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in sam in harn hornsby, carolina. sam -- pain : prescription medication abuses can be tied in irectly with the a.c.a. and medicaid expansion, it made it asier for people to go to the doctor, get prescriptions and sell them. in the tail business early 1990s, same people come in pills. to sell pain people on medicaid, got prescription and free drugs and money selling them. as hydrocodone, if you are on it, cuwean yourself off of it. 16 years for 15 or because i broke my back in 1985, hicrocodone,ut the mast l not hurt you as as -- damage your liver. host: sam, the house is about to
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gavel in for the morning session, we will of course bring gavel to live for gavel coverage. thanks for watching. day. the rest of your 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., july 27, 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable matt gaetz 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.
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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 the minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. shimkus, for five minutes. mr. shimkus: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. shimkus: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to ddress the plight of the people of eyopia. they have a population of more han 25 million or 35% of eyopia's total population. i speak here on behalf of my dissent.ho is of the coalition is dedicated to bringing the suffering of the
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aromo people and others to bring the attention of americans and the world. she impressed me with her passion for defending the rights of her people and that's why i bring the issue to the people. they have been subject to deteriorating conditions for over a decade with a sharp decline since 2014 making already difficult situation even worse. the government has adopted laws restricting freedom of expression, association and assembly, including rights enshrined in the universal declaration of human rights and in the ethiopian constitution. these violations have been wildly decried by numerous bodies. our own state department has said the following about ethiopia, and i quote, it includes harassment and intimidation of opposition members and supporters and journalists, alleged torture, beating abuse, mistreatment of detainees by security forces and politically motivated trials. and i end quote.
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the free expression is curtailed by laws permitting the government to punish speech. it disagrees with up to five years in imprisonment. in just 2016 security forces killed at least 1,000 and held more than 28,000 newly arrested persons in detention centers. in the midst of the difficult situation for ethiopians, the situation for the aromo people is dire. the government released the master plan which sought to expand the capital into the region. the plan would displace millions of farmers, carve aromia into two regions, changing the lives of 36 towns and 17 districts by hurting the livelihoods of the aromo without consulting the aromo. protest erupted into response. they admitted the use of excessive force. a human rights watch report described interviews hundreds
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of people who survived gruesome and inhumane acts by security forces. even so, no one has been brought to justice. according to the state department report, the government also recently won what appears to have been a rigged election. the deaths of thousands of aromos ando ethiopians cannot bring a lasting solution to the problem, yet the government continues to receive its role in the somalia peacekeeping missions. we should ask hounge should we keep financing a regime which received $34 billion in foreign assistance since it came to power in 1991 and reportedly stolen virtually all of it? in thousands of the people who have been sabodgely murdered, arrested and have been victims of forced disappearance, i join my colleagues in co-sponsoring house resolution 128 which calls for supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governments in ethiopia. this resolution sends a clear and strong message to the ethiopian government by letting
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them know we keep a vigilant eye on the suffering that some minorities have been going through in recent years and the offenses that causes these suffers. many that dare to speak up are being treated badly across ethiopia. consider the case of one man who spoke to several members of congress. now he stands charged with terrorism although after a year and a half the government has been unable to produce a single document to back up their accusation. even after they admitted to arresting 28,000 people, there is belief that it is closer to 40,000. we must condemn inhumane treatment and holding of key human rights. the government of ethiopia has an obligation to care for all its people, including the aromo. as the united states should stand with the people of ethiopia and help the government return to the path of peace and democracy. thank you, mr. speaker. and with that i yield back the
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alance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. ruiz, for five minutes. mr. ruiz: with all the political rhetoric, the finger-pointing and the many versions of trumpcare, hyper politicians fget what this day is about. it's about people. it's about releaving aerson's pain and suffering, about giving a person a chance to live a healthy and happy life. it's about max. maybe you'll remember him. max was the mini-darth vader from a super bowl commercial in 2011 who captured our hearts. he was born with a rare and deadly congenital heart defect. throughout his 12 years, max has had more than 10 heart surgeries under the loving care at children's hospital in los
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angeles. he lives every day with a peacemaker and an artificial pulmonary valve. open heart surgeries are very complex and difficult surgeries. they're tough on patients with often a long recovery and grueling for the family. you see, max stopped by my office a few days ago to talk aboutis experience and he told me, quote, i'm going to have my condition all my life. i'm going to have surgery as a constant commotion on my life. i just want to be covered. i don't want to have to worry about insurance and how i'm going to pay these bills. i just want to focus on keeping myself healthy and not having to sacrifice everything for a surgery, unquote. you see, max wants to play baseball. he loves harry potter and he dreams of being an actor. earlier this year, max was in the hospital for treatments for answer tire month. his -- for an entire month. his mom, jennifer, talked about
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the hospital stay and decided to take a walk and on a walk they met a boy max's age named will. will is still in the hospital today. he's been there nine months waiting desperately for a heart transplant. max told me how will has spent every holiday and even his birthday in the hospital this year. max wanted to do something for ill, so they had these brace lets made. power. them will they have max's favorite verse on them. max and will connected. they devoped a bond bound by compassion, their hope for a normal life gave them strength and friendship. and max promised will he would bring the bracelets to congress hen they came. flipians 4:13, i can do all
