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we don't need to be -- it's very clear that's what it is. go ahead. reporter: back to voting rights for a minute. you mentioned that the white house is going to push bac against state legislatures. can we expect to see more litigation from the department of justice around this? if you look at cases that have already been filed under section 2 we know historically that takes a long time, years, to resolve. are you confident there's any action you could take that would result in any outcome before the mid terms? >> i refer you to the department of justice. as you know they have doubled their funding for voting rights protests but in terms of individual cases or legal intentions or actions i would point you to them. >> and health care and the affordable care act that was something president biden ran on, expanding the a.c.a. he was able to do that throug the rescue plan but some of those -- >> we're going to leave this
program to take you to the house of representatives, all part of c-span's more than 40 year commitment to live gavel-to-gavel coverage of congress. live now to the floor of the house on c-span. scanned copy of the letter received director, division of electors indicating that according to the first unofficial results of the special election held on january 2022. the honorable mccormick was elected to congress for the 20th congressional district signed sincerely cheryl l. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent that the gentlewoman from florida, the honorable be permitted to take the oath of office.
her certificate of election has not arrived and no question has been raised with regard to her election. the speaker: will representative-elect and members of the florida delegation present themselves in the well. all members will rise and the representative-elect will please raise her right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic and you bear true faith and allegiance to the same and you take this obligation freely without purpose of evasion and you will well and discharge the duties of the office about which you are about to enter, so help
you god. congratulations. you are now a member of the 117th congress. without objection, the gentleman from florida, mr. diaz-balart is recognized for one minute. diaz-balart dlartd thank you so much. as the dean of the florida delegation, i have the honor to welcome sheila cherfilus-mccormick. our new colleague will fill the seat of representative hastings. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order.
mr. diaz-: balart similar to the district i am honored to represent, florida's 20th district is extremely diverse and covers urban and agricultural areas in palm beach and broward counties. she is the proud daughter of haitian immigrants and was born in brooklyn, new york. after finishing college at howard university, she moved to attend st. thomas university school of law and she left florida to become a project maiminger at the new york city transit authority, it wasn't long before florida sunshine brought her back to florida. in 1999, she joined a health care service and became the company's c.e.o. this ones single mother is the
example of the american dream and represents the aspiration of so many of our south florida neighbors. i look forward to working with our newest colleague on the issues of importance to our country and to south florida. florida's congressional delegation is honored to welcome cherfilus-mccormick to the house of representatives. i yield to the newest member of congress. >> thank you, madam speaker and thank you, mr. diaz-balart for those kind words. i would like to thank my family and my husband and my daughter and my son and daughter who are up in the gallery.
i would like to thank my team and my family and especially god who brought us this far. i'm a proud immigrant. i thank my colleagues who fought for me to ensure that immigrants can have a place in our country and live the american dream because that's how i got here. i thank the 20th district who fought with us and who believed in a new voice and giving this little haitian-american girl to fight for our country and say a special thank you for all the praise. and i pledge to work as hard as i can to ensure that district 20 and the united states are getting their needs met. and i pledge to work as hard as i can with every member to uphold the constitution and
promises and all the promises that brought me here today and for the other children who were told it can never happen to them. i yield back. thank you. the speaker: under clause 5-b, the chair announcees to the house in light of the administration of the oath of office to the the gentlewoman from florida the whole number of the house is now 435. pursuant to clause b of rule 20, the business is on the vote of the motion from the gentleman from virginia and pass the senate bill 2959 on which the
yeas and nays are ordered the clerk will report the title. the clerk: senate 2959 an act to provide due to the disruption clause and impact funding for fiscal year 2023 and data submitted in the 2022 application. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland rise? >> the following members vote yes on home run 2959, mr. thompson of mississippi, krone. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. reed, i inform the house that mr. reed will be a yes on home run 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition?
>> as the member designated by mr. tim ryan of ohio, i inform the house that mr. ryan will vote yes on home run 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what reason does the gentleman from north dakota seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. timmons of south carolina, i inform the house that mr. timmons will vote yes on senate bill 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: as the member designated by ms. bass of california, ms. pingree of maine and ms. wilson of florida, they will vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: for what reason does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. moore of utah, i inform the house that mr. moore will vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: for what reason the gentleman from new york seek recognition?
mr. jeffries: as the member designated by chairwoman johnson and these members will vote yes on home run 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what reason the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. stewart of utah, he will vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: for what reason does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> smigd mr. kilmer, i inform the house that mr. kilmer will vote the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from indiana seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. bird, i inform the house that mr. bird will vote yea on s.2969. 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 h.r.
2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr.man of -- mr.mans of -- mr. mann of kansas, i inform the house that mr. mann will vote yes on h.r. 2959. >> for what purpose does the gentlewoman rise? >> as the member designated by ms. degette of colorado and m.d. mccollum of minnesota, i inform the house that ms. degette and ms. mccollum will vote yes on h.r. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. cawthorn of north carolina, i inform the house that mr. cawthorn will vote aye on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. brownley,
ms. craig, and ms. meng, i inform the house that ms. brownley, ms. craig, and ms. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. thornberry of the great state of nebraska, i inform the house that mr. fortenberry will vote yea on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. chu, ms. frankel, mrs. hayes, and mse house that those members will vote yes on h.r. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. simpson of
idaho, i inform the house that mr. simpson will vote yea on s. 2959. thank you. 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 h.r. 2959. the chair: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. joyce of pennsylvania, i inform the house that mr. joyce will vote yea on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. welch of vermont, i inform the house that mr. welch will vote yes on h.r. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for
what purpose does the gentleman reek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. hagedorn of minnesota, i inform the house that mr. hag torn will be voting yes on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. roybal-allard, i inform the house that ms. roybal-allard will vote yes on h.r. 2959. the chair: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition. >> as the member designated by mr. lowenthal, ms. moore, i inform the house that those members will vote yes on h.r. 2959.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. howard, i inform the house that mr. howard will vote yes on h.r. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. tom malinowski of new jersey, mr. sires of new jersey, mr. payne of new jersey, mrs. watson coleman of new jersey, mrs. kirkpatrick of arizona, and mr. nadler of new york, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on h.r. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. fallon of texas, i inform the house that mr. fallon will vote yea on s.2959.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. kildee, i inform the house that mr. kildee will vote aye on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. ruppersberger, mr. pocan, mr. doggett and ms. jayapal, i inform the house that they will vote aye on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. ocasio-cortez of new york and mr. grijalva of arizona, i inform the house that they will vote yes on s. 2959.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition. >> as the member designated by mr. gohmert of texas, i inform the house that mr. gohmert will vote yes on s.2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. wasserman schultz: as the member designated by mrs. maloney of new york, i inform the house that mrs. maloney will vote yes on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. lawson and mr. crist, i inform the house that they will vote yea on s.2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. rogers of kentucky, i inform the house that mr. rogers will
vote yea on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. evans of pennsylvania's third district and pursuant to house resolution #, i inform the house that mr. evans will vote yea on s. 2959, the supplemental impact aid and flexibility act. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> good evening, madam speaker. as the member designated by mr. kerry, i inform the house that mr. kerry will vote yes on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maine seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. lamb, i inform the house that mr. lamb will vote yea on s. 2959.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> as the member designated by following members, costa, cuellar, vicente gonzales of texas, napolitano, ruiz, vargas, vela, i inform the house that these members will vote yes on s. 2959. the chair: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. jacobs of new york state, i inform the house that mr. jacobs will vote yea on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. bobby rush of illinois, i inform the house that mr. rush will vote yes on s. 2959.
