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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 29 it 20 -- july 20 -- july 29, 2021,
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i hereby appoint the honorable kathryn clark to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 4, 2021, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. with time equally allocated between parties and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five minutes. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from michigan, mr. walberg, for five minutes. mr. walberg: thank you, madam speaker. across my district, michigan families are having to pay more for gas, for groceries, for cars, you name it, there's
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sticker shock everywhere you look. in fact, inflation, a tax on everyone, increased every month since president biden took office. as americans are struggling to pay for skyrocketing costs of daily necessities, we should be doing something to address these pocketbook challenges. instead, this week we're considering another round of massive spending bills that will make matters worse on top of massive spending bills that we've already spent. unparalleled and unchecked government spending is not the solution. it is a root cause of rising inflation, and did i mention, that's a tax on everyone. again, this reckless spending and subsequent inflation is effectively a tax on the american people, their families, their workplaces, in fact, their
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livelihoods. we can't afford down this path. it's hurting too many families and their financial security. it's time we return to proven economic policies that create jobs, increase wages, and do not prolong an inflationary crisis that, did i mention, is a tax on everyone. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. harder, for five minutes. mr. harder: madam speaker, i rise today to ask if this body cares more about the hurt feelings of a dictator than the legacy of 300,000 innocent men, women, and children murdered in the only place they had ever called home? in 1914, the -- the ottoman
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empire slaughtered syrians. 108 years later, this body has still not recognized that slaughter for what it was, a genocide. growing up in the central valley, i was surrounded by their community. i head home maed dom -- home made domas. she told me about the contributions of the syrian community to the modern world and explained the weight her people carried since that brutal massacre in 1914 and that's why today, i'm leading a resolution to finally recognize the genocide of the asyrians in the middle east. my resolution commemorates august 7 as the syrian genocide memorial day. it asserts that turkey, the inheriter of the ottoman empire,
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and how they taught how to build cities, domesticate crops, only to spread out across our globe and keep their traditions alive today. this body should stand for the right of all people, to live freely and in safety. and that starts by recognizing the history and perseverance of the asyrian people. today, i urge our house leadership to bring this resolution directly to the floor. anything less is unacceptable. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. joyce, for five minutes. mr. joyce: madam speaker, i rise to address the house and ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. joyce: madam speaker, our nation is facing a security crisis on our southern border. as a record number of migrants are apprehended on american soil, we have seen a staggering
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increase in the amount of fentanyl that's been confiscated, not only at ports of entry, but also in the desert. so far this year, there have been over a million illegal crossings along our southern border. right now, liberals in congress are attempting to obstruct the department of homeland security from working to keep americans safe. how many americans have to be poisoned by fentanyl before we stop the flow into our communities? in pennsylvania, over 5,000 people have lost their lives in drug overdoses last year. we have seen fentanyl is easy to get and it's fast to kill. we must put an end to the crisis and refuse any attempt to stop the department of homeland security from enforcing our laws and ending this crisis on our southern border. thank you and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back.
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the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal, for five minutes. mr. lowenthal: madam speaker, i rise in honor of the honorable margie rice, former mayor, councilmember, community leader of westminster, california, who passed away this past sunday, july 25, 2021, at the age of 92. margie had dedicated her entire life to public service, including 22 years on the westminster city council with 12 of those years as the city's elected mayor. she also served as a westminster school district trustee for 17
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years, and up until her passing, margie served on the midway city sanitation district, ending her 30 years of service on that board this past sunday. in 2019, i was honored to join margie and other board members in celebrating the 830th -- 80th anniversary of the midway sanitation district. as an active community leader and public servant, margie rice was passionate, dedicated, focused, hard working, and above all, outspoken. margie achieved many results for the residents of westminster, and among her legacy is the building of the westminster rose center theater, a performing arts center for the whole community to enjoy.
