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be repealed in this central, lso, i'm in illinois, and i hear about all 300 or 400, 500 a month, what about people where i live, daughter including, paying $22,000. john, we have to end, the house is gavelling into session, now on erage begins c-span. ton, d.c. march 22, 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable randy hultgren to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of -- 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 in event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other an the majority and minority leaders
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and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes. mr. gutierrez: mr. speaker, i have smoken here before about the surge in demand for citizenship we're seeing in the fourth congressional district of illinois. thousands who are eligible are taking the step to become citizens because they feel threatened by preas and administration that does not seem to think that immigrants, refugees, muslims, or latino as human beings. the one way to protect oneself and family is apply for citizenship if they are eligible. some days they are lined up out the door of my office. so full are our daily appointments we had toe add a saturday citizen workshop to accommodate all the people. and we'll add more. at one workshop a couple weeks ago, staff and volunteers worked with families to fill out the paperwork, assemble all the evidence, and fees for the application. one day we had 260 people fill
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out their citizenship application. and i discovered something very important. people keep coming back to me and asking, what can i do to fight back? what can i do to help immigrant communities under siege by president trump and president ban none and all the rest -- bannon and alt rest of the people who want to drive immigrants out of the country. i told them they could help others apply for citizenship and came in droves. hipsters with funky facial hair. women with pink hats. environmental and lgbtq activists, union members, and plain old folks from my district who are not themselves immigrants but feel a solidarity with immigrants in their community. you know what? this new group after getting a little training sat for a few hours with immigrant families going over their histories, stories. their reasons for being here and their reasons for applying for a u.s. citizenship. and they were pretty good at filling out government forms. they formed a bond. they got to know each other.
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they were helping each other accomplish a mutual goal which is standing up to xenophobia and the trump-bannon erra. the citizens and applicants to become citizens are both worried about republicans taking away their health care and eliminating the environmental laws that have made the water we drink anti-air we breathe so much safer. they worry about where women and girls will get health care services in cities like chicago if trump and his buddies defund planned parenthood. what happens after the courts are stacked with judges who are so out of step with the modern era on gender and civil rights, consumer protection, women's health, and any of the other issues people care about. anyone who walked out of that citizenship workshop where 260 new citizenship applications were completed felt a sense of community and interconnectedness with one another. now, it is sad to report that thousands of my constituents can't spend a saturday morning applying for citizenship. many of them are at legal
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clinics or law offices filling out papers to address the very fear that they will lose their homes, their savings, their family if trump's depore tation force knocks on their door. they are filling out by the thousands power of attorney documents and child custody papers in case they are grabbed off the street, in their homes, or worse yet, in their places of worship. it is heartbreaking. members and dads -- moms and dads are making decisions about who their kids will go to live with if they get picked up and deported. which relative, neighbor, or older sibling will be in charge if mom and dad are taken away? believe me these kids know what's going on. the five million, five million u.s. citizens who have parents at risk of deportation know that their government is a threat to their safety and their security. their own government could come to the door and up end their lives at any moment and their parents are preparing for the worst. it is the humanity, the love,
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they are striving for a better life that comes through in these parents who want what is best for their children and what was unavailable to them in some far off contry. these are very real people who have no legal avenues that allow them to live and work here legally. who have no options other than to hide or leave. who have been cut off from fully integrating into our society as citizens because congress has been fighting over immigration reform. these are the people that bannon and sessions and king have been working together for years to get out of what they call their country. so that our erratic new president can point to deportations and say he's making america great again. what is clear from the citizenship surge is that all those who want to help is that america is not only great, not only kind, is not only dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, but that they are americans and those who want to be americans willing to stand up and resist
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when leaders take us in the wrong direction. mr. speaker, you will see millions of americans and aspiring americans marching together in american sitcies across -- cities across our great nation on may 1, and when you do you will see this bond and shared humanity coming may 1. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, for five minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to discuss two foreign policy areas that are important to our nation, our region, and to my sit stithcy in south florida. cuba and venezuela are two countries in our hemisphere who suffer under dictatorships and avowed enemies of the united states. in my native homeland of cuba, we have seen human rights violations on the rise ever since the u.s. concessions to the astro regime in december,
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2014. one example is the case of dr. eduardo of cuba, pictured here. he is a medical doctor and a leader of the christian liberation movement who was savagely beaten in frovent his wife and two children and has been in imprisoned since november, 2016. just days ago, he was sentenced to three years in prison. he is condemned and sentenced because he is the voice for change and a respected human rights leader. the truth is that he has been imprisoned because he is willing and has been doing it to tell anyone who would listen that the cuban people do not approve of the castro regime. for not supporting this vial castro dictatorship, and speaking out against his cruelty and abuses, he was sentenced to three years. mr. speaker, we cannot stand idly by as more and more pro-democracy leaders are being beaten and arrested on the island. the president and his new
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administration have committed to reversing some of the damage inflicted by the previous administration on the cause of freedom and democracy in cuba. our policy in cuba should send a strong message throughout the hem atmosphere that the united states -- hemisphere that the united states will no longer remain silent on these atrocities. it is well-known that hubea has exposed -- exported -- cuba has exported its barbaric tactics in other countries in the emisphere, namely venezuela. the venezuelan people believe that there is no justice in their land. they believe that there is no respect for law in their country. and they are right. what about their economy? well, according to the international monetary fund, inflation in venezuela last year was around 800%.
