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the speaker: the house will be in order. pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2017, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes.
mr. gutierrez: mr. speaker, there is no doubt in my mind that the resistant of this president and his policies are growing in america's heartland. if the 1,200 people who came to my town hall in chicago monday night there is a movement in the united states that is standing up to the fear, the racism, the lies and the divisiveness that comes from the president, his people and his fwitter account every single day. the -- twitter account every single day. the gym was packed. no, not like the national mall on inauguration day with wide open spaces and the president's imaginary crowd of 12.5 million people. no, my town hall was packed like the mall on the day after the inauguration for the women's march and it was a diverse crowd of people who care about america and
defending their country. it was overwhelming. we had the inspirational leader of care chicago talking about what was going on in chicago to resist the president's new and unimproved ban on refugees and muslims. he was joined by equality illinois, planned parenthood and the little village environmental justice organization, talking about how people of chicago are coming together to resist the president's attacks on women's health, on the lbtq rights, on public schools and women's the issues that are under attack by president trump and his co-president bannon. this town hall was the mother of all intersectionality events. right there in chicago in america's heartland. no, they were not paid activists. they were ordinary people trying to get answers and defend their community against an unprecedented threat coming from the white house and republicans in congress. for more than an hour i answered questions and then i
stayed in the parking lot for other hour and talked with people who still had questions. and some were heartbreaking. a public school teacher i have known for years asked me how she can help her students. her kids are being kept out of school or losing sleep or displaying signs of depression because of the fear that they have that they will be separated from their parents if they are deported. she wants to comfort them but the reality is she cannot. individuals ask me how they can protect families who are terrified they will get separate and destroyed. just this week, a mother i have known for years who has a stay importation and has been regularly reporting to i.c.e. officials for years tells me she's being deported in six weeks. she has a u.s. citizen husband and four u.s. citizen children and she has complied with the law and she has complied and reported to authorities only to be told that under trump the
rules have changed and she is now a priority for deportation. not because she should be deported but because she can be deported. this fear is having an impact children, but children, but what came through to me at the town hall families is families, vulnerable immigrants and millions of children with a birthright to live as americans, they are not alone. there are thousands and thousands of allies who are joining together to defend families in chicago and everywhere else. at the town hall on monday, i appealed for help because this is the very same room this coming saturday, mr. speaker, my office will be holding a citizenship workshop. i ask those who are already citizens to come and help those who are applying for citizenship and hundreds of hands went up in the air saying they are ready to help. we scheduled the citizenship workshop because we are unable to satisfy my constituents' huge demand for citizenship information. some days we have lines out the
door at my office on fullerton avenue with people wanting to know, how can i become a citizen of the united states of america? so all day saturday we will have a small army of families trained in citizenship helping their neighbors pursue naturalization and the american dream. just as you see the school packed with voters and constituents, you will see the room packed this saturday with people applying for citizenship to the united states of america and packed with americans that are already citizens ready to help them. that is what chicago is all about and that is what the heartland is all about and that is what america is all about. women in hijabs and women in pink hats are standing against attacks on muslims and women's rights. people who fly the rainbow flag to resist the president's agenda, the entire community will stand together as the mass
deportation wave becomes a day-to-day reality in our communities and the message is clear -- if you come for one of us, you have to go through all of us. my constituents demanded i be a wrench in trump's cruel agenda and i, mr. speaker, do not intend to disappoint them. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. for what purpose does the gentleman from west virginia seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i met last week with a group of west virginia coal miners who are worried about their future. they're worried about their pensions and health care benefits that will expire soon, benefits they worked their whole life to earn, benefits the federal government promised them more than 70 years ago. during our meeting at the umwa
career services center in beckly i met preston thomas of raleigh county. mr. jenkins: he spent 36 years in the mines before retiring in 2010. preston relies on the health care benefits he earned to provide prescription drug .overage for his wife if this coverage is. if this coverage is allowed to expire in april, his wife will no longer have access to the medications she needs. r. speaker, preston is asking. i'm calling on congress to keep the promise we made to him, to his fellow miners, to their wives, to their husbands, to their widows. we must pass legislation i've co-sponsored to protect these
hard-earned benefits. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this legislation and protecting the hardworking miners like preston. we owe it to all of them to keep our word. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from washington, ms. jayapal, for five minutes. ms. jayapal: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong opposition to trumpcare, the republican plan to privatize medicare, penalize working families and prioritize the wealthy. the republican majority is in denial about the tremendous gains of the affordable care act in covering tens of millions of people across this nation. in my home state of washington, mr. speaker, because of the affordable care act, the average annual premium increases have dropped from
18.5% before the passage of the a.c.a. to 6.7% in 2017. the growth of individual enrollment reached nearly 320,000 people in 2015, and with medicaid expansion in washington state, the decline in the uninsured plummeted to 7% in 2015 from over 13% in 2009. 605,000 washingtonians also gained coverage through medicaid expansion. all of these gains, mr. speaker, are in jeopardy as trumpcare threatens to strip 20 million people, many of whom voted for mr. trump, of their health care. across the nation, older americans will be forced to pay premiums five times higher than what others will pay for health care. 400 of the wealthiest families in america will be handed a tax break worth $7 million a year, all on the backs of working families.
according to the tax policy center, under trumpcare, the p .1% of earners would receive an average tax cut of $197,000 while older americans would face increases of almost $7,000 each. under trumpcare, many employers will stop providing coverage, letting their employees fend for themselves with a tax credit. compared to the subsidies that americans have today, the tax credits will end up being a tax hike. not only does trumpcare impose radical new restrictions on a woman's right to comprehensive health coverage, it defunds planned parenthood, robs women with nowhere else to turn of essential preventive care and affordable contraceptives. mr. speaker, these are sad, sad facts, but the stories from hundreds of my constituents are even more heartbreaking. lynn told me, if i were to get a bad illness it would kill me
financially and the stress alone from having my health insurance taken is causing me health problems already. luke wrote to tell me that when his wife needed emergency gal bladder surgery while he was a student, the bills would have been crushing. he said without the a.c.a. we would have been saddled with nearly $40,000 in hospital bills, e.r., one surgery and one overnight stay. christie shared, without contraceptive care that's covered in the a.c.a., i would never be able to afford an i.u.d., might have an unwanted pregnancy and i can't afford another child. this means so much to me as a woman, a mother and as a human. i am able to have power to make decisions about my family and this means the world to me. the lessons and stories like this, mr. speaker, are what we should be incorporating into our legislative deliberations, not cynical attempts to penalize people for wanting to have basic health insurance
coverage for themselves and their families. what's worse, the republican majority seems intent on obscuring the real cost of this misguided proposal. mr. speaker, the majority deserves this president. they are cut from the same cloth and relying on the power of obfuscating the truth. since president trump is not being forced to be transparent about his taxes or his financial entanglements with foreign governments like russia, the republican majority doesn't think they need to ask the nonpartisan congressional budget office to offer the true picture of how many people will be hurt by their bill and how much it will cost the american people. this is simply no way to govern. at the most fundamental level, health care is a human right and not a luxury, as our republican colleagues would have us believe. a healthy population is a healthy work force. a healthy work force is a healthy economy, and a healthy
economy is a healthy nation. trumpcare puts all americans at risk. let's work together to protect and expand our health care and put this mess behind us. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. katko, for five minutes. mr. katko: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life of a young man from my district. patrick lowry toggins. pat recently passed away at the young age of 27 after a courageous and lifelong battle with duchenne muscular dystrophy. pat lived a full and inspirational life. graduated from high school and college, never returning home to work in communication for the syracuse chiefs a.a.a. baseball team. i had the distinct honor and privilege of meeting pat when he and a central new york united teammates won a national power wheelchair soccer tournament in 2015.
