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Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011

Floor Speech

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I thank the gentleman for yielding.

I join with the ranking member in opposing this amendment. The current allocation for defense is already $14.8 billion below the fiscal year 2011 request, an almost 3 percent reduction; and of course our committee wants to help to address the Federal deficit, too, as do other committees. Further, arbitrary reductions, especially of this magnitude of over $23.5 billion, will basically bring the Department of Defense to a grinding halt, perhaps one beyond what is reasonable.

Specifically, the amendment would require reducing and canceling training for returning troops; canceling Navy training exercises; reducing Air Force flight training; delaying or canceling the maintenance of aircraft, ships or vehicles; delaying important safety and quality-of-life repairs to facilities and military barracks.

At a time of war, we should be showing support for our troops and not undercutting them, even though for good reasons, in order to lower the Federal deficit by making reductions of this amount.

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AMENDMENT NO. 246 OFFERED BY MR. BROUN OF GEORGIA

Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Madam Chair, I have an amendment at the desk.

The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will designate the amendment.

The text of the amendment is as follows:

At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:

Sec. __. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for beach replenishment projects by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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I rise in opposition to the amendment.

The Acting CHAIR (Mr. Mack). The gentleman from New Jersey is recognized for 5 minutes.

Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Chairman, I share the gentleman's concern over responsible spending and the need to address the Nation's deficit problem. That's why our continuing resolution before us reduces spending by historic proportions.

Where I differ from my colleague is whether there is a Federal interest in beach replenishment projects. Beach replenishment projects aren't just about dumping sand on shores so people can have fun. These projects provide States with protection from coastal storms for individuals and businesses, and these projects must meet the same standards of economic justification and cost benefit ratios as other levee projects and navigation projects.

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