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in there for people to pay their rent and buy homes. host: terry in palm coast, florida. republican. good morning. caller: my question, she just answered it. the purpose of this build back better is to make america more dependent upon the government. you are going to give them free housing money, free rent money. the infrastructure bill, which was just passed. 10% of the bill is actually for infrastructure >> we're leaving this discussion to honor c-span's more than 40-year commitment of live coverage of the house. you can watch "washington journal" online and at c-span now. the house returning to vote on three bills dealing with veterans' issues. which the yeas and nays are ordered.
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the clerk will report the title. the clerk: senate 796 an act to codify maternity care programs at the department of veteran affairs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. ma suey -- matsui, i inform
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the house that ms. matsui will vote yes on s.796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. swalwell, i inform the house that mr. swalwell will vote aye on s.796. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. rush of illinois, i inform the house that mr. rush will vote yes on s.796.
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tivment for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. lets koa, i inform the house that ms. lets koa will vote yes on s.796. thank you.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from marriage penalty men seek recognition? >> as the member designated by miss omar, will vote yes on s.796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york -- >> as the member designated ms. pressley of massachusetts, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. pressley will vote aye on s.796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. lawson, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. lawson will vote yes on s.796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. brown: mr. speaker, as the member designated mr. defazio of oregon, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. defazio will vote yes on s.796. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? >> as the member designated by ms. underwood of illinois, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. underwood will vote yes on s.796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, as the member designated mr. donald payne, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. payne will vote yes on s.796. as the member designated by mr. bill pascrell, i inform the house that mr. pascrell will vote yes on s.796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from account did the seek recognition? mrs. hayes: as the member designated ms. wilson, i inform the house that ms. wilson will vote yes on s.796. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> as the member designated mrs. kirkpatrick, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mrs. kirkpatrick will vote yes on s.796. as the member designated mr. grijalva, i inform the house that mr. grijalva will vote yes on s.796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from massachusetts seek recognition? ms. clark: as the member designated mr. oshin clause, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that he will vote yes on s.796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated mr. yarmuth, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. yarmuth will vote yes on s.796. as the member designated by mr. lowenthal, i inform the house that mr. lowenthal will vote yes on s.796. as the member designated by mr. blumenauer, i inform the house that mr. blumenauer will vote yes on s.796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from hawaii seek recognition? for what purpose does the gentleman from hawaii seek recognition? mr. kehele: as the member designated by mr. carter, mr. carter, i inform the house that mr. carter will vote yes on s.796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. horsford, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. who is ford will vote aye on s.796. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek
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recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. ruiz, i inform the house that mr. ruiz will vote yes on s. 796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from washington seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by ms. herrera beutler of washington state, i inform the house that ms. herrera beutler will vote aye on s. 796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from virginia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. mceachin, i inform the house that mr. mceachin will vote yes on s. 796. as the member designated by ms. porter, i inform the house that ms. porter will vote yes on s. 796. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. phillips, i inform the house that mr. phillips will vote yes on s. 796.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady
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from new york seek recognition? >> as the member designated by representative castillo -- representative garcia, i inform the house that representative garcia will vote yes on s. 796.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 414. the nays are 9. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. takano, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4233 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 4 # 33 -- 4233, a bill to amend title 3, united states code to extend mental health services to members of the armed forces using certain educational benefits. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes
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by electronic device. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. matsui, i inform the house that ms. matsui will vote yes on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. horsford, i inform the house that mr. horsford will vote yes on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. rush of illinois, i inform the house that mr. rush will vote yes on h.r. 4233.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from hawaii seek recognition? >> aloha, mr. speaker. as the member designated by mr. carter, i inform the house that mr. carter will vote yes on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mrs. kirkpatrick, i inform the house that mrs. kirkpatrick will vote yes on h.r. 4233. as the member designated by mr. grijalva, i inform the house that mr. grijalva will vote yes on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. lawson, i inform the house that mr. lawson will vote yes on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. defazio, i
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inform the house that mr. defazio will vote yes on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mrs. lesko of arizona, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mrs. lesko will vote yea on h.r. 4233. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. swalwell, i inform the house that mr. swalwell will vote aye on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. philips, i inform the house that mr. philips will vote yes on h.r. 4233.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from virginia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated mr. mceachin, i inform the house that mr. mceachin will vote yes on h.r. 4233. as the member designated by ms. porter, i inform the house that ms. porter will vote yes on h.r. 4233.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. underwood of illinois, i inform the house that ms. underwood will vote yes on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated mr. ruiz, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. ruiz will vote yes on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from massachusetts seek recognition? ms. clark: mr. speaker, as the member designated mr. awshin clause, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that will he vote yes on h.r. 4233.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from minnesota seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by miss roybal-allard of california, i inform the house that ms. roybal-allard will be voting yes on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from connecticut seek recognition? mrs. hayes: as the member designated ms. wilson, i inform the house that ms. wilson will vote yes on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? >> as the member designated by miss kathleen rice of new york, i inform the house that miss rice will vote yes on h.r. 4233.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated mr. yarmuth, i inform the house that mr. yarmuth will vote yes on h.r. 4233. as the member designated by mr. lowenthal, i inform the house that mr. lowenthal will vote yes on h.r. 4233. as the member designated by mr. blumenauer, i inform the house that mr. blumenauer will vote yes on h.r. 4233.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? >> representative garcia, i inform the house that representative garcia will vote no on h.r. 4233.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. donald payne, i inform the house that mr. payne will vote yes on h.r. 4233. as the member designated by mr. bill pascrell, i inform the house that mr. pascrell will vote yes on h.r. 4233. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from washington seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by ms. herrera beutler, from washington state, i inform the house that ms. herrera beutler will vote aye on h.r. 4233.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. pressley of massachusetts, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. pressley will vote aye on h.r. 4233.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 420, the nays are 4. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20,
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the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. takano, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 147 as amended. on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 147, a bill to amend titles 10 and 38 united states code to make certain improvements to transitional services for separating members of the armed forces and educational assistance under laws ad mred by the secretary for veterans affairs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. ruiz, i inform the house
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that mr. ruiz will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from minnesota seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. lucille roybal-allard, i inform the house that ms. roybal-allard will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. chairman, as the member designated by mr. rush of illinois, i inform the house that mr. rush will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. kathleen rice of new york, i inform the house that miss rice will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by ms. matsui, i
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inform the house that ms. matsui will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from virginia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. mceachin, i inform the house that mr. mceachin will vote yes on h.r. 147. as the member designated by ms. porter, i inform the house that ms. porter will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mrs. kirkpatrick, i inform the house that mrs. kirkpatrick will vote yes on h.r. 147. as the member designated by mr. grijalva, i inform the house that mr. grijalva will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. lesko of arizona, i inform the house that ms. lesko will vote yea on h.r. 147. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek
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recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. swalwell, i inform the house that mr. swalwell will vote aye on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. lawson, i inform the house that mr. lawson votes yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. pressley of massachusetts, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that ms. pressley will vote aye on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? >> as the member designated by representative garcia, i inform the house that representative garcia will vote yes on h.r. 147.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. lowenthal, i inform the house that mr. lowenthal will vote yes on h.r. 147. as the member designated by mr. blumenauer, i inform the house that mr. blumenauer will vote yes on h.r. 147. as the member designated by mr. yarmuth, i inform the house that mr. yarmuth will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from washington seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by ms. herrera beutler of washington state, i inform the house that ms. herrera beutler will vote aye on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. phillips, i inform the house that mr. phillips will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition?
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>> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. horsford, i inform the house that mr. horsford will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. defazio, i inform the house that mr. defazio will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. underwood of illinois, i inform the house that ms. underwood will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, as the member designated by mr. bill pascrell, i inform the house that mr. pascrell will vote yes on h.r. 147. as the member designated by mr. donald payne, i inform the
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house that mr. payne will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from connecticut seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. wilson, i inform the house that ms. wilson will vote yes on h.r. 147. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from massachusetts seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. auchincloss, i inform the house that mr. auchincloss will vote yes on h.r. 147.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
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from haye seek reck -- from hawaii seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. carter, i inform the house that mr. carter will vote yes on h.r. 147.
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the speaker pro tempore: have all members -- the speaker pro tempore: this vote, the yeas are 427 and the nays are zero. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i am thrilled to celebrate the release of my constituent journalist danny swines tear who was unjustly detained by the military junta in burma. and i want to extend a thank you
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to governor bill richardson and our diplomats in burma and special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, and the state department, tony blinken on down, chairman gregory meeks and all of my colleagues in the house who have stepped up. my heart is full for danny's family, his mother and father, they have shown resilience and determination and creativity throughout this difficult journey. i'm grateful for the outpouring of support across michigan and our entire country. and now, by sticking together and keeping the faith, we brought danny home. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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chair will receive a message. >> a message from the president of the united states. the secretary: i'm directed by the president of the united states to deliver to the house of representatives a message. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> since joe biden took office over 1.6 million illegals have been apprehended. 164,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended in october alone marking the worst october in the history of the department of homeland security. if you think biden's border crisis is bad right now, it is about to get whole lot worse.
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in the socialist wish list is to green light amnesty requests and recently we learned that the biden administration is contemplating illegal immigrants who broke our laws up to $450,000 each. to put this number, this is nine teams the median the median household in the district i represent. this is an insult to americans who go to work every day and pay their taxes. this is the definition of insanity and no surprise that the majority of the americans this country is headed in the wrong direction. it is time to change course and incentivize more illegal immigration, let's work togethe- the speaker pro tempore: the the
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gentleman's time has expired. the time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise in lieutenant colonel alexander jefferson as a air man in world war ii was recognized in a ceremony at jefferson field and done on his 100th birthday. he is a graduate of detroit public schools and he completed airmen training. 332nd fighter group his unit escorted bombers head first into action and providing protections from vicious enemy aircraft and never lost a single plane. on august 12, 1944, he was shot
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down and kept as a prisoner of war for nine months and liberated on the 29 of april 1945 and after serving our country, lieutenant colonel jefferson became a science teacher in detroit and retired as an assistant principal in 1979. he has numerous awards and i recognize lieutenant colonel jefferson on his celebration and wish him a beautiful 100th birthday, and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: unanimous consent cuke. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. jargd for one minute. i rise today with a heavy heart to remember and honor ross paulison of perry, georgia.
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ross was a beloved and honored member of the georgia state senate where he served from 2001-2015. senator tolleson represented the 20th senatorial district, always working to benefit those. he served on the committee of natural resources and environment and chairing the natural resources committee on appropriations. ross served his community as a banker and insurance salesman and tree farmer. he will be remembered for his selfless dedication to improving and assisting our great state. i'm thankful to have served with ross and will always hold the time we spent together close to my heart. my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and all who knew him during this difficult time. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? >> i rise today to honor -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. does the gentleman ask unanimous consent to address the house the house? >> i rise today to rise -- the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman ask for unanimous consent to address the house? >> i i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to honor former south carolina state senator leather man. he represented lawrence and i joined him in many opportunities to serve our constituents.