prt and his teammates were -- pat and his teammates were incredible advocates for individuals with disabilities. i might add, i got in one of those power wheelchairs and i tried to do what pat did playing soccer and it was not easy. i commend him for that skill in that regard as well. pat was beloved by his family, friends, co-workers and so many in our community. he made a lasting and positive impact on all who knew and loved him. in pat's memory and for all those who suffer from rare and incurable diseases, we must continue to invest in research, treatments and cures. rest in peace, pat. i yield back the balance of my time. . . the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, for five minutes. mr. speaker, this
action food research septre hosted their annual fly-in. over 1,200 hunger advocates from every state came to washington, d.c., to meet with their local members of congress and emphasize the importance of the federal anti-hunger programs in alleviating food insecurity and poverty amongst our most vulnerable constituents. these advocates delivered powerful messages to members of congress. and as we consider the upcoming f.y. 2018 budget appropriations legislation and work to craft a 2018 farm bill, our anti-hunger safety net must stay intact. that means no block grants or structural changes to snap. no funding cuts to snap or any other anti-hunger programs. these advocates, mr. speaker, also delivered paper plates to
their members of congress containing powerful messages from constituents who rely on anti-hunger safety net programs. and i would urge all my colleagues to make sure they read these paper plates. these arpt statistics. these are real human beings. these are our constituents. our brothers and sisters. i'd like to read a few of the messages that were sent to me from people in my district. this is from a client at the north brinl food pantry in massachusetts. without food assistance, i wouldn't have any other source of nourishment. i have many medical issues, a proper diet is necessary. this is from again another client from the north bridge food pantry. food stamps are important to me and my family because i have lung cancer. it's next to impossible to find a job to buy food. my husband barely makes enough to pay the bills. that's not counting food. also another client from the north bridge food pantry. food stamps is important to me because i don't make any money to support myself let alone i'm
disabled and only make $16 for snap. i need food to survive and stay healthy. this is from a client at central lost americans in worcester. for me they are very important so that my children have good balance and nutrition. also from a client at central loss americas in worcester. for me they fill a gap because i'm a single father who has a child. this from a client at the marie ann center in worcester, massachusetts. i think snap is important because it helps. because it helps families. also from the -- this is from our client at the amherst survival certainty. it means there is food every night. also from the amherst survival center. i thank god for the food pantry because most of my income goes towards bills. the food pantry really relieves the anxiety of not having enough to go around. thank you. also from the center, i am in
bad health. i can't work. the food pantry really helps my family. thanks to the food pantry. thanks to the survival center. also from the amherst survival center, it means there is food every night. .his is from loaves and a person has toly. also from loaves and first, it is very important that i get the food stamps. please don't take them away. they help me out a lot. this is also from loaves and first, a client, snap helps supplement my disability from cancers. but my benefit level has been cut. also from the marine ann center, a client writes, it is important to keep food stamps because other poor families don't have money. and the food stamps help them. also i think you should keep snap because if you take it away, that's basically saying
that other people won't eat. this is also from the north bridge food pantry. in my given situation without the local food banks and snap, i would not be able to eat three meals a day. there a line -- from a line at loaves and first, a person has to live. finally, this is from the amherst survival center, a client writes, thank you. you are saving grace. mr. speaker, i -- again i urge my colleagues to understand that in the united states of america the richest country in the history of the world, we have close to 42 million americans who are food insecure or hungry. they are our neighbors. they are counting on us in this congress to do something, not to give them a cold shoulder. i will in all frankness say to my colleagues, we're not doing nearly enough. hung certificate a political condition. we have the resources -- hunger is a political condition. we have the resources. we don't have the political will. rather than cutting these
nutrition safety net programs, rather than threatening to block grant snap or cut snap or cut other anti-hunger and nutrition programs, we ought to come together and support them. we ought to dedicate ourselves to ending hunger now. we have a moral obligation to do that. i urge my colleagues to read these plates that were delivered to their office and join with me in endling hung -- ending hunger now. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. ompson: thank you, speaker. mr. speaker, last week i had the opportunity to gather in the upper center park with thousands of individuals from across the country to demand congress fix not fight and work together to build a better, safer, and stronger nation. the no labels national problem solvers conference brought together thousands of citizens from across all 50 states to kick start a year of action by creating a more united path forward for our country.
i have been part of this movement from the beginning as a member of the problem solvers caucus, i truly hope we can all come to the table and find common ground and focus on finding solutions. of course there are some areas where we're never going to agree. and that's ok. our differences should not divide us. instead we must exhibit good governance, good leadership, and serve our constituents in a manner worthy of the office we hold. after all, the only way that we'll build a better america today and for all generations that follow us is if we come together now. let's get to work. mr. speaker, i rise today to talk about the corner stones of our rural communities, our american farmers. these men and women are stewards of all our land and provide the country with a safe and affordable food supply. but we need to do more than to cultivate the next generation of
farmers. they face tough odds by the very nature of the business and is a critical shortfall of skilled young, and beginning farmers and ranchers. that's why with congressman joe courtney of connecticut and congressman faso of new york shall we introduced the young farmers success act. this legislation will provide incentives for those who would like to pursue a future in the agriculture industry by adding farmers to the public service loan forgiveness program. which is currently -- offers loan payback assistance for profigureses -- professions such as government services, teaching, and nursing. under the program eligible public service professionals who make 10 years of income-driven student loan payments can have the balance of their loans forgiven. farming is an expensive business to enter in part because of the voting land prices and beginning farmers often see small profits and even losses in the first year of business n 2011 the national young farmers coalition conducted a survey and found
that 78% of the respondents struggle with a lack of capital. a follow-up survey with student loan debt found that the average burden of student loan was $35,000 and that 53% respondents are currently farming would have a hard time making their student loan payments. while another 30% are interested in farming but haven't pursued it as a career because their salary as a farmer wouldn't be enough to cover their student loan payments. mr. speaker, food security is national security. and it aids the long-term sustainability of our country. our rural communities are in crisis and declining. we can do everything in our power to recruit a new generation of farmers. did you know that the number of new farmers entering the field of agriculture has dropped by 20%? the average farmer age is now above 58. we must encourage new farmers to enter this critical industry. i urge my colleagues to support the bipartisan young farmers
success act. skyrocketing costs of higher education and the growing burden of student loan debt are presenting major obstacles for young farmers and ranchers. the burden of student loan debt can thwart their ability to purchase the farming operations they need to get started and drive them away from a career in agriculture all together. let's pass this bill and help the men and women who put food on the table for american families throughout america. our farmers feed and we should not -- give them every incentive to continue to do so. the american people deserve a safe, reliable, and sustainable food source. our farmers provide that. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, for five minutes. mr. hoyer: thank you, mr. speaker. i just came from the energy and commerce committee. that committee along with the ways and means committee and the education and work force committee are seized of the
responsibility to consider the harmful american health care act being offered by the republicans as a better way. it is anything but a better way. mr. speaker, it they don't want the american public to see what they are doing. hey met all through the night. they have been meeting now for over 24 hours without sleep. without rest. without reflection. mr. th no opportunity, speaker, for the american people to see what's going on. in the dead of night, out of the sight of the public, they are hiding their bill and rushing to
judgment. why? because they know, as they have seen in town meeting after town meeting after town meeting, that is, of course, those republicans who have had town meetings, that the american public are extraordinarily concerned and worried they are going to lose the health care that they received through the affordable care act. they are going to be concerned about the premiums and deductibles they have to pay skyrocketing because of the republican bill that is being proposed. they are concerned that medicare and medicaid are going to be decimated and the life of medicare reduced in terms of its ability to pay the benefits romised.
mr. speaker, the president stood at that rostrum and the president said he had a health care bill that was going to give health care coverage for everybody, not just some but and body at less expense greater quality. there is no such bill. that the president has provided us with. and if there is, and if he has such a bill, mr. speaker, i will support it. but it is certainly not the bill that ways and means committee ended its work at 4:30 a.m. this morning. the american people, mr. speaker, ought to be asking, what are you hiding? what's the rush? you have had seven years to consider this bill.
seven years. we're meeting tomorrow. we're meeting next week. we're meeting the week after. it's not as if we're going on a summer break that we need to rush to judgment. it's not that we need to keep the american people out of onsideration of this bill. mr. speaker, democrats in committee and on this floor are doing everything we can to slow down this process. to open the doors, open the windows, keep the lights on so that the people who deserve to how a republican bill to repeal the affordable care act will impact their lives and the lives of their family and their children. house republicans are marking up
this bill without holding a single hearing t not one hearing -- hearing. not one hearing for a bill that gives $600 billion in tax cuts and cuts hundreds of billions of dollars from health care. and the tax cuts go to the wealthiest in america. . perhaps why there are no hearings. perhaps that's why they didn't invite any witnesses. perhaps that's why they're rushing to judgment before the congressional budget office, which is nonpartisan, and will give us an accurate estimate of its cost and who's going to be urt. mr. speaker, apparently they don't want the american people to get those facts because their representatives have to make a decision. i know they voted for repealing
the affordable care act almost 65 times here in this house. democrats have voted against that because we believe that the affordable care act is working. is it working perfectly? no. do we need to join together and make it work better for the american people? yes. this bill will impact, mr. speaker, every single american family and business. if enacted it will force americans across the country to pay more for less coverage and fewer benefits. shamefully republicans are hoping they can jam this bill through the house and senate before members have to go home and face their constituents in april. hat's why we're having to rush , because they don't want their members to go home in april and say, this is what we're considering.
what do you think? because they know because they had hearings, town meetings. haven't had any meetings but they had hearings. every american is fearful that they will lose benefits that's critical for them and their families. they continued to mark this bill up through the night using the very same tactics they claimed we were using when considering the affordable care act. we had over 79 hearings, not in the middle of the night, during the day. we had over 181 witnesses. that's opposed to zero, zero, bill.itnesses on this shame. it gives a lie to the representation of transparency and openness and accountability
that our speaker said he would operate this house to ensure those happen. they used every -- the same tactics that they claim, as i said, we were considering. in fact, here's what tom price, who was then a member of the house of representatives, now the secretary of the health and human services, said -- the negotiations are obviously being done in secret, and the american people really just want to know what they are trying to hide. e said that on january 6, 2010 . 180 witnesses, 79 hearings, a ar and a half or more of consideration. and yet, we have a bill that was introduced monday night.
