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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. WITTMAN. Madam Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, our most important job here, our most sacred duty as outlined in article 1, section 8 of the Constitution is to ``raise and support Armies''--to support the men and women we ask to fight on behalf of our Nation on the fields of battle. This money supports our constitutional duty and, most importantly, our warfighters.

This amendment seriously jeopardizes national security and our ability to replenish readiness accounts raided in prior years to fund underfunded war costs.

The majority of our forces still fighting Afghanistan will be there at least until December 2014. Remember, the goal is December 2014. The war is not over, and these funds are needed to help them do their jobs and execute their missions as outlined in the strategic plan.

Stripping this money from the overseas contingency fund, literally from our all-volunteer force that is engaged in combat operations, places the plan in jeopardy and makes the December 2014 goal irrelevant.

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