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recognition? mr. hoyer: pursuant to section 7 of house resolution 535, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r.67 #, h.r.1036, 1158, 1250, 1754, 1833, 1850, 1871, 1877, 1893, 1895, 2118, 2195, 2998, 2980, 3003, 3138, 3223, 3263, and 3264, and agree to house resolution 277 and house resolution 294. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r.678, a bill to amend the communications act of 1934 to provide for a moratorium
on number reassess -- reassignment after a disaster declaration and for other purposes. h.r.1036, a bill to amend the state department basic authorities act of 1956 to authorize rewards under the department of state's rewards program relating to information regarding individuals or entities engaged in activities and -- in contravengs of united states or united nations sanctions and for other purposes. h.r.1079, a bill to establish an interagency working group to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to control locust outbreaks in the east africa region and address future outbreaksed inner to address mass scale food insecurity and political destabilization and for other purposes. h.r.378, a bill to provide women and girls safe access to sanitation in refugee camps. h.r.1250 a bill to direct the federal communications
commission to issue reports after activation of their disaster information reporting system and to make improvements to network outage reporting. h.r.1754 a bill to amend the communications of 1934 to require the federal communications commission to consider market entry barriers for socially disadvantaged individuals in the communications marketplace report. under section 13 of such act. h.r. 1833, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to provide for the responsibility of the cyber security and infrastructure security agency to maintain capabilities to identify threats to industrial control systems, and for other purposes. h.r. 1850, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 relating to the national urban security secnology -- technology laboratory and for other purposes. h.r. 1871, a bill to improve the understanding and clarity of
transportation security administration policy and for other purposes. union calendar number 11, h.r. 1877, a bill to require the transportation security administration to issue a plan to improve security screening procedures at airports during the covid-19 national emergency. and for other purposes. union calendar number 12, h.r. 1893, bill to direct transportation security administration to develop transportation security preparedness plan in the event of a communicable disease outbreak and for other purposes. union calendar number 13, h.r. 1895, a bill to enhance preparedness of the
transportation security administration for public health threats to the transportation security system of the united states and for other purposes. h.r. 2118, a bill to authorize the united states participation in the coalition for epidemic preparedness innovation and for other purposes. h.r. 2795, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to enhance the blue campaign of the department of homeland security and for other purposes. unionle kandarr number 66 -- union calendar number 66. h.r. 2928, a bill to require the secretary of energy to establish a voluntary cyber sense program to test the cyber security of products intended for bulk power use. h.r. 2980, a bill to amend the act of 2002 to provide
remediation of cyber security and for other purposes. h.r. 3003 a bill to direct the assistant secretary of communications to enhance the representation of the united states and promote united states leadership and communication standard celting -- setting bodies and for other purposes. h.r. 3138, a bill to amend the homeland security act to authorize a grant program relating to the cyber security of state and local government and for other purposes. h.r. 3223, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to establish the cyber security and infrastructure security agency, the national cyber exercise program and for other purposes. union calendar number 32. h.r. 3263, a mill bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to establish a new department of homeland security a medical countermeasures program and for other purposes. union calendar number 33,
h.r.3 3264, a bill to amend the homeland security act to identify and evaluate the extent to which critical domain risk within the united states supply chain pose a substantial threat to homeland security and for other purposes. house resolution 277, reaffirming the commitment to media diversity and pledging to work with media entities and diverse stake holders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity. house resolution 294, resolution encouraging reunions of divided korean-american families. pursuant to section 7 of house resolution 535, the ordering of the yeas and nays on motions to suspend the rules with respect to such measures as vai -- is vacated to the end that all such motions are considered as withdrawn. the question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from
maryland. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the -- the gentleman from montana is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i would request the yeas and nays, please. pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. as the member designated by mr. gottheimer, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. gottheimer will vote aye on the suspensions en bloc.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. desaulnier, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. desaulnier will vote yes on the suspensions en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. chris stewart of utah, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. stewart will vote nay on the suspensions en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. garcia of illinois, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. garcia will vote yes on the suspension en bloc. thank you, mr. speaker.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mrs. kirkpatrick, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mrs. kirkpatrick will vote yes on the suspensions en bloc and as the member designated by mr. grijalva, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. grijalva will vote yes on suspensions en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the honorable gentleman from iowa seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. full cher from the state of idaho, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. fulcher will vote nay on the suspensions en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. lawson, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. lawson votes yes on the en
bloc. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? ms. wexton: as the member designated by mr. mceachin, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that mr. mceachin will vote yes on the suspension en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. granger of texas, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that ms. granger will vote yes on the suspension en bloc.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. kildee: -- mr. mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. aderholt of alabama -- >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. aderholt of alabama, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that mr. adholt will vote no on the suspensions en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? ms. underwood: as the member designated by mr. rush, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house thatr. rush will vote yes on the suspensions en bloc. the spker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from iinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. buchanan of florida, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that mr. suspensions en bloc.es on the
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. donald payne, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that mr. payne will vote yes on the suspensions en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? ms. clark: as the member designated by ms. frankel, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that ms. frankel will vote yes on the suspensions en bloc.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from georgia seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. jones, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that mr. jones will vote yes on the suspensions en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. trone, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that mr. trone will vote yes on the suspensions en bloc.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. as the member designated by mr. doyle of pennsylvania, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that mr. doyle will vote yes on the suspensions en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from connecticut seek recognition? mrs. hayes: as the member designated by ms. wilson, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that ms. wilson will vote yes on the suspensions en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member designated by chairwoman johnson, pursuant to h.r. 8, i
inform the house that chairwoman johnson will vote yea on the amendments en bloc. -- suspensions en bloc. as the member designated by congressman -- congresswoman grace meng, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that congresswoman meng will vote yes on the suspensions en bloc. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. correa: mr. speaker, as the member designated by congress member ruiz, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that congress member ruiz will vote yes on the suspension en bloc. mr. speaker, as the member designated by congress member napolitano, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that congress member napolitano will also vote yes on the suspensions en bloc.
bills are passed, the resolutions are agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, pursuant to house resolution 535, i call up h.r.2668 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 64, h.r.66 #, a bill to amend the federal trade commission act to confirm the authority of the federal trade commission to seek permanent injunctions around other equitable relief for violations of any provision of law enforced by the commission. pursuant to house resolution 535, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute
printed in the bill an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of text of rules committee print 117-11 is adopted and the bill as amended is considered read. the bill as amended is debated for one hour equally guide the chair and the ranking member of the committee on energy commerce or their respect i have designee. the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, and the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone. mr. pallone: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and add extraneous material on h.r.2668. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pallone: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 2668 the consumer protection and recovery act this legislation is essential to
protect consumers and honest businesses across the country. it restores a critical tool of the federal trade commission to go to court to get victimized consumers their money back and make lawbreakers return illegal profits. for other 40 years section 13-b has been the f.t.c.'s primary and most effective means to obtain relief for consumers and businesses. over just the last five years aloan, the f.t.c. returned over $11.2 billion to over 20 million americans who have been scammed. the f.t.c. used its authority to help relieve veterans and service members from crushing student debt after they were scammed by the university of phoenix and deaf rye. they have -- and devry. they returned money to others defrauded and none of this would have been possible without 13-b. the supreme court ruled that
13-be did not allow f.t.c. to seek restitution for consumers, instead, they could only seek injunctions to stop fraud. a payday lender was found to have defrauded victims of $1.3 million and that money couldn't legally be returned to the victims. that remains the law of the land and that's why this measure has support including from military and veterans groups, consumer advocates, unions and attorneys general of 28 states including both republican and democratic-led states. that's why the f.t.c. in both the trump and biden administrations has repeatedly and unanimously asked congress to restore protections of 14-b. opponents have mischaracterized what this bill does. it simply restores the f.t.c.'sable to seek equitable monetary relief for violations
of all the laws it enforces. exactly as it has done for over 40 years. some say these authorities are ripe for abuse but under the bill, the f.t.c. would not be able to bring more cases or enact more rules. the bill does not allow for civil penalties, fines or punitive damages. consumers can only get back what they lost and lawbreakers only have to give up their illegal profits. nothing in current law can replace the authorities that the f.t.c. has lost. the suggested alternative section 19 of the f.t.c. act does not protect consumes for the all cases and requires procedural hurdles that take far too long for any meaningful relief, or any relief at all, to reach constituents. this bill ensures consumers are not left holding the bag when the bad guys break the law the money they get back allows hardworking families to pay rent, buy food and make ends meet. i want to thank representative cardenas for his work on this
bill as well as representative schakowsky for her hard work in getting this bill to the floor today i urge my colleagues to put constituents first and support the consumer protection and recovery act. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reare serves. the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis is recognized. mr. bilirakis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is -- is recognized. mr. bilirakis: i rise in opposition to this legislation. i hope to stand before you today urging my colleagues to support this legislation, sadly, i must oppose because the expansive authority included goes way beyond the new agency's power and i and my colleagues were willing to put into statute to ensure that the f.t.c. has the ability to get financial restitution to constituents who were vimmized by scams as quickly as possible.
