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  • Dave Lambert
    ... From: Kathleen Walsh To: mfso-chapters@googlegroups.com Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 5:34 PM Subject: Re: Amendments to H.R. 2219, the Department of
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      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 5:34 PM
      Subject: Re: Amendments to H.R. 2219, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2012

      looks like this would be really helpful, except there are no 'oppose' or 'support' comments in this email.  Am I missing something?  Maybe our computer cannot pick up that portion of the message?  What gives?

      thanks,
      Kate Walsh

      --- On Wed, 7/6/11, Oskar Castro <oskar@...> wrote:

      From: Oskar Castro <oskar@...>
      Subject: Amendments to H.R. 2219, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2012
      To: mfso-chapters@...
      Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 8:22 PM

      I thought many of you might be interested in seeing the amendments being offered to H.R. 2219. There may be more to come. - Oskar
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      AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 2219, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2012, PRINTED IN CONGRESSIONAL RECORD

      Our position SUPPORT or OPPOSE is listed below the amendment.

      Offered By: Mr. Rigell
      AMENDMENT NO. 1: At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      SEC. X. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to carry out military operations in Libya.

      Offered By: Mr. Rigell
      AMENDMENT NO. 2: At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      SEC. X. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to support Operation Odyssey Dawn or Operation Unified Protector.


      Offered By: Mr. Rigell
      AMENDMENT NO. 3: At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      SEC. X. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to support Operation Odyssey Dawn.

      Offered By: Mr. Cole
      AMENDMENT NO. 5: At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      SEC. X. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the Central Intelligence Agency or the Department of Defense until such a time that the President formally requests and receives from Congress an authorization for the use of military force in or against Libya.
       

      Offered By: Mr. Cole
      AMENDMENT NO. 6: At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      SEC. X. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the Central Intelligence Agency or the Department of Defense to furnish military equipment, military training or advice, or other support for military activities, to any group or individual, not part of a country's armed forces, for the purpose of assisting that group or individual in carrying out military activities in or against Libya.


      Offered By: Mr. SHERMAN
      AMENDMENT NO. 8: At the end of the bill, before the short title, insert the following:
      Sec. __. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contravention of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1541 et seq.).

      Offered By: Mr. Cole
      Amendment No. 13: At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      Sec. __. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the Department of Defense to furnish military equipment, military training or advice, or other support for military activities, to any group or individual, not part of a country's armed forces, for the purpose of assisting that group or individual in carrying out military activities in or against Libya.

      Offered By: Mr. Burton of Indiana
      AMENDMENT NO. 16: At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:
      Sec. __. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to make a contribution to the military budget of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in excess of $408,100,000.
      SUPPORT

      Offered By: Mr. Burton of Indiana
      AMENDMENT NO. 17: At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      Sec. __. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to directly or indirectly support operations in Libya.

      Offered By: Mr. Burton of Indiana
      AMENDMENT NO. 20: Page 35, line 15, after the dollar amount insert the following: ``(reduced by $51,865,000)''.
      Reduces funding from Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities

      Offered By: Mr. Broun of Georgia
      AMENDMENT NO. 24: Page 30, line 11, after the dollar amount insert ``(reduced by $25,798,000)''.
      Page 161, line 12, after the dollar amount insert ``(increased by $25,798,000)''.
      Move Army Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation funding into Spending Reduction Account

      Offered By: Mr. Broun of Georgia
      AMENDMENT NO. 25: Page 30, line 11, after the dollar amount insert ``(reduced by $22,796,000)''.
      Page 161, line 12, after the dollar amount insert ``(increased by $22,796,000)''.
      Move Army Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation funding into Spending Reduction Account

      Offered By: Mr. Broun of Georgia
      AMENDMENT NO. 26: Page 30, line 18, after the dollar amount insert ``(reduced by $21,714,000)''.
      Page 161, line 12, after the dollar amount insert ``(increased by $21,714,000)''.
      Move Navy Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation funding into Spending Reduction Account

      Offered By: Mrs. Miller of Michigan
      AMENDMENT NO. 28: Page 8, line 2, insert after the dollar amount the following: ``(reduced by $449,901,000)''.
      Page 161, line 12, insert after the dollar amount the following: ``(increased by $449,901,000)''.
      Move Army Operations & Maintenance funding to Spending Reduction Account

      Offered By: Mr. Kucinich
      AMENDMENT NO. 29: At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      Sec. __. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for military operations against Libya.

      Offered By: Mr. Carter
      AMENDMENT NO. 31: Strike section 8127 (page 122, lines 6 through 9), relating to military musical units.
      Removes the $200,000,000 ceiling for military musical units

      Offered By: Mr. Gohmert
      AMENDMENT NO. 32: At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      Sec. __. None of the funds made available by this Act may be obligated, expended, or used in any manner to support operations, including NATO or United Nations operations, against Libya.

      Offered By: Mr. Clarke of Michigan
      AMENDMENT NO. 38: Page 156, line 6, insert after the period at the end the following: ``Of the funds referred to in the preceding sentence, the Secretary of Defense shall transfer $50,000,000 to the Administrator of the Small Business Administration for Small Business Development Centers.''.

