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guests say about that. i'm going to say good-bye to you, be careful. >> c-span's "washington journal" live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up wednesday morning, ohio democratic congressman tim ryan talks about the 2018 mid term elections. then politico tech reporter john hendel on wednesday's senate bill reinstating net neutrality rules. and we're live if bismarck, north dakota for the next stop on our c-span bus 50 capitals tour. the governor will talk about pop policy issues in his state. watch "washington journal" live at 7:00 a.m. eastern wednesday morning. join the discussion. >> a couple of budget hearings on c-span3 tomorrow. e.p.a. administrator scott pruitt scheduled to testify on his agency's 2019 budget live
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beginning at 9:30 a.m. eastern. and in the afternoon, f.b.i. director christopher way will answer questions about his bureau's budget requests. live at 2:30 p.m. eastern. also on c-span3. sunday on "q&a," university of virginia history professor william hitchcock on his book, the age of eisenhower, america and the world in the 1950's. >> i call it the disciplined presidency. eisenhower in the way he carried himself and the man he was was a disciplined man a great athlete when he was young. an organized man in every respect, very methodical. that's how he ran the white house too. he was extremely organized. a lot of people, especially the young senator and future president john kennedy criticized eisenhower's stodginess for being so disciplined and organized and predictable. for eisenhower it meant when
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crises came , he had a plan, knew how to respond, knew owho to turn to. he said plans are worthless but planning is everything. so you are always thinking what's over the hill? what crisis might erupt? we should be thinking about it. he was systematic in the way he governed he met the press every week. met congressional leaders every week. he did -- he chaired the national security council every week he had his thumb on the government. he trued the process. he believed the federal government could work well if it was well led. >> "q&a" sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span. grammy winning motown singer smokey robinson asked the senate judiciary committee today to help older, struggling musicians by updating copyright laws. they spoke in support of the music modernization act which aims to update music licensing laws to reflect streaming services such as spot fi and
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pandora. -- such as spotify and pan dorrasm the who house has already passed the act which is a package of three bills. watch the hearing just after 9:00 p.m. eastern tonight on c-span2 and any time on here's a preview with california senators diane feinstein and kamla harris introducing smokey robinson and other singers at the hearing. >> thank you very much, mr. chairman. i'd like to just briefly introduce on behalf of kamla harris and myself some distinguished -- well the whole committee, some distinguished californians who are joining us here today. i'm so pleased to introduce smokey robinson. he is truly an american icon. while he was still in high school, he formed the group the miracles and gave us such hits as "shop around," "tiers -- tears of a clown" and "i second that emotion." his later solo work earned him a
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grammy for the song "just to see her." smokey robinson has amassed 37 top 40 hits over the course of his i'll lust res you career. he's a recipient of numerous accolades, including the gram may living legend award, the kennedy center honors, and the national medal of arts award from the president of the united states. as a singer, song writer, and producer, he is uniquely positioned to speak about the impact of all three of the bills we're discussing today. how the music modernization act will impact song writers, how the classics act will impact singers, and how the amp act will impact producers. so smoky, we look forward to hearing what you have to say. i also want to recognize some additional great california singers in the audience.
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mary wilson, one of the founding members of the supremes, who have inducted into the rock 'n' roll hall of fame of 1988. here she is. we'd like to welcome you, mary. darlene love, also has been inducted in the rock 'n' roll hall of fame and is listed in "rolling stones" list of 100 greatest singers. let's see you wave. where is she? there she is. and also with us is -- and special for me is grammy award nominee dion warwick who is second only to arena -- aretha franklin for the most hits of any female vocalist of all time. would you stand and give a wave? there she is. and of course carla redding andrews, daughter of the iconic
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soul and r&b singer otis redding and executive director of his own foundation. i yield to my colleague, senator harris. >> thank you, mr. chairman. senator feinstein you are a holistic legislator, thank you for the work you done. i'm happy to be part of this important discussion on how we're going to protect and promote music for the 21st century. i think we can all agree that even though some of our best and greatest music comes from previous decades, that should not mean that our music licensing laws should only be in those previous decades. i'm proud to join senators hatch, alexander, whitehouse, coons, durbin, and grassley to co-sponsor bipartisan legislation to modernize how we compensate artists and distribute their music. the music modernization act will
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benefit both the artists who produce today's hits and the innovative technology companies who bring that muse toik their fans. and it is my great honor to introduce someone today who knows more than just about anyone about the music industry. he is a friend. he's an incredible californian. e is an icon and he is the incredible smokey robinson. so smoky was born and raised in detroit, where he funeded the miracles as a high schooler. it was smoky who suggested that barry gordon start motown records and smoky later spent several decades as vice president of motown. smoky's songs were part of the sound track of our nation. "shob around," "my girl," "tracks of my tears," the sound of motown influenced everyone from the beatles to the civil rights movement. it's something that unites us as a country and across the globe.
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and because of all those incredible songs that we the and love, smoky has been inducted into both the rock 'n' roll hall of fame thnd esong writers hall of fame. he has received the grammy living legend award, the national medal of arts, kennedy center honors, and the library of congress' ger, win prize, among many other awards. and throughout his career, he has lifted his magnificent voice in support of civil rights and justice for all. so mr. chairman, if you will indulge me and our colleagues, i will ask that our colleagues vote in favor of this bill and bring music creation into the 21st century and if you'll indulge me i'm going to ask that our colleagues second that emotion. thank you. [laughter] >> and you can watch all of this
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hearing tonight, 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. the house is coming back in now for votes dealing with law enforcement that were debated earlier. this is live coverage on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, proceedings will resume on motions to suspend the rules previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. h.r. 613 by the yeas and nays. h.r. 4854, by the yeas and nays. house resolution 285 by the yeas and nays. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute
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vote. remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 613. on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 613, a bill to amend title 18, united states code, to require that the director of the bureau of prisons ensure that each chief executive officer of the federal pennel or correctional institution provides a secure storage area located outside of the secure perimeter of the federal pennel or correctional institution, for firearms carried by certain employees at the bureau of prisons, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by 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.
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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.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 378, the nays
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are 0. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from viverage, mr. goodlatte, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4854 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4854, a bill to eamend the d.n.a. backlog elimination log to provide additional resources to state and local prosecutors and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-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.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 377, the nays are one. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, to suspend the railroads and agree to house resolution -- rules and agree -- to house resolution 285. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: house resolution 285 resolution expressing the sense of the united states house of representatives that congress and the president should empower the creation of police and community alliances designed to enhance and improve communication and collaboration between members of the law enforcement community and the public they serve. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-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.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 377, the nays are two. 2/3 of those voting having
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responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that i may here after be considered as the primary sponsor of h.r. 1017, a bill originally introduced by representative dent of pennsylvania, for the purpose of adding co-sponsors and requesting reprintings under clause 7 of rule 12.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i -- mr. johnson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that i may hereafter be considered the primary sponsor of h.r. 1960, a bill originally introduced by representative slaughter of new york, 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 new jersey seek recognition? mr. lance: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that i may hereafter be considered as the primary sponsor of h.r. 5505, a bill originally introduced by representative dent of pennsylvania, for the purpose of adding co-sponsors and requesting reprintings under clause 7 of rule 12. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lance: thank you, mr. speaker.
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the speaker pro tempore: please take your conversations outside, lease. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? hold on. please take your conversations outside. ok. without objection. mr. paulsen: mr. speaker, cops, police, law enforcement. they are the men and women in uniform who display bravery and courage protecting our citizens each and every day. and it's not without risk.
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it's national police week, when officers and their families from around the country have traveled here to washington to remember their loved ones and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. in minnesota alone there are 440 law enforcement agencies made up of 10,000 minnesotans who put on their uniform every day. working diligently to protect our communities. every year new names unfortunately are added to the national law enforcement officers memorial here in washington. 129 officers were killed in 2017. sadly, one of those who we honor and remember is officer bill matthews from minnesota. i thank our police and law enforcement, mr. speaker, for their service and providing that thin blue line for protecting and for serving. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. langevin: mr. speaker, today national security advisor john bolton eliminated the position of special assistant to the president and cybersecurity advisor. i could not more strongly disagree with that decision. as co-chair of the congressional cybersecurity caucus, i follow the work of the executive branch very closely on this issue over many years. i've had my critiques of president bush, president trump, and, yes, even of president obama. but always from president clinton through the current administration, i've felt we are moving in the right direction in better protecting the country in cyberspace. even if too slowly and with a few bumps along the way. well, today we took a giant step backwards. cybersecurity, mr. speaker, is the economic and national security challenge of the 21st century. and as such we need to be increasing our focus on it, not weakening it. i respected and admire the work of the three cybersecurity coordinators, howard schmidt, michael daniel and president trump's pick, rob joyce. and i'm sorry their legacy is being tarnished today.
