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tv   U.S. House Representative Greg Gianforte Sworn In  CSPAN  June 21, 2017 3:59pm-6:00pm EDT

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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 171, the nays are 243. the amendment is you know at do notted. the question -- is not adopted. question is on the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the amendment is adopted. >> mr. speaker, on that i would like a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: under the rule the committee rises -- the chair: under the rule the committee rises. the speaker pro tempore: mr. hairman.
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the previous question is ordered. is a separate vote demanded. the chair of the committee of the whole house on the state of the union reports that the committee has had under consideration the bill h.r. 1873 and pursuant to house resolution 392 reports the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. he house will be in order. the house will be in order. please take your conversations off the floor. he house will be in order.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? was was i ask unanimous con -- ms. wasserman schultz: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. i stand before you with your congressional women's softball team. who are tanned, rested and ready to beat the press tonight. we have been practicing for the last three months our bipartisan team at 7:00 in the morning. two to three mornings a week. batting practice at night at the cages at the nationals training academy. we have been singularly focused on two things. which i know doesn't make sense. but -- because that would mean it isn't singularly. but we've been singularly focused on making sure that we can continue to raise awareness about the risks that young women
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face of breast cancer, to make sure that we can shine a spotlight on the fact that young women can and do get breast cancer. this is our ninth annual game. our eighth time that we are playing the common, in quote, enemy, we say that affectionately. the press corps. the female capital press corps. and they have been incredible partners in helping us cross, for this year, the incredible milestone of raising more than $1 million for the young survival coalition. we are so proud of that. we want to thank our coaches who have been remarkable through all these years. of course our head coach, tori barnes, jo ann emerson's daughter, who was the co-founder of this game nine years ago. our own house favorite, natalie buchanan. who is an amazing new mom and has been out there with us in spite of just having a baby a
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few short months ago. coach jim who has been amazing as well. and of course our very own colleague, coach peril mutter from the great state of colorado -- perlmutter from the great state of colorado. so come on out tonight. :00 p.m. at want kins -- watkins recreation center. turn right at the c.v.s. now i'd like to turn it over to my co-captain and friend and fellow appropriator, martha roby from alabama. mrs. roby: i think everyone would agree with me when i say that in the misdemeanor ivet of the tragedy and -- in the midst of the tragedy and horror last week, there were also special moments that brought us together and reminded us of what's really important. one was right here in this chamber when we heard such touching speakers, speeches from paul ryan and leader pelosi. another at the baseball field, at the baseball game, when the entire capitol hill community
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gathered in amazing show of support for our friend steve scalise. and our capitol police officers and their heroic acts, in matt and zack and all of those that were involved. david and krystal. that spirit of unity and togetherness is a big part of why we play this softball game. our relationship as members of congress are stronger because of this game. i don't think we have too many -- i don't think we can have too many reminders about the importance of unity and friendship. so i encourage all members and staff to come join us tonight and go to bat for this great cause. and unlike the baseball game, republicans and democrats don't compete against each other. we team up against one opponent we can all agree on. the press. so beat cancer, beat the press. yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida yields back. under the rule the previous question is ordered. is a separate vote demanded on any amendments to the amendment reported from the committee of the whole? if not, the committee is on adoption of the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to amend the federal land policy and management act of 1976, to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid and reduce the threat of wildfires to and from electric transmission and distribution facilities on federal lands by facilitating vegetation management on such lands. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the
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bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. >> mr. chairman, on that we would like a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 300 and the nays are 118. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the president of the united states. the secretary: mr. speaker. i am directed by the president of the united states to deliver to the house of representatives message in writing. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition? mr. cole: mr. speaker, i send to the desk a privileged report from the committee on rules for filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 396, resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r.
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2842, to provide for the conduct of demonstration projects, to test the effectiveness of subsidized employment for tanf recipients and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to celebrate the remarkable career of ms. tina
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herring who retired as branch manager with the georgia department of veteran services on thursday, june 1, 2017. during her childhood, she often moved with her father, a pearl harbor survivor, who frequently traveled on air force assignments. this instilled an appreciation for our nation's armed forces. she began her career with the department of veteran services in 1985 as a benefits caseworker. in this position she worked to ensure that georgia service men and women received crucial resources and benefits to which they and their families deserve. mrs. herring was promoted to oversee multiple southeast branches of the georgia veteran services branches department in 2009 because of her exceptional dedication to georgia's veterans and her 25 years of hard work. mrs. herring, thank you for your extraordinary efforts in honoring our service men and women. you have managed georgia's department with exceptional provision. i wish you the best of luck for all future endeavors.
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thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new jersey eek recognition? mrs. watson coleman: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. mrs. watson coleman: mr. speaker, i rise today to ask a simple question. who is the national rifle association here to protect? i ask this question because if i lando cass steel, exercising his constitutional protected right to bear arms, was shot dead in front of his girlfriend and his young daughter. at that time the n.r.a. claimed that they were awaiting, quote, more facts. a year later, the investigation is over and the trial is complete. the facts are clear.
