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that and, more importantly, on the timelines. so that we can get to mars through the development of a human exploration road map. in addition to this road map, section 435 of the bill also requires nasa to report back on the feasibility of human mission to mars by the year 2033. 16 years from now, earth and mars will be aligned for what could be the most significant and inspirational journey in history. . about 18 months, our committee heard testimony from nasa leadership about deep space exploration missions. i asked them to provide a date. when can we get to mars. as it turns out, 2033 is optimal. mays colleagues on the committee know, i've prepared a bumper sticker, mr. speaker, just for you, showing 2033 as the time we're going to get our stronauts to mars.
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i want to thank chairman smith, mr. babin and ms. johnson for allowing me to work and help put section 435 in the bill. i know we can do this. it is a mission that all americans will be proud of. they're so proud of our space program and the scientists and engineers at nasa and this will give us a real goal and a real project to get our astronauts to mars by 2033. with that, i would yield back to the gentlelady. the speaker pro tempore: mr. johnson -- ms. johnson reserves, mr. babin. mr. babin: i have no further requests for time, i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. ms. johnson. ms. johnson: i have no further requests for time on the bill and yield back my time an ask everyone to support it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. mr. babin: i yield myself the remainder of my time to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. babin: thank you, mr. speaker. i recognize myself ined or to close. i'd like to take a moment to thank all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. our chairman, the gentleman from texas, lamar smith and also the ranking -- the ranking gentlewoman from texas, ms. hnson, my counterpart on the subcommittee. also mr. mr. bera and perlmutter and all my fell he members on our subcommittee and our entire main -- excuse me, the entire committee. i'd like to take a moment to also thank our hardworking staff, and that includes tom hammond, mike manero, jonathan charlton, ryan faith, molly fromme and chris wilder from the majority staff, thank you. also steve janiskowski, jeannie
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frans, stewart burns from my congressional staff. and allen lee and pamela whitney from the minority staff. it is because of their countless hours of hard work, mr. speaker, and their negotiation and finding common ground that we will now send this bill from the floor of this house of representatives to the resolute desk of the oval office to be signed into law. i want to thank all. with that, mr. speaker, i urge passage of this bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time has expired. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate bill 442. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the chair, 2/3of being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair, 2/3
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from wyoming seek recognition? >> i send to the desk two privilege red ports from the committee on rules for filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the titleles. -- titles. the clerk: resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 1301, making appropriationers in department of defense for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2017, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar -- clerk will read. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 175. resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 725 to amend title 28, united states code, to prevent fraudulent joinder. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar anded ored printed. -- ordered printed. the chair lays before the house a communication.
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the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir. pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk the clerk: received the following message from the secretary of the senate on march 7, 2017, at 4:48 p.m., that the senate agreed to, without amendment, house joint resolution 44. signed sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, proceedings will resume on motions to suspend the rules previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. h.r. 1362 by the yeas and nays. h.r. 375 de novo. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentlelady from american samoa, ms. rad wee began, to suspend the rules and -- ms. wad wee
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began, to suspend the rules the - ms. rad wee began -- ms. -- wegan on which the the clerk: h.r. 1362, to name the department of veterans' affairs community-based outpatient clinic in pago pago, american samoa, the faleomavaega shs hunkin v.a. clinic. the speaker pro tempore: members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 410, the nays are -- the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 411, the nays are two. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passeded a, without objection, the motion to --
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passed and, without objection, the motion to reskr laid on the table. -- and reconsider is laid on the table. he house will be in order. members of the house, clear the well. clear the aisles. take your conversations from the floor, please. members of the house,