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things through christ who strengthens me. and max and will, that's my favorite verse too. max's fighting to protect other kids like him and will, people with a pre-existing illness from losing coverage and having to pay more from facing a lifetime cap on coverage. he came to tell the stories of so many other children he knows from his many hospital visits. his message is simple. quote, children's health care needs a bipartisan solution, unquote. max and will and all the friends they have made in the hospital aren't rooting for democrats or republicans. they're fighting for their life and rooting for each other. they're children, children who want to get healthy, who want to stay healthy and care for one another. we can all learn from max and will's selfless courage to help others. stop the hyper partisan fight to score political points and start fostering a bond through
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compassion. let's find a way to protect health care for max and will. in the midst of this health care fight, we should take a moment to pause and remember that goal. let's be like max and think of others as we come together to find a bipartisan solution to address what isn't working. and remember max's message -- children's health care, all health care must and should be a bipartisan issue. thanks and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to pay tribute to the memory of a dear friend and advocate for eastern kentuckians, pamela todd may. although her life tragically ended too soon, she lived with
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endless compassion for those in need and devotion to our region, the pikeville medical center, the university of kentucky, her husband walter may, her children and all her family and friends. m may lived with constance elegance, always joyous in service and loyal in deed. she faithfully dedicated more than three decades of service to the pikeville medical center as a steadfast advocate for expanded access to quality health care in kentucky's rural appalachian region. as founder of one of the most respected law firms in kentucky, pam was a trustworthy defender for the people of eastern kentucky and a voice for those who otherwise may not be heard. one of the most recent examples of her endless and selfless service was her prompt action
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to help hundreds of individuals obtain medical records for social security hearings and honorable representation in the wake of emergency redetermineation hearings by the social security administration. she partnered with local attorneys and orchestrated hope for hundreds of families desperate for assistance while navigating through federal hearings. pam was a thoughtful leader who you could rely on to stay steps ahead of everyone else. my wife, cynthia, and i mourn the loss of our treasured friend. yet, we rejoice in the legacy of justice and compassion that she leaves behind. those of us who were blessed to know pam must carry on her banner of hope and love for the people of our region. mr. speaker, eastern kentucky is a better place because pam
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may lived. if we could replicate her passion and drive, our future would undoubtedly be much brighter in the hills of appalachia. cynthia and i extend our deepest heart-felt condolences to our friend and condent, walter may, as well as pam's mother, children and extended family and friends who were honored to know and love her i yield ck. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, for five minutes. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consentto revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. speaker, it is now seven months since the start of the 115th congress and sixonths sin republicans have controlled all the levers of power of our government. all we've seen are broken promises. donald trump and our republican colleagues in congress ran on a
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platform that included health care for everyone. massive investments in infrastructure and tax reform and a dramatic increase in jobs. on all four of these there's been zero progress. zero legislation sent to the president and zero effort to work with democrats to achieve any of those objectives. donald trump promised voters that he would be, and i quote, the greatest job president that god ever created. yet, neither he nor the republican congressional leadership have put forward a comprehensive jobs bill. instead, he and his republican allies in the congress have proposed budget that would slash investments in education, infrastructure and research,
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all areas that directly help our economy create jobs. in fact, jobs that the president claimed to have saved are in fact going overseas. forecasters are now predicting slower economic growth and manufacturing average weekly earnings have only grown half as fast as earnings across the private sector as a whole over the past six months. when it comes to health care, it hasn't just been the broken promise of insurance for everyone, it's been a nonstop roller coaster of legislative proposals, all of which would strip coverage away from tens of millions of americans, raise cost and deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. . often tax reform -- on tax reform, all we have seen is a one-page outline and budget proposal with reconciliation instructions setting up a
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process for jamming a partisan tax reform bill through congress. that's a nonstarter. to be successful any tax reform legislation must be bipartisan. as was the 1986 tax reform under president reagan and speaker o'neill. to top it all off, we considered and are considering this week an appropriation minibus without even having had a budget on this floor. some 88 days after it was due. the republicans promised regular order. in fact they are pursuing no order. republicans have an even bothered to -- haven't even bothered to pass a budget which is what we're supposed to do in the house before moving to appropriations. so, mr. speaker, at the six-month mark we have only seen
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gridlock, no progress, chaos, and broken promises. even some republican members and perhaps many republican members, are growing as frustrated as the american people their party is failing. representative see womack from arkansas said late last month that we, quote, we better get our act together. we're not governing now. we're stuck. representative tom reed of new york said, quote, the fact that we're not getting to these issues -- health care, budget, tax reform is frustrating. we came here to move the needle. so that what i'm saying has been said by my republican colleagues as well, perhaps representative thomasy put it most succinctly when he tweeted about his republican colleagues, they onfuse activity with progress.
