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Senate Proceeding on May 20th, 2009 :: 5:31:05 to 5:34:10
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James Webb

5:30:51 to 5:31:11( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: quorum call: mr.egich: ask unanimous consent the call of the quorum be dispensed. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. begich: i ask unanimous consent the pending amendment be laid aside committee 1143 be called up. the presiding officer: is there objection?

James Webb

5:31:05 to 5:34:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Webb

James Webb

5:31:12 to 5:31:35( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: without objection, the clerk will report. the clerk: idaho, amendment. mr. risch: i ask unanimous consent the call of the quorum be dispensed. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. rich rip mr. president, and fellow senators, i come to the

James Webb

5:31:36 to 5:32:00( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: floor today to offer this important amendment. what this amendment does is simply appropriates $2 billion to the national guard and reserve equipment mechanically what this does, it does it through a rescission of $2 billion that has been previously appropriated in the

James Webb

5:32:01 to 5:32:22( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: stimulusackage. it has the office of o.m.b. actually do the redistribution of those funds, reauthorization of those funds. the way it does it, it exempts from the rescission department of defense, the

James Webb

5:32:23 to 5:32:45( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: department of homeland security, and the part of title ten of that bill relating to military construction and veterans and related agencies. otherwise, they are directed to rescind $2 billion and reauthorize the $2 billion for the national guard and reserve equipment account.

James Webb

5:32:46 to 5:33:07( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: the reason for the amendment is this: as our guard units and reserve units have been seven over in iraq and afghanistan over recent years, their equipment has been badly depled. i have personal experience with

James Webb

5:33:08 to 5:33:28( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: this as we had our guard unit from idaho had been dispatched to iraq and spe time there. when the came back a lot of their equipment was necessarily left behind for use of the iraqis and use of other american troops that were going to stay in iraq.

James Webb

5:33:29 to 5:33:49( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: we have, in idaho, over a period of time, gone through a process by which some of this equipment has been replaced but not all. obviously, this amendment does not apply just to idaho. it applies to all states, all national guard units, all reserve units. this is something that is badly

James Webb

5:33:50 to 5:34:13( Edit History Discussion )

James Webb: need. the national guard certainly performs a valuable service to the governors of each of the states, to the people of each of the states. this bill will help them get equipment that badly needs replacing back in the que where it belongs and back where it can be used by these guard units and reserve units.

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