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House Proceeding 03-19-09 on Mar 19th, 2009 :: 0:37:50 to 0:43:25
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Barbara Lee

0:37:46 to 0:38:06( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: to maintain health care services to our men and women who have served news uniform. mr. speaker, i yield back the balancof my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. reyes of texas. >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise?

Barbara Lee

0:37:50 to 0:43:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Barbara Lee

0:38:07 to 0:38:27( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: mr. lee: i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order and to claim mr. reyes' time, please. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. lee: thank you very much, mr. speaker. first let me rise to commend congressman keith ellison and the progressive caucus for organizing scial orders each and every week. in fact, later this evening

Barbara Lee

0:38:28 to 0:38:49( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: there will be one held to talk about the six-year anniversary iraq. so i rise today to talk about this very briefly. six years ago president george w. bush launched our nation into one of the most disastrous, misguided and dangerous military

Barbara Lee

0:38:50 to 0:39:10( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: actions in our history, the initial invasion and pceeding occupation of iraq. now as the new administration seeks to withdraw troops from iraq, it is essential that the media, the public and those of us in elected office support these efforts. however, this time no matter how

Barbara Lee

0:39:11 to 0:39:31( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: uncomfortable it may be for those of us who support fully president obama who himself opposed the invasion from the beginning, we must hold our iraq policy accountable and demand answers to tough questions regarding how and when our occu last month to his credit and we

Barbara Lee

0:39:32 to 0:39:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: applaud his efforts, president obama laid forth a timeline for the withdrawal of our military presence in iraq. his proposal would have 2/3 of our troops home by august of 2010, with the remaining force of approximately 35,000 to 50,000 scheduled to leave by the end of 2011, almost three years

Barbara Lee

0:39:53 to 0:40:14( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: om now. his announcement received praise from both sides of the political aisle and, however, i think that we still need to talk about and have an honest and frank discussion of its merits and potential faults. americans seem collectively to try to forget about iraq. but we must remember, this is

Barbara Lee

0:40:15 to 0:40:36( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: costing us $10 billion a month in this economic recession. and while we recognize, appreciate and applaud the president's decision, his declaration allows to us move forward and focus on other issues, and so what we're trying to do is make sure that we are focused on our comprehensive foreign and military policy at the sameime that we're working

Barbara Lee

0:40:37 to 0:41:00( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: on our economic and domestic front. while this reaction, of course, is understandable, because people a every day as a result of the last eight years, it's also dangerous. we cannot afford to ignore the enormous risks and potential sacrifices that loom ahead.

Barbara Lee

0:41:01 to 0:41:22( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: as one of the founders of the caucus along with congresswoman waters and woolsey, our position has been clear all along, we oppo the war and the occupati have worked day in and day out to end it. we believe that ending the occupation of iraq means redeploying all troops and we mean all troops and all military contractors out of iraq.

Barbara Lee

0:41:23 to 0:41:44( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: it also means leaving no permanent bases and renouncing any claim upon iraqi oil. we remain con plan that call it's for -- calls for 127,000 troops to stay in iraq until the end of this year and for -- well, 35,000 to 50

Barbara Lee

0:41:45 to 0:42:05( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: for 2 1/2 years after that we cannot imagine the need for such an enormous military commitment and we've talked to military experts who also question that. how do the military planners agree on such a large residual force? one which is comparable in size to our force levels in south korea at the height of the cold

Barbara Lee

0:42:06 to 0:42:27( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: what role does this transitional force play in the event that violence flairs back up? and what steps are being taken address the 190,000 american contractors in iraq and to dismantle our permanent bases? some say we don't have permanent bases there. others believe that we do. and i am -- i am one who believes that we do. so these questions must be addressed before we can move

Barbara Lee

0:42:28 to 0:42:49( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: forward and we respectfully wrote to the president and set forth a set of questions in asking some of the looming concerns which some of us still have. america's interests in iraq and the region will best be advanced by reducing the size of our military footprint and making greater use of other assets of

Barbara Lee

0:42:50 to 0:43:12( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: national power. including diplomacy, reconciliation, commerce, development assistance and humanitarian aid. as we solemnly mark the beginning of a seve pt year, and it's hard to manage, we've been there seven years, of a conflict in iraq, we not only must reflect on the incredible

Barbara Lee

0:43:13 to 0:43:25( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: women who serve in the military but also we have to demand an honest assessment of the potential future obstacles that their brothers and sisters in arms will face. as president obama has said, we

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