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investigative panel on the issues surrounding the sale of unborn children's tissue is clearly within precedent, and i hope members on both sides of the aisle will agree that we must get to the bottom of this. we've seen video evidence of children being dismembered to facilitate the sale of their hearts and other organs. few tissues can make us come together like our children and it is my hope that our partisan battles will cease for a brief moment to enable us to have a full investigation into the fate of children at the most vulnerable time of their lives. even for those who support abortion on demand, it should be simple to unite behind the principle that organizations receiving hundreds of millions in taxpayer funds are subject to congressional oversights, particularly when their divisive
practices may violate federal law and are frankly barbaric. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and the resulting investigation. i reserve the balance of my ime. the speaker pro tempore: the jeament from new york is recognized for as much time as she wishes to use. ms. slaughter: to create a select committee to investigate planned paraphernaliahood is a journey with no end, a solution n search of a problem. the chair of the committee on oversight and government reform held a hearing that lasted for hours an badgered the only representative of planned parenthood. michelle richards comported
herself so well. but despite that we're going to do this again. representative chaffetz was asked by wolf blitzer is there any evidence in your opinion that planned parenthood has broken any law? mr. chaffetz responded, no, i'm not suggested they've broken the law. if they haven't broken the law, what are we doing here? there are three committees in the house right now investigating planned parenthood trying to spent today get our colleagues to stop putting them to the select committee which to not comply with regulations have always been, to be fair to both sides committee and let democrats have the same side an information. is even worse, it's
unilateral. we've not every seen that before. why do we spend time and funds and resources investigating an organization that we know has done nothing wrong? because we are dealing with a majority obsessed with taking constitutionally protected health care away from women, many of whom, i may add, are poor. 55 votes that to the to do away with the health care bill called obamacare, you add this and then aparaphernalia he major obsession of the majority is to take health care away from people. that's a little hard to comprehend since we all represent 750,000 constituents, i don't think who would be happy about that so every time we attack planned parenthood, remember you are attacking one in five american women who have used planned parenthood.
women are -- whether to -- whether it's a select committee majorityding data this will use any tact exs. the tactic mrs. chaffetz used were discredited. his hearing materials, one chart in particular, were so misleading that press called it words i'm not alaud to say on the floor of the house. is that what we expect from the select committee? let me say what i expect, a flippant disregard for truth goes against what we came to congress for. we came to govern, to uphold the constitution of the united states and do our best domestically. we are not doing our best domestically. s the house, we have no budget, as a friend of mine said today, thises a majority that can't build bridges, roads, highways, but can sure build select committees. this committee majority decides will spend the time of the taxpayers and money and resources to cut funding for the
same idea that's not happened for 39 years. remember, this has not happened for 39 years. since the appearance of the hyde amendment, not a single federal dollar has been spent on abortions except in very, very rare cases to save the life of the mother. that's right. contrary to what the majority would have the american public believe, planned parenthood spends zero federal dollars on abortions today. that's what the majority select committee would investigate, for 39 years, when that law has never been broken. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from california, congresswoman walters. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. mrs. walters: mr. speaker, i rise in support of house resolution 461. this resolution would create a select panel to investigate a
number of claims related to planned parenthood's activities involving abortion and fetal tissue procurement. like many americans i was horrified by the recent videos which depicted planned parenthood employees cass lousely discussing the trafficking and sale of aborted babies' tissue and organs. as a mother of four, i know nothing is more sacred than the gift of human life. and any organization that puts a price on unborn children must be held accountable. as a member of the house judiciary committee, i am actively involved in the house investigation examining the atrocities committed by planned parenthood. while wie continuing to gather information and determine the nature of their actions, one thing is seb. these practices represent a blatant disregard for innocent life and they must be stopped. by establishing a select panel, we can ensure that we have the
proper tools and time needed to uncover the truth, bring accountability to the organization and justice to the most innocent among us. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina reserves. ms. foxx: i yield the gentlewoman an additional 15 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 15 seconds. mrs. walters: i urge my colleagues to support this measure and stand with me in the fight to defend innocent human life. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from north carolina reserves. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter spp i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from maryland, a member of the committee on oversight and government, mr. connolly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. connolly: i thank the gentleman for yielding. member -- as ranking
member of the -- mr. cummings: as ranking member of the government oversight committee, i oppose this attempt against planned parenthood. last week, two senior republicans, both of whom are now competing to become the next speaker of the house, made stunning admissions on national television within 24 hours of each other. first majority leader kevin mccarthy admitted that house republicans established the benghazi select committee to use millions of dollars in taxpayer funds, taxpayer funds, to damage hillary clinton's bid for president. the next day, the chairman of the oversight committee, chairman chaffetz, admitted on national television that there is no evidence that planned parenthood violated any laws, despite months of investigations. let me repeat that. the chairman of the chief
investigative committee that has been investigating planned parenthood for months admitted on national television that there is no evidence that planned parenthood violated any laws. his admission is consistent with the findings of multiple state investigations in georgia, indiana, massachusetts, pennsylvania, missouri, and south dakota. all of which have cleared planned parenthood of wrongdoing. i ask my colleagues, if the top investigator in the house of representatives says there is no evidence against planned parenthood, why in the world are we considering a proposal to set up a new select panel? i think the answer is the same here as it was with benghazi. it is simply politics. this republican admission obviously argue against continuing with these taxpayer
funded political attacks. yet house republicans are proposings -- proposing exactly the on opposite. they have already squandered more than $4.5 million on the benghazi select committee in one of the longest, least productive and most partisan congressional investigate -- investigations in history. now they want to use the same terrible model to attack the rights of millions of women across the country who rely on planned parenthood for cancer screenings, breast exams and other critical health care services every year. planned parenthood has cooperated with every aspect of the congressional investigations to date. they have produced tens of thousands of pages of documents and planned parenthood president se seal richards testified voluntarily for nearly five hours before the oversight committee.
