tv U.S. House Morning Hour CSPAN September 17, 2015 10:00am-12:01pm EDT
byas raised -- i was raped 40 -- about 40 years ago by a man. children and three i did not know if my husband was the father or if the demon that me --me -- that raped host: sorry, we lost you there at the end. sorry to hear about your story. we have to go, the house is gaveling in for their session. live coverage here on c-span. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 6, 2015, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour ebate.
the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip but in o five minutes no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kentucky, mr. guthrie, for five minutes. mr. uthrie: thank you, speaker. i rise today in memory of cameron. tate trooper i believe many watch or saw with horror the news that spread across this country that another one of our public service officers was killed this week. only 31 years old, cameron was shot and killed during an on-duty traffic stop earlier this week. known by his peers and in the community as an athlete,
cameron was an all-state performer in track and was the kicker on the football team in high school. after graduating from north harden high school near fort knox, cameron joined the u.s. navy, turning down a track scholarship. more personally, cameron was a son, an uncle and a fiance. cameron graduated from the kentucky state police academy in january and had been a trooper for less than nine months. among the many condolences that had been shared are those of his former navy colleagues who talked about devotion to our country. while cameron was taken far too soon, his commitment to service and community has not gone unnoticed. i join with all of kentucky's second district in sending prayers to cameron's family, friends and his kentucky state police brethren. we will miss him and are thankful for his service.
i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. quigley, for five minutes. mr. quigley: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, there was a time when climate change was a concern for future generations, a time when we focused on predicting the possible problems and brainstorming the possible solutions, a time when the threat was real but we still had time to act. we had not come face to face with our tipping point. that time has passed. president obama said it best, we are the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change and the last generation that can still do something about it. the time to act is now and the call to action cannot be any clearer. despite the fact that more than 12,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies are in agreement that climate change is real and humans are significantly to
blame, my colleagues continue to debate its validity. well, if the global threats and environment threats aren't proof enough, let me share some of the negative impacts climate change is having on our air quality and public health now. simply put, climate change and air pollution make a dangerous pair. in fact, air pollution is among the most serious indirect health effects of global climate change. the same power plants that release harmful carbon dioxide in our atmosphere also create dangerous levels of soot, smog and ground level ozone. the result is a combination of ozone and fine particles that can have devastating health impacts. in all, 147 million people in the u.s., nearly half of this nation, our nation, are breathing unhealthy air. and the news is far worse in beijing where a new study claims the air is so polluted breathing it does as much damage to the lungs as smoking 40 cigarettes a day.
that is unacceptable. to make matters worse, the warmer temperatures from climate change are only increasing the frequency of days with unhealthy levels of ground level ozone. if emissions of air pollutants remain fixed at today's levels until 2050, warming from climate change alone could increase the number of red -- e alert days by 68%, and in the 50 largest u.s. cities. breathing in ozone pollution to an increase risk to premature death and difficulty breathing. if there are no changes in regulatory controls, the c.d.c. predicts up to 4,300 additional premature deaths. in the united states by the year 2050 from combined ozone and particle health effects. the good news is that air quality has improved dramatically in many american cities over the past 40 years due to the clean air act. the clean air act has a track record of cutting dangerous
pollution and has prevented more than 400,000 premature deaths. in fact, it has helped cut ground level ozone by more than 25% since 1980 and reduced mercury emissions by 45% since 1990. if that isn't enough, the economic value of these improvements is estimated to reach almost $2 trillion by the year 2020. the recently announced clean power plant offers us the opportunity we need to continue to better protect public health. it is projected to contribute significant ozone pollution reductions, resulting in important benefits, including avoiding up to 3,600 premature deaths, 90,000 asthma attacks in children and 1,700 heart attacks. however, the continued effects of climate change and our inability to act are impairing our continued progress. climate change is creating conditions that make it harder for us to clean up our air and reduce pollution. without addressing one problem,
we are limiting our progress on another. unfortunately, members of this body use every opportunity possible to attack the clean air act and now the clean power plan. these unprecedented assaults block, weaken or delay clean air safeguards. as my colleagues continue to stand in our way, we are hurting ourself. climate change is a direct effect to humanity. we need to respond to this growing problem. we may be part of the problem, but we also have the unique opportunity to become part of the solution. pope francis put it best when he said, yet all is not lost. human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves. choosing again what is good and making a new start. i urge my colleagues to heed these words and make a choice
to act on climate change to protect our health. we cannot afford to wait any longer. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from nevada, mr. hardy, for five minutes. mr. hardy: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in order to express my deep concern and disapproval of how this obama administration has continued their assault on federal and private contractors. since taking office, the president has signed a total of 13 executive orders that directly focus on the federal contracting, all of which establish new labor requirements and impose additional financial burdens on contractors. when you also include the 16 new regulations that have been created by these orders, a large portion of contractors who were once able to compete for federal contracts are now being forced out of -- due to these new hurdles. in fact, the number of small
contractors who submit bids for federal contracts have declined by more than 100,000 since 2013. this is unacceptable. while these mandates range from enforcing contractors to provide additional employee benefits to being required to report additional information during this bidding process, the one thing that each of these new directives have in common is that it will take -- we will make it more difficult for small contractors to compete for federal contracts. a prime example of the executive orders known as the fair pay and work force places which the president signed in july, 2014, while intended to award federal contracts to only responsible contractors who have not committed recent labor violations, the actual outcome will lead to additional reporting requirements, increased administrative costs and the potential for a
contractor to be black listed from bidding a federal contract while they prove that they're innocent from the accused infraction. by using executive orders to bypass congressional authority, this is nothing more than an attempt of this administration to implement their agenda without regard for the negative impact it will have on businesses and industries. but unfortunately this agenda extends beyond the federal contractors. the recent national labor relations board ruling, the browning v. ferris industries case, which is more widely known as the joint employer decision, will have a massive impact on businesses, relationships between their contractors and subcontractors, franchisors and franchisees. -- and other agents. in one politically motivated decision to end nlrb redefined
the definition of the joint employer when they determined that a company could be held liable for the labor violation committed by a subcontractor or staffing agency that hired -- they hired. even if this company doesn't have direct supervision over those workers. this sharing of responsibility is nothing more than an attempt to force both parties into a collective bargaining but the result will be much worse. franchisor may decide it's in their best interest to assert authority over the franchisee, to make labor -- labor violations are less likely to occur. but other franchisors may decide it's more effective to end their relationship as a way to avoid the potential issues. essentially the same result could occur with the companies who hire staffing agencies or independent contractors to provide them with temporary
employees or contractors who hire subcontractors to perform skilled labor. as a small business contractor for more than two decades, i understand the unique relationship between a contractor and his subcontractor. in the end, the joint employer decision will disrupt this relationship and potentially discourage future contract arrangements. i ask my colleagues to join with me to demand this administration to stop continual adding burdens to our federal contractors. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes. i rewatched recently one of my favorite movies. "selma" tells the story to register voters in selma, alabama, to the march led by martin luther king. spoiler alert, after being
turned around, threatened, beaten, tear gassed and killed, lack people got to vote in america. john is a member of this body and serves with distinction from the state of georgia. it is among the highest honors my life to know john lewis and to work with him. in fact, i've marched with him and gotten arrested with john lewis outside this capitol building. i highly recommend the movie and i want every citizen and every person who lives here and hope to become a citizen today to watch and learn from the movie "selma." it's a moment in history where voting and citizenship were literally life and death struggles and it was just 50 years ago. the naacp completed an historic 1,000-mile march from selma to washington how we should stand up to bullies using nonviolence and community organizing and empowerment techniques. the way to respond to racism is
to vote. i have been thinking a lot about that recently as the republican presidential field of candidates has fallen in line of a bully who is leading among his party's primary voters. what can americans do when the tail that is wagging the dawley dawg of the republican party when they say most mexicans are murderers and racist? what can we do in reaction to police violence in baltimore and ferguson on mexican and central american immigrants? what can we do when a candidates proposes building a wall to america on our southern border and the response to the other candidates to say we should build another wallop sit canada as well? in the movie "selma" oprah winfrey didn't get mad. she made sure she registered to vote. appeals to a narrow republican electorate with over-the-top racism and below-the-belt immigrant bashing will not get his way to the white house. governor romney got more white
votes than any candidacy in the united states. but he couldn't overcome that the country is more diverse and so are the voters. immigrant bashing are creating a predictable backlash in neighborhoods in my district in chicago. people are calling and coming into my office asking what they can do to push back and very specifically those who are not yet citizens are asking, how do i become a citizen, and those who have not registered to vote are asking how to get that done. in latino nation communities and in every community that thinks calling most mexicans rapists is not the kind of political rhetoric they should go -- that should go unchallenged. people are becoming citizens. my office in chicago is known as a place to go if you want information on the citizenship process. in total more than 50,000 american citizens have come to our office for help in figuring out the process. the demand for information on citizenship has grown so much in my district that this saturday from 9:00 to noon at he institute for latino, i
will be with the u.s. citizenship and immigration service for a free workshop on applying to become a citizen. not only will people get the help to understand the process, we will also help them figure out if they qualify for a fee waiver so the $680 application fee that people have to pay is not a barrier. think about it. there are roughly 8.8 million immigrants with green cards who have lived in the u.s. for five years or more. . or married to a u.s. sit zep tore three years or more and they can pass a background check and qualify for citizenship today. so what i'm proposing is that instead of renewing your green card if you're one of those 8.8 million people, and you get it for $450 for 10 years, you apply for permanent citizenship with a fee waiver and become a citizen for free. that's right. apply for citizenship and you can vote for whoever you want to vote for. and you can even vote against
the guy who called your whole ethnic group rapists, murderers, and drug dealers. that kind of ugly un-american attack is moving people to apply for citizenship and moving citizens to become voters. mr. speaker, today is citizenship day and there are hundreds of citizenship workshops and activities across the country. i'm looking forward to meeting with the hundreds of people who will be working towards their citizenship this saturday in chicago. the way to respond to racism is voting. and in latino and immigrant communities, we are getting that message loud and clear. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts, -- pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to reject the proposal from the environmental protection agency that would increase compliance measures dealing with ozone.
