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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1540, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscalm Year 2012

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. HARTZLER. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the rule and of H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act, and I want to thank Chairman McKeon and Ranking Member Smith for bringing this important bill to fruition. The legislation we have demonstrates support for our troops. It is a good bill that will provide them with the tools and support they need as they protect our freedoms and our liberties.

In funding our military for 2012, we ensure our troops who are deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in the world have the equipment and resources they need to succeed in their missions. There is no higher priority than advocating on their behalf, and they deserve nothing less than the best.

We need to send a clear message to the men and women fighting for our Nation that this Congress is committed to keeping our national defense a priority.

We are a Nation at war with men and women fighting in harm's way at this very minute. We need not forget that we face threats throughout the world with enemies bent on destroying our way of life. We have a constitutional responsibility to provide for the common defense.

I support our troops, and I am proud to stand with them as they protect our freedoms.


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