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target? the amount of information our digital friends would have about us and also how those digital friends can be manipulated by somebody wishing us ill, that is a conversation for the next panel. host: thank you. this has been an honor to have both paul and elisabeth on. the work you have done for defeating misinformation is powerful and also very timely. as you know, i would also like to thank -- none of this happens with a lot of support. aei in general, and the staff behind the scenes that helped put this together. from myself, paul, and elizabeth, thank you. until we meet again, thank you very much for everybody who attended today. this concludes our session. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] >> we take you live now to the u.s. house of representatives. later today, the house will take up several bills to deal with
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veterans' issues. you're watching live coverage on c-span. s 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 rooms, washington, d.c. november 15, 2021. i hereby appoint the honorable ilhan omar to act as speaker pro
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tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me. we stand before you, god almighty, orienting ourselves to you, the giver and offensiver of all life. we offer our prayers and ourselves at the beginning of this new legislative week. prepare and equip us to serve you faithfully that by your mercy where we find ourselves in the days to come and what we do in committee, in conversation, and in this congress would be ever defined by who you are and what you intend. you have called us to be strong. uphold us by your mighty power. so we may be willing and able to take a stand against all things contrary to your design.
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you have called us to be courageous. encourage us by your steadfast presence. so may we dare to face down the force that is attempt to compete with your rule, your authority, and your power over and your desire for your creation. for you, o lord, are the source of our strength, the motivation for our efforts, the reason for our lives, and the hope of our salvation. may our life today and our attitude for the week ahead in both word and deed reflect the righteousness you have bestowed on us and reveal the love you have shown to us. in your sovereign name we pray. amen. the speaker pro tempore: 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
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tennessee, mr. cohen. mr. cohen: 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 pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for up to 15 one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition. mr. cohen: to address the house on this historic day. for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cohen: today is major day. not as major we had about 10 days ago when the house passed with bipartisan support the bipartisan infrastructure bill. but we have a bill signing at the white house in just a few minutes by president biden. this is a big deal. we passed a bill that petroleump couldn't pass with a republican
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congress and without a republican congress. president biden and this congress passed it. it's going to mean road repairs, bridge repairs, airport additions. bridge observations and repairs. ports in our country will be improved. broadband will be extended. the electric grid will be improved. people get access. this is what used to be bipartisan. people working together to get the infrastructure of our country that moves goods to ports, goods to people, makes our country tick. helps business, puts jobs together. this is an important bill. the democratic congress with 13 republicans passed it. a great day to celebrate. america is on the move again. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the 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: thank you, madam speaker. we are just days away from
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voting on a 2,000-page bill that will very likely cost $4 trillion. a bill that the white house chief of staff recently bragged, let me quote, twice as big in real dollars as the new deal was. can you imagine that? let that sink in. 2,000 pages, $4 trillion, twice as big in real dollars as the new deal was. given its size, scope, given its unquestionable impact on american life, the american people deserve an honest, transparent debate about its true cost and content. yet here we are and not one member of this house can honestly say that analyzed, studied, or reviewed it. we know this because the
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congressional budget office has made it clear that they won't have the final analysis on how much the bill costs until friday at the earliest. but even without the c.b.o. report, we already have a pretty clear idea that the final price tag will be far more expensive than what democrats are claiming. according to estimates from the university of pennsylvania wharton school, one of the best business schools in the nation, they say that new spending would increase by over $4 trillion. that's twice as much as the democrats say it will cost. it's not just the top line costs. it's the tax increases, too. according to tax policy center, a center left think tank, 20% to 30% of middle income families will see their taxes go up in 2022.
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that directly breaks president biden's pledge that he wouldn't raise taxes on the middle class. let me make sure i state that. clearly. according to tax policy center, this is a center left think tank, says 20% to 30% of middle income families, these are ones already having a hard time because of inflation, who are already going to celebrate the most expensive thanksgiving in their lifetime, paying gas higher than they have seen, and inflation to many of them higher than they ever had in their own lifetime. but the president promised them he would not raise their taxes, but the tax policy center says 20% to 30% a cording to have your -- are going to have your taxes raised. the democrats are trying to pull a bait and switch on the american people. tell them one thing but vote on something else. the american people obviously know better than to believe a bill of this size would cost
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zero dollars. i have listened to the president say it, i think he's on late night tv, who would possibly say this bill would not cost money? the wharton school of business says it's more than $4 trillion. only the president who first claimed if you are middle class we wouldn't raise your taxes, we know that's not true. wharton tells us, it's not true again what the president says. it is going to cost you $4 trillion. so in desperation, speaker pelosi is demanding the house vote on this bill even as we do not know exactly how much it will cost or how it will truly impact our lives. if that sound familiar to you, it should. you see, it's exactly what speaker pelosi did just 10 years ago while trying to pass obamacare. remember her famous words? we have to pass the bill to find out what's in it. well, here we go again.