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republicans, mr. speaker, have failed to address the challenges facing the american people. and they have done nothing to improve the lives of those working hard to make it in america. we should be considering legislation to create jobs and grow the economy. we should be working to improve and strengthen the affordable care act not replace it. that would be consistent with some 3/4 of americans to believe that's what we ought to be doing. we should be working in a bipartisan way to reform our tax code and promote competitiveness for our american businesses that are competing in world markets. growth, job creation, as well as fiscal sustainability. that is what we should be seeking in a tax bill. we should be investing in infrastructure that lures jobs back home from overseas. and, mr. speaker, we should be returning to regular order. an open process that republicans
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have abandoned to the detriment of legislation and to our country. more closed rules in this seven months than have occurred in my 36 years in the congress of the united states. mr. speaker, the american people need a better deal. a better deal than they have gotten over the last seven months. seven months into this congress it is clear that house republicans are not on the side of working people. in the words of "new york times" columnist david brooks, one of the most conservative columnists in "the new york times," last week he said this, quote, republicans offer nothing but detachment, absence, and an ax.
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democrats on the other hand are offering the american people, as i said, a better deal. one focused on helping all our people make it in america. better jobs, better wages, yes, a better future. it's what democrats have always done when democrats have been entrusted to lead. there is a history, a track record to back it up. mr. speaker, i want to show my colleagues that rhetoric is cheap or talk is cheap as we say, but performance is really what we ought to look to. i want to bring some charts here to the attention of our colleagues. indeed to the american people as well. what democrats have always done. this part number one, democrats perform better on economic growth. now, that's easy to say, but this graph shows exactly under from truman to obama.
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the blue. you can see under eisenhower economic growth was about a third or maybe 40%. kennedy, johnson & johnson, much greater than nixon and nixon, ford. carter great than either nixon or nixon, ford. and carter, to the surprise of many, had the same, just about g.d.p. growth that reagan, of which my republican friends proudly talk. then what happened? under bush one and down, then what happened? under clinton up g.d.p. growth. under bush two, down. under obama, -- up. that's not campaign rhetoric, those are the statistics that the economy has performed better under democrats. democrats perform better on the stock market. the stock market who mr. trump likes to point to today, it's
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doing well. why? because the obama economy, as you just saw, was doing well and the expectations were good. if you look at this better on the stock market. truman, greater growth in the stock market. isenhower, less. kennedy johnson, johnson, up. nixon, down. nixon-ford. nixon-ford had negative growth in the stock market. and then carter growth. and yes, reagan and bush one had growth. guess what, then clinton had better growth. then clinton had better growth. guess what? sh two again like nixon-ford negative growth in the stock market. what did that mean? that mean 401-k's were less for
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retired people an their security was less secure because the stock market went in the tank. what happened under obama? he stock market went up. lastly, waint to show this statistic. this is a stark statistic. it shows under democratic every segment, every wage level in america saw ppreciation. went up higher democrats than republicans. guess what, the highest did better under democrats. just as the lower quintile did better. what you see is everybody did better. the only negative, of course, was under republicans. where the second quintile went
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down over their years in office. so if you compare all these, mr. speaker, it is not campaign it is not rhetoric on this floor, but it is economic statistics, ic economic reports show that when we promised a better deal, we delivered a better dee. as we look back on the past six months of republicans' broken promises and failures to govern, let's remember there is, indeed, a better deal to be had. democrats are ready to work with our republican colleagues and with the administration to make progress. mr. speaker, i have been here 36 years and one of the things i'm proudest off, my republican colleagues, many of them say, hoyer will work with us in a way to compromise and make progress for our country. if our republican colleagues
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continue to be unwilling to work in a bipartisan way, we're going to offer a clear and proven alternative, a proven alternative. i hope my republican colleagues will return from the august district work period ready to that american people get a better deal and work with us constructively to get them that better deal. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, with the fall season fast approaching, bucks county's robust agricultural community is in full swing with the impending harvest, summer fairs, community projects, and recognition of the important work of the american farm family. in a few weeks bucks county will celebrate their 69th annual
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middletown grange fair. from wednesday, august 16, august, attendees from across our community will have the opportunity to come together to enjoy live entertainment, timeless carnival rides, tons of local food, animal demonstrations, and 4-h projects on display. crowds will gather to see the antique equipment competition and gibts in hundreds of categories range interesting a variety of vegetables, tomato, fresh flowers, and livestock to and crafted quilts, jewelry wood work. i have seen firsthand how the fair brings our community together to enjoy the refreshing success of our local agricultural community. it's an event that helps people gain a better appreciation of the importance of agriculture and how the agricultural industry sustains our local economy, not to mention all the jobs it creates. we love our farmers in bucks county. they have contributed so much to
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our community. they are an indess pinsible part of bucks -- indispensable part of bucks county past and will remain so in the future. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the jere recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. kosta -- costa for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to bring attention to our nation's infrastructure. i'm talking about our roads, bridges, our rail corridors, our waterways and dams. investments that over two centuries have made america great, the greatest economy in the world. we have a long history in investing in the infrastructure in america starting with the canal and rail systems in the 19th century, the highways and air transportation systems in the 20th century. however, over the last 25 years we have lived off the infrastructure investments our parents and grandparents made in the previous generations.
