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host: you talked about the speech on friday, to what degree will oil and gas be a part of that energy component versus clean energy? guest: we will have an all of the above energy strategy. we will be using when, solar, geothermal, hydro but it will be based on the bidens administration's projections for global demand. making sure we can meet the demand for our u.s. citizens and stop this record inflation that is >> we'll leave this here to keep our over 40-year commitment coverage of congress. members are expected to continue working on loan debt with a spouse and need to be separated
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due to divorce or domestic violence. now live to the floor of the house here on c-span. news. and make known the redeeming proclamation of your love for us and your plans for our good and not our harm. preserve the welfare of countries and communities around the world from the disasters threatening them. particularly on this day we pray for the people of puerto rico and the caribbean as once again they battle the devastation inflicted on them by damaging winds and raging seas. grant us redemption from all that seeks to distance us from your love and dis disdistract us from faith in you. restore our relationship with you that by your mercy we will all be welcomed once again into your email brace. lord, are you the ruler of the universe. we appeal to you this day that your saving hand would hold and protect your people. renewed in your name we pray.
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amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from georgia, mr. allen. mr. allen: thank you, madam speaker. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute.
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>> madam speaker, last week nearly 50 migrants who sought asigh lem and refuge in america were met with dwroasly un-american action -- grossly un-american actions. governor desantis deceived them and shipped them across the nation like chattel to martha's vineyard in search of hollow political points. not only was this a failed political stunt, it is a failure of common humanity, common decency. to think of what men, women, children, a one month old endure to seek asylum in our great nation, to think of the bravery and agony to leave your home, family, country in search of a better way of life. 234r50eg communism, political, and economic instability in venezuela. ms. dean: madam speaker, members come to this floor 20 give -- to give one-minute 1350e67s every session. i hear the republican speeches and i see the signs, stunts, biden's border crisis. no, this is america's problem. our problem and a wall or these
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recent stunts by shameful trumpeters offer no hope t will take courage my republicans in both chambers to come back to the table and work with democrats to fix our long broken immigration system. that is the american way. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. allen: madam speaker, we should empower our work force to flourish. however, washington democrats are nix ated -- fixated on dragging us back to an outdated model via their pro act which would strip workers of their freedoms and force every american worker to join a eunon or -- union or pay dues to a union to keep their jobs. this is not the american way. freedom of choice is what makes our economy strong. every american should have that
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choice. our work force is constantly evolving and we need creative forward thinking legislation that gives workers and small business owners both stability and flexibility. that's why senators tim scott and i introduced the employee rights act. our bill protects independent contract, entrepreneurs, gig workers, franchiseees, and anyone else seeking to earn a living on their own terms. the employer rights act puts workers in the driver's seat by giving them the protection these need to choose for themselves how to earn a living and build a future for their families of the republicans stand with the 21st century worker. it's time our labor laws did the same. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from hawaii seek recognition? >> hello, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. can hey-l-ally: i rise today to -- mr. kehele: i continue to
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honor my state of hawaii. the prince was the second native hawaiian to represent congress. elected in 1903 and served for two decades until his death. best known for the establishment of the hawaiian civil club of honolulu in 19818 -- in 1918. throughout his life the prince revered by native hawaiians, a prince for the people, was a tenacious leader and used his voice to preserve and strengthen the hawaiian people. he championed the hawaii home's commission act signed into law by president warren g. harding in 1921. it enables native hawaiians to return to their lands to support self-sufficienty and determination to create a homeland to build homes, farms, ranches, and gauge in economic activities. this legacy to preserve native
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hawaiian history is what he's most remembered for. mahalo, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: i ask permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: thank you, madam speaker. american families are paying the highest electricity prices in over 40 years. with a 16% increase from a year ago. additionally, natural gas prices to heat homes were up 30% as wipter nears. due to the -- winter nears. due to the extremist biden energy failing policies. according to a survey in the last year, a quarter of americans reduced food and medicines to pay the energy bill. unfortunately, one in six people, more than 20 million households, are behind on utility bills and in danger of using utility services. the energy information
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administration anticipates an additional increase this year. the policies of biden democrats and republicans for high utility costs and destroying jobs. in conclusion, god bless our troops who successfully protected america for 20 years as the global war on terrorism continues moving from a safe haven of afghanistan to america. with the open biden border for terrorists, american families today are the greater risk of mass murder than ever before. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recog recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i'd like to take a moment to honor the life of my dear friend, bata. bata was a leader in our community and will live on for several generations. as a founding board member at the ministry of life without lims he spread the good word of our savior jesus cease -- cries.