even chairman chaffetz conceded she has been, quote, very cooperative with the investigation. go ahead -- may i have 30 seconds please? ms. slaughter: i yield the gentleman 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: why do we need this new panel? beased on planned parent hod's exemplary record of cooperation and the tens of thousands of pages of documents the organization has produced in response to congressional requests and the lack of any evidence that the group has violated any laws, there's simply no legitimate basis to adopt this proposal. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, it's those members across the aisle who raise the issue of benghazi that are playing politics. by trying to distract americans from the actual issue we're debating today. the purpose of this resolution
is to establish a select panel consistent with past precedent under democrat majorities to ensure that this house conducts a thorough investigation into the practices surrounding fetal tissue procurement in federally funded organizations that participate in these practices. taxpayers deserve to know what their hard-earned dollars fund and it is incumbent upon us as representatives to ensure that federal funds are directed only to organizations that operate fully within the law. with that, mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from north carolina, mrs. ellmers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina, mrs. ellmers, is recognized for two minutes. mrs. ellmers: thank you, i thank the gentlelady from north carolina for allowing me to speak on the floor today. as a sitting member of the energy and commerce committee, i'm proud to see my committee
taking the lead on this investigation of planned parenthood. as a woman, a nurse, and a mother, i have fully supported the decision to defund planned parenthood but as a representative of of the people, our responsibilities are more than that. e have a responsibility to ask questions that will produce answers. our constituents deserve to know how this organization is using federal funds and they deserve to know which medical services they are actually providing to women. informing this panel -- in forming this panel, we'll begin finding the facts and hold planned parenthood accountable. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina, mrs. ellmers, yields back. the gentlelady from north carolina, ms. foxx, reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter spm i'm pleased to yield one and a half minutes to the gentleman from washington, distinguished ranking member of the committee on armed services,
mr. smith. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized for a minute and a half. mr. smith: i rise in opposition to this resolution. as a member of the benghazi panel, i think what we learned from the benghazi panel is that this house majority is not to be trusted when it comes to formal -- when it comes to forming special investigatory panels. basically they form them for purely partisan reasons as representative mccarthy admitted just last week. second point here is one that's been made repeatedly. there's no evidence whatsoever that planned parenthood has violated the law. so what exactly is it that we are investigating? even the chairman of the house goth and oversight committee admitted there's no evidence that planned parenthood has violated the law. third, there is a house government oversight committee. in fact, just about every committee in congress has an oversight function. so why don't we use that instead of wasting taxpayer dollars on something like the benghazi committee which is admittedly
breaking all kinds of records in terms of wasting taxpayer dollar, but we don't need to pile on with another wasteful committee. if you want to investigate this, do it through the government oversight committee. do it through existing committees. lastly, it's incredibly important to point out that planned parenthood performs enormously important services to women in this country. they provide much needed health care to poor women and they provide much-needed family planning to poor women. you should have a family when you want a family. if you are not prepared to take care of the children then family planning makes an enormous amount of sense. what it does is prevents abortions. it stops women from getting pregnant when they're not ready to have children. it goes after precisely the issue that the majority is most concerned about, to prevent abortions. planned parenthood deserve ours support, not another wasteful taxpayer funded partisan investigation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from north
carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, the house the house committees that have investigated this thus far have done good work but it's clear that much is to be done. at energy and commerce, in -- icular, the oversight of committee of oversight and investigations has several other matters within the jurisdiction of the committee. given the large number of expected documents to be reviewed and interviews to be conducted, the select investigationive panel will permit this necessary -- investigative panel will permit this necessary investigation to continue without combaring the important work of the oversight and investigations subcommittee at the energy and commerce committee. with that, mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from tennessee, mrs. blackburn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized for two minutes. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. chairman. and i thank the gentlelady from north carolina for her leadership on this issue. she spoke a little bit earlier about the structure and the
organization of the investigative panel, and i want to go back to that and help to make the point because sometimes i think in our passion and the emotions as we talk about bills, we begin to attribute to legislation jurisdiction that may not be there. and this is a small bill. it is very explicit in how the energy of the investigative panel is going to be utilized. there are six items that they are being tasked to investigate. number one, medical procedures and business practices used by entities involved in fetal tissue procurement. we know there are questions that surround this, whether it's a not-for-profit or a for-profit entity. number two, any other matters with respect to fetal tissue procurement. number three, federal funding and support for abortion
providers. number four, the practices of providers of second and third trimuster abortions, including partial birth abortion procedures that may lead to a child born alive as a result of an attempted -- trimester abortions, including partial birth abortion procedures that may lead to a child born alive as a result of an attempted abortion. any changes in law, regulation necessary as a result of any of the findings which are there from the committee. i want to clearly state this is about getting answers of how we treat and protect life in this country. the select panel will act to centralize the investigations that are at energy and commerce committee, judicial and -- judiciary and oversight committees and bring it under one umbrella. over the past several weeks we have lots of serious questions,