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800%. and the inflation projection for this year is 1,600%. this is not sustainable, mr. speaker. especially when press reports are so visual when they show that venezuela -- venezuelan people are scavenging for food, they don't have any money, and they are leaving their country in order to find food. venezuela has only a little over $10 billion worth of foreign reserves, but yet it owes $7 billion in outstanding debt payments. this tells us, mr. speaker, that we have sadly not yet hit rock bottom in venezuela and the situation will get worse. which is why it is so important that we begin the process to bring democratic reforms to the country now in order to prevent a larger crisis that is looming in the future. one way to achieve this, mr. speaker, is to impose sanctions on human rights violators. mr. speaker, more targeted
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sanctions against those individuals who are responsible for the famine anti-human rights violations that are ongoing in venezuela are desperately needed. let's examine some of the individuals who i believe should be on the list. irst off, we have an individual months who used the kangaroo courts and ratified the unjust sentence against a political prisoner. and how is he rewarded by the regime? he was appointed to be the president of the supreme justice tribunal. just afalling, next up, marko is a venezuelan minister of food. let's examine his awful track record. the food shortages in venezuela are rampant. it is difficult for the people to feed themselves or their families. to make matters worse, mr. speaker, press reports indicate that venezuelans are eating from trash in the street just to survive. the venezuelan people deserve better. next we have jose sosa, this
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gent right here. he's the director of the military prison. this it character is responsible for the inhumane treatment and abusive tactics against human rights activist lopez. and lastly, susanna barrios. in 2015 she was the judge of the 2812 circuit court of caracas who was the one who originally unjustly sentenced lopez to jail. we must provide a voice for those whose rights continue to be trampled and take swift and decisive actions such as imposing sanctions on all of these regime officials and many more who facilitate those abuses. when it comes to the tyrannies in cuba and venezuela, mr. speaker, we must have a clear vision and a clear understanding of the nature of these rogue regimes that do not respect the rule of law, do not respect freedom of expression, and do not respect any kind of human dignity. thank you for the time, mr.
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speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin for five minutes. mr. pocan: thank you, mr. speaker. when queen helen of sparta was abducted by the trojan prince, helen's jilted hubs convinced his brother, a greek king torques lead and expetition to rethreeve her. he was accompanied by a fleet of more than 1,000 ships and they crossed the see and demanded her return. the seas punctuated by all sorts of battles and skirmishes lasted more than 10 years until one die he had a bright idea. let's build a really massive wooden horse, pretend like we have given up and sail our fleet behind some island, but about 30 of us will hide inside the horse and we'll have someone tell the trojans it's a difficulty to athena, the goddess of war, and they'll haul it into their city. when they are asleep, we'll all sneak out, even the dates for everybody else and totally kill everybody in the city.
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and that's the legend of the trojan horse. so what is the moral of that story and why am i reciting greek lore on the floor of congress today? well, because history has a way of repeating itself. today we have our own trojan horse, a so-called g.o.p. health care bill, trumpcare, that professes to be about health care but in reality is a trojan horse to give tax breaks to the wealthiest in the contry. let's take a serious look at t we're told it's the replacement to the affordable care act, a bill that is offered insurance to over 20 million people in this country. that replacement is supposed to fix the problems of the affordable care act and ensure health care for everyone as promise the by president trump. but the covert part of trumpcare was he got busted last week when the congressional budget office, our nonpartisan agency that evaluates bills, said that in reality the bill does little to improve health care, in fact it said 24 million people would lose access to health care not gain it.
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and it said older americans would pay more for health insurance than under the affordable care act and get fewer subsidies and the more people on medicaid would lose access to health care as well. so how can a supposed health care bill actually reduce health care? well, when it's only a pretend health care bill. and what else did the c.b.o. say? they said this bill also includes almost $600 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals in our country, insurance companies, and big phrma. and it gets worse. those tax cuts for the wealthy, just how bad are they? the 400 richest families in the country making more than $300 million a year, will get an annual tax cut of $7 million each. so charles koch and betsy devos get $7 million a year. while a retired farm in janesville, responsible responsible, earning $26,000 a year, may have to pay $14,600 for the same health care she got under the affordable care
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act but the old cost was only about $1,700. 50% increase so the richest can bank billions of the the c.b.o. said another tax cut in trumpcare provides about $275 billion in tax breaks that only the top 2% of americans can get. while 98% of us will never see a dime. . insurance get a tax break of $145 billion. drug companies $25 billion and medical device companies get break of about $20 billion. that's almost $600 billion worth of tax cuts for the wealthy. and what do we get? less health care for more money. that's not a serious health care alternative. that's a tax cut for the wealthy disguised as health care and you and i get to foot the bill. that's what's called a trojan horse. and you have to be especially
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careful these days because trojans are only used when you get -- well, the same thing this bill will do to america, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, is recognized for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, recently the house education and work force subcommittee on early elementary and secondary education hosted a hearing to discuss the state of career in technical education in america as well as changes that can be made to strengthen c.t.e. and better prepare students of all ages for the work force. one of the biggest challenges facing career in technical education is the stigma associated with it. through the years we've seen wrong-headed claims that students involved in trades lacked ambition. those misplaced assumptions are slowly subsiding but not soon
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enough. c.t.e. has established itself as a path that many high-achieving students choose in pursuit of industry certification and hands on skills that they can use right out of high school in training programs or in college. we heard from micro, television host of the popular show "dirty jobs." mike shared his experience as a young student who didn't know what career path he wanted to follow so he looked no further than his local community college. his eyes were open to hundreds of courses that he could afford to study and mike said, quote, that experience opened doors i didn't even know existed, but that same experience is precisely what thousands of kids are discouraged from pursuing every year, end quotes. mr. speaker, the reality is a huge gap exists in communities nationwide. there are jobs out there.
