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[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 epresentatives.] the speaker: the house will be in order. 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 minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. madam : thank you, speaker. madam speaker, i rise to congratulate wanda k. brown on her inauguration as president of the american library association. the oldest and largest library association in the world. ms. brown has an exemplary record as the director of
library services at winston-salem state university's c.g. owe kelly library in north carolina's fifth district. she also served as associate dean of the z. smith reynolds library at wake forest university. during her tenure as president of the north carolina library association, ms. brown received many national awards recognizing her leadership in numerous library organizations, including the black caucus of a.l.a. ms. brown's presidency of the american library association is the culmination of an extraordinary career in librarianship. i wish ms. brown the best in her new endeavors to expand the valuable library services in america and around the world and know that the a.l.a. is in great hands. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. and still i rise, mr. speaker. a proud american and i'm especially proud today because i rise to acknowledge that we have iled a resolution, h.res. 464, res. 464, that is styled the original lgbtq pride month resolution of 2019. i am proud to be a sponsor of the pride resolution, but i'm not doing it alone. there are 78 members of congress who are original co-sponsors of this resolution.
original, meaning their names will be right there on the resolution when it is filed. i am so proud to be a sponsor of the pride resolution. and i'm proud to read just a couple of passages from this resolution and address them rather briefly. it was my hope to have some 30 minutes to an hour of time to speak on the resolution, but circumstances in congress will not permit such to take place. this resolution acknowledges the 50 years since stone wall, 50 years since the uprising at stonewall which will be commemorated on june 28 and will last for some six days because that's the length of time that the stonewall uprising, the stonewall riots as some would call it, stonewall rebellion called by others, but 50 years
since stonewall. and i'd like to just read the whereas as it relates to stonewall. it reads, whereas those who took a stand for human rights and dignity at stonewall inn in new york city on june 28, 1969, were ioneers of the lgbtq movement, including two transgender women -- hl wror, sylvia rivera color, sylvia rivera and marshall p. johnson, who were brave, visible leaders in the uprising at stonewall. mr. speaker, it is said that a great person will always rise to the occasion, a great person will always rise to the occasion. but the truth is it takes a greater person to make the occasion. these two transpersons were the
greater people who make the occasion that we will commemorate on june 28 and the six days that ensue. two persons who took a stand among many, there were others, but they were two among the many who took a stand that literally s helped to shape the course of history. sometimes it really does take just a few to get the job done of starting a movement that can change society. mr. speaker, notwithstanding all of the change that has manifested itself since the stone it is wall uprising -- stonewall uprising, there are still things that must be done, great work to be done, because being an lgbtq person, that a alone can get you fired. coming to work and saying you have just married someone of the
same sex as you can can get you fired. -- as you can get you fired. they could not have the same rights as we have, those of us who are allies of the community. don't have the same rights. they have them, but they are not being identified and recognized. because the rights don't come from people, they really are something you are born with. human dignity is something that's accorded every person by birthright. and unfortunately in our society we still allow this level of discrimination against lgbtq persons. so i want to acknowledge that while there is still great work to be done, we still must commemorate and celebrate the great work that has been done. as a member of congress, i pledge to do all that i can can to make sure that a i pay a debt that i owe to the lgbtq
community because finally, i would say this, a person who helped to organize the march on washington, his name was baird ruston, 1963, he was one of the persons who made the occasion, he was black, he was a quaker, but he was also lgbtq. and i owe a debt, and i am here today to repay some portion of that debt with this resolution. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. katko, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. as a proud american and member of congress, i rise today on the floor of the house of representatives to celebrate the life and career of the honorable james tomey, iii, one of my constituents. he was a a beloved father and husband.
he was a distinguished judge. and an honorable public servant who passed away far too early on june 22 of 2019, just four days ago. a 1972 graduate of state university at cortland, 1964 graduate of syracuse university college of law, judge tormey committed much of his life to public service. serving in the legislature for 10 years and later as a circuit city court judge, supreme court justice, and district administrative judge for the fifth judicial district of new york. jim earned the respect, praise, and trust of many in our community. over the course of his esteemed judicial career, judge tormey took a measured approach in upholding the law and applying it fairly. he firmly believed in the justice system and worked to ensure everyone had access to it. as district administrative
judge, his most recent job, he supervised the operations and schedules of more than 300 judges serving in the fifth judicial district. many of whom since his passing this week have shared stories of his strong leadership, his commitment to ensuring justice, and his respect for all. they have spoken of his commitment to continued legal education and probono work and importantly of his friendship, mentorship, and distinguished leadership. judge tormey was committed to making central new york a better place to live and work and impact the work --and a the impact of his work went far beyond the courtroom. he used his role to address some of the most pressing issues plaguing our community. the opioid courts, human trafficking court, youthful offender court, and community court for lower-level offenders.
