tv U.S. House of Representatives Morning Hour CSPAN May 17, 2016 10:00am-12:01pm EDT
just about to come in. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. may 17, 2016. i hereby appoint the honorable john j. duncan jr. 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: madam secretary. the secretary: i am 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 house of january 5, 2016, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip limited to five minutes, but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, for five minutes. mr. poe: request permission to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. poe: mr. speaker, early in 2015 the department of homeland security removed the t.s.a. director and administrator after it was revealed that banned items made it through screening in different parts of our airports throughout the united states.
this didn't happen once or twice but it happened 67 times out of 70 tries. that is a 90% failure rate. any business would be out of business if it failed 90% of the time to do what it's supposed to do. and we are not talking about selling goods and services, we are talking about security, american security. but t.s.a. is a government agency so to me accountability doesn't seem to be a priority. so after this fiasco in 2015, the administrator was replaced with a new administrator. i don't know that security is better or not. maybe it is. but we do know that the lines are longer in t.s.a. efficiency is questionable. to find that out, just go to any of our airports and try to travel. travelers are faced with wait times in excess of three hours just to get through security.
flights are missed, flights are delayed because of the security choke point. it's ironic that people wait in line longer than it is it takes them to fly from point a to point b security clines should not take longer than the flight itself. but that's happening in our airports. so the t.s.a. director blames the passengers for the delay. it's not t.s.a.'s fault, it's the flying public's fault of the long lines and delays. the cost to american taxpayers for t.s.a. is $7 billion a year. are we safer, better off, and more secure because of this massive government bureaucracy? americans need to answer that question. t.s.a. must also work on its treatment of passengers. i constantly hear in my congressional office from people who travel about the way
they are treated by government employees at t.s.a. when they try to go through security. now, i know a lot of t.s.a. employees. some of those in houston are wonderful people. but yet some people, some t.s.a. employees are rude, demeaning, and disrespectful to the travelers. that's got to stop. and there is no excuse for it. flying has become torturous for some travelers because of t.s.a. so homeland security must figure out a better way to protect and serve the people, the flying public, without causing people to miss their flights. maybe use trained dogs before and after the security points to do checking. i'm not sure. but change the model because it is not working. this issue must be fixed and the issue is not blame the flyers. the issue is, t.s.a. needs to
respond to thisish flue. -- to this issue. there are airports all over the world that screen passengers. maybe t.s.a. could learn something from some of these other airports about the efficiency but yet keeping security. but this problem must be fixed and the answer is not to blame the americans who travel and blame them for waiting in line for three hours to catch a plane that flies only one hour. airports should strongly consider moving to private screeners. the law allows this to happen, mr. speaker. but the law requires that if an airport wants to use private screening companies, they must get the department of homeland security's approval to use that screening company over t.s.a. that's an issue in itself. but the answer is not to continue having the same issues and problems that we now face.
people who travel a lot and travel rarely, when they talk about their traveling experience, one thing they seem to always mention is the way they have to go through screening and the way they are treated by t.s.a. and remember, a 90% failure rate is not acceptable. the security must be better and people must be treated better because that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. for over the last decade i have been working with a bipartisan group to try and deal with helping some of the foreign nationals in afghanistan who helped americans' mission be able to escape the tender
mercies of the taliban and others with long memories. these are men and women who helped us as guides, as translators, people who provided on-base security, construction workers, truck drivers, a vast array of people who helped us with our vital mission. as we have scaled down and moved on, it has left these people vulnerable. we have example after example where the taliban, al qaeda have threatened them, have attacked their families, held them for ransom, tortured them, in some cases killed them. so we have implemented a special immigrant visa program that has enabled over 8,500 people to get to safety. to protect themselves and their families. i have witnessed some of these arful reunions where a guide
returned -- was able to escape to the united states, united with a person, soldier whose life he saved. this happens time after time. unfortunately, the process is hopelessly tangled. it is slow. it is bureaucratic. we have over 10,000 people still in the pipeline. and every year we struggle to be able to have sufficient visas authorized to be able to help thousands more who are at risk. we have the national defense authorization act that is coming forward that would pose another problem to help those who put their faith in us. this version would leave out all individuals who worked with the state department and the usaid, critical parts of our mission in afghanistan. it would leave off all the on-base staff who worked in direct support for the
department of defense, people who did construction, firefighters, on-base security, maintenance, administrative support. people whose services were vital and whose service to the united states is well-known and who are at risk. we are hopeful that as this bill comes to the floor that the house will be able to work with us to modify these unnecessary restrictions, to give more time to process and more people to come to safety. e have a moral obligation to protect people who put their lives on the line to support americans in these troubled areas. i would hope that we would once again be able to make necessary scombralmts to be able to try to help more come to safety. i have been working with my good friend, adam kinzinger who
represents some of the newer members of the house who actually served in theater who are committed to helping people that they saw help us. our hope as the process comes forward we could consider amendments to be able to reduce some of these restrictions, and i hope as it works its way through the legislative process to the senate that does not have anything in their version of the bill speaking to the special immigrant visas, that we'll be able to do our job to make sure that we are not having people at risk, their families threatened, and undermining the credibility. remember, around the world foreign nationals help us with our missions, and if we send a message that we are not going to stick with them when the going gets tough, they are going to be much less likely to help us wherever it is in these troubled spots. america will be more vulnerable as people who have already
helped us are at risk. we can do better. the speaker pro tempore: the minority has requested that the chair recognize some republicans in a row for a few minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. zeldin, for five minutes. mr. zeldin: thank you, mr. speaker. as a nation supporting our veterans must always be one of our highest priorities. these brave men and women who willingly and selflessly put their lives on the line while defending our country deserve the highest quality of life and care once they return home. according to the suffolk county veteran service agentcy, there are 83,254 veterans who live in my home county of suffolk. with the highest population of veterans by county in new york state and one of the highest populations in the country, there is a significant need for increased care options for our
veterans in suffolk. there are so many options of quality care for veterans, but too often their choices are limited. quality care can also come at great expense. in an effort to expand access to care for our veterans, i recently introduced party legislation in congress, h.r. 2460, which would ensure that 70% or more service connected disabled veterans are able to receive adult day health care, a daily program for disabled veterans, who need extra assistance and special attention in their day-to-day lives. it comes at no cost to the veteran and their family because the program is defined as a reimbursable treatment option through the department of veterans affairs. this legislation has strong bipartisan support in congress. with over 45 co-sponsors, including the entire long island congressional delegation. my bill greatly expands this great option of care for veterans on long island and across the contry.
