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House Proceeding on Feb 14th, 2007 :: 9:59:32 to 10:11:16
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a unique blend of personality and strength. a loving child he played and enjoyed spending time with other children. later became a big brother to his sister brittany with whom he shared a close

David G. Reichert

9:59:32 to 9:59:49( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: relationship. he began his education in east cleveland, remained in the district until his family moved to uke lid. while in east cleveland he developed a love for basketball and continued

David G. Reichert

9:59:32 to 10:11:16( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David G. Reichert

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9:59:49 to 10:00:04( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: in various athletic pursuits. in 1996 the family moved to oakwood in the bedford school district and there brandon became a bearcat. he confessed his hope in christ during high school and was baptized.

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10:00:04 to 10:00:17( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: later he pursued a career in the military where he subsequently gave his life. master sergeant robert downey was a natey of cleveland, a member of the 507th maintenance company, a loving son, devoted

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10:00:17 to 10:00:28( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: husband, placed second in the 10 kilometer run in el paso. why am i talking about these personal things? because somehow in the course of this discussion we have taken it away from being personal.

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10:00:28 to 10:00:38( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: about people. we stand here on the floor talking about a surge or giving life and saying we are not supporting these troops. these families want their babies to come home. and so do i. this

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10:00:38 to 10:00:55( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: past weekend i spoke to the 112th battalion of the ohio national guard. the battalion is the oldest and most decorated military organization in the state of ohio with lineage and honors dating

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10:00:55 to 10:01:08( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: back to and including world war i and world war ii. these men and women have sacrificed greatly for this country and now they are being asked to support the president's plan -- stomachs

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10:01:08 to 10:01:19( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: hurt and when we cried we cried until the tears ran dry. most of all we loved and our love is everlasting. if you look for us, look for us. most of us lift us up. your love, your faith, your

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10:01:19 to 10:01:31( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: support and your pride was what we needed then. god's love, grace, and mercy is what we need now. lift these young men and women who have been killed in iraq, lift them up and say to the world,

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10:01:31 to 10:01:43( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: no surge, no more young people will be lost in iraq. bring our troops home. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized mr. king: madam speaker, i certainly acknowledge

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10:01:43 to 10:01:57( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: the passion of the former speaker on floor. i would say all of us have suffered casualties and deaths in our districts. certainly a gentleman from my former district was killed last week. he

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10:01:57 to 10:02:08( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: was a graduate of duke university, offered scholarships to law school, volunteered to serve in the army, doing his third tour. his family more than ever supports the efforts in iraq. it is

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10:02:08 to 10:02:18( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: wrong to somehow suggest those who died the families want us to vote for this resolution or against it. we can find sufficient numbers on both sides. most of those would oppose this resolution.

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10:02:18 to 10:02:30( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: i wouldn't impose that on anyone else. i yield five minutes to mr. tonner from ohio. mr. turner: thank you for accommodating me. today speaker pelosi has continue ed what is called a debate

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10:02:30 to 10:03:10( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: on the iraq war. but this is not a debate. the floor here is empty except for the members scheduled to come to the floor for the record and comment on the failures or success of the war on terror,

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10:03:42 to 10:03:59( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: the conflict in iraq, pre-war intelligence, the search for weapons of mass destruction, reconstruction efforts, al qaeda, saddam hussein, and, yes, george bush. no real debate. school children

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10:03:59 to 10:04:19( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: across america who are schooled in debate would not recognize what is happening here today which should be the intellectual process of argument. because to call these series of speeches

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10:04:19 to 10:04:36( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: a debate is fiction. just as to call the nonbinding resolution proposed by the speaker as congressional action is fiction. this resolution has no binding effect on the administration

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10:04:36 to 10:04:54( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: and it doesn't have any binding effect on this body of congress. this resolution is not a document from which decisions will be made or any action taken. this is not policy. this is not governance.

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10:04:54 to 10:05:06( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: it is, at best, a press conference. it's just talk. the travesty of this fiction of a debate on the house floor is that there is no plan debated or alternatives for us to consider. only opposition.