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why? because there has been a lack of political will here in washington, d.c., to make new investments. the congress working with the president must face this challenge head on. i believe there is bipartisan support for infrastructure investment. having been part of a bipartisan conversation this year with members, congress and with the administration, there is an attempt to offer a proposal to make major investments in our nation's infrastructure. and we're talking about four different areas. first, there needs to be an incentive component. i strongly support incentivizing states and local governments to provide their own funding or these efforts. we know infrastructure projects move forward most effectively when local, state, and federal governments all do their part. in the swan joaquin valley in my
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district -- san joaquin valley in my district, they have all increased taxes for projects. this year california enacted a bill to increase state gas tax and vehicle fees to provide over $52 billion over the next 10 years in california, for much needed transportation projects. while there needs to be done more in california, we know that if we provide incentives across states ought to come up and do their part as well. the second focus of the administration's action is to support projects in rural areas. week, the ag st states ought committee held a hearing in which we discussed strategic infrastructure investments in rural areas with the goal of increasing opportunities, and the importance of investing in our rural areas cannot be overstated. too often rural america gets left behind in the infrastructure and development of conversation. i know, week, the ag committee i represent a large pt of rural american in the san joaquin valley in virginia. the third focuses transformative projects, projects that make creative and dramatic changes. i have always supported and will
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continue to support these projects such as high speed rail in california. california water fix. water is so critical to the west and especially in the san joaquin valley. it provides the -- the water provide the food that we have on america's dinner table every night. it's a national security issue. these projects support deeper and systemic change and they can have a large scale and lasting impact in the future development of our nation. . they are investments in our future like those our parents and grandparents made in the past. lastly, the administration talks about a loan program. these can be helpful. i support these four components. but first we must not pick winners and losers when improving our nation's infrastructure. this is, of course, very challenging. we need to have a policy that must rank priorities and decide how much we spend and where we spend. we also must establish critical areas, criteria to ensure infrastructure decisions promote fair distribution and cost-effectiveness, doing the
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most good in critical areas. and second, while i support public-private partnerships, they should not provide subsidies to projects that the private sector would already finance themselves. sound infrastructure is literally and figuratively the foundation of our nation's economy. it is what made america the greatest economy in the world. countries around the world are making investments in their infrastructure while the united states sits on the sidelines engaging in a political debate not does not reflect, does reflect the policy choices we must make. we must come together, ladies and gentlemen, as republicans and democrats, to address the problems of our nation's infrastructure as americans in a bipartisan way, because no transportation system, no water infrastructure system, no improvement in our energy grid and all the other elements of our infrastructure are democratic or republican. they are a basis of an
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investment in america, and that's what we should be doing as members of this congress with this administration. so let's act as legislators. let's act and show we can work together in a bipartisan fashion. let's show some profiles encourage. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, as we prepare the next farm bill, i rise today to speak about the impact that agriculture has on the commonwealth of pennsylvania, our farmers, our economy and our communities. agriculture is the number one industry in the commonwealth of pennsylvania. we proudly boast 58,200 farms, totaling more than 7.7 million acres of farmland. these farms contribute to a total economic impact of $45
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billion from production, food processing, marketing, transportation and manufacturing. mr. speaker, the farm bill affects everyone in pennsylvania in various ways just as it does families throughout the united states of america. it provides a safety net for farmers and ranchers during difficult times. it supports infrastructure and economic development in rural communities. it incentivizes good conservation practices to protect our farmland and our environment. and it helps provide access to nutritious, quality food for the least fortunate among us as well as breakfast and lunches for our schoolchildren. the farm bill affects can be felt beyond the ag industry. the united states department of agriculture rated the market value of all agriculture products in pennsylvania at $8.7 billion. agriculture exports contributed $2 billion to the state economy. the strengthening impact that agriculture has on
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pennsylvania's economy is significant and undeniable. yet, it is only one example of agriculture's vast influence on the lives of everyone in the commonwealth. agriculture employs our residents, provides better health for our communities and promotes agriculture exports, agriculture touches the lives of millions of americans, and not just those who work as farmers or ranchers. pennsylvania's farmers look to the farm bill to protect their livelihood when weather disasters, to provide them a safety net when hard times are hard and to ensure their ability to support their families and their communities. over six years usda has invested more than $1.4 billion in pennsylvania for programs that promote new markets for farm and ranch products. these programs provide revenue and price loss payments to eligible producers. this legislation ensures that eligible acres are afforded disaster assistance in light of natural disasters and droughts,
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providing our farmers with a safeguard against the unpredictable elements of weather. beyond supporting our farmers, the farm bill fortifies pennsylvania's infrastructure. the bill provides funding for the expansion of telecommunications. the improvement of water and waste water infrastructure and the construction of community facilities like fire stations, hospitals and libraries. it promotes growth in the communities. the health of our children and well-being of pennsylvania's families. in 2016, more than 65 million breakfasts were served to more than 386,000 children in the school breakfast program. last year the state served more than 173 million lunches to one million students who participate in the program. programs such as w.i.c., the women, infant and children's program, and snap, the supplemental nutrition ssistance program, the, help people in need -- help people
