tv U.S. House Meets for Morning Hour CSPAN June 28, 2017 9:59am-10:51am EDT
was so well taken care of, we had a system who had a triple bypass, with that outcome and this lady was talking about some buddy from canada. who and canadian people live in the united states, you ask whether don't give up their citizenship in canada? because they have to go back to canada if they have a medical problem they need to be taken care of. i am so sick of people saying we are waiting in lines and we don't get the doctors we want to see, that is all not true. health insurance works, national health-insurance. i would vote on that trying to get it into this country also. one more thing, you find out in medicalall of their offices are free and who is paying for it? they are. they have free medical insurance, they do not. john: that is going to be our our call before we end program today.
the house is getting ready to come in for the day, to gavel in. live coverage begins in just a minute and we will see you tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern and 4:00 a.m. pacific. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] order. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. june 28, 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable mike bost to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2017, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leader leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties . all time shall be equally allotted -- 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 majority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio, mr. gibbs, for five minutes. mr. gibbs: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm disappointed to har that the -- hear that the senate won't be able to take up the health care bill this week but it's a toughish shue. it's a tough issue at least on my side of the aisle we want to do the right thing. we want to make sure people can buy health insurance that's affordable and accessible and not for people to have issues. in the house bill we did pass a bifment one of the biggest issues is pre-existing conditions. we made sure people with pre-existing conditions can buy health insurance reasonably priced, similar people with nonhe pre-existing conditions, then we kicked in billions of dollars to subsidize those premiums to help those people be in the insurance market. i think it's important for
those people are in the insurance market have access to that's affordable. and it's just -- i think it's un-american to pull the rug out from people because they got sick. obamacare, that's it really is imploding. in ohio, this is from the ealth human services agency, obamacare in ohio since 2013 premiums have increased 86%. almost 236,000 families pay almost $44 million in penalties because they couldn't afford their health insurance. then we also -- there is a myth ut there that price has goon through the roof. it's collapsing because the current administration. well, if you look at the facts, the average premium skyrocketed by nearly $3,000 through the roof. across the previous ring the administration's final term.
83 insurers left the market and the average exchange premiums 25% last year alone. americans living in one -- roughly 1/3 of previous administration's final term. 83 our nation's counties have only one option of health care coverage, precisely because this loss continued to fail. all this has occurred prior to this current administration. i got a phone call last night from a lady that i have known for over 30 years. she's self-employed running a service-type business. she was struggling to pay her health care under the obamacare exchanges. then she paid all these last few years that she didn't get sick she wouldn't be able to meet the deductible. she works 12-hour days. she's one of those counties, at least 20 counties in ohio, as of now will not have an insurer in the individual market for next year. she's one of those counties. she has no options to buy health insurance next year and called me up and said i don't know what i'm going to do. didn't have a good answer for her. that's why we need to get this done. previous to obamacare, i don't know if a lot of people realize this, when i was a self-employed farmer, i bought my health insurance through
association plans. obamacare did away with association plans and forced people on the exchanges and mandated what kind of coverage you had to buy. ironically, as a member of congress, i am required to be on obamacare, i am. the ironic thing about t. next year if things don't change, i was forced to be on the d.c. exchange, if i was forced to be in my county exchange back where i live, my county does not have the health insurer in the individual market next year. it's ironic as a member of congress if i wasn't on the d.c. exchange i wouldn't be able to buy health insurance next year on my exchange back home because it won't be available. how do we fix this? i think we have to incorporate free market principles. get the cost down. then the market will work. how do we get the cost down? we have to have price discovery. how do you get that? competition. i think health savings accounts is one way you get competition and personal responsibility. brings it back. people will shop around in nonemergency-type basis and