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senator worked on behalf of the people of south carolina right up until his passing and he even took next year's budget briefing from his hospital bed exemplifying his dedication. he didn't hesitate to work across the aisle to get things done for the 7th district. i have always known him to pursue smart, reasonable solutions and work hard to fix problems. the senator was the public servant and will be missed in the halls of the south carolina state house and will remember him as an accomplished and honorable man. rest in peace, mr. chairman. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition
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comer excuse me. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. lamalfa: i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lamalfa: the american supply chain crisis has reached a critical point. a record number of container ships are waiting to enter u.s. ports especially over l.a. and long beach. small businesses, grocery stores have empty shelves. and farmers produce things in california and waiting to get their products on ships. reckless spending has caused inflation to skyrocket. this isn't a problem for upper class people, this hits all americans and those on fixed
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incomes really hard. now, the good thing everyone saves 126 cents on their 4th of july barbecue but thanksgiving will be the most expensive male. the current inflation rate has forced households to spend $175 a month on fuel, food and housing. inflation has climbed over 6% in the last year making it the worst year since 1990. we need to get to work solving this problem. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. lamalfa: happy thanksgiving, everybody. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for
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one minute. >> i stand here in the peoples' house entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring taxpayers' hard-earned dollars are spent appropriately and with the proper oversight in place. house democrats are pushing to ram through their fatally flawed, multilaterally spend package and billions of dollars in bored money to fund their socialist priorities. the bill the bill has been cut to $1.75 trillion but that's still a lot. what's in the tax and spend spree? amnesty for illegal immigrants. tax hikes on job creators and working americans. and it doesn't end there. the democrats' package leaves out critical funding for the department of defense and department of homeland security. democrats have gone so far as to
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break over 40 years of tradition by stripping the hyde amendment from their package, a long-standing bipartisan provision that prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has ex-spired. mr. rose: thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. without objection, the title of h.r. 147 is amended. the chair lays before the house a message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, section 202-d of the national emergencies act, 50 united states code 622-d
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provides for automatic termination of a national emergency unless within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration the president publishes in the federal register and transmits to congress that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. in accordance with this tradition i have sent to the national register the enclosed notice that the emergency declared in nicaragua from 2018 is to continue in effect beyond november 27, 2021. the program that began on april 18, 2018, and the noriega use of repressive tactics against civilians and corruption leading to the destabilization of nicaragua's economy continues to pose and unusual and
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extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the united states. for this reason i have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in executive order 13851 with respect to the situation in nicaragua. signed, joseph r. biden jr., the white house, november 16, 2021. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on foreign affairs an ordered printed. under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mrr 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. cartwright: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on my special order. at this time to talk about and honor the memory of a
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104-year-old hero of world war ii and a survivor of the infamous bataan death march. i yield five minutes to my friend, representative jeff duncan of the third district of south carolina. mr. duncan: i thank the gentleman for yielding me some time because i know that you, too, work hard for our nation's veterans and the men and women that serve in the united states military, so i thank the gentleman from pennsylvania. madam speaker, i rise today to commend and recognize our world war ii and korean war veteran, colonel ben scardin who was notified last week that he was set to receive promotion to rank of brigadier general. after months of coordinations and conversations between my office and the department of army, department of defense, congress and the family of colonel scardin, the army and d.o.d. concurred with my
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recommendation and in an exdreamly rare circumstance approved his promotion to rank of brigadier general. very few american soldiers receive this honor in this manner and it is well edeserved on behalf of counselor scardin for his service to our country. he served in world war ii. he was in the philippines as commander of company a of the 92 n infantry regiment and led his troops through some of the toughest days in world war ii in the south pacific. after the surrender of tens of thousands of filipino and japanese forces he was forced into the infa -- infamous battan death march. he and many otherred were forced to march, suffering mental fatigue, watching the death of many fellow prisoners he survived the march because of his perseverance and commitment and his will to live.
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his strength and will continued for 1,255 day he is spent in japanese prison as a prisoner of war. he defied all odds and it was the help of two fellow clemson university grads who spoon fed him and made sure he was safe from japanese guards. scardin managed to keep hidden his clemson ring and as a clemson alumni who wears the ring proudly understand the sacrifice he made to keep that hidden. he and his fellow alumni made the tough decision to trade colonel scardin's gold clemson ring for food and medicine that saved his life. he pawned the ring and recovered. scardin also survived the sinking of two unmarked hell ship, prisoner of warships transporting p.o.w.'s to mainland japan. two of them, not just once, but
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two, were sunk by the united states military, prison ships. at 24 years old, only 90 pounds, he was liberated in man churra by russian units in 1945. after world war ii he served in the korean war. retiring with a rank of colonel in 1962. his leadership skills were exemplified by his continued military involvement with the young men and women in rotc at clemson that wanted to go on and serve our military. counselor scardin would mentor them about what they faced. for all his valor and endurance and suffering in world war ii he was awarded two silver stars two bronze stars, v for valor, he was a purple heart recipient, congressional gold medal recipient, when he retired he continued his life of service as a professor at clemson
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university for nearly 20 years. earned several esteemed citizen and civilian awards including the clemson medallion, clemson university's highest honor. the alumni distinguished service award. from the state of south carolina, thed orer of the palmetto. his life of perseverance and selfless leadership exemplify what it means not only to be a united states soldier but a true american hero. counselor scardin was informed of the promotion that he received from counselor to brigadier general. just this weekend. colonel scardin was 104 years old. i will say general scardin was 104 years old he passed away last night. in working to secure his honorary promotion to brigadier
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general is one of the most humbling acts i've undertaken in my time in congress. and i have no doubt that there was divine intervention to ensure he learned of this honor bestowed upon him before his passing. he'll be deeply missed but he'll never be forgotten. so to the family of general ben scardin, and ben, godspeed, we appreciate your service to our great nation. you wore that clemson ring proudly. clemson honored you, i honor you today. i thank you for your service to our great nation. godspeed. with that, i yield back to my friend from pennsylvania and thank him once again for yielding me this time to honor this great american. i yield back. mr. cartwright: thank you. thank you, representative duncan for that fine tribute. madam speaker, i ask unanimous
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consent in harmony with congressman duncan that this house observe a moment of silence in honor of the memory of this world war ii hero, colonel scardin.
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mr. cartwright: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, this week democrats delivered on infrastructure. over the past number of years we have had infrastructure week after infrastructure week, eventually infrastructure week became a joke. but now under the current administration, we have made good on our promise to rebuild the arteries of america. we've delivered a once in a century investment in all of the infrastructure that make ours nation run. it's the kind of investment that will create millions of good-paying jobs and make our nation more competitive with every other country in the world. when president biden signed into law this bill this act, yesterday, it is the largest investment in rebuilding bridges since the construction of the interstate highway system, the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the original establishment of
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amtrak. the largest investment in clean drinking water in american history. so important for my district in northeastern pennsylvania. this will put northeastern pennsylvania back on the passenger rail map. bring broadband internet to every rural part of my district and support our efforts to reclaim all of the abandoned minelands that have scared our landscape for decades and fouled our water courses for that length of time as well. it will create millions of jobs, good-paying jobs, american jobs, union jobs, jobs that cannot be outsourced across the ocean. this is truly a transformative law that will help us build a stronger middle class and a brighter future for our entire nation. what we're here to talk about this evening is, what does it mean to us, this kind of
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investment? this kind of belief in our future here in america? what does it mean to us individually in our particular districts? i have here this evening my fellow pennsylvanian from the second congressional district of pennsylvania, representative brendan boyle. representative boyle, madam speaker, i yield five minutes to representative boyle so he can tell us what it means to him that we have made this historic investment in america. mr. boyle: i thank my friend and colleague, my fellow pennsylvanian. you know, madam speaker, the last president made the term infrastructure week a running joke. under president biden and democrats in congress infrastructure decade is now a reality. and that decade officially began
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yesterday afternoon when my colleague and i and many others were over on the south lawn of the white house to watch president biden sign into law this historic investment in our nation's infrastructure. and there are two points that i want to make about it. first, this was absolutely needed. both the international council of engineers as well as the american council of engineers raided the -- rated the state of america's infrastructure anywhere as good as a c-minus, to as bad as an f. depending on the given year. if you went back a century ago, united states of america was the unquestioned leader in infrastructure. that's how we were able to build the american century. the fact that a century later we don't lead in that area should bother all of us as americans. i want america to be number one. that's what we're called to be.
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to lead. and yet the state of our infrastructure over years and years and decades had been allowed to fall behind. not anymore. so that's point number one that it's needed. point number two, what it will produce is jobs. the bipartisane job is a blue-collar blueprint for america. you know, my family's background is one that is typical of so many of us in philadelphia, blue-collar background. there used to be plenty of jobs if you didn't have a college education. when most of the u.s. is transformed into a knowledge economy, if you are a blew collar american, the last several decades hasn't been good for you. this will create millions of
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jobs that don't require a college agree. i passionately agree that it is not sufficient to say to a whole swath of americans, if you don't have a college education, too bad. figure it out on your own. that's not good enough. we are talking about millions and millions of americans who deserve to have sustain inning jobs who are smart and hardworking and they need the government to create those opportunities. sure enough, that's what this bill does. my colleague, my fellow pennsylvaniaian went down the list that we are making, roads, bridges, rail, mass transit, replacing lead pips, high-speed internet. it is an investment in america
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and our people. so i am very proud that i voted in legislation and proud to have worked with my colleagues and this president to make this a reality. and timely, i just want to pay a special thanks to the 19 senate republicans and 17 house republicans who did the right thing. the overwhelming majority of votes came from democrats but it says something in this highly partisan time, that we were able to get a significant number of friends from the other side of the aisle to join with us and do the right thing on this piece of legislation. with that, i proudly yield back to my friend from pennsylvania. mr. cartwright: i yield to a question, you mentioned number one and competing, being number one on what list and who do we compete with?
