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House Proceeding 03-23-09 on Mar 23rd, 2009 :: 1:04:35 to 1:15:40
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Gwen Moore

1:04:31 to 1:04:52( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: to thank her. mr. speaker, i would now yield to the gentlelady from wisconsin, ms. moore. ms. moore: thank you so much, congresswoman fudge, for i ink it's extremely important to educate our constituencies to a greater

Gwen Moore

1:04:35 to 1:15:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Gwen Moore

Gwen Moore

1:04:53 to 1:05:13( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: extent than we are somehow able to do in one minutes or even in the heat of a debate. mr. speaker, i'm so delighted, again, to join these distinguished coeagues, the chair of the scial hour, congresswoman fudge, as well as our dean of foreign affairs and the congressional black caucus,

Gwen Moore

1:05:14 to 1:05:36( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: congressman payne, and certainly i would like to associate myself with the comments of our dear representative from maryla. i would like to associate myself with her remarks because i want -- also want to talk about liberia. from the perspective of protecting

Gwen Moore

1:05:37 to 1:05:57( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: we have made in liberia. liberia's relationship to the longstanding. liberia was settled in the early 1800's by free-born blacks and former slaves from the united states of america. these settlers used the institution -- constitution of

Gwen Moore

1:05:58 to 1:06:21( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: the united states as the model for their new government. they designed the flag with red and white stripes, with a single white star. and, of course, in 1824 the settlement was named monroe -- monrovia after president and monrovia remains the capital of the modernay liberia.

Gwen Moore

1:06:22 to 1:06:42( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: i can tell you that, unfortunately, because of arbitrary rule, economic collapse, corrupt governments, liberia fell into devastating wars in the span of a little

Gwen Moore

1:06:43 to 1:07:03( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: ruthless and reckless leader in charles taylor, who nearly destroyed the country, created regional instability, drawing in sierra lee one, another country -- l -- sierra lee own and creating an insecurity situ thmost egregious of those things in my mind, congresswoman fudge, was the

Gwen Moore

1:07:04 to 1:07:25( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: engagement of child warriors, children warriors, in this fight. during that fighting, liberians suffered immensely. over a quarter of a million lives were lost and more than half of all of liberia's 3.5 million people were driven from

Gwen Moore

1:07:26 to 1:07:46( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: their homes, including those who found save -- safe haven in our country to escape the violence. i visited liberia a couple of times and heard some of the stories of people, women who were crossing the roads and found themselves killed on the road right there for their food.

Gwen Moore

1:07:47 to 1:08:07( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: i saw, looked into the eyes of some of the child combatants that they are trying to rehabilitate in the country. so i was really pleased to -- when late last week our president, barack obama, given all of the challenges that he has, stopped to allow liberians

Gwen Moore

1:08:08 to 1:08:28( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: who took refuge in our country from the civil war in their home nation to receive deferred enforced departure protection for 12 more months. the president's recent order is so important because liberians who have been granted either this temporary protective status, t.p.s., or deferred

Gwen Moore

1:08:29 to 1:08:50( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: enforcement departure, d.e.d., are allowed to remain in the u.s. rather than be forced to return to a country in the midst of war and let us not think for one moment, congresswoman fudge, that this country is not still at war. and they're still at war because despite the sage

Gwen Moore

1:08:51 to 1:09:14( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: leadership of ellen johnson sirleaf, she is taking tremendous steps to overcome the ravages of war. she has basically -- she is basically having to start from scratch from the destruction that was caused by these two wars. she's been busy trying to rebuild the nation's education

Gwen Moore

1:09:15 to 1:09:35( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: and health careystem, oversee the deact i havization and re-integration of the old security forces and ex combatants. they need a who do you trust and who do you don't? and this is a very ex trutionating process which the united states, of course, ank god, is helping them to do.

