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SA 578. Mr. LAUTENBERG (for himself, Mr. Menendez, Ms. Snowe, and Ms. Collins) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him 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) Limitation on Closure of Commissaries.--Notwithstanding any provision of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (part A of title XXIX of Public Law 101-510; 10 U.S.C. 2687 note), none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this title may be obligated or expended to cease operations of any commissary until the Secretary of Defense has issued new instructions regarding commissary operations of the Armed Forces that clarify general
and economic criteria used for establishing, continuing, or discontinuing commissary operations.
(b) Submission of Proposed Instructions to Congressional Defense Committees.--The Secretary of Defense may not issue the instructions described in subsection (a) until 60 days after the Secretary submits to the congressional defense committees a copy of the proposed instructions and a description of the impact of those instructions on--
(1) existing commissary operations;
(2) operations of commissaries at locations affected by a base closure law;
(3) future construction and operation of new commissaries; and
(4) the operation and funding of commissary stores at which substantial percentages of users are from more than one military service.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Jul 20, 2011.)