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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 now recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green. mr. green: thank you, madam chair. madam chair, madam speaker, and still i rise. and i rise today with a message of grave concern, especially those who suffered in uvalde, with the slaughter that took place there, the mass murders. but i do have something that does give me some degree of hope. i have an open letter, an open letter that was published in
"the dallas morning news" that i'd like to share. i'd like to read some excerpts from the letter. it is styled, an open letter supporting senator john cornyn and gun safety measures. it reads in part, we, the undersigned, are conservatives, mostly from texas and our friends from other states. outdoor and gun enthuse yiss. we -- enthusiasts. we vote for republican senators. we believe in the second amendment. and it goes on to read, we are especially encouraged that senator cornyn is focusing on two vital ways to improve gun safety. red flag law and expanding background checks. we are hopeful that the momentum building for those two changes may also spur consideration for
raising the age to purchase a gun to 21, which we believe is another important step in curbing gun violence. and they close with, there are many of us across these great united states. we are organizing. please join us. please join us. i want to thank them, the conservatives, gun enthusiasts, support senators. i want to thank them for this open letter because this issue of gun violence is one that we have to have a collective response to. the politicians alone will not solve this problem. i respect my colleagues in the political order. i happen to be one of them, but i know that there has to be some
input from the -- the influentials of the world, the business communities. so i encourage the business communities to do as these business persons have done. take a stand, a public stand. take a stand for justice. take a stand for these children. take a stand against mass murders. please take a stand. those who tolerate this perpetuate it. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. joyce, for five minutes. mr. joyce: i ask unanimous consent to rise and address the house and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. joyce: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, this past week i joined a group of 12 of my colleagues to visit our southern
border and to see firsthand the crisis that president biden's open border policy has created. what we saw were massive gaps in our border wall that allow for the cartels to traffic money, drugs, and human beings across our southern border. the border patrol agents that we spoke with told us that in the rio grande sector that they are encountering nearly 10,000 migrants each month. in the past year, border patrol agents have apprehended people from 174 nations attempting to cross our border. and even more troubling, they've encountered 42 individuals on the terrorist watch list. according to border patrol data, over 1,200 pounds of fentanyl were seized in the month of
april alone. and in a time where we've seen over 100,000 americans killed by drug overdoses, this spike in fentanyl trafficking has made each and every state a border state. it's time to address this crisis. it's time to finish our border wall, a wall that president bidens that refused to complete. while $350 million of unused border wall rusts away underneath the texas sun. in his budget for this year, joe biden doesn't even mention the crisis on the border. and instead of giving our border patrol agents the tools that they need, president biden has proposed to cut $800 million from the department of homeland security budget. if president biden were to visit the border, he would see this crisis firsthand.
but instead, he's chosen to hide from the problem and continue to allow deadly drugs to flow into our communities and kill our citizens. the american people can't afford to wait any longer. it's time for the president to order the completion of the border wall and finally, finally to keep all americans safe. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. adams, for five minutes. ms. adams: i rise to ask unanimous consent to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. adams: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to remember my friend, a champion for the people of charlotte, and north carolina, a trailblazer for
black women, especially those in public service. a sincere, authentic, humble servant of god who always looked out for the least of these, the honorable ella butler scarborough. i ask unanimous consent to enter into the record, madam speaker, a remembrance from her colleagues on the county commission that reads in part, commissioner scarborough's passion was limitless and her loss is immeasurable. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. adams: her loss is immeasurable in part because she was a veteran of the civil rights movement going all the way back to her youth in south carolina. the consciousness and conscience of that movement was seen in her work as a pillar of our community who fought for our vulnerable and marginalized, a phenomenal hat queen she was. she worked for quality and equity, not only for black americans but for every community. she worked for the homeless and unhoused. she worked for youth literacy
and public education. even as her health failed, she never stopped fighting. like many hbcu graduates from her generation, she made history. she was the first female elected to the charlotte city council and served as chair of the mek lenberg county -- mecklenberg county commissioner. ella was the kind of person who was more concerned about the work she did than the history she made. she was a true child of the civil rights generation. she was the great-grand niece of mary mccloud bethune. when she was 17 she put her body and life on the line to integrate a segregated movie theater in her community. five years later, she did the same as a bowling alley in orangeburg. this time the activists weren't so lucky. highway patrol officers fired
into the crowd of students, killing three and injuring 10 times as many. she was spirited away by a member of the football team. it was a blessing that ella got away. she never stopped fighting. she never forgot her blessings. however, as one wrote, she's been fighting since birth. she was born premature. three pounds. at that time black babies were not guaranteed an incubator so her body had to fight to life. she became the first black baby in that space. perhaps that miracle was why she was never afraid. it was a miracle. but the greater miracle of ella scarborough was that after she counted her many blessings she extended her blessings to others, both as a member of her
faith home, friendship missionary baptist church, and then as an elected official in public service. blessings are not just ours to have but to give. that was the lesson that i hope we can all learn from council woman, commissioner, and chairwoman ella scarborough, as we honor and remember her today. thank you, madam chair. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, for five minutes. mr. mcclintock: madam speaker, the mass shootings across our country cry out for solutions that work and the good news is we know what works and we also know what doesn't work. you know, we've been passing gun control laws for over 50 years. the number of households with firearms has dropped significantly within those years. let me ask, are things getting
