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life in an act of courage. it was about getting us to work together across party lines, that's the key. host: we appreciate you being on. the new book is called "the centrist solution: how we made government work and how we can make it work again." thank you so much for being with us. guest: thanks to your viewers. host: have a great day. we will be back tomorrow morning at 7:00 eastern. 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., october 20, 2021. i hereby appoint the honorable greg stanton 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 indiana, mr. pence, for five minutes. mr. pence: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to ask my colleagues and all americans to never forget the tragedy of the beirut attack. on sunday, october 23, 1983, 241 brave american heroes lost their lives in defense of our freedom. that fateful day cowardly iranian backed hezbollah drove
truck bombs into the barracks in lebanon. this was the worst since the battle of iwo jima in 1945. as a veteran of that conflict, i made a promise to always remember those fallen. i will always remain fateful to that promise. god bless america and semper fi. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize just how awful the crisis at our southern border is. in the biden administration's latest show of contempt for this mess, vaccine mandates for cbp agents and i.c.e. agents will further throw the situation influx. who is it to mandate vaccines when they are not holding illegal aliens entering our country to the same standard? sadly, this is another way for democrats to defund the police. when too many c.b.p. agents will
be fired or forced to quit because getting vaccinated is not the right choice for them, i will continue to denounce these lawless and disastrous policies that are perpetuating this border crisis. mr. speaker, i rise today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hoosier gym. before the nights town gym became the hoosier gym, it served the community for 64 doors, opening its doors back mother 1921. many know this location when it became famous for the release of the movie "hoosiers" in 1986. so did the hoosier gym, its staff and its patrons, congratulations and we are looking forward to the next 100 years. mr. speaker, i rise today to denounce disturbing trend we have seen turning the i.r.s. into a political weapon. democrats have included a
provision in their reckless tax and spending bill that will give the i.r.s. rogue authority to monitor individual's financial bank accounts and transactions. whether you are a democrat or republican, no one should ever support this communistic invasion of privacy by our federal government. mr. speaker, i rise today to address the energy crisis we are facing. the biden administration's poorly crafted, radical climate agenda has led us here. this crisis is already hitting home for hooziers. an indiana-based energy company just announced that my constituents will pay more for their energy this winter. what was $88 a bill will be $140, a 40% increase. for those over at 1600 pennsylvania avenue who deemed this a high-class problem, wake up. you're taxing the middle class through inflation.
mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the outstanding work our men and women of the law enforcement community do for indiana's sixth district. from muncie to madison and everywhere in between, these hardworking hooziers are on the front lines of keeping our cities safe. sadly, many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle want to demonize these heroes. so to put it simply, thank you to those who risk their lives every day so we can live ours. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize our hardworking hoodsier farmers as they wrap up their efforts for this year's harvest. these fine men and women are the backbone of the state nation. because of their dedication, dinner will be on the table today and tomorrow. so to those who have been working sun up to sun down to make that a reality, i say thank you. mr. chair, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman
from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, for five minutes. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i just returned from leading a fact-finding delegation from colombia. i traveled there a dozen times since 2001. this time i traveled to cali, a city reeling from protests this past spring and the security force's excessive response. i met with the mayor, the catholic archbishop, youth who protested, local journalists and human rights defenders. i then traveled an hour sout. the department leads colombia in killings of social leaders and former combatants. there i met with the u.n. verification mission team monitoring implementation of the peace accord and had a lengthy talk with the town's mayor. i spent the most time with afro colombian women and lgbtq organizations. the next day i visited the san
juan community, a formerly guerrilla controlled region south of bogota. i traveled with the mayor. i saw water projects being carried out by indigenous and former combatants. i attended a town meeting where everyone was free to have their say. in bogota i met with our embassy, leaders of the colombian police, the u.n., the o.a.s., the international committee of the red cross, u.s. and colombian security analysts, human rights defenders and journalists. i returned disturbed and worried, mr. speaker. i'm deeply concerned about the state of human rights, peace and democracy in colombia. i will be listening closely to what u.s. officials say on these matters at the high-level, bilateral dialogue this week in bogota. the u.s. has spent over $8.2 billion in taxpayer money on military and security support
for colombia since 2000. yet, large parts of colombia aren't under government control or have been abandoned bip the state. -- abandoned by the state. journalists are threatened and subject to surveillance. the drug trade is growing. i'm frustrated by the fears i heard from organizations that have been fighting for peace for decades. but today feel things are going in the wrong and very dangerous direction. it is painful to remember the hope they felt during my last visit in 2017 as they made plans inspired by the peace accord and its promise of progress. for them, colombia has taken a giant step backward, much greater and understood from washington before my trip. and then there were protests this spring where we saw the colombian police react violently to legitimate demands for education, health, food and jobs. demonstrators were shot with live ammunition by a police
force that receives u.s. aid. the riot police, not a recipient of u.s. grant assistance because of the terrible human rights record used crowd control equipment to wound, maim and kill demonstrators. some of this equipment was made in the u.s.a. and likely provided through commercial sales which i believe should immediately stop. mr. speaker, what do you say to a woman who asks whether she's still a mother because her only child was killed in the protests? how do you confront -- comfort a father whose son served honorably with the colombian military only to die at the hands of the colombian police? i am also deeply concerned about the implementation of the 2016 peace accord. the agreement provides a road map to address long standing problems in colombia, including those that provoke the protest, but it's a comprehensive agreement that must be carried out wholistically, not a few parts here and there while ignoring, undermining or slow talking.
