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that pocket. that's been -- we saw that at the end of last cycle. we saw it -- participation holding up in the face of demographic decline. that's another thing we look at carefully. >> thank you. i agree with that. we all over the country are experiencing a shortage of workers. i'm glad to see what we are seeing as wage is increasing, especially for people who are in lower-wage jobs and for the first time in a long time workers, i think, have increased bargaining power which is a benefit to them. senator smith: these are complicated issues. i think it's important as we look beneath some of these aggregate numbers. i want to touch on another issu- >> we leave this hearing. which you can see at c-span.org to keep our more than 40-year commitment to live coverage of the house. members will start debate on two veterans bills. one would expand g.i. bill education benefits for members
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of the national guard and reserves. the other would automatically enroll veterans -- live coverage here on c-span
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the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me? great and wonderful god, your knowledge is too wonderful for us. and yet, you have put at our disposal minds that you yourself designed and the wisdom of the centuries. may we be responsible stewards of these grace gifts. your spirit abides with us wherever we go. we cannot flee from you. whether we explore the skies or reside in our inner most thoughts, you are there. may we find ourselves this day to be worthy of your enduring
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presence. if we travel to far-flung places or find ourselves far from our own homes, wherever we are, distance means nothing to you. your hand offers guidance. your word direction. may we take heed of how you are steering our lives. and when we are lost in the darkness of decision, when night falls on our hope for agreement and mutual accord, cause our night to shine like the day. relieve our darkness with the light of your truth. in your gracious and merciful name we pray. amen. the speaker: pursuant to section 11-a of house resolution 188, the journal of the last day's proceedings is approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, congresswoman dean. ms. dean: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for
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which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? ms. dean: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. dean: thank you, madam speaker. last week, a fire in philadelphia killed 12 people, including eight children. and while our city mourned just days later, a fire in new york killed 17, including eight children. these two events have at least three things in common. a high loss of life, an extraordinary number of children killed, all in public housing, overcrowded with families who could not afford to move.
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too many families are in this position because of our nation's housing crisis. we say we need affordable housing, so let me speak plainly. we need more housing, affordable public and private housing that families with low income can afford. there are tens of thousands of people on waiting lists that are nearly a decade closed or years long. we in congress have a role to play. in the build back better act is $150 million to repair and restore existing housing and to build more public and affordable private housing. that will be a powerful start. as the senate stalls, more families are in danger. it is time this house and their house helps others find theirs. thank you, madam speaker. i yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will receive a message. the messenger: madam speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been
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directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has passed s. 450, an act to award posthumously the congressional gold medal to emmitt till in which the concurrence of the house is requested. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise today to honor the life of trooper john horton of the north carolina highway patrol. on january 3, he passed away in a tragic accident in the line of duty. he was a 15-year veteran of the unit and was assigned to rutherford county. his two younger siblings, james and joe, served alongside him at one point in the highway patrol. they were the first and only trio of siblings to ever work
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simultaneously in the highway patrol in north carolina's district. my prayers go out to trooper horton's family, his wife and six children. may his memory and service to his community serve as an inspiration to future generations of law enforcement officers to come. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. higgins: madam speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: madam speaker, temperatures this week in buffalo and western new york are in single digits. my community has some of the oldest housing stock in the country. keeping these homes safe and warm is expensive. failing to do so can be life threatening. this year congress approved $876 million in additional home energy assistance program funding for seniors and families in new york to afford energy. the infrastructure bill goes
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further. providing historic $1. -- sorry -- $3.5 billion for weatherization. this funding means that old houses will be better withstand extreme weather as well as supporting green energy jobs. but we can't stop there. we must do more. this congress must enact the renewable energy provisions of the build back better so entire neighborhoods in my community can be retrofitted for long-term resilience. i urge the senate to enact these provisions now. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i request to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today in honor of agnus, a constituent from the great eighth district of minnesota who is celebrating her 108th birthday this week. born in pennsylvania, agnus soon after moved to the twin ports
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area and has lived here ever since. as a young woman, agnus valued her education so much that she walked two miles to school every day, rain or snow. she later went to business school, showing the spirit of the hard work instilled in her. mr. stauber: since the 1930's, agnus has lived a beautiful life in duluth, minnesota, where she and her husband, john, raised three boys. while working for u.s. steel and the family operating a theater and an oil service station together, they happily lived out their american dream. additionally, agnus is a dedicated mother, a patriotic citizen who has never missed voting in an election, and a faithful church-goer. she has touched the lives of so many people in the north land, and her impact on duluth will always be remembered. i am proud to wish my good friend, agnus, a happy 108th
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birthday and another year of health and happiness. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. perlmutter: thanks, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. perlmutter: thank you. i rise today to recognize a friend and advisor, a gentleman named odell berry, of north glen, colorado, who passed away on january 3, 2022. born on october 10, 1941, in memphis, tennessee, berry spent most of his childhood in toledo, ohio. in 1964, the denver broncos took him out of the university of finley in the 19th round of the american football league draft. berry, a very talented and standout sprinter, opted for pro football over a chance to join the u.s. olympic team. and he played a couple seasons with the broncos. once his football career concluded, berry began his
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career in community and public service. first as the recreation director and owner of colorado's first full service dairy queen in the 1970's. from 1972 to 1979, berry served on the north glen city council and then he became mayor. all along the way, he took pride in organizing the multiple sclerosis of champions for many years, running in north glen's football camps. others including his membership in the colorado baseball commission in the early 1990's, which helped pave the way for the rockies. berry was a devoted husband to glenda, a loving father of two, and he loved spending time with his grandchildren. i'm deeply grateful for his lifetime of service to our community and the great state of colorado. and i personally will miss him. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> january 13 is korean american day, a day to recognize the countless contributions of korean americans and celebrate the arrival of the first korean immigrants to the united states in 1903. mrs. steel: as one of the first korean american women to ever serve in congress, this day is very special to me. i was just 19 years old when i came to america. and i achieved what i never thought was possible, to serve this country as a member of congress. so many korean americans, like me, came to this country with the hope of achieving their own american dream. we must work together to inspire and support the next generation of korean american leaders. today, we celebrate the vibrant community of korean americans in the united states and all that they have worked to achieve.
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happy korean american day. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask to address the house for one minute and ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. costa: madam speaker, i rise to discuss the surge in the coronavirus cases that americans are struggling with and part of that is the access to covid tests. many are waiting in long lines to get p.c.r. tests and two to three days to receive their results. this should -- we should and can do better. households cannot find rapid tests in stores and wait weeks in line for online orders. in fresno county, which i represent, a demand for testing increased 30% in the last several weeks. we must expand testing. i call on the administration to prioritize our testing systems. access to testing and timely
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results are critical to determine if someone is infected with covid-19 and enables them to take steps to avoid spreading it to others. it's that simple. it's vital every american has access to the rapid tests at no cost. it's critical for our economic recovery. at this stage, no one should have to wait long hours or pay single -- a single day for the same-day results. we can and we should do better. we're not out of the woods yet. we can end this pandemic through robust testing and getting vaccinated. that's what we must do. and i thank the speaker for the time. . i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> i ask 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. >> i rise to honor the life of former peoria city clerk mary haynes who passed away in 2021.
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she was elected as the first woman peoria city clerk. for over 25 year she is made city government work better. it was a passion of mary's and she was beloved by her colleagues. she ensured transparency in city government and worked to educate other city clerks throughout illinois. one of her most satisfying roles was heading up the rediscovering city hall project which restored peoria city hall to its monument form. above all, mary was a devoted mother and grandmother and one of the kindest people you could meet. she was a friend to everyone who knew her. her presence will be missed dearly in peoria. my prayers are with mary's children, grandchildren and loved ones. may she rest in peace. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to
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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. mr. wilson: thank you, madam speaker. on friday i completed an annual district-wide legislative agenda media tour. the issue of greatest concern was inflation affecting everyday people. gas up 61%. inflation has surged to a 40-year high. it's clear the spending bills devastate pocketbooks. even a recent analysis if the federal reserve of san francisco agrees that the relief package has impacted inflailings. sadly only 17% of workers have received raises that have kept up inflation, according to the democrat "new york times." the democrat elite think they're smarter than everyone and think democrat voters and democrat media are ignorant to believe that trillion dollar spending bills cost zero dollars. in conclusion, god bless our troops who successfully protected america for 20 years in the global war on terrorism as it continues moving from the
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afghanistan safe haven to america. congratulations to congresswoman mike walz and dr. wahle for the birth of their child. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady seek recognition? >> i ask madam speaker consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized if one minute. >> i rise today to recognize dubuque retired police chief mike dalsing who retired after 31 years of service to dubuque, iowa. he built a phenomenal legacy of successfully incorporated community engagement into law enforcement. while serving as dubuque's police chief he instilled a passion for public service into his team of officers, bringing community engagement to the forefront of their work.
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chief dalsing's years of service are a testament to the love he has for his fellow iowans and the compassion he led with. i wish chief dalsing and his family the best in this new chapter of his life and thank him for his service the past three decades. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from colorado seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise to honor and remember the life of sheriff sydney duke sherrard, the longest serving sheriff of mikkola plata county, colorado. his lifetime of public service included time in the army, as a due rain go police officer tharyks bayfield marshall as a deputy in the sheriff's office and finally as the mikkola plata
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county sheriff for 20 -- as the la plata county sheriff for 20 years. mrs. boebert: his watch may be over but the community he protected will be better because of his efforts day in and day out. while others ran away from danger he ran toward it and woke up with each and every day to serve. he strove to create peace for blessed are the peacemakerrers for they will be called the children of god. i grieve with the people of la plata county and with the sheriff's sons and grandchildren and with those in the sheriff's office who were positively impacted by his life of service. thank you, madam speaker, with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i seek recognition to address
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the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. as chair of the congressional youth mentoring caucus, i rise to recognize national mentoring month, a time to celebrate the impact of mentoring and raise awareness about the critical need for caring dulls to become mentors as our youth faye face the often overwhelming challenges of our time. ms. scanlon: one third of children don't have a connection with adults outside of their homes and the pandemic has only made it harder for them to call on caring adults for support. mentoring has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my adult life, allowing me to participate in the personal and professional growth of scores of young people and i'm fortunate to continue that mentoring with some of the best and brightest in our district with the con dregsal youth cabinet where high school seniors on a monthly basis explore the policy and government issues facing our
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country. i urge all adults to think about how they can serve their communities and the next generation by becoming a mentor whether through sports, career exploration, school or faith-based programs. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from oklahoma seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for up to one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise to address the devastating impacts on american lives and business because of biden's lack of preparedness in handling covid-19. the destructive testing shortages and record breaking number of cases are a direct result of biden's leadership. in the spring the administration ignored a request from a health agency to purchase millions of rapid tests and rejected a proposal for free rapid tests for the holiday back in october. to solve the self-inflicted shortage their new plan will require private insurers to cover the costs of tests instead
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of using the nearly half a trillion dollars from the covid relief bill passed last march. madam speaker, biden has failed to deliver on the promises to the american people. mrs. bice: he said he would shut down covid-19 and that all americans would have access to regular, reliable and free testing. sadly that couldn't be further from the truth. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from iowa seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent of the house 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. >> madam speaker, i rise today to recognize a record setting student athlete at the university of iowa. on january 2, sophomore guard caitlyn clark became the fastest player in big ten history to reach 1,000 career points. she accomplished this in just 40
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games, passing the previous record holder from ohio state. reaching this mark against evansville university, caitlyn put up a career high 44 points in the 93-56 winner in hawkies. mrs. miller-meeks: she was named a high school all american before coming to iowa city and earning numerous accolades as a freshman including freshman of the year, first-team all big ten freshman of the year and first team all american honors. con garagelations, caitlyn, i look forward to watching you continue to dominate for the next few years. go iowa, go hawkies. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> i ask madam speaker consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i'm a firm believer when the president of the united states being republican or democrat does well, we as america, we benefit the most.
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unfortunately president bind's performance during his first year in office has been absolutely terrible. virtually all americans are suffering because of his failure. there's so much about this president that actually frustrates me. he left behind americans in afghanistan. and he has completely refused to secure our southern border. mr. carl: meanwhile he's punishing hardworking americans by imposing illegal vaccines on them. all across america, businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and their shelves stocked but president biden has done nothing to fix these issues. i'm urging president biden to show and work on leadership for a change. this, the american people deserve much, much more and much better than what they're receiving today. madam speaker, i yield my time back. thank you.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from mississippi seek recognition? >> madam speaker, unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to remind the american people that our national security is still under attack at the u.s.-mexico border. the violation of our borders has been allowed to happen and even facilitated by the biden administration for nearly a year. since joe biden took office over 1.7 million illegal immigrants have been apprehended at the southern border. what's worse, joe is flying these individuals deeper into our nation with a ticket you paid for. because of president biden's failed open border policies more drugs have been smuggled into our neighborhoods than ever before. c.b.p. estimates nearly 1,200 pounds of fentanyl was an rehennedded last year alone. fentanyl flowing through owe's
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open border has caused harm by poisoning our children. the biden administration's failure has had costly consequences. cartels are profiting while americans are paying with their tack dollars, safety and lives. mr. palazzo: border security is national security. it's time to stop risking the safety of innocents for the safety of politics. americans deserve better. they deserve a closed border and they deserve to be safe. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to discuss an important issue in alabama and across the nation. chronic wasting disease. it's a neurological disease that affects deer, moose, elk and is 100% fatal. there's no known cure. c.w.d. could devastate the deer hunting population in alabama and the revenue it brings in
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each year. i'm a proud co-sponsor of h.r. 5608 which passed the house of representatives last month. this will will help research and prevent chronic wasting disease from spreading further, protecting alabama's deer herds, outdoor economy and its traditions. last week the first case of c.w.d. was reported in alabama. while it's currently only one case, it is important that we do what we can to prevent the terrible disease from spreading even further. i'm hopeful the senate will apps the call and take up the legislation so important to alabama and our nation. i'll do whatever i can in washington to help present -- prevent c.w.d. from taking hold in alabama. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> madam speaker, by direction of the committee on rule, i call up house resolution 860 and ask
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for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 61, house resolution 860. resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 1836, to amend title 38, united states code, to ensure that the time during which members of the armed forces serve on active duty for training qualifies for educational assistance under the post-9/11 educational assistance program of the department of veterans affairs, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on veterans' affairs now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 117—25 shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to
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final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on veterans' affairs or their respective designee,; two, the further amendments described in section 2 of this resolution; and (3) one motion to recommit. section 2. after debate pursuant to the first section of this resolution, each further amendment printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by the proponent at any time before the question is put thereon, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. all points of order against the further amendments printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules are waived. section 3.
