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host: richard, missouri, the president's speech also ,vailable at including a follow-up. website you can see the earlier segments taking a look at the trip to asia. you can see those at time for the house of representatives to do its daily business. we take you to them now. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. november 8, 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable don bacon 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 minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes. r. gutierrez: mr. speaker, monday i returned from my third trip to puerto rico since hurricane maria devastated the island almost two months ago. i wish i could report a lot of progress is being made, but i can't. it's still a disaster and it's a stain on the reputation of the united states of america. most places don't have power. generators, the sound you hear humming in every corner of the island, are running ragged from overuse. in many places the water is not
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on because the power is not on to pump it. and drinkable water mixes with sewer water all over the identifyland. -- island. as you can see from this picture, people are tapping mountains springs in this case, using it mostly for lawn drirks thank goodness. because the mountain water in many cases, contaminated from animals. this man is a police officer, first responder, but he's learning to make do, just like every other puerto rican family. everywhere you go you see puerto ricos making do. so think about your life without power, cell service, water, animals. this man is a police lights, fa food. imagine the dialysis patient or elderly man in an electric chair who uses oxygen tanks to breathe. i met those people in puerto rico. had to get to physical therapy or regular prenatal visits when there are roads and bridges that are vanished. on the one hand when i'm in puerto rico i'm confronted by the very best of mankind. the people helping stainingers
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feeding their neighbors and pitching in -- strangers, feeding their neighbors and pitching in. on the other hand, i'm confronted with the tragedy who like all of us depend on the government for basic assistance and help after a major die disaster and received nothing. -- disaster and received nothing. yes, the damage is massive, but there is no task meshes can -- americans cannot accomplish if we put our minds and backs into t mr. speaker, this is the head start building. as you can see the roof is torn up and there is metal sheeting blown around. the people are forming a brigade to rebuild the structure so they can reopen the head start building. one of the things i was doing was bringing money to get them started raised by the puerto agenda in chicago from met the they are investing in them. they are not calling in expensive contractors or companies from mon tan why. age the people of chicago.
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individuals in chicago are invest ngget well-being of people in luisa. hey have never -- montana. they are not waiting for folks from fema or the u.s. military. they are not waiting for donald trump to grant puerto ricans a little more time now that he has made it clear he will not personally give them his grade a help forever. nope, the people -- montana. of chicago are getting help to the people of puerto rico before any official resources are coming to their rescue. it bobbingles the mind it has come -- boggles the mind it has come to this. here it is another more difficult case, a bridge and a road were washed away by the storm. it could be almost anywhere on the island. almost six weeks after the storm and nothing, not even orange cones or guardrails to keep people from driving off into danger. if you live up the side of this hill, you're not going anywhere any time soon until something changes because the army corps of engineers has decided just to not show up and are missing in afpblgts mr. speaker, i should not have to give this
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speech almost two months after the storm. we should have accomplished much more. the people of puerto rico much understand that president trump doesn't want to help them. really doesn't care. and the passports and documents that they have that say citizens of the united states should have been printed much u president trump doesn't want to small print to say, yes, puerto ricans are citizens of the u.s. for the purposes of being drafted and to go to war, but not when it comes to getting help. and puerto ricans are coming to grips with how little they can expect from the president and his administration. they are finding ways to make do just as the people of chicago are making do by sending their own help in their own way. shouldn't have had to come to his, but it has. puerto ricans are learning to make do just like these two young women are getting married on the beach. i met them. they let me take this picture. life goes on even when the government has turned its back
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n you. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, earlier this week i had the opportunity to visit the pregnancy resource plinic in state college, pennsylvania. the pennsylvania fifth congressional district. the pregnancy resource center is the only community funded medical clinic in state college that specifically addresses unplanned pregnancy in a christ centered sphere. through education and encouragement, the pregnancy resource center empowers both men and women to make informed life choices. mr. speaker, i have the opportunity to meet with executive director summers and many members of the pregnancy resource center staff to see farppede the important services that it pro-- firsthand the important service it is
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provides to the region. the pregnancy resource center importantly uphold the sanctity of life. it encouraging clients to continue their pregnancy to full term rather than choosing abortion for their unborn child. mr. speaker, this is always important, but even more so this month during national adoption month. each year loving families adopt thousands of children and provide them with love and support to a family in their forever home. i commend the pregnancy resource center for the essential service it is provides and celebrates the gift of adoption to both hildren and parents alike. r. speaker, on saturday, the nation celebrates veterans day, a day where we honor all nation celebrates veterans day, a day where we honor all those who have served in the armed forces. as we pay tribute with ceremonies and parades, we must remember that freedom is not free.
