Docstoc

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS - U.S. Government

Document Sample
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS - U.S. Government Powered By Docstoc
					                                                      H6216                                                CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                July 28, 2010
                                                      Gallegly                 ´
                                                                           Lujan              Rodriguez          Pallone             Schakowsky            Van Hollen                         b 1618
                                                      Garamendi            Lummis             Roe (TN)           Payne               Serrano                  ´
                                                                                                                                                           Velazquez
                                                      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
                                                                                                                 Richardson          Speier
                                                                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                                           Watt
                                                      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
                                                                                              Roskam                                                       Weiner
                                                      Graves (GA)          Marshall                                T.                Tonko
                                                      Graves (MO)          Matheson
                                                                                              Ross
                                                                                                                 Sanchez, Loretta    Towns
                                                                                                                                                           Woolsey        construction, the Department of Vet-
                                                                                              Royce                                                        Yarmuth        erans Affairs, and related agencies for
                                                      Grayson              McCarthy (CA)                         Sarbanes            Tsongas
                                                                                              Ruppersberger
                                                      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
                                                      Guthrie              McHenry
                                                                                              Ryan (WI)
                                                                                                                 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)
                                                                                              Schauer
                                                      Harper               McMorris
                                                                                              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
                                                                                              Shimkus
                                                                                                                 ‘‘yea’’ to ‘‘nay.’’                                        Madam Chair, it’s a privilege for me
                                                      Hoyer                Mollohan
                                                      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,
                                                                                              Sutton
                                                      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.
                                                                                              Thompson (PA)
                                                      Kline (MN)           Peters
                                                                                              Thornberry
                                                                                                                                     f                                    In addition, we have funded a new 21st
                                                      Kosmas               Peterson
                                                                                              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
                                                                                              Walden
                                                                                                                                                                          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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      Chu                  Hall (NY)          McCarthy (NY)      MILITARY       CONSTRUCTION        AND
                                                      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



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010      05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00052     Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634    E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                H6217
                                                      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.
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00053   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6218                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Insert offset folio 2106/1 here EH28JY10.001




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00054   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             H6219
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                                                                                                                                                                         Insert offset folio 2106/2 here EH28JY10.002




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00055   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6220                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Insert offset folio 2106/3 here EH28JY10.003




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00056   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             H6221
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                                                                                                                                                                         Insert offset folio 2106/4 here EH28JY10.004




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00057   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6222                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
                                                        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
                                                                        b 1630
                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                              much accountability.
                                                      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-
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      were concerns that, because of the open                 cause I believed that the number one                  eryone to support this bill.
                                                      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



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00058   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                               H6223
                                                      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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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.




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00059   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6224                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
                                                      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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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,



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00060   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                H6225
                                                      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.
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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.



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00061   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6226                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
                                                                    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-
                                                                            Wars.
                                                                                                              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.
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00062   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 9920   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                      H6227
                                                      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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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.



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00063   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 9920   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6228                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
                                                         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.
                                                      as follows:
                                                                                                              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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                                                                              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




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00064   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                     H6229
                                                      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-
                                                                                                              until expended.
                                                      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.
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                                        MARINE CORPS
                                                                                                              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.




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00065   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6230                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
                                                        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
                                                                                                              facilities.
                                                      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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                                                                                                                                    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




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00066   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                     H6231
                                                      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
                                                                                                                             PROGRAM ACCOUNT
                                                      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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00067   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6232                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
                                                      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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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.




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00068   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                     H6233
                                                        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–
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00069   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6234                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
                                                      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-
                                                                                                                                                                                      TITLE IV
                                                      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
                                                      specified:
                                                        ‘‘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
                                                                                                                              VETERANS CLAIMS
                                                      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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00070   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                               H6235
                                                      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
                                                                                                              national interest.
                                                                                                                                                                    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.’’
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00071   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6236                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                              July 28, 2010
                                                      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-
                                                                                                                                                                    productive employment.
                                                      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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                                                                              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’’.




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00072   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC    H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                          CORRECTION           H6237
                                                        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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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.



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00073   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6238                                                       CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                             July 28, 2010
                                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                      cility.
                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                      house.
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                      house.
                                                      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




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010      05:49 Nov 05, 2010       Jkt 089060     PO 00000     Frm 00074    Fmt 4634     Sfmt 0634    E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC             H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                               CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                                        H6239
                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                                                       Shops.
                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                       Range.
                                                      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
                                                                                                           port).
                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                       (JFHQ).
                                                      Air NG ......................................... Pennsylvania: Fort Indiantown Gap ........                    Multipurpose Air National Guard Training                            $675,000
                                                                                                                                                                       Facility.
                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                       1.
                                                      Air Force ..................................... Texas: Laughlin AFB ................................           Community Event Complex ..........................                $10,500,000
                                                      Army NG ..................................... Texas: Laredo ...........................................        Receiving, Staging, & Onward Integration                             $475,000
                                                                                                                                                                       Facility/Hangar.
                                                      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-
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010      05:49 Nov 05, 2010       Jkt 089060     PO 00000     Frm 00075     Fmt 4634    Sfmt 0634     E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC               H28JY0
                                                      H6240                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
                                                      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
                                                                        b 1740
                                                                                                              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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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.



