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call and your life changed forever. to each of you, the first lady and i are united. grief.u in we come here in the knowledge ort we cannot erase the pain reverse the people of that dark and wretched day. we offer you all that we have, our unwavering loyalty, our undying devotion and our eternal pledge that your loved ones will never ever be forgotten. terroristso, the struck. this citadel of power and american strength. learnedenemies soon that they cannot weaken the spirit of our people. in times of distress -- host: we are going to leave this ceremony because the u.s. house
is coming in. the house coming into take out two of the three bills dealing with oil drilling in the u.s. onexpect also floor speeches 9/11. chair lays before the house a ommunication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. september 11, 2019. i hereby appoint the honorable nor ma j. torres 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 minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, madam speaker. and still i rise. that will 1, a day live in the annals of history eternally. a day when there were more questions than answers. day when we thought that our country was and indeed what we thought was correct under assault. i remember the day because i was at work, and as the judge f a small claims justice court
who was so moved by what was happening that we paused to sing god bless america. i remember at least one person sobbing. it was a day when people within that courtroom were faced with uncertainties unlike we had seen before. a day when all of our first responders were challenged. allow me, please, for just a moment to talk and say a few rds about those who were there at the site of the twin towers. could see on television the cloud of dust as it started to emerge and settle. people rushing, bodies covered.
it was intuitively obvious to the most casual observer that this was not a place to run to. as a matter of fact you would see people running away. but there were those who took their duties and responsibilities seriously. and as others were rushing away as fear would have us do, they were rushing in. these were the people, many of whom lost their lives trying to save the lives of others, these were the people, many of whom still suffer today because they were bound by duty to do that which most of us would not. these are the people that we must never forget many. their lives have been changed and altered forever, but we have a duty and responsibility here to share our thoughts and
our feelings with them, but also to make sure we take care of their health issues. there's something to be said about this term, in the line of duty. until you have had the opportunity to visit one of the memorial services, it just may not impact you as it can. it will never impact me the way it impacts the family members, but i want this country to know that those who lost their lives in the line of duty on that day will never be forgotten. and those who served and still serve will always be remembered. my take this moment for personal privilege and i will lower my head for a moment of silent prayer.
thapping you, madam speaker. -- thank you, madam speaker. god bless the united states of america. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise today on the 18th anniversary of september 11, 2001, to reflect on the events of that fateful day and honor the lives lost and heroes that united us. at 8:46 a.m. american airlines flight 11 roared over lower manhattan and tower one of the world trade center. shortly after, flight 175 struck tower two. our country was under attack. many of us could never imagine such an evil taking, such evil taking place in our own back beyond a reasonable doubt.
-- backyard. the terror did not stop in new york city. the penning pen septre, and our nation's capital was also a target of evil. flight 77 crashed into the pentagon at 9:38 a.m. it was a turning point in our history and changed the way we would view the world forever. the fourth plane hydrogened that day, united 93, crashing into a field in shanksville, pennsylvania. here in the capitol as you exit the north side of the rotunda, a plaque displays the numbers names of the 40 passengers and crew of united 93. one of those aboard was flight attendant sandra bradshaw. she had always wanted to be a flight attendant and living out that dream. traveling and meeting new people. at 9:30 a.m. on 9/11, she called her husband and told him that united 93 had been high jacked. she said the crew and passenger has decided to try to take back the plane. their sacrifice saved countless
lives and i can't help think they may have saved this very building where we sit today from destruction. our country's fight against terrorism did not happen on a battlefield on the other side of the world. but over the skies of pennsylvania, new york, and virginia. by ordinary american citizens. the courage and bravery of flight 93 was not the only heroism on display that day. firefighters, police officers, and first responders jumped into action without hesitation. when planes crashed they ran in. when fires ignited, they ran in. when buildings collapsed, they ran in. their courage never waivered. we will never forget the life lost and must always remember the heroism that was shown. while we cannot bring our loved ones back, we can honor their memory through acts of service. to main taint spirit of unity and compassion that stemmed from the attacks every year our
country proclaims september 11 as patriot day. it is a great way to honor the souls we lost and pay tribute to all who sacrificed their lives. as president bush said when he addressed the nation, quote, terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundations of america. these attacks shattered still but they cannot dent the steel of american resolve, end quotes. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, mrs. demings, for five minutes. mrs. demings: madam speaker, september 11, 2001, is within of those days when everyone of age can remember where they were and what they were doing when the first plane hit. i was a police commander assigned to the orlando international airport. itap apared to be a normal day and then the events unfolded.