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many of our veterans live with the effects of war long after they have been discharged. mr. speaker, i recently had the opportunity to learn about a group that is helping combat veterans heal the wound of war. reboot combat recovery is a christian-based program 12-week course for veterans and their spouses to share their struggles and to begin the healing process. many of our vets suffer in the form of anger and anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, and most tragically too course for veterans and their spouses to share their struggles and to begin the healing process. ofte suicide. the reboot combat recovery program is free. it has more than 50 locations in 23 states and more than 1,600 graduates. safe, ommunities are private, and mostly led by veterans. as we honor our veterans this weekend, let's remember that every veterans' story is different. let us help them find the answers to heal and to recover from the effects of war. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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chair recognizes the gentleman recognizes hair the gentlewoman from alabama, ms. sewell, for five minutes. ms. sewell: i rise to celebrate the 80 anniversary of the edmond knight missions. for 80 years they have faithfully served poor and underprivileged communities throughout the deep south. the missions is rooted in the gospel of jesus christ and focuses on providing food, clothing, and shelter to poor and marginalized children and families, young adults, and seniors of all faith traditions. while the missions in alabama is headquartered in selma, their outreach area includes the alabama counties of butler, dallas, monroe, perry, and wilcox, as well as new orleans, louisiana. the inspiring story of the edmonton knight missions began
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with a call to action when in 1936 pope pius xi appealed to the society of saint edmunds to minister 209 african-americans of the deep south. the memberedites responded by selecting two young priests, father casey and perreault to take on the assignment. they wrote to the bishop who invited them to set up a colored mission in selma. when fathers casey and perreault arrived in selma on july 6, 1937, they discovered in sands of people living extreme poverty, similar to that of a third world country. in response, they began their outreach by conducting door-to-door eadvantagalism to the black community and building a small chapel, st. elizabeth's mission. initially they were met with skepticism by both the black and white communities in selma. but their services to the poor gradually won them the respect
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of both races. the worked of the edmundite missions transformed the communities of the rural black belt during some of the most turbulent times of race relations in american history. in the 1940's the mission welcome the sisters of st. joseph from rochester, new york, who came to selma to provide education and social ministry. of st. joseph started st. elizabeth school in 1941 and the holy infant inn, a nursing home, in of st. 1943. in 1944, the edmundites purchased the good samaritan hospitals, a run down infirmary for african-americans. the sisters set out to transform that facility into a odern day one. they established the good samaritan school of nursing, the first medical training program for african-american women in the area. and then in they established the 1947, fath
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launched the boys club, named after the patron saint of youth work. for the next 19 years, until 1966, the boys club helped hundreds of young black youth prepare and win financial assistance needed to attend college. he devoted countless hours and days to ensure the success of every youth who came into the program. on a personal note, i can attest to the transformative power of the don bosco boys club. my dad and many of his close friends credit the support, love, and guidance of the father for changing the directory of their lives. y dad and many others received athletic scholarships to black colleges. becoming the first generation of college graduates in that area of the the club and its ministry helped break the cycle athletic scholarships to povert african-american boys of such that they became teachers, doctors,
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lawyers, and priests. the sewell family is forever to the -- indebted mission for over 80. the edmundites found themselves the center of catastrophe during the 1960's when they were the only whites in selma who openly supported the voting rights movement. during the 1950's and 1960's, the mission and priest and sisters worked with selma's black and white leaders, business community, and white of ters to open the lines communication between the races. during the march from selma to montgomery, the edmundites played a critical roe. on march of communication between the races. during the march from selma 7, confrontation at the edmund pettus bridge caught the attention of the nation. scores of wounded marchers poured into the emergency room at the good samaritan hospital where doctors, nurses, and worked around the the brutal c
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to address their medical needs. the good medicare clock to address their medical needs. the good medicare tan hospital won national praise for its treatment of the victims of the infamous bloody stun confrontation. including providing medical treatment, mr. speaker, to our beloved colleague, congressman john lewis. the father left selma in june in 1965 on the orders of the archbishop of mobile. when he left he was given a standing vow oh case vagse by his parishioners. the citizens of selma and the surrounding counties have long -- have come a long way since 1937. and i ask my colleagues to join me in celebrating the 80th anniversary of the edmundite mission and recognizing its many contributions. may the glory of the mission continue to grow and prosper for years to come. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from alabama yields. i'd like to call on the gentleman from tennessee, mr. duncan, for five minutes. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, there is a heartbreaking photo in today's
