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are coming out of his mouth. who wants toof us hear him be individualized, it seems like the whole country is beginning to pick sides to become angry. i have never seen our country be so ugly and mean. -- whatever, the tone is not going to work in his favor. it is bringing the worst out of us. this november,to i am going to continue to listen to what his words are doing to this country. host: thank you for your time and all of your calls. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] january 5, 2016, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour ebate.
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the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip , but in o five minutes no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, or five minutes. mr. poe: mr. speaker, two stanford students were biking one night when they noticed a half naked woman lying motionless behind a dumpster with a male student on top of her. when they confronted the attacker, the man took off in the darkness of the night. the good samaritans were able to catch the coward and knock her to the ground. the woman, just 22 years of age at the time, was being raped and the rapist was being caught in the act. when the victim regained
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consciousness, she was on a gurney, covered in pine needles and bleeding. brock was found guilty of the sexual assault on three counts. his sentence, a mere six months in prison and three years probation because the judge said, quote, a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him. well, isn't that the point? mr. speaker, the punishment for rape should be longer than a semester in college. the defendant's dad called it a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action. clearly brock is a chip off the old block and daddy will never be named father of the year. for many victims, mr. speaker, rape is a fate worse than death and here's why. because rape victims say after being raped they die emotionally many times. and with homicide one dies only once. after the sentencing, the brave ictim read, mr. speaker, a
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7,200-word document statement to her attacker, the rapist. and she said in part, i tried to push it out of my mind but it was so heavy i didn't talk. i didn't eat, i didn't sleep, i didn't interact with anyone. i became isolated from the ones i loved the most. after i learned about the graphic details of my own sexual assault, the news article listed his swimming times saying, by the way, he's a really good swimmer. i was the wounded antelope of the herd, completely alone, vulnerable. physically unable to fend for myself and he chose me. uring the investigation, i had narrow pointed questions that dissected my personal life, my love life, my past life, my family life, questions,
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accumulating trivial details to try and find an excuse for this guy who had me half naked before even bothering to ask my name. my damage was internal, unseen and i carry it with me. you took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence and my voice. while you were worrying about your shattered reputation, i can't sleep alone at night. i can't sleep alone without having a light on, like a 5-year-old, because i have nightmares of being touched or i cannot wake up. did i this thing where i waited until the sun came up before i felt safe enough to even go to sleep. mr. speaker, i was a prosecutor and a criminal court judge in texas for over 30 years. i met a lot of rape victims and learned how these attacks sometimes devastate their lives. this judge got it wrong. there's an archaic philosophy in some courts that sin ain't
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sin as long as good folk don't do it. the court and the judge wanted a pass because he was a big shot swimmer. the judge should be removed. the rapists should do more time for the dastardly deed he did that night. this arrogant defendant has appealed the sentence. i hope the appeals court does grant the appeal and make it right and overturn the pathetic sentence and give him the punishment he deserves. as a country, mr. speaker, we must change our mentality and make sure that people recognize sexual assault and rape for the horrible crimes that they are. as a grandfather of 11, i want to know my granddaughters are growing up in a society that has zero tolerance for this conduct, this criminal conduct. no means no, and a woman who is unconscious doesn't have the ability to consent or fight back. victims like this remarkable woman must know that society and the justice system are on
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their side. too often the focus is on defending and protecting and excusing sex offenders like brock turner. the entitlement mentality, being a good college athlete and self-righteousness do not trump justice. in six months when brock turner is out of prison, he will return to his life, but the life of the victim may never be the same. the criminal has given her a life sentence of mental pain, anguish and turmoil and, mr. speaker, when rape occurs, the criminal is trying to steal the very soul of the victim. justice demands that judge be removed. the defendant should receive more time in prison and we, the people, the community, must support and assist the victim in all possible ways because, mr. speaker, rape is never the fault of the victim and that's just the way it is. and i ask unanimous consent to introduce in the record the statement of the victim in this
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case. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. poe: thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: i appreciate the comments from my friend from texas. important to consider. i am going to shift gears for a moment. i have another issue to talk about today. to a certain extent i have great sympathy for my republican colleagues. nevada' been stuck with -- they've been stuck with a standard barrier for their party who is a bigot, a liar, with no discernable qualifications for the high office that he seeks. but they're not helping themselves by trying to shift the subject of debate here on the floor of the house. we're going tomorrow be taking a stand against a couple of what they think are unpopular ideas. it's too bad that the proposals
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we'll be debating on were never considered by our ways and means committee. one, which would add a sense of congress that a carbon tax would be bad for the economy. and the other, opposition to the president's proposal for a $10 a barrel fee on oil. well, the carbon tax ironically is something that most of the economists who studied it, whether they're conservative, liberal, republican or democrat, agree would be a good policy for this country. a carbon tax is the most efficient way to deal with the serious problems of carbon pollution that is already harming the economy. look at the disruption of the fishing industry. the widespread flooding we have seen that's been unprecedented.
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we're about to go into another egregious forest fire season with huge costs economically as well as to forest health. we have wildly unpredictable weather, unprecedented heat in portland, oregon. portland, oregon, last week, 100 degrees for both days. a carbon tax would harness market forces to be able to change that direction more effectively than other initiatives. a carbon tax actually can be designed to cushion impacts on low and moderate-income people and can actually be designed to help low and moderate-income people. a blanket dismissal of what economists think is our best economic, environmental protection is shortsighted. it's too bad we didn't debate it in committee.
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the other resolution, the opposition to the president's barrel tax, misses the point entirely. it suggests that that is somehow going to be detrimental. wait a minute. the barrel fee would be used to rebuild and renew america. we are -- have been in a desperate situation. we haven't raised the gas tax since 1993. it's made it almost impossible to move forward with a robust transportation bill to deal with the problem america is falling apart while we're falling behind. that's why seven red republican states last year raised the gas tax. we couldn't even talk about it here in congress. using the barrel fee of $10 per barrel will enable us to make significant investments in rebuilding and renewing
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america. the standard & poor's 500 research report a couple years ago pointed out that would have -- investment in infrastructure has significant impact for the economy. $1.2 billion, creates almost 30,000 jobs and creates $2 billion worth of economic activity and reduces the federal deficit $200 million, and we get the benefit of improved infrastructure. that's why every major interest group supported raising revenues for transportation. when i introduced the gas tax increase, it was supported by the american chamber of commerce, the afl-cio, by truckers and a.a.a., engineers, contractors, virtually everybody who builds, uses, maintains or owns american infrastructure said raise this
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fee, help us rebuild and renew america. the president's proposal, i think the only thing wrong with it is it's several years too late. we should have been debating this from the outset, particularly when petroleum prices have fallen precipitously and when americans' infrastructure continues to deteriorate. it's sad we didn't have a robust debate in committee. we'll have a little bit of discussion tomorrow, but it is too little and too late. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would remind members to refrain from engaging in personalities toward presumptive nominees for the office of president. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. gibson, for five minutes. mr. ibson: well, thanks, speaker. and i rise today to honor general retired gordon r. sullivan for his accomplishments in over 54
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years of total service to the soldiers, veterans, family members, members of the united great rmy and this nation. general sullivan, raised in quinsy massachusetts, was commissioned a second lieutenant of armor in 1959. after a distinguished career spanning 36 years in uniform and serving at command left throughout the army, his career culminated as the 32nd chief of staff of the united states army. on the occasion of his retirement from the army, former senator bob dole spoke of general sullivan's caring leadership, sage counsel and commonsense approach as he navigated the army through a challenging period of significant downsizing and restructuring. senator dole stated, quote, our army will sorely miss general sullivan, but it is stronger and better for his service. the legacy he leaves, the ready army, a future force that will be unmatched and the deep love and devotion of his soldiers is
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fitting of this great man, closed quote. after serving in uniform for almost four decades, general sullivan continued to advocate on behalf of the army as the president of the association of the united states army, and he's done that for the past 18 years. his tireless efforts, ensuring our soldiers and their families have the best training and resources and that our veterans returning from combat receive the best care have unmatched and are a true testament to this great man, of his character and his conviction. under general sullivan's executive leadership, the association of the united states army broadly expanded support and outreach to the army families, the army national guard, army reserve and the department of the army civilians, by the promotion, establishment of countless programs and events at the national and local levels. additionally, the association of the united states army generously contributed millions of dollars to veteran and soldier support programs, such
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as the fisher house, the center for the intrepid and army emergency relief. mr. speaker, i first met general sullivan 18 years ago, the week he started as president of the ausa, when i served as escort officer at the senior conference at the united states military academy at west point. i was serving on the faculty at that point. i was struck by general sullivan's graciousness, his humility and the way he lived his life by conviction and integrity. i remain a huge fan to this day. so, mr. speaker, i rise today on behalf of a grateful nation, to thank general gordon sullivan and his family for their over five decades of service to our army. his leadership has directly enhanced the readiness of the united states army, and i ask my colleagues to join me in saluting him and wishing him well in retirement. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. butterfield, for five minutes.
