tv U.S. House Meets for Morning Hour CSPAN March 29, 2017 9:59am-11:04am EDT
people, mixture of people right they are all hink liberal, whatever youa call them. they may be liberal compared to donald trump and i have to say, i'll bet money everybody who smarter than is dopd donald trump. independent, camp hill. hi, darla. caller: good morning, thank you taking the call. you look lovely today. i want to talk to you about trump's tax return. host: okay. caller: i was wondering, aren't entitled to see every senator and every congressman's tax year to see what foreign businesses they are also involved in? to : i think they have disclose some information, darla, but not necessarily their tax return. caller: why not? host: i don't know, when we were congressman, he made it sound like there are -- the e to leave it there, house is gavelling in, thank you
for your call. in any e gavelling moment, we will say goodbye, we'll have coverage here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. march 29, 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable charles j. fleischmann to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of he house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2017, the chair will now recognize members from listed submitted by the
majority 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 recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. desjarlais, for five minutes. mr. desjarlais: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor retired major general gus target, a staunch advocate for the national guard in one of the most widely respected tennesseans i have had the pleasure of knowing. after more than six years as president of the national guard association for the united states, gus will be stepping down next month. in all, he has more than 37 years of military service.
he enlisted in the tennessee army national guard in 1962 as an infantry soldier and served in a variety of staff and leadership positions in his home state, pentagon, and overseas. during operation desert shield, desert storm, he was chief of operations and exercises at the national guard bureau in arlington, virginia. prior to his retirement from the military, he served as the tennessee ajewant general. since his appointment to association president in 2010, gus has led the association's day-to-day operations in washington, d.c., and worked tirelessly on behalf of guardsmen across the grobe by -- globe by advocating for and spear heading groundbreaking achievements. among his accomplishments is the work adding the national guard bureau chief to the joint chiefs of staff. throughout his career, he has committed himself to promoting the national guard and improving the overall quality of life for our nation's soldiers in harm's way. i wanted to take this moment to
thank general gus for his years of service to our country and his tireless work on behalf of our nation's guardsmen and their families. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes. yesterday in the subcommittee on immigration, the chairman, the gentleman from wisconsin, attempted to reprimand me by reminding me house rules prevent members from casting asmergses on the president of the united states -- aspersions on the president of the united states. what did i say? i said that the president of the united states had said that mexicans were criminals and rapists. well, as the sportscasters used to say, let's go to the videotape. almost the first words out of donald trump's mouth when he descended the golden escalators
to launch his presidential campaign was this. when mexico sends its people, they are sending their best -- they are not sending their best. they are bringing drugs. they are bringing crime. they are rapists and some i assume are good people. unquote. well, i left that part about some i assume are good people, but the chairman of the said i was not following the house rules because i was casting aspersions on the president because apparently i was saying what the president himself had actually said. if that was offensive to the chairman, i agree it is offensive. that was the point of making the speech. so, is preeting the words of the president -- repeating the words of the president against house rules, if so why? because they are hateful and ugly things to say about our fellow human beings? i don't think we should be barred from repeating the words of the president because they are hateful and ugly words to say about our fellow human beings. because he said them and he's the president and i respect the office. so maybe it has to be something else. maybe we cannot say things the
president has said is because it's not appropriate to say some of the things he has said about people. like the dehumanizing language he uses when describing which body parts he can grab women by example. rather saying as i said earlier go to the videotape, i think every single american has seen that videotape. when i had discussed the president saying these awful, hurtful things about where he can grab women either here on the floor or in the judiciary committee, i have had to clean up the language so it is safe for daytime c-span audiences. so what is it about repeating the words of this particular president in the u.s. house of representatives that the gentleman from wisconsin feels is a violation of the rules? maybe it's the lying. i looked through the house rules and i didn't see any section said members shall not lie. that wasn't in the house rules. but clearly repeating things that this president said means that you will be repeating lies. it just goes with the territory.
there was the original lie as president. barely a few hours in office saying his crowd was the largest crowd in the history of presidential inauguration. then there was the one about the muslim ban which the president said was a muslim ban, his key advisor, the former mayor of new york, said was a muslim ban. his other key advisor said was a muslim ban, which the white house said was not in fact a muslim ban because it didn't ban all muslims. several federal courts have agreed with the president that what he ordered was a muslim ban and this agreeing with the president saying it was not a pus limb ban. what about when the president said that he saw american muslims celebrating in new jersey on 9/11? we know that was a lie. or that three million illegal votes were cast on election day causing the president to lose the popular vote which he had walked back from the claim originally that three million undocumented immigrants had voted on election day.
