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so getting back into the articulation of church and state as discussed earlier. iran, there are significant problems for people to share faith and convert away from islam. i think it is part of our world leadership that we should address them and say these are human rights problems and take them up on the world stage of the u.n. host: back to china, how does president trump do that at the same time he is negotiating a trade to deal that is obviously very important? guest: good question. the key is to make religious freedom a human rights condition as a part of the trade deal. they do not get a deal unless i take steps to deal with these problems. there is evidence that shows that long-term money society says we will help religious freedom flourish, it is good for that country's >> "washington journal" live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern. this segment and more at c-span.org. the u.s. house gaveling in back from recess next for legislative
work. on the agenda today several measures on humanitarian aid and human rights. off the floor, house democrats will meet this afternoon to discuss the impeachment inquiry of president trump. the house is live here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. haplain conroy: let us pray. loving god, we give you thanks for giving us another day. as members of the people's house return to washington, we ask your blessing upon them that they might be all the more focused in their work as modeled by so many americans in their efforts these past days, prepared to work together to
address our nation's most pressing needs. as a community of colleagues, we ask your blessing on representative clyburn and his family who mourn the loss of his beloved wife, emily. may all those who mourn the loss of their loved ones be comforted by your spirit and lifted up by the support of their colleagues and friends. may all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from oklahoma, ms. horne.
>> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. under clause 5-d of rule 20 the chair announces to the house that in light of resignation of the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. duffy, the whole number of the house is 434. the chair will entertain requests for one-minute peeches. for what purpose does the gentlewoman in oklahoma seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. horn: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the fair act, the to make forced arbitrations clauses illegal. as a member of the armed services committee i work to protect service members and their families from negligently managed base house theaning
contracts they were forced to sign to keep them quiet. our service members should have the right to advocate for themselves. we cannot hold bad actors accountable when they can hide in arbitration proceedings. no one should have to sign away their right to go to court after experiencing sexual assault or discrimination. but that is exactly what forced arbitration clauses do arbitration can be an option to solve disagreements without going to court but everyone involved should get to choose. if you download an app, signed up for a credit card or signed an employment contract you may have signed away your right to hold someone accountable. i don't believe that you can sign away your constitutional right. i voted for the fair act to level the playing field for consumers, small businesses, and workers across america and i strongly urge the senate to take it up as soon as possible. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek
recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address this house and rise today to remember the late lieutenant junior grade john joseph wiley and the 129 men tragically lost aboard the u.s.s. thresher. this smarine departed its port on april0, 1963, for a test dive. unfortunately, it never returned. john josephiley of altoona, pennsylvania, was among the lost. after graduating from the united states naval academy he was selected to the naval nuclear power training unit, the u.s.s. thresher was the first and the last submarine to which he'd report.
this week, a new memorial honoring those lost aboard the u.s.s. thresher will be dedicated at arlington national cemetery. mr. joyce: more than half a century later this tragic disaster, our nation has not forgotten the sacrifice of lieutenant john joseph wiley and those americans who died with him. thank you and i yield back. the speaker proempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i ask yamsen -- unanimous coent to address the house for one minute and rhett let's -- and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. in the richest country in the world, every american deserves clean drinking water but for millions of our fellow citizens include manage in michigan and across the country this is not their reality. hundreds of communities are ealing with chemical
contamination that pollutes their drinking water. congress has to act to address this contamination to help keep american families safe. mr. kildee: earlier this year, the house an senate both passed national defense authorization act bills. both important provisions to pfas chemicals were included in those bills. these provisions would fund cleanup of contaminated sites, stop pfas from polluting our drinking water in the future, and ensure that service members, first responders and family exposed to these chemicals have the health care they need. as co-chair of the congressional pfas caucus, a bipartisan task force from states across the country, we work successfully to include many pfas provisions in both the house and senate passed bills. now it's critical that the final nda which is being gauched right now include very strong pfas
provisions. -- provisions. this is what we need to do to protect public health. thank you, mr. chairman, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia -- from arkansas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life of dr. clifton gaines jr. who passed away earlier this month at the age of 97. after dedicating 73 years to his alma mater, harding university in arkansas. dr. gaines began his journey at harding in 1939, majoring in bible and history. soon after graduating he began teaching at harding in 1946, ultimately chairing the history department and serving as dean. mr. hill: in 1965, he was elected as harding's third president, leading the then-college to university status and significant growth.