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proceedings will not continue until members have taken their onversations from the floor. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? ms. eshoo: mr. speaker, pursuant to clause 2-a-1 of rule 9, i rise to give notice of my intent to raise a question of the privileges of the house. i ask unanimous consent that the form of the resolution appear in the record at this point. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to dispensing with the reading of the notice? without objection, the form of the resolution will appear in the record at this point. the chair will now recognize the gentlewoman from california to offer the resolution just noticed. does the gentlewoman offer the resolution? ms. eshoo: i do, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: whereas in the united states system of checks and balances, congress has a
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responsibility to hold the executive branch of government to the highest standard of transparency, to ensure the public interest is placed first. whereas according to the tax history project, every president since gerald ford has disclosed their tax return information to the public. ms. eshoo: mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will suspend. the house will be in order. the clerk may continue. the clerk: whereas tax returns provide a baseline instruction such as whether the candidate paid taxes, what they owe and to whom, whereas disclosure of the president's tax returns could help those investigating russian influence in the 2016 election understand the president's financial ties to the russian federation and russian citizens, including debts owed and whether he shares any partnership
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interests, equity interests, joint ventures or licensing agreements with russian or russia -- with russia or russians. whereas "the new york times" has reported that the president's close senior advisors have been under investigation by the federal bureau of investigation for their ties to the russian federation. whereas russian deputy foreign minister rayakov told interfax, a russian media outlet, that there were contacts with donald trump's 2016 campaign and it has been reported that members of president trump's -- the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will suspend. embers of the house, the disturbances in the house hamber are bipartisan. and it is important that members take their conversations from the floor the clerk will
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continue. the clerk: were in contact with senior russian officials throughout the 2016 campaign. whereas according to his 2016 campaign filing the president has 564 financial positions in companies located in the united states and around the world. whereas against the advice of ethics attorneys an the office of government ethics, the president has refused to divest his ownership stake in his businesses. whereas the director of the nonpartisan office of government ethics said that the president's plan to transfer his business holdings to a trust managed by family members is meaningless an does not meet the standards that every president of the past four decades has met. whereas the emoluments clause was included in the u.s. constitution for the express purpose of preventing federal officials from accepting any present, emoll ewement, office or title from any king, prince, or foreign state. whereas according to "the
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washington post," the trump international campaign in washington, d.c. has hired a director of diplomatic sales to generate high priced business among delegates and international leaders. whereas the trump hotel could receive money from kuwait for a party held at the he tell on january 22, 017, whereas according to whereas the trump "the new york times" the president used a legally dubious tax maneuver in 1995 that could have allowed him to avoid paying federal taxes for 18 years. whereas the most signed petition on the white house website calls for the release of the president's tax return information to verify compliance ith the emoluments clause with 1,078,000 signatures as of the date of the resolution, whereas the chairman of the ways and means committee, joint committee on taxation an senate finance committee have the authority to request the president's tax returns you should section 6103 of the tax code. whereas the joint committee on
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taxation reviewed the tax returns of president richard nixon in 1974 and made the information public. whereas the ways and means committee used i.r.c. 610 authority in 2014 to make public the confidential tax information of 51 taxpayers. whereas the american people have a right to know whether or not their president is operating under conflicts of interest related to international affairs, tax reform, government contracts, or otherwise, now therefore be it resolved that the house of representatives shall, one, immediately request the tax return information of donald j. trump for tax years 2006 through 2015 for review in closed executive session by the committee on ways and means as provided under section 6103 of the internal revenue code and vote to report the information therein to the full house of representatives. two, support transparency in government and a long-standing tradition of presidents and presidential candidates disclosing their tax returns.
