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washington, d.c. may 12, 2016. i hereby appoint the honorable daniel webster to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the president of the united states. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: mr. secretary. the secretary: i'm directed by the president of the united states to deliver to the house of representatives a message in writing. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the i se on january 5, 2016, chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate parties on between the and each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five minutes, but in no event shall debate i continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez. we understand that the speaker of the house is receiving a special visitor today, the heavyweight undisputed champion and leader of the republican party, the person who speaks for every single house republican, the presidential nominee of the republican party. just so that we are clear on how important this visit is, i hold in my hand the actual menu from the cafeteria today. this is the menu from the senate carryout, today's special is, wait for it -- taco salad. they have little pictures of
the salad. the republicans love the hispanics so much that they put taco salads on the menus so that we can honor the love and affection that their presidential nominee feels for each and every one of us, the hispanics. and i'm sure that that love and respect extends to alt working men and women in the cafeterias, not just the ones part of the hispanics, but the other working men and women who are part of the blacks, the asians, or the whites. they work hard every single day in the cafeterias of the capitol and surrounding buildings, it's not something i'm proud of, but the reality is many of them don't even make a living wage. oh, look. it says here that may is strawberry festival month in
the cafeterias. let's see if we can guess who picks the strawberries that will be served in the cafeterias, shall we, mr. speaker? i would venture to guess every single strawberry that is served on yogurt, members of congress will have passed through the hands, rough hands, of an undocumented immigrant. whether it was growing them, picking them, packing them, shipping thepping them, unloading them, or some other part of the process, strawberry festival month really means undocumented farm worker month. we are all complicit. any food you eat will have been touched by undocumented immigrant hands. immigrants the republican party wants to remove from our the millions. 11 million people, their amilies, businesses, their homeownership, their consumer buying power, their u.s. citizen, wives, and husbands, and u.s. citizen children, they all got to go. now, it was less than two years ago upstairs in this building that the respected chairman of the house rules committee said to me in a committee hearing that he was unaware of anyone in the republican party who said, quote, there is no one in responsible republican leadership who would suggest or support mass deportation. he said it was, quote, inflammatory for me to suggest
otherwise. just 18 months ago. he said it was, quote, extremely distasteful of anyone, including me, to suggest republicans would favor driving out 11 million immigrants. now the standard-bearer, the the , the nominee, leading the party into november, election is calling for the mass deportation or removal of 11 million people in detail, out loud. so, as we eat our taco salads today or have a sweet delicious strawberry, i hope my colleagues true on the words and keep in mind the philosophy and values your leader is espousing on the campaign trail. taste the imgrapt labor, the hands of mexicans, and a loft other people with and without papers who went into every morsel of the food that you taste today. and i also want you to think about the nearly one million american-born latino citizens who have turned 18 in the last 12 months.
and the half million more that will turn 18 before november. think about the 82,000 puerto ricans that have left the island of puerto rico, most of them moving to florida, a very important electoral state. and the tens of thousands more that will arrive before the election as citizens of the united states. and as you eat your strawberry, please, please,, please, mr. speaker, i hope you will think about the 25% increase that we have seen in the first quarter of 2016 in the citizenship applications. the 8.8 million eligible immigrants who can apply for citizenship today and the thousands more who will be eligible before november. sure, you can chomp on your taco salad, mr. speaker, you can concentrate on the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants who are daily targets of lies and slander on the campaign trail, but come november, the latinos you will really have to worry about are the more than 27 latino citizens like me of the u.s.a. who are your constituents, who are eligible to vote and fired up to vote more and more with ach passing day.
the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. kinzinger, for five minutes. mr. kinzinger: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, bill clinton once said when asked what is great -- his greatest regret was of his time in office he said his greatest regret was failure to act on the genocide in rwanda. mr. speaker, today over almost a half million syrians have been killed by a brutal dictator, what i think is important to note, a lot of the times when we talk about something happening somewhere that's not here, we think of it as something that doesn't affect us because these people may look different, maybe they speak a different language, maybe they worship a different
god. frankly it's oceans away. mr. speaker, right here is just a picture of a number of syrian children. these are children that are having their lives torn up by war. it's children just like these that in past years were gassed by al assad. i want you to imagine that gassing. as you ground knowing that you are taking among your last breaths, as your mom and dad sit there and are affected by the same chemical weapons and watching their children die, it's tragic. that was done indiscriminately by bashir al assad. that's nothing new for him, he learned from the greatest man he knew, his father, who leveled cities and killed tens of thousands who dared disobey his will. the will of one man. in 2011 these generations of repressed syrians who do not like to live under dictatorships, humanity does
not like to be oppressed and live under dictatorships, these millions of citizens rose up and began to peacefully protest their dictator. how did the dictator respond? did he talk about reforms that could be done to government? no. did he respond -- he responded with tanks, armies, murder. and he responded with chemical weapons. the united states and other countries were rightfully concerned with what was going on and a red line was placed by our president. that red line was not adhered to. al assad got away with using chemical weapons at no cost, no penalty. so this brutal civil war continues. children, women, are among the chief targets, by the way, of the regime because they believe it inflicts more per capita of the population than killing the man. they target them specifically. they continue to die. the west thought they negotiated, the president thought he negotiated a
cease-fire. but yet in the end of april a doctors without border hospital was bombed. was the one we hear so much about in afghanistan, the mistaken bombing of a doctors without border hospital that was tragically gone don by american military? no, not that one. tragic as that is. but the regime of assad killed almost 60, over 60 people in a doctors without border hospital desite a cease-fire that's occurring. now we are back at the table hoping to make this cease-fire stick. mr. speaker, unfortunately in this campaign season people have been seductively lured into the idea that america's responsibility is just to come home and lick our wounds. i believe that america has a mission, a god-inspired mission, a mission to be an example to bfls people of self-governance. to be an example of human rights and dignity. but it's also in our self-interest to be involved.
what is the brutal dictator of assad, what has he done besides tragically killing ham half a million people, as if that's not bad enough? e has created an area for isis to spawn and breed. isis wouldn't be in existence today if syria was a stable country under democratic rule because the people wouldn't turn to it. al assad created and incubates isis, fact. he brutalizes his people and you cannot fix the situation in syria with assad remaining in existence. it may not be popular to say, people may say, you want to intervene another middle eastern war? no, i don't want to. but i'll tell you, mr. speaker, america has a mission, and if we forget that mission, if we wake up, if the president someday in an interview says my
greatest regret was inaction in syria, that's on all of us, too. these children, they want to be teachers, they want to be police officers, they want to have kids of their own someday. don't forget their voices. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from nebraska, mr. ashford, five minutes. mr. ashford: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of the retirement of dr. phil smith of nebraska medicine at the university of nebraska medical center. over 35 years ago dr. smith established the nebraskan infection control network to educate health care professionals regarding infection control in nursing homes and hospitals. dr. smith is a pioneer in the field of infectious disease and
his perseverance and dedication led to the establishment of the very critical bio containment unit at nebraska medicine in 2005. commissioned by the center for disease control, the unit was at ground zero in the fight against ebola. providing ebola training to more than 30 of the country's top hospitals while successfully treating several ebola patients. dr. rick sacre who contracted the disease in west africa credits the omaha unit with saving his life. recently dr. smith co-developed the sent foreer preparedness education, a coalition between the university of nebraska medical center and crayton university medical center. it is important and very difficult to sum up this year that he has had. what is critical, though, is that the ebola problem and crisis is not going away. the university of nebraska medical center and the community that i come from,
omaha, and the entire state of nebraska, is committed to fighting ebola. will continue to do so by developing an even more significant biocontainment center, developing teaching regimens, developing research regimens at the university of nebraska medical center to fight ebola and other infectious diseases. it is difficult to sum up the career that dr. smith has had but i will quote this. he says patient care has been part of my life. it's a noble profession. and nothing beats the gratification of making a diagnosis and helping a patient. nothing is more clear than the treatment of the ebola crisis at the university of nebraska. saving lives, creating a atmosphere for further research, creating a facility for training for health care professionals from around the world is the mission that the university of nebraska has taken up. dr. smith's contribution to nebraska and our nation are
immeasurable and we are graving for his service. interestingly enough, the university of nebraska biocontainment unit is now in the capable hands of dr. angie hewitt, who is a daughter of one of our colleagues, representative gene green of texas. dr. hewitt will continue the work that dr. smith has begun. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, for five minutes. mr. poe: mr. speaker, israel has always been surrounded by threats. since it was established, israel has survived arab armies waiting at its borders to destroy the jewish state. it has persisted in the face of suicide bombers and terrorists onslates like in other country in history. recently the threats to israel have increased and become even more dangerous. iran's supreme leader has
stated clearly he wants to destroy israel. thanks to the nuclear deal made by the administration, it's only a matter of time before the mullahs in iran develop a nuclear weapon. the iranian deal will gown-g down in history as one of the administration's worst foreign policy mistakes. this chamberlain deal ensures that iran gets to keep enriching une rain yum and does not have to dismantle any of its nuclear infrastructure. in 10 years tehran just has to flip a switch to get a nuclear bomb. and israel is the first target. tehran wants to put the entire middle east under its thumb he, and iran continues to defy u.n. scurk resolutions on if ballistic missiles, and since the nuclear deal was signed, iran has conducted three ballistic missile tests. some of the previously launched missiles were even marked with the words, in hebrew, israel must be wiped off the earth. .