he served in this role for 22 years, becoming the university's first chancellor in 1987 and then chancellor emeritus in 2013. throughout this admirable life, he traveled to 117 countries, was an eagle scout and served on the area council board. he was an active member in the lions club for 70 years and an elder at the college church of christ. he was admired across our state and i extend my prayers to his family and friends across our great state of arkansas. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom new york seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today on behalf of thousands of families in my district that have been exposed to pfas in their drinking water. last week, my friend, michael hickey, testified before the
house on the prevalence of pfas contamination in two communities in in two communities in my district. but these two communities are in the alone. hundreds of communities across the country are dealing with pfas contamination. here's what we know about these forever democrat calls. mr. delgado: the contamination can cause autoimmune disorders, thyroid conditions or disorders, and cancer. it's time for action. as a named conferee for the national defense authorization act i'll forcefully advocate for pretreatment standards and that pfas be designated a hazardous substance. too many families are living with the consequences of pfas contamination in our nation and it is due in large part to our inaction. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? minnesota seek recognition?
>> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize dr. bruce fender for his exceptional contributions to the state of minnesota as an educator, businessman, and community leader. from 1975 to 1981, bruce worked as the first lay president of scholatica in st. minnesota. he was the youngest president of any catholic college in the united states. following his tenure there he joined labawitz enterprise, serve 25g years as president and c.e.o. he earned the title of businessperson of the year in 2005 from the university of minnesota-duluth school of business and economics. mr. stauber: committed to the betterment of his community, he has also served on a number of health care, business, and
statewide boards. mr. speaker, this next month, he college of st. so lastica will honor him through the names of the stender school of business. the naming of this department after bruce will ensure generations to come will remember his service and generosity. i am happy to see bruce receive this recognition and cannot think of a better way to celebrate his life's work. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from -- the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i rise to ask for unanimous consent to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognize fered -- is recognized for one minute. >> i rise to honor my good friend maurice ferrer, considered the father of modern day miami.
shs shalala: he passed away on thursday at the age of 84. he championed the power of architect yurel beauty and cultural diversity to reshape a city. he served as mayor of miami from 1973 to 1985 and succeeded in transforming the city into the commercial and cultural center we know today. mayor ferrer's vision of miami as i want grailted and urban, international, ultra modern is woven into every inch of our community. from the high rises in brickle to the bayside park that bears his name. he was a talented politician and innovative entrepreneur and a man of unparalleled class and elegance. he continued to advocate for the city and the people of puerto rico until his last days. his passion, wisdom and loyalty to miami will be missed but never forgotten. he was a true titan of public
service. i am proud to have called him my friend. my thoughts are with his wife, children, and grandchildren and with all those in miami who will miss this incredible man. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to highlight my bill the virtual apprentice tax credit act of 2019 which i introduced last week. despite booming economic growth as a result of the american tax cuts and jobs act, nearly seven million jobs in american remain unfilled. mr. speaker, i can't tell you how many employers from my district have struggled to find workers with the technical competencies to compete for in-demand, good-paying jobs. so when it comes to work force development, we need innovative ideas and partnerships between businesses and institutions of higher education. mr. budd: that is why i
introduced the virtual apprenticeship tax credit act of 2019 which offers a tax credit to employers who invest in the funding of virtual apprenticeship programs. it is my hope this will hope more doors for students from all backgrounds. when it comes to learning and work force development, there inthont a one size fits all approach. put simp willly, there needs to be more virtual apprenticeship opportunities for our students. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seeng recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to support hundreds of communities across america both rural and urban, that are being forced to endure pfas contamination. every week we learn more and more about the toxicity and ever-widening scope of the man manufacture made crisis. not one but two p fambings s
sites have been discovered in my own district. first seeping from the sewers and then at the construction site of the new international bridge gordie howe in detroit. ms. tlaib: as a representative of those living in those areas, it is my moral obligation to stand before you all today and say time is now for congress to act. including provisions to clean up contaminated sites, stop pfas from polluting our drinking water in the future and to protect our service members and first responders in the final ndaa that is on its way. we waited long enough to help families whose drinking water is at risk, who have been -- who have been exposed to these toxic chemicals and whose future is very much threatened. thank you, mr. speaker. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition?
