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tennessee? guest: we have had a lot of violence lately in knoxville. a lot of shootings. folks are rightfully concerned. you have one side blaming law enforcement for some reason. we need to start looking within. we need to start looking at homes that have no fathers. we have a huge problem with that and personal responsibility will have to take effect. you had a shooting in >> this entire program is available on our website, c-span.org. we'll leave it here to keep our long time commitment to live congressional coverage. the u.s. house about to gavel in on this wednesday. members are expected to consider a bill requiring the e.p.a. to designate what's called forever chemicals as hazardous. these are toxic chemicals used
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in manufacturing that get in the water supply. votes expected about 2:00 p.m. eastern. live now to the floor of the u.s. house here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: will you pray with me? holy god with confidence we approach your throne of grace, praying for your protection over us this day. deliver us from all that seeks to undo our noble responsibilities. save us from our adversaries who attempt to thwart our best efforts, whose words target our integrity, and whose anger and prejudice will not yield to reason. we pray your deliverance. save us from our culture rancor in this country where we are quick to take sides. reckless in our judgment of the other and have found ourselves
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mired in doubt, confusion, mistrust, and hopelessness, we pray your deliverance. save us from ourselves for we are as culpable as those we accuse. for give us our short -- for give us our short sidedness, our self-preservation, our heart -- hardened hearts and lack of faith. when we cling to our uncertainty and righteousness we pray your deliverance, call us to hold fast to your righteousness that we may once again thrive in the confidence and hope we find only in you. in your sovereign name we pray, amen. pursuant to section 11-a of house resolution 188, the journal of the last day's proceedings is approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from new york, mr. higgins.
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mr. higgins: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. wit objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: we experienced a 90% increase in gun violence in buffalo. 355 people involved in this. as of july this year, 45 people lost their lives to gun violence. this morning, the gun violence
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prevention task force heard from experts in community violence interventions. these experts affirm what we know. that gun violence in our country is tearing families and neighborhoods apart. their testimony adds support for our efforts to provide $5 million in american rescue plan act funding to groups in buffalo to prevent and reduce violence before it occurs. this funding will support trusted messengers, good messengers, credible messengers, a coalition of peacekeeping organizations who will work in our streets to stop violence before it occurs. congress passed the american rescue plan to deliver relief to communities ravaged by the pandemic. now our communities are facing a spike in violence that began during the pandemic. they need help and they need help now. i yield back the rest of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. williams: madam speaker, i rise today to talk about the rising inflation for consumers. the index jumped 5.4% through june, the largest year over year gain since 2018. small businesses and americans are paying more for goods and services due in large part to government spending during covid-19 and now democrats' reckless economic agenda. it's simple as this, inflation is taxation. as a small business owner for 50 years, i can tell you these increased prices are creating challenges for consumers whose budgets are being stretched thinner and thinner every single month. the democrats' solution, ram through a partisan, $3.5 trillion package that will
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further increase taxes on the american people and completely disregard rising inflation. it's pretty simple. raising taxes, less jobs. lower tax, more jobs. congress must return by some fiscal sanity and democrats must resist the temptation to spend our way out of this situation as rising inflation and the growing national debt become an unrelenting enemy. in god we trust. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. frankel: thank you, madam speaker. i rise on the 200th day of the house democrats delivering for the people. madam speaker, over the years, i've had the opportunity to mentor young girls from hard-pressed families. i will tell you this. they taught me more than i ever could teach them.
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i learned that even with mothers working two jobs, there were weeks of just peanut butter in their pantry and having to move place to place just to find affordable rent. that's why i celebrate the historic expansion of the child tax credit in the american rescue package because it has the power to lift millions of children out of poverty, giving them the futures they deserve. it will help our families thrive and our economy to recover. we can build back better by lifting our children. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i rise to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, quickly before i begin my remarks here, i want to wish my eldest daughter a happy birthday. madam speaker, i rise to honor a
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great american and resident of my district in wisconsin, jim of hudson served in the army from march of 1943 to june of 1946 and, again, september, 1950, to july, 1952. during his first tour of duty, he was originally assigned to the army band, but as america was drawn into world war ii, he found himself reassigned and serving as a gunner during vehicle patrols throughout europe. mr. staberg was part of the battle of the bulge and was at the historic trials at the end of the war. jim was shipped off to korea for a second tour of duty where he would once again face communist aggression. jim married and had three children in hudson, wisconsin, which he still calls home today. mr. tiffany: mr. speaker -- excuse me -- madam speaker, on behalf of a grateful state and nation, i thank jim staberg for
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his service. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. kelly: madam speaker, today marks the 200th day of this congress and house democrats working for the people. working together with the biden administration, we have put our economy back on track, curb the spread of covid-19, and put money back into the pockets of our constituents. it was only democrats that voted for the american rescue plan which helped create three million jobs, deliver stimulus checks and extend the child tax credit. the american rescue plan also delivered on my most urgent priority, ending the maternal mortality crisis, allowing states to extend medicaid coverage postpartum care. it will save lives. outside of the recovery package, we have continued working on other priorities like advancing
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a pathway to citizenship for dreamers and passing commonsense gun violence prevention measures to protect and improve the lives of everyday americans. madam speaker, in just 200 days, we have accomplished so much, but rest assured, we are just getting started. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> rise to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to defend the conscience of american taxpayers. since 1973, both sides of the aisle have agreed that taxpayers should not be forced to fund the taking of an unborn child's life through abortion. this consensus was enshrined in the hyde amendment. the hyde amendment has saved lives of almost 2 1/2 million children, including over 65,000 in my home state of north carolina. madam speaker, unfortunately, president biden and congressional democrats have decided to abandon the hyde
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amendment in this year's budget. mr. budd: this is a grave mistake that will cost the lives of more innocent children and, therefore, it must be reversed. madam speaker, let's show that this house stands with life, believes in science, and opposes the evil of abortion. madam speaker, i rise -- i ask for 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 i ask for its immediate consideration in the house. 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's been cleared by the bipartisan floor and committee leaderships. mr. budd: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to
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address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. brownley: madam speaker, today we mark 200 days of the 117th congress and 200 days of delivering for the people. from day one, house democrats have prioritized the needs of everyday americans, working families, and our children. we have delivered transformative lifesaving legislation that focuses on our recovery from this pandemic. the american rescue plan has been successful in getting shots in arms, workers back to work, and money in the pockets of families and children back to school. this was one of the biggest jolts to our health and our economy in history, and we cannot let us on our efforts. we must build on this momentum and pass president biden's american family plan and the american jobs plan and we must
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seize this moment, rebuild strong and rebuild by making bold, sustained investments in our nation and in our future. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina 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 gentleman is recognized. mr. wilson: thank you, mr. speaker. this month i was grateful to have participated in a congressional delegation of the osec parliamentary forum. it's inspiring to see the extraordinary economic advances of estonia and bulgaria. in estonia we were welcomed by the prime minister and the foreign ministry. we learned that russian diplomats had been expelled in april to protest along with the czech prime minister, exposing
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the irrefutable evidence that two russian g.r.u. agents were behind the 2014 ammunition depot explosion which killed two people. the same two russian agents named by the czech republic are suspected by british diplomats for killing two in 2018. the czech republic has correctly demanded russia pay for damages. thank you for your annual delivery of south carolina pizzas to capitol hill and congratulations -- and also, god bless our troops and we should never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in
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support of h.r. 18, the no taxpayer funding for abortion act. this bill would make the hyde amendment permanent and governmentwide. mr. speaker, hyde saves lives. more than -- for more than 40 years, this amendment has protected vulnerable unborn life by preventing taxpayer dollars from funding abortions. named after illinois congressman henry hyde, the hyde amendment has enjoyed decades of broad bipartisan support. during this time, the charlotte institute estimates the hyde amendment has saved over two million lives. mr. jacobs: i'm proud to stand up for vulnerable life, as a father of a beautiful 2-year-old girl, i've come to appreciate the sanctity of newborn life in a profound way. we owe to them and to each other to protect the life -- their life in every way possible. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous
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consent that the committees on energy and commerce, ways and means, and the judiciary be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 18, and i ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: as the chair previously advised, the request cannot be entertained absent appropriate clearance. mr. jacobs: i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. freedom-loving cubans have taken to the streets to protest the castro regime that has held cuba in its grip for 60 years. they are now trying to embrace the blessings of liberty that so many in this country are turning their back on. they have a government that
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takes from the people, there is no way for success. let this be a lesson to the world and to my socialist colleagues across the aisle. communism does not work. there's no example in history of any modern society benefiting from marxist rule and any attempt to pay socialist and communist dictatorships as anything but cruel is peddling lies and fiction. the pro-democracy demonstrations in cuba are sending a powerful message. communism is oppressive and denies people their basic freedom. cubans deserve our strong and unwavering support and i will always stand up for the freedom fighters across the world, thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute
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and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to share my concerns with with the far left tax hike pros posed by the majority to help pay for their partisan spending spree, the president and democrats in congress have proposed to double the tax investment and raise our business tax rate to the highest in the developed world. on top of this, they wish to repeal the stepped up basis, a moved that will disproportionately hurt family-owned farms and businesses. the radical tax agenda will stifle investment and slow down our economic recovery at a time when communities across our country continue to feel the effects of the pandemic and government lockdowns. it will also hurt american competitiveness abroad and force even more businesses and jobs overseas. increasing taxes on americans while prices are rising faster than they have in more than a decade isn't just irresponsible, it's dangerous. the democrat tax plan will hurt workers and small businesses,
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diminish our position as a global business leader and set our economy back for decades to come. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from iowa seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to discuss the issue of vaccinations, vaccine hesitancy and the rising rates of the covid-19 delta variant nemple last few months i have traveled across my district administering vaccines to iowans. it has been a pleasure to see my constituents and the entire country have a renewed sense of freedom and begin to return to normal. mrs. miller-meeks: but fully engaged living is threatened by the delta variant which is causing hospitalizations and deaths a among those unvaccinated. those vaccinate have had a much
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milder course of disease. it ismy rack louse to have -- it is miraculous to have three vaccines so quickly but that quickness may give some people pause. they are safe and effective. decades of research in evidence development development of breakthrough vaccines and millions vf b -- have been vaccinated with low risk. i would encouraging everyone get a vaccine as soon as possible so we continue our path to normalcy and not go back to lockdowns and mask mandates this vaccine is how we get back to normal and get our lives back. if you have questions or concerns talk to your doctor. i would like to take this time to wish the youngest of the 10 in our family a happy birthday to mary eleanor martino. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
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>> thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. after postponing one year due to the covid-19 pandemic i am excited that on friday the olympic games in tokyo will officially begin. what better way to mark this occasion than by recognizing the incredible accomplishment of kateie who will be one of the many olympians participating in these games. mr. gonzalez: she will be representing our community and country in this summer's game, come competing in the women's pole vault event. her victory at the women's trials in the pole vault event caps a phi-year journey to get to the games. i am incredibly proud of kateie for this. congratulations to kateie and her family. we look forward to watching you make northeast ohio proud. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek
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recognition? >> mr. speaker, i 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. speaker, i rise to honor my constituent, mr. mohammed hussein ramond. he was a lieutenant general in the imperial iranian air force. prior to the revolution in 1979, iran and the united states were close allies. u.s. fighter jets were based in iran and a number of u.s. military personnel were as well. when the revolution occurred, the u.s. embassy recommended all americans immediately evacuate. mr. ramond was instrumental in negotiating the evacuation of american citizens from iran and nearly 5,000 americans were successfully evacuated from the country. mr. observer nolte: unfortunately he paid a high price for that loyalty. he was accused as a traitor, lost his property and ultimately was forced to flee to the united
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states. today, mr. ramond is 92. he lives in my district in california and is proud to be a united states citizen. i join my colleagues in thanks him for his service for the people of the united states and to his loyalty to the people with which he served. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> 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 was in my mom's home county of madison county last week to announce the details of my new bill, the local law enforcement protection act, h.r. -- h.r. 4500. i made this announcement alongside our local law enforcement across the region including our great madison county sheriff, todd hood. my bill protects those who
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protect our community every day by prohibiting states and localities that roll back qualified immunity from receiving certain grants. law enforcement officers risk their lives to defend our homes and neighborhoods. they face real danger. ms. tenney: in 2020, 264 police officers were killed tragically in the line of duty. as of july, 2021, that number already stands as 148. as the defund the police movement goes mainstream in liberal cities and state capitals and fail prod agressive policies like bail reform make our streets less safe it is more important now than ever to stand with law enforcement officers. police should always be accountable to communities they serve but should never be subject to unfair attacks for doing their job. efforts to remove qualified immunity are misguided and hurt honorable officers who serve with integrity. that's why i introduce this
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legislation and urge my colleagues to support this commonsense bill. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from washington seek recognition? >> 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 in support of the hyde amendment and urge it to be warriors for human dignity and human value. we must cherish every person, inalienable human right to life, liberty and he pursuit of happiness. with technology today we can look into the womb and watch the development of a baby day by day. doctors are able to administer life-saving care to babies before they are born. it's a miracle to witness. and it's proof that life begins at conception.
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our laws should reflect this science and the truth. for decades, my colleagues across the aisle, including president joe biden, agreed. i urge them to join us to protect life. i ask unanimous consent that the committees on energy and commerce, ways and means, and judiciary be discharged from further consideration of h.r.18 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expire. as the chair previously advised, the request cannot be entertain absent appropriate clearance.