better or worse? we know this from decades of experience. gun control laws are extremely effective at disarming law-abiding citizens. they are completely ineffective at disarming criminals and mad men and terrorists. they create a world where law-abiding citizens are defenseless and the gunman is king. you know, the day after the uvalde massacre, a criminal with an ar-15 style rifle shot into a crowd that was gathered for a graduation party in charleston, west virginia. a woman with a concealed weapon shot him dead on the spot. nobody else was hurt. had that occurred on a school property or other so-called gun-free zone, the death toll could easily have been counted by the dozens. the left scoffs at the notion that only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun. well, do they know of any other
way? there is none. the only question is how long it will take for that good guy with that gun to show up. it's often been said that police can be there in minutes when seconds count. and what we found time and again is that even when the police get there they don't always act. those who are threaten directly by a gunman can stop because they are there on the spot. yet, the left won't let them. we don't think of nothing of seeing an armed guard at a shopping mall. they are there to protect our money and merchandise by killing bad guys with guns. yet, the left goes berserk when we try to protect our children. why do we think gun laws that will keep the guns out of the
hands of criminals? the difference is drug laws don't disarm law-abiding citizens from defending themselves and their children and their fellow citizens. gun laws do. the president tells us that hardening our schools isn't the answer. if he actually meant that, he thought to dismiss the secret service and open the front door of the white house and be sure to declare it a gun-free zone. of course, hardening vulnerable venues like schools work. there is a reason why 98% of mass shootings occur in so-called gun-free zones. there's nobody there to shoot back and the criminals know that. the buffalo shooter noted precisely that in his manifesto. the good news is we know what works. prosecuting gun criminals and putting them in prison until they're old and gray works. yet, woke district attorneys across the country refuse to do so. executing murderers works.
yet, the left is largely succeeding in all but abolishing the death penalty. and protecting the right of responsible citizens to return fireworks. it stops -- fire works. it stops an estimated half million to two million crimes in this country every year. the father of modern policing, sir robert peelle, often observed that police are an extension of the community. that in reality, the community is the police and the police are the community. . every citizen has a right to uphold themselves. the police are there not to replace private citizens but support them. let me ask, is the sheriff's path out of this violent chapter of our history the quest to get 400 million guns off the streets or is it to get the criminals who use them off the streets? that's what we once did. before social justice replaced criminal justice. we prosecuted gun criminals to
the fullest measure of the law. we executed murderers. we identified the dangerously mentally ill and confined them so we could treat them. these measures worked until the left seized control of our cities and reversed them. i think it's long past time to take those streets back. get the criminals and dangerously mentally ill off of them and protect our children with the same resolve and force as we use to protect our money. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from hawaii, mr. case, for five minutes. mr. case: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today with my colleagues to recognize and honor the self-less service of the japanese americans who served our country in world war ii with the famed 100th i fantry battalion of hawaii. this year the fabled 100s
celebrates its 80 anniversary. the battalion was supposed of 1,400 americans whose loyalties was questioned by our government following the attacks on pearl harbor and much worse. although much of the u.s. public looked upon them with disdain and september kucinich, these--september sism these soldiers persevered. their story is one of patriotism, tenacity, and courage. following the attacks on pearl harbor and with anti-japanese hysteria were at its peak, these young men raised their hands and demanded the right to defend america. with the support of u.s. military officers and others in hawaii and elsewhere, the federal government eventually created an owl nesei or second generation japanese american army yeunt the 100th infantry battalion. before their deployment in august of 1943, the men of the
one-puka-puka selected the motto remember the pearl harbor to reflect anger at the attack on their country. although the cloud of racism and underlying uncertainty hoferred over these brave americans, their performance was exemplary. they arrived in north africa but transferred to central italy where it faced heavy combat. it became known as the purple heart battalion because of its high casualty rate. one of its members and casualties was captain spark who suffered grievous injuries. he later became a membered of this haloed house and after that the united states senator. inspiring generation, including me, who was privileged to serve three years on his staff. his own story is just one of countless we can and should remember. in august, 1944, after a year of combat, the battalion integrated with the japanese americans of the 442nd reg meant at combat team. they continued to fight through italy and france. the men of the 100th spent 20
months in europe and fought in six campaigns across italy and france. they received six distinguished service crosses and earned three presidential unit citations. along with the 442nd the 100th infantry battalion is recognized as the mess decorated american unit in history for its size and length of service. the lineage and honors of the 100th and 442nd live on today and preserved by the 100th battalion 442nd infantry u.s. army reserve. today the unit is staffed with reservists from hawaii, american samoa, guam, and saipan. these women carry on the legacy of the soldiers that endured so much before them 80 years ago. we all owe a debt of gratitude to groups like the nisei legacy anti-military disbens service education society and others for keeping the 100th battalion legacy alive. they have been critical in
recognizes the sacrifices of our japanese americans to defend a country that questioned their loyalty. on the walls of the national japanese american memorial, not far from our u.s. capitol, the late senator spark's words still ring true today. we believed that a threat to this nation's democracy was a threat to the american dream and to all free peoples of the world. today we renew our debt of gratitude to the japanese americans of the one-puka-puka, may they live forever in our hearts and minds. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise to recognize and wish a happy 88 birthday to an exemplary north carolinian, lindsey holkem jr.
