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[captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., july 27, 2021, i hereby appoint the honorable henry cuellar to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 4, 2021, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate
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recognition between the parties. with time equally allocated between parties and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five minutes. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. murphy, for five minutes. mr. murphy: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, today i rise today to speak on the tragedy that's facing our nation in the opioid epidemic. as a physician for over 30 years, there's nothing more important to me than the health and safety of our communities. unfortunately, it's no secret that communities across this great nation are suffering from an opioid crisis that is sweeping the country once again. as a member of the north carolina general assembly, i worked tirelessly on legislation to help curb the number of overdose deaths that was occurring in our state. as climbing statistics of young
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people dying from opioids, the number decreased. we did this by decreasing the number of prescribed opioids. tragically, that number has started to rise again. that's because illicit fentanyl has taken over the death market. last year alone, more than 93,000 americans died of drug overdoses, which demonstrates a 30% increase from 2019. of the 93,000 drug overdose related last year, 69% were opioid related. according to the c.d.c., last year the tragic surge in these deaths is attributed largely to the illicit fentanyls. people know medically speaking, fentanyl is one of the most lethal substance on the planet. in fact, two milligrams can be considered a lethal dose. since biden and harris flung open our southern border, illicit drugs have poured into this country in record numbers. we no longer control our southern border. the mexican drug cartels do.
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they love the fact that the border is open and they have free rein to bring death and destruction in our country. fentanyl is cheap, easy to manufacture and highly profitable. it's easy for drug mules to bring across our porous southern border. they only need a small amount to cause death or serious harm. there is a strong correlation between border crossings and high drug encounters with no help coming from the white house. last month, customs and border patrol seized a record 1,060,000 pounds of fentanyl. that is higher than the last three junes alone. it was enough drugs to kill 240 million people. think about it. that's only the drugs that we catch. it's obvious from what is happening on the american streets that much more gets across the southern border.
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the biden-harris administration denies this is a crisis. how can they do this to the american people? how do they not understand that this recklessness is leading to death and destruction in their own country? at the same time, the border patrol encounters 188,000 illegal immigrants. thousands of people are coming into our country illegally, either not vaccinated or covid positive. is anyone checking their status? we know coming from canada or another country you have to prove you have been vaccinated. high pick rasi-i at the highest -- hypocrisy at the highest level. president biden knows he's botched our border security. vice president harris only got shamed into going to the border when former president trump was going. she finally did to a sterile area for a good photo shoot and not to the area of crisis. they decided no action is better than acknowledging their role in creating this public health, humanitarian, and national security crisis.
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i'm sorry, mr. president and mrs. vice president, this is totally unacceptable. you are causing irrepairable harm to this nation. in 2021, every community in this country is a border community. making our nation safer starts at our borders, and we have a responsibility to ensure we're doing everything we can to preserve our rule of law. i implore this administration to reinstate president trump's effective and common sense border policies to get the biden border crisis under control. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. barragan, for five minutes. ms. barragan: mr. speaker, as a young college student, i remember coming to washington, d.c., to work at the white house. i was so inspired that in 1999 i returned to d.c. through ucla's core in washington program. it was known as the cat program which stands for the center of american politics and public
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policy. this time my internship experience was very different. the ucla cap program offered something unique, setting it apart from most programs which focused mostly on internships. it had a required research seminar that introduced me to social research and writing. there is no doubt that this program honed my skill set and challenged me with a major research project. at ucla, the classes were so big that i did not have a similar opportunity on campus. the program engaged and encouraged me to seriously explore policy questions of interests to me in a disciplined way. in fact, my research was on the issues of racial disparities and public health, a top priority of mine in congress today. the rewards i derived from the ucla cap core in washington program has been shared from many others who have benefited. i learned since my time in the program, cap has brought ever
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more diverse cohorts of students, especially women and students of color. cap demonstrated that top universities, like ucla, can be competitive, excellent, and diverse at the same time. every may, ucla hosts undergraduate research week in its famed poly pavilion. over the past several years, students have distinguished themselves, winning awards such as dean's prizes and ucla's coveted library prize. the recent director of former ucla professor of mine, professor james devoe, said that more students from this program, 2,500 miles from westwood, have participated in ucla's undergraduate research conference than from any other program or department in the social sciences or humanities. after graduation, cap alumni have gone on to remarkable accomplishments. just a few examples of cap alumni -- the top applicant to
