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House Proceeding 12-11-07 on Dec 11th, 2007 :: 1:13:21 to 1:19:53
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Ed Pastor

1:13:10 to 1:13:21( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Pastor: the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 847. as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair,ni

Gregory W. Meeks

1:13:21 to 1:13:31( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, -- the gentleman from texas. mr. poe: on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor

Gregory W. Meeks

1:13:21 to 1:19:53( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Gregory W. Meeks

Gregory W. Meeks

1:13:31 to 1:13:42( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and

Gregory W. Meeks

1:13:42 to 1:13:55( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. the gentleman from new york. mr. meeks: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that an exchange of letters with

Gregory W. Meeks

1:13:55 to 1:14:04( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: chairman rangel be placed in the congressional -- -- in the congressional record after debate of h.r. 3890. the speaker pro tempore: without obje ction. mr. meeks: mr. speaker, i move

Gregory W. Meeks

1:14:04 to 1:14:15( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: to suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 3890 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3890, a bill to amend the burmese freedom

Gregory W. Meeks

1:14:15 to 1:14:27( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: and democracy act of 2003 to waive the requirement for annual renewal resolutions relating to import sanctions, impose import sanctions on burmese gemstones, expand the number of indiduals

Gregory W. Meeks

1:14:27 to 1:14:38( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: against whom the visa ban is applicable, expand the blocking of assets and other prohibited activities, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman

Gregory W. Meeks

1:14:38 to 1:14:46( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: from new york, mr. meeks, and the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. meeks: thank you,me mr. speaker. i ask unanimous

Gregory W. Meeks

1:14:46 to 1:14:56( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on er the resolution under consideration. the speaker pro tempore:

Gregory W. Meeks

1:14:56 to 1:15:11( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: or without objection. mr. meeksek: i rise in strong se support of this resolution, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. meeks:

Gregory W. Meeks

1:15:11 to 1:15:23( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: thank you, mr. speaker. . beautyist monks peacefully marched in the streets of a goon. tens of thousands of burmese citizens joining the monks echoing the calls for change. a core rouse

Gregory W. Meeks

1:15:23 to 1:15:36( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: of world voices asking the burma's ruling junta to respond peacefully and responsibly to the cries for frem and democracy. the reaction of the ruling regime to these peaceful demonstrations was equally

Gregory W. Meeks

1:15:36 to 1:15:53( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: as unforgettable. unarmed monks shot in the streets in full view of the international community. thousands of peaceful monks hauled off to detention centers to be tortured. political dissidents

Gregory W. Meeks

1:15:53 to 1:16:08( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: tossed in jails facing years behind bars simply for criticizing the government. in recent days loud speakers across the country warned we have video, we will find you. and an orwell yan effort

Gregory W. Meeks

1:16:08 to 1:16:20( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: to intimidate burma's people and a better life. this crackdown on nonviolent protesters and buddhist monks by burma's military thugs sets a new low of brutality even for this regime of military

Gregory W. Meeks

1:16:20 to 1:16:34( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: dictators. these brutal actions demonstrate the moral bankruptcy of the regime. unfortunately, the regime is not economically bankrupt. it continues to take burma's vast resources as its own while

Gregory W. Meeks

1:16:34 to 1:16:46( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: the vast majority of burmese people suffer and die of poverty. the legislation before the house today hits the regime where it hurts, in the wallet. by blocking the import of gems into the

Gregory W. Meeks

1:16:46 to 1:16:59( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: united states and expanding financial sanctions, the legislation would take hundreds of billions out of the pockets of the regime each year. this legislation is supported by the united states industry,

Gregory W. Meeks

1:16:59 to 1:17:14( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: the 11,000 store jewelers of america supports a ban on burmese gems imports to the uhenited states. major retailers like tiffany's have also voluntarily implemented such a ban. the bill before

Gregory W. Meeks

1:17:14 to 1:17:27( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: the house also cuts off tax deductions for chevro n's major gas investment in burma. by closing this loophole, we can dramatically increase pressure on other nations to similarly demand their

Gregory W. Meeks

1:17:27 to 1:17:39( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: firms die vest themselves of burma's holdings. this bipartisan bill strengthens our goals of a coordinated, multilateral approach to sanctions against burma. the european union recently announced

Gregory W. Meeks

1:17:39 to 1:17:49( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: a similar ban on the import of burmese gems, as have the canadians. i hope our legislation will push other countries to re-examine their financial dealings with the regime and their investment

Gregory W. Meeks

1:17:49 to 1:18:01( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: the oil companies make in burma. mr. speaker, i am pleased to offer this legislation to strengthen the sanctions imposed by the 2003 burmese freedom and de mocracy act. in doing so, i am joined

Gregory W. Meeks

1:18:01 to 1:18:13( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: again by my friend, the ranking republican member of the foreign affairs, ms. ros-lehtinen, and mr. peter king of the homeland security committee. both of whom have been strong voices of

Gregory W. Meeks

1:18:13 to 1:18:26( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: freedom in burma. let me also express my appreciation to the chairman of the ways and means committee, mr. rangel, and the subcommittee -- chairman of the trade subcommittee, mr. levin,

Gregory W. Meeks

1:18:26 to 1:18:37( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: as well as the republican counterparts, mr. mccrery and mr. wally w herger, for their enormous help in moving this bill forward. finally, i would like to highlight the leadership of speaker

Gregory W. Meeks

1:18:37 to 1:18:55( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: nancy pelosi on this legislation. since the first shots were fired in rangoon, the speaker has firmly indicated that the intention of the house democrats to significantly tighten sanctions on the

Gregory W. Meeks

1:18:55 to 1:19:08( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: ruling burmese regime. and today we fulfill that promise. mr. speaker, burmese freedom fighter and nobel laureate, ack sung suu kyi, asked the world community, use your liberty to promote

Gregory W. Meeks

1:19:08 to 1:19:21( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: ours. today we use our liberty and united states congress to doctor mat clin crease the economic pressure on thepr burmese regime to move towards freedom, democracy, and respect for human

Gregory W. Meeks

1:19:21 to 1:19:36( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: rights. we use our liberty to stop the flow of blood red rubies from burma to the american jewelry stores. the burmese regime might have washed the blood from the streets of rangoon, but they

Gregory W. Meeks

1:19:36 to 1:19:42( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: have not erased the images of peaceful protesters being shot down from our minds. today we act and we act decisively. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore:

Gregory W. Meeks

1:19:42 to 1:19:53( Edit History Discussion )

Gregory W. Meeks: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas. mr. poe: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.

Ted Poe

1:19:53 to 1:20:04( Edit History Discussion )

Ted Poe: mr. poe: thank you, mr. speaker. the world was rightfully shocked and outraged this past fall by reports of midnight raids on temples in burma and televised images of monks and other peaceful

Ted Poe

1:19:53 to 1:24:38( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ted Poe

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