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ugly abortion is as a concept it's even uglier to use government power to tell women what to do. the chinese government had that power and they made women abort their second and third children for 20-30 years, so if you think the -- if you give the government this kind of power over women's bodies is a good thing, you're not thinking of the long game but it makes me just crazy to think about how this power can be used for wrong no matter how much good you think you're doing for babies. thank you. host: nancy here in washington, d.c. as we wait for the house to come in, go ahead. caller: the law of the land in roe v. wade, it was come to by a very fair majority comprised of republicans and democrats who thought about the issue
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carefully. this is not an easy decision come to by anyone. what they understood is to take away women's rights in this day and age was unconstitutional. you're taking away a woman's right. host: nancy, we'll have to end it there because the house is coming in for the morning gaveling in just a few moments here and we'll be back tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. earnings 4:00 a.m. pacific and take you live to the floor of the house of representatives. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] susan k. delbene to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 10, 2022, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate.
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the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with time equally allocated between the parties and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five minutes, but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, president biden recently claimed that his top priority is fighting inflation. nobody's buying that narrative. not even for a second. it's staggering he genuinely believes that this inflation catastrophe is not of his own making. he acts as if his own failed policies are without sin. that they are truly helping the country. try and sell that to americans who are facing an average of $4.37 per gallon at the gas pump.
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try and sell that to americans who face astronomical prices in grocery stores. you can't. madam speaker, americans are not fooled by the narratives that have been spun by this administration. the simple truth is that president biden has no plan to fight inflation. he continues to double down on the failed policies that got us here in the first place. madam speaker, as c.e.o. of the national center for missing and exploited children, john f. clark worked tirelessly to protect children across the united states. although he retired from his position as c.e.o. last month, mr. clark leaves behind programs and initiatives that will continue to safeguard america's youth. since its founding in 1984, it has worked with law enforcement to locate more than 355,000 missing children. this organization has been a
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champion for children in danger of sex trafficking, gang violence, and homelessness. for decades they have found innovative and reliable ways to enhance child safety. for example, its cyber tip line is an important tool to report child exploitation. over the past two years, the tip line received more than 38 million reports and massively expanded the ability of law enforcement to prevent child exploitation. in 2017 the committee on education and the work force led the bipartisan improving support for missing and exploited children act. this bill modernized the 1983 missing children assistance act. it also identified new ways of promoting child safety in the modern era. as grantee benefit interesting this law, they have helped ensure the intent of the committee and congress to help keep children safe.
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committee members also joined the safety pledge started under mr. clark to raise awareness and share resources about the dangers to children online. through initiatives like these, they are providing parents and guardians with the resources needed to prevent child exploitation. the importance of them and their private sector partners cannot be overstated. as former president ronald reagan explained at the founding, no single sector of our nation can solve the problem of missing and exploited children alone. but by working together we can accomplish great things. during mr. clark's time as c.e.o., he developed new ways to help exploited children even during the onset of the covid-19 pandemic. despite overwhelming odds, mr. clark and necmac prevented exploitation when they were more vulnerable. mr. clark's dedication to protecting children extends
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beyond his time there. during his five-year tenure as director of the u.s. marshal service, he was pivotal in administering the adam walsh act which directed u.s.m.s. to pursue child sex offenders. he oversought implementation of the national sex offender targeting center. further underscoring his commitment to the safety and security of america's youth. thanks to his work, thousands of families have been reunited and because of its dedicated more children have been saved from exploitation than ever before. for a lifetime of such extraordinary public service, mr. clark deserves all the honor we can bestow. with deep appreciation, i say again, thank you, john clark, for all yourselflessness, hard work, and congratulations on your retirement. america's children are safer thanks to you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five
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minutes. mr. green: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, and still i rise. and i rise today, madam speaker, to defend a woman's right to choose. to defend the law of the land. to defend roe vs. wade. and i rise to do so because it's the woman's choice not the man's. i happen to be a male. it is not my choice. i defend a woman's right to make that choice, whatever it may be, and roe vs. wade has to be a part of it, or the right to choose should be a part of it. so today i'd like to share a brief vignette to make my point. let us assume that you are a person of means, you have resources, and you are adamantly developmentally totally and absolutely opposed to abortion. let us assume that abortion is banned across the land. and let us assume that your
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daughter is raped. ban on abortion, your daughter is raped. you are developmentally, adamantly, totally, and completely opposed to abortion. but you have the right to change your mind. and you have the right to use your resources to go to some distant place on vacation, take a road trip, and come back after you have exercised your right to choose or your daughter has exercised her right to choose. no woman who was raped should be forced to bear the child of the rapist. have we no sense of what a woman goes through? we should not allow ourselves to be put in a position where poor women without resources will not
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have the opportunity to exercise the right that wealthier resource persons will exercise. so i support maintaining the right to choose, and i support maintaining peaceful protests. i believe that john kennedy was right when he proclaimed, those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. i don't like having people protest me as i leave the plane. i don't enjoy having people protest as i walk into supermarkets. but i accept it because i understand that this is a means by which they can express themselves without having to express themselves in a more violent means. john kennedy is a person who said it. those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
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lest i accept peaceful protest. i do not accept any violence in protest. but peaceful protest, as much as it may disturb me, and as much as i may dislike it, i accept it because i understand what the alternative is. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, last month the agriculture committee welcome food nutrition consumer services deputy undersecretary stacey dean to a long overdue hearing. until last month the agency of the united states department of agriculture that occupies more than 80% of the ag committee spending had gone unchecked for nearly four years. each of the section of title 4, the nutrition title of the 2018 farm bill, made nominal changes to a program that has since
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exploded to serve more than 42 million individuals at a cost, current cost of roughly $9 billion per month. we need to contemplate snap through four principles, particularly as we shift from emergency spending and administration to more targeted and informed programming. first, we need to further explore how to serve recipients through innovation and flexibility. if the pandemic has taught us one thing, it is there is no one way to serve families in need. second, we must think about the best ways to guide recipients to independence through employment, education, and training. while waivers related to work under the former administration were logical, they are now clearly keeping employable individuals idle and disenengaged. time to talk -- it is time to talk about reemployment with specific focus on those who left the labor force. fourth principles, we did not
