tv U.S. House Morning Hour CSPAN October 8, 2015 10:00am-10:31am EDT
that he needs. more to come on this discussion. but that does it for today's "washington journal." thank you all for watching and phoning in. the house is about to gavel and. live coverage here on c-span. [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] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., october 8, 2015. i hereby appoint the honorable john j. duncan jr. to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. 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 to five minutes, no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. we take to the floor to deal with the daily reminders of turmoil around the world, the unrest in the middle east, especially in syria and isis. the sat reality of an unending string of events regarding gun violence. there is unrest in the house as our republican colleagues right now are dealing to try and chart a path forward to reconcile differences of opinion within their own ranks that has some spillover effects for us. but in the background there is a critical issue that we should be focused on, that may not
command the headlines, but it is nonetheless a critically important item. we're faced with arcane formulas that govern, dealing with medicare, the rates that recipients pay for their services that have a perverse impact on some of the lowest income seniors. through no fault of their own, 7.7 million senior citizens are going to be treated very unfairly. these are the citizens who have been deemed -- who are -- the 30% of medicare recipients who are going to pay the burden for all medicare recipients for the cost increases. we have a provision in place that holds harmless people who get no increase in their medicare -- in their social security payments, and they're
premium om increase of increase. but not so for the 30%. these are the people who are facing a 52% increase in that rt b premium, over $54 a month. now, remember, nobody gets an increase in their social security, and there's going to be about a $76 increase per month in the deductible. a typical medicare beneficiary ays almost $5,000 per year for premiums, cost sharing and other services that aren't covered by insurance. for many, that's not an unreasonable contribution for their health care, but not for everyone. more than half the neficiaries have incomes $24,150. ese 30%, the 7.7 million who will pay -- pick up the slack
for everyone else are going to be facing a significant impact given their low incomes. it doesn't actually have to be this way. there are proposals that are available for congress to deal with. representative dina titus, representative jan schakowsky, senator ron wyden all have proposals that would eliminate or minimize the impact on these vulnerable senior citizens. and bear in mind, it would also impact the states. 2.3 billion dollars in terms of medicaid programs, which inevitably will translate into service reductions, again, for some of our most vulnerable. it is time for congress to empower negotiators in both parties, in both chambers to act now.
if we get involved with these potential solutions, the costs are going to be far less than if we wait on into the next year, and we will be shielding some of our most vulnerable citizens with -- from significant increases at a time when they can ill-afford it. this is one area where there's overwhelming support on both sides of the aisle. i would call upon my friends in the republican leadership to take a break from this strange process they're going through and debate and the acura moany and the churn, -- acramony and the churn, let's take a break and solve these problems now. our senior citizens deserve no less. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from minnesota, mr. emmer, for five minutes. mr. emmer: mr. speaker, i rise today to remind us of the
importance of the month of october as breast cancer awareness month. like any disease that affects people regardless of color, creed, status in society, cancer not only tests the mental strength of the person fighting the disease, it has a deep and lasting impact on families, friends and communities. current lie, more than 100 different types -- currently, more than 100 different types of cancer exists but in my opinion none is more wicked than breast cancer. this is most likely that breast cancer is the most common and deadly cancers among women. in fact, one in eight women in america will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. breast cancer can be a cruel disease. it tears mothers from their children, wives from their husbands and daughters from their parents. in 2015, it's anticipated that in our country alone, more than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer. while women are most at risk, we must remember that this
disease does not just affect women. while less common in the united states, 2,350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. in the past 20 years, there have been incredible advancements in the research and medicine surrounding breast cancer, but there's much yet to be done. we can't rest until we can prevent or cure this horrible disease. again, we have already made huge strides in the fight against breast cancer. death rates due to breast cancer have been declining since 1989, and women younger than 50 are now less likely to get breast cancer than ever before. this is largely due to the awareness that has been raised on the importance of self-exams and yearly doctor physicals. however, currently 29% of insured women are still not receiving mammograms, and for women without health insurance, the percentage is even higher with 68% not receiving mammograms. it is extremely important that
we continue to place an emphasis on early detection so we can catch this disease as early as possible and have the best shot at beating it. while there are factors like genetics and age that can make someone more susceptible to the disease, breast cancer does not discriminate against education, upbringing or wealth. from c.e.o.'s in new york city to a stay-at-home mom in smalltown minnesota, this disease knows no bounds. i expect just about everyone who walks these halls and too many to count across our country have been impacted by breast cancer in some way. i'm no exception. 15 years ago i lost my sister bridgette to breast cancer. bridgette was only 38 years old when she left us. she left behind two beautiful daughters and a husband who loved her, and while her life was a lesson on how to get the most out of each second of every hour every day, there's not a day that goes by that i wish there couldn't have been a cure for her. for those that experienced
personal loss and pain from breast cancer and for everyone who are fighting this disease, we join with you this month, not only to raise awareness about breast cancer, but to sound a call to action to strengthen our resolve to eradicate this disease once and for all. in congress we can absolutely play a role in this effort. to the extent possible within our constitutional authority we can and should encourage further advancement of medical research. i am proud to be a co-sponsor of the accelerating the end of breast cancer act of 2015, which will establish a commission to work to defeat this disease. the commission will consist of experts in cancer research who will work to identify opportunities and ideas to advance our quest to prevent and cure breast cancer for future generations. october is a month to raise awareness. we've made progress and we are making progress in our fight against this unforgiving disease. let us use this month to rededicate ourselves to our shared goal of eradicating breast cancer once and for all.
thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois for five minutes. mr. gutierrez: as donald trump and ben carson have turned up the volume with more and more outrageous statements and policy proposals, members of congress have been trying to keep up. now republicans in the house not only have to play to the small but extremely vocal segment, they have another audience to woo, each other, because our colleagues are running for leadership positions. but is it really washington that's out of step with america or is it the most vocal, most active elements of the republican base that are out of step with america? last week's nbc news, "wall street journal" poll was startling. showed on issue after issue the issues by leading g.o.p.
candidates, they disagree with americans on abortion restrictions, lgbt equality, reproductive health. some in the republican base demand we go back to the dark ages, but it is not in fact the direction that most americans want to go. for most americans, "mad men" was a good tv drama before women's movement really took hold, before gays and lesbians dare to come out of the closet and before we moved racial quotas from immigration. but some in the republican party inspire to turn it into a reality tv show. the latest throwdown from the right has been on planned parenthood and reimbursing this respected organization for health services it provides to women across the country. in many cases, planned parenthood is the only source of affordable reproductive health care. contraception, h.i.v., s.t.d. testing, cancer screening and basic health care for women,
under law no federal tax dollars can be used for abortions. under law abortion is legal in the united states despite all the restrictions imposed and proposed by my republican colleagues. but this goes further than abortion rights and a woman's right to control her own health care and reproduction. some republicans here and around the country are frankly not too comfortable with the whole family planning thing. in my family, i have two daughters who are brilliant and whom i trust to make decisions for themselves. they were born eight years apart and not by accident. my wife and i planned her pregnancies around her career as an investment banker and had our children when we were ready. that was the option that opened the world of opportunity and self-determination to my wife, that my mother never had. puerto rican women in this country in my mother's day had one thing forced on them by the government and that was sterilization, period. so when i hear talk about
shutting down the government to appease the far right on planned parenthood, i think of the progress we have made from my mother's generation to my wife's generation and now to the world in which my daughters live. it seems to me that we should not be looking for ways to limit choices women have, to force them into back alease or across state lines for health care -- back alleys or across state lines for health care. but that desire to turn the clock backwards to undo the progress of our lifetimes and to punish america for evolving over time is basically at the heart of the republican agenda as driven by their most active and vocal base. republicans run for office and legislate as if they want gay people back in the closet, as if they want latinos and asians to become invisible, as they wish women were just in the kitchen or in the bedroom, as if we could go back to those golden days before the civil rights act, the voting rights
act, broun v. board of education, when everything was separate and some people were more equal than others. well, with all due respect to mr. carson and emperor trump, every poll in the case of the american people are not with them and that is especially true of young people in america. dr. carson must be nostalgic for the anti-catholic days before john kennedy was elected because he's now raising doubts that people of certain religions are qualified to serve their country as president. senator cruz must look at the old days when we turned away refugees, from europe, because of their religion, as we did in the 1930's and 1940's when anti-semitism gripped this country. now he wants to send muslims back to die in syria. and then there is donald trump, he wants to deport about a quarter of the 50 million latinos in the united states. if mass deportation was good enough for president eisenhower, he feels it should
be good enough for america today. i will agree with one leading candidate, jeb bush, who recently said that stuff happens. stuff does happen. a lot of stuff has happened since the 1950's when i was born and the 1960's when i grew up in america. our laws and our culture have evolved to become more inclusive and we have a more diverse society because of it. many republicans call that stuff the problem. i call that stuff progress. the speaker pro tempore: the time of the gentleman has expired. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. kelly, for five minutes. ms. kelly: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm tired. i'm tired of once again being asked to rise to honor the victims of gun violence. not even a month ago i stood at this very podium on behalf of gun violence victims. but with nearly 300 mass
shootings in less than 300 days, this congress has proven that there is no appetite to end gun violence. i'm tired because we will have more moments of silence in honor of gun victims. then we'll have moments of action from leaders working to stop gun violence. to my colleagues who came on a platform about caring for children, caring for peace, to my friends on the left and right of the aisle, can't we own up to our responsibility to stop this violence? can't we own the fact that we are losing a generation of americans to gun violence? every year over 100,000 people are shot in america. more than 30,000 of them fatally. this is a crisis that demands more than a moment of silence from congress. with every mass shooting we hear every excuse in the book for inaction. it's a family problem. it's the mental health issue. it's the people problem. apparently it's everything but a gun problem.