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the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlewoman from california wish to present argument on the question of whether the resolution meets the privileges of the house. the gentlewoman is recognized. the gentlelady will suspend. the gentlelady is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. under clause 1 of rule 9, questions of the privileges of the house are, quote, those affecting the rights of the house collectively, its safety, dignity and the integrity of its proceedings. ms. eshoo: i believe the dignity and integrity of the house are put at risk when this boddy refuses to exercise its statutory authority and constitutional obligation to operate as a check on the executive branch. under section 6103 of the internal revenue code, three congressional committees have jurisdiction to request tax returns. house ways and means, senate
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finance, and the joint committee on taxation. this authority is placed -- was placed in the tax code by congress in 1924 to allow for full investigations of several scandals in the harding administration, including the teapot dome bribery scandal. section 6103 was the subject of considerable debate in this chamber. but ultimately, congress passed it in order to provide an important investigatory check on the executive branch. in 1974, section 6103 authority was used by the members of the joint committee on taxation to publish a staff report on president nixon's tax returns. revealing that he owed nearly a half million dollars in back taxes. today, i worry that we're rapidly approaching a scandal of similar magnitude to these
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previous events. since we voted on a similar resolution last week, the attorney general and other senior administration officials have admitted that they met with russian officials during the campaign and the transition period. this comes after the campaign and unegive -- unegive kaably last year saying there was, quote, no communication between the campaign and any foreign ntity during the campaign. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady ve minded she needs to confine her remarks to the parliamentary question of whether the resolution qualifies under rule 9. ms. eshoo: i understand and i'm working to establish that case. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will confine her remarks to that theme or the chair will be prepared to rule. ms. eshoo: further reports about the president's potential
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conflicts of interest suggest that the house should exercise its oversight authority immediately. including massive foreign payments to the president's hotels and prior business deals with foreign oligarches around the world. the only way to determine whether these dealings -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. the gentlelady wish to present an argument as to whether the esolution qualifies under rule 9? the chair is patient. the gentlelady needs to make that argument. if not, the chair is prepared to rule. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. eshoo: mr. speaker, i'm attempting to set forward the question of the privileges of the house. on a privileged resolution. and this is a part of it. i believe the only way to determine whether these dealings
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represent violations of the emoluments clause of the constitution is by fully examining the president's tax records. con tear to the chair's ruling last monday, there is no direct precedent in section 706 of the house practices manual for the situation because the current situation is unprecedented. the president's business empire makes him more susceptible to conflicts of interest than any president in our history. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is no longer recognized. the chair is prepared to rule. on the question. the gentlewoman from california -- the gentlewoman from the gentlewoman from california seeks to offer a
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resolution as a question of the privileges of the house under rule 9. as the chair ruled on february 27, 2017, and as demonstrated by section 06 of the house -- 706 of the house rules manual, a resolution directing a committee to meet and conduct certain business does not qualify as a question of privilege os they have house. the resolution offered by the gentlewoman from california directs the committee on ways and means to meet and consider an item of business under the procedure set forth in 26 u.s. code 6103. accordingly the resolution does not qualify as a question of the privileges of the house. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. eshoo: i rise to appeal the rulinging of the chair. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, shall the decision of the chair stand as the judgment of the house. for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> i have a motion at the desk.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. mccarthy of california moves that the appeal be laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to lay the appeal on the table. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentlelady from california. ms. eshoo: i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on tabling the appeal will be followed by a five-minute vote on suspending the rules and passing h.r. 375 if ordered. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this
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vote, the yeas are 227 this enays are 126, with one present. the motion is adopted and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is the question on suspending the rules and passing h.r. 375 which the lerk will report by title. the clerk: house calendar number 15, h.r. 375, a bill to designate the federal courthouse at 719 church street in nashville, tennessee, as the fred d. thompson federal building and united states courthouse. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. as many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the ponch the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i regret to inform the house that my predecessor, tony anthony beilensen died over the weekend. anthony beilensen was known for integrity, civility, intelligence, courage, and a willingness to work across the aisle even when that caused him to differ from the orthodoxy of his own party. mr. sherman: he served in this house for 20 years from 1977 to 1997 and served for two years as chair of the house permanent select committee on intelligence. he passed on sunday and i ask