helps drive the cost down. you know what? obamacare did away with health savings accounts. tort reform, we need to make sure that our doctors practicing medicine don't have to worry about having frivolous lawsuits and night that defensive medicine thing. really important. buy insurance across state lines. we have it in property and casualty insurance, auto insurance. we ought to have it in the health insurance. you ought to have options to buy insurance where you want, it ought to be portable, you have that health savings account to take with you. these are. so things we can do. we have to let the market work. it's my hope that the senate, this is a tough issue, they are working through t. they want to do the right thing. they want to make sure that people, americans, have affordable, high quality health care coverage that they can afford and buy. we need to work through that. they are working through that. i think they'll get there. hopefully we'll get a bill on the president's desk so people like my friend, i have known
for over 30 years, will be able to buy health insurance next year and not have to worry about that risk of what happens if i get sick. will she have to go on medicaid? one out of four americans today are on medicaid. that's not a good option because you know what? i'm seeing some of our physicians are not treating medicaid patients. you know why? because they are a service business. so many hours in the day. they got to have people with health insurance or self-payers and they can't have too many people on their client portfolio that have medicaid where the reimbursements are too low for the cost of service. that's what we moved . to thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. i listened to my friend from ohio and i'm just kind of wondering how he gets to that position. the affordable care act didn't do away with health savings accounts. that's a fact that can be easily verified. the notion that somehow
their 49-page report available online to any member of congress to the public pointed out that the health exchanges are not collapsing. they are actually in pretty good shape. they could be made stronger with relatively simple changes. because what we have seen for the last seven years, the republican plan has been to chip away at the affordable care act. to make it worse. to create more uncertainty. nd recently the administration refused to advertise to help people join it and eliminated enforcement of the mandate making the market even more unstable. how do we have such an alternative universe? i suggest that one of the problems is that my friends on the republican side of the aisle who crafted the house bill and who are working in secret in the senate crafting
the senate bill, they listened to the wrong people. they listen the to a small group of people, some of whom benefit from the republican approach because there are extra subsidies that go to them, or people that been fit from massive -- benefit from massive tax cuts that frankly, they don't need, they listened to people who are all about political talking points and not about the facts of health care in america. in most -- most of all, they don't talk to real people on the ground who would be affected. $773 universe is a billion cut over the next 10 years to medicaid not a reduction? tell a 75-year-old widow who is looking at being in a nursing home for the rest of her life,
6% of our medicaid funding goes to people in nursing homes. it's almost half of the total funding, tell them that that's not going to be a cut. that that's not going to redust services. maybe not make -- reduce services. maybe not make it available at all. 64% of people in nursing homes rely on medicaid. there are 15 million people who are not going to have health care if the republican proposal goes into effect. according to the objective independent score people. but you can look at the calculations yourself as a member of the public. the kaiser organization has a calculator that you can figure out whether people are better off under the existing plan or under the republican alternative. person in utah making person i
would pay $400 after tax credits. deductible. ,000 they are not talking to real people. situation in baker oregon, a 0-year-old, is going to face 128% increase if the republican proposal goes into effect. a 60-year-old woman in strong, maine, making almost $45,000 a year, is currently eligible for a credit of about $7,000, which means that she gets a comprehensive policy in 2020 for $4,500. but the republican senate plan would result in her cost in 2020 being $15,000 a year. a third of her income. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. blumenauer: i invite the
public to investigate for themselves and see who the republicans aren't listening to. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak about trio programs, which are for more than 50 years helped millions of low-income students attend college. often these students are the irst in their family to earn a college degree. trio programs have helped low-income and disabled students who want to pursue a higher education but thought college college was unaffordable and out of reach. children from disadvantaged families often struggle to access important mentoring, tutoring, and other hands-on services designed to help encourage high school completion and pursue a post secondary education. sadly these students are often unprepared for college academics and require remedial course that is add to the challenges of completing a program.