the chair: for what purpose does the gentlewoman seek recognition? >> as the member designated by ms. schrier, i inform the house that ms. schrier will vote yes on s. 2959. the chair: for what purpose does the gentlewoman seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mrs. lawrence, i inform the house that mrs. lawrence will vote yes on s. 2959.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> as the member designated by mr. donalds of florida, i inform the house that mr. donalds will vote yea on s. 2959. as the member designated by ms. letlow of louisiana, i inform the house that ms. letlow will vote yes on s.2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman seek recognition?
>> i inform the house that will vote yes on s.2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> as the member designated by representative boyle, i inform the house that representative boyle will vote aye on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. connolly: madam speaker, as the member designated by mr. snyder of illinois, mr. doyle of pennsylvania, and ms. titus of nevada, i inform the house that they will -- mr. snyder, mr. doyle and ms. titus will vote aye on s. 2959.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. bush of missouri, i inform the house that ms. bush will vote yea on s. 2959. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, as the member designated by ms. lee of california, i inform the house
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 406. excuse me. the yeas are 414. the nays are six. none recorded as present. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan 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 gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> today i rise to honor the
legacy of the late congresswoman barbara rose collins. michigan's first african-american congresswoman. ms. tlaib: she was a trail blazer who inspired many women to seek public office. congresswoman rose collins got her first start in public service as a member of the detroit public school board. she served as a michigan state legislator and a detroit councilmember before being elected to the united states congress in 1990. during her tenure in the u.s. congress, congresswoman rose collins advocated for food and agricultural policies to assist communities with food insecurity. she was a fierce defender of human rights in detroit, across the country and abroad. she dedicated her career to making our community stronger and our country better. please join me in recognizing congresswoman barbara rose collins, the many years of her dedicated public service, as we honor her memory. the speaker pro tempore: for
what purpose does -- anyone else -- sorry. the gentleman from georgia seek recognition. mr. carter: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to 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 recognize and honor jonathan marquises on his appointment as the georgia pharmacy association vice president of the academy of independent pharmacy. a graduate in georgia, jonathan has enjoyed a distinguished career and is well-deserving of this appointment. he's currently the president and c.e.o. of the institute for wellness and education in woodstock georgia, and owns many pharmacies across the state. in addition to owning and managing many pharmacies, he's served as the president of the georgia pharmacy association and vice president of professional and political affairs for the american pharmacy cooperative. jonathan has served as a third, fourth and fifth vice president for the national community pharmacists association since
2017. jonathan has dedicated his career not only to bettering his patients but also working to improve the lives and practices of pharmacists nationwide as well. his illustrious career of service makes him more than suited to fill this role and we are excited to see what else he can accomplish. thank you, madam speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: madam speaker, i rise to 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: madam speaker, yesterday was the federal holiday honoring dr. martin luther king and i accepted the challenge of the martin luther king's family under the name of martin luther king iii, his oldest child, no celebration without legislation. so i rise in the middle of the debate and debacle that is going
on over an ill-fated and wrong policy of the filibuster and culture to read the words of dre issued on april 3, 1968. speaking about having been stabbed by a demented woman and speaking that if he'd only sneezed he might not have been there even in 1968. so he says, and i want to say tonight, i want to say that i'm happy that i didn't sneeze. because if i sneezed i wouldn't have been around here in 1960 when students of the south started sitting in at lunch counters and i knew that as they were sitting in, they were really standing up for the best of american dreams. and taking the whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers and the declaration of independence and the constitution. if i had sneezed i wouldn't have been around in 1962 when negroes in albany, georgia, decided to straighten their backs up and whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere. because a man can't ride your back unless it is bent.
