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House Proceeding on Jun 25th, 2009 :: 0:56:10 to 0:58:25
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:56:07 to 0:56:28( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: co-sponsors for making sure we at least have an opportunity to say no more blank checks. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. -- the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman mr. mckeon: i yield at this time to the gentlelady from florida, the hamm on the foreign affairs committee, ms. ros-lehtinen, two minutes. the chair: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: i thank the chairman and thank you so much, the gentleman from california.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:56:10 to 0:58:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:56:29 to 0:56:50( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: i rise in strong opposition to the amendment on afghanistan offered by the gentleman from massachusetts, my fend, mr. mcgovern. in late march of this year, the esident announced his comprehensive outline for afghanistan and pakistan. highlighting the threat to critical u.s. security interests that would arise

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:56:51 to 0:57:12( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: should al qaeda and the taliban reclaim or establish safe havens in those countries. the president clearly outlined our goals. to disrupt, to dismantle, and to defeat al qaeda. i agree with him on those goals. but success requires a sustained commitment and sustained support for both the

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:57:13 to 0:57:34( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: mission and the brave americans and afghanis carrying it out. our strategy is having -- meeting with success, yet mcgovern amendment is already looking for an exit strategy. this amendment sends a terrible message about u.s. resolve to both friends and foes alike. we are not

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:57:35 to 0:57:56( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: concern is precisely why the obama ministration also opposes the mcgovern amendments stating that the mcgovern amendment, quote, would demonstrate a lack of commitment to the new strategy. it will signal to our afghan partners that the u.s. presence and efforts in the country are fleeting. and it demonstrates to al qaeda we are not intending to see this new strategy through, end quote.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:57:57 to 0:58:18( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: it could hamper u.s. strategy goals in the entire region. rather than focusing on strategy, we should instead be focuseon working with the obama administration to provide the necessary flexibility to craft policies thatffer the best chance of success while ensuring congressional

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:58:19 to 0:58:25( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: consultation and congressional notification. the underlying bill provides this balance and that's why chairman skelton, ranking

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