tv U.S. House Meets for Morning Hour CSPAN July 19, 2017 10:00am-10:55am EDT
took on for himself and then republicans 145 able to submit amendments to the affordable own act, they oppose their amendments. so, the trouble, then they tried program, that is why we're having trouble with obamacare right now. opposition. host: nelson, thanks for calling. time to go live to the u.s. hour. for morning legislative business at noon today, energy on the agend a. lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, a. hington, d.c. lays before thh ouse a communication from the speaker. 2017.9, i hereby appoint the honorable 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable bruce westerman 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 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 minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes. mr. gutierrez: it looks like the trump administration will give 1.2 million immigrants who have documents and turn them into undocumented immigrants. they have work permits. pay their full share of taxes and covered by u.s. labor laws and they are not undercutting the wages while being the livelihood of native born american workers. they are documented workers in the u.s. and have been here for more than two decades. nevertheless, the more than 400,000 people with temporary plow textive status or t.p.s. and 800,000 with deferred action for childhood arrivals,
daca, could be coming in the coming weeks and september. once categorized president trump will release i.c.e. and homeland security to go after them so they can be deported. there are 800,000 young people who went through a thorough background check and have been complying with daca for five years. they were brought here as children, grew up in the united states, played sports with our kids, and speak english probably as well as you and i. they came forward as they were told to. and we actually reduced the population of undocumented immigrants, got people on the books, and were able to redeploy our resources elsewhere. now it appears that the leaders in the republican party who do not like the idea of so many immigrants having legal status are giving the president an ultimatum. deport the dreamers or we will sue. the governor of texas who is leading the charge has a very sympathetic judge and it is up to attorney general jeff sessions to put up a fight. when he himself has been trying to kill legal status for immigrants for years. so practically speaking between
ending daca and ending t.p.s. we're going to dump about 1.2 million people into the pool of 10 million to 11 million people under and working here the radar outside of legal protections and without any way to become legal. so this saturday in chicago at 2:00 p.m. at lincoln united methodist church we're going to get together and organize fight back. fight back. yes, there will be legislation from democrats and even republicans to fight back. and there will be court cases to fight back even if the attorney general does nothing which we fully expect him to do. but fighting for daca and fighting to keep millions of people in this country who have put down roots and built lives here is going to be a people's fight. and the effort to find ways to protect families and cope with more than a million people being pushed into the black market requires us to organize in every community across the nation. it is up to us to teach each other how we will resist this latest insult in our congregation, churches,
universities, cities, and neighborhoods throughout the nation. and immigrants are a people who have daca or t.p.s. cannot do this on their own. but they need to be part of a coalition that fights back. teachers who work with kids every day and bear witness to the fear in students' face every day their parents and families can't do this alone but they need to be part of a coalition that comes together to resist. employers will face a choice, whether they are just going to roll over while employees are ruled ineligible and work documents are terminated, or stand with us and stand with their workers and fight for them. so, if you march with your pink hat at the woman's march i'm asking you now on behalf of immigrants and the very future of immigration to stand with us. if you march for science or the environment, if you have joined us in protesting bathroom laws and discrimination in all its forms, your brothers and sisters need you now. at airports across the country you stood up for refugees and
said no to trump's muslim ban. we need you. we need you and frankly we need each other. people are going to peacefully stand up and fight for justice, common sense, and what is right. and we need everyone to be there with us. helps us, walking with us. in chicago it starts this saturday at 2:00 at unite -- at the lincoln united methodist church. the road ahead isn't going to be very easy, but we have fought hard to win victories for our country. and for the dreamers who are the leading edge of our movement to make immigration legal again in this country. now is the time we need your help to protect families and communities and do what is right. and we cannot do it alone. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speakerer i rise today to speak about the american craftsmanship as the white house celebrates made in