it was a ly. then there was the illegal wiretapping ordered by the previous president of the united states, obama, on president-elect trump which certainly looks like a lie at this point. so, mr. speaker, i'm starting to wonder if repeating a lie that the president has told the american people is against the house rules, or maybe it's accusing the president of lying that is in the words of the subcommittee chairman, casting aspersion. but let's take a look. here's the definition of the verb to lie from webster's dictionary. quote, to make an untrue statement with the intent to deceive. quote, to create a false or misleading impression. by those definitions i would say i'm on pretty solid ground from a factual standpoint that the president of the united states has told lies. water is wet, dogs have four legs, and president trump tells lies. there may be exceptions, but basically all three are truthful statements. unless we're allowing -- outlawing the truth in congress, i think that pointing out lies
by our president is not only within the rules, it is our moral obligation and duty as elected leaders of a free nation to point them out. so when i'm left to wonder what is it about repeating the president's words that so upset the subcommittee chairman, the gentleman from wisconsin? and i figured it out. it is upsetting to republican members of the house to hear the words of the president of the united states because they know they have to defend them as the leader of their party. i can understand why that would make any human being very uncomfortable. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois, members, are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, is recognized for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, on saturday the nation celebrated medal of honor day. this rarely celebrated holiday was designated by congress in
1990. but only after officially observed once on march 25, 1991. i was pleased to see our most decorated war heroes honored last friday during a ceremony at the white house. the medal of honor is the highest military honor our nation can bestow. aaccording to the congressional med a.f.l. honor society there have within 3,498 recipients and 75 are still living today. just last year i was able to recognize one of pennsylvania's only recipients, the late army specialist, ross mcginnis. i assisted in naming a post office for him who died in december, 2006, in iraq. specialist mcginnis was a native son of knox, pennsylvania. while in patrol in baghdad, an unidentified insurgent positioned on a nearby roof top threw a grenade in a humvee carrying him. he threw his body on totcht grenade. absorbing all the
interestingments of the grenade and saving the lives of his fellow soldiers. he was awarded the medal of honor by george w. bush in 2008 posthumously. another such hero foster sayers, from my hometown of howard, pennsylvania. he received the medal of honor for acts of bravery near france on november 12, 1944. uring attack on strong hostile forces entrenched on a hill, he ran up the steep approach towards his objective and set up a machine gun 20 yards from the enemy. realizing it would be necessary to attract full attention of the enemy while his company crossed an open area and flanked the enemy, he picked up the gun, charged a machine gun and fire to the very edge of the emplacement. he killed 12 german soldiers with devastating fire. he took up a position and engaged the hostile infantry in an attempt to distract their attention while his comrades
obtained their objective. his fearless assault enabled his company to sweep the hill with nimal casualties, killing or capturing every enemy sorlede on it. p.c.f. sayers's fighting spirit and supreme devotion to duty live on as an example of the highest capturing every enemy tradition military service for which he was awarded the medal of honor. another heroic medal of honor recipient from pennsylvania's fifth congressional district is private first class melvin l. brown. he earned the medal of honor for his bravery in the korean war. during an attack on his a platoon's perimeter of defense, he took his position on a retaining wall. approximately 50 feet high. enemy superior in numbers started climbing the wall just as his land round of ammunition was expended and wounded by enemy fire. his citation said, i quote, realizing enemy superior in num started climbing the wall the vy for holding and withholding
concern for his own personal safety, the wounded and without his rifle, brown continued to throw his few remaining hand grenades into enemy causing several casualties with each grenade. when they were depleted, his comrades from nearby foxholes commenced by throwing grenades towards his position. on several occasions the grenades were thrown short of the position . when this would occur, brown would leave his position and retrieve their grenades, exposing himself to enemy fire and machine-gun fire, end quote. the enemy continued to climb and brown was able to knock 10 to 12 enemy troops from the wall which served as an inspiration to his comrades and delayed the attack, enabled his platoon to repeal the enemy. brown was seriously injured and then died during that action. 7 heroic acts for pennsylvania during times of civil war go back to -- heroic acts for pennsylvanians during times of war go back to the civil war. the medal of honor established by joint resolution of congress 12th of july 1862 is awarded the
name of -- in the name of congress to a person, while a member of the armed services, distinguished himself by gallantry at the risk of his above and beyond the call of duty. a large percentage of medal of honor recipients during this time were awarded their action involving flags. one such recipient from my hometown was civil war corporal of duty. a large percentage of medal of franklin hogan, a member of the company a, pennsylvania 45th infantry, and his citation was awarded october 1, 1864, for the capture of the battle flag of the six virginia infantry. mr. speaker, there are more medal of honor recipients from pennsylvania's fifth congressional district and throughout this proud nation. each one demonstrated personal bravery or self-sacrifice that warranted this merit. on behalf of a grateful nation, i salute all of our medal of honor recipients. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania 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. last week was an historic week n many respects. my republican colleagues have indicated for six years they wanted to repeal the affordable care act. they introduced a bill which really did not accomplish that objective, but it did undermine very severely the protections and the opportunities that the affordable care act provided our citizens. that bill did not come to a vote. had it come to a vote, it would have lost very substantially. mr. speaker, with the proclamations last week by republican leaders that the affordable care act will now remain in place, as paul ryan, our speaker said on friday, and
