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House Proceeding 12-17-07 on Dec 17th, 2007 :: 3:16:00 to 3:20:04
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are not subject to repayment of any portion of those bonuses. last month, media stories sparked outrage among members of congress and citizens alike when they highlighted what appeared to be

Joseph Crowley

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Joseph Crowley: a potentially widespread practice by the army and department of defense. media rerts stated that wounded service members who could no longer continue on active duty because of those wounds

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Speech By: Joseph Crowley

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Joseph Crowley: were being required to repay portions of their enlistment or re-enlistment bonuses baud they had not fulfilled the terms of their contracts. in some cases, the army was cited as demanding repayment of thousands

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3:16:36 to 3:16:51( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: of dollars from soldiers who but for their wounds or injuries in combat would have continued to serve the army and this nation honorablely. what the media failed to report completely was that

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3:16:51 to 3:17:07( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: the department of defense and the military services had an active policy in place that addressed this problem. the policy did the following -- first in cases where a service member died, not

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3:17:07 to 3:17:24( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: at the result of his or her own misconduct, the unpaid portions of an enlistment or re-enlistment bonus would be paid to the service members' survivors and there would be no requirement

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3:17:24 to 3:17:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: to repay already paid bonuses. second, when the service member was unable to complete an enlistment or re-enlistment due to circumstances reasonably beyond the service member's control, no already paid

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3:17:36 to 3:17:47( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: bonus would be recouped. finally, the secretary of the military services had broad discretion on a case-by-case basis to fore go recoupment and to pay out bonuses. h.r. 4793, as amended, captures

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3:17:47 to 3:18:07( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: and codifies the existing d.o.d. policy and goes beyond there policy. when enacted, h.r. 3793 will guarantee that a service member who dies or is retired or separated from medical disability

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3:18:07 to 3:18:23( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: will not be required to repay any portion of a bonus or some benefit that they have received. re it mandates that the full contracted amount of any unpaid doan us or similar benefit be paid as appropriate

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3:18:23 to 3:18:33( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: to the estates of service members who die or to service members who are retired or separated due to a disability. and it mandates that the payments are to be made not later than 90 days after

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3:18:33 to 3:18:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: the death, retirement, or separation of the service member. additionally, if a service secretary determines the requiring repayment or withholding payment of the unpaid bonus would be

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3:18:44 to 3:18:57( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: contrary to a personnel policy or a management objective against equity and good conscience or be contrary to the best interest to the united states, then they would be allowed to waive repayment

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3:18:57 to 3:19:13( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: or continue repayment of unpaid bonuses. discretion should be allowed for the most beneficial interpretation in favor of our courageous service members. h.r. 3793 is a good bill, and i urge all my colleagues

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3:19:13 to 3:19:23( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: to join me in supporting it. our service men and women deserve our most humble thanks. and this bill will ensure that we are honoring their sacrifices by not denying them or their families

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Joseph Crowley: their dupay. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will not forget september 11. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from new

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3:19:39 to 3:19:51( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Crowley: hampshire. ms. shea-porter: i yield two minutes to my good friend and colleague from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. mcgovern:

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Joseph Crowley: thank you. i'd like to recognize my colleague from pennsylvania, represent ative altmire, for championing this important legislation. now, mr. speaker, a little over a month ago we celebrated veterans

Daniel E. Lungren

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Daniel E. Lungren: day and we were reminded of the men and women who have served our nation and continue to wear our country's uniform. these brave men and women have volunteered for service with the assurances

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