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the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, reverend father brian k. burgess, christchurch episcopal,
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woodberry, new jersey. the chaplain: let us pray. o lord our governor we beseech thee to bless the leaders of our land that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to the other nations of the earth. to the president and members of the cabinet, to governors of states, mayors of cities, and to all in administrative authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties. to senators and representatives and those who make our laws in states, cities and towns, give courage, wisdom and foresight to provide for the needs of all our people and to fulfill our obligations in the community of nations. to the judges and officers of our courts, give understanding and integrity. that human rights may be
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safeguarded and justice served. and finally, teach our people to rely on thy strength, and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society, that we may serve thee faithfully in our generation and honor thy holy name. for thine is the kingdom, o lord, and thou are exalted as head above all. men. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house her approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from kentucky, mr. comer.
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comb comb -- mr. comer: 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. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> i ask 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. payne: madam speaker, i'd like to take a moment to praise my district's 2019 congressional , ms. sage savoi
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degorio from maplewood, new jersey. this award is given to youth who achieve extraordinary results in four different categories. public service, physical fitness , personal development and geographic exploration. sage was more than up to the challenge. she joined the americorps and built outdoor trace in virginia. she renovated museums and education centers in new jersey. she helped clean and maintain a natural park in kentucky, and she provided disaster relief to victims of hurricane florence in south carolina. all this while she maintained a
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strict workout regime every week. she deserves this award and i am proud to call her a resident of the 10th congressional district of new jersey. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. we have a solemn duty to find the facts. mr. mccarthy: to be stewards of the truth. it is the truth that must guide our work. when the truth is contorted, twisted and disregarded, the american people lose. the fabric of the institution starts to erode. sadly, that is exactly what is happening with the house intelligence committee under the democratic leadership. it should not have to come to
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this. on numerous occasions, as outlined in this resolution, the chairman of the house of intelligence committee has used his position to mislead the american people. but this resolution is about more than the actions of one individual. when false evidence is entered nto the official record, -- or communicated directly to the american people, the people's house loses the credibility it needs to function properly. if the credibility is not restored, if the american people cannot trust that the process will be fair and that the information will be honestly shared, they will lose trust in the soundness of our system of government. this is what this resolution is about. and i want to thank congressman biggs for introducing it. to protect the integrity of our
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proceedings, which censure is designed to do. to restore a process that is fair, objective and fact-based. and to reassure the american people that the stakes and intensity of our current debate will not overwhelm their government. we face a critical moment in the life of congress, in the history of this country. history will judge what happens on this floor. mr. speaker, it should not have to come to this, but it has. this is not a decision we take lightly. but it is the right thing to do. we serve on this floor as americans, not as a party. we have to stand for truth. we have to stand for a committee that many of us don't even have the capability or the opportunity to read what happens. we put a trust into those individuals to be honest with us
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and to the american public. that is why i urge all of my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution, to bring integrity back to this floor and to this body. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman from texas is recognized for one inute. mr. veasey: mr. speaker, one of my favorite pastimes is playing video games with my 13-year-old son, just as atiana jefferson was doing with her 8-year-old nephew when she was murdered by a police officer in front of him in fort worth, texas, this past weekend. i rise today to commemorate the legacy of atiana, also known as aunt tay by her 8-year-old nephew, and call on our law enforcement to stop these killings now.
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it only took three seconds, three seconds before a police officer fatally shot this woman in front of her 8-year-old nephew, while they were playing video games. she didn't even have a chance to show her hands. the reality for many black and brown people in this country is that this is our america. this is the america that we live in every day. it doesn't matter what neighborhood we live in or how much money we make. this is what we face. and until law enforcement reforms their culture of rogue police that has led to the slaughtering of so maybe people in this country -- many people in this country, justice cannot fully be served. nothing's going to bring atiana back, or all of those that have been unjustly killed back. but we have to do better. we have to hold our law enforcement accountable and fix the systemic failures that have brought us here today. until then, our communities cannot have full confidence in those that are tasked and
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protect -- in protecting all of us. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> i seek 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. >> thank you, mr. speaker. today i will make the motion regarding house resolution 630, a motion to condemn and censure chairman of the house intelligence committee, adam schiff. mr. biggs: i am going to let some of my colleagues explain further, but i want to explain to you what the rules are designed to do in the body that we serve in. they're designed to protect the voice and the rights of the minority. that's the way it is. the majority does not need the rules to protect its rights, because it has the power to vote at any time what it wants to happen. but we follow rules so that all
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americans can be represented, even when they're represented by the minority party. that's not happening today. that's why we have to introduce this motion to censure. no more secret proceedings. no more soviet-style proceedings. with that, i urge all to vote for my motion to censure. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, sir. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i stand today in solidarity with 46,000 united auto workers who are now entering the fifth week on strike following the expiration of their contract in september. ironically this september also marked the end of g.m.'s third uarter, when it sold 737,000 vehicles, more than any other u.s. car maker, recording record profits and capturing nearly 18% of market share. mr. higgins: g.m. cited product quality and reliability for its
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continued strong sales. the united auto workers made those 737,000 vehicles with pride and dedication and attention to detail. the united audio workers made sacrifices to keep g.m. whole hen the auto company faced bankruptcy. with record sales, a fair deal is within reach. one that secures the long-term success of general motors and a better future for the united auto workers. let's get the deal done. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise -- arrived yesterday as 435 other members did to hopefully do the work of the people in the united states congress. what did i find? no legislation to vote on this
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week. basically not doing anything other than listening to secret testimony about impeaching this president, which was duly elected in 2016. here's the question for the american people. why are we not voting on lowering prescription drug prices? why are we not voting on usmca which will help every manufacturer and every business in this country? why are we not voting on securing our board? why are we not having a budget? why are we not reducing regulations to help this great economy? folks, the american people deserve better than this. mr. norman: i will sign the censure to hold adam schiff accountable. which should be done. i urge my other colleagues to do the same. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from new york is recognized for one inute.
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>> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize the life and legacy of lieutenant petrizino who was assassinated in sis lily while investigating organized crime -- sicily while investigating organized crime. the first nypd officer killed overseas in the line of dutyy. born -- duty. born in italy, he arrived in america as a teenager. in 1883 he joined the nypd and became the first italian language speaker in the department's hftry. he was a passionate crusader against ordering crime and eventually rose to lead the nypd's italian squad. an elite group of officers tasked with taking down organized crime groups in the city. while on a special mission to infiltrate the italian mafia in sicily, the lieutenant was assassinated. his memory still lives on. today the lieutenant's associates in new york continue
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to preserve his values and dedication to the nypd. we welcome the delegates of the lieutenant association to the capitol and thank them for all they it do -- do to sustain his memory of this new york city police detective and great american. fighting crime requires sacrifice of an untold number of men and women in blue. we thank them and their families for putting themselves in harm's way on our behalf. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition [. it the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. gohmert: mr. speaker, what is going on with regard to the attempted coup on the united states president is really outrageous and playing out now in the house of representatives. m on judiciary, as are other
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friends, andy biggs and andy and others went down to the scif there is a hearing going on about impeachment, and i was not allowed in nor others. members of congress were told i'm not allowed in. i asked, who gave that order, because until a vote is held on the rules to change the rules of precedent, it goes through the judiciary committee. they couldn't explain, they said a staff boss. a staff boss, cannot go sit in a hearing like that? that is outrageous. they couldn't say who said. this coup needs to stop now. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from minnesota seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection. the gentlewoman is recognized nor one minute. >> last week, president trump held a rally in the twin cities where once again immigrants and efugees demonized. we should call those attacks on those who have come to the united states seeking a better life, racist and wrong. since the rally, members of the somali community have come forward of being afraid to go to work, gather socially in public. minnesota has a long and proud of welcoming refugees. we will stand up for our values. to my somali and east african neighbors, you are welcome in minnesota and important part of the fabric of our community and the contributions to the state we all love make minnesota
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stronger. we will continue to defend our long and proud history of welcoming refugees. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. harris: ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from maryland is recognized for one minute. mr. harris: it seems when i came to work this week, i was coming to work in moscow, beijing, pyongyang not in the capital of the free world, what are we doing? holding kangaroo courts, star chamber, soviet-style secret trial. that's what is going on. i went back to my district and i had three town halls in the last four days. i came from a district who wants to vote for this president in 12 months and they asked me where is the evidence? i went downstairs today to try
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to find it. i went down to the scif and i was told i could not read the testimony of mr. volcker. i asked to go into the hearing. they said you can't go. member of congress. i said who refused? they wouldn't tell me. so, mr. speaker, it appears that someone has made a decision with no rhyme or reason who gets invited to these things. we have to stop this. what are they hiding. i support the censure resolution. open up the windows. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to address an urgent crisis in our communities, access to rural broadband. over the district work period, i held a field hearing with s.p.c.
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commissioner and residents shared their stories to improve rural broadband network. the commissioner held from small business owners and everyone impacted by this issue. i introduced the broadband speed act and mapping act. this legislative package will result in the s.e.c. and require that projects funded with f.c.c. money are future proof or built to withstand changes in technology. this legislation would allow local governments community groups to access funding to allow them to collect information on local broadband service and challenge a finding that they are in fact, served. i urge the house to take up this legislation and close the digital divide. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to address a concerning issue, the issue, the chairman of the house intelligence committee whom house democrats have chosen to lead their sham impeachment inquiry process last brazenly misled the american people and have hid i don't know the truth. chairman schiff must be held accountable for his actions and this body must take a vote on house resolution 630. as house democrats pursue their partisan impeachment inquiry in soviet-style hearings, this majority has proven that they cannot be trusted to act with integrity. if house democrats want to
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impeach they should do so in a transparent, nonpartisan process. the american people won't be fooled. it's time to restore order and decorum to this house. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to ask my colleagues to make it easier to get mental health care. we should pass the national suicide hotline designation act and make 988 the national number for mental health emergencies. when your house is on fire, you don't have to look for a phone book. you just dial 911. mr. speaker, it ought to be the same way for mental health
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emergencies as well. and that's just the beginning. let's change our culture so getting a mental health checkup is part of routine life. deployed service members can set an example by getting a mental health checkup within two weeks after returning home. that bipartisan requirement is in the house version of the ndaa. and let's start a conversation in this country that getting mental health care is part of life. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from washington seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized. >> october is national pregnancy and infant loss awareness month and i rise today on behalf of every parent who has suffered a miscarriage, still birth. the nanswered questions of
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death of a newborn add to the heartache. we see you. no one should grieve alone. and we comfort listen and support. we honor the legacy of those libes lost by working to prevent infant death. we remember the one million pregnancies in the united states that ended in miscarriage, still birth. they are intrinsic value is profound. i thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to take this time to concxds con grat late, nathan ma thigh asand achieved the
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honor of being an eagle scott. he built benches with an improved design to accommodate those in wheelchairs for easier access, a retirement facility for nuns in the philadelphia area. through this project he discovered his passion for engineering and plans to continue his interest when he is in college. it is people like faith and have listened to the needs of those in our local communities. keep up the good work. thank you for all you do for south jersey and for the united states of america. you are truly our hero and we are truly proud of you. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from arizona seek recognition? ms. lesko: i ask unanimous nsent to dress the house for
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one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. . ms. lesko: i'm a proud co-sponsor of the resolution adam us to censure to schiff. for thank my co-sponsor leading this. we have watched for two years that congressman schiff say he had evidence, evidence that president trump and his campaign colluded with russia. we determined that that was not accurate. hen in committee recently, mr. schiff read a false made-up narrative of a conversation he purported to be between president trump and the ukranian president. it was absolutely made up and false. i believe to try to deceive the american public. then on national tv, mr. schiff
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said no, when asked, no, our office did not have any prior contact with the whistleblower and then we found out that that was untrue. and so i support the resolution to censure congressman adam schiff. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: the headline of the "new york times" yesterday said syrian forces rush into u.s. void, battle lines shifting to the benefit of iran, russia and isis, to the negative impact of the national security of the united states of america because of one simple phone call of this president, president erdogan and release of troops to the troops
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who lost their lives and those remaining and the release of isis family members. we are in a national security and asking for a no-fly zone over northern syria and need to find away to rebuild the house. let me indicate from is no indication that anything is awry in the investigation that is proceeding. it is proceeding in a manner where democrats and republicans are able to ask questions of witnesses along with their staff. this is not an independent counsel. so our committees are doing the investigation. all parties are able to be part of that investigation. and as well, there is no present collusion to what ultimately may be open hearings. let us be patient, sober and somber for this important responsibility under the constitution of the united states of america. that is the way this congress should behave. with that, i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from iowa seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. it is my privilege and honor to be addressing you here. mr. king: i come to the floor to address the circumstances that are historic that are shaking the foundation of this republic. our constitution is under threat. our republic is under threat. there are secret meetings taking place down in the house select committee on intelligence, they are talking about finding away to impeach the president of the united states. they don't have a charge yet. we went through two years of the mueller investigation and now grinding through this under the guidance of adam schiff and there is a resolution that has been presented to this floor to censure him.
