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House Proceeding 12-10-09 on Dec 10th, 2009 :: 0:33:25 to 0:37:30
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Chet Edwards

0:33:25 to 0:37:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chet Edwards

Chet Edwards

0:33:42 to 0:34:02( Edit History Discussion )

Chet Edwards: the gentleman from texas, mr. edwards. mr. edwards is the the-- military construction subcommittee of the appropriations committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes. mr. edwards: this bill supports america's veterans, our troops, and their families in a meaningful way by improving their health care, their

Chet Edwards

0:34:03 to 0:34:24( Edit History Discussion )

Chet Edwards: benefits, and quality of life. those who defend our nation have earned and deserve this support. for the first time ever provide two-year funding for v.a. medical programs. this is a historic achievement and s been one of the highest priorities of our nation's most respected veterans organizations. the advanced funding is a win

Chet Edwards

0:34:25 to 0:34:46( Edit History Discussion )

Chet Edwards: for veterans and for it will allow the v.a. to plan its spending more efficiently which will improve health care for veterans and save taxpayers' dollars. this bill funds president obama's v.a. request. a $5.4 billion increase, the largest presidential request for increased veterans funding in over 30 years.

Chet Edwards

0:34:47 to 0:35:08( Edit History Discussion )

Chet Edwards: other major initiatives in this bill include new training barracks for military recruits, homeowners assistance for troops being restationed. additional funding for the modernization of national guard and reserve facilities. and a robust energy conservation program for department of defense facilities. when the gentlewoman from

Chet Edwards

0:35:09 to 0:35:33( Edit History Discussion )

Chet Edwards: california, ms. pelosi, became speaker in 2007, she promised that supporting veterans would be one of congress' highest priorities. speaker pelosi, the strong leadership of chairman spratt and obey and filner, has kept that promise. here's some of the significant results in just three years.

Chet Edwards

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

Chet Edwards: a 60% increase in 145 new v.a. community clinics. 3,384 v. doctors. 14,426 new v.a. nurses. 8,300 new v.a. claims processors. an expansion of middle income

Chet Edwards

0:35:55 to 0:36:16( Edit History Discussion )

Chet Edwards: veterans eligibility for v.a. health care. more than a doubling of mental health care funding for vets. and a historic new g.i. college education bill. ultimately this is about more better health care and benefits for our troops and vets. it is about respect.

Chet Edwards

0:36:17 to 0:36:38( Edit History Discussion )

Chet Edwards: respect for the service and sacrifice of those who defend our nation and their families. i especially want to thank our ranking member on our subcommittee, mr. wamp of tennessee, who is a critical partner in our work on our portion of this bill and who once again demonstrated his deep commitment to our troops and veterans. and finally, but certainly not

Chet Edwards

0:37:23 to 0:37:30( Edit History Discussion )

Chet Edwards: who have kept their promise to serve our nation and the american family. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the

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