if i had the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: when the black people of birmingham, alabama. finally, i want to say he wanted to make sure that his life was not in vain and that he would be recognized and remembered for the work that he had done. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask to speak for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i saw a political cross word puzzle this week, madam speaker. it asked for a six-letter word to describe president biden's first year in office. so i thought, hmm, divisive. no. that's eight letters. weak, no, that's four letters. but the word is, crisis, madam speaker, from crisis raging at
our southern border to the economic crisis affecting arkansans, small businesses and americans across the nation. mr. hill: the biden administration has continually failed to address these challenges head-on. the border crisis isn't a seasonal problem, as argued. it's a direct result of appealing the trump-era border policies and replacing them with absolutely nothing until recently. fed chair powell says inflation isn't transitory, madam speaker. and now it is at a 40-year high. americans are paying higher for everything from gas to groceries. under president trump we saw real wages. under president biden we're seeing real wages decline, meaning our pay is decreasing when accounting for inflation. democrats' solution -- continue to push their constant tax-and spending spree. we need leadership, madam chair. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
from hawaii seek recognition? mr. kahele: aloha, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: aloha and, without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kahele: mahalo, madam speaker. i rise to express the serious concern that our aviation community has regarding the rollout of 5-g service. the federal aviation administration has warned that potential 5-g interference could affect sensitive airplane instruments such as radar altimeters which would hamper low visibility operations and so we must delay the rollout of 5-g at select airports until we can address all aviation safety concerns. pilots across america are flying in low visibility conditions, from snow, sea fog, to other zero visibility conditions and they need all the instruments and procedures at their disposal so they can safely protect the lives of their passengers and crew. we cannot and must not compromise on safety. it will be safe applied when -- safe to fly when the pilots say
it's safe to fly. the united states has the safest transportation system in the world and i'm thankful that wireless carriers have delayed implementation at key airports. the f.a.a. needs to ensure that 5-g services will not be implemented at any of the 50 airport locations that have been identified as vulnerable until safety can be ensured. mahalo, madam speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, recently, the taylorsville times, a historic newspaper in north carolina's fifth district, celebrated its 100th anniversary. i cannot overstate how much of an institution this newspaper is within the community. a century of production is a
testament to the value that this newspaper creates for its dedicated readers. like clockwork, it continues to carry on in the alexander county community. congratulations to lee sharp, the publisher of the taylorsville times, and for his family for this accomplishment. thanks to the diligence and hard work of lee and his family, the citizens of alexander county continue to have access to an invaluable resource. here's to another prosperous 100 years of service. i yield back, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. i seek 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. >> madam speaker, i rise to celebrate the life of john rice irwin, a renowned historian and
founder of the few see up of appalachian -- few see yum of appalachia -- museum of appalachia. he became the youngest superintendent at the age of 31. it was around this time that he got fascinated with the rich history and collected artifacts and documents stories how the people lived long ago. mr. burchett: he restored a cabin to what it would have looked like. that little cabin became the museum of appalachia which received 600 visitors during the first year. john kept expanding the museum and contains over 250,000 historical artifacts and welcomes tens of thousands of guests each year. they'll recognize john's passion for the heritage. lamar alexander displayed loaned
artifacts in his office until his retirement in 2020. it's now displayed in my washington's office and i'm reminded of john's incredible work. rest in peace, brother, and thank you for telling the stories of our historic appalachia community. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask -- i request all members may have five -- ok. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? mr. grothman: i'd like to be able to speak for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. grothman: i was born in milwaukee, wisconsin. as a child i was always so proud of milwaukee. you'd look at the crime record, crime amounts in the biggest cities around the country and
milwaukee, wisconsin, along with san diego year after year had the lowest murder rate in the country. it's therefore, very disappointing to find out at the end of last year, milwaukee, one more time, set the all--time -- their all-time record for murders at 197. this is cause, i think in no small part, by politicians who scream racism and cause disrespect for the milwaukee police department and, therefore, the milwaukee police department has to back off and not be aggressive as milwaukee continues to become more and more dangerous. i could only hope in the future that politicians looking to make cheap points do not further denigrate the milwaukee police and not further cause milwaukee to hit another record this year in total murders. thank you. foip pursuant to clause 5-d of
rule 20, the whole number of the house is 434, currently. under the speaker's announced policy of january4, 2021, the gentleman from indiana, mr. banks, is recognized for 60 minutes as designee of the minority leader. mr. banks: thank you, madam speaker. i request all members may have five legislative to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. banks: thank you, madam speaker. today, at least on one question -- americans are more united than ever before. this week, as we mark the one-year mark of the biden presidency, the vast majority of the american people agree that the biden presidency has been a failure. after one year in office, president biden's approval rating is the lowest ever recorded after the first year in office of any president in american history.
why is no mystery. by every measure, americans are worse off today than when biden took office. inflation, crime, the debt, the border, afghanistan, a never-ending pandemic, americans have endured humiliation abroad and division at home. and all of these disasters are manmade. everyone knows why inflation is at a 40-year high. everyone knows why americans' wages have been cut by 3% or more. democrats spent trillions and passed the largest federal budget in history. how? in less than a year -- how in less than a year did we go from energy independence to begging saudi arabia for oil? well, maybe it has something to do with the president banning new natural gas production in
the united states. you see, the media wants to make things complicated. they want you to believe that no one really knows why you're paying close to $4 a gallon at the pump. they want to separate the consequences from the last year from its cause, but don't be fooled, madam speaker. there's a border crisis because the biden administration stopped building the wall, cut deportations by 90%, and reversed every single one of president trump's successful border enforcement measures. fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for americans aged 18 to 45 because it, too, is pouring across a wide-open southern border. it's that simple. crime immediately shot up after democrats' anti-police riots because of democrats' anti-police riots. there are still hundreds of americans stranded in
afghanistan because the biden administration didn't prioritize its own citizens for evacuation. president biden's covid policies do not work. that's why covid cases, hospitalizations, and deaths all rose during the biden presidency. americans endured mandatory vaccinations, pointless mask mandates, endless school closures, and never-ending dr. fauci interviews. and it was all for nothing. americans can see what's in front of them. that's why they've rejected this administration. the proof is in the pudding and the pudding is stale. the question is -- can americans endure three more years, just like the last one? i believe that they can, but they shouldn't have to. that's why the republican study
committee is here tonight. we will hold the biden administration accountable every step of the way. we will make sure that the past year of crises and can taste row fees never repeats -- catastrophes never repeats. i'll yield to someone from the great state of indiana, jackie walorski, who's going to share some thoughts with us. mrs. walorski: i thank the gentleman for yielding. the american people have faced 52 weeks of broken promises. the president, who promised to unite the american people, instead has pitted citizens against one another. the president, who promised americans to work with americans across the political spectrum, has prioritized a radical agenda that caters only to the extreme wing of his party. the president, who promised to protect the american people, has left us vulnerable at the southern border and across the world. and the president, who promised
to build back better, has only hindered america's economic recovery. for a year, we've witnessed failure after failure. the american people have paid the price. day after day, hoosiers and americans across the country experience the real ramifications of the biden administration's policy agenda. with inflation at a 40-year high, we're paying the price of the president's reckless spending during every trip to the grocery store and the gas station. despite spending trillions of dollars on the president's so-called rescue plan, we're facing escalating supply chain bottle necks and workforce shortages with nothing in sight. thanks to the biden administration's open borders policy, every town across america is a border town. as illicit drugs pour across the open southern border, including 1,000 increase of fentanyl last year, every neighborhood is at risk. while democrats work to defund the police, americans are facing
dangerous crime surges in cities all across the country. in the end, it all comes down to control. if you don't want to get the vaccine, you're fired. if you dare to ask what your children is learning in school, you're labeled a domestic terrorist. this is america under 52 weeks of joe biden's leadership. the american people deserve better. thank you and i yield back. . mr. banks: i thank my colleague from the great state of indiana. she and i both agree that hoosiers are sick and tired of this leadership or lack thereof that we've seen from president biden over the last year. next i will yield to the ranking member of the house education committee, a great mentor and colleague, dr. virginia foxx. ms. foxx: i thank my colleague from indiana for holding this special order tonight and calling attention to the problems of the past year.