america week. american entrepreneurs, workers, farmers, and inknow veterans day tors have built this country and drive our economy. they are the heart of this nation and they ensure that the made in the u.s.a. label means quality and value, which is something we treasure. pennsylvania has a rich history of being a manufacturing leader, especially our storied pennsylvania steel. the commonwealth has been an important cog in the wheel of this country's industrial revolution thanks to industries like iron, coal, and lumber. in addition to steel. our pennsylvania farmers have fed and continue to feed generations of americans. providing safe, nutritious food neighbors. ur this rich history continues today. the fifth congressional strict is home to numerous producers that have made vital contributions to our prosperity. they have employed american workers, produced american products, and grown american crops. from heritage companies to new wide ng stars we have a
cross section of products produced in the pennsylvania wi cross section of products produced in the pennsylvania fifth congressional district. brookville equipment corporation in jefferson county is the leading american manufacturer of diesel locomotive engines, street trolleys, and mining machinery from brookville's mass transit resume includes fully refurbishing streetcars for cities including new orleans, philadelphia, and san francisco. sons cut , w.r.k. and larry company have been crafting pocket knives and sporting knives. zipo manufacturing, maker of the world's famous zippo wind proof lighters owns case knives today and they are another family-owned business based in bradford since 1936. claring industries has two industries in the county, clarion boards which produces high quality fiber board used
for product suss as fun ture, fixtures, and moldings. and the lam minutes, only made in the u.s.a. lam nant flooring manufacturer of its kind. important powdered metal incorporated in cameron county is a powdered metal manufacturer staffed with more than 120 years of combined experience. well ches in erie county is particularly known for its grape juices, jams, and jellies made from its concord grapes. clearfield machine company, producing custom machining since 1868, in clearfield county. since 1930 -- since 1830, the woolrich name has stood for the best in sports wear for men and women and continues to make outer wear that combines comfort and function in woolrich, pennsylvania. in clinton county. g transportation is american manufacturing giant. the organization manufactures equipment for the railroad, marine, mining, drilling, and
energy generation industries in erie county. major leaguers have been swinging our fine pennsylvania hardwoods thanks to everyston county company bwp bats. b.w.p.'s slogan is built with pride. huntington county barney forge has a state-of-the-art forge facility capable of manufacturing our entire line of forged steel fittings and forged steel val everybody products since 1875. diamondback truck covers is a company two penn state students started in the garage in 2003. they have made heavy duty utility oriented diamond plate aluminum truck bed covers for pickup trucks in centre county. a paper company in elk county is the largest producer of uncoated fresh paper in north in ica and second largest
the world based on in the world based on production capacity. poel pump manufacturers portable pump pulling machines for those in need of water well technology. tracks, it's el second to none. a company defines and develops products for the food and beverage list of samples of manufacturingers that employ our friends, family, and neighbors in the fifth pennsylvania district of pennsylvania. these companies and many others produce quality american made products and we could not be more proud to celebrate them during made in america week. congratulations and keep up the great work. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania yields back. the chair now recognizes the
gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, for five minutes. one of my colleagues came to the floor this morning and said it kind of smells like bacon in here. what could that be? that's because the republicans are cooking up their budget just off the floor. and that's what they are doing. they are cooking up a budget with cooked books. here we're, we have a national national debt of nearly $20 trillion. and the highest priority on the republican side of the aisle reflected both in their so-called health care bill, which was actually tax cuts only for people who earn over $250,000 a year, is tax cuts for people who earn over $250,000 a year. particularly targeted toward those in the top 1/10 of 1%, those who earns millions a year. they said that is a cure for all of america's ills.
cut their taxes and the benefits will trickle down on to all the rest of us. i think a lot of people don't like much to be trickled on in that manner. what are the priorities other than tax cuts in their budget? massive increase in spending at the pentagon. remember, the pentagon is the ly agency of the federal government that government that is unauditable. every year, every agency of the government is subject to an audit. not the pentagon. . ey say we can't be audited the books are a mess. we can't be audited. last fall there was a report that $125 billion had gone missing out of the pentagon budget. a report that. the was attempted by the pentagon to be repressed. god forbid we should bring any kibblet to the pentagon.
