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House Proceeding on Jun 15th, 2006 :: 0:56:12 to 1:02:20
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Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:56:07 to 0:56:19( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: everybody will stop-and-go to the white house and discuss the picnic. there's something so surreal and alice in wonderland about all the things going on around here. let me tell you a different

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:56:12 to 1:02:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:56:19 to 0:56:31( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: time. in 1991 leading up to the first gulf war, this congress had a real debate about that conflict. one that was said to be one of the best of the 20th century. because in 1991 the house

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:56:31 to 0:56:42( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: was a real deliberative boddy. we had three resolutions to consider. actually the minority resolution, there were two democrats and one minority leader resolution, was the one that passed in a

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:56:42 to 0:56:55( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: democrat congress. and every member who wanted it had five minutes to speak their mind. we debated for 20 hours on that and it was a wonderful time because we all took part in something we cared

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:56:55 to 0:57:06( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: so deeply about. contrast that with what this republican leadership is giving us now. a day not about policy or progress but about politics and posturing. it's a day designed to provide the majority

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:57:06 to 0:57:19( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: with a chance to make cheap political attacks against democrats in anticipation of upcoming midterm elections. at a time when americans and iraqis are giving their lives in one of the most

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:57:19 to 0:57:32( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: brutal wars of our time. yesterday an internal republican memo was circulated outlining the party's plan of attack for today. it instructs republicans to paint a picture of "a democrat party

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:57:32 to 0:57:43( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: without a coherent national security policy that sheepishly dismissed the challenges america faces in a post-9/11 world." we are going to hear a lot of that. that empty propaganda today, i'm sure.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:57:43 to 0:57:55( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: but how will that divisive rhetoric help our soldiers abroad, mr. speaker? what could it possibly have to do with the war we are fighting? if this memo didn't show us the real motivations

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:57:55 to 0:58:07( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: behind today, last night's meeting of the rules committee certainly did. my fellow democrats and i had a simple request at the meeting. we asked for the rule to be an open one. an open rule would have

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:58:07 to 0:58:17( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: given any member on any side of the house who wanted to speak a chance to do so. and what's more, an open rule would have permitted members from both sides of the aisle to present amendments to

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:58:17 to 0:58:30( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: the resolution so that we could do more than just talk. so that we could try to improve the flawed policies being pursued in iraq. but the committee gave us a closed rule. not one person here from

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:58:30 to 0:58:42( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: either party will be able to amend this resolution. now, why would the republicans do this? could it be because they are not interested in addressing the serious questions in a forthright way? there

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:58:42 to 0:58:55( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: certainly are problems to be addressed. let me give you one example. yesterday i joined a group of democrats repeating our call for the creation of a truman commission to oversee the iraqi reconstruction.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:58:55 to 0:59:09( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: rampant corruption, incompetence in iraq contracting have prolonged our mission there and cost lives. 75% of oil and gas and a 50% of the electricity projects remain unfinished. the g.a.o. reports

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:59:09 to 0:59:22( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: that $7 billion in funds have simply been lost. the special inspector general for iraq reconstruction is investigating 72 cases of alleged fraud. have republicans dealt with these problems?

0:59:22 to 0:59:34( Edit History Discussion )

they have not. they recently elected to block $1.9 billion in new reconstruction funds from being examined. won't let them look at, and he was doing the job too well. they took the jurisdiction

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:59:34 to 0:59:47( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: pretty much away from him. i suppose it shouldn't come as a surprise that today instead of proposing serious solutions to the problems we are facing, we are being offered a yes or no vote on a resolution

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:59:47 to 0:59:59( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: drowning in patriotic rhetoric and offering us an open-ended fight against an open-ended enemy. debate is about choice. but there's no choice here today. what we have is less like our democracy

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:59:59 to 1:00:11( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: and more like a soviet election. americans expect real debate in their congress. they don't expect their representatives to passively acquiesce to the assertions of a meaningless resolution based

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

1:00:11 to 1:00:21( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: on white house talking points. and they expect their elected officials to have a meaningful discussion on the future course of the greatest challenge to our nation in a generation. my friends

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

1:00:21 to 1:00:30( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: on both sides of the aisle we can stop this sham in its tracks by voting no on this rule. i implore every member from both parties to realize what's at stake here. if you support the rule, you're

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

1:00:30 to 1:00:41( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: saying you don't believe our troops and their families deserve a serious debate on the war. you're saying you don't think the massive troubles of the iraqi people deserve more than a cursory

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

1:00:41 to 1:00:53( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: glance. and you're saying you don't think this congress should be anything more than the president's rubber stamp. what you're saying is this war is just a political tool to be used at elections.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

1:00:53 to 1:01:04( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: my fellow democrats and i have said a lot about the death of democracy in this house. over the course of the 109th congress, of 144 different rules presented by this republican party, only

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

1:01:04 to 1:01:15( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: one rule that was not an appropriations measure has been made open for debate and amendable by the leadership. one. if there was ever a rule, it should be opened. if there was every a day

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

1:01:15 to 1:01:26( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: on which democracy should breathe freely in these halls, even if it's just for one day, this is this rule and it should be this day. your vote on this rule isn't about how you voted on

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

1:01:26 to 1:01:37( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: the war, it's about respecting the troops, it's about respecting democratcy. how could we ask the fine young men and women of our armed forces to die so iraqis can have democracy and debate when

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

1:01:37 to 1:01:50( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: we are systematically under the binding same principles here is unconscionable. whether you are a democrat or republican, i implore every member, everyone to take a stand for the values of democracy

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

1:01:50 to 1:01:57( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: and the values of this nation and vote, please, against this rule. defeating this rule will show our troops that we have enough respect for them this this house to have a real debate on their

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

1:01:57 to 1:02:07( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: lives and future and the future of the nation we love. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: mr. speaker, at this time i'm pleased

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

1:02:07 to 1:02:20( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: to yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from michigan, mr. ehlers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. mr. ehlers: mr. speaker, on this

1:02:20 to 1:02:30( Edit History Discussion )

day of debate, while we discuss the merit and perils of our involvement in the war on terror, there is one sentiment that is shared by every member of congress, our admiration for our armed forces

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