i could use many words to describe president biden's first full year in office, but the one that comes to mind immediately is incompetence. there's a blueprint for the economic and societal ruling that has stabbed america in its back for a year. this administration is the architect of that blueprint. inflation has skyrocketed to its highest level in 40 years. job creators have faced innumerable setbacks that have threatened their livelihooded. the ever-growing federal bureaucracy has metastasized like a cancer. parents have been targeted by the f.b.i. and d.o.j. in what can only be described as a wave of new-age mccarthyism that's been spun by this administration. the southern border is all but clamsed due to gross mismanagement -- collapsed due to gross mismanagement. the list goes on and on. simply put, the policies and actions of this administration mirror the agenda of political arsonists. no matter hougham beneficiaries
or how ambitious or forward-thinking the biden administration tries to bill itself as, it cannot shake the stenching of incompetence that surrounds every initiative it heads up. socialism is no longer an ominous shadow on the horizon. this administration has brought it to our doorstep. this great country must be saved from the ruin that this administration has created. republicans will be the ones to save it. republicans will be the ones to safeguard the values and freedoms that have always defined america. republicans will be the ones to turn this country around and deliver for the american people. when we retake the house of representatives and the senate this year, that's precisely what we will do. americans demand it and we will act. i yield back. mr. banks: madam speaker, from indiana to north carolina to
kansas and beyond, the american people are feeling the effects of this disastrous administration. and with that i yield to my colleague, my friend, a senior member of the house ways and means committee, a leader in the republican study committee, respective ron estes from kansas. mr. estes: madam speaker, this week we look back over a year of failures. from the economy and crime to foreign policy and national security. there's not one area where this year of total democrat control shouldn't receive an f. it's hard to believe it was only a year ago this thursday that president biden swore to uphold the constitution just outside the building from where we stand today. despite assuring the american people that he sought to unify the country, biden's first hours in office were marked by divisive and controversial executive orders. biden's incompetent economic policies destroyed our chance at a strong economic recovery and harmed the hardworking families and small businesses. a year later americans are paying about 50% more each time
they fill up their tank. that's after president biden canceled the keystone x.l. pipeline, halted new oil and gas leasing on federal land, and proposed burdensome taxes and regular lag -- regulations on small energy producers. these policies all matter. they impact real people. that's why tonight i wanted to share some insight and experiences from folks in kansas after a year of president biden holding office. nick, a new father in derby, has certainly noticed the increase in price in fuel. he had a baby last year and started a new job. paying more at the pump means he has less for his newborn's needs and as every parent knows, diapers aren't cheap. but that's not the only thing kansans are paying more for. the biden administration has directly caused rising prices by letting -- flooding the economy with their big government spending. prices for things like beef, eggs, coffee. it's especially noticeable for
nancy, a grandmother on a fixed income. she shared each time she goes to the grocery store she notices her grocery bill keeps diagnose going up -- keeps going up. that's not to mention the bare shelves many kansans experience when they go shopping. we've witnessed the failure to keep our country safe, from illicit drugs flowing into our country from the southern border. open border policies have allowed drugs and trafficking to become commonplace. every state's now a border state as fentanyl makes its way to communities in kansas and across the country. more pounds of fentanyl were seized at the southern border than in the previous two years combined. in a recent survey, a majority of the kansans from my district told me that the issues most important to them are the economy, rising prices, immigration and our federal deficit. it's time for congress and the president to start addressing these core concerns. americans can't afford another year of radical socialist policies with this administration.
i want to thank my good friend from indiana for hosting this special hour and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: i thank my colleague and friend from kansas, mr. estes. madam speaker, next i yield to one of our leaders in congress on the republican side, fighting for veterans every day on the veterans' affairs committee, my colleague and friend, representative moore from alabama. mr. moore: thank you, representative banks. i appreciate it. madam speaker, i rise today to mark the one-year anniversary of the biden administration and what a year it's been. the crisis rage aig cross this nation because of incompetence of this administration threatens the lives and livelihoods of countless americans. on his first day in office, president biden gave a taste what have was to come by spitefully eliminating president trump's border policies and stopping the wall. fueling a border crisis that we have not seen in a generation. the drug and human trafficking that we've seen as this porous border reaches every community in our nation, the untold number of american families who have
loved -- lost loved ones to drugs and violence though, families will be broken forever. instead of coming after criminals, biden's justice department has now focused in the crosshairs engaged parents, moms and dads, just because they have concerns about c.r.t. or maybe mask mandates. they are labeled as domestic terrorists and now are charged with hate crimes. our economy is in shambles. the biden jobs deficit is the difference between the jobs he promised to create and the jobs he has created, with the stimulus in march, is now a net of 1.1 million jobs lost. historic inflation has surged to the highest level in four decades. gas and energy prices are at the highest they've been since obama-biden administration. the supply chain crisis has brought an economic recovery to a stand still. you have been to the grocery store lately? retailers are facing a 12% out of stock level on many household staples. empty shelves are now the new norm. let's not forget the pandemic.
