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house going ray to come in and maybe a minute or so. we will try to get in john. good morning. caller: hello. i am an immigrant who is now a naturalized citizen. when i went to register to vote, i could not believe on the registration, all i had to do was check off a little box saying i was a citizen. i did not have to prove i was a citizen to vote. that really made me question the integrity of the whole system right there. in 2020, it was a pandemic. not just the legislatures in the state, but as they were supposed to come up with voting laws, but a lot of judges in voting laws. we will have to end it there because the house is getting ready to come in. first workday, and we have gavel-to-gavel coverage on
mr. hern: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes, and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized, without objection. mr. hern: madam speaker, over the last two years the price of lumber rose as an astronomical rate. this followed prolong shutdowns of lumber mills and production plants despite the maintain demand for lumber for construction projects that continued as an essential activity during the pandemic. the resulting supply and demand inversion caused a nationwide lumber shortage. our economy struggles when businesses feel uncertainty in
the market which is why it's the government's job in times of crisis like the covid-19 pandemic to ensure stability. in may of last year, i sent a letter to u.s. trade representative katherine ty urging action to prevent further disruption in the price of rum ber. at the time -- lumber. at the time i sent the letter lumber prices had kroacted more than 300% over the previous year. with the support of nearly 100 bipartisan members of congress, congressman brian higgins and i asked ambassador ty to resolve the crisis by resuming trade negotiation was canada to reduce the price of soft wood lumber. while lumber prices temporarily declined following that letter, it took months for meaningful portion of those decreases to reach the construction industry and its customers. prices began rising again and in september having continued to increase in the months since. once again putting strain on the
hardworking americans who build our homes and our communities. in december, i once again joined congressman higgins and nearly 100 bipartisan members of congress to send a second letter to the biden administration. this time to commerce secretary voicing concerns over the department of commerce's decision to increase anti-dumping and countervailing duties on soft wood lumber products on canada. we are concerned that this will further exacerbate the lumber crisis. the housing sector remains an integral piece to the u.s. economy, as we continue to recover from the covid-19 pandemic, sharp increases in the prices of lumber will further harm our recovery and costs faced by hardworking americans. it's our understanding that the u.s. and canada discussed this very issue last year and expressed mutual interest in resolving the problem. but it's unclear if any action has yet been taken by either country. we want to see stability and
normalcy restored to the housing market. it's imperative that we do so. we want to see definitive action from the biden administration to solve this problem. and, madam speaker, we in congress stand ready to help in any way we can. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. espaillat, for five minutes. mr. espaillat: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. espaillat: madam speaker, as we come off the historic martin luther king jr. holiday, it is incumbent upon all of us not just to reflect on his legacy,
but to really honor it. and honoring his legacy means really using our political strength much of which was given to us by him and his struggle to deliver the very voting rights protection and countless other civil rights leaders, including our very own john lewis, what they bled for to secure. we simply cannot accept empty promises anymore, madam speaker. in pursuit of a dream for more equal and just america. not from senators that have the power to live fully in those ideals today, and not from members of this very chamber. how can anyone, how can anyone, madam speaker, especially any
member of the senate, celebrate this day of service, the martin luther king day, without standing for democracy and the rights of others. how can they in good faith deliver empty words or celebrate his legacy in the shadow of this current attack on the access to the ballot box. when they, themselves, have the power to stop it. let me step back just a minute and put this in perspective, madam speaker. just last year republicans introduced 440 voter suppression bills in 49 states. 19 states have already passed voting restrictions in 2021 with even more coming this year. these are acts of voter suppression, occurring in nearly
every state of the union. targeting black and brown communities, working class and poor communities, telling them that their votes and voices shouldn't be heard. violating the sacred concept of one person, one vote. make no mistake, madam speaker, the restrictive voting laws that have passed and continue to be passed and pushed have directly targeted black and brown, poor and working class communities. directly targeting communities of color that -- to make it harder for them to access the ballot box and participate in our democracy. so as we continue to honor dr. king and his legacy today, the senate has a choice. abolish the filibuster, or let democracy die. madam speaker, the filibuster is an archaic piece of senate procedure that came by accident.