so we do agee on the concept. but in the the details. instead, this bill before us will provide the f.t.c. with new authorities that far outpace the need supported by consensus for the f.t.c. commissioners. even more concerning, mr. speaker, as we heard from the former head of the f.t.c.'s consumer protection bureau testify before our subcommittee, it signals a return to the broad overreach this particular piece of legislation, the broad overreach we saw with the f.t.c. in previous decades. a situation so bad that a democratic congress crippled the f.t.c.'s funding and stripped it of its authority at that particular time. but alas, here we go gone. history is repeating itself. with this -- if this piece of
legislation is passed. separately, h.r.2668 has been riddled with process fouls and ignored well-founded concerns from republicans. including the lack of needed transparency reform and the lack of national priefcy standards -- priefcy standards which will protect consumers. we are overdue for this and must have a national privacy standard as soon as possible. i have heard from my colleagues they claim this bill only establishes a statute of limitations. ok. but that's simply not the case. in fact, if you listen to the rhetoric from my democratic colleagues, you would believe this bill was narrowly targeted at fraudsters and scammers. but that's not the case. under this bill, the f.t.c. could obtain billions in penalties without ever proving that the alleged company, the
alleged company ever knew or intended to mislead at all. the supreme court ruled 9-0, unanimous decision, that the f.t.c. never had the authority to grant monetary relief under 13-b. even the liberal justices of the court, mr. speaker, said that 13-b was only designed for injunctive relief. ok we all agree on that let's fix it for the benefit of our consumers and any future victims. let's make sure that they get the restitution they deserve. and -- an important principle of the american justice system, however, is that the harsher the penalty is, the more process is needed. so while i do agree with my democrat democratic colleagues that 13-b provides sufficient due process for injunctionive relief, injunctive relief, i'll repeat that, the new authorities
this legislation bestows on section 13-b does not, however, provide enough due process if the penalty is monetary. is monetary relief. perhaps therein lies my colleagues' true intent. this legislation is not really to fix a problem or restore a power. instead it aims to grant the f.t.c. with brand new and unchecked authorities. rivalling those of the 1970's to seek financial penalties for what it alleged is fraud and -- it alleges is fraud and anti-consumer acts. do not be fooled by the title of this bill. the consumer protection recovery act grants these new authorities without any guardrails. i believe it's irresponsible. without any guardrails. to ensure due process remains a
foundational american principle. or to protect american companies from egregious enforcements that are not intended to protect consumers or help them recover from the harm of bad actors. we all want to go after the bad actors, mr. speaker. but there must be due process. now, if it's a clear cut case of fraud like volkswagen, then i agree we should be able to use 13-b to seek monetary relief and my amendment captures that. so that's the exception to the legal standard. but if the f.t.c. has to look back 10 years and that's what we do with this particular piece of legislation, if it passes, and not have to prove there was deceptive intent as there was in volkswagen, then we need to ensure due process before the f.t.c. can take money from small
businesses and entrepreneurs and i feel that that's only fair. that's why i was proud to offer a compromise during our energy and commerce markup. which was the only portion of the markup that received bipartisan support. so my amendment was the only one that received bipartisan support. and i believe it is fair and reasonable. my amendment struck the right balance between providing the f.t.c. with the new authorities to go after bad actors but also placed much-needed guardrails to keep the f.t.c. from short circuiting due process and seeking to -- and seeking disgorgement from small businesses unaware of any potential violation. small businesses are struggling. those that conduct bad acts should be punished, absolutely, should be punished. and there should be restitution for the victims. but not our innocent small businesses. they're having a hard time as it
is. one of my democratic colleagues even commented that to go from five years to 10 years would increase the cost of businesses errors and omissions insurance policies. we must consider that as well. combine that with no standards attached to the behavior in question and we have seen even -- we will see even more inflation, ultimately hurting our small businesses and allowing the big guys to pass on the costs to constituents which they most likely will do. they have the lawyers on their side. they will pass the cost on to their constituents. we can't have that. without these guardrail, the f.t.c. will create a ripple effect that will kill small businesses, unfortunately. innovation and ingenuity while raises -- raising prices in our economy. my amendment found the right balance, i believe, on the statute of limitation, to ebb sheun -- ensure businesses are not blind sided by the assertion
of claims long after the potential conduct when evidence may no longer be available or is stale. and it's only right. five years. i would even five years, i would even compromise and go a little higher. but, folks, the information must not be stale. ok. and i would say in most states, and also d.o.j. in some criminal cases, their statute is roughly five years. and most states, approximately five to maybe seven years at the most. while shortening the statute, it also provides the f.t.c. with a unique, equitable tolling period to allow the f.t.c. the ability to seek monetary relief beyond the five-year statute of limitations. ok? in the case of intentionally deceptive or fraudulent conduct. this addresses examples of the fraudulent behavior you will hear from my democratic colleagues. when the f.t.c. failed to act in
a timely fashion. so the tolling language is in my amendment. despite receiving bipartisan support, the majority rejected this amendment. one can only wonder if this is because it stands in the way of remaking our entire economy into a managed economy. and one that steps against solicit's due process rights from its citizens. i hope that's not the case. mr. speaker, as i have said before, republican and democrats -- republicans and democrats both want to protect consumers. we were in rules yesterday and we both agreed on that. we want to protect our consumers and we want to make sure that they get the restitution that they deserve. i have stayed at the table to negotiate this and even offered an amendment that went a step further than the one i offered in committee. unfortunately it fell on deaf ears. the rules committee did not make
my or any other republican amendments in order today. again, ignoring our serious concerns. we were concerned about pending cases, to make sure that the f.t.c. had the time to look at all the pending cases. and that would make an exception. -- exception to the statute of limitations of five years. so i think we've thought of everything. to my colleagues, let's work together and properly empower the f.t.c. to protect constituents and pass a national privacy standard. this is our opportunity. as a matter of fact, they're working on a bill that includes a privacy standard. a 13-b fix, but also a privacy standard in the senate. so i urge a no vote on this particular piece of legislation and i want to get back to the table and get this right. thank you very much, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield three minutes now to the gentlewoman from illinois who is the chairman of our consumer protection and commerce subcommittee, that has worked long and hard on this legislation, ms. schakowsky. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from illinois is recognized for three minutes. ms. schakowsky: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. chairman. and for all of your hard work, i appreciate it. it's not every day that we get to vote for something that will have immediate and positive impact on our constituents, like the legislation that we have before us today. the consumer protection and recovery act introduced by tony cardenas is urgently needed right now to ensure that the federal trade commission can protect consumers, by putting money back into the pockets of
victims who were victims of fraud and scams and other illegal activities. the restitution authority under the section 13-b of the federal trade commission act has been the f.t.c.'s most effective law enforcement tool. but unfortunately just a few months ago the united states supreme court said that somehow the law wasn't exactly written like, and if you wanted to retain that restitution authority you had to go back and fix the law. i do want to say that there is not a single change in the authorities to the f.t.c. not one -- actually, i take it back. there is one. before there was no statute of limition at all and we did impose a statute of limitation. so, what we know is that before, when the -- for 40 years when the f.t.c. had this authority,
it was able to do such fabulous things like get back almost $62 million for delivery drivs in its remarkable settlement with amazon over amazon's systemic stealing of drivers' tips. it enabled the federal trade commission to recover more than $9.5 billion from volkswagen and porsche -- porsche for consumers who were deceived by false advertising about vehicle fitness and the -- with the illegal omissions devices -- emissions devices. so, honest businesses want this legislation because they don't want to have to compete with fraudsters and scammers. this can't wait.
we have seen new bad actors cropping up all over the country . and taking money out of people's pockets. and it is open season right now for scammers, every single day that we wait, they get away with the scams and not have to put people back -- people's money back into people's pockets. and so i urge my colleagues, join us. there's no secrets here. it's the same bill. join us. to protect consumers, there's plenty of guard rails that have gone on for 40 years and it is time to pass this bill now. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield five minutes to my good friend and great member from the state of michigan, home of tom
brady, at least he went to college there, a great american, and this is also a great american and yield him five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for five minutes. mr. walberg: i thank the gentleman and we're glad that brady was there, go blue. mr. speaker, i have long championed bipartisan legislation to increase consumer protections from fraud and scamness -- scams, particularly for our nation's seniors and vulnerable populations. in april the house passed by an overwhelming majority h.r. 1215, the fraud and scam reduction act which i led -- act, which i led with my friend and colleague, representative blunt rochester. our bill creates the senior scams prevention advisory group and the senior fraud advisory office within the f.t.c. to better assist the agency and employers with monitoring, identifying and preventing mail, telephone and internet fraud.
i've also championed legislation that cracks down on robocall scams and medicaid patient abuse and fraud. these efforts are particularly important as we saw scams increase at an alarming rate during the covid-19 pandemic. but i cannot support h.r. 2668, the deceptively misadvertised bill before us today. this bill was rushed through an entirely partisan process without addressing significant concerns from republicans to protect fundamental due process rights and prevent the f.t.c. from operating unchecked as it did in the 1970's. i hope the energy and commerce committee would have had the opportunity to hear from the full slate of f.t.c. commissioners on this bill, the same commissioners who testified in the senate one week prior to our legislative hearing, and commented on what should be
included in any legislative fix to 13-b. make no mistake, i fully support giving the f.t.c. necessary tools to bring just enforcement actions against fraudsters and scammers, including restitution for harmed consumers. however, h.r. 2668 gives the f.t.c. these new expansive tools without much-needed guard rail, all under the guise of protecting our constituents. just this past april, in a rare 9-0 unanimous decision, the supreme court ruled that section 13-b of the f.t.c. act does not authorize the commission to seek or the court to award monetary relief, including restitution. the court stated that the commission grossly misused its authority and encouraged congress to address the issue
with a bipartisan, and that was their term, bipartisan legislative solution. but the bill before us today is anything but bipartisan. this bill would grant the f.t.c. a 10-year statute of limitations for this newfound authority, allowing the f.t.c. the ability to go after conduct that is no longer occurring in the marketplace. there is a reason that a five-year statute of limitations or less is standard in many federal and state statutes. as the committee learned from former head of the f.t.c.'s bureau of consumer protection, shorter statutes protect against surprises through the assertion of claims long after the conduct when evidence may be stale or no longer available, and encouraged timely filing of claims by regulatory agencies. republicans on the energy and commerce committee tried countless times to work with democrats on a compromised solution to these issues, all to
no avail. my good friend and republican leader of the commerce protection and commerce -- consumer protection and commerce subcommittee, representative bilirakis, proposed a compromised amendment that would mr. ayotte: -- would allow the f.t.c. to go after bad actors while also respecting due process rights. his amendment even addressed the concern raised from my friends in the majority on the statute of limitations. this was a sincere offer from republicans to address democrat concerns and meet them halfway. and it even received bipartisan support in committee. but instead of coming to the floor with a bipartisan bill, democrats rejected our efforts and jammed through this bipartisan -- this partisan bill without consideration for its consequences. i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 2668, come back to the table and work with republicans to find a compromise solution
that -- compromised solution that provides the f.t.c. the tools actually protect our constituents. that's what we must ask and that's what i ask. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield now 3 1/2 minutes to the sponsor of this legislation, the gentleman from california, mr. cardenas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for 3 1/2 minutes. mr. cardenas: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, chairman frank pallone, for this opportunity to bring the culmination of over two years of working on both sides of the aisle to bring this bill to fruition. it's unfortunate that we weren't able to negotiate more into this bill and make it bipartisan. but there will be other opportunities, as we are a two-chamber legislature. and i'm sure that the senate has some ideas about how to make this bill better. and we're all open to that opportunity.
also i'd like to thank the subcommittee chairwoman, schakowsky, for doing an extraordinary job, making sure that we shepherd this bill through the process and making sure that we keep open lines of communication to both sides of the aisle so that we can get to this point. it's important for us to understand that this bill is about the federal trade commission's ability to protect consumers from fraudsters and scammers. this means that right now scammers remain free to steal money from hardworking americans . seniors who are falling prey every minute of the day to scams on the internet. to veterans, people who knock on their door and appeal to them and rip them off and give them nothing for their hard-earned money after defending our honor in the military. to single moms who sign up to get a higher education so they can provide for their children, and then end up empty-handed with nothing to show for their hard-earned money. those are the people that 13-b, through the f.t.c., is going to
go after and restore those funds. for example, since 2016 they have restored over $11 billion to american families. from fraudsters and scammers. yes, it's happening every single day, ladies and gentlemen, and it's only getting worse. and today the united states people stand naked with the ability to be able to defend themselves. come on, ladies and gentlemen. the american family, the average american family cannot afford to hire a lawyer. what the f.t.c. does is they appeal to a federal court and they say, we have found a bad actor, we're ready to take them to task, we're ready to restore the american families that they're trying to destroy and get them their money back. that's what 13-b is. . we have a balance of power in this country. the f.t.c. is part of the administration. that's one balance of power. the united states supreme court said through a technicality that
13-b should not be made available right now for the f.t.c. to protect the american people and they pointed to congress and said, well as long as congress will pass the law then they can do their job and protect the american people. that's what this bill is. this bill is simply, ladies and gentlemen, an opportunity to restore the faith of the american people in our system. that when they get ripped off, whether it's in person or on the internet or whatever manner that some scammer is taking advantage of our american people, the f.t.c. is going to be there to speak up for them, to defend them and take that money back and put it in the pockets of those individuals who have been ripped off. that's what 13-b is. today i'm very proud to say as an american-born citizen, the son of immigrants, to be a member of congress, to be able to do the work that we're
culminating today, to get it out of the house of representatives, i urge every member of this house to please help restore the faith of the american people and us in our system and make sure that they understand that we speak for them, we hear them, and we know how they feel when they get ripped off. and the f.t.c. is going to be there through 13-b to restore the american people and give them the money that was stolen from them. thank you very much and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to yield two minutes to a great member of the energy and commerce committee, mr. pence of the great state of indiana. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. pence: thank you, mr. chairman. and i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. chairman, i rise in opposition to h.r.2668. i agree with my democratic colleagues that the f.t.c. should be reasonably equipped
with tools to protect consumers. to date, the f.t.c. has been able to return more than $25 million to hoosiers that have fallen victim to fraudulent schemes. however, as currently written, the bill before the house today goes beyond the f.t.c.'s price use of 13-b. the bill lacks sufficient guardrails that would provide checks and balances to the commission's expanded authority. meanwhile, we haven't had the opportunity to discuss this legislation with the full commission in an open and transparent hearing. during the markup process, we offered several commonsense amendments in a good faith effort to improve the bill. these amendments would have created thresholds holds of f.t.c. authority and clarifying definitions to ensure provisions in this bill could not be abused. unfortunately, these reforms were not supported by the
majority. i am concerned that rushing this legislation through the house may lead to higher costs for small businesses without improving protections for the consumers which is what we all want to do. i urge my colleagues to oppose the underlying bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. castor. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. ms. castor: our neighbors back home are tired of the scam artists ripping them off, so i rise in strong support of h.r. 2668 the consumer protection and retvry act. i thank representative cardenas, chair schakowsky and chair pallone for moving this bill swiftly to the floor. h.r. 2668 fixes a glitch in the laws governing the federal trade commission. the f.t.c. is one of our most
important consumer watchdog agencies and for 40 years the f.t.c. has been able to recover ill-gotten gains and restitution for consumers. but a recent supreme court decision threw it back to congress to clarify f.t.c.'s authority. this is important. this is the authority that allows the f.t.c. to rightfully recover moneys for consumers when fraudsters cheat them out of it. and this is the -- and this is especially important for seniors, folks in the active duty military, veteran, and others because they are often targeted by scams like telemarketer, credit card scams, those scam artists that claim that we're working for a charitable organization that's going to help disabled police officerses or disabled military, these false cures, if you give us money you will cure your type
iv diabetes or you won't be in -- type ii die diabetes or you won't be in pain anymore. now we've got to pass this bill so that we can empower the f.t.c. to get people's money back. it's that simple. in my home state of florida since just july, 2018, the f.t.c. help red cover over $81 million for over 540,000 floridians. so if members don't support this legislation, you're just giving a green light to fraudsters to steal from consumers without penalty. that's wrong we cannot let that happen. i urge my colleagues to pass h. h.r. 2668. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yield back, the gentleman from new jersey reserves, the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: i yield as much time as she may consume to our
ranking member, kany mcmorris rodgers, ranking member of the full comrnlg and commerce committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. mc mrs. rodgers: i thank the gentleman for your leadership. i rise unfortunately in strong opposition to h.r.2668 the consumer protection and recovery act which represents a missed opportunity for both our community and this chamber. energy and commerce has historically been the committee on bipartisanship and compromise. unfortunately, this bill fails to meet that standard in the committee's rich history. the legislation before us today is another go-it-alone approach that we have come to expect from house democrat leadership. in my time on the committee i'm not sure i've seen so many process fouls or so much disregard for the minority as i have with h. -- as i have with h.r. 2668. it failed to include an amendment by gus bilirakis, the ranking member of the subcommittee that r.v.ed
bipartisan support in our committee markup. 2668 has been shah god a series of procedural fouls beginning with the intentional exclusion of republican f.t.c. commissioners from d.n.c.'s hearing on this. as opposed to the senate commerce committee where they were invited to discuss 13-b authority. at length. one week before. perhaps the republican commissioners were excluded from the hearing because the majority didn't want to hear the truth about their bill. the majority had led a better, more fair process this legislation would have been significantly improved or at least built on a trust that we could come together on solutions crafted around a sound legal argument and analysis by all the proper experts. to be clear, i share the goal of h.r.2668, to protect people from scammers. but this bill is missing much-needed guardrails that the
committee republicans offered as amendments. my biggest concern with this legislation, it fails to prioritize due process. and ensuring proper analysis. this bill was pushed through a subcommittee markup without a good faith effort to address the real concerns that we were raising. we were given less than a week's notice, late on friday, before the markup, and shortly before that, d.o.j. sent us incomplete answers to a letter addressing the legitimate concerns raised by our members. this was followed by a coordinated -- seemed like a coordinate red spons to our questions for the record from f.t.c. acting share slaughter shortly thereafter. committee members on both sides of the aisle received just 38 hours of notice regarding the inclusion of this legislation during a full committee markup. resulting in krit kism from -- criticism from both sides of the aisle. i doubt many members of this house believe congress should operate in this manner.