president biden centered his campaign on having a solution for the virus. it's clear now that like every other crisis we faced, biden has no plan. by resorting to harmful and unconstitutional mandates and shutdowns, president biden is threatening the very liberty that the foundation of -- the very liberty that this foundation of this great american experiment was built on. then there's afghanistan. this issue is very personal to me. what the biden administration allowed to happen there, leaving so many americans and allies behind for the taliban, is a historic tragedy. but does joe biden seek unity? no, he resorts to smearing over half of the american people who disagree with his radical agenda. but that's how this leadership of the democratic party in washington thinks. they believe that the country is theirs to govern as they wish, force their will on you and me. we've had one year of democratic party control and in only one year the democratic party has tried to take our country from us. i say it's time we take it back.
thank you. with that, i yield back. mr. banks: madam speaker, as president biden continues to fail the american people and so many -- in so many ways, and his poor leadership has created crisis after crisis after crisis, i can't think of anywhere in the country that shows us just the opposite type of leadership than the free and open state of florida. at this point, madam speaker, i yield to one of florida's great leaders, a freshman leader in the republican study committee, my colleague and friend, representative cammack. mrs. cammack: thank you to my friend from the great state of indiana. i'm still holding out for my honorary hoosiers title. madam speaker, this week we mark one year since joe biden was sworn in as president and commander in chief of the united states. now, there are 525,600 minutes in a whole year. somehow biden has used every single one of those minutes to diminish and destroy the
strength of the american economy, its workers and our national security. during the first year of the biden presidency, america has faced more covid deaths than in the prior year. a disastrous exit from afghanistan of which we are still getting americans out. a four-year high -- 40-year high inflation rate and so much more. this country has spent the last year staring down a border kriets that -- crisis that has gone unmanaged. in 2021 alone, there were 1.17 million border encounters. keep in mind, the comparison of 500,000 or less the year prior. now, while our brave border agents were left underresourced and unsupported, this administration first attempted to ignore the crisis, then sought to down play the consequences -- downplay the consequences. vice president harris refused to visit the border.
this amounts to criminal negligence and americans won't soon forget the role biden and his administration played in dramatically weakening america's national security. as millions of illegal immigrants poured over our southwest border, covid continued to sweep through the united states. the biden administration was caught flat-footed once again on testing capacity nationwide and distribution of critical life-saving therapeutic treatments. in my home state of florida, we had a fantastic monoclonal antibody treatment program going and the federal government stepped in and stopped it. why? because they're threatened by the freedom, they're threatened by the success. over 440,000 americans have lost their lives to covid-19 under the biden administration. that is more than when the pandemic began and the entire year of 2020. further, images of high gas prices at the pump and empty shelves at the supermarket define the first year of the biden presidency. as our nation has grappled with the global pandemic, this administration has stood on the
sidelines while americans have struggled to get basic necessities. every sector of the american economy has been hurt by supply chain crises, caused in part by abusive chinese trade practices, but also weak administrative leadership. on top of these mounting challenges, the biden administration has put the entirety of their political capital behind over $6 trillion worth of so-called social justice spending bills meant to prop up failing government programs and a liberal wish list of items. the economic devastation from so much uncontrolled spending has already been felt at historic levels of inflation and will certainly be burdening generations of americans to come. this administration's first year in office has been a disaster from top to bottom. instead of working to change positively, biden has worked to change our country into a population of dependents.
because that is, at the end of the day, what this administration is about. dependency and control. we can take our country back and we will. to americans hurting, in the first 52 weeks of this administration, remember, november is coming. i yield. mr. banks: i thank my colleague from florida. next i yield to one of the greatest voices of common sense in the entire congress, a senior republican leader on the house education and labor committee, my colleague and friend, representative glenn grothman. mr. grothman: thank you. as has just been said, i think the first year of this administration has been about as disastrous as could possibly be. i will focus on the covid pandemic. over 300,000 people had died when president biden took office. nevertheless, things in a way were looking up. donald trump had been given a
combination of monoclonal antibodies and several other things in a cocktail in which he was cured just a few months before president biden took office. one would have thought all one had to do was follow down the path of treatment that donald trump received and it would be the end of the pandemic. instead we are over a year after him taking office and at least in wisconsin we don't have enough monoclonal antibiotic bodies to deal with -- antibodies who are deal -- to deal with the people who are sick today. even though other drugs have shown promise, the c.d.c. and n.i.h. under president biden have not shown a leadership role and encouraged more doctors to use them. vitamin d can do a tremendous job in reducing the number of people who succumb to this disease, but again, a complete lack of leadership out of washington. some people feel a complete lack of leadership because there's not enough money to be made in vitamin d by the drug companies.
we recently imported in this country and it's not been anywhere near as publicized as it should be. it's time for president biden to step up, to make sure monoclonal antibodies are available to everybody and put an end to the pandemic. i have had my own staffer use monoclonal antibodies and it turned him around from being quite ill within 24 hours, just fine. it's time to look at things other than just making money for the drug companies. it's time to solve this problem. thank you. mr. banks: madam speaker, also, from the state of wisconsin, i yield to my colleague and freshman in the house, representative scott fitzgerald. mr. fitzgerald: thank you, jim. thank you, very much. madam speaker, as we're hearing
from many of my colleagues tonight, there's no shortage of policy failures to reflect on as we approach president biden's one-year anniversary. but the one that still is beyond belief and a complete disaster is the cancellation of the keystone pipeline project. on day one, just hours after being sworn into office, the president halted construction of the pipeline, bringing down thousands of good jobs. many of them in my home state of wisconsin and many of them in my district. this decision undermined our country's energy independence and destroyed a safe and efficient route to transport oil. oh, and now russia is flush with cash as they market their oil around the entire globe. that's right. killing the keystone project didn't just stop the transportation of oil, it
completely recon figured the way this works -- reconfigured the way this works worldwide. my republican colleagues have been on the forefront proposing solutions. in this case, the keystone x.l. pipeline construction and jobs preservation act. after seeing the disaster that president biden left in his wake after only one year, i can only fear what will come in the next three years. thank you, madam speaker. and i yield back. mr. banks: madam speaker, i yield to a fellow veteran and friend from the state of california, representative mike garcia. mr. garcia: well, i thank the gentleman and shipmate from indiana for the time and this evening. it's a very special hour. madam speaker, we, the people,
really aren't asking much of our elected officials. above all things, we just want them to do what's right for our country and be on the side of americans. this isn't a party thing. this isn't a republican versus democrat thing. regardless of party affiliation, we just want them to do what's right for the country. the current presidential administration and its policies have failed us in this regard and in a frighteningly short period of time. in just one year, this administration and its policies have eroded america's status as the lone premiere superpower, eroded our energy independence, making us once again beholden to opec. literally begging middle eastern nations to provide us with more oil. eroded an economy that was thriving before covid and beginning to recover in the midst of covid. and now we're experiencing inflation that we haven't seen in 40 years. eroded our nation's security, tucking tail against a group of savages and terrorists in afghanistan after 20 years of fighting for the right reasons.
