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senator cornyn: my first question is for ms. abrams. ms. abrams, is the georgia election law that speaker jones talked about, is it a racist piece of legislation? ms. abrams: i think there are components of it that are racist because they use racial animus as a means of targeting the behaviors of certain voters to limit their participation in election. senator cornyn: you believe that the georgia legislature made deliberate attempts to suppress the minority vote? ms. abrams: yes. senator cornyn: georgia has a no-excuse absentee voting provision in that law. as mrs. jones said in her written statement, connecticut, delaware, massachusetts, new hampshire -- >> keeping with our long-term commitment to lively gavel to gavel coverage of congress. we'll have to leave this program here. you can continue watching it
online at c-span.org. u.s. house is about to start work on a d.c. statehood measure and immigration bill today. now to live coverage of the u.s. house here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will now be in order. our prayer today will be offered by chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me? god our judge, as we anxious rble -- anxiously await the verdict from the judge in minnesota, we plead our case with you. as a country, we are rent with acrimony, torn by individual understandings of right and wronging fact and feelings and divided by a host of opinions on
crime and punishment. call us to lay all of us, as hopeless as it appears, on your judgment seat. then lay your divine hand upon the outcome of this case and also on our come patriots' anger. thoughs of revenge and the insatiable need to disrupt and destroy. stay any inclinations toward violence and remind us that vengeful behavior is no more justified than the acts of those who precipitated this grief and harm and ignited our cities. be merciful on this nation. despite how we have turned our backs on your perfect love. as you inevitably judge our response to the incidents of unrest that plague our land, forgive our inequities and heal our brokenness. redeem the soul of our country. inspire these leaders of our government to find ways to
represent back to their districts and to our communities a better way toward reconciling the divide. call them to follow your example of compassion and care. humility and love. it is in your saving name we pray, amen. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 5-a-1-a of house resolution 8, the journal of the last day's proceedings is approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from minnesota, mr. haga dorn. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. soipt chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute
speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. higgins: seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, it's 395 days since the united states canadian border closed. and the closure was just extended another 30 days. families on both sides of the border have been torn apart. people who love each other, parents, grandchildren, unable to see each other. vac--vaccinated people and wearing facemasks lowers the risk of giving covid. we need to open the u.s.-canadian border with vaccine, facemasks, and good physical distancing we can do so fafely and successfully.
i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hagedorn mr. speaker, work force development is key to sustaining jobs and economic growth. manufacturers, small businesses, trade unions, and industry groups are concerned about the increasing skilled labor shortage. unfortunately, current law limits the use of eligibility savings accounts to help reduce the cost of obtaining advanced technical certifications. by legislation, the american work force empowerment act, would allow 529 savings accounts to be used for nondegree technical training certificate programs, tools, and any tests that are required to obtain and maintain certifications. as the american work force rebounds, we will see increased need for skilled workers to meet rising manufacturing,
shipping, and construction demand. these killed labor positions are good-paying jobs that help provide economic stability for hardworking americans and are essential to the expansion of our nation's economy. with that, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to congratulate captain jonathan turnbull on his promotion to major in the united states army. he was deployed in syria where he worked with local forcers and nongovernmental organizations to stabilize the area and provide humanitarian assistance. on january 16, 2019 an isis
suicide bomber forever changed the course of his life and the life of his brothers. four americans were killed that day, and jonathan received life threatening injuries. his courage and bravery on that day and each day since has inspired countless americans as he recovered and continued his service. jonathan is the epitome of an american patriot and embodies the fighting spirit of our nation's armed forces. he has fought for his life and his country and has truly earned this promotion to major. mr. bergman: i speak for the entire first district when i say how proud we are of jonathan and his service and his commitment. i wish he, a manna, ian, and baby scotty all the best in the many years to come. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition?
>> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise to congratulate the mount notre dame basket team on winning the high school athletic championship. mount notre dame captured the division i state championship title after beating new wark in a two-point double overtime thriller. mr. women strop: -- mr. wenstrup: coach scott rogers led his team to a 28-0 record. number two national ranking. and has won 72 consecutive games. among the team's many talented athletes is junior guard brans ford who was recently named ohio's miss basketball. i commend coach rogers and the
entire mount notre dame girls basketball team for this historic accomplishment and tradition of excellence. congratulations again to the mount notre dame players, coach scott rogers, and his staff, and the mount notre dame faithful. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from mississippi seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> since mid january we have seen a scourge of immigrants -- surge of immigrants coming into the country along our southwest border. the numbers are staggering and the situation along the border continues to deteriorate daily. in march, over 172,000 individuals were encountered by law enforcement.
the highest number of monthly encounters in the last 15 years. last week i had the opportunity to visit the border and met with both federal and state law enforcement officers. we heard repeatedly that recent changes by the biden administration have driven the overwhelming surge. the conversation is the incredible amount of resources being diverted to try to manage the immigrants we are encountering. mr. guest: this shift in resources is being exploited by drug cartels who continue to use the southwest border as the primary pipeline to bring cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl into the country. the question can no longer be is there a crisis along the border but instead how long will the crisis last and how bad must the crisis become before the president will act. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition?
>> i'd like to ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. grothman: i would like to address what i think is the biggest crisis to our sovereignty since i have been here and that is what's going on at the border. it's hard to think of something new to say, but i want to point out as we pursue an open borders policy it greatly increases the power of the mexican cartels. i have heard a story in which -- because the mexican cartels have a monopoly on letting people into this contry, i hear the story of two people trying to sneak people across, two skinned alive, a third one was partially skinned to say this is what happens if you try to push people across without going through the cartels. i want to point out an anecdote of a father and perhaps 7-year-old girl who were murdered for trying to come across without the approval of the cartels. and i would like to address the
70,000 people who die from illegal drugs this year. i was recently at the milwaukee d.e.a., i was told last year, 540 people in milwaukee county died of illegal drug use. and the local agents suspected that all 540 were killed by drugs or ingredients from drugs that came across the mexican border. please, president biden, do something about the crisis on the border. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to direct their remarks to the chair. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to congratulate johnstown pennsylvania local james on his 2021 grammy win.
in april, 2018, he and the johnstown symphony orchestra performed the u.s. world premiere of dom ethel smith's, the prison. it was this performance that won the 2021 grammy. serving as the music director of the johnstown symphony orchestra and music director of the exexperiencal orchestra, he's known for his innovative programming which aims to increase audience engagement. james is an incredibly talented conductor and composer. in 2016 he was the only conduct your not united states invited to participate in the young conductor showcase. it was also the only u.s. conductor to be invited as conducting the fellow at the final year at the festival of contemporary music. congratulations to james and the symphony. your hard work and dedication
has paid off. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, madam. pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on april 20, 2021, at 9:42 a.m. that the senate agreed to relative to the death of the honorable william "bill" emerson brock iii former united states senator for the state of tennessee. senate resolution 163. appointments, board of visitors of the u.s. coast guard academy, national council on disability, signed, sincerely, cheryl l. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess subject to the call o
those who endured such dehumanization and indignity through the jim crow era, it also reminds us, reminds all of us, or certainly should, of what jim crow was and how and when it happened and under whose leadership. we have to remember that it was in fact republicans who pushed through the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments of the constitution following the civil war. 13th amendment getting rid of slavery. 14th amendment guaranteeing all americans including black americans and including black americans who had been slaved and who had not, equal protections under the law, and including the 15th amendment guaranteeing black americans the right to vote. these had a significant effect. they were enacted with great opposition coming from the democratic party. we got them through. the 15th amendment was the last of the three to be ratified, it
was ratified march 30, 1870. 1870 was a big turning point for civil rights in america. for black americans. it was in 1870 we saw the very first member of congress, a gentleman by the name of joseph rainey, who was elected to the house of representatives in 1870678 the same year the first black american was elected to the united states senate, hiram rhodes rebel, elected to the u.s. senate from mississippi. all in all, during the reconstruction period, there were 16 black americans elected into the congress. there were over 600 black americans elected to state legislatures. and there were hundreds and hundreds more elected to local positions throughout the country. all of them, every last one of them, happened to be republican.