MILITARY CONSTRUCTION APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2005 -- (House of Representatives - July 22, 2004)
The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Bass). Pursuant to House Resolution 732 and rule XVIII, the Chair declares the House in the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union for the further consideration of the bill, H.R. 4837.
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Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Chairman, will the gentleman yield?
Mr. HAYES. I yield to the gentleman from Georgia.
Mr. KINGSTON. I just want to say that my friend from North Carolina who so capably represents Fort Bragg, I, as he knows, have five military installations in my district that I am proud to represent. Tomorrow night, in fact, I am going to be at Fort Stewart talking to some of the soldiers. This is a program that does enjoy wide bipartisan support. We are going to keep working on this and find a way to make it happen.
We had lots of discussion in the appropriations committee. We could not quite come to a consensus of where to offset some money. I think there are a lot of programs out there that we should cut, reduce, eliminate, in order to provide adequate housing for our troops and the quality of life for our soldiers in general.
But the one thing to remember is we are in this position because of a technical change in the way the Congressional Budget Office has decided to score military housing. What they are doing is they charge all the money up-front, even though the private sector is paying for it. It is a paper entry. It is not a real dollar entry. I certainly respect what the Committee on the Budget is doing in trying to keep the integrity of the budget process going. I think it is very, very important that we all try to work through this thing. But if we are faced with this change in the scoring from the Congressional Budget Office, I would like to see us find some waste, some duplication, and just some fat in the budget
and come up with the money for our soldiers because I think it is so important.
I thank the gentleman for yielding. I have enjoyed working with him on various installation issues.