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Lujan Rodriguez Pallone Schakowsky Van Hollen b 1618
Garamendi Lummis Roe (TN) Payne Serrano ´
Garrett (NJ) Lungren, Daniel Rogers (AL) Price (NC) Sherman Visclosky IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Gerlach E. Rogers (KY) Quigley Sires Wasserman Accordingly, the House resolved
Giffords Mack Rogers (MI) Rangel Slaughter Schultz
itself into the Committee of the Whole
Gohmert Maffei Rohrabacher Waters
Goodlatte Manzullo Rooney Rothman (NJ) Stark House on the state of the Union for the
Gordon (TN) Marchant Ros-Lehtinen Roybal-Allard Thompson (MS) Waxman consideration of the bill (H.R. 5822)
Granger Markey (CO) ´
Sanchez, Linda Tierney making appropriations for military
Graves (GA) Marshall T. Tonko
Graves (MO) Matheson
Sanchez, Loretta Towns
Woolsey construction, the Department of Vet-
Royce Yarmuth erans Affairs, and related agencies for
Grayson McCarthy (CA) Sarbanes Tsongas
Green, Al McCaul
Rush the fiscal year ending September 30,
Green, Gene McClintock NOT VOTING—12
Ryan (OH) 2011, and for other purposes, with Ms.
Griffith McCotter Akin Hall (TX) Tiahrt
Andrews Hoekstra Wamp
EDWARDS of Maryland in the chair.
Salazar The Clerk read the title of the bill.
Halvorson McIntyre Fallin Lewis (GA) Watson
Scalise The CHAIR. Pursuant to the rule, the
Hare McKeon Gingrey (GA) Neugebauer Young (FL)
Schiff bill is considered read the first time.
Hastings (WA) Rodgers ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE
Schmidt The gentleman from Texas (Mr. ED-
Heinrich McNerney The SPEAKER pro tempore (during
Heller Meek (FL) Schock WARDS) and the gentleman from Flor-
Hensarling Melancon Schrader the vote). There are 2 minutes remain- ida (Mr. CRENSHAW) each will control 30
Herger Mica Schwartz ing in this vote. minutes.
Herseth Sandlin Michaud Scott (GA)
Scott (VA) b 1617 The Chair recognizes the gentleman
Higgins Miller (FL)
Hill Miller (MI) Sensenbrenner from Texas.
Hinchey Miller (NC) Sessions Ms. KILPATRICK of Michigan, Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam
Hinojosa Miller, Gary Sestak Messrs. JACKSON of Illinois and Chair, I yield myself such time as I
Hodes Minnick Shadegg TONKO changed their votes from may consume.
Holden Mitchell Shea-Porter
‘‘yea’’ to ‘‘nay.’’ Madam Chair, it’s a privilege for me
Hunter Moore (KS) Shuler So (two-thirds being in the affirma- to present the fiscal year 2011 Military
Inglis Moore (WI) Shuster tive) the rules were suspended and the Construction and Veterans Affairs ap-
Inslee Moran (KS) Simpson bill, as amended, was passed. propriations bill. I believe this bill and
Issa Murphy (NY) Skelton
Jenkins Murphy, Patrick Smith (NE)
The result of the vote was announced the work we have done since January
Johnson (GA) Murphy, Tim Smith (NJ) as above recorded. of 2007 is a work all of us can be very
Johnson (IL) Myrick Smith (TX) A motion to reconsider was laid on proud of.
Johnson, Sam Nunes Smith (WA) the table. In this time of war, we have contin-
Jones Nye Snyder ued our tradition of a bipartisan Mili-
Jordan (OH) Oberstar Space f
Kagen Obey Spratt tary Construction and Veterans Affairs
Kanjorski Olson Stearns PERSONAL EXPLANATION appropriation bill. It has honored in a
Kaptur Ortiz Stupak meaningful way the service and sac-
Kildee Owens Sullivan
Mr. AKIN. Madam Speaker, on July 28,
Kind Pascrell 2010, I was absent from the House and rifice of our servicemen and -women,
King (IA) Pastor (AZ) Tanner missed rollcall votes 476, 477, 478, and 479. our veterans and their families.
King (NY) Paul
Taylor With passage of this fiscal year 2011
Kingston Paulsen Had I been present, I would have voted
Teague bill, the Congress will have increased
Kirk Pence ‘‘no’’ on rollcall 476; ‘‘yes’’ on rollcall 477;
Kirkpatrick (AZ) Perlmutter
Terry veterans health care and benefits fund-
Thompson (CA) ‘‘yes’’ on rollcall 478; and ‘‘yes’’ on rollcall 479.
Kissell Perriello ing by 70 percent in the last 31⁄2 years.
Kline (MN) Peters
f In addition, we have funded a new 21st
Tiberi century GI education bill that 510,000
Kratovil Petri REMOVAL OF NAME OF MEMBER
Lamborn Pingree (ME) Titus servicemen and -women, veterans, and
Turner AS COSPONSOR OF H. RES. 1548
Lance Pitts military children have used to further
Larsen (WA) Platts Upton Mr. SABLAN. Mr. Speaker, I ask
their education. This is an unprece-
Latham Poe (TX) unanimous consent to remove my
LaTourette Polis (CO) Walz dented increase in Congress’ commit-
Latta Pomeroy Welch name as a cosponsor of H. RES. 1548. ment to veterans.
Lee (NY) Posey Westmoreland The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there In our book, our veterans have
Lewis (CA) Price (GA) Whitfield objection to the request of the gen- earned every dime of this funding. We
Linder Putnam Wilson (OH)
Lipinski Radanovich Wilson (SC) tleman from the Northern Mariana Is- have, among other things, increased by
LoBiondo Rahall Wittman lands? 10,200 the number of permanent claims
Loebsack Rehberg Wolf There was no objection. processors in the VA to reduce VA case
Lucas Reichert Wu backlogs, provided an additional 145
Luetkemeyer Reyes Young (AK) f
community-based outpatient clinics,
NAYS—113 GENERAL LEAVE built 92 new vet centers. This bill will
Ackerman Djou Kilpatrick (MI) Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Mr. Speak- add 30 mobile vet centers to serve rural
Baird Doyle Kilroy er, I ask unanimous consent that all communities. It allowed the Veterans
Baldwin Edwards (MD) Klein (FL)
Members may have 5 legislative days Health Administration to hire an addi-
Becerra Ellison Kucinich tional 18,000 new doctors and nurses.
Berman Engel Langevin in which to revise and extend their re-
These resources mean that our vet-
Berry Eshoo Larson (CT) marks on H.R. 5822.
Bishop (NY) Farr Lee (CA) erans have better access to the health
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there
Blumenauer Fattah Levin care they need and deserve, including
Brady (PA) Filner Lofgren, Zoe objection to the request of the gen-
improved access in rural areas, in-
Brown, Corrine Frank (MA) Lowey tleman from Texas?
Butterfield Fudge Lynch
creased access for VA health care for
There was no objection.
Capps Gonzalez Maloney low- and middle-income vets. Addition-
Capuano Grijalva Markey (MA) f ally, these resources ensure that our
Castor (FL) Gutierrez Matsui veterans receive, on a more timely
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Clarke Harman McCollum basis, the services and benefits that
VETERANS AFFAIRS AND RE-
Clay Hastings (FL) McDermott they have earned.
Cleaver Himes McGovern
LATED AGENCIES APPROPRIA- We have also worked hard to make
Cohen Hirono McMahon TIONS ACT, 2011 sure that our military knows that the
Crowley Holt Meeks (NY)
Cummings Honda Miller, George
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursu- Congress respects the sacrifices that
Davis (CA) Israel Moran (VA) ant to House Resolution 1559 and rule they and their families have made each
Davis (IL) Jackson (IL) Murphy (CT) XVIII, the Chair declares the House in and every day to keep our great Nation
DeGette Jackson Lee Nadler (NY) the Committee of the Whole House on
Delahunt (TX) Napolitano
safe. We have heard time and time
DeLauro Johnson, E. B. Neal (MA) the State of the Union for the consider- again in testimony that the best sup-
Deutch Kennedy Olver ation of the bill, H.R. 5822. port we can give our military when
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they are deployed is the knowledge in when Mr. WAMP could not be with us their earned benefits on a more timely
that their families are cared for here at in some of our deliberations this year. basis.
home. Mr. CRENSHAW has truly been a partner The seventh initiative I would high-
We have listened and funded initia- every step of the way in putting to- light, this bill also continues to open
tives, such as: gether this bipartisan bill, and I thank up VA medical care to more middle-
$2.8 billion for new military hospitals him for that. and low-income veterans by 292,000, the
so servicemen and -women know that I also thank Mr. FARR on the Demo- number of veterans receiving health
their families will get the best possible cratic side, the vice chairman of our care since reopening enrollment in
health care in high quality facilities; subcommittee, who has done an out- 2009.
New child care centers to serve 20,000 standing job for our veterans and our Finally, we want to ensure that his-
military children; military. toric increases in funding for the VA
Over $500 million in additional fund- Madam Chair, I would like to high- are spent wisely. To increase oversight
ing for barracks, because Congress light several key initiatives in this of the taxpayers’ dollars, we provide an
needs to show our volunteer forces bill. additional $6 million to VA’s Office of
from day one that we respect and First, this bill continues an initiative Inspector General.
honor their decision to serve. begun last year to provide advance ap-
The Subcommittee for Military Con- propriation for VA medical care. This Madam Chair, I am going to skip
struction and Veterans Affairs did not will allow the VA to invest taxpayer over some of the numbers that we have
accomplish this alone. There are sev- dollars more effectively and efficiently, in this bill, but I would be remiss if I
eral key leaders that have worked tire- and it is a top priority of America’s did not thank the committee staff,
lessly behind the scenes to support our veterans’ service organizations. very professional committee staff, a
efforts. Second, we provide $190 million to very dedicated committee staff, for
Speaker PELOSI promised our vet- new troop housing for Army trainees, their hard work and long hours during
erans that they would be a top priority over 60,000 of whom are presently living this process: the minority staff, led by
for her, and the fact is she has more in barracks that don’t even meet min- Martin Delgado, Liz Dawson and Kelly
than honored that promise. Her finger- imum DOD standards. Our 18- and 19- Shea; and Erin Fogleman and Gilbert
prints are on every bill that has pro- year-old military recruits don’t have DMeza from Mr. WAMP’s staff; and the
vided for our military and veterans in many lobbyists running around the majority staff led by Subcommittee
the past 31⁄2 years through our sub- halls of Capitol Hill, but they deserve Clerk Tim Peterson, Mary Arnold, Wal-
committee, and I thank her for her our Nation’s respect and support for ter Hearne, Sue Quantius and Todd
leadership in these efforts. their decision to serve in our military Friedman and Michelle Dominguez on
Also, we would not have seen the his- during a time of war. my staff. They don’t get public credit
toric funding increases that I have just Third, we provide $200 million for a for the work, but the work of this bill
highlighted were it not for the dedi- Guard and Reserve construction initia- would not have been done had it not
cated support of Chairman DAVE OBEY, tive, recognizing the vital role these been for their professionalism, and I
who, in my book, is the unsung hero of troops are playing in Iraq and Afghani- thank each of them personally.
America’s veterans. stan. In conclusion, this bill keeps our
I must also salute, and want to sa- Fourth, the bill provides $1.3 billion promise to our veterans. That is what
lute, the VA Committee chairman, BOB in emergency appropriations for mili- the Paralyzed Veterans of America,
FILNER, for his strong leadership every tary construction of facilities in sup- AMVETS, Disabled American Vet-
day on behalf of America’s veterans. He port of our military operations in Af- erans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars
has truly made a difference. ghanistan. have said. In fact, they state, ‘‘We offer
Lastly, but definitely not least, our Fifth, recognizing the mental wounds our strong support for the FY 2011 Mili-
ranking member, Mr. WAMP of Ten- of war can sometimes be more painful tary Construction and Veterans Affairs
nessee, has been a vital partner in put- and long lasting than the physical appropriations bill and we hope that
ting together this bill, and last year’s wounds of combat, we provide $5.2 bil- the House will quickly pass this crit-
bill as well. Mr. WAMP has a genuine lion for the VA to continue its im- ical legislation.’’
heart for America’s servicemen and provements in PTSD and mental This bill sends a clear message to
-women and our veterans, and he has health care for America’s veterans. America’s servicemen and -women,
championed their cause. It has been a Sixth, this bill includes funding for their families, and our veterans. We ap-
privilege to work with him, and also 4,048 new permanent VA claims proc- preciate and respect their service and
with ANDER CRENSHAW, who has filled essors in order to help veterans receive sacrifice.
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Madam Chair, I reserve the balance all felt like—it was a bipartisan agree- they have the quality of life they so
of my time. ment—that the Inspector General has richly deserve.
so much to offer in terms of oversight, This bill continues the commitment
in terms of accountability, by doing that we’ve made there. Sometimes
Mr. CRENSHAW. Madam Chair, I audits, that they ought to have addi- when you think about military con-
yield myself such time as I may con- tional resources, and so we added $6 struction projects, you think about a
sume. million there. new hangar or a new dock or a ship or
First let me just say that I rise in Another concern that was raised at a landing strip or a wharf; but as Mr.
support of this appropriations bill. It’s the subcommittee level was the VA had EDWARDS pointed out, housing is so
the first appropriations bill that we decided that they wanted to reduce the very vital. We’ve done a great job, and
will bring to the floor today, and I number of claims processors they had we continue that commitment. Wheth-
think it’s an excellent bill. in the new GI bill as part of the vet- er it’s a barracks or whether it’s mar-
I would like to start by thanking erans affairs. You all remember when ried housing, we want to have the hous-
Chairman EDWARDS, not only for his we passed that updated version of the ing we would want our sons and daugh-
leadership, but for the example that he GI bill and added benefits that are so ters to live in, and we’re making great
sets to make every member of the sub- important to our veterans as they progress in that area.
committee feel like they are valued. He come back, and yet we found out that I think we all agree we’ve got the
has treated everyone with a sense of last year there had been quite a bit of best trained and the most equipped
fairness. It has been an open process, problems just because of the increased military in the world, and we’ve
bipartisan process, and we appreciate demand on those claims processors. We worked hard to do that. But we are also
that very much. I think because of that thought it would be a bad idea to re- beginning to make sure that when peo-
atmosphere that everything we do in duce the number of folks that were ple come back that have been under
this subcommittee is really geared to processing those claims when last year some stress, under unique situations,
make sure that we put the best inter- this chaos was created—and my office that they have adequate counseling,
ests of the men and women in uniform got calls, I know other Members got that they have those kinds of programs
first, and put their families first, the calls because the tuition payments that are so very important; and I think
veterans, and those fallen heroes. weren’t being made in a timely fashion, this bill continues that commitment.
I want to say a word about Ranking And just finally I would say there are
the claims weren’t being processed; in
Member ZACH WAMP. I am here in his a couple of important projects that are
fact, sometimes the checks were writ-
stead. He is back home in Tennessee funded this year as part of the adminis-
ten by hand and delivered without
trying to represent the people of Ten- tration’s budget deal with my district
nessee in a different way, as the Gov- in northeast Florida. There is a naval
And so while we applaud the VA for
ernor of that State. But I can tell you station, Mayport, that the Navy has
saying we want to try to do more with
that even though he is not here, as Mr. decided to make that home port for a
less, we thought right now that would
EDWARDS mentioned, he has been very nuclear carrier; and so last year there
be penny wise and pound foolish. And
much a part of this process. I think was money to begin dredging, to begin
so we added back those claims proc-
this bill is a reflection of his dedica- wharf upgrades. This year, there is $2
essors. We want to make sure that we
tion, his commitment to the men and million for planning and design to con-
get everything done on time. Next
women in uniform. And I know that tinue that process. I worked with the
year, they’re actually estimating the
I’ve heard Mr. WAMP say on occasion chief of naval operations—in fact,
increase will be 31 percent. There will spoke with him just about a month
that serving as the ranking member of be over 2.2 million claims made under
this subcommittee has been the high- ago—and the Navy is still very com-
those new GI benefits, and we want to mitted, because of national security, to
est achievement of his career here in make sure that they are paid on time.
the House of Representatives, and so make sure that we have the ability to
So we added back those individuals. disperse our assets, to make sure we
we wish him well as he leaves. And, finally, there was a concern
I want to also say a word about Mr. have a backup nuclear maintenance fa-
about Arlington National Cemetery. I
YOUNG. He’s not here today, but he has cility, and I thank the subcommittee
think a lot of people read about some
been a long-time member of this sub- and the members for their support.
of the horror stories that went on Also in northeast Florida, the Ma-
committee. I think Chairman EDWARDS there. We found out that the manage- rines have a project called Blount Is-
agrees that he has been a great cham- ment was really a little bit behind in land, where a great deal of the materiel
pion of the men and women in uniform. terms of modern day. So the Secretary goes back and forth through that port
He and his wife, Beverly, are often visi- of the Army, John McHugh, acted very to the Middle East. There is money to
tors at our military hospitals to see quickly and very forcefully. He set up upgrade and make that more of a
the folks that have come back, the some guidelines to improve what’s world-class facility.
wounded warriors. If he were here, I’m going on at Arlington National Ceme- So this is a great bill that I think we
sure he would stand up and say that he tery. Mr. YOUNG offered some report can all be proud of. And it really is the
believes this is a very good bipartisan language to make sure that the mem- result of the leadership of Mr. EDWARDS
bill. He is recovering from some sur- bers of this subcommittee will have a and his hard work, the leadership of
gery himself, so I know we all wish him chance to exercise appropriate over- Mr. WAMP and his hard work and, actu-
well in this committee. sight. ally, the hard work of every member of
Mr. EDWARDS has done a great job of So those were areas of concern that I this subcommittee. And I think be-
talking about kind of an overview of think were addressed because of this cause of that, we have a bill that truly
what goes on here, and so I don’t want open process, and those amendments honors our American heroes. It speaks
to repeat that. I certainly want to echo were adopted unanimously on a bipar- to the people that defend us today, it
his words of congratulations to the tisan basis. speaks to those who have returned as
staff; we thank everyone for their hard I would say from the big-picture veterans, and also to those who have
work. But I want to mention a couple standpoint, as Mr. EDWARDS has talked paid the ultimate sacrifice. And so for
of items that were brought up that about, I came to Congress primarily be- those reasons, Madam Chair, I urge ev-
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process, because of the bipartisan na- responsibility of the Federal Govern- I reserve the balance of my time.
ture in our subcommittee markup, ment is to protect American lives, and Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam
members had a chance to talk about I still believe that today. But what I Chair, before introducing Chairman
some issues of concern. found when I was assigned to this sub- OBEY, I would like to join with my
One was, and Mr. EDWARDS men- committee was that we also have a sa- friend and colleague, Mr. CRENSHAW, in
tioned that, we found that while we cred responsibility to make sure that saluting Mr. YOUNG of Florida. While
were adding dollars to most of the pro- the men and women who wear the uni- he is not here because of an illness
grams in the VA, the Inspector General form are treated with respect, that today, he has spent a lifetime of serv-
was kind of held to last year’s level. We they have adequate housing, and that ice and commitment to our servicemen
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and women, our veterans and their vides for an additional 4,000 permanent tant vote, a very controversial vote
families. claims processors—a 25 percent in- here. The vote was on funding the war
I also see Mr. LEWIS on the floor, the crease to work through more than 1 effort in Afghanistan. Those votes
ranking member of the full committee, million disability claims. ought to be controversial—whether we
the former chairman of the full com- These resources are especially needed go to war, where we go to war, and how
mittee, the former chairman of the De- now that the Vietnam veterans will be long the mission is going to take.
fense Appropriations Committee. I eligible to file claims for disabilities Those ought to be votes that you can
thank Mr. LEWIS also for working on caused by Agent Orange. Veterans’ cast for and against. Yet there is one
this bill and for his leadership through- medical care is the largest component bill you can’t vote against, and that is
out his long career here in Congress in of the bill. According to the VA, more the bill that supports the troops in
support of our servicemen and -women. than 6.1 million patients will be treat- their residence, in their training and
Madam Chair, it is one of two honors ed in 2011, including nearly 440,000 vet- back here at home—the quality of life
of my lifetime to recognize and intro- erans of the wars in Iraq and Afghani- that we provide defense personnel,
duce Chairman DAVE OBEY. I must say stan. military personnel.
that in the last 31⁄2 years, this Congress Now, many people think of veterans’ This is the bill that funds the child
has increased veterans funding by more health care as being solely focused on care centers. This is the bill that cre-
than any 31⁄2-year period in history. physical injuries. We understand now, ates the housing for men and women in
That would not have happened had it better than ever, how combat threat- uniform, who voluntarily join the serv-
not been for the allocations and the ens soldiers’ mental health as well. We ice. This is the bill that creates the
personal leadership of Chairman DAVE owe it to every one of them to address clinics and the hospitals, the support
OBEY. And while others of us at the not only their physical wounds but also systems—any kind of community of
subcommittee level or the VA author- the mental and emotional con- support—and a special one for military
izing subcommittee level have been the sequences of war. This bill includes personnel needs. So one can vote
ones sometimes recognized by veterans added resources for services to veterans against the war, but one cannot vote
groups for our work over these past 31⁄2 suffering from traumatic brain injury, against the support here at home.
years, it has been Chairman OBEY’s post-traumatic stress disorder, depres- This bill has bipartisan support be-
leadership and partnership with Speak- sion, and other mental conditions. Full cause it is interested in improving the
er PELOSI behind the scenes that have access to this care remains a problem quality of life of military personnel,
made all of these new programs, in- for some veterans, for seeing the right who voluntarily come into the mili-
cluding the funding of the GI bill, that specialist can mean expensive trips and tary. Everybody who passes through
hours and hours in the car. the Department of Defense ends up be-
has helped over 500,000 servicemen and
In Northern Wisconsin, for instance,
-women and veterans and their fami- coming a veteran. You cannot be a vet-
there are tens of thousands of veterans
lies. eran without having served in active
who cannot regularly see counselors
It’s been Mr. OBEY’s leadership that duty.
because there aren’t vet centers any-
has truly made a difference in this This committee also supports the
where near their homes. This bill
process. Of his many great legacies of continuum of care. We ought not to
makes critical investments to meet
his service to this country and Con- have a silo of Defense Department
our obligations to them.
gress, I hope he will always be remem- This bill also addresses the high rate quality of care and a separate silo for
bered as a true champion of America’s of veterans’ homelessness. On any veterans. We are making it seamless.
veterans. given night last year, 107,000 veterans We are making it so that, when you en-
Madam Chair, I yield 5 minutes to were homeless. That is shameful. With roll in the Department of Defense, you
Chairman OBEY. the goal of ending veterans’ homeless- also automatically enroll in the De-
partment of Veterans Affairs. The De-
b 1640 ness in 5 years, this bill matches the
budget request for VA homeless assist- partment of Veterans Affairs takes
Mr. OBEY. I thank the gentleman for care of you for the rest of your life. We
the time. I thank him for his over- ance grants and supportive services for
veterans and their families who need owe it to any man or woman who has
blown words. ever served in the military to provide
I do want to extend my best wishes to them.
At the end of the day, it is important them the promises that were made.
BILL YOUNG, who is one of the most These promises were made, but the
to remember that this bill is not just
loved Members of this House and one of quality of care until now has not been
about dollars and programs. It is about
the most respected. that great. It has changed.
our duty to American veterans—to re-
I also want to congratulate the gen- Please support this appropriations
spect their service and sacrifice, not
tleman from Texas for the superb job bill as the real ‘‘support our troops’’
only with flowery words on the Fourth
he has done in putting this bill to- bill.
of July, but also with actions like this,
gether. It is a well-balanced bill, and Mr. CRENSHAW. Madam Chair, I
on days like this, that are less noticed
everyone understands the gentleman’s continue to reserve the balance of my
but every bit as important.
convictions and his passionate desire I congratulate the subcommittee for time.
to defend the interests of American the bill that they have produced. Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam
veterans. Mr. CRENSHAW. Madam Chair, I re- Chair, I yield 11⁄2 minutes to a very im-
Madam Chair, there are more than 6 serve the balance of my time. portant member of our Appropriations
million veterans and their families who Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam subcommittee, the gentleman from
depend on the Department of Veterans Chair, I yield 2 minutes to the vice Colorado (Mr. SALAZAR), who has been
Affairs for medical care, for disability chairman of the Appropriations Sub- a real champion for our vets and our
payments, and education benefits, and committee on Military Construction troops.
this bill represents our obligation to and Veterans Affairs, the gentleman Mr. SALAZAR. Madam Chair, I want
them. It builds on our actions of the from California (Mr. FARR), who has to take a moment to recognize my col-
last 2 years, which have provided the been a champion on this committee for leagues.
most significant enlargement of edu- veterans, our troops, their families, Chairman EDWARDS has been a great
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cation benefits for veterans since the and for all of the many issues involved champion of our veterans since his ten-
passage of the original GI Bill of in this subcommittee’s affairs. ure here in Congress began. Also, I
Rights. Mr. FARR. Thank you very much, thank Ranking Member WAMP and Mr.
One of the bill’s highest priorities is Mr. Chairman. CRENSHAW for their valiant efforts in
to help cut through the bureaucracy To our current acting ranking mem- putting this bill together.
that disabled veterans face over their ber, Mr. CRENSHAW, thank you very I don’t think that I have had a great-
claims. They shouldn’t have to wait much for giving me this moment to er honor than to serve on a committee
months and months for their paper- speak on this very important bill. of this type where we all work together
work to be processed before receiving Madam Chair, yesterday, the House in a bipartisan manner. Chairman ED-
the benefits owed to them. The bill pro- of Representatives had a very impor- WARDS, Ranking Member WAMP, Mr.
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CRENSHAW—all of us—have worked very more oversight, if necessary, to ensure our veterans, I want to just briefly
hard for veterans and their families. the efficient use of taxpayer dollars. highlight this afternoon what it will
All 17.5 million living veterans in the The report just completed is quite mean for the people that will do that
United States should applaud you for large, and in the coming weeks, staff work.
your diligent work as you fight for on both sides of the aisle will be evalu- We’ve lost 2 million construction jobs
those who provide us freedom. ating it to determine how its rec- in this recession and the Associated
Madam Chair, as the chairman men- ommendations can be incorporated General Contractors of America esti-
tioned, it is important to recognize the into our final bill and report. And I cer- mate that almost 400,000 construction
bipartisanship and fiscal responsibility tainly look forward to working with jobs could be created just by this bill
of this bill. In completing BRAC 2005, the gentleman on examining that re- alone. That’s good news for jobs in this
the subcommittee was able to reduce port and seeing how we can incorporate country. But we can have even better
the overall spending of this bill by some of its ideas into the final con- news if we make sure that the mate-
three-quarters of a billion dollars. The ference report on this bill. rials used to build those buildings are
bill includes a total of $57 billion, Mr. CRENSHAW. Madam Chair, I bought here in America as well.
which is an increase of nearly $4 billion continue to reserve the balance of my Many of us have been working very
for veterans’ medical care, disability, time. hard on reinforcing our Buy America
and educational benefits. Veterans in Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam law. This construction funding pre-
Colorado are a major winner in this bill Chair, I yield such time as he may con- sents us with a unique opportunity to
again. Thanks to the President and to sume to the gentleman from Indiana not only serve our veterans, not only
the subcommittee for their continued (Mr. DONNELLY) for the purpose of my honor our commitment to them, but
support of a new VA medical center in entering into a colloquy with him. also grow the types of jobs in construc-
Denver, Colorado. Mr. DONNELLY of Indiana. Madam tion and construction materials that
I want to thank all of those Members Chairman, I want to thank the chair- this economy badly needs.
who continue to fight the good fight man for his and his committee’s work I’m so thankful to the chairman for
for our veterans and military per- on this bill. all of his work bringing this bill to the
sonnel. As we all know, there are veterans floor and what it will mean for vet-
Mr. CRENSHAW. Madam Chair, I across the country, including thou- erans and for jobs.
yield myself 1 minute. sands in my district, who are forced to Mr. CRENSHAW. I continue to re-
I would ask Chairman EDWARDS if he drive long distances to receive the serve.
would engage in a brief colloquy. medical care they earned through their Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam
Mr. EDWARDS, it is my understanding service to the Nation. But I understand Chair, there are several other speakers
that the committee authorized a study that included in this bill is $15 million on our side of the aisle who said they
in March to review various portions of for the VA Health Care Center Advance would like to speak, but perhaps we
the Veterans Health Administration. Planning account, which would go to- have progressed more quickly than
As I understand it, the committee has ward new VA Health Care Centers, they thought.
just received the report. Once the re- which could help these veterans. I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman
port has been analyzed by the com- I wonder if the chairman wouldn’t from Texas (Mr. RODRIGUEZ), a member
mittee staff, I believe it would be im- mind going into some detail on this of the Appropriations Committee who
portant, as we move this veterans’ ap- item. has been vocal in his strong support of
propriations bill forward, that we use I yield to the gentleman. our veterans and troops.
the recommendations in the report, if Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I want to Mr. RODRIGUEZ. Madam Chair, I
feasible, to provide better oversight thank the gentleman for his hard work just wanted to take this opportunity to
and better transparency to the health on behalf of our veterans. He’s been a come down to the House floor and con-
care spending at the VA. leader on these issues. And thanks to gratulate our chairman, Congressman
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Will the you, Mr. DONNELLY, this bill directs $15 CHET EDWARDS, on his efforts in this
gentleman yield? million that you referenced to planning area. I feel really elated in terms of the
Mr. CRENSHAW. I yield to the gen- the VA health care centers across the amount of resources that we have been
tleman. country. It’s an innovative way to able to put for our veterans.
