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Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2007

Location: Washington, DC

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2007 -- (Senate - September 07, 2006)



Mr. KOHL. Mr. President, I rise today to ask the chairman and ranking member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for clarification of language that appears in title IX, on page 238 of the committee's report. Under the heading ``Operation and Maintenance'' there is a writeup entitled ``Pre-Deployment and Post-Deployment Training.'' The committee states in part ``The Committee believes that costs accrued at home station for the aforementioned activities are allowable costs for the use of title IX funding. To the extent that such training, maintenance and reset activities displace normal peacetime training events, the amounts provided to the Department in title IX operation and maintenance accounts should be used to ensure full support of pre-deployment and post-deployment operations, as well as for continuing combat and security operations in support of the global war on terror.''

Senator Inouye and Senator Stevens, is it the committee's intent that funds provided in this title for national and field level reset repair be available for the reset of equipment used for pre-deployment and post training but not otherwise deployed?

Mr. STEVENS. Yes, that is the committee's intent.

Mr. INOUYE. I concur with the Senator from Alaska in regards to the committee's intended purpose of funds provided for Army reset programs.

Mr. KOHL. Given this interpretation, I urge the committee to work with the Army to ensure that funds provided in this title and elsewhere in this bill should be used for upgrading equipment to current production type, model, and series, where determined by the Army Acquisition Executive to be required and cost effective, to include equipment used for predeployment training but not otherwise deployed.

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