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Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. FORTENBERRY. I thank the gentleman from Florida for the time and for your leadership on this critically important bill.

Mr. Chairman, in the push and pull and give and take of the congressional appropriations process we have had many important debates on the proper role of the Federal Government in society. But despite our differences and competing priorities, it is clear that Americans believe in a Federal Government that provides a strong common defense as a priority.

American military leadership is important for our own security but also for global stability and global human rights. It is also important for my home State of Nebraska. Over the past 10 years, Mr. Chairman, 15,000 Nebraskans in uniform have served overseas. Today, 17,000 men and women stationed in Nebraska work tirelessly to strengthen our national security. American troops are steadfast, selfless, and undeterred in their service and deserve our unwavering support.

This bill, I believe, reflects responsibly the challenges of our times. Further amendments may actually strengthen the bill creatively in balance with our fiscal responsibility obligations, but moving forward with our primary obligation to govern in defense of our Nation should be our guiding principle here.

Let me add, Mr. Chairman, that I learned in this debate that this is Mr. Dicks' retiring session, and I also want to add my thanks for your many years of good service.


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