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he's survived by the love of his life, their seven children, who he loved as his own. their spouses and dozens of family members. i'll always remember his commitment to our community and friendship and we will miss him dearly. today he sits next to the one true king in heaven and looks down upon us all with pride, his arm humble demeanor, batta was a dear friend, great american, and true believer. we love you and miss you, my friend. god blessed us with his presence. and has now brought him home. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recog recognition? >> seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lamalfa: thank you, madam speaker. september is national rice month. even though the month's 2/3 over with it's never not time 20 have
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rice for your next meal. i want to pay special tribute to the hardworking farmers, millers, merchants, suppliers e. and consumers who make rice not only a nutritious product but important part of our economy. my home state of california is the second largest producing state -- rice producer in the state. it's an important part of the pacific flyway. california produces medium grain sticky rice. america's rice industry contributes 125,000 good-paying jobs and estimated 34d billion to our nation's economy. rice farmers take excellent care of their line. prioritizing resource conservation, nutrition, and top yields that help make good quality as well. they produce more rice using less land, energy, and water than they did just 20 years ago. providing critical habitat for many species, which is really important once again to the pacific flyway as the ducks and
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east move from the north to the south. unfortunately drastic water cuts have taken half of the rice acreage out of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. lamalfa: we need to keep the industry going strong. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. by direction of the committee on rules i all up house resolution 1361 and ask for its immediate consideration the. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will read the report, the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 100. resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, s. 1098, to amend the higher education act of 1965 to authorize borrowers to separate joint consolidation loans. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived.
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the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on education and labor or their respective designees, and, two, one motion to commit. section 2. a, at any time through the legislative day of thursday, september 22, 2022, the speaker may entertain motions offered by the majority leader or a designee that the house suspend the rules as though under clause 1 of rule 15 with respect to multiple measures described in subsection b, and the chair shall put the question on any such motion without debate or intervening motion. b, a measure referred to in subsection (a) includes any measure that was the object of a motion to suspend the rules on the legislative day of september 19, 2022, september 20, 2022,
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september 21, 2022, or september 22, 2022, in the form as so offered, on which the yeas and nays were ordered and further proceedings postponed pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20. c, upon the offering of a motion pursuant to subsection a concerning multiple measures, the ordering of the yeas and nays on postponed motions to suspend the rules with respect to such measures is vacated to the end that all such motions are considered as withdrawn the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for one hour. 34r perlmutter -- mr. perlmutter: thank you, madam speaker. for purposes of debate only i yield the customary 30 minutes to the representative from men american, mrs. fischbach, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution all time yielded is for purposes of debate only. and i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five
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legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. perlmutter:00 thank you, madam speaker. the rules committee met and reported a rule, house resolution 1361, providing for consideration of senate bill 1098. the joint consolidation loan separation act. under a closed rule. the rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on education and labor as well as one motion to commit. finally, the rule provides the majority leader or his designee the ability to en bloc requested roll call votes on suspension bills considered on september 19 to september 22. this authority lasts through september 22, 2022. madam speaker, i'm pleased we are here today to provide consideration of the joint consolidated loan separation
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act. led by my colleagues, senator mark warner of virginia, and representative david price of north carolina. from 1993 to 2006 the department of education allowed married couples to consolidate their student loans for a lower interest rate through the joint consolidation loan program. requiring participating borrowers to be jointly libel for repayment of their loans. congress ended the program in 2006, but congress never provide add way for borrowers to disentangle the joint debt. across the country there are borrowers who remain libel for their former spouse's debt even in cases of domestic violence. today we have an opportunity to address this problem and help borrowers regain their financial independents -- independence. the joint consolidation loan separation act allows borrowers to apply to the department of education to split their
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consolidated loan into two separate federal direct loans. borrowers can commit either a joint application or an individual application in the case of domestic violence, economic abuse, or inability to reach a former spouse. the joint consolidation loan remainder would be split proportionally based on the percentages each borrower brought into the loan. . they would have the same interest rate. the bill would enable borrowers to regain access to student loan relief programs such as the public service loan forgiveness program for which they were previously ineligible. like many of my colleagues, i have heard from constituents who have joint consolidated loans with their former spouse is. some of them have