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philando's career remains free but i, mr. speaker, and many remain confused and dissatisfied. mr. speaker, dash cam video released yesterday confirmed the second amendment protections simply do not apply to black, law-abiding, conceal carry permit holding philando castille and still the n.r.a. has nothing to say. mr. speaker, i ask again, if the n.r.a. is here to protect law-abiding gun owners just like philando, then just who are they to protect? i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, 15-year-old by nko struggled with in-- bianca
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struggled with insecurities and depression. mr. poe: she met a person named ariel, later to her displeasure. after he brought her to a seedy motel room and forced her to watch him rape two other girls she knew she went into the bonds of slavery. he sold her to dozens of men a day. and after two years of this hell, biancas keaped from the motel room and found safety finding a police officer. four days later her trafficker was arrested and thrown behind bars. unlike bianca, many don't escape this trafficking. this is why senator john cornyn and i introduced the abolish human trafficking act that increases funding for law enforcement to find and arrest traffickers like ariel and helps restore and rescue victims. we must use every tool in our resource we can find to help
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stop the scourge of human trafficking. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman s recognized for one minute. mr. payne: mr. speaker, perhaps not surprising that the house republicans haven't put forward a budget, despite passing their deadline more than two months ago. it has been nearly 800 days since the house republicans agreed to a budget. hat tip to the huffington post's matt fuller for that fun fact. what we're seeing is an ongoing inability of house republicans to do their jobs. republicans have introduced no jobs bill, given no indication whether they will lift the debt ceiling to avoid default, and
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offered no responsible spending legislation. mr. speaker, this is dysfunction at its worst. the american people sent us here deliver results on jobs, on health care, on security. i urge my republican colleagues to take that responsibility seriously and to work with democrats to achieve progress. i know we can. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor aisha assan, a resident of arizona's fifth congressional district who has earned a significant achievement, the congressional gold medal award. she's completed 400 hours of voluntary public service, 200 hours each of personal development physical fitness, and a five-day, four-night
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expedition. she's one of five arizonans and only 373 americans to win this prestigious award in tuition. mr. biggs: she volumed teared at her -- volunteered at her local hospital where she registered patients who needed vital tests. for her personal development requirement, she participated in weekly study groups with her iends to prepare for the s.a.t. exam and for physical fitness she worked out at the local gym. for her expedition she traveled to sedona, arizona, where she enjoyed hiking and exploration of s.a.t. exam that town. congratulations to aisha on these achievements. by will complete -- by completing the benchmarks for this award, she learned perseverance and diligence. traits that will last her a lifetime. i thank her for her example and service to our community and i wish her well with her future endeavors. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, today i rise to
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honor the spencertown fire company which is celebrating 100 years of service to our communities in columbia county, new york. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the past century this fire company has served with pride and courage. i express my gratitude for the past and present volunteers of this organization who have made great sacrifices and performed heroic acts to protect their neighbors. today 35 individuals make up the team at spencertown fire company. mr. faso: 2/3 of this group are active, highly skilled volunteer firemen. their commitment to spencertown and its neighboring communities does not stop at fire safety. each year since 1985 they have awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a college-bound senior who is chosen from within their service area. i thank spencertown fire company president, also its fire chief. and the entire spencertown fire company, which in the great tradition of new york fire companies continues to raise the
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standard in ensuring and furthering the well-being of our local communities. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair lays before the house a message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states. section 202-d of the national emergencies act provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless within 90 days of the anniversary date of its declaration the president publishes in the federal register and transmit to the congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. in accordance with that provision, i have sent to the federal register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to the western balance kins that was declared in executive order 13219 of june 26, 2001, is to continue in effect beyond june 26, 2017. he threat constituted by the
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actions of persons engaged in or assisting, sponsoring or supporting extremist violence in the republic of macedonia and elsewhere in the balkans region, or acts obstructing implementation of the dayton accords in bass in a or united states -- united nations security resolution in kosovo has not been resolved. in addition, executive order 13219 was amended by executive order 13304 of may 28, 2003. to take additional steps with respect to acts obstructing implementation of the framework agreement of 2001 relating to macedonia. the acts of extremist violence and obstructionist activity outlined in these executive orders are hostile to united states' interests -- united states interests and continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the united states. for this reason, i have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency with respect to the balkans.
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signed, signed, donald j. trump, the white house. june 21, 2017. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on foreign affairs and ordered printed. the chair lays before the house a message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states. section 202-d of the national emergencies act provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless within 90 days of the anniversary date of its declaration the president publishes in the federal register and transmitts to the congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. in accordance with that provision, visanthe to the federal register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to north korea declared in executive order 13466 of june , 2008, expanded in scope in executive order 13551 of august 30, 2010, addressed further in executive order 13570 of april
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18, 2011, further expanded in scope in executive order 13687 of january 2, 2015, and under which additional steps were taken in executive order 13722 of march 15, 2016, is to continue in effect beyond june 26, 2017. the existence and rissing of proliferation of weapons usable fissile material on the korean peninsula, the actions and policies of the government of north korea that destabilize the korean peninsula and imperil united states armed forces, allies, and trading partners in the region, including its pursuit of nuclear and missile programs, and other proactive -- provocative destabilizing and repressive actions and policies of the government of north korea continue to constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the united states. for this reason, i have determined that it is necessary to continue the national
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emergency with respect to north korea. signed, donald j. trump, the white house, june 21, 2017. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on foreign affairs and ordered printed. the chair lays before the house n enrolled bill. the clerk: senate 1094, an act to amend title 38, united states code, to improve the accountability of employees of the department of veterans ffairs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leaves of absence requested for mr. aderholt of alabama for today and ms. gabbard of hawaii for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the request ises -- the requests are granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from iowa, mr. king, is recognized for 60 minutes as
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the designee of the majority leader. mr. king: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, it's my honor and privilege to be recognized to address you here on the floor of the united states house of representatives. this great deliberative body that we have and are. this deliberative body that brings this nation together to discuss our troubles, to discuss our triumphs, and sometimes intensively debate our disagreements here on the floor and in committee. we've seen a fair amount of that disagreement around the country. there are a few things that we see that brings this country together. and we join together in these efforts when we can be americans and reach out with the hand of the american heart and spirit. and help others when they're in sometimes dire need. and dire difficulty. i've come to the floor this afternoon, mr. speaker, to discuss one of these circumstances, where americans
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join together and reached out their hands not only of friendship but of a physical -- physically reached out their hands to deliver the kind of medical care that saved three lives from a terrible accident that took place in tanzania. this terrible accident in tanzania was worldwide news. there were 39 people on a bus in tanzania, all but three were students. children 12 to 13 years old. two teachers and a bus driver on the bus. the bus will, i will say the reports i get is the bus was going too fast. it went around a curve and reached the peak of a bump in the road, a rise in the road, the bus went airborne. off the road into a ravine. and it crashed nose-down. in the same fashion that a plane might crash into the earth. and of the 39 people on the bus,
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36 of them children, there were only three survivors. these three survivors were in the back of the bus and all others in the front were thrown to the front, where the engine and the front part of the bus, all the way back to behind the driver, was jammed into the fuselage i might call it of the bus itself. as that was jammed backwards, they were all thrown into that. the three survivors were in the back and the violence to them was cushions to a degree -- cushioned to a degree by those who had perished in front of them. everyone else was essentially instantly killed and these three children, these three children by the name of wilson and sadia and darin were survivors. and the bus was crushed together like a tin can. behind the bus, three vehicles behind the bus, were the
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missionary workers that are associated with stem. the suland tanzania medical missionaries which is formed in sioux city, iowa. it was formed by the inspiration of a long chain of, i'll say, a hand of providence that arrange people together. they were there -- they were there in tanzania, following the bus, three vehicles behind, and the situation there was that as they saw the bus go off the road and crash, mr. speaker, the bus crashed down off into the ravine, they stopped. the three of them were trained medical personnel. named kevin, nigard and jennifer milby and amanda. i believe there were also a couple i don't happen to have their names in front of me this evening. i don't want to leave them out, mr. speaker. but they raise reyesed down the bank -- raced down the bank to the ravine where the bus had crashed nose-down. they knew it was a terrible accident.
