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the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 34 printed in part b of house report 111-182 by the gentleman from new jersey, mr. holt, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: part b amendment number 34 printed in house report 111-182 offered by mr. holt of new jersey. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of
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are 224 the chair: on this vote the yeas are 224, the nays are 193, the amendment is adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 20 printed in part b of house report 111-182 by the gentleman from virginia, mr. connelly, on which further proceedings were postponed and
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on which the ayes prevailed in voice vote. the clerk will depace in -- redesignate the amendment. the clerk: offered by mr. connelly of virginia. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be quounted -- counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their vote by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: on this vote the yeas
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 416, the nays are zero. the amendment is adopted. the question is on the committee amendment. in the nature of a substite as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the amendment is adopted. accordingly, under the rule, the the speaker pro tempore: the house will come to order. mr. chairman. the chair: mr. speaker, the committee of the whole house on the state of the union has had under consideration h.r. 2647. pursuant to the house resolution 572, i report the bill back to the house, an amendment adopted 234 the committee of the whole. the speaker pro tempore: the chair of the committee of the
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whole house on the state of the union reports that the bill h.r. 2647 was under consideration and pursuant to house resolution 572 reports the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. under the rule, the previous question is ordered. is a separate vote demanded on any amendment to the amendment reported from the committee of the whole? if not, the question is on adoption of the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it and the amendment is agreed to. the question is on en grosment and third reading of the bill -- on en grosment and third reading of the bill. the clerk: for military activities of the department of defense, to prescribe military
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personnel strengths for fiscal year 2010 and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? >> mr. speaker, i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed to the bill? >> yes, sir, do i in its current form. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. forbes of georgia moves to recommit the bill to the committee on armed services with instructions to report the same back to the house forthwith the following amendment. at the end of title 10, insert the following new section, section 1055, availability of funds for missile defense in certain vehicles and aircraft. a, funding, one, procurement of aircraft army. the amount otherwise provided by section 101-1 for procurement of aircraft army is hereby increased by $92 million of which, a, some is to be available for helicopters and, b, $60 million is to be available for the procurement of
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ch-47 helicopters. two, procurement of weapons and tract combat vehicles army, the amount otherwise provided by section 1013 for procurement of weapons and contract veeblings army is hereby increased by $797,800,000 of which, a, $138,400,000 is to be available for the procurement of striker vehicles, b, $162,400,000 is to be available for procurement of high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, c, $197 million is to be available for the procurement of family medium tactical vehicles and, d, $300 million is to be available for the procurement of mine resistant, ambush protected alter anvehicles. three, procurement of aircraft, air force, the amount otherwise provided by section 1031 for procurement of aircraft air force is hereby increased by $510,200,000 of which, a, $110
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million is to be available for the procurement of mq-9 unmanned aerial vehicles and, b, $400,200,000 is to be available for c-130-j aircraft. the amount otherwise provided by section 2014 for research development, test and evaluation defensewide is hereby increased by $1,200,,000,000 is to be available for the ground-based midcourse defense system, $237 million is to be available for the airborne lacer program, c, $177,100,000 is to be available for the multiple kill vehicle, d, $165,900,000 is to be available for the kinetic energy sector and, e, $20 million is to be available for the space tracking and surveillance system. b, offsetting reduction. the amount otherwise provided by
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section 3108 for -- 3102 is hereby reduced by $2,600,000,000 to be derivinged from sites that are projected to meet regulatory milestones ahead of schedule or are at greatest risk to be unable to execute law and fiscal year 2010 funding as planned for fiscal year 2010. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you. mr. speaker, this motion to recommit improves this bill by fully providing for our troops on the battlefield, protecting the american people at home from ballistic missile threats and doing so without barring any significant -- borrowing from any significant programs. this provides $1.4 billion in equipment requested by our men and women in combat and which this house agreed they needed because we included it in the 2009 supplemental the first time. this funding is for mrap vehicles and u.a.v.'s which have
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persistently been some of our troop's highest priorities for iraq and afghanistan. . the speaker pro tempore: the house will continue to suspend until we have order in the house. the gentleman from virginia may continue. mr. forbes: after the house included this funding in the supplemental, the senate included a provision to provide a $100 billion global bailout. in order to pay the bill, the equipment needed by our servicemen and women in action would strip from the supplemental. i do not think any member of this distinguished body believes we should have provided any loan to the i.m.f. or any other international body without first taking care of our men and women on the battlefield. mr. speaker, this bill have some critical components of this motion that would restore 1,600 humvees and combat vehicles, 250 mrap vehicles to protect our soldiers, four additional
