tv U.S. House Morning Hour CSPAN October 21, 2015 10:00am-11:01am EDT
caller: the ambassador in it said he asked for help and was refused and he was scared. host: i have to stop there. guest: we know, she is correct that he asked many help for many ways. host: sharyl attkisson, thank you for your time. this hearing tomorrow morning, 10:00 a.m. eastern time when the questions begin for hillary clinton. washington, d.c., october 21, 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 west virginia, mr. mooney, for five minutes. mr. oney: thank you, speaker. my state of west virginia is experiencing a crisis. west virginia is leading the country in a rather grim category, drug overdoses. this issue goes beyond party lines and it is ripping our state apart. president obama is bringing national attention to our drug crisis by coming to my district today this afternoon to discuss the prescription drug and heroin epidemic. the statistics are disturbing. overdoses in west virginia increased by 134% between 2012 and 2013, which accounts for about 34 drug overdose deaths
per 100,000 west virginia residents. this overdose rate is more than double the national average. there is no magical solution to this epidemic. we need local, state and federal officials to work together to effectively fight back. one of the ways we can do this is to have the federal government's support, the high intensity drug trafficking area .rogram, also known as hida it provides needed funds to law enforcement to combat drug trafficking while also helping local treatment and prevention efforts. i've been hosting roundtable discussions across my district to hear directly from communities that are affected by the drug epidemic. i recently held one of these discussions in the town of romney, west virginia, in september to talk about the ongoing issues they face in that community. officials at the meeting agreed
that we need to utilize all resources available at the local, state and federal levels. we also read that hida was a key tool in fighting back. it was also pointed out that foster parents are needed to help care for children whose parents are struggling with drug addiction issues. so you can help too. but addressing drug trafficking is not the only thing that needs to be done to help fight the epidemic. we need to help the youngest victims of our shared battle with this crisis -- infants who are born addicted. that is why i co-sponsored and voted for h.r. 1462, the protecting our infants act of 2015, that passed the house here unanimously and is awaiting action in the u.s. senate. this bill addresses a condition called neonatal abstinence syndrome, to help find the best way to diagnosis, evaluate and
coordinate federal efforts to help research and respond to this debilitating condition. infants who suffer from the neonatal abstinence syndrome can experience seizures, respiratory impairments, tremendousors and difficulty feeding. research published by the pareneotology says that infants with this syndrome grew nearly five-fold since 2012 and infants is born with drug withdrawal every 25 minutes in the united states. one out of 15 births in west virginia is a baby addicted to drugs. this is a problem that needs serious attention immediately and this is one crucial step. before i yield back, one of the latest tools available to the public in west virginia to help fight addiction is a new 24-hour call line that has been launched to help people battling substance and mental health issues in west virginia.
the call line is 1-844-help 47b 4 wv. 4wv. ine is -- 1-844-help we must continue to help fight against this epidemic. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. blumenauer: permission to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: mr. speaker, advocates from the new emerging marijuana industry in oregon are descending capitol hill at a very critical time for this fledgling industry. they have a report about the implementation of oregon's ballot measure 91, overwhelmingly approved by voters last year to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana at the state level. possession became legal july 1.
retail sales were authorized existing dispenseries on the first of october to significant interest around the state. the first week saw an estimated 11 million dollars in sales. they're working hard to implement the spirit and the letter of the measure, working closely with the oregon legislature to refine it, learning from the experience of states like washington and colorado that have already legalized adult use. theirs is a positive story of economic product, product development, -- economic development, product development, eliminating the racial disparities in the enforcement of a failed policy of prohibition that comes down heavily against young men of color, especially african-americans. at the same time, there was a scathing report this week from the brookings institution researchers, john and grace,
that called out the roadblocks that are being put in place by law enforcement and federal policies that stifle medical marijuana research, interfere with the science and the doctor-patient relationships in ways that are completely unwarranted, counterproductive and destructive. they come at a time when the federal government has told the drug enforcement agency to stop harassing medical providers after congress clearly passed legislation to protect the industry and more important, patients' right to medicine. the rohrabacher-farr amendment passed by strong bipartisan support, clearly specifying that the federal government should not interfere with state legal medical marijuana operations. the department of justice, unfortunately, took an outrageously flawed position which infuriated those of us who authored these provisions
and have worked to pass them over the last two years. the d.e.a. ignored the law and the department of justice defended them in this unfortunate action. it's the latest example of how far out of touch the federal government agencies are with the reality on the ground. with the will of the majority of the american people who think that marijuana should be legal and with the policies of the president himself. president obama has declared marijuana no more harmful than other perfectly legal substances like tobacco, which is in fact true, and that he had bigger fish to fry than fight against state legalization. unfortunately, some parts of his federal government are still frying those fish. the good news is that the tide has turned. as i mentioned, the majority of american people think that marijuana should be legal.