today's thursday. monday night it was introduced. no hearings. wednesday and deep into the night and this morning this bill is being marked up. kevin brady, the chairman of the ways and means committee, who held hearings until 4:00 -- held a markup until 4:30 a.m. said this, i think there's never a more critical time for the american public to weigh in on an important issue than health care today, and there is a lot about this bill we don't know. he said that in a town hall august 10, 2009. well, now he's chairman of the committee, and apparently he's decided the american public doesn't need to know now. when we were in charge he thought the public needed to know and that's why we had those 79 hearings and those 180
witnesses and town halls, thousands of meetings and town halls around the country on the affordable care act. mr. brady apparently doesn't think that's applicable when he's in charge of the committee. and then former speaker john boehner said this, can you say it was done openly, with transparency and accountability, without back room deals struck behind closed doors, hidden from the people? hell, no, you can't. now the shoe is on the other foot, and my republican and agues are in charge, they are full speed ahead and the doors are closed, the windows are shuttered and the blinds are drawn. the process we had in 2009 and 2010 to write and adopt the
affordable care act included, as i said, 79 hearings versus zero hearings on this bill. zero. none. 181 witnesses that i referred to. zero witnesses. zero americans included from the public in this process. we had a two-year process that was open and recognized, how consequential the legislation would be, ensuring americans from all over the country, including doctors, health care organizations, providers, insurance companies, average citizens could weigh in. now in their rush to pass repeal, republicans are doing everything they said was wrong and much more. republicans are terrified that the american people will find out what's in this bill. the problem they have is a lot of their members have found out what's in this bill and they don't like it.
hardly any newspaper in america likes it. e think the public is thinking they're moving too fast and are going to hurt them. they're afraid, however, of having to face angry constituents who will see this bill will take health care coverage away from 20 million americans and cause out-of-pocket costs to go up for millions more. this bill could destabilize even the employer-based insurance market. that's people who know nothing about the exchange but they have insurance through their employer. this bill will destabilize their insurance as well. the point is, mr. speaker, we don't know for sure how bad it is. we know it's bad, and that's information we ought to have before being asked to vote on the floor or in committee on such consequential legislation that my republicans friend will say, we will have a c.b.o. score before the time we mark it up -- excuse me -- consider
it on the floor, but they don't want that information out for very long because it's going to be very, very, very negative. so democrats will continue, mr. speaker, to do everything in our power to slow down this process and throw back the curtain republicans that have pulled over this bill and this process and attempt to hide the details of their dangerous plan from the american people. we're ready, as i said, to turn the lights out in this chamber before we let the republican repeal bill turn the lights out on coverage and care for millions of our fellow americans. i yield back the balance of my time, but i do not yield my nviction to oppose this bill as strongly, as long as i possibly can. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arkansas, mr. ill, for five minutes.
mr. hill: i thank the speaker. the distinguished minority leader from maryland certainly knows my great affection for him and his leadership of the opposition, the worthy opposition here. i have to say that should he not have access to c-span, like all of us, we invite him to tune into c-span in the ways and means committee and energy and commerce committee and enjoy this long markup, mr. leader, and it's quite the contrary. brief observation, i will yield to the gentleman. mr. hoyer: most of my constituents were asleep between 12:00 and 6:00 this morning. i yield back. mr. hill: i thank the gentleman. i take back my time. i recognize that, but the american people, mr. leader, want us to work to correct the deficiencies in the affordable care act, to repeal and replace it, make it better for the
american people, to lower premiums, give more access, let people choose the plan they want. and i would remind the leader, there was no c-span camera in his predecessor's office, ms. pelosi, when the original affordable care act was cobbled together over christmas break. certainly not in the light of the american people. so i urge people who are watching c-span today, go read the bill.gop. see what's going on to repeal and replace the affordable care act, engage with your member of congress and let's make a health care available for all of our stwens. let's make it truly -- for all of our stwens. let's make it truly affordable. let's do it in a patient-centered, market-based approach. mr. speaker, today i come to the house floor and i want to honor my friend at if i lander
smith coverage -- philander smith university, commemorating their founding in 1877. smith is a historically black coverage and early higher education institution built and created by former african-american slaves. the first such institution west of the mississippi river. graduating thousands of students over its 140-year legacy, the college is particularly important to arkansas' history, economy and higher education community. currently, approximately 760 students are enrolled at philander smith and the college ontinues to be an integral in arkansas hose and throughout the country. i like engaging with their bright, dedicated young minds. the college's president, dr.
smuthers, recently joined hbcu colleges here in washington to meet with the white house and leadership in congress and talk about the challenges facing our historically black colleges and their students. ' reent dr. smuthers dedication to his students. i'm proud to represent such a historic and valuable institution, and i congratulate philander smith on its 140th anniversary. i look for many more decades of their success. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson, for five minutes. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. since november's election, it seems that there have been a rise in incidents of hate crimes in this country. this wave of hate crimes has spread fear and anxiety in communities of different
faiths, ethnicities and cultures across this country. on tuesday, multiple jewish community centers, schools and organizations across the nation, including in atlanta, received anonymous bomb threats . this follows a wave of over 120 threats against jewish community centers across america as well as the senseless desecration of graves at jewish cemeteries countrywide. i suspect, mr. speaker, that these are not unrelated incidents of juvenile delinquents. this is ranked, organized, anti-smetic activity. - anti-semitic activity. this systematic and organized activity meant to terrorize jews in america. his comes at a time when
islamaphobia is taking root across america. mosques are being burned to the ground. muslim children are being bullied at school. and muslim women are subjected to having attackers snatching their hajibs from their heads as they walk the streets. the president's muslim ban executive order is payback on the pledge he made to his supporters during the campaign. meanwhile, in february, a 32-year-old indian man was shot and killed. another was wounded, and a third man who intervened was shot and wounded by a gunman shouting "get out of my country." seek ain, on march 3, a
man was shot from a man yelling "go back to your country." at that time the attacker had a mask on. during these incidents, our president has remained uncharacteristically quiet on these attacks. his silence comes after his anti-mexican, anti-muslim and anti-obama campaign sparked american white nationalists to feel emboldened. this is a dangerous and slippery slope that we are on, ladies and gentlemen. it must end and it must end now. . we must protect all communities that have come under assault. today i introduce the reaffirming d.h.s. commitment to countering all forms of extremism act of 2017.
to ensure that countering violent extremism funds within the department of homeland security are used to tackle the rise of right wing extremism which threatens the safety of us all here in america. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kentucky, mr. arr, for five minutes. mr. barr: obamacare is collapsing. it's forcing americans to buy insurance they don't like, they don't need, and cannot afford. premiums have increased by an average of 25% this year. deductibles are voting -- skyrocketing. nearly 70% of u.s. counties have only two or fewer insurers offering plans or their state's exchanges. 34% fewer doctors and other health care providers, except obamacare insurance compared to private insurance.
congress must act decisively to protect the american people from this failed law. the american health care act is an important step in this process. while not perfect, it moves us significantly in the right direction. which is why the "wall street journal" says that the legislation would be, quote, the most consequential social policy reform since the welfare overhaul of 1996. i'm also encouraged that the committees of jurisdiction are as we speak entertaining amendments in regular order that will improve the legislation. even without these amendments the american health care act is a dramatic improvement over obamacare. the bill ends job-killing individual and employer mandates. it cuts $1 trillion of obamacare's worst taxes, including the medical device tax, the health insurance tax, and the medicare payroll tax. it blocks federal funds from planned parenthood. it reduces regulation so that individuals can buy plans that they want and can afford.