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margie was born in alabama, but she called westminster her home for more than 60 years. she's survived by two of her four children, 19 grandchildren, 23 -- 23 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great grandchildren. i will always remember margie rice as a pioneer and a leader who loved and cared for the westminster community with all her heart. she will be missed. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. nehls, for five minutes. mr. nehls: madam speaker, crime is up across the country. cities that defunded their police are now facing the
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consequences. police chiefs have gone on national tv to literally beg, beg for more support and assistance. what started as a far-left political slogan ended up impacting real-world policy in numerous democrat-run cities. now, crime is surging across america, and just the other day, there was a brazen shootout a mile, a mile away from the white house. the facts and the numbers do not lie. this is president biden's crime crisis. rather than face the radical elements of their own party, the democrats are deflecting the responsibility. defunding the police means less law enforcement officers on the streets, less crimes getting solved, and less criminals getting arrested. the only people who benefit from
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defunded police are the criminals themselves. we are a nation of laws and law and order. we owe it to the american people to do what we can to keep them safe even if the biden administration won't. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york for five minutes, mr. espaillat. mr. espaillat: madam speaker, i rise today with a heavy heart to honor the life and work of the most prominent artist in the world who sadly passed away yesterday. the great joany ventura. he started his career in the 1960's with a johnny ventura show. his career quickly flourished, both nationally and
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internationally with his contagious music. he also embarked on the life of public service as a mayor in santo domingo and a member of congress in the dominican republic. just last february, we honored him here in washington, d.c., as part of the yearly event dominicans on the hill. he prided himself of being the ambassador of merenge and as such of the caribbean and the world. we will always remember him for his contagious songs, including yo soy merenge and others. we will always remember him for
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his great service to people and for his music and dedication to music. he will always be present in our heart through his songs that often were funny and sometimes mel collie inc. -- melancolic. folks throughout the world find themselves in economic exile and at times think of the family they left behind. they think of the wonderful beaches and rivers and mountains that they left behind, and they could only claim that feeling through the songs -- like the songs that johnny ventura often played for all of us. he had a contagious smile and a wonderful rhythm of music with
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african bass instrument. adios, johnny ven souray -- ventura. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. fitzgerald, for five minutes. mr. fitzgerald: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. fitzgerald: i rise today to talk about a recent trip to mcallen, texas, where i had the opportunity to tour the southern border. what struck me the most was hearing from border agents about the sheer volume of fentanyl that is being seized right now. in fact, u.s. customs and border protection reported that 1,053 pounds of fentanyl was seized at the southwest border in june alone. that's more than the last three
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junes combined. following my trip, i introduced an amendment at judiciary committee markup to ensure criminal penalties are made for those that are caught with fentanyl. i would question my colleagues who voted against this, we must find a way of stopping the flow of fentanyl. however, i suspect, because most do not want to confront this issue at the border, that they're not going to address this issue. in the absence of action, there's going to be no winners on this issue. only families who continue to grapple with the consequences firsthand. thank you, madam chair, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. clark, for five minutes. . ms. clark: thank you, madam chair. i rise today to celebrate the
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appropriations package we will pass this week because this document respects the dignity and humanity of women in this country and around the world. for the first time in over 40 years the appropriations committee passed a spending bill without the hyde amendment. for decades the hyde amendment has prevented women of color and low-income people from receiving basic health care. hyde forces one in four women under medicaid to carry a pregnancy to term. 20% of the women in this country rely on medicaid, including half of all american women living below the federal poverty line, and millions of women of color. yet they are denied their constitutional right to health care, including an abortion. this is discrimination. the legal right to an abortion is meaningless if you are unable
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to afford one. abortion is health care. the legal right to an abortion is based on access, and that should not be denied based on your income or insurance coverage. budgets are documents that represent our values, and that's why i am so proud to put forward a spending package that rejects hyde. and also provides a directive to the v.a. to implement a comprehensive sexual assault and harassment policy. $1.2 billion for maternal and child health. a repeal of the restrictive helms amendment and the global and domestic gag rules. and so much more. this is a good day for women here and around the globe. thank you, chair delauro, and thank you to the millions of activists who fought to make this moment a reality.
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we will continue our march for equity shoulder to shoulder with you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. mann, for five minutes. mr. mann: thank you. madam speaker, i rise today to celebrate one of my favorite times of the year, county fair season in kansas. this summerall 63 counties in the first district will host one county fair including h-h -- 4-h livestock shows and people coming together to celebrate their communities. they are special because each one is unique to that county. some county fairs rally volunteers to build barns for farmers in need. other fairs serve the world's famous root beer floats or host family fun nights where young and old participate in sack races and play horse shoes.