23 states and the district of columbia and guam have now medical marijuana, and 17 more have authorized a limited version of medical marijuana. we have four states and the district of columbia that permit outright adult use with more states considering this over the course of the next year. all the federal government has to do, as secretary clinton recently said in colorado, is just stay out of the way. stop interfering. let legal marijuana businesses have bank accounts. don't force them to be all cash. let them deduct their business expenses from their taxes instead of penalizing them with grotesquely levels of tax. let the states continue in their efforts of reform. let them treat it just like we do alcohol. the day is fast coming when the federal policy will be to robustly research and ultimately deschedule or remove
marijuana from the controlled substance act, no longer pretending that it is or should be a scheduled 1 controlled substance and instead tax and regulate it at the federal level. in the meantime, the states will continue marching forward. the public will continue to request that we in the federal level stop interfering with marijuana, and congress will continue our efforts with increasingly large bipartisan jorts to make this -- majorities to make this policy work to replace the failed attempt at marijuana prohibition. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california -- from florida is recognized for five minutes. rajini: thank you, mr. speaker. -- mr. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. the united states and israel share the same principles and values, fundamental ideas. ideas like freedom, democracy, respect for the rule of law, human rights. our nations also share sadly
the same security concerns like fighting terrorism and seeing stability in the middle east, two issues that seemingly grow worse for the entire region day by day but especially for israel. many of the recent tragic terror attacks and incidents of violence in israel have been incited by both the palestinian authority and hamas with one openly inciting the violence himself. tomorrow, the foreign affairs committee will mark up a resolution that i introduced, alongside my south florida colleague, congressman ted deutch, which condemns the anti-israel and anti-semitic incitement by the palestinian authority. when israeli citizens cannot walk out of their homes to go safely to work or go to the grocery store for fear of another terrorist attack, we must hold the palestinian leadership accountable.
abu is also threatening israel at the united nations where he seeks to delegitimize israel and seeks unilateral palestinian statehood. just last month, abu told the u.n. general assembly that palestinians would not abide by past agreements, proving once again that he is no partner for peace. this morning a maneuver was foiled at unesco when the p.a. attempted to include incendiary text in a resolution that claimed that the western wall was part of a muslim holy site. mazzin is k, abu scheduled to meet at the u.n. human rights council. you've got to be kidding. him speaking at a human rights council. president obama must hold abu mazzin accountable instead of continuing to give him a pass
for his actions and show that actions have consequences. but these aren't the only challenges that israel faces. in addition to the terror inside israel, it remains surrounded by threats like isil, challenges shared by the united states. the iran deal is riddled with loopholes, with ambiguities, outright dangerous provisions, including a sunset clause that paves the way for a nuclear armed iran in as little as 15 years, just bide the time. it also includes the lifting of the arms embargo against iran and the lifting of sanctions on iran's ballistic missile program. in addition, it releases billions of dollars that is allowing the regime to increase its terror financing and helps fulfill its destructive ambitions in the middle east. for years, congress, not the
administration, has led the charge to push back against iran and to sanction it through an effective sanctions program constricting its energy, transportation and financial sectors. it is now up to congress to be proactive again, to get out in front of the iranian deal and to ensure that the administration hold iran accountable and will not allow incremental cheating because it's almost impossible to see this administration scuttling the deal for anything less than a major violation on iran's part. we need to develop stronger sanctions against iran for its illicit behavior and ensure that the administration fully enforces the sanctions on the books. while the u.n. resolution's implementing an arms embargo and restricting iran's ballistic missile program are still in place, iran is already testing our resolve. it is violating these resolutions. it test fired a ballistic
missile and it continues to ship arms to assad and hezbollah to use against the people of syria and against israel. congress must move to enact additional sanctions against iran and we must designate and sanction iran's revolutionary guard corps and the quds force because they will be the big winners in this sanctions relief. we must target hezbollah and iran's other proxies because you can be sure that with hezbollah it is only a matter of when, not if, it decides to attack israel. we must ensure that israel has what it needs to defend itself from hezbollah and from other outside threats. with iran providing hezbollah with more advanced rockets and missiles, even with precision-guided systems, israel is facing an enemy with almost 150,000 rockets pointed at every major city in israel.