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that members rise and that we observe a moment of silence. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, from "investors business daily," quote, the mainstream media's open hostility to president trump may be starting to backfire, according to the latest ibdpipp poll. the poll found that 55% of the public says they have grown weary from the media's persistently negative coverage of president trump. mr. smith: a roughly equal share, 54% also believe that the news media has assumed the role
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of the opposition party constantly opposing the president and his policies at every turn. the results are understandable given the unusual hostile relationship the press has with trump. a study by the nonpartisan group, media the nor, found that only 3% of network news stories in the first month of the trump administration could be described as positive. the ibdpipp poll found that 57% backed trump's plan to hire 10,000 more immigration agents, 58% support the deportation of illegal immigrants charged with a crime, even if they haven't been convicted, 53% backed trump's call to withhold federal aid to sanctuary cities. 4 % say trump is providing strong leadership for the country which is higher than the 40% -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire. -- expired. for what purpose does the
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gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, it took seven years but it's finally here, the house republican plan to make again. sick mr. payne: under this plan, millions of americans will lose their health insurance and millions of other families will pay more for worse coverage. and at the again. mr. payne: same time, the republicans -- the republican bill rolls back medicaid expansion and allows insurers to charge older enrollees more. we always knee the house republican plan would harm the most vulnerable americans but we still do not know how much this bill will cost and how many americans it will cover. now house republicans prefer this way. they know that their bill will cover far fewer people than the
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affordable care act does. they can hide -- they want to hide this fact from the american people and rush this bill through committee. mr. speaker, this is an obvious and embarrassing display of cowardice from the house republicans. the american people deserve to know the consequences of this bill just as they deserve quality and affordable access to health care. with the republican plan it looks like america will -- the american people will get neither. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i work for the
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in meadows place. the locals call it the best square mile of small town in america. meadows place has a secret. mr. olson:: every man who lives there is in love with the same woman. we all love lillian cox. llian turned 110 on february 22. in 352 days, i'm taking her out 11th birthday. she'll put -- her 111th birthday. she'll put on a nice dress, a necklace and earring. i'll take her to the live oak grill where she'll have the
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fried catfish she loves so much. i'll have the chicken fried steak. and we may go dancing if i can eep up with her. lillian, happy 110th birthday. i'll pick you up at 5:00 in the evening on february 22 of 2018. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, i am glad to be an adherent of the constitution as i know that my colleagues are we believe in the separation of the three branches of government. that's why it was so noteworthy and so outrageous that the leader of the free world and commander in chief issued a
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patently irrational email or twitter on saturday morning this past saturday regarding a personal and direct attack on the past president of the united states of america regarding that president having wiretapped this individual in an outrageous manner. let me cite for you headlines in the "houston chronicle," f.b.i. chief seeks trump rebuke of that horrible state. i ask the department of justice to immediately respond to director comey's request that you rebuke this outrageous statement that would accuse the president of any wiretapping that would require either a title iii court, d.e.a. or f.b.i., or require a fisa court. mr. president, explain yourself. justice department, respond to this untruth now. the constitution requires it and the separation of the three branches of government requires it. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman's time has expired and she will suspend. the chair would remind members to direct their comments to the chair. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> mr. chairman, i request to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i'm proud to rise today to recognize and ongratulate specialist susan sunuey the 2016 athlete of the year. she serves the soldiers of fort riley, kansas, as a dental assistant. she's exemplitied the army's core values, loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage through her dedicated service which are exemplified by her numerous decorations and awards. in addition to serving the u.s. army, she's currently pursuing a degree at liberty university, represents fort pryly division
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running team, the all army team and the u.s. armed forces as an army athlete. she also represents the u.s. army in the u.s. national track and field cross country championships in 2015 and 2016 and hopes one day to compete in the olympics. i commend her accomplishments, her outstanding character and look forward to wntsing what she will do in the near future. mr. speaker, we're so proud of her, the soldiers of fort riley, the hem of the big red one. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the royce for one minute and rhett let's -- and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. vee sigh: i rise with a heavy heart to honor a dedicated civil rights advocate and pastor. knee he miah davis served his
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church for over 50 years as well as serving as a spiritual lead for the my hometown he served as president of the national missionary baptist commission of -- convention of america where he served churches nationwide. this led to his induction into the religious hall of fame and the recognition of the boy scouts of america with a distinguished service award. dr. davis not only believed in nurturing spiritual growth but fought for the equality of all american he fought fearlessly on behalf of the african-american community and led the local naacp chamenter for over 28 years. i ask my colleagues to join me in honoring dr. davis' life of service. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? ms. kaptur: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one record and place additional material in the records. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. kaptur: president trump is a