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yale law school in 2018, now an editor at the yale law journal. the daughter of nigerian immigrants who grew up in a low-income housing in los angeles, she was an english major at ucla with zero training in the social sciences until the cap program in washington. because of her research in washington, she gained admission to the prestigious program at harvard school of public health in 2020. zachary barron, oversight counsel for the house ways and means in this chamber. the deputy general counsel for the u.s. treasury department. the list goes on and on. this program taught us critical thinking and research skills that have transformed our lives and set us up to make a real difference in the world. as an alumni, i joined the ucla
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cap alumni group on facebook. a few weeks ago as i was reading minus feed, i got some -- my news feed, i got some stunning news. the program has been dismantled. i read the director's farewell letter. the decision had nothing to do with covid or funding shortages. the decision was made by a handful of administers who believe having a research -- administrators who believe having a research requirement in washington is unnecessary. students can do research on the campus, they insisted. for 31 years, ucla's cap program demonstrated success. there was always high demand from students wanting to engage in research while interning in washington. why deny them this opportunity? after all, aren't research universities supposed to be about teaching and research? as a product of ucla's cap program, i know its value
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firsthand. i believe the skills i learned and the research i conducted had a role in getting me where i am today. it truly saddens me to learn the program is coming to an end. this seems contrary to the mission of the number one public research university. i hope that ucla will reconsider and give students the opportunity to grow from this unique undergraduate opportunity. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the honorable gentleman from texas, mr. gonzalez, for five minutes. mr. gonzalez: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize del rio border patrol austin scaro, who is retiring at the end of july after over 30 years -- a 30-year career in law enforcement. chief scarrow has honorably served 26 years with customs and border patrol, beginning his career in 1995, in the rio
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grande valley sector. he served border patrol in various roles across the nation, from washington, d.c., to grand forks, north dakota. he has been chief since july, 2020. he oversees 250 miles of the u.s.-mexico border, which has nine c.b.p. stations, five traffic checkpoints, and supports 47 counties in texas. chief scarrow's mission as sector chief has been especially challenging this year. del rio is the eye of the storm as we tackle this southern border crisis. over the last year, chief scarrow has led del rio border patrol agents during the highest spikes of migrant travis in united states history -- migrant traffics in united states history. they're apprehending thousands
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of migrants per day, some who surrender well and others who try to run. he saw over 30,000 migrant apprehensions, a 700% increase the previous year. 700 smuggling case have been prosecuted and sex offender apprehensions are up 1,400%. apprehensions on trains in uvalde is up 900%. and it's estimated that cartels makes $25 million a week in the del rio sector alone simply by trafficking people. when agents are not in the field securing our borders, they're dedicated work to en -- their dedicated work has not gone unnoticed. using the limited resources has shown exemplary leadership from chief scarrow. the chief has met and surpassed those exceptions. he's briefed political figures
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from every corner of the nation and every party what's happening on our southern border. i'm incredibly grateful for his leadership, especially during this historic and difficult time for our border communities and our border patrol agents. his hard work and commitment have not gone unnoticed. chief scarrow has received several wards and commendations throughout his career, including border patrol's highest award for heroism and valor, the newton azark award. while we will miss his direction and guidance, i know his retirement is more than well earned. chief scarrow has lived a life driven by service to our community, the del rio sector, our border communities, texas, and our country are safer because of his leadership and work at the southern border. angel and i wish him and his wife, chandra, the best as they enter the next phase of their lives. i want to thank chief scarrow personally for all the direction and guidance he's given during this very difficult time.
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he's been at the forefront of this effort, at the forefront of this storm, and i am so grateful that the border patrol leading this effort. chief scarrow, have a wonderful retirement. well deserved. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the honorable gentleman from new york, mr. quigley, for five minutes. mr. quigley: thank you, it's time to end child labor during the -- in the cocoa and chocolate industry. this is brought to my attention by the school in chicago through the guidance of a teacher, these students learn the disturbing relationship between child labor and chocolate production. during my visit with their class, they shared with me their concern with children who are forced into child labor in this industry. some of these children are sold to traffickers or farm owners or abducted only to be taken to cocoa farms for work. some do not see their families again for years.