the planes hit. the towers collapsed. the pentagon burned. the passengers of flight 93 mounted their heroic resistance . t appeared time stood still as the world watched the results and actions of the hijackers, evil men who set out to attack america, to kill americans. but they could never have killed the idea of america. you see, that idea belongs to us. it will endure as long as we continue to believe in it, to perfect it, and to make it orth fighting for. 2,977 lives, 343 firefighters, 23 new york police officers, and 37 port authority officers. they took much from us that day. as a mother, i think of the roughly 100 babies who will
turn 18 this year having never known their fathers. today i remember the passengers and crew, i remember the first responders who rushed into fire and smoke, dust, and rubble in a desperate fight to save whomever they could. who would for weeks on end breathing deadly particles trying to find survivors or at least identify the dead. heroes who died that day or from illnesses contracted from the search, rescue, recovery. heroes who died as they lived in service to others who believed in service above self. these men and women didn't just save lives, they defined what it means to be a hero for a generation. on the day of the worst terrorist attack in america, on american soil, our first responders showed us the best of us. i am relieved that earlier this
year congress passed lifetime funding for the 9/11 victims compensation fund. yes, evil men took much from us that day, but the heart and soul of america, the courage and tenacity, the ability to endure and stand, no enemy can take away from us. the work of those caring individuals who answered the call that day must go on. just as our work will go on to secure our nation to ensure that we will never again suffer the injury we did on that morning. but today on september 11 we pause from that work to remember and to honor the victims and to acknowledge the service of 9/11 is not just something to be memorialized but to be emulated. to put service above self. may we stand united and serve in the people's house with courage, devotion, gallantry,
compassion, and grace. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia, mr. riggleman, for five minutes. mr. riggleman: thank you, madam speaker. 18 years ago america experienced the worst act of terrorism in its history. nearly ,000 people were killed. many others in emergency services and law enforcement suffering long lasting health complications sometimes resulting in death. september 11, 2001, a day none of us will ever forget, had a deep and lasting impact on the lives of all americans. i was one of the thousands who answered the call to serve and to hunt down those responsible. when i woke on that tragic day i was serving in the united states air force as an intelligence officer at mount home air force base in idaho th the 366th wing, the b-1 bombers. i was and am a proud mounton home gunfighter.
our squadron bloid almost immediately as the on-call wing. early in october i and my siblings were in the first bombing to afplgt memories come to my mind as vividly as yesterday. buttoning the uniform when my wife yelled up the stairs a plane hit new york. and a phone call in no uncertain terms needed to get in the squadron and working through the night while the base was in lockdown and much of the congresstry was in a fog. trying to answer questions from my young daughter, wife, and friends what was happening. you are seeing my daughter here as i came home from deployment. my memories are not unique. every american has a different viewpoint on what happened that day. some lost friends or family. and the tragedy we as a nation felt that day should not be forgotten. the impact of those attacks were not limited to that day. heroic americans responded with valerie and bravery. one of the most heinous acts
ever committed on american soil did not bring us down but brought us together. in the forts of former president george w. bush one of the worst days saw some of the bravest acts. i still remember the feeling standing on the tarmac and watching from the plane as my three daughters, younger than 10, waved small american flags from down below. i was deployed on active duty and spending the next weeks planning bombing runs in afghanistan to respond these attacks. our armed forces are asked to make sacrifices, leaving their families. but after 9/11 when so many americans had sacrificed so much more, my brothers and sisters in arms were willing to make that sacrifice. inspired by the heroism of so many firefighters, first responders, law enforcement, and citizens who answered the call we nufe that america would emerge stronger. 18 years later we remember the heroes of 9/11, honor their sacrifice, and admire their patriotism. their memories will last forever because we will never forget what they gave us.