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the speaker pro tempore: the
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chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, madam. pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on july 21, 2021, at 9:13 a.m., that the senate passed without amendment h.r.1652. signed sincerely, gloria j.lett, deputy clerk. the speaker pro tempore: sprurp does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: pursuant to house resolution 535, i call up h.r. 2-7 and ask for its immediate consideration in the -- h.r.2467 and is for its immediate consideration in the house. the clerk: a bill to require the administrator of the
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environmental protection agency to delair per and pro clowr carbons under 180. the speaker pro tempore: the rule in 117-10, modified by part of of report 117-95 is adopted and the bill as amended is considered read. the bill as amended is debatable for one hour equally divide and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee on energy and commerce. the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, and the gentlewoman from washington, mrs. rodgers, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous
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material on h.r.2467, the pfas action act of 2021. 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. h.r. 2467 is a comp comprehensive set of strategies to regulate pfas, clean up contamination and protect public health. i'm proud to support this bill which will deliver the tools communities across the country need to get pfas out of our environment and out of the pathways that lead to our bodies. pfas are an urgent health threat, they are toxic, persistent and being found in the environment across the country. how common are they? a recent rport concluded, and i quote, most people in the u.s. have been exposed to pfas and have pfas in their blood. that finding is pretty astounding and incredibly
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concerning to families across the nation. after all, these forever chemicals have long been linked with adder haves health effects including cancer, immune system effects, infertility, impaired child development, high cholesterol and thyroid disease. industry has known about the dangers for decades but we have no limbs on pfas in drinking water, air emissions, no cleanup requirements and no limbs on dumping prveg fas into our waterways. we don't even have labeling of pfas ingreed yens to allow consumers to protect themselves. right now the environmental protection agency is playing catch-up after hour years little action by the trump administration. this bill will help tack they will complex challenge of pfas by taking direct action on the two most common pfas, pfa s&p foa right away while setting a
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timeline for studying other pfas. it will tailor testing to subgroups of pfas and 230e kowngs the riskiest chemicals. pfoa and pfas were voluntarily phased out by industry. while no long for the use they continue to threaten public health because of widespread environmental contamination. this bill will drive environmental cleanups, drinking water treatment, adressing the threat of pfoa and pfas to communities across the country. all other pfa s's will be tested as appropriate and where that testing reveals risk this bill will ensure that e.p.a. takes timely action to mitigate environmental cleanup this bill will pause the introduction of new pfas while providing guidance and labelings to help first responders and consumers lift limit risk. the longer we delay action on pfas the worse the problem
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becomes. it's time for congress to act and use every tool available to stop the flow of pollution into our environment and into our bodies. a version of this bill was passed overwhelmingly last congress with significant bipartisan support. it is championed and i can't underestimate how much, by representatives dingell and mr. upton of michigan have worked on this bill. i commend them for their continued leadership. i also thank environment and climate change subcommittee chairman tonko and ranking member mckin lee for their continued support. we can't delay any we can't delay any longer. we should pass this bipartisan legislation today. i urge my colleagues to vote for the pfas action act so we can finally take action on these dangerous forever chemicals. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from washington. mrs. rodgers: mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to h.r. 2467, the pfas action act, and i urge my colleagues to join me in voting no. the decision to oppose h.r. 2467
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was not easy. this version is not the right approach. pfas contamination is a serious problem in many congressional districts. that's true for me, too. my district has pfoa and pfas contamination. i very much want it cleaned up. i have problems, though, with h.r. 2467's overwhelming, heavy-handed, and unscientific approach. i'm struggling with this -- i'm struggling why this aggressive expansion of federal power and spending is the best answer that the people's house can provide. what does this massive proposal mean? are we ready to go this far? i cannot stress this enough. what we are addressing today is not about one, two, or just a handful of legacy chemicals. pfas are instead an enormous diverse class of manmade
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chemicals. e.p.a.'s master list of pfas substances contains more than 9,000 distinct chemicals, and the definition in this bill would apply to every one of those 9,252 chemicals and their uses. since the late fall of 2020, congress has enacted 31 separate provisions to address pfas. congress has compelled cleanup of pfas at military installations, banned certain uses of pfas in certain products, pushed cooperative agreements with cleanup with states and authorized $500 million for removing emerging contaminants, especially pfas from drinking water. similarly, e.p.a. has advanced nine major regulatory efforts on pfoa, pfas and some other pfas chemicals. e.p.a. administrator reagan also has commissioned a multiyear
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report at e.p.a. to identify new strategies and priorities related to pfas. i want strong scientific backing for anything that we do to address pfas chemicals. i'm concerned that the mandates in the pfas act will reduce e.p.a.'s plans. this will cement policy choices with long-range implications. it will overwhelm e.p.a.'s existing resources to tackle environmental and public health challenges beyond pfas. the pfas action act is not a measured approach. it prejudges outcomes, showing little regard for objective science, risk assessment, transparency, and public input. for example, the bill requires e.p.a. to make regulatory determinations within five years on 9,250 pfas chemicals, and
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without public participation. this impossible deadline is a lawsuit waiting to happen. it requires every manufacturer and processor to conduct comprehensive testing on all 9,252 pfas. this will overwhelm laboratory capacity to focus on any other public health matter. like it or not, some pfas chemicals have specific properties that aren't easily addressed with other chemical types like stability in water, oil, stain, and heat resistant. it makes them crucial in making semi conductors, lithium ion batteries, solar panels, medical devices and drugs, and protective gear for our military and law enforcement. this bill would create a hostile environment for us, the united states of america, to manufacture and use. it will create a de facto ban in
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the marketplace and a boom for trial lawyers. it prevents new pfas for coming onto the market for five years. this will result in drying up the investment in safe pfas chemicals and pfas products. it will also signal to the trial lawyers that pfas are hazardous. it singles out pfas manufacturers and uses a complex and expensive regulatory approach. it uses an unattainable standard to ban incarceration -- incineration of pfas contaminating material. this will federalize local trash collection and clog our nation's remaining landfill capacity. it attaches permanent open-end cleanup liability to any person -- permanent, open-ended liability to any person who has been associated with pfas. regardless of whether you were a good actor, cleanup liability
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is, quote, strict. so your intent is irrelevant. joint in several. so you're not responsible for your fair share. you're responsible for everyone's shares and retroactive. so it doesn't matter if the liability occurred five years, 10 years, 20 years, or even further back. given the compliance cost, the sidelining of investment, the endless liability under sir -- circla, tort lawsuit, it's not hard to see how h.r. 2067 creates a de facto ban on 9,252 chemicals. it threatens the viability of every industry that needs these chemicals and products that benefit our society. make no mistake -- no mistake, mr. speaker, this bill essentially bans the materials that makes it necessary for u.s.
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to win the future. this includes protective gear for law enforcement at a time when vooint crime -- violent crime is surging in this country. the majority never called e.p.a. to testify on this bill. now we're left with the opinions of politicians and the white house, not the career scientists and the experts who will have to implement it. so so much for the trust the science. in addition, the congressional budget office has had trouble scoring this bill. and a nearly identical bill from last congress. that's because there are so many pfas chemicals and the mandates in this bill have no limits on either the federal treasury or the private sector. the bill also will impose significant burden on e.p.a.'s time and the lack of resources e.p.a. will have to tackle other issues critical to their mission. we all want to have a good solution to address pfas
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contamination. but this bill falls short. unfortunately, i urge members to join me in opposing this approach. we can do better. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to our speaker, who has done so much to protect our environment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california, the speaker of the house, is recognized. the speaker: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. i thank him for his extraordinary leadership as chair of the energy and commerce committee. thank him for bringing this important legislation to the floor. i thank mr. tonko for his leadership as chair of the subcommittee of jurisdiction, environment, and climate change subcommittee. and thank the ranking member on that committee. i respectfully disagree with the ranking member of the full committee and i'll tell you why. i join our colleagues in support of pfas action act to address
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the serious public health issue. it's a threat, really. pfas chemicals, which are contaminating the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. first, i salute representative debbie dingell, a crusader in protecting our communities from pfas chemicals. thank you, again, as i say, to chairman pallone and to chairman tonko and ranking member mckinney. mr. speaker, pfas are referred to as forever chemicals. so-called because they don't easily break down and accumulate over time. and right now, they're exposing millions of americans to health risks, ranging from cancer to asthma, liver disease to thyroid dysfunction. for babies -- for babies, they can be particularly devastating for prenatal exposure leading to
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low birth rate, increase risk of childhood obesity. our chairman enumerated other threats to the health and well-being of the american people. when people ask me, what are the three most important issues facing the congress, i always say the same thing. our children, our children, our children. their health, their education, the economic security of their families, a safe, clean environment where they can thrive, a world at peace in which they can reach their fulfillment. pfas, mr. speaker, kim rls are -- chemicals are seriously harming our children's health. as a coalition of public health groups, including the american academy of pediatrics, american health association, national medical association, and children's environmental health network have written, and i
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quote, these ubiquitousality substance ---y big which tus substances are a growing threat. they are widespread and likely present in drinking water of tens of millions of americans. further, developing infants and children are particularly vulnerable to pfas exposure. of concern, almost all fetuses and infants will have some exposure to pfas before birth or early childhood which is associated with decreased birth rates, effects on renal function and lipid serum levels. that statement was from the american academy of pediatrics, american public health association, national medical association, and children's environmental health network. in addition to our children and young people being affected,
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pfas poses a serious risk to america's service members. there's an epidemic of contamination on military sites, and more than 400 sites across the united states are affected. i've had the privilege, mr. speaker, of hearing the concerns of many of these families. it's not just about the service members. it's about their children. it's about their children who are affected. it is unacceptable that the men and women who sacrifice to keep us safe around the world face this danger to their health and that of their children here at home. yet, despite these obvious and well-known risks, big corporations have for decades failed or refused to prevent their spread. a new study published last week shows that based on e.p.a. data, an estimated 30,000 industrial sites are known or suspected of using toxic pfas. 12 times what had been
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previously estimated. we cannot accept the situation where big special interests' bottom line comes before public lives. to address this crisis, two years ago, democrats crafted strong legislation to rid our communities of pfas. many democrats and many members here played a key role in crafting pfas-related bills that were included in the bipartisan ndaa agreement reached by -- reached in the house that year. thank you to chairman smith and to members of the committee. unfortunately, the g.o.p. senate then refused to support full protections against pfas chemicals and cut those key provisions from the ndaa. that's the national defense authorization act. . last year the democrats passed the pfas act of 2019 which passed with strong bipartisan support but did not become law
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because mitch mcconnell senselessly refused to take it up in the senate. now the democratic house will once again pass pfas action act and send it to the senate. we are making clear that this legislation is a priority for the american people and we will not relent until it is enacted. this legislation will clean up our communities by designating the two most studied pfas's as hazardous substances by the e.p.a. and setting a deadline for the e.p.a. to make decisions about all other pfas chemicals. next, creating new well-funded grants for states to help clean up and remedy sites and it will stem the tide of further contamination with tough new testing, reporting, and monitoring requirements, strict limits on the introduction of new pfas chemical, limits on air pollution and banning unsafe incineration and strong measures to hold contaminating companies
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accountable. i spend the time to be so specific because this is such a threat to the health and well being of our children. our children. our children. i urge a strong vote for this legislation which honors our first responsibility of congress, to keep the american people safe. with that, i yield back. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. mrs. rodgers: i'm pleased to yield three minutes to an exceptional leader on the energy and commerce committee, dr. larry bucshon, a cardiothoracic surgeon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. bucshon: i rise today in opposition to the bill in its current form. i support the efforts to address dangerous high levels of pfas in
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our drinking water systems and other areas of our environment. that is why i submitted a bipartisan amendment with mr. schrader that would simply exempt pfas used to manufacture medical devices and drugs approved by the f.d.a., a very limited amendment. pffe -- ptfe seen in the graft behind me is used to treat a defect in young children. thanks to great advancements in medical technology like this, the procedure is now done in an outpatient setting rather than open heart surgery. for years i did open heart surgeries on people with a.f.d.'s and now they can repair them with a device. this is one example of a device that could be banned. grafts to stop aneurysms or help bypassed arteries are other
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examples. it's been shown other and over that ptfe in devices poses no risk to people or to our environment. the bill in its current form fails to consider that fact and jeopardizes patient access to life-saving drugs and devices leaving physicians and patients with no viable alternative or an inferior alternative. would anyone want to be treated with an inferior alternative when we're unnecessarily banning the best treatment? i would argueno unfortunately, my commonsense, life-saving amendment was not made in order. i hope this bill does continue to move through the legislative process and we can work to address this issue. i urge a no vote on this bill. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman -- the gentlewoman from washington reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is
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recognized. mr. pallone: i yield one minute to our majority leader, the gentleman from maryland. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland, the majority leader of the house, is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank the chairman, mr. pallone, for yielding and thank him for his work on this piece of legislation. i thank mrs. dingell, a member of the committee, obviously her deceased husband was chairman of this committee and ranking member for many, many years. and was a leader in many respects on environmental -- addressing environmental challenges. this is an environmental challenge. there is no disagreement on that. there obviously is disagreement on specifics. the gentleman who just spoke in a very knowledgeable and thoughtful way said he hope this is legislation moves forward and is -- but he's in opposition to it, i understand he doesn't want it to pass, but his comment was that hopefully this would be perfected in the legislative
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process. now, i do not claim to be, mr. speaker, an expert on this chemical. i do know, however, that it affects my district and every single congressional district in our country. is affected by this challenge. that's pause every district has -- that's because every district has faced the challenge of pfas contamination which has affected 2,800 communities according to an analysis of a working group. i heard a figure of 2,200 sites according to the ranking member. like countless other districts in the country, maryland's fifth district, which i have the privilege of representing, contamination has been detected at military installations. we are proud of our military installations. we have the leading in the world
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air test and evaluation research and testing evaluation center for naval air. as well as other air. including helicopters of the army's. it's also in my district the naval research laboratory chesapeake bay detachment. the citizens around them are concerned, rightly, about what contamination may have done to the water they and their children drink or bathe in. thankfully the defense authorization that we enacted in 2019 required our military to transition away from the use of pfas chemicals in fire fighting fluids. a major source of contamination. however, the pfas pollution that has already occurred needs to be cleaned up. and this legislation would let -- would set requirements and deadlines for e.p.a. to do so. our citizens deserve to have
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that done. we must prevent pfas chemicals from entering drinking water in our communities. i think there's no disagreement on that pfas has been called a forever chemical. apparently the biological fact of life is that it does not degrade over long periods of time. because they can linger in the human body for a whole lifetime, causing health effects ranging from cancers and immune system deficiency. for four years the previous administration claimed it would take action through the e.p.a. to protect americans from pfas contamination. perhaps if they had done so we wouldn't have this legislation. but they did not do so they failed to protect the american people from this -- these harmful chemicals. so the committee has acted. in this instance and previously. now it's time for congress to act. again, i'm not an expert on this
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legislation. but i do know that the committee has carefully weighed how to make sure that we move forward and in the view of people more expert than i, will not preclude every chemical from being utilizeed in needed and important items that we use every day in our society. but will provide, because of the designation, as a hazardous material that it be cleaned up. where it is necessary to do so. it ensures that e.p.a. finally takes measure to prevent future release of pfas chemicals into our environment and clean them up where such contamination has occurred. therefore, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to join me, not just because this is so important to the people living in maryland's fifth district but because it is critical to all
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americans living in each and every one of our districts. i encouraging the senate -- i ken urge the senate to -- i encouraging the senate to take this step and look carefully at the issues raised by the ranking member. legitimate issues in the sense that yes, we ought to make sure we are doing the right thing and that the good is not outweighed by the bad. in this instance, i think it's very clear that the good of this bilker the objectives of this bill, and the specifics of this bill will go down to the benefit of the american people and each and every one of our communities and i urge my colleagues, therefore, to vote yes and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. mrs. rodgers: i want to clarify that the previous administration as well as the current
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administration have taken several actions in connection with pfas, this large group of chemicals. we're talking 9,252 chemicals, not just one. at this time i yield to the gentleman, a member of the committee, a problem solver from michigan, mr. walberg. the speaker pro tempore: for how much time? mrs. rodgers: three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. walberg: i thank the gentlelady. mr. speaker, i've been working to combat pfas in the great lakes state that truthfully led the nation in pfas efforts for many years, including with my michigan colleagues and sponsors of this bill. back in 2017 we hosted e.p.a. staff at several contaminated sites in southeast michigan so they could see firsthand the extent of the problem. we formed the congressional pfas task force and pushed for essential resources for pfas
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research and cleanup efforts. many of our efforts have actually been enacted into law during the last administration. and countless cleanup efforts are currently ongoing at all levels of government. in fact, over half of the provisions, over half of the provisions in this bilker are already under way at e.p.a. unfortunately, other provisions in this bill would require the e.p.a. to take misguided approach by considering the group of more than 600 pfas currently on the market, and the thousands of other unknown potential pfas chemistries, as if they were all the same. make no mistake, i believe this is a serious problem. and it deserves serious solutions. but the bill before us today, although sincerely well intended, goes too far.
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h.r. 2-7 is so ex-en -- h.r. 2467 is so expensive it was unable to assign it a budgetary score. underlining the cost it will impose on manufacturers and consumers alike. h.r. 2467 represents the largest expanse of regulatory authority at e.p.a. or perhaps any federal agency in decades. even more so, it will hamstring small businesses, manufacturers and water utilities by forcing them to take on so much cost and liability that they'll be unable to comply or forced to raise prices and hire armies of attorneys all because congress decided to substitute its political agenda. for objective scientific judgment. the great lakes water authority recently wrote to me regarding their concerns about the bill.