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they are cherry-picking quotes from the people that are testifying and refuse to allow us to go in and read the volcker transcript. they are allowing no exculpatory evidence that might defend our president and no representation for the president. they have turned this committee into a partisan committee. i submit it will be awfully hard for this select committee to every function again if it's going to be a partisan secret committee feamenting to overturn the election of the president of the united states. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i'd like to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to speak on the alarming rise of drug costs. one in four americans have a hard time affording their lifesaving prescriptions, families are making impossible choices between paying the mortgage, putting food on the
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table, or buying life savings medication, we turned a blind eye to the prescription drug equal system and now the system has become unsustainable. americans are getting ripped off while other countries pay far less for the same drug. $333 , the u.s. spent billion on prescription medication up from $236 billion in 2007. ms. adams: an increase of more than 40% over 10 years. that is unacceptable. i have listened to my constituents whose struggles to afford the prescriptions they need and they want us to act. this isn't a partisan issue. it's a people issue. i urge my colleagues to support legislation like h.r. 3 so that american people no longer are left with false choices. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> i rise in strong support of my colleague, andy biggs' resolution, to censure adam
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schiff for the way he's conducted this impeachment inquiry, behind closed doors, in secret, misinformation, time and time again we have seen this ttern where he pattern where he throws out false information, like when he said he had more than circumstantial evidence. mr. scalise: that the president colluded with russia. after the mueller report comes out we find out there was no collusion. not once did he try by the way, mr. speaker, to present that evidence because there was no evidence. then he goes on and he gives ulls false representation of the whistleblower report. of course we now have seen the transcript. we know what happened. and there was no quid pro quo. even though he was alleging quid pro quo. now he's holding meetings in secret behind closed doors to impeach a president of the united states. mr. speaker, we had an election in 2016, donald trump was elected. we have another election next year, and the people will decide who the president is, not speaker pelosi, not adam shift,
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behind closed doors. we need transparency. we need to end this kangaroo court, witch-hunt. get back to the people's work here in this house. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, pursuant to clause 2-a-1 of rule 9, i rise to give notice of my intention to raise a question of the privileges of the house. the form of the resolution is as follows. h.res. 630, resolution condemning and is ensure adam schiff, representative of california's 28th congressional district. mr. biggs: whereas, president trump released the transcript after call between him and the president of ukraine. whereas president trump subsequently released the whistleblower complaint of august 12, 2019. whereas in a september 26, 2019 hearing on the whistleblower complaint, house intelligence committee chairman damn schiff purported to relay the content of the foal call to the american people.
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whereas instead of quoting directly from the available transcript, chairman schiff manufactured a false retelling of the conversation between president trump and president zelensky. whereas this egregiously false and fabricated retelling had no relationship to the call itself. whereas these actions of chairman schiff mislead the american people bringing disrepute upon the house of representatives and make a mockery of the impeachment process, one of this chamber's most solemn constitutional duties. whereas for more than two years chairman schiff has spread false accusations that the trum campaign included with russia. n march, 2017, then mr. schiff accused trum associates of colluding with russia. whereas then ranking member schiff falsely claimed in march 27 interview to have more than circumstance of collusion with russia. whereas then ranking member schiff negotiated with russian
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comedians who he believed to be ukraineon officials to obtain materials to damage the president of the united states politically. whereas according to a "new york times" article on october 2, 2019, chairman schiff's committee staff met with the whistleblower prior to the filing of his complaint and staff members communicated the content of the complaint to chairman schiff. whereas chairman schiff concealed his dealings with the whistleblower from the rest of the intelligence committee, when asked directly in a television interview whether he had any contact with the whistleblower, he lied to the american people and said we have not spoken directly with the whistleblower. whereas members of the intelligence committee have lost faith in his objectivity and capabilities as chairman with every republican member on the committee having signed a letter calling for his immediate resignation as chairman. he which areas chairman schiff has hindered the ability of the intelligence community and indispensable pillar of our
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national security. be it resolved that one, the house of representatives is ensure and condemns representative adam schiff for conduct that misleads the american in a way that is not befitting an elected member of the house of representatives. two, representative adam schiff will forthwith present himself in the well of the house for the pronouncement of censure. and three, representative adam schiff will be censured with the public reading of this resolution by the speaker. the speaker pro tempore: under the rule, the resolution offered from the floor by a member other than the majority leader or the minority leader ask to question of the privileges of the house has immediate precedent only as a time designated by the chair within two legislative days after the resolution is properly noticed. pending that designation, the form of the resolution noticed by the gentleman from arizona will appear in the record at this point. the chair will not at this point determine whether the resolution constitutes a question of privilege. that determination will be made at a time designated for
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consideration of the resolution. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 629 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 46, house resolution 629, resolved, that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18 declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 18125 to require the securities and exchange commissionand exchange commission, when developing rules and regulations about disclosures to retail investors, to conduct investor testing, including a survey and interviews of retail investors, and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against
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consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and amendments specified in this section and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on financial services. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on financial services now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 116-34, modified by the amendment printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted in the house and in the committee of the whole. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in
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order except those printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules. each such further amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such further amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill, as amended, to the house with such further amendments as may have been adopted. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or ithout instructions. section 2, at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the
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house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill, h.r. 3624, to amend the securities exchange act of 1934 to require the disclosure of the total number of domestic and foreign employees of certain public companies, and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on financial services. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on financial services now printed in the bill. the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against the
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committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part c of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. the previous question shall be
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considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or ithout instructions. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one hour. mr. desail yea -- . desaulnier: i yield 30 minutes to my friend the gentleman from georgia, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purposes of debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and xtend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. desaulnier: yesterday the rules committee met and reported a rule, house resolution 629, providing for consideration of h.r. 1815, the securities exchange commission disclosure effectiveness testing act. the rule provides for
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consideration of the legislation under a structured rule. it provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee on financial services. it self executes a manager's amendment that makes technical changes. it also makes in order four amendments, two democratic and two republican. the rule also provides for consideration of h.r. 3624, the outsourcing accountability act under a structured rule. it provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee on financial services. finally, it makes in order two republican amendments to h.r. 3624. mr. speaker, the bills before us this week are consumer protection bills. together these bills make an effort to give everyday americans access to clear, die stible -- digestible affings to help them make informed
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decisions. the inequality in this country is historic. the experience is on par of the great depression. without adjustments like the ones proposed in these bills it can only get worse. the most visible indicator of wealth and equality in america today may be the forbes magazine list of the nation's 400 richest americans. in 2018, the three men at the top of this list, amazon bounder jeff bezos, microsoft founder bill gates, and investor warren buffett, held combined fortunes worth more than the total wealth of the poorest half of americans. three men had more wealth than 160 million americans. in 1989, the bottom 90% of the u.s. population held 33% of all wealth. by 2016, the bottom 90% of the population held only 23% of wealth. the wealth share of the top 1% increased from about 30% to approximately 40% over the same
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period of time. the tax bill just passed by the house the last session doubles down on this troubling trend. in 2019, a person in the bottom 10% gets a $50 tax cut. and a person in the top 1% gets a $34,000 tax cut. poor people will see their taxes stay the same or increase in the long run. the outsourcing accountability act makes one change to existing reporting requirements. it would add a requirement for publicly traded companies to report foreign and domestic employment statistics to the s.e.c. are your employees working in the united states or overseas. by publicly reporting this data, companies are providing important information to their investors, consumers and american workers with no
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additional burden on their business. s heather corzo from the afl-cio, what gets measured gets paid attention, as a former union member and committee of education and labor, we should do everything we can to incentivize companies to invest in american workers and not to offshore their work. this administration has done everything in its power in my view to give corporations even more power at the expense of their employees. and these effects are being felt in households across this country. mr. speaker, the other bill before us the securities and exchange commission testing act. all we are asking for is to make sure the data we are collecting for consumers is easy to understand so it can be used in
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the way it was intended. field testing allows average investors to pilot a form that the s.e.c. is planning to use and be a focus group on whether it's user friendly and the results are understandable. a recent form was field tested and revealed that every day americans were deeply confused about the information the form was supposed to be communicating. in this specific instance, we are talking about how a company discloses any conflicts of interest it may have in providing investment advice. 7 million people in my home state of california and 55 million people nationwide most of them low and middle income don't have access to retirement benefits at work. we are talking about people who work for small businesses whose companies cannot afford the expensive products on the market. the financial sector takes 25% of all corporate profits and
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represents 7% of the u.s. economy and creates a mere 4% of jobs. mr. speaker, this bill makes it easier for people who are trying to build a secure retirement for themselves and their families to understand the investment advice they are receiving and whether it's in their best interest. we have an obligation to our workers who sacrifice and provide so much to our country to give them something in run. these two bills help put consumers in the driver's seat. one requires information collected by companies to be shared and consumers understand the information she are being given sm the only people who should be opposed are big businesses who may be afraid of what the public will learn about their practices. the goal should be to give workers a secure retirement and protect consumers. why wouldn't we wan to take every step to get there. i thank you and i reserve.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i want to thank my friend from california for yielding me the time today. ordinarily, mr. speaker, what folks decide they are going to highlight on the house floor are all of our disagreements. the one-minutes today highlighted that. my friend and i were talking before debate began and i include you in this partnership, mr. speaker, you locked a couple of us in the room, we could solve 90% of what ails this country. but the media winds often distract from what's going on and that's my frustration today. i don't have any objection with the rule as it sits before us. we heard testimony last night from the ranking member on the financial services committee. to paraphrase his words, he said these bills were so flawed he
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didn't offer amendments in committee to make them better because there was no hope for these bills. no hope for these bills in that they were so poorly drafted and poorly directed that they would not benefit the american people in the ways they were intended and that the senate will never take them up and the president won't put his signature on them because they are so flawed. i can't take responsibility for what the financial services because i don't sit on that committee. i will tell you that the first time i had the privilege of coming to the house floor and speaking on a rule where republicans got as many amendments as democrats did. it's a big day. i feel partnership breaking out. if we can keep this going, we might be able to make a difference. it has been a frustration of ours, when you are in an institution like this one, being in the majority has privileges
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and the privilege is you get to draft the legislation and then you get to draft the rule to bring the legislation to the floor and you can jam anything through this institution if you want to. our best work isn't the work we jam through, but the best work is the work we spend not hours, not days, but weeks and months crafting together in partnership. most of that work doesn't happen here on the house floor. it happens in committees and happens behind closed doors where members can talk about hat their constituents need. we are going to pass this rule this afternoon and i will offer an amendment if we defeat the previous question. it will make the rule better. but i do believe we have a missed opportunity, mr. speaker. there is a lot of work that needs to be done. i have one of my po bosses in
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own, colonel dennis brown is a county commissioner and i was telling him the story that one of my former bosses, if you wanted a real job, you run for county commissioner. because everything you do impaths everyone's life. no one shows up i have a problem. if you are a democrat or vice versa. folks show up, i have a problem and need you all to work together to fix it. we have real problems here, mr. speaker. and we all know as we heard during the one-minet times that drug pricing is a challenge and there are a lot of different solutions. there are more liberal and conservative solutions and middle of the road solutions that bring people together. i wish we had those on the floor. we have immigration challenges in this country. i'm pleased about 27% of my bosses is first generation
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americans, folks who believe in america that they traded away their entire family's life back in their home country to try to make a new life here in america. i love that we have those stories to tell, but we all know the immigration system is broken and people trying to get here the right way can't, the wrong way can. we should have those provisions on the floor. we all know that social security is underfunded and in a few short years, men and women who are if dependent on that program are going to run into that shortfall. we can't do those hard things in unified government, mr. speaker. when republicans win back the next year and continue control in the senate, that's going to be the wrong time to do fundamental reforms to medicare and social security. it will be the wrong time to do the big things that need to be
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done to get our fiscal order. the right time is in divided government where we have the opportunity to put everybody's fingerprint on a solution, not to swing left or right, but move the country in a country that we can all agree on. but sadly that's not why we are here today, mr. speaker. i listened to the reading clerk read the bill, read the rule, and i think back to some of those days where reading clerk is reading the appropriations bills and going through meaningful legislation, line by line, opening it up so every member, no matter he or she represents has the opportunity to offer amendments and make the bill better. ranking member's testimony is hat the bills are so flawed ta the committee didn't consider
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making amendments to make them together. the rules committee is going to going to make them better. i hope we move past these messageaging bills, consumer protection isn't just a political message. consumer protection is a shared goal from the coast of california to the coast of georgia. it's something that units us in this institution, not divides us. i regret that the apparent legislative agenda for the week is going to be to consider bills that get approved or defeated on straight part-line votes. we can do better in this current political environment. the american people may not expect better, but i know my bosses do and i will continue to press for ta. with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. desaulnier: i want to make a
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comment to my friend from georgia as we do this. i want to express my respect and affection for him in the short time i got to serve with him. and i agree with almost everything he said with the possible exception of his prediction on the next election. but other than that, i yearn to be part of this institution that solves problems, where you take a liberal perspective and conservative perspective and by listening to both, we get a product that is more reflective of the whole. and someone who has served at the city level, county level, at the state level and now in congress, it is discouraging for me to be here and not be as engaged as i hoped to in problem solving and respecting differences of opinion. we'll get through this. the speaker likes to quote
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lincoln, with public sentiment everything is possible. without it, nothing is possible. no statute has real force. that is good for us to remember that we have to go back to our town halls as we all do and sometimes some of the most difficult part of those town halls is telling friends that you disagree with them, that there is another side of the story. so with that, i thank my friend from georgia for his reflections and his hopes for this institution. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: if the gentleman from california is going to start quoting lincoln, i have to bring out franklin. in the summer of 1787 as folks were taking a break and they were hard and worried that we wouldn't reach a conclusion on language in our constitution and franklin admonished the members there, don't go there and find folks who will agree with you,