they are going to shower more money on them in the hope some of it gets spent on the real needs of the military. but no sense of responsibility there. but then how are they going to get to their illusory balanced budget if they are having massive tax cuts kibblet to the they are going to shower more money on them in the ho for the wealthiest among us and massive increases for spending at the pentagon with no fiscal accountability? well, simple. we're just going to cut the programs that ample and struggling americans depend upon. -- average and struggling americans depend on. student financial aid? they don't need help. those programs get cut. hungry kids? they have never met one. never met a hungry kid. let's cut the school lunch program. again. let's cut food stamps for families. they are breaking some new ground here and breaking some of the president's promises. the president promised he would not cut medicare. well, their proposed budget cuts medicare. yes. it cuts medicare. it would cut $500 billion out of medicare. it assumes instead of getting a
guaranteed benefit an earned benefit that everyone american over 65 can have, that you'll get vouchers and you can go into the private insurance market and do better. sounds a little bit like the failing obamacare plan that they talk about all the time. now they want to put seniors in that same boat instead of guaranteed medicare. then of course, $1.5 trillion in cuts in medicaid. that's welfare. well, actually the largest recipients of medicaid are seniors in long-term care. a lot of people are going to be surprised when grandma or granddad is out in the street or comes home and needs a lot of help and assistance and there is no help or assistance to be had. that's the largest group. what's the second largest group of freeloaders on medicare? oh -- medicaid. it's kids. god forbid that kids should get medical help when they are growing up. let's have them long-term
lifetime disabled. deny them medical care when they are young and we'll worry about all that later. this is quite a set of pryors they are putting before us. and fiscally irresponsible. so as i have in past years, i'm introducing a fiscally responsible balanced budget amendment to the constitution. not like the republican one that says you have to have a 2/3 increase taxes and one vote to cut taxes. no, this one would say you have a balanced budget. but you do it by prudent reductions in spending and also you have to deal with the revenue side, by the way, mine protects medicare and social security totally from these sorts of cuts. it makes them into the entitlement programs they are supposed to be the that the republicans want to do away with in their budget. i think there is a better way to go forward, but just like in their fake health care bill, which was really disguised tax cuts for the wealthiest among us, they are now giving us a
supposedly prudent fiscal budget blueprint which again is huge tax cuts for the wealthy, for the ncreases pentagon and cuts for everybody else. i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from alabama, mr. brooks, for five minutes. mr. speaker, our republican senate majority is killing our conservative agenda, our republican agenda and president trump's agenda. the murder weapon is the senate filibuster rule, an archaic accident of history created during the days of horse and buggy and slavery. it destroys the basic democratic principle of majority rule and obstructs passage of legislation unless a 60% supermajority of senators agree.
well, today's 52-jor can abolish the filibuster rule so long as the filibuster is in place, republicans can pass nothing, nothing without the consent of chuck schumer and the democrats. think about it. our republican senate majority has and indicated control and empowered chuck schumer and the democrat majority to obstruct the will of the republican house, obstruct the will of the senate majority and obstruct the will of president trump. and obstruct the will of the tens of millions of american voters who sent us to washington. that is political suicide and abject betrayal of the millions of voters who sent us here. there will be no border wall because our republican senators empower democrats to kill it. there will be no obamacare repeal because our republican senators empower democrats to
stop us. america's out-of-control deficits and debt will cause a debilitating insol vens bankruptcy that destroys america that took generations of americans to build because we empower democrats to spend money we don't have, have to borrow to get and cannot afford to pay back. during 2015 and 2016, the house worked hard to address america's challenges. over 500 of our bills never got so much as a single senate floor vote. all that work wasted. the senate filibuster rule is not in the constitution. it is not a federal law or statute. it exists solely at the discretion of the senate majority. president trump understands the filibuster rule and that it threatens the president's entire legislative agenda. on may 2, president trump urged our republican senators to end
the filibuster rule stating, quote, change the rules now to 51%, end quote. on may 30, president trump reiterated, quote, the u.s. senate should switch to 51 votes immediately and get health care and tax cuts pproved fast and easy. dems would do it, no doubt. end quote. president trump's pleas have fallen on deaf ears. exhibit a in this murder trial is an april 7 letter to chuck schumer of all people and mitch mcconnell that lists the accomplices. those death ears that are killing the conservative agenda, the republican agenda and president trump's agenda. the letter states, we urge you to preserve existing rules, practices and traditions as they pertain to the right of members to engage in extended debate on legislation before the u.s. senate. we are united in our determination to preserve the ability of members to engage in
extended debate when bills are on the senate floor. each senator on exhibit a empowers chuck schumer and the democrats to kill president trump's agenda. remarkably, even an alabama senator supports killing president trump's agenda. mr. speaker, republican senators claim we need the filibuster to play defense when democrats control the senate. i submit that came as myopic and -- claim as myopic and shortsighted. the republicans have not had a filibuster-proof senate while democrats had filibuster-proof senates in the 1960's and in 2009. in those years, democrats passed obamacare and forced great society welfare programs on us that busted our budgets, destroyed the work ethic, broke up american families and threaten america with a national insolvency. over the long haul and because the filibuster, democrats
forced their leftist, socialist policies down america's throats while they have not had the power to reverse the damage done. that's the filibuster legacy. mr. speaker, time is running out. america's future is at stake. now is not the time to play procedural games. , agree with president trump senate, end the filibuster. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. kelly, for five minutes. ms. kelly: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise yet again to beg this house for action. let us have a vote on life-saving legislation. just this weekend, 57 americans were shot in just one u.s. city. tragically, 11 of them passed away, including a 10-year-old boy and a revered community activist who worked to create jobs for at-risk kids. the violence did not take arrest after the weekend.
