tv U.S. House Meets for Morning Hour CSPAN June 29, 2017 10:00am-10:53am EDT
party? has r: no, bernie's time come and gone. bernie is a good guy, i would him.voted for host: we'll have to leave it there, jim, the house is getting in, we'll take our viewers there now. see you back here tomorrow eastern, 4 a.m. a.m. pacific. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., june 29, 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable jody hice 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 leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties
and in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. kennedy, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, members on both sides of the aisle have offered their share of passionate words about the g.o.p. health care bill. that's going to happen. the debate has been deeply polarized here. americans wonder sometimes whether the facts get obstructed by the politics of the day. so i wanted to take a minute and share what some experts had to say about the republican health care proposal. -- e are not politicses
politicians. farther from it. these words come from folks who operate outside washington's halls and have dedicated themselves fighting for those struggling with mental illness. according to the national alliance on mental illness, the republican health care plan will, quote, force people with mental illness out of work, onto the streets and into jails and emergency rooms, end quote. the legislation, quote, shows dangerous disregard for the well-being of substance abuse and erases decades of progress says the association for addiction professionals. mental health america says this bill will, quote, will ultimately do significant harm to people with all chronic conditions, including mental illness, while increasing the cost of health care to everyone. the national association of rural mental health agrees saying, quote, these actions will leave millions of americans with serious mental
health and substance use conditions without life-sustaining and essential health insurance coverage, especially at a time when the nation is suffering from the largest opioid epidemic in history. in short, this bill would be, according to the american psychiatric association, quote, particularly devastating to the millions of americans in need of mental health and substance use treatment. mr. speaker, these groups are not political organizations. they are doctors, they are health care professionals, they are patients, they're advocates who've dedicated their lives day and night to filling the gaps of a badly broken mental health system. take it from them. this is what trumpcare is offering our country. this is what they are trying to sell us at a time when we are losing nearly 100 americans a day to an opioid epidemic. this is what is being negotiated behind closed doors
as we speak while the rest of us read reports that tell us the death toll from opioids could reach well over half a million people in the next decade. so let me be clear. you cannot advocate for comprehensive mental health reform and then stand on the opposite side of nearly every major mental health organization in this country. you can't claim that you are a champion and then gut funding for medicaid which is the largest payer of mental health care in this country. you cannot say you are committed to addressing the opioid epidemic and then stand behind a piece of legislation at gives insurance companies the ability to deny those. you have to choose. you're with these families or with this bill. which side are you on? thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes.
mr. ompson: thank you, speaker. mr. speaker, yesterday i introduced a resolution with congresswoman nicki tsongas to designate july as park and recreation month, a time to support our local parks and recreation systems as so many start this summer season by visiting these facilities that are available within their communities or even a short commute. house resolution 406 recognizes the important role that public parks, recreation facilities and activities play in the lives of americans and the contributions of employees, volunteers who work daily to maintain public parks across the nation. as a life-long resident of rural pennsylvania and avid outdoorsman, i support our parks and recreational facilities.