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deny program integrity has been compromised. i want to work with the department to return to and maintain the virtues of snap. this includes normal modes of data collection and normal modes of analysis and dissemination of information to assure the responsible use of program funds. last and perhaps most importantly, we must come together to improve access and promote healthy foods and improve nutrition. employment, health care costs, and general longevity are highly dependent on the foods we consume. together with modernized nutrition education initiatives, the nutrition research funding secured in the consolidated appropriations act of 2021 and the existing library of research on healthy eating, usda is positioned to improve the nutrition of millions of households, not just those deemed healthy. i think my micolleagues across the aisle can agree with each of these four principles, where we diverge is how to preserve the
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program for those in need without regulatory loopholes and fuzzy interpretations of the law, both of which exploit the very intent of the program where we diverge is the reality that this is one title, this one title will cost taxpayers nearly $1 trillion over the next 10 years. with this big spending increase because of the less than transparent and questionable trifty -- thrifty food plan update, the bieb, put a political target on any future farm bill. compromising not only the nutrition tight but the other 11 other titles which support and protect every farmer, every rancher, and every forester and rural community. while my colleagues and i will continue to debate this attempt at executive overreach, i ask one thing of madam deputy secretary and frankly the whole department of usda be more forthcoming as the ranking member of the house agriculture committee, i prefer to learn directly from the administration
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not from lobbyists, not from reporters, not from the internet. more recently the white house announced a conference on hunger, nutrition, and health in september. this could change how we think about health and nutrition, including in the farm bill. but it must be nonpartisan and engage community leaders nationwide. this should be a platform for innovation, objective research, and local approaches. that hearing should be the first of many that follows the agriculture committee to have an honest conversation about what's work and what's not. and how we move forward towards the 2023 farm bill. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. garcia, for five minutes. ms. garcia: thank you, madam speaker. i rise to urge that now more than ever is the time for us to come together and fight for reproductive rights for women.
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recently through a leaked supreme court opinion, we learned that the progress we have made and women's right to choose over the last 50 years in serious jeopardy. the nation learned that the almost 50 years settled law of roe v. wade is in danger of being undone at the hands of radical republican supreme court justices. even worse, the republican party has made it clear its goal to criminalize abortions. i repeat criminalize abortions. in short, republicans seek to punish women and providers of abortion for exercising -- for women exercising their basic human rights to control their own bodies. this is terrifying. for the first time in our history, our daughters will have less freedom than their mothers. this is unacceptable and un-american. republican legislators across the nation are already seeking to arrest doctors for offering
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reproductive care and some also want to ban all abortions with zero exceptions. ngata, zero. in texas, we have essentially been living life without roe since the passage of s.b.-8, one of the most horrific abortion laws in the country. . some women have been charged with murder for making reproduction decisions like one from my home state of texas. if roe is criminalized, it will have a trigger law in texas. a provider could be charged with a felony subject to even a lifetime in prison. now, lizel, have been been stripped of her reproductive rights, was put in a corner by republicans in texas that she was forced to carry out a
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self-induced abortion. shockingly, a hospital she visited following the abortion called police to report her. she was then arrested and faced severe murder charge. this woman was forced to carry one of the most -- on top of that she faced public humiliation and legal backlash for acting on her own desperation. the district attorney dropped charges and admitted she never should have been arrested. madam speaker, there was actually an exemption in our texas penal code on this issue. frankly, i have no idea why it was even filed. but i agreed with the d.a., it never should have been filed, and texans agreed that seven out of 10 believe laws in our state should be less strict. less strict. however, the damage has been
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done. she was public lihue milliated, experienced a -- humiliated, subjected to public humiliation and shame and intense media attention. my heart breaks for her and other women around the country who have or may experience this. my colleagues, we must not go back. we cannot go back. we must not allow our country to fall back into those dark days before roe v. wade. yes, we don't want to talk about back alley abortions, unself abortions. we can't go back. we must make sure we do not criminalize abortion. at the hands of republicans, my home state of texas has given us a glimpse of what it may come to if this leaked supreme court opinion is finalized. and it's not pretty. we must do all we can to protect
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a woman's right to choose. if republican-appointed supreme court judges have their way, women will be pitted in corners, just like lizeta was. it is wrong and cruel and i will be quiet about this. this house pass already passed a law, putting roe v. wade in statute. i urge my senate colleagues to do the same and make sure that roe v. wade is the law of the land as it has been for 50 years and that we protect a woman's right to make a personal health care decision for herself, her family, and her future. we must not go back. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. mann, for five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arkansas, mr. womb alaska, for five
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minutes -- mr. womack, for five minutes. mr. womack: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, the entrepreneurial spirit of arkansas has always been one of our greatest strengths. forward-thinking and smart and envisionary minds, and i'm proud to talk about our emerging leaders. i extend my congratulations to the latest class of leadership arkansas. this unique program brings together the best and brightest from across arkansas to encourage growth and opportunity. from government and education, to business and industry, diverse backgrounds and minds are a symbol to cultivate the future of the natural state. for the last year these highly motive arkansans have worked to enhance the economic and development of our natural state. the example of leadership and
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excellence they've displayed on all fronts is noteworthy. i am submitting the names of the 48 graduating members to be added to the record this morning. i also salute the arkansas state chamber of commerce, many members who are currently visiting the district of columbia as i speak, and the associated industries of arkansas for supporting this incr incredible program. to the leadership arkansas class 16, including my chief of staff, bo walker. congratulations. you joined the distinguished alumni before you, and i look forward to seeing how you shape the future of our great state and nation. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from virginia, ms. s s spanberger, for five minutes. ms. spanberger: madam speaker,
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today at the start of national police week, i stand here to remember the lives of virginia's fallen law enforcement officer. as the daughter of a retired law enforcement officer and as a former federal agent, i know what it means to put on a badge and i know what it means to have a family member leave the house concerned as to whether or not they'll return. and for far too many, that fear is realized when a loved one dies in the line of duty. this week, all across the commonwealth, virginians will reflect on the sacrifice of the men and women who serve our neighbors and keep our communities safe. they will honor those who continue to wear the uniform, and they'll remember those who never returned home from their patrol. for virginia's spouses, siblings, children who lost a loved one in the line of duty, this week is particularly difficult. today on the house floor i'm honored to remember the officers who have fallen in 2021 and so far this year in 2022.