it has been my honor and pleasure to know him for 30 years and i understand what a remarkable man he truly s after graduating from duke university in under four years, he went on to serve in both the united states army and national guard. later he became president of pine state, a prominent textile manufacturer in mount airy, north carolina. additionally he served on the board of trustees for northern surrey hospital for three decades and was chairman four of those years. that's an impressive resume. but there's more. much more to his story. he served in pivotal leadership roles within the community as well and showed his generosity in many ways. he and his late brother funded a care wing at arbor acres, an independent living community in winston-salem in honor of their mother who suffered from
dementia. they also donated the waiting room in the perry clinic at arbor acres. he's the kind of person who would give the shirt off his back to help someone in need and his service to others speaks volumes about his character. god bless you, lindsey, and happy 88th birthday. here's to many more. madam speaker, i rise to recognize william morgan jr. of statesville, north carolina. for the last 8 1/2 years, he has served as a city councilmember and mayor pro tem of statesville. in these two roles he has excelled tremendously. i have had the pleasure of knowing william for many years and there is no question about how dedicated he is to serving others. william, your tireless advocacy efforts and record
accomplishments for the city of statesville and its many citizens has not gone unnoticed. thank you for your service to our great state and may god bless you and tina as you enter this new chapter of your life. madam speaker, washington needs to be reeducated on the meaning of shall not be infringed. the second amendment insulates the american people from the federal government exerting undue influence over them. otherwise known as infringement. when the federal government acts in haste, the room for error is drastically compounded. as is the case with the democrat-controlled bills before this very body. let me be very clear.
the horrific tragedies that occurred in uvalde and buffalo are truly heartbreaking. i continue to pray for our society and for the families of the men, women, and children who were senselessly murdered. before proposals are put on the table, however, this problem must be diagnosed in its entirety. the supreme court has recognized the right of individual citizens to keep and bear arms under the second amendment. further, the court specifically recognizes that the inherent right to self-defense is protected by the second amendment as well. a study conducted in 2013 estimated that firearms are used in defense from half a million to three million times annually.
americans exercise their second amendment rights when protecting their family and property. it was not written so that one could go hunting. as former senator tom coburn once said, it was to create a force to balance a tyrannical force here. the federal government should not be in the business of issuing edicts that threaten the second amendment rights of americans. it is a right that cannot be infringed. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett, for five minutes. ms. plaskett: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. plaskett: thank you. madam speaker, i have shared
before that my father was for many decades a new york city police officer. he had to carry a firearm to protect himself and others, but was acutely aware of individuals on the street often with guns legally who could harm him and those he was tasked to protect. i do not oppose the right of american citizens to own guns or intend to rob any of any constitutional rights. but we all know that money, may hatred and power has been -- used the constitution to cover themselves from showing the real intent that they have, the love of greed, desire for power, ignorance, racism, hatred. that's what many are using that constitutional protection to cover themselves from. over 50% of gun violence is
attributable to people who use handguns to commit suicide. the remainder of those deaths and injuries are largely homicide and murder, such as widespread street crime. then there are mass killings, which have been on an uptick in recent years. on may 24, in texas, an 18-year-old boy acted as a lone gunman and the second deadliest school shooting on record. armed with a semiautomatic rifle and 375 rounds of ammunition he entered robb elementary school, opened fire, and laid waist to -- waste to 19 children and two teachers. the pervasiveness and regularity of such occurrences in the united states has reached epidemic levels. in 2020, 45,222 americans died of gun related injuries.
more than any other year on record. that's a 14% increase since 2019. a 25% increase since 2015. and a 43% increase since 2010. and this year alone, almost 19,000 people have already lost their lives. a number evidenced by the events of the past couple of weeks are only on the rise. this weekend alone, over a dozen mass shootings took place. buffalo, texas, philadelphia, something -- south carolina, kentucky, tennessee, oklahoma. so many more. these mass killings are just the tip of the iceberg with respect to gun violence carnage in america. firearms are the leading cause of death for children and teens in this nation. how many more children will be sacrificed before action is taken? how many more schools will we
allow to become battlefields and burial grounds for the sake of the cloak that many are using the constitution for? the time for action is now. we know that our gun violence epidemic can be substantially curtailed with thoughtful, reasonable commonsense gun legislation. this includes raising the age as we have done for so many things for automatic purchases to 21, and developing and implementing more comprehensive background checks to prevent situations like the buffalo shooting and the uvalde massacre. we food to strengthen gun laws for gun trafficking, which is -- we need to strengthen gun laws for gun trafficking which is devastating our country. they cannot stop the influx trafficked in from states with few restrictions, places like
new york city and chicago cannot curtail the illegal weapons come interesting other places. with higher unemployment rates, places like my home, the virgin islands, has the second highest rate of guns smuggled across its borders and a homicide rate nine times higher than the 50 states. as well as better establishing and regulating gun storage to prevent minors from acquiring deadly weapons, it is necessary for members on both sides of this debate to come together to protect the lives of our citizens. . throw off the cloak that you are using, calling our constitution to hover and hide what you are really protecting -- money, power, hatred. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. cloud, for five minutes.
mr. cloud: thank you, madam chair. madam speaker, today i rise to recognize extraordinary -- an extraordinary friend, steve manhusen. steve came to texas in 2004 with his wife, kerry, and four children, matthew, makenna, casey, and he willy. both -- ellie. both steve and his family brought his heart. he opened many businesses, the most famous being stevie lou's barbecue. in 2017, when hurricane harvey hit rockport, among his many generous community endeavors, steve graciously opened his restaurant to feed over 12,000 meals to volunteers and others in need.