its direct legacy to segregation continues today to hold back progress on civil rights this very day. its most famous use was against civil -- the civil rights act of 1964 where its opponent filibustered for nearly 60 days. but it wasn't the first time. and it won't be the last. why southerners -- white southerners also invoked the filibuster to block voting rights, the voting rights bill in 1891 with many of the same senators filibustering again in the 1930's to block anti-lynching laws. imagine that. the filibuster was used to block anti-lynching laws. we have a choice, madam speaker, between having a democracy or
allowing racist systems to continue. it's simple. the filibuster is a monument to white supremacy and we have to tear it down. i refuse to hear any cheap excuse about why protecting the very founding principle of that nation is impossible because it's not where they have been -- it's been used, really, 161 times. the filibuster in the last five decades has been used 161 times to pass trade deals, tax cuts for the rich, supreme court justices, and just recently for the debt ceiling. that's not what we remember the filibuster fomplet we remember the filibuster for its racist roots. deeply embedded in jim crow. used to stop anti-lynching legislation. madam speaker, history will not look fondly on those who stand
in the way. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter, for five minutes. mr. carter: madam speaker, i rise today to honor the service of ellen welch, a crime scene specialist in morgan county and founder of the hero tree. she has exhibited unwavering commitment to morgan county's law enforcement and she works as a crime scene specialist investigator. each year during this holiday season, helen takes on the role of lifting up the community's fallen law enforcement officers and k nines. 2021 has marked the third year she's spearheaded this service to the community and it continues to grow. every year ellen, her mom, and her knees -- niece paint each ornament and write the name, death date, and agency of each fallen officer. then they placed ornaments on a tree that stands in the morgan county squad room until january.
unfortunately, this year was especially hard on law enforcement and ellen had to get a much larger tree as violence against police officers spiked. ellen has exhibited a selfless commitment to our police officers and for that we are very grateful. thank you for what you do, ellen, and keep it up. madam speaker, i rise today to thank an extraordinary student in my district, ava, for her work building the student's helping students succeed mentorship program. now a senior at savannah arts academy, she founded the shss mentorship program in her junior year to help struggling students. the covid-19 pandemic and related school closures which proved difficult for many difficulties are what prompted her to take action. her desire to help students' mental health and academic success culminated in the creation of the students helping students succeed mentorship program. ava wanted to assist her fellow students while also working to
instill essential qualities like confidence, team work, and leadership in our youth. her work has been instrumental in helping students through these trying times. i'm extremely proud to represent a district where young people's work like ava is on display for the whole nation to see. she inspires me and gives me even more confidence in our future. and i want to thank her for the work she is doing in our community. i hope ava's story and work inspires other young people to find an avenue that can help their communities be successful as well. madam speaker, i rise today to congratulate rankin, georgia, for being recognized as one of 24/7 wall street's best cities to live in the south. it's a gem of a town in the first district. well deserving of this recognition. its population growth, high median household income and low unemployment rate are just some of the features that caught the
attention of the 24/7 wall street an independent news organization that ranks cities based on affordability, quality of life, economy, and community. incorporated as the city in 1927, it has a rich history has a rail town in the 1800's. when world war ii came to america, rankin, like the rest of the first district, answered the call to amplets due to its proximity to savannah, the citizens were instrumental in the construction of u.s. liberty ships. since then the city has continued to grow and flourish into what it is today. i know the citizens and myself are proud of this recognition. as someone whose grandparents lived in rankin, i was in rankin most sundays every time as a young man. i can tell you how proud i am of the city, how proud i am of the county and tremendous growth they have seen while still maintaining the quality of life. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, for five minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank you, madam speaker, for the opportunity to stand this morning with a very solemn heart. overwhelmed, one would say, with a sense of grief. and in that grief there is joy. the grief of course, is to feel the personal pain of the lack of unity around the very core of democracy. and that is the right to vote. as has been evidenced by members over and over again, as i listened to senators last night, everyone acceded to the point that voting is the core of democracy, it means that the individual in pain, in frustration, in affirmation, in
understanding of policies gets to select a person of their choosing. it is not about those who are elected or candidates or the elections. it is about the voters having that right. and right now today in the hands of the other body it is the crux of democracy. i am, frankly, undone by the usage of an insignificant procedural rule that has been used over the decades and centuries to crush democracy. the filibuster is insignificant. it is an order. . it is also the recognition that voting rights is for all persons, irrespective of their race, color, or creed or religion and their party affiliation. why? as the other body, under the leadership of minority leader
mcconnell, not coming to the table of unity, i extend an olive branch. the filibuster has been changed over 161 times. do we recognize between 1866 and 1890 many landmark pieces of civil rights legislation that were essentially protecting the constitutional rights of people of color, this was during reconstruction, they were, if you will, voted along party lines. but from 1917 to 1994, civil rights was crushed by the use of the filibuster. and so i rise today to ask for the better angels of the other body. two members who happen to be democratic senators, and others who are in total lockstep in the other party. but listen to william e. mason saying, but every school board in the united states knows that the senate is practically the only parliamentary body in the world where the majority cannot transact the public business and where the minority, instead of
the majority, transacts the business of the country. senator william e. mason, april 21, 1897, a republican. i ask for mercy. as someone who worked for the southern christian leadership conference who had the privilege of being here for the re-authorization in the mid-2000's who wrote the coretta scott bill legislation that was added that said no mid-term redistricting. and as well, helped rename the bill at that time to many icons of diversity. and so i want to conclude my remarks by referring to martin king's mountain top speech. to read as much of it as i can. he speaks beginning of saying, if he sneezed when he was knifed by a demented woman in the 1950's, he says i wouldn't have been around in 1962 when negros in albany, georgia, decided to straighten their back 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 sneezed i wouldn't be here in 1963 when the black people of birmingham, alabama, aroused the conscious of this nation and brought into being the civil rights bill. if i sneezed i wouldn't have had a chance later that year in august to try to tell america about the dream i had. if i would not have sneezed i wouldn't be in selma, alabama, or in memphis. and they're telling me now, it really doesn't matter what happens. i left atlanta this morning and when we got started, the pilot said we had to stop for a moment because dr. martin luther king is on the plane. we had to check and see if there were bombs. then, i got to memphis and some began to see the threats are a talk about the threats are out. what would happen to me from some of our sick brothers who did not look like him? well, i don't know what will happen now. we've got some difficult days
ahead. but it doesn't matter to me now because i've been to the mountain top and i would like to live a long life. longevity has its place but i am not concerned about that now. i just want to do god's will and he's allowed me to go to the mountain top and i've looked over and seen the promise land. that is today, 2021, i may not get there with you but i want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promise land and i am not worried about anything. i am not fearing my -- any man. my eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord. those who say -- do not disgrace him. i yield back. vote for the voting rights act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. pfluger, for five minutes. mr. pfluger: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to honor a true american patriot, a true american hero. ms. marylou hand just turned 100 years old on january 15, 2022. she's from wall, america.