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upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 4673, to amend title 38, united states code, to provide for the automatic enrollment of eligible veterans in patient enrollment system of department of veterans affairs, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 117-26 shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on veterans' affairs or their respective designee, two, the further amendments described in section 4 of this resolution, three, the amendments en bloc
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described in section 5 of this resolution, and, four, one motion to recommit. section 4. after debate pursuant to section 3 of this resolution, each further amendment printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution not earlier considered as part of amendments en bloc pursuant to section 5 of this resolution shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by the proponent at any time before the question is put thereon, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. section 5. it shall be in order at any time after debate pursuant to section 3 of this resolution for the chair of the committee on veterans' affairs or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of further amendments printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution not earlier disposed of.
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amendments en bloc offered pursuant to this section shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on veterans' affairs or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. section 6. all points of order against the further amendments printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules or amendments en bloc described in section 5 of this resolution are waived. section 7. house resolution 188, agreed to march 8, 2021, as most recently amended by house resolution 829, agreed to december 2, 2021, is amended by striking january 21, 2022 each place it appears and inserting in each instance, february 4, 2022. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for one hour.
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mr. perlmutter: thank you, madam speaker. for purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to my friend, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. reschenthaler, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. and during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for purposes of debate only. and i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. perlmutter: thank you. madam speaker, yesterday, the rules committee met and reported a rule, house resolution 860. the rule provides for consideration of h.r. 1836, the guard and reserve g.i. bill parody act, under a structured rule. the rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on veterans' affairs. makes in order two amendments. and provides one motion to recommit. the rule provides for consideration of h.r. 4673, the
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evest act, under a structured rule. it provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on veterans' affairs. the rule also makes in order five amendments. provides the chair of the committee on veterans' affairs en bloc authority and provides one motion to recommit. the rule provides for recess instructions, suspension authority, and same-day authority through february 4, 2022. madam speaker, i'm pleased we're here today to support our nation's veterans. h.r. 1836, the guard and reserve g.i. bill parody act, will make important improvements to the way g.i. bill benefits are calculated for our national guard and reserve veterans. since 9/11, our seven individual reserve and guard components of
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the united states armed forces have played a larger -- a larger role in military operations. despite putting on the same uniform and taking on many of the same risks as their active duty counterparts, these service members don't have access to the same benefits. under current law, active component service members receive credit for every day they serve. while reserve component and national guard service members earn credit, depending on their duty status. h.r. 1836 would expand eligibility for the g.i. bill to count every day a service member is paid and in uniform toward benefit eligibility and ensure parity for national guard and reserve members. it only makes common sense. this service would include all training and general duty for which basic pay is warranted. these men and women answer the call to serve without hesitation. our national guard has stepped
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up these last several years to assist in the fight against covid-19, helped communities affected by natural disasters. in colorado, we had a terrible wildfire a week ago, and the national guard stepped up. and even protecting our capitol following a domestic terrorist attack. it's past time these service members have access to the g.i. benefits they deserve. i commend congressman mike levin for sponsoring this legislation to provide parity and i'm proud to support this bipartisan bill. the rule also provides for consideration of h.r. 4673, the evest act, to improve health care benefits for departing active duty service members as they transition into the v.a. health care and civilian life. again, something that is just common sense, and i thought was already part of the law. approximately 200,000 service members transition out of military service each year.
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this service is difficult, demanding, and dangerous. and the transition from military to civilian life can be challenging for service members who suffered a service-related injury or a traumatic experience. a recent survey of 10,000 veterans showed their concern -- their chief concern in their first year after leaving military -- after leaving the military is their health and their mental well-being. at this moment, veterans eligible for v.a. health care must choose to enroll in the v.a.'s health care system using its online directory, phone or in-person services. however, veterans are often confused regarding their eligibility status for enrollment, despite all veterans being eligible for v.a. health care benefits for five years after separation from the military. a 2014 study found symptoms of ptsd can be significantly
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improved if veterans receive prompt mental health care and for each year a veteran waited to initiate treatment, there was a 5% increase in the odds of their ptsd not improving or even worsening. simply put, our veterans cannot afford to not get the health care they need and deserve. the evest act requires the v.a. to enroll veterans in the patient enrollment system within 60 days of receiving relevant information and notice from the department of defense. this bill uses existing d.o.d. systems through the transition assistance program as well as the v.a.'s existing patient enrollment system to enable a warm handoff, an immediate handoff from d.o.d. to v.a. the bill would require the v.a. to provide veterans' notice of enrollment and instructions for how the veteran can opt out if they so wish. smoother access to v.a. health care has never been more important than it is today. it's time to shift the burden
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from the veteran to the d.o.d. and the v.a. where it belongs. i want to thank chairman takano for introducing this commonsense legislation to improve the health of our recently separated veterans, and i also want to recognize the gentleman from pennsylvania for his service to the country as part of our military. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: thank you, madam speaker. i'd like to thank my good friend from colorado for his kind words and also for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: thank you, madam speaker. before i get into debate, i do just want to talk about my good friend from colorado. i know that he may be moving on in some months. i just want to say truly -- i'm looking forward to the next few months working with my friend. he's a gentleman and a good friend both on and off the
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floor. thank you to my friend from colorado. madam speaker, with that said, the rule before us makes in order two pieces of legislation, h.r. 1836, the guard and reserve g.i. bill parity act of 2021. and also h.r. 4673, the evest act. as a former navy jag, i'm deeply committed to supporting the military men and women who make sacrifices every day to protect our freedoms both at home and abroad. that's why i'm incredibly disappointed that neither of these measures received the legislative hearing in the house veterans' affairs committee this congress. without input from the v.a., without input from v.s.o.'s and other stakeholders, it's absolutely unclear what impact these bills would have, let alone, whether these are workable bills. take, for example, h.r. 1836. republicans agree that we must address the benefit inequity for our national guardsmen and simplify the law so that any time spent on active duty, any
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time on active duty for service, other than training, would count towards g.i. bill eligibility. but unfortunately, the broad expansion of benefits in h.r. 1836 could have very real impacts on retention in both the reserves and active duty. additionally, it would be helpful to hear from v.s.o.'s and other stakeholders about the impact that increased interest fees would have on veterans' access to housing. this is a real problem, and i don't think we've properly addressed it or debated it. these are issues that could have been explored. they could have been explored during a legislative hearing. they could have been explored to ensure our final product that meets the needs of our guardsmen and our veterans. at the same time, while i agree we must support transitioning service members and we must do it by connecting them with v.a. hospital care and medical services, this has been an incomplete legislative process and makes h.r. 4673 completely problematic. according to the v.a. 2020 --
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sorry -- 2022 budget documents, 9.2 million veterans are enrolled for care and medical services while 7.1 million veterans actually receive treatment at v.a. or community care facilities. so given the budgets are determined by historical enrollment versus actual utilization, increasing enrollment without understanding the impact on the v.a. health care system could create an imbalance between the budgetary needs and what reality will show. it would also be helpful to understand h.r. 4673's potential impacts on access to care for current veterans and the ability of v.a. staff and facilities to handle the influx of the new enrollees. to that end, last congress we passed the commander john scott hannon veterans mental health care improvement act of 2019. this required the v.a. to submit a strategic plan to provide a health care plan to any veteran
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during the one-year period following their discharge or release from active duty service. this strategic plan is currently expected to be released early in 2022. so it would make a lot more sense to wait until we receive the strategic plan before we move forward with a legislative solution. so, again, madam speaker, there are issues that could have been discussed in a legislative hearing. these issues could have helped ensure a veteran-focused approach to enrollment eligibility for v.a. health care. instead, the majority's moving forward without a true understanding of the real-world impacts of these measures. i, therefore, urge my colleagues to oppose this rule. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: thank you, madam speaker. i just say in response to my friend, this is a situation in the parity act where the national guard and reserve are standing side by side with active military. they are entitled to the same
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benefits that the active military has when it comes to the g.i. bill. so that one is just, in my opinion, a no-brainer. the other -- and i would say, the v.s.o.'s, the veteran service organizations, supporting the parity act, the g.i. and reserve -- g.i. bill parity act, 1836, are student veterans of america, national guard association of the u.s., enlisted association of the national guard of the united states, and the reserve officers of the u.s. . with respect to the evest legislation, h.r. 4673, again, here we are, people have acted with military service and then are -- have to opt in as opposed to just let the system move quickly for them to become part of the veterans medical care and
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benefits system. and we have a number of different organizations that support that. v.s.o. supporting that, paralyzed veterans of america, the nurses of veterans and veterans policy institute. with that i yield to the gentlelady from north carolina, ms. ross, a distinguished member of the rules committee, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for three minutes. ms. ross: thank you, madam speaker. thank you so much to my esteemed colleague, congressman perlmutter. this bill includes -- the bills included in this rule serve as an expression of gratitude for all veterans, regardless of their official service status. my state of north carolina alone has nearly 12,000 national guard members, each of whom deserves to be recognized for their
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sacrifice on behalf of our nation. reservists and national guard members take on challenging, admirable and oftentimes life-saving work, especially throughout the covid-19 crisis. we owe it to these exceptional americans to provide gold standard educational benefits, medical care, and meantal health support. a critical inflection point in all veteran's lives is their transition to civilian life. we know that during this period, veterans disproportionately face meantal health crises. that is why in partnership with congresswoman gonzalez-colon, congressman bowman, congresswoman moore, i have offered an amendment to h.r. 1836 that takes pro-activ steps to -- pro-active steps to offer support.
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our amendment requires the v.a. to provide new veterans with information on the medical services they can access including the meantal health care and military sexual trauma resources to which they are entitled. my father served as a psychiatrist in the air force during the vietnam era. a particularly challenging time for our veterans. he witnessed firsthand the need for meantal health care among this population. in addition, one of the issues, military sexual trauma, leaving veterans with scars both physical and psychological, is affected by this legislation. i've introduced other legislation on this issue and i'm committed to helping veterans who have experienced this trauma access support. veterans can't benefit from v.a. services unless they know about
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them. unfortunately, many veterans lack information of the full range of resources available. our amendment will raise awareness among transitioning veterans about v.a. services and the care they deserve. i urge my colleagues to support the amendment, the rule, and the underlying bill. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, during my opening statement, i referenced the strategic plan that the v.a. is undertaking that we're supposed to get in early 2022. the reason for that is because we need data, we need data before we legislate. we do have data on another topic. mr. reschenthaler: and that's the challenge our children are facing being kept out of school. we have nearly two full years of data showing that keeping kids out of classrooms has caused
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massive learning loss, a meantal health epidemic particularly among our youth, and stressful situations for million, millions of families. recently, children in chicago have been forced to endure virtual hearings after chicago teachers union refused to do their jobs and show up for in-person classes. house republicans pleve schools should be open and that our children come first. you know, in some municipalities, bowling alleys have opened before our schools. it is shameful. that's why if we defeat the previous question, i will personally offer an amendment to the rule to immediately consider h.r. 6082, the reopen schools act. madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment into the record along with any extraneous materials immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. reschenthaler: thank you.
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with that, here to explain the legislation, my good friend mrs. hinson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. hinson: our amendment would ensure that students are no longer kept out of the classroom and forced to learn from behind a screen. it would ensure parents are able to return to the workplace. it would help combat the ongoing youth meantal health crisis spurred by school closures. my bill, the reopen schools act, would reissue covid grant -- would condition federal coast grants to schools on those schools being open in the first place which is what the money was intended to do. i'm proud my home state of iowa and i'm thankful to our governor, kim reynolds, for ensuring students could go back to school. in iowa kids have been back in the classroom where they belong for over a year. they get to socialize with their peers and get hands on learning help from their teachers. they get to run and jump at recess. they get to raise their hands to ask and answer questions instead
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of clicking a button from behind a screen. they get to write on white boards during their lessons. unfortunately, this is not the case in the rest of the country. so many students are still trapped behind screens. and what about the students who don't have regular computer and broadband internet access? what about students in households without computers or even households with only one computer where mom and dad are maybe trying to also use it for work? virtual learning means we are leaving behind our most vulnerable students. our rural students. our students with additional learning challenges. and even kids who have every virtual advantage are struggling. families are struggling. working parents are challenged. like never before. and american kids are suffering and paying the price for it. as a mom i've personally felt this pressure and i know many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle know what it's like to have kids trying to learn at home while you're traying to work at the same time. so this is not a partisan issue.
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this is about our kids. this is about supporting working families. kids need to be in school. so i urge my colleagues to join me in defeating the previous question so we can reopen schools and prevent taxpayer dollars from keeping kids at home. thank you, madam speaker, and i thank the gentleman from pennsylvania. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: thank you, madam speaker. i appreciate the comments of mr. hinson about schools. but this, we're the congress of the united states. this is not the des moines school board or the punxstawney school board where they may have individual respective issues for their area. my wife is a teacher, as you are, madam speaker, and in jefferson county, colorado, the schools are open now. is it a -- are people getting sick? is there a lot of pressure on teachers? you bet there is. but those schools are open.
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so i appreciate the comments of my friends about wanting to hope the -- to open the schools in chicago or maybe wanting to open them someplace else but they're open. and so i'm not exactly sure what they're railing against other than maybe the school board of chicago or the school board of des moines. so i'd like to now yield three minutes to the jerusalem from texas, ms. jackson lee -- to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for three minutes. ms. jackson lee: spoken like my good friend from colorado, mr. perlmutter, who i insist remain in this body for his astuteness and his way of analyzing, might i take a quick moment to say the schools of america are open. but today, the hospitalization rate for omicron is the highest ever since we've had covid-19. and so i believe that school superintendents, teachers, parents and other, like you, madam speaker, are making
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decisions for our children to be in school but also to be safe. with that, let me move on this very important two legislative initiative, h.r. 1836, and h.r. 4673. i thank the gentleman from colorado. i thank my good friend who has served in the united states military from pennsylvania. i thank him for his service as well. i rise enthusiastically on this legislation for a number of reasons. more importantly, i have worked extensively with the guard. particularly the texas national guard. we in texas can sometimes be called disaster alley as it relates to hurricanes and tornadoes. as it relates to covid-19. and alongside of us on those battles if you will, saving lives, have been the national guard. we are grateful for their service. they are citizen soldiers. i think we don't acknowledge that what the guard is is individuals who put on the
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uniform, leaving being a bus driver or teacher or mechanic, lawyer, doctor, and in doing so they sacrifice and leave their families. so i'm excited about h.r. 1836 by mr. levin. because right now in terms of education it is active duty, those individuals in active military service including full-time training and annual training. but 1836 will expand the eligibility criteria to include those training in full-time national guard duty. they are on the frontlines. in my hospital during covid-19 it was the guard that came as nurses and support systems when we were literally overwhelmed with patients. it is the guard that's coming back again. to be able to help us now that we are also at the peak, texas children's hospital has seen more sick covid-19 impacted children in their history. the guard is vital.