steve has built for his family a legacy of generosity, a sincere love of god, and a strong work ethic. i'd like to thank steve for all he's done for the many people he's blessed in rockport, fulton area. he's truly a servant of god and an exemplary citizen. it's my honor to recognize steve for his outstanding service and dedication to our family, to our community, and to our nation. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from minnesota, ms. omar, for five minutes. ms. omar: madam speaker, it's been 23 years since columbine. it's been 15 years since virginia tech, 10 years since sandy hook, four years since
parkland. we have offered prayer and thoughts for years with no real action. it's been 15 days since the school shooting in uvalde, texas, where 19 children were massacred. one of the students, a 10-year-old girl, survived because she covered herself in the blood of her dead classmate. we have trained kids to hide under their tables. we have trained teachers to barricade their doors. we have trained schools to lock down their campuses. now, are we going to train kids to cover themselves with their friends' blood in order to survive? when are we going to understand
the common denominator here is not just criminals but making it easy for criminals to access deadly weapons? australia, new zealand, the united kingdom, canada, all dealt with mass shootings. but there was national outcry, and they put in place restrictions to stop mass carnage from happening again. we don't have mental health issues more than any other country. what we do have here is politicians who lack the moral courage to stand up to the n.r.a. we have a society that is not willing to stand up to protect its citizens, especially its most vulnerable, which is our beautiful children. we have to be better than that.
we also must remember, madam speaker, it's not just mass shootings. it's white supremacists in buffalo who massacre elders. it's gangs who carnage our neighborhoods, who allow for a 3-year-old in my district to get mowed down by gunfire. the problem is guns. the problem is our colleagues on the other side of the aisle. and we have to have the courage to stand up to them and to stand up for our country. madam speaker, roe v. wade is fundamentally about privacy. 50, 60, 70 years ago, in order for women to access abortion
care, they had to go to back ally clinics and use wire hangers. in 1973, it was decided that women have a right to make their own decisions about their bodies. we have to be a country that refuses to go back. we have to be a country that refuses to have women in my generation and the generation before enjoy more freedoms than my daughter's generation and the next. republicans will say they are the party of freedom and liberty, but they are the party that doesn't believe in liberty and freedom for women. democrats are the party that is protecting your freedom and expanding liberty, which is why we introduced and passed the women's health protection act, because codifying roe v. wade into law is essentially about
protecting the freedoms for individuals to make their own private decisions about their health care. if you stand for freedom, if you stand for liberty, join us and reject an extremist, fascist, misogynistic, backwards party that wants to take us back to the stone ages where men dictated what women do with their bodies. and help us exist in a country where our values of uplifting and advancing the rights of indiv individuals still stands. madam speaker, one in six children in the united states doesn't have enough food to eat. it's unconscionable that we allow 16% of our children here in this country to go hungry. right now, mitch mcconnell and republicans are blocking funding to continue the school waivers
that allowed for children to continue to eat in schools. our inability to get these waivers and feed millions of children who are food insecure is unexcusable. globally, there are 276 million people facing food insecurity around the world with countries in the horn of africa teetering on the edge of famine. we have an opportunity to get people on board and rally around those who are -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. omar: thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair now recognizes. gentleman new york, mr. katko, for five minutes. mr. katko: madam speaker, i rise today to honor the life of carol baldwin who passed away on may 26, 2022, if he age of 9 -- at
the age of 92. carol was a beloved member of the central new york community and a devoted philanthropist. a syracuse native, carol met her husband, alexander baldwin, while attending syracuse university. they were married in 1954 and had six children. they lived in long island until her husband's death in 1983. in 1990 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. she nearly lost her battle with breast cancer but overcame it following a double mastectomy. following this experience, she dedicated her life to helping others fight breast cancer. in 1996, she founded the carol baldwin breast cancer research fund on the campus of suny st stoneybrook. five years later, the carol m. baldwin fund of central new york was established in syracuse. to date, the baldwin fund has
provided more than 60 grants to support research programs and has spurred nearly $24 million in additional grant funding. the fund supports numerous programs including studies of contributing factors to breast cancer -- education and medical professionals, and the general public, and studies of the outcome and detection of treatments for families. outside her if i tlopic work, she has been a fixture in our community and many are dear friends to my wife and me. breast cancer patients throughout central new york and throughout the country have contributed by carol. she survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. while she will be dearly missed in other community, central new yorkers will continue to honor her legacy. madam speaker, i ask that my colleagues in the house join me in honoring the life and legacy of carol baldwin.
