[Congressional Record Volume 153, Number 127 (Friday, August 3, 2007)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1729]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                          PERSONAL EXPLANATION


                          HON. TIMOTHY J. WALZ

                              of minnesota

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, August 2, 2007

  Mr. WALZ of Minnesota. Madam Speaker, earlier today, I missed 
rollcall vote 795, a motion to recommit on H.R. 3159, the Ensuring 
Military Readiness Through Stability and Predictability Deployment 
Policy Act of 2007.
  I was detained while meeting with the Chairman of the Transportation 
and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota, to 
discuss the situation in Minneapolis following the collapse of the I-
35W Bridge over the Mississippi River.
  Had I been present, I would have voted ``nay'' on rollcall vote 795 
because it was a procedural tactic to prevent consideration of the 
underlying bill.
  As a veteran of the Minnesota National Guard myself, I strongly 
support the aims of H.R. 3159, which would ensure that returning 
servicemembers receive sufficient time to readjust from their 
deployments before being called up again.