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there's a disparity where higher income homeowners vote at a higher rate than lower income renters do. federal policy favors homeowners over the lower income renters. it could register and get out the vote. guest: the -- host: the new report is out of reach 2021. the president and ceo of the national low income housing coalition, thanks for joining us. guest: thanks for having me. host: that will wrap it up on "washington journal." we will be back tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. eastern. u.s. house is coming in momentarily. later today, they pick up a bill
that will expedite visas. live coverage now of the u.s. house on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. july 20, 2021. i hereby appoint the honorable lauren underwood to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 4, 2021, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with time equally allocated between the parties and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five minutes, but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50
a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from indiana, mr. pence, for five minutes. mr. pence: thank you, madam speaker. today i rise to recognize the hard work and dedication of brendan bridges as he retires from service as the greensburg police chief. first joining in the department in 2001, chief bridges served as a patrol officer and detective before being promoted as police chief in 2014. he has turned a chapter and become -- becaming the resource officer in greensburg community school systems. thank you again, chief bridges, for your service to our community and on behalf of indiana's sixth district, we would like to wish you best of luck in your future enbevers. -- endeavors. madam speaker, i rise today to congratulate shelby county, indiana, on the bicentennial anniversary of its founding. created in 1821 by the indiana
general assembly, shelby county is a doughnut county of the greater indianapolis area. with a population of around 45,000 people, shelby county is the home of the 21st vice president of the united states, thomas hendricks. shelby county is a predominantly built around its manufacturing and agriculture communities that continue to attract investment from companies around the globe. congratulations to shelby county on your 200th anniversary and i wish you the best of luck for the next 200 years. madam speaker, i rise today to congratulate union county indiana on the bicentennial anniversary of its founding. 200 years ago the indiana state legislature authorized the creation of union county by ceding land from fayette county, franklin, and wayne counties. with a small population of around 700 people, union county is a community based on
agriculture and farming. union county also attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually to visit the picturesque white water memorial state park and the beautiful brookville lake. congratulations to union county for its bicentennial anniversary. i wish you the best of luck for the next 200 years. madam speaker, i rise today in memory of my very dear friend, larry jackson. larry was an honest, hardworking hoosier who always put family first. he leaves behind his wonderful wife of 56 years, judy, and his five children and grandchildren. larry was a devoted member of the st. bartholomew catholic church and dedicated man of faith. my condolences and prayers go out to judy and the entire jackson families. god bless you. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the outcome we were able to secure for indiana's sixth district regarding the
o.m.b.-m.s.a. core population threshold. had a revised policy been adopted, federal funding opportunities for hoosiers in indiana would have been severely reduced. this is a big victory for mid-sized communities. hoosier cities and countless others across the nation would have unnecessarily lost out on federal reserves because of washington's shortsightedness. i'm proud to have led my colleagues on a commonsense issue like this. madam speaker, i rise today to implore my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to reconsider their mission to defeat the hyde amendment. the greatness of a free society can best be measured by how it cares for the most vulnerable, especially the unborn. this legislative body has had a long-standing and bipartisan provision that prevents american taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions, and we cannot end this practice now. furthermore, it's why i signed on to co-sponsor h.r. 18.
i am again urging my colleagues today to join me in always standing for life. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the growing inflation crisis that threatens our hoosier way of life back home in indiana's sixth district. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are now trying to ram through a bipartisan, $3.5 trillion package that will stick middle class families with higher taxes and lower wages. this hyper partisan spending spree is a tax hike and a pay cut for every american. it's simple. inflation is taxation. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. adams, for five minutes. ms. adams: thank you, madam
speaker. i'm honored today to stand on the floor of the u.s. house of representatives to pay tribute to and to honor the life of a trusted friend of four decades, a cherished mentor, and extraordinary woman of faith, mrs. jane brown fernandez. rosy, i knew her and fondly referred to by family and friends, passed away on june 14, 2021. i extend my sympathy and condolences and prayers along with the more than 700,000 citizens of north carolina's 12th congressional district to the brown, fernandez, samunda families. born in the bahamas, she was a woman who spoke her mind. never mincing words. always genuinely wise in thought and deed. a mother, grandmother, great grandmother who raised six children, five boys and one chirl. she was the rock and the fortress of her family.