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go and find folks that disagree with you and listen closely to what it is they are saying and what their concerns are so we may come back together and bridge a divide. mr. speaker, if we defeat the previous question today i'm going to offer an amendment to the rule and that amendment is going to try to do exactly what i believe members of this institution want and that's to get back to some of the real problem solving that goes on. i want to ask unanimous consent to insert into the record the text of my amendment and any other extraneous material immediately meyer to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, the amendment is going to prioritize the work that we all know america wants us to do. i went through some of those items earlier. work for the chronically ill, seniors, prescription medications, folks who are
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concerned about congestion and go down the list of all the priorities that we all hear from our constituents on a regular basis. it will amend the rule to allow an opportunity to move forward on these priorities issues. i don't mean priority from a republican perspective or democratic perspective, i mean priority from an american perspective. i serve on the modernization committee here, mr. speaker. we just had a hearing upstairs in the rules committee and it's a different dynamic. my friend and i serve on a committee of 13 people. there are no time limits on our discussion. that committee has a majority tilt, nine members in the majority and four in the minority. but because it's a small committee, because it allows for
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open debate, it creates a relationship among the members that isn't possible say for the transportation committee on which i sit that has more than 70 members on it. i have a chance to listen every day to the opinions and the concerns of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle as well as on my side of the aisle. . . what we concluded in the modernization committee, because e have young families here, people trying to balance their obligations with as a mother or know how taxing that can be, and one of our had vast who experience trying to work on ouse schedules, cautioned us against believing you could wave suddenly ng wand and product a more productive institution. roductivity comes from those
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relationships. productivity comes from that sincere effort to do better. -- we're here on financial services. my time on capitol hill is the singest most collegial single most ollegial committee on capitol hill. it often divides along partisan lines. we have two members from georgia rvice financial sfshts committee, the gentleman from area, mr. scott. loudermilk. one is a republican and one is a democrat. odds are when we get into the will make a hat real difference for families across the district, they vote the same way. get ver i go and try to into the mete of the financial with what sue, i go my friend, mr. scott, mr. loudermilk, are saying. political des of the
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spectrum but a shared goal of trying to serve the men and best they orgia as can. i confess, i don't have high hopes we are going to defeat the question and amend the back to those common goals we share. but i've been surprised before. i've been surprised in ways disappointment and i have been surprised in ways that make me -- that make me proud. my colleagues, if you're thinking about busting ut of the box a little bit, if you're thinking about, should we do things the same way we've always done them or should we new, are you thinking it's working great the way it's been going or are you we can improve on it a little bit, just consider the woodall amendment to the defeat the t let's previous question. let's amend the rule and then et's see if perhaps we can break out a new day of roductivity and not based on
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republicans and democrats but based on americans who are facing real problems back home real solutions that we are very honored to be able to work to provide. mr. chairman, i'd say to my friend from california, i here.have any speakers i want to encourage my friends, previous question. in the absence of defeating the previous question, mr. speaker, to defeat the rule. give us chance to go to the rules committee committee with try to craft and something even better than what we have here today. that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia yields his time.alance of the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. desaulnier: thank you, mr. speaker. thank my friend as well. it's always a pleasure to hear your words of wisdom. reminded of a story that you will hear, monticello, somebody
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when he first opened. mr. jefferson, will you have a bust of mr. hamilton opposite you? don't agree on anything with hamilton. said, that's the point. i appreciate the comments. i look forward to further that room.ns up in mr. speaker, in closing, i'd like to thank my colleagues, axne, congressman kasten, and chairwoman waters for their leadership on these commonsense bills to protect american consumers and workers. urge a yes vote on the rule and the previous question. i yield back the balance of my and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields his time.alance of the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested.
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all those in favor of taking yeas and nays e will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under .lause 6 of rule 20 the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time.
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the speaker pro tempore: for the gentleman es from new york seek recognition? mr. engel: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules
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nd pass house joint resolution 77, certain united states efforts to prevent turkish military operations against syrian kurdish forces in northeast syria. the peaker pro tempore: clerk will report the title of the joint resolution. the clerk: house joint resolution 77, joint prevent turkish military operations against syrian kurdish forces in northeast syria. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the mr. eman from new york, engel, and the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul, be each will 20 minutes -- mccaul, will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. engel. mr. engel: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to evise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material 77.ouse joint resolution the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. engel: i yield myself such consume.i may the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, is recognized. mr. engel: thank you, mr.
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speaker. since the beginning of this congress, when i became chair of the foreign affairs committee, work across the aisle to advance a bipartisan ision of what american foreign policy should be, what it can best, and 're at our that's the foreign policy rooted in our values, values like upport for human rights and human dignity, a foreign policy that projects american as a force for good in the world, a foreign policy that thrives on the power of and alliances. i've worked with my friend from texas, the ranking member of the foreign affairs committee, mr. mccaul, to make sure this vision enshrined in the committee's work and we do all we can to the administration towards this approach. so, mr. speaker, for me, the week has been just devastating. a week ago, president trump had phone call with turkey's against the er
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experts and advisors, e gave them the green light to charge into syria. this is violence against the syrian kurds. syrian kurds, he who courageously stood alongside us for many, many months and years in the fight against isis. that was a betrayal of our partners. it was a gift to russia, a gift a gift to isis, and a gift to assad. and it was a blow to our security. now, a week later, the same kurdish forces who fought with special forces to fighting s are now tooth and nail to survive slaughter, russian and regime forces have quickly by the he vacuum left united states. president trump's decision has allowed isis fighters in escape from a to
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prison, paving the way for a esurgence of the terrorist group. get out of jail free card, if monopoly from the old days. and the humanitarian crisis is staggering. of thousands have been displaced. families, women and children, gruesome stories of beheadings, torture and abuse, all set into motion, by the actions of the president of the united states. what kind of message does this the world? how can america be trusted to keep its word? betray one of our close partners, loyal and faithful them out just throw like an old shoe? how can america be trusted to word when we make mpulsa decisions -- impulsive decisions that have an immediate and catastrophic impact on millions of people? ongress must speak out against this disgrace. the measure we're considering unambiguous, d an
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bipartisan, hopefully bicameral policy in f frump's sear -- trump's policy in syria. this measure calls on the white strong, clearop a strategy on how to defeat isis now that president trump has its resurgence. it expresses strong support for forces, urdish recognizing their commitment and against s in fight isis. and it calls on turkey to its military op syria.in at president trump's hands, american leadership has been laid low and american foreign olicy has become nothing more than a tool to advance his own interests. oday, we make clear that the congress is a co-equal branch of government, and we want nothing disastrous his policy. so, mr. speaker, i say to our colleagues, it is on us. us to uphold our country's values, to strengthen
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security, to defend america's standing in the world. on both all members sides of the aisle to support this resolution and make it where we stand. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul, is recognized. you, mr. l: thank speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. you, mr. l: thank speaker. i'd like to first begin with for his chairman engel bipartisan work to craft egislation in response to this week's developments. we often say in our committee at the itics stops water's edge. in this time of crisis, i'm roud to work with him to lead the most bipartisan committee in the congress. a dark -- today may be a dark today but it would be arker if we were divided instead of standing united. mr. speaker, i rise in support resolution.t
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simply put, the catastrophe over unfolded in syria the past 10 days is almost beyond words. the extremeed about long-term damage this has caused in united states' interests the middle east and to the syrian people, including the kurds. united states has worked for years to prevent an armed ally ct between our nato turkey and the syrian kurdish partners. was resence in syria critical to countering and defeating isis, and until last prevent unnecessary bloodshed. working with the syrian forces, the u.s. and our coalition partners liminated isis' control of territory in syria, and we're ontinuing to fight isis insurgence. i understand the administration's legitimate concerns about engaging our u.s. forces in long-term military operations. to wind down our
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overseas conflicts and bring our troops home, but leaving syria now does not resolve the problem that brought in the first place. it only creates more. we need a residual force in place. consequences of this decision have already unfolded before our very eyes. trust of trayed the our kurdish partners who fought bravely with us against isis to and destroy the caliphate, and they paid a heavy lives n thousands of lost. we must remember that turkey's kurdsive affects not only but also the people of northeastern syria. have dozens of civilians been killed and over 1630,000 -- 160,000 people have been displaced. islamic state prisoners, affiliates are already breaking free, reversing defeat -fought gains to these dangerous terrorists. and now our syrian kurdish withers have struck a deal
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the syrian regime. and his russian and iranian backers more to itory and opportunity advance their destabilizing agendas, including their war on people.an my colleague, eliot engel, and i drafted this resolution to show this e do not support decision by the administration and to call on turkey to end this destructive campaign in syria. we urge support for the kurds and call upon the administration to support our kurdish partners and stand with them just like they had stood for us for so long and give them implications grave isis would have on our homeland security. i do support the administration's decision to impose sanctions on key turkish
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ficials and there are more consequences. more pressure is needed. congress is only just beginning its work to repair the damage this decision has caused. chairman engel and i are working together on a bipartisan bill to sanction turkey for as long as it continues this destructive offensive. i look forward to working with the chairman to bring this bill to the floor as soon as possible and i urge all members to support this joint resolution. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized for two minutes. mr. cicilline: thank you, mr. chairman for yielding. i rise today with a heavy heart. 10 days ago president trump salaried the fate of our kurdish
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partners in syria and gave president erdogan the gene light to invade. this callous and reckless decision will go down in history not only for disregard for human life and the strategic malpractice of placing american troops in harm's away and allowing isis prisoners to go free. and it was truly an unbelievely dangerous and student decision that undermines our national security and diminishes our moral authority. this resolution has widespread bipartisan support. we need to pass it and get it on the president's desk as quickly as possible. ressluges and sanctions when they come captain bring kurdish children back to life or reclaim equipment seized by the russians and can't restore our credibility, which has been squandered as we betrayed the trust. i'm sickened by this
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administration's actions and need to do everything we can as a congress to make this right. i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan resolution and i thank mr. mccaul and mr. engel sending a very strong message that the congress of the united states does not support this horrific decision to betray our allies and undermine our leadership in the world and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: i yield do minute to the the gentleman from texas, mr. hurd. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hurd: i thank my colleague for yielding. i'm proud to rise today in support of this bipartisan resolution that oppose the disastrous decision to remove u.s. force in syria and abandon
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our allies. our alies have fought side by side to end the caliphate and degrade the threat of terrorism to our homeland. isis is beaten but not broken. they remape a threat that requires continued engagement by both the united states and our partners. just as the kurds had our backs against isis, we need to have theirs. instead we are abandonning not just the kurds but our coalition allies. we are eroding the progress we made and showing our friends and enemies that partnership with america means nothing and providing isis to re-emerge and once again threaten the united states and allowing assad and putin to play the role of humanitarian saviors. as an undercover officer i chased terrorists and saw firsthand the threats facing us
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in the middle east. one of the things i learned when i was in the c.i.a., nice with nice guys, and tough with tough guys. because of this decision and inaction that led up to this decision, we have let our friends down, we have hurt our national security and we have creeded leadership in the region to russia and iran. i hope we can change our course but i fear it may be too late. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas, mr. hurd, yields back. the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york, mr. engel is recognized. mr. engel: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. moulton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. moulton: colleagues, right now with president trump's permission turkey is slaughtering our kurdish allies,
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the only people that stand between us and isis, men and women who have died by the thousands to protect americans from terrorism. the families of our american from tuents, like shamas, my district. and as a result russian and syrian forces are taking our positions next to them. isis prisoners are escaping and mr. chairman, the crisis has only just begun. we must act today because the president has taken the side of dictators and butchers. the president has never put his life on the line for our country, like our special forces soldiers who have been fighting terrorists in syria, whom he mocked earlier today by saying they are shooting each other. but perhaps if he had not dodged
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the draft by lying about his feet, sending another american in his place to vietnam, he would know something that all veterans know well, that there are a lot of ways you can fail in battle, you can fail physically or summon the mental courage, bad tactics rgs but nothing is worse, nothing is more evil than betrayal. yet betrayal is exactly what this president has done and it sends exactly the wrong message to our allies, to our troops and to our enemies. our commander in chief should lead with american values. he should lead by the idea that there is no better friend, no worsen my than the united states of america. today's vote is necessary because there has been no worsen my to the kurds and no better
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friend to our enemies than this president. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: i'm pleased to yield four minutes to the the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes. mr. hill: i want to thank my friend from texas, mr. mccaul, nd mr. engel from new york for their leadership on this issue. mr. speaker, let me be clear, i did not support the failed obama policy in syria and 2017 and 2018, i was proud to see president trump hold assad accountable for his use of chemical weapons. i have not supported the united
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tates disengaging from syria since it was first proposed by the president in december. i rise in support of this resolution. a small group of american forces in northeast syria advising and assisting local forces in order to prevent instability from coming to power does not constitute an endless war. despite being in nato, turkey is not acting as an aleye. by our actions, turkey will pay a steep price for its provocation. i have been told by experts with contacts on the grouped that american lives are at risk directly because of turkish actions. u.s. forces have been shelled by turkish artillery, our nato ally, turkey who we allowed to conduct this mission has thanked
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us by shelling american positions. what a sad day for the atlantic alliance that has shouldered so many burdens and shared so much loss in men and treasure. syrian kurds announced they have come to an an agreement with the assad regime to help against the turkish invasion which entrenches russia in this conflict. now assad and his russian backers will bring their bloodbath over the river. we also put the gains we made against reversal. this all could have been avoided. when critical american leadership disengages, america's global adversaries fill the void. turkey must crease its invasion of syria. the united states must support the kurdish communities that have been our allies against isis and the white house must present a specific plan for
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ensuring the defeat of isis and border integrity. i urge all my colleagues to support the passage of this important legislation. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas yields back. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i yield two minutes to the vice chair of the foreign affairs committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> we are in the midst of a foreign policy disaster that will be a stain on the conscience of our nation. the situation in syria is costing lives as we speak. until recently, our strategy to defeat isis, by, through and with our allies was working. our small military presence in syria was a sustainable force that denied isis the ability to plan and launch attacks from syria or resurge back into iraq.