. congress needs to get more funding to israel for its iron dome system and we need to do it sooner rather than later. israel is an oasis of freedom in a desert of tyranny, a desert of terror, instability, it is absolutely vital, mr. speaker, that congress and israel stand together to face these challenges united. the president won't do it, the congress must. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the time of the gentlewoman has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for five minutes. mr. mcgovern: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i recently had the pleasure of speaking with a group of people involved with community voices, why nutrition assistance matters. it was inspiring to hear about the real and positive impact our federal nutrition programs on the daily lives of americans all across this contry.
community voices is a summer-long national campaign launched by center for american progress, the coalition on human needs, witnesses to hunger, the food research in action center, feeding america, and the academy of nutrition and die at the timics. it was started to share the personal stories of individuals and service providers who experience firsthand programs like snap or w.i.c. or school meals. these contributors are the real exports when it comes to the importance and effect of our vital nutrition assistance programs. the community voices campaign culminated in this booklet, a compilation of many of these stories. i'd like to take a moment and share a few of these stories. genetta from california says, i quote, several years ago i left an abusive relationship and now i'm raising my daughter by myself. my daughter participates in the school meal program and the after-school snack program much the snack program really helps so my daughter isn't as hungry when she gets home from school.
we also receive $356 a month in snap. this money is supposed to supplement my food budget, but it is really all of my food budget because my income barely covers my rent. right now i'm homeless and it's hard to find a place to live for less than $500 a month. because of snap we are not starving. as a mom i try to cut out a lot of bad food from my family's diet, but it is a difficult task to buy healthier food because it is expensive. it's also very difficult because we have been homeless for a couple months so i have to use other people's refrigerators. i'm thankful for these programs and tell all the people trying to make these programs better. they help me and they help my daughter, end quote. let me share another story from linda from massachusetts. a coalition for the -- of the homeless, i quote. several years ago i volunteered at a summer program at a park in morgantown, kentucky. assisting with skill building activities. without this nutrition program,
the kids who came would not have had lunch, since school was not in session. if the kids didn't come to the park for nutritional food, i'm not sure they would have gotten it anywhere else. none of the food was wasted n, and if there was any food left over, the kids would take it back to their families. food is a basic human right and our government sometimes forgets that and needs to be reminded. this is a moral imperative for our country to make sure that all people, especially children, have the resources needed to develop even more so for families and children in poverty, end quote. i want to thank her and all those who took the time to share their stories. they remind us that these programs are helping real families who are trying to do their best in very difficult times. mr. speaker, all too often the discussion around snap and our other anti-hunger programs is punctuated by misinformation, false stereotypes, or down right nafty rhetoric. it is frustrating and it is wrong. community voices reminds us what
a positive difference these programs make for families who are really struggling. and the data backs up just how important these programs are. in 2014 alone, for example, snap lifted 4.7 million people out of poverty, including 2.1 million children. 92% of benefits go to households with incomes below the poverty line, which includes millions of struggling families working hard every day to put food on the table. and federal investment in our nutrition programs is one of the smartest investments we can make. for example, for every $1 spent on preventive services for a pregnant woman in w.i.c., the program saves $4.21 in medicaid costs by reducing the risk of preterm birth and associated costs. mr. speaker, i have long believed we need to hear firsthand from the people directly touched by snap or w.i.c. or school meals. they are the real experts and they can guide us as members of congress as we work to strengthen and improve these programs. every member of congress should have received a community voices
booklet. it's a call to action to protect our vital nutrition assistance programs. i encourage you to read the stories about how these programs are helping families who need them most. without them, hunger would be much, much worse in this country. and i urge you to keep their stories in mind the next time proposals come before congress to cut funding for w.i.c. or restrict access to snap or make it more difficult for kids to get healthy meals in school. harmful changes like these would hurt real families who are already struggling. we should not make their lives more difficult. we should not be making hunger worse in this country. mr. speaker, we can and we should do more to end hunger now. i yield back my time the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, is recognized, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to recognize october as national fire prevention month
and would like to thank all the firefighters across my district and across the nation for all that they do to keep our community safe. in 2013, departments across the united states responded to nearly 400,000 fires, resulting in $7 billion in property damage and more than 2,700 deaths. that unfortunately amounts to an average of eight people every day. of those who lost their lives as a result of fire, one in four was caused by a fire that started in a bedroom. this is one of the reasons why one focus of this year's fire prevention month is to raise awareness that every bedroom needs a working smoke detector. mr. speaker, as a volunteer firefighter with nearly three decades of experience, i know that smoke detectors save lives. the statistics prove this, showing that working smoke detectors cut the risk of dying in a fire by half. smoke detectors are inexpensive and easy to install and i urge everyone to take action to help prevent future tragedies.
