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House Proceeding on Jun 15th, 2006 :: 1:04:07 to 1:08:09
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Vernon J. Ehlers

1:02:30 to 1:04:07( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Vernon J. Ehlers

Vernon J. Ehlers

1:03:58 to 1:04:07( Edit History Discussion )

Vernon J. Ehlers: from california is recognized for four minutes. mrs. matsui: mr. speaker, i thank the gentleman from massachusetts for yielding me time and i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my

Doris O. Matsui

1:04:07 to 1:04:19( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. matsui: mr. speaker, today's debate is long overdue. for the past three years, the united states has had a military presence in iraq.

Doris O. Matsui

1:04:07 to 1:08:09( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Doris O. Matsui

Doris O. Matsui

1:04:19 to 1:04:32( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: in fact, when the authorization for war in iraq was authorized, i was not a member of this body. yet, this is the first extensive public debate congress will have had on the most important issue

Doris O. Matsui

1:04:32 to 1:04:46( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: of the day . even now, however, the rule put forth by the house leadership asks members a simplistic question -- do you accept or renounce the president's vague appeal to stay the course

Doris O. Matsui

1:04:46 to 1:05:01( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: and be patient? such a narrow focus does a disservice to our role as representatives of the people. the american people want to hear practical, well thought out ideas from their elected

Doris O. Matsui

1:05:01 to 1:05:18( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: representatives. today we could have had that honest, engaged, and realistic debate. i'd hoped to discuss the reality of iraq right now and how we may best help a political solution to emerge.

Doris O. Matsui

1:05:18 to 1:05:30( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: this isn't a debate we should be afraid of. we can have this debate and can have it respectfully, but the house republican leadership has decided to pass on this opportunity. what should we be debating?

Doris O. Matsui

1:05:30 to 1:05:45( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: i believe there are several things upon which all members can agree, republican and democrat alike. the first is that the united states has no desire to control iraq's oil supply. the second

Doris O. Matsui

1:05:45 to 1:05:57( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: is that we will not build permanent bases in iraq. taken together, these statements say clearly to the iraqi people that the united states' presence in iraq is not permanent, and it says clearly

Doris O. Matsui

1:05:57 to 1:06:10( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: to the administration that a strategy in iraq must reflect the fact that we will not be there forever. but, mr. speaker, the focus of this house must move beyond these specific details

Doris O. Matsui

1:06:10 to 1:06:24( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: and rapidly toward our broader policies on iraq. we all want a free, stable, and prosperous iraq, and we have an important diplomatic role to play, but ultimately, it is up to the iraqis

Doris O. Matsui

1:06:24 to 1:06:36( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: to achieve those goals through the political process. the united states should continue to offer support for iraqi security forces, and regardless of our troop deployment, the united states must

Doris O. Matsui

1:06:36 to 1:06:50( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: maintain its responsibility to assist in rebuilding the country's economy and infrastructure. but beginning to draw down troops stationed in iraq can be done while keeping all of these goals

Doris O. Matsui

1:06:50 to 1:07:05( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: in mind. i respect several redeployment proposals put forth by members of this body for those reasons. the president's exhortations to stay the course remain disconnected from the reality on the

Doris O. Matsui

1:07:05 to 1:07:14( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: ground and from a sincere engagement on the policy details. in contrast, the proposals put forth by several members of the house were developed after much thought. the members struggle to

Doris O. Matsui

1:07:14 to 1:07:30( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: mold the chaos in iraq into a workable solution that holds the best interests of the iraqi people and that of the american people. these proposals and ideas deserve to come to the floor.

Doris O. Matsui

1:07:30 to 1:07:43( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: they deserve to be debated. and they deserve a vote. unfortunately, under the rule reported out, this will not happen. instead, we will have a gripping session that yields no results. congress

Doris O. Matsui

1:07:43 to 1:07:52( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: is part of this government. in fulfillment of its responsibilities, this house should reject this rule and bring real policy to the floor. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro

Doris O. Matsui

1:07:52 to 1:08:00( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: mr. speaker, at this time i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the distinguished gentleman from utah, mr. bishop. the speaker pro tempore: the

Doris O. Matsui

1:08:00 to 1:08:09( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: gentleman from utah is recognized for three minutes. mr. bishop: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm honored to be here, and i wish to address the first of four points mr. cole presented when i first

Rob Bishop

1:08:09 to 1:08:21( Edit History Discussion )

Rob Bishop: introduced this particular rule. i, like the gentlelady from california who just spoke, and those of us who were elected for the first time in the last two cycles, was not here for

Rob Bishop

1:08:09 to 1:10:34( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Rob Bishop

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