heroic 34er7bs answered the called. i was proud to serve were heroes like eli, scar, jimbo, rooster, amongo, lost, crankle, sergeant lowry, psycho, sassy, tank, rachel, linda, and so many more. from ground zero in new york to the pentagon american heroes answered the call and we are forever in their debt. god bless the united states of america. i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. costa, for five minutes. costa: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for revise and and to extend my remarks. i rise to recognize the people on 9/11. their lives most remember where therm on that day. there have been a few times in
that we n's history have faced such an atrocity. nd the effects are still being felt today. but instead of shrinking in the shadow of such adversity, we challenge and came together to help one another. we became a nation of one. it also has changed our nation and the world we live in today forever. way we work, the way we view security. this past july i was pleased that the house and senate and reauthorized the /11 -- re-authorized the 9/11 victims' compensation fund, those that answered the call after the attack in new york and d.c.ngton, hese heroic men and women deserve all the help we can give them and we must never forget. 2001.ber 11, we must remember 18 years ago all one as e were
americans. we need that more today than before. in my home state, in the san we recently lost a wonderful individual, a leader who i would like to honor today. chief david police wurta. away in august after serving honorably in that position for 15 years. resident of fresno county, he dedicated his life to verybody issing his serving -- everybody his community. during his career he was recognized as officer of the fresno state president joseph castro said that he in ed with integrity, even the most challenging of situations. david will be missed greatly by his wife cynthia and three
three n and grandchildren. it's with great respect that i ask my colleagues to join me in chief david ce wurta. take this ke to moment to recognize recent chievements of two outstanding universities in my district. california state niversity-fresno, and c-merced, university of california. according to the best college rankings, fresno state alma mater, y ranked number three for public niversities in graduation rates. u.c.-merced ranked number one in nation for student outcomes, in expectedmber one graduation rates. both of these universities of their have over 70% student body who are the first in their family ever to attend university. these universities are doing what a higher education should americans.r all
go, bulldogs. go, bobcats. i'd like to urge the senate majority leader, mitch to act on gun safety legislation. every day it seems there's coverage for another shooting on the news. americans are just frustrated. their ngress has begun district work period in july, there have been four in this ile shootings country. it resulted in the death of 51 were ans andover 90 that injured. the threat to public safety today is simply unacceptable in country. in february, the house passed of key gun violence pieces legislation. it's been narrowly over 200 days these bills but nothing's been done in the senate. but despite the countless who've lost their lives in these senseless children, including leader mcconnell's refusal to ring these up for debate, and
we should be doing our work and trying to provide gun safety for americans. after the shootings in dayton and el paso, the american public demanded action. the overwhelming majority of americans want us to take provide se action to safety.ublic mcconnell said he'd do just that. we need to hold him to his word. the president should take the leadership, ensuring we can do protect g we can to americans throughout our land. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from montana, mr. gianforte, for five minutes. madam speaker, i rise to remember the nearly were killed on this day in 2001. 11, 2001, wasember
a morning like every other. is until everything changed. terrorists, who were intent on our country and our way of life attacked. tragedy, we saw our country unite. courage and hed bravery from our first members and ervice everyday citizens. ow, 18 years later, we find ourselves with a new generation that did not experience the that day. a post-9/11 w world. that makes it all the more teach them at we what happened that day, honor the victims, and discuss the terrorist hose attacks that had on our world. we remember. today, we pray.