i quote, obamacare is the law of the land. the affordable care act is, indeed, the law of the land. mr. speaker, i rise, however, in deep concern, that the trump administration and allies in congress will take steps to undermine the law and weaken it. to the detriment of millions who will see their health care put at risk. in other words, in my view, they may well try to do indirectly what they could not do directly. let it be absolutely clear, republicans control the white house, the senate, and the house of representatives. as a result, they are the
governing party as a result, they are the governing party and will be responsible for anything that happens on our health care -- to our health care on their watch. even without passage of a repeal bill, the trump administration's actions could fundamentally undermine the law and the stability of our health care system. first and foremost, the trump administration must commit to continuing payments for cost-sharing subsidies. we met with insurance companies yesterday to see whether or not the environment that was being created by the administration was undermining confidence that would undermine the ability to price the product. -- product that americans need, health care insurance. st sharing payments paid for and in the bill are being put at
risk by a suit that the republicans in the house of representatives have filed. they ought to withdraw that suit . to give confidence to the system. we all know that confidence in markets is critically important. this is essential to preserving the affordability and accessibility of health care for millions of americans and ensure stability in health insurance markets. the instability perpetrated by the administration's silence on this issue must come to an end. the administration has said the system will implode. it will only implode if they are forced to do so by the administration through exec ave -- executive action. insurer are preparing to file rates as soon as next month in some states.
without a clear and public commitment from the administration, we could very well see premiums spike and insurers flee. americans have made their opinion pretty clear. they said, do not do that. do not undermine the system. already, president trump has undermined that requirement lax law enforcement that the individual responsibility requirement a republican suggestion, a heritage foundation suggestion, a romney-adopted policy in the tate of massachusetts, premise of personal responsibility, is being undermined right now by the trump administration. the individual responsibility requirement is vital to ensuring
that those with pre-existing conditions can be gashe teed coverage. to my friends across the aisle who talk often about defending our constitution, i would remind them that the president has sworn an oath to faithfully execute the laws of this nation. not picking and choosing which ones he likes. third, the administration can and i would suggest it should, encourage states that have not yet accepted expanded medicaid to do so. it works. according to a 2016 report by the department of health and human services, in the expanded medicaid states, premiums were 7% lower on average. just yesterday, mr. speaker, the republican controlled kansas state legislature, just yesterday, republican governor, republican house, republican senate, sent a bill to the
governor that would expand the state's medicaid program. presumably they made a judgment that was in the best interest of their state and the best interest of their people. the republican sponsor of the bill, state senator vicki schmitt said, i don't believe we can wait for d.c. they had an opportunity and they didn't take it. so her response was, and the legislature's response has been, adopt medicaid expansion. we've heard a lot from governors of both parties from states with expanded medicaid. almost universally extolling the benefits that they provided and urging congress not to roll it back. the trump administration must recognize the importance of medicaid expansion and support ongoing efforts in states like kansas and virginia and maine to do what's right for their people
and their state. fourth, the department of health and human services under secretary price has a responsibility a duty, an only fwation to focus at least as much onout reach and enrollment as did his predecessor, secretary burwell, to let people know what options they have, what opportunities they have, what protections they have, what securities they can achieve. earlier this year, the trump administration instead intentionally sabotaged enrollment efforts in the final to let ling media ads people know what they could sign up for and ending other outreach programs. this move resulted in half a million fewer people obtaining afordable coverage through the marketplaces. the first the cline in the history of the law.
those people will be hurt. because some of them are going to get sick. some of them may have a catastrophic accident. and they will need insurance. and they will not have it. because they did not get the information that they needed. now that the affordable care act will continue to be the law of the land to use words first spoke bin former speaker bayne for the 2012, the issue in 2012 was the affordable care act. president obama's probably crowning achievement. republicans called it obamacare, derisively. we call it the affordable care act supported by president obama. after the 2012 election, speaker boehner said, we've resolved that issue. the american people have voted to confirm a president whose principle law -- whose principal
law that was. but the republicans kept trying to undermine it. they kept trying to say they wanted to repeal it. new they have all the power. they haven't done that don't break it. if you couldn't do directly something, don't do it indirectly. don't undermine the security of the american people indirectly, not through law. so when open enrollment comes later this year, mr. speaker, it would be a dereliction of duty, let me repeat that, it would be dereliction of duty not to inform americans to know how they can benefit under the law, what options they have for finding coverage at more affordable rates, or through expanded medicaid. let there not be a dereliction of duty.