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a leading drinking water and wastewater treatment provider for southeast michigan communities, great lakes water authority, provides clean drinking water to nearly 40% of michigan michiganders. they told me this bill could likely cause them to be liable for trying to dispose of pfas even if they're using current best practices. as many would say, we ought to follow the science. by letting the experts at e.p.a. do their jobs and refrain from prejudging outcomes, overhauling existing regulatory structure, and most importantly crippling our economy. i urge my colleagues to vote no and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from washington reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from oregon, the chairman of the transportation and infrastructure committee, who has been very -- always so
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cooperative with us on both this bill and so many others. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized. >> i thank the gentleman for yielding and the work done on this bill on clean water bills and many other issues, it's great to work with him and the committee. rye rise -- i rise in strong support of the legislation. the health effects which are known are just a few things. cancer, kidney disease, pregnancy-related disorders, low birth weight, and immune system repression. but you know, that's just what we know so i guess we shouldn't worry about this too much. once it's in your body, it doesn't go away. you get to certain levels and you'll have these health effects. they are forever chemicals. but right now there are no
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stringent requirements to test or monitor for pfas. the we don't know the extent of the pollution. this bill is critical to address this legacy and public health risk, put us on a path to addressing the pervasive threat to our health, our citizens, our environment. i want to highlight a few sections that fall within the jurisdiction of my committee. the provisions which designate pfas related chemicals hazardous substances under the comprehensive environmental response liability act, that's cercla, commonly known as super fund, we did put in a very limited exemption which goes to firefighting at airports. right now the foam they use contains pfas, and if they follow the f.a.a. rules, they don't have liability, but both d.o.d. and f.a.a. and others are researching alternatives for foam retardants. hopefully they won't have to use this stuff in the near future.
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there are two clean water act amendments that will limit the additional release of p fafment. the first by mr. pappas from new hampshire who has been very persistent on this issue. closing a clean water act loophole for discharges. today companies legally discharge almost unlimited quantities of pfas related chemicals into the rivers, streams, lakes because the e.p.a. has not set limits for discharging. into our aquatic environment. this is unacceptable. and the gentleman's amendment will set statutory guidelines for e.p.a. to act and set those limits. and section 17 prioritizes the industry sectors with the greatest likelihood of discharging harmful quantities. and the gentleman did great work on this and we worked with wastewater utilities and industry representatives. they agree with our approach. we also rise in support of
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section 13. another clean water act provision by the gentleman from new york, mr. delgado, member of my committee, to prevent our sewers from being dumping grounds. industrial discharges can now be discharged into local municipal systems. if it's not known, they didn't deal with it and can't get it out. i rise in strong support of this bill. i thank everyone who participated in its writing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. mrs. rodgers: thank you, mr. speaker. pleased to yield to another dynamic member of energy and commerce, the member, the leader from north dakota. mr. armstrong. the speaker pro tempore: suspend for how much time? mrs. rodgers: one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. armstrong: throughout the consideration of this bill in committee, rules, and now here several of my democratic
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colleagues have argued cercla liability only attaches to two legacy chemicals, and we don't have to worry about others. unfortunately, that's not the case. this bill requires regulatory determination on 9,250 different chemicals. individually or in groups. on whether they'll be cercla hazard or substances. they argue you don't have to worry about super fund liability if they don't cause environmental harm. this is false. super liability is strict liability f a party has any involvement, they are libel. period. end of story. that strict liability is what causes concern and is why mr. burgess offered an amendment to make only those who caused the pollution pay for its cleanup. for some reason the majority found issue with that amendment and prevented its commonsense consideration. if there is interest on the other side of the aisle in changing the overall rules of super fund liability, aim sure we would be happy to consider it. short of that improvement, my colleagues should not take comfort that only reckless,
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willful, for irresponsible parties will be held libel under future cercla designation. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from washington reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield two minutes to the chairman of the environment and climate change subcommittee, mr. tonko, who has worked very hard on this issue for a number of years. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you. i thank the gentleman from new jersey for yielding. i thank chairman pallone for his leadership on this bill. we know the health effects of pfas exposure can be severe. cancer, thyroid problems, birth defects, and immune system disruptions amongst others. sadly, there are so many communities and individuals across our great country who are suffering these health consequences. despite knowing the dangers of these forever chemicals, the federal government has been slow to act. i stay enough is enough. -- i say enough is enough.
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this act would require significant steps to ensure that you how our federal government is responding competitively and reducing the risk of exposure through our air, water, and consumer products. it includes actions under numerous environmental statutes. including designating the two most well suited pfas, pfoa, and pfos has hazardous substances for setting a national drinking water standard ensuring vulnerable groups, including pregnant women, infants, and children are protected. the bill includes other critical provisions to reduce exposure and power consumers and expedite cleanups. and despite what some may want to suggest, designating pfoa and pfos as hazardous substances under cercla is not a ban. their literally hundreds of hazardous substances that continue to be used in manufacturing processes and commerce broadly. what it will do is ensure that polluters are held accountable to clean up their messes when
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toxic releases occur and ensure that remediation is done to an acceptable level. we have waited far too long already for action. and despite promising initial steps from the biden administration, i fear e.p.a. will not adequately address pfos without clear direction from congress. as the administration recognized, this bill supports the commitment across the branches of government to take on this challenge. this is the bill our constituents and those living with pfos in their communities need. i want to thank representatives dingell and upton for their commitment to addressing these dangerous forever chemicals. i encourage members to support this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. mrs. rodgers: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield two minutes to our policy chairman, member of the e.n.c., the gentleman from alabama, mr. palmer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized for two minutes. mr. palmer:00 thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in opposition to h.r. 2467. this misguided bill treats all
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pfos chemicals the same way creating a de facto ban on many lifesaving products that americans rely on. voting for this bill my democrat colleagues are ignoring the science, including peer reviewed research, that clearly shows that certain polymers do not present a certain for human health or the environment. despite this evidence, my democrat colleagues have refused to make reasonable changes to this bill so that many polymer chemchemicals are not labeled hazardous substances under cercla and the clean air act. let me put it bluntly. by not exempting the four polymers used in chemical warhead cal devices already approved toy buy the f.d.a. you are denying people access to lifesaving products such as heart val mbs for infants -- val everybodies for infants. are you so opposed to all categories of pfos chemicals you
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commit to refusing all chemical warheadical devices and drugs containing the four polymers you are manning. if you have open heart surgery will you instruct your doctor to avoice using any device or surgical incident that has four polley mers regardless of the implications for the outcome. if your child or grandchild needs an f.d.a.-aprolved heart valve, to dethem that care since it contains four polymers. that's what you are trying to force on the general population with this legislation. this bill would put millions of americans who have already received chemical warhead cal devices at risk. as noted in the committee by my colleague dr. larry bucshon, with the passage of this bill the f.d.a. might have to designate all devices with any flouro polymers as hazardous and recall them. there is a bipartisan agreement on the need to protect the public from harmful pfos chemicals. there is no rational reason why
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lifesaving polley mers could not be exempted. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from washington reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield three minutes to your colleague from michigan, mrs. dingell, who has worked brought our attention to this issue and prioritized it from the very beginning. the sponsor of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized for three minutes. mrs. dingell: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. chairman, for being such a strong leader in getting us to where we are today. again. i am proud to stand here in support of this very important piece of bipartisan legislation which i am leading with my good friend and colleague, representative fred upton. this is a meaningful bill that's the product of good bipartisan work of the energy and commerce
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committee. it passed the house with strong bipartisan support in the last congress. and it's an example that bipartisanship does exist on capitol hill and this bill embodies it. today's vote will once again validate that. pfas chemicals are an urgent threat to public health. this class of man-made chemicals are persistent in the environment and have long been linked with adverse health effects, including cancer. these chemicals were out of the manhattan project. now nearly every american, now almost every american has pfas coursing through their blood after generations of use of these drugs in our modern society. the e.p.a. has understood the risk posed by pfas since 1998. the defense department has understood the risk sips 1970. the f.d.a. has understood the risk since the 1960's.
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and industry has known about the dangers for decades. but we still do not have a strong federal policy to combat these forever chemicals which are a crisis. we have yet to set a national drinking water standard for pfas that are -- our water utilities need to meet. we have yet to designate as as hardous substances under super fund to jump-start cleanup. we have yet to regulate industrial discharges of pfas into our water and our air. and we have yet to establish simple labeling that pfas is on a product to allow consumers to protect themselves. and this can all change if we pass the pfas action act. according to the environmental working group, over 200 million americans, 200 million are drinking water now, contaminated with pfas. and we are finding more and more
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contamination regularly. just today the environmental working group reported that we detected it in 28 -- 2,800 communities, including 2,411 drinking water systems. and 328 military installations. nationwide. and listen to me, the pentagon's not going to prioritize clean up of these military sites until these chemicals are listed as the hazardous substances they are. i want to be clear, i love my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. but there is nothing in this bill that would be -- that would ban pfas used in drugs, medical devices or p.p.e. it will not ban masks. i urge my colleagues to vote for this bill. it's time we protect americans. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey
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reserves his time. the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. mrs. rodgers: thank you, madam speaker. i'm pleased to yield to another member of the energy and commerce committee, this time a decorated navy seal, mr. crenshaw. the speaker pro tempore: for how much time? mrs. rodgers: five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman, mr. crenshaw, yielded to for five minutes. mr. crenshaw: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to highlight a dangerous implication of this bill and urge my colleagues to vote against it. there is no disagreement that the federal government has a role to play in cleaning up the most heavily contaminated sites and establishing standards for water safe to drink. we are united in this. both republicans and democrats. while this bill shares the spirit of that, frankly it got hopelessly lost along the way. it creates a mess of lawsuits. and we could have fixed this. we could have fixed this. republicans have pointed out the pitfalls. democrats say they don't exist. experts say yes, they do. we could fix this. in committee we discussed how
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this impacts a full suite of products from medical devices to computer chips. but there is one element that is particularly concerning to me. under this legislation a police department that purchases one of the most poop pew wlar bulletproof vests to protect its officers against rising crime would be subject to environmental lawsuits. here's why. .
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police departments themselves will be forced to make impossible decisions, continuing to use pfas containing life-saving equipment or risk legal liability when the equipment is disposed of. this bill will bring entities like police departments and anyone and everyone remotely involved with pfas material under the wide dragnet of litigation they don't have the resources to fight. as democrats seek to defund police across the country, police departments are strapped for cash. under this bill we're forcing police departments to decide whether to defend themselves against lawsuits or purchase the material that will keep their officers safe. that's why i introduced a simple amendment that would limit the liability of police departments, first responders and our military from being endlessly sued if they require these materials to protect themselves. that amendment didn't limit the e.p.a.'s ability to actually regulate the chemicals or even determine which ones or safe or unsafe. nor did it allow police
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departments to dispose of these chemicals in an unsafe way and be shielded from consequences. it just said if a police department or first responder follows the letter of the law in regard to these materials shea they shouldn't be threatened with endless lawsuits. sadly my colleagues condition take my amendment in order so while our colleagues are trying to prove they support our police officers after a year of demonizing them, nothing has changed. i'll be offering my amendment as the motion to recommit for this legislation. our police officers need to know congress has their back especially now. this motion to recommit is a chance to do just that i urge my colleagues to vote against this bill and vote for my amendment to protect our police and military and our first responders. madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to include 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. crenshaw: thank you and i
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yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington reserves. mrs. rodgers: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: 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: i thank the chair. i rise in support of h.r.2467, the pfas action act. pfas components do not naturally break down in the environment, exposure to even small amounts of pfas has been linked to diseases, birth defects and developmental disorders. these chemicals have been used in consumer products for decades and have thus been allowed to spread and accumulate throughout the environment into our air, our water, and our soils. in my own district, pfas has been detected in multiple drinking water systems which puts the health and safety of my constituents at risk. the same can be said for millions of people in communities across the country. until recently, the extent of
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the problem was underestimated in my home state. with expanded testing we now know that california is one of the most impacted states in the country. a recent investigation by the state water resources control board showed pfas contamination in almost 100 public water systems serving about 75 million californians. we need a national strategy to prevent exposure to these toxic substances. this bill sets a deadline for the e.p.a. to take action on establishing standards, limits the introduction of new pfas into the environment and provides support for communities to install treatment technologies. this bill is needed both to clean up pollution now and to prevent it from getting worse in the future. i want to thank representative dingell and representative upton
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for their leadership on h.r. 2467 and chairman pallone, chairman tonko, for helping to move this important legislation. i also want to thank the committee staff for their work on this bill. i urge my colleagues to vote yes and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves his time. the gentlewoman from washington state is recognized. mrs. rodgers: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to a member of the energy and commerce, dr. john joyce. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. joyce: i thank the gentlewoman for yielding. madam speaker, i rise today to oppose h.r. 2467, the pfas action act. this bill takes the wrong approach to dealing with these complex and complicated chemicals. a de facto ban on all pfas substances will do nothing but prevent secure disposal of
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existing chemicals and harm innovation of new, safer products. as a physician, i have personally seen the benefits provided by these products. pfas materials have a variety of uses in health care, ranging from heart valves, cardiac stents, to coatings on contact lenses. thanks to technology developed using pfas materials, surgeries such as those that are needed to repair a child's congenital heart defect, no longer require risky open heart surgery and can simply be done through the arm. of course, we don't want dangerous chemicals in our water supply. but to outright ban an entire family of products is not the answer. we would not ban the entire periodic table because it includes arsenic and mercury. we need science-grounded, risk-based approach that
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identifies the most harmful chemicals and treats them as such, rather than have congress regulate the entire family as a single group. inclusion in the comprehensive environmental response compensation and liability act has the potential to slow down the cleanup process of pfas, divert resources from current higher priority public health issues, and create another unfunded mandate for critical public utilities and local governments. instead of interfering, it's time to let government agencies do their work, and so i urge my colleagues, join me. vote no on h.r. 2467. thank you and i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington reserves her time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes the gentlewoman from florida who chairs the house special committee on climate change.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. >> i thank the gentleman and my good friend for yielding time. i rise in strong support of h.r. 2467, the pfas action act. these pfas chemicals, synthetic, manmade chemicals, have now, according to the science, evolved into a very significant public health threat, and it's time that congress act to protect our neighbors back home, family, communities, all across america with the passage of this bill. this is a bipartisan bill and i want to thank my colleagues, congresswoman dingell and congressman upton for leading the charge here. ms. castor: what they propose and what we will vote on today will protect communities by instituting some new oversight and regulations of these forever chemicals in pfas, help us clean
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up these chemicals from our drinking water and help the public health. these pfas chemicals are not regulated in any way right now. they are often used in fire fighting foam. in nonstick surfaces. stain resistant surfaces. food packaging. the agency for toxic substances and disease registry has determined that pfas exposure is associated with low birth weight babies, cancer, an increase rate of cancer, lower fertility rate, and developmental issues in young children and infants. a new study found that exposure increases the risk of miscarriage by 80% to 20% and the c.d.c. issued a disclosure regarding a potential intersection between pfas and covid-19. these chemicals now are being detected in communities across the country.
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so this bill will help us rely on the science, provide some safeguards, make sure we're gathering the scientific data we need to keep our community safe back home. i urge all of our colleagues to support h.r. 2467, the pfas action act. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. mrs. rodgers: thank you, madam speaker. i'm pleased to yield a minute and a half to the gentleman from michigan, mr. upton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute and a half. mr. up mr. upton: thank you and i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. upton: pfas, most folks have never heard of it in michigan we found out the hard way. again. sadly we know a little bit about water contamination. think flint. think lead. pfas is bad too, really bad. the e.p.a. has been slow at the switch. three years ago, i stepped off the plane coming back from d.c. for the august break and i got a call. it was bad.
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it was from one of my state senators. one of my towns had been identified just a few hours earlier with having alarming pfas parts per trillion numbers. we had to act right away. i drove straight to the sheriff's command center, prompted the immediate notification of thousands of residents. it was nearly midnight. before they could make infant formula or coffee in the morning or even water their vegetable garden, they had to stop. they had town plug their icemakers and refrigerators. for months, they had to live with -- line up at churches and schools to get cases of water for human consumption. we had a bipartisan bill to require the e.p.a. to set a minimum standard for pfoa and pfas which house republicans agreed to but we were later denied. it would have started the e.p.a.'s clock, which is why we need to act now.
