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udiciary committee, i was incredibly proud and moved to hold a hearing on the need for additional time and money for the v.c.f. we heard heartbreaking testimony from sick responders and firefighter, an f.b.i. agent, a former high construction , a worker and the late detective louie alvarez who passed away 9/11-related cancer just weeks after testifying. the very next day, the committee unanimously passed the bill to make the fund permanent, to estore any cuts to past awards and to ensure the victims compensation fund get all the funding going forward. that bill passed the full house and senate and went straight to the president's desk where it into law. creating the health program and the victims compensation fund nd making those programs permanent count among the proudest moments of my time as a member of congress. programs, we are finally living up to the challenge abraham lincoln laid us in his second inaugural address, that we must care for him who shall have
the battle and for his widow and his orphan. we will never forget 9/11. never forget those who perished on that day from the terrorist attacks, and we will abandon those that battled that day and still bear the scars. you, congresswoman maloney, for hosting the special being a me, and for champion for survivors and responders over the years. and thank you to each of our colleagues who come to the floor to remember those we lost and thank you to all of ur colleagues who joined us in voting for and renewing the 9/11 health care act. i yield back. mrs. maloney: i now recognize another champion for this cause, nita lowey from new york. mrs. lowey: i want to thank my good friend and new yorker, my colleague, mrs. maloney, for organizing this evening so that we can all remember. 18 years have passed since the
september 11 terrorist attacks. but the memory of this unimaginable tragedy, unspeakable terror and profound grief remains. when tragedy struck, men and women streamed from the twin towers and the pentagon as first responders ran in and risked their lives. volunteers cysted through debris for days -- sifted through debris for days and weeks, hoping for miracles. between those horrific attacks and the crash of flight 93 in shanksville, pennsylvania, we lost nearly 3,000 family members, friends and neighbors. we promised to never forget those whose lives were cut short . the pain that we all feel from the loss of our relatives, friends and neighbors will never
heal. but every day we must channel that pain into remembrance and service. by participating in this day of service, we help build a stronger, more unified community to honor the victims' memories. we're also called to care for those whose remain -- who remain with us, but suffer as a result of their bravery that day. in july, the senate followed the house's lead and passed the permanent renewal of the september 11 victims compensation fund, which was ebb acted on july -- enacted on july 29, 2019. the long overdue action provides financial security and care for first responders and survivors who were ill from exposure to a mix of burning chemicals and debris. on this and every anniversary of
the september 11 attacks, we are reminded of our common purpose and solemn responsibilities to care for the survivors and first responders, to give our law enforcement the resources to prevent and respond to attacks, and last but not least, to hold the victims and heroes of september 11 and their families forever in our hearts. mrs. maloney: reclaiming my time. i now yield to a representative madeline dean. on 9/11 i got in a car and started driving to new york. there were barricades up that said, new york in crisis, you cannot pass. it was the only time i ever had to use my congressional i.d. he got through and all you could see were first responders pouring in from new jersey to
help. they were critical -- they were a critical part of not only rebuilding in new york, but passing the important legislation. madeleine dean. followed by josh gottheimer. ms. dean: thank you very much, chairwoman, representative maloney, for all your dedication. and thank you for naming me to share a few remarks. i am a new representative from pennsylvania, neighbor to new jersey. but i spend an awful lot of time in new jersey. and our whole area was affected. 18 years ago, planes crashed into the twin towers, the pentagon, and a pennsylvania field near shanksville. september 11 slammed into our national consciousness and has reverberated ever since. we lost family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, losses that are immeasurable. we might have lost more, but on that day, our first responders rushed toward danger, rescued survivors and then spent months
cleaning up the wreckage. that blend of sorrow and courage was on display again in june. when first responders encouraged congress to re-authorize the 9/11 victim compensation fund. detective luis alvarez told me, quote, i'm doing ok, but there are others aren't there who aren't doing ok. before detective alvarez died a few weeks later, he said, the government has to act like first responders, put poll text aside and let's -- put politics aside and let's get this bill done. ultimately we did so, through the might and strength of ms. maloney, i might add. naming our bill for him and other heroes. in the spirit of detective alvarez, let us continue to do so, working together with decency and respect. that is how we will honor those we lost, that is how we will honor those we continue to lose, and that is how we will honor all of those who continue to grieve. i thank you, congresswoman maloney, chairman nadler, i
yield back. mrs. maloney: thank you for yielding back. i now recognize lee zeldin from the great state of new york, 9/11 was a total bipartisan effort. i have never seen this congress so united and determined, working together, particularly in the new york delegation. lee zeldin. mr. zeldin: i thank mrs. maloney of new york for yielding and for hosting this special hour. really much of congresswoman maloney's career here and legacy of service in the house of representatives, while focused passionately on a lot of other issues that have re-- that are very important, certainly is one that's filled with much success in advocating on behalf of the new york community and for first responders all across america, for important priorities post-9/11. so i thank her for all of her leadership. because a lot of that benefits my constituents as well, on the east end.