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master at diverting attention, even the media's. his diversions are a perfect foil from the constitutional questions that his and his family's behavior have raised since the took the oath of office. with hotels and property developments all over america and the world, the trump empire is dramatically expanding its domestic business, raising vital questions as to the trump's prof -- as to the trumps profiteering from prick service, including foreign entanglements that violate the constitution. outlined in article 2 of the constitution, the clause prohibits the president from receiving other than his sally any gift or compensation from the united states government or instrumentality. our founding fathers were clear, no exceptions. it's been he comply hi reported in the papers that the trump sons have now signed at least 17 new letters of intent with potential developers even
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listing specific cities. they don't have to tell their father about all this, the newspapers cover it in abundance and the american people should never have to wonder, whose interests the president's serve. today those doubts abound. america is -- america, the scales of justice need tending, i yield back my remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to speak out against the rising wave of desecration, threats and harassment targeting jewish cemeteries, jewish community centers and religious institutions in northern new jersey and across our country. j.c.c.'s and synagogues are bedrocks of religious an civic life for jewish communities. they have a range of programs for the community. yet they're the target of
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anti-semitism. there have been eight bomb threats targeting jewish community centers in new jersey and more than 100 across our country. parents are pulling children from religious schools, others are afraid to attend religious services. in the last 24 hours alone, officials in my district have found 24 swastikas defacing public service. this trend requires immediate and decisive action from law enforcement. as elie weisel said, indifference is stronger than hatred. we must rise up against hate-driven terrorism against any group, including jews, christians, muslims and others. thank you, mr. speaker and i ield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. cohen: earlier this week,
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tennessee lost one of its most outstanding citizens, a person who loved tennessee as deeply, if not more deeply, than anyone. douglas self henry jr., who served in the tennessee state senate and tennessee state house serb served longer than anyone in the tennessee general assembly, 44 years. he served 24 of those years with me. he was a he was a gentleman and scholar and he was a state man as distinguished from a federal man and he was a public man. going to more events in nashville and in his district than anybody ever has. he was helping to fund. he was a conservative senator. and we have differences on but senator mes,
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henry, he was never disagreeable. he was a gentleman and credit to his state and credit to politics. he loved his wife, his five children and grandchildren. and though, we differed on issues and he was pro-life, he cared about children after they were born and passed the mandatory seatbelt law and supported young mothers. he was a gentleman's gentleman. it is a great loss to tennessee. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk will read. the clerk: leaves of absence for mr. culberson for today.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the request is granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from california, mr. as the is recognized designee of the minority leader. mr. garamendi: mr. speaker, i se this evening to cover several very, very important points. tomorrow is international women's day and i was going to talk about the women in our society and talk about my five daughters and what they have been doing in their years of ervice and their lives but i'm intervening. but yesterday, our good friends on the republican side introduced a piece of legislation that will
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dramatically affect women, young, old, children, introduced a repeal of the affordable care act. we are still trying to figure out the details. the republican repeal and replacement or the existing affordable care act, we have the foundation. try toindulge me, i will lay out facts, not alternative facts. 20 million americans have gained coverage and the percentage of uninsured in america is the lowest it has ever been.
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6.1 million young adults have gained insurance coverage by eing able to stay on their parents' insurance program. nd of the americans who have pre-existing conditions, and that is 27% of us, diabetes, oken legs, bad backs, 27% of those americans are guaranteed coverage even though they have a pre-existing coverage. i was an insurance coverage. and talk about the battles i had with the insurance coverage because of pre-existing coverage. the affordable care act said, no, and by the way, the lifetime
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limits, they are gone. california, which i had the privilege of being a citizen of, 3.7 millions are now insured program. medcal and they are covered under california. 1.2 million has received subsidies. 5 mileion californians will be feakted and in the expansion of edicaid or medical, if that is eliminated, that is a $16 billion hit to the state of california and enormous hit to e 3.7 million that have been
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covered under the expansion. secondary impacts, employment, maybe 200,000 jobs will be lost in california. individual stories, boy, they abound. i got a call from my wife and she said you ought to talk about that family in woodland california who was diagnosed with a illness and were able to get it under the california program and went back and the kid had a brain tumor. it was resolved because they had insurance and able to get the early diagnosis. and they will be able to keep their coverage even though, this young child and the family would be uninsureable. it's working. the affordable care act is