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we know this stuff is bad. we know this causes cancer. this bill is not perfect. it needs to see a number of constructive changes before it reaches the president's desk. but i want to thank dan kildee and brian fitzpatrick, the two co-chairs of the bipartisan caucus and i want to thank my colleague, debbie dingell for offering this bill and chairman pallone. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: madam speaker, could i ask how much time remains on each side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey has 12 1/2 minutes. the gentlewoman from washington has seven. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i yield now one minute to a member of our committee, the gentlewoman from new york, miss rice. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. miss rice: madam speaker, i can't believe i'm about to say this, but i think what i'm
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hearing from the majority of my friends on the other side of the aisle with the exception of my good friend, mr. upton, is that they just want a little more toxic chemicals in your water. that simply cannot be true. in my district on long island we have long struggled with pfas water contamination. many communities have incurred substantial remediation costs. that's why i'm pleased the pfas action act includes reimbursing these communities for past expenses, communities that could not wait for federal action and redirected resources to address this health threat should not be punished for doing the right thing. this is a situation the federal government has failed to address for decades. we have the opportunity to do it now. i want to thank my good friends, representatives dingell and upton and the chairman of the committee for bringing this commonsense bill to the floor an i urge my colleagues to support it. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back.
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the gentlewoman from new jersey -- the gentleman from new jersey reserves his time. the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. mrs. rodgers: i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. westerman: i rise today in opposition to h.r. 2467 but not necessarily in defense or critique of pfas. unfortunately, this legislation puts the cart before the horse. it would establish a pfas standard before the e.p.a. has the information to determine the best regulatory action. while written and passed by the energy and commerce committee, this bill contains provisions within the jurisdiction of the transportation and infrastructure committee of which i'm also a member. however, t&i never considered this bill which concerns me. our committee didn't hold one hearing or markup on this bill or on the provisions contained in it.
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t&i democrats completely ceded the committee's authority and expertise. if we had held a hearing or a markup, republicans would have pointed out that the clean water act which is squarely in the jurisdiction of t&i, grants ample authority to the e.p.a. and contains a long-established process for evaluating chemicals and regulating the discharge of those substances when they pose a sig -- a significant risk to water quality. we would have noted the e.p.a. has efforts under way to evaluate pfas substances, pursuant to the clean water act, including managing risks from pfas. however, bill short circuits the long-established regulatory review process under the clean water act and it ignores the expertise oaf this t&i committee. h.r. 2467 imposes unrealist i ask the e.p.a. to regulate before it has the necessary data to make a legally and
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scientifically sound regulatory plan. legislating in this careless fashion undermines the confidence in both the bill and the legislative process to develop it. i urge a no vote on this bill. i encourage us to continue looking at this issue. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington reserves her time of the the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from massachusetts, mrs. trahan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized for two minutes. mrs. trahan: i rise in support of the pfas action act of 2021 because this overdue legislation will save lives. we know that pfas chemicals, otherwise known as forever chemicals, have been linked to harmful health effects including increased rates of cancer. for far too long they have been unchecked and unregulated. now these same chemicals are being discovered at toxic levels in drinking water supplies and communities that i represent and across our country. in fact, as many as 200 million
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americans are currently drinking pfas contaminated water, often without even knowing it. my home state of massachusetts has led the way in fighting pfas contamination in recrept years, including the groundbreaking of a new 10,000 square foot treatment plant in my district in littleton, most states are falling further and further behind. leaving their residents at risk. madam speaker, we have the ability to change that today. passage of the pfas action act will bolster state and local initiatives like those already under way in massachusetts. this legislation will provide the resources and policies necessary to clean up contaminated drinking water sites, support families who have been exposed to f pass chemicals, and take critical steps to prevent future exposures. i'm grateful to representatives dingell and upton and our chairman of the energy and commerce committee, mr. pallone, for their bipartisan work on this issue. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation not because it
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will hurt corporations who want to continue the unregulated use of these dangerous chemicals, but because the health and well-being of the hardworking families they represent are at stake if they don't. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves his time. the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. mrs. rodgers: thank you, madam speaker. i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from kentucky, the lead republican on the oversight committee, james comber. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for two minutes. mr. comer: i rise to oppose the pfas action act. as the ranking member of the house oversight committee i participated in many hours of hearings. during the previous congress where we explored issues involving pfas materials and heard from witnesses spanning many perspectives on this important issue. as legislation and regulations are advanced to address pfas issues, it's critical we ensure these efforts define the chemicals of concern consistently, adequately, and properly as supported by sound
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science. in the current bill, however, what is ultimately classified as a pfas material is either left open to interpretation by e.p.a. or broadly defined. using either approach we are subjecting potentially thousands of chemicals to unnecessary regulation or restriction. as we have heard previously in the house oversight committee, and as we have heard on the floor this week during debate on various amendments, a broad definition of pfas could subject such key products as lithium ion battery, semiconductors, and medical devices to name just a few to regulation and restriction. all these products provide important benefits and some in the case of batteries and semiconductors, have been specifically highlighted by president biden as part of his effort to review and reshore political supply chains. it's essential we properly define pfas so that implementing regulations can focus on those materials, such as pfoa and pfos
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where there is scientific consensus for regulation. while also ensuring that unnecessary regulations are not placed on key issues and key uses of pfas. i urge my colleagues to carefully consider the definitions and criteria that are being put forward as the basis for pfas regulation and to take steps to ensure that these classifications are carefully tailored and supported by sound science. i thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington reserves her time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i now yield to the gentleman from texas, mr. green, one minute -- two? one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. green: thank you, mr. chairman. i greatly appreciate the opportunity to speak on this issue. and still i rise. i rise today because as a member of congress i believe we have a duty, a responsibility, and an obligation to act when industry
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has is not acting and the -- health of the american people is at risk. it is time for congress to do what it should have done, what e.p.a. has not done, what we can do. i believe that there is no option but to vote yes. no is not an option when it comes to the health and safety of the american people. i will vote yes. i will vote for the american people and their safety. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves his time. the gentlewoman from washington state is recognized. mrs. rodgers: i'm prepared to close at this time. i will reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, madam speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new hampshire, mr. pappas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ham is recognized for two minutes. mr. pappas: thank you for your leadership on this legislation. i rise in support of the pfas action act. a bill that will protect millions of americans from these chemicals. we know it persists in the
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environment and human body and making our constituents sick. this legislation addresses legacy contamination and associated health effects. importantly this political also go to the source and halt active contamination and work to hold polluters accountable. that's exactly what my provision is designed to do. this legislation includes my bill, the clean water standards for pfas act which addresses toxic pfas discharges and invests in local infrastructure. no polluter should be able to dump pfas unchecked into our water ways and our wastewater systems. pfas should be handled like other toxic substance that is have been regulated through the clean water act. we must support wastewater systems to make necessary infrastructure upgrades that will stop pfas from poisoning our environment and water. this bill would authorize $200 million a year for these grants. madam speaker, this is a bipartisan issue. and it's an issue that literally affects every state and every district across this country.
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just yesterday i joined a round table of concerned leaders in my district whose message was crystal clear. pass this bill and protect the health and well-being of our communities and families. i heard from the town manager in bedford, new hampshire who spoke to me about residents receiving bottled water for the past three years because their wells are contaminated. families and businesses in several neighboring communities face the say prospect. how many more years are we going to let these people wait for clean water a constituent of mine from the sea coast has two kids who drank pfas-base laysed water for a number of years growing up. they faced a number of unimaginable health imm -- impacts as a result of that. how many morehouse holds will there be in this particular situation if we allow more pfas out in the environment. far too many americans are drinking from contaminated water systems and wells. far too many americans are at the mercy of industrial polluters and brought this problem to our doorstep. i urge passage of this bill and yield back my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington. mrs. rodgers: thank you, madam speaker. mr. pallone: i'm prepared to close. mr. mcmorris rodgers: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington is recognized for three minutes? mrs. rodgers: can i inquire how much time i have. the speaker pro tempore: three minutes. mrs. rodgers: thank you, madam speaker. unfortunately this bill's not just limited to legacy contamination. it creates a hostile environment for the manufacture and use of pfas. present and future. the ban in this bill is the de facto ban on 9,252 pfas, as well as the numerous lifesaving and critical products containing pfas. a de facto ban of the system where many suppliers of a product are allowed, but the environment is so completely hostile to it, its existence,
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that the product might as well not be made. the aggressive unscientific regulatory approach in this bill coupled with its extremely limited exceptions will create stigma and uncertainty. that will result in increased litigation in trial courts for products containing pfas. if you start stacking up the negative market pressures created through, one, increased compliance cost, two, limited disposal options, three, sidelined investments, four, unquantifiable and permanent liability, under cercla, five, tort lawsuits aided by legislative stigma, six, marketplace challenges. seven, the inability to make or finance a safer replacement chemicals or product. it's not hard to see how h.r. 2467 creates a de facto ban on
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9,252 chemicals. it threatens the viability of these industries and the industries that need them and the broads containing them that benefit our society. unfortunately, this is not a new tactic. it's been done before with the war on coal. under the obama administration and now we are seeing it with the rest of fossil fuels and any product that some decide they don't like. the word ban may not appear, but by creating massive costs through regulatory barriers and mandates, uncertainty and taxes, a de facto ban is created by the cost of doing business. the cost of business becomes too high. we as americans become dependent upon other countries. dangerously dependent on other countries. it jeopardizes manufacturing in our country. then we wonder why people are not manufacturing in the united states. it's been done on coal. it's been done on fossil fuels.
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and today it's being done on these -- on american manufacturers. we can do better. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this bill. let's go back. let's do better. we all want to protect clean drinking water. that is a shared goal. let's stay focused on that goal. vote no on this bill. i yield back. -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman washington yields back any remaining time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, madam speaker. this comprehensive bill reflects the hard work of many of my colleagues. i want to take a moment to thank some of the leaders in the house who have made this bill possible. representative dingell has led this bill for several years now, never losing sight of the commute she represents who have been impacted by pfas in their environment and in their water. the bill builds on legislation from representative sean patrick maloney to require health effects testing on all pfas chemicals. this critical testing forms the basis of required decisions throughout this package.
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the legislation also sets a moratorium on new pfas until e.p.a. has the science it needs to properly evaluate them and will ensure all new pfas are properly reviewed before going forward. this provision was authored and led through the committee process by representative kuster and also reflects the hard work of representative dean. another essential piece of this bill builds on bipartisan legislation from representatives boyle and fitzpatrick to set a national drinking water standards that protects public health, including the health of pregnant women, infants, and children. the legislation also takes important steps to address errors emissions of pfas. it incorporates legislation from representative stevens to address pfas emissions under the clean air act. and legislation from representatives cana and levin to restrict unsafe incineration of pfas waste, including firefighting foam. the bill includes a provision by representative soto to create a voluntary pfas label for cookware so consumers can take
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steps to protect themselves from exposure. i want to thank representative slotkin for her work to expand that label. the bill includes a provision by representative fletcher requiring e.p.a. to issue guidance for first responders to both minimize the use of pfas and firefighting foam and minimize their risk. that provision was improved last year, with input from representative golden. risk to first responders are also very serious concern and i thank representative fletcher for her work on that important issue. lastly, the bill incorporates two provisions related to the clean water act from representatives delgado and pappas. those important provision also protect our natural resources and stem the flow of contamination into our waterways. i'd like to also submit the following documents. ask unanimous consent to submit these for the record. a letter from the sierra club. a letter from the united states conference of catholic bishops. a letter from the coalition of n.g.o.'s. a letter from defense
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communities. a letter from the league of conservation voters. and an article from environmental health news entitled, the real story behind pfas and congress' effort to clean up contamination. that's an op-ed. let me just say in clowing. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pallone: thank you, madam speaker. in closing let me say the pfas action act is strong and balanced bipartisan bill that will make a real difference for countless communities across the country. you heard today that this bill may not be that necessary because the administration's already doing things, but the -- i just want to point out that the administration has sent a statement of administration policy saying why the president would sign this bill. so obviously he feels that it is necessary. . it says the administration led by the e.p.a. is working to collaborate on cost-cutting strategy, develop policy,
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regulations and communications and continue engagement with effective states, tribes communities and stake holders and h.r. 2467 would further enhance those efforts. like the administration i'm proud to support this bill. i urge my colleagues to vote yes. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time for debate has expired. each further amendment printed in part b of house report 117-95 not earlier considered as part of amendments en bloc, pursuant to section 3 of house resolution 535, shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered by -- only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by a proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by the proponent at any time before the question is
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put thereon, shall not be subject to amendment, shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. it shall be in order at any time after the debate for the chair of the committee on energy and commerce or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of further amendments printed in part b of house report 117-95 not earlier disposed of. amendments en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and the ranking minority member of the committee on energy and commerce or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment and shall not be subject to demand for division of the question. for what purpose does the
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gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, pursuant to house resolution 535 i rise to offer amendments en bloc number 1. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will -- the clerk will designate the amendmentsen o'clock. the clerk: amendments en bloc consisting of amendments number numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, printed in part 1 -- in report 117-95 offered by the gentleman from new york. pursuant to house resolution 535, the gentleman from new york, mr. tonko, and the gentlewoman from washington, mrs. rodgers, will each control 10 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: thank you. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: i rise in support of this en bloc of 10 amendments. as was done in the 116th congress the p fast action act
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was -- the p pfas action act was subject to subcommittee markup, full committee markup and debate and debate on the house floor. during the 116th and 117th congress there's been an effort to continue to strengthen the proposal at each and every stage. the 10 amendments included in this en bloc which includes several bipartisan amendments would build upon this past work and make further improvements to the underlying bill. several amendments help protect americans from pfas in their drinking water, especially those relying on private wells which would not be subject to the national drinking water standard required to be developed by this bill. we know communicating the risk of pfas is challenging. what are safe levels? what is a reliable testing technique? and what do you do if your water is contaminated? these amendments would help ensure people have better,
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clearer, and more accessible information on this and other issues. this en bloc also includes amendments that would increase grant funding to community water systems, and ensure all communities dealing with pfas contamination can access these funds, including insular territories. it would establish a new grant program to support pfas testing and filtration at schools. we know the cost of pfas remediation can be significant. ensuring these costs does not fall squarely on the households that rely on these water systems who are not responsible for the contamination should be a high priority of thefort. more federal funding can help in this regard. finally, the en bloc would expand the pfas free labeling program to cover food package material, luggage, and cleaning products. this will allow americans to make certain that they have more
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informed choices on the products they choose to purchase. overall, these are good improvements to the bill. i do not believe they should be controversial. i encouraging members to support the en bloc and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. mrs. rodgers: thank you, i claim time in opposition to the amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. rodgers: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves her time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: i recognize mr. sarbanes, representative sarbanes, from maryland, who has been outspoken on this issue, to be recognized for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for one minute. mr. sarbanes: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support of my amendment to h.r. 2467, the pfas action act. i want to thank my colleague,
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representative fitzpatrick for joining in this bipartisan proposal. pfas chemicals are harmful, manmade forever qaem calls that are persistent, biocumulative and toxic. these kem talls -- chemical which threaten more than 100 million americans, pose threats like cancer, immune disorders and reproduction maladies. this will help clean up contaminated sites under the superfund program, limiting ex- exposure of pfas chemicals and establishing drinking water standards to limit the amount of pfas in our drinking water systems. my amendment would ex-pan e.p.a.'s ability to use the best available science to address pfas risks by requiring manufacturers to provide reference standards for all pfas chemicals. this will help reduce pfas pollution and keep families state. my amendment will provide
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critical data about pfas chemicals and help bert identify these toxic substances. i urge my colleagues to support the amendment and the underlying bill and vote in favor of this important legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york is reserving. the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. mrs. rodgers: i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you. the -- i now recognize representative tlaib of michigan who along with mrs. dingell has brought great focus to this issue in the committee and she's recognized for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. ms. tlaib: thank you, madam speaker. i still remember how i felt when i learned that one of the worst pfas sites in the entire couldn't iry was discovered in my backyard in my district at the marathon petroleum refinery.