this proposal has been met with bipartisan opposition in pennsylvania. from local, state, and, yes, federal elected officials. as a result of these regulations, three counties in my district, erie, center, and clearfield would fall out of compliance with federal law. this comes at a time when pennsylvania ozone emissions have declined for decades. let me repeat that. this comes at a time when the ozone emission levels in pennsylvania have been in decline for decades. this is an e.p.a., obama administration political solution in search of a problem. the new regulations would trigger an implementation procedure for counties which would make state and local officials answer to the e.p.a. for basic permitting and planning decisions. the regulations would threaten the state's ability to open new manufacturing facilities. by the way the jobs that would come with that.
it would prevent threaten the state's ability to expand current businesses and invest in new roadways. it would also threaten agriculture through restrictions on animal feeding operations due to emissions from animal waste. along with limits on pesticide use. this proposal comes at a time when ozone emissions across pennsylvania have been in decline again for decades. with the state's economy still on the rebound from the great recession, now is the wrong time for new, stringent, and i would argue unnecessary rules from the e.p.a. that could kill jobs. the fact is, mr. speaker, this proposal is the latest in a series of overreaches by the e.p.a., including the clean power plan announced earlier this summer by president obama. that plan will work hand in hand with these proposed ozone limits to kill good-paying jobs. and stifle economic development in pennsylvania and across the nation. furthermore, recent studies have called into question the claim that ozone levels lead to health
issues, especially among children, including asthma. with that in mind these proposed regulations which could be the cost list in the history of this nation will not have any impact on the health of our citizens. there is still time for the e.p.a. to consider the regulation proposals for ozone and coal power plants. as a yepive -- representative of largely rural district, i understand how important it is we be good stewards of the environment. however, that stewardship must be balanced with the protection of industries and jobs which have powered our communities for generations. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. costa, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to speak about the devastating wildfires that are sweeping throughout the western states and particularly much of california.
last week we had over 22 wildfires at one time that were in various parts of california. and what once was a seasonal eshoo now, because of the incredible four consecutive dry years, seems to be year-round. obviously the drought conditions facing california played a big role in the ability to manage these wildfires. and the devastation that has occurred as a result of that has been great. these last four years have been among the driest four years climatologists say we have had in 1,200 years in california and western states. over 70% of california is facing what is considered extreme and exceptional drought conditions. which are among the highest categories that you can face under drought conditions. california's not new to managing wildfires, it's part of living in that state, as well as in other western states. these dry conditions over the last four years have made it
worse. and therefore we need to try to figure out different ways to address this. the fire in fresno county, which is part of the county i represent, has burned over 140,000 acres. and yesterday finally we have gotten up to 67%. this fire's lasted over a month and has closed one of our great national parks, king's canyon national park. last week when i was home, literally ashes were raining on our communities. governor jerry brown has announced a state of emergency for northern california, and the valley fires have been significant, affecting both congressman mcclintock and congressman thompson's district. congressman thompson has lost over 600 homes and threatening thousands more and he's stayed there to protect his district and assist with the fires. at this point the valley fire is only 30% contained. the butte fire has taken 233 homes. as a result of these devastating conditions, these two fires
sadly, two firefighters have lost their lives, and three civilians have been killed. four fires have been taken and hospitalized due to severe burns. we literally have thousands and thousands of men and women that are out there manning these fires. so the question is, what should we do about it? as these numbers sadly continue to rise. well, we need to better manage our forests. we need to help alleviate and cut down on the fuel that is there through the brush that has made these fires incredibly spread in conditions that we had never foretold in the past. wildfire suppression and bert managing our forests is a key to doing this. the funding that we provide for natural disasters like fema for hurricanes and for earthquakes ought to be the way that we fund -- manage to put out these fires. we have exceeded over $1 billion in the u.s. forestry
department's budget and have completely overrun our ability to provide funding. currently the u.s. forest service is using money that was supposed to be allocated forest clean up to prevent fires now simply using that money to put the fires out. we must put our political differences aside and pass legislation that will alleviate this crisis in western states and in california as well. in addition to getting legislation passed to provide for putting fires out, we need to put legislation together that would, in fact, in the future manage our forests better. in july i introduced legislation with congressman valadao on western states water and american food security act. this is a part of a longer effort to deal with this issue. this legislation is the first step toward passing a bill that can provide additional tools for california to manage the drought. this bill addresses a number of solutions to fix california's
broken water system. they include improved operations governed by the latest science that allows us to move more water when it's available. additional storage capacity. increased water recycling and reduce use. improved water efishency. and conveyance solution that minimizes the use of the ecosystem and infrastructure that balances the water needs for all of california. this is but one of the tools that we need to address. we have legislation in the house. we have legislation in the senate. i hope this fall we'll be able to work together in a bipartisan fashion to pass this important legislation. certainly these wildfires tell the public and the public tells us that we must do something about this. it must be a priority that we get something signed into law this year. before the rainy and snowy season begins. lord knows we hope it rains and snows this winter. people in california, people in our valley that has been ground zero for the drought impacts, and people in the west want
congress to act. so i would urge my colleagues to take the appropriate action and pass much necessary legislation affecting drought conditions in california and western states. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. loudermilk, or five minutes. mr. loudermilk: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, throughout our lives here on earth, god places in our path certain people who influence our lives. help shape who we are and ultimately help us to understand our purpose. a couple years ago i met someone whose optimism, faith, and valor in the face of difficulty has had a great influence on me, my family and our entire community. i met mr. david hyde in 2013 who, at that time, was a small business owner in cartersville, georgia. and at that time i was a relatively unknown candidate for congress who was promoting the idea that america's days are
still ahead of us if we define where we are going and aggressively set a course to get there. david quickly became a supporter and friend. although many had lost hope in restoring america's greatness, david was a breath of fresh air. his patriotism was inspiring. his optimism was infectious. and his energy he invigorated me ith a willingness to fight on. david and i share a vision to restore our struggling nation to one that is free, safe, and full of opportunity. we both believe that we can turn the tide and give our grandchildren a nation better than the one we inherited. but of course it will take a lot of hard work. within two weeks of our introduction, david was given e news that he had eoff geal cancer and it was spreading. now after nearly two years of quite literally putting up the fight of his life, the cancer is quickly taking david's life. the time my friend has left with his wife and children is no longer measur in months or weeks but in days.
