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Senate Proceeding on Nov 5th, 2009 :: 9:46:50 to 9:52:30
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Tim Johnson

9:46:46 to 9:47:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: senator from south dakota. mr. j substitute amendment of. clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from south dakota, himself and mrs. hutchison, propose amendment numbered 27 mr. johnson: i ask unanimous consent that the further r be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without

Tim Johnson

9:46:50 to 9:52:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson

9:47:10 to 9:47:33( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: objection. mr. johnson: mr. president, i'm pleased to present the fiscal year 2010 military construction and veterans affairand related agencies appropriations bill to the senate. but beforee discuss the bill, i want to express my sorrow at

Tim Johnson

9:47:34 to 9:47:54( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: the tragic events that unfolded at for the hood, texas, this afternoon. i extend my condolences to the troops and the families at fort hood and to my working member -- ranking member, senator hutchison, who is off toeturn to texas tonight. our thoughts and prayers are

Tim Johnson

9:47:55 to 9:48:18( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: with her and with the fort hood community at this difficult time. senator hutchison's dedication to american vets and to the military has been a tremendous asset in developing this bill, and i thank her for her help and cooperation.

Tim Johnson

9:48:19 to 9:48:40( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: i also thank chairman inouye and vice-chairman cochran for their su this bill forward. this military construction and veterans affairs bill provides critical investments in capital infrastructure for our military, including barracks and family

Tim Johnson

9:48:41 to 9:49:02( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: housing, traing and operational facilities, and child care and family support centers. in addition, it fulfills the nation's promise to our vets by providing th for medic care and benefits that our vets have earned through

Tim Johnson

9:49:03 to 9:49:25( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: their service. mr. president, the bill before the senate today provides a total of $133.9 bilon in funding for fiscal year 2010. this includes $76.7 billion in

Tim Johnson

9:49:26 to 9:49:46( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: discretionary funding, $439 million over the budget request, $1.4 billion for overseas contingency operations to support our troops in afghanistan, and $55.8 billion in mil vets' programs.

Tim Johnson

9:49:47 to 9:50:08( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: in addition, i'm pleased to report that for the first time, the bill before us contains $48.2 billion in advanced appropriations for advanced medical care for fiscal year 2011. as an original cosponsor of the

Tim Johnson

9:50:09 to 9:50:31( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: legislation authorizing advanced appropriations for our vets' health care, i'm pleased that senator hutchison and i will -- and i were able to provide the funding in this bill to implement this important legislation. other funding priorities in the

Tim Johnson

9:50:32 to 9:50:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: bill include $53.2 billion in discretionary funding for vets' programs, $150 million over the budget request, and $3.9 billion over last year; $44.7 billion for vets' medical care, $4.2

Tim Johnson

9:50:54 to 9:51:17( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: billion over last year; $23.2 billion for military construction at $286 million over the president's budget request; $1.3 billion for guard and reserve construction projects, $264 million above the

Tim Johnson

9:51:18 to 9:51:38( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: budget request; and 279 million for related agencies including the american battle monuments commission and arlington national cemety. mr. president, next wednesday is veterans day, a day in which the nation honors all of those who have served in the armed forces

Tim Johnson

9:51:39 to 9:52:00( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: of the united states. i can think of no better way to express the senate's gratitude for the service of our vets and the sacrifices they have made for our country than to pass this bill without delay. again, i thank my ranking member

Tim Johnson

9:52:01 to 9:52:22( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: for her support in crafting the bill. i also thank the staff of the subcommittee, christina evans, chet chucum, and amy vandenham, and ben hammond of the minority staff for their hard work and

Tim Johnson

9:52:23 to 9:52:33( Edit History Discussion )

Tim Johnson: effort to produce this bill. i would ask that the full text of my remarks be included in the

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