marylou served this country as a nurse in the army in world war ii and after first being stationed in maryland and mississippi, she was sent to england where she provided critical care for the wounded and more importantly, she raised soldiers' spirit by spreading laughter. it was during her service in england that she met her husband bob. the two had six children together and lived in three countries and subsequently seven states. ms. marylou hand has six children, 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. she's cultivated a life of love and family, filled with gratitude. throughout her century of life, she's dedicated her time to helping others. herselfless dedication has played out through her commitment to her family as well as her impressive career serving our country and caring for others. marylou, thank you for your service and happy birthday. madam speaker, i rise today to tell you about another patriot.
you know, we have patriots and we have leaders. servant leaders throughout our entire country. this is a special one that i'd like to talk about in the community of staten island. mr. john byers. he began his 40-year career delivering letters for the u.s. postal service as the mariners post office and served 18 years at the port richmond office. during his four decades of exemplary service, john has become a fixture of the community. he's become beloved by those he happily served for so many years on his daily route. the best measure of john's success was not how efficient he was at his job but the undeniable impact he had on his neighbors and the communities he served so well. he took time to engage the community, the lives and the livelihoods of the people he served every single day.
his meaningful is impact by those who knew him best, his neighbors, colleagues, friends. story after story from co-workers to community members that showed j.b.'s generosity, his kindness, and his work ethic. so much so that on john's last day at the u.s. postal service, those on his route threw him a surprise party to demonstrate how much the service that he did for them meant to them and their lives. john dedicated his life to his community through his career and he became a trusted friend and familiar face to all. but even with the tenured and successful career, i note the greatest joy for him today stems from the beautiful family him and his wife, kathleen, have raised. they are is he ale bright -- celebrating the birth of their first grandchild. more than a mailman, j.b. has brought great joy and integrity to countless families and communities and we thank him for his service to his community.
madam speaker, i rise today to honor the hard work and dedication of san angelo, texas, very own pam burke. she runs the wesley soup kitchen, a wonderful ministry that's been providing meals to all those in need since 1948. mrs. burke has been at the wesley soup kitchen for the last 12 years, preparing over 200 meals a day. in addition to feeding the homeless and those less fortunate, this ministry provides holiday meals and has been a consistent combatant of malnutrition and hunger throughout the community. mrs. burke is a wonderful example of god's calling in john chapter 21, to feed his sheep. for no monetary gain of her own, mrs. burke dead indicates her time and her energy -- dedicates her time and energy for opening her arms and caring for the community. i know i'm not alone in saying i'm grateful for the mission of the wesley soup kitchen and honored to know that the wonderfully impassioned
individuals like mrs. pam burke are working throughout each of our communities. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from alabama, mrz sewell, for five minutes. -- ms. sewell, for five minutes. ms. sewell: thank you, madam speaker. this great nation was founded on a fundamental promise, a promise that as americans we shall all have a say in the decisions that affect our lives. but as you know, this nation has not always lived up to that promise. indeed, the story of american democracy is a story of ordinary americans daring to make extraordinary sacrifices in order for the promise to become a reality. for all americans, regardless of their race, gender, age, sexual orientation, or class. madam speaker, today is a day of great significance and great consequences. we in the house passed the john