families can engage in the outdoors. this resolution simply recognizes and supports park and recreation month and the many benefits, including health benefits, a healthy active lifestyle contributes in our park settings that is provided to all americans. our parks generate opportunities for people to come together and experience a sense of community. they pay dividends to communities by attracting businesses and jobs and increasing housing values. in the united states, public parks operations and capital spending generates over $400 million in economic activity. many believe that public park activities and facilities are important to government services, a figure that displays a basis of support that spans across all people in the country regardless of race, income, gender or political party affiliation. nearly 75% of americans agree that it is important to ensure all members of their community have equitable access to public
parks and recreational facilities. the most economically sound communities are those with ample and healthy park -- public park and recreational facilities. in fact, a key factor in business expansion and business location is the quality of life for employees. th a premium placed on accessible to public parks and open space. they foster a variety of activities and contributes to healthier society. people use public parks and open spaces, three times more physical chieve activity. they have lower rates of obesity. recreational programs and public parks provide children with a safe place to play, access to healthy foods, opportunities to be physically active and enrichment facilities that prevent at-risk behavior such as drug abuse and gang involvement. mr. speaker, as our nation celebrates independence day
next week, scores of americans will visit public parks and recreational facilities to spend time outdoors with family, friends and neighbors. we're blessed with beautiful outdoor facilities and i wish everyone a safe and happy fourth of july. get out and enjoy the parks in your area. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. carbajal, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today on behalf of children and adults living with disabilities across the united states. the cuts to medicaid outline in the dangerous senate health care repeal bill will not only result in the loss of health care access for millions of americans but will also significantly reduce funding for in-home supportive services
in my home state of california. medicaid covers 50% of the program costs for in-home supportive services. these funds provide care for an estimated 531,000 disabled children and seniors throughout california, which permits them to continue to live with dignity in their own home. the $772 billion cut to medicaid, outlined in this bill, will have a devastating, devastating impact on seniors and people with disabilities who rely on medicaid as their safety net for necessary long-term care services. these cuts would directly affect the lives of my constituents, including
15-year-old crystal from santa maria, california, in my district. crystal was born with spina bifida, weighing in at just two pounds. she has survived under the dedicated care of her mother and grandmother who are her primary caretakers. krystal is covered by medicaid which receipts her get special medical attention, adaptive medical equipment, physical therapy and pharmaceuticals. crystal's condition requires 24-hour care, a need thaws fulfilled by the in-home supportive services program. her life is contingent upon this program. and i call upon my colleagues in the senate to vote against this cruel health care repeal.
also known as trumpcare. for crystal and the millions of our constituents like her who are at risk of losing their quality of life. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota, mr. emmer, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate logan ahsheer, a senior recently being named class 3-a baseball player of the year by the minnesota state high school baseball coaches association. logan is a star athlete. due to his leadership and skills as a pitcher and shortstop, he helped lead his team to an undefeated season in this year's state tournament. logan excelled on the field this year, but we've known about him for a while. in fact, he's been a three-time all-central lakes conference
pick and last year he was a time's baseball all-team area selection. while his high school baseball career is coming to a close, i have no doubt we will see great things from this young man, both athletically and scholastically in the future. we wait to see what he will accomplish next. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the lowan ford family recently being named the 2017 farm family of the year. built in 1898, the farm has opinion passed from generation to generation with more than a century with each generation teaching the next about hard work and successful farming. oday, the lowe farm is operated busy marianne and gary. the farm was once a dairy operation but since 1990 the farm has mainly become a vegetable and pasture operation. however, the work the crete done nd ford family has
goes beyond what they harvest. this family goes above and beyond with their work with the farming association of minnesota. i want to thank the families for not only providing quality food for minnesotans but also educating others about the benefits of sustainable farming and giving back to their community. our state is a healthier place ecause of your dedicated work. mr. speaker, i rise today to thank the united way of central minnesota for helping families throughout our communities escape poverty for an incredible 50 years. over the past half century, the united way of central minnesota has raised more than $100 million, allowing them to help fund other nonprofits who provide services that help minnesota families in need. it's largely because of the generous contributions from the united way of central minnesota that the boys and girls club of central minnesota was able to get off the ground in the 1970's and to be able to grow in what it is today.
thankfully, the united way of central minnesota continues to go strong. they have announced their partnership with the st. cloud school district to create neighborhood resource centers. it's inspiring to see an organization solely devoted to helping others. sometimes when someone is down on their luck, all it takes is a helping hand to get them back on their feet. on behalf of thousands of minnesotans, i'd like to thank the united way of central minnesota for being that helping hand for the past 50 years, and we look forward to many successful years to come. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. kelly, for five minutes. ms. kelly: mr. speaker, in the four years that i've been privileged to represent the remarkable people and amazing communities of illinois' second congressional district, i've come to this floor many times to urge action. i've called for a budget that invests in jobs, farmers and
rural communities. i've called for action to address the trillion-dollar student debt crisis. i've called for real solutions that make health care affordable for all american families. i've spoken on many issues facing this house, but nothing i've spoken on is more important than protecting american lives. i've begged for commonsense reforms that prevent children from being shot while playing at a playground. i've begged, i've pleaded, i've screamed, i've cried, i even ground the people's hall with last year's historic sit-in and what answer was i given? was i given answers to take home to grieving mothers, their lives were in vain, that we were going to do something to save the next life? no. i was met with silence and worse, an active effort to silence my voice and the voice of millions of americans. so i ask myself why, what's the issue? why can't i, an elected representative of the american people who draws my authority
directly from the united states constitution, get something done to save lives? why can't we get a vote on commonsense, life-saving legislation that is supported by 90% of americans and more than 70% of the n.r.a. members? mr. speaker, tragically the answer is simple -- it's greed. mr. speaker, what's the cost of your inaction? it seems that 5,950 dollars you took from the n.r.a. matters -- to you than the 7,490 7,490 americans we already lost to gun violence. mr. speaker, the american people deserve to know that just 79 cents for an american lost is the cost of your silence and inaction. . it might be easy for you to ignore the connection between those dollars anti-lives lost, but i cannot and i will not ignore it.