iran said it would give $7,000 to palestinian citizens who murder israelis and $30,000 to every family whose home israel demolishes due to their involvement in terrorism. the iranians mullahs have hate and murder in their souls and they want to eliminate israel. the fact that the administration gave $100 billion signing bonus and sanctions relief to the regime that consorts with north korea and sends terrorist proxies to do its bidding is a real bad foreign policy. there is more. iran has sent hezbollah to go after israelis around the world. hezbollah now has an estimated $1 -- 150,000 rockets and missiles in its stockpile. that's enough to rain down thousands of rockets a day on israel for months. in fact, iran has transferred new game-changing advanced
weapons to the terrorist group hezbollah. this includes anti-ship cruise missiles, air defense missiles and precision-guided surface-to-surface missiles. then, there is hamas in the south. in gaza, israeli officials now believe hamas has completely replenished all of the rocket supply that israel destroyed two years ago. hamas is building a sophisticated network of tunnels for the purpose of securing arms and supplies. this network has only one purpose -- to strike at the heart of the israeli population centers. since september, palestinian lone wolf terrorists have carried out hundreds of vicious attacks against israeli citizens. these terrorists will do anything to kill. they ram vehicles into civilians, stab anybody in the way. immediate following the first attack, palestinian president abbas proclaimed, we welcome every drop of blood spilled in jerusalem. this is pure blood.
blood on its way to allah. this latest wave of attacks killed 34 people, injured 400. among those killed were two americans and one of them was a citizen of texas, taylor force. these terrorists are only happy when they've destroyed israeli and american families wherever they find them. isis, which is even more brutal than al qaeda, controls large parts of syria, and these terrorists no doubt view israel as a threat, will likely return to attacking the jewish state in due time. those who threaten israel, mr. speaker, threaten the united states. the same terrorist groups that want to destroy israel wants to destroy the united states. the same iran that calls israel the little satan calls the united states the great satan.
mr. speaker, israel is the bright star, the lone star of liberty, free trade agreement and democracy in the -- freedom and democracy in the middle east. the villains are picking the fight with the wrong folks because they will lose that fight and because israel and the united states will work together no matter who the enemy is for liberty, justice and freedom, not only for israel but for the united states. and that's just the way it is. i'll yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. veasey, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. before i get into my remarks, i want to share a story about a conversation that i had with one of my colleagues here on the house floor. it was a colleague from arizona , and i asked the colleague, i said, how is the new
superintendent that's coming to the fort worth independent scribner trict, dr. and the congressman said we are lucky from the phoenix area because he's done such a remarkable job there. the community was really saddened but happy for him he was getting an opportunity to work in one of texas' largest independent school districts. and i wanted to rise today to lend my unwavering support for a respected educator that has made a mark very quickly in the fort worth community and that is dr. kent scribner. he is a dedicated educator who is leading, again, one of the
largest school systems in the entire state of texas. but recently he's come under attack from centralized forces in austin that don't believe in local control. and by the way, would like to take money out of the fort worth i.s.d. and let that money be used for poor performing schools in the form of school vouchers. and what dr. scribner is under attack for in austin is trying to protect transgendered students. under the guidelines issued by dr. scribner, transgendered students are allowed to use the locker room and bathroom of their choice and teachers are -- an d to tell them employee who does not comply with these rules could face discipline. also protects other
students. it says that students who do not feel comfortable using a a transgendered student are provided a safe able and accommodation for them as well. and these guidelines, unlike it was first reported, were not developed in isolation. the fort worth school board has been working on these policies since 2014 and drafted a new set of guidelines last summer. instead of condemning dr. scribner, we should applaud his leadership because it encourages an environment that protects our children's safety. , i scribner has kids also want to make clear, in the fort worth independent school district. i don't think he would subject his child with an environment he would not face. transgendered can't use the restroom or locker room of the gender they were assigned at birth. asking them to use a separate restroom, look a faculty restroom, singles them out and increases the risk of bullying. transgendered students should not have to face bullying from government officials. allowing transgendered students to use the correct restroom is just telling them they can use the restroom like anyone else. doing otherwise would tell them they are unwelcomed at the school they attend. restricting restroom access for transgendered students goes against the consensus of
medical professionals and mental health experts. ed guidelines that the doctor issued are similar to those adopted by hundreds of school districts around the country, and let me just tell you that dr. scribner has a lot of good backup in what he's doing. these best practices are supported by the child welfare league of america, the american academy of pediatrics, texas association against sexual assault and the texas council on family violence. dr. scribner's leadership is especially commendable at a time when we're seeing a dramatic increase in hateful discriminatory -- hateful, discriminatory and anti-lgbt legislation across the united
states. it's imperative we stand together to ensure that no one is discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. that is why i'm a proud sponsor and a proud co-sponsor of the equality act, and i'm also a member of the equality caucus because i wholeheartedly believe preventing this type of discrimination only makes our country a better place. the fight for lgbt equality has seen tremendous progress, but we still have a lot of work to do to make sure that all of our students feel safe in school. i'm honored to stand in solidarity with dr. scribner and i ask my colleagues to stand with me as we support the rights of all americans. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from tennessee, mrs. blackburn, for five minutes. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, opioid addiction has proven to destroy hope, it destroys opportunity and it is destroying families. certainly we see this across the country, but we are also seeing these devastating
effects of addiction in tennessee. tennessee has the second highest rating nationally for opioid addiction. as many states are exceedingly aware, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in this country, and as we started working on this issue at energy and commerce, so many people did not realize that. prescription drug abuse,ed leading cause of accidental -- the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country. 18,000 fatalities last year. it does not care about race, gender, politics. it is an issue that affects all of us and it affects the people that we are here to serve, and many of us, families and those that we love in our communities, together we're working to find solutions that will combat this epidemic and help remedy those who are suffering from addiction the most. just this week you can look at the bills that have been on the agenda and have passed the
house. many of these are being done with bipartisan support. there have been 15 amendments to these bills. they've all passed by voice vote. and what the bills will do is to streamline the burdensome bureaucracy which currently debilitates finding a solution for this crisis. and i commend my colleagues for focusing on this issue for saying, what do we do to get to the root cause of this problem and put the tools in place so that at the local, state and federal level this can be addressed and it can be solved? one of the things that we have done is to improve the situation with the v.a. and the oversight mechanisms that they have to make certain that our veterans are being protected
and that the issues of addiction are being appropriately addressed and dealt with. earlier this year, we achieved the success that is one way that the federal government can help in the work that our state legislators are doing, and my state of tennessee, state senator dr. joey hensley and state rep barry doss have been the leaders on this issues for our general assembly and the legislation that i authored, along with congressman tom marino, was signed into
law and ensures access to proper medication with patients with legit mate needs while allowing us to continue battling the drug diversion and abuse problems that exists mere in our country. it will enable our local and state officials to move forward, address the pill mills and at the same time make certain that patients with needs have access. the legislation is called the ensuring patient access and effective drug enforcement act of 2016.
and what it will do is to combat the inappropriate use of prescription drugs by bringing greater clarity, something that is needed in so many laws and rules, but bringing greater clarity and transparency to the requirements needed for safe and secure distribution of medications. mr. speaker, the people battling addiction with moms and dads, they're brothers and sisters and children, they're neighbors and they're friends.