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they teach hard work, respect, and humility. they are emblematic of conservative values and where i learned them as a child. growing up i tended the county fair every year with my family. i still remember the excitement we all had with our hard work culminating in my siblings and i entering our 4-h projects for review. last weekend i found myself reliving the childhood excitement with my son at the riley county fair. at the riley fair, 4-h members had their market steers and purple ribbon show pigs. their faces show the county fair play as critical role. i met with the fair board. we toured the brand new livestock facility constructed by volunteers with donation from county agriculture businesses. communities rally to support each other because they note substantial impact they had on the entire community. i plan to visit several more county fairs this sum earn grateful for communities who
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honor these time-hopored traditions. hard -- time-honored traditions. hard work, positive at-opportunities. strong communities, strong leaders, and a bright future i'm proud to be a product of the county fair and look forward to celebrating them. madam speaker, i rise today to address partisan appropriations bill house democrats are forcing through congress this week. with the 50-50 split in the senate and a margin of a just few votes separating democrats and republicans in the house, american voters clearly want congress to work together to produce a bipartisan spending plan. in response, democrats have ignored the american people and produced one of the most partisan budgets in history. their bloated bus contains nearly $600 billion, a funding increase of 21% from the last fiscal year. this bill is a progressive wish list. it boosts funding for the white house by nearly 40% and the vice president's office by 22%. it rewards the most liberal agencies like the e.p.a. and
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i.r.s. with budget increases. only furtherering our presence in our lives t contains more than 1,500 earmarks returning us to the pork barrel spending. it contans harmful regulations by no longer exempting producers from greenhouse gas requirements and going to regulations that suppress the price of life cattle. the worst is the absence of the hyde amendment. a traditionally bipartisan provision protecting taxpayers from forced financial complicit in elective abortions. in the bloasted bus democrats purposely omitted the hyde amendment and voiced their support for radical abortion policies. i cannot support legislation that mortgages the future of our children and grand chifrpblt i oppose h.r. 4502. urge my colleagues to do the same. madam speaker, lastly, i rise today to recognize and thank katherine thomas for her tireless and selfless work for all kansans. in the last eight years she has
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championed canals farmers n 2018 she helped usher in the farm bill to the completion under the direction of senator roberts then chairman of the senate ag nutrition committee. knowing how important agriculture was to me, she helped establish my new congressional office and prioritize farmers and ranchers in the big first congressional district. i'm proud to have had katherine on my team and i wish her the best of luck in her next adventure back in the senate. thank you, katherine. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from minnesota, ms. omar, for five minutes. p ms. omar: thank you, madam speaker. this week we are considering critical legislation to invest in america and minnesotans. we are investing in childcare,
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education, health care, housing, and so many other basics that my district so desperately needs. in the fifth district alone, we secured over $46 million in transportation and community project funding. that includes skill training for clean energy careers, funding for updated sprinkler systems, and new health care clinic on lake suite. a new park in brooklyn center, and so much more. how we choose to invest our resources is a reflection of our priorities. we as house democrats are making our priorities clear. american jobs, opportunity, and working families. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from virginia, mr. cline, for five minutes. mr. cline: thank you, madam speaker.
