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Conference Report on H.R. 4310, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

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Mrs. HARTZLER. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the conference report for H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. I want to thank Chairman McKeon and Ranking Member Smith and all the colleagues of the conference committee for working together in a bipartisan fashion to bring this important bill to the floor for the 51st consecutive year.

The legislation we have brought here to the floor supports America's defense capabilities to better protect our homeland and support our troops. It is a good bill that will provide them with the tools and funding they need as they protect our freedoms and our liberties. There is no higher priority than advocating on their behalf, and they deserve nothing less than our best.

There's good news for our military personnel. The bill authorizes a troop pay increase of 1.7 percent and extended bonuses and special pay for our men and women in uniform. Personally, I'm proud to see important military construction projects funded at Fort Leonard Wood. In addition, the bill continues support for the family of long-range strike bomber programs, including the B-2, whose home is Whiteman Air Force Base.

Mr. Speaker, I'm proud to vote for this legislation and continue to pray for our troops and thank them for their service and their sacrifice.

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