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world. i urge support of this resolution and i yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. ms. ros-lehtinen: can i ask the gentleman if he has any time left, we do one speaker who just came in. mr. pence: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves, one minute for your information. the gentleman from california. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: yes, mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to an excellent member of the house foreign affairs committee, the gentleman from minnesota, mr. ellison. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized for two minutes. mr. ellison: i want to thank the crafters of the legislation. it's carefully crafted. it's clear that the universal values of freedom that are expressed in the resolution are done with a great amount of prudence and i think that's right. i think it is also important to understand that when the congress of the united states speaks, a lot of people listen,
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and so it's important to not allow the congress to be used as a tool in what is essentially an eternal -- internal fight in iran. so i would urge caution and urge the united states congress to stand up and speak about the universal values that we care about, democracy, freedom, due process of law, lack of violence in terms of solving political disputes, and not allow ourselves to be used as a weapon against the people who we are in effect trying to help which is the people of iran. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you. i'm proud to yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from california, mr. issa, a member of the committee on judiciary and the ranking member of the oversight and government reform committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. issa: i thank the lady. mr. speaker, it's clear today that some of us would be silent as to the aspiration to the people risking life and limb on the streets of iran today. we cannot and should not be
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that way. yes, it's an internal matter, but it's an mearnt -- it's an internal matter who have denied real free elections and even when the will of the people was obvious in fact want to overturn the will of the people for a president who could be a reformer and give opportunity, particularly to women in his country. so i urge support for this resolution because it sends the message that we are in fact with the people who want freedom. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. who seeks recognition? the gentleman from california. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i'm going to yield -- should i be yielding one minute to my time to the gentleman from south carolina at this point? ms. ros-lehtinen: yes. mr. berman: and then he'll have the time. ms. ros-lehtinen: so i'll give 30 seconds of my time and to any time to the gentleman from
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south carolina. mr. berman: one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has yielded one minute. so the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. >> i saw this morning that the supreme leader of iran said that street challenge is not acceptable. this is challenging democracy after the elections. well, we beg to differ. and the people of iran are begging to differ. when you can count paper ballots, millions of them within a couple of hours, something's funny. and when you declare the results of the election is fine but say they're going to be some investigations, what's the value of the investigation if you've already certified the election? so what we're begging to differ
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with the stream leader of iran is that it's not challenging democracy after elections, it's saying that the elections were rigged. and rigged elections don't produce outcomes that people can believe in. furthermore, what's happening here is we're seeing the real disastrous consequence of having a theocracy, where somebody at the top gets to say, i don't know where he derives his authority, but he gets to say what's what about elections. we're very thankful, madam speaker, to live in a country where that's not the case, where we have elected officials who choose supreme court members, who are then confirmed by the senate and who serve with good behavior. and that is a system that produces confidence among the people and a free people get to govern themselves.
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that's our hope, that's our aspiration for the iranian people. and we the people of the united states should stand boly with the people in tehran and elsewhere in iran who are saying we yearn to breathe free, we want to govern ourselves. we stand in support of them. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: madam speaker, i have no further requests for time and we'll reserve if the gentlelady wishes to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is without time. mr. berman: well then i'll just yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. berman: to once again thank the minority for working with us. my ranking member as well as
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mr. pence, particularly, to say that my fondest hope is that on these critical kinds of issues we can establish a bipartisan basis for working together. and then simply to say that this resolution is not -- there are many american interests in u.s.-iranian relationships. this resolution is not about american interests. it's about american values, which i believe are universal values, the values of rule of law, of participatory democracy, about individual liberty and about justice. and it is on the path of those universal values, not american interests, that i urge this interests, that i urge this body to support this
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resolution. and i yield back the balance of my time. and i'd ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the resolution under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 560. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- ms. ros-lehtinen: madam speaker. mr. berman: i ask the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: those favoring the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, proceedings will resume on questions previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. ordering the previous question on house resolution 559 by the yeas and nays, adopting house resolution 559 if ordered,
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suspending the reuss and adopting h.res. 560 -- rules and adopting h.res. 560 by the yeas and nays. the first electronic vote will the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute
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