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House Proceeding 03-18-09 on Mar 18th, 2009 :: 0:15:10 to 0:19:40
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Walter B. Jones

0:15:06 to 0:15:29( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: ago to do everything we can to avoid the mistakes of the past and lay the foundation for a peaceful future. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. mr. poe of texas. without objection, the gentleman is recognized for

Walter B. Jones

0:15:10 to 0:19:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Walter B. Jones

Walter B. Jones

0:15:30 to 0:15:50( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: five minutes. >> thank you. mr. speaker, i want to thank my colleagues in the house from both parties for joing me as co-sponsors of h.r. 24, legislation to redesignate the department of the navy to be the department of navy and marine corps. as of today, this legislation has 100 co-sponsors.

Walter B. Jones

0:15:51 to 0:16:12( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: mr. speaker, this is the right thing for the congress to do. for the past seven years the language of this bill has been part of the house version of the national defense authorization act and this year i'm grateful to have the support of senator pat roberts, a former marine, who introduced

Walter B. Jones

0:16:13 to 0:16:33( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: the same bill in the senate, s. 504. with his help i'm hopeful tha this will be the year the senate supports the house position and we can bring proper respect to the fighting team of the navy and the marine corps. it is important to remember the national security act of 1947 defines the marine corps, army, navy and air force as the four

Walter B. Jones

0:16:34 to 0:16:54( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: services. it clearly indicates that the marine corps is legally -- is a legally distinct military service within the department of the navy. the navy and marine corps have operated as e entity for more than two centuries and h.r. 24 would enable the name of their department to illustrate this fact.

Walter B. Jones

0:16:55 to 0:17:15( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: mr. speaker, i'd like to share part of a 2006 editorial published by the "chicago tribune" which describes what this legislation is really all about. and i quote the editorial. no service branch shows more respect for tradition than the united states marine corps does. which makes it all the more

Walter B. Jones

0:17:16 to 0:17:37( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: ironic that tradition denies the corps an important show of respect. equal billing with the other service branches. there were the words in the editorial. but sometime it's it's -- sometimes it's good to break with tradition. the war department, for example, became the department of defense after world war ii.

Walter B. Jones

0:17:38 to 0:17:59( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: the army air corps was elevated in 1941 to the army air force and in 1947 to the autonomous air force. the marine corps has not asked for complete autonomy. nothing structurally needs to change in their relations with the navy which serve both branches well.

Walter B. Jones

0:18:00 to 0:18:21( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: the corps only asks for recognition having served their nation proudly an courageously since colonial days. they've earned a promotion. mr. speaker, the marines who are fighting today serve -- deserve this recognition. in closing, before i would like to show what this change could mean to the family of a fallen

Walter B. Jones

0:18:22 to 0:18:43( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: marine. mr. speaker, i have on this poster is an enlargement of a copy of a letter that the secretary of navy sent to a marine corps family. nation, serving in iraq and i read from the letter from the secretary of navy and i will point out that the head of the letter says the secretary of

Walter B. Jones

0:18:44 to 0:19:04( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: the navy, washington, d.c., with a zip code, november 18, 2008. dear marine corps family, on behalf of the department of navy, please accept my very sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. mr. speaker, if this becomes reality this year, should this

Walter B. Jones

0:19:05 to 0:19:25( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: be a requirementf any more of our marines are killed in afghanistan and iraq, the letterhead would say, the secretary of the navy and marine corps, washington, d.c. dear mar behalf of the department of the navy and marine corps. and, mr. speaker, that's what it's all about. this is one fighting team and

Walter B. Jones

0:19:26 to 0:19:40( Edit History Discussion )

Walter B. Jones: the name should carry equal. navy and marine corps. with that, mr. speaker, before i close, i will ask god to continue to bless our men and women in uniform. i ask god to please in his loving arms to hold the families who have given a child dying for freedom in

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