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House Proceeding 07-29-09 on Jul 29th, 2009 :: 0:09:00 to 0:13:05
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John P. Murtha

0:09:00 to 0:13:05( Edit History Discussion )
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John P. Murtha

0:09:05 to 0:09:25( Edit History Discussion )

John P. Murtha: the gentleman will suspend. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. murtha: madam chair, yesterday, i was out at bethesda, saw a young fellow that was wounded two years ago. when he was wounded, his internal organs were outside the body for a

John P. Murtha

0:09:26 to 0:09:46( Edit History Discussion )

John P. Murtha: and he's been putting up with that e back to bethesda and had an operation just recently where they were able to take the bag away that he had and restore his internal organs. that's what this bill is all about this defense bill is all about taking care of the troops.

John P. Murtha

0:09:47 to 0:10:07( Edit History Discussion )

John P. Murtha: making need. bill young and i worked together, going to the hospitals, seeing the wounded. we listened to what they say and what they need. we listen to them at the bases. we have 37 hearings this year, 51 trips the staff made all

John P. Murtha

0:10:08 to 0:10:31( Edit History Discussion )

John P. Murtha: over the country to visit the various installations, to find out what the problems were. i was out at fort carson where the commanding officer, and this is not something that i'm divulging, this is something that's already known, his one boy was killed in iraq and his other son committed suicide before he was sworn in.

John P. Murtha

0:10:32 to 0:10:54( Edit History Discussion )

John P. Murtha: so hs been emphasizing how do you reduce suicides in the military? the units came back, we've just found, have had some terrible problems with people, robberies and actually hodses, some of the actual units, at least allege think, that's what we've seen in the newspaper. these troops are under a tremendous strain.

John P. Murtha

0:10:55 to 0:11:15( Edit History Discussion )

John P. Murtha: they're deployed too often. when i talked to 12 troop there is at fort carson and fort ben, they told me the biggest sine problem is the long deploymen and lack of time at home. jerry lewis, who was chairman of the subcommittee, and bill will tellou the same thing. we talked to the tops. they talk about how they need

John P. Murtha

0:11:16 to 0:11:37( Edit History Discussion )

John P. Murtha: more time at home, they need to spend some time at home. even when they're home, they're training. they don't have the opportunity to visit with their families as long as they would like. we've had hundreds of meetings with members of congress, hundreds of input from members of congress on the floor and in the committee room trying to

John P. Murtha

0:11:38 to 0:11:59( Edit History Discussion )

John P. Murtha: make sure we put a bill together that was bipartisan. we've been partners in this thing the whole wathrough. we've tried to make sure in the thrust of this bill that's been for the department to start hiring more people and getting rid of the contractors. in other words get rid of contractors and hire people because contractors cost

John P. Murtha

0:12:00 to 0:12:22( Edit History Discussion )

John P. Murtha: $44,000 more. we find that every time we turn around we find somebody at the lower level making all kinds of changes in that policy. we worry about it. in this bill, we have a number of things we have done that help not only military

John P. Murtha

0:12:23 to 0:12:43( Edit History Discussion )

John P. Murtha: families, but do research for long-term. we put the first money in, for instance, military pay we raised it .5% of the -- above the qusm first-class medical care is one of the things we stress. peer-reviewed research programs, $150 million for breast cancer research, $80 million for prostate cancer

John P. Murtha

0:12:44 to 0:13:04( Edit History Discussion )

John P. Murtha: research, $30 million for orthopedic research. amazing thing, the military didn't have any money in for these kinds of things until we stepped in in the subcommittee, in the forefront of making sure that gets done. $472.4 billion for family advocacy programs. i could go on and on.

John P. Murtha

0:13:05 to 0:13:09( Edit History Discussion )

John P. Murtha: i don't want to go too long in

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