last month on april 20, 2016, the house veterans' affairs committee hosted a hearing of the subcommittee on health regarding my bill and on april 29, 2016, the health subcommittee held up a markup favorably forwarding my bill to full committee for full consideration before being sent to the house floor for a vote. working with my colleagues in the house and various veteran service organizations, i will continue pushing to get this bill passed out of committee in earnest, to allow this bill to come to the house floor this year. while serving the new york state senate, i secured the funding necessary to create the pfc joseph dwire program, a program for veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. from mount sinai, new york, he served in iraq and received recognition for a november that rent vital showing him createdling an iraqi boy while his unit was fighting up to
baghdad. sadly, after returning home and struggling with ptsd, he died in 2008. created in his honor the dwire program was initially launched in the counties of suffolk, jefferson, saratoga. since 2013, the program has expanded to over a dozen counties across new york. earlier this year i introduced bipartisan legislation in congress, h.r. 4513, that will expand the dwire program on a national level so that every veteran in the u.s. eventually has access to pier-to-pier support group this. bill has strong bipartisan support, including the entire long island congressional delegation. i will continue working together with them and others in the fight to expand the program. additionally, on working closely with the medical center and v.a., i secured a health care facility for veterans and their families at the mannerville campus. after so bravely serving our country, this facility provides
an important new option for veterans, increasing access to care, for those who live on long identify lan while still allowing them to continue receiving the services and ongoing treatment at the v.a. hospital in north port. there is so much more that congress can do to improve the quality of life for our veterans. i'll continue working to ensure my bills that previously passed the house are signed into law including h.r. 1569, to protect the benefits of deceased veterans, and h.r. 1187, which will eliminate the loan limit that the v.a. can guarantee for a veteran. congress also must continue to reform the v.a. wherever it underserves a veteran. . v.a. supervisors instructed them to falsify wait times. this is a slap in the face to our vets. the house passed the v.a. accountability act of 2015, h.r. 1994, legislation that i
co-sponsored that will make important reforms to the v.a. system which will provide the necessary resources and flexibility the v.a. needs to hold poor performing employees accountable. while i believe that the v.a. has 99% of employees generally caring about the work they do and wanting to help veterans, we must always ensure that the other 1% of those who are not acting in the best interest of veterans are held accountable. our veterans deserve only the highest quality of care at our v.a. facilities. fighting for our veterans who fought for us will be one of my top priorities and i'll continue to work in congress to improve our veterans' quality of care any way i can and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. curbelo, for five minutes. mr. curbelo: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the key west fire department on their class 1 insurance service office rating, the highest achievable rating that a fire
department can attain. they are one out of fewer than 200 departments in the nation to receive this score, which is based off of multitude of factors including training, response time and how well they are equipped. this rating also helped by providing residents with the lowest fire insurance rates possible, something i'm sure that all key west residents appreciate. i commend the fire chief and the entire key west fire department on their diligent work and their devotion of keeping everyone in key west safe. we're very fortunate to have a strong team of firefighters protecting us. mr. speaker, i rise to congratulate the florida keys marathon airport for officially becoming an international airport on april 20, 2016. for eight years, the staff has worked to attain this classification and it comes as no surprise to me that they were able to achieve this feat.
i commend the florida keys marathon airport on receiving this well-deserved designation. this airport will provide additional travel options for the families living in our community and the millions of tourists who visit south florida every year. congratulations to mayor st. martin, vice mayor kelly, bartas and also former mayor ramsey and former city mayor who also worked very hard to make this a reality. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize miami-dade police department's own officer mario gutierrez who received the medal of valor, the highest declaration of honor given to public safety officers in the united states. in 2013, officer gutierrez was on a routine call when he noticed an individual exhibiting strange behavior at a gas station near miami
international airport. as officer gutierrez approached, the man attempted to light a gas pump on fire. in an attempt to disarm the assailant who was holding a knife, gutierrez received several stab wounds that nearly cost him his life. had the assailant been successful in causing a mass fire, many lives may have been lost on that day. officer gutierrez went above and beyond the call of duty to protect the members of our community. we thank him for his service, his selflessness and his bravery in the face of danger. officer gutierrez, thank you. you're a true hero. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize mr. brian reedy, a seventh grade visual arts teacher in my south florida congressional district. in 2014, mr. reedy became the visual arts instructor and only two years has propeled the program to national recognition.
mr. reedy has received numerous accolades for his work at the school with his fellow teachers referring to the work of his students as magnet quality. his classroom, however, does not require an application to enter like many art magnet programs in south florida. any student can register. students have had their art pieces showcase from local shows in miami all the way to the new york scholastic art awards. what seen more impressive is that he works with a wide range of talents, including those just getting started to people who have been painting for many years. as a former miami-dade county school board member, i always appreciate and support teachers who encourage our youth to explore their passions in life, and mr. reedy does just that. it is an honor to recognize mr. reedy for his great work at zelda glazer and i look forward to both he and his students'
future successes. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from utah for five minutes. stewart stewart thank you, mr. speaker. -- mr. stewart: thank you, mr. speaker. along with many of my colleagues, i rise to honor national police week. one of the favorite things i get to do as a member of congress is to ride with police officers as they go about their duties, and from st. george to salt lake city i've had an opportunity to do this. sadly, many in our society, particularly among the press, have become highly critical of law enforcement officers. now, i recognize that not all law enforcement officers are perfect. people make mistakes. we all do. but we can't let the mistakes of a few tarnish the name of such a noble and a brave profession. such criticism of police efforts doesn't come without a cost. it forces the officers to pull
back, to become overly cautious, to view every encounter that they may have through the prism of a lens, of a media event. what is the result of this? we now know that crime rates have been rising across the country, and interestingly and sadly, they're rising in some of the poorest communities, the communities that most need the help of an effective police force. now more than ever we need brave men and women who are willing to serve and to protect. and as i said, i had the chance to go on several ride-alongs with local police departments. again and again, i've been impressed with their hard work, their professionalism, their willingness to put themselves at risk to protect other people. there's a great example of this. i'm reminded of the heroic actions of officer hone, a police officer who in one year saved two girls.
a man who was on drugs broke in the home of two sisters, both of them college students. he began to viciously attack them and he took a knife and he attempted to take their lives. fortunately, officer hone was in the area and he heard the screams of these young girls, and just seconds before the intruder expected to take the life of one of them, this heroic officer quickly diffused the situation literally saving her life. bree, the sister who was saved, said of this officer, he was so professional and calm. right when we made eye contact i knew i was safe. it was a miracle that he had such composure. he was our angel. this is just one example of the thousands of courageous police officers we have in america. i'm proud to live in a country where professionals are ready to put their lives at risk in order to serve and to protect members of their community. let us honor these police
officers, their courage, their selflessness, their dedication. let us honor them not just this week but frankly all year round for the sacrifice that they give for us. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, for five minutes. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. rise today to honor sally clark, who was part of the class of 1963 at east high school in des moines, iowa. i never knew her as sally clark because i knew her at sally davis, my mother, but i'm very appreciative that the class of 1963 allowed my mom to be a part of a reunion in july of 1993 because my mom never graduated with that class.