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i've introduced legislation with mr. lieu to reinstate and empower the coordinated position and -- coordinator position and hope the move -- house moves to take it up quickly. our national security demands no less. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection. the >> i would like to recognize national police week as well as national peace officers' memorial day. we recognize those who have died or disabled. this week is an opportunity to pay tribute to the important men and women who put their lives in front of our own. 129 officers made the ultimate sacrifice. of that, one of them lived in the district that i represent. i would like everyone to know e name of mark gregory
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diebolt. mark's watch ended on september 7, 2017. this hero served his community, state and country well and more than deserving of our praise and recognition. thank you for your service, mark. may demrod bless the united states of america and in god we trust. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek reckthigs? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. > the is state department ices maternal mortality rates to evaluate how a country values its women. by our own starningeds the united states is failing that test as we rank 47th, the
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highest of any developed nation and we remain one of the few countries that is seeing its maternal mortality increase. our medical is leading the world. but what we need is a commitment to bring together the experts, stakeholders and yes, resources to end maternal mortality deaths. that's why i have introduced the act.g mortality maternal our legislation requires federal health first to develop a strategy to combat the maternal mortality and eliminating maternal deaths in the next 20 years. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> permission to address the
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house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, for over 3,000 years, the official capital of israel has been jerusalem. mr. poe: yesterday, the united states officially moved its bassy to jerusalem but hamas objected. so do the arrogant and other european and middle eastern countries. every nation decides for themselves and wouldn't be france be indignant that versailles be the capital rather than paris. this is another example they do not believe israel has the right to exist. our new embassy recognizes. thanks to president trump's bold leadership, the united states will not to have jerusalem as it
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political and cultural center. whether the rest of the world likes it or not. and that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. payne: this week is infrastructure week. with everything that passes, the need for federal investment grows more urgent. this is the foundation for economic success and security. but for too long the united states has underinvested in our infrastructure. our bridges, roads, tunnels and canals are crumb pling.
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it is so bad that the america society of engineers gives us a grade of d. that is really a shame. all across this great country our constituents are asking us to rebuild america's infrastructure. the president has put a plan that would sell off the plan to wall steet and his rich friends. that is not going to work for the american people. my colleagues and i have a plan that will rebuild bridges and roads and fix our airports and schools and put 16 million people to work. that's what america's people deserve. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? ms. tenney: i ask to address the house for one minute. i rise to recognize rick
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mansfield, an airmen in the us air force and vietnam veteran. he gave me an artifact. it is called a heart shield bible. and these are now fading from use. in this particular one is very faded and has a gelled leaf cover. sergeant was a new york state police officer u.s. marine and he was a sheriff in my district for 21 years. sadly in 2011 at the age of 97, the sergeant passed away. his heart shield bible is one that was given to world war ii soldiers. these bibles were designed to fit securely into the chest pocket into a soldier's uniform nd the plate stopped the
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bullet. appreciation to the sergeant for their honorable service. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? without objection. >> mr. speaker, more than 24 million people in the united states are affected by asthma, of that more than 6 million are children. the children must limit their physical activities and miss school days. but if we act now, future generations will not have to face such a reality. i call on our nation's leaders to promote a healthy environment
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for this generation and the next. i introduced the healthy environment for children act and will not force them to live indoors. the healthy environment for children act will prohibit any termination of the national center for environmental ncer. h known as the my bill would have research into climate change and air quality on children's health. mr. speaker, the time to act is now. i urge to think of our future and bring this bill to the floor for a vote. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: i ask to address the house for one minute and revise
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and extent my remarks. mr. carter: i recognize the work of agents with the savannah police department. in 2016, gangs that were regularly trafficking drugs were identified by the savannah lice department as part of a six-month undercover investigation. in this joint operation, local law enforcement arrested 24 gang members confiscating their drugs and firearms. since the police ap present heppeded, crime has decreased, a 40% drop in violent crimes. members of the operation team, a.t.f., lee hoover, and sergeant sam you ell hunt iii have been invited to receive the top cops award . this award pays tribute
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to the braver wri that our law enforcement officers do every day. i'm glad to see these officers getting the recognition that they deserve. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. 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. >> mr. speaker, each day law enforcement officers all across our nation risk their lives to keep our communities safe. today at the 37th memorial, we remember the fallen officers lost in the history of our nation. it was an honor to sit with the amilies of two fallen heroes from my district. i'm proud to welcome the wives
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and sons and grandchildren and who are in the house gallery with us today. it is our duty to honor and respect the law enforcement officers and their families and offer the heroes first responders supporters act. this legislation will help ensure no officer has to worry if something happens to them. it is an honor to serve in this great house and we must do what's right for those who serve us and risk their limbs in the streets. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: we are not to recognize folks in the gallery. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? without objection? >> i rise today to honor the life of mr. john wilkinson who
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died on may 3, 018. he remaped a south carolina local. as a young man, he served in the united states navy and graduated from clemson college with a degree in physical six. he went on to lead a very successful business career and he was an owner of a gas and was the owner. he was an active member of his exuent as a member of the river hills exuent church, and lions club. in his life, he was the resipen of the businessman of the year award. e was well known historian who authored a book. mr. wilson was a valued member of his community and will be missed by his wife and the entire state of california.
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i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> i ask to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i rise today to salute all the men and women who make up the police forces across this great country. the men and women in blue who protect us as well. i salute the 1235 officers who gave up their lives this past year and my father served as a police chief for 25 years. my heart is warmed as i see the tens of thousands of police officers in washington, d.c., as they honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does gentlelady. ms. foxx: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: i recognize that
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yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of state hood for israel. israel is our close ally and a beacon of democracy in a dangerous part of the world. throughout history, israel has made numerous concessions while seeking only the right to exist. a strong israel is paramount to our nation's interest in the region and stra teague call operation between the united states and israel is vital to the well-being. was proud to introduce h ress 835 which passed the house last week. the resolution calls all nations o enter into robust diplomatic resolutions and the recent advances in diplomacy and affirms the importance of diplomatic recognition of the nation global ily.
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this benefits all nations and i will continue to stand with our friend and ally, israel. i yield back. . . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from nebraska seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of the peace officer memorial day and police week to show support for those who put their lives on the line every day to protect nebraskans and all americans. these law enforcement professionals protect the life and property of areas during long hours, sometimes keeping them away from their own families. to those on the front of line of our safety, it's not about the pain, the hours or the conditions they work in. the about making the world a better and safer place. mr. bacon: because of this i've introduced legislation to pour those who serve on the front -- to support those who serve on the front lines. it allows the immediate relatives of first responders who die in the line of duty to continue to process their
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immigration application in a timely manner, to de-spite the death of their loved one. then we have h.r. 3154, the straw purchases act. which will increase punishment for those who purchase guns for someone who is prohibited by law from possessing one. then there's h.r. 4896, which allows each state tokes tend the training requirements for those carrying under the law enforcement safety act from every 12 months to up to every 36 months, because they've already received extensive training. i want to thank those who have served for their dedication to protect and to serve and defend our communities. your service will not be forgotten. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: are there any further requests for one-minute speeches? the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leaves of absence requested for ms. blunt rochester of delaware for today, mr. cuellar of texas for today, mr. danny davis of illinois for today, mr. evans of pennsylvania
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for today and mama are ino of pennsylvania for today -- and mr. marino of pennsylvania for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the requests are granted. under the speaker's announced the of january 3, 2017, gentleman from florida, mr. rutherford, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. rutherford: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to ask unanimous consent that all members have to revise ative days and extend their remarks and include any extraneous material on the topic tonight. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rutherford: thank you, mr. speaker. it is my honor tonight to host my colleagues from the great state of florida to highlight the successes we have seen in passage of the tax cuts and jobs act. with job growth, wakes and labor participation -- wages and labor participation all up since the passage of this birblings hardworking americans and businesses are already experiencing the many improvements that are the result of these reforms of our tax
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code. in its april report the u.s. labor department announced that the unemployment rate dropped to 3.9%. the lowest level we've seen, mr. speaker, in 18 years. the tax cuts and simplification of our tax code that we passed only a few months ago, along with our president's regulatory reforms, and pro-growth policies are creating jobs and restoring confidence in america's economy. mr. speaker, earlier this month we celebrated national small business week. to recognize the importance of small businesses across the country. small businesses are the backbone of the economy and create millions of jobs to help floridians and americans pursue a better future for themselves and for their families. the tax cuts and jobs act is working for small businesses. according to the national federation of independent businesses, small businesses are the most optimistic that they have been in nearly three