i will not let you ignore or forget it, either. i'm going to stand here and remind you, remind the women of first district and remind all americans that money matters more to you than these american lives. one dollar, one name. one dollar, one grieving family. one dollar, one lost american. one dollar, compavier joy, 23, was first district and remind all americans that money matters more to you a success s. he was playing football at morehouse, an americorps volunteer and wanted to change chicago forehe over. wo dollars, killed shielding a friend. ree dollars, 15, killed just weeks after performing at president obama's inauguration. while chicago might make headlines, gun violence is killing people in every community, in weeks after every city, in every town, including wisconsin's first district. $4, pram, killed while trying to pray.
$5, suvant, 65, killed at the temple he founded. $6 for singh, 39, a reader at his temple. $7, sita, killed by a white nationalist for wearing a turnian. emind -- for wearing a turban. $8, ranjet, murdered at his church. $9, suvag, killed while expressing his love for his god. $10, harry, 20, killed, sitting on a pore in racine. sean, 11, 23 of kenosha shot and killed while physically unable to defend himself. $12, david, 36 of mchenry, accidentally shot and killed in east troy. $13, jose, 36, murdered on the
1600 block of holmes avenue in racine. 14, nichlas, 17 of ray seen -- racine likely while defending his mother. $13, 37. $16, james, 37, killed at his job at a restaurant delivery driver in racine. jere m $17, 38, killed in muskego. 18, tom, 41. $19, joseph, 27, killed in elk horn. $20, andrew jones jr., 27, also illed by his friend in racine. $21, more reese -- maurice was chot and silled. $22, carl, 26, shot and killed by a friend in kenosha. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired.
the gentlelady's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. costello, for five minutes. mr. costello: thank you, mr. speaker. one thing that we can all agree on is that america is the land of opportunity. has eautiful country remarkable stories about those young and old through adversity who have gone on to achieve great things. and those human stories are often the best ways for us to demonstrate why our country is so special. i'd like to share two stories with you this morning. emily recently visited my office while she was here in washington, d.c., after being chosen for a jefferson award for community service. just last week she was also
awarded the jaclyn kennedy onassis award for public service. she's from collegeville in my congressional district and after her own experience with severe sishe bullying lead to a suicide attempt, she began telling her story. emily found people would reach out to her after each speech to share their own experiences and thank you for being so open with her journey. she's now the founder of a nonprofit, focused on mental health add slow cancy -- advocacy awareness and services. her nonprofiter supports mental health workshops in schools, as well as workshops for parents and teachers. so adults can learn how to support children and young adults suffering from mental illness. the mission statement of emily's nonprofit includes working to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. something that i believe is a critical aspect for us all. as we continue to develop and advance solutions for those facing mental illness. quoting from emily's nonprofit website, she says, my hope is that the more people who will
open up about their struggles, the more others will feel couple for theable reaching out for help. unlike physical illnesses, these mental illnesses are not seen but that does not mean they are not there. i hope this will give us all the opportunity to walk briefly in the shoes of fellow human beings we come across every day. emily's work is an inspiration to us all. congratulations, emily, on being recognized for your outstanding service to communities across our country. we wish you the best of luck with your career. aram is another young adult who has an inspiring and remarkable story. a reporter in my congressional district recently shared amar's story with me and i want to take an opportunity to share a story about opportunity, hard work, and young man fulfilling his dreams. a native of baghdad, iraq, he became a naturalized u.s. citizen in 2015.