and it reforms medicaid by returning power to the states. some have criticized this bill because it lacks certain important reforms that will bend the cost curve down such as association health plans, interstate competition, reforms to facilitate more competition and choice in the private health insurance marketplace, and medical liability reform. these are important reforms, and i support them. in fact, i have introduced a medical liability reform bill that would deal with the doctor shortage and junk lawsuits and reduce costs. but unfortunately these reforms are not eligible for inclusion in the reconciliation bill under the rules of the senate. but it's important to note that this is just the first phase in a three-phase process to repeal and replace obamacare. so this bill is a crucial and necessary first step in a step by step process. in stark contrast to obamacare, we're actually reading the bill, and we invite the american
people to do the same. read the bill dot-gop. i hope all americans will taket opportunity to he learn more about this bill and offer their feedback. mr. speaker, we tried to put washington in charge of your health care. now it's time to put patients, their doctors, and their amilies in charge. mr. speaker, last month the hospital worker in paducah, kentucky, applied for a loan of $38,500 to finance a manufactured home. had he an 8% down payment. his monthly income was $2,200 per month. plenty to cover the all in housing costs of $670 per month. the payment for his own home would have been less than what he was spending on rent but he was unable to get financing. he contact his local banks and credit unions, but they did not finance manufactured homes. this hospital worker from kentucky can't get financing because of the very entity that was created to protect
consumers. the consumer financial protection bureau. that's right, the federal government is protecting people right out of homeownership. consumers are protected so much they can't even purchase a manufactured home. lenders have stopped making manufactured housing loans because of the dodd-frank act and cfpb regulations. currently owners are having to sell their homes below market value because potential buyers can't find financing. this isn't just anecdotal. government statistics prove that cfpb rules have prevented credit worthy consumers to get financing that would allow them to purchase homes. according to 2014, manufactured home loan volume for loans under $75,000 decreased in the first year these regulations went into effect. this is proof that many lenders who were previously willing to make manufactured home loans are no longer capable of doing so under dodd-frank. these are exactly the kinds of
top-down bureaucratic federal regulation that is my constituents and-n rural kentucky are fed up with. the cfpb has the authority to make adjustments to its requirements, but it has refused to act even when the data shows that consumers are being harmed. a bipartisan group of members of this body came together in the last congress to do what the cfpb has refused to do. the house voted three times to make these changes so that people seeking to purchase manufactured homes would have access to financing. so i invite my colleagues to join me in this fight for consumers. let's work together to make these changes to the cfpb and to their regulations and stop federal bureaucrats from hurting modest income americans who need access to affordable housing and deserve access to the american dream of homeownership. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, mrs. murphy, for five minutes. each rphy: mr. speaker,
year about 33,000 americans die in gun related incidents. twice as many are wounded. over 60% of gun deaths are suicide. individuals in emotional distress who attempt suicide rarely survive. so they don't get a chance to reconsider, recover, and live on. nearly 35% of gun deaths in this country are rarely survive. so they don't homicides. with one human being using a firearm to taket life of a fellow human being. these homicides occur as a part of the daily drumbeat of violence, particularly in cities but also suburbs and small towns. homicides in certain cities have become so customary they are relegated to the back pages of newspapers or not covered at all. the lack of public attention does not diminish the private pain felt by a victim's family and friends. homicides in america also take place in the context of mass shootings that make headlines
because the carnage is so immense. the most recent incidents was the deadliest in american histry. on june 12, 2016, an individual using a semiautomatic rifle shot 49 people to death and wounded 53 at the pulse nightclub in my hometown of orlando. my guest to the president's address to congress last week was dr. mark levy, a surgeon in orlando. he and his team operated on victims of the pulse nightclub shooting. some of whom had their bodies torn apart. as dr. levy and other first responders that fateful evening can atell a weapon designed for the battlefield transformed a celebration of life into a scene of devastation and death that resembled a war zone. although orlando united in the wake of the pulse attack earning the label orlando strong, our city was profoundly and permanently affected by this tragedy. i don't want another american community to experience what we have endured. that is why today i'm
introducing legislation that would take a modest but meaningful step forward. specifically, my bill would ensure that the cdc can sponsor evidence-based research into the causes of gun related incidents and put potential ways to reduce gun deaths and injuries. this research would inform policymakers as they consider to enact reasonable reforms that the save lives and protect constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners. the decision rests with elected officials about whether to pass new laws designed to kept most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous individuals. in a manner consistent with the second amendment. but lawmakers of both parties should have the benefit of the best scientific research on the subject as they deliberate and debate. my bill is necessary because for 20 years congress has included a policy rider that as a practical matter has prevented the cdc and other hhs agencies from supporting research on gun related incidents.
i can respect that elect the officials like the diverse americans that they represent have a range of views about the wisdom of enacting reasonable reforms within the space allowed by the second amendment. what i cannot respect is any lawmaker who would seek to suppress research into gun related incidents merely because the lawmaker fears this research could serve as the basis for legislative action that the lawmaker does not favor. restricting research because you disagree with its results is un-american to its core. a deviation from our proud national tradition of free and open inquiry. as lawmakers we must recognize gun incidents are claiming the lives of too many of our citizens and tearing apart too many of our communities. in deciding how best to confront this challenge, we should seek out and sponsor research on this subject, not shun it. for this reason, my bill would repeal the current policy rider and express the sense of congress that no such policy riders should be enacted in the fuhr. i hope my colleagues will
co-sponsor this legislation which underscores the importance of fact-based policymaking and places people before politics. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair recognizes the the gentlewoman from flarks, ms. wasserman schultz, for five minutes. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. you know in listening to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle this morning i'm struck by the adage, you are entitled to your opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts. i think it's important to note that the reality of the passage of the affordable care act in 2010 was that there were hundreds of hours of hearings. many, many opportunities for all members to provide input. a mandatory process that allowed for changes to that legislation that eventually became law and discussion and a c.b.o. analysis that shed light on the true cost.
nothing like what has been described during the 24-hour whirlwind in the middle of the night that has resulted in the ramming through of legislation that will clearly increase costs and cover fewer individuals. mr. speaker, as a mother of breast cancer survivor, and proud floridian, i rise today in opposition to the majority's irresponsible proposal to repeal the affordable care act. after preaching for seven years about a superior alternative to obamacare, my colleagues across the aisle have timely revealed their trump care plan for the american people. as you might expect from trump care, it promises more, delivers less, has fewer protections, and costs more. in other words, it will make america sick again. to add insult to injury, my republican colleagues have moved this bill under the cover of darkness without any hearings or even analysis of its cost from the congressional budget office. however, we do have an earlier c.b.o. report that estimated that 15 million people would
lose health insurance just as a result of repealing the individual mandate which this bill does. perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that petroleump told 129 million americans like me, as a breast cancer survivor with pre-existing conditions, that he would preserve the a.c.a. provision prohibiting insurance companies from dropping us or denying us coverage. but he and his republican colleagues in the house broke their promise and did not keep their word. the bill would once again allow insurance companies to charge people higher premiums when they have a pre-existing condition, which will make coverage unaffordable. that is unconscionable. this bill will also punish millions of people who experience a lapse in coverage. before we had the affordable care act, an estimated 59.1 million people lacked continuous coverage for at least part of the previous year. one of those 59.1 million people was suzanne from my district in sun ds rise, florida, who with two daughters heading to college was starting to realize her dream of owning her own special
events small business as her full-time job. she had insurance coverage for years through her husband's employer-sponsored health plan. until 2012 when her husband, mark, died of lung cancer. two weeks later the family lost their employer-sponsored health insurance only five months after that, suzanne now widowed and uninsured, was diagnosed with hodgkin's lymphoma. as she has said before, the affordable care act, she wouldn't even have been able to think about starting her own business. she probably would have looked for another corporate job with benefits. knowing she would soon be able to obtain insurance under the a.c.a., and that her pre-existing condition couldn't be held against her when she applied, she started her company in 2013. she eventually qualified for a plan that cost her $192 a month with substantial government subsidies. under the republican plan, people like suzanne may be forced to pay a 30% higher premium each month in order to receive care. make no mistake, these massive increases in health care costs
dumped on the backs of american working families will only benefit the wealthiest few. the 400 richest families in america will see a tax break worth $7 million a year. that would make the g.o.p. bill one of the largest transfers in wealth from low and middle income families to the wealthiest in recent memory. seniors across america will be forced to pay pleemyums five times higher than younger individuals. not only is it cruel it's also unsustainable. according to the 2016 medicare trustees report, the medicare trust fund is solvent until 2028, 11 years longer before the enactment of the affordable care act reforms. in contrast, as the aarp noted, certain repeal provisions could hasten the insolvency of medicare by up to four years and diminish medicare's ability to pay for services in the future. millions of seniors depend on medicare in conjunction with medicaid to cover their long-term care needs, but
republicans plans to make america sick again would destroy medicaid as we know it, at least 11 million americans stand to lose their health care coverage with the passage of this bill. and if you're fortunate enough not to be one of the 11 million, i hope you are not the tens of americans with long-term care needs, pregnant women, children, or others who rely on medicaid because these per capita tax will hurt your care here. trumpcare will disproportionately affect women. this is an unconscionable piece of legislation that must have the light of day shining on it and must not be allowed to become law and democrats will stand to make sure that americans don't get sick like they used to. thank you. i yield back the balance. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from wisconsin seek recognition? the gentlelady from wisconsin is recognized for five minutes. ms. moore: thank you, mr.