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"washington post" showing two small boys, toddler size, in a hospital in yemen being treated for cholera. the story says the international red cross is now being prohibited by the government of saudi arabia from shipping chlorine tablets into yemen to treat this disease that's now affected more than 900,000 people there. . this is a humanitarian crisis of the first magnitude and it should not be tolerated. many people are dying. most of the victims of this disease are women, children and senior citizens. and yesterday's american conservative magazine, daniel wrote, quote, the saudi-led blockade of yemen has been starving the population of essential goods for years. e complete shutdown of all threatens to cause all massive life if it's not reversed immediately. the head of the u.n. food program is warning that hundreds of thousands of children in yemen will be,
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quote, on the brink of starvation, if the saudi-led coalitions blockade of air, sea and land access last even two weeks. david beasley of the u.n. told the associated press, if access remains shut down, quote, i can't imagine this will be one of the most devastating humanitarian catastrophes we have seen in decades. mr. speaker, saudi arabia's supposed to be an ally of ours. those of us in congress should demand, urge, at least plead with officials in saudi arabia. to end this cruel, inhumane blockade and allow the red cross to get this crucial food, medicine and other supplies to these people before many more die needlessly. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, for five minutes. mr. speaker,
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saturday's veterans day. that's the day we set aside to revere those who served in our armed forces, especially today because all who serve are volunteers. only one group of tax-paying volunteers who serve in our armed forces serve without a vote, and those are the veterans in the nation's capital. they have no final vote on this house floor. of course, i vote in committee. they are not fully recognized as american citizens although the district of columbia is one of the oldest jurisdictions in the united states. d.c. veterans, therefore, are at the front of the line
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demanding the vote in congress and other rights granted only to residents of states. i thank the members of this body who have co-sponsored my bill to make the district of columbia the 51st state. each year we have beat last year's record in co-sponsors. today i'm introducing a statehood resolution in tribute to the district of columbia's 30,000 veterans as veterans day approaches on saturday. the residents of your capital city have never hesitated to serve our give up their lives in war for their country. they have died for their country without a vote in disproportionate numbers. just look here. world war i, more casualties than three states. world war ii, more casualties than four states.
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korean war, more casualties than eight states. the vietnam war, more casualties than 10 states of the union. there have been three votes to go to war since i have been a member of congress. the gulf war, the iraq war, the afghanistan war. i have gone to arlington cemetery to comfort bereeved families from the district of columbia who died in those wars. their tragedy of the sacrifice is deepened because these men died securing the vote for others in those nations while they did not have the vote for themselves in their own nation. the only remedy to make our veterans whole is to give statehood to their city. the special urgency of our demand for statehood this
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veterans day is pointed up by the fact that for years now district of columbia residents had the number one per capita in taxes paid to support the government of the united states. understand that. number one above all the other states in taxes paid all without a vote. but utsizes contribution no vote on this house floor, no senators in the other body. that is not only on d.c. matters. the d.c. appropriation, even though we raise more than $7 billion, not one dollar of it's federal money. abortion, guns, we don't bother. the states, when they do the same thing, and we certainly should have nothing to say when the residents of the district of columbia pass laws of their
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own. we almost got that floor on the house floor when we were paired with utah, a republican state. the only reason we don't have that vote on the house floor now is there was an attachment to it that tried to eliminate all the gun laws of the district of columbia. absurd. but we had to leave it on the table. the founders faced a unique situation when they created the district of columbia as their capital, but it's an 18th century remedy that we have long outgrown. the nation's capital must not be under the thumb of the national government with citizens left without their equal rights. we must erase the slander that the framers of our great country went to war to -- on the slogan of no taxation without representation, that they would want to leave any americans who paid taxes
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without equal representation throughout the united states and especially on this floor and in the senate. we will bring our statehood bill to the floor as soon as it is allowed. on this veterans day i ask that we bring that bill to the floor, do it for district residents, but on this veterans day, i ask that you do it for the 30,000 veterans who have served you, have served their country and deserve equal rights in each and every respect. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from nebraska, mr. bacon, for five minutes. mr. bacon: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to recognize the men and women of the nebraska national guard. whether it's the natural disaster in nebraska, also in the united states or doing combat operations in the middle east, the nebraska national guard is willing, ready and to assist those in need and poised