on monday, 13 more people were shot and three were killed. mr. speaker, what are we doing here? people, americans, american kids are dying every day in every community in every state in every district. yet this house, the people's house, continues to do nothing. why, mr. speaker? why is that? well, i think greed and dollars. my 101st victim i want to share with you is gustavo garcia, 10 years old. mr. speaker, gustavo would have turned 11 next month. he would have started fourth grade at arnold morales academy next month. instead he was murdered in an s.u.v. in the backseat by an assault weapon, a weapon of war that this house has allowed to spill blood on our bloody streets. they are not for sportsmanship. they aren't for personal defense. they are for theaters of war. they are designed to devastate, maim, kill and destroy. that's why assault weapons were
banned from our streets until this house, poisoned by n.r.a. dollars, allowed the bill to expire. mr. speaker, gustavo garcia was 10 years old. he has an entire lifetime ahead of him. mr. speaker, the operative word in that sentence is had. now he's become dollar n.r.a. number 101. dollar 102, willie cooper, 52 years old. willie was working to change chicago and give our children a future. he founded the at reach workers for a better community and helped mediate over 50 conflicts that would have turned deadly. willie was everything you could want in a neighbor -- a community leader and a friend. he was kind, concerned about others in his community, someone who truly loved all of his fellow men. now he's dollar 102. he was assassinated also with an assault weapon in front of the nonprofit he founded to help young people find jobs. time and time again i hear from the other side of the aisle
that work is transformative. it gives people purpose and direction in life. i could not agree more. mr. speaker, nothing stops a bullet like an opportunity. what chicago needs is jobs for our young people, not guns flooding from states like wisconsin and even the vice president's home state of indiana. mr. speaker, it's about jobs. so i join senator dick durbin and tammy duckworth to introduce three pieces of legislation directly targeted to support at-risk youth and the amazing businesses that take a chance on them to change their lives. to date these bills have simply been referred to committee. mr. speaker, when is the agenda of this house going to turn to the actual issues devastating american families? this congress has voted to allow companies to poison our air and water. we passed a bill that stripped 23 million americans of their health insurance. we even passed a bill that lets dangerously mental ill people buy a firearm. shameful. we have not had one single
debate, not pass one bill, nothing, zero, zilch, to save american lives. i guess some things just aren't worth the price. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter, for five minutes. r. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize colonel thomas kuncle who retired on july 10, 2017, as the wing commander of the 23rd wing at moody air force base near valdosta, georgia. the colonel served in the united states air force for over 20 years and he's logged nearly 3,000 hours of flight. as commander of the 23rd wing, he led over 5,000 air men spread over four bases throughout the country. an example of his extraordinary leadership and bravery occurred when one of his fellow air man was shot down during the kosovo conflict in 1999.