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good family-sustaining jobs, but the unemployed or underemployed are either ill-prepared or lack the appropriate training to fill these vacancies. the answer to this problem starts with career in technical education. that is why last congress i introduced strengthening career in technical education for the 21st century act. this bill, which passed the house in the fall by a vote of 405-5, aimed to close the skills gap by modernizing the federal investment in career in technical education programs and connecting educators with industry stakeholders. the job creators. now, i look forward to reintroducing similar legislation with my career in technical education caucus co-chair, congressman jim langevin from rhode island, later this month. during the hearing mike roe described naysayers viewing a job in the trades as a, quote, vocational consolation prize,
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end quotes. well, mr. speaker, nothing could be further from the truth. we must change this stigma, this bias and help encourage american students to study a career that they're interested in and that they're passionate about. the list is endless with career in technical education, and the jobs are out there. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania yields back. the gentleman from california, mr. ruiz, is recognized for five minutes. mr. ruiz: today i celebrate the birth of my twin daughters, sky and sage. they turn 2 years old. happy birthday, sky. happy birthday, sage. you both have made your mom, monica, and me very, very happy. because of you both, i'm the happiest man on earth. we love you very much and i miss you very much when i'm here in the people's house and you're in california in our
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family's house. the best feelings in the world are when i get home after a long week here and you two girls run up to me with my open arms and you run into my arms and screaming, daddy, daddy daddy. i'll never forget those moments -- screaming daddy, daddy, daddy. i'll never forget those moments. you see, my daughters mean the world to me and my daughters' future and their health mean the world to me. and now more than ever i want to protect health care for sky and sage and for the millions f americans across our great nation. i am an emergency physician, and i've spent my career caring for patients across the nation from boston to pittsburgh and to the cochella valley where i -- coachella valley where i grew up and where i live. far too many didn't have health insurance and i've seen
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firsthand what it means for people when they don't have health coverage and can't afford care. i know what the uninsured patients look like. they're the senior who comes in with emphysema and having to be int baited and put into a respiratory machine because they didn't have health insurance to see a doctor. it's the diabetic who comes in a diabetic coma and spends two months in the i.c.u. because they couldn't afford their insulin and they couldn't see their doctor or that 60-year-old farm worker who had urinary problems and lower back pains which scares me he might have prostrate cancer to the lumbar spine and when asked when he saw a doctor he said six years because that's when he lost his health insurance. you see, this republican plan should be called the pain and suffering act or the pay more for less act because that's what it will do. this will add 15 million more
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uninsured people in a year and 24 million more over the next decade. we need to move beyond the republican hyperpartisan ideology and listen to patients and their concerns and my patients in the emergency department ask me two of the most common questions which are, am i going to be ok, and, how much is this going to cost me? i have never cared for an uninsured patient who chose to be uninsured. they didn't have health insurance because they couldn't afford it and that includes the young healthy patient who was an unfortunate car accident and was left paralyzed. i never met a doctor who preferred their patients to be uninsured, and yet we know that the republican bill's age tax, huge cuts to medicaid will reduce coverage and make millions more uninsured, increase costs of uncompensated care while giving tax breaks to millionaires and raising out-of-pocket costs and raising premiums and deductibles. the age tax is astronomical.
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the c.b.o. said that a senior at the age of 60 making about $26,000 would have to pay about $14,000 in premiums. that's nearly half of their income, leaving only little for food and housing and their other needs. this bill also will make it harder for doctors and hospitals to care for patients due to the medicaid block granting and the cuts. that's why the american medical association, the american hospital association, the aarp and many major provider organizations oppose this bill because they also know firsthand the harm it would cause to patients. that is why aarp opposes this bill, because they know the harm it's going to cause to the elderly in our nation. now, do paul ryan and president trump really know more about patient care and providing care
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than doctors, nurses, hospitals? do they know more about taking care of seniors than the aarp? no. e need to end this hyperpartisan, ideological charade that puts the cost of health care on the shoulders of working families in order to give tax breaks to multimillionaires. we need to come together as one body to provide true health care, reduce the health care costs for millions of americans and provide much care that is needed. thank you very much, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from alabama, mrs. roby, for five minutes. mrs. roby: thank you, mr. speaker. seven years ago this week in this chamber, the house gave final passage to the affordable care act, better known as obamacare. i wasn't in congress then.