but really for all of us as americans. as we are here right now, all across new york, across my district, across our country, people are gathering, men and women who remember exactly where they were, how they felt, what they saw, what they heard, and also kids. kids who weren't even born yet. learning for the first time those stories of what was experienced on september 11, 2001. we often talk about our nation's greatest generation. i was at army reserve duty this past weekend and i was talking to one officer who said that his life, not just his military career, but his life is broken up into two parts. there was the part of his life until september 11, 2001. and a part of his life after eptember 11, 2001. it's a challenge for that generation serving post-9/11 to
try to fill the shoes of our nation's greatest generation. those two have served in world war ii, korea, vietnam, peace time, war time. many great americans through generations. it is so important for us to honor and remember the victims of september 11, 2001, to honor and remember those with courage who ran up while other people were returning down, who ran towards dange -- running down, who ran towards danger, ignoring orders to go in the opposite direction at the ultimate risk of their own life. and also it's important for us to honor all of the men and women who have served in our nation's military. think of that man or woman that next morning who had a successful career, a stable family and they went to their local recruiter's office to sign up to serve. and ultimately gave their life in that cause. there's been so much sacrifice since 9/11. as we gather together on this 18th anniversary here in the house chamber, this morning starting with a movement
silence, and the singing of "god bless america," when we say never forget, we have to ensure that every single day that we are honoring the legacy of all those lives cut short too soon. that we are paying tribute to those first responders with an enormous amount of courage and that we are honoring those men and women who still serve to this day. those two have paid the ultimate sacrifice, our gold star families, our blue star families, past, present and future. and as that lieutenant colonel told me this past weekend, for him, where he separated his life into service before 9/11 and service after, life before 9/11 and life after, know that right now we have men and women who are overseas, who were 1 years old or 2 years old and their entire life they've only known the post-9/11 reality, and yet they want nothing else but
service. so i think this 18th anniversary is not just about what happened on that day. and the days, the weeks, the months that followed. but it's also about where we are today. finally, i would say this. while we talk about the lives that are lost that day, there's an important lesson with the justice that was served to follow. for anyone who seeks to break down this country, to tear apart what binds us together as americans, that the ultimate justice will be delivered to you abroad, because america is strong. new yorkers are strong, but as americans we will come together, we will unite, we will fight to protect our freedoms and our liberties and it's not about republican or democrat, conservative or liberal. it's about us as members of this body and as americans outside of this body to unite for a cause so much greater than ourselves, the greatest nation in the world. thank you to ms. malone -- thank you again to mrs. maloney for
her leadership through the years to ensure in so many ways our first responders, families, victims are all being fought for successfully in the halls of this great chamber. and to all of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle who have assisted ms. 345 leonie in her important -- mrs. maloney in her important efforts. thank you for yield and thank you for hosting today's special hour. mrs. maloney: thank you of the i now recognize from new jersey -- thank you. i now recognize from new jersey, representative gottheimer, a great partner in our efforts to rebuild after 9/11. mr. gottheimer: thank you. thank you, congresswoman maloney, and chairman nadler, for hosting this bipartisan special hour this evening, to remember the attacks on september 11, 2001. mrs. maloney, thank you so much for all you do for our first responders and for our country. we're all very grateful. more than 700 new jersey residents were among the nearly 3,000 americans killed in the world trade center, the pentagon and the planes that morning. the attacks were not only a declaration of war on the american people but also on our
fundamental ideals of freedom and liberty. on 9/11 we lost more than 400 firefighters, police, e.m.t.'s and first responders who ran in to help. true patriots putting others ahead of themselves. and since that tragic morning, 2,000 first responders who were there at the pile in the days, weeks and months following have died from illnesses from their exposure to toxic dust and debris. earlier this year i was proud to stand here on the house floor alongside my colleagues in the new york and new jersey delegations, led by mrs. maloney and mr. king and chairman nadler, calling for the permanent authorization of the 9/11 victims compensation fund. which through the advocacy efforts will provide our sick and dying 9/11 first responders and their families with the support they need and deserve. just as we stood together and not as democrats or republicans, but as americans, after those attacks 18 years ago, we must continue to do so today. and come together as a country for our children, for our first
responders, for our brave men and women in active duty and for our veterans. i think our country has had enough of the fighting. i think people want us to come together as one. they want us to work together. govern together. and solve problems together under the flag. today we're able to step back to think and reflect and pray for all the lives we lost that day, and all those we've lost since. we honor their legacies by coming together as a nation here in the greatest country in the world, and continuing the work to build a more perfect union. as we remember those we lost and our veterans and our active members, service members and all of our first responders who continue to protect us. may god bless all those we lost that day as well as their families, those we've lost since, and may god bless those who bravely protect us here at home and abroad every day. and may god continue to bless the united states of america. i yield back. thank you. mrs. maloney: thank you. i now recognize mr. delgado from new york, an outstanding new member of congress, a great addition to the new york elegation.
mr. delgado: thank you, congresswoman maloney. i rise today in honor of the nearly 3,000 americans who were killed in the september 11 terrorist attacks on our homeland. 18 years ago today, vile acts of terror were committed in new york, virginia and pennsylvania. in the moments following these tragedies, as thousands of people streamed out of the towers for safety, thousands of first responders ran into harm's way to save lives. these first responders came from all across the state of new york, including my district, 19th congressional district. today is a solemn day of quiet
remembrance. we bow our heads as a nation, in because we silence, cannot carry the weight of these memories of loves ones alone. the pain is too hard for one family to bear alone. for one city to bear alone. for one state to bear alone. . today i join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and from every corner of the country to never forget. to never forget the lives we last. never forget the sacrifices made of our men and women in uniform. to know that we will stand with you and your families in the years ahead. may we also never forget the national unity we all felt in the days, weeks, and months following 9/11. where all that mattered was
putting country first. god bless america. yield back my time. mrs. maloney: i now recognize norma torres from california, a great leader here in congress. mrs. torres: thank you, mr. speaker, thank you, congresswoman maloney and congressman nadler, for organizing this special order to mark a day that's engraved in the memory of every american, september 11, 2001. 18 years later, we honor the lives of the fallen. the firefighters and the law enforcement officers who ran toward danger when everyone else was running away from it. we recognize the 911 dispatchers who were working around the clk behind the scenes to organize emergency response across our nation.
i was working at the lapd 911 center that morning. it was all hands on deck. and i didn't know when i would be able to go home. my first assignment that day was to assemble two mobile field force units and send them out to protect places of worship, water treatment plants, cell phone towers, and anything that could be considered a target. i had no idea what would come next. none of us did. but that very first responder, like every other first responder working that day, 911 dispatchers, had to cast their own fear aside. they had jobs to do. they had to protect and secure their community, just like
firefighters and police officers. and they have to be the calm, reassuring voice on the other side of the line for every person who dialed 911. for every resident who was fearing the worst. for every child who was calling to ask, should i go to school or stay home? we received calls from all over the world at our 911 center that day. so as we pause today to remember that tragic, dark day, let us heroes, heroes, sung the 911 dispatchers, who are always heard and never seen. thank you and i yield back. mrs. maloney: thank you. i thank the congressional progressive caucus for allowing
us to use their time on the loor for this special order. remembering our losses, our strength, remembering 9/11. 9/11 was a transformational event. i never meet anyone from another country or any state in america that they do not tell me about their feelings about 9/11. i remember when i drove home that day, my daughter was home sick and she said and it still is one of the best descriptions of what happened she said, i feel like alice in wonderland, i've gone through the looking glass and nothing will ever be the same again. and it's true about our country. we reordered our priorties and made homeland security our number one priority.