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i don't think they could have imagined how bad and how terrible it was. but the bus was through the windows on the sides. the school bus-type windows as we know, most all of us familiar with those, mr. speaker. so they climbed into that bus and began to look for survivors and to try to pull the survivors out and then those who -- the bodies of those who didn't survive. they worked frantically with other volunteers also who happened to come along to the scene. to remove the three survivors that i have mentioned. wilson and sadiadareen and lay them out on the bank. they were all medically trained. they were applying first aid. these three kid, these three students, 12 to 13 years old, two girls and a boy, were then transported by ambulance into the city in tanzania. i didn't know that this had happened, even though it was international news. but i was on an international trip as well into the balkans. i happened to be in bosnia at
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the moment. i received a phone call from dr. steve mire. steve mire is the founder of stem. the sueland and tanzania medical mission. his heart has gone out to tanzania nearly 20 years ago. he spends about half of each year there doing missionary work and providing and conducting orthopedic surgery, because he's an orthopedic surgeon. he's taught them how to farm and he's drilling wells for irrigation. and he also is running an educational system there that at least the last report i had, it was the largest nonpublic school in tanzania. all done by the drive and the inspiration and the heart of dr. steve mire and his wife, dana. . so the people that worked with him had contributed to the survival of the three students that have been pulled -- that they helped pull out of that bus. but yet i received a call from
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steve meyer. sarajevo, bosnia, and i stepped out of a reception to take a phone call. and when i see steve meyer i better answer the call. he's a friend, pheasant hunting buddy. i guess he's a neighbor -- in the neighborhood, not technically constituent but we are brothers by faith, by head, by heart. and i know the level of conviction that steve meyer has. and so i took his call and i stepped out of the reception and he said, you've already seen this on the news. i need your help. there are three students that will, one, probably two of them will not survive if we cannot get them out of tanzania. the third one likely will be handicapped for life but is more likely to survive. and i know that he does orthopedic surgery in tanzania and said, can't you help them there, fix them there? he said, no, i can't. we don't have the equipment in
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tanzania. we won't be able to save them unless we get them out of tanzania, get them back to suh city so we can perform the surgery necessary to put their bodies back together. that was his medical prognosis. now, i know from previous times that i've been around steve meyer, the level of conviction that he has and of course the depth of his heart. and so i said, i think i know what you need from me. and he said, yes, their parents need to go along, too, and we want to send along a doctor and a nurse. he said, i only just got a little bit of time and i am going to have to leave tanzania. we need to get them out of here while they are still alive. so my job was to accelerate the visas, the acquisition of visas for the three patients, kid patients, for each one of their mothers and for the doctor and for the nurse that needed to accompany them back to the united states and to promote
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and accelerate the issuance of passports which nobody had that needed to travel here either and that would be a function of the tanzanian government but a function we might be able to encourage. and so that was the easy part. doesn't sound easy, mr. speaker, but it was the easy part compared to the second part of the assignment dr. meyer said me. i need a medevac plane and we have to fly them out of tans kneea. i have everything set up in sioux city at mercy hospital. everybody will dedicate our time, the medical devices to do the reconstructive surgery, all that will be provided at no cost but we need to get them there and get them there fast. so this is a high emergency. and i hung up the phone and i began to make phone calls. and the fortunate thing was, i was leaving bosnia shortly to go to macedonia. while i employed the staff at the bosnian embassy, the u.s.
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embassy in bosnia to pull some phone numbers to me to start the outreach on this and to accelerate the effort to get the visas, promote the passports and get the medevac plane and i want to thank the people there at the u.s. embassy in bosnia for their work and their cooperation. so i shortly arrived in macedonia where now i have a new u.s. embassy team to put together phone numbers and made connections for me too. i spoke i believe it was from macedonia to the tanzanian embassy, u.s. embassy in tanzania. and i want to thank anthony paglia. anthony paglia is the officer who issued the visas and he was johnny on the spot. he couldn't have moved any more quickly or with any more conviction once i convinced him this was for real. it was interesting how that happened, mr. speaker, that the -- when a congressman calls a
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staff person in an embassy in tanzania, he doesn't know if it is a member of congress for one thing and what is the level of urgency and credibility of that call. i told him i can vouch for dr. steve meyer. and i've known him for a long time. i know the level of his credibility and his conviction, his heart. i've spoken to that, mr. speaker. relayed that to anthony paglia. and it seemed like the message wasn't clearly resonating because he didn't know dr. steve meyer. i said steve meyer is also working with -- working with lazaro naladu. he ran for prime minister in tanzania in the last election cycle. didn't win but a fairly high name recognition within tanzania. when i gave lazaro's name, you ard me hesitate saying his
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name. i hesitated on his name. i said lazaro, the prime minister candidate in tanzania is working with dr. meyer. and i can vouch for dr. meyer. i know lazaro and i know if the two of those are working together, this is a credible endeavor and you should help them in any way that you can. he finished up and gave me his last name. he said, we know him. he was the only candidate for prime minister that actually answered our phone calls. and so i knew he had a good relationship with the u.s. embassy and that they had all of the inseptemberive to move forward to expedite the visas and i asked anthony, find me also a medevac plane. that was a very big ask for somebody that's in the business of issuing visas for travel. and he said he would go to work on that. i knew it was very difficult. and so with the confidence of the visas, i would be moved expeditiously and that the encouragement to deliver the passports would be supported
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out of the u.s. embassy. i moved on to begin looking for a medevac plane. of course there is lifesaving techniques going on in the hospital in tanzania trifing to save the lives of these three badly broken bodies. so mr. speaker, as i moved from macedonia to albania, i have been continually making phone calls trying to find a medevac plane. i talked to the white house. i talked to the west wing of the white house and in particular communicated with steve bannon and others who then did the outreach to the department of defense and went so far as to check with stuttgart where they command africoms out of stuttgart, germany. the assets didn't exist in an available way. i reached even further into a security company that i have worked with who had my security in the middle east in iraq and afghanistan. they found a plane. this plane was sitting on the tarmac in the middle east. it could have gone down. it was set up well enough to be
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a medevac plane. but the price, because it was a leased plane, was $300,000. so i told them, i don't think i want to -- i don't think i want to spend that amount of money out of my kids' inheritance. i am not sure we can raise it to replace it. put that plane on hold because i want to make some more phone calls and see if there's a better alternative. i kept making phone calls and about 4:00 in that afternoon, the -- in a little back street in albania, i had a phone call connection that with reverend franklin graham. i want to give credit in the congressional record to elizabeth sottorholm who was a staff person out of our u.s. embassy in albania. cell was nearly down on my phone. connection was made through hers. i got an answer from reverend franklin graham.
