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Department of Defense Appropriations Act -- Conference Report

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT--CONFERENCE REPORT -- (Senate - December 14, 2007)

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Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, at the outset, this the penultimate DOD authorization bill for the distinguished Senator from Virginia. What a leader he has been on defense issues for his 30 years in the Senate. He will have an opportunity to do one more before he rides off into the sunset, much to our regret.

I also would like to congratulate Senator Levin for his work on this important conference report, which is, indeed, a bipartisan achievement. I was particularly pleased to see that the committee provided full authorization for the supplemental funding for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was pleased to see the committee recommended no policy changes to the Petraeus plan.

The Wounded Warriors legislation, which we passed earlier in the year, is also included. The Wounded Warriors bill is vitally important to our men and women in uniform and important to the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

So I thank the managers of the conference report. This is an important accomplishment for our men and women in uniform, who we can all agree are deserving of this body's full support and our deepest gratitude.

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