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expressed frustration that due to a joint loan they are ineligible to apply for other relief programs even though they are no longer with their spouse. constituents also entrusted me with their personal stories of domestic abuse and how these joint consolidated loans won't let them get away from former spouses. a constituent reached out to my office. been nearly 17 years since her separation from her abusive spouse. following her divorce not only did she and her family continue to receive harassment from this individual but was left with the financial burden of paying the entire loan balance because her former spouse refused to pay the share. the joint consolidated
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loan continues to loom over her. she is asking to be finally freed from this abusive relationship bypassing this act. i want to thank her and all the other individuals who have come forward to share how this loan program that ended nearly two decades ago continues to affect our daily lives. i commend my colleagues for their work on this bill and i urge my colleagues to support the rule and the bill. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: t hank you. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs.fischbach: i thank the representative for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and i yield myself such time as i may consume. s.10998 is intended to ensure borrowers who need to separate loans because they are victims of domestic or economic
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abuse are not put in harmful situations due to having a joint consolidated loan. republicans fully support the intention of the bill and it is something we should be able to address in a fully bipartisan manner. however, they are concerned this bill misses the mark. according to the department of education this bill could not be implemented for at least a year or longer. if we want to solve this problem, victims need help immediately. this bill broadens the secretary of education's authority. it gives the secretary to allow for new consolidation loan if it is in the fiscal interest of the federal government but does not define the term. in addition this bill did not receive a hearing in the house, labor and education committee. this version was introduced before the president's announcement of student loan
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forgiveness. my republican colleagues have an alternative bill allowing borrowers to separate their loans immediately. it also protects taxpayers from potential abuse of authority by the secretary of education by narrowly tayloring the authority to help those in need. congress should always be concerned about relinquishing authority to the executive branch. this bill closes all the dpaps that exist in the bill that has been brought up on the floor today. and yet my colleagues were ignored. and now we are left discussing an incomplete policy. i encourage to support this alternative that would solve the problems. thank you. i oppose the rule and ask the members to do the same and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: t he gentlelady from minnesota reserves.
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the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: first i would like to introduce the statement of administration policy dated september 19, 2022, supporting this piece of legislation. the speaker pro tempore: w ithout objection. mr. perlmutter: i listened to my friend from minnesota and appreciate her remarks. the amendment that has been discussed that the republicans are proposing does not go far enough. this bill should be embraced as it was in the gnat between democrats and republicans allowing for spouses to separate and take on their own specific piece of the loan and move forward. no longer staying in this locked-in relationship especially in those situations and they do recognize the abusive relationships, but there are also ones
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there is economic abuse or where you can't reach the spouse. and in those instances there should be the ability to divide these back into their original forms. so this bill, like it was in the senate should be accepted i think universally by this house. i'm sorry to see there is opposition. but with that, i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: t he gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs.fischbach: this was before the president made his announcement regarding student loan for giveness and i yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois. the speaker pro tempore: t he gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: listen to whatever she said nothing from what my colleague from the state
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of colorado says. i'm here is allowing me to correct a mistake. i missed the one-minute time period. so i'm going to use my time to honor one of my constituents. i rise today to recognize recognize dr. thomas rammage fifth president of parkland college who will retire following 15 years as president and 24 years of service to the institution. under the leadership, the college committed a master plan that created six new buildings and added 250,000 square feet of classrooms, labs and student service spaces to provide the quality educational facilities. during his time at parkland, tom has continued to adapt to the changing needs of industry acquiring the institute of aviation at
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willard airport forming lasting relationships with private sector partners. under his guidance he leads the community college system by enrolling 350 international students representing over 50 countries. his strong management and guidance led the college through a financial crisis and a pandemic. the college is stronger now. i have had the pleasure of working with tom and proud to call him my friend and congratulate him on his retirement. i yield become. the speaker pro tempore: t he gentlelady from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: such it a testimonial, i will support as his friend
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retires. getting back to the matter at hand, we are dealing with loan separation. i would say that we are looking at some 14,000 loans to which this might be applicable and will provide a path forward who no longer want their debt to be tied to their former spouse and important for borrowers who want to meet their own debt obligation without being saddled with someone else's. we have heard from constituents and my constituent about the fact that she has been divorced for 17 years and saddled with a debt that her husband owed and won't take responsibility for. so i would again urge passage of this bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: t he gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized.
