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Conference Report on H.R. 4837, Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2005

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CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 4837, MILITARY CONSTRUCTION APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2005 -- (House of Representatives - October 09, 2004)

Mr. KNOLLENBERG. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that it be in order at any time to consider the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 4837) making appropriations for military construction, family housing, and base realignment and closure for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, and for other purposes; that all points of order against the conference report and against its consideration be waived, and that the conference report be considered as read.

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Mr. PUTNAM. Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman for yielding me this time.

I want to just rise and join any colleagues from Florida and the rest of the Congress in expressing my profound appreciation for the assistance that is on its way to a number of States but particularly Florida. Words are inadequate to describe the deep sense of loss that people have at looking at the devastation when they have a foot of sand in their home or an entire roof missing. But words are also inadequate to describe the profound sense of relief that comes when FEMA and State and local officials are there in a proactive way to provide tarps, to provide water, to provide batteries, to provide hot food; and it is a community effort.

But at the end of the day that community effort is made possible to a great degree in terms of resources by this Federal Government. So the bipartisan effort on the part of dozens and dozens of Members to help those drought-stricken in the Midwest and far West and those Floridians and Alabamans and Georgians and Carolinians who will pass on for generations the stories about Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne, our heart goes out to them, and we just express that deep sense of appreciation to the hardworking men and women of the government who have been there making that relief happen and the appreciation to our fellow man, to our neighbors, to the American spirit that made the water and ice lines possible, that brought in truckloads of relief from churches and faith groups from all over the country to help their fellow man whom they had never met before. And it is just part of that great community spirit and that sense of what is the strength of America, Mr. Speaker.

But at the end of the day, working out the details is always difficult in a government this large, and we want to certainly tip our hat to the efforts that the gentleman from Florida (Chairman Young) has put into this. It is a debt of gratitude that we owe that we can never repay and all Floridians and all Americans are certainly grateful for the service he has performed for this Nation.

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