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those are individuals who nobody wants in their neighborhood whether you're an immigrant or u.n. your family have been here for generations. we need to make sure we are prioritizing our valuable law enforcement resources of those safety and security risks. that's one thing i think the obama administration did very well and the trump administration waste a lot of taxpayer dollars on pursuing folks who were not public safety threats stuff we saw the restaurant owners in the midwest or the south where nobody realized they were undocumented but were supported by the trump administration. that was not serving a national interest. host: the house is coming in early for legislative business this morning, thank you for your time. we will bring to the house floor now live coverage here on c-span. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy.
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the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by chaplain kibben. droib: -- chaplain kibben: would you pray with me. god our provider, after a week of long hours and tense discussions, countless debates and deliberations, tears shed and tempers raised we pray your peace over this house and across this nation.
mountains have been shaken, hills have been unearthed, individuals and ideals have been aggrieved, the cooperation and camaraderie has been tossed by tempests. and yet you assure us that your unfailing love for us will not be shaken. you will not foresake your promise to restore vigor to the tired and worn out and endurance to the exhausted. give strength to the faint-hearted, increase the fortitude of the weary. and we wait upon you to renew our energies. uphold as on eagle's wings these lawmakers as they return to their districts and we pray they receive your gift of respite. may they take the time to rededicate their service to you. that in serving the ideas of democracy they shall run and not be weary. they shall walk and not faint. in your eternal name we pray. amen.
the speaker: the pledge of allegiance -- pursuant to section 11-a of house resolution 188, the journal of the last day's proceedings is approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from california, mr. vargas. mr. vargas: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the hon york, the speaker, house of representatives, madam. i have the honor to transmit herewith a scanned copy of a letter received from the elections director texas office of the secretary of state indicating that according to the preliminary results of the special election held july 27, 2021, the honorable jake elizey
was elected representative of congress to the 6th congressional district, state of texas. signed, sincerely, cheryl l. johnson, clerk. the speaker: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? miss johnson: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the gentleman from texas, the honorable jake elizey, be permitted to take the oath of office today. his certificate of election has not arrived, but there is no contest and no question has been raised with regard to his election. the speaker: without objection, will the represent elect and members of the texas delegation present themselves in the well. all members will rise and the representative elect will please raise his right hand.
do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office about -- which you are about enter. so help you god. mr. elizey: i will. the speaker: congratulations, you are now a member of the 117th congress. for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? miss johnson: madam speaker, as dean of the -- i ask unanimous
consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. johnson: thank you, madam speaker. as dean of the texas delegation, it is my honor to welcome to the u.s. house of representatives congressman jake elizey, who will represent texas' 6th congressional district. he's only been a congressman for only a few seconds, but i'm sure that he's already behind on his schedule and i'll be very brief. our beliefs may differ, our votes may contrast, but i do not doubt for a moment that we share the same commitment to public service and the same sentiment that what we need is consensus builders. people willing to work together regardless of party for the
good of the constituents. and given that our two districts are next to each other, i look forward to having a strong working relationship with congressman elizey like i had with the two predecessors. congressman joe barton anti-late congressman ron wright. so again on behalf of the texas delegation, welcome to the house of representatives. you are now recognized. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. ewliesy: first of all i'd like to thank my lord and savior jesus christ, my family, beautiful wife, shelby. of -- my incredible daughter and my incredible son. my parents, texas, california,
poppa looking done on me from heaven. i'd like to thank my family in the 6th district of texas. i will serve you with quiet professionalism. i would like to read to you etheseans four versus 8 through 9. finally brothers and sisters whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable if there is any more excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy dwell on these things. do what you have learned and received and heard from me and seen in me and the god of peace will be with you. i believe america is exceptional. i love my country. it's an honor to serve. i a appreciate the prayers of all -- i would appreciate the prayers of all those in here as i learn my job. i would like to leave you with a moment of silence for your colleague, our friend, and my predecessor, ron wright and his family.
