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House Proceeding 07-09-09 on Jul 9th, 2009 :: 0:36:40 to 0:40:05
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Adam B. Schiff

0:36:37 to 0:36:57( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: and all of our critical efforts in afghanistan and i yield back the balance of my time. mr. kirk: i yield to the chairwoman if she's -- mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield to the distinguished gentleman

Adam B. Schiff

0:36:40 to 0:40:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Adam B. Schiff

Adam B. Schiff

0:36:58 to 0:37:18( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: from california. the chair: the gentleman will suspend. the gentleman from illinois reserves the balance of his time? you mr. kirk: i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: i continue to be pleased to yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from california, an outstanding member of the committee, mr.

Adam B. Schiff

0:37:19 to 0:37:41( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: schiff. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. schiff: i thank the gentlewoman. i rise in strong support of the 2010 state foreign o prving s appropriations bill and congratulate my chair and friend for her leadership in crafting a bill that not only addresses critical national security needs, but does so in a cost-effective manner. after too many years in which diplomacy and smart power were shunted aside, this legislation

Adam B. Schiff

0:37:42 to 0:38:04( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: is a reassertion of american leadership in helping to ensure a brighter, more peaceful future for america's children and for children around the world. i'm particularly concerned about somalia's renewed descent into chaos and the prospect that al qaeda, which is under increasing pressure along the afghan-pakistan frontier, will take advantage of the power vacuum in that country as it did

Adam B. Schiff

0:38:05 to 0:38:25( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: in afghanistan during the 1990's. this must not be allowed to happen and the u.s. must be willing to work with the united nations, the african union and nongovernmental organizations to help stabilize somalia and create an atmosphere in which governance and security are again possible. this will be a long and difficult process and in the main it must be driven by the somalis themselves.

Adam B. Schiff

0:38:26 to 0:38:47( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: but i was gratified that the bill includes aid above the president's request to foster economic growth and encourages the state department to continue its support of somali refugees in neighboring countries and most importantly provides $102 million to support both the african union mission in somalia and security sector reform within somalia itself. in this bill, even as we have

Adam B. Schiff

0:38:48 to 0:39:08( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: provided funding for important initiatives like that, and we provided robust funding to increase the size of our foreign service and usaid professionals, to revamp aid to pakistan and better confront the threat to al qaeda, to provide crucial aid to middle easrn allies, to ramp up our efforts to fight the

Adam B. Schiff

0:39:09 to 0:39:29( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: scourges of malaria, hiv-aids and tuberculosis and fully meet our obligations to the united nations, mrs. lowey, ranking member granger and the staff of the subcommittee have also been mindful of the state of our economy at home. this bill is $1.2 billion or 2.4% below present spending and 3.2 billion or 6% below the

Adam B. Schiff

0:39:30 to 0:39:50( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: administration's request. finally i'm very pleased the bill included $48 million in assistance to armenia and $10 million and maintains military assistance parody to both countries at $3 million and the imet assistance at $450,000 each. importantly, the report

Adam B. Schiff

0:39:51 to 0:40:05( Edit History Discussion )

Adam B. Schiff: accompanying the bill references the po military assistance provided to armenia and azerbaijan. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from illinois. mr. kirk: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized.

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