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House Proceeding 03-24-09 on Mar 24th, 2009 :: 0:39:05 to 0:43:00
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:39:01 to 0:39:21( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: we shodn't give trade short shrift, and i thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: mr. speaker, we have no further requests for time. i'll reserve to the ranking member. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i thank you, sir.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:39:05 to 0:43:00( Edit History Discussion )
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:39:22 to 0:39:42( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: mr. speaker, i rise in rong support as an original co-sponsor of house concurrent resolution 55. this resolution recognizes the taiwan relations act as the cornerstone of the unbreakable relations which exists today between the people of the united states and the people of taiwan.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:39:43 to 0:40:05( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: the taiwan relations act stands out as one of the key pieces of foreign policy legislation passed by congress in the 20th century. congress was prompted to act by the decision of president jimmy carter to suddenly cut off as of nuary 1, 1979, our historic relations with a traditional

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:40:06 to 0:40:26( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: ally and to provide nothing further for its continued security nor defense of -- defensive needs. taiwan has stood with the united states both during the second world war and in the cold war. yet little thought was given to the fate of the tn approximately 18 million people living on the island. is this the way to treat an old friend?

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:40:27 to 0:40:47( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: the response from the house of representatives 30 years ago was a resounding no. on march 28, 1979, the house passed the taiwan relations act by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 339-50. it is this anniversary that we

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:40:48 to 0:41:08( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: commemorate this coming saturday , and in so doing, mr. speaker, reaffirm our cmitment to strengthen the u.s.-taiwan relationship and our support for the defensive needs of the taiwanese people. 30 years ago taiwan was put forward as the zachery figures lamb for our own a -- zachery

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:41:09 to 0:41:29( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: figures -- zachery figures lamb for our own relations. the taiwan relations act put an end to that defeatist way of thinking. in the three decades since the taiwan relations act, mr. speaker, the economic and democratic evolution of taiwan has been beyond even the most optimistic projections at that time.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:41:30 to 0:41:51( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: today, taiwan's robust, free market economy made the island the ninth largest trading partner of the united states in 2007. iwan is a young democracy with a record of two peaceful transitions of power, is blossoming amisa sea of chinese

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:41:52 to 0:42:12( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: commune im-amiss a sea of chinese commune -- commuism. now more than ever we must ensure that our robust ties with the people of taiwan are maintained an even strengthened. now more than ever we must ensure the people of taiwan are provided with the defensive weapons needeto ensure that no

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:42:13 to 0:42:33( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: sudden change in the status quo by the use of force undermines their political aspirations. now more than ever we must ensure that congress is fully consulted on a regular bay significance -- basis on both our overall relation was taiwan and our planned future arms sales. the best means to achieve these

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:42:34 to 0:42:55( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: goals, mr. speaker, is through overwhelming, congress at support -- congressional support for this resolution as a sign of our unwavering recommitment to the taiwan relations act on its 30th anniversary. let us send a strong, unequivocal message to beijing thate are unwavering in our commitment to democracy, to free

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:42:56 to 0:43:00( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: markets, and to the people of taiwan. now more than ever we must all

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