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Amendment to H.R. 2219-- The Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. KING of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to offer an amendment to H.R. 2219, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2012, which would transfer $12,000,000 from the account entitled Other Procurement, Army to the account entitled Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide. This transfer would fund the Supply Our Soldiers Act of 2011, which passed the House in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012.

While our soldiers do not have to pay for the letters they send home, their families often spend hundreds of dollars to send care packages and letters of their own. The program funded by this amendment would provide soldiers serving active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with one postal voucher every other month to transfer to their loved ones to send letters and packages to these soldiers at no cost.

I fully support this postal benefits program and urge my colleagues to vote in favor of my amendment.

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