they are saying we need your help. our health care professionals and our pharmacists have said we need clarity. that is what we in the house are seeking to do this week. i commend my colleagues and i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the sop the chair recognizes the gentlelady from hawaii, ms. gabbard, for five minutes.
ms. gabbard: thank you, mr. speaker. the united states 2.1 million people suffer from dependency and addiction to prescription opioid drugs. 80% of the world's pain pills are consumed in the united states. where we only have 5% of the world's population. this is a epidemic that reaches every corner of our nation, transcending regional, state, community, and neighborhood lines. more people died from drug overdose in 2014 than ever before. over 60% of those deaths involved the use of an opioid. 78 americans die every single day from an opioid overdose. there are more people dying from prescription drug overdoses than car accidents. this week the house is considering 15 bipartisan measures that seek to address some of the widespread problems that have caused and perpetuated this national crisis. but as we look at treatment options and support for those dealing with this addiction,
it's important that we actually focus on the root cause of the problem. we have seen for decades major pharmaceutical companies have misled the f.d.a., doctors, and patients about the safety and risks of opioid dependency on commonly prescribed prescription drugs. in their efforts to sell more drugs. three top executives from phrma even pleaded guilty to criminal charges. just last week the "l.a. times" revealed how they have made over $31 billion off of oxycontin, by advertising the drug's 12-hour pain leaf. investigations have found many people the drug doesn't last for 12 hours. it wears off hours earlier for most people. this often leads to, quote, excruciating symptoms of withdrawal, including an intense craving for the drug, end of quote. despite multiple complaints from doctors, sales representatives, and inpent
research showing that many patients don't experience this 12-hour pain relief, the company has continued to market the drugs' 12-hour relief and even are encouraging doctors to prescribe stronger doses when patients complain about its shortened effects. according to the national survey on drug use and health, more than seven million americans have abused oxycontin. -- many abusers turn to heroin which is made from the same poppy plant and has the same effect. after people are addicted to opioid prescription drugs, they turn to heroin. when they can't get their hands on those pills. to give you some context, one 60 milligram pill costs on $60. to get the very same amount of heroin, you'll pay 1/10 of the price. the problems created by companies like perdue are felt deeply by families across the company. it's happening to our police officers, teachers, nurses, who all share the same story.
they used to take prescription drugs, but now they inject heroin. in my home state of hawaii, the rate of pain medicine abuse is more than 10% above the national average. according to hawaii state department of health data, deaths from opioid related deaths have increased 1233% from 2000 to 2016. bet violence people who served our country in uniform have been dispro-- disproportionately impacted. i have heard from my friends and relatives during their visits to the v.a. seeking treatment, even after telling their doctor i don't want drugs, they receive prescriptions for those drugs. up until recently, the v.a. prescribed opioids almost exclusively to veterans experiencing chronic pain. prescription for opiates spiked 270% over 12 years, according to a 2013 analysis by the center for investigative reporting.
this led to addictions and a fatal overdose amongst veterans at a rate twice the national average. the v.a.'s beginning to start to change some of its practice, offering alternative modes of treatment, but even so, that change is not comprehensive, it's not happening everywhere across the con. -- contry. national health crisis of this magnitude requires leadership, commitment, resolve, and partnership at every level of government within our medical community and within our community itself. i urge my colleagues in joining me to call for further action that holds pharmaceutical companies accountable who are profiting off america's addiction problem and holds doctors accountable who are irresponsibly overprescribing these addictive drugs and focus on finding real solutions that can truly help people. i urge the u.s. surgeon general to make combating opioid abuse
the 2016 call to action. a nearly initiative that helps to stimulate nationwide action to solve a major public health program in the u.s. in the past few years, the national call to action has addressed exercise, walkable communities, skin cancer prevention, breast-feeding, deep vain thrombocy, and underaged drinking. with 78 americans dying every single day from opioid overdose, this is an issue that demands our national attention and action. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota, mr. emmer, for five minutes. i rise : mr. speaker, today to recognize and congratulate april myers for being named the 2016 citizen of the year in sock rapids, minnesota. the sock rapids citizen of the year was created by the sock rapids chamber and meant to recognize individuals who have impacted the community for the better. myers, who was unaware she had even been nominated, was selected by a committee made up
of city staff, local businesses, and previous citizen of the year recipients. since 1992, april has been involved with the great river rotary, living waters lutheran church, the sock rapid school district, and she is also director of housing for the good shepherd community. thank you, april, thank you for your dedication to the less fortunate, our children, and the elderly. thank you for being an inspiration to others. thank you for making sock rapids such a great city in the sixth congressional district. it's because of people like you that minnesota is such a great place to live and raise a amily. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize and honor one of the great families in minnesota's sixth congressional district, the burnics, and their business that is celebrating an incredible 100 years of operation. it was founded in 1916 in saint
cloud, minnesota, by elizabeth and charles. originally a soda pop bottling company, they used to different their products in a horse drawn wagon. the company has come a long way since then. over the past century, this family-owned company has passed from generation to generation, expanding into a booming
business with more than 650 employees. today burnics provides full beverage, vending, and food services while maintaining its family roots in saint cloud. running a business is no small fete. oning one successfully is something we can all be proud of. congratulations to the family for their five generations of success and thank you for all ou do for our community. mr. speaker, i rise today to commemorate national police week. a time when we remember the men and women in blue who paid the order to crifice in protect and serve our great nation. is great state of minnesota home to many phenomenal law enforcement officers, men and lives on put their the line each and every day to ensure the safety and security f our community. lives to serve and some tragically lose their lives in the line of duty. these are the true heroes. this past year an officer named deputy anburg was shot and killed in the line of duty in saint cloud, minnesota. while his death was both senseless and tragic, today we remember the courageous way that he and many other fallen police officers chose to live and serve their communities. this week, in honoring fallen officers like deputy sandburg, we remember and we honor their service and their sacrifice. mr. speaker, i rise today to address a national epidemic. open yoid addiction and abuse. addiction is a disease that
does not discriminate based on age, education, or wealth. and it even happens in small town minnesota. recently i learned firsthand that addiction knows no bounds. unfortunately, like too many people today, i have seen the danger and devastation caused by addiction up close and personal. i come from a small town in minnesota, population of approximately 5,000 people, we pretty much know everybody. i have had the great fortune to raise seven kids in this great
little town, and as a youth hockey coach for almost 20 years, i have had the opportunity to work with and get to know many of the kids in our community. kids that have big hopes and dreams. unfortunately, because of the opiate and heroin crisis in this country, two of them left us way too soon. today, nearly one person dies every 12 minutes of a drug overdose. this must stop. it's going to take more than government policy to fight this epidemic, but i am so grateful for the efforts here in washington on both sides of the aisle to take on this epidemic and i just want to thank my colleagues for all their work on this important issue. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: to address reminded their remarks to the chair and ot to some perceived audience. the gentleman from illinois, mr. quigley, is recognized for five minutes. mr. quigley: thank you, mr. speaker. sadly over 16,000 people will lose their battle is year alone with brain cancer. many will be children with brain tumors being the leading cause of death from cancer for hose under 14. unfortunately, the treatment of brain tumors represent significant challenges because of the ain's uniquely complex and fragile nation. due in no small part to there being more than 120 different tumors. while brain tumor researching is supported by a number of private, nonprofit research foundations, and by institutes at the national institutes of health, there still remain daunting obstacles to the development of new treatments. moreover, there are currently no strategies for screening or early detection of brain tumors. despite the number of new people diagnosed with a brain tumor every year, and their devastating prognosis, over the past 30 years there have only been four f.d.a.-approved drugs and one device to treat brain tumors. on top of that, the four approved drugs have provided only incremental improvements to patient survival and mortality rates remain little changed over the past 30 years. it is clear that much more must be done. that is why i'm proud toint dues a resolution designating this may as national brain tumor awareness month.