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some never again. most children in the industry begin their days before the sun rises and end it long after the sun sets. they're forced to wield dangerous machetes while cut going up and down bean pods and if they don't work fast enough, the farm owners beat them. when they're finally able to rest, they must sleep on wooden planks in small windowless buildings with little or no access to clean water. many of these children will never attend school or receive an education. the passionate elementary scholars schools who told me about this made the compelling case that we must eradicate child labor from this industry and make sure these children are no longer forced into dangerous, unlawful working conditions. . how can we justify this for chocolate? i am not the first member of
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this body to be concerned about these practices. this fight was first taken up in congress by former representative eliot engel of new york who worked to establish a labeling standard to indicate on chocolate products that no child labor had been used in its production. while this effort did not succeed, he was joined by former senator tom harken, to establish what we call the harken-engel protocol. this protocol was an agreement between governments, chocolate companies, and cocoa producers to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. while the protocol has been effective, the problem persists. in 2015, 14 years after the signing, the department of labor reported that more than two million children were engaged in child labor in co-co--- cocoa growing regions of west africa. while the chocolate industry made a promise to end child labor almost 20 years ago, today no company could guarantee their products are free of child labor.
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while chocolate producers have shown some concern for the lives of these children through dedicated funding to eradicate child labor in the industry, it is simply not enough. the three largest chocolate suppliers in the world are not even able to identify the farms where their cocoa is being produced. as americans, we must recognize that much of the chocolate we enjoy is harvested and produced at the expense of these young children. we cannot let this continue. kids should be in schools. kids should be playing. kids should be with friends. kids should be kids. after speaking with the children at bell elementary, i was proud to take the first step in the labor-hhs and education appropriations bill by including language to reinvigorate the department of labor's role in the interarble child labor cocoa coordinating group. and to hold the companies and countries involved accountable for the promises they made maid 20 years ago under the harken-engel protocol. there is still much to do. i look forward to working with
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my colleagues in congress and second walsh to bring an end to child labor in the cocoa industry. i want to acknonl the amazing 12 and 13-year-olds who brought this to my attention and are fighting for children they don't know halfway across the world. standing with these students and working to further their mission is why i'm proud to be a member of this body. to ensure that students like this have their voices heard by congress. i look forward to going back to chicago and bell elementary students to tell them that congress is listening. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa, for five minutes. mr. lamalfa: thank you, mr. speaker. it's been obvious for years now that we need to rethink our forest management strategies. 2020 was the worst fire season
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on record for california and much of the west. which california alone saw 4.2 million acres of lands burned. currently there are 85 large fires burning across the west. already 1.5 million acres burnt. last week the smoke reached all the way to washington, d.c., causing health advisors for people to be outside who have health issues for athletic purposes. in d.c. and baltimore, the plume reaching up to new york. u.s. forest service have identified more than 80 million acres overgrown and are high risk of fire. as wildfires burn across california and the west, republicans have several bill proposals before this house that would improve forest management. these bills propose comprehensive solutions to address declining health of our forests and help prevent catastrophic wildfires by expediting the environmental analysis reducing frivolous lawsuits and increasing the pace and scale of management plaque tiss -- practices.
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we suppress fires for over 110 years which is ok on the surface, now most forests are intensely overgrown with the fuel that causes the fires because we didn't do the other side of the coin, the harvest work, the treatment, the removing of materials. for example, in california most forest types had in the past about 64 trees per acher in the mid 1800's. now they sit at over 300 trees per acre or more. causing trees susceptible to insects and death because they don't have enough water supply. this in itself exacerbates the drought within the forest with the competition of trees per ache earn the death of the trees themselves. one of my bills, the clear zones act, would allow better clearing around power lines. it would allow wider buffer to prevent tree from falling on the lines and igniting, which is what they do. a fire falling into a tree
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lately is likely -- a tree falling into powerlines lately was likely to cause of the dixie fire currently the largest fire burning in california, so far has burned around 200,000 achers in my district. it's only 22% contained. this is hitting area of the campfire that burned in 2018, as you might remember from history, burned the down of paradise, and others. this large area here. then following up in 2020 was the north complex fire, they are burning up against each other basically over history. and now the fixy fire along with a smaller one called the fly fire which was burned together. pretty soon the whole landscape will be -- have a history of having burned. for what reason? because we won't manage the lands? we won't do what needs to be done to put the kind of buffers, the kind of zones that would
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help make it easier for the firefighters? well, the solutions we do have. proper forest management. we have seen that on this area here around this current dixie fire, the collins pine company based in chester, california and a lot of areas of northern california has done a lot of free work along highways, the community that would be very, very helpful. ultimately will be very helpful towards the type of management that will make us fire safe. the thinning that's done along the highways, around the towns is what has made it possible for the firefighters in a very difficult situation on the just seen dixie fire on my map there, to have a chance to stop this fire finally. it has ravaged so much and done an amazing job of protecting communities and homes in those areas. it's turned from a fire where a tree hit a power line, we are
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still waiting for the forensic report on that, from a small half acre fire and just a couple weeks later, 200,000 acres. work that had been done previously by collins pine is going to probably save the day for the town of chester and others in that direction. if we dramatically increase the fuel treatments across these landscapes, it gives us a fighting chance. we need to thint forest and return low intensity fire to the landscapes in the form also of predescribed fire at a time of year we control thefment the native americans used to use this method and we could learn from them. this here, this map of fuels treatment project around the whiskey town recreation at area overlaid with a slight image of the 2018 fire, burn scar, those where the fuels were managed the fire was less intense. the green area that's been highlighted to show a better contrast, this area that had been thinned and they did burn nearly as intensely. the big trees survived.