mr. speaker, i rise today to mark the 50th anniversary of good will industries north central located in my district. this organization assists people across a huge portion of north central pennsylvania, including 13 counties. good will has been a valuable part of its region since its launch in 1966. over the years, their service area has grown to cover more than a dozen counties, 20 stores, most recent addition 21st store which is an online store they operate, and created jobs for more than 500 people. last week i visited good will's distribution center in jefferson county, pennsylvania, and learned more about the organization's plans to open an additional three stores as well as a donation training center. 50 years after its founding, hard work and determination are still the cornerstone to good wills of north central's foundation. it certainly helps that this great organization is backed by a highly regarded national network. across the united states, good
will is considered one of the top five most valuable and recognized nonprofit brands and is the second largest nonprofit organization. pennsylvania alone is served by 10 good will industry service areas, and good will has helped the community it services through partnerships with businesses, schools, helping businesses overcome life challenges through opportunity, education, training, and employment. i often say that i wear many hats during my day-to-day routine, father, husband, community member, caregiver, legislator, and so on. i'm sure most of you would agree with the fact that the differ roles that you fulfill in your life provide you with diverse perspectives and help shape your outlook on what is most important. my experience of solidified my belief in the value of community. whether we are talking about our national economy, the quality of our health care, or closing the skills gap, we can agree the most successful efforts to start in our local communities from the ground up.
those who donate to good will can have peace of mind their money is going to the right place, since 90 cents of every dollar is directed towards its mission and services. these services are provided to nearly 1,200 people across north central region in pennsylvania in 2013. providing an immeasurable benefit to our region. the 50th anniversary celebration is a great time to reflect on all of the growth that good will industries north central has achieved as a team and continue to prepare your plans for the future. i commend them for all their remarkable accomplishments and i look forward to the great things that are to come. thank you, mr. speaker. yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from pennsylvania yields back the balance of his time. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from connecticut, mr. himes, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise this morning in some horror and alarm over the
so-called default prevention act that this chamber will be considering. of all the or wellian names -- orr wellian names the house comes up with for legislation this one is truly deserving of an award by the ministry of truth. for those of you at home who have not been following the swirling mad cap antics of the house of representatives lately, let me assure you that the default prevention act in no way prevents a default. the default prevention act, in fact, specifies that two categories of people get paid in the event that the congress does not raise the debt ceiling. it specifies that private bondholders of u.s. treasuries will get paid interest. and it specifies that social security recipients will be held harmless. they'll get paid. now, at some level maybe that everybodyractive, but
else that is expecting a check or a salary or some form of repayment by the united states government, they are out of luck. 1.4 million active duty troops, they are not in this bill as somebody who gets paid if the government doesn't raise the debt ceiling. four million disabled veterans, out of luck. under this bill. one million doctors who today are providing medicare services to our senior citizens. out of luck. sorry. you didn't make it into the default prevention act. cooked up by the republican majority. mr. speaker, this is a bill that stunningly and explicitly defines for the world, sells everybody, exactly how the u.s. government intends to be a deadbeat. to pay and who
we are not going to pay. here's how we are going to be a deadbeat. why would you do that? what possible sense does that make? there are all kinds of reasons why this is a terrible piece of legislation. let me focus on two. number one, i hear constantly from my friends on the republican side of the aisle that everything creates winners and losers. the affordable care act, the ex-im bank, you name it. dodd-frank creates winners and losers. this bill very explicitly creates winners. social security recipients and bondholders. who are these bondholders? who holds united states treasury debt? do you? i'll tell you who holds most of it. china. china does. this is why on the democratic side of the aisle we have called this bill the pay china first act. which is actually a much better description of what this act actually does than the default prevention act. but more seriously, mr. speaker, i worked in the capital markets for a long time and there is no way to gracefully default on
your debt. to say we'll pay interest, we'll pay social security, but we are not going to pay soldiers, medicare, once you tell the world that we do not intend to abide by our obligations, the world loses its faith in the united states. folks, this debt ceiling is a fiction. it's an add second degree murder you arist fiction. -- absurdist fiction. this chamber and the united congress chooses to spend more money than it chooses to tax and bring in. there is really only two ways to reduce the deficit and debt. you can tax more, which nobody likes to do. or you can spend less, which it turns out that nobody really wants to do, either, because everybody in this chamber has the things that they want to spend their money on, but the other guy's stuff, that we are going to cut. so we have the ultimate hypocrisy of saying we are going to tax too little and spend too much, create a deficit, but then we are going to vote on this magical thing called the debt ceiling that will allow us to
