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House Proceeding on Jul 29th, 2009 :: 2:10:40 to 2:13:35
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James P. McGovern

2:10:37 to 2:10:57( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: i would like to yield three minutes to my colleague, the committee, mr. mcgovern. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for three minutes. mr. mcgovern: thank you, and i thank the gentleman for yielding. and, mr. speaker, i rise in support of the rule and in support of the fiscal year 2010 defense appropriations bill, which the house will take up shortly. with the passage of this bill,

James P. McGovern

2:10:40 to 2:13:35( Edit History Discussion )
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James P. McGovern

2:11:21 to 2:11:42( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: mr. speaker, h.r. large is a good bill. it provides support for our military families and it provides the troops with the equipment and funding they need to carry out their duties and carry out their assigned missions. i want to congratulate chairman murthand ranking member young for their bipartisan work on this bill. but, mr. speaker, i do not support this bill without

James P. McGovern

2:11:43 to 2:12:04( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: significant reservations. i believe that this congress has not yet come to grips with what our policy is in afghanistan. this house recently passed an emergency supplemental appropriation bill that provides billions and billions of dollars for the war in afghanistan, a measure that i opposed. but i believe then as i do now

James P. McGovern

2:12:05 to 2:12:26( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: that it is a mistake to spend billions and billions of dollars more for a war that has no clearly defined mission. and my concern deepened when i recently read reports that indicated that mcchrystal believes we will have to expand our forces and af and more troops. right now just to get the job

James P. McGovern

2:12:27 to 2:12:47( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: started. i still have this sinking feeling in theit of my stomach that we're getting sucked into something where the mission and goals are vague and it's unclear how it will end. that's why, mr. speaker, we need an exit strategy. we need a clear definition of when this policy comes to answered, when our troops can come home.

James P. McGovern

2:12:48 to 2:13:08( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: not a date certain, but an explanation as to when the military part of this operation comes to a close. mr. speaker, i remain skeptical about our policy in afghanistan. i think this administration needs to provide congress and this nation and our military families with more clarity on this issue. and if they don't i believe congress needs to demand it.

James P. McGovern

2:13:09 to 2:13:29( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: like all my colleagues, i have had many conversations with the men and women who serve in iraq and afghanistan. sometimes when they are about to deploy, sometimes when they've just come home, sometimes when they come to my district office and often because we just run into one another at coffee shop, a diner, at a community center or on the street.

James P. McGovern

2:13:30 to 2:13:35( Edit History Discussion )

James P. McGovern: i believe we owe them a great deal of gratitude for their service. we owe them the respect of

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