sally clark dropped out of high and eventually finished her degree much later by getting her general equivalency diploma with the help of my sister who was the reason she dropped out of high school in 1962. i'm looking at the program from that reunion in 1993 and the fondest memories my mom had of east high was the friends she left behind. and in 1977, she left not only friends behind, she left family behind and moved our family to taylorville, illinois, where i grew up and where she inspired so many. my mom passed away 17 years ago today. this is the reason i'm here is because of the inspiration she
was to me and to so many and i want to tell her what i couldn't tell her on mother's day -- your family's doing great. your granddaughter, who you knew as a 2-year-old, just finished her freshman year of college. the grandsons you never met are doing fine, freshmen in high school. mom, your whole family is doing well. as a matter of fact, you have a great granddaughter now that shares your middle name, and i'm here on the house floor to fight to make sure we work in a bipartisan way to end the scourge of the cancer that killed you, that killed so many young and old and we will never forget this fight and i will never forget that fight because of what you meant to me and to so many. mom, i love you and i miss you every day and you're the reason i get this privilege to be a member of this great institution. mr. speaker, i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. crenshaw, for five minutes. mr. crenshaw: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor the life work of dr. francis bartlett kennedy, ph.d. we in jacksonville, florida, will be celebrating 99 years with our friend, dr. fran kennedy, on may 22 of this year. dr. kenny is first in florida in many ways. in 1979, she became the first woman president of a florida college, jacksonville university, j.u. prior in 1961 she became the founding dean of j.u.'s college of fine arts, the first woman in florida to hold such a position. in fact, it was her idea to form the college where she had
been a humanities professor for several years. she was the first woman elected as president of the international council of fine arts, and not only the first woman in florida's first rotary club, the rotary club of jacksonville, she later became the first woman president of that club. she also became the first woman member of a club in jacksonville called the river club, again, the first woman member. as you can tell, dr. fran kenny was first in many ways and a role model to not only women in jacksonville, florida, but all across this great country. to those of us who know her well, she was also first in our hearts. a tireless advocate for ducation for young people, fran kenny always reminded us,
life is not about us, life is about others. and she would tell her graduates each year, go out in the world and make the world a better place. ne of those graduates, tim acoste, is now the president of jacksonville university, and so many of her students have made a difference not only in florida but all across this great land. and last year at the age of 98 she became the nation's oldest commencement speaker at a major college or university. the wife of an army colonel, fran spent years overseas following world war ii. she was in germany, she was in japan, she was in china. while her husband worked, so did fran. she created postwar education programs for children in japan and she went to class with young german students who accepted her as the caring american that she was.
she had among her friends bob hope, winston churchill, billy graham and steve forbes. fran kenny brought bop hope and jack benny together for their only joint appearance, and that was at jacksonville university. she's listed in over 25 who's who in similar publications and six facilities in iowa and florida are named in her honor. her autobiographer is aptly named, iowa girl, the president wears a skirt. never intending to leave florida, she came here with her husband and she never left. she was born in iowa. she was educated at drake university. she dwrad waited with a bachelors and masters in music education. she remains a member of the board of trustees at drake university. she's on the board of mayo clinic, florida, and since 1994, she has been the
chancellor emeritus at jacksonville university. her infectious enthusiasm for life and positive thinking go on and on. i went to visit her the other day, and she reminded me that if you laugh 100 times a day, that's the same thing as 20 minutes of physical exercise. and she would say that you keep a positive attitude and you smile a lot, that will add 10 years to your life. fran and i have always been good buddies. and she's been a mentor to me just as she has to thousands of her former students. so, mr. speaker, i ask you and members of this house to join me in celebrating the outstanding 99 years and counting of one of florida's most outstanding citizens, my good buddy, dr. frances bartlett kennedy. thank you, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back the balance of his time. the chair now recognizes the
gentlelady from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, for five minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, i'd like to congratulate donna who recently retired after 40 years working for american airlines' washington desk. she began her career as a flight attendant with transworld airways in 1969s. a year later she transitioned to american airlines for a position as a reservation agent in philadelphia. in a time before computers, donna effortlessly sold airline tickets and helped customers with travel arrangements. in 1972, donna moved to washington, d.c., to start the next phase of her career. donna spent the next 10 years working at the city ticket office and at the ticket counter at reagan national airport. in 1982 she transitioned to the
schedule airline ticket office which served d.o.d. customers in northern virginia. her efforts were so successful that she was asked to open a different satellite office to assist fort bell vire travelers. ler she was asked to re-establish a long abandoned desk specifically designed to help government travelers. donna accepted this challenge and the american airlines washington desk was reborn. for the next 28 years donna's unyielding commitment to customer service and natural sales ability provided government and frequent travelers with the best experience in the industry. on march 25, donna retired from american airlines and she is now spending time with her lovely family and volunteering for the wildlife rescue causes that she champions. i thank donna for her service and dedication. congratulations, donna. i wish you-all the best in your uch deserved retirement.
mr. speaker, it is with great pleasure to recognize the outstanding career of lordes. after 40 years of teaching, she'll be retired at the end of this school year. like me, her family fled the oppressive castro regime when she wasous a jung girl in order to seek freedom and refuge in this wonderful nation, the united states. she worked hard at learning the language and the culture and with inspiration from her mom, dedicated her life to pursue a life in education. after working her way through college, she made her american dream a reality when she became a full-time teacher at jessu catholic school in down miami. throughout the years she taught at multiple schools and earned many awards and deserved
recognition. as a former florida certified teacher, i recognize her dedication and i thank her for all that she has done for the students in south florida throughout her impressive career. .ongratulations to lordes mr. speaker, i'd like to recognize teen philanthropist, joshua williams of south florida, and the foundation that wears its heart on its sleeve. joshua's heart foundation n 10 years of service to underserved communities in south florida, jamaica, africa, and india, her heart found's has activated over 7,000 youths to collect and distribute food and personal items that have helped 600,000 families in need with the help of his supportive mom, joshua began laying the foundation for joshua's heart success when he was only 4 1/2 years old. new j.h.f. chapters are
springing up all over the country and i encourage everyone to check out the amazing work that his foundation is doing every day and to get involved in a charity or volunteer organization that represents your own vision for the world in which you would like to live. congratulations to joshua's heart foundation for a decade of service. mr. speaker, i rise to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the air traffic control at miami international airport, an area that i'm so proud to represent. this upcoming thursday, may 19, the federal aviation administration and the miami-dade aviation department will celebrate this accomplishment and honor the men and women who keep our skies and our airports safe. working round-the-clock, the air traffic controllers direct aircraft and minimize potential troubles in the sky like the ones that come from severe
weather patterns. i'm very proud to know so many of these diligent workers, individuals like mitch, jim, and bill. and many others who with their professionalism keep order in the airspace and protect our public. we routing aircraft, mr. speaker, to avoid congestion and minimize delays, it is not an easy task, especially at one of our nation's busiest airports. but it is because of these controllers' dedication and commitment that we can feel safe, arriving at our destinations. so congratulations to my friend s, all the air traffic controllers at miami international airport. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. sherman, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i
rise to report to this congress on the porter ranch gas leak, the largest methane leak in the history of our country. it began last october 23 and lasted for roughly five months. the amount of natural gas that escaped is measured in billions of cubic feet. some 8,000 families were evacuated for months. our family, because we live just about as close as anyone to the leaking well, chose not to evacuate but rather to rely on filtration systems and the fact that we spend much of our time in washington. so how should congress respond? we must say never again. not again in porter ranch, not again anywhere in this contry.
but it could happen again. -- country. but it could happen again because this natural gas storage facility was the fifth. that means there are four other areas that could have an even larger natural gas leak. there are no federal regulations for the safe storage of natural gas. and state regulations are so minimal that they are incredibly minimal even in famously green california. currently film a -- fimsa, an agency of the department of transportation, acknowledges it has the authority to write federal regulations. they have decided to do so, and my hope is that they will have them this fall. this arises in large part because i had a chance to discuss this with the president of the united states back in january in front of about 80 or 100 of our colleagues, and he
made a commitment that his administration would work to make sure this never happens again. and not only is fimsa working on the regulation, but o.m.b. has assured me they will act promptly on approving those regulations once they are finalized. we in congress are working on legislation designed to product -- prod fimsa into acting quickly, but it's important that we not pass legislation that actually narrows the power -- existing statutory power or gives sentences and statutory provisions that could be used by the oil and gas industry to invalidate tough regulations. that is why it is critical that, for example, the any statute we pass as the transportation committee's product provides states explicitly that we are not preempting hire -- higher,
tougher state regulations. that this -- action taken in congress will not make people less safe than their states would have them be. two issues confront socal gas, the utility responsible for this leak. the first is that they are going to try to get consumers to pay for the cost of their using the phrase that they should pass-through to consumers the reasonable costs of dealing with this disaster. so the consumers around los angeles should pay for the cost of providing relocation assistance to 8,000 families, many of whom have been out of their home for five months and longer. that the reasonable costs of plugging the leak should be passed through to consumers.