a may traya, from family to community -- matriarch from family and community. they loved cooking her favorite mack and cheese to the love she and i both had for wearing hats. her growing smile, her personality that she had, and always a few jokes made her a lover of people who loved her back. a global citizen she never met a stranger and was genuinely interested in the politics of every community where she lived, from the parliament in her native bahamas, to the black community politics in charlotte, north carolina. always engaging and acting with political leaders, advocating for human and civil rights, rosy never ceased to make her opinions known. her contributions extensive and lessons invaluable. rosy loved children and she became a entrepreneur and a businesswoman who owned and operated aunt jane's educare for preschoolers. widely traveled, lived in places such as switzerland, and
as a resident in my district in charlotte, she studied and earned her degree from the yuff of north carolina at charlotte. small in statue, rosy was a mighty giant who made an impact on so many people for more than eight decades. i was blessed to have known her and have her as a friend. ms. leeonona jane brown fernandez samuda gained the respect of men, women, and little children and she made this world much better than she found it. she served to fulfill the scripture in saums 84 and 10 which says better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. i would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my god than dwell in the tents of wicked. rest in peace, roadsy. we love you. we miss you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. arrington, for five minutes.
mr. arrington: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to celebrate the life and honor the memory of tony lee dill, a west texas farmer who i had the privilege of representing in the great blessing of calling my friend. tony was born on june 3, 1960 to g.w. and sue dill in terry county, texas. he had a lifelong passion for the land and love for people that was second to none. tony wasn't just a great farmer, he was a great leader dedicating much of his life to being a voice for agriculture and rural america. he was absolutely committed to public service for his community, for his industry, and for the country he loved. when i first met tony, he was president of the western peanut growers association. tony was the epitome of a west texan and a great american farmer. he was honest, humble, and hardworking. he was a gentleman, a man of great faith and love for the lord, and was happiest when he was with his family, his
beloved wife, donna, five year, and eight grandchildren. i know they miss tony something fierce and i do, too. but i'm confident that tony is in the presence of the great farmer, the creator of heaven and earth and all that share tony's faith will be with him for all eternity. god bless and go west texas. last week, madam speaker, west texas witnessed an unspeakable tragedy. one of lubbock county's true heroes, sergeant josh bartlett, lost his life in the line of duty. our hearts are heavy with grief for the bartlett family and our prayers are with them along with the injured officers and their families, especially and including sergeant sean wilson. sergeant bartlett dedicated his life to the sacred calling of wearing the uniform in defense of his country and community. honorably. protecting and serving his fell americans. we are all hard broken for his
wife and their children, like so many in law enforcement, he watched over our families while taking care of his own as a husband and father. we must never, ever forget that the men and women in blue represent the very best of our nation. the bravest and most dedicate the moming -- dedicated among our citizens. we all owe them the highest respect and deepest gratitude for their willingness to sacrifice their lives to protect ours. west texas, madam speaker, is a family. and west texans unapologetically, unreservedly love and respect our brothers and sisters in law enforcement. we know they stand between us and the bad guys. and we stand with them and their families, especially in these times of sorrow and loss. may god comfort all the families affected in this tragedy, and may he protect and keep those who keep watch over
us along the thin blue line. madam speaker, i rise today to congratulate the new deal lions on winning their first 2-a baseball state championship. the lion state championship wins comes after a playoff loss in regionals and a 2020 season where they canceled six games due to covid. fueled by those setbacks, the new deal lions took head coach's motto, unfinished business, to heart during the 2021 season. led by kyle reed, harley patterson, and noah rodriguez as team captains, the new lion season included not only a state championship, but a 13-0 record district play. kyle reed retained district m.v.p. harley patterson offensive m.v.p. tanner was awarded defensive m.v.p., and noah was recognized as the newcomer of the year. so congratulations to lion nation. this team of young men along with their coach represent the
west texas value of hard work and dedication and the west texas spirit of excellence in all things. god bless, and go west texas. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado, mr. perlmutter, for five minutes. mr. perlmutter: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise today to honor the heroes from the movie theater shooting in aurora, colorado, on july 20, 2012. and all of the everyday heroes who make sacrifices for their community, including those heroes we have seen during this covid-19 pandemic. nine years ago today, 12 lives were taken. 70 were wounded, and hundreds more suffered emotional trauma. yet even in this tragedy, we saw incredible heroism. those who carried the wounded to safety and the first
