9, LINE 6, AFTER THE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. HIGGINS OF NEW YORK. PAGE 9, LINE 6, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT THE FOLLOWING -- REDUCED BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 32, LINE 18, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT THE FOLLOWING -- INCREASED BY $10 MILLION.

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  • 05:37:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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    MR. HIGGINS

    THE VARIED THREATS THAT FACE OUR NATION. THIS RESEARCH IS ESSENTIAL TO…

    THE VARIED THREATS THAT FACE OUR NATION. THIS RESEARCH IS ESSENTIAL TO SAFEGUARDING OUR COMMUNITIES AND EMPOWERING RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS AND UNIVERSITIES TO COME UP WITH THE CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO DETECT, CONFRONT AND NEUTRALIZE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. MY AMENDMENT IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT WOULD INCREASE FUNDING BY $10 MILLION FOR THE DEFENSEWIDE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION ACCOUNT. IT'S OFFSET BY REDUCING FUNDING FOR THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE DEFENSEWIDE ACCOUNT. THE INTENT OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO SUPPORT THE ONGOING WORK THAT IS BEING PERFORMED THROUGH BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAMS AT THE DEFENSE THREAT REDUCTION AGENCY WHICH IS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S OFFICIAL COMBAT SUPPORT AGENCY FOR COUNTERING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. THE GRANTS PROVIDED BY THIS FUNDING SUPPORT 160 RESEARCH PROJECTS ACROSS THE NATION. 21 UNIVERSITIES PARTICIPATE IN COMPETITIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS THAT HELP TO DEFINE, DETECT AND MITIGATE THE PROLIFERATION AND USE OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. THIS IMPORTANT WORK IS PROVIDING US WITH A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE THREATS WE FACE AND CREATING NEW INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO THE SECURITY RISKS POSED BY CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL OR NUCLEAR ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES HOMELAND. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND THE IMPORTANT LIFE-SAVING RESEARCH BEING PERFORMED AT IMPORTANT INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    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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  • 05:39:19 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, WE CERTAINLY OBJECT TO THE ARBITRARY REDUCTIONS TO THE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, WE CERTAINLY OBJECT TO THE ARBITRARY REDUCTIONS TO THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE DEFENSEWIDE APPROPRIATIONS ACCOUNT. THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE APPROPRIATIONS ACCOUNT FUNDING IS CRITICAL. MR. YOUNG STATED A FEW MINUTES AGO TO THE READINESS, SAFETY AND QUALITY OF LIFE OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE EACH AND EVERY DAY, WHO VOLUNTEER. CUTTING THIS ACCOUNT WOULD HURT OUR READINESS AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN'T DO AT THIS POINT IN TIME SO I YIELD BACK.

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    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 NEW YORK. AS MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR WILL SIGNIFY BY SAYING AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT'S NOT ADOPTED. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER AMENDMENTS? THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 05:40:14 PM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY RISE?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MS. BON MECHE OF OREGON. -- BONAMICI OF OREGON. .

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    THE CHAIR

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    MS. BONAMICI

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    IS FOR MS. BUERKLE AND MYSELF TO HELP OUR MILITARY BETTER PERFORM THEIR…

    IS FOR MS. BUERKLE AND MYSELF TO HELP OUR MILITARY BETTER PERFORM THEIR MISSIONS. THIS REQUIRES THE NATIONAL GUARD TO COMPLETE A CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT OF THE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT IN ITS DOMESTIC HUMVEE AMBULANCES. SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO REQUIRE IN FEDERAL AND STATE MISSIONS. RIGHT NOW THESE AMBULANCES HAVE NO REQUIREMENT TO CARRY CARDIAC MONITORING AND RESUSCITATION EQUIPMENT. LIMITING THEIR CAPABILITIES TO ADEQUATELY TREAT A WIDE RANGE OF INJURIES IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. MRAP AMBULANCES USED IN OVERSEA CONTINGENS OPERATIONS DO, HOWEVER, CARRY CARDIAC MONITORING AND RESUSCITATION EQUIPMENT. THIS CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT WOULD DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT GUARD HUMVEE AMBULANCES USED DOMESTICALLY SHOULD CARRY CARDIAC MONITORING AND RESUSCITATION EQUIPMENT COMPABLE TO MRAP AMBULANCES -- COMPARABLE TO MRAP AMBULANCES. HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCIES, NATURAL DISASTERS AND PROVIDING DEFENSE SUPPORT TO CIVILIAN AUTHORITIES. HOW ACCOUNT GUARD CARRY OUT ITS REQUIRED MISSIONS IF IT DOES NOT HAVE THE PROPER EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO DEAL WITH SEVERE INJURIES? AS THESE HUMVEE AMBULANCES ARE CURRENTLY EQUIPPED, MEDICAL PERSONNEL ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED IN THE AVAILABLE TREATMENT THEY CAN PROVIDE TO AN INJURED PERSON. . AN AMBULANCE CAN PROVIDE BASIC CARE AND TRANSPORTATION OF A PATIENT FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER. FOR EXAMPLE, I UNDERSTAND THAT MEDICAL PERSONNEL WILL BE UNABLE TO TREAT A PATIENT EXPERIENCING A CARDIAC ARREST DUE TO A SERIOUS PROBLEM. STATE AND NATIONAL GUARD UNITS WANT THIS EQUIPMENT AND HAVE INDICATED IT COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. THE ADD JUTANT GENERALS IN EIGHT DIFFERENT STATES, INCLUDING, MONTANA, ARIZONA, AND OTHERS HAVE SUBMITTED RESOLUTIONS FOR EMERGENCY PROCUREMENT OF CARDIAC MONITORING EQUIPMENT TO BE UTILIZED. BECAUSE THE NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU DOES NOT VIEW THIS EQUIPMENT AS REQUIRED, IT HAS BACKED OUT OF A PLAN TO PURCHASE IT DESPITE THE SUPPORT OF MULTIPLE STATES. THIS AMENDMENT WILL REQUIRE THE NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU TO RE-EXAMINE WHETHER CARDIAC MONITORING EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED AND NECESSARY FOR THE GUARD TO FULFILL ITS HOMELAND SECURITY, TERRORIST ATTACK, NATURAL DISASTER RESPONSE AND DEFENSE SUPPORT TO CIVIL AUTHORITIES RESPONSIBILITIES. SHOULD THE CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT FIND THAT THE EQUIPMENT IS NECESSARY UNDER THIS AMENDMENT, THE ARMY MAY USE FUNDS FROM THIS SECTION TO RETROFIT AND INSTALL THE EQUIPMENT IN DOMESTIC HUMVEE AMBULANCES CURRENTLY IN USE BY THE NATIONAL GUARD. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE ISSUE. THE GUARDS MEN AND WOMEN SHOULD BE PROVIDED THE BEST CAPABILITY AVAILABLE TO SAVE LIVES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY. I URGE COLLEAGUES' SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:47:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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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  • 05:47:22 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. WE WANT TO THANK THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FOR…

    TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. WE WANT TO THANK THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FOR BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO OUR ATTENTION. WE HAVE NO OBJECTION TO IT. I GUESS WE WOULD ACCEPT IT. IT WOULD BE VALUABLE TO BE MADE --

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  • 05:47:38 PM

    MR. DICKS

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR HER AMENDMENT. IT IS WELL THOUGHT OUT AND I HOPE IT…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR HER AMENDMENT. IT IS WELL THOUGHT OUT AND I HOPE IT HAS THE DESIRED EFFECT AND I CONGRATULATE HER IN OFFERING IT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:47:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    LINE 3, AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, NAVY, $17,000 518,000 324,000 000, TO REMAIN…

    LINE 3, AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, NAVY, $17,000 518,000 324,000 000, TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30. $3 BILLION TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION AT NAVY AND MARINE CORPS, $677 ,233,000 TO REMAIN FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. SHIP BUILDING AND CONVERSION, NAVY, OUTFITTING CONVERSIONS AND FIRST DESTINATION TRANSPORTATION $284,859,000.

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  • 05:48:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. QUIGLEY OF ILLINOIS, PAGE 24, LINE 14, AFTER THE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. QUIGLEY OF ILLINOIS, PAGE 24, LINE 14, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $985 MILLION. INSERT REDUCED BY 988 MILLION. PAGE 153 LINE 15, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $988 MILLION.

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  • 05:49:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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    MR. QUIGLEY

    I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES FROM ILLINOIS TO OFFER A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO THE…

    I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES FROM ILLINOIS TO OFFER A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATION BILL. OUR AMENDMENT CUTS $988 MILLION FROM THE BILL WHICH THE COMMITTEE ADDED BUT THE NAVY DID NOT REQUEST. I ALSO PUT THE SAVINGS TOWARDS DEFICIT REDUCTION. LET'S BACK UP. AS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S NEW STRATEGY, THEY ARE REALIGNING AND MAKING NEW INVESTMENTS. TO THIS END, THE NAVY HAS A MULTI YEAR PROCUREMENT TO PURCHASE NINE DESTROYERS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. IN ORDER TO FULFILL ONE YEAR OF THIS ARRANGEMENT THE NAVY REQUESTED OVER $3 BILLION IN THE BUDGET, BUT THE COMMITTEE TOOK IT UPON ITSELF TO GIVE THE NAVY AN EXTRA BILLION DOLLARS IT DIDN'T REQUEST AND DOESN'T NEED FOR A TENTH DESTROYER. THERE WAS TALK OF PURCHASING A 10TH DESTROYER BUT ON MARCH 29, 2012, THE NAVY'S ACQUISITION EXECUTIVE TESTIFIED BEFORE A HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT HE THOUGHT HE COULD GET 10 SHIPS FOR THE PRICE OF NINE. HE NOTED THAT THE NAVY HAS QUOTE, COMPETITION ON ITS PROGRAM. TWO BUILDERS BUILDING THE 51'S AND THE COMPETITION HAS BEEN HEALTHY, END OF QUOTE. AND HE EXPLAINS HOW HE HOPES TO GET 10 SHIPS, SAYING WE ARE ALLOWED NINE SHIPS BUT WHEN WE GO OUT WITH THIS PROCUREMENT, WE ARE WILLING TO GO OUT WITH A PROCUREMENT THAT ALLOWS THE PROCUREMENT OF 10 SHIPS. IF WE ARE GOING TO ACHIEVE THE SAVINGS WE ARE TARGETING ACROSS THIS MULTI-YEAR ARRANGEMENT. HE SAID THE NAVY COULD LOSE COMPETITION TO GET 10 SHIPS FOR THE PRICE OF NINE. BUT RATHER THAN LETTING THE NAVY DO ITS JOB AND LET THE COMPETITION ACQUISITION PROCESS WORK BY PUTTING BILLION DOLLARS UP FRONT, THE NAVY CUT OUT THE LEGS FROM THE COMPETITIVE PROCESS. EXTRA BILLION DOLLARS FOR ANOTHER SHIP AND PUT THE BILLION ON THE TABLE THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO SPEND. WHY NOT LET THE ACQUISITION PROCESS TAKE ITS COURSE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. I DON'T THINK WE NEED 10 SHIPS AND EVEN FOR THOSE WHO DO SUPPORT A 10TH DESTROYER, CUTTING THIS FUNDING DOES NOT PRECLUDE THEM FROM ADDING IT LATER IF IT'S NEEDED. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY EXAMPLES OF CONGRESS PUTTING FORTH ITS INTERESTS FIRST. THIS DEFENSE BILL IS RIDDLED WITH PROJECTS WE DON'T NEED TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE. THIS BILL INCLUDES SPECIAL-MEMBER-INTERESTS BACK HOME. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO STIMULATE OUR ECONOMY AND FOREIGN POLICY. OUR DEFICIT TOPPING TRILLION DOLLARS WE BHUSS RIGHT-SIZE OUR BUDGET. I WOULD RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 05:53:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS MAY NOT YIELD BLOCKS OF TIME. YOU MAY YIELD TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS MAY NOT YIELD BLOCKS OF TIME. YOU MAY YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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  • 05:53:20 PM

    MR. DOLD

    ON FINDING SAVINGS IN EVERY AREA OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING. WITHOUT A DOUBT,…

    ON FINDING SAVINGS IN EVERY AREA OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING. WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT AND PAINFUL CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR EFFORTS TO REDUCE THE DEBT. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE RECOGNIZE THAT. THE DEFENSE BUDGET ACTUALLY ACCOUNTS FOR ROUGHLY 17% OF ALL FEDERAL SPENDING. YET, IT HAS CONTRIBUTED OVER 50% OF THE DEFICIT REDUCTION. SO I DO WANT TO RECOGNIZE WE ARE ALREADY CUTTING A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY, MR. SPEAKER, OUT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. WE NEED TO BE LOOKING AT COMMONSENSE WAYS FOR US TO BE ABLE TO SAVE MONEY. THIS AMENDMENT IS ABOUT PROMOTING EFFICIENCY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND ACHIEVING SAVINGS WHEREVER POSSIBLE. THE AMOUNT OF FUNDS PROVIDED IN THIS BILL FOR THESE SHIPS IS $1 BILLION ABOVE THE NAVY'S OWN BUDGET REQUEST. SO IN THE SPIRIT OF SEEKING TO ACHIEVE COST SAVINGS, I BELIEVE IT'S APPROPRIATE FOR US TO ACT IN CONSISTENT TO ALLOW THE COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROCESS TO PLAY OUT WHICH AS A NAVY EXECUTIVE ACQUISITION TESTIFIED TO ALLOW THE NAVY TO PURCHASE A 10TH SHIP. IF THESE BIDS COME BACK AND THE 10TH SHIP CANNOT BE REALIZED, I'M IN SUPPORT OF PROVIDING ADDITIONAL RESOURCES NEXT YEAR BUT WE SHOULD ALLOW THE NAVY TO OPERATE AND AT LOWER COSTS WHILE ACHIEVING --

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  • 05:54:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS HAS EXPIRED. QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    TIME THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS HAS EXPIRED. QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 05:55:05 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:55:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:55:13 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THROUGHOUT THIS LAST YEAR, WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE ADMINISTRATION AND WE…

    THROUGHOUT THIS LAST YEAR, WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE ADMINISTRATION AND WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE NAVY THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A LARGE PRESENCE IN THE PACIFIC AREA. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE AN INCREASED PRESENCE IN THE PACIFIC. THAT IS THE ADMINISTRATION'S STATEMENT. AND ALL OF THE HEARINGS WE HAVE DONE IN THE CENTRAL COMMAND AREA, THE MIDDLE EAST, PERSIAN GULF, THE STRAITS OF HORMUZ AND THREATS FROM IRAN, WE WERE TOLD BY THE MILITARY LEADERSHIP WHO FIGHT THOSE WARS THERE THAT THEY NEEDED A LARGER NAVAL PRESENCE IN ORDER TO COUNTER ANY THREAT FROM IRAN AND SIMILAR THREATS AND TO KEEP OPEN THE PERSIAN GULF AND ESPECIALLY THE STRAITS OF HORMUZ. TODAY, WE DON'T REALLY HAVE AS MUCH NAVAL CAPABILITY AS THEY SUGGEST THAT WE NEED. AND SO THE COMMITTEE ADDED THIS 51 FOR THIS YEAR. THE NAVY ACTUALLY ASKED FOR ADVANCED PROCUREMENT SO THEY COULD BUILD IT NEXT YEAR. WE WERE ABLE TO FIND THE FUNDS TO ACTUALLY BUILD IT THIS YEAR SO WE COULD BEGIN TO PREPARE FOR THE PRESENCE THAT THE NAVY -- THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID THAT WE HAVE TO MAINTAIN. AND THAT'S THE 51. IN ADDITION, IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH THE COVERAGE THAT THE NAVY SAID THEY NEED, WE HAVE TAKEN THREE CRUISERS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE AND RECONFIGURED THOSE CRUISERS. WE HAVE PROVIDED FUNDING TO RECONFIGURE THE CRUISERS TO ADD TO THIS EFFORT, TO ADD TO THE EFFORT FOR MORE NAVAL PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND COVER THE PACIFIC. EVERYONE IN THE MILITARY AND THE WHITE HOUSE HAS SAID WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE THEIR PRESENCE. AND SO WE OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. WE NEED THIS 51 IN ORDER TO MEET OUR OBLIGATIONS. NOW, IT IS INTERESTING THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS ARE COSTING MORE THAN WERE ANTICIPATED. C.B.O. JUST ISSUED A REPORT SAYING THAT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST IS GOING TO COST -- IN ORDER TO DO THE BUDGET REQUEST WILL COST $123 BILLION MORE THAN THEY ESTIMATED IT WOULD COST. SO WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH NUMBERS AND WITH DOLLARS. BUT COVERING THE SPECIFIC REGION AND COVERING THE MIDDLE EAST REGION, THE PERSIAN GULF, STRAITS OF HORMUZ, THAT IS IMPORTANT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS AND IMPORTANT TO OUR ALLIES, TO OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS IN THAT REGION. AND SO, MR. CHAIRMAN, I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. IT IS NOT A GOOD AMENDMENT AND NOT GOOD FOR OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE.

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  • 05:58:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 05:58:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 05:58:52 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE DESK. WILL THE GENTLEMAN KINDLY SUBMIT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK WILL…

    THE DESK. WILL THE GENTLEMAN KINDLY SUBMIT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK WILL CONTINUE TO READ.

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  • 05:59:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    $15,236,326,,000 OTHER PROCUREMENT, NAVY. $6,364,191,000 TO REMAIN FOR…

    $15,236,326,,000 OTHER PROCUREMENT, NAVY. $6,364,191,000 TO REMAIN FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.

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  • 05:59:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

  • 06:00:42 PM

    MR. COHEN

    MR. SPEAKER. THE ADMINISTRATION REQUESTS $101 MILLION FOR THE OPERATION…

    MR. SPEAKER. THE ADMINISTRATION REQUESTS $101 MILLION FOR THE OPERATION AND UPGRADING OF CRUISER SHIPS USED BY THE UNITED STATES NAVY. THAT'S WHAT THE PENTAGON AND THE ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED. $101 MILLION. HOWEVER, WHAT HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED IS $607 MILLION. $607 MILLION, THAT'S AN INCREASE OF OVER 500 -- $500 MILLION FROM WHAT THE PENTAGON ASKED FOR. FIVE TIMES WHAT THE PENTAGON ASKED FOR. IN A TIME WHEN SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE CALLING FOR DECREASE IN THE SPENDING ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S SPIED, IT SEEMS THAT THEY -- SIDE, IT SEEMS THEY SHOULD HEED THE REQUESTS OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS AND THE BUDGET AND THE ADVICE OF CONGRESS IN REFRAIN FROM THROWING $500 MILLION AT THIS PROGRAM, THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS TRYING TO PHASE OUT. NOW MIRKSE AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOCATE -- NOW, MY AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOCATE $235 MILLION OF THAT EXCESS TO DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAMS. THE REST WOULD GO TOWARD DEFICIT REDUCTION. AMERICANS WOULD BE BETTER SERVED IF THAT $235 MILLION DIDN'T GO TO A PROGRAM OF BUYING CRUISER SHIPS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DOESN'T WANT AND RATHER HAVE THIS MONEY GO TO HEALTH CARE RESEARCH WHICH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DOES IN THE AREA OF CANCER RESEARCH. BREAST CANCER RESEARCH, PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH. AND OTHER CANCER RESEARCH. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS A STRONG CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM AND CAN ALWAYS USE MORE MONEY TO SAVE LIVES. I'VE BEEN A STRONG SUPPORTER ALL MY LIFE OF PUTTING MONEY INTO RESEARCH IN THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH. AND JOINING WITH SENATOR SPECTACULARRER IN GETTING AN ADDITIONAL $10 MILLION IN THE RECOVERY AND INVESTMENT ACT FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. ONE DAY THROUGH RESEARCH DOLLARS WE'LL HAVE A CURE FOR CANCER. A HEADLINE WE WANT TO SEE. A HEADLINE THAT CANCER -- SCIENTISTS FIND A CURE FOR CANCER AND IT MAY BECOME BECAUSE OF AN APPROPRIATION LIKE THIS AND NOT CONGRESS PASSES FIVE TIMES THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WANTS FOR CRUISER SHIPS. SO MY GOAL IN OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT IS TO SEE THE CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAMS ARE BENEFITED, THAT THEY'RE DOUBLED. AND THIS INVESTMENT IS IN OUR NATION'S FUTURE. AND AN INVESTMENT IN EVERY HUMAN BEING HERE THAT'S A POTENTIAL VICT TIM OF CANCER. THERE ARE -- VICTIM OF CANCER. THERE ARE OTHER DISEASES THAT ARE LOOKED AT, WHETHER IT'S ALZHEIMER'S OR DIABETES OR HEART DISEASE. THE CURES NEED TO BE FOUND AND GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE INVESTING MONEYS IN THOSE PLACES AND THIS IS ONE PLACE WHERE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EMPHASIZES CANCER RESEARCH. EVEN WITH THING OF THIS INVESTMENT ON CANCER RESEARCH THIS AMENDMENT DOES ALSO REDUCE THE OVERALL COST OF THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IN A TIME WHEN WE'VE SEEN CUTS TO OTHER RESEARCH PROGRAMS LIKE THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, IT'S IMPORTANT TO IDENTIFY EVERY SINGLE COLLAR CAN BE USED TO FURTHER -- DOLLAR CAN BE USED TO FURTHER HEALTH RESEARCH EFFORTS. A VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT IS A VOTE IN FAVOR OF FURTHERING OUR COUNTRY'S CANCER RESEARCH AND PROTECTING ALL CITIZENS OUT THERE WHO ARE CONTINGENT AND POTENTIAL VICTIMS OF THIS AWFUL DISEASE. AND REDUCING THE OVERALL COST OF THIS LEGISLATION AS WELL. I URGE YOU TO VOTE YES ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:03:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 06:03:55 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:03:58 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO POINT OUT, NUMBER ONE, THAT CANCER RESEARCH HAS…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO POINT OUT, NUMBER ONE, THAT CANCER RESEARCH HAS ALREADY -- IS ALREADY FUNDED IN THIS BILL AT A $246 MILLION LEVEL. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT MR. YOUNG, MR. MURTHA, MR. DICKS AND MR. LEWIS HAVE HAD A LONG TRADITION OF LEADERSHIP ON CANCER RESEARCH IN THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE AND WILL CONTINUE TO. SO THE BILL'S ALREADY AT $246 MILLION. NOW SECONDLY, WHY DID WE PUT THE MONEY INTO THE CRUISER PROGRAM? AND WE DID SO BECAUSE AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE PIVOTING MUCH OF OUR NAVY FLEET INTO THE PACIFIC AREA, WE BELIEVE WE NEEDED TO HAVE AS MANY OF THE SHIPS CAPABLE OF MISSILE DEFENSE, OR THE AGENT SYSTEM, AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE WORLD IS SO UNSTABLE. SO MANY OF THESE SHIPS WILL PROBABLY GO TO THE PACIFIC. THERE'S SIX OF THEM THAT WE ARE REOUTFITTING FOR THE SYSTEM. AND THEN SOME OF THEM MAY GO TO THE MIDDLE EAST. I JUST GOT BACK FROM SPENDING THE NIGHT ON A CARRIER WITH PART OF THE 5TH FLEET IN THE PERSIAN GULF AND OUR TRIP ALSO INCLUDED AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN AND YEMEN AND I WISH THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS COULD GET SOME OF THE BRIEFINGS THAT WE GOT IN TERMS OF THE MISSILE THREAT IN THE MIDDLE EAST ALONE. BECAUSE IT IS AN UNSTABLE PART OF THE GLOBE RIGHT NOW AND WE HAVE TO HAVE OUR BEST TECHNOLOGY OUT THERE AND OUR BEST AIRMEN READY AT ALL TIMES IN CASE THERE IS A MISSILE ATTACK. AND THAT'S WHAT THE DEFENSE COMMITTEE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS RECOGNIZED WITH THIS $506 MILLION AND SO I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:05:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 06:05:59 PM

    MR. COHEN

    A VOTE. THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 06:06:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    4, PROCUREMENT MARINE CORPS, $1,482,081,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR…

    4, PROCUREMENT MARINE CORPS, $1,482,081,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE, $11,304,899,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. MISSILE PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE, $5,449,146,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, AIR FORCE, $599,194,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. OTHER PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE, $16,632,575,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. PROCUREMENT, DEFENSEWIDE, $4,429,335,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE EQUIPMENT, $2 BILLION TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT PURCHASES, $63,531,000. TITLE 4, RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION. RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, ARMY, $8,593,055,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, NAVY, $16,987,768,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, AIR FORCE, $25,117,692,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION --

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  • 06:08:21 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS.