the larger point here, mr. speaker, is, as i have said that republicans cannot now simply throw up their hands and say, we failed to offer a viable alternative, and we will now by action and inaction, by negligence and malfeasance, conspire to undermine the options that are available to the american people. more than 2/3 of americans have said that is not a responsible policy. the affordable care act has brought protections and benefits to millions, 20 million more people insured -- insured in america. but now my republic friends who have no workable alternative are in power. it is now their duty to ensure that they faithfully execute existing laws to benefit the american people. if they fail to do so or
intentionally sabotage the current health care system, they will surely be held accountable by the american people. democrats don't want to see that happen. we reject the premise of some kind of death spiral. and by the way, the congressional budget office, an independent, nonpartisan group, its director apointed by republicans, said it was not only in a death spiral but it was stable. the yardstick by which we all ought to be judged is not whether the law succeeds just enough, but whether we can work , work r, work together together, to make the law work as best it can to benefit as many americans as it can. president trump, speaking at that rostrum, looked directly
into the tv camera of hundred -- of 100 million plus americans and said, i want every american to have health insurance that will be cheaper and higher quality than we have today. mr. president, if you send such a bill to this house, i'll vote for it. i haven't seen a bill like that, if -- but if i see it and you send it down here and that is your commitment, i will vote for it. mr. speaker, i hope my friends across the aisle will take a lesson from last week, that the -- that to paraphrase the president, health insurance is indeed complicated. and that it will truly take both parties working together toward consensus to meet the health care challenges we face. our constituents, our country, is counting on us.
not to fight, not to throw bricks at one another, but to act in their best interests. what i urge the trump administration to do, mr. speaker, do no harm. until you have a bill that accomplishes what you said to the american people you want to accomplish, mr. president, do no harm. ensure that the american people continue to have access to affordable, quality health care. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. fleischmann. mr. fleischmann: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the service of dr. tom mason, who has served as the director of the oak ribbling national rab la --
laboratory for 10 years. m joined ornl in 1998 as a condensed matter physicist and quickly demonstrated his talents as a visionary scientific leader he led the completion of the one of a kind neutron source which has provided a decade of exceptional reserge. when -- research. when promoted to lab director, tom led ornl to many other successes. the development of two supercomputers, which at different times ranked as the most powerful in the world, and ornl's manufacturing demonstration facility which is revitalizing american manufacturing. tom served our community as chairman of the oak ridge public schools education foundation,
leading the multimillion dollar expansion of oak ridge high school and as chairman of the innovation valley a regional economic development partnership. thank you, dr. tom mason, for many years of dedicated service to the great state of tennessee, and our nation. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, or five minutes. mr. green: thank you very much, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i will say today what i said when we were passing the affordable care act, working to pass it, what we said when we were having some 79 witnesses, approximately, to appear, over a o-year period, having 79
arings and correction, 181 witnesses, many more witnesses. i said then that i would fight to make sure that health care would not become wealthcare in the richest country in the world. and i still stand on that basic premise. we cannot allow health care to become wealthcare in the richest country in the world. wealth care where the wealthy will receive the very best care that's available and the poor will get care, but it won't be health care, it'll be sickness care. it'll be sickness care because when they are sick they will be able to go to an emergency room and get care. when they are sick, they'll be able to get emergency care which will cost all of us more, but they won't get preventive care. they'll get stabilized if they have diabetes but won't get the
continued care they need to treat that disease. we don't want, in the richest country in the world, health care to become wealth care. recently, we had a piece of legislation that was going to accord the richest families in this country, the 400 richest families, $7 million a year. that was what the bill would have done that failed. 400 richest families, making $3 million a year would get $7 million additional dollars every ar in the final analysis add infinitum. -- ad infinitum. we're the richest country in the world, we can afford to take care of those who find themselves living in the streets of life who cannot take care of themselves. we cannot allow health care to become wealth care in the richest country in the world. how rich are we?
