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House Proceeding 05-20-08 on May 20th, 2008 :: 0:34:25 to 0:38:13
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Virginia Foxx

0:32:20 to 0:34:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Virginia Foxx

Virginia Foxx

0:34:12 to 0:34:25( Edit History Discussion )

Virginia Foxx: mr. sestak: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sestak: mr. speaker, i joined up in the military during the vietnam conflict,

Joe Sestak

0:34:25 to 0:34:39( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: and at that time and still today we don't have human resources departments in the military. you have young division officers take the challenges. whether it's an eviction notice or whether

Joe Sestak

0:34:25 to 0:38:13( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joe Sestak

Joe Sestak

0:34:39 to 0:34:54( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: it's a health issue, or whether it is, as thousands at that time and through the 1980's, used to have to go get their food stamps in order to continue their quality of life, you took care of them.

Joe Sestak

0:34:54 to 0:35:05( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: this bill takes a significant step, i believe. as mr. rangel insinuated, it is a small step but it is a significant step. and i say that because the most moving picture i've seen in the pentagon is the

Joe Sestak

0:35:05 to 0:35:23( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: one across the secretary of defense's office. it's of a young service member kneeling in church and alongside of him is his wife and a young child. and under that is that great saying

Joe Sestak

0:35:23 to 0:35:37( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: from the bible, where god turns to isiah, whom shall i send should go for us. and isiah replies, here am i. send me. we need to welcome them when they come back. one used to have on them

Joe Sestak

0:35:37 to 0:35:47( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: the hardest job in the military as a military spouse. what this bill does is takes care of is the cost of life, but it is also significant that it takes care of the cost of loss of life.

Joe Sestak

0:35:47 to 0:36:04( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: because what distinguishes this profession from anyone else is that it has the dignity of danger about it, where the loss of life may occur. so in this bill it ensures that if an employer

Joe Sestak

0:36:04 to 0:36:17( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: still wants to, even after death of a service member, contribute to his retirement plan, he can. it also then permits the spouse, having lost the service member, can actually then place this military

Joe Sestak

0:36:17 to 0:36:29( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: benefit into an i.r.a. without any penalty. it does much for our service members that lets them take combat pay, for example, and place it towards earned income so that they can move into

Joe Sestak

0:36:29 to 0:36:43( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: the middle class as an earned income tax credit. in my mind, this is an excellent bill that's come out and has bipartisan agreement. but the reason i think this is so important today

Joe Sestak

0:36:43 to 0:36:59( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: is that our service members returning from overseas, 19% of them have posttraumatic stress disorder, 33% of them have a mental challenge from depression to anxiety. this war is different.

Joe Sestak

0:36:59 to 0:37:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: in world war ii, the average soldier went into battle 182 days. he had time to rest in between major battles to get his nerves back in shape. our soldiers in iraq go outside the wire every day

Joe Sestak

0:37:15 to 0:37:26( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: for 15 straight months into a combat-like situation. they are strong generation, but this war is different. and so, therefore, as we keep that in mind, for those who say, here am i, send me.

Joe Sestak

0:37:26 to 0:37:38( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: we need to keep in mind that when the great warriors, jonathan and david departed for the last time in the bible, jonathan turned to david and said, tomorrow there shall be a new moon and thou

Joe Sestak

0:37:38 to 0:37:51( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: shall be missed because thou seat shall be empty. their seat should never be empty. it should be filled with the legacy of what they have done for this nation, and this bill, in my mind,

Joe Sestak

0:37:51 to 0:38:03( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: takes a step, a small but a significant step into remembering what these men and women who have served this nation should continue to be welcomed hope by us with a legacy of thanks that this

Joe Sestak

0:38:03 to 0:38:13( Edit History Discussion )

Joe Sestak: bill does. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from louisiana. mr. mccrery: mr. speaker, i yield one

Kevin Brady

0:38:13 to 0:38:21( Edit History Discussion )

Kevin Brady: minute to the distinguished gentleman from texas, a member of the ways and means committee, mr. brady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. brady: thank

Kevin Brady

0:38:13 to 0:39:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Kevin Brady

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