i do think we can all agree that both republicans and democrats want to protect people from malicious actors and that the f.t.c. must have the necessary tools to do so. h.r.26 # 68 -- h. h.r. 2668 grants brand new authorities to seek financial penalties for what it alleges is fraud and anti-competitive behavior. it does so without the inclusion of guardrails to protect due process. this is a huge missed opportunity. also to enact a national privacy standard. last congress, senator wicker rightfully identified privacy and 13-b reform as policies that could be easily legislated together and should. even this bill's prime sponsor, mr. cardenas, acknowledged his effort to include a national privacy standard with a legislative fix for 13-b. we must do our job.
we cannot have california dictating policy for the other 49 states. if my colleagues are so concerned about urgently granting the f.t.c. with new authorities to protect people, why aren't we urgently passing a national standard which we all agree will protect their data privacy? this legislation fails to address much-needed f.t.c. reform, increase transparency, establish a national privacy framework and ensure due process. there should be no lack of will to take on fraudsters, scammers an abusers of our personal information. we need to sit down, work it out and move comprehensive f.t.c. reform together. i urge my colleagues to vote no. we can do better. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back this kre -- the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from
california, mr. mcnerney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. mcnerney: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 2668 the consumer protection and recoughry act and i'm going to urge quick passage of this legislation. h.r. 2668 would restore the federal trade commission's authority under section 13-b to go after those who have stolen money from consumers and enable the agency to get this money back to consumers. restoring this authority is in line with the bipartisan f.t.c. leadership request and over 40 years of practice. restoring this is especially important for congressional districts like mine where many are struggling to pay the rent and put food on the table. prior to the supreme court's decision the 23-6r789 t.c. used the sensual authority to return more than $11 billion to consumers who had fallen victim to unfair, deceptive, fraudulent
practices and that's just since 2016. the f.t.c. currently has pending before it legislation to return $2 billion to consumers if this is restored. furthermore, the covid-19 pandemic has made the need for this legislation even more urgent. during the pandemic, we have seen a rise in scams that prey on consumers' fears and financial insecurities. consumers who have been defrauded deserve to get their money back we owe it to them to move quickly and pass h.r.2668. i want to thank representative cardenas for his hard work and leadership on this legislation and chairwoman schakowsky and chairman pallone for moving this piece of legislation today. i would like to thank the staff of the house energy and commerce committee for their hard work on this bill. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this legislation and i yield
back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield four minutes to the gentleman from oregon, mr. schrader. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes. mr. schrader: i ask that mr. pallone engage in a quol quee with me on the effect of this on small businesses. mr. pallone: i would be glad to. mr. schrader: i support this bill to get money for consumers harmed by violations of laws. i'm concerned that small business owners who inadvertently hurt consumers may unreasonably be hit with penalties for what was essentially an honest mistake. i know how difficult it can be to keep up with rules and
regulations small businesses must abide by. i think we should only allow civil penalties and punitive damages where bad actors knowingly violate the law. mr. chairman, can you please clarify the intent of this bill with respect to small businesses? i yield to the chairman. mr. pallone: let me thank the gentleman from oregon for the question. the intent of this bill is to restore the f.t.c.'s authority to secure restitution, not to pile penalties onto small businesses that make an honest mistake we want to allow the f.t.c. to allow consumers who are harmed are made whole so let me be clear, this bill does not allow the f.t.c. to impose civil penls or punitive damages. it only allows for equitable remedies, putting everything back the way it was before the violation occurred. when the f.t.c. is going after truly bad actors who intentionally preyed on consumers it would need to use authority under a different part of the statute to seek penls and
meet the burden of proof. another point is this protects honest small businesses from having to compete against unscrupulous companies that break the law to give themselves an unfair advantage, so this bill gives the f.t.c. back the tools it needs to ensure a level playing field in the marketplace, so i just want to thank the gentleman from oregon for engaging on this bill and working with us on our shared goal of protecting american consumers. i yield back to the gentleman. mr. schrader: thank you for not hurting small businesses by protecting them from excessive penalties. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. >> i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: at this time, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from new york, miss rice. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentlewoman from new york is recognized for two minutes. miss rice: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 2668, the consumer protection and recovery act. this legislation would restore a key authority of the federal trade commission, which allows it to return money to consumers who have been defrauded by scammers. the f.t.c. has used this authority to protect consumers for the past 40-plus years. it's often senior citizens, veterans, and other vulnerable members of society who tend to be victims of scam that benefit most from the f.t.c.'s ability to return money. as a result of the supreme court's decision, defrauded consumers are no longer being protected. instead, they are being left out in the cold at one of the worst possible times. around 327,000 people have filed a fraud complaint linked to the covid-19 pandemic, according to f.t.c. data. and those victims have lost a combined $488 million. scammers are taking advantage of the public health crisis, and the court's decision is hampering the f.t.c.'s efforts
to combat this fraud. that's why it's critical we pass h.r. 2668, to restore the f.t.c.'s authority to seek equitable relief by amending section 13-b of the federal trade commission act to provide the f.t.c. with express authority to obtain both injunctive and monetary equitable relief. i thank my colleagues on the energy and commerce committee, representative cardenas, for introducing this bill. and i urge my colleagues to support it. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield one minute now to the gentleman from new york, who's the chairman of the judicial committee, and thank him, also, for working with us on this legislation, mr. nadler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. nadler: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, i rise in strong
support of the consumer protection and recovery act. this legislation is essential to promoting the federal trade commission's commission to enforce antitrust law and protect consumers. for decades, the commission has secured monetary relief of victims of unfair, deceptive and anti-competitive conduct, such as pharmaceutical companies blocking access to lower cost drugs. an recent example of the f.t.c. returned nearly $60 million to patients suffering from opioid addiction. but a few months ago, the supreme court severely weakened one of the f.t.c.'s most vital tools for protecting consumers and deterring bad conduct which ruling that the f.t.c. could not seek monetary relief under one of the key statutes it enforces. this legislation would restore one of the commission's critical tools for fighting mow nop luss and protecting -- monopolies and protecting consumers. i thank the author of the legislation, mr. cardenas, in
addressing this problem. i ask my colleagues to support this important legislation, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: i'll continue to reserve, mr. speaker. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield now two minutes to my colleague from rhode island, mr. cicilline, who is the chairman of the judiciary subcommittee on antitrust, commercial, administrative law. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized for two minutes. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentleman. i rise in strong support of h.r. 2668, the consumer protection and recovery act. this xritcal legislation -- critical legislation restores the authority of the federal trade commission to hold wrongdoers accountable. this statute let the f.t.c. get monetary relief when people broke the law. they used this critical tool to
secure billions of dollars in relief to consumers. in the past five years alone, the f.t.c. secured $1.2 billion in refunds. as commissioner rebecca keller said, these important cases involve combating anti-competitive practices by pharmaceutical companies that contribute to the soaring cost of prescription drugs, abusive scams targeting veterans and older americans, and numerous other examples of harmful conduct. however, the supreme court severely weakened this tool in a recent decision where it narrowed the scope of section 13-b in cases regarding ongoing harm. this bill will reverse by reinstating f.t.c.'s authority to obtain both injunctive and monetary relief for all violations of the law it enforces. what's really interesting, i listen to my colleagues on every side of the aisle, every single speaker said of course consumers should get their money back, of
course the f.t.c. should have this power, and then they'll vote against the bill that will do exactly that, restore the f.t.c. authority to provide that kind of relief. i'd like to thank congressman cardenas for sponsoring this bill. and chairman pallone and ms. schakowsky. i urge my colleagues to stand with consumers and those that are harmed by deceptive, unfair, anti-competitive practices and let those consumers and small businesses be made whole. i urge passage of this and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: i'll continue to reserve, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i am now going to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from california, who's a strong advocate for consumers, the gentlewoman, katy porter -- katie porter, of course. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes.
ms. porter: when i was a law professor at u.c.-irvine, i wrote a textbook on consumer protection. luckily for everyone, you do not need to read the book to understand one fundamental truth -- nobody likes to get cheated. not republicans, not democrats, not young, not old, not white, not brown, not black. nobody likes to get cheated. but when consumers do get cheated, the only way they get justice is if they get their money back. the federal trade commission has used its authority under section 13-b of the f.t.c. act to return literally billions of dollars to victims of a wide range of scams. everything from telemarketing fraud to companies lying about how their products can be used to prevent or treat covid. if a wrongdoer steals from you, it's the f.t.c.'s job to put your money back into your pocket. the consumer protection and
recovery act lets the f.t.c. return to doing just that. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. bilirakis: yeah, mr. speaker, i'm prepared to close. mr. speaker, i -- we need due process in this particular bill. i believe this bill is incomplete. we do have to protect, mr. speaker, the honest small businesses in this country. as a matter of fact, i heard from over -- just yesterday, over 100 small businesses, and they have real serious concerns, legitimate concerns about this particular bill. this bi is not ready for primetime at this particular time. as i said, it is incomplete. we mt go after the bad actors. there must be restitution, mr. speaker, for victims. there's no question.