throughout the month advocates around the country unite to educate the public about brown tumors and advocate for policies that are vital to discovery of a cure. their efforts are crucial for shining a light on the difficulties associated with research on brain tumors and the opportunities for advancements and brain tumor research and treatment. i ask my colleagues to honor those who have lost their lives to a brain tumor and please support this resolution so we can move one step closer to ending this devastating disease. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from tennessee, mrs. black, for five minutes. mrs. black: mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of the action the house is taking this week to combat the crisis of
opioid abuse. as a registered nurse, i have seen the grim reality of the addiction from all sides. i have witnessed its grip on families. the way it slowly steals the life behind its victim's eyes, and how, what was thought to be a quick fix, can easily spiral into a deadly experience. we all know that addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of potential. it does not compare about your race, gender, income, or political party. therefore, the solutions that we offer in congress must also reach across artificial boundaries to help all who are touched by this epidemic to get back on their feet. i'm proud that all told the house will take up 18 bills this week aimed at combating opioid abuse. among these solutions a bill creating an interagency task force to ensure health care professionals have up-to-date guidelines and best practices for treating patients with acute and chronic pain. this is critically important as
17% of opioid users today get their high from medications legally prescribed to them by a dr. the house also passed legislation making it safer for veterans to seek pain management care. specifically the bill would require the v.a. floyees who prescribe opioids to receive education and training on pain management while also calling for a government watchdog report on the v.a. opioid use and treatment. importantly for me as a nurse, congress has additionally taken steps to protect newborns from exposure to addictive opioid drugs in the womb. this includes legislation to authorize residential treatment grant programs for pregnant and postpartum women who have substance abuse problems as well as a bill calling for a government study on the prevalence of neonatal absinence in syndrome and
offering recommendations to improve the access to treatment. while these bills offer an important starting point, congress cannot single-handedly legislate away the threat of opioid abuse. it takes willing partners in our community to help raise the awareness and intervene before addiction sets in. . i'm reminded of this recently when i visited with and met with the smith county anti-drug coalition back in my district. this organization is going into schools to arm the young people about the facts about drug abuse. they're providing dropboxes in the public spaces so citizens can safely dispose of unused medication and they're working with law enforcement to ensure that their efforts are as
effective as possible. we can never underestimate the importance of nonprofits and volunteer-supported organizations like this. r. speaker, opioid addicts are not bad people trying to do good. they are sick people trying to get well. when we come together with an eye on the solution and an emphasis on personal responsibility, we can find victory over this preventable disease and help those who are hurting to reassemble their lives and regain their pursuit of the american dream. mr. speaker, i yield back the alance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i and a host of a eagues find ourselves on mission of mercy, a mission of mercy, mr. speaker, for people who are suffering in houston, texas. and the surrounding area. mr. speaker, i want to thank
congressman gene green, the original co-sponsor of h.r. 25, the 2016 tax day flood sublamental act. i want to -- is up lamental act. i want to thank john culberson for being the first person to sign on such as the bill has become bipartisan. it is a bipartisan piece of legislation, and i want to talk about suffering today, mr. good many ause a people in houston, texas, are having problems. i will share a few. but before i do this i want to remind friends and colleagues that tonight after the democratic hour and the republican hour, my colleagues and i will take to the floor to say much more about what's happening in houston, texas. but for now, i want to mention the suffering because suffering can teach us that which we can
learn no other way. some things bear repeating. uffering and pain can teach us that which we can learn no other way. it's one thing to sympathize, to say but for the grace of god there go i, and understand there are suffering associated with that statement but it's another thing to empathize because he had the experience associated with the suffering that goes along with the statement, but for the grace of god there go i. so in houston, texas, a good many people are suffering because they've had their homes flooded, not once but twice, some even more. they are suffering because some of them were just getting back into their homes and their
homes were flooded again. they're suffering because they've lost their means of transportation, the ability to get to work, to sustain the livelihood that causes them to have the ability to take care of themselves and their families. suffering in houston, texas. suffering because they don't know what the future holds. they don't know what next year will bring or next month will bring because these hundred-year floods are happening quite regularly in houston, texas, so they're suffering in houston. and i want my colleagues and my friends to know, mr. speaker, that this suffering is something that we can mitigate. we may not be able to eliminate it completely, absolutely, no one can stop all of the flooding all time of the time but there are projects that have been authorized, that we are currently funding on a
piecemeal basis. there are projects that if completed, mr. speaker, would mitigate the flooding. we have a piecemeal approach to a problem that requires a wholesale solution. there is suffering and we can eliminate much of this suffering. that which we cannot eliminate we can mitigate. the suffering i have called to your attention thus far, mr. speaker, involves property, real and personal, but i also want to mention the ultimate pain that is being endured by a good many in houston and that s losing someone that you love to circumstances that could eliminated.y been eight lives, possibly nine. i'm told there may be another. eight lives lost, mr. speaker. eight people lost their lives to flooding in houston, texas. this is in the tax day flood
so-called because it occurred on the last day to pay your taxes. eight lives lost. the family members of these persons who lost their lives are suffering in houston, texas. so i come to the floor with an appeal to my colleagues, we ask kindly give consideration to h.r. 5025, the tax day flood relief bill that has now some 60 co-sponsors. but it's more than a bill, mr. speaker. it's an opportunity to eliminate suffering in houston, texas. and i will close with this. i mentioned that suffering can teach us that which we can learn no other way. one of the things that i have learned is that when a storm hits the east coast and people are suffering, as a member of congress i have to be there for them.
when we have the tornadic activities and people suffer, i have to be there for them. i thank you for the time, mr. speaker, and i want people to remember that suffering will teach you that which you can learn no other way. god bless you and god bless our great country. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. fleischmann, for five minutes. mr. fleischmann: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor this year's inductees to the tennessee radio hall of fame. tennessee has a long history in the radio broadcast industry dating back to the early 1920's. it has since grown to nearly 450 stations which collectively reach almost seven million people. tennessee radio outlets have served as a shining example, providing a consistent source
of quality information while never forgetting the core reason for their existence which is to serve our growing communities. in light of that, i'd like to take a moment to recognize this year's radio hall of fame inductees. medley, pman, warren dave overton, aaron robinson sr., charlie scott and cal young jr., all of whom collectively made decades of significant broadcast contributions prior to their death. in addition, maxine humphries, kathy martindale and bart walker. also, i'd like to highlight hose from my district in chattanooga, chattanooga's very poindexter of w 101, keith of power 94, of wdyn a.m. 980 and wusy u.s. e year 101, all of whom continue to make significant contributions to the radio industry. on a personal note, when i was a lawyer in my district, i had a radio show. during that time, i had the privilege of working with earl freddenburg on the dynamo of dixie, a.m. 1310. i learned much from earl during that time and i'm proud to call him a friend. needless to say, i enjoyed my radio years in the chattanooga community immensely. again, i'd like to congratulate this year's tennessee radio hall of fame inductees and, mr. speaker, i thank you and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. ratcliffe, for five minutes. mr. speaker,
this is police week, a week which offers all of us an opportunity to honor those who selflessly keep our communities safe. to protect and serve, that's more than just a slogan on the side of police cars across the country, it's a promise, a promise that brave men and women in uniform keep every day as they uphold law and order in our cities and towns. but to be able to protect and serve us, our law enforcement needs the tools and resources that are vital to successfully doing their job. and unfortunately, some of that essential lifesaving equipment that they need to protect us and to protect themselves has been stripped away. last june, president obama arbitrarily and unilaterally
decided to limit the 1033 surplus equipment program, a federal program that provides lifesaving defense department equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies. and because of this ill conceived action, i'm hearing -- ill-conceived action, i'm hearing from the this was and police chiefs and law enforcement officials throughout the 18 counties that i'm fortunate to represent, i'm hearing about how the safety of the brave men and women in blue in their departments are being compromised by the president's action. it's clear that the president's decision to unilaterally cut access to life saving equipment was a knee-jerk reaction that put toll picks in front of public safety -- politics in front of public safety and that's something we can't let happen. i introduced the protecting lives using surplus equipment act, or plus act, to stop this action dead in its tracks and to ensure that any changes to this program are the result of
a data-driven debate here in congress, not through some arbitrary, unilateral action by the president. so mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to john: me in standing up against thised a -- so mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to join me in standing up and supporting my bill and making sure the police have the equipment they need for their own safety and for the safety of the american people. they deserve nothing less. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. bridenstine, for five minutes. mr. speaker, e: during the winter months, natural gas demand in new york city outstrips the ability of existing pipelines to deliver natural gas from the nearby marcellus gas field in