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shock, horror, and sanking filling -- feeling in the pit of my stomach happened instantly. i called congresswoman dingell because that site borders our districts and it is a community that continues to struggle with air quality and clean water. it is a district that, that zip code where marathon oil refinery is now, that's the most polluted zip code in the state of michigan. so we wonder why the forever chemical was found right there and how it's impacting people's public health. we are finding in michigan as folks know where we lead the country in pfas testing if you start looking for toxic, forever chemicals you'll find them. we have an urgent crisis, my friends, in front of us, that requires swift and decide sighsive action. it's great news that the house is considering passing pfas action act of 2021 today. the bill would require e.p.a. to take urgent pfas action by requiring site cleanup ierk dent fiing health risks and
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developing a drinking water standard to keep our community safe we cannot wait another day to start taking strong action to protect our residents from forever chemicals. as a member of congress i was shocked. i think many of my residents were shocked. that we weren't protected from pfas in the clean air act. today we at least get closer to changing that. again, our residents deserve to live without being poisoned. thank you so much, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman -- the gentlewoman from washington state is recognized. mrs. rodgers: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman continues to reserve. the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: thank you, madam speaker. to my colleague across the aisle, we have one more speaker, so after that we'll be ready to close if you have no one. ok. thank you. madam speaker, i yield two minutes to representative leger
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fernandez from new mexico. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized for two minutes. ms. leger fernandez: thank you, madam speaker. pfas chemicals are life threatening. they are forever chemicals and need to be cleaned up we will ask today to regulate these chemicals and protect public health. highland dairy is a family-owned operation that has served my district for four generations. in 2018, high lan learned that pfas from the nearby air force base leaked into the shared aquifer that watered the grass which fed the cows. the pfas contamination poisoned the cows and the dairy could not sell the milk or the cows. highland is on the brink of disaster, merely by being a neighbor to the air force base. we cannot allow pfas to work itself into our food system. my amendment requires the e.p.a. to consider the risk pfas poses
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to water use for agricultural purposes like that at high lan. the e.p.a.'s work must be inclusive of farmers, rural america and the food we eat. i urge my colleagues to adopt the amendment and pass this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york -- the gentlewoman from washington has the right to close. the ym from washington. ms. mrs. rodgers: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: i stand in strong support of the en bloc amendment and the measure to which we are amending. basically, we have here an opportunity to address ills that we see across america. contaminants, forever dangerous elements that cause all sorts of diseases and destruction. and it is important for us to move forward, i think, to take responsibility, to make certain
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that these forever chemicals that don't break down that cause cancer and other diseases, are addressed. we move forward with the opportunity here assigning the great responsibilities to e.p.a. so that we have a strong outcome. i think the amendment makes the bill stronger. i've seen situations in my given region of upstate new york where communities have been impacted. with that, madam speaker, i yield back and encouraging everyone support the amendment and the bill at hand. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. mrs. rodgers: thank you, madam speaker. ladies and gentlemen, we all believe that we must have clean water. unfortunately, this is not a thoughtful or scientific approach. h.r. 2467 is oppose bade broad, diverse collection of interests that are concerned about its aggressive, over-the-top,
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unforgiving and simultaneous mandates, obligations and expenses. these include the united states conference of mayors, national league of cities, national association of counties, american waterworks association, association of metropolitan water agencies, national association of water companies, national association of clean water agencies, national rural water association, association of california water agencies, the water environmental federation, the american chemistry council, american coatings association, american forest and paper association, american fuel and petrochemical manufacturers, american petroleum institute, flexible packaging association, national association of chemical distributors, national association for surface finishing, national council of textiles organization, national
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electrical manufacturers association, national association of surface finishing, national association of printing ink manufacturers, plastics industry association, united states chamber of commerce, and without objection i ask for these letters to be enter into -- to be entered into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. rodgers: the en bloc amendment are 10 amendments. some parts are indicative of the underlying bill. it's provision us don't need in a bill to accomplish because the e.p.a. is doing them. other parts of this amendment highlight for me why the overall bill should be opposed. and many do oppose it. let me give you some examples, the en bloc amendment contains a provision that would create a website at e.p.a. containing household well water testing. ironically e.p.a. already has that website. for those interested it's
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www.epa.gov/privatewells. among its existing resources are items called for in these amendment. p cost testing. health effect discussions. the third party certification recommendations. any other issues could be solved by updating this website. the en bloc amendment also doubles down on certain consumer product problems. the underlying creates and then kicks it up a notch. it adds luggage, umbrellas, and food packaging material to section 10's expansion of a program never designed for articles. and would force significant changes and administrative effort. it also requires every manufacturer, importer of a pfas chemical in the last 10 years to send a sample of it to e.p.a. and to each state. notwithstanding that this could make e.p.a. subject to hazardous waste storage requirements under section 9. e.p.a. is already compelling comprehensive toxicity testing from the same people for the
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same ultimate purpose under section 3 of the bill. the n block amendment authorizes funding for things that appear to be covered already. it increases the funding authorization in section 7 for grants by 600%. that's a hike before we know how well the program works or if the money's needed. it also provides reimbursement for communities that installed equipment to remove pfas from drinking water when the upgrades were made without expectation of federal money. the en bloc amendment creates similar to lead a federal grant program for pfos testing at schools, drinking water filters, and disposal efforts, there's nothing to suggest pfos enters drinking water like lead andp used fitters are not protected by super fund liability. i wish we would take the time to make the real reforms that would improve this bill. amendment like the one offered by mr. bilirakis to protect the
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bill from harming semiconductor production in the united states of america. pfos is essential to semiconductors and we don't want this bill to prevent the formation of a domestic supply chain in the united states of america. i'm thinking about bipartisan amendments offered by dr. bucshon and mr. schrader to protect b foss heart patients have pfos to thank for stints and heart valves that keep them alive today. mr. carter had an amendment to save chlorine production from extinction in this country. there's only three ways to make it. mercury, which was phased out. asbestos which e.p.a. has considered banning. and pfos. coming out a pandemic clearing chlorine should be the last thing we try to do. mr. crenshaw had an amendment to protect the use of pfos and protective career.
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crime is surging in our cities. now more than ever our police personnel and military should not be put in danger because of the chemicals necessary to keep them safe are a casualty of this bill. these amendments were not made in order. the congressional budget office, c.b.o. score, of h.r. 2467 was indeterminate. stating its administrative costs for the federal government of $280 million, but it's impossible to know how it impacts federal spending. no matter how well intended, well-meaning this bill may shall, its impacts are broad, unknown, and defend on things congress hasn't yet establish and must think through the en bloc amendment does not improve this bill. i oppose it and urge others to do the same. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back her time. all time has been yielded back on the en bloc amendments.
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pursuant to house resolution 535, the previous question is ordered on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentleman from new york. the question is on the en bloc amendment, those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have t >> madam chair. request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. >> request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. 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.]
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. donald payne, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. payne will vote yes on the amendments en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? mr. underwood: as the member designated by mr. rush, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. rush will vote yes on the amendments en bloc. thank you.
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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 yes on the amendments en bloc. and as the member designated by
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mr. grijalva, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. grijalva will vote yes on the amendments en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. evans: thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by
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mr. lawson of florida, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. lawson will vote yes on the amendments en bloc number 1. 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.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. wilson will vote yes on the amendments en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from georgia seek recognition? ms. williams: as the member designated by mr. jones, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. jones will
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vote yes on the amendments en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. garcia: madam 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 this amendment en bloc.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. matsui: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. desaulnier, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. desaulnier will vote yes on the amendments en bloc.
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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 yea on the amendments en bloc. as the member designated by congresswoman grace meng, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that congresswoman meng will vote yea on the amendments en bloc.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by mr. amodei, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. amodei will vote no on the amendments en bloc.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from idaho seek recognition? mr. simpson: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. fulcher from the state of idaho, house resolution number 8, i inform the house that mr. fall cher will vote -- fulcher will vote no on the amendments en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. calvert: madam speaker, 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 the amendment en bloc number 1.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. correa: madam speaker, as the member designated by congress member ruiz, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that congress member ruiz will vote yes on the amendments en bloc. and madam speaker, as the member designated by congress member napolitano, i inform the house that congress member napolitano will also vote yes on the amendments en bloc.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. fleischmann: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. rogers of kentucky, pursuant
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to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. rogers will vote nay on the amendments en bloc. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. lahood: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. buchanan of florida, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. buchanan will vote no on the amendments en bloc. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? ms. wexton: thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by mr. mceachin, pursuant to h.res.
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8, i inform the house that mr. mceachin will vote yes on the amendments en bloc. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. connolly: madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. titus of nevada, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. titus will vote aye on the amendments en bloc.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. owens: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. stewart of yud, pursuant to h.res. 8 -- utah, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. stewart will vote no on the amendment en bloc.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by dr. van drew of new jersey, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that dr. van drew will vote yes on the tonko en bloc number 1.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by ms. salazar, the state of florida, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that ms. salazar will vote yea on the amendment en bloc.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 206. the nays are 195. the amendments en bloc are adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: the preach question is ordered on the bill as amended. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: h.r. 2467, a bill to require the administrator of the environmental protection agency to designate perfect and polyflurel substances under the
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comprehensive environmental response compensation and liability act of 1980. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. crenshaw of texas moves to recommit the bill h.r. 2467 to the committee on energy and commerce. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 19, the previous question is ordered on the motion to recommit. the question is on the motion.
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so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the motion is not agreed to. the gentleman from texas is recognized. will crenshaw: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: 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.]
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. donald payne, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house
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that mr. payne will vote no on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by mr. amodei, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. amodei will vote yes on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. desauliner, pursuant to house resolution 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 illinois seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. buchanan of florida, pursuant to house resolution 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 the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. garcia: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. garcia of illinois, pursuant to
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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 utah seek recognition? >> madam 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 yea on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by -- mr. evans: as the member designated by representing mr. lawson, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house he moats votes no on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition?
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>> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. granger of texas, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that ms. granger will vote yes on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mrs. kirkpatrick, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mrs. kirkpatrick will vote no on the motion to recommit. as the member designated by mr. grijalva, pursuant to house resolution 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 gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by dr. van drew of new jersey, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that dr. van drew will vote yes on the motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam 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. madam 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 gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. rogers of kentucky, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. rogers will vote yea on the motion to recommit. thank you. . the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? ms. wexton: thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by mr. mceachin, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. mceachin will vote no on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. young of alaska, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. young will vote yea on the motion to recommit.
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thank you. 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.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 florida seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by ms. salazar of florida, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. salazar will vote yea on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from georgia seek recognition? ms. williams: as the member designated by mr. jones, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. jones will vote no on the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. connolly: madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. titus of nevada, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. titus of nevada will
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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. lush are -- mr. rush will vote no on the motion to recommit.
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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.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from idaho seek recognition? mr. simpson: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. fulcher from the state of idaho, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. fulcher will vote aye on the motion to recommit.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the ayes are 204 and the
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nays are 218. the motion is not adopted. the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? >> i request 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.] >> as the member designated by ms. granger of texas, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that ms. granger will vote no on
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h.r. 2467. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? >> as the member designated by chris stewart of utah, pursuant to h. res. 8, foes that mr. stewart will vote no. 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 yes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> as the member designated by dr. van drew of new jersey, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that dr. van drew will vote yes on h.r. 2467. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. garcia: as the member designated by mr. garcia of illinois, pursuant to house
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resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. garcia will vote yes on house resolution 2467. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does squ the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. amodei pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. amodei will vote no on h.r. 2467. 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
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the house that mr. payne will vote yes on h.r. 2467. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. rogers of kentucky, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. rogers will vote nay on h.r. 2467. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. connolly: as the member designated by ms. titus of nevada, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that ms. titus of nevada will vote aye on h.r. 2467.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from idaho seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. fuller, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. fulcher will vote no. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker as the member designated by representative lawson pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. lawson will vote yes. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from georgia seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. jones, pursuant to h. res.
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8, i inform the house that mr. jones will vote yes on h.r. 2467. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. desaulnier, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that mr. desaulnier will vote yes on h.r. 2467.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition ? mr. stanton: as the member designated by mrs. kirkpatrick, pursuant to h. res., i inform the house that mrs. kirkpatrick will vote yes on h.r. 2467. as the member designated by mr. grijalva, i inform the house that mr. grijalva will vote yes on h.r. 2467. 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 congress member ruiz will vote yes on h.r. 2467. as the member designated by congress member napolitano, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that congress member napolitano will vote yes on h.r. 2467.
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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 mr. mceachin will vote yes on h.r. 2467. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from connecticut seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. wilson, punt to h. res. 8, i inform the house that ms. wilson will vote yes on h.r. 2467.
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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 congresswoman johnson will vote yes. as the member designated by congresswoman meng, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that congresswoman meng will vote yes on h.r. 2467.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms.al gar of the state of florida, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that ms. salazar will vote nay on h.r. 2467. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. buchanan, pursuant to h. res. 8, i inform the house that
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mr. buchanan will vote no on h.r. 2467.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 241 and the nays are 182. the bill is passed. on this vote the yeas are 241 and the nays are 183. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. tonko: i ask unanimous consent that in the engrossment of h.r. 2467 the clerk be authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, cross-referencing and make such technical and conforming changes as it may be necessary to reflect the changes of the congress including striking lines 13 through 23 on page 20. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. tonko: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute
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speeches. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? ms. kaptur: 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. ms. kaptur: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize and pay tribute to the contributions of pam howell beach to the greater toledo community. during her tenure with the toledo foundation, she increased its assets by over $80 million. later as executive foundation of the stranahan foundation, she oversaw grant disby united states -- distributions, her leadership in the nonprofit world was wide and appreciated and big as her heart. from congressing with philanthropy, ohio, mercy health
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partners, to the early childhood funders collaborative and susan b. comban foundation, she touched the lives of thousands and thousands of toledoans. as she faces a challenging health situation, i want to convey how grateful we are for her work, her life, her dedication and her love for community. we are all the better as a result of her lifelong commitment to others. thank you, pam, and god bless you today and always. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker -- mr. thompson: madam speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. and the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. the gentleman is correct. the house is not in order. order.
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the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, the house agriculture committee has held countless discussions on ways we can empower our farm families and build a robust rural economy. earlier this month we made good on our word. i'm proud to work with all members on our committee and support the broadband internet connections for rural america act, which provides significant investments into the deployment and development of broadband to rural america. this legislation reflects many of our shared priorities and shared work, and in many ways is similar to the bipartisan legislation i introduced earlier this year. i want to thank all of ow members -- of the members of the agriculture committee. i know this issue is so personal to each of us and the constituents we represent. the house agriculture committee is considered one of the most bipartisan committees in the
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house. this bill is proof we can reach agreement during extraordinary times. i hope we can keep this bipartisan spirit as infrastructure talks continues. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> today marks 200 days of this congress. 200 days of house democrats working to build back better. madam speaker, our constituents want us to meet this moment. that's why we passed historic legislation to strengthen our democracy, ensure equal pay, guarantee the rights of lgbtq-plus americans, prioritize gun safety and more. we started this congress by passing the american rescue plan, a historic investment in workers and families that expanded the child tax credit. one of the most anti-poverty measures of this generation.