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madam speaker, i rise in opposition today to the bloated bus spending bill that's being jammed through the house this week by the majority. instead of working to craft bipartisan legislation, democrats have put forward appropriations bills that are based on unrealistic and irresponsible spending levels and include partisan policy provision that is will only delay its final passage. further, rather than holding a vote on each individual appropriations bill, the speaker has lumped together seven separate spending bills that include nearly $600 billion in discretionary spending. a 21% increase over just last year. 21%. that's almost as high as some of the price increases families in my district are seeing in their daily lives thanks to the flood of deficit spending president biden and speaker pelosi have forced through this congress already. this is not how the legislative process should work. and with inflation rates at a 13-year high, madam speaker, we simply cannot afford it. and while this bill provides unprecedented increases for
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democrats' domestic spending priorities, the left has decided to underfund two appropriations bills that are required by the constitution, homeland security and national defense. worse yet, it reverses decades of historically bipartisan pro-life policies like the hyde and weldon amendments. bipartisan. since 1976. further, it increases our dependence on china. it fails to keep us safe by hindering the work of customs border protection, and abandons all of the above energy strategy. this is truly unacceptable. madam speaker, this mini bus needs to be sent back to the scrap yard, and if not, i urge my colleagues to vote no. madam speaker, i rise today in recognition of the 30-year career of one of virginia's finest, bridgewater police chief joe simmons. interestingly, this law enforcement veteran originally had aspirations of being a
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firefighter. after being a dispatcher, jailer, and then a road deputy in the rockingham county sheriff's office, the swat team recuted--- recruited him in 1996. simmons brought all the experience to the town of bridgewater in the late 1990's, eventually rising to chief in 2011. mayor ted said of simmons, he's done an amazing job. the model of community policing serves the citizens very well. chief simmons says most police officers are good people who care about the citizens in their community. quote, you have to have empathy. it's not us against them, simmons said. you have to police with an open mind. it's customer service. in the end while he never became the firefighter he once wanted to be, he had a successful career in public service, risking his life to protect and
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serve his fellow citizens. chief simmons, thank you for your service. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. underwood, for five minutes. ms. underwood: since day one in congress bringing federal resources to help the 14th district of illinois thrive has been one of my top priorities. as a new member of the house appropriations committee, i'm so proud of how much we have accomplished in just seven short months. just last week i was pleased to announce that over $10.5 million in federal funding for community projects was included in the houses' -- house's appropriations legislation. these projects will improve the quality of life and economic opportunity in northern illinois. in joel he yet and in richmond, receipt source also improve water infrastructure to give each community a reliable water source for years to come. in mchenry, the resource also
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help expand access to higher education through dual credit programs at mchenry county college. and in kendall county, the resources will help foster youth and their advocates by developing a permanent advocacy office for casa of kendall county. these investments are critical and i will continue to work with my colleagues in congress until these resources are seen and felt in our community. thank you, madam chair. i yield back back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter, for five minutes. mr. carter: madam speaker, i rise today with a heavy heart to remember and honor my friend, pete robinson of columbus, georgia, who passed away on july 1 at the age of 66. he graduated from emory university and mercer university school of law. following graduation he began his career in public service and commitment to improving his
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community. for a decade beginning in 1985, pete served in the georgia general assembly in the house of representatives and senate. in the senate he served as governor miller's floor leader for two years and became the only president pro tem to be nominated by both republican and democratic leaders. pete's decades of leadership in his community and the general assembly played a significant role in making georgia a better place for all who call it home, myself included. i'm thankful for the immense impact he had in georgia and i know his legacy will remain. my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and all who knew him during this most difficult time. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize and honor jesse cruise for his outstanding career with the charlton county school system. jesse has dedicated his life to mentoring and inspiring the young minds of charlton county. he joined the charlton county school system in 1975 as an
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educator and coach. over the past 46 years, jesse has touched and inspired many lives in the charlotteton county communities. he's earned numerous awards and honors for his 36 years of service as a basketball coach, including being named the region 2-a athletic director of the year anti-class-a athletic director of the year. jesse has consistently devoted countless hours of his time, talents, and energy towards the betterment of his community. he has dedicated his life to educating and mentoring our future generation, and i thank him for his years of service and wish him a happy retirement. . i irreplacement presence will be missed by all. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize and honor vicky hudson of savannah, georgia, for her 100th birthday on august 2. vicky graduated from gerard high school in 1938. following graduation, she moved to savannah and has been a pillar of the community.