the reasonable cost of repairing unreasonable negligence is never an ordinary and necessary expense to be passed through to consumers. socal ak resulted from gas' negligence. there was a subsurface safety valve on the well in question, installed in the 1950's, removed by socal gas in the 1970's and never replaced. this well they used to inject and remove natural gas not through the piping that was intended, or the tubing that was intended for that purpose, but for the casing that was never intended for that purpose. and the pressures, the amount of gas crammed into the field, seems to be inconsistent with the age of the wells, some going back 60 years plus, that were being used to inject and withdraw the natural gas.
so the costs of this event must not be passed through to consumers of los angeles. second, realizing they may have to bear the cost themselves, socal gas has decided to shortchange the residents who have evacuated. they have decided they don't want to pay for the required cleaning protocol necessary to make homes safe. that is their release of just a couple days ago. that is outrageous. the cleaning is necessary to make the home safe. l.a. county public health says so and socal gas should pay that cost, too. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from west virginia, mr. mooney, for five minutes. mr. mooney: thank you, mr. speaker. each spring a nationwide high school visual arts competition is sponsored by the
congressional institute and members of the u.s. house of representatives. since the art competition was reated in 1982, over 650,000 entries have been submitted. the congressional art competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of our nation's bright and talented youth. the winner of this prestigious award in each congressional district will have his or her art work hung on display for one year in the cannon tunnel of the u.s. capitol. today i rise to recognize the artistic ability of a young woman from the second congressional district in west virginia, kay la. from capital high school in charleston. she is the winner of the 2016 second congressional district of west virginia's congressional art competition. congratulations. her entry, human water basin, was chosen from dozens of outstanding entries this year.
the competition was opened to all high school students in the second congressional district of west virginia. she is pictured here receiving her first place prize with the west virginia cabinet secretary, kay good win, of the department of education and the arts. . wish ke to thank them and them the best in their future endeavors. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from west virginia yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from indiana, mr. carson, for five minutes. mr. carson: thank you, mr. speaker. it is with great pride that i rise today to pay tribute to a very special event that will take place later this month in my hometown of indianapolis. on may 29, the world's finest automobile racing teams will compete for the very prestigious warner trophy at the indy 500, the 100th running
of the indy 500. you know, mr. speaker, every memorial day weekend since 1911 with the exception of a few years during world war i and ii, the indianapolis motor speedway has been the site of the greatest spectacle in racing. over the last century, mr. speaker, the indianapolis 500 has become the most attended single day sporting event on the planet earth with estimated crowds of over 400,000 people. ow, these fans add nearly $500 billion to the central indiana economy each year, and the race is also incredibly popular around the world, mr. speaker, with millions of fans around the world. they have been listening to the network and oadway
on television. the indy 500 has been a very important influential in the development of passenger automobiles. rear-view mirrors, four-wheel hydraulic brakes, colored warning lights and the first mandatory use of helmets that can be traced back to the great hoosier state and the city of indianapolis at the indy 500. now, part of the excitement of watching the race every year, mr. speaker, is seeing how these very high-tech automobiles have evolved and wondering which technology we'll see on our roads in the near future. you know, i stand here today as a very proud hoosier that is proud of our state's long racing heritage. i ask my colleagues, mr. speaker, to join me, to join the rest of the indiana delegation and recognizing all of those involved with the race over the last century. from staff to the pit crews to the drivers, especially the
fans who come out to the track each and every year. so congratulations to all folks involved. ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. i yield bk, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today. >> environmental rules on using pest at this sides near water. the e.p.a. requires permits before using chemicals near certain bodies of water. republicans say they have to remove those rules in order to use chemicals to prevent the spread of the zika virus. the house also debating instructions for negotiating with the senate over a bill to respond to opioid addiction. and later this afternoon, debate begins on defense department programs and policies for 2017, including a number of programs in
off-budget war spending. white house staffer recommending a veto on those provisions. this afternoon, c-span3 will take you live to coverage of the homeland security subcommittee looking into the potential security risks from the resumption of commercial flights between the u.s. and cuba. that will be at 2:00 eastern time. and then tonight, c-span2 will be live as democratic presidential candidate, bernie sanders, holds a campaign rally in carson, california, on the campus of cal state dough min gus hill. that begins at 11:00 eesh. california's primary is june 7. >> this sunday night on "q&a," vanity fair columnist and slate magazine founder, michael kinsley, talks about his new book, old age a beginner's guide on living with parkinson's disease. >> parkinson's is a brain disease. that was a nonsensical question. t what i really meant, obviously, was thinking, is it
going to affect my thinking? thinking is how i earn a living. so that became pretty important. and i asked this neurologist what's going to happen? and he says -- he was trying to tell me it wasn't such a big deal. e said, you may lose your edge , as if that was just nothing, and i thought, gee, my edge is how i earn a living. it's why i have my friends. maybe why i have my wife. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern and pacific on c-span's "q&a." >> this morning here in washington, d.c., we'll have live coverage from the national urban league's 40th annual report on the state of black america which calls for a of investment
to improve the lives of african-americans in the united states. we'll bring you to that discussion as soon as it gets under way. about 10 minutes from now. until then some of our discussion from earlier this morning about the obama administration's actions on lgbt rights. . i first guest is representative jared polis, democrat from colorado, the cochair of the lgbt equality caucus. to us a bit about your thinking after the north carolina incident when the transgender bathroom law was passed. guest: obviously, it is a solution in search of a problem. isn't and there is no evidence that there is any the biggest danger is to transgender individuals themselves. presents as a female goes into a male restroom.
all kinds of problems can see for them. this has raised awareness about this issue. it is a solution in search of a problem. issues, yourle ix background is in education. how do schools respond to that? to what the president put out? guest: in my district in transdo, we've had students come through. most districts have adopted some form of policy consistent with this guidance. it's always hardest for the first kid, the first family going through it. this guidance will make it a little easier. the schools are well intended, but they are not quite sure what
to do. this guidance will absolutely help school district's across the country work with families who have kids were transitioning. host: is it guidance alone or is of federal money being pulled? guest: school district don't want to get sued either way. they want some kind of legal safe haven. they don't know what the answer is. designateupposed to another restroom altogether? what will happen if there is an incident in that restroom? that guidance is welcome. that areol districts dealing with a kid in transition want to know what the best practices are. we've had a school that originally did not have best practices and had some transgender students come through and wound up doing the right thing consistent with this guidance several years before.
reduces the learning curve for a lot of school districts in the appropriate way to deal with transition. host: the guidance handed down by the obama administration -- here is what "the wall street journal" had to say. states retain powers not delegated to the national government. how else can one interpret bathroomsguidance" on ? let the states decide. guest: i don't know what this has to do with that. requires equity -- we have laws that require kids of different races to be treated equally within the schools. surprise to of no say of course that applies to gender identity.