too many disadvantaged students simply give up on even applying college because they are confused by the application process. overwhelmed by the cost or unaware of the available financial aid options despite our best efforts to ensure the information is available and understandable. recognizing these challenges, the federal government has created several programs to help disadvantaged students access the support necessary to realize the dream of a college degree. for example, college preparation retention programs such as trio, upward bound, talent search, and student support services provide a pipeline of support services and encourage low-income students to graduate high school and earn a post secondary degree. mr. speaker, just last week the house unanimously approved the strengthening career and technical education for the 21st century act to re-authorize the carl d. perkin act and support skills-based career education. this bill will help close the skills gap that exists today
and prepare students for in demand jobs. trio programs are just as important to help those who want to pursue a college degree have the resources necessary to do so. as a senior member on the house education and work force committee, i'm a strong supporter of trio. i'm also a member of the house trio caucus and because i want all americans to have higher education opportunity if that's the path that they choose. the trio program dates back to the economic opportunity act of 1964 in response to the administration's war on poverty. that's when upward bound was formed. in 1965, talent search the second outreach program was created as part of the higher education act. in 1968, student support service, which was originally known as special services for disadvantaged students, was authorized by the higher education amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. for the late 1960's, the term trio was coined to describe
these three federal programs. over the years the trio program has been expanded and improved to provide a wide arrange of services for more students who need assistance. in 1990, the department created the upward bound math and science program to adress need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science. . first generation college students and individuals with disabilities reach their full potential. i support these programs and want to see each american reach his or her educational goals. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes. mr. gutierrez: mr. speaker, june is immigrant heritage month in the united states, but to celebrate that house republicans made this
anti-immigration week in the congress. the advocates against legal immigration have their annual talk radio festival here in d.c. this week to talk about cutting off immigration. talk radio hosts talk about why criminalizing immigrants and turning misdemeanors into felonies is a good thing for america. they trade stories while broadcasting on the air about immigrants doing horribly bad things to people in america as if we were in a national crime spree of brown people killing white people. the goal of talk radio host is to reimpose the anti-immigration fever and allow a subsounding game show host to take over their party. the main organization behind the gathering of talk radio host is fair, the federation against american immigration reform, which we should note is designated as a hate group by the southern poverty law center. that's the organization in alabama that is responsible for suing the k.k.k. out of the mainstream.
it's like d.w. griffith might rise up from his grave to film, rebirth of a nation the sequel because they want to take our immigration policies back to the 1920's when the klan marched openly in washington and they want to get rid of anyone here who is deportable or could be deportable by passing new laws to criminalize them. now, to coincide with talk radio anti-immigration week, republicans are putting on a passion play of their own in the house of representatives by bringing two anti-immigrant bills to the floor. so we have a coordinated campaign for broadcasts, lawmakers and the anti-immigration advocates to pressure congress into passing bills to paint immigrants as a threat to our national and community safety right out of the trump playbook. and the question is not whether or not these bills will pass the house. they will pass. but whether democrats will be tempted to vote for tough-sounding measures because they are afraid to be labeled by conservative talk radio hosts as weak on punishing the quote-unquote murdering,
rapists, drug-dealing mexicans. they think are lurking in every alley. of course, these are not what these bills do at all. truth and talk radio don't normally go together, especially in the era of trump. one bill is h.r. 3004, named for kate steinle, a young woman shot and killed by an immigrant nearly two years ago in san francisco. it happened in july, and as you remember, i was the first person to come to the floor and give a speech denouncing kate's killing and calling for laws to keep people like him off the streets. a week later while talking about various immigration issues in spanish in telemondayo, after it was aired right -- telemundo, after it was aired they said i was speak being kate. i had already spoken specifically about kate's death here on the floor. but what is coming to the floor this week would not have kept kate steinle's killer off the
street. it would have had no impact on that case whatsoever. instead we're voting on a bill to put other people in different circumstances in jail for longer periods of time. it's a bait and switch strategy, use a horrible strategy to sell a policy that would not have prevented that death. so that we put immigrants in jail for longer periods of time and prevent them from ever living legally in the united states. the other bill, 3003 is designed to take away from america's largest cities and counties, specifically from efforts to fight crime. yes, take money away from them. grants that would help local police to fight crime would be eliminated under this bill from 600 of the country's largest jurisdictions. that doesn't sound like crime fighting because it isn't. so why are we doing this? because republicans in washington think they have a better idea of how to fight crime than county executives, state legislators, mayors and local police chiefs.
do what we say or we'll take away your money is what republicans are saying to big cities and,. and that is the a-- cities and that's the approach being taken by the conservatives who always talk about how state and local people should be trusted more and protected from federal mandates. well, i guess not when it comes to immigrants. this is why the types of bills are opposed by the national fraternal order of police and other police organizations. so to all the talk radio hosts and advocacy groups, why are you on the opposing side of the national fraternal order of police, and why would any democrat want to cross that blue line to stand with you? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, or five minutes. mr. poe: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to tell megan's story from her point of view and her
beliefs. she was smart, kind, ambitious and funny. she loved other people. after attending high school in austin, texas, she enrolled in the university of alabama. she had a beautiful life. that was until she was sexually assaulted in january, 2015. after a night of drinking with her friends, megan was ready to go home and go to bed. however, a final dressed young businessman who referred to himself as sweet tea offered to give her a ride. you see, mr. speaker, sweet tea was from the richest family news can loosea, alabama, and -- tuscaloosa, alabama and was a big financial backer of that university. megan didn't remember climbing into his sleek mercedes but woke up in his southern mansion and knew something was wrong. megan said she resisted his initial advances and repeatedly told him she wanted to go home.