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mr. butterfield: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, it is utterly disappointing that donald j. trump chose to use the court of public opinion in his attempt to defend against a civil fraud claim involving trump university. last week, donald trump made disparaging statements about the trial judge. he suggested that the trial judge is incapable of objectively judging the case because of his mexican heritage. he went on to say that the judge was a hater of donald trump. the footage, mr. speaker, is being played over and over on television. and many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to their credit have found these statements to be unacceptable. in my humble opinion, mr. speaker, these statements rise to the level of contempt of court. they are racially based. and the litigant should be sanctioned. the trump statements are perceived by millions of people to be race based and a
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discredit, a discredit to the judiciary. it must be addressed. based on my years as a lawyer and judge, it is clear that if a litigant feels that the judge cannot be fair and impartial in a case, the litigant has a duty to inform his counsel, counsel then has an obligation to file motions of recusal setting out with particularity the grounds for the motion. this was not done. and i suspect, mr. speaker, it was not done because no evidence of bias even exists. if the attorneys chose to make such a reckless claim, the attorneys would be subject to discipline. what would motivate a litigant in a class action civil fraud case to announce to millions of people that the judge is incapable of objectively judging his case because of his mexican heritage? it's bizarre, it's suspicious behavior. one explanation is that the
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litigant, unable to convince his attorney to address these issues in court, wants to intimidate the judge and eventually force the judge off the case which would slow the administration of justice, postpone the trial for months, even years. the court system, mr. speaker, does not work that way. these statements have put the attorneys in an ethical dilemma of whether they should repudiate the statement or not. codes of professional conduct require an attorney to address client misconduct, address it with the bar, address it with the court, and to seek guidance on further representation. this, mr. speaker, is an egregious violation of litigant misconduct. the court and the attorneys bear responsibility for protecting the integrity of the judiciary and the judicial system. conled trump's lawyers must avow or disavow this misconduct of their client.
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the integrity of an independent judiciary is clearly impacted by these inappropriate statements. thank you. yesterday, riverside high school in durham, north carolina, held its graduation ceremony. among the pomp and circumstance, one student who should have graduated with his class was sadly absent. he's a honduran national who fled his country after the violence and threats to his life became so great he risked everything to embark on a harrowing 17-day journey to the united states. all at the tender age of 17. he was classified as an unaccompanied minor and was eventually reunited with his parents in durham where he planted deep roots in the community and thrived at riverside high school. instead of graduating yesterday with his classmates, he sits in an i.c.e. detention facility in georgia after being arrested by
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i.c.e. agents while on his way to school. led by his classmates, the durham community has been unanimous in calling for the end of recent i.c.e. raids that have spread fear throughout our community and schools. and so, mr. speaker, i, too, stand in support of him and continue to fight for his release. i encourage my colleagues to fight with me and implore the i.c.e. director and the d.h.s., department of homeland security, secretary to use their discretion to release weldon and others like him from deengs. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. katko, for five minutes. . katko: mr. speaker, i rise today to pay tribute to the life of marine corps captain jeffrey coos, a captain with the blue angels who lost his life in a fatal crash over one week ago. this week is the first ever navy
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week in syracuse, new york, in my district which is marked by a series of local outreach efforts focused on lance trans-lating the mission of the u.s. navy to our community. the week was expected to culminate with a performance of the blue angels at the air shot. tragically, marine corps captain coos, a married father of two young children, was killed when a jet crashed two miles from a runway in nashville,town tfpblet a native of cure yango, colorado, devoted his life to serving our country as a marine. joining the blue angels in september of 2014. at 32 years old, he had acoupled more than 1,400 flight hours and 175 carrier arrested landings. his decorations include the strike flight air medal, the navy and marine corps achievement medal, and various personal and unit awards. while the circus air show will go out without the blue angels, our community is deeply saddened by the loss of this pilot and
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the show will celebrate and pay tribute to his life. as his family and the blue angels team grieve this tremendous loss, this weekend, central new york will remember and honor his life and -- in service to our great nation. semper fi, marine. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, for five minutes. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, muhammad ali was indeed the greatest, and he spent considerable time in chicago. therefore i got the opportunity to meet and know him. and on occasion would visit with my friends, frank, wallace, and raffle -- ralph. we would visit with him in his kenwood home and at meetings, and although muhammad ali was born and raised in louisville, kentucky, those of us who live
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in chicago embraced ali as a fellow chicagoan because of his relationship to the honorable elijah muhammad, with the nation of islam, and his involvement and engagement with the larger community. muhammad ali was not only the best boxer in the world, but during his heydey he was a genuine hero to everyday people who felt he was a part of them. in 1966, two years after winning the heavyweight title, he refused to be conscripted into the military. citing his religious beliefs and opposition to the american involvement in the vietnam war. he was eventually arrested, found guilty of draft evasion charges, and stripped of his boxing titles. he successfully appealed in the
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u.s. supreme court which overturned his conviction in 1971. by that time, he had not fought for nearly four years, losing a period of peak performance as an athlete. ali's actions as a consciencious objector to the war made him an icon for those who opposed the war. with a record of 612 total fights, 56 wins, 37 by knockouts, and just five losses, muhammad ali was obviously a superb athlete, but he was so much more. he was a humanitarian, a principleled man, proud of his heritage, proud of his abilities, and proud of his accomplishments. muhammad ali, a soldier in the
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people's army. i salute you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. zeldin, for five minutes. mr. zeldin: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to discuss the importance of improving health care for america's seniors. living out one's golden years to the max can come with its share of challenges, especially as it relates to health care. which is why fighting for our seniors and improving their quality of care must always be a top priority. at meetings in my long island office, mobile office hours, or various other events in my district in suffolk county, new york, i have met with seniors struggling with balancing health challenges on a fixed income. many cite a lack of health care options and difficulty in gaining access to quality and affordable health care as a result of obamacare. they are also -- there are o also serious concerns over the
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solvency of social security and medicare which many seniors rely on for both financial and health care security. health challenges arise and seniors are budgeting based on a fixed income, we should do everything that we can to ensure that those who need medical care and attention are able to access quality care and affordable price without having to jump through hoops. they also should be assured that the programs and benefits they rely on will always be there for them. obamacare has significantly impacted our seniors, and their access to quality and affordable health care. i frequently hear concerns about lost doctors, canceled policies, and higher premiums and deductibles earlier this year congress passed the restoring america's health care freedom reconciliation act which would repeal many of the flawed major provisions under obamacare over a period of two years, specifically many of the harmful mandates in taxes.
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so that we can increase seniors' access without compromising quality of care or efishency. it is -- efficiency. it is torn to improve the quality of health care in our country for our nation's seniors. congress has taken actions to improve medicare. over the past year the house passed a number of bills to strengthen medicare, including the protecting seniors access to medicare act, the medicare beneficiary preservation of choice act, and the medicare advantage enrollment bill, all proposals that would protect and preserve medicare for our seniors who rely on it as well as restore and expand the medicare open enrollment period. the house also took action and made significant reforms to social security and medicare, saving millions of seniors from significantly increased health care costs. working in a bipartisan fashion, congress was able to stave off a massive premium hike for seniors who utilize medicare part b. without this action,
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approximately eight million seniors across our country would have been subject to a 52% premium hike for medicare part b. in a bipartisan effort, action was taken to prevent a 20% across the board cut to social security disability benefits. moreover, working across the aisle with my colleagues in the house we were able to repeal the sustainable growth rate formula, also known as the doc fix, to prevent a 20% cut to medicare. this action alone has been seen as the most significant medicare reform that has taken place in years. without this legislation, which is now law, many doctors would have simply stopped accepting new medicare patients or even ceased to accept medicare all together. congress has also been committed to passing legislation and securing funding to expand seniors' access to the most innovative technologies and treatments so we can diagnose and treat diseases as early as possible. last year, the house passed a
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21st century cures act, bipartisan legislation i co-sponsored in congress, to improve and modernize our nation's health care. this legislation would accelerate the process for scientific advancement while providing desperately needed research funding so we can provide the next generation of cures. it is our duty as americans to always protect and improve the quality of life and care for our nation's seniors. if anyone in the first congressional district of new york ever needs assistance or has questions about social security and medicare, or federal issue in general, i encourage you to contact my long land office at area code 631-289-1097. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the lady from california, ms. speier, for five minutes. ms. speier: thank you, mr. speaker. these are the facts. rock turner was found on top of an unconscious woman whose clothing he had removed.