the colonel bravely led a successful mission to rescue the missing pilot that was shot down by a missile. the colonel was also a part of the air and joint staffs in washington, d.c., that serve as advisors to the president of the united states. he was stationed all over america. in addition to his time abroad in iceland and qatar defending the freedoms we all greatly enjoy. i am proud to rise today to honor the colonel for his leadership, his commitment to our country and his commitment to our airmen. the colonel will now begin service in the secretary of the air force legislative liaison office here in washington, d.c. i wish him all the best. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize mr. ernie lee who was named the 2016 teacher of the year for the state of georgia. mr. lee is a dedicated u.s. government civics and history students to his students at windsor forest high school in
savannah's south side. mr. lee was a finalist for national teacher of the year. before becoming a teacher in 2008, mr. lee practiced law for over 20 years. you can clearly tell through his demeanor and passion that he discovered his true calling when he began teaching. mr. lee is currently working as a fellow at the smithsonian institute in washington, d.c., studying the state of georgia's historical relationship with indian nations. specifically the supreme court case cherokee nation vs. georgia. his research during the fellowship is centered around writing and developing lesson plans on the topic. i can't thank mr. lee enough for his dedication to georgia students and his ability to inspire them to learn about history and government. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the life of mr. james p. burns of warner robins, georgia, who passed away on april 31, 2017, shortly after
celebrating his 100th birthday. mr. burns used his 100 years to make his country and his community a better place to live. mr. burns served in the army air corps and the united states air force from 1940 to 1960, fighting for his country during world war ii and the korean war. after being honorably discharged from the air force, mr. burns worked another 16 years for the department of defense before retiring as robins -- at robins air force base in georgia. upon his retirement from the d.o.d., mr. burns and his wife, lucille, dedicated their lives helping the georgia community. he volunteered over 14,500 hours at thehouseon medical hospital. when he -- at a medical hospital. when he wasn't there he could find seniors do their taxes or transporting food for the local food bank. i'm proud to recognize mr. burns' life today and his
dedication to the community. he will certainly be missed. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia yields back. the chair will recognize the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. gallagher, for five minutes. mr. allagher: thank you, speaker. mr. speaker, deliberation of mosul from the islamic -- the liberation of mosul from the islamic state was great for the iraqi people and the united states which supported the operation. but to achieve victory in our broader mission of destroying radical islamic terrorism and keeping the american people safe, we must confront some tough questions about the road ahead. as chairman of the task force on denying terrorist entry in the united states, i'm concerned about the degree to which jihadists and foreign fighters threaten our homeland and our ability to meet these threats. we know that iraqi fighters are concealing their identities and fleeing with groups of
refugees, many to europe. these are turning -- these fighters have learned to make dangerous weapons, have gotten battlefield experience and are successfully training young people susceptible to radicalization. we know our visa waiver program provides a window of opportunity for these determined terrorists to exploit. confronting these threats lies in our ability to quickly and effectively vet and screen travelers, share sufficient intelligence with our allies and act on credible threats when identified. and the threats are real. these for fighters pose a greater threat to the west than ever before. for the sake of our national security, it's a threat we cannot overlook and it's a threat we must work together to confront. nothing can be put ahead of the safety and security of the homeland. thank you. mr. speaker, i rise today not as a republican or democrat but
as an american. if we can really find a way to cut through the media circus surrounding the debate about russia in the past few weeks, i think it would reinforce for all of us whatever our political differences, our country must always come first. those who would destroy our way of life do not wear the jersey of juan political party or another. the only laundry they wear is the flag of their nation whose interest they will advance regardless of domestic american politics. and make no mistakes, mr. speaker, russia under putin is not our friend. he is on no one's team but his own. there are concrete steps that we in congress can take to push back against russian aggression both here at home and overseas . to start with we must pass sanctions on russia and iran. the senate passed the sanctions bill 98-2 just one month ago. we need to do the same. no more excuses. we need to vote immediately.