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helicopters and four additional aircraft so our soldiers don't have to drive those roads in the first place and six unmanned vehicles. in addition to fulfilling the wartime needs of our troops, this motion would add $1.2 billion to restore missile defense funding. last year, this congress provided $10.5 billion for missile defense. since that time, north korea and iran's nuclear capabilities have grown as credible threats to the security of the united states. north korea has threatened to quote, wipe out the united states and reportedly is preparing a ballistic missile to launch against united states. the president said iran's nuclear ballistic missiles provides a real threat. despite these increasing threats, the bill cuts missile
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defense from last year and this includes a 35% reduction to a missile defense in alaska and california designed to protect the united states' homeland. these cuts lack supporting analysis and challenge common sense. if north korea does what it says or if the president is right about iran, this may be one of the most crucial votes we take. the $2.6 billion to pay for equipment for our troops needs to be maintained at last year's missile defense funding level, will come from a department of energy account that has received $5 billion in stimulus funding on top of the baseline request. we may hear concerns from the other side of the aisle that we are skimming off the top of important environmental projects. but department of energy officials have stated that the stimulus funds go to the lowest priority projects. i would like to note that cleanup funds do not expire and billions of dollars of stimulus funds provided for this effort won't expire for five years. it's more than reasonable to
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expect that the secretary of energy can reasonably reallocate the resources he receives across the environmental management portfolio. therefore, the real question before the house is whether we should allocate $2.6 billion to the department of energy for their admittedly lowest cleanup projects or allocate this $2.6 billion to defend our nation against the rising threats of missile attacks. the choice is clear and the decision should be even clearer. with that, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to vote for this motion. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri rise? mr. skelton: i rise in opposition to the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. skelton: mr. speaker, this is one of the most interesting motions to recommit i have ever seen. in truth and fact and looking it over, which is a multi-paged
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motion, it's an effort to rewrite the work of two subcommittees within the armed services committee, the strategic forces subcommittee and the air, land subcommittee. and we have already a few moments ago discussed at length on this floor a good part of this, which is the missile defense area, which we gave $9.3 billion toward. but what i really find interesting in this is that the budget will cut the cleanup for radioactive wastes and special nuclear materials. at this time, i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from california, ms. tauscher,
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subcommittee chairman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may not yield blocks of time, but the gentleman may yield. mrs. tauscher: thank you, mr. chairman. california, texas, colorado, new mexico, washington, south carolina, tennessee, idaho, georgia, anybody live there? those are the states that are expecting this cleanup money. your governors are expecting this cleanup money. mayors of communities are expecting this cleanup money. this isn't just little slush in tanks that we are trying to clean up, ladies and gentlemen. this is a 50-year residue of the cold war, dangerous, dangerous proliferation risks, dangerous health and safety risks. these states have agreements -- usually because they sued the federal government to this money be spent for this cleanup. if you think this is a
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triviality and your phone is ringing from your governors, they are saying our communities are at risk. you need to pose this motion to recommit. we have had hearing after hearing, subcommittee markups, committee markups, none of this was brought up. support this mark. defeat this motion to recommit. mr. skelton: i yield two minutes to the the gentleman from hawaii, the chairman of the air, land subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may not yield blocks of time. but the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. abercrombie: i'm the chairman of the air, land subcommittee and i feel very, very deeply that this amendment put forward in this recommitment motion right now is not made in order in the way we work. the phrases used on the other side of the aisle, there are no
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sides of the aisle in the air, land subcommittee. every single member of that committee is recognized by this chairman as not only equal in terms of their input, but equal in terms of their commitment to the defense of this country. you folks know me here. this does not -- this kind of thing does not take place in our subcommittee. let me give you -- there is no side of the aisle when it comes to the defense of this nation. just to give you a couple of quick examples, on the stryker vehicle, we have $338 million in there on top of the $200 million-plus we put in the supplemental. we were never given any other number despite any opportunity that anybody could have had to bring that number forward. on the all-terrain vehicles, $4. 45 billion vehicles for 1,000
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vehicles, upgrades, retrofit, operation and maintenance. if there's one thing that this chairman, ike skelton, has done in the committee for both republicans and democrats who have the responsibility and obligations as members of the armed services committee is to see that readiness is first, foremost and fundamental in our deliberations. i ask you, i ask you as a fellow member of the armed services committee, not as a democrat or as a republican, to reject this on the basis that our committee did its work the way it should do its work. we set a standard for bipartisanship, in fact nonpartisanship when it comes to determining what is in the interests of the fighting men and women of the united states of america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri. mr. skelton: i could not -- how much time is remaining, please? the speaker pro tempore: five
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seconds. mr. skelton: i thank the lady, i thank the gentleman. this is a bad motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. without objection, the previous question is ordered. the question is on the motion to recommit. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it -- for what purpose does the gentleman from -- mr. forbes: request a recorded vote the speaker pro tempore: those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of passage. this will be a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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