      Offered By: Mr. Clarke of Michigan
      AMENDMENT NO. 39: Page 135, line 11, insert before the period at the end the following: ``:
      Provided further, That of the funds made available under this heading, the Secretary of Defense shall transfer $236,000,000 to the Secretary of Transportation for the National Infrastructure Investments program''.

      Offered By: Mr. Clarke of Michigan
      AMENDMENT NO. 40: Page 150, line 13, insert before the colon the following: ``:
      Provided further, That of the funds made available under this heading, the Secretary of Defense shall transfer $227,000,000 to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund''.

      Offered By: Mr. Cohen
      AMENDMENT NO. 41: Page 133, line 6, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced by $200,000,000)''.
      Page 161, line 12, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $200,000,000)''.
      Moving $200 million (of $475 million request) from the Afghan infrastructure fund to the Spending Reduction Account
      According to the World Bank, 97% of Afghanistan’s GDP is derived from military funding and foreign assistance.
      If we build a vast infrastructure in Afghanistan, they will not be able to sustain it when we leave

      Offered By: Mr. Cohen
      AMENDMENT NO. 42: Page 135, line 15, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced by $4,000,000,000)''.
      Page 161, line 12, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $4,000,000,000)''.
      Moving $4 billion (of a $12.8 billion request) from the Afghanistan National Security Forces to the Spending Reduction Account.  Note this was incorrectly printed as $14b in the Congressional Record
      The $12.8 billion that is currently allocated to this fund is nearly equivalent to the entire GDP of Afghanistan, which is approximately $14-16 billion.
      This is nearly six times the total annual revenue of the Afghan government which is approx $1.5 billion.

      Offered By: Mr. Holt
      AMENDMENT NO. 44: Page 135, line 15, insert after the dollar amount the following: ``(reduced by $35,000,000)''.
      Page 146, line 6, insert after the dollar amount the following: ``(increased by $20,000,000)''.
      Moves funds from Afghan Security Forces to Defense Health

      Offered By: Mr. Amash
      Amendment No. 47: At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      Sec. __.  None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for the continued deployment of United States Armed Forces participating in North Atlantic Treaty Organization Operation Unified Protector.

      Offered By: Mr. Amash
      Amendment No. 48: At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      Sec. __.  None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for the use of force against Libya.

      Offered By: Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas
      Amendment No. 49: Page 9, line 6, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced by $650,000)''.
      Page 33, line 18, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $500,000)''.
      Move funding from Operation and Maintenance Defense Wide to Defense Health

      Offered By: Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas
      Amendment No. 50: Page 9, line 6, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced by $600,000)''.
      Page 34, line 1, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $500,000)''.
      Move funding from Operation and Maintenance Defense Wide to Defense Health research, development, evaluation and testing

      Offered By: Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas
      Amendment No. 51: Page 9, line 6, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced by $350,000)''.
      Page 34, line 1, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $250,000)''.
      Move funding from Operation and Maintenance Defense Wide to Defense Health research, development, evaluation and testing

      Offered By: Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas
      Amendment No. 52: Page 9, line 6, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced by $1,500,000)''.
      Page 33, line 18, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $1,000,000)''.
      Move funding from Operation and Maintenance Defense Wide to Defense Health

      Offered By: Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas
      Amendment No. 53: Page 9, line 6, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced by $600,000)''.
      Page 34, line 1, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $500,000)''.
      Move funding from Operation and Maintenance Defense Wide to Defense Health research, development, evaluation and testing

      Offered By: Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas
      Amendment No. 54: Page 9, line 6, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced by $350,000)''.
      Page 34, line 1, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $250,000)''.
      Move funding from Operation and Maintenance Defense Wide to Defense Health research, development, evaluation and testing

      Offered By: Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas
      Amendment No. 57: Page 9, line 6, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced by $1,500,000)''.
      Page 33, line 18, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $1,000,000)''.
      Move funding from Operation and Maintenance Defense Wide to Defense Health

      Offered By: Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas
      Amendment No. 58: Page 9, line 6, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced by $650,000)''.
      Page 34, line 1, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $500,000)''.
      Move funding from Operation and Maintenance Defense Wide to Defense Health research, development, evaluation and testing

      Offered By: Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas
      Amendment No. 59: Page 9, line 6, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced by $1,000,000)''.
      Page 33, line 18, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $500,000)''.
      Move funding from Operation and Maintenance Defense Wide to Defense Health

      Offered By: Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas
      Amendment No. 60: Page 9, line 6, after the dollar amount, insert ``(reduced by $350,000)''.
      Page 34, line 1, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $250,000)''.
      Move funding from Operation and Maintenance Defense Wide to Defense Health research, development, evaluation and testing

      AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 2219, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2012, PLANNED TO BE OFFERED

      Offered By: Mr.  Cicilline
      An amendment to strike the $475 million Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund.