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sergeant fredric henry "butch" cameron jr. of fairfax county of sh's office. -- sheriff's office. sergeant jose rivera of suffolk police department. police officer jorge gonzalez, pentagon force protection agency. police officer bonnie nicole jones of the danville police department. corporal charles wayne catcherin. captain james anthony smith. police officer michael d. chandler, big stone gap police department. sergeant malik mazoo. police officer painter, bridgewater police department. campus safety officer, bridgewater college police department. police officer caleb d.olgevy.
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and police officer tray marshall sutton. today, we remember these names on the floor of the united states house of representatives, but they are already forever etched in the hearts of virginia's law enforcement officers, especially the men and women who knew them best and served alongside them and their families who mourn them and miss them. our hearts are with them as they remember their loved ones, reflect on their service, and we honor them. on behalf of a grateful commonwealth and a grateful country, i stand here to thank them for their heroism, the sacrifice, and their service. my hearts with their family as we honor these fallen officers today and every day. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. mann, for five minutes. mr. mann: madam speaker, in
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person ration for re-authorizing the farm -- preparation for re-authorizing of the farm bill in 2023, i'm highlighting the various aspects of the farm bill that deserves support. it must support both the efforts of today's farmers, ranchers and ag producers as well as those of the next generation. congress takes the opportunity to engage young people and new and beginning farmers and ranchers on the legislation, which i'm eager to do as soon as possible. we have great organizations in this country that prepare the next generation of american men and women to feed, fuel, and clothe the world. i'm thinking of groups like the national f.h.a., 4-h, members between 18 and 35. farm bill of the past supported usda's beginning farmers and ranchers program and it even created an agriculture youth
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position at usda to bring youth to the table for important discussion on issues like access to land, credit, and more. our country's future food security and, therefore, national security, rests on the shoulders of these young people and they have valuable insights to lawmakers. i'm looking forward to hear from the next generation of ag producers. farmer is a generational calling. it lets young people and working the same way their parents and grandparents worked before them. my parents live in the house and operate the farm. my brother will carry our family farm into the next generation so my family's experiencing this exact transition right now. i don't want to see young farmers, ranchers, and agriculture prou -- producers pay a death tax. i want them to carry n the tradition of -- carry on the
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tradition of their ancestors. they work for their parents and operation until the time comes when they take over the land, equipment and livestock. the government should not tax n you -- on you on inherited land. it ensures owners of small farms don't get taxed out of existans. today's farming are aging. the average age of a farmer in arkansas is 67 and they are prepared to leave $7 trillion in assets. we need to make sure it's fair instead of using an opportunity to gouge farmers with new taxes. i introduced an amendment that would preserve the stepped up basis provisions, exempting ag producers from capital gains taxes. back in march i introduced a
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bipartisan resolution that opposes any efforts to impose new taxes on family farms and small businesses and recognizes the importance of generational transfers of farms and small business operations. i stood right here and talked about president biden's budget proposal which eliminated the stepped up basis and added the farm killer tax, which is not a game changer but game ender for the family farm. it would impose capital gains taxes for farms that have been held since years ago. in kansas, land is over $4,000 per acre. the people who feed, fuel, and clothe all of us do not deserve this kind of treatment. the farm killer tax and eliminated the stepped up basis would make it impossible for the next generation of young article leaders to follow in their parents and grandparents '
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footsteps. the day-to-day trials of farms is necessary enough without having capital gains taxes. this is investing in the future of this country and this investment must remain strong in the 2020 farm bill if america is going to remain food secure and self-determining as a nation. that's why we need to think carefully and critically while we support the next generation of programs in the 2022 farm bill and protect the stepped up basis and oppose any and all new burdensome capital gains taxes on new farmers. i'll be back soon to highlight more programs and titles within the bill that congress must understand and to ensure that agriculture thrives in marek. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizesment michigan -- recognize the gentleman from michigan, ms. tlaib, for five minutes. ms. tlaib: thank you, madam chair. i stand with the people of yemen
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to call for any and all u.s. support of those. blockading yemeni ports committed largely with u.s. weapons and logistical support has resulted the united nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis with many of yemenis pushed to the brink of femin. the parties agreed to a two-month nationwide truth and to halt all military operations in yemen, to lift fuelry strikess and open the airport. unfortunately, saudi arabia has yet to lift the air and sea blockade and put millions in drought doubt. to strengthen this fle -- fragi truth, i ask my colleagues to vote in favor of representatives jayapal and defazio's upcoming war powers resolution to end the
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united states military participation in the saudi-led coalition's war on yemen. at its core, this war is about saving egos of regional powers and mass murder and suffering yemenis across that country. there's absolutely no reason for this and should end today. madam speaker, on behalf of the bipartisan get the lead out caucus which i started with congressman meijer, congresswoman dingell and congress member blunt rochester. we've grown a membership to 30 members of congress from districts all over our nation. water contaminated by lead service lines can be found in every single congressional district in our country. . led in water is a public health crisis. we should replace them with safe
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copper and plastic pipes. clean, affordable drinking water is a human right. so please i urge my colleagues to join us, join us in our effort in the get the lead out caucus to demonstrate a show of force in solidarity that we can and must get lead out of our water once and for all. madam speaker, i would like to recognize the cody rouge community action alliance for their outstanding service on behalf of the communities of michigan's 13 district strong. as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. the cody rouge action alliance was founded to serve needs and goals of the neighborhood, residents, their businesses, and organizations. they have worked to create pathways to greater community engagement and build further leaders through its youth programming and create a better quality life for all. cody rouge alliance has been able to successfully connect thousands of our residents to critical resources with the support of cody rouge faith