for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, we rise today, my colleague, congressman peters and myself, in honor of father joe carroll, our san diego's mother teresa. father joe was born in the bronx new york on april 12, 1941 and had seven brothers and sisters. he moved to california in his
20's where he completed his studies at the university of san diego and ordained a priest in 1974. he was assigned to st. rita's catholic church with a concurrent assignment to work with st. vincent depaul, a catholic organization note for helping the poor, especially the poorest of the poor. from 1982 to 2011 father joe led st. vincent depaul grow the organization to $40 million. in 2015 it was renamed father joe carroll's village in his honor. on july 10, 2021, a few months after his 80th birthday, father joe passed. father joe dare rol was a heroic man who helped his community with the entirety of his heart and soul. he helped the poor, hungry, and especially the homeless and had a gift for bringing all people together in his mission to serve. father joe was loved by many and influenced so many of us. his accomplishments and contributions to the community
were profound. he will be sorely missed. many of us expect that one day he will be named a saint in the catholic church. thank you, madam speaker. we yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mccarthy: i want to take one second to congratulate jake elizey on his election to congress but brought two people back together. mike garcia and jake served our nation before they served in this body. they flew f-18's. off an aircraft carrier into iraq. they were brothers and now they are back together again. serving their nation and putting it forth. it might be a little ironic that they both came in in a special election. they both were turning points on those elections and i would say underdogs in those
elections. but it shows they both graduated from the naval academy. served their nation. and continue to serve again. this is a good day in this house. madam speaker, one week ago president biden said, inflation was temporary. he went on to say that spending trillions more would, and i quote, reduce inflation, reduce inflation, reduce inflation. madam speaker, i think he's the only one who believes that. mr. president, with all due respect, we need to wake up. inflation has risen every single month since you took office. and last month was the largest increase in 13 years. let's be very clear. inflation is a tax on every single american. everyone who is buying groceries knows it, everyone who is filling up their car knows it, everyone who is booking a summer flight knows
it. yet president biden told a town hall in ohio last week i don't know anybody who is worried about inflation. the only people i could imagine not worried about inflation makes $5 million in a couple months on trading stock options. or sell paintings for half a million dollars. why doesn't the president of the united states know what's going on? this is what americans hate about washington. they turn on the tv and hear the president telling them their concerns aren't real. enough is enough. people are fed up with the ignorance and arrogance and hypocrisy. madam speaker, president biden needs to get a clue about inflation. it's not just republicans who have been warning the democrats if they pass the bill it will bring inflation and here it is. it was democrats who served in the obama administration and
clinton administration who warned them if they spend more trillions, inflation will come. and it's come every single month. and what's their answer for the future? more trillions. they probably would try to call us back in august to make sure inflation grows a little more. if that's not enough, just yesterday, we missed every indication and every prediction for growth in america. americans can't take this much longer. november can't come sooner. inflation is a tax on every single american. for those who don't know it, spend a little time with real america and you'll realize it. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. scanlon: madam speaker, my community in southeastern
pennsylvania was deeply impacted by the terrorist attack of september 11, 2001. members of our community were among the flight cruise and passengers -- crews and passengers on the hijacked planes. others worked at the world trade center and pentagon that day and were killed or had to flee for their lives. airports going to philadelphia were diverted to canada. located between new york, d.c., and shanksville, pennsylvania, our area keenly felt the geographic center of the three airplane attacks. i'm proud to co-sponsor of h.r. 2278, which authorizes the national park service to designate the september 12 -- september 11 national memorial trail route, linking the memorial museum in new york to the pentagon memorial in arlington, virginia, and the flight 93 national memorial in sommerset county. the trail will allow us all not just to engage with the tragedy of that terrorist attack but also to heal from it.
in pennsylvania's fifth district, the memorial trail will link parts of the river trail, the john himes wildlife refuge and move on through delaware county. this bill passed the house with great bipartisan support, and i urge the senate to take it up before the 20th anniversary of september 11. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i wish to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, following months of disappointing job reports, rising inflation, and irresponsible messaging on how to combat the covid-19 virus, the american people know that democrat policies are to blame for the rising inflation that our nation is facing. mr. joyce: today, americans are making less money than they were one year ago with annualized real wages down nearly 4%.
