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and the single-payer or who is in charge of or who already possesses all the information that is needed to figure out what the tax is. how do i know this makes sense? because every single state in -- [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] >> you can find the rest of this discussion online at cspan.org. the house gaveling back in for debate, working today on tax-relt measures. mr. curbelo: madam speaker, i move the house suspend the ules and pass h.r. 2901, the volunteer income tax assistance perm assistance act, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2901 a bill to amend the internal revenue coid of 1986 to make permanent the volunteer income tax assistance matching grant program. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. curbelo, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida.
mr. curbelo: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials othen bill currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. curbelo: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. curbelo: i rise in strong support of h.r. 2901, that i'm grateful to see brought before the house today. the volunteer income tax assistance program is a matching grant program administered by the i.r.s. where the federal government partners with the local community to provide free, professional tax preparation services to individuals with an annual income of less than $54,000 and for those with a limited proficiency in english. today, april 17, is tax day. the deadline for filing returns. as americans all across the country work to complete their return, we are reminded of the danger associated with tax
return preparer fraud. filing your return can be confusing and un-- and unscrupulous preparers seek to take advantage of this confusion for their own profit. they bring in business by promising larger refunds, refunds they're able to claim by claiming inflated expenses or unallowable credits on their clients' returns. some fraudulent preparers even siphon off refunds to their own accounts. however when the i.r.s. detects the false return it is the taxpayer and not the return preparer who is then liable for any additional taxes and/or penalties. unfortunately it is low income and underserved populations such as those with limited english who are the primary targets of fraudulent preparers. it is the threat that my district in south florida is all too familiar with. thankfully the vita program allows taxpayers to submit and
-- fill out and submit their returns accurately. the prepayers are i.r.s. certified and 894 -- at 94% have the highest accuracy rates of all preparers this program enjoyed strong support in the 35st regardless of the administration or the party in the majority. h.r. 2901 would permanently authorize the grant program while ensuring that vita preparers continue to maintain their high accuracy rates. i want to thank represent i have danny davis for partnering with me on this legislation. i'm appreciative of the work and leadership chairman brady and subcommittee chairwoman lynn jenkins as well as the staff of the oversight subcommittee and the other demones ways and means staff for their efforts on this important legislation. madam speaker, will help some of the most vulnerable people in our country, people who want to comply with the tax code. it will make sure that individuals who are eligible for
certain benefits under the code are table obtain them. in short this will improve quality of life for low or middle income people in our country, especially in my south florida district. i encourage my colleagues to ote in favor of h.r. 2901, the volunteer income tax assistance act and support the vita program which helps constituents file taxes confidently and accurately. madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: as we recognize tax day today, i applaud this body for advancing h.r. 2901, the volunteer income tax assistance permanence act. i want to thank my colleague and
commend him for his leadership in bringing this legislation to the floor. it's been good working with you, mr. curbelo and i look forward to continuing to do so. this crucial program provides high qualingt tax assistance to hard working families. o help those who can benefit from a program that is designed to hetch. the volunteer income tax assistance program, vie ta, offers free tax -- vita, offers free tax services to people who make less than 250% of the poverty level. and to underserved taxpayers including persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited english speakers.
it is a prime example of smart federal investment because each federal dollar is matched by the private sector. the demand for vita services is great. the number of tax returns prepared by the vita program doubled between 2014 and 2016. in 2016, vita grantees filed more than 3.8 million returns. helping families claim about $1.1 billion in earned tax benefits. in illinois, over 23,000 returns were filed. for almost $32 million in refunds. with the new tax law, these high caliber, in-person services are needed even more, especially in states like illinois.
affected by the salt limitation. vita services are top-notch. the internal revenue service reported that vita prepayers have a 9 % accuracy rate nationally on returns claiming the earned income tax credit. further, vita services make a real difference to individuals and families. skill of being sure taxpayers get all benefits for which they're eligible. these savings, couplesled with the savings of hundreds of dollars in tax preparation costs put more money in my constituents' pockets to cover the costs like rent, groceries, and medical care. h.r. 2901 makes important changes to the vita program. for example, in addition to permanently authorizing vita,
the bill allows the secretary to fund the vita grants up to $30 million. we have fully exhausted the recent appropriations of $15 million. the i.r.s. estimates that 70% of americans are eligible to file their taxes for free. given the high demand and need, h.r. 2901 recognizes that the i.r.s. should put taxpayers first by giving them access to high quality free services. doubling our federal investment via this quality matching grant program. i want to acknowledge and recognize the wonderful vita sites in chicago. the center for economic progress, the city wide tax assistance program, and i'm
especially pleased that the united way of metropolitan chicago helps champion this program in my hometown. as these programs do, many vita sites provide additional programs to increase financial stability for faplies and i'm grateful for their presence in chicago and other places throughout the country. i also want to thank ranking members neil and -- neal and lewis, chairman brady and jenkins, senators brown and heller, former representative mike honda, former representative harvey -- javier becerra, the united way and prosperity now for leadership in providing the permanence of this program. as i note people are struggling, running, trying to get their fast before the deadline expires
to get filed, i'm glad to know that those who needed it were able to get help. i urge support for this program and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. culberson: having no other speakers, i reserve and am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers and so i will close at this time. again, i want to thank my colleague, mr. curbelo, for his tremendous leadership on this issue. the -- if one talks to someone who has used this service to convey their earnest sense of relief and gratitude for something that's called free,
they save not only the cost of paying a tax preparer, but they also know that they got all of the benefits to which they were entitled. i represent thousands and thousands and thousands of low-income taxpayers. the earned income taxpayer credit that they're able to get oftentimes lights up their life when it's time to file. some of them are able to get benefits that they didn't think they were going to have and so of thanks to those who helped them prepare and to know. as many jade visors are volunteer, i say thank you to them. individuals who give of their
time, of their energy, their knowledge, their expertise. and their effort. to make sure that low income taxpayers are provided all the assistance they need. so this is a great bill. i'm pleased to have had the opportunity to work on it. i urge all of my colleagues to support it. and i'm pleased to yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. curbelo: madam speaker, i want to first thank my colleague, representative davis, dr. davis is someone who is committed, has committed his career to americans who are struggling the most and he is willing to work with anyone in this congress who wants to help our communities get ahead, especially those who are
struggling and who most need our help. so thank you very much, dr. davis. it has been a true honor to collaborate with you on this legislation. and i want to remind my colleagues once again what the vita program is all about. every tax filing season, unscrupulous preparers try to take advantage of underserved populations by filing fraudulent returns on their behalf: the taxpayer, and not the preparer, is then liable for the fraudulent return. this happens way too often, madam speaker. in south florida and through the the country. if i -- the vita program gos a long way to mitigate the threat preparer fraud poses to vulnerable communities by providing free tax preparation services administered by certified preparers. tax payers who just want to comply with the code shouldn't have to fear additional taxes or penalties because of a fraudulently prepared return.
the vita program gives these taxpayers a place to go to ensure their tax return is filed accurately and at no cost. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this commonsense program and vote to permanently re-authorize the vita program. i want to thank so many volunteers at the united way, at branches in south dade who every tax season help hundreds, hundreds of lower and middle income americans get through this difficult process. so thank you very much. i encourage all my colleagues to support this legislation. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2901 as amended? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection,
for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. marchant: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1512, the social security child protection act of 2017, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 486. h.r. 1512, a bill to amend title 2 of the social security act to provide for the reissuance of social security account numbers to young children in cases where confidentiality has been compromised. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. marchant, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. marchant: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and their remarks
include extraneous material on h.r. 1512, which is currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. marchant: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. marchant: the history of this legislation begins in my district in south lake, texas. a constituent of mine called my office very distraught that her mail had been stolen and with it her newborn baby's social security card and number. a week later, a felon with an extensive history of forgery, credit card abuse, identity theft was apprehended, and in his possession was the social security card of my newly born constituent. the child's mother, rightfully
so, was very concerned that her 6-month-old child's identity had been compromised, and i requested on her behalf that the social security administration issue the child a new social security card. we thought that would be an easy thing to do. the request was denied. my staff in my district office took it on themselves to get he law changed and asked me if i would consider introducing a bill to do that. so here we are trying to protect a group of the most vulnerable of our social security cardholders. members of this chamber know, social security numbers have become an increasingly valuable target for identity theft due to their widespread use throughout the financial sector. mr. speaker, children, like my
constituent, are particularly vulnerable to social security number theft because usually before age 13 they do not work, they do not drive, they do not try to get credit cards, they don't try to establish credit which would extend the time a thief can use that child's identity before the theft is even noticed. current policy does little to protect children whose social security cards and numbers have been stolen. i believe h.r. 1512 is the answer to this problem. this bill requires that the social security administration issue a new social security number for a child age 13 and under when a child's social security card has been stolen and the child's parent or guardian demonstrates to the commissioner of the social security administration by penalty of perjury that it is stolen while being transmitted
by social security to the child's address, that is the u.s. mail. this bill is a commonsense solution. we need to combat identity theft. i encourage all members to vote today to protect our constituents, especially our most vulnerable. i thank my fellow texan, lloyd doggett, for sponsoring the bill and introducing the bill. i urge my colleagues to join us in supporting this bipartisan bill. i'd like to thank, madam speaker, my district staff, who worked on this problem so hard in the beginning, committee staff who helped me shepherd this through, and to its chairman, mr. johnson, of the social security subcommittee. madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, madam speaker. and i would yield myself such time as i may consume.