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I want to make more services available to vet- Having been on the Veterans’ Com-
thank the gentleman both for the erans locally. mittee and on the appropriations side
points he is making now and also for I understand that among the loca- and the authorizing side, I had the op-
his focus on oversight. tions due to have a new VA health care portunity to witness the situation that
As we have provided these historic center is South Bend, in the gentle- we suffered with when we had to do the
increases in veterans’ funding over the man’s district. And South Bend’s dem- copayments and require our veterans
last several years, and as we have been onstrated need for such an expansion of to come up and pay copayments. We
working together on a bipartisan basis, VA health care services was noted by cut Category 8 veterans from that. In
I think it is also very important that the committee in its report language. addition, not only that, but we asked
we see that those tax dollars are spent Furthermore, the committee expects them to pay for additional fees for
wisely, efficiently, and effectively. that this account will be utilized by services.
I have been concerned for some time the VA as soon as possible. And in the last 3 years, it’s been a
that the large increases we have pro- Mr. DONNELLY of Indiana. Mr. turnaround, and this bill provides re-
vided the VA health care system have Chairman, thank you so much for your sources there for the first time that
not always made their way down to the leadership. allow an opportunity for us to be able
individual hospitals on a very rapid Mr. CRENSHAW. I reserve the bal- to look at our infrastructure and im-
basis as quickly as we would like. ance of my time. prove on those areas that are out there.
The CHAIR. The time of the gen- Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam We have a good number of hospitals
tleman has expired. Chair, I yield 1 minute to the gen- out there that are lacking on infra-
Mr. CRENSHAW. I yield myself 1 ad- tleman from Connecticut (Mr. MUR- structure, and I’m hoping that in the
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ditional minute. PHY), who has worked very hard on be- future we continue to do this. This bill
Mr. EDWARDS, please continue. half of our veterans and troops. puts us on the right track to provide
Mr. MURPHY of Connecticut. Mr. additional resources, and I want to
b 1650 Chairman, thank you and the com- thank him, personally, also.
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Because of mittee for bringing this bill before us. I know that it also has been able to
that and our work together, we asked There’s $13 billion in this legislation put additional resources and creating
the S&I staff to do this study to help us for construction. That’s more in the additional polytrauma centers. We
understand the process the Depart- last 4 years combined than any 4-year have four in the Nation. Now we have a
ment’s using in distributing money and period since the 1940s. And though that fifth in Texas, and so I want to thank
to highlight areas where we can exert will mean transformational things for him personally, there in San Antonio,
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for the polytrauma center that has had tleman from Rhode Island (Mr. KEN- the urgency we have with AIDS. Some-
the resources to be able to begin to NEDY). And as he approaches the well, how we don’t have the urgency when it
provide those needed items that our let me just thank him. This will be his comes to our veterans and the signa-
veterans need. last year to be in the House, a member ture of this war wound, TBI and PTSD,
I also want to just thank him for put- of this committee. And he has been an that we bring when it comes to some-
ting the resources there and just adver- inspiration to veterans throughout thing like AIDS. We don’t set aside pa-
tise the fact that, just in the last year America and to every member of our rochial concerns. We don’t set aside
and a half, we have over 240,000 vet- subcommittee on both sides of the aisle partisan. We don’t set aside the value
erans that are now taking advantage of in his championing the cause of mental of someone’s proprietary research con-
the GI Bill. And this is a tremendous health care services and other services cerns.
bill. We expect to have over half a mil- for veterans, care for our homeless vet- When are we going to make our spe-
lion veterans participating in the GI erans. I thank the gentleman. It will be cial interest the veteran? There’s noth-
bill. And that, in the future, will show a legacy that will live on for many dec- ing dirty about special interests so
a tremendous amount of positiveness ades to come. long as we make it the right one. When
when those individuals get their bach- Mr. KENNEDY. I thank the chairman are we going to agree that there is one
elor’s, their master’s, and their doc- and my ranking member for all the special interest in this town that there
torate degrees as they move forward. work they did to make this a fine vet- should be no disagreement about, and
In addition to that bill, it also allows erans appropriations bill. that’s the veteran. When are we going
their kids and their spouses to take ad- Ladies and gentlemen, if our soldiers to say with our actions, not just our
vantage. were caught behind enemy lines, we words, that the veteran is the one who
So congratulations on the great work would think nothing of mounting the counts? When are we going to say we’re
that you have been doing, Chairman. full might of military power to go in going to release them from terror, the
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam and retrieve those members of our terror and tyranny of their bondage, of
Chair, I yield 2 minutes to the gen- military. In fact, every American their disability because they served us?
tleman from New York (Mr. HALL), who would wrap yellow ribbons around Ladies and gentlemen, this study
is a leading voice of America’s veterans their trees in solidarity in order that showed that if you reduce the swelling
on the Veterans’ Affairs Authorizing we may set those prisoners of war free, in the brain you can reduce the longer-
Committee. in order that we may bring back those
Mr. HALL of New York. Madam term impact.
hostages of the Taliban, or the terror- The CHAIR. The time of the gen-
Chair, on behalf of the veterans of the ists, or whomever may have captured
Hudson Valley of New York and all tleman has expired.
them. Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I yield the
those who have served our country in But ladies and gentlemen, something
uniform, I’m strongly supportive of the gentleman an additional 15 seconds.
is going on in this country, something
bill which we’re considering today. It’s Mr. KENNEDY. The blood-brain bar-
very tragic. Our military, our Veterans
a solemn contract that we who do not rier reduces the ability for a bruise
Affairs, everybody talks a good game,
serve in uniform—we have enjoyed the that is absorbed by the regular body to
talks a very good game of patriotism
benefits of their sacrifice and their per- be absorbed by the brain. This drug
when it comes to saying we’re going to
sonal risk and their families doing helped reduce the swelling. The DOD
stand by our guardians of freedom,
without them—need to uphold our part has an obligation to implement it.
while those very guardians of freedom
of the bargain, which is to take care of They are not. They should. And they
aren’t free themselves. They may have
them anytime after their return. And, ought to.
come home in body, but they have not
therefore, I think it’s really critical Mr. CRENSHAW. Madam Chair, I
come home, many of them, in mind.
that we pass this bill to fund not just yield myself the balance of my time.
They are suffering from the signature
military construction but veterans fa- Madam Chair, I think we have heard
wound of this war. What is that? Trau-
cilities. today what a well-balanced bill this is,
matic brain injury. What is that? Post-
We don’t know yet what the cost will as we said at the beginning. And I
traumatic stress disorder. My col-
be from the conflicts we’re currently think it demonstrates—it’s an example
leagues, these veterans in essence are
engaged in. Unfortunately, our country of what happens when people come to-
being held hostage. They’re being held
has a habit of deciding to go into a con- gether in an open process, in a fair
flict without an educated, informed fig- hostage all over this great country.
They are in essence prisoners of war. process, in a bipartisan process. I think
ure being given out, or a guess even this bill demonstrates the work that
that’s very accurate as to what the They are prisoners of this war, pris-
oners of traumatic brain injury and its we can do when we work together. So
lifetime costs may be for care of the again, I am honored to be part of this
veterans created by that conflict, but symptoms, its many symptoms: loss of
memory, loss of cognitive ability, and process, to work with the chairman
it’s essential that we protect those vet- and the ranking member.
erans facilities that we have and im- the symptoms that ensue.
Many of them self-medicate. Many of I urge everyone to support this bill.
prove them as needed, construct new I yield back the balance of my time.
ones as needed. them isolate. Why? Because these inju-
ries are invisible, invisible to the Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam
And I am concerned, first of all, with
naked eye, but not invisible to anybody Chair, I want to finish by thanking Mr.
passing the underlying bill. But sec-
who loves them. These are real inju- CRENSHAW for, again, his leadership on
ondly, I’m also concerned with some
ries. They are injuries that can turn this and working together importantly
amendments that have been offered to
their lives upside down. All of the com- on so many parts of this bill, and doing
this bill, which I will speak to later
when the amendments are being con- manders in DOD say they are doing so in a bipartisan manner. We thanked
sidered, which move money from something about it. I’m not seeing it. a lot of people in this process. It’s been
what’s considered to be, or what’s In fact, I was briefed a year ago on a work of good faith on both sides of
called minor construction and, in par- some neuroscience research of an off- the aisle.
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ticular, from an urgent care center and label drug that’s used to treat bleeding I always want to save the best for the
minor construction, and to other in the intestines, to reduce swelling. last in thanking our veterans service
things which sound and are good in and They thought it might help reduce organizations for their partnership in
of themselves. swelling of a concussion and the onset putting together this legislation.
of swelling in the brain. Guess what? It I add two letters, one from the DAV,
b 1700 proved to be effective, initial findings AMVETS, Paralyzed Veterans of Amer-
Mr. CRENSHAW. Madam Chair, I showed. ica, and Veterans of Foreign Wars; an-
continue to reserve my time. If this were the battle of AIDS, that other from the president of the Na-
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam drug would have been in the field help- tional Guard Association of the United
Chair, I yield 5 minutes to the gen- ing our soldiers. But no, we don’t have States, in support of this legislation.
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THE INDEPENDENT BUDGET, ‘‘Today, chairman Edwards and ranking costs. These funds are used for everything
July 27, 2010. member Wamp continued to lead the con- from repairs, to furnishings, management, utili-
Hon. CHET EDWARDS, gressional effort to modernize our aging Na- ties, and even for mortgage insurance. To ad-
Chairman, Subcommittee on Military Construc- tional Guard facilities,’’ said retired Maj.
dress the growing housing backlog for unmar-
tion and Veterans Affairs, House Committee Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., NGAUS president.
on Appropriations, The Capitol, Wash- ‘‘We are grateful for their leadership, and the ried troops and trainees, the bill provides $190
ington, DC. actions of the subcommittee speak volumes million for Army trainee housing facilities.
DEAR CHAIRMAN EDWARDS: On behalf of the about their support of citizen-soldiers and And finally, to ensure accountability, the
co-authors of the Independent Budget, we airmen.’’ measure provides funding to the Defense De-
would like to take this opportunity to thank Last year, the House appropriations sub- partment inspector general to audit these and
you for your unwavering support for our na- committee on military construction and vet- other military construction projects.
tion’s sick and disabled veterans, as well as erans affairs, took the unique step of adding I encourage my colleagues to join me in
all of the men and women who have so hon- to its bill a block of funding to address crit-
orably served this country. We appreciate support of this bill.
ical unfunded military construction require-
your efforts as Chairman of the House Ap- ments in the National Guard and Reserve.
Ms. JACKSON LEE of Texas. Madam
propriations Subcommittee on Military Con- The extra $30 million each for the Army Chair, I rise in strong support of the rule for
struction and Veterans’ Affairs to achieve an and Air Guard funded an additional eight H.R. 5822, the Military Construction and Vet-
excellent funding level for the Department of projects, which otherwise may have been lost erans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropria-
Veterans Affairs (VA) once again this year. for years or even permanently. tions Act of 2011. I would like to thank my col-
Through your leadership, the VA will receive NGAUS has been at the forefront of the league, Mr. EDWARDS, for introducing this im-
another significant funding increase for FY push for additional funds for military con-
2011. portant bill honoring our continued commit-
struction. Hargett sent a letter in early
More importantly, the Military Construc- March to House and Senate authorizers and ment to support the brave men and women
tion and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill appropriators requesting additional funds for who have been willing to sacrifice their very
also includes approximately $50.6 billion in Guard facilities. lives in the service of our nation and the free-
advance appropriations for the VA medical According to the House appropriations dom we so cherish. Our armed forces and
care accounts—Medical Services, Medical committee press release, the markup pro- their family members are among the most val-
Support and Compliance, and Medical Facili- vides ‘‘$200 million to continue the sub-
ties—for FY 2012. By providing the VA with ued members of our society, custodians of our
committee’s Guard and Reserve initiative freedom and protectors of our democracy. We
an advance appropriation for FY 2012, the VA begun last year. This money will go to the
will once again be able to better plan for hir- highest unfunded military construction pri-
must continually re-commit ourselves to serv-
ing critical new staff and addressing demand orities of the commanders of the reserve ing them with the same honor, dignity and re-
on the health care system. The additional spect with which they serve their country.
components of the Army, Navy, Marine
planning time will also allow the VA to bet- This bill generously provides substantial
Corps, and Air Force.’’
ter work with Congress to ensure that its The appropriations mark mirrors the funding, over 77 billion dollars, in the service
true resource needs are met well in advance
House-passed version of the fiscal 2011 Na- of our men and women in uniform, veterans,
of the start of the fiscal year.
These actions reflect the priority that you tional Defense Authorization Act, which au- and their families for fiscal year 2011. It is a
and the House leadership have placed on thorizes an additional discretionary $60 mil- continuation of three and a half years of hard
needs of the men and women who have so lion for the Army National Guard and $50
million for the Air Guard for military con-
work and tireless efforts on behalf of the
honorably served this country. We offer our House Appropriations Subcommittee on Mili-
strong support for the FY 2011 Military Con- struction. The president’s budget request for
Army Guard military construction for fiscal tary Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Re-
struction and Veterans’ Affairs appropria-
tions bill and we hope that the House will 2011 was $873.6 million; the Air Guard request lated Agencies. This bill is a testament to their
quickly pass this critical legislation. Final was $177 million. commitment to our soldiers, veterans and their
passage of sufficient funding for the VA will NGAUS believes the Army Guard needs $1.5 loved ones. Moreover, the bill contains specific
allow the VA to better address the needs of billion annually just to begin reducing a na- guidelines and provisions to ensure that all
the men and women returning from Oper- tionwide backlog of more than $13 billion in
Army Guard military construction projects.
funds are spent responsibly, accountably and
ation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi in a way that serves our troops and American
Freedom as well as all veterans who have The average armory is 43 years old. Many
served in the past. can no longer accommodate modern units taxpayers.
Sincerely, and equipment. Of the 77 billion dollars, 18.7 billion are for
RAYMOND C. KELLEY, The Air Guard requires $300 million a year. Military Construction. The funds will provide
National Legislative Mr. VAN HOLLEN. Madam Chair, I rise in adequate housing for our young military train-
Director, AMVETS. support of the Military Construction Appropria- ees bravely serving their country; it will fund
CARL BLAKE, tions Act of 2011. environmental cleanup of closed or moved
National Legislative This measure provides $141.1 billion for bases as we strategically re-align resources; it
Director, Paralyzed will provide for a National Guard and Reserve
military construction of all kinds from military
Veterans of America.
JOSEPH A. VIOLANTE, family housing, to construction of operational initiative for the men and women serving their
National Legislative facilities in the U.S. and abroad. This funding nation at home; and it grants funding for crit-
Director, Disabled will be used to construct schools, hospitals ical construction for overseas contingencies
American Veterans. and other facilities for veteran’s healthcare. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
ERIC A. HILLEMAN, The Veterans Health Administration has es- The bill also dedicates over 56 billion dollars
Director, National timated that it will treat over 6.1 million pa- to Veterans Affairs honoring those who, after
Legislative Service, tients next year. This number includes more serving their country overseas, returned home
Veterans of Foreign than 439,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghani- to re-integrate into the society they fought val-
stan. This measure provides $48.8 billion for iantly to protect. The majority of the funding,
[From the National Guard Association of the health programs within the Veterans Health over 37 billion, will go to providing much need-
United States, Inc., July 14, 2010] Administration. Additionally, the bill provides ed and well deserved medical services for all
NGAUS HAILS HOUSE EFFORTS TO MODERNIZE $53 billion for service-connected compensa- veterans, including mental health services and
NATIONAL GUARD FACILITIES tion, pensions and benefits for the estimated 4 assistance to homeless veterans. The remain-
WASHINGTON.—The association that rep- million veterans and their families. ing funding will be used for major and minor
resents the leadership of nearly 465,000 Na- This measure provides $2.4 billion to further construction projects, medical and prosthetic
tional Guard men and women today ap- implement base closures and realignments research, and medical facilities in the service
plauded efforts in the U.S. House of Rep- outlined in the 2005 BRAC, including support of our honored veterans.
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resentatives to modernize Guard facilities
across the country.
for the re-stationing of troops and their families Finally, in Related Agencies, the bill is pro-
This morning, the House appropriations from overseas to the United States. The bill viding for a number of other critical needs,
subcommittee on military construction and provides $1.3 billion to support our troops in such as the National Cemetery, funding for an
veterans’ affairs (VA), led by chairman Chet Afghanistan and $259 million for U.S. con- Armed Forces Retirement Home, and the
Edwards, D–Texas, and ranking member struction funding obligations as part of the Monuments Commission which manages and
Zach Wamp, R–Tenn., approved $200 million North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security In- cares for the monuments and cemeteries
above the president’s budget request for
Guard and Reserve military construction.
vestment Program in that country. around the world that honor the service of our
The move came as the House appropria- For military families living on base, the armed forces.
tions committee marks up the fiscal 2011 measure appropriates $1.8 billion for housing Additionally, in respect for the fact that the
military construction/VA budget. as well as for operation and maintenance American public has rightly demanded greater
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efficiency in government and efforts to reduce billion to help our homeless veterans move crease of $3.9 billion over the level of funding
our deficit spending, there are a number of im- from the streets to secure homes. we provided last year. These funds will ad-
portant provisions to ensure that all funds are Madam Chair, as a veteran of World War II, dress some of the major problems our Nation
spent in the most effective, efficient and expe- I am proud to support this legislation which has in addressing the needs of our veterans,
dient way possible. The provisions include continues the Democratic Congress’ strong including those with mental illness, traumatic
several controls for Veterans Affairs spending commitment to our veterans and their families. brain injuries, the homeless, and the disabled
and contract oversight, as well as oversight I urge my colleagues to join me in voting for who are forced to wait countless months and
provisions for all construction projects in Iraq H.R. 5822. even years to resolve their disability claims.
and Afghanistan, among others. Ms. BORDALLO. Madam Chair, I rise today The largest portion of this funding, $48.8 bil-
Although I am disappointed that my amend- to express my concern with the reduction in lion, is for veterans medical care. It will enable
ment, establishing portability between states military construction funding to Guam for the the VA doctors and staff to treat an estimated
for individualized education, disability and realignment of U.S. Marines from Okinawa, 6.1 million patients, including thousands of
therapeutic benefits of a dependent of a mem- Japan to Guam. I appreciate the Committee’s Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. We also con-
ber of the armed forces upon transfer of the recognition of the strategic importance of this tinue our emphasis on mental health and med-
member, was not included in the final version, realignment as well as their general support ical services for our returning heroes who are
I still gladly and proudly support this bill. for these efforts. However, I remain concerned suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
However, I would like to reiterate that an im- that these cuts send the wrong message at and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
portant part of anyone’s quality of life is their the wrong time. It is unfortunate that my coun- We also increase by 20 percent to $4.2 bil-
family and dependents. One of the ways in terparts in the Subcommittee on Military Con- lion our commitment to providing housing and
which we can serve the members of the struction and Veterans Affairs did not follow medical services to our homeless veterans.
armed forces who sacrifice so much for our the funding levels for Guam military construc- We must do better in providing transitional
safety and our liberty is to ensure that their tion that were agreed to in H.R. 5136, the Na- housing and serves to these American heroes
families are taken care of, and eliminate the tional Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal who now find themselves with nowhere to live
bureaucratic red tape involved in moving from Year 2011. Given the recent reluctance by the and nowhere to work.
one place to another. Members of the armed Government of Japan to reaffirm the Guam We also provide a 25 percent increase in
forces often find themselves moving, and up- International Agreement, I believe it is impor- funding, to $2.6 billion, to hire 4,000 additional
rooting their families and their lives. Hopefully tant to collectively move forward with a unified claims processors to reduce the unacceptable
such a provision, aimed at facilitating that position. backlog in claims for veterans benefits. With
process by making the educational, disability However, these cuts do make one point this increase in staffing levels, our Committee
and therapeutic benefits of a child or depend- clear to my constituents. Congress holds the will have added more than 10,200 new claims
ent of a member of the armed forces transfer- power of the purse. There are concerns on processors over the past four years.
able from one state to another, will be in- Guam and with certain federal agencies that Our committee’s support has also been vital
cluded in future legislation. the pace of construction during the military to my efforts to continue to support the work
In closing, I reiterate my strong support for build-up could place an undue burden on our of the medical professionals at the Bay Pines
this bill, and express my most sincere and civilian infrastructure. However, I have made it VA Healthcare System, which I have the privi-
heartfelt appreciation to everyone fighting to clear that if construction was outpacing the lege to represent.
defend our country for their service and sac- local community’s ability to handle the addi- We have opened at Bay Pines one of our
rifice for the good of the nation. tional people we could put our foot on the Nation’s most active VA Inspector General op-
Mr. DINGELL. Madam Chair, I rise in sup- brakes. Given the concerns raised by our local erations, to ferret out waste, fraud and abuse
port of H.R. 5822, the Military Construction government this reduction in funding highlights in veterans programs and to ensure that every
and Veterans Affairs (Mil Con-VA) and Re- how Congress can ensure that we get this dollar we appropriate to care for our veterans
lated Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal build-up done right. is spent as intended.
year 2011. Finally, I would like to rise in support of We have also been able to speed up work
I commend my friend and colleague, Chair- amendment #8 introduced by my colleague on the construction of a brand new facility to
man of the House Appropriations Sub- from Georgia, Congressman PHIL GINGREY. treat veterans with mental illness and Post
committee on Military Construction and Vet- His amendment would restrict funds author- Traumatic Syndrome Disorder. We also have
erans Affairs, Congressman CHET EDWARDS ized by this bill to be used for the purposes of broken ground thin year on a new Ambulatory
(D–TX) for writing a bill that provides tremen- eminent domain without providing payment of Surgery Center and Eye Treatment facility at
dous support to our veterans and families. just compensation. This amendment highlights Bay Pines, work is well underway on a new
One of the greatest accomplishments since our concern that eminent domain is not a pre- facility to provide radiation treatment for can-
the Democrats regained control of Congress ferred method through which the Federal Gov- cer patients, and we have opened two new VA
has been providing our veterans with a budget ernment should obtain private or other govern- medical clinics in northern and southern
worthy of their service and sacrifice. The Mil ment lands. I support this amendment be- Pinellas County to better serve veterans and
Con-VA Appropriations Act for FY 2011 is no cause there is concern that the Department of their medical needs closer to their homes.
exception. the Navy would use the powers of eminent do- Finally, Madam Chair, I want to thank the
Since the Democrats took back Congress in main to obtain private and Government of members of the subcommittee for accepting
2007, we have provided a 70 percent increase Guam land to build a new training range. This my amendment to this legislation to ensure
in funding for veterans health care and bene- amendment would demonstrate that I am op- that we fix the problems associated with the
fits. Some of the highlights of this increase in- posed to any such action on Guam in the fu- national embarrassment that we find at Arling-
clude the addition to the VA of more than ture. ton National Cemetery. The committee has in-
10,000 claims processors to reduce claims Mr. YOUNG of Florida. Madam Chair, I rise cluded $150 million in the bill to address the
backlogs, 3,389 doctors and 14,316 nurses, in support of H.R. 5822, the Fiscal Year 2011 many problems, those which we already know
145 community-based outpatient clinics, 92 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and about and those which we have yet to find out
new vet centers, and more than 47,000 addi- Related Agencies Appropriations Act. It is with about, at Arlington. My amendment would re-
tional Veterans Health Administration employ- great pride that I serve on this subcommittee quire that the Army develop a clear timetable
ees. and I want to commend my colleague from and specify their plan to resolve all identified
In addition, the FY 2011 Mil Con-VA Appro- Texas, Mr. EDWARDS, the Chairman of the issues before they can spend these funds. We
priations Act also fulfills a top priority of na- Subcommittee, and our ranking member, my owe no less to our America’s fallen heroes for
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tional veterans service organizations by con- colleague from Tennessee, Mr. WAMP, for their whom Arlington is their final resting place and
tinuing to provide advance appropriations of work in putting together this legislation. to their families who share our shock and out-
the VA. This way, the VA will be better able The men and women of our armed forces rage at the situation that we find at one of our
to plan for its future needs. and our veterans deserve the very best sup- Nation’s most sacred places.
Other important provisions in this legislation port and care that we can offer them and this Madam Chair, this is a good bill, one that
include $37.1 billion to improve access to bill achieves that. This legislation fulfills our addresses the current and future needs of our
medical services for all veterans; $5.2 billion commitment to their future and to their well Nation’s veterans. It is also a bill that empha-
for mental health services for our veterans suf- being. sizes what our committee and this House can
fering from post-traumatic stress disorder, de- We include in this appropriations bill $57.0 do when we work together in a bipartisan way
pression, and traumatic brain injury; and $4.2 billion in funding for veterans programs, an in- to solve our problems.