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alliance. this includes the multiple of instrumental churches in our community as well as neighborhood associations. please join me in recognizing the numerous contributions of cody rouge community alliance on behalf of michigan's 13th congressional district. madam speaker, earlier we heard our president at the white house correspondents say something very powerful i want to share in this chamber. president biden said we honor journalists killed, missing, imprisoned, detained, and tortured. covering war, exposing corruption, and holding leaders accountable. he further said the free fres is not the enemy of people. far from it. at your best, he told the journalists, you are the guardians of truth. so today i would like as folks woke up this morning all across the world, people woke up to the killing of sha reason --
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shareen. acula and i would like to do the moment of silence as we heard the shocking news of this journalist of over 20 years a palestinian american killed. please, a moment of silence. thank you. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. burchett, for five minutes. mr. burchett: thank you, madam speaker. i don't know if some of the folks in the back, we have a few more spaces down front if you can't find a place to sit. come on down. i seek unanimous consent to
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address the house for five minutes, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mur chet: madam speaker, i rise to honor my good friend, miss madeline, who recently received the governor's volunteer star award for her outstanding work helping home bound seniors. she is celebrating her 25th year in the americorps senior volunteers program, and dough dominated 25,000 hours to our community as a senior companion to the knox county community, action community office on aging. home bound senior citizens face a real changer becoming isolated from their communities. volunteers at the senior companion program work hard every day to address this issue by visiting home bound folks and providing them with regular social interaction. miss madeline has helped 43 home bound seniors through her work in this program. she's done shopping and meal prep, provided medication reminders, and a friend of folks who need one. the governor's volunteer star awards is given to outstanding volunteers around tennessee in recognition of their service to their communities. i'm proud of miss madeline for
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receiving this ward and it's well deserved. congratulations, miss madeline, thank you for being a reliable companion for east tennessee seniors. madam speaker, i rise to remember the life of james atkins, the superintendent of granger county schools who passed away on march 27, 2022 at 59 young years. james spent his career working for the granger county school system and in 2019 he took on the role of superintendent from -- after the retirement of his predecessor, edwin. as superintendent he pledged that he would never be too busy to talk to an employee, parent, or student. he knew that the purpose of our school system was to educate and raise up successful students. the kids' well-being was always his priority. thanks to superintendent atkins' careful planning during the covid-19 pandemic, granger county schools was named best for all district by the tennessee debt of education. it was granted to the school that sonsably used federal
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covid-19 funds to keep students on track. as much as james valued his job, his family came first. he loved his daughter, with his new granddaughter carly, with all his heart. they brought him incredible joy and he was devoted to them. i wish to extend my condolences to whitney, carly, james' mother, his brother, the good folks at bethel mission baptist church, and many others who greatly miss him. rest in peace, brother. madam speaker, i rise to congratulate my good friend dr. buchanan for retiring from her role as knox -- head of the knox county health department. she said she was 9 when she decided to become a doctor. after years of studying hard she earned her doctor of medicine from tennessee state university. she became a family practice physician which helped her gain experience with fundamental practice that is are used in public health. in 2004 dr. buchanan joined the knox county health department as
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the assistant public health officer. two years later, she was promoted to public health officer. in 2010 she took on roalt as the director -- role as the director. she served in that role for the past 12 years. she's earned her retirement from public life. she'll continue to work. she plans to start her own consulting company to help business develop strategies, help prepare them for health related emergencies. i want to hang her -- thank her for her public health policy over the years. and i wish you luck as you start the next chapter in your life. when i was knox county mayor she would come into our staff meetings and tell us about which restaurants they were going to have to close down. two weeks in a row both the restaurants she closed down were restaurants i had just eaten at the day before. ironically i never got sick. i'm not sure about all that. madam speaker, i also rise to honor sergeant rick lee, an american hero, who served during the vietnam war.
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sergeant lean enlisted in the army on january 19, 1966. he attended basic training at fort leonard wood, in missouri, and received his individual training at fort gut rut ger to hebecome a helicopter men antic. after his training he was sent to vietnam as a member of the 118th assault helicopter company. he was promoted to crew chief and worked on huey helicopters after three months and was eventually promoted to e-5 sergeant. he flew in a wide variety of mission from troop transport to supplies, drops, and many of the missions he was also the door gunner. in 1967 he returned to the united states and served at fort stewart, gament, until discharge in january of 1969. sergeant lee was originally from minnesota but while stationed at fort stewart he was invited to go home with a member of his unit to severeville where he met a beautiful young woman who would later become his wife. they were married in march of 1968 and been together for 354 wonderful years.
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they have three sons that are his pride and joy. sergeant lee also loves the lord with all his heart and his faith in god is incredibly important to him. he's been a faithful member of the grace baptist church for 21 years. our country's heroes are the men and women of our armed forces, madam speaker. like sergeant lee. and i rise to honor him as the tennessee second district may 2022 veteran of the month. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentlelady from massachusetts, ms. pressley, for five minutes. ms. pressley: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in solidarity with the one in four women across this country who have had an abortion and every person who will ever seek abortion care. your neighbor, co-worker, family member, those whom you work with, and, yes, those whom you worship with, too. the mother of three working double-shifts to make ends meet who just cannot manage the physical demands of another pregnancy. the student who made the decision to finish the degree and begin their family on their own terms. no shame, no stigma, no regrets.