realizing that any day could be david's last, i recently asked david if you had the ability to speak to the american people what would you say? mr. speaker, in response to that question david sent me the following words of encouragement to give to the people of this great nation. david wrote, i recently had the honor of going to lunch with a friend just days before he shipped off to join the navy. as we sat enjoying our meal, i saw in the eyes of my friend a young man who was proud to be given the opportunity to serve his country. the more we talked, the more he reminded me of anotr young man who 35 years earlier had also left home and family to join the navy. the similarities between the two of us were not lost on me and it reminded me of all that america held for a young man like me back then. while my vision of sailing the high seas and protecting the land of free may have been jaded by old black and white movies i grew up watchg, the dream of doing something that really mattered was alive and real to
me. while america may have gotten off course, the goal of why we served has ver changed. we have lost many of the freedoms we once held, but i believe we are noto far gone from those days that with hard work, sacrifice, and turning our eyes back to god they cannot be restored. my life is a living example of god's restoration powers. it doesn't appear god will heal my sick body, but i know that i the land i am soon going to enter i have already been granted a new body, a perfect one. which i will have for eternity. that, my friend, is restoration. just as he will restore me, i believe he can rtore our nation to the greatness once saw, but it will only be possible if we turn our affections back to him. the road to restoration is not easy as i can personally attest. it is hard, painful, and discomforting, but when your eyes are on god not your
problems, the path is easier to endure. he ha set out a clear plan with guidelines that aren't hard to follow as our founders understood we may have battles to overmanycome and wilderness to cross but we must not be paralyzed by fear of the unknown for it is in god we trust. when leading the israeli identities are from bondage, moses had to lift his rod over the red sea in complete trust before god parted the waters for safe pass ang. he trust -- passage. he trusted god and forged on. although he faced insurmountable odds, the fea of the unknown didn't stop joshua from forging on. during the darkest hours at valley forge, washington didn't give up but dug in and put his faith in the providence of god. leaders who do what is difficult or seems to be impossible are the ones who carry the team forward. we must honor god and know that his plans for us include only one thing, his glory. f we are in it for him, we win f we are in it for ourselves we lose. just as my young friend went out
to serve the u.s. navy without a clearly defined path but relying on his authorities to lead him, we must know if we are to turn our con-- return to our country's traditional values, we need to study our histry, find men and women willing to add hear to the founding principles and taten ourselves for a brighter future led but intellectually chosen authorities. . who is your leader? my best advice as a man looking backwards with 20/20 vision is to decide now whom you'll serve and proceed in a manner worthy of your calling. david c. high jr. thank you, david, for these words of inspiration and hope. god bless you, my friend, as you forge ahead in faith and trust in god almighty. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota, mr. nolan, for five minutes. mr. nolan: thank you, mr. speaker.
mr. speaker, members of the house, we have six legislative days until the government of the united states shuts down for lack of funding. why? well, because the republican leadership here in the house has failed to bring forth critical appropriations bills to fund the government. so as a result of that, we are faced with the need to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government. and yet we have leading members of the congress here threatening to shut down the government rather than to put forth on the house of representatives here a bipartisan bill for a continuing resolution to fund the government. instead, we have partisan after partisan after partisan legislative measures brought before the house here under closed rules that the leadership knows isn't going to go anywhere but is introduced for the perceived notion of
partisan game. and yet the hard, simple truth is that the american people want the congress to put their part sanship aside and to go -- partisanship aside and go to work, start fixing things, find common ground, rebuilding the middle class, creating jobs and restoring the american dream. they surely don't want another government shutdown that puts people's jobs, families, our government and our national security at risk. mr. speaker, members of the house, the congress of the united states needs to come to washington and to go to work, and if the congress doesn't do its job and get its work done, then congress shouldn't get paid. the working men and women of america don't get paid when they don't come to work. why should the congress get paid? and that's why i introduced the government no pay act, to prohibit members of congress
from getting paid during a shutdown of the congress' only creation. because people in this country, they don't want a shutdown. they want to see the congress go to work, find common ground, fix things, get things done, rebuild america with a transportation bill, not another kick the can down the roared short-term fix. they want jobs -- road short-term fix. they want jobs with good-paying benefits, not a trans-pacific partnership agreement that sends our good-paying jobs overseas. the american people want accessible health care for our veterans as indeed they should be receiving. now the trip to kingdom come every time a veteran needs medical america. the american people want protection for social security and medicare and not -- and to recognize these are not
entitlements, these are benefits the people worked hard for, they started to pay for the first day they ever went to work. they surely don't want to see those benefits turned over to wall street and to the big insurance companies. so mr. speaker, members of the house, if the congress doesn't go to work, it shouldn't get paid. more importantly, the congress needs to go to work and bring these measures under open rules before the full house of congress because that's how you find common ground. that's how you get things done. that's how you fix things in america. the american people want it. they deserve it. and they have every right to expect it. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from west virginia, mr. jenkins, for five minutes. mr. enkins: thank you, speaker. like the majority of the american people, i was
disgusted and agered by the recent videos showing planned parenthood officials apparently willing to sell the tissues and organs of aborted babies. that's right. i said babies. not a glob of tissue, as some would suggest. i have always been unapologetically pro-life, and such horrific actions is beyond words. that is why i come to the floor today to urge my colleagues to support the defund planned parenthood act, which will cut off federal funding for planned parenthood until the house conducts a complete and full investigation into the organization's abortion practices. i am also pleased that this legislation will reallocate federal funds currently being used to fund planned parenthood's abortion services
to community health centers and other clinics that help provide preventive care to women without performing abortions. women's health is extremely important, and it is my belief that the funding currently being used to fund planned parenthood's abortion agenda will be better used by helping our local clinics provide vital women's health services without promoting the malicious practice of abortion. mr. speaker, it is clear that the majority of my constituents in the third congressional district of west virginia want to see a culture of life promoted in washington, not a culture of bar barret and lack of -- barbarity and lack of respect for life. my constituents deserve to know that their taxpayer dollars are going to organizations that represent their values and beliefs, not to organizations
that are determined to push their own agenda that goes against the will of the american people. i urge my colleagues to support the passage of defund planned parenthood act of 2015 and to promote the sanctity of life and listen to the american people and my constituents when they say they've had enough of their hard-earned tax dollars being spent to promote planned parenthood's pro-abortion agenda. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. veasey, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to address a very important issue that continues to trouble the american people and that's the republicans'
obsession of denying a woman and familiar lie's access to family services like birth control. the republicans' outdated views on family planning do nothing to empower women and nothing for families and their success in the 21st century. the latest round in republicans' battle against women's access to health care is yet again an attempt to eliminate federal funding for planned parenthood. this debate, and let me be clear, this debate has been riddled with lies and deliberate misinformation designed to shock the american people while needlessly demonizing one of the nation's leading women's health care providers. mr. speaker, i think it's time that we talk about a few things and clear up some issues and talk about the facts in this. since its inception, planned parenthood has empowered millions of women nationwide by providing affordable access to contraception. cutting off federal funding would cripple planned parenthood's ability to provide this crucial service for our
nation's women. the two primary sources of federal funding for planned parenthood come from two programs, medicaid and title 10 family planning. these programs were created as a safety net to provide low-income individuals with access to critical medical services that they would otherwise be forced to forgo to their high costs, such as birth control. together, these programs account for over 40% of planned parenthood's operating budget. stripping these dollars would severely decrease planned parenthood's ability to provide care for 2.7 million people that they serve every year. and let me tell you what this means. this means millions of the nation's poor women would not only be at risk of losing affordable contraceptive services and counseling but also their access to breast and cervical cancer screenings as well as testing and treatment for s.t.d.'s. it's important to understand that for those who are
uninsured this is the only way to get this life-saving care. this will mean 400,000 fewer pap smears for women, 500,000 fewer breast exams and 4.5 million fewer s.t.d. tests and treatments nationwide. and let me be clear. it's not just democrats' districts that will be affected. if go outside the dallas-fort worth metroplex, these smaller areas, those are republican districts and they have low-income women and they will be cut off from this funding and this treatment. and all this is at risk because of republicans' objections to planned parenthood providing safe and legal access to abortions. this is less than 3% of what this organization does and in accordance with federal law, no federal funds go to cover abortion services.