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i would just say that this is not about data. it is about the lives of our guard. and i want to move to say how important it is to get our young soldiers onto the health care system under the bill of mr. takano as quickly as they come out. it's not about data, it's about saving lives. that leads me to governor abbott's unkindly and wrong policies in texas. that i'll be speaking -- seeking an official investigation from the department in washington, the secretary of defense and the pentagon. and the issue is of course -- mr. perlmutter: i yield the gentlelady another minute. ms. jackson lee: the issue is very clear. in his wrongheaded dispatching of our guard to the border, of course this is a federal responsibility, the southern border, we now have documented crisis, guards committing suicide, guards not getting their paychecks, and guards
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having their education tuition slashed, yes, that is what's happening in the state of texas. i'm a fighter for the guard. they have worked without ceasing and question. and i demand that this congress, this committee on armed services, the pentagon, investigate when the commander of a particular state abuses those individuals who have put on the uniform as citizen soldiers and who are in desperate need of our help. suicide, not getting your paychecks timely because you are dispatching people to the border without order, without understanding, and so i support this legislation but i'm calling for my colleagues to help me. help these young soldiers with family members. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: are not getting the kind of treatment equating to their dignity. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: thank you i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: thank you. i appreciate it, i appreciate my good friend from texas talking about suicide. if we want to talk about suicide let's look 245e9 youths of the country. here's a statistics. the number of e.r. visits for suspected suicide attempts by 12 to 17-year-old girls rose by 51% in early 2019 -- in 2019 -- in 2021 compared to 2019. suicide attempts are up 51%. let's talk about suicide and let's talk act the effect these shutdowns are having on our youths. i know my good friend from colorado said this is just an issue of chicago, we're talking about chicago. chicago is just an example of the shutdowns. there are over 450rbgz 0 schools across the country that chose to begin the week of january 2 by shutting down. which disrupted, clearly
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disrupted learning. this isn't just a republican stat. i've got i have a "new york times" article that has more facts. remember, it was president biden who promised he was going to shut down the virus not shut down the economy. not shut down schools. he's actually done the exact opposite. here's another statistic. more americans have died from covid-19 in 2021 an in 2020. that's under president biden's watch. we can hear excuses all day long about what can be done. the fact is this. this is a crisis that joe biden and the other party across the aisle owns. there is no excuse. they control the white house, the senate, and have the majority in the house. this has been done on their watch. madam speaker, to talk more about this topic i yield 2 1/2 minutes to my good friend from oklahoma, mr. hern. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma virginia tech. mr. hern: thank you, madam speaker. i would like to thank my dear friend from pennsylvania for
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yielding me 2 1/2 minutes to speak about something today that we need to shed a light on the issue in passing an entire generation of students. children from preschool age through college have been barred from their classrooms for the better part of two years now. many of us have stated from the start shutting down schools would create more problems than it would solve. now the data proves us right. still some teachers unions refuse to work. they refuse to put the well-being of the students' futures first. americans are sick and tired of the federal government moving the goal posts and changing the, quote, science, to fit whatever narrative they want. the president of the united states repeatedly saved to -- caved to the teachers' unions ignoring the needs of our students to the detriment of the children across the country. now he's seen the polling on school closures, he says the schools should reopen, continuing to move the goal posts. suicide and self-harm among students hit record highs while
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schools were closed. mental health problems are on the rise among all children. all these issues trace back to the closure of our schools. when schools remain closed, our children are harmed. parents are having to take their children to work, to their job because they have no way of having their children cared for during the day. students need to be in school environments for more than just an education. the social skills developed through their school years have a direct impact on the adults and members of society that these children will grow into. what will the next generation of leaders look like? what will the next generation of doctors or scientists or engineers look like if their -- if this is their education today? in 20 years our society will be dependent on this generation. in the work force and throughout our society. but we are failing to prepare our children for it. the future of our nation belongs to the children. yes, it really is for the
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children. can anyone in this chamber look at the actions of the last two years and say we are serving our children's best interests? the answer is a resounding no. i urge the consideration of congresswoman hinson's legislation to ensure our students are back in the classroom. i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: thank you, madam speaker. i just respond to my friend from oklahoma as well as the gentleman from pennsylvania. obviously they have some issues with their school systems. if this is the problem that they are bringing up, colorado, schools are opened. i can tell you my wife, pretty stressed because covid still is around. and the teaching ranks have been hit by covid and there is a lot of stress on teachers. but the schools are opened. maybe those gentlemen need to talk to their school boards.
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colorado, we believe in local control. and in colorado we kept these opened. i would just suggest to the gentlemen to take a look at their own school boards instead of having some national standard they want to create here about keeping schools opened because they are opened. now, mr. reschenthaler mentioned something about the economy. let's talk about the economy. the economy, start with the stock market. stock market is up 10,000 points since joe biden took office. 10,000 points. you know what that means, madam speaker? it's $1.4 billion per point. means the stock market is up $14 trillion in one year under joe biden. since donald trump lost stock market is up $14 trillion. now, if that weren't enough, let's talk about how many jobs have been added since joe biden
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won and donald trump lost. 6.2 million jobs have been added in the last year. 6.2 million jobs. wages have increased by 4.7%. at levels we haven't seen for decades. we had the sharpest drop in unemployment since joe biden won and donald trump lost over the course of the last year, down to 3.9%. stock market's up, jobs are up, wages are up. and my friends are complaining about the economy. well, they got to complain about something. so that's what they want to complain about. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: thank you, madam speaker. i appreciate it. i am glad the economy dame came up because this is truly a disaster. we can talk about the stock market. i can tell you the people in my district, they don't care about wall street.
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we are focused on main street. and when everything they buy everyday, whether it's bacon at the grocery store, gasoline at the gas station, it costs more. takes money out of their paychecks. but don't take my word. let's turn to some statistics. the december job report was the worst of joe biden's presidency. the u.s. economy actually adding just under 200,000 jobs when it was projected to add roughly half a million jobs. grossly falling short of what all the economists were projecting. the december jobs report as i said was the worst of the biden presidency. the labor force participation rates decreased for the following demographics. african-american men 20 and older declined. african-american teenagers, asian americans, hispanic and latino americans. all had failing numbers. under the biden economy. again let's look at inflation.
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gasoline, up 58%. we haven't seen increases like this in gasoline since the last time that joe biden was in the white house. car and truck rentals up 37%. as i referenced bacon, up over 21%. fish and seafood up 10%. eggs, 8%. coffee, 7.5%. what this means is the real wages for the american workers which has stagnated are even worse than they were before this presidency because everything the american worker buys costs more thanks to joe biden and thanks to the party across the aisle's economic policies. i want to talk more, schools were referenced again. let's talk about schools. i have a new york time article, no way to grow up. american children are in crisis. published january 4.
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this is "the new york times." among third through eighth graders. math and reading levels were lower than normal this fall according to the nwea, a research group. many children and teenagers are experiencing mental health problems aggravated by the isolation and disruption of the pandemic. three medical groups, including the american academy of pediatrics, recently declared a national state of emergency in children's health. what's really shocking about this is the party across the aisle claims to be the party of science. i think the party across the aisle has forever forfeited the right to call themselves the party of science because nothing that they have done has been based in science. maybe political science, but not real science. here's the real science. the many changes to school routines are of questionable value in controlling the virus' spread. some researchers are skeptical that scol closures reduced covid cases in most instances.
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here we have the so-called party of science using unscientific rationale to shut down schools which we know are damaging kids. both from an education point of view and mental health point of view. damaging kids while having seark that up. here to explain more is representative moore from utah. i yield two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah is recognized for two minutes. mr. moore: i rise today to urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question so that we can immediately consider h.r. 682, the reopen schools act. as the father of four i know just how important it is to families across the country that our schools stay opened and our kids keep learning. i want to pause for a moment to highlight what we are hearing right now. and i fully appreciate my democrat colleagues talking about federalism. i am very supportive of that. in the a face of sweeping federal mandates that are going to inflict an enormous work force burden on all of our
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private sector companies in my district, with a federal vaccine mandate that we are trying to say don't do that. that's not the right approach. i'm hearing the same thing that it's not the right approach to tell each school board what they are doing. let me set a clear concept what we are talking about here. there is federal money involved. we want school boards to make decisions. i have incorporated it into my speech i'll share in a minute. to use these federal dollars that are designed to help keep schools opened we need to make sure the schools stay opened. let's all embrace federal itch. that is -- federalism. that is the goal. president biden realized it a few weeks ago when he said we can't solve this at the federal level. we embrace that. in-person learning is critical for our children's well-being from mental health to reading and math skills. american students are struggling. covid is spreading. we can embrace federalism like mask and testing where relevant. our kids need to be in the classroom. rolling school closures are exacting a staggering role on
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our children, particularly those with special needs or those already vulnerable or behind academically. low-income families with parents who work outside the home are most at risk when schools shut down. moms and dads face a race to find makeshift childcare to go to work and field their families. vulnerable kids fall further and further behind on their school work. we cannot fail these students. congress allocated $5 had. -- $54.3 billion to help schools reopen and stay open. and those funds must be used to prioritize the expenses that keep schools opened. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. reschenthaler: additional 30 seconds. mr. moore: i'm grateful for utah's educators and superintendents working hard to do what's right by our students. they are working hard. families across the country are trying their best and they can we must commit to supporting them. i vote for the previous question as a vote for our students and future. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized.
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mr. perlmutter: thanks, madam speaker. i appreciate the comments of the gentleman from utah as well as my friend from pennsylvania. they are focusing on schools. ok. focus on schools. obviously i think local control of these school districts is the appropriate way to go and not a federal mandate. obviously we'd like to see vaccines used more. covid eliminated. if we got everybody vaccinated and people wore masks, i think that would be the direction we go. what these bills are about, what this rule is about is about the mental health of our national guard and reserve troops. we are talking about the national guard here. we are talking about the reserves. they may want to bring in a school bill which is completely unrelated to the topic at hand, but what we are talking about here should have been either passed under some kind of
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expedited fashion or it should be the law already. obviously they want to argue about something that's not before the body because they can't argue against these two bills. we want to make sure that there's parity that exists between the national guard reserve and active military when it comes to the g.i. bill and the ability of those individuals to take advantage of the benefits of the g.i. bill. which will benefit this nation greatly. my dad had a saying with the original g.i. bill, he says, america's made many investments. but of the two best investments that america made, the louisiana purchase was second only to the g.i. bill in terms of the value to america. here we are talking about all sorts of other things and not parity for national guardsmen
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and reserve officers, reserve troops with the ability to access the g.i. bill. we are also ignoring the mental health issues that so many coming out of the military may experience once they are out of the department of defense. out of their active service. we want to make sure there is a seamless approach to them entering into the v.a. system. i understand my friends arcing about everything else -- arguing about everything else, but what we have before us are very important matters that have to be addressed. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: thank you, madam speaker. again i just want to reiterate that i said, if we defeat the previous question i will personal offer an amendment to the rule to immediately consider h.r. 682, the reopen schools act, to help our children that are in school, that are suffering. that's why this is now an issue.
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to speak more on that i yield my good friend from wisconsin, mr. tiffany, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for three minutes. mr. tiffany: i want to say thanks to the gentleman from pennsylvania for a few minutes here. i appreciate it. madam speaker, i rise to oppose the previous question and in support of the reopen schools act. we are hearing today that what could be more important in terms of priorities here, what could be more important than schools. and getting our schools opened. . during the early days of the pap democratic many school rrs shuttered but now i believe we have the tools to keep the schools open something we know is in the best interest of our kids. since march of 2020, the federal government has provided $190 billion in pandemic aid to schools to upgrade their mitigation systems and get kids back in the classrooms safely. unfortunately, last week, the
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teachers' union in chicago decided to walk out on their students. the standoff has kept 340,000 student, the third largest school system in the united states, out of the classroom. worryingly, we're now seeing other teachers' unions across the country looking to follow their lead, pushing for a return to remote learning. so our colleague across the aisle said what are we railing against? aren't we in support of local control? of course we are. but what we're seeing in the state of wisconsin now is at the department of health services, at the behest of the tboverpor, is pushing for more restrictions. a letter went out today, all school districts across the state of wisconsin, we've got to put more restrictions. you should be putting more restribses in place. it's very similar to what the centers for disease control has done. it is extremely hard for someone at the local level to simply stand up against this onslaught
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of regulations and suggestions of you have to do this. otherwise children will be damaged. how are you going to stand up against that when you're a small local school district. even the education secretary took a stand by saying students have suffered enough. and schools should stay open. i agree. last year's school closures were extremely hard on parents and students leading to significant learning loss. that's a scenario we cannot afford to repeat this academic year. we owe it to our kids to get back into in-person instruction. h.r. 682 ensures that additional $190 billion in pandemic aid goes toward what it was intended getting kids back in the classroom. i just want to close by saying this. i remember back in april of 2020, a couple of week into the
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shutdowns and lockdowns, we knew who this was going to affect the most. and we knew that children are at very low risk. in fact the head of the c.d.c. at that time -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. reschenthaler: i yield 10 seconds to my friend to close. mr. tiffany: dr. renfield said kids should be back many school. they do not, they are at less risk than the cold and flu with covid. kids should be back in school. i urge defeat of the previous question so we can consider this critical piece of legislation put forward by the gentlelady from iowa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: i'd like to inquire, how much time does each side have. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado has 9 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from pennsylvania has # 1/2 minutes. mr. perlmutter: thank you, madam speaker. i just -- i appreciate my
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friends wanting to talk about the chicago teachers union because again they don't want to talk about the national guard. they don't want to talk about the reserve. they don't want to talk about the g.i. bill. they don't want to talk about meantal health benefits or health benefits generally for veterans. because they don't have any complaint about that. there's just a whole other conversation going on here. and again, i don't know what's going on in wisconsin. you know, whether the gentleman has a complaint against collective bargaining in wisconsin. i don't know if it's the problem in pennsylvania, there's an issue with collective bargaining, that's not the issue before the house today. we need to get these national guard and reserve pieces of -- pieces of legislation passed. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: i'm a veteran of the navy, i deployed to iraq.