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mrs.fischbach: if we defeat the previous question i will offer an amendment to the rule allowing for the immediate consideration of h.r. 8749 to repeal the methane reductions incentive program for petroleum and natural gas systems. i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with the extraneous materials immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. last week, a constituent called my office about concerns of the president's energy policy and said it is the best job he has ever had but worries that president biden wants to take it away and asked for my support and expressed appreciation for anything i can do to protect the industry. h.r. 8749 is a key piece of that puzzle and supports american energy independence and those who rely on it by
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protecting the basin and largest supply of crude oil in the world. if the administration gets their way on this issue production will be slowed in that region, jobs will be lost and gas prices will continue to rise. this presidential administration is actively working against the oil and gas industry. they have inkeysed natural gas production taxes, prevented energy development in alaska and made permitting more difficult. they are prioritizing supplemental like wind and solar but the u.s. energy information projected that petroleum and natural gas will be the most used fuel through 2050. we cannot abandon these reliable and essential sources of energy. to further explain the amendment, i yield six minutes to the author of the bill, my colleague
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from texas. the speaker pro tempore: t he gentleman is recognized. >> i would like to thank my colleague from minnesota for explaining the underlying reason that i rise to oppose the previous question so we may immediately consider h.r. 8749, which is my bill to strike the new tax on every american. the new tax on natural gas that was included in democrats' paycheck reduction act. at a time when we are witnessing probably the most destructive energy poverty crisis in civilized world which is happening right now in europe. in most cases happening in countries that are now experiencing 10 times, a ten-fold increase of their heating bills and energy bills. ten-fold increase. the most foundational piece of any economy.
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president biden is driving an agenda to do the same thing here in the united states, driving an agenda to impoverish the energy needs of this country and while the president may denny the crippling price hikes, those who are buying our own groceries and paying our bills every month know it is false. and no position can deny the facts. 8.3%, that pales in comparison to what areas in rural america are actually paying. price hikes on energy are the largest driver of inflation by far. like that is up almost 16%. 16% more expensive than it was this time last year. in the united states, right now, today, energy
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costs are so high that one in six americans are facing a notice from their electrical company that they may be disconnected. one in six. when i said these words everybody on the other side of the aisle laughed at that proposition, yet is the policy that started with flurry of activity last january, the executive orders that were aimed at killing the industry that underpins, that won world war ii and lifted one billion people out of poverty. one billion people in subsahara africa, the far east, one billion people. that's because of shale technology. the paris climate accords have absolutely nothing on the reduction of harmful pollutants and emissions that private innovation has
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done. and knowing this, president biden and democrats have introduced another tax on american energy tay will continue to drive costs up. how many more americans will be unable to heat their homes this fall and winter when democrat tax initiatives make their utility bills 50% more expense pif than last year. does the green new last year. restarting coal plants, where was that in the green new deal? where was that in the paris climate talks? these costs will be passed along to the 180 million americans and 5.5 million business that is rely on natural gas. in fact, the nonpartisan congressional budget office now estimates this will increase taxes by $6.5 million and raise natural gas bills an additional
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17%. in addition to the inflationary pressures already facing our economy. what an inexcusable error. instead of encouraging more u.s. production of oil and gas, how democrats have opted instead to cut government checks to favored green special interest groups. and by the way, what happened to the president's promise not to raise taxes on americans earning less than $400,000? it's laughable. americans are begging for lower prices. they are begging for the government to simply allow free market principles to work. to allow the companies that underpin energy to do what they do best. which is to do it better, more efficient, do it cleaner, and not be dependent on adversaries like russia and china and other adversaries. the crowning achievement of president biden's energy policies will be dependence on
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adversaries for our energy needs. i couldn't think of something that's worse. dependence on opec oil as it goes to saudi arabia asking for more production when we can do it here wetter -- bert. we only need to look at the reckless policies in europe to understand how bad this can be. we only need to look at the dependence that europe had on russia that has now in many, many ways led to a crisis in ukraine. energy underpins everything. and i'm tired of hearing we are in an energy transition. we are not. we are in an energy expansion. another billion people will be added to the population of this globe within the next 15 to 20 years. one billion. where is their energy going to come from? can
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i invite my colleagues to come to the other side of the aisle that my district has more wind energy than california. see what we do with regards to solar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mrs. fischbach: i yield the gentleman two more minutes. the speaker pro tempore: recognized. mr. pfluger: come to my district to see that in this energy expansion it's going to take every available source of energy. most importantly, it's going to take reliable energy. base load energy. sources that are pry harry -- pry harry -- primary. we certainly don't need to go the direction our friends in california have gotten used to with rolling blackouts. and we don't need higher taxes. every american family is struggling. the solution is literally directly below our feet. it is literally at the hands of
