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House Proceeding 12-15-09 on Dec 15th, 2009 :: 1:22:35 to 1:25:10
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Lamar S. Smith

1:22:31 to 1:22:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: smith. i reserve t balance of my the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas, mr. smith. mr. smith: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i support s. 1472, the human rights enforcement act of 2009. this bipartisan legislation was recently passed by unanimous

Lamar S. Smith

1:22:35 to 1:25:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Lamar S. Smith

1:22:52 to 1:23:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: consent in the senate. the bill is now before this body foconsideration. the first goal of this legislation is to provide tenical corrections to the genocide accountability act which was signed into law by president bush in 2007. before that act passed, genocide was only a violation of federal was committed within the united

Lamar S. Smith

1:23:14 to 1:23:34( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: states whereb a u.s. national out-- or by a u.s. national outside the united states. the act closed this loophole by allowing the prosecution of nonu.s. nationals found in the united states for genocide perpetrated outside the u.s. the second goal of this legislation is to create a new section at the department of justice to consolidate prosecutial authority over most

Lamar S. Smith

1:23:35 to 1:23:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: federal criminal and immigration human rights offenses. currently the responsibility for enforces these statutes rests within the office of special investigations or o.s.i. o.s.i. was created in 1979 to hunt down nazi war criminals who secretly lived in the united states. after discovering war criminals within the u.s., o.s.i. used at

Lamar S. Smith

1:23:57 to 1:24:17( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: mrive procedures to denaturalize, deport, or remove them. in 1994 congress statutory directed o.s.i. to also investigate and denaturalize individuals who participated in genocide, torture, or killings. right now o.s.i. does not prosecution authority.

Lamar S. Smith

1:24:18 to 1:24:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: instead it works with attorneys and other components of the department to prosecute those cases in which are a violation of federal criminal law can be shown. this legislation expands o.s.i.'s jurisdiction to enable it to prosecute and enforce federal criminal human rights laws and consolate those efforts into one office. i urge my

Lamar S. Smith

1:24:39 to 1:25:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: this legislation. mr. speaker, since we have no other speakers on this side, i yield back the balance of my time. gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from michigan. mr. conyers: mr. speaker, i yield back my time as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan yields back the balance of his time of the the question is will the house suspend the rules and

Lamar S. Smith

1:25:01 to 1:25:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar S. Smith: pass senate bill 1472. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the

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