but there is reason for hope. i saw what a committed local government and organized community can accomplish to establish peace, security, and development that benefits everyone, not just a privileged few. mr. speaker, i am proud of so many of our programs and projects in colombia. i treasure the friendship between the united states and colombia. as a friend and ally, it is critical the u.s. speak frankly and forcefully about stepbacks to peace, the need for serious police reform, and the dangerous human rights situation. if we care about the people of colombia and the human rights, congress has a responsibility to take a deep look at the situation inside colombia and re-evaluate the priorities of our aid. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, in 1994, jan, an author from north carolina, released a novel titled "at home in midford." that novel was the first of 14 she wrote in a series that
depicted a small town located in western north carolina. to be clear, the town of midford is purely fictional but in fact it was based off a town in north carolina's fifth district where jan karen grew up and drew inspiration of, the town of hudson. in early october, it's my privilege and honor, along with hundreds of people from 31 different states to be in hudson for the dedication ceremony of the new midford museum. the mission of this museum is to share the small town values through artifacts and archives that relate to western north carolina and jane karen's novels. one of the museum's objectives is also to enrich both reading and writing appreciation and enhancing the literary skills in use in adults. those important endeavors are worthy of praise. jan karen, along with many of us, grew up learning and appreciating the small town values which have helped make our country great.
by sharing them with her readers, she helps preserve the continuity of those values so that generations, both present and future, will carry them forward. we all look -- long for america to return to those simple values and not stray off course. think about what some of those values are. they're camaraderie, service, sense of community, putting in a hard day's work and family. if you were to take the time and travel across north carolina's fifth district, you'd find salt to the earth people who live and breathe those values. those values are alive and well in every business, supermarket, church, community, and neighborhood in the fifth district and across the entire country. you see, small town values are not a uche mitchell for exclusivity or division. they are values that transcend bowedries such as socioeconomic, geography. mr. speaker, i have been blessed to have been raised in a small town and to learn those values
at a young age. throughout my life i have carried them with me. i have been entrusted to serve small towns like hudson and those that are the lifeblood of north carolina. i encourage everyone to visit the town of hudson and see exactly what i mean. take some time to learn about the values that small towns across this country are built on and how over time they've made such an impact upon everyday people. the undeniable truth is that small town values will forever be america's values. mr. speaker, as the former -- as a former educator, it's clear to me the biden administration needs some serious math tutoring. the september jobs report represents an incomplete assignment that the student turned in at the very last minute. over 500,000 projected jobs, only 194,000 were added.
five million jobs are still unrecovered in america, and labor participation has slumped to 61.6%. it's the worst jobs report of the year, and there are roughly three months left to go. that report rightfully deserves an f, and it takts on another -- tacts on another chapter that this administration can't meet. the so-called build back better agenda falls flat on its face, and the numbers do not lie. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from connecticut, mr. courtney, for five minutes. mr. courtney: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to spend a few minutes to talk about a visit to connecticut last week by president biden on october 15 where he actually put the eyes of the country for a couple of hours on a critical issue, which is build back better agenda is focused on fixing, which is namely the crisis in child
daycare all across the country. on friday, myself and my colleagues, as well as president biden, visited the capital child development center where the executive director, barbara jo warner laid out very clearly the dilemma herself and her colleagues, who are in this very struggling sector, are faced with before covid they had 70 slots full and today they have 20 children in the same daycare center. is it because there is no demand? no, that's not the case. there is still a waiting list of families trying to get their kids into daycare but her problem is that the staffing that she had prior to covid has severely diminished in her ability to attract people back into her program is limited by the fact she's only able to offer $13 an hour as a starting
wage for people in a very important job for our country as well as the families of the children they take care of. so we're in a situation where they're in a place where mcdonald's pays more, $15 an hour, than a daycare center at $13 an hour. it's a problem which is i think one of the reasons why the jobs recovery has stalled particularly for families, women, heads of household who again don't have centers with shrouds available because of the staffing problem that ms. warner described to the president and to the world on friday. the build back better legislation, which he discussed, finally out of a different kind of context in terms of the horserace here and who is up, who is down, which factions negotiating what, focused on the content of the build back better
legislation which is addressed to provide a huge infusion of support for our daycare sector, what that provision will do is cap the amount of out of pocket for families using child daycare at 7% of income today. the low and middle income families spend between 14% and 35%'s of their income on daycare. if we get this through, we're immediately going to provide savings for families with their kids in daycare. in connecticut, looking at a family making $87,000 a year, that basically would result in weekly savings of $175 a week which is definitely a huge boost in terms of working families and middle class families which this bill will provide. again, i want to emphasize, this is not a connect problem but happening across the country and
the median, or the average salary for daycare centers across the country is actually $12 an hour, little lower than what the president heard about on friday. so if we're serious about a real job recovery and giving families the opportunity to really go back to work, why don't we listen to the u.s. chamber of commerce, the largest business organization in the country which recognized during covid that support for child daycare is essential in terms of trying to get working age families back into the work force. again, the openings are there. i could walk through employers in the state of connecticut, electric boat in my district has about 500 job openings now and want to get the gen-z-ers trained and ready to go but if they don't have a place for their children to be trained adequately we're in a culdesac
where this economy will be held back. the build back better is not soft infrastructure but at the heart of whether or not we as a country are going to fully recover and grow in the wake of this pandemic and it's something that hopefully every member when the time comes for this package, when that daycare profession is included in there will being about long and hard because this is not a connect only issue but affects every state road and blue, every district red and blue, every employer red and blue areas of the country and it really is -- if anyone can't support that, then they're not serious about really helping this country recover from the pandemic. i want to thank the president for coming out and really focusing like a laser on this issue and want to thank the check pitch director barbara joe warn foreher clear message to the country and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you,
mr. speaker, i rise to recognize this week as national forest product week. in pennsylvania products have been a essential industry producing furniture and paper and more. these are products and materials americans use nationwide every day and it employs 54,000 pennsylvaniaians and generates $36 billion in total economic impact statewide. i'm proud to represent the allegheny national forest. this incredible forest established in 1923 spans more than half a million acres and the northern portion of my district across forest, elk, mckean and warren counties. whether it is forestry, energy production, timber harvesting or an abundance of activities, the allegheny forest has it all. it's brought economic prosperity to our region and essential we're able to contribute to the longevity and the sustainability
of the allegheny national forest. in my role as republican leader in the house agriculture committee, i'm dedicated to putting forth policies to promote natural solutions to keep our forests healthy and strong for generations to come. these policies include working closely with the forest service, a division of the u.s. department of agriculture to manage our forest, foster healthier lands and allow this economic engine to thrive. by supporting the forest service and encouraging active stewardship, we can support healthy forests and rural communities for generations to come. currently we have two bills focused on improving our forest management, the resore act from doug lamaffa and the dusty johnson act from south dakota and aim to improve forest management and restoration products for healthier and more resilient forests. of course we cannot talk about forest products without discussing the environmental
benefits of a well managed forest and forest productivity. we know the best solution are natural solutions not burdensome regulations or carbon taxes but active innovation. landowners and foresters are among the strongest environmental advocates in our country and i recognize their efforts and continue to promote forest health by empowering the original stewards of our land. according to the forest service, forests are sequestering 14% of all u.s. carbon emissions and that number could double with policies that increase forest management, forest health and forest production. active management including timbering holds the greatest potential for sequestering products p. to help encourage markets for forest products and health, i'm proud to help -- i was proud to help lead the timber renovation act.