i'm pleased to rise in support of h.r. 1512, the social security child protection act, which was introduced jointly by representatives kenny marchant and lloyd doggett, both of texas, and i note that my colleague, mr. johnson, is also in the house. it means that texas is serious about children and protecting them. this bipartisan legislation would protect children in cases where their social security card is stolen from the mail. most parents apply for a social security number for their child soon after the baby is born. they can do this easily and securely right in the hospital. the social security administration then assigns a number to the child and mails the card to the child's family. unfortunately, sometimes these
letters do not reach their intended destination. they can be stolen from the mail. in fact, the social security numbers of children are highly valued by identity thieves. fraudsters can wreak havoc, creating an extensive record of bad debt and fraud associated with the child's number. currently, social security will issue a new number to anyone, child or adult, who can show that their number has been misused and that they've been harmed. however, in the case of a child, sometimes years go by before the family learns that a child's number has been used for fraud. under the bill, the social security administration would issue the child a new social security number if their card
is stolen from the mail. the family would no longer have to prove that harm has occurred before the child can be issued a new number. this is a commonsense measure, and i want to commend mr. marchant for thinking it up, thinking of it, and responding to a need that was expressed to him by one of his constituents. it's a great measure. i'm pleased to support it, and i urge all of my colleagues to support it and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. marchant: madam speaker, i yield four minutes to the chairman of the social security subcommittee and my friend, the gentleman from plano, texas, mr. sam johnson. the speaker pro tempore: thank you, sir. the speaker pro tempore: the
chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. -- mr. johnson: thank you, sir. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. johnson: thank you for introducing this commonsense bill. children who have had their social security cards stolen from the mail before it even gets to them deserve a new social security number. this helps these younger victims of identity theft start out with a clean slate. it's the right thing to do, and i encourage my colleagues to support this commonsense legislation. as the chairman of the social security subcommittee, i've been committed to doing all i can to protect americans from identity theft. this bill helps us get there, but, colleagues, while this bill will help child victims of identity theft, the fact is that it still doesn't fix the real problem. the real problem is that we use social security numbers to both
identify and authenticate people. it doesn't just make sense, but we've been doing this for decades, and i think it's time to put a stop to it. when social security created the social security numbers back in 1936, they were designed for a limited purpose, to track earnings and administer social security benefits for hardworking americans. back then, there wasn't much thought about keeping your number secret, but as we all know, that's changed since these numbers are used for everything, from getting credit to enrolling kids in school. colleagues, h.r. 1512, the social security child protection act, is a step in the right direction, and i urge you all to support it but i also want to take this opportunity to begin a serious
conversation about the future of social security numbers and how we use them. . invite you all to join me the american people deserve no less. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. mr. marchant: madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, madam speaker. and it's my pleasure to yield five minutes to the gentleman from texas, representative lloyd doggett. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. doggett: thank you so much. the social security number really is a key to identity theft and thieves have had a field day with these social security numbers and the identity theft and invasion of privacy that occurs. a full 10 years ago, i authored a measure here in the house to remove this information from
the medicare card, and the next session, finally in 2010, we were able to pass that through the house with the help of representative johnson. it was a bipartisan initiative. then the senate didn't pass it. when republicans took over control of the house, mr. johnson appropriately took the lead on that legislation, and he worked at it for a while. and finally in 2015, got it passed to remove the social security number from the medicare card. representative johnson, as you know, finally now, 10 years from when we started in june of this year, it looks like seniors will begin getting their medicare cards without the social security number on it to protect their privacy and to avoid the exploitation that has occurred. to his credit, mr. marchant has identified another group of very vulnerable individuals,
children. carnegie melan did a study that reported that nearly 10% of america's children had their identity already stolen, and the social security number is a factor in that. that's significantly higher than it is for adults. some 51 times higher, according to the study. children are particularly vulnerable in this regard because they don't have a driver's license. they're really kind of a blank canvas. they don't work. they don't establish credit, and this allows theft and fraud to go undetected for many years in some cases. by the time that they're young adults, they could unknowingly be buried in debt and face delays in very important steps in their education, in their work, getting their first, getting that driver's license or applying for a student loan. i salute mr. marchant for seeing that this is a problem, and i'm pleased to join him in
supporting this measure and my colleague, mr. davis from illinois. children and their parents and their guardians acting on their behalf deserve a streamline process that will allow for a child to be issued a new social security number long before any misuse occurs. no child should have to wait for the inevitable harm to come along and have their identity stolen before action occurs. building on the success that we've had with seniors and i hope in a much more prompt fashion than we were able to do it for seniors, we now, through mr. marchant's efforts, are working to ensure once again on a bipartisan basis that we provide the same kind of protection for infants and children from baseless identity thieves. i urge adoption of the legislation, and i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields, the gentleman from illinois reserve the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. >> i reserve, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: i have no further speakers and i will close. i'm pleased to note that h.r. 1512 and other bills before us today take important steps to decrease identity theft. i know that identity theft is one of the top issues that the chicago taxpayer advocate addresses. helping prevent identity fraud and helping taxpayers deal with identity theft are important improvements. i urge passage of this bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas.
mr. marchant: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i'd like to say thank you to my colleagues on the committee that have worked on this bill, especially congressman doggett who has helped every step of the way. h.r. 1512 is a very common sense solution that is supported by the american association of mature citizens and the aarp. i ask unanimous consent that their letters of support be inserted into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. marchant: again, i encourage all members to vote yes to make sure that children who have their social security cards stolen are protected. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1512 as amended? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i call up h.r. 5192, the protecting children from identity theft act and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar 487, provide a bill to fraud protection data to certain permitted entities and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on ways and means printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-68 is adopted and the bill as amended is considered read. the bill shall be debated for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on ways and means. the gentleman from florida, mr. curbelo, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis each will
control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. curbelo: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include ex-trainouts material on h.r. 5192 currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. curbelo: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. curbelo: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 5192, the protecting children from identity theft act and i'm grateful it's being brought before the house today. this bill aims to combat synthetic identity fraud by directing the social security administration to accept electronic signatures when institutions want to verify their day tafment it has been recorded a record 355 million was owed by people who it suspects didn't exist in 2017 up
more than eight-fold from 2012. the government accountability office describe this is type of fraud as involving decreeation of a fictitious identity using a combination of real data, like social security and date of birth from multiple individuals along with fabricated information. h.r. 5192 is an important step in reducing fraud while ensuring that the it's it's administration is able to continue providing prnt services and benefits. the s.s.a. commissioner is not allowed to begin go the new verification system until the commissioner determines that at least 50% of the program's startup costs have been covered by users. after initial development users of the verification system are obligated to pay for the ongoing costs associated with this new rkload by way of advances, reimbursements or other recoveries as determined by the commission. my south florida district is far too familiar with fraudulent
activity affecting the community and sadly children and immigrants are particularly vulnerable to these schemes. over one million children have their identity stolen annually and they are 50 times more likely than adults to be victims of identity theft. i'm proud to partner with representative sinema, hultgren and marchant on this important effort. i would also like to thank chairman brady and subcommittee chairman johnson for their leadership and hard work as well as the staff of the social security subcommittee and the rest of the house committee on ways and means staff who have orked on this legislation. i encourage my colleagues to vote in favor of h.r. 519 , the protecting children from identity theft act, to help modernize identity protections for our children. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i would yield myself such time as i might consume.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: i am pleased to rise in support of h.r. 5192, the protecting children from identity theft act, which was introduced by representatives arlos curbelo of florida and kristen sinema of arizona. our nation is facing a growing epidemic of so-called synthetic identity theft. this is a sophisticated form of fraud where the fraudster manufactures a fake identity using a legitimate social security number but combining it with a made up name. numbers that belong to children are especially valuable for these fraudsters. this is because children typically do not have yet a credit record. if they did, the credit record would reveal that the name and
number do not match. making the number useless to the synthetic identity fraudster. under this bill, banks and other certified users could verify the customer's name, social security number, and date of birth with social security's own records. this will allow the bank to detect attempted synthetic identity theft. as current -- under current law banks would be required to get the consent of their customer in order to have s.s.a. verify information. social security would not provide any identity information back to the banks other than yes, is a match, or no, this does not match. this matching could occur more quickly than it does under
current law to reflect the way commerce is conducted today. i'm pleased we were able to work in a bipartisan way to develop this legislation, and to strengthen it as it moved through the committee process. we did so in several ways. first we made sure that users of the system pay the full cost of developing it. and conducting the verifications. we did not want to detract from the main mission of social security, which is to make sure americans receive their earned social security benefits on time and in full. second, we strengthen the security of the system to make t not subject to misuse. americans' personal information must be kept secure and social
security must only conduct the matching when the individual has given consent. i'm pleased to say that social security's track record on this is strong. and i expect they will carry over their protectiveness of america's private data as they design a new system. i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation, protect children and fight identity theft. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. and again, the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. curbelo: it's now my pleasure to yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas, the distinguished chairman of the social security subcommittee, mr. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: the distinguished gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. johnson: thank you. thank you, mr. speaker.
thank you, mr. curbelo for yielding and for introducing this commonsense and much-needed bill. synthetic identity fraud is a real problem with real costs to the victims. one million children have their identity stolen each year and they deserve to be protected. this legislation will also help stop criminals from stealing a billion dollars a year by ensuring that we can verify a person as who he or she claims to be when applying for credit cards. synthetic identity fraud is a growing problem. social security must quickly take steps to get this important fraud fighting tool up and running. as chairman and social security -- of social security subcommittee, i intend to make sure social security doesn't hold up th up in any way. while social security will provide this service, the users
pay the full worst. so social security's budget won't be impacted. social security has an important job to make sure those who are eligible get the benefits they deserve. i am committed to doing everything i can to protect all americans from identity theft. colleagues, h.r. 5192, the protecting child -- children from identity theft act is the best way to stop sin thentic identity fraud and i urge you all to support it. the american people deserve nothing less. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield five minutes to the lead democratic co-sponsor of this legislation, the gentlelady from arizona, congresswoman sinema. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for
five minutes. ms. sinema: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 5192, the protecting children from identity theft act. mr. speaker, most of us assume our children are safe from identity theft. most children don't have credit cards and many don't have bank accounts. so why would they be targeted? unfortunately, there is a new type of crime on the rise, known as synthetic identity theft. this crime targets children and accounts for billions of dollars in credit card fraud. synthetic identity theft is happening right now and it's hurting real people. in np arizona a 17-year-old girl discovered she accumulated over $275,000 in debt because her social security number was linked to eight scammers and 42 accounts, including mortgages,
auto loans, and credit cards. to pull off this fraud, criminals obtain a social security number with no prior credit history and they use it to apply for a credit card under a fake name. while the first fraudulent credit card application is usually denied, the failed attempt creates a, quote, sin theyity identity, with credit card bureaus. this allows thieves to apply for credit cards, other lines of credit, cell phones, and other activities that require a credit check. over time thieves are able to rack up mountains of debt and ruin kids' credit before they have a chance to build their futures. every day, arizona families shouldn't have to worry about their kids being targets of financial fraud and identity theft. because financial criminals constantly use new tricks to steal children's identities, we must modernize and strengthen i.d. verification for everyday financial activities.