>> mr. speaker, i request permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. there is absolutely no doubt that americans pay too much for health care. 70% of americans agree that lowering prescription drug costs should be a major priority for the legislature. during august i participated in a number health care related round tables with medical professionals across pennsylvania's 12th congressional district. those health care professionals identified a number of ways to help lower prescription drug costs, including patent reform that would help get generics to market quickly and need to incentivize innovation as a means to find more cures. as such, i am disturbed my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have introduced a pricing bill that is merely for political talking points and if enacted would put this country on the road towards socialized medicine. mr. keller: rather than incentivizing innovation and patent reform, democrats have
introduced a bill that would increase taxes and stifle innovation while raising drug prices leading to few you are cures. the american people have demanded action on lowering health care costs. but, mr. speaker, socialized medicine is not the only. it is time to work together on real solutions in the free market to lower prescription drug costs and find cures for all americans. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? le mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize and congratulate diamondback, a trug bed cover company in pennsylvania. diamondback was rekently awarded the small business administration pennsylvania small business of the year award. i had the pleasure of traveling back to fellsburg to present the founders with a commendation for
this award. they are recognized as the s.b.a. persons of the year for pennsylvania. ethan and matt met at the pennsylvania state university. what started out as an engineering class project has turned into a flourishing business. i'm particularly proud that ethan and matt chose to plant roots in phillipsburg. this historic commitment to our local communities is breathing new life into small town u.s.a. it's companies like diamondback hemming helping small towns bounce back. the decision to manufacture, market, sell, and ship from phillipsburg is an investment in pennsylvania's future. in the local communities and businesses and the people who call the commonwealth home. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of clean energy week, an opportunity to celebrate
bipartisan support for a wide variety of clean energy sources strengthening americans' national security while also preserving our environment for future generations. environmental stewardship doesn't have to mean making economic sacrifices. clean energy solutions and jobs are the future for the united states. with clean energy powering more homes and businesses than ever before. mr. curtis: the environment is and should be a bipartisan issue. that is why this week i'm proud with my friend, congressman loan tall from california -- lowenthal from california, to offer a resolution to support of designating clean energy week. i'm proud our effort has already gathered dozens of our colleagues, bipartisan on both sides of the aisle. this goes to show that we can work across the aisle to be better stewards of this earth. i plan to continue pursuit of these positive, bipartisan solutions in the future. thank you, mr. speaker.
i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. the clerk: h.r. 1058, an act to amend the public health service act to enhance activities of the national institutes of health with respect to research on autism spectrum disorder and enhance programs relating to autism and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. madam, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on september 24, 2019, at 11:33 a.m. that the senate passed senate 1340. that the senate passed without amendment h.r. 4285. with best wishes, i am, signed
sincerely, cheryl l. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12 of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until 3:00 p.m. today. presidential candidate joe biden will be delivering a statement this afternoon on the whistleblower report and what he calls president trump's ongoing abuse of power at 2:30 eastern. we're aiming to bring that to you live here on c-span when it gets under way. >> the student cam experience is really, really valuable to me. >> student cam had a huge effect on me.
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