pennsylvania. this capacity limitation can cause gas prices to spike during cold weather. for example, on january 22, 2014, when the price in the marcellus was $3.50 per thousand cubic feet, the new york city price was $123. i want to repeat that. $3.50 in the marcellus and in new york city, the price was $123. constraints on natural gas make electricity more expensive. high energy prices are especially hard on the poor. businesses suffer and jobs are lost when they lack abundant supply of affordable clean energy. however, there's a shovel-ready solution. build the constitution pipeline to bring more of pennsylvania's marcellus gas to new york. you would think that new york would welcome a new supply of
clean, economical natural gas to lower consumer costs. however, on april 22, new york's state department of environmental conservation denied the construction of the constitution pipeline needed to deliver more pennsylvania gas. for several years, the constitution pipeline company, a group led by williams partners located in my district, has led -- has been developing an $875 million privately funded project to build a pipeline from pennsylvania to albany to deliver gas to the irquite pipeline and to consumers in new york state and in new england. the federal energy regulatory commission issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the constitution pipeline in 2014. i want to repeat that. ferc approves of the pipeline. according to the company, ferc's final environmental review of the proposed pipeline
concluded that environmental impacts would be reduced to, quote, less than significant levels. a year and a half later, the state of new york decided to deny certification necessary to issue construction permits. the williams group worked with the state for three years, including two one-year extensions requested by the state. and yet the state asserted that information provided by the company concerning the 250 or so stream crossings was incomplete. . the company refuted the assertions saying, quote, completely contrary to the new york d.e.c.'s assertion, we provided detailed drawings and profiles for every stream crossing in new york, including showing depth of pipe. in fact, all stream crossings were fully vetted with the d.e.c. throughout the review
process. we are appalled. amazingly federal regulations provide no recourse to challenge a state's rejection of a section 401 certification. so constitution pipeline may need to initiate legal action to contest the decision. the decision has every appearance of political motivation. the "wall street journal" called t. quote, cuomo's energy jobs veto. one has to wonder if the governor of new york really wants to help the poor. and if he can recognize a shovel ready job when he sees one. this pipeline project would create 2,400 construction jobs and infuse $130 million of labor income into the region. in addition to providing a reliable supply of clean energy. the real victims in this
matter, mr. speaker, are the people of new york. hopefully political agendas that threaten to deny new yorkers the benefits of the constitution pipeline will be confounded. in the meantime, the message from new york's executive branch is that would-be energy suppliers to new york state need not apply. it appears to be time for consumers and their representatives to make their views known in albany and for congress, that's us, to revisit the pipeline permitting process. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule one, the chair declares the house in recess until th
>> now over at the national republican senatorial campaign committee. his entourage, motorcade just arriving there moments ago. he'll be mitting with mitch mcconnell and other senate g.o.p. leaders. we may see comments after that. no comments from donald trump after the meeting this morning, but here's kind of what the scene looked like a short while ago outside of the r.n.c. a few short blocks from the capitol. >> stop the hate! stop the hate! stop the hate! stop the hate! stop the hate!
stop the hate! stop the hate! stop the hate! stop the hate! stop the hate! host: video from a bit earlier this morning at the r.n.c., the republican national committee, the headquarters just a few short blocks from the capitol. donald trump over at the republican senatorial committee headquarters for a meeting with senators. specifically house g.o.p. leadership. on that protest just outside of the r.n.c., some perspective from scott wong covering the event from the hill. his tweet, press outnumbers antitrust -- trump protesters 2-1 at r.n.c. right up to that meeting, first meeting wrapped up, said the meeting was great. a very positive step toward party unity. our own craig kaplan, if chris collins, one of the first if not the first in favor, support of donald trump, if election was today, mr. ryan would vote
for mr. trump. chris collins talking there with chad of fox news. craig kaplan also tweeting about tom cole of oklahoma. don't think trump will cost us seats in the house. follow him on twitter. our capitol hill producer. more coming up. we expect to hear from house speaker paul ryan at 11:30 eastern this morning. we'll have that live here on c-span. but for some perspective on today's meetings, what's behind today's meetings, we spoke this morning with robert costa of the "washington post." ryan responded this is hl -- come to anp agreement about what is best for the american people. they have been treated badly for so long it is time for politicians to put them first. donald trump had this to say on twitter. i look forward to meeting paul
ryan on thursday. together, we will be the democrats at all levels. fox, donald trump is quoted as saying if we make a deal, that will be great. will trudge, we forward like i have been doing and winning. joining us on the phone, robert costa. with when and where these meetings are going to take place and what is expected. guest: these meetings are political and will take place at the republican national committee headquarters, located on 1st street southeast, across from the capital south metro stop. there.ll be he will be joined by the house republican leadership. donald trump will meet with ryan previous.
this will take place mostly this morning. donald trump will have other meetings with his allies today. host: he will meet at 9:00 a.m. will move on from there to the other meetings. what is each side hoping to get out of this meeting? each side wants peace, republican peace. the generalus about election strategy. not going to be serious policy discussion today. donald trump remains the party had on capitol hill. there is not going to be a
coming together. they can at least set the terms to have an amicable general election. why do you have the speaker of the house not ready to get behind donald trump, but you have mitch mcconnell and the senate saying he is the nominee and we will support our nominee? it underscores how conservatives feel. the party are to not necessarily hard core conservatives. they are more willing to support donald trump. some online mcconnell, he starts his job looking out for the try to keep the party
together. he doesn't always make ideological stands. paul ryan is different. he started his career as someone and hed by jack kemp considers himself a movement conservative. he thinks he needs to protect his principles and values. politicalim a unique figure. host: does donald trump, in , doesto be the democrats he need the support of the speaker of the house? it's a difficult
question. it is not clear that donald trump does. who has onendidate voters during of this process. he has been able to engage voters who do not often participate. he has brought all of them out, whocially in the states have open primaries. some conservatives may sit on the sideline. whether donald trump needs them is an open question. his political brand is the traditional republicanism. , they believeaign ryan's support is crucial.
host: a story yesterday was about fund raising happening with the republican national committee. thus the party, when it comes to fundraising need to be united? >> it is trying to be. has always raised small dollar donations at spent his own fortune. we are starting to see the beginning of the donald trump operation. he will be of the home of a billionaire investor in l.a. and he is going to raise money for his campaign. i was able to obtain the end -- able to obtain the invitation. part of this fundraiser is he is going to raise money for the party. me in the coming
week, the next five to seven days, donald trump will declare a joint fundraising agreement for his campaign and the party across the country. robert costa, with the washington post, thank you host: a third of those three meetings with donald trump is likely under way here outside of the headquarters for the national republican senatorial campaign committee. mr. trump and his entourage, the motorcade arriving about five minutes, 10 minutes ago or so. it's possible we may hear some comments after that. we certainly will hear from paul ryan in about 20 minutes or so, at 11:30 eastern. we'll have that live here on c-span. and the u.s. house gaveling back in at noon. what you didn't see in that live video here just a couple blocks from the white house is the protesters who were over at the r.n.c. meeting, some of them have followed the reporters as well over to this
meeting outside of the republican campaign committee. and are there as well. we'll bring you any coverage, any comments from senators or others outside of that meeting. our live house coverage today at noon. paul ryan, the speaker, at 11:30 as well. there is a statement now, david drunker of the examiner tweeting a number of reporters tweeting this, it appears both speaker ryan and donald trump want to down play divisions. the speaker -- statement has just come out. it says, quote, the united states cannot afford another four years of the obama white house, which is what hillary clinton represents. that is why it's critical for the republicans unite around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda, and do all we can to win this fall w that focus we had a great conversation this morning. while we were honest about our few differences, we do recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground. we will have additional
discussions but remain confident there is a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall. we are totally committed to working together to achieve that goal. we we are -- we are extremely proud of the fact that many millions of new voters have entered the primary system, far more than ever before in the republican party's history. this was our first meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification. again, the meetings this morning, three in total, first with the chairman of the r.n.c., and also with donald trump and speaker ryan. the second a broader group of people, the house republican leadership, those meetings wrapped up at the r.n.c. now waiting to hear about the follow-up to the meeting with house -- senate republican leadership. of course mitch mcconnell last week endorsing donald trump after his win in indiana. a couple of comments on twitter and tweets in speaking of the senate, paul cane of the
"washington post," tweets about different support among candidates. the trump effect, lindsay can't remember the last time he and mccain split on a major issue, but they are split on trump now. with lindsey graham coming out against donald trump. chad says about that earlier meeting, ryan trump meeting describes it as a positive, quote a good step toward party unity. ryan laid out some g.o.p. policy ideas to trump. meanwhile, as that meeting was going on, the first speaker this morning on the house floor talked about donald trump. it was louis gutierrez, democrat of illinois. here's what he had to say. >> the person who speaks for every single house republican, the presidential nominee of the republican party. just sow we are clear how important this visit is, i hold in my hand the actual menu from the cafeteria today.