but it has to be fair with a fair and reasonable legal standard. so with that, mr. speaker, -- on that particular note, i do have something i want to say with regard to the legal standard. former head of the f.t.c., federal trade commission -- federal trade bureau, dr. howard beals, said a reasonable appropriate standard was an appropriate standard. he testified this will ensure that the f.t.c. focuses its efforts on bad actors, not honest small business people but bad actors when using its limited resources to bring these claims. so with that, mr. speaker, i'm going to yield the balance of my time to my good friend, rodney davis from the great state of illinois. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker.
thank you to my good friend, mr. bilirakis. h.r. 1, the democrats' so-called for the people act, would create a public money slush fund using corporate fines to fund political campaigns. including their own. based on numbers from the last election cycle, h.r. 1 would add up to an average of $7.2 million into each congressional candidate's campaign. my motion would ensure any fines collected by the federal trade commission, under this bill, would go to the victims of fraud and not be used as a pathway to fund congressional campaign coffers. victims, like the thousands of students that were cheated out of $62 million by a debt relief scam recently prosecuted by the f.t.c., or the patients with liver disease who spent thousands on a sublament that -- supplement that was deceptively marketed as a treatment. or those struggling with an
opioid abuse that was part of a scheme that overcharged them for medication for withdrawal. if h.r. 1 were to become law, many of these fines structures would boost congressional campaigns, political consultants, even attack ads. our focus should be on assisting victims, not using public dollars to fund our own campaigns. again, based on numbers from the 2020 cycle, that's up to $7.2 million per congressional candidate. h.r. 1 is often touted by my democrat colleagues and the media as voting rights legislation. this is the furthest thing from the truth. how does weaponizing our victim compensation system to line the pockets of politicians help people vote or, really, help people at all? mr. speaker, if we adopt this
motion to recommit, we will instruct the committee on energy and commerce to consider my amendment to h.r. 2668, that would prevent any public funds collected because of this bill from going into the campaign coffers of members of congress or congressional candidates and instead keep the fines process focused on helping the victims of fraud. i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of the amendment in the record immediately prior to the vote on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. davis: i urge support for the motion to recommit at the appropriate time, a no vote on the underlying bill, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois yields back. the gentleman from florida yields back? mr. bilirakis: i just want to urge a no vote on the underlying bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis, yields back. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i would just like to go back to
this bill. i know my colleague from illinois, who i like a lot, was talking about h.r. 1. let's go back to this bill. and i know there's been a lot of statements on the other side of the aisle about why this bill, they didn't like the process, they didn't like what we were doing. but, look, the bottom line, it's very simple here. for many years, the f.t.c. was going after bad actors and those who were committing fraud and scamming consumers, and they were basically getting the money back that was stolen from the consumers and giving it back to those consumers in a form of restitution. the supreme court ruled that they couldn't continue to do that, not because the court thought it was a bad idea, but they just didn't think the statutory language allowed it. and since that time, the f.t.c., both under democrat and republican administrations, is asking us to restore that ability of the f.t.c. to seek restitution and give money back to consumers who were defrauded. there's nothing else here.
that's exactly what we're doing. nothing more. and so for my -- i don't really understand all the opposition that's coming from the republican side of the aisle because we're just making it possible for the f.t.c. to do its job effectively that they were doing for so many years when they recovered billions and billions of dollars for consumers. so i would simply say, look, look at the actual language, look at what we're actually doing here, and please support this bill, because this is good for everybody in this country, regardless of whether they're democrat, republican, or the ideaologists. this is a practical way to help the average person. with that i would urge support and yield back, mr. speaker. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey yields back. all time for debate has expire the previous question is ordered on the bill as a amend the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. ayes have it.
third reading. the clerk: a bill to amend the federal trade commission act to affirm the ability of the federal trade commission to seek permanent injunctions and other equitable relief of law enforced by the commission. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. rodney davis of illinois moves to recommit the bill h.r. 2668 to the committee on energy and commerce. pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 19, the previous question is ordered on the motion to recommit. the question is on the motion. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. the motion -- mr. davis: , mr. speaker. i request the yeas and nays. pursuant to 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays
are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. lahood: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. buchanan of florida, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. buchanan will vote yes on the motion to recommit. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. correa: mr. speaker, as the member designated by congress member ruiz, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that congress member ruiz will vote no on the motion to recommit. and mr. speaker, as the member designated by congress member napolitano, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that congress member napolitano will vote no on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition?
ms. matsui: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. desaulnier, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. desaulnier will vote no on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. stanton: as the member designated by mrs. kirkpatrick, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mrs. kirkpatrick will vote no on the motion to recommit. and as the member designated by mr. grijalva, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. grijalva will vote no on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? ms. underwood: as the member designated by mr. rush, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. rush will vote no on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition?
ms. garcia: mr. chairman, as the member designated by mr. garcia of illinois, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. garcia will vote no on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member designated by chairwoman eddie bernice johnson, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that chairwoman johnson will vote no on the motion to recommit. as the member designated by congresswoman grace meng, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that congresswoman meng will vote no on the motion to recommit.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. cartwright: good evening, mr. speaker. as the member designated by mr. doyle of pennsylvania, pursuant to house resolution 8, i hereby inform the house that mr. doyle will vote no on the motion to recommit.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from connecticut seek recognition? mrs. hayes: as the member designated by mr. wilson, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. wilson will vote no on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? ms. wexton: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. mceachin, pursuant to h.res.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. owens: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. chris stewart, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. stewart will vote yea on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. kahele, pursuant to the provisions of h.res. 8, i inform the house
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 207 and the nays are 217. the motion is not adopted. the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the bill is passed and without objection -- the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i request a tally of the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house
resolution 8. yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by by mr. desaulnier, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. deep sean iowa will vote yes on h.r. 2668. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member
designated by mr. lawson, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. lawson votes yes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. buchanan of florida, i inform the house that mr. buchanan will vote no on h.r. 2668. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. doyle of pennsylvania pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. doyle will vote yes on h.r. 2668. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from idaho seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. fulcher of idaho, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. fulcher will vote nay on house resolution 2668.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? as the member designated by mr. mceachin, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. mceachin will vote yes on h.r. 2668. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. granger of texas, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that ms. granger will vote no on h.r. 2668. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by congress member ruiz, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that congressman member will vote yes on h.r. 2668. as the member designated by congress member napolitano, pursuant to h. res. 8, congress member will vote yes on h.r. 2668. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? >> as the member designated by
mr. chris stewart of utah, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. stewart will vote nay on h.r. 2668. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. garcia: as the member designated by by mr. garcia of illinois, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. garcia will vote yes on house resolution 2668. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? the gentleman from arizona. mr. stanton: as the member designated by mrs. kirkpatrick, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mrs. kirkpatrick will vote yes on h.r. 2668. as the member designated by mr. grijalva, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. grijalva which vote yes on h.r.
2668. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from georgia seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. jones, punt to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. jones will vote yes on h.r. 2668. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does vasm virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: as the member designated by mr. trone pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. trone will vote yes on h.r. 2668. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: as the member designated by mr. donald payne pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. paverpb will vote yes on h.r. 2 -- mr. payne will vote yes on h.r. 2668.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. call heeley, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. kahele will vote yes on h. res. 2668. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member designated by chairwoman eddie bernice johnson, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that chairwoman johnson will vote yea on h.r. 2668. as the member designated by congresswoman grace meng, pursuant to h.r. 8, i inform the house that congresswoman meng will vote yea on h.r. 2668.
gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that representative obernotle's name be withdrawn as a co-sponsor on h.res. 289. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the chair will now entertain requests for one minella speeches. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, one minute granted. >> thank you. we hear a lot of talk about the soaring costs of prescription drugs. but we seldom hear about the sad fact that medidica is not allowed to negotiate prescription drug prices. earlier this month, drug companies announced yet another painful price hike on critical
medications. the soaring price of prescription drugs is crushing americans at the pharmacy counter, driving up health insurance premiums, and creating unaffordable costs for taxpayers who finance medicare. that's right. we the people fund medicare. ms. wild: yet due to an antiquated law, medicare has to pay drug prices without the right to negotiate. that is why last week i led a group of my colleagues in sending a letter to leadership demanding that medicare negotiation of drug prices be included in the upcoming reconciliation bill. this is common sense and it's long overdue. according to the cobb, allowing medicare to -- c.b.o., allowing medicare to negotiate drug prices would save american taxpayers $456 billion in just the first 10 years. with those savings heading right back into the pockets of american families. and it would bring down drug
prices for all americans, not just medicare recipients. together we can get this done. 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. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in support of taxpayers and, importantly in support of life. -- importantly, in support of life. a right endowed by our creator. for over 40 years, democrats and republicans have come together to include the commonsense prohibition on taxpayer funded abortions. mr. walberg: better known as the hyde amendment. president biden himself was a vocal backer of the hyde amendment during his detects -- decades in the senate. because of hyde, 2.5 million lives have been saved and afforded the chance to reach their god-given potential.
yet, as we stand here today, house democrats are advancing an annual funding bill that shockingly abandons the longstanding hyde amendment. it shouldn't be controversial to spare precious babies and give taxpayers the assurance that their hard-earned money is not used for abortions. therefore, mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the committees on energy and commerce, ways and means and the judiciary be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 18, and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: under guidelines consistently issued by successive speakers, as recorded in section 956 of the house rules and manual, the chair is constrained not to entertain the request unless it has been cleared by the bipartisan floor and committee leaderships. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new mexico seek
recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to save oak flat. it's a sacreland for the apache tribe, a land dembing of protection under our historic preservation act. the resolution, a chinese company, will destroy the sacred area, and leave behind 1.4 billion tons of mine tailings and create a crater one mile long and a thousand feet deep. ms. leger fernandez: we have to ask oselves, will we allow a foreign-owned mining company to create such destruction? will we allow them to devastate a sacred land so they can export american natural resources to china for their profit? no.
this project will use enormous amount ofs water and produce toxic waste that will destroy ecosystems in the area and change the landscape forever. we must stand against foreign companies destroying traditional cultural landscapes, we should not grant china this competitive edge. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1884, the save oak flat act so we can protect this tribal sacred area. mr. speaker, i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to with a heavy heart to remember and honor patricia will kin song of mississippi who passed away at the age of 73. pat and her husband joe retired to my district. i had the pleasure of serving
with joe and calling him and pat friends. following graduation from the university of mississippi, pat followed to become a flight attendant with delta airlines and 50 years as a senior in the international delta flight attendant. pat was an active member in the parents council. pat's love for life was contagious. nothing could compare to the love she had for her family. the family was the sent of her world and brought joy and love to all. my thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from georgia seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without
objection. the gentlewoman from recognized for one minute. >> there is a special place in my son jordan used to put on his cleats and his big hat and play t-ball with his friends on saturday morning. after that, we would go to the pool and eat lunch under a tree, play in the back yard as the day turned to dusk. and truly summer is for hard-working parents to spend time with the little ones they love most. it is for our children to live, grow, learn and live and play. we just passed the child tax credit into law. means more money in the pockets of middle-class families. now over 680,000 families in my home state of georgia will receive a tax cut and these credits will lift over 160,000
children in georgia and raise them out of poverty. this is more funding for georgia. more funding for our families, to protect our children and to lift up our community. thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from oklahoma seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor the former flying agie and a sorty wally funk who was the oldest woman to travel to space. funk has led an amazing life from breaking down barriers to careers in aviation and now space travel. in my state of oklahoma oak,
funk was the first female civilian flight instructor, first female afor investigator. her persistence is one of the many wusm qualities. when nasa began accepting women, she applied three times. and funk's courage, perseverance and leadership has impacted the science industry, especially for women. mr. speaker, i am truly to honor wally funk for her vast achievements. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker, today is a very emotional day for me.
i am so proud to be a member of the house of representatives equally proud to be an american-born citizen and raised by my two immigrant parents who always believed that in this country, the united states of america, you can be the best that you can be and you can do the kinds of things that in many parts of the world, a child, parents with a first and second grade education, doesn't have those opportunities. today we passed a bill with the support of our staff and colleagues on the house of representatives to help protect consumers, to put billions of dollars back in the pockets of individuals who have been and unfortunately will be ripped off by bad actors across this country, but they will be protected. the face of our government to work for our people is restoring section 13-b to the federal trade commission. this is a very emotional day for me because my parents worked in
the field harvesting fruits and vegetables to help americans eat and i get to be a member of this house harvesting votes to restore the faith of the american people and our system. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania -- the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i rise today to celebrate the career of dr. brian toth and spent 35 years in education and passionate and dedicated. he started his career in 1983 as a math and computer teacher in the altoona johns town school system. he taught in five school systems and reached the rank of september. and proud graduate of penn state
university, st. fran is university. his dedication to his students and community to which he worked is admireable. aside for serving as a superintendent, he is former president of the pel school administrator's and a governing board member where he represented i.u. 8 and 9 and former vice president and a former p.a. investment on the american association of school administrators, governing board. the former president of pennsylvania study council and vice chair of the community education council. thank you, brian for your continued service in education and dedication to your students. enjoy your retirement. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition?
>> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one minute. >> congress has appropriated well over $300 billion to state and local governments over the past 14 months to help provide broadband access and we must ensure these funds are being utilized to meet the needs. this is only possible if broadband maps are accurate. i supported the broadband data act and directed the communications commission to allow independent third-party data to challenge these maps. georgia have done their own work to identify areas with immediate broadband needs. i sent a letter urging them to utilize the broadband program
mapping and regular updates to congress. we have marked up the broadband for rural america act, which will provide targeted assistance to the least connected residents. i look to working on a bipartisan solution to ensure that every household has broadband access while being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, section 202-d, 15 united states code, 1622-d provides for the termination unless within 90 days prior to the anniversary date the president publishes and transmits a notice that the emergency is to continue into effect beyond anniversary date.
i have sent to the federal register the enclosed notice that the national emergency with the situation in m arch li be include in the executive order of july 26, 2018. the situation in mali and made pursuant to the agreement on peace and reconciliation and expansion of activities and drug trafficking, human rights abuses and hostage taking and attacks, the security forces, and the integrated stabilization in mali and continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to national security and foreign policy of the united states. therefore i have determined it is necessary to continue the national emergency with respect to the situation in mali.
signed joseph r. biden. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on foreign affairs and ordered printed. the chair lays before the house a message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, section 202-d 15 united states code 1622-d provides within 90 days of the anniversary date the president publishes in the federal register and transmits a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect. and in owe accordance to this enclosed notice and to lebanon 123441 of august 1, 2007 is to continue in effect beyond august 1. certain ongoing and and weapons
systems, lebanese sovereignty and political and continues to constitute an extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the united states. i have determined that it is necessary to continue the national commrg in 13441 with respect to lebanon. signed by joseph r. biden. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on foreign affairs and ordered printed. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. bilirakis: i commemorate the 47th anniversary of the invasion of cyprus by turkey and call
attention and demand action on the settlement. on july 20, 1974, a very sad day, turkey invaded the republic of cyprus and captured the northern part of the island and established a heavily occupation force that continues to control nearly 37% of cyprus' tower ter. this violation of law. 70% of the population of the occupied area were expelled from their homes. and 5,000 people of cyprus were killed including five americas. more than 1,400 remain missing and their fate is still unknown. greek and turks were forcibly divided along ethnic lines and
remain so to this day. it is baffling why over the past 47 years, the u.s., e.u. and u.n. and international community with large have failed to take action against turkey for the invasion and subsequent occupation of cyprus. . . . erdogan seeks to build a presidential palace, presumably as a precursor to the caliphate he expects to lead. decades of failed reunification attempts have jaded even the most optimistic of us. today after president erdogan defied warnings from the u.s. and the international community as a well -- as well as the u.n.
security council resolutions and went ahead and changed the status of it. there can no long beer -- no longer be any doubt that with erdogan leading turkey, there will be no cyprus solution, sadly. the tragic story is perhaps the true embodiment of the permanent harm turkey's direct interference has had on the island. once holding international renown as a premier tourist destination that has fall noon a state of delapdation, sadly, mr. speaker, and i did witness it myself. after its lawful and -- after its lawful inhabitants were forced to flee in face of the turkish invasion. the resettlement of its lawful inhabitants has long been a central issue in the
negotiations for cypriot reunification. however, turkey continues to unilaterally threaten the noble dream of one people, one border, one cyprus. unfortunately it was not by coincidence that erdogan chose this day, the anniversary of the fateful turkish invasion of cyprus, to take this illegal action. i emphasize illegal, mr. speaker. although the events of the turkish invasion 47 years ago are not new, i feel it is important that the severity of the invasion and its lasting effects is not understated or forgotten. we must never forget. it was then the tush i, forces ethnically -- turkish forces ethnically cleansed and then fenced off the beautiful area, holding it hostage for decades as a bargaining chip in
reunification negotiations. all despite the two cypriot communities' intention to reach an agreement on the resettlement of its lawful inhabitants. the 1979 high-level agreement made it clear that the resettlement was a unified cypriot priority. that both sides were open to such acts of goodwill and that the united nations should play a role in the resolution of the cyprus problem. however, the status quo radically changed in 2019 when the turkish occupation authorities announced their intention, sadly, to open it to a turkish settlement, directly contradicting the united nations' role and legislatesy on the issue. specifically u.n. security council resolutions 482, 550,
789, 2483. back in october of 2019, i even wrote that the turkish settlement would be a sentence in the -- step in the completely wrong direction of what the cypriot people want. the president government of the -- the present government of the government of cyprus would return it to the -- i had family
that had to move to athens. a beautiful place. it's a very, very sad situation. and action, action, we need action. not words. and that's why i'm here tonight. mr. speaker, to educate the american public and the members of congress. so, the erdogan government, mr. speaker, and the turkish occupation authorities in cyprus rejected this win-win proposal and decided to keep this one-time jewel, and it is a jewel, of the eastern mediterranean sadly a ghost town. turkish cypriots want to be a part of the e.u. and share in all the economic benefits that their exate rots, the greek
cypriots enjoy. we support them in their efforts and condemn erdogan for using turkish cypriots as pawns, that's exactly what he's doing. he's using them as pawns to help bolster his dismal record on turkey's economy. the world knows that erdogan is desperate and prying to distract from -- trying to distract from his failed leadership in turkey. with his sinking poll numbers, erdogan must shore up his nationalist base ahead of turkey's 2023 election. that's what this is all about. that is why he has converted his rhetoric into action and moved to reopen parts of is a roschea for turkish -- var osha -- varosha for turkish tourism. we need to speak up now before it's too late.
the e.u. cannot simply to continue to offer its sentiments and vocal displeasure. they must match their displeasure with action. not limited to u.n. management of varosha, as outlined in the u.n. security council resolution 550. diplomatic isolation or sanctions. not limited to just that. the permanent turkish settlement of varosha, without justice to the cypriots, who had their homes unlawfully taken from them, should be the final red line for the international community that cannot be crossed. we, the international community, have an opportunity and an obligation to stand and fight for justice for our ally, the cypriot people. the cypriot people have a right to their dream of a united -- again, a united cyprus without direction -- direct interference
with from the turks and the displaced cypriots are entitled to return to their homes if beautiful varosha. the united states must take real action and let erdogan know in very clear terms that the u.s. will no longer put up with the blatant exploitation of the cypriot people. and that's what it's been all these years. last week a bipartisan group of u.s. senators, led in part by my good friend, marco rubio, called for the biden administration to pursue multilateral sanctions if turkey changes the status of varosha. senator menendez has been a great leader in this area too. turkey crossed that rubicon today and like it did when we warned them not to go ahead with the russian s-400 purchases, they thumbed their nose at the united states congress, the
state department, and the white house. it is time that turkey be held accountable for acting contrary to u.s. policy, u.s. interests, and u.s. law. and i ask this house to echo the call by the senators asking for the biden administration to pursue multilateral sanctions in response to turkey's flagrant violations of international law. i thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back the balance of my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the gentleman from colorado, mr. neguse, is recognized for 60 minutes as the dess i -- designee of the majority leader. mr. neguse: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of my special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. neguse: thank you, mr.
