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House Proceeding 03-10-10 on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 2:04:10 to 2:08:15
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Hank Johnson

2:04:07 to 2:04:29( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: i urge all of my colleagues to vote for this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: yes, madam chair, i'm pleaseto yield to my friend and colleague from georgia, a member of the armed services committee, 3 1/2

Hank Johnson

2:04:10 to 2:08:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Hank Johnson

2:04:30 to 2:04:52( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: minutes. thspeaker pro tempore: i'm sorry, 2 1/2? mr. berman: 3 1/2. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. >> what a downs you position i find myself in, having to go

Hank Johnson

2:04:53 to 2:05:14( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: behind my colleague from georgia, mr. lewis, and to be in opposition to his view. but that's the position i am in. i will take on the responsibility, mr. speaker, or madam speaker, i rise in opposition to the afghan war powers resolution which is before us today. the reason why, although i do

Hank Johnson

2:05:15 to 2:05:37( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: want to commend representative kucinich for enabling the house to have a debate on such an important issue, and i thank you for that, but i cannot foresee any good coming out of a situation where we enable the

Hank Johnson

2:05:38 to 2:05:58( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: taliban to regain control otr afghanistan and to thus become a safe haven for terrorist recruitment and development and deployment. i'm concerned that passage of this resolution would be an extraordinary use of -- usurpation of the power of the command for the chief of favor

Hank Johnson

2:05:59 to 2:06:19( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: of a congress where petty partisan politics have lately been trumping policy. . pakistan is increasingly cooperating against militants within its borders and our

Hank Johnson

2:06:20 to 2:06:40( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: military campaigns in afghanistan are routing the taliban from its strongholds while hurting the leadership. he the president stated he would bring focus to our efortin afghanistan and seek to improve conditions prior to drawing down

Hank Johnson

2:06:41 to 2:07:01( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: u.s. forces. passage of this resolution would prevent him from implementing that strategy and force a premature withdrawal. madam speaker, let me be clear. my instinct is always to oppose war. i believe that the president shares that instinct.

Hank Johnson

2:07:02 to 2:07:22( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: however, i oppose this resolution not because i support war, but because this resolution is ill-timed and il-conceived. now is not the time for congress to start a constitutional turf. the premise of this resolution is flawed at the outset.

Hank Johnson

2:07:23 to 2:07:45( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: we authorized ongoing operations in afghanistan and we are having enough trouble managing our ordinary legislative duties as it is. let the president execute the strategy he said he would implement, which is yielding positive results. passage of this resolution would send a message to the world that our president's authority to

Hank Johnson

2:07:46 to 2:08:08( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: conduct foreign policy has been weakened in favor of a cngress that bickers over arcane senate rules when major policy decisions are left hanging in the balance. after too many years wasted in iraq and unfocused deployment of our troops in afghanistan, this

Hank Johnson

2:08:09 to 2:08:15( Edit History Discussion )

Hank Johnson: president has finally chosen to use the authority of congress to prove a focus on the real threat.

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