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House Proceeding 04-01-08 on Apr 1st, 2008 :: 0:01:32 to 0:07:32
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pass fisa with immunity from friendly fire. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: the rules on pe which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered, or on which the vote is objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. recorded votes on postponed questions will be taken later.

Howard L. Berman

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Speech By: Howard L. Berman

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: for what purpose does the gentleman from c alifornia rise? >> madam speaker, i move to suspend the rule s and agree to the resolution h. rezz 997 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 997, resolution expressing the strong support of the house of representatives for the north atlantic treaty organization to

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: enter into a membership action plan with georgia and ukraine. the speaker pro tempore: te pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mfrr. berman, and the gentlewoman from florida,

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Howard L. Berman: ms. ros-lehtinen, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. berman: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the resolution under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. berman: madam speaker, i

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: rise in support -- strong support of this resolution, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. i'm pleased to support this resolution that expresses the house's backing for the north atlantic

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Howard L. Berman: treaty organization to enter into a membership action plan with ukraine and georgia at the nato summit later this week. this resolution was originally introduced as senate resolution 439

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: by senators biden and lugar and was passed unanimously on february 14. i'm grateful to my distinguished colleagues on the europe subcommittee, chairman wexler and ranking member gallegly, for

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: enabling the house to add its voice to the growing consensus in favor of extending m.a.p. to two of our key allies. and particularly to congressman wexler, who without his prodding this resolution,

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: might not have appeared on the floor at this particular time. but from april 2 to april 4, heads of state or governments from the 26-member countries of nato will gather in -- at the summit.

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: natea has doubled in size since 1949. the seven soviet countries have making significant contributions to the work of the alliance. in addition to the crucial discussions about the future of nato

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: operations in kosovo and afghanistan, the summit will address further enlargement of the alliance. decisions on full membership will be made about three countries, albania, croatia and macedonia.

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Howard L. Berman: judgments will also be made about the extension of membership action plans to ukraine and georgia. this resolution reaffirms that this is the right decision at the right time. it is important

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Howard L. Berman: to note that ukraine and georgia both have taken the initiative of formerly asking the nato secretary general for integration into the membership action plan. both countries have made considerable

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: political, economic, legal and defense reforms in the two decades since the collapse of the soviet union. ukraine and georgia have also been active participants in international efforts to

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: preserve peace and stability, contributing to numerous peacekeeping missions around the world. their continued democratic development and military initiative should be supported. while it is true

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: that ukraine and georgia experienced domestic political crises last year that raised some doubts about their readiness for m.a.p., it is equally true that both countries firmly maintained

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: their commitment to pursuing a democratic path and strengthening their political institutions. we must continue to encourage them in this vitally important journey. secondly, it's important to

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Howard L. Berman: recognize that m.a.p. does not confer nato membership, rather it provides a structured reform program that offers support in a broad range of political and technical areas in order to

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Howard L. Berman: prepare applicant countries for the responsibilities of membership. it is clear that both countries must complete significant reforms before they can be considered for membership. they, like all countries

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Howard L. Berman: who have joined the alliance before them, must be judged to have met all necessary criteria. even then all member countries must unanimously support their -- i would like to briefly address

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: the concern about the reaction of russia to the extension of m.a.p. to georgia and ukraine. while nato was originally established as a military alliance to counter potential aggression by the

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Howard L. Berman: soviet union, it now deals with a variety of security threats in kosovo, afghanistan and elsewhere. the alliances is clearly not aimed at russia. russia and nato agreed to work together

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: to build a stable, secure continent. this partnership was strengthened in 2002 with the creation of the nato-russia council as a vehicle to facilitate joint action. in fact, president putin is going

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: to participate in this summit. while the alliance is right, it should focus its assessment about the extension of m.a.p. on the merits of the countries concerned. the u.s. and our allies should

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: continue to nurture and strengthening their relationships with russia. no one gets a veto power over president putin nor anyone in russia should have a veto power over poten tial veto applicapants.

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from fgelorida -- and d let me pronounce your nampre appropriately -- ros-lehtinen,y is recognized.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the t gentlewoman is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i hardly know how to pronounce

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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Speech By: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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