at this point even our excuses are tired. let me share some headlines from my hometown this week from sunday's "chicago tribune," man killed, four injured in shooting. monday, cbs chicago, one dead, 11 wounded in weekend shootings across chicago. tuesday, "chicago sun-times," man and woman shot near douglas park on the west side. wednesday, "chicago tribune," one dead, eight wounded in shootings in chicago. these aren't just headlines. they are deferred dreams and altered realities for countless families. this isn't a chicago problem, a newtown problem, or oregon problem, it's an american problem. today gun deaths are on pace to be the leading cause of death for americans age 15 through 24. not because our kids are leaving the home front for war, but because the home front is becoming a war zone. it's because military-style weapons are flooding our streets.
it's because someone was in the wrong place at the wrong time even though they had a right to be in the park. it's because reverend pinkney held wednesday bible study, and a journalist and cameraman in virginia woke up and did their job. it's because a couple of teens wanted to see an amy schumer movie. we have had no votes on legislation to stop this. and, mr. speaker, for all the alk about needing to improve our mental health system, we have yet to take a single vote on a comprehensive mental health bill. i have had multiple bills that would reduce gun violence, the simplest one, h.r. 224 would require the surgeon general to submit to congress a report on the public health impact of gun violence. simple, right? after all, we can't have a conversation about gun violence without data on the death and disability it causes. its mental health effects. its community impact. and economic cost. but, mr. speaker, this congress
has no appetite for conversations about gun violence. after all, there are a ratings to protect of the. the american people are tired, tired of their represent paying lip service to tragedies they were elected to help prevent. they are tiret of their peace of mind being hostage by those we should be preventing from ever getting their hands on a gun in the first place. i'm calling everyone out here today. you have talked the talk. it's time to walk the walk. you say that you want to save lives, then do it. where's the background check legislation that 90% of americans support, including n.r.a. members? bring my bill h.r. 224 up for a vote and let the surgeon general see if gun violence is a threat to public health, which i know it is. show that you care, stop pivoting, stop punting, start leading. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the time of the gentlelady has expired. the chair now recognizes the
gentleman from california, mr. farr, for five minutes. mr. farr: permission to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. i rise on a lighter note, very positive note. because i represent a very beautiful and positive part of the united states. central coast of california. this is a place where you hear the towns of santa cruz, monterey, beautiful fertile celineas valley and the big sur coastline which this poster here shows a photograph of. i rise today because the house of representatives 50 years ago passed a marvelous legislation called the highway beautification act. that act came about because we were sort of -- not sort of, the states were ruining the
aesthetics of america. and it was a bill that lady bird, first lady, lady bird johnson, so much supported. in fact it became known as the lady bird's bill. so 50 years ago this house of representatives took a bold move to protect and improve our scenic highways. why are those important? we sell scenery where i live. this is another picture of a scenic highway in the south in the southern states. when you drive through these, don't you see billboards. you don't see the urban clutter, or as my friendancele adam said, you don't see the urban acne that's covering our roads. it's big business we are fighting because the billboard lobby in the united states is very powerful. it was powerful then, but the first lady was more powerful. i have a personal story in that because my father was in the california state senate authored the first legislation to create the california scenic highway program. and in 1966 this time of the
year, lady bird johnson came all wait to california not to campaign for a governor or united states senator, but to recognize the work that my father, state senator fred farr, had done by dedicating highway 1 in california, the big sur highway, as california's first state scenic highway, and perhaps the first state scenic highway in the united states. it was a great day, and what congress did is they ensured that states would be able to have money to enforce this billboard ban. they would give them more money if they would incorporate into their state law and county and city laws billboard bans. but now we have a $7 billion industry out there, the outdoor advertising industry, and it's been fighting highway beautification for over 50 years.