responders, law enforcement, firefighters, and medical teams whose tireless efforts saved many lives. i would like to recognize those who lost their lives that night. a.j., jessie, gordon, whose two teenage children were in the theater when he was killed. jessica, mckayla, veronica, age 6, whose mother was shot in the chest and miscarried a week after the attack. rebecca, and alex who was celebrating his 27th birthday and was one week away from his first wedding anniversary. i'd also like to recognize the four who died while saving and shielding others. jonathan, john, matt, and alex. during trying times it is
important to remember the heroes among us who, on a daily basis, answer the call to step up for their community and especially on july 20, a day we think of as national heroes day. these everyday heroes, such as health care workers, frontline workers, essential personnel, and those who helped develop and administer the covid-19 vaccines, among others, have been particularly visible during this coronavirus pandemic. and i would like to recognize their tremendous acts of selflessness and bravery. join me in saying thank you to the hero in your life. let's exhibit the same spirit of courage and service today and throughout the year. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york, ms. malliotakis, for five minutes. ms. malliotakis: thank you,
madam speaker. i rise today on the 47th anniversary of the republic of turkey's deadly and unprovoked military invasion of cyprus. this is a dark time in the history of the greek people and a stark reminder we must never forget turkey's ethnic cleansing of 200,000 greek cypriot people less than 50 years ago. the tragedy that is the illegal turkish occupation of cyprus that occurred on july 20, 1974, continues to this very day. i speak before you at a time when the republic of turkey is actively engaged in an aggressive, illegal, and unilateral reopening of a once-bustling greek cypriot resort town, an international tourist town. following the turkish approach in august, 1974, the town's native greek sip row out pop --
cypriot fled for their lives, only denied the return. many of the refugees are still alive today yearning to go back to their homes while presidentering began has -- presidentered gone has moved to reopen the area to tourists. the turkish armed forces have illegally occupied more than 1/3 of the island. they've destroyed greek orthodox churches and mosques. they stole over 60,000 archaeological treasures, part of greek civilization's cultural heritage. their violence led to the disappearance of 20,000 christian icons and more than 1,030 people that remain missing since 1974, five of them, madam speaker, are american citizens. over the years, the united nations has taken a stand against turkey's illegal
occupation of cyprus, going so far as to deploy thousands of u.n. peacekeepers to prevent turkish incursions into the southern half of the island. they gathered in 1984 and 1992 to pass resolutions 550 and resolution 789, respectively, to draw red lines when it comes to turkish activities in sensitive areas. specifically, these resolutions state that the council, quote, considers attempts to settle any part of verosia as any people but its inhabitants illegal and that, quote, the area at present under the control of the united nations peacekeeping force in cyprus be extended to include verosia, unquote. as we grow one year closer to the 50th anniversary of the turkey's illegal invasion of cyprus, the united states must
take a strong stand as the -- at the united nations and other international forums to address the growing threat posed by turkey, its increased aggression and to ensure the eventually return of homes and land to its native greek cypriot inhabitants and reunification of this island nation. as we as a governing body claim to stand for liberty and justice for all, we must speak on this bipartisan issue. when he was chairman of the senate foreign affairs committee, then-senator joe biden promised the greek cypriot community they would return to their homeland if he was first elected president. during our first hearing with secretary blinken, he committed to my colleagues and others that brought up this concern that the reunification of cyprus would be a priority for this administration. yet, we saw our president meet
with turkey's president. we must take a stand for our greek cypriot friends who need our support now more than ever. if we are to see the end of this occupation in our lifetime, the united states must lead the way. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from illinois, mrs. bustos, for five minutes. mrs. bustos: thank you, madam speaker. in 2016, my district chief of staff, kate jennings, first downour office -- joined our office. like working with senator barack obama, senator dick durbin, we are glad to bring her passion and dedication to our work. over the next five-plus years, there would not be one day when kate didn't put the people who we serve at the very heart of everything she did. when covid-19 hit illinois last