today, we honor americans of who, in the und, aftermath of that fateful day, were under our flag, bound together by a sense of duty, and e courage, patriotism. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman rom maryland, mr. trone, for five minutes. thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to honor my good scott, who died on august 12 after a year-long with prostrate cancer. met scott sometime before kindergarten and we stayed close almost 60 years. he used to come over to work on up.farm where we grew over many decades, our friendship remained strong. as we moved across
the country. at his core, scott was a gifted and businessman. he was able to learn from his relentlessly marched forward. able to exercise o much compassion, absolutely no strings attached because it as simply the right thing to do. for knowing off scott. in 2019, the american cancer over 174,000 tes people will be diagnosed with cancer. over 31,000 of those diagnosed the disease. survivor. am a cancer right now, the national cancer institute, which is located in working on is and ntion, detection
treatment of prostate and other cancers, but we're leaving so on the table. we need to invest more in research. invest more in nnovative solutions that could save lives, like scott's. in congress, we must be unified to nd eliminate ancer and the heartache that brings so any families across our great country. scott kimbrel is a special person and it hurts knowing i longer pick up the phone nd hear scott's ever cheerful voice answer, d.t. instead of looking in the mirror, scott would want us to look out the front window thinking how we can who rt those in the future might suffer from this horrible disease. i know i'm committed to this fight. ask my colleagues to join me in this fight. yield back the balance of my
time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman kansas, mr. marshall, for five minutes. marshall: madam speaker, on day, nearly 20 years ago, our great nation suffered a loss unlike any she suffered before or since. almost 3,000 american citizens on september 11, 001, and thousands more have died or became seriously ill since from the response that day, whether at ground zero or the middle east. men and women, young and old, were stolen from their families, communities, and our country. as she always has during our hour, this country came together in a courageous way. uniting to people heal a terrible wound. may we all strive today to soon unity now, not just in times of tragedy,
americans and her people will be better for it. may god bless the memories of those who died on september 11, god bless this great country. adam speaker, last week, i toured -- completed my tour of counties in kansas. i enjoyed meeting people of all what ounds and learned their needs their representatives in washington to do to deliver for kansas. dodge to topeka, pratt to want their wayey of life preserved. they want their representative o fight alongside president trump, reduce washington red trade d advocate for new agreements so we can feed the world. wants a decent wage and a fair shot at the american dream. aside from safety and security to them, most would otherwise be happy to not have our ngton involved in day-to-day lives. espite disagreements on some
issues, kansans agree on the importance of faith, community, hard work. after completing this tour of all 105 kansas counties, i have appreciation for the challenges of kansans of all walks of life. was an versation opportunity to hear individual stories about the burden of affordable health care for a loved one, finding good farm or o grow a small business, finding a home to raise their family in and the cting and nurturing communities they love and cherish. i don't have all the answers or uick fixes for our challenges, but i will continue to strive to make kansas a better place to live. blessed with the opportunity to represent kansas in congress. my hearthat message in that we are the breadbasket of of world and home to some the best, hardest working and decent people on earth. a am speaker, last week, socialist senator seeking higher office proposed increasing
across the world as a way to slow population growth and combat climate change. he directly stated he wanted u.s. taxpayers to pay for these abortions. kansans are coming to understand, this is just one of he many disgraceful and disturbing socialist agendas increasingly embraced by my colleagues across the aisle. there's no policy proposal at present which more represents he democrats' quest for total control over every aspect of our lives in the green -- than the green new deal. deal is nothing more than a rebranding of overwhelming government control under the uise of environmental stewardship. just ask its sponsors, former quote, f staff who said, it wasn't originally a climate thing at all. we were really thinking of it as the entire economy thing, end quote. the green new deal demands we overhaul our energy and transportation infrastructure, which would kill jobs that millions of americans work in the oil and gas industry, manufacturing and
name a industry, to few. it would crush kansas beef taxucers by placing a hefty on our farms with estimates of cow.0 per it would be in the hands of washington elites. destroying americans' means of food production isn't all radical, socialist agenda is. to-do list israts' banning hurns to plastic traw -- health insurance to plastic straws nationwide. dictate what to you can drink, how you drink it, what you can eat and where you health care what you can have, all while you are forced to pay for abortions overseas. the on't forget about proposed 90% tax rates on americans either. empathetically a -- reject this socialist agenda and to have innovative solutions to provide for greater prosperity and equality for all.
ur children and our grandchildren's future and the of kansas and this great nation depend upon it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. rush. . or five minutes. without objection. i rise : madam speaker, racially ddress how discriminatory housing policy has contributed to the unjust racial wealth gap in our nation. urrently, madam speaker, 72% of whitehouse holds own their own home.
black ust 41% of households. the result of this disparity can be traced to discriminatory practices implemented by the federal housing authority which loans in only 2% of being issued to african-americans between 1934 nd 1968. this was a super classic form organic and institutional acism. the ongoing ramifications of this most insid with us
discrimination continues to be felt acutely by people like many of my constituents. found that the to emic denial of loans led the widespread use of predatory in source contracts [communities. -- in black communities. these contracts, madam speaker, ed to a situation where my home saved over $71,000 on average. more for over $71,000 their homes than white meowners who had assets,
unfiltered access to federally bank loans. in total, madam speaker, redlining, the process of rating predominantly black neighborhoods as "high risk" for traditional mortgage 3 $3.2 million. this is by conservative estimates, $3.2 million. so up to $3.2 million from chicago's black families. this is just one example of how home ownership, a pillar of the american dream, has been placed out of the reach of far too
many americans due solely to the color of their skin. it is incumbent, madam speaker, this ll of us to make merican dream fully available, equally available to all regardless of their skin color and regardless of their zip code. fortunately, madam speaker, there are steps that this congress can support -- continue to support black american home ownership. or example, as the urban institute knows, rural payment history into credit scoring models can increase the financial opportunities for black home buyers.
