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conference chair and a member of our committee on foreign affairs. the chair: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for two minutes. mr. pence: i rise in opposition to the foreign relations authorization act and ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the chair: without objection. mr. pence: the american people deserve a foreign relations bill that respects our nation's budget and our nation's value and sadly h.r. 2410 does neither. at a time that ordinary americans are struggling to make ends meet this legislation would add billions of dollars in new funding to our foreign and state department operations, expanding taxpayer funding of peace corps and the u.n. regular budget by 1/3 in a single year without any u.n. reform is extraordinarily frustrating to many of us who have been fighting to use the power of the purse here in washington, d.c. to drive fundamental reform in that body. . beyond that increase, an
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increase in the state department's basic salary, this does a disservice to the values of the millions of americans who cherish the sanctity of life and marriage. this legislation creates a new office and ambassador for global women's issues for women's empowerment internationally. secretary clinton testified before our committee that it would be the policy of this administration to protect the rights of women, including rights to reproductive health. the democrats on the committee actually rejected an amendment to clarify that it would not be u.s. policy to lobby countries to legalize, fund, or promote abortion. i even offered an amendment in the committee to change language that would require state department training reporting and overseas advocacy of foreign laws regarding homosexual activity. i sought to change that to make it clear that state department employees ought to promote universally recognized human rights, those upon which americans agree. and that was rejected in the
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committee. this legislation in embracing abortion rights overseas, in embracing the advocacy of changes in laws regarding homosexuality around the world, advocates a set of values that are at odds with the majority of the american people. we deserve a foreign relations budget that respects our pocketbooks and values. this does neither. i urge its rejection. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: thank you. the chair: the gentlewoman from florida has 30 seconds remaining. the gentleman from california has three minutes remaining. ms. ros-lehtinen: i give the rest of our time to our wonderful gentleman from california, mr. rohrabacher, who is going to be in a colloquy with our esteemed chairman. the chair: without objection,
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the gentleman is recognized. mr. rohrabacher: i'd like to thank the chairman and the ranking member very much for this courtesy. mr. chairman, section 826 of our bill has been carefully crafted to protect our national security interest. subsection b of that section provides that the president's authority in paragraph a to remove satellites and related components from the united states munitions list may not be exercised with respect to any satellite or related component that may directly or indirectly be transferred to or launched into space by the people's republic of china. do you agree with me that the intent of paragraph b is that with respect to any transfers to or launches by china, no satellite or related component shall be removed from the united
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nations munitions list? mr. berman: would the gentleman yield? mr. rohrabacher: i yield. mr. berman: i appreciate it. the answer is that i certainly do agree. in the case of china under our legislation all satellites and related components must remain on the united states munitions list. mr. rohrabacher: thank you very much, mr. chairman. i thank you and the ranking member. this is a vitally important clarification for our aerospace industry which is -- and at the same time while opening up better trade and technology with friendly countries, it ensures that we do not send technology to the chinese. i yield. mr. berman: the gentleman's remarks are worth elaborating on. the whole notion of a domestic commercial satellite industry is very much at stake if we can't
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in appropriate situations export and arrange for those kinds of transfers. i think it is part of what the gentleman pointed out that is why both the satellite industries association and the aerospace industries association support this legislation. mr. rohrabacher: thank you very much. thank you to the ranking member as well. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the the gentlewoman from florida's time has expired. the gentleman from california has a minute and a half remaining. the gentleman from california has a minute and a half remaining. mr. berman: let me ask unanimous consent that the exchange of letters between the committee on foreign affairs and committee on oversight and government reform be included in the congressional record. the chair: the request will be covered by general leave. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: mr. chairman, i have
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no further -- i have many requests for time but they don't happen to be here right now. so i am prepared to yield back the balance of my time once -- the chair: the gentlewoman florida's time has expired. mr. berman: i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: all time for general debate has expired. pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read. no amendment to the committee amendment is in order except those printed in part c of house report 11-143, each amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent of the amendment, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to demand for division of the question.