there is a national interest in making sure that schools are a safe and civil learning environment for every student. matters of curriculum and teachers involved -- all of those are locally determined, of course. we do support our schools federally through title ix, free and reduced lunch -- a number of programs that support our schools. of course, schools have to serve all comers. there will be some kids who are transgender and we will serve them. host: if a school decides not to follow the guidance, should their funding be pulled? guest: they have to provide a safe and simple learning environment for transgender students -- safe and civil learning environment. we don't let schools have a different restroom for white kids in black kids -- and black kids under the same argument.
host: lieutenant governor of texas talked about this last week. tos is a chance for congress make it clear as far as how schools should respond. guest: i don't know what it would be. congress hopefully has better things to do than discussing restrooms. district i represent, they've had a number of transgender kids come through. it has simply never been an issue. it has worked out for the kids. i sure hope we have better things to do in washington than discussing school bathrooms and who is using which one. host: our guest with us, representative jared polis joining us. if you want to ask them questions about the bathroom law
-- him questions about the bathroom law -- 202-748-8000 for democrats. 202-748-8001 for republicans. .ndependents, 202-748-8002 , 202-748-8003ople . i know you are in colorado. did you hear the results of this from your work as the cochair of the lgbt caucus? iest: many of the schools represent have had policy coinciding with this guidance for some time. whoad a transgender student transitions over the summer. there's other schools who aren't they might move, and if it is, they have a child in one district that was a boy, they transition to a girl, they might move to another district and
present as a girl and for all intents and purposes, the school knows their girl. familyoftentimes, the will not even disclose that the child used to be a different gender. it is every school district of , servesgnificant size transgender kids whether they know it or not. whether you are black or white, whether you have a special need or you don't, whether you are transgender, gay, straight, school districts have to serve everybody. you suspect he will see lawsuits by the obama administration? guest: i hope not. see lawsuitl to strain resources from public schools. i hope nobody sues over it. reasons is to avoid having to take on liability. court -- cochair
of the lgbt equality caucus. tell is how it came to be. guest: we have over 80 pro pro-equality members. six lgbt members of congress that are cochairs and they are members of congress who stand -- amend the civil rights act and add sexual orientation. people think there has been a lot of progress made. get married in every state. however, in some states people can get fired because they are gay and even more states, people can get fired for being transgender. we can appropriately protect people based on their gender identity just as we do based on race and gender. first call from philadelphia, pennsylvania. rick is on our democrats line.
>> and we're taking you live now. you can find the rest of this conversation online c-span.org on ourn "washington journal" files. here is the urban league in washington, d.c., talking about the report on the state of black america. this is the 40th annual report, calling for $1 trillion of investment to improve the lives of african-americans in the united states. the associated press reports the study shows african-americans are doing about the same as they have in previous years. as the u.s. recovers from the great recession and much better than they did when the first state of black america report came out in 1976. >> good morning.
ladies and gentlemen, i just want to welcome you to the 2016 state of black america launch event. locked out, education, jobs and justice. i'm amber payne, managing director of nbc's universal inclusive site for politics, culture, social issues. we tell stories by, for and about the black community. and hello to everybody watching this historic broadcast online. we want to invite you to join the conversation on social media by using the #lockedout, and we're coming to you live from the night studio at the museum in washington, d.c., and here to welcome us is the former president of col gait university, award-winning author and political scientist, the president and c.e.o. of the useum, mr. jeffrey hearst. >> good morning.
welcome to the night studio. it explains, promotes, defends the five freedoms of the first amendment and right of free exprecious. we do it through a building which welcomesle 800,000 people a year through 15 maw seems with -- to discuss important issues around our foundational freedoms and an educational program which reaches close to three million schoolchildren through digital outreach. in our building you will see the long history of struggles for freedom in the united states and how those struggles have depended on the rights of assembly, speech, press, expression, religion and petition. critical to our building has been the long struggling united states for civil rights. we tell the story of what has been accomplished and we also
tell the story of what still needs to be done. in that regard, it has been our pleasure to partner with the national urban league and mayor morial on this important launch of the 40th edition of the state of black america. this has always been an important publication, but this year it provides an opportunity to see what has been done and what still must be done. certainly we are part of that effort, and we look forward to using our commitment and our ability to explain our foundational freedoms to be part of the struggle of incluesivity and equality in the united states. i'm delighted to be part of this program today. i'm honored that the national urban league has chosen the newseum to launch the state of black america and i'm pleased to welcome you today and hope to see you often. thank you and, again, welcome to the newseum.
[applause] >> thank you so much, mr. herbst. so this important event today would not be possible without the support of the national urban league's longtime partner, at&t. representing at&t here today is jim, the senior zbik tiff vice president for external and legislative affairs. he's also the chair of the education focused at&t foundation. let's welcome him. [applause] >> thank you, amber. good morning, everybody. it's an honor for at&t and for me personally to be here with you today. thank you to the national urban league for all you've done to promote civil rights, equality and opportunity for so many decades. your success is a shining light to us all. america's better, more just society because of what you've done. you know, the urban league and
at&t work on a lot of issues together, and each of us also work with a lot of companies and organizations but rarely is there a situation which our two organizations' goals are closely aligned as they are today. if there's one constant in the state of black america report it's the important of spreading opportunity and empowerment. that's where at&t wants to help. at&t's business is to spread access to one of the most important tools for opportunity and empowerment, high-speed internet service. broadband is one of america's great equalizers. it's a powerful tool to help people reach their potential. at at&t we see the promise of technology to help address many of the disparities detailed in this year's state of black america report. but it will take more than technology to address these issues. we must all lead by example in supporting social justice. in our view, social justice is far too important to only be a matter for individuals. it must also be an endeavor for corporations.
looking at the results in the national urban league's state of black america report all of us see the steep challenges. there's no magic bullet. but by working together with the urban league, we hope to continue to make progress to address these critical issues. and that's just what we intend to do. thank you very much. ms. payne: thank you, mr. cicconi. thank you, at&t, for all the work you do to help support the national urban league. nbc b.l.k. is proud to join at&t, interactive one and the newseum to present this first of the kind broadcast to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the state of black america. over the last four decades, the state of black america has become a national touchstone for the social, economic status of the nation's african-american and minority communities. serving as a barometer for the progress of people of color,
relative to white america. here to share the findings of the report and to discuss the implications for the nation is the president and c.e.o. of the national urban league, mr. marc h. morial. let's welcome him to the stage. [applause] mr. morial: thank you. thank you. ladies and gentlemen, good morning. i want to thank you for being here today and thank you to at&t as well as to the newseum for hosting us here today. of course i'm marc morial, president and c.e.o. of the national urban league and urban league movement. and as we've discussed, this year is the 40th anniversary of the state of black america. it was introduced by the legendary vernon jordan who was executive director of the national urban league from 1971 to 1981. vernon jordan spent his entire childhood living under the
dehumanizing segregation of jim crow-era georgia. unable to imagine that one day, yes, one day a black man would be elected president of the united states. in his early years, and as a young lawyer, he was immersed in the struggle for civil rights. one of his very first cases was a successful challenge to the university of georgia's discriminatory admissions policies. the years of vernon jordan's tenure at the national urban league, the 1970's, were a period when the united states was coping with the repercussions of the sweeping changes of the civil rights era of the 1960's. as vernon put it, we were dealing with the rubble of the walls we tore down in the 1960's, and despite the rbulence of the era, the poverty, the crime, the violence, president gerald ford
made not one mention about the plight of african-americans in his 1976 state of the union address. vernon jordan was appalled. and the state of black america was born. mr. jordan is regretfully unable to join us in person today, but he graciously sat down with us to share his memories of the past and insites into the present. -- incites into the present. take a -- insights into the present. take a look. vernon jordan: when i think back on my 10-year term at the urban league, the state of black america is one of the things i'm most proud of.
the 1970's was the aftermath of what happened in the 1960's when we conferred and defined the rights of black people. the 1970's were about making real the rights that have been defined. let me give you an example. in the 1960's, we conferred and into d the right to check a motel or hotel. the 1970's were about providing the wherewithal to check out, you know, the right to check in is meaningless if you don't have what it takes to check out. and so that meant a good education so you can get a good job, and so the implementation of the definition and the confering of rights in the 1960's was a primary goal of the 1970's.
