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House Proceeding on Oct 9th, 2007 :: 0:36:01 to 0:42:21
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Gus Bilirakis

0:35:56 to 0:36:01( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: corners that are maintained by our state department. those libraries and cultural outposts are indispensable tools and our public diplomacy efforts around the world. they help foreign audiences better understand

Diane E. Watson

0:36:01 to 0:36:05( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: our nation, our people, our government, and our society. the bill before us today will strengthen this american outreach by establishing new film series and by requiring a report to congress analyzing

Diane E. Watson

0:36:01 to 0:42:21( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Diane E. Watson

Diane E. Watson

0:36:05 to 0:36:08( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the effectiveness of libraries and resource centers. also by providing specific statutory authority for the establishment and maintenance of these centers, this bill will create an annual

Diane E. Watson

0:36:08 to 0:36:11( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: appropriations line item which will allow congress to better monitor and oversee these activities in the future. i want to thank the gentlelady from california, my good friend, ambassador

Diane E. Watson

0:36:11 to 0:36:14( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: watson and my good friend, representative, ros-lehtinen for this measure. i reserve the balance of my time, mr. speaker, thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is

Diane E. Watson

0:36:14 to 0:36:17( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: recognized. >> mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and you yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida? >> i yield back the balance of

Diane E. Watson

0:36:17 to 0:36:21( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2553 as amended. those if favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of

Diane E. Watson

0:36:21 to 0:36:24( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. lady from california is recognized.

Diane E. Watson

0:36:24 to 0:36:39( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: >> thank you, mr. speaker. i move to spend the -- suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 2185 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the t clerk will report the title of the bill.

Diane E. Watson

0:36:39 to 0:36:51( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the clerk: h.r. 2185, a bill to amend the tropical forest compensation act to provide debt relief to developing countries that take action to protect forests and coral reefs and associated coralarine ecostims

Diane E. Watson

0:36:51 to 0:37:08( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: to -- ecosystems through fiscal year 2010 and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, ms. watson, and the gentleman from florida,

Diane E. Watson

0:37:08 to 0:37:22( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: mr. bilirakis. ms. watson: i ask consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration.

Diane E. Watson

0:37:22 to 0:37:34( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. watson: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of this bill and i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady

Diane E. Watson

0:37:34 to 0:37:49( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: from california is recognized. ms. watson: i strongly support the tropical forest conservation act reauthorization bill and urge my colleagues to do so as well. i would particularly like

Diane E. Watson

0:37:49 to 0:38:05( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: to recognize the efforts of congressman mark kirk, the sponsor of h.r. 2185. congressman kirk is a longtime champion of this innovative debt for conservation program. mr. kirk's legislative

Diane E. Watson

0:38:05 to 0:38:26( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: extends and expands a vitally important environmental initiative launch during the clinton administration. overhe past nine years, this program has resulted in 12 tropical forest conservation

Diane E. Watson

0:38:26 to 0:38:44( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: act agreements in asia, the caribbean, central and south america. these agreements have provided $135 million to help conserve 50 million acres of tropical forest. the tropical forest conservation

Diane E. Watson

0:38:44 to 0:39:01( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: act has become one of the most effective foreign policy tools that the executive branch has at its disposal to encourage developing states to take action to protect and preserve tropical forests.

Diane E. Watson

0:39:01 to 0:39:15( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the program has been a tremendous success. it has provided needed funding to actively pursue debt swamps, buy backs and debt restructuring with developing nations in return for concrete expend tours aimed

Diane E. Watson

0:39:15 to 0:39:33( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: at protecting -- expenditures aimed as protecting vital resources. this mechanism inspires more prompt debt servicing and gives foreign governments a greater sense of responsibility for preserving

Diane E. Watson

0:39:33 to 0:39:50( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: the global heritage. h.r. 2185 would expand the program in a very significant way by extending its debt relief for conservation mechanism to expenditures aimed at protecting coral reefs and sensitive

Diane E. Watson

0:39:50 to 0:40:04( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: marine environments. coral reefs and coastal marine environments provide a host of benefits to humankind. they harbor a major share of the world's marine biology diversity and act as vital nurseries

Diane E. Watson

0:40:04 to 0:40:21( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: and seeding grounds for many sensitive deep sea spee seize. they also provide the -- species. they also provide the foundation for economic, social and recreation activities of immeasurable

Diane E. Watson

0:40:21 to 0:40:42( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: value. coral reefs are extremely sensitive treasures. however the shocking reports of wide-scale coral bleaches has had and has occurred around the globe in recent years, should serve as

Diane E. Watson

0:40:42 to 0:40:59( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: a wakeup call for all of us. urgent action is needed to mitigate the contributions that human activities are making to problem. h.r. 2185 provides just the kind of creative, targeted and mutually

Diane E. Watson

0:40:59 to 0:41:18( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: beneficial assistance that is clearly required to tackle this important ecological threat. h.r. 2185 will also enable more key countries to participate in the program. currently in order to

Diane E. Watson

0:41:18 to 0:41:37( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: qualify for the acts mutually beneficial mechanism, a country must have an i.m.f. agreement in place. under the new language, eligibility would also extend to nations that are implementing sound microeconomic

Diane E. Watson

0:41:37 to 0:41:50( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: policies. mr. speaker, the executive branch has partnered with us in crafting this re-authorization and has expressed its interest in seeing it passed this year. and i urge my colleagues to support

Diane E. Watson

0:41:50 to 0:42:05( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: passage of this important measure. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman fr om florida is recognized. >> i yield myself as much time

Diane E. Watson

0:42:05 to 0:42:21( Edit History Discussion )

Diane E. Watson: as i may consume. i rise in support of the bill which would re-authorize the conservation of998. as a total territory of the world's tropical forest continue to decline, programs such as that yeated

Gus Bilirakis

0:42:21 to 0:42:33( Edit History Discussion )

Gus Bilirakis: by the tropical forest conservation act of 1998 are an important component of international efforts to slow and hopefully reverse the decline at the start of the new century. the tropical forest

Gus Bilirakis

0:42:21 to 0:43:52( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Gus Bilirakis

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