this bipartisanship legislation which was included in the 2018 farm bill directly supports the development of cross lambennated timber and tall wood building construction. mr. speaker, forest products week is more than forestry or timber harvesting and is a time to focus on the great resources our forests provide from a natural habitat to wildlife to abundance of activities to carbon sequestration to a strong rural economy, our forest big and small, must continue to be utilized for our needs today and our future generations and with that, mr. speaker, thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes gentlewoman from hi for five minutes. >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. >> i urge to urge my colleagues to pass the bill for the
strategic stockpile act so we're never again dependent on foreign manufacturers for supplies we need to keep americans safe. the bipartisanship bill brought by eight democrats and eight republicans would make sure our country never again endures what we went through in the early days of the covid pandemic when we all received those urgent calls only to learn that our stockpile, the national stockpile would only provide a fraction of what we needed, many of the pieces inside expired, some of them molding. this bill would ensure we have a properly maintained national stockpile of medical supplies so our doctors, nurses and front line workers have the personal productive equipment they need to protect themselves by helping others. put yourself back in the mind set of april 2020. frantic calls and emails from essential workers begging for help. as cases of covid surged in our hospitals and nursing homes our front line workers didn't have
enough equipment to keep themselves safe. ed national institutes of health conducted a study and found the u.s. anticipated, we knew our national supply would come up short and estimated we'd need $3'9" 35 billion masks to protect the americans from a pandemic that affected only a 1/3 of our country. this is why we cannot move on without cleaning up our system. in 2020 every member of this body was hearing from doctors, nurses and first responders bravely battling this disease and improvised face shields and homemade solutions to protect themselves. i think of the physician in brighton, michigan, who compared his job of being a soldier on the front lines wearing only a t-shirt and baseball cap instead of body armor or a helmet or the nurses in mason, michigan, who had to share one gown not per person but for the entire staff on a covid ward. in response, i found myself
doing anything and everything i could to secure productive -- protective equipment for michigan, calling mask manufacturers and negotiating with companies in china and fighting for each and every shipment. i was sending ziplocs of 10 masks to our nursing homes individually. if a congresswoman is negotiating in the dead of night with the chinese middlemen for masks, our supply chains officially failed us. this experience shook me to my core, we can and must do better to protect americans and to learn from our mistakes. this bill the strengthening america's stockpile act would ensure if states ever need to turn to it, our stockpile will be fully supplied, maintained and ready to go and requires constant maintenance and inventory checks to make sure items are not expired and we need to make the distribution process transparent and allows states to create their own local stockpiles and prevents waste of taxpayer dollars by allowing the
stockpile to sell excess supplies to other agencies before they expire. perhaps more importantly this bill incentivizes production of critical medical supplies right here at home in the united states. through a $500 million program the stockpile will partner directly with american manufacturers to expand and increase our supply chain. in michigan we get it, before the pandemic the mere mention of supply chains was enough to put some to sleep but the last year and a half has changed that, the issue is now on the front page of every paper and at the heart of nearly every key business and policy decision, from masks to microchips, the disruptions we've experienced forced us to pull back the curtain and take a hard look at the systems we rely on in our daily lives. michigan anders say this for 35 years, if you outsource our supply chains too far to china it become as national security issue and it has. here in congress we have a
responsibility to respond to this crisis the way it shook our businesses. i ask colleagues from both sides of the aisle to vote yes on this critical piece of legislation. help clean up the mess on display last year that is our job and responsibility to the next crisis. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. gonzalez, for five minutes. mr. gonzalez: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to highlight october as domestic violence awareness month. there's a lot going on in the world right now and it's very easy to forget we have millions of americans that are living in a very abusive environment. many people walk around with scarce that everyone can see but also many of us walk around with scarce that nobody can see. and in particular, i would like to highlight the women that are in this very difficult situation. you know, when i was 5 years old, i recall when my mother
woke me up in the middle of the night to sneak us out of our very abusive home and remember spending time in a battered women's shelter. that moment will never leave me. looking back at it now, my mother was the bravest woman i knew then and the bravest woman i know now. it doesn't have to be this way. it doesn't have to be in an environment constantly under abuse. can you leave, whether that's today, whether that's tomorrow, whether that's decades from now. today i'm very proud of last year. my mother -- years ago, she left that abusive environment. just last year, she was able to get her bachelor's degree from the university of texas at el paso, utep. amazing to go back and get her education. today she lives with me. she -- with her and my wife, angel, help raise our children. and today she's in an environment where she is loved. i say that to go, this month,
domestic violence awareness month, we can't lose sight of that. if you're in a violent situation, you, too, can get out. you, too, can change the direction of your life. and your children can and your children can go off and be successful because we live in the greatest country. whether it's today, tomorrow, or a decade from now, get back from that environment and get back to a place of happiness and love. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. garcia, for five minutes. mr. garcia: thank you, mr. speaker. from this podium and on the streets of chicago, i've spoken out quite a bit about essential workers. they work every day to keep our country going. often risking their lives, their families, and they deserve
respect and dignity on the job. but today, i want to talk about the courage that it takes not to go to work and to go out on strike for better working conditions. as we speak, thousands of workers are on strike, from the nurses and health care workers to the people who make cereal, tractors and whisky, and tens of thousands -- whiskey, and tens of thousands have taken strike votes if they can't reach agreement with their employers. it's a strike wave, and we are calling it striketober, and i stand today in solidarity with these workers who are fighting for safer working conditions, a decent living wage, and the ability to retire with dignity. just in the past few weeks in my city of chicago, i stood with
