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House Proceeding 06-11-09 on Jun 11th, 2009 :: 1:52:45 to 1:56:00
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Howard L. Berman

1:52:41 to 1:53:03( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: it is not correct. it is dangerous and disinjen with us. i urge my colleagues to adopt the republican substitute and reject the underlying bill. the speaker pro tempore: the time of the the gentlelady has now expired. the gentleman from california is now recognized for 3 1/2 minutes. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to include within the record a letter from

Howard L. Berman

1:52:45 to 1:56:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Howard L. Berman

Howard L. Berman

1:53:04 to 1:53:26( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: the premiere pakistani american american leadership center endorsing h.r. 1886. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i rise strongly to oppose the republican substitute. i'm pleased to see that the substitute does support the president's request for $1.5

Howard L. Berman

1:53:27 to 1:53:47( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: billion a year in nonmilitary assistance for pakistan. the same amount is in the underlying bill. but that's where the similarity ends. with all due respect to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, this substitute amounts to nothing more than a blank check. it requires no real oversight, no serious accountability, no

Howard L. Berman

1:53:48 to 1:54:08( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: congressional role beyond getting briefings on what we could ask for without any new law. since 9/11, i repeat again, we have point of order more than $12 -- we have poured more than $12 billion into pakistan without little to show for it. this is a continuation of the same failed policy.

Howard L. Berman

1:54:09 to 1:54:30( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: h.r. 1886, on the other hand, expresses or sense of priorities for a democratic, economic and social development assistance without tying the president's hands. unlike the substitute, our bill provides robust monitoring and evaluation to ensure that the assistance is reaching the pakistani people.

Howard L. Berman

1:54:31 to 1:54:52( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: why would you support another $1.5 billion of economic assistance unless you knew it wasn't just going for ghost schools and to disappear into unspecified budget support? you need the monitoring and evaluation, the kinds of provisions we haven't had in the past and that our bill proveeds and the republican substitute doesn't.

Howard L. Berman

1:54:53 to 1:55:13( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: the republican substitute treats pakistan in virtual isolation with a brief mention of the afghan-pakistan cooperation. h.r. 1886 requires a comprehensive regional strategy, including the role of countries outside the region in supporting pakistan's efforts to combat al qaeda and the taliban. a global effort is required to

Howard L. Berman

1:55:14 to 1:55:34( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: make pakistan a success and the substitute's faire to recognize this fact is another serious flaw. our accountability provisions -- read the bill. please r those provisions are not rigid, they are not inflexible. we stated very clearly simply that we expect pakistan to make

Howard L. Berman

1:55:35 to 1:55:56( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: progress in their fight against the extremists and to sustain their commitment. if the president can't tell us that pakistan is meeting that very minimal standard we should be asking ourselvemuch deeper questions about what we're really trying to achieve here. the thing is on our minority colleagu to explain why. given pakistan's recent

Howard L. Berman

1:55:57 to 1:56:00( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: history, we should provide more weapons without making sure the equipment is being used

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