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decades. this is no surprise. the reforms in this bill have dramatically improved the way that small businesses are treated under our tax code. unleashing hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts. just last month, mr. speaker, i toured magellan transport, a service disabled veteran-owned logistics company in my hometown of jacksonville, florida. they are adding at least 100 new jobs in the next five years and they are able to acquire a new 47,000-square-foot facility. during the tour of the facility, we were told by the company's c.e.o. that this expansion is a direct result of the tax cuts that the business received from the tax cuts and jobs act. this is just one example of the differences that these cuts are making to improve the way of life for countless americans in florida and across the nation. i've heard from many small businesses throughout my
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district who are thriving unlike ever before because of these landmark reforms. as a representative of florida's fourth district, i am proud to represent the historic city of st. augustine. st. augustine is known around the world, mr. speaker, as the oldest city in america. it is full of unique family and community-oriented businesses. including the st. augustine distillery. located in florida's oldest ice plant, the st. augustine distillery opening in 2014 marked the first time that spirits have been distilled and created in northeast florida since prohibition. as a young business facing more than their share of regulatory challenges, the distillery was relieved, to say the least when the tax cuts and jobs act was signed into law. the distillery announced shortly after the bill's passage that they will be using their savings
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to make further investments in their employees and increase their equipment and inventory, creating new local jobs and hiring additional staff to manufacture, market and sell their products. small businesses are an important part of my community and our economy. but they aren't the only ones who have been given relief under the tax cuts and jobs act. mr. speaker, last september northeast florida was devastated by hurricane irma. the storm surge was over five feet and dropped more than a foot of rainfall. our communities saw some of the worst flooding in over 100 years along the st. john's river and many areas are now only -- only now recovering. because of the federal tax savings that they received, tampa electric, florida power and light, and duke energy of florida all announced that their customers would not receive a rate increase for power and restoration costs associated
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with these companies' response to the hurricane damage. with the money that they would have paid into corporate income taxes, these companies were able to recover the cost of restoring power and repairing the damage after hurricane irma, which has spared thousands of floridians an increase in their energy bill this year. mr. speaker, these are just a few of the many ways that the tax cuts and jobs act has already made a difference in the lives of hardworking men and women in northeast florida and across the state. by allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money in their paycheck. and tonight we will hear from a number of my fellow floridians about the great successes of this bill and how it has helped the lives of florida families in our district. now, mr. speaker, i'd like to introduce our first speaker. he's a great colleague of mine
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on judiciary and a defender of a strong, booming economy, representative -- representing the first district of florida, i now yield to congressman matt gaetz whatever time he may consume. mr. gaetz: i thank the gentleman for yielding and i cannot say how proud i am to be a floridian taking the floor this evening to talk about the great value that the tax cuts and jobs act is bringing to the folks in the sunshine state. i'm particularly proud that florida was prepared for this uplift in the economy as a consequence of the work of the congress. because since governor scott took control of the governor's mansion, our state has reduced over 50,000 regulations. we've cut taxes over 50 times. folks like my colleague, mr. rutherford, from florida, served in our law enforcement community and led to safer streets and safer communities so that we could grow and prosper in a way that was con deuce to have a family--- conducive to a family-friendly life. but for so long while we had
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been cutting taxes and fighting for a more competitive economic ecosystem, the federal government had thrown a wet blanket over the economy, with a corporate tax rate that was one of the highest in the world, florida companies weren't able to leverage the great talents that were cut p coming out of our state -- cut -- that were coming out of our state to compete. the rules were stacked against us as a consequence of bad policies in washington. i am so proud that during the 115th congress we were able to pass the tax cuts and jobs act so that states like florida could realize the great benefit of conservative leadership. and in my district in north florida, where we've got a number of hardworking folks, particularly in the manufacturing center, there is a new sense of economic optimism and prosperity that is sweeping across our state and my region. the national association of manufacturers' 2018 first quarter outlook says that 93.5% of manufacturers now have a
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positive outlook regarding the growth of their businesses. this is entirely consistent with the feedback i've gotten from manufacturers such as american elite injection molding. where we're competing with the best around the world and we're win and we're growing. manufacturers in my district have said one consequence of the tax cuts and jobs act is that they're able to reinvest in their facilities. buy new cutting-edge equipment. grow and expand their physical plant and this creates jobs and better competition. absolutely outstanding. energy cost is something that impacts our small businesses and families alike. and as a result of the tax cuts and jobs act, gulf power, the independently owned utility in my district, is cutting rates so that ratepayers will see savings over $100 million. that's $100 million plowed right back into the economy and my district, right back at the kitchen table at the end of the month. and certainly it's of great
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value that we've been able to see that result for our families and for our businesses. publix is another great business in our state. they're increasing pay for employees, allowing employees to be able to buy into employee stock option programs. t greater frequency. mr. speaker, whether it's the largest businesses in our state or the smallest, whether it's families that have been prosperous or families that are looking to climb that next peg on the economic ladder, i can say with great sincerity that the feedback s as a consequence of the tax cuts and jobs act has been entirely positive. folks are more optimistic and ultimately that will ensure that the state of florida is able to participate in a more competitive and productive economic environment going forward. i thank the gentleman, and i yield back. mr. rutherford: thank you, mr. gaetz. listen, i have to tell you, mr.
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speaker, i had the great honor as a sheriff in florida, representing the florida sheriff's association, to work with matt gaetz when he was in the house. and i have to tell you, there is no one that works harder for the state of florida and this country now that he's in congress, and i want to say thank you for the hard work. he's always been a great partner to work with and we had some great sex there and then to come here and actually be part of the first tax cut and reform in 30 years, some 30-odd years, was significant. so thank you very much, matt. now, mr. speaker, i'd also like to recognize my colleague from north central florida's third district. he's a small business owner himself, who understands taxes and the regulatory burden that businesses face. and so, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield to my good friend, ted yoho, and -- as much time as he
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may consume. mr. yoho: mr. speaker, i thank you for the opportunity tonight. i'd like to thank my good friend, the sheriff, in the neighboring county, for bringing this and puing -- putting this on tonight. i think it's great that you're doing this. we need to highlight the successes we've had all acrolts country -- highlights -- highlight the successes we've had all across the country. we're hearing about the tax cuts that benefit hardworking families and those that are benefiting the business community, to grow our economy all across the nation. but here in florida, the average family of four is saving $2,069 due to the federal tax reductions. that's 2ds,000 they didn't have before -- $2,000 they didn't have before that they can use for retirement, for college, unplanned expenses, or to invest back into the florida economy. in addition to the personal cuts of federal taxes, businesses across the country are giving their tax cuts back to their
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employees in the form of bonuses, retirement benefits, family leave, and increased pay and we see -- and we see this in millions of jobs across the nation. i've never seen this before. i'm 63 years old. i remember the i remember the tax cut from ronald reagan. this is much more significant and the impact on the economy is multiples about that. 3rd district, large businesses like wal-mart and wells fargo and small mom and pop businesses such as the flood insurance agency in my district are giving back to their employees. e flood energy gave $1,000 bonuses to their 17 full-time employees. that is $17,000 re-invested in
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our community because of the tax cuts and jobs act that the republicans passed and president trump signed into law. center state bank which is head quarter tered in davenport, orida, gave out bonuses to nonemployee. i believe do my math, that's $700,000 being infused into the florida economy because of the tax cut and jobs act. a location in florida gave all employees over a year of ployment, $1,000 bonuses and $500 to all employees that worked there less than a year. crumbs,000 may seem like like we heard the night of the vote, they are just mere crumbs,
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we find that is not truth when we get out to the district. these bonuses are invested into the people of florida and over $700,000 and this is from three businesses not including l-mart raising wages for 67,500 employees. ws gave. es that loew it is benefiting all americans. and the money they earn whether by saving or re-investing by lowering the tax burden on americans and businesses, we work. senttivized hard now only because of the lower tax burden but because businesses have the means to
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re-invest in their employees and the money goes back to the people and they know how best to spend it. it was interesting as i was touring through our district as we often do when we go back home. i have been in congress, this is my third term, i was at a ribbon cuting and had twour unsole is ted people come up to me and thanked us for the act and this happened on multiple occasions. one individual came and this was unsole is ted. he says i want to let you know because of the act, i'm eceiving an extra $120 per paycheck. that is 2,280 in crumbs he is getting. another individual came up and says and they didn't know each other and he came up to me and said because of the tax cut, i'm
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getting an extra $00 a month. that is $6,000 a year. he was excited. i was excited for him. a local trucking company, there was a billboard, beginning january 15, all drivers, all employees get a 15% pay raise and when i talked to him he said it was because of the tax bill, the tax reform that we did. and these are again unsole is ted. another individual called me up, he has an air conditioning and heating company. he gave out $7,400 due to the tax cuts and jobs reform act. and i had a family member who isn't user friendly and he called me up and he said he was receiving an extra $120 a month and thanked me.