may she rest in peace. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, mrs. cherfilus-mccormick, for five minutes. mrs. cherfilus-mccormick: madam speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 7910, the protecting our kids act. as we all know by now, on may 24, 21 children and teachers were senselessly murdered in uvalde, texas. just 10 days earlier, 10 black people were killed in a racially motivated hate crime. for decades, the epidemic of gun violence has gripped this country, depriving americans of their neighbors, siblings, children, and friends. on average, over 38,000 people die from gun violence every year in this country, including on average over 1,600 children. that is roughly an average of five kids every day. think about that. five children being murdered,
committing suicide, or being killed by the unintentional discharge of a weapon every day in america. i do not pretend this bill will save every one of those children or stop racially motivated murder in our nation, but the idea we simply stand back and do nothing and expect this problem to resolve itself is nonsense. it offends the tens of thousands of gun violence victims every year their families and communities that is ravaged by this unending tragedy. we can and we must take steps, meaningful steps to reduce gun violence. this bill will restrict the sale of assault-style weapons to those over the age of 21 years old. it comes close to -- it will close long standing and dangerous loopholes in federal law, require that firearms sold in the united states be traceable and help prevent gun trafficking, among other steps. these are measured, commonsense,
and widely supported measures that would help reduce gun violence in our country. as an american, as a congresswoman, and as a mother of two children, i implore the members of the house and the senate to pass this bill. i am pleading with this congress to set aside partisan and the dogma and reflective bickering. now is the time to come together and act in unison to end the violence in our schools and on our streets. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york, ms. malliotakis, for five minutes. ms. malliotakis: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize veterans of the korean war as this month marks the 72nd anniversary of the war's beginning. sadly, the korean war's too
often referred to as the forgotten war. i'm here today to recognize the 5.7 million american men and women who served in that war, along with seven korean war veterans our community lost in the past year. albert a. fowler, ralph m.lanza, thomas h. o'rourke, nicholas mitranga, robert close, and armando fulla. they put their lives on the line to fight communism and we are forever grateful for their service. this past weekend, i joined the corporal allen chapter of the korean war veterans association and local members of the korean american community to honor them. last year, i also honored the life and legacy of private first class raymond andrew smith as his remains returned to brooklyn
71 years after he was reported missing in action. while the return raymond's remains remains something to be celebrated, we must not forgot that many remain missing from world war ii, the korean war, the vietnam war, the cold war, the gulf war, and other conflicts. on monday, the anniversary of d-day, i was honored to receive a pow/mia chair to display in my office as a tribute to those who honorably served our nation overseas but sadly never made it home. i urge my colleagues to consider doing the same because we must do more as a grateful nation to raise attention to this issue and diligently to return all prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action back to our homeland. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from michigan, ms. slotkin, for five minutes.
police slotkin: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today almost exactly six months after the shooting at oxford high school in oxford, michigan, in my district. i represent michigan's 8th district including north oakland county. over the past couple of weeks i have been in meetings with survivors, with local officials. there are few issues that link our urban areas to our suburban areas to our rural areas more than gun violence. i represent the east side of lansing, michigan, where in the past week we had the gun violence between three young people. and in oxford where six months ago we had the school shooting. the most recent school shooting before uvalde, texas. i happen to be scheduled to speak at the oxford virtual akd mi graduation, in-person graduation the day after the uvalde shooting. i spent the day in oxford as i have wi been doing every month.
you could hear the pain that people felt in being retraumatized by watching what was going on in uvalde. the students who i was speaking to were a group of students who chose to join school virtually. many of them in the aftermath of the shooting. i had been with the superintendent of oxford schools earlier in the day. he was one of the very first people on the scene helping to provide first aid to the young people that we lost. we talked about the trauma and retrauma that sets in in communities where gun violence happens again and again. i may have a different angle on this issue than most. guns and firearms are part of our culture in the state of michigan. i grew up with guns. i remember very distinctly getting a four wheeler along with my brother when i was 11 and my dad installing the gun racks when i was 12 so that my brother and i could go out
shooting during the day. i am a c.i.a. officer that was trained in a glok and m-4 semiautomatic for my three tours in iraq alongside the military. my husband's a career army officer and carried a weapon every day he was deployed. it is just something that is normal among the 99% of responsible gun owners in the state of michigan. it is because of that background that i fundamentally reject this idea that either you care about gun ownership or you care about school safety. that is a fundamentally false choice. in michigan as i said we have responsible gun owners everywhere. and since the shooting i have heard from more of them in the past two weeks than i have in the previous four years. active hunters and sportsmen who are strongly in favor of things like commonsense background checks so that mentally ill people don't get their hands on weapons. and certainly things like safe
storage of weapons so that a child can't get a hold of a parent's weapon and use it to kill their peers. i have a bill that is going in -- in this package today in the house, safe gun, safe kids act is the name of it. it is part of protecting our kids in a serious commonsense way. all it says is that if you are an adult and you have a firearm in the house, and you also have children, you have to take reasonable steps to secure that weapon. and if the child gets ahold of that weapon and use it is to commit a crime, like mass murder, you can be criminally libel for that crime. the bill doesn't impact your decision to buy a gun. it instead it acts -- asks that you act responsibly when you have it. this isn't controversial. it's not partisan. it is bassic common sense that most people do anyways. just like my dad, personal
responsibility is at the heart of what it means to be an american and gun owners have a critical role to play in making sure we can protect our communities. while the provisions that the house will approve today are commonsense measures, i have no allusion on how artisan this is going to be. i know how much the gun lobby has sway with my peers, and i know that straight up selfish interest in being re-elected is guiding my colleagues in this chamber. but i encourage my friends on both sides of the aisle to prioritize public health and public safety over political concerns. anything that we pass here in the house will need support in the senate to become law so we want more of our republican colleagues to join with us. we want more brave individuals to cross the aisle and say i'm going to do something about the thing that is now the number one killer of young people in america. it's gun violence. it's not car accidents. it's not drug overdoses.