his dedication was visible in all his actions and he will be truly missed. above all, though, far more important to the judge, he was a family fan and he deeply loved his wife, their children, and his grandchildren. sue is now left to carry on the great traditions her husband and her forged with their children and others in the community. sue is a successful person in her own right, having a long and storied career which includes most recently at a community college. to sue i say godspeed, to sue i say, keep your chin up. and cherish your children and grandchildren and continue to carry on the legacy that your husband forged in this community. i ask my colleagues in closing to keep them in mind as we remember the life of this devoted civil servant, judge tormey. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. maloney, for five minutes. mr. speaker, the
clock is ticking down to the hour when the supreme court will make its initial decision on whether to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census. this administration has repeatedly told the american people this -- people, this congress, and the supreme court that their reason for wanting to include the question is to, and i quote, help enforce the voting rights act, end quote. but it turns out all that was a lie. and i have the documentation to prove it on my website. newly discovered documents and court records clearly show the only goal was to achieve the desired effect of diminishing the representation of
communities of color while also entrenching the power of "republican and nonhispanic whites." according to the master minds of the citizenship question. this may understandably sound to some like an outrageous claim to make, but we have the documentation to prove it. you can go to my website and see it. these documents were uncovered thanks to the courageous efforts of a woman who discovered and turned over thousands of documents from her father's hard drive to pro bono lawyers representing common cause in its litigation against fwerry mannedering. in --gerrymandering. in doing so she uncovered evidence that is more powerful and convincing than a a smoking gun. it is basically a signed and sealed confession. the documentarier trail of eceit begins on january 7 of
2015, when a census bureau employee used her private email account to contact a republican redistricting expert and urge him to push for citizenship question in the 2020 census. . christa jones went on to become a political appointee in the census bureau. ms. jones became part of secretary ross' core team on the citizenship question. the redistricting experts she eached out to was dr. thomas hoffeler. he was widely known as the michelangelo of gerrymandering for the republican party. this conspiracy picked up steam in august of 2015 when dr. hoffeler concluded a secret study, he written, adding one question, a citizenship
question to the census would facilitate a redistricting overhaul. that would be, and i quote from his work, advantageous to republicans and non-hispanic whites, end quote. in late, 2016, the doctor became the first person to push the incoming administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. not long after, hoffeler ghost wrote a letter that became word for word the basis of the justice letter that had been cooked up by commerce to be sent to them that set forth the knowingly fake voting rights rationale. in october, 2017, secretary ross' general counsel arranged for his key census advisor to hand deliver the hoffeler letter to a top d.o.j. political appointee at a secret meeting. that fake voting rights act
rationale then appeared in the letter that the d.o.j. political appointee sent to the commerce department. and the u.s. secretary of commerce sat before congress and lied to our faces in an effort to cover up their illegal and immoral activities. let no one be misled about the purpose of these efforts. they are a concerted effort by the current administration to undermine the bedrock principle of one person, one vote. its purpose is to undermine the ability of non-white, non-republican people in communities of color to have equal representation here in the people's house. these deceptive and anti-democratic efforts must not stand. even if the supreme court rules against us, we will continue to fight for the principles of one person, one vote.
and the constitution's requirement that all inhabitants must be counted. democracy depends on it. our people deserve it. and we will fight until we achieve it and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. hompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize dr. michael mussina. dr. mussina is retiring this week following a distinguished career in academia. he served as head of the department of state's
school of associate department at texas a&m university. he's been a great resource when it comes to forest science and a leader in that area. in 2012 -- july, 2012, he led the penn state school of forest resources in the creation of the department of ecosystem, science, and management. he's used his years of experience and knowledge to focus on improving the responsible management of soil and water, healthy forests and a diversity of fish and wildlife species. his work has always been aimed at preserving the beauty of the world around us for all to enjoy. mr. speaker, i thank dr. mussina for his years of service and i wish him well and his wife, suzy, well, all the best in retirement. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the passage of the 19th amendment, providing for women the right to vote.
after congress passed the 19th amendment in 1919, 3/4 of the of the states' legislatures passed marked pennsylvania's passage of it. national t on the level in seneca falls, new york. but pennsylvania was the center of women's rights even before the seneca falls event occurred. lacritia moth joined with women to join the anti-slavery society in 1833. in 1840 the society sent moth to the world anti--- mott to the world anti-slavery convention. organizations like this were formed all across the
commonwealth to focus their attention on raising awareness of the women's suffrage cause. the decades of efforts on the local and national level by women suffrageists resulted in congress passing the 19th amendment. the 2018 elections brought a record number of pennsylvania women to the ballot box and a record number mr. elected to political office across the united states. -- were elected to political office across the united states. we can be proud of the important role in the suffrage movement and securing the right to vote 100 years ago. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from oklahoma, ms. horn, for five minutes. thank you, mr.