robert lewis voting rights act as well as the freedom to vote act. now today, the senate will take up and debate both bills and vote on the future of our democracy. what is at stake is clear. the current state of voting rights is very clear. all battles have become new again as state legislatures across this nation have erected deliberate barriers to the ballot box in an all-out assault on the right to vote. though we no longer have a poll tax or to count how many jellies are in a jelly jar, we do know that the modern day restrictions are no less pernicious. long lines, closed polling stations, purged voter rolls, bans on early voting, and the list goes on and on. in georgia, it's now a crime to hold out food and water to a -- to hand out food and water to a voter in line. and so i ask you, what are we
afraid of? madam speaker, the significance of this moment is not lost on me. for you see, representing alabama's seventh congressional district, voting rights is very personal. people in my district fought, marched, prayed, and, yes, some died for the equal right of all americans to vote. i know that this body reveres our late great congressman john lewis. it was john who said that the struggle for voting rights is not a struggle for one day or one year. it is a struggle for a lifetime. so we have to fight. every generation does, to protect the progress of the past and to advance it, and that's exactly what the john robert lewis voting rights advancement act does. i ask our senators, how will they be remembered? years from now when our children and grandchildren look back on
this moment and ask, what did you do to fight for voting rights? how will you be remembered? now, we're not asking our senators to march. we're not asking them to sacrifice. we're not asking them to bleed on a bridge. we're asking them to do their jobs. to do their jobs. we're asking them to have the courage of their convictions, to use their position of great power to save our democracy in this critical moment. madam speaker, to my colleagues, voting rights advocates, and stakeholders, i say -- no matter what the outcome is of today, we cannot be deterred. john lewis and those brave foot soldiers did not give up. think of where our country would be had john and hosea williams and those bludgeoned on that bridge didn't pick themselves up two days later and march again.
voting rights is a -- and we have to be in that fight. we cannot be tired. we can be frustrated. we can be downright mad, but we cannot give up. we have so many more miles to go before we declare victory and victory we must have because our democracy depends on it. our colleague, jim clyburn, this passed weekend invoked the bible. he said, it's darkest before the dawn. indeed, by not taking this moment to protect the right to vote, we're allowing extremists to strip away the power of the people. we all celebrated dr. martin luther king's birthday on monday. dr. king says that the arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice. but it only bends if we, americans, decide to challenge it, decide to make sure that
this constitution live up to its ideals. it's time for the senate to do its part. in remembrance of the sacrifices of others, the senate must reform its rules. we all have a role to play, and i say to the activists and to the senators, the time to act is always now. king said, it's always right -- it's always time to do what's right. we must get into good trouble. we must keep our eyes on the prize and the prize is our democracy and restoring the right to vote. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, washington democrats have become desperate to shield their slim majorities in the house and senate. so desperate, in fact, they're willing to silence millions of
americans by orchestrating a federal takeover of elections. look no further than h.r. 1 and h.r. 4. these pieces of legislation are the ones americans should be concerned about. madam speaker, all washington democrats have done is operate off their own manufactured hysteria. thanks to ranking member rodney davis of the committee on house administration, we have the facts on why the democrats' narrative is wrong. 2020 saw the highest voter turnout in 120 years, and according to pew, 94% said it's easy to vote. . georgia's new, quote, voter suppression law, end quote, has more days of early in-person voting than new york. texas' voter suppression law
ends pandemic exceptions like universal drive through voting and 24-hour voting. neither existed in texas before 2020. neither widely exists even in blue states. when it comes to abolishing the filibuster, they are even more -- there are even more facts. the filibuster prevents federal laws swinging wildly with every election. if the filibuster's taken away, millions of citizens and entire states would be silenced. senator schumer's push is not a response to the 2020 election or new state laws, as early as 2019 and august 2020 senator schumer was already discussing abolishing the filibuster, but only if he won control. if the filibuster's wiped clean off the map, imagine what will be done next. packing the supreme court?