they have been unsuccessful at repealing the federal law, but they have made incredible progress in being able to find exemptions for it. they have prevented the 10% penalty that states would receive for not adopting highway beautification. they have encouraged localities to change zoning laws in rural areas, calling them commercial or industrial or anything to bypass the act. and they have been able to loosen the rules on repairing old signs, allowing them to remain forever rather than being torn down. we now have approximately 700,000 billboards in the united states. yet this is a country that's sending its 100th anniversary of the national park service, we advertise around the world come to beautiful america, see the scenery of america. in many places of america, all you see is billboard scenery. so this 50th anniversary of this act not well-known in
congress, nor in the country, yet a very significant act because of what it did to empower states and local communities to have the ability to prevent billboards from putting up, give them funds for taking them down, and to make sure that people are sensitive to why this is important for our scenery. as i said we sell scenery. we sell watchable wildlife. the economy of the central coast depends on the beauty. as long as the beauty is there, people are going to come to the carmels and pacific roads and montereys where california history began. they are spending more money on watchable wildlife. more people are watching wildlife in america than watch all of the sports. unbelievable figure. all of the sports. all of the football. all the baseball. all the hockey. basketball. you name it. more people look at wildlife. so let's protect what is really unique to america. something that god gave us and
only we can destroy. these hundreds of thousands of signs are robbing america of its scenic view. view sheds, iconic images that once defined the open road. i would like to quote from ogden nash who summed it up wonderfully in a poe em, "song of the open road." i think that i shall never see a billboard as lovely as a tree. indeed and also the billboards paul, i'll never see a tree at all. let's help protect america's beauty. let's ban billboards. the speaker pro tempore: the time of the gentleman has expired. the gentleman from colorado, mr. coffman, is recognized for 2350eu6 minutes -- five minutes. mr. coffman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong opposition to the obama administration's announcement last week that the president is considering transferring detainees held at
guantanamo bay, cuba, into my home state of colorado. closing guantanamo bay was an ill-advised campaign promise in 2007 made by the president. a promise made before receiving classified intelligence updates. in fact, as of march, 2015, the director of national intelligence reported that 29% of detainees released from or tanamo have engaged in would -- were suspected of engaging in terrorist or insurgent activity. those who remain in guantanamo are, quote, worst of the worst, unquote. so it is safe to presume that if released, an even higher percentage of them will remain
a threat to our national security. i struggle to understand why we would close the guantanamo bay detention camp only to finance the incarceration of enemy combatants within the united states. ever since 2012 congress has passed and president obama has signed annual restrictions against the transfer of prisoners at gtmo to the united states. the same restrictions are found in the f.y. 2016 national defense authorization act. passed by the house last week, despite president obama's promise to veto that bill. there is broad bipartisan opposition to president obama's plans to transfer gtmo prisoners into the united states. both among members of congress and the american people. for our nation's security, i
implore president obama to sign the national defense authorization act when it reaches his desk and halt his reckless plan to place many of the world's worst terrorists on u.s. soil where they will have all of the due process protections provided to the american people and thus could be released through our court system. thank you, mr. chairman. i yield back. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the time of the gentleman from colorado has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? the gentleman from indiana, mr. carson, is recognized for five minutes. mr. carson: thank you very much, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to pay tribute to the 1955 christmas at-ics men's basketball team. the first african-american high school athletic team to win a state championship, not only in the great hoosier state but the united states. although the school was initially constructed out of
pressure to segregate indianapolis high schools, the high school quickly became a source of pride for the african-american community in indianapolis and across the great hoosier state. however, despite its historic championship victory, the high school basketball team did not receive the praise and recognition traditionally bestowed upon previous state championships. after its win, the team took the traditional ride on a fire truck from butler field house to monument sirk until downtown indianapolis. but the team was not allowed to get off the truck at the circle for the traditional photo sessions. instead, the fire truck took one more lap then headed back into the city's black neighborhood. now, mr. speaker, 60 years later, i stand along all hoosiers to recognize these men for their trail blazering efforts in bringing our city together through high school sports. their win was a major first
step for african-american athletes across our country. breaking the barriers of segregation and setting the stage for the diversity that we now see today. mr. speaker, today i'm joining my colleague in the senate, senator joe donnelly, to give these men the recognition they deserve. it is long overdue but i hope it helps to bring some attention to their amazing accomplishments. i ask that my colleagues join us today in recognizing the 1955 christmas at-ics men's basketball team and thank them for bringing tremendous pride to the citizens of indianapolis and people of all races across our great country. i yield back, mr. speaker. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley, for five minutes. mr. crowley: thank you, mr. speaker. i wish i could count how many times members of congress have come to this floor