1:55 PM EST
Rick Boucher, D-VA 9th

Mr. BOUCHER. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself the balance of my time.

Mr. Chairman, I want to say thank you to the gentleman from California for his kind remarks and for the strong support he has stated for this measure, and I want to thank the gentleman from California (Mr. George Miller) and his outstanding staff for their leadership on the overall issue and also their strong support of this undertaking.

It is critically important that we empower the individuals who are delivering services to miners who are affected by drug abuse, who are affected by drug addiction, so that they can become productive once again, remain in the mines working, and that their families can benefit from their productive existence. This amendment takes that important step, and I urge adoption of it.