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in need put food on the table. mr. speaker, as vice chairman of the agriculture committee and chairman of the nutrition subcommittee, i look forward to producing a strong farm bill that will promote sound policies for agriculture in pennsylvania and throughout the country. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. pocan, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. we are now at the sixth-month point to president trump's time in office and i think it's time to check in and do his review. president trump's made a lot of campaign promises, and we should take a look at how he's living up to them. first, creating jobs. let's start with his claims that he would be the, quote,
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greatest job producer that god ever created. well, we haven't seen any major action on president trump's jobs plan. his infrastructure week included no concrete details, pardon the pun, and his made in america week meant nothing because his own products have long been made overseas. despite bragging that he was saving jobs at carrier in indiana, we learned carrier is laying off 600 employees this month and sending those jobs to mexico. and after the trump administration lobbied hard for ford to not move to mexico, trump -- sorry -- ford announced it was moving production of its focus model to china instead. not exactly a deal closer. grade for creating jobs, that's an f. draining the swamp. how would his promises to drain the swamp? president trump has stacked his administration with insiders, open the floodgates to more lobbyists and is loading his administration with so many goldman sachs employees that
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the c.e.o. of goldman sachs called it a, quote, inconvenience. donald trump isn't training the swamp. he's built a highrise luxury condo on it. that will give him an f as well. accomplishments, president trump has yet to sign any major accomplishments into law. from repealing the affordable care act to tax form to an infrastructure package, not one of his major initiatives has yet made it through congress in over six months. that may be good news for the working men and women of this country but still as a grade that gets him an f. tweeting. now, we've seen a lot of action on twitter from this president, from insulting women and threatening journalists to lit gaiting the -- mrs. fake news was mentioned twice as much as the word jobs. while he scores high on the
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volume of tweets, he's low on the content of tweets so we are going to give him an incomplete in this area. golfing. president trump's second favorite ack -- activity ar tweeting is golfing. according to cnn in his first six months, president trump spent 21 of his first 26 weekends in office at trump properties and spent 40 days at trump brand properties. he's golfing for sure. let's give him an a. covfefe, that's not a word in the dictionary or universe. i guess donald trump knows what it really means so i guess he would give himself an a because there is not a grade higher until he invents those too. that's not incomplete. that's incoherent. conflicts of interest. american taxpayers have been footing the bill for pricey trips to trump branded properties and trips benefiting the trump family business in canada, uraguay, mira lago, new
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york and many other places. president trump's failure to separate himself from his conflicts of interests shows special interest groups around the world that influence can be sold to the highest bidder. i'll give him an a because apparently he's excelling at selling out potential. job approval. president trump has finished first in one area and we all know he likes to be a winner. with a 36% approval rating, president trump is the first president to have that low of a six-month approval rating of any president in polls dating back 70 years. so from the american people, apparently that's an f. not an impressive first six months, mr. speaker. if this were a reality show, i think he would be hearing the famous "you're fired, mr. president," but outside of that six months, just this week, mr. speaker, donald trump embarrassed himself with inappropriate comments before the boy scouts and insulted
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transgender americans serving in the military. my only question, mr. speaker, is, when will the leadership on the other side of the aisle quit enabling him and start standing up for this country? america is not a reality show, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from alabama, mr. aderholt, for five minutes. mr. aderholt: thank you, mr. speaker. this morning i would like to recognize marine private first class james t. stanford for his duty, his selfless service and his sacrifice to our great nation. stanford was a native of gat ston, alabama, and he lost his life on the u.s.s. benington. i'm honored to recognize private first class stanford
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this morning who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great nation. stanford attended gatson high school in alabama before enlisting in the united states marine corps on february 21, 1953. after completing basic training at paris island, south carolina, he was assigned to he u.s.s. benington in june, 1953. on may 26, 1954, the urment s.s. benington was selling -- u.s.s. benington was selling off the coast when hydraulic fluid from a ford calt put caught fire. it -- catapult caught fire. t resulted in over 200 casualties, including 103 sailors and marines who lost their life that day. on may 28, 1954, private first class james stanford, at just 20 years old, succumbed to his
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critical burn wounds and passed away at new port naval hospital -- newport naval hospital in rhode island. by his side were his wife, the former lou moore, and his father, mr. j.c. stanford. james and his wife, lou, had recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary. mr. speaker, may the sacrifice of private first class james t. stanford and the other 102 sailors and marines who lost their life as a result of that explosion onboard the u.s.s. benington on may 26, 1954, never be forgotten, and may these individuals be remembered as they gave their all. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. o'rourke, for five minutes. mr. speaker, later this evening, perhaps