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last week i meat with parents in chula, vista, who had tears in their eyes talking about how it could help their am if a lease. ms. jacobs: they talk about not only paying for rent and childcare and school supplies but also for the first time being able to start saving for their kids to go to college. madam speaker, that is worth celebrating, and it's worth protecting. let's build on the progress we made. make permanent the child tax credit, and make sure american families can truly build back better. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the right to life is one of the founding principles of our nation. every human being, born or unborn, is entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of
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happiness. yet, today we see this right under attack as the biden administration continues their war on the unborn by seeking to remove the hyde amendment, a long standing pro-life protection that's saved 2.5 million lives from abortion since 1976. not too long ago, president joe biden stated, quote, those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for it. mr. rose: unquote. but this proposed budget fails to include the hyde amendment, making it clear that president biden does not continue to value the life of the unborn. this is why i am a co-sponsor of h.r. 18, the no taxpayer funding for abortion act. i, like many tennesseans, believe taxpayer dollars should never be used to fund abortions. madam 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
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in the house. 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. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york 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. mr. tonko: madam speaker, i rise to join you in marking 200 days since the start of the 117th congress and a productive 200 days it has been. our majority in the house has risen to this challenge delivering lifelines to americans putting shots in arms and sustaining thousands of businesses and helping our state and local governments keep our communities going. we built on that momentum with
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legislation to ensure paycheck fairness and background checks on gun sales. stop voter disenfranchisement and protecting americans from the devastating effects of pfas. millions of families improved child tax credit to live poorest children out of poverty. let me recognize one other milestone, one year anniversary of the passing of my dear friend , congressman john lewis. i hope he smiles down upon us on this work built on a legacy he carried on his shoulders. brother john, we do miss you, even as we work in your mighty shadow may we always be guided by your light. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent
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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. i express my support for the brave cube answer who are demanding freedom. the regime in cuba has run the country into the ground and doesn't recognize human rights and people don't have access to covid-19 vaccines. they are taking to the streets to fight for individual liberty and freedom. as authoritarians do, the regime has arrested hundreds of demonstrators and cut off their communication with the outside world. the communist government will do whatever it takes to keep the people under its thumb. it has a lot in common with the chinese communist party and have
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no regard for the rights of the people sm the cuban government wants to silence the people just as the chinese communist party do in hong kong. cubans know communism does not work and brings poverty and oppression. it is our privilege as americans to live in a country that values freedom and the lord and we must support cubans 90 miles off the coast of florida. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman 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 gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today in support of our most vulnerable americans, the unborn. they do not have a voice. it's up to us to be their champion to fight for their right to life. i'm deeply concerned by the
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actions of the majority and occupants of the white house. they are destroying decades of protections for the unborn, which is why it is essential to pass the no taxpayer funding for abortion act. i ask unanimous consent that the committees on energy and commerce and ways and means and judiciary be discharged and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: as the chair previously advised that request cannot be entertained absent appropriate clearance. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina 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. >> here we go again, the majority democratic party wants to kill our children through abortion. i rise to discuss the importance of h.r. 18 no taxpayer funding for abortion act.
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lawmakers have passed the hyde amendment in a bipartisan fashion to ensure americans aren't forced to pay for abortion on demand. we had a strong majority of americans democrat and republicans in the past have agreed to this. folks, it is a sad day in america, as a father and grandfather to have this embarrassing example of the killing of our children. unborn children are no less alive than i am. all life is a gift that begins at conseppings and to expect americans to subsidize the inhumane killing is a complete disgrace. that's why i always fought for the sanctity of life. i ask for the passage of h.r. 18 soy federal funding for abortions is not only permanent but country wide. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal requests.
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the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. michael s. doyle for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the request is granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the gentleman from new york, mr. bowman, is recognized for 60 minutes as the majority leader.
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the gentleman is recognized for 60 minutes. mr. bowman: madam 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. mr. bowman: this afternoon, we are focused on the green new deal. and i want to be very clear about why we need a green new deal. our fossil fuel-driven economy is making us sick and literally killing us. but with investments in green infrastructure and clean economy, we can do the opposite and repair the damage done and
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give every person what they need to flourish. in the pacific northwest, we saw a brutal heat wave that took the lives of 116 people in oregon and 112 in washington and more in british columbia. and floods that killed people in europe and deaths in india and china. and living with wildfires that suffocate us with smoke. africa is being battered by drought and siberia is in flames. we literally saw the ocean on fire. we now live in a world in which extreme weather driven by climate change is killing five million people per year. and in parts of my district, you are three times more likely to die from asthma than anywhere else in the country. we need to be crystal clear about the fact that our economic system created this emergency, while our political system
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subsidizes and protects the fossil fuel industry. that has to change now. the green new deal provides the framework we need to rebuild our economy, society and democracy from the ground up. the green new deal recognizes that climate change, public health, systemic racism and economic inequality are all deeply connected. as you will hear tonight, it gives a road map for tackling these crease cease together. as a life-long educator i see the perfect place to kick start. our k-12 public schools. there is no single institution that touches the lives of more people. we are talking about 50 million young people plus parents, teachers, staff, workers and neighbors. our schools are the heartbeat of our community and must become the epicenter of climate change.
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for decades we allowed these to be neglected in red line parts of the country and leaving black and brown students and low-income students behind. we overtest the academic ability of our children and do not support and engage them as human beings. as a physical level, our schools have fallen into a state of disrepair. as a teacher and principal, i saw this every single day. we have schools with no running hot water or drinking fountains that do not work, schools with drinking fountains that could work are poisoning our children with lead. our schools are infected with asbestos, mold and rodents and lack appropriate ventilation. our children face urgent health problems. and as young people march for climate action, schools are
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failing to protect them from climate impacts like extreme heat, outdated, infect evac systems are burdenening schools with $8 billion in annual energy costs. last week i introduced a bill called the green new deal for public schools. this is a $1.43 trillion investment over 10 years designed to transform our public education system for the 21st century. it will create and support more than one million green jobs every year and most precious resource in any healthy democracy, our children. with this legislation, we are going to upgrade and retrofit every public school in the country beginning in the poorest and most vulnerable districts. every school will become a safe, healthy, accessible and zero carbon center of the economy. we will remove toxic materials
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and and make them energy efficient, comfortable and disaster proof and install solar panels and batteries so every school controls its renewable energy. we will create community gardens and green spaces and offer healthy food options to nourish our children and so much more. these investments will be game changing for schools in a variety of ways. they could see their energy bills roughly cut in half and reinvest the money they save and resources that our children and families need. in fact, this bill provides comprehensive funding for healing the trauma of our communities and will allow schools to hire more educators, mental health professionals, countors and support staff especially from the local community. it provides significant resources for school districts to form strong community
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partnerships and develop curriculum that are responsive. the legislation tackles school inequality at the regional level by quadrupling title 1 funding and increases idea funding to support students with disabilities. this is about caring for ourselves, each other, our communities, families and the planet. that's what the green new deal is all about. and now i'm pleased to yield to my other colleagues who will highlight the many other ways the green new deal framework addresses our nation's urgent needs. it is my pleasure and honor to yield to representative maloney from new york. i yield to the gentlelady from new york and chairwoman of the oversight committee, ms. maloney. mrs. maloney: thank you to my
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friend and colleague and the congressional progressive caucus for bringing us together today to highlight the importance of the green new deal. climate change is one of the most single most pressing threats facing this country and the global community and our most vulnerable communities are bearing the brunt of the consequences. that is why today as chair of the house oversight committee i held a hearing on president biden's justice authority initiative. we heard from experts about the need to swiftly and effectively implement this initiative to ensure that the communities hardest hit by pollution, poverty and public health risks receive a fair share of our nation's climate and infrastructure investments. as chair of the house oversight committee i'm committed to ensuring that the administration and all federal agencies have the tools they need to implement
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the justice 40 initiative. this is crucial to ensuring that our climate investments advance racial and economic justice. beyond the justice 40 initiative we need to prioritize solutions here in congress that focus on climate justice. the new york city, that means investing in a green future for public housing and for our public schools. this past earth day, i re-introduced the solar equity act which would ar began tee any solar energy generated on public land benefits the residents of those developments first. and looking beyond solar energy, all public housing repairs should be green which is what the green new deal for public housing does. this bill will provide funding
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to electrify buildics and solar panels and renewable resources for all public housing needs. it will be cleaner, safer and gener. . . as we work to make sure everyone has access to the clean, affordable housing they need and deserve, let's expand our goals to make these communities green, too, for the health of our res. residents and environment, we cannot forward to do anything less. for the health of our students, we need a green new deal for public schools. a transformative and unprecedented investment that will not only make our schools greener, but also expand services for our students. my colleagues, jamaal bowman, is a former educator and has authored this important bill
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which i am a co-sponsor. we are in a state of emergency. the west is burning. cities are flooding. and extreme weather events are becoming all too common. we need to act now and we need to act boldly. for the health and safety of all americans, for environmental and social justice, let's make a green new deal. we can't afford to do anything less. i want to thank my colleague from new york, jamaal bowman, for focusing on education and our environment and putting both of them together creatively with the education green new deal for public schools. i now yield back to my colleague, and i thank him for inviting me to this important special order. mr. bowman: thank you so much, chairwoman maloney. i now yield to the gentlelady from new york, ms. ocasio-cortez, who is the
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original green new deal champion in congress, and who has done so much in collaboration with social movements to inject this vision into the consciousness of america. her green new deal for public housing was a major inspiration for my schools legislation. congresswoman ocasio-cortez. ms. ocasio-cortez: thank you, congressman bowman. it's just such a honor to be here just over two years after we introduced the original green new deal resolution, which has now inspired a great deal of similar resolutions and green new deal resolutions adopted and introduced in municipalities and states across the country. not only have similar resolutions been introduced, but we also have seen inspiration into other forms of green new deal legislation, like the green
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new deal for public housing, the green new deal for public schools, and beyond. but, you know, i think one thing that's very important for us to discuss about is the very urgent matter which is the infrastructure package that is right here before congress, that is being negotiated by both the house and the senate. and while i certainly wish sometimes that our legislation was informed primarily by the legislators that are here writing this legislation, by communities that are impacted by this legislation, it goes without saying that there's a great deal of dark money involved in the fight against -- in the fight on climate change. and that dark money is intended for us to not act in this situation. we have lobbyists from companies like exxonmobil bragging about
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their role in shaping our federal legislation and curtailing our ambitions and in fighting against key provisions to draw down our carbon emissions. and whenever i see something like this, whenever i see how dark money and lobbyists act as a wedge between elected officials and public servants and the people that we are supposed to represent, not only do i think it's heartbreaking but it's very much tragic. there is a key issue we have here on acting on climate and a big part of that issue is the fact -- something we call a principal agent problem, where
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the people in charge of making decisions are simply not aligned and not incentivized to make the right ones because they are not feeling the impact of it. and i get concerned when we have conversations that the politics of the day get involved and intercede and they complicate the policy for a generation. and it is so critically important because i can't help but imagine that so many of the people in a are in charge of blocking action on climate will not see the world they are leaving to generations to come. and we have a moral responsibility to leave this world better than we found it.
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this is not about theory anymore. this is not about challenging the science anymore. new york city just yesterday, people woke up having a harder time breathing and having a harder time seeing on the horizon because of the smoke from the bootleg fires out in oregon coming out to our city. wildfires will come and impact all of us. floods and waters will come to impact all of us, but they will not impact all of us equally. the most vulnerable communities will be left behind, and we can stop it. it doesn't have to be this way. not only can we stop it and not only can we draw down our emissions, but we can create millions of jobs doing so. millions of good union jobs, and
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we can create a civilian climate corps, we can transition to renewable energy, we can build infrastructure that all people can enjoy that's not just attuned to the wealthy. we can restore our lands. we can live in harmony with an economy where we can care for one another instead of extracting off of each other. we can build this world, and this world is close. it is so close. it is so close and that's why we see dark money mobilizing the way that is now, because they know we can win. and hopefully in this package, we will continue to win. but this fight does not stop now. it does not stop with this infrastructure package. it will not stop, frankly, throughout the course of our lives, because we have a responsibility to leave this world to -- a better place to
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ourselves and to our children. thank you very much. i yield back. mr. bowman: thank you, congresswoman ocasio-cortez. i now yield to the gentleman from california and chairman of the veterans' affairs committee, mr. takano. mr. takano: thank you, representative bowman, for yielding. and i fully appreciate an opportunity to be in partnership with a fellow teacher for the cause of climate change. so climate change is infrastructure. our buildings, roads, and transportation are directly impacted by the impending climate crisis. in this one year, we have seen our oceans on fire, a pipeline broke in the gulf of mexico. our bridges are crumbling. our buildings are collapsing. wildfires and heat waves have been paired with rolling blackouts in my district.
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unfortunately, my constituents and i have experienced this for decades without much progress, but we cannot continue to accept this as a reality, a continuing reality. in addition to losing power in my district, some of the worst air quality in the country exists in my district. despite california leading the nation in investing in renewable energy, we still are not doing enough. as co-chair of the congressional energy storage caucus, i understand how critical it is for us to invest in renewable micro grids that are powered by -- microgrids that are powered by solar and wind energy and backed by energy storage. congress must provide municipalities, businesses, and residents with the ability to purchase and build their own energy grids that are resilient for our frequent natural disasters. we have the technology to catch up to the modern industrial
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world. we cannot afford not to use this technology. we must invest. thank you. i yield back. mr. bowman: thank you so much, mr. takano. it is now my pleasure to yield to the gentlelady from new mexico, ms. stansbury. ms. stansbury: thank you, mr. bowman. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today with my colleagues to continue calling attention to the survivor of our planet and future generations and the well-being of our communities and the critical importance of passing legislation across the board that reflects our values which are embodied in the green new deal. because the science is clear. we must urgently address climate change now. we must address our greenhouse gas footprint and the causes of
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climate change now. we must mitigate the impacts of climate change now. and we must support and center and empower and invest in our communities now. and that is what the green new deal is all about. building a world that is more just, more equitable, and more climate resilient for future generations, for our children, for our parents, and for everyone across our communities. to do so we have to invest in our communities in critical infrastructure, and all things that will make it possible for our communities to thrive. the time now is to be decisive, to be brave in our policymaking, to be bold in our investments, and to lean into the science. and we must do so now in the
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budget reconciliation and infrastructure packages that this body is working to pass right now. this is especially critical for my home state of new mexico where we are already experiencing the impacts of extreme drought, catastrophic fires, health waves -- heat waves, and an uncertain future. where our communities are already struggling daily to make a living, our families struggling to put food on the table, and struggling to support people across our community. it is absolutely critical that we support and center our communities in this conversation and that we invest in the resilient infrastructure that will make it possible for us to live resiliently. our electric grid, broadband infrastructure, drinking water, irrigation infrastructure, and
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green infrastructure and to lean in to our clean energy future. we must also invest in the infrastructure of our communities, our care economy, because that's the infrastructure of our economy and the well-being of our people. our schools, our families, and their well-being. and we must do all of this through the lens of social, racial, and economic justice, investing in good-paying jobs, lifting up the voices of and listening to the people in our communities and ensuring that their livelihoods and well-being are at the center of these conversations. and that is why we need bold action now in the budget, in reconciliation, and in the infrastructure package. to ensure that we are investing in things that are not only shovel-ready but shovel-worthy, and worthy of our communities
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and their future. the time for action is now. we need climate action now, and i am proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my colleagues here in the house and in the senate to ensure we are making good on our commitment to our future. and with that, madam speaker, mr. bowman, i yield back. . mr. bowman: thank you, ms. stansbury. i yield to the gentleman from california, mr. cardenas. mr. cardenas: thank you very much. madam speaker, my creag colleagues, congressman -- my colleagues, congressman bowman, thank you for reserving time on the floor of the house of representatives so that we can speak the truth about what too many families, too many people, mostly poor people have to endure, not only in america but around the world. i was born and raised in the northeast san fernando valley.
