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Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009

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DUNCAN HUNTER NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009 -- (House of Representatives - May 22, 2008)

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Mr. COOPER. Mr. Chairman, at its simplest level, the House Armed Services Committee is the military's best friend, the best friend to the soldier, the sailor, the airman, and the marine. And under the leadership of Chairman Skelton and Ranking Member Hunter, we are demonstrating this once again with this bill.

The House on Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Mr. Waxman's committee, is the taxpayer's best friend. And it's very important that these committees work together, as they are doing today, to make government work both for the taxpayer and for the military. And that's what these clean contracting amendments do.

It's an amazing group of amendments to try to minimize, for example, sole source contracts. Why should the government have to add all this business to one company without competitive bidding unless it's a national emergency? This amendment takes care of that why should we have cost-plus contracts? Those guarantee a profit whether it's deserved or not. We try to minimize those things.

This is an excellent example of cooperative work between committees,

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really forgetting jurisdictional lines, and making government work for the people back home.

I'd also like to thank Mr. Waxman in particular because he pointed out something that even the excellent staff of the House could not have been able to see so far, which is workmen's compensation for defense contractors, an issue that we had not delved into. But just last week, in an excellent set of hearings that Chairman Waxman called, we were able to produce legislative language that, thankfully, the House has accepted and to get this reform underway already. So in just 1 week's time, we are solving this problem for the taxpayer.

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