speaker. the month of march is when social workers throughout the country celebrate social workweek. i'm here today to honor a special group of social workers who work in one of the most important institutions in our society, our schools. to honor the vital roles school social workers serve in our communities, i'm proud to introduce house resolution 171, to recognize the many contributions of school social workers and to designate this week, march 5-11, as school social workweek. school social workers are critical members of a school's educational team. they strengthen partnerships between students, homes, schools and communities as they work to ensure student academic success. school social workers are uniquely changed and especially equipped to mentor students who face emotional, academic and behavioral barriers through learning.
their expertise guides students through serious life challenges, including poverty, disability, sexual and physical abuse, addiction, bullying and various forms of if a mealial separation such as military -- familial separation such as military deployment. we know how these adverse childhood experiences and chronic exposures affect the developing brain, particularly in school settings where the academic demands are high and the social pressures can be life changing. we must better support these students to overcome these barriers to success. we now have the science and research to inform our policies so that we are not just funneling these children out of the school system and into a prison system. we must prioritize the economic benefits of effective and preventive solutions and
provide the necessary support. school social workers provide these services in our schools by connecting students and families to available resources in the community, particularly in areas that have been hittist -- hittest hardest by poverty. school social workers improve the success rate of students coming from a disadvantaged background, lending a much-needed hand to create a more equal society. families and communities want these services for their children. school districts should prioritize and invest in staffing models and programs that offer the mental health services. research tells us that individuals who suffer from mental illness will have developed these symptoms by age 14. the centers for disease control find that behavioral disorders are increasing in youth and
presenting themselves in younger ages. fewer than one in five of these children will ever receive needed mental health services. we also know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 through 24. school mental health programs provided and enhanced by school social workers are critical to early identification of mental health problems. research indicates that school mental health programs improve educational outcomes by decreasing absences, decreasing disciplinary referrals and improving academic achievement. our students deserve this support. our students need school social workers to help them succeed. unfortunately, there are often not enough school social workers in school districts to meet the many, many needs of at-risk youth. the one -- the 100 to 200
maximum recommended ratio of school social workers to students is exceeded in almost all school districts in the united states with some experiencing ratios as high as one to 21,000. as we seek to improve our education students, maximizing the new opportunities and flexibility of every student achieves act, let us use this week to recognize the contributions of school social workers and the vital role they play in helping our children reach their fullest potential. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. takano, for five minutes. mr. takano: thank you. mr. speaker, i rise this morning to share with my
constituents what we know about the republican health care plan and more importantly what we don't know. we know that the republican proposal to replace the affordable care act will cut taxes for the wealthiest people in america. we know that it will eventually eliminate the medicaid expansion which is responsible for ensuring millions of americans, including nearly 80,000 people in my district alone. we know that the g.o.p. replacement plan shifts costs to seniors and low-income families while restricting women's access to reproductive health. we know that it's a windfall for the wealthy and healthy and a disaster for nearly everyone else. is is what we know about the
g.o.p. health care plan, but perhaps more alarming is what we don't know. my republican colleagues cannot answer the two most important questions about their proposal. how much will it cost? and how many people will it cover? mr. speaker, congress should not take any further action on this bill without knowing its impact on the budget and its consequences for the american people. i am stunned, stunned that my republican colleagues are planning to move forward on a plan that's quite literally a matter of life and death for millions of american families without knowing exactly what they are moving forward with. mr. speaker, in 2009 and 2010
when democrats held a televised health care summit with republican leaders, when the senate health committee marked up the affordable care act over a full month and accepted 160 republican amendments, and when the senate finance committee held 31 meetings over 60 hours, even after that process, republicans said that democrats rammed the health care bill through congress without reading it. now, the republican majority is moving forward with their replacement plan without knowing what it costs and what it will mean for american families. this level of hypocrisy and recklessness is insulting to the american people and it is dangerous for the future of our health care system. there is already plenty to dislike about what we know that
is in this bill. who knows what we'll find out when we uncover the rest. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today. that got under way about 10 minutes now. we
will take you there now. ms. pelosi: now, he said he wants to keep that. you can't keep that unless you
have a big group of insurers because the cost will be astronomical. that's why we didn't have that efore the affordable care act. people would never be able to afford it. it would be prohibit tiff. so the fact is -- prohibitive. so the fact is i know that the republicans don't care about the 20 million people that had been added to the rolls because you can see what they're doing to medicaid that they want to completely undermine that but they should care about the 155 million people who have insurance for whom the rate of increase has drastically reduced. it has been the slowest rate of increase. the increase is largely due to the cost of pharmaceutical drugs. so when he says that it's like, what are you talking about? now, are there some places we
as the house of representatives we had some ideas that we would have liked to prevailed with dealing with the senate on this bill. there are some things we think we can do for the individual market and the rest. we like to work with him on that if he has the interest of the american people at heart. but he's talking politically there. and this isn't about politics. if there's anything that's personal in public policy it's health care. and the american people know that their members are hearing from them on this score and what people are telling them is i wouldn't be alive today without the affordable care act. people have benefited from the affordable care act. ironically -- i don't know if that's the right word -- sadly, people who will lose care because of the -- if the
republican plan were to prevail, which i doubt it will, are people who voted for donald trump, many of them. you know where the benefits will if for all that $600 billion? largely blue states. you know where some of the benefits will be lost? largely in red areas. it's a very sad transfer of wealth. but it's an ideological thing with the republicans, and i don't think the president really knows what he's talking about. yes, ma'am. reporter: a question in regards to the jender debate. pel pelosi what's the predicate of the question? reporter: they will get far -- ms. pelosi: has gotten. reporter: adam schiff and devin nunes were concerned they didn't get the information on general flynn until perhaps last january or mid january.
and that being said, are you concerned that the former president opened up a rather change in executive order that opened up information channels between the intelligence agencies so they could share the information amongst each other which kind of let a lot of the intelligence information flow that could make leaks easier? ms. pelosi: no. no. i think we all -- don't want everybody in the pipeline so we are not having the benefit of information or intelligence to keep the american people safe but i don't think that has anything to do with leaks, no. yes, sir. reporter: back to obamacare. we know you don't like the replacement bill, essential elements of it. you said you are open to fixing parts of obamacare that have been -- ms. pelosi: as i said, i would like some things to prevail over in the senate. reporter: are there any tiny sliver of language you think is a legitimate fix to obamacare? ms. pelosi: no. no. because it is not -- its
purpose is -- let's go back to our three goals. it doesn't lower costs. it doesn't improve benefits and it doesn't expand access. and that's the purpose of the bill. so if you want to say if i'm an executive at an insurance company and i get a bigger tax deduction for my bonus that's a good thing, how could they even put such a thing in the bill? doesn't that tell you something about them, that they would have a bill that's owe supposed access? anding the president, what did he say? he said insurance -- president trump promised insurance for everybody. now his o.m.b. director maybe accidentally told the truth -- i don't know -- that insurance is not really the end goal. so what is their goal and why
don't we predicate it on the facts? we talk -- i speak with the speaker from time to time about how important it is to have evidence-based decisionmaking here, and listen, so contrary, a fact-free -- maybe there's something in there that's missed. was it about the tanning salons? putting a per capita standard on medicaid, whether it's stopping the expansion of medicaid? now they're talking about even making it worse. i don't know if you've seen that this morning. worse than what's in the bill. so if you have something in particular you think is a good idea, test me. reporter: you said you don't think it will pass. then, what happens next? ms. pelosi: well, we will
proceed. what happened with the affordable care act is so many people have taken advantage of t but other people were -- may had been deterred because of the negative misrepresentations that the republicans put out about it. but whatever you think of that, it's for certain that many more people would be insured if the states had expanded medicaid, which was an important part of the affordable care act. so a few million more people would had been covered in those states where they don't have it. and so these governors -- not only governors because, for example, in virginia the governor, expanded medicaid but not his legislature. so when the legislature or the governor, whatever, has not agreed to expand medicaid, they're saying to the people in their states, we don't care whether you have health care -- health insurance or not. and by the way, this is very detrimental to employment and
job opportunity, economic growth because if you don't have access to care, who's going to go open the factory in your area? a lot of this is connected to quality of life. and so, again, if you know something that's an improvement , you want to mention it, i'm happy to respond to it. so far i haven't seen anything. and what i heard this morning in the press, but as the administration says to me, the trump administration, don't believe everything you see in the press. i said i don't, especially when it comes to me. but in any sense -- what they said about that i said i don't. i don't. i'm just talking about the facts and the facts are very damaging. it's really a cruel bill that the republicans have put forth. and it will increase the number of uninsured in our country. but we all should be doing is working together to say, what can we do to improve, for