it's not cancer. it is gun violence. to my friends who are considering how to vote on some of the provisions today, i encourage you to make a choice. do you care about dealing with the leading cause of death of young people or not? i urge you to join us. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from michigan, mr. walberg, for five minutes. mr. walberg: thank you, madam speaker. when president biden took office the price of a gallon of gas stood at $2.39 a gallon. today the national average is more than double, clocking in at $4.96 per gallon. since the beginning of the travel season, gas prices have reached a new record high every single day. the situation in my home state of michigan is even more dire and unaffordable. in the past week gas prices
spiked more in wh michigan thany other state, the motor capital of the world. our state average has voted up to $5. -- has skyrocketed up to $5.21. in jackson, in my district, gas prices rose 20 cents overnight last week. in my home county, they rose at an even quicker rate to $5.29 when i drove to the airport yesterday morning. michigan families are struggling to pay these historic prices at the pump. robert told me that he along with many other seniors on a fixed income are simply unable to use their cars because of the price of gas. another constituent wrote to me that someone drilled a hole in their truck's gas tank and stole their gas. this is the environment that president biden's anti-energy policies have created.
since day one, the biden administration has been hostile to american energy. they canceled the keystone x.l. pipeline. they halted oil and gas leases on federal lands. they wreck leslie -- recklessly defeated our strategic preserves now the lowest level since 1987. they have done everything possible to discourage invest n-domestic production. at the same time, the administration continues to beg saudi arabia and other foreign countries to boost their oil supply. it simply makes no sense. in congress just one side, house republicans, has been proposing solutions. we should pass the american energy independence from russia act to unleash our domestic production capability. we should pass the strategic production response act to transition supply concerns from stopgap measures to permanent production solutions.
and we should pass the pipes act which i introduced to prevent a sitting president to unilaterally attack existing domestic energy from. infrastructure. let's not forget, america was energy independent just two short years ago. there is a path to regaining that independence and bringing down prices at the pump. if president biden will reverse course and flip the switch on american energy, my constituents cannot afford $5-plus per gallon gas. they need relief. we need relief. america needs relief. and fast. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. costa, for five minutes. mr. costa: thank you, madam speaker. gun violence as we know is plaguing our nation.
in 2022, this year, there have already been 200 mass shootings in the united states. think about that. absolutely horrific. so when is enough is enough? we ask ourselves. our constituents across the country ask us. how many more innocent people must die before any reasonable commonsense gun reform legislation can pass and add more protection for the american public? let's pass the protect our kids act which raises the purchasing age for semiautomatic weapons from 18 to 21. a commonsense idea. let's also deal with the subject of ghost gun purchases and background checks. again commonsense ideas. and cracks down on gun trafficking and straw purchases. and if the combination of the protect our kids act is
something that you might find objectionable in some instance, we have individual pieces of legislation. resources for victims of gun violence. bipartisan background checks. assault weapons ban. legislation that would also go further to provide protection in condemning the horrific shootings in atlanta, georgia, and dealing with hate, bigotry, and violence against asian americans and pacific islander communities. we also have legislation that would designate june 4 national gun violence awareness day. there is legislation that deals with disarming of hate. and to try to provide extremist protection for federal firearm sales include those subject to extreme risk protection that we know red flag legislation would help protect us against. so there is a lot of things we can do. would we totally eliminate the threats to the public?
of course not. but there are commonsense ideas we could do to improve and increase safety for our schools, for our churches, and for people that are just going to shop for groceries one afternoon. these are things we can do and should do. as share of the congressional crime survivors and justice caucus, i am advocating for resources for survivors of gun violence to cope with their trauma. whether it be in sacramento or fresno or anywhere else around this country. i support the second amendment for responsible gun ownership. let that be clear. but america deserves better. and i call on all house members to join me in this effort. let's put partisanship aside and take action to address the gun epidemic once and for all. madam speaker, how much time do i have left? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has two minutes. mr. costa: thank you.
madam speaker, i rise today also to celebrate dia du. portugal. a significant holiday for portuguese people all over the world. my grandparents came to the united states from the astore islands in the late 19th century and turn of the 20th century. 1897, 1904. illiterate, nonenglish speaking, like immigrants past and present. coming to america to have a bert life for themselves. but they never, ever left their pride of their home country, portugal, or their sense of culture which lives in me today. portugal is one of the america's longest and strongest allies as it was the first to recognize the united states as abindependent nation after the revolutionary war. i'm proud to be an original co-sponsor of the ameegos act. introduce bide our colleague and congressman david cicilline.
it would create more jobs and increase investment in the euns by strengthening our bonds with portugal. and as the co-chair of the portuguese caucus, i think it's important that we continue to build on this relationship and the trade that already exists today. so i urge the senate to pass this bipartisan legislation. and again we will continue to work with other colleagues of ours who are part of our portuguese american caucus to continue to advocate for mutual interest not only for portugal but for the united states anti-portuguese american -- and the portuguese american community. let us celebrate and let us remember that america is a stronger country because of our welcoming of immigrants, past and present, and this is a part of that recognition. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. mann, for five minutes.