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over the course of less than a five-minute conversation altogether, over the course of about three minutes i explained the situation to him and he said, reverend franklin graham of samaritan's purse said i have a dc-8 that i can fly and move them out of tanzania to sioux city, iowa. he said, i am willing to do that. i want to help. and i said, reverend graham, i don't know that i can raise the money for that. and he said, you don't have to. we'll take care of it. and at that moment i knew that we had the problem solved and we had a reasonable chance to save these three kids. and so of course i thanked him protuesdayively and i texted dr. meyer's number to franklin graham and franklin graham's number to dr. meyer. i said to each one of them, call each other right away. so that you can make this connection and get this plane set up and dispatched to
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evacuate these three patients out of tanzania. and dr. meyer had no idea this was going on. he was 30 minutes from boreding his commercial flight out of tans knee -- boarding his commercial flight out of tanzania to come back to iowa because of the obligations he could not have stayed. the phone rang and he answered it. on the other end this is franklin graham and i want to help. that's when steve meyer knew that the problems, the difficulties were going to be resolved. and so -- in any case at that point they set up the logistics. the plane arrived in tanzania, boarded these patients out of there and flew them back to the united states not without incident but back to the united states. again, i'm very, very grateful for all the people involved here. i want to let this congressional record know, mr. speaker, that the driving force behind this was dr. steve meyer, and it has been his heart to help the people of
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tanzania for two decades, and anybody that's been around him like i have been -- my pheasant hunting buddy and the times we have been involved in the fundraising efforts with stem in sioux city, you know he will make sure to get it done so why not make it easy as possible on him? and knowing when that call comes from above you answer that call. so i wanted to point out some things here on the posters. this is how this came together. these pictures were taken i believe 2 1/2 weeks ago, maybe 3 1/2 weeks ago. the accident took place may 6. so within a couple of weeks of the accident, they had finished the surgery of our three victims here, and the orthopedic surgery that went in and among them, mr. speaker, i will say among these three, there were five broken arms. and of the -- it was at least
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-- i believe three broken legs. there were two fractured spines. there were 17 broken bones altogether. there was a broken jaw over here. and this was a fractured spine in her neck. this is sadia. and wilson had a fractured femur. when you add this all up, it would have been -- i guess i better not necessarily point at which one but both of these girls were at great risk of death in tanzania and likely would not have made it. wilson here in the middle likely would have survived but he had a fractured femur where in tanzania be required they amputate his leg at the hip. now as of a week ago saturday, i went up to the sioux city bandit's football game, in-door football and they were co-captains for the team for the playoff game that took place that saturday night. they wheeled all three of them
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off to the field for the coin toss. they came back. there was a little stage where e saw the stage. they're now happy. their parents are delighted and very, very grateful. this picture -- this is dr. steve meyer here in the picture. i just can't say enough about a man who inspires everyone around him and makes things happen by force of will and faith that would not and we think could not have happened otherwise. and then of the patients here, wilson is the one that cracks me up the most. on that saturday night, this young fellow that would have by now lost his leg up at the hip, i leaned down and said to him, wilson, is what i heard about you yesterday, is that true? and he looked at me and smiled a little bit. well, what? i said, did you really kick a ball yesterday?
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did you stand up and kick a ball? he got this grin on his face and said yes. that's how far this has come. this is a happy result, mr. speaker. and i wanted to also show the picture here. here is wilson and his mother. give you an example. he has this smile. he's not the only one with the crew with a ready smile. part, he had a big wound in his head thaw don't see in the picture too. it doesn't suppress the grin on his face. we did a little press conference there. it was the first time he'd been out of the hospital room. the only thing he had seen in america was the inside of a hospital room and then wheeled down the hallway to the reception area of the hospital and he's there with two girls in their wheelchairs that was also taken the same day. and the press asked him, what is it you like best about america? well, the only thing he had seen about america was the inside of the hospital. he smiled and said everything. they asked him, what is your
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favorite food here? and he said, everything. and they asked him only one more question, is there anything else you'd like to say, wilson? he said, thank you. that's something the parents have been saying ever since. the three mothers that are here and the doctor and the nurse that are here also take care of them and they're now out of the hospital. they're at ronald mcdonald's house there in sioux city. they've been taking them out on occasion to get some fresh air and see what normal life is around our part of the country. and you can just see the heart in steve meyer here in this poster. and i would be remiss if i didn't have this poster up also tonight, mr. speaker. this is samaritan's purse. this is the dc-8 that reverend franklin graham dispatched to fly over three patients out of tanzania. and into sioux city, iowa.