he refused to do so. instead, he sexually assaulted her and then he fell off to sleep. she tried to get out of the room but the door was locked, and desperate to escape, megan climbed out of the mansion's second story bedroom window and went to his car looking for her keys. it was there she discovered a handgun sweet tea had in the car all the time but took it for her safety on her walk home. doing everything a rape victim should do, she immediately called the police and went to the hospital. but it's here, mr. speaker, that the system, she says, started to fail her. the hospital wasn't sufficiently trained in sexual assault procedure and botched the rape kit. megan then went to the police station to give her statement about what happened to her, but it was there she was treated with disdain and disbelief by tuscaloosa's police department. after all, megan was claiming one of the wealthiest families
in tuscaloosa had raped her. despite her insistence that she said no, the police did not believe her. she said they didn't want to believe her. an officer asked her why she didn't punch or kick the rapist. the police thought it must have been consensual since she did not violently resist the attacker and they moved on. but mr. speaker, a rape victim can never move on. it's something they carry with them for the rest of their lives. the scars left by the rape do not fade away for victims. mr. speaker, i was a prosecutor and judge in texas for over 30 years. i met a lot of rape victims, and i learned how these attacks sometimes devastate their lives forever. sexual assault is a very different type of crime. it rips the identity, the self-worth and the very soul of the victim apart. it is the victim's belief in some cases it's a fate worse
than death. it's easy to second guess what someone should or should not have done after emotional trauma of sexual assault, but megan believes she did everything a rape victim is supposed to do. she sought help but she found none. the university failed her. the counselor assigned to her knew the rapist family name so the university wouldn't give her any assistance and provided no other counselor. megan was dismissed, ignored, blamed and forgotten. in the months following the sexual assault, she was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder. so depressed she left the school and returned to texas. still feeling like there was no way to escape her pain, megan took her life. rape, mr. speaker, is never the fault of the victim, and she deserved better. now, i don't know whether the perpetrator in this case is
guilty or not. i am giving you megan's point of view. but what megan believed was that she was failed by the hospital, law enforcement and the university of alabama. this past february megan filled out a mental health clinic in-take format her new school at southern methodist university. one question asked if there had been any major losses, changes or crisises in her life. she wrote, raped, bullied by police and i changed the university. mr. speaker, it is important, it is imperative that we understand victims of sexual assault. she got the death penalty for being the victim of sexual assault. she's not here to tell her story today, and i'm telling it for her, and that's just the
way it is. i'll yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. costa, for five minutes. mr. costa: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. costa: mr. speaker, i rise today to bring attention to the sixth leading cause of death in the united states, and that's alzheimer's disease. since 2000, the deaths from alzheimer's disease have increased by 89%. right now there are more than five million americans with alzheimer's, and that number's expected to grow to 14 million and almost triple by the year 2050. alzheimer's and other dementia can especially be devastating, both physically and emotionally for those who have the disease and for their loved ones. your family, my family. for me too many aunts and uncles, including our mother.
when lena costa was diagnosed with the disease, she took it on with the same strength and courage she had used to beat cancer and survived heart disease. she was in her late 80's. upon hearing the diagnosis, she turned to my sister and to me and said calmly and bravely, jim, betty, i'll just do the best i can. today there's no cure for alzheimer's and there's no effective treatment for it. there's no proven way to prevent the disease or no method for slowing its progression. unlike my mother, we are not currently doing the best we can. we must come together to support additional alzheimer's research, more funding. that's what we did in april when we in the house called for additional support for alzheimer's research in the national institutes of health. but we must do more.