another faulty argument made by republicans is that the nation's community health care centers could absorb the work that planned parenthood currently does. i love community health centers and i appreciate the work that they do because they really do serve the underserved, but the idea that these facilities would be able to provide adequate services to nearly three million additional people who would suddenly be without care is simply unimaginable. community health centers rely on other sources for affordable care to alleviate the strains of residents' needs sources like planned parenthood. this is not imagined. i've seen it in the state of texas. i visited community health care centers in the district that i serve, and they are very overwhelmed as a result of the void for health care services purposely created by the republican state legislature. one of the things you always hear republicans hollering about is how much they want to
save taxpayers' money, but let me tell you something. what happened in my state of texas in 2012, governor rick perry and the republican state legislature banned planned parenthood from participating in the medicaid women's health program, a joint initiative that saved texans millions of dollars. in medicaid and prenatal and delivery costs to the prevention of unplanned pregnancies, and today 30,000 fewer women are receiving that care. medicaid claims are down by 26%, and texas taxpayers are now paying the full price to support the state's community health centers. republicans wasted lots of money. and so where does that leave us today? i'll tell you, a lot of these anti-abortion groups and their political allies have created this partisan debate by releasing a series of deceitfully edited videos casting planned parenthood in a
negative light. let me tell you these videos are a sham, they're lies and they do absolutely nothing to help increase access to the critical services that planned parenthood provides for women. documents and testimony submitted to the energy and commerce committee during a wasteful and unnecessary investigation showed that absolutely no evidence exists to substantiate claims that planned parenthood violated the law in any way. in fact, their fetal tissue donation program is not only compliant with federal law but goes well beyond the law's requirements. so mr. speaker, i urge my republican colleagues to cease their fruitless fight against birth control because we know this is really what this is all about. and planned parenthood and women's health and get to the job of governing. we all want women to have access to the health care they need to stay healthy for their family, because let me tell you in my family and in families around the country, that if mom is not healthy the rest of the
family is not healthy. that is why i choose to put people before politics and stand with women, families and all the people of texas and america and my support of planned parenthood. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. jolly, for five minutes. . mr. jolly: thank you, mr. speaker. one year ago this month the president of the united states addressed the nation proposing his strategy for a war against isis. he struggled with what the mission was. we as a nation engaging to degrade isis? to defeat isis? to destroy isis? then the question arose in this body at what level do we engage? do we consider an authorization to use military force? something that is proper under our constitutional authority. yet one year later we have not considered an authorization to use military force.
we have not had the debate over what is the role of this body and our current foreign policy and current national security strategy against isis. the only portion that we were willing to touch was the request to arm and train syrian rebels. and this body, i believe wrongfully, authorized and appropriated half a billion dollars, $500 million torques train syrian rebels. to train syrian rebels. yesterday we heard from top forces in the middle east that there are either four or five individuals engaged as syrian rebels confronting isis. $500 million. five people. the president's strategy against isis has failed. isis continues to grow geographically. continues to be enriched. russia's hand is strengthened. iran has increasing leverage every single day.
mr. speaker, the architects of terror today are emboldened, but they are embolden not only by the failure of this administration's polcy, they are emboldened by the failure of this congress to do our job. where are we in this debate? where's this congress on whether or not we are going to consider an authorization to use military force? where are we today on the $500 million that has now trained five people? do we stand behind that decision as a body? i hope we do no. the bigger question we have to ask, and it's a hard question, are we a nation at war today with isis or are we not? and if we are, are we willing as a nation to accept human and economic consequences that comes with conflict? the frustration you hear in my voice is the frustration we hear in the voices of the american people across the nation every single day. it is a frustration about what this body does not do. we should be having a debate over the authorization to use military force. i don't know how that debate
turns out. nobody wants to go into conflict. but we don't get to choose the threats that come our way. we only choose our response. one year later we have no response. all this is through a lens of an agenda we continue to fail to do. let's give voice to the american people on issues like border security and immigration reform, on transportation, on a budget that finally balances. the frustration is not that we haven't achieved these things, it's that we haven't wean engaged in a legislative fight to begin to advance the agenda that is right for the american people. we are elected to be custodians of the public trust. and we fail that public trust every day we fail to consider the issues that are of most significance to the american people. to honor the constitutional responsibility we have under article 1, we have spent the last two years cloaking ourselves in the article 1 authority of the congress every time the president overreaches. and we have rightfully done so. just as we cloak ourselves in the article 1 authority, we have to recognize article 1 brings
responsibility. we have failed to honor the responsibility that we have under article 1. we have an obligation to have a very hard debate about whether or not we are a nation at war with isis and whether or not we are doing anything in the face of the president's failed policy to actually confront the automobile threat of terror of a regime that wishes to bring harm and destroy the united states of america. this body has failed to engage in that debate, mr. speaker. i ask with the utmost conviction of this member but frankly the people who give me the honor to represent them in this house, let's give voice to the american people, voice to the people we represent here in this body and let's finally have that debate. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, for five minutes. thank you, mr.n: speaker. i rise today to denounce the
unjust sentence of almost 14 years that was handed to human poledo in vist leo venezuela. who is picture heered in this poster with his slogan which says, wanting a better venezuela is not a crime. liberate leopoldo. sentenced along with him is human rights activist christian, angel, and martine. three students whose charge public nclude instigation, damages to roperty, andarson. all false charges. their crimes were nothing more regime, ding up to the
the corrupt illegitimate greem -- regime in venezuela and demanding a better country that would have respect for human rights, that would have freedom of the press, and that would have free and fair regime, the elections and other universally recognized rights as this says demanding a better venezuela is not a crime. except it is in venezuela. democracy advocates are harassed. they are abused. they are imprisoned. they are beaten. some are even killed. yes, killed. we cannot stand idly by while democracy and due process are ampled on in our own hemisphere. democracies like brazil, mexico, colombia, and chile, they should the u.s. in advocating for democracy and stability for venezuela. and freedom for the many political prisoners who are languishing in the gulags. i urge the obama administration to immediately sanction the judge, prosecutors, and those
o led this the u.s. in politiy motivated kangaroo court against leopoldo lopez against these students, and against so many. the president can use the power granted to the executive branch when we passed here in the u.s. house of representatives and in the united states senate the venezuelan sanctions legislation last year. the president must act. thank you, mr. speaker. let's hope that he does. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman rom tennessee -- ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, i rise to denounce so many human rights violations that are occurring throughout the hemisphere. whether it's venezuela or my native homeland of cuba. and as the pope prepares for his historic trip to motivated kangaroo cuba this
weekend, he should meet with those people like the political prisoners who share common interest of peace and justice with the catholic church. the church stands for liberty, it defends the freedoms of oppressed people, the freedoms to pursue one's goals and dreams without having to live in fear. but the castro regime, it stands for the complete opposite. it stands for oppression, for violence, for hatred, for injustice. and i would urge his holiness to meet with those who truly defend the values for which the church stands. people like this young man, a graffiti artist, a young man who is only known communist cuba as his government. his name is el sexto, means the sixth one in reference to some other charges. he has been behind bars
fundraise nearly nine months. he's been on a hunger strike to protest the brutal castro regime. and what did he do? this is what he did. he had a picture of two farm animals and he put the names of fidel and raul on them. for that he has been imprisoned with no contact with the outside world. and in january, another young man, a cuban rapper, was sentenced to a year in prison just because he used music to criticize the castro regime. a regime which has not unclinched its fist against the cuban people. if yesterday, pro-democracy ader perez,, and 10 of his activists of the organization national civic resistance front, announced that they have begun a fast in an attempt to get a meeting with his holiness to raise the plight of the suffering cuban people.