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the fire goes throughout area at the bottom of the forest more slowly, more manageable. the upper areas are the ones that burn to the crisp. this map shows that forest manage the works, thinning works. we need to increase the pace and scale of this project so when fires come the landscape is ready, it doesn't endanger our firefighters and communities unnecessaryly. fire will happen. it's going to happen. whether it's a man-made accident or nature with lightning strikes . it's going to happen, but what are we going to do to address that? if we want to talk about change of temperatures, then the drought situation we are facing in the west, we have to do even more. even more to address overgrown forests and the amount of inventory per acre a forest can handle. basically all these trees in an overloaded forest are called ladder feelsfields. the fire will be lower intensity if we do the right work. they are easier to put out and
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much less devastating. the natural landscape we had over 100 years ago when fire was constructive. i yield back and thank you for your attention. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. espaillat, for five minutes. mr. espaillat: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in honor of the 20-year anniversary of the clinton foundation opening of its headquarters in harlem u.s.a. for the past two decades the clinton foundation has been at the heart of the harlem community, empowering local businesses and working to improve the neighborhood. this is, as you know, mr. speaker, an iconic neighborhood in the united states. and it is the center of the african-american diaspora in the united states, if not the world. throughout their time in harlem, the clinton foundation has helped facilitate the
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microfinancing of 136,000 low-income women entrepreneurs. it has created sustainable models to help foster entrepreneurship and undertaking critical projects to address the inequalities in this community. from 2002 to 2013, the foundation operated the clinton economic opportunity initiative offering technical and managerial support to local entrepreneurs. however, the work did not stop at the boundaries of harlem. in fact, in 2013, the foundation expanded their mission of all lacking opportunity and addressing inequality across our country and the world. due to the extraordinary work of the foundation, 430 million people in more than 180 countries have benefited from the clinton global initiative.
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21 million people now have access to lifesaving hiv-aids medication. 1.2 million children's books have been distributed to underresourced communities across the world. and 71 megawatts of clean energy projects have been facilitated in small island nations. in the face of the pandemic, the clinton global initiative also launches action network which brings together leaders from business, government, and philanthropic sectors to take action and address inequalities facing historically excluded group. now as we look to the challenges of the next 20 years, we know that the clinton foundation will continue to sharpen their focus on partnership building, expand upon new horizons, and empower more and more communities. i want to commend the clinton foundation on their work on the past 20 years and their
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presence, strong presence in the village of harlem. and thank former president clinton and former secretary clinton for their continued dedication to furthering humanity, prioritizing historically excluded and underserved communities. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york, misso tackis -- malliotakis for five minutes. ms. malliotakis: freshman learning curve here. thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to talk to you about why it is important to me and why it should be important to the american people that we support those in cuba who are fighting right now for their future, for their freedom, for democracy, for human rights, and for dignity. i am the daughter of a cuban
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refugee. my mother came to this country, this great country in 1959 to escape the oppression of the castro regime. sadly, my family had been split apart and my father -- grandfather had remained in cuba to stay with his small businesses. he had two gas station there is. the regime came in and taken his businesses, his home, and, unfortunately, family never really -- never reconnected. we look at what's happening right now in this island that is just 90 miles from our shore, it is incredibly important to note the role that cuba has played in spreading communism, socialism throughout the western hemisphere. they have aligned themselves with the most dangerous nations, our adversaries, across the world from iran to china to venezuela to russia to north korea. you see them all right now at
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this moment propping up this communist regime. we the leader of the free world must stand with the cuban people at this moment. we have a moment in history that is very similar to what ronald reagan faced in 1987 with the iron curtain. . this is our berlin wall moment. the cuban people including my people have been under a brutal murderous regime. tens of thousands have died at the hands of the castro brothers. many more have been jailed and beaten simply for peacefully protesting communism and wanting to live in freedom. this regime has also played a very important role, unfortunately, in spreading communism in the western hemisphere, as i mentioned. we saw venezuela, one of the