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the young parents who received the heartwrenching news that they have miscarried and will need abortion care immediately. i rise today to proclaim i see you. i love you. and i stand with you. carry no shame for your health care choice. the only shame is that there are forces at work to deny you it. and while my heart is heavy, my spirit is resolved and determined. madam speaker, there are many who have arrived at this moment with newfound outrage at the prospect of this reversal of law. but many of us have been in the trenches of this fight for a long time and we are not surprised. reproductive justice organizers, black, brown, indigenous, disabled, lgbt plus, folks have been found sownding the alarm. raise -- sounding the alarm. raising their voices. putting their bodies on the line in protest as anti-choice lawmakers across the country wage a full-fledged assault on our reproductive rights and frem. for too long the right to control our own bodies, our
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fate, the right to decide if and when we have a child has been up for debate in the halls of power. madam speaker, we have been called hysterical. we have been called fear mongers. when i talk about who will disproportionately bear the brunt of this, we have been called race baiters. this is no drill. i take no joy in saying i told you so. i have stood on the steps of city hall in boston. i have organized on the boston common. i have stood at the statehouse in boston. and i stood on the steps of the supreme court chanting nobody's free until everybody's free. liberate abortion. madam speaker, colleagues, nobody is free until everybody is free. scotus has offered empty words in the leaked draft ruling and threw up barricades and fences knowing full well the majority of people who call this nation home developmentally disa-- vehemently disagreement. scotus claims our human rights are invalidated by our nation's quote history and traditions.
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a quick history lesson. our nation's history and traditions denied my very personhood. our nation's history and traditions bought and sold my ancestors. our nation and history's and traditions exploited the bodies of people who look like me. our full humanity, our bodily autonomy and collective liberation hang in the balance. the court fails to live up to its ideals and purpose. the idea of equal justice under the law has been a rallying cry but not a reality for many. the anti-abortion movement in america is rooted in organized white supremacy and overturning roe v. wade would only perpetuate cycles of poverty and trap our most vulnerable in systems of oppression. none is abtract. abstract. there is a history of apartheid in this country disblack, brown, indigenous, and disabled folks. we find ourselves living in a black more middity crisis where black women are more likely to
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die from pregnancy complications from white women. to die. we have suffered a history of forced sterilization and experimentation on black, brown, disabled bodies without our consent. and now the systemic prospect of folks being forced to carry a pregnancy against their will, forced birth. in the same country where we deprive families with universal health care, childcare, and paid medical and family leave. abortion bans would put legal safe necessary abortion care out of reach for millions, especially our most vulnerable. congress must act. this democratic-controlled house, senate, and white house, the majority must mean more than a talking point. we must legislate as if lives depend on it because they do. to my senate colleagues on the other side of this capitol, i ask of you, i demand that you act. we have the voice. we have the power. we have a mandate. it is time for action. anything else is insufficient.
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abolish the jim crow filibuster. pass the women's health protection act which i'm a proud original co-sponsor of. enshrine the fundamental human right to abortion care and federal law once and for all. i cannot stomach one more lecture about the preservation of civil liberties when you seek to deny me the very freedom and agency over my own body. nobody is free until everybody is free. thank you. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, for five minutes. mr. davis: madam speaker, i rise today to honor ross booker, a 20-year-old t tow truck operator and firefighter who lost his life on march 6 after being struck by a vehicle. he was in the process of
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assist assisting cham payne police officers -- canpaigne police officer. he was a volunteer firefighter with the st. joseph's stanton fire protection district and set out a life toive and serve -- to and serve he did. r ross' firefighter family remembers him as an old soul filled with compassion, hard work, ant respect and love -- respect and love. please slow down and move over for emergency vehicles. in illinois it's the law. we call it scott's law, in honor of another firefighter who struck and killed in 2000. my prayers are with ross' parents, his brother, anthony,
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and he will be truly missed. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize blake roderick. there's not a more noble career than serving others. blake did exactly this during his time at the pike scott farm burrow. starting -- borough. starting in 1981, he began serving those in illinois. blake announced he will be retiring this year. he successfully protected farm bureau membership overseeing the farm bureaus into the pike scott farm buare -- bureau. he served his members and for
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their work in policymaking. i want to congratulate blake on a long and accomplished career. he served his members well. your expertise will be missed. it was great to know you back in the late 1990's. i wish you a happy retirement. you truly earned it. madam speaker, i rise to celebrate the long and impact alf career of the capitol's first director of accessibility services who through his determination, kindness and commitment to ensure that the capitol is open to individuals of all capabilities established and led the joint office of congressional accessibility services for the last 14 years. at the end of this month, dave is retiring after over 27 years of public service, but his impact across this campus will be lasting for generations to come. over those nearly three decades, dave and his ocas team have become an institution on the hill assisting countless offices
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and impacting more individuals, including members of congress, dignitaries, staff and individuals from every corner of america and all over the world. beyond the day-to-day education and guidance that dave carries out with a can-do attitude, during his career he's been consulted on every major event, including 30 joint sessions of congress, seven presidential inaugurations, and the lying in state or lying in honor of numerous great americans. and he's approached every request with kindness, commitment, and a dedication to truly help in any way he can. originally from minnesota, he became a part-time elevator operator on the senate side. shortly after, he became the designate foreign relations committee's coordination under mr. bowman under a congress that's different from today. yet, dave has never skipped a
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beat, on advising on post-9/11 security changes on campus to witnessing the passage of americans with disability act, to the designing of the capitol visitor's cincinnati, he's -- center, he's built a team. his legacy cannot be clearer. he's played a keystone role in ensuring that we remain the people's house. i wish to share my great of theness of those who helped -- gratefulness on those he helped. he will truly be missed but he has established a strong, capable team who will no doubt carry on the essential and impactful work ensuring all capitol ein attendance to events is able to be part of for all.
