|00:00:00||THE DAYS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT.|
|00:00:09||IF WE DO NOT SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT TO FORM AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED AROUND SEPTEMBER 11, WILL WE HAVE DONE EVERYTHING WITHIN OUR POWER TO LEARN WHAT HAPPENED AND TO AVERT FUTURE TRAGEDIES.|
|00:00:33||AND I WOULD LIKE EACH MEMBER WHO IS CONSIDERING VOTING AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT TO ASK THEMSELVES TO SEARCH IN THEIR HEART IF THERE IS A FUTURE OCCURRENCE, WILL YOU BE ABLE TO LOOK IN YOUR HEART AND SAY TO YOURSELF, WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD TO LEARN FROM THE PAST AND TO PREVENT FUTURE RECURRENCES.|
|00:01:00||I ASK YOU TO VOTE FOR THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT SO WE CAN PREVENT FUTURE TRAGEDIES FROM OCCURRING AND WITH THAT I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.|
|00:01:16||ROEMER: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.|
|00:01:17||I THINK AS THE GENTLEMAN STARTED TO SAY, IT IS TIME TO VOTE.|
|00:01:20||WE'VE HAD A GOOD, LIVELY DEBATE FOR 1:30 IN THE MORNING.|
|00:01:25||WE STARTED OUT ON A BIPARTISAN BILL, IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WITH COMITY AND RESPECT TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER AND WE'VE HAD A BIPARTISAN|
Mr. WU. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the requisite number of words. The hour is late, Mr. Chairman, and I am sicker than a dog, so brevity will have to substitute for eloquence.
It has been an aphorism in American culture, at least since the days of Benjamin Franklin, that those who will not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. If we do not support this common sense amendment to form an independent commission to investigate exactly what happened around September 11, will we have done everything within our power to learn what happened and to avert future tragedies? I would like each Member who is considering voting against this amendment to ask themselves to search in their heart. If there is a future recurrence, will you be able to look in your heart and say to yourself we did everything we could to learn from the past and to prevent future recurrences? I ask you to vote for this commonsense amendment to fully investigate September 11 and prevent future tragedies from occurring.