these are just a few of the prisoners, mr. speaker, who have received harsh sentences after president obama signed and announced this ill-fated deal with the castro regime on december 17. reports indicate that the castro regime is planning on releasing re than 3,000 prisoners in vance of the pope's visit to cuba. you will think, hey, that sounds like a good idea. remember this, many of those prisoners should have never been in jail in the first place. by the way, political prisoners like el he sexto for doing art work, he will not be included in that number. no political prisoners will be freed. that's not anything new, mr. speaker. cuba. you will think, hey, that sounds like a good 1978, fidel castro released almost 3,le00 political
prisoners ahead of jimmy carter's visit. in 1998, fidel castro released 300 prisoners ahead of pope john paul's visit. and in the year 2011, raul castro released nearly 3,100 ahead of pope benedict's visit. yet the castro regime has detained an unprecedented number of cubans this year. so with all these people being freed this year, an unprecedented number of arrests in cuba of political activists. we can be sure that before the pope's visit, during the pope's visit, and after the pope's visit more innocent cubans 1978 be detained by the regime and thrown into castro's gulags. this tactic is nothing new and it is not indicative of a change of policy by the evil despotic castro regime. it is just a political propaganda farce. will the pope see this cynical move for what it is? we shall soon see, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from tennessee, mrs. blackburn, for five minutes. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. chairman. i am here this morning to speak about the investigations into planned parenthood and to the sale of fetal tissues. we are beginning this process in our energy and commerce committee, and we are approaching this in a thoughtful manner beginning these investigations as we look at life rights. and focus on the lives of these unborn children and the mothers who have gone through this process. you know, it is so interesting to me as we have this discussion of fetal tissue sales and what all has transpired in the selling of these tissues that we look to science. what science has shown us is
that these are not blobs of tissue. these are babies. and this weekend i had the opportunity to go to a baby shower and a very excited grandmother showed me the sonogram, the picture of her unborn granddaughter. all right named -- already named, being celebrated. as we looked at it we could distinguish these features of this child yet unborn, but this child, fully formed, and developing. and sleeping in their mother's womb. and there was great excitement to celebrate this arrival and we know that this is a fight worth ving and a process worth ending as we look at the selling
of these fetal organs and what has transpired. now, everyone is familiar with what happened with kermit gosnell in his house of horrors. we know there was a conviction. but what we have learned is those convictions are very rare. and we have moved now to the video footage that the center for medical progress released and we see that this is absolutely sickening, abhorrent. these videos have raised a lot of suspicion about what has transpired in these planned parenthood affiliates and in these clinics. and questioned as to whether they have systematically and repeatedly broken laws. and i will, for the record, submit the detailed laws
obtaining informed consent for fetal tissue. how was that approached? killing infants born alive after an attempted induced abortion. who are the persons entitled to legal protection here? . as you look at a botched abortion and you have a child born alive, all of a sudden you got two patients there that you are considering. . deborah nuke tala, seen -- nucatola describes harvesting human tissues. in one of the videos she talks about crushing this part of the baby in order to get a good specimen. to talk about her casual manner
is sickening but it also may violate some of the federal laws which prohibit alteration of abortion procedures to obtain fetal video. another video a technician is saying, i'm sitting here looking at this fetus and its heart is beating and i don't know what to think. i don't know if it's technically dead or alive. imagine that. imagine that. this baby, if it arrived in a hospital with a nicu and doctors surrounding it there would have been a rush to make certain that life was saved. and god bless those nicu specialists who work with these preemie babies. we have all spent time with them and are grateful that they are there. the defense of abortion as a
matter of reproductive choice is wearing thin. reproductive rights -- let's discuss life rights. it's constitution day. the right to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness. you know, we've got several bills that our members are bringing forward. i will submit these for the record along, mr. chairman, with those democrats that voted for the born alive infants protection act of 2002 which was passed in this house by a voice vote. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until
they will take up the rule for two, one limiting what some call frivolous lawsuits. the other would streamline environmental reviews for major energy and infrastructure projects. later on the house will move on to the rule tore two other bills. one would defund planned parenthood for a year unless the group stops performing or funding abortions. the other would add legal protections for babies born alive during abortion procedures. the house gaveling back in at noon eastern. in the meantime we'll take you over to a senate hearing, the banking committee meeting to hear about the nomination of adam szubin to be undersecretary for treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence dealing with terrorist financing. that's adam szubin on the screen. he's the acting secretary, undersecretary. this has been under way for about an hour. live coverage here on c-span. >> that you have treasury to the president's interagency
to monitoring and combating human trafficking in persons. this is the key agency for any money laundering programs. so i will now if you'll commit to working with me to make sure that both regulators and the financial industry are doing everything possible to shut down financing for human trafficking. mr. szubin: senator, i'm pleased to make that commitment. i couldn't agree more about the severity, i think the escalating severity of the threat. i think you'll be pleased to hear that i was being briefed earlier this week by the director of fnsa about their efforts and they've seen a tremendous jump in reporting from financial institutions after finsn put out an advisory alerting financial institutions to sort of the red flags or hallmarks of human trafficking
in terms of the financial transactions, they've gotten thousands of suspicious activity reports that are then accessible to and harnessed by law enforcement, state, local, around the country. so i think there's a lot there, but there's so much more to do. and it all starts with intelligence or law enforcement work to be able to lead us to the bad actors. we have a lot still ahead of us. senator warner: well, i appreciate that very much. human traffickers need the banking system, and stronger financial regulations give us the tools to shut them down. so this is something that i want to make sure that we make a priority. it matters to people all around the world. so thank you very much, mr. szubin. >> senator donnelly. senator donnelly: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. szubin, thank you and your whole family. going to take your boys out afterwards and turn them into notre dame football fans before the day is over.
mr. szubin: well-behaved notre dame football fans. proud to see you do it. mr. donnelly: and to your family. i know how much you've traveled. to your family, thanks. it's really, really important and it's helped make our country a stronger place. and helped save lives. mr. szubin, with the agreement that was just voted on, a big portion of this is not just a nuclear piece, as you know, but what's going on in the ground in the middle east every single day, and much of that success we will will have is going to rest on what you and your colleagues do. and so i just want to make sure what creates confidence in israel for saudi arabia, for jordan, for those gulf states is when they look and see iran has not moved one more inch on the ground. when they see that missiles being interdicted. i'd like to know, for instance,
for hezbollah, what are the -- to interdict missile and weapons systems to make sure their inventory goes down and we hope to zero. mr. szubin: i have been personally -- my office has been personal low focused on the threats you're referencing. sadly, i don't think we're going to bring their inventory down to sdemrour, but we still need to do everything we can to interdict any shipments we see or learn about and to be able to curb, not just the volumes of shipments they get but the sophistication. when i was in israel recently, i was hearing about some very troubling advances in terms of hezbollah's missile capabilities or rocket capabilities and we have to keep them from making those advances because it means deaths. the more precise their rockets are, the more people will die and we know that for certainty. we have to be very focused on this. obviously the bulk of the intelligence and interdiction effort is going to be outside
of my lane, outside of the sanctions lane but we can be helpful in this effort in this a secondary capacity and that's exposing the procurement companies because they don't get these parts indigenously. they need to order technology and some of the sophisticated equipment from abroad. sometimes from places like china, southeast asia. well, that means they're doing financial transactions, that means they're engaging in shipping or airplane cargo shipments, all of those are vulnerabilities that we can target and you've seen my office in the past year go after procurement fronts for hezbollah, including for their unmanned aerial vehicle program. and it's an area we're going to continue to be very focused on in the months ahead. senator donnelly: we cannot leave any stone unturned. if we find a procurement company that's providing equipment, we need to let everybody know who they are. we need to go after them. we need to create more and more additional confidence with our
allies. we need to make sure that the actual instruments of death and danger are cut off and you have a full mission from all of us that we need you to be one of the point people on this effort. additionally, president rouhani was talking about iran's intentions in regard to certain weapons. and that they would not ask for permission or abide by resolutions. how are you going to enforce the arms export and ballistic missile restrictions outlined under u.n. security council resolution 2231? mr. szubin: so those provisions remain in place. notwithstanding president rouhani's words, we're going to hold iran to those commitments in the sense we are going to do everything we can to try to cut off any intended shipments and try to prevent that technology from coming into iran's possession. senator donnelly: some general questions i want to make sure you answered. if you answered them already i