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to fight our nation's wars. the army national guard has approximately 3,500 soldiers stationed throughout nebraska. air national guard has approximately 950 airmen. joining us today in washington are 60 of those soldiers and airmen. the nebraska national guard is made up of selfless courageous men and women who continue to make nebraska and the nation proud through their rescue and assist efforts and during times of crisis. they have 80 units throughout nebraska. they are called citizen soldiers and respond to national disasters in the state and around the nation. there are two national -- air national guard units, the 155th refueling wing and another one. the 155th wing is responsible for refueling aircraft worldwide. the 175th trains airmen, conducting worldwide missions for our nation. in addition, they have become a premiere example of total force integration between active duty
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air force and the air national gars. in my 30 years in the air force, this is the best active duty national guard relationship i have seen. i think it's the best in the nation. since sthreven, the national guard has deployed over 10,000 soldiers and airmen. the guardsmen not only provide assistance to the united states but throughout the world. there are dozens of nebraska soldiers deployed to guantanamo bay, supporting detainee operations, and next year the nebraska air national guard will deploy to key locations in the pacific and the middle east. most recently, members of the nebraska national guard deployed to texas, puerto rico, the u.s. virgin islands to assist with hurricane relief efforts. they rescued 461 people and 22 pets and served 6,000 pounds of bottled waters, 3,000 pounds of food and 1,000 pounds of medical supplies to the people of texas. in response to hurricane irma, 122 guard members were in florida providing aviation task force for support operations. currently there are 58 soldiers
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and airmen providing support to the virgin islands and puerto rico. these efforts range from rescuing people to cleaning up st. croix or carter richards elementary school. the nebraska national guard's value to nebraskans and across the nation cannot be understated. our soldiers and airmen risk their lives to save our neighbors in need. i thank the nebraska national guard for their service to the nation and nebraska. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. espaillat. mr. espaillat: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise, mr. speaker, today marking the 48th day since hurricane maria made direct landfall on the island of puerto rico. wreaking havoc for over 3.4 million american citizens iving on the island.
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this administration's response has been beyond atrocious. i witnessed myself a couple weeks ago and so did a group of 50 registered nurses from went to country who a two-week disaster relief and mission. what these women described was not at all reassuring. the lack of efficient action s led to deadly conditions and consequences. lack of food, water, medicine, proper health care services. houses without roofs. blown off or infested with ack mold and left with cirrhosis. laura said, it's hell there. the people have nothing. yet, they are the first to offer you their shirts off their back. another nurse expressed, we couldn't believe this is part
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of the united states. we visited low-income communities with the public health liaisons there who identified those in need and helped them do basic blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks, to refill their medicine, etc. they have already had chronic diseases going on and now their environment is full of hazardous materials and the sanitation is very, very poor. another nurse, aryn, spent time in rio grande right outside of san juan. no power or water there since maria. she said, we set up a clinic at the fema site first time here. people lined up blocks by 10:00 p.m. but fema was only handing out papers. papers which need to be filled out in order they may receive some reimbursement eventually. each person received a small ottle of water, a mini back of
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cheez-its and a little pack of vanilla cookies. outrageous. we were able to provide care to some, not nearly enough, but wants more contribution to this tragedy today. another nurse said, today we town.own to a they are desperate. they are relying on rain water and a million chickens died during the storm are now decomposed and causing people to get sick. overwhelming is the only thing i can say, as she described it. mr. speaker, i stand with these nurses in their demands to address the humanitarian crisis in the island of puerto rico. this administration must respond immediately. we need to waive fema's cost sharing requirements in puerto rico. yesterday, representative gutierrez and i introduced the
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wepa legislation, the waive emergency payment act, that aims to do exactly that. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the remaining part f my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. marshall, for five minutes. mr. marshall: mr. speaker, i rise today to talk about nutrition and more specifically malnutrition. my family and i have traveled across the country doing mission work. from the poorest country in this western hemisphere, haiti, to the plains of kenya, across mexico and throughout central america. on those trips, i went there as a physician thinking i could help people. but what i quickly discovered that was despite how many antibiotics i had, how many bottles of i.v. fluids, without proper nutrition, without proper water and sewage i was going into a headwind, into a
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war i could never win. across the globe there are almost a billion people suffering from malnutrition and a problem that doesn't exist across the world. it also exists in my own district, in my own communities. we think there is 12% of the united states households have food insecurity issues and in households with children, there is up to 16% of food insecurity issues. it would be my opinion without this hierarchy of needs being met, the needs of proper water, proper sewage and proper nutrition that you'll never have a healthy community. without a healthy community you'll never see economic growth. this battle against malnutrition is long running. in recent years many in the hunger community have recognized the value of fighting malnutrition in targeted ways. one, which was popularized by roger in his book, the first thousand days. research shows good nutrition actually begins before conception. good nutrition begins before
