PERSONAL EXPLANATION; Congressional Record Vol. 155, No. 87
(Extensions of Remarks - June 11, 2009)

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                          PERSONAL EXPLANATION


                           HON. JIM McDERMOTT

                             of washington

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, June 11, 2009

  Mr. McDERMOTT. Madam Speaker, I would like to state for the record 
that I inadvertently voted against a bill which I had cosponsored and 
intended to support.
  H.R. 1886, the Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation 
Enhancement Act, provides for a new framework for U.S. assistance to 
Pakistan in a relationship characterized by commitment. It is 
especially urgent that the United States and Pakistan pull together 
during these critical times in Pakistan. As co-Chair of the India 
Caucus, I was pleased to see provisions that would focus American 
assistance to Pakistan on the threats it faces from various terrorist 
groups, instead of allowing for military aid that could inflame 
tensions with India. It is vital that our assistance demonstrates that 
we support the people of Pakistan and contributes to stability and the 
rule of law--this will be a help to all the people of the region.
  I encourage the continued progress of H.R. 1886 through the remainder 
of the legislative process, and I regret losing the opportunity to 
demonstrate my support for the measure with my vote in the House.