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i'm proud to say in the senate i have a colleague who grew up in the area just like me. his parents are immigrants from mexico as are mine we went to the same elementary cool and same high school. and we ended up being on the city council together for some years he said to me, tony what committee do you want to chair? i said i want to chair the committee that oversees the airport, the ports and department of water and power. at that time the department of water and power was the largest water and power district in america. why did i want to be on those committees? because those three entities are spewing the most into our atmosphere than any other organizations in los angeles. and they gave me the opportunity to live my values. to be able to grow up in a poor community, yes, in the hood, in the northeast san fernando valley, on that side of town,
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where there are more dump sites on that part of l.a. county, a county of 10 million people but they concentrated more dump sites in my backyard than any other place in that county. and alex padilla's family and my families had to endure that for generations. here alex is, city councilmember, president of the council, choosing to put me as chairman of that committee. on that committee i forced the department of water and power to finally clean up their act. believe it or not prork agressive los angeles, the department of water and power that belongs to the city of los angeles, the people of los angeles, we were fooled into believing we were a progressive community and wouldn't be spewing out the dirty fuels that hurt the environment but we did. approximately 40% of all the energy being produced for our city was coming from fossil
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fuels. under the presidency of president alex padilla, now our united states senator for california, when he gave me the mantle of being chairman of that committee, we forced the department of water and power to cut their emissions in half. to literally divest themselves of dirty coal plants. too finally clean up our act -- to finally clean up their act. i'm proud to say as the first councilmember to represent that community who was born and raised in bekoima. i was the first one to tell a company that owned a dump site, when they wanted to expand it again and again and again, i was the first councilmember to tell them no, you're not. and we denied them. for far too long we were being represented by people who didn't realize or understand what it's like to grow up in a community where environmental injustice prevails and proliferates.
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and we suffer from asthma rates that other communities don't suffer. our childrendo our families do. we suffer from ground water that is more contaminated than any other places in america. we finally brought the grants from washington, from city hall and from sacramento, our state capital, to clean up our act, to clean up our groundwater. those are the kinds of things that we're doing in congress. those are the kinds of things that the green new deal has brought to light, where before only certain people experienced it and only certain people cared. now, today, we are talking about something i'm very proud of. i'm very proud to be one of the original co-sponsors of the green new deal in this congress. but equally proud with my colleague, congressman bowman, to be an original co-sponsor of the green new deal for public schools. act.
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these are the kinds of investments that we need to make as congress. but equally important we need to make sure that we continue to remind every single person that we are in this together. as goes our communities, as goes our country, as goes the environment, so does the planet. even though billionaires are flying up into the sky and getting into outer space, this is our planet, ladies and gentlemen. we cannot escape it. why try to escape it? why don't we just look in the mirror and see what has been done and what is being done and to see what we all can do about it. that's the responsible thing to. do that's something we can and should be proud of. so i stand here today, to encouraging every single one of us to help clean up our act. and to once again thank my colleague, congressman bowman, for inviting me and the rest of us to speak the truth on this floor today about how important it is that we have a green new
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deal for all. thank you so much and i yield back, mr. bowman. mr. bowman: thank you so much, mr. cardenas, for your passionate remarks. i now yield to the gentlelady from missouri, ms. kori bush, who i want to wish a very happy birthday today. ms. bush is another powerful green new deal champion who has introduced a fantastic green new deal for cities bill. i also had the pleasure of working with ms. bush on our public power resolution. ms. bush. ms. bush: thank you. and thank you, madam speaker. st. louis and i rise today because the green new deal cannot wait and my brother, rep bowman, you understand that and thank you for pushing this, thank you for speaking up, speaking out and it is not an easy place to speak out from, especially as black americans in
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this country. it's not usually one of the things that people think that black community will speak out about. but this is our work to speak out about it, to make sure that our communities are made whole. yes, today is my 45th birthday. birthdays are both a time of celebration and a time of reflection. today, there are 11 more 90-degree days per year in st. louis than the year i was born. i'm thinking about that st. louis heat, the heat under which michael brown jr.'s body laid for more than 4 1/2 hours on the hot asphalt in august of 2014. i'm wondering how many more 90-degree days we'll have when i turn 50? what about when i turn 55? when i turn 60? i'm wondering how many more times black bodies will lie dead
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in the summer heat on that asphalt from the environmental injustice of police murder. yes, that is an environmental injustice. i'm thinking about how in the decade i was born, the city of st. louis pledged to prioritize elimination of lead pipes. but today, black children in st. louis city are 2.4 times more likely than white children to test positive for lead in their blood. for my entire lifetime, we've been promised that this problem would be fixed, but today, it still persists. i'm thinking about what the world will look like when my son and my daughter turn 45. i'm thinking about the opportunity we have right now to deliver them a better world. i'm thinking about how blessed i am to be in a position to do something about it.
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earlier this year, congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez and i introduced the green new deal for cities to fund the environmental justice work of a green new deal in every community. our bill would create good-paying jobs in our communities, to solve the environmental racism that we face each and every day. it will clean up our polluted creeks and our vacant lots. and many don't know that when you drive in some communities, where it looks like the community doesn't care, sometimes it's not that the community cares, sometimes it's because the ground is contaminated and our -- in our black and in our brown communities and that those lots sit there vacant they sit there like they're unattended to. but there's more to the story. financially, that's the issue.
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when we rook at cleaning -- when we look at cleaning up our polluted creeks and vacant lots, we have to make sure that we replace, as we move further we have to make sure we replace fossil fuels with renewable energy. why are we still having that conversation? i don't want my 46th birthday to come next year and our communities are still waiting for the people with the power of the pen, people with the power of the pen, and the power of the purse, to deliver the life-saving change that the people deserve. we need a green new deal. for my birthday, please join me in fighting for one everywhere. thank you. i yield back. mr. bowman: thank you so much, representative bush. it's amazing whether we're talking about the bronx, new
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york, st. louis, missouri, or new mexico, it is obvious that a green new deal is needed now. i would like to close by returning to one particular aspect of the green new deal for public schools, because i think it highlights something about the framework as a whole. for me, one of the most exciting parts of the green new deal for public schools is how the learning environment in every school will be enriched, putting our young people at the center of the green energy revolution. students will delve into every aspect of the building retrofit process and immerse themselves in the broader sustainability and social challenges that we are tackling as a society. each school will become a living lab so the green new deal -- for the green new deal and i cannot think of a better way to nurture
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the curiosity, ingenuity and imaginations of our students. we'll be kick starting stem and steam careers across the united states. our country will reap the benefits of that creativity. the green new deal for public schools and the entire green new deal framework is build on the foundation of care and healing and allowing everyone in this country to unlock their full potential. this is an idea that is expressed in tupac shakur's brilliant poem, the rose that grew from concrete. did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete proving nature's laws is wrong learned to walk without having feet funny it seems but by keeping its dreams it learned to breathe fresh air long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared. with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. thank you very much.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the gentleman from texas, mr. mr. nehls, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. nehls: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to rhett rit -- to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of my special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. nehls: thank you. i would like to yield two minutes to my good friend, my colleague, out of the great
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state of north carolina. i stand corrected, out of the great state of pennsylvania. >> thank you. i thank the gentleman from texas very much and yes, i do hail from the great commonwealth of pennsylvania. i appreciate his correction very much. madam speaker, good afternoon. the biden administration and democrat house leadership want to cap off their first six months with an additional $3.5 trillion in massive spending bill which will be the largest expansion of government ever. mr. meweser: prior to the biden administration, on a bipartisan basis, we here in the congress allocated $3.7 trillion for covid relief and recovery on a bipartisan basis. president biden and the democrats through a completely partisan spending bill spent
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$1.9 trillion, three times more than many felt was necessary. many democrat economists also felt that way especially since g.d.p. growth was hitting record level, clearly indicating recovery. now we are experiencing inflation at historic levels. milk, bread, fruit, gasoline, among other items have seen price increases, taxing all americans. unemployment remains very high in states that continue to extend enhanced unemployment insurance. meanwhile virtually all employers have a shortfall in their work force and are looking for employees. additionally, illegal immigration is at an all-time high we see the mess at the border, with no corrections being made by the biden administration or the democrat-led house. crime is hitting record levels in urban and suburban america. oil imports from russia are at an all-time high. oil imports from russia are at an all-time high while we restrict energy production here at home and china's economy is
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roaring. we receive in information from the c.c.p. or additionally cyberattacks originating from china and russia have presented a huge dret to american businesses large and -- threat to american businesses, large and small, yet little or no response from the biden administration or our democratic leadership here in the house. now the democrats are putting a bipartisan -- putting up a partisan -- or putting -- excuse me, a bipartisan transportation infrastructure bill in jeopardy that was agreed upon because they insist on spending $3.5 trillion-plus for all kinds of government expansion initiatives, including expansions of medicaid, obamacare, the e.p.a., i.r.s., i could go on. this reckless expansion of government after $5 trillion in spending will rock our economy, destroy career opportunities, create permanent dependency on government, and saddle our future american generations with debt. well beyond what the eye can see or what the mind can contemplate. say no to reconciliation, say yes to a responsible bipartisan
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transportation infrastructure bill, and i yield back. mr. nehls: thank you, my dear friend. i would like to now yield a couple minutes to my great friend from the great state of texas, representative jackson. mr. jackson: madam speaker, i rise today to bring attention to a serious issue facing my home state of texas and millions of americans. the biden border crisis. things at our southern boarder have gotten worse by the day since joe biden and kamala harris took office. for example, illegal immigration numbers were up 450% in june compared to june of last year. june was the fourth straight month with over 170,000 apprehensions. border patrol officials have seized more fentanyl so far in 2021 than all of 2020. covid cases among illegal immigrants are up 900% in the
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rio grande valley. numbers don't lie. the biden administration's reckless approach to immigration has caused a full blown crisis at the border and there is absolutely nothing being done to stop it. to be clear, the public health and drug crises that have been exacerbated by what's happening at the border are not just a problem for border states. the drugs are being smuggled in and coming to a neighborhood near you, courtesy of joe biden and kamala harris. their hypocrisy on the public health -- health threat in particular couldn't be more appalling. while pushing stringent covid rules on the american people, they're simultaneously pushing an open border agenda that includes placing covid-infected illegal immigrants all over this country. it's absolutely unbelievable. every american will ultimately be impacted in some way by this biden border crisis. i plead with the president to reverse his failed immigration plan and start protecting the american people. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time.
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mr. nehls: thank you, mr. jackson. madam speaker, my colleagues and i will address tonight the serious issues many, -- issues, many, many serious issues facing our country. the unprecedented crisis at our southern border, the highest inflation we've seen in 13 years. the democrats are out of control with their spending and tax increases. the democrats' undermining of the hyde amendment. and the democrats' defense of the communist cuba regime. it's important we discuss these issues as republicans because our colleagues on the other side of the aisle, they just won't. we owe it to the american people to do better than this. to ensure there's still a country left when our children grow up. the way the democrats and the biden administration are spending money and our open borders should not just concern republicans, but every american. that's why i'm proud of the way
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my colleagues and i will bring these issues straight to the american people in the people's house. i'd like to thank my colleagues for their participation tonight. i know that we don't have anyone else here and thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president.
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the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. murphy, for 30 minutes. mr. murphy: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to address the house for up to one minute -- or up to two minutes and revise and extend my remarks. when you pull into a gas station or visit a grocery store this week, you'll notice something different. consumer prices are up across the board. make no mistake, this financial strain is a direct result of the biden administration's out-of-control spending. it is hurting millions of americans across the nation. in fact, nearly nine of 10 americans have reported a serious concern about the rise in prices. the reality, inflation. perhaps more accurately called bidenflation, is climbing at the highest rate in 13 years.
