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Senate Proceeding on May 19th, 2011 :: 5:35:05 to 5:38:55
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Mark Pryor

5:34:46 to 5:35:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: quorum call: senator from illinois. a senator: madam president, i ask unanimous consent to dispense with the quorum call for -- and be recognized as if in morning business for two minutes. the presiding officer: without mr. kirk: thank you. madam president, i rise today to commend the work of our navy operating off the coast of somalia. over the weekend, the u.s.

Mark Pryor

5:35:05 to 5:38:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Mark Pryor

5:35:09 to 5:35:30( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: steven w. groves encountered a pirate mothership, a captured taiwanese fishing vessel. the pirates aboard exchanged fire with the steven w. groves and once the firefight ended, a boarding party found the taiwanese captain had been murdered along with the death of three pirates.

Mark Pryor

5:35:31 to 5:35:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: the crew of the groves captured 19 surving pirates. but, unfortunately, by much higher command was instructed to return them directly to somalia. now, i recently visited the groves shortly after a previous engagement with this same taiwanese ship in april.

Mark Pryor

5:35:52 to 5:36:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: and i want to personally commend the commander, matthew rick, and his crew aboard the steven groves for the work they've done fighting piracy in the gulf. their actions over the weekend eliminated the pirate ship of one mothership and unfortunately we have many more to take out. also on monday, a helicopter

Mark Pryor

5:36:14 to 5:36:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: from the u.s. buckley responded to a distress call from the m.v. artimus glory, a german-owned crewed carrier. the helicopter from the buckley saw the pirates firing on the merchant ship and returned fire, sinking the skiff and killing the four pirates aboard.

Mark Pryor

5:36:35 to 5:36:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: also on monday, u.s. bainbridge responded to a distress call from a cargo carrier, the m.s.e. alia after the crew of the alia repelled a pirate attack. the bainbridge arrived and located the mothership responsible for the attack. the crew made contact with the pirates who ultimately agreed to

Mark Pryor

5:36:56 to 5:37:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: abandon their mothership that they had hijacked just four days before. ironically, the skiff of the pirates then sank and the pirates were rescued by the bainbridge. madam president, i want to commend the men and women serving on the u.s. steven

Mark Pryor

5:37:17 to 5:37:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: groves, the u.s. buckley, and the u.s. bainbridge for jobs very well done. my hope in the future is that we can have far more robust rules of engagement empowering commander rick and his fellow commanders to eliminate the threat of piracy. of course, this mission would be in the highest traditions of the

Mark Pryor

5:37:39 to 5:37:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: united states navy and in the tradition of the jefferson administration that so ably handled this threat when it emerged in the early part of the 19th century. my only hope is in the coming administration review by secretary of state clinton that she adopts a more jeffersonian policy with regard to this

Mark Pryor

5:38:00 to 5:38:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: threat and so that the sea lanes lanes, which control 70% of the world's supply of oil, and so that the ransoms, one-third of whom are now being paid to terrorists that operate the largest terror traing camps on earth, can be eliminated. and with that, madam president, i yield back and suggest

Mark Pryor

5:38:21 to 5:38:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mark Pryor: absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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