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early tomorrow morning, this body will be voting on a series of appropriations measures to fund our armed services, the v.a. and tact on to that at the whim of the chairman of the rules committee in what i can only describe as the most un-democratic, unrepresented fashion is a provision to fund a border wall between the united states and the country of mexico to the tune of $1.6 billion, a mere down payment on total construction costs which are estimated to be over $20 billion. i think it's important, mr. speaker, that we keep in mind some very basic facts. the first being that the border between the united states and mexico has never been safer or more secure. last year and the year before, we saw record low levels of
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northbound apprehensions from mexico. if you look at where we were in the year 2000, you had 1.6 million apprehensions from mexico. last year you had a little over 400,000. and you know who so many of those apprehensions were. they were kids, young families scared and frightened, leaving the most horrific brutality that we can imagine from the northern triangle countries of central america, literally fleeing for their lives, to this country which is comprised of immigrants and refugees and asylum seekers and is the very foundation of our success. that's apparently who we are trying to wall off and protect ourselves from with this $1.6 billion boondoggle. we see in the last four years mexican nationals are leave than
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coming north from that country into ours. we have twice the border patrol agents, 20,000. today you and i, the american taxpayer, are spending coming north from that country billion a year. we're long past the point of diminishing returns with this very peshes public resource. we're trying to solve, mr. speaker, a problem that we don't have. case in point, the city that i have the honor of serving and representing, el paso, texas, is regularly ranked the top or the second or the third safest city not just in texas, but in the entire united states. using f.b.i. crime statistics as crunched by c.q. press. we're the safest community, yes, because we have excellent local and federal law enforcement, including the border patrol. but we're also the safest city because of and not in spite of the fact that a quarter of the people that i represent were born in another country. most of them in mexico. they are not, mr. speaker, the rapists and criminals that then-candidate trump would have
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us believe they are. because we have excellent local and federal law enforcement, including the so if there is no rational, logical, fact-based case for a wall, why in the world would we be spending $1.6 billion on this instead of creating more jobs or ensuring that more americans can see a doctor or more kids can go to a great school with excellent public schoolteachers? here are some of the other consequences. excellent reporting in the texas observer followed up by the "l.a. times" on the santa ana wildlife refuge, about 10 miles southeast of texas. it is the last refuge for the os -- os lot, 400 -- ocelot, 400 different species of birds, arm dillos, they are planning to build that wall right through that refuge. that is our heritage that we're about to wall off and destroy. we're dividing communities. we diminishing our relationship with mexico who should be our
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closest partner. we're making our communities, including el paso, and other communities in texas, less safe as we militarize them and people who live among us question whether they can go to local law enforcement to report a crime, to serve as a witness, to testify in a case, to help contribute to the safety of our communities. and let me bring this point to your attention, this fact, mr. speaker. on sunday in a wal-mart parking lot in san antonio, texas, the nine dead immigrants were found in the back of a trailer. a 10th died later in the hospital. nine dead immigrants tuesday morning in el paso, three bodies, including those of children, were dredged out of e canal that joins us with mexico. 7,000 people, people, human beings, since 1998, have died trying to cross into the united states. as we further militarize and wall off and make it harder for
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people to come as legitimate asylum seekers, refugees, folks who want to work in our economy, people who want to join their families, be with their moms and dads, brothers and sisters, their children we ensure greater suffering and death. mr. speaker, we do not need a wall. the eaker pro tempore: gentleman's time has expired. mr. o'rourke: we need comprehensive immigration reform. we need to treat each other with dignity and respect. that ensures our safety, security, and success. the gentleman's time has expired. mr. o'rourke: the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. gallagher, or five minutes. mr. gallagher: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today on behalf of veterans across the state of wisconsin who put themselves in harm's way to defend this nation. as citizens we have a clear moral obligation to ensure that they are able to receive the quality care that they need, they deserve, they earned. the department of veterans affairs is predicated on this very idea. king veterans home in my district is a facility for homeless and at-risk veterans in
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northeast wisconsin. just last week veterans housed were notified the v.a. will no longer renew grants for housing programs. that will result in the closing of this facility by the end of the year. this has caused significant stress and uncertainty and anxiety among the veterans community in northeast wisconsin, among the entire community, and specifically among the veterans at king who now face the possibility of homelessness. we cannot let this happen. we would be abandoning our duty if we let this happen of that's why i was proud to co-author a letter with the speaker of the house requesting answer from secretary shulkin on this vital matter. while we wait answers, we must continue to bring attention to the concerns of our veterans and remain committed to working across the aisle to ensure that our veterans receive the housing and car that they vitally need, the care that they have earned. thank you. mr. speaker, i had the honor of welcoming a group of american heroes the other week who joined
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from northeast washington to washington, d.c., aboard the old glory honor flight. generation of veterans representing every major conflict since world war ii. visited the very monuments that honor their courage and their commitment. and just as these vets visited their respective memorials, so, too, should the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve in the ongoing war on terrorism, the wars in iraq and afghanistan, the war i was fighting eight years ago, they, too, should have something to honor their sacrifice. under current law, a war must be over for at least 10 years before a memorial can be built in its honor. that's why representative moulton and i have introduced legislation that would allow for a global war on terrorism memorial. this war is unlike any preprecede tfplgt it has no end date norks v.j. date. threats continue to rise. so the longest ongoing conflict in our nation's history continues. after 15 years and 6,800 american lives lost, there is still no end in sight.