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mr. boyle: we are in a worldwide competition especially against china. and let me be clear, i'm speaking about the government, not its people. the chinese regime does not share our values. it is not committed to democracy, far from it. president xi challenges whether or not democracy will survive. we know that china is making infrastructure investments not only in china but in other parts of the world because they want to gain a foothold. i make no apologies that i want us to be number one in the world and i think it is just not for the united states but all the people in the world. so this infrastructure bill will help us not just dmekically but
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as we grow our economy and make investments for whom the modern economy has not necessarily been a good deal, we will set a shining example for the rest of the world. i yield to mr. cartwright. mr. cartwright: i thank you, congressman boyle and thank you for the insights. by delivering this yesterday afternoon, democrats are delivering millions good-paying union jobs, pipefitters and plumbers to replace lead pipes. no more will we have the flint michigans where kids get poisoned by lead because we will rip out that piping with the lead in it so it won't happen again and transform, roads,
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rail, bridges, freight rail, manufacture solar panels, wind farms, batteries and electric batteries so we can export. this is a transformational moment, not only for the american economy but for the american future and the american people. and to say what it means that we enacted this law yesterday afternoon, i yield five minutes to my terrific colleague from the 4th congressional district of pennsylvania, congresswoman madeleine dean, i yield for five minutes. ms. dean: thank to my friend and colleague, representative cartwright. i am so excited about this bill
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that i have gone hoarse and i apologize but not from any lack of enthusiasm for the bipartisan infrastructure bill which is a jobs bill. i commend my colleagues from pennsylvania and from around the country as we fought for this bill as we fought for this infrastructure investment and as we voted on it and yesterday had the historic day watching our president sign it into law. you know what, mr. cartwright? it was 10 years ago that i ran for public office. i ran for township commissioner and i said i wanted to a more buildable, walkable, commutessable, bikable infrastructure for my older ring suburb of philadelphia. little did i go to search as state representative. my proudest vote was in 2013, a
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bipartisan multi-year investment in our infrastructure. my proudest vote. and look at us today. we now have the chance to make this much-needed investment in pennsylvania and across the country in every district where dollars will be flowing to make it greener. here are some of the estimates that will be coming to pennsylvania. $11.3 billion to upgrade roads and highways. we know in my older suburb, our roads are in need of upgrading. 2.8 billion for public transportation. again, in my suburb, we rely upon public transportation and want it to be more reliable so more people will be using it with ease to protect our climate and our streets. $1.4 billion in safe drinking
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water and incredibly important whether it is in lead pipes or in my district, the contamination. $244 million in weatherization to our homes. >> 1.6 billion in improving bridges. pennsylvania has a number of bridges in need of reconstruction and replacement. $100 million to expand broadband spans and modernize airport infrastructure. there is so much we will be able to do with this bipartisan investment. and it is about growing jobs, good jobs, jobs of the future and also anti-inflationary which is something that all of my constituents care about it. i will end on my grandchildren. i am so excited and having been
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telling them for years to work on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the chance to stand alone the president as he signed this investment in their futures. i hope they will be as proud as am of the president and all of us for getting it done. mr. cartwright: will the gentlewoman yield for a question? it's a sad question because we call it for the bipartisan infrastructure and jobs act. but despite their best efforts to claim credit in local news, 206 house republicans who voted against this bill and voted against good-paying jobs and voted against roads, bridges, water systems and broadband and clean drinking water and they
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voted against it, my question is why, why would they vote against this investment in our future? ms. dean: i don't know what is in their heart or vote. but i will say to you these were infrastructure investments that these same rechttives fought for under the previous administration. they embraced week after week after week after week infrastructure week. sadly, i hope this is not the case. but it seems the investments in their community are down to a political choice. because as you heard some people say and they complain about this, but it is only testimony to the power of this bill that this will actually perhaps the democrats a win. we didn't do it for a win. we did it for a win for our american people for our infrastructure and future that.
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there is some awareness on the other side of the aisle that this is politically damaging to them. sad to say, it will be interesting to be at all the ribbon cuttings because of the difference it will make and it will be up to them to decide why did they vote no. i yield back. mr. cartwright: thank you representative dean. it does so much, this bill. and we are so proud here tonight to talk about it. it is a win for the american people no matter which way you slice it. building out our national network of charging stations and families can travel coast-to-coast in electric vehicles and making high-speed internet especially in rural
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places, cleaning up brownfields and super fnd sites and abandoning orphan wells to protect health and buildup our resilience, the superstorms, droughts, wildfires and hurricanes that cost us billions of damage, $99 billion. this is a blew-collar footprint to rebuild america and the majority of these jobs, as representative boyle pointed out, do not require a college degree. so the question is, what does it mean to us, what does it mean to us that we have this enormous investment, this belief in our nation's future, i turn to representative cicilline from
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the 1st district of rhode island. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentleman for yielding. the impact of this legislation is significant in my home state of rhode island. the united states has the largest economy in the world. our roads and bridges are crumbling, our ports and airports are in disrare. this is unacceptable. and we cannot compete in a global economy unless we can move goods, services and information to compete in the 21st century. the bill that president biden signed $550 billion in new funding to bring america's infrastructure into the 21 extent try century and create jobs and ensure that we can compete globally. this legislation that the
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president signed yesterday is the largest felled investment in public transit and waste water and clean drinking water and it includes the largest investment in passenger rail since the creation of amtrak and the largest bridge investment. this legislation will create millions of good paying union jobs while addressing the critical nature. this monument is the first part of the plan to not only create good-paying jobs to ensure that americans have the support to succeed. these two historic bills will create 1.5 million jobs each year and accelerate america to full employment. for rhode island, with this bill enacted into law, we will see
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$2.5 billion coming straight to rhode island, fixing our roads and bridges and improve our public transportation system and increase broadband access and not the funding that will benefit rhode islanders and all of us in new england. our state our state has the highest percentage of structurally deficient bridges in the country. our state's infrastructure was given a c-minus by the society of civil engineers. this is unacceptable and unsafe. the funding streams this legislation will provide are the following. $1.5 billion for federal aid for highway apportioned programs. $242 million for bridge replacement and repairs in rhode island. $272 million to improve public transportation in rhode island. $23 million to support expansion of the state's electric vehicle
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charging network in rhode island. $100 million to expand broadband connectivity including providing access to 14,000 rhode islanders who currently lack it and $247 -- and 247,000 rhode islanders, 47% of rhode island, will be eligible for the connectivity benefit help to working families afford internet access. $10.9 million to protect against cyber attacks. $3. # knoll improve water infrastructure and millions for our airports. these are historic, significant investments rebuilding the infrastructure of our state and the same thing is happening in states across america. i salute the president for his strang loadership. i salute my colleagues who have worked so hard on this legislation. it ensures america will compete again in the global economy and improve the quality of our lives for our constituents, it'll improve our economy, it'll grow good-paying jobs and make
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america proud at the quality of infravouchture once again. i want to end by particularly acknowledging the men and women in the billing trades who are going to do this work and do it with such pride that they're going to not only improve our economy but also improve our quality of life. i salute all the men and women in the building trades with that, i yield back to the gentleman. mr. cartwright: will the gentleman yield for a question? you also mentioned competition, congressman boyle brought that up you also mentioned how much is going into broadband internet availability in rhode island, how does that affect competition, the ability of rhode islanders to compete? mr. cicilline: i think when you look at particularly what we experienced in covid, we saw some difficulties that families, particularly families with young children, had with accessing the internet to receive school instruction. the retail is you need internet kecks to access the world. and to be able to communicate. and to be able to learn in the
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21st century. there are young people who are actually going to parking lots of mcdonalds and other places that may have internet to do their homework that can't happen in america so we want to ensure that rebuilding our infrastructure rough vids opportunities for every single young person in this country to realize their foul ten cial. we're not just competing with the kid next door, you're competing with kids in china, japan and all over the world. we want to ensure we have an infrastrurture -- infrastructure system to support the work we need, that we're training young people, educating young people, training workers to compete successfully. you can't do that without infrastructure to support that development, that knowledge, and the work that needs to be done. you think of the experiences we saw during covid. it made it very clear that we needed to move quickly. our competitors around the world are investing tens of billions
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of dollars of infrastructure, competing correctly with us. that is a race for the 21st century, a race we're going to win in large part because we're investing in america's infrastructure. i yelled back. mr. cartwright: thank you, mr. cicilline. i think you're right. i think competition is maybe the biggest part of the bipartisan investment and infrastructure and jobs act. competition with will not only enable our company, grease the skids fur our companies to bring products to market and innovate and compete with companies all over the world. maybe more importantly to allow our individuals, as mr. cicilline just pointed out, our individuals to make the most of themselves. you know, it was about 80 years ago that we had the rural electrify case act in the united states. and it did pretty much the same thing with electricity. you had pockets, you know, little corners of america, rural
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places mostly, that didn't have electric power. and to think how far they would have been left behind if 80 years ago we didn't the government didn't make the effort to include all of america as we moved forward into the modern age of electricity. it's the same thing with internet connectivity, isn't it? yeah. thank you. thank you, mr. cicilline. you know, and another thing we did in the past to invest in ourselves was the eisenhower interconstituent highway system. this was something that the greatest generation did, madam speaker. they came back from world war ii, we just honored a world war ii hero of the bataan death march, but these folks came home from all the pri vaitions and sacrifices and suffering they went through in the war and what did they do? they sacrificed more, for us.
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for the future. what was then the future what is now us. they sacrificed for us. they built the eisenhower interstate highway system. what did it do? it greased the skids for american companies. enabled companies to bring their products to market faster and more cheaply and in a way that enabled them to compete with every other country in the world. this is the kind of investment that makes america win in competitions all over the world. and you don't have to be an engineer to understand these things. you don't have to -- you don't have to be a mechanical engineer to know that this is exactly what we need to be doing in the united states of america these days and it was a wonder that it took until now. i mean, certainly my entire time in congress, i've been waiting for a major infrastructure bill to come through.
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to beef up our roads and our bridges and our water systems and our sewer systems and our broadband internet and move us into the next century to compete with china and europe and russia and all of the places that would do away with us if they could beat us. but it was this -- it was just yesterday afternoon that this bill, the bipartisan intra-- infrastructure investment and jobs act, was signed into law on the south lawn of the white house and who was sitting next to me in the chair to my left but representative paul tonko of the 20th district of new york, who happens to be a mechanical engineer, and he knows one or two things about making things work and making them work better and more efficiently and faster and cheaper. what does it mean to you, representative tonko, that we passed this bipartisan
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infrastructure investment and jobs act? i yield to the gentleman for 10 minutes. mr. tonko: thank you, representative cartwright for yielding. but first and foremost i thank you for leading us in this discussion this evening. so what does the infratruckture bill mean to my district? mean to me? i think it's sharpening our competitive edge. and when you're out there functioning in a global economy, we may not be the only force-out there as we were decades ago. and so sharpening that pencil, making certain we cut costs, costs for families, cost for production, and providing for resources that will put tools in the kit and are required for a 21st century economy is what it's all about. we have back burnered for far too long. you know, having been here now, this is my 13th year in congress, train have chuck -- infra-- in congress. infrastructure is not a democrat
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or republican idea. people many both parties have been talking about it for a long time. every week in the last administration was infrastructure week. finally, it took leadership. president biden with his experience of almost four decades in the senate, and serving as vice president, knew about those relationships. he knew that you had to negotiate across party lines. you had to negotiate across house lines. to make certain that working with this administration, with his cabinet officials, we would come up with the blueprint for a sound economy. and that's exactly what happened here. yesterday's bill signing, which was exciting, you know, we're sitting together in that south lawn celebration, it was chilly and windy. so it felt even chillier than it was. but what was so important to, you know, to recognize and to consume was that what you had
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here was a president who is in the likes of abraham lincoln who built an intercontinental rail system. president teddy roosevelt who set up an international -- a national parks system. president dwight eisenhower who set up the interstate highway system. this person stands as a giant when it comes to infrastructure now. someone who brought us together and it wasn't talk on and on. it was negotiations. and finally now, the first step in this process, huge down payment on our infrastructure is very vital. to me, it's about competition. but it's also about hope. providing a spirit of hope for working families in this country. to know that there is a bolder tomorrow. you know. i liken our country to the pioneer spirit. i think it's part of our d.n.a.
