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House Proceeding 02-23-10 on Feb 23rd, 2010 :: 1:11:35 to 1:14:25
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Tom Cole

1:11:32 to 1:11:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: give them proper recognition. i ask my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. cole. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized for three minutes. mr. cole: i thank my good friend, mr. abercrombie for his

Tom Cole

1:11:35 to 1:14:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Cole

Tom Cole

1:11:54 to 1:12:14( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: distinct issued career and the fact that i'm rising in support of this bill and mr. young has risen in support of this bill, an indication it's not a partisan issue. this is a nonpartisan question before the congress. it's not an issue of race. it's not an issue of states'

Tom Cole

1:12:15 to 1:12:36( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: rights as some would argue. it's a question of federal authority and how the federal government chooses to treat indigenous peoples. and frankly, if we want to look at that, we ought to be guided by our own constitution, our own legal traditions and our own actions as a congress. over 200 years of american history has taught us from the

Tom Cole

1:12:37 to 1:12:58( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: foundations of the constitution, that we had decided we will treat native peoples as individual, sovereign units and we'll negotiate our relationships with them. we haven't always lived up to that idea, no question about it, over e course of our history. there have been efforts to destroy native nations. there have been efforts to

Tom Cole

1:12:59 to 1:13:19( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: remove them from their homeland. but when we adhere to our constitutional traditions and negotiated and dealt with native peoples on a government-to-government basis, the relationship has been a good and productive one. the facts of this case are very clear. from the very beginning, we recognize native hawaiians as a

Tom Cole

1:13:20 to 1:13:40( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: distinct and separate group. we have passed over 160 statutes in the congress of the united states. and frankly, this measure before us is not going to reshape hawaii. it will regularize the relationship between native hawaiians and their state and federal government and allow a negotiation to take place.

Tom Cole

1:13:41 to 1:14:01( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: i make no bones about the fact that i favored the original 2007 bill. i did that not because it was necessarily a superior bill, but because it allowed a negotiated process that i thought would actually ease this transition. but at the end of the daythe question is one of constitutional pro prite and

Tom Cole

1:14:02 to 1:14:22( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: sovereign rights and appropriate procedure and this bill meets all of those tests. so i look forward to its passage. i look forward to the fact that it will have broad, bipartisan support and i look once again to reflecting on our own remarkable traditions as a country and people. we don't always do the right

Tom Cole

1:14:23 to 1:14:25( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Cole: thing, but eventually we do the just thing.

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