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Senate Proceeding on Jul 23rd, 2009 :: 4:40:45 to 4:44:55
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Richard Burr

4:40:33 to 4:40:53( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: mr. burr: mr. president, i would ask 1554, the militarypouse's residency relief the presiding officer: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: the senator from

Richard Burr

4:40:45 to 4:44:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Burr

Richard Burr

4:40:54 to 4:41:14( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: north c himself and others proposes an amendment numbered mr. burr: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the amendment be considered as read. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. burr: mr. president and my colleagues, this is a very simple amendment. it's called the military spouse's residency relief act.

Richard Burr

4:41:15 to 4:41:37( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: under current law our military men and women, about every three years are repositioned in the country or out of the country. their orders change. and when they make that change, it's beneficial to them and, i believe, to society that th spouses and their children go with them. years ago we made accommodations

Richard Burr

4:41:38 to 4:41:59( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: for those military personnel, they could pick a state of residency even though they moved frequently. they could choose the state they grew up in. they could cose the state they thought they might retire in. they visited in where they thought was the best for them to claim

Richard Burr

4:42:00 to 4:42:20( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: their residency. what in a provided the military service member was every state they got to they didn't have change their drive license, they didn't have to change their voter registration. they didn't have to basically change everything in their life. now with the size of our military, with the constant deployments that we're in, but this continuation of every three

Richard Burr

4:42:21 to 4:42:42( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: years getting reassigned to a different post, what we realize is from a standpoint for our military personnel, we've forgotten about spouses as it relates to the accommodation of a new surrounding. when we think about it, spouses who leave and go with the service member, they g community unemployed.

Richard Burr

4:42:43 to 4:43:04( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: they've got to look for a job. they've got to go to the the motor vehicles, they've got to get a new drivers license. they've got to find out where to go when we register tow vote. their husband could claim residency or their wife could claim residency somewhere.

Richard Burr

4:43:05 to 4:43:25( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: and they might not be on the title of the house they own or the property they own. the fact that they can't claim -- the spouse -- atate of residency consistent with the service mem a tremendous disadvantage from the standpoint of what they o because it is easier to put it in the service member's name

Richard Burr

4:43:26 to 4:43:46( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: because they are protected regardless of where their orders send them. very simply, what does is it extends the same privilege tpo a spouse that it -- to a spouse that it does to a service that they can claim that state of residency, that they can keep that one constant drivers license, that they pay joint

Richard Burr

4:43:47 to 4:44:07( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: taxes in a state versus they're forced to file separate taxes where there may be tax implications that cause those military families to pay more taxes than they would if they could file jointly. it means that, yeah, they've still got the challenge of walking into a community unemployed, that they might leav they believe the fabric of their

Richard Burr

4:44:08 to 4:44:28( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: family is that important. that's what we ask all of our military families tpo deal with. this is a simple way to make life a little bit easier on the spouse and to make sure that they don't have to change tphefrg their life just because -- everything in their life just because their spouse has been reassigned, but

Richard Burr

4:44:29 to 4:44:49( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: only certain things that they will have to deal mr. president, i would remind my colleagues that there is a stand alone bill, s. 475, it had a hearin committee. it was passed unanimously out of the veterans' affairs committee. it is identical to my amendment today. i would urge my colleagues to

Richard Burr

4:44:50 to 4:44:56( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: support this amendment and with the chair's agreement i would

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