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House Proceeding 06-16-09 on Jun 16th, 2009 :: 0:15:15 to 0:18:35
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:15:12 to 0:15:32( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: month and transfers it to the i.m.f. so in fact this measure does cut troop funding. with that, mr. speaker, i'm happy to yield two minutes to the very distinguished gentleman from california, the new ranking member, the ranking member of the committee on armed services, mr. mckeon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for two minutes. mr. dreier: mr. speaker, you know what, since he's the new

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:15:15 to 0:18:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:15:33 to 0:15:54( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: ranking member of the committee on armed services i think he deserves an additional minute, i yield three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for three minutes. mr. mckeon: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my good friend from california, mr. dreier, for yielding the time. as ranking member on armed services, i rise in opposition to this rule and to the war supplemental conference report

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:15:55 to 0:16:15( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: for one simple reason -- it will endanger our troops in harm's way. compared with a clean troop funding bill that passed the house with bipartisan support in may, this package cuts $4.7 at that time to create room for $105 billion global bailout loan program.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:16:16 to 0:16:36( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: what should be a clean military funding bill has become a means for the president's promise to provide more foreign aid to the international monetary fund. those funds will eventually make their way to countries that are less than friendly to the united states at e expense of programs to support our troops.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:16:37 to 0:16:58( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: and even more disturbing is the decision by conferees to reject a motion offered by republicans to prohibit release of detainee photos that could exacerbate tensions in the very regions our troops are fighting. mr. speaker, let me read to you a statement about those photo by general petraeus, commander of the u.s. forces throughout the middle east.

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:16:59 to 0:17:20( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: i quote, the release of images depicting u.s. service men mistreating detainees in iraq and afghanistan or that could be construed as depicting mistreatmentould likely deal a particularly hard blow to u.s. centcom and u.s. interagency counterinsurgency neverts these key nations, as well as further

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:17:21 to 0:17:41( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: endanger the lives of u.s. soldiers, marines, airmen, sailors, civilians, and contractors presently serving there, end quote. general petraeus is correct. we should stand with our troops in the field and prohibit release of these photos. we should not leave it in the hands of aclu lawyers or at the

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:17:42 to 0:18:03( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: mercy of activist judges. i urge my colleagues to reject this package and insist that it is brought back immediately wit senator lieberman's and graham's language to prohibit release of of these photos. finally, the senate-passed troop bill included language prohibiting release or transfer of guantanamo bay detainees to u.s. soil. unfortunately this conference

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:18:04 to 0:18:24( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: report does not prohibit the transfer or release of detainees after october 1 of this year. this is a huge mistake. i fear we are already beginning to open pandora's box. we have already begun importing terrorists. these guantanamo detainees are trained to foment dissent among americans and we should do

Howard P. Buck McKeon

0:18:25 to 0:18:35( Edit History Discussion )

Howard P. Buck McKeon: everything possible to keep them away from our local military bases and our prisons. again i urge my colleagues to vote no on this rule and the conference report so we can

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