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i'll take about veteran issues all day long. we can talk about the v.a. loan which needs reforms so veterans can use the loan in a hot market where sellers refuse to accept the loan. i have been talking about veterans' issues. but we've had almost a year of one-party rule. one party controlling the white house, the senate and the house. for one year. what has that given us? it's given us and absolute crisis, a disaster at the southern border. it's given us rampant covid deaths that actually exceed what we were last year despite the fact that this president inherited from president trump operation warp speed which gave him three vaccines and a list of therapeutics that could be used. despite all of that this is still an unmitigated dasser that biden and his democratic colleagues have created. we also have inflation, stagnation, american work verse less money to buy the goods and services they need. we have russia poised to invade ukraine.
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we have communist china daily invading the air space of the free and independent nation state of taiwan. and don't even get me started on the fact that we ceded afghanistan to the taliban after 18 months of stability in that nation and saw zero american fatalities and stability for our afghan allies and we handed it over to the taliban. that is what one year of one party rule has given this country. an unmitt gated disaster. now getting back to schools. i know that my colleagues on the left want to say this is just an issue for chicago. or some other city. 4,500 schools shut down the first week of january. that is a national issue. to talk more about it, is my good friend representative letlow from louisiana, i yield her two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. letlow: thank you, madam speaker. i rise to oppose the previous question so we can consider h.r.
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682. i believe this legislation is critical for our students to ensure success in the current school year and also address the learning gap that has arisen in this pandemic as parents we know that education is the most essential cornerstone in the foundation of our children's future. throughout the past year i've heard from countless parent who was had to put their lives on hold to assume the role of teach for the their child's virtual classroom while other family priersties including returning to work took a back seat. as a former educator myself i know how crucial classroom discussion is to the learning process. the statistics clearly show that students learn better when they were able to participate in person and interact with their peers and teachers and not reduced to just a face on a screen. i also want to note that in rural areas such as my district, successful virtual learning is nearly impossible because of the lack of access to broadband internet. in my home state of louisiana, our standardized thes show that
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the number of state of the unions in grades 3 through 8 who achieve the state's proficiency goals fell by nearly 5% in the pandemic. over the past two years, congress has appropriated billions of dollars so schools can take the necessary steps to reopen safely. i want to be clear. we are not asking schools to put either students or teachers into unsafe environments. but we did not send states and districts that funding for them to simply shut do their doors again. madam speaker, it is absolutely critical for us to move forward on this legislation to ensure that america's students can continue to learn in safe, face-to-face classrooms across the country. thank you, i yield back. mr. perlmutter -- mr. reschenthaler: i can reserve but i would like my friend from colorado to know i have no further speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: i thank the
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gentlelady from louisiana for talking about the need for broadband. in the american rescue plan there's funding for broadband as well as in the infrastructure bill. now i will reserve the balance of my time so my friend can close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. reschenthaler: thank you, madam speaker. i thank my good friend from colorado. as a former navy jag i strongly support efforts to ensure our military men and women receive the care and benefits they deserve both during and after their periods of service. it is therefore incredibly disappointing to me that the two bills made in order under today's rule present numerous and -- numerous issues and numerous uncertainties that could have been addressed through a robust discussion with the v.a., v.s.o.'s and other stake holder groups. i really hope that moving forward we can just work together to ensure that through the legislative process we
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address the needs of our nation's veterans. again, i would urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question so that i will offer the amendment to reopen schools act. so again, i urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question and no on the rule. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: thanks, madam speaker. i want to recognize my friend for his service to our country both in the military and here in the united states congress. i'd like to yield the balance of my time -- pardon me, i yield myself the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perlmutter: thank you, madam speaker. i was paying him a compliment and got all off on my remarks. lasttime i'm going to pay you a compliment. i want to thank my colleagues for joining me here today to speak on the rule, the guard and reserve g.i. bill parity act and evest act and how we provide and
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care for our nation's veterans. we have an opportunity through passage of both bills to improve the health care of our accept vatting service members and ensure our national guard and reserve component members receive parity in their g.o. bill benefits. to thank them for their service to our country. i again want to thank veterans afares committee for their work along with chairman mark takano and representative mark levin for sponsoring these important bills. as we kick off 2022 and continue the house's work for the people, i'm glad we're starting with our nation's veterans. i want to thank my friend and colleague mr. reschenthaler and for the numerous other veterans who serb in this body for genser vis both in the military and service here in the united states congress. i've always fought hard for our nation's veterans throughout my time in congress as my way to show my gratitude for their service. and fulfill my leaf thats our
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country's responsibility to care for our nation's veterans after they have cared for us. with that, madam speaker, i encourage a yes vote on the rule and the previous question. i yield back the balance of my time. i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. >> i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. 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.]
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> as the member designated by dr. ran drew of new jersey, i inform the house that dr. van drew will vote no on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by chairwoman maxine waters, i
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inform the house that chairwoman waters will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> as the member designated by chairwoman eddie bernice johnson, chairwoman zoe lofgren, and representative sean patrick maloney, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that these members will vote yea on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by members napolitano, vela, gonzalez, and roybal-allard pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the
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previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mrs. kim of california, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mrs. kim will vote no on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: as the member designated mr. welch of ver month, i inform the house that mr. welch will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by congress member
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gonzalez of texas, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. gonzalez will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from indiana seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. baird of indiana, i inform the house that mr. baird will vote nay on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by representative berra of california, i inform the house that representative berra --
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bera votes aye on ordering the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative evans of pennsylvania's third district, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. evans will vote yea on the motion to move the previous question on house resolution 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. glen grothman of wisconsin 6, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. grothman will vote no on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. katko of new york, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. katko will vote no on the previous question to h.res. 860. madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. kinzinger of illinois, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. kinzinger will vote no on the previous question h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. raskin: thank you, madam speaker. represented by the following representatives, i inform the house that these members will vote aye on the previous question. tom suozzi, mark pocan, lloyd doggett, jayapal, hank johnson.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. pressley of massachusetts, i inform the house that she will vote yes on the previous question. also as the member designated by representative grijalva of arizona, i inform the house that he will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. lynch: good afternoon, madam speaker. as the member designated by the honorable mr. james langevin of rhode island, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. langevin will vote yes on the motion to move the previous question on h.r. 860.
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thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? >> as the member designated rep schrier, i inform the house that rep schrier will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. bush of missouri, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. bush will vote yea on the previous question. as the member designated by ms. omar of minnesota, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. omar will vote yea on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by the gentleman, congressman babin, i inform the house that congressman babin will vote nay
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on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from hawaii seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative kehele, i inform the house mr. kehele will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition 1234. >> madam speaker, as the member designated mr. crawford from arkansas, i inform the house that mr. crawford will vote nay on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition. >> as the member designated by ms. lee of california, i inform the house that ms. lee will vote yea on ordering the previous question. as the member designated by ms. talib of michigan, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. talib will vote yea on ordering the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member
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designated by million gohmert of the great state of texas, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. gohmert will vote nay on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> as the member designated by reps kris, lawson, cardenas, i inform the house that these members will vote yea on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. soto: well, madam speaker, as the member designated by crist, lawson, and cardenas, i inform the house that these
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members will volt yea on the previous question -- vote yea on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by reps mondaire, jones, williams, and stansbury, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from colorado seek recognition? mrs. boebert: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. gaetz of florida, i inform the house that mr. gaetz will vote nay on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. mace of south carolina, i inform the house that ms. mace will vote nay on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. waltz from the state of florida, i inform the house that mr. waltz will vote nay on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by the following four representatives, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question. mr. brown: rochester of delaware, degette, colorado. adams, north carolina. defazio, oregon. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek
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recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative stefanik of new york, i inform the house that ms. stefanik will vote no on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: madam speaker, as the member designated by representatives bonamici, brownley, and meng i inform the house that representatives bonamici, brownley, and meng will vote yes on the previous question. . >> as the member designated by mr. mccall of texas, i inform the house that mr. mccall will vote nay. >> for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> as the member designated by representative pingree of maine, representative sewell of
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alabama, i inform the house that as the members will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. desjarlais of tennessee, i inform the house that mr. desjarlais will vote nay on the previous question. thank you.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: as the member designated by mr. torres of new york, i inform the house that mr. torres will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. pfluger of texas, i inform the house that mr. pfluger will vote nay on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative stanton, i inform the house that representative stanton will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. bishop of georgia, i inform the house that mr. bishop will vote nay on the motion to prove the previous question on h.res. 860.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from massachusetts seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. awe kin close, ms. chu, mr. cooper, ms. leger fernandez, ms. frankel and ms. boudreau, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. matsui, i inform the house that ms. matsui will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative jerry nadler of new york, ann kirkpatrick of arizona, andy kim of new jersey, donald payne of new jersey, albio sires of of
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new jersey and bonnie watson coleman of new jersey, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. connolly: madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. titus of nevada, i inform the house that ms. titus will vote yes on the previous question. and as the member designated by mr. kind of wisconsin, i inform the house that mr. kind will vote yes on the previous
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question. and as the member designated by mr. price of north carolina, i inform the house that mr. price will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. smucker of pennsylvania, i inform the house that mr. smucker will vote no on the previous question. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. garamendi of california, i inform the house that mr. garamendi will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. and announces to the house her approval thereof. from washington, i inform the house that ms. and announces to the house her approval thereof. will vet -- as the member designated by ms. herrera beutler from washington, pursuant to house resolution
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965, i inform the house that mse nay on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. panetta of california, i inform the house that mr. panetta will vote yes on the previous question. as the member designated by mr. butterfield of north carolina, i inform the house that mr. butterfield will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative porter and mceachin, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous
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question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. lamborn of colorado, i inform the house that mr. lamborn will vote no on the previous question. and as the member designated by mr. hudson of north carolina, i inform the house that mr. hudson will vote no on the previous
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative boyle of pennsylvania, i inform the house that this member will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. jacobs of new york, i inform the house that mr. jacobs will vote nay on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition?
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>> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. hagedorn of minnesota district 01, i inform the house that mr. hagedorn will be voting no on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. deutch of florida, i inform the house that mr. deutch will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by ms. salazar of florida, i inform the house that ms. salazar will vote nay on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mrs. mcbath of georgia, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house mrs. mcbath will vote yes on the motion on
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ordering the previous question. represented ruppersberger, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. blumenauer, mr. lowenthal, mr. lieu, ms. barragan, mr. cohen, ms. moore, miss mowlten, and mr. desaulnier, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> as the member designated by representative casten, i inform the house that representative casten will vote yes on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by representatives rush, bobby rush of illinois and joyce beatty of ohio i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative ruiz, i inform the house that representative ruiz will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> as the member designated by representative ocasio-cortez and spehr, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 219. the nays are 203. the question now -- the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. reschenthaler: with that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 301 of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device.
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[captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. mace, south carolina, i inform the house that ms. mace will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from california seek recognition. >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. matsui, i inform the house that ms. matsui will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: pennsylvania seek recognition. >> thank you, madam speaker. mr. reschenthaler: as the member designated dr. van drew of new jersey, i inform the house that dr. van drew are vet no on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition. >> as the member designated by representatives ocasio-cortez and speier, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the
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gentleman from utah seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. herrera beutler of washington, i inform the house that ms. herrera beutler will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative boyle of pennsylvania, i inform the house that this member will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition. a as the member designated by mr. waltz of florida, i inform the house that mr. waltz will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition. >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. mceachin and ms. porter, i inform the house that they will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition. >> as the member designated by mrs. kim of california, pursuant
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to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mrs. kim will vote no on house resolution 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? america online madam speaker, as the member designated by representatives grijalva of arizona and pressley of massachusetts, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. pfluger from texas, i inform the house that mr. pfluger will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative stanton, i inform the house that representative stabton -- stanton will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, thank you very much. madam speaker, as the member
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designated by the gentleman from texas, mr. babin, i inform the house that mr. babin will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. deutch of florida, i inform the house that mr. deutch will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. jacobs of new york, i inform the house that mr. jacobs will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. bishop of georgia, i inform the house that mr. bishop will vote yea on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from indiana seek recognition? mrs. walorski: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. baird of indiana, i inform the house that mr. baird will vote no on the rule.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> madam speaker, the following members vote yes on h.res. 860. mr. brown: adams, north carolina. defazio, oregon. blunt rochester, delaware, degette, colorado. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. hagedorn of minnesota, i inform the house that mr. hagedorn will be voting no on the present rule. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. torres of new york, ms. sewell of alabama, ms. wilson of florida, ms. bass of california, ms. pingree of maine, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on house resolution 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by representative stefanik of new york, i inform the house that ms. stefanik will vote no on the rule.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by congress members napolitano, vela, vee is eat this gonzalez, and roybal-allard these members -- i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? from texas. >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. gohmert from the great state of texas, i inform the house that mr. gohmert will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: madam speaker, as the member designated by rep bonamici, brownley, and meng, i inform the house that reps bonamici, brownley, and meng will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member
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designated by mr. smucker of pennsylvania, i inform the house that mr. smucker will vote no on the rule. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by representative -- representative bera, i inform the house that representative bera will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. katko, i inform the house that mr. katko will vote nay on the rule. as the member designated by mr. kinzinger, i inform the house that mr. kinzinger will vote no on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. beyer: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. barragan, mr. lieu, mr. cohen of tennessee, ms. moore of wisconsin, mr. moulton of massachusetts, i
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inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> madam speaker -- mr. fleischmann: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. desjarlais of tennessee, i inform the house that mr. desjarlais will vote nay on the rule. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. bush of missouri, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. bush will vote yea on h.res. 860. and as the member designated by ms. omar of minnesota, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. omar will vote yea on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. as the member designated by ms. salazar of florida, i inform the house that ms. salazar will vote nay on the rule. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. lynch: good afternoon, madam speaker. as the member designated by the honorable mr. james langevin of
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rhode island, and pursuant to house resolution 8, i'd like to inform the house that mr. langevin will vote yes on h.res. 860, the rule providing for consideration of h.r. 1836, the guard and reserve g.i. parity act of 2021, and h.r. 4673, the evest act. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. glenn grothman of wisconsin's sixth district, pursuant to house resolution 8, i inform the house that mr. grothman will vote no on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by john garamendi of california, i inform the house that john garamendi will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentlewoman from colorado seek recognition? mrs. boebert: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. gaetz from florida, i inform the house that mr. greats will -- mr. gaetz will vote no on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> as the member designated by reps williams, stance burry and mondaire jones, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. lamborn of colorado will vote no on the rule. mr. mchenry: and as the member designated by mr. in -- mr. hudson of north carolina will vote no on the rule.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? as the member designated by mr. kahele, i inform the house that mr. kahele will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. crawford from arkansas, i inform the house that mr. crawford will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. panetta of california, i inform the house that mr. panetta will vote yes on h.res. 860. mr. kildee: and as the member designated by mr. butterfield of north carolina, i inform the house that mr. butterfield will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. mccaul of texas, i inform the house that mr. mccaul will vote nay on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. soto: madam speaker, as the
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member designated by reps crist, larson, and cardenas, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: madam speaker, as the member designated by representative jerry nadler of new york and kirkpatrick of arizona, andy kim of new jersey, donald payne of new jersey, albio sires of new jersey, and bonnie watson coleman of new jersey, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? ms. clarke: as the member designated by representatives aukin close, chu, leger fernandez, frankel, and boudreau, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. raskin: thank you, madam speaker.