ramming through the green new deal? defunding the police. and every other misguided item that washington democrats have in their political playbook. the consequences would be disastrous for america. madam speaker, americans do not want the one party rule agenda of washington democrats. the anniversary of which is tomorrow. they do not want to see their own country become even more bankrupted by the failed policies under this administration and razor thin majority. republicans will continue to stand firm against this far left agenda and we will not sit on the sidelines. it's vital that americans know what these election bills will do and the consequences that will affect this great country if they are passed. thank you again to ranking
member rodney davis and his staff for their continued hard work and diligence on this issue. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from nevada, ms. lee, for five minutes. ms. lee: madam speaker, i rise today to speak about news that many people don't hear too much about coming out of washington. too often they only hear one side of the story about divisiveness, gridlock, and a general unwillingness to put resolves over politics. don't get me wrong, it is a problem. but there are a whole lot of us in this body that are fighting every day to put an end to that and break the cycle in washington, especially when it comes to our veterans. in the past two months alone we have seen legislative breakthroughs that will support -- that have the support of both democrats and republicans to help make sure that our country continues to
serve our nation's veterans. i introduced a bipartisan, bicameral legislation with representatives anthony gonzalez, tony it's, democratic represent collin allred to invest in the zero suicide initiative and bring accountability into the v.a. last week, this house passed legislation that will end a g.i. bill disparity that between the national guard and reserve members so that every single service member can access benefits for the sacrifices they have earned. and last month, president biden signed the remote act into law to extend legislation to protect student veterans -- benefits for veterans. in southern nevada alone, 200 veterans were facing cuts in their benefits, but with our votes in the house and senate and president biden's signature, those benefits were extended and
it was just that easy. these are just a few examples of the bipartisan win this is congress has been able to accomplish for veterans. you see, a lot of legislation before us, especially bills that serve our veterans, are common sense. and i encourage washington to not lose sight of those two words, common sense. thank you. i yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from nebraska , mr. bacon, for five minutes. mr. bacon: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to call upon my fellow members of congress to support h.r. 1179, which award the congressional gold medal to the survivors of the iran hostage crisis and the families of the former hostages who are sadly no longer with us. over 40 years ago in november of 1979, protesting in the iranian capital of tehran led to storming the u.s. embassy and taking the staff hostages.
52 americans made up of civil-and-an military personnel were made prisoners and became victims after terrorist attack upon international law. for over a year the hostages were denied their basic human dignity with their captors. inflicting upon them increasing physical and psychological torture to include simulated executions. they would take these hostages and go through the motion of being executed, pulling the trigger with an empty gun, to instill fear. it was wrong. these brave americans held strong throughout their harrowing ordeal. never once losing faith in each other or return home to their families again. their courage and patriotism are an inspiration to all of us today. through diplomatic success all 52 of the hostages were released in january of 1981. with this january 20 marking the 41st anniversary of their freedom. despite many of them have not recovered from their trauma. to this day still haunted by
what they had to endure. having to carry these burdens for over 40 years, these 52 heroes never received proper recognition from their government for the sacrifices they were forced to make in captivity. they are true american heroes and time congress acknowledges them as such. which is why i call upon my colleagues in support of-h 1179. the awarding of the congressional gold medal to the families and deceased will not only bring justice but demonstrate this nation's commitment to protect those howz human rights would be violated. our nation's ability to come together to honor our heroes. there are 145 co-sponsor of this bill with a near even split between democrats and republicans. additionally i would like to thank the tremendous efforts of commission 52 for helping us spread the awareness of this bill and gathering support for it. the commitment to writing the wrongs of 40 years ago is an inspiration to all. thank you for your time and consideration. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the
gentlewoman from michigan, ms. tlaib, for five minutes. ms. tlaib: thank you. i rise today, madam speaker, to recognize the late wanda young, former singer of the renowned march vel ettes and inkster community in the michigan 13 district strong. she made her mark on motown when she was asked to join the local singing group comprised of many of the inkster high school students. the group now known as the marvelettes was assigned to record a label known as the motown records. they did "please mr. postman." she sang lead on many of the recordings, including the hit, "don't mess around with bill." as miss young was an integral part of the scene and defining sound of the 1960's. her example has inspired countless women and african-american performers across our country. please join me in recognizing wanda young's contributions to our nation and michigan's 13th
district strong as we honor her legacy at home and across the globe. madam speaker, i rise today in recognizing michelle martinez, detroit resident and environmental justice warrior as she departs an executive director the michigan director coalition. for many years she has been a pillar of our community. advocating for clean air and water. sphieting for against environmental racism that hurts our neighbors quality of life. she has worked tirelessly and firsthand saw this myself for various organizations over the last 15 years. and has never waivered in seeking justice for our people who live with the impact of pollution. i worked closely with michelle on a number of initiatives when i served in the michigan state legislature and she has been an amazing person to watch grow as an advocate and leader in our state. she has always been a bold -- taken a bold approach to making transformative change for our community that is meaningful and
never shied away from a challenge. please join me in recognizing michelle martinez's outstanding contributions to the communities of michigan's 13th congressional district as we wish her well on her next venture. madam speaker, i rise today to make it clear that we as representatives of the people have a clear mandate to protect, restore, and expand voting rights in our nation. in my hometown of detroit, election workers and community members were intimidated, shouted at, disrespected for simply counting the votes of our community, a majority black community in november of 2020. people banged on the windows, madam speaker, from the counting room. just because they didn't want black and brown votes to be counted. our community was treated like we were unworthy of making our voices heard at the ballot box. this should not be so complicated. if our colleagues in the senate fail to pass the freedom to
vote, the john lewis act and their inaction will send a clear message to folks that support voter suppression. voter suppression is not ok. it simply is not. intimidating our election workers is not ok. inaction is not an option. we must deliver for the people. thank you. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, house democrats this last week passed a bill to nationalize elections. on a party-line vote democrats led by speaker pelosi passed a bill nationalizing elections in an attempt to maintain power. if enacted this would consolidate power and control of all elections in the hands of speaker pelosi and the democratic party. this bill is an attack on election integrity. their claims of voter suppression could not be further
from the truth. the 2020 election had the highest turnout in 120 years. a poll by pew research center found that 90% -- 94% of those asked said, it was easy to vote. thankfully there appears to be no path to get the votes needed to pass this dangerous -- danger to democracy bill in the senate. madam speaker, later this week tens of thousands of americans will travel to d.c. to take part in the 48th march for life. they will not be alone. across the country americans will march to their state capitals in protest of the row v. wade decision. this march is a celebration of life. it is a march full of joy. it is inspiring. it is peaceful. and it is welcoming to all who wish to attend. today it continues to be the largest annual human rights demonstration in the world. the goal is simple. to celebrate life with the hope that one day we live in a world where every life is celebrated, valued, and protected.