alzheimer's is a devastating disease. we must stand together calmly and bravely, like my mom, and so many of our loved ones who have been affected by alzheimer's throughout our country. and just as importantly, we must fix america's health care system. certainly in the last week we proved there's no republican way or democratic way, but there's an american way and that is if we work together as members of congress to improve america's health care system for all. today i rise to speak, also, about the executive order 9066, which was issued 75 years ago, 75 years ago by franklin delano roosevelt. it authorized the evacuation and relocation of persons deemed to be a threat to national security. what it did, however, was lead
to one of the most shameful times in american history, and that was the internment of japanese americans. these were american citizens. from 1942 until 1945, the u.s. government detained over 120,000 american citizens of japanese ancestry and resident immigrants forcing them to live in internment camps, taking them away from their homes, their farms and their businesses, many in california in the san joaquin valley. as american citizens, the internment denied them their constitutional rights of due process. these were u.s. citizens who were robbed of their rights and their freedoms, yet, some of these japanese americans, while their families were forced to live in inturnment camps, never forgot -- internment camps, never forgot their patriotism. the 442nd infantry regiment
combat team was made up of japanese american soldiers. it was one of these units, the 442nd in the u.s. army was the most decorated infantry regiment was the best ever. we must remember this time in history and not repeat it. we had in the san joaquin valley three assembly centers under the organization of this executive order 9066 where japanese americans were forced to relocate and stay for weeks before they were finally sent to these internment camps in other parts of the west. these centers in my district were in pinedale center, fresno assembly center, these were fair grounds. we now today have three memorials on these sites to ensure we will always remember and never again treat americans in this reprehensible way. let us never, ever forget, my fellow americans, that we give
into our fears and turn our back on our fellow americans. -- let us never forget our sacrifice in protecting our values. these are some of the lesson of american history that we should never, ever forget. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. wagner, for five minutes. mrs. wagner: thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. i . wagner: mr. speaker, rise today to draw attention to the elie wiezel genocide and atrocities prevention act which i have had the privilege of introducing in the house last week with 27 co-sponsors. named after the courageous nobel laureate, this legislation honors the legacy of his life work to expose evil around the world.
mr. weasel was just 15 years old -- mr. weizel was just 15 years old when he was deported to auschwitz. rising from literal ashes, he became a writer, and spent his life defending the persecuted across the globe. he died nearly one year ago, but his passion for victims of injustice lives on. elie wiezel believed from the holocaust to the south sudan, from burma to sira, the world has witnessed far too many genocides and mass atrocity crimes. the true horror is most of these devastating crises are, indeed, preventable. my heartaches for those whose lives are being torn apart and the fact that over 65 million people are currently fleaing -- fleeing preventable crises makes clear that the u.s. government must improve its response to these conflicts.
genocide and atrocity crimes including war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing include shocking acts of violence perpetrated by governments and nonstate actors, resulting in the murders of millions of civilians across the globe. the he elie wiezel act establishes that the official policy of the united states is to regard the prevention of genocide and atrocity crimes as a core national security interest and moral responsibility. the legislation would establish an interagency mass atrocities task force to strengthen the u.s. government's prevention and response efforts. the legislation encourages the director of national ntelligence to include a review of countries at risk of genocide and mass atrocity crimes in his or her annual report to congress.
