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House Proceeding 10-22-09 on Oct 22nd, 2009 :: 5:27:35 to 5:31:00
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Dan Burton

5:27:31 to 5:27:53( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: of freedom around the world, i'm anxious to hear, mr. burton, what you have to nobody knows and has fought for elections around the globe like you have. privileged to have you here. mr. burton: i thank the gentleman for yielding and i'd like to say that one day hopefully in the not too distant future we'll see free and fair elections in your former native land of cuba and with that, let

Dan Burton

5:27:35 to 5:31:00( Edit History Discussion )
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Dan Burton

5:27:54 to 5:28:15( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: me just say that i have heard in my years here in the congress a lot of very thorough and eloquent expressions of concern about what's going on at foreign policy and foreign lands but the young gentleman from illinois just covered about everything about as thoroughly as you possibly can. the one thing that i think i might add is that there are those who say the elections

Dan Burton

5:28:16 to 5:28:37( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: should be postponed and that there are reasons for that. but according to what i've been able to learn from our research is that the supreme court of honduras rendered a decision after careful study and they said that what was done was constitutional.

Dan Burton

5:28:38 to 5:28:58( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: it was within the law and they have held that decision and they have said that the elections should go forth and they are now in control of the election process and i believe that it should go united states of america and our state department and our very young and new president, whom i feel probably does not have the expertise that he requires to

Dan Burton

5:28:59 to 5:29:19( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: make these kinds of decisions, although i'm sure that he would like to see his position supported, i think that we should support the honduran people, support a free and fair election and let our state department know that the members of the congress, here in congress, feel very strongly

Dan Burton

5:29:20 to 5:29:41( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: that they have made a miscalculation and a misdiagnis of what the situation is or should be down in honduras and they should change their mind and come back and support the constitutional elected process in honduras and let the elections go forth with our support. the united states of america should support the free election

Dan Burton

5:29:42 to 5:30:03( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: pr state department should share that view and that's why tonight you have a number of congressmen here on the floor of the house who are saying to the administration and the state department, you've made a mistake. as the young gentleman said from illinois, this has been researched very thoroughly by our legal authorities and experts here in the congress of

Dan Burton

5:30:04 to 5:30:24( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: the united states and they have concluded that the only thing that was done that was not correct was forcing the former president out of the country. . but it did not say anything that would contradict the decision that was made by the admistration that showed that there was some unconstitutional things done and supported by the previous president and the

Dan Burton

5:30:25 to 5:30:46( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: supreme court has rendered that decision and they've said the election should go forth and we should support that position and if i were talking to our secretary of state, hillar clinton, or to the president, i would say the administration and the state department should support that position and i really appreciate you and your brother and the rest of the people that are here on the floor tonight, i really

Dan Burton

5:30:47 to 5:31:00( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: appreciate you staying so late. it's a quarter until 12:00 and the people of this country, i hope, who might be paying attention, will realize that we feel this is extremely important for stability in our hemisphere, in our front yard and that we

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