our bill, the protecting children from identity theft act, fights back and gives arizonans a peace of mind. by directing the social security administration to modernize its i.d. verification system to allow for more transactions to be screened and verified, we're taking a commonsense step to ensure people who are say who they are . our commonsense bill closes a key security gap, helping stop synthetic identity theft in their tracks. thank you to chairman brady and special thanks to congressman curbelo of florida for working together to protect our children and crack down on fraudsters. arizonans value their privacy, and they want us to work together to protect it. i'm happy to work across the aisle to bring financial criminals to justice and help hardworking arizona families get ahead. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentlelady yields back. and the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. curbelo: mr. speaker, first, let me thank my colleague, ms. sinema. it's a pleasure to work with her and team up in a bipartisan manner to fight fraud and to help the most vulnerable, in this case, children, so i'm very grateful for her for her hard work on this legislation. mr. speaker, i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from min, mr. hultgren. the speaker pro tempore: and the gentleman from illinois, mr. hultgren, is recognized. mr. hultgren: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak in support of the protecting children from identity theft act. i'd also like to begin by thanking leader mccarthy and my colleagues on the ways and means committee, carlos curbelo, for their support for bringing this bill to the house floor. this bill will bring the social security administration into the 21st century to assist the private sector in combating identity fraud. identity theft affects thousands, if not millions, of children and families a year. a report by carnegie melon
examined 40,000 cases of identity theft and found 10% of the children in the study had someone else using their social security number. among other thirnings, their numbers were used to purchase homes and open credit card accounts. illinois ranks number seven in the united states for identity theft. the median loss for fraud is nearly $500. credit card fraud is the most common type of fraud. for example, in willamette, illinois, the social security number of a 13-year-old was used by a fraudster to open a credit card with a plan to use it to pay for plastic surgery. imagine when these children go get their legitimate extension of credit card, like a car loan, only to find out thieves wrecked their financial standing. the protecting children from identity theft will strengthen the relationship between the public and private sectors in order to combat identity theft. specifically, it will bring the social security administration
into the 21st century by allowing companies to meet strict regulatory standards to electronically confirm whether a name, date of birth, and social security number match. this will make it much easier for companies, such as credit card issuers, to ensure they are only providing credit to legitimate applicants. this will prevent millions of dollars in fraud costs, not to mention preventing all of the headaches for my constituents whose identities will be at risk unless this bill is signed into law. again, i want to encourage all of my colleagues to vote in support of the protecting children from identity theft act, and i yield back the alance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no further requests for time, so i am going to move ahead and close. much k we've seen agreement on the floor today. pleasantly so. i've ly don't know when
seen as much agreement on a group of bills and legislation as i have seen on this day. and i guess it really means that all of us agree that we need to do everything that we an to protect ourselves from identity theft. we need to look after the interests of children and protect them. i want to thank all of the staff from both sides of the aisle, even those who worked for subcommittees as well as for the primary staff for the tremendous amount of work that they have done. again, it's a pleasure working with mr. curbelo, and i guess if we don't agree on
everything, we do agree that all of us have a responsibility to file and pay income taxes in order to keep our government moving. it's been a pleasant day, not just for us, but i think all of our constituents who've watched the proceedings, probably are saying to themselves that they'd love to see more days like this and i would too. so i urge passage of this bill and the others that we've had before us. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. curbelo: mr. speaker, i appreciate the comments of my colleague, dr. davis, and i agree with him. this is certainly something to celebrate. the american people oftentimes see us arguing. it is less often that they see us collaborating, working together to advance policies that will improve quality of
life in our country. and that's why i want to begin urge all of my colleagues -- again urge all of my colleagues to support the protecting children from identity theft act. we need to do everything we can to safeguard our communities from these fraud schemes. this problem has worsened significantly over the past few years and is leaving families with debt they did not accrue and a weaker credit history. h.r. 5192 will help root out synthetic identity fraud through modernization of customer information. i hope my colleagues will help vote to protect individuals across the country from this illegal activity. so once again, mr. speaker, my appreciation to chairman brady, to ranking member neal, to dr. davis, to mr. hultgren, ms. sinema, everyone who's been a part of making this happen so that after we pass this legislation children in our
country won't have to worry about having their identities stolen at such a young age. this kind of fraud can really ruin people's lives and today we're working together as one united house, republicans and democrats, to fight fraud and to protect children, some of the most vulnerable people in our society. so i urge a yes vote, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time for debate has expired. the previous question is ordered on the bill, as amended. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to authorize the commissioner of social security to provide confirmation of fraud protection data to certain permitted entities, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to
reconsider is laid on the table. mr. curbelo: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes y electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 420. the nays are one. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. crowley: mr. speaker, by direction of the democratic caucus, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration by the chamber. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution
833, resolved, that the following named members be and are hereby elected to the following standing committee to the house of representatives. one, committee on natural resources, ms. velazquez. two, committee on science, space, and technology, mr. lance, to rank immediately after ms. rosen. three, committee on veterans' affairs, mr. lance to rank immediately after mr. correa. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed. the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. mr. crowley: i thank the speaker and i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york yields ack. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> be considered as the first sponsor of h.r. 141, a bill originally introduced by representative conyers of michigan, for the purposes of adding co-sponsors and
requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule 12. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent that the committee on transportation and infrastructure be discharged from further consideration of house concurrent resolution 115 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 115, authorizing the use of the capitol grounds for the national peace officers memorial service and the national honor guard and pipe band exhibition. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the concurrent resolution? without objection, the concurrent resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania eek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent that it may be order at any time on
the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. he house will be in order. members are advised to take their conversations off the floor. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute peeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? without objection, the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute.
the house will be in order. will members please take their conversations off the floor. >> mr. speaker, this week marks the eighth anniversary of the 2010 deepwater horizon oil spill in the central gulf of mexico. accordingly, i rise today to once again vigorously oppose any effort to allow energy exploration in the eastern gulf. the ban on drilling east of the military mission line, 86 degrees, 4134i7bs west, was put in place in 2006 and is going to expire in 2022. we need to make it permanent. our tourism industry in florida and our residential development
need protection from off-shore drilling. we need protection from the oil companies. another spill like deepwater horizon would be a threat to florida and the clockwise loop current which runs all down the gulf coast would carry chemicals all down the gulf coast to key west. we don't need the eastern gulf to become self-sufficient in energy isn't need. mr. rooney: the u.s. itself will be independent before long. it's estimated the u.s. will supply 30% of mexico's gas by 2030. in the permian basin alone, one of the three producing sands is estimated to hold over 20 billion barrels of oili quiff lens. as the c.e.o. of shell said recently, we will see peak demand for gas and oil within -- gasoline and oil within the decade. shell's latest off-shore platform, the veto, has been caled back from 40,000 tons to 8,000 tons. mr. speaker, please protect
florida and make the ban permanent. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. will members please take their conversations off the floor. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. mr. mceachin: mr. speaker, i am deeply concerned by the administration's continued assault on essential regulations that protect our health and our environment. all americans need, deserve, and have a right to breathe clean air. historically we have upheld that right to reasonable science-based limits on pollution. that tradition is under assault. last week the administration directed the e.p.a. to weaken the standards for ambient air pollution by allowing for emissions trading. this will magnify existing environmental injustices,
enabling in increased pollution in areas that live with already dangerous concentrations. it softens health mandates under the clean air act. it increases the workload without providing new resources. mr. speaker, if we ignore the best available science or if we starve agencies of the resources they need to actually uphold commonsense limits, then we are not protecting the american people. ast week's director -- directive was a mistake. like most of the administration's agenda, it needs to be rolled back. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? california, excuse me. without objection, the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life and legacy of
linda lamborn, a loving wife, compassionate mother, dedicated public servant and pillar in the community of santa clarita. linda served this esteemed body as an aide to buck mckeon. she served with senator scott wilk. r energy and commitment to the people was privileged. she was deeply admired and loved by her family. although she was diagnosed with a.l.s. nearly three years ago, linda never lost her vibrant spirit. as her memory continues this day to be a light in her community. she is survived by her children and grandchildren. while california may have lost her, her wealth of kindness will spread from everyone whom she touched. may god bless her and her family and may she rest in peace. thank you, mr. speaker.
i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio -- the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. beatty: mr. speaker, as justice oliver wendell holmes put it, taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society. i rise today with enactment of the republican tax bill, the american people have been getting the short end of that deal. while the majority jammed through the tax bill, we knew it was a massive give away to the superwealthy and well connected and we see the benefits. the vast majority of tax cuts have gone for dividends and corporate mergers while only a
sliver of the benefits have found their way to american workers. on top of that, it will be ordinary americans and our children and grandchildren who will shoulder the trillions of dollars of debt to cut the very federal programs that help them and their families make ends meet. americans deserve better than the republican tax bill. massive debt and never-ending dysfunction. they deserve better jobs, better wages and a better future. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? ms. tenney: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. thank you, mr. speaker, i rise to recognize the legacy of harold snowpeck of new york. he was the beloved supervisor and passed away.
he graduated from a local high school where he set school records. he was inducted into the new york state public state hall of fame athletic association. he was a devoted car salesman foy over 25 years and appointed to the board in 2004 and served as the town's supervisor. he left behind his loving wife and high school sweetheart, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. he was a loving husband, dad, grandfather. he was a parishoner at st. crit to haver's church and he was mount holy ross ari. they drove around town in his 1932 chevy. he was known for his warm heart
and great sense of humor. hall's in recognizing beloved member of our community. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new mexico seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from new mexico is recognized for one minute. an rise today to recognize american hero, who is here with us today. to 50, roy was deployed korea where he saw fierce combat. he was to man a listing post. e witnessed the chinese army
approaching. he threw grenades. this threw the enemy in disarray. by morning, he single hand he hadly killed enemy soldiers. he earned the silver star. star tas and stripes called him the quote, one man army. the sergeant was wounded five times in korea and received a purple heart with bronze star with valor. after the war he married and settled in california and he served two tours in vietnam where he earned another bronze star. in 1974, he retired and returned home. it is with great gratitude, pride and respect that we recognize his service today. new mexico is humbled by his lifetime of service that began on the korean peninsula in 1950 and continued to inspire those
around him. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute . without objection. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much. i rise today to recognize the sylvester comprehensive cancer center at the university of miami. sylvester is the only university-based cancer center in south florida. it serves one of the most diverse regions in the nation. we are lucky to have sylvester because unfortunately florida has the second highest rate of cancer in the country. every day, more than 250 doctors d scientists work tirelessly to discover breakthruse.
sylvester is committed to increasing access to prevention and early detection for south florida's most vulnerable and high-risk communities. the center will be launching a mobile screening unit to serve thousands throughout south florida. mr. speaker, i would like to congratulate all of the doctors, nurses and researchers at sylvester cancer center and thank them for providing highly specialized cancer treatment for all of our south florida community residents. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the passing of rick, an legend in our district.
hes was the president and c.e.o. his success was due to rick and his stewardship of the environment. for the farmworkers who recalled the backbone, he provided state of the art health care and housing and invited his employees to join a stock option program. he way he ran t.n.a. was a legacy. nothing was more important than a family, devoted husband and father and dedicated father. his love for his family and generosity to his employees and contributions to the agricultural community will never be forgotten. his son recounted the best advice, the best fertilizer a farmer can ever use is his shadow. to me that philosophy sums up rick and the family and why he will always be there and rick
antel will always be with us. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to remember the life of mayor ronnie jacobs who passed away at the age of 64. the mayor had been the mayor of georgia's first congressional district for over 15 years and across four different decades. e lived in the area his entire life and caring about his residents and well-being, a testament for his well-being, the mayor found neighbors helping neighbors, which is a nonprofit that helped citizens
purchase homes and much more. mayor jacobs has done an exceptional job including population changes, hurricanes and wildfires. mayor jacobs will be remembered as one of the best leaders the city has ever had. his family and the city are in my thoughts and prayers. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from hawaii seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i rise today with my colleague to call attention to the damage done by severe rainses and flooding on the oahu. in east according to the national
weather service, a town received 27 inches. and thankfully, mr. speaker, there are no reports of injuries nd for that we are lucky and grateful. mudslides and severely damaged homes is heartbreaking and encouraging to see strangers are coming together. d home to the wettest place, yet their mayor was born and raised on the island declared a disaster the worst. during the rainful, more rain fell in new valley in one day han all of april 2017. flooded major highways and washed debris out to state. ema is working and prepared to
initiate federal assistance. mr. speaker, we ask all our colleagues stand with us and have prayers for the people of hawaii. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from iowa seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to call my colleagues in congress to extend the biodiesel and renewable biodiesel tax credits. the producers and blenders and marketters have endured tax treatment by waiting for a look at energy tax policy. we just celebrated the end of an old outdated tax code and time to deal with the last pieces of uncertainty. biodiesel provides economic benefits across the country and reduce our reliance on foreign
energy sources. production has long been sometimeeyed and we must provide certainty to the markets and all the producers, blenders and marketters whose livelihoods depend on this. and work with me and others in a bipartisan way to find a more permanent solution to this system of irresponsible stop gap extensions. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? >> i ask to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. kaptur: as soon as march 20 is the first day of spring, today april 16 at midnight is the tax filing deadline for 2017 returns. months after passing the $1.8 trillion tax give-away, republicans are trying to sell their tax scam.
they are so desperate that a g.o.p. tax group will spend $1 million on tv ads to convince us what isn't true. republicans' huge tax bonn nan zas is not trickling down. billions of dollars in tax give-backs to major corporations but 12 cents to the average worker. we should have closed the loophole, one of many promises that president obama made during his campaign and broke. that loophole lets hedge fund managers pay a 20% tax instead of the 37% individual income tax. the republican tax plan is pure greed and we should reverse it at our first opportunity. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from nevada seek recognition?
>> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i rise to remember the life of maded. she would always take time off from her job as a wait tress in canada to travel to las vegas for the festival. she was a hard worker and to become a knew manager at her restaurant. she was mature and light-hearted person. she will be remembered for being kind and warm-hearted and someone who would greet you with a beaming smile. i extend my condolences, the city of las vegas, the state of nevada and the whole country grieve with you. i yield the remaining balance of my time. .
the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from new york, mr. tonko, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous material on the topic of my special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. tonko: thank you. it's with deep sadness that i rise to celebrate the extraordinary life of our great friend, colleague, mentor, inspiration, much respected, congresswoman louise slaughter. we met a long time ago in 1983 when both of us entered as freshmen in the new york state assembly. i understood in that moment of meeting that there was greatness there. and it only built beyond what i anticipated through the years.
a woman of great respect, of great charm, with intellect, integrity, and passion for doing the right thing. and louise, this evening, we just say thank you for the impact you had on our lives and more importantly on the people for whom you've spoken and for those who have been impacted favorably by your sound works. we call to mind this evening the people of the 25th congressional district of new york who have lost a great voice in this chamber and those of other districts, iterations she represented through the years that she served in this remarkable body. call to mind don in her rules staff, those who were there as committee people assisting her in her every move. we call to mind lea and her crew in d.c. and at home in the district office. and certainly her family and friends, people who have worked with her through the years. it is a great loss for all of us. louise did everything with
charm. when louise introduced herself to newly elected house speaker jim wright as a newly entering member, back in 1986, she spoke in that wonderful upstate new york accent, infected with her deep kentucky roots which speak er wright discerns. in her very forward way, she threw out her hand to shake his and she introduced herself to the new speaker. mr. speaker, i'm louise slaughter from upstate new york. and he responded, it's about time upstate new york elected somebody without an accent. louise was a great storyteller. she had this way of really personalizing an issue and making it so human that you couldn't shake it. she brought the relevance of issues to human life. there was no better storyteller than louise slaughter, and she peppered everything with her unique and delightful sayings that were such a signature of her personality.
she was a person of extraordinary integrity and courage. i remember sitting with her and some of our colleagues when bob passed, her late husband passed. i know how much she loved him and how much he loved her. and i cannot imagine the pain she felt in that moment. but i watched her steel herself, pick herself up and go on just the way bob would have wanted, an expression of the deepest love and respect i have ever been privileged to witness. louise had a devotion to public service that was born in the 1960's, in a truly aspirational moment for our country, an era that gave birth to a new found driven political generation, and i'd like to imagine louise in that moment listening to the voices of the people, reading news of conflict, of hope for racial and social justice, of fight for peace in the face of
seemless war in vietnam, empowering women and speaking for our environment. and all set with extraordinary music. bob dillon's "blowing in the wind" gave a series of intractable questions, about peace, about war, about freedom at a time when those questions were on the lips of every single american. and louise, speaking about "blowing in the wind," was never a weather vain politician. amidst the uncertainty and conflict of that moment, she forged herself a backbone of steel and never wavered, never blew with the wind. she did what was right and it didn't have to be popular. bob had a love and passion for politics as great as his wonderful wife louise. they were such a washington couple. bob would sometimes drive louise back and forth from rochester, new york, to albany. he was known as an incredibly thoughtful and brilliant partner who supported louise tirelessly. their activism began with their fight to protect hearts woods
just outside of rochester. louise would go on to organize democrats and bob went on to find the power coalition, fighting against rate increases. bob and louise loved their family above all and tonight i want to recognize their daughters, robin, amy slaughter, emily, and thank them and their families for the gift of their mother's time and their unselfish giving of her so that she could serve our nation. robin and amy and emily, this nation owes you a debt of thanks for the extraordinary spirit and achievement of your parents, our great and dearly departed friends, louise and bob slaughter. i have to speak of them as a team. louise left an impact for whom she left on rochester and in washington and for a generation yet unborn. louise' passion and fore sight
live on through the -- foresight live on through the lasting legacy of her work and through the service that she provided knowing that that service will continue long into the future. she was recognized as a fighter for the common, ordinary person, and that is the greatest tribute we can offer her. we say thank you to a humble servant who picked up the task and did it masterfully well. with that, mr. speaker, i yield to representative eliot engel of new york's 16th congressional district. i thank my friend and colleague for yielding to me. i think he really just said it all. i had the pleasure of knowing louise for almost 40 years. we served together in the new york state assembly up in albany, new york, and i was senior to her in the new york
state assembly. she ran for congress a few years before i did, and she was senior to me here and i never stopped teasing her about that, to remind her she may be senior here but if you put the length of our terms together i am senior to her and we always got a kick out of that and always laughed. one thing about louise is what you see is what you get, what you saw is what you got. louise spoke her mind, she wasn't afraid to stand up to power. she was always thinking of the good for the country and for new york and her congressional district. and there was no other calculation in what she did. it was just feeling good trying to help the people. she was outspoken and she said what was on her mind and she knew more things that many of us have forgotten. she knew them. she remembered them.
and she would always have a little quip or a little thing to say that would really make you laugh and would make you feel like you were with a friend and she kind of gave you the inside scoop on a bunch of things. you know, she was the member of congress who was the oldest member of congress, and you'd never know it. when i first found out how old she was, i thought it was a misprint. she was always young. to the day she died she was young and young and having a passion of belief, of helping people, and having a belief in government and government was there to do good for people and to be a good tool. not as some people would say, government is the enemy, louise always believed that government should be and could be and would be a friend, a friend to do things for people, for seniors, for poor people, for immigrants. if you needed someone to come nd help you work for any cause
that was the right cause, all you had to do was ask louise and she always said yes. now, our offices back in the rayburn building are opposite each other so you go down the hallway, if you turn left, you're in my office, you turn right, you're he in her office. and so i often got to meet her and we were going to votes and got to say things to her about new york politics. and she really had the in, the scoop. really knew what it was. i am going to miss her. i already miss her. and i know you have -- we have so many of our colleagues from new york who are here because all of us together have a heart-felt appreciation of what it was to be louise and to be louise's friend. you know that twang she had from kentucky, she always proudly told everybody she was from kentucky but her heard was really from new york and i will
miss hear dearly. rest peacefully, my friend. we all love you. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, i now yield to the representative from new york's seventh district, the gentlewoman from new york, nydia velazquez. my velazquez: i thank colleague for yielding and thank my friends for organizing this tribute. louise was a remarkable woman, an astute legislator, a gifter debater. she will be remembered for all those traits. but she will also be remembered for her compassion, her humor, and the many kindnesses she extended to all of us. i will always recall the many times coming down to this very floor to speak and hearing louise arguing for fairness and
opposing policies bad for our nation. orator with a sharp wit. she was a passionate voice for progressive values. like a new yorker, she never backed down from a fight. if she wanted to get something done, she dug in her heels and fought like hell for it. but as a daughter of the south, she will equally be remembered or her amazing wit, her gentle touch, her genuine friendship an both sides of the aisle. what is remarkable is that at the end of the day, when the debate concluded and the votes were taken, louise was known for sharing a laugh with her colleagues on the opposite side of the aisle. someone once described her, and i quote, a combination of
southern charm and back room politics, a someone with a cigar in her mouth, she was truly larger than life. when louise came to congress, there were far fewer women in this body. she helped lead the way for so many of us who came after, breaking down barriers. so many of us owe her a debt of gratitude for the trails she blazed. as a fellow new yorker, as a fellow female member of most of all, as her friend, i know i will miss her. this body is better served for her service, and the u.s. house will certainly be less colorful place without seeing her on the floor leading debates on the rules with her kentucky accent and her commitment to progressive values.
i thank my friends for the opportunity to speak and yield back. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, i yield now to the representative from new york's 17th district, congresswoman nita lowey. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, our nation still grieves the loss of a great new yorker, louise slaughter. i'll never forget when louise and i still just junior congress women at the time charged up the steps of the u.s. senate to demand that anita hill be allowed to testify against clarence thomas. louise never lost that fighting spirit. fearlessness and commitment to justice, equality, and women's rights. she broke barriers, becoming the first woman to chair the house rules committee and set a strong example of public service and principled
leadership as dean of the new york congressional delegation. as a leading champion of women's empowerment, she proudly represented seneca falls, the site of the first women's rights convention. it was an honor to charge alongside louise up the steps of the senate that fall day years ago and during the many battles we fought together for america's health care, women's rights, opportunity for working men and women and so much more. . new york, the congress and our country have suffered an immeasurable loss. i do pray that congresswoman slaughter's family and the legions of staff who served her may find comfort knowing her great legacy and many accomplishments have improved the lives of so many americans.
i yield back. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, i yield to the representative from new york's 12th congressional district, representative carolyn maloney. mrs. maloney: mr. speaker, thank you, thank you so much for yielding, paul, and for your incredible leadership in supporting louise and organizing this -- and all of her many elections -- and organizing this tribute to her tonight. no one was a better public servant or fighter for her constituents than louise slaughter. her passing is a huge loss for new york, for the house, and for all of us. she worked for people right up until the day she died. and when i first came to congress, louise took me under her wing and for that and for her friendship i will be
grateful. i truly miss her dearly but i'm comforted knowing the legacy that she leaves behind. when louise became a member of the house in 1987, she was one of just 25 female leaders. today we number more than 100. i have no doubt that her leadership and the examples she set as the first female chair of the house rules committee led to more women running for office. she was a trail blazer and she broke down doors for people and for women and for real change in this country. and while i could go on and on about her legislative achievements, including the violence against women act, the first bill that i worked on when i came to congress with louise, she was the lead democrat, along with then-senator biden. it was a transformational bill that addressed violence against women. she fought years for it.
many people thought it was a personal affair, a family affair, and she fought to making it a legal affair that women should be protected in any and every circumstance. and had money in it to train police and prosecutors to be more sensitive to the needs of women and the violence against them. she was a biologist by training and was very proud of this background and was a leader on f.d.a., health issues, and was the first to introduce genetic information and the anti-discrimination act that became a central part of the affordable care act. that you should not hold pre-existing conditions and prevent health care for people because of pre-existing conditions. she considered that one of her greatest achievements. and she led the debate on the floor for the democrats, for the affordable care act.