there are troubling questions that have been asked. i think the investigations we've had raised a lot of those questions. it is imperative that we centralize these operations and bring it together under one umbrella. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlelady from north carolina reserves. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. slaughter: because i have some important information that i got recently that i want to bring to my colleagues' critical attention. the chairman of the committee on oversight and government reform, congressman jason chaffetz, has in his possession right now a computer hard drive that contains videos produced by david, the head of the group that tried to entrap planned parenthood. those videos are official committee records, but chairman chaffetz is refusing to give the democratic members a copy of those videos. on september 22, chairman
chaffetz issued a subpoena to the executive director of the center for medical progress. the subpoena demanded that he provide all of his unedited video footage. we believe that the videos will show how he deceptively edited his videotapes to distort the truth, but those tapes are being hidden away. it appears that the republicans do not want the democrats to be able to see these videos. chairman chaffetz's subpoena explicitly required that the videos be given to both republicans and democrats. it states, quote, two sets of documents shall be delivered. one set to the majority staff. one set to the minority staff. end quote. on friday, september 25, 2015, he delivered those videos to the committee but provided them only to the republicans. he did not provide a copy to democrats, a direct violation
of the subpoena. chairman chaffetz and his staff then refused to open the package until today, two weeks later, and now the chairman's staff is refusing to allow democrat members to have a copy of the videos that are only in his possession. so i have a couple questions i eed to ask here. on what authority are the republicans refusing to provide democrat members of the committee a copy of the videos? and we know that republicans actually have no authority to do that. with the chairman's own subpoena, the democrats are entitled to a copy which is explicit in his subpoena. another question we must ask of our colleagues is, last night at the rules committee representative marsha blackburn said, and i quote is to bring all the work under one panel. now, we know that energy and commerce has a hearing set -- scheduled for tomorrow, according to one of the members. and what we need to know is
will chairman chaffetz be permitted to continue his investigation of planned arenthood. if the select committee is in existence and how will that bring the work under one panel if he's allowed to continue his own investigation if energy and commerce are allowed to bring theirs? i'd like to ensure that the chairman plans to immediately provide a copy of these videos to democrats as required by his own subpoena so that all members of the committee have equal access. and i also need to know whether the chairman will be required under this resolution to immediately provide the videos to the new select panel today, and now i am pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from maryland, mr. van hollen, a distinguished ranking member of the committee on budget. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for two minutes. mr. van hollen: i thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the ranking member for bringing those
troubling revelations to the attention of the house. it shows what a sham process this has been from the beginning. mr. speaker, we've got a lot of work to do in this congress. we've got to come together with a budget agreement to keep the government open, to invest in our economy, to deal with modernizing our transportation and infrastructure in this country. and yet, what are republicans bringing to the floor? another measure to create another so-called select committee to investigate planned parenthood when as we've heard today three other house committees have already done that. and what has been the sum total of that investigation? well, the chairman of the oversight and government reform committee told us on national television when he was asked if planned parenthood had broken any laws, answer, no, i'm not suggesting they broke the law. and so when you don't get the answer you want, what do you do? create another special committee. rather than creating a special
committee, the government and oversight committee needs to owe an apology to the president of planned parenthood dragging her to a committee process that was disrespectful, where the chairman of the committee began with a chart that politifact said it was a pants on fire misrepresentation. that is the most untrue ranking you can get from pants on fire. that was the gist of that hearing, and now we're learning today possible nondisclosure of certain documents. so what's happening here? as the late yogi berra would say, this is deja vu all over again. they had many committees investigating benghazi to try to get to the bottom of the tragedy in the house and the senate, and all those committees concluded there was no wrongdoing. and so what do our republicans colleagues do? spent $5 million on a special committee on benghazi, which the majority leader just
announced the other day on national television was simply about politics, simply about hurting secretary clinton. so that's what this is all about. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. van hollen: if i could just have 15 seconds. ms. slaughter: i'll yield the gentleman another minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. van hollen: i want to thank the ranking member. so this is what this all boils down to, right? when committees in the house and the senate investigated benghazi, and not just any committees -- the defense committee, the intelligence committees in the house and the senate -- they all concluded that the allegations were false, that it was a terrible, awful tragedy in benghazi but nobody was involved in any wrongdoing. and when they didn't get the answer they wanted then, special committee on benghazi, which, as we heard, turned out to be all about politics. and that's exactly what's happening now with planned parenthood. mr. chaffetz just announced the
results of all the hearings on planned parenthood. no violation of the law. and so what do you do when you don't get the answer you want? let's spend more taxpayer money on another special committee. this is a kangaroo court. this is a misuse of public funds, so, mr. speaker, let's get on with the business of the house. let's focus on the economy, let's come together with a budget agreement to keep the government open. let's do the real work of the american people and not run a mccarthy-like hearing against planned parenthood and women's health. let's do what we should be doing, mr. speaker. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield two minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. pitts. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for two minutes. mr. pitts: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of the resolution. this summer 10 videos were released that showed high level executives at major