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many of us weren't, but for my fellow conservatives here today, that vote seven years ago marked a decision point, a moment of affirmation to answer the call to public service and to help chart a better way for this country. and for seven years we have made the case against obamacare . as the law has been implemented, that case has largely been made for us. millions have been forced to weigh from the health care plan and doctor they liked despite being told the contrary. despite being told o's. this year alone in alabama -- despite being told otherwise. this year alone in alabama, health care is rising 58%. that's already on top of the steep increases in the past two years. our average deductible for the affordable -- the supposedly affordable bronze plan is now $6,000. i've heard from countless constituents about the negative impact of obamacare. i've listened to their stories
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about how higher costs and fewer choices have made it that much harder to keep their families healthy and make ends meet. and in response, i made a promise, the same promise that president trump and every conservative in congress has made over and over -- give us the majority in the house and the senate, give us a republican in the white house and we will repeal obamacare and replace it with reforms that work. so mr. speaker, i'm pleased that we are finally in a position to deliver on that promise. the voters gave us what we asked of them and it's only right that we keep our end of the bargain. with the american health care act we begin the process of repealing obamacare once and for all. this bill dismantles the taxes, mandates and entitlement spending that make up the core of obamacare. it cuts taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, insurance premiums
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and medical devices. it eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties that have forced millions into expensive, inadequate plans. it replaces the obamacare entitlement with refundable tax credits so that people who don't receive insurance through work can put their own tax dollars toward a health plan of their choice. mr. speaker, many ask -- many people have asked why our plan to repeal and replace obamacare is a process. why is this bill only one step and not the full package? it's an understandable question. for the last several years, americans have been sold the false hope that government has a magic wand with which they can solve all problems. the truth is, of course, that it can't. it never can and the only proof you need is obamacare itself. that's why congressional republicans and the trump administration are taking a
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completely different approach than president obama and the democrats -- the approach they used seven years ago. instead of claiming we need to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it, we have worked in a transparent way. the bill has been posted online for three weeks. it's gone through three separate committee markups and will come to the house floor in regular order. instead of one giant bill, like obamacare, we are using a more responsible three-step process. first, we'll repeal obamacare with all its taxes, mandates and spending through budget reconciliation. next, the trump administration will use its executive authority to weed out the more intory indicate obamacare policies -- intricate obamacare policies one by one to stabilize and lower costs. finally, congress will move forward to address legislation addressing more specific policies such as allowing
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individuals to purchase insurance across state lines. i believe this will ultimately lead to better, more stable health care policy that empowers patients, increases choices and lowers cost. mr. speaker, no bill is perfect. i'm sure if every member of this body came up with their ideal health reform bill, they'd each be pretty different. it's supposed to be that way because we all represent different districts and different parts of the country with different needs. there may well be some changes made here in the house or in the senate that can make the bill better. that's part of the process, and i certainly remain open to those. but mr. speaker, i'm confident, i am confident this bill puts us on a path toward lower costs and better care and away from government-controlled health insurance. it represents our opportunity to undo the damage of obamacare
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and help american families like we said we would. for seven years, we have been promising and this is our chance to deliver. i urge my colleagues to support the american health care act and send it to the senate and get us one step closer to delivering on our promise. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from texas, ms. johnson, is recognized for five minutes. . ms. johnson: mr. speaker, the american health care act, the trumpcare, does one simple thing. this shortsighted republican plan forces americans to pay more to get less. it is nothing more than a tax break for the wealthiest at the expense of the most vulnerable. today joining every major responsible group for providing health care to americans, including the american hospital
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association, the aarp, the national physicians alliance, the american medical association, and the association of american physicians and surgeons. the national nurses united. a group representing over 150,000 registered nurses wrote to congress urging us to oppose he american health care act. registered nurses care for americans in their most difficult hours. but my first breath of life to our final. nurses are integral in the delivery of health care in our country. more than any other profession, nurses see the personal effect of a flawed health care system and the hospital -- in the hospital every single day. i know, mr. speaker, because i was the first former registered nurse in the house. i have a firsthand and valuable perspective and insight nurses
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have into our health care system. we should take their he'd -- heed alongside the public outcry about the danger of this so-called replacement bill. these are not paid protestors going to town hall meetings across this contry. these are our constituents -- country. these are our constituents participating democratically but telling their representative they want to keep and improve the current law, not repeal and replacement -- replace. this proposed plan replaces nothing for the 24 million americans who would lose coverage as a result of this ill derived legislation. in my district alone, president obama's affordable health care act brought the uninsured rate own from 27.3 to 20.8, and insured over 265,000 individuals who did not have coverage before. while the main safety net
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provider in my district, parkland hospital, provided $1 billion in uncompensated care in 2015. parkland anti-other safety net providers face severe financial burdens in the house g.o.p. proposal. one of my main concerns with this bill is that it punishes people who get their coverage through medicaid by capping and slashing the program. with 70 million americans and 5.2 million texans who currently rely on medicaid per capital kept on the program would meet not the needs of the population and the people would suffer. people would live or die as a result of our decisions here on this floor, mr. speaker. there is no reason for the republican leadership to rush this legislation without careful consideration. including the input of those who actually provide health
