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House Proceeding 06-02-09 on Jun 2nd, 2009 :: 0:16:10 to 0:20:10
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Elijah E. Cummings

0:15:50 to 0:16:12( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: ms. kaptur for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, and under a previous order of the house, the following members are recognized for five minutes each. mr. cummings of maryland. mr. cummings: thank you very much, mr. speaker. recently, mr. speaker, i met

Elijah E. Cummings

0:16:10 to 0:20:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Elijah E. Cummings

0:16:13 to 0:16:33( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: with a distinguished group of pakistani-americans that i proudly represent in the seventh congressional district of maryland to listen to their perspectives regarding the situation in pakistan. ladies and gentlemen, i rise today to share their concerns and urge each of youo recognize a complex emergency that is taking place in pakistan.

Elijah E. Cummings

0:16:34 to 0:16:55( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: the situation requires our immediate attention and assistance. as you should be aware, more than ree million people have been displaced from the valley area of paktan since early april, 2009. at a rate of 85,000 people fleeing per day, the unfolding intern displacement crisis in

Elijah E. Cummings

0:16:56 to 0:17:16( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: pakistan is the fastest movement of people in such massive numbers since the rwandan genocide of 1994. thunited nations has warned of a long-term humanitarian crisis and has called for massive aid for the refugees. president obama's administration took a proactive role in providing humanitarian aid to

Elijah E. Cummings

0:17:17 to 0:17:37( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: internally displaced people. the administration's recent announcement to provide $110 million in additional ewe mantarian aid was the beginning of a new era of friendship and trust for the government and the people of pakistan and the united states. although this funding was a significant first step, it is only a fraction of what is

Elijah E. Cummings

0:17:38 to 0:17:59( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: required to repatriate the internally displaced people to their homes and re-establish some degree of normalcy in their lives. all efforts must be made for the safe and early return of internally displaced pakistanis to their homes. the united states along with the ternational community must come together and provide the immediated -- needed assistance.

Elijah E. Cummings

0:18:00 to 0:18:20( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: recent i sent a letter to secretary of state hillary clinton to ask that she immediately increase her appeal to help -- and help to the international community from the current $500 million to $1 billion in humanitarian aid to provide immediate assistance to the inteally displaced people.

Elijah E. Cummings

0:18:21 to 0:18:41( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: lending support of this magnitude equates to a small pledge of approximately $400 per i.d.p. the second conserve is the impression that the pakistani people -- concern is the impression that the pakistani people have about our country. the time has come to establish a

Elijah E. Cummings

0:18:42 to 0:19:03( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: long-term consistent policy to close the trust deficit in our relationship by making investments in pakistan's future. i believe that the united states needs to take immediate action which translates into goodwill in the eyes of pakistanis. effective ways to accomplish this goalby directing and impacting people's lives include

Elijah E. Cummings

0:19:04 to 0:19:24( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: providing more humanitarian aid, investing in infraructure development projects such as electrical power plants, road construction and railway improvement and contributing to bilateral trade. it is imperative that we focus on projects with a tangible we-being of pakistanis.

Elijah E. Cummings

0:19:25 to 0:19:45( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: the pakistanis are putting faith to democratic movements. now we must learn how to relate to them and build their confidence in our ability to deliver on our promises. discussion with the pakistani-americans in my district was an eye-opener that allowed me to gain their perspectives on the current situation in pakistan. i encourage ambassador holbrooke

Elijah E. Cummings

0:19:46 to 0:20:06( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: to and he has agreed to sit down a small group of -- on june 12, 2009, so that he, too, could get a better understanding of the complex issues that the people of pakistan now face. i also encourage each of you to reach out to the pakistani-americans and organizations within your districts and really listen to what they have to say.

Elijah E. Cummings

0:20:07 to 0:20:12( Edit History Discussion )

Elijah E. Cummings: you will be amazed with what

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