. 75 was an interesting year president gerald ford was running the country. he was a good man. he was a friend of mine. but in the area that i most cared about he was not very aggressive and we weren't getting much leadership on the issue that the urban league was interested in. that is the equal opportunity for black americans. and i was still relatively new, and we had eded lost martin in the late 1960's and then we lost whitney young nd then a.c.p. and roy wilkins
was not feeling so well or doing so well. and so i was sort of the youngest guy, new guy on the cene and it was important to fill this gap. i thought that was my job and i thought institutionally it was what the urban league ought to be doing. ne of the programs that we initiated was the state of black america. and it's interesting that in the state of the union address by president ford he didn't say anything about equal opportunity or the plight of black people. we came out the same month with the state of black america and we -- it was sufficiently
potent. it was sufficiently well-reverend that "the new york times" wrote an editorial about it and essentially said we had done the nation and the political parties a service by issuing the state of black america which is now 40 years old. local urban leagues start issuing the state of black america in their local city. the state of black people in x, y, z city, and that got duplicated. what i'm proud of is my successors who in my judgment had the good judgment to continue it because it was not only in the interest of the national urban league and its programs, it was in my judgment in the interest of the nation because politicians, ministers, professors, academics, they use
this data to make their points in their lectures and in their speeches. and it was good data. in ember election night announced that obama was going to be the next president of the united states and i found myself sitting there watching the television with tears just streaming down my eyes. it dawned on me that my tears were not really my tears but they were the tears of my grandparents and my parents. they were the tears of all those black people who toted that cotton and lifted that bail. the notion that obama's going
to be president or any black person would be president is stunning. i feel good and gratified about the continuance of a program that i was privileged to start, is in its 40th year and that ells you something about the substance of the urban league, the consistency of its leadership and so i'm very leased about it. mr. morial: thank you, vernon jordan. [applause] and now, ladies and gentlemen, we weren't able to include everything vernon jordan said in that interview. when he was talking about president obama's presidency, he mentions his steadfast earliest political memory.
it was listening to eugene town, the governor of the state of georgia on the radio in 1943 when he was just 8 years old. he remembers him saying, i have two platforms. the n word and roads. imagine the difference his life has panned and here's what "the new york times" had to say in that editorial vernon mentioned. "in all aspects of life that could be measured statistically, the gains that were made in the 1960's have been decimated. and in intangible terms, those elating to equality was in the conscience by its leaders. all gears were thrown into reverse. all gears had been thrown into reverse. black america is moving backwards. the similarities of the united
states of 1976 and the united states of 2016 are profoundly striking. we are now as we were then a nation struggling to overcome the worst economic downturn since the great depression. all gears have been thrown into reverse. we're now as we were then facing growing pressure to slash human needs programs for the poor who all too often demonize and characterize as lazy slackers trying to cheat the system. all gears have been thrown into reverse. we are now as we were then responding to hostility and violence triggered by challenges to the status quo. whether in response to busing programs to integrate public schools, our resistance to
commonplace police brutality today, all gears have been thrown into reverse. have racial justice and race relations improved over the last eight years? as our president wraps up his final months as the nation's first african-american commander in chief, we begin to assess the progress black america has made under his administration. how well has the nation recovered from the worst economic crisis it has seen in generations? how much closer are we to the very important goal of universal health care coverage? has the affordable care act, obamacare, gotten us? as president obama himself said in his recent commencement address at howard university, my election did not create a postracial society. mr. president, you are right.
the 2016 national urban league equality index tells an all-too familiar story of persistent racial disparity in american life. your presidency has, however, made a difference, a profound difference and we are proud of it. yet, we cannot in eight short years eliminate america's long standing challenges around racial inequity but your presidency has given it new energy. in 1787, african-americans were designated to be 3/5 of a person. under a constitutional convention compromise between northern and southern states, america's founding fathers agreed to count enslaved americans as 3/5 of a person. that's 60%. looking for a way to measure how far black americans have risen from being considered just 60% of their white
counterparts, back in 2004 we introduced as a new element of the state of black america the equality index. so how far have we come? 72.2%., that number is an equality index of 100 would indicate that conditions for white and black americans are equal. we calculate the equality index based on data in five key areas -- economics, health, education, social justice and civic engagement. now, the overall index might not change much from year to year. last year's index was just .2 of a percentage points lower than 72%. but there can be significant shifts within each of those key areas, and we take an even
closer look at the conditions within select group of cities. economically, for example, the most equal metro area with regard to unemployment is providence, rhode island, with an index of 65%. that means the gap between the white and the black unemployment rates was the smallest of the city's we measured. it does not necessarily mean that conditions there were the best for african-americans. tulsa, which also had the same black unemployment rate as providence, ranked 39th on our list because the white unemployment rate there is only 4.3%. making the gap between the black and white rates much larger. now, unemployment and joblessness is just one of the many injustices that keep too many of our cities locked out.