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Mr. BLUMENAUER. Madam Chair, this bill not later than 30 days after the date of the title 10, United States Code, and Military
contains many worthy items, including a sub- enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Construction Authorization Acts,
stantial investment in our Veterans Affairs pro- Army shall submit to the Committees on Ap- $1,020,228,000, to remain available until Sep-
propriations of both Houses of Congress an tember 30, 2015, of which $60,000,000 shall be
grams. A strong safety net for our veterans is for critical unfunded requirements: Provided,
expenditure plan for the funds provided for
more important than ever, particularly in Or- trainee troop housing facilities. That of the amount appropriated, not to ex-
egon, where returning Guard and Reserve ceed $57,182,000 shall be available for study,
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, NAVY AND MARINE
members face high unemployment and a dif- CORPS planning, design, and architect and engineer
ficult transition back to civilian life. services, as authorized by law, unless the Di-
For acquisition, construction, installation, rector of the Army National Guard deter-
I also want to highlight what my colleague and equipment of temporary or permanent
Representative CHELLIE PINGREE of Maine mines that additional obligations are nec-
public works, naval installations, facilities, essary for such purposes and notifies the
stated earlier in this debate: the cleanup of and real property for the Navy and Marine Committees on Appropriations of both
closed military bases is critical to health and Corps as currently authorized by law, includ- Houses of Congress of the determination and
growth of our communities. Across America, ing personnel in the Naval Facilities Engi- the reasons therefor: Provided further, That,
these closed bases contain discarded muni- neering Command and other personal serv- not later than 30 days after the date of the
tions, toxins, and shell fragments leftover from ices necessary for the purposes of this appro- enactment of this Act, the Director of the
years of military training. Funding the return of priation, $3,587,376,000, to remain available Army National Guard shall submit to the
until September 30, 2015: Provided, That of Committees on Appropriations of both
these properties to safe and productive use is this amount, not to exceed $123,750,000 shall
vital. Funds go directly to the development of Houses of Congress an expenditure plan for
be available for study, planning, design, and the funds provided for critical unfunded re-
detection and removal technology, the creation architect and engineer services, as author- quirements.
of skilled technician jobs, and generate eco- ized by law, unless the Secretary of the Navy MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AIR NATIONAL
nomic growth as cleaned lands become com- determines that additional obligations are GUARD
mercial, residential, or recreational spaces. necessary for such purposes and notifies the
For construction, acquisition, expansion,
For the past decade I have worked with a Committees on Appropriations of both
rehabilitation, and conversion of facilities
bipartisan group of members to raise aware- Houses of Congress of the determination and
for the training and administration of the
the reasons therefor.
ness of this issue. I am pleased that with the Air National Guard, and contributions there-
leadership of my friend Representative SAM MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AIR FORCE for, as authorized by chapter 1803 of title 10,
FARR, the House has designated $100 million For acquisition, construction, installation, United States Code, and Military Construc-
over the President’s budget request for the and equipment of temporary or permanent tion Authorization Acts, $292,386,000, to re-
public works, military installations, facili- main available until September 30, 2015, of
legacy BRAC account. This $460 million is which $50,000,000 shall be for critical un-
ties, and real property for the Air Force as
critically needed to address the large backlog currently authorized by law, $1,276,385,000, to funded requirements: Provided, That of the
of environmental hazards still present at bases remain available until September 30, 2015: amount appropriated, not to exceed
closed during the earliest Base Realignment Provided, That of this amount, not to exceed $21,214,000 shall be available for study, plan-
and Closure rounds. I hope in future years we $73,536,000 shall be available for study, plan- ning, design, and architect and engineer
can build on this commitment to our nation’s ning, design, and architect and engineer services, as authorized by law, unless the Di-
safety and prosperity. services, as authorized by law, unless the rector of the Air National Guard determines
MR. EDWARDS of Texas. I yield Secretary of the Air Force determines that that additional obligations are necessary for
additional obligations are necessary for such such purposes and notifies the Committees
back the balance of my time. on Appropriations of both Houses of Con-
purposes and notifies the Committees on Ap-
The CHAIR. All time for general de- gress of the determination and the reasons
propriations of both Houses of Congress of
bate has expired. the determination and the reasons therefor. therefor: Provided further, That, not later
Pursuant to the rule, the bill shall be than 30 days after the date of the enactment
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, DEFENSE-WIDE
considered read for amendment under of this Act, the Director of the Air National
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) Guard shall submit to the Committees on
the 5-minute rule, and the bill shall be
considered read through page 63, line 4. For acquisition, construction, installation, Appropriations of both Houses of Congress
The text of that portion of the bill is and equipment of temporary or permanent an expenditure plan for the funds provided
public works, installations, facilities, and for critical unfunded requirements.
real property for activities and agencies of MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, ARMY RESERVE
H.R. 5822 the Department of Defense (other than the For construction, acquisition, expansion,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep- military departments), as currently author- rehabilitation, and conversion of facilities
resentatives of the United States of America in ized by law, $2,999,612,000, to remain avail- for the training and administration of the
Congress assembled, That the following sums able until September 30, 2015: Provided, That Army Reserve as authorized by chapter 1803
are appropriated, out of any money in the such amounts of this appropriation as may of title 10, United States Code, and Military
Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for be determined by the Secretary of Defense Construction Authorization Acts,
military construction, the Department of may be transferred to such appropriations of $358,325,000, to remain available until Sep-
Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the Department of Defense available for tember 30, 2015, of which $30,000,000 shall be
the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and military construction or family housing as for critical unfunded requirements: Provided,
for other purposes, namely: the Secretary may designate, to be merged That of the amount appropriated, not to ex-
TITLE I with and to be available for the same pur- ceed $26,250,000 shall be available for study,
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE poses, and for the same time period, as the planning, design, and architect and engineer
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, ARMY appropriation or fund to which transferred: services, as authorized by law, unless the
Provided further, That of the amount appro- Secretary of the Army determines that addi-
For acquisition, construction, installation,
priated, not to exceed $434,217,000 shall be tional obligations are necessary for such pur-
and equipment of temporary or permanent
available for study, planning, design, and ar- poses and notifies the Committees on Appro-
public works, military installations, facili-
chitect and engineer services, as authorized priations of both Houses of Congress of the
ties, and real property for the Army as cur-
by law, unless the Secretary of Defense de- determination and the reasons therefor: Pro-
rently authorized by law, including per-
termines that additional obligations are nec- vided further, That, not later than 30 days
sonnel in the Army Corps of Engineers and
essary for such purposes and notifies the after the date of the enactment of this Act,
other personal services necessary for the
Committees on Appropriations of both the Chief of Army Reserve shall submit to
purposes of this appropriation, and for con-
Houses of Congress of the determination and the Committees on Appropriations of both
struction and operation of facilities in sup-
the reasons therefor: Provided further, That Houses of Congress an expenditure plan for
port of the functions of the Commander in
of the amount appropriated, notwithstanding the funds provided for critical unfunded re-
Chief, $4,051,512,000, to remain available until
any other provision of law, $31,863,000 shall quirements.
September 30, 2015, of which $190,000,000 shall
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be available for payments to the North At- MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, NAVY RESERVE
be for trainee troop housing facilities: Pro-
lantic Treaty Organization for the planning,
vided, That of this amount, not to exceed For construction, acquisition, expansion,
design, and construction of a new North At-
$259,456,000 shall be available for study, plan- rehabilitation, and conversion of facilities
lantic Treaty Organization headquarters.
ning, design, architect and engineer services, for the training and administration of the re-
and host nation support, as authorized by MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, ARMY NATIONAL serve components of the Navy and Marine
law, unless the Secretary of the Army deter- GUARD Corps as authorized by chapter 1803 of title
mines that additional obligations are nec- For construction, acquisition, expansion, 10, United States Code, and Military Con-
essary for such purposes and notifies the rehabilitation, and conversion of facilities struction Authorization Acts, $91,557,000, to
Committees on Appropriations of both for the training and administration of the remain available until September 30, 2015, of
Houses of Congress of the determination and Army National Guard, and contributions which $15,000,000 shall be for critical un-
the reasons therefor: Provided further, That, therefor, as authorized by chapter 1803 of funded requirements of the Navy Reserve
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and $15,000,000 shall be for critical unfunded maintenance, including debt payment, leas- apply to projects costing less than $5,000,000,
requirements of the Marine Forces Reserve: ing, minor construction, principal and inter- except for those projects not previously iden-
Provided, That of the amount appropriated, est charges, and insurance premiums, as au- tified in any budget submission for this ac-
not to exceed $1,857,000 shall be available for thorized by law, $366,346,000. count and exceeding the minor construction
study, planning, design, and architect and FAMILY HOUSING CONSTRUCTION, AIR FORCE threshold under section 2805 of title 10,
engineer services, as authorized by law, un- United States Code.
For expenses of family housing for the Air
less the Secretary of the Navy determines ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS
Force for construction, including acquisi-
that additional obligations are necessary for
tion, replacement, addition, expansion, ex- SEC. 101. None of the funds made available
such purposes and notifies the Committees
tension, and alteration, as authorized by in this title shall be expended for payments
on Appropriations of both Houses of Con-
law, $78,025,000, to remain available until under a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract for
gress of the determination and the reasons
September 30, 2015. construction, where cost estimates exceed
therefor: Provided further, That, not later
than 30 days after the date of the enactment FAMILY HOUSING OPERATION AND $25,000, to be performed within the United
of this Act, the Chief of Navy Reserve and MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE States, except Alaska, without the specific
the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve shall For expenses of family housing for the Air approval in writing of the Secretary of De-
submit to the Committees on Appropriations Force for operation and maintenance, in- fense setting forth the reasons therefor.
of both Houses of Congress an expenditure cluding debt payment, leasing, minor con- SEC. 102. Funds made available in this title
plan for the funds provided for critical un- struction, principal and interest charges, and for construction shall be available for hire of
funded requirements. insurance premiums, as authorized by law, passenger motor vehicles.
$513,792,000. SEC. 103. Funds made available in this title
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AIR FORCE RESERVE
for construction may be used for advances to
For construction, acquisition, expansion, FAMILY HOUSING OPERATION AND the Federal Highway Administration, De-
rehabilitation, and conversion of facilities MAINTENANCE, DEFENSE-WIDE partment of Transportation, for the con-
for the training and administration of the For expenses of family housing for the ac- struction of access roads as authorized by
Air Force Reserve as authorized by chapter tivities and agencies of the Department of section 210 of title 23, United States Code,
1803 of title 10, United States Code, and Mili- Defense (other than the military depart- when projects authorized therein are cer-
tary Construction Authorization Acts, ments) for operation and maintenance, leas- tified as important to the national defense
$48,182,000, to remain available until Sep- ing, and minor construction, as authorized by the Secretary of Defense.
tember 30, 2015, of which $30,000,000 shall be by law, $50,464,000. SEC. 104. None of the funds made available
for critical unfunded requirements: Provided, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FAMILY HOUSING in this title may be used to begin construc-
That of the amount appropriated, not to ex- IMPROVEMENT FUND tion of new bases in the United States for
ceed $2,503,000 shall be available for study, which specific appropriations have not been
planning, design, and architect and engineer For the Department of Defense Family
Housing Improvement Fund, $1,096,000, to re- made.
services, as authorized by law, unless the SEC. 105. None of the funds made available
Secretary of the Air Force determines that main available until expended, for family
housing initiatives undertaken pursuant to in this title shall be used for purchase of
additional obligations are necessary for such
section 2883 of title 10, United States Code, land or land easements in excess of 100 per-
purposes and notifies the Committees on Ap-
providing alternative means of acquiring and cent of the value as determined by the Army
propriations of both Houses of Congress of
improving military family housing and sup- Corps of Engineers or the Naval Facilities
the determination and the reasons therefor:
porting facilities. Engineering Command, except: (1) where
Provided further, That, not later than 30 days
there is a determination of value by a Fed-
after the date of the enactment of this Act, HOMEOWNERS ASSISTANCE FUND
eral court; (2) purchases negotiated by the
the Chief of Air Force Reserve shall submit For the Homeowners Assistance Fund es- Attorney General or the designee of the At-
to the Committees on Appropriations of both tablished by section 1013 of the Demonstra- torney General; (3) where the estimated
Houses of Congress an expenditure plan for tion Cities and Metropolitan Development value is less than $25,000; or (4) as otherwise
the funds provided for critical unfunded re- Act of 1966, as amended (42 U.S.C. 3374),
quirements. determined by the Secretary of Defense to be
$16,515,000, to remain available until ex- in the public interest.
NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION pended. SEC. 106. None of the funds made available
SECURITY INVESTMENT PROGRAM CHEMICAL DEMILITARIZATION CONSTRUCTION, in this title shall be used to: (1) acquire land;
For the United States share of the cost of DEFENSE-WIDE (2) provide for site preparation; or (3) install
the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Se- For expenses of construction, not other- utilities for any family housing, except hous-
curity Investment Program for the acquisi- wise provided for, necessary for the destruc- ing for which funds have been made available
tion and construction of military facilities tion of the United States stockpile of lethal in annual Acts making appropriations for
and installations (including international chemical agents and munitions in accord- military construction.
military headquarters) and for related ex- ance with section 1412 of the Department of SEC. 107. None of the funds made available
penses for the collective defense of the North Defense Authorization Act, 1986 (50 U.S.C. in this title for minor construction may be
Atlantic Treaty Area as authorized by sec- 1521), and for the destruction of other chem- used to transfer or relocate any activity
tion 2806 of title 10, United States Code, and ical warfare materials that are not in the from one base or installation to another,
Military Construction Authorization Acts, chemical weapon stockpile, as currently au- without prior notification to the Committees
$258,884,000, to remain available until ex- thorized by law, $124,971,000, to remain avail- on Appropriations of both Houses of Con-
pended. able until September 30, 2015, which shall be gress.
FAMILY HOUSING CONSTRUCTION, ARMY only for the Assembled Chemical Weapons SEC. 108. None of the funds made available
For expenses of family housing for the Alternatives program. in this title may be used for the procurement
Army for construction, including acquisi- DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BASE CLOSURE of steel for any construction project or activ-
tion, replacement, addition, expansion, ex- ACCOUNT 1990 ity for which American steel producers, fab-
tension, and alteration, as authorized by ricators, and manufacturers have been de-
For deposit into the Department of De-
law, $92,369,000, to remain available until nied the opportunity to compete for such
fense Base Closure Account 1990, established
September 30, 2015. steel procurement.
by section 2906(a)(1) of the Defense Base Clo-
FAMILY HOUSING OPERATION AND SEC. 109. None of the funds available to the
sure and Realignment Act of 1990 (10 U.S.C.
MAINTENANCE, ARMY Department of Defense for military con-
2687 note), $460,474,000, to remain available
For expenses of family housing for the struction or family housing during the cur-
Army for operation and maintenance, includ- rent fiscal year may be used to pay real
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BASE CLOSURE property taxes in any foreign nation.
ing debt payment, leasing, minor construc- ACCOUNT 2005
tion, principal and interest charges, and in- SEC. 110. None of the funds made available
surance premiums, as authorized by law, For deposit into the Department of De- in this title may be used to initiate a new in-
$518,140,000. fense Base Closure Account 2005, established stallation overseas without prior notifica-
by section 2906A(a)(1) of the Defense Base tion to the Committees on Appropriations of
FAMILY HOUSING CONSTRUCTION, NAVY AND
Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (10 both Houses of Congress.
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U.S.C. 2687 note), $2,354,285,000, to remain SEC. 111. None of the funds made available
For expenses of family housing for the available until expended: Provided, That the in this title may be obligated for architect
Navy and Marine Corps for construction, in- Department of Defense shall notify the Com- and engineer contracts estimated by the
cluding acquisition, replacement, addition, mittees on Appropriations of both Houses of Government to exceed $500,000 for projects to
expansion, extension, and alteration, as au- Congress 14 days prior to obligating an be accomplished in Japan, in any North At-
thorized by law, $186,444,000, to remain avail- amount for a construction project that ex- lantic Treaty Organization member country,
able until September 30, 2015. ceeds or reduces the amount identified for or in countries within the United States Cen-
FAMILY HOUSING OPERATION AND that project in the most recently submitted tral Command Area of Responsibility, unless
MAINTENANCE, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS budget request for this account by 20 percent such contracts are awarded to United States
For expenses of family housing for the or $2,000,000, whichever is less: Provided fur- firms or United States firms in joint venture
Navy and Marine Corps for operation and ther, That the previous proviso shall not with host nation firms.
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SEC. 112. None of the funds made available partment of Defense Family Housing Im- sonably anticipated at the time of the budg-
in this title for military construction in the provement Fund from amounts appropriated et submission: Provided further, That the
United States territories and possessions in for construction in ‘‘Family Housing’’ ac- Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) is
the Pacific and on Kwajalein Atoll, or in counts, to be merged with and to be avail- to report annually to the Committees on Ap-
countries within the United States Central able for the same purposes and for the same propriations of both Houses of Congress all
Command Area of Responsibility, may be period of time as amounts appropriated di- operation and maintenance expenditures for
used to award any contract estimated by the rectly to the Fund; or (2) the Department of each individual general or flag officer quar-
Government to exceed $1,000,000 to a foreign Defense Military Unaccompanied Housing ters for the prior fiscal year.
contractor: Provided, That this section shall Improvement Fund from amounts appro- SEC. 123. Amounts contained in the Ford
not be applicable to contract awards for priated for construction of military unac- Island Improvement Account established by
which the lowest responsive and responsible companied housing in ‘‘Military Construc- subsection (h) of section 2814 of title 10,
bid of a United States contractor exceeds the tion’’ accounts, to be merged with and to be United States Code, are appropriated and
lowest responsive and responsible bid of a available for the same purposes and for the shall be available until expended for the pur-
foreign contractor by greater than 20 per- same period of time as amounts appropriated poses specified in subsection (i)(1) of such
cent: Provided further, That this section shall directly to the Fund: Provided, That appro- section or until transferred pursuant to sub-
not apply to contract awards for military priations made available to the Funds shall section (i)(3) of such section.
construction on Kwajalein Atoll for which be available to cover the costs, as defined in SEC. 124. None of the funds made available
the lowest responsive and responsible bid is section 502(5) of the Congressional Budget in this title, or in any Act making appropria-
submitted by a Marshallese contractor. Act of 1974, of direct loans or loan guaran- tions for military construction which remain
SEC. 113. The Secretary of Defense is to in- tees issued by the Department of Defense available for obligation, may be obligated or
form the appropriate committees of both pursuant to the provisions of subchapter IV expended to carry out a military construc-
Houses of Congress, including the Commit- tion, land acquisition, or family housing
of chapter 169 of title 10, United States Code,
tees on Appropriations, of the plans and project at or for a military installation ap-
pertaining to alternative means of acquiring
scope of any proposed military exercise in- proved for closure, or at a military installa-
and improving military family housing, mili-
volving United States personnel 30 days prior tion for the purposes of supporting a func-
tary unaccompanied housing, and supporting
to its occurring, if amounts expended for tion that has been approved for realignment
construction, either temporary or perma- to another installation, in 2005 under the De-
SEC. 120. (a) Not later than 60 days before
nent, are anticipated to exceed $100,000. fense Base Closure and Realignment Act of
issuing any solicitation for a contract with
SEC. 114. Not more than 20 percent of the 1990 (part A of title XXIX of Public Law 101–
the private sector for military family hous-
funds made available in this title which are 510; 10 U.S.C. 2687 note), unless such a project
ing the Secretary of the military department
limited for obligation during the current fis- at a military installation approved for re-
concerned shall submit to the Committees
cal year shall be obligated during the last alignment will support a continuing mission
on Appropriations of both Houses of Con-
two months of the fiscal year. or function at that installation or a new mis-
gress the notice described in subsection (b).
SEC. 115. Funds appropriated to the Depart- sion or function that is planned for that in-
(b)(1) A notice referred to in subsection (a)
ment of Defense for construction in prior stallation, or unless the Secretary of Defense
is a notice of any guarantee (including the
years shall be available for construction au- certifies that the cost to the United States
making of mortgage or rental payments)
thorized for each such military department of carrying out such project would be less
proposed to be made by the Secretary to the
by the authorizations enacted into law dur- than the cost to the United States of cancel-
private party under the contract involved in
ing the current session of Congress. ling such project, or if the project is at an
the event of—
SEC. 116. For military construction or fam- active component base that shall be estab-
(A) the closure or realignment of the in- lished as an enclave or in the case of projects
ily housing projects that are being com- stallation for which housing is provided
pleted with funds otherwise expired or lapsed having multi-agency use, that another Gov-
under the contract; ernment agency has indicated it will assume
for obligation, expired or lapsed funds may (B) a reduction in force of units stationed
be used to pay the cost of associated super- ownership of the completed project. The Sec-
at such installation; or retary of Defense may not transfer funds
vision, inspection, overhead, engineering and (C) the extended deployment overseas of
design on those projects and on subsequent made available as a result of this limitation
units stationed at such installation. from any military construction project, land
claims, if any. (2) Each notice under this subsection shall
SEC. 117. Notwithstanding any other provi- acquisition, or family housing project to an-
specify the nature of the guarantee involved other account or use such funds for another
sion of law, any funds made available to a and assess the extent and likelihood, if any,
military department or defense agency for purpose or project without the prior ap-
of the liability of the Federal Government proval of the Committees on Appropriations
the construction of military projects may be with respect to the guarantee.
obligated for a military construction project of both Houses of Congress. This section
or contract, or for any portion of such a
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) shall not apply to military construction
project or contract, at any time before the SEC. 121. In addition to any other transfer projects, land acquisition, or family housing
end of the fourth fiscal year after the fiscal authority available to the Department of De- projects for which the project is vital to the
year for which funds for such project were fense, amounts may be transferred from the national security or the protection of health,
made available, if the funds obligated for accounts established by sections 2906(a)(1) safety, or environmental quality: Provided,
such project: (1) are obligated from funds and 2906A(a)(1) of the Defense Base Closure That the Secretary of Defense shall notify
available for military construction projects; and Realignment Act of 1990 (10 U.S.C. 2687 the congressional defense committees within
and (2) do not exceed the amount appro- note), to the fund established by section seven days of a decision to carry out such a
priated for such project, plus any amount by 1013(d) of the Demonstration Cities and Met- military construction project.
which the cost of such project is increased ropolitan Development Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)
pursuant to law. 3374) to pay for expenses associated with the SEC. 125. During the 5-year period after ap-
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)
Homeowners Assistance Program incurred propriations available in this Act to the De-
under 42 U.S.C. 3374(a)(1)(A). Any amounts partment of Defense for military construc-
SEC. 118. In addition to any other transfer transferred shall be merged with and be tion and family housing operation and main-
authority available to the Department of De- available for the same purposes and for the tenance and construction have expired for
fense, proceeds deposited to the Department same time period as the fund to which trans- obligation, upon a determination that such
of Defense Base Closure Account established ferred. appropriations will not be necessary for the
by section 207(a)(1) of the Defense Authoriza- SEC. 122. Notwithstanding any other provi- liquidation of obligations or for making au-
tion Amendments and Base Closure and Re- sion of law, funds made available in this title thorized adjustments to such appropriations
alignment Act (10 U.S.C. 2687 note) pursuant for operation and maintenance of family for obligations incurred during the period of
to section 207(a)(2)(C) of such Act, may be housing shall be the exclusive source of availability of such appropriations, unobli-
transferred to the account established by funds for repair and maintenance of all fam- gated balances of such appropriations may
section 2906(a)(1) of the Defense Base Closure ily housing units, including general or flag be transferred into the appropriation ‘‘For-
and Realignment Act of 1990 (10 U.S.C. 2687 officer quarters: Provided, That not more eign Currency Fluctuations, Construction,
note), to be merged with, and to be available than $35,000 per unit may be spent annually
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Defense’’, to be merged with and to be avail-
for the same purposes and the same time pe- for the maintenance and repair of any gen- able for the same time period and for the
riod as that account. eral or flag officer quarters without 30 days same purposes as the appropriation to which
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) prior notification, or 14 days for a notifica- transferred.
SEC. 119. Subject to 30 days prior notifica- tion provided in an electronic medium pursu- SEC. 126. None of the funds appropriated or
tion, or 14 days for a notification provided in ant to sections 480 and 2883 of title 10, United otherwise made available in this title may
an electronic medium pursuant to sections States Code, to the Committees on Appro- be used for any action that is related to or
480 and 2883, of title 10, United States Code, priations of both Houses of Congress, except promotes the expansion of the boundaries or
to the Committees on Appropriations of both that an after-the-fact notification shall be size of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Col-
Houses of Congress, such additional amounts submitted if the limitation is exceeded sole- orado.
as may be determined by the Secretary of ly due to costs associated with environ- SEC. 127. Amounts appropriated or other-
Defense may be transferred to: (1) the De- mental remediation that could not be rea- wise made available in an account funded
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under the headings in this title may be further, That during fiscal year 2011, within policy activities; and administrative and
transferred among projects and activities the resources available, not to exceed legal expenses of the Department for col-
within the account in accordance with the $500,000 in gross obligations for direct loans lecting and recovering amounts owed the De-
reprogramming guidelines for military con- are authorized for specially adapted housing partment as authorized under chapter 17 of
struction and family housing construction loans. title 38, United States Code, and the Federal
contained in the report of the Committee on In addition, for administrative expenses to Medical Care Recovery Act (42 U.S.C. 2651 et
Appropriations of the House of Representa- carry out the direct and guaranteed loan seq.); $5,535,000,000, plus reimbursements,
tives to accompany this bill and in the guid- programs, $163,646,000. shall become available on October 1, 2011,
ance for military construction VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION LOANS PROGRAM and shall remain available until September
reprogrammings and notifications contained ACCOUNT 30, 2012: Provided, That, of the amount made
in Department of Defense Financial Manage- For the cost of direct loans, $48,000, as au- available under this heading, $145,000,000
ment Regulation 7000.14–R, Volume 3, Chap- thorized by chapter 31 of title 38, United shall remain available until September 30,
ter 7, of December 1996, as in effect on the States Code: Provided, That such costs, in- 2013.
date of enactment of this Act. cluding the cost of modifying such loans, MEDICAL FACILITIES
TITLE II shall be as defined in section 502 of the Con- For necessary expenses for the mainte-
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS gressional Budget Act of 1974: Provided fur- nance and operation of hospitals, nursing
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION ther, That funds made available under this homes, and domiciliary facilities and other
COMPENSATION AND PENSIONS heading are available to subsidize gross obli- necessary facilities of the Veterans Health
gations for the principal amount of direct Administration; for administrative expenses
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)
loans not to exceed $3,042,000. in support of planning, design, project man-
For the payment of compensation benefits In addition, for administrative expenses agement, real property acquisition and dis-
to or on behalf of veterans and a pilot pro- necessary to carry out the direct loan pro- position, construction, and renovation of any
gram for disability examinations as author- gram, $337,000, which may be paid to the ap- facility under the jurisdiction or for the use
ized by section 107 and chapters 11, 13, 18, 51, propriation for ‘‘General operating ex- of the Department; for oversight, engineer-
53, 55, and 61 of title 38, United States Code; penses’’. ing, and architectural activities not charged
pension benefits to or on behalf of veterans to project costs; for repairing, altering, im-
NATIVE AMERICAN VETERAN HOUSING LOAN
as authorized by chapters 15, 51, 53, 55, and 61 proving, or providing facilities in the several
of title 38, United States Code; and burial hospitals and homes under the jurisdiction of
benefits, the Reinstated Entitlement Pro- For administrative expenses to carry out
the direct loan program authorized by sub- the Department, not otherwise provided for,
gram for Survivors, emergency and other of- either by contract or by the hire of tem-
ficers’ retirement pay, adjusted-service cred- chapter V of chapter 37 of title 38, United
States Code, $707,000. porary employees and purchase of materials;
its and certificates, payment of premiums for leases of facilities; and for laundry serv-
due on commercial life insurance policies VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION ices, $5,426,000,000, plus reimbursements,
guaranteed under the provisions of title IV MEDICAL SERVICES shall become available on October 1, 2011,
of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (50 (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) and shall remain available until September
U.S.C. App. 541 et seq.) and for other benefits 30, 2012: Provided, That, of the amount made
as authorized by sections 107, 1312, 1977, and For necessary expenses for furnishing, as
authorized by law, inpatient and outpatient available under this heading, $145,000,000
2106, and chapters 23, 51, 53, 55, and 61 of title shall remain available until September 30,
38, United States Code, $53,492,234,000, to re- care and treatment to beneficiaries of the
Department of Veterans Affairs and veterans 2013: Provided further, That, of the amount
main available until expended: Provided, available for fiscal year 2012, $130,000,000 for
That not to exceed $30,423,000 of the amount described in section 1705(a) of title 38, United
States Code, including care and treatment in non-recurring maintenance shall be allo-
appropriated under this heading shall be re- cated in a manner not subject to the Vet-
imbursed to ‘‘General operating expenses’’, facilities not under the jurisdiction of the
Department, and including medical supplies erans Equitable Resource Allocation.