this is the mean menu from the senate carryout, today's special is, wait for t. taco salad. they have little particular tures of the salad. the republicans love the hispanics so much that they put taco salads on the menus so that we can honor the love and affection that their presidential nominee feels for each and every one of us, the hispanics. and i'm sure that that love and respect extends to alt working men and women in the cafeterias, not just the ones who are part of the hispanics, but the other working men and women who are part of the blacks, the asians, or the whites. they work hard every single day in the cafeterias of the capitol and the surrounding buildings, and it's not something i'm proud of, but the reality is, many of them don't even make a living wage. oh, look, it says here that may is strawberry festival month in the cafeterias. now, let's see if we can guess who picks the strawberries that will be served in the cafeterias, shall we, mr.
speaker? i would venture to guess every single strawberry that is served on yogurt, members of congress will have passed through the hands -- rough hands of an undocumented immigrant. whether it was growing them, picking them, packing them, shipping them, unloading them, or some other part of the process, strawberry festival month really means undocumented farm worker month. we are all complicit. any food you eat will have been touched by undocumented immigrant hands. immigrants the republican party wants to remove from our country by the millions. 11 million people, their families, their businesses, their homeownership, their consumer buying power, their u.s. sit zen wives and husbands and u.s. citizen children. they all got to go. it was less than two years ago upstairs in this building that the respected chairman of the house rules committee said to me in a committee hearing that he was unaware of anyone in the republican party he said, quote, there is no one in responsible republican leadership who would suggest or
support mass deportation. he said it was, quote, inflammatory for me to suggest otherwise. just 18 months ago. he said, it was quote, extremely distasteful of anyone, including me, to suggest republicans would favor driving out 11 million immigrants. now the standard-bearer, the the r, the nominee, who is leading party into november election is calling for the mass deportation of removal of 11 million people in detar heel, out loud. so, as we eat our taco salads today or have a sweet delicious strawberry, i hope my colleagues chew on the words and keep in mind the philosophies and values your leader is he spousing on the campaign trail. just taste the immigrant labor, the hand of mexicans and a lot of other people with and without papers who went into every morsel of the food that you taste today. and i also want you to think about the nearly one million american-born latino citizens
who have turned 18 in the last 12 months. and half million more that will turn 18 before november. think about the 828,000 puerto ricans that have left the island of puerto rico, most of them moving to florida, a very important electoral state. and the tens of thousands more that will arrive before the election. as citizens of the united states. and as you eat your last strawberry, please, please, please, mr. speaker, i hope you will think about the 25% increase that we have seen in the first quarter of 2016 in citizenship applications. the 8.8 million eligible immigrants who can apply for citizenship today and the thousands more who will be eligible before november. sure, you can chump on your taco salad, mr. speaker, you can concentrate on the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants who are daily targets of lies and slander on the campaign trail, but come november, the latinos you will really have to worry about are the more than 27 latino citizens like me of the us --
of the u.s.a. who are constituents, who are eligible to vote and fired up to vote more and more with each passing day. host: louis gutierrez during morning hour speeches in the house this morning. the house coming back at noon to continue debate on anti-opioid legislation. that's at noon eastern here on c-span. at 11: 30 we expect to pare from house speaker paul ryan, following the morning meetings with donald trump. the we are looking live now outside of the republican senatorial campaign committee, donald trump is there meeting with mitch mcconnell and other republican senators. let's watch some of the protestors across the way. >> we will not stand for the party that's having meetings with him right now to try to work things out. we will not stand behind mitch mcconnell and his leadership in the republican party because of the meetings that he chose to have today. we will not stand behind the
g.o.p. because of comments they have done all in their power to stop our progress. we will not stand behind them and we are here with a message today to let them know that the g.o.p. is dead to our community and that donald trump is the final nail on that coffin. we will remember this meeting that you are having today. we will remember the association you have with trum. we will remember the racism and hatred that has been spread and our communities will know. we are a community of 11 million people, millions and millions of allies. we have the latino community behind us. we have the north behind us. we'll make sure to remember that these leadership meetings are happening. when our community is under attack, we fight back. when our families are under attack, we fight back. when my mom is under attack i fight back. cause enough is enough, right. stop trump!
undocumented. we are documented. we are legal. we are citizens. we are white, we are brown, we are yellow. we are all here. we are all united. and we won't be defeated. as long as we stay together we are one. >> the people united we'll never be defeated! the people united will never be defeated! the people united will never be defeated! the people united will never be defeated! the people united will never be defeated! the people united will never be defeated! host: protestors outside the national republican senate campaign committee headquarters. right now the r.n.c. chairman speaking with reporters.
>> had a great day today and they'll take it from here. >> one last question, is donald trump going to get in hine with the republican platform as it stands now or are you going to have a new one? >> he's in line with the platform. there's never 100% unanimity. i don't think most of us agree with our own spouses 100% of the time. but reagan said, 80%, 20% enemy. thank you. >> we are inside the republican national committee headquarters with the r.n.c. chair.
>> i think the headline is positive for a step toward unifying our party. it's a great mean meating. host: in conversation with the chairman of the republican national committee here on c-span waiting to take you live back to the capitol to hear from house speaker paul ryan. he met with donald trump this morning, as did the rest of the republican leadership in the house. and right now senate republican leadership meeting with the likely g.o.p. candidate. here's a live look at the briefing room in the u.s. capitol visitors center. the speaker coming out momentarily. we'll have this live -- we'll have it live. let's stay here live on c-span.
host: house speaker paul ryan expected to take questions from reporters. his weekly briefing here in about -- just a couple minutes, 11:30 eastern is when it's settled for. we'll have it live on c-span. after the meeting this morning donald trump and paul ryan issuing a joint statement, part of which says that we are extremely proud of the fact that many millions of new voters have entered the primary system. far more than ever before in the republican party's history. this was our first meeting. it was a very positive step toward unification. the chairman of the national republican campaign committee
in the house, greg walden of oregon, said that -- released a statement, his statement says that the american people know the damage done by this administration here at home and around the world. the last thing i want, he writes, is to give the same obama-clinton-sanders philosophy another four years in charge. he also says while i may disagree with the rhetoric mr. trump uses and some policy positions, he's the better option than hillary clinton in the white house. this is greg walden, congressman from oregon speaking, and chairman of the republican campaign committee. that's why all along i said i intend to support the g.o.p. nominee. statements following that meeting this morning with republican leaders at the republican national committee. and right now as we mentioned mr. trump is meeting with mitch mcconnell and other senate republicans. that meeting should be wrapping up shortly. not sure if we are going to hear from donald trump. doesn't sound likely. or from senators. that might be possible later on as well. live coverage here on c-span. waiting to hear from paul ryan.
the speaker:: good afternoon -- excuse me, good morning. right now more americans die every year from drug overdoses than they do in car accidents. let me say that again. we have got more of our fellow citizens dying every year from drug overdoses than they do of car accidents. today the house continues to work on legislation to address the heroin and opioid epidemic across this country. for those of you who were at our press conference yesterday, you heard from susan brooks and bob dold, authors of two of these initiatives. all told, by the end of this week we are acting on 18 bills to deal with this. i'll actually be signing one of them today, s. 32, transnational drug trafficking act.
this allows prosecutors to go after drug traffickers in foreign countries if we believe their drugs will make it to our shores. so that is going to the president's desk today. but one reason we call this a epidemic is because it cuts across all demographics. it affects families everywhere in america. take athletes. these athletes get injured and they are prescribed medication. before they know it, they are on the path to dependency and addiction. yesterday we passed a bill that introduced by pat meehan of pennsylvania to help families and students deal with these dangers. you can also be born with a dependency. this is the saddest of them all. that actually happens every 25 minutes in this country. these babies struggle to eat or even breathe. yesterday we passed a bill interdutiesed by jenkins of west virginia to help protect infants. the next step here is that we'll take all of these bills we are passing out of the house and go to a conference committee with the senate.