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richest nations in south america, be destroyed by hugo chavez, nicholas maduro, propped up by the castro regime. we see it going into nicaragua with a, bolivia, and even here in the united states of america. i can tell you firsthand in new york city how painful it was to me to see the communist symbol, the hammer and sickle, painted on our government buildings last summer. if we end communism in cuba, we end its spread in the western hemisphere. and that is what we as the american people, freedom-loving americans should be doing at this moment in time. and there's a reason why the cuban people are marching in the streets right now holding the american flag is because we are that symbol of freedom, that
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beacon of hope and opportunity. and we must rise to the occasion, garner support from our allies, democracies from all around the world to put pressure on this illegitimate regime to exit. one last thing i want to address is the issue of what some of my colleagues say is the embargo. it's unconscionable to me that we would have members of congress that would actually blame america for what is occurring in cuba. what people need to understand is they do business with nearly every country around the world and, yet, nothing has changed in six decades. that's because everything that comes into this island, whether it's food, whether it's medicine, money, the regime takes it and they use it to weaponize against their own people. you either go along with their communist revolution or you get nothing, you starve, and that is the reality.
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so lifting the embargo will only further prop up this regime. i urge the president, i urge my colleagues, and there are democrats and republicans who do support cuba at this moment. especially those of us who are of cuban dissent, let's have a berlin moment here. let's make history together. and we need to just do it by encouraging democracies from around the world to join us, and we need our leadership to be extremely strong at this moment. [speaking spanish] thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will remind all members to maintain proper decorum in the chamber. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett, for five minutes.
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ms. plaskett: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. plaskett: thank you. while the american rescue plan is changing the course of the pandemic and delivering relief for working families, this is no time to build back the way things were. we in the virgin islands can tell you that after suffering not one but two category five hurricanes in 2017. this is our moment to reimagine and rebuild a new economy. let it be known the american jobs plan is an investment in america, that it will create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country's infrastructure, and position the united states to outcompete china and others. public domestic investment as a share of the economy have fallen
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by more than 40% since the 1960's. the american jobs plan will invest in america in a way we have not invested since we built the interstate highways or won the space race. the united states of america is the wealthiest country in the world. yet, we rank 13th, 13th when it comes to overall quality of our infrastructure. after decades of disinvestment, our roads, bridges, water systems are crumbling. our electric grid is vulnerable to catastrophic outages. too many lack affordable, high-speed internet and quality housing. the past year has led to job losses and threaten economic security, eroding more than 30 years of progress in women's labor force participation. it has unmasked the fragility of our caregiving infrastructure, and our nation has fallen behind
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its biggest competitors on research and development, manufacturing, and training. it has never been more important for us to invest in strengthening our infrastructure and competitiveness and in creating good-paying union jobs of the future. like great bro jekts of the -- projects of the past, the president will help mobilize our country to meet the great challenges of our time -- the climate crisis, the ambitions of an autocratic china. it will invest in americans and deliver jobs and opportunities we all deserve. but unlike past major investment, the plan also prioritizes addressing long standing and persistent racial injustice. the plan targets 40% of the benefits of climate and clean infrastructure investment to disadvantaged communities. jobs and family plans assist in creating equity, wealth creation
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in communities of color, which helps all americans. the american jobs and family plan will transform transportation infrastructure, addressing historic inequitying -- inequities and increasing resilience. it will bring broadband coverage 100% while reducing costs, create jobs in renewable energy, revitalize our schools, veterans hospitals and support our essential health care workers. the bill will strengthen financial security of working families through an increase in funding for key nutrition initiatives -- snap, w.i.c., child nutrition, rural development, including broadband, rental, and other housing initiatives and access to health care. this will ensure a clean and affordable, secure energy future by investing over $14 billion in clean energy and science, which will create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.