mr. mann: thank you, madam speaker. in preparation for thee rorsing the farm bill in 2023, i rise today to deliver the 10th installment of my farm bill impact series where i'm highlighting various'specs of the farm bill that deserve this congress' sport. rural development programs exist in the farm bill because the people of rural america, many of whom work to feed, fuel, and clothe us all, must remain connected to their families, local communities, and the world to do their job. . rural development single family housing programs enables families and individuals to buy, repair homes in rural america. through these programs, qualifying individuals can finance a new home with no money down or get financial assistance to repair their wells, hookups to rural water, septic, plumbing, heated, air conditioning, and electrical systems, insulation and storm shelters and safe rooms.
usda rural development is committed to helping improve the quality of life in rural america and every community needs strong local businesses. the loan guarantee program improves the economic health of rural communities by increasing access to business capital through loan guarantees as well as enabling commercial lenders to provide affordable financing to rural businesses. in healey, kansas, the sharpe brothers seed company has sold native grass seeds since 1958. they needed additional working capital to build up their inventory so they used the usda rural development business and industry program to secure a $5 million guaranteed loan for additional working capital. this program helped make their operations stronger than ever before which is good for rural kansas. finally, strengthening rural broadband will help ensure that rural americans, agriculture producers included, can keep pace with a tech-driven society. i believe taxpayer dollars must
be spent judiciously on existing broadband programs and the goal set by the usda and partly cloudy must be realistic. last summer, the house ag company advanced a broadband internet connections utt for rural out of committee which authorized $43 billion for critical infrastructure in rural communities. i joined several of my house colleagues that would leverage the reconnect program with some of the 2018 rural broadband investments in rural areas with little or no internet access. it's an example of a successful public-private partnership, and it helps cover the cost of cable, implementation and installment of broadband in rural communities. i support whatever directly benefits the resilient people of rural america because they are the lifeblood of this country. that's why i support the rural development programs within the farm bill and why i'm bringing awareness to them now to ensure these programs remain strong in the 2023 farm bill. i'll be back to the floor soon
to deliver another installment of my farm bill impact stories and how more programs and titles within the bill that i believe congress must understand and support to ensure that agriculture and rural america thrives in this country. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize a great kansan, dale moore, and to congratulate him on his retirement from a career of dedicated service to farmers, ranchers, and agriculture producers. dale grew up on a livestock, hay, and grain farm in copeland, kansas, which lies in my district, the big first of kansas. he went to the university, worked for kansas pork producers council, and senator pat roberts. in 2001, president bush appointed dale to serve as the chief of staff at usda. after which he served as legislative director for the house ag committee. most recently, dale has been serving as executive vice president at the american farm bureau federation, which his presence will be deeply missed. dale has tirelessly advocated
for agriculture for more than 40 years and he never forgot his selfless kansas roots or the values he learned there -- hard work, others before self, and personal responsibility. i am grateful for dale's leadership and service and i offer him, his wife, faith, and their entire family my best wishes as they begin this new adventure. congratulations, dale. and with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, m mr. veasey, for five minutes. mr. veasey: madam speaker, i want to pose a few questions to my friends on the other side of the aisle, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. you certainly cannot be ok with criminals continually able to access guns. you can't be ok with terrorists being able to buy guns. and you can't be ok with sociopaths continuing to buy
guns. you certainly can't be ok with what has happened in uvalde, before that, buffalo, what just happened in tulsa, sandy hook, parkland. so if you're not ok with that, why the inaction? why do you continue to prevent commonsense gun safety legislation that would stop sociopaths, terrorists, and criminals from obtaining weapons? don't you work with us to pass commonsense legislation that in many cases over 90% of the public supports? so many gun owners i talked to all across north texas, people that are on the opposite end of the political spectrum from me tell me they support this commonsense gun legislation. this gun safety legislation.
but you continue to show inaction to the american public. it's unacceptable. we have got to do better. we have an opportunity to get something done this time around. and it's about time. the american public is sick of seeing nothing occur every time one of these massacres takes place in our country. and so i urge our republican colleagues to work with us on passing legislation that is long overdue and the public is asking for. we can't continue to watch this happen and do nothing. we need to take action. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to address their remarks to the chair. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. gonzalez, for five minutes.
mr. gonzalez: madam speaker, i rise today to raise awareness for the severe mental health crisis in our country. you know, two weeks ago there was a terrible incident that occurred in uvalde, texas. 19 innocent children were murdered and two of their teachers alongside them. and you know, to me, uvalde is in my district, texas '23rd district. over a year ago, after i got elected, i visited uvalde and i sat down with the county judge, who's a democrat, the mayor, who's a republican, and the local sheriff. and i sat down with them and i said, if i could do one thing, what can i do? they said, tony, we need a mental health hospital. last year we appropriated $2 million towards that hospital. it's a $25 million project. and i'm working on the remaining $23 million to get that over the finish line. but this is something that community asked for. you know, there's so much division here in congress.
there's so much hate and rhetoric that gets spewed. i think mental health is an area that can bring us together, that can unite us as we go forward. not only as we reflect on what happened in uvalde but across the country. you know, covid did something to this country. you know, we're coming out of that and i think part of the mental health crisis that is going on in our country has to beressed. you know, it's heartbreaking to see what happened, to be there as the uvalde community heals and comes together. what i'll say is, this mental health crisis goes beyond those that are looking to cause harm to themselves and others. everyone, i would argue everyone in that community needs mental health -- to sit down with a mental health provider. my staff included, our team essentially turned into a mini fema office where we were awning all -- answering all kinds of
different claims every day and having to hear these horrific stories and having to hear the issues that our community was dealing with. so, you know, this crisis is very deep and it's very sad and it's an issue that this body needs to address and it needs to start early on, not wait until when an incident occurs. we have to start very early on. you know, this shooter, this gunman was a troubled young man for a very long time. it was no surprise to a lot of people what occurred. if we could have got ahead of the issue instead of waiting until the problem happened, i think that's critical. another thing that a lot of people don't realize, the day of the shooting, there was actually a young lady that had suicide ideations and two of the local law enforcement officers had taken her to san antonio. this was hours before the shooting. what does that mean? that means the community of uvalde has a very deep mental health issue that is popping up every single day and uvalde isn't unique.