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this is the people that have gathered at the departure wondering if they're ever going to see these three tanzanian kids ever again. many of these people will be at the state funeral for the 36 who were killed in that bus accident. tens of tens of thousands came to the stadium as the 36 caskets were lined up side-by-side and the nation went into mourning in tanzania because of the loss they had. the tragedy there that was commemorated by tens of thousands, probably over a hundred thousand tanzanians who came to the soccer stadium for the huge funeral they had, now some come to the airstrip to see these three survivors, three miracle kids from tanzania, to be flown off to america. they can only imagine what has been happening with the three
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children that were flown here to the united states. the father of one of these patients said to dr. myer, why, why, why? dr. meyer said, what do you mean, why? he said why are you willing to do this for our children? his answer was, we're christians and we're americans. that's why. so it is the head and the heart of our country, our people. it does come to us to reach out and lift others up and help them. we can be the can't help them all, can't save them all. every tpwhuns a while there's a cry out and a need for a chain of individual miracles linked together without a connection, by the way, between steve meyer and lozaro, who met years ago when lozaro was going to college in iowa, he went to college in iowa he was put together by steve meyer's pastor and steve meyer and they got to know each
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other and they became friends. because of that relationship, steve meyer went to tanzania and became one of the lead people on mission to tanzania. if it hadn't been for that he never would have formed stem, tanzania education mission. if that hadn't been formed, the workers wouldn't have been behind the bus, and if they hadn't been behind the bus we would have not heard about the injuries they had and wouldn't have had the connection to fly them back to the united states. i don't know lozaro myself, i don't have that to use to convince anthony paglia that this is a credible ask. he might have done it anyway. his head and his heart sounds good to me too, but it helped to have the series of networks already built. i bring this up, mr. speaker,
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because i want people to know, the people that are listening in here and especially young people as they form and shape their lives, that networking is worth a lot. and you can be the smartest person in the world with the best intentions in the world, but if you don't have relationships with people so you can communicate, you can share ideas, you can connect, and team up on projects, then you can't get a lot done. the smartest person in the world in a phone book hasn't had much effect on our society but people with good convictions and good relationships and positive attitudes and a good heart can get a lot done that is good if they -- if they're connected with the right people. so i just encourage especially young people, go out there and build those networks. build them while you're young. build them while you're in school. when you're k through 12rk when you're in college, after college, when you're building those networks of young people that are going into the profession together and understand that 40 years later, you're still going to have
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friends you can call on to produce a good and positive result if you build those relationships and those network. not be reclusive, push yourself out there and build friendships with people. that multiplied themselves over and over again. i'm grateful that franklin graham took my call and i carried enough credibility that that actually worked that way too. that's another piece of networking. but i can't thank reverend grank lynn graham enough. i remember sitting in my living room, watching a black and white tv while billy graham was pleaching and calling for an altar call. that's a little bit of how we grew up in our family clear back then when tv's were back and -- were black and white. now his son, reverend franklin graham, took a phone call from me from albane in aa that resulted in a dc-8 being dispatched to fly the three patients out of tanzania to sioux city, iowa, where they
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received surgery to repair 17 broken bones and by the way with all the medical devices donated by the company that produced them as well. nd when i look at this, doreen was paralyzed, particularly in her right leg, and there was no confidence as to whether she would ever be able to have any feeling in that game or ever be able to walk again. today she has feeling in that leg, she has movement in that leg and my level of confidence that she'll walk again is pretty high right now. all the other prayers have been answered, why not this one? i think the day comes when these three arrive back in tans knee yasm i'll predict the date. i think it'll be the 18th or 19th of august they'll be flown back to tanzania and i believe that these three patients with their mothers with them will walk down the steps off that
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plane onto the soil of tanzania and i believe that there will be tens of thousands of tanzanians there to welcome them back home again and the complotion of this series of miracle that came about because one person, steve meyer, had the right head and heart at all times and had the right networks with people like lozaro and people working in our u.s. embassies like anthony paglia, who set up that call and our ambassadors within each of those places that promoted and allowed this to happen including ambassador lue and ambassador bahlau. -- bailey. i got the good news when i was in kosovo that it was likely to be completed then, that they had reached that transaction. i called it a transaction. they had put together the he lowe gistics so the plane was going to pick them up. i found myself then at the
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vatican shortly after that and kind of as maybe a little extra frosting on the cake i was offered the opportunity to do the bible reading at st. peter's basilica at the vatican that sunday and i don't know how that came to me unless it was just a little reward from god that said, well done. well done by a lot of people. and these young people are now reconstructed, they're -- their reconstructive surgery is completed and they're on the mend. two of the three are standing and walking and getting stronger and each of them are taking physical therapy and they're -- their attitudes are good, their pain levels are down and i -- the projection is that by mid to late august they'll be ready to go back to tanzania. that's an american success story, mr. speaker. and it's one that i'm happy to relay here on the floor of the house of representatives. and deliver the credit to so many people who did so much to
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make this work, particularly dr. steve meyer but all of that for three kids in tanzania who, it's a miracle that they survived the bus accident and now for their futures, the three miracle kids of tanzania have a legacy to live up to. i expect that in years going forward in 10, 20, 30, 40 years from now, wherever they go in the world, wherever they go especially in tanzania, they will be known as the tans kneen miracle kids, the one -- the tanzanian miracle kids, the ones who survived against such improbable odds and out of them should come the kind of ambassadorship that links together tanzania and the united states. who knows what gets built to help them help themselves. who knows how much their agriculture will be expanded so they can raise their own food. who knows how much of their infrastructure will be built out
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because of what comes from the young people whose lived were changed by what we have here. who knows how much of their spirit of faith is going to be bolstered by the good hearts of people that only want to do something good, only wanted to reach out their hand and help. so mr. speaker, i'm very happy and grateful that this story is on its way to a very happy conclusion. and i can't say enough about the -- about the children, about the mothers who expressed their gratitude. at the game. one of the mothers continued to always offer some little chicken strips for my granddaughter , my 10-year-old granddaughter rachel, and rachel couldn't quite understand why she was supposed to be eating all the time and whenever rachel would take a beist it she would hear, you like, you reich. i said rachel it's because there are only a few words in english that this girl's mother knows and she wants to open up a conversation with you so she's
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offering you food and that's a way, her expressing gratitude not only to us but to our country and a way of having a conversation and communicating. so it's a good experience for rachel too. but i can't say enough about reverend franklin graham, samaire ta -- samaritan's purse, this severt global, didn't hesitate, it was not a five-minute conversation between me and reverend franklin graham that was able to set up this transportation and the conversation with franklin graham and dr. steve meyer, not very technical, it's where are they what do we need to do, how are we going to figure out how to be there, can we set the plane up to be a medevac plane , he expressed that to me also in the phone call with me. mr. speaker, this is a story that has, you know, it's on the way to a very, very happy condition collusion. i hope sometime maybe in september i can come back to the floor and report on the return of the tanzanian miracle kids, the ans -- to tanzania.
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and hopefully i'll have picture os they have crud that's -- crowd that's bound to be gathered in a great celebratory event, i'll say to counteract or be juxtaposed against the terrible, terrible tragedy of that bus accident that killed 36 and it was 33 students and two of the teachers and the bus driver. only these three children survived and they survived because they were at the back of the bus when the bus landed on its nose. 17 broken bone, two broken spines. five of six fractured arms. three or four of the legs fractured in one bone or another. i also -- i should say that dr. quentin derwood was the neurosurgeon who did a lot of that technical work on the spines along with dr. steve meyer. and he's one also that i know his head and heart is in the right place. i know i've left off many, many of the medical providers at mercy hospital in sioux city who
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donated their time and are so dedicated to this. i regret i didn't have a list to read into the record but i also want to express my gratitude to those i left off the list. with that, i believe that i should conclude my presentation here on the tanzanian miracle kids and again thank all of those that are involve involved -- that are involved, and transition my discussion to other things that are of concern here in america. i want to ker, transition over to the shooting last wednesday in the prack till -- practice ball field in alexandria. i want to thank everyone across this country who offered their prayers for the recovery of all of those who were injured in this shooting. and especially our whip, our majority whip, steve scalise.