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conception, continues throughout the woman's pregnancy and especially those first two years of the child's birthdays are very, very important. as a practicing obstetrician, i have seen over and over the impact of proper nutrition. proper nutrition in the first 1,000 days starts with a well-balanced diet and adequate calories. additionally, we always try to start our prenatal vitamins three months before conception. you ask, why is that important? what we have found is there's adequate folic acid in a woman's body, it decreases birth defects and low birth weights. specifically, folic acid decreases neurotube defects. preconceptually, during the pregnancy and after for at least the first two years. the child sometimes more likely to overcome serious childhood
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illnesses and more likely to fulfill their full god given potential bhafment we know and understand is the most vulnerable will succumb to viruses wlrks it's the elderly or infants if they don't have proper new trifplgts an investment during these critical time period, first 1,000 day, not only impacts the development of the child but results in healthiness in generations to follow, allowing the benefits of adequate nutrition to compound over time. as we in congress begin to consider the re-authorization of the new farm bill, we have been reviewing many programs rgeting hunger and malnourish. . these assist in providing food for women and children both here here at home and around globe. food for of the education program what we call in kansas, the dole-mcgovern program. this program provided over 44 million people in low-income across the world food defishen
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with a meal during the school time to help those kids do better in school. this is made possible by donation from the u.s. agriculture products and the kindness of americans. food for peace is another lifesaving food assistance program that for more than 60 years has helped tens of millions of people get enough to eat through an emergency wit development and nutritional support programs. not only do these programs provide food necessary to help their country provide good nutrition for women and children, they benefit u.s. national security and foster good will. lending a helping hand to those around the globe is a classic american value. assisting those here at home is a priority. this is being achieved through the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children, the w.i.c. program. i have had such great firsthand experience seeing how important these w.i.c. programs are to pregnant women and breast-feeding women. not only is it the vitamins, but the extra education that we give them to help raise their
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children in a healthy environment. we need to provide federal grants to these states throughout w.i.c. program. food supplements and nutritional education. nutrition is so critical for the first 1,000 days it goes far beyond anything i can say or any statistics i can quote. as we tib to strive -- as we continue to strive towards global health, the importance of these first 1,000 days should not be underemphasized. the united states has an opportunity to make a global statement in advancing this nishtifment no matter where you are in the world, you can be assured that community health, economic growth, and quality of life begins with good nutrition. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green for five minutes. mr. green: mr. speaker, i ask permission to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. green: mr. speaker, i rise because i love my country. mr. speaker, because i love my
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untry, i rise to thank those , voted to reject bigotry , cism, xenophobia thnocentrism, sexism, hatred in all its forms, mr. speaker. i rise to thank them for what they did when they voted to reject these things. mr. speaker, because i love my country and because i cannot accept these things, mr. peaker, i refuse to accept hatred. i refuse to acquiesce to any forms of bigotry. mr. speaker, because i terrorize to reject these hings, i now announce that
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before christmas there will be on the chief insighter of racism, bigtry, on xenophobi sexism. there will be a vote in the u.s. house of representatives, mr. speaker, on the impeachment of the president. mr. speaker, this vote will take place before christmas because there still is a need for the public to weigh in. i announced earlier this year, i called for the impeachment of the president right here on the floor of the house. since that time, i have read articles of impeachment. these articles of impeachment have been circulated and we're giving people an opportunity to respond. momentum is building, mr. speaker. the momentum is building. more people favor impeachment
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than no. momentum is building. people should weigh n they should let others know how they feel about impeach. should -- impeach. . they should let others know how they feel about the chief insighter of all these ugly actions impeach. . they should let others know how they feel about by way of perso chief ing to the inciter. mr. speaker, today i am proud to say this vote will take chie inciter. place. i'm also proud to say something else. i'm proud to say that i'm an american. and while i have been told that there are political consequences for what i will do , i accept the consequences. i accept the consequences because i was not born in congress. i wasn't born to be a congressman. i'm a child of god. and i refuse to come to
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congress and acquiesce to bigotry and hatred. mr. speaker, i'm proud to announce that this vote will take place. and people will be able to vote to table the articles of impeachment. they'll be able to vote to reject them or support them. or they'll be able to vote to send them to a committee. whatever others will do is their choice. my conscious dictates i will vote to impeach. let others do what they may. history will judge us all. and i pray, i pray, mr. speaker, that this country will continue to reject what the inciter in chief, donald j. trump, has been causing this country to have to endure. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president.