speaker. mr. speaker, wednesday, tomorrow, marks 200 days of this congress and 200 days of house democrats delivering for the people. together, with president biden, we have created millions of jobs since he took office, at a faster pace than any president in u.s. history. economic growth projections are up. wages are up. and unemployment is down. with the passage of the american rescue plan, we have brought needed relief to families across the country. more than 160 million americans, think about that number, 160 million americans, are now fully vaccinated against covid-19. and nearly 70% of adults in the united states have received at least one shot. we invested in helping schools reopen safely and to make up for lost learning time. we sent money to states and to
local communities to help keep child care providers on the job and to lower costs for working families. and we got more than 163 million impact payments into the hands of hardworking americans in 2021. and last week, last week child tax credit monthly payments began hitting the bank accounts of roughly 39 million households, covering almost 90% of children nationwide. that is historic. let me repeat, historic tax leaf for nearly every working family across the united states -- relief for nearly every working family across the united states. and behind each of those numbers is a family member, a neighbor, a colleague faced with untenable circumstances, getting the
support that they need. last week i had a chance to sit down, mr. speaker, with families in my district, i represent northern colorado. wonderful place. many of these families shared with me exactly what these child tax credit payments will mean for them and foyer that are families -- for their families. any in boulder -- annie in boulder, a woman i met last wednesday, she's 8 months pregnant. and her child tax credit payment is helping her pay for health care while she's on maternity leave until she's able to return to work full-time. johanna from fort collins already received her credit on july 15 and she will use that credit to pay for a summer camp for her son. others shared how these payments will help pay for their child care, for food, for rent
payments. child tax credit payments for many colorado families, for many california families, for many texas families, for many montana families, for many american families. -- families is a lifeline. because the payments mean money in the pockets of hardworking parents. that will ultimately help strengthen our economy and build better lives for their families. the bottom line is that with the child tax credit and with the american rescue plan, help is here. for so many. i recently had an opportunity to take a road trip across my district to see what the american rescue plan has meant for families in northern colorado. from boulder county to larimer county, up to the wyoming border. from vale to grand -- vail to grand lake to evergreen, many
places in between. visiting with families and small business owners, child care workers and communities. and we heard story after story after story about how these funds are helping our communities, providing support to local food banks who have seen skyrocketing demands, providing a needed lifeline to small business owners and renters and supporting, as i said, our cities and counties amidst the unprecedented moment we're all experiencing. we have always said that at this time of unprecedented challenge, we could not leave our families or our communities to weather this moment alone. well, we have not. president biden has not. house democrats have not. senate democrats have not. and we will not. 200 days, mr. speaker. 200 days of shots in the arms, money in pockets, children in schools, people in jobs and our
work is just getting started. because we will continue to deliver for the american people, mr. speaker. and now i'd like to yield to my friend, the co-chair of the democratic policy and communications committee, someone who has been delivering for the people in his district in california, and for the people of our country, for many years, my good friend, mr. ted lieu. i'd like it yield him five minutes, mr. speaker. . mr. lieu: could i actually represent tiffer neguse a question? mr. neguse: i would be happy to entertain your question. mr. lieu: that american tax cut, did any republican in congress vote for it snl mr. neguse: not a single republican, not one, voted for the child tax credit. no laughing matter, as it were. mr. lieu: democrats in the house
and senate that got the american rescue plan signed into law and president biden enacted it. what else is in this american rescue plan. we have this amazing tax cut for millions and millions of american families with children. it was designed to do four things, to get shots into the arms, children in schools, people back in jobs and cash in their pockets and it's doing all four of those. since january 20, there has been over three million jobs created under the biden-harris administration. the american rescue plan had stimulus checks go out to millions of americans who needed cash and provided billions of dollars to schools to reopen safely and money for restaurants and small businesses and
additional economic energy disaster grants and shuttered venue grants. it was so full of programs to help the american people that we now have our g.d.p. going to skyrocket and people are coming back to their jobs and america back on track and not a single republican voted for that american rescue plan. you know what else? funding for local government. i was on the city council and one of the big aspects of local government funding is funding for public safety. funding for our firefighters and our police officers. not a single republican voted for that local funding for public safety. this american rescue plan was law and still continuing to provide benefits to the american
people. a few days ago, on july 15, most american families got a tax refound. hundreds of dollars. this is a going to happen again sm the middle of next month, they will get hundreds of millions dollars and on the 15th of september and 15th of october and again on november 15th and december 15. this is transforming lives of americans and allowing hardworking parents to have cash to get gas for their car to go to car and get back into our economy and the labor market and again, not a single republican voted for the american rescue plan. and this was just the rst six months of democrats in control. what did the republicans do in control? they also did give tax cuts, it
went to billionaires. you didn't get a tax cut. you would have remembered if you did, but you didn't. the american people didn't get it because it went mostly to billionaires. republicans and democrats very starkly different. first six in office we gave a tax cut to the middle class, to families with children and now we are working on the american jobs plan that will have an infrastructure component and money for elder care and work force retraining and we are working on american families' plan, because this amazing tax cut for families children we want to make it permanent and give republicans another chance to vote for it. we want to make this permanent and hopefully get bipartisan support. what is in the american
families' plan? funding for education. studies show that in terms of education and most impact it could have in a human being's life is under the age of five. we will have universal pre-school and when the brains are developing and tremendous impact. and we are going to extend higher education funding to provide free community college for anyone who wants it. we are in the 21st century now and we have to expand our education and people have to learn more skills so they can prepare for their economy in the 21st century. hopefully we will get bipartisan support and continue to continue to make america as great as we want it to be and move forward on a bipartisan basis. we ask republicans to join us. not a single one voted for the
american rescue plan. with that, i yield back to representative neguse. mr. neguse: i thank the gentleman from california. if the distinguished the gentleman from california might be willing to engage in a brief colloquy. i was not -- and i was fully aware that the house republicans didn't vote in favor of the child tax credit but you mentioned a lit annie of other programs that have come to pass that have had a dramatic impact on the american people. is it your understanding that no republicans voted for, for example, the restaurant revite lization fund as part of the american rescue program? mr. lieu: they took credit and i don't want people to be confused. if your republican member claims credit, they did not vote for it. if they talk good things about
it, but your republican member of congress didn't vote for it. mr. neguse: you make an interesting point because as we reflect on the 200 days with house democrats leading the charge here in the congress, pushing to get money in pockets in restaurant revite lization funds and funds for small businesses and funds for our schools and funds for firefightering departments and local communities, we know that house democrats have been working for the people. and unfortunate that the house republican caucus has been unwilling to partner with us, we hope they will come around. with that, mr. speaker, i now would like to yield to the distinguished the gentlewoman from california, one of the privileges as the speaker knows, in serving in this august body is meeting giants. the speaker is familiar with the
refrain, we stand on the shoulders of gipets and that is the case in the instance of the colleague with whom i have been recognizing and voice for the voiceless, who has been a champion for working families in our country, for doing that she can possibly do to eradicate poverty, and that is my distinguished colleague and friend, ns lee. and i yield five minutes. lie lee thank you, mr. speaker. let me thank the gentleman from colorado for his remarks and leadership. and just know we are in this together and been in this together for a long, long time. and this is working for the american people and it's in our blood. we have no options and in the short time you have been here, you certainly have hit the ground running and shown who you
are. so thank you again. and our co-chair, mr. lieu. let me say thank you for your clarity and purpose and making sure that yourself and mr. neguse, making sure that the truth is told. and oftentimes the truth sets you free. i always marvel at you, congressman lewan mr. neguse when you are on the media, you don't pull any punches. you cut through the noise and the american people deserve that. and thank you for giving me the chance to with be with you. i rise to highlight the fact that house democrats have developed for the people in the first 200 days in this congress. the house democrats have begun building back boulder. we have helped tackle this virus
and putting people in the pockets. the american rescue plan improved the child tax credit and i worked with representative rible and congresswoman delauro. this benefit has made a significant impact on the lives of hundreds and thousands of struggling lives especially in communities of color. in my district, the tax credit will benefit 108,600 in the golden state of california. child poverty is about the highest in the country and will lift over 10,000 children out of poverty. now for the people, we must make it permanent. mr. speaker, democrats, we rescued republicans. there was zero, mind you, zero
republican votes as my colleagues have said for the creation, for example, of 3 million jobs and investing $130 billion to help schools re-open safely. there were zero republican votes for the child tax credit and for putting money into the pockets of american families, who through no fault of their own have been living on the edge struggling to survive and begging for help. guess what? democrats delivered for everyone, everyone, regardless of their party affiliation and regardless of who they voted for. and yes some republicans, they have the audacity to tout these benefits as if they supported them. you know what? that's ok. that's ok. we are delivering for the people regardless.
and yes, african-americans and people of color were disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus, and we made certain that equity and low-income and populations were targeted and included. last time i looked, republicans have many constituents who face socio, economic and racial bias and difficult time just sur-- surviving. republicans have constituents who have faced diverts. we do also. but republicans did not step up. we did. so, mr. speaker, i hope that the public understands who is on their side. you are making it clear. i hope the public really understands that what this is about and really who is standing with them. we must continue to build back
bigger and better and i hope these hopes will be bipartisan. after all, we were elected to represent and support our constituents, not abandon them, mind you, in the time of need. yes, i'm proud to have helped congressman mccarthy's constituents. the benefits extended to them during this unprecedented pandemic and i hope they rethink the importance of working for the people. i supported the american rescue plan regardless of party a fillings and i'm pleased that we took care of our colleagues' constituents. and when they wouldn't. mr. neguse: i certainly couldn't have said it any better. we were proud to take the steps
that were necessary to help constituents across the country. the problems, the challenges that we face as a country don't discriminate. on political lines or jurisdictional lines. we don't focus on helping democratic or republican communities, american communities. that's who we are here to help, american families, the american people. social security, mr. speaker, was created over 80 years ago. and i was at an event earlier today and i was joined by mr. lewan senator booker was so eloquent as he described the child tax credit program in particular as a new social security for kids, for children
so that every child in the united states has the opportunity to succeed and live the american dream. that is what it's all about. the stories that you heard from my colleagues today, that's who we are helping, the the single mother in bloomfield, colorado, trying to make ends mix. the working family in nebraska, seattle, florida, trying to find the resources to pay for child care, to put food on the table, to pay their mortgage. that is what the child tax credit is all about. 200 days, mr. speaker. 200 days of progress. i am proud of the work my
colleague -- of the work. my colleague, mr. lieu, is proud of the work. that democrats have done. the work that representative axne has done to fight for farmers in iowa. the work that representative harder has done to increase appropriations for fire fighting. in the western united states. as we are besieged by wildfires. the work that representative delgado did to secure local, community support for the smallest cities and towns and municipalities in rural america. money in pockets. shots in arms. children in schools. and people in jobs. 200 days, mr. speaker. and we're just getting started. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back.
under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grotman, for 30 minutes. mr. grothman: thank you. i'd like to address the crisis we have on our southern border. last week, i was fortunate enough to go with three other congressmen to see the rio grande valley sector and i want to educate the american public as well as my colleagues as to what i saw down there. it is my personal belief that it is the biggest crisis we are facing today. first of all, let's look at the raw numbers. in june, we have had contact with 190,000 people at the border. a lot of those are turned around, we do not know because the numbers are not yet available how many are let in the country. but we believe about 16,000 children were unaccompanied by an adult were let. in we believe about 24,000 other
family members are let. in we believe about 30,000 people who are not tbiched the border patrol who are sneaking across the line are let in so we believe that more than 70,000 people who we did not pick, we did not vet, were let in america in june as opposed to about 6,000 people last june. that's kind of a dramatic change. 6,000 to 70,000 people. normally, time of year, by the way, those numbers are falling. they went up from may. why? it's less hot this year, more people are likely to travel south of the border. i have been to the border four time this is year. things are different from sector to sector. the rio grande valley sector is that which borders the gulf of mexico. i want to point out people are largely coming from countries you'd expect. primarily hon cure -- honduras,
guatemala, then mexico and el salvador, though other countries like haiti, ecuador and cuba are also in the top 10. different than other regions where brazil led the way or russia was close to the top. i want to point out that according to the board pear troll agents i talked to, frequently these people are not necessarily starving or poor with the exceptions of venezuela and cuba where they've had to put up with socialist/marksist governments. they appear well fed. some of them, particularly from cuba or europe, are actually judging by their clothes or by the purses they have relatively well off. i stood on the border in a path between the rio grande river and where you check in with the border patrol and during the 45 minutes i stood there, again and again and again clumps of people, 15 people, 45 people, 25
people, were coming across. they were rather jolly, despite the fact that i was standing next to a border patrol agent that did not intimidate them. they knew under our new laws they would be escorted in and they just smiled and wave and were completely happy. they knew that they would wind up being looked at at the border, they -- and that's why people just kept coming. until third basing in the morning. as one of my colleagues saw. what other comments can i make about watching this huge sea of humanity cross the border? it is strengthening the car cartels. i do not know if i believe it but a border patrol agent told me he felt the mexican cartels are now make manager money escorting people across the american border than they are from drugs. i can't document that. that's just what i was told. if you have to come across the border if you come across the
rio grande, people have to realize, you do not get to come across unless you deal with the drug cartels. and they will charge someone from mexico about $3,000, from central america $5,000. from brazil -- and these are all abouts, you negotiate your own price for the cartel, maybe $10,000. if you're coming from china, and i didn't see anybody coming from china but our tour guides at the rio grande valley said it was not uncommon to get people from china, they may be paying up to $20,000. you get different trips. when you come up from central america, first of all, you're escorted toward a place near the border between mexico and central america. then you pay to get from a gathering place there to a gathering place just south of the american border, then you are escorted to the rio grande river and then over the rio grande river. maybe for a higher quality trip
it might cost you $12,000 to get a better boat. that sort of thing. as you work your way north. you have to pay. we recently heard of a story from the border patrol in which somebody from ecuador refused to pay, felt like coming across the border. the gangs killed him on the spot. boom. that's the kind of thing you're dealing with. a lot of sexual assaults. as the border patrol interviews people they try to do something about it but given the hodgepodge nature of the border, very rarely are they able to catch the assailant. to give you a further idea how difficult it is, people may say, why doesn't the border patrol intercept the boat coming across the rio grande? because what the cartels will do, if there's a little child on the boat, and there frequently is they'll throw the child in the river. knowing the border patrol will help the 1-year-old or 3-year-old child to safety rather than go after the drug