organizations, including planned parenthood, stem expressed, advanced bioresources speaking candidly of the activities that violate federal law. they speak of, quote, using less crunchy abortion techniques to preserve organs of crushing certain body parts in order to spare others and of children killed after they, quote, fell out, end quote. that is after being born alive. it's interesting to hear people criticize the videos that haven't even watched the videos. these 10 videos constitute sufficient grounds for probable cause that criminal activity has occurred. subsequently, thanks to the leadership of judiciary committee, oversight and government reform committee and energy and commerce committee, the house has begun to investigate the scope and prevalence of these activities. congressional discovery has already yielded important and revealing testimony. this house, as a body, has already voted to stop giving taxpayer funding to abortion providers. and to ban late-term abortions,
which are the abortions that yield the highly developed organs sought for medical experimentation. deniers of the unborn child's humanity or their human right to life have tried to ignore the clear evidence already uncovered about fetal organ procurement. the deneyers have tried to discredit the -- deniers have tried to discredit the videos that they are too horrified to watch. the deniers have tried to -- they insult pro-life americans, they make excuses. no wonder the deniers want to dispute the panel. whether you consider yourself pro-life or pro-choice, you should want the truth to come out. this debate should be settled by the facts. it's congress' duty to the american people that we find out the truth, especially as it pertains to the deaths of millions of innocent americans and millions in an actual
taxpayer funding. that will be the purpose of this select committee. we as a legislative body rely on good information. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. pitts: i support -- urge support of the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from north carolina reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i want to ask unanimous consent to insert into the record our copy of a letter to speaker john boehner from mr. van hollen, ms. rosa delauro and myself on this issue. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. slaughter: and i'm certainly pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from california, a member of the energy and commerce committee, mrs. capps. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. capps: i rise in opposition to this bill to put the government between a woman and her health care provider. this is yet another instance where the house majority's exploiting their position to use hard-earned taxpayer dollars to fund partisan, baseless smear campaigns.
today we're asked to vote to do it again. despite finding no evidence of wrongdoing through multiple congressional committee hearings, including those conducted by the energy and commerce committee, despite numerous state-level investigations that have cleared planned parenthood of these charges and despite reports from outside experts that there is no evidence of illegal activity, the house seems insistent on doubling down on this bad idea to waste taxpayer money and time on yet another fabricated investigation. it is time to say no more. there are far too many real issues facing our country that congress should instead be addressing. . vote no on thisres. lution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes.
mr. smith: mr. speaker, last month, pope francis admonished a joint session of congress to follow the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. he said the golden rule impels to protect and defend human life at every stage of development and it's wrong to remain silent and look the other way. establishing this select committee is the right thing to do we simply can't remain silent or look the other way. instead congress needs to thoroughly investigate profoundly disturbing conduct by top level planned parenthood officials. caught on tape, and i've watched all the tapes, planned parenthood's top leadership, not interns or lower level employees, showed callous disregard for human lives while gleefully calculated the gains from the sale of baby body parts. we know that every day, planned parenthood dismembers or chemically poisons to death
approximately 900 unborn babies. since 1973, more than seven million children have been violently killed in planned parenthood clin ebbics. now because of the videos, planned parenthood's involvement in trafficking in baby body parts has been revealed. in one clip, dr. nucatola, seen ore president of planned parenthood said, on camera, we have been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, and because we know that, i'm not going to crush that part. i'm going to crush below, i'm going to crush above, i'm going to try to get it all intact. most people want livers, she goes on so most people will do this under ultra sound. s that dismemberment abortion, arms, legs, torsos,
decapitation. but the prized body part is preserved, pulled out intact and then sold to brokers. this needs to be done. we haven't lost our sense of being shocked. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina reserves this egentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. castor. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minutes. -- one minute. ms. castor: i rise in strong opposition to this wasteful maneuver by republicans in congress to establish yet another investigative committee at a cost of untold millions of taxpayer dollars. it is unconscionable to establish such a committee without any basis to do so and at a time when congress should be focused on higher wages, modern infrastructure and the basic responsibility to pass an
appropriations plan for america. but no, action on all of these pocketbook issues for american families and businesses are being shoved aside by republicans in congress for a witch hunt based upon false youtube videos full of distortions and misinformation. republican attacks on planned parenthood and women's health care is part of an unfortunate pattern of assault over the last two decades. but this latest maneuver borders on an abuse of power. at best, it is an attempt by republican leaders to distract the american public from their failure to do their job. so colleagues, i urge you to defeat this bill and get back to the business of hardworking meshes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expire. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr.
speaker. mr. speaker, what's unconscionable is the callous disregard for unborn babies that has been exhibited for far too long in our culture. and which has been brought home to us full force by these videos that we've seen. mr. speaker, the organizations and providers to be investigated by this select panel maintain a culture with a cass louse december regard for life. recently, a series of undercover videos have exposed in horrifying detail what planned renthood values that eshowed the organization's leaders admitting to haggling over the prices for the limbs and organs of aborted children.