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the president's impulsive decision to leave syria has ignited a conflict in one of the most volatile regions on earth. this administration has managed to turn our middle east policy on its head in a week's time. turkey is slaughtering the kurdish forces that have fought and died on our behalf in the fight against isis. in our place, syria and russia have quickly filled the void of american leadership. we have betrayed our allies. this is not a foreign policy that displays america's core values. it's a shameful choice that will cause damage on america's interests and alliances around the world. i believe this joint resolution is what we need in this moment. the joint resolution will rebuke the white house and attempt to rebalance the situation in syria.
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and i urge all of my colleagues, republicans and democrats to support it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back. the gentleman from new york resevers. the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul is recognized. mr. mccaul: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from, mr. reed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. reed: i thank the ranking member and chair man for their work on this proposed resolution. but i want to remind my colleagues that one of the problems that we face in turkey and syria today is the failure of congressional leadership to address this issue. when i stood on this very floor during the obama administration and the question of syria came up, i remember many of my colleagues agreeing with me that we should not be in syria with boots on the ground risking our most precious assets without a clear authorized use of military force, congressional approval resolution to do so.
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we failed in the leadership here in this body. that is why as we go through this resolution, i understand the turkish sanctions and i understand, but make no mistake about it, by voting yes on this resolution you are authorizing the use of military force of our men and women on syrian soil. if force needs to be redeployed, i don't want to hear from any member of this chamber or the senate that we have not authorized our men and women to be there. it is time for us to set aside political would you ward is because we can't make the hard choice of approving a military force resolution. we should join and unite, the house, senate and white house in one congressional declaration that we put our men and women in harm's way stand by it and stand by the commander in chief with regards to that request. with that, i yield become.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. squasm new york -- the gentleman from new york, mr. engel is recognized. mr. engel: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from colorado, mr. crow. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. castro: i thank the chair and ranking member of the foreign affairs committee, mr. engel and mr. mccaul for their leadership in casting this joint resolution condemning the administration's decision to with dow and abandon our allies in syria and leave them to an assault by turkish forces. as a combat veteran, the strength of our nation is tied to our partnerships and alliances around the globe. during my three deployments to iraq and afghanistan i counted on the safety of our soldiers and our u.s. commitment to them. this is built on trust and the
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belief that our word is our bond. the administration's reckless decision to withdraw u.s. forces has undermined the value not only to our kurdish allies are fighting enemies on all sides but our other allies around the world. the american handshake doesn't matter is the message. this is a moral responsibility to the kurds and undermines the belief that america is a resolute partner and led to adversaries like russia, iran, assad regime and isis exerting greater influence. let me clear, the president's decision makes us less safe and further isolates from the very allies from whom we have made so much strength. the president must recommit to our kurdish allies and take a firm stance.
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and with that, i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul. mr. mccaul: mr. speaker, i to the e minute gentleman from florida, mr. gaetz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. gaetz: i thank the gentleman. turkey is not acting like a nato ally, perhaps the sensible olution is to remove turkey from nato rather than keeping the united states inserted in forever.esumably this is why i oppose this resolution. i've heard my colleagues say, we should not leave syria without a strategy. wehaps it is equally logical should not stay in syria without a strategy, because in syria, we of americans stucks ofween armies of men of tens thousands who have been fighting each other for hundreds of years nd are likely to be fighting hundreds of years from now. and the help of the kurds
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with over $9 billion being paid to the kurds, the kurds have fighting bravely where they've lived, but they've been funded, trained and equipped by united states. we can't accept the proposition if we support a group of people align in r interests one case that this somehow morally binds our country to conflict that they have past, present, or future. o do this would constrain the utility of america's future alliances, not strengthen them. the blood of america's patriots our nation's most sacred currency, and it must be absolutely vital to protect american interests. we are not the world's police force. not the world's piggy bank. i support american foreign policy. oppose this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul, reserves. the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, is recognized. mr. engel: i recognize two minutes to the gentleman from california, the chairman of the asia and pacific
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and nonproliferation, a very member of the ed house foreign affairs committee, the gentleman from california, sherman. mr. sherman: i rise -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. sherman: i rise in support of the resolution. i rise in opposition to the ecent decision of the trump administration. we had a situation in syria that was stable. of ad a modest deployment american troops. we were successful in limiting casualties to a very low number. caliphate.ated the our friends, the kurds, be who incurred most of the debts thousands, necessary to destroy the isis caliphate, from safe. the situation was stable and favorable to the states.
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action in e taken an which america is humiliated, the kurds are subject to slaughter, word means less in the orld, and isis stands to be revitalized. mistake.uch an obvious defying anyone with that is such a grave mistake that it makes you wonder whether it was an mistake designed to give russia territory in syria for whatever reason we might want to do that. to reevaluate our re-evaluate our policies toward turkey. we have protected turkey from subversion in the 1940's, and from the soviet
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union for decades. 20 ntly, over the last years, we've had a policy of in our approach to turkey. kowtowed in ankara in ailing to recognize the armenian genocide. we have taken a foreign policy normally based on truth and humiliated stead urselves through silence and concealment. it is time to recognize the an nian genocide by overwhelming vote here in the house. stop time for us to dishonor in our relationship turkey. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new york his ves the balance of time. the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul, is recognized. mr. mccaul: thank you, mr. speaker. to yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. shimkus. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is
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two minutes.r mr. shimkus: thank you, mr. speaker. it's great to come down here issue.nd talk on this i've been a little bit outspoken since the decision was made by branch.utive though it's great to see the legislative branch take a stand about what this policy decision has made. ood friend with the chairman mccaul and, of course, eliot engel, who is the chairman of the committee. as someone who served for many years in the military and involved with the nato parliamentary assembly and our alliances and values are important. walking away from friends is a indication of policy that we support, we don't want to condone. we want america to be great, but we're also great because of our friends and our allies. not bad.s are coalitions strengthen our public world.around the and our relationship with the
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urds go way back to the first gulf war and the protection of iraqi-kurdish area, protecting the airspace. talk to people in uniform who protected by kurdish fighters throughout these 20 in this involvement area. our word that we will be with them. a foxhole to be in from someone -- with someone rom another country and the attack is coming. you don't get out of the foxhole and go to the rear and leave ally in the foxhole to defend themselves. we see what's going on. i think this could be predicted. it's unfortunate. don't know how we get the genie back in the bottle but i'm a chance to tting make a statement that we think his policy has been wrong and failed and we do it in a strong,
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bipartisan manner. on ok forward to voting yes it. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul, reserves. york, mr.eman from new engel, is recognized. mr. engel: it's my pleasure to yield two minutes to the from florida, ms. frankl. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. you -- kl: thank ms. frankel: thank you, mr. speaker. syrian n support of our kurdish allies who have lost .illions a oin my colleagues on bipartisan basis to call on turkey to end its invasion of syria.n giving turkey the green light to into this area will go down and story as a moral strategic disaster. consequences, mr.
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speaker. ur kurdish friends, now forced to align with syrian forces backed by iran, creating an even bigger threat to our friend, israel. unleashed russian troops filling our vacuum and allies wondering if we can ever be trusted again. trump administration's weak sanctions are like an arsonist in the fire department. mr. speaker, we must protect soldiers, secure our nuclear weapons in turkey, provide humanitarian support to kurds, and impose crippling sanctions on turkey until they syrian campaign and, most importantly, pursue a end the c solution to conflict. and i want to end by just thanking mr. engel and ranking mccaul for your bipartisan leadership. i urge adoption of this i yield back.d
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the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, reserves. the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul. mr. mccaul: i reserve, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the mr. eman from texas, mccaul, reserves. the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, is recognized. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. served in thisve body, i've watched presidents of tougharties make a lot of foreign policy decisions, many i cannot bad, but think of a foreign policy decision more reckless and this one.ed than with all the years and through ll the years that i have been working on the foreign affairs committee, frankly, i've never do something nt that's as aggravating and that hould have been -- should have never been done than what the president did last week. the president
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announced that we were going to it e several months ago, forced a resignation of the time e secretary at the who was upset. it was so unprecedented in american history. something that's unbelievable and could have been avoided. like to yield two minutes leader -- one minute to the majority leader -- one minute -- mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for one minute. love my one minute. i love my glasses so i can read what i want to say here. much. you very i rushed up from my office. i was on a conference call. i thank you, mr. chairman, for it open. i want to thank mr. mccaul for bring this to the floor. americans, of course, knew when president trump took office that he was policy enced in foreign
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and national security. that doesn't mean he didn't have opinions. he hadn't been on a day-to-day work. that was alarming. but also, from my view, alarming penchant for putting his america's st ahead of national security. that troubles the world. consequences are becoming obvious to americans more and more each day as we kurdish usands of our allies -- and this is not an issue without some complexity. understand that. , t our kurdish allies fleeing isis gathering strength and iran assad advantaged. there's rightly been broad and tisan shock condemnation that president trump would so recklessly america's allies, permit the release of thousands of violent isis extremists, and to vladimir putin's aims in
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syria. short, he just opened the oor for isis to reclaim some power. any terrorist attack they now will be the direct action.f this president trump has betrayed the rust, in my opinion, of the american people. he has also betrayed america's friends. kurdish forces in northeastern -- excuse me -- been among ia have america's most reliable and allies.ve local it was their blood and sacrifice that led, in part, to this being significantly successful against isis. of it is their young men and women in uniform who've been prisoners, who if
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released, have vowed to resume attacking americans and the middle east. nd in that effort, we may lose further american lives, precious to us, precious to their our our kurdish allies trusted us to have their backs. loyalty is a two-way street. it took years to build them into an effective fighting force and now america is turning its back and undoing years of efforts and progress. how shameful. how irresponsible. president said he took this action because he pledged to get american troops out of the middle east. ironicically, he took out about
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2,000 or put them someplace else, and guess what? he sent 2,000 additional troops to the middle east. now it's saudi arabia, where isis is not hopefully doing much, at least where we are sending the troops. how ironic it is to say take troops out of the middle east and at the same time we send more troops in to the middle east. america's reputation as a world leader depends on the bond of our word, can we be trusted. thate we simply responsive day or that issue. if we abandon our allies we will have none when we need them to stand with us. not only has president trump abandoned the kurds, but he has
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refused to join the world leaders in considering the turkish attack in the united nations. he chose to stand with vladimir putin and doing his bidding once again by handing large swaths of syria to his control. he is moving in as we speak. as the post pointed out this week, russia is now the one country, front page, russia, they said, is the one country that every country in the middle ast talks to and trust immediately. is that an america that is great? america has abandoned that role and the power it brings. president trump has chosen to stand with assad, a tyrant who has gassed his own people with chemical weapons and murdered hundreds of thousands of
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innocent civilians and caused the extraordinary refugee challenge that the europeans have and chosen to play into the hands of iran. president says iran is now our friend. he is right. we plaid into his hand with this action. in summary, mr. speaker, the president's actions empower isis, betray our kurdish allies, embolden russia, reward the assad regime, benefit iran and endanger israel. these developments were sadly predictable. experts like brend and kirk and secretary mattis said this is not the right thing to do. this is not a partisan issue. this is about america. this is about our allies. this is about international security and stability. from the moment the president
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made clear he wanted to abandon america's strategic interests in syria, mcguirk and secretary mattis expressed their opposition. these developments concern the worst fear of so many americans who have long questioned this resident's wisdom. or interests to protect our country and keep it safe in a dangerous world. it is crill call, mr. speaker, this house, the people's house that president trump's reckless actions do not carry the support of the american people. it is critical that we condemn turkey's incursion as well and to do so in a bipartisan way. that is what this legislation will do. commend all of
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those from the foreign affairs committee who brought this. i know it was difficult for some. but it is the right thing to do. the house will do everything in its power to reassure our allies and remind our adversaries that america does not cut and run. that we stand by our word and hold true to our values and stand with our friends. i hope they'll hear us and understand that this action by this president must not marr the goodwill or erode the steadfast principles upon which our country has engaged with the world throughout our history. and surely, again, in the future. i urge my colleagues to vote yes. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. members are reminded to refrain in the engaging in personalities towards the president.