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>> last week the nation got a shocking glimpse into the night maier scenario -- scenario that many feared for months, the dangerous supreme court opinion would erase 50 years of legal precedent by overturning roe vs. wade. this would not only reverse roe but it mocks it and all those who defended this fundamental right for half a century. should this ruling become final, it will represent the culmination of a decades long effort by republicans to undermine the basic human rights of millions of americans, their privacy, and their bodily autonomy. it breaks my heart that my daughter might soon have fewer rights than i did at her age. ms. delbene: while the draft from the court would send question on abortion access back to the states where over half of women and girls of reproductive age could face immediate bans or elimination of this basic
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medical care, i know that anti-abortion people will not stop there. they have passed new abortion bans and restrictions so they are ready for a final ruling in a few weeks. the republican leader in the senate acknowledged that should they gain control of congress, they will pursue a nationwide abortion ban. this would be an alarming new level of government interference in the private lives of americans. the disdain and disrespect for women is palpable throughout the draft decision and we cannot allow our country that was founded on freedom and liberty to fall backward. americans see this draft for what it is -- blatantly political. nothing in my lifetime would threaten the legitimacy of the court more than finalizing this decision. justice society owe maier called -- sotomayor called this out, would this institution
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remain that the constitution is just political acts, i don't see how it is possible. reading this document reminded me of a mother in my district. she has two healthy children and then became pregnant with a third. the pregnancy was challenging and ultimately threatened her life. she was put in the impossible position of terminating the pregnancy for her own health. fortunately, she lived in washington state where we have a law that protects the right to an abortion. if she lived in a state without abortion access, her only option would have been to take time off work, find childcare, and make a costly journey to a state where she can get this procedure. this is a burden that many women of color, low-income women, and women living with domestic violence simply cannot bear. i ask everyone to put yourself, yourself in this woman's shoes and ask yourself what you would do if a pregnancy threatened
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your life. i'd ask you to put yourself in the shoes of a woman who got pregnant after a rape, . these decisions i fear too many women in this country will soon be forced to make. my colleagues on the other side who have pushed for this outcome for decades call themselves pro-life but i couldn't disagree more. a pro-life party would support children and their mothers. pro-life would afford more affordable and accessible childcare. it would support paid family and medical leave. they have voted time and time again to repeal the affordable care act which prohibits women from being charged more for the same health coverage or deciding pregnancy is a pre-existing condition. every single one of my colleagues voted against expanding the child tax credit which in six months lifted 3.7 million children out of poverty
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and was a historic tax kcut for middle-class families. it is their actions that brought us to this moment. finally, this is an economic issue for women and families. as treasury secretary yellen said recently, quote, eliminating the right of women to make decisions about when or whether to have children would have very damaging effects on the economy and would set women back decades. end quote. to is a woman's decision. i'll keep fighting until we pass the women's health protection act and enshrine this constitutional right into law once and for all. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. gaetz, for five minutes. mr. gaetz: madam speaker, i rise to warn of a dangerous bipartisan consensus that's walking us into war with russia. in the days following russia's illegal invasion of ukraine, senator portman said, i haven't seen this kind of unity since
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9/11. it's a nice statement but what does it really mean? unity always seems to come before the worse decisions we make. our drive to unity often overruns our reason and discernment. the post-9/11 consensus gave us the iraq war, the patriot act, the covid lockdowns and mandates came unity bundled by fear. defund the police took off because dissent wasn't allowed. you were shouted down as a racist. just as now questioning our actions in ukraine makes you a traitor. do we have amnesia in this house? is memory loss a consequence of the gerentocracy in office? now we're rushing to fight a nation that possesses 6,000 nuclear warheads. representatives now recklessly assert that we are at war. congressman moulton said last
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week, quote, we're not just at war to support the ukrainians, we're fundamentally at war, although somewhat through a proxy, with russia. the clan des ion services are -- clandestine services can't stop bragging the news outlet how we sunk russia's flagship. how exactly is this supposed to end? it's as if the administration is probing putin's nuclear red line. a game of chicken between nuclear powers is insane, and this from joe biden who campaigned to be america's calming sedative. from russia, i worry about nuclear weapons, not broken tanks. last night, this house approved $40 billion for ukraine as american families go without baby formula. to put that in context, biden's budget calls for $15.3 billion
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for customs and border protection. so apparently ukraine is nearly twice as important as our h homeland. we agreed on the ukraine land lease act. i was one of the 10 representatives that voted no. g.o.p.'s putin wings balks at supplying weapons to ukraine. so you're a supporter of putin if you think it's a bad idea to give the white house blanket permission to send, quote, any weapon, weapon system, vessel, boat, or other implement of war to ukraine while surrenders our rights to repayment. we are sending so many weapons to ukraine that we're depleting our own stockpiles. and we aren't just sending bullets and rifles. now we're sending howitzers. we train ukrainians to use that could strike russian territory.
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one official said that weapons, quote, drop into a big black hole. many are ending up in a balanceon. 40% called this a neo-nazi organization just three years ago. now they're killing russians? are they apparently not so bad? democrats go on a daily snipe hunt for white supremacy and yet they give rockets to actual white supremacists in ukraine. this has not always worked for america. its javelins to neo-nazis today, stinger missiles to the mujahideen yesterday. in syria, another conflict that washington had consensus on, we supplied jihadist terrorists in their fight against assad. assad, like putin, is an evil man, but does that mean that the
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american taxpayer must arm his enemy without further inquiry? i wouldn't think so. i would imagine most americans don't think so. but that's why we don't have real debate on this issues. the swamp would rather talk about saving democracy than our actual dangerous reality. and if we are at war, like congressman moulton says, then why not vote on an authorization to use military force? or are we just going to operate in ukraine, like we have in yemen and throughout the world? forever undeclared wars. i suspect many in this body won't want a vote or a debate, because regime change in russia is their actual objective, not defending ukraine. and to achieve this goal, they're willing to send billions to kyiv that will line the pockets of corrupt officials, just like we did in afghanistan. we are sleep-walking into a war, and the american people are left in the dark.