we wrote many, many bills to make this country safer and stronger and we worked together that day and every day. we remember the lives that were taken from us and the years that followed, the live that was been lost because of sickness and we are reminded of the strength and resiliency of our great nation. and what we can achieve when we band together. i want to thank all of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for joining me in this special order and for all of their help and support and ideas, leadership, and guidance. to help rebuild this nation and make it stronger after 9/11. we will never forget. now yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentleman from arizona, mr. schweikert is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. schweikert: thank you, mr. speaker. to representative maloney, thank you r telling the story, know, it's not just new yorkers. i think all of those -- i can't imagine there's an american who doesn't remember exactly where ways, the nd in many horrific moment, and a moment yet those of us in the west and all over the country ache to see what happened to your community. mr. maloney: will the gentleman
yield? mr. schweikert: absolutely. mrs. maloney: i want to thank you you and all my colleagues for all the support and effort to rebuild and make the country stronger. we literally rewret the whole intelligence system and defense system of the nation and took really massive steps to restructure our government and our country to be able to respond and protect our citizens. it was a unified, determined effort. i thank you and all of my colleagues for all your help for new york and for all of your help for the pentagon and shanksville and mostly for being part of an effort to rebuild and make this country stronger. to be able to prevent future attacks. thank you so much for your kind words. my constituents, my city deeply appreciate it. thank you.
mr. schweikert: thank you, representative maloney. we always have to be careful when we're friends, not to call each other by our first name. i was not here at the time of 9/11, i didn't come for another decade, yet even today, even with young people we have in our office that were just children, young children, and you can still feel that sort of somber tone. so it is a powerful example that something that devastating, we can come together. and i desperately wish there were more opportunities where we remember not the horror but the fact that there was unity. and how do we deal in a world right now where so much of our politics is toxic and in not allowing that broken sort of political system to ever sort of
be more powerful than those moments where we must come the heartnd both heal break and also make sure it never, ever happens again. so my reason for being on the floor this evening is, i wanted to spend a moment and just touch on 9/11 and how that affects so many of us. i'm told now in arizona we have 30 or 40 of those first responders, or others who were affected, who are receiving health care in our community. i know of only one or two arizonans, i believe who lost their lives. so we always sort of pull back to our communities and personalize it. but there was also just before we got back, there was a jobs report. and i know this can be a little geeky but i wanted to go walk through some of those underlying
numbers that lay in there and actually the good news, the fact that there are really terrific things happening in our economy, but i still want to put it in the context that in coming to this -- i've been coming to this microphone for quite a while now to say what's the biggest, biggest issue we as a society have? if you think of my little girl that's going to turn 4 next month, what is the biggest impairment to her economic future? and we're going to walk through some of the math. but we're going to also walk through some of the solutions. because it turns out it's demographics. and we always put up this slide to basically sort of point out that the days ofiester-year where members would get behind the microphones and say, we just raised the tax on this population, or if we just do this entitlement reform over
here or if we just do premium support over here, that the fact of the matter that 30 years from now, 30 years from now if you remove social security and medicare from the budget, country is 20-something-trillion-dollars cash positive. pull social security and medicare back into the math, we're $100 trillion upside down. mathematically, we just can't get there. and so if we actually care about keeping our promises to those, the 10,300 americans that turn 65 every single day and start to move into their benefits, we really need to get serious because we're already in a time, we don't tell the public this because it's hard. we're not honest, i believe, with ourselves. but there's already things congress would desperately like
to be doing. our constituents would desperately like us to do that we are not doing because of of the squeezeout factor that's happening because of our demographic. there's this thing called baby boomers, i'm one of them. and the math to keep our promises basically takes away the resources that would be doing other things. they're promises. we have to keep them. so how do you create the economic vitality, the labor force and all those other things? we're going to spend a little time on labor force today. so just some points of reference. every five years, just the growth of social security, medicare, health care entitle -- entitlements, just the growth portion equals the entire defense department. if you came into the office and said david, my solution for being able to keep our promises in medicare is let's just get rid of the pentagon you only
covered the growth portion. of the spending for social security and medicare, health care entitlement, for five years. every 10 years, two full pentagons is just the growth. 91% of the spending increases that are basically slated for the next 10 years are solely the growth in social security and medicare. understand it's math. it's not republican or democrat. and we have lunacy around here. we've done this on the floor before where we walk through some of the sloughs that are thrown out that are completely make believe. well if we just raise taxes on the rich and do this, if we just raise this number, and you understand the math doesn't work. you're going to have to do something that's really hard for a broken political system. that is we're going to have to something big, complex, and
prolific. one of the reasons we put this board up every time we're behind this microphone, we actually have come up with about five pillars. everything from, you know, one pillar being tax policy, trade policy, regulatory policy, to maximize economic philosophy, incentives to be in the labor force, to maximize that, labor force participation is crucial. let's explain. when -- tax reform, the modelers kept coming back and saying, we believe the head wind for economic growth are what we'll call capital stock, savings. will the country have cash in its bank? we've already blown the wheels off -- the charts off, however you want to say it in everything from repie pais traited cash coming back into the country has been substantially greater than we ever expected. foreign investment. also americans have been saving
substantially more of the tax reform savings to them than we actually modeled. but it was labor force. and we're going to come back to that. there's actually some really interesting good news. but we've got to get our heads around it. the two head winds were labor force and capital stock. wetch proven capital stock is working in our favor. all of a sudden we got a jobs report that looks like labor force. this violates all the smart people and the demographers who never thought at this point in our demographic cycle we'd be hitting these numbers. . other things we talk about is how do you have population stability? immigration, family formation, our birth rates now, we are at functionally negative population growth. if you look at domestic birth rates, that's a real problem. if you're going to redesign immigration, can you move to a