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the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. mccaul: i have no more speakers. if the gentleman has no further speakers, i'm prepared to close. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. this is one of those rare moments in congress where we see both sides coming together exercising our article 1 constitutional responsibilities on foreign policy and i can't think of a better committee than this, the foreign aface committee, to stand unified as a congress and this is not just the house, mr. speaker. this is a joint resolution with the senate. this is going to pass the house and senate, sending a strong message about our foreign policy. i believe that we learn from history and the national archives has a saying
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insubscription that says what is past is pro log. history repeats itself and need to learn the lessons from history. after we withdrew a year after world war i, allowed the forces of nazi germany and hitler to rear its head and the marshal plan put an end to it. as recently as 2011, the previous administration, president obama pulled out 10,000 troops out of iraq and my side of the aisle strongly objected to that foreign policy decision arguing that it would create a wave of terrorism, and we were right. and isis reared its ugly head and the caliphate was formed. mr. chairman, mr. speaker, i should say, you and i have served on the homeland security
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committee in years 2015 and 2016, the terror threat was frightening. my external operations being plotted out of iraq and syria to kill americans in the united states. we stopped 95% of those threats and the 5% is what the american people know about. but i'll tell you this, from that experience, have not we learned anything? that we need a residual force, if anything to protect the homeland from terror threats. now we have over 10,000 isis in the country and over 70,000 family members that are there as part of the insurgency. we had 30,000 at the time of the peak of the caliphate and i'm concerned, mr. speaker that this will embolden the russians. the russians have already gone
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. our military camp sites they are mocking the united states of america. iran is there. and isis now emboldened. we need a residual force to protect us as we had in iraq. we need that syria and yes, we need that in afghanistan. we can wind down the number of troops but we need that residual force. will never forget talking to susan rice and she said one axiom is true in foreign policy. your allies must know, your allies must trust you. our allies are questioning us right now. we told them trust us. we have your back. and what is happening now, the
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kurds are being slaughtered as i speak in northern syria and she also said, our allies must trust us and our enemies must fear us. that is my foreign policy. that is susan rice's foreign policy. i want to thank the chairman for working with me, to stand up on this very important issue. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul, yields back. the gentleman from new york, mr. engel is recognized. mr. engel: my pleasure to yield one minute to the the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. ms. jackson lee: let me thank the chairman and ranking member for coming together. i was on the floor earlier and held the "new york times" saying syrian forces rush in to fill he void and battle lines
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shifting. we worked hard to get turkey into nato and to respect it for its secular position and its embracing of the ideals of democracy. know to be the cause of thousands fleing out of violence and bombing, now being the cause of isis supporters and families escaping, now being the cause of is fighters escaping and not listening to any form of reconciliation is absolutely unacceptable. and i believe that these sanctions and this rebuke in this resolution that has indicated it was wrong to green light the military incursion, expressing the strong support for kurdish forces who were our allies and calling on turkey to
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stop military action in northeast syria is a question of our national security. and i add there should be a no fly-zone and that would be challenging for turkey not to be flying over northern syria. we need to do to save the precious lives of those children who have already died and fleeing the violence. let us pass this resolution and let us find away to bring sum peace and standdown in that region and also to thank the united states military who should not have been moved. ask my colleagues to support this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. as i mentioned before in the years i have served in this body i have seen presidents make a
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lot of policy decision good or bad and i can't think one of one that is more reckless. the president has empowered isis and betrayed the kurds and jeopardized our national security. congress must condemn this loudly and clearly. this resolution sends a resounding message to the nation and the world that we ject this. i urge members to stand by our partner, stand by our promises, stand by our values and support this resolution. and i want to commend my partner on the foreign affairs committee, mr. mccaul who it takes a lot of courage to do what he did today and i thank him for it. and that's why as he and i both mentioned, we are proud that the foreign affairs committee is perhaps the most bipartisan committee in congress. hen we go abroad, partisanship
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should stop at the water's edge. we feel outrage what the president did. our allies need to be supported and i urge all of our colleagues to support this bipartisan measure. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass house joint resolution 77. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended -- mr. engel: on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of the vote will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
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proceedings will resume on questions previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. ordering the previous question on house resolution 629, adoption of the house resolution 629 if ordered and the motion to suspend the rules and pass house joint resolution 77. first vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. pursuant to clause 9, rule 20, remaining votes will be conducted by a five-minute vote. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is ordering the question on house resolution 629 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 46, house resolution 629, resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 1815 to require the securities
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and exchange commission when developing rules and regulations about disclosures to retail investors including a survey and interviews of retail investors and providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 3624 to amend the securities exchange act of 1934 to require the disclosure of domestic and foreign employees of certain public companies and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question. members will record their votes by electronic device. . members, this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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he gentleman from georgia. the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes y electronic device. it -- [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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vote the yeas are 228. the nays are 190. yiez have it. the resolution -- the ayes have it. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from new york, mr. and , to suspend the rules pass house joint resolution 77 n which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: house joint 77, joint resolution on which further proceedings postponed. -- joint resolution opposing the decision to end certain united tates efforts to prevent turkish military operations against syrian kurdish forces in northeast syria. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house and pass the les bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 354, the nays are 60. four recorded as present. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the joint resolution is agreed to. and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: the ant to clause 8 -- house will be in order. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on additional motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or yeas and nays are ordered or votes objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 3889 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 3889, a bill to amend the office of national drug control policy re-authorization act of 1998 to make technical corrections.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. rouda, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: thank you. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and include remarks extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rouda: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to insert correspondent -- correspondence between the committee on oversight and reform and committee on energy and commerce regarding h.r. 3889 into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rouda: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. this oud to support bipartisan legislation that will make technical changes to the re-authorization of the office of national drug control policy included in last year's support act. as we all know we are in the midst of a substance use
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disorder epidemic fueled by the proliferation of opioids exasperated by synthetic opioids and increased use of methamphetamines amongst other threats. this year americans will lose close to 70,000 friends and family and loved ones due to drug overdoses. more americans are now dying annually due to an overdose than at the height of the aids crisis or during the entire vietnam war. no community is unaffected by this crisis. in my home of orange county, california drug and alcohol overdose deaths have increased by 82% since 2000. across our country, our constituents are asking us to advance solutions to address this epidemic. last year congress passed and president trump signed the support for patients in communities act, a wide ranging bipartisan bill aimed at addressing treatment, prevention, recovery, and enforcement.
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the support act represents an important step in the right direction to reverse the tide of overdose deaths. the support act included provisions to re-authorize and reform the office of national drug control policy, component of the executive office of the president. ondcp plays a critical role in overseeing the federal government's drug control efforts. however, there were several technical issues in the support act that must be corrected to ensure that the office can properly carry out its duties as congress intended and improve the federal government's response to this crisis. the ondcp technical corrections act of 2019 would ensure the integrity of the performance measurement system, help ondcp hire the best people to address the addiction crisis, and improve the effectiveness of grant programs. these corrections would help ondcp's efficient and effective execution of its mission, spreenting, combating, and treating the event of drug
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proliferation throughout our nation. i would like to thank my fellow member, mark meadows, for joining me in introducing this bill and the committee staff on bob dole sides of the aisle -- both sides of the aisle for working to advance it. i look forward to the house of representatives passing this bill today. there is more to be done to address the addiction crisis and i look forward to continued work with all my colleagues on this important issue. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 3889, the ondcp technical corrections act of 2019. simply, this bill makes technical amendments to a law we passed last congress. we move quickly last congress to re-authorize the office of the national drug control policy. the re-authorization was drafted to reinvigorate the office and give the trump administration additional authorities to address the opioid crisis.
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last congress the oversight committee worked across party lines on a policy solution. president trump appointed jim carol rol to lead that office. the senate confirmed his nomination earlier this year. since then, director carroll has twice testified before the oversight committee about the good work the administration is doing to combat the crisis. this bill will help to further support this administration's good work. i want to congratulate the gentleman from california for his good work on this bill and i urge my colleagues to support it. and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: i yield back as well, thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3889. as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid
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pon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. rouda: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 1496, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 1496, a bill to amend the act of august 25, 1958 commonly known as the former presidents act of 1958, with respect to the monetary allowance payable to a former president, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. rouda, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to evise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rouda: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. it h.r. 1496 would amend the
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former presidents act of 1958 to cap a former president's annual pension at $200,000 indexed to inflation. the bill also would provide an additional annual allowance for expense that is would start at $200,000. under this bill, the annual allowance would be reduced dollar for dollar in instances in which a former president's adjusted gross income in a taxable year exceeds $400,000. taxpayers should not have to pay for a former president's allowance if the former president is making a comfortable living earning millions of dollars a year, as many former presidents do. this legislation would not affect any funding for the security and protection of former presidents and their spouses. this legislation would update the pension amount for surviving spouses of former presidents, which has been unchanged since 1958, by increasing it from $20,000 to $100,000. i believe this bill makes fiscal
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sense and urge members to support it. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: mr. speaker, i yield four minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. hice. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for four minutes. mr. hice: i rise in support of h.r. 1496, the president democrats allowance modernization act of 2019. as has been mentioned in 1958, congress passed the former president's act. that was at a time period where presidents did not have the same financial opportunities that they have today. recent former presidents have earned millions of dollars after office from speaking fees, book deals, and other endeavors. example, president clinton earned more than $100 million in 2001 and ees between 2013. george w. bush
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received $10 million for a book deal. firstent obama and former lady reportedly signed a joint ook deal worth over $65 million. t's just a fact of the modern presidency that these financial opportunities are now available to former presidents. financial ese benefits, it's no longer necessary to provide the level taxpayer-funded support that 1958.nvisioned back in so h.r. 1496 is an important dollars aving taxpayer by amending the law to reflect realities of the modern presidency. this bill reforms the pension for former presidents and surviving spouses. his bill also changes the amount and the way that additional benefits to former allotted. are currently, former presidents are eligible for benefits paid
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appropriations for things like office space, and supplies, re staff salaries and so forth. o this bill would cut that allowance for those type of expenses to $200,000 to each president. this allowance will further be for dollar based on the former president's income over $400,000. so in this era of massive federal deficits, i believe it's that our former presidents lead the nation by unnecessary tting spending. i want to, again, assure my bill does that this not affect security in any way. senator ernst for a companion bill in the senate. i want airman cummings, to thank, my colleagues on the other side for supporting this bill. from d back to my friend arizona.