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the speaker pro the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentlelady from nevada, ms. lee, for five minutes. ms. lee: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today as women across this country face the most devastating blow to our rights and freedom in decades. for nearly 50 years roe v. wade has been the law of the land. but the supreme court is poised to strike down roe and 28 states are ready to strip away everyone's right to access abortion care. without government interference. i grew up catholic. i have a deep understanding of the moral and personaldy lema that -- personal dilemma that the decision to have an abortion can present, but that decision should be a woman's not the government's. five justices should not be able to overrule our will, rights, and health care decisions. the house passed legislation to
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protection everyone's access to abortion care and the senate must do the same. in 1990, nevadans came together and voted by a 2-1 margin to protect a woman's right to choose. but washington republicans don't care.y take the majority they'll ban abortion nationwide and overrule our state's law. they are out of touch, out of line, and out to take control of women. in this hyper partisan supreme court won't stop at clawing back rights from women. our nation's highest court is opening the doors to rip apart individual rights and liberties across the board. marriage equality, privacy rights, access to contraception, and more. it's all on the line. these are the stakes and that is why we cannot back down. about 70% of the american public supports a woman's right to
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access abortion care. we must make our voices heard. we must call out the partisan extremists on the right who are hiding in the wake of this immensely unpopular decision. the past week in the news has been absolutely devastating, but this is a fight worth fighting. i'm not giving up on this country. i'm not giving up on democracy. and i'm certainly not giving up on a woman's right to make her own health care decisions. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. jacobs, for five minutes. mr. jacobs: thank you. madam speaker, i rise today in support of my legislation to designate the post office the c.w. for christian j. coke memorial post office. he was an american hero who passed away tragically in january of 2021 during a
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training mission with the national guard when his blackhawk helicopter crashed. christian joined the u.s. army shortly following 9/11. as an infantryman and became a helicopter pilot in 2008. he was a veteran of both wars in iraq and afghanistan. where he flew medevac missions and saved countless lives. in the wake of hurricane florence in 2018, christian and his unit received -- rescued 87 people along numerous -- along with numerous cats and dogs. in his civilian life christian served as a helicopter pilot for new york state police shortly before he passed christian was honored by the red cross of american new york for his role in rescuing 11-year-old boy who had become trapped in a deep gorge. christian was truly a selfless servant. as his sister-in-law told the
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local news following his passing, there are many, many people walking this earth right now who owe their lives to christian. above all else, christian was a devoted family man. he leaves behind his loving wife theresa and his children. christian was a model citizen. he was the kind of american we all should strive to be. he leaves behind a profound legacy of selfless service to our nation and deep impact to his community, our community. our nation mourns him as a hero. i urge my colleagues to join me in honoring this brave veteran for his service and sacrifice to our nation and pass the legislation to designate the post office the c.w. for christian j. coke memorial office. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new jersey, mr. gottheimer forks five minutes. the mr. gottheimer: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support of my bipartisan, bicameral legislation, the empower states to protect seniors from bad actors act to help stop financial scammers against vulnerable americans. senior scams cost older americans nearly $3 billion year. often hitting the retirement nest eggs not to mention the pain and anxiety you can't put a dollar figure on. a survey from the investor protection trust found that last year about seven million americans reported being a victim of financial exploitation. what's worse is that only one in every 24 cases of elder exploitation actually gets reported. millions of seniors across the country including in my district in northern new jersey, even my own mother, had been the victims of financial scams. and far too many have been
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cheated out of their retirement savings. i remember my mom called me and claimed that i had messed up her tax return and my mom wasn't shy about that. luckily we figured out that i.r.s. agent in his tracks. obviously it was a fraudulent i.r.s. agent. but how many others paid? my bipartisan bill will create a new senior investor protection grant program to support state enforcement agencies and task forces charged with protecting and educating seniors on financial fraud. they'll hire staff, invest in equipment and training for law enforcement, and better educate seniors on financial scams. i'm confident with this work at the state level and law enforcement and more outreach we can more fully fight back against these huks terse -- hucksters who are scamming our seniors. my act is a key part of my new senior security strategy to make sure we are doing everything we can to end financial scams
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targeting our seniors stopping the unending stream of robocalls and text messages. and the senior security act which the house passed last year. as well as my ongoing work to put an end to the annoying robocalls targeting our seniors. it's time we acted. older americans have given us -- so much to our great country. we should always have their backs and help protect them from predators who want to take advantage of them. it's incumbent on us to protect them from scammers and abuse to make sure we do everything we can to stop robocalls and stop legislation in this chamber to do just that. it's time to make sure the federal communications commission acted to hold all those phone companies part of this ash ash all these robocalls accountable. it's time. that's what my senior security strategy is all about and the bipartisan legislation the house will vote on is all about. protecting our seniors. they need a cop on beat and we are here today to do something about t i encourage my
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colleagues on both sides of the aisle to vote in favor of my bipartisan bill, to stop bad actors from cheating older americans out of their hard-earned retirement savings. and stand by our seniors when they need it most. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. rose, for five minutes. mr. rose: madam speaker, when a federal judge struck down the centers for disease control's 15-day extension of the mask mandate on public transportation, americans celebrated this action as a welcomed win for freedom. this decision was long overdue and was welcomed by almost everyone except those in the biden administration. who immediately announced they would be appealing this decision. after hearing this announcement, i was perplexed. after all, president biden had just recently announced that he
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would be lifting pandemic restrictions on our southern border by rescinding title 42 enforcement. the american people got the message loud and clear. illegal immigrants first, americans last. 2.4 million illegal immigrants have been apprehended at the border since president biden took office. 221,303 just in the month of march of this year. this is all before president biden announced title 42 would be rescinded. which is sure to lead to an even larger influx of illegal immigrants as we wait to see the april numbers from border patrol. madam speaker, its past -- it's past time to put politics aside and put this country first. we must secure our border by finishing the wall and enforcing our laws.