say, i'm not raising the debt ceiling because i oppose spending. it's absurd. and you know what? it leads to legislation like this. mr. speaker, we have seen this movie before. soon in the next couple days grown men and women in this chamber are going to talk about maybe the treasury minting a high denomination platinum coin to solve this problem. as though we were characters in some kind of harry potter movie instead of responsible legislators. this needs to stop, mr. speaker. my constituents soon in the are tired of the house of representatives acting in this fashion. ideological and absurd. my constituents want us to come together to deal with the real problems facing america. of improving the economy, making education accessible, but, no, we are going to spend some time on this absurdly named default prevention act. i urge my colleagues to vote against this thing and move on to more serious issues. mr. speaker, with that i yield back the balance of my time.
. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. olson, for five minutes. mr. olson: mr. speaker, in a mere 14 days america will hit the limit for our national debt . but rather than working with congress to address the causes of our debt, president obama is demanding we dump more debt on our kids and grandkids. president obama is very different than senator obama. here's a photo of senator obama speaking on the senate floor, and here's what he said on the
national debt on the senate loor march 16, 2006. quote, the fact that we are here today to debate raising america's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. it is a sign that the u.s. government can't pay its own bills. it is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies. over the past five years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. that is trillion with a t. that is money that we have borrowed from the social
security trust fund, borrowed from china and japan, borrowed from american taxpayers. numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. some people may wonder why they matter. here is why. this year the federal vernment will spend $220 illion on interest, end quote. the $8.6 trillion that horrified senator obama in 2006 has exploded to $18.1 trillion n president obama's watch. that's trillion with a t, to quote senator obama. senator obama later explained,
quote, every dollar we pay in interest is a dollar that is not going to investment in america's priorities. instead, interest payments are significant tax on all americans, a debt tax that washington doesn't want to talk about, end quote. senator obama abhored a debt tax that washington didn't want to talk about, and now he refuses to talk about his new debt tax. senator obama closed by saying, america's ase of debt weakens us domestically
and internationally. this means that the buck stops here. instead, washington shifted the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. america has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. americans deserve better. i, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase america's debt limit, end quote. if senator obama thought a national debt of $18.6 trillion , with a t, is a, quote, failure of leadership, end quote, what has changed? why is president obama ok with a new debt tax of over $20
trillion, trillion with a t? clearly president obama has forgotten senator obama's words , but the american people remember, and on their behalf and behalf of all americans who would be crushed by this new debt, as president obama to decrease our debt by working with congress to stop his new debt tax. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the time of the gentleman from texas has expired. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes. mr. speaker, did you hear that "saturday night live" has incited donald trump to host the show in november? now, let me get the exact quote
from july when donald trump launched his hate america again campaign. he said, when mexico sends his people they're not sending their best. they're sending people with lots of problems and they're bringing us those problems. they're bringing drugs. they're bringing crime. they're rapists and some i assume are good people. they're sending us not the right people. it's coming from more than mexico. it's coming from all over south and latin america, and it's probably coming from the middle east. well, much of what donald trump says is hilarious, intentionally or otherwise, bald-face racism for political game isn't funny. his statement should disqualify him from taking the stage from any entertainment venue and speak to the american people as if what he said was no big deal. it is not that i don't get the joke. i haven't been kidnapped by the politically correct police, but when public figures cross certain lines, they should lose their privileges to host tv
shows. at least until they've apologized for their unacceptable behavior. to put donald trump on the air in america's living rooms on the signature comedy show on one of the most important national networks after saying that mexicans are rapists, drug dealers and criminals, that is a corporate blunder too big to be ignored. what happened? nbc and comcast, within a couple of weeks after trump launched those racist bombs you drumped trump. you dumped his tv show on your network, dumped his pageants on nbc and networks like telemondayo. they said due to the recent derogatory statements from donald trump about immigrants, nbc is ending their business relationship with trump. nbc said, quote, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values, end quote. and nbc, you are not alone in
dumping trump. macy's department store dumped trump's clothing line. certificatea dropped trump's mattresses. and univision dumped a trump pageant. even nascar and espn dumped trump. corporate america stepped in to the plate and dumped trump and we applauded. let's be clear, the good will that corporate america earned from dumping trump didn't come from the mexican american community. no, when trump says mexicans e murderers, rapists, drug dealers, puerto ricans know he's talking about us. d colombians and ecuadorians and everybody in the latin american community. look, america is not good at telling us apart, so when we are under attack by a tycoon running for the republican presidential nomination, we can't tell apart either. we are all family.