  • 06:08:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 06:08:35 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. POMPEO OF KANSAS. PAGE 32, LINE 18, AFTER THE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. POMPEO OF KANSAS. PAGE 32, LINE 18, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCED BY $250 MILLION. PAGE 32, LINE 20, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCED BY $250 MILLION. PAGE 153, LINE 15, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, INCREASED BY $250 MILLION.

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  • 06:08:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:08:59 PM

    MR. POMPEO

    MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO STRIKE THE RAPID INNOVATION FUND AND…

    MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO STRIKE THE RAPID INNOVATION FUND AND SAVE THE TAXPAYERS OVER $250 MILLION. A AS A VETERAN -- AS A VETERAN I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE USE EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR THAT GOES TO OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IN AN INTELLIGENT WAY. THIS FUND, THIS RAPID INNOVATION FUND, HAS BEEN NEVER REQUESTED BY THE PENTAGON. THIS IS MONEY THAT THE PENTAGON DOESN'T SAY THAT THIS WANTS. IT WAS CREATED IN F.Y. 2011 DEFENSE BILL IN RESPONSE FRANKLY TO THE LOSS OF EARMARKS HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SO FAR THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS PUT OVER $700 MILLION IN TWO YEARS INTO THIS FUND. AND YET TO DATE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS SPENT ONLY $32.5 MILLION OF THE $7 MILLION ALREADY APPROPRIATED AND PROVIDED. BUT INSTEAD OF WAITING TO SEE IF THE FUND IS WORKING AND IF IT CAN BE SUCCESSFUL OR IF IT'S ANY VALUE TO THE WAR FIGHTER, THE COMMITTEE IS PUSHING FOR ANOTHER $250 MILLION OF TAXPAYER MONEY TO GO INTO THE SO-CALLED RAPID INNOVATION FUND. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS EFFORT. FIRST OF ALL, THE PENTAGON AS I SAID NEVER ASKED FOR THIS MONEY. THE FOUR D.O.D. AGENCIES DECLINED AND AN INVITATION TO EVEN PARTICIPATE IN THE FUND. THERE'S CLEARLY NO ONE IN THE MILITARY CLAMORING FOR WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY THIS SLUSH FUND. WITH A SEQUESTRATION LOOMING, NOW IS THE TIME TO HELP THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT MAKE TOUGH CHOICES, NOT TO ADD $250 MILLION IN WASTEFUL SPENDING. WE MUST FOCUS ON VERY SCARCE -- OUR VERY SCARCE RESOURCES ON VALIDATED MILITARY REQUIREMENTS. SECOND, THIS RAPID INNOVATION FUND IS NEITHER RAPID NOR INNOVATIVE. THE FUND ALLOWS THE DEPARTMENT OF FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION PROCEDURES TO MOVE FORWARD, JUST AS THEY DO FOR ANY OTHER PROCUREMENT PROCESS. THE FIRST CONTRACTS TOOK OVER A YEAR TO BE SIGNED. I DON'T FIND ANYTHING REGARD ABOUT THAT. -- RAPID ABOUT THAT. IT SIMPLY DOLES OUT MONEY TO PROJECTS. THERE'S NOTHING INNOVATIVE ABOUT THAT EITHER. LET ME BE CLEAR. THIS FUND WAS CREATED BY CONGRESS BECAUSE CONGRESS ENDED EARMARKS AND SOME HAVE WANTED A WAY TO EARMARK -- TO HAVE EARMARK-TYPE PROJECTS CONTINUE TO RECEIVE GOVERNMENT MONEY. THIS FUND IS WASTEFUL AND UNNECESSARY. THE D.O.D.'S BASE BUDGET IS WELL OVER $500 BILLION. BUILT THROUGH A TIME-HONORED AND TRUSTED PROCESS TO UNSURE THE NEEDS OF OUR -- ENSURE THE NEEDS OF OUR WAR FIGHTERS. THIS FUND IS COMPLETELY OUTSIDE OF THIS PROCESS AND THEREFORE ADVANCES PROJECTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN VALIDATED AND ARE NOT PROVEN IN THIS SAME MANNER. FINALLY, THE FUND ITSELF IS UNPROVEN. ONLY $30 MILLION AND CHANGE HAS BEEN SPENT ON THIS FUND AND THERE IS NO DATA DEMONSTRATING THAT THIS FUND HOLDS ANY VALUE TO OUR MILITARY OR TO OUR TAXPAYERS. BUT EVEN IF IT DOES, THERE'S STILL $670 MILLION SITTING IN THE FUND TODAY. WHY NOT JUST WAIT? AT CURRENT SPEND RATES THERE'S OVER 10 YEARS' WORTH OF FUNDS STILL AVAILABLE. WHY PUT $250 MILLION MORE TAXPAYER MONEY AT RISK? AS CONGRESS WE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES. CERTAINLY IN OUR D.O.D. BUDGET. BUT THIS ONE ISN'T EVEN TOUGH. WE CAN'T JUST THROW GOOD MONEY INTO A HOLE AND HOPE THAT IT HELPS OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:12:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 06:12:11 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE REQUISITE NUMBER OF WORDS.

  • 06:12:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 06:12:15 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THE RAPID INNOVATION FUND…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THE RAPID INNOVATION FUND WAS AUTHORIZED AND APPROPRIATED BY CONGRESS IN 2011 TO ALLOW INNOVATIVE SMALL BUSINESSES TO COMPETE FOR FUNDING WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. IT IS A COMPETITIVE MERIT-BASED PROGRAM DESIGNED TO ACCELERATE THE FIELDING OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES INTO MILITARY SYSTEMS. LAST FALL EACH SERVICE IN THE OSBP ISSUED BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENTS TO SOLICIT PROPOSALS FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF FUNDING WORTH $500 MILLION. OF THE 3,554 WHITE PAPERS RECEIVED, 514 RECEIVED HIGH PRIORITY OR STRONG EVALUATIONS VALUED AT ABOUT $700 MILLION. THIS BILL PROVIDES AN ADDITIONAL $250 MILLION FOR THIS SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. AND ALSO THIS IS -- THIS MONEY CAN BE USED FOR JOINT URGENT OPERATIONAL NEEDS. THIS IS WHEN THE COMMANDERS IN THE FIELD SAY THAT THEY NEED SOMETHING IN AN URGENT WAY, THIS MONEY IS AVAILABLE FOR THAT KIND OF REQUIREMENT. SO, AGAIN, THE GENTLEMAN RAISES A LOT OF INSINUATIONS THAT THIS WAS DONE BECAUSE OF DOING AWAY WITH THE EARMARKS. IT WAS DONE BECAUSE WE FEEL THAT SMALL BUSINESSES IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE A LOT TO OFFER THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT. NOT ALL OF THE INNOVATIONS COME FROM LOCKHEED -- LOCKHEED AND BOEING AND GENERAL DYNAMICS. A LOT OF THE INNOVATION COMES FROM SMALLER BUSINESSES WHO WERE IN ESSENCE GOING TO BE CUT OUT AND WE ALREADY HAVE AN EXISTING PROGRAM, THE SMALL SBIR PROGRAM, WHICH WE WANTED TO ENHANCE SO THAT SMALL BUSINESSES WOULD HAVE A PLACE TO GO WHERE THEY COULD COMPETE, WHERE WE WOULD BE DOING THIS ON THE MERITS BASIS. THAT WE WOULD BE DOING IT ON THE SERVICES, SAYING THIS IS AREAS WHERE WE NEED ADDITIONAL WORK. SO, I AM SOMEWHAT SURPRISED THAT THE GENTLEMAN WOULD OPPOSE SOMETHING LIKE THIS, KNOWING THAT I'M CERTAIN HE'S AN ADVOCATE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN OUR COUNTRY, AND I THINK THIS IS A GOOD PROGRAM AND ONE THAT SHOULD BE SUPPORTED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:15:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:15:05 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

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

  • 06:15:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 06:15:09 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    I WANT TO SAY THIS, WHILE WE ALL ACKNOWLEDGE THERE WAS A NUMERICAL…

    I WANT TO SAY THIS, WHILE WE ALL ACKNOWLEDGE THERE WAS A NUMERICAL EXPLOSION AND A SUBSTANTIVE EXPLOSION ON EARMARKS, AND THAT'S WHY EARMARKS ARE BANNED, ONE OF THE ADVANTAGES OF EARMARKS IS THAT IT DID LET THE SMALL MOM AND POP INNOVATIVE SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE A CRACK AT THE BAT AT THE PENTAGON BUDGET AND MOST OF US WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE PENTAGON BUDGET WOULD SAY IT'S BROKEN, OR AT LEAST IT NEEDS LOTS OF IMPROVEMENT. WHAT THE EARMARKING DID DO WAS LET SMALL COMPANIES HAVE A BITE OF THE APPLE AND SO IN THE INTEREST OF BANNING EARMARKS, WE SET UP THIS PROGRAM TO ALLOW SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGH. I'LL GIVE YOU A GRAPHIC EXAMPLE. I HAD A MAN COME TO ME ONE TIME, HE SAID, I USED TO WORK WITH A LARGE DEFENSE CONTRACTOR. HE NAMED THE CONTRACTOR AND I DON'T WANT TO NAME THEM BUT HE SAID, THIS IS A CIRCUIT PANEL. IT'S A MEMORY PANEL. THIS IS ABOUT THE SIZE OF THIS NOTE BOOK IN MY HAND. HE -- NOTEBOOK IN MY HAND. HE SAID, THIS IS FOR A NUCLEAR SUBMARINE AND IT COSTS ABOUT $10 MILLION. I KNOW BECAUSE I INVENTED IT WHEN I WAS WITH THE LARGE DEFENSE CONTRACTOR AND ALL NUCLEAR SUBMARINES NOW BUY THIS KIND OF MEMORY BOARD. . BUT YOUR CELL PHONE HAS MORE MEMORY IN IT THAN THAT BIG AWKWARD PANEL. BUT THE ONLY WAY I'M GOING TO GET A CRACK AT THE BUSINESS WOULD BE THROUGH THE EARMARKING PROCESS. NOW, I COULD REPLACE THIS $10 MILLION CIRCUIT MEMORY BOARD FOR PROBABLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND I CAN'T DO THAT BECAUSE YOU HAVE THROWN AWAY THAT TOOL FOR BOTH OF US. WE HAVE SET UP THIS BOARD TO TRY TO LET THOSE SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE A CRACK AT THE BAT. I AGREE WITH YOU THERE IS MONEY IN THE ACCOUNT THAT WE NEED TO BE LOOKING AT IT AND YOU BRING UP SOME GOOD POINTS BUT I BELIEVE THE REASON WHY THAT PROGRAM IS OUT THERE IS VERY IMPORTANT IN ORDER TO KEEP THE LARGE DEFENSE CONTRACTORS HONEST, IF YOU WILL.

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  • 06:17:16 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I APPRECIATE WHAT THE GENTLEMAN HAS SAID. ANOTHER THING HERE. THE…

    I APPRECIATE WHAT THE GENTLEMAN HAS SAID. ANOTHER THING HERE. THE GENTLEMAN IS SAYING THEY SHOULD RUSH OUT AND SPEND THIS MONEY. I DON'T MIND A THOROUGH PROFESSIONAL WAY OF GOING ABOUT THIS AND TO TAKE SOME TIME TO MAKE SURE THEY'VE GOT THIS RIGHT IS TO WE WANT THEM TO DO.

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    RUSH OUT AND SPEND THIS MONEY BUT TO GO INTO THE POCKETS OF THE TAXPAYERS.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    YOU YOU KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS TO SELL YOUR PRODUCT TO THE UNITED…

    YOU YOU KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS TO SELL YOUR PRODUCT TO THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AND THIS PROGRAM WOULD ALLOW A SMALL INNOVATOR TO DO THAT, AND THEREFORE, REDUCE THE COST TO THE TAXPAYERS OF PARTS FOR AIRPLANES. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:18:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    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 KANSAS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:19:05 PM

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    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 06:19:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 06:19:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT…

    OFFERED BY MR. MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS. AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT REDUCED BY $75 MILLION. PAGE 153, LINE 15, INSERT INCREASED BY $75 MILLION.

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  • 06:19:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 06:19:43 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    IN THIS BILL, NOT ONLY DO THE REPUBLICANS CLAIM THERE IS NOTHING,…

    IN THIS BILL, NOT ONLY DO THE REPUBLICANS CLAIM THERE IS NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO CUT IN THE DEFENSE BUDGET, THEY ARE ACTUALLY INCREASING SPENDING BEYOND WHAT THE PENTAGON IS ASKING FOR. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE PUT AN ADDITIONAL $75 MILLION FOR MISSILE DEFENSE IN THIS BILL. $75 MILLION ADDITIONAL THAT THE GENERALS HAVE NOT ASKED FOR. SO MY AMENDMENT TODAY IS SIMPLE. IT WOULD REDUCE FUNDING FOR THE GROUND-BASED MID-COURSE DEFENSE PROGRAM BY $75 MILLION TO BRING THE 2013 FUNDING LEVEL BACK TO THE ADMINISTRATION'S REQUEST. GROUND-BASED MID-COURSE DEFENSE IS STAR WARS AND IT'S A SYSTEM THAT SOMEDAY THERE IS HOPE TO SHOOT DOWN AN INCOMING NUCLEAR WARHEAD BY LAUNCHING OUR OWN MISSILES FROM ALASKA AND CALIFORNIA. BUT HERE, WE HAVE A SITUATION OF WHERE BASICALLY REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING THAT THEY WANT TO GIVE THE PENTAGON $75 MILLION MORE THAN WHAT THE MILITARY SAYS IT NEEDS RIGHT NOW. AND IF WE CAN'T DECIDE JUST TO TAKE WHAT THE PENTAGON IS ASKING AND RUBBER STAMPING AND GIVING IT TO THEM AND EVEN THAT'S NOT ENOUGH IN THIS PERIOD OF FISCAL AUSTERITY, THAN HOW ARE WE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL NEXT YEAR WHEN $55 BILLION HAS TO BE CUT? LET'S START HERE. YOU KNOW, ST. AUGUST INE'S PRAYER IS IMPORTANT HERE. REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING, LORD, LET US REDUCE THE DEFICIT, BUT NOT JUST YET WHEN IT COMES TO DEFENSE SPENDING. WE WANT TO GIVE THE PENTAGON EVEN MORE THAN THEY ARE ASKING FOR OF THE LET'S GET ALL OF OUR SINNING DONE BEFORE NEXT JANUARY. LET'S REALLY CLEAR THE DECK ON ALL THE GOLD-PLATED PLANNING THAT -- I DON'T KNOW, DEFENSE FIRMS, BECAUSE IT'S NOT THE PENTAGON. THE PENTAGON SAID THE MONEY THAT'S IN THE BILL AS THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED IS SUFFICIENT IN ORDER TO PROVIDE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS MISSILE DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY. THE BILL ALREADY FUNDS THIS PROGRAM TO THE TUNE OF $900 MILLION AND THE PENTAGON IS SAYING ENOUGH. SO I KNOW YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT CANCELLING SEQUESTRATION WHEN IT COMES TO DEFENSE SPENDING, BUT THIS ISN'T A GOOD SIGN. THIS ISN'T A GOOD SIGN IF WE ARE EVER GOING TO RECONCILE THE TENSION THAT EXISTS BETWEEN THE NEED TO NOT CUT NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH FUNDING, NOT TO CUT PROGRAMS THAT DEAL WITH GRANDMA, MEDICAID AND NURSING HOMES, ALL THE WAY DOWN THE LINE. THIS JUST GOES BEYOND ANYTHING THAT'S EVEN REMOTELY REASONABLE. SO I URGE AND -- AN AYE VOTE ON THE MARKEY AMENDMENT. AND I HOPE THAT IT IS ADOPTED BY THE FULL HOUSE.

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  • 06:23:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. . WHO SEEKS TIME? THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. . WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 06:23:12 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. AND I WANT TO SAY MOST IMPORTANTLY,…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. AND I WANT TO SAY MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS WAS AUTHORIZED IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION THIS YEAR WHICH WAS PASSED ON AN OVERWHELMING BASIS ON A BIPARTISAN VOTE. AND THEIR AUTHORIZATION ACTUALLY WAS A LOT MORE THAN THE $75 MILLION AND THE REASON THIS MONEY IS IN THERE IS THAT THERE ARE SOME CHANGES THAT ARE GOING ON IN THE MISSILE SILOS AND RATHER THAN CLOSE DOWN THE SHOP, WE ARE HAVING TO MOVE THESE MISSILES AND KEEP THEM CURRENT, KEEP THEM ACTIVE AND CAPABLE WHILE THE CONSTRUCTION IS GOING ON AND WHEN WE FINISH THE CONSTRUCTION, PUT THEM BACK. AND THAT'S WHY THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS AUTHORIZED IT AND THAT'S WHY OUR SUBCOMMITTEE HAS ALSO SUPPORTED IT, ALTHOUGH AT A LOWER NUMBER. WITH THAT, I RECOMMEND A NO VOTE AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:24:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    MR. MARKEY

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE POSTPONED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 06:24:39 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    TO OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS' AMENDMENT TO CUT $988 MILLION. THE…

    TO OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS' AMENDMENT TO CUT $988 MILLION. THE MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE CONSIDERED THIS SHIP BUILDING COMMITTEE. WE HAVE MET FOR MONTHS AND DISCUSSED IT WITH THE NAVY LEADERSHIP. THE DBG-51 IS PREEMINENT AND CAN CONDUCT BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE AND HAS PROVEN ITSELF IN EVERY THEATER. THIS SHIP HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED WITH A MULTI YEAR PROCUREMENT STRATEGY, WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT COST-SAVING MEASURE THAT THE NAVY HAS USED IN MULTIPLE SITUATIONS TO SAVE MONEY FOR THE TAXPAYER. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SHIP BUILDING PROGRAMS EVER IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE BEST BUILT AND BEST VALUE FOR THE TAXPAYER AND REQUIRES A FAIR AND OPEN COMPETITION FOR CONTRACTING. RIGHT NOW, OUR NAVY HAS THE LOWEST SHIPBUILDING TOTAL IN GENERATIONS AND MANY PREDICTIONS ARE THE NUMBERS ARE GOING TO SHRINK FURTHER. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BE CUTTING ADDITIONAL SHIPS FROM OUR BUDGET. IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:25:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 06:26:03 PM

    THE CLERK

    OPERATIONAL TESTS AND EVALUATION, DEFENSE, $185,268,000 TO REMAIN…

    OPERATIONAL TESTS AND EVALUATION, DEFENSE, $185,268,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. TITLE 5, REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS, DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUNDS, $1,516,184,000. NATIONAL DEFENSE FUNDS, $564,3 36,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL EXPENDED. TITLE 6 --

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  • 06:26:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE REMAINDER OF THE BILL THROUGH PAGE 66…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE REMAINDER OF THE BILL THROUGH PAGE 66 LINE 7 BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND OPEN TO AMENDMENT AT ANY POINT.

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  • 06:26:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THERE OBJECTION? SEEING NONE, SO ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

  • 06:26:59 PM

    THE CLERK

    8037, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE MAYBE USED TO OPERATE A FIELD…

    8037, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE MAYBE USED TO OPERATE A FIELD AGENCY. THE SECRETARY ACTING THROUGH THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT MAY USE FUNDS UNDER THE HEADING OPERATION AND MAINTAINANCE DEFENSE-WIDE TO MAKE GRANTS. SECTION 8039, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE AVAILABLE --

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  • 06:27:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 06:27:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 06:27:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 06:27:41 PM

    MR. AMASH

    VOTED REPEATEDLY TO STRIKE A-76 LANGUAGE FROM BILLS WE HAVE CONSIDERED.…

    VOTED REPEATEDLY TO STRIKE A-76 LANGUAGE FROM BILLS WE HAVE CONSIDERED. THE SAME CHANGE SHOULD BE ADOPTED IN THIS LEGISLATION BY STRIKING SECTION 8039. MY AMENDMENT DOES THAT. AS DRAFTED, THE SECTION PROHIBITS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FROM CONTRACTING OUT ANY FUNCTION UNLESS IT WILL SAVE A MINIMUM OF $10 MILLION OR 10% OF THE DEPARTMENT'S PERFORMANCE COSTS EVEN IF IT IS LESS COSTLY OVERALL AND CAN PERFORM THE WORK EFFICIENTLY. PUBLIC-PRIVATE COMPETITION LOWER COSTS BETWEEN 10% AND 40% WHETHER THE COMPETITION IS WON BY A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR OR THE GOVERNMENT. RATHER THAN STAND IN THE WAY OF PRIVATE-PUBLIC COMPETITION, CONGRESS SHOULD CUT THE RED TAPE AND MAKE USE OF THE COST SAVINGS EASIER. THE REQUIREMENTS IN SECTION 8039 ARE CODIFIED IN EXISTING SECTION. RETAINING THE SECTION WILL POTENTIALLY NULLIFY ANY CURRENT EFFORTS TO REFORM THE SYSTEM AND BRING MUCH NEEDED TRANSPARENCY AND CONSISTENCY AND RELIABILITY TO THE PROCESS. INSTEAD OF COMPLICATING THE USE OF COMPETITION THAT IMPROVES SERVICE AND LOWER COSTS, WE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGING AGENCIES TO FIND THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO DELIVER SERVICES. THIS AMENDMENT WILL SEND THAT MESSAGE BY REDUCING RESTRICTIONS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND MAKING IT EASIER TO ACHIEVE REFORMS THAT WILL INCREASE AVAILABILITY OF COST-SAVINGS EFFICIENCIES THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:29:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:29:26 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 06:29:33 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    APPROPRIATIONS BILL, WHICH WE DON'T AGREE WITH, BY THE WAY. IT HAS BEEN…

    APPROPRIATIONS BILL, WHICH WE DON'T AGREE WITH, BY THE WAY. IT HAS BEEN CARRIED IN APPROPRIATIONS BILLS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. HOWEVER, WHEN THE LAWS WERE CODIFIED IT BECAME PART OF THE PERMANENT LAW. IT DOESN'T NEEN NEED TO BE IN THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS ANY LONGER. WE HAVE NO OBJECTIONS TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:29:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

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    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE 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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  • 06:31:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO CONSIDERING THE AMENDMENT AT THIS POINT IN THE READING?

  • 06:31:26 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    A LITTLE UNUSUAL FOR US TO AGREE TO DO THIS. BUT IN THIS ONE CASE WE WILL…

    A LITTLE UNUSUAL FOR US TO AGREE TO DO THIS. BUT IN THIS ONE CASE WE WILL AGREE TO IT AND LET THE GENTLEMAN PRESENT HIS AMENDMENT. I BELIEVE IN AS MUCH OPENNESS AS WE CAN POSSIBLY PROVIDE, FOR ALL OF OUR MEMBERS. BUT WE CAN'T -- WE JUST CAN'T MAKE A HABIT OF GOING BACK ONCE THE BILL HAS BEEN READ, ONCE THE REGULAR ORDER HAS BEEN FOLLOWED. BUT IN THIS CASE WE WILL YIELD.