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he tried to run away. the woman later found pine needles and dirt in her genitalia. this is also a fact, brock turner was sentenced to a mere six months in county jail for committing the violent crime of rape. of which turner will probably serve three months. . he would have a severe impact. what a travesty. all i could think of is proverbs which says a righteous man falling down before the wicked is as troubled a fountain and a corrupt spring. our justice system must become better than this. our educational system must become better than this.
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people must understand that rape is one of the most violent crimes a person can commit, not as mr. turner's father said, quote, 20 minutes of action, unquote. i'm working on several pieces of legislation to help survivors of sexual assault and harassment, including the halt act, strengthen, prevention and enforcement efforts on campus. but today i want to honor the courage of the woman who survived brock turner's violent assault. her bravery inspires me as i hope it will inspire you. i only have time to read an excerpt, but i encourage you to read the entire statement, all 7,000 words. you don't know me, but you've been inside me and that's why we're here today. i was found unconscious with my hair disshelfed, long necklace
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wrapped around my neck, bra pulled out of my dress, dress pulled off my shoulders and pulled up above my waist. that i was buck-naked all the way down to my boots. legs spread apart and had been penetrated by a foreign object by someone i did not recognize. you are guilty, 12 jurors convicted you, guilty of three felony counts, beyond reasonable doubt. that's 12 votes per count. 36 yeses confirming guilt. that's 100% unanimous guilt. alcohol is not an excuse. alcohol was not the one who stripped me, fingered me, had my head dragging around the ground with me almost fully naked. regretting drinking is not the same as regretting sexual assault.
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we were both drunk. the difference is i did not take off your pants and underwear, touch you inappropriately and run away. that's the difference. how fast brock swims does not lessen the severity of what happened to me and should not lessen the severity of his punishment. if a first-time offender from an underprivileged background was accused of three felonies and displayed no accountability for his actions other than drinking, what would the sentence be? the fact that brock was an athlete at a private university should not be seen as an entitlement to leniency but as an opportunity to send a message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class. to girls everywhere, i am with you. on nights when you feel alone, i am with you. when people doubt you or dismiss you, i am with you. i fought every day for you so never stop fighting. i believe you.
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as the author ann lamont once wrote, light houses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save. they just stand there shining. although i can't save every boat, i hope that by speaking today you absorbed a small amount of light, a small knowing that justice was served , a small assurance that we are getting somewhere and a big, big knowing that you are important and you are untouchable, you are beautiful, you are to be valued, respected, undeniably every minute of every day, you are powerful and nobody can take that away from you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota, mr. emmer, for five minutes. . emmer: mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate mary gangle of coon rapids,
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minnesota. by the awarded office multiple sclerosis society. it was for her achievements to improve the lives those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. she spends nearly 400 hours at the front desk where she has tasks. multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease of the central nervous system which affects more than two million people worldwide. those affected by this disease have devastating symptoms and unfortunately at this time there is no cure. i want to thank mary for dedicating so much of her time volunteering to help others. your hard work is appreciated and you truly deserve this award.
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mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate minnesota-based company signs zone for receiving a manufacturers alliance manufacture of the year award for mid-sized businesses. signs zone is highly deserving of this award as it is one of the fastest growing companies in the country as well as the nation's leading provider in visual communication products and solutions. manufacturing is an incredibly important industry in the state of minnesota. our state is not only home to nearly 300,000 manufacturing jobs, but the industry brings billions of dollars to our economy every year, making it a key pillar of minnesota's economy. i commend signs zone for bringing great business and excellent products to our community, but i also thank them for contributing to an industry that is so critically vital to our state. congratulations, signs zone, and thank you for what you contribute to the great state of minnesota. mr. speaker, i rise today to
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celebrate one of minnesota's best and brightest, sar it tel high school senior gopi, who was recently named the 2016 presidential scholar. every year up to 161 students can be named presidential scholars, making it one of the highest awards a high school student can receive. it's safe to say this achievement has gone to an incredibly deserving scholar. gopi has had an exceptionally successful high school career and his resume includes a very long list of accolades and achievements. he's a two-time champion of the minnesota state geography bee, and he was captain of the united states team that took first place at the 2013 national geographic world geography bee. additionally, he's a member of the national honor's society, a big brother mentor, a member of the student council, the president of the minnesota association of student councils, and a member of the sartel sock ar team.
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perhaps most notably -- soccer team. perhaps most notably, he was in the top .1% of students across this country for his s.a.t.'s. it's great to recognize a student here like him today. i can say without absolute certainty that we'll see more great things from this young man in the future. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate a math teacher, paul kelly, for recently being honored at the white house in a ceremony for exceptional educators. in addition to teaching math at the high school for the past 29 years, mr. kelly serves on a board of directors for the national council of teachers of mathematics. along with four other teachers from around the country, mr. kelly was nominated for this recognition by the staff at the national council of teachers of mathematics headquarters. during the ceremony at the white house, paul had a chance to meet hundreds of other
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extraordinary fichers as well as the secretary of education and deputy assistant to the roberto. and he thanked today's educators. a good teachers molds minds, sparks creativity and gives students keys that will open all of life's doors. congratulations, mr. kelly, on your recent achievement, and thank you for helping minnesota students achieve their full potential. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from california, ms. waters, for five minutes. ms. waters: i ask unanimous onsent to revise and extend. thank you very much, mr. speaker. today, i rise once again to discuss the harsh realities of homelessness in america and to call attention to the republicans' so-called poverty
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agenda that simply ignores the fact that men, women and children are sleeping on the streets of america, eating out of garbage cans and using our sidewalks and streets for restrooms. homelessness is one of the most tragic and disappointing reminders of the overwhelming poverty in this country. according to the latest estimates, almost 600,000 americans are homeless. it's a problem in virtually every district and it effects people from every walk of life. 37% of the homeless population are represented in families. 15% are chronically homeless. 8% are veterans. and 6.5% are children. while there's a claim that some progress has been made to decrease homelessness in some
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communities, a lot more needs to be done, especially in some of our largest cities where homelessness is sadly increasing exponentially. in my hometown of los angeles, homelessness increased 20% between 2014 and 2015. in new york city, homelessness creased 11% between 2014 and 2015. and in chicago, there was an 8% increase in that time frame. as public policymakers and members of congress, we have a responsibility to deal with problems and circumstances that undermine and harm our way of life. we are a people who cherish religion. in every religion there is a reference to feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and clothing the naked. where are the republican
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members who regularly hold prayer meetings, who attend church on sunday in their districts? but yet, they're supporting this fake poverty agenda that does not even mention homelessness. where are the members who claim to honor our veterans yet walk past them on the sidewalk in their tents and sleeping under our bridges? we know that we can functionally end homelessness and alleviate poverty in this country. we know that federal resources and the social safety net are incredibly effective at lifting up struggling families. we know that if we properly support the department of housing and urban development and other federal agencies that we could create the necessary housing units and provide the social services that our neighbors need to get off the streets. what we need is simply the political will to get it done.