after almost two years of no american deaths in afghanistan and relative stability in a country that was formerly a breeding ground for terrorists, this country set an arbitrary exit date and backed that date up with absolutely no plan. this admin stranded hundreds of americans in afghanistan and left our allies high and dry. and the ad hoc sloppy withdrawal led to the des of these -- death of these precious service members. absolutely avoidable and absolutely the fault of this administration. we're really not asking much of our elected officials. we, the people, want this administration to stop giving hope to the bad guys and to start taking care of our nation, take care of our workers, our jobs, the small business owners, our children and their education and allow parents the right to understand what our children are being taught in school. the right to make school choices for our children. we're asking that the administration stop calling parents terrorists and start
preventing actual terrorist from infiltrating our country. we're asking for secure borders so we don't see 175,000 human beings come across our border and into our nation each month without any accountability. if you care about the dreamers, if you care about the potential daca recipients, like many of us do, then you must end this manmade border crisis. we're really not asking for much. we just want someone to stand up and fight against this ridiculous defund the police movement and make our streets safe again. we don't want the cost of goods and supply chain issues to overcome our income. we're asking simply that we fairly value the time, the skills, and the experience of our workers so that when they work harder and provide quality of service, they make more money and keep more money. we don't want higher taxes only to see the government at all levels squander our hard-earned money. above all things, madam speaker, we just want the president to be on our side and to have the
backbone to stand up for the good guys. we're not asking for much. we just want this administration to stop giving hope to the bad guys. i yield back. mr. banks: madam speaker, thanks to our next speaker, i've been to the border in arizona and texas both during president trump's presidency and now during president biden's presidency. what our next speaker has taught me along the way is the night and day difference. the border was under control under president trump. it's wide open under president biden. what i've learned and what i stress more than ever before is what's going on at the border impacts my district in northeast indiana every single day. our next speaker is a co-chair of the border security caucus. no one does more in congress to highlight these issues and work toward protecting and securing our border than our next speaker
who i yield to, dr. brian babin from texas. mr. babin: i really appreciate the gentleman from indiana and chairman of the republican study committee, mr. banks. thank you so much for having this very important special order. this week marks one year since joe biden became president and what a lawless year this has been. never in my entire life would i dream we would have a president who prioritizes criminals and illegal aliens over law-abiding american citizens. but here we are. the reckless policies coming out of this white house and the democratic party as a whole have put you and your families in grave danger. it's not hard to see where the left's demonization of law enforcement and the decision to gut police department funding has gotten us.
thanks to the democrats, we are now in the midst of a crime wave with record high homicide rates and more than a dozen major -- in more than a dozen major cities in our country of ours. the city of chicago alone saw at least 800 homicides in 2021. a number we haven't seen in decades. bad policies lead to bad consequences, and, folks, we are living these in technicolor. more than 100 of our brave police officers were shot in ambush-style attacks last year. meanwhile, we've seen violent criminals released into our neighborhoods to commit more violent crimes. and it's happening in my own district in houston, texas, in the 36th congressional district, which has had its deadliest year in nearly 40 years. in harris county, 113 criminals were granted bond after capital
murder charges in 2021. yes, you heard that right. capital murder charges. numerous harris county citizens have been murdered by repeat criminals out on bail, murders which tragically could have been avoided. innocent americans are being hurt and killed by this fool-hearty democrat policy, but accountability starts at the top. and will this crime wave be just another crisis to go unresolved in 2022, or will this president and his party come back to reality and work with us to stop it? america is watching. thank you and i yield back. mr. banks: madam speaker, when i became the chairman of the republican study committee, which is not just the largest conservative caucus in congress, it's the largest caucus overall in the entire united states capitol, i had to choose someone to lead the republican study committee's budget and spending
task force. for almost 50 years, this task force and the republican study committee have put forth a fiscally responsible balanced budget in the congress to lead the way toward fiscal responsibility. and no one has done a better job of that in my time in congress than kevin hern, a small business owner from the great state of oklahoma. he's chaired and run this effort well over the last year. we put out a budget that we showed to the congress that we could balance the budget in six years. that's in stark contrast to what the democrats and what president biden have done to put forth the largest budget that this country has ever seen. with that, i don't just appreciate the leadership of representative hern, i'm proud of the effort he's put forward and i'm proud to yield to him at this moment. mr. hern: i'd like to thank the gentleman from indiana for this opportunity. and madam speaker, for the opportunity to speak to everyone tonight.