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  • 06:31:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN WITHDRAW HIS OBJECTION? --

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAWS HIS OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN WITHDRAWS HIS OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:32:06 PM

    MR. BACA

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALLOWING ME…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALLOWING ME AND MEMBER DICKS FOR ALLOWING ME THIS EFFORT ON THIS LEGISLATION. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, GARY MILLER, FOR SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT. THIS IS A BACA-MILLER AMENDMENT. IT'S A BIPARTISAN THAT DIRECTS $10 MILLION TO BE MOVED FROM OPERATIONS IN MANAGEMENT PORTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUDGET TO THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PORTION OF THE BUDGET. MOVING THESE FUNDS WILL ALLOW THE D.O.D. TO DEVELOP A COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS. THESE FUNDS WILL ALLOW THE STRATEGY ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM TO SUPPORT, AND I SAY THE, GRANTS. THIS IS A GRANT, IT'S NOT AN EAR MASH, THAT PROVIDES CLEAR WATER. MY COMMUNITIES IN CALIFORNIA, INCLUDING GARY MILLER'S DISTRICT , MUST DEAL WITH CONTAMINATED WATER. IT'S A ROCKET FUEL ADDITIVE THAT CAN BE HARMFUL TO WOMEN, CHILDREN AND ELDERLY THAT EFFECTS BOTH GARY MILLER AND MY DISTRICT. THIS CONTAMINATION HAS RESULTED IN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN COSTS TO THE REGION FOR CLEANUP, LITIGATION. CONGRESS SHOULD SUPPORT THE D.O.D. EFFORTS TO DEVELOP SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS LIKE THIS CONTAMINATION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BACA-MILLER AMENDMENT, A BIPARTISAN BILL. AGAIN I THANK THE CHAIR MNDS THE -- AND THE RANKING MEMBER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:33:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:33:32 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIR, WHILE I DID NOT OBJECT TO HIM TAKING UP THIS AMENDMENT, I WILL…

    MR. CHAIR, WHILE I DID NOT OBJECT TO HIM TAKING UP THIS AMENDMENT, I WILL OBJECT TO THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:33:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    EARMARK IN THE F.Y. 2010, IT WAS FUNDED AS AN EARMARK AT $1.6 MILLION. IT…

    EARMARK IN THE F.Y. 2010, IT WAS FUNDED AS AN EARMARK AT $1.6 MILLION. IT ALSO TAKES THE MONEY FROM THAT SOURCE THAT I HAVE OBJECTED TO BEFORE, THE DEFENSEWIDE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNTS, AND I JUST REALLY CANNOT SUPPORT ANYTHING THAT'S GOING TO EFFECT -- AFFECT OUR READINESS TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. AND SO I JUST STRONGLY OBJECT TO THIS AMENDMENT. ALTHOUGH I DID AGREE TO ALLOW US TO GO BACK TO CONSIDER THE AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:34:23 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 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. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 06:34:32 PM

    THE CLERK

    PAGE 71, LINE 1, SECTION 8040, RESCISSION, THE FOLLOWING FUNDS ARE HEREIN…

    PAGE 71, LINE 1, SECTION 8040, RESCISSION, THE FOLLOWING FUNDS ARE HEREIN RESCINDED. RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION AIR FORCE 2012-2013, $179,600,000. SECTION 8041, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO REDUCE THE AUTHORIZED POSITIONS FOR MILITARY TECHNICIANS OF THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD FOR THE PURPOSE OF APPLYING ANY ADMINISTRATIVELY OPPOSED CEILING ON MILITARY TECHNICIANS. SECTION 8042, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE OBLIGATED OR EXPENDED FOR ASSISTANCE TO THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA UNLESS SPECIFICALLY APPROPRIATED FOR THAT PURPOSE. SECTION 8043, FUNDS FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS COMBATANT, COMMAND AND DEFENSE AGENCIES SHALL BE AVAILABLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF PAY, ALLOWANCES OR OTHER EXPENSES WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE BE INCURRED AGAINST APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE. SECTION 8044, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO REDUCE THE CIVILIAN MEDICAL AND MEDICAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL BELOW THE SEPTEMBER 30, 2003, LEVEL. SECTION 8045, NONE OF THE FUNDS FOR DRUG INTERDICTION OR COUNTERDRUG ACTIVITIES MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO ANY OTHER DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED IN AN APPROPRIATIONS LAW. SECTION 8046, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF ROLLER BEARINGS OTHER THAN THOSE PRODUCED 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 MADE AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT MAY BE OBLIGATED OR EXPENDED TO TRANSFER TO ANOTHER NATION UNLESS THE CONGRESSIONAL DEFENSE COMMITTEES, THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE HOUSE, AND THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS OF THE SENATE ARE NOTIFIED AND ADVANCE -- IN ADVANCE. SECTION 8050, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE OBLIGATED OR EXPENDED TO PAY A CONTRACTOR FOR COST OF ANY AMOUNT PAID BY THE CONTRACTOR TO AN EMPLOYEE WHEN SUCH COSTS ARE FOR HOURS FOR A BONUS OR OTHERWISE IN EXCESS OF THE NORMAL SALARY PAID. SECTION 8051, INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS, NO MORE THAN $30 MILLION MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO APPROPRIATIONS AVAILABLE FOR 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 COUNT FOR WHICH AVAILABILITY FOR OBLIGATION HAS EXPIRED AND WHICH HAS NEGATIVE UNLIQUIDATED BALANCE, AN OBLIGATION OR AN ADJUSTMENT OF 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 A NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU MAY PERMIT THE USE OF EQUIPMENT OF THE NATIONAL GUARD'S DEFENSE LEARNING PROJECT BY ANY PERSON ON A SPACE AVAILABLE REIMBURSEMENT BASIS. SECTION 8054, USING FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE, THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE MAY IMPLEMENT COST EFFECTIVE AGREEMENTS FOR REQUIRED FACILITY MONITORING AND MILITARY COMMUNITY IN THE FEDERAL REPUBLICAN OF GERMANY -- REPUBLIC OF GERMANY. SECTION 8055, NONE OF THE FUNDS IN TITLE 4 MAY BE USED TO PROCURE END ITEMS TO DELIVERY FOR MILITARY FORCES FOR OPERATIONAL TRAINING. SECTION 8056, THE SECRETARY MAY WAIVE EACH LIMITATION ON THE PROCUREMENT OF DEFENSE ITEMS FROM FOREIGN SOURCES. SECTION 8057, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAYBE USED TO SUPPORT ANY TRAINING PROGRAM INVOLVING THE USES OF A FOREIGN COUNTRY IF THE SECRETARY HAS RECEIVED CREDIBLE INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE THAT THE UNIT HAS COMMITTED A GROSS VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. SECTION 8058, NONE OF THE FUNDS AVAILABLE MAY BE OBLIGATED OR EXPENDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REFORMING REPAIRS TO MILITARY FAMILY HOUSING UNITS OF THE DEPARTMENT INCLUDING AREAS IN SUCH MILITARY FAMILY HOUSING THAT MAY BE USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING OFFICIAL DEPARTMENT BUSINESS. SECTION 8059, FUNDS APPROPRIATED UNDER THE HEADING RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION DEFENSEWIDE MAY ONLY BE OBLIGATED 45 DAYS AFTER A REPORT . SECTION 8060, THE SECRETARY SHALL PROVIDE A QUARTERLY REPORT BEGINNING 30 DAYS AFTER ENACTMENT OF THIS ACT TO THE COMMITTEE. SECTION 8061, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO ANOTHER DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY IF SUCH DEPARTMENT IS MORE THAN 90 DAYS IN THE REARS. SECTION 8062, 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 MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM. SECTION 8063, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO TRANSFER TO ANY NONGOVERNMENTAL ENTITY AMMUNITION HELD BY THE DEPARTMENT THAT HAS A CENTER FIRE CARTRIDGE. SECTION 8064, THE CHIEF OF THE NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU MAY WAIVE PAYMENT UNDER SECTION 2667 OF TITLE 10, UNITED STATES CODE, SECTION 8065, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE USED FOR THE SUPPORT OF ANY NONAPPROPRIATED FUNDS ACTIVITY OF THE DEPARTMENT THAT PROCURES MALT BEVERAGES. SECTION 8066, INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS, UNDER THE HEADING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ARMY, $133,381,000. SECTION 8067, SECTION 8106 OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 1997, SHALL CONTINUE IN EFFECT TO APPLY TO DISPERSEMENTS THAT ARE MADE BY THE DEPARTMENT, SECTION 8068, $4 MILLION IS HEREBY APPROPRIATED TO THE DEPARTMENT TO REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION UNTIL EXPENDED. SECTION 8069, INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS UNDER THE HEADING RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION DEFENSEWIDE, $948,736,000 SHALL BE FOR THE ISRAELI COOPERATIVE PROGRAM. SECTION 8070, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE OBLIGATED TO MODIFY COMMAND AND CONTROL RELATIONSHIPS TO GIVE FLEET FORCES COMMAND, OPERATIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL OF U.S. NAVY FORCES ASSIGNED TO THE PACIFIC FLEET. SECTION 8071, UNDER THE HEADING SHIP BUILDING AND CONVERSION, NAVY, $372,573,000 SHALL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2013, TO FUND PRIOR YEAR SHIP BUILDING COST INCREASES. SECTION 8072, FUNDS APPROPRIATED OR MADE AVAILABLE BY THE TRANSFER OF FUNDS IN THIS ACT FOR INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES ARE DEEMED TO BE SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE CONGRESS FOR PURPOSES OF SECTION 504 OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY ACT OF 1947.

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  • 06:42:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. YOUNG

    CONSENT THAT THE REMAINDER OF THE BILL THROUGH PAGE 120, LINE 12 BE…

    CONSENT THAT THE REMAINDER OF THE BILL THROUGH PAGE 120, LINE 12 BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND PRINTED IN THE RECORD AND OPEN TO AMENDMENT AT ANY POINT.

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  • 06:42:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION TO THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST? SEEING NONE, SO ORDERED. THE…

    OBJECTION TO THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST? SEEING NONE, SO ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 06:42:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    VETERANS MEMORIAL OBJECT TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY. SECTION 8121, NONE OF THE…

    VETERANS MEMORIAL OBJECT TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY. SECTION 8121, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO SPONSOR --

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  • 06:42:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MR. CHAIR, YOU RISE OF A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST SECTION 8121 OF THE BILL.

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    POINT OF ORDER AGAINST SECTION 8121 OF THE BILL.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL STATE HIS POINT OF ORDER.

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    FOUGHT TOS LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT REQUIRES THAT THE SECRETARY DETERMINE…

    FOUGHT TOS LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT REQUIRES THAT THE SECRETARY DETERMINE WHAT QUALIFIES AS SEMIPROFESSIONAL, A SPORTING EVENT AND MIXED MARTIAL ARTS.

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  • 06:43:12 PM

    MR. PALAZZO

    NOT TERMS THAT THE SECRETARY KNOW. THUS THIS VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE…

    NOT TERMS THAT THE SECRETARY KNOW. THUS THIS VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 221. I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 06:43:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ANYBODY ELSE WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? SEEING NONE, THE…

    ANYBODY ELSE WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER? SEEING NONE, THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI MAKES A POINT OF ORDER THAT SECTION 8121 PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 21, SECTION 821 -- SECTION 8121 IS IN THE FORM OF A LIMITATION ON FUNDS IN THE BILL. AS RECORDED IN THE PRECEDENCE, VOLUME 8, EVEN THOUGH A LIMITATION MIGHT REFRAIN FROM EXPLICITLY ASSIGNING NEW DUTIES TO OFFICERS OF THE GOVERNMENT, IF IT IMPLICITLY REQUIRES THEM TO MAKE INVESTIGATIONS, JUDGMENTS OR DETERMINATIONS NOT OTHERWISE REQUIRED OF THEM BY LAW, THEN IT ASSUMES THAT THE CHARACTER OF LEGISLATION -- IT ASSUMES THE CHARACTER OF LEGISLATION AND IS SUBJECT TO A POINT OF ORDER UNDER CLAUSE 20 OF RULE 21. THE FACT THAT A LIMITATION MAY IMPOSE CERTAIN INCIDENT BURDENS ON EXECUTIVE OFFICIALS DOES NOT DESTROY THE CHARACTER OF THE LIMITATION AS LONG AS ITS DEDESCRIPTIVE OF FUNCTIONS AND FINDINGS ALREADY REQUIRED TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY EXISTING LAW. THE PROPONENT OF A LIMITATION ASSUMES THE BURDEN OF ESTABLISHING THAT ANY DUTIES OR DETERMINATIONS IMPOSED BY THE PROVISION ARE MERELY MINISTERIAL OR ALREADY REQUIRED BY LAW. AS NOTED IN DESS LAR'S PRECEDENCE, VOLUME H., THE QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER AN OFFICIAL ROUTINELY MAKES SUCH DETERMINATIONS BUT WHETHER SUCH DETERMINATIONS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THE LIMITATION IN SECTION 8121 DOES MORE THAN MERELY IMPOSE A NEGATIVE RESTRICTION ON THE FUNDS OF THE BILL. INSTEAD IT WOULD REQUIRE THE SECRETARY TO MAKE VARIOUS DETERMINATIONS SUCH AS WHAT QUALIFIES AS, QUOTE, SEMIPROFESSIONAL, END OF QUOTE, AS, QUOTE, MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, END OF QUOTE, OR AS, QUOTE, SPORTING EVENTS, END OF QUOTE. THE PROPONENT OF THIS LANGUAGE HAS NOT PROVEN THAT THESE ARE MATTERS WITH WHICH THE -- WHICH THE SECRETARY IN CHARGE UNDER EXISTING LAW. THE CHAIR FINDS THE PROCEEDINGS OF AUGUST 20, 1980, PERTINENT. ON THAT DAY A LIMITATION ON FUNDS IN AN APPROPRIATION BILL TO DISPOSE OF, QUOTE, AGRICULTURAL, END OF QUOTE, LAND, WAS HELD TO IMPOSE NEW DUTIES IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21 BECAUSE THE DETERMINATION WHETHER LANDS WERE, QUOTE, AGRICULTURAL, END OF QUOTE, WAS NOT REQUIRED BY LAW. ON THESE PREMISES, THE CHAIR CONCLUDES THAT THE SECTION PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW. ACCORDINGLY THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED. AND THE SECTION IS STRICKEN FROM THE BILL. . MR.

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  • 06:46:10 PM

    MR. DICKS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. AMASH.

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  • 06:46:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS THERE ARE OBJECTION TO THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST? SEEING NONE,…

    IS THERE ARE OBJECTION TO THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST? SEEING NONE, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. AMASH, WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 06:46:35 PM

    THE CLERK

    ACTIVITIES, PAGE 121, LINE 6, TITLE 9. MILITARY PERSONNEL, MILITARY…

    ACTIVITIES, PAGE 121, LINE 6, TITLE 9. MILITARY PERSONNEL, MILITARY PERSONNEL ARMY, $9 BILLION. MILITARY PERSONNEL NAVY, $--

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  • 06:47:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    BY MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA, PAGE 121 LINE 12, INSERT INCREASE BY…

    BY MR. JONES OF NORTH CAROLINA, PAGE 121 LINE 12, INSERT INCREASE BY $98,967,. INCERTIFICATE INCREASE $9,373 ,,000. INCERTIFICATE INCREASE BY $17,482,000,000 AFTER THE DOLLAR AMENDMENT INCREASE $13 MILLION $857,000,000. PAGE 22, LINE 17, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASE, PAGE 122 LINE 24, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASE BY $424,000. PAGE 123, LINE 6 AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $266,000. PAGE 123 LINE 13, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASED BY $273,000. PAGE 123, LINE 20, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT INCREASE $6 ,287,000,000 PAGE 124, LINE 23, INCREASE BY $113,000. PAGE 132, LINE 23, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT REDUCE $402 MILLION $--.

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  • 06:48:46 PM

    MR. JONES

    MILLION FOR AFGHAN SOLDIERS. UNDER TITLE 9, $13 MILLION LABELED INCENTIVE…

    MILLION FOR AFGHAN SOLDIERS. UNDER TITLE 9, $13 MILLION LABELED INCENTIVE PAY FOR AMERICAN SOLDIERS. THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR OUR MILITARY. MY AMENDMENT, WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS IS VERY SIMPLE. ALL IT DOES IS MOVE SOME INCENTIVE PAY FROM AFGHAN SOLDIERS TO AMERICAN SOLDIERS. LAST MONTH, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PUBLISHED THEIR REVIEW OF MILITARY COMPENSATION, A REPORT REQUIRED BY LAW EVERY FOUR YEARS. THE REPORT CONCLUDED THAT OUR SYSTEM OF COMBAT PAY IS BROKEN. I QUOTE, THERE IS LITTLE CORRELATION BETWEEN EXPOSURE TO DANGER AND COMPENSATION PAY. A RECENT ARTICLE ON THE REPORT BY THE MARINE CORPS TIMES OUTLINED HOW A NAVY CAPTAIN ASSIGNED TO BAHRAIN RECEIVED MORE THAN $1,000 A MONTH WHILE A MARINE, LANCE CORP. TRAL PATROLING THE STREETS IN HELLMAN PROVINCE RECEIVED MUCH LESS IN COMBAT PAY. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. IF YOU COMPARE THE $412 MILLION AGAINST THE $13 MILLION FOR OUR TROOPS, THE INEQUITY IS CLEAR. IT MOVES THE INCENTIVE PAY FOR THE AFGHAN SOLDIERS TO THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS. THIS MONEY SHOULD GO TO THE JUNIOR ENLISTED SERVICE MEMBERS FACING THE MOST RISK IN AFGHANISTAN. MY AMENDMENT DOES NOT TOUCH AFGHANISTAN BASE PAY. THAT $450 MILLION IS STILL IN THE BILL. IT DOES NOT TOUCH THEIR PAY FOR FOOD. THAT $71 MILLION IS STILL THERE AND DOESN'T TOUCH THEIR RECRUITING MONEY EITHER. IT DOESN'T EVEN TOUCH THE MONEY WE SPENT TO HOST WELCOME HOME CONCERTS FOR THE AFGHAN ARMY WHEN THEY RETURN FROM DEPLOYMENT. THAT COMES OUT OF THE INFORMATION-OPERATIONS FUND. IF ANYONE SAYS THIS WILL HURT AMERICA'S EFFORT, I INVITE YOU TO LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF THIS NUMBER, THE AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES ARE WELL FUNDED. AND MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT, I WILL RESERVE -- I CAN'T RESERVE. I HOPE THAT THIS AMENDMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED. AND I WILL AT THAT TIME YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:51:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 06:51:15 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I MOVE 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 DO NOT OBJECT TO WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TRYING TO DO, ALTHOUGH I WOULD…

    I DO NOT OBJECT TO WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TRYING TO DO, ALTHOUGH I WOULD HAVE TO BE VERY HONEST AND HIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT ACCOMPLISH WHAT HE THINKS IT WOULD ACCOMPLISH. WE ARE OK TO TRANSFER THE MONEY AND WON'T REJECT THE AMENDMENT, BUT THIS IS CONTROLLED BY LAW, THIS ISN'T BY APPROPRIATIONS. THIS IS CONTROLLED BY THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, NOT BY THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. WHILE I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN WANTS TO DO, BUT THIS WON'T DO IT. BUT I WON'T OBJECT TO IT.

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  • 06:51:59 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 NORTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 06:52:15 PM

    THE CLERK

    17, MILITARY PERSONNEL NAVY, $870 ,000 425,000. $1 BILLION. MILITARY…

    17, MILITARY PERSONNEL NAVY, $870 ,000 425,000. $1 BILLION. MILITARY PERSONNEL AIR FORCE, $1 BILLION. RESERVE PERSONNEL ARMY $156, 893,000 RESERVE PERSONNEL NAVY $39,335,000,000. RESERVE PERSONNEL MARINE CORPORATION, $25,438,000,000. NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL AIR FORCE $10473,000. OPERATION AND MAINTAINANCE ARMY $26,682,43,,000 OPERATION AND MAINTAINANCE NAVY INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS $5,580,593,000 OPERATION AND MAINTAINANCE MARINE CORPORATION $ 9,136,236,000 OPERATION AND MAINTAINANCE DEFENSE-WIDE --

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  • 06:53:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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    THE CLERK

    3 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. POE OF TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:54:04 PM

    MR. POE

    CUTS $1.3 BILLION IN THIS BILL THAT IS GOING TO AFGHANISTAN AS STATED IN…

    CUTS $1.3 BILLION IN THIS BILL THAT IS GOING TO AFGHANISTAN AS STATED IN THE REPORT LANGUAGE OF THIS BILL. AFGHANISTAN IS THE BENEDICT ARNOLD IN THE LIST OF COUNTRIES THAT WE CALL ALLIES AND HAVE PROVEN TO BE DECEPTIVE AND DECEITFUL TO THE UNITED STATES AND HERE IS SOME OF THE EVIDENCE. PAKISTAN CLOSED DOWN THE SOUTHERN SUPPLY ROUTE. IT TRANSPORTED 40% OF ALL NATURE OOVE SUPPLIES INTO THE COUNTRY AND INTO AFGHANISTAN. PAKISTAN STILL REFUSES TO GO AFTER THE TERRORIST SANK YOU TAKERS IN THE TRIBAL AREAS. TERRORIST GROUPS LIKE THE PAKISTANI TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA FREQUENTLY CROSS OVER INTO AFGHANISTAN, KILL OUR TROOPS AND THEN RUN BACK INTO PAKISTAN AND HIDE WHERE OUR TROOPS CANNOT FOLLOW THEM. ON MAY 23, 2012, PAKISTAN SENT THE DOCTOR THAT HELPED THE UNITED STATES GET OSAMA BIN LADEN TO 33 YEARS IN PRISON. I THOUGHT GETTING THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE TERRORIST, THE TERRORIST THAT KILLED THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WAS A GOOD THING. BUT APPARENTLY PAKISTAN PROSECUTED HIM. IN FEBRUARY, 2012, NATO REPORT CONFIRMED OUR SUSPICION. THE I.S.I. IS AIDING THE TALIBAN AND OTHER EXTREMEIST GROUPS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN BY PROVIDING RESOURCES, SANCTUARY AND TRAINING. IN JUNE, 2011, MAKING I.E.D.'S NOT ONCE BUT TWICE AFTER WE TOLD THEM WHERE THE BOMB-MAKING FACTORIES WERE AND ASKED PAKISTAN TO GO AFTER THEM. IN 2011, PAKISTAN TRIED TO CHEAT THE UNITED STATES BY BILLING OUT BOGUS REIMBURSEMENT CLAIMS FOR ALLEGEDLY GOING AFTER MILITANTS WHEN THEY WEREN'T DOING THAT AT ALL. THERE IS MORE, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011, ADMIRAL MULLEN TESTIFIED BEFORE THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT, QUOTE, WITH I.S.I. SUPPORT OUR OPERATETIVES PLANNED AND CONDUCTED THAT TRUCK BOMB ATTACK AS WELL AS OUR EMBASSY. THE TRUCK BOMBING WOUNDED 70 U.S. TROOPS. HE SAID THE HAQQANI NETWORK ACTS AS AN ARM OF THE PAKISTAN'S INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. WHAT MORE DO WE NEED TO HEAR? PAKISTAN DOESN'T DESERVE AMERICAN MONEY. BY THE END OF FISCAL YEAR, 2011, PAKISTAN HAS 21.5 BILLION OF AMERICAN MONEY SINCE F.Y. 2002. HAS AMERICA RECEIVED ITS MONEY'S WORTH? THE ANSWER IS NO. I WANT TO ADDRESS A COUPLE OF ARGUMENTS I HAVE HEARD FROM THE OTHER SIDE. FIRST SOME SAY THE MONEY IN THIS BILL FOR PAKISTAN IS ONLY TO REIMBURSE THEM FOR GOING AFTER TERRORISTS. THEY SAY WE SHOULDN'T TAKE AWAY THAT CARROT. BUT SINCE 2002, CONGRESS HAS ALREADY APPROPRIATED OVER $8 BILLION TO THE COALITION SUPPORT FUND SPECIFICALLY FOR PAKISTAN. AND WHERE I COME FROM, IF YOU TRY SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T WORK, YOU DON'T CONTINUE TO DO IT. WE HAVE BEEN DOING THE SAME THING FOR OVER 10 YEARS AND IT'S TIME FOR A NEW STRATEGY. MORE MONEY ISN'T GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. SECOND, THEY SAY PAKISTAN JUST REOPENED THE SOUTHERN SUPPLY ROUTE. PAKISTAN CLOSED IT FROM NOVEMBER , 2011 TO THIS MONTH. PAKISTAN WAS A BAD ALLY BEFORE THEY CLOSED THE SUPPLY ROUTE. IT ADDS TO THE LONG LIST OF EVIDENCE THAT SHOWS THEY ARE NO FRIEND OF OURS. IT ALSO SHOWS WE DON'T NEED THEM TO WIN THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. WE WERE ABLE TO PURSUE OUR MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN WITHOUT THEM. WHAT REALLY ENDANGER OUR TROOPS IS NOT ACCESS TO THE SOUTHERN SUPPLY ROUTE, BUT FAILURE TO GET ACCESS THROUGH PAKISTAN'S TRIBAL AREAS WHERE PAKISTAN GIVES TERRORIST A SAFE HAVEN. PAKISTAN IS PLAYING AMERICA. THE ONLY THING PAKISTAN'S MILITARY RULERS UNDERSTAND IS DOLLARS AND AS LONG AS WE KEEP THE MONEY FLOWING THEY HAVE NO INCENTIVE TO CHANGE THEIR EVIL WAYS. OUR MESSAGE SHOULD BE THIS, PAKISTAN HAS A RAGING INSURGENCY IN THEIR COUNTRY WITH AL QAEDA. PAKISTAN, TALIBAN AND THE HAQQANI NETWORK. PAKISTAN CAN EITHER RECEIVE ASSISTANCE AND GO AFTER THESE TERRORISTS WITH US OR DON'T TAKE ANY OF OUR MONEY AND WE'LL FIND OUR OWN WAY TO TAKE THESE TERRORISTS OUT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN TELLING PAKISTAN THEY WILL NO LONGER GET AMERICAN MONEY. WE DON'T NEED TO PAY PAKISTAN TO BETRAY US. THEY WILL DO IT IF FOR FREE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:58:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 06:58:55 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    AGREE WITH EVERYTHING MR. POE SAID. YOU CANNOT HAVE AN ALLY WHO IS AN ALLY…

