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Missouri River Flooding

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Mr. AL GREEN of Texas. I thank the gentleman for yielding. I especially thank you for placing things in a proper historical context. It's greatly appreciated.

Having taught a class myself in trial simulation, one of the things that we discussed was the origin of the concept of the State. And it evolved to the extent that you've called to our attention, but it also became a ``we the people'' country. Our country is a ``we the people'' country. And sometimes if we substitute for the State ``we the people,'' because it becomes the people in many places against the defendant, and I think it's appropriate that it be the people against the defendant.

I think we as a society have some things that we will not tolerate, and, as a result, we have codified these things into laws that carry penalties with them. And these penalties, in my opinion, have to be imposed so as to maintain an orderly society.

I would mention, to my friend, this. You have said $82,000 for rape. I just have to make sure that I go on record saying I agree with you; $82,000, I cannot imagine how someone managed to conclude that $82,000 was the worth of a person having been raped or that crime itself.

I support the notion that we must compensate victims. Victims ought to be compensated appropriately, which is one of the reasons why I have supported the Violence Against Women Act; and I'm hoping that we'll get it reauthorized, because it does establish a fund so that victims of crimes of this nature can have their perpetrators pay money into this fund so as to make sure that victims are properly compensated.

I think you and I together, today, want to make sure that the people--we the people--are heard, and we the people in the courts of this country can take the necessary steps to not only prevent but also to compensate the victims of these dastardly deeds.


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