nabisco workers from the bakers and confectioners uni, auto workers from the mechanics union, and employees at the art institute of chicago who are fighting to join a union. only days later, the workers at a local tortilla plant in my own neighborhood of el milagro protested for unfair wages, sexual harassment at the company's plants. in recent years, teachers, nurses, county employees, nursing homeworkers, and even the symphony orchestra performers in our city went on strike. they aren't just striking for themselves. they fought to provide community resources in our schools, improve patient care for our seniors, and create art for the public. these workers and their struggles are the newest chapters of chicago's historic role as the center of our
country's labor movement. international workers day, celebrated around the world on may 1, commemorates the hay market protest in chicago in 1886 which led to the eight-hour workday and ended child labor. the pullman strike, brutally suppressed by our own government, is commemorated every year on labor day. this is my own history, too. i came to chicago as an immigrant from mexico, and my parents' jobs and benefits as teamsters and my own work as a member of the retail union, the national legal workers, affiliated with the u.a.w., helped make me who i am today. so when these workers walk out on strike, they walk out for all of us. safety at work, dignity in retirement, a living wage, these
are important issues for everyone. there's a picket line chant that says, if we can't get it, shut it down, and it's time that working class people did just that. striketober was a long time coming. the federal minimum wage has been at $7.25 for over a decade, but millionaires got 62% richer during the pandemic. a vial of insulin costs $6 to make but pharmaceutical companies sell it for as much as $275. rent, childcare, medical bills go up and up, and pundits won't stop complaining about wage inflation. so workers across the country are standing up to say, enough is enough. and they're standing up for us. so we've got to support these workers on the picket lines any
way we can. in congress, this means supporting pro-worker legislation, like the protecting the right to organize act, and public service freedom to negotiate act, which guarantees workplace rights. it means protecting frontline workers from nurses to c.t.a. bus drivers to instacart shoppers. it means supporting workers at the bargaining table and on the picket line. because when workers fight, we all win. yes, we can. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, ms. mallio tack is, for five minutes. ms. malliotakis: private first class raymond smith was 18 years old when he was the -- when he made the ultimate sacrifice for our country during the battle of
chosen reservoir, korean war. growing up, raymond and his sister, helen, experienced a difficult childhood in foster care, forsing them to take on responsibilities far beyond their years. and despite the challenges he faced, at the age of 14, raymond joined the -- joined the navy. once raymond's age was discovered by his superiors, the navy granted him an honorable discharge, but that wouldn't stop raymond's drive for service. four years later, raymond enlisted in the united states army, and after six months, he was shipped off to fight in the korean war. the korean war began in june of 1950 when general douglas macarthur alongside south korean and u.n. forces made significant progress into the north with hopes of uniting the two countries again. however, communist china had another plan and sent roughly 100,000 troops to the chosen reservoir to counter progress made by america and our allies
leading to the battle of chosen reservoir. with the seventh infantry division, raymond fought in this battle, a battle many military experts and scholars consider to be one of the most brutal conflicts in modern history due to the sheer fierceness of our opponents and severe weather elements. for 17 days, the battle of chosen reservoir raged on. in that time frame, it's estimated that the united states suffered 18,000 casualties while the chinese suffered upwards of 50,000 casualties, 30,000 just from the freezing cold alone. during the battle, temperatures were said to have dropped to a chilling negative 35 degrees fahrenheit. medical supplies froze solid, rendering them useless. weapons seized and failed to function, and digging foxholes was nearly impossible without the use of machinery. and negative 35 degrees fahrenheit, the human body sets into shock within five to seven
minutes. private first class raymond smith was one of the first to make contact with the enemy. raymond and his peers were vastly outnumbered, and while they fought valiantly, he was sadly reported missing on december 2, 1950, presumed to be dead. on july 27, 2018, following a summit between then-president donald trump and north korean supreme leader kim jung un, north korea returned 55 boxes that contained the remains of u.s. service members killed during the korean war. on march 25, 2021, raymond's family finally received closure when his remains were finally identified and accounted for after 71 unbearable years for his family. raymond's remains were returned to new york city where his sister, helen, her children, a full u.s. military honor guard, and the port authority police were there to welcome him home. i wanted to take this time today to ensure raymond's memory lives
on and his sacrifices will not be forgotten. currently, there are more than 81,600 americans that remain missing from world war ii, the korean war, and vietnam, the cold war, the gulf wars, and other conflicts. let this give us hope that we return them all home, and i urge the administration and my colleagues to work toward the return of all prisoners of war and a full accounting and the repatriation of our fallen service members' remains. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from washington, ms. strickland, for five minutes. ms. strickland: thank you, mr. speaker. all americans, regardless of age, zip code, or income, deserve to live in a safe, clean, and stable home they can
afford. this is exactly what a healthy, just, and secure community relies on. it ensures people are able to meet their basic needs. when over 145,000 social security beneficiaries in my district, the 10th congressional district of washington state, representing nearly 21% of the population, only have $100 to $200 to spare for groceries, utilities and our basic expenses after paying their rent or mortgage, we know that prosperity is not being shared equally nor equitably. when our service members at joint place lewis mcchord simply cannot find homes off post or on post due to the lack of supply or cost of housing, we must clearly improve our mission to support our nation's heroes. these are just a few of the stories that thousands of washington state residents and families are experiencing. just like millions of americans across the country. and we know the driving factor