    AGREE WITH EVERYTHING MR. POE SAID. YOU CANNOT HAVE AN ALLY WHO IS AN ALLY TODAY, BUT NOT AN ALLY TOMORROW, AND THAT HAS BEEN OUR EXPERIENCE WITH PAKISTAN. THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT WILL TELL YOU IT'S VERY COMPLICATED BECAUSE THAT THEY ENJOY A NUCLEAR CAPABILITY THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS IF IT GOT IN THE WRONG HANDS. I WOULD ASK MR. POE A QUESTION AND I WOULD YIELD TO HIM FOR AN ANSWER, BUT YOUR AMENDMENT IS NOT LIMITED TO PAKISTAN. YOUR AMENDMENT WOULD GO ACROSS THE BOARD AND REDUCE MONEY FOR JORDAN, WHO IS ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT PARTNERS IN THE COALITION IN THE REGION, FUNDING FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRIBUTION NETWORK AND NUMEROUS OTHER COALITION PARTNERS WHO ARE HELPING IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. I WONDER IF WE COULD TALK YOU INTO AMENDING YOUR AMENDMENT TO MAKE IT SPECIFICALLY TO PAKISTAN. AND LET ME SAY THIS TO YOU BEFORE YOU ANSWER AND I'LL YIELD TO YOU. IN THIS BILL, THE MONEY TO PAKISTAN CAN'T BE SPENT UNLESS -- CANNOT BE SPENT. AND THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFIES TO CONGRESS THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN IS -- COOPERATING WITH THE UNITED STATES IN COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS INCLUDING TAKING STEPS TO END SUPPORT FOR TERRORIST GROUPS AND PREVENT THEM FROM BASING AND OPERATING IN PAKISTAN AND CARRYING OUT CROSSBORDER ATTACKS. PAKISTAN SUPPORTING TERRORIST ACTIVITIES AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OR COALITION FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN. PAKISTAN DISMANTLING I.E.D. NETWORKS AND INTERDICTING PRECURSOR CHEMICALS USUALLY USED IN MAKING I.E.D.'S. PREVENTING THE PROLIFERATION -- THERE ARE FOUR OR FIVE AND I WON'T TAKE THE TIME. I DON'T WANT TO HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON OUR COALITION PARTNERS THAT WE RELY ON SO MUCH AND I WOULD YIELD. .

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  • 07:01:33 PM

    MR. POE

    TO SPECIFY A CERTAIN COUNTRY WOULD NOT BE USED IN IN ORDER. THAT'S WHY I…

    TO SPECIFY A CERTAIN COUNTRY WOULD NOT BE USED IN IN ORDER. THAT'S WHY I USED THE 1.3 WITH THE FLOOR STATEMENT THAT APPLIES ONLY TO PAKISTAN AND NONE OF OUR COALITION COUNTRIES THAT YOU HAVE MENTIONED. SO I AM OPEN TO AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD BE RULED IN ORDER AND I'D BE GLAD TO WORK WITH THE CHAIRMAN ON THAT AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:01:52 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THE READING HAS PROGRESSED TO PAGE 125.

  • 07:02:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS PROGRESSED TO PAGE 125.

  • 07:02:34 PM

    MR. POE

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR ANOTHER TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN BE WILLING TO DO JUST THAT? WITHDRAW YOUR AMENDMENT…

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN BE WILLING TO DO JUST THAT? WITHDRAW YOUR AMENDMENT NOW AND LET US TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND GUARANTEE YOU THAT THESE COALITION PARTNERS ARE NOT INCLUDED?

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  • 07:02:51 PM

    MR. POE

    I WOULD BE CERTAINLY WILLING TO DO THAT. SO I WILL WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT.

  • 07:02:59 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS WITHDRAWN. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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    THE CLERK

    3, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY RESERVE, $152,387,000.

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    THE CHAIR

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLERK WILL READ THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    BY $5,500,000. PAGE 128, LINE 1 1, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT THE…

    BY $5,500,000. PAGE 128, LINE 1 1, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT THE FOLLOWING, INCREASE BY $10 MILLION. PAGE 129, LINE 4, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT THE FOLLOWING, REDUCED BY $18,500,000.

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  • 07:03:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF…

    GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:03:51 PM

    MR. ALTMIRE

    I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL RESTORE $15.5 MILLION THAT WAS CUT…

    I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL RESTORE $15.5 MILLION THAT WAS CUT FROM THE YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM UNDER THIS BILL. WHILE I UNDERSTAND THE TOUGH BUDGET CONSTRAINTS WE FACE, I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY SHOULD NOT BE ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. SIMPLY PUT, NO ONE SHOULD STAND AHEAD OF OUR NATION'S VETERANS AND OUR MEMBER AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM -- MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING FEDERAL FUNDING DECISIONS. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM IN 2008 TO PROVIDE TAILORED SUPPORT TO MEET THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE COMBAT VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THEIR DEPLOYMENTS. THE SERVICES IT PROVIDE INCLUDES SUICIDE PREVENTION, CAREER COUNSELING, ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, VETERAN AND EDUCATION BENEFITS. AND LAST YEAR ALONE, THE YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM HELD OVER 2,100 EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY REACHING OVER 300,000 SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES. AS A NUMBER OF RETURNING NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE COMBAT VETERANS INCREASES, THE NEED FOR THESE SERVICES INCREASES ALONG WITH IT. MY AMENDMENT WILL HELP TO ENSURE THE YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM IS THERE TO MEET THE INCREASING NEED. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY RESTORES FUNDING FOR THE YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM TO ITS LEVEL FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR, FISCAL YEAR 2012, PAID FOR BY TRANSFERRING FUNDS FROM THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS TRANSFER ACCOUNT. THE $15.5 MILLION RETURNED TO THE YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM REPRESENTS ONLY 1/2 OF 1% OF THIS ACCOUNT. WHILE I RECOGNIZE ITS IMPORTANCE, I THINK A SMALL PART OF THE FUNDING CAN AND SHOULD BE USED TO HELP OUR NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES NAVIGATE THROUGH THE CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR DEPLOYMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:06:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 07:06:14 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

  • 07:06:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:06:21 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    VERY POWERFULLY AND I AM IN SUPPORT OF WHAT HE'S TRYING TO DO SO I SUPPORT…

    VERY POWERFULLY AND I AM IN SUPPORT OF WHAT HE'S TRYING TO DO SO I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:06:42 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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE ACE HAVE IT -- AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 07:07:02 PM

    THE CLERK

    10, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NAVY RESERVE, $55,924,000. OPERATION AND…

    10, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, NAVY RESERVE, $55,924,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, MARINE CORPS RESERVE, $25,477,000. OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE RESERVE, $120,680 -- $120,618,000. ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR NATIONAL GUARD, $34,500,000. OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS TRANSFER FUND, INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS, $3,250,000,000. AFGHAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND, INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS, $375 MILLION TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014.

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  • 07:07:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:07:58 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 07:08:02 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND. PAGE 130, LINE 14,…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND. PAGE 130, LINE 14, AFTER THE DOLLARAN AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCE BY $375 MILLION. PAGE 153, LINE 15, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, INCREASE BY $375 MILLION.

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  • 07:08:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:08:22 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE CONTINUED…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE CONTINUED APPROPRIATION OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE AFGHANISTAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND WHILE OUR NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRUMBLING RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LAID OUT A BROAD VISION FOR COMPLETING OUR WORK IN AFGHANISTAN, TURNING SECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES OVER TO THE AFGHAN PEOPLE AND BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME. NOW IS THE TIME TO FOCUS OUR RESOURCES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, ON OUR OWN ROADS, BRIDGES, SCHOOLS AND INFRASTRUCTURE. WE HAVE ALREADY SPENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TOWARD REBUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF AFGHANISTAN. AS WE BEGIN DRAWING DOWN COMBAT OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN, IT'S THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AFGHAN PEOPLE TO BUILD, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN THEIR OWN CIVILIAN AND MILITARY INSTITUTIONS IN THEIR -- AND THEIR OWN INFRASTRUCTURE. MY AMENDMENT WHICH I OFFER ALONG WITH CONGRESSMAN HONDA, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SANCHEZ, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH, WOULD STRIKE THE FUNDING TO THE AFGHANISTAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND AND APPLY THE SAVINGS TO THE SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT. ESTABLISHED BY CONGRESS IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2011 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION, IN ITS FIRST YEAR THE AFGHANISTAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND RECEIVED AN APPROPRIATION OF $400 MILLION. THESE FUNDS HAVE BEEN DEDICATED TO PROJECTS THAT ARE JOINTLY APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE PROJECTS INCLUDE POWER GENERATION AND TRANSMISSION, ROADS AND CONSTRUCTION AND OTHER LARGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. ACCORDING TO THE APRIL, 2012, REPORT BY THE SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION, FROM FISCAL YEAR 2002 THROUGH THE END OF MARCH IN FISCAL YEAR 2012, THE UNITED STATES APPROPRIATED APPROXIMATELY $89.4 BILLION FOR RELIEF AND RECONSTRUCTION IN AFGHANISTAN. APPROXIMATELY $800 MILLION HAS BEEN PROVIDED THUS FAR FOR THE AFGHANISTAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND. AS THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE INDICATES, FROM 2012 TO 2010, THE U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ALLOCATED MORE THAN $2 BILLION TOWARDS ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND MORE THAN $1.2 BILLION TOWARD ELECTRIC POWER IN AFGHANISTAN. WHILE WE SPENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFGHANISTAN, WE'VE ALSO SEEN REPORTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE AND OTHERS THAT HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE CHALLENGES IN ACCOUNTING FOR HOW CONSTRUCTION FUNDS ARE SPENT AND THE OVERALL IMPACT THESE ARE HAVING ON THE SOCIETY THERE. AND YET ACCORDING TO A 2011 REPORT BY THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, THE COST OF OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA IS REAL. BY THE YEAR 2020 OUR NATION'S CRUMBLING SURFACE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IS SLATED TO COST THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY MORE THAN $876 -- 876,000 JOBS AND SUPPRESS THE GROWTH OF THE COUNTRY'S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY $897 BILLION BY 2020. THESE COSTS ARE ONLY GOING TO INCREASE MORE AND MORE IF WE DON'T TAKE ACTION TO MAKE THE MUCH-NEEDED AND LONG DEFERRED INVESTMENTS IN OUR OWN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS AND OUR OWN INFRASTRUCTURE. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE INCLUDING WATER AND WASTEWATER, ENERGY, SCHOOLS, PORTS AND MORE, THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS ZIMENTED THAT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS -- ESTIMATED THAT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS WE'D NEED AN INVESTMENT OF $2.2 TRILLION JUST TO BRING OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE TO A CONDITION THEY DESCRIBE AS GOOD. EVERY YEAR THAT WE WAIT TO TAKE MEANINGFUL STEPS TO DO THIS, THE COST TO TAXPAYERS AND TO OUR ECONOMY KEEPS GROWING AND GROWING AND GROWING. OVER THE PAST 18 MONTHS, CONSTITUENTS HAVE EXPRESSED TO ME TREMENDOUS FRUSTRATION THAT WE'RE DEVOTING SO MUCH OF OUR RESOURCES AND ENERGY TO REBUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFGHANISTAN. THEY ASK WHY ARE WE DEDICATING SO MUCH TO NATION BUILDING HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD WHEN THERE'S SO MANY FAMILIES RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND WORK AND MAKE ENDS MEET? WE NEED TO DO NATION BUILDING RIGHT HERE AT HOME IN AMERICA. THIS AMENDMENT IS A STRONG STEP IN SUPPORT OF REINVESTING IN OUR OWN ECONOMY, OUR OWN INFRASTRUCTURE, RIGHT HERE AT HOME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:12:25 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 SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:12:32 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

  • 07:12:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:12:39 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    CHAIRMAN, THIS GETS TO BE A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE, IF WE WANT TO GET OUR…

    CHAIRMAN, THIS GETS TO BE A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE, IF WE WANT TO GET OUR TROOPS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. AT NUMEROUS HEARINGS WITH GENERAL ADAM, WHO COMMANDS IN AFGHANISTAN, GENERAL MATTIS, GENERAL OF CENTRAL COMMAND, THIS WAS THEIR RECOMMENDATION. THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID THEY NEEDED IN ORDER TO GET US AND GET OUR TROOPS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. WHICH I THINK WE ALL WANT TO SEE HAPPEN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. CERTAINLY I CAN TELL YOU THAT I DO. WE DID NOT FUND IT TOTALLY BECAUSE SOME OF THE PLANS WERE NOT SUFFICIENT OR SUFFICIENTLY CONSIDERED. BUT GENERALLY THIS IS WHAT OUR COMMANDERS IN THE FIELD, THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR FIGHTING THE FIGHT, THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR LEADING OUR TROOPS, THIS IS WHAT THEY TELL US THEY NEED TO GET OUR TROOPS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. AND SO I DO OBJECT AND OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 07:13:45 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 RHODE ISLAND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 07:13:56 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

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

  • 07:14:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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  • 07:14:15 PM

    MR. COHEN

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

  • 07:14:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE. PAGE 130, LINE 14, AFTER THE DOLLAR…

    OFFERED BY MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE. PAGE 130, LINE 14, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, REDUCE BY $175 MILLION. PAGE 153, LINE 15, AFTER THE DOLLAR AMOUNT INSERT, INCREASED BY $175 MILLION.

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  • 07:14:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:14:38 PM

    MR. COHEN

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

  • 07:17:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:17:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:17:49 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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    FUNDS NEEDED TO GET OUR TROOPS OUT? DO WE NOT HAVE AIRPLANES AND ROADS AND…

    FUNDS NEEDED TO GET OUR TROOPS OUT? DO WE NOT HAVE AIRPLANES AND ROADS AND BOATS TO GET OUR FOLKS OUT?

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  • 07:18:41 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    A LITTLE TROUBLE HEARING.

  • 07:18:57 PM

    MR. COHEN

    FUNDS ARE NEEDED TO GET OUR TROOPS OUT ARE WE BUILDING RUNWAYS TO GET THEM…

    FUNDS ARE NEEDED TO GET OUR TROOPS OUT ARE WE BUILDING RUNWAYS TO GET THEM OUT, ROADS TO GET OUR TROOPS OUT?

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  • 07:19:05 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    RESPOND, RECLAIMING MY TIME. I WANT OUR TROOPS OUT OF THE -- OUT OF…

    RESPOND, RECLAIMING MY TIME. I WANT OUR TROOPS OUT OF THE -- OUT OF AFGHANISTAN AS SOON AS OUR MILITARY COMMANDERS ADVISE US AND THE PRESIDENT THAT WE CAN DO SO AND DO SO SAFELY. ON MY WEEKLY VISITS TO THE WALTER REED BETHESDA HOSPITAL I HAVE SEEN THE TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE TRAGIC COST OF THIS WHAT. -- OF THIS WAR. THAT DOESN'T EVEN TALK ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES. I DON'T WANT ANY -- I DON'T WANT TO WALK THROUGH THAT HOSPITAL AND SEE ANY MORE QUADRUBELE OR TRIPLE PUPIL TEES. I DON'T WANT TO SEE THAT. I WANT OUR MILITARY COMMANDERS -- OUR MILITARY COMMANDERS MUST MAKE THAT DECISION. WE ARE NOT IN POSITION TO MAKE THAT DECISION OF HOW, WHEN, WHERE D WE ACCOMPLISH THIS DEPARTURE FROM AFGHANISTAN WITH VICTORY. I STILL HAVE TO EXPRESS MY OBJECTION TO THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT CUTS THE FUNDS THAT OUR MILITARY COMMANDERS TELL US THEY NEED, IT CUTS IT IN HALF. AND SO I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 07:20:15 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 TENNESSEE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 07:20:26 PM

    MR. COHEN

    YEAS AND NAYS, THE ROLL CALL VERSION OF VOTING, THE TRADITIONAL WAY WE…

    YEAS AND NAYS, THE ROLL CALL VERSION OF VOTING, THE TRADITIONAL WAY WE SHOW OUR COLORS ON THE BOARD.

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  • 07:20:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CALL VOTE IS REQUESTED. FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

    CALL VOTE IS REQUESTED. FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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  • 07:20:49 PM

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    SUPPORT OF AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY CONGRESSMAN POE WHICH I UNDERSTAND MAY…

    SUPPORT OF AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY CONGRESSMAN POE WHICH I UNDERSTAND MAY WELL BE RE-BRO DEUCED ONCE THE WORDING IS WORKED ON A LITTLE BIT BY THE END OF THIS DISCUSSION. LET ME JUST, THEN, MOVE FORWARD WITH MY SUPPORT FOR JUDGE POE'S AMENDMENT, THE BASIC CONCEPT HE'S PRESENTED, WHICH IS TO ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR PAKISTAN AND BASICALLY WE NEED TO END THE CHARADE ONCE AND FOR ALL THAT WE ARE BUYING PAKISTANI COOPERATION AGAINST TERRORIST FORCES IN SOUTH ASIA. PAKISTAN ISN'T WITH US IN THE WAR AGAINST TERRORISM. THEY ARE AT WAR WITH US BY SUPPORTING AND FUNDING THE VERY TERRORISTS THAT WE ARE UP AGAINST. PAKISTAN, AT BEST IS A WAR PROFITEER, COLLECTING RANSOM BY TAXING OUR MILITARY SUPPLY LINES THAT PASS THROUGH THEIR COUNTRY. THEY ARE LAUGHING, THEY ARE LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK. THEY ARE ALSO LAUGHING AS THEIR MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, THE I.S.I., TAKES HUGE SUMS OF MONEY THAT THEY ARE GETTING FROM US AND THEN PASSING IT ON TO TERRORISTS AND RADICAL ISLAM CYSTS WHO ARE KILLING THEIR NEIGHBORS AND KILLING AMERICAN MILITARY PERSONNEL. AFTER OUR SEALS WENT TO GET OSAMA BIN LADEN, THE PAKISTANI MILITARY TOOK THE WRECK ALING OF OUR TOWNED STEALTH HELICOPTER AND GAVE IT FOR STUDY TO THE COMMUNIST CHINESE. THEN, THEY ARRESTED AND IMPRISONED THE PAKISTANI DOCTOR WHO RISKED HIS LIFE TO HELP US FIND BIN LADEN. DOCTOR AFRIDDI STILL LANGUISHES IN A PAKISTANI DUNGEON AS WE SPEAK HERE TODAY. SOME OF US UNDERSTAND THAT THIS PAKISTANI DOCTOR, AND I HOPE WE ALL SHOULD UNDERSTAND THIS, THAT THIS PAKISTANI DOCTOR IS AN AMERICAN HERO HE RISKED HIS LIFE TO BRING JUSTICE TO THE MURDERERS OF 3,000 AMERICANS WHO DIED ON 9/11. IT IS A SHAME THAT WE EVEN CONSIDER GIVING PAKISTAN AID, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF AID, WHILE HE -- WHILE THEY KEEP THE DOCTOR IN A DUNGEON. WHO ELSE WILL EVER COOPERATE WITH US IN THE FUTURE? WHO IS GOING TO WORK WITH OUR MILITARY OVERSEAS, KNOWING THAT'S THE WAY WE TREAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMMITTED HOE HE ROIK ACTS. WE SHOULDN'T GIVE THE PAKISTANIS ONE PENNY UNTIL THE DOCTOR IS FREED. RECENTLY, I WAS CONTACTED BY A DISTRAUGHT INDIVIDUAL IN PAKISTAN, ASKING FOR HELP IN LOCATING A MISSING LEADING. SADLY THIS LEADER IS PROBABLY ALREADY DEAD, ANOTHER VICTIM OF THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT'S KILL AND DUMP POLICY IN WHICH THEY REPRESS THEIR OWN PEOPLE. WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, WE HAVE LOST OVER 2,000 AMERICAN MILITARY PERSONNEL IN AFGHANISTAN, BUT WHO HAS BEEN SUPPORTING THE SIDE THAT HAVE BEEN KILLING OUR PEOPLE? THE PAKISTANIS HAVE INSPIRED AND SUPPORTED THESE VERY INSURGENTS, THEY WERE THE CREATORS OF THE TALIBAN AND AFTER 9/11 THEY HAVE PLAYED US FOR FOOLS EVER SINCE. YESTERDAY THIS HOUSE PASSED A BILL THAT PAKISTANI'S NETWORK SHOULD BE LISTED AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. THAT TERRORIST ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN HELPED AND SUPPLIED BY SOME MEMBERS OF THE PAKISTANI MILITARY. WE SHOULD HAVE QUIT BANKROLLING THIS ROTTEN REGIME A LONG TIME AGO. WE SHOULD END THE CHARADE. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, SOUTH ASIA, I SHOULD SAY, THAT ARE OUR FRIENDS. DUE TO THE COLD WAR, WE JA LIE -- ALLIED OURSELVES WITH PAKISTAN A LONG TIME AGO AND WERE TOLD THEY WERE THE BULWARK AGAINST RADICAL ISLAM. BUT WE NEEDED THEM IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE SOVIET UNION. THE COLD WAR IS OVER. WE SHOULD ALLY OURSELVES WITH PEOPLE WHO SHARE OUR VALUES AND CHERISH, AS WE CHERISH THEM, A FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN FREE PEOPLE. AS I SAY, WE SHOULD GO TOWARD INDIA, NOW THAT THE COLD WAR IS OVER, TO HELP US SALVAGE A NEW TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP IN SOUTH ASIA TO PRESERVE THE PEACE AND PRESERVE THE EQUILIBRIUM IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD. IT IS RIDICULOUS FOR US TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THAT COUNTRY THAT GOVERNMENT, THAT IS THE BASIS OF SUPPORT FOR THE MOST RADICAL PEOPLE, THEY ARE KILLING OUR PEOPLE AND KILLING THEIR PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. IF WE'RE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING OUT OF AFGHANISTAN, IT'S PAUSE THE -- BECAUSE THE PAKISTANIS ARE ON THE WRONG SIDE. WE SHOULDN'T GIVE ANOTHER PENNY THINKING WE'RE GOING TO BUY THEIR FRIENDSHIP. THEY DISDAIN US FOR IT, THEY THINK WE'RE WEAKLINGS FOR IT. STAND UP FOR THE DOCTOR AND STAND UP AND BE COURAGEOUS IN WHAT WE'RE DOING IN OUR POLICY AND NOT TRY TO CURRY FAVOR WITH GANGSTERS WHO RUN A COUNTRY LIKE THAT.