talent-based immigration system so it maximizes economic velocity? once again, you see a theme here. we must, must grow like crazy. other things, can we put in incentives into our earned entitlement programs? when you earn your social security, you earn your medicare, could we build incentives in there saying, if you're healthy, you feel of sharp mind or you want to be an entrepreneur, what can we do as incentives to stay in the labor force? to continue that, because we need you. and we've actually done some time on the floor where we've walked through things that are happening in countries like japan, where they're desperately trying to get populations to stay or come back into the labor force, just for economic survival. and the one we've had the most fun behind this microphone, and the next slide will make some sense, then we'll go on to the labor force issues, is i believe
we're in a time where technology actually may be one of the things that saves us. we've done time on this floor where we've walked through amazing technology that's about to do stunningly great things for the environment. we now have power plants thank, the couple big experiment power plants that are working outside houston, where they're burning coal, natural gas, and no smokestack. they're collecting every bit of o-2.ac now we're having a breakthrough on how to carbon mine the air. we've learned now how to do a couple -- it's a type of genetic engineering, but in certain food stocks, is your cow doesn't produce as much -- so your cow doesn't produce as much methane. twice as much comes out of the mouth as -- just a bit of trivia. but it turns out, instead of just regulating, controlling and crushing the very economic
growth we must have to be able to keep our social entitlement promises, let's embrace technology, well, there's that technology that's about to be a disruption in health care costs. our problem is we have to legalize it. are you prepared to allow technology to write you a prescription, if we can demonstrate that the algorithms and the sensors and those things are incredibly accurate? are we prepared to actually work out some financing meckfisms -- mechanisms for these new biological drugs that are about to cure diseases that have individuals in the families but also to the economics of health care? remember, 5% of our brothers and sisters who have chronic conditions are the majority of our health care expenditures. where's the excitement and optimism that there's a number
of these horrible, horrible inflictions that are about to be cured? you know, and i've been up here and we've brought the charts and those things about diseases like heemphilia and the fact we believe we're heading to a single shot cure. single shot cure. and the 8,600, i believe that's the accurate number, of our brothers and sisters that suffer from that, that's a horribly expensive drug -- excuse me, horribly expensive disease, can be cured. but the drug is also really expensive. are we prepared to actually think through actually how we finance the cures? a drug that stabilizes a.l.s., but it's going to be really expensive. so, what happens when i can use technology in one end to keep us uslthy, and healthy, and technology on the other end to cure? and this has to be a radically different way to think about how we're going to crush the price of health care.
than the insanity, the mathematical insanity that seems to be part of our public discourse right now of, well, let's just nationalize health care. because that removes -- well, actually it removes no costs. if you actually lay it out and actually look at the underlying math, it doesn't save anything, it just, once again, we play the game of shifting. well, moving, shifting things like the debate we've had for the last 10 years, between republicans and democrats on who gets subsidized and who has to pay or who should pay and who gets subsidized, it's absurdity. we now need to do those things that reduce the price or cure our brothers and sisters that actually have these inflictions. so as we're walking through the th, and we went back and double vetted this a couple hours ago, so we talked about this before. if you actually look at the next 30 years, and you remove social
security, medicare, your country positive.rillion cash if you put social security and medicare and their associated interest costs on the borrowing, we're over $100 trillion negative. but if you look carefully, it's not social security. social security is a big deal. .ut 2/3-plus of it are medicare so we need to have a fixation on what do we do as a society to actually crack the cost of health care? and that's why we're working on pieces of legislation in our to ce to allow technology truly be -- your blockbuster video moment. how many of you went to blockbuster video last weekend think? know it's a silly example. but it's -- weekend? i know it's a silly example.
but it's a good one. didn't it feel like overnight, you used to get those little silver disks, and now you go home and hit a button? we as a society engage in technology disruption all the time. problem with health care, just similar to what we have in education, we have so much government intrusion in it, so much government regulation, so many trying to keep people safe this, that, the ability to actually have technology innovation that crashes the price, and you've all seen some of the new wearables and things you can blow into that look like they're going to diagnose everything from several types of cancer to being able to tell if you have the flu, should the algorithms associated with that, if we can demonstrate they're highly accurate, what should they be allowed to do? so that disruption's coming. but what do we do about this? we know what is driving the debt and what's going to drive us off the rails.
could i beg of us as policymakers to fixate on the revolution that changes this cost curve? but instead we will do absolutely ridiculous -- my father used to refer to it as the shiny object theory. it's, you can have something that's incredibly important in your life, but if i can come up with a shiny object over here and wave it around and get in this case, the press and others -- get, in this case, the press and others, and maybe the cable news, and we'll talk about the shiny object, we'll go run over and worry about that and act with that, even though this over here is the thing that is so critical to the survival of our society. so let's actually talk about where we're having some success right now. it was only a couple years ago, i remember it was joint economic committee, we were sitting down with some researchers and we were talking about the aging of america and how labor force participation was going to crash
and because of that we were going to see a real headwind in our ability to grow as a society, as an economy. well, without the growth, you're not going to have the revenues, you're not going to have all those pillars that we talked about in the beginning moving forward. so what happens when last friday , last friday we get the unemployment numbers, and underneath it there's that thing called the youth fix data where you start to drive into it and understand, hey, what's really going on? as we get ready to walk through these really positive things, i need you to all work with me on a concept. how do you have a society that -- and let me grab my little notes here -- that all of a 163.4 ou actually have million americans working?