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mr. gosar: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. mr. rouda: 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. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the 1496, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? mr. rouda: i move the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 1252. the speaker pro tempore: the title of report the the bill. a billrk: h.r. 1252,
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designate the united states postal servicelocated at 6531 van nuys boulevard, in van nuys, california, as the marilyn office.post the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, be r. rouda, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. you, mr. : thank speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and include remarks extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. at this time i'd like to yield such time as he may onsume, my fellow representative from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. cardenas: it's my honor to be a representative of the san in the united states house of representatives. i rise today to honor two merican artists, the great marilyn monroe and great ritchie valens. i offer these bills, h.r. 1252 1253 on the floor of the house of representatives to name the post offices of van nuys and pacoima, california, in their honor. irst, i offer h.r. 1252 in
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celebration of the talented and legendary marilyn monroe who has district.y marilyn monroe was born in los angeles, california, an grew up attended van d nuys high school. and bounced oor around orphanages. becoming a success like her and legend was nearly she beat the odds. despite the turbulent childhood, she found stability and joy in van nuys, california. perseverance led her to be a icon, in whiched any believed that wealth determined destiny, she inspires others. they, too, can achieve very similar success. arilyn monroe showed us dreaming big and working hard america.ething in
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arilyn monroe went off to become a trailblazer, and it's with great pride i introduce van nuys to rename the post office in celebration of the life and the incredible monroe.of marilyn thank you for the -- thank you, sir, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the back to the lds gentleman from california, mr. rouda. mr. rouda: mr. chair, i reserve my time.nder of the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gosar: i rise in support of .r. 1252, introduced by representative tony cardenas. this bill names the post office located in van nuys, california, in honor of marilyn monroe. ms. monroe spent her formative in van nuys and attended the high school in the area. the neighborhood held a special place in her heart. has said, if van nuys was a ource of joy, as it served as an escape from her turbulent childhood, and it was van nuys
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discovered at the local airport. from there, marilyn monroe famous andica's most recognizable pop icons. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, and i yield time.he balance of my the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. yield da: mr. speaker, i the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields time.he balance of his the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the 1252..r. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are the bill is passed, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 1253. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1253, a bill to esignate the facility of the united states postal service 13507 van nuys
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boulevard, in pacoima, california, as the ritchie building.t office the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. rouda, and the gentleman from gosar, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. you.ouda: thank i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and includeheir remarks and extraneous materials on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. you.ouda: thank at this time i'd like to yield such time as he may consume to my fellow member, representative cardenas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. cardenas: thank you so much, mr. speaker. like to thank both representatives who are handling at this moment and paying their proper respects and appropriate comments on these bills. much.nk you so i have the honor to rise today would er h.r. 1253 which designate the post office in pacoima, california, as the ritchie valens post office building. ritchie valens was born and raised in my home neighborhood attended san
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fernando high school. the rock 'n' roll legend and chicano rock has a usic style derived from the chicano culture. nationally renowned rock musician at a time when latinos was in music. he record setting hits of and "come "donna", on, let's go." "ritchie valens was inducted in rock 'n' roll hall of fame." musicians and even when it seems like no path to your dream, you make your own build your own path. ritchie valens is an example of our alent that exists in community and his legacy is a source of pride for our pacoima community. honored to offer h.r. 1253 in celebration of the great a true valens' life,
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trailblazer, and i can tell you, 've borne reasons witness in being outside of the united states and, for example, when "labamba" come on 5, 6, 7, child from 1, 8, they can't help it, they start to move and recognize that beautiful music. to be able to honor this man and his family by naming a post is truly an him opportunity that i appreciate and the entire community appreciates as well. and with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. he gentleman from california reserves. -- t mr. rouda: mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. is gentleman from arizona recognized. mr. gosar: i rise in support of h.r. 1253, introduced by representative tony cardenas. this names the post office located in pacoima, california, valens. of ritchie valens was born in pacoima. he was there where he discovered his passion for music.
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talent was noticed by a producer at a performance, off.areer took in his short 17 years of life, valens recorded classic singles you heard, "labamba", "donna" nd tragically he was killed in a plane on a day known as the day music died. rock 'n' ucted in the roll hall of fame. although valens may no longer be his music will be endured for generations. i urge colleagues to support the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time as well. the peaker pro tempore: gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1253. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the entleman from california seek recognition? mr. rouda: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules 1833.gree to the bill h.r. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1833, a united states postal service located at 35 tulip avenue in floral park, new york, as the lieutenant michael r. davidson .ost office building the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. rouda, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each will minutes.0 the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and include remarks extraneo this eous materials on measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rouda: thank you. t this time i'd like to yield such time as she may consume to the congresswoman from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. rice: -- miss rice: thank you, mr.
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speaker. my bill support of h.r. 1833, which would rename a ostal facility in floral park, new york, as lieutenant michael tragically lost his life in the line of duty a year and a half ago. has a long and traditioned -- generations have following -- d fdny, dedicating their lives to lieutenantothers and michael davidson was that person. assigned in may, 2003, to harlem engine company 69, to ael had the opportunity serve side by side by his ather, robert, who spent his entire career at that same firehouse. he's known for his bravery and actions and received four citations for valor during his career. man, he fought fires
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rom the front of the hose and was among the first to enter buildings. lieutenant davidson was called onbattle, a five alarm fire, a movie set in harlem. as usual, davidson was the point that entered the basement.company's it became too dangerous. though the unit was ordered to davidson wastenant separated from his team in the thick smoke. is colleagues later found him unconscious and he tragically passed away the next day at harlem hospital. davidson's death was unshakeable day for fdny, for floral park, but for his family and friends. that's why this bill is not just about honoring a fallen hero. honoring a out highly respected member of our neighbor, a beloved above all, a beloved husband to
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eileen, and a loving father to four young children. renaming our post office will his treasured memory is always in our hearts and minds. and that his service and forgotten.re never i strongly urge my colleagues to oin me in honoring a hero and supporting h.r. 1833. thank you and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. he gentleman from california reserves. mr. rouda: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, congresswoman rice, for your poignant comments, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized. . the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1833, to name a post office located in floral park, new york, in honor of lieutenant michael davidson. lieutenant davidson honorably served the new york city fire department for 15 years. mr. gosar: on march 22, 2018, lieutenant davidson lost his life while responding to a five-alarm fire. in dangerous conditions, he became separated from his unit.
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when he was found later, he was unconscious. lieutenant davidson passed away the very next day. he was known for his bravery and his devotion to his wife and four young children. our country owes a debt of gratitude to -- gratitude to first responders like lieutenant davidson. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: 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. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 1833. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. rouda: i move that the house suspend the rules and degree to the bill, h.r. 2151. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2151, a bill to designate the facility of the
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united states postal service located at 7722 south main street in pine plains, new york, as the senior chief petty officer shannon m. kent post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. rouda, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: thank you. 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 this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rouda: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield such time as he may consume to my fellow colleague from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. delgado: thank you. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor a true american hero, fallen soldier, senior, chief etty officer shannon kent of pine plains, new york, he was killed at the age of 35 by a
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suicide bombing in syria during her fifth combat tour in the middle east. senior chief kent, a dutchess county native, was a wife, the mother of two beautiful children, and a cancer survivor. she spoke five languages, including six dialects of arabic and deployed with the navy -- arabic, and deployed with the navy seals to iraq and afghanistan on four different occasions. senior chief kent gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. and will be remembered for her courage and determination. she was the recipient of the bronze star, the purple heart, two joint service commendation medals, the navy and marine corps commendation medal, and the joint service achievement medal. to name a few. in 2016, senior chief kent survived thyroid cancer and in
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2018 commissioned for a special offer program to earn a ph.d. in clinical psychology at the uniformed services university of health and sciences. because of a flawed d.o.d. policy, she was found medically unfit to pursue this degree and yet somehow fit enough to be deployed to syria. following this decision, senior chief kent sought a waiver from the navy to override d.o.d.'s finding and again was denied. prior to her death, senior chief kent worked tirelessly to change the navy and d.o.d. policies which resulted in her fifth deployment. and due her work, the navy has made positive changes to its waiver policy in senior chief kent's honor. i remain hopeful that d.o.d. will follow in the navy's footsteps. today i urge the house to pass h.r. 2151, to create a memorial for senior chief petty officer shannon kent, and name the post office at 7722 south main street
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in pine plains, new york, the senior chief petty officer shannon m. kent post office. senior chief kent's memory will live on because she defined what true service means. honoring senior chief kent in this permanent way will serve as a daily reminder of mr. herrera: wism and sacrifice -- of her heroism and sacrifice. she is survived by her husband, retired chief warrant officer joseph kent, and their two young sons. my thoughts remain with their children. her husband -- children, her husband and the rest of her family and friends. i urge my colleagues to make this bill law, to honor her life and legacy. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: i reserve. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rouda: -- mr. gosar: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 2151. this bill names the post office
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located in pine plains, new york, in honor of senior chief petty officer shannon m. kent. after high school, officer kent chose to serve her country, enlisting in the navy. she discovered a talent for picking up new languages at the defense language institute. after she graduated, she joined e navy's cryptologic warfare unit. she was deployed in to iraq three times and once to afghanistan. in 2018 she was deployed to syria where she provided intelligence on leaders of the islamic state to the national security agency. on january 16, 2019, of this year, officer kent was tragically killed in a suicide bombing in syria. she was only 35 years old and a mother of two boys. for her bravery, officer kent was the recipient of numerous honors, including the bronze star, the purple heart and multiple commendation medals. her life was cut short, but her
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service to our country will not be forgotten. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 2151. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table -- table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. rouda: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill, h.r. 2451. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2451, a bill to designate facility of the united states postal service located at 575 dexter street in central falls, rhode island, as the
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elizabeth buffum chace post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. rouda, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: 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 this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rouda: thank you. at this time i'd like to yield such time as he may consume to my fellow representative. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. cicilline: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i'm honored to stand before you today to memorialize the remarkable life and legacy of elizabeth buffum chace, a leader of the abolitionist and suffrage movements in rhode island, by naming a post office in her honor in the city of central fall. born in 1806, elizabeth buffum chace was raised by quaker parents, outspoken about their opposition to slavery, often harboring fuge live slaves in
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their home -- fugitive slaves in their home. elizabeth soon became an activist herself, passing around petitions, organizing groups of abolitionists and even later opened her own home as a station in the underground railroad. chace spent most of her life in smithville, rhode island, and was steady cast in her motivation to reform prison and women rights. she became known as the conscience of rhode island for her passion for creating social change and her leadership in the face of adversity. during her later years she settled down with her husband near the present-day town -- city of central falls. she was committed to bettering the lives of others, serving as president of the rhode island women's suffrage association, and helped organize a female anti-slavery society in massachusetts. she also served on the ladies board of visitors to the penal and correctional institutions of the state which examined conditions in the state prisons. she embodies the best of rhode island values and remains an inspiration for progress still to come.
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elizabeth buffum chace continued fighting for women's rights and prison reform in her later years. she eventually passed away on december 12, 18 9, and was -- 1899, and was buried in providence, rhode island. a bronze bust of chace was displayed at the rhode island state house, the first woman to receive this honor in recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments. the dedication to the central falls post office will commemorate her impact and advocacy for women, children and communities of color. her legacy lives on today through the elizabeth buffum chace center founded in 1977 by the junior women's club to serve as a shelter, offering support and services for women and children suffering from domestic violence. rhode island has been forever hanged changed by elizabeth buffum chace and her life's work creating social change. she was a legendary suffragist, an abolitionist in the 19th century, and her importance to the state of rhode island should be honored by dedicating the central falls post office in her name. i'm proud to have had the opportunity to honor such an icon as elizabeth buffum chace.