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vicky worked in the accounting department at memorial hospital in savannah for 27 years. during her career in savannah, she served many offices, including president of the american business association where she was selected woman of the year in 1970. vicky was instrumental in forming the savannah automobile dealers association, ladies auxiliary, and was their president. she was part of the wesley oak methodist church. everyone that knows vicky knows of her loving heart and giving to the community. i recognize her lifetime of service, wisdom, and love. madam speaker, i rise today with a heavy heart to remember and honor former garden city fire chief who passed away on july 5 at the age of 72. service to his community was an
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integral part of jimmy's character. he also worked as a police officer and paramedic. under his leadership as fire chief, jimmy modernized garden city's fire department to improve his beloved community. his kindness and selflessness extended to every part of his life, including his time with good shepherd lutheran church where he served on the council and was part of the property community. everyone that knew jimmy knew of his loving heart. i know his legacy will remain. my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and all who knew him during this most difficult time. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from indiana, mr. mrvan for five minutes. mr. mrvan: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized. mr. mrvan: madam speaker, i rise today to recognize mr. chuck hughes, executive director of the gary chamber of commerce. dr. chuck hughes, an executive director, dr. gordon bradshaw, chairman of the public policy committee for establishing the world civility day which was celebrated on july 8. in 2015, mr. hughes and dr. bradshaw created the community civility council initiative with the gary chamber of commerce and established the world civility day in order to encourage all individuals to be more mindful of our actions and to bring more understanding, more tolerance, and more listening and empathy into our society. i became a public servant in order to bring people together and solve problems, and that only happens when we treat each other with respect and civility. i commend mr. hughes and dr. bradshaw and all of the individuals and the organizations engaged in this initiative for their leadership
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to recognize the timely and worthy goals of world civility day. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana yields back his time. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. rose, for five minutes. mr. rose: madam speaker, i rise today to bring attention to the alarming spike in crime happening across major cities in our nation. right now, american families are being forced to face an explosion of violent crime in their streets and their neighborhoods. after the riots of the past year, which saw the destruction of both public and private property, and as we undergo one of the worst crime waves in modern history, citizens are deservedly concerned about their safety and well-being. one of the essential functions of our government is to provide
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security for all citizens. yet, the biden administration, after months of refusing to acknowledge the crime wave, finally addressed it by claiming that crime is down. that misleading claim couldn't be further from the truth. crime is actually skyrocketing, and it is plaguing cities across the nation. homicides are up 533%. yes, 533% in portland. 50% in minneapolis. 35% in philadelphia. and 24% in los angeles. compared to the same time in 2020. on top of that, ambush-style attacks on police officers this year have increased 91% compared to this time last year. when democrats defund the police, lawlessness is guaranteed to follow. complete with more crimes of all kinds, including murder.
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left unchecked, such lawlessness will eventually destroy our republic. so how did a nation of law and order become a nation of lawlessness and chaos in such a short period of time? make no mistake, the socialist agenda of president biden and far-left democrats in congress is to blame. radical policies like defunding the police, abolishing prisons, and eliminating cash bail, have contributed to the surging crime wave. we cannot tolerate vandalism or violence and we surely cannot normalize a culture of violence by failing to fully prosecute those who are working to dismantle our cities. tennesseans cannot bear much more of biden's crime crisis. the solution to countering the crime wave is clear. we must fund and support our law enforcement agencies across the
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country. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, for five minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank the chair very much. and i thank the gentleman from indiana for his reminding us of the world civility day and its importance. i rise today in the spirit of civility and facts and bringing people together. first of all, we are all -- we are all saddened by the surge of crime across america. we are working with our communities and those who intervene and those who are responding to the issues of degradation and danger that permeates many of our communities and many of our young people. and i believe it is important to ensure that guns that are trafficked illegally, that the excessive amount of guns are
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taken off the street. soon in my community, we will hold a gun buyback with the houston police department, because they are working with the community. and so i think it's important to state the fact that the biden administration, president joe biden, and vice president kamala harris are strong advocates and have invested much to ensure that crime goes down. we know that it is a mixture of the toxicity of the covid-19 pandemic, poverty, and, of course, those who are inclined to do the crime. with that in mind, it is very important to factually make the point -- there's nothing in the biden administration's agenda or its funding packages or those of democrats that deal with the defunding of police. we are reimagining and working with our communities, collectively, as we say, police community relations will improve and continue to improve, one, finding those who perpetrate the