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we showed again that there's spirit, spirit to embrace invention, innovation, as we're going to r&d dollars develop more efficiency, effectiveness with wind power, we're going to invest in my state, in across the 50 states, in infrastructure that ranges from roads and bridges to port, to ports that make -- making them more secure. more equipped for the modern economy. making certain that we're providing for response to the transportation sector. we're -- for climate's sake. this allows us to be better stewards in protecting our planet. making certain the next generations that follow us will have a better world and that's done by us making certain that in my state where there's -- there are those nonattainment areas in accordance with the clean air act, they will now clean up that air that they
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breathe, the water that they drink. the soils that they can restore. so that that is part of an economic response. and as we restore some of those sites, many of them are in communities of color. neighborhoods of brown and black people who will now prosper because they'll remediate these soils and now go forward with opportunities for work. so this is about putting people to work. the jobs that will be part of this will be tremendous. and it's just a green light to go forward and really focus in our efforts as we travel forward to invest in those dynamics that truly matter. i look at my state, scheduled to receive approximately, we're still working out the numbers but some $30 million to build our airports into a stronger bit of infrastructure. important in international
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travel. making certain that we invest in the northeast corridor with amtrak. our rail system requires, for safety's sake and ridership time, an investment. and so those $66 billion will be going toward amtrak. $100 billion going toward roads and bridges in this country. making certain we address one of the issues very important to the subcommittee i chair. i chair the subcommittee on environment and climate change that responds to the reports to the standing committee on energy and commerce. that subcommittee, under its umbrella, has a responsibilities of implementing the safe drinking water act. and what we found is that we need to invest heavily in our drinking water infrastructure. think of it. the spaghetti below our communities, below our feet, is so critical in getting a commodity that's so essential,
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sounded drinking water, to industry, to home, school that begins and ends with sound infrastructure. some of this infrastructure, representative cartwright is dating back to the day of rutherford b. hayes in the white house. we're not content with our phones because they're outdated and we've had them two years. we're not content with our tv screen because it's not large enough. we're tired of the miles on the car or the color of it so we get a new vehicle. but we're content to sit there with 100--year-old pipes that are providing an essential commodity for this economy and for the sake of -- safety of people in their homes and in schools. so this is about investing the $55 billion in lead pipe removal which is going to put a lot of pipe fitters and plumbers into working situations as they replace these pipes. no child, no family, should be
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drinking water that is lead informed. for us to know that there's 10,000 pipes actively serving communities across this country, it is far past time to respond to that replacement mechanism which this bill does. you had with so many of our colleagues tonight, we can goon and on about the benefits of this bill so they are given a salary, a check, a paycheck that's commensurate with the skill and the talent they bring for all of us as americans. and putting people to work, stronger stewardship of our planet, and innovation concepts that will take us to the next economy of the 21st century, these are all virtuous outcomes
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and how 206 members of this house could vote against infrastructure when they talked about it, they touted it for years, but they were ok to support a tax cut that went to the 1% of wealth of this country and some of the largest corporations in the world. but for the working families, for the middle-class community of this country, for those looking to ascend the middle class, there was a no vote. while you could have made us so competitive, sharpen that competitive edge, give us the skills and the talents and the resources we need, making certain we go forward with a sense of hope, a spirit of hope that we can do, that we can embrace that pioneer spirit of this country. you know, the president yesterday said -- president of china, i believe it was, when asked, what is america, how would you define it? possibilities. opportunity. possibility. pioneer spirit. all of that comes together in one venue that is enabled by
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these bills that are going to address infrastructure. and that bill signing yesterday, that infrastructure bill, that was a powerful statement, a powerful moment. one that says can do. yes, america. we're back. we're going to make certain that all of the good work that's done will improve our economy, strengthen our economy, and provide for a competitive edge that will keep us the strongest economy in the world. mr. cartwright: an afternoon we won't soon forget. mr. tonko: not at all. mr. cartwright: if the gentleman will yield for a question? mr. tonko: absolutely. mr. cartwright: the president noted that it took us weeks and months to sort out all the details and finally get it to the white house for signature. here's my question. contrast those weeks and months with how long will this country benefit from the bipartisan infrastructure investment and jobs act? how long? mr. tonko: my gosh.
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this is generational. we haven't seen this kind of investment in ages. so when we look at that interstate railroad system, we look back at the park system, we look back at the interstate issues, you know, these are infrastructure investments that are still providing for us. i look at some of the work that came under franklin roosevelt's administration. the infrastructure in my district, phenomenal schools that are like fortresses, that are part of the city escap cityscape, the landscape, tremendous bits of architecture that are serving purpose. when we look at the electrification act about a century ago. people are still pros perking from -- prospering from that connection, the pockets that were unserved or underserved. so this is going to be a lifetime and beyond for even the youngest of our communities as we celebrated yesterday.
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you know, we look at the broadband that is also part of this process. how can you -- how can you allow for communities to go unserved or underserved? this is about children doing their homework. this is about cottage industry surviving and growing. this is about, you know, security for those who live in remote rural areas or in some poor neighborhoods. this is a connection to the outside world. so the connection that comes with this, via rail, via airports, via jobs, via infrastructure, via water systems that will serve us well. i remember being back in the beginning of my elected capacity in a county government situation. we were much stronger in our response to water. today, we're at about 4.5% of any project -- 4.5% is contributed from the federal government. it is time to change that. you know what, the message that i think is important, also, representative cartwright, is that these issues, these
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concerns, these needs -- and they are needs -- don't go away. so either pay for them at a federal level, where there are much more progressive opportunities to create the revenues -- and by the way, this is all paid for, which is a great highlight. but we have those more progressive opportunities for revenues. rather than relying on a property tax as it percolates down into the most local of levels and say, ok, you need this water, dig into the purse for the property tax. unfair. unacceptable. so we're here now celebrating what can be a golden moment. it was just great to gather together yesterday and see mayors of both parties, see governors of both parties, see the cabinet officials, see union, labor, seeing the private sector, faith community all gathering together, applauding and recognizing the leadership, the profound leadership of
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president biden, vice president harris, their cabinet and certainly those who voted for the measure in the senate and in the house here in washington. mr. cartwright: if the gentleman will yield for another question? mr. tonko: sure. mr. cartwright: so we've all been seeing these images of, you know, 75, 80 cargo ships off the coast of california, long beach, los angeles, waiting to get in because we're starting up our economy after the pandemic. we shut down. obviously, it's not something we went to school for, shutting down an american economy and starting it back up. but that's what we're doing, and we're muddling it through. you know, there are some painful price hikes here and there because of it. hard to say how long they'll go long. the one thing that struck me, all of those container ships full of -- i mean, they told me it takes 7,000 tractor-trailers to unload a container ship. that's 7,000 containers on a ship. mr. tonko: absolutely.
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mr. cartwright: over 70 or 80 ships out there in the harbor. all of these goods coming -- manufactured goods coming from china. and it said to me, you know, we read about the trade imbalance. we learn about the trade imbalance. we learn that china is outmanufacturing us and we're buying their goods. but, man, until you see those ships out in the harbor off the shore, it doesn't really hit home how much they're beating us at manufacturing. what does this bill do to address that? mr. tonko: well, of course, we're modernizing our ports. we're modernizing our roads and bridges. we're making certain we have a state-of-the-art grid for electricity sake so that as you integrate renewables, integrate distributed generation, you need that state-of-the-art grid. so all of this investment, starting with the modernization of the ports, allows us to take this in. you brought up a really good point. this pandemic rocked this
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economy here in the u.s. and around the world in a way we have not seen in over 100 years. for us now to be experiencing this aftermath shouldn't be a surprise. people are staying home, not spending. they didn't go shopping. they were afraid -- as they should be. they were warned not to go into stores and spread the virus. so it rocked the economy. so there was a supply that was building. you know, the demand was way down. now we're trying to steady this out. but this infrastructure issue will help us and we need to work through this now to steady the economy because we saw spikes that obviously aren't acceptable. and the president and his team will use this infrastructure measure and other concepts to make certain we come back and steady the economy in a way that will get us back to normal. so that's so important to do.
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you know, and to be visionary. i see that representative ross is going to join us from north carolina. and we've been working together. perhaps you've been working with representative ross, too, on offshore wind. you know, there's a visionary piece. there's a way for us to build the energy supply in a way that will put a lot of people to work. so representative skart wright, thank you for -- representative cartwright, thank you for leading this discussion tonight. mr. cartwright: i like the point, shutting down for the pandemic kind of taught us a lot of things about our own economy, about the pockets of -- for example, the gig workers nobody was thinking about at the outset. we had to include them in the relief money. but, man, when we saw these ships piling up offshore it showed me how we're being outmanufactured and we have to pick up our game and investing in our infrastructure, what do you think, will it help?
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mr. tonko: this bill will definitely address the supply chain concern. you know, the pandemic was so instructive. supply chain, technology, reliance on technology, making certain we learn these lessons. take them to mind. take them to heart. and respond. and this administration is about that. so a golden moment, a celebratory moment, once in a lifetime, once in a generation, and just proud to witness it. proud to witness it and to have cast a yes vote. so i thank all of my colleagues in this house that voted yes for making the -- you know, strengthening the muscle of the american economy and the american worker. mr. cartwright: it's a victory for america that we will treasure and savor for many years to come. no matter what political label you have at the end of the day, we're all going to pros pour. mr. tonko: you know, when you see these headlines across the country, billions coming to x state and sidebar discussion,
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entire delegation voted no. you explain it to the public. thank you, sir. mr. cartwright: well, that's representative paul tonko from the 20th district of new york. and thank you, representative tonko, for your insights. thank you, also, for helping me introduce our next speaker, the dynamic representative deborah ross from the second district of north carolina, where innovation is second nature. i am pleased to yield to representative ross for five minutes. ms. ross: well, thank you so much, congressman cartwright. and thank you for your leadership. and madam speaker, i rise today to discuss the infrastructure investment and jobs act that will bring america's aging infrastructure into the 21st century. i was honored to join you, madam speaker, and our other colleagues at the white house as the president signed this
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historic legislation into law. in congress, i'm extremely proud to represent wake county, north carolina, one of the fastest growing counties in the united states. we are a powerful economic engine for our state and for our region. but sadly, our infrastructure has not grown with our community. we need seamless transportation networks to connect wake county to the rest of the nation. modern infrastructure that can help us bring the innovation that happens in the research triangle to the country and to the world. this historic legislation will help us -- our people get to work and school and products from our groundbreaking companies get to market across america and around the globe. in north carolina, there are about 1,500 bridges and more than 3,000 highways in poor
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condition. this bill will devote $110 billion to upgrade roads and bridges and finance other major transportation projects. over the next 20 years, north carolina's drinking water infrastructure will require billions in additional funding. this bill provides funds to replace lead pipes in the country and help ensure that all of our children can enjoy clean drinking water. it will also address the toxic threat of pfas contamination. this bill modernizes our nation's elect trick grid to protect against storm damage and unlock the full potential of clean energy. it also creates jobs in the clean energy manufacturing sector, a sector where our state is positioned to lead the
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nation. in addition, it expands broadband connectivity in underserved communities, helping to ensure that all of our students and businesses can access dependable, affordable internet. the jobs created by the -- by this infrastructure package are jobs that cannot be outsourced. they will -- this package will boost all of our workers, from folks who pave the roads to the scientists and engineers who are designing 21st century transportation networks, more efficient water and sewer systems, and cutting edge electrical grids. thanks to this package, engineering graduates from schools like n.c. state and graduates from wake tech, shaw, and st. aug, in my district,
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will help build the bridges in our communities that one day, many years from now, they'll proudly show their grandchildren. we're delivering on the president's promise to pass legislation that improves the lives of ordinary people and creates good-paying jobs. . this bill is a testament to what we can achieve when we give barrenship a chance. when we set our differences aside and commit to the hard work of finding common ground. this is good for north carolina. and great for the country. thank you and i yield back. mr. cartwright: thank you, representative ross. at this time it's my pleasure to yield, madam speaker may i ask how much time is remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has three minutes remaining.
