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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) announced her opposition to the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) at a press conference on Capitol Hill. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 3078, a bill to implement the U.S.-Colombia FTA, this week. The Congresswoman issued the following statement:
Below is Congresswoman Maxine Waters' statement on the House floor regarding the Colombian Free Trade Agreement:
Mr. LEVIN. I yield 2 minutes to the gentlelady from California, Maxine Waters.
Ms. WATERS. I thank my friend from Michigan, Congressman Sander Levin, for the time.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), founder of the Out of Iraq Caucus, issued the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement that all U.S. troops will be removed from Iraq by the end of this year:
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) joined her colleagues yesterday to call for a comprehensive effort to save the lives of millions of people affected by famine and drought in the Horn of Africa. She made the following statement in the Congressional Record:
Today on the House floor, Congresswoman Maxine Waters spoke out about the drought currently going on in the horn of Africa. Her thoughts on the current drought is below:
I rise to address the House for five minutes.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) honored Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa, on the occasion of his 93rd birthday. Nelson Mandela served 27 years in prison in South Africa for his opposition to the racist system of apartheid. Following his release from prison in 1990, he negotiated an end to apartheid in South Africa. He was elected President of South Africa in the country's first free, multi-racial, democratic elections and served in that position from 1994 to 1999. Congresswoman Waters sent him the following birthday message:
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a strong advocate for the Haitian people in the U.S. Congress, spoke today from the House floor in support of H.R. 1016 - Assessing Progress in Haiti Act. The bill later passed the House without opposition.
Below are the Congresswoman's remarks as prepared for delivery:
"I rise to support this bill to measure the progress of recovery efforts in Haiti following last year's devastating earthquake, and I thank my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, for introducing this bill.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after President Obama announced late last night that Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. military and intelligence personnel:
"The death of Osama bin Laden, almost a decade after he orchestrated the murder of 3,000 innocent American citizens and foreign nationals, is a significant milestone and a welcome development in our fight against al Qaeda.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today after Rev. Terry Jones' burning of the Quran sparked protests in Afghanistan over the weekend, killing civilians and United Nations personnel:
Members of the South Bay's large Japanese community frantically tried to contact friends and relatives as news of the devastation from Friday's 8.9 earthquake unfolded.
Officials from Torrance and Gardena sent messages and called community members in their respective sister cities, Kashiwa and Ichikawa, trying to make sure they survived Japan's massive temblor and ensuing tsunami.