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unfortunately, we do not have the support from republicans whose sham of a poverty agenda released this week would only exacerbate homelessness and punish the poor. take the republican approach to housing assistance, for example. for years they have cut funding for h.u.d. programs, leaving more than 75% of eligible families without any housing at all. and their latest poverty plan reaskingles some of the most harmful -- recycles some of the most harmful changes that they have sought for our housing programs. they have refused to acknowledge the reality of unaffordable rents that require families to earn almost triple the minimum wage to be able to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment. and they want to impose these so-called work requirements that simply don't work if you ignore the already high unemployment rates in certain areas as well as the need to
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invest in job training, education, childcare and other social services to make it possible for individuals to obtain stable employment. what the republicans have put forward is truly the wrong way forward. fortunately, democrats know what it takes, and when we talk about issues of homelessness, in particular, there's a very simple solution to this very real problem. that's why i have introduced .r. 4888, the ending homelessness act of 2016. now, a lot of people will say, oh, my goodness, did you see how much money is in that bill? this bill will devote over $13 billion over five years to housing assistance programs and create the housing units and services that we so desperately need to get people off the streets. and so while others will point
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to this bill and talk about the cost of it, the fact of the matter is this is the richest country in the world and we spend money on so many other things that are not as important as taking care of our most vulnerable population. and so, yes, this is a $13 billion bill. we've got to stop playing with this issue and thinking it's going to go away simply because we don't want to acknowledge it. we've got to pay for the possibility of ending this homelessness. i cannot bear the thought of children sleeping in their cars every night and going to school the next day. . ms. waters: i yield back the balance of my time i don't have. mr. curbelo: mr. speaker, i rise
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today to discuss one of the most serious issues facing the united states. the staggering national debt of over $19 trillion. for equates to $59,409 every person living in our contry. while the national debt has grown almost $9 trillion since president obama was sworn in, here in congress we must work together to debate solutions that will address our country's debt and get our fiscal house back in order. every day families in south florida sit around the dinner table and make tough decisions on how they'll spend the money. they stick to their budgets and their government should be no different. last october i was proud to support a two-year bipartisan budget agreement that implemented new caps on discretionary spending for both fiscal years 2016 and 2017. too often enormous sums are wasted due to unpredictable budget cycles and government
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shutdown threats. with the adoption of this two-year budget, congress was able to reduce wasteful government spending by providing certainty to agencies as they plan for the future. the budget also contains reforms to entitlement programs. it's important that we protect social security, medicare, and medicaid, the invaluable safety net for those who need the help while working to implement reforms to make these programs solvent for future generations. mr. speaker, i will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance solutions that will rein in our national debt. it is our duty as elected officials to leave our children and grandchildren the same economic opportunities as previous generations had. that is my highest priority in congress. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize joseph gaberra as he
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retires from his post as president of the miami-dade county council of ptas and ptsas, he's been integral to the organization as mission of unlocking the potential present in every child. he held his post since 2014 has always maintained an unwavering focus on his goals and has used his position to effectively serve our community. for years he has been at the helm of a movement which seeks to engage with south florida families and provide them with the tools necessary to empower their children and set them on a path towards success. he has been firmly rooted in the south florida community which is evident through his service as board member of the children's trust. as well as chairman of the miami-dade public schools title 1 advisory district council. in those roles, he worked tirelessly to facilitate
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collaboration between educators and families, as well as increasing inclusivity so that every voice was heard, respected, and taken into consideration. i commend him for his service to the south florida community and congratulate him on a job well-done. mr. speaker, i can personally attest to the fact that he is the most passionate advocate for children and families in our schools that i know. mr. speaker, i rise today to offer my strong support for the u.s. department of veterans' affairs in allocating funds to create a new v.a. medical clinic in homestead, florida. as it currently stands, the homestead veterans' affairs community-based outpatient clinics rent a medical office that does not meet the needs of military members and veterans in our south florida community. with the establishment of a new
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clinic, homestead would be able to serve more than 10,000 military personnel, veterans, and eligible family members in miami-dade and monroe counties which would be a substantial improvement from its current cape inters. -- capabilities. though this new clinic would be a step forward, there is still significant work that must be done to help our veterans and service members living in the florida keys. they do not have a local clinic, and must travel up to four hours to reach the nearest v.a. facility. these brave men and women deserve more easily accessible options and i will continue fighting for them. supporting our troops and veterans is essential to paying our profound debt of gratitude to the very people who have put their lives in danger to defend our freedoms. it is because of brave people like our veterans that america continues to have the strongest military in the world, and we must always honor them. with that, mr. speaker, i yield
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back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, for five minutes. mr. cardenas: thank you very much, mr. speaker. two weeks ago norma and i became grandparents. our daughter vanessa with our son-in-law delivered a healthy baby boy. full of life and full of possibilities, his name is joaquin de la rosa. from the moment i first learned i would soon be a grandfather, i was excited to well come -- welcome our grandson into this world. i'm grateful he was born in the greatest nation of the history of time, these united states of america. a country that strives to live the principleles -- principles of hard work, persistence, and equality. he was born to a nation of native americans and immigrants
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whose foundation and future relies on the grit and determination of millions of people who persist so their family can achieve that american dream. we were elected to the house of representatives to serve all of our constituents and put our country first. joaquin's arrival has encouraged me to reflect on what we do here. he has made me think about how congress' words, actions, and obstructions are affecting the livelihood of all americans. i want joaquin to live in a nation where his right to love whoever he chooses and to marry the person he falls in love with, regardless of gender, is respected. i am grateful that he was born healthy and in a safe clean hospital full of skilled doctors, nurses, and technicians. i'm also grateful vanessa and joaquin cruz received topnotch health care, care that until recently was out of reach for millions of working families. the affordable care act has
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allowed countless pregnant women and newborn infants to see a doctor without risking bankruptcy. this sets them on a path of a healthy, productive life here in america. now that 20 million more americans have true access to health care, congress must stop the efforts to repeal the health care law. instead, we must come together to make sure we expand access, ensure the marketplace is working, and keep health care affordable for all americans in this great contry. -- country. every member of congress has a responsibility to the next generation, and the one after that. we're responsible for their future. we face a short 12-week session in this 114th congress. what will we accomplish during this time? will we vote on partisan bills that would go nowhere? or will we face the challenges of affecting our nation and the world? or will we once and for all think of the children and ensure future generations inherit a
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nation that remains the global leader full of opportunities? we hold the power to make things better for our kids and grandkids. for my grandson, and all grandchildren, i will fight for a future where a quality education doesn't put students and families into six-figured debt. every child deserves a world class education that provides them with the knowledge and skills to achieve their dreams and uphold our place as a global leader in innovation. for my grandson and grandchildren of his generation, i will continue to be a vocal advocate on the need to create a just and equal criminal juff nile justice system that is worthy of our nation. we spend $12,000 to educate a child in america, but we're willing to spend more than $150,000 to imprison that child for one year. and yet every year funding for education ends up on the chopping block. how can we justify that?
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my grandson was born into a great country, but sometimes, mr. speaker, this congress does not live up to the potential that this nation deserves. a child in the united states is likely to die from a disease from a gunshot, more likely to be killed from a gunshot than disease. we're bert than that, mr. speaker. it is our responsibility to address this reality. we must work together for my grandson and all the children of his generation to make sure our parks are greener, our air is cleaner, to cure the sickness that is taking our climate, to make sure that a father or mother, no matter what their economic circumstances, does not have to worry that their child's bath water is poisoned. this is our job. it is our job to be leaders and i will work with my colleagues every day to live up to what our grandchildren deserve. far too often i hear elected
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officials spew the same line. we're mortgaging our children's future, our parents and grandparents invested in our nation, and we have reaped those benefits. it is time that we do the same for future generations. that is what has made us the greatest economy in the world. investing in our roads and bridges, investing in our schools and hospitals, if forward thinking legislation that will serve others for generations to come. now more than ever i understand just how important this is and we work together and create solutions that our children will live a better life. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. yoho, for five minutes. mr. yoho: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to call attention to an incredibly important piece of legislation that will provide essential funding for programs which will go miles towards helping every young person in america that has maybe had a misstep reach their potential and achieve their american dream. as i travel my district, i am so
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impressed as i meet some of the most incredible young people in north central florida. these young americans have the capability of literally changing the world and the capability of bettering their communities and setting a positive example for the youth that will follow in their footsteps. unfortunately, too many will fall victim to the circumstances in which they were born. too many will become familiar with the inside of a juvenile detention facility as the image of the classroom fades from memory and the all too often reality of a life behind bars begins to materialize. i want to stress that this -- if this happens to even just one child, that is one child too many. we live in the greatest nation on earth. we tell our children they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up, yet we know the reality for some is that as these very words are spoken, that there is no truth to them. these are the youth who fall
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subject to the cradle to prison pipeline and it's unacceptable. these are the children in our who go to , children school with our own kids, and, yes, some cases even our own children. we have the ability to change their reality with h.r. 2197, the youth promise act, and that will do just that. the youth promise act establishes a promise advisory panel of state representatives as well as local promising coordinating councils which will develop an implement evidence-based locally controlled, not washington controlled, youth violence spreengs and intervention practices and mentorship opportunities. these practices will occur on a community level working with families, working with schools, nonprofits, juvenile justice add low cats, and law enforcement -- justice advocates, and law enforcement officers to intervene early in a child's life to prevent them from starting down the path that can
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defiant remainder of their life. last congress the act gharnered the bipartisan support of over 130 members of this body in congress. yet it sat in committee for nearly two years. this congress the youth promise act has sat in the house education and work force committee for over it 400 days without action. our youth cannot continue to wait. there are many in congress -- there are many issues that congress deals with which are both -- which are republicans and democrats and independents cannot agree upon. but this is not one of them. if they have not already, i urge my colleagues to co-sponsor this vital piece of legislation. i urge leadership in the house and the senate to bring up this bill for a vote. a vote for our challenge youth so that they may continue the great posterity of this great nation. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. costa, for five minutes. mr. costa: i ask unanimous
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consent to address the house for five minutes, and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. costa: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life of a good friend and community leader, maria gue tear yezz. she -- gutierrez. she led her life with purpose. she wanted to make a positive difference. no doubt she did that. she served as the general manager of univision in california and led the station to be one of the highest-ranking stations not only in the valley but in the nation. she worksd hard to bring more water to the valley. she cared. she had a big heart and she was a role model for all who knew her. we miss maria dearly, especially the big face she always had on her face. i want to join me in paying tribute to her life. may she rest in peace.