and its passage. she oversaw that historic debate. and her impact extends far beyond the bills that she passed and the committees that she chaired. she was the first woman to chair most of the committees that she became part of. during her 31 years in congress she was a mentor to many female members, and because of that, played a major role in shaping our party and coalition we are today. she was a leader for new york and she was a leader for democrats in new york. she was one of the first democrats to be elected in upstate new york. and everyone running for office in upstate new york, the first person they went to was louise slaughter. i am proud and grateful to have called her a dear friend and mentor. and to be able to pay tribute to her and to say thank you to her and her family. she adored her late husband, bob. and we all appreciate the great
impact she had on me, on this congress, and on our nation. louise, we miss you. you are in our hearts. thank you, dear friend. and i yield back. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, i now yield to representative yvette clarke of new york's ninth congressional district. ms. clarke: i thank the gentleman from new york, mr. tonko, for leading this special order hour, in commemoration and remembrance of our dear colleague, the honorable louise slaughter. mr. speaker, i join my colleagues on the floor today to honor a remarkable woman. words just couldn't adequately capture the sense of sadness i felt after hearing of the loss of congresswoman louise slaughter. the dean of the new york delegation.
louise dedicated her life's work to the people of western new york and indeed all americans across our great nation. she embodied a spirit of strength, wisdom and grace. and she was beautiful inside and out. she represented the very best of the american spirit, our values and our ideals. louise was a trailblazer and walz the first woman to serve as chair and ranking member of the powerful house rules committee. she commanded the respect and admiration of all of her colleagues. having had the hobber of serving with will you -- honor of serving with louise has enriched my passion for service and my commitment to fight for the most vulnerable among us. louise was indeed a woman on whose shoulders i stand. the united states congress has lost an esteemed leader and the
new york delegation has lost a beloved dean and i have lost a cherished friend and mentor. it was my great privilege to serve with louise slaughter and she is missed immensely. i thank you and i yield back. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, i yield to representative jerry nadler of new york's 10th district. mr. nadler: thank you. i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i am heartbroken at the loss of louise slaughter, who is a dear friend and a beloved colleague. i first met louise when she was elected to the state assembly in 1982. and eliot engel and louise slaughter and i sat next to each other on the assembly floor. she was only with us in the assembly for four years and then she came here. i trailed her by another six years. she always was a champion of upstate new york, which caused people to do a double take when they heard her southern lilt. she was a champion of so many
things before their time. she was a champion for women's rights. she was a passionate leader as co-chair of the pro-choice caucus for many years. she protected the freedom of every woman to live, work and start a family on her own terms. she was, as you've heard, the leading -- the leader, the chairman at one point, the leading democrat on the house rules committee. she was tough and determined and compassionate and she was a fighter. she was a fighter for the vulnerable and those without a voice. and she was a microbiologist before she came into politics. and she left a lasting imprint of that with her genetic nondiscrimination act. when we started getting the omics, to deal with gen she understood the potential for good and bad and she wrote and eventually got into law the genetic nondiscrimination act so people wouldn't be discriminated against on the basis of their genetic traits. she wrote the stock act, to
prohibit congress members from trading on inside knowledge. which not every member of congress was thrilled with. but she was more than just her legislative accomplishments. she was a grares and true friend and -- gracious and true friend and she brought joy and laster into every room. she had a great sense of humor. had in -- when she ran for congress the first time, she ran against an incumbent who being in the minority party at that time was in the habit of vote nothing. she labeled him in the campaign, the abominable no man. she had a sense of humor, which other people appreciated. she will long be remembered for her sense of humor, her decency, her humanity, her tireless, fearless work for everyone. the halls of the capital feel diminished without her and i've realized over the last few weeks how lucky we all were to know heir, to work with her, to -- her, to work with her, to call her a friend. we'll always miss her and this institution will be diminished by her absence.
i thank the gentleman for yielding. i yield back. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, i yield now to new york's 24th district representative, john katko. mr. katko: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life of one of my dear friends and colleagues, representative dorothy louise mcintosh slaughter. congresswoman slaughter pat pasted away last month -- slaughter passed away last month after more than 31 yeefers service in the house of representatives -- years of service in the house of representatives. born toa coal miner's daughter -- born a coal miner's daughter from kentucky, she became a true daughter of upstate new york, exemplifying its values and representing her fellow constituents with the zeal and tenacity that was unrivaled in her store rid tenure. becoming the first -- her storied tenure. becoming the first woman to chair the house rules committee, she was a pioneer herr in her advocacy -- in her advocacy. i had the distinct honor and pleasure and privilege to work with representative slaughter on
a whole host of issues that affect our neighboring communities in upstate new york, and the nation at large. whether it was tackling the opioid epidemic or ensuring our citizens access to clean drinking water, i am proud but humbled to say louise and i worked side by side. for louise, the interests of her constituents and fellow americans rose above all else as she embodied the true meaning of bipartisanship, readily reaching across the aisle to people like me in spite of party or public pressure to achieve the common good. rest peacefully, louise. i will miss your lovely demeanor and your wonderful smile. i yield back the balance of my time. mr. tonko: thank you. i now yield, mr. speaker, to the representative of georgia five, representative john lewis. mr. lewis: thank you, brother paul, for yielding. to hard, it is difficult
sister re and know that louise slaughter is not here. we came to congress together. and from time to time she would call me brother john. i love sister louise. she would talk, she would laugh. she was smart, gifted, brave, courageous and sometimes very bold. i will never forget the trip to rochester, to be with her and see how the people loved her, adored her. i think when god created sister louise, he destroyed the mold. she was one of a kind. so wonderful, i miss her every
single day. thank you, brother paul, for doing this. sister louise would be very proud of you. i yield back. mr. tonko: thank you, brother john. i now yield to our former speaker, our democratic leader, our minority leader, representative nancy pelosi of california. ms. pelosi: i think this may have happened to
me at the funeral as well. that i followed john lewis at the podium. what a task. thank you for being such an inspiration. thank you for loving louise so much. as we know she loved you as well. brother john. and aren't we proud of paul tonko and his relationship with louise, a friendship that goes back to the state legislature many years ago in new york. louise came 31 years ago to the congress. you came more recently. but your friendship goes back longer. so dear were you to her.
so here we have louise, and i don't have a magic minute, so this is not an eight-hour prepsition. in high heels. although i'd love to do that for louise any time. but let me just make some wishes. i wish you could have all been in rochester for louise's memorial service. to her -- hear her grandchildren talk about her. as a grandmother, myself, any time i go to a service now, i think, what do the grandchildren think? what do they know about their grandmother? how much -- do they know how much their grandmother loved them? louise's grandchildren do and did. hopefully we'll be hearing more from them. they spoke magnificently about her personally. ot so great about her cooking. wouldn't you say? not that day anyway. but anyway. they just loved her so much.
and she was about the future. but she had a tremendous respect for the past as well. and so when many of us visited her in rochester, we'd go to susan b. anthony's home to see where so much of women's rights began, she'd take us across the borderline of the district to see where it all began, seneca falls. she took such ownership of our suffragettes and her responsibility to have -- to carry forth their courage, their possibilities for the future. . she was a southern belle with uthern charm, and northern timetable. so you never wanted to waste too much time not giving in to
louise. because eventually she would have her way. save yourself some time. whatever you say, louise. she was a beautiful person to serve with. many of our colleagues want to speak about her. i'll have another opportunity tomorrow but i did want to add my voice once again to our colleagues as we speak about her ith great respect, admiration, which
we do for our colleagues, but respect, admiration, and affection. that's about louise slaughter. i yield back. mr. tonko: thank you. i yield to the representative of california 18, representative nna eshoo. ms. eshoo: thank you, mr. speaker, and to our colleague
and dear friend, paul tonko, thank you for organizing this -- to all of congresswoman's congresswoman slaughter's staff that's here, we pay tribute to you. she loved you. she loved you. she would talk about each one of you, i don't know which one is which but she thought that we all knew which one was which. she had all the stories straight, she was so proud of you. there's so much to be said about louise. she was a great mother. she was a fabulous wife to bob. he was a microbiologist. she was a great grandmother. she represented a district in western new york with a kentucky accent. that will, i don't think, ever happen again. and she had a beautiful singing
voice. i don't know how many of you know that. when our country was attacked and the congress went out in front of the capitol, it was congresswoman slaughter that started singing "god bless america" and everyone joined in on that. she was not only proud to represent the home of the feminists, those revolutionaries, she was one herself. and she was damn proud of it. she wasn't an apologist for any of it. she was proud of it. because she understood that that was what was going to move america forward. she loved this house. she had a home on the hill and she had a home in her district. but she loved this house. and used to stand right here,
this is where she did her work. this is where she did her work. don't cross louise. don't ever cross louise. i mean, she was a lady but i'll tell you something if -- you would feel the wrath of louise slaughter if you went the other way on her. the way i will always remember louise is that she knew how to love. she knew how to love well. she had a fierceness about her in taking care of her constituents. they belonged to her. she belonged to them. and what the leader recalled, the tribute they paid to her at her memorial i think was second to none. so louise, my friend, no one is ever going to fill your shoes around here but we stand taller because we knew you.
you showed us the right way. the right way to be a friend. the best way to represent people. how to fight tough and fight hard for the right things. loved louise's accent. and when you'd see her on the , have he would say, anna i told you this week that i just love you? and when she spoke it was as if her words were just a security blanket around you. you knew that she meant it. it was tender. it was loving. and you knew that you had one of the best partners you could ever have in any undertaking. i think that louise is very
happy in heaven. and i have no doubt that she is chairing the big rules committee in the sky. and i have no doubt that when she got to the gate there was absolutely no discussion whatsoever as to whether she was going to take a high place in heaven because of everything that she did on earth. so louise, be happy there. you earned it. we miss you here. but we know that your spirit is with us. it always will be. and that we will love you across eternity. there was a poet that wrote these beautiful words. and so she passed on, and all the trumpets sounded on the other side. god rest you, louise. mr. tonko: thank you. i now yield to congresswoman marcy kaptur of ohio's ninth
district. ms. kaptur: what a privilege it is with our colleagues tonight to join together to pay tribute to our friend, louise mcintosh slaughter, born in harlan county, kentucky who wrote fresh pages in american history. there ought to be a stoo chew at seneca falls that honors her service to america. it was astounding. she became one of only 288 women in american history to be elected to this house of representatives. and she, as with all women members who have served as house members, was vividly aware she was an american pioneer as only 3% of individuals who have ever served here to date have been women. what a marvelous person she was to be with. we had the privilege of serving together for over three decades.