year, our office learned of a family sheltering in a hotel, unable to feed themselves or feed their children. so in the middle of this spreading pandemic, what did kate do? she put herself at risk, went to the grocery, packed a box full of food, and delivered it to the door at the hotel where this family was sheltering. so the children would not go hungry. and every year, kate would take value untiens to our veterans to make sure -- valentines to our veterans to make sure they were appreciated and loved. she would travel thousands of miles across our vast congressional district and was unwavering in her hard work for all 14 counties in our district. she never tired and always worked to lift up the voices of the people that were fortunate enough to be able to serve. kate recently began her next chapter and our entire team and
our office and i wish her well on her new adventure. so this week as we continue to strive to always deliver for the people, i can think of no better celebration than to thank the person who spent nearly 2,000 days in our office putting the people we serve first. kate, thank you for your dedicated service, your hard work, and your friendship for so many years. everyone on our team knows you'll continue to deliver for the people of illinois. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter, for five minutes. mr. carter: madam speaker, i rise today with a heavy heart to remember and honor mr. raymond jones of st. salmon's island, georgia, who passed away at the age of 72. reagan his -- ray began his
career in st. sam money's island. he would have a positive impact on the seafood industry. ray was a trusted voice in meeting members of congress. ray served as chairman of the national fisheries institutes technical committee from 1994 to 1996 and was a technical chairman of the national shrimp industry association from 1998 to 2005. in 2017, he was recognized as the seafood industry leader for his decades of commitment to seafood sustainability and quality. despite ray's countless career achievements, his proudest role was a father and grandfather. my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and all who knew him during this most difficult time. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize and honor pastor bill liggin of brunswick, georgia, for his 90th birthday. he experienced the call of god at 18 years old. since then he founded christian -- the christian
renewal church in brunswick, georgia, and served as its pastor for over 40 years. pastor liggin has served throughout the southeast, but the impact of his outreach remains immeasurable. he's one of the founders of the fellowship of churches and ministries international with churches in eight states and three foreign countries. alongside his wife, pastor liggin served as six years as a missionary in spain. i know pastor liggin will continue his work at christian renewal church. he's dedicated his life to spreading the word of god, and i thank him for his decades of service. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize and honor rear admiral eric jones for his outstanding career and services as commander of the seventh coast guard district. rear admiral jones has dedicated his life to protecting our country. as district commander, he's
responsible for all coast guard operations throughout the southeast and the caribbean basin, which includes georgia's first congressional district. notably under his command, coast guard members responded when the cargo ship capsized in the st. simon sound. this rescue effort was heroic and saved all 24 people on the ship. during this time rear admiral jones has provided extraordinary leadership and management to the united states coast guard. his service has been marked by excellence and has received significant recognition, including four coast guard commendation medals, the coast guard achievement medal, and various service and unit awards. i'd like to congratulate rear admiral jones on his next duty assignment and thank him for his years of service to georgia's first congressional district. madam speaker, i rise today to remember and honor mr. bobby carpenter who passed away on june 25 at the age of 89. bobby graduated from richmond hill high school in 1948.
following graduation, he served in the u.s. navy for four years. once back home, bobby served as the postmaster of the richmond hill post office and received his official commission from president lyndon b. johnson. bobby also served as the president of brian nix cemetery association for 50 years, church treasurer for 25 years and remember of the brian county board of education. he enriched the lives of all who he knew and loved him of all -- all who knew him and loved him and he leaves behind a legacy of kindness, faith, and love. bobby's dedication to improving the lives of others will never be forgotten. richmond hill sorely misses him. my thoughts and prayers are with bobby's family, friends, and all who knew him during this most difficult time. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado, mr. crow, for five minutes. mr. crow: madam speaker, nine
years ago today, aurora, colorado, faced an unbelievable tragedy when a shooter opened fire in a movie theater. 12 people lost their lives, 70 were injured and countless others are still impacted by the trauma of that day. every year aurora and the greater colorado community come together to remember the lives lost and the trauma. we also come together to recognize the everyday heroes that stepped up to help their neighbors and loved ones. their heroism saved lives. i thank my friend and colleague, representative ed perlmutter, for offering the resolution designating july 20 as national heroes day. this year in particular we recognize the everyday heroes that have helped us withstand this pandemic. our frontline workers, scientists and health care professionals and the first responders who stand on the front lines every day. as we reflect today, let us be galvanized into action. in the nine years since the aurora tragedy, little has been
