Leader Cantor: We Stand Ready To Assist In Returning Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram

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“Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute.

“Americans have watched in horror this week the atrocious news reports coming out of Nigeria. Hundreds of young girls kidnapped with the intent to be sold into slavery or marriage – simply because they had the courage to seek an education and a better life.

“Just this past weekend, I watched my daughter, not much older than these girls, graduate from college. As a parent, I cannot imagine the suffering of the moms and dads who merely wanted a good education for their daughters.

“The Obama Administration has taken initial steps to help assist efforts to return these girls to freedom and to their families. I thank them for their efforts and I know all of us stand ready to provide whatever assistance is necessary.

“Members should be aware that upon our return we will consider a bipartisan resolution being considered by the Foreign Affairs Committee regarding Boko Haram and these kidnappings.

“Additionally when we come back, we will also consider five bipartisan bills to take steps toward our ultimate goal of ending human trafficking. Together, these bills provide resources and authorities to fight domestic human trafficking, provide services to the victims, and take steps to deal with international human trafficking.

“The atrocities in Nigeria have awakened the global conscience and reminded us of the evil of human trafficking.

“It is also important to note that the underlying threat posed by extremist groups in Nigeria and throughout the region is growing. Whether it is Boko Haram, Ansar al-Sharia, Hizballah, Hamas, or al Qaeda, it is critical that we in the House work with the Administration to confront the growing threat these violent extremists pose to international peace, security, and the protection of innocent lives.

“In the coming days as we focus on finding and returning these girls to their homes. May God watch over them and those seeking their return.”


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