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the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. budd, for five minutes. . budd: mr. speaker, reforming our tax code isn't an easy thing to do. if it was, we would have done it at some point in the last 31 years. here's the reality. because of high powered lobbyists and special interests within a five-mile radius of this boddy, we have failed time and time again to do what's right for the hardworking american taxpayer. in the coming weeks, however, we have a rare opportunity to finally deliver a tax bill that puts working families first by passing the tax cuts and job nookt law. first -- into law. -- job act into law. first let me point out some of the differences, this will always be the case, but instead of bickering, i urge my colleagues not to look at things in a vacuum.
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nstead evaluate it by asking ourself three important questions. the first question we should ask is, does this bill ourself three important questions. the first question we should ask is, does this bill cut taxes for the vast majority of hardworking american families? the answer to this question is yes. studies already show that if this bill passes a typical family of four making around $60,000 will see nearly a $2,000 tax cut. let's think for a second what this money could be ourself used for. instead of giving it to the federal government, families could spend it on their children. they could put it in savings. or they could even pay off their debts. president trump promised that working families around the country a tax cut f this was put on his desk tomorrow, that promise would be delivered. this leads us to the second question we should ask ourselves. with this bill bring back jobs from overseas? the answer to question this question like the first one is
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also yes. by cut the corporate tax rate to below the global average and making other necessary reforms on the business side, this bill would make us competitive with our foreign competitors and encourage business to be done here instead of aproduct. -- abroad. job creators, both large and small, have been coming out in support of this bill. companies as big as u.p.s. and at&t to small businesses right in north carolina have said that reforming our tax code will make it easier for them to create more good-paying jobs. we should listen to them. this takes us to my last question that we should all ask. would this bill simplify the tax filing process for working families next year and in years to come. the answer to this as well is yes. mr. speaker, one of the most striking statistics that i have seen with my constituents and people all around the country is that they spend more than 10 hours a year doing their taxes. because of the many different
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forms they have to fill out, record keeping, and tax planning that they have to do, americans are rightfully demanding a much simpler process. by doubling the standard deduction, collapsing the rates, and closing special interest loopholes, americans will experience a much simpler process when filling out their taxes. i know how stressful this process can be for many back home, and i'm a firm believer the last thing you should do is worry about navigating a broken tax code. mr. speaker, i pose three questions and the answer to all three were yes. instead of bickering about preserving a deduction here or tax credit there, i urge my colleagues to unite behind a tax reform bill that would cut taxes for working families, bring jobs back home, and make the filing process simpler for millions of people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. kennedy, for five minutes. mr. kennedy: mr. speaker, no one likes to pay taxes. when our founders started the nation they knew our success would rest on every shoulder. so not to just make us citizens of this great country but stakeholders. where everyone chips in. where everyone contributes. where everyone has skin in the game. for it was the only way that a gutsy american experiment could work. if each of us was so committed to what this country stands for, they are willing to give a piece of what we earn to help it succeed. of course that willingness hinges on a system that will deliver for all of our people. we pay into a common good
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because we also reap from a common investment. we send our kids to public schools. sleep safe at night under the protection of the american defense. we wear down roads and bridges with commutes, with afterschool pick ups, delivery runs, and family trips. so we do our part however begrudgingly, however it might strap us or sting us. that we ask for in return is that what we give gets put to good use. the tax reform bill being offered by my republican colleagues does not put that money to good use. not the money it takes from hardworking american families. it does not ask families living paycheck to paycheck to fork over money that, make no mistake, they do not have so they can invest in affordable housing.