example, the individual market? what can we do in the high-risk carvers which were part of the bill but the republicans would not allow us to implement? they stood in the way of the implementation. that should not have happened but it did and now we make the fight, but we have to preserve at we have, be open to suggestions. we are a humble lot. we are very open to suggestions. if you have beater idea on how to save more money, give more better benefits or increase the access, let's share that. yes, ma'am. i think this is the last one. reporter: to drill down on mulvaney's point, he said insurance really isn't the goal but more an issue of lowering costs and while there might be more people on a.c.a., the costs are greater for them making health care not accessible. can you speak to that argument? ms. pelosi: what do you mean, now they have insurance? reporter: he said there might
be more people insured but they have such high deductibles. ms. pelosi: did they have insurance before? reporter: no. his point -- ms. pelosi: if you didn't have it before you have to pay for what you are going to get. in many cases they have a subsidy and we'd like to increase the subsidy. if you'd like to join us in increasing the subsidies we'd be happy to do that. but the fact is if there were no reason to do the affordable care act, if there were no reason, if everyone, as you may suggest, he may suggest, he who was shutting down government and voted against opening up government, he who thinks that social security and medicare and medicaid should all be subjected to reduction, that's who you're talking about, but let's just get back to the affordable care act. if there were no other reason to do the affordable care act, if everyone loved his or her provider or his or her insurer, the one compelling reason that
demanded that happened was cost. the costs were unsustainable and increasing. they were increasing to individuals, to families, to small businesses, to corporate america which was footing a large part of the bill because many people get their coverage through their employer and it was certainly unsustainable to local, state and the federal government's budget. so the costs were going like that astronomically. and you weren't getting -- if you had pre-existing conditions, bye-bye, baby that would be about 123 million people in our country. and so it -- some of the costs were going up but protected from discrimination because of pre-existing conditions, if you were no longer subjected to lifetime caps, then while you may be investing more, your upside -- your downside, your exposure is greatly reduced. so you can't just compare what's happening now to -- and
the increases that might be happening now because of one thing or another. what you have to compare it, where would we be without the affordable care act? we would be in a world where the cost would be through the roof, that there would be no even dream of having a pre-existing condition discrimination removed. there would be lifetime caps, and, again, unsustainable to our federal budget, corporate, small business, individual, families across the board. so this was transformative. the only thing is, we were so busy fighting the fight that they got out there and misrepresented what this was all about because they don't believe in governance. they don't believe in medicare. it should wither on the vine. they want to block grant medicaid, put it in a box, tie it with a ribbon, throw it out the window. so if you don't believe in that
responsibility to the american people, then you can understand the course that they are on. so this is an important fight for us to have. it gives us an opportunity to sing the praises of the affordable care act, but better than that, to hear the stories of the american people, families -- the stories are so compelling. they are more eloquent than any policy statement anybody can make. and that is what the republicans do not want to hear, the truth, the facts. that's why they don't want to have town meetings. that's why they don't want to hear what the c.b.o. score will tell them in terms of how many people will lose, how many people will lose coverage. and that's really what this is about. not just health care but the good health of the american people. an initiative about prevention. they want to cut the prevention
fund. prevention is one of the best investments we can make. it keeps people healthier. it keeps costs down because people are healthier. so this is really not a discussion of what kind of bill do you want. this is a question of is there a public role, a public responsibility in terms of public-private initiative. what we put forth is a market economy solution. buy it in the public market -- excuse me -- in the private market. it's a market -- free market solution. romney-care in massachusetts. hair tage foundation with the individual mandate and the rest of that. so this isn't -- this is something they should support except they don't support a public role, and that's really unfortunate because we have a responsibility to meet the needs of the american people in
the most cost-effective way that gives them the most advantage to reach their aspirations. and by the way, save money in the meantime. and honor the vision of our founders -- life, healthier life. liberty, the freedom to pursue their happiness, not job locked . cause of an insurance policy not job locked because they can't pursue another line of work because they have to hold down a different job rather than pursuing their own aspiration. so it's about entrepreneurship. it's about individual aspirations. it's about creativity. it's about prevention. it's about wellness. it's about many things. and like any bill that's ever passed the congress, it's not perfect. we can find ways working together to improve it. and you always learn more in implementation on what those improvements can be. thank you all very much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its
caption content and accuracy. isit ncicap.org] >> how are the giants? ms. pelosi: getting ready. we're watching the warriors now. >> as we wrap up here with the house minority leader, house speaker paul
ryan also scheduled to brief reporters. that's at 11:45 eastern. we will have it live for you on c-span just before the house gavels in at noon eastern. you should know that the house energy and commerce committee's markup of the republicans health care plan now approaching its 25th hour of deliberations. it started yesterday at 10:30 eastern in the morning. according to the associated press, the house is hoping to send the measure to the senate for approval early next month. by the way, you can see the committee debate, the plan now on our companion network c-span3. right now a conversation from this morning's "washington journal" about border security, immigration and trade.
continues. >> congressman henry cuellar is a democrat from texas and specifically the 28th district of laredo -based border district which means your district would be ground zero for president trump's wall initiative. you called that wall a 14th century solution to a 21st century problem. why? >> guest: first of all we have seen the history of the berlin wall, the great wall of china and other places. you remember the french and the germans during world war i pics of been a lot of history. what we want to see living on the borders, we want have a secure border. there's different ways you can do that. first of all you have to listen to the men and women on the ground, the border patrol are actually there and they will tell you that they want the right mixture of technology, the right mixture of personnel, and some strategic fencing in hotspots. the other thing is i'm a big believer in extending our goal line which is the us border.
where we spend over $18 billion. if you work with our friends to the south, mexico, and work with our central american friends i think we could do a lot more to secure the borders and put in a 14th century solution to a 21st century problem we have house of representatives what are the issues after president trump's mentioned the wall in a joint address to congress last week was the private property that is along u.s.-mexico border and the challenges the present would have been building wall along the property line. explain that. >> guest: if you live thousands of miles the first action, go here to put a wall. but if you live on the border where i live and being a texan, private property rights are just some of the symptoms of owned the land for generations. then you have government, the federal government that's going to come in and take over your right to go to the river bank.
what happens to your cattle. what happens to wildlife. what happens to this land that chapter generation because the government wants to come in and put a wall, put a fence? i'm telling you, people in texas are going to fight to protect their private property rights. keep in mind that in texas with a lot of natural barriers. you go to west texas you have the mountains, there's no way you're going to put a fence there. or if you have the river there or lakes come with two large lakes along u.s.-mexico border, there are natural barriers, so therefore let's listen to the men and women of border patrol for their solutions. >> host: president trump has envisioned it, what about some of his other initiatives? 15,000 were border agents boosting attention capacity, hiring more immigration judges. are you in favor of those efforts? >> guest: first of all immigration judges actually it was my idea to add another 55 new you s immigration judges.
this fy '17 were trying to add another 25. working with my friend john culbertson, the chairman for that particular subcommittee in appropriations we will see if we can add more changes. i want to see those judges at the border. when somebody comes in, detained, a judge can make a decision on the spot whether that person stays or goes back to that country. so immigration judges. the other thing is hiring people. i always know this but border patrol and homeland in general is having a heck of a time in hiring people. so to say you're going to hire 15,000 immediately, the reality, the practicality of it is not going to allow this. i know that because i sit on the homeland appropriations and it's been very very very hard to hire individuals for border patrol. >> host: congressman cuellar is a guest. we visited his district last
june in laredo, when a location to talk about border issues and trade. you can of course go back and watch that. you'll see some of the view we filmed during that visit. inviting appears to calling as a talk about these issues. democrats 2,027,488,000. starting with randy from new jersey, independent. good morning. >> caller: i just want to add to the conversation that i had -- aud mac west berlin when the berlin wall was around berlin and east germany still managed to get through. i think it sounds like a big boondoggle to me. i really wonder if the money might not be better spent in putting people in jail who give work to illegal immigrants who are just trying to get their families to every day.
so it seems to me where looking at the complete wrong group of people. we've got the pressure from the drug cartel that's creating all the violence. that's the people trying to find work. the problem of making drugs illegal in america. we shifted our problem into those places where people are selling those drugs. that's my opinion. >> guest: first of all, brady, your absolute right. first of all, if you put one model of simple fencing it will cost about $6.5 million per mile. if you want to have a wall, your talk about making 10, $15 million per mile. you put one-mile of technology will cost about $1 million. you want to look at taxpayers dollars. you got to look at the cost of a fence. so billions of dollars were talking about. the other point about where to focus -- where to focus, if that immigration reform, john, then
there's ways that we can have a guest worker plan that works where people can come in, do the jobs that americans don't want to do, then they can go backs of immigrant reform has to be part of this solution. >> host: staying on cost, a report in the "washington post," the covered administration is considered la's cutting funding to the coast guard and the transportation security administration to find money for the proposed border wall and of immigration enforcement initiatives. just numbers to go with that. $2.9 billion, going towards building the proposed water 1.9 billion going towards more immigration detention beds come in 285 million towards hiring a border patrol and i.c.e. agents. you are a member of the appropriations committee. do you think those cuts will find? >> guest: no. i summon homeland appropriation but we also coast guard also. it just doesn't make sense. you talk about putting a wall, spending billions while taking coast guard money away. what do they do?