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i urge president biden to reverse his decision to rescind title 42 and put america first. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize mrs. openle as she -- opal as she celebrates 95 years of life. she's a beloved mother, grandmother, cookeville native, and one of the best cooks in all of tennessee. she made her entire state proud when she was named the world's grand champion down home beef stew chef at the music and molasses festival in 2007. opal is the oldest of 10 children. she learned how to cook by helping her mother in the kitchen as so many do. and she got good at it. her beef stew not only won awards, but it was also a dinner time staple in her family for more than 60 years. she went on to hone those
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cooking skills by working in the cookeville high school cafeteria for 15 years before retiring in 1989. her culinary gifts were featured in the tennessee home and farm magazine and recognized by the tennessee general assembly in 2008. throughout her life, mrs. bow hannan ex-im pli fied what it means -- exemplified what it means to have a servants' report. she brought her stew for church luck dinners for guests to enjoy. she frequently volunteered for the pull nam county fair while -- putnam county fair while she spent countless hours in the kitchen. it's clear her real talent in life has been bringing joy to others. i hope she has a great 95th birthday. and many more great years to come. thank you, madam chairman. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentlelady from ohio, ms. brown, for five minutes. ms. brown: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, access to affordable, high quality internet is not a privilege in today's day and age. it is a necessity and a right. yet the sad truth is that too many families in my district and across america simply cannot afford it. in cleveland, more than 30% of all households lack access to high speed internet. that is why the bipartisan infrastructure law created the new affordable connectivity program. the program provides a $30 per month internet discount to americans whose household income is at or below twice the federal poverty level or those enrolled in snap, medicaid, supplemental security income, or a number of
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other programs making them eligible for the affordable connectivity program. around four in 10 households qualify for this new discount. that's nearly 40% of american households. and just this week president biden announced a new partnership with 20 leading internet providers to offer $30 plans. combined with this internet discount, these official will make internet effectively free for millions of americans. this is the infrastructure law in action. madam speaker, i also rise today to wish my chief of staff a very happy birthday. i pray that it is filled with all the people and things she loves most and that it may be as amazing as she is. we wish her many, many more. with that, madam speaker, i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa, for five minutes. mr. lamalfa: madam speaker, it's a fairly common phrase amongst truckers and other people that use things that if you got it, a truck brought it. that's really very, very true in all of our lives because it underlines the importance of diesel fuel to everybody and everything that we use. so for example, a farmer doesn't get the seed, fertilizer, the inputs unless a truck brought that to their farm. they didn't bring the fuel for the tractors, seed, fertilizer. when the farmer's done growing that, the truck hauls it away to the processing center. then the processing center mills that rice, mills that wheat, turns that product into something that is then trucked to the store shelf.
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where you go get it. so this ripples through all aspects of the things that we use, things that are produced in this country by a miner, timber faller, what have you, there is a supply chain and energy chain chain that runs all the way through that is essential, that we understand at this time when the biden administration is making it more and more difficult, nearly impossible to produce new petroleum products in this country. . we're hell-bent on electrifying everything. ok, it sounds nice on its sur surface, but what is the real cost, real effect? electrifying all vehicles by x years. that's the goals. they're trying to push that in california. my home state in california, for example, we can hardly keep up. hydroelectric power in a dam,
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they want to remove that. they are also scheduled to take out the nuclear power plant down here san lisbo, which produces 10% of the electricity that californians use. one power plant, 10%. they want to take that off-line and make up 10% somehow by eliminating those two nuclear reactors. thankfully, folks are starting to look at it differently as the crisis becomes more and more obvious to people in my home state of california but across the country as well. our governor has finally woke up to the idea, we may need to keep the nuclear power plant. and now the energy secretary of the abidean administration -- biden administration looked at that a little bit too. maybe a little common sense may come and -- since they want to tear every dam out in california or in washington at a time when
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electricity is becoming a crunch in my home state. they're constantly telling us, turn off the lights. turn down your -- turn up your cooling in the summer so your house is warmer. don't run your appliances until 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. or way earlier in the morning. these are nice steps we can take. we're put in this place because of too much regulation on being able to generate more power. this has the roots in what the biden administration policy of getting rid of the dams or making it so difficult through the ferc relicensing process, the federal energy regulatory commission adds all these pieces that has nothing to do with generating power and making sure it's safe. they have to deed away a piece of property for some enviro environmental purpose or sending kids to camp. all it does is make your power more scarce and more expensive. but we're going to learn all these things, aren't we, as the
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government takes away power, takes away the ability to make power, the prices go up. and we have more blackouts. for crying out loud, because of our foresty policy or lack thereof, we can't trim the trees around the powerlines like we need to in order to ensure the power stays on. in california, we have these public safety power shutoffs if the wind blows because a branch might blow into a tree -- excuse me -- a tree branch might blow into a powerline which makes a fire, like the dixie fire. a healthy tree fell into a powerline. they'd love to blame the utilities on that. but really, forest policy plays an important role in these blackouts and these fires. we have to do much more because if we want to have an energy policy, if we want to have electricity that comes from somewhere, then we need the ability -- need to have the
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ability to shut it now, not like some third-world place, because the wind blows. it's ultitterly ridiculous. we need a at thpetroleum policy makes our system -- our supply chain work. it isn't working very well right now because my home state, $5.50 gasoline is common, $6 diesel is common. sound policy will deliver us from these high prices. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today.
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