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so that we can help exhausted parents pay for quality childcare. so we can stop middle class kids being priced out of hire education and ensure families hit with catastrophic medical events don't lose their livelihood. not this bill. instead, this bill asks americans to scrape their bank accounts so the trump administration can turn around and use that money to give to the wealthiest among us and make them even wealthier. so they can make tax cuts to corporations permanent but abandon the american workers after a few years. so that they can multiply the dividends enjoyed by the 10% of americans who own the vast majority of our stocks while everyone else gets left behind. so that they can blow a hole in our federal deficit that, again, make no mistake, working in middle class families will be forced to fill with their bare hands for generations to
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come for we all know the moment this bill passes you are going to hear those calls for cuts to medicare, medicaid, and social security come roaring back from my republican colleagues. so for these families, the money that they send the american government every year isn't just some meaningless check. it represents the late nights, the double shifts, the school plays, the teacher conferences missed. the bed times you didn't make it home for. the vacations you could not take. those endless, countless, you make sacrifices every single day so that you can take care of the people that you love. you deserve a country that will make you make every your contribution count. that will make that investment in your family, too. this bill doesn't even come close. thank you. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina,
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mr. mchenry, for five minutes. mr. mchenry: thank you, mr. speaker. this morning i rise to celebrate a truly great american and one of the finest men north carolina's ever produced, the reverend billy graham who yesterday celebrated his 99th birthday. born november 7, 1918 in charlotte, north carolina, reverend graham has devoted his life to spread the gospel of our lord, savior, jesus christ. while reverend graham was ordained until 1939, it wasn't until 1949 that he gained recognition that he's known for today. it was that year he hosted the los angeles crusade. the crusade was originally scheduled to last only three weeks but it ended up going on for over two months. as huge crowds came to hear reverend graham's spread the
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gospel. in the years since the los angeles crusade, reverend graham has traveled across the united states and around the world to spread the gospel. according to the billy graham evangelical association and in his life, reverend graham has preached nearly 215 million people, over 185 countries and territories around the world. reverend graham has served as a spiritual advisor to political and faith leaders here in the united states and throughout the world. in the 1950's and 1960's, he joined dr. martin luther king jr. for integrated crusades, and in later years, he delivered invocations at the inauguration of four different presidents and in 1983, president reagan presented him with the presidential medal of freedom which is our nation's highest civilian honor. reverend graham now resides
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where he's resided most of his life in moncrief, north carolina, where i have the honor to serve as his representative in congress. while physically he's slowed in recent years, over his eight decades his work is still felt by us all. through the billy graham evangelical association, his life's mission continues around the world. in fact, his family's mission has continued around the world. perhaps the greatest testament to reverend graham's dedication to the gospel is how he has chosen to spend his sin tennial year. -- centennial year. he will celebrate the work god has done through him. mr. speaker, on behalf of everyone in western north carolina and all americans and so many people around the world, i'd like to wish reverend graham a happy first day to his 100th year.
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reverend graham, i thank you for serving as a role model and spiritual guide for generations of americans. thank you for all you've done to help those in times of need, and most importantly, thank you personally for what you've done for me. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. ruiz, for five minutes. i rise to honor the outstanding service and retirement of one of california's finest, cathedral city police chief george s. crumb jr. he's an exception -- crum jr. he's an exceptional leader, dedicating his life over three decades. he started with the fullerton
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police department. his commitment to keeping our citizens safe earned him many promotions over the years, from sergeant to lieutenant and eventually captain of the fullerton police department. he was appointed as police chief of the cathedral city police department on december 10,2014 and recently retired on november 2, 2017. throughout his career, his dedication to community engagement has helped ensure justice and build a strong community. he is a member of numerous organizations that promote safety throughout california, including the riverside county law enforcement and administrators association, the cochella valley association of governments and the california police chiefs association. not only has he been a strong leader in law enforcement across the region, chief krum is a leader in molding the minds of our students. he was an instructor at fullerton college for nearly 20 years, and he's currently a public safety academy
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instructor at the academy of the desert in the valley. he serves as mentor to the next generation of law enforcement leaders in our region, inspiring them to serve their own communities. i am so humbled to have worked with him over the years to keep the public safe and i am proud to call him a friend. it has also been my honor to work with him on legislation to provide robust benefits to the families of public safety officers killed in the line of duty. chief krum has given so much to the community over the years and i have a feeling this will continue even in his retirement. so on behalf of my wife, monica, and the entire 36th congressional district, i want to thank chief krum, his wife, rebecca, and children dylan and madison, from the bottom of my heart for their service and sacrifice to keep our community safe. while it is sad to see him retire, we wish him the best. this week on veterans day we honor those who have bravely