apologize. under the deal, will the irgc still be subject to u.s. counterterrorism sanctions and human rights? mr. szubin: yes. senator donnelly: if you fully enforce sanctions on the irgc? mr. szubin: yes. senator donnelly: will you not hesitate any sanction that engages in sanctionable activity, including entities that's receiving relief from nuclear-related sanctions? mr. szubin: yes. senator donnelly: i know how much time, heart, effort you've put into this but the additional component in this whole agreement is how we do on the ground. the confidence of our friends and our allies is going to be directly related to how successful we are in pushing back and in giving them space to have success, our friends. and so your nonstop efforts in that are crucial as we look forward to and are something
that we absolutely have to have. mr. szubin: thank you, senator. >> mr. szubin, we appreciate your appearance today. you and your family and i believe you're imminently qualified for the job. we'll go from here. thank you. mr. szubin: thank you very much, mr. chairman. kapp kapp corporation corporation [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
>> adam szubin is the undersecretary dealing with terrorist financing. you'll see it later in our program schedule and later you can see it online at c-span.org. they're gaveling out, ending the hearing because of a vote going on in the senate vote in the u.s. senate at this hour. they have until today to complete consideration of the iran nuclear agreement. procedural vote under way on an amendment that would deny iran relief from u.s. sanctions frees american
prisoners there and acknowledges israel's right to exist. and third attempt, cloture, on ending debate on the disapproval resolution. again, the last day today in the u.s. senate. meanwhile on capitol hill at the white house, president obama meeting with secretary of state john kerry. the u.s. house comes back in about 45 minutes and they'll begin work on the rule for two bills, one deals with what some call frivolous lawsuits. the other measure that is under the first rule would streamline environmental reviews and permitting for major energy projects. later today they'll take up the rule for two abortion-related bills. one defunding planned parenthood for a year and the other would add legal protections for infants born alive during abortion procedures. that's later today. first up, though, the rule for that so-called frivolous lawsuits bill and the environmental review. that's at noon. we'll have it live for you here on c-span. until then, part of this morning's "washington journal." on the appropriations committee
so since 1983? >> no it took me over a decade to get on it. 90s. host: okay. but you serve on energy and water ranking member homelandnd defense and security. so this is a water to talk about you. i want to begin with homeland security and national skpaouz what is syria.ng in here is the front page of the "new york times". released a diplomatic offensive offering to to military talks on syria. should this administration hold military to military talks with putin.r >> i hope they're going on behind the scenes perhaps in ways we don't know. branches have a tendency to do that. but i'm probably one of the few
members of congress that syria.ed to in the many years ago ate 90s with lebanese and district.tionals in my and the entire syrian situation is a deep tragedy. gotten it wrong years.syria for 100 and as i walk through that country, and i went to different i saw how s and entrepreneurial the people were, artistry and very putin's country, i thought how did the west ever go? his orthodox faith and the -- if you go through syria and you see the religious
can ry of the region, you see the pull toward the in some ways on the side but they have a muslim population and it'sous religious sects and too bad that we are at this point in the world's history syria. over 200,000 people have been 300,000 at this point. it's just a blood bath and we refugees across europe and what a deep mistake. include ld you president obama on the list of leaders that made mistakes? did his strategy on syria work? > i like to go back to president bush because the united states never should have invaded iraq. i voted no. were all kinds of weapons of mass destruction in iraq and
were not. services knew e that. but we were unable and all the people that were picked at the tkpeupbing to try to put a governmentment and a country back together again. leaned heavily toward one tribal sect, the shia and the sunnis and they became radicalized and that of isis which s expanded into the western part and bled over into the nation of syria. a we see the results of failed policy that extepbsdz over a long period of time, a half deck aide and now. biggest blunder i think in american history in policy.f foreign it has created headlock in that region. >> president obama is in charge
now. senate telling the armed services only 4 or 5 u.s. fighting in s are was after $500 million allocated to train syrian fighters by the united states. or 5 fighting. >> when you pay people to fight same as those who ideological perspective. hat is true throughout that region. if you look at iraq, same problem. you know, we might hold baghdad you go into the iran has effective now culturallyaq a much more complex situation. i think many people the tribal ed affection of sects in that up with d so we end
this array now. i won't speak for president obama. and his hat he administration tried do the best they could with a very broken you can't go into iraq or syria and think you're it.g to run remember colin powell said, you break it you own it. the president envisioned 5400 fighters and now from the "washington post" the is preparing a major strategy shift in syria. the administration said that assad must step down it throw its weight behind forces seeking to oust him. nstead they've been restricted to the separate but overlapping fight against the islamic state iraq.ria and should the administration put the military weight of this overthrow assad? >> i never agreed with overthrowing assad. assad was the -- his father was
middle leader in the eliminated tually qaeda and terrorist organizations. multi-phased society that -- multi-faced society that functions at some level. syria haves towards been ineffectual and backwards for quite a long time. now, it is broken. and i think that at the very highest of the medic levels, our country, along with -- highest diplomatic levels, our country, along with russia and other nations, have to figure out a way to stop the bleeding because next door is lebanon. and that is so fragile at this point and is under the effective control -- well, the strongest
institution there is the hasnese army, but hezbollah effective control of large regions of the country. and they are associated with iran. it looks like iran's expansion dreams in that region are being met, even though they may not have effective control of the formal government that are set in place in those countries. but i think in terms of syria, lebanon, we do need to recalibrate. host: and what is a solution? guest: the solution is not just for the united states to go in and dictate i think we have to have alliances in the region that we work with to try to, first of all, deal with the refugee crisis and to work with jordan, some of our allies, egypt, to try to put together in coalition ifab led possible to temporarily house
those were fleeing and try working with the u.n. -- and i hope president obama uses every opportunity for that -- to put together the kind of coalition in the region to calm the situation because it is -- it is at a tipping point. host: this is one of the images from the papers this morning. asylum-seekers at the border crossing into serbia clashing wednesday with hungarian riot police who responded to -- with tear gas and pepper spray. jim in buffalo, new york. an independent. go ahead. caller: good morning, ladies. i have a quick question for both of you. marcy, i understand there is a movement in congress to cut social security benefits -- for social security disability. first of all, is that true? guest: since i began in the congress, there have always been
threats to social security. i do not support any proposal such as you describe. socialal security -- security is a program that represents earned benefits. large number of seniors in this country survive only because of social security. are inse on disability special programs. there are those who keep looking at those funds and saying that, well, you know, we have to cut because we need money in one of these other funds. but i don't believe that we should take it out of those in our country who have worked hard, who have disabilities after don't need to worry about anything else. they have plenty to worry about. we are a very rich country. we can find ways to meet the needs of those who have difficult challenges -- physical challenges and mental challenges. but there are always those who
are looking at the trust fund and trying to invade it. caller: thank you. greta, very quickly, this drives me knots. is there a lip around your stage so that the seeds don't roloff -- seats don't roloff the stage. -- don't roll off the state? [laughter] host: yes, there is. alexander, a democrat. caller: yes. -- [indiscernible] -- talking about people coming over to the united states. the best plan -- [indiscernible] president reagan told gorbachev to tear down this wall. [indiscernible]
they are not talking about what they -- what they ask in syria and what they're going to do. -- [indiscernible] they never did anything. host: ok. do you want to weigh in on the debate last night? guest: i thought there was a lot of personality that came through last night. i think it was little short on substance. and let me just say, i don't think debates are the best way to actually listen to someone in their reflective -- and their reflective proposals for the country. sometimes it rewards those who have the quickest answer, but maybe not the best answer. i hope there are other formats. i have seen this in my own campaign. sometimes the more relaxed framework like this one with several candidates is better than an actual debate. i want torms of the --
say a word about the refugees from syria and adjoining countries. cofounder of the hungarian caucus also, and it is a tragedy that serbia and hungary and germany are having to absorb this human exit is. atope that nato will look many of our former army bases, military bases, in germany that are still available. they are vacant right now. there is not activity on them. i met with members in ohio district, one of the communities i represent and live in, and we talked about the germans have no theirense -- tents, railway stations are full of people, school auditoriums are full of people, they just absorbed as much as they can. i said what about our former
military bases? ii, we had war displaced persons camps in germany. we have to work as a world to vet people. many of these people want to return to the middle east. we need to work with our allies in jordan, and egypt, in the gulf states to see if there are -- and even russia -- if resettlement could occur in other places in the world can't come back immediately. but within germany itself, to use some of our u.s. owned properties that are currently vacant to give these people shelter. we all know we have a family heritage where people fled from tyranny and war. this isn't the time -- it is a time to be carrying, it is a time to help -- to be caring, it is a time to help.