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care. we need to listen to our constituents, our nurses, our doctors, our long-term care aids, -- aides, and our hospitals. we must listen to the people. this bill will force americans to pay more for their premiums, more for their care, more for their medicines, more out of pocket expenses and deductibles. all the while giving tax breaks directly to the wealthy. i urge my colleagues to consider the harmful effects of this bill. your constituents are asking you to work with us to repair the affordable care act and we're ready to work. mr. speaker, i would ask permission to put this correspondent -- corresponds from the national nurses united into the record. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman from texas yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kentucky, mr. corme, for five minutes. mr. comber: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i rise to pay special recognition to the camelsville university lady tigers women's basket team upon making the entire commonwealth of kentucky proud with another successful college basket season. the lady tigers finished with a 28-7 record and appeared in their second naic fab four round in three years. in their final four game in billings, montana, against oklahoma city, two girls from my home county of monroe had career highlights. madison hit six three-pointers and lauren turner, had nine assists. the camelsville university lady tigers are also coached by monroe county girl, ginger kohl vin. the camelsville lady tigers have been one of the most dominant college girls basketball programs in the naia over the past 20 years. camelville university is one of
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kentucky's finest educational institutions and i'm very proud that camelville is in the first congressional district of contract c thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. kennedy, for five minutes. mr. kennedy: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, a few months ago a woman from my district walked into my office and told me about her daughter. a young lady diagnosed with acute mental illness at just 4 years of age. a decade later, the stories that that young mom shared would break your heart. stories of countless e.r. visits endless fights with insurers and courts. her little girl being boarded at a hospital for 21 days while they searched up and down the east coast to find a bed where she could stay. at 14 years old, she's now
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spent half her life in residential care. but it was how her mother ended that story that stuck with me. she looked me in the eyes and told me that, quote, compared i know, we have been lucky. mr. speaker, that is not luck. a mental health system so broken it's hard to recognize. and how our republican colleagues followed up in response? they have offered a piece of legislation that is one of the largest assaults on our mental health system in recent history. the g.o.p. repeal bill will remove guaranteed behave yorble health coverage for everyone covered under the medicaid expansion. it will abandon those suffering from substance abuse disorder to fend for themselves in a country ravaged by opioid abuse.
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forcing countless people to choose between getting treatment and keeping their job. it will help insurers skirt laws that require them to treat the mentally ill fairly. it will send out-of-pocket costs soaring for the most vulnerable among us. mr. speaker, one in five americans today suffer from mental illness. these brave men and women and their families that love them deserve more than the cheap luck of a broken system. they deserve more than empty rhett trick of a -- rhetoric of a bill that might cover or could cover the costs they need. they deserve an ironclad commitment from their government that we will have their back. this bill does not do that. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. delauro, for five minutes. ms. delauro: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore:
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without objection, the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, the health care plan supported by president trump and speaker and ill raise premiums deductibles. let's tell the truth here on the floor of the house of representatives. it will raise premiums and deductibles. it will throw millions off of their insurance. it will shift the cost of health care to the states who are fiscally strapped today, causing a rationing of care at the state level. and, yes, it will cover less and less people and raise the insecurity that people have today about whether or not if they get an illness or someone in their family does, as to whether or not they are going to have health care coverage. the result is that working people, older americans, will
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pay more. in fact, with older americans, it will impose an age tax. and the irony of this is is that working people and older americans are going to be paying for the tax breaks in this bill. tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. i will explain. the nonpartisan congressional budget office recently estimated that 14 million americans will lose coverage in 2018. 24 million americans will loose their insurance coverage by 2026. n my state of connecticut, 220 ,300 individuals are projected to lose their health insurance by 2026. and again, older americans will be hit the hardest. they will see their premiums spike.
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yes, it is an age tax. and the reckless cuts in this bill rob -- in addition to this, it robs the medicare trust fund which people rely on of over $170 billion. shortening the life of that trust fund by years. long-term care that older americans rely on will be hurt. as well as folks who are disabled and children will be hurt as well. over the next 10 years, and again these are not my numbers, but the joint committee on taxation estimates that two of the tax breaks in the repeal ll will provide $275 billion in tax cuts to individuals who have an income over $200,000. nd nearly $190 billion will go to tax cuts for health
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insurance companies. do we believe that they are hurting? it is also going to provide a tax break for drug companies, for pharmaceutical companies. are they hurting today? no. they are reaping profits every single day. and as the case with medical device manufacturers as well. while the wealthiest americans and corporations reap the benefits of this trump bill and million roughly 160 households with incomes below that $200,000 level, they will pay for the repeal of these taxes. i have heard from thousands of my constituents about how the affordable care act has positively impacted their lives. i have submitted testimony for the record from women in my district who depend on the affordable care act to manage life threatening illnesses, get back to work, get the mental health services that they need.