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and some from the other side of the aisle claim this tax bill washimere crumbs and only benefiting the wealthy. the examples i read off are from he joel lunch box. they are working every day. at the end of the month sitting around their dining room table wondering if they are going to have more money, and realize they have extra crumbs at the end of the month and they thank me and came up to me and thanked me and the republican party and thanked president trump for signing this into law and thanked us for the extra crumbs. as i was leaving, one of the individuals -- and i had to laugh at this -- he says when the next election comes up, just remind your colleagues on the
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other side that it's the economy stupid and he smiled. with that, i yield back and i appreciate you putting us on. great job. mr. rutherford: i have had the same conversations with constituents back home and you are absolutely right. they don't think it's crumbs. it is very significant in their lives. and i can tell you as a freshman, i was very proud to be here at a very historic moment and i think this quong can be very proud of what was accomplished through the tax cuts and jobs act because it is impacting people's lives. i thank all of my colleagues from florida who joined with me this evening to highlight the
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successes. across the nation and back home in florida, we have seen the incredible impact of the tax cuts and jobs act. more than 500 companies have announced pay raises, bonuses, contributions or lower utility rates. t has reached $00 billion. .hat's $4 billion and that $4 billion is going back into our economy and into the hands of hardworking americans rather than to the i.r.s. and folks, this is just the beginning. mr. speaker, as i said earlier and as my good friend said, these are not crumbs. these are loaves of bread for people who have been living
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paycheck to paycheck. these reforms which are the largest in over 30 years are helping grow small you businesses and breathing life back in the american dream. i thank my colleagues for joining me this evening to shine the light for floridians and all americans. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the
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gentleman from california, mr. garamendi, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. garamendi: thank you very much for this opportunity. i'm particularly pleased to have the tunth to follow my colleagues on the republican side as they were talking about the tax bill that passed the -- passed the house of representatives, senate signed it into law last december. i always like to start my discussions by some sense of purpose, some sense of what i and many of my democratic colleagues are trying to accomplish and many different ways it might be accomplished. this is a statement of values. d it comes from franklin delano roosevelt. it can apply to the great
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recession in 2008 and 2009 and applies today and applies to the tax cut that took place in december. it says, he said, franklin roosevelt, the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abuppedance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough nor those who have too little. a statement of value, a statement of purpose. and having listened to my colleagues talk about the grite tax cut, i think we need to understand what it was all about and the implications of that tax cut and what it means to america. not just to the working men and women that were so well discussed by our colleagues.
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and indeed, they did get a benefit from the tax cut. however, i think we need to tax stand the size of that cut. it's estimated that that tax cut will reduce the revenues to the federal treasury, that is to the american government and all the programs that it does, funding the military, funding social security and medicare, medicaid, keeping in mind that 60-something of medicaid goes to seniors in nursing homes and care facilities, keeping in mind at that money is used to subsidize farmers out there to provide conservation programs, to educate our kids to train our workers.
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so the tax cut really drained $1.6 e treasury about bill yobion over the next decade. that is a pretty good sum of money. where did it go? who benefited from it? did the working men and women that are sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out what to do, there is a benefit there. the benefit ends five, six years from now. it is a benefit that is of importance. but where did the money really go. we sometimes call this the great scam, because it is sold one way ut the reality is different. the top 1% and american corporations received 87% of
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that $1.6 trillion. the top 1%. and america's debate corporations. presumably the corporations were going to bring jobs to america. and let me give you two examples. the first, what are the remaining 17% go? mom l the americans went and pop sitting around the table. hey got 17% of the 1.6 trillion. the top 1% of americans and american corporations took the rest of the pie. 87% of it. which is 83% of it. what are we to make of this?
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well, we could make that -- woy! that isn't how it was sold. and what do the corporations do with it? and out in california, there is a company called apple. they do research in the united states and develop the very software and apps and so forth. the manufacturing is done in china. some of the assembly comes back to america. they were able to as a result of this, over $100 billion. that is going to be used over the next several months and probably a year or so, to create jobs in america? no. no. no. that money is going to buy back stock which will have a very nice event of enriching those who own apple stock. do any of you own apple stock? if you do, it's good.
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you will get some cash. and if you do own apple stock and don't choose to sell your stock, guess what? it will go out and the earning per shares will remain the same. it's a great scam. and oh, by the way, the executives benefit by the stock price going up, so maybe there is something to be said for that. another company, pfizer, got money as a result of the tax scam. did they create jobs with it? no, the day they announced their jobs -- their taxes would be reduced by that much they eliminated their alzheimer's research program, saying they'd rather spend their money on buying back stock and engaging in farm scute -- than engaging in pharmaceutical resorgee to deal with the most expensive
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element of the medicare program, alzheimer's. and similarly, medicare. by the way, every family in america is affected by dementia and alzheimer's, either directly or indirectly. so there you go. the great tax scam. let me talk about another thing. you may not have known, but this is infrastructure week in america. now the president is off tweeting as he did on sunday, which is the beginning of the week that he was concerned about china. he was concerned about a company calls zte. which is a big chinese telecom company that manufactures smartphones or not smartphones, seems as though those phones, however, can be used for espionage, that's why the
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military will not allow military members to own phones manufactured by this company and not allow these phones to be sold on military bases around the world because, guess what, china is able to use them, we believe, for espionage purposes, gather all the information that comes off the smartphone. this is infrastructure week but apparently the president in his tweet said he's concerned about the lost jobs in china. and therefore he's ordered the commerce department to end the restrictions on this chinese telecom company. so that that company can buy some things from the united states and can then have a lot of jobs in china. gee. mr. president, i thought it was about making america great again. not making china great again. but i digress.
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you recognize this picture? this is a picture of the interstate 5 bridge just north of seattle and on the other side of this river is vancouver, british columbia. american infrastructure. this is infrastructure week in america. the president is off worried about jobs in china. i'm worried about infrastructure in america. we have some 56,000 bridges in america that are deficient. subject to collapse. interstate 5, that's just a little road on the west coast that gos from canada to mexico, through washington, oregon, and california. it is the artery of commerce on the west coast. and it has an infrastructure problem. a little closer to my home, there's this. this is the largest waterfall in
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america and i would dare say it would rival the great falls on the sam bee see river in africa -- on the zambizi river in africa. this is one big waterfall. or is this a spillway on the largest dam in america? well, it's both. it is the spillway. at the oroville dam that failed a winter ago. actually two winters ago now. an infrastructure problem. just down river from this mass i waterfall is a place called marysville and yuba city and live oak. communities that i represent. 200,000 people had maybe an hour to evacuate. , an not stopped raining emergency spillway over here
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which was being overtopped would have failed. and a 30-foot wall of water would have se -- descended upon the town of oroville in about 3 minutes and dun river in about two hours. infrastructure in america. 56,000 bridges. tens of thousands of dams. $1.6 trillion taken out of the treasury. and we wonder why we cannot repair our roads, our water systems. our sanitation systems. it's about that, what was it a movie, i forget the name of it now, show me the money. well here's where the money went. to the top 1%. and the president decides that
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he ought to have an infrastructure plan and he ought to have an infrastructure week. so he develops an infrastructure plan. here it is. the president's infrastructure plan. it actually was said to be a $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan and then, you know, we do what we kind of do around here, we read the details. and it was one of those o.m.g. moments. the details are, whoa, wait a minute. mr. president. i know you're worried about jobs in china but if you're worried about jobs in the united states, your infrastructure plan doesn't measure up. what it actually does, it cuts some $122 billion -- this is over 10 years, cuts $122 billion out of hi safety. the tiger grants, which are grants for special projects,
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some in my district, to repair a two-lane road which is known as death valley. those are gone. amtrak. anybody travel on amtrak? they're going to take a, what is that? $7.5 million cut. rural air services. half a billion. army corps of engineers, we're talking floods here. floods in houston. what do we do there? oh, yeah. we're going to cut that too. the infrastructure plan was a paper tiger. there's no money. in fact, when you add it -- added up the money that was -- it was actually less than what we spend today. we need a real plan. we need a better deal for america. and it's determination of my party, the democratic party here, that we can and we must provide a better deal for america. not just in infrastructure,
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which i'll talk about in a moment. but in education, in the environment, in jobs. job training. wages. business opportunities. trade policy. all of these things. are part of our program which we like to call, it's a better deal for america. it's not the phony baloney infrastructure program that the president proposed. it's a program that has the potential, if we could enact the laws, really build a proper infrastructure. and as we do that, an issue that my team has been talking about for the better part of eight or nine years now, this little plaque is getting western out, we call it make it in america. we're pleased that the president
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has taken up that subject. in his speeches during the campaign. in his programs that he put forth he talks about making it in america. i suppose that's why he tweeted out that he was concerned about chinese jobs. and making china great again. but the make it in america agenda is based on several things. first of all, a real infrastructure program. there are several we've pr posed, one of which was unfortunately made difficult to put in place because of the tax program that the president and the republicans put forth. what we wanted to do, remember that money i talked about apple bringing home? we wanted to take that money, that apple and other corporations had stashed overseas and bring that money back to america, put it into an infrastructure bank, giving the corporations an opportunity to
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earn a good interest on that and maybe even to profit over time and use that infrastructure bank to finance infrastructure programs of all kinds. highways. rail projects. upgrading amtrak. looking at the water system the sanitation systems of america. it could have worked. it's been talked about for years. but with the tax scam having gone into place, that money just came back from overseas and now winds its way to people that already have a lot of money and is used for buying back stock. not used for research and development. which we would have had in the tax plan that we put together. mr. delaney of maryland put together this piece of legislation, bipartisan, could have, should have, would have. if the republicans had cared to work with the democrats on a real tax plan that would be used to build the infrastructure. it was a better deal.