Gwen Moore

1:09:36 to 1:09:56( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: they have got to decommission the ex combatants and help restore its shattered economy in the midst of the worst global recession i decades. . and because of the damage done by charles taylor and the conflict, things that we take

Gwen Moore

1:09:57 to 1:10:20( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: for grante such as roads, police to protect residents, courts, courts to convict criminals, a basic economy, confidence people have in its government have all got to be rebuilt. this is not a time to send

Gwen Moore

1:10:21 to 1:10:43( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: president ellen johnson sirleaf a whole slew of people to provide educational opportunities for jobs. it is shocking to go to liberia -- the poorest day i ever had in my life, i never lived in a mmunity that didn't have a library. and i went to liberia, a place where they don't even have a

Gwen Moore

1:10:44 to 1:11:06( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: library in major par of liberia. the challenges are many. again, they lack health care, education. they suffer from an unemployment rate of 80%, 80%. lingering cultural and social effects from the legacy of war. and again, those haunting eyes

Gwen Moore

1:11:07 to 1:11:30( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: of those child soldiers who have got to be re-integrated into society after experiencing or committing serious crimes. 76% of the liberians in 2006 lived on less than $1 pe 52% live on less than 50 cents per day.

Gwen Moore

1:11:31 to 1:11:52( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: 157 their first birthday. 100 mothers die per 1,000 births. they don't have access to safe drinking water. i had a bottle of water, kids came up to me fig bottle of war and i was

Gwen Moore

1:11:53 to 1:12:13( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: reluctant to give them the bolt of and someone said that is probably the cleanest water they will ever have in their entire life. these are the conditions they electricity is spore addically available. the list goes on and on and this is only an hour we have here,

Gwen Moore

1:12:14 to 1:12:35( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: madam chair. one tool that the president does have, though, is the economic support flowing into her co from liberians here in our country, some because of t special protections gran them by d.e.d. with the liberian economy struggling and global economic

Gwen Moore

1:12:36 to 1:12:56( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: re easier, money being sent to a country to relativ the u.s. is a lifeline. according to the liberian government, remitances from the s. government totalled $60 million, providing essential support.

Gwen Moore

1:12:57 to 1:13:19( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: according to the international monetary fund, liberia's two civil wars have reduced liberia real gross domestic product to about 40% bet there's no magic wand available to president sirleaf to restore

Gwen Moore

1:13:20 to 1:13:41( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: 60% of g.d.p. overnight. again, it would be extremely egregious for us to return citizens to that country without the prerequisite infrastructure. she has also, i hope, the stedstatistics support of this congress and this administration to liberia and its people.

Gwen Moore

1:13:42 to 1:14:02( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: a couple of years ago, she was right here in this chamber and addressed a joint session of congress, an honor forced upon this inspiring leader because of the historic connection and special relationship between our two countries. in that address, quote, the liberian people are

Gwen Moore

1:14:03 to 1:14:26( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: counting on me and my administration to create the co the realization of their dreams. we must not betray their trust. all the children i meet when i ask what they want most, they say, i want to learn. i want to go to school. i want an education.

Gwen Moore

1:14:27 to 1:14:47( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: we must not betray their trust. the transition from conflict to peace is never quick nor easy. and madam chair, i'm afraid for the future of liberia if we do not provide them with adequate support. i'm going to submit my remarks for the record.

Gwen Moore

1:14:48 to 1:15:08( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: but in closing, i just want to commend president obama for his welcome step. he shares the strong belief that there's a beautiful democracy budding in liberia. and i congratulate president obama for his strong expression of support for our liberia.

Gwen Moore

1:15:09 to 1:15:29( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: the good thing about it is that this nation is just ri with natural resources, that we now have a leader with credibility in the president johnson sirleaf. she is so decent as well as being brilliant, that this could

Gwen Moore

1:15:30 to 1:15:41( Edit History Discussion )

Gwen Moore: create tremendous wealth for its people. it now has its capable leader towards vision and the diamonds and minerals can all lead to great prosperity and we should

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