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mr. cartwright: i yield the balance of my time to the gentleman from the 16th district of california, representative jim cost tasm mr. costa: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank my friend, congressman cartwright, for allowing me this opportunity to speak on the bipartisan infrastructure package. the fact of the matter is, this is long overdue. we have been living off the investments our parents and tbrairnts made a generation or two ago. during most of the 20th century, america led. america led the world in investment, in its waters, transportation, electrical grid. all the things that have made it such a great country that we are. but in recent decades, we have lagged behind. we now rank 13th in the world in terms of the amount of investments we make in american people. because investing in our water, in our transportation, in our roads and bridges, in our internet system, that's investing in people. that's investing in people that create jobs that make the
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economy better. and as a result of the passage of this bipartisan infrastructure bill, next year, for the first time in a long time, america will lead the world, next year, in investments in the future in our water, our transportation, our grid, our electrical grid, and all of the things that are a part of this piece of legislation. but we can't just take our eye off the ball. we have to continue these investments. and california, the san joaquin valley i represent, these are going to be billions of dollars now water system. we have horrific droughts that we're experiencing right now and with climate change and the other efforts to -- this legislation to deal with the impacts of climate change, we need to ensure we have a sustainable water supply this california for our farms and farm communities. as well as ensuring that we have clean drinking walter for rural areas that don't have it today. this legislation does just that.
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and besides, it also takes an opportunity to look the other areas we need to do in the next piece of legislation. for child care. for millions of women who want to get back to work. for providing efforts to improve our health care system, to fully fund the affordable health care act, a promise we made 11 years ago my district had 25% uninsured and 17% uninsured 11 years later only 10% of my district is uninsured. so these are the kinds of investments we need to make in people. i want to thank my colleagues for supporting this effort. yesterday was a wonderful afternoon with the president. with my colleagues, republicans and democrats alike. to really celebrate the fact that we're beginning to do what the american people sent us to do which is get the job done and invest in our country. i yield back the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. the clerk: senate 1511, an act to amend the omnibus crime control and safe streets act of 1968 with respect to payment to certain public safety officers who have been permanently and totally disabled as a result of personal injuries sustained in the line of duty and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the gentleman from arizona, mr. schweikert is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. schweikert: thank you, madam speaker. we're going to do a couple of things tonight. most of it is going to be economic heavy. we're going to go over the democrat's social spending bill,
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its economic effects. but first i wanted to touch on something that actually, i'm somewhat hopeful that the left and the right could embrace. i'm thinking of what we have gone through for almost two years now. and that's the pandemic. so if i came to you tomorrow and said ok, we have vaccinations but we're about to have therapeutics. think about this. you've all seen the news that we now have a second drug company, actually, "wall street journal" today has an amazing, wonderful article on the protozean inhibitors, their effectiveness and pfizer has publicly said they're anti-viral medication -- their anti-viral medication is up around i think 89% effective. it's a lot of pills, may need to be take within a second
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pharmaceutical but isn't this the holy grail? we've talked about this over and over saying you now have home covid tests. and now you can take your anti-viral at home. and you start to understand the elegance of how this type of anti-viral works in sort of sniffing the proteins and making them so they don't grow or can't attach to the cell walls. so if this exists technology-wise and one of the anti-virals is already in front of the f.d.a. today, the other one i think we saw a news clip this afternoon that the second one may be on tuesday will be presented this pfizer pharmaceutical will be presented to the f.d.a., it may take a mt. or so, if we're in a world now where we have multiple vaccines, we actually now have therapeutics and anti-viral home testing kits, you can take the
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anti-viral at home, it's time once these are approved to declare the pandemic over. and why is this really important? think of the societal friction, the problems we've created by mask mandate, vaccine mandates. we see the data of how much in our labor supply folks are saying no. i believe in body autonomy. i'm not taking the vaccine. or not doing this or that. if the reality of it is we have been so successful as a country, as a society, in believing in science, remember how many times did we hear that, believing in science, if the f.d.a. approves, which we're hopeful maybe happens in the next month, the anti-virals, and the press releases from the pharmaceutical companies is there'll be a couple hundred thousand set by
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the end of this year and aparyntly millions available starting in the new year, it's time to declare the pandemic over. and our office has put together a piece of legislation, we're going to put it in circulation once we've sort of vetted it the next couple of days, i would encourage any of my brothers and sisters on the left and the right that if you believe in science, and you really want a solution, it's time to embrace the fact of how far we've come and the solution is here. so with that we're going to actually do a little bit of basic economics. and try to tap some of the discussion that i think has been missed on the left's social spending bill. first, let's have an honest conversation where we are economically right now and what our world looks like.
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if any of you are planning on having a retirement, if any of you have children or grandchildren and you actually give a darn about them, first understand how much trouble we're in immediately. right now. today. the c.b.o. numbers in 29 year wears at $112 trillion of borrowed money. public -- that's inflation adjusted. $112 trillion public libor roed. this isn't borrow, where we take credit for borrowing from trust funds. this is public libor roed, inflation adjusted and functionally in 29 budget years we're at $112 trillion. that's the c.b.o. estimate. if you're a young person and you want to be honest with them, saying your economic future is about to be brutealized, and the
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rl reality of it is, i've done this on the floor multiple times and it's fascinating how many on the left and even the right when you start to walk through what drives u.s. sovereign debt, it's a very uncomfortable conversation. because the fact of the matter is, medicare is the primary driver of u.s. sovereign debt. social security. second. and the rest of the budget is in balance. at the end of the 30-year model, right now, according to c.b.o., the rest of the budget, you strip medicare, strip social security out, the budget actually has a positive balance. if you believe it is a moral obligation for us to keep our promises, that medicare will be there, that social security will be there, why isn't this what we work on every day instead of discussions about how we can spend a whole bunch more money,
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take over a whole bunch more of the economy, slow the economy down, and make this nation poorer? and that's what we're going to show is the economic models that show the democrats' spending bill actually crushes poor people. it actually makes the working poor, poorer. it makes society poorer. and i don't believe that's the intention but it is the economics. sometime whence you get your math wrong, it's a level of cruelty that -- a simple thought experiment. what are the two things you do to crush the working poor? inflation, we're doing a great job on that, aren't we. the fact of the matter is what inflation does to the working poor is absolute economic cruelty. the second thing, you open your borders up. adding millions of individuals with similar skill sets so you're that individual that didn't finish high school but you're out there hanging
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drywall. you have a family, you're getting good at your profession, trying to learn, how to move up. then you flood the market with people with similar skill sets and there's great peer-reviewed papers out there, that talk about just what we've done at the border. a decade from now you've made the working poor, poorer. and now overlay all the spending has done inflation wise. if we as members of congress give a darn about the working poor, the economic violence that's being committed right now by the policies coming out of this congress, time to step up and deal with realty. the problem is the working poor aren't our contributors. they're not the ones showing up here lobbying us. but they are the individuals we have a moral obligation to do good things for and that's not what's happening. so we're going to walk through some of where we are today.
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you got to understand that the national debt right now is projected to leap to 200,000 in 2050 -- to 200% in 2050. and if the biden proposals, these are the ones proposed in the election, i got to accept a bunch of that has gotten trimmed back in the debate, not as much as you might think, we're going to go over that you poe functionally from 200% of debt to g.d.p., meaning the borrowed money will be 200 times bigger than the g.d.p., we're headed toward, if you add it all up, in 29 budget years, you're over 328% debt to g.d.p. if any of you are thinking about having retirement. if you're thinking about your kids, your grandkids, this is what wipes us out as a society. but it's terrifying to talk about because it's hard.
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it requires lots of levers. you have to get immigration right. you have to get finance right. you have to get spending right. you've got to get tax policy right. you have to do everything that maximizes economic expansion. and then the holy grail, you're going to have to crash the price of health care. not shift around who pays for it. which remember, the a.c.a., many know as obamacare, the republican alternative, medicare for all, in many ways is about who pays and who gets subsidized. it is not about what we pay. cannot tell you how many times i have come to this floor and tried to drill that into the way we think. but instead the scam here is we talk about, well, you're going to get subsidized but we did nothing to what we pay. the difference is we just borrow money, the federal government can pay for it that way. even 100% tax rate on small
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businesses, upper class families, to 100% tax rate, taking every single dollar you can to even -- you can't even come close to balancing the budget and balancing it long-term. the numbers are this ugly. when you take a look, it's not that hard. the 2050 the 2050 number. if you take folks that make $500,000, you take every dime, you don't get close. the numbers are this ugly. the share of federal tax revenue spent on interest on the national debt is projekd to -- projected to surge, but here's the number that terrifies me. if we move up two points, two points, functionally at the 2050, 2051 mark, 100% of
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revenues, 100% of revenues in that 30-year budget window, move up two points from where we are right now, our baseline, 100% of tax revenues will be just covering the interest cost. so anyone familiar with a book called "the black swan"? and there was another book. i understand there are economists out there, gilde and others that disagrees parts of the model. there was one concept of making yourself fragile. the simple example of, you go to the airport 10 times, you know if you leave at exactly this moment you can get to the airport exactly as your flight is getting ready to board. and the first time there's a car accident, you miss your flight. we're doing that type of thing to our entire country. to my 6-year-old daughter. to anyone else out there. we're living on a razor's edge. you saw that last slide.
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two points moving back to which would be back to normality interest rate-wise. 30-year budget window, 100% of revenues, receipts, if you want to use the technical term, will go just to cover the interest. do you understand how fragile we've made the economics of this country? and then the debate here is how to spend more money. i understand money gets you re-elected. promising things gets you re-elected, nice contributions. and it's absolutely perverse when you think we're at. now, let's talk about the budget gimmicks. many of you will refer to it as the build back better plan. in our office we're calling it the social spending plan, because that's what it is. it is laced with gimmicks. it's going to be fascinating come friday to see how c.b.o.