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as the member designated by suozzi, pocan, jayapal and johnson, i rise too inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 8620. -- 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> as the member designated by representative ruiz, i inform the house that representative ruiz will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. connolly: madam speaker, as the member designated by representatives price of north carolina, titus of nevada, and kind of wisconsin, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? >> as the member designated by reps schrier, i inform the house that that rep schrier will vote yes on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. jeffries: as the member
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designated by chairwoman eddie bernice johnson, chairwoman zoe lofgren, and congressman sean patrick maloney, i inform the house that these members will vote yea on h.res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? ms. underwood: as the member designated by mr. casten, i inform the house that this member will vote yes on h.res. 860.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by chairwoman maxine waters, i inform the house that chairwoman waters will vote yes on hugs 8 -- on house resolution 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i rise as the member designated by representatives bobby rush of illinois, and joyce beatty of ohio to inform the house that these members will vote yes on house res. 860. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does -- for what
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purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> as the member designated by representatives mcbath of georgia and ruppersberger of maryland, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on house res. 860. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: as the member designated by representative welch of vermont, i inform the house that representative welch will vote yes on h.res. 860.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. mfume: madam speaker, as the member designated mr. evans of pennsylvania's third district, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that mr. evans will
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vote yea on h.res. 860, the rule for providing consideration of h.r. 1836.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated ms. lee of california and ms. talib of michigan, pursuant to h.res. 8, i inform the house that ms. lee and ms. talib will vote yea on h.res. 860.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote theys are 219. the nays are -- the ayes are 219. the nays are 203. the resolution is adopted. without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
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the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the
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house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. madam speaker, just over a week ago on december 30 a devastating disaster hit the boulder county community. fueled by hurricane force winds, exacerbated by months of drought and dry conditions, the marshall fire spread through the suburban neighborhoods of superior with a speed we have never witnessed before. over 1,000 homes and businesses destroyed. mr. neguse: over 30,000 individuals evacuated. countless families and community members dealing now with unprecedented loss, left only with the clothes on their backs and items carried in their departure. one moan fatality and still one member of our community missing. our hearts ache for every single person touched by this disaster. for every first responder and firefighter that worked to keep our community safe we owe you a debt of gratitude. and finally, let me say this, will i close by saying i lived in this community for many, many years.
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and we know that even in this unprecedented and terrible tragedy we are strong, that our community is resilient, and our community will get through this together. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition. >> madam speaker, i rise to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize eric's 27 years of service to kentucky's second district. eric, a graduate of umass, started working for kentucky's second district in 1994. he worked his way up from an intern to become chief of staff under congressman lewis, my predecessors. mr. guthrie: during that time, eric met his wife a native of howardstown, kentucky, in the second district. they are now proud parents of cecilia and julia. eric has been at my side since 2009 when i was sworn in. i believe i have had the best
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chief and others have affirmed that. on a personal note. we have both watched our kids grow up and shared each other the joyce of being a father. joys of being a father. i'm losing a chief but not losing a great friend. thanks for everything and i wish you the best for your next chapter. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: i thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to salute the late majority leader harry reid. who served his nation for 48 years in public service by appointment or election. but harry reid can be more than the public service he has given. is he and was a true patriot. a family man. and someone who cared enough to not only secure this nation, but
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to mentor and to love his state and america. thousands, no, millions of americans at all economic levels have health care because of harry reid. nevada was pre-- prevented from being a nuclear waste lapd because of harry reid. i as a member of the united states house, he, then, in the united states senate. it is with deep sympathy i offer to his family and friends eam people -- and people of nevada. he truly was an american patriot. tough but strzok and kind. may i say he served as a u.s. capitol hill police officer. what a man. a boxer. but always a patriot. may he rest in peace and may he know that his 48 years, 44 of them in the united states congress, counts towards his historical mark of changing
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america. making america the place where no matter who you are you have an opportunity to succeed and to overcome. he did that and helped others as well. thank you to patriot majority leader harry reid. may he rest in peace and may he rest in power. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> madam speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise today to celebrate the 10 #th annual pennsylvania farm show, largest indoor agriculture show under one roof in the country. each year i have the privilege to tour the pennsylvania farm show complex, meet with commodity groups and industry leaders, and host a public listening session. i would like to thank those who joined me in 2022, pennsylvania congressional delegation members, congressman kel earn congressman meuser, and house
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agriculture committee subcommittee on commodity exchanges, energy, and credit ranking member michelle fischbach. all strong allies of the agriculture community. also like to thank pennsylvania secretary of agriculture russell reading for his participation and the farmers and ranchers and producers we visited with. for sharing their concerns, voicing their questions, and more importantly, clothing and feeding our great commonwealth, country, and world. i know there is no experience that replaces the value of meeting with our producers face-to-face. pennsylvania farm show truly does bring together so many different people in the ag community on the local, state, and federal level. it is an event like no other. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? ms. kaptur: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the the gentlewoman from ohio is recognized for one minute. miss capture: thank --
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ms. kaptur: i rise today to highlight the economic comeback we are seeing in ohio and across our nation. in april, 2020 before the biden administration took office, america's unemployment rate was nearly 15%. with democrats in charge, that rate is down to 3.9%. millions of across our country. under president biden's and our democratic congress, we passed the american rescue plan to prevent communities, universities, hospitals from going bankrupt to keep police officers and firefighters on the job, and put our people back to work. indeed last year 2021, 6.4 million new jobs were created across our country in unprecedented number. that's a wow by any measure. 100% of republicans voted no on the rescue bill. now thanks to the jobs and infrastructure act, democrats just passed billions of dollars in good construction jobs going out across this country to
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rebuild roads, bridges, airports, renewable energy, next generation manufacturing, and keep the progress moving. guess what? 94% of republicans voted no. i say thank you to the biden administration, thank you to democrat party for picking this country up during the worst pandemic in a century. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: madam speaker, i rise today to congratulate david on his appointment to be the new top prosecutor for the southern district of georgia david has been the acting u.s. attorney since february of 2021. and 2018 david joined the u.s. attorney staff as the first assistant u.s. attorney for the southern district. david began his career in 1997 with the alabama attorney general's office, violent crimes
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division, as a violent crimes prosecutor. david also recently retired from the military with 34 years of experience under his belt. from 2004 to 2005, david was deployed to iraq with the 122nd corps support group where he served as the deputy staff judge advocate and chief military justice. he has been awarded the bronze star for his service in iraq and in 2013 he was promoted to colonel and continued his service to our country as staff judge advocate for the 167th theater. twice david was awarded the legion of merit medal for his accomplishments and we are very excited to have him and his experience. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. for what purpose does the the gentleman from georgia seek recognition?
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>> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the carroll daniel construction company in gainesville, georgia. since carroll daniel launched the company in 1946, the family-owned construction business has grown exponentially. mr. clyde: it is led by a third generation daniel, mr. brian daniel. the family's decision was to focus on people. it's no wonder his business in hawk county has numerous accolades, such as one of the best places to work award. in addition to other awards recognizing the company's remarkable projects, including being named one of the top contractors in the southeast. while carroll daniel
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construction has strong roots in gainesville, the company has built some of the most impressive buildings. some of the well-known projects including the observatory on brass town bald and the technical college. they had the incredible privilege of pouring the concrete for the launching pad at the kennedy space center in florida. i'm truly honored to represent such an outstanding family-owned business that has improved the communities in georgia's ninth district one project at a time. congratulations, carroll daniel, on 75 strong and successful years. may you have many more to come. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. la ma if a: i --
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mr. lamalfa: i rise to recognize world war ii veteran, a friend, colonel bud anderson. he will be turning 100 a few days from now. bud is a california native, born in oakland, california, and grew up on a farm in new castle. he learned to fly when he was only 19 years old and joined the air force army shortly after the attack on pearl harbor. he is the highest scoring living u.s. fighter ace and the only surviving u.s. triple ace. he's certainly impacted me and my staff as a friend and as a person in the community in laster county. his leadership and his all-around kindness as a person of such heroic status. i did meet him about over a decade ago. i had a chance to do various events with him, including a statue dedication for him, and
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received the -- watched him receive the congressional gold medal. one of the favorite memories was when a p-51 standing which you -- mustang which he flew in world war ii flew by. happy birthday, colonel bud. god bless you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the gentleman from california, mr. swalwell, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. swalwell: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of my special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. swalwell: i rise today to pay tribute to one of our nation's most beloved and revered sports figures. john madden.
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since his passing in late december, words such as legendary and iconic have been used to describe john madden. but to residents of pleasanton and the trivalley region i represent in california's 15th congressional district, you had the privilege of knowing john as a devoted and downto earth husband to virginia, father to mike and joe is, and fixture at his grandchildren's games and throughout the community. john madden was a larger than life hall of fame coach and broadcaster but also someone you could hang out with and have a cold miller lite at the outback steak house in dublin after his grandson's football game, bump into at ace hardware looking at power tools, or join for ham and eggs after mass on a sunday morning at vick's all-star kitchen on main street in
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pleasanton. while we mourn his passing at the age of 85, the loss is particularly felt in the trivalley community we share. whether you were from an older generation of fans that simply knew him as coach, my generation of fans that connected him with him as john, from his years in the broadcast booth, "hosting "s.n.l." or the younger generation that knew him as madden from the video game, it can be understood that no one had a greater impact on football and popular culture in the last 50 years. it's rare to find someone who connected with so many generations over so different mediums. in fact, new england patriots head coach bill belichick recently marveled at his success at coaching, broadcasting, commercials, video game planning, and real estate, stating that while most of us make an impact with one successful professional career, john madden had five of them.
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it doesn't appear that coach belichick was aware of madden's proficiency as a restaurant owner, grape grower, almond farmer. for those scoring at home, that's actually, boom, eight successful careers that john madden had. yet, in the end, as nfl commissioner roger goodell stated, "madden was football." that was his passion and simply put, john madden made football and the nfl what it is today. hired by the oakland raiders in 1969 at the age of 32 as the league's youngest coach, madden was on the sidelines during a transformational time in the nfl. he posted a 103, 32-7 regular season record, which is still the highest winning percentage for a coach with 100 mr. moran: games -- or more games coached in the history.
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madden's teams never had a losing season in his 10 years at the helm, and he led them to a super bowl victory in 1977. beyond the numbers, many of madden's games actually have names. whether it was the immaculate reception, ghost to the post, sea of hands, holy roller, never has one coach been involved with so many instant classics of a golden era of football. madden never hid his emotions on the sidelines and is featured in many of the game's lasting images. after retiring from football in 1978, madden quickly became one of the greatest ambassadors the sport of football has ever known. he moved to the broadcast booth to become the most popular commentator in all of professional sports. madden would describe his team with his longtime partner, like
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peanut butter met jelly. he shared his love for the game of football while working for every major network. he lent his name to the popular football game, "madden nfl" which ranks among the top-selling titles of all-time. during that time it would be hard to argue that any person did more for the growth of the popularity of football. players and fans knew that if madden was calling their game it was the biggest and best game of the week. madden's enthusiasm for football through the television set inspired passion while his voice also literally taught the game of football to millions of kids through their video game controller. despite many of the other descriptors of john madden, one that i like to use is teacher. because i don't feel that anybody has taught the game of football to more people over the years in his capacity as coach, broadcaster, and video game producer than john madden. yet, madden was that rare communicator who was both a
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teacher and an entertainer. he innovated both the telestrator and the yellow line to gain for first downs that is standard for every broadcast today. madden also educated audiences about the intricacies of football and communicated in a straightforward manner the plain language that everyone could easily understand. he never overcomplicated things. his analysis touched the football novice as much as the die-hard fan just the same. he was truly authentic. i can tell you what you saw on tv is what you would see in real life. like any great teacher, madden was in a never-ending quest to learn about his subject and to perfect his craft. whether it was analyzing freshman football games that his son coached at foothill high school, watching game film, attending his grandson's practices, talking to coaches, facilitating production meetings, his preparation was unparalleled. he had a lot of time to prepare
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as he traveled through the country, first on amtrak games and later the madden cruiser bus. john madden loved people and the people loved john madden. john madden stopped throughout 48 of the continental united states at a number of diners, drive-ins and dives before that was even a tv show and he shared his story and count -- with hundreds and thousands of americans. speaking of meals, madden became every part of the thanksgiving tradition as he broadcast a game every year from 1980 to 2009, and literally turned the meal turducken, a combination of turkey stuffed with duck stuffed with chicken. even as his health declined in recent years, he would still raise money at home to support high school football programs throughout his hometown region of the trivalley as well as various local charities through
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the annual madden mariucci bocci tournament. he continued to advocate to increase safety for the game of football with the focus on youth football. so whether you talk about his coaching career, his broadcasting career, video games or various commercials, his greatest legacy to those who knew him was that he achieved national fame but remained one of us. and he stated at his pro football hall of fame induction in 2006 that he never worked a day in his life and he's one of the luckiest men alive. but the lucky ones are all of us who had the privilege of laughing, learning, and sharing his passions for football and life. the first time i met john madden was about 10 years ago. we were at a barbecue in a friend's backyard and he said to me, eric, things are pretty screwed up back there in congress. he didn't use the word screwed. i looked at him and i said, coach, i'll try and do better.