we have to be very careful working with the u.n. and refugee services. host: is the u.s. doing enough to bring this refugees who want to get out to the united states? the administration saying they will lift the cap, but only about 5000. guest: i think we always have refugee resettlement in this country every year. i think about 70,000 people a year. here we are talking about many more than that. frankly, a lot of those people don't want to come here. they want to go somewhere where they are more familiar. i heard that some of the gulf states were looking to purchase property in some places to make land available. this is going to take time to work through, and this is where our state department, our national security council i think are very important. we have to look at it temporary place to hold people to make sure that life -- they are cared for. many of those children need a medical pair. we have to be better than in the last century in terms of
handling refugees. the world can work it through, everybody can take their fair share. and i think a lot of those folks want to return to the region from which they came. host: greg in illinois, an independent. caller: how are you doing this morning? host: morning. caller: i have to take you to task on your first statement. i agree that bush really screwed up and going into iraq; however, since then, with libya, and bush had nothing to do with the decision to bomb libya and fragments that country. over 45d family, for years, has had control of syria. it wasn't until 2011 went through ngos and our little nefarious cia dealings to have this new civil war. we instigated it. and tens of millions of people have been displaced from their
homeland, and it wasn't bush doing it. it was this administration. host: ok, congresswoman. guest: sir, you raised a very good point, both on libya and on syria. and the removal of secular leaders in that part of the world without replacement, without a government that could sit in place and actually govern. and i simply don't understand what the strategy is. there wasn't a free country in the region. nor a democratic country. they are all bureaucracies or repressive states. so i don't see where it is any better than it was before. we don't like dictatorships. i wouldn't want to live under a dictatorship. what you are correct in that it is sometimes easy to remove a leader, but what replaces that individual? chaos.
maybe there is a long-term strategy you and i don't see that someone else who has perhaps more power than we do is -- about implementing. but it seems human carnage has been far too great. we have a lot to account for as a country. host: a couple tweets. who are we to decide who the leader of syria should be? and this one, every place we destabilize and remove strongmen devolves into chaos. is this successful policy? i also want to ask you about issues on the domestic front because the big debate happening on capitol hill this week, what to do about planned parenthood. and the funding for it. how would you describe your stance on the issue of abortion? guest: i would say that i am someone that supports the law of the land. family, every woman
has a right to make their own decision. child, choose to have a decision within their own family. it is not a decision the government should make. if they choose abortion, for whatever reason, and we don't know whatever -- what every family faces, the government shouldn't pay for it unless the life of the mother is at stake. we lose in our country annually almost 700 women die in childbirth every year. about 23,000 fetal deaths occur every year. 23,000 has gone down over the last century because our neonatal units and so forth in advanced medicine. because it is a moral decision for many individuals, i don't think that the government should
make that choice for them. so i support the law of the land. obviously, that includes the roe versus wade decision to let families make their own decision. and it just seems to me that politics -- these life choices are so difficult for many families. the last thing they need in the delivery room is the government of the united states or some set of organized interest groups on either side of the issue. host: i want to get your reaction to what carly fiorina had to say at last night's debate about this issue of funding planned parenthood. take a listen. [video clip] >> i would like to link these two issues, both of which are incredibly important. iran and planned parenthood. one has something to do with the defense of the security of this nation. the other has something to do it the defense of the character of this nation. you have not heard about it plan -- you have not heard about a
plan about iran from anyone up to. i will make a phone calls, first to netanyahu. the second to the supreme leader to tell him that unless and until he opens every nuclear facility to real anytime, anywhere inspections by our people, not his, we, the united states of america, will make it as difficult as possible to move money around the financial system. and every ally and every adversary we have in this world will know that the united states of america is back in the leadership business, which is how we must stand with our allies. with regards to planned parenthood, anyone who has ideahed the videotapes -- hillary clinton, barack obama to watch these tapes. watch a fully formed fetus on the table. beating its hard to -- heart beating.
this is about the character of our nation. if we will not stand up and force president obama to veto this bill, shame on us. host: congresswoman? guest: well, i don't think we should put the country in a position of shutting down the entire nation's governing structures because of one program. help to find planned parenthood across the country, which provides family planning services to the majority, vast majority, of women who use the services and helps to prevent abortion by careful family planning. in my region of the country, our family planning clinics don't perform abortions. fiorinave heard ms. talk about that child that was on the -- i don't know -- operating table or whatever. and i didn't see the film she was referencing, but we have a number of deformed fetuses that
cannot survive that are born that their legs kick and they have a beating heart, but they have no brain. and that child eventually dies. and the family deals with the grief of that loss. i don't think any political inure should be interfering decisions that individual families have to make and endure the grief that goes with those decisions. so perhaps the child she is talking about could have survived, i don't know. but i would want to know more about that particular situation. host: republicans are trying to defund planned parenthood. either through continuing resolutions to keep the government running because appropriations bills have not all been passed and sent to the president, or budget reconciliation. doesn't matter either way? guest: again, to shut the government down or to hold up
the whole country over one program i think is so misguided and so disruptive and chaotic for the nation. if i could just say one moment as an appropriator, i have spent my left eye to serve my country on a committee that a love and it gets no publicity, but i want people to know the appropriations committee, our people work very hard. our chairman is a republican. he has brought in 12 appropriation bills that should have been voted on on the floor of congress. i was 50 when members worked very hard. we are not presidents of the united states, we are not speakers of the house, but we have done our job for the country. we are architects of everything from the defense budget of the nation to the energy and water policies of our country. each of those 12 subcommittees function as specialists in their area. we feel we reached compromises. we never get to bring our bills to the floor because our power
has been subsumed by a few the leaders in both chambers, who refused to bring our bills to the floor and make political hay for whatever reason out of the hard work we have done. frustrated as a member because we worked -- i don't believe any committee and the house works as hard as we do. with our 12 subcommittees, all the work that our ranking members and our german do, and we have a right to have our bills brought to the floor in regular order. we have not had regular order for almost 15 years and it is really so damaging to the country. now some members care about one issue and they want to derail everything. it is so disruptive to this country and to good governance of the nation. i just wanted to speak out as a member. remember in high school you learned that the real work of congress is in the committee's? yes, it is.
and we want to do our work. we have bags under our eyes because you are doing your work and you get no respect. -- [indiscernible] and then the outside people, the public is confused because we are not operating under regular order and the constitution demands that our committee complete its work every year. you can go right to the constitution and look. we have to do our job and we are being handcuffed. i want the public to know that because there are many good members, republicans and democrats, who are trying to do their jobs. but just like if you companies control the banks and airlines, the same thing has happened in the congress. if you people are trying to control what used to be a more open community -- committee process. thank you for letting me say my piece. host: we will go to thomas, a democrat. caller: yes, good morning, ladies. i have a question for the commentator and the
representative. my question for the commentator is, are there any black editors that are ever allowed on your show? because i don't see a lot of black faces sitting across from you and i know c-span takes money from black cable subscribers. my question -- host: can i answer that real quick? go back and look at our website, c-span.org. journal"he "washington and look at all the different faces and genders and everything we have had on this show. go to our website, c-span.org. you can go to the "series" button right there at the top. we are covering many different events, many different people, trying to get in as many different voices and perspectives as possible. your question to the congresswoman. caller: just a quick follow-up on what you enlightened me to. i would say that if you go back and look at c-span on a monthly basis, you don't see that
diverse blackface anywhere, especially when it comes to something intellectual. maybe on black lives matter or something like that. the proof is in the videos. go back and look at the videos. host: we appreciate the feedback, thomas. absolutely. thank you for calling in and talking about it. caller: my question for the representative. host: yes. caller: yes. you say that you are -- you worked very hard, yet you want to take on this refugee issue. my tax dollars pay for you to take on united states, ohio, people's issues. [indiscernible]- being on this commission, being on that commission? your focus should be on being in -- an ohio and -- ohioan.
we have to many problems are to hear to have our congress people focusing on european matters. our tax dollars pay your salary. host: let's have the congresswoman respond. guest: thank you very much, sir. when we take our oath of office, our responsibility is to protect and defend the constitution of our country and the american people from all enemies, foreign and domestic. and we take a very serious oath. our country has enemies. and part of our job is to make sure -- and i am a member of the defense committee, the home and security committee, the energy and water committee, which has jurisdiction over all of our nuclear weapons complexes -- we are a global nation and, as you well know, there are threats to our country. and we have a responsibility, i have a responsibility, to serve the people of my region. i believe i work as hard as any
member ever has on doing that. you can go back to my constituency and ask. but i also have a global responsibility because of the position of this country. the alliances we have been a part of, what liberties -- liberty requirements ask of us, and obviously because of the united states involvement in wars that i did not support when they were first authorized, particularly the war in iraq. i did vote for the war in afghanistan to go after osama bin laden. but we have become embroiled largely in that region because we were not energy independence. and i am one member that spends a lot of time on trying to move this country toward energy independence so we can have back our security. and we are not energy independent yet. so, i would agree with you.