and i realize that standing here and reciting numbers is not the best way to illustrate the profound impact of economic and social injustice in this nation. but, ladies and gentlemen, behind these statistics are real people. men, women, families, children, and they are affected in dramatic ways. now we right the wrongs in history. now we must right the wrongs in our education system. now we must right the wrongs in our economy. now we must right the wrongs of mass incarceration and unequal justice. >> ♪ one day when the glory comes it will be ours ♪ will be ours ♪ one day when the war is won
we will be sure ♪ ♪ glory >> ♪ glory zory zory ♪ >> ♪ hands to the heaven no man no weapon yes, glory is destined every day men and women become legends. it goes against our skin the movement is a rhythm to us freedom is like religion to us justice is juxtaposition enough justice for all just ain't specific enough once died the spirit is revisited to us true living in us resistance is us that's why rosa sat on the bus that's why we walked through ferguson with our hands up when its about goes down we women and man up they say stand down we stand up
the camera panned up came pointed to the mountain top and we ran up ♪ >> ♪ one day when the glory comes it will be ours it will be ours oh, one day when the war is won we will be sure we will be sure ♪ oh, glory, glory glory glory ♪ ♪ now the war is not over victory isn't won we will fight on to finish when it's all done we cry glory oh, glory oh, glory
glory we'll cry glory oh, glory oh, glory ♪ ♪ >> selma is now every man, woman and child even jesus got his crown in front of a crowd they march with the torch we're going to run with it now never look back we've gone hundreds of miles from dark roads, heroes to become a hero facing the league of justice the power was the people enemy was lethal saw the face of jim crow under a bald eagle the biggest weapon is to stay peaceful we sing our music is the cuts that we bleed through somewhere in the dream we had an epiphany now we right the wrongs in history no one can win the war individually it takes the wisdom of the elders and young people's energy welcome to the story be called victory
my eyes have seen the glory one day ♪ [applause] mr. morial: but the glory won't be ours without a plan. it's not the man it's the plan. it's not the woman, it's the plan. it's not the rap. we need a road map. and my predecessor, john jacob, 25 years ago at the 15th state of black america he said, america can't compete if she continues to warehouse. a significant purr portion of our work force in poverty and ignorance. and she cannot compete without investing in human capital and human resources. his idea was simple and profound. it was to replicate the most
successful anti-poverty initiative in modern american history, the european marshall plan. his urban marshall plan introduced in 1990 was meant to be the completion of what he called our unfinished revolution for democracy and human rights. and we don't finish a revolution by thinking about it. the urban league is not a think tank. and we don't finish a revolution by just talking about it. the urban league is not a talk tank. the urban league is a do tank, and what we need to do is save our cities, big and small, north and south, east and west, from coast to coast. we must save our cities. [applause] and we must develop our economic infrastructure and move people out of poverty. from welfare roles to payrolls,
and we can commit -- welfare rolls to payrolls, and we can commit to our struggling communities just as we did with postwar europe. not only did the marshall plan in europe wipe out poverty and starvation seemingly overnight, it triggered and economic ground swell that carried europe through the next two decades. we can do that again in honor of this milestone 40th state of black america, the national urban league, therefore, proposes a sweeping and decisive solution to the nation's most persistent social and economic disparities, the main street marshall plan. from poverty to shared prosperity, the main street marshall plan, from poverty to shared prosperity. if we could rebuild the banks, if we can rebuild europe, if we can rebuild baghdad, this bold
and strategic investment in our urban communities right here in e united states of america necessitates a commitment, a commitment of $1 trillion over the next five years. some say, can we afford it? i say, we cannot afford not to do it. [applause] our cities from east baltimore to the south side of chicago to cleveland to buffalo to the industrial midwest to the sun belt, there are too many neighborhoods locked out and left out for whom this recovery has bypassed them. your voice, my voice, the strength, the power, the history of the urban league must align squarely behind their interests. until we do so, until we do so, our work is not yet complete.
so the main street marshall plan contemplates a number of things. universal early childhood education. you know and we know that people who are in preschool programs are less likely to repeat grades, need special education or enter the criminal justice system. and they're more likely to graduate from high school and to own homes. and the return on investment in early childhood education is estimated at 12% after inflation. investments like the expansion of summer youth employment programs. our young people deserve an opportunity to work. we know that young people who work in summer jobs do better in schools. they're far less likely to get in trouble with the law. and perhaps nowhere has the impact of high youth unemployment than felt more
keenly than in ferguson, missouri. our affiliate in st. louis is rising to that challenge, building a center for job training and other services at the site of a convenient store that was destroyed during the unrest that followed michael brown's death. i had the honor to represent the urban league movement at the groundbreaking. >> ♪ we are the children we are the one who makes a brighter day so let's start giving there's a choice to make we are saving our lives make a better day that's you and me ♪ >> while we are constructing the new facility, we are proud of the fact that thus far we have 100% african-american and
female companies that have worked on the building to date and we plan on continuing that commitment so that we can show the community the best and brightest of the african-american and female construction industry and that we are committed to making a difference on our own projects and working with those who are committed to make that same difference in theirs. mr. morial: great work by our team. [applause] great work by our team in st. louis led by michael mcmillan. thank you, michael. it is an example of what this kind of investment can do. investments like a federal living wage of $15 per hour index to inflation. [applause] now, not only would an increase in the minimum wage help people lift thousands of themselves out of poverty and help to shrink the nation's dangerously
wide income gap, it would inject billions into the economy. every dollar increase for a minimum wage worker results in $2,800 in new -- that's right -- new consumer spending on an annual basis. investments like an infrastructure fund to rebuild schools, community and youth centers, libraries, water systems and urban transportation. every dollar spent on $2 structure produces $2, in economic growth. indeed, the economic policy institute estimated that a $250 billion annual investment boosts gross domestic product by $400 billion in overall employment by three million new
jobs in one year only. investments like a new main street small and microbusiness financing plan with an emphasis of businesses owned by women and people of color. [applause] we know that small businesses accounted for 60% of all new jobs created since the end of the great recession. and lead large firms in new technology and patent creation. small businesses have produced 16 times more patents per employee than large firms. the urban league movement's entrepreneurship centers have served nearly 50,000 small business owners over the last five years. helping to create or save nearly 6,000 jobs and procure
nearly $350 million in new contracts and financing. ladies and gentlemen, those are results. this year -- [applause] this year we were so proud to be in baltimore to announce the creation of a new entrepreneurship center there. >> on behalf of the greater baltimore league, i'm proud that the urban league will be receiving an award and i'll of e it to the great leader new york. mr. morial: announce through the urban league, the baltimore urban league, working with and with the support of the department of commerce, with the support of the city of baltimore will establish in this location a new brewership center. that center has a very simple
purpose. it is to help small businesses with a focus on businesses owned by people of color to grow their businesses, to increase their revenues, to create more jobs and to build the wealth that the community not only needs but that this community justly deserves. >> jay howard, we're going to make this howard. >> oh, it's going to happen. [applause] mr. morial: we look forward, ladies and gentlemen, to a great success in baltimore under the leadership of jay howard henderson. thank you, jay howard. now, for the full list of recommendations for the main street marshall plan, let me encourage you to go to stateofblackamerica.org. but i want to focus on one more investment and that is in work
force and job training with a focus on re-entry. sentencing reform, and i hope it happens, is likely to result in an increase of former offenders re-entering the work force who are in need of job training, who are in need of education, who are in need of counseling. employment-focused training programs have been tremendously successful, and in this area, the urban league has led the way. those initiatives produce returns for workers that far exceed the cost of those programs. and i want to highlight today one such program and that is at our affiliate in atlanta, georgia, where incredible results are being produced. take a look. >> i was charge as an adult and sentenced to 10 years with three to serve. >> this is what life was like for javon during his youth,
convicted of armed robbery at age 14. his education and career were not top priorities. >> my mother worked two or three jobs a day so i therefore became the man of the household. i was not able to help my mother so i turned to crime. i went from breaking into people's house to pulling guns on people and robbing people. >> after serving two years in jail, javon decided it was time to change his life around. while meeting with his probation officer he noticed a flyer for the urban league of greater atlanta. >> i missed half of my teenaged life because i was incarcerated. i don't feel like i found the urban league. they found me. they gave nothing but love for me. they helped me create a resume, portfolio. they helped me find numerous jobs that i could not take because i was in school. they helped me obtain my go-ahead as well as get into college. >> they helped turn his life
around. ricky brown, owner of next step staffing, a company helping ex-offenders find work, is one of his mentors. ricky: i served 13 years in federal sentence. i came home and just couldn't get a job. you are going to move stuff around so you need steel-toed boots. luckily we were able to put javon to work. you can be what you want to be and do what you want to do if you believe in yourself. >> he successfully landed a job with a restaurants goods delivery company. javon: everybody makes mistakes. until the day that you die you are going to make mistakes. >> in 2015, javon was an honoree at the urban league spirit of the league awards. he's also studying biology and planning for a career in pediatric dentistry. javon: i have a very bright future ahead of me and it's only because of where i've been. >> he hopes he will inspire other ex-felons who want to
change their lives. javon: find something you are passionate about. find something that gives you drive and motivation every single day. when you find that put 100% forth into it. > nick valencia, cnn, atlanta. [applause] mr. morial: great work, incredible work by the urban league of greater atlanta and their president nancy johnson. but you got to love javon. and how many javons are out there? and how many javons can we lift, can we touch, can we guide, can we assist? that's our work. no life should be thrown away. so i want to say that not only are the affiliates that we highlighted today examples of the do tank work of the urban league movement but there are dozens and dozens and dozens all over the nation.