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he said, do better. just try and find the deals. things have been pretty tense around this place over the last 10 years. but i'm happy i'm about to yield right now to my friend, rodney davis of illinois, a raiders fan, and, coach, i don't know how many deals we can find right now but rodney and i have a deal today that we think you're the greatest. we think you've inspired millions. and the game of football and the country is better because you coached it and you taught all of us. and with that i yield to my friend, my republican friend from illinois, rodney davis. mr. davis: well, thank you to my friend and colleague from california. it was 10 years ago, we all came in as brand-new freshmen and one of the first questions i asked anybody that i -- any of my colleagues from the state of california when i got here is, are you a raider fan? you know, today, we're all raiders fans. but just so everybody knows,
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he's a 49er fan. that's ok. but as my friend says, there's a lot of disagreement in this place. heck, he and i don't agree on a lot of issues that are coming in front of this institution during this week or the upcoming weeks or, frankly, the past few years. but you know what, we're all here together to celebrate the life of a man who had an impact on all of us in this great nation, especially on a young raiders fan who became that raiders fan when i lived in the state of iowa and anyone who's known me as i've been growing up knows there's only one football team that i root for. and that is the oakland raiders, then the los angeles raiders, then the oakland raiders, and now the las vegas raiders. now, john madden, most people in this country know as that broadcaster. this is the guy who actually broadcast professional football
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games on every single television network. i mean, what a feat that is. people knew him for being afraid to fly and driving a bus, talking about food, and riding the -- writing the little scribbler pen on the screen. what they don't know about john madden is that his life was football before he became that broadcaster. he helped make my life about football because one day on january 9, 1977, my family, as i was 7 years old, we sat down to watch the super bowl. it was the first football game i ever watched in my life. now, many people that know me are not going to be surprised by this. everybody else in my house was rooting for the vikings. so i had say -- to say, i guess i'll root for the raiders. what i saw that game was something that i still have never forgotten.
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and to be able to see -- i didn't know who john madden was. but i learned about what he meant to that team. all i knew was, there was a great team led by a great quarterback, ken stabler, who john madden allowed to call his own plays. can you imagine that in today's day in age, allowing the quarterback to call their own plays? i mean, bill belichick probably is having a seizure right now thinking about that. there is no reason that people will call their own plays. john madden believed in those players and those players believed in him. they went out and did their job that day. i was hooked. watching jack tatum knock sammy white's helmet off, an incomplete pass. i knew when i got to play football i had to play defensive back. that was the coolest thing i'd ever seen in my life. . ever since that day, there were
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raiders' shirts, raider pajamas and helmets and i have my first one that i used to use in grade school and has number 30 in the back because my hero was the fullback of the raiders. burgess owens who played on the next super bowl team for coach flores, he promised me to meet him. but to hear burgess talk about the bottom bottom and -- bomb bomb and players came. bomb bomb players like mark >> they were there and created
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that atmosphere. but they needed a leader. and that leader in the 1976 season leading up to january 9 of 1977 was none other than john madden, a great coach and hall of famer. and i never had a chance to meet him, just a great person. i have gotten to know people in the raider organization and epitomize the same and leadership of mark davis and my good friend and so many others and taking this attitude and we saw what happened on sunday when they willed themselves to great players and great leadership into the playoffs. i know john madden's family lit the flame that day. i'm so glad the raiders had a victory. go raiders this week, beat the
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bengals and let's never forget the impact of john madden, and i yield back. swayl swayl i thank my friend from illinois for that personal tribute. i grew up the only davis davis weren't. >> and only 49ers' fan and only democrat in the republican household. outnumbered. but my mom and dad loved john madden because of what he taught of us. and i thank the gentleman coming down with his helmet. thank you, pal. and i yield to my colleague from central valley, who i believe
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and he will tell us, mr. madden had almond orchards in his district. >> thank you very much my good friend and colleague and rode davis. we are hear to celebrate a life well lived and coach john madden, who had such an extraordinary career in so many different areas i think reflected with all of that fame and all of that success, a common touch, a common touch that we honor today. now, i don't think there is anything difficult about being a raider fan from california and the 49er fan. the raiders played in the afc. andrew: i think we have had a
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good run here for many decades because of those two incredible franchises and one could be said the same with the san francisco giants and the oakland a's. but john madden, i, as a kid, was a hero of mine and started in a humble way playing at cal poly. its program was a small collegiate program in those days and sadly there was a plane crash that took place in 1961 and madden was able to avoid that disaster and that brought about his fear of flying. he never forgot cal polly and he
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supported so many worth while causes and important efforts. as you noted, i mean, no one has record will ever be taught with 103 victories, 32 losses and seven ties and the youngest coach to win a super bowl. what a lot of people don't realize, the san joaquin valley that i represent has been a large group of raider nation fans there. andal combination of efforts, tom flores, who was born in fresno and first hispanic quarterback in the nfl who was succeeded by monica who was a clovis and quarterback for the
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raiders, the raiders have really focused on and want quarterbacks from the valley because carr is a free know state guy and played in that victory and we hope continues through the post-season. and i was talking to coach flores inducted into the hall of fame. after he retired as quarterback, he came back to the raiders and coached as an assistant coach with tom flores, and he talks about what kind of atmosphere that coach madden had in the raiders' organization and the players loved him and he said when you have assistant coaches, you have rivalries and coaches want to move on to become their own head coach, but he said that madden had a great way. and they would argue sometimes
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in a game a plan but he said in his opinion that coach flores that coach madden over the years, decades that he played in the nfl and coached was a great game-day coach. in other words, the players not only trusted him and had faith in him, but when they developed a plan to go out on that field on a sunday afternoon, as the dynamics were changing and shifting, madden's focus on the ability to be flexible and make those adjustments were a large degree of his success as a head coach. from one hall of fame head coach to another hall of fame head coach, i think that is an incredible reflection. i would be remiss if i didn't talk about the person that i think a lot of people know today
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and that is coach madden, the man with the common touch. in his multitude of successes got involved in valley agriculture and got to know a know a good number of my friends, dan and a lot of the folks there used to love to get together with coach madden, as well as with domenic mercurio on fisherman's whamp -- wharf in monterey. you would be attracted to. but they loved the common touch and the ability to grow things, that people could consume,
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whether it be almonds or grapes and the appreciation to put that food on america's dinner table every night. so the love of food that also people understood coach madden was part and parcel with his friends. there was a card game for 27 years that domenic mericio participated in, a leg agenda dare card game that one could hope to be a part of. and both danny and domenic who loved to cook and the fact that coach madden would hang out at calfy feeney for his legendary
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chowder, which developed into a regular fixture. and so when coach madden was inducted in 2006, he asked domenic and danny and their team that these folks would come back and do the barbecue. you have thousands of people for a hall of fame induction in august. but madden had his plan and had over 500 people. so much said, he is giving instructions, everybody who comes -- whatever they are going to eat and have enough food, there has to be enough if you want chicken, brisket, sausages or whatever. and after they fed everybody, they had abundance of food left over that they gave to the chartity is and churches and
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that is what he did. there was stuff left over, you gave it to people who needed it most and there are a lot of reasons why we honor coach madden today and his incredible celebrated career. the common touch, whether it was in the upper crust of carmel by the beach. he was still the same person. he was coach john madden, who you loved to have breakfast or lunch and talk about football and talk about other things that were important to communities and neighborhoods as he related to you in terms as a representative. i am honored today to celebrate the life of an american who made a difference, who made a difference in so many different ways and touched so many people
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in so many different ways. because he knew people and he liked people. and that was evident in terms of any capacity that you ever came across john madden with. so we celebrate that larger-than-life and he he impacted people throughout california and throughout not only the professional football league and other professional sports, but his understanding of collegiate sports, because he came from that. and the understanding of making changes and protecting collegiate athletics is something john madden knew well of. i thank congress mel eric swayl well to give my thoughts about a person who i will remember and i can only close by saying one
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thing, coach in aden, god bless you and thank you for all you have done. go raiders. >> i now yield to my colleague from the bay area who represented coach madden for many years before redistricting changed it and that's my neighbor and friend,. >> i thank eric. i rise in joining my colleagues in honoring the late pro-football hall of fame inductee john mad qulen. he was a giant who brought an understanding of the game into the homes of americans. collected in the 21 st. round in
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the 1958 nfl draft. he suffered a knee injury in his rookie ending his pro-football career. undeterred, his love for the game, for the game of football propelled him to pursue a career. in 1969, he was hired as the head coach for the oakland raiders making him the youngest head coach in the nfl with only one year of coaching experience. now somebody saw something in him to promote him to head coach with one year of experience. he had 103 regular season victories, only 32 losses in 10 seasons. that gave him the second highest winning percentage for nfl coaches. madden's ferocious will to win would not be denied in super
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bowl xi when the first super bowl championship for the silver and black. already a legendary hall of fame as a head coach, john madden cemented his legacy as an icon for the sport from the broadcasting booth, becoming the first sports analyst to have worked all four of the big four u.s. net works and earning an incredible 16 emmy awards. with a career in professional football spanning four decades, very few have transcended generations the way john madden has and his legacy will live on forever in the memories of players, fans, friends, and through the memories made by millions who played the best-selling madden nfl football game. on a personal note, i have the prief leming of meeting john madden -- i had the privilege of
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meeting john madden and he was kind, personable and it's true we all ate very well that day. not everyone gets to make a difference to so many people in this life and john madden was one of those people. thank you, eric, and i yield back. >> i thank my colleague the bay area. madam speaker i'll close by saying, it's very evident from the tributes today across the aisle and across california that we grieve coach madden's loss but we have all tremendously benefited as a country because he coached, because he so humbly coached and because he interacted with everyday americans and treated everyone with respect and treated everyone the same. mr. swalwell: to the madden family, we grieve with you and to coach, rest in peace. to a great coach. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the gentlewoman from washington, mrs. mcmorris rodgers is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mrs. rodgers: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five leng slative days to revise and extend their remarks and submit extraneous materials. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. rodgers: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to offer a resolution. i do not offer this resolution on my own behalf. i offer it as a representative of the people of the united states. to formalize the unspoken sentiments and concerns that abound in our nation right now. any authority i have is given to me by the people. this is what we believe.
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our nation is unique. it is distinctive. exceptional. american exceptional. i is too often misunderstood to mean something that it is not. it does not mean justification to dominate or condescend to other nations or indulge in flattery to ourselves that we are better. it disease not mean we're a chosen people or that circumstances give us privilege to circumvent law. our nation is bound by the same universal moral principles that must bind and shape the behaviors of all civilized nations. in this regard, we are all the same, as nations. and yet we are different. very different. in a very important way. it is not wealth or military power that makes us exception. a it is not our institutions nor the genius of our written constitution or our bill of rights. not directly.
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these are manifestations of something more fundamental and profound. our exceptional. i is based on something else. a singular belief. a proposition, you might call it. a proposition underlying all legal and constitutional beliefs. our assertions of human equality and unalienable rights. life, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness. the right to find meaning and purpose and value in our individual lives. derived from a single assertion that life given to us by creator god is the moral basis of the unshakeable bedrock of our republic. that proposition, the thing that makes us distinctive is that we believe a creator god endowed us with rights. not just us. everybody. everywhere. it is a gigantic, revolutionary
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belief. and it is a belief. it is our faith statement. it is what speaks to the soul of our nation. there are many great and ancient nations that believe in freedom as we do. most countries in the world claim the rule of law and have written constitutions. many of us use language of rights and equality and declare for human dignity. but none have a basis for doing. so we alone occupy that space. god gave us rights. made us in his image. and therefore demonstrated all human beings are created equal. even the unborn. from conception. the poor. the infirm. the old. the weak. all colors and kinds. all races. all of us are endowed by the creator equally. because we are made in his image.
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without this fundamental belief, rights become only social protocol, conventions. historic inheritances. creatures of citizenship. class. identity and features of consensus. they become malleable and fading creatures in the capricious hands of willful men. but america is different. god endowed us with rights. and that belief is either true or it is false. if it is false then we americans among all mankind are most to be pitied. the experiment must fail and it -- must fail. it cannot and must not succeed. but if it is true we have built our country on a foundation that cannot be shaken. if we are true to it, if we are anchored in the eternal bedrock of all truth, as lincoln said, as a nation of free men, we will live forever or die by suicide. to those whom are given much,
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much is expected. and somewhere deep down inside every american we know this. this is the air that we breathe. only we ourselves can end this great experiment. there are no external mortal forces that can overcome the bulwark of that eternal truth. and therefore what we believe matters, madam speaker. our indivisible, immaterial beliefs are the strength of our national soul. the things that we hold on to and serve are the foundations of our institutions, our law, our liberty and the hope of our nation. when the founders established this republic 250 years ago, and created the institutions that guide us, they were well aware that those institutions were insufficient in themselves to govern a free people.
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the lifeblood and heart beat of the nation is moral character. not the institution. not the institutions or even the laws themselves. for laws and institutions are corruption without the rectitude and wisdom of a moral, decent people. without the people embracing themselves to wisdom and the hold fast of character our institutions have no power to preserving us. if the people ever lose their love of truth, justice, goodness, and the essence of beauty that flourishes in them there can be no hope in the parchment barriers of a constitution or the institutions created by it. no matter how noble that hope is, in effect, everything rises and falls in our republic as a consequence of the character of the people. as a nation, we live or die by the standards of our own moral
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character. the founders knewthis. but many of us know we are forgetting it. quote, we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. avenue rush -- avarice, ambition would break as a whale goes through a net. our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. john adams wrote that to themy lish choof massachusetts. what he's saying is this. the power of the state is not secured by the power of arms. it is anchored in the honesty and decency of the people. today this may seem a quaint notion. i hope it is not. but the founders who ex-permed in government to create a just and free society understood explicitly that freedom and
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justice are not the products of institutions but rather institutions that defend freedom and justice are the product of a moral people. freedom cannot exist without morality. george washington understood this. john adams understood this. abraham lincoln understood this. dr. martin luther king understood this. i believe this. not because they believed it. but because it is true. i believe that most americans understand this. when we drift from the creator we drift from the source of our own liberty. when we forget our duties to god, we forget our duties to each other. when we become proudful and lazy and forget the father of all right, we become orphans of oppression. we are lost without the guiding hand of the almighty. it may seem that congress is not
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the place to introduce an appeal to god. i disagree. so far as all our rights and all our stewings are based upon the presumption of a just and almighty god, and since it is congress itself rests upon the foundation that our creator gave us the right to govern ourselves, to quote my hero, abraham lincoln, it is altogether fitting and proper that we do this. tts precisely because of america's distinctive belief that i rise in this house to offer a resolution to humble ourselves and entreat wisdom from god, the father of all blessings and mercy. a resolution of contrition, prayer, and fasting. a resolution in the great tradition of our free people. we have as his guidance many times before a resolution to return to the wellspring of
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liberty and our rights. a resolution to depart from inequity and entreat his guidance. a prayer that we remember him as the father of every good thing that we have. and everything as a nation and people we aspire to be. whereas we the people of the united states of america continue our search for a more perfect union and whereas we are a people conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all are created equal, yet like in the days of abraham lincoln when he observed that we have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied, enriched and strengthened us, whereas we have vainly imagined in the decreatefulness of our hearts that these are due to some wisdom and virtue of our own. whereas we confess we are
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self-consumed, prideful and loving, quick to point out the speck in another person's eye while missing the log in our own. whereas we're trusting in our wealth and skill and leaning on our own understanding. whereas we become ungrateful, lovers of pleasure, stubborn, hardhearted, divisive and unforgiving. whereas we confess that instead of speaking of forgiveness we cry out for vengeance. we've athroid poisonous root of bitterness to grow up and trouble us. whereas the global pandemic of covid-19 has intensified fear, unknown, chaos and confusion, whereas the impact of lockdowns and isolation have been severe, further exacerbating the breakdown of meantal health, family, communities and our nation. whereas we are divided. perhaps like we haven't seen since the civil war, when abraham lincoln, president abraham lincoln, by faith,
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prayed, saying, may we again devote ourses to prayer and acknowledge as a people and a nation our dependence upon the overruling pow over god. let us confess our sins and transgressions in humble sorrow. yet with the assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon. whereas by faith at when the outcome looked grim, franklin urged prayer and said i have urged prayer. that god governance in the affairs of men. andrew: is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? whereas during world war i, president wilson complained complete victory.