‘‘Medical support and compliance’’, and ‘‘In-
formation technology systems’’ for nec- and equipment, food services, and salaries MEDICAL AND PROSTHETIC RESEARCH
essary expenses in implementing the provi- and expenses of health care employees hired For necessary expenses in carrying out
sions of chapters 51, 53, and 55 of title 38, under title 38, United States Code, aid to programs of medical and prosthetic research
United States Code, the funding source for State homes as authorized by section 1741 of and development as authorized by chapter 73
which is specifically provided as the ‘‘Com- title 38, United States Code, assistance and of title 38, United States Code, $590,000,000,
pensation and pensions’’ appropriation: Pro- support services for caregivers as authorized plus reimbursements, shall remain available
vided further, That such sums as may be by section 1720G of title 38, United States until September 30, 2012.
earned on an actual qualifying patient basis, Code, and loan repayments authorized by
NATIONAL CEMETERY ADMINISTRATION
shall be reimbursed to ‘‘Medical care collec- section 604 of Public Law 111-163,
$39,649,985,000, plus reimbursements, shall be- For necessary expenses of the National
tions fund’’ to augment the funding of indi- Cemetery Administration for operations and
vidual medical facilities for nursing home come available on October 1, 2011, and shall
remain available until September 30, 2012: maintenance, not otherwise provided for, in-
care provided to pensioners as authorized. cluding uniforms or allowances therefor;
Provided, That, of the amount made available
READJUSTMENT BENEFITS cemeterial expenses as authorized by law;
under this heading $1,015,000,000 shall remain
For the payment of readjustment and reha- available until September 30, 2013: Provided purchase of one passenger motor vehicle for
bilitation benefits to or on behalf of veterans further, That, notwithstanding any other use in cemeterial operations; hire of pas-
as authorized by chapters 21, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, provision of law, the Secretary of Veterans senger motor vehicles; and repair, alteration
36, 39, 51, 53, 55, and 61 of title 38, United Affairs shall establish a priority for the pro- or improvement of facilities under the juris-
States Code, $10,440,245,000, to remain avail- vision of medical treatment for veterans who diction of the National Cemetery Adminis-
able until expended: Provided, That expenses have service-connected disabilities, lower in- tration, $259,004,000, of which not to exceed
for rehabilitation program services and as- come, or have special needs: Provided further, $24,200,000 shall remain available until Sep-
sistance which the Secretary is authorized to That, notwithstanding any other provision tember 30, 2012.
provide under subsection (a) of section 3104 of law, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION
of title 38, United States Code, other than shall give priority funding for the provision GENERAL OPERATING EXPENSES
under paragraphs (1), (2), (5), and (11) of that of basic medical benefits to veterans in en-
subsection, shall be charged to this account. For necessary operating expenses of the
rollment priority groups 1 through 6: Pro-
Department of Veterans Affairs, not other-
VETERANS INSURANCE AND INDEMNITIES vided further, That, notwithstanding any
wise provided for, including administrative
For military and naval insurance, national other provision of law, the Secretary of Vet-
expenses in support of Department-wide cap-
service life insurance, servicemen’s indem- erans Affairs may authorize the dispensing
ital planning, management and policy activi-
nities, service-disabled veterans insurance, of prescription drugs from Veterans Health
ties, uniforms, or allowances therefor; not to
and veterans mortgage life insurance as au- Administration facilities to enrolled vet-
exceed $25,000 for official reception and rep-
thorized by title 38, United States Code, erans with privately written prescriptions
resentation expenses; hire of passenger
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chapters 19 and 21, $62,589,000, to remain based on requirements established by the
motor vehicles; and reimbursement of the
available until expended. Secretary: Provided further, That the imple-
General Services Administration for security
VETERANS HOUSING BENEFIT PROGRAM FUND mentation of the program described in the
guard services, and the Department of De-
previous proviso shall incur no additional
For the cost of direct and guaranteed fense for the cost of overseas employee mail,
cost to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
loans, such sums as may be necessary to $2,601,389,000: Provided, That expenses for
carry out the program, as authorized by sub- MEDICAL SUPPORT AND COMPLIANCE services and assistance authorized under
chapters I through III of chapter 37 of title For necessary expenses in the administra- paragraphs (1), (2), (5), and (11) of section
38, United States Code: Provided, That such tion of the medical, hospital, nursing home, 3104(a) of title 38, United States Code, that
costs, including the cost of modifying such domiciliary, construction, supply, and re- the Secretary of Veterans Affairs determines
loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the search activities, as authorized by law; ad- are necessary to enable entitled veterans: (1)
Congressional Budget Act of 1974: Provided ministrative expenses in support of capital to the maximum extent feasible, to become
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employable and to obtain and maintain suit- reimbursements as provided in section 13 of cemeteries as authorized by section 2408 of
able employment; or (2) to achieve maximum the Contract Disputes Act of 1978 (41 U.S.C. title 38, United States Code, $46,000,000, to re-
independence in daily living, shall be 612) for claims paid for contract disputes: main available until expended.
charged to this account: Provided further, Provided, That except for advance planning ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS
That the Veterans Benefits Administration activities, including needs assessments
shall be funded at not less than $2,162,776,000: which may or may not lead to capital invest- (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)
Provided further, That of the funds made ments, and other capital asset management SEC. 201. Any appropriation for fiscal year
available under this heading, not to exceed related activities, including portfolio devel- 2011 for ‘‘Compensation and pensions’’, ‘‘Re-
$111,000,000 shall remain available until Sep- opment and management activities, and in- adjustment benefits’’, and ‘‘Veterans insur-
tember 30, 2012: Provided further, That from vestment strategy studies funded through ance and indemnities’’ may be transferred as
the funds made available under this heading, the advance planning fund and the planning necessary to any other of the mentioned ap-
the Veterans Benefits Administration may and design activities funded through the de- propriations: Provided, That before a transfer
purchase (on a one-for-one replacement basis sign fund, including needs assessments which may take place, the Secretary of Veterans
only) up to two passenger motor vehicles for may or may not lead to capital investments, Affairs shall request from the Committees on
use in operations of that Administration in and salaries and associated costs of the resi- Appropriations of both Houses of Congress
Manila, Philippines. dent engineers who oversee those capital in- the authority to make the transfer and such
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS
vestments funded through this account, and Committees issue an approval, or absent a
funds provided for the purchase of land for response, a period of 30 days has elapsed.
For necessary expenses for information the National Cemetery Administration
technology systems and telecommunications through the land acquisition line item, none (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)
support, including developmental informa- of the funds made available under this head- SEC. 202. Amounts made available for the
tion systems and operational information ing shall be used for any project which has Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal
systems; for pay and associated costs; and not been approved by the Congress in the year 2011, in this Act or any other Act, under
for the capital asset acquisition of informa- budgetary process: Provided further, That the ‘‘Medical services’’, ‘‘Medical support
tion technology systems, including manage- funds made available under this heading for and compliance’’, and ‘‘Medical facilities’’
ment and related contractual costs of said fiscal year 2011, for each approved project accounts may be transferred among the ac-
acquisitions, including contractual costs as- shall be obligated: (1) by the awarding of a counts: Provided, That any transfers between
sociated with operations authorized by sec- construction documents contract by Sep- the ‘‘Medical services’’ and ‘‘Medical support
tion 3109 of title 5, United States Code, tember 30, 2011; and (2) by the awarding of a and compliance’’ accounts of 1 percent or
$3,222,000,000, plus reimbursements, shall re- construction contract by September 30, 2012: less of the total amount appropriated to the
main available until September 30, 2012: Pro- Provided further, That the Secretary of Vet- account in this or any other Act may take
vided, That none of the funds made available erans Affairs shall promptly submit to the place subject to notification from the Sec-
under this heading may be obligated until Committees on Appropriations of both retary of Veterans Affairs to the Committees
the Department of Veterans Affairs submits Houses of Congress a written report on any on Appropriations of both Houses of Con-
to the Committees on Appropriations of both approved major construction project for gress of the amount and purpose of the trans-
Houses of Congress, and such Committees ap- which obligations are not incurred within fer: Provided further, That any transfers be-
prove, a plan for expenditure that: (1) meets the time limitations established above. tween the ‘‘Medical services’’ and ‘‘Medical
the capital planning and investment control CONSTRUCTION, MINOR PROJECTS support and compliance’’ accounts in excess
review requirements established by the Of- of 1 percent, or exceeding the cumulative 1
For constructing, altering, extending, and
fice of Management and Budget; (2) complies improving any of the facilities, including percent for the fiscal year, may take place
with the Department of Veterans Affairs en- parking projects, under the jurisdiction or only after the Secretary requests from the
terprise architecture; (3) conforms with an for the use of the Department of Veterans Committees on Appropriations of both
established enterprise life cycle method- Affairs, including planning and assessments Houses of Congress the authority to make
ology; and (4) complies with the acquisition of needs which may lead to capital invest- the transfer and an approval is issued: Pro-
rules, requirements, guidelines, and systems ments, architectural and engineering serv- vided further, That any transfers to or from
acquisition management practices of the ices, maintenance or guarantee period serv- the ‘‘Medical facilities’’ account may take
Federal Government: Provided further, That ices costs associated with equipment guaran- place only after the Secretary requests from
not later than 30 days after the date of the tees provided under the project, services of the Committees on Appropriations of both
enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Vet- claims analysts, offsite utility and storm Houses of Congress the authority to make
erans Affairs shall submit to the Committees drainage system construction costs, and site the transfer and an approval is issued.
on Appropriations of both Houses of Con- acquisition, or for any of the purposes set SEC. 203. Appropriations available in this
gress a reprogramming base letter which sets forth in sections 316, 2404, 2406, 8102, 8103, title for salaries and expenses shall be avail-
forth, by project, the operations and mainte- 8106, 8108, 8109, 8110, 8122, and 8162 of title 38, able for services authorized by section 3109 of
nance costs, with salary expenses separately United States Code, where the estimated title 5, United States Code, hire of passenger
designated, and development costs to be car- cost of a project is equal to or less than the motor vehicles; lease of a facility or land or
ried out utilizing amounts made available amount set forth in section 8104(a)(3)(A) of both; and uniforms or allowances therefore,
under this heading. title 38, United States Code, $507,700,000, to as authorized by sections 5901 through 5902 of
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL remain available until expended, along with title 5, United States Code.
For necessary expenses of the Office of In- unobligated balances of previous ‘‘Construc- SEC. 204. No appropriations in this title
spector General, to include information tion, minor projects’’ appropriations which (except the appropriations for ‘‘Construc-
technology, in carrying out the provisions of are hereby made available for any project tion, major projects’’, and ‘‘Construction,
the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. where the estimated cost is equal to or less minor projects’’) shall be available for the
App.), $115,367,000, of which $6,000,000 shall re- than the amount set forth in such section: purchase of any site for or toward the con-
main available until September 30, 2012. Provided, That funds made available under struction of any new hospital or home.
CONSTRUCTION, MAJOR PROJECTS
this heading shall be for: (1) repairs to any of
SEC. 205. No appropriations in this title
the nonmedical facilities under the jurisdic-
For constructing, altering, extending, and shall be available for hospitalization or ex-
tion or for the use of the Department which
improving any of the facilities, including amination of any persons (except bene-
are necessary because of loss or damage
parking projects, under the jurisdiction or ficiaries entitled to such hospitalization or
caused by any natural disaster or catas-
for the use of the Department of Veterans examination under the laws providing such
trophe; and (2) temporary measures nec-
Affairs, or for any of the purposes set forth benefits to veterans, and persons receiving
essary to prevent or to minimize further loss
in sections 316, 2404, 2406, 8102, 8103, 8106, 8108, such treatment under sections 7901 through
by such causes.
8109, 8110, and 8122 of title 38, United States 7904 of title 5, United States Code, or the
GRANTS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF STATE Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emer-
Code, including planning, architectural and
EXTENDED CARE FACILITIES gency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.)),
engineering services, construction manage-
ment services, maintenance or guarantee pe- For grants to assist States to acquire or unless reimbursement of the cost of such
riod services costs associated with equip- construct State nursing home and domi- hospitalization or examination is made to
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ment guarantees provided under the project, ciliary facilities and to remodel, modify, or the ‘‘Medical services’’ account at such rates
services of claims analysts, offsite utility alter existing hospital, nursing home, and as may be fixed by the Secretary of Veterans
and storm drainage system construction domiciliary facilities in State homes, for fur- Affairs.
costs, and site acquisition, where the esti- nishing care to veterans as authorized by SEC. 206. Appropriations available in this
mated cost of a project is more than the sections 8131 through 8137 of title 38, United title for ‘‘Compensation and pensions’’, ‘‘Re-
amount set forth in section 8104(a)(3)(A) of States Code, $85,000,000, to remain available adjustment benefits’’, and ‘‘Veterans insur-
title 38, United States Code, or where funds until expended. ance and indemnities’’ shall be available for
for a project were made available in a pre- GRANTS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF STATE payment of prior year accrued obligations
vious major project appropriation, VETERANS CEMETERIES required to be recorded by law against the
$1,166,036,000, to remain available until ex- For grants to assist States in establishing, corresponding prior year accounts within the
pended, of which $6,000,000 shall be to make expanding, or improving State veterans last quarter of fiscal year 2010.
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SEC. 207. Appropriations available in this may require, current, accurate third-party SEC. 219. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs
title shall be available to pay prior year obli- reimbursement information for purposes of shall submit to the Committees on Appro-
gations of corresponding prior year appro- section 1729 of such title: Provided, That the priations of both Houses of Congress a quar-
priations accounts resulting from sections Secretary may recover, in the same manner terly report on the financial status of the
3328(a), 3334, and 3712(a) of title 31, United as any other debt due the United States, the Veterans Health Administration.
States Code, except that if such obligations reasonable charges for such care or services (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)
are from trust fund accounts they shall be from any person who does not make such dis- SEC. 220. Amounts made available under
payable only from ‘‘Compensation and pen- closure as required: Provided further, That the ‘‘Medical services’’, ‘‘Medical support
sions’’. any amounts so recovered for care or serv- and compliance’’, ‘‘Medical facilities’’, ‘‘Gen-
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) ices provided in a prior fiscal year may be eral operating expenses’’, and ‘‘National
SEC. 208. Notwithstanding any other provi- obligated by the Secretary during the fiscal Cemetery Administration’’ accounts for fis-
sion of law, during fiscal year 2011, the Sec- year in which amounts are received. cal year 2011, may be transferred to or from
retary of Veterans Affairs shall, from the (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) the ‘‘Information technology systems’’ ac-
National Service Life Insurance Fund under SEC. 213. Notwithstanding any other provi- count: Provided, That before a transfer may
section 1920 of title 38, United States Code, sion of law, proceeds or revenues derived take place, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
the Veterans’ Special Life Insurance Fund from enhanced-use leasing activities (includ- shall request from the Committees on Appro-
under section 1923 of title 38, United States ing disposal) may be deposited into the priations of both Houses of Congress the au-
Code, and the United States Government ‘‘Construction, major projects’’ and ‘‘Con- thority to make the transfer and an approval
Life Insurance Fund under section 1955 of struction, minor projects’’ accounts and be is issued.
title 38, United States Code, reimburse the used for construction (including site acquisi- (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)
‘‘General operating expenses’’ and ‘‘Informa- tion and disposition), alterations, and im- SEC. 221. Amounts made available for the
tion technology systems’’ accounts for the provements of any medical facility under the ‘‘Information technology systems’’ account
cost of administration of the insurance pro- jurisdiction or for the use of the Department may be transferred between projects: Pro-
grams financed through those accounts: Pro- of Veterans Affairs. Such sums as realized vided, That no project may be increased or
vided, That reimbursement shall be made are in addition to the amount provided for in decreased by more than $1,000,000 of cost
only from the surplus earnings accumulated ‘‘Construction, major projects’’ and ‘‘Con- prior to submitting a request to the Commit-
in such an insurance program during fiscal struction, minor projects’’. tees on Appropriations of both Houses of
year 2011 that are available for dividends in SEC. 214. Amounts made available under Congress to make the transfer and an ap-
that program after claims have been paid ‘‘Medical services’’ are available— proval is issued, or absent a response, a pe-
and actuarially determined reserves have (1) for furnishing recreational facilities, riod of 30 days has elapsed.
been set aside: Provided further, That if the supplies, and equipment; and SEC. 222. None of the funds appropriated or
cost of administration of such an insurance (2) for funeral expenses, burial expenses, otherwise made available by this Act or any
program exceeds the amount of surplus earn- and other expenses incidental to funerals and other Act for the Department of Veterans
ings accumulated in that program, reim- burials for beneficiaries receiving care in the Affairs may be used in a manner that is in-
bursement shall be made only to the extent Department. consistent with—
of such surplus earnings: Provided further, (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) (1) section 842 of the Transportation,
That the Secretary shall determine the cost Treasury, Housing and Urban Development,
of administration for fiscal year 2011 which SEC. 215. Such sums as may be deposited to
the Medical Care Collections Fund pursuant the Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and
is properly allocable to the provision of each Independent Agencies Appropriations Act,
such insurance program and to the provision to section 1729A of title 38, United States
Code, may be transferred to ‘‘Medical serv- 2006 (Public Law 109–115; 119 Stat. 2506); or
of any total disability income insurance in- (2) section 8110(a)(5) of title 38, United
cluded in that insurance program. ices’’, to remain available until expended for
the purposes of that account. States Code.
SEC. 209. Amounts deducted from en- SEC. 223. Of the amounts made available to
hanced-use lease proceeds to reimburse an SEC. 216. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs
may enter into agreements with Indian the Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal
account for expenses incurred by that ac- year 2011, in this Act or any other Act, under
count during a prior fiscal year for providing tribes and tribal organizations which are
party to the Alaska Native Health Compact the ‘‘Medical facilities’’ account for non-re-
enhanced-use lease services, may be obli- curring maintenance, not more than 20 per-
gated during the fiscal year in which the pro- with the Indian Health Service, and Indian
tribes and tribal organizations serving rural cent of the funds made available shall be ob-
ceeds are received. ligated during the last 2 months of that fis-
Alaska which have entered into contracts
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) cal year: Provided, That the Secretary may
with the Indian Health Service under the In-
SEC. 210. Funds available in this title or dian Self Determination and Educational As- waive this requirement after providing writ-
funds for salaries and other administrative sistance Act, to provide healthcare, includ- ten notice to the Committees on Appropria-
expenses shall also be available to reimburse ing behavioral health and dental care. The tions of both Houses of Congress.
the Office of Resolution Management of the Secretary shall require participating vet- SEC. 224. Of the amounts appropriated or
Department of Veterans Affairs and the Of- erans and facilities to comply with all appro- otherwise made available by this title, the
fice of Employment Discrimination Com- priate rules and regulations, as established Secretary may execute $5,000,000 for coopera-
plaint Adjudication under section 319 of title by the Secretary. The term ‘‘rural Alaska’’ tive agreements with State and local govern-
38, United States Code, for all services pro- shall mean those lands sited within the ex- ment entities or their designees with a dem-
vided at rates which will recover actual costs ternal boundaries of the Alaska Native re- onstrated record of serving veterans to con-
but not exceed $35,794,000 for the Office of gions specified in sections 7(a)(1)–(4) and (7)– duct outreach to ensure that veterans in un-
Resolution Management and $3,354,000 for (12) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement derserved areas receive the care and benefits
the Office of Employment and Discrimina- Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1606), and those for which they are eligible.
tion Complaint Adjudication: Provided, That lands within the Alaska Native regions spec- (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)
payments may be made in advance for serv- ified in sections 7(a)(5) and 7(a)(6) of the SEC. 225. Of the amounts appropriated to
ices to be furnished based on estimated Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, as the Department of Veterans Affairs in this
costs: Provided further, That amounts re- amended (43 U.S.C. 1606), which are not with- Act, and any other Act, for ‘‘Medical serv-
ceived shall be credited to the ‘‘General op- in the boundaries of the Municipality of An- ices’’, ‘‘Medical support and compliance’’,
erating expenses’’ and ‘‘Information tech- chorage, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, ‘‘Medical facilities’’, ‘‘Construction, minor
nology systems’’ accounts for use by the of- the Kenai Peninsula Borough or the projects’’, and ‘‘Information technology sys-
fice that provided the service. Matanuska Susitna Borough. tems’’, such sums as may be necessary, plus
SEC. 211. No appropriations in this title
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) reimbursements, may be transferred to the
shall be available to enter into any new lease
SEC. 217. Such sums as may be deposited to Joint Department of Defense-Department of
of real property if the estimated annual rent-
the Department of Veterans Affairs Capital Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Dem-
al cost is more than $1,000,000, unless the
Asset Fund pursuant to section 8118 of title onstration Fund, established by section 1704
Secretary submits a report which the Com-
of title XVII of division A of Public Law 111–
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mittees on Appropriations of both Houses of 38, United States Code, may be transferred to
the ‘‘Construction, major projects’’ and 84, and shall be available to fund operations
Congress approve within 30 days following
‘‘Construction, minor projects’’ accounts, to of the integrated Captain James A. Lovell
the date on which the report is received.
SEC. 212. No funds of the Department of remain available until expended for the pur- Federal Health Care Center, consisting of the
Veterans Affairs shall be available for hos- poses of these accounts. North Chicago Veteran Affairs Medical Cen-
pital care, nursing home care, or medical SEC. 218. None of the funds made available ter, and Navy Ambulatory Care Center, and
services provided to any person under chap- in this title may be used to implement any supporting facilities designated as a com-
ter 17 of title 38, United States Code, for a policy prohibiting the Directors of the Vet- bined Federal medical facility as described
non-service-connected disability described in erans Integrated Services Networks from by Section 706 of Public Law 110–417.
section 1729(a)(2) of such title, unless that conducting outreach or marketing to enroll (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)
person has disclosed to the Secretary of Vet- new veterans within their respective Net- SEC. 226. Such sums as may be deposited to
erans Affairs, in such form as the Secretary works. the Medical Care Collections Fund pursuant
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to section 1729A of title 38, United States any subsequent increase in these allocations and representation expenses, $39,600,000, to
Code, for health care provided at the Captain of ten percent or more: Provided, That the remain available until expended: Provided,
James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center Secretary shall notify the Committees of That none of the funds available under this
may be transferred to the Joint Department any planned obligation of the National Re- heading shall be for construction of a perim-
of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs serve Fund fifteen days before such obliga- eter wall at Arlington National Cemetery. In
Medical Facility Demonstration Fund, es- tion takes place, as well as the intended use addition, such sums as may be necessary for
tablished by section 1704 of title XVII of divi- of the funds. parking maintenance, repairs and replace-
sion A of Public Law 111–84, and shall be SEC. 231. The Secretary of the Department ment, to be derived from the Lease of De-
available to fund operations of the inte- of Veterans Affairs shall notify the Commit- partment of Defense Real Property for De-
grated Captain James A. Lovell Federal tees on Appropriations of both Houses of fense Agencies account.
Health Care Center, consisting of the North Congress of all bid savings in major con- Funds appropriated under this Act may be
Chicago Veteran Affairs Medical Center, and struction projects that total at least provided to Arlington County, Virginia, for
Navy Ambulatory Care Center, and sup- $5,000,000, or five percent of the programmed the relocation of the federally-owned water
porting facilities designated as a combined amount, whichever is less: Provided, That main at Arlington National Cemetery mak-
Federal medical facility as described by sec- such notification shall occur within 14 days ing additional land available for ground bur-
tion 1706 of Public Law 110–417. after the date on which funds are obligated. ials.
(INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) SEC. 232. The scope of work for a project in- ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOME
SEC. 227. Of the amounts available in this cluded in ‘‘Construction, major projects’’, TRUST FUND
title for ‘‘Medical services’’, ‘‘Medical sup- may not be increased above the scope speci- For expenses necessary for the Armed
port and compliance’’, and ‘‘Medical facili- fied for that project in the original justifica- Forces Retirement Home to operate and
ties’’, a minimum of $15,000,000, shall be tion data provided to the Congress as part of maintain the Armed Forces Retirement
transferred to the Department of Defense/De- the request for appropriations, without prior Home—Washington, District of Columbia,
partment of Veterans Affairs Health Care notification to the Committees on Appro- and the Armed Forces Retirement Home—
Sharing Incentive Fund, as authorized by priations of both Houses of Congress. Gulfport, Mississippi, to be paid from funds
section 8111(d) of title 38, United States TITLE III available in the Armed Forces Retirement
Code, to remain available until expended, for RELATED AGENCIES Home Trust Fund, $71,200,000, of which
any purpose authorized by section 8111 of AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION $2,000,000 shall remain available until ex-
title 38, United States Code. pended for construction and renovation of
SALARIES AND EXPENSES
(INCLUDING RESCISSION OF FUNDS) the physical plants at the Armed Forces Re-
SEC. 228. (a) Of the funds appropriated in For necessary expenses, not otherwise pro- tirement Home—Washington, District of Co-
the Military Construction and Veterans Af- vided for, of the American Battle Monu- lumbia, and the Armed Forces Retirement
fairs and Related Agencies Appropriations ments Commission, including the acquisition Home—Gulfport, Mississippi.
Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-117, Division E), the of land or interest in land in foreign coun-
following amounts which become available tries; purchases and repair of uniforms for
caretakers of national cemeteries and monu- OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS
on October 1, 2010 are hereby permanently DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
cancelled from the accounts in the amounts ments outside of the United States and its
territories and possessions; rent of office and MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, ARMY
‘‘Medical services’’, Department of Vet- garage space in foreign countries; purchase (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)
erans Affairs, $1,015,000,000; (one-for-one replacement basis only) and hire For an additional amount for ‘‘Military
‘‘Medical support and compliance’’, De- of passenger motor vehicles; not to exceed Construction, Army’’, $929,996,000, to remain
partment of Veterans Affairs, $145,000,000; $7,500 for official reception and representa- available until September 30, 2013: Provided,
and tion expenses; and insurance of official That notwithstanding any other provision of
‘‘Medical facilities’’, Department of Vet- motor vehicles in foreign countries, when re- law, such funds may be obligated and ex-
erans Affairs, $145,000,000. quired by law of such countries, $65,667,000, pended to carry out planning and design and
(b) An additional amount is appropriated to remain available until expended: Provided, military construction projects not otherwise
to the following accounts in the amounts That of the amount made available under authorized by law: Provided further, That of
specified, to become available on October 1, this heading, $1,000,000 shall be for improve- the amount appropriated, $10,000,000 shall be
2010 and to remain available until September ments and rehabilitation of the Bataan transferred to ‘‘Department of Defense —
30, 2012: Death March Memorial at the Cabanatuan Other Department of Defense Programs —
‘‘Medical services’’, Department of Vet- American Memorial in the Philippines. Office of the Inspector General’’, to be
erans Affairs, $1,015,000,000; FOREIGN CURRENCY FLUCTUATIONS ACCOUNT merged with and to be available for the same
‘‘Medical support and compliance’’, De- For necessary expenses, not otherwise pro- time period as the appropriation to which
partment of Veterans Affairs, $145,000,000; vided for, of the American Battle Monu- transferred, for the purpose of carrying out
and ments Commission, such sums as may be audits of military construction projects in
‘‘Medical facilities’’, Department of Vet- necessary, to remain available until ex- Afghanistan: Provided further, That this
erans Affairs, $145,000,000. pended, for purposes authorized by section transfer authority is in addition to any other
SEC. 229. For an additional amount for the 2109 of title 36, United States Code. transfer authority available to the Depart-
‘‘General operating expenses’’ account, ment of Defense.