well, one year a well, one year a man-made $3 billion. he's not the only person to make this kind of money. i just use this example. $3 billion. a minimum wage worker making $7.25 an hour, it would take 198,000 years to make $3 billion. that man making $3 billion will get the best wealth care this country can afford. but we've got to make sure that those who are working at minimum wage, working full-time, living below the poverty line, make sure that they get the best health care. i'm a proud texan. i love my state. but i don't like what we have done when it comes to health care. texas has refused to help those living in the streets of life. we look out for those living in
the suites of life. we take care of them. but texas has the opportunity to eceive $100 billion, with a b, $100 billion to expand medicaid. medicaid expansion. this is for those persons who are not as fortunate as we're here in congress who will have the best health care in the world, by the way, as we cut health care for those who cannot afford it. as we cut the expansion of the affordable care act into those persons who would get medicaid. as we cut medicaid, we're going to have good health care. texans are going to have good health care who happen to be oil barrons and rich. we're going to have good health care. but those who need that medicaid , who could benefit from the $100 billion that the state of texas has refused to accept and has never said that it wasn't
needed, there has never been a case made for a lack of need for the $100 billion to help medicaid expansion. people who are in need of help. need of health care. mr. speaker, we cannot allow the richest country in the world, and we're. don't let people try to convince you that we're broke. we're not broke. we can afford to take care of people who need health care. and i will close with this. we ought to have a sense of esponsibility for every person in this country who may get sick. there is this notion of but for the grace of god there go i. if we had been fortunate to have good health, remember -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. green: you may not always but for the grace of god there
go i. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, for five minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, last congress i joined several of our colleagues in forming the bipartisan task force for combating anti-semitism. as a co-chair, a distinction i'm proud to chair, alongside my palls, eliot engel, chris smith, ted deutsch, kay granger, nita lowey, peter roskam, and marc veasey, it is important to call attention to anti-semitism in all of its forms and to work to root it out whenever we k i'm also extremely honored to have been named by speaker ryan to the u.s. holocaust memorial council earlier this year. as we know, it was the anti-semitic attitudes across europe in the 1920's and 1930's that gave rise to hitler and the
hasies who exploited the deep -- nazis who exploited the deep-seated hatred of jews to take power culminating in the systematic and deliberate murder of over six million jews during humanity's darkest period, the holocaust. in these capacities i intend to continue to raise awareness on the rising level and this trend of anti-semitism worldwide, and to take actions against it as i have done for many years now. the fight against global anti-semitism must start with strong u.s. leadership. we have the means, we have the leverage, but we must be resolute in our efforts to stem the tide of anti-semitism and to reverse it. today, mr. speaker, we hear about the dangers of anti-semitism across the world and how in many places jews are being targeted in an alarmingly increasing trend. but i want to highlight an area that needs to be brought into greater focus when we discuss
combating global anti-semitism. it's something that an old friend of mine so succinctly and astutely described. we had the opportunities to discuss everything from anti-semitism to oppression in cuba, my native homeland, and in russia, and his insight is extremely valuable. what he helped define is the new anti-semitism and what he calls the 3-d's. double standards, due humanization, and delegitimatization. i think the clearest example today of the 3-d's can be seen, unfortunately, at the united nations. with its anti-israel, anti-semitic agenda most notably at bodies like unesco, unhrc and everywhere. all of these clearly exhibit the double standards. condemning israel based on
faulty or illegitimate claims while ignoring the very real problems of other member states. israel is repeatedly and singularly isolated, targeted, and demonized. of course there is no other nation that is subject to the efforts of delegitimatization tore its existence like israel. -- or its existence like israel. what do we need to do? we have to look around what agencies are doing. the efforts at unesco to erase jewish historical and cultural ties to their ancient homeland, jerusalem, have been appalling. the move by the human rights council to establish a blacklist to target individuals and entities that do business with israel. legitimatizing the boycott divestment and sanctions movement, b.d.s. and the efforts to take israel to the international criminal court or to force israel to agree to one-sided peace plan. these all reach the height of delegitimatization. and all of this is taking place
at the united nations, the body that was forged in the aftermath of the holocaust and world war ii. we need to fight the scourge of anti-semitism on all fronts, mr. speaker, and not just at the u.n., but if we fail to reverse the systematic and endemic anti-semitism at the u.n., we're going to have a hard time achieving much success in any of our other endeavors. that is why i'll introduce a bill soon that addresses these problems at the u.n. and i urge my colleagues to join me in an effort to defeat the intolerance wherever and whenever it appears. anti-semitism is one of the world's oldest forms of hatred. and for too long has gone unaddressed. we have a responsibility to the jewish communities worldwide and we have a responsibility to ourselves to root out this hatred in all of its forms once and for all. thank you, mr. speaker.