most of all, congress must reclaim its long neglected role in foreignpolicy. policy. foreign is not and never been a partner in syria. it has enabled assad's again stide war while focusing much of its again against u.s. supported rebels. at the same time the growth of iran yain power has deepened the sectarian atmosphere off which isis thrives. isis and iran are two sides of the same coin of religious fundamentalism. and to advance our long-term interest in syria and need need middle east, we must cease outsourcing our foreign policy to our add adversaries and cede our influence is not and never partner in syria. it has enabled assad's again to. we here in congress have a actually mandated role to play. we have been derelict in this duty for decades, we now have an opportunity to reclaim our authority. as part of a congressional campaign to push back against our adversaries, we should revisit the underlying authorities that are allowing
us to conduct lethal activities around the worrell. we need to pass a new authorization for the use of military force to put our efforts against isis, against al qaeda, against all of their affiliates and anyone else who would seek to challenge our interest on the strongest legal footing possible. we can't sit on the sidelines. part of spectator is unworthy of this great body. we must lead when it comes to both enhancing our defenses against attacks and pushing it back against russian or iranian aggression abroad. to do otherwise would be to abdicate our responsibility to our constituents, to our nation, and to the oath we all took to protect this country. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. rutherford, for five minutes. --er ford:
mr. rutherford: today i rise in memory of marine sergeant joseph murray who paid the ultimate sacrifice on july 12, 2017, when a k.c.-130 military transport plane crashed in the delta.ippi sergeant murray lived in jacksonville, florida, since he was 10 years old and was a military dependent. his father delta. was in the navy for over 20 years. he was a sandalwood high school graduate in the class of 2009 and joined the marines that same year. he was stationed at was in the . sergeant murray was camp lejeune promoted three times in the first three years he was in the marine corps, and he was very proud of his two deployments to afghanistan. he told his father he wanted to be a grunt instead of an intelligence officer because that's the hardest thing to do. he died as a member of a
where operations team his closest friends were the fellow marines who served next to him. sergeant murray was a proud husband and father with four hildren, a 5-year-old son, a 3-year-old daughter, and two 1-year-old twin boys. he met his wife the same year he joined the military, and he was family man who loved to serve others. gale said he would do anything for his family, and loved to play his guitar for them. she said what he wanted most in the world besides his family's happiness was destroy evil in the world. his father said the only thing stronger than his commitment to his family was his commitment to his church. the fact he was known to hum
praise and worship songs while fellow and his him ce members looked to as a, faith leader. a fellow marine mentioned that when joseph stopped that humming and singing praises, they took the safeties off their weapons because they thought something was up. all was well when joseph was with them. his father said the city him as a, faith leader. of jacksonville should be very proud to have had his son come from there. i can attest today for the northeast florida that we're very proud. very proud and honored to have had sergeant murray defending our freedoms. sergeant murray's dedication to his faith, family, and nation will always be remembered. may god bless and keep you and your family.
emper fi, sergeant murray. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. to peaker, i rise today address the problem with trumpcare. the problem with trumpcare is a too much is not enough mentality. a too much is not enough mentality that would cause some be willing to sacrifice the to give to the greedy. a too much that is not enough mentality that would allow some to rob the needy of health care to reward the rich with wealth care. too much is not enough mentality.
and this too much is not enough mentality exists at a time, mr. speaker, when the very wealthy are doing very well in this country. the big banks are making big bucks. the health care industry is quite healthy. in fact, last year the industry's net income was up $13.1 billion. that's 46%. c.e.o.'s are doing quite well. the top 10% c.e.o.'s are raking in millions annually. number one the person on the top 10. this person had an income of 499%. lion, up mr. speaker, i don't begrudge people for making money. i don't begrudge people for making a lot of money. i do think that they should all pay a fair share of taxes on that money, however. some of them pay carried
interest, which is not the ordinary income tax that other people are paying. mr. speaker, the too much is not enough mentality not only impacts the way people view health care, but it also impacts people who are making minimum wage. juxtapose the person who made $98 million last year with the person who is making $7.25 an hour. by the way, all minimum wage workers are making $7.25 an hour except those who are in the service industry, and they make even less. $7.25 an hour. the minimum wage has not been raised in a decade. more than 10 years c.e.o.'s get raises of millions annually. mr. speaker, the too much is not enough mentality is keeping wages down, causing those at the top to make more, and creating a chasm between the top and bottom. the middle as well.