cartel or the person who is escorting, working for the drug cartel, escorting people across the border. i was told again today, talking to our border patrol, that is very common. that they would throw a little child in the river. kind of an interesting thing if you watch these people come across, it is so automatic that nowadays they get a little wristband like you might get at a county fair that wristband varies depending upon the quality of trip you're going to get as well as which gang is escorting you across. so it's just on that automatically. and like i said, you come to the southern border of mexico, you take a plane, train, or bus through mexico, enter another gathering place just south of the border, escorted to the river, and then escorted on a boat across and like i said, depending on the quality of the trip, $3,000, from asia,
$20,000, very difficult thing. the next thing we learned down there, you might think, what does mexico think about the new policies implemented by the united states? of course the biggest policy is we got rid of the migrant protection program where people who are going to ask for asylum had to stay south of the border. for whatever reason, the biden administration decided to get rid of. that well, since then, the border patrol agents i talked to felt they were getting less cooperation with mexico. they're still getting cooperation but it frayed the very good cooperation we had with the mexican border patrol six months ago. because the attitude of the mexican border patrol themselves is, or the police themselves is, why should i risk my life taking on the drug gangs when the americans on the other side don't really seem to care about protecting their own border? next thing to point out, i
didn't know looking at tv, it is not unusual at all to have people come here without their own i.d. and without their own i.d., of course, you have to take their word for it as to who they are. you can't do criminal background checks like you want to do. bizarrely, even without a -- an i.d., the wonderful american taxpayer will fly you ors but you wherever you want to go in the united states. so when i left that area in the mcallen airport i saw people with manila envelopes. on the envelope it says, i do not speak english, but gives directions as to where you should go. as we talked to some immigrants come a-- coming across they knew where they wanted to go. i want to go to chicago, i want to go to new york, i want to go to louisiana. we dutifully put the instructions on this the manila envelope, without i.d., they're allowed to get on airlines
without i.d., something none of us would be allowed to do, and take them wherever they want to go. the next thing i'll mention, people talk about keeping families together. we see not a small number of children all alone in what i can only describe as cages. i would say they are, oh, maybe, 20 feet by 20 feet with maybe eight kids in there all under the age of 5 or another fencing area with kids who are older than that crowded together, maybe 10 to 13. there are -- they are obviously kids because we do let kids who claim to be under 18, who almost certainly aren't, but in any event it's heart breaking to see these little kids, probably under the age of 5, sitting on mats asleep at 10:00 in the morning without any adults to accompany them, without their parents to accompany them. you might say, what are they doing here? bizarrely, i think, parents will
send their kids north to live with aunts and uncles or grandma and grand grandpa or whatever. they put the address or the name of the people on their t-shirts or with something the kids are carrying. the kids show the border patrol their t-shirts and the kids, the united states, sends them to a nonprofit organization who takes them to new york or baltimore or wherever. it frustrating the border pal patrol because of course in the united states, if we knew parents who just wrote on a 3-year-old's shirt, take johnny to 123 elm street in los angeles, california, and dropped them off at the airport, those parents would be getting a call from social services. but here in dealing with immigrant we don't consider that unusual at all. oh, johnny, we're supposed to find a way to take you from mcallen to 123 elm street in west bend, wisconsin, why, we
have no problem doing that. so just something that bothereders the border patrol and bothers me as well. the next thing to think about, something new that the border patrol sees, and i am a big advocate for those people born with different abilities but it is apparent to the border patrol that more recently they are getting kids, they wonder if they're coming from orphanages, who who have different abilities than the rest of us. you should say special needs. we're seeing more of that come across the border. america is a wonderful country, we do take these kids in. i'm sure we'll find special programs for them. but i think it ought to be openly discussed if we are seeing a new trend of countries south of the border feeling that it's up to the united states to care for this population. now i'm going to comment a little bit on the people they
call gotaways. obviously if you have so many young kids being processed here, the border patrol has to spend a lot of time filling out paperwork and interviewing these kids. well, what happens when the border patrol is filling out paperwork and changing diapers? they don't have time to guard the border. as a result, we heard in certain sectors the border patrol is at one half the number of people they want on the border. which is why this time last year they had about 6,000 gotaways sneaking in every month, now there are 30,000 gotaways sneaking in every month. a discussion of what i learned at the border is incomplete without talking about the drugs that are coming across the border. ever since i've had this job, we have talked about the number of people who are dying in to country -- in this country of illegal drug overdoses. i think after a while people's eyes glaze over and they may not
be aware that in the last six or seven years the number of people dying in this country has doubled. when i first got this job it was around 45,000 a year, i was stung that, that's not far away from the number of people who died fighting in vietnam, every year that many people were dying of drug overdoses in this country. it's doubled. it's now up to 90,000 a year. when i talked to a local d.e.a. agent in milwaukee he told me he felt the drugs from all the overdoses in milwaukee county, which at the time was probably 540 a year, probably came across the southern border. just like every member of law enforcement, they wonder what we're doing in washington to prevent these more drugs are cog across the border as marijuana becomes legalized in more
states, there a speculation that the drug gangs are shifting from marijuana to harder drugs. secondly, the current drug of choice that are being used by horrible cartels and ought to put more of these people in prison, the type of drug that is being brought across is fentanyl. i thought heroin was the most dangerous thing you could take. fentanyl is much more dangerous than heroin. i talked to a district attorney and people died from the three prior years combined. it's what we see as the young people shift from heroin on fentanyl. on purpose or not on purpose because frequent fentanyl is put in with the heroin. if we care about the 90,000 people who are dying every year in this country from illegal
overdoses and think about the poor families who lose the loved ones it seems part of the response has to be to respond at the border and one more time, it seems like we are going the opposite direction and doing less at the border and more people coming across means more fentanyl and more fentanyl coming across is more laced hernan more people dying and more broken hearts of the families who are dying. so, what can i recommend to the wonderful congressman in the chair? first of all, i will ask the biden administration not to get rid of section 42. that's the section that allows the border patrol to turn people around because of fear of the covid. there are rumors that the use of
section 42 is soon to be dropped by the biden administration. perhaps the uptick in covid will cause them not to do it. already we have 70,000 people a month crossing the border and if the word gets out that we aren't going to turn away single adults or families, that 70,000 a month figure is going to shoot up even more. secondly, with regard to the covid right now, the border patrol checks people and only checks people if they have a temperature of 99. otherwise they send them onto the nongovernmental organizations who take these people next. if they test positive there, these organizations put them up in hotels and what are the
people with covid do once they are placed in a hotel or apartment? they leave right away. so right now as a practical matter, the policy of the biden administration -- i'm not talking about unvaccinated people, but people who literally have the covid, the response this country is, we let them in. i would beg the biden administration to do something about that concern. expand title 42 because people can get here because of covid. and when people test positive for covid. don't let them out. that is the whole story we are getting from the president. the third thing i'm asking the president to do and i made this three weeks ago, please put
somebody other than vice president harris in charge of the border. she did a three-hour check. i learned so much hour every time i'm down there and usually i stay down there a couple days each. every sector of the southern border is different. there are nine sectors and i was in the rio grande valley, very different in tucson and san diego. please, president biden, pick someone who has a zeal to control the southern border or is personally responsible enough to go down there and do something, because i will tell you that 70,000 figure up from 6,000 a year ago is going to do nothing but grow. and if you get rid of section 42, it will rocket up through the roof. and i don't think there is any
country, a country with the generous welfare state like we have, that can survive purely open borders. there is your primer for people to be in the room and fortunate enough to listening at home. i beg president biden to take the border of this seriously and the media. i do not think that the government did does or does not do is more significant than what happens with and who the 70,000 people that are coming across the border today and what i believe will soon as the weather gets cooler and more apparent to people around the world, soon that number will go from 70 to 80 to 90, to 100. so thank you for the time. and i don't know -- thanks for
the time. i don't know if you have someone else to call on. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021rk the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson leefor 30 minutes. ms. jackson lee: it is always important to have an oortunity to speak to our colleague and the american people. tonight i will dwell on human rights and challenges and the legacy of the undmining of human rights, even in america that will include aspects of such indig nights around the world. i yield to the honorable john sarbanes who will start with a discussion on long standing and well-known historic violation of human rights. mr. sarbanes: i wanted to speak
today about the 47th anniversary of the turkish invasion of the tiny island of cyprus. for the last 47 years, turkish troops vr occupied the north of that island, which is a direct violation of human rights. they have taken that opportunity to engage in disruption and desecration of cultural and religious sites. president erdogan of turkey visited cyprus, on this day, the 47th anniversary. why did he come? was it to negotiate for a solution to the division of the island? no. did he come to apologize for the continued occupation of the island? no. he came to announce the
re-opening of the beach town indirect contravention which considers attempts to settle any part of the people as inadmissible, unquote. the beach town was a resort town and tourist destination of the republic of cyprus. but with the advance of emple the cyprioter population. it is article cynical and shameful act to mock the inhabitants and advance turkey's agenda to divide cyprus instead of a.m. confederation that all parties of good faith have endorsed. i urge the biden administration to use all means to resist
turkey's creeping partition of cyprus and bring condemnation to these outrageous steps that president erdogan that disrespect and vial the rights and dignity of the residents. one day they will be reunited but can only come with the leadership of the american government bloid consistently and morally and abiding sense of justice. i thank the congresswoman for yielding me that time to address an important human rights and her incredible work over decades and her service here in congress to make sure that in this country, we are recognizing human rights and the dignity of every individual. and i want to thank her for herer leadership on this very important commission and being
part of the conscience of this congress. and with that, i yield back. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman for his leadership. we must always remember that human rights are he equal to human dignity. it's my privilege to stand to discuss the value, recognizing human dignity. as i do so. let me add to an earlier discussion that reflects on giving our children human dignity. is btnt amazing our children have suffered in the course of the most recent history and they have been hungry and without a good education. this is children in american and speak about children around the
world. they have had little access to broadband, technology and they have suffered in their housing provisions, if you will. i'm proud to start out by again, applauding the american rescue act and the life-changing impact of the child tax credit. i don't think we can do that enough. and children of color have been at the front of the line being able to help with food, child care, diapers, clothing, taxes, poor, working and middle-class families are able to receive the same amount. you will see where we are going on this. we don't do this in anger or because we are mad but because it is righting the wrong, as one of my colleagues said. it will provide $250 per month per child. that means children under five.
all families in my district will feel more secure. let me run through these numbers. the 18th congressional district in houston, texas, 91.7% of children in my district will gain an improved and child tax credit. i know that because i have been immersed in child care. we have been at a church and federal building and up and down on the radio and where where we can be to ensure we did it with humor, compassion and on the street corners and been say ing get ready for the child tax credit. president biden and democratic congress worked so hard on. 91.7% of the children will gain. 210,000 children. i have schools in my my district
that are at risk. there is no shame to helping children. but behind those children are parents who are suffering. these dollars will high these parents have dignity and their children have dignity and resources. the average benefit in my district, houston, i hope you are listening, $3,000 500 and if you have not filed your taxes in the 2019 year you can immediately get help from my office or our i.r.s. tax advocacy in my building at 1919 smith in houston, texas. don't miss the opportunity. it is not a handout but handup. 21,000 800 children are out of poverty because of the largest
kids are raised out of poverty. that is expanded across america and millions of children face a new day. families will receive $5,000 300 on average and they are getting 6,000 500 children in my district out of deep poverty. . . thank you air -- thank you chairwoman delauro and appropriators. this year, 2021, in the aftermath of covid-19, this is the year to do it with the appropriations bill. this is the year to do it. again, my theme, a sense of dignity. and where does that take me now? well, one moment i must deviate for a moment, mr. speaker. just indicate that i think the biden-harris team has brought to
america a sense of compassion. it has turned anger and ugly words into reaching out to people where they are. that could mean people that oppose them. but they roach out to them where they are and they reach them with a sense of understanding and acceptance that they must cast leadership for all of america even if people disagree with them my good friend who was here on the floor, i'm sorry he has left. i want to emphasize that vice president kamala harris is doing an excellent job on some tough issues. he's leading on voting rights, has been meeting with any number of persons. i want to remind america that texas democratic state representatives who had some medical mishaps here or medical circumstances with covid-19, no one is immune, are still here fighting. so that we can have voting rights. she has met with all of them. she is deeply engaged in making
sure that we work together as a congress to get voting rights done. along with the congressional black caucus, chairwoman beatty and all of us as members who are standing ready. he's doing an excellent job. i will tell you, living on the border myself, living in texas, in the region, having gone to the border over and over again, she is doing a job that should be done that others are not doing, getting into the weeds and understand what -- understanding what the president's should be as we go forward on immigration reform. she's been to the northern triangle, the heart of where the issues start. and they are working to discern how they can best stop the massive flow of migrants, immigrants, who are in fear of their lives living in the countries they're living in. these are tough issues. i want to say thank you, vice president harris, because some people misunderstand and think that it is just an easy thing to
do. my word from texas on her trip was excellent. that people were receptive to her intellect, her compassion and her willingness to get the job done and the job will be done. so as i say that, i indicate that this will be a night about human rights. so i want to give you a little education about legislation that we're so pleased. can you imagine h.r.40, the commission to study and develop reparation proposals, having near 200 sponsor, co-sponsors of individuals who have come from many parts of the country? so i'm speaking to my colleagues, who happen to be republicans. i want to give them the opportunity to realize just what this bill. is i heard someone say restoration. i heard someone say repair. and they're right. and my good friend, the honorable barbara lee, we're working in tandem together, working in tandem on h.res. 19,
which is reconciliation and rest restoration. and then the bilker h.r. -- and then the bill, h.r. 40, to create a commission that would study, effectively, slavery, and then develop reparation proposals. again, restoration, repair. let us remove ourselves from any sort of shackle on the question of reparation. let us be understanding of someone else's pain, someone else's history, that is in fact american history. so i hold up this bill because i said i would do show and tell, h.r. 40, look at the pile of member here's as original co-sponsors. they have been coming on and on and i want to a-- i want to say thank you to my friends and colleagues who have thoughtfully felt the need to say, how do we heal america's systemic racism?
