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Defense Funding Bill for Fiscal Year 2012 Approved by Appropriations Committee


Washington, Jun 14 -

The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2012 Defense Appropriations legislation. The bill includes funding for critical national security needs, and provides the necessary resources to continue the nation’s military efforts abroad. In addition, the bill provides essential funding for health and quality of life programs for the men and women of the Armed Services and their families. In total, the bill contains $530 billion in non-emergency funding, an increase of $17 billion over last year’s level and a decrease of $9 billion from the President’s request. In addition, the bill contains $119 billion in emergency spending for Defense activities related to the Global War on Terror.

“As our soldiers and Marines continue to put their lives on the line to eliminate terrorism and protect freedom around the globe, Congress must support and fund their actions in a timely and reasonable manner. This bill sustains our military readiness, facilitating the continued modernization and preservation of the greatest armed forces in the world,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.

“Although we are engaged in wars on several fronts, there is also a battle being waged at home – against skyrocketing, dangerous deficits. No bill or department should be immune from scrutiny during these difficult financial times. This legislation identifies fiscally responsible savings – savings that will in no way impair the safety of our troops, the success of our military missions, or our military readiness,” Rogers continued.

Subcommittee Chairman Bill Young echoed Rogers’ statement.

“It was a difficult task to write this bill $9 billion below the request, but we did so smartly and effectively. I would have preferred – and indeed I was fighting for – a higher number for Defense. But in this time of financial crisis that our nation is facing, no one should be exempt from tightening their fiscal belts – and on the Defense subcommittee, we must do so carefully, making sure to not impact the war-fighter or their mission,” Young said.

For the text and report of legislation considered today by the Appropriations Committee, please visit:

http://www.appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/FY12_Defense_rev9_xml.pdf and

http://www.appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/FY_2012_DEFENSE_FULL_COMMITTEE_REPORT.pdf

For all amendments adopted in Full Committee, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Amendments_to_the_Defense_Appropriations_Bill_FY_2012.pdf

Summaries of the adopted amendments at the full committee mark up follow:

1. Dicks (D-WA) The amendment inserts report language expressing concern about the prospect of human rights abuses in connection with military operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere, and directs the Secretary of Defense to provide a report to the Congressional Defense Committees on any suspected incidents of Human Rights abuses. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

2. Wolf (R-VA) The amendment makes $1 million in DoD funds available for an independent Afghanistan and Pakistan study group to access the situation on the ground in these countries and report on the consequences for U.S. interests. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

3. Kaptur (D-OH) The amendment inserts report language expressing concern over the unemployment rate for veterans and requires a report by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on recommendations to address this problem. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

4. Granger (R-TX) The amendment inserts report language expressing the importance of the Joint Strike Fighter airplane program and its unique place in military operations. The amendment provides language supporting the program and calling for continued oversight, and commits to working with the Secretary of Defense to ensure the success of the program. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

5. Hinchey (D-NY) The amendment directs the Secretary of Defense to report on military energy requirements, expresses concerns regarding energy efficiency and fuel costs, and encourages the consideration and study of alternative energy sources. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

6. Bonner (R-AL) The amendment inserts report language encouraging the Secretary of the Army to pursue improvements to the M1 Abrams Tank engine to increase fuel efficiency and reliability. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

7. McCollum (D-MN) The amendment limits DoD funding for military musical groups to $200 million. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

8. Graves (R-GA) The amendment inserts report language requiring the Defense Logistics Agency to report on the status, challenges and deployment timeline for the Common Food Management System (CFMS). The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

9. Flake (R-AZ) The amendment requires of Defense the Secretary notify the relevant Defense Committees of the intent to obligate any funds in excess of the 25 percent from the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Fund. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

10. LaTourette (R-OH) The amendment inserts report language instructing DoD to delay the shift to the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) concerning freight contracts until the Inspector General completes a review of the program. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

11. Flake (R-AZ) The amendment requires the Secretary of Defense to report on the approximate $100 billion in "efficiency savings" previously announced, including specifying the details of the savings, and where they were reinvested. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

12. McCollum (D-MN) The amendment prohibits funds for contracts or agreements with entities with unpaid Federal tax liabilities that have not entered into payment agreements to remedy the liability. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

13. McCollum (D-MN) The amendment prohibits the government from entering into contracts or agreements with any corporation that was convicted of a felony criminal violation under any Federal law within the preceding 24 months. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.