what happened, comcast, universal and nbc? now three months later has donald trump's words been expunged. did i miss a policy on one of his almost nightly tv appearances? has he confessed his racist call to action? well, nbc installing trump as "s.n.l." host may be good for ratings but it is a bigger deal than a cameo or a tonight show guest. and i'm calling you out. if donald trump had said gays and lesbians are murderers and raping americans, would he get to host the show? it is very bit as much of fiction and a lie. donald trump has said some pretty awful things about women individually and collectively, but what if he said most women were criminals? would the writers be thinking of a sketchist for donald trump if he had slandered an entire gender rather than an entire ethnic group? trump says he wants to do away from the constitution that
allowed freed african-american slaves to be treated fully as american citizens. yes,edum the 14th amendment to constitution, but what if he said that black people were murderers, rapists, drug dealers, would you still pitch his skits with donald trump in some light-hearted wanter? what if all of the la teen -- wantor? what if all of the latino cast members walked off the job at "saturday night live"? oh, wait, you don't have any latino cast members. i do seem to remember comcast spending time on capitol hill when they had a merger deal with time warner and they wanted support from members of congress. comcast said, oh, latinos, you're so important to them. and they had plans to do? and that and the other thing to support the latino and immigrant community. what happened? the mentaler didn't go through -- merger didn't go through so you no longer feel corporate responsibility to the 55 million latinos that live in the u.s.a. giving free air time to people who insult and malign them is now part of your
business model? the speaker pro tempore: the time of the gentleman has expired. mr. gutierrez: and i just want to say one last thing to producer loren michaels. i wonder if he had said that canadians were murderers, rapists and drug dealers, would you be inviting him on "s.n.l."? mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to place in the record a letter that i sent to nbc, comcast yesterday. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. members are reminded to address their remarks to the chair. the time of the gentleman has expired. the gentleman from west virginia, mr. jenkins, is recognized for five minutes. mr. enkins: thank you, speaker. president obama is coming to west virginia today to talk about our state's and nation's drug crisis. what i hope he will also talk about on his visit to our capital city, charleston, is
what i hope he will acknowledge and that is our state's jobs crisis. west virginia has lost good jobs, jobs in our coal mines, jobs in our schools, small businesses, jobs in our small towns and communities throughout southern west virginia. regulations from the president's own environmental protection agency are forcing coal mines to close. our coal miners are out of work. our coal families are facing an uncertain future. we have lost an estimated 43% of our coal jobs in just the last six years under this administration's policies. 18%, 18% of unemployed people reported using illegal drugs. that's more than twice the
number of people who used illegal drugs who were employed. the best anti-drug policy is a good jobs policy. west virginia has the highest overdose rate in the country. we also have the highest unemployment rate in the country. nearly every family in this state has been touched by drug too , and tragically far many, any family, there are those who suffered and buried a loved one due to the horrible disease of addiction. the president will announce several initiatives to help address the heroin and opioid crisis. he's going to talk about prescriber training. he's going to talk about access to a powerful anecdote to an overdose. he's going to talk about public education. these are all excellent steps.