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he -- his nickname for me and mine for him for years has been scrapper. we call each other scrapper. steve scalise is a scrapper. he's a fighter he took an awfully hard hit last wednesday and it did significant damage to him. all the medical reports that we've been getting after the first 36 hours or so have been of improvement of his condition. i don't suppose, and i say this for steve's benefit, i don't suppose l.s.u.'s less in the college world series by a score of 13-1 improved his condition that much. but he is a baseball player and a baseball fan. he is a very dedicated l.s.u. fan and they're still in the college world series, as i understand it. one that's a double elimination tournament. so they are in -- winners -- they are leaders in the losers bracket so to speak but they have a chance to battle back and still win.
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he is battling back and he is a winner. his strength is coming back. the time for him, the day will come when he comes to this floor to cast a vote. i don't know how long that's going to be, mr. speaker. but i can only anticipate the cheers of joy that this house of representatives will utter when the day comes that steve scalise comes back to this floor to vote, to count vote, and he is the vote counter for the majority in this house of representatives. it's one of the most important jobs in this place, if you bring a bill to the floor and you can't produce the votes to get it to pass, it's a pretty heavy embarrassment and steve scalise has gotten that art down pretty well. i always want to make that job as easy for him as i can provided i agree with him on the policy, of course. but in steve scalise, whether you agree with him on the policy or whether you don't , he has the personal support and prayers
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of the vast majority of the members here on this floor and across this country and he's an individual that you've got to like him. you've got to like him personally. in front of the lincoln room, lincoln fireplace where he used to sit back in the day as well. and his two kids and his wife are also certainly near him whenever they can be and by his bed side whenever they can be. it's a time when the family is going through a fair amount of grief and stress too, but it's not -- steve scalise isn't the only story in this and that would be that matt mika was the lobbyist for tyson's food was the second most seriously injured in the shootings last wednesday. without describing his wounds here into the record, i just
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want to make sure the record it was r. speaker, that a very serious wound that matt mika took and his recovery looks positive at this point. it's also one of those things that day by day it gets a little better. each one of these individuals, steve scalise and matt mika, had it be a different scenario, remote location, without an almost immediate medevac by hospital out of there and to the hospital i am going to say if they had been in a remote location we would have likely lost them both. there's -- so it's a tempted murder by a fellow we don't need to bring charges against now because he has gone to the morgue. and that result is the result of the two officers that were there providing the security for steve scalise. krystal griner, i believe her name was, and also david bailey. one of the most uplifting things that i have seen was at
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the congressional baseball game last thursday night at the national stadium when i saw joe torre come out to the mound and i thought he was going to throw out the first pitch and they introduced, it was roberto clementa's son or grandson, i couldn't hear clearly enough to tell, he's also at the mound. but then this fellow came out on crutches that had one leg up off the ground and as he went out there i realized who it was, david bailey. the man who had actually taken the shooter out just the day before and took a wound himself in the leg, came to the ballgame and on crutches went out to the mound and he handed over one of those crutches and leaned on the other one and threw out the first pitch. it was a tremendous moment. it was the best moment of the evening, mr. speaker. it was the equivalent of neil diamond going back -- going to the red sox stadium after the boston bombing and singing
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"sweet caroline" at the seventh inning stretch. those things when we see it has a lot more meaning than just throwing the ball into home plate or singing a song at the seventh inning stretch. it's something that uplifts and motivates all of us and should unify all of us together. this ghastly killing that -- i say the attempted killing that took place by hodgkinson was something we don't doubt that some of us was gemmed up by the vitriol and part of the vernacular and part of the arena today in politics. and there are more examination of his facebook paining and his other communications and people that were around him that will go on as we try to understand what motivated this man. but there's no question it was political. and i believe that he was radicalized by the political dialogue that has been taking place in this country. and that radicalization took place in a way in his mind that we won't understand.
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i remember speaker pelosi saying everybody is not as stable as we are. and that when -- their words -- that words weigh a ton on people that aren't stable. and sometimes they're motivated into violence. that doesn't mean we can prevent the violence by preventing the dialogue, but it doesn't mean that we -- when we clash we should clash on policy. we should disagree on policy and the best method to bring this policy forward, but it should not be personal. we should not be demonizing the other side. we should stick to the -- there's going to be a disagreement in ideology. our founding fathers understood that. they set up this competition here in this congress to drain the stress off of the streets of america. and it was one of the results here is that we come to this place on the floor of this
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house and when we disagree we don't challenge the motive of the person we disagree with. we challenge the ideas and we try to present better ideas and the best ideas are to prevail in the mind of the public. that's how it was designed to be. that's why every two years we have an election here and why there's no appointments to the house of representatives. everybody that has a vote card in this place, all 435 of us, that's a vote card earned in election, not one that's been handed by a governor's appointment, for example, which is the case in the senate from time to time when there's a vacancy. but we're elected every two years, and our founding fathers looked at this and said we are going to be the hot cup of coffee or hot cup of tea, perhaps, is perhaps what they were referencing at the time so we could react quickly to the will of the people. but the senate, six-year election instead of two so the hot ideas that come here to the house of representatives can be
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tempered in the cooling saucer of the six-year term of the senate. but it's about bringing ideas here, bringing them here quickly every two years and then those fresh ideas wash across to the senate and the senate is designed to step back and take a look and a deep breath and then with the judgment of both bodies come together and conference committee and conference report and send those results to the president of the united states elected every four years. it was of course the commander in chief commands our military. has authority to do all kinds of things including -- he has the full authority to do all kinds of things, mr. speaker. but the point i want to make is this. during the obamacare debate in 2010 in that march period of time when this capitol was surrounded by the american people and circled and there were six to eight people deep in a human doughnut around the
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capitol, not just a human chain and you reached people, six or eight deep packed together all the way around the capitol. there is no picture of that human doughnut around the capitol because there was no airspace allowed for anything to fly up there and take pictures of us standing around in that fashion. but during that period of time, i had walked from the judiciary committee over here to the house of representatives and on the way i came by a lady that i had seen her in the gallery of the judiciary committee quite a number of times. and i never talked to her but as i walked by her i felt compelled to speak to her, mr. speaker. and as i did she said, you've got to stop arguing. you've got to stop debating. you got to get to a compromise. you got to get to compromise and move on. we can't have these arguments in our country. we can't have this kind of stress, this kind of pressure. and i hadn't answered a question of anybody differently than -- that day, i answered her differently, mr. speaker. it was -- just kind of clicked in my mind and i said to her,