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the most innovative and experienced entrepreneurs, engineers, hardworking patriots. it's here. we can provide that reliability and reduce dependency. i urge my colleagues to cast their vote for the american family. for the senior on fixed income, for the small business owner, and for energy security. let me issue a warning. if we continue down this path, it will end in energy poverty right here in this country. those that will be affected most are the vulnerable in our population. 9 ones -- the ones disconnected from their energy companies. the ones who can't afford to do anything because energy costs are so high. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 8749, which would strike the new tax on natural gas and get us on a path once again to energy dominance, energy
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security, and reliability. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: thank you, madam speaker. i remind my friend, mr. pfluger, this bill is about separating loans. it's not about the energy policy, although i'll address some of his remarks in a second. this is about the some 14,000 people that have took advantage, clearly, of consolidating loans but since that point there's been some disruption in their marriage. so we now have people, as i mentioned earlier, that have been divorced for 17 years still burdened by a student loan of their ex-spouse. in that particular instance an ex-spouse who had been abusive and continues to refuse to pay his share of the loan. so this gives the spouse who was in the abusive relationship, the spouse who can't find the
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ex-spouse to help take care of this joint loan, the ability to separate, take care of their own loans, and take advantage of other programs that we in the congress, the administrations, democrats and republicans, have put into place. like the public loan forgiveness. if you are working for the government in some instances, you can get credit for that service. many of these people have been unable to take advantage of that. so that's what this bill is about. that's what this rule is about. now, as to my friend i'd say to him, you know, gas prices, i don't know about texas, maybe texas got higher gas prices than colorado, but in colorado the gas prices are dropped $1.30 to $1.50 over the course of the last four months. to the point where it's under three bucks. i would just refer my friend to an article in the "new york times," i would ask to be able
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to insert it into the record entitled u.s. gas prices have fallen for 91 straight days. a big releerve leaf for consumers. i'd also -- big relief for consumers. i'd also say -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection. did you offer that? mr. perlmutter: sorry. didn't give you a chance to accept it. my apologies. was there an action? no objection. i don't want you to. i don't want you to. as it relates to inflation -- i was on a roll until i forgot to ask for its acceptance. with respect to inflation the gentleman is correct. there has been on a year over year basis a jump of about 8%. 8.3% i think he mentioned. since the beginnings of the year that has fallen dramatically, over the summer we saw deflation in a couple months, most recent
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inflation report in august was it rose .1%. annualized that's 1.2% inflation rate now because we are seeing prices drop, particularly in the energy sector. as much as my friends on the other side would like to wish we had inflation, it's going away because we have been able to pass legislation like the inflation reduction act. which takes a good look at both climate responsibilities that we have in urging and incentivizing towards renewable energy, but it also has a huge piece in there to allow us to negotiate prescription drug prices and bring those down. i would say to my friends on the other side, this bill is about dealing with loans, consolidated loans that now need to be separated. but on the subjects brought up,
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i can tell you that inflation is dropping based on the most recent reports, and gas prices are falling. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mimrs. fischbach: thank you, mam speaker. we did address some of the issues that we have and the concerns we have regarding the bill that is in front of us. we also offered a previous question. because we should be talking about energy. the american public is concerned about energy independence and what is happening with energy. how they are going to cool. in my case in minnesota how we are going to heat our homes. it gets cold in minnesota. people are concerned about how they are going to heat their homes this winter. and what they'll have to cut out of their family budget if prices continue to rise on heating their homes. i would like to yield four minutes to my colleague from north dakota to discuss it even
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further. it's cold in north dakota, too. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. armstrong: it's nice right now. but we are on the way to winter. saying gas prices dropped for 90 days in a row is like giving a medal to an arsonist to help put out a fire he started. prices are not lower when president biden took office and other energy prices are continuing to rise. i want to see the report that says inflation has gone down. i have seen it has gone up in the most recent numbers to 8.3%. i think there was great dueling cryons going on as we were celebrating a reduction act while the stock market is tanking and a new report that inflation is going up. i would urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question so we can consider commonsense policy that would reverse the decisions by 220 democrats in this chamberle to tax energy
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producers and raise prices on kowm -- consumers. the small and medium oil and gas companies are the reality of the companies in states like mine we are will go taking steps to reduce pollution in an economically viable way. these small and medium companies are the one that is drive energy protection, particularly in north dakota. and are going to be double regulated from the well head to the market. the structure of the methane program sun wieldy, burdensome, and only serve to increase prices for consumers. we have seen just that. in new york a typical customer's electric bill are expected to increase by 29% from last year, 29%. ratepayers in new hampshire saw the price of electricity double over the summer. with one in six families falling behind on their utility bills and winter around the corner, the last thing we need are policies that make it more expensive to produce energy in the united states. we need to make the handcuffs