equality begins in the womb. as the president of the march for life said, quote, our country continues to advance along the path to a more just society. we cannot ignore the discriminations taking place against vulnerable unborn babies, end quote. in the declaration of independence thomas jefferson penned three unalienable rights, life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. as members of congress it's our job to uphold those rights. since coming to congress in 2009 i am proud to be a strong proponent for standing for life. many of my colleagues have introduced legislation to advance the pro-life causes. i'm proud to co-sponsor many of these bills, including the born alive abortion survivors protection act. the defund planned pairnhood act, the no taxpayer funding for abortion act, the sanctity of human life act, the protecting of dignity of the unborn children act, and the life at conception act. in addition, i proudly stand on
this house floor advocating for these policies and thwarting any attacks on the unborn. our country is at a turning point. right now we are experiencing the most pro-abortion administration in our history. for the first time in over four decades democrats removed the hyde amendment from legislation. this amendment is a bipartisan agreement which prevents direct taxpayer funding of abortion and supported by 77% of americans. as pro-abortion advocates continue to try to stifle one of our unalienable rights, i know this house will continue to work tirelessly at the federal level to put the health and safety of women and children first. as long as the cloud of abortion looms over our country, we must continue to be the shining light for those who cannot defend themselves. i'm proud of the brave women, men, children who will travel to washington this week. we must always be a voice for the voiceless. we must continue to build a culture that values life and respects mothers and their children. ahead of this year's march i stand here and redouble my
commitment to protecting the most vulnerable among us, the unborn. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. underwood, for five minutes. ms. underwood: madam speaker, the trauma, disruption, stress, and isolation caused by the covid-19 pandemic has greatly accelerated the mental health crisis facing our young people. i have seen this reflected in my own community. my alma mater napier valley high school has lost two students to suicide just this school year. and these are not isolated events. we are seeing the impacts of the youth mental health crisis play out in schools and communities across my district and across the nation. the children's hospital in chicago has seen the number of children admitted as a result of suicide attempts increase from two to three children per month. to two to three per day.
. there are now 3,000 children on their wait list for outpatient mental health care. this is absolutely heartbreaking. however, i find hope in seeing young people in my community stand up in the face of tragedy and demand solutions from their schools and government officials. they shouldn't have to do this, but they are organizing, participating in school board meetings, and writing and calling my office. i want them to know that i hear them and i'm fighting for them. this summer, i introduced the child suicide prevention and lethal means safety act, to invest in educating health care providers and evidence-based youth suicide prevention measures, and it's absolutely critical we act immediately to address the growing unmet need for more school-based mental
health providers. that's why i am fighting for the maximum possible funding through the department of education for the school-based mental health workforce in the omnibus appropriation package. i'm inviting all members to join this bipartisan effort. and last month, i was proud to join assistant speaker katherine clark to introduce the elementary and secondary school counseling act, to provide consistent, long-term funding to support schools and hiring more school-based mental health providers and meet the recommended student-to-provider ratio. as we fight another year of the covid-19, we must target resources to support mental health kids. as the u.s. surgeon general said, quote, it would be a tragedy if we beat back one public health crisis only to
allow another to grow in its place. i urge my colleagues in both the house and senate to work together and across the aisle to pass legislation, including a fiscal year 2022 spending package that makes necessary adjustments in fighting suicide in our youth. we must have a more spofb of environment for -- supportive environment for our youth to grow and thrive. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes mrs. mcclain, for five minutes. mrs. mcclain: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today because i need this congress to understand the failures of president biden as our nation's commander in chief. this administration was handed the reins to a country that had an economy that was ready to bounce back after pandemic restrictions. a southern border that was more secure than any other point in
our nation's history. and a foreign policy that had us respected around the globe. instead of simply being a caretaker who ran on being a unifying force -- and i want to say that again. he ran on being a unifying force. this president chose to play politics of division from day one and began dismantling all of the positive policies of president trump. in january, 2021, the president halted construction of the border wall and overturned countless immigration policies that clearly worked. these policies stopped dangerous caravans from bringing thousands, thousands of illegal aliens to our southern border. these policies protected thousands of illegals from the horrors, the horrors of human trafficking. and these policies kept, not
only our country's borders safe, but the community of the entire world safe as well. in this president's first year, he chose to spend trillions of american tax dollars on covid relief. he spent those dollars on the backs of our children and grandchildren when there was nearly $1 trillion from previous relief packages still unspent. this wasteful spending that has included payments to keep people from working has led to our nation's supply chain disaster and the highest inflation in nearly 40 years, not to mention the labor shortage that we're facing now. last week, president biden gave a speech in georgia that was not only divisive and hateful but downright despicable. from the man who ran on i'm going to unify this country. he demanded that congress give
him what he wants, and anyone who opposes him is a racist and a bigot. seriously? that's the best you have when you can't debate on the issues, you result to calling half of the american people and anyone who doesn't agree with you a racist and a bigot? i think the american people deserve a little bit better. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle railed, railed against president trump for anything they deemed divisive. so i ask them this -- will they condemn this? will they condemn their -- their president for calling half of all americans racist? i doubt it. madam speaker, i grew up through the disastrous presidencies of jimmy carter. president carter is often considered the worst president in modern history. it appears president biden wants to take that crown.