done at the federal level to reduce gun violence and mass shootings. enough is enough. i am here in part because i have been inspired by my constituents who endured incredible tragedy nine years ago and have directed that pain to fight for change. let us not grow numb to the pain of this day, but let's continue to work towards meaningful and lasting change. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize july 20 as national pennsylvania day. pennsylvania's nickname, the keystone state, represents a central role we played in shaping our nation. our great commonwealth was the second state to join the uniand continued -- union and continued to lead the way to making history. the first capital of our nation, many great decisions were made in philadelphia. it was there our founding
fathers authored the declaration of independence and constitution, forming this great nation. pennsylvania served an important role in key military operations. valley forge tells the story of sacrifice, leadership, grit, and determination. when our rag tag military was attempting to defy history and defeat a global superpower. the battle of gettysburg marked a turning point of the civil war, providing the union with the momentum to bring our great nation back together. our state continues to carry the legacy of many firsts. from the american -- first american flag. benjamin franklin, robert fulton, and jonus sulk. we continue to bring new and exciting ideas forward. our american craftsmanship runs deep from our steel mills, coal mines, farm lands and forests. madam speaker, as a long -- life-long resident of
pennsylvania, i'm encouraged by the industrialous spirit of our residents as we continue to build a bright path forward for our commonwealth and our country. happy pennsylvania day. i'm happy to be from the great keystone state. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. casten, for five minutes. . mr. casten: i trust most of my colleagues heard of the hot summer. i rise today to declare the start of hot ferc summer, with ferc being the federal regulatory commission. why? to pair phase, now that ferc has put in all that work it's time for them tonight m.v.p. some might say that ferc isn't, dare i say, hot enough to warrant that attention. but for those of us serious about fighting the climate crisis, they should be. the commission ensures our
energy markets, generation, and transmission operating and profiding us with affordable energy. the best kept secret of all is ferc is absolutely key-to-cheefing our clean energy goals and zero carbon economy. for the last few decades, ferc's biggest push has been to encourage competition in the power sector. ferc order 888 which celebrated its 25th birthday a few months ago, may not have cracked the billboard top 100 but it's been almost singularly responsible for decarbonizing our electric sector. incentivizing lower cost gas, nuclear energy, it drove the private sector to drastically lower their greenhouse gas emissions and flash electricity ith costs. from the perspective of anyone who pays for electricity, that's fantastic news. pay less for cleaner power. from the perspective of someone who cares about climate change, it's amazing. once a clean energy plant is built you don't need to pay the
wind to blow or sun to shine. clean energy is the cheapest source of energy out there and those hold dirty plants just can't compete. my home state of illinois reason cent study found it would be cheaper to sell a coal plant built a decade ago for scrap and procure cleaner, replacement power through the ferc organized markets. thank you, ferc. to kick off hot ferc summer, i would have introduced bills to build on this success. the first was the interregional transmission planning improvement act which i introduced with senator heinrich and will ensure our grid operators are thinking properly about the benefits of building transmission wires across the country. the second the energy price act, which i introduced today, with representatives levin, huffman, and bonamici, will help ensure ferc lives up to its legal responsibility to protect the public welfare by not approving elech terrorist its. i will drop a third bill, next
week. right now ferc is at a crossroads. for the first time in years president biden has an opportunity to create a democratic majority at ferc. a majority that will ensure that these incentives are in place to build an electric grid for our 21st century economy. a majority that will sheen you sure state renewable energy rules are respected and integrated into markets. to ensure uneconomic fossil plants are in the competitive markets that have given an explosion of solar and energy. that we make further progress in our clean energy goals rather than trying to fight against it. but in order to do any of that in time to prevent more climate devastation, the president must dominate a commissioner to ferc and the senate must confirm that individual. i urge both to do so as quickly as possible to ensure ferc stays at its full power and continue to be the most important clean energy agency that most of us have never heard of.