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR
$23,584,000, to increase the Department’s ac- MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AIR FORCE
quisition workforce capacity and capabili- For an additional amount for ‘‘Military
ties: Provided, That such funds may be trans- SALARIES AND EXPENSES
Construction, Air Force’’, $280,504,000, to re-
ferred by the Secretary to any other account For necessary expenses for the operation of main available until September 30, 2013: Pro-
in the Department to carry out the purposes the United States Court of Appeals for Vet- vided, That notwithstanding any other provi-
provided herein: Provided further, That such erans Claims as authorized by sections 7251 sion of law, such funds may be obligated and
transfer authority is in addition to any other through 7298 of title 38, United States Code, expended to carry out planning and design
transfer authority provided in this Act: Pro- $90,147,000: Provided, That, of the foregoing and military construction projects not oth-
vided further, That such funds shall be avail- amount, $62,000,000 shall be transferred to erwise authorized by law.
able only to supplement and not to supplant the General Services Administration for the
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, DEFENSE-WIDE
existing acquisition workforce activities: construction of a courthouse to house the
Provided further, That such funds shall be United States Court of Appeals for Veterans For an additional amount for ‘‘Military
available for training, recruitment, reten- Claims: Provided further, That $2,515,229 shall Construction, Defense-Wide’’, $46,500,000, to
tion, and hiring additional members of the be available for the purpose of providing fi- remain available until September 30, 2013:
acquisition workforce as defined by the Of- nancial assistance as described, and in ac- Provided, That notwithstanding any other
fice of Federal Procurement Policy Act, as cordance with the process and reporting pro- provision of law, such funds may be obli-
amended (41 U.S.C. 401 et seq.): Provided fur- cedures set forth, under this heading in Pub- gated and expended to carry out planning
and design and military construction
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ther, That such funds shall be available for lic Law 102–229.
information technology in support of acqui- projects not otherwise authorized by law.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE—CIVIL
sition workforce effectiveness or for manage- ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS
CEMETERIAL EXPENSES, ARMY
ment solutions to improve acquisition man- SEC. 401. Unless otherwise specified, each
agement. SALARIES AND EXPENSES amount in this title is designated as an
SEC. 230. The Secretary of the Department For necessary expenses, as authorized by emergency requirement and necessary to
of Veterans Affairs shall report to the Com- law, for maintenance, operation, and im- meet emergency needs pursuant to sections
mittees on Appropriations of both Houses of provement of Arlington National Cemetery 403(a) and 423(b) of S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Con-
Congress within 30 days of enactment of this and Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National gress), the concurrent resolution on the
Act the planned funding allocation from Cemetery, including the purchase of two pas- budget for fiscal year 2010.
each of the Veterans Health Administration senger motor vehicles for replacement only, SEC. 402. None of the funds made available
accounts to the National Reserve Fund and and not to exceed $1,000 for official reception in this title may be obligated for architect
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and engineer contracts estimated by the website of that agency any report required Mr. HOLT. Madam Chair, I want to
Government to exceed $500,000, unless such to be submitted by the Congress in this or thank the Rules Committee for making
contracts are awarded to United States firms any other Act, upon the determination by this amendment in order and for the
or United States firms in joint venture with the head of the agency that it shall serve the
strong support and encouragement I
host nation firms.
SEC. 403. None of the funds made available (b) Subsection (a) shall not apply to a re- have received in this effort from the
in this title may be used to award any con- port if— chairman of the Military Construction
tract estimated by the Government to ex- (1) the public posting of the report com- and Veterans Affairs subcommittee.
ceed $1,000,000 to a foreign contractor: Pro- promises national security; or The gentleman from Texas’ leadership
vided, That this section shall not be applica- (2) the report contains confidential or pro- of the subcommittee and his concern
ble to contract awards for which the lowest prietary information. and compassion and advocacy for the
responsive and responsible bid of a United (c) The head of the agency posting such re-
port shall do so only after such report has needs of veterans is truly an inspira-
States contractor exceeds the lowest respon-
sive and responsible bid of a foreign con- been made available to the requesting Com- tion.
tractor by greater than 20 percent: Provided mittee or Committees of Congress for no less Madam Chair, we have few respon-
further, That the Secretary of Defense may than 45 days. sibilities as solemn and as important
waive the limitation imposed by this section SEC. 510. None of the funds made available as ensuring that our veterans receive
upon a determination that such limitation is in this Act may be distributed to the Asso- the care that we have promised them
ciation of Community Organizations for Re-
inconsistent with national security: Provided as a Nation. To that end, my amend-
further, That the Secretary of Defense shall form Now (ACORN) or its subsidiaries.
SEC. 511. None of the funds appropriated or ment directs the Department of Vet-
notify the Committees on Appropriations of erans Affairs to allocate $20 million for
otherwise made available by this Act may be
both Houses of Congress no later than five
obligated by any covered executive agency in direct advertising, the use of online so-
days following a decision to waive the limi-
contravention of the certification require- cial media and other media for suicide
tation imposed in this section.
ment of section 6(b) of the Iran Sanctions prevention outreach. Let me take a
TITLE V Act of 1996, as included in the revisions to moment to tell you why this issue
GENERAL PROVISIONS the Federal Acquisition Regulation pursuant
to such section.
means so much to me, and I would like
SEC. 501. No part of any appropriation con-
SEC. 512. (a) None of the funds made avail- to tell you about one very remarkable
tained in this Act shall remain available for
obligation beyond the current fiscal year un- able in this Act may be used to maintain or family from my central New Jersey
less expressly so provided herein. establish a computer network unless such congressional district.
SEC. 502. Such sums as may be necessary network blocks the viewing, downloading, A little over a week ago, on July 14,
for fiscal year 2011 for pay raises for pro- and exchanging of pornography. I had the privilege of introducing Mrs.
grams funded by this Act shall be absorbed (b) Nothing in subsection (a) shall limit Linda Bean of East Brunswick, New
within the levels appropriated in this Act. the use of funds necessary for any Federal,
Jersey, to the House Committee on
SEC. 503. None of the funds made available State, tribal, or local law enforcement agen-
cy or any other entity carrying out criminal Veterans’ Affairs. Linda was appearing
in this Act may be used for any program,
investigations, prosecution, or adjudication before the Oversight and Investigations
project, or activity, when it is made known
to the Federal entity or official to which the activities. subcommittee to tell the story of how
funds are made available that the program, SEC. 513. None of the funds made available her son, Coleman, came to take his
project, or activity is not in compliance with in this Act may be used for the processing of own life in September 2008. Linda made
any Federal law relating to risk assessment, new enhanced-use leases at the National it clear why she had traveled to Wash-
Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers lo-
the protection of private property rights, or ington to, I would say, courageously
unfunded mandates. cated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
share her family’s painful story: ‘‘I owe
SEC. 504. No part of any funds appropriated The CHAIR. No amendment is in a duty to my son and our debt to the
in this Act shall be used by an agency of the order except those printed in House Re- men with whom Coleman served.’’
executive branch, other than for normal and port 111–570. Each such amendment
recognized executive-legislative relation-
You see, Coleman was a two-tour vet-
may be offered only in the order print- eran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Like
ships, for publicity or propaganda purposes, ed in the report, may be offered by a
and for the preparation, distribution, or use so many of our troops who have served
of any kit, pamphlet, booklet, publication,
Member designated in the report, shall in Iraq and Afghanistan, Coleman de-
radio, television, or film presentation de- be considered read, shall be debatable veloped post-traumatic stress disorder.
signed to support or defeat legislation pend- for 10 minutes, equally divided and con- In between and after those tours, he
ing before Congress, except in presentation trolled by the proponent and an oppo- sought treatment for his PTSD. Be-
to Congress itself. nent, and shall not be subject to a de- cause Sergeant Bean was a member of
SEC. 505. All departments and agencies mand for division of the question.
funded under this Act are encouraged, within
the Individual Ready Reserve, the so-
After consideration of the bill for called IRR—a pool of reserve soldiers
the limits of the existing statutory authori- amendment, the chair and ranking mi-
ties and funding, to expand their use of ‘‘E- not assigned to any unit but available
nority member of the Committee on for mobilization if needed—he could
Commerce’’ technologies and procedures in
the conduct of their business practices and Appropriations or their designees each not get treatment for his condition be-
public service activities. may offer one pro forma amendment to cause the Departments of Defense and
SEC. 506. None of the funds made available the bill for the purpose of debate, Veterans Affairs refused to take owner-
in this Act may be transferred to any depart- which shall be controlled by the pro- ship of Sergeant Bean and the thou-
ment, agency, or instrumentality of the ponent.
United States Government except pursuant sands like him. A few weeks after Cole-
to a transfer made by, or transfer authority b 1710 man took his life, the VA called to con-
provided in, this or any other appropriations AMENDMENT NO. 1 OFFERED BY MR. HOLT firm his next appointment.
Act. The CHAIR. It is now in order to con- As Linda closed her testimony before
SEC. 507. Unless stated otherwise, all re- sider amendment No. 1 printed in the House Veterans’ Affairs Com-
ports and notifications required by this Act mittee, she relayed how one VA official
shall be submitted to the Subcommittee on
House Report 111–570.
Mr. HOLT. Madam Chair, I have had told her, ‘‘If they won’t walk
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, through the door, we can’t help them.’’
and Related Agencies of the Committee on amendment No. 1 at the desk.
Appropriations of the House of Representa- The CHAIR. The Clerk will designate Linda’s response must be our response:
tives and the Subcommittee on Military the amendment. ‘‘Of course we can help them. It is our
The text of the amendment is as fol- duty to figure out how, not theirs.’’
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Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Re-
lated Agencies of the Committee on Appro- lows: Earlier this year, I secured the inclu-
priations of the Senate. Page 33, line 15, after the dollar amount, sion of a suicide prevention provision
SEC. 508. None of the funds made available insert ‘‘(reduced by $20,000,000) (increased by in the annual defense authorization bill
in this Act may be used for a project or pro- $20,000,000)’’. that would require the Secretary of De-
gram named for an individual serving as a The CHAIR. Pursuant to House Reso- fense to conduct periodic telephone or
Member, Delegate, or Resident Commis-
lution 1559, the gentleman from New in-person outreach and counseling calls
sioner of the United States House of Rep-
resentatives. Jersey (Mr. HOLT) and a Member op- to reservists like Coleman. The idea is
SEC. 509. (a) Any agency receiving funds posed each will control 5 minutes. to check on the IRR member’s mental,
made available in this Act, shall, subject to The Chair recognizes the gentleman emotional and professional well-being
subsections (b) and (c), post on the public from New Jersey. and to identify and treat any IRR
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members who are deemed to be at risk Mr. CRENSHAW. I yield to the gen- The Chair recognizes the gentleman
of harming themselves. tleman from Rhode Island. from Indiana.
Because the other body has thus far Mr. KENNEDY. I appreciate the gen- Mr. BUYER. Madam Chair, I rise
failed to act on the fiscal year 2011 au- tleman’s yielding. today in support of my amendment to
thorization, I have sent a letter to Sec- I too want to join in paying tribute H.R. 5822. This amendment would fence
retaries Gates and Shinseki asking to the gentleman from New Jersey for off $10 million in the VA’s general oper-
that they take whatever administra- this amendment and also to the chair- ating expenses account.
tive action is necessary to reach out man, Chairman EDWARDS, for his dili- The goal of the VA’s vocational reha-
and monitor this very large pool of at- gence to this mental health issue in bilitation and employment program is
risk reservists. I have also asked that the bill. to put disabled veterans back to work
they meet with Greg and Linda Bean As I said earlier, these wounds may or, for the most severely disabled, to
and explain in detail what those de- be invisible but they’re not invisible to live as independently as possible.
partments intend to do to prevent the members of our uniform who are VA’s counselors currently have an average
other Iraq and Afghanistan war vet- suffering from them. I think it may not caseload of over 130 disabled veterans. Be-
erans from suffering Coleman’s fate. come as a surprise to most people that cause of the heavy workload which includes a
Our commitment to reducing suicides those servicemembers dying of suicide significant amount of case management and
among our veterans must be com- outnumber those who are killed in ac- regular interaction with their clients, the time to
prehensive and unwavering. This tion. And that does not include our actually enter vocational training is nearly six
amendment today is designed to give veterans. It wasn’t until this defense months. That is on top of the average of the
the VA the resources and the direction bill that we just passed that we in- 6 months it takes to receive a disability rating
to get appropriate and broad-based out- cluded a provision that the President needed to even become eligible for this ben-
reach under way as soon as President of the United States would actually efit.
Obama signs this bill. I hope this send a letter of condolence to the fam- The $10 million included in this amendment
amendment will be supported on a bi- ily of those who had taken their life in would fund one hundred additional profes-
partisan basis, because, as Linda Bean the field, and we all know what the sional level staff and will be a small step to-
says, ‘‘It’s not their job to figure out pressures are on those individuals: wards reducing the caseload to a more man-
how, it’s ours.’’ more tours of duty, longer times away ageable average of 100 per counselor thereby
I yield to the gentleman from Texas. from their families, and more stress. shortening the time it takes to begin training.
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I just want The fact of the matter is I think that
For many veterans and servicemembers
to commend the gentleman for his this work that you’re doing, RUSH, is
VR&E training is the bridge to meaningful and
leadership on this effort. It is a heart- to be commended. I think it is also im-
breaking tragedy every time a veteran portant for everyone to note that this
I urge all members to vote in favor of my
takes his or her life as a result of their historic health bill that we just passed
amendment to H.R. 5822.
service to our country. I look forward will encompass 72 percent of all vet-
to working with the gentleman and erans who will get their care thanks to
this Congress’ work to include mental b 1720
with the gentleman from Florida (Mr.
CRENSHAW) and the gentleman from health parity in the health care reform I yield to the gentleman from Texas.
Tennessee (Mr. WAMP) as we go to con- bill that was just passed. Seventy-two Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I want to
ference committee to see that we do percent of all vets will never see the commend Mr. BUYER for offering this
more than everything that is already VA for their health care but, rather, amendment.
being done to see that we prevent sui- through private health insurance. And Without this amendment, the VA
cides from occurring. this Congress passed legislation mak- would actually be reducing at the very
If we save one life, then the gentle- ing it illegal for them to be discrimi- worst time the number of vocational
man’s and our service here in Congress nated against based upon health sta- rehab employees. We ought to be in-
will have been time well served. tus, whether it be mental, physical, creasing those numbers, and that’s
Mr. HOLT. I thank the gentleman. and we all know that mental now is a what we will be doing with this, par-
In closing, I would say there are tens neurological disorder. ticularly given a lot of our troops com-
of thousands of people who will be Thanks again for your good work. ing back from Iraq and Afghanistan are
helped. Again thank you to the chairman and having difficult times finding jobs.
The CHAIR. The time of the gen- ranking member for their good work on They need this support.
tleman has expired. this. The VA gets a lot of things right, but
Mr. CRENSHAW. Madam Chair, I Mr. CRENSHAW. I yield back the I don’t think they got this part of their
would like to claim the time in opposi- balance of my time. budget right. And I thank the gen-
tion, although I’m not necessarily op- The CHAIR. The question is on the tleman for correcting it, and it’s a
posed to the amendment. amendment offered by the gentleman privilege to support his amendment.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without from New Jersey (Mr. HOLT). Mr. BUYER. I yield back the balance
objection, the gentleman from Florida The amendment was agreed to.
of my time.
is recognized for 5 minutes. AMENDMENT NO. 2 OFFERED BY MR. BUYER
The CHAIR. The question is on the
There was no objection. The CHAIR. It is now in order to con- amendment offered by the gentleman
Mr. CRENSHAW. Madam Chair, I sider amendment No. 2 printed in from Indiana (Mr. BUYER).
just want to also commend the gen- House Report 111–570. The amendment was agreed to.
tleman for offering this amendment. I Mr. BUYER. Madam Chair, I have an
AMENDMENT NO. 3 OFFERED BY MR. BUYER
think so often we have resources that amendment at the desk.
The CHAIR. The Clerk will designate The CHAIR. It is now in order to con-
are available like this that sometimes
the amendment. sider amendment No. 3 printed in
our veterans are not aware of. I think
The text of the amendment is as fol- House Report 111–570.
we’ve made great strides in dealing
lows: Mr. BUYER. I have an amendment at
with this. We have a suicide prevention
Page 34, line 7, before the period at the end the desk.
hotline we’re working every day, but I
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insert the following: ‘‘: Provided further, That The CHAIR. The Clerk will designate
think he makes an excellent point that of the funds made available under this head- the amendment.
so often people are not aware of the ing, $10,000,000 shall be available to increase The text of the amendment is as fol-
services they might avail themselves the number of Department of Veterans Af- lows:
of. fairs employees who administer benefits
I commend him for this. I would cer- under chapter 31 of title 38, United States Page 38, line 18, before the period insert
Code’’. the following: ‘‘: Provided further, That of the
tainly favor this amendment so that funds made available under this heading,
we can get the word out to know that The CHAIR. Pursuant to House Reso- $162,734,000 shall be for renewable energy
we’re trying to help folks. lution 1559, the gentleman from Indi- projects at Department of Veterans Affairs
Mr. KENNEDY. Will the gentleman ana (Mr. BUYER) and a Member opposed medical facility campuses pursuant to sec-
yield? each will control 5 minutes. tion 8103 of title 38, United States Code’’.
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The CHAIR. Pursuant to House Reso- loquy, and we’re $147 million already Madam Chairwoman, several years
lution 1559, the gentleman from Indi- down the road. That’s how far we’re ago I had the opportunity to visit the
ana (Mr. BUYER) and a Member opposed into this now, Chairman EDWARDS and U.S. Olympic Training Center in San
each will control 5 minutes. Mr. CRENSHAW, and this is a good thing. Diego. From that moment we then set
The Chair recognizes the gentleman The VA, such a very large enterprise, the course to restructure the United
from Indiana. large consumer of energy and being the States Olympic Committee. Once we
Mr. BUYER. I ask unanimous con- second largest department here of gov- did that, by the relationships that de-
sent to modify my amendment. ernment, what you’re doing here in veloped, by the reorganization of the
The CHAIR. The Clerk will report the this green management and renewable Olympic Committee, we then became a
modification. energy, geothermal, wind, solar, this is Nation at war. I then sought to lever-
The Clerk read as follows: smart. It really is. It’s smart what age these relationships with the VA
Modification to Amendment No. 3 offered you’re doing. So I really want to thank and their sports programs.
by Mr. BUYER: you for doing this. I looked at this and how we can use
The amendment as modified is as follows: We’ve got more projects identified. sports as a platform for healing, and
Page 54, after line 2, insert the following: They’re around 60. These moneys will
SEC. ll. Of the amounts made available
you know, when I looked back on this,
for fiscal year 2011 for ‘‘Medical Facilities’’
allow the VA to stay on track on their yes, you know, we moved out and we
in Public Law 111-117, $162,734,000 shall be timelines, and I really appreciate your embraced it. I started at the top and
available for renewable energy projects at working with me to do this. probably should have started at the
the Department of Veterans Affairs medical I yield to the gentleman from Texas. bottom. I started where I started and it
facility campuses subject to section 8103 of Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I just want was with the Olympics, the Olympic
title 38, United States Code. to commend Mr. BUYER for his leader- Committee. Not everyone is an Olym-
The CHAIR. Is there objection to the ship. This is not the first time he has pian. That’s the reality of this. Not ev-
modification? come to the floor fighting for renew- eryone was blessed with an Olympic
Without objection, the amendment is able energy projects and conservation body or the mind or the will. But it’s
modified. projects for the VA. And as he leaves how do we, as a Nation, use sports as a
There was no objection. Congress at the end of this Congress, I platform for healing? And most of our
The CHAIR. The gentleman from In- want to thank him for this effort. warriors are athletes. And so when
diana is recognized for 5 minutes. Every dollar we save by conservation they get injured, how do we inspire
Mr. BUYER. I will proceed on the investments and renewable energy in- them?
modified amendment. vestments is a dollar that’s either back Now, when we brought the Olympic
After discussion with Chairman ED- into the taxpayers’ pocket or a dollar Committee and the sports programs
WARDS and with the ranking member, that goes to actually provide better from the VA together, we were able to
Mr. CRENSHAW, we’ve all agreed to a health care for America’s veterans. So leverage that whereby our military
better way forward on the amendment. that’s why I’m enthusiastic in my sup- athletes then could actually have an
So I appreciate your efforts on the port of this amendment, and I com- avenue to be part of the Olympic team.
modification. mend the gentleman for his authorship And that has, in fact, happened and has
Accordingly, what we’re seeking to of it. been done.
do here is overcome some challenges Mr. BUYER. Reclaiming my time, I Last year—and I want to thank
that we have with regard to the ad- also want to extend my appreciation to Chairman EDWARDS—he supported the
vance appropriation and how dollars Secretary Shinseki for his work and $10 million that went into this adaptive
can be dedicated to particular uses. So the previous Secretary. sports program.
the Appropriations Committee has I yield back the balance of my time.
worked with me, and for that I am The CHAIR. The question is on the b 1730
deeply appreciative. amendment, as modified, offered by the The Olympic committee helps with
I want to express my thanks to gentleman from Indiana (Mr. BUYER). this grant program now to take the
Chairman EDWARDS and to Mr. The amendment, as modified, was same ideal, the Olympic ideal, and
CRENSHAW. Both of you have been very agreed to. move it out to all the communities
good friends. I respect your leadership, AMENDMENT NO. 4 OFFERED BY MR. BUYER across the country. And so an indi-
and I appreciate your good faith in The CHAIR. It is now in order to con- vidual who may not be an Olympian
working with myself and my staff. sider amendment No. 4 printed in can be an Olympian of their own com-
Over the years, the 18 years I’ve been House Report 111–570. munity, can actually compete. It is
here, the years I’ve been privileged to Mr. BUYER. I have an amendment at that competition—it’s not the winning.
work in leadership as chairman and as the desk. It’s have you improved yourself, have
ranking member, I have respected the The CHAIR. The Clerk will designate you bettered your time, and making
interoperability and cooperation be- the amendment. someone feel good about that, this
tween the Appropriations staff and the The text of the amendment is as fol- Adaptive Sports program, whereby it’s
authorizers. It has worked really, real- lows: done at the local level and then builds
ly well. At times they can disagree, but Page 34, line 7, before the period at the end up is really good, and this is a very
they can professionally work it out. insert the following: ‘‘: Provided further, That good program. We’re in our infancy,
of the funds made available under this head-
I’ve been impressed by that, and it has and I want to thank the chairman and
ing, $8,000,000 shall be available to fund the
continued. adaptive sports grant program under section for supporting this last time.
So I want to thank you for that. And 521A of title 38, United States Code, and So the concept I think is pretty sim-
this is a prime example. This is one of $2,000,000 shall be available to carry out sec- ple. I do have some pictures here I’d
them whereby I look back to 2008 when tion 322 of title 38, United States Code’’. like to share with everyone. This is a
we wanted to do these renewable en- The CHAIR. Pursuant to House Reso- picture of disabled veterans and serv-
ergy projects, and you were challenged lution 1559, the gentleman from Indi- icemembers running the 100 meter dash
at the time because the Speaker didn’t ana (Mr. BUYER) and a Member opposed at the Warrior Games in Colorado
want renewable projects in the bill, but each will control 5 minutes. Springs, Colorado, and this was in May
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you agreed that this was something The Chair recognizes the gentleman of this year. And when you see this
that we needed to do and tried to figure from Indiana. running the 100 meter dash, you know
out how we’re going to do it. Mr. BUYER. Madam Chair, I rise we’ve got a mixture here. This gen-
So I recognize it couldn’t be done at today in support of my amendment to tleman lost—this is a below the ankle,
the time, but it was something that H.R. 5822, as reported. here is a below the knee amputation,
you also embraced and supported. And This amendment would provide $10 and this is a double amputation, and
I went on down the street like I said I million in VA general operating ex- they’re sprinting the 100 meter dash.
was going to do, and we did 16 of these pense funding for the VA-US Think about the inspiration that they
renewable energy projects. Then we Paralympic Adaptive Sports Grant have. I mean, these warrior athletes
come back in 2009, you and I do a col- Program. are truly remarkable.
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I want to show you another photo of and I’ve had the chance to visit that The CHAIR. Pursuant to House Reso-
a double amputee. This Olympian right program to see and meet some of these lution 1559, the gentleman from Texas
here during the winter games, this is Wounded Warriors. (Mr. CUELLAR) and a Member opposed
Heath Calhoun, a Paralympian, and The thing that I hear over and over each will control 5 minutes.
this was in Vancouver in March of this again is they say this is something The Chair recognizes the gentleman
year. Mr. Calhoun is an Army Ranger. that gives us our spirit back. We can from Texas.
He was wounded when a rocket-pro- compete. We can enjoy life. We can be Mr. CUELLAR. Madam Chair, my
pelled grenade hit his Humvee while he with our families, and I think it is amendment is a commonsense amend-
was serving in Iraq. He lost both legs something that is very, very worth- ment that ensures no taxpayers dollars
as a result of that attack. His grand- while and commend the gentleman for will be used to purchase first-class
father served in World War II, his fa- bringing it up.
tickets for employees of agencies fund-
ther served in Vietnam, and he then Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Will the
ed by this bill except in special cir-
sought to serve his country and lost gentleman yield?
Mr. CRENSHAW. I yield to the gen- cumstances as allowed under law.
both legs. He dedicated himself then to This is, again, important because it
overcome this challenge and made the tleman from Texas.
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I just want does prohibit unapproved first-class
United States Olympic team and com- travel and offers a direct method of
to commend him and commend Mr.
peted in Vancouver. guidance by referencing the Code of
BUYER for this effort. These photo-
So these Olympians also then mentor Federal Regulations to prohibit this
graphs are an inspiration to all of us,
and aspire others into the Adaptive type of premium travel for Federal em-
to our veterans, to our Wounded War-
Sports Grant Program. So this is re- ployees.
riors, but to every American. This pro-
markable. This is building off the
gram is an inspiration to our Wounded I think the chairman is in agreement
Olympic ideal to really help our war-
Warriors, our veterans, and all Ameri- with me that this is a way to save tax-
riors, and we’re achieving the goal, and
cans who hear about it. I am in full payer dollars, and he’s in agreement
that is to use sports as a platform for support of this amendment. I also want with this amendment.
healing. to thank again Mr. BUYER, along with
So $10 million can be a lot of money, Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Will the
Mr. PERLMUTTER and Mr. LANGEVIN, gentleman yield?
but talking about what we get out of who over the last several years have
this, the intangibles that we can get Mr. CUELLAR. I yield to the gen-
been real champions, along with Mr. tleman from Texas.
out of this, when these men and women BUYER, of this program, and again, I’m
that go through this feel so good about Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I am glad to
honored to support the amendment.
themselves and take their bodies to Mr. CRENSHAW. I yield back the support this amendment.
new levels, guess what? They feel good balance of my time. Mr. CUELLAR. I yield back the bal-
about their families, they feel good The CHAIR. The question is on the ance of my time.
about their jobs, and our goal here is to amendment offered by the gentleman The CHAIR. The question is on the
make sure that they can live as full a from Indiana (Mr. BUYER). amendment offered by the gentleman
life as they possibly can. The amendment was agreed to. from Texas (Mr. CUELLAR).
That’s what we want to do. AMENDMENT NO. 5 OFFERED BY MR. CUELLAR The amendment was agreed to.
The CHAIR. The time of the gen- The CHAIR. It is now in order to con- AMENDMENT NO. 6 OFFERED BY MR. FLAKE
tleman has expired. sider amendment No. 5 printed in
Mr. CRENSHAW. Madam Chair, I House Report 111–570. The CHAIR. It is now in order to con-
claim the time in opposition, although Mr. CUELLAR. Madam Chair, I have sider amendment No. 6 printed in
I’m not necessarily opposing this an amendment at the desk. House Report 111–570.
amendment. The CHAIR. The Clerk will designate Mr. FLAKE. Madam Chair, I have an
The CHAIR. Without objection, the the amendment. amendment at the desk.
gentleman from Florida is recognized The text of the amendment is as fol- The CHAIR. The Clerk will designate
for 5 minutes. lows: the amendment.