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a better deal for america and a good deal for the corporations. and for the wealthy. because as you grow the american economy, we know that people go to work. we know that then grows the economy and the entire ship is lifted up by the tide that we would have put in place with that tax program that unfortunately was not even heard in committee. not even given a five-second review. but anyway. we need to move on. the ranking member, top democrat on the transportation and infrastructure committee, mr. defazio, has proposed a piece of legislation for the highway system and transit that he calls a penny for progress. it would have increased the federal excise tax by a percent. one cent. not a percent. by one cent.
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and then over the next 20 to 30 years, allowed that to increase with inflation and use that to pay back about $400 billion of bonds. that would be issued. not much different than the infrastructure bank proposal. in which we would use the revenue flow from the excise tax to pay off these bonds. so then in the next decade, we would not only have the money we presently have, which is about $500 billion, $600 billion over a 10-year period, plus this $450 billion to $500 billion of new money from the penny for progress program. and then we could really get things going. we figure that if we could have done that, and we've not given up, we could probably employ 16 million americans building the infrastructure of america. that's our goal. e are looking forward to a
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bhetter deal for americans. one in which there is a real infrastructure program. not a phony baloney pie in the sky paper talk but not real talk. an infrastructure program that could really develop this nation. we're not just looking at the transportation highway system and transit systems. we're also looking at broadband. i represent a large rural community. you can't get internet service out there, let alone broadband service. how can you grow a rural community if you're disconnected from the modern economy? unfortunately too many of my people are. we need research. i talked about pfizer taking their tax cut billions, not investing it in research. not investing it in alzheimer's. but rather investing it in their stock price. we need that kind of research because from the research comes
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tomorrow's businesses, comes the next opportunities that are out there. we need to make sure that wages across america are good. that's why we stand with those organizations that are able to bargain collectively and wage -- and raise the wage rates of americans in whatever business and whatever sector of the economy they may be in. another proposal that i'll soon be talking about is a much better deal for our maritime industry. it wasn't more than two decades ago we had about -- well, three decades ago, we had about 500 ships that were built in america, they were flagged by american laws, and they had american mariners on it. today, we have less than 80. we need to rebuild our commercial ship bileding opportunities. -- shipbuilding opportunities. we need to build ships in america for the export of oil and natural gas, a strategic
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national asset, because our military, while it may fly here and there, it depends upon shipments across the ocean. and i can tell you one thing, we cannot depend upon china or someone other than our own ships to deliver our military wherever they may need to be. so we're going to introduce a bill in the coming weeks that we would call energizing the american maritime industry. thousands upon thousands of jobs in the ship yards of america and when those ships come online, thousands of jobs for american mariners and american security. so a better deal for america includes a lot of different elements that are educate -- better education system, better wages, better infrastructure, better research. better family opportunities across this nation. so so i draw the attention on both the republican and democratic
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side. and they wanted to talk about the tax cut. well, i'm going to end up with this. some real news headlines a couple of weeks ago. republican tax plan, tax cuts to fuel historic deficit, c.b.o. has reported april 9 rpgs 2018 deficit to top $1 trillion per year by 2020, as reported in the "washington post" on april 9. congressional budget office, g.o.p. policies add nearly $6 trial yop to the deficit. deficits and mostly temporary spurts economic growth reported
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y the "wall street journal." and if your looking for a better deal for america, look at what our democrats are proposing. it's a good program. it covers all of the elements that are necessary to see this country remain the wealthiest, remain the strongest and most vibrant and most grurel and the for america cast. we want them to end up with a better life and we intend to put before them a better deal. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i send to the detching a privileged report from the committee on rules for filing under the rule. the clerk: report to accompany
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house resolution 891 resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 5698 to punish criminal offices law enforcement officers and providing for consideration of the bill senate to amend title united states ode to provide for remains buried and providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 2 to provide for the reform and continueation of agricultural and other programs of the department of agriculture through fiscal year 2023 and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed.
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under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx. ms. foxx: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and stepped their remarks and include extraneous material on the topic of this special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: we're here tonight to talk about a topic that is fofere front on the mind of americans of all ages. 's a topic of -- at dinner tables across the country and timely becoming a eeding national news story. we are here to talk about work force development. the american work force has undergone a radical
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transformation in recent years. millionw, there are 6.6 unfilled scobs in this country. phenomenon known as the jobs act. despite the fact that we have record high numbers high people attending post-secondary education. work force development is at the heart of what we do. all education is career education and that means all education is work force development. education as most of us know and many of us have experienced, is the sure path out of poverty for
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millions of americans. for all of us, it should depiff us the tools we need to cultivate the talents that god s given us whether through a degree, a certificate or any of the credentials, america caps look to the education system for options. mr. speaker, i'm joined here tonight by some of my colleagues from the education and work force committee and i would like , recognize one of them representative from the great state of wisconsin and i would like to yield as much time as he may consume. >> as the lady said, we have the lowest unemployment in years. we are doing all we can to improve america's climate.
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our taxes are lower, our regulatory agencies i think are the most pro-freedom, pro-business we have had in years. the biggest problem and i should point wisconsin's 6th congressional district has more manufacturing jobs and we can't find enough people to work. a little bit of that problem is due to the government competing with the private sector providing people compensation for not working at all. but a lot of the problem is that let ucational system has america down and they have turned tear back on skills-based training sm the number one thing that is holding it back is the lack of people with skills to do
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the job, not only in manufacturing but construction as well. again and again, we have a hortage of welders and cnc operators, in construction. you look at the people who are work understanding in their 50 eye and 60's. what is the reason? the reason is this myth out there perpetrated by the mainstream media and the establishment that you should t a degree in communication, ychology, which too off enis leading to a high paid debt. you go to a trade school and will have people who become apprentices and make money and wiped up making $90,000 before
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they are 25 years old and the classmates are ringing up the debt in the traditional ledge. the committee is looking to fill this gap. we can no longer do this disservice to so many young people to go down an expensive path that does not lead to a well paid job. and the future of america depends on its construction and manufacturing. we cannot to be a great country if our factories do not get some of the best minds and hardest working people to do the work. so i encourage anyone out there listening and those advising young people, whether guidance coupleors or parents or grandparents or other mentor,
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look into skills-based education and carefully compare how many eople are going to a four-year college. look how much debt they are ringing up. and together, we can work as hard as we can to solve america's skills gap which is necessary if the united states continues to become the manufacturing center of the world. i yield the remainder of my time. ms. foxx: thank you for your comments. i agree with mr. gross man. this is an issue that every american need to be made more aware of. many are every week, every day. i meet with people from my district and outside of my district to come in to see me to say they have jobs in their
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companies and manufacturing plants and in restaurants that they cannot fill because they cannot find the people with the skills to fill those jobs. everyone one in this country has a stake in the future of our country. so we are hoping that everyone will wake up to the skills' gap and see what part he or she can play in it. the members of the education and work force committee have become well aware of this from their own stricts and from their own experiences and many of them as employers before they came to the united states congress. one of the people that i know is very attuned to the needs in the work force is our colleague, mr. ron estes from the great state of kansas. i yield to you such too time as
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you may consume. >> i rise to address one of the important drivers. to develop the work force of tomorrow. american workers have led the way in being the most productive and innovative in the world. technology and changing demands we need to maintain our competitive edge. our economy is booming thanks to cutting taxes and regulations. yet today our economy faces a new challenge. 6.6 is moment, there are million job openings in our country. there are millions of america caps looking for a job. however, every day i hear from employers thrulet kansas and country about filling open jobs because our work force does not have all the skills it need. for decades, politicians,
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educators and parents have told student that the only way to succeed is to get a four-year college degree. and today, we are seeing many college students are graduating with debt and have trouble finding a job. welders, machinists, truck drivers and people with other needed skills. because of this, we have no choice to develop our work force. we need more opportunities to prepare for the careers they want through community clidges or typical universities. the people of kansas passed senate bill 105 which allowed them to graduate with a technical certificate. i believe they can serve as a model about how to train our
