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House Proceeding 06-10-08 on Jun 10th, 2008 :: 2:00:59 to 2:05:51
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Howard L. Berman

1:59:25 to 2:00:59( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Howard L. Berman

Howard L. Berman

2:00:49 to 2:00:59( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: subcommittee on transportation security and infrastructure protection and a member of the committee on foreign affairs, ms. sheila jackson lee of texas. the spea ker pro tempore: the gentlewoman

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:00:59 to 2:01:09( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: from texas is recognized for three minutes. ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: this is in the interest

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:00:59 to 2:05:51( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sheila Jackson-Lee

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:01:09 to 2:01:27( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: of the american people, and i thank chairman berman for introducing this legislation and the ranking member, as well, for the collaboration that our committee, the foreign affairs committee always engages

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:01:27 to 2:01:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: in. i think it's important to note that this is an initiative that was entered into by the united states and mexico that announced a multiyear $4 billion to plan to combat drug trafficking

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:01:45 to 2:02:04( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: and other organized crime organizations. this has been slated as the merida initiative. we are at a crisis, and i come from the state of texas. there is bloodshed on the border. the violence

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:02:04 to 2:02:19( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: is enormous. the wars between drug cartels have caused some 1,800 to 1,900 mexicans in the first months of 2007. and it is attributeable to the cartel-related violence. more than 60 americans have been

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:02:19 to 2:02:29( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: kidnapped in knew aveo la raid -- nuevo laredo. the mayors of the cities have come and asked for relief. it hasn't been listened to in the way it could be, recognizing that the violence or

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:02:29 to 2:02:41( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: the cause is not laredo or the border towns, as much as it is the violence that is spilli ng over. so i hope, as we move forward in this initiative, it will have a number of elements to it.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:02:41 to 2:02:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: certainly, one of the elements has to be the war against drugs here in the united states. it is important to note that mexico is in fact the main foreign supplier of marijuana and meth.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:02:53 to 2:03:05( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: and even though there is a small production of heroin, interestingly enough, they are a large producer of heroin supplier here in the united states. and for this reason, there needs to be a

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:03:05 to 2:03:21( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: number of collaborations. i disagree, for example, with the secretary of homeland security that says that we can't put the virtual fence at the border because he realizes that we are being conflicted

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:03:21 to 2:03:31( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: by the questions of a barrier fence, reasonably so, because we are used to the ingress and egress of trade in that area. we need to look at many options to secure the border. i want to

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:03:31 to 2:03:44( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: also make mention of the fact that i am a member of the homeland security committee and hope as this legislation moves forward that we will have a collaboration of the department of homeland

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:03:44 to 2:03:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: security with this effort. you cannot make this work unless d.h.s. is involved. and i was prepared to offer an amendment that dealt with assessing the role of the relevant united states government

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:03:54 to 2:04:04( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: and department agencies, including the department of homeland security in supporting the merida initiative. providing specific information on what staffing equipment and other resources a

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:04:04 to 2:04:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: relevant government including the department of homeland security would need to support this initiative. assessing the impact of the initiative on the border security operations of the relevant

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:04:15 to 2:04:26( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: united states government departments and agencies. may have an additional minute? mr. berman: i yield the gentlelady an additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized.

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:04:26 to 2:04:35( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker and i thank the chairman. assessing the impact of the initiative on the border security operations of the relevant united states departments and agencies,

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:04:35 to 2:04:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: including the department of homeland security, and identifying additional resources, if any, that the relevant united states government departments and agencies, including the department

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:04:45 to 2:04:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: of homeland security need to make available to carry out this initiative. i recall specifically as a member of the subcommittee on border security writing legislation and the ranking member

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:04:54 to 2:05:07( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: on the immigration subcommittee in our past congresses on providing more resources for our border patrol. it was interesting that the administration was always voicing their leadership on the

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:05:07 to 2:05:19( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: idea of border security and our border patrol agents were suffering. they didn't have enough. they didn't have the kind of speed boats and night goggles and computers. now you see it is like night

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:05:19 to 2:05:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: and day because of legislation from the democratic caucus. and so it is important that as we go forward we find the collaboration of the department of homeland security because human trafficking

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:05:30 to 2:05:39( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: and drug trafficking are intertwined. the violation of the borders is intertwined with all that we are doing here. we need to have a collaboration department of the homeland security. i support

Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:05:39 to 2:05:51( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: this initiative and i know that -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: i'm pleased to yield to the gentleman from

Michael T. McCaul

2:05:51 to 2:06:12( Edit History Discussion )

Michael T. McCaul: texas, mr. mccaul, also aness teamed member of the department of foreign affairs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccaul: i support a military strategy to deal with

Michael T. McCaul

2:05:51 to 2:09:14( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Michael T. McCaul

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