and in so doing we have created a class ceiling. a class ceiling. those who are in the working class are not making enough to make ends meet. at $7.25 an hour you cannot afford to take care of a family. at $7.25 an hour, you can barely manage to take care of your needs and you cannot afford health care. those who would take $1 -- ion ute of health care out of health care, those who would reward the rich with billions of dollars as a result, those who would do it so they can go on to a tax plan where they'll cut even more, those who would do this, mr. speaker, have a too much is not enough mentality. it seems that they believe that the poor can do more with less. and that the rich need more to do more. i refuse to support trumpcare. i will not support anything
developed along the lines of too much is not enough. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. zeldin, for five minutes. mr. zeldin: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in honor of the 103rd rescue squadron, a unit of the 106th rescue wing of the new york air chair recognizes t gentleman from new york, mr. zeldin, for five minutes. commanded by colonel michael 106 rescue wing is ard. based out of dubresky airport in westampton beach located in my home district t has a long and distinguished history of service. in october 1991, during the storm that was depicted in the major motion picture, "the perfect storm." an h.h. 60 and tanker 106 from 106th rescue wing flew to an endangered sailboat about 250 miles south of its base. after survival gear was dropped on to the vessel, they began their return to base. however, braving incredibly
severe weather conditions the hh-60 was forced to ditch 60 miles south of base in the atlantic ocean. all but one member of the crew was rescued by the united states coast guard cutter tamaroa. addition in 1988 the 106 rescue wing carried out the longest overwater rescue mission in an hh-60. members of the wing were also on scene at ground zero during the 9/11 terror attacks. and then most recently this ast april the heroic members of this squadron saved several lives when an explosion occurred on a slovenian cargo a ship. these brave airmen took immediate action when called upon to offer desperately needed medical assistance. on april 24, the cargo ship tamara was rocked by an explosion in the forward on april bulk head which resulted in the immediate death of one individual and severe burns for three other crew members, one
who sadly perished prior to the team's arrival. 1,300 miles off the coast of cape cod at the time of the explosion, holding a crew of over 20 men, the situation looked dire for the injured this crew. coordination center was initially contract takted for coordination center was initially contract takted for help but reached out to two canadian vessels in the area. however these ships were 12 to 24 hours coordination center was initially contract takted for help but reached out to two canadian vessels in the area. however these ships were 12 to 24 hours away at the very least and did not possess the necessary medical capability. it was then that the part of the wing to begin
the search and rest cue. on the five-hour flight and superb airman ship of the crew, they executed a complex night parachute insertion of equipment part of the wing to b the search and rest cue. on the five-hour flight and and the water and made their way to the vessel. after making it onboard, the 10 rd rescue squadron team provided advanced medical care for the next two days. until a portuguese rescue helicopter could hoist t team off and airlift the injured seamen who higher level of mecal care. if not for the brave actions of this rescue wing, it could have very well been a great loss of life upon that vessel. mr. speaker, these men risk life and limb to save these crew members have more than earned our respect and add myrrh afplgtse today i would like to honor major edward vogel, technical sergeant jordan sinclair, major marty viera, senior master sergeant eric blum, master sergeant yesterday smith, staff sergeant brian duller, and senior airman
michael hartman for their lifesaving efforts on april 24. not only today but every day. men and women like those in the 106th rescue wing put themselves on the line to protect us, our families, and our communities. it is so important that we continue to give our support to our nation's defenders and provide every needed resource for these heroes. all americans should be very proud of the 106th rescue wing and their continued he legacy answering the call to duty. answering the call to duty. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize kids peace which is a private charity dedicated to assisting children and adolescence
experiencing emotional, behavioral and social challenges in pennsylvania. it was founded in 1882. kids peace provides a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs, accredited educational services and a variety of foster care and community-based treatment programs to help people in need overcome challenges and to transform their lives. last week i had the pleasure of meeting dominick desalvo and patrick slattery,ed a he vow indicates of kids peace in doylestown in my district to help those who are overcome with the opioid epidemic. they learn to participate in healthier relation shist with adults, experience healthy family functioning, witness positive parenting styles, participate in community life and learn social skills through positive role modeling. i'm proud of the efforts of kids peace to help bucks county youth receive the information and treatment they need to become healthy adults.