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work force. as a member of the committee, i have been proud to serve on several ways to do this and higher education and student aid and allow students in fields of their stud. that amendment will be more marketable and builds on our need to support apresence tiesship programs. this helps minimize student loan didn't that families are racking up. i have proposed the hope act, which allow tan of dollars to go to work force programs which is called jag. i visited with some students in newton kansas and how the program has prepared them allowing more tan of dollars can help students and get more
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people out of assistance. these efforts are part of our overall goal to get the skills they need to fulfill their potential. i thank chairwoman foxx. gether, we can advance legislation. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. . . ms. foxx: thank you, mr. estes. i want to brag on kansas a little also, i had the opportunity last year to visit congressman estes' district and see firsthand the cooperation going on there among the different levels of education, high schools, community colleges, state universities, and working with business and industry, particularly the aerospace industry. i wonder, mr. estes, if you'd like to add to your comments
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about the great programs going on there because i have gone all over the country and talked about that innovative program that's going on there. mr. estes: we are always looking for skilled employees to fill those jobs to help keep planes run, keep parts being produced through the process, and our have worked with community colleges and partnered with wichita state university and are partnering with high schools to make sure the skills are available for that -- those employers can have the employees they need to help keep their operations running. it's been a great transition as we've made as we've gone through the baby boomers who are now starting to retire and starting
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to leave the work force and we need to make sure we have enough skilled employees to replace them as they're retiring and make sure we keep america's conomy growing strong. ms. foxx: i think the program you have there in wichita is a good role model. it's an indication again that we're sort of going back to the future. in the past, most of our education institutions paid attention to where the jobs were in this country and educated people to be prepared for the jobs. you know, there are people who can be critical of us on the committee for saying that we spend too much time emphasizing people getting a job and perhaps not enough emphasizing a liberal education. i'm a huge fan of liberal education. my undergraduate degree is in english. but thank goodness i learned to type in high school. because that typing skill is
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what helped me get through college as i worked my way through. so all of us need skills. english majors of today need skills. computer skills, graphic skills, so we don't want to diminish the role of liberal education. we want to just make sure that students have a clear understanding of what their choices are going to be when they enter a post-secondary institution and what -- and what they might expect when they exit that institution. another member of our committee who is very well versed in the issues related to work force development and education is congressman walberg from the ate of michigan who has done yeoman's work on many issues related to the work force and education and i yield such time as he may consume to vice
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chairman -- to subcommittee chairman walberg. mr. walberg: thank you so much, madam chairwoman. ppreciate your emphasis on preparing people for the real world through educational experiences that expand not only their ability bus also their dreams. and a lot of times the best education takes place when a person is dreaming. and i have seen a lot of things happen in michigan as a result of people all of a sudden being caught with a sweet spot dream saying, could i do that? and they've done it. since coming to congress, my top priority, madam chairperson, has been creating good-paying jobs and growing a healthy economy in michigan. we've had our challenges. delighted to see some very positive things takes place -- taking place in michigan, specifically in my district. that's why every year we hold a
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large job fair at multiple places in my district. just one last week in fact. over the years, we've helped the hardworking men and women in our communs find employment, first their education, and pursue career advancement opportunities. and that's a key, let them know they can advance. they're not stuck. you can always move on. when we did our first job fair back in 2011, the national unemployment rate was around 9%. now it's down below 4%. for the first time since 2000. as our economy continues to thrive, there are currently 6.6 million job openings waiting to be filled across the country. and businesses are anxious to hire workers with the right experience to fill them. i just met with six of those employers just before coming
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here and their only concern is, how do we fill the jobs that we have to take on all the contracting projects in construction that we have. my colleagues and i on the education and work force committee are working in a bipartisan way to help bridge the skills gap by expanding career and technical education. in today's economy we need to celebrate the fact that not everyone follows the same path. that's a good thing. we need to move beyond the notion that a four-year degree is the only way to climb the ladder of opportunity. in michigan, we have a number of community colleges, career centers, and school districts leading the way in career and technical education. i think they've heard you speak, madam chairwoman, and they've got the point. we let it slide too long. now we're picking up. these programs have helped numerous students thrive and
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develop a diverse and marketable skill seth that proproo-- that prospective employers are seeking. the bipartisan legislation we passed in the house will strengthen c.t.e. programs to help more students obtain the in-demand skills and jobs of the future. the house-passed bill will also remove unnecessary and duplicative licensing requirements that act as a barrier for workers trying to get their foot in the door. coming from michigan, we have a long and rich tradition of manufacturing, engineering, and other highly skilled fields. our state's hardworking men and women are second to none. and so, all i'm here tonight is to say, let's keep up the momentum. let's continue to invest in a building that grows talented and dynamic work force and help prepare our people for a lifetime of success and oh, my i
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add, enjoyment in a sweet spot that they found by being educated for the real world jobs that make a difference and so i yield back thanking you for this opportunity to speak on this issue tonight. ms. foxx: thank you very much, congressman walberg. i appreciate the comments that you've made. i appreciate the leadership that you have brought to the education and work force committee in so many ways. and your comments about being with employers tonight near the -- mirror the experiences i have had where again every employer that comes to see me says, you know, we love the tax cut bill. it's allowing uh us to hire more people. only problem is, we can't find people with the skills to take those jobs. so what are we going do to -- going to do? this is an issue that faces all of us. it isn't just something, the federal government cannot solve
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this issue alone. it's going to take the local schools, k through 12, as well as community colleges as well as universities as well as business and industry to come together to figure out ways to solve this problem and of course what we're doing as you're well aware is what we're doing with the career and technical education bill as you mentioned as well as with the prosper act is to provide the framework for those people to do what needs to be done out there. we're taking the heavy hand of the federal government away and saying, we want you to make many, many decisions at the local level, colleges and universities to make decisions. i think wieren the right track. with the leadership of you and other members of the committee, i think we're going to get there. mr. walberg: if the gentlelady would yield. on that very point i think it's crucial to understand that if we
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are going to get people educated for the real world jobs, we're going to have to sometimes move the whole system out of its comfort zone. and that means higher education as well. it can't be assumed that that's the only game in town. when in fact employers are looking for something in certain cases very different and very unique and very specific custom made to fit those jobs and then as you know better than probably any of us, these same employers will add to the benefit by adding additional training opportunities for these good employees to continue to upgrade their skills with more education and that's where we see higher education is going to have to compete and come to an understanding that is a different world now. and there are changes that have to take place if we're going to continue to succeed. i appreciate that point. and we need to get it done. ms. foxx: thank you again, mr. walberg. i now would like to recognize
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another stellar member of the education and work force committee who in the past has led the way in the area of career and technical education in particular, but is well versed in education in all areas and that's representative glenn thompson from the great state of pennsylvania. mr. thompson, i yield you such time as you may consume. mr. thompson: thank you. thank you so much for your leadership, in the area of education and work force development, career and technical education, it is -- it is greatly appreciated. and a pleasure and honor to work with you. i appreciate you yielding. and you know, every member of this chamber is familiar with the issues surrounding the skills gap. the american work force currently faces a shortage of six million skilled workers that number continues to grow at a rate faster than anyone could anticipate. we expect it not to hit six
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million job openings until the year 2020 and here we are. 6.5 million jobs open and available, need to be filled here in 2018. employers from numerous different fields have weighed in on the issue and the majority of employers agree that vacant positions remain because candidates lack money and skill -- many of the skills they need far given job. while soft skills such as communications, critical thinking are important for many jobs requiring daily interaction and working as part of a team, hard skills, which are learned in a classroom or skills-based course, have significantly contributed to the skills gap. as a senior member of the committee, i believe that by modernizing the current federal law and investing in skills-based education programs, we can begin to narrow the skills gap, put people back to
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work and continue to grow this economy. the perkins education act hasn't been updated in more than a decade. the law no longer reflects the challenges facing students and workers today. current policies restrict the ability of state leaders to invest federal resources and prioritize economic growth and local needs. it fails them in having the flexibility to react to immediate work force needs. in an effort to close the skills p, my colleague, congressman krishnamoorthi and i introduced the strengthening career education for 21st century act, h.r. 2353. it makes impactful changes to the law by giving authority back to state and local leaders who have a thorough understanding of the work force. aligning it with high-skilled lucrative and in-demand jobs. it will also assess the success of skills-based education