callously recounting the harvesting of a brain from a fully intact aborted child, admitting that clinics collect specimens without informed consent, and that abortionists will alter the procedure to keep intact in demand organs. these videos make clear that neither women's health nor the well being of their tiny victims will stand between planned parenthood and profit. since the release of these videos, the big money behind the pro-abortion political machine has kicked into high gear to obfuscate what services organizations like planned parenthood clearly provide. we hear about breast cancer screenings, but not a single planned parenthood clinic has a
mammogram machine. we've heard repeatedly that abortions can't for -- account for only 3% of planned parenthood's services. the washington fact checkers gave this try pi folk yows. it's also clear from planned parenthood's own annual reports and testimony to congress that a significant portion of its annual nongovernmental revenue comes from abortion. the undercover videos alone would merit full investigation and review but the problems of planned parenthood are not limited to those discussed in the series by the center for medical progress. we know that planned parenthood clinics in several states have failed to report sexual abuse of young girls, enabling and empowering those who would exploit them. just this year, the alabama
department of public health founded a clinic in mobile performed two abortions on a 14-year-old girl in a single four-month period. without reporting suspected sexual abuse. just last year, an arizona planned parenthood counselor intentionally miscoded the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by a serial predator as a consensual encounter. also last year, a denver clin exfailed to report the -- clinic failed to report the rape of a 13-year-old girl by her stepfather who brought her to the clinic for an abortion. mr. speaker, the list of outrageous acts by these abortion providers goes on and on.
it is pastime that we investigate and understand just what type of organizations our tax dollars are subsidizing. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves her time. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: i yield myself 30 seconds to say what any woman in could say, your doctor determines if you need to go to radiology for a mammogram. i know your gentlemen wouldn't ow that i'm pleased to yield ne minute, ms. schakowsky. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. schakowsky: i rise in strong opposition to this. this is just another political witch hunt this time targeting women, their trusted organizations and women's health.
let's talk about republican vision for women of america. just look at their records. first, they passed a budget that completely eliminated title 10, that's contraception. the only federal grant program dedicated to family planning and slashed fund big 80% for the teen pregnancy initiative by over 80%. and then we find that last week, the republicans proved that this witch hunt is not just aimed at planned parenthood. they passed a bill that threatened funding for every doctor, clinic, hospital that dares to participate in abortion services. they also want to repeal the affordable care act which requires insurance companies to cover maternity care. they don't want to expand medicaid which currently covers one out of every three births and more than 43 million children. in fact they want to turn
medicaid into a block grant program. and republicans have proposed huge cuts to education. i want to say to my republican friends, be careful what you wish for. the women of america are watching. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentlelady from new york. many of us have the memory of a back alley abortion. and the many dead young women who cried alone without any help. none of us want that. none of us want women to have to make that choice. but we know the supreme court established the law of the land, roe v. wade, as a matter of choice, that this procedure is a
medical procedure. planned parenthood does not sell body parts. planned parenthood has a very infinitesimal amount of fetal research. planned parenthood is not the person who ganged up on them and planned these horribly, disorderly if you will, videos and stole the i.d. of his high school friend to do these horrible videos. abortions have gone down. so we come again to another benghazi like committee where we're ignoring the law. we're alaaing -- allowing unilateral subpoena even when they're consulting. where we're looking at abortions that are done, but not done by federal money. i ask my colleagues to vote against this bill that is doing nothing, mr. speaker, but politicizing a presidential candidate and attacking -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is not recognized this egentlelady from north carolina is recognized.
ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this charge laid about subpoena powers is a red herring. every house committee holds subpoena powerment though the structure differs depending on the committee. granting this standard authority to the select panel ensures its ability to investigate thoroughly the issues within its scope. it would make little sense to convene a select investigative panel with limited investigative powers. with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlelady from north carolina reserves. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughterer: may i inquire how much -- ms. slaughter: may i inquire how much time is left. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady has 10 minutes remaining. ms. slaughter: and my opponent. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina has 11 minutes. ms. slaughter: thank you very much. i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from new
york, mrs. maloney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. maloney: i thank my friend for yielding and for her great leadership. mr. speaker, i rise in strong opposition to h.r. 461, to create a select committee on investigating planned parenthood. i take very seriously the congressional responsibility to investigate wrongdoing and improve transparency. but this panel is not at all about due diligence. it is about purely partisan olitics. six states have already investigated planned parenthood and found nothing. four committee hearings have found nothing. planned parenthood has handed over tens of of thousands of pages of documents to congress and there has not even been a
whiff of wrongdoing. even the chair of the house oversight and government relations committee has said he has no evidence of anything unlawful. this panel would be a waste of congress' time and taxpayers' money. and i urge my colleagues to vote no. and stop this relentless crusade attacking access to health care for women who desperately need it and cannot afford it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. the facts are clear about the budget for this select panel. the resolution does not authorize or appropriate additional resources for this panel. it will use existing funds solely. further, one of congress' most important duties is oversight of how funds are spent and that oversight is the proper use of