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it is now in order to consider amendment number 1 printed in part c of house report 111-143. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? mr. berman: mr. chairman, i have an amendment made in order by the rule and ask for its immediate consideration. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 1, printed in part c of house report number 111-143, offered by mr. berman of california. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 522, the gentleman from california, mr. berman, and a member opposed each will control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. berman: mr. chairman, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. berman: mr. chairman, my amendment makes a number of changes. many of these are minor or technical amendments. others address issues raised by other committees that have a jurisdictional interest in the bill. however there are a number of other changes in my bill that are more substabive -- substantive. the amendment takes care of requests by members that are
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generally unobjectionable even though substantive. for example the bill adds a provision that would allow the state department's growing civilian response corps to enhance its capability by drawing on locally employed staff who have significant expertise in unstable environments. it includes provisions to assist in the compensation for victims of terrorism from the 1998 nairobi bombing, drawing from a bill that we passed last year on a bipartisan basis and supported by mr. jesse jackson, mr. roy blunt, and our ranking member, ileana ros-lehtinen. the amendment also updates language currently in the bill welcoming the end of sri lanka's 26-year war between the government and the liberation tigers of at that meal -- of tamil. these are provisions pushed particularly by the gentleman from new york, mr. mchew hon, a member of the committee. the united states standing with
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the international community eagerly looks forward to the government of sri lanka's putting forward a timely and credible proposal to engage its tamil community and address the legitimate grievances of its tamil citizens so that peace and reconciliation can be achieved and sustained. it also includes two requests by republican members of the committee on foreign affairs and including an amendment by mr. wilson from south carolina who i agreed to work with during the markup at the committee. it also increases the amount of funds in the state department inspector general anti-national endowment for democracy. as suggested by the minority in their views on the bill. this continues my effort to include sensible republican ideas into h.r. 2410. even though i recognize that very few republicans appear to be prepared to support the legislation at this time. in addition, my amendment would also begin the process of modernizing our foreign
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assistance program by establishing a rigorous system to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of u.s. foreign assistance. one of the greatest weaknesses of current u.s. foreign aid programs is that it lack as clear set of goals and objectives, and there's no systematic plan for measuring results. under my amendment the secretary of state would coordinate the monitoring and evaluation activities of the various agencies, carrying out foreign aid activities, would report to the congress on their findings, and lessons learned from such evaluationings. finally, in recent days, this is important, there has been significant concern expressed that a provision in the bill authorizing the office of global woman's issues, and existing office at the state department, that focuses on issues like education for women and girls, political emempowerment, and violence against women somehow is a basis for promoting or
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lobbying for abortion. that is simy not true. the bill as reported out by the committee does not refer to abortion in any way, nor does the abortion -- nor does the office work on abortion issues. that office is focused particularly on women in iraq and afghanistan on the issues of education and political empowerment i just mentioned. to reassure my colleagues, however, i have included in my amendment the following new subsection and i quote, nothing in this section and in particular the duties of the office described in subsection c, that is the office on global woman's issues, shall be construed as affecting in any way existing statutory prohibitions against abortion or existing statutory prohibitions on the use of funds to engage in any activity or effort to alter the laws or policies in effect
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in any foreign country concerning the circumstances under which abortion is permitted, regulated, or prohibited. this language makes it very clear that existing prohibitions on lobbying for or using funds to promote abortion, including the helms amendment, the leahy amendment remain in effect and will continue to apply to the actions of the office. i believe this confirms that the bill does not undermine current law in any way and will reassure my colleagues on this issue. i think this manager's amendment is a good amendment. i urge all my colleagues to support it. and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from california reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey rise? mr. smith: i claim the time. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for 10 minutes. mr. smith: thank you very much. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, at precisely the same time as
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president barack obama continues to assiduously assure americans, including graduates at notre dame university last month, that he wants to reduce abortion at home and abroad, his administration is aggressively seeking to topple pro-life laws in sovereign nations, a clear, deeply troubling contradiction. first mr. obama rescinded the mexico city policy, a pro-life reagan era executive order, that ensured that the half billion dollars in population control funds appropriated by congress each year only went to foreign nongovernmental organizations, family planning, organizations that did not promote, lobby, or perform abortions as a method of family planning. as a result of owe bam obama's new policy, they are flush with cash and will continue to get hundreds of millions of dollars annually to push abortion around the world. all of it decoupled from
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pro-life safeguards. i mention the mexico city policy which is not on the floor today for context. to underscore what is actually happening 24/7 in the obama administration. add to this the fact that the administration has stuffed pro-abortion activists, a literal who's who in the abortion rights organizations, in key gatekeeper positions and you get the idea. you see that abortion is a serious undertaking by this administration. even the gatekeeper, the woman, and a fine woman, who heads up the u.s. agency for international development, wendy sherman, used to be the director of emily's list. so every dollar of foreign aid goes to the person who used to be the director of emily's list. yet obama's international abortion agenda is unpopular and getting increasingly unpopular with the american public.
