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House Proceeding 10-14-09 on Oct 14th, 2009 :: 0:38:10 to 0:43:25
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Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:38:07 to 0:38:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: improve our -- has equity in their home can significantly improve our economy. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas rise?

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:38:10 to 0:43:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sheila Jackson-Lee

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:38:31 to 0:38:51( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: without objection. ms. jackson lee: thank you, mr. speaker, for your kindness and generosity. and i rise today for a number of thank yous and acknowledgments. first of all, i think it is very important to acknowledge when tragedy occurs how importanit

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:38:52 to 0:39:12( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: is that this country as it has often done rallies around those around the world to help them in their time of need. i want to pay tribute to one our colleagues, the delegate from american samoa, congressman faleomavaega, who has in the last couple of weeks been subjected to terrible tragedies

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:39:13 to 0:39:38( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: at home. for on september 29, 2009, the american samoa and other areas in the surrounding areas were impacted by an 8.3 earthquake, 8.3 on the richter scale, which was recognized as the world's

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:39:39 to 0:40:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: largest earthquake of 2009. with that earthquake came a terrible tsunami. one that struck the american samoa, samoa and neighboring areas, sweeping cars and people out to sea and survivors fled to high ground. we remember the tsunami of some years ago that impacted sri lanka and indonesia and india in

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:40:01 to 0:40:22( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: part. i traveled there and realized that theevastation was enormous. so when there was a tsunami with waved that reached up to 20 feet in height and penetrated one mile inland, we know how devastating that had to be. it caused death and destruction on an unearly unprecedented amount. the death toll -- on a nearly

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:40:23 to 0:40:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: unprecedented amount. the death toll is 135 in the independent state of samoa many families have struggled and are now lacking basic survival necessities and they remain at risk with additional detects due to shortages of clean water and at quat -- adequate shelter and food. my colleague who eptept --

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:40:44 to 0:41:04( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: represents the area has been working without ceasing but the deep human disaster is evident. so i rise today to thank the 300 responders from fema, the american red cross, u.s. army corps of engineers, department of health and human services and other federal agencies who rushed forward to help our fellow world citizens. the united states navy, coast guard, the hawaii air national

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:41:05 to 0:41:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: guard, the u.s. army reserve, american samoa, under the admiral, commander of the u.s. pacific command, and many, many others. the foreign governments who came to their aid. and so t is important that we recognize that we are in fact our brothers' and sisters' keeper and we thank those who ha come forward but we look

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:41:26 to 0:41:47( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: forward to continue to work as we have worked before to ensure that they are restabilized. we must recognize the curreny underway and we are in essence commending them, but it is important that we continue to encourage donors and other relief agencies to work with these vulnerable organizations and stricken areas because we

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:41:48 to 0:42:08( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: know, having experienced it in the united states, the fires in california, the floods in the midwest, the terrible hurricanes in florida and louisiana and texas, we understand disaster. we're grateful for those who have helped but we want d we need continued hel we commend the over 100,000 samoan residents in the united states from american samoa and

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:42:09 to 0:42:30( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: samoa for coming to the aid of their fellow brothers and sisters. it is important for this congress to not only pay tribute but to recognize that people are still hurting. let me end this by again thanking our representative, our delegate from the american samoa, and thanking him for his strength. for a moment, mr. speaker, i

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:42:31 to 0:42:52( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: turn very briefly to join with my colleague who spoke earlier, congresswoman capture, in saying this point, americans are still suffering, foreclosures are still happening, small businesses are still not getting access to capital. i beseech those who have received the larger part of the bailout because it was necessary

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:42:53 to 0:43:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: to restore capital markets in a capitalistic system. noten -- none of us adhere to socialism but we do adhere it to helping ourselves and helping our brothers and sisters across america. it is crucial for the banks of america to lend to americans, to taxpayers, to homeowners, to business owners, let them expand, let them add new

Sheila Jackson-Lee

0:43:15 to 0:43:25( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: homes. the tight credit market is choking us. it is killing hardworking americans who, as i said, are the beneficiaries but yet the ben factors of those who are in

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