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god has been gracious, let us thank him. whereas this year marks the 80th year of the national bible declaration just weeks before the start of world war ii. whereas george washington carver testified in 1921 in front of the house ways and means committee expounding on the uses for the peanut, transforming the economy which had been revealed to him by faith as he walked through the woods at 4:00 a.m. whereas john f. contendy said the guiding preliminary of this nation has been and is now and ever shall be in god we trust. whereas reverend dr. martin luther king junior urged us to pray god in order.
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therefore be it resolved by those assembled, we pray in this hour of our great need, our god will come and do again as he has done in days gone by, we pray for a time of healing from broken lives, broken families, broken communities and broken systems. we resolve to humble ourselves and turn from our wicked fer wicked ways and the god has given us wisdom and strength. therefore, it be hoofs us to call upon the people of our nation to humble ourselves before our creator and acknowledge our complete dependence on him to repent our pride and selfishness and ask the lord to break our hearts for the things that break his heart, that we may not miss hearing his
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voice and he will pour out his spirit once again on our nation and leaders. we proclaim a year of national humiliation, fast ing and prayer. what might god do? if we commit to reading his word daily and praying together for our nation, in our families, for the young generation, this generation in misery and despair, we are expecting he will do more than all we can imagine and that he will hear from heaven, forgive our since and heal our land. may he be original with us as he has with others. amen. 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 ohio, mr. ryan, for 30 minutes.
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mr. ryan: thank you. i appreciate the opportunity to come to the floor this afternoon about a topic i wish we didn't have to address. and this is the plague in our country, of fentanyl. and fentanyl overdosees that so many of -- so many families have had to deal with. and coming from ohio, we have unfortunately been on the front end of the opioid crisis and on
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the front end of the hern crisis and now on the front end of the fentanyl crisis. and i have a picture here of rachel, who is from akron, ohio, who died at 17 years old, her life was tragically cut short because she took a fatal overdose of cocaine that was unknowingly laced with synthetic opioid fentanyl. and those who haven't been paying closely enough attention to all of these issues, is 100 times more potent than fentanyl. and 10,000 times more potent than morphine.
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and so, we have young, talented, beautiful beautiful, in this case, a high school student, who had so much promise, so much life, so much personality and i speak with her mom often and listen to stories and see pictures of this beautiful young woman. and now, her mom carries on her daughter's legacy and providing pier-to-pier programming in local schools. and we failed rachel. this country failed rachel and her mom and her family and all of the families across this country. and now we had -- we thought we had at one point enough attention on the issue of opioids opioids and the issue of
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fentanyl. and then the pandemic came and this issue has been on the back burner. and my remarks here today on the floor of the united states house of representatives, one of the greatest deliberative bodies in the entire world is to try to bring attention to this issue, to try to scream from the rafters so that we don't have any more rachels, don't have any more families that have to experience the heartache, the tragedy, the gut-wrenching experiences that so many families have had to have over the past few years. and this is something we can do. 80% of the overdosees in ohio, think about this, 80% of the
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overdosees in ohio are from fentanyl. the fentanyl starts in china and goes to mexico and then comes over to the border. as a country, we have to focus and i we have seen progress in this regard. we have seen progress. we have seen a decrease or an increase in people getting busted at the border, which is appropriate. but we have a long, long way to go. we need an awareness campaign across the country so that young kids who otherwise who would make a simple mistake and ends their life, that they know, their piers and schools know -- there isn't a corner of ohio that i can't go to where i won't
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meet families who have experienced this kind of tragedy. and it's incumbent upon us and as one of the co-chairs of the addiction treatment and recovery caucus, we have been dealing with this in a bipartisan way. we passed the comprehensive addiction act in a bipartisan way. we know that there are so many issues we can fight about and so many issues we can fight about here in this body. but i hope and pray that one of them isn't the issue that we need to address collectively here in the united states congress. and so, we need to, i think, begin by going back to the opioid issue and to this family, going back to all the profits
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that were made getting so many americans hooked on opioids and hooked on painkillers. and you merge that in with a broken economy where there is so much hopelessness in so many corners of the united states, where so many communities have been deindustrialized and left to rot, and then you have families that are knowingly increasing the amount of opioids. playing with the f.d.a. and going through the loopholes, which is what this family has done and they need to be punished to the point where they don't get the right to deal the way they want, they don't get the deal they want, because
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that's how it has been in the united states. if you are a wealthy corporation, you can get away with anything. if you are a rich person in the united states, it doesn't matter what crime you commit. you are going to get away with it. but meanwhile, in youngstown, ohio, stubbenville, ohio, akron ohio, it trickles down. and it's been those communities who have suffered greatly. dayton, ohio, because of this epidemic. and over the holidays, my wife and i were able tore watch an amazings documenty on hulu with michael keaton and others, that went through the stackler family
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approach to painkillers and went through virginia and michael keaton, graduate of pep state and ohio, highlighting virginia, but this is an issue everywhere, where these good and honest and decent people found themselves getting hooked because of the wealth and profits that one family wanted to earn on the backs of the american people. and so here we are today, we need to make sure that the sackler families of the world are put out of business, quite frankly, and we need to make sure that we take the bold steps we need to take to make sure that the rachels and the other kids and the other people across
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this country to the tune of 100,000 deaths last year because of fentanyl. so i believe we need to take a firmer stance and while i support what the biden administration has done, we need to go a hell lot further. we need to start having a further conversation in this country knowing that china sending fentanyl to mexico, that they need to be punished. they are killing our kids. this is killing our kids. we just can't stand around and we need to take the money, support our body and support the cops that are on the beat in these different communities and put that money towards addiction treatment to make sure everybody can get better if they have some issue and we need to grow the
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economy in these comunts. but we can't but we can't just stand by and hope the problem goes away because it's not. it's going to get worse. there'll be more family, more destruction, more hopelessness, more ruined lies. as we try to compete against china economically, we need to make sure that rachel and these other bright young minds are on the economic field playing for the united states of america. that's what this is all about. so we've got to have a whole of government approach. we have a whole of government approach when it comes to the pandemic. right. the only way to have any success is when off whole of government approach. this means federal, state, and local coordination. this means coordination with nonprofits and this means
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coordination with law enforcement. this means coordination with the border patrol. this is about us all coming together. you can't tell me we don't have the imagination in the united states to figure this out. this is about making it a priority. and so what i'm doing here tonight and what many activists across the country are doing are trying to get this back on the front burner. because other than a few articles in the paper, it's been on the back burner. and we need to make sure we increase the resources necessary to keep this garbage out of our country. or to know who has it the second they bring it in here. and we've got to make sure all our kids are aware that this could be put in cocaine or meth or something else. and that if you have an issue
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with drugs, that you can actually get the treatment that you need. and that no one is priced out of the market so that they can get better and get healthy and become self-sufficient and become good citizens and members of society and off to the races we go to try to out compete china because we care about our citizens. that's what this is all about. you're going to be hearing a lot from me in the coming weeks and months where we are building a coalition of the families around ohio and across the country who want to begin to move this issue forward. and i do want to take a minute or two to talk about the power of fentanyl. and i mentioned the carfentanyl.
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one kilogram of feint sill, one kilogram, one, has the potential to kill 500,000 people. the money that's being made off of this substance will blow your mind. which is why it continues to come over the border from china, from mexico. and much of the fentanyl comes through southern border that's being looked at by the cartels. a lot of the china sourced fentanyl comes through the international mail. and some comes from china
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through canada. as i said, fentanyl is responsible for 80% of ohio's overdose deaths. roughly 79% of meth, cocaine, psychostimulant overdose deaths in ohio were from supplies contaminated with fentanyl. the pervasiveness of the fentanyl contaminating other drugs has made overall fatality rate for all drugs much higher than before. and we're seeing it across the board. and we have the stop fentanyl act. we have legislation with ann kuster and other. there's a man chin-portman bill in the senate which permanently makes fentanyl related substances a schedule 1 controlled substance. this is something we have to address and we have to address it in a bipartisan manner.
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i would just like to say lastly, madam speaker, that there is nothing more inspiring than someone who has been through the ultimate tragedy. which is having to put one of your own kids to rest. there's no greater heartbreak, there's nothing worse that cowl happen to a parent. and so i'm pledging and i know other members are pledging to keep up the fight, because as some of these parents have told me there's nothing left to loos for them. and there's nothing more
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inspiring than someone who has had their heart ripped out of their body, who lived with the pain every day, who wake up in the middle of the night and open their eyes and hope it was a nightmare. open their eyes in the morning and hope it didn't really happen. that they could walk down the hall and their kid would still be laying in their bed. and these giants, these parents, are taking their pain, they're taking their experience, they're taking their heartache, and they're saying, we got to fight. we can't let this happen to another parent. to another brother or sister. to another family member. and so people like cindy started
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rachel's angels. which is a group back in akron, ohio, and there are so many groups across the country. that have sprung up because of these tragedies. and we want to unite these groups and we want to take the fight to the american people. to congress. here in the house and in the senate. and get the resources we need to make sure that these overdose deaths stop. that the companies producing these kind of drugs get punished. that the people peddling this stuff get punished. and that we get the resources we knead to keep this garbage out of our country. and so while this may be the first time this year that i stand up and speak on behalf, it will not be the last. we're encouraging everybody, madam speaker, to reach out to their members of congress, whether they're democrats or republicans, and let's get this
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issue of fentanyl deaths back on the front bunner -- front burner of the agenda of the united states congress. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 4, 2021, the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york, ms. tenney, for 30 minutes. ms. tenney: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and submit extraneous materials. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection, the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. tenney: thank you, madam speaker. today is a very special day. i want to thank my good friend and colleague, congressman burgess owens, burgess owens and i are having -- leading the charge here in congress to tell the courageous stories of america's abolitionist heroes, particularly those from upstate new york. it was an honor for me to welcome recently in october burgess to upstate new york to tour our region's sacred ablistist -- abolitionist sites, including the estate, and the national abolition hall of fame in peter bro, as well as the home of abolitionist, suffrage et and true american hero harriet tubman. last photo here of garrett smith. that is a picture of garrett smith from peterboro. peterboro is named after his father, peter smith, and just
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wanted to tell a little bit about how this all happened in peterboro, new york, which i'm sure a lot of people don't know the history. there was an abolitionist named reverend harry highland, told his good friend harry douglas when he described peterboro, new york, which i'm honored to represent, and it happens to be in my mother's home county, played a vital role in the abolitionist movement. this is in large part due to one of its most famous resident, garrett smith. as i said, the little hamlet of peterboro was named in honor of his father. mr. smith was a successful businessman and committed philanthropist. he served this body as a representative of new york's 22nd congressional district, the same district i currently represent. he was also a three-time presidential candidate.
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garrett smith always opposed slavery but joined the political cause of abolitionism in 1835. he was at a meeting of about 600 abolitionists in a church in utica, in the city of utica, in oneida county. upon learning to the meeting a violent mob stormed the church and disrupted proceedings, forcing the ablists to plea. smith realize head could put his wealth and property to use. he invited the abligsists to his home in -- the abolitionists to his home in peterboro. we'll tell you more about that today with congressman owens. we were born free and no one can take away a man or woman's innate right to freedom. from his -- gerrit smith
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dedicated his whole heart to peterboro which was his base of operation. giants like harriet tubman, eliz death cady, eventually stanton, whose husband, henry stanton, was a cousin of smith's, spent considerable time there strategizing and mobilizing support. gerrit smith played a key role in funding abolitionist causes across the country. he maintained a lifelong friendship with frederick douglass and provided support to "the north star," dough less' abolitionist newspaper. in today's terms he would have been considered a billionaire. he gave $100 a month to the newspaper which in today's dollars would be about $7,000 per month, to make sure the newspaper was able to thrive and flourish and inform people.
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in a letter from douglas following smith's death many 1874, douglas credited smith's generous support as the engine that kept them going. smith's estate in peterboroo was a stop on the underground railroad. smith would open people shelter, food and support. exact numbers are hard to come by but it's safe to say he bought and helped secure the freedom of hundreds of enslaved peoples from around the country. this is why reverend henry highland said, there are two places slave holders can't come, heaven and peterboro. peterboro was synonymous with freedom. just a short drive from smith's estate was the home of the great harriet tubman. this is my first visit to harriet tubman's home in auburn. i want to show you a picture of
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harriet tubman, an amazing figure, and just a photo, may have to go back to some of these. that is a great photo of congressman owens and i at harriet tubman's home in auburn, new york, where we were able to tour and see where she lived and where she operated her underground railroad right in our own communities. this was amazing experience. i was in awe of harriet tubman, her accomplishments and her tenacity. she had every reason to be in despair. she was strong, she was compassionate. she was generous. and she was only 4'11". which is amazing. the home we visit wrd harriet spent her later years after she escaped slavery in maryland served as a conductor of the underground railroad and then a scout, spy, and nurse for the union army in the civil war. harriet lived for almost a century. she was about 91, almost 92 years old.