he was participating in a youth program, youth exchange program, that transferred him to west vincent town he was participating in a youth program shn where he attend high school and ultimately graduated high school from west town school. he came face to face with al qaeda before his move. in the causm 2009, a journalist remembered reading his college essay. he wrote, in striking detail amar recalled the day in june, 2007, where he sat in the glass room at the gifted student school in his native baghdad and the teacher came in-to-lounsnouns simply that, they are here, al qaeda. he wrote in his journal, at that time i felt that i was a few minutes away from death getting closer every second. i was scared not because i thought i was going to dy, i was scared because i was thinking about what might happen to my family when they heard i got called. my father told me don't go to school your life is more
important than education. i never listened because i believe the education was important enough to take the chance. the government entered the room, looked around, went away. they stole cars but left everyone alive. le those seconds felt like years. they were the longest seconds of my life. here's the great part of the story. it's not a storery, it's real life. amar was granted political asylum, in 2013 he graduated from barred college and has since completed medical school. moving on to a career to help others and improve their healthy lives. we should be proud of him and the thousands of other young men and young women every day who are fighting through adversity to achieve, who will go on to make this a greater country than it already is and a reminder to all of us in what is a very divisive political environment that the reason we do these jobs is to make sure that we're
providing opportunity for the next generation and it is they who will make our country an even greater place. it is their achievements that is the cornerstone of our country and a great reminder to all of us that we're a special country with special people doing great things every single day. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the the gentlelady from wisconsin, ms. moore, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to associate myself with the comments and remarks of the gentlelady from illinois, ms. robin kelly, with regard to being mindful of the deaths from gun violence that plague our communities all across the
country. and particularly as the summer has begun. these deaths will continue. mr. speaker, i'd like to speak today about another kind of gun violence that makes our streets and homes unsafe. that is the deadly encounters between civilians and police officers. mr. speaker, i have racked my brain trying to understand these deaths. i have grieved with the mothers who have lost their children. i have met with experts and attended round tables on how to find a way to mitigate these fatal police encounters. met me tell you, i think i can propose a solution that we can all support.
that's h.r. 3060, the preventing tragedies between police and communities act. which would link law enforcement training on deescalation techniques, the receipt of j.a.g. urn jag -- funds. mr. speaker, i certainly wish i this take full credit for concept, because i think that it really -- that this legislation would both save civilian lives and police lives. however, this idea is rooted in he police executive research forum report, which both republicans and democrats have cited. it was written by police officer peers, by police officer experts. mr. speaker, what they found is
police academies require 58 hours training on how to use a firearm. another 49 hours on other defensive tactics. they ile they only -- don't require, they offer voluntary eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight voluntary hours on how to delay dee escalation crisis intervention. we need to require this de-escalation training, the curriculum would be to use verbal and physical tactics to avoid escalating the situation. use the lowest level of force as possible. and a safe response to identify threats, be aware of mental health and substance abuse issues, and crisis intervention strategies in order to
appropriately respond. this training would provide police with the tools they need to prevent haven't interactions and save not only their lives but the lives of civilians, too. we know that kids are out of school and that the tensions in our streets are high. police on alert and far too many distrustful of the police distrustful of the police due to the painful and frightful memories of how many deadly encounters have dominated headlines. close to 1,000 in one year. how can this congress recess for the summer and not take up this bill? yes, the affordable care act is a big issue here before us in congress. but if you live in communities of color around the country, the immediate health care issue for you is being shot by a police officer who has been sworn to protect you. if you die at age 12, like tamir
rice, who was shot by police for playing with his sister on a playground in cleveland, how can you be concerned with medicaid? you are killed at 31-year-old dantre who was shot 14 times by police for resting on a park bench you are killed at in milwe care is not your priority. you won't have the fortune of living that long. i ask my colleagues to prioritize preserving lives by supporting this legislation. thank you so much, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill, for five minutes. mr. hill: i thank the speaker. today i rise mr. hill: i want to recognize colonel ronald a. atorre of little rock. he retired on june 3, 2017, after proudly serving our
country for 28 years. before joining the arkansas national guard, the colonel served 11 years on active duty with the united states air force. he's a veteran of several major combat operations including operation desert shield, operation desert storm, operation provide comfort, operation provide promise, operation joint forge and operation noble eagle. gator is a graduate of the u.s. air force academy where he married michelle, his wife, of 28 years. just three days after graduation. today, his son, cadet third class robert a. atorreiii is a sophomore. colonel atorre is the recipient of many awards and medals including the legion of merit, two oak leaf clusters, the air medal and aerial achievement medal with one oak leaf cluster and the air force commendation medal with one oak leaf cluster. colonel atorre is an example that all arkansans and americans can admire.