There was no objection. At the end of the bill (before the short The text of the amendment is as fol-
Mr. CRENSHAW. I just wanted to say title), add the following new section: lows:
that I think this is a wonderful pro- SEC. 5ll. None of the funds appropriated
or otherwise made available in this Act may At the end of the bill (before the short
gram. I’m a little bit aware of that be- title), insert the following:
be used by an agency of the executive branch
cause in my home district in Jackson- to pay for first-class travel by an employee SEC. ll. None of the funds provided in
ville, Florida, there’s an organization of the agency in contravention of sections this Act shall be available from the fol-
called the Wounded Warriors, and they 301-10.122 through 301-10.124 of title 41, Code lowing Department of Defense military con-
work in conjunction with this program, of Federal Regulations. struction accounts for the following projects:
Account Location Project Amount
Army ........................................... Alabama: Fort Rucker ............................. Emergency Medical Services Facility ........... $1,700,000
Air Force ..................................... Alabama: Maxwell AFB ............................ Air Traffic Control Tower ............................. $810,000
Defense-Wide ............................... Arizona: Marana ....................................... SOF Parachute Training Facility ................. $6,250,000
Army NG ..................................... Arkansas: Camp Robinson ........................ Regional Training Institute, Ph 2 ................. $2,334,000
Navy ............................................ California: Coronado NAB ........................ MESG-1 Consolidated Boat Maintenance Fa- $6,890,000
Air Force ..................................... California: Los Angeles AFB .................... Parking Structure, Ph 2 ................................ $4,500,000
Air NG ......................................... California: Moffett Field .......................... Relocate Main Gate ....................................... $2,000,000
Navy ............................................ California: Monterey NSA ........................ International Academic Instruction Building $11,960,000
Army NG ..................................... California: Sacramento ............................ Field Maintenance Shop Paving ................... $891,000
Air Force ..................................... California: Travis AFB ............................. BCE Maintenance Shops and Supply Ware- $387,000
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Army NG ..................................... California: Ventura .................................. Renewable Photovoltaic Solar Power ........... $1,466,000
Air NG ......................................... Colorado: Buckley AFB ............................ Repair Taxiways Juliet and Lima ................. $4,000,000
Army NG ..................................... Colorado: Watkins .................................... Parachute Maintenance Facility .................. $3,569,000
Navy ............................................ Connecticut: New London NSB ................ Submarine Group Two Headquarters ............ $550,000
Air Force ..................................... Florida: MacDill AFB ............................... Infrastructure Improvements ........................ $249,000
Navy ............................................ Florida: Panama City NSA ....................... Land Acquisition-9 Acres .............................. $5,960,000
Navy ............................................ Georgia: Albany MCLB ............................. Maintenance Center Test Firing Range ........ $5,180,000
Air Force ..................................... Georgia: Robins AFB ................................ Combat Communications Squadron Ware- $5,500,000
Army NG ..................................... Illinois: Marseilles Training Area ............ Simulation Center ......................................... $2,500,000
Air Force ..................................... Illinois: Scott AFB ................................... New Fitness Facility, Ph 1 ............................ $396,000
Navy ............................................ Indiana: Crane NSWC ............................... Platform Protection Engineering Complex ... $760,000
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Account Location Project Amount
Army NG ..................................... Iowa: Camp Dodge .................................... Regional Training Institute, Ph 1 ................. $800,000
Air NG ......................................... Iowa: Des Moines ...................................... Corrosion Control Hangar ............................. $4,750,000
Army NG ..................................... Iowa: Iowa City ........................................ Simulation Center/MVSB/ Helipad/Parking .. $1,999,000
Army NG ..................................... Kentucky: Frankfort ................................ Joint Forces Headquarters, Ph 1 ................... $281,000
Air NG ......................................... Kentucky: Standiford Field ...................... Contingency Response Group Facility .......... $534,000
Air NG ......................................... Louisiana: New Orleans NAS/JRB ............ ASA Replace Alert Complex ......................... $2,000,000
Navy ............................................ Maine: Portsmouth NSY .......................... Consolidation of Structural Shops, Ph 1 ....... $11,910,000
Army NG ..................................... Maryland: Easton ..................................... Readiness Center Add/Alt .............................. $347,000
Army ........................................... Maryland: Fort Meade .............................. Infrastructure-Mapes Road & Cooper Avenue $1,750,000
Navy ............................................ Maryland: Patuxent River NAS ............... Atlantic Test Range Addition ....................... $10,160,000
Air NG ......................................... Massachusetts: Barnes ANGB ................... Add to Aircraft Maintenance Hangar ............ $6,000,000
Army NG ..................................... Michigan: Fort Custer (Augusta) ............. Troop Service Support Center ....................... $446,000
Air NG ......................................... Minnesota: Duluth .................................... Load Crew Training & Weapons Release $8,000,000
Army NG ..................................... Minnesota: Mankato ................................ Field Maintenance Shop ............................... $947,000
Defense-Wide ............................... Mississippi: Stennis Space Center ............ SOF Land Acquisition, Ph 3 .......................... $8,000,000
Air Force ..................................... Missouri: Whiteman AFB ......................... Consolidated Air Operations Facility ........... $23,500,000
Army NG ..................................... Nevada: Las Vegas .................................... Civil Support Team Ready Building ............. $8,771,000
Air NG ......................................... New Jersey: Atlantic City IAP ................. Fuel Cell and Corrosion Control Hangar ....... $8,500,000
Army Reserve .............................. New Jersey: Fort Dix ................................ Automated Multipurpose Machine Gun $9,800,000
Air Force ..................................... New Mexico: Holloman AFB ..................... Parallel Taxiway, Runway 07/25 .................... $8,000,000
Air Force ..................................... New Mexico: Kirtland AFB ....................... Replace Fire Station 3 .................................. $6,800,000
Army ........................................... New York: Fort Drum .............................. Alert Holding Area Facility .......................... $6,700,000
Air Reserve .................................. New York: Niagara Falls ARS .................. C-130 Flightline Operations Facility, Ph 1 .... $9,500,000
Army NG ..................................... New York: Ronkonkoma (MacArthur Air- Flightline Rehabilitation .............................. $2,780,000
Air NG ......................................... New York: Stewart ANGB ........................ Aircraft Conversion Facility ......................... $3,750,000
Army NG ..................................... North Carolina: Camp Butner .................. Barracks (AT), Ph 1 ....................................... $1,484,000
Army NG ..................................... North Carolina: Morrisville ...................... AASF 1 Fixed Wing Hangar Annex ................ $8,815,000
Army NG ..................................... North Carolina: Murphy ........................... Fire Fighting Team Support Facility ........... $223,000
Air Force ..................................... North Carolina: Pope AFB ....................... Crash/Fire/ Rescue Station ............................ $13,500,000
Air Force ..................................... North Dakota: Grand Forks AFB ............. Central Deployment Center .......................... $495,000
Army NG ..................................... Ohio: Camp Sherman ................................ Maintenance Building Add/Alt ...................... $3,100,000
Army NG ..................................... Ohio: Ravenna Training Site .................... Unit Training Equipment Site Add/Alt ......... $2,000,000
Air NG ......................................... Ohio: Toledo Express Airport ................... Replace Security Forces Complex ................. $7,300,000
Defense-Wide ............................... Oklahoma: Tulsa IAP ............................... Fuels Storage Complex ................................. $1,036,000
Army NG ..................................... Oregon: Salem .......................................... Armed Forces Reserve Center Add/Alt $1,243,000
Air NG ......................................... Pennsylvania: Fort Indiantown Gap ........ Multipurpose Air National Guard Training $675,000
Army NG ..................................... Pennsylvania: Hermitage ......................... Readiness Center ........................................... $671,000
Army NG ..................................... Pennsylvania: Tobyhanna ........................ Armed Forces Reserve Center ....................... $1,513,000
Army NG ..................................... Pennsylvania: Williamsport ..................... Field Maintenance Shop ............................... $1,508,000
Army NG ..................................... Rhode Island: Middletown ........................ Readiness Center Add/Alt .............................. $3,646,000
Army NG ..................................... Rhode Island: Quonset Point .................... Readiness Center ........................................... $3,729,000
Air NG ......................................... South Carolina: McEntire JRB ................ Replace Operations and Training Facility .... $9,100,000
Air NG ......................................... South Dakota: Joe Foss Field .................. Aircraft Maintenance Shops ......................... $3,600,000
Air Force ..................................... Tennessee: Arnold AFB ............................ AEDC Power Distribution Modernization ..... $378,000
Army ........................................... Texas: Corpus Christi Depot ..................... Rotor Blade Processing Facility, Ph 2 .......... $13,400,000
Army ........................................... Texas: Fort Bliss ...................................... Alternative Energy Projects ......................... $1,166,000
Army ........................................... Texas: Fort Bliss ...................................... Rail Yard Improvements ............................... $2,070,000
Army ........................................... Texas: Fort Hood ...................................... Soldier Readiness Processing Center ............ $1,000,000
Navy ............................................ Texas: Kingsville NAS .............................. Youth Center ................................................. $2,610,000
Air Force ..................................... Texas: Lackland AFB ............................... Consolidated Security Forces Ops Center, Ph $900,000
Air Force ..................................... Texas: Laughlin AFB ................................ Community Event Complex .......................... $10,500,000
Army NG ..................................... Texas: Laredo ........................................... Receiving, Staging, & Onward Integration $475,000
Army NG ..................................... Texas: McLennan County ......................... Operational Reserve Headquarters ................ $5,000,000
Army NG ..................................... Texas: South Texas Training Center ........ Cantonment and Support Infrastructure ...... $5,000,000
Army ........................................... Virginia: Fort Belvoir .............................. Growth Support Infrastructure ..................... $3,060,000
Air Force ..................................... Virginia: Langley AFB ............................. Clear Zone Land Acquisition, Ph 1 ................ $3,000,000
Defense-Wide ............................... Washington: Fort Lewis ........................... SOF Military Working Dog Kennel ............... $4,700,000
Navy ............................................ Washington: Kitsap NB ............................ Charleston Gate ECP Improvements ............. $6,150,000
Army NG ..................................... West Virginia: Bridgeport ........................ FWAATS Apron Expansion ........................... $2,000,000
Army NG ..................................... West Virginia: Bridgeport ........................ FWAATS Expansion ...................................... $2,000,000
Army NG ..................................... West Virginia: Glen Jean ......................... Emergency Power Generator ........................ $1,500,000
Army NG ..................................... Wisconsin: Wausau ................................... Field Maintenance Shop ............................... $12,008,000
Army NG ..................................... Guam: Barrigada ...................................... Joint Forces HQ Readiness Center Add/Alt ... $778,000
The CHAIR. Pursuant to House Reso- the original accounts. I’m not here to year’s Military Construction-VA appro-
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lution 1559, the gentleman from Ari- dispute the merits of these projects. I priations bill shows that the spoils sys-
zona (Mr. FLAKE) and a Member op- have no doubt that some of those tem is alive and well. It’s happened in
posed each will control 5 minutes. projects are worthwhile and would im- previous years, and it’s no different
The Chair recognizes the gentleman prove the quality of life for our mili- this year. The only difference here is
from Arizona. tary servicemembers and their fami- we have basically just one party engag-
Mr. FLAKE. Madam Chair, this lies, but that’s not what is at issue ing in it, and so the spoils are even
amendment is straightforward. here. more concentrated in fewer Members.
It would simply prevent the funding At issue, again, as I pointed out be- Let me just put this chart up here.
of all Member-requested earmarks in fore, is the spoils system that this These are the FY 2011 earmark dollars
the bill. It would return the funds to process of earmarking represents. This associated with powerful Members of
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Congress. By powerful Members I mean of all, let me say that let’s at least get Nation. I believe that the process that
those who are on the Appropriations rid of the pretence that cutting ear- my subcommittee and Chairman ED-
Committee, those who are in leader- marks would save taxpayer dollars if WARDS’ subcommittee has put in place
ship, or those who are chairmen of he says, well, this money could still be accomplishes this goal.
committees. And if you look at the ap- spent by DOD. For example, the projects that this
propriations bills that have gone But the reality is, because of the amendment would seek to strike have
through either the subcommittee or flawed nature of the way this amend- been individually reviewed by the ad-
full committee on appropriations, you ment was put together, it would be the ministration for cost and the way it’s
see this appropriations spoils system in best—the worst, actually, of both going to be executed. The projects are
action here. worlds. One, it wouldn’t save tax- carefully compared against a very long
This looks like a Pacman chart here payers’ dollars because the appropria- list of requirements that the Depart-
with a hungry Pacman here. The red tions would go to the Department of ment of Defense has generated. These
represents the percentage taken by Defense; but because it would be in an projects have been included in the Na-
powerful members. In the Homeland account for programs not authorized, tional Defense Authorization Act for
Security bill, 52 percent of the earmark that money could not be spent for all Fiscal Year 2011 that this body has re-
dollars go to powerful Members. Fifty- of the worthwhile kinds of projects cently passed.
two percent go to just 13 percent of that I have just mentioned. Finally, all of these military con-
this body; CJS bill, 57 percent; Agri- Let me put in perspective what we struction projects that are included at
culture, 76 percent; THUD, 42 percent; are talking about here. This is a $140 the end of this process, including all of
and MILCON VA, what we’re doing billion bill. Less than three-tenths of 1 the projects that this amendment
now, 51 percent. percent of this bill was designated by seeks to strike, will be competitively
More than half of the earmark dol- Members of Congress working with awarded.
lars in this legislation are going to just community leaders, military leaders, The CHAIR. The time of the gen-
13 percent of the Members in this body. military base leaders. tleman has expired.
Madam Chair, that is simply not right. If I can ask my staff for a chart, I The gentleman from Arizona has 3
We shouldn’t be doing this. Yet year would just like to show, in perspective, minutes remaining.
after year we do it. No matter what what a small part of this total bill ac- Mr. FLAKE. Madam Chair, I yield
kind of reforms we enact, we still have tually goes to congressionally spon- the gentleman another 30 seconds if he
the spoils system alive and well. sored projects. wants to finish.
I reserve the balance of my time. Now, Mr. FLAKE apparently has more Mr. ORTIZ. We cannot forget the fact
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam trust in the Obama administration that we are involved in two wars. We
Chair, I claim time in opposition. than I did. I don’t think bureaucrats in have soldiers stationed in 120 coun-
The CHAIR. The gentleman is recog- Washington are right 100 percent of the tries. Whatever we do today, let’s do it
nized for 5 minutes. time, and it’s not wrong—in fact, it’s for our servicepeople. They are my sons
right—to say that Members of Con- and your daughters and family here
gress, working with military leaders who are serving our country.
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam and community leaders, ought to have Mr. FLAKE. Madam Chair, I plan to
Chair, I respect the gentleman. He some voice in where their taxpayers’ withdraw this amendment. I had
takes a principled position on congres- dollars go. planned to from the beginning. What I
sionally sponsored projects, but I Madam Chair, I want to point out wanted to do was come down here and
strongly oppose this amendment. this is a chart. This graph shows how explain the spoils system that this
The Flake amendment, regardless of much is spent in this bill. The part of kind of earmarking represents.
its intentions, would cut $163 million the bill that Mr. FLAKE is objecting to The problem, the gentleman men-
out of important military construction is this red part right here. Probably tioned that this amendment is crafted
projects for the National Guard and from that side of the aisle it would be in a way that it would prohibit the
Reserves, which are playing a key role very, very hard to see it. spending of money on these projects. It
in our war in Iraq and Afghanistan. But I just want people to understand would. The problem is there is no way
This amendment would cut $57 mil- that the administration gets a voice on to craft an amendment that wouldn’t
lion out of force protection, safety and this amount of money in the bill. Mem- do that.
security forces facilities, including bers of Congress working with military What we have here is a situation
more secure entrance gates at our mili- leaders get a voice on this amount. where we simply can’t go in and say
tary installations, fire stations to pro- This is what we are talking about. this is a good earmark and this is not,
tect our troops and their families on But I want to talk and say this not through this process. That’s part of
posts. amount is significant because, if this the whole flawed aspect of what we are
The Flake amendment would cut $30 amendment were to pass, and I hope it doing here and why we need to change
million from quality of life facilities— will not and I do not believe it will, it this.
much needed by our troops and earned would harm important quality of life But the gentleman is correct, we
by our troops, deserved by our troops— and protection projects for our service shouldn’t give the administration a
barracks, youth and community cen- men and women. It would kill a major free ride to say this is where things
ters, roads. It cuts 44 projects that are initiative in this bill to increase fund- ought to be spent. We have the power
in the Department of Defense’s Future ing for the National Guard and Re- of the purse. This is article I stuff, and
Years Defense Program. serves who are playing a vitally impor- we ought to exercise it.
One of the programs this would cut is tant role in Iraq and Afghanistan. The problem I have is we basically
$1 million I put in this bill as an ear- May I inquire how much time I have exercise authority over that much of it
mark to provide for a new Soldier remaining? and leave the administration with this,
Readiness Processing Center at Fort The CHAIR. The gentleman has 1 instead of saying, through the process
Hood so those soldiers, over 40,000 serv- minute remaining. of authorization, appropriation, and
ing there, will not have to go through Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I would oversight, we have more control of
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a processing center which was the site yield that time to my colleague Mr. what the administration is doing.
of the murder of 12 of their Army com- ORTIZ. Instead, we say we don’t like the way
rades and one civilian just months ago. Mr. ORTIZ. I rise in opposition to the you are spending this money—we say
A ‘‘yes’’ vote on this amendment will Flake amendment. This amendment that to the executive branch—so we are
cut these kinds of worthy projects. would seek to strike certain modifica- going to run a little parallel track in
Now, Mr. FLAKE will claim and has tions to the Military Construction ap- the Congress where we determine
claimed that DOD will still have the propriations bill. where this much goes. Then when we
money to spend, but that’s not correct I believe that it is essential that this determine where this much goes, 51
because this amendment is flawed in body work with the administration and percent of it goes to just 13 percent of
the way it’s drafted because—well, first determine a budget that is best for the this body.
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Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Will the and that the VA should submit a report university that I represent back home
gentleman yield? to Congress no later than January 1 of in Indiana. I have also been working
Mr. FLAKE. I yield to the gentleman 2011 on changes they intend to make to with a community college, Ivy Tech in
from Texas. ensure accurate, timely, and efficient Indiana, with the same problem.
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I appreciate accounting of any returned post-9/11 GI I thank the chairman for his support
that, and I do respect his principled po- benefit payments. for this amendment, and I encourage
sition on this, not with just this bill my colleagues to support it as well.
b 1750 Madam Chair, I yield back the bal-
but with other bills.
I just want to point out the reason I, along with many of my colleagues, ance of my time.
we don’t spread out earmarks evenly enthusiastically supported the Post- The CHAIR. The question is on the
among 435 Members is military bases in 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act amendment offered by the gentleman
the United States are not spread out of 2008. This law provides qualified vet- from Indiana (Mr. HILL).
evenly among 435 congressional dis- erans with a full 4-year college scholar- The amendment was agreed to.
tricts. So it is logical and it makes ship, restoring a commitment our AMENDMENT NO. 8 OFFERED BY MR. GINGREY OF
country made to our World War II-era GEORGIA
sense and it’s good policy that Mem-
bers that represent military bases get veterans. The CHAIR. It is now in order to con-
more earmarks than Members that I believe that the Post-9/11 GI bill can sider amendment No. 8 printed in
don’t represent military bases. spark another period of economic House Report 111–570.
growth and prosperity for the current Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. Madam
Mr. FLAKE. I think that is a valid
generation of veterans, much like the Chairman, I have an amendment at the
point; although, I would argue that
Montgomery GI bill did for the pre- desk.
Members with military bases don’t nec- The CHAIR. The Clerk will designate
essarily align with the 13 percent rep- vious generation of veterans. That is
why I believe it is so critical that this the amendment.
resented in this chart. The text of the amendment is as fol-
But I would again, before asking bill be implemented accurately.
unanimous consent to withdraw this I understand that the VA legiti-
At the end of the bill (before the short
amendment, make the case, we will be mately requires some payments to vet- title), add the following new section:
dealing with another appropriation bill erans and universities to be returned. SEC. 5ll. None of the funds appropriated
tomorrow that is cleaner than this one There can be instances of a student or otherwise made available in this Act may
in terms of being able to target ear- taking fewer classes than what was be used by an agency of the executive branch
marks and prohibit funding for them originally thought, accidentally dupli- to exercise the power of eminent domain (to
cating payments. This is reasonable to take private property for public use) without
and actually save money. The way this
the payment of just compensation.
bill is structured makes it difficult to an extent. I believe that these funds
do that, but I recognize it. need to be accounted for accurately; The CHAIR. Pursuant to House Reso-
I just wanted to make the point and however, this is a two-way street. It lution 1559, the gentleman from Geor-
to drive it home again, through the has come to my attention that there gia (Mr. GINGREY) and a Member op-
process of authorization, appropria- has been some difficulty with the VA posed each will control 5 minutes.
to properly and accurately account for The Chair recognizes the gentleman
tion, and oversight, we can do a far
returned payments from universities from Georgia.
better job. Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. Madam
The CHAIR. The time of the gen- and veterans alike. In some instances,
Chairman, my amendment would pro-
tleman has expired. this has resulted in the VA withholding
hibit funds in the bill from being used
Mr. FLAKE. Madam Chair, I ask further Post-9/11 educational benefit
to exercise eminent domain without
unanimous consent to withdraw the payments to the student in question as
just compensation to the individuals
amendment. they are credited with an outstanding
involved. This is necessary because the
The CHAIR. Without objection, the debt despite having already paid back Kelo v. City of New London Supreme
amendment is withdrawn. the necessary accounts. This is even Court decision expanded the so-called
There was no objection. after the returned checks have been ‘‘public use’’ provision of the takings
AMENDMENT NO. 7 OFFERED BY MR. HILL cashed by the VA. This issue needs to clause of the Fifth Amendment. This
The CHAIR. It is now in order to con- be addressed in a timely manner. decision allows State and local govern-
sider amendment No. 7 printed in I do not believe that the VA is acting ments to practice eminent domain for
House Report 111–570. with any malice in this measure, far the benefit of one private party over
Mr. HILL. I have an amendment at from it. I applaud the work that the another.
the desk. VA is doing to improve the lives of vet- In this specific case, Madam Chair-
The CHAIR. The Clerk will designate erans. They deserve this benefit, but man, the City of New London, Con-
the amendment. they deserve for it to work for them. necticut, used its eminent domain au-
The text of the amendment is as fol- Madam Chair, I yield to the chair- thority to actually seize private prop-
lows: man, Mr. EDWARDS, for the purpose of a erty to sell to private developers in
Page 33, line 15, after the dollar amount, colloquy. order to aid a struggling economy in
insert ‘‘(reduced by $100,000) (increased by Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I thank the the name of economic development,
$100,000)’’. gentleman. I support this amendment. but not specifically in the traditional
The CHAIR. Pursuant to House Reso- Through no one’s malicious inten- interpretation of ‘‘public use.’’
lution 1559, the gentleman from Indi- tions, students—our veteran service- Justice John Paul Stevens’ majority
ana (Mr. HILL) and a Member opposed men and -women or their children opinion states that the Fifth Amend-
each will control 5 minutes. using the new 21st Century GI Bill—are ment does not require a literal ‘‘public
The Chair recognizes the gentleman being punished for mistakes that they use.’’ However, the Fifth Amendment
from Indiana. did not make, perhaps paperwork mis- of the document this Nation holds sa-
Mr. HILL. I want to thank Chairman takes by a school administration or by cred—and I have it right here with me
EDWARDS for crafting this critically the VA. The result can be that some- all the time, Madam Chairman—the
important bill for our Nation’s vet- times students can have halted their Fifth Amendment of this document
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erans. additional GI benefits in order to con- clearly reads: ‘‘Nor shall private prop-
My amendment simply removes fund- tinue college. So this is really an im- erty be taken for public use without
ing from the VA General Operating Ex- portant issue. I salute the gentleman. just compensation.’’
pense Account and replaces it back in We are going to see that this issue is This decision represents the disparity
the very same account. My intent in solved with his leadership, and I look between constitutional interpretation
doing this is to highlight an issue for forward to working with him. and, yes, judicial activism. Govern-
my colleagues and for the VA. Mr. HILL. I thank the chairman for ments should solely be allowed to com-
I believe that the VA needs to exam- his support. pel an individual to forfeit their prop-
ine its practice in how it accounts for This issue was brought to my atten- erty for the public’s use, but not for
returned post-9/11 GI benefit payments tion by Indiana University, which is a the benefit of another private person.
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I agree with the dissenting views in At the end of the bill (before the short aliens could become eligible for asylum
the case which point out that the deci- title) insert the following: or other forms of immigration-related
sion is an intrusion into private citi- SEC. ll. None of the funds appropriated relief from removal. It most certainly
or otherwise made available to the Depart-
zens’ lives, and it picks winners and would make any facility where they
ment of Defense in this Act may be used to
losers in the private market at the cost renovate or construct any facility in the are held a terrorist target.
of an individual losing their personal continental United States for the purpose of Not surprisingly, Madam Chair, the
property. housing any individual who has been de- American people are overwhelmingly
Madam Chairman, according to the tained, at any time after September 11, 2001, opposed to closing Gitmo. In a March
Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo 2010 CNN/Opinion Research Corporation
all levels of government have a respon- Bay, Cuba. poll, 60 percent of Americans expressed
sibility and a moral obligation to de- The CHAIR. Pursuant to House Reso- that the United States should continue
fend the property rights of individuals lution 1559, the gentleman from Geor- to operate the detention center at
and only exercise eminent domain gia (Mr. GINGREY) and a Member op- Guantanamo Bay. They understand
when it’s necessary for public use—the posed each will control 5 minutes. that the battlefield is not limited to
literal interpretation of public use— The Chair recognizes the gentleman our military operations in Afghanistan
and then just compensation is paid to from Georgia. and Iraq. They have recently witnessed
those affected individuals. Any execu- Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. Madam two attempted attacks on our home-
tion of eminent domain by State and Chairman, I rise today to offer an land in the skies over Detroit and, in-
local governments that does not spe- amendment to ensure that no funds in deed, on the streets of New York City.
cifically adhere to these requirements this bill are used to construct or to The American people know that the
constitutes an abuse of government renovate any facility in the United detainees located at Gitmo are not
power and a usurpation of the indi- States to house Gitmo detainees. minor offenders by any means. These
vidual property rights as indeed de- Now, I realize that the majority will detainees include terrorist trainers,
fined in the Fifth Amendment. likely support my amendment given terrorist financiers, bomb makers,
My amendment would take one step that the bill contains no funds for this Osama bin Laden’s bodyguards, ter-
toward ensuring that property rights of purpose; but today, Madam Chairman, rorist recruiters, and would-be suicide
citizens are protected and they are I want to challenge the Democratic bombers. Indeed, one of three adoles-
justly compensated when they are majority to commit to adhering to an cents originally detained is currently
taken for public use. underlying principle, that being that it being tried by a military tribunal. An-
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Will the is wholly unnecessary to transfer the other, who was released after extensive
gentleman yield? detainees and to close Guantanamo efforts at rehabilitation, was subse-
Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. I yield to Bay, or Gitmo. No matter what appro- quently killed on the battlefield after
the gentleman from Texas. priations bills we are considering— returning to the fight in Afghanistan.