behind this housing crisis is lack of supply. we don't have enough housing and we aren't building it fast enough to meet the demand. and some of the housing we do have is not fit for human habitation. according to up for growth, an organization that advocates for more housing, the report on housing underproduction from 2010 to 2017 in washington state, here are some startling data points. for every one household that moved into my district, there were .64 housing units produced in pierce county, .7 units in mason county. for every family that moved into our district that we were producing 2/3 to 3/4 of the housing that we needed to accommodate them. this also means that for over seven years, population increased, demand far outpaced supply, resulting in this crunch or lack of inventory that so many families are feeling right
now. what's more -- there remains a shortage of nearly 160,000 homes for extremely low-income renters. and nearly half a million renters in washington state are rent-burdened, which means they spend more than 30% of their income on housing alone. now, housing experts have told us that we need a once in a generation solution to our housing supply shortage. that time is now. now is our opportunity to build smarter, build better, and to do it inclusively. we have solutions on the table, and it's well past time to use them. we can build to higher density inside transit corridors, leveraging existing infrastructure. that's why i was so proud to help introduce bipartisan, the build more housing near transit act, with representative scott pierce, to make sure that -- peters, to make sure when we're investing each year for large-scale francity projects -- transit projects, the land use
barriers will encourage sensible development around these major infrastructure developments. for so long, we have built housing infrastructure around automobiles, and that's a relic of the past. but now we must invest in transit to look to utilize good and smart land use policies. for our military service members and their families, we can find solutions of the national defense authorization act provisions that passed out of the house on a bipartisan manner just weeks ago. i offered one provision which would direct the secretary of defense for military, installations and environment to answer one question -- how long are wait times for housing located on military installations in competitive housing markets? and we want them to produce a strategy to address this demand for housing. it is simply unacceptable that service members and their families must wait more than six months to be assigned housing on base at joint base lewis
mcchord. i encourage all of my colleagues to support this inclusion of several reports that will address the issue, including a report on how and the extent to which commanders of military installations are connecting military families with local nonprofit organizations and government entities that provide services to the military, including assistance with finding housing. and importantly, we must pass both our bipartisan infrastructure proposal and the build back better act and specifically deploy the unlocking possibilities program. this competitive grant program, through h.u.d., will be used to support cities and towns to design and implement policies that eliminate exclusionary zoning and artificial barriers to adding more housing. i urge all of my colleagues to work to retain this important program in our build back better proposal. being securely housed is a fundamental human right, regardless of your political affiliation. the cost of continuing to ignore our lack of supply is far too great, especially when the tools
we need are at our disposal. let's use them, let's show our constituents we can and will build back better. to do otherwise is irresponsible. thank you and i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, for five minutes. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the baby fold in normal, illinois, for being chosen as a 2021 angels in adoption honoree. i nominated them because of their passion for adoption support and district. it's been focusing on the christian values of love, hope and healing. they currently serve over 1, 200 individuals each year across 28 different counties in central illinois. the baby fold builds safe environments through adoption services, foster care to adoption, community services and more. the baby fold puts children
first so they can be blessed with the stability and love that they deserve. every day i'm grateful for adoption organizations that bring families together like the baby fold. i applaud the baby fold and their volunteers for the strong dedication to children and families throughout illinois. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize taylorville junior high school regarding their selection for the national blue ribbon from the u.s. department of education. the national blue ribbon is awarded to schools for their academic achievement or progress in closing the achievement gaps among student subgroups. this is jessica miller the principal at the time of nomination and vice principal ms. jennifer wise and they improved emotional growth by investing in professional development, creating a community of learners and meeting the emotional needs of students. the national recognition is also the result of the collective
efforts of the building administration teachers support staff, and the entire taylorville community. i'd like to personally congratulate the taylorville high school and administrators and teachers for their commitment and dedication to the improvement of public education for the students in my hometown of taylorville. mr. speaker, i'd like to congratulate my friend, ken leonard, on reinforcing his illinois high school football legacy by becoming the only coach in illinois history to record 400 wins as a high school football coach. ken is currently the head coach at the dominant powerhouse sacred heart griffin in springfield, illinois, and this achievement adds to coach leonard's impressive list of accomplishments. he held the record for career
wins since 2018 and led the cyclones to five state championships and three state runner-up trophies. coach leonard holds an overall record of 400 wins and 80 losses throughout his 42 seasons as a head coach. ken began coaching at sacred heart griffin in 1984 and throughout his tenure at s.h.g., coach leonard is credited with creating a winning culture and inspiring countless young lives. ken's place in illinois high school football has already been cemented but will forever be cemented more with this victory. ken and your entire coaching staff and the s.h.g. community uconn graduates on this historic win and we're looking forward to many more. i yield back, mr. speaker. #. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from nevada, ms. lee, for five minutes.
ms. lee: thank you, mr. speaker, i rise today as the water in lake immediate has fallen to -- lake mead has fallen to record lows not seen since the hoover dam was constructed and has fall ton 35% of its capacity. and as you can see behind me, a bathtub ring taller than the statue of liberty surrounds the lake as a reminder of the water that was once there. this is a crisis that we can fix only with new investment and innovative solution. mrs. lee: and that is why i am supporting the bipartisanship infrastructure package and the climate and water investment provisions of the build back better act. you cannot be more clear, nevada is ground zero for the effects of climate change but we also are ground zero for the benefits of this historic legislation.