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this memorial is for the brave men and women who die fighting, continue to fight, and are still joining the fight against terrorism. if we're going to continue passing the torch from one generation to the next, we need build this memorial so that future generations never forget their tute. -- duty. their duty to do the same to pass that torch. thank you. mr. speaker, agriculture is a driving force behind our economy and our way of life in northeast wisconsin. which is why i'm honored farm technology days decided to hold their annual event at the east boundert dairy enterprises, an impressive sixth generation family farm. farm technology days is the largest agricultural show in wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. the three day event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, recent research findings, and technology development. -- technological development. 15,000 hamburgers and 11,000 bowls of ice cream later the
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a huge success for our economy. the first day alone saw na tendance over 10,000 people. because of the hard work of the east boundert family and the volunteers who pitched in, northeast wisconsin was able to demonstrate the powerful role we play in wisconsin's agriculture industry. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. i rise : mr. speaker, today to defend the constitution a constitutional crisis. i rise, mr. speaker, to defend democracy. i rise to protect the republic. i a constitutional rise to prevent a constitutional crisis that would be created should any rogue president attempt to pardon himself. let me be clear, mr. speaker, i do not believe that a president
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can pardon himself. can self-pardon. the ility to pardon is ability the ability to forgive. i do not believe that a president can forgive himself for crimes committed. i do not believe that the constitution allows a president to forgive himself for the most egregious crimes. i do not believe a president could pardon himself or give himself for the crime of treason. i do not believe that this country would allow such a thing to exist, and if a president attempted to do it, we would have a constitutional crisis. i rise today to prevent a constitutional crisis. i don't believe the constitution would allow it, but i want to prevent the crisis should some rogue president attempt it. mr. speaker, i have a simple amendment to the constitution that would avert this crisis t
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reads -- president shall have no power to grant to himself a reprieve or pardon for an offense against the united states. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the great and noble american ideals that we hold dear and that we protect with everything that is near and dear to us. we use our very bodies to protect it. our men and women will go to distant places and many of them don't return the same way they left, to protect these noble and great american ideals. these ideals would be put at risk if some rogue president decided to pardon himself. we would have a constitutional crisis. i am honored, mr. speaker, to will be this amendment
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filed later today and there are two other members of congress that i am proud to have associated with me and this amendment. they are the honorable brad sherman and the honorable seth moulton. we're filing this amendment not because we believe that a president can self-pardon but because if some president attempted to do it, this amendment would be there for us to act expeditiously and prevent it. mr. speaker, this is the solution that i hope we never have to use. i pray that this amendment never has to be pushed through. but i am so proud to have it there in the event it is needed. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota, mr. paulsen, for five minutes. mr. paulsen: mr. speaker, the fourth line in the warrior ethos reads i will never leave a fallen comrade. every soldier who passes through the army basic training knows this model and truly it is the spirit of our entire military. currently more than 75,000 americans are unaccounted for from conflicts ranging from
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world war ii to the war on terror. we must continue to vindicate the spirit of the warriors ethos and aid our military to make sure that we never leave any service members behind. which is why i'm co-sponsoring a resolution for the creation of a select committee on a pow-mia affairs here in the house. this committee will be responsible for investigating these unaccounted for service members, and finally bringing peace of mind and closure to their families. so, mr. speaker, it's appropriate that we not abandon this obligation and that we help our brave service members never leave behind a fallen comrade. mr. speaker, sharks are being killed 30% faster than they are able to reproduce, which is having a serious impact on our ocean's ecosystem. one contributor to this decline is an inhumane practice known as fining. fining is the remove of the fins from a shark and oftentimes done shark is still alive.
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these fins are mostly used for shark fin soup, a traditional cuisine in many asian shark is . after harvesting, they are thrown back into the ocean where they are left to die from sufficient case or blood loss or be killed by other predators since they have no way to defend themselves. it's why i'm co-sponsoring the shark continue finns elimination hich will make it illegal to buy or sell fins fls unless they are taken a with a license or permit. this will protect the fragility of the ocean wildlife and cruel practices. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from california, ms. waters, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i
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request unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady will suspend. the chair would advise the gentlelady to remove the prior chart. ms. waters: would you tell us why? the speaker pro tempore: it's the determination of the chair that it's a breach of the decorum of the house. mr. speak the gentlelady may proceed. ms. waters: thank you very much, mr. speaker. yesterday was the 27th anniversary of the americans with disabilities act.