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thank you. r. speaker, i also rise to recognize june as immigrant heritage month. we are a nation of native americans, of immigrants past and immigrants present. that is america. for over 250 years since the formation of the united states, immigrants have helped make our country what it is today. they add energy and value with each generation of americans. california's san joaquin valley, which i proudly represent, is a home to people whose families come from all over the world. their story is our story. it's one of achieving the american dream which is my family's story. i am fortunate to represent and live in an area with some of the hardest working people you will ever meet in your life who made lasting contributions to
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san joaquin's valley agriculture, its businesses, its education, its health care systems. their contributions have had positive impacts, not only in california but throughout the nation. hispanic, armenian, italian, portuguese, seek, mong immigrants are among the many who came from asia, from the americas, from africa and from europe to call america their home. these immigrant families for generations have been and always will be a cornerstone of a place that we call the united states of america. they are living out the american dream, and their children and grandchildren continue to add value and make a positive difference in our valley and the nation. degrading immigrant communities is not an american value. name calling is not a virtue and never should be condoned. insinuating that someone does their ify based upon
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ethnicity, especially coming from someone who wants to be leader of the free world. will reality is some use rhetoric to tear us apart. it's wrong. we must remember the bonds we share as americans are far, far stronger than whatever differences we may have. wrongly questioning a judge's objectivity because of his ethnic background is pure and simple racism. it's not the american way. we are better than that and, mr. trump, you should apologize for your hurtful statements. instead of talking about a wall to keep people out, our next president must focus on efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform so that we can fix our broke -- our nation's broken immigration system. as i said, we are a nation of immigrants, and that is one of
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the reasons why the united states is, is the greatest nation in the world, period. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues and all americans to join in celebrating immigrant communities throughout our great nation by recognizing june as immigrant heritage month. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would remind members to refrain from engaging in personalities towards presumpive nominees for the president of the united states under section 370 under the manual. es and the chair recognizes mr. costello for five minutes. r. costello: i want to thank to scoogle action network
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protect our watershed. they installed a rain garden in their township building, which i visited this past weekend, and which is expected to cleanse rain water and remove pollution. they installed a bioswell to help absorb runoff and reduce pollution in pickering creek to keep their communities beautiful and healthy. for their effort, they presented the dink drinking award to these hardworking club members from two schools. many watershed organizations across my district do a great job protecting our watersheds. i want to congratulate these students for their ingenuity to keep the water in our district clean and safe for our community. i also rise today to thank sarah pennington for her courageous leadership on mental health. sarah is a courageous dynamic, hardworking high school student at pots grove high school and outstanding teen. she visited my office yesterday
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to bring attention to mental health issues and to discuss relevant policy reforms. sarah has not graduated high school yet, of course, but she has already founded a nonprofit, show your hero, with the goal of raising mental health awareness. i want to thank sarah for her advocacy and i also have some exciting news. sarah will be participating in miss p.a.'s outstanding teen pageant from june 22 to june 24 in pittsburgh, and we want to wish her the very best in that pursuit. i rise today to acknowledge the work of phoenixville first responders, the phoenixville fire and police responders responded to help. they assisted an individual who went into cardiac arrest. through their swift efforts to administrator c.p.r., they were able to save a life. they recognized the responders for their expertise on may 28, could he insiding with national emergency medical services week
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which honors those serving on our communities' front lines every day. mr. speaker, i commend and thank these and all firefighters, officers, e.m.t.'s and paramedics for their service. mr. speaker, i rise today to speak about a bill i introduced in the house called the solve act, short for the state outreach for local veterans employment act. the solve act will provide pennsylvania and all states with critical flexibility to utilize existing grant funds in the way that best serves the needs of each state's unique veteran population. the american legion, paralyzed veterans of america and national guard association of the united states have all endorsed this commonsense bill. i encourage my colleagues to co-sponsor this bill as well. i also want to recognize wilson southern middle school as one of six exemplary middle schools in pennsylvania recognized as a school to watch and also thank the teachers, administrators, parents, faculty and students for their hard work at -- in making wilson southern middle
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school such an exceptional middle school. we're very proud of you. i rise today to speak in support of bringing postpartum depreppings out of the shadows act. every year one in seven new mothers experiences prenatal depression, impacting babies and families for years to come. this bipartisan legislation, which i co-sponsored with kathryn clark of massachusetts, congresswoman clark, would help those suffering receive the treatment they need. states would receive federal funding to establish, expand or maintain programs for screening and treatment of maternal depreppings. thanks to the tireless efforts -- depreppings. thanks to the tireless efforts of mental health advocates, we have reached over 65 bipartisan co-sponsors in the house, and i am respectfully encouraging other members and their staff to look at this bill and join as a co-sponsor. it's the right thing to do as we seek to proactively address issues of postpartum
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depreppings -- depression in communities across this country. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee, or five minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker very much for yielding this time. i thought, mr. speaker, i would give as a member of the united -- i congress and a very hate to use the term proud, but i am proud to be a member of the judiciary committee for the number of years that i served in this august place. as i serve, i am well aware of the importance of the constitution and the very sacred responsibility that we have in protecting the constitution. so i thought as a lawyer, whose d and served as an
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associate court judge in houston, texas, that it's important to remind members of the established three branches of government, responsibilities that each hold but focus in particular on the executive, the president of the united states. the constitution, article 2, says the executive powers shall be vested in the president of the united states of america. it shows the term he should hold and in particular it acknowledges that he or she should take care, that the laws be faithfully executed. article 3 establishes our judicial power. in particular, with respect to the federal courts, all cases and law arising in this constitution, treaties made, which shall be made under their uthority, all of these cases
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have jurisdiction under our federal court system. and so the federal courts and jurists of keen importance. one would wonder how we establish the need for the rule of law and separation of powers, and it came first from king james magna carta which says no one should be imprisoned, exiled, destroyed except for lawful adjustment his peers and law of the land. i know that when i sat as member of the bench that i would look at petitioners, and i would hope that even though my history was that of a former slave, an african-american -- when i say a former slave, dependents of such. the history of african-americans as such. i would hope my background would not have countered the fairness that i would have rendered to anyone who came
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before me. judicial interpendens is something we hold dear. judges that are able to apply the law freely and fairly are essential to the rule of law. the constitution guarantees our rights on paper, but this would mean nothing without independent courts to protect them. that means our judges on the federal system should not be intimidated or influenced or protected from the influence of the other branches as well as shifting popular opinion. this insulation is referred to as judicial independence. it allows our federal judges to make decisions based on what is right under the law without facing political, not getting re-elected, personal, getting fired, having their salary lowered. as a member of the judiciary committee, i often joined with the late henry hyde, then the chairman, who wanted to raise the salaries of our federal judges. and so i think it is imperative to come before this body and my colleagues to raise great angst
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when someone's ethnicity is called out as a reason they cannot be fair. i'm appalled that we have come to this in 2016 where if i was to ascend symbolically to a federal bench or the colleagues that many of us have supported and the senate as the president has nominated, the diverse bench that represents asians and hispanics and african-americans and women and that nglos, caucasians, anyone would raise a question. i have been before a court which i have not welcomed the decision. there would be many reasons why i was not pleased with that decision, but i could not raise the question of race. and so i think it is worth condemning that we would have this kind of public discourse
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where a race of a federal judge is raised. remember what i said. judicial independence warrants that we in fact cannot intimidate the bench and not in fact deny the freedom of the court to decide cases based on facts and the law, not based on public opinion, the views of special interest groups or even a judge's own personal beliefs, the right of every citizen to a fair trial is a cornerstone to our democracy. why should anyone be diminished that and why should the petitioners independently intimidate based on race? it is appalling and it is absurd. and so i'd ask all of my colleagues as protectors of the constitution and people who are here making laws to independently go out into the highways and byways of life, condemn those words. need i say who it is. condemn those words. condemn this kind of discourse,
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and i would offer to say that anyone who has said those words, who pretends to put themselves forward to uphold this constitution is disqualified and unfit. and so i would hope that we will have an independent executive under the constitution, an independent legislative branch and, of course, an independent judiciary. one of which i respect with i have won cases, saved a hospital, i have lost cases. i have been affected by cases in my redistricting and denied the rights under the voting rights act, but i will never undermine and diminish the constitution for right cases and wrong cases -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: i ask our colleagues -- the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen.