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off domestic producers and deliver affordable, clean, and reliable energy. in any rational place in the world, california's energy policies where they are demanding electric vehicles by 2035 and two days later ask people to not charge their electric vehicles and the energy policies of our allies in germany and other countries in europe that are seeing the highest utility rates of any civilized country in the world would be a big bread blinking -- red blinking stop sign. we are not in a rational world. we are in washington, d.c. and instead of taking the time to reflect and take reasonable steps to ensure that our country doesn't go down the same path as these other places, we double down on policies that will not work. but that have the added benefit of not doing anything to clean up the environment. i urge everyone to defeat the p.q. so we can go back and deal with an energy policy that's based in reality and not
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ideology. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: thank you, madam speaker. with respect to the bill that we have in -- before us and rule we have before us involving the separation of these loans, i would just say there was a woman named angela who is on the hook for nearly $200,000, been divorced since 2016, what she owes is five times what her initial loan was because of this joint -- consolidation of loans. she suffered from domestic violence. and has had her credit score drop like a rock. she's faced with crippling debt. and until we are able to uncouple and decouple these joint loans through this
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separation loan act, she's going to continue to be burdened by something that really is not her responsibility. that's the bill we are here to really debate and discuss senate bill 1098, and obviously the rule is to allow its debate on the floor of this house. this weekend i was out walking precincts. on saturday going back to the energy discussion that we are having, and at one of the houses was a young man getting his ewhrek trickal engineering -- electrical engineering degree at the colorado school of mines. he didn't recognize too many of the candidates, but he did say that he was familiar with the inflation reduction act because it's the first time we have done anything of any real significance for a long time to deal with climate change. and he was very appreciative of that. a gentleman who doesn't have an affiliation. he's not a democrat, not a
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republican. unaffiliated. he was aware of the substantial policy changes and investments we are making to deal with extreme climate that we face all across this country. i'm glad it's nice in north dakota right now, but across the country we have seen wildfires, at times nobody ever experienced them we have seen terrible floods and continue to see the ocean rise. so there are so many pieces to that inflation reduction act dealing with improving our climate and dealing with the change that i was proud to have supported it. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs.fischbach: i'm prepared to
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close. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentleman from colorado. mr. perlmutter: i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs.fischbach: we did a quick google search because the gentleman from colorado mentioned it and we did a search and in 2019, the gas prices in colorado were $2.14 and currently in 2022, $3.70, those gas prices you may say they are going down, that is a significant increase from 2019. the current bill will not help victims of abuse for a year or more. the republican bill will help them now.
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the bill includes vague language that includes loopholes that allows the administration billions of tax dollars. the republican bill closes this loophole to ensure that those who need the help are the ones receiving it. we owe it to the victims to have a straightforward and efficient process to help them and owe the taxpayers to protect their tax dollars. thank you. i oppose the rule and encourage members to do the same. and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: thank you to the gentlelady. the gentlelady yields. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: i am sure that is true, the situation we faced, gas prices to about 4 1/2 bucks and dropped to $3 and some
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places less than $3. we have a low unemployment rate. so we feel gas prices are going in the right direction. prices generally are going in the right direction. and there are a lot of people to credit for that starting with the president of the united states. but i'm going to yield myself the balance of my time. i want to thank my colleagues for joining me here today to speak on the rule and joint consolidation loan separation act. over the course of the program, more than 14,000 borrowers participated. seemed like a simple concept. joint consolidation loans allowed couples to have one monthly payment with a lower interest rate. but congress never had the plan
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to separate the loans whether it is domestic abuse or economic abuse or you can't find your ex-spouse to have them help carry the burden. to my friends on the other side claim they want to help these borrowers, the opportunity to help them is right here right now. borrowers who have experienced physical or mental abuse from former partners who refuse to pay their student loans say this legislation would set them free. supporting this legislation is the right thing to do to help borrowers who for years have been zouk in these joint loans with no way out. i urge a yes vote on the rule and on the previous question. i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question on the
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resolution. those in favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. for what purpose does gentlelady from minnesota rise? mrs.fischbach: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house for a recess for a period less than 15
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