3:51 PM EDT

Leonard L. Boswell, D-IA 3rd

Mr. BOSWELL. I would like to thank Chairman Mollohan and Ranking Member Wolf for their hard work on H.R. 2847, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010.

Mr. Chairman, this amendment would provide an increase of $2.5 million for the National Criminal History Improvement Program. I have brought this issue to the floor for several years now, and it consistently receives bipartisan support.

I thank my colleagues for their continued support and for their commitment to law enforcement officers and public safety. I believe that this increase is incredibly important for law enforcement. We must ensure that the intelligence our officers are working off of is up to date and accurate.

The National Criminal History Improvement Program ensures that States improve their infrastructure to connect to the national records system. It helps protect our most vulnerable populations by improving law enforcement's ability to identify persons ineligible to hold positions involving children, the elderly or the disabled. The program also helps law enforcement officers protect our communities from individuals with histories of stalking and of committing acts of domestic violence. I think

my colleagues will agree this is an important investment.

I would like to yield to the distinguished chairman from Wisconsin (Mr. Obey).

3:53 PM EDT

David R. Obey, D-WI 7th

Mr. OBEY. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

Mr. Chairman, let me simply say that I think, on this side of the aisle, the committee certainly agrees with the gentleman's assertions, and we would be happy to accept the amendment.

3:53 PM EDT

Leonard L. Boswell, D-IA 3rd

Mr. BOSWELL. We thank you.

With that, I would urge the adoption of this amendment.

I will reserve my time for any comments that might be made from the other side.

3:54 PM EDT

Paul C. Broun Jr., M.D., R-GA 10th

Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Mr. Chairman, I demand a recorded vote.

The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to clause 6 of rule XVIII, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Iowa will be postponed.

The Clerk will read.