this week marks an historic milestone, the one-year air of the biden administration -- anniversary of the biden administration. the election of joe biden to the presidency, his taking office. looking back at the previous 12 months, several words come to mind -- failure, confusion, disarray, pain, dishonesty. i'm sure that many of my colleagues will touch on these and many other themes relevant to the what's unfolded at the white house since its latest occupant took office some 11 months ago. however, i want to if he cuss on one -- focus on one word that's defined the biden administration this year and that is inflation. every single month since biden took office, inflation has risen higher. in the past 11 months, inflation has reached its highest level in 40 years. most of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have never
experienced this type of inflation. the last time it was this bad, "e.t." was showing in theaters, jimmy carter, the man largely responsible for those hardships, was a one-term presidency for this reason. thanks to the biden job-killing policies, americans are paying the price. our economic recovery is stagnant. our small businesses are being crushed out of existence. december brought us to a 7% increase in inflation over the previous year. a number that american families are feeling every single day in their pocketbooks. while inflation is up 7%, wages have only risen 4.7%, meaning that real wages are actually negative, not positive. americans are paying a whooping $3,500 more for basic necessities than they were last year. for all the back padding that biden has done for the abysmal
jobs during his administration, we are still short pre-pandemic levels. this is the biden economy. inflation is the top of mind issue for the vast majority of americans, according to polling. you would think this administration would be doing everything in their power to alleviate their burden. they are flushing the markets with more unchecked spending. when will it end? the president's dismal approval rating isn't the result of his standing with republican voters who haven't looked him from the start. rather, democrat and independent voters across the country who are voicing their strong displeasure with how poorly our country has been run this past year. we know what works and we know what doesn't. what the president is doing is only exacerbating the problem. something just about everyone outside of d.c. knows. the white house must stop the spending spree, stop imposing unconstitutional mandates and
stop pushing radical legislation. the best thing this president can do right now is just get out of the way. i thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back the remainder of my time. mr. banks: i thank my colleague from oklahoma, again, for his leadership and the important words he had to share with us tonight. next, madam speaker, i yield to a new member of the house armed services committee, who is playing an outsized role on the armed services committee as we work hard to support our troops, who need our support more than ever before. i yield to representative jerry carl from alabama. mr. carl: i thank my colleague from indiana, jim banks, for organizing this very special order. madam speaker, when my father was a child, he sold newspapers on the streets in oklahoma city. now, he was 6, 7, and 8 years old and he would tell me stories that would show up every morning and they would fight over the best corners because they knew they could sell the most
newspapers. that was when we were in the middle of a depression. we're not in a depression today, yet, but, yet, we still have fighting over those same corners. today, instead of fighting over the sell of newspapers, they're fighting over the sell of drugs. and these are illegal drugs that are coming across our border. most people don't realize how potent fentanyl is. let me give you an example. one grain, one single grain of fentanyl can kill a grown man. you can take two packs of sweetener that you sweeten your drink with, that's enough to kill every member of congress. house and senate. to give you some idea how potent these drugs are. . can you imagine a 50-pound sack of it coming across our open borders? my personal observation is our inner cities are being killed primarily against minorities in these communities. where is the outrage for these
children which are our responsibility? they're our responsibility, not the other person's. our communities are being flooded with illegal drugs being brought the left and right across our southern borders but my democrat colleagues remain silent. madam speaker, i truly believe president biden cares about the lives that are being lost due to illegal drugs and the violence being claimed due to illegal drugs. but where is he? why is the president not being the leader he was elected to be. we need a president who is a leader who will step out there. we've had a full year to address this simple issue. this simple issue is illegal drugs. no one seems to be paying attention and i promise you it affects every family in america.
every family member who ha a friend or family member affect bid fentanyl needs to hear this. we can stop it. we can do it. this is an american issue that all the communities should be in an uproar about. there's simple, commonsense solutions to fix this problem. and i'm asking, no, i'm begging, president biden to sit down across the table and work across the aisle and let's secure our southern borders and stop the flow of these illegal drugs in our community that's killing, killing our kids. let's build the wall now instead of stopping the wall. let's build the wall now. finally put safety and security back into america. first and foremost, that is our responsibility, the safety of the citizens of this country. mr. president, please hear my plea. now is the time to take action and we need an american leader.
with that, i yield my time back. thank you. mr. banks: i thank my colleague. such a power. statement as we think about the drugs flooding over the border, impacting community, destroying family, and the lack of attention by this administration to do anything about it is appalling to the american people. as they see what's going on at the border. they know the border is wide open. they know that this president is responsible for the lack of leadership to secure the border that's allowed drugs to flow into communities and affect and destroy so many families across this country. enough is enough. we call on the president, we ask president biden to step up to the plate and address this issue so that more families aren't ruined and more communities aren't destroyed because of the drug, the amount of drug, the drug epidemic that's affecting our country. again i said in my opening
statement, fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for americans ages 18 to 45. why isn't the president paying attention to that statistic? and doing anything about it to address it? madam president, next i yield to a senior member of the house armed services committee, someone who i know has a heart for our veterans, someone who has served under four presidents since he's been in congress. his perspective is power. i yield to my colleague, mentor, and friend from the state of south carolina, representative joe willson. mr. wilson: thank you, chairman jim banks, for your extraordinary leadership. as we reach the one-year anniversary of biden in office, i borrow from the great ronald reagan his question in the 1980 presidential debate and ask, are you better off today than you were a year ago? this obvious and sad answer of thinking americans is no. since biden took office on january 20, american families
have suffered under one party democrat rule. destroying jobs. our country has, with the continued taxing and spending policies and biden and democrats have caused inflation. this situation is getting worse and will challenge our children's future while threatening the savings of retirees. biden -- biden flags is at the high -- bidenflation is at the highest in years. the cost of fuel up, propane up 34%, beef and bacon up 19%, chicken up 10%. compounding this damaging effect most workers haven't received wages that keep up with inflation, according to "the new york times." a family has actually lost possibly $5,000 in just one year. also the december jobs report came in at resees than half
where economists projected. since biden took office he's failed to protect our southern border. over 1.7 million illegal aliens have invaded benefiting the drug cartels and benefiting the horror of promoting human trafficking. energy independence has been replaced by nrnl dependence resulting in skyrocketing costs. biden policies have worldwide been disastrous. people -- the response to putin is putting ukrainian families at risk of mass murder with already 14,000 people killed. vow -- bowing to china as it continues massacre of uighur muslims. a -- an ending in afghanistan leading to 13 americans murdered and establishing afghanistan as a safe haven to attack american
families with suicide bombers as we saw claimed this weekend at the texas synagogue. american families have never been at greater risk of attack than they are today in american history. the democrat elite think they're smarter than everyone and they think democrat voters and democrat media are ignorant to believe $5 trillion in spending costs zero. that's a direct quote from the president. so i ask the rhetorical and famous question again. are you better off today than you were a year ago? i yield back. mr. banks: madam speaker, last but not least, i yield to my friend from the great state of texas, someone who fights so hard for freedom, families, representative jodey arrington. mr. arrington: i thank my friend and colleague from banks from the hoosier state. looking back over the last year under the leadership of this president and single party rule,
for a guy who wants my team to win and my team is not the republican party, madam speaker, it's the great united states of america, it's my children, quite frankly and personally, it's my children. who i want to inherit the blessings of liberty and opportunity in this great country. that is our greatest calling. is to hand this country better than we found it. take on the challenges that face our country. work together to solve the problems and make this a better, stronger, safer, more prosperous, more free nation for the next generation. well, that has not happened. not even close. not even close. and i'm disappointed to say that this president and his colleagues in the democrat party have absolutely failed our country. i didn't say they were bad
people. in fact, there are many of them i call friend and proudly so. but as a team, elected by the american people to do the job i outlined, they have failed miserably. and as we say in west texas, on saturday morning after friday night lights when we're looking at the film, the eye in the sky doesn't lie. if you look at the footage, you watch the film, you can't help but see one self-inflicted disaster after another. let's start with the most -- let's start with the tone. and the promise to unify this country and its leaders to bring in -- usher into this chamber and to the -- to politics and political rhetoric civility and unity, that's a big f.