the limited budget the house and its committees receive. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, ms. chu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. ms. chu: here we are again with republicans attacking women and planned parenthood on the house floor. but now the attacks are taking the form of yet another politically inspired committee and with the benghazi committee, republicans are not seeking out truths or better policy. instead, they want to use taxpayer-funded resources for political witch-hunt. but here are the facts. abortion today is protected by our constitution, and we have found no wrongdoing by planned parenthood so far in the three house investigations that are taking place already. another fact, planned parenthood helps women. every year planned parenthood provides 2.1 million patients with family counseling and
contraception. they are trying to prevent unwanted pregnancies from occurring in the first place, something that my republican colleagues should support. let's not use lies and edited tapes to unfairly color and bring down this organization. we should be better than that, oppose this committee and urge my colleagues to vote no. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentlelady from new york reserves, and the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: continues to reserve. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. frankl. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized for one minute. ms. frankl: mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to the resolution to create a select committee to -- ms. frankel: mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to the resolution to create a select committee to planned parenthood. this is the new benghazi. on the rules of saving lives, my colleagues on the other side
of the aisle would use the resources of the united states government to pursue their extreme agenda. the targeting of planned parenthood is a gross abuse of political power to punish a trusted organization because it provides a full array of health services that includes abortion, and it sends a chilling message to anybody who would dare to give women choices. mr. speaker, to quote a well-known political thinker, there is no greater tirney than that which is -- tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and justice. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield a minute to the gentlewoman from wisconsin, ms. moore. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. ms. moore: thank you, mr. speaker, and i rise in opposition to h.res. 461. this resolution supposedly
establishes the select panel to investigate planned parenthood and fetal tissue procurement. now, what do we know already, mr. speaker? we know -- what facts do we know? we know these videos have already been entirely discredited and debunked by a team of independent forensic experts. what do we know? we know that women have a legal right to a safe and legal abortion. what do we know already, mr. speaker, while we're investigating planned parenthood? we know that fetal tissue procurement, signed into law by the ven rated ronald reagan, provides life-saving research for diseases like parkinson's, a.l.s. and others. no, mr. speaker, you are not trying to find the facts. instead, you are -- this is just another pathway to deny a woman a right to a safe and legal abortion. we already know that the chairman of the oversight and
government reform committee says there's no -- we don't need to get to the bottom of this. mr. speaker, we already are at the bottom of this. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from california, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. ms. lee: thank you very much. let me thank the gentlelady for this issue and so many issues. mr. speaker, i rise in strong opposition to h.res. 461, which really is nothing more than a politically motivated bill. it would establish a select energy and commerce committee to so-called investigate planned parenthood. how outrageous. let's be clear. this is nothing more than yet another attempt to attack
planned parenthood and undermine a woman's right to choose. there have already been multiple hearings and committee investigations none of which have resulted in any evidence of wrongdoing. and this shameful resolution is the fourth anti-choice vote we have to take in the last month alone. enough is enough. we know that planned parenthood centers, they're critical to the health of women all across the country. one in five women have used planned parenthood services at some point in her lifetime for vital services like birth control, life-saving cancer screenings and s.t.i. screenings. continuing attempts to restrict access to these health services would hurt our most vulnerable women, including low-income women and women of color. you want to restrict access to family planning, you want to restrict access to safe and legal abortions, come on. it's time to stop this war on women. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from north carolina reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to
the gentleman from new york, mr. engel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. engel: i thank my good friend from new york. mr. speaker, this is the fourth time in less than one month that i've been compelled to voice my opposition to a measure attacking women's health care. this is just what congress does not need, another polarizing battle in congress. i'm on the energy and commerce committee for 20 years, and this is the wrong thing to do. this is just absolutely the wrong thing to do. the american public wants to see us pass a budget, a transportation bill, keep the government open, do ex-im bank. and at are we doing, getting into another political brawl. we don't need another committee like benghazi, we should be abolished, and "the washington post" reported last week that more american want planned parenthood than opposing it in ever public survey. i don't want to enfringe on women's right, to choose
whatever is right between them and their doctor and their family and their god and i don't think congress should either. you know, my friends on the other side of the aisle talk about wanting smaller government. i don't want government to be so big that it intrudes on women's privacy and women's health. this is ill-thought and should be defeated. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlelady from connecticut, ms. delauro. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized for one minute. ms. delauro: i rise in strong opposition to this resolution. it is beneath the dignity of this chamber to participate in an ideological witch-hunt. especially one based on entirely false allegations. the chair of the house oversight committee spent hours last week cross-examining planned parenthood's president about these claims, and even he they blicly admitted that
have no merit. so let's call this committee what it is, the select committee to attack women's health. the majority wants to kill planned parenthood, and if they succeed, many low-income women will have nowhere left to go. for breast cancer exams, pap smears and a range of other life-saving services. so this resolution tells these women flat out, we do not care about your health care. we do not care if you die. the hypocrisy of the majority is breathtaking. one minute they condemn all government spending, even on health care for some of our poorest families. and now they plan to spend millions of taxpayers' dollars on a politically motivated witch-hunt. i urge my colleagues to vote against this disgraceful resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr.