i wish him and his family the very best in their future endeavors. mr. speaker, i rise today to highlight the proposed plans for a career and technical education center in my district. lamont cornwell, the economic development corporation presented detailed plan to the economic development commission on june 8 for a center that's specifically aimed at training our state's skilled work force community. the center would allow students to enroll in science and technology career preparatory classes. careers that will not only become more invaluable as our nation moves forward. the center will impact parents and children of all socioeconomic status and positively change our technical and career education environment. i was encouraged to see the recent passage of house -- h.r. 2353, the strengthening career
and technical education act. i'm encouraged to see people in saline county to step up and embrace the passion for our skilled work force community. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the importance of foster families around arkansas and the organizations dedicated to their recruitment. according to recent arkansas data, the number of foster youth has outpaced the number of spaces available for foster homes by 1,283. many families have already stepped up to the plate to provide a loving home for children in the foster system. ne such family, andrew and amy baker of searcy, arkansas, was recently named foster family of the year. for their dedicated efforts to reunify foster children with their biological parents. in addition, there are organizations around our state
that have been forefront of recruitment efforts for foster families, including 50 families in the month of april alone. one such organization is entitled the call, locally directed by lori courier who notes that a stable, loving home can make a huge difference in a child's life. specifically with regard to escaping the grasp of neglect and abuse. today i want to emphasize ms. courier's statement that if one family from each of the 6,000 churches around arkansas came forward to adopt, no more children would ever be waiting for a forever family. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize a hands on mentorship program in my district, created through a partnership between the bryant police department and the boys and girls club of bryant. the summer program entitled fishing with a hero pairs boys and girls club students with local police heroes to bond over the long-standing joyful
pastime of fishing. through a two-day fishing instruction program, local police officers are able to build quality mentoring relationships with students in traditionally underserved or impoverished communities. along with being one of the students' favorite programs, they established relationships, creating long-term bonds between our law enforcement officers and local youth. the stability and prosperity of our local communities hinges on mutual respect between our citizens and our law enforcement officers. the creation of genuine relationships at a young age ensures the longevity of that important respect. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the recent selfless actions of two extraordinary individuals in the second congressional district of arkansas, robin and danny. both men worked tirelessly in the benton school district in their transportation program. last month about 40 students from shelby county in memphis,
tennessee -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. hill: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. ruiz, for five minutes. mr. ruiz: thank you, mr. speaker. how many of us here have had an aging parent, a grandparent, aunt or uncle who could no longer stay in their home alone? seniors with alzheimer's, dementia and other special needs, someone to watch over them at home so they don't get lost or injure themselves or leave the stove on and injure others. seniors with parkinson's who need help to walk, to move, to get out of their chair. seniors too frail to care for themselves or need long-term rehabilitation after a fall and an injured hip or an injured femur. how many of us have worried
about where they would love and how they would get the care that they need and oftentimes the real question is, how are they going to pay for that care? most people work their entire lives, save for retirement, pay into the system and yet still find themselves struggling to afford the care that they need. most and both parents in middle-class families have to work to barely make ends meet. no money and nobody home to care for their parents or grandparents. i understand the tough decision. you want to keep your loved one close. you want to care for them yourself but you have to work and make ends meet to barely keep going. that is why most of the 1.4 million people across the country living in nursing homes
rely on medicaid. for americans in nursing homes, medicaid is a lifeline. that's why trumpcare's medicaid cuts would devastate our nation's seniors, leaving the 64% of nursing home residents who depend on medicaid out in the cold. in fact, nursing homes account or 42% of medicaid spending. in trumpcare, many seniors will lose their nursing home care. grandmothers will find it harder to be cared for, harder to walk, harder to eat, harder to bathe. nursing homes give patients a safe and caring place to recuperate when they are weakened by disabilities but don't need to be in a hospital. and they provide families peace of mind knowing that their loved one has a safe and caring place to get around the clock. care. that is why we must stop trumpcare. we could not allow these deep