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  • 07:25:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRE THE CLERK WILL READ.

  • 07:26:02 PM

    THE CLERK

    SECURITY FORCES FUND, $5,105, 200,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER…

    SECURITY FORCES FUND, $5,105, 200,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2013.

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  • 07:26:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RIDE?

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    THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:26:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WITH MY GOOD FRIEND…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON, MR. MCDERMOTT, TO PROVIDE GREATING FUNDING FOR SUICIDE PREVENTIONOUT -- OUTREACH FOR OUR TROOPS ON ACTIVE DUTY. IT WOULD ADD $10 MILLION FOR SUICIDE PRETCHINGS AND PAY FOR IT BY TRANSFERRING $22 MILLION FROM THE AFGHANISTAN SECURITY FORCES FUND. THIS AMENDMENT IS FULLY PAID FOR, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND INCREDIBLY TIMELY. THIS IS THE MOST RECENT ISSUE OF "TIME" MAGAZINE, REPORTING THAT MILITARY AND VETERAN SUICIDE IS A TRAGIC EPIDEMIC THAT HAS ONLY GOTTEN WORSE. WE'RE CURRENTLY LOSING ONE U.S. SOLDIER EVERY DAY TO SUICIDE AND I KNOW MY COLLEAGUE, DR. MCDERMOTT, COMES TO THIS ISSUE AS AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD. I COME AS A VIETNAM VETERAN AND SOMEONE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT PROVIDING HEROES WITH THE CARE AND SUPPORT THEY DESERVE. IN 2007, THE VETERAN SUICIDE PREVENTION ACT HONORED A YOUNG VETERAN FROM IOWA WHO TRAGICALLY TOOK HIS LIFE IN FRONT OF HIS MOTHER. TO MAKE SURE VETERANS HAVE 24/7 ACCESS TO CRISIS HOTLINE AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES WE PASSED THAT BILL. SINCE THEN, THE VETERANS' CRISIS HOTLINE HAS ANSWERED MORE THAN 600,000 CALLS AND REPORTEDLY MADE MORE THAN 21,000 LIFE-SAVING RESCUES. TRAGICALLY, WE STILL LOSE A VETERAN EVERY DAY TO SUICIDE. I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT. WE ARE LOSING TOO MANY OF THE -- OF THE HEROES. IT'S UP TO US TO ACT. WITH THAT, I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. MCDERMOTT.

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  • 07:28:41 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    MR. BOSWELL. WE SAW THE VIETNAM WAR IN DIFFERENT WAY HE BY FLYING A…

    MR. BOSWELL. WE SAW THE VIETNAM WAR IN DIFFERENT WAY HE BY FLYING A HELICOPTER, ME BEING A PSYCHIATRIST DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO CAME HOME. I FEEL STRONGLY THAT SUICIDE PREVENTION AND THE INTERNEGLIGENCE THAT -- AND THE INTERVENTION THAT MUST BECOME IN MILITARY SPEAK A CORE MISSION OF THE MILITARY THIS WEEK'S "TIME" MAGAZINE, AS YOU SEE FROM THAT FRONT PAGE, DESCRIBES MILITARY SUICIDES AS AN EPIDEMIC. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE $10 MILLION OUT OF A $19 BILLION FUND IN THIS AMENDMENT TO GO BEYOND THE FUNDING FOR EXISTING SUICIDE PREVENTION SERVICES AND TOWARD MODIFYING THE CULTURE THAT KEEPS SOME FROM SEEKING HELP. WE MUST ALSO NOTE THAT ANY PROGRESS IN SUICIDE PREVENTION WILL BE FLEETING IF WE DON'T FOCUS ON REDUCING THE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH SEEKING PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH SERVICES AMONG OUR ACTIVE DUTY PEOPLE. I BELIEVE THE PENTAGON CAN DO MORE TO ERADICATE THE BARRIERS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE. THAT MEANS ENSURING THAT MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES ARE TREATED AS MEDICAL ISSUES AND ARE TAKEN OUT OF THE REM OF PERSONNEL MATTERS. THIS MEANS ENSURING THAT SEEKING AND RECEIVING PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH CARE DOES NOTHING TO JEOPARDIZE A SOLDIER'S SECURITY CLEARANCE OR PROSPECTS IN HIS FUTURE CAREER. I WOULD ALSO URGE THE PENTAGON TO ENSURE THAT A PORTION OF THIS MONEY GOES TOWARD HIRING AND DEVELOPING AND RETENTION OF TOP-TIER PSYCHOLOGICAL MENTAL HEALTH FOR OUR MILITARY AT THIS TIME. IT IS THE TALE OF COST OF THIS WAR THAT NOBODY CALCULATES WHEN WE GO TO WAR. WHAT DO WE DO WHEN THE PEOPLE COME HOME? WE FORGET THEM. WE THINK THEY SHOULD PULL THEMSELVES TOGETHER AND GO BACK TO THEIR REGULAR LIFE AND MANY OF THEM CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT SOME HELP. WE NEED TO PROVIDE IT, THEY BECOME DESPERATE, FIGURE THERE'S NO HOPE AND TAKE THEIR OWN LIFE. THAT SHOULDN'T HAPPEN TO A 24-YEAR-OLD KID, MAN OR WOMAN, WHO HAS BEEN IN AFGHANISTAN OR IRAQ, GIVING TO OUR COUNTRY WHAT WE ASKED FROM THEM. THEIR WILLINGNESS TO RISK THE WHOLE BUSINESS OF GOING TO WAR HAS TO BE DEALT WITH WHEN THEY COME HOME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MR. BOSWELL.

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  • 07:31:18 PM

    MR. BOSWELL

    WE YIELD BACK AND ASK FOR EVERYONE'S SUPPORT.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 07:31:25 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT.

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    MR. YOUNG

    I HAVE OPPOSED SIMILAR AMENDMENTS IN THE PAST BECAUSE OF THE SOURCE OF THE…

    I HAVE OPPOSED SIMILAR AMENDMENTS IN THE PAST BECAUSE OF THE SOURCE OF THE FUNDING. THE DEFENSEWIDE ACCOUNTS, WE WE CANNOT AFFORD TO CUT INTO OUR READINESS ACCOUNTS, THIS DOES NOT TAKE FUNDING FROM THAT ACCOUNT. AND SO I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S CHANGING THE SOURCE OF HIS AMENDMENT AND I'M AGREEING TO THE AMENDMENT. YES, OF COURSE.

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  • 07:31:58 PM

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    WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND DEDICATION TO THIS CAUSE,…

    WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND DEDICATION TO THIS CAUSE, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR YEARS, YOU'VE WORKED TOGETHER TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  • 07:32:14 PM

    MR. DICKS

    TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS EFFORTS HERE AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

    TO COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS EFFORTS HERE AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON STATE, WHO I KNOW HAS A CONCERN ABOUT THIS, AS I DO. THIS IS A TRAGEDY. MORE PEOPLE ARE DYING FROM SUICIDE THAN ARE IN COMBAT. AND I KNOW THE ARMY HAS TRIED, A GENERAL MADE AN ENORMOUS EFFORT TO TRY TO FIND THE ANSWERS, AND IT'S A SERIOUS, DIFFICULT PROBLEM AND A LOT OF IT RELIES ON TRYING TO DEAL WITH THESE PEOPLE BEFORE THEY GO OVER. SO THAT THEY CAN FIND THE ONES THAT ARE GOING TO BE SUSCEPTIBLE , THAT HAVE PROBLEMS GOING IN. AND IT'S JUST A VERY DIFFICULT PROBLEM. AND I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:33:08 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I YIELD BACK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    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 THE AMENDMENT OFFERED A -- OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 07:33:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    ARMY, $541,600,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. MISSILE…

    ARMY, $541,600,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. MISSILE PROCUREMENT, ARMY, $49,653,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. PROCUREMENT OF WEAPONS AND TRACT COMBAT VEHICLES, ARMY, $15,422,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, TWIST. -- 2015. PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, ARMY, $338,493,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 20 IS A 15. OTHER PROCURE -- 2015. OTHER PROCUREMENT, ARMY, $2,005,900,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, NAVY, $146,277,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. WEAPONS PROCUREMENT, NAVY, $22,500,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS, $284,450,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. OTHER PROCUREMENT, NAVY, $98,882,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. PROCUREMENT, MARINE CORPS, $943,683,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE, $305,600,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. MISSILE PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE, 34,350,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. PROCUREMENT OF AMMUNITION, AIR FORCE, 116,203,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. OTHER PROCUREMENT, AIR FORCE, $2,785,170,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. PROCUREMENT, DEFENSEWIDE, $217,849,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, ARMY, $14,860,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 -- 2014. RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, NAVY, $60,119,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, AIR FORCE, $53,150,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION, DEFENSEWIDE, $107,387,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS, DEFENSE WORKING CAPITAL FUNDS, $293,600,000. OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS, DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM, $993,898,000 WHICH SHALL BE FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. DRUG INTERDICTION AND COUNTERDRUG ACTIVITIES, DEFENSE, $469,025,000 TO REMAIN AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2014. JOINT IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES FUND, $1,614,900,000.

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  • 07:37:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 07:37:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M HERE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO STRIKE $120.5 MILLION…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M HERE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO STRIKE $120.5 MILLION IN UNDISTRIBUTED FUNDS FROM THE JOINT IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DEFEAT FUND. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, EXCUSE ME.

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  • 07:37:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:37:56 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:38:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:38:16 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M HERE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO STRIKE $120.5…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M HERE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO STRIKE $120.5 MILLION IN UNDISTRIBUTED FUNDS FROM THE JOINT IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DEFEAT FUND MATCHING THE SENATE AUTHORIZERS AND KEEPING IN TACT OVER $1.7 BILLION FOR THIS PROGRAM. THE JOINT IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DEFEAT FUND, MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS JIEDD, IS TO DEFEAT I.E.D.'S. MORE THAN $20 BILLION, CONGRESS HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS REPORTS THAT IT HAS DECIDEDLY MIXED OUTCOMES. AND AFTER THREE ATTEMPTS STILL HAS NOT DEVELOPED THE MECHANISM FOR TRACKING THE PENTAGON'S COUNTERI.E.D. EFFORTS. SO WE'VE -- COUNTER-I.E.D. EFFORTS. SO WE'VE SPENT $20 BILLION. THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE CUT $200 MILLION. IN THEIR REPORT THEY SAID IT SUFFERED FROM, QUOTE, DUPLICATION OF EFFORT WITH THE MILITARY SERVICES, EXCESSIVE CONTRACTOR SUPPORT COSTS AND AN ORGANIZATIONAL INEFFICIENCIES, UNQUOTE. AS "THE WASHINGTON POST" RECENTLY REPORTED, THESE EXCESSIVE CONTRACTOR SUPPORT COSTS INCLUDED NONCOMPETITIVE CONTRACTS GIVEN TO FORMER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, PROFITTING FROM WASHINGTON'S PERPETUAL REVOLVING DOOR, AND HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CONTRACTS BEING SUBCONTRACTED OUT TO OTHER FORMER MILITARY PERSONNEL. ISN'T THIS WHAT OUR CONSTITUENTS DIST DISEASE LIKE THE MOST ABOUT -- DISEASE LIKE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT'S GOING -- DISLIKE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? THAT THERE ARE CRONYISM ACTIVITIES, THAT THERE ARE REVOLVING DOORS, THAT MILITARY PERSONNEL AFTER THEY RETIRE BECOME MENTORS? THIS BILL ALSO RECOGNIZES THERE'S A PROBLEM HERE. THE BILL ITSELF HAS ACTUALLY REDUCED THEIR BUDGET BY $60 MILLION. THE I.E. IT -- I.E.D. THREAT REMAINS SIGNIFICANT BUT CONTINUES TO ROBUSTLY INVEST IN COUNTER-I.E.D. TECHNOLOGY MAKES LESS SENSE, BOTH TACTICALLY AND STRATEGICALLY. FROM A TACTICAL LEVEL, PENTAGON STATISTICS SHOW THAT I.E.D.'S WERE 25% LESS EFFECTIVE THIS YEAR THAN THE YEAR BEFORE. STRATEGICALLY WE ARE SHIFTING AWAY FROM GROUND WARS AND COUNTERU.S. IS MISSIONS -- COUNTERINSURGENCY MISSIONS AND MUST BEGIN REALLOCATING THESE FUNDS. IN FEBRUARY THE G.A.O. TOLD CONGRESS THAT JIEDDO'S POOR PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT RESULTED IN MANY FUNDS GOING TO DUPLICATIVE PROJECTS, CREATING WASTE AND LIKELY SLOWING DOWN THE ABILITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO MEET ITS MISSION OBJECTIVES. FOR EXAMPLE, IN 2008 THE U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND BEGAN DEVELOPMENT FOR A DIRECTED ENERGY SOLUTION TO THE -- TO DEFEATING I.E.D.'S. JIEDDO UNDERTOOK SIX DIFFERENT EFFORTS TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM WHICH COST TAXPAYERS AT LEAST $1 04 MILLION. WHEN THE COMMANDER OF THE U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND STILL DIDN'T HAVE A SOLUTION BY AUGUST, 2011, HE HAD TO WRITE JIEDDO TO URGE THEM TO COORDINATE THEIR EFFORTS IN HOPING OF GETTING SOMETHING HE COULD FULFILL WHAT WAS A 3-YEAR-OLD UNMET REQUIREMENT FOR THE WAR FIGHTERS. JIEDDO COORDINATED THE EFFORT FOR THESE SIX PROMINGS BUT DEFERRED IN MAKING DECISIONS OF SHIFTING RESOURCES OR CANCELING THE PROJECT. THE ORGANIZATION ALSO ADMITTED THAT THEY LIKELY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EXECUTE THEIR MISSION TO MANAGE THE PENTAGON'S I.E.D. EFFORTS WITHOUT THE COMMANDER'S WRITTEN PROTEST. SOME SOLDIERS IN THE FIELD HAVE ALSO EXPRESSED DISAPPOINTMENT AT JIEDDO'S RESULTS. A MARINE THAT SERVED IN AFGHANISTAN IN 2009 COMPARED THE I.E.D. DETECTING DEVICE ISSUED BY JIEDDO TO A BEACH COMBER'S FAULTY METAL DETECTOR AND SAID HIS I. DETERMINE. -- I.E.D. JAMMERS WERE FREQUENTLY BROKE. OTHERS REPORT THAT DOGS REMAIN MORE RELIABLE DEFECTERS -- DETECTORS DOWN RANGE. IT'S TIME TO STOP SIGNING A BLANK CHECK FOR AN ORGANIZATION THAT CANNOT TRACK ITS PROJECTS OR EXPENDITURES, THAT OFTEN GIVES CONTRACTS TO ITS CRONIES AND THAT THE G.A.O. HAS SAID IS DUPLICATIVE. AS WE DRAW DOWN IN AFGHANISTAN AND LOOK TO CUT FUNDS FOR MUCH MORE PRODUCTIVE AND EFFICIENT PARTS OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET, I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT THESE CUTS OF AN INEFFICIENT ORGANIZATION THAT LACKS THE MANAGEMENT CONTROLS TO PREVENT TAXPAYER DOLLARS FROM BEING WASTED AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:42:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    JOINT I.E.D. DEFEAT FUND, WE RECOGNIZE WE'RE STILL A NATION AT WAR. THE…

    JOINT I.E.D. DEFEAT FUND, WE RECOGNIZE WE'RE STILL A NATION AT WAR. THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO COME BACK FROM WAR, AND GOD FORBID SOME COME BACK HAVING PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, BUT MANY COME BACK WITH AN UNBELIEVABLE WOUND.

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  • 07:43:07 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    DOUBLE AMPUTEES, LOSS OF DIFFERENT LIMBS. THIS JOINT I.E.D. TASK FORCE HAS…

    DOUBLE AMPUTEES, LOSS OF DIFFERENT LIMBS. THIS JOINT I.E.D. TASK FORCE HAS DONE A LOT TO MINIMIZE THAT POSSIBILITY. THE COMMITTEE DID RECOGNIZE, AND AS THE GENTLEWOMAN MENTIONED, WE DID REDUCE SPENDING IN THIS FUND BY $70 MILLION. BUT WE'RE A NATION AT WAR, THEY STILL HAVE A CRITICAL MISSION, AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE WORK THAT THEY CONTINUE TO DO TO DEFEAT SOMETIMES THE SIMPLEST I.E.D.'S AND SOMETIMES THE MOST COMPLEX I.E.D.'S CONTINUE. IT'S AN INVESTMENT THAT WE NEED TO MAKE TO MAKE SURE THAT, AS WE FINISH OUR JOB IN AFGHANISTAN, THAT WE DO OUR LEVEL BEST TO PROTECT OUR TROOPS, THOSE WHO ARE VOLUNTEERING THERE, AND TO BRING THEM BACK HOME IN ONE PIECE. SO WE OPPOSE THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT. YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:44:02 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. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 07:44:23 PM

    THE CLERK

    6, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTACULAR -- INSPECTOR GENERAL, $10,766,000. GENERAL…

    6, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTACULAR -- INSPECTOR GENERAL, $10,766,000. GENERAL PROVISIONS, THIS TITLE, SECTION 9001, FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS TITLE ARE IN ADDITION TO AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013. SECTION 9002, INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS, UPON THE DETERMINATION OF THE SECRETARY THAT SUCH ACTION IS NECESSARY IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST THE SECRETARY MAY WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET TRANSFER UP TO $3 BILLION BETWEEN THE APPROPRIATIONS OR FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT. SECTION 9003, SUPERVISION AND ADMINISTRATION COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT PROVIDED IN THIS ACT MAY BE OBLIGATED AT THE TIME A CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT IS AWARDED. SECTION 9004, THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE, THE SECRETARY MAY PURCHASE PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLES UP TO A LIMIT OF $75,000 PER VEHICLE. SECTION 9005, NOT TO COMMEED $250 MILLION MAY BE USED TO FUND THE COMMANDER'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENABLING MILITARY COMMANDERS IN AFGHANISTAN TO RESPOND TO URGENT, SMALL-SCALE EWE MANTARIAN RELIEF AND RECONSTRUCTION -- HUMANITARIAN RELIEF AND RECONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS WITHIN THEIR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY. SECTION 9006, FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE MAY BE USED TO PROVIDE SUPPLIES AND OTHER LOGISTICAL SUPPORT TO FORCES SUPPORTING COALITION FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN. SECTION 9007, NONE OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE OBLIGATED OR EXPENDED FOR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FOR A PURPOSE AS FOLLOWS, TO ESTABLISH A MILITARY INSTALLATION OR BASE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FOR THE PERMANENT STATIONING OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES IN IRAQ. SECTION 9008, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE FOLLOWING LAWS ENACTED TO IMPLEMENT THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT. SECTION 2348-A OF TITLE 18 OF UNITED STATES CODE. SECTION 9009, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE OBLIGATED PRIOR TO APPROVAL OF THE OVERSIGHT COUNCIL OF THE DEPARTMENT. SECTION 9010, FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE FOR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE MAY BE USED TO PURR CHANCE ITEMS HAVING AN INVESTMENT UNIT COST OF NOT MORE THAN $250,000. SECTION 9011, $88 MILLION UNDER THE HEADING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, ARMY, MAY BE OBLIGATED FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE TASK FORCE FOR BUSINESS AND STABILITY OPERATIONS. SECTION 9012, UNDER THE HEADING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE, UP TO $508 MILLION. SECTION 9013, AVAILABLE OF -- AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS. EACH AMOUNT DESIGNATED BY THE CONGRESS FOR THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENT WAR ON TERRORISM SHALL ONLY BE A AVAILABLE IF THE PRESIDENT DESIGNATES ALL SUCH AMOUNTS. SECTION, RESCISSIONS, FUNDS ARE RESCINDED. SECTION 9015, NONE OF THE FUNDS UNDER THE HEADING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE, DEFENSE-WIDE MAY BE MADE AVAILABLE UNLESS THE SECRETARY CERTIFIES TO THE COMMITTEES THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN IS COOPERATING WITH THE UNITED STATES IN COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS. TITLE 10. ADDITIONAL GENERAL PROVISIONS. SPEND REGULAR DUCKS ACCOUNT. SECTION 10001, THE AMOUNT BY WHICH THE AP APUBLICABLE ALLOCATION OF NEW BUDGET AUTHORITY MADE BY THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS IS $0.

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  • 07:48:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. FREE LING HUGHESEN WE HAVE REACHED THE END OF…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. FREE LING HUGHESEN WE HAVE REACHED THE END OF THE READING AND --

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  • 07:48:50 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    WE HAVE REACHED THE END OF THE READING AND I URGE MEMBERS WITH AMENDMENTS…

    WE HAVE REACHED THE END OF THE READING AND I URGE MEMBERS WITH AMENDMENTS TO COME FORWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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    DOES THE GENTLEMAN MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD?

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

  • 07:50:56 PM

    MR. SHUSTER

    AFTER FURTHER ANALYSIS AND ADAL -- ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK PROVIDED BY THE…

    AFTER FURTHER ANALYSIS AND ADAL -- ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK PROVIDED BY THE ARMY, WE FEEL THESE CUTS COULD HAVE A LASTING NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE ORGANIC INDUSTRIAL BASE. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS ME AGREES THESE CURRENT GENERAL PROVISIONS SHOULD BE MODIFIED AND IS ALREADY DEVELOPING AN ALTERNATIVE PLAN. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CHAIRMAN TO ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS AND ENSURE WE PROVIDE ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR DEPOTS AND ARSENALS. I KNOW WE ARE IN FAVOR OF STRONG, CAPABLE ORGANIC INDUSTRIAL BASE AND THE CRITICAL ROLE OUR DEPEE -- DEPOTS AND ARSENALS PLAY IN MAINTAINING THAT. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. LOEBSACK.

