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SA 571. Mrs. BOXER (for herself, Mr. GRAHAM, and Mr. INHOFE) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill H.R. 2055, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:


On page 84, between lines 5 and 6, insert the following:
Sec. 127. (a) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings:
(1) Over 86,000 children attend Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools across the United States, Europe, and the Pacific region.
(2) According to an October 2009 Report to Congress on Department of Defense Education Activity's Military Construction Program, 149 of 189 schools assessed, or nearly 79 percent, had facilities with an overall condition rating of either Q3 (poor) or Q4 (failing).
(3) The October 2009 Report to Congress also indicated that many DoDEA schools require significant recapitalization efforts to bring facilities up to current standards and eliminate space shortfalls and temporary facilities.
(4) In the Future Years Defense Plan for Fiscal Years 2012 through 2016, the Department of Defense has established a plan to recapitalize many but not all of these school facilities.
(b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that the state of disrepair of more than 3/4 of Department of Defense Education Activity school facilities is deplorable, and that the Department of Defense should make every effort to accelerate the recapitalization of these facilities.
(c) Recapitalization of Schools.--The Secretary of Defense is encouraged to include funding for each DoDEA school with an overall condition rating of Q3 (poor) or Q4 (failing) according to the October 2009 Report to Congress on Department of Defense Education Activity's Military Construction Program in the Future Years Defense Plan for Fiscal Years 2013 to 2017.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Jul 20, 2011.)