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and you just think of that injustice when i think about nikisha who i spoke to just two weeks ago. she has an auto immune disease and i regret to say that this has put her life in danger. but she now has the protection because she is no longer threatened by pre-existing conditions. and she said and in her words, i will die without the affordable care act. we have a moral obligation not to let her or others down. we have an obligation to older americans and to the middle class of this country, to working people. the affordable care act needs to be changed in critical ways. premiums and deductibles are way too high and are putting too much strain on families who
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barely make enough to live on. we know that. because their wages have not kept waste paste with rising costs. there is not enough competition in the marketplaces. but you know instead of repealing the affordable care act, we should be working our hearts out to make the big fixes that are necessary. that, my friend, that starts with defeating this wrong-headed bill. i thank you. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from florida, mr. larson, is recognized for five minutes. -- lawson is recognized for five minutes. the republican plan to repeal and replace the
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affordable care act is an exercise in smoke and mirrors. the proposal would give tax breaks to wealthy americans while burdening hardworking families with higher health care costs. e republican plan allows for soaring new health care costs for our seniors and shore yetening the life of the medicare trust fund, engaging seniors and disabled americans who depend on medicare coverage. . the nonpartisan congressional budget office estimates that if the republican's proposal became law of the land, some 14 million people will be without health care insurance in 2018, and up to 24 million could lose their health care coverage by the year 2026. the c.b.o. also found that average premiums for people
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buying insurance on their own will be 15% to 20% higher in 2018, and 2019, that would be under current law. in my home district, the uninsured rate has gone from 18.7% to 14.9% since the affordable care act was implemented. and 34,000 people have purchased coverage thanks to the a.c.a. those people are now at risk of losing their health care coverage if the republican plan becomes law. this is completely unacceptable to floridians. we know that the affordable care act is not a perfect law, and there is a lot of room for improvement. that is what we should focus on
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in congress right now, coming together to figure out ways to bring down health care costs, stabilizing the market and get access to to health care, the needs they deserve. we need to put aside the partisan bickering, roll up our sleeves and get to work. it's a sad day in america when members of congress are unable to come together to do what is right for the american people. i will continue to fight to ensure that floridians with pre-existing conditions don't have to worry about losing their health care and that young adults with stay on their family's insurance until they reach age 26. i urge my colleagues to remember that no roads or bridges were built by democrats or republicans.
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no wars were ever won by democrats or republicans. from social security to medicare to putting a man on the moon and tearing down the berlin wall, none of these missions in our history was accomplished by one particular political party. they are the results of public servants coming together to solve the great challenge of our times, and that is a challenge that lies before us. we must find a way to come together to make meaningful progress for the american people. thank you for this opportunity, mr. speaker, and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, for five minutes. i thank the speaker
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for yielding. . speaker, president trump and speaker ryan have said that the affordable care act that we have now is a disaster, that it's a calamity, and there are problems with it. for some people on some plans, premiums are too high. so what do the republicans want to do? raise the premiums. for some people on some plans, deductibles are too high. what do the republicans want to do? make the deductibles much higher. let's get away from the rhetoric of getting rid and look at the bill. raising premiums, raise the deductibles. they say that people will still be able to -- that people will not be disqualified for pre-existing conditions.
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you'll still be able to get insurance. ah, but not if you let your coverage lapse for six months. if you are laid off from your job and you lose your insurance, and six months later you get insurance, no. you're going to have to pay a 30% higher premium in order to get covered. that's not -- their guarantee is worth nothing. what does this bill do, the bill that we're going to be voting on? this bill would throw 24 million people off of coverage. 24 million americans would lose the health care, the security of mind they have now. this bill would destroy about two million jobs. this bill would force families to pay higher costs, higher premiums, higher deductibles. the congressional budget office, the nonpartisan congressional budget office estimates that a 50-year-old or
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60-year-old person making $26,000 who, under obamacare, is paying after the subsidies, out of pocket $1,700 a year for health insurance will under this new bill, this republican bill, after the appropriate subsidies that that bill will give, will pay not $1,700 but 14,000 on a pretax income of $26,000. so this bill will increase costs, throw 24 million people off of coverage and impose an age tax. people above 50 years old will have to pay five times as much as younger people for insurance, a very crushing age tax. and why? why do this? because, they say, people need more freedom to choose their own health care. people don't need more freedom to choose their own health care. they need better health care. they need coverage.
