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House Proceeding 06-10-08 on Jun 10th, 2008 :: 1:40:19 to 1:46:57
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pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6028, a bill to authorize law enforcement and security assistance and assistance to enhance the rule of law and strengthen

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: civilian institutions from next keen the countries of central america, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. berman, and the

Howard L. Berman

1:40:19 to 1:46:57( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Howard L. Berman

Howard L. Berman

1:40:28 to 1:40:38( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. berman:er madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all

Howard L. Berman

1:40:38 to 1:40:48( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: members may have five e legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr.

Howard L. Berman

1:40:48 to 1:41:05( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: berman: madam speaker, i rise in strong support of this bill. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: so recognized. mr. berman: madam speaker, the drug crisis facing

Howard L. Berman

1:41:05 to 1:41:19( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: the united states remains a top national security threat. the g.a.o. states that 90% of illegal drugs entering our country transit the central american-mexican corridor. drug gangs that

Howard L. Berman

1:41:19 to 1:41:31( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: operate in the united states, mexico, and central america are dangerously undermining the seuncurity environment for our neighbors to the south. and the spillover effts on our own soil are undeniable.

Howard L. Berman

1:41:31 to 1:41:47( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: president calderon of mexico made a brave decision early in his presidency to fight illegal narcotics in way no mexican government has done before. an d he and his countrymen have paid a high

Howard L. Berman

1:41:47 to 1:42:00( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: price for it. drug cartels have been blamed for 6,000 deaths in 2 1/2 years in mexico alone. 4,000 of them in the year and a half since mr. call der ron assumed the president -- calderon assumed

Howard L. Berman

1:42:00 to 1:42:13( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: the presidency. a significant percentage of these deaths are law enforcement personnel. outgunned and outspent from the proceeds of illegal drugs. there seems to be no limit to the brazenness

Howard L. Berman

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Howard L. Berman: of the drug gangs. a month ago the chief of mexico's federal police was shot dead in his own home. it's high time for the united states to do more than applaud president calderon's courage.

Howard L. Berman

1:42:28 to 1:42:40( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: we must work together to tackle this difficult problem. president bush and president calderon met in the mexican city of merida last year to draft a new and innovative proposal to confront

Howard L. Berman

1:42:40 to 1:42:57( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: this scourge. this proposal is largely reflected in the legislation we have before us today. the potential -- ctral tenet of this bill is that while the violence must stop and security must be

Howard L. Berman

1:42:57 to 1:43:09( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: restored, the ultimate solution to this problem lies in respect for the rule of law and the strength of institutions charged with upholding it. h.r. 628 -- 6028 represents the u.s. implementation

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1:43:09 to 1:43:22( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: of a new partnership with mexico and central american countries to face the immediate security threat of drug gangs, help these neighbors build the capacity of their law enforcement agencies,

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Howard L. Berman: and enhance the rule of law in the region. as many of my colleagues know, the supplemental appropriations bill includes funding for year one of the merida initiative. the legislation before us

Howard L. Berman

1:43:37 to 1:43:52( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: today authorizes the full three years of this plan in an exhaustive and complete manner necessary to undertake this critical partnership with our southern neighbors. for example, this legislation authorizes

Howard L. Berman

1:43:52 to 1:44:04( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: $1.6 billion over three areas -- years in the areas of counter narcotics, the fighting against organized crime, law enforcement modernization, institution building, and rule of law support.

Howard L. Berman

1:44:04 to 1:44:19( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: mexico has requested that the u.s. provide certain high-tech equipment and this bill we authorize transport helicopters with night operating capabilities, aerial and radar surveillan equipment,

Howard L. Berman

1:44:19 to 1:44:36( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: land and maritime interdiction equipment, and secure communication networks. this legislation supports a variety of programs designed to enhance the transparency and capacity of civilian institutions

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Howard L. Berman: at the federal, state, and local level. . they include courts management, prison reform, money laundering capabilities, witness protection and police professionalization. the latter emphasizes

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1:44:51 to 1:45:06( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: human rights and use of force training as well as forensics and polygraph capabilities. the bill supports programs to increase school attendance and expansion of intervention programs. it

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Howard L. Berman: also seeks to promote development in areas where joblessness feeds the narcotics problem. it concentrates considerable funding in the fragile central american region as well as in haiti and

Howard L. Berman

1:45:20 to 1:45:33( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: the dominican republic, in programs tailored to that re's specific needs. the legislation contains significant human rights safeguards as well as end-use monitoring provisions for equipment and trading.

Howard L. Berman

1:45:33 to 1:45:49( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: it provides no cash transfers. it calls on the president to devise standards up front that will be used to measure the success of the initiative and to regularly report to congress on progress

Howard L. Berman

1:45:49 to 1:46:04( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: made toward meeting these standards. significantly, because this was a specific request from our mexican neighbors, the legislation bolsters by 72.5 -- by $73.5 million america's efforts to stem

Howard L. Berman

1:46:04 to 1:46:21( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: the flow of arms going south by significantly expanding a.t.f.'s project gun runner. finally it establishes a coordinator for the initiatives to provide accountability and harmonize its wide-ranging

Howard L. Berman

1:46:21 to 1:46:33( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: programs. perhaps most importantly, it recognizes that the spread of illicit drugs through south and central -- through mexico and central america into the united states cannot be halted without

Howard L. Berman

1:46:33 to 1:46:45( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: interdiction and security strategy planned and executed jointly with our southern neighbors. with this authorization, we demonstrate our nation's commitment to work closely with our friends and

Howard L. Berman

1:46:45 to 1:46:57( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: neighbors to the south in a meaningful and long-term fashion to battle illegal markets. i strongly urge all my colleagues to support this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:46:57 to 1:47:16( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. >> i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: so recognized.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

1:46:57 to 1:51:04( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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