kids peace reminds us that we can all make the difference in the life of a child. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania yields back. the chair now recognizes the distinguished gentleman from tennessee, mr. duncan, for five minutes. mr. duncan: thank you very much, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, yesterday i received this message from a very respected businessman in knoxville, randy grieves. he wrote, i just received a letter from humana stating they are leaving the state of tennessee next year. this leaves no one to write individual health policies in the state. aetna only writes group policies, and they may withdraw as well. please let anyone with a vote know that families are being failed miserably, as you already know. humana required we pay the first $37,000 between premiums and the deductible before insurance would contribute only
50%. he said it was basically worthless and now they won't even make that lousy policy available because people on subsidies, mostly with no personal accountability for their own health, cost a fortune to the rest of us. obamacare may have helped 20 million people but it's hurt 200 million people in the process. about a month ago, the irish times, the largest newspaper in ireland, reported they had over 660,000 people on waiting lists for health care. that's in a country of less than five million people. you multiply that times 60 or 65 and you got the united states. medicare, when it started, when it was first passed, there was an official c.b.o. prediction it would cost $9 billion after 25 years. instead it cost 12 times of that after the first 25 years and now it costs six times more than that, or about 70 times more than the original
estimate. california, as liberal and left wing that state is, a few days ago i read they tried to pass a health care or medical care for everyone bill. they had to withdraw the bill because they found out it would cost $400 billion for the first year. you multiply that by 10 or 11, you are talking about the whole united states. and we are having trouble affording the medicare we have now for 14% of the population. so medicare for everyone is not going to work in this country. we took what was a very minor problem for a very few people in the mid 1960's and turned it into a major problem for everyone so that now only warren buffett and bill gates and people like that, multibillionaires, can afford health care. and the reason is is that anything the federal government subsidizes, the costs just explode because you remove the incentives and pressures to hold costs down.
the american people don't want a russian, cuban type of medical system in this country. they don't want a totally federally run medical system they have in so many countries with medical care that's not even a fraction of what we have. we are still under obamacare today, and it's not working. these insurance companies are pull out all over the whole country, and "the washington times" reported yesterday or the day before that, according to the department of health and human services, premiums went p 63% in tennessee in 2017 alone. mr. speaker, this system is not working. we need to move more in the direction of a free market medical system if we're ever going to bring down health care costs for the american people with the kind of health care that everyone is demanding and wanting and that we want to give to them. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr.
farenthold, for five minutes. mr. renthold: thank you, speaker. i'm here today to recognize a great american patriot, captain steven banta, call sign slash, who will be retiring this week from his post as commanding officer of naval air station corpus christi. graduate of 1991 the naval academy where he earned a degree in engineering, he completed naval training with the vp-27 boomers in corpus christi and was designated a naval aviator on march 19, 1994. his sea duty included deployments on various cruisers, destroyers, frig ott, to the med ter arian, gulf, southeast pacific and other areas. during his deployment as a maintenance officers with hsl-44 detachment-4 where they were the first in the fleet to test the hell fire missiles. on september 11, 2001, he was
deployed with the u.s.s. carol vincent. during the first four months during operation enduring freedom he coordinated the daily schedule of more than 40 helicopters and 16 different aviation units. in 2009 and 2010 he served as commanding officer as the world famous hsl-44 vipers. during his tenure there they ordered multiple awards -- they earned multiple awards for tactical and retention excellence. captain banta's shore duties included tours as a seahawk helicopter instructor, as the lead country program director for afghanistan with the defense security cooperative agency. he earned a masters degree in national security strategy at the national war college in 2011. captain banta assumed command of naval command corpus christi in june, 2014. during this tour, improvements in infrastructure, program
management and quality of life resulted in numerous awards including the department of defense fire department of the year, fire department national acadation, energy and water management, cno shore safety award, the base wing span newspaper was ranked number one in the navy and the base was on the a list for outstanding customer satisfaction in family housing and more. captain banta has been an invaluable asset to the navy, south texas and the united states. i wish him and his wife, sarah, a corpus christi native, best of luck as he moves into civilian life and begins his -- new job. god bless and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until
>> when the house comes back in session at noon, they'll begin work on two bills, one to increase interagency coordination among agencies vost in selecting locations for gas pipelines. and another designed to speed up the permitting process for cross border oil and gas pipeline, and also electric transmission lines. we'll have live coverage when the house gavels back in at noon here on c-span. right now we'll take you to the senate commerce committee holding a confirmation hearing for nominees to the federal communications commission. democratic nominee jessica rosenworcel, and republican nominee ajit pai, currently serving on the f.c.c. mr. pai is the current chairman and both have been nated for another term. mr. pai: i visited libraries in sioux falls, south dakota, i have seen how it's working and we want to extend that. mr. markey: you will commit to us you will preserve to the success of this bipartisan program and not decrease its