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ms. ros-lehtinen: i ask unanimous consent to address the house, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate my dear friend and a true patriot, for being arejes award the the cantor berry medal, the highest medal bestowed by the beckett fund for religious liberty. he spent 22 years in castro's gulags. he endured unconscionable torture while in prison. and why, mr. speaker? because he refused to put a sign on his desk saying that he supported fidel castro. no matter how much abuse he endured in prison, armando fought his jailers every day. he protected his conscience from the constant and ongoing attacks
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of the brutal communist dictatorship. in 1988, president ronald reagan installed armando as our u.s. ambassador to the u.n. human rights council. earlier this year the ambassador wrote about president obama's misguided and dangerous overtures to the castro regime. one-sided negotiations. in a recent op-ed that he wrote, he said, quote, in agreeing to meet with raul castro, obama rewards a regime that rules with brutal force and systematically violates human rights. end quote. am bass door, thank you for your courage. thank you for your principled stand against the castro regime. godspeed, my friend.
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mr. speaker, i rise to recognize the 100th anniversary of one of south florida's most notable cultural, historical, environmental, and archaeological treasures, the charles dearing estate located in my beautiful congressional district. charles dearing, the first chairman of the board of international harvester, bought the property in the year 1916. now as a jewel of the miami-dade county parks recreation and open space system, the 444-acre dearing estate serves as the center of community life in the very groovy village of palmetto bay. it also conserves globally endangered native plant communities, and is a focal point for the ongoing biscayne bay coastal wetlands restoration
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that aims to recreate more natural fresh water flows and to slow saltwater intrusion into our drinking water sources as sea levels rise. and the sea levels are, indeed, rising, due to global climate change. mr. speaker, the dearing estate's future will be just as important as its past. to all of south florida. the dearing estate is, indeed, a jewel in our already beautiful south florida treasures. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. the house is expected to take up the bill today regarding the
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puerto rican debt crisis. this bill has serious implications to every taxpayer in the contry. it applies a form of chapter 9 bankruptcy to the general obligation bonds of puerto rico that are guaranteed by the commonwealth's constitution. article 6, section 8 of puerto rico's constitution explicitly provides that, quote, interest on the public debt and amortization thereof shall be paid first. this bill ignores the puerto rican constitution and breaks that promise. here's why this is so important to the rest of the country. every state government has similar constitutional provisions that guarantee its general obligation bonds. this is what allows states to borrow at extremely low interest rates because their debt is actually guaranteed and therefore the risk of default is extremely low. if congress is willing to undermine a territory's actually
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guaranteed bonds today, there is every reason to believe it would be willing to undermine a state's guarantee tomorrow. and this, in turn, invites credit markets to question such guarantees as being no longer secured on constitutional bedrock but rather dependent upon the shifting whims of congress. and this, in turn, means the value of these bonds is devalued and interest rates paid by taxpayers on that debt will increase. the governors of six states have already raised this warning. and the u.s. virgin islands whose credit is directly undermined by this wants out of the bill for the same reason. now it could have respected the $18 billion of actually guaranteed debt and focused on restructuring the $54 billion of puerto rican municipal debt that is not actually guaranteed. after all, there is no reason to
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treat san juan's municipal debt any differently than san jose's. but actually issued debt is fundamentally different and its reliability must be maintained. tellingly, supporters of this bill voted down just such an amendment in committee. supporters have said they have addressed this concern by inserting instructions to the control board to, quote, respect the lawful priorities in the constitution other laws, or agreements. ironically one of those other laws, the control board is instructed to inrespect, the is the government's repudiation of that debt. furthermore, the same section instructs the control board to provide, quote, adequate funding for public pension systems, and includes other contradictory instructions. the only possible interpretations of these provisions is that the sanctity of the sovereign debt is subject to balancing and therefore subordination to junior claims by the control board. just last week treasury
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secretary jack lew and the white house admitted that this was both the intent and effect of the bill. meanwhile, another provision prevents lawful bondholders from enforcing their claims in court for a period of six months but doesn't prevent the government from paying out junior claims during this period. indeed, in anticipation of this bill, the new budget for puerto rico increases general funds spending while it radically reduces its debt service payments. honoring the rule of law and maintaining the commonwealth's full faith and credit guarantee would be a you poerful signal to bond markets that the united states -- powerful signal to bond markets that the united states stands by its promises even when inconvenient. in the current law it's in the interest of both sides, debtor and creditor, to work out terms that both can live with to restructure and repay this debt. indeed, until the prospect of a congressional rescue arose,
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puerto rico was negotiating terms of a debt restructuring with a mutual consent of its creditors. it's also in the interest of the people of puerto rico to uphold the full faith and credit laws of their constitution which will be vitally important for them to re-enter the credit market once their affairs are put back in order. puerto rico faces both crisis and opportunity. a crisis born of slavish devotion to failed leftist economic policies, and an opportunity to replace those policies with proven free market solution that is can create a fresh start for the people of puerto rico and shine as a beacon of hope for other similarly affected states. i fear the net result of this legislation will be to spread the crisis to other states with heavy debts by increasing their debt service cost. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. westmoreland, for five minutes. mr. speaker, id:
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rise today to pay tribute to my friend, a friend of georgia's third congressional district, and a friend of all of georgia, jay randy jackson, chief administrative officer for kia motors manufacturing, georgia. who tragically passed away on the afternoon of may 20, 2016. randy was the first american employee hired for kia's plant in georgia. he not only became the public face for kia motors in georgia, but an advocate for the continued creation and development of employment opportunities for georgians. when he came to kia and when kia came to west point, georgia, west point was a struggling city affected by the textile plant closings but under the leader -- under randy's leadership ability to bring people together for the good of all, both kia and west point have thrived.
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today kia's responsible for 15,000 jobs at the plant and in the surrounding community. mr. jackson played a key role in hiring thousands of those employees. a passionate worker, his enthusiasm for kia and creating jobs cultivated a workplace that both blended corporate business and human needs. randy had an almost unique way about him. somehow he was able to be comfortable and at ease while projecting that he had full control over every situation that might arise. randy's way was a remarkable blend of personality, caring, and expertise. randy's presence was felt beyond the walls of kia and will be for many years to come. he was an example involved in the think academy which strifes to support the education of future generations of good employees. while randy jackson was dedicated company man, he was also a devoted family man.
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he is survived by his wife of 35 years, deborah, he was the proud father of two children, james of of kentucky, and jennifer milner, georgia. his parents of macon, georgia, and a sister, deborah jackson of perry, georgia, also survive hifment mr. jackson was a very loving and doting grandparent to his granddaughter, scarlett ann. mr. jackson also had softness in his heart for his beloved rat terrier, rambo. randy lived a life of hard work and love. he inspired those around him to make every day better than yesterday. his loss will be long felt at kia and in the entire community. he made both better for his -- from his presence. at the plant they talked about the kia way.