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10:05:06 to 10:05:21( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: we do not have on the table a plan, an answer, or an action for us to take. now, i was not a member of congress when this house was asked in october 2002 to grant the president authority to

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10:05:21 to 10:05:36( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: go into iraq. and neither were 66 of my republican members of congress. if they were with me, they would fill this well, 66 of us were not here on the republican side when the president

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10:05:36 to 10:05:48( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: asked for authority to go into iraq. however, i believe there are 55 democratic colleagues who voted to send troops to iraq who are still here today. and yet even those 55 members who voted

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10:05:48 to 10:06:05( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: to send troops to iraq offer no alternative plan. at a minimum, you would think if you voted yes to send troops you would feel responsible and have a plan before publicly disapproving of the

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10:06:05 to 10:06:20( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: president's plan. now, there is certainly enough about the administration's handling of the iraq conflict to disapprove of. if we were to have a real debate there is no question that serious mistakes

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10:06:20 to 10:06:31( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: have been made in the execution of the iraqi conflict, but today we will not debate solutions because, unfortunately, this resolution doesn't provide any. in the war on terror, we have real enemies

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10:06:31 to 10:06:44( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: who want to kill americans and our allies. no nonbinding resolution passed on this house floor will change that reality. this is not a debate, but it should be. the risks to our country are

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10:06:44 to 10:06:58( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: great. our enemies and our men and women in uniform are listening. the only proposal brought forth by the speaker is a statement of opposition and disapproval. the house and the administration

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10:06:58 to 10:07:13( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: should work together on a bipartisan plan for winning the war on terror. a plan with a commitment that is not undermined by political expediency or partisan division. i yield back the balance of

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10:07:13 to 10:07:26( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from american samoa is recognized. mr. faleomavaega: madam speaker, at this time i would like to yield five minutes to my distinguished colleague

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10:07:26 to 10:07:37( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: and friend from north carolina, chairman of the oversight investigation subcommittee of the house financial services committee, mr. watt. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is

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10:07:37 to 10:07:55( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: recognized for five minutes. mr. watt: madam speaker, ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. watt: madam speaker, in october of 2002,

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10:07:55 to 10:08:13( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: i worked meticulously with members of the congressional black caucus to craft a statement of principles as that has proven to be so absolutely prophetic. listen to what our 2002 principles

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10:08:13 to 10:08:28( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: said and it will put in context why i feel so strongly that this war has taken us in the wrong direction and why this resolution is so necessary and worthy of our support. first principle, quote,

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10:08:28 to 10:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: we oppose a unilateral first strike action by the united states without a clearly demonstrated and imminent threat of attack on the united states, closed quote. my colleagues, history will

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10:08:40 to 10:08:53( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: record that the president took first strike action and that there was neither a clearly demonstrated nor an imminent threat of attack on the united states. second principle, quote, only

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10:08:53 to 10:09:06( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: congress has the authority to declare war, closed quote. history will record that congress delegated that authority to the president. but i say unapoll jetically that -- unapoll -- unapologetically

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10:09:06 to 10:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: that i voted against that vote. i never believed iraq had weapons of mass destruction and even if it did, i never believed they posed any imminent threat to the united states. third principle,

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10:09:23 to 10:09:37( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: quote, every conceivable diplomatic option must be exhausted, closed quote. history will record that our president instead thumbed his nose at the united nations and at almost all diplomatic

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10:09:37 to 10:09:52( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: options in his rush to lead us into this fool hardy war. fourth principle. quote, a unilateral first strike would undermine the moral authority of the united states, destabilize the middle

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10:09:52 to 10:10:08( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: east region, and undermine the ability of our nation to address unmet domestic priorities, closed quote. the passage of time has demonstrated and history will record that every single one

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10:10:08 to 10:10:25( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: of these concerns was legitimate and warranted. fifth principle, quote, any post-strike plan for maintaining stability in the region would be costly and require a long-term commitment.

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10:10:25 to 10:10:37( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: closed quote. we haven't yet gotten to a lel of stability that we're -- a level of stability that we're trying to maintain, but the cost of this war today exceeds $500 billion. that's

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10:10:37 to 10:10:52( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: costly and with no end in sight. if we continue to follow the president, the duration of our commitment has no end in sight and no plan to bring home or redeploy our troops. increasing

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10:10:52 to 10:11:03( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: the number of troops in iraq does not make ending the war more foreseeable. past troop increases in iraq have paraded under different names than surge, but make no mistake about it, this

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10:11:03 to 10:11:16( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: is not the first time the united states will have increased troop levels. and each time they have been met with greater levels of violence. from december of 2002 to april 2004 -- from december

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

10:11:16 to 10:11:28( Edit History Discussion )

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega: 2003 to april 2004 the troop increase paraded under the name troop rotation and resulted in an increase from 122,000 to 137,000 troops. yet april of 2004 was the second deadliest month for u.s.

Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

10:11:16 to 10:20:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Eni F. H. Faleomavaega

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