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House Proceeding 03-10-10 on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 1:03:10 to 1:07:15
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Gary L. Ackerman

1:03:10 to 1:07:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Gary L. Ackerman

1:03:28 to 1:03:49( Edit History Discussion )

Gary L. Ackerman: chairman of the middle east and south asia subcommittee of our committee, my friend from new york, mr. ackerman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes, the gentleman from new york. mr. ackerman: i thank the chairman. madam speaker, i rise in opposition to the resolution. i'm astonished that the resolution has even come to the floor. i'm afraid some of our

Gary L. Ackerman

1:03:50 to 1:04:13( Edit History Discussion )

Gary L. Ackerman: colleagues either misunderstand the plain text of the war powers act or would like to have to initiate a legislative version of the so-called memory hold described by george or well in his novel, "1984." the war powers act provides that in the event u.s. forces are engaged in hostilities without

Gary L. Ackerman

1:04:14 to 1:04:34( Edit History Discussion )

Gary L. Ackerman: either a declaration of war or specific statutory authorization, a concurrent resolution can be considered to force the withdrawal of our troops. an important piece to be sure, but one that is wholly irrelevant to the actual circumstances under which our troops are currently fighting.

Gary L. Ackerman

1:04:35 to 1:04:55( Edit History Discussion )

Gary L. Ackerman: like many of us in the house, i was esent on september 14, 2001, when the house passed house joint resolution 64 to authorize the use of united states armed forces against those responsible for the then recent attack launched against the united states.

Gary L. Ackerman

1:04:56 to 1:05:16( Edit History Discussion )

Gary L. Ackerman: the vote, i would remind you, was 420 in favor and one against. i wod note that the gentleman from ohio, along with myself, was present and voted aye as was the gentleman from texas, as were 420 of us. i'd like to quote from that

Gary L. Ackerman

1:05:17 to 1:05:40( Edit History Discussion )

Gary L. Ackerman: resolution which we're seeking to deny existed which became public law 107-40 on september 18, 2001. it says, quote, that the president authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations,

Gary L. Ackerman

1:05:41 to 1:06:03( Edit History Discussion )

Gary L. Ackerman: organizations or persons he determined planned, authorized, committed or aided in attacks on september 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the united states by such nations, organizations or

Gary L. Ackerman

1:06:04 to 1:06:25( Edit History Discussion )

Gary L. Ackerman: persons. members may like or dislike the word afghanistan. they may think the president's new strategy is wise or foolish. they may -- they may regard the co of the war as bearable or not. but they are plainly not entitled to argue that the hostilities are not pursuant to

Gary L. Ackerman

1:06:26 to 1:06:46( Edit History Discussion )

Gary L. Ackerman: specific authorization by the congress of the united states. the 107th congress authorized the use of force. the president of the united states signed the authization into law. and for a member of the house who is opposed to the war on very sympathetic such views then the proper remedy is to pass legislation to mandate withdrawal to the congress

Gary L. Ackerman

1:06:47 to 1:07:12( Edit History Discussion )

Gary L. Ackerman: under regular order. like-wise vote against -- ask for an additional 30 seconds. mr. berman: i yield the gentleman 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. ackerman: supplemental appropriations to fund the war. what members are not be able to do is waste three hours of the house to debate a resolution founded at best on a mistake

Gary L. Ackerman

1:07:14 to 1:07:16( Edit History Discussion )

Gary L. Ackerman: and the willful -- that we

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