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ultimately scores these. little disappointed on what we've seen from joint tax and some of the others. i don't think we're getting actual quality dynamic scoring. but that's hard. it takes time. you got to lay it out and break it apart and try to understand what the economic effects are. but you walk through the gimmicks, and a simple example is the white house has estimated $400 billion in -- some of the joint tax scores from i.r.s. collecting more money. but c.b.o. came out and said, no, it's not $400 billion. it's $120 billion. and you start to realize the debates you're hearing on the floor here are completely stacked with absolutely fraudulent numbers. i remember how hard when we did tax reform, we had to work to
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justify dynamic scoring and make the math as honest as possible and work. and it was our brothers and sisters on the left that absolutely were insistent. today, they would never hold themselves to the same standard that they demanded from us just a couple years ago. so let's walk through an example of one of the absolute frauds that the left is using. so president trump had a drug rebate. this is a little geeky. but it's important to understand it. and ultimately, the rebate was going to be to the consumer. so you're on medicare. you're in line at the pharmacy. the rebate that would have gone into the backside of the provider -- the wholesaler of the pharmaceutical. that rebate now comes to you at the counter. that means you as the consumer would get the value, but it would mean the cost of
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pharmaceuticals would go up for government because the government isn't ultimately getting that value. so here's the steps for the trump administration's rebate rule. it was estimated to cost $100 billion over 10 years. speaker pelosi said it would never happen. democrat leadership said it would never happen. democrat leadership in the senate said, unacceptable, never going to happen. this was never, ever, ever going to happen. so how do you take something -- and this is a whole system of how the consumer would have gotten the benefit of those rebates but it would have cost the federal government of $150 billion over 10 years but it was never going to happen. unless, of course, you're a democrat and you're looking for money to spend on their social entitlement bill, all of a sudden say, hey, this is never going to happen but we can score it in so we're going to use it. it's another gimmick. it's a con. it's a fraud. if we were doing this, we would
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be ashamed of ourselves and should be. but this is actually the scam that now is democrat leadership. so you take a look at the budget gimmicks that are already built into here, be and you start to realize the left social spending bill is like a house of cards. now, they may get some scoring. like the last one i was just showing you, c.b.o. will give them that $150 billion. there will be a nice little footnote saying, this was never going to become policy but because it is a proposal and they're canceling the proposal we'll give them the $150 billion of credit. but the public needs to understand those trillions and trillions, $112 trillion and the baseline it is now in 29 budget years, that's how you get there. when the left will say, this is paid for, no, it's not.
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and they know that. they're not dumb. they're manipulative but they're not dumb. and you start to look at just the games being done and then the spending. that's the other thing we'll work through here, how much of the spending do they really plan to cancel in year two? so you're seeing some spending scoring saying we estimate this as $1.75 trillion. wink, wink, nod, nod. but when it becomes a 10 year instead of disappearing in the second year, you're $4.5 trillion-plus in new obligations. and you look up and down the different budget gimmicks. one of the reasons i did this slide is because it's a little more economically difficult concept. so you actually have in there an
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adjusted gross income surcharge on the top income earners. you know the democrats' proposal is to do a very similar thing on corporations. alternative minimum tax that's also being put on corporations, we're just now starting to model how much it will actually slow down the economy. and here's why. you have this thing we call expensing. it was one of the great economic drivers, particularly in 2018, 2019. remember we far exceeded revenue projections. you -- income inequality truly shrank. poverty shrank. food insecurity shrank. it was the poor got dramatically less poor. there were two amazing years. it's a great model to demonstrate what supply-side economics really does.
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but a lot of the economic expansion was because of something called expensing. so you buy a piece of equipment. it makes your company more productive. you're able to pay people more. it moves technology, moves business production into the next century, moves it forward. if you do a minimum alternative tax at a corporate level, you know longer get the economic value of that expensing. i know this is really geeky. but it's really important to understand we're just now starting to model saying, oh, heavens. so the democrats are doing the wink, wink, nod, nod, con of not taking away the expensing which is the primary driver we saw in productivity from the last few years since tax reform, but by doing this alternative minimum tax calculation, you don't get the value of that depreciation. all of a sudden, the investment and capital products, capital goods, capital equipment will
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disappear. it's another example of really bad understanding of most basic economics. the other thing -- and you can understand why the left wants to do this is the number of new i.r.s. agents. the other -- the number of agencies that will have hundreds -- essentially hundreds of thousands of new employees. remember, one of the models was 80,000 new i.r.s. employees. well, ok. maybe it makes sense if i was on the democrat side or i represented, you know, northern virginia or areas like that where i have, you know, lots of unionized, government working constituents. but we need to be honest about that. the build back better, the social spending bill on the left massively increases the bureaucracy. you start to look at the hundreds of millions that are being put in to expand the size
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of the national bureaucracy. it's not like we're doing the leap of technology saying, with the investment it's going to go to make society more productive. it's like our argument of air quality and environmental quality using technology is the way to make us healthier. instead, the left designs it in ways where there's new armies of public employees. and i got to congratulate the left, and you're going to see some slides here. we're going to be number one. yep. the united states will be absolutely number one on the highest rates on tax income on the entire industrialized world. starting to see if you're a resident of california, you're going to be about 64.7% for top income earners. look, high income earners, fine. if you're in arizona, you're going to be at 55.9%.
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new york gets the prize. they're going to be over 66% for top income earners when you do the federal, the surcharges, and state and local taxes. don't we have lots of data already in the economic literature of what happens when you start to hit these levels of tax on income? what do people do? you start to realize saying, ok. i can work and get this tax rate or i can take my resources, put them in other types of things -- municipal bonds, other types of things -- reap the rewards from that because if the more than half of the upper income income now goes to government, you just created an incentive not to invest, not to take risks but just put the money and put it in safe places and not play anymore. the model -- and i'm frustrated because i know the tax
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foundation has been trying to model the taxes, but we don't have good data yet on what this means for future g.d.p. growth. back to the very first board we held up. our society is heading towards a debt cliff. the baseline as it is today from c.b.o. in 19 budget years were at $112 trillion of borrowed money in today's dollars. that's what -- that's where policy is today. when you start to do this and economic growth slows, you bring the -- functionally the financial apocalypse a lot sooner. so let's also talk through a couple other due policities -- duplicities that's in the democrats' build back better social spending bill. they sure do like rich people.
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2/3 of the millionaires get a tax cut under the build back better. if you take the folks getting over $1 million, 66% of them actually benefit. and this is one of the things we've come to the floor now for almost a year talking about instead of raising taxes and the rhetorical, you know, that we hear over and over from the left, the rich needs to pay their fair share. maybe we should stop subsidizing them. we've come to the floor over and over and showed that there's almost $1.4 trillion of subsidies that goes to the very top, top income earners, and if you stop the subsidy, you don't create the economic distortions. this is the great scam. democrats are saying, we're going to raise the taxes, these surcharges, but then we're going to turn and around -- turnaround
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and turn around and if they buy the right type of electric car, we'll turn around and hand them cash. the vast majority of the american people can't afford. the democrats' plan is to subsidize the rich. and it gets even darker. . now the democrats are going to put in salt. state and local tax deduction. the great thing is, if you make $1 million a year, looks like you're going to get the vast majority, you're going to get the highest amount of this money. for the population that $400,000 and up, they get the majority of the salt. it's once again the democrats subsidizing the rich. and the really rich. for everyone else who is functionally making $150,000 or
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less, you don't get anything. you don't get any value here. how can this be. am i living in a parallel universe where the rhetoric from the left is, tax rich people, wink, wink, nod, nod, we're going to subsidize them when they buy the things we want them to buy and then we're going to give them additional tax benefits, make additional things they spend money on deductible. and the rest of the population will just be screwed. and i grabbed this one, substantially maced to make some points. in the democrat's social spending bill, best as i can identify there's about $100
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billion to finance amnesty. ok. so it functionally gives a five-year visa to millions of folks who are here undocumented but you remember our earlier discussion? what are the two things you do to create economic violence to the working poor? inflation, well, too many -- remember our elementary school economics class. too many dollars chasing too few goods. so the left spends, puts out lots and lots and lots of money to people's bank accounts because that's great politics instead of using those resources to say we're going to make our society more efficientmark clean, more productive that productivity means you can pay people more and you have a society that grows and maybe we can take on our debt problem. no, we did it backwards. nowee see what keynesian economics look like? are you enjoying the inflation
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yet because it looks like it's going to continue to pop? then flooding society with lots of other low-skilled workers. ok. well. it'll be interesting to see how long it is before the left has to come in here and say we need to do additional subsidies for the working poor because we stuck it to them. and look, if anyone has a question, we have multiple papers, university peer-reviewed papers talking about how the democrat's plan actually will make the poor, poorer by the end of the decade. university of chicago. four ph.d. economists published a paper a couple of weeks ago showing the lowest car tile -- quartile of income and i despise the term quartile but that's the term economists use, will be poorer at thed on they have decade a lot of that is because of the democrat's unwillingness to attach benefits to learning job
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skills. to actually working. they severed those. you would have thought we learned that in the clinton years. when you rewarred work, rewarded going and gaining job skills. we're going back to the bad old days of saying if you want to just not work, you'll be happy. as long as you vote for the right party we're going to send you a check. does anyone see the cruelty here? there are some things in this spending that, look, endangered plants, ok. $4. # million. -- 4.9 million. desert fish. ok $4.9 million. freshwater mussels which are actually a real problem. but it's $19 million. everyone understands the difference between a million dollars and billions. so $100 billion for amnesty, $19 million for functionally we'll call it invasive species. and protecting others.
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it's like the drop of a bucket in an ocean wave. gives you a sense of where -- so the democrats get a nice talking point but the math is absolutely perverse. ultimately, over the next decade, you got to deal with this one way or the other. either what the left is doing is, when you're going to see the scoring this friday of how many programs saying, we're going to spend all this money on a transfer payment, european style transfer payment but only for two years. wink, wink, nod, nod, a future congress won't continue it. you all remember the fraud of the last time we had a speaker pelosi a decade ago and there were multiple spending bills where the way they fit into something called pay-go is, we're going to spend this much,
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this much but on the fifth year we're going to pretend the program no longer spends mop. this is now the more modern version of that fraud that was committed financially, budgetarily. we're going to spend the money for year two and then pretend it stops. that way we hit certain budget boxes to meet the reconciliation. wink, wink, nod, nod, will the voters be paying attention. but let's say they're honest. not likely but say honestly that's not the scam they fully intend to spend all this money, get themselves through the next election and then stop the spending. in that case the taxes are permanent because the taxes don't expire. even though what we can tell best from the revenues they don't come close to covering all the spending. and if the spending is made permanent the social entitlement transfers over the 10 years,
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this is trillions and trillions of dollars out of balance. i understand, and look, this is one of my great sins. i think a lot of us on the conservative side, we sound like accountants on steroids. you know, we come and talk about g.d.p. and work force, labor force participation. but the fact of the matter is if you care for people if you believe growth, growth, economic growth is moral, that it provides opportunities, that that's how you save for retirement, that's how you help your child go to college, that's how you have a better house, a better life, it's the opportunities that growth
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creates. so when you see someone like me come behind the microphone and talk about g.d.p. and the benefits it brings, it's a number. it's classical economics. it's also that poor family that's trying to beless will -- that's trying to be less poor. and the tax foundation has done a bunch of modeling. that makes it pretty darn clear that the left's social spending bill is going to make our entire society poorer. you start to look at these numbers over the decades. an at the end of the decade, we won't have grown as much. we're going to be missing, i mean, in -- in a decade we're missing a half trillion dollars of economic growth. of g.d.p.
