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two years and most democrats have been in office for 10 to 20 years and people talk about the deficit, high prescription drug price. they need to call their representatives because they have an office for all those years and they are all blaming the persons far as that called, trump did say something about the education system. he said they are going to have choices of schools. kids can't bebout educated. host: that's joe in alabama. with no guests for a siu have just heard from you. the state of the union is still available to you. want to watch portions of it, go to c-span.org.
for that come the democratic response and everything leading up to the state of the union. this being a normal workday in washington for members of the house of representatives their coming in for their session. we will take you there now. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. february 6, 2019. i hereby aa point the honorable benny g. thompson to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2019, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate.
the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, for ive minutes. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in response to yesterday's address by the president to this body. the guest the president invited represented america's finest hours and most compelling stories. they serve as a reminder of a history much larger than any individual among us. it adds an invitation to recommit to our values and promises to our people. but last night the president
chose to invoke a national unity that he has made every effort to fray. it has been his cynical political strategy to divide our country and burn bridges among us. the state of the union is a platform for the president to inject urgency into the problems the country faces. as a member of the transportation and infrastructure committee, i am encouraged that he has indicated he will sign bipartisan infrastructure legislation, and i am prepared to work with all members to do so serving our country and communities. the president also raises a a specter of declaring a national emergency to build a monument to his ego. but the real national emergency is the looming climate crisis. as seas rise, fires burn, and the weather becomes more extreme the people of orange county and across our country are already suffering its
effects. and action from the executive branch can no long -- inaction from the executive branch can no longer wait let align denial of climate change all together. he warned us not to cross him, to abandon our constitutional duty to exercise oversight and shine a light on the practices of the executive branch. congress will not be intimidated. we should not wait for nor should we expect the president to lead an agenda for the people, but this congress can move forward with a seriousness befitting the problems of our time and work with one another regardless of party to improve the lives of the people who trusted us to represent them. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, last night he we heard a tremendous state of the union address from president
trump. expressed confidence and hope for the future of this great nation. our economy is growing. thanks in part to historic tax reform, there are currently more than seven million job openings. that truly is the land of opportunity. we must continue to support smart policies that will expand opportunities for all americans. mr. speaker, i agree with president trump, together we can break decades of political stalemate and choose greatness over gridlock. we can can work together for the common good. to improve our outdated infrastructure, to protect american workers, to provide a check against the high cost of health care, prescription drugs . to secure our borders, and, yes, to fix our broken immigration system. as a nation, we have a right to secure our borders. as president trump stated, tolerance for illegal immigration is not compassionate, it is cruel.
smugglers use migrant women and children to exploit our laws and gain access to our country. congress must act to address these issues that plagued our country for far too long. because it is clear that america's stronger when we work together. and we saw incredible moments of unity last night. one that stands out for me is when republicans and democrats in this chamber sang happy birthday to holocaust survivor. mr. smet narrowly avoid the the mass killing at the tree of life synagogue. last night he turned 81. i have witnessed many state of the union addresses, but that is a moment i will truly never forget. the president and first lady had many distinguished guests in addition to mr. samet including another pennsylvania resident, pittsburgh police officer tim mi matson.
he he ran into the tree of life synagogue and shot seven times as he chased down the shooter. he has undergone 12 surgeries and i understand he has more in the future. but he made the trip to washington to be in the gallery last night. we're proud of the bravery and heroism of both officer madison and mr. samet. it was an honor to have them in the chamber last night. the president and first lady also welcomed a world war two and d-day veteran, the first man to step on the moon, a childhood cancer survivor, former prisoners who, thanks to criminal justice reform have their lives back, and many other special guests. the state of the union is both a time to reflect and look to the future. and this administration has achieved record setting accomplishments. the policies being put forth truly are lifting up all americans and setting a foundation to build a safe, strong, and proud america.
we have worked to combat the opioid crisis, we have provided relief from burdensome regulations, we have given our military the resources it needs to be successful. we can continue to work toward solving the very problems, very sear -- serious problems facing this nation. i thank president trump for outlining his vision for the path forward and look forward to working together to overcome some of our greatest challenges. i know we can do it because it's the american way. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa. mr. lamalfa: thank you, mr. speaker. last night in this very chamber we heard a lot about what has made america the strong country it is. the ideals, the founding ideals, and the strength with which when the people are able to put their will, their way
behind it has made us the greatest country in the world. what the president outlined were many important things. we have to keep coming back to the situation at our border. interestingly polls taken last night by cbs and cnn, not the bastions of conservatism or the supporters of president trump that you would expect, but both these polls, the people's voice across this country, added up to 76% of somewhat support or strongly support the measures the president had talked about in securing our border. we can get the semantics, call it a wall, fence, whatever it is, a strong fence makes for good neighbors. old cowboy saying. the president laid out a plan that a he wants to work with this congress to get to a resolution on this.
not an executive order. but in the time since we came up with this temporary solution here for three weeks, the negotiations from that side of the aisle have been zip. is that what people see as this chamber, this process is supposed to be? no. they want us at the table coming up with solutions. the president has reached out with an olive branch saying we'll give you three more weeks on this. let's get the government reopened and get a solution on this. instead, gridlock. what the president talked about was greatness instead of fwridlock. that's what this nation is about. that's what we need. instead we hear around here that the crisis isn't something at our border, isn't something with immigration problem we have. we hear about climate change. climate change. climate change. a manufactured problem. a manufactured crisis. indeed, the united states is leading the way of all the
westernized countries, industrialized countries of lowering it's co-2 numbers. leading the way by things we're already doing and innovating. that's the first thing that the religion of climate change can be tapped around here to stop the progress we have when we can make more progress by being a thrive, strong economy. the crisis isn't that. it would be much more so our crushing national debt. and our border situation. if we don't provide for our own security as a nation, then we don't really have much. so let's solve these issues. as we prosper, we can even improve more on doing things environmentally, more strongly. i come from northern california. where the climate has been pretty tough with the drought. the climate is pretty tough when our forests burn around us and amongst us like in the town of paradise, reading, and other areas of the district neglect lively -- negatively affected
by that. crisis doesn't lie in the religion of climate change, the crisis lies of not doing everything we can can to protect our citizens at the border, from the crushing national debt, and from the threatened export of our jobs that we should be employing our own people here. mr. speaker, there is room for a lot of opt minimum. we heard that message last night from the president. again right in this chamber when he mentioned our great hero from world war ii that were here last night and a one of the people they liberated from those camps, where the germans held the jewish people and executed so many of them and abused so many more. what a great story of optimism and what america is about. liberating and preserving freedom in this country and around the world. one of the highlights of high time -- my time here in the u.s. house of representatives to see those people come
together so many years later and celebrating what is great about america and how it exports that freedom and opportunity to the rest of the world. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon the house to return, we will take you live now to the house oversight committee. they're meeting this morning to hear testimony on h.r. 1, a voting rights, campaign ethics and house