so tufle my urban league colleagues all across the nation as we release this state of black america, i want to lift all of you up. i want to say thank you to each and every one of you because your work does make a difference and investments in your work will yield the return. not only for the lives that that work touches but for the communities that we serve and the nation that we are working to rebuild. in closing, i'd like to share the words that vernon jordan spoke 40 years ago, words that cannot ring any truer today. it is our hope that this document will pierce the dark veil of neglect that is thus far smothered efforts to right the wrongs of the past and the present. i hope that it will be read closely by the white house and in congress and that it will
influence decisionmakers to open their eyes to the plight of black americans. i hope it will be read by all the candidates in both political parties whose campaigns largely exhibit a refusal to grapple with the concerns of black citizens. i urge black people to educate themselves to the issues, to register and to vote in the upcoming primaries and election . for this election could be the most crucial in recent history for black people. the implications of the mass impoverishment of blacks and the massive assault on our newly won rights demand that every black vote be mobilized in defense of black interest, in aspirations. in 1976, that was vernon jordan's message to the next president. my message to the next president is this. the disparities are real, the
conditions are tough, the times demand real leadership. does our nation have the leadership and the will to confront these vecksing problems to confront these challenges, to forge a better tomorrow? does this nation have the will to confront that the urban league's main street marshall plan represents a direction, represents a map, represents concrete proposals, represents a serious approach beyond talking points, innuendo and name-calling to help this nation confront the need to complete this recovery? president obama has goten us to second base. now we need to bring it home so that this recovery is complete. ladies and gentlemen, that is the state of black america. thank you. [applause]
ms. payne: thank you. let's keep it going for mr. marc morial, president morial. thank you. what did you think? [applause] in the words of mr. morial, we don't finish a revolution by just thinking about it, right? so there's a lot to digest and a lot to think about but i appreciated that behind the statistics there were a lot of real people and real stories and real solutions that were presented today. and to continue the solutions and the discussion, today we're also launching the state of black america web series. we had an incredible group of panelists. i was privileged to be able to moderate that panel and some of them are in the room today. we covered topics from confronting race and privilege, the state of black women,
criminal justice reform, the state of black america at 40 and black votes matter. so we invite you to please visit stateofblackamerica.org and check out the web series and share it. i want to thank the sponsors. thank you so much to our partner, at&t. thank you to comcast for their production of the state of black america web series. interactive one and our gracious hosts here today at the newseum. amizing time my first time here. the full report stateofblackamerica.org includes thought-provoking essays from a dynamic array of authors including elected officials, leaders in business, economics and social change. so i want to thank you all so much for joining us here today and let's continue the conversation. let's keep it going on social media. let's keep it going in your barbershops, your salons, in the grocery stores everywhere
and let's use the hashtag on social media lockedout. thank you so much, everybody, and have a great day. [applause] [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] >> just a couple instructions. how many of you have enjoyed that? [applause] >> thank you all, so much, for your participation, for your presence. now you may be excused to go to the session in the dining room on the second floor. that is the official 40th anniversary state of black america reception. we hope you enjoy yourselves, go to the second floor, it's a private dining room. someone will be there to greet you for the reception. give yourself a round of applause. [applause]
work shortly, considering measures today to block the environmental rules on using pesticides near water. and to prevent the spread of zika virus. also, debate on instructions for negotiating with the senate on a bill to respond to the opioid addiction problem in the u.s. and later this afternoon, debate begins on defense department programs and policies for 2017, including a number of programs and offbudget war spending. that white house staff say they're recommending be vetoed by the president. before the house gavels in, though, we'll take a look at the review of the 2016 presidential candidates' tax plans. this is from today's "washington journal." joining ut stephen moore. good morning. you're relation to the john waltrip -- donald trump campaign. looked at his tax proposal, is that the case? >> a famous economist, i met
with mr. trump about one month andin his tower in new york we talked about his tax plan. he had asked us for some advice about how to improve it. we had been working a little bit with him in the campaign to help make some modifications on the land. he has a pretty comprehensive overhaul with the tax some and people are really starting to focus on it. give a cell in its current plan and what needs improvement. a plan.t is a comp has if you pay taxes now, you will get a tax cut under the donald trump plan. he would reduce the tax rates. i am an old, supply-side economist. i believe tax rates matter and donald trump does as well. broaden the base, something ronald reagan did, he could make the tax system a lot more
efficient can make it more pro-growth. he would cut individual tax rates across the board. three rates, 25%, 15%, and 10%. pay taxes businesses at the personal income rate, not the corporate rate. you are helping small businesses. one of the most important changes donald trump would make, and i heard you talk a lot about this on your show, is the corporate tax. the states have the highest corporate tax rate in the world. all economists agree that is detrimental to our job creation. we are seeing businesses, you heard the term in versions. these are american companies that leave the united states or , lookingland or india for lower tax rates. it does not work anymore for america to have the highest tax rates. the trump plan, it would be reduced to about 15%. come ave if you do that
lot of the companies leaving the united states, i think they would come back and bring jobs back with them. what we see on the website as far as his plan, is that the current plan? does he accept your proposal? is making changes at least from the initial things he even advocated. that came outng last week was he said something to the effect that maybe we would have to raise taxes on the bridge or something to that effect. i believe what he meant to say, because i have talked to him about this, is that he might not be able to set the rate as much as he wants to. in other words, right now, we have a 40% income tax rate. he wants to cut it to 25%. i think what he is saying is while eamon not get it to 25 come it may have to be 29%, but i think that was taken a little out of context. there will still be a reduction of rates and it might not be as much. you asked me what is the problem
with the trump plan. i love the trump plan. i think it is progrowth and it will bring jobs back to america. the concern is the price tag people put on it, that this will cost $10 trillion. i think that is an exaggeration, we toldtheless, what mr. trump is look, you can do a lot of the things you want to do, bring the rates down and so on, make the program more progrowth, but you actually cut the cost of that in half by making modifications in the plan and that is what we recommended. i do not know whether mr. trump will take our advice. >> and the house back for legislative work to consider a measure to black environmental rules on using pesticides near water in order to prevent the spread of the zika virus.
will be debating instructions for negotiating with the senate over a bill to respond to opioid addiction. and also late they are afternoon, debate starting on defense department programs and policies for 2017. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our guest chaplain, rabbi jay winestein, young israel of east brunswick, east brunswick, new jersey. the chaplain: o god in heaven, please grant your blessing upon our nation's leaders, our president, vice president, members of congress, and all our officers of government. grant them courage and wisdom, sensitivity and compassn as they respond to the needs of our diverse population. allow them to bring to fruition the hopes and visions, dreams and goals, upon which this country was founded. merciful g, we express our dee gratitude for this home built un the values of