then we intend to send the bill to the president's desk. i hope each and every one of you will be back here when we sign this bill. this opioid epidemic is something we have to get on top of. i'm very proud of the republicans and democrats that have come together to address thisish -- this situation because it is about people's lives. it is about whole communities that are being torn apart. i believe we can win this fight, and we must. questions? chad. reporter: i have been readling the joint statement you and trump put out a couple minutes ago. the first meeting. you just want to be hillary clinton. speaker ryan: that is true. reporter: that can't be the only point of unity. you are having trouble passing the budget here in the house. what makes you think you can get onboard with some of the things trump is talking about. speaker ryan: i think we had an encouraging meeting. it's no secret that donald trump and i had our differences. we talked about those differences today.
that's common knowledge. the question is, what do we need to do to unify the republican party and strains of conservative wings in the party? we had a very good and encouraging productive conversation on just how to do that. it was important that we discuss our conferences that we have, but it's also important that we discussed the core principles that tie us together. principles like the constitution, the separation of powers, and the fact that we have an executive that has gone way beyond the boundaries of the constitution and how it's important to us that we restore article 1 of the constitution. it's the principle of self-government. we talked about life and how strongly we feel about this core principle. we talked about the supreme court and things like this. i was very encouraged with what i heard from donald trump today. i do believe that we are now planting the seeds to get ourselves unified, to bridge the gaps and differences, and so from here we are going to go deeper into the policy areas to
see where that common ground and how we can make sure that we are operating off the same core principles. so, yes, our first meeting. i was very encouraged with this meeting, but this is a process. it takes tifmente you don't put it together in 45 minutes. so that is why we had, like i said, a very good start to a process how we unify. reporter: you don't think it's an issue of -- speaker ryan: jonathan. reporter: i read that statement as well. i'm still a little confused. are you endorsing donald trump? if you're not, what is holding you back? do you really have a choice? if you're not voting for hillary clinton -- speaker ryan: the process of unifying the republican party, which just finished a pry harry about a week ago, perhaps one of the most divisive primaries in memory, takes some time. look, there are people who are for donald trump, ted cruz, or john kasich, marco rubio, and everybody else. it's very important that we don't fake unifying, we don't
pretend unification, that we truly and actually unify so that we are full strength in the fall. i don't want us to have a fake unification process here. i want to make sure that we really, truly understand each other and that we are committed to the conservative principles that make the republican party, that built this country, and again i'm very encouraged. i heard a lot of good things from our presumptive nominee, and we exchanged differences of opinion on a number of things that everybody knows we have. there are policy disputes that we will have. there's no two ways about it. plenty of republicans disagree with one another on policy disputes. on principles, those are the things we discussed. craig? reporter: do you expect to endorse him? speaker ryan: i think this is going in a positive direction. i think this is the first very encouraging meeting. again, in 45 minutes you don't litigate all of the process and issues and principles that we are talking about. i didn't watch that. reporter: can you offer any
assurances he would change or moderate his tone on the campaign? speaker ryan: i think it's important that the kind of conversation we had is between the two of us. no offense, i don't want to litigate our conversation through the media because i think when you're beginning to get to know someone, you have a good conversation of trust between each other. i want to keep the things we discussed between the two of us because they were very important and they were personal in some senses. that means we talked about what it takes to unify, where our differences were, and how we can bridge these gaps going forward so that we are strong s a party going into the fall. reporter: did mr. trump reiterate his desire to you as the chairman of the convention, is that a role you still want? speaker ryan: i am the speaker of the house. i a happy to serve in this capacity at the chair of our convention if our nominee wants us to do so. if the delegates make that decision, but i would honor the decision of our presumptive nominee.
did he express that interest. -- he did express that interest. reporter: what extent what he said today do you think he's committed to -- what did you think of his personality? speaker ryan: his personality. very good personality. he's a very warm and genuine person. i met him for 30 seconds in 2012. we really don't know each other. and we started to get to know each other. i actually had a very pleasant exchange with him. that's point number one. point number two, look, there are things we really believe in as conservatives. we believe in limited government. we believe in the constitution. we believe in the proper role of the differences in the separation of powers. we believe in things like life. i know we are -- not everyone is pro-choice in our party. we accept all comers. we are a majority pro-life party. these are things that are important to us. we had a good exchange of views on these issues. i think he's having the same conversation with the right now. our leaders met with him and everybody expressed opinions
and exchanged ideas. so the point of this is, i think we are off to an encouraging start. it is important that we get ourselves to full strength so we can win in the fall because the stakes could not be higher. it takes more than 45 minutes. reporter: you're someones to hoss committed -- speaker ryan: we use discussed those issues at great detail. reporter: mr. speaker, you have defined modern conservatism along the lines of entitlement reform, pro-trade, and immigration built on the muslim bhan and dealing with the issue competitively -- competitively those who are not. you say few problems. aren't you papering over these rather sizable differences in not only how conservatism is defined broadly but how you have tried to define it? speaker ryan: i am a wing of the conservative party, you could say he's bringing a whole new wing. he's bringing new voters we never had for decades. which is a positive thing. the point is can we agree on the common core principle that
is unite all of us? we will have policy disputes. there is no two ways about that. all republicans -- mitt romney and i didn't agree on everything in 2012. we will have policy disputes. i'm not interested in litigating the past. i'm interested in going forward and seeing where that common ground exists to make sure we have a unified republican party that, yes, there will be different republicans that have different views on various policy ideas. the question is, can we unify on common core principles that make our party -- by the way, the principle that is built this country. i'm very encouraged that the answer to my -- reporter: do you intend to -- you just mentioned the millions of new voters. he's bringing in new people. i was wondering how you actually interpret his success. is it going to mean the -- fundamental realignment of the
party because of these new voters that he's bringing in? how do you interpret his success? speaker ryan: it's in pair he has gotten more votes than any republican primary nominee in the history of our country. this isn't even over yet. he hasn't gone to california yet. it's really a remarkable achievement. so the question is, and this is what we think we can be a party to helping, unify it all, this is a big and growing movement. how do we keep adding and adding voters while not subtracting any voters? and to me that means a positive vision based on core principles, taking those principles, applying them to the problems facing our country today, and offering people positive solutions. speaking to people where they are in life. addressing their anxieties, and show that we have a better plan. look, here's what we agree on. hillary clinton presidency would be a disaster for this contry. it's effectively a third obama term. the other thing we all know is,
most americans do not like where this country is headed. seven out of 10 americans think america is on the wrong track. we agree with that. so the question is, can we unify around a common principles to offer the country a compelling and clear choice and agenda going forward so that the men and women of this nation get a real and honest choice about how to fix this country and get us on a better track? i am very encouraged that we can put that together. one more in the back. eporter: after your statement last week on cnn donald trump said he was not ready to support your agenda. did he change his mind today? does he say he's supportive of that? speaker ryan: we talked about all these issues. and our policy teams are meeting to just walkthrough details. again, this is a plosssess.
we just began the process. i'm very encouraged at the first meeting of this process. and going forward we are going to go deeper into the policy weeds to make sure we have a better understanding of one another. thank you very much, everybody. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] host: house speaker paul ryan answering reporter's questions following his meeting this morning with donald trump. with the head of the r.n.c., we are going taupe up our phone lines. there are three meetings, three meetings will have happened today. two between house republicans and donald trum. that's already taken place. and one going on now, wrapping up now between senate republicans and donald trump. just off capitol hill. senator mitch mcconnell already endorsing the republican presidential candidate. we'll ask your comments and thoughts and welcome your comments on twitter, too, at c-span. 202-748-8920 for democrats.