these are actually things we already are doing in west virginia. we have taken great strides on many fronts, including these in west virginia to arrest this problem. these proposals, however, i'm afraid do not go far enough to really make a difference and treat those battling addiction. . the president needs a strong plan to get people real treatment to address their addictions and become healthy and productive members of society again. many west virginians who want treatment don't have anywhere to go. those suffering from addiction are forced to leave west virginia to find help, treatment, and their families are falling apart. to improve west virginia, to give west virginians hope for a better future, to give them an
alternative to destructive lifestyles, we have to get people back to work. mr. president, a good job solves a lot of problems. west virginians are proud people. we are not asking for a hand out. we want to do a full day's work for a full day's pay. the administration is crushing west virginia's coal miners, machinists, health care workers, truckers, small business owners, and main street. mr. president, if you want to help win the war on drugs, stop your war on coal. what we need is the federal government to get out of the way of west virginia and let us get back to work. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. remind speakers to address their remarks to the chair. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. duncan, for five minutes. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, over the past 15 years we have had thousands of
young americans killed and thousands more maimed and trillions of u.s. taxpayer dollars spent in our failed attempts at nation building in iraq, afghanistan, and other starts of the middle east. surely, surely we have learned a very expensive lesson that we cannot run the middle east. in fact, in some ways our good intentions have made things worse. now some companies switch and people who make money off an interventionist foreign policy are clamoring for us to get in bigger way in bloody syria. mr. speaker, this is not true conservatism. mr. speaker, the conservative columnist, wrote reently, what lessons might we bigger way in hole experience of the iraq war? if nothing else, we should never again imagine that we can engage in nation building in the
sweeping sense that term acquired in iraq. least of all building a democratic arab nation in a region of the world that has never had such a thing in the history that goes back thousands of years. david keen, the conservative opinion editor of the "washington times" wrote, quote, the concept of u.s. national interest was stretched beyond any rationale meaning. america took on more than we could handle. the result is a generation of young americans who have never known peace, a decade in which thousands of our best have died or been maimed with little to show for their sacrifices, our enemies have multiplied, and the national debt has skyrocketed. mr. speaker, president kennedy said in one of his most famous speeches at the university of washington in 1961, he said, quote, we must face the fact that the united states is neither omnipotent or omniscient, we are only 6% of the world's population, we cannot impose our will on the
other 94% of mankind, that we cannot right every wrong or reverse each adversity, and yet, therefore, there cannot be an american solution to every world problem. the only difference now, mr. speaker, is is that we are 4% of the world's population instead of the 6% that he mentioned. but i would repeat those words of president kennedy, we cannot right every wrong or reverse each adversity. and that therefore there cannot be an american solution to every world problem. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the hous
>> 10 1/2 years, or half a dozen dustry days later the army produces a 351-page request for roposal. 51 pages for a handgun. because of the bureaucracy and the lack of responsiveness to anyone who isn't engaged in the special operations arena, our soldiers have handguns that are over 30 years old and in recent surveys they have stated that
they absolutely hate those small rms. what should congress could to get the army to fix this mess for small arms that our soldiers need on the ground in a time of war. secretary gates: it seems to me -- my friends in the army are not going to like my answer, but i think -- what it is about of the ng the secretary army and the chief of staff of the army and the chief of acquisitions to city table and ask that question. why is it taking you guys 10 years? this is absurd. why is it a 350-page r.f.p.? it's a handgun for god's sake. again, i always come back to the same theme.
most bureaucracies have stifling effect. it's just in the culture, it's in the d.n.a. and what is required are disrupters. and if you have people in senior positions who are not disrupters, you need to make them into disrupters. and the way you do that is by holding them personally accountable. senator ernst: i appreciate that, thank you. i like that answer. i don't know why they wouldn't. i think you're right on there. i would like to talk a little bit about the middle east as well. in the past you have called for a safe haven to help end the humanitarian disaster in syria. i'd like to direct my attention to iraq because we do have a humanitarian disaster in iraq as well. i believe we have a safe haven there, which is iraqi kurdistan.
