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PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRIES -- (House of Representatives - May 06, 2004)

Mr. FILNER. Mr. Speaker, parliamentary inquiry.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman will state his parliamentary inquiry.

Mr. FILNER. Mr. Speaker, I am still not sure where that line is. If I were to say that the Republican candidate for
President misled us into this war, is that crossing the line?

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair will state these guidelines.

As the Chair stated on March 11 and April 22, 2004, the standards of decorum in debate applicable to the President are applied against any apparent nominee for that office. Thus, although remarks in debate may include criticism of such a candidate's official positions as a candidate, it is a breach of order to refer to the candidate in terms personally offensive, whether by actual accusation or by mere insinuation.

Mr. FILNER. Mr. Speaker, further parliamentary inquiry.

I am not going to challenge the ruling of the Chair; but if the candidate of the Democratic Party is accused of condemning our troops, I find that crossing the line, inappropriate and wrong. We are allowed, the candidate is allowed at Senate hearings to make his voice known about the war in Vietnam. He did not condemn the troops. I am upset with the ruling of the Chair.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The point of order has been overruled.

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