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Avner, January 31 in James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
Press Release #1
"White House to not support Stand with Israel Act, as is"
WASHINGTON, D.C: Speaking with members of J-Street, the liberal Zionist organization; Vice President Jack Kline announced the White House would not support the Stand with Israel act as currently written, and that various amendments would have to be made to gain support or an eventually signature. The vice president cited that ceasing all support for the Palestinian Authority would guarantee an eventual victory for Hamas and damage US negotiation powers between the Israelis and Palestinians, presenting it as one sided if the legislation passed congress. Continuing on that point the vice president sympathized with Israelis and called on Palestinian leaders to end the various cash payouts to convicted terrorists however he stated the bill would have to heavily modified or even scrapped.
"I think the intentions of the bill is good, American taxpayer money should not be going to convicted terrorists, however a total shut down of all aid to the Palestinian Authority would not just damage our ability to negotiate with both sides but also it would mean danger for the Israelis. Israelis rely on the Palestinian Authority for security and intelligence, if they collapse due to the fact that foreign aid is one of the major sources of income, we would have chaos running amok in the Palestinian Territories especially the West Bank. We must recognize that when we present legislation especially foreign legislation, it doesn't effect us but effect the people on the ground which are the Israelis and Palestinians. We need to be careful what we do as a government and we have to remind ourselves that the United States has a commitment to ensure the survival of the Palestinian Authority and the Oslo Accords."
Press Release #2
Vice President visits Bradford County, Pennsylvania, "Most fracked place on earth."
Bradford County, Pennsylvania: Vice President Jack Kline visited his home state today to reinforce the need for action regarding clean water and informing residents, stopping in Bradford county known as the most fracked place on earth the vice president met with locals and heard their complaints regarding fracking in the area and promoted the Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Disclosure Act now being debated in congress. The area is known to have around 600 wells drilled deep into the Marcellus Shale, while locals have complained in news reports dating back to 2011 concerning contaminated water supplies and lost of hair since gas fracking operations have begun. In 2012 alone about 4,700 gallons of acid spilled at a drilling site, according to officials up to 800 gallons flowed beyond the drilling site. In his meetings with locals, the vice president stressed that the bill would ensure locals would be legally entitled to know what chemicals where dumped or spilled concerning fracking.
"This is not about environmentalism but common decency in letting Americans know what is being put in their water, there shouldn't be opposition to this common sense legislation however we see republicans voting overwhelming to deny this bill from passing, why? Their arguments make no sense and their attempts to send the bill back to committee is an absolute shame to me. Around 50% of Americans support this act, aren't we a democracy? In Bradford County I talked to local residents and read media reports concerning the fracking in this area, more should be done when local water supplies are contaminated and here we see the Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Disclosure Act is the first step that congress should take."
Press Release #3
"North Korea setting dangerous precedent"
WASHINGTON, D.C: Vice President Jack Kline strongly condemned North Korea's recent nuclear test calling it a dangerous precedent to international peace. The vice president also stated he would visit South Korea and Japan to reaffirm the American commitment to both nations while stressing sanctions just be on the table but from the Chinese side of the situation, the vice president stated that the Chinese leadership would have to get serious by either warning North Korea or joining the international community in setting down restrict sanctions as well rather than continue to placate the North Korean regime with dangerous weapons.
"I will be traveling to South Korea and Japan to reaffirm our special relationship with both countries in the storm of international crisis that North Korea has plunged the world into once again. At this time I would stress the need for China to step up to the plate and reign in Pyongyang by sanctioning the regime until six party talks can begin once again, the United States will always be open to the restart of negotiation that sees an end to the North Korean nuclear weapons program. However that does not mean we will not protect our South Korean and Japanese allies who are faced with tremendous danger from this regime."
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