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they need security. they need coverage that will take care of their health needs at low cost. that's what they need. the obamacare, the existing bill that we have, the affordable care act act, gives them that. not as well as it should. we should make improvements to it, but it's not an improvement to throw 24 million people off coverage, increase the costs d institute a crushing age tax. why? to give a tax cut to the four richest families in the united states. this bill will be the largest transfer of wealth from low to middle income -- mostly middle-income people to the top 1% in american history. and let me just address one last thing. people being bribed to vote for -- people are being bribed to vote for this bill. provisions are being put in the bill to say, hey, if you vote for this bill, you will
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benefit. your state will benefit. ok. nothing wrong with that. it's been done before. except let's take a look at one of those bribes, the so-called new york bribe. new york, along with 15 other states, takes advantage of a -- or utilizes a provision in the law that's always been in the law since 1965, medicaid, in which the state share of medicaid is borne partially by the state and partially by local governments. 16 states have elected to do that. this bill says that new york state, only, will be prohibited from sharing the burden of medicaid with local governments. so $2.3 billion will be shifted from various local governments onto the state taxpayers except for new york city. our state counties will lose their share. new york city will have to keep it. the state will have to bear the burden. so it's a $2.3 billion increase
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for state taxpayers. now, some republicans, eight republicans, we are told, from upstate new york are going to vote for this bill just because of that. they don't like the bill in other respects but because of that provision, which will relieve some of the burden from local counties, they are going to vote for the bill and they say so. representative collins said so. he would vote for that bill. he got a number of other people to agree. that's why the provision is in the bill. ok. but it's not going to happen. it's flatly unconstitutional. they're selling their votes for something that's never going to happen and that's just wrong. this bill should not be approved. it is a sellout to the people of the entire country. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. nadler: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida, ms. castor, is recognized for five minutes. mr. stor: thank you, speaker. i'm here today on the floor of the house to speak out on behalf of my neighbors back
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home in the state of florida. i represent a district in the tampa bay area, and let me tell you, they are very concerned about the impact of this republican health care bill. what we know about the bill so far, based upon the report of the nonpartisan congressional budget office, is that the republican bill will rip coverage away from at least 24 million americans. this is at a time when we've made such progress since the adoption of the affordable care act. under the affordable care act, about 20 million americans have gained coverage, including about 1.7 million of my neighbors in florida that went shopping on health and found an affordable -- and found an affordable option. the republican bill will take us backwards. it would also impose huge cost increases on everyone, and let me tell you, most people in
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america have their insurance through their employer. and under the affordable care act, -- it hasn't been perfect -- and under the affordable care act -- it hasn't been perfect -- what we've seen in the state of florida from 2010 to 2016, those that have insurance through their jobs have been kept in check. the increase has been 1.3%. before the adoption of the affordable care act, the rate of increase was well over 8%. why is this happening? if you have insurance through your job, you want other people to have insurance coverage. that's very important because if more americans don't have insurance coverage, they show up in the emergency room and that cost is passed along to those who have coverage or those on medicare or the hospital has to take on bad debt or local governments have to raise taxes to cover that care. but under this republican bill,
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hold onto your wallet because that insurance coverage now will be unaffordable for millions more americans. if you have insurance through your job, like most people do, you're now going to end up picking up the cost of people that can no longer afford coverage. if you're a little bit older, easing into medicare, maybe you're 50 to 64, hold onto your wallet. there is a huge age tax in this republican bill, and i'll give you an example from a neighbor of mine back home. her name is cathy palmer. she lives in tampa. she works two part-time jobs. she works for an accountant. it's a small business. they cannot afford to provide insurance through their small business. she is also working to get her accountancy. two part-time jobs. she's age 60. she's going to school to get a
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degree. she has a teenager in high school. she couldn't afford insurance coverage before the affordable care act. when the affordable care act was adopted, she could go shopping on and get some tax credit help to help afford coverage. here's what happened to cathy in december. she had heart pains. she thought she was having a heart attack. she went to the emergency room of one of our great local hospitals. thank goodness she did not have a heart attack. she almost had a heart attack, however, when she got the hospital bill later. the hospital bill was $70,000. that would bankrupt her, but fortunately she had coverage through the affordable care act on and ultimately what she paid on that emergency room bill was only $179. this story is repeated over and over again.
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and i simply do not understand why my republican colleagues think it is wise to make coverage unaffordable and increase costs on all americans. mr. speaker, the other part of this bill that's kind of flying under the radar but is quite insidious and rather unconscionable is the hatchet it takes to the 50-year guarantee that's provided to americans under medicaid. medicaid serves our neighbors with alzheimer's. it pays for about 2/3 of the cost of long-term care in skilled nursing. the cost of care for the disabled. many children. many pregnant women. it's been the law for about 50 years to ensure that in the united states of america if you have a child born with a complex medical condition or you have a parent or grandparent that has to go into a nursing home that your family is not going to be impoverished. that's a valued decision we made 50 years ago, and in this
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bill, the republican leadership intends to go back on our values and pull the rug out from under our families who rely on medicaid services. they say, oh, the states will be able to do this. the states will have all the flexibility in the world. well, flexibility is a canard for they are going to have less and we are going to ration care. mr. speaker, i urge my republican colleagues, pull this build. build affordable coverage. build on the cost savings that we've made and the progress we've made for these families. i yield back my time. . soup the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, for five minutes. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, let me thank you for giving meet opportunity to once again express my opposition to the repeal and replace health care bill before us. it's my position that health care ought to be a right and not a privilege.
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especially in a country where we have the skill, the knowledge, and the throg -- technology to provide it. medicare and medicaid opened up new opportunities for health care. for seniors and large numbers of lower income poor people in this country in the mid 1960's. as a matter of fact, before medicaid and medicare, some of them had never, ever been able to acguire any professional medical help. as a matter of fact, they lived ff remedies and concoxes and things that they learned how to put together. now we come along with some help, medicare, medicaid. now the next big move was the affordable care act.
