Help Find Our Missing Vets

Floor Speech

Date: May 23, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Foreign Affairs


Mr. MULVANEY. Mr. Speaker, yesterday in Hanoi, under a giant bronze statue of Ho Chi Minh, the President of the United States announced that he was formally rescinding our country's decades-long prohibition on the sale of military equipment to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Without input from Congress, in one grand, unilateral action, the President decided to reward Vietnam for its egregious record on human rights and its continuing crackdown on religious freedoms. But worse than that, he has surrendered a diplomatic opportunity to find out what happened to the 1,500 Americans still unaccounted for in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

It was unfortunate to see where this President's priorities lie, but there is still time to correct that wrong.

Before he leaves Vietnam, I have a message to the President, a message from the Rolling Thunder vets, Chapter 1, of South Carolina. They asked me to ask him this: Instead of using this opportunity to reward Vietnam or to apologize for what he sees as past American wrongs, please, please, please, Mr. President, use this time instead to do something productive and positive and patriotic-- help find our missing vets and help bring them home.