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what's the rush? after all, several of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have been very clear, they want to make sure that this bill actually matches up with what the white house says it will. they wanted these same members to pledge and sign a letter that they would vote for whatever this bill said if the others would vote for the infrastructure bill. could you imagine your constituents looking at you? not even asking if you read what was in the bill because you pledged to vote for it before you could even read it. speaker pelosi is rushing this bill to the floor because once they find out that build back better does nothing to lower gasoline prices, or reduce food prices, or fix our broken supply chain, or stop illegal immigration at the border, doesn't make our streets any safer or schools better for the children. once they find all that out, they will reject it overwhelmingly. madam speaker, i know that many
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of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle understand this. they truly do not want to vote on this bill because they know it can't be justified. i know, madam speaker, that they know it can't be justified to spend trillions of dollars when inflation just hit a 30-year high, madam speaker. they know it just can't be justified to spend trillions of dollars on programs that benefit them politically while hiking taxes on the middle class. they can't, madam speaker. they know it can't be justified to spend trillions of dollars for mass amnesty during the worst border crisis in history. they know it can't be justified to spend trillions of dollars that will make gasoline even more expensive than it currently is on a seven-year high. madam speaker, they know it can't be justified to spend trillions of dollars to hire
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87,000 new i.r.s. agents, to spy on any american who spends as little as $28 a day. they know it can't be justified to spend trillions of dollars to make the labor crisis worse by turning the child tax credit into a welfare without any work requirement. they know it can't be justified to spend trillions of dollars to abandon the hyde amendment allowing for taxpayer funded abortion on demand. and they know it cannot be justified to spend trillions of dollars to dictate our children's education standards so that washington has the final say in what our children learn. on the merits this bill deserves to be defeated. fundamentally it is anti-worker, anti-family, anti-jobs, anti-energy, and anti-american. from bank surveillance to bailouts it takes the problems president biden and washington democrats have created over the
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past nine months and makes them much, much worse, madam speaker. its destructive policies should alarm every american. madam speaker, democrats aren't just ignoring what's going on throughout the country, it's worse. they aren't even pretending to listen. that is the fundamental difference between democrats and republicans. madam speaker, the democrats are focused on securing the speaker's legacy, house republicans are focused on solving the labor crisis. democrats are focused on so-called equality we are focus on quality education. democrats are focused on payoffs for illegal immigrants. we are focused on protecting the border. democrats are focused on the green new deal. we are focused on lowering the gas prices. democrats are focused on mandates. republicans are focused on more
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freedom. when you look at those differences, it's no wonder that the american people want a change in leadership. you know, madam speaker, just this morning a democrat in the texas house of representatives changed parties. this comes just two weeks after voters from virginia to seattle rejected the radical democrats and voted to return to common sense. madam speaker, just last tuesday it wasn't just virginia, madam speaker, you understand this very well, i know, joe biden won virginia by 10 points, he won new jersey by 16. madam speaker, on that night it wasn't just virginia that flipped. the races in new york, the races, madam speaker, in your own state in minneapolis, in seattle, from the city attorney. madam speaker, there are good news and bad news that night.
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in new jersey the good news for many people across this country was a republican truck driver with less than $200 defeated the second most powerful elected position in new jersey, the democrat senate president. that was the good news. the bad news, madam speaker, in this new biden american, we just lost another truck driver. we need so much more help. it's not just the message, it's a mandate. not for left versus right. but for right versus wrong. my question is, will washington democrats listen? so far, madam speaker, that answer is no. the focusing on themselves and on the demands of speaker pelosi. madam speaker, i know today the longest serving democrat in the senate announced retirement. i don't know what plan speaker pelosi has. i know she's been to europe three times in the last three months.
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i don't know if she plans on staying longer. i know in her press conference that she said this will be the culmination of her career. maybe that's why she's pushing so hard for people to vote on a bill that costs $4 trillion, that breaks the promises of president biden before anybody could actually read it or analyze it. . it was a rejection of the current policies of this majority. you know, madam speaker, this one-party rule of washington and
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one year has given us not just inflation but rising gasoline prices, a labor crisis, a supply chain crisis, chaos, crime, and worst of all, failure. as we sit here today, madam speaker, russia brings thousands of their military to the border of ukraine. they fill empowered because they're able to have a pipeline that president biden ok'd but america was denied. we watched china pressure taiwan even further. madam speaker, we still have americans stuck in afghanistan. madam speaker, it's just a little week away from thanksgiving, when thousands, millions of americans will gather together, but those events may be smaller because
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they may not afford the gas to drive to see their family. they might not be able to afford the most expensive thanksgiving dinner they ever had. they're looking to washington to do better. madam speaker, the worst thing possible we could do is not listen to them. they have spoke loud. they have spoke clearly. the path that we're on is wrong. they cannot afford it. they cannot accept it. they expect us to do better. but an idea to rush a bill this large and not have any analysis, to think the american people won't understand it, they've watched what happened this year under one-party rule. on tuesday, they said that will change. i just hope, madam speaker, that this body listens, waits for the report, because they will not be
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able to justify a yes vote for it. america cannot afford it. for the good of the country, let's take a hold of it. let's defeat this bill. with that, madam speaker, i'll yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from iowa seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize the generosity and iowa nice spirit of a couple from my district. recently brent and amy, the owners of brent's firehouse coffee presented the police and fire departments with $2,000 in what they hope to be the first of an annual donation to their city's first responders. when asked about the generosity of their donations, brent, who
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has served as a volume untear firefighter for over a decade, said they started brent's firehouse coffee not only to support their community but to support their first responders. mrs. miller-meeks: iowa has some of the best small businesses and first responders and i'm proud to see our community to support one another. thank you, brent, amy, and the first responders for your unwavering support of our community. thank you. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. as if things could not get any worse under this administration, we found out last week that inflation is now at a 30-year high. this comes as americans are worried about the cost of thanksgiving dinner, the cost of putting gas in their cars, and even the cost of heated their
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homes for the winter. under this administration, inflation has metastasized at an alarming rate across the country. every small town in america feels the strain of inflation. every american family feels it. every hardworking taxpayer feels it. yet, this administration is too blinded by its own ignorance to figure out what's happening. madam speaker, it's clear that the so-called build back better agenda was just a lie this entire time. 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. >> the house is back in session at 5 p.m. eastern to debate five bills dealing with veterans issues. recorded votes are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. eastern time. when the house comes back into session, you can watch it live here on c-span.
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