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  • 07:51:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN MAY NOT YIELD A CLOCK TIME.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    YIELD MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    MR. LOEBSACK

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. OUR DEPOTS AND…

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. OUR DEPOTS AND ARSENALS ARE CRITICAL TO OUR SECURITY AND OUR ABILITY TO RAPIDLY EQUIP OUR SOLDIERS. IN 2003, OUR ARSENAL PRODUCED 5,000 HUMVEE ADD-ON ARMOR KITS WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF RECEIVING THE ORDER. WE MUST STRENGTHEN OUR ARSENALS AND DEPOTS TO PRODUCE EQUIPMENT THAT IS VITALLY NEEDED BY MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. I'M STRONGLY CONCERNED THAT THE EFFECTS OF THE BILL'S REDUCTIONS WILL BE FELT BEYOND 2013 AND ACROSS THE ORGANIC INDUSTRIAL BASE. I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN'S WILLINGNESS TO WORKING WITH US. I LOOK FORWARD TO COLLABORATING WITH HIM IN SUPPORT OF OUR ARSENALS AND DEPOTS AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 07:52:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WHO IS NOT HERE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WHO IS NOT HERE ON THE FLOOR, I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT HIS SITUATION DOWN AT THE CORPUS CHRISTI ARMY DEPOT, AN INDUSTRY LEADER OF REPAIR AND OVERHAUL FOR OUR AVIATION HELICOPTERS, EMPLOYING OVER 6,000 CIVILIANS, 56% ARE VETERANS. WITHOUT CCAD, THE ARMY WOULD BE UNABLE TO SUSTAIN MAXIMUM COMBAT POWER FOR THE WAR FIGHTER. FURTHER THE DEPOT'S STEWARDSHIP OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS IS EVIDENT IN THE COST EFFECTIVE OVERHAUL AND REPAIR OF ROTARY SYSTEMS. IN 2011, A RECORD PRODUCTION YEAR, MORE THAN $47,000 IN COST SAVINGS WITH US DOCUMENTED AT THE CCAD. WITH UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS FLYING IN RECORD NUMBERS, THEIR WORK HAS BECOME INVALUABLE TO THE AIRCRAFT TO REMAIN AIR WORTHY. I AM CONCERNED THAT ANY LAPSE IN PRODUCTION OF THE UH-60 BLACKHAWK WOULD HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON SUPPORTING PROGRAMS AND MAJOR CONTRACTS. I KNOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS LOOKS FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CHAIRMAN AS I DO -- AS DO I AND OTHER MEMBER OS THEY HAVE HOUSE THAT REPRESENT ARSENALS AND DEPOTS AND THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AS THIS BILL MOVES FORWARD TO CONFERENCE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:54:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 07:54:16 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD AND CONTINUE TO COLLOQUY WITH THE GENTLEMAN…

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD AND CONTINUE TO COLLOQUY WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. I THANK THE --

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  • 07:54:26 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    THANK THE GENTLEMEN FOR THEIR MEANTS AND WE SHARE IN THEIR SUPPORT OF A…

    THANK THE GENTLEMEN FOR THEIR MEANTS AND WE SHARE IN THEIR SUPPORT OF A STRONG, ORGANIC INDUSTRIAL BASE AND A STRONG, READY MILITARY. WE ARE PLEASED TO WORK CLOSELY WITH MEMBERS OF THE ARMY DEPOT AND ARSENAL DELEGATION THROUGHOUT THE CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS TO ENSURE THEIR CONCERNS ARE FULLY ADDRESSED AND THE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO DEE PE -- DEPOT AND ARSENAL FUNDING ARE MADE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:55:12 PM

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    WILL THE GENTLELADY SPECIFY THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL THE GENTLELADY SPECIFY THE AMENDMENT.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    IS WOOLSEY-041.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    BY MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA, AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT…

    BY MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA, AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOL LOGUE, SECTION, THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF APPROPRIATIONS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT IS HEREBY REDUCED BY $181 MILLION.

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  • 07:55:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:55:45 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, OUR NATION'S TRANSPORTATION…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, OUR NATION'S TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IS IN TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE DISREPAIR. MORE THAN EVER, WE NEED TO BE PUTTING RESOURCES INTO TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS AND INTO INITIATIVES FOR THAT END. WE NEED TO UPGRADE AND MODERNIZE OUR ROADS AND HIGHWAYS. BUT WE ALSO NEED TO BUILD UP MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS, BUSES, RAIL LINES, ETC. DOING SO IMPROVES LIVES IN OUR COMMUNITIES, ALLOWING PEOPLE TO MOVE AROUND MORE FREELY AND EASILY. AND IT ALSO CREATES JOBS. BY RECUSING OUR DEPENDENCY ON AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL, THIS TRANSPORTATION IS CLEAN ENERGY, EFFICIENT, AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AS WELL. LUCKILY, WE HAVE A FEDERAL AGENCY, THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, OR F.C.A., THAT EXISTS TO MAKE EXACTLY THESE INVESTMENTS. I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT MY HOME DISTRICT HAS BENEFITED FROM F.T.A. GRANTS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. THE SMART TRAIN THAT CONNECTS THE CITIES IN MY DISTRICT IS JUST ONE OF THE LOCAL PROJECTS THAT IS PUTTING F.T.A. MONEY TO GOOD USE. SO IN A -- SO AT A MOMENT WHEN OUR TRANSPORTATION NEEDS ARE SO GREAT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WOULDN'T IT MAKE SENSE TO INCREASE THE F.T.A. BUDGET? EXCEPT THAT THE HOUSE, EXPRESSING THE PRIORITIES OF ITS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, RECENTLY PASSED A FISCAL YEAR 2013 APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT CUT $181 MILLION FROM CURRENT F.T.A. SPENDING LEVELS AND AT THE SAME TIME, THEY'RE NOW PRESENTING US WITH A DIFFERENT -- WITH -- EXCUSE ME WORK A DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SPENDING BILL THAT CALLS FOR $1.1 BILLION MORE IN MILITARY SPENDING OVER CURRENT LEVELS. WHY ARE WE ALL BEING ASKED TO TIGHTEN OUR BELTS WHILE THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX GETS TO LOOSEN THEIRS BY A FEW NOTCHES YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR? IF THE FEDERAL BUDGET CRISIS IS SO DIRE, MR. CHAIRMAN SO DIRE WE CAN PINCH PENNIES ON BADLY NEEDED INFRASTRUCTURE, SURELY WE CAN DO THE SAME WITH A BLOATED PENTAGON BUDGET THAT HAS BEEN GROWING OUT OF CONTROL FOR MORE THAN A DECADE NOW. AND THAT'S A SIMPLE CONCEPT WE FIND BEHIND MY AMENDMENT. IN THE INTEREST OF FAIRNESS AND SHARED SACRIFICE, I'M PROPOSING A $181 MILLION CUT TO THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IDENTICAL TO THE REDUCTION IN F.T.A. SPENDING PASSED BY THE HOUSE A FEW YEEK -- A FEW WEEKS AGO. I TRUST THAT ALL MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, EACH ONE MORE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE THAN THE NEXT, WILL JUMP AT THIS CHANCE TO FURTHER CUT FEDERAL SPENDING. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 07:59:05 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 07:59:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT. I'M THE FIRST TO…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT. I'M THE FIRST TO ADMIT THAT DEFENSE SHOULD NOT BE IMMUNE TO REASONABLE DEDUCTIONS, WHICH ARE WHAT WE'VE ALREADY DONE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. JUST TWO YEARS AGO, WHEN CONGRESS CONSIDERED THE FISCAL YEAR 2011 DEFENSE BUDGET, THE DEPARTMENT WAS PLANNING ON A FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET OF ROUGHLY $562 BILLION. THEIR ACTUAL REQUEST FOR 2013, HOWEVER, WAS ONLY $516 BILLION. $46 BILLION LESS. IN FACT, THE PAST TWO FISCAL YEARS, OUR COMMITTEE HAS PRODUCED DEFENSE BUDGETS WHICH TOTAL $39 BILLION BELOW THE REQUESTS. MY POINT IS THAT WE HAVE CUT DEFENSE. BUT WE'VE DONE SO REASONABLY, WITHOUT IMPACTING READINESS OR THREATENING THE DEPARTMENT'S ABILITY TO PROTECT OUR NATION AND OUR ALLIES. THIS FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET IS THE FIRST WE'VE SEEN WHERE THERE ARE IDENTIFIABLE AND SIGNIFICANT RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE BUDGET DECISIONS WE'VE MADE. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THAT A LOT TODAY. OUR PIVOT TOWARD THE ASIA-PACIFIC, THE GROWTH CAPABILITY OF CHINA, THINGS ON THE NORTH KOREAN PENINSULA. FOR EXAMPLE, CUTTING SHIPS AND REDUCING REQUIRED NAVY SHIP FLEET SIZE, RETIRING LARGE NUMBERS OF AIRCRAFT, SOME OF WHICH HAVE BEEN DELIVERED IN SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERFUNDING FACILITY MAINTENANCE AND MODERNIZATION. WE'VE TRIED TO MITIGATE THESE AS BE WE COULD WITHIN OUR GIVEN ALLOCATION. SPEAKING OF OUR ALLOCATION, IT'S ESSENTIALLY IN LINE WITH THE RYAN BUDGET AS WELL AS THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL, BOTH OF WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE. . C.B.O., IN THEIR MOST RECENT ANALYSIS OF THE DEPARTMENT'S FUTURE YEAR'S DEFENSE PROGRAM, THEY DID THEIR ANALYSIS AND DETERMINED THE DEPARTMENT'S PLANS WILL COST $123 BILLION MORE THAN THEY PROJECT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. NATIONAL SECURITY, OF COURSE, SHOULD NEVER BE SUBJECT TO PARTISAN POLITICS AND WE SHOULD SHOW OUR SUPPORT TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO SACRIFICE SO MUCH AND CONTINUE TO DO SO ON OUR BEHALF. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:01:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR…

    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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  • 08:01:48 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    WITH THAT, I WOULD REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    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 GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RISE?

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  • 08:02:02 PM

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AT THE END OF THE BILL…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO OPERATE OR MAINTAIN A -- MR.

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  • 08:02:25 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THE AMENDMENT, PLEASE. RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER…

    I WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THE AMENDMENT, PLEASE. RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER UNTIL WE HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK IT OVER.

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  • 08:02:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES A POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES A POINT OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 08:02:41 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    YOU. CURRENT NUCLEAR ARSENAL HAS SIGNIFICANT OVERKILL THAT IS BUILT INTO…

    YOU. CURRENT NUCLEAR ARSENAL HAS SIGNIFICANT OVERKILL THAT IS BUILT INTO IT. OUR COUNTRY CONTINUES TO SPEND MORAN MORE TAXPAYER MONEY ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AND EVEN THOUGH THE PRESIDENT AND THE SENATE HAVE ALREADY AGREED TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DEPLOYED NUCLEAR WEAPONS. EVEN THOUGH THERE IS A GROWING BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS AN EXCESSIVE NUMBER OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THAT THE UNITED STATES SPENDS FAR MORE THAN IT NEEDS FOR A NUCLEAR DETERRENCE AND DEFENSE. AND THAT IS WHY I RISE TODAY TO OFFER MY AMENDMENT TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DEPLOYED INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC NUCLEAR MISSILES FROM 450 TO 300. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE SOUNDEST APPROACH TO BOTH OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR ECONOMIC SECURITY NEEDS. EACH OF OUR LAND-BASED NUCLEAR MISSILES COST US -- AND THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER, BUT EACH NUCLEAR NUCLEAR MISSILE COSTS US $2.4 MILLION EVERY YEAR TO OPERATE AND MAINTAIN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD SAVE THE TAXPAYERS ABOUT $360 MILLION NEXT YEAR AND EVERY YEAR AFTER THAT. AND IT'S NOT JUST ARMS CONTROL GROUPS WHO SUPPORT THIS DEPARTURE FROM COLD WAR THINKING. IT ALSO INCLUDES GENERAL JAMES CARTWRIGHT WHO UNTIL LAST YEAR WAS THE COMMANDER OF THE UNITED STATES NUCLEAR FORCES. GENERAL PUBLISHED A REPORT IN MAY THAT CONCLUDES THAT ZERO INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES ARE NECESSARY FOR OUR NUCLEAR DETERRENCE OR DEFENSE. THE FORMER COMMANDER OF U.S. NUCLEAR FORCES DOESN'T THINK WE NEED ICBM'S AT ALL. REDUCING THE NUMBER FROM 450 TO 300, STILL LEAVES MORE THAN ENOUGH MISSILES FOR AN EFFECTIVE NUCLEAR DETERRENT. THAT IS STILL MORE THAN ENOUGH MISSILES TORE I NILE ATE OUR ENEMIES OVER AND OVER. THAT'S HOW MANY NUCLEAR WEAPONS WE WOULD STILL HAVE IN RESERVE. THAT IS A REAL SAVINGS. AND THAT SAVINGS CAN BE USED FOR THE N.I.H. BUDGET. THE ENTIRE BUDGET TO FIND THE CURE OF ALZHEIMER'S, 5 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE IT. WE JUST CUT OUT THESE I.C.B.M. AND THAT GIVES US MUST HAVE MONEY TO DOUBLE THE CURE FOR SOMETHING THAT REALLY IS GOING TO KILL AMERICANS AND DOES TERRIFY THEM IN THEIR HOMES. SO I PRAY THAT THE HOUSE WOULD ASSESS THIS AMENDMENT. IT SENDS US IN THE CORRECT DIRECTION THAT WE SHOULD BE HEADING IN TERMS OF PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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  • 08:06:00 PM

    MR. DICKS

    THE GENTLEMAN ON WHAT WE DISCUSSED IN THE LAST GO-AROUND AND TAKING A HARD…

    THE GENTLEMAN ON WHAT WE DISCUSSED IN THE LAST GO-AROUND AND TAKING A HARD LOOK AT LAND-BASED ICBM'S, WHICH HAVE BEEN THE MOST VULNERABLE PART OF THE TRIAD AND THE MOST INVULNERABLE PART IS OUR BOMBERS. BUT THE LAND-BASED ICBM'S ARE VULNERABLE. AND I DO BELIEVE WE CAN BRING DOWN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE ARE SPENDING ON STRATEGIC FORCES AND THE FOCUS SHOULD BE AS THE GENERAL SUGGESTED, IN REDUCING THE ICBM'S. THIS IS A WAY TO START THIS DEBATE. I'M GOING TO SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:06:50 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE DID PIONEERING WORK IN THE 1980'S…

    THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE DID PIONEERING WORK IN THE 1980'S IN IDENTIFYING THE VULNERABILITY OF THE ICBM FLEET AND THAT DISCUSSION CONTINUES OUT HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR.

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  • 08:07:07 PM

    MR. DICKS

    SINNER GUY OF THE THREE LEGS OF THE TRIAD BUT I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT…

    SINNER GUY OF THE THREE LEGS OF THE TRIAD BUT I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT THE LAND-BASED SEGMENT OF THE TRIAD -- AND I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN'S OVERALL PREMISE THAT WE DON'T NEED AS MANY NUCLEAR WEAPONS. I CAN REMEMBER JOHN LAY MAN SAYING TO ME, IF YOU WANT TO CUT SOMETHING, CUT THE SUBMARINES AND GO AHEAD WITH THE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS AND MORE AIRPLANES AND THEY ARE CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS AND MORE USABLE.

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  • 08:07:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

  • 08:07:54 PM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    MY POINT OF ORDER AND I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    IS GIVEN THE COURTESY OF SEEING THE AMENDMENTS. I BELIEVE THE GENTLEMAN…

    IS GIVEN THE COURTESY OF SEEING THE AMENDMENTS. I BELIEVE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS LACKED THE COURTESY OF LETTING THE COMMITTEE HAVE COPIES OF YOUR AMENDMENT. AND LET ME SAY AS A NATION, WE STILL BELIEVE IN A NUCLEAR DETERRENT. AND THE LAST TIME I CHECKED, THERE HAS BEEN BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THAT. BOTH MR. VISCLOSKY SERVE ON THE ENERGY AND WATER COMMITTEE AND PART OF OUR JURISDICTION IS TO MAKE SURE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF, VERIFIES THAT WE HAVE NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES. AND THE LAST TIME I CHECKED, THE ADMINISTRATION WAS CONDUCTING WHAT WE CALL A NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW RELATIVE TO WHAT OUR POSITIONS SHALL BE IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH OTHER NUCLEAR POWERS IN TERMS OF THE TYPE OF WEAPONS THAT ARE SO CRITICAL TO THE NUCLEAR TRIAD. SO WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WHO REFERRED TO A LOT OF WHAT WE SAID -- HE REFERRED TO EARLIER IN THE DAY OF THE FANTASY LAND OF OUR BILL. IT WOULD BE GOOD ACTION TO HAVE SOME FACTS FROM THE NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW FOR THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO CONSIDER BEFORE WE CONSIDER SOMETHING HERE WHICH MIGHT PUT OUR NATION AT RISK. AND SO, I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO SO AS WELL. AND I NOW YIELD.

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  • 08:09:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON ON THAT, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 08:10:02 PM

    MR. MARKEY

    THAT, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE CHAIR

    YES, I DO.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? LEE --

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  • 08:10:24 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. IT IS WOOLSEY 040.

  • 08:10:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:10:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:10:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:10:54 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    CHAIRMAN, WHENEVER WE DEBATE THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, I FEEL LIKE…

    CHAIRMAN, WHENEVER WE DEBATE THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, I FEEL LIKE I'M LIVING IN AN ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSE, BECAUSE THE OTHER 51 WEEKS OF THE YEAR, ALL I HEAR FROM MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IS THAT THE SKY IS FALLING AND WE HAVE TO REIN IN A DEFENSE THAT IS WILDLY OUT OF CONTROL. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE MILITARY BUDGET, THAT RHETORIC IS NO WHERE TO BE HEARD. AND MY FRIENDS IN THE MAJORITY BECOME THE BIGGEST SPENDERS OF ALL. IF CUTTING SPENDING IS A MATTER OF SUCH GREAT URGENCY, THEN I BELIEVE THE PENTAGON, WHICH HAS BEEN GENEROUSLY FUNDED OVER THE YEARS, CAN PITCH IN ITS SHARE. WHY DOES THE PROGRAMS THAT AMERICANS DEPEND ON FOR BASIC NEEDS HAVE TO TAKE THE BUDGET HIT? FOR EXAMPLE, UNDER THE LABOR-H.H.S. APPROPRIATIONS BILL, THE TITLE 10 PROGRAM IS NOT JUST TRIMMED, BUT COMPLETELY ZEROED OUT. FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, TITLE 10 HAS BEEN A LIFE-SAVING SOURCE OF FAMILY PLANNING SOURCES AND PREVENTIVE HEALTH-CARE FOR MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF LOW-INCOME WEAPONS. PAP TESTS, EARLY BREAST EXAMS, UNINSURED WOMEN DEPEND ON TITLE 10 IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THESE VITAL SERVICES AT CLINICS NATIONWIDE. THE PROPOSED ELIMINATION OF FUNDING WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO THESE WOMEN AND TO THEIR FAMILIES. AND IT'S CRITICAL TO POINT OUT, MR. CHAIRMAN, BY LAW, NOT A SINGLE PENNY OF TITLE 10 MONEY IS USED TO PERFORM AN ABORTION. IF, HOWEVER, YOU WANT TO REDUCE UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES AS THE OTHER SIDE IT DOES, THERE IS NO MORE EFFECTIVE PROGRAM THAN TITLE 10. TITLE 10 WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT NIXON. AND HISTORICALLY ENJOYED BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AT LEAST UNTIL THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS DECIDED TO LAUNCH A WAR ON WOMEN. NOW THEY WANT TO ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM COMPLETELY. WE SPENT $294 MILLION ON TITLE 10 LAST YEAR. TO PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT IS LESS THAN WHAT WE SPEND ON ANY GIVEN DAY TO CONTINUE A FAILED MILITARY OCCUPATION OF AFGHANISTAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, IF WE'RE GOING TO ASK POOR WOMEN TO GIVE UP ALL THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE RECEIVED FROM TITLE 10, THEN I THINK WE CAN ASK THE PENTAGON TO GIVE UP THE EXACT AMOUNT -- THE EXACT SAME AMOUNT $293 MILLION. IT'S SO BIG, IT MAKES MY HEAD SPIN. IF WE DID THAT, WE'D BE SAVING THE MISGUIDED ELIMINATIONS OF TITLE 10. THAT'S WHAT MY AMENDMENT DOES, BECAUSE I BELIEVE WOMEN NEED TO ACCESS LIFE SAVING HEALTH-CARE, AT LEAST AS MUCH AS THE MILITARY NEEDS ANOTHER $293 MILLION. IN FACT, IN MY -- IF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT THE DEFICIT IS A MORAL CRISIS DEMANDING SK CRY FILES FROM EVERYONE, THEN I'M CONFIDENT THEY ARE GOING TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:14:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 08:14:35 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES THAT I HAVE SAID THIS ON THIS FLOOR AND IN THE…

    I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES THAT I HAVE SAID THIS ON THIS FLOOR AND IN THE COMMITTEE AND ANYONE THAT WOULD LISTEN, YOU CANNOT MAKE YOUR DECISIONS ON NATIONAL DEFENSE BASED ON POLITICS. YOU CAN'T MAKE YOUR DECISION BASED ON NATIONAL DEFENSE JUST ON A NUMBER. AND THIS NUMBER, BY THE WAY, ON THIS AMENDMENT HAS CHANGED. WHERE'S THE COMMITMENT? THE POLICIES AND THE INVESTMENT IN OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE MUST BE BASED ON THE REAL THREAT TO OUR OWN SECURITY, TO THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES AND TO THE SECURITY OF OUR TROOPS AND TO THE SECURITY OF OUR ALLIES AND OUR INTERESTS, WHATEVER THEY MIGHT BE. NOW STOP AND THINK, THE THREAT HAS NOT DIMINISHED. THE THREAT HAS NOT GONE AWAY. DID ANYBODY HAPPEN TO WATCH IRAN'S EXERCISES LAST WEEK WHERE THEY FIRED SHORT-RANGE MISSILES AND MEDIUM-RANGE MISSILES AND LONG-RANGE MISSILES. IRAN IS MOVING TO MAKE ITSELF A STRONG, STRONG MILITARY CAPABILITY NATION. THAT IS A THREAT. THERE ARE COMMENTARIES ABOUT THE UNITED STATES AND TO THE UNITED STATES THAT'S A THREAT. WE HAVE GOT TO BE CAREFUL. CHINA IS EXPANDING ITS MILITARY, EXPANDING ITS TECHNOLOGY, EXPANDING ITS WORK IN CYBER. THE THREAT IS GROWING. AND SO THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO REDUCE OUR CAPABILITY TO REDUCE OUR READINESS, TO REDUCE IN PREPARING OUR TROOPS FOR WHATEVER IS REQUIRED TO DEFEND THE NATION THAT WE LOVE SO MUCH. THIS AMENDMENT JUST CAN'T GO. AND I STRONGLY ASK FOR THE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND THE MESSAGE THAT IT WOULD SEND AROUND THE WORLD THAT WE DON'T CARE ABOUT THE THREAT BECAUSE WE DO CARE ABOUT THE THREAT, AND WE ARE AWARE OF THE THREAT AND WE KNOW WHAT IT COULD MEAN TO US. I YIELD BACK, MR. CHAIRMAN. .

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  • 08:17:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE SECRET YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED.

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  • 08:17:19 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OF THE…

    CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OF THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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  • 08:17:32 PM

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    THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:17:40 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:18:04 PM

    MR. LOBIONDO

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK?

  • 08:19:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK?

  • 08:19:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

  • 08:19:12 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

  • 08:19:16 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

  • 08:19:18 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 WASHINGTON RISE?

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  • 08:19:35 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 ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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  • 08:20:01 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:20:07 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE READ BEING DISPENSED WITH.

