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House Proceeding 06-09-09 on Jun 9th, 2009 :: 1:32:10 to 1:36:20
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Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:32:06 to 1:32:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: so, therefore, in that regard, friend, congressman pascrell, five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for five minutes. mr. pascrell: mr. speaker, this is truly bizarre. we're talking about life and

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:32:10 to 1:36:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:32:27 to 1:32:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: death issues, and i know technically you can speak about everything, but we are talking about life and death issues. we have seen witnesses disappear, go underground so that law enforcement can now protect us. and if the gentleman, my good friend from georgia, gets up

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:32:48 to 1:33:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: and talks about something which has nothing to do, absolutely nothing to do with what we're talking about, but i guess that's par for the course. so i thank the ranking member, i thank the chairman, i thank mr. conyers for getting this legislation. and mr. cummings has done us

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:33:11 to 1:33:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: all a great favor. nothing is going to help law enforcement more than our trying to help the protection of the witnesses out there who view these crimes. criminal street gangs have been a major concern all across this country and new jersey.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:33:33 to 1:33:53( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: law enforcement -- and truly law enforcement cannot do its job if we do not do this legislation. i don't believe, mr. speaker, that there is a more significant thing that we can do and reversing the losing battle that we face at this point and atta street crime

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:33:54 to 1:34:15( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: and ending modern-day organized crime on the streets. you need viable witnesses who are not left to chance and risk and will not be frightened or intimidated. in 2007 the survey was conducted in new jersey by the state police. the respondents in four new

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:34:16 to 1:34:38( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: jersey municipalities out of every 10, that's 43%, reported the presence of street gangs in their jurisdiction during the previous 12 months. not only in cities but in suburban communities. as a former mayor, i know how tough it is for our cities and communities to deal with gang problems all aoss the united states of america.

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:34:39 to 1:35:00( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: gang members are involved in violent and drug-related crimes and recruit young folks in our public schools. catching and punishing the perpetrators of these crimes is oftentimes difficult if not impossible. gangs are so pervasive in many communities that the threat of violent reprisal against

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:35:01 to 1:35:23( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: members of the community or gang members who want to leave severely hinders law enforcement investigations. h.r. 1741 would provide a crucial missing link that prevents many of these crimes from being solved in the first place. this legislation will allow the justice department to begin

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:35:24 to 1:35:45( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: offering grants to local communities to witness prottion programs. what have we come to when we talk about witness protection programs we think we're talking about something 20 years ago, 40 years ago. we're talking about now. we're talking about in our own neighborhoods. were talking about our own

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:35:46 to 1:36:06( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: families. that's what we're talking about. ensuring witness safety, shorten long-term relocation and financial and housing assistance are essential to the effective investigation and prosecution of gang-related crimes, mr. speaker. the federal government must reach out to assist local

Bill Jr.Pascrell

1:36:07 to 1:36:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Jr.Pascrell: police departments in keeping our communities and our schools safe. this bill will provide a critical service to many needed communities. and i thank those folks who brought it to the oor and particularly mr. cummings, my

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