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Ben Affleck

Heads to Capitol Hill --

The Congo Needs Our Help!

12/19/2012 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Ben Affleck -- famous actor, director and screenwriter -- is now adding congressional testifier to his resume ... 'cause the "Argo" star just hit Capitol Hill to ask for U.S. intervention in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Affleck addressed the House Armed Services Committee on the security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo this morning, claiming militant rebel groups have destabilized the country for long enough ... and it's time the U.S. put an end to the violence once and for all.

Why is Affleck qualified to talk about the Congo problems? Well, he happens to be the founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, a humanitarian group that provides funding for local leaders and organizations in the eastern Congo.

Fancy that.

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Jay W.     

Well, isn't he special?

643 days ago
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verlinda    

He needs to worry about the problems here. It's time to take care of home first

643 days ago
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stu    

Matt said Ben has a huge Congo.

643 days ago
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Truth    

PULEEEZ... MORE PR FOR THE HILL AND AFFLECK. SRUSLY, HAS THE DUDE PHYSICALLY BEEN TO THE CONGO - LIVED, LEARNED, STUDIED, INTERMINGLED WITH THE LEADERS AND POPULATION FOR MONTHS OR YEARS?? OF COURSE NOT ---> NEXT! #TRUTH!!

643 days ago
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EastCoastChopper    

Gotta love these bored Hollywood actors... Many seem to have "adopted" some cause as long as it is off-shore and not in the United States. I applaud the humanitarian work...but coming from these clowns...It seems so patently like a form of a hobby...A form of adventure tourism with a splash of identity crisis. Sean Penn claims Haiti...Afflek claims Congo...Angelina claims any UN mission area...Leo claims Mozambique... I think there was one of those high-roller poker games and they all put the various causes in a hat and each picked one. Sean Penn was p!ssed and tried to trade Haiti for Thailand but the group voted no.

643 days ago
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hummm    

why is he talking about congo, and not about the tons of children in America who goes to bed hungry? wake up america we have to help us first, then others.

643 days ago
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YouDontSay    

Can we get our country in order first.

643 days ago
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LISA    

That's fine, but I hope TMZ will also do a live stream when President Obama speaks on gun control any minute now.

643 days ago
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Good riddance!    

Yeah, you can QUIT with this autoplay volume crap!

643 days ago
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PG    

So sick of the celebs who ignore all the issues in the USA. If Congo is so special to you, pack up and move there dumbass. You wont be missed.

643 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Isn't that what C-Span is for? It must be a seriously slow news day. Get out of politics Harvey.

643 days ago
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Kimberly    

"Founder" of a TAX SHELTER for himself. It's the FIRST thing the celebs do to Protcect THEMSELVES and it allows for greater access to funds for Movies and music. Isn't that right JZ?

643 days ago
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Laura    

I am far more concerned about the security in America right now, how we can protect our children.

643 days ago
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Alina    

Really? I guess if you're and actor/actress and go to the Congo once (if alt all) it automatically makes you an expert.

643 days ago
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L.F.    

NEEDS TO MUTE AUTOMATICALLY!!!!!!

STOP AUTOPLAY WITH VOLUME!!!!

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