as you know, madam speaker, hot bill summer ain't about degrees, but hot ferc summer is. the record temperatures from portland to death valley, wildfires, and coming hurricane season are the direct result of our failure to decarbonize as quickly as we must. while this summer is the hottest ferc summer yet, it's coming on the heels of 2020 which was the hottest summer north america has ever seen for as long as we have records. point of fact the 10 warmest summer on record have occurred since 1998. if we fail to act, there will be nothing compared to the summers we'll experience over the coming decades. because while the best chance to take action on climate was 30 years ago, the last chance is now. thank you, madam speaker. and with apologies to miss stallion, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. kneels, for five minutes. mr. nehls: the consumer price
index rose 5.4% in the last year. highest inflation in 13 years. americans are paying more for nearly everything. according to the bureau of labor statistics, the price of milk is up 5.6%. the price of fruit is up 7.3%. and the price of gas is up a whopping 45%. americans are paying more for goods and services because of the democrats' out-of-control spending. despite the dire economic state democrats' reckless spending has put us in, they are now trying to ram through a partisan $3.5 trillion package that will raise taxes on the middle class and job creators. what are democrats telling american businesses to do when they are going to raise taxes and impose regulations on them as they try to rebuild after the aftermath of a pandemic. they are telling them to take their business overseas. to bounce back from the biden
administration's dismal job reports in consecutive months, we need to be stimulating economic opportunity and growth with less taxes and less regulation. doing so will help spur the creation of good-paying jobs that encourage people to get back in the work force. what won't fix it is continuing to throw money at the economy which seems to be all the washington swamp knows how to do. the democrats' liberal tax and spend model is failing our economy and failing the american people. we are not going to spend our way out of this mess with trillion dollar programs that do nothing but serve liberal special interests. we do it by letting the free market flourish through lower taxes, lower regulation, and more economic freedom. it worked under president trump when he set records in unemployment, and it will work again. if only, if only the federal
government would get out of the way and empower the people and the free market. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from nevada, ms. lee, for five minutes. ms. lee: thank you, madam chair. i rise today as covid cases surge in my home state of nevada and across this country. in fact, in the past three days nevada has added over 2,000 new cases and our two week positivity rate has rapidly grown to more than 12%. hospitalizations are up, too, with a vast majority being among, you guessed it, the unvaccinated. unfortunately, just over half of nevadans are fully or partially vaccinated. we must all do our part to end this pandemic. and the best thing we can do to protect yourself, your family, the ones you care about most is to get vaccinated. and getting your vaccine is
safe and now easier than ever. and believe it or not, back home in nevada comes with a chance to win at more than $5 million in prizes. that's how desperate we are to make sure that everyone is motivated to go get a vaccine. please go to vaccines.gov to find a clinic. for those that are already vaccinated, please take the time this week to reach out and encourage your piers -- peers to do their part, too. together we can stop the spread and get our life back to normal. thank you. i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. burchett, for five minutes. mr. burchett: thank you, madam speaker. on a personal note i want to thank you for your kind birthday card. very nice, thank you, ma'am. i seek to address the house for five minutes and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burchett: thank you, madam speaker. this speech today i'll give the first one as we used to say in
church, it was something that the lord spoke on my heart. he speaks to me just not in an audible voice. this is something that's been a burden with me for quite some time. today i rise to express my great concern for the disproportionate number of missing black children in our country. by the way they are treated by our national media. every child is precious, madam speaker. it's a tragedy whenever a child goes missing. the sad truth is it happens to black kids far more often. missing black children make up over 1/3 of the missing child cases in 2019. over 1/3. yet it is-t has also been shown that these children receive much less media coverage than their counterparts from other demographics. the media dedicates an enormous amount of time to discuss race nism congress, schools, police departments, and various other american institutions. why is it acceptable for the media to dedicate less attention to missing black kids? we know this is not ok, madam speaker, but the american public doesn't know this. it's happening because our media is failing to cover the story.
every child is made in the image of god and legally equally under the u.s. constitution. we need to dedicate all the time and resources we can to recover missing kids, regardless of the color of their skin. madam speaker, i rise to honor technical sergeant derwood swanson, a world war ii veteran and survivor of the pearl harbor attacks as the tennessee's second district veteran of the month. he joined the army air corps in 1939, and was sent to hit man field adjacent to the pearl harbor naval base. he signed up to do bomber maintenance, but a sergeant noticed he had skills on the harley-davidson and asked him to the air police motorcycle unit instead. he accepted that. when the japanese jummed on his air base, he jummedped on his motorcycle to search for his best friend, who was standing in the middle of a ball field shooting at the planes and cussing up a storm. swanson drove on to the field
and brought his friend back to safety. after the attack swanson and lloyd removed the damaged flag from the flagpole and folded it to prevent it from being flown overnight. he played guitar for the country music leblingend hank williams before deciding the music business wasn't for him. that's hank williams senior. he went to speak to schools across the united states and travel with groups to pearl harbor and world war ii memorial in washington. in june, he celebrated his 100th birthday he at the veterans home. they are true heroes in our country and they are aren't famous athletes or movie stars. they are the brave men and women of our armed forces like derwood swanson. thank you, madam speaker, i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. scanlon, for five minutes. ms. scanlon: madam speaker, i rise today to share with you
some of the important projects we have nominated as part of the community project funding process. 10 projects that will bring more than $8.4 million in critical funding to my district. which has now been included in the house appropriation committee's sphere 2022 funding bill. -- fear 2022 funding bill. it's my honor to represent them in congress and i'm proud to secure funding for these projects submitted by nonprofit and government agencies in our region and met the rigorous funding criteria laid out by congress. the projects our office nominated address. so most pressing needs in our region. economic development, climate resilience, treatment for opioid use disorder, and expanding mental health resources. each of these projects will also help deliver on house democrats and president biden's promise to build back better. to set the table for success for the american people. now and in the future. today i'd like to shine the spotlight on two projects i'm particularly proud of.