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crimes to bring them to justice, because crime does not look to the color of one's skin. it's without discrimination. it hits all of america. so i'm very proud to have been an original co-sponsor and lead on the victims of crime act that was signed by the president last week that ensured that our communities will now have a victims fund that our states will be able to deal with. i encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to go home and interact with the victims of crime, show them that you care and work with your communities so they are compensated in the full. let me also indicate that it is appropriate for us to move on h.r. 40. an enormity of members of congress has sponsored the commission of slavery. in civility, this will give us an opportunity to have a first federal conversation on race for a full discussion and analysis of the economy, political,
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psychological, sociological effects of slavery. it makes no judgment on slavery of african-americans that began its sinful roots 401 years ago, but it points us to developing a response, repair, to deal with what is continuing, a continuing stigma of institutional racism. you cannot ignore the disparities that exist in the community, and we cannot ignore the opportunity to have that discussion. i'm very grateful for the wide variety of individuals, from the east, the west, the north and the south of varying political perspectives who supported this. the religious organizations that supported this. the social justice organizations. just plain people who raise their voices. 57% in a recent poll. so let us look forward to repairing, being a repair, the repairers. we know that our beloved pastor
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and leader that has provided us with the words that he is the repairer of the breach, and we thank him for that and we thank all those who are willing to have a civil discussion to ensure we can end the surge of crime and the scourge of crime and as well be able to discuss race in a manner of civility and the way we can come together and repair it. i know it's the intent of those who co-sponsored the bill, all of the vast supporters across america. it is certainly my intent as the lead co-sponsor after the honorable john conyers and i know it is the intent of the congressional black caucus and all those who raise their voices for a civil discussion on the question of race. i think america is that good and better than that to be able to say we can have that civil discussion. as has been said in our meetings of the congressional black caucus, our power and our message. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from utah, mr. owens, for five minutes. mr. owens: thank you.
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thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: so ordered. mr. owens: i'd like to discuss the devastating drought affecting utah this year. 90% of the west is experiencing extreme drought conditions. this includes every county in the great state of utah. one of the driest states of the union. droughts impacts lives and livelihoods. one farmer in my district, this year his farm has yielded zero. his story is not unique. aqua fers are not -- aquifers are not there. that means fewer dollars in the pockets of farmers. utah's drought conditions makes
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devastating wildfires harder to fight. each one of us has an important role to play. utahans' livelihoods and generational family farms are at stake. i stand ready to assist local leaders and our state delegation to ensure the safety and prosperity of every utahan. i call upon the abidean administration to -- biden administration to step up and to address these severe conditions. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. bishop, for five minutes. mr. bishop: thank you, madam speaker. today, i rise to recognize former u.s. representative sue suerick -- sue
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sue made history in 1987 when she scored a major upset against the two-term democrat to become the first female mayor of charlotte. and importantly, before politics, sue was known for her faith life as a sunday schoolteacher and private sector career as an advertising executive. in congress for the ninth district, sue was a notable and effective conservative. chairing the republican study committee. protecting america from foreign threats and securing our border defined her congressional career. as important, she was and is kind and caring and she provided legendary constituent service. i am honored to serve in her place today and fondly remember her campaign slogan -- we need sue myrick in congress because
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sue myrick gets things done. happy birthday, sue. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. and i'm very pleased to recognize the gentleman from georgia, mr. hice, for five minutes. mr. hice: thank you, mr. hice, i rise today as a staunch defender of the rights of the unborn. a defender of the idea that human life begins at conception. these ideals are being threaten today like never before. this week i joined by fellow republicans in speaking out in support of the hyde amendment and other pro-life provisions from appropriations bills by the democratic majority. the hyde amendment is and has been a bipartisan provision included in every federal spending measure for the past four decades. it has ensured that the lives of the unborn are protected and
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that no federal tax dollars are used to fund abortions. very simply, the hyde amendment saves lives. i'm committed to ending the blight of abortion on our nation. and to stand with all i have to fight and to protect the rights and the lives of the unborn. my democratic colleagues are great at changing terms and changing names, but by definition health care protects and improves lives. yet democrats change health care to include abortion, but abortion does not improve or defend life. it takes life. it is not health care. for this reason, 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.
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18. i ask for its immediate consideration in the house. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to the order of the house of january 4, 2021, the house is in session solely for the purpose of conducting morning hour debate. therefore that unanimous consent request cannot be entertained at this time. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon

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