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we will also make sure k-12 educational institutions have the resources they need with robust investment in title 1 and special education, pell grants and other financial assistance so students' success is not limited by their income or their zip code. we will provide strong funding for minority-serving institutions like hbcu's like my own district in the university of the virgin islands, along with hispanic-serving institutions and tribally controlled colleges and universities. the american jobs and family plan will honor our responsibility to our veterans by supporting them with investments in veterans' health care, including women's health care and mental health, combat veterans homelessness, creating economic opportunities, and rebuilding military infrastructure. house democrats are supporting the jobs and family plan, which will advance justice and
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opportunity, secure opportunities for underserved businesses, low-income communities, communities of color, rural communities, and others too often left behind. democrats believe that we should invest in what we value as a nation. we are investing in the american people, american economy, and our american values of opportunity, prosperity, and justice for all. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. laturner, for five minutes. mr. laturner: mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of retaining the hyde amendment and the bipartisan spirit that has allowed this commonsense provision to remain in law every year since 1976. this past january 22 marked the
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48th anniversary of the supreme court's roe v. wade decision, which struck down any laws protecting unborn children from abortion in every state in the union. the roe v. wade decision has now resulted in the tragic deaths of over 62.5 million unborn children. currently, it's estimated that as many as 2,500 unborn american lives are ended every day through abortion. when this body first enacted the hyde amendment in 1976 through funding what was then the health, education, and welfare agency, the vote was an overwhelming bipartisan 312-93. and even prior to that final enactment, nearly half of democrats in the house voted for the amendment when it was first considered. this began a 40-year agreement on both sides of the aisle that americans opposed to abortion should not be forced to violate their conscience and religious liberty by subsidizing abortions
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through their tax dollars. the principle that no citizen should be forced to pay for these services that contraconvenient their strongly held beliefs have stood the test of time. and it is one this body should protect and highly regard. but most importantly, this simple budget rider has saved more human lives from abortion than any other policy at the federal level. today it is estimated that over 2.5 million lives have been saved by the hyde amendment since it was first enacted. to this day, this prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion enjoys strong support with the american people. a poll earlier this year found that almost 60% of americans oppose the use of taxpayer funded abortions, and the hyde amendment has historically been supported by mainstream democrats as well. in 1994, president biden wrote in a letter to a constituent -- quote, the government should not tell those with strong
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convictions against abortion, such as you and i, that we must pay for them, end quote. again in 2005, he remarked that abortion was always a tragedy and said, quote, i think we should be focusing on how to limit the number of abortions, end quote. and as recently as last year, he acknowledged the fact that the majority of the american people agree with the hyde amendment. i can assure you that nothing has changed in the time since president biden made those statements. other than perhaps the desire to appease the belligerent liberal left that dominates democrat policy today. back in kansas, the kansas supreme court wrongly ruled, they ruled it paves the way for unrestricted, unlimited, and even state taxpayer funded abortion. i'm grateful to the work of kansans for life, the kansas catholic conference, the kansas policy institute, and all of the
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republican legislators in the state house who have placed the value of the amendment next year. it will allow for commonsense regulations of the abortion industry that protect both the baby and the mother and ensures no state taxpayer funds will be used to fund abortion. i am confident that when kansas voters speak on this issue next year, kansans will choose life. and i think kansans' respect for the sanctity of life can be a model for congress. mr. speaker, i encourage my colleagues across the aisle to reconsider voting to remove the hyde amendment from law, and i pray that president biden will return to supporting the commonsense hyde amendment as he had for his first 46 years of public service. congress must reaffirm our commitment to defending the most vulnerable lives among us, the unborn.
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we must reaffirm and retain the hyde amendment legislation that is supported by both republicans and democrats in congress and in the white house for over a generation. we must reject the abortion politics of the far left and continue to find a way to work together, whatever possible, whenever possible to protect human life at its most vulnerable stage. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from nevada, mrs. lee, for five minutes. mrs. lee: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today as americans continue to face a prescription drug crisis. americans pay three to four times more than other families in developed countries for the exact same drugs. kids, families, seniors, we all feel the effects of skyrocketing prices of medications. mr. speaker, insulin costs have grown to 10 times that of any other developed country with annual costs per payment for
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just the insulin now at nearly $6,000. and one in four seniors report difficulty affording their prescriptions with one in five reporting that they take their -- they report not taking their medication because of the cost. this is heartbreaking, it's unacceptable, and it demands that we as members of congress must take action now. . whether it's h.r. 3 empowering medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, which will bring down costs not just for seniors but individuals and families across america. or my bill, seniors save on prescription drug act, which will strengthen seniors' savings and expand access to medicare part d extra help program. it is time for us to lower drug prices, lower premiums, and lower out-of-pocket costs for the american families.