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the gallup poll found by a margin of 65% to 35% americans opposed his reskigs of the mexico city policy and i would note parenthetically the most recent gallup poll from may 15 indicates that americans are clearly trending pro-life with 51% calling themselves pro-life, 42% calling themself pro-choice. . america is changing, it is evolving in favor of life. in late april, mr. speaker, we received our distinguished secretary of state at the foreign affairs committee and i raised some issues that concerned me with her. i noted that she had recently received the marg rat -- margaret sanger award in houston on march 27, and then in her speech, which was on the u.s. department of state's website she quoted she was,
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quote in awe of margaret sanger. she said that margaret sanger's life and leadership was one of the most transformational in the entire history of the human race. and that sanger's work both here and abroad was not done. i pointed out that sanger's legacy was indeed transformational but not for the better, if one happens to be poor, disenfranchised, weak, disabled, a person of color, an unborn child or among the many so-called undesirable, the disabled, sanger would exclude and ex-trerm nate from the human race. sanger's political writings dripped with contempt for those who she considered to be unfit to live. i've read many of sanger's articles and books. she was an unapologetic new
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general cyst and racist. she said one of the most important things a family member can do. she said eugenics is a thorough avenue to solving political problems. she devoted a chapter of her book called the cruelty of charity, explaining a shockingly inhumane case for the systematic denial of prenatal and maternal health care for poor pregnant women. she said such benevolence is not merely superficial and nearsighted, it conceals a stupid cruelty and leads to a deterioration in the human stock and the per petchuation of defectives, delinquents. it is to me and many mobes who are pro life extraordinarily difficult to see how anyone can
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be in awe of margaret sanger, a person who made no secret of views that were antithetical to protecting the human rights of the weakest and most vulnerable and to suggest that her work remains undone around the world is deeply troubling. i asked our secretary of state is the obama administration seeking in any way to weaken or overturn pro life laws and policies in african and latin american countries either directly or through multilateral organization, including and especially the united nations, the african union, the organization for american states? and i also asked her, does the new or does the united states definition of reproductive health include abortion? secretary of state clinton was very clear. she was not ambiguous. and in a radical departure from president bush said that the
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administration, the obama administration, was entitled to advocate abortion anywhere in the world. secretary clinton went ton unilaterally redefine the term reproductive health to include abortion, even though that definition isn't shared by the rest of the world, including and especially in countries in latin america and africa. that's important because the term reproductive health is found in numerous u.n. consensus documents and action plans and in the laws of countries worldwide. on march 31, for example, the u.n. acting deputy assistant secretary for the population refugee and migration bureau told the u.n. the u.s. government seeks to achieve universal access to reproductive health and the promotion of reproductive rights. in light of the secretary of state's statement that clearly means universal access to abortion on demand.