cuts to medicaid, threaten the health of our seniors. we cannot rip these services away from the most vulnerable among us. we must put seniors first. we must give voice to vulnerable seniors. let's put people above partisanship and solutions above ideology. i oppose trumpcare and will continue to fight to protect care for seniors and for all americans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from nebraska, mr. bacon, for five minutes. mr. bacon: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor two life-long servants from the state of nebraska. fomer speaker of legislature, ron and his wife. the speaker is retiring after two decades with the university of nebraska where he's served as associate vice president for university affairs and the director of governmental relations. as we see the end of one's historic career, we're reminded of the positive impact one
person can have on so many. ron and diane have selflessly dedicated their lives to the state of nebraska. both in educating our youth as well as through the legislative process. the impact they have made on the entire state of nebraska is evident all around us in the state of nebraska. the story of them is a full of many accomplishments. after moving there, ron and diane became respected teachers in our local school district. ron was a teacher of history. diane spent nearly four decades teaching and prepared many students for college and kess, including my own chief of staff. as leaders in our democratic party, diane and ron's political journey began in 1976 when they campaigned for house dais from the u.s. -- for the u.s. senate primary. they worked for a second district congressman john cavanaugh in the general election. following his victory, he served as congressional aide in his local office. by the 1980's, he was part of
the school board and planning commission. when the legislative seat in district 14 became vacant, he served there. ron dedicated 14 years of his life in our legislature. serving as the chairperson of the urban affairs committee, the chairperson of the education committee and the high mark being his election as the first democratic speaker since 1970 which happened in a republican majority body of our officially nonpartisan legislature. during that time he rose to become one of the most well-respected voices in our unicam rale that had a profound -- unicamral that had a profound change. he worked alongside local elected officials and business leaders. ron's strong advocacy paid for what is -- paved for what is now our most vibrant areas in our district. ron was instrumental in sponsoring and guiding many
other important pieces of legislation into law. he negotiated the state's first major reform in k-12 educational funding, sponsored legislative granting tuition waivers for veteran dependents, led efforts to improve accessibility and transparency in our elections. he worked to create nebraska's first bone marrow drive system. through his years of office, he was well respected by his colleagues and constituents. he remembered bill numbers. the year the bill was discussed and even the details surrounding the debate. as his former aide said, he may have been a donkey but had the memory of an enfant for sure. he was considered a master legislative strategist who pulled coalition from both parties to get the people's business done. after 14 years of serving in the legislature, ron went to work for the university of nebraska. during his tenure he made a tremendous impact in our state by leading the university's legislative relations strategy.
he was also the force behind the building a healthier nebraska legislative initiative. the result of this initiative was a new cancer center, veterinary diagnostic center and health sciences facility. ron was one of the architects behind the compromised that transferred the nebraska state fair grounds to the university of nebraska for the development of the nebraska innovation campus. this public-private partnership leverages research for economic benefit all the while preserving one of the history of our state fair grounds. his colleagues at the university of nebraska talk about the tremendous respect for ron. he is known for building quality relationships with others and his ability to meet daily challenges with positivity. on said my goal is to show the enormous value that the university of nebraska brings to the state and the people. the success of nebraska's youth motivated him to work in higher education state relations. s achievements in higher
relations didn't go unnotice. he was awarded an award, a very prestigious national level award. as a fellow citizen, i want to thank both diane and ron for their positive impact they made serving our comment and our state. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the incredible work of the anti-defamation league, or a.d.l. the founder of this uplifting organization, significant monday livingston, envisioned -- sigmond livingston, envisioned an america, through programming and schools, the a.d.l. creates dialogue to educate and prepare students to fight back against hate and confront discrimination
wherever it may exist. in addition, the a.d.l. works to bring individuals together to build understanding. i've had the pleasure of meeting a special person, a rabbi in my community as well as the philadelphia a.d.l. earlier this year. i'm proud to stand with my neighbors, advocates and elected officials of every stripe to reaffirm that there is no room for hate or discrimination in any of our communities. . the work of the anti-defamation league must continue. the only way we can end senseless hate is building bridges and engaging people we may perceive as being different from ourselves. i want to commend the a.d.l. for the work they are doing. i stand with them as everyone in this chamber should. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa, for five minutes.