the bipartisanship infrastructure package includes more than $8 billion for water infrastructure. this also includes my water recycling legislation that will invest in large scale water recycling products to help keep more water in lake mead for nevadans. this is not a moment to lose. the opportunity it here and the time to act on climate and act for nevada's water and future is now. with that i yield back the balance of my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. hartzler, for five minutes. mrs. hartzler: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in solidarity with students seeking a bright future. from the students' early days of learning the a, b, c's and recognizing shapes and colors to walking across the game naysian floor for a -- gymnasium floor for a high school diploma should
include math. it's not the experience of many students. many administrators have been struggling with the global pandemic. covid-19 upended routines, hindered learning, shuttered schools and angered families. these are challenges including active listening and creative solutions. we need parental involvement, we need tutorial advice, we need school board engagement. parents are concerned with their children's education, health, safety and well-being. parents are concerned with what their children are learning with what is being taught in the school system. parents want to know that when they send their daughter or son to school, their children will be safe from bullies and predators. recently unfiltered frustrations have boiled over at local school board meetings. while i do not and will not condone violence, i was stunned, mr. speaker, to hear that part of the federal response to
rising parental concern with educational practices and pending school policies was to unleash federal enforcement on vocal moms and dads. this is deeply disturbing. one particular incident was cited as a catalyst for government's heavy-handedness. at the beginning of the summer, pictures after dad tackled to the ground and arrested during allowed down county school looked -- loudon county school board meeting surfaced. this dad was protesting a school policy to allow biological males access to girls private facilities. why? because his 15-year-old daughter was raped in the girls bathroom at her school. the situation was expertly covered up and ignored by the very people responsible for protecting his daughter. the school officials eventually called the police, not to report a serious crime against a young
girl but to restrain a distraught father when he discovered the school was attempting to sweep the assault under the rug. one such horrific rape should be sufficient for every school district to review who has access to girls safe spaces. instead, this half told story was crafted into a political narrative alleging examples akin to domestic terrorism. just a few months after this incident, a national school association letter demanded the federal government respond to unrest, name-calling, and protests at school board meetings across the u.s. the arrest of this distressed father whose daughter had been raped was one of the examples cited in the correspondence to the president as a need for federal intervention. earlier this month the u.s. department of justice validated the concerns raised not by the father or parents seeking input into their child's education but to the dubious claims raised by the national association. instead of adhering to the
constitutional charge to oversee federal issues, it disturbs me the power of the federal government is being wielded to bludgeon everyday parents into silence. this must end. with the parents voice concern about the lack of safe spaces for their girls, the type of curriculum that's taught at every grade level or mask mandates, parents deserve to be heard. and every american has a constitutional right to voice these concerns to the government without being treated like a criminal. it's time we start listening to parents. they are the best arbiters of their child's education and they deserve respect, not contempt. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. scanlon, for five minutes. ms. scanlon: thank you. i rise to the urgency of passing the freedom to vote act which the senate is consider drag.
the events of the past year have exposed fragility of our democracy and congress must act now to protect that most fundamental of american freedoms, the freedom to vote. in 2020 we lived through the most challenged and scrutinized election in american history but now even after the result is beyond all reasonable debate, radical right wing extremists and would-be dictators are still trying to overturn the 2020 election, stoking the flames of conspiracy, hate and chaos in order to create a dark and twisted vision of america that these agents of chaos have embraced. unless congress acts now, the radical right will keep using the big lie told by the former president and endorsed by his supporters to enact damaging voting restrictions and prevent americans who have rejected their dark vision for our country from participating in our representative democracy. in the commonwealth of pennsylvania where i live the
majority in how state legislature have embraced these lies and conspiracy theories to impose new laws that would make it more difficult for eligible voters to actually vote. we have an opportunity to prevent an end to these anti-democratic tactics and congress must seize it. today the senate will take a crucial vote on the freedom to vote act, important legislation necessary to ensure our government remains by the people and for the people, not politicians. similar to the for the people act which the house has passed this term and last, the freedom to vote act sets nationalwide standards for how elections are connected -- conducted and ensures voteers' voices are heard and will work in tandem with the john lewis act to restore critical protections of the 1965 voting rights act and combat racial discrimination in voting.
together these two bills will safeguard our democracy from current and future threats. ultimately the freedom to vote act is about ensuring people, not politicians, hold the power in our government. let's talk for a moment about what this bill is and what it isn't. the freedom to vote act would set national standards to protect the freedom to vote and partisan redistricting ensures sound election administration and fix our broken campaign finance system. these key provisions are widely supported by the american people including majorities of democrats, republicans, and independents. people are tired of cycles of chaos followed by inaction when it comes to our elections. the most basic foundational element of our democracy deserves to be treated with seriousness, urgency, and care. we cannot stand by as discriminatory voter laws, partisan gerrymandering and dark money drowns out the voices of american voters.
as for what this bill does not do, contrary to what some of our colleagues across the aisle and particularly mitch mcconnell have claimed, the freedom to vote act is not an unconstitutional power grab. our founding fathers may not have anticipated all the ways our country would change over the centuries and the ways in this we'd need to adapt but they were really good at anticipating the evil men might do in support of power including efforts to undermine the most precious value enshrined in the constitution, the right to a government chosen by, for, and of the people. one of the ways the framers did this was in article 1, section 4 of the constitution which allowed states in general to regulate the time, place, and manner of elections to federal offices like congress. but with a really important exception. the second half of that section says congress may at any time make or alter such state regulations.