i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. budd, for five minutes. mr. speaker, you can divide this country into two classes of people. not republican and democrat, but the political class and the rest of the country. the political class is doing better than ever. 11 out of 20 of the richest counties in america are in the d.c. metro area. for every dollar the average family in d.c. earns, the average family in the county where i live earns 55 cents. the political class is alive and doing well for themselves. on the other hand, those who are not oriented to government, doctors, automechanics, waitresses, bartenders, factory workers, are still earning exactly what they did 10 years ago. i'm not the first person to point this out, but i want to speak about a texas book example
of how this dynamic plays out in reality. i'm referring to a recently announced $418 million arms deal between the u.s. and kenya. it's for 12 airplanes that are essentially armed crop-dusters. there is only one slight problem with the deal, the defense contractor that was chosen to fulfill the sale doesn't even make these type of airplanes. they have never done it before. in fact, there is an extra $130 million built into this deal to design a whole new airplane. imxusa a service disabled veteran small business in my district makes these airplanes. they have been doing it for seven years. they have 50 of these airplanes in the middle east. these planes have dropped more than 4,000 bombs on isis. they are the only u.s. manufacturer of this type of aircraft. they were not even considered for the deal which was awarded without competition. nobody got a chance to bid, nobody knew about it except for
the company that got it and the bureaucrats that were involved. and that's how the d.c. area got so wealthy. you know the right people, you have the right lobbyists, you get awards like this from the federal government without competition. it doesn't matter if you don't make the product, they'll give you extra money to design it from scratch if you know the right people. imx a small business like the millions of others in our country doesn't have those connections. the giant defense contractor involved in this deal does. and so they get the money. something's wrong with that picture. the problem lies with the secretive acquisition unit within the air force called big safari. i don't say secretive lightly. at one point in 2013 big safari's commanding officer told a reporter, don't be angry or upset when your freedom of information act gets turned down, that's just wait we do business here.
and the commander's words were true. i asked for information on this and they turned me down saying that the information was sensitive but unclassified and for official use only. i asked them 19 questions and they answered only four of them having to do with the very basic elements for the deal that were already public. under that secret -- secrecy, big safari doles out billions in government contracts. i imagine it makes things convenient for when big safari employees go to work for the same companies which they direct these large defense contracts, which we found that they do with some regularity. you don't even have to go to a different building in some instances. we have a confirmed case of a big safari employee awarding a contract, quitting, and then going to work on the same program with the same company he's just given the contract to. the forgotten man in this equation are the employees of imx, mostly veterans, mostly
blue collar, who have to compete against a $13 billion defense contractor, and a $4 trillion federal government that appears to have forgotten impartiality. we need to shine the light on this deal with congressional oversight and we need to ask ourselves who exactly the federal government is supposed to be working for, the country or for the political class? mr. speaker, we need to fix this. it's a symptom of a very serious disease in a our democracy cannot long survive. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter, for five minutes. mr. carter: mr. carter: i rise today to remember the life of joe rogers senior, the co-founders of waffle house who passed awan on march 3, 2017 in 1919, mr. rogers was born in jackson, tennessee. before he became a waffle cook
he served as a captain in the army air corps during world war ii. after the war he took a job as a short order cook, eventually moving to atlanta in 1949. it was there that he met his future partner in the waffle house business, tom forkner. in the famous words mr. rogers told his friends -- his friend, you build a restaurant and i'll show you how to run it. their decision was the start of something special. the first waffle house opened on labor day weekend, 1955, in avondale estates, georgia. it was mr. rogers' suggestion to keep their restaurant doors open all day long so people would always have a warm place to eat. soon enough, more and more towns needed their own 24-hour diner and today more than 2,400 locations are scattered across 25 states. georgia leads the way with more locations. what mr. rogers valued most was
the people, whether they were employees, trop-ins or those who made his dream possible. thank you, mr. rogers, for welcoming any who entered the waffle house doors, regardless of who they were, what time they came, or how they ordered their hash browns. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate southern soul barbecue for winning "southern living" magazine's first ever best of the south award. in fall of 2016, "southern living" polled its readers to find the favorite museums shops, restaurants in the south. at the end they have poll they crowned st. simon island's own southern soul barbecue as the best barbecue restaurant in the south. it hoped in 2007 when harrison opened ainston buckman
restaurant to embrace their southern roots. it was born in a gas station with southern charm making it the perfect atmosphere to feast on the creation. they cooked their delicious pork, ribs, and brisket outsdz the restaurant in a pit so patrons know they're enjoying authentic barbecue. the restaurant has enjoyed a loyal following and was featured on the food network. business is booming and should only grow from here. in their efforts to feet the folks at st. simon's island, they created more than a barbecue restaurant they created a barbecue experience. congratulations to mr. zap and mr. buckman for winning this award and the recognition their hard work herbed. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to remember the life of former georgia state representative
