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House Proceeding on Sep 5th, 2007 :: 2:01:51 to 2:06:44
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Lynn A. Westmoreland

1:59:05 to 2:01:51( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lynn A. Westmoreland

Lynn A. Westmoreland

2:01:37 to 2:01:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lynn A. Westmoreland: balance is exemplary. jordan has long been a leader in the arab world in enhancing women's political involvement and it has continued along that path. thanks to recent reforms, 20% of the municipal

Charles B. Rangel

2:01:51 to 2:02:05( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: council seats determined in jordan's july elections re reserved for women. jordan lowered the voting age to 18 to involve more people in the election process. as you know, madam speaker, there

Charles B. Rangel

2:01:51 to 2:06:44( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Charles B. Rangel

Charles B. Rangel

2:02:05 to 2:02:16( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: was some controversy surrounding the recent municipal elections. the islamists withdrew their candidates one day before the vote claiming that the system was unfairly stacked against them.

Charles B. Rangel

2:02:16 to 2:02:28( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: however, based on the evidence i have been able to gather from the state department and other staffers who visited jordan shortly after eat leckses, the elections were -- the elections were free

Charles B. Rangel

2:02:28 to 2:02:39( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: and fair, marred by -- it app ears that the islamists were more concerned about an embarrassment, imminent defeat than democratic procedures. after the elections, the king announced that parliamentary

Charles B. Rangel

2:02:39 to 2:02:53( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: elections will be held. thus jordan continues to pursue its path toward greater democracy it is important to keep extremism at bay while expanding political -- it is no coincidence that

Charles B. Rangel

2:02:53 to 2:03:05( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: jordan has encouraged modation. that is a lesson that too little middle eastern regimes have failed to understand. we look forward to the kingdom's further progress toward achieving the comprehensive

Charles B. Rangel

2:03:05 to 2:03:17( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: and am birnus set of goals -- ambitious set of goals put forth last year as part of jordan's national agenda. the king's thoughtful leadership has made him a welcome ally in different times in the

Charles B. Rangel

2:03:17 to 2:03:28( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: middle east. the american and jordanian people share a special friendship that this bill explicitly reaffirms. i know that the foreign affairs committee that i'm a member and the distinguished

Charles B. Rangel

2:03:28 to 2:03:42( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: chairman, mr. lantos, remain committed to this special relationship with the hashemite kingdom of jordan. i trust that my friends of the full house will do as well. i strongly support this resolution,

Charles B. Rangel

2:03:42 to 2:03:52( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: madam speaker, and i urge my colleagues to do the same. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i yield myself such

Charles B. Rangel

2:03:52 to 2:04:03( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: time as i may consume. i strongly support h.res. 575. today much of the middle east is sadly prevaded by tyranny, cadral and extremist is -- radical and extremist islam and hatred of the united states.

Charles B. Rangel

2:04:03 to 2:04:13( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: jordan stands out for democracy and peace with the united states and israel. madam speaker, jordan has taken the road less traveled in the middle east, demonstrating to other nations the benefits

Charles B. Rangel

2:04:13 to 2:04:23( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: of embracing democratic principles and the norm. since 1989 jordan has held four elections for its parliament. and the king has committed to holding the next set of elections by november of this year.

Charles B. Rangel

2:04:23 to 2:04:33( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: under a new election law passed in february, jordanians went to the polls in late july for the first time to elect the mayors and councils of every city, every city and town in that country.

Charles B. Rangel

2:04:33 to 2:04:47( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: jordan has also recognized the -- that democracy is much more than just holding elections. the jordanian government is acting to establish the rule of law to build civil society, to build

Charles B. Rangel

2:04:47 to 2:04:59( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: strong institutions, and to broaden political participation to meaningfully engage citizens from all walks of life. one example of that commitment is the decision of the government of jordan

Charles B. Rangel

2:04:59 to 2:05:13( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: to lower the voting age from 19 to 18 and to mandate that women fill at least 20% of the council seats. this is a positive first step and i hope that it will lead to further reforms and political

Charles B. Rangel

2:05:13 to 2:05:27( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: participation. the king himself has courageously spoken out and led the way for reform. the king recently stated, we in jordan and many others throughout the middle east are working hard

Charles B. Rangel

2:05:27 to 2:05:40( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: to create a civic environment in which our people will thrive. the basic requirement is an inclusive democratic civil society, one that guarantees rights, delegates responsibilities, honors

Charles B. Rangel

2:05:40 to 2:05:54( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: merit, and rewards achievement. the foundation stones on which we build are peace and stability. basic, civil, and political rights, essential services, freedom of expression, and the rule

Charles B. Rangel

2:05:54 to 2:06:05( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: of law, end quote. madam speaker, a stable, peaceful and free middle east is in the interest of the united states and, indeed, to the entire world. and while much remains to be done, jordan

Charles B. Rangel

2:06:05 to 2:06:17( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: is serving as a model for other nations. it deserves our friendship and encouragement. house resolution 575 is particularly important. it expresses the house's desire that jordan's progress toward

Charles B. Rangel

2:06:17 to 2:06:29( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: democracy continue and flourishes as a model for other arab countries. it also commends the king and the jordanian people for upholding women's rights an enhancing the participation -- and enhancing

Charles B. Rangel

2:06:29 to 2:06:44( Edit History Discussion )

Charles B. Rangel: the participation of women in the political process. it affirms the special relationship that exists between the citizens of our two nations and our ongoing commitment to helping jordan should

Peter Welch

2:06:44 to 2:06:57( Edit History Discussion )

Peter Welch: it so desire in promoting democratic reform. i'm proud to be a co-sponsor of this measure, madam speaker, and i urge my colleagues to render their full support for its adoption and with that,

Peter Welch

2:06:44 to 2:08:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Peter Welch

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