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did you ever think that because we come to this city together and we debate our disagreements here in open debate and we air out our beliefs and convictions and we weigh our options and we bring new ideas in and we churn those ideas, did you ever think because we do that this way in america that it keeps us from being at each other's throats and fighting each other in the streets of america? and i know that's how it was designed to be, to drain off that hot-bloodedness that comes through debate and by public -- not only by debate but legitimate elections that reflect the voices and the will of the people is the biggest thing that keeps us from having revolutions in america. we have them. we have them every two years and an election, they are in a way a revolution and new ideas come here. we cost those votes and change the policy and adjust to the will of the american people and that keeps us from having revolutions in the streets of america. but how long will that last,
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mr. speaker? how long can that last in a country where we had a legitimate election last november 8 and there's that ever growing group of people that seem to be denying the very results of our legitimate election? the constitutionally elected president of the united states is donald j. trump. and it's not an arguable or refuteable point. you can say that hillary clinton won more popular votes than donald trump. well, that's like saying, you know, the packers beat the bears but the bears ran up more yards than the packers so they don't have a legitimate win. they're not playing by the rules on the football people of who runs up the most total yards. it's who has the most points on the scoreboard. you can run the ball up and down the field, but if you can't get across the goal line or kick it through the uprights you don't score. and if you don't score and the other team does, you lose. hat's how -- that's how this
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constitutional election takes place are the rules. the rules written into our constitution and have been barely altered over more than 200 years because they were so wisely put in place. the electoral college decides the president of the united states, and the ballots are cast here on the floor of the house of representatives, and that's the official tally that rings up who is the president of the united states. there's no part of this process that is legitimately refuted by the other side but they say, we are the resistance. and the loser in the last presidential election wants to be the leader of the resistance. the leader of the resistance and one who has looked for a lot of reasons why she's not the president of the united states. and i would quote chuck grassley on how you define that. as one of his elections years ago, this is a back channel story about him but he's a
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person i admire and have great affection for and senior senator from iowa, now chairman of the senate judiciary committee. they continually asked him when he was first elected to the federal office here, you know, why did you win? why did you win? he didn't want to say anything anymore. just happy enough with the victory. finally as he walked away from the press they said, mr. grassley, why did you win, and he turned and he said, i got more votes than the other guy. and he walked away. well, that's pretty good point, chuck grassley. nd in this case, donald j. trump got more electoral votes but he earned those legitimately by elections within the states that converted those electoral votes to his side. that's how it's supposed to be. to deny that then subverts the constitutional results of an elected president. it subverts the mandate that comes with the election of a president. it diminishes the credibility
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of our constitutionally structured government that is there. and it bogs down our process. so when i see demonstrations in the streets, mr. speaker, that say the resistance in the front and then there's another big banner up there that says, be ungovernable. we don't want to be an ungovernable people, mr. speaker. we want to be a governable people and when we elect a president and senators and house members and our offices in the states for our state representatives and our state senators, when we elect our governors, when we elect our other constitutional offices that are there, we need to respect the results of that and give them their respect and let them do their jobs. i especially want to encourage them, keep your campaign promises. follow through on those campaign promises, but when we have masses of people in the streets that go out to demonstrate against the results of a legitimate election, we start to look like the third
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world. can't we have on both sides of the aisle, can't we have republicans over here and democrats over here and leftists over on the extreme there and some conservatives over here that i think are constitutionalists myself, can't we have them respect the stem enough to respect the duly represented -- respected representatives there so there aren't demonstrateses in the streets? 600,000, 700,000 people swarmed the treets in equal to inauguration to protest against the inauguration and newly inaugurated president trump? majority of them were women wearing those knitted pink caps carrying around some of the most vulgar signs i have seen anywhere, in fact, most vulgar sign i have seen protesting the president of the united states and why? i talked to a lot of them, more than probably wise, mr.
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speaker, but i did take them down to this. you are obstructing and subverting the constitutional results of this election. and if you want to live in a free country, if you want to live in a constitutional republic, if you want -- if you want to be able to receive and earn the benefits of the free enterprise system we have, the rule of law that we have, the constitutional government we have, this american spirit that's a can-do spirit that brings some of the most -- the vigor of the planet here to america that employs their industryousness and grows our g.d.p. and contributes to the living standard in america, if you want all that to happen, then you can't be obstructing the results of the elections because we'll end up in the third world. if you destroy the rule of law in america by protesting in the streets and being ungovernable, if you're an ungovernable people, we're not going to be a constitutional republic forever. if you remember what ben
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franklin said when they came out of the constitutional convention in philadelphia and a woman asked him what have you given us? and he said, a republic, madam if you can keep it. we kept it for a long time and we need to continue to keep it. ronald reagan said freedom doesn't last morn a generation unless you fight for it and defend it. we have to fight for it and defend it. if we fail to teach our young people the value of the constitutional republic, if we fail to teach them the continuation of the history of this great nation we are blessed to be part of, then eventually they'll build a disrespect. they're already building it in many of the colleges and universities across the land. disrespect turns into contempt that contempt turns into sometimes violence in the speech that shuts down freedom of speech. charles murray gets drummed off
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the stage , he can't give a speech buzz they disagree with what they think he's going to say. when that happens to others along the way that aren't able to give the speech they want to give. hen brigitte gabriel, an americanized person from israel, she was wounded in the bombing as a little girl she watched television on battery operated tv, she saw "bonanza" and "dallas" that showed the quality and character of the american life. she understood that we're a people, and she said this just last wednesday morning right after we learned of the shooting, she said she learned as a little girl, 8 to 10 years old, that americans are people that candice agree without having that breakdown into violence or without hurling acquisitions -- accusations and insults at the person we
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disagree with. we are a people that have a quality of our character that we candice agree with each other and do so and still be friends. and respect the opinions of the other. that's one of those things that keep this is republic going and keeps it successful. but i'm watching it digress. i'm watching as people more often instead of listening to a position and then issuing the counterpoints, instead hurl insults. and throw a tantrum. in fact it happened today in the judiciary committee. i'll let others look that up for now, mr. speaker. but when our emotions rule our intellect, then we start to devolve toward third world. when our intellect controls our emotions, then the age of reason can continue to improve and achieve. i mean, we're cauntry that has a foundation of blessings. and some of that foundation is the foundation of western civilization itself.