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:20:14 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THANK YOU. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT THE USE OF FUNDS TO ENTER INTO A…

    THANK YOU. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT THE USE OF FUNDS TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH A COMPANY FOR LEAKPROOF DRIP PANS UNLESS THE CONTRACT IS AWARDED USING COMPETITIVE PROCEDURES AS DEFINED BY STATUTE. A RECENT ARTICLE IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" HIGHLIGHTS THE STORY OF A FOR-PROFIT COMPANY BEING THE SOLE SOURCE FOR LEAK PANS. THE PANS COST $17,000 APIECE AND THE ARMY HAS PURCHASED $6.-- HAS PURCHASED 6.5 MILLION OF THEM. CONGRESS DECREED THE USE OF A LEAKPROOF DRIP PAN AND THE CONTRACT WAS AWARDED WITHOUT BID. I THINK WE SHOULD ALL AGREE THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE A FAIRED BY. THE ARMY INDICATED IT MIGHT GET MORE PANS IF THE FINANCING IS APPROVE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS IN THE PROCESS OF SLASHING ITS BUDGET. THEY'RE LEARNING TO DO MORE WITH LESS. AS AMERICANS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY HAVE HAD TO DO IN THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS. IF A COMPETITOR EXISTS WHO WILL PRODUCE THESE PANS FOR LESS THAN $17,000 APIECE, WE OUGHT TO MAKE SURE THEY COMPETE FOR THE PROJECT. THE AMENDMENT BEFORE US NOW WOULD NOT PROHIBIT THE PROCUREMENT OF THE PANS EVEN IF IT IS DETERMINED THAT THERE IS ONE COMPANY THAT CON SUPPLY THE ARMY WITH THEM. NOW IF THERE'S -- IF THERE'S ONLY ONE COMPANY, BUT IT WOULD ENSURE THAT ANY PURCHASE OF THE PANS IS DONE IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH COMPETITIVE PROCEDURE, PUTTING TO REST ANY NOTION THAT CONGRESS MANDATED SOLE-SOURCE CONTRACTS FOR PRIVATE COMPANIES. THIS IS A GOOD GOVERNANCE, COMMON SENSE AMENDMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT IT AND I LOOK FORWARD IF THERE'S ANY OBJECTION, I THINK IT'S A GOOD AMENDMENT, BUT I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE, I CAN'T RESERVE MY TIME BUT I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A DIALOGUE IF SOMEBODY HAS AN ISSUE WITH THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:22:30 PM

    MR. DICKS

    YOU'RE SAYING YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE A COMPETITIVE PROCEDURE.

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    MR. DICKS

    THIS IS, I THINK, WHAT WE TRIED TO DO A FEW YEARS AGO ON DEFENSE-RELATED…

    THIS IS, I THINK, WHAT WE TRIED TO DO A FEW YEARS AGO ON DEFENSE-RELATED WITH PRIVATE COMPANIES IS TO HAVE A COMPETITIVE PROCEDURE. WHICH I THINK -- WHICH I AGREE WITH AND THINK THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT ON THIS I APPRECIATE HIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:22:57 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

  • 08:23:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

  • 08:23:08 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:23:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:23:13 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT, IT HAS BEEN LONG…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I SUPPORT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT, IT HAS BEEN LONG STANDING PRACTICE PUT IN PLACE BY APPROPRIATIONS LEGISLATION YEARS AGO THAT THE CONTRACTS FOR THESE PANS MUST BE AWARDED UNDER A COMPETITIVE PROCESS. IN FACT, THE F.Y. 2010 D.O.D. APPROPRIATIONS BILL REQUIRED THAT THE CONTRACT BE COMPETITIVE. AND EVERY YEAR THE ARMY HOLDS AN OPEN COMPETITION WHERE IT ASKS ALL QUALIFIED COMPANIES TO PLACE A BID. THEREFORE, MR. CHAIRMAN, I DON'T THINK THE AMENDMENT IS NECESSARY, BUT I DO AGREE WITH WHAT IT DOES AND I ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:23:56 PM

    MR. FLAKE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR A SECOND?

  • 08:24:16 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THANK YOU.

  • 08:24:26 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 YEA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 08:24:40 PM

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    CHAIRMAN. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. LEE-139.

  • 08:24:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:24:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING --

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  • 08:24:56 PM

    MS. LEE

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT IT BE CONSIDERED AS READ.

  • 08:25:06 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    --

  • 08:25:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 08:25:17 PM

    MS. LEE

    MY COLLEAGUE, JANUARY SCHAKOWSKY, WITH AN AMENDMENT THAT HIT ATS THE HEART…

    MY COLLEAGUE, JANUARY SCHAKOWSKY, WITH AN AMENDMENT THAT HIT ATS THE HEART OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. IF ENACTED, THIS WOULD FREEZE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS AT FISCAL YEAR 2008 LEVELS UNLESS THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013 ARE VALIDATED AS READY FOR AUDIT WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF AN -- OF ENACTMENT OF THIS ACT. THIS WOULD EXEMPT MILITARY PERSONNEL, RESERVE, AND NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL ACCOUNTS AS WELL AS THE DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM ACCOUNT FROM THIS POTENTIALLY FUNDING FREEZE. IT ALSO CONTAINS A WAIVER FOR ANY POTENTIAL HARM TO NATIONAL SECURITY OR COMBAT FORCES. NOW SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES MAY MAKE THE ARGUMENT THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS MAKING PROGRESS ON THIS ISSUE IN RESPONSE TO CONGRESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT. THEY MIGHT REFERENCE LANGUAGE IN RECENT DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILLS REQUIRING D.O.D. TO DEVELOP SEPARATE AND IMPLEMENT PLANS TO ACHIEVE AUDIT READINESS BY SEPTEMBER 30, 2017. BUT 2017, LET ME JUST SAY, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS WHOLLY UNACCEPTABLE THAT WE ARE STILL JUST DEVELOPING PLANS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO HAVE THE FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER FIVE YEARS FROM NOW. THIS PROBLEM IS NOT NEWLY DISCOVERED AND FURTHER DELAY IS REALLY AN ABANDONMENT OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL DUTY, GIVEN THE ENORMOUS AND INCREASING PROPORTION OF FEDERAL DOLLARS GOING TOWARD THE DEFENSE BUDGET. IN THE 1990'S, CONGRESS WAS PROMISED THESE FINANCIAL DEFENSE -- WAS PROMISED THAT THESE FINANCIAL DEFICIENCIES WOULD BE SOLVED BY 1997. THIS TIMELINE THEN WAS DELAYED TO 2007 IN THE EARLY 2000'S. GIVEN THE PENTAGON'S PAST FAILURES TO MEET DEADLINES, WHY SHOULD WE BELIEVE THE 2017 TIMELINE WILL BE HONORED? NEARLY OF CENTS OF EVERY DISCRETIONARY DOLLARS GOES TO DEFENSE SPENDING AND BY THE PENTAGON' OWN ADMISSION, THEY CAN'T ACCOUNT FOR HOW THE MONEY IS SPENT. CAN YOU IMAGINE? WE HAVE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT GET SHUT DOWN BEHIND A FEW THOUSAND DOLLARS IN UNACCOUNTABLE FUNDS. THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THESE CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO INSTANCES OF WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE AT THE PENTAGON INCLUDING MORE THAN $300 BILLION IN MAJOR WEAPONS COST OVERRUNS, IDENTIFIED BY THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE. IT'S TIME TO FINALLY DO AWAY WITH THE CULTURE OF UNLIMITED SPENDING AND NO ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE PENTAGON. BEING STRONG ON DEFENSE DOES NOT HEEN HANDING A FREE PASS TO IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING. I BELIEVE A CRITICAL -- I BELIEVE IT'S CRITICAL THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TESTIFIES BE NOT ONLY PREPARED AND VALIDATED AS READY FOR AN AUDIT BUT ACTUALLY PASS AN AUDIT SYSTEM OF TODAY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND TAKE A FIRST STEP TOWARD COMPELING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO ACT WITH URGENCY ON THIS MATTER. THE FINANCIAL REFORMS NECESSARY TO ABIDE BY BASIC ACCOUNTING STANDARDS, LAWS, AND REGULATIONS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CANNOT WAIT. I DEEPLY REGRET MY COLLEAGUE WOULD INVOKE A POINT OF ORDER ON AN ISSUE OF SUCH VITAL IMPORTANCE TO CONGRESS' CHARGE TO CONDUCT RESPONSIBLE OVERSIGHT ON FEDERAL EXPENDITURES. I WISH THAT THE PENTAGON WOULD BE HELD TO THE SAME STANDARD AS NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND THOSE IN BUSINESS AND OTHER ENTITY RESPONSEABLE FOR RESPONSIBLY SPENDING FEDERAL DOLLARS. THANK YOU AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:28:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY MAY NOT RESERVE. DOES THE GENTLELADY YIELD BACK?

  • 08:29:02 PM

    MS. LEE

    YES, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 08:29:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 08:29:10 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW…

    OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW AND CONSTITUTES 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 CHANGING EXISTING LAW. THE AMENDMENT GRANTS NEW AUTHORITY AND I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 08:29:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE DESK.

  • 08:30:15 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. WITTMAN OF VIRGINIA, ADD THE FOLLOWING NEW…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. WITTMAN OF VIRGINIA, ADD THE FOLLOWING NEW SECTION. SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE FOR THIS ACT MAYBE USED TO PLAN OR PROPOSE FOR THE BASE REALIGNMENT AND CLOSURE ROUND.

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  • 08:30:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:30:37 PM

    MR. WITTMAN

    NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO PLAN OR…

    NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO PLAN OR PROPOSE ABASE REALIGNMENT OR CLOSURE BRAC ROUND. AND DURING THE MARKUP OF H.R. 4310 OF MAY 9, A SIMILAR AMENDMENT PASSED WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WITH A VOTE OF 44 TO 18 WITH 14 TO 27 DEMOCRATS VOTING IN FAVOR OF A SIMILAR AMENDMENT. ON FEBRUARY 27, I JOINED FELLOW MEMBERS IN SIGNING A LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA EXPRESSING OUR CONCERN OVER HIS ADMINISTRATION'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INTENT TO REQUEST TWO NEW ROUNDS OF BRAC. SIX ARMED HOUSE SERVICEES SUBCOMMITTEE SIGNED THIS LETTER. THIS ESTIMATED TO COST $36 BILLION AND THE TAXPAYERS WILL NOT REALIZE THAT NET SAVINGS UNTIL 2018 AT THE EARLIERIEST. CONGRESS HAS FUNDED THE MILITARY RECONSTRUCTION ACCOUNTS TO ACCOMMODATE THE GROWING ARMY AND MARINE CORPORATION. PROPOSED NEW ROUNDS OF MILITARY BASE CLOSURES BY THE PRESIDENT WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL EXPENSES IN AT A TIME OF MILITARY SPENDING REDUCTIONS. IT WILL NEGATE THE VALUE OF DEFICIT REDUCTION. MORE BRAC ROUNDS WILL COST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND THOUSANDS OF JOBS. IN A STUDY THAT WAS CONCLUDED, D.O.D.'S FISCAL YEAR 2011 BUDGET SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS ON BRAC, 2005, SHOWS THAT COSTS TO IMPLEMENT THE BRAC RECOMMENDATIONS GREW FROM $21 BILLION ORIGINALLY ESTIMATED BY THE BRAC COMMISSION IN 2005 DOLLARS TO ABOUT $35.1 BILLION IN CURRENT DOLLARS, AN INCREASE OF $14.1 MILLION OR 67%. IN CONSTANT 2005 DOLLARS, COSTS INCREASED TO $32.2 BILLION, AN INCREASE OF 53%. IN 2005, THE COMMISSION ESTIMATED NET ANNUAL REOCCURRING SAVINGS OF $2.4 BILLION AND PRESENT VALUE SAVINGS BY 2025 OF $36 BILLION. G.A.O.'S ANALYSIS SHOWS THE SAVINGS ARE NOW $3.8 BILLION, A DECREASE OF 9.5% WHILE THE PRESENT VALUE SAVINGS ARE NOW ABOUT $9. BILLION, A DECREASE OF 73%. AS SUCH, D.O.D. WILL NOT RECOUP ITS UPFRONT COSTS UNTIL 2018. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2005 BRAC STUDY WAS CONCLUDED ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 AND TOOK SIX YEARS TO EXECUTE. AS WE DRAW DOWN FROM COMBAT OPERATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND SHIFT OUR FOCUS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST THREAT WITH EMERGING SECURITY ISSUES IN THE ASIAN PACIFIC, ADDITIONAL ROUNDS OF BRAC CANNOT BE JUSTIFIED. AFTER 10 YEARS OF WAR AND A SUBSTANTIAL 2005 BRAC ROUND, WE NOW HAVE A WELL-TRAINED, BATTLE-TESTED, EFFICIENT, STREAM-LINED ALL-VOLUNTEER FORCE THAT IS MORE JOINT THAN EVER. THIS IS SIMPLY NOT THE TIME FOR AN ADDITIONAL BRAC ROUND. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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  • 08:34:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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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  • 08:34:14 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:34:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:34:18 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I DO RISE TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. AND I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH…

    I DO RISE TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. AND I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE REMARKS OF MR. WITTMAN. HE IS RIGHT ON. AND I JUST WANT TO EMPHASIZE HOW STRONGLY I AGREE WITH WHAT HE HAS TO SAY AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:34:37 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 VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 08:34:59 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT DID HE DESK.

  • 08:35:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY SPECIFY THE AMENDMENT?

  • 08:35:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

  • 08:35:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLELADY -- I HAVE ANOTHER ONE IF YOU RATHER I DO THAT. YOU DON'T HAVE…

    GENTLELADY -- I HAVE ANOTHER ONE IF YOU RATHER I DO THAT. YOU DON'T HAVE IT?

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  • 08:35:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAVE A COPY AT THE DESK. WOULD THE GENTLELADY SUBMIT A COPY TO THE DESK.

  • 08:35:42 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

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

  • 08:35:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    037.

  • 08:35:53 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA, AT THE END OF THE BILL…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA, AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF APPROPRIATIONS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT IS HEREBY REDUCED BY $1.7 BILLION.

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  • 08:36:12 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    AGO, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY PASSED THEIR BUDGET BLUEPRINT CALLED FOR THE…

    AGO, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY PASSED THEIR BUDGET BLUEPRINT CALLED FOR THE COMPLETE ELIMINATION OVER 10 YEARS' TIME OF FUNDING OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT. THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO HELP PEOPLE IN DESPERATE STRAITS, PEOPLE WHO HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES, PEOPLE WHO NEED A HAND FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT IN THEIR HOUR OF NEED. BUT THE MAJORITY SAID, SORRY, WE CAN'T AFFORD THAT. THE COUNTRY, AS THEY SAY, JUST CAN'T AFFORD DAY CARE FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS, SPECIAL SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE ASSISTANCE, LOW-INCOME HOUSING, HOME-DELIVERED MEALS, EMPLOYMENT SERVICES AND OTHER SUPPORT THAT PEOPLE NEED WHEN THEY HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES. AND WHAT PEOPLE NEED WHEN THEY'RE WORKING VERY HARD TO BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT. THAT KIND OF COMPASSION IS TOO EXPENSIVE, APPARENTLY. BUT THIS WEEK, WHEN WE ARE DECIDING HOW MUCH TO SPEND ON OUR WAR MACHINES AND OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUREAUCRACY, THE SKY'S THE LIMIT. MONEY IS NO OBJECT. WELL, THOSE AREN'T THE VALUES I WAS TAUGHT. THAT'S NOT THE KIND OF COUNTRY I WANT TO LIVE IN. THE PENTAGON HAS RECEIVED MORE THAN ITS FAIR SHARE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS OVER THE YEARS. AND FRANKLY, THEY HAVEN'T ALWAYS BEEN THE MOST CAREFUL STEWARDS OF THE PEOPLE'S MONEY. AND HAVEN'T HAD THE BEST ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT. HAVEN'T DELIVERED THE BEST BANG FOR THE BULK, MR. CHAIRMAN. RECENT POLLING INDICATES THAT AMERICANS OVERWHELMING WANT DEFENSE CUTS, BUT INSTEAD WE HAVE A DEFENSE SPENDING BILL THAT IS LARGER THAN LAST YEAR'S AND LARGER THAN WHAT THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED. I SAY IT'S TIME THAT THE PENTAGON CONTRIBUTES ITS FAIR SHARE. MY AMENDMENT CALLS FOR A $1.7 BILLION CUT TO THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS, AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE CUT WE HAVE ASKED OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANLT PROGRAM OF NEXT YEAR. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT ARE HUMAN DIGNITY AND BASIC COMPASSION ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THROWING MORE MONEY AT WASTEFUL WEAPONS, THEN I HOPE YOU WILL SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:38:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 08:38:40 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    THE LAST WORD.

  • 08:38:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:38:47 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE GENTLELADY. SHE IS CERTAINLY DETERMINED. THIS IS…

    WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE GENTLELADY. SHE IS CERTAINLY DETERMINED. THIS IS THE THIRD OR FOURTH AMENDMENT ON THE SAME SUBJECT JUST BY CHANGING THE NUMBERS. I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE THE SAME ARGUMENTS ABOUT THE THREATS AND ABOUT THE NEED TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY, BECAUSE YOU HAVE HEARD THAT MANY, MANY TIMES. BUT IT IS SERIOUS. IT IS SERIOUS. AND THE NUMBERS KEEP CHANGING. I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY KEEP CHANGING, BUT THE FACT THAT THEY KEEP CHANGING INDICATES TO ME THERE IS NOT REALLY A REAL DETERMINATION HERE ON THE NUMBER, BUT THERE IS A DETERMINATION ON MY SIDE AND FROM MY VIEW POINT, AND THAT IS A THREAT CANNOT BE IGNORED. THE THREAT IS GROWING. AND THIS IS NOT A GOOD AMENDMENT. AND I ASK THAT OUR MEMBERS OPPOSE IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:39:38 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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  • 08:39:49 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 08:39:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY REQUESTS A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18,…

    THE GENTLELADY REQUESTS A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 08:40:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    REPORT THE AMENDMENT. WILL THE GENTLEMAN SPECIFY HIS AMENDMENT.

  • 08:40:17 PM

    MR. POE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 08:40:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

  • 08:40:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:40:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:40:57 PM

    MR. POE

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 08:41:21 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 08:41:26 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    GENTLEMAN FOR WORKING WITH US AS WE DISCUSSED EARLIER DURING OUR DEBATE…

    GENTLEMAN FOR WORKING WITH US AS WE DISCUSSED EARLIER DURING OUR DEBATE THAT WE WOULD WORK TOGETHER TO FIND A SOLUTION THAT WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE. YOU HAVE DONE THAT AND I CONGRATULATE YOU AND I SUPPORT YOUR AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:41:39 PM

    MR. POE

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 08:41:43 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 AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA RISE?

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  • 08:41:57 PM

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    THE LAST WORD FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENGAGING IN A COLLOQUY WITH CHAIRMAN…

    THE LAST WORD FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENGAGING IN A COLLOQUY WITH CHAIRMAN YOUNG.

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  • 08:42:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    >>

    SUSTAINED COVERAGE FOR OUR GROUND TROOPS AND THEY PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR…

    SUSTAINED COVERAGE FOR OUR GROUND TROOPS AND THEY PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN.

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  • 08:42:24 PM

    MR. LOEBSACK

    IN FLORIDA AND WISCONSIN AND SEVERAL OTHER STATES. IN IOWA, 75 EMPLOYEES…

    IN FLORIDA AND WISCONSIN AND SEVERAL OTHER STATES. IN IOWA, 75 EMPLOYEES WORK ON A PRODUCTION LINE TO LOAD, ASSEMBLE AND PASS THE AMMUNITION. THIS STATE OF THE ART EQUIPMENT ALLOWS THIS WORK TO BE DONE SAFELY AT A HIGH QUALITY RATE AND IN A COST EFFECTIVE WAY FOR THE TAXPAYERS AND THE ARMY. THE ARMY'S BUDGET REQUESTED REQUIRED FUNDING LEVELS, NECESSARY TO SUSTAIN OUR CAPABILITY AND THE HIGHLY SKILLED WORK FORCE NEEDED TO PRODUCE THEM. A REDUCTION IN FUNDING COULD RESULT IN A BREAK IN WORK THAT WOULD RESULT IN LOST CAPABILITIES, LOST JOBS AND DELAYS AND QUALITY CONCERNS WHEN THE LINE IS RESTARTED. MR. CHAIRMAN, I KNOW WE SHARE A COMMITMENT TO MAINTAINING THE WORK FORCE CAPABILITIES AND LINES THAT PRODUCE THE 40-MILLIMITER AMMUNITION AND I APPRECIATE YOUR WORK WITH ME OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH YOU TO ADDRESS THIS MATTER GOING FORWARD SO WE CAN ENHER THE TIME 2013 DEFENSE BILL AND SUPPORTS THE 40-MILLIMETER WORK FORCE AND SUPPLY CHAIN AND I APPRECIATE THE COOPERATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:43:41 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I YIELD BACK.

  • 08:44:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 08:44:41 PM

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    AT THE DESK.

  • 08:44:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HERE WE ARE RIGHT HERE.

  • 08:45:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:45:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:45:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:45:49 PM

    MR. BILBRAY

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 08:48:33 PM

    MR. BILBRAY

    YES. MR. FREE LING --

  • 08:48:44 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    YOUR AMENDMENT.

  • 08:48:47 PM

    MR. BILBRAY

    THANK YOU AND I APPRECIATE THE MINORITY'S SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. I…

    THANK YOU AND I APPRECIATE THE MINORITY'S SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:48:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 08:49:01 PM

    MS. LEE

    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 08:49:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IT'S AMENDMENT 142-LEE.

  • 08:49:08 PM

    MS. LEE

    AMENDMENT 142-LEE.

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    THE CLERK

    BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE,…

    BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, A, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION B, APPROPRIATIONS MADE IN TITLE 9:00 OF THIS ACT -- IN TITLE 9 OF THIS ACT ARE HEREBY REDUCED IN THE AMOUNT OF $43,483,000. MS.

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  • 08:49:34 PM

    MS. LEE

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND PRINTED…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND PRINTED IN THE RECORD?

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  • 08:49:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THERE OBJECTION? SO ORDERED.