eview the bill also authorizes training for u.s. foreign service officers on early signs of atrocities and transitional justice measures to ensure that america's diplomats know how to respond to conflict on the ground. lastly, the legislation authorizes the complex crisis fund to support programs to prevent emerging or unforeseen crises overseas. these tools will empower the united states to strengthen prevention efforts and protect the innocent. by supporting civil society, enhancing cooperation among ethnic and religious groups, promoting accountability, and , ding murderers accountable america can promote global stable -- stability and fundamental human rights. this time when america says ever again, our actions will
reinforce our platitudes. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the back.woman yields the chair back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett, for five minutes. ms. plaskett: thank you, mr. speaker. unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. plaskett: mr. speaker, i only have five minutes to do justice to a great people. and it's with great honor that i rise today to speak on the sues impacting the caribbean and the contribute shunes of the people of caribbean heritage and american fabric. june 6, 2006, president george bush signed a proclamation that was ushered through this house by congresswoman barbara lee, house resolution 71, naming june caribbean heritage month. june allows us all to highlight the many contributions of
caribbean americans to the united states. the campaign to designate june as national caribbean american heritage month was spearheaded by dr. claire nelson, founder and president of the institute of caribbean studies. through in month, we hope to ensure that america is reminded that its greatness lies in its diversity. with caribbean immigrants from founding fathers alexander hamilton, sports icon tim duncan, journalist, mall congladwell, who continue to shape the american dream. the caribbean region itself was created through violence and trauma. from the exploration and annihilation by columbus and a spanish backers on the native people, to french, english, dutch, danish, and american youth of african, indian, and others to create economic wealth for their nations. e sweat and labor of
caribbean people and king sugar have shaped this and other nations. and bellion, innovation, ingenuity, as well as our independent intellectual caribbean people intensity, have benefited this and other countries. as one of the pillars of american patriotism and hamilton alexander was born in nevis and raised and educated on the island of st. croix in the virgin islands where he learned the theories of financial methods hamilton was born in nevis and raised and educated of the english as well as the west african counting system that created not just the foundation of our financial system, but ur federalist ideas. during that same time, caribbean financiers assisted the american revolution and gave courage through the example of the tremendous victory of the haitian people over the french, british, and spanish armies. but the contributions of caribbean americans in the making of america didn't stop
with those heroics. the massive migration of caribbean people to the united states of america during the early 20th century gave us another opportunity to make our impact upon the liberation process that was taking place in this country through politics and the arts. ho doesn't know hubert harrison, edward wilmont blyden, and sicily tyson, malcolm x, harry belafonte, all of caribbean heritage who personify the enormous dignity, revolutionary spirit, and unyielding intellectual craff at thats -- craff it's and sense of self-worth that hallmarks of american people and supported the african diaspora pride during times when those attributes would be desired to be denied by others in this contry. we continue to contribute to this country in many ways.
secretary of state colin powell of jamaican heritage. attorney eric holder of bear bay dose. former governor david patterson, from grenadea. we have contributed to those of us who see us in great places, but of course families and friends who have immigrated north and contributed to the special and political, educational, and economic prosperity of the united states. who doesn't know beyonce, a bahamian background, named by forbes as the most powerful celebrity. arabath of trinidad invented the laser probe for cataract treatment. she's the first black woman doctor to receive a arabath of patent. row mano malco of trinidad, actor and comedian. dr. marsha roe who has done research in h.i.v. and aids in
infectious diseases, as well as camilla of trinidad who works for nasa and department of defense and works beyond the low earth orbit. the list is not scratch the surface of those desendants making their mark in the united states. there are so many others that i cannot and do not have the time to highlight. during this month we have tried to make others aware of the contributions that the caribbean has, but it's not just the contributions that we have made, but the commitment that this country should have to its nearest neighbor, the caribbean. the caribbean and the united states have shared a long and prolificries history together because the united states is the largest economic partner of the caribbean anti-caribbean, that small region, accounts for the third largest receive-e receiver of american goods. the united states needs to act as a buffer to the increased influence of china and venezuela in the caribbean through economic projects the u.s. can continue. as a member representing the
only district in the english speaking caribbean, i am committed to working with caribbean community and to those young caribbean people, i see you. be strong. of good courage. we are a small people yet mighty in spirit. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. chairman, i rise today because i love my country and because, mr. chairman, i refuse to support the senate wealth care bill. not health care, mr. chairman, wealth care. it is a wealth care bill because it will cut more than $1 trillion from health care. and in so doing, it will transfer approximately $238 billion to high income earners.
it's a wealth care bill. it will rob the poor who need health care to reward the rich with wealth care. i refuse to support it. i refuse to participate in the concentration of wealth that's taking place. currently, according to oxfam, eight people own as much wealth as half the world. this was as of january, 2017. eight people. with as much wealth as half the world. mr. speaker, big business, the fueling , they are inequality not only in this country but around the world. and they do so by dodging taxes. they don't pay their fair share of taxes. they fueling inequality not only in this country but around the world. d wages. many people assume that the country cannot afford health care because the people that we live in and around don't have what the super rich have.