her acuity, her passion, her perseverance, her sparkling humor and keen mind brought new life and direction to our pluck and to every member here. sheafs treasured friend. yes, dean of the new york delegation. she also became the first woman to ever chair the exclusive rules committee. a committee whose unusually round-the-clock schedule required members to work through the night. and into the wee hour os of the morning. often past midnight. or convening at the crack of dawn. it wasn't an easy job. that committee is grueling. a place of grueling endurance. and yet she traversed that brutal track day in and day out without a whimper. how she could remain crisp in subsequent floor debates on hundreds and hundreds of bills and amendment, managing thousands of details in different bills and amendments
is a vivid testimony to her mental and physical strength which she devoted to our nation. gracious to a fault, and i recall her inviting members to her rule committees office always helping member to feel at home here. as the eldest woman in the house with 8 years of experience, louise slaughter brought wisdom that served america specially. she was dedicated to the -- superbly. she was dedicated to the working people of our country, to the rights of women, and she never stopped giving. the daughter of a blacksmith who worked in a kentucky coal mine she was a tireless advocate for workers in rochester and places like kodak or xerox and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with her community and fought with full soul against bad trade deals that she correctly feared would
hollow out her community's jobs and in turn the american middle class and she was right and she never gave up fighting for them. she co-authored the violence against women act and fought full bore for equal pay for equal work and stood tall her whole career in our effort to make our nation more just and equal. last night, i atevended an event at the holocaust museum and one of the women docents who took me around, i told her what happened to louise, she said, i was am from upstate new york, she gave me a ticket to come to washington then i was a girl scout to go and see and look what i'm doing a high level person at the museum. i said louise's gifts keep on giving. louise slaughter, a grateful nation thanks you and thanks your husband bob who was at your side for so many, many years,
and your beautiful daughters and grandchildren and all the constituents from the greater rochester area. you will be truly, truly missed. and through your passionate and loving work for america and commitment to liberty you have helped make america a much more just and equal nation. i thank my colleague, paul tonko, for his love of louise and for always sitting with her and for enjoying and sharing these years. you have done a superb, masterful job this evening of paying full tribute to her and to her life. thank you. mr. tonko: thank you. i yield to sheila jackson lee, the congresswoman from texas 18. ms. jackson lee: i thank congressman tonko a dear, dear friend of louise, i thank you so much. i rise today to really highlight the sunshine that louise slaughter, congresswoman louise
mcintosh slaughter really was to all of us. i'm reminded of that day when those two planes landed in rochester, new york, her beloved community, the bright, sunny day but it was almost amazing as the buses drew up to the place of her funeral and the lines and lines of rochester citizens, her constituents, who were lining up two by two waiting to come to honor her. that was a true testimony to what louise slaughter and her husband bob were to that community. they loved their community and that community loved her. 88 years of youth because she was young and vibrant and ready and i am delighted to acknowledge so much that she did in the areas of women's rights and empowerment, the arts, economic revitalization, the environment and social justice
and of course her work dealing with the issue of the genetics that really a lot of people in congress didn't even understand but louise, with her expertise in microbiology, there she was educating all of us. her leadership on the affordable care act. she was one of the soldiers and generals that made sure it passed and as well her great work in dealing with the violence against women act. the stock act. to make sure we as members of congress did the right thing financially. really i want to emphasize the tutoring that louise slaughter gave to me. i want to thank her staff , he staff is sit back in this chamber, staff in her home district, but if gru came to the rules committee either as louise was a member a senior member, or ranking member or chairing her asuitness -- astuteness and genius, her sharp wit, her reminding members that she was the chair that we could learn
from her if we decided to do so, i know personally as a frequent visitor to the rules committee, louise slaughter was in charge. and the first woman chair of this powerful committee and i learned fast from her. i cannot thank her enough for teaching a new member at that time of the works and the goings on and the protocols of the rules committee and how to do it right. thank you so very much. she never lost her humor, that wonderful southern twang and who would be better leading seneca falls than louise mcintosh slaughter. i thank her for her fight for women's rights and as well for taking me to niagara falls as a member they have homeland security committee. as i close, i'm reminded that congresswoman slaughter had an iron fist in a velvet glf and i loved it and i loved her wit and i loved the fact that she was a true american. so my prayer is that the lord bring comfort to the many
people, those whom louise knew and those who felt they knew louise slaughter who know that a mighty oak as fallen and our -- and are heart broken at her loss. aask that god bless her, may god rest her and may god bless her constituents as god blesses the united states of america. farewell, congresswoman louise mcintosh slaughter, you will never be forgotten, you will always be remembered. i yield back. mr. tonko: thank you, i yield to representative barbara lee of alifornia's 13th district. ms. lee: thank you very much. first, let me thank you, congressman tonko, for leading this important hour in memory of our beloved friend and colleague, congresswoman louise slaughter. every time i walk on this floor, i still look for louise. actually, paul, right there. the void that she has left is just unbearable. her passing was devastating news
for all of us here. but i must once again send my thoughts and condolences to her beautiful daughters, her grandchildren, and to her entire congressional district and the state of new york and really to our entire country. louise was a dear friend and mentor and she was an unparalleled legislator. and of course she loved her district and fought for them with passion, intellect and dedication. and i also want to say to louise's staff, how much i know, like anna said, that she loved you and respected you. and i have to say, you know, around here, poaching is a no-no. well, louise poached one of my staff members and i told her, we talked about it, he said, i am so happy, -- i said, i am so happy, louise. you're the only member i would be happy about poaching. so thank you all because i know she loved you and i was happy to
allow louise to poach my staff. because she did an incredible job for louise. louise invited me to her district several times. and i tell you, the love and the respect all across her district i witnessed. i said, if only my district, you know, saw this. how she brought people together. because i think we could learn a lot from louise's ability to build coalitions. i remember when i first came to congress, yes, 20 years arks april 21, it will be -- years ago, april 21, it will be 20 years ago. louise came up to me and she said,-y, and she called everybody -- honey, and she called everybody hundredy, she said, i want to be your friend and i -- honey, she said, i want to be your friend, i want to get to know you. and want to invite you to come up to seneca falls to mark the 150th anniversary of the
declaration of sentiment. i tell you, that was quite a remarkable moment for me to be with louise slaughter. and we became close friends from that day forward. she was a trailblazer. the only microbiologist in congress. she had a ph.d. she was brilliant. also, watching louise work late into the night, past midnight, but yet she stayed engaged and energized, no matter how late the rules committee worked. she used her role, though, as chair to fight for children and for families, for women, for communities of color, for those living below the poverty line. another remarkable thing about louise was her humor. any member of congress, just ask anyone, republican or democrat, and they'll tell you a story, they'll share a story about her sense of humor. yet louise was very direct. she did not miss her -- mince her words.
she was a straight shooter. you never had to guess where she was coming from. i remember when her dear husband, bob, passed. i got to know bob because we traveled together several times. and when lew auto -- when louise came back, she told me, she says, honey, she said, i couldn't live if i didn't have this job. she said, i love serving the people of my district, i love helping the people of western new york. i love serving this country. this was her life's work. so finally, let me just say, i not only lost a colleague, but also a dear friend. my prayers are with her family and friends, her staff, her district. louise will have a lasting place in history. her spirit is with us tonight. she was a woman who exuded grace, dignity, intelligence,
and she touched and enriched all our lives. louise, we will miss you so much. may you rest in peace. may god bless you. and thank you, again, paul. mr. tonko: thank you, congresswoman. i now yield to representative jackie speier of california's 14th district. ms. speier: mr. speaker, thank you. and to my dear friend, paul tonko, who loved louise like no one else in this chamber, thank you for arranging this for us tonight. tom jones had a song, "she'd a -- "she's a lady." louise slaughter was that lady, except none of the other lyrics of that song were appropriate for louise. she was a lady who was tough as nails, with a steel backbone and a sharp and very funny tongue.
there are many people i like in our chamber. a few i truly love. i loved louise slaughter. members come and go and hardly leave a footprint around here. even members who have served long periods of time. that's not true about louise. i still did it today, i walk onto this floor seeking her out. i look at c-span and expect to see her presenting another cogent argument on the inane closed rule offered by the other side. there is a void in this chamber with her passing. but her footprints are everywhere. louise distinguished herself in so many issues. and in so many ways. the first woman, as we've said over and over again, to
represent western new york. the first woman to chair the rules committee. now, as an 88-year-old woman, she was chairing this committee into the wee hours of the morning day after day and never lost a beat. she's one of the longest serving members. she's the only microbiologist. she was responsible for creating the first $500 million set aside for breast cancer research. she created the office of research on women's health. and she's responsible for the passage of the stock act. and, mr. speaker, and to our leader, nancy pelosi, i hope that we take the time to name the stock act after louise slaughter. you know, louise and i spent wonderful evening together with paul tonko and marcy -- eveningings together with paul tonko and marcy -- evenings
together with paul tonko and marcy kaptur she kept us in stitches. she did not suffer fools gladly and she would see a phony $2 billion of a member on the floor and -- bill of a member on the floor and not minsc -- mince words. she also taught me to speak southern. she taught me that you should say bless your sweetheart. , ch really meant, move over expletive deleted. i will always remember her lying peacefully in the hospital room, with perfectly quaffed hair, as only a lady would have, and a faint smile on her face. i liked to think that she was smiling because she left this world with her boots on. she was still fighting for her constituents, taking her last breaths with dignity, strength, , with her d at peace
three daughters looking on with love and admiration. louise, you are now with your beloved bob. we all here, including your extraordinary staff who is seated here in the chamber, are heartbroken. we are frankly still in shock. but we are deeply grateful to have known and to love you. god bless you always. mr. tonko: thank you, congresswoman. and we now yield to representative adams of north carolina's 12th district. ms. adams: i want to thank my colleague for yielding. i rise today to honor the life and legacy of my dear friend, congresswoman louise slaughter. i didn't know her as long as many of my colleagues. but our brief association was profound and meaningful. when i came to congress four years ago, louise slaughter was one of the first to welcome me.
she was always genuine, kind and personally supportive. always pleasant. and she always made you feel really good. as a history-making trailblazing champion of women's rights and the only microbiologist, as you've heard in congress, louise slaughter fought for opportunity for all people. the impact of her years of advocacy and mentorship and friendship can be seen here today in the many colleagues who are standing together to honor her life. louise was a champion for the people from the great state of new york, but i like to think of her with kentucky roots and a southern accent. as a fellow southerner as heart -- at heart. she left big shoes to fill. but i know she'd be proud to welcome in the next generation of leaders. and so i join my colleagues this evening in expressing my deepest sympathies for the family, for the friends, for the staff, and the constituents that she leaves behind. she may no longer be with us on
earth, but her spirit and her passion for life will live on for generations to come. she clearly made our world much etter than she found it. mr. tonko: thank you, congresswoman. i now yield to the new hampshire district one represent be, -- representative, conchwoman carol shea-porter. ms. shea-porter: thank you, congressman tonko. i know how close you were to louise and how much she loved you and you loved her. i offer my condolences not only to louise's family, but also to paul and to the entire chamber. and to me because i loved louise also. you hear people using the word love here. and it was very genuine. when i arrived in january of 2007, i saw the fire in lieu he's and i saw the hundred -- in lieu he's and i saw the honey in lieu -- in louise and i saw the honey in louise. that's what made her so delightful. i saw her take on things with
the fire in her. then he saw her with the honey and the sweetness and that's why people use the word love when they talk about louise. so i want to tell just a very short story about my first real close encounter with louise slaughter. i had a dear friend in new hampshire who very much admired louise and wanted to meet her and i said, you know, she's busy, she's just taking -- taken over this new position and i'm new. but ok. i'll ask her. so we're walking there and i called louise over and i said, louise, i'd like to introduce you to somebody who just has always admired you and louise says, honey, have her come into my office. and so we did. and louise sat down on couch like she didn't have a thing to do that day except to entertain us with tea and small talk and just her warmth and her vibrancy. my friend never forgot that. i never forgot that either. that was louise. absolutely full of love and as i
said full of honey and also full of fire. we miss her very much here. we always will. condolences to her staff who loved her as well. and i know that she loved them and to the people of western new york. thank you for sharing her with us for long is. and i yield back. mr. tonko: thank you, congresswoman. the e'll hear from gentleman from texas, 35, congressman lloyd doggett. mr. doggett: thank you so much for organizing this special order. i know how special louise was to you and to so many of us. she was a dear friend for many years. outspoken advocate for social and economic justice. and she put together a great team, a series of teams through her years here. some of whom are on the floor today. and we salute them also. louise was funny, she was sometimes a bit conspiratorial. and she was a person who just refused to act her age in the best ways possible.