passing the home loan quality transparency act, a bill i am proud to co-sponsor, will restore a critical provision of dodd-frank requiring mortgage critical report such details about their borrowing, including credit scores, racial and ethnic breakdowns, and other data. madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. it $3.2 billion. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. suozzi, for five minutes. thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to speak about immigration in america. my father was born in italy and
came to the united states as a young boy. i'm the first generation american, and i don't like the hateful and divisive rhetoric being used about immigrants today. i'm appalled the way my country is treating children and the families of immigrants. my dad came to america in the early 1920's. he was the first of his neighborhood to graduate from college. during world war ii he served as a navigator on a b-24, awarded the distinguished flying cross with three oak leaf clusters. he returned home and graduated from harvard law school on the g.i. bill. as a young harvard educated lawyer and italian imgrapt, however, my dad couldn't find a job. italians were not respected, and after hitler teamed up with mussolini during the war, italian americans weren't trusted, either. my dad decided to return to glen comb where he ran for city court judge, and became the youngest judge in the history of new york state.
my father achieved many other great successes, and he would always say what a country. his life was the very essence of the american dream. our american dream, however, is at risk. and may soon be the american nightmare. while i still believe in my father's american dream, and i'm committed to keeping it alive, immigration has been an issue for decades, yet after all these years, congress has yet to pass immigration reform. president trump's cruel, divisive, and simply unworkable position vs. made things worse. -- positions have made things worse. his policy and rhetoric have exacerbated the problem. and forces many immigrants further into the shadows. i have been an advocate for fair policies for more than 25 years. as mayor of my hometown, in 1994 i created the very first shape up center on the east coast of the united states of america. it gave newcomers from central and south america a safe place
to get hired and made sure they got hired -- paid for the work they did. if they didn't get hired, they could stay and learn english or a new job skill. as county executive in 2007, i refused to let i.c.e. work with my police department because they were acting like cowboys drawing guns and knocking down doors, intimidating children and families who were not subject to the raids. all of whom together presented no risk of violence whatsoever. today same guys that gathered on the street corners of glen comb now own their own businesses. they own their own homes. and kids attend school with my kids. now president trump's heartless immigration actions are separating parents from their children and children are being housed in cages. i have seen it with my own eyes. this past july i traveled to mcallen and brownsville, texas, to personally inspect detention and relief centers, and speak with migrant families an meet with humanitarian aid organizations. i visited detention centers along our southern border was
heartbreaking. i saw men, women, and children being held in awful conditions. our system is broken. these septemberers are overcrowded and unsanitary and clearly ill-equipped to care for the people in great numbers. meanwhile, the administration continues to promulgate more callous and mean-spirited positions ailed-r aimed at further attacking immigrants. deporting children with cancer, and diverting funds from military programs to build a wall including money that was to go to schools for military families. these decisions endorsed by this administration are not consistent with american values. america's founded on the fundamental principle that "all men and women are created equal." it's not everyone's aa green card or u.s. citizenship is created equal. it's every man and woman is created equal and should be treated with human respect. we must continue holding congressional hearings, the
detention of children for prolonged periods of time, the decision to end t.p.s. and daca, the dreamer plan. overwhelming backlog in u.s. immigration courts. we must also defund hate as my friends are advocating. instead a floor of 95,000 as my friend at the hebrew immigrant aid society are advocating. in addition to defunding the hateful policies of this administration, we must also strive for comprehensive immigration re230r78 and treat people like human beings. live up to the american dream. give a path to citizenship for t.p.s. recipients and dreamers, and give legal protection to millions of others that secures our borders. robert f. kennedy once said, i quote, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, and we fail to speak up or speak out, we
strike a blow against freedom, decency, and justice. we need to restore truth and compassion to the debate over immigration in america and we need to do it now because the promise of the american dream demands it. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noo