my friends, america's not a poor country. the wealth is just concentrated at the top so that those who are at the bottom and in between believe that the country can afford things that it can't. this is all about the concentration of wealth. they are using their power to influence politics. you can't speak truth to power if you're afraid of the big banks. power t speak truth to if you are afraid of the big oil companies. you can't speak truth to power if you are afraid of the big insurance companies. and the big pharmaceuticals. if you're going to speak truth to power, you got to stand up to the people who are driving this country into a third world position. i refuse to participate in it. mr. speaker, currently one in 10 on the planet are living off of about $2 a day. in this con-- country millions are going to go without proper
health care if the senate bill passes, the wealth care bill. they will go without proper health care while millions in bonuses are going to be accorded those who are with insurance companies and receiving a part of the wealth care transfer. mr. speaker, in this country, the top 10% hold 76% of the health. in the united states of america, the top 10% hold 76% of the wealth. and they are able to get away with it because they have convinced all of us that one day we might hit the lottery and we'll be in the same position as they are and control the wealth. well, my friends, if you don't hit the lottery, and you have to continue your life, you ought to have decent health care in the richest country in the world. you ought to have the best health care that we can provide in the richest country in the world. we're not a third world country.
and i will not participate in this transfer of wealth that is taking place so that those who are wealthy can do more with more. it seems that we believe that if you are poor you can do more with less, but if you are wealthy, you need more to do more. this shameful, sinful circumstance that we find ourselves in. and as for the senate welfare bill, it's a piece of trash and it ought to be thrown on the ash heap of history. no one, no one who believes that people are equal and deserve good health care can in good conscious vote for that bill. i'm glad they pulled it, but i hope they'll improve it to the extent i will be able to vote for it. but if they do not, i say to you without question, reservation, hesitation or equivocation, i will not support that transfer of wealth, that bill that will
concentrate wealth and i won't support the tax bill that will concentrate wealth, if there is one. this has got to stop. this inequality of wealth has got to change. we got to turn it around. let's do so by providing good health care and not wellcare. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio, mr. ryan, for five minutes. mr. ryan: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. ryan: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak on the health care debate that we are having here in the united states. we had a bill come out of the house of representatives. we have a working bill that has just come out of the back room in the united states senate, and i think it's important for us, mr. speaker, to get some clarity on where each party stands on this issue. when the democrats passed the
affordable care act, we had some clear goals, we had some clean objectives back in 2008, 2009, 2010. our goal and goals as a party were simple. we wanted to expand access to health care. we wanted to make sure that in the wealthiest country that god has ever created, that every citizen, wherever you lived, urban, rural, suburban, you would have access to affordable health care. we wanted to make sure that the insurance companies wouldn't knock you off the rolls or charge you a lot of money to get a plan that when you got sick and you went in to cash in the plan and get some coverage, they say, oh, we don't cover that. we wanted to make sure that didn't happen. we wanted to make sure if your
kid had cancer or if you had cancer and the health care bill started ratcheting up pretty quickly that the insurance company couldn't come in and say, sorry, this is a tragic situation for you and your family but you just hit your lifetime cap. so we can't cover anything else. you have to go to the ronald mcdonald house and you got to do a fish fry at the local union hall to try to get enough money together to try to pay your health care bills. in the wealthiest country god has ever created. that is unacceptable here in the united states. and so we were trying to cover more people. you know what, we paid the political price for it, but sign me up. i think of my friends, john, steve, former members of congress, they gave up their seats in this chamber to make
sure that american citizens had health care. and the democrats went into the minority since 2010 primarily because the republican party sed this issue to bludgeon the democrats. they demagogued the issue. repeal and replace. seven years, no plan. nothing. and now we got two bills -- one from the house, one from the senate. both bills, neutral analysts, ongressional budget office say 22 million americans will lose their health care. 15 million will lose it in the next year. if you're between 50 and 64 years old, you're probably going to lose your insurance.
if you are a 60-year-old person in ohio, you're going to pay $4,000 more a year. and we get off this recent presidential campaign where we heard a candidate say we're going to expand medicare, we're going to expand medicaid, it's going to be beautiful. everyone's going to be able to afford insurance. i'm not inhumane is what one person said, one candidate said. but the realities, ladies and gentlemen, mr. speaker, are much different because in the wealthiest country god has ever created, we have a political party that is trying to throw 22 million people off of their health care. so we need to get some clarity. we're trying to cover people, and i'm not trying to be judgmental, but i'm just saying the congressional budget office