we have to serve the people who elect us. but we also have to meet the needs of the entire country and our role in the world. host: virginia, a republican. caller: hi, good morning. thank you. marcy, i was listening to your comments on planned parenthood and i completely support your stance on that. and i understand you're on all these other committees, as far as here at home as well as foreign. if we can't take care of our own people, how can we go out and take care of other countries? i understand the refugee crisis over in syria is awful. but it is awful here, too. jobs are being taken away from this country and exported out to other countries, and they are making money off of our backs. these things, you know, you made a good point. congress hasn't been working
together for many, many, many years. and it goes back even further bush you know, the papa administration. this country hasn't worked together well for a long time. it may be perhaps because government is just too big. there are too many hands in the pot. you yourself said that you go into, you know, work and you are working with all the senators and nobody wants to agree. there are just a few who want to stymie situations, who want to, you know, just keep things in a band, nothing is getting done. and they want to put all the blame on just a couple of people. last night, obama got a lot of blame. then bush junior got the blame. the truth of the matter is is that this congress and this government has not worked together for many years. what do you suggest could be done? how can we as a people get back
control of this country and, you know, take control of this awful situation? host: congresswoman? guest: that is a big question. first of all, i think you have to play by the rules. that and the congress means you should not subvert the committee process. the regular order by which congress functioned very well after world war ii and right up until, oh, i would say the mid-1990's. that is when things canada fell off the rail a little bit. i asked myself is this a generational problem with too many me thinkers rather than us thinkers? we have many people that want to work together. but i think the influence of big money and beat all the requirements of running for office today has polluted the environment inside the congress,
and certain people have gained more power because they can raise more money. and that has really changed the dynamic inside the institution. in terms of fixing the problems of the economy -- and we haven't talked a lot about that -- i have a chart that i brought that basically shows how heavily our country has gone into trade deficit. 1980's, deeper and deeper each year. the red represents more imports coming into our country, including energy imports rather than exports going out. closed markets around the world that we have not been able to open up to our goods. and ourse more jobs companies outsource their production elsewhere rather than producing it here. so we have a really -- a real problem on our hands of a slow growth rate. we have had several months -- several years now -- of job
increases, rather than job losses, which was because prior to president obama taking office. but we have these wars that are sucking so much out of are very vitals and we have not been able to reduce our expenditures on those. and that is seeping a lot of the lifeblood of this economy. and i might say that -- it is really a miracle and a credit to the american people we have been able to grow the american economy as much as we have over the last decade or so coming out of that her rent is 2008 recession -- coming out of that horrendous 2008 recession. for example, passing a transportation bill -- they can't agree on funding streams to fix our streets and our bridges and so forth. years ago, we used to pass a transportation bill with no problem. now, because we have financial constraints, the committees are
tied up in knots trying to find a stream of funds to send to the states so we can fix the infrastructure of our country. but those are certain bills. that particular bill should be an absolute must pass because it is a jobs bill and it is investing in this country. my haven't, we have invested so much money in afghanistan, in iraq, and what do we have to show for that? we have been able to secure our borders and try to protect the american people from those who would do us harm, but we really haven't made america energy independent yet. and truly unlock ourselves from those spigots and other parts of the world and diversify our energy economy here at all. our top two accounts were we hemorrhage our oil imports and automotive imports. and when we fix those and become energy independent as a country, we will grow again. host: will your vote to lift the 40 year ban on export oil?
guest: i am very reluctant to do that. first of all, oil is a diminishing reserve and the united states is importing oil. why should we be exporting oil? we should be protecting our strategic petroleum reserves and moving this country toward energy independence here at home. if i believed that we would not pay a price for our own energy security, i would support it. and perhaps others can convince me my position is incorrect. i represent many refiners back home and it is great to live in ohio and pay $1.99 a gallon for gas. we are told if we export to much, prices at home will go out. host: in new york, a democrat. you are next. caller: how do you do, representative? guest: good morning. caller: very eloquent, i must say. i have learned a lot from listening to you. you made a commentary about the
-- the difficulty that the appropriations committee has had sending your bills to congress in a reasonable fashion for the past 15 years. the opposition party is always talking about, you know, run -- run government like a business. and they are so concerned with the cost of government. how much are they costing our government and me as a taxpayer? this is just a generalization. nonsense andical getting in the way of you and new colleagues doing their job, your constitutionally mandated job. guest: you have a really good question that you asked. and if you look at the government contract, let's say you work for a company that bills -- builds veterans'
clinics and you don't know what your bottom-line is going to be because the government hasn't paid you for building that clinic. and you have to delay construction, the costs go up over time. and you don't have certainty. the other thing that happens is the payments to go out to you on time. when is a lot of deferrals you're have to stop this government mentality. it throws the accounting system into chaos. and all the contractors that work with the government can't hire, they have to -- it is very difficult to do business with the government because of that. a studyve never seen that estimates the cost of all these delays, but you have raised -- i might ask for one. that is a very good question. we know this is true whether it is the department of defense, the department of education. and the other thing that happens is the demoralization of the people who work in the different departments. they have been furloughed at different times.
right now, they are getting ready to be for load -- for low -- furloughed. it throws everything into this limbo of uncertainty. and it rolls back progress. that is the net result of being -- of not having regular order. so i am a fighter for regular order. i want to move bills. that was what i was elected to do. let me do my job. let me work with the republicans. we have a lot of good republicans. let me tell you, our kind of people, we never get publicity. i'm glad i'm on the show because nobody pays attention to us. a lot of the work is really hard and boring. for most people, it would be really boring. all the books we have to read, all the ledgers we have to look at. there is never a camera in the room because it takes work. and it takes give and take.
imagine having a $31 billion budget for the department of energy. think about that. billion for all of our research labs, 17 of them around the country, that are inventing the future for america. who even knows about it? we are into the weeds, we are into the specifics. we have a great country. the greatest country in the world. and it is liberty for the world. we shouldn't be little the governments that made this possible. we shouldn't take it for granted. we should respect it, we should elect the finest people, the most honest, most intelligent people we can find because nothing is a given. every generation has to say freedom on its own. .t isn't bequeathed you can't hurt the institutions
that have allowed us to reach this point in our history. and that is what is happening. there is a lot of kicking. and our institutions are strong, but they are not completely invulnerable. host: c-span is in the weeds, and i'm sure we have been looking at some appropriations markups over the years. let's go to calvin. north carolina,an independent. -- north carolina, an independent. caller: kudos to c-span and thank you for taking my call. in 1948 when the state of israel was formed, its leader made the acquisition of atomic weapons a high priority. in 1979, u.s. military experts believe israel tested a nuclear weapon in south africa. why does israel not get brought up in a conversation when we are talking about iran or any other nuclear threat to the united states?
israel has never consented to any inspections. israel has never admitted nor denied owning a nuclear weapon, but they have them. and they certainly never agreed to be a member of the iaea. why does the u.s. government not question israel, one of our partners, about their nuclear program? israel is ank that very, very close ally of the united states in that part of the world. capablee a very military and security structure. iran ient agreement with causeit's going to several countries, including israel, to seek even additional weaponry for their own defense. i think some of the gulf >> all of today's "washington journal" online at c-span.org. and live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern. u.s. house is gaveling in momentarily.
they'll begin with a rule for consideration of two bills. one would streamline environmental reviews for major energy and infrastructure projects. the other one would -- is aimed at improving attorney accountability and limiting what some are calling frivolous lawsuits. the vote on the rule this afternoon. and another bill that would defund planned parenthood for a year and another would add legal protections for infants born alive during abortion procedures. that's later this afternoon. the senate, meanwhile, is in. a third attempt to move forward with the disapproval resolution of the iran nuclear agreement. you can follow that on c-span 2 and now live to the house floor here on c-span.