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Condemning Terrorist Attacks in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on July 23, 2005

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CONDEMNING TERRORIST ATTACKS IN SHARM EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT, ON JULY 23, 2005 -- (House of Representatives - July 27, 2005)

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Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on H. Res. 384.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentlewoman from Florida?

There was no objection.

Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, it is highly regrettable that the House must once again be in the position of having to express its outrage at yet another terrorist incident. Again, that incident is linked to a terrible distortion or perversion of Islam, a perversion that resulted in the killing of scores of Egyptians and their foreign guests, including an American, at Sharm el-Sheikh last weekend.

Two weeks ago we were sharing in the loss of scores of British citizens after the treacherous attacks in London. Today through this resolution we share in the mourning of Egyptians. Our feeling of sympathy is common to both peoples who share with us, most of all, our humanity, and whom we mourn just as we mourn all others who are lost in terrorists attacks around the world.

Despite our differences with certain policies pursued by the Government of Egypt, the killing of innocents must be strongly condemned, and we stand ready to support Egyptian authorities in bringing to justice those responsible for the recent attacks. We must unite with the Government and the people of Egypt to help fight a common enemy.

Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, I have no further requests for time; but before yielding back my time, I would like to express my personal best wishes to Danielle Simonetta, who is back here, and who will end her exceptional service with the House this week. With her warm good spirits and a depth of managerial skills, she has conducted the legislative agenda on this side of the aisle, frequently under tremendous pressure from many quarters, though not, of course, from Members.

I know I speak for Members on both sides of the aisle when I say, Thank you, Danielle. We are going to miss you, and we welcome you back to our congressional family at any time.

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