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and it's time to take action and end our prescription drug crisis now. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. rose, for five minutes. mr. rose: mr. speaker, i rise today because i am concerned about the financial security of our nation. whether you are standing in the checkout line at the grocery store or at the gas pump, it is clear tennesseans and americans everywhere are facing a bitter reality. we are six months into the biden presidency and we are feeling the effects of his reckless spending decisions. as prices for everyday foods, goods, and even gas skyrocket. according to recent study, 83% of americans surveyed said they noticed price increases in june and july.
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right now families find themselves paying 45% more for gas. 7% more for fruit, almost six% more for milk. and 18% more for bacon, just since biden was sworn in. inflation is like a cruel and regressive tax hike on the working people of this nation who can afford it the very least. and for older tennesseans on fixed incomes that often do not grow with inflation, high inflation is even more cruel. president biden's policies have caused inflation to grow every month since he took office and often at a rapid clip. this means tennesseans and all americans are paying more for groceries, more for prescription drugs, more for household goods, and their take-home pay after taxes is worth less than it was. as if they got a pay cut through
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no fault of their own. what will the administration do to combat drastic rises in inflation? the answer to that appears to be absolutely nothing. and in fact, they are doubling down and making it worse. president biden and his fellow socialist democrats want to keep fend spending money on things we can't afford and increasing taxes on everyone, which, along with the inflation monster, creates a one-two punch to the gut of all tennesseans and especially the ones most vulnerable and who can least afford it. another massive $3.5 trillion spending package that will raise taxes and further fuel inflation is not what our nation needs. we need to stop this spending spree on the backs of the taxpayer before it is too late. the biden administration can try to talk around it, but the
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reality remains the same. their policies are hurting tennesseans, and i will never stop working to hold them accountable. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. kosta, for five minutes. -- mr. costa for five minutes. mr. costa: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from california, mr. costa, is recognized. mr. costa: mr. speaker, the time is now to make bold investments in our families, workers, and communities across the country. for years i have said that america is living off the investments our parents and grandparents made a generation and two ago. bringing federal dollars back to my home in california, san joaquin valley, is one of my highest priorities. but it's also the need to invest throughout the country. throughout our nation. for our future infrastructure needs.
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during this week we'll vote on new investments that will make a difference in our communities, and the residents who live there. from water projects to funding jobs, health care, and education programs our votes this week are to improve people's lives. thus, in this budget appropriations that we will be dealing with, these bills are critical that we pass them and send them to the senate. but our work doesn't end there. we must also pass transformative infrastructure to build our roads, bridges, transit systems, and modernize our schools and hospitals. rural and underserved communities in our country that i represent many of should never be left behind. we also must expand and prioritize broadband, access to these areas, this pandemic's taught us a lot of things, but telemedicine and telelearning is difficult enough. if you don't have access to broadband, good luck. an aging or repairing water
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infrastructure to ensure reliable, clean access to drinking water is critical for the richest nation in the world. we are suffering from extreme droughts in california. we need to make these investments. also access to quality health care is critically important. i have introduced legislation to bring more doctors to underserved areas around the country like san joaquin valley by creating new medical schools. everyone deserves access to quality health care. these investments will make life better for americans and help spur economic growth by creating millions of good-paying jobs. guess what? we need them. the health and development of our communities, economy depends on infrastructure and i encourage my colleagues to join me in building back america's future better. so, it's essential that in the next two months we pass the bipartisan infrastructure package, infrastructure bill and reconciliation packages to bring
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this country together and to invest in the future. mr. speaker, how much time do i have left remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california -- mr. costa: thank you, mr. speaker. i also rise today to pay tribute to a dedicated public servant and strong, strong advocate for students in my home in fresno, california, carol mills. carol mills was passionate about everything she ever did. she was a 17-year trustee for the fresno unified school district, third largest school district in california. and spend every moment of that time fighting for more and better opportunities for kids. early this year carol mills was diagnosed with lou gehrig's disease. we all know it's a terrible
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disease. yet she continued to work on throughout that courageous battle with lou gehrig's disease and served on the fresno unified school board. why? because that was carol. during my time in congress i got to know and see firsthand her passion for helping students. two months ago, i visited carol at her home. and we recounted efforts in the past, we laughed, we shared the challenges of the future. because over the years she never lost sight that our country's future comes first when we prioritize the education, the quality education of america's next generation. and that's why carol made a difference in everything she ever did. our community and the students of fresno unified school district were made better because of carol mills' passion