202-748-8921 for republicans. and for independents, and others, 202-748-892 t we'll take your phone calls right up to the house coming in at noon eastern. as you heard from the speaker, very first comments talking about the opioid legislation ahead today. legislation he hopes to see on the president's desk. we are taking your comments on twitter on c-span. seeing patience she's the new g.o.p. buzzword will be core principles. mark davis out of dallas saying some of the comments from paul ryan saying very encouraging meeting. we talked about our differences. we discussed core principles and separation of powers. the speaker asked specifically if he was endorsing donald trump and he said basically that the process of unifying the republican party takes some time. also asks that last question
there about whether donald trump was supporting some of the policy positions that the speaker has laid out since his speakership began last fall, and the speaker saying their policy teams, are meeting. calls and comments to michigan. first up. hello to charles. caller: i just-dirnl' very encouraged with trum -- i'm very encouraged with trump in the meeting and to be real honest i believe this is a good positive step. for making america great again. host: judy, democratic caller, in sarasota, florida. what did you see? hear from speaker ryan? what's your take on this meeting today? caller: i have been following a ot of this primary for months. my concern is republicans not only me, but people i talked
to, who are republicans and democrats down here in florida, they are looking at the republican party supporting trump as a hate party. it's very disturbing. the party's going to do what it's going to do. the only problem is they are portraying themselves as not a unity. i don't even within the party but the united states. to actually support somebody who has had his whole campaign on downing people, insulting people, and it doesn't give the republican party a very good flavor. that's all i've got to say. thank you for taking my call. host: thank you for your call. again, paul ryan not endorsing donald trump but saying the process of unifying the republican party taking some time with the election winding down. the speaker mentioning the california, the upcoming
california primary in june. here's the independent line. ed in greenwood, indiana. caller: yes, sir. we are definitely for donald trump. i think that what the balance of the republican party has to step up and acknowledge is that this is a new general running the boat. if we let him, let trump do what he wants to do, we'll get this thing back in a number one shape. thank you. host: another comment on twitter, we encourage your comments@c-span, this one says the donald studied g.o.p. tea party memes now represents little people's worst fears and hatred. republican line next. milton, florida, dan. caller: thanks. i think it's genius what paul ryan is doing right now. i think him actually taking time, everybody wants him to endorse right away. him sitting down with trump and
coming together on ideas is really good. i think they are going to be able to move forward and unify. instead of just having people who disagreed with trump just a month ago, day ago, saying that they are onboard now. i think it's going toned up being a landslide. i think trump's going to gain the momentum. i think it's going to be good for everybody. host: how important is it that speaker ryan come onboard before the convention? caller: for me it's not that important. it would be pretty good if maybe at the convention he came out and did it. especially they had some more meetings and get on the same page. i think the further they wait the better. that's pretty much all i have to safmente host: dan, thanks for your call. let's go to caramel, indiana, our democrats line. gary, hello. caller: hi. i just think that this meeting
between paul ryan and trump doesn't mean anything. i think that the party's going to be very fractured and very divided. and that nothing will change. i think you're going to see a lot of republicans try to distance themselves from trump and say that trump doesn't believe in what i believe in and doesn't stand for what i stand for. and i think that the republican party's just at civil war right now. i think hillary will win in a big land side against trump. thank you. host: donald trump has said he has a list of five or six individuals he's considering. bloomberg reporting that donald trump is considering newt gingrich for vice presidential role. reporting a story that was reported earlier by the associated press. this is redland, california, republican line. jerry, hello. caller: hi. i just want think they should -- paul ryan, republicans
should get behind trump. just back him up. what a mess. we need somebody with a backbone. the americans know he's -- as far as -- that's not the main issue right now. fight the good fight. host: jerry breaking up a little. sorry. canton, georgia. of the house is coming back in in about 10 minutes. at noon eastern. they'll continue debate on what they are calling opioid week. the speaker of the house, majority leader, designating this week to debate and pass a number of bills dealing with the opioid epidemic in the united states. now to canton, georgia, steve on the independent line. caller: yeah. i just want to say that i wish that donald trump would have ran as an independent. ecause the republicans and
democrats never get along. hillary doesn't need to be in there. yeah, somebody like donald trump does need to be in there. i don't agree with a lot of the way that he talks about people and stuff like that. who cares about all that? make america great again. that's about all i got to safmente host: paul ryan talking about the process of unifying the party. taking some time. here's a report from national journal's ben who writes about conservative house members coming onboard to support the trump campaign. he writes that several deeply conservative house members are reluctantly getting onboard with donald trump, creating another potential division between paul ryan and a key constituency if the house speaker remains on the fence for an extended stretch. john fleming, a member of the house freedom caucus, that functions as an independent power block within the house, says he backs trum.
the chairman of the freedom caucus has signaled he'll support the nominee. more of your calls and comments up until noon eastern when the house comes in. this is miami, florida. and charles on our democrats line. caller: yes. thank you for taking my call. i just want to say two things. i just want to -- want to make good again. when? when do you want to come back to the good? they say they want to make the army bigger. we the biggest army in the world. how come you say it's going to make it good again. thank you so much. host: we are staying in florida. palm coast is next. mike on our republican line. hello. caller: good morning. thank you. host: glad to have you onboard. caller: my comment is regarding donald trump. talk about unity, i think it's great.
for so many years we have been talking about all the divisions in america. and now we are focused on actually getting community. so many people want to make a big thing of donald trump being a divider. this country is already divided. we are going in two different directions. if somebody doesn't do something about unity, our country is going to have even bigger problems than it has right now. thank you for your attention to the detail this morning. doing great. host: thank you. the meeting today at the republican national committee between donald trump, the house speaker, and also the chairman of the r.n.c. there is another piece to that, too. just a quick mention this morning's "washington post." they write the trump campaign is in the final -- finalizing plans with the r.n.c. to set up a joint fundraising committee. a victory fund they are calling it. here's nick in wake forest, north carolina. about five minutes before the house comes in. nick, go ahead. aller: thank you very much for your response.
as an independent i will say that any party who comes, they have to make a long-term policies, including the democrat, and the republican. and that policy should be balancing the whole losses of the $21 trillion balance deficit. so what i'm saying we got to make a combined policy from both parties. nobody can change certain things. till we come into surplus. and balance of deficit comes to zero. and goes to surplus. speaker, what is my plan and how it should be done. and same way i also wrote it to paul ryan, but i have not seen anything happening since last five years. both the party is taking to the people for a ride.
of course we have to sacrifice for the democracy in the world. now we cannot do that. i take responsibility for alt politician, including congress, d senators, they got to take -- resolve the issues and what we think is right because they are appointed and hired by us. that's american democracy. thank you. host: video there of paul ryan just a short while ago. he laid out there was -- did he say there was agreement on quote, core principles. he mentioned them the constitution, separation of powers. restoring article 1 of the constitution. and also the supreme court process. there are some areas of agreement, but he did say, quote, there is no two ways about it. we do have some policy disputes. three more minutes or so of your calls. see if we can get as many as possible here as the house comes back in at noon eastern. goose creek, something sfpblgt
darlene, republican line. -- south carolina. darlene, republican line. caller: hi. my question is basically got to do with the unification of the republican party. and i realize that paul doesn't know donald that well. as far as personal things are concerned. but when the republican party asked if the nominees would be the nominees for the republican party, and they accepted them -- expected them to make an oath, then why can't we ask the same of the people that we have in office now to back the presumptive nominee? host: all right. here's clarkston, washington. nick's on our democrats line. caller: i would have been a democrat all my voting life except for the very first time i voted, i voted for ronald reagan. and i have been a democrat ever since. and i'm voting -- going to vote
for donald trump because i like one thing that paul ryan said in his little speech, he said something to the effect, he doesn't want it to be fake. that's why i'm voting for donald trump. i'm so tired of fake. everybody wants it to be real. yes. donald trump, he makes a lot of gaffes, guess what? he's real. host: one more call here to our -- also on our democrats line. austin, texas. mark. hello. caller: how you doing, bill. i just wanted to comment about the paul ryan, with the prescription pain open yachts, whatever they want to call them, because heroin has been in the black neighborhood for the last 40 to 50 years. no one has came out and said anything about this when it's killing black kids and black communities. now that it has spilled over into the white community, they want to do something about it. this doesn't make any sense,
man. i'm a democrat. i'm from chicago, but i moved to austin, texas. to sit and hear just last night to say, you know, having different people in to talk about the heroin and open yachts that's going on. host: let you go there, mark. you had your say on that. i think we heard comments about that on this morning's "washington journal." we were talking about the donald trump and paul ryan meeting. one more quick comments. rah, the last word here -- vernon, new york. independent line. caller: how are you? here's my take on the whole thing. donald trump called america and muslims and other people, srespecting the house, the enate, after lying on tv and
saying he couldn't turn in his taxes when the i.r.s. says he can, after all this stuff that he's lied about, he's supposed to be our president? after the way he's talked to the people? host: sarah in vernon, new york. thanks for your comments. the house gaveling in for more work on opioid legislation. live coverage here on c-span. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] er. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. god of mercy, thank you for giving us another day. you have kept your covenant with every generation in a world shadowed by the many infidelities and many inconsistencies of frail humanity. grant us faith