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by foisting abortion on the developing world via a new government office on global women's issues, the obama administration is squandering america's political capital to enable the purveyors of death to descend upon nation after nation to promote their deadly wares. section 334 of the underlying legislation establishes an office for global women's issues and i suggested that we limit it, that it not become a war room at the department of state for the promotion of abortion. if so, the predictable consequences are more dead children and more wounded women. even planned parenthood's institute has said that in most countries it is common after abortions to legalize for abortion rates to rise sharply for several years. sharply. contrary to what president obama says about reductions, the numbers go up. i would like to ask the distinguished chairman, and ski
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those questions of secretary of state clinton, -- and i asked these questions of secretary of state clinton, do you believe that such activity, promotion of abortion is prohibited under current law as referenced by your amendment? can this new office promote these kinds of activities? mr. berman: they cannot. if the gentleman is yielding on his time to me. they cannot. you know, abe lincoln used to tell the story if you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a sheep have? and the answer is four because calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one. no matter how many times the spector is raised this office cannot -- specter is raised, this office cannot and has no intentions or plans of doing anything to promote abortions, coercive abortions, fund abortions, lobby on abortion
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policy. it is a office that is focused generally on the issues of women's political empowerment, should women have the right to vote? should they be able to run for office? do they -- are they treated as equal citizens under the law? it serves as a promoter of better education for women and girls and a series of causes that you are known for caring about. and it does not -- >> reclaiming the time. the chair: the gentleman from new jersey controls the time. >> on the issue of multilateral organizations, like the organization for american states, the african union and others what can the role of this new office be vis-a-vis the abortion issue and those multilateral organizations? mr. berman: my view is, if the gentleman will continue to
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yield, is that that office cannot do through indirection, that is by going through some agency, anything that it is not allowed to do on its own. it is not allowed to do the things that you are concerned about. and the purpose of the manager's amendment -- the chair: the gentleman from new jersey's 10 minutes has expired. mr. smith: will the gentleman yield a minute on his time? the chair: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: i yield more time to discuss this, but first i'm going to yield to the gentleman from maryland who has been waiting patiently, then we can if you want to, we can come back to this the chair: how much time does the gentleman from california yield? mr. berman: two minutes. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. >> i ask permission to revise and extend my remarks. the chair: without objection. >> i support a provision
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relative to the international traffic and arms regulations. itar is a set of regulations to control the import and export of defense related technology on the u.s. mue nations list. in 1998, all satellite components were added to the list with tougher licensing conditions. our intelligence tnt subcommittee investigating itar's eect on the satellite program and has clearly affected it in a negative way. before the 1998 restrictions went into affect, 73% of the world market for commercial satellites went to u.s. companies. by the year 2000 that figure has dropped to 27%. there are technologies on this itar list that don't need to be. and foreign companies are actually marketing their products as itar-free. our companies get weaker as theirs get stronger. i approached chairman berman
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who was also working on this issue with his committee. section 826 of this bill grants the president the flexibility to remove simple, old, and widely available technology from the munitions list. our most military sensitive technology will remain. please vote for 2410 and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from california has three minutes remaining, 3 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. berman: i yield myself two minutes, mr. chairman. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. berman: let me lay out this office of global women's issues. first of all, by law, by virtue of the helms amendment and the leahy amendments, it cannot and by practice it does not and has no intention of serving as a
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vehicle for either abortion policy or coercive abortion. what does it do? it's dedicated to ensuring that women around the world can realize their potential by fully participating in the political and cultural lives of their societies. women around the globe and the gentleman from new jersey knows this, women are bought and sold like commodities and traffics a-- trafficked across international borders for sexual exploitation. young children are married off to men old enough to be their grandfathers and have their education and childhood abruptly ended. girls have their bodies mutilated in the name of cultural tradition, leading to compleations -- complications in childbearing and lifelong incontinence. women are slain by their families because they are seen as less than human beings. women who become infected with
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h.i.v.; often because of the infidelity of their spouses, are shunned, lose their livelihoods, do not have access to the medicines that could prolong their lives and prevent transmission of the virus to their children. i say to the gentleman, these causes and these concerns that i've mentioned have always been at the forefront of the gentleman's own concerns. and to hold this entire bill and this office hostage ba to the a desire to change abortion law, i think is unfair. i scrupulously avoid it and the committee democrats scrupulously avoided any effort to change that law in the other direction and i think it is wrong to be trying to hold this bill -- hijack that bill -- this bill to hold it hostage for those purposes.
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i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman sshas one and a half minutes remaining. the gentleman from california has one and a half minutes remaining. mr. berman: i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the question son the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. smith: i ask for a recorded vote. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california will be postponed. it is now in order to consider agent number two printed in part c of house report 111-143. for what purpose does the gentleman from -- the gentlewoman from florida rise? ms. ros-lehtinen: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment number two offered by ms. ros-lehtinen of
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florida. the chair: the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen and a nebraska a posed each will control five minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the image of a regime brandishing weapons is one we must stop if we were to avoid being threatened with destruction. but the problem is not confined to iran. following in its footsteps are countries like syria, whose clandestine nuclear program is only now coming to light. we must prevent these and other rogue regimes from realizing their deadly ambitions. we have an opportunity today to cut off an important source of assistance to the nuclear programs of iran, syria, and other regimes, the help provided by the international atomic energy agency, the very organization chaed


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