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House Proceeding 03-24-09 on Mar 24th, 2009 :: 0:44:20 to 0:47:30
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Howard L. Berman

0:44:16 to 0:44:37( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: anniversary of the independence of greece and celebrating greek and american democracy. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. berman, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california.

Howard L. Berman

0:44:20 to 0:47:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Howard L. Berman

Howard L. Berman

0:44:38 to 0:44:58( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: mr. berman: mr. speer, i rise in strong support of -- nope. before i rise in strong support, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objeion, so ordered. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume.

Howard L. Berman

0:44:59 to 0:45:20( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. berman: i rise in support of this joint resolution marking the 188th anniversary of greek independence. i'd like to thank my g and our wonderful ranking member of the foreign affairs committee, representative ileana ros-lehtinen, for her leadership in ensuring that the house marks this important date. as the birthplace of democracy,

Howard L. Berman

0:45:21 to 0:45:41( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: greece stands alone among nations in its influence over our modern american government. our founding fathers our society based in significant part on the political experience and philosophy of the ancient greeks. we stand here in a room today surrounded by images of some of the greatest thinkers in world history, many of them greek.

Howard L. Berman

0:45:42 to 0:46:05( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: we stand in a building held up by ancient greek architectural designs and techniques. and we continue to legislate today under greek ideals of democric governance. from the ancient world of homer and plato to the theories of

Howard L. Berman

0:46:06 to 0:46:27( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: paing that russ-pathegorous, we are indebted to them. throughout the modern era greece has one one of the united states' strongest ally, supporting us in every major international conflict. today our two nations express their mutual commitment, safeguarding democracy and freedom, through partnership in nato and through bilateral defense cooperation.

Howard L. Berman

0:46:28 to 0:46:51( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: situated at the crossroads of three continents, greece holds a strategic position in the mediterranean region. over the past decade, athens has pursued path that has resulted in meaningful approachment with its neighbor turkey. last year the prime minister

Howard L. Berman

0:46:52 to 0:47:15( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: made an official visit to anchora, the first greek prime minister to do so in nearly half a crentry. as we commemorate today the 188th anniversary of greek independence from ottoman rule. we would be remiss if we failed to acknowledge the rich contributions of greek immigrants and their desendents to the united states. we hope to continue the mutual

Howard L. Berman

0:47:16 to 0:47:30( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: benefit of cultural exchange by welcoming soon greece into the visa waiver program. mr. speaker, i congratulate the beautiful and noble country of greece on its anniversary, and i join with americans and democracy lovers throughout the

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