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I want to
today, MILCON/VA, when we come Madam Chair, simply put, the Amer-
thank the gentleman. I will support his
back, DOD, Homeland Security, CJS— ican people believe that bringing Guan-
this fact still holds true. tanamo Bay detainees to American soil
I want to make it clear there is noth-
ing, to my knowledge, in this bill in- b 1800 for any purpose puts Americans at risk
tended to allow the exercise of eminent and is a national security threat. It is
We have spent hundreds of millions time this Congress listens to the col-
domain without payment of just com- of dollars on the facilities at Gitmo,
pensation, but I believe in the principle lective voice of the American people
and the only reason we continue to de- and stops perpetrating the ‘‘Wash-
of just compensation, and I would be bate its status is, quite honestly,
glad to support the gentleman’s ington knows best’’ mindset.
Madam Chair, for public relations rea- I urge my colleagues to support my
Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. Madam amendment on this bill—and on all
As I witnessed most recently in April other appropriations bills—to prevent
Chairman, reclaiming my time, I thank during my third site visit, the Gitmo
Mr. EDWARDS for that commitment. I the wholly unnecessary transfer of
detainees are treated with dignity and Gitmo detainees to American soil.
certainly appreciate his comments. with respect. They are allowed access
Again, I would urge all of my col- I reserve the balance of my time.
to their attorneys. They are allowed Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam
leagues to support the amendment. access to the International Committee
Let’s end this abuse of eminent do- Chair, I claim time in opposition to the
of the Red Cross. They are provided amendment, though I am not opposed
main. Eminent domain is necessary, with excellent medical care. As I am a
but it is being abused; this definition of to the amendment.
physician Member, I know of what I The CHAIR. Without objection, the
which, with the help of very liberal in- speak. They are even allowed to live in
terpretations by the Supreme Court in gentleman is recognized for 5 minutes.
a communal setting. If they were to There was no objection.
some cases, has been blurred to seem- consume everything provided to them Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I will sup-
ingly allow one private entity to ben- on a daily basis, they would take in port this amendment, Madam Chair.
efit over another. That, as the gen- 5,500 calories per day. Indeed, most of I do want to clarify that there is no
tleman from Texas indicated, is the in- them have gained anywhere from 15 to funding in this bill of any type to fund
tent of the amendment, and I am very 25 pounds since they were originally any kind of facility to house detainees
grateful for his support. detained. Their religious customs in all
Madam Chair, I yield back the bal- from Guantanamo. Having said that, I
areas of their lives are respected, and would be glad to support the gentle-
ance of my time.
The CHAIR. The question is on the they are provided with everything nec- man’s amendment.
amendment offered by the gentleman essary to observe those customs. I yield back the balance of my time.
from Georgia (Mr. GINGREY). If the world knew how we were actu- Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. I want to
The amendment was agreed to. ally treating these detainees, we would thank my friend from Texas. In know-
AMENDMENT NO. 9 OFFERED BY MR. GINGREY OF
not be facing the prospect of spending ing him and his heart, I am not sur-
hundreds of millions of dollars more— prised that he would support this
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The CHAIR. It is now in order to con- money that we don’t have unless China amendment, but I want to ask the gen-
sider amendment No. 9 printed in will continue to lend it to us—to dupli- tleman a question.
House Report 111–570. cate what we are already doing at Mr. EDWARDS, can I count on you to
Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. Madam Guantanamo Bay. commit to supporting this amendment
Chairman, I have an amendment at the Madam Chair, transferring the de- in future appropriations bills so that
desk. tainees to the United States could we can end the debate as to whether
The CHAIR. The Clerk will designate eventually lead to their release on Guantanamo Bay should be closed once
the amendment. American soil, which would put our and for all?
The text of the amendment is as fol- own citizens at risk. It could create I hope the gentleman will answer the
lows: significant immigration issues as question.
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The CHAIR. The time of the gen- tions that are in need of major con- in their districts, and a lot of people
tleman has expired. struction, renovation, or modification. have been waiting in line and have
The question is on the amendment It means that there are 60 locations been watching this process work, but if
offered by the gentleman from Georgia where our veterans are not receiving it doesn’t seek to spend it at any one
(Mr. GINGREY). optimal care in modern facilities. Un- location, then that is helpful to me.
The question was taken; and the fortunately, this bill was only able to I yield back the balance of my time.
Chair announced that the ayes ap- address a total of five of these projects, b 1810
peared to have it. and only two of them are new medical
Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. Madam facilities. Mrs. HALVORSON. Madam Chair-
Chair, I demand a recorded vote. With more women and men service- man, our veterans deserve the best care
The CHAIR. Pursuant to clause 6 of members transitioning from active in the world and at the best and most
rule XVIII, further proceedings on the duty to VA care and with multiple ill- modern medical facilities, and that’s
amendment offered by the gentleman nesses, such as PTSD and TBI, we will why we’re working to accomplish this
from Georgia will be postponed. require even more new and modified here. And in this body we need to keep
AMENDMENT NO. 10 OFFERED BY MRS. medical facilities. Though $10 million those promises. This is something that
HALVORSON is far less than what is needed to ad- is very important, I think, to all of us
The CHAIR. It is now in order to con- dress these aging medical facilities’ in- here in Congress.
sider amendment No. 10 printed in frastructures and construction needs, I yield back the balance of my time.
House Report 111–570. The CHAIR. The question is on the
the amendment will still play a role in
Mrs. HALVORSON. Madam Chair, I amendment offered by the gentle-
ensuring that more veterans are receiv-
have an amendment at the desk. woman from Illinois (Mrs. HALVORSON).
ing the care they deserve in a modern
The CHAIR. The Clerk will designate The amendment was agreed to.
and quality health care facility. This
AMENDMENT NO. 11 OFFERED BY MR. BILIRAKIS
the amendment. amendment is also supported by the
The text of the amendment is as fol- American Legion. The CHAIR. It is now in order to con-
lows: I urge my colleagues to stand up and sider amendment No. 11 printed in
Page 33, line 15, after the dollar amount, to support modern medical facilities House Report 111–570.
insert ‘‘(reduced by $10,000,000)’’. Mr. BILIRAKIS. Madam Chair, I have
for our veterans and to vote ‘‘yes’’ on
Page 36, line 11, after the dollar amount, an amendment at the desk.
insert ‘‘(increased by $10,000,000)’’. The CHAIR. The Clerk will designate
I reserve the balance of my time.
The CHAIR. Pursuant to House Reso- Mr. CRENSHAW. Madam Chair, I the amendment.
lution 1559, the gentlewoman from Illi- The text of the amendment is as fol-
claim time in opposition, though I am
nois (Mrs. HALVORSON) and a Member lows:
not opposed to the gentlewoman’s
opposed each will control 5 minutes. Page 38, line 18, before the period insert
The Chair recognizes the gentle- the following: ‘‘: Provided further, That of the
The CHAIR. Without objection, the funds made available under this heading,
woman from Illinois. gentleman from Florida is recognized $9,500,000 shall be for the acquisition, con-
Mrs. HALVORSON. I yield myself for 5 minutes. struction, and alteration of up to four post-
such time as I may consume. There was no objection. acute long-term care residential brain injury
Madam Chair, I would first like to Mr. CRENSHAW. I have a couple of medical facilities pursuant to section 8103 of
take a moment and praise Chairman questions. title 38, United States Code’’.
OBEY and Chairman EDWARDS for their We have a process for building out- The CHAIR. Pursuant to House Reso-
continued commitment to caring for patient clinics. I just wondered: Does lution 1559, the gentleman from Florida
American veterans. Three-and-a-half this amendment, in any way, try to (Mr. BILIRAKIS) and a Member opposed
years ago, their committee made a circumvent the process? Does it direct each will control 5 minutes.
commitment and renewed the promise where the money would be spent in any The Chair recognizes the gentleman
to care for those who have served in way? from Florida.
our armed services. They have kept I yield to the gentlewoman. Mr. BILIRAKIS. Madam Chair, my
that promise and have dramatically in- Mrs. HALVORSON. Absolutely not. amendment would provide $9.5 million
creased funding for our veterans by 70 You have the amendment, as do I, to acquire and construct up to four
percent since 2007. and it just takes $10 million out of the long-term care residential brain injury
As the only Member of Congress from general operating to put it into major medical facilities.
Illinois who sits on the Veterans’ Af- construction. The primary danger faced by our
fairs Committee, I really can speak to You know, there are needs every- troops in Operation Enduring Freedom
the critical need that these funds have where. I wish it were in some way to and Operation Iraqi Freedom comes in
addressed for Illinois veterans. help my district. We have needs, but it the form of improvised explosive de-
Madam Chair, my amendment is sim- does not help my district. This major vices. When an IED explodes, the blast
ple. It adds $10 million to the VA Major construction is $28 million less than it wave can result in our servicemembers
Construction Project and subtracts $10 was last year. So I would like to see incurring catastrophic injuries includ-
million from the general operating ex- that we gradually get it back up to the ing amputations, spinal cord injuries,
penses. Much of the VA medical infra- $28 million at least that it was last visual and auditory impairments, trau-
structure is aging, outdated and, in year. matic brain injury, and posttraumatic
many cases, obsolete. Mr. CRENSHAW. Reclaiming my stress.
According to the 2011 Independent time, the amendment allows the VA to Wounded warriors with these com-
Budget, which is written by some of use this funding at any location that it plex injuries require a high level of
the largest Veteran Service Organiza- seeks? health care coordination with an inter-
tions, a great number of current med- Mrs. HALVORSON. At any location disciplinary clinical support team and
ical facilities were built after World anywhere. I wish I could say that it a wide range of specialized services.
War II and were constructed with were for someplace special, but it is Since 2003, almost 2,000 severely in-
structurally obsolete designs which not. jured servicemembers have received
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‘‘typically do not meet the needs of Mr. CRENSHAW. Reclaiming my state-of-the-art care at one of the De-
modern health care delivery.’’ The re- time, I would just point out to the gen- partment of Veterans Affairs four
sult of these outdated buildings has tlewoman that there is $1.166 billion for Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers.
left the VA with a long list of major construction. That is $15 million above But what happens to these heroes
construction projects, which are just the request. when they are discharged? Some of
sitting there, waiting for congressional I can appreciate that the gentle- them require intensive medical care for
funding. woman would like to spend even more the rest of their lives. My amendment
Right now, there are over 60 medical and that she, apparently, is not trying addresses the problem of how to pro-
construction projects in the backlog. to circumvent the process, because a vide ongoing recovery for these wound-
That means that there are over 60 loca- lot of people would like to have clinics ed warriors.
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These heroes honorably served their VA appropriations bill to build a new will jeopardize other important con-
country. Now we have to step up to polytrauma center where there was not struction projects because it is offset
meet our obligation to them. They one in the entire southwestern part of by a decrease in what is called the
need a place to go that will provide for the United States. minor projects construction account.
post-acute long-term care, subacute I wish the gentleman could agree to This would jeopardize an important
residential rehabilitation, and out- work with the majority and the minor- project in my district at the Hunter
patient day rehabilitation with the dig- ity, the conference committee, to try Holmes McGuire Veterans Hospital.
nity, respect, and honor they have to find a way to also work with the VA And if this amendment is adopted, it
earned. to find a way to address the very im- would hinder the expansion of
Their families, who are enduring the portant needs that he is wanting to ad- McGuire’s dialysis unit. This is an im-
extreme stress of having one of their dress. portant project and will improve serv-
own come home with catastrophic inju- If he’s not willing to pull this amend- ices that many veterans in the Rich-
ries, also need this long-term care fa- ment down, I must reluctantly rise in mond area need very desperately.
cility for their loved ones. opposition to it for several reasons: So I appreciate the gentleman’s in-
My amendment will enable the VA to First, the VA is studying this issue tent; however, I believe that circum-
construct facilities that are specifi- right now, and we ought to sit down venting the Veterans Affairs Depart-
cally designed to provide ongoing re- with them and find out what they have ment’s construction priorities is an in-
covery for wounded warriors. Such fa- learned and what they think are the appropriate way to achieve that goal.
cilities will enable families to visit in best ways to use taxpayers’ dollars to The Nation has promised our veterans
an atmosphere that is conducive to the address these needs. access to quality health care services,
rehabilitation and the reintegration. Secondly, I don’t know if we need and we owe them to ensure that those
These facilities will be paid for with four of these long-term centers or six services are there.
existing funds within the VA’s budget or eight or 10. Rather than spending So, Madam Chairman, I would urge
and will allow the VA to select loca- money on four centers, perhaps it the rejection of this amendment so
tions that are close enough to existing would be better to do smaller renova- that the underlying projects can go for-
VA medical facilities to ensure that in- tions on 10 to 20 centers where our ward.
tensive, ongoing medical and specialist traumatically injured veterans could Mr. CRENSHAW. Will the gentleman
care is easily provided. At the same receive care closer to the homes of yield?
time, the facility can be in a location their loved ones. Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I would be
that would be natural and, impor- Third, I don’t know what the full cost glad to yield.
tantly, family friendly. of this is going to be. The $9.5 million Mr. CRENSHAW. Mr. EDWARDS, I ap-
By supporting my amendment, you doesn’t, I don’t think, even come close preciate the concerns that have been
will be requiring funds already avail- to providing for the full cost of the raised here, and I think, as you point
able to the VA to be directed toward construction of these four projects. out, this is a very important subject,
relieving the obvious need for long- Perhaps the gentleman could help illu- very worthwhile. And to the question
term, ongoing recovery for our vet- minate for all of us both the cost of the of where the money comes from, those
erans suffering from TBI and other construction plus the cost of the oper- minor construction projects, I think
polytrauma injuries. ations of those centers. And there are a everyone has a concern about that.
A properly selected and designed fa- lot of unanswered questions, important
cility is so important, Madam Chair. questions, such as: Where would the
My amendment will enable medical staff come from to man these centers? But I think if Mr. BILIRAKIS is willing
specialists from the VA to develop a Would they come from existing VA fa- to work, there is probably a way to
special plan to allow our veterans to cilities? I don’t know. Perhaps there find an offset that doesn’t impact the
heal. That is so important. It should be are good answers to those questions. I minor construction. There are some
our top priority. A doctor would be just don’t think the committee has funds, as you know, that might be
able to look in the eyes of a wounded them at this point. available. And I would encourage Mr.
warrior and tell him or her, This is Finally, there are pay-fors on this. BILIRAKIS, with your commitment, to
your home, and we are going to help The consequences of how this gen- say let’s try to figure out a way to do
you participate in society and visit tleman would pay for these would be this, find a way to pay for it, find out
with your family. that we would have a domiciliary ex- what the real costs are. And it says up
The facilities my amendment would tended-stay unit would not be replaced to four. Maybe there is a way just to
promote, Madam Chairman, would en- in Butler, Pennsylvania; a kidney di- begin that process, because we know,
able our young wounded warriors to alysis unit expansion would not occur based on what Mr. KENNEDY had said
focus on hope and to focus on honor in Richmond, Virginia; an ambulatory earlier, it’s a very, very important
and have hope for a future. We owe surgery center would not be completed issue.
them that, Madam Chair. Let’s give in Albuquerque, New Mexico; an urgent Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Reclaiming
them that. care center will not be renovated at my time, if Mr. BILIRAKIS would be
I ask my colleagues to recognize the Castle Point, New York; and a psy- willing to ask unanimous consent to
extreme difficulty faced by our cata- chiatric residential rehab facility will bring down his amendment, I will make
strophically wounded warriors. Show not be replaced in Perry Point, Mary- my genuine commitment to work with
them your support and vote ‘‘yes’’ on land. him, because I salute him for pointing
the Bilirakis amendment. It was not the intention of the gen- out the important need that needs to
I reserve the balance of my time. tleman to try to prevent these five im- be addressed here.
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam portant projects from being completed, I’ll work with Mr. CRENSHAW, the
Chair, I rise to claim time in opposi- but it is the consequence of his amend- acting ranking member, Mr. WAMP, the
tion to the amendment. ment as written. ranking member of the subcommittee,
The Acting CHAIR (Ms. JACKSON LEE I yield to the gentleman from Vir- and we will get together with the VA
of Texas). The gentleman is recognized ginia (Mr. SCOTT). and try to find a pay-for that doesn’t
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for 5 minutes. Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. I thank the take away from awfully important
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I want to gentleman for yielding. projects such as Mr. SCOTT’s in Vir-
salute the gentleman’s focus, his gen- Madam Chair, I rise in opposition to ginia and others.
uine commitment on the important the amendment by the gentleman from Mr. BILIRAKIS. If you would agree
need of providing long-term care for Florida (Mr. BILIRAKIS). I support the to work with me on this particular
our veterans and wounded warriors underlying goal of the gentleman’s amendment—this is a very important
with traumatic brain injury. amendment to acquire and construct project, as you know. We do have our
I care deeply about this. We all care long-term residential medical facilities polytrauma centers, but we need the
deeply about it. In fact, several years for veterans suffering from traumatic long-term care for our heroes. And this
ago I personally put the money in our brain injury; however, this designation is a top priority of mine. If you would
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agree to work with me on this, then I I am proud that this amendment has concern regarding contracts that re-
will withdraw. the support of the American Legion main unfulfilled. With little or no over-
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. If the gen- and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans sight for months of these contracts,
tleman will yield, I appreciate that. I of America, and urge its passage here the OIG projected that $55 million a
will work in good faith. And let’s see if today. year, and $261 million over 5 years,
by working with the VA, the majority I yield to the gentleman from Texas. could be put to better use.
and minority, see if we can find a way Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I just want By conducting a simple review after
to most efficiently and effectively take to commend the gentleman. This is a period of 90 days in which the con-
care of these great Americans that such a good amendment. Sometimes tract is inactive in fulfilling the con-
have suffered such a sacrifice on behalf common sense can prevail, because it tract, millions of dollars can be de-ob-
of our country, and do so without im- certainly makes no sense to take drugs ligated from contracts that no longer
pacting these other important projects that a veteran is using, prescription need to be fulfilled or can be fulfilled in
throughout the country. drugs used in a VA hospital, and then a more productive manner.
Mr. BILIRAKIS. I yield to the gen- have a half a bottle or three-quarters The American Legion agrees with my
tleman from Virginia. of a bottle of those pills left, have to amendment as a commonsense change
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. I would join throw them away, and then go directly and step in the right direction, and I
in support of this. Traumatic brain in- to the pharmacy at the VA hospital to urge its passage here today.
juries is a very important problem that get those exact same prescription I yield to the gentleman from Texas.
we need to deal with. I would join in drugs to take for use at home. Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I once again
support of that and work with you as So this is going to save taxpayers on this amendment want to thank the
long as you do not affect the other money. And every dollar that’s saved gentleman for bringing this before the
projects. can be put back into much-needed med- House. This could save up to $55 mil-
Mr. BILIRAKIS. Reclaiming my ical care for our veterans. So I am lion in taxpayer funding according to
time, I have studied this issue, and it’s thrilled to support the gentleman’s the Inspector General. It’s a good
a top priority of mine. We need to get amendment and salute him for working amendment, and I am glad to support
this done. So thank you for your will- on this. it.
ingness to work with me. Mr. PETERS. Madam Chair, my Mr. PETERS. My amendment is a
With that, I appreciate the gentle- amendment is a commonsense change commonsense change that frees tax-
man’s willingness, as I said, to work and saves taxpayers money, saves time payer dollars for better use to care for
with me. I look forward to doing so. and effort for veterans. I urge passage. our veterans, and I urge its passage
Madam Chair, I ask unanimous con- I yield back the balance of my time. here today.
sent to withdraw my amendment. The Acting CHAIR. The question is I yield back the balance of my time.
The Acting CHAIR. Is there objection on the amendment offered by the gen- The Acting CHAIR. The question is
to the request of the gentleman from tleman from Michigan (Mr. PETERS). on the amendment offered by the gen-
Florida? The amendment was agreed to. tleman from Michigan (Mr. PETERS).
There was no objection. AMENDMENT NO. 13 OFFERED BY MR. PETERS The amendment was agreed to.
AMENDMENT NO. 12 OFFERED BY MR. PETERS The Acting CHAIR. It is now in order b 1830
The Acting CHAIR. It is now in order to consider amendment No. 13 printed AMENDMENT NO. 14 OFFERED BY MR. GARRETT
to consider amendment No. 12 printed in House Report 111–570. OF NEW JERSEY
in House Report 111–570. Mr. PETERS. I have an amendment The Acting CHAIR. It is now in order
Mr. PETERS. Madam Chair, I have at the desk. to consider amendment No. 14 printed
an amendment at the desk. The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will
in House Report 111–570.
The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will designate the amendment.
Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey.
designate the amendment. The text of the amendment is as fol-
Madam Chair, I have an amendment at
The text of the amendment is as fol- lows:
lows: Page 33, line 15, after the dollar amount, The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will
Page 33, line 15, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by $150,000) (increased by
designate the amendment.
insert the following: ‘‘(reduced by $50,000)
(increased by $50,000)’’.
The text of the amendment is as fol-
The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to lows:
The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to House Resolution 1559, the gentleman Page 38, line 7, after the dollar amount, in-
House Resolution 1559, the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. PETERS) and a sert the following: ‘‘(decreased by
from Michigan (Mr. PETERS) and a Member opposed each will control 5 $7,000,000)’’.
Member opposed each will control 5 minutes. Page 39, line 8, after the dollar amount, in-
minutes. The Chair recognizes the gentleman sert the following: ‘‘(increased by
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Michigan. $7,000,000)’’.
from Michigan. Mr. PETERS. Madam Chair, I yield The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to
Mr. PETERS. I yield myself such myself such time as I may consume. House Resolution 1559, the gentleman
time as I may consume. Madam Chair, while I applaud the from New Jersey (Mr. GARRETT) and a
Madam Chair, in the interests of progress this Congress has made in en- Member opposed each will control 5
common sense, I rise today to offer an suring that our Nation’s veterans re- minutes.
amendment that will save taxpayer ceive the care they deserve, and the ef- The Chair recognizes the gentleman
dollars by reducing waste in prescrip- forts of Secretary Shinseki in making from New Jersey.
tion medications at the VA. Currently, the VA a more proactive institution, Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey. I
whenever patients leave a VA hospital, we must continue to work to improve thank the Chair.
leftover medications like eye drops and the responsiveness of the VA both in This amendment would increase the
inhalers are just thrown away. Often, terms of treatment our veterans re- amount of funding for grants for con-
veterans would have to go right to the ceive and the care with which the VA struction of States veterans cemeteries
pharmacy to refill what was discarded. or any agency handles taxpayer money. by $7 million while reducing funding
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My amendment simply directs the It is in this spirit that I am offering for grants for construction of minor
VA to implement a program that would my amendment to the MILCON-VA Ap- projects by an equal amount.
re-label prescription drugs used in VA propriations Act. My amendment The VA provides funding for State
hospitals to be sent home with dis- works to both increase the efficiency in veterans cemeteries through the grants
charged patients for outpatient use. which the VA obligates funds, and the for construction of State veterans
My amendment offers a simple, com- speed at which necessary contracts for cemeteries program. All pending
monsense change that will save tax- supplies and services are fulfilled. projects are evaluated by the VA and
payers an estimated $14 million over 10 The VA Office of Inspector General ranked in order of priority. This is not
years, while saving patients both time audited a sample of over 18,000 VA con- an earmark program. It is a competi-
and effort. tracts which identified some areas of tive ranking process.
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The current priority list shows that fund our State veterans cemeteries. I though I appreciate the gentleman
there are $121 million worth of projects believe in those cemeteries. I think from New Jersey’s intent, I do not be-
where the State matching funds are al- they’re an important partnership be- lieve that shortchanging important
ready in place. More than half of these tween the Federal Government and our projects at the VA to improve and ex-
projects—totaling $70 million—are still State governments. So I have abso- pand quality health care for our vet-
awaiting Federal matching grants. Yet lutely no objection to his wanting to erans is the appropriate way to achieve
the appropriations bill we are consid- try to find additional funding for State that goal. We have promised our vet-
ering today provides only $46 million cemeteries. erans health care and decreases in
for grants for construction of State However, I will object and ask my what is called the minor projects ac-
veterans cemeteries. colleagues to vote ‘‘no’’ on this amend- count will actually jeopardize impor-
The first priority for the State ceme- ment because of the way in which he tant projects all over the country, in-
tery program is to provide funding for pays for it. While not intended in any cluding one in Richmond, Virginia.
the expansion of existing cemeteries. way, it just turns out the money that I urge my colleagues to reject the
The second priority is for the construc- he would be taking out of the VA amendment. Hopefully we can work
tion of new cemeteries according to minor construction project would come out some other pay-for. But we do not
geographical need. The third is for im- out of these specific projects: want it taken out of the projects in
provements to existing cemeteries. So A domiciliary extended stay unit will Richmond, Virginia; Pennsylvania; and
what this means is that existing ceme- not be replaced in Butler, Pennsyl- other projects around the country.
teries which require improvements do vania; a kidney dialysis unit expansion Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I now yield
not receive the necessary funding. will not occur in Richmond, Virginia; to the gentleman from New York.
For example, my State of New Jersey an ambulatory surgery center will not Mr. HALL of New York. Thank you,
is home to the BGWC Doyle Veterans be completed in Albuquerque, New Mr. Chairman.
Memorial Cemetery. This cemetery is Mexico; and an urgent care center will I rise in opposition to the amend-
the busiest State veterans cemetery in not be renovated at Castle Point, New ment, although I do support the under-
the Nation. On average, it has seven York. lying intent; but not, however, the pay-
burials per day. For the past 2 years, So you have an amendment that for.
the cemetery has had two important won’t even guarantee that even one One project that would be affected by
improvement projects with State dime of this amendment’s funding will this cutback is the renovation of the
grants in place, but there hasn’t been go to State veterans cemeteries in New urgent care center at Castle Point,
sufficient funding for matching Federal Jersey. In fact, the last list I saw the New York, a VA hospital that was built
grants. VA has put out officially has the New in 1926. It’s the oldest VA hospital in
The following States also have a Jersey project significantly down the the country and has never undergone a
State matching grant but have at least list. But regardless of that, I think it’s major renovation. The project would
one unfunded project: Tennessee, Min- just not right to take funding out of dramatically increase urgent care ca-
nesota, Kentucky, Alabama, California, these much-needed health care con- pacity at Castle Point and make the fa-
Idaho, South Dakota, Hawaii, Mary- struction projects. cility more accommodating for female
land, Montana, Virginia, Nevada and I would like to yield to the gen- veterans who are increasingly a large
Maine. tleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. part of our force.
To make matters worse, the State ALTMIRE) for any time he would care to I ask that before you vote on this
veterans cemetery grant program has consume. measure, please take a moment to con-
been underfunded over the past several Mr. ALTMIRE. I thank the chair- sider the unintended consequences and
years, even though the number of man. the negative consequences, not just in
World War II veterans that are needing Madam Chair, I rise in opposition to the Hudson Valley but across the coun-
interments is rapidly increasing. VA the Garrett amendment to the Military try.
and VFW officials at both the State Construction and Veterans Affairs ap- Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam
and national level agree that there is a propriations bill which would transfer Chair, do I have any time remaining?
need for an overall increase to the an- $7 million in funding for the grants for The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman
nual budget of the grants to State construction, minor projects account has 30 seconds remaining.
cemeteries program. In fact, it is one of into another unrelated account. This Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Let me just
their top priorities. amendment would adversely affect vet- conclude by saying no one objects to
This bipartisan amendment would in- erans in my district by shifting funding the gentleman’s goal. We would be glad
crease the amount for this program by away from priority construction to try to work in good faith to see if we
$7 million. This amendment would si- projects, such as the domiciliary ex- can find another pay-for to improve
multaneously decrease by $7 million tended stay unit in Butler, Pennsyl- funding for our veterans cemeteries.
the amount for the minor projects. vania. That facility is a vital source of But I will strongly object and ask my
However, the construction of minor shelter and rehabilitation for homeless colleagues to vote ‘‘no’’ on this amend-
project account is already fully funded veterans in western Pennsylvania, and ment because of the damage done to
at a level that is $40 million above both I will not allow its upkeep and im- veterans at these facilities that need
the VA and the President’s budget re- provement to be compromised by this the care that they would otherwise not
quests. type of unwise amendment. get if this amendment is passed into
Last year, during consideration of Last-minute shifts in funding for pa- law.
the FY10 MILCON–VA appropriations rochial concerns take away from pri- I yield back the balance of my time.
bill, I introduced an almost identical ority projects and plans that the VA Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey.
amendment. The only difference was has determined to be necessary for vet- Madam Chair, I would just remind the
that the amount of increase/decrease erans’ health and safety nationwide. I gentleman that the money you appro-
was $4 million rather than $7 million. ask my colleagues to join me in strong- priated is already $40 million over what
That amendment passed this House by ly opposing the Garrett amendment to the President asked for and also what
voice vote. prevent harmful construction project the VA asked for.