nearly 1.6 ken in million refugees. many of them are christians. and our k.r.g. friends who are providing that safe haven, they are really unequipped to provide for the influx of all those folks. the peshmerga are also fighting with limited resources against an enemy which seems to have an endless supply of weapons and other types of equipment to include many weapons procured through various processes from the united states. whether that's simply picking items up off the ground that have been left behind by other security forces. how important, in your opinion, has the u.s. relationship with the iraqi kurds been for our country and for the d.o.d. over the past quarter of a century? secretary gates: i think it's a very important relationship. i think it's worth noting that the chairman of the joint chiefs
is either there right now or just been there. my view is that one of the things we ought to be -- i said this in an interview and i probably was a little more blunt than i should have been, but i the idea of training of aenous fighters outside country and then reinfiltrating them was probably never going to work. i think one of the things that could work is to identify groups , particularly tribes and ethnic groups, that have shown they are prepared to defen their own territory against isis and provide weapons to those tribes nd those religious groups. or may not fight in iraq
outside of their own turf against isis, but they may well fight to the death to protect their own homeland, their own villages, and so on. so finding those groups and arming them at least begins to contain isis and flenlts with a diverse number of enemies that make it difficult for them to further expand their activities. i would include above all among those groups the kurds. senator ernst: thank you very much. hank you, mr. chair. senator mccain: that's what the anbar awakening was about. my crack staff tells me the army specified everything the handgun needed to do including comply with the current bore brush, but they didn't specify what caliber governor should -- kaine. senator kaine: thank you,
senator. thank you, to you, dr. gates, for your service. we have a special affection for you because of your service to your alma mater, william and marry-marery. i want to focus on the last bit of your testimony which is what congress can do better. in particular we have a hearing right now in the budget committee about federal budget reform. you testified that, i think, only two years during the years that you were the secd did ef that you were dealing with an appropriations bill on the first day of the fiscal year. otherwise you were dealing with c.r.s. and your colleagues in the secretary of defense dealt with c.r.s. you dealt with sequestration. you dealt with furloughs. you dealt with threats of all of the above. you dealt with brinksmanship over debt ceiling limitations. you dealt with a high degree of uncertainty as you're planning what scenario do i run in terms of the resources that i'll have? will i have -- we have to absorb the full sequester, budget caps?
talk a little bit about the strategic challenge that it presents to the entire defense mission of the united states when you're dealing with the degree of congressional budgetary uncertainty that we have seen in the nation in the past number of years. dr. gates: as i said in my comments, we have an appropriations bill at the beginning of the fiscal year, twice in the last 10 years, and believe me it was, i think, probably in the ninth and 10th year ago. i submitted through the president five budgets to the congress as secretary, and never once had an appropriation at the beginning of the fiscal year. the problem is you then have to straight line your spending, you have to adjust all of your spending because you can't spend -- you can't start anything new, you can't spend anything more on anything, and then you get
several months into the fiscal year and all of a sudden you've got money. disbursing the money over a 12-month period in a rational and planned way, you have to hurry up at the end of the fiscal year. when you get a cut of 30% in the operations budget, half way through the fiscal year, which is what happened in 20 sp, because of sequestration -- in 2013 because of sequestration, that's when you end up with a third of the air force active duty fighter wings grounded. that's when you didn't have the money to deploy the harry s. truman to the persian gulf. those are the very real consequences. and this uncertainty ripples down to every level. so what you have are commanders at lower levels not wanting to get caught short so they are very conservative in the way they spend their money.
because they don't know what's going to happen. so you have less training, less exercises, less maintenance. these are all the things that can be put off and they are being put off. the backlog of maintenance in the navy, for example, is becoming huge. but it's because of this uncertainty of when we are going to get something. i mentioned in my prepared statement often in a program in a development of a program, when you move from one year to the next, you create the opportunity to significantly ramp up production. when you ramp up the numbers, the costs go down. you lose those opportunities if you don't have the money to ramp up because you don't know whether you're going to have the resources to do that, or even the authority, if you've got a continuing resolution. so it has a huge ripple effect, even a continuing resolution, a huge ripple effect throughout this entire giant organization. i used to say when testifying up
here, i said you guys expect me -- i've got the biggest supertanker in the world and you expect me to run it like a skiff. and that's just impossible. senator kaine: let me compare your uncertainty. if he start of your testimony you talked about there can be a conventional wisdom you challenge, i know the world is more uncertain now, more dangerous than it's been, you walked through from world war ii to today and you pointed out decade by decade the challenges. while we may not be able to predict the next challenge, that there will be challenges. . you've testified that you don't think the oako account is particularly -- o.c.o. account is particularly good. it seems to me the mission of national defense is probably in real terms kind of more threatened by uncertainty here