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  • Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016

    by Representative Chaka Fattah

    Posted on 2015-06-02

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    FATTAH. Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition even though I am not opposed to the amendment.

    The Acting CHAIR. Without objection, the gentleman from Pennsylvania is recognized for 5 minutes.

    There was no objection.

    Modification to Brownley of California Amendment Mr. FATTAH. Mr. Chairman, I ask unanimous consent that we modify the amendment and, rather than strike line 12 on page 46, strike line 7.

    The Acting CHAIR. Would the gentlewoman from California send the modification to the desk.

    The Clerk will report the modification.

    The Clerk read as follows: Modification to Brownley of California amendment: Page 46, line 7, after the dollar amount, insert ``(increased by $2,500,000)''.

    The Acting CHAIR. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Pennsylvania? There was no objection.

    Mr. FATTAH. Mr. Chairman, I have visited the Intrepid Center over in Bethesda. We have been working with our veterans on post-traumatic stress. I know, in Houston, some of the best work in the Nation is being done at the University of Texas, at the Center for BrainHealth in Dallas, and your work in Houston.

    I had my own experience with this. I had a young man, Bill Cooper, who on his last day in Iraq went out on patrol, and he was the victim of an IED. Some 59 operations later, he ended up working for me in my district offices.

    {time} 1800 He is just doing a wonderful job helping other veterans in the Philadelphia area, but post-traumatic stress is a circumstance that far too many of our veterans have faced.

    I want to thank my colleague from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area, Congressman Pat Meehan, who has helped to lead this effort on veterans courts, and the chairman and I support it. I thank the gentlewoman for her amendment.

    I am prepared to yield back the remainder of my time because, again, I am not in opposition. I am in favor of the amendment.

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