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it is a day to reflect on how people with disabilities are treated in our society. our president indicated to us what he thinks about people with disabilities long before he was elected when he mocked a disabled reporter. they were victims of war place accidents and car accidents. they are victims of mass shootings and terrorist attacks. they are senior citizens in nursing homes. they are our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, our friends and neighbors and our children.
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they might be with us today or they may be with us a year from now. they deserve to be treated with respect and they deserve quality health care. given that we already know about the attitudes that have been displayed against them, it should come as no surprise that trumpcare would have a devastating impact on people with disabilities. the nonpartisan congressional budget office has scored several versions of trumpcare. most would cause at least 22 million people to lose their health insurance. the so-called repeal-only bill which repeals the affordable care act and does not replace it with anything would cause 32 million people to lose their health insurance. even the so-called skinny trumpcare would cause 16 million people to lose health insurance and increase premiums by 20%. when people with disabilities
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lose their health insurance, they cannot get affordable treatment for their medical conditions, and when healthy people lose their health insurance and then become disabled, they, too, will not be able to find affordable treatment for their injuries. furthermore, when they try to find a new health policy, their disability will be considered a pre-existing condition. trumpcare cuts more than $700 billion from medicaid. according to an analysis by the center for american progress, more than 15 million children and adults with disabilities rely on medicaid for their health coverage and could lose it if trumpcare became law. the president's budget would also have a devastating, very devastating impact on all people with disabilities. trump's budget cuts, $50 billion over the next 10 years
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from benefits earned by american veterans who are unable to work because of a service-connected disability. his budget cuts billions from social security, disability insurance, which provides earned benefits to workers who become disabled after years of paying social security, taxes on their earnings. is budget cuts billions from supplemental income which protects vulnerable people with disabilities including 1.2 million children who suffer from conditions such as downsyndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, blindness. his budget cuts funding for ndividuals with disabilities education act by $113 million, jeopardizing special education services for students with disabilities.
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his budget cuts funding for housing for persons with disabilities by 20%. his budget eliminates the limb loss resource center and the paralysis resource center which cuts support for people with traumatic brain injury by 67%, and cuts funding for the national center on birth defects and developmental disabilities by 26%. it even eliminates special olympics education. so in conclusion, people with disabilities deserve better. that is why we must raise our voices to support them. oppose these budget cuts that target them and protect their health care. stopping trumpcare is not about politics. it's a matter of life and death. and this is especially true for people with disabilities. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, for five minutes.
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thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in remembrance of my friend, steve rockford, who passed away last week following his five-year battle with a.l.s., lou gehrig's disease. i first met steve when he came to washington, d.c., to advocate on behalf of more funding for a.l.s. research, and i was really struck about his courageously uplifting demeanor in the midst of a very dark prognosis. steve came to my office, was all smiles, brought me this pack of cards where his card was on the top. as you can see right here, steve leaves behind his wife, tammy, his five children. you know, while while this
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terrible disease attacked steve's body, it never attacked his resolve. he had an inspirational mindset throughout not only his diagnosis and treatments but throughout his fight against a.l.s. he never let lou gehrig's disease bring him down. steve actually -- he sent me text messages every day, and it's sad i don't get them any more and we know why. these text messages would have biblical verses, inspirational messages from a man who was fighting a disease that he knew he was not going to live through. that tells you a lot about steve rockford, former wrestling coach at southeast high school in springfield, illinois. he's somebody who taught others how to lift themselves up and while he was fighting the fight of his life, he taught me what it was like to be lifted up by
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someone so special. a.l.s. is a devastating disease. it attacks the body, it never stops relenting. it's estimated that 20,000 people have this disease at any given time and only 20% of those affected with a.l.s. live more than five years after the diagnosis. we must follow steve's request to fund research at the national institute of health to ensure that diseases like a.l.s. are eradicated and that those afflicted with the disease have access to home health services and rehabilitation equipment. while facing a debilitating disease and diagnosis, as you can tell steve did not despair, falter or surrender. steve rockford is a hero to me. he's a hero to many in his hometown of springfield, illinois. i'm a better man for knowing steve rockford. please continue to keep his wife, tammy, and their five
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beautiful children right here in this picture, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. steve, we're going to miss you. i'm sure you're having fun up there. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today. crig partisan, and he criticized our side the floor of the u.s. senate as lawmakers today are in the third day of debate on the republican health care law. 10 hours of debate remaining on
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the republican health care law. votes are expected this afternoon. single payer system and democrats have announced they will not offer any further amendments. debate expected to last into the evening. concluding with a final passage vote. live coverage of the senate on our companion network c-span2, and with the free c-span radio app. live on capitol hill now as we get remarks from nancy pelosi. she's been holding her weekly briefing with reporters this morning. we'll get the last few minutes. ms. pelosi: as to what that debate is about. that's called the regular order. at's what senator mccain was talking about. depending what they do, if they decide they'll take it up on the house side and send it to the president's desk, i doubt they could pass it. i doubt they could pass it, but that's one


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