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emphasizing teamwork and problem solving to make progress. we all know that randy's way was the kia way. the community and the plant will go on. the plan he helped to make sure that they would, but he won't be quite the same without him. thanks, randy. until we meet again. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to observe the 200th anniversary of the community of port allegheny and king county in pennsylvania. pennsylvania fifth congressional district. port allegheny was founded in 1816 as canoe place, located just 30 miles from the headwaters of the allegheny river. true to its name, it was bestowed in 1837, the settlement
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served as a port along the river for native americans and pioneers who would stop to build or repair canoes before traveling along the river. later in its history, port allegheny became known for its glass manufacturing. the first plant of pittsburgh corning corporation was constructed there in 1937. and glass block used in construction all over america are still built there. today you can still find people and join the outdoors in the setment first known as canoe place. tourism is a big part of the town's economy with visitors enjoying canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. the celebration will kick off sunday and run through june 18. with plenty of activities, including an ice cream social, pioneers day picnic, car cruise, and wagon rides. mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of stanley fedoric, a former police officer in oil city located in the pennsylvania
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fifth congressional district. he was recognized just this week as the oldest member of the fraternal order of police in pennsylvania at the age of 98. he has been a member of the fraternal order of police for 68 years, and received a certificate of appreciation and a commemorative letter from the organization. . mr. speaker, stanley is also a veteran, serving as first sergeant in the united states army in italy during world war ii. he joined the police department following his discharge and served as officer up until 1968. he later worked security at a bank. he has only missed two meetings in his time as a member of the fraternal order of police, and he's still driving himself to those meetings at 95 years of age. i thank him for his service to the oil city community and to our nation. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until
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>> some economic assistant packages we're looking at but it's really a combination. it's not all about drone strikes. >> jane harman. congresswoman jane harman, former member from california. ranking on intelligence. ms. harman: thank you. i was elected with you, rob, and i worked very closely with you, mike, on the homeland committee. my question is this. a republican agenda is a good thing to have in an election year and there are lots of things in this agenda that i strongly agree with. if a democrat is elected president, will you work with her to enact parts of this agenda and hopefully as compromise occurs, try to put the country first because all of us are going to be victims of terror attacks, not just people in one party. mr. mccaul: terrorists don't
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check our party affiliation. they don't care if we're republican and democrat. it will be the house g.o.p. blueprint, but as i mentioned at the outset, i hope this is a document for all americans because i think these principles are correct. and it is a better way forward. and so obviously we're going to work with whoever the president is on trying to advance this agenda. mr. goodlatte: and many of these items are in here that we've already been working on in a bipartisan way in the congress. there have been some things that have been very positive, signed into law by the current president. the answer is congress has the responsibility to the american people to work with whoever the chief executive is. i will say that i hope it is somebody other than the lady that you're referring to because the track record of the current president working with us to not take his pen and his cell phone and bypass the congress but actually work with the congress has not been good. and we're looking for leadership that says i want to work with the congress and i want to get things done and
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that includes foreign policy and actual defense issues that it's important that we have a coordinated effort to represent the united states before the rest of the world. ms. harman: well, i strongly agree and hopefully we have that. mr. mccaul: my concern, as well, i think not to be too partisan but i think the administration and mrs. clinton and the foreign policy, she's the architect of much of this after the arab spring and it has created -- my concern from the homeland standpoint is so many terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens that they can operate out of to attack americans in the homeland, that's one of my biggest concerns. we want to change that course. >> there is a question back there. thank you, jane. >> thank you. i'm richard downey from consulting. great comments. thank you very much. chairman mccaul, you opened your remarks by saying that we need to secure the border. there are a lot of people who
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say that the border is more secure today than it has ever been. my question is, what is the criteria that will let us know that we have a secure border? donald trump is going to build a wall. is it zero migrants coming across, is it a percentage, is it zero flow of drugs, is it some percentage? what's the criteria to let us know when we have a secured border? mr. mccaul: it's when we can gain operational control. you can define that. we're catching less than half what's coming in. bob and i are concerned, what's coming in we don't know about? we know we're apprehending people from countries of interest that concern us. we're apprehending them. how many have gotten in this country? that's one of the biggest concerns. i believe, and i have a bill that got out of our committee is a multilaird approach to basically create a barrier to
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prevent illegal aliens but also potential terrorists from coming into the united states that involved not just fencing, although fencing is important and infrastructure, but also technology and aviation assets and manpower to respond. one important program we passed was the department of defense transferring excess surplus property from afghanistan to the southwest border so we have that visibility. right now we can't see 100% what's happening on the ground. if you can't see what's happening, it's very difficult to respond to it. so i think the answer is, when we achieve operational control. we're far from that right now. mr. goodlatte: and i agree with all of that. the other piece of it, you have to have the will to enforce the law. and when you have policies now where border patrol agents and i.c.e. agents are on a very frequent basis complaining about instruction fathers their superiors to not turn people
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away, to not detain people, to let people in even without documentation, that part of people being admitted in the country not because they evaded but tex but said, here i am, i want in, and the administration finding more and more reasons to let them in as opposed to turn them away and not enforce the law once they overstayed their presence in the country is an equally important component of that. the 9/11 hijackers and the san bernardino killing all took place with people who were at least initially lawfully present in the united states. mr. mccaul: bob and i worked on the u.s. exit program that deals with visa overstays. 40%, as bob mentioned the hijackers, it's the political will that's missing. we can get this done. it's achievable, but we just don't have the political will o do it. >> thank you very much.
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barbara from the atlantic council. i look forward to reading your report. how are you going to muster the financial resources to pay for the barrier, the additional personnel, also the additional visa people that would be required to do a better job of vetting? is that specified in this document? what would you take from in this?to pay for thank you. mr. mccaul: we don't specify what it comes from where but it's all about what is your priority. i think bob and i agree. this should be a priority for the nation because the number one principle in the constitution is providing for a common defense, whether it be ur military hitting isis overseas or protect bad people, bad things from coming in. we didn't talk about the drug cartels and the damage they do. in my bill we looked at potentially the o.c.o. funding. there's emergency funding. it's an emergency situation to
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potentially pay for that. where there's a will there's a way. the problem is the will's not there. mr. goodlatte: yeah. when you express that will in a way that says to people in central america and other places, if you come to the united states you are not going to be admitted under the terms they are now being told they are being admitted. there are savings to be achieved by not having people make that long dangerous journey across mexico to show on our borders because they were expected a promise and paid money to coyotes who are part of the organized crime syndicates in mexico. we are creating this problem by sending the wrong message about what will happen when you arrive at the u.s. border. armed forces ser,
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and society. you, gentlemen, are students of history. how can you support a candidate whose movement may four years from now come back to threaten our democracy? [laughter] mr. goodlatte: that's a very general statement. i look for more specifics. for example, i am very encouraged by the list of supreme court nominees that the candidate that you refer to, mr. trump, has put forward as potential replacements for justice antonin scalia. his death was a tremendous loss in terms of my standpoint for someone that respects the constitution, the rule of law. i believe those are 10 potential nominees who reflect that. i'm couraged by a candidate who says he wants a vice-presidential nominee who understands the legislative process so that he, meaning mr. trump, can work better with the
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congress. something that would be a vast improvement over the current circumstance that we find. these are things that you have to look to to determine who would make the best president of the united states, and i agree with mike. you also have to look at the track record of the person who was our secretary of state and i think a lot of the problems that we have now exacerbated during her leadership or lack of leadership in working in the obama administration. so this is going to be a great presidential debate. i look forward to hearing more, but i like what i've been hearing lately from that candidate about who he would want to see involved in positions of leadership in our government. mr. mccaul: bill, if i could answer that, too. i think it's important that our nominee has good advisors and good advice on this particular issue which is the most important issue facing the nation, i believe. so good foreign policy advisors, good national security advisors. i've had discussions with mayor
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giuliani about trying to get advisors. you know, reagan wasn't his strength but he made it his strength because he surrounded himself with good people and good advisors. and one i think exercise by producing this report is not only to educate our own members moving forward but to advise and support the nominee. >> chairman goodlatte, do you have any concerns in a separate way from the 11 potential supreme court justices that he might nominate, when he talks about a federal judge and says affirmatively he does not think that a federal judge can be unbiased because of his ethnicity, does that raise concerns about the judge and his respect for the separation of powers? mr. goodlatte: i think we have a long tradition in our country and in our party of respecting
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people's rights under our constitution. and i hope that our candidate does surround himself with the type of people that mike described that will encourage him to look at it from that advantage point. there's no doubt we have a very outspoken candidate and we'll have, i'm sure, a lot more to hear from him. i'm looking for lots of different ideas from him that will cause me to believe that he'll surround himself with good people and that -- ms. mitchell: and listen to him? mr. goodlatte: and listen to him and follow their advice and exercise good leadership. ms. mitchell: more questions. yes, sir. >> i'm mark with the electronic privacy information center. and i want to thank you for raising the opium data breach and, mr. goodlatte, for your
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leadership. it seems part of the cybersecurity threat facing the united states is not only the vulnerability of government agencies and u.s. business but actually the personal data of u.s. consumers and u.s. citizens that's being stored by these large organizations. and americans seem to reflect a common concern that a lot of the data about them is not receiving adequate protection. so my question is simply this. to what extent do you think data protection should be an issue in this election season? mr. goodlatte: well, i very much believe it should be and is an issue in this election, and i think that's driven primarily not by government, not by business but by individuals who understand that the way their information is stored and the value of information that is intangible, that is stored in the cloud and other ways has changed dramatically over the last 20 or 30 years and therefore their
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expectations with regard to what protections should be provided for that information has changed as well and i think the congress and the administration need to reflect and respect that change of attitude. understanding all the while that mike mccaul's concerns and my concerns about national security and about keeping people safe from people who would abuse this technology is important. it is also important to understand that the technology itself can be used in a positive way to advance and protect people's lives. that's why we passed reform ly 419-0 the legislation just recently that's now over in the senate. i hope the senate acts upon it because that is an enhancement of the protection of people's privacy that i think they want and expect. mr. mccaul: i will say in the cybersecurity bill we passed, we met very closely with the privacy advocates. that was very important to me that we protect personally
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identifying information. as we try to share these malicious codes to protect not only the federal government and the o.p.m. breach was really an assault on the country, an act of espionage by china, but also protect the private sector, critical infrastructure by getting these codes to be able to lock the door so that networks can't be penetrated and intruded by criminals, espionage and nation state actors. ms. mitchell: that concludes our time with this first panel, but i want to thank chairman mccaul and goodlatte for participating and we have a lot more to come. thank you for starting the conversation. mr. mccaul: thanks for having us. mr. goodlatte: thank you, andrea. ms. mitchell: and while we change places here, our next speaker is house majority leader, kevin mccarthy. leader mccarthy was first elected to congress in 2006,
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representing california's 23rd district. after serving as majority whip, leader mccarthy was elected as majority leader in 2014. following the paris terrorist attacks in november last year, leader mccarthy had a task force on counterterrorism to address critical security gaps here and abroad as far as tackling the foreign fighter flow to iraq and syria. he stays in regular contact with our allies around the globe and has been very involved in creating this better way agenda. so pleens join me in welcoming majority leader kevin mccarthy to the podium. -- so please join me in welcoming majority leader kevin mccarthy to the podium. mr. mccarthy: thank you for coming out today. this is part of speaker ryan's plan of changing the house. the house becomes the house of ideas, provokes debate and lays out an agenda. you know, a lot has changed in the last few years. there was a time not so long ago when america stood with its
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allies and against its enemies and when america's strength and engagement led to peace and prosperity, not just here but around the world. but under the current administration's direction, mark took a step back from the world and had allowed others like isis, russia and china to fill the void. history has shown us time and again that the world can only be a safer place when america leads. and we need america's leadership again. we need american leadership in the middle east to stop the rising tide of terrorism in the region that threatens our allies and has already spilled over into america and european soil. but it's not just sunni sponsored terrorism. iran's destabilizing regional and global activities has only increased since the signing of the iran deal. the iranian government has proven what we always knew -- they had no intention of changing their ways.
