Below the video of Barber's one-minute speech is the text (as provided by his office):
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As we debate this important legislation, we must keep in mind the deeply troubling problem of sexual assault within our military.
The vast majority of men and women who are in our armed services serve with honor and distinction, but their dedication is undermined by those who commit sexual assaults.
Last year, nearly 1 out of every 16 active duty women reported having been the victim of unwanted sexual contact.
This is a deplorable situation.
Last week, in a truly bipartisan manner the Armed Services Committee produced a bill that we will debate today. It prohibits the dismissal or reduction of guilty verdicts in sexual assault convictions.
As leaders, we have a duty to protect those who protect us. Thank you Madam Speaker, I yield back.
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