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served in our nation's military. our veterans serve with incredible selflessness. they served with great courage. they served with sacrifice, often leaving behind spouses, children and loved ones to keep our nation safe and to protect the freedoms we hold so dear. for this our veterans and their families have earned our respect and our deep depth of gratitude. on veterans day, we take a moment to pause and reflect on their service. so today i want to recognize the life of one of my district's finest members, pete m. or tease -- ortiz. he passed away in 2017 at the age of 76. he comes from a family that has committed themselves to serving our country in uniform for generations. since world war ii, over 50 members, 50 members of the ortiz family have bravely served in our armed forces, putting their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. following his family's legacy,
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mr. ortiz honorably served in the army national guard from 1956 to 1960. he was awarded the markmanship badge and pistol bar, an honor presented to soldiers with high marksmanship skills. i was proud to help obtain and personally present him with these medals for his distinguished service. he was also a beloved member of the coachella community. he was part of the unique skydive team, the desert skydivers of coachella. one of his greatest joys was getting his entire family for a barbecue and his family remembers his masterful skills asada. g carne to his wife patricia and children, your father was an example to us all. his bravery, selflessness and courage in the military are an inspiration, challenging us to better serve our own
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communities. his adventurous and curious spirit has us to enjoy life to the fullest. so on behalf of my wife, monica, daughter skie and sage, the entire 36th district, we honor mr. ortiz and his entire family. from the bottom of my heart, we thank all our veterans for their dedication and sacrifice for our country as we honor their service this veterans day. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, mr. norman, for five minutes. mr. norman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize the great american who i had the privilege of meeting at the library of congress, mr. joseph duick. mr. duick hails from a great family. his father came penniless into america some 70 years ago.
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he did what is now becoming a lost art in this country, he went to work. he went to work as a laborer and eventually worked his way up where he owned a successful real raphery shop, bought estate and now retired to a great retirement life which he has earned. joseph, his son, has dedicated himself to public service. he's been on the new york city public planning commission for five years. he was just re-elected. he's an example of somebody who's given his time and his talent to serve in the great state of new york and our great country. join me in celebrating what he has done and really encouraging other people to do what he has done in that he has gone to work, he's done what americans
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do. mr. chairman, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess members of the committee are debating and voting on proposed amendments to the republican plan. you can follow the debate over on c-span3, as we mentioned. also online at and on the free c-span radio app. >> 50 years ago the united
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states was at war in vietnam, and this veterans day weekend, american history tv on c-span3 looks back with 48 hours of coverage. starting saturday at 8:00 a.m. eastern, we're live from the national archives. among the backdrop of three vietnam era helicopters to talk with veterans who flew them. then from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., we're taking your phone calls and tweets live with historians mark lawrence and another about the war in 1967. at 1:00 p.m. from washington, d.c.'s vietnam veterans memorial, a ceremony featuring remarks from chuck hagel and remorial designa maya lynn. on real america, a 1967 cbs news vietnam war special report. >> whether it's due to the enemies' clever tactics or bad fighting conditions, the weather or the terrain, it seems clear that the american military offensive along the d.m.z. has bogged down, like the marines in the mud.
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>> then at 6:00 on american artifacts, we'll tour the national archives exhibit, remembering vietnam. and at 8:00 on the presidency, the 1967 president lyndon johnson vietnam war press conference. >> made our statement to the world of what we would do if we had communist aggression in that part of the world in 1954. we said we would stand with those people in the face of common danger, and the time came when we had to put up or shut up. and we put up and we're there. >> watch the vietnam war, 50 years later, this weekend on merican history tv on c-span3. >> president trump continues his 12-day trip to asia. earlier today in seoul he addressed the south korea national assembly. his remarks are about 35 minutes.
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>> the united states of america, donald trump. president trump: ladies and gentlemen, thank you for the extraordinary privilege to speak in this great chamber. and to address your people on behalf of the people of the united states of america. in our short time in your country, melania and i have been awed by its ancient, modern wonders, and we're deeply moved by the warmth of your welcome. last night president and mrs. moon showed us incredible hospitality in


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