you are now back above 63% labor force participation, we're back up to like 63.2%, which those very researchers meeting a couple years ago said by now we would be maybe as low as in the high 50%'s, that the available labor was going to crash, and you start to understand there's a miracle happening in our society. because, to quote some of the folks recently, workers came out of the woodwork this last month. and have been entering the labor force, so the best way i can describe this, do you remember a few years ago when we used to come behind these microphones and we would talk about the real unemployment data? hey, you know, i know they're saying we were only at 6% unemployment, but if you actually add in all those people who are not looking for work, discouraged workers, if you want to do a pop culture term from the 1980's, worn-out workers,
the unemployment rate was 14%, 16%, 18% of the society. well, now we actually is a data that last month, when they do the real unemployment calculation, low of the it's been in modern times -- lowest it's been in modern times. we're back at 7% and ticking lower. the official unemployment rate stayed at 3.7%. so work with me here. so official unemployment rate doesn't change, but we know we had a few hundred thousand new . tries into the labor force a big chunk of that were not being calculated in unemployment numbers because they weren't even looking. something happened in society where all of a sudden folks who were underemployed, who had not been looking, all of a sudden came back. this is really, really important. i know it's geeky. but the math is absolutely
critical. and the other thing that was happening also, if you actually dug into that unemployment report on friday, if you take the last three months, all of a sudden wages and productivity have started to spike. so, if you annualize the last three months, all of a sudden wages are moving at a about 4.2% increase -- at about 4.2% increase, at a time with very low inflation. you remember your econ classes. what are the two things that make an employer pay you more money? it was really simple. it was productivity and inflation. what happens if you're in a world where there's very little inflation and all of a sudden you're paying people senator it turns out maybe we have to add -- more? it turns out maybe we have to add a little bit more of labor force squeeze, a society with more jobs than available workers, and all of a sudden the spike of productivity you see in the last three months, these are good things. we've talked behind these microphones for years now of working men and women aren't
getting ahead, that the actual real wages have stayed flat for a couple decades. except for substantially this last year. we really should figure out, what are we doing right and continue to do more of it. look, it's math. as is it republican math or democrat -- is it republican math or democrat math? it's math. something is working in our society, where those are coming back into the labor force. and, look, why isn't there joy in this place? is it just, has our partisanship become so dark that something that would be a conversation of joy, of 3.3% unemployment rate for adult women, this is close to the 1953 rate, indiana 1953 it was a dramatic -- and in 1953 it was a dramatically smaller population that were actually looking. how about 5.5% african-american unemployment rate, a record low.
where's the joy? 4.2% hispanic american unemployment rate. it has now tied the all-time record low. 3.3% unemployment rate for adult women near the lowest rate since 1953. 2.8% asian american unemployment rate. almost touching up against the record low. we are seeing -- and if you want to take prime age, which there's a whole reason we cal crate that, for producttive -- calculate that, for product tevity numbers, 7 -- pruskettivity numbers, the highest -- productivity numbers, the highest rate since february, 2002, and 80% of prime age, 25 to 54, employment rate, first time since 2008, but there's other numbers in here. the you would think actually for
a moment there would be some level of joy, of something is working in our society, where the very people we walk around here claiming that we're fighting for, that we care about , it's working. we just need to figure out what's work and do more of it. -- working and do more of it. u.s. household income finally matches 1999 peak, while poverty rate is at its lowest since 2001. . how many of you saw this discussed over the weekend, other the last couple of days? it's working. for the first time, most new workers, working age hires in the u.s., are people of color. it's working. so when i get behind this mike and i keep trying to say we have five pillars we need all of
these cylinders to be clicking, to be able to grow the economy so we can generate the revenues, we actually have a fighting chance to keep our promises that labor force participation one is working right now. doesn't this body understand how powerful this is? they'll be out tomorrow, it's always dangerous to guess but last month you saw the reality, what we call receipt. tax receipts. tax receipts so far this year . e functionally 3.1% higher they've grown. they are the highest in u.s. history. and if you actually use even what they call inflation adjusted dollars, it's the second high nest history. so the misinformation campaign saying well tax reform -- no, tax reform is working.
revenue, receipts are up. if we could get decent data on understanding of social needs, social security disability, we know the numbers have fallen. tanf needs have fallen. many of these are no longer needing the u.s. government subsidies because they're working again. where's the joy? why is the spending functionally up about 6.5%? ell, a big portion of that was displaced on what we call discretionary. a big portion of that growth is demographic. we dent do a particularly honest job -- we don't do a particularly honest job of showing on the charts that this is on auto pilot. americans furn00 65, they start getting benefits. the medicare part a part of the
dust fund is gone in a couple of years asmsas we walk through this, and this chart is almost impossible to read and understand, but the trend line of african-american women, of his panics, of white workers, of african-american men, hispanics, others. the -- coming back into the labor force is a miracle. it's a demonstration that our five pillar proposal of how we grow, how we deal with those health care costs that are the driver of the crushing debt that is coming down upon us, not tomorrow but today. one of the pillars is working right now. we demonstrated that that sort of holistic theory that when you get tax policy right, regulatory policy right, can you imagine when we finally get ourselves and some of the trade issues all cleaned up, where we can go
economically. it's a demonstration that economically this affects what's happening over here on people's ability to have the honor of work. i just eaker, desperately wish that when we have our debates, i know we're going to always have those moments where we'll have to do the shiny object because that's great politics but the demographics and over $100 trillion of debt being handed to my little girl over the next three decades is a level of cruelty, and it's not republican or democrat, it's math. could we ever get our heads around the fact that doing those things that removes that cruelty and makes the next three decades for my little girl, for all of us, one of the most amazing