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programs. it limits the department of education's role in the c.t.e. programs. more of empowering state and local leaders why this bipartisan legislation passed the house unanimously last june, it awaits action in the senate at a time when critical industries have vacant jobs and not enough qualified workers to fill them, it's imperative we work to get this bill signed into law for the prosperity of our economy and the future of our work force. i want to thank the gentlewoman for this opportunity to weigh in on this important topic and i yield back the balance of my time. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. thompson. again, i appreciate the work that you have done in this field , session after session and i appreciate the way you approach your work on the education and work force committee. we respect you greatly and know you are well respected by all of your colleagues here and we're all pushing, all pushing to get
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the bill passed out of the senate and are very, very hopeful. in addition we keep our fingers crossed. we pray, we keep our fingers crossed and we hope. i would now like to yield such time as he may consume to another one of the great members of the education and work force committee, mr. rick allen from the great state of georgia. >> i rise teed to highlight the importance of work force development in america. over the past year and a half, this congress has been working to turn this economy around and give americans across the coup try back to work. after passing the most comprehensive tax overhaul and rolling back obama rules and regular layings, our economy is beginning to thrive. and the need for an accomplished
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work force is more crucial right now than ever before. the simple fact is, there aren't enough people to have the skills nor the thousands of private sector jobs being created every day in this new economy. and with over six million jobs available in this country, we have to ensure that our young people are equipped for the job market of tomorrow. in fact, i enjoy a meeting with young people and talking about this air after which they are educated, that they have the greatest tune of any generation that i'm aware of to find a job in an upward economy in just about every field that they desire. as someone who worked in the construction industry, i know firsthand how difficult it is to
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find skilled workers. this is why i was proud of supporting the strengthening act,r and technical career both bees pieces of legislation that bridges the gap. make no mistake, getting an education is essential but equally important that our efforts are aligned with the in-demand jobs. in order to have a work force for the future, our business communities must work together so our kids have the opportunity to achieve the american dream and as i said, i believe that opportunity is the best today than it has ever been. back home in georgia's 12th district, i visited small businesses and one question is asked, what is your
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greatest joy in my life was creating jobs and we got pretty good at it. i tell you, the one thing i looked back and the greatest joy that i had in life was giving folks a good job, allowing them the dignity and respect they deserve to empower them to fulfill their right to provide for their families, to provide for their communities and yes, provide for this nation. and an opportunity that i believe should be available to all americans. one of the top factors is based on work force. and with georgia being named the
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best state to relocate your business,. i will work with our colleagues on the house and education work force committee to ensure we have a work force equipped with the skills to jump into that work force. i thank chairwoman foxx for her work here this evening and bring our attention to this critical manner and i yield back. ms. foxx: you and other members of the committee have been here bring real i-life experiences and help us understand what it is we need to be doing in the committee and in the congress. this skills gap is of something that is concern of all americans. education and work force
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committee is doing its best to present good legislation to pass here so that the federal government can again give us the structure that is needed for business and industry to do what it needs to do. we are the greatest country in the world and will continue to be the greatest country in the world as long as we respond to the needs of our culture and keep our country moving in the right direction. with that, mr. speaker, i thank my colleagues again, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy f january 3, 2017, the chair recognizes mr. gohmert for no ore than 30 minutes.
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mr. gohmert: more than any of my republican friends that profess to think they know robert mueller and know him as well as i do and the research i have dealt with and the questions i have asked and don't know him as well as eric holder and eric holder said he has known rob mueller for 20, 30 years and wasn't going to stop at
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something that he can depend on. donald trump. that's the essence. and i think he's right. we see from robert mueller's history that he -- when he decides somebody is not a good person, even when he is 100% wrong, it justifies in his mind putting them in prison and pleading for the rest of their lives, destroying their lives nd any -- he doesn't care. he has destroyed good people, completely destroyed good people and as he has said more than once after he has destroyed good people and in the case of dr. hatfield, the government had over $6 million payout for him
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he said hedestroyed, had nothing to apologize for. in his mind, he doesn't. he has destroyed anybody he doesn't like or agrees with and he is determined in his mind that donald trump as somebody that needs to be brought down d so ironic, here he was pleading for the job of director of the f.b.i. again. already been that once, did more amage since j. edgar hoover. and got two extra years because obama liked the way he was protecting president obama and eric holder and they gave him extra years.
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and thousands and thousands of years of experience of good ext f.b.i. agents that he ran off, leaving our country all the more vulnerable because of his bad decisions. after some of our members approach me, is there one article we could read and get up to speed on his background? and i said, well, i know there are hundreds of articles, some helpful, some not, but every time i did preparation to question him when he came before our committee, i did more and more study ap he said it would be place where we could read. so that inspired me to start
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writing and i accumulated from other writers, always giving them proper credit and put about 48-page article bob mueller and this does scratch the surface, but there is so much more that could be judged and apparently he served well in vietnam but does president give him the right to ruin the country and destroy innocent people's lives. ere is one chapter from my 48-page article, mr. speaker. and this particular chapter is entitled death of doctoral hatfield's production. re's how molly hemming way zroibd the did he back will.
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he f.b.i. absolutely bungled nto the and tracks a tasker. called cannon goes through the story very well ap worth reading involves comby and his friend and current special counsel robert mueller. e f.b.i. tried in the media, their actual case being thrown out by the courts. and i believe this is called cannon account. comby and mueller bungled the biggest case. they botched the investigation of the 2001 anthrax letter attacks and 17 people and shut down the u.s. capitol and washington's mail system and the
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bush's strigs for iraq and when facts finally came out made the .b.i. looked incompetent and manipulated by outside pressure. and i would insert here, that is exactly what has been proven with both of the spaces that robert mueller has been involved in. and cannon goes on and says, hatfield was an inplausible suspect from the outset. he was a biologist who never handled anthrax. nd shared ownership of anthrax tents whereas having personality disorder and threatening people with letters
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including a women who provided the tip to the f.b.i. so i would insert here. the f.b.i. has gotten a lot of tips and warnings from very helpful caring americans and even from russia, because we know that russia, russian officials tipped off robert mueller and tipped off the f.b.i. that the old tsarnaev brother had become radical idseded and he russia had warned u.s. types. there is the russian clution. bob mueller. and unfortunately for all of those poor people that were killed and injured in boston, robert mueller was not competent
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enough to realize the seriousness of the old tsarnaev's radicalization, so ople died and robert mueller was going on witch hunts. e continued to protect radical islamists as some f.b.i. agents have informed me. basically, they said their raining under mueller was if you get a credible warning or tip from an american citizen about a potential threat, then you probably have gotten that tip from an isla fobe and you need to investigate the person who gave you the tip. we know cases that played in the
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news. poor guy that was in florida. this guy is a threat and what happened, f.b.i. investigated him, but they didn't investigate the man that would go kill others. . . so what evidence did the f.b.i. have against hatfield? there was none. so the agency did a hail mary, importing two bloodhounds from california whose handlers claimed they could sniff the scent of the killer on the anthrax-tainted letters. these dogs were shown to hatfield who promptly petted them. when the dogs responded favorably, of course to being petted, their handlers then told the f.b.i. that the dogs had alerted on hatfield and he must therefore be the killer. there was no -- let me repeat this. there was no evidence whatsoever
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that steven hatfield was the anthrax killer. talking to some folks here in washington recently. one of them pointed out, well, you know, actually that also fits the mold that mueller has created for himself. here he purged the f.b.i. training materials of anything that offended radical islamist terrorists. but as agents have told me, both intel and f.b.i., mueller blinded our f.b.i. of the ability to see our enemy. took away some of their best 700-page terials, a bit of training, training work book on radical islam, he had ordered that destroyed. he didn't want anybody to know
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how to recognize a radical islamist. he would rather his f.b.i., mueller's f.b.i., agents investigate those making complaints for being islamaphobes. as the article goes on and points out, unfortunately both mueller and comey were absolutely and totally convinced of steven hatfield, innocent man's guilty. they ruined his life, -- guilt. they ruined his life, his relationship with friends, neighbor, potential employers. and cannon went on to write this in real clear politics, you'd think that any good f.b.i. agent would have kicked these quacks in the fanny and found their dogs a good home. or at least checked news accounts of criminal cases in california where these same two dogs had been used against defendants who had been convicted and later exonerated.
