Emergency Supplemental Appropriations-Continued

By:  Mitch McConnell
Date: Oct. 16, 2003
Location: Washington, DC

EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS—CONTINUED

AMENDMENT NO. 1874

Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I send an amendment to the desk and ask for its immediate consideration.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, the pending amendments will be set aside. The clerk will report.

The legislative clerk read as follows:

The Senator from Kentucky [Mr. MCCONNELL] proposes an amendment numbered 1874.

Mr. McCONNELL. I ask unanimous consent the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.

The amendment is as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:

SEC. . SHORT TITLE.

SEC. . (a) FINDINGS.—Congress makes the following findings:

(1) That on October 7, 2001, the Armed Forces of the United States and its coalition allies launched military operations in Afghanistan, designated as Operation Enduring Freedom, that quickly caused the collapse of the Taliban regime, the elimination of Afghanistan's terrorist infrastructure and the capture of significant and numerous members of Al Qaeda;

(2) That on March 19, 2003, the Armed Forces of the United States and its coalition allies launched military operations, designated as Operation Iraqi Freedom, that quickly caused the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, the elimination of Iraq's terrorist infrastructure, the end of Iraq's illicit and illegal programs to acquire weapons of mass destruction, and the capture of significant international terrorists.

(3) That success in those two campaigns in the Global War on Terrorism would not have been possible without the dedication, courage, and service of the members of the United States Armed Forces and their coalition partners;

(4) That throughout the proud military history of our nation, we have recognized our brave men and women of the Armed Forces by awarding them service medals for personal bravery and other leadership actions and for their service in military operations abroad and for support operations at home and abroad;

(5) That historically the President has relied on senior military officers to recommend the personal and theater campaign medals and that, in keeping with these longstanding traditions, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the combatant commanders, including General Tommy Franks, U.S. Army, former Commander of the United States Central Command, recommended the awards described below in recognition of the worldwide nature of the current conflict;

(6) That following the advice of his senior military and civilian defense leaders, President Bush, by Executive Order 13289 on March 12, 2003, established the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal to be awarded to service members who serve in military operations to combat terrorism on or after September 11, 2001, including, but not limited to actions in Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, in such locations as Afghanistan, Iraq, the Republic of the Philippines, and elsewhere in Southwest Asia, in recognition of the sacrifice and contributions military members make in the global war on terrorism;

(7) That eligibility for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal is predicated on deployment abroad for 30 days or more in support of Global War on Terrorism operations on or after September 11, 2001;

(8) That by the same Executive Order, the President established the Global War on Terrorism Service Medical recognizing duty in Operation Noble Eagle and the homeland defense mission against further terrorist attacks, and which recognizes duty in support of military operations performed in areas that do not qualify for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; and

(9) That implementing regulations for eligibility have not been issued by the Secretary of Defense.

(b) SENSE OF THE SENATE ON THE AWARD OF CAMPAIGN MEDAL.—It is the sense of the Senate that the Secretary of Defense should, on an expedited basis, issue the necessary regulations to implement these awards and ensure that any person who renders qualifying service with the Armed Forces in those phases of the Global War on Terrorism including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Noble Eagle should promptly receive these awards.