portion of american history. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. under the speaker's announced spoil on january 3, 2019, the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. estes, for 30 minutes. mr. estes: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the topic of this special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr.est tess: throughout our district work period i visited farms, ranches, manufacturing plants and small businesses where people all said the same thing. it's time to pass the usmca now. farmers, ranchers and workers in kansas understand how important this monumental trade deal and -- monumental trade deal, and they want it done now. on november 30, 2018, the united states, mexico, and canada signed a monumental free and
fair trade agreement for our countries. since then, mexico has made significant labor reforms and adopted the usmca while canada is not far behind. unfortunately, here at home, the usmca is stuck in purgatory. congress failed to bring the usmca to a vote over the summer as some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle continued to slow walk and delay a vote to ratify the usmca my colleagues may want to deny or delay any victory for president trump, the only people hurt by delaying the usmca are hardworking american farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and families. currently more than 12 million american jobs depend on trade with canada and mexico. as is the case for 45 other state, canada and mexico are kansas' top two trading partners with $4.9 billion every year while supporting one million jobs in my state alone. this understorehouse important
the usmca is for our country. according to the u.s. international trade commission, the usmca will create 176,000 new jbs and increase u.s. g.d.p. by $68 billion. exports to usmca partners will grow by $38.3 billion and imports from the usmca partners will grow by $31.5 billion. overall the update to nafta will create jobs, boost wages, and open up new markets for american agriculture and manufacturing. it also sets unprecedented standards for areas like intellectual property, small businesses, and the environment. this is a significant improvement over nafta which was actually beneficial to my district in kansas. especially for our farmers and ranchers and aerospace manufacturers. but the 25-year-old nafta agreement was outdate and badly in need of reform and modernization. considering when nafta was first negotiated in 1992, motorola cell phones were carried around
in a bag and just one in five households had a home computer. even fewer than that could connect to a dialup internet in order to access the worldwide web which had just been unveiled in 1991. clearly a lot has changed in the last 25 years. our laws and trade deals should change as well. as representative of air capital world and the bread basket of america, i know the usmca is critical for manufacturers, farmers an ranchers throughout kansas and our country. that's why i'm proud to serve today on a team led by steve scalise to help get the usmca finalized in congress. earlier today our team met with ambassador light hiser to receive an update on negotiations and i want to take a moment to again thank him and the entire administration for the work they did to draft the usmca agreement. now it's time for congress to do its part to secure this free and fair trade deal that farmers, ranchers, workers and families in the heartland and throughout
the country ke serve. -- deserve. as a fierce advocate for free and fair trade, i believe a trade agreement is crucial for kansas and our country. however president trump is right to insist trade deals be fair and free. free trade allows us to export our quality agriculture and manufactured goods around the globe while fair trade enables us to do so at a fair price without intellectual property infringement. the usmca accomplishes beth of these goals. i have several members with me here tonight who want to talk about this. right now i'd like to yield to my friend and colleague from pennsylvania, representative perry. mr. perry: i thank the good gentleman for bringing this to light and holding this special order and of course my colleagues who are with me here today. all of us that are probably older than the age of 25 have watched probably never state in
the union, certainly in the commonwealth of pennsylvania, our jobs, every little town you drove through, in the state that i am privileged to represent, every little town had some small business or maybe two or three, a shoe factory, we had a dress factory, one of the little towns south of us had a cigar factory or two. over the course of my adult lifetime those little factories, those small employers in every single town have left. the reason they left, it's multiple but one of them is because the trade deals signed by previous administrations, they encourage them to leave. they encouraged our competitors to take them over and we closed up shop. we lost those jobs and our folks in america had to go find work elsewhere and get retraining elsewhere. it's been 25 years since nafta was enacted. 25 years is a long time. things were different 25 years ago. there wasn't e-commerce.
we weren't all thinking about a globalized economy. and now these antiquated laws that we're living under are holding back our american economy. if we would just pass the usmca, it's in the hands of the speaker right now. if we would just pass it, 176,000 new jobs, $68 billion in growth to our economy. and instead of being worried about trading with china and being concerned with what china is trying to do we could trade with who we really agree with who are right on either side of our border, canada and mexico. wouldn't that be wonderful? we need to modernize our laws d we need to free and fair trade, we don't have that right now. we must pass the usmca to bolster quality, family-sustaining jobs in america in the commonwealth of pennsylvania and other states. the usmca is a win for the american worker. look it's great to help out our neighbors across and around the
globe but our responsibility first is right here at home, in our states. like the state of pennsylvania where i'm privileged to come from. it is a usmca is a great start and strategic win. today i'm calling on house leadership to allow for the consideration of the usmca without any further delay. let the chips fall where they may, put it on the floor and let's see what happens. i suspect it will pass which means the will of the people will be done. we can get to work working more with our allies and our friends and doing better for americans and quite honestly while high china is waiting to make a trade deal, one of the reasons they're waiting is because this congress won't approve one with the usmca and they're saying why should we come negotiate with america when their congress won't approve what we negotiate? we need to show them we will approve it. we do stand with the american people and the american worker. and we need a better deal with china too. it starts with the usmca. i thank the gentleman for
allowing me the time and for bringing this issue to the forefront and i yield. >> -- mr. estes: thank you, representative perry. i have several other members who want to talk about this i want to yield to my friend and colleague from ohio. >> i rise today to urge this body's consideration of the united states-mexico-canada agreement or usmca. which has the support of both of our neighboring nations. the majority of our nation's governor, including ohio's governor, mark dewine, more than 600 trade grouping or nirizations across the nation, our current administration, a significant number of my colleagues both in the u.s. house of representatives and the u.s. senate and myself. the usmca will support tens of millions of jobs across the united states and my home state of ohio, more than 428,000 jobs are supported by trade with canada and mexico.