berke day. mr. day pass aid way on march 5, 2017, at the age of 62. mr. day was born in jacksonville, north carolina, to parents cecil and marianne, but dunwodie high school, where he met his wife sally. he helped lay the foundation of his father's business, days inn motel he worked to build the first location on tybee island. after studying in new york city, and mers university in atlanta , he joined the family business of real estate like his father. in 1991, he made a start in politics by running for the tybee island city council on a tear and won. he grew to love public service. three years later he ran again, this time for the georgia general assembly where he served for the next 16 years until his retirement in 2010. perhaps his greatest achievement
which is work on the stevens day legislation in 2000 which freezes the value of residential property at the time it was purchased that means homeowners are not taxed out of their home when property value increases. he saved residents hundreds or thousands of dollars a year. i'm proud to recognize today mr. day's time in public service and his contributions to the people of georgia. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to call your attention to the upcoming gold star spouses day occurring april 5, 2017, to ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing those who have given so much to our country. gold star spouses are widows and widowers who have lost loved ones in the nation's armed forces. through this group, they find comfort, unparalleled support system. on april 5, we all have the opportunity to honor fallen american heroes an surviving military spouses. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield
back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman -- the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio, mr. turner, for five minutes. mr. turner: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the honorable michael j. newman, magistrate jubbling for the united states district court for the southern district of ohio and who is president of the federal bar association for his achievements in piloting a special veterans court in dayton, ohio. with wright patterson air force base and dayton v.a. medical center both located in the dayton community and with a large number of vet reans side in my 10th congressional district, southwest ohio is a prime region for establishing a court that concentrates on veterans issues. judge newman's veterans court appears to be the first of its kind in ohio and aims to address an area of need in the miami valley, assisting military veteran who was been charged with relatively minor offenses
to get their lives back on track. in many cases, treatment and strong guidance is a better course of action to remedy misdemeanor federal offenses than jail time which can lead to a cascade of negative unintended consequence such as difficulty in obtaining employment. thanks to judge newman's efforts to cooperate with the united states attorney's office and the federal public offenders office, veterans can receive treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues that would so often underpin these minor offenses rather that be sitting in jail. veterans who decide to participate in the program are required to work closely with a veterans justice outreach coordinator who acts as a mentor and caseworker providing guidance, facilitating treatment and helping secure housing and employment. besides meeting with the veteran officer, veterans must also attend medical appointments, receive recommended treatment and not re-offend in order to graduate. upon completion, the misdemeanor
charges are frequently dismissed, allowing former service members to truly herb earn themselves a sec chance at life. of the 33 participants 20 have successfully completed the program and several others are continuing to make progress as we speak. i commevend judge newman for instituting a federal veterans court program which resolves programs like rehabilitating rather than punishing the brave men and women who have served our country. i also would like to congratulate the judge, judge new nan -- newman, for his work in implementing a civics program for students to learn about the federal courts. developing a partnership between the federal judiciary and federal bar association, these court camps invite elementary, middle, and high school students into court to learn about the third branch of government. they meet with groups of students in school classrooms as well as federal courtrooms to teach them about the selection
prorksess for federal -- selection process for federal judges, explain how cases work, and offer an insider view in how the federal court system work. the federal bar association's partnership will give thousands of young people across the country the opportunity to meet with federal judges and explore the judicial branch of government. in dayton, ohio, alone, where judge newman sits, over 1,000 students will participate in the program, learn manager about the constitution and bill of rights, separation of powers, the roll of the federal judge, the sfruckture of the federal court system and how to become a judge or lawyer themselves. the federal bar association has also added a civics page to its website to make educational materials available for lawyers and judges who choose to serve as mentors in the program. in an effort to encourage direct involvement by american government teachers and students alike, the federal bar association, again under judge newman's leadership is holding a national essay contest for
middle and high school sthinets subject, quote, what does an impartial judicial system mean to me? in addition to honoring the essay winners, the federal bar association and united states courts will recognize a select group of top-notch civics teachers from across the united states. as president of the federal bar association and a united states magistrate, judge newman has spearheaded this effort publicly urging the association's 19,000 members to join him in engaging in the next generation of attorneys, judge, and legislators. i commend judge newman on his tireless work to connect our young people to the best and brightest in the field of law and for re-emphasizing the critical importance of civics in american society. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin, in gal her, for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, distrust in
government is at an all-time high and it's easy to see why. our federal debt is approaching $20 trillion, a child born today in this country will inherit a crushing burden of debt, part of it intergenerational crime without consequence. the middle class is being hollowed out if not disappearing entirely. we have a seven million man strong army that opted out of the labor force entirely. mr. gallagher: finally our foreign policy is in crisis. threats continue to rise abroad and here at home we continue to wreak havoc on our own military through mindless defense squethser and by the way, our veterans still aren't getting the care they deserve. this is unacceptable. despite this, despite the fact that congress by any metric we might devise is not doing its basic job , in 10 days, the members of this body will adjourn on a two-week vacation. in 10 legislative days, if we