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working. re there ways to improve it? there are. but yesterday, a republican colleagues introduced legislation that is going to have a profound negative impact on men and women across this nation and we'll spend time to talk about the details. in general terms, there will be ess coverage at a higher cost. except for a few special folks. and i would like to put up a chart about that. let's start with this one. you see, in the repeal bill that was introduced, there are very serious tax cuts and we are talking about hundreds of billions of tax cuts over the next two years. we all want a tax cut, but under
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the repeal, there are some very special people that are going to get a really big tax cut. take a look at this. the top 20% of taxpayers will multi- 74.2% of the hundred billion tax cut that estimated to be in the range of to to $1 trillion. and oh, by the way, the congressional budget office has not had time to score and what the benefits are. but we do know from earlier 75%.es of this, 7 brs, multibillion tax cuts go to the wealthy. and where does it go to, the
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poor, the men and women who are struggling. maybe they are making a good living. they are going to see their benefit package reduced. one way to look at this is the famous pie chart. who gets the tax breaks? not the top 20%. let's focus more clearly here on 0th. op 1/1 what do they get? ey get 200,000 a year in tax reductions. that's not bad. so the top 1% gets 67% of that else will getnd e
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43%. what we have here is a massive shift of wealth of the working men and women of america to the very top. you know the 1%ers. that is who is getting the benefit. i don't know if that is good policy. that's not in my district. i don't think that is good. we spent a lot of talking about the shift of wealth and away from the wealth of americans and we see the republicans in a massive effort to increase the wealth of the superwealthy at the expense of the rest of americans. we have many more things to talk about here. angry and getting
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turn to my colleague from the great state of virginia. would you like to carry on while take a deep breath? >> you discussed the affordable care act. mr. scott: you have skated, it helps to talk about what the situation was before the affordable care act passed. we know costs were going through he roof and they would have to pay a lot more. women were paying more for insurance than men and millions of people every year were losing insurance. people talk about small businesses and they had trouble getting insurance. f they had a person with a illness, but now the cost, the
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costs have continue the to go up and going up half the rate. those with pre-existing conditions can get insurance. women are no longer paying more than men. and not millions of people, 20 million more people have insurance. the full name of the affordable care act is the patient protect and affordable care act. certain protections. like insurance companies can't cut you off and can't rescind your policy and captain renew your policy. there are no -- there is no co-pay or deductible. we are closing the doughnut hole. the average senior has saved about $1,000 because of the affordable care act because of support for closing the doughnut hole. those 26 years of age, under 26
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can stay on. those are some of the been physician of the affordable care act. now, we didn't solve all of the problems. there are still problems. but if we are going to change the affordable care act, we ought to improve the affordable care act. unfortunately the bill introduced in the middle of the night fails on a number of -- on a number of areas. we would know how precisely it is. and wait for a couple of days for c.b.o. to score the bill. one is the fundamental principle that it purports to cover pre-existing conditions. we know if you allow people to people to get sick, people will wait until they get sick.
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the average insurance pool is more expensive and healthy people get out. we don't have to speculate. new york state tried it and the cost went up so much when the affordable care act came in with a a mandate the insurance costs dropped 50%. washington state dropped it. by the time it got going a couple of years nobody could buy insurance. nobody could buy insurance in the individual markets. we know what happens when you try to buy it without a mandate. so this plan when it starts off with that policy, we know it's bound to fail. we know there it saves money. by allowing people to purchase insurance that doesn't cover everything.
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we have people buying insurance, they have to buy the basic essential benefits package. you might samb a little money. things like maternity care. and it will cost whatever it costs to haveal baby, they have to bay the bill and might as well not have insurance. . if anybody purchases maternity insurance, that's because they expect to have a baby in the coming year and it becomes unaffordable. if everybody pays the average, everybody pays everything, then everybody can afford the maternity coverage. allowing people to pick and choose what they want, that might help a few. but those that need that coverage won't be able to afford it. the final flaw, as you pointed out, massive tax cuts. when you reduce the revenue
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available, two things happen. there's less support for medicaid. and there's less support for people buying their premium. paying their premiums. so in the fullness of time, fewer people will be insured. vow a plan with fewer people insured watered down benefits and a plan that's ultimately going to fafmente that's not an improvement -- fail. that's not an improvement. if we're going to deal with the affordable care act, we ought to have an improvement. and until we have an actual improvement, we ought to leave the affordable care act alone. i'm delighted to be here discussing the affordable care act with you. warning people that if they go forward without a congressional budget office evaluation, so they know what's going on, that we may have a plan that is a lot worse than even before the affordable care act. i yield. mr. garamendi: mr. scott, thank you so very much. you bring to this discussion a very important perspective as the ranking member of the

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