speaker. i now yield two minutes to our colleague from pennsylvania, mr. kelly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for two minutes. mr. kelly: i thank the gentlelady. mr. speaker, i was in my office watching the debate and i thought, well, if i really thought i was innocent, if i really thought there was nothing that really went with what the other side is claiming, if i really thought i need to wipe the slate clean, if i really thought suddenly this is truly the best anti-septic and forget about the organization. let's talk about the act. this is one of the most repulsive things you can watch. it turns your stomach to see our unborn, our born -- listen. little boys and little girls being dissected and being sold, it's a criminal activity. so my question comes down to -- and if you read rules for radicals, the best way to counter a charge against you is to attack them. i don't understand in america's
house when we want to have a debate, when we want everybody in america to say they were spare, we're talking about an investigation that if we are false, if the claims are false, it would wipe the slate clean. most people who think they've been wrongly accused of something say, bring the facts out. let everybody see them. let's have the conversation. let's have a debate. let's really determine if this is really going on. only someone who's afraid it may go against them say, no, no, you can't do this. i want to tell you, as far as women are concerned and a war on women, i am the father of four women, three boys and one girl but i have 10 grandchildren, six girls and four boys. there's not one of them that when it comes to how much i love them it is gender selective. i love them all in the same way. and in a country that has always stood for human rights, in a country that's always stood for others, for the most
vulnerable, and i will not disguise it and say that's not what i am. i om conception to natural death, i am in favor of life. i will always be in favor of life. but to have this debate today to say that you can't possibly do this because it's driven, it's a republican agenda, because it's a war on women, if anything, this is a war for women. we have got to protect these people. if there's anything that the preemptive strike on the war on women, it's gender selective abortion. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. foxx: i yield the gentleman an additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kelly: i thank the gentlelady. i would just ask all members, not republicans and democrats, but members of the human race, and for a house that just abhors what's going are around the world and saying this is horrible what's going on, that we won't ever let this happen in our country, why would we be having this debate today? if you really want the slate to be clear, if you really want the world to see there's nothing going on here, then
let's have an open investigation and so at the end of the day i don't care what organization is, they can walk away and say, see, we proved that we aren't who they say we are. this is just so simple. why would you argue against it? it actually works to their advantage if it's not true. if it is true, then why in the world would we use taxpayer money, hard-earned american taxpayer money to fund illegal and criminal activity? that's just not who we are as americans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from north carolina reserves. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from colorado, ranking member of energy and commerce, oversight and investigations, ms. degette. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from colorado is recognized for one minute. ms. degette: thank you very much, mr. speaker. since the series of deceptive and highly edited videos taken at planned parenthood facilities were released to the public, three separate congressional committees have left to conclusions, holding hearings and investigations along the way.
however, on the subcommittee on which i serve as ranking member and which has primary vurs diction over this matter, we did extensive research. we found out that out that planned parenthood broke no laws, according to an extensive memo prepared by the democratic committee staff. so now what are we going to do? we're going to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on another sham committee. that is a ridiculous waste of money. i have a proposal. let's spend our time talking on the things that our constituents want their hard-earned taxpayer money spent on -- re-authorizing the highway bill, addressing the looming expiration of our debt ceiling, not to mention the funding of our government. that's what they care about. i want to say for the emp 10th time for the federal record, there is no federal money spent on abortion. so what we're talking about right here is a totally useless
and expensive investigation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york has two minutes remaining. the gentlelady from north carolina has 7 3/4 remaining and is recognized. ms. foxx: ms. foxx: i will reserve. ms. slaughter: i yield one minute to the the gentlewoman from from the district of columbia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. homes homes they are now -- ms. norton: they are doing their benghazi select committee strategy. but it left planned parenthood as strong as ever. what the majority is trying to do to the nation's women what they have done to d.c. no federal fund goes to abortions. what's left? women's health care.
all this select committee will do is highlight their new war on women. i thank my good friend for yielding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: let me inquire if she has any more speakers. i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the entlelady from new york. ms. foxx: mr. speaker, i will be prepared to close after one additional statement that i need to make. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. we are being told by our colleagues on the other side of the aisle that we should be mforted by the fact that the democratic committee staff did an investigation of planned parenthood and found nothing
wrong. i think i can say very well with tongue in cheek, that is truly like putting the fox to guard the hen house. in a few moments i will offer an amendment and it will make several changes to the resolution that have been requested by the minority. the amendment will change the ratio on the panel to eight republicans and six democrats, giving democrats an additional one member on the panel. the amendment will also make sure that the select panel's subpoena authority is consistent with existing energy and commerce committee rules. we have no objection to the requested changes and we hope this will encourage our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to participate fully in this important investigation. and with that, i reserve the balance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina reserves.
