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Opening Statement of Hon. John Boozman, a Representative in Congress from the State of Arkansas

Mr. Chairman, I would note that in the past you have stated that your district has more Filipino veterans that any other district in the nation.  So, I understand why this is an important issue to you.

For those of us who do not have a large Filipino population, the issue of equity is less of a political issue than a larger moral one.  I am sure that every Member here recognizes the noble service  rendered by Filipino veterans to both the United States and their about-to-be independent nation of the Philippines.

I assume that sometime in the near future, you will bring H.R. 760 before the Committee and at that point, all of the Members will be presented with the larger equity issue of where to spend our scarce paygo funds among the myriad of needed program improvements.

I yield back my time.