and how do we heal institutional racism? how do we not ignore what is in fact true? i think most of you know i could not stand here without saying thank you to the 415 members of congress who voted along with the united states senate on juneteenth. do you realize that juneteenth is the first time america has acknowledged the history of slavery? 1865, those of us west of the mississippi, just got the word from the union soldiers with general grainger that we were free. by general order number 3. juneteenth is a commemoration of that and i want everyone to know that frankly, 47 states have already been celebrating in their own ways juneteenth. after 38 years we have a new federal holiday called juneteenth which gives america and little schoolchildren the opportunity to ask their dad or their teacher, what is
juneteenth? that was holding people in bondage but it was setting them free. after the bloodiest war, brothers against brothers, the civil war. where abraham lincoln so emotionally indicated, a house divided cannot stand. general grainger same and sam collins held a magnificent celebration on june 19 in houston, in galveston, in that region where i represent, and the mural was unveiled by a magnificent artistic team led by reginald adams out of third ward texas, which is houston, which is where my congressional district is. it told the story of the freedom of the slaves and we repeated general order number 3 which says equality of rights, but the biggest thing it says, the slaves are free. and that we insist upon equality of rights.
that's all that h.r.40 is about, my friends. are we deny equality of rights? that was in general order number 3. that's what the president, unfortunately, being assassinated, president lincoln, sent general granger down to read to the slaves that had worked, had worked and been beaten for 2 1/2 more years. it is important that we not ignore what slavery was all about. this is the welts and beaten back and scared back of a slave. let us be clear. bondage. we are the only group of americans that have been held in bondage in this nation. and we've been held or were held in bondage longer than this country has been a nation.
2-years -- 246 years we were held in bondage and we only celebrated our 245th birthday. so we are here to be able to very briefly run you through a brief history. let me do this. let me first of all talk about the words of gary abernathy who proudly says that he is a conservative. mr. speaker, what is my time remaining, please? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady has 14 minutes remaining. ms. jackson lee: appreciate it. only to make sure that i can now flow with the concept of the time. but the headline reads, why i support reparations, and all conservatives should. i know my friends are listening here on the other side. gary abernathy. and i'll take some excerpts from this.
he acknowledges that he is a conservative. and i can venture to say his credentials can be documented. but he says in spite of the bill that i've offered has an apology, he takes note of that he indicates he may not be that enthusiastic about that. but he says in fact it could be argued that the idea fits within the conservative philosophy. meaning that the notion of reparations is worth discussing because he says in fact it could be argued that the idea fits with the conservative philosophy. he goes on to say, but it is undeniable that white people have been disproportionately benefited from both the labor and the legacy of slavery and crucially will continue to do so for generations to come. none of this is said with anger. it is only setting forth facts. when slavery was abolished after a bloody civil war,
african-americans were dispersed into a world that was overtly hostile to them. reconstruction efforts were bitterly resisted by most southern whites. attempts to educate and employee former slaves happened only in fits and starts. a group of people in the millions set free. freedom is precious. we cannot deny how precious freedom was. but they were given nothing. nothing to start their lives. they came into the hostility of people who really didn't want them to be free. that was the bulk of the south and many parts of the north. the government even reneged on its 40 acres and a mule pledge after slavery, prejudice and indifference continued to fuel the social and economic disparity. be remembered of the whipped back of this black man this slave. they were whipped backs -- there were whipped backs of women and children. they lived through this, through no fault of their own. they worked and toiled the fields.
they made cotton king. they built the economic engine of this nation. they sent millions of dollars from the south to the wall street banks. and we built america. they built this place on which i stand, the united states capitol, with their bare hands and they built the white house. what else could they have built? so when slavery was abolished, there was silence. it has been represented that there is a gap of 17, 600 that shows the median black household worth to the wage of the average american or white family. when parents offer gifts to help children buy a home, avoid student debt or start a business, those children are more able to retain and build on their wealth over their lifetimes. i think we just saw a very unique occasion today regarding space. i will not in any way say
anything but congratulations. but one of those persons paid $27 million. to be on that historic moment. calculate that. personal payment. wasn't government. and again i celebrate the occasion. but juxtapose that against where we are, or where african-americans are. randall robinson made the point that even affirmative action would never close the economic gap. middle class blacks have no paper assets to speak of. they may be salaried but they're only a few months away from poverty in many instances if they lose their jobs. many times the ravages of discrimination, segregation are intertwined in law and they may lose their jobs. so this conservative author believes in reparations.
and he believes that this can be done with a fair amount of dollars. but there's more to it, as you'll hear me say. because it's not about money. he concludes by saying it is a tenet of conservatism that a level playing field is all we should guarantee. but that's meaningless if one team starts with an insurmountable lead before the play even begins. i think l.b.j. said, if you want to tell people about a fair race, meaning a running race, and one fellow or lady has shackles around their ankles, and the whistle blows, get ready, go, it is not a fair race. because one runner is freed and has all of the elements of freedom. and the ability to do great things. and one is running with leg irons on.
so as we look at how we can as a nation, a community, come together, i don't know how many times i want to raise the question that we are not doing this in anger, h.r. 40 first introduced by john conyers is an international concept. it just means repair. it means doing the right thing. healing. dealing with injustices. it will not be painful. but let me tell you why this legislation is not painful. because it is a study. that will give us a road map. and it will be done with academics and those appointed by government leaders and they will be balanced and they will be responsible and thorough. and so, why do we think we need it? let me submit to the record and mr. chairman i ask unanimous consent, mr. speaker, to submit
a letter from -- the article from gary abernathy, "washington post," contributing columnist. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: and i ask to put in the article, u.n. chief: rights are needed. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: reparations are a universal concept of repair and human rights. this report, the u.n. high commission for human rights, this is big stuff. offers a sweeping look at the centuries of mistreatment faced by centuries of africans and people of african descent, notably from the trant -- trant atlantic slave trade. it seeks a transformative approach to address the continued impact today. in its report it says, i am calling on all states to stop denying and start dismantling racism, to end impunity --
impunity and build trust, to listen to the voices of people african descent and offer redress. this is what the report has said. united states. it goes -- united nations. it goes on to say, reparations should not only be equated to financial compensation. this is what i've been saying. i say that when i go on the floor and ask for my colleagues to support. it thank goodness almost 200 said, we understand it, we get it. i'm looking for my republican friends to join us. adding that it should include restitution, rehbletation, scrimmage -- rehabilitation, scrimmage, rehabilitation, acknowledge the of injustices, apologies, memphisization, guarantees that such injustices will not happen again. does that sound unfair? we cannot find a single example of a state that has fully reckonned with the past or comprehensively accounted for the impacts of the lives of people of african descent.
this individual who was head of the unit on nondiscrimination said, our message therefore, is that this situation is untenable. this is a report from the u.n. the main part of the problem is many believe the misconceptions that the abolition of slavery, the end of the trans-atlantic trade and colonization have removed the racially discriminatory structures built by these practices. absolutely wrong. the report found this is not true. also denouncing an idea among some associating blackness with criminality. that has gone on in many places around the world, including the united states. this report also decried the dehumanization of people of african descent that was rooted in false social constructions of race in the past to justify enslavement, racial stereotypes, harmful practices, as well as tolerance of racial discrimination, equality and violence. do we realize that that hurts
all of our children? children that are white and nonwhite are hurt by the definitions of color and africans and people of african descent. we face inequalities, meaning those of african descent, and stark social economic and political marginalization. in many countries the report said, including unfair access to education, health care, jobs, housing and clean water. what the commission could do to give peace and understanding of the very fact of what would be a positive response to this question of discrimination. i want to add some real scientific evidence that i am
not on the floor here complaining. i am giving an opportunity, along with the infrastructure bill, along with the budget reconciliation, i'm on the budget committee, to be able to -- along with voting rights -- to, after 30-some years when this bill was first introduced in 1989, after the japanese received reparations in 1988 of which we supported and thank you to the japanese american association, they are strong supporters of h.r. 40. they got reparations for their false and unfair internment in the 1940's during world war ii. we celebrated it, we worked with them and helped them construct that. those who were in congress at that time. and we filed john conyers' bill is shortly after 199 and i am honored to have been given -- after 1989 and i am honored to have been given this opportunity upon his retirement. i will not let the nation down. i say the nation. because a definitive study is worthy. if i might show you that the
idea of reparations is to suggest a continued systemic impact, continued systemic impact that is going on even in this moment. this is an article as part of the harvard medical school's continuing coverage of medicine and you would not believe it. civil rights activists have long called for monetary reparations, this report opens up -- this is a scientific vetted report from the harvard university medical school. its title, anti-racist epidemiology, research suggests reparations for slavery could have reduced covid-19 infections and deaths in the united states. this was published online on february 9. what it does is it estimates the impact of structural inequities between black and white individuals. the research is set out to capture the effects of reparation payments on black,
white -- black-white wealth gap, my friend in the state of louisiana. this is an important report. the disproportionate effects of covid-19 on racial minorities, black individuals in particular, have been well documented. black people get covid-19 at a rate nearly 1 1/2 times higher than that of white people are hospitalized at a rate nearly four times higher and are three times as likely to die from the disease, as it first started, according to the latest estimates from the u.s. centers for disease control. so the greatest disease burden among black people have caused tremendous loss of life and unspeakable suffering across these already vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. notably, these effects have also spilled over and are driving transmission rates of virus in overall population. so they did their study on many places, but i'll read a portion of the study, examine the initial period of the outbreak,
before the infection could control -- before the infection control measures were implemented. so many differences in infection rates among populations at the time would have been driven mainly by differences in the social structures. very quickly, louisiana has a population heavily segregated by race. with black people having higher levels of overcrowded housing and working on jobs at a -- that are more likely to expose them and they found that if reparations had been given they would have done better. i conclude, mr. speaker, -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: but saying -- by saying, you see a picture of the tulsa race riot. that's why i stand here today. so that i is a tulsa, greenwood, needs reparation. h.r. 40 needs to pass. why don't we do it together? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman for his courtesies. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the chair lays before the house sundry communications. the clerk: the honorable the
speaker, house of representatives. madam, on june 18, 2021, the committee on ethics committee received an appeal from representative marjorie taylor greene on a fine imposed pursuant to house resolution 38 and house rule 2, clause 3-g, the appeal was received after the committee adopted its written rules, a majority of the committee did not agree to the appeal. signed, sincerely, theodore deutch, chairman and jackie walorski, ranking member. the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. madam, on june 16, 2021, the committee on ethics, committee, received an appeal from representative ralph norman of a fine imposed pursuant to house resolution 38 and house rule 2 of clause 3-g, the appeal was received after the committee adopted its written rules. a majority of the committee did not agree to the appeal. signed, theodore deutch, chairman, and jackie walorski, ranking member. the honorable the speaker, house of representatives.
madam, on june 15, 2021, the committee on ethics committee received an appeal from representative thomas massie of a fine imposed pursuant to house resolution 38 and house rule 2, clause 3-g. the appeal was received after the committee adopted its written rules. a majority of the committee did not agree to the appeal. signed, theodore deutch, chairman and -- chairman, and jackie walorski, ranking member. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 11-b of house resolution 188, the house stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow for morning hour debate and noon for legislative business.