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House Proceeding 11-17-09 on Nov 17th, 2009 :: 1:15:40 to 1:19:05
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Doris O. Matsui

1:15:34 to 1:15:54( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: i yield to ms. matsui of california, would yield four minutes to the gentlelady. gentlelady is recognized for four minutes ms. matsui: i thank the gentleman from maryland who's been such a leader in all this too,. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of house resolution 3360, the cruise vessel safety

Doris O. Matsui

1:15:40 to 1:19:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Doris O. Matsui

Doris O. Matsui

1:15:55 to 1:16:15( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: and security legislation that i introduced earlier this year. i want to thank both chairman oberstar and chairman cummings for the good work their committees have done on this bill and for the tremendous support to enact this critical legislation. there is an urgent need for the reforms i have outlined in the cruise vessel safety and security act.

Doris O. Matsui

1:16:16 to 1:16:37( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: for far too long american families have unknowingly been at risk when embarking on cruise vacations. unfortunately, the status quo has a operate under foreign flags of convenience and they are not required under u.s. law to report crimes occurring outside of our territorial waters. but leaving our territorial the

Doris O. Matsui

1:16:38 to 1:17:00( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: waters does not mean that cruise ships should be allowed to operate without basic ls that protect american my legislation requires that all crimes tha occur board cruise ships to be reported to the coast guard and to the f.b.i. without proper screeni processes and accountability, these reprehensible and violent

Doris O. Matsui

1:17:01 to 1:17:22( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: acts will be allowed to continue. are no longer an excuse for risking the safety of millions of americans who board cruise ships each year. i first became aware of a need for increased protections for americans when one of my constituents lori, wrote to me for help in april of 2006.

Doris O. Matsui

1:17:23 to 1:17:43( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: lori was a victim of a sexual assault while on a cruise vacation. she was given no assistance by the cruise line, improperly evidence of the assault. her attacker. no assistance in prosecuting the crime once back on shore.

Doris O. Matsui

1:17:44 to 1:18:05( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: devastated, lori reacho me and i immediately called for hearings on this issue. and began to work on this legislation. our hearings made apparent the gross inadequacies of cruise safety provisions and with ongoing news coverage of recent rapes on cruise ships, it is clear that this legislion is

Doris O. Matsui

1:18:06 to 1:18:26( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: urgent and necessary. my legislation establishes stringent new standards to ensure the safety and security of passengers on cruis vessels. its reforms include reporting that vessel personnel be able to preserve evidence of crimes committed on the vessels and provide appropriate medical treatment to the victims of sexual assaults. security, safety, and

Doris O. Matsui

1:18:27 to 1:18:47( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: accountability must all be strengthened to hold criminals accountable and end the cycle of serious crimes on cruise ships. this has been a long, difficult road for all cruise victims and their families, and this legislation is truly a result of their courage, their dedication, and their convtion to prevent further

Doris O. Matsui

1:18:48 to 1:19:06( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: crimes from happening. these reforms are long overdue, common sense, and supported by the cruise line industry association and was included in the coast guard authorization act that passed this year. i urge my colleagues to vote in support of this important legislation and join me in

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