i was amazed myself knowing that louise had been here a few years, more than i had. to learn what her age was at the time of her passing. because she was out powerfully speaking truth to power right up until the week before she passed. she had the enthusiastic support of her late husband and tremendous partner, bob. and both of them understood the challenges of public service and they withstood repeated republican assaults with wit and grit. her fierce passion was matched with sincere compassion and kindness. over the years time and time again she reached out and helped me and helped other members. i admired her unwavering commitment to speak truth and to honor values of acceptance, equality and justice. she put the health and
well-being of people first and she fought tirelessly to improve the lives of the people in her community and across this country. louise shared just -- she showed just how much one determined woman can do for our country. as chair of the rules committee she was involved in every major piece of legislation and many minor ones that came before this house. and in her service on rules, it can certainly be said that she worked day and night, sometimes all night, on behalf of the people of this country. she overcame significant resistance to achieve the violence against women's act, achieving significant funding in women's health, she was a trail blazer when it came to so many issues and inspire sod many women to get involved and make a difference for our country.
she offered -- authored the stock act to ensure more pleat and timely disclosure of financial dealings by members of this house so no one was trading off the public trust for private gainism think of louise and look over to this microphone each time a rule is brought up in the house. setting forth the terms of debate for legislation. there's a vacancy in the house and there's a vacancy in our hearts for a tough but generous woman. we salute her daughter, megan, amy, and emily, our -- her grandchildren, her great grandchild, all of whom she often referred to and showed such great affection for. maybe a source of comfort for each of them that their mother was a loyal and loving friend a fierce and genuine public servant a force to be reckoned with, a champion for so many vital causes and may her very fiery spirit live on with all of us.
i yield back. mr. tonko: thank you. mr. speaker, there you have it. just a few of the colleagues of louise slauther that shared their sentiments. you can tell she had a lasting touch upon each and every one of us. we're made better because we crossed paths in life that we traveled journeys together. and she'll leave a forever quality in our hearts and souls. to our champion, our trail blazer, the true voice for the weak voiced or underheard in government, the pioneer expression, the drum major for women, it goes on and on, she earn sod many labels, to our friend, louise slaughter or you are colleague, our mentor, rest in peace, beloved friend. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from arizona, mr. schweikert is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader.
mr. schweikert: thank you, mr. speaker, as i get ourselves organized here. this evening we're going to try to do something, it's probably a little dangerous, a little tricky, we're going to try to do some math from behind the microphone. we have a running joke in our office that being a member of congress means you often work in a math-free zone but the math always wins. and to our friends over here, i guess i -- i don't mean to jump onto this, but you've just heard some of the discussion about ms. slaughter. i'm obviously from a different part of the country a different party, different philosophy and she was always incredibly kind to me and funny. most people -- i don't know if they completely understood. she had a brutal wit. and so a couple of times when i
would go in front of the rule committees, sometimes the banter back an forth you'd sit there and go, is she just playing with me? so for my friends that are just leaving from that. all right. so i'm going to try to do a couple of thing here's, mr. speaker. i'm going to actually sort of walk through what was in the most recent c.b.o. report but also a couple of the previous c.b.o. reports in what's happening in our nation's debt. at the same time i'm also going to talk about some of the positive things that are happening and some of it because of the tax reform some of the things that are happening in our employment and opportunity out there let's walk through a couple of baseline numbers. then i'm going to grind through these so it tells a story of where we are going and where we're at as a country. when we get behind these microphones and say we have a entitlement crisis coming we
have to deal work they've been saying it behind these microphones for 30 years. it's here. the peak of the baby boom, i think, today is about 62 years old. there's 74 million of us who are baby boomers. who are -- who will be moving into our benefits. and we don't have the resources to cover our promises the way things are structured today. yet if you look at the pew poll from a couple of years ago, only 15% of republicans believe there's an entitlement crisis coming, but only 5% of democrats believe it. so this is one of the great difficulties in this body where you often hearsaying, you know, speak truth to power. how about math to power. what about our own constituents when they don't believe us because maybe there's been crying wolf or because it's been easier to say things like, well the problem is waste and fraud. there is problems with waste and fraud.
but the numbers are tiny compared to what's about to happen. so let's -- some baseline math. when i was born, 1962. there were five workers for every one retiree. today, let's actually do 12 years from now. that's when it gets dramatic. 12 years from now there will only be two. you and your spouse will be covering one retiree. so in my -- in just my lifetime we'll have gone from five orkers for one retiree to two. the math is brutal. so think about this. over the last decade so from 2008 to 2018, you actually look at the growth and the size of spending in government, 72% of it was just social security and medicare.
so if you actually look at the growth of the federal spending, do understand, over the last 10 year, 72% of that growth were just those two programs. social security and medicare. just thenext 10 years, growth will be about $1.3 trillion. that's functionally just the growth in social security and medicare will be two full defense departments. it's important to get our head around telling the truth. because if we're going to save these earned entitlements, we need to have that moment of reflection that comes off a calculator instead of what happens so often behind these microphones where we tried to make public policy by feelings. so first board i have up here, this is from the latest c.b.o. report which i have in here, which i'm trying to keep from
falling off the podium here. and there's actually some good news here. and that is because of what's going on the last couple of quarters this last year, substantially i believe because of what's happening through growth or policies, whether it be the tax reform whether it be what's happening in the regulatory environment, you're actually seeing revenue into the trust fund go up a bit. it's still a crisis. but if you actually look like at ssdi which is social security disability, i think it was maybe a year and a half two years ago, i got behind this microphone and there were only, like, four years left in the trust fund and it went to zero. we gained almost three additional years. some of that is because of policy. some because of revenues because we have so many more people working right now.
if you actually also take a look at some of the money going into social security, some of the money going into medicare part a, the trust fund portion. we're actually picking up a couple of years, one year here, two years there, in additional actuarial soundness of the trust furned. think of this as an opportunity. if we're going to have to make policy, and as i sand -- as i stand behind this microphone i'm looking for a unified theory. it's not just entitlement reform because let's face it, that's the third rail. people go nuts. they run attack ads on you. it's more complicated. we need to do those things in our society that help people be employed. regulatory policy. training policy. opportunity policies. the more of our brothers and sisters who are work, how do we go from 63% labor force participation which is a wonderful number from where we
thought we'd be 10 years ago until now, how do we get it to go further? how do we get more of our brothers and sisters to move from being the long-term unemployed, the discouraged workers and get them to move into the opportunity to -- opportunities that are out there right now because we have apparently millions of jobs that are looking for workers but it also does powerful things to these numbers. but we're also going to have to be honest about meck anymores within immigration. we have a birth rate crisis in this country. the last few years, you actually look at the number of babies we're having, we're -- our numbers have substantially collapsed. remember, today's child is tomorrow's worker. and if in today's world when you turn 65 and begin some of your benefits, the math is you will spend about one third of your adult life in retirement. but we don't have enough young
people because these programs are pay as you go programs. and that's really important as we sort of walk through the math. 10 if you're looking for that unified theory, it adds in things like trade. if we're going to be a country that's very slow on our birth rate, and immigration, we've designed a talent based imdepration system that does some rewards for younger demographics. but we're also going to have to have trade with countries that also have positive demographics so we have customers. there's lots of these things that all have to be thought of together and something i'm not going to do tonight but aye done're evenings and we'll do in a month or so is a fixation on technology. and how technology also can provide amazing opportunities in everything from changing the health care curve to actually allowing more of our brothers and cysters to participate in the work force even those with certain difficulties in life or
even those who may be older but choose to work. there's -- instead of being scared of technology, i think it may be our solution, bending some of these cost curves. what's important is as you look at the chart, just take a look at this first number here. that's the social security trust fund. now as you know, our general fund has taken that money and boar reed it. b -- borrowed it. then we replace it with special social security i.o.u.'s. if i remember correctly, last year we were paying the social security trust fund like 3.1% interest for those borrow moneys. so when you see some of the future slides here, boards, you'll actually see here's the trust fund balance but also here it is with some of the interest revenues that we also pay ourselves back. so think of this craziness. we functionally as a society, we borrow money to pay back the borrowed money.
because that cash that we took out of those trust funds has long since been spent. but on this board in 10 years, the social security trust fund is cut in half. and just a few years the disability insurance trust fund is empty and if you actually -- if you can actually see it, the hospital, the medicare part a which is the only part really with a trust fund, and a few years, it's also down to zero. so just getting our heads around this is reality. this is math. but it's better than it was a year or so ago, but it's still a crisis. and this -- i'm going to put up two of these boards that just sort of show you see this sort of flat inflection here. that's actually part of the good news. because where you see, last year it would have been a constant curve downward that we were depleting the funds. as you know, they've gone
negative this year. meaning that the revenues coming out of social security is actually greater than the revenues coming in. except for since the tax reform and some of the economic expansion all of a sudden we've hit a bit of a plateau, c.b.o. had it looking like it was going to last for a couple of years. i'm more ott mystic to some of their baseline number. that's that mathematical reprieve. you see the two lines there, the variance in those is what we're also paying ourselves back in interest. so this one is social security. old age survivors insurance trust fund but then when we move over to the hospital fund and import, you'll see this in future slides, social security in many ways isn't my crisis, isn't our crisis, because it's a defined benefit. fixing it, the math is actually fairly easy.
it's medicare. that becomes so incredibly difficult and medicare as you're going to see in a couple of future slides is a much larger financial issue in our near future. so you actually just see sort of the same thing in that even the hospital trust fund now is moving negative. meaning we're taking more money out of it. than is going in. and yet you do see a little bit of the plateau we're getting because of the current payroll tax. just a point of reference on that. if you looked at the tax foundation's numbers before the tax -- when the tax reform was coming out, they actually had, i think it was just shy of $300 billion over this next 10 years, in new payroll tax. fica revenues. and that actually reaches into this area. so, this is a chart that i've never seen on the floor before. but is a really interesting one.
