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Senate Proceeding on Sep 5th, 2007 :: 1:47:14 to 1:53:03
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Richard Durbin

1:31:54 to 1:47:14( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Durbin

Richard Durbin

1:47:04 to 1:47:14( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Durbin: the floor. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the senate will resume consideration of h.r. 2642 which the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar number 207, h.r. 2642, an act making

Jack Reed

1:47:14 to 1:47:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: appropriations for military construction, the department of veterans affairs and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2008, and for other purposes. the presiding officer: morning

Jack Reed

1:47:14 to 1:53:03( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jack Reed

Jack Reed

1:47:30 to 1:47:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: business is now closed. mr. reed: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from rhode island. mr. reed: thank you, mr. president. i am pleased to resume consideration of the fiscal year 2008 military

Jack Reed

1:47:43 to 1:47:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: construction and veterans affairs appropriations bill. the bill provides $109.2 billion in funding, including $44.5 billion in mandatory spending and $43 billion in discretionary funding for the department

Jack Reed

1:47:57 to 1:48:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: of veterans affairs. overall discretionary funding in the bill totals $64.7 billion. that's a $4 billion increase over the president's budget request most of the increased funding is targeted at expanding

Jack Reed

1:48:12 to 1:48:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: and improving veterans health care, which is an essential requirement for our obligation to the veterans. and also it recognizes that as a generation of veterans are aging, those veterans from korea

Jack Reed

1:48:25 to 1:48:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: and world war ii, and the vietnam conflict, that we also have a new era of veterans from afghanistan and iraq. and this money is essential. this bill represents a landmark commitment to our troops

Jack Reed

1:48:36 to 1:48:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: and their families and to our nation's veterans by investing in urgently needed military construction projects and in expanding health care services to our veterans. for the department of veterans

Jack Reed

1:48:47 to 1:48:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: affairs, the bill includes $29 billion for direct medical services for veterans. this level of funding is equal to the amount requested by the veterans service organizations in the independent budget.

Jack Reed

1:48:59 to 1:49:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: each year our veterans services organizations prepare an independent budget not based upon what the administration thinks they can afford, but what the veterans need. and this is one of the few times where

Jack Reed

1:49:10 to 1:49:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: we've been able to meet that objective of the veterans service organizations within their independent budget. it will allow the department to increase its resources for both physical and mental health care

Jack Reed

1:49:24 to 1:49:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: for veterans and it will give the department the resources it needs to expand research and treatment of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. this is at a time when scores of veterans are returning

Jack Reed

1:49:34 to 1:49:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: from the wars in iraq and afghanistan with these often invisible wounds, and increased funding in this regard is urgently needed. it's been estimated that perhaps 30% of those who have served in

Jack Reed

1:49:47 to 1:49:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: iraq or afghanistan have received either traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress or both, and we have to be able to respond to those concerns. the bill also includes needed funding for military

Jack Reed

1:49:58 to 1:50:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: construction of facilities and housing for troops and their families. we are a nation at war, and our military forces need the best possible facilities in which to work, to train and to hone their skills.

Jack Reed

1:50:11 to 1:50:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: and their families need the best possible housing and quality of life facilities such as chapels and child-care centers to see them through the strain and hardship of repeat and lengthy deployments.

Jack Reed

1:50:22 to 1:50:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: mr. president, as i've said before, this bill is supported by the department of veterans affairs and the veterans service organizations. the president in a his statement of administrative policy released

Jack Reed

1:50:32 to 1:50:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: yesterday signaled his intention to sign the bill as reported out of the committee and i hope that that intention is carried through. there is no reason why the senate cannot comple work on this bill

Jack Reed

1:50:44 to 1:50:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: at a reasonable hour today. in fact, i have spoken with the majority leader, and he has indicated to me that his desire is to move this bill today, to complete work on it today, and to be able to have

Jack Reed

1:50:57 to 1:51:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: a vote on final passage, we hope, sometime today. i would urge my colleagues, if they have amendments they wish to offer, to bring them to the floor as soon as possible. it takes a long time to deal

Jack Reed

1:51:08 to 1:51:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: with some of these issues, to vet them, to clearhe amendments. and the slower the amendments are presented to us, the longer it will take to complete action on this bill, but the majority leader is

Jack Reed

1:51:19 to 1:51:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: committed to finishing this bill today and i share that commitment. the senate cannot afford to drag its feet on this bill. our men and women in uniform, our nation's veterans are depending on us

Jack Reed

1:51:30 to 1:52:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: to provide the resources they so urgently need. and i urge my colleagues to move quickly to pass this bill. mr. president, i yield the floor, and i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the

Jack Reed

1:52:08 to 1:52:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: clerk will call the roll. quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from rhode island. mr. reed: mr. president, i would ask unanimous consent to dispense with the calling of the quorum. the

Jack Reed

1:52:16 to 1:52:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: presiding officer: without objection. mr. reed: mr. president, i have three unanimous consent requests for committees to meet during today's session of the senate. they have the approval of the majority

Jack Reed

1:52:23 to 1:53:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: and minority leaders. i ask unanimous consent that these requests be agreed to and that these requests be printed in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reed: thank you, mr. president.

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