this president, i would say, took more unilateral actions and along with his democrat leaders in congress have jammed through more partisan bills than they have worked together to address the issues facing this country, and we are not -- we're more divided today than we were. if our speaker, ms. pelosi, would actually focus on the things that would be required to prevent another riot on this capitol, then you'd have the capitol police and the i.g. of the capitol police saying we're better prepared today than a year ago. we're actually less prepared today. because there's been so much hyper partisanship and so much political weaponnization and
theater than there's actually been real governing of our great country. so there's the tone. failure. the most important job of the federal government is to provide for a common defense. it's the safety and security of the american people. i know you've heard chairman banks, i'm sure the remarks today have been replete with the debacle in afghanistan and the sadness with which all americans watch that and at the same time that they watched it, this needless, senseless incompetence, they saw america's credibility slip. quickly. not only with our enemies but with our allies. i don't know if there was ever a time that the american troops packed up and left with
americans, our fellow citizens, crying out because we left them behind. there's a litany of problems with what happened in afghanistan, but this president is ultimately responsible. he can't listen to his advisers, people died, our troop we spent 0 years, trillions of dollars, and we lost the lives of our sons and daughters in uniform to the tune of roughly 2,400 and what do we have to show for it besides that embarrassment of a withdrawal? i live in texas. we're at ground zero with respect to the chaos at the border. and the record number of people, crime, activity and drugs pouring into our country. this president has been derelict in fulfilling his sacred duty to
uphold the law, plain and simple. but worse. working with his democrat colleagues, in this chamber, they have poured fuel on the fire that is burning out of control at the border by saying, we'll give you more carrots. we'll create more incentives. we'll turn the volume up so that people will come in by the millions with the offers of reparation, with the offer of citizenship, mass amnesty, the ability to vote in our elections, and it is -- you can't make this up. but this border crisis is real. and the american people who live along the border feel like this president and their government has given up on them. has failed them. and i would agree.
mr. chairman, with respect to the economy, i know we had a tough job for all americans and all leaders for both parties to get us up and out of the recession related to the pandemic. but for this president and my democrat colleagues, to put policies in place that incentivize people to stay at home rather than go back to work, i'm talking ability enhanced unemployment policy, i'm talking about welfare expansion, without work requirements, actually a repeal of work requirements, to put massive amounts of government spending into the marketplace, it is no wonder that we are seeing runaway inflation in every corner of our marketplace. and every good and every service that our working americans depend on and to think that there are the majority of americans who li pack-to-pack --
live pack-to-pack -- paycheck to paycheck have lost money because of the real wage deflation. self-inflicked, one after another and the state of the union is -- it's fragile. more now than it's less hopeful than a year ago. i don't see any posture of change or relenting on the horizon from this president. even with these startling statistics and facts that are laid out plainly for everybody to see and i'm not going to give credit. but this is a one-party rule. and we haven't talked about the crime spree or the promises made
or broken with respect to covid and authoritarian mandates and saying we are going to work with states. i'm confused. i'm concerned. and i have got to say one year in review is pleach and dismal. and i don't see that with dplee, with partisan glee. i say it with tremendous sadness and grief over the opportunities lost. and the country where we can do so much better. we have done better. republicans don't have all the answers, but this has not been
the great strong and constructive leadership that our nation has seen in the past from quite frankly from both parties. i hope and pray, mr. chairman and mr. speaker, that this president will hear not my voice but the voices of the american people and the voices that cried out from the will of the american people in virginia where we, the people wave have begun and will stop play indicateing the left, which seems to be the m.o. and start focusing on the priorities that are important to the american people. safer neighborhoods, a stronger border and ep reermt, real
growth, real opportunities, real and just a better quality of life. and better hope. thank you, mr. chairman, for allowing me to be part of the special order. with that, i yield back to the chairman. >> so many important comments that he and others have shared us today as we mark the one-year anniversary of president biden taking office. he ends his with the lowest approval rating and the american people are feeling the decline of america and see it and hate it and know it doesn't have to be this way. and begging the power the democrat power that controls the congress and owns the white
house under president biden to do something about inflation because they feel it every day when they go to the grocery store. they are begging president biden to address inflation, the worst inflation of my lifetime. they are baffled. and they are tone deaf to the needs as they suffer through these consequences. you heard a lot about the covid lockdowns and hurt so many working americans and the failed policies of this administration and fentanyl and the drugs that are coming over the wide open
border because of the failed border policies and the embarrassment that afghanistan has caused, the american people know when we put it first in our foreign policy, the world is safer. but under this president, america is less safe, from north korea, to middle east, china and they are suffering under president biden's he leap. i call on the democrat party and the president to step up to the plate and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are refrained to from the