because i think a lot of us don't really have our head around where does the money in medicare come from? and i'm sorrier i know this is a little hard to see -- sorry, i know this is a little hard to see. but if you see this, this is the entire medicare. this 45% up here is general revenue. we're reaching into the general fund and paying it out to hospitals and doctors and durable medical equipment. the 36% there -- there, that's actually the tax revenue. that's the payroll tax. that's within our fica. then we also have some taxes on higher income earners and social security benefits and it comes into here and then you see this 3% down there. that's actually revenue that we pay ourselves. so we borrowed the money. gave it to the general fund. spent it. but we pay ourselves that. that's what that 3% is down
there. so if you added up about half of this, half of what we spend in medicare is general fund, half is coming in through the payroll tax. so if you look at part a, the hospital trust fund, ok. that's almost all payroll taxes. but if you start looking at part b and part d, you see the orange there, 75% and 78% respectively. that's all coming out of the general fund. so on occasion when i've done some of these presentations at home, you'll get the hand goes up and people think that it's all paid for by the payroll taxes. that's actually creating this sort of weird misunderstanding of -- it's not all within the trust fund. almost half of what we spend in medicare actually is coming out of the general fund. and there's actually as, where we see the substantial growth, you see general fund spending
growing and why a substantial portion of that fund growing is part of this. couple of the other slides just to understand, as we have 74 million of our brothers and sisters who are baby boomers moving into retirement right now, what is it, about 10,000, 10,300 every single day, it actually has a little bit of a steepening curve over the next three, four years. you start to look. the headline on this is really important. social security, health entitlements and interest costs. so you have to put in the paying interest on all the money we've borrowed as a society, driving 2028 spending8 to hikes. remember my number before. that if we just do social security, medicare over the last 10 years, 72% of the increased spending we had as a government
in the federal government was just the growth in social security and medicare. ok. but if you add in also interest on top of it, it goes from 72% now to 91%. so understand, those are the levers that are going to squeeze out so many of the other things that are happening. but also the greatest fragility to being safe here. so, if you -- let's go on to the next board. because i think it helps sort of show where we're going. but what's also important here is as you look at these, those on the bottom, you'll actually see things like defense, discretionary spending. all being fairly flat-lined. even with the most recent budget appropriation bill. if you look at it over the next decade or over the next three decades, almost all the growth in spending comes from the two programs and covering interest costs. so this one's really noisy and
we'll put these up or put them out. but over the next 30 years, this one actually goes from 1960, but when you get here, look at the growth. you're heading toward a time, 2047. seems like a lifetime from now. but you're in 2018 right now. so reach out 20 years from now. reach out 30 years from now. defense is 2.7% of spending equal to the size of the economy. so this is a per g.d.p. slide. but the explosion, you see that red area? in that time, when i'm hopefully well into my retirement, 15.6% of the entire size of the economy so, we're going to reach in and take -- say the economy is this big, we're going to take
15.6% of that and that's just going to be social security and medicare. and another 6.2% will be covering the interest costs. it is unsustainable. when you start to realize you will be approaching 30% of the entire gross domestic product of this country in federal spending. it is not defense. it is not nondefense discretionary. it's not even some of the other entitlements. even though sometimes that's easier to talk about behind these microphones. it really is where we are demographically as a society. and, look, demographs is our deft nifment we can't pre-- destiny. we can't pretend it's not happening. we are all getting older. it is the nature of life. and understand also, these numbers are assuming no wars, no
recessions, no disasters. these are just baseline numbers. and that should make this really, really scary. so how do i convince our voters, we have amembers that little bit of reprieve right now because we're in a time of terrific economic expansion? terrific employment. good numbers coming in in the fica tax. how do we use this as a moment to actually say, let's be adults, let's come up with something much more elegant than just entitlement reform, but there's actually ways where we can make -- keep our promises to our seniors, keep our promises to those who are heading into the retirement, but also have it so we're not all here 15 years from now saying we've hit a deficit crisis we can't sell our bonds, our interest rates are exploding, everyone's going to be taking huge cuts, let's
attack it today because i believe if we do things that maximize economic growth, things that actually help our nation's demographics, if we adopt a very aggressive adoption of technology, particularly in the health care space, and also provide some options within the entitlements, it's all stuff we should have been done 10 years ago but we've been given a little bit of reprieve right now because of what's happening in the economic growth. so here's something to get our heads around. if you actually look at the numbers, you see the first two bar chart. that's social security. turns out the average american will put in about $543,000 over their working life. and this is someone who would be retiring right now. they're going to get out $616,000. so, ok, a little variance. now the problem is we've obviously already spent all that money that was in the trust fund
and we put i.o.u.'s in it. but still, it's a fair deal. medicare is our crisis. because apparently someone that's retiring today will have put in about $140,000 in medicare taxes. but, the person who retires today is taking ought about $422,000 -- out about $422,000. so $140,000 in, $422,000 out. now multiply that by 74 million of us who are baby boomers. and you start to understand the size and the scale where the gap is coming from. it's math. i desperately wish there was a way to blind the political rage and just say, it's math. and the math will always win. d if we would step up and be less political and more like accountants for a moment, and i'm sorriers i know as republicans that's -- sorry, i
know as republicans that's often our problem. we sound more like accountants. but the violence, the cruelty we're going to do to our society if we continue to avoid the reality of the math and a decade, a decade and a half from now, when the crisis is upon us, our ability to fix it will be very, very difficult. it's going to be difficult right now. but it's doable. there are approaches to make hese numbers work. this is also, for those folks who are now deficit hawks or newfound deficit hawks, time for a moment of honesty and reality. over the next 30 years, and this is not inflation adjusted, so if for those of you who would like to do constant dollars, you'd probably deduct -- reduce the number by about 1/3. but this is over the next 30
years. so if you plan to be aleve for the next -- alive for the next 30 years, this is what you're facing today. 82 trillion in cash shortfall. $82 trillion in cash shortfall. $78 trillion of that is just social security, medicare and the interest on that shortfall. so all of the other things we talk about, oh, it's defense spending. no, it's not. oh, it's other nondefense discretionary. no, it's not. it's other entitlement programs. a little bit. but not really. it's the two programs that are we as ntitlements that congress and its wisdom over the last few decades didn't make the math actually sound. and just pretending it's not there doesn't fix it.
so one more time, think about this. so over the next 30 years, the social security deficit, $18.9 trillion. medicare deficit, $39.7 trillion . and then the interest we're going to spend on those shortfalls is another $23.4 trillion. .hat's $78 trillion now, if you want to use inflation adjusted, just reduce it by 1/3. this is the greatest threat to our society. because you see the very end, you see the little blue? the rest of the budget actually is in balance. over the next 30 years. and that's actually using the c.b.o. scores, which i think sort of underestimate current growth, but that's just the math. this isn't republican or democrat. it's math. yet it's the greatest threat to our society.
and yet when i will stand in front of my constituents and we'll have a meeting and we'll discuss what's the greatest threat to society, the hands go up and it becomes all sorts of things. because this is really hard, it's really big, it's really difficult, and it's really, really, really important. so as we walk through these, i need to do -- and forgive my stacks of paper, but sometimes when you're trying to do the math, this is one of those where you lay out, you know, the excel spread sheet and it goes on and on and on and on. think of this. in nine years social security, medicare, without the interest, will be 10.3% of the entire economy. so the united states government will say, hey, the economy is, you know, today, what, the g.d.p. is $22 trillion, hopefully 10 years from now it's substantially larger.
but 10 years from now it's going to be over 10%, just being reached in and spent on medicare and social security. it's the math. but it actually, over the next -- the next decade, it gets up into the 12%. then a little while after that it goes up further. but that's of spending equal to the entire size of the economy. why it becomes so incredibly important that part of that holistic solution of how we save these programs is also that we maximize economic expansion. so when we get into the discussion that's happened around here a lot lately, where we talk about the tax reform and the jobs and opportunities it's creating, i've had this running conversation, and i saw it on the floor here, i think yesterday, where someone is pounding on -- well, you know, tax reform is not paying for itself.
tax cuts never pay for themselves. it's partially true. certain parts don't. certain parts are political, societal decisions to allow families to keep more. but there was an interesting little set of numbers and this often happens when you have your spread sheets and everything laying out in front of you and you're going over them. so in december, the in december, the joint tax committee is our score keeper actually said, here's what we think the tax reform costs. but they were in two different reports. turns out, i took the business numbers and said, the business portion, what was it doing growth-wise. and you will find this interesting and maybe i'm the only one, soy, it turns out that the business tax reform, i think
the title 2 portion of our reform bill from december said hey, businesses, $65 billion in less taxes, receive news to our government over the next 10 years. but the international business portion of the book, we are tually going to take in $324 billion. are here, n if you but because we are bringing those monies back in and actually encouraging companies to come back to the ubse and work here, we actually gained $234 billion. i'm still negative $329 billion over the 10 years over the big corporations. but on the next joint tax report, they talked about the dynamic scoring, what they saw
is the growth estimate. you have already seen the c.b.o. has lifted up the growth estimates from even december. and hopefully these numbers expand. if you put the growth back in, they were estimating, $ 84 billion in growth of new revenues because of the more jobs and more opportunity. now most of that is from what was happening in those corporations. so turns out the business rtion on the tax reform bill and joint tax own numbers is about $ 5 billion to the upside in their own modeling over the 10 years. and i put this up because i was embarrassed and didn't see it in their math sooner. that's what it is. i guess, ultimately, mr.
speaker, i have a couple messages here. and i understand we are sort of in the time of very difficult olitics. but we need to grow with the reality. we are getting older as a society. we made lots and lots of promises. we need to keep those promises. there are ways to do it. don't y single day, we step up and deal with the reality of math, we make it that much more difficult for all of us. and i'm 56 years old. my wife -- i shouldn't say this, but she is exactly my age and we
are incredibly blessed, we have a 2 1/2-year-old. she was with us on the floor of the house last week and maybe it is because my little girl that i'm going to double down on my efforts here, how do i get our frebbeds on the left and our friend in the majority and say maybe it's time we do the most difficult thing any of us would ever do in our elected career and that is take on the biggest issues of our times and that is the unfunded liabilities and the promises we made. do we do a black commission to say not to close things but to actually look at everything. it is a little bit of a solution, reforming how we reform health care and medicare and immigration, a different system. mmigration
is it everything all together? is it maximizing so payroll taxes become much morrow bus and creating a path that are dis affected and those who are on social entitlement programs because there is opportunity? the answer is which need to do it all at the same time. how do you get this body with all of the noise and the people banging on us, the chaos that is today's media which is entertainment media and get people to pull out a calculator nd pull out some great aconometrics and do what is necessary to deal what is the greatest threat to this country. that greatest threat is not military, it's actually debt and
promises we made. and as you have seen on the lides, i think everything else is in balance over the next 30 years. what below zero us up is the promises we made in social security and medicare. it is fixable, but we cannot continue to wait. the last thing i wanted to share , and i know i'm back tracking a t, that continues to be more good news that comes in from the tax reform. and the positive things that are happening within the economy, but there was a great article today that is happening in our state and local levels and that fits into that unified theory, do it in the time when you have economic expansion. revenues to our state looks like
it is taking quite a pop upwards. another article, the international monetary fund did a calculation and stepped up rld growth and gave half the credit of that growth. what we did here in the united states is made a poor family on the other side of the world, better. to actually start to look at the things that are going on around , even a time of turbulent politics, we have some good things happening. and step up and do the really hard things because the hard things is how we are going to be judged when all of us elected members leave here, will we save our country which is the debt which will be crashing down on
us very, very soon. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. does the gentleman have a motion? the gentleman have a motion to adjourn. mr. schweikert: i ask unanimous consent to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman moves to adjourn. the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopt the. the house stands
>> what's been congress' recent relationship with the i.r.s. and what are they planning to change through these bills? >> the recent relationship has not been great. meshes of congress, itly republicans -- members of congress, particularly the republicans have targeted the i.r.s. for some of its problems with customer service. it's been a main target for budget cuts since the republicans took over the house in 2010. so recently i.r.s. has not gotten a lot of love from congress. the new -- all these bills that are on the floor today and tomorrow are aimed at revamping the i.r.s. a lot of it is following the new tax law. the i.r.s. has a lot of work to modernize tax code after the