speaker. i rise today to celebrate the legacy and accomplishments of oklahomans in space. retired air force colonel stewart russa was one of six apollo astronauts to fly solo around the moon. after growing up in clairemore, he studied at both oklahoma state university and the university of arizona before earning a bachelor's degree of science and aeronautical engineering from the university of colorado in boulder. in 1960. later, he graduated from the aviation cadet prat the apollo 9 mission and as the command module pilot for the
apollo 14 mission from13 to feb in completing his first space flight, russa logged a total of 216 hours and 42 minutes in space. following apollo 14, he served as backup command pilot for apollo 16 and apollo 17. he was assigned to the space shuttle program until his retirement as colonel from the air force in 1976. former nasa administrator daniel golden described colonel russa as one of the can-do space farers that took america and all humankind to the moon. golden said that colonel russa exemplified the talents that nasa strives for -- service to our nation, technical know-how, and an unbridled creative pirit.
mr. speaker, i rise today to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of oklahomans in space. skylab was the first space station operated by the united states, and this space station spent six years orbiting the earth. within those six years, two oklahomans were a part of the successive -- three successive three-man crews to live aboard ylab, william pogue and owen garriott. pogue joined the u.s. air force and fought in the korean war. in 1955 colonel pogue became a ember of the thunderbirds, the air force elite arrow batics team and -- aerobatics team. in 1966, colonel pogue became an astronaut and served on the support crews for apollo 7, 11,
and 14 missions. the pilot of record setting american missions in space, pogue was one of the few astronauts to ever go on strike while on orbit to demand more time to contemplate the universe. colonel pogue and the three-man crew he was a part of flew the longest and last manned mission aboard skylab from november 16, 1973, to february 8, 1974. astronautoen garriott was born in enid, oklahoma. he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering at the university of oklahoma and masters and doctorial degrees electrical engineering from stanford. he was with the u.s. navy from 1953 to 1956 and was stationed aboard several u.s. destroyers at sea.
he was selected as a scientist astronaut by nasa in june, 1965, and then completed a 53-week course in flight training at williams air force base, arizona. i logget more than 5 -- he ogged more than 5,000 flying time including spacecraft and helicopters. he was the second crewed skylab mission. he was in orbit from july 28 to september 25, 1973. the crew of skylab logged 1,427 hours and nine minutes each in space, setting a world record for a single mission. garriott spent 13 hours and 43 minutes on three separate spacewalks as well. he also held the f.a.a. commercial pilot and flight instructor certifications for instrument and multiengine aircraft. sadly, we lost him two months
ago at the age of 88 but we're grateful for the contributions and the legacy set by oklahomans, colonel pogue and dr. garriott and their xploration in space. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, mr. norman, for five minutes. mr. norman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize one of america's finest service men, colonel frank childress. colonel childress exemplified the honor and fortitude of the men and women who make up our armed services. he was placed on assignment in the pentagon in 2001 and was set to arrive in washington, d.c., on september 6. destiny arrived in a humble disguise when a clerical error delayed his household goods from being delivered on time. he was offered the choice of a new delivery date.
either september 10 or september 11. he chose the latter, september 10. the colonel lived a mile away and heard when the plane crashed into the pentagon. he turned on his tv and saw the carnage that took place in new york and immediately headed for the pentagon to help in any way possible. in a time of crisis and panic, colonel childress ran towards danger when many would have fled. among the thousands who died that day, colonel childress survived 26 of fellow service men and women who were killed in the very office he would have been working in that day. at first, he was nearly consumed by survivor's guilt, but instead of surrendering, he joined a bible study group for pentagon employees. once again, he chose not to run and instead faced reality, and through his strength in faith and god who led him through the
dark and difficult days that he faced ahead. in his immediate response to the 9/11 attacks, in his fortitude in dealing with the aftermath, colonel childress is a paragon of bravery. he exemplifies the words of winston churchill before britain was about to be under seize by germany when prime minister churchill said, during your time doing your best isn't good enough, we must do what's required. colonel childress did what was required in service to freedom and pride that all americans can follow. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from montreal -- from montana, mr. gianforte, for five minutes. mr. gianforte: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize a bright and talented group of young women from montana who excelled in the recent code girls united northwest regional
app challenge. taylor putin won first place. for her project that uses radiofrequency identification to provide real-time tracking information for students. emma anderson, keira hutchinson and trinity hutchinson took second place for creating an app that reminds users to exercise throughout the day. . miera greer and abby stilo placed third with a prototype of their robotic self-driving vehicle. code girls united is an after school computerer science program teaching fourth through eighth grade girls to become problem solvers through a coding and business training. congratulations to all the participants. the skills and ideas they are developing could help tackle the challenges we face today and in