mr. balderson: the livelihood of my constituents is directly impacted by the success of trade with our neighboring nations. last year, nearly $28 billion worth of goods and services were exported from my home state of ohio to canada and mexico. these exports consist of iron, steel, motor vehicle parts and machinery, much of which comes from my district in central ohio. ohio is also the 12th largest agricultural exporting state. usmca will make immaterial proves to secure greater market access for our farmers and ensure the fair dream of ohio's aling cull -- agriculture products in the mark place. with $28 billion in economic value and 428,000 ohio jobs on the line we cannot afford for the usmca to fail. it's time to pass the usmca now. with that, i yield back. thank you. mr. estes: thank you, representative balderson, i appreciate your effort and
involvement in this. now i'd like to yield time to my colleague from wisconsin, representative grothman. mr. grothman: i would like to thank the gentleman from kansas for yielding and i also rise to speak urging consideration of usmca. i've been an elected official for a while. even when i first began this job in the 1990's i'd get complaints from people about why we couldn't do something about nafta. we finally, after four presidents, watched nafta be approved and watched jobs leave america. we finally have a president who is willing to do something about it. as mentioned before, this agreement is important for wisconsin manufacturers and manufacturers all over the country. . wisconsin has the second highest percent of the work force involved in manufacturing and that's why when i get home, i hear about the importance of this agreement so much. but as important as it is to
manufacturing, the major reason why i wish so much this would be brought to the floor is when i go back home, i hear so much from my agriculture sector. this is important for your corn farmer, but it's even more important for your dairy farmer. dairy is in the worst position it's been, i think, since i was in law school in the 1980's. and i was a law clerk for someone who had a primarily dairy clientele. and it was so tough watching what these guys and gals went through in dairy in the 1980's. now, due to low prices, we're back to where we, again and again, watch dairy farmers wondering if they can hang on for another beak, -- week, another month without going under. here we have this agreement, which has been sitting here, waiting to be voted on, and we cannot bring -- we are not allowed to come in here and vote on it. i beg people, i realize that there may be some things you don't like about president trump. but he's negotiated a very important agreement here, a very important agreement for
manufacturing -- manufacturers, a very important agreement for the agriculture sector, especially dairy. please do not let this agreement wait any more. do not drive more people out of business just for partisan reasons. this is such a good agreement. it's so rare that we get a big improvement around here. i yield the remainder of my time . mr. estes: thank you. i appreciate your time and participation in this very important topic tonight. now i'd like to yield a couple minutes to my friend from arizona, representative schweikert. mr. schweikert: thank you, mr. speaker. and to my friend from kansas who represents my wife's family, hopefully i won't take a couple minutes, but there were a couple of things as we were doing economic numbers before. the modeling right now says if usmca passes, it's another half a point on g.d.p. growth. in a $21 trillion economy, that's real money.
but it's also hundreds and hundreds of thousands of jobs. but there's even another complexity that i'm going to ask for folks to think about. think of the issues we have, particularly with china, and so many of us would love to have a healthy relationship with china, but we don't believe they're playing by the w.t.o. rules. they're breaking the rules. so we're seeing a world right now where lots of manufacturers are thinking about moving parts of their supply chain. wouldn't it be an amazing thing that we do our job here, we get this trade agreement passed, and those components, those issues, parts of the supply chains, are back here in north america. our ability to say, our continent, our trading block, our ability to not only have robust economies for ourselves, but these labor provisions, and this is the last thing i really wanted to hit on. you and i are on the whip team for passing this. we've had a number of visits
with our brothers and sisters on the left. and a lot of them i will get this, well, david, i'm concerned about the enforcement of the new labor standards that the mexican government has passed. remember, their legislature has passed this, their president has signed it. there are dramatic changes this their labor rules. and i will bring them a copy and say, but you don't understand. it's not the 1940's and 1950's anymore. you don't send in a team of union representatives to go inspect the one of the 70,000-some facilities and then write up a report saying we don't think -- in today's world, we have that thing called the internet. and the law the mexican congress passed actually has provisions in there for privacy and secrecy and the ability to use technology that if you believe your labor rights are being abused in a mexican factory, you can actually document it. you can actually put it on a blog and those things.
so how do we drag our brothers and sisters from the left to actually walk away from the excuse of the labor improvement enforcement, and get them tond it's not the 1950's anymore, that now we're going to use technology and the ability to have these new labor standards in mexico, can be enforced on a very large scale, using technology. this is incredibly important to our economic growth, but our entire region's. let's get this done. with that, i yield back. mr. estes: thank you very much. you point out so much about how important it is to get that commeck growth so that we've got -- economic growth so that we've got the value and the economy and how much effort mexico has made, already changing the laws within their country, to help make sure that it's much more viable process for them and it's more productive for them asle withle well -- for them as with. i come from kansas. specifically in my district we have a lot of agriculture and issues there. the usmca's a great, great
improvement for agriculture. it set some unprecedented standards for agriculture. regulation and biotechnology. i mean, it maintains duty-free access for american farmers in mexico and provides new access for u.s. wheat, eggs, dairy and poultry. in fact, the international trade commission estimates an additional $277 million in increased dairy sales to our north american partners under usmca. that's a 44% increase that will bring much-needed lift to the u.s. dairy industry. another area is manufacturing. usmca maintains a duty-free access for u.s. manufactured goods and removes some of the existing barriers for remanufactured goods, opening up a lot of new markets for american products. it encourages u.s. merchandizing by requiring 75% of auto content to be produced in north america. the u.s. trade representative's office estimates the usmca will add $34 billion in automotive
investment and create 76,000 new american jobs. it also incentivizes higher wages, requiring 40% to 50% of auto content to be made by workers making at least $16 an hour. helping to boost wages across many manufacturing sectors. it requires mexico to pass some sweeping labor reforms to improve standards there and create an even more even playing field for american labor. mexico's already followed through and enacted these reforms, which are already benefiting u.s. manufacturing. khan and mexico buy more -- canada and mexico buy more products manufactured in america than our next 10 trading partners. they account for more than two million jobs across our country. as a representative of wichita, i've seen firsthand how important it is that our manufacturers have access to global markets. transportation equipment exports accounts for $2.7 billion last year. and the growth in manufactured goods exports from kansas grew 8.5% from 2010 to 2018.
in addition, kansas aerospace exports to canada and mexico have increased by more than 20% over the last decade. helping grow the total value of manufactured goods exported from kansas to canada and mexico to $3.2 billion in 2018. these numbers underscore the importance of usmca for american manufacturing. you know, i wanted to mention that i've got some other representatives here who also have a big impact and a lot of value to add to that. right now i'd like to call on my friend and colleague from pennsylvania, representative fred keller. mr. keller: thank you, i appreciate the gentleman from kansas yielding time to me. i stand before you today representing the outstanding people of pennsylvania's 12th congressional district. to call upon the speaker, to bring up, and my colleagues to pass the united states-mexico-canada trade agreement, otherwise known as usmca.