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you remember our very first board? what is for my little girl, for everyone else out there, this is what wipes us out as a society. this is the thing that this body is terrified to talk about t. and this is already the baseline. the baseline from c.b.o. already says in 29 budget years weir $112 trillion of borrowed money and that's assuming, really stable interest rates. assume nothing more wars. assuming no more major recessions. we were doing one attempt to try to calculate these numbers so the penn-wharton model that was published actually today where they were trying to figure out
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how much more it would add to the debt. the penn-wharton model said if the spending is continued, which is the obvious thick that's going to happen, it adds $24.4 -- it adds 24.4% to the debt. ok. now we didn't have enough time to break through all their tables and we'll work through that but just off the top of your head, $112 trillion. you add 24.4% on it, that's, what, close to $140 trillion of borrowed money. 139-something. you've got to understand this is what the left is leading us to. instead of coming in and saying we're going to protect medicare by investing in things that cure. remember, this medicare dollar, you know, $77 trillion plus of borrowing in the next 29 years
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just to cover the medicare portion shortfall. 31% of that is just diabetes. vouch a connection here between the left and right saying we're going to do an operation warp speed and go at diabetes because it turns out by curing the misery you also have a major effect on the debt. that's creativity. that's being rational. instead of trying to buy your next election. and pretending to finance it with a whole bunch of gimmicks that don't really create revenues, that are going to create borrowed money. and it's not c.b.o. it's not me. it's the outside groups that play it straight. tell penn-wharton and others that they're lying. because they've done -- i think they underscore economic growth on some things but the fact of
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the matter is if the left is about to pass a piece of legislation into this week -- end of this week that looks like it's likely to add another 24.4% to the debt. does anyone see the level of immorality in wiping out economic growth and the opportunity? and we had a couple of years there where it was working. the fact of the matter is 2018, 2019 were goldilocks and it was done because we invested in the thinkings that create opportunity and growth instead of the model right now where the left is going to invest in things that functionally slow economic growth down, make individuals dependent on the federal government, disincentivetize -- disincentivize participating in the economy
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if any of you have ever read any of your textbooks from what the world looks like in the 1970's, the last time the left did something very similar to this, the societal breakdowns. the inflation. the misery. once again, we're about to see the financing of misery instead of investing in the things that actually would create opportunity and growth. we're better than this. i know it would take someone on the democrat side. they'd have to stand up to their base and explain basic economics. but there is a path that works and if you give a darn about the poor, the working poor, the middle class, ultimately the data says at the end of the decade if the left passes their build back better social entitlement spending bill, they're going to be poorer. and that's what we're about to do to the country. and this place should be
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ashamed. madam speaker, with that, i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the chair recognizes the gentleman from utah, mr. owens, for 30 minutes. mr. owens: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house and revise and stepped my remarks.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. owens: i'm proud to be here with the utah house delegation to say a few words to those who are fortunate to represent here in washington. we all agree it is a blessing of the team to represent the great state of utah. i yield to representative stuart to say a few words. mr. stewart: i thank every american shares. i have a young family and six kids and many of them are young couples and starting careers and starting to make their way in the world and if you are a young family, you know what it's like to go to the grocery store. you know what it is like to fill up your pickup and cost more. and the reason you are driving
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your pickup is because you are a working american and not driving it around the city but driving it to farming and ranching or whether you are working construction or going down to the docks, those are the folks who are paying the price. if you are wealthy, if you are after fluent, you don't go shopping but someone who shops for you and don't fill up your vehicle yourself and someone picks you up, you may not realize what a painful thing this is, but the vast majority of americans do their own shopping and they struggle paycheck-to-paycheck. and after only 10 months of president biden, americans are
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facing the worst inflation they have seen in 31 years. democrats can say this is temporary and we are together that all the time and the by the fed and the president and they can continue to say that. but the true story is that it is zero dollars and the american people know it's not true. they know inflation when they see it. but this tax-and-spend agenda in their every day lives and heating from $574 to $674 which will cost the average house and it is a tough choice when some people say we would like to have it warm and our little children to be comfortable, but we want
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to be able to buy the food instead of macaroni and cheese. it hits americans at their thanks giving table. this will be the most thanksgiving. and frozen turkeys cost 22% more than they did last year. and what does the president do to alleviate? unfortunate he does, the same thing again and same thing more. the very same policies. here's the reality. there is no political stand for any democrat. and those who and president biden cannot wish away this crisis no matter how much he
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would like to do that. from day one, president biden has made it clear, he wants people to rely from cradle to grave. and more taxing and will solve the financial problem. but this is economic nonsense. it is an economic fairy-tale and the the only one that george orwell can imagine. because it is thanksgiving, we know how to solve these problems. if we didn't know how to solve them, but we know how to solve them. congress needs to expand that opportunity, not shrimping it with mandate-after-mandate. and individual liberty must always triumph government
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dependence. president biden cannot accept that, we we can see more of what we have seen the last 10 months. and american culture and american businesses and american families will reap the result. i hope that the president will look the pain that the american are feeling and not to make it worse, not to keep doing it the same thing and do it harder and faster and excuse it away and do something away. until then, we will see much of the same. i speak for not only republicans in this, but many independents and democrats feel the same way. mr. owens, thank you for organizing this incredibly important subject.
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and i yield the floor back. mr. owens: i yield to john curtis from utah's 3rd district. mr. curtis: i'm honored to be here with you. i rise today to join my voice with my utah colleagues voak liesing the concern of run-away inflation. i remember the inflation of the 70's. when i both my first home, we assumed a loan at 12% interest and thought that was a bargain and i remember losing 10% of it and i saw firsthand the devastation to our senior citizens and those on a fixed income. and here we are, 40 years later,
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pretending that trillions of dollars of wasted government spending is ok and it won't impact inflation. in the simplest terms, inflation is handcuffing the american people and their families which is further evidence that the consumer price intext is showing the highest level in 30 years. the white house tells us not to worry about inflation, it is under control. you see the gas prices and see the food prices. utah has seen their gas prices over 70% and what is the response from washington, d.c.? we can fix this. all we need to do is spend trillions dollars more. employers can't find employees to find the work and $1.2
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trillion infrastructure bill is job creating. we know that this is a tax on hardworking americans. and low-income communities with less access to goods and services. but instead of focusing on finding ways to address critical supply chain shortageses, and to address the and doing just the opposite. we shut down u.s. pipelines and then ask our enemies to produce more dirty oil. here are the facts. 40% of all the money printed in the history of this country was printed in the last 20 months.
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40% after all the money printed in the history of this country was printed in the last 20 months. congress has already authorized just this year alone $# trillion of additional spending additional to our normal spending and about to spend another $2 trillion and hard to get your arms around it. let me put it in perspective. this $5 trillion of spending is prosecuting $25,000 for every man, woman and child in the united states. irrelevant gets worse. 30 years from now and unless we pay the money back, that is now three-quarters of a million dollars for every man, woman and child in extra end spending this year.
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that is not ok. it is time to stop the pleading and focus on bipartisan solutions that will address the growing needs of the american people. we can't play partisan politics at the expense of our constituents and our children and grandchildren and our future generations. i yield back. mr. owens: i yield tower representative blake moore. >> it's very much an honor to share the podium today with my colleagues from utah. utah is a very special, a very unique place. and at this time of this
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thanksgiving, i would like to focus on what utah really is. we get lauded as the longest unemployment. the fastest growing state in the country. what utah is the most fill and tropic state and shares more dollars than any other state and that's the type of stuff that our delegation and the members of congress and the community we serve we are proud of and reflect and more than a week away from thanksgiving day and my family and i have three little boys, a fourth boy on the way, amazing way who is filling the time during my keysy time in washington and we enjoy to give thanks. turkey and stuffing are staples but each day looks different
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from the last. but this year's thanksgiving is going to be much more difficult than others. americans are bracing, which we expect to be the most expensive as inflation rates hit the highest rates in decades and my colleagues from utah can talk about it because they are older than i am but it hasn't been this high in the last 40 years. i haven't had to you yet. that's not yet. i apologize. the labor department, the c.p.i. forl october was 6.2%, the highest in over thrill decades. this high rate, home heating will be 50% more expensive and cost of groceries is 5.4% and higher than beef, and 14% than
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used cars, the cost of used cars is 26% higher. this is data and directly related to policy decisions. as the people of utah trying to find reprieve, inflation is threatening to stifle. real wages have decreased. and president biden rushed to spend trillions more as of this week. and will drive costs up and incomes done. the wall street editorial board said this isn't an accident but as a result of reckless policy and incompetent. cnn fueled inflation that could not keep pace with.
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even the "washington post" editorial board, the "washington post," i did not expect to always be using liberal media, but the "washington post" says you cannot ignore the american rescue plan bears some of this blame. it created a sustained crisis at the border and failed to address a looming debt crisis w this backdrop thanksgiving may feel challenging. through or difficult times in our nation's history, thanksgiving is a day when communities come together to give thanks for life's great blessings. following gettysburg, president lincoln proclaimed thanksgiving to be a national who day. as our nation experiences great challenges, i can't think of a better holiday to observe this coming week. my colleagues and i in the utah
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delegation are working every day to carve a more prosperous path forward. there is hope on the horizon. earlier this month democrats and republicans in this house came together to pass the fiscal state of the nation resolution which i co-sponsored. if agreed to, this resolution will mandate the u.s. comptroller general conduct an annual joint session before the members of the house and senate budget committees to provide for the fiscal 112th of our nation. this is a huge and important time to have done something like that after what we have seen over the last year. this would provide our leaders with the information they need to correct our course and back away from our patterns of destructive spending. back home i convened a debt and deficit task force which proaden opportunity to create solutions to our debt crisis. my colleagues from utah hope to help our home state to find more blessings in the months, days ahead. as we work towards those, let us be grateful for the good moments we have had. though our one year has been
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filled with difficulty, it has been filled with in the words of lincoln, the blessings with fruitful fields and helpful skies. today i'm back in washington with my colleagues to continue the work we do on behalf of utahans. i will join the family and community of utah in celebrating this holiday, i yield back. mr. owens: thanks so much. before i get started i want to say what an honor it is to serve my friends of utah, remarkable man. as the holiday season approaches and families across our great nation gather for these special moments, i remind what brings us together as americans. not a creed, race, or zip code but the gratitude for one another. that lifts us higher and brings out the best in each of us. i'm the father of six children and 15 grandchildren. my pride doesn't come from my years on the football field or decades in the corporate world.
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it comes from the joy watching them grow up and start families of their own. i'm so deeply thankful for them and the entire owens family. to my fellow utahans. i'm thankful to call utah fourth district my home. it is the honor of a lifetime to represent our state and i'm constantly inspired by the resiliency of our communities. we face a kusm very difficult years. covid-19 pandemic kept us from our friends, families, and loved ones. disruptions from work, school, and worship made everyday life very different. there are empty seats at the table this year. we pray for comfort and healing for those families as they navigate this time of grief. with the current economic crisis at home, rising price priests at the gas station, grocery storks and everywhere in between, more and more utah families are worried about losing a job, keeping the doors of their small business opened, paying their mortgage, and making ends meet. even during the tough times i know the spirit of utahans.