why did the framers do this? because they already knew of instances in which state legislatures might try to corrupt the election process in order to impact the federal government, even as they were drafting the constitution. and isn't that where we are today? we have states that are trying to make it harder for people who live in cities and people of color to vote. we have state legislatures proposing to overturn the results of the last election and future elections if the party and power in that state doesn't like the candidate the people voted for. we have state legislatures proposing to politicize professional election staff and procedures with bills that would allow partisan legislatures to overthrow the presidential electors chosen by the people and substitute electors who will vote for another candidate and why it's so important that congress act to fulfill what may be its most sacred obligation under the constitution to protect the rights of the american people to choose their own representative rather than
letting elected officials to manipulate that process to stay in power. if the senate again fails to fulfill the responsibility with the filibuster intact, it's time for the filibuster to go. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. mann, for five minutes. mr. mann: people are feeling the repercussions of president biden's spending spree. it's very simple. president biden's so-called rescue plan has directly caused a crisis we're seeing on the farm and on main street. injecting $1.9 trillion into the economy without a clear plan of execution has increased costs and disrupted the supply chain. all government spending must be paid for somehow, and americans are paying for it with inflation. since february, 2020, the amount of money in the economy has grown by over 26%. so it's come to no surprise that americans are experiencing the
highest price increases since the great recession. used car prices have increased 20%. 9.6% for household appliances. 5.6% for clothing. president biden promised to raise taxes only on wealthy americans. inflation adjusted wages are down nearly 2% since president biden took office. and with the democrats' plan to continue their reckless tax and spend habits, americans can expect the cost of living to keep going up. as if rising costs weren't enough, this administration's so-called rescue plan has created a labor shortage that's weakening our supply chain and leaving business owners high and dry. i hosted a manufacturing tour across my district in kansas where i visited small businesses that produce and sell products, like highway signs, car accessories, and industrial valves. these businesses are the driving forces in their communities, but
the leaders who run them all painted the same bleak picture. vendor costs are rising, labor is hard to come by, and a weakened supply chain is slowing everything down. the grasshopper county builds and sells mohr and landscaping -- mower and landscaping items. the price on raw materials like steel seem to be rising daily. to meet their customer demand on time, grasshopper had to pay an extra $28,000 air freight fee. back in july, grasshopper's disrupted supply chain forced them to raise the price of their goods mid-season. something they've not had to do since the carter administration. another manufacturing company in my district told me that the supply chain backlog has made it impossible to plan for their future. their suppliers are telling them that essential inputs like electronics components will take five to six months before they even ship. before this year, they never had
to wait longer than four weeks. sadly, these are just two examples from kansas's big first district. small businesses all over the country are being forced to raise their costs due to supply chain issues, labor shortages or all of the above. to get inflation under control, strengthen the supply chain and stop consumer costs from rising even further, we need to get americans back to work, stop the vaccine mandate, quit recklessly printing money, and end the spending addiction here in washington. mr. speaker, i rise today to express the urgent need for the biden administration to secure the release and the return of the 17 american missionaries taken can'tive -- captive in haiti by a gang. i cannot imagine the terror they're experiencing in this very moment as we speak. we cannot sit idly by while they fear for their lives. for decades, the united states has invested in developing haiti through government aid and nongovernment organizations like
christian aid ministries. i urge president biden and this administration to leverage our relationship with the haitian government to secure the safe return of every member of this group. the captivity americans, whether in port-au-prince, kabul, president biden's actions in this moment are assuredly being watched by those who would not hesitate to do our country harm and could have long standing repercussions. if we capture our citizens, our government will respond swiftly and decisively. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from louisiana, mr. carter, for five minutes. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. carter: school supplies, gas for the car, swimming lessons, payments for rent, these are
just a few of the ways that my constituents in southeast louisiana are spending their child tax credit payments. especially as my community recovers from hurricane ida and the unexpected costs, the dependability of monthly tax credits on an average of $410 for my constituents have meant a lot. while this program expires at the end of december, the program -- the problems facing america's children and families will not. the build back better act includes provisions to continue this program. studies show extending the child tax credit permanently is sound economic policy. and that it can be done better to have better health care, better health outcomes, and more economic opportunities for families. we need to put our money where our mouth is and invest in our children, invest in our families, and pass the build back better act.
covid-19 has taken 725,000 american lives. one person gone too soon that i want to highlight is benny pete, a new orleans jazz musician. he passed away at the age of 45 in september from complications of covid-19 shortly after deciding to get his first vaccine shot. benny played the tuba and co-founded the celebrated hot eight brass band. born in upper ninth ward, he helped found the band by the age of 18. they played on street corners, parades, and funerals. then at bars, bigger venues, and second lines. when hurricane katrina hit, the hot eight brought music to the city in a way that only new orleans can. challenging days after the storm, playing at evacuation and shelter and medical centers, the
band became local heroes, a sense of hope, a sense of energy in days immediately following great despair. the hot eight grew up in popularity, touring in europe and playing in jazz and heritage festivals. new orleans will never be the same. we've lost a little bit of our soul with the passing of benny pete. may he rest in peace. louisiana congressional district includes an industrial corridor of nearly 150 oil refineries, plastic plants, and chemical facilities. many sites provide high-paying jobs and help lift families out of poverty or build a better life. but it is the foremost place that my constituents call home. as their congressman, it is my job to make sure that it is safe and prosperous place to live.