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and dedication to not only her service but to the quality of their education and the future of america. she will be missed dearly by everyone who knew and loved her. my thoughts and prayers go to the family during this very, very difficult time. carol, we loved you. god bless. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york, ms. tenney, for five minutes. ms. tenney: thank you, mr. speaker. in 1994 a senior u.s. senator was asked by a constituent how he felt about taxpayer funded abortion. the senator responded, quote, i will continue to abide by the same principle that has guided me throughout my 21 years in the senate. those of us who are opposed to abortions should not be compelled to pay for them, close quote. that senator is now the
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president of the united states. yes, those were the words of president joe biden on april 7, 1994. only two years ago, in 2019, then candidate biden reaffirmed his support of the hyde amendment. a campaign statement reiterated that his position on the hyde amendment has been consistent. since 1976 congress' position on the hyde amendment has also been consistent. the bipartisan hyde amendment has prevented taxpayer funding for abortion. but for the first time in decades house democrats have stripped this provision from the federal spending bills we are considering this week. years of bipartisan consensus has been thrown out of door. the hyde amendment is a provision most americans support. in a recent poll, nearly 60% of americans expressed their support for the hyde amendment, while only 38% voiced support
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for taxpayer funded abortions. but this issue is not about the polling or the politics, it's about life. it's estimated that the hyde amendment has saved more than 2.4 million lives. for over 40 years these very precious lives have been respected, valued, and saved because of this bipartisan provision. the survival of millions more precious lives are at stake. that is why i implore my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to reconsider their decision to strip the hyde amendment from the spending bills we are considering this week. as a society we must value the unborn and protect the sanctity of life. as congressman henry hyde fought funded taxpayer abortion, he said so because he believed in the sanctity of life. as he said, quote, the little almost born infant struggling to live is a human family. an abortion is a lethal assault
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against the very idea of human rights and destroys along with the defenses of a little baby, the moral foundation of our democracy, close quote. he was right. this is a moral question. that is why i agree with what president biden's statement in the senate many years ago. those who disagree with abortion should not be forced to pay for t i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together just as we have for nearly five decades to support the hyde amendment and stand up and defend life. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from west virginia, mr. mooney, for five minutes. mr. mooney: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to address the topic and recent protest in cuba where individuals there are simply asking for freedom and liberty. my mother is one of 14 children. her maiden name was suarez. she came from cuba at 20 in
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1961. my mother raised me and my father, to defend freedom, freedom of speech. my father fought in vietnam against the communist advance there. and what we in america sometimes don't realize is many other countries, especially communist countries that are tyrannical like cuba, do not enjoy basic human rights we enjoy in this country and many other people in the world enjoy. those rights such as free speech and unsensored internet access. they don't have that in cuba. freedom of press. freedom to protest. the freedom to criticize your government. the right to vote. actual election with more than one candidate who doesn't get 100% of the vote. they don't have those rights in cuba, but they have the tyrannical evil regime that oppresses their people every day. they arrest administrators. we saw brave men and women in cuba for the first time since 1994, almost 30 years, thousands of brave men and women, people
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in cuba, protesting against their government asking for freedoms, asking for basic rights like the ones i just mentioned that they don't have. what do they do? they got arrested. they put them in jail. they say it's for a year. when that year goes by, when the regime in cuba hopes nobody else is looking, they are going to make it five years and abuse them in jail. that's what happens to protestors in these type of countries. look, i want to say i agree with joe biden on this on what he said. joe biden said on july 12 this year, i'm going to quote him, we stand with the cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by cuba's authoritarian regime. the cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. president biden continues. those rights including the right of peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their
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own future must be respected. the united states calls on the cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves. president biden, many democrats, unfortunately not all, but many democrats, and republicans agree on this issue, but we need an aggressive solution to the issue. . if the united states does not lead, no one else will. they're looking to us for leadership, they're looking to president biden for leadership, they're looking for congress for leadership. we're looking for every freedom-loving country to condemn this evil, tyrannical regime and their constant abuses to their people. countries should not do business with this communist regime. as president biden said, quote, they will only enrich themselves. which they do. we should use every pressure point we can to defend freedom
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and the basic right for the cuban people. this is a heart-felt issue for many. we enjoy these freedoms and sometimes we forget how tough it is and how much support people need in struggling countries like cuba. and right now is the time to show strong support for the people of cuba and for their basic human rights. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house
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i've heard, which are while not commonplace also not uncommon in policing. i heard things like, you know, the declaration of a citywide 1033,which in my career to my

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