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With that, I reserve the balance of cuts for the VA. I yield 1 minute to the gentleman
my time. Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I would like from New Jersey (Mr. LANCE).
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam to now yield time to the gentleman Mr. LANCE. Madam Chair, I rise in
Chair, I rise to claim time in opposi- from Virginia (Mr. SCOTT). support of Congressman GARRETT’s
tion to the amendment. Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Madam amendment also sponsored in a bipar-
The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman is Chair, I too rise in opposition to the tisan capacity by Congressman ADLER
recognized for 5 minutes. amendment. on the other side of the aisle and by
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam As it has been said before, this would me. This is bipartisan in nature, and,
Chair, I will salute the gentleman from jeopardize the dialysis unit in the of course, we believe that across the
New Jersey for focusing on the need to McGuire Hospital in Richmond. Al- country, veterans and their families
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are dealing with the hardships of over- The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to Halvorson Markey (MA) Rogers (AL)
Hare Marshall Rogers (KY)
crowded and unkempt State ceme- clause 6 of rule XVIII, further pro- Harper Matheson Rogers (MI)
teries. ceedings on the amendment offered by Hastings (FL) Matsui Rohrabacher
For example, in New Jersey there is the gentleman from New Jersey will be Hastings (WA) McCarthy (CA) Rooney
only one State veterans cemetery that postponed. Heinrich McCarthy (NY) Ros-Lehtinen
Heller McCaul Roskam
is currently available for new burials— ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE ACTING CHAIR Hensarling McClintock Ross
the Doyle Veterans Memorial Ceme- The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to Herger McCollum Rothman (NJ)
tery in Wrightstown, in southern New Herseth Sandlin McCotter Royce
clause 6 of rule XVIII, proceedings will Higgins McGovern Ruppersberger
Jersey, not in my district and not in now resume on those amendments Hill McHenry Rush
Congressman GARRETT’s district, but printed in House Report 111–570 on Himes McIntyre Ryan (WI)
this is bipartisan in nature on our side which further proceedings were post- Hinojosa McKeon Salazar
of the aisle; and certainly we think Hirono McMahon Sanchez, Loretta
poned, in the following order: Hodes McMorris Sarbanes
that this amendment will help fund Amendment No. 9 by Mr. GINGREY of Holden Rodgers Scalise
these projects and reduce existing Georgia. Holt McNerney Schauer
backlogs in the State veterans ceme- Hoyer Meek (FL) Schiff
Amendment No. 14 by Mr. GARRETT Hunter Meeks (NY)
tery grant program. Schmidt
of New Jersey. Inglis Melancon Schock
I certainly concur with Congressman The first electronic vote will be con- Issa Mica Schrader
GARRETT’s point of view that the fund- ducted as a 15-minute vote. The second Jackson (IL) Michaud Schwartz
ing is already over what has been re- Jenkins Miller (FL) Scott (GA)
electronic vote will be conducted as a Johnson (IL) Miller (MI) Sensenbrenner
quested by the administration and we 5-minute vote. Johnson, Sam Miller (NC) Serrano
believe strongly that this is in the best Jones Miller, Gary Sessions
AMENDMENT NO. 9 OFFERED BY MR. GINGREY OF
interest of the United States. Jordan (OH) Miller, George Shadegg
GEORGIA Kagen Minnick
Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey. May I Shea-Porter
The Acting CHAIR. The unfinished Kanjorski Mitchell Sherman
inquire of the time remaining. Kaptur Mollohan
business is the demand for a recorded Shimkus
The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman Kennedy Moore (KS)
vote on the amendment offered by the Kildee Moran (KS)
from New Jersey has 1 minute remain- Shuster
gentleman from Georgia (Mr. GINGREY) Kilpatrick (MI) Murphy (CT)
ing. Kilroy Murphy, Patrick
on which further proceedings were Sires
Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey. In con- Kind Murphy, Tim
postponed and on which the ayes pre- Skelton
clusion, I will end where I started, and King (IA) Myrick
vailed by voice vote. King (NY) Napolitano
that is to say, there is a need for the Smith (NJ)
cemeteries not just in the state of New The Clerk will redesignate the Kingston Neal (MA)
Jersey but across the country as well. amendment. Kirkpatrick (AZ) Nunes
In a bipartisan manner we passed this The Clerk redesignated the amend- Kissell Nye
bill with the support presumably from ment. Klein (FL) Oberstar
Kline (MN) Obey
the chairman last year in a similar RECORDED VOTE Stupak
The Acting CHAIR. A recorded vote Sullivan
manner as we are doing this year. As Kratovil Ortiz
has been demanded. Lamborn Owens
was stated already, the amount of Lance Pallone Tanner
money that is already appropriated is A recorded vote was ordered. Langevin Pascrell Taylor
$40 million more than not only what The vote was taken by electronic de- Larsen (WA) Paul Teague
vice, and there were—ayes 353, noes 69, Larson (CT) Paulsen Terry
the White House wants but also what Thompson (CA)
not voting 16, as follows: Latham Payne
the VA wants. LaTourette Pence Thompson (MS)
I do find it curious that the chairman [Roll No. 480] Latta Perlmutter Thompson (PA)
is able to come to the floor and cite Lee (NY) Perriello Thornberry
specifically what programs would be Ackerman Burgess DeLauro Lewis (CA) Peterson Tierney
cut when our staff tried diligently Aderholt Burton (IN) Dent Linder Petri Titus
through the committee to ask them to Adler (NJ) Butterfield Deutch Lipinski Pitts Tonko
Alexander Buyer Diaz-Balart, L. LoBiondo Platts Turner
identify exactly which ones would be Altmire Calvert Diaz-Balart, M. Upton
Loebsack Poe (TX)
cut and we could never get an answer Arcuri Camp Dicks Lowey Polis (CO) Van Hollen
from them as to what would be cut Austria Campbell Djou Lucas Pomeroy Visclosky
Baca Cantor Donnelly (IN) Walden
whatsoever with regard to priorities. Bachmann Cao Doyle
Lujan Price (GA) Walz
Now the chair comes and says, well, Bachus Capito Dreier Lummis Putnam Weiner
this program, this program, and this Barrett (SC) Capuano Driehaus Lungren, Daniel Radanovich Welch
program will be cut. Barrow Cardoza Duncan E. Rahall Westmoreland
Bartlett Carnahan Edwards (TX) Lynch Rangel Whitfield
b 1840 Barton (TX) Carney Ellsworth Mack Rehberg Wilson (OH)
Bean Carson (IN) Emerson Maffei Reichert Wilson (SC)
How can anybody say it’s being cut Berkley Carter Eshoo Maloney Reyes Wittman
when we’re already spending $40 mil- Berry Cassidy Etheridge Manzullo Richardson Wolf
lion more than what the VA and the Biggert Castle Flake Marchant Rodriguez Yarmuth
Bilbray Chaffetz Fleming Markey (CO) Roe (TN) Young (AK)
administration is asking for? Bilirakis Chandler Forbes
This is a duty that we owe to our vet- Bishop (GA) Childers Fortenberry NOES—69
erans, and we should do it in a proper Bishop (NY) Clarke Foster Baird Filner Nadler (NY)
Bishop (UT) Clyburn Foxx
manner, and we should do it now. We Blackburn Coble Franks (AZ)
Baldwin Frank (MA) Norton
should not be pointing fingers saying Becerra Fudge Olver
Blunt Coffman (CO) Frelinghuysen Berman Garamendi Pastor (AZ)
that we want a cut from this or a cut Boccieri Cole Gallegly Blumenauer Grijalva
Boehner Conaway Garrett (NJ) Pierluisi
from that. We have set out the pro- Bordallo Gutierrez Pingree (ME)
Bonner Connolly (VA) Gerlach
gram this year as we have done in the Bono Mack Conyers Giffords
Braley (IA) Harman Price (NC)
past. And we should meet that moral Boozman Cooper Gingrey (GA) Castor (FL) Honda
obligation. Boren Costa Gohmert Roybal-Allard
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Boswell Costello Gonzalez Ryan (OH)
The Acting CHAIR. The question is Boucher Courtney Goodlatte
on the amendment offered by the gen- Clay Jackson Lee
Boustany Crenshaw Gordon (TN) ´
tleman from New Jersey (Mr. GAR- Boyd Critz Granger Davis (IL) Johnson (GA) T.
RETT). Brady (PA) Cuellar Graves (GA) DeGette Johnson, E. B. Schakowsky
Brady (TX) Culberson Graves (MO) Scott (VA)
The question was taken; and the Act- Bright Cummings Grayson
Doggett Lee (CA) Sestak
ing Chair announced that the noes ap- Broun (GA) Dahlkemper Green, Al Edwards (MD) Lofgren, Zoe Smith (WA)
peared to have it. Brown (SC) Davis (CA) Green, Gene Ellison McDermott Snyder
Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey. Brown, Corrine Davis (KY) Griffith Engel Moore (WI) Towns
Brown-Waite, Davis (TN) Guthrie Farr Moran (VA) Tsongas
Madam Chair, I demand a recorded Ginny DeFazio Hall (NY) Fattah Murphy (NY) ´
vote. Buchanan Delahunt Hall (TX)
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Wasserman Watt Wu Pascrell Roe (TN) Shadegg Shimkus Thompson (CA) Wasserman
Schultz Waxman Paul Rogers (AL) Simpson Shuler Thompson (MS) Schultz
Waters Woolsey Pence Rogers (KY) Sires Shuster Thompson (PA) Waters
Petri Rogers (MI) Smith (NE) Skelton Thornberry Watt
NOT VOTING—16 Pingree (ME) Rohrabacher Smith (NJ) Smith (WA) Tiberi Waxman
Akin Faleomavaega Tiahrt Pitts Roskam Smith (TX) Snyder Tierney Weiner
Andrews Fallin Wamp Poe (TX) Rothman (NJ) Stearns Space Titus Welch
Cleaver Hoekstra Watson Price (GA) Ruppersberger Sullivan Speier Tonko Whitfield
Crowley Lewis (GA) Young (FL) Radanovich Ryan (WI) Walden Spratt Towns
Davis (AL) Slaughter Rahall Scalise Westmoreland Stark Tsongas
Ehlers Stark Rangel Schmidt Wilson (SC) Stupak Turner
Rehberg Sensenbrenner Wu Upton
b 1911 Tanner Van Hollen
NOES—296 Taylor ´
Mr. ELLISON, Ms. NORTON, Ms. Teague Visclosky Young (AK)
LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California, Ms. Ackerman Edwards (MD) Maloney Terry Walz
Altmire Edwards (TX) Manzullo
DEGETTE, Mr. TOWNS, Ms. JACKSON Arcuri Ellison Marchant NOT VOTING—14
LEE of Texas, Mr. ISRAEL, Ms. Austria Ellsworth Markey (CO) Akin Fallin Tiahrt
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Mr. CLAY, Baca Engel Markey (MA) Andrews Hoekstra Wamp
Baird Eshoo Marshall
Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Ms. ROYBAL-AL- Baldwin Etheridge Matheson
Crowley Lewis (GA) Watson
LARD, Messrs. DAVIS of Illinois, Ehlers Moran (KS) Young (FL)
Barrow Farr Matsui Faleomavaega Slaughter
DOGGETT, INSLEE, COHEN and Barton (TX) Fattah McCarthy (NY)
SCOTT of Virginia changed their vote Bean Filner McCollum b 1919
Becerra Forbes McDermott
from ‘‘aye’’ to ‘‘no.’’ Berkley Fortenberry McGovern Mr. ROONEY changed his vote from
Mr. POLIS, Ms. RICHARDSON, Berman Foster McIntyre ‘‘aye’’ to ‘‘no.’’
Messrs. AL GREEN of Texas, Berry Frank (MA) McMorris
Biggert Fudge Rodgers So the amendment was rejected.
SERRANO, MCGOVERN, MINNICK and Bishop (GA) Garamendi McNerney The result of the vote was announced
GEORGE MILLER of California Bishop (NY) Gerlach Meek (FL) as above recorded.
changed their vote from ‘‘no’’ to ‘‘aye.’’ Blumenauer Gonzalez Meeks (NY)
The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will
So the amendment was agreed to. Blunt Goodlatte Melancon
Boccieri Gordon (TN) Miller (FL) read.
The result of the vote was announced Boozman Granger Miller (NC) The Clerk read as follows:
as above recorded. Bordallo Graves (GA) Miller, George This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Military
AMENDMENT NO. 14 OFFERED BY MR. GARRETT
Boren Grayson Minnick Construction and Veterans Affairs and Re-
Boswell Green, Al Mollohan
OF NEW JERSEY
Boucher Green, Gene Moore (KS)
lated Agencies Appropriations Act, 2011’’.
The Acting CHAIR. The unfinished Boyd Griffith Moore (WI) The Acting CHAIR. Under the rule,
business is the demand for a recorded Brady (PA) Grijalva Moran (VA) the Committee rises.
Braley (IA) Gutierrez Murphy (CT)
vote on the amendment offered by the Bright Hall (NY) Murphy (NY) Accordingly, the Committee rose;
gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. GAR- Broun (GA) Halvorson Murphy, Patrick and the Speaker pro tempore (Ms.
RETT) on which further proceedings Brown (SC) Hare Murphy, Tim BALDWIN) having assumed the chair,
were postponed and on which the noes Brown, Corrine Harman Nadler (NY)
Brown-Waite, Hastings (FL) Napolitano
Ms. JACKSON LEE of Texas, Acting
prevailed by voice vote. Ginny Heinrich Neal (MA) Chair of the Committee of the Whole
The Clerk will redesignate the Buchanan Higgins Norton House on the State of the Union, re-
amendment. Burgess Hill Oberstar ported that that Committee, having
Butterfield Himes Obey
The Clerk redesignated the amend- Camp Hinchey Olver had under consideration the bill (H.R.
ment. Cao Hinojosa Ortiz 5822) making appropriations for mili-
RECORDED VOTE Capps Hirono Owens tary construction, the Department of
Capuano Holden Pastor (AZ)
The Acting CHAIR. A recorded vote Cardoza Honda Paulsen
Veterans Affairs, and related agencies
has been demanded. Carnahan Hoyer Payne for the fiscal year ending September 30,
A recorded vote was ordered. Carney Inglis Perlmutter 2011, and for other purposes, and pursu-
Carson (IN) Inslee Perriello ant to House Resolution 1559, reported
The Acting CHAIR. This will be a 5- Carter Israel Peters
minute vote. Castle Jackson (IL) Peterson the bill back to the House with sundry
The vote was taken by electronic de- Castor (FL) Jackson Lee Pierluisi amendments adopted in the Committee
vice, and there were—ayes 128, noes 296, Chandler (TX) Platts of the Whole.
Childers Jenkins Polis (CO)
not voting 14, as follows: Christensen Johnson (GA) Pomeroy
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under
[Roll No. 481] Chu Johnson, E. B. Posey the rule, the previous question is or-
Clarke Jones Price (NC) dered.
Clay Jordan (OH) Putnam Pursuant to House Resolution 1559,
Aderholt Diaz-Balart, M. Lamborn Cleaver Kagen Quigley
Adler (NJ) Dreier Lance Clyburn Kanjorski Reichert the question on adoption of the amend-
Alexander Duncan Latham Coble Kaptur Reyes ments will be put en gros.
Bachmann Emerson LaTourette Coffman (CO) Kennedy Richardson The question is on the amendments.
Bachus Flake Lee (NY) Cohen Kildee Rodriguez
Barrett (SC) Fleming Lewis (CA) Connolly (VA) Kilpatrick (MI) Rooney
The amendments were agreed to.
Bartlett Foxx Linder Conyers Kilroy Ros-Lehtinen The SPEAKER pro tempore. The
Bilbray Franks (AZ) LoBiondo Cooper Kind Ross question is on the engrossment and
Bilirakis Frelinghuysen Lucas Costa King (IA) Roybal-Allard third reading of the bill.
Bishop (UT) Gallegly Lummis Costello Kingston Royce
Blackburn Garrett (NJ) Lungren, Daniel Courtney Kirk Rush The bill was ordered to be engrossed
Boehner Giffords E. Critz Kirkpatrick (AZ) Ryan (OH) and read a third time, and was read the
Bonner Gingrey (GA) Mack Cuellar Kissell Sablan third time.
Bono Mack Gohmert McCarthy (CA) Culberson Klein (FL) Salazar
Boustany Graves (MO) McCaul Cummings Kosmas ´
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The
Brady (TX) Guthrie McClintock Dahlkemper Kratovil T. question is on the passage of the bill.
Burton (IN) Hall (TX) McCotter Davis (AL) Kucinich Sanchez, Loretta Under clause 10 of rule XX, the yeas
Buyer Harper McHenry Davis (CA) Langevin Sarbanes and nays are ordered.
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Calvert Hastings (WA) McKeon Davis (IL) Larsen (WA) Schakowsky
Campbell Heller McMahon Davis (TN) Larson (CT) Schauer The vote was taken by electronic de-
Cantor Hensarling Mica DeGette Latta Schiff vice, and there were—yeas 411, nays 6,
Capito Herger Michaud Delahunt Lee (CA) Schock not voting 15, as follows:
Cassidy Herseth Sandlin Miller (MI) DeLauro Levin Schrader
Chaffetz Hodes Miller, Gary Dent Lipinski Schwartz [Roll No. 482]
Cole Holt Mitchell Dicks Loebsack Scott (GA) YEAS—411
Conaway Hunter Myrick Dingell Lofgren, Zoe Scott (VA)
Ackerman Arcuri Baird
Crenshaw Issa Neugebauer Djou Lowey Serrano
Aderholt Austria Baldwin
Davis (KY) Johnson (IL) Nunes Doggett Luetkemeyer Sessions
´ Adler (NJ) Baca Barrett (SC)
DeFazio Johnson, Sam Nye Donnelly (IN) Lujan Sestak
Alexander Bachmann Barrow
Deutch King (NY) Olson Doyle Lynch Shea-Porter
Altmire Bachus Bartlett
Diaz-Balart, L. Kline (MN) Pallone Driehaus Maffei Sherman
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July 28, 2010 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE H6249
Barton (TX) Edwards (MD) Langevin Price (GA) Schauer Teague H.R. 5872
Bean Edwards (TX) Larsen (WA) Price (NC) Schiff Terry
Becerra Ellison Larson (CT) Putnam Schmidt Thompson (CA)
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Rep-
Berkley Ellsworth Latham Quigley Schock Thompson (MS) resentatives of the United States of America in
Berman Emerson LaTourette Radanovich Schrader Thompson (PA) Congress assembled,
Berry Engel Latta Rahall Schwartz Thornberry SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
Biggert Eshoo Lee (CA) Rangel Scott (GA) Tiberi This Act may be cited as the ‘‘General and
Bilbray Etheridge Lee (NY) Rehberg Scott (VA) Tierney
Reichert Serrano Titus
Special Risk Insurance Funds Availability
Bilirakis Farr Levin
Bishop (GA) Fattah Lewis (CA) Reyes Sessions Tonko Act of 2010’’.
Bishop (NY) Filner Linder Richardson Sestak Towns SEC. 2. ADEQUATE COMMITMENT AUTHORITY.
Bishop (UT) Fleming Lipinski Rodriguez Shadegg Tsongas Notwithstanding any other provision of
Blackburn Forbes LoBiondo Roe (TN) Shea-Porter Turner law, for fiscal year 2010 the Secretary of
Blumenauer Fortenberry Loebsack Rogers (AL) Sherman Upton
Housing and Urban Development may enter
Blunt Foster Lofgren, Zoe Rogers (KY) Shimkus Van Hollen
Rogers (MI) Shuler ´
Velazquez into commitments to guarantee loans, as au-
Boccieri Foxx Lowey
Boehner Frank (MA) Lucas Rohrabacher Shuster Visclosky thorized by sections 238 and 519 of the Na-
Bonner Franks (AZ) Luetkemeyer Rooney Simpson Walden tional Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1715z–3 and
Bono Mack Frelinghuysen ´
Lujan Ros-Lehtinen Sires Walz 1735c), in an amount not exceeding
Boozman Fudge Lummis Roskam Skelton Wasserman $20,000,000,000 in total loan principal, any
Boren Gallegly Lungren, Daniel Ross Smith (NE) Schultz part of which is to be guaranteed.
Boswell Garamendi E. Rothman (NJ) Smith (NJ) Watt
Roybal-Allard Smith (TX) Waxman SEC. 3. BUDGETARY EFFECTS.
Boucher Garrett (NJ) Lynch
Boustany Gerlach Mack Royce Smith (WA) Weiner The budgetary effects of this Act, for the
Boyd Giffords Maffei Ruppersberger Snyder Welch purpose of complying with the Statutory
Brady (PA) Gingrey (GA) Maloney Rush Space Westmoreland Pay-As-You-Go- Act of 2010, shall be deter-
Brady (TX) Gohmert Manzullo Ryan (OH) Speier Whitfield mined by reference to the latest statement
Marchant Ryan (WI) Spratt Wilson (OH)
Bright Gonzalez titled ‘‘Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legisla-
Broun (GA) Goodlatte Markey (CO) Salazar Stark Wilson (SC)
Sanchez, Linda Stearns Wittman tion’’ for this Act, submitted for printing in
Brown (SC) Gordon (TN) Markey (MA) the Congressional Record by the Chairman of
Brown, Corrine Granger Marshall T. Stupak Wolf
Sanchez, Loretta Sullivan Woolsey the House Budget Committee, provided that
Brown-Waite, Graves (GA) Matheson
Ginny Graves (MO) Matsui
Sarbanes Sutton Wu such statement has been submitted prior to
Scalise Tanner Yarmuth the vote on passage.
Buchanan Grayson McCarthy (CA)
Schakowsky Taylor Young (AK)
Burgess Green, Al McCarthy (NY) The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursu-
Burton (IN) Green, Gene McCaul NAYS—6
Butterfield Griffith McClintock
ant to the rule, the gentleman from
Buyer Grijalva McCollum Campbell Flake Paul Massachusetts (Mr. FRANK) and the
Duncan Johnson (IL) Sensenbrenner
Calvert Guthrie McCotter gentlewoman from West Virginia (Mrs.
Camp Gutierrez McDermott NOT VOTING—15 CAPITO) each will control 20 minutes.
Cantor Hall (NY) McGovern
Cao Hall (TX) McHenry Akin Fallin Tiahrt The Chair recognizes the gentleman
Capito Halvorson McIntyre Andrews Hoekstra Wamp from Massachusetts.
Capps Hare McKeon Braley (IA) Lewis (GA) Waters
Capuano Harman McMahon Crowley Moran (KS) Watson b 1940
Cardoza Harper McMorris Ehlers Slaughter Young (FL)
Carnahan Hastings (FL) Rodgers ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE
Carney Hastings (WA) McNerney Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts. I ask
Carson (IN) Heinrich Meek (FL) The SPEAKER pro tempore (during unanimous consent that all Members
Carter Heller Meeks (NY) the vote). Members have 2 minutes re- have 5 legislative days within which to
Cassidy Hensarling Melancon maining in this vote.
Castle Herger Mica
revise and extend their remarks and to
Castor (FL) Herseth Sandlin Michaud b 1937 insert extraneous materials on this
Chaffetz Higgins Miller (FL) bill.
Chandler Hill Miller (MI) So the bill was passed. The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there
Childers Himes Miller (NC) The result of the vote was announced
Chu Hinchey Miller, Gary objection to the request of the gen-
Clarke Hinojosa Miller, George
as above recorded. tleman from Massachusetts?
Clay Hirono Minnick A motion to reconsider was laid on There was no objection.
Cleaver Hodes Mitchell the table. Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts. Mr.
Clyburn Holden Mollohan
Coble Holt Moore (KS) f Speaker, I yield myself such time as I
Coffman (CO) Honda Moore (WI) may consume.
Cohen Hoyer Moran (VA) ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SPEAKER
The FHA has become a very success-
Cole Hunter Murphy (CT) PRO TEMPORE
Conaway Inglis Murphy (NY) ful program. It has taken up a lot of
Connolly (VA) Inslee Murphy, Patrick The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. the slack that was created by problems
Conyers Israel Murphy, Tim TONKO). Pursuant to clause 8 of rule elsewhere in the housing area. It is
Cooper Issa Myrick XX, the Chair will postpone further
Costa Jackson (IL) Nadler (NY)
being run very well. Secretary Dono-
Costello Jackson Lee Napolitano
proceedings today on motions to sus- van and Administrator Stevens deserve
Courtney (TX) Neal (MA) pend the rules on which a recorded vote a great deal of credit.
Crenshaw Jenkins Neugebauer or the yeas and nays are ordered, or on In a bipartisan way, the Committee
Critz Johnson (GA) Nunes which the vote incurs objection under
Cuellar Johnson, E. B. Nye on Financial Services has cooperated
Culberson Johnson, Sam Oberstar clause 6 of rule XX. with them. We recently passed a bill,
Cummings Jones Obey Record votes on postponed questions again a bipartisan bill, and the ranking
Dahlkemper Jordan (OH) Olson will be taken later.
Davis (AL) Kagen Olver
member of the Housing Subcommittee,
Davis (CA) Kanjorski Ortiz f the gentlewoman from West Virginia
Davis (IL) Kaptur Owens (Mrs. CAPITO) is here, to enhance their
Davis (KY) Kennedy Pallone GENERAL AND SPECIAL RISK IN- authority to allow them to do a better
Davis (TN) Kildee Pascrell SURANCE FUNDS AVAILABILITY job statutorily of guarding against
DeFazio Kilpatrick (MI) Pastor (AZ)
DeGette Kilroy Paulsen
ACT OF 2010 abuse and fraud.
Delahunt Kind Payne Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts. Mr. The program’s been sufficiently suc-
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DeLauro King (IA) Pence
Dent King (NY) Perlmutter
Speaker, I move to suspend the rules cessful so that they have now run out
Deutch Kingston Perriello and pass the bill (H.R. 5872) to provide of commitment authority. This bill
Diaz-Balart, L. Kirk Peters adequate commitment authority for would give them $5 billion more in
Diaz-Balart, M. Kirkpatrick (AZ) Peterson fiscal year 2010 for guaranteed loans commitment authority. But it is not
Dicks Kissell Petri
Dingell Klein (FL) Pingree (ME) that are obligations of the General and an expenditure. Indeed, it is the oppo-
Djou Kline (MN) Pitts Special Risk Insurance Funds of the site. This will save $94 million because
Doggett Kosmas Platts Department of Housing and Urban De- we have structured the FHA today, and
Donnelly (IN) Kratovil Poe (TX)
Doyle Kucinich Polis (CO)
velopment, as amended. it’s being run in a way that it makes a
Dreier Lamborn Pomeroy The Clerk read the title of the bill. small profit for the Federal Govern-
Driehaus Lance Posey The text of the bill is as follows: ment.
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