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as pule itser prize-winning -- writer prize-winning detailed, a california judge who tossed out a murder conviction based on the sketchy k-9's called the prosecution's dog handler, quote, as biased as any witness that this court has ever seen, unquote. instead mueller, who micromanaged the anthrax case, fell in love with the dubious dog evidence and personally assured ashcroft and presumably george w. bush that in steven hatfield, the bureau had its man. mueller didn't exactly distinguish himself with con triggs either. -- with contrition either. in 2018, after ivans committed suicide, that's the person he
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went after after he was assured hatfield was completely innocent, they go after dr. ivans, he ends up committing justice nd the department had formally exonerated hatfield. it's important to note, mr. speaker, mueller didn't exonerate hatfield. the evidence did. mueller doesn't believe in apologizing after he destroys people's lives. and he would not bother to apologize after he wrecks a constitutional government, republic, as we are here. and that's why after the government paid dr. hatfield $5.82 million in a legal $150,000 per at's year for 50 years, plus $2.82 million cash, but mueller could not be bothered to walk across the street to attend the press
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the ence, announcing case's resolution. when reporters did ask mueller about it, mueller was graceless. quote, i do not apologize for any aspect of the investigation, unquote. he said, adding that it would be erroneous, quote, to say there were mistakes, unquote. he ruins a man's life, people with better judgment than mueller decided, my gosh, we've destroyed an innocent man, we'll pay him $6 million to try to recompence in some way for all the damage mueller did to him and his family and his life, and all mueller's got to say is, it would be erroneous to say that mistakes were made. because when mueller -- you got
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to understand, mr. speaker, when mueller goes after somebody to destroy them, even though they're not guilty of that for which he's pursuing them, he doesn't feel he's made a mistake. he pursues, in his mind, only bad people. and when he destroys a person that's innocent of the crime for which he was pursuing them, in his mind it's not a mistake. he pursued a bad person and therefore he doesn't know -- he doesn't owe an apoll jizz xi to anybody -- an apology to anybody. going back to the article. though f.b.i. jurisdiction has its limitations, mueller's ego does not. mueller and comey's next target in the anthrax case was dr. bruce ivans. as the f.b.i. was closing in, preparing to give him the ultimate hatfield treatment, dr. ivans took his own life. though mueller and comey were every bit as convinced that dr. ivans was the anthrax culprit as
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they were that dr. hatfield had been, there are lingerering questions about whether or not -- lingering questions whether boo -- about whether or not there was a case beyond a reasonable doubt. since dr. ivans is deceased and had some mental issues, we are expected to simply accept that he was definitely the anthrax killer and drop the whole matter. that's a difficult ask for taxpayers -- after taxpayer money paid off mueller's previous victim. mueller had relentlessly, doggedly dogged dr. hatfield using life-destroying orwellian tactics. either mueller was wrong when he said it would be a mistake, quote, to say there were mistakes in the railroading of hatfield, or mueller did intentionally and knowingly persecute an innocent man. that's the bottom line. he says we didn't make a
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mistake. if they didn't make a mistake, if mueller didn't make a mistake , then it means he intentionally and knowingly used the full power of the united states justice department to destroy an innocent man. again, innocently and knowingly destroying the life of an innocent man. so either he lied when he said we made no mistakes, or he didn't lie when he said we made no mistakes. and if he didn't lie, it means he intentionally destroyed the life of an innocent man. so that's -- the that simple. so the book goes -- it's that simple. so the book goes through 48 pages. sets out a number of things like. this and when i hear my friends -- like this. and when i hear my friends, especially down the hall in the senate, talk about what a great man mueller is, either, a, they're intentionally keeping themselves ignorant of facts.
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or number two, they want donald trump kicked out of the white house as quickly as possible. those are the two possibilities. and i hope the american public will wake up to that. now, it's also interesting, here or got mueller raiding being an accessory to the raid of donald trump's personal attorney's home and office, places where he was. and lo and behold, shouldn't surprise anybody, but it tushes out -- turns out, this article from april 17, by jeff murdoch, federal judge kemba wood, who is overseeing the court case against donald trump's personal
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attorney, michael cohen, ficiated the 2013 wedding of george sore osaka. -- sorros. is billionaire supporter of liberal political causes, according to the news reports at that time. i would submit, mr. speaker, that he's not just a supporter of liberal political causes. he supports anything that will moral, troy the upstanding united states of america that's been the greatest gift freedom has ever had in the world. the article goes on here, though, says, the judge, kemba wood, currently is weighing whether to have a neutral third party review the documents seized in f.b.i. raids on the office, home and hotel of mr.
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cohen. mr. cohen's attorneys have sought to keep the government from reviewing the materials by asserting attorney-client privilege. a legitimate privilege, of course. but prosecutors have demanded access to those documents claiming they are related to an ongoing criminal investigation. the government is currently probing mr. cohen's $130,000 payment to porn star stephanie clifford, better known as stormy daniels, for possible violations of campaign finance laws. judge kemba wood, who will decide those issues, married mr. sorros, then 83, and his 42-year-old bride, tamiko bolton, in september, 2013, media outlets reported at that time. the bedford, new york, wedding was attended by 500 guests, including top democrats such as house minority leader nancy
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pelosi of california, and then-california lieutenant governor, gavin newsome. u-2 front man, bonneau, also retended the -- bono, also retended the reception, it was reported in the 2013 article. in lieu of gift, the couple asked that donations be made to several organizations, including planned parenthood and global witness, an environmental activist group, according to reuters. mr. sorros donated nearly $10 million to political action committees that supported hillary clinton in the 2016 presidential election. he also chaired the national finance committee for a pro-clinton p.a.c. dubbed ready for hillary. judge kemba wood walz then-president bill clinton's second but failed nominee for u.s. attorney general in 1993.
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mr. clinton had nominated zoe baird but she was withdrawn after it was revealed she had hired an illegal immigrant as a nanny and did not pay taxes on the employee. judge wood was then selected but she also had employed an illegal immigrant, but did pay taxes on that illegal immigrant employee. fearing a repeat of the same disastrous nomination of ms. baird, mr. clinton quickly removed judge wood from consideration. media reports at the time said judge wood had not told the white house about the nanny, even when she had been directly asked. judge wood said in a statement that she had not misled the white house. care event, people that impartial, e, fair,
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blind justice that doesn't decide a case by looking to see , they are ither side sickened by what has been happening at the department of justice, at the top of the a special under prosecutor. by has made abundantly clear his hires of those, not who would be fair and impartial, but those who would help mueller do as he is so good at doing, and that is finding somebody he doesn't like and destroying their lives. the problem, the additional that ifin this case, is
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he destroys and uses his illegal unfair weight to throw against innocent people, as he has in his past, it won't just be bob mueller destroying one life, as he has in a number of hese cases we discussed. but he'll be he'd be removing an elected president of the united states. i pray and i will do what i can , ensure that people wake up people come peacefully out in america and make clear that this railroading egotistical unapologetic man that's destroyed the good that was once , whoo bottom of the f.b.i.
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has destroyed innocent lives without apology, this man has no business being special counsel, n fact, he needs to be investigated for his role with rosenstein, their role along with the guy that mueller brought along to help investigate russia, and i'm not talking about the alleged collusion of the trump campaign and russia. i'm talking about the real collusion with russia where mueller even chad an inside informant providing evidence of russia's illegal activity in trying to obtain american uranium and instead of using all of that information of russia's illegal activity to obtain
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merican uranium, rosenstein, mueller, wiseman, put the quash on information about all of that investigation, they threat and coerced their informer into keeping his mouth shut so that the sale could go through of american uranium that would end up in russian hands. so that sale would go through and lo and behold the clinton foundation would be $145 million richer. gifts from those grateful people that benefited from russia ultimately getting american uranium. mueller needs to be investigated, as does comey, as does rosenstein, as does wiseman.
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they're the last people on this earth that ought to be investigating somebody else over alleged russian collusion. look no further than the investigators themselves. mueller in his arrogance showed the country and world he was not interested in fair, impartial justice he wanted people that hated trump, that loved hillary clinton, helped her all they could. because he had determined that e was going to undermine the election of donald j. trump as -- ident and if he is not rosenstein is the one that has to be removed first. got to be removed. got to be investigated. i hope and pray that's going to
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happen that rosenstein is going to be investigated. i can't count on bob muler to do the honorable thing. there's so many examples where he had a great opportunity to do the honorable thing by people that he wronged, whose lives he destroyed, and he was careful always to avoid doing the right thing. making comments like, he had nothing for which to apologize for destroying innocent lives. that doesn't even get in to the ted stevens case. he had to have been all over the top of that case. he was director of the f.b.i. you know good and well they didn't investigate the longest-serving republican senator without bob mueller being all over the case. and they framed an innocent man, manufactured evidence, destroyed evidence of his innocence.
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it wasn't just a reasonable doubt he was innocent. he was innocent. manufactured charges. and one might say well, but we don't have direct testimony, direct evidence that mueller personally knew of the frameup of ted stevens. but what we do know is, when the whistleblower f.b.i. agent came ut with sworn testimony of the frameup of the innocent ted god-fearing whistleblower was run out of e-- run out of the f.b.i. and the one that he reported the wrongdoing on continued to get glowing praise and advances, promotion, from bob mueller. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentleman rise? mr. gohmert: i move that we do
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now hereby adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomor members passed a measure that would establish the home where eversrights leader medgar was assassinated as a national historical monument. later this week, the farm bill to come to the floor. as always, live coverage of the house here on c-span.
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