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i have seen families across our state have helped each other through dark times toward better an brighter days. i'm wishing all utahans good health. especially the men and women who have put on a uniform to serve our great state across the country and abroad. they make the world and our country a safer place. i especially during these holidays i think norman rockwell's four freedoms are very appropriate. the freedom of speech, the freedom to worship, the freedom from want, anti-freedom from -- and the freedom from fear. this is the american way. this is the american dream. as americans we hold these freedoms incredibly dear and commit to protect them for future generations. it's within our d.n.a. to comfort, to confront our crisis and weather worse storms to leave our country lail bit better than we found it for our children and children's children. this season of thanksgiving i
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hope we can continue to support one another and unite in our shared gratitude. despite our daily struggles, we are so much to be thankful for. i pray for utahans across our beautiful state and will continue to be blessed this holiday season. i want to yield the remaining of my time to the senior member of our delegation, chris stewart. thank you. i yield to chris. mr. stewart clo thanks again, mr. owens. what an honor it is to be here with my friends. people i have tremendous respect for, colleagues, people who love their country and want to serve their country. several of them said something that i think is worth emphasizing. that is, when for example, when jon, mr. curtis talks about 40% of the money that was created, having been created in the last several months. i'm not sure that that's easy to convey to people how important that is. we talk about a million dollars or a billion dollars, how a
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trillion dollars. i'm not sure we have an understanding of what those numbers mean. i think a lot of times people think of a trillion dollars, well, sounds like a lot of money. is that like double a billion? what is a trillion? i think i found a good way to illustrate it and us to visualize what it means when we create this kind of money. imagine -- let me back up. let me start with this. a million seconds is 11 days. a billion seconds is 31 years. a trillion seconds is 31,000 years. so think about that. 11 days to 31 years to 31,000 years. and for people watching at home, you can't see this enormous chamber we are in, imagine i stretched a stream from this wall to this wall. and let's say over here is zero.
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then i ask you, go touch 11 days. you go touch and you would be nearly touching the wall. then if i said touch 31, if this one over here is 31,000, and you would still nearly be touching the wall. and all the rest of that distance is a trillion. i think that gives us a sense and gives us a way to visualize when we talk about spending trillions of dollars it's -- it's magnitude. it's an unimaginable number. like mr. curtis said, the kearseage of that that has been created in the last few months since covid hit we spent about $2 trillion on covid one relief package. we spent about the same $1.9 on the second. this president suggest that is a budget that takes from us about $4.8 trillion a year to $6.3 trillion. we just spent $1.2 trillion on
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the infrastructure. this government has spent taken together more than $11 trillion in matter of months. that should scare the life out of every american. and people say, well, you are kicking the debt down the road to our kids and grandkids. that's nonsense. we will never get to our grandkids if we spent trillions of dollars in a matter of months. we'll never get to our kids if we spend $11 trillion in 18 months. this problem will correct itself. it will correct itself in a painful way and not matter of generations, a matter of years if we don't try to fix it now. and if you think inflation is because of bottlenecks and supply chains, that was part of it. but the vast majority of this is explained by one thing, federal government spending trillions of dollars. and the american people paid,
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unfortunate, painful price. once again, mr. yoans, thank you. it's an honor to be with you tonight. i yield back the time. .mr. owens: yield back the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grothman,
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for 30 minutes. mr. grothman: thank you. i'd like to use this time to speak to a half-hour on a variety of issues. primarily the build back better bill. first i would like to address today national aprens tisship week. apprenticeships are a very good way to begin your working career. rather than working your way into debt, as you go to school, you are making money while you go to school. and there is no better preparation for a job than doing the job itself. be it in construction, be it in manufacturing, be it in health care there is a strong need in america for skills. and apprenticeship is a way to get those skills and assure you hit the ground running and get a good-paying job immediately. i strongly encourage all
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americans, particularly young americans, who are looking for a job to look at apren his schaap -- apprenticeship and encourage administrators of high schools and secondary schools to present apprenticeships as options for young people. now i would like to address the build back better bill. a lot has been written and talked about the build back better bill from this very microphone. and a lot has been focused on additional tax that is will need to pay for it and the overall level of spending resulting in more inflation. all that is true. but i think the most dangerous thing about the bill is what the money is being spent for. i'm going to address five areas in general tonight for the american public to remember. right now i think the biggest problem in america deals with illegal immigration, the numbers are well-known. in july a year ago 8,000 people
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came into this country. this july it was 105,000 people. this october we hit the all time high number of people processed for any october at the southern border. the drug gangs are making lots of money down there. some people tell me the drug gangs are making more money bringing people in the country than they did selling drugs. seven years ago when i first got this job 45,000 americans a year were dying of illegal drug overdose. we are now at 93,000. more than double. when i first got here we talked about the number of people dying of
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only thing they are not spending money on is the border patrol and as more money and more time on paperwork and we need more people at the border and and one thing the democrat is more border patrol agents. in the build back better bill. and revoking or requiring more parole for people who committed serious crimes so she are not
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kicked out of the country and free pell grants and free health care as we do it. and the average american should we go to the doctor or should we not, we have to give illegals free health care. the second big problem in this country is what i will call people adopting this lifestyle. lyndon johnson was the worst president in this country until this time, started a massive welfare state, the result of which was causing people to work less and to make sure they didn't get married because it was harder to take advantage of the welfare system. in other words, the goal was discourage marriage and discourage work. since that time, the number of people, particularly the father
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in the family has decreased, big response and adopting that lifestyle. how does the majority party respond the welfare system that
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discourages work and marriage? we are building low-income housing and it sounds good and i talked to a woman, where are people coming from? well, a lot of them are living with their parents. ok. we are going to take a parent and child and give them their own apartment as opposed to have them living with gland parents. is this a good thing? i don't thinkso. we are increasing before we get to the bill, increase the amount of food stamps. and which is again the situation if you are and aren't eligible
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for pell grants. so it seems wherever this program is encouraging this lifestyle which is unfortunate for america. there are wonderful people who are parents in all "storm stories" of situations but unden belie in this country, right now, penalizing, i'll call it the old-fashioned family and i will point out it is something as we started this session and black lives matter, waifgd h weighed l weighed in strongly, their founders karlma rmp exmp
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and did not pleach in the traditional family and it seems it is a motivating factor and penalize the traditional family. the third i'd israel money for for community restoration, faculty of and equity in the department ofagriculture and behavioral health.
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are he talked about the plan to take over america. and he said the majority of money in the united states was not spent on covert activates but trying to demoralize americans and think that america was not a great country try. and this is a relation into the demoralization of americans. one would think as someone who has been around the world, there is no better place to live than in america. but, right now, it seems as though, majority party is doing the work that the soviets wanted to accomplish in the 1920's and
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tell we ought to pit one group against one group. when you look why nations fail, those elections become contests and canada isn't successful because their they pit them against french against english. and elections in africa. when they are in the polls, what's the money. or what is our role or what should be appropriate, criminal justice policy. no, in these countries that fail, the elections are a contest of oneeth ethnic group against another. not surprisingly that people want america to fail but set up programs designed to have one
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group against another. we have seen it when we have and only for so-called people of color. and we saw it earlier this session when we had a program who ran out of money and people at the bottom of the list for people who were white. a guy came up to me who he would have gotten tens of thousands of dollars and wondered why he was left behind. we have a party here that likes to pit one group against another group. that is the third way or third division that the majority has for america. they want people toll always view themselves rather than as an american and view themselves
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as asian-american or african american-american. the fourth way they want to change is they want to provide universal preschool for three and four-year-olds and make sure that the preschools not be run by religious entities. again, in america, the raising of the children is supposed to be done by the parents, the family is supposed to be preimminent in raising the children. in my lifetime, the kind garth nears vm gone to all day all day, we are in one school. and under the constitution has nothing to do with it going down
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to the government raising the three and four-year-olds. it is a change of how much influence the parents have on their children, not resistant to the costs but re resistant because it is to the pro-family values that our ancestors had. the authors want a lot more government surveillance of what people are doing. president biden recently proposed monitoring a $600 transfer and had to and now at $10,000 and if he would get it down to 600. why would the government care? and i can imagine.
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maybe they want to see what type of church i'm contributing to. maybe they want to see if i'm purchasing a firearm. maybe they want to see if i'm giving money to a magazine or maybe a magazine espousing to police and maybe they want to look out if i'm giving money to a political party. i think it is a h appalling that anybody would think that it is up to the government to see where we are spending money. it is only going to bad purposes. in this bill, there is another item and that is the majority party wants to hire another 85,000 i.r.s. agents. 85,000. that's bigger than the average
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nfl stadium and one of the big college stadiums. i went to of the university of wisconsin. and what is the purpose? to go around and monitor peoples' tax returns and poke around and look for receipts. make adjustments, make guesses to what your income should be. it is a different country. i wouldn't bring this up if this was 1,000 agents. but 85,000 new i.r.s. agents. we are heading towards a surveillance state and it is the envision haven't majority party. i hope the american public pays
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attention and and no question about it. irl regardless of the amount of money, this is the all the way down to giving free college. it is a party who wants to increase the welfare benefits, benefits that are companied upon not conditioned upon and not marrying a person who has a respectable income and wants to further environs trench and have a program based on sex and race and people are going to what are you going to give me rather than treating americans the same. and the government raising the
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children rather than the parents and more responsibility. again, something that have stunned their forefathers and it is a bill put together by people who want to hire new employees. i strongly encourage my colleagues to vote against the bill. and i strongly encourage the american people to familiarize your the size of the bill and how americans live. i'm going to speak one more time on a issue that i will highlight. we have a big covid problem and a lot of money is being spent on vaccines and indicating people. it is my opinion that not enough
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attention has been paid to cure covid if you get covid, if you are vaccinated or not vaccinated. some israelis researchers a generic drug has tremendous potential success in curing covid. they found 15 people who not only had covid, but had pneumonia and were on oxygen. and i would say they were in bad shape. they gave -- gave them this drug and 14-15 patients were out of the hospitals and the other guy was out in two weeks. it sounds like a cure. i have been trying to get the c.d.c. and put a little mind to
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it and put more research if we have a cure. i have been told that the c.d.c. and there is a researcher at the university of pennsylvania looking into this, but if you want to say it is successful and find patients, it is hard to find people, particularly the drug companies. our researcher at he likes to believe that by the end of march he'll be able to make a definitive state thament pheno-fibr tarvetion e would be able to cure covid for under 50-cents a day. wouldn't that be wonderful? not only does it cure covid but if you get covid it will be much less serious.
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and right now, long-term covid even if you're cured can result in long-term health problems otherwise. i strongly encourage my colleagues to encourage the center for disease control to look at covid, see what they can do about coming up with another three or four hundred people for a definitive study and then rush if the study winds up as well as we think it will, rush covid out and educate doctors to prescribe it because it is entirely possible it will greatly reduce the number of people with long-term covid and the number of people dying. so again, anybody at the c.d.c. is listening, hope you take advantage of this tip and otherwise me and my colleagues will sign a letter including a little more action from the c.d.c. if we found a cure for covid we
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wouldn't have to worry about all the other issues so damaging to our country and taking away our freedom. thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 11-b of house resolution 188, the house stands adjourned
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