the delaware county mobile crisis team's project will provide an alternative response for emergency calls involving people suffering from mental illness. for too long our meptal health system has been woefully underfunded. as a result, all too frequently people living with mental illness or cognitive disabilities have ended up in our criminal justice system, often with fatal consequences. we can do better. around the country communities have begun to address this dearth of mental health resources and overreliance on the criminal justice system, by providing attorneys from arrest, abuse, and incarceration. at the federal level i'm proud to vint duesed the mental health justice act which would make it easier for state and local governments to develop these programs and send trained mental health professionals instead of police when someone calls 9-1-1 because an individual is experiencing mental health crisis. at the local level, i'm proud to support delaware county's application to fund just such a project in this year's
appropriations bill. a project to address the mental and behavioral health challenges of residents who might otherwise find themselves in the criminal justice system. the county proposal will create mobile crisis teams stationed with the downy's services department. they will dispatched with law enforcement in response to requests for help with persons known or suspected to be suffering from mental illness. with the goal of diverting them from the criminal justice system into treatment with access to prioritized admission and properly address their underlying needs. this program is a collaboration among delaware county's human services, health advisor, district attorney, and public defender. i commend these county leaders for looking forward and i look forward to seeing the positive impact mobile crisis teams can have on our community. another project that i was proud to secure funding for in the f.y. 22 appropriations bill is for the restoration and
reopening of the historic lancedown theater. the 1927 landsdown theater is an art deco gem that will be rehabilitated into a region concert hall and spur investment in the surrounding community. the $1.5 million in federal funding we secured in the appropriations bill will be the final dollars for this $15 million project so that it can immediately start the restoration needed to bring this community treasure back to life. . we anticipate it will create 51 jobs and 100 permanent jobs nearby. in addition to over 100 jobs for the trades during construction. once completed, the theater will breathe new economic life into the community and attract more arts and culture to p.a. 5. it will have enhanced educational programs for area students through internships and access to different genres of music. this transformational investment is integral to a broader plan to
create an anchor in the community, to restore, enhance, and spur economic activity in this part of the baltimore commercial district. the community project funding program is a win for the american people. it gives our communities the opportunity to make their case directly to congress, for funding to make bold, progressive investments that our community and communities across the country need to rebuild. this is what keeping a promise looks like. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. crenshaw, for five minutes. mr. crenshaw: thank you, madam chair. i rise today to support and encourage the brave men and women of cuba. last week we saw unprecedented images and videos across cuba. tens of thousands of cubans took to the street. they took to the street, not
because of covid or vaccines or the embargo. but because they demand their inalienable rights. they demand freedom. they chant libertad. they converge on the communist party's headquarters responsible for 60 years of misery, abuse, torture of the cuban people. cubans have rejected, failed ideology forced upon three generations, failed ideology of marxism that's brought suffering to hundreds of millions around the world. the failed ideology that deserves to be sent to the ash heap of history once and for all. as communists often do, they concocted a conspiracy theory to explain the protest. the president claimed it was a u.s. plot. this is what marxists do, they will lie and suffocate calls for
freedom. but this movement will not be silenced. it can't. it mustn't. for too long this once flourishing island has suffered under communist rule. now they need freedom from oppression, abuse, tyranny. the downfall of this regime has been a long time coming. no longer is it country or death. as the people across cuba know it's country and life. as americans, as a people who have inherited the greatest gifts of freedom the world has ever known, we must speak with one voice against the evils of marxism. we must speak truth, the truth that not enough americans are used to hearing. instead, we have american politicians that openly advocate for the very same marxist ideology that cubans would die to escape from. this ignorance and foolish flur take with marxism must end. we must make it clear we will
always support the freedom-loving peopled around -- freedom-loving people around the world. our message will be one of empowerment. empower the brave cuban people as they begin to throw off the chains of communism and seek their inan lienable -- inalienable god-given rights of right to personal property and right to pursue happiness. so to the men and women of cuba, i say this -- [speaking spanish] to the communist regime in cuba, i say this -- your lies are exposed. your foundations are shaken to the core. and your days are numbered. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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