sadly, there have been long standing concerns over elevated and disproportionate rates of cancer andress per tore -- respiratory conditions in this region. it shouldn't be this way. industry and community can coexist with proper monitoring and regulation. that's why i'm calling on e.p.a. administrator reegan for federal assistance to study, monitor polluting substances in the river parishes. no one should have to die for their job. i stand ready to bring both environmental stewardship and a robust economy to louisiana. we can do this. we must do this. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from iowa, mrs. miller-meeks, for five minutes. mrs. miller-meeks: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize october as breast cancer awareness month. as a physician and also as a member of our sew society and country -- society and country
of the female gender, we are all familiar with the komen foundation has raised awareness for breast cancer and research. i'd like to take time to recognize an extraordinary group in my district that has helped minority women. founded in 2011 by two-time breast cancer survivor and river hills community health center nurse, lori, bras for a cause, is a fundraising event where braked are modeled by local firefighters and auctioned off. over the past 10 years, the event raised a total of $174,000 to help women receive breast cancer screenings or treatment. this year bras for a cause raised a total of $27,000 and they will be donating $15,000 to help women receive breast cancer screenings at river hills health center. a portion of the remaining funds
were donated to the health partnership while the rest is being saved to help women currently being helped for breast cancer treatment. thank you for brass for a -- bras for a cause for your service to our community. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize a teacher from my district who recently received a prestigious iowa award for her work to inspire the next generation. last week, sarah russell, who has been teaching social studies for nearly 20 years at pleasant valley high school, was awarded the department of education's 2022 teacher of the year award by governor reynolds. the iowa teacher of the year award was established in 1958 to recognize educators who go above and beyond to motivate students to achieve their highest levels. sarah was selected for this award for her leadership in helping students develop necessary life skills. thank you, sarah, and all educators who work to inspire
the next generation of american leaders and make iowa the best place to learn, live, work, and raise a family. mr. speaker, today i rise today to share a story about educators in my district, literally going the extra mile to ensure their students' success. for the last few months, the newton school district in jasper county has reported a shortage of bus drivers, leaving many parents and students uncertain about how they would be able to make it to school each morning. and in a rural area, the bus transportation to school is extremely important. with the importance of education and safety in mind, eric, a physical education teacher in the newton school district, answered the call for help by driving a school bus when needed. this is part of a larger effort by the newton staff in concert with parents to do whatever they can to help their students succeed. it is stories like these that remind us that our teachers are the backbone of this country, and i couldn't be more confident
in our future knowing that the next generation is in their capable hands. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back 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. i rise today to honor the life of thomas strayer nelson who turns 100 years old today. mr. nelson is one of the last living survivors of the attack on pearl harbor. he joined the navy right out of high school and was assigned to the u.s.s., a clemson class destroyer that was docked on pearl harbor in 1941. he left the navy as a first class electricians maid. but on that fateful day 80 years
ago, 19-year-old thomas nelson was lying in his bunk aboard the ship when the alarms sounded. sensing trouble, tom made it top side where he saw several japanese planes bombing american ships. he quickly assessed this was not a drill. tom quickly jumped on his 50 caliber -- .50 caliber machine gun to help defend the ship and its crew that day. the record was devastating. nearly 20 u.s. ships were damaged or sank at sea. and more than 2,400 americans, including civilians, were killed. tom remembers crying that day after the aftermath. but tom's heroism did not stop there. nearly one year later in december, 1942, the ship was escorting a convoy when it was knocked off its tracks and two mines exploded below ship. the ship sank but 140 crew were rescued made in large part to tom's efforts. he was an electical inspector
for over 27 years in his -- electrical inspector for over 27 years. i had the great honor of meeting tom this past weekend at the age of 99, now 100 today. he was full of life and very engaging and also had a wonderful sense of humor. i also had the pleasure of meeting his daughter, janice, with whom he's been living with for the past two years, who provides great care for him. and his son, john, who is also providing loving care to tom. as a former state trooper, has now taken on the mantle of also being an electrician in his father's legacy. but i just want to say, also, the wonderful family from this small community, tom's late wife, gladys coolly, passed away in 2015. he also had a daughter who passed away and a son, tom, that died very young from rheumatoid arthritis.
but i just wanted to take this special time to recognize and thank someone who is part of our greatest generation from my community, one of the last survivors of pearl harbor, who actually was there when this occurred, and i just want to thank his family and everyone for hosting me and greeting me and giving me the real unique opportunity to meet with this great hero i want to say thank you to your bravery and wish you another hundred years of good health and good cheer and look forward to seeing you again when i return to my hometown. thank you so much to many years ahead. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia, mr. cline, for five minutes. mr. cline: thank you, mr. speaker. our nation is facing avoidable crises on many fronts. because of president biden and the democrats' failed leadership americans are dealing with a border crisis, an inflation
crisis, a spread in crime crisis and crisis in afghanistan and now with the average price of a gallon of gas hitting $3.30 last week, a seven-year high, we're also facing an energy crisis. let me be clear, the responsibility for this crisis belongs at the feet of none other than president joe biden. his anti-energy agenda has destroyed american jobs and ended americans' independence from energy independence. he canceled 7,000 jobs by canceling the keystone pipeline and the oil and gas leasing on u.s. lands and waters. that executive order alone will cost approximate one million american jobs in the near term and will decrease u.s. gross domestic product by $700 billion. that same order puts america's energy security at risk. to make up for the slowed production in the united states, u.s. oil imports from foreign sources will increase by two
million barrels a day and through 2030 we would spend $500 billion more on energy from foreign suppliers. and instead of making it easier for american companies to increase domestic oil and gas production and hire more u.s. workers, president biden begged opec and russia to increase global output to ease rising prices. it's a shame. the president has made us more reliant on dangerous adversaries overseas rather than maintaining policies that had us on on the verge of energy independence and would be great if joe biden would reverse course and turn once again to an all of the above american energy solution that ensures we're reliant on no one but ourselves. instead i guess we'll have to lower our expectations. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman
from tennessee for five minutes. >> thanks for saving the best for last. i seek unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes and revise and extend my rehashings. >> forcing americans is the idea of unity. and he created a situation some americans need to pick between keeping their jobs or taking the coronavirus vaccine. this is a rule way to treat americans trying to earn a living. mr. burchett: even worse, president biden's mandate applies to soldiers willing to die for us and federal contractors and the intelligence community. if too many are forced out of their positions it will jeopardize america's ability to assess and address threats. you do not need to look very hard for possible consequences. over the weekend our government's top intelligent personnel were caught offguard by the people's liberation army
test of a hyper sonic missile capable of traveling at $121,000 miles per hour. imagine that missile flying towards the homeland in important military roles were vacant because folks were fired over the vaccine, mr. speaker? this result will be catastrophic. biden needs to back off his tyrannical impulses and let americans decide for themselves in the coronavirus vaccine. if he doesn't intelligent folks will enter security jobs and this clueless president will blunder his way to another crisis. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: members of reminded to refrain engaging personalities towards the president. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the