don't make some hard choices, the government may shut down, cutting off our constituents from access to programs they depend upon for their livelihood. so my message is simple. my plea to this body is simple. let's end the vacation. what other job would you grant yourself a two-week vacation if you failed to do the fundamental job. i know we need to go back home. i know people want to hear from their constituents, but more than anything else our constituents sent us here to do our job, to work together, to fix problems, rather than punting them down the road to the next generation. so please, let's stay here, let's do our job, that's the very least we owe the american people. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield the rest of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. farenthold for five minutes. mr. farenthold: thank you, mr. speaker. soldiers from south texas were instrumental in the united states victory during world war
i. with the 100th anniversary of world war i quickly approaching, i'd like to take a minute to thank our veterans, especially texas veterans, for protecting our country in 1916, thousands of national guardsmen were straighted along the mexican border. when tensions began to calm, 3,500 soldiers were moved to corpus christi where the city prepared a 200 acre site that would become camp scurry. the camp was closed after the border remained quiet for nearly a year. once the united states entered world war i, it was reopened and became a training base. through the draft nearly 200,000 texas abs served during the war and 50 -- and 450 texas women worked as nurses. today, now, we must remember the 5,000 texans who died during the war, including seven gold star women nurses. also, a special thank you to the
nueces county historical society for hosting the world war i centennial celebration on april 6. their work helps preserve our south texas history. mr. speaker, i'd also like to highlight the important role our relationship with israel -- how important it is and how our ally in the middle east is a huge asset to our nation and the world. israel is a beacon of democracy in a sea of turbulence. it's a success story of enterprising spirit and indomitable will. i was fortunate enough to visit israel in 2011 and saw firsthand the high level of strategic cooperation between the united states and israel. both militarily, business wise, technology wise and socially. almost 32 years ago, the u.s. signed its first ever free trade agreement with israel leading to almost $40 billion in trade annually. israel makes up more than 40% of
all investment in the united states from the middle east and north africa and has companies listed on the nasdaq stock exchange and more than any other country other than the united states and canada. the startup nation has given the world the u.s.b. flash drive, the first p.c. c.p.u., voiceover i.p. phone system and they recently acquired a company to help better develop autonomous vehicles. their drip irrigation technology has helped millions around the world grow crops on land that otherwise would be barren and israeli doctors made discoveries improving the lives of millions of americans and hundreds of millions of folks worldwide. the u.s. and israel military maintain a high level of cooperation and support. our two nations regularly hold joint exercises and work side-by-side in developing new technologies, including missile defense systems, weapons technologies, and more. situated in an extremely hostile
neighborhood, israelis share a unique understanding of the threats posed by islamic terror groups and through cooperation, we're constantly monitoring and defending new threats to both nations. aye been heartened to see the renewal in u.s.-israeli relations since president trump took office and hope to see them continue to flourish. i encourage my colleagues to join me in co-sponsoring h.r. 1697, the israeli anti-boycott act h.r. 1698, the iran ballistic missiles and international sanctions enforcement act. and h.res. 218, recognizing the importance of the united states-israeli economic relationship and encouraging now areas of cooperation. while many around the world are eager to point fingers and attempt to delegitimize or destroy the state of israel, it's posh now more than ever that we stand strong with our allies and the only democracy in the middle east. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
skwlelt yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today. >> it would require the board's advice to be published in the federal register. when the house comes back at noon eastern, we'll have live coverage here on c-span. on the other side of the atlantic ocean this morning, prime minister theresa may announced her country has formally begun the process of leaving the european union. she sent a letter to the e.u. invoking article 50 of the e.u. treaty which lays out the
process for withdrawing from the union. >> today the government acts on the democratic will of the british people. and it acts, too, on the clear and convincing position of this house. a few minutes ago in brussels the united kingdom's permanent representative to the e.u. handed a letter to the president of the european council on my behalf confirming the government's decision to invoke article 50 of the treaty on european union. the article 50 process is now under way and in accordance with the wishes of the british people the united kingdom is leaving the european union. this is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back. britant is leaving the european union. we're going to make our own decisions and our own laws. we're going to take control of the things that matter most to
us. and we're going to take this opportunity to build a stronger, fairer britain, a country that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home that. is our ambition and our opportunity. and that is what this government is determined to do. a we'll have more from the british house of commonons with prime minister questions live every wednesday morning at 7:00 eastern on c-span2. it airs again on sunday nights here on c-span at 9:00 eastern, pacific. live to the house oversight committee for hearing on federally funded cancer research. we hear from cancer doctors and the head of the pediatric cancer nonprofit group about innovations in cancer treatments and the progress of the national cancer moon shot nishtifment >> the community that we're involved in with these families that have suffered with children of the i.p.g., unfortunately they are forced to go around as well. they are ahead of the game in