now the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: thank you very much, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, if we heard anything this entire day, it is the misuse of public tax money for select committees overdoing investigations that everybody that has investigated before has already said that there is no there-there. i'm happy to take the word of mr. pallone saying the democrat staff on energy and commerce found there was nothing wrong here. mr. chaffetz spent five hours delving into what planned parenthood does or does not do and he said they have not broken any law. that's not good enough because everybody is doing so well here making political points and attacking a presidential candidate. that's not our job. in fact, i'm pretty sure that's against federal law for us to use public money for that action. we are going to do it twice and
who knows how many more before the end of this year. it's a big disgrace is the misuse of tax money of the american people in a house and congress that has no budget, no highway bill, no way out and people who sit at home trying to figure out how they are going to educate their children, food on the table and drive on roads that are unfit to get to work, i would appreciate if we would stop this select committee and stop trying to take health care away from american citizens and get to work on their behalf. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, the opponents of this resolution would have americans believe that this oversight is unnecessary and political. nothing is further from the
truth. oversight into entities' use of federal funds and compliance of federal law is a fundamental responsibility of congress and one exercised by both parties frequently on a bipartisan basis. it's unfortunate that my colleagues across the aisle are refusing to join with us on this particular issue, but charges that it is a politically driven investigation are false. the investigation to be continued by the select investigative panel at the energy and commerce committee is prompted by allegations that abortion providers that receive federal funds are dismembering children to sell their body parts, possibly while violating federal laws. the most fundamental right our government was formed to protect is life. and when taxpayer dollars are
flag used by organizations grantly violating that right, we are morally compelled to investigate and respond in accordance with our constitution. the select investigative panel formed by this resolution is consistent with precedent, including two panels formed by my colleagues across the aisle when they were in the majority. it is laser-focused on the issues raised by the videos and subsequent investigation into planned parent hood of fetal collection and abortion and federal laws. it will allow it to complete the full investigation these allegations deserve without shortchanging the other important issues under consideration by the committee on energy and commerce and the full house. it's disappointing that some
members do not want the full truth to come out. when federal taxpayers have legitimate concerns if their hard-earned dollars are flowing to organizations that sanctions the dismembererment of unborn children and allowing these rocities to continue, we are responsible for ensuring these concerns are heard and responded to. if we as elected representatives can't shed our callousness towards the most vulnerable lives in our society and heed the moral cause of this issue, i have a great fear for our nation's future and the crulets we may someday allow other lives to be subjected to. we all have the right to life and i fear we have lost sight of that. mr. speaker, i offer the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by ms. foxx of north carolina,
strike 5 and insert six. page one line 5 strike 13 and insert 14. insert consistent with the notification, consultation and reporting requirements of rule 16 after select panel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina is recognizeded. ms. foxx: i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and expose the truth about these outrageous issues. we must follow the facts wherever they lead to strengthen our laws to end these practices and ensure unwanted children are no longer discarded in the bins of parts for sale by hungry profit-driven abortion supporters. i move the previous question on the amendment and on the resolution.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. without objection, the previous question is ordered on the amendment and resolution. the question is on the amendment. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it and the amendment is agreed to. the question is on the resolution as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote on the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 90 and the order of the house today, this 15-minute vote will be followed by five-minute votes on the motion to recommit h.r. 3192 and passage of h.r. 3192 if ordered. this is a 15-minute vote.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. neugebauer: i rise today with a heavy heart, six airmen assigned to the 455th air expeditionary wing perished on friday, october 2, when their aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff in afghanistan. five civilians died in that crash. our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends to those lost loved ones in this tragedy. today, we honor the sacrifice of those airmen who served in texas and in massachusetts. they are captain pearson of abilene, texas. captain jon than golden and staff sergeant raymond hammond and senior airmen quinn johnson harris of milwaukee, wisconsin
and senior airmen nathan sarten f florida and and i ask all of my colleagues to stand me and join me in a moment of silence. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, five-minute voting will continue. unfinished business is the vote on the motion to recommit on h.r. 3192 on which the the yeas and nays are ordered were ordered. the clerk will redesignate the motion. the clerk: motion to recommit
offered by mr. moulton of massachusetts. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to recommit. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
ms. waters: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the clerk: senate 2078, an act to re-authorize the united states commission on international religious freedom and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, pursuant to section 202-a of the veterans access choice and accountability act of 2014, public law 113-146, i am pleased to recommend the following individual to the commission on care. kinney.etica m. signed sincerely, nancy pelosi, democratic leader.
the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker.
the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. mr. royce: mr. speaker, i rise salute the u.s.-korea partnership and to welcome the president to washington next week. having chaired the u.s. republic of korea parliamentary exchange for a decade, i have long championed closer ties between our two countries. our alliance is one that was forged in blood 65 years ago forces . and korean fought and died together. colleagues, sergeant charlie rangel, john conyers, sam johnson fought there. over 215,000 south korean soldiers were killed. over one million civilians lost their lives. sowell -- seoul has leveled but
it has become one of the greatest cities in the world. the u.s.-korea relations have been a linchpin for us. we have partnered in deepening our trade ties. in our condemnation of japan's use of korea women as sex slaves during the war and more recently our committee unanimously passed a resolution to help korean americans meet their long lost relatives separated by the war. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. royce: little us take this partnership to a new level to south korea, colleagues. thank you very much. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? excuse me. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california eek recognition?
without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. sanchez: thank you, mr. speaker. this marks the 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the korean war. as korea has transformed itself in six decades from a war-torn basket economy into the 13th largest economy in the world, it represents one of america's greatest foreign policy success stories in the post-world war ii era. the republic of korea has been a strong and steadfast economic and strategic partner for the united states. both countries are not only bound by history together but also by shared commitment to democratic values. back home, california has an incredibly vibrant korean american community which contributes to all facets of our society.
from our thriving businesses to our local churches. next week, the president of the republic of korea, the honorable park ha, will be making her second visit to washington, d.c., and i hope we'll take this opportunity to discuss the rising tensions on the korean peninsula, the continued threat of north korea's nuclear program imposes on that region and the regional concerns regarding the east sea dispute. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'm very pleased to be able to stand up here today and welcome the president next week coming to washington, d.c. because the alliance between the united states and the republic of korea has bun one of the
linchpins of peace, security and prosperity in northeast asia for more than 60 years and we are united against the threat of a rogue regime in north korea. mr. salmon: about 28,000 members of the u.s. armed forces stationed in south korea stand with the republic of korea counterparts in defense of the south. we support the president's principaled vision of peace, prosperity and democratic unified korean peninsula. our alliance today has grown far beyond the single threat, though. we also have strong alliances in economic development and many, many other issues. we're very, very excited about this wonderful relationship and we welcome president pak next week. thank you. i give back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom new york seek recognition?