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House Proceeding on Apr 13th, 2010 :: 0:55:30 to 0:59:25
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Betty McCollum

0:55:27 to 0:55:49( Edit History Discussion )

Betty McCollum: city, i hope we keep those impacted in our minds and heed these important words. i am proud to be a co-sponsor of this resolution and urge all of my colleagues to support this resolution. mr. speaker, i think this speaks volumes about what we are as a nation. we're not a nation of political parties. we're all americans. and we come together in a tragedy like this, to help heal

Betty McCollum

0:55:30 to 0:59:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Betty McCollum

0:55:50 to 0:56:11( Edit History Discussion )

Betty McCollum: and i extend my condolences from the great state of tennessee to oklahoma. i thank my friend from virginia here today for helping us commemorate this. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia. mr. connolly: i thank my frie from tennessee for his kind words. and i now am pleased to recognize our colleague and

Betty McCollum

0:56:12 to 0:56:34( Edit History Discussion )

Betty McCollum: friend from minnesota, ms. mc minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from minnesota is recognized for four minutes. ms. mccollum: mr. speaker, today i rise to rember the victims of the attack on the alfred p. murrah building in oklahoma city, oklahoma, that killed 160 people. this man viewed the federal government as such a threat it justified mass murder.

Betty McCollum

0:56:35 to 0:56:55( Edit History Discussion )

Betty McCollum: i applaud my colleague from oklahoma for her resolution because it serves as a reminder that right-wing anti-government extremist groups are on the rise today. only two weeks ago members of the so-called christian militia in michigan were arrested by the f.b.i. for plotting to kill law enforcement officers in the hopes of inciting an anti-government uprising.

Betty McCollum

0:56:56 to 0:57:18( Edit History Discussion )

Betty McCollum: a national civil rights organization has documented a growing number of hate groups in america, and states, quote, they are driven largely by an angry backlash against nonwhite, immigration, economic meltdown and the decline to power of an african-american president. in one word, racism.

Betty McCollum

0:57:19 to 0:57:39( Edit History Discussion )

Betty McCollum: the individuals associated with the patriot movement during the hay days during the 1990's produced an enormous amount of violence. most dramatically, the oklahoma city bombing. as the movement has exploited -- exploded, so has the reaches of its ideas. aided and abetted by

Betty McCollum

0:57:40 to 0:58:00( Edit History Discussion )

Betty McCollum: commentators and politicians. only last month a fox news media commentator with members of congress next to him rallied a tea party crowd by disparaging congress and calling the crowd, quote, all these tim mcveigh wannabes here, end of quote.

Betty McCollum

0:58:01 to 0:58:22( Edit History Discussion )

Betty McCollum: to that the crowd cheered and applauded. when members of congress compare health care legislation to government tyranny, socialism or totalitarianism it's like pouring gas in the hopes of extremism. members of this house, democrats and republicans, have a duty to end the dangerous name calling that can only

Betty McCollum

0:58:23 to 0:58:43( Edit History Discussion )

Betty McCollum: inspire extremist militias and phony patriots. in the most freerks prosperous and greatest dokse on earth, it's time to return civil, decent public policy. i don't want another oklahoma city to ever take place again. and just as we will not give aid and comfort to al qaeda, let us not allow the words of elected leaders to give

Betty McCollum

0:58:44 to 0:59:04( Edit History Discussion )

Betty McCollum: comfortable excuses to extremists sent on violence. words have power for both good and evil. i implore my colleagues to temper their rhetoric and not only allow the words of a member of congress to ever be used by a violent militia or phony hate-filled patriot to cause violence. the victims of the oklahoma

Betty McCollum

0:59:05 to 0:59:26( Edit History Discussion )

Betty McCollum: city bombing were women at work, men in line for government services and children in a daycare center. and these families were torn apart and they struggle to heal. a community was devastated but it is again filled with hope and memories. and i hope this resolution and every member of congressill reflect upon the victims of oklahoma city as well as our

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