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which was a long time coming. but it helped us move to the point where more than 20 million people were able to get health insurance who had never had it before. whose only outlet was to go to the emergency room of public hospitals. and oftentimes sit sometimes for two or three days before they got service, before they got attention. now here we come with something talking about repealing it. taking it away. how could we possibly want to go backwards? back to where millions of ople are wondering every day whether or not they are going to be able to go to the doctor
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and get service if they are sick. so i say to my colleagues, especially those who have never had the experience of knowing hundreds of people with no care no, have, let's say no, no. forward ever, backwards never. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. schakowsky, for five minutes. ms. schakowsky: thank you, mr. speaker. seven years ago today that the affordable care act passed. and changed the lives of so many millions of americans who previously couldn't get health care. but i think we knew even at the time that a big bill like this, a transformative piece of legislation like this, over time would require some
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changes. just as social security and medicare have done. the truth of the matter is for seven years as we heard republicans campaigning about what was happening said let's sit down together as members of congress, representatives of the people, and fix what we've got and build on the things that have made it possible for all these millions of people to have not only health care but better health care. instead of what we heard over and over again is repeal obamacare. repeal obamacare. and i kind of feel like today what we have because they said that then they feel like they have to fulfill a promise but if you look at what they are offering, it really hurts so many americans. what i hope the american people will understand that the so-called repeal and replace bill raises the cost of
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premiums and out-of-pocket costs. people are going to pay more. and get less. 24 million people, that's just a start. tends up being some 50 million people -- it ends up being some 350 million people after some years will lose their coverage all together. and it represents the single largest transfer of wealth to the top richest americans and corporations. we're talking about $600 billion in tax relief. not a lot of talk about that. but in many ways this is a tax cut for the richest being masked as a health care bill. and finally, i want to really focus in on what we call the age tax. right before i was a senior citizen myself, i have worked with older americans in the state of illinois where i'm from and here in congress as
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well. so what is this age tax? this bill says that people who are between the age of 50 -- not very old, and 64, in other will be -compared, allowed -- preer medicare, will be a -- pre-medicare, will be allowed to be charged five times more than young people for their health care. it allows the states even to go more than five times more for their health care. it will lower the subsidies. so as has been said many times, here's just an example. if you're 64 years old with an income of around $26,500, which by the way is the median income for people that age, certainly not a wealthy person, would pay under this bill, the republican
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premiums. 00 for think of that. as compared to $1,700 today. $12, of 12 so it's not surprising that the congressional budget office predicts that many of those people will simply have to give up their health care. so this is a group, the reason they want to charge them more, is to entice younger people who will then pay lower premiums to actually get on the program. we're all for that. we want to make sure that young people get on. but people who are 50 to 64 are very likely, or more likely than young people, to have health care issues. so it's absolutely no wonder that so many organizations and forces are lining up in the
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united states to oppose this bill. the american medical association, the doctors, and all the different subgroups of doctors, have written letters saying no to this repeal and replace. the american hospital association, not only urban hospitals and hospitals in medically underserved areas, rural hospitals could go under. we're -- the aarp, 35 million members strong, is absolutely dead set. they are running ads, some people may have seen them on television, against this legislation. the american nurses association conservative think tanks are against it. and many members of congress are against it. and for good reason. one of our republican senators said, to house republicans, don't walk the plank. and i would suggest they take
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that advice and vote no. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from illinois yields back the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. gates, for five minutes. mr. gates: thank you, mr. speaker. the repeal and replacement of obamacare is about keeping promises. and being worthy of the american people's trust. we, for the third time, in american history, have unified republican-control of the government. a republican in the white house. republican control of the house of representatives. and of the senate. in the last five campaigns one out of every four ads was about health care. it is our turn to lead. here's what we know. obamacare today is failing. it's failing to meet the promises that were made that people could keep their doctor or keep their plan. it's failing to be affordable for those who see rising premiums, rising deductibles. no choices. no health care at all. and limited access. and so as republicans leading in this chamber, we're on a
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rescue mission to save the american people from this disaster and replace this law with something that works. gets us away from government centered health care, we believe in ownership societies where you ought to be able to own your own health care plan, own your own decision abouts education and how you choose to prosper. today the rules committee is contemplating amendments that should excite conservatives with generational changes that will unlock the potential of this great country. state flexibility. for the first time we really seat option for states like mine in florida to step up and say we don't want the federal government involved in health care anymore. we want to take control over those who are vulnerable in our communities. we want to innovate and come up with solutions that meet those challenges. work requirements. hardworking people in my district don't understand why they go to work every day but too often they are paying for entitlements for people who are able-bodied, childless, can
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work, and choose not to. that's wrong. and we're going to take up on this floor legislation that i suspect will have a work requirement for able-bodied childless adults for those states who choose to implement this bold conservative reform. we also expect that there will be an end to the disaster of medicaid expansion. today in america, one out of every four people is on medicaid. that is absolutely unsustainable. it means three of us have to pay for the costs of our own health care and a substantial portion of the cost of someone else's. by ending medicaid expansion for nonexpansion states, we put the country back on a path to prosperity. not government centered health care. individually, patient centered health care where people can choose the plans that best meet their needs. if we do this, if we meet this challenge with our historic opportunity to lead, then the american people will know that we're worthy of their trust. we're keeping our word.
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and we will repeal and replace obamacare. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yield back the balance of my time. pursuant to clause 12-tafment of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon >> ahead of the vote tomorrow, congressional democrats held a rally this morning on the steps of the u.s. capitol. house and senate democrat leaders and f


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