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House Proceeding 03-10-10 on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 0:31:20 to 0:34:00
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Barbara Lee

0:31:00 to 0:31:25( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized. gentleman from new york, would you -- mr. meeks: i would -- the speaker pro tempore: here's the gentledy. the gentlelady from california

Barbara Lee

0:31:20 to 0:34:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

0:31:32 to 0:31:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: is recognized for two minutes. ms. lee: thank you very much, madam speaker. thank you very much, chairman meeks. let me just first say how much i want to support this bill today and thank chairman meeks for his steady and consistent support for haiti and also chairman frank. also, just let me say, chair of

Barbara Lee

0:31:53 to 0:32:13( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: the congressional black caucus, i have to extend our thanks to congresswoman maxine waters for her work on this bipartisan resolution, especially also for her long-term leadership on the campaign for debt relief for haiti and for all countries in the developing world. congresswoman waters has been a friend and ally of the haitian people for many year, long

Barbara Lee

0:32:14 to 0:32:34( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: before this devastating earthquake struck. also to the ranking members, your support and your sense of justice for haiti is deeply appreciated. the congressional black caucus has a long history of working with the haitian and haitian-american communities and many of us have traveled to haiti several times. during the current crisis, the congressional black caucus has

Barbara Lee

0:32:35 to 0:32:56( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: and will continue to work closely with the obama administration, the government of haiti and nongovernmental organizations to provide whatever assistance we can on an ongoing basis to help with the recovery and reconstruction efforts. debt relief is not a matter of charity. it is really a matter of economic justice.

Barbara Lee

0:32:57 to 0:33:18( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: over half of haiti's debts were borrowed under haiti's dictatorship, some of which were brutally repressive. thus moneys borrowed by these regimes should not be borne by the haitian people who had no say in how these moneys were spent. more to the point, i think it's obvious haiti is not in a position to service debt, nor

Barbara Lee

0:33:19 to 0:33:40( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: should it be, while it's struggling to meet the basic needs of its people like food, water, health care and shelter. it's looking to rebuild from the most devastating tragedy to strike the island nation in its history. i know that the leaders of the international financial institutions feel the same way and they understand this bill and that haiti should not have

Barbara Lee

0:33:41 to 0:34:00( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: to repay its debt. the united states government and other donor nations must work with these institutions to fashion a plan forward this bill offered by congresswoman waters offers a legal framework and mandate to do just that. finally, let me just say, congresswoman waters mentioned that we met with president preval today --

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