and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. clyde, for five minutes. mr. clyde: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. clyde: i rise today to highlight the widespread misinformation and hypocrisy surrounded the coronavirus pandemic. after repeatedly promising to shut down covid-19 and vowing that all americans would have access to regular, reliable, and free testing, the biden administration has added a new crisis to its growing list of failures -- the covid crisis. as our nation faces a testing shortage, which began before the holiday season, i find it appropriate to quote president biden himself from 2020, where are the tests, mr. president? considering all the coronavirus funding that congress has
provided the administration, that is the multitrillion-dollar question that has only been answered with deflection and poor leadership. interestingly, now that the coronavirus death count is higher under president biden than president trump, the centers for disease control, or the c.d.c., is apparently separating the data now to reveal how many americans have died with covid compared to how many have died from covid. republicans have been shouting this difference from the rooftops for over two years, during which the left quickly labeled our valid concerns as conspiracies. yet, when the important difference can provide cover to the president, democrats jump on board and the left-wing media hides the hypocrisy. how convenient. in fact, c.d.c. director walensky said 75%, 75% of covid deaths occurred in people with at least four co-morbidities. every life is precious. and families deserve the truth.
the question must be answered -- how many americans died with covid compared to how many died from covid? our government agencies should have been reporting health data accurately from the beginning, not as a matter of political cover. since biden can't shut down covid, suddenly, this data is being shared publicly. it's no wonder polling indicates public trust in the c.d.c. is plummeting. science is respected when people are skeptical. when people ask questions. none of that is happening now. nobody questions the outcomes. and we wonder why the c.d.c. has lost credibility. we wonder why people think the new meaning of the acronym is centers for democrat control. keep in mind, this is all unfolding as we discover more evidence that dr. fauci, the highest paid government official, and an unelected one, i might add, has continuously concealed the truth concerning gain of function research at the chinese wuhan institute of vy
rolling, including his -- virology, including his own knowledge and own involvement. meanwhile, the administration continues to seek his deceptive guidance to push the narrative that we need more government control. fauci's lies, the c.d.c.'s total lack of credibility, and the president's inability to rise to the moment and effectively lead all contribute to covid -- to the covid crisis, causing great damage and harm to the american people. madam speaker, i rise today in support of the sanctity of human life. later this week on january 22, our nation will mourn the 49th anniversary of roe v. wade, a treacherous decision that's led to the murder of more than 62 million innocent babies. that's more than 62 million dreams never achieved. talents never realized. and lives never lived. in the blink of an eye, their chance of a happy life and a
promising future has vanished. may god have mercy on their unborn souls. what an unspeakable tragedy that corrupts the morals and values of our great country, that our great country was founded on over two centuries ago. i am proud to have co-sponsored h.res. 58, led by my good friend, jody hice, to memorialize the anniversary of roe v. wade as the day of tears, by lowering our flag to half staff in each year in honor of the unborn lives lost to the evils of abortion. after being involved with the crisis pregnancy center in@ens, georgia, for nearly -- athens, georgia, for nearly two decades, i can tell you that the consequences of abortion goes beyond the millions of precious lives, despite being labeled as a quick solution, abortion ultimately alters at least three lives instead of one. a child that's lost forever, a mother that is scarred for life, and a father that is burdened
with lifelong guilt. we must never downplay the evils of abortion. as an unapologetic pro-life advocate, i'm proud to defend the unborn and fight for the sanctity of life because every life is invaluable, worthy, and made in the perfect image of god. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from illinois, mrs. miller, for five minutes. mrs. miller: thank you, madam speaker. all children are created by god at conception with a purpose. we must continue our work to end this scourge of abortion in america without exception. the strides we have made for the pro-life movement over recent years are incredible, and i'm honored to be part of a group of such hardworking pro-life legislators. our daughters are part of the pro-life generation, full of students and young women that
want to protect life in the womb. they have seen their siblings in sonograms and when they are told it's a blob of tissue, they know better. i introduced the protecting life on college campuses act, which would prohibit any federal funds from going to a college or university which is supplying dangerous chemical abortion pills. this past christmas, the week before christmas, while no one was looking, the biden administration and governor prisker want to remove parental involvement every step of the way for minors receiving an abortion. because they are not pro-choice, they are pro-abortion.
