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Mrs. BACHMANN. Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 3326, the Fiscal Year 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, as amended by the Senate. However, while I applaud the hard work of House leadership in bringing this much needed legislation to the floor, I regret that an opportunity to more fully address the threat posed by suspected terrorists currently under detention by the United States government has been missed.
The United States military is responsible for keeping Americans safe. And in light of the challenge that we face in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Federal Government's commitment to our soldiers has never been more important. As such, I'm pleased we're working to ensure that the promises we've made to those who serve in our Armed Forces are kept. Whether it's the 3.4 percent military pay increase or the $104 billion to improve military equipment, I believe we must ensure our troops receive the support they deserve for the great sacrifice they have made by serving our country, and clearly this bill represents a strong show of that support.
However, while H.R. 3326, as passed, is a strong bill, I was disappointed that one of the most troubling issues of the day was not addressed. Critical to ensuring individual Americans' safety is the future treatment of the dangerous enemy combatants housed at the Guantanamo detention facility. Rather than allowing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to be tried in New York City through our civilian court system and transporting Guantanamo detainees to Thomson Correctional Institution in Illinois, Congress should unequivocally restrict enemy combatants to trial by military commission and permanently deny funding to transport them into our country.
Madam Speaker, we are at a critical juncture in our nation's history. However, as we work to bolster a strong national defense, we cannot ignore the ever-present threat posed by those rogue agents who wish to do us harm. I believe a cornerstone of addressing this threat is to remove the current legal ambiguity with regard to detainee treatment. By trying these detainees in a civilian setting, we are allowing them to exploit our judicial system for personal gain and undermine the work of our military commissions, which have served our nation for centuries.
So while I am pleased to be here on the floor today supporting our troops, it is my sincere hope that the questions surrounding America's prosecution of enemy combatants will be answered in a way that best ensures our national security.
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