  • 08:49:45 PM

    MS. LEE

    IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD, IT REDUCES THE CONTINGENCY OVERSEAS OPERATIONS…

    IS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD, IT REDUCES THE CONTINGENCY OVERSEAS OPERATIONS ACCOUNT BY $21 BILLION THAT LEAVES $64 BILLION IN RESERVE, MORE THAN ENOUGH FUNDS FOR THE SAFE AND SWIFT WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN. THIS AMENDMENT ALLOWS CONGRESS THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAND WITH THE WORLD-WEARY AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. IT IS CLEAR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FAR AHEAD OF CONGRESS IN SUPPORTING AN END TO THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. THE CALL HAS BEEN GROWING ACROSS THIS LAND TO BRING THIS WAR TO AN END AND IT IS PASTIME FOR THE CONGRESS TO ANSWER THAT CALL HERE TODAY. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE CO-SPONSORS OF THE BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT AND ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE WORKED ON THIS ISSUE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND SUPPORTED MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 780, TO RESPONDABLY END THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. OUR BRAVE TROOPS HAVE DONE EVERYTHING THAT WAS ASKED OF THEM AND MORE. ASKING OUR TROOPS TO REMAIN IN AFGHANISTAN FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS WHEN THERE IS NO INDICATION THE SIRBLINGS ON THE GROUND WILL CHANGE IS UNCONSCIONABLE. AS WE SEND OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM BACK INTO DANGER ON MULTIPLE TOURS, THEY ARE BEARING AN OVERWHELMING AND UNFAIR BURDEN OF SACRIFICE WHILE SO MANY OF US GO ON WITH OUR DAILY LIVES. AN ALARMING NUMBER OF TROOPS ARE COMING BACK HOME WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, SUICIDE CASES ARE RAMPANT AND SADLY EACH DAY WE CONTINUE TO HEAR MORE AND MORE ABOUT OUR VETERANS AND THE TERRIBLE TOLL THIS HAS TAKEN ON THEIR LIVES. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE COST OF THIS WAR -- THE COST OF THIS WAR ARE SUN EPABLE, PARTICULARLY WHEN KE WE ASK WHAT THE ADDED BENEFITS ARE OF KEEPING OUR TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN THROUGH 2014. THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN HAS TAKEN THE LIVES OF OVER 2,000 SOLDIERS AND INJURED TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE AND DRAINED OUR TREASURY OF OVER $500 BILLION. THOSE COSTS WILL ONLY GO UP AS WE SPEND TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON LONG-TERM CARE FOR OUR VETERANS WHICH OF COURSE WE MUST AND WE SHOULD DO. INSTEAD OF SPENDING OVER $ 5 BILLION IN AFGHANISTAN THIS NEXT YEAR, WE SHOULD RESTRICT FUNDING FOR THE SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE WITHDRAWAL OF ALL OF OUR TROOPS AND USE THE TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SAVINGS RIGHT HERE AT HOME, INVESTING IN JOBS AND EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE. THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND IN AFGHANISTAN, WHETHER WE FLEEVE TO 13, 2014, OR 2020, WHETHER 100 MORE UNITED STATES TROOPS DIE OR 1,000, LET ME JUST SAY, NOT AN EXTRA DOLLAR SHOULD BE SPENT EXTENDING THE DECADE-LONG WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. WE HAVE THE POWER OF THE PURSE STRINGS IN THIS HOUSE. FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, THEY SHOULD VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT. AS THE DAUGHTER OF A MILL TAFERE -- MILITARY VETERAN, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE SACRIFICES AND COMMITMENT INVOLVED WITH DEFENDING OUR NATION BUT THE TRUTH IS, OUR TROOPS HAVE BEEN PUT IN AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION, THERE IS NO MILITARY SOLUTION, AND IT'S PASTIME TO END THE WAR AND BRING OUR TROOPS HOME. QUITE FRANKLY, IT'S TIME TO USE THESE TAX DOLLARS FROM ENDING THE WAR TO CREATE JOBS HERE AT HOME AND ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S TIME TO REBUILD AMERICA AND ALSO TO PROVIDE FOR HEALTH CARE AND OF COURSE AS I SAID EARLIER THE ECONOMIC SECURITY OF OUR TROOPS. TODAY, ONCE AGAIN, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAND WITH SEVEN OUT OF 10 AMERICANS WHO OPPOSE THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE WAR IS NO LONGER WORTH FIGHTING AND I'LL SAY IT AGAIN, NOT AN EXTRA DAY, NOT AN EXTRA DOLLAR SHOULD BE SPENT EXTENDING THE DECADE-LONG WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. I KNEW 10 YEARS AGO THAT THIS WOULD BE A WAR WITHOUT END. I COULD NOT SUPPORT IT THEN, MORE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE BEGINNING TO SEE THAT THIS WAS A BLANK CHECK TO WAGE WAR FOREVER UNLESS WE END IT NOW. SO AFTER 11 YEARS, YES, WE SHOULD BRING OUR TROOPS HOME AND WE COULD DO THAT RESPONSIBLY BY VOTING YES ON THE LEE AMENDMENT TODAY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:54:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 08:54:06 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    IN WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION , THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, AND OUR…

    IN WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION , THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, AND OUR COMMANDERS IN THE FIELD IN AFGHANISTAN, WE HAVE COME TO A PROPER AMOUNT TO BE FUNDED FOR THIS PURPOSE. IT'S ALREADY INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. I THINK TO CHANGE THE FORMULA NOW FROM ONE THAT HAS BEEN AGREED UPON BY THE ADMINISTRATION, THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, AND THE COMMANDERS IN THE FIELD WHO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OPERATING THIS ENTIRE AFGHAN OPERATION, I JUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I THINK IT'S THE WRONG THING TO DO, IT'S VERY BALANCED, IT'S AGREED TO BY THE PARTIES THAT HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY, AND I JUST HOPE THE MEMBERS WILL VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:55:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

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

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  • 08:55:08 PM

    MS. WOOLSEY

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. WOOLSEY

    I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY FRIEND FROM…

    I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA. IF APPROVED, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ACCOMPLISH TWO GOALS. ONE, TO END THIS WAR AND TWO, TO SAVE THE TAXPAYERS $21 BILLION. SOMETHING I THINK BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE COULD AGREE ON. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES. IT FULLY FUNDS A SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE REDEPLOYMENT OF OUR TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN. IT'S NOT CUT AND RUN. IT'S FUNDING REDEPLOYMENT. THE AFGHAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT US THERE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT US THERE. YET WE ARE SPENDING $10 BILLION A MONTH FOR A DECADE-LONG WAR THAT'S FAILING TO ADVANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY OBJECTIVES. WHY DO WE WANT TO CONTINUE DOWN THIS ROAD, ESPECIALLY AT SUCH A GREAT COST IN BLOOD AND TREASURE. -- IN BLOOD AND TREASURE? MORE THAN 2,000 SERVICE MEMBERS HAVE BEEN KILL AND $54 BILLION IN TAXPAYER MONEY HAS BEEN SPENT. THIS AMENDMENT PROVIDES SUFFICIENT FUNDING TO ENSURE THAT EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IN UNIFORM LEAVES AFGHANISTAN SAFELY. AT THAT POINT, WE CAN LOOK AWAY FROM DEFENSE SPENDING TO A NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY BASED ON THE OTHER TWO D'S, DIPLOMACY AND DEVELOPMENT. WE CAN TURN AWAY FROM MILITARY FORCE AND TOWARD SMART SECURITY, AN AGENDA THAT KEEPS AMERICA SAFE BY ALLEVIATING HUMAN NEED AND INVESTING IN HUMAN CAPITAL IN AFGHANISTAN AND AROUND THE DEVELOPING WORLD. SINCE 2004, MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR 437 TIMES DURING SPECIAL ORDERS TO CALL FOR AN END TO THE WARS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. SINCE I'M RETIRING AT THE END OF THIS TERM, THIS WILL BE MY LAST DEBATE AND LAST VOTE ON DEFENSE SPENDING. I HOPE IT CAN BE MY LEGACY AND YOURS TO FINALLY REORDER OUR NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITIES AND PUT AN END TO THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN. WE OWE IT TO THE NEXT GENERATION AND WE OWE IT TO AMERICANS IN AFGHAN STAN -- AMERICANS AND AFGHANIS TOGETHER. LET'S BRING OUR TROOPS HOME IN A SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE WAY. LET'S VOTE YES ON CONGRESSWOMAN LEE'S AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:57:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. 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 VISIT.

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  • 08:57:50 PM

    MS. LEE

    A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA RISE?

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  • 08:58:01 PM

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    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT…

    OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, ADD THE FOLLOWING NEW SECTION, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO ADMINISTER THE WAGE RATE REQUIREMENTS --

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  • 08:58:23 PM

    MR. KING

    THAT THE READING BE DISPENSED WITH.

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    THE CHAIR

    OBJECTION? THERE IS OBJECTION. THE CLERK WILL CONTINUE.

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    THE CLERK

    40 OF UNITED STATES CODE WITH RESPECT TO FUNDING PROVIDED BY THIS ACT.

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    THE CHAIR

    GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:58:45 PM

    MR. KING

    IS THE DAVIS-BACON AMENDMENT THAT I BELIEVE MOST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE…

    IS THE DAVIS-BACON AMENDMENT THAT I BELIEVE MOST MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE SEEN THAT APPLIES TO THIS APPROPRIATIONS BILL. WE HAVE AN EXISTING CODE, THE DAVIS-BACON ACT. IT REQUIRES THAT ANY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS THAT HAVE FEDERAL DOLLARS IN THEM, $2,000 OR MORE, BE CONSTRUCTED UNDER WHAT THE BILL SAYS ARE PREVAILING WAGES. PREVAILING WAGES IN 1931 MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LEGITIMATE EVALUATION. TODAY IT'S A FEDERALLY MANDATED UNION SCALE DETERMINED BY A FORMERLY SMOKE-FILLED ROOM OF PEOPLE FROM THE ADMINISTRATIVE SIDE AND CONSTRUCTION SIDE OF THE INDUSTRY. I'VE SPENT MY LIFE IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS. I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS SINCE 1970. I'VE WORKED ON ALL SIDES OF THIS THAT I CAN IMAGINE. I'VE BEEN A RECIPIENT OF DAVIS-BACON WAGES, I'VE PAID DAVIS-BACON WAGES, AND I'VE DONE A FAIR AMOUNT OF REPORTING OF THOSE WAGES TO THE BUREAUCRATS. THIS LAW IS THE LAST REMAINING JIM CROW LAW IN THE U.S. CODE. IT WAS WRITTEN TO PROTECT UNION WORKERS IN NEW YORK CITY FROM THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO WERE BROUGHT UP TO DO A FEDERAL BUILDING IN THAT CITY BACK DURING THE DEPRESSION AND IN 1931, THERE WAS A SENATOR, JAMES DAVIS OF PENNSYLVANIA, AND REPRESENTATIVE ROBERT BAY SON OF NEW YORK, LONG ISLAND, I MIGHT ADD, DECIDED THAT THEY WANTED TO PROTECT -- PROTECT THE UNIONS IN THAT LOCALE. SO THEY BROUGHT THIS LEGISLATION TO CONGRESS AND PASSED IT. IT HAS BEEN -- IT HAS LONG BEEN UNION SCALE, NOT PREVAILING WAGE, AND YES, MERIT SHOP EMPLOYERS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE THOSE WAGES THEY ACTUALLY PAY, THE EARNED WAGES THEY ACTUALLY PAY BUT IN THE END IT'S A FORMERLY SMOKE-FILLED ROOM, PEOPLE DECIDING, IT DOESN'T COST US ANYTHING IF IT RAISES OUR BOTTOM LINE, WE ALL PUT OUR MARGIN ON TOP OF THAT WE LIKE TO BE ABLE TO OUT-COMPETE THE REST OF THE INDUSTRY, FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIRE THE WORKERS THAT WILL RECEIVE THE HIGHEST PAY. THIS IS IRRESPONSIBLE ON THE PART OF THE CONGRESS THAT NOW WE'RE FINDING OURSELVES NEARLY $16 TRILLION IN NATIONAL DEBT, WE HAVE A BUDGET CRUNCH LIKE WE'VE NEVER SEEN, WE'VE SEEN A PRESIDENT THAT'S DRIVEN THIS NATIONAL DEBT UP ABOUT $1.33 TRILLION JUST IN THE LAST BUDGET THAT THE PRESIDENT OFFERED, AND WE'RE LOOKING AT TAXPAYER THAT HAVE HAD ENOUGH. WE NEED A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, WE DON'T NEED IRRESPONSIBLE SPEND, WE DON'T NEED WAGE PROTECTIONISM. AND BY THE WAY, THE SENATOR -- BY THE WAY, SENATOR DAVIS AND REPRESENTATIVE BACON WERE BOTH REPUBLICANS, TWO OF THE MORE MISGUIDED REPUBLICANS IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. I REGRET THAT I AS AN IOWA-- YAY -- AS AN I IOWAN HAVE TO STAND HERE AND SAY IT'S IOWA PRESIDENT HOOVER THAT SIGNED THIS BILL. WE BELIEVE IN COMPETITION, WE'RE A FREE AND FAIR COMPETITION COUNTRY WHO BELIEVE IN FREE MARKETS AND I LISTEN TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IN THE PAST WHO HAS SAID THAT ANY TIME YOU HAVE TWO CONSENTING ADULTS THAT ARE CONDUCTING ANY ACTIVITY THAT DOESN'T HURT ANYONE ELSE, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO SO WITHOUT FEDERAL INTERFERENCE. IF THAT'S THE CASE, TELL ME WHY I CAN'T CLIMB IN THE SEAT OF MY SON'S EXCAVATOR AND SAY, PAY ME $10 AN HOUR, DAVE, THAT'S ENOUGH, I NEED THE THERAPY TO GET AWAY FROM THE INSANITY OF THIS CONGRESS. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THIS WAGE LIMIT SO WE CAN BUILD FOUR -- SO WE CAN BUILD FIVE BARRACKS NOT FOUR, FIVE BASES NOT FOUR, WE CAN DO FIVE OF EVERYTHING INSTEAD OF FOUR IF WE JUST LET COMPETITION SET THE WAGES, THE QUALITY WILL BE THERE, THE GENTLEMAN IS ABOUT TO TELL YOU IT'S NOT, I WILL TELL YOU I SPENT MY LIFE IN THIS, WE MEET SPECIFICATION THE HIGH QUALITY OF THE WORK IS THERE. THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT IS JUST AN ARGUMENT FOR UNION WAGE PROTECTIONISM, WE NEED TO PROTECT THE TAXPAYERS AND THE UNIONS ARE FINE, IF THEY WANT TO ORGANIZE, I ENCOURAGE THEM DOING SO, BUT THEY NEED TO DO SO WITHOUT FEDERAL PROTECTION, COMPETE IN THE COMPETITIVE WORLD ON LOWED BY LIKE THE REST OF US WHERE YOU HAVE TO -- ON LOW BID LIKE THE REST OF US WHERE YOU HAVE TO MEET THE SPECIFICATIONS TO WORK. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:03:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. DICKS

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THE HOUSE HAS…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THE HOUSE HAS SPOKEN ON THIS REPEATEDLY. THERE'S A VERY SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY IN FAVOR OF RETAINING DAVIS-BACON AND OPPOSING THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. SOME MEMBERS CONTINUE TO TRY TO REPEAL DAVIS-BACON DESPITE THE HOUSE RECORD OF SUPPORTING THE PROTECTION ON LABOR STANDARDS. I HAVE BEEN A LONG-TIME SUPPORTER OF DAVIS-BACON PREVAILING WAGE REQUIREMENTS. IT HELPS ENSURE THAT LOCAL PROJECTS PROVIDE LOCAL JOBS WITH AFFORDABLE, MIDDLE CLASS WAGES. THE LAW PROTECTS THE GOVERNMENT FROM CONTRACTORS TRYING TO WIN FEDERAL CONTRACTS BY BIDDING TOO LOW TO ATTRACT COMPETENT WORKERS. AND WE HAVE SEEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN WHERE YOU HAVE PREVAILING WAGES. THE STATE OF WASHINGTON HAS ITS OWN PREVAILING WAGE STANDARD IN OUR STATE. AND WE FIND THAT ON THESE PROJECTS YOU GET BETTER WORK AND WORKERS DONE AT -- AND WORK IS DONE AT A HIGHER QUALITY AND SO I AGAIN, I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND AS I SAID, WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL VOTES ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE YEAR AND EVERY TIME IT'S BEEN DEFEATED. I HOPE THAT WE WOULD AGAIN DEFEAT THE KING AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:04:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    >>

    THE RECOGNITION. WOULD WANT TO JOIN WITH THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DICKS,…

    THE RECOGNITION. WOULD WANT TO JOIN WITH THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. DICKS, INTO MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:04:41 PM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    HAD A SIMILAR DEBATE DURING THE CONSIDERATION OF THE ENERGY AND WATER…

    HAD A SIMILAR DEBATE DURING THE CONSIDERATION OF THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL. ONE OBSERVATION I WOULD MAKE IS WE DO HAVE A DISPARNY THIS COUNTRY AND IT CONTINUES TO GROW -- DISPARITY IN THIS COUNTRY AND IT CONTINUES TO GROW DESPITE HOW HARD THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WORKS. AND THE PROBLEM TODAY FOR THAT AVERAGE AMERICAN IS THAT FOR ONE HOUR'S WORTH OF WORK IT COULD BE PUSHING PAPER -- WORK, IT COULD BE PUSHING PAPER, IT COULD BE WAITING TABLES AT A DINER, IT COULD BE WORKING AT A STEEL MILL, IT COULD BE LAYING BRAKE BRICK, IT COULD BE A CONTRACTOR, IT COULD BE A MANAGER, IT COULD BE A C.E.O., IT'S LESS FOR ONE HOUR'S WORTH OF HUMAN LABOR IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY THAN IT WAS IN 1977 WHEN I CAME TO WASHINGTON, D.C., ON THE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF. THAT IS NOT THE COUNTRY MY PARENTS LEFT ME AND I THINK IT IS WRONG TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO FURTHER SUPPRESS THE WAGES, HARD -- WAGES HARD WORKING AMERICANS ARE TRYING TO EARN TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN BUY A HOUSE, THEY CAN SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO WHAT ARE INCREASINGLY EXPENSIVE PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF STATE SUPPORT FOR THEM, AND WHO NOW HOLD RETIREMENT PROGRAMS THAT ARE PROBABLY ABOUT 40% LESS IN VALUE THAN THEY WERE IN 2007. THIS IS A BAD AMENDMENT AND I STRONGLY OPPOSE IT AND I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:06:07 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 IOWA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 09:06:18 PM

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    LIKE TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST…

    LIKE TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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  • 09:06:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:06:24 PM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME JUST SAY THAT I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME JUST SAY THAT I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. SOME MEMBERS HERE CONTINUE TO TRY TO REPEAL DAVIS-BACON, DESPITE THE HOUSE BEING ON RECORD SUPPORTING THE PROTECTION OF LABOR STANDARDS. ALL OF US, OR AT LEAST THE MAJORITY OF US, HAVE BEEN IN SUPPORT OF PREVAILING WAGE REQUIREMENTS. IT HELPS TO ENSURE THAT LOCAL PROJECTS THAT PROVIDE LOCAL JOBS HAVE THESE JOBS THAT HAVE AFFORDABLE, MIDDLE CLASS WAGES WITH BENEFITS. THE LAW PROTECTS GOVERNMENT FROM CONTRACTORS TRYING TO WIN FEDERAL CONTRACTS BY BIDDING TOO LOW TO ATTRACT COMPETENT WORKERS. THIS AMENDMENT SHOULD BE OPPOSED. IF WE REALLY WANT PEOPLE TO MOVE TOWARD ACHIEVING MIDDLE CLASS STANDARDS, IF WE WANT TO KEEP THE MIDDLE CLASS WITH GOOD JOBS, GOOD PAYING JOBS WITH BENEFITS, AND THERE'S NO WAY WE SHOULD REPEAL DAVIS-BACON. PEOPLE ARE LOSING THE AMERICAN DREAM QUITE QUICKLY HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY. AND HERE WE GO AGAIN TRYING TO ERODE ONE OF THE BASIC PROTECTIONS OF WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. SO I HOPE WE OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, MAINTAIN STANDARDS OF PREVAILING WAGE FOR OUR WORKERS AND ENSURE THAT THEY TOO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. THANK YOU AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:07:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 09:08:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    MR. KING

    RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN ASK QUS A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18 --…

    THE GENTLEMAN ASK QUS A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18 -- REQUESTS A RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTED ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE -- AMENDMENTS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 BY MS. MCCOLLUM OF MINNESOTA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 BY MR. KINGSTON. EAMED THE FIRST AMENDMENT BY MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE. AMENDMENT BY MR. POMPEO OF KANSAS. AMENDMENT BY MR. MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS. AN AMENDMENT BY MR. AMASH OF MICHIGAN. THE SECOND AMENDMENT BY MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE. AN AMENDMENT BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND. THE FIRST AMENDMENT BY MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA. AN AMENDMENT BY MR. MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS. THE SECOND AMENDMENT BY MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA. THE THIRD AMENDMENT BY MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA. THE SECOND AMENDMENT BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA. AN AMENDMENT BY MR. KING OF IOWA. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE AFTER THE FIRST SERIES OF VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BIBI THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MS. MCCOLLUM, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:09:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS. MCCOLLUM OF MINNESOTA.

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  • 09:09:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR 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 WILL BE 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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  • 09:36:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 166, THE NAYS ARE 250 THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED.…

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 166, THE NAYS ARE 250 THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. KINGSTON, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:36:52 PM

    THE CLERK

    2 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. KINGSTON OF GEORGIA.

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    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 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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  • 09:41:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 202, THE NAYS ARE 216. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    YEAS ARE 202, THE NAYS ARE 216. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:42:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    BY MR. QUIGLEY OF ILLINOIS.

  • 09:42:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE --

  • 09:46:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 60, THE NAYS ARE 359. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 60, THE NAYS ARE 359. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST ON THE FIRST RECORDED VOTE ON MR. COHEN ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:46:44 PM

    THE CLERK

    FIRST AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE.

  • 09:46:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

    FOR A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS 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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  • 09:50:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE NAYS ARE 273. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS…

    THE NAYS ARE 273. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NAYS PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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  • 09:50:22 PM

    THE CLERK

    BY MR. POMPEO OF KANSAS.

  • 09:50:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAS BEEN REQUESTIONSED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND…

    HAS BEEN REQUESTIONSED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS 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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  • 09:54:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 137 AND THE NAYS ARE 282. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 137 AND THE NAYS ARE 282. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MARKEY ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:55:15 PM

    THE CLERK

    FIRST AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS.

  • 09:55:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS 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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  • 09:58:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 150, THE NAYS ARE 267 --

  • 09:58:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 150, THE NAYS ARE 268 THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED.…

    THE YEAS ARE 150, THE NAYS ARE 268 THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE BY MR. A MASH. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:59:11 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. AMASH OF MICHIGAN.

  • 09:59:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS 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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  • 10:02:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 166, THE NAYS ARE 233, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 166, THE NAYS ARE 233, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON --

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  • 10:03:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR WISHES TO ANNOUNCE ON THE LAST VOTE THE YEAS ARE 186, THE NAYS…

    THE CHAIR WISHES TO ANNOUNCE ON THE LAST VOTE THE YEAS ARE 186, THE NAYS ARE 283, THE AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:03:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    SECOND AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE.

  • 10:03:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR 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 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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  • 10:06:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE 191. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE 191. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:07:08 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND.

  • 10:07:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAND ABOUT REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR…

    A RECORDED VOTE HAND ABOUT 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 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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  • 10:10:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 147, THE NAYS ARE 271.

  • 10:10:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 149, THE NAYS ARE 2 0. THE AMENDMENT IS -- 270. THE AMENDMENT…

    THE YEAS ARE 149, THE NAYS ARE 2 0. THE AMENDMENT IS -- 270. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WOOLSEY, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:10:59 PM

    THE CLERK

    FIRST AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA.

  • 10:11:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    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 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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  • 10:14:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 114, THE NAYS ARE 302, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 114, THE NAYS ARE 302, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MARKEY, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONE AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:14:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MARKEY OF MASSACHUSETTS.

  • 10:14:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR 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 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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  • 10:17:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 136 AND THE NAYS ARE 283, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 136 AND THE NAYS ARE 283, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE REQUEST IS FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT BY MS. WOOLSEY ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT. A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A -- A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS 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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  • 10:20:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AND THE NAYS ARE 311. THE REQUEST IS ON THE THIRD AMENDMENT VOTE BY MS.…

    AND THE NAYS ARE 311. THE REQUEST IS ON THE THIRD AMENDMENT VOTE BY MS. WOOLSEY ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:20:36 PM

    THE CLERK

    THIRD AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. WOOLSEY OF CALIFORNIA.

  • 10:20:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN REQUEST OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS 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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  • 10:23:24 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 REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT BY MS. LEE ON WHICH THE PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED.

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  • 10:23:41 PM

    THE CLERK

    SECOND AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA.

  • 10:23:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING. A SUFFICIENT…

    IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. . THIS IS 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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  • 10:26:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 107, THE NAYS ARE 312, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED.…

    THE YEAS ARE 107, THE NAYS ARE 312, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. KING ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:26:43 PM

    THE CLERK

    BY MR. KING OF IOWA.

  • 10:26:45 PM

    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 REMAIN STANDING. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS 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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  • 10:30:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 182, THE NAYS ARE 235. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED.

  • 10:30:10 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

  • 10:30:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT MUCH. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED AND ACCORDINGLY THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 10:30:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE --

  • 10:30:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE HAS REPORTED THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER…

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE HAS REPORTED THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5856, IT HAS COME NO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 10:31:06 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BE REMOVED AS A CO-SPONSOR OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BE REMOVED AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.CON.RES. 131.

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  • 10:31:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

  • 10:31:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO AMEND THE ACT TITLED, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE LEASING OF RESTRICTED…

    TO AMEND THE ACT TITLED, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE LEASING OF RESTRICTED INDIAN LANCE -- INDIAN LANDS FOR RESIDENTIAL, BUSINESS AND OTHER PURPOSES REQUIRING THE GRANT OF LONG-TERM LEASES APPROVED AUGUST 9, 1955, TO PROVIDE FOR INDIAN TRIBES TO ENTER INTO CERTAIN LEASES WITHOUT PRIOR EXPRESS APPROVAL FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 10:32:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A PERSONAL REQUEST.

  • 10:32:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS FOR TODAY AND JULY 17.

  • 10:32:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    --

  • 10:32:19 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

  • 10:32:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    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. TOMORR RETURNS HERE ON C-SPAN.

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