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i send my gratitude and support to congressman jim langevin and thank the mayor of the city of central falls who generated this idea for his leadership and i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you, congressman cicilline. at this time i'd like to reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: mr. speaker, i yield myself such times i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gosar: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 2451. this bill names the post office located in central falls, rhode island, in honor of elizabeth buffum chace. ms. chace was born to a quaker family in 1806 in providence, rhode island. she would spend her life as a civil rights activist and be known as the cone shens -- conscience of rhode island. she played a crucial role in the anti-slavery movement. she opened her home as a stop on the underground rial railroad nd was a key organizer for the
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abolitionists. ms. chace was also a fierce advocate for women's rights and served as the president of the rhode island woman's suffrage association. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 2451. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. rouda: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill, h.r. 3144. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3144, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 8520 michigan avenue in whittier, california, as the
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jose ramos post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. rouda, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: thank you. 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 this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rouda: thank you. at this time i would like to yield such time as she may consume to congresswoman sanchez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mr. sanford: thank you. i want to thank -- ms. sanchez: thank you. i want to thank my colleague from california for yielding me time. mr. speaker, i rise to support h.r. 3144, a bill to designate the united states postal service facility located at 8520 michigan avenue in whittier as the jose ramos post office building. jose ramos was born september 17, 1948, in east los angeles. he enlisted in the army in 1965 while he was a sophomore at
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garfield high school. mr. ramos served this country in vietnam as an army combat medic, often risking his own life caring for others. mr. ramos was wounded in vietnam and was awarded the purple heart. upon returning home, he was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder, yet his passion and commitment to our country and his fellow service members didn't end. many of our veterans at the time found themselves caught in and confused by the crossfire of the public debate over the war in vietnam. at times, some faced sharp criticism and isolation. mr. ramos saw this and decided that he was going to do something about it. he dedicated his time delivering a message of his experience and those of his fellow veterans to all those that would listen, traveling to universities, schools and prisons to carry this message. he undertook a grueling cross-country bicycle trek to draw attention to and advocate
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for the long overdue welcome home that vietnam veterans never received. i was honored to work with mr. ramos and the welcome home vietnam veterans foundation he helped found. i used the resources of my office to advocate for a national welcome home vietnam veterans day. in our years of working together in this cause, i had a true friend and a partner in that effort. his passion inspired many. the memories of what he endured in service to our country remained with him throughout his life. at times they presented obstacles. however, he cherished the time spent with grandchildren, his participation in religious pilgrimages and enjoying life's simple pleasures like the sun rise and sun set of each passing day. . we lost him in 2017 to cancer, a loss not
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but to the family community in whittier. renaming the post office in his tribute to itting of ramos and a small token gratitu gratitude from a nation for his service. urge support of this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman reserves. mr. rouda: yes, thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized. i yieldr: mr. speaker, myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gosar: thank you, mr. speaker. rise in support of h.r. 3144 introduced by representative linda sanchez. his bill names the post office located in california in honor of jose ramos. ramos till in jose, jose enlisted in the army. he served as a combat medic in vietnam during which time he was wounded. for his bravery and service, he was awarded the purple heart. with diagnosed posttraumatic stress disorder, mr. ramos dedicated his life to his fellow soldiers. he understood the criticism and
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isolation these veterans went through. many years trying to change the public's perspective of service members. mr. ramos r years, spoke at universities and schools about his experience as a soldier. unforgettable figure in his community. i urge my colleagues to support that egislation, and with i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. house stion is will the suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3144. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 3152. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3152, a united states postal service located at 456 north meridian street in indianapolis, indiana, as the richard g. lugar post .ffice
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. rouda, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to evise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rouda: thank you. at this time i'd like to yield consume to he may my fellow member, andre carson, birthdayns to have his today, but in an effort not to embarrass any members, we will birthday and yield to him to make a few statements. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. the gentleman from indiana. mr. carson: thank you. i rise in support of a bill to name a u.s. post indianapolis in honor of senator richard lugar who
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year. away earlier this you know, this bill is supported indiana tire delegation, and i believe it is a wonderful start as we work to his iconic legacy. i was fortunate to know senator lugar. understood what it meant to be a true public servant, and expert loedis played have inspired our -- displayed have inspired our work in honor. he served as mayor in 1968 to 1975.from he also represented indiana honorably in the u.s. senate 1977 to 2013. scholar, a illiant brave member of our armed services, and a dedicated public who championed people and principle over party. his distinguished life, mr. speaker, is a testament to the that indiana cultivates and his public
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unquestionable deep commitment to our country. a native hoosier, he studied at as on university and oxford a rhodes scholar. he served in the united states navy as arn intelligence -- as intelligence officer. to ows to prom -- he rose prominent in local office. t was the senate where he became ven herbal. he became -- venerable. he became known. he served as chairman of the agriculture committee where he garnered bipartisan upport for great reforms in domestic policy. isough his senate tenure, he perhaps best remembered for his wide ranging impact on affairs.onal he served for 34 years on the senate foreign relations terms ee, including two as chair. after the collapse of the soviet
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union, mr. speaker, he helped the threat of nuclear, hemical, biological weapons with the non-lugar program. effort, mr. san dismantled ured and the most deadly weapons. place.our world a safer he played a role in the apart apar thighed of -- apartheid government. and he contributed to the expansion of the nato alliance the he implementation of united states presidents plan pepfar, to end he global aids epidemic and antiterrorist treaties. for all he accomplished, mr. speaker, he was awarded the freedom inl medal of president barack obama, our nation's highest civilian
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honor. years, he final served as president of the lugar nonprofit organization focused on global food security, combating nuclear proliferation, enhancing foreign aid, and promoting bipartisan governance. tireless efforts and commitment to good governance helped make the world a better and safer place. his commitment to bipartisanship of people across the political spectrum, ncluding president barack obama. and our very divided society, mr. speaker, it is now more mportant than ever that we reach across the aisle and listen to each other's concerns. the same way senator lugar did throughout his many years of service. all of us, regardless of our affiliation, should draw inspiration from senator lugar's dedication to our country. all of us should strengthen his
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legacy by pledging to advance values and american and s of bipartisanship cooperation that defined his life. bill the first step to advance that goal. i urge my colleagues to join us in supporting this effort, and i back the remainder of my time. thank you, friend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. he gentleman from california reserves. mr. rouda: thank you, mr. chair. you, congressman carson. yes, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gosar: thank you, mr. speaker. support of h.r. 3152, the bill names the post office in indianapolis, indiana, in honor of former lugar. richard g. even before joining the senate, to lugar dedicated himself public service. he worked as an intelligence officer in the navy, served on board, ianapolis school and spent eight years as the mayor of indianapolis.
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he was elected to the united states senate. became indiana's longest-serving senator, serving his retirement in 2013. while in office, senator lugar ad a wide range of accomplishments that covered many policy areas. e twice chaired the senate agriculture committee and worked on bipartisan farm program reforms. spent 34 years on the senate foreign relations ommittee, and twice served as chair. senator lugar has received countless awards, including the 2013 presidential medal of freedom, and 47 honorary degrees. urge my colleagues to support this legislation, and with that, reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: thank you. i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields
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back the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona. mr. gosar: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house and pass the les bill h.r. 3152. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are passed, d, the bill is and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to h.r. 3207, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. 3207, ak: h.r. united states postal service located at 114 mill street in hookstown, pennsylvania, as the staff sergeant dylan elchin post office building. the speaker pro tempore: for hat purpose does the gentleman from -- pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each
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will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: thank you. allk unanimous consent that members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rouda: thank you. time i'd like to yield such time as he may consume to congressman lamb from pennsylvania. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lamb: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 3207, pport of my bill to designate the facility of the united states located at 114 mill street in hookstown, ennsylvania, as the staff sergeant dylan elchin post office building. sergeant elchin served our country valiantly in the united states air force and was killed action in november of 2018. he was a special tactics combat was deployed to afghanistan in august of last army s part of the u.s. special operations force
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operational if a team. his role included advising the ground force commander, irecting air support aircraft, and supporting offensive combat operations. his peatedly disregarded personal safety to coordinate lifesaving strikes and combat fighters. his bravery was credited with saving the lives of many of his airmen.oldiers and at his funeral last year, we the how throughout all difficult conditions that staff sergeant elchin experienced in always tan, he was cheerful, always enthusiastic, inspired someone who his inspired his fellow airmen no matter what. mr. speaker, i believe this is staff sergeant elchin was living his dream. he was born in brighton pennsylvania, and grew up in beaver county. anm the earliest days he had interest in serving our country. he was eager to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, himself d eight years in the united states army. at the age of 14, dylan immersed
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himself in military history, especially the vietnam and gulf war, and this passion fueled his desire to serve. he enlisted in the air force as a special tactics combat the best of the after mmediately graduates from hopewell high school in 2012. air s assigned at canada force base in new mexico. he was trained for combat operations like precision strike recovery, and he as especially skilled in reconnaissance, air traffic, erminal attack control operations. staff sergeant elchin's awards and decorations include the purple tar medal, the heart, the air force ommendation medal, the nato medal, and many others. he was incredibly young to be honored in so many ways, which his bravery, to his skill, and his dedication to his mission. we do our job and we pass this bill, the
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all ens of hookstown and over beaver county will never forget dylan's name. never should. he joins a long line of western pennsylvanians who gave what called the last full of devotion. we're proud of dylan. we thank him for his service and his sacrifice. honor him, and we will never forget. mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to support h.r. 3207. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: thank you. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 3207. names the post office located in hookstown, pennsylvania, in honor of air staff sergeant-- dylan elchin. in 2012, shortly after high
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as an airlan enlisted force special tactics combat controller. 26th assigned to the special tactics squadron at cannon air force base in new mexico. deployed to afghanistan in august of 2018. ust a few months later, he was killed by a roadside bomb. staff sergeant elchin received honors, including the ronze star, purple heart, and army commendation with valor. today, we honor staff sergeant bravery, and sacrifice. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 3207, as amended. those in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection, the title is amended. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. rouda: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill, h.r. 3314. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3314, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1750 in mccull ock boulevard north in lake havasu city, arizona, as the lake havasu city combat veterans memorial post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. rouda, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the
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gentleman from california. mr. rouda: 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 this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rouda: thank you. at this time i yield the balance of my time to my colleague from arizona. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i thank the gentleman for that yield. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized, without objection. mr. gosar: thank you. i rise to support h.r. 3314, introduced by myself. this bill names a post office as the lake havasu city combat veterans memorial post office building. the post office will honor six brave men from the city who died serving their country. carey dean harman lost his life bravelyly fighting the tet offensive. scott brodston fought valiantly in vietnam and lost his life during a combat assault. in 2016, patrick tenel was the
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first from lake havasu city to be killed in action during the global war on terror. anthony sausto lost his life fighting in baghdad, iraq, in 2007. dylan reid served in anwr, iraq, where he died in 2010. he is survived by his daughter, avery. and finally, carl hummer, immigrated to the united states from sweden and joined the army while in college. he served two tours in iraq and one in afghanistan where he died in combat. in recognition of these men and their selfless service to this nation, i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and, with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona -- mr. gosar: i yielded back already. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r.
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3314. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. rouda: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill, h.r. 3329. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3329. a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal bento located at 5186 street in montclair, california, as the paul eaton post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. rouda, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: thank you. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have fine legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks
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and include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rouda: at this time i'd like to yield such time as she may consume to congresswoman torres. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. it , mr. orres: thank you speaker, and thank you to my colleague for yielding to me, mr. rouda. i rise in support of my bill, h.r. 3329. this bill would rename the post office in montclair, california, as the paul eaton post office building. the new name would be attribute -- would be a tribute to paul eaton who served as montclair's mayor for 23 years. making him the longest serving mayor in montclair's history. as a former mayor myself, i can tell you that that is dedication. being mayor means being on the hook for every pothole, every accident, and every crisis that happens in your city. it is not easy work. but mayor eaton made it look so
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easy. he uplifted the lives of every single person he encountered. he was a fierce advocate for montclair residents and a pillar of the inland empire community. his decades of public service earned him the love, respect and admiration of everyone. mayor eaton began his career as bethany baptist church in the ontario-montclair school district. in 1970 he helped found montclair's community action committee. there he earned a reputation as a fierce advocate for montclair's residents. later he was appointed to the montclair planning commission where he would serve only until he eventually became a member of the montclair city council in mayor's lowing the departure. mayor eaton was unanimously
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installed into the position for mayor by his fellow city councilmembers. his many achievements include construction of a youth center and a senior center, as well as a state-of-the-art police facility. widening central avenue on the i 10 freeway, making critical improvements to the mission boulevard and ensuring future service to the montclair transit center for the gold line light rail service. his record of service is truly an example to the next generation. his family continues to carry on the legacy of many -- because many of them are now serving in public service. mayor eaton passed away on july, 2018. he was survived by his wife, ginger, who became mayor after the passing of mayor eaton. he was also survived by four children, nine grandchildren, nd 14 great-grandchildren.
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he was loved by everyone. let us honor mayor eaton and his legacy by passing this bill and renaming the montclair post office. california, mr. speaker, has 53 members of congress. and i am so proud to have 52 of those members of the california congressional delegation as co-sponsors of this bill. including the distinguished speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, and the republican minority leader, kevin mccarthy. and i urge all my colleagues to support this important bill and i want to thank the ranking member, mr. gosar, for your assistance in moving this bill forward. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from california reserves. mr. rouda: thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. gosar: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 3329, introduced by representative norma torres. this bill names the post office located in montclair, california, in honor of paul eaton. paul eaton was a dedicated civic leader in montclair for 48 years of his life. in 1970, he was a founding member of montclair's community action committee. mr. eaton spent 18 years of the community action committee advocating on behalf of residents. in 1988 he was elected to the city council. mr. eaton went on to become the mayor of montclair and serve for 23 consecutive years, making him the longest serving mayor in montclair's history. mr. eaton left a lasting legacy in the city. his achievements include vital improvements to the city's critical infrastructure and facilities. i urge my colleagues to support this bill for my friend norma torres, and with that, i yield ack.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspended rules and pass the bill, h.r. 3329. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. rouda: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill, h.r. 1972.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1972. a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1100 west kent avenue in missoula, montana, as the jeannette rankin post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. rouda, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: thank you, madam 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 this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. rouda: thank you. i yield myself such time as i may consume. madam speaker, i'm pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of h.r. 1972, to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1100 west kent avenue in missoula, montana, as the
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jeannette rankin post office building. at this time i'd like to reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: madam speaker, i yield to my colleague and friend from montana, mr. gianforte, for the time he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gianforte: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise in support of my bill, h.r. 1972, to rename the post office at 1100 west kent avenue in missoula, as the jeannette rankin post office building. born and raised in montana, jeannette rankin was a principled, fearless leader who paved the way for women in public service. she was a fierce proponent for women's suffrage. she led the successful campaign to secure the right to vote for women in montana six years before ratification of the 19th amendment that granted women the right to vote throughout our
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country. her dedication to public service did not stop with advocating for women's suffrage. two years after montana enfranchised women, montanans elected rankin to the u.s. congress. she became the first woman ever to serve in this body. jeannette rankin was a trail blazer for women's rights in our nation. it's an honor to recognize her and her lasting contributions to our country. i urge my colleagues to join me in honoring jeannette rankin, by renaming the post office in her hometown of missoula, montana, in her memory. thank you. and i yield back the balance of my time. mr. gosar: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 1972.
