10:08 PM EDT

Jack Kingston, R-GA 1st

Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Chairman, this is part of the continuing effort of this House on a bipartisan basis to reign in maybe the loose security or the mistakes we have all made in the security at the Los Alamos lab, and this is not directed at anything. This is supposed to be a constructive amendment.

The idea behind it is, we had the situation, as all Members of the House well know and all Members of the House are concerned about, that has to do with the disappearance of two highly sensitive disks, computer disks, that contained nuclear secrets. The disks disappeared and reappeared, and during that period of time, we are not exactly sure what happened.

We do know that they searched behind a copying machine, and then later, they researched behind there and found out that they were there. It appears that they were kind of stuck in after the search. What we are trying to do as a Government is to investigate this and yet much to our dismay, I believe on a bipartisan basis, we have employees out there who have refused to take a polygraph test.

Mr. Chairman, we have a precedent now. We have a law that can require employees in sensitive areas to take polygraph tests and certainly employees who are dealing with nuclear secrets are in highly sensitive areas, and what this simply says is that if you will not take a polygraph test and you are working in a highly-sensitive area, we are not going to pay you. We are urging employees and have the lawful right to do that.

Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance of my time.

10:10 PM EDT

Duncan Lee Hunter, R-CA 52nd

Mr. HUNTER. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding to me.

Mr. Chairman, I just want to rise in support of the amendment of the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. KINGSTON). Let me just say there are people, a number of people, at the laboratories who have clearances and access to classified material; that is, nuclear material or nuclear design material. Also what we know is special access programs, it is absolutely imperative that we have the right to polygraph those folks, and it is absolutely equitable and fair that those who would refuse to take

the polygraphs cannot be paid, cannot be employed in this capacity.

Mr. Chairman, I support the gentleman. I think it is an excellent amendment. I thank the subcommittee for agreeing to accept this amendment.

10:10 PM EDT

Duncan Lee Hunter, R-CA 52nd

Mr. HUNTER. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding to me.

Mr. Chairman, I just want to rise in support of the amendment of the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. KINGSTON). Let me just say there are people, a number of people, at the laboratories who have clearances and access to classified material; that is, nuclear material or nuclear design material. Also what we know is special access programs, it is absolutely imperative that we have the right to polygraph those folks, and it is absolutely equitable and fair that those who would refuse to take

the polygraphs cannot be paid, cannot be employed in this capacity.

Mr. Chairman, I support the gentleman. I think it is an excellent amendment. I thank the subcommittee for agreeing to accept this amendment.

10:10 PM EDT

Duncan Lee Hunter, R-CA 52nd

Mr. HUNTER. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding to me.

Mr. Chairman, I just want to rise in support of the amendment of the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. KINGSTON). Let me just say there are people, a number of people, at the laboratories who have clearances and access to classified material; that is, nuclear material or nuclear design material. Also what we know is special access programs, it is absolutely imperative that we have the right to polygraph those folks, and it is absolutely equitable and fair that those who would refuse to take

the polygraphs cannot be paid, cannot be employed in this capacity.

Mr. Chairman, I support the gentleman. I think it is an excellent amendment. I thank the subcommittee for agreeing to accept this amendment.

10:10 PM EDT

Duncan Lee Hunter, R-CA 52nd

Mr. HUNTER. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding to me.

Mr. Chairman, I just want to rise in support of the amendment of the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. KINGSTON). Let me just say there are people, a number of people, at the laboratories who have clearances and access to classified material; that is, nuclear material or nuclear design material. Also what we know is special access programs, it is absolutely imperative that we have the right to polygraph those folks, and it is absolutely equitable and fair that those who would refuse to take

the polygraphs cannot be paid, cannot be employed in this capacity.

Mr. Chairman, I support the gentleman. I think it is an excellent amendment. I thank the subcommittee for agreeing to accept this amendment.

10:11 PM EDT

Ron Packard, R-CA 48th

Mr. PACKARD. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.

For the benefit of the Members, I believe this is the last business before we call for the series of votes. I am not aware of any other amendments, but I yield to the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. KNOLLENBERG), a member of the subcommittee, for a very short colloquy.

10:12 PM EDT

Ron Packard, R-CA 48th

Mr. PACKARD. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.

For the benefit of the Members, I believe this is the last business before we call for the series of votes. I am not aware of any other amendments, but I yield to the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. KNOLLENBERG), a member of the subcommittee, for a very short colloquy.

10:12 PM EDT

Ron Packard, R-CA 48th

Mr. PACKARD. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.

For the benefit of the Members, I believe this is the last business before we call for the series of votes. I am not aware of any other amendments, but I yield to the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. KNOLLENBERG), a member of the subcommittee, for a very short colloquy.

10:12 PM EDT

Ron Packard, R-CA 48th

Mr. PACKARD. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.

For the benefit of the Members, I believe this is the last business before we call for the series of votes. I am not aware of any other amendments, but I yield to the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. KNOLLENBERG), a member of the subcommittee, for a very short colloquy.

10:12 PM EDT

Ron Packard, R-CA 48th

Mr. PACKARD. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.

For the benefit of the Members, I believe this is the last business before we call for the series of votes. I am not aware of any other amendments, but I yield to the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. KNOLLENBERG), a member of the subcommittee, for a very short colloquy.