it's families, not politics, that are feeling the effect of president biden's failed economic policies. inflation very simply is taxation and it has increased every month since biden has taken office. while democrats in congress mocked concerns about rising inflation, we saw the effects that this crisis is having at the gas station and at the grocery store. now as experts warn that the effects of inflation may last longer than anticipated, president biden has suggested flooding our economy with even more wasteful spending, urging $100 bribes for individuals to get vaccinated, and spending billions of dollars for social programs will not fix our broken economy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. joyce: the american people know this is a failure and they know that the democrat policy is to blame. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. butterfield: i ask permission to address the house for one minute.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. butterfield: madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the important work being done all across north carolina to reduce food insecurity. i commend the outgoing president of the north carolina association of county commissioners, ronnie smith, for his leadership on this effort. ronnie is also chair of the martin county board of commissioners, a constituent, and a good friend. under ronnie's leadership, the association's resilt yens -- resilience task force promoted food resilience. they released a report to help counties deepen relationships with the local food banks, improve efforts to transport food to homes and strengthen local food sources to help food insecurity. this year, 42 million people nationwide will experience food insecurity. madam speaker, i applaud president ronnie smith's
leadership. i applaud him for his leadership and commend him and the members of the resilience task force for their hard work in combating food insecurity in north carolina. thank you, commissioner ronnie smith. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, you are not god. your will does not bend the force or shake the mountains, and let me assure you, your will does not bow the knee of millions of my countrymen who refuses to heed your callous demand. this is nothing short of medical apart tied. for am i to corely bend the knee, then what is to stop you you a from taking your tyranny to the rest of the country i love? mr. cawthorn: how dare you tell
my staff how they want to live their lives. because they have the title honorable attached to their names means they can dictate what others may say and think repulses me. what makes this nation special is that this free land, the people are the royalty. so arrest us if you will. but i will not cower and i will not bend. madam speaker, you have come to take away our liberties. madam speaker, in this country, you are outnumbered. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas -- for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. cawthorn: madam speaker, i hereby wish to remove my name as co-sponsor of the bill h.r. 43 -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is requested. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask for unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. garcia: madam speaker, i rise today to call attention to an urgent problem threatening texas seniors' ability to vote. one in every three states in our country have passed voting restrictions laws this year. this is alarming. new voting restrictions can threaten seniors like my constituent, erlene sullivan, who turned 102 years recently. she served our county as a presiding judge. she oversaw elections and has voted all her life. today, erlene votes by mail with the help of her daughter, katherine. but the g.o.p.'s false claims on ballot harvesting have already caused a riff in her family. proposing voting restrictions in texas, such as stricter driver's license and social security
verification requirements could threaten erlene's and millions of seniors' ability to vote by mail. madam speaker, this is unacceptable. congress must pass voting rights for all americans by passing h.r. 1 and h.r. 4, and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? mr. grothman: i'd like to have one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. grothman: as we head into the six or seven-week break, it's important to americans and congress not forget the number one crisis facing this nation and that is the takeover of our southern border by mexican drug gangs. right now, the drug gangs, because we are kind of tardy at guarding the border, escort people into mexico, escort people through buses and trains to the rio grande river, put
wristbands around these people so they know which gang they are associated with and which type of tour they bought, have them carry drugs across the rio grande. if our border patrol tries to stop people crossing the river, they throw little children in the rio grande so border patrol has to go there. they eventually turn these people over to the border patrol on the southern border where they are turned over to nongovernmental organizations that put them in hotels. these hotels are not secure, so even if you have the covid, you're will you tell out into -- you're let out into the country. they hold relatives hostage in central america and mexico so that the people who come here have to pay money to get their entry in this country from $3,000 to $20,000. please, don't forget what's going on the border in the next seven weeks. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is
recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to honor the life of macey reed, a 4-year-old girl from pima, arizona, who was swept away by floodwaters and tragically passed away this month. words cannot express the heartbreak and devastation of losing a child, and macy's loss is one that will be felt throughout her community. mr. o'halleran: i wish the reed family strength and peace during this immensely difficult time. in the wake of this tragedy, i am heartened to see an outpouring of love and support from countless in the community. i encourage every arizonan to continue to show kindness to their neighbors. also urge everyone to prioritize safety above all else during the monsoon season. my wife and i are keeping macy's family, loved ones, and the entire pima community in our prayers as they mourn her
passing. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to honor the life of rock 'n' roll hall of famer and zz top member dusty hill. dusty was born and raised in dallas, texas, and began playing bass at the age of 14. mr. nehls: he soon mastered the bass. from 1966 to 1968, dusty played with his brother, rocky hill, and future zz top band mate frank beard in the dallas-base band american blues. in 1970, wanting to focus more on rock 'n' roll than blues, he joined zz top.
the trio performed their first concert together just outside of my district at the knights of columbus hall in beaumont, texas, on february 10, 1970. that trio would stay together for the next 50 years, releasing numerous hits and entertaining tens of millions of fans across the world. i know dusty is missed greatly and, frank, i know you're watching. i spoke to debbie this morning. but dusty will live on forever as a staple of texas and the rock 'n' roll history. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess subject to the call of the chair.