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she was an indomitable force. she was the first black woman to lead a combat assault organizing about 150 black union troops on a raid in south carolina. she later freed 750 enslaved people as part of that operation. she suffered from narc leppcy her adult life after being hit by a metal weight when she was a teenager. despite this she persevered and brought at least 70 slaves to freedom on the unground railroad and never lost a single passenger. at her core she was a woman of compassion. in her later year she is helped so many who came through her home in auburn providing them shelter, medical attention and love. despit the obstacle she is faced, harriet tubman never gave up, nor was she ever consumed by anger or cynicism. she led with integrity and was incredibly resilient. she's an amazing role model it o tell their stories and now more than ever we must understand our shared history and learn from those who came before us.
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our great nation was founded on the promise that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among them, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. no other republic before ours guaranteed such rights to its citizens. in fact, before america, there were no citizens at all. only subjects. yet in the earliest days of our nation's founding, it is clear we failed to live up to our ideals. we failed to end the slave trade or to free those who were tied down in bond and -- bondage. so will be the courageous stories of gerrit smith, harriet tubman, frederick douglass and so many americans of different races, creeds and religions who fought for a better america. gerrit smith andujar yet tubman personified the spirit of america and their stories should be a lesson to all of us. their tenacity, their relentlessness and their pursuit of ideals are everything that we strive to be as americans. as supreme court justice
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clarence thomas recently said, while we as americans have failed to live up to the ideals of the declaration of independence, time and again, there is no time in our history when those ideals -- the ideals themselves, have actually failed us. the declaration and its principles endure because they articulate a fundamental truth. that all people are born free and equal. like gerrit andujar yet did as citizen -- and harriette did as citizens of this country, we must make sure we live up to our ideals. these ideals are sacred. the abolitionists who gathered in peterboro changed the world and they're the authors of our future and we must thank god that we have the freedom to fight every day to strengthen our constitutions and make this a -- institutions and make this a much more perfect union. i want to end by thanking those two made our recent trip and welcomed congressman owens and i to this cold day in october, before i introduce him, but i want to say a couple -- to recognize these great people who
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spend and devogt their life to this -- devote their life to this history. first is norman dan. he was one of our tour guides and the author of "practical dreamer: gerrit smith and the crusade for reform." a cabinet member of the abolition hall of fame and museum also in peterboro. dorothy willsy. a tour guide. john decker, chairman of the mad county board of supervisors, for meeting us there and making this all possible. cliff moses, vice chairman of the madison county board of supervisors. mary kavanaugh, city supervise who are also greeted us there and toured with us. ivan, the former town of lincoln supervisor who also greeted us and toured with us. matt roberts, city of owe insidea supervisor. another person who came to tour with us and was fascinated again by this amazing little hamlett up in upstate new york.
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matthew, our madison county historian who is completely intrigued and so excited to welcome burgess owens, the great burgess owens, who will be talking a little more on this today. carol, trustee of the national abolition hall of fame and museum. and they will -- nell, the president of the association and owner and manager of the gerrit smith estate national historic landmark. and i just want to say, for more information about the gerrit smith estate and the beautiful hamlet of peterboro, i encourage to you visit www.gerritsmith.org and i also want to thank karen hill, president and c.e.o. of the harriet tubman home, as well as our fantastic tour guides, who shared their knowledge and passion with us on this beautiful cold day. there it is again. our tour of peterboro, wonderful to have burgess owens there, a really special moment for all of us. now i want to say it's with
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great honor and thankfully we're finally getting to this great day, to introduce my colleague and great representative, burgess owens, who i think this was a great experience for him. i think he never realized what existed up in upstate new york. and that's why we want everyone in the world to know just how important it is that we learn our history and we celebrate everyone who had a path and who had courage and who the tenacity and the boldness to stand up for what was right against the grain at a very difficult time in our country. i would just like again to introduce and welcome to my special order the great burgess owens, representing the state of utah. mr. owens. oh, i have one little thing for you too. i have a special harriet tubman pad for you that i grabbed. thank you. mr. owens: thank you,
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congresswoman tenney. i really appreciate this. a couple months ago, as claudia mentioned, my good friend from new york, 22nd district, was inviting me for a tour of upstate new york's historic sites impacted by harriet tubman. harriette was one of my heroes -- harriet bass one of my here -- was one of my heroes since i was in the second grade. i encourage everyone who visits the northeast to make this stop as part of your trip. i want to again thank my good friend for her invitation and for sharing this time as we discuss courageous americans who understood the blessings of freedom. harriet tubman, one of the most notable abolitionists in american history. she escaped the horrors of slavery and through her work
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doing the abolitionary movement, overcame unspeakable odds to secure the dreams of future generations. my great-great-grandfather came to america shackled in the belly of a slave ship. he was sold at an auction block to the burgess plantation. he escaped to texas. he later became a successful entrepreneur, started the first black church, first black elementary in his town, and farmland he paid off in two years. there are thousands upon thousands of untold stories of slavery to success all due to courageous conductors like harriet tubman. the true miracle of underground railroad is something that most us missed. it was a total trust and faith between conductors like harriet and the facilitators of the freedom railroad. whether it was south or north or south to west, as with my great-great-grandfather, white christian americans took the great risk of reprisal from their prevalent k.k.k. and their
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communities. as they opened up their barnes, sellers, food pantries, to create a safe and secret route to freedom. for over 100,000 slaves, prior to the civil war. i've been inspired by the story of the american heart since i was 12 years old, growing up in my proud southern segregated community. born a slave in maryland in 1822, harriet spent her childhood as a nursemaid, field hand, cook and wood cutter. when harriet was 12, it was reported she refused to help an overseer punish another slave, resulting in a severe injury when a two-pound iron weight was thrown at her head. this caused her to suffer seizures and bouts of uncontrollable narc lepsy throughout her life. she married john tubman, a freed black man, in 1844. after rumors spread that harriet was about to be sold, she fled to philadelphia. then to baltimore after returning to rescue her parents, sister and two children.
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over the next decade, she led dozens of these trips, rescuing more than 70 slaves along the underground railroad. as the railroad's most famous conductor, it's said she never lost a passenger. in 1858, harriet bought a small farm in upstate new york where her family resided and later became the harriet tubman home. during the civil war she served union forces as a scout, spy, nurse, cook, recruiter and lawnds remain. under the command -- laundress. she became the first woman to lead a major military operation in the united states where she and 150 american -- african-american rescued 700 slaves in a raid. after the civil war, harriet opened her home to serve orphans and the elderly. she joined elizabeth cady stanton and susan b. anthony in their request for woman suffrage.
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she believed in equal rights for everyone and lived a life of courage, serving others, until around the age of 92. it's often said that the black american history is so rich because of heroes have come before us, herees like harriet tubman, gerrit smith, frederick douglass, so sornlger truth, and so many whoars recognized injustice, strode to help their brothers and sisters and dreamed of a world outside the chains of slavery. each focus on spreading the freedom that would soon spread throughout our country. it was a movement that has inspired untold millions around the world. we all stand on the shoulders of these great people who came before us. but the black community, particularly my proud race, holds our ancestors especially dear. they fought hate, overcame the horrors of slavery, and on their backs built a world in which we can own and build homes and businesses, get an education, worship our faith, vote, run for
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office, and stand on the house of representatives, honoring the legacy of one of our most notable abolitionists in american history. what a difference men and women pursuing their dreams in a free country can make. it is our responsibility to never forget or you a loi hift -- or allow history to be erase of what we the people have done over our history. this as we continue to resolve, to grow together, as a more perfect union. a few thoughts i want to leave with you before i invite congresswoman tenney to come back up. and that is a little bit of a highlight of our great hearts of our american people. it is our nation's mission statement that ends with the idea that we can have not only second chances but as a perfect-imperfect union, that we can become more of a perfect union. so from my
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great-great-grandfather, to show what a more perfect union looks like, it's the fact that he came to this country in a slave ship, lived through the evils of a plantation, yet escaped going west because of good americans, german and mexican americans, opened up their homes and their barnes and their fields to give him an opportunity to move forward to keep his hopes alive. even though he saw the evils of being a slave, he saw the good hearts of these good americans that led him to become a christian, led him to be able to forgive, to build and to serve, instead of destroy. i see the form of a more perfect union with my dad in the 1950's, who came back from world war ii, could not get his postgraduate degree in texas because of jim crow laws. was able to go to ohio state and some white administrator, who i'll never know who that was, said yes, gave an opportunity to get his ph.d. again, to help form a more perfect union.
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i experienced my self in the 1960's where going to university of miami, was the fourth black to get a scholarship in a school, the most southern school down south that at that time had a commitment to president stanford to end segregation and allow us to move forward based on the character of our -- character versus the color of our skin. i saw a more perfect union in the 1970's when a jewish owner of the raiders, al davis, committed end toking the jim crow barriers -- committed to ending the jim crow barriers in the nfl and we had the first hispanic quarterback, the first hispanic coach, the first black coach, the first female c.e.o. because measure tock are asy has no color. we've seen our country and we have to continue to remember, it's the power of we the people. the power of the team. we think about harriet tubman as a conductor, frederick douglass,
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booker t. washington, martin lutherking, all conductors. we have many conductors today throughout our country. at the same time we have many more people who build our freedom highways and railroads. we the people roll up our sleeves, give hope to others. we need to rediscover our history, remember the havens of peterboro. places where americans across this country, regardless of skin color, came together to allow people -- others to have an opportunity to see what freedom was all about. we can see those experiences in booger t. washington in tuskegee in the early 1900's's. we can see that experiment succeed in tulsa, oklahoma, in the early 1900's's black wall street. and we can see it today throughout you are country. we see it -- throughout our country. we see it here in this house. what we must remember is our past should give us hope for a much greater future and we also must remember to not always get
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away but sprint away from anyone who leaves us hopeless. with that i want to make sure, congresswoman, do you have any other comments you want to make? ms. tenney: thank you for those great words and for bringing up so many people. our community swoos honored to have you there and to have you at peterboro and have more people discover and have this audience around our country and the world watching know that this is -- there are great people out there that did care about the cause of freedom and you brought up martin luther king. i always remember studying him when i was a clen student and discovering his great relationship with gandhi and talking about peace and peaceful protest and how important it was and how that's a founding principle of our country and just to have you there in peterboro meant so much. everyone in peterboro was so excited to have you there. that people are recognizing that there are people that maybe don't -- everyone -- it's not on everyone's radar and the national radar, but there are people that have done great things that are doing it quietly, but they're do doing it for a great cause.
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those little acts, like you just mentioned, it's ad minute straight who are let -- administrator who let your dad into ohio state, that person enabled us to have the great burgess owens here today. mr. owens: i think the important thing is to remember we have in our hearts, this desire, to have others succeed. we want to be part of snag makes a difference. it's not just the 2000's but throughout our country's history. my great grandfather throughout our history again we can find those moments in which we helped each other. we've all given some credence, something given back to this country. the more we know about that, the more we feel better about who we are today and the vision we have, the vision for the future. we have to keep that in mind. ms. tenney: i agree. this is what we wanted to do
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today and we want -- we want to focus on the people who help. not the people tearing us down, trying to bring our country to its knee bus people trying to make us rise up and be a better america than we are today. that's us striving for the future. we want america to be better for our children and grandchildren. by recognizing that there were great people in our past who have done amazing things who never got the recognition but often those people don't go -- they go unknowned and unnoticed and i think that's why it meant so much to have you there. i urge everyone if you want to come on a beautiful fall day or the warm summer days, it's a little snowy right now, but to come to peterboro and meet with our great do sents who are stude studying, uncovering documents, trying to understand history so we can learn from it. even though i went to peterboro
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when i was younger, it was my mom's home county, i never knew the depths of it. i learned so much more i'll learn more. i'm sure if i go again to the abolitionist hall of fame, i think i'll learn more there. going to -- learning about harriet tubman and going to her house, being in the same room where you know she was providing so much comfort and love to people she didn't know but that she knew needed to understand and taste that taste of freedom, just standing there with you and the people that work there, how much it meant to them. they conveyed that sort of wonderful feeling to us as well. so i feel like i just would love to have everyone come and have that experience and anywhere else in the country, you know. we'd love to encourage our colleagues to come out and tell us about great experiences and great americans that are out there that might not get the recognition, may not be getting the clicks on twit ore facebook or social media. there are people out there doing
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great works, uncovering great heroism. mr. owens: let me add a little bit about peterbrveg oro, this was a new experience for me. what that place represented to me and so many black americans was hope. they knew once they got to peterbolo, that were very close to canada, which was their freedom. that was it. they could know they won be hiding and going through strelt and knowing they'd be recaptured. i hope there's a big factor we're talking about, i hope those listening to our conversation know our country is built on that. what we have done so far today is talking about what our country is capable of because we've cone it in the past. the more hope we give to our fellow americans, that this is our country, the best in the history of mankind that we can serve each other and we can become a much better country. it's in our mission statement, to be a more perfect unit. we can do that.
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i'm excited to have this opportunity to spend time with you. for anyone who is listening please check this place out. harriet tubman, many of us know she's a hero. go to a place and see her property, a person that once was the property of someone else, her property, what she did what she gave away to so many because she loved the process of service. i can't wait to go back and check it out again. ms. tenney: we can't wait to have you back again. i remember that part of gerrit smith's estate, we went into the barn, there were horses and mules and they had to hide people in there. i looked up and there was a sign that said heaven and peterboro were the two places slaves were safe. it's an honor to represent that community. and to have you standing there,
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with that gleaming sunlight on us, knowing so many people in the past that was their gateway to freedom and finding a new life, it was a great experience. maybe we can -- you can come again and we can invite our colleagues to experience peterboro and harriet tubman's home of course. mr. owens: one final word to those watching. this country is a place that thrives because people can envision themselves doing much, much better. we do that when people get together and we put our heart and soul into making sure that our country is a better place than our time. is i'm thankful for the opportunity to visit the home of my hero since i was 12 years old, to hear that you were that close and to have the invitation to come up and see it. ms. tenney: this is what a great discovery it was. burgess and i, i said, you've never been to peterboro. who would have thought i'd be
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hosting a famous person like burgess owens, famous in our community, famous many my community, i just hope my colleagues, anyone who wants to join peterbor oorvetion, i hate to do too much of a pitch but if you want to go to peterboro, go to www.gerritsmith.org. it's humble but majestic and the accomplishments that were made in that wonderful place. so thank you so much, burgess, for joining us. thank you for everything you've done for standing courageously and boldly for our communities and our country and standing up for our constitution and freedom because that is what is going to unite us. let's talk abwhat unites us, in the what divides us. weave lot of great history that can bring us together in the future. mr. owens: thank you so much. we have a remarkable freshman team, it's an honor to be
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serving with you. let's keep this thing moving forward. ms. tenney: thank you so much. the honor is all mine. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. pursuant to section 11-b of house resolution 188, the house now stands adjourned until noon
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