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we need american leadership in europe to support our alliance structures and to ensure that our allies are holding up their end of the bargain. then we can present a unified and hardened front against russian expansion that has increased tensions to the heights we have not seen since the cold war. we need an american leadership in asia to defend freedom of navigation and to stop the shift in the balance of power that would threaten our allies and interests in the region. china's illegal land, reclamation and north korea's rapid military advancement pose strategic threats to the region. what our task force on national security has done is outline a different path than the one that president obama has led us down the past seven years. it's a path that recognizes america can only be safe if we proactively engage abroad rather than hide behind our oceans and leave the most challenging problems for others to deal with.
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it is a path that demands we invest, invest in our unmatched military capabilities. that means cyberdefense, our active duty and reserve forces and our veterans so that every part of our defenses have the resources that it needs. unfortunately, america has lost significant standing on the world stage in the most recent years. and that respect can only be regained with the strong investment, firm resolve and proper leadership. the house deliberating through this task force on national security has shown what it will take to keep america safe and regain our standing in the world. we have the resources and the will. the question we bring before the american people, will we make the right choices? i want to thank the task force, the chairman and all the members within congress who participated. this is the question of what america and the world will look like in the future.
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the world is safer when america leads. thank you. [applause] ms. mitchell: before we reset the stage, i want to thank leader mccarthy. we have the chairman of the house veterans' affairs committee, jeff miller of florida. chairman miller, thank you. and the chairman of house intelligence, devin nunes of california. the chairman of the house
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foreign affairs committee, ed royce, also of california. thank you. and finally, the house armed ervices committee chairman mac thornberry of texas. thank you, all. all of these chairmen are also on this task force on national security. we're going to have a discussion about how we advance our interests abroad, renewing our national security tools. let me start with north korea to take an easy subject. it was confirmed this week that north korea restarted their production of plutonium fuel, showing they planned to proceed with their nuclear program in defiance of all the international sanctions. let me ask you, chairman royce, what is the best way to try to deter north korea aside from trying to rely on our efforts with the chinese? it doesn't seem to have slowed this young leader down at all?
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mr. royce: and i'm not so sure, andrea, that chinese are that serious about slowing him down. i think there's only one thing we have tried in the past that's worked and that was the sanctions on banko delta asia. if you -- banco delta asia. if you think back in 2016, 2007, when that was tried we shut down their missile production line and he couldn't pay his generals and that was one time that was desperate in north korea. our treasury department did that because they were caught counterfeiting $100 bills. the state department told them to lift the sanctions at that time. i passed legislation in december. it was signed by the president that set up a sanctions effort on north korea to do exactly what we did then, exactly what was successful. so at this point in time, we've also pushed that through in the united nations. we have an initiative which
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cuts off the flow of hard currency that north korea needs, both to pay its military and to carry out its missile program and its nuclear program. what we have to do is stick with that policy. we need tough enforcement on that policy, and the new chapter is that it is now impossible for financial institutions anywhere that deal with north korean currency to be part of the international banking system or to bank with the united states. that's a tough decision for them to make, but they will cut off now their work with hard currency in north korea. i believe that that is the way to get them to the table. ms. mitchell: chairman nunes, what about our intelligence efforts in this regard? is this one of the hardest targets we have, and how are we continuously surprised by what kim jong un is doing?
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mr. nunes: i don't think us in the intelligence community or whoever watches this closely are surprised. i actually felt for a long time there was -- the administration downplayed the youth of the new leader of north korea and i think misjudged how he would act. if you look at what they're doing, this is similar behavior that they've had for many decades now. what's happening in north korea is absolutely just -- you know, there's probably five million people or more that are living like animals. i've been on the border of north korea before and i've never seen anything like it. hill sides where not a weed, not a stick, anything. so i don't think we've -- i don't think we're surprised. i think as chairman royce said, this is going to take the chinese working with a new administration if we're going to get something done there. ms. mitchell: chairman texas longhorn berry how concerned
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thornberry, rman how concerned should we be? our fleet was decide port access in hong kong for one of our carrier groups. this seems it's escalating, not de-escalating at a time when you have secretary lew and secretary kerry in beijing this week working on other aspects of the situation? mr. thornberry: we should be concerned despite what the chinese have said in the past. they are clearly building military bases out of the ocean in the south china sea and part of their absentives is to control key shipping lanes and to push us out so that they have essentially dominance in that region. do think even -- kind of on a broader point which is even connected to the north korea
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question you were asking. the world is watching what happens. so they're seeing russians take provocative actions not just in crimea and ukraine but buzzing our ships. press reports today the chinese did a similar thing with one of our airplanes but the world watches. they see how we respond if we do, and that informs the chinese and north koreans and the iranians and others what they can get away with. it's one book recently described it as a probing action, and i think you see these aagreesors all around the world testing us. which is part of the reason one of the fundamentals of this proposal that we're putting out today is military strength and leadership, engagement in the world, not trying to lead from behind but being strong and that is essential.
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it doesn't automatically solve all these issues we're talking about but it's essential and if we don't do that then we'll see the chinese be more aggressive, putin be more aggressive as well as north korea and others. ms. mitchell: i have to ask you about donald trump's suggestions we get out of alliances like nato, that we let south korea and japan on their own arm themselves, that we don't work in concert with our allies. how does that fit with the agenda that you lay out today? mr. thornberry: well, i can't comment on his world view or anybody else's. the agenda we lay out today talks about the importance of alliances. as frustrating as it can be to work with allies, and we encourage, for example, our european allies to do more, to our bute more, to -- joint defense efforts but whether you're talking about the pacific, the middle east, africa or europe, alliances are
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sential but we got to be a good ally and as you heard the speaker say at the beginning, there are more questions than ever about how we libel we are as an ally and -- how reliable we are as an ally and we have to turn that around because we won't attract people who have doubts about us. ms. mitchell: i think you've been advising the nominee on national security issues. what do you see the prospects as he becomes commander comm chief, president trump? mr. miller: a strong commander in chief. you asked the question as it relates to nato. they will have to pay their fair share and that's what mr. trump has been talking about. much of the g.d.p. -- >> a reminder you can watch in event online at you'll also see it later in our program schedule on the c-span networks. here on c-span, we'll take you live to the house next.
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they will provide debt relief to puerto rico. the bill would create a seven-member fiscal oversight board to assist the puerto rican government in managing its $70 billion in debt. later on today in the house, they'll take up the fiscal year 2017 legislative branch spending bill. live coverage of the u.s. house now 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] the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our guest chaplain, reverend kent clark, grace pontiac -- grace church, pontiac, michigan. the chaplain: our god, our father, we call upon your name, a name at which every knee shall bow. your name is wonderful, counselor, mighty god, everlasting father. you are the prince of peace, the rose of sharon, the lily of the


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