      Offered By: Mr.  Conyers.  McClintock, Lee, and Woolsey as cosponsors:
      At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:
      SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for—
      (1) deploying members of the Armed Forces on to the ground of Libya for the purposes of engaging in military operations;
      (2) awarding a contract to a private security contractor to conduct any activity on the ground of Libya; or
      (3) otherwise establishing or maintaining any presence of members of the Armed Forces or private security contractors on the ground of Libya.

      Offered By: Mr.  Frank.  Campbell, Holt, Jones, Moore and Paul as cosponsors.
      At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following:
      SEC. ll. The total amount of appropriations made available by this Act is hereby reduced by $8,500,000,000, not to be derived from amounts of appropriations made available—
      (1) by title I (‘‘Military Personnel’’);
      (2) under the heading ‘‘Defense Health Program’’ in title VI (‘‘Other Department of Defense Programs’’); or
      (3) by title IX (‘‘Overseas Contingency Operations’’).
      We must ensure that our military forces remain second to none and those that defend our country and its vital interests have the resources they need to protect us.  However, given the scale of our nation’s fiscal problems, the proposed $17 billion increase in non-war spending in the reported bill shows an insufficient commitment to the necessity of cutting waste and unnecessary spending.


      Offered By: Mr. Garamendi
      After nearly a decade of war in Afghanistan, costing approximately $10billion a month, we must shift away from our current nationbuilding efforts--which embroil U.S. troops in an Afghan civil war and aim to build a stable democratic nation state where none has ever existed--and toward a targeted campaign to combat those international terrorist networks that pose a threat to America’s national security. Experts have estimated that between 10,000 and 25,000 U.S. troops is sufficient to carry out a counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan, and this amendment captures the $22billion the U.S. would save were we to drawdown to 25,000 troops by the end of 2012.

      Offered By: Ms. Barbara Lee
      1.  The Straight Cut Amendment: Ends funding for war in Afghanistan leaving a reserve for the safe and orderly redeployment of troops.
      Leaves funding that allows the removing over 5,000 troops per month over the course of the next 18 months (i.e. having all US Troops out of Afghanistan by Dec. 31, 2012).
      Co-sponsors include Woolsey and Nadler.

      2.  The No War Slush Fund Amendment: Redirects $5 billion war slush fund to deficit reduction account.

      3.  Audit DoD Amendment: Limits Pentagon funding unless they produce audit-ready financial statements.
      Schakowsky is cosponsoring.

      4.  Lee Amendment Afghanistan: Removes all troops from Afghanistan in a safe and orderly.
      Limits funding to the safe and orderly withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan (no timeline).

      5.  Lee Amendment Iraq: Removing all troops from Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011.
      Limits funding to executing the policy of removing all US troops from Iraq.

      Offered By: Mr. Polis
      The amendment would reduce the amount of troops stationed in Europe to 30,000 and would cut overall end strength levels by 10,000 a year over the next five years

      Offered By: Mr.  Rohrbacher
      1.  At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to provide assistance to Iraq.

      2.  At the end of the bill (before the short title), add the following:
      SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to provide assistance to Pakistan.

      Offered By: Mr. Welch
      1. Prohibits funds in the bill from being used for tax collection purposes by the Afghan Ministry of Finance
                                      Current cosponsors: Jones, Conyers, Cicilline
      Background: In January, the Washington Post reported that the Karzai government is attempting to tax American-based contractors helping to rebuild Afghanistan. Five months later, Afghan officials have only ramped up their efforts, threatening to detain contractor personnel, denying business licenses, and revoking visas if these “tax bills” remain unpaid.
       
      2. Reduce by half the funding for the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP)
                                      Current cosponsors: Chaffetz, Jones, Cicilline, Conyers
      Background: CERP funds are used for short term reconstruction projects by commanders in combat units. In January, the Washington Post published an article highlighting the lack of assessment and oversight in the distribution of these funds as well as the unsustainable nature of the funded projects. The article cites that only half the projects have been successful, so this amendment reduces the total funding for CERP by one half.

                    
      3. Cut the RDT&E money ($297M) for the next generation bomber
                                      Current cosponsors: Paul, Woolsey
      Background: The bill appropriates $297 million for the next generation bomber (see the last two lines on .pdf page 15 in the Committee Report). Yet, in 2010 OMB terminated a very similar program using this reasoning:
      The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review proposed that DOD develop a new long-range heavy bomber by 2018 to augment the current bomber fleet of B-52s, B-2s and B-1Bs. The Administration has decided not to pursue technology efforts aimed at developing a new bomber because the current fleet is performing well. Further, as a result of ongoing efforts to upgrade the existing bomber fleet with new electronic and weapons systems, current aircraft will be able to meet the threats expected in the foreseeable future. Since there is no urgent need to begin an expensive development program for a new bomber, the Department will utilize the additional time to develop a better understanding of the requirement and to develop the technologies most suitable for a long-range bomber. Also, the Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the long-term implications of the defense program, concluded that DOD's weapons acquisition program, including the future bomber fleet, may not be affordable over the next six years. Not pursuing this program will result in savings of several hundred million dollars through 2013. (.pdf page 38 of this OMB report)

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