back in pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, during the august work month, i heard from our farmers, our manufactures -- manufacturers and energy producers, all of whom would benefit from the passage of the usmca. their medge to me was -- message to me was clear. we need to complete this trade deal so we can continue hiring, growing wages and keep this economy rolling. pennsylvania's 12th congressional district, the benefits of the usmca to our agriculture community are critical. pennsylvania's 12th congressional district is home to over 10,500 farms, 98% of which are family farms. moreover, our district is responsible for 18% of pennsylvania's agricultural sales. during august, i visited brown hill farms, i met with dairy producers at an ag dairy summit,
with my colleague g.t. thompson. i also atended pentagon state's ag progress days. at each visit, dairy producers said the same thing. the usmca agreement would greatly benefit them by eliminating canada's class seven milk, allow american dairy farmers to once again sell milk ingredient products in canada. canada and mexico have taken steps to finalize this agreement . what's stopping the united states from doing the same? right now the agreement is sitting on speaker pelosi's desk. let's be clear. failure to bring up the usmca for a vote is a failure to stand up for american jobs, american workers, and american families. and that's a shame. because one thing that members of congress share is that we want to do what is best for our districts and for our country. our constituents sent us here to work on things that will actually help people. usmca will do that by
prioritizing american jobs, american goods, and american workers. thank you, congressman estes, for organizing tonight's special order on usmca. let's work on things that can actually help people. let's work on things that can have a positive impact. let's pass the usmca. mr. speaker, let's get this done. i yield back. thank you. mr. estes: thank you. i appreciate your time and involvement in this. i'd also now like to call on a friend of mine, and colleague from the great state of indiana, representative jim baird. mr. baird: i'd like to thank my colleague from kansas for allowing me to have the opportunity to speak on this auto important issue. but, mr. speaker -- on this important issue. but, mr. speaker, i rise today to lend my voice in support of the united states-mexico-canada agreement, better known as the usmca. which will expand markets for our farmers and manufacturers while ensuring cheaper goods for
americans. in indiana, our economy thrives because we are one of the larger manufacturing states in the country, and an agricultural center for the nation. we make the steel that towers above the nation's largest cities in skyscrapers, and we build the cars that drive along the nation's highways and byways. and we grow the crops that feed the nation's citizens and livestock. we have built this economy in part through strong international relationships with countries as far away as japan and as close as canada and mexico. in fact, it is the partnerships with our closest neighbors to the north and south that are the strongest and most vital. in 2018, khan was the hoosier state's most -- canada was the hoosier state's most important international market, purchasing 34% of all of our exports. the 72 canadian companies which operates in indiana employ over 15,000 -- 15,600 citizens of our state. mexico follows our second
biggest export market, purchasing $13.8 -- 13.8% of our exports, injecting $5.5 billion into the hoosier heartland. 2,000 manufacturing firms and 61,000 jobs in indiana rely on exports to these countries. beyond the strengthening of our export market, usmca will also increase the percentage of cars that must be built in north america to 75% and require that 40% of the auto content be built by workers earning $16 an hour or more. this is both a boone for manufacturers in the state, and the hoosier workers that are the livelihood of our economy. this legislation also opens up canadian markets to our u.s. turkey and dairy products and ensures our agricultural producers have access to mexico's markets tariff-free. right now due to the international trade conditions like the current delay in this deal, hoosier manufacturers are
seeing their growth stymied. the hoosier farmers are hurting on corn and soy and pork markets have taken major hits in the past few years. the longer we wait, the worse gets. nearly every day i hear from constituents who are anxious to get this trade deal passed so that we can keep our economy in high gear. our farmers and manufacturers in the fourth district need this deal for both the certainty and the prosperity it will provide. usmca will further expand prosperity and ensure that the strong economic growth we've seen in the past three years continues. mr. speaker, i will close with this. allow us to vote. and with that, i yield back. mr. estes: thank you. you know, now i'd like to introduce my friend and colleague from florida, representative steube. mr. steube: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, florida, which i have the privilege of representing, florida relies on trade with canada and mexico to
survive and thrive. from transportation equipment to machinery to agriculturality products. in -- agricultural products. in 2017 alone, florida exported $6.7 billion in goods to canada and mexico, and we are not alone. canada was the leading market for the united states goods exported, followed closely by mexico in 2017. these allies account for 34% of u.s. exports and 35% of u.s. imports. they are our strategic partners and an important part of our successful economy here in the united states. continuing the trade partnership is important. congress should pass the usm crmp a, we would be creating 176,000 additional american jobs and continuing to grow our economy by $168 billion. this will update our trade rules
and enable our trade rules and expand markets. usm crmp arch has the duty-free access for american farmers in mexico and opens up the market to american dairy, wheat, dairy. they would grow their access up to 3.95% and the dairy farmers in my district and 17th district of florida can use every bit of an opportunity to sell their product. approving this will unease the uncertainty allowing them to make new investments. this deal is a good deal for florida and america and time that the majority brings this to the floor. mr. estes: and i would like to . ll on my colleague
>> and giving me the opportunity to speak about it, times are tough in agriculture, the toughest i have ever seen since the 1980's, the passage of the us mmpcrmp arch is the single reatest thing for our farmers, and manufacturers. and it now for time for congress to deliver. it hurts people across kansas and alouis them to open the canadian for dairy, wheat, chidgen and eggs. this agreement will grow our business with the top two partners, meaning thousands of jobs and increased exports for the people of kansas and the standards for biotechnology will
support technology in agriculture and allow the groundwork. some of the brightest thirst in the world are in america but they have been robbed over the previous decade due to the splule theft. willntellectual theft will create more jobs. president trump's louis the working field by labor protections across north america. future economic growth are dependent on expanding u.s. trade and investment opportunities in the global marketplace. president trump has delivered this bipartisan deal and long time for congress to bring it up for a vote. mr. speaker, it's time for us
mmpcrmp a to come to the floor. mr. estes: in closing, i want to thank the memberships who joined us. president trump has often pointed out, our trade deals has not created the best trade deals, but by approving, we could have ar trade deal and create a great template for success as improving trade relations with china and other countries. there is no time like the process, and enforceable so we can get it across the finish line. it is too late for our small businessmen, entrepreneurs and farmers. i thank my colleagues and ask this body to pass the us mmpcrmp a now and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields.
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