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House Proceeding 04-16-08 on Apr 16th, 2008 :: 0:26:40 to 0:30:31
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Barbara Lee

0:26:28 to 0:26:43( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: -- sorry -- the gentlelady from california is recognized for three minutes. ms. lee: let me first say f how happy i am today to be able to speak on behalf and in support of h.r. 2634, and

Barbara Lee

0:26:40 to 0:30:31( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

0:26:43 to 0:26:55( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: i have to first thank our speaker for leadg this house in doing the right thing on behalf of the poor and those yearning for a better life. i also must thank my colleague, congresswoman maxine

Barbara Lee

0:26:55 to 0:27:11( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: waters, for introducing this important legislation. the world truly owes her a debt of gratitude for her consistent work and for never letting up on finding ways to relieve the suffering

Barbara Lee

0:27:11 to 0:27:25( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: of the poor. and al let me thank chairman barney frank for your leadership and for bringing this bl to the floor today in a bipartisan and in bia timely manner and for your commitment to help those

Barbara Lee

0:27:25 to 0:27:39( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: who need our help. and to spencer bachus, who has been submitted to debt relief since i have been here. because they fundamentally believe this is the morally right thing to do. and working together

Barbara Lee

0:27:39 to 0:27:53( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: they have shown the world, really, the best in elected leadership in this house. thank you, chairman frank. mr. chair, as an original co-sponsor of this bill, i feel very strongly in the power and

Barbara Lee

0:27:53 to 0:28:09( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: the benefit of a simple act of forgiveness and what that can bring. in my travels to the developing world, i have witnessed what mr. bachus and what ms. waters so eloquently described

Barbara Lee

0:28:09 to 0:28:25( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: today. as a result of this legislation , an additional 27 countries could potentially be eligible for expanded debt relief. this speaks volumes to what c be done to alleviate poverty or help

Barbara Lee

0:28:25 to 0:28:39( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: address such -- help address crises in the developing world, especially in sub-saharan africa, such as the hiv-aids pandemic. they must guarantee transparency in their financial management systems and

Barbara Lee

0:28:39 to 0:28:51( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: ensure that the savings are actually spent on alleviating poverty. the bill would also ensure the involvement of civil society organizations, so important to help set priorities for how this

Barbara Lee

0:28:51 to 0:29:07( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: money should be spent. the action we take today is not only the right thing to do for countries facing a crushing debt burden, but it speaks volumes about our fundamental values as a nation

Barbara Lee

0:29:07 to 0:29:17( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: and as a people. this bill does not give people fish, but the means to catch their own fish, feed their families and live their lives in the manner that all god's children deserve. is

Barbara Lee

0:29:17 to 0:29:33( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: it any wonder that this bill has the support of over 60 groups led by the jubilee u.s.a. network? backing this effort, this coalition includes such a broad range of organizations from the

Barbara Lee

0:29:33 to 0:29:43( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: faith community, environmentalists, labor, international development groups and grassroots organizations. so today let us vote for this bill. may i have an additioni al 30 seconds? the chairman: the

Barbara Lee

0:29:43 to 0:29:54( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. lee: thank you, mr. chairman. let me say that these organizations should be saluted today. they deserve our support and thanks in raising their voices

Barbara Lee

0:29:54 to 0:30:09( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: and doing the hard work to help el build this great bipartisan support for this bill. debt forgiveness is the right thing to do. it is consistent with our values as a nation, and i urge

Barbara Lee

0:30:09 to 0:30:21( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: my colleagues to support this bill and proclaim today as a day of jubilee. thank you, and i yield back the balance of my time.y the chairman: the gentleman from connecticut. mr. shays: thank

Barbara Lee

0:30:21 to 0:30:31( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: you. we have eight minutes left. we are going to yield mrs. biggert five minutes and reserve our three minutes and then you'll have an opportunity to go through a number of speakers. with

Judy Biggert

0:30:31 to 0:30:42( Edit History Discussion )

Judy Biggert: that i yield to the gentlelady from illinois, mrs. biggert, five minutes. the chairman: the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. mrs. biggert: i thank the gentleman. mr. chairman, i rise

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