they're the ones that secure our waters, our coasts. why i going to focus on one side will take away from the other one? what about tsa? are going to make people, and we know experience of what happened if you let that people into an airplane. so it just doesn't make sense taking from one side to the other side for border security because you have a false sense of security that the wall is the best way to secure america. absolutely wrong. >> host: gene is a democrat. good morning. >> caller: good morning. how are you? >> guest: boy nicias. , i live in miami, arizona. i go down to the board all the time. my sister-in-law lives around it. this thing about immigration, it's not just about -- aud mac one of the concentrate on better things than that? there's lot of illegals that come from other countries, candidate.
it'll emphasize on that. this thing has been hang on for many years. by way, i'm a 78 -year-old disabled vet, and they ought to concentrate on helping people. when the sun comes up it comes up for everybody. i'm a good catholic boy. no wonder -- and another subject, this affordable care act, there's a reason why every american should have some kind of medical in their life. no wonder they hate our guts. adios. the present is nothing but a -- aud mac you are a good man. adios. >> guest: thank you for your spanish. first of all he is correct about several points. look, if you look at the people come into the united states you will see that mexican cutaway
thinks the problems are with the mexicans coming in but those numbers actually come down to if you look at the pew study you'll see there's more mexicans going out and going back to the countries. the numbers of what we call other than mexican, border patrol uses, those numbers are coming in and they're coming in from several parts of the country. i've been some of the detention center in south texas, and if you look at it looks like a u.n. picker looks like a human in the sense that there's people from all over the country. when people talk about terrorism they always focus on the south part of our border. if you look at the terrorism with that in the united states, they didn't come in from mexico. they came into other places. what people need to realize is that mexico is an ally. mexico is afraid and we need to treat them as a friend and work with them on security come on trade, on tourism and other things important to both economies. >> host: some numbers, the number of undocumented
immigrants fell significantly last month which the trump administration said is assigned its hardline on illegal immigration might be discouraging border crossings. roughly 840 people a day will work out or stopped from entering from mexico in february. that's a drop of about 36 percent from the previous february. >> guest: that's what issues i had with the obama administration was that i wanted to send out a strong message that -- top is going to the extreme but i think the message of deterrence of making sure we're a country of laws, will be compassionate but at the same time we are a country of , you think trump is correct and taking credit? >> guest: the deterrence message is important that a concise snapshot. i've been looking at border crossings for years, ngc times with a good dent you see times were able go up so it's only a snapshot. but one thing i always ask the obama administration, secretary jeh johnson, send out a deterrence message to make sure
that we are going to detain people when they come across. >> host: let's head to maryland. republican, michael, go ahead. >> caller: two things in the constitution, unequivocally provided for. first, border security and census every 10 years. the psychological impact, of building a wall is more than just building a wall for security purposes. a couple fridays ago we had seven deaths from her when. last night i think we had a three deaths. you talk about, you have no concept of what you're talking about. we need security. we need border security. we need more money invested into. if you want to put technology i agree it you want these answers to these questions and you're not even providing for it. i don't understand basic
technology is going to keep people out better than a wall. we have so much hair one, 50,000 overdose deaths in 2015 in this country because heroin coming from mexico. talk about patriotism trying to secure the border but then you don't want to find anything that donald trump is trying to do. >> guest: when you talk about no concept can understand the people who usually live the furthest away from the border always want to don't understand the border. i live at the border. we want to upload order at the border, but this false sense of security that if you build a wall that is the only solution to secure the border. i would say to you that you're absolutely wrong. we want to have security at the border. i stood in appropriation settlement. we have put in billions of dollars but i'm not going to waste money on a false sense of security because somebody feels that if you build the wall, this is a way you can secure the border. we need to secure the board about we've got to do it right. and at the same time you've got to understand that in securing
the border it's more multidimensional. we've got to look at what works at the border and talk to the men and women at the border. just because some of us disagree with mr. trump doesn't mean that we're patriotic, and i resent individuals, i resent individuals to feel that if we don't agree with mr. trump are not patriotic. and that i would say, whatever your main might've been from that part of the country. >> host: we talk about the joint address, what are the other issues he brought up in that joint address was trade specifically. nafta. there's a clip from that address. >> we've lost more than one fourth of our manufacturing jobs since nafta was approved and we lost 60,000 factory since china. join the world trade organization in 2001. our trade deficit in goods with the world last year was nearly
$800 billion. >> host: your district is no one in lan port on the u.s.-mexico border. what's the impact of dismantling nafta? >> guest: we are the largest in laredo. we handle most of the trade coming from mexico but let me address the point about manufacturing jobs in the jobs -- keep in mind in the last two decades, americans lost about 5 million factory jobs, but the us production has not dropped. in fact, it's been going about two percent and look at it manufacturing output, that is been growing while we been losing some of the manufacturing jobs. of course i want to see manufacturing jobs. but if you look at several reports including the ball state university research, trade only counted for 13 percent of the us factory jobs that we lost, and about 88 percent, almost 80 percent of those jobs were because automation. so are we focusing the evil on a
country called mexico or are we not really looking at it as what is costing what's what about automation? what about the shift we have in this society quacks i want to create jobs in the united states but we just can't point the problem to mexico. people talk about trump also talked about mexicans sitting there bad people into united states. rapists and murderers but did you know last year they sent over 20 million individuals, tourists. we get more tourists from mexico than any other part, and they spent hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars in the united states. that helps our economy. so again let's look at the problem. let's use common decency. let's use common sense on how we address problems instead of just blindly blaming a particular part of the world. >> host: let's head to california where glyn is waiting, interdependent. good morning.
>> caller: i'm not going to get racist on you and say mexico anything like that. i'm going to talk about these overstays of people who are working here illegally taking american jobs. we need to change one thing, knowingly hiring. we've got to stop, stop that. we have to enforce our border laws. i don't care what president is in there. we have to enforce the laws. we have to protect the american citizens. that's your job. i don't care where they're coming from. all these, you say 40 percent of the visa overstays, how much is a 40 percent? how many people are overstaying their visas and collecting benefits and everything else in the united states? >> guest: actually i want to thank that individual for his statements.
you are right, we definitely need to spend more money on enforcing the laws that we have right now. in fact, if you look at it there's enough laws right now that we can enforce to make sure we address the issues we are complained about right now. for example, the overstays, let's say 11 or 12 million undocumented persons, 40 percent came in to a visa overstays. so even like the prior gentlemen that question patriotic, the patriotism of people who don't agree with him, even that individual, if he can't acknowledge that you can put the biggest wall in the world and then you have somebody that comes in through a legal visa, a visa, a legitimate visa, they can fly over, you can use a boat, use a bridge and then they overstay. the wall is not going to work for those individuals and that individual is right. let's enforce the laws that we have. so instead of putting billions of dollars in a wall that's not
going to work, let's go ahead and use that for the enforcement of the law that we have so the people who are not supposed to be here and they are overstaying their time, we ought to enforce the law. he's absolutely right. it doesn't matter if you focus on one country or the other. anybody who comes in that we need to enforce the law, absolutely. you are absolutely right. >> host: we have about two minutes left with congressman cuellar of texas. laredo -based district along the u.s.-mexico border. you can see a map of his district there. we are talking to him about the border wall as well as trade issues as well. allen is waiting, brooklyn new york, democrats. good morning. >> caller: good morning. no one is going to keep carbon dioxide out of the us. we are creating more of an artificial because we have about five percent of the worlds population. about 25 percent of the worlds co2 output. when the president spoke so
glowingly about the carnage caused allegedly by immigrants taking our jobs and destroy our communities during the inaugural address, he didn't say a word about climate change, there or in his address last week. there seems to be a wag the dog syndrome. republican administration is so dominated by interest of -- secretary of state is a former exxon ceo who is the best friend of putin who is made billions of dollars on russian oil, wants to continue do so even if there's a consequence to the future that they will never experience. the wag the dog >> we will leave this "washington journal" conversation to return live to capitol hill now for house speaker paul ryan and his weekly briefing. speaker ryan: good morning, everybody. i've got a few things i'd like to say. first of all, i would like to walk you through exactly what the american health care act is. i want to walk you through exactly what this health care
law is an what we're replacing and how -- and what we're replacing and how important it is to repeal and replace obamacare not because the law is collapsing but it will get worse if we do nothing. let me show you what our problem is and what we're trying to do. we are going to repeal and replace obamacare and we are going to do it with a three-pronged approach. number one is what we're talking about right now. this is what the ways and means committee marked up this morning, what the commerce committee is in the middle of doing right now. that's reconciliation. that's the american health care act. there are only so many things you can do in that bill because of a senate floor rules reconciliation. you can't put everything you want in that legislation because if you did, it would be filibustered and you couldn't even bring it up for a vote in the senate. number two, administrative action. 1,442 , obamacare, has sections or instances that gives the secretary of h.h.s. enormous amounts of discretion
to administer health care, meaning, i don't think barack obama and nancy pelosi and harry reid when they crammed this bill through that donald trump would be president and tom price would be secretary of h.h.s. so number two in our three-pronged approach -- administrative action where the health and human services secretary deregulates the marketplace and allows more choice and more competition to come into the marketplace. number three, and this is where i think there's a lot of confusion all over the map. additional legislation that we feel is important and necessary to give us a truly competitive health care marketplace. so think of things like interstate shopping. that's a reform that we long believed in, that we think is really important to give regulatory competition,. association health plans. let a farmer buy her insurance through the national farm bureau plan or a restaurateur by his insurance for he and his employees through the national restaurant association plan on
a nationwide basis. let small businesses buy their insurance through the nfib plan nationwide. we'd love for that to be in this reconciliation bill but the rules in the senate don't allow that to happen. so we will move those bills independently. we are going to move those bills at the same time through our process and bring those to vote. unfortunately they have to hit what we call the 60-vote threshold. so we have a three-pronged approach to repealing and replacing obamacare. let's get into why this needs to happen and why it needs to happen now. options are disappearing fast. this law is in the middle of a collapse, and people are quickly losing their choices. in 2016, the amount of counties in america that had three or more insurers, three or more carriers to choose from was about 2,000. in 2017, that number has plummeted. insurers are leaving the marketplace. choice and competition is going
away and people are having less choices. how many insurers, how many counties in america that had just one insurer? a little over 200 just last year. so in america, about 200 counties had only one plan to choose from, one insurer. this year in 2017, that number has skyrocketed to over 1,000 counties. over one in three counties in america you got one plan to choose from. these insurers probably never intended to be mow nop lists but they are in these counties. there is no choice, no competition, one plan to choose from. it's a 454% increase in american counties of people who are stuck with one option. now that humana said they will pull out of the marketplace next year, there will be counties that will have zero options. so here is what is happening under a law that is collapsing. premiums are going up and going up at a very, very fast clip.