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00076   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                  H6241
                                                        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.
                                                                                                                                                                    lows:
                                                      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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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.



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00077   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6242                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
                                                        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-
                                                      amendment.
                                                                                                              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
                                                      amendment.                                              sons.
                                                        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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                                       GEORGIA
                                                        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.



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00078   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                     H6243
                                                        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.
                                                                                                              this amendment.
                                                      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
                                                                                                              amendment.
                                                         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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      ‘‘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.



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00079   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6244                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
                                                        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
                                                                                                                                                                                     b 1820
                                                      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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00080   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                       H6245
                                                      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:
                                                                                                                                                                     the desk.
                                                      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
                                                                                                              $150,000)’’.
                                                                                                                                                                     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
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                        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.



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000    Frm 00081   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      H6246                                             CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                             July 28, 2010
                                                        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.
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                        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



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00082   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634   E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0
                                                      July 28, 2010                                     CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                             H6247
                                                      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)
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Shuler
                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Simpson
                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Smith (NE)
                                                                                                              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)
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Smith (TX)
                                                                                                                                                                        Kirk               Neugebauer
                                                      Jersey but across the country as well.                  amendment.                                                Kirkpatrick (AZ)   Nunes
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Space

                                                      In a bipartisan manner we passed this                     The Clerk redesignated the amend-                       Kissell            Nye
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Speier
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Spratt
                                                      bill with the support presumably from                   ment.                                                     Klein (FL)         Oberstar
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Stearns
                                                                                                                                                                        Kline (MN)         Obey
                                                      the chairman last year in a similar                                       RECORDED VOTE                                                                Stupak
                                                                                                                                                                        Kosmas             Olson
                                                                                                                The Acting CHAIR. A recorded vote                                                            Sullivan
                                                      manner as we are doing this year. As                                                                              Kratovil           Ortiz
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sutton
                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                  AYES—353                                                                   Tiberi
                                                                                                                                                                        Levin              Peters
                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                        Luetkemeyer        Posey
                                                                                                                                                                            ´
                                                                                                                                                                        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)
                                                                                                                                                                        Capps              Hinchey
                                                      past. And we should meet that moral                     Boozman           Cooper                Gingrey (GA)      Castor (FL)        Honda
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Quigley
                                                      obligation.                                             Boren             Costa                 Gohmert                                                Roybal-Allard
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                                                                                                                                        Christensen        Inslee
                                                                                                              Boswell           Costello              Gonzalez                                               Ryan (OH)
                                                        The Acting CHAIR. The question is                     Boucher           Courtney              Goodlatte
                                                                                                                                                                        Chu                Israel
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sablan
                                                      on the amendment offered by the gen-                                                                              Clay               Jackson Lee
                                                                                                              Boustany          Crenshaw              Gordon (TN)                                             ´
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sanchez, Linda
                                                                                                                                                                        Cohen                (TX)
                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                        Dingell            Kucinich
                                                                                                                                                                        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)          ´
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Velazquez
                                                      vote.                                                   Buchanan          Delahunt              Hall (TX)




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010   05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00083   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634     E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC       H28JY0
                                                      H6248                                               CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE                                                                  July 28, 2010
                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wilson (OH)
                                                      Davis (AL)          Slaughter                             Rahall            Scalise               Westmoreland       Stark           Tsongas
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wittman
                                                      Ehlers              Stark                                 Rangel            Schmidt               Wilson (SC)        Stupak          Turner
                                                                                                                                                                           Sutton                           Wolf
                                                                                                                Rehberg           Sensenbrenner         Wu                                 Upton
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Woolsey
                                                                         b 1911                                                                                            Tanner          Van Hollen
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yarmuth
                                                                                                                                    NOES—296                               Taylor             ´
                                                                                                                                                                                           Velazquez
                                                        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-
                                                                           AYES—128
                                                                                                                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                 ´
                                                                                                                                                        Sanchez, Linda
                                                                                                                                                                             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.
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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




                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010     05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00084   Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634    E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC      H28JY0
                                                      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)
                                                                                                                                                                                         GENERAL LEAVE
                                                      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-
mmaher on DSK69SOYB1PROD with CONG-REC-ONLINE




                                                      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.



                                                VerDate Mar 15 2010     05:49 Nov 05, 2010   Jkt 089060   PO 00000   Frm 00085     Fmt 4634   Sfmt 0634    E:\RECORD10\RECFILES\H28JY0.REC   H28JY0

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:0
posted:3/13/2013
language:Latin
pages:34