it isn't just this one small town and this one incident. we've seen it happen all over the country. so i urge this body to come together. i urge congress to come together and use this terrible incident to unite us and finding real tangible solutions and part of those solutions is identifying mental health resources, which we can provide directly to the communities of need. and with that, madam chair, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. rose, for five minutes. mr. rose: madam speaker, in late april and early may when parents and republicans in congress began to sound the alarm about the unacceptable scarcity of baby formula, i thought to myself, well, this is just another example of the compounding effect of the bad policies of the biden administration. but at the time, the facts had not come to light, that the crisis is yet another direct
result of the mismanagement and misguided biden presidency. a president focused on a woke progressive agenda while the basic functions of government are neglected or mismanaged. the most critical fact that has come to light is that abbott nutrition sturgis plant supplied about 1/5, 20% of all infant formula in the united states before it closed. furthermore, the company makes the majority of the formula for infants in the women, infants, and children program. that's more than 43% of babies in the united states. it's unfathomable that a facility this critical to the lives of our nation's newborns can somehow slip through the cracks. as of this past weekend, i am glad to see that the sturgis plant is making formula again, but it could take a couple of months for supply to hit store
shelves. currently, the nation's current out-of-stock rate is 74%. in tennessee, it's 92%. this is indeed a worst case scenario for parents and their vulnerable infant children. how did we get here? let's go through the timeline. in september of 2019, inspectors found a handful of sanitary issues with the plant in sturgis but allowed managers to continue operating while they implemented necessary changes. due to the covid-19 pandemic, the f.d.a. conducted its first routine inspection of the abbott sturgis plant in two years in september of 2021. they found that the issues uncovered in the 2019 surveillance inspection had been resolved. at about the same time in september, 2021, the f.d.a. receives the first complaint that a child was hospitalized with cronabactor. the out-of-stock rate rose to
11% in november, 2021, when a doctor was nominated to serve as commissioner of the f.d.a. december 1, the f.d.a. received a second complaint related to the death of a child. the centers for disease control determined that it could have been a contributing factor. in january of this year, the f.d.a. receives their third complaint of a child hospitalized with cronobacter. on january 31, the f.d.a. begins a delayed follow-up inspection of the abbott sturgis plant. 13 days later, the nationwide stock of infant formula rises -- out-of-stock rate rises to 26%. two days later on february 15, dr. robert calif is the new commissioner of the f.d.a. two days after that on the
commissioner's second day on the job, abbott announces a volu voluntary recall and hold of certain powder formulas produced at the sturgis plant. the same day the f.d.a. receives a fourth cronobacter complaint. why does this timeline matter? because president biden said he wasn't made aware of the issues with the stock of baby formula until late april. your second day on the job a fire breaks out in your office and you don't call the president to let him know. i don't understand. i truly don't. again, this plant produces 1/5 of the nation's supply of baby formula. the crisis was foreseeable and co extraordinary steps should have been taken to avoid it. there's no doubt in my mind that the february formula recall followed by the sturgis plant closure is the primary factor that turned an already increasing problem into a crisis. there should have been more urgency. it should have been clear to the
biden administration in february that we were going to have a problem. maybe it was and they just didn't want to tell the president or maybe he was busy that day. who knows. i'm sure we'll find out when republicans take back the majority and conduct proper oversight of this administration. put simply, the f.d.a. and president biden fumbled the ball for months and families across this country are paying the price. we cannot afford for this administration to take its eye off the ball again. the president must do better. i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. ellzey, for five minutes. mr. ellzey: thank you, madam
speaker. i rise today to celebrate the sesquicentennial celebration of the city of enes, texas, founded on june 1 8, 1872. many of the workers found solace and community in what we know today as enes. the railroad workers were drawn to the areas' blue bonnets and cottonfields. the natural beauty that surround this town runs deep in the community. throughout the years, enes has grown as an an agricultural and industrial community. attracting residents and visitors which has earned the title of the official blue bonnet city of our state. enes is known for more than just its blue bonnets. they are also the hosting city of the national polka festival which began in 1967 and attracts as many as 50,000 people to the town. it is also home to the texas motorplex where national records
have been spet and speed milestones have been broken. my family and i have been able to witness some truly remarkable race there is. it's places like these that makes texas proud. the events promote texas values by providing a family atmosphere and community outreach. strolling along the historic district one can experience rest rans and shopping options. when entering any store you are kindly greeted. families and neighbors welcome each other with open arms. the hospitality is seen through these interactions and becomes evident when they take so much pride in their town. enes has encompassed many of our texas values including community and family and shown texas pride for the past 150 years. i'm proud and honored to rept people of enes and the sixth congressional district of texas. i look forward to what the next 150 years brings to the great city of enes. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back.
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