options and choices are going down. so what we're seeing in america is people who have to go buy their own health insurance are getting far, far fewer choices, down to the point where they have one in one out of three counties in mark and the price they pay for that coverage is going up and up and up. take a look what's going on around the country. this just shows you a map of the premium increases just this year alone. minnesota, 59% increase in their health insurance premiums. pennsylvania, 53% increase in their health insurance premiums. tennessee, 63% increase in their health insurance premiums this year alone. over one year. alabama, 58%. oklahoma, 69% increase in their health insurance premiums. nebraska, 51% increase in their health insurance premiums. izona clocked in at a 116% increase in their health insurance premiums with obamacare.
here's what's happening. quote, obamacare is in a death spiral. it is not getting any better. it's getting worse. that's the c.e.o. of one of america's leading health insurance companies, aetna, said this just a couple weeks ago. what is a death spiral? it's a weird term. it's kind of gruesome if you ask me. a death spiral is a system in an insurance pool only sicker people who absolutely have to have the insurance buy it, and healthier people who want the insurance won't pay those really high prices because it's too expensive and they don't absolutely have to have it because they're healthy. in in any kind of pool typically you have a healthy paying premiums to subsidize that sick person, but the way they set up obamacare, it's not working that way. so only the people who must have health insurance, the oler and sicker person is buying it, it's cranking up the cost of the insurance so fast that the premiums are just spiral outing out of control and the
insurance companies are pulling out of the marketplace. it's a death spiral. it's literally and mathematically a collapsing in the insurance markets. that's what america is doing today. if we cyrimly did nothing, just washed our hands of it, if we in the majority party said, you know what, democrats gave us obamacare, let them live with it, the collateral damage in this country would be awful. more and more people would see even higher premium increases in 2018. more and more people would just see zero choices. we can't do that. the goal of health care reform has always been one we all share. the goal of health care reform is people get access to affordable coverage. our goal is use choice and competition, not government coercion and mandates. so here is what we propose. here is the american health care act, the bill that is moving through the committee process through regular order today, the bill that's going to take three weeks just to move through the house because we are following regular order.
lower costs. more choices, not less. patients in control. universal access to care. these are the four driving principles that we are focused on. lowering the costs, giving people more choices, having patients in control and universal access to care. let me walk you through how exactly we propose to do this. these are long-standing conservative principles that those of us who've been working in health care for about 20 years have been fighting for, dreaming about, working toward. now we have an opportunity to do that. how do we do this? first off, you have to repeal this law. you have to repeal the taxes in obamacare. it's $1 trillion in taxes in obamacare to make it hardtory make medical devices, that makes it harder to lower costs. the spending. the spending in obamacare is getting out of control. it's a debt explosion. more importantly, the way the system works, it's driving up the costs and the mandates. the mandates are arrogant and
paternalistic. it is the government at the federal level telling people, this is what you have to buy. it's going to be really expensive. you must do it. if you don't like it, tough. that's what the government is saying to americans today. so we get rid of the taxes, we get rid of the spending, we get rid of the mandates. the key thing that a lot of people want to know, when i do my listening sessions, when i talk to people with various diseases, advocacy groups, they want to know when they pass this the next day they are not going to lose their health insurance. that's not going to happen. we pass this law and the day after, americans who have insurance aren't going to lose it the day after. we need to have a stable transition to conservative health care reform, and that's what we're doing so that we do not pull the rug out from anybody who is enjoying some kind of coverage they have today. so we want to have a stable transition. a few of the points i think are really important, does this bring peace of mind to
americans that's concerned with all that's going on here is we want to protect those people with pre-existing conditions. we think that's very important. that's been a cornerstone of republican health care proposals all along. in 2009, i, along with congressman devin nunes, senator tom coburn, richard burr, offered the patients choice act. it was one of our alternatives to obamacare. again, like many other republican alternatives, we had an answer for people with pre-existing conditions and we have one here. all of our republican health care alternatives have always agreed with the idea of letting young people stay on their parents' plans until they were 26. what our goal is to do is to provide universal access to quality, affordable health care. here's another issue with obamacare. obamacare is not just the individual market that you think of the obamacare subsidies. it was also a taking over of the medicaid program. here's the problem with medicaid. medicaid is a program that is
washington controlled and it is done in such a way that it stops innovation and experimentation at the state level. it makes it harder for states to customize the medicaid population and the medicaid program to work for their particular states. and as a result, more and more doctors just don't take medicaid. i mean, what good is your coverage if you can't get a doctor? and that's a huge, growing problem with medicaid. medicaid is also growing at an unsustainable rate so this ballooning cost are threatening the very viability of the program and our fiscal future. so what we propose is to modernize the medicaid program. modernize the medicaid program along the lines that we as republicans have been talking about for years. i think it was ronald reagan in like the 1970's when he was governor who said the states should take over control of medicaid. every budget we have had as republicans, when i was budget chair writing my road maps to the path of prosperity, every one of our republican conservative budgets said let's give medicaid control back to
the states. in honor to the principle of federalism, give the states and the governors the freedom and flexibility to customize the care for their low-income populations how they think needs to occur. our problems in wisconsin are a whole lot different than the problems they have in new york or in nevada or in utah or california. so we propose more efficient spending, bring the strength on medicaid that's -- strength on medicaid that's sustainable and have a safety net to the most vulnerable. give local control to our states and governors so they can craft medicaid to work for their populations. how do you protect people with pre-existing conditions? i think this is probably one of the most important issues of them all. here is basically what happens today. under the current system, we have costs driving up. in the current system, options are going away. as i just described, choices are fleeting, prices are going up and under the current system, the thing about
obamacare is we are going to make everybody buy insurance at the federal government level, young people will go to the market to pay for the older, sicker people. the younger people will be made to buy health care and they will pay for the person who gets breast cancer in her 40's or gets heart disease in his 50's so take a look at this chart. the red slice here are what i call people with pre-existing conditions. people who have real health care problems. the blue is the rest of the people in the individual market. that's the market where people don't get health insurance of their jobs or they buy it themselves. the whole idea of obamacare is the people in the blue side pay for the people on the red side. the people who are healthy pay for the people who are sick. >> we'll leave this briefing with house speaker paul ryan at this point. coverage of the u.s. house continues online at c-span.org. the house returning for legislative work today. members expecting to consider lawsuit-related legislation.
asbestos lawsuits, class action lawsuits and the bill that would sanction lawyers if a judge finds they filed frivolous lawsuits. first votes of the day expected just after 1:00 p.m. eastern. there could be votes on motions to adjourn throughout the day. this is the house live on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. god of the universe, we give you thanks for giving us another day. we ask your blessing upon this assembly and upon all who call upon your name. send your spirit to fill their hearts with those divine gifts you have prepared for them. may your grace find expression in their compassion for the weak and poor among us. may your mercy encourage goodwill and all they