you, mr. speaker. finally this week we're taking up two pieces of legislation that -- in my home state of california will address a huge problem for a long time. as california moves more and more towards wanting to become a sanctuary state within several sanctuary cities, h.r. 3003 and h.r. 3004 move in the right direction for law and order for what people expect of their government. providinger -- providing for the public safety. we can go back to the store riff two californians i think think of. needlesslymil, taken that by someone who shouldn't ave been in the country. juan sanchez was an illegal immigrant with a record of seven felonies. had he been caught already by authorities and deported.
not once, not twice, but five times. he should not have been on the streets of california, but on july 1, he was roming around -- rolling around -- roaming around free in san francisco. he fired shots in public and shot kate in the back. san francisco is a sanctuary city. this wasn't a sanctuary city at all. not for kate. while shielding the criminal emgrants, sanctuary cities are disobeying the law. these actions have fatal consequences as kate and her family found out. but action we can take this week and will, h.r. 3004, kate's law, will toughen the punishment for illegal immigrants who re-enter the country. the second bill being h.r. 3003, no sanctuary for criminals act cracks down on sanctuary cities,
protects the public from dangerous criminals, and sends a message if you are not with us, in enforcing the law, then you are not going to receive funding or other help from the federal government. i think that's the right message finally coming out of washington, d.c., for those that don't uphold the laws and see to the first duty of government in protecting and standing up for the safety of the citizens. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. arter, for five minutes. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the savannah prettrow police department's construction of its newest training facility, which memorializes a long time sheriff. after 21 years of service as an officer, st. lawrence ran for sheriff in 1992. because of his outstanding
service in our community his constituents re-elected him five times and held this position until he passed away on november 25, 2015. sheriff st. lawrence was also responsible for overseeing the significant renovation of the county jail, which ultimately added an additional 400,000 square feet to the facility, and doubles inmate ok pancy. remembering the sheriff's dedication to training personnel, the chat ham -- chatam county police department build the training range. it will house the sheriff's office, internal affairs division, and the u.s. marshal service. the facility is located on 10 acres of property at the sheriff's office and includes several training ranges, including cable ranges, steel target ranges, and a rogers range, which improves an officer's aim when discharging a fire amplet twice a month, the facility will also host the civilian gun class, which is
opened to the public. educating the public on firearm safety will reduce the risk of accidental deaths from the misuse of guns. service . lawrence's will forever be etched in the country and ensure it will serv remain a safe community for years to come. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor our electric linemen, the men and women who make sure our lights are shining every day. in georgia, electric utility companies have started a movement to recognize the hard work line men do every day. companies such as georgia power celebrate their workers who make modern living possible. without linemen, we would not have many of the things we have grown accustomed to use, air conditioning, refrigerators, warm showers, entertainment device, and plenty more are all things we have to learn to live without.
it's easy to take these services for granted, but it's important to remember the people who make it possible. earlier this year we witnessed a valuable and honorable service these individuals provide when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes tore through georgia over it's easy to take these three d. homes and businesses were destroyed and thousands of citizens were left in the dark. crews of linemen all across the state joined together and selflessly worked for two weeks until every light was back on. it is our duty not to overlook the workers and service that is make our lives easier. i want to take this time and sincerely thank not just linemen in georgia but every lineman across the nation for powering the life inside our homes. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house
>> senate sergeants at arms testifying right now at this hearing. ive coverage here on c-span. mr. larkin: overwhelmed by media. we sought to, again, control that primarily from a safety perspective. not to interfere with the media access. i think that was mischaracterized. but in the end we have approached the various media galleries and asked for their assistance. we would really like them to take care of this problem. understand the challenges that we have here. we're not, n,