standing strong in this fight, we are participating in what could be potentially the last march for life under roe, and i could not be more thrilled. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york, ms. tenney, for five minutes. ms. tenney: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to honor and remember mrs. shirley waters of rome, new york, for her outstanding leadership and service. sadly, mrs. waters passed away this december at the age of 100, leaving a legacy of service and whose impact is felt throughout our entire area. shirley and her late husband, george waters, have been devoted pillars of our community. the waters family has owned and published the rome daily sentinel newspaper since 1928. shirley served as the vice president until her retirement in 2012.
our family also published a newspaper in central new york, and i have always been inspired by shirley's endless energy, good humor and, yes, strong opinions on many subjects. a woman after my own heart. i've always been -- i've also been inspired by shirley's tenacity and commitment to informing our community with depth and integrity, something that the rome sentinel has always done throughout its history. in addition to being a publisher, shirley was a beloved mother of five, who is active in her church, and a member of our local artist community. shirley's paintings hang in galleries in our region and live on to evoke wonder and inspire serenity to so many. shirley was also an honored member of the order of st. barbara, as well as an honorary member of the northeast air defense sector. shirley even helped secure the b-52 bomber, displayed in rome, at the entrance to the former griffiths air force base, which
she obtained from the national b-52 committee. on behalf of our community and those in the news business who are committed to serving our district, we want to thank her for being our standard barrier and grateful to her for her distinguished career in our community beyond a publisher. . to her works of outer exhibited throughout our reeblgon and her strong belief in our region's greatness and history. my deepest condolences to the family on the loss of this vun necial wife, mother, grandmother, and tenacious community leader with a wonderful sense of humor. thank you, madam speaker, i rise today to honor rome police
chief, kevin beach, who will retire at the end of january after an incredible career and true devotion to public service. kevin first joined the rome police department in september of 1994, following in his father's footsteps. kevin's father also served the department for many years. kevin showed leadership early on the job and was promoted quickly to the rank of detective after only six years. in 2005, kevin was appointed detective commander and then deputy chief in 2007. in 2008, he was appointed as the youngest police chief in the history of the city of rome. adjust 36, kevin has served the department for only 14 years, was picked for the top spot because of his exemplary track record and strong leadership skills. his hard work, dedication, and love for the city was evident every day he was on the job. during his tenure as chief, the department introduced community programs such as shop with a cop, law enforcement day, and
the creation of a community impact unit. kevin has also successfully navigated the department through difficult times during the covid-19 pandemic and the national defund the police movement. kevin, thank you for your lifetime of service and commitment to the city of rome. we are grateful for your devotion to service on behalf of your community. i also want to thank you for your friendship and sage counsel to me and so many others during your important work as our chief. may you enjoy a productive and healthy retirement. thank you, madam speaker. it is often said that law enforcement officers work for a cause not applause. this is certainly true and today i'd like to recognize trooper -- a trooper from the southern tear of new york's 22nd district. trooper david drought went to work on the morning of november 29 with the intent to protect and serve. on that day he not only protected and served his
community, he called on his extensive training to courageously save the life of an unresponsive 2-year-old boy who had choked himself into unconsciousness. he didn't lace up his boots that morning intend tenth on saving a life but that's what he did. law enforcement officers do not have the opportunity of choosing who or where or what they encounter each day. they rely on their training and knowledge and experiences to respond with honor, courage, and integrity, and compassion to whatever situation may arise. on november 29, that is exactly what the trooper did. today our cause is applause. applause not just for the trooper who saved the life after child but to all who answer the call to serve. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlewoman yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until n >> the house is back at noon eastern when members will debate
legislation to give the congressional gold medal to the first black player in the national hockey league. also, a bill giving the congressional gold medal to world war ii veterans who served in what is called the ghost army. other measures to deceive nazi forces. later in the week we're expecting the congress to automatically enroll veteran in health care programs. when the house is back in session, we'll have live coverage here on c-span. >> we take you back live to capitol hill where senate republicans are holding a briefing on russia and ukraine. started about five minutes ago. >> they have found out in other places, occupying a country is very difficult, it's expensive in both blood and treasure. and the president said he's pointed that out to president