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and i would root this america, which is now the dominant component of western civilization is the united states of america. if we let the rest of the world be subsumed by other sets of values that don't respect the success of western civilization, eventually the part that we're able to hold together here will be less because we'll have fewer allies around the world and eventually we'll be surrounded by other ideologies that will want to consume or supplant us here in america. and so i want our children to know, mr. speaker, that this gift that is america is rooted in the pillars of american exceptionalism, whose roots are in western civilization, and our rule of law which is so essential that we restore that rule of law in here in america. you can trace the rule of law back to old england and one of the places that you can see that is just go down the road to jamestown here in virginia, and go there and look at the site
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where the jamestown settlers landed. and there, one of the first buildings they built was a church, but even before that, mr. speaker, they planted a cross there on the shores of the atlantic ocean where you could look across to the east to the old country to england. and there they knelt and offered a prayer. and i think it would take a little too long to call up that -- call that up on my iphone and i don't have it committed to memory, but they understood the destiny of america, the destiny to spread our freedom and be evangelists for the world that prayer is so profound that i will grab that and put that into the congressional record a little later, mr. speaker. it's one of the first things they did at jamestown. but additionally, inside that church they built and now there's a church that's been built just outside the old foundation that they laid at that time so you can walk inside
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the church and stand there and see the old foundation that was of the church that was built maybe not in 1607 but very close to 1607. there's a poster, a sign inside and it's fitting that it's on the east wall on the inside of the church. it says here, here in this place, in 1607, english common law came to the new world. that's a profound thing to stand there and read and understand that that is what that meant to the earliest settlers in america, english common law arrived. the rule of law arrives with them. and that rule of law, what's it rooted in? it's rooted in, once you go back to old england, you can trace the law to the romans who occupied, and that roman law can be traced back to the birth of christ and before. the roman law also can be traced
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back through greece, who shared a fair amount of that respect and rule of law they had to be successful nations, they had to have a rule of law. and it can be traced then from the rowmans and the greeks back to moses himself. mosaic law is the foundation for law in america. and it's traceable, the greek philosophers and leaders in greece would talk about the rule of law. they would sometimes be teased and ridiculed by their competitors who say, that's not your thoughts, you borrowed that from moses, that's mosaic law, i can hear it in your voice, that's where it came from. mosaic law is traced to greece and rome and from rome then on to western europe where the rowmans occupied much of that, all the way to england and beyond. that's one of the pill loofers american exceptionalism is the rule of law. if you would pull that out of the equationing of the history
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of the united states of america, you would end up with an entirely different country. an entirely different culture. entirely different structure here. but we respect the law. we don't have police officers that pull us over because they need money for their children and accept a bribe because they said they were speeding. if any of that happens, we look at their badge number and that officer is soon out of a job. we clean our society up of those kind of things. but that's not the case in third world countries. i mean, they know what it means south of the border. it happens in country after country. here, we respect the law. we have open meetings laws where a function of government is out in the open so the public can be in and participate. that's rooted clear back in the greek, well, in the greek city state. and i recall going into the national archives to take a look and stand and gaze at the declaration of independence and the bill of rights where you can get your hand within eight
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inches of that parchment where they pledged their live, they fortunes, and their sacred honor. as i waited to step before the declaration, there was a display of the artifacts from the greek city states. where they would gather together all the eligible aged men and at that time it was only men and of course now today we fixed that. they would gather them together, they'd all have a voice. they had a situation where they -- there would be what we call demagogues. and the greek demagogues would be those so skillful in their oratorical skills they could wind up the emotions of the other greeks and sometimes get them to stampede in the wrong direction. if they consistently stampeded their fellow citizens in the -- in an illogical direction, eventually they would say, well, i don't know what the name would be of the greek individual but maybe it would be like demetrius is causing too much trouble for
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us, we're going to have to black ball him. so if a demagogue was too effective, caused too much damage to public policy, they would go through and there would be one door there you'd vote in, the next -- one gourd there you'd vote in, the next would be the discard. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. king: would get a white and blackmarrable they would cast their ballot, black ball that greek demagogue, banish from the city state. there's much that's rooted in part of this country that's root back in that era. we need to teach it and have respect for each other. with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017 the chair recognizes the gentleman from nebraska, mr. fortenberry, or 30 minutes.
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mr. fortenberry: thank you, madam speaker. last week as we are all too aware a gunman opened fire on members of congress and staff assistants as they were practicing for the annual bipartisan baseball game to raise money for a washington-based charity. among those who were injured was -- is my dear friend and colleague congressman steve scalise, the house majority whip. as news of this event came in right before our weekly nebraska breakfast, a 74-year tradition, by the way, bipartisan tradition, in which the entire nebraska delegation gets
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together on a weekly basis and invites anyone from our home state to gather with us, as that was about to occur, i heard the news of the shooting. i felt bewildered, shocked, numb. as further reports came in from my colleagues throughout the morning, i heard that steve was playing second base at the time of his shooting. e crawled from the infield leaving a trail of blood. mr. speaker, isn't a movie, these are not distant figures. these are our friends, our colleagues, people who work right here in this institution. representative scalise and i frequently interact on the nuances of policy and sometimes differences of policy. and no matter what our disagreements, and believe me, there are hard differences even on one side of the political
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aisle, no matter what the differences might be, steve always has worked with me in a cordial, professional, constructive and perhaps most importantly gentlemanly manner. it's just who he is. so regardless of what anyone may think of his policies, his political point of view, congress or the g.o.p., he did not deserve to be shot. as noted by senator rand paul who was also at the practice, were it not for the courageous united states capitol police officers who accompanied representative scalise to events, this would have been a massacre. were it not for the first responders from the alexandria police department and fire and rescue, many of those injured, for them it could have been much, much worse. my heart fwose out to steve kalisz and the others who were
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injure -- my heart goes out to steve scalise and others injured in this event. however my words can't stop there. for years now, across multiple administrations and across party line, we have seen accelerating political rain cor in our country that goes way -- rancor in our country that goes way beyond normal politics. it's hard to get your mind around some of the stuff people write. it's awful. and it goes beyond just pointed language. it's now so frequent, so violent, and so directly threatening that security personnel are working overtime to keep up with it. mr. speaker, you know this. many good men and women of differing political perspectives work in the united states congress. these are people who have accomplished important things in their own home communities and

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