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used car prices are up 45%. the cost of breakfast, lunch and dinner has gone up for every single family. these staples are necessities for every family in this country and their prices are rising because of the democrats' reckless spending agenda. there is no doubt that the democrats' nonstop big government spending is placing tremendous financial stress on the american family. what's worse, democrats have failed to acknowledge that their outrageous spending has the most devastating impact on low-income americans. many of whom have to spend beyond their means to afford the basic costs of goods and services. let me make this very clear. inflation is a regressive tax that disproportionately effects the poor. democrats are completely out of touch with the american people. to them, inflation is transitory. nothing to worry about. to the north carolinians that i represent, and speak with every
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day, inflation is now a real and present problem. what is the democratic solution to soorg inflation and higher prices? boaring more money. another 3.5 trillion of taxpayer money to put toward new spending and tax hikes. there's a life lesson here. if you're in a hole, stop digging. republicans understand that in most households, every dollar counts. but in biden's economy, all americans are having to pay more now to get less. we must reverse these disastrous policy decisions to save jobs, protect long-term investments, sustain economic progress and, most importantly, keep more money in taxpayers' pockets. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. rouzer, for 30 minutes. mr. rouzer: madam speaker, i rise today in absolute and unequivocal support of the cuban people protesting their evil and oppressive communist regime. unfortunately there's nothing new about their brutality and willful violations of universally recognized human rights. the united states should make it
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very clear that we stand on the side of the cuban people as thousands have joined one of the biggest anti-communist demonstrations the country has witnessed during its 62-year dictatorship. since the protests began, hundreds have been detained or are missing, including artists, peace activists, and priests. the cuban people deserve and need our help. in the words of the late senator jesse helms, quote, the united states must speak out clearly on behalf of those whose own voices are choked by communist repression. despite what many of our own people have been brainwashed by our education systems to believe, america is the greatest force for freedom and liberty that the world has ever known. i implore this administration, the biden administration, and this congress to utilize every tool of the u.s. government to
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support the cuban people in their effort to defeat the communist regime and break the shackles of its oppressive government. madam speaker, i yield such time as he may consume to my colleague from wisconsin, mr. grothman. mr. grothman: thank you. i'd like to address the chamber on what i believe is the biggest crisis facing america today. i spent last week down at the mcallen section of the u.s.-mexican border and what i saw horrified me. late at night from 10:00 to 11:00, i watched people from all around the world walking on a pathway from the rio grande river to the border patrol station. we are right now at a point where i believe over 70,000
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people a year are being allowed in the country. many of these people have no idea at all, therefore there is no way to confirm who they are, to even see whether they have a criminal record. upon being processed through the border patrol, even without an i.d., we buy them plane tickets for all around the country. scandalously, scandalously, at a time when people are talking about covid again, even if they test positive, they are held in apartments or hotels and are not guarded so they're released. at a time when we're supposed to be more careful than ever, we have a situation in which people coming here illegally are allowed in the country. furthermore, we watch as we've hit new records for the number of people killed in this country by illegal drug overdoses, including fentanyl, who are up to 90,000 people in the last year. i believe the reason we are
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hitting all-time records is as bad as heroin is, fentanyl is far worse. and all, or virtually all, that fentanyl is coming across the southern border. meanwhile we cede control of our immigration policy to mexican drug gangs. and these gangs charge, depending on where you're coming from, $3,000, $10,000, $20,000 to come across the border. they are so heartless that it is not uncommon if border patrol approaches them on the boat from the mexican side to the american side, whether it's with people or with drugs, they'll throw a 3 or 4-year-old child into the rio grande river knowing that our border patrol will fight to save that child rather than go after the people sneaking in the country or going after the drugs. this is the brutal type of people we are assisting by continuing the current policy or
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lack of a policy. i strongly urge the biden administration to step up to the plate, make sure that covid positive people are no longer let in the country, bring back the old policy of the migrant protection protocol when we had only 6,000 people a month rather than 70,000 people a month crossing the border. require some sort of photo i.d. like every other american would have. before they get on an airline. good grief, who knows what type of criminal records these people have. and of course we can only check criminal records in the united states, nobody has any idea if these people have horrific criminal records in honduras orel salvador or brazil or all the other countries that people are coming here from. so i strangly encouraging the biden administration to step up. i yield the remainder of my time
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to the gentleman from north carolina. >> i yield up to three minutes to my friend from florida, carlos jimenez. mr. jimenez: thank you. i rise in support of the freedom fighters in cuba and against communism, the system of economic oppression that's brought misery, poverty and death to the cuban people. as the struggle of the cuban people continues i'm calling on president biden and his administration to take decisive measures in support of the cuban protesters. specifically i'm kawing on him to condemn the cuban regime for the decades of oppression. condemn the communist regime for any acts against protesters, condemn the leefls that stifled fundamental human rights. support the rights of protesters in cuba, including free and democratic election, an
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establishment of a free and independent press. commit the united states continuing its policy of maximum pressure on the communist cuban regime -- >> madam speaker, i yield up two 20 seconds more. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. the clerk: h.r. 1652, an act to deposit certain funds into the crime victims' fund to waive matching requirements and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gimenez: continue maximum pressure on the communist regime until democratic policies take hold. i immigrated to this country with my family when i was just 6 years old. i lived through the
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indoctrination of communism in school and witnessed the country fall to communism. luckily my family and i had the opportunity to immigrate to this great country. in just one generation my family went from cuba to congress. i believe in hi heart and soul that in no other country is that possible. i'm heartened to see my fellow cubans on the island wave the symbol of freedom, the american flag, as they demand the same freedoms we take for granted. for that reason, i will always stand firmly on the side of all who yearn for freedom and democracy. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the remainder of my time to mr. rouzer of north carolina. mr. rouzer speak yield up two mr. rouzer: i yield up two two minutes to my friend, john rutherford, of florida. mr. rutherford: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise today to share my concerns for the crisis we are seeing at the southern border
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and the obvious unwillingness of the biden-harris administration to provide solutions. illegal border crossings are at the highest level in two decades, yet this administration not only won't address it, they actually exacerbate it because they cut the c.b.p. budget over $900 million. in june alone, border ages encountered over 88,000 people at the southern border, a 450% increase over last june. madam speaker, the biden administration created this invasion this border crisis. this year alone, over # 0,000 kids from crossed the board we are 15,000 remaining in government custody. fixing the crisis at the border requires an investment in manpower, infrastructure, technology and strong policy. that's why i ask this body to plus up $300 million next year's
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budget for operation stone garden, to reimburse boarder states like texas who are actually stepping up at the state level to provide security for their constituents. we must finish the wall rerg instate the remain in mexico policy, and never bring back catch and release which the biden administration is rumored to be bringing back in in the coming months. a strong america begins an ends with a strong, safe, and secure border. with that, madam chair, i yield back. mr. rouzer: may i inquire how much time is left? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 20 minutes remaining. mr. rouzer: thank you, madam speaker. i yield up two two -- up to two minutes to my friend, jerry karl, of alabama. mr. karl: thank you. i rise to address the horrible inflation crisis we're seeing in this country. i can remember back, the
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terrible inflation period of the 1970's and always hoped we would never return back to those times. unfortunately, what i see coming lately is looking very similar. with the lifting of pandemic restrictions and increasing rate of vaccinations, many americans are getting back to their normal routine. many are dining out. traveling. enjoying social events again. while this is great news, virtually every american is noticing a massive increase in the price of nearly everything because of the unprecedented inflation caused by the biden administration's reckless spending and willingness to pay people to sit at home instead of work. inflation has increased every single month since biden has taken office. the consumer price index increased more than 5% over a year ago. which is the largest jump since just before the 2008 financial
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crisis. gas prices increased 45% compared to last year. food prices have increased more than 2% and consumer prices overall are up over nearly 5%. while these numbers may not concern president biden, they are absolutely killing the working class. the bide b administration's failure -- failures have real consequences and his policies are crushing the working and middle class families across alabama and throughout our nation. the working class is the backbone of this nation so i urge the -- i urge president biden and his colleagues -- my colleagues from across the aisle to get serious about addressing this crisis and get to work building the economy that benefits all americans. with that, madam speaker, i yield my time. mr. rouzer: i yield up to two minutes to mr. rose of
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tennessee. mr. woaz: thank you, mr. rouzer. madam speaker, i rise tonight because i'm outraged by the biden administration's lack of effort to protect our nation from the invasion of illegal immigrants at the u.s.-mexico border. i have visited our southern border twice now this year and i can say without a shadow of a doubt it is a full-blown catastrophe on every front. humanitarian, national security, and public health. president biden's irrational reversessal of the trump administration's border security policies like canceling construction of the border wall, reversing the remain in mexico policy, and sending mixed messages about america's southern border is why we face this unmitigated disaster today. there has been a surge of crossings with more than 188,000 border crossings reported in june, a 450% increase from just a year ago.
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on top of that, more than 7,500 new covid cases were reported in detention centers from april through the beginning of july. a surge at the border, a surge of covid. u.s. and customs border protection agents have seized 7,450 pounds of fentanyl so far this year, enough to kill every american several times over. and it is just getting worse. states across the country are feeling the consequences of the border crisis including my home state of tennessee. although our state is a thousand miles from the southern border, tennesseans will bear the brubt br -- the brunt of this disaster in many ways, including in our school systems, health care systems and police departments as plane loads of illegal immigrants are offloaded in our communities. we must establish law, re-establish law at the southern border by finishing the border wall, fully reinfating --
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reinstating the remain in mexico policy and robustly implementing title 45 -- title 42 authority and sending the message that our borders are not open to illegal crossings. when it comes to the border crisis, americans, including tennesseans, are looking for leadership, not denials, defleks and distractions from our sleepy leaders in the white house. i yield back. mr. rouzer: i yield up to 90 seconds to my friend, young kim, from california. mrs. kim: thank you, madam speaker, and thank you mr. rouzer for yielding. americans are seeing the impacts of inflation every day. with rising costs everywhere from the gas pump to the grocery store. california workers and families are bearing the brunt of this nationwide 13-year inflation high. prices of everyday goods in my state are in many cases higher than the national average. for example, the average price
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of a gallon offing regasoline in california's 39th district is more than $1 higher than the national average. additionally, these higher costs come in addition to high state and local taxes, cost of living, and astronomical housing costs. june statistics show the median housing price in my district rose more than 20% with the median price of a single family home being more than $800,000. that's why i'm disappointed that instead of working with republicans to address inflation, get americans back to work, and support small businesses, democrats are moving forward with trillions more in federal spending on a partisan wish list that will cost in-- that will cause increased federal debt, higher cost of living and more money out of the pockets of hardworking taxpayers. we should be making life more affordable, not less. with that, i yield back.
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mr. rouzer: madam speaker, i yield up to 90 seconds to my friend from arizona, debbie lesko. mrs. lesko: thank you so much. i want to talk about the border. i live in a border state, i've been to the border a number of times, but last week i got to go to the border again in nogales, arizona. i can tell you, i can attest firsthand, that there's a crisis at our border. i talked to customs and border patrol agents and other officials and they all have said that this is the worst, the worst that they have seen it in their entire career, and some of them have worked for 30 years in customs and border patrol. i went down in a tunnel and -- with the c.b.p. officers -- and it smelled, there was trash everywhere, and these customs and border patrol officers have to monitor the tunnels for human
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trafficking, sex trafficking, drug trafficking. and one of the ports of entries in no nogales, the mariposa port of entry, they have seized in the first 12 days of july one half million fentanyl pills. do you know how many people that can kill? i call on the biden administration to do something about the border crisis. the policies he has set forth are causing this problem. i visited parts of the border fence where there's just big openings but the material is laying there right on the ground. we've already paid for it. this is insanity. it's total insanity. i also heard that the biden administration wants to repeal title 42 which is the one thing that is causing it from being more of a disaster. and so, please, mr. biden, kamala harris, democrats, please
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help us secure the border. with that, i yield back. >> madam speaker, i yield up to 90 seconds to my friend, mr. wittman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. wittman: i'd like to thank the gentleman from north carolina. madam speaker, our nation should be in the midst of a booming economic recovery. what we see is the exact opposite. throughout my time in congress i've consistently warned against wasteful government spending. in the -- and the real harm that it would cause not only to our economy, but to the everyday lives of americans. and this was even before president biden began pushing through this reckless government spending agenda that will raise taxes on american families, destroy jobs, and saddle future generations with a massive debt. it is also -- it has also created another crisis, inflation. something house republicans warned would occur as a result of the president's massive increase in government spending
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and mismanagement of the economy. inflation is a tax on all americans and it has increased every month since president biden took office. the consumer price index increased from a year ago. the largest jump since just before the 2008 financial crisis. business owners are worried nearly half of america's small businesses have no choice but to raise their prices because the cost of new business is skyrocketing -- to do business is skyrocketing that. means consumers end up paying more -- skyrocketing. that means the -- that means consumers are paying more. the biden administration says it will resolve itself but top economists project that inflation is hear to -- here to stay. worse yet, now our democrat colleagues are attempting to push through a partisan $3.5 trillion package that is nothing more than a reckless tax and spending spree. which will indeed stick more families with higher taxes and lower wages. madam speaker, make no mistake about it. these are not just numbers. americans across the country are
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spending more money on everyday goods and services. now more than ever it is critical that we are supporting our workers and families and making sure they succeed. we should be focused on supporting policies that create more jobs, spur growth and innovation, and put more money in the pockets of hardworking americans. the president and the democrat colleagues' plans are doing the opposite. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. rouse rouse madam speaker, i yield up -- mr. rouzer: madam speaker, i yield up to 90 seconds to my friend from illinois. mrs. miller: thank you for hosting this week's special order. california passed legislation requiring public universities to provide chemical abortion pills to female students starting in 2023. chemical abortions have increased, actually, it's skyrocketed in the past 20 years from just 5% in 2001 to 39% of
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all abortions in 2017. we want women across the country to know that we are there for them as a pro-life movement and there are so many other safe options other than choosing abortion. congress must act now not just to protect innocent babies from abortion, but to protect the vulnerable women from the lies of the abortion industry and the potential horrible physical, emotional and spiritual damage of having a chemical abortion. this is why i've joined congressman chip roy and senator steve danes in introducing the protecting life on college campus act. the protecting life on college campus act would uphold the hyde amendment and prohibit federal funds to go to universities that provide chemical abortion bills -- pills to students. this would be another step in the right direction to save the lives of the unborn and protect
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the safety of women and our families. the fight forever for life in the united states has never been more important than today. for the first time in 40 years, the hyde amendment was excluded from the spending bill introduced -- introduced in congress. further, it was even cleared by the house appropriations subcommittee on labor and health and human services. the rest of my republican colleagues and i are ready to fight and demand that hyde be reinstated into this year's bill. thank you, and i yield back. mr. rouzer: madam speaker, i yield up to 90 seconds to my friend from indiana, jim baird. mr. baird: madam speaker, today i rise to express my support for the cuban people. after decades of enduring an oppressive communist regime, the
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people of cuba deserve freedom. last week we watched azcue been as proudly waved the american flags through the streets and peacefully advocated for the freedom our flag represents. unfortunately azcue been as marned, many -- as cubans marched, many of my colleagues across the aisle have remained silent, or worse, they have wrongfully blamed the united states or even suggested these protests were in response to the covid-19. let me be clear. the embargo isn't responsible for young children who have been forced into joining the police force. the embargo isn't responsible for cutting off internet access. it's the failed communist system , a system so full of corruption and agreed that medicine, food and gas shortages are sadly the norm. crowds chanting freedom and down with dictatorship are clear cries for relief from six decades of suffering.
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history has shown us that communism has always failed. leaving those who must live under its restrictive rule to suffer. i witnessed these atrocities and failures of communism firsthand. and i have dedicated my life to fighting against it. i am proud to stand in solidarity with the people of cuba as they fight to end the communist rule that has ruined their nation. i hope my colleagues will consider doing the same. i yield back. mr. rouzer: madam speaker, may i inquire how much time we have available? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has five minutes remaining. mr. rouzer: madam speaker, i yield up to 90 seconds to my friend from arkansas, french hill. mr. hill: madam speaker, i rise today in support of a free cuba. as the cuban people cry out for the -- to the free world for democracy, communism works relentlessly to silence their voices through violence and censorship. among my best friends growing up
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in arkansas were the wonderful vialon family who fled cuba and escaped the tyranny of castro. i was best friends with the kids in elementary school. the father of the family was a leader in our church and our boy scout troop and the mother was my spanish teacher. the family had the opportunity to grow up in a free country, one that provided jobs, opportunities and freedoms that every human should have access to. unfortunately for my friends in arkansas, this took them fleeing their homeland and escaping the grips of communism to get the taste for the freedoms that we americans enjoy each and every day. during my career i've seen first-hand the systemic destruction of commerce, community and human spirit by communism. so, my friends, madam speaker, i stand with the cuban people and call on our nation's leaders to do what we can to support a new and free cuba. thank you, madam speaker. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: madam speaker, i yield --
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mr. rouzer: madam speaker, i yield up to 60 seconds to my friend from california, doug lamalfa. mr. lamalfa: thank you to my colleague from north carolina. americans everywhere are feeling the real effects of inflation due to the democrats' reckless spending spree. basic and time-tested economics show the more money in the marketplace leads to inflation. especially when it's created by new debt. families across the country are paying $10, $20, $30 more on groceries each week, gas prices are up nearly 50%. remember the ads for the $6 burger for $3.99 you used to see on tv? they're going to be $6 pretty soon the way it's going. democrats claim that they're working for the american people. their policies are in fact hitting middle class families hard. the american people are nntsnthsing. it's no coincidence inflation has increased every month during the biden administration. they need tond that all the money they keep spending directly negatively impacts all americans. i yield back. mr. rouzer: madam speaker, i
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yield up to 60 seconds to my friend from kansas. mr. mann: i thank the gentleman from north carolina. i rise today to address the troubling impact that inflation is having on the american people. raising families during good economic times is hard enough. but times of high inflation make it even more difficult. with prices rising at paces not seen since 1991, families are being forced to make tough decisions and stretch their paychecks even further. during his presidential campaign, joe biden promised not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year. however, his spending habit is fueling inflation which is a tax on every american. in fact, it's worse than an ordinary tax because it's regressive, hitting the works class the hardest. president biden and democrats would have the american people believe that debt doesn't matter and that the government can spend an endless amount of money on whatever they'd like. however, that could not be farther from the truth. to stop the cost of things from accelerating even higher, we must end our spending addiction and get the national debt under control. thank you. i yield back. mr. rouzer: madam speaker, may i
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ir-- may i inquire how much time we have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 1 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. rouzer: madam speaker, i yield the remainder of the time to my friend from pennsylvania, john joyce. mr. joyce: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise today to stand for the people of cuba who are marching against the communist government that has oppressed them for decades. in recent weeks, the cuban activists have been kidnapped, jailed and murdered for daring to stand against the communist regime. now is the time to stand against this brutality. we must urge world leaders to cease all support for the communist regime in cuba. we must ensure that cubans can communicate freely with each other, and with the outside world. we must forcefully denounce the cuban dictatorship that has committed these crimes. the cuban people are rising up in the name of opportunity, the opportunity that they see just
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90 miles away on the american shores. as the cuban people protest in the streets, they are chanting, liberty. they are carrying american flags. and they are calling out for freedom. now, now is the time for us to stand with them. it is the time to put an end to the murderous regime that has held the people of cuba hostage for the past 61 years. freedom, freedom for all. freedom for cuba. let them see what we have here. let them attain that freedom. thank you, madam speaker. and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. pursuant to section 11-b of the house resolution 188, the house stands adjourned until 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.
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republican leader mccarthy announced this afternoon he'll withdraw all his republicans from the committee if any are blocked and he told reporters if that's the case republicans will pursue their own january 6 investigation.

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