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. rouda: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill, h.r. 887. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 887. a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 877 east 1200 south in orem, utah, as the jerry c. washburn post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. rouda, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks
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and include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. rouda: thank you. i yield myself such time as i may consume. madam speaker, i'm pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of -- to if a -- designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 877 east 1200 south in orem, utah, as the jerry c. washburn post office building. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona. mr. gosar: i yield to mr. curtis, one of the best-dressed members of congress. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. curtis: i appreciate that and to my friend for yielding. i rise today in support of my bill to designate the united states postal office in orem, utah, as the jerry c. washburn
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post office building. this is a great honor for me as i had the opportunity to serve with mayor washburn as a newly elected mayor. he was not the only longest serving mayor but the type of leader needed among elected officials. he knew as much as he loved his city, it wasn't enough for his city to be successful. all of the surrounding cities in the community must also be successful. he knew it wasn't enough to be a great muyor, he needed the other mayors to be great as well. his message was one of optimism, of unity, of working together as public servants. he was humble and often soft-spoken, but when he walked into a room, everybody stopped to listen to what mayor washburn would have to say and we were he had fide by his message and knew
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we were better off. he was a personal mentor to me. i found myself saying, what would jerry washburn do and that led me to a better decision. he served as a board member for the parks council, the boy scouts of america and he was dedicated to his family, church and community. i urge my colleagues to vote in support of this bill to honor the -- name the post office in his honor. i yield back. mr. gosar: yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 887. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. . in the opinion of the chair, 2/3
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being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. rouda: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill s. 1196. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 1196 an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service linnerud 1715 in drive in sun prarie, wisconsin, as the fire captain cory barr post office building. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. rouda: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous remarks
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on this issue. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. . mr. rouda: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i am pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal linnerudocated at 1715 drive in sun prarie wisconsin as the fire captain cory barr post office building. he joined the fire department at age 18 and he was the youngest firefighter in the department's history. on july 10, 2018, he was the first responder at the scene of a natural gas leak in downtown sun prarie. as he was shutting off service, an explosion occurred killing him. his heroic actions saved hundreds of people. captain barr was a member of the sun prarie community for 30
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years. he is remembered as an outgoing and dedicated man. he is survived by his wife of six years and twin three-year-old daughters. naming a post office after captain barr is the least we can do to honor his sacrifice and contributions he made to his local community. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of senate bill 1196 introduced by senator tammy baldwin. this bill names the post office located in sun prarie, wisconsin in honor of cory barr. he knew he wanted to become a firefighter. at 18, he volunteered with the sun prarie fire department and became the youngest firefighter in the department's history. on july 10, 2018, captain barr
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responded to an explosion from a natural gas leak and sadly passed away while working to save over 100 lives from the fire. captain barr is remembered for his service, courage and dedication to the community and continues to be an inspiration to young firefighters in sun prarie and across the state of wisconsin. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. rouda: i yield back the alance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate bill 1196. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is
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passed. and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from west virginia seek recognition? >> i seek recognition to address
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the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> during the impeachment inquiries of nixon and clinton the house of representatives led y speakers albert and gingrich established the following procedures that are currently not being followed in this rushed process to impeach president trump. let me laid it or for you. first, there should be co-equal powers. all subpoenas are subject to a vote of the full committee. the president's counsel would have a right to attend the hearings and depositions, the president has a right to present evidence and has the right to object. and has the right to cross-examine witnesses and to recommend a witness list. these are being denied the president of the united states. it can be denied to you or your child. this impeachment inquiry is an
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abomination. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leaves of absence requested for mr. budd of north carolina for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. he request is granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january , 2019, the gentleman from washington, mr. nouse is recognized as the designee of the minority leader. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. speaker. before i begin, i ask unanimous consent that all members be given five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the topic of my special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise this evening to lead a
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special order along side my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to discuss a crisis afflicting our nation, it's the crisis of missing and murdered indidgenouse women. ach of the people speaking tonight represent different native communities that are affected by the disproportionate number of crimes against native american and alaska-native women. my colleagues and i introduced several pieces including savannah's act and the badges for native communities act in an attempt to improve collaboration between law enforcement agencies and empower them to seriously work toward solving many of these unsolved cases. over the next hour, i look forward to hearing each of these members' unique perspective on
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ways we can work to solve this crisis and bring justice to these women. i have spoken on this topic a number of times here on the floor, in the house judiciary committee and at home with my constituents who have been directly affected by this crisis. while a lot that i may say tonight may sound like a broken record, i apologize for that, but i cannot stress enough how important it is that we use our voices as u.s. representatives o address a crisis of this magnitude and offer solutions to these people, families and communities. native women throughout the country face a murder rate 10 times higher than the national average. with 84% experiencing some kind of violence in their life times. in my home state of washington, native americans make up about 2% of the population.
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but a recent report by the washington state patrol shows that indigenous women account for 7% of the state's reported missing women. this affects communities in highly populated urban areas and rural areas like those i represent in washington. i have seen how these gin justices affect local communities and i have vowed to help deliver justice for these women. my congressional district sits at the epicenter of this crisis. there are currently over 100 open cases in washington state ith 31 open cases on or year the yack ma reservation. this includes seven cases in the past five years. the number of open cases is alarming bru the truth is we
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don't have accurate data to understand the problem. due to a lack of shared nore, date ave and reporting there is no real way to know exactly how many native american women have gone missing and whose fate hangs in the balance. the complicated jurisdiction between federal, tribal and local law enforcement causes serious problems throughout many investigations and far too many tribal law enforcement agencies lack the resources to information that would help solve missing persons' cases and murders. this leaves the families and the communities of these victims frustrating and while we represent them in the people's house, it is the voices of those who are directly affected that we should be listening to. our communities in my district in central washington have not
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been silent. ust this past monday, the ywca hosted an annual vigil for vick tips of domestic violence. this year, the organization partnered with the nation to bring attention to the indigenous crisis and to honor those who lost their life to domestic violence. they have heasted rallies and public forums to raise awareness to the crisis. reporter by the name of tammy ire has done an excellent job of keeping the public informed of these ongoing efforts, highlighting the activism on the ground and providing resources of families and friends. the voice she lends to the voiceless
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-- the voice she lends to voiceless continues to be a force for change. i worked with officers, pew roe of indian affairs officials and other advocates to learn from these pillars of our local commun and how we can assist them in their efforts. i've lived just outside the yakima nation reservation just outside -- my whole life, mr. speaker, but hearing the testimony of families and loved ones of missing nate i women down the road from me was an eye-opening experience, a deeply heart-breveraging -- wrenching experience. i believe it's one all members of congress need to hear, that's why i'm here tonight. that's also why in june i sent letters to the house judiciary and natural resources committee asking them to hold field hearings in central washington on this matter. the voices of communities
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impacted by this crisis must be heard. my request was echoed by numerous local tribe, adhave kacy groups and women's organizations who have all sent their own letters to the committee inviting members to come meet with them. listen to the vises on the ground and discuss solutions for missing and murdered indigenous women. the yakima nation has generously offered to host the hearing which would provide members the opportunity to hear firsthand from both the tribes, law enforcement, officers and families of those victims who are dealing with this crisis every day. about how we can best move forward. their testimony would help demonstrate the impact this crisis is hag on our communities in central washington and in other regions around the country. mr. speaker, i hate to tell you but it has been four months since these letters were first delivered to the house judiciary and natural resources committees
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an we have receive nod response. it's been nearly a month since i testified before the judiciary committee to ask for committee action and a response to my letter. still, nothing. thankfully, the current administration has been actively pursuing local input. the department of interior is holding a series of round table events with tribes and law enforcement, most recently in arizona an alaska. while the department of interior and the bureau of indian affairs certainly have a role to play in implements solutions for the women and those in favor say aye loved ones, congress must also pay attention and we must do our part to listen and then legislate. the two legislative proposals i mentioned earlier, savannah's act and the badges for native communities act, would provide immediate assistance to tribes
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and law enforcement in addressing this crisis. as you will hear tonight, mr. speaker, these bills have strong bipartisan support. i know my colleagues and i stand ready to develop solutions that will work for local tribal communities and law ep forcement and i look forward to hearing from my friends and colleagues over the next hour to discuss the impact the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women has had on their communities and what action this body can take to stop it. with that, mr. speaker, i would like to yield to my good friend, representative gianforte who represents the great state of montana as well as the northern cheyenne and blackfeet tribes. as you know, montana is a large state. with understaffed law enforcement agencies reporting an investigation of crimes against native american women,
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can slip through the cracks. i yield to my friend the gentleman from montana, mr. gianforte. mr. gianforte: i thank the gentleman from washington for yielding. a newhouse, you have been leader in this issue and i thank you for your leadership. serra august, kate stopprettyplaces who just turned 18 was supposed to join her mother to see a relative in north dakota. she didn't make it. she disappeared. no one could reach her. days later, her body was found beside a woodpile in hardin, montana. the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and death remain a mystery. hers is one story of far too many.
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this tragic epidemic must end. these are our sisters, our daughter, our granddaughters. their cases often do not receive the attention they deserve. their families deserve justice. over the past month, i've met with montanans in each of our 56 counties and in the eight recognized tribal governments. i've often heard of the challenges faced to address this crisis. we must do better. when someone goes miss, time soft the essence. improving cooperation amongst local, state, tribal, and federal governments is critical. i heard over and over of the channels and delays in performing background checks for applicants for law enforcement. in one recent visit, tribal leadership at one reservation shared with me that only four of their 14 law enforcement positions were currently filled.
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preventing them from effectively implementing the law on the reservation. the badges for native communities act which i co-sponsor with the gentleman from washington speeds up that process with the bureau of indian affairs. the legislation also improves information sharing and reporting between federal and tribal law enforcement. the badges for native communities act also builds on savannah's act which i also co-sponsor with the gentleman from washington. savannah's act addresses this epidemic by issuing new guidelines for investigating cases of missing and murdered indigenous women. i urge the committees of jurisdiction to consider the badges for native american communities act and i urge house leaders to bring up the bill for a vote. finally at a time when we should be dedicated our time and
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resources to this crisis, the federal government shouldn't stretch itself too thin. for five years the f.b.i. dedicated a full-time agent to combating human trafficking. the bureau recently announced it would divide that agent's time between human trafficking and indian country. in september, i urged the f.b.i. director to dedicate a full-time agent to addressing human trafficking and another agent to fighting crime in indian country. the f.b.i. should allow each full-time agent to dedicate his of her time, attention, and resources solely to his or her unique, pressing law enforcement challenge. at this critical juncture, now is not the time to be petty -- penny wise and pound foolish. here is more we must do. for kacera stopsprettyplaces and
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for others across the country. i thank you for your help in bringing needed attention to this serious issue. i yield back. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. gianforte. i appreciate you putting a face to this serious issue we're experiencing all over the united states, particularly in montana. and pointing out some of the way this is legislation could potentially benefit our community. so thank you very much for sharing tonight. mr. speaker, as i mentioned earlier, one of the pieces of legislation that my colleagues and i have introduced this congress is savannah's act, named after a young lady, graywind, a ntaine member of the spirit tribe who was tragically killed in august of 2018. earlier this year i worked with a bipartisan group of colleagues to improve this legislation from a previous version of the bill that was introduced in the 115th
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congress. it does a lot of things but two things i want to point out. it aims to develop guidelines and best practices for law enforcement agencies to encourage -- and encourages agencies to enhance reporting and record keeping for better coordination. it also aims to impruff communication between law enforcement and the families. of the loved ones. of the victims. which is an issue brought to my attention to the by the central washington families who in some cases have waited for months just for an update on their loved one's case. so it is with that background that i want to yield some time to my good friend from california, who i really appreciate her leadership and her partnership in this effort on bringing this issue forward and bringing some good solutions forward. as we work to improve law enforcement's response in the cases of these missing and murdered indigenous women i
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can't say enough about the contribution of congresswoman norma torres and at this time i'd like to let her share some things from her perspective. mrs. torres: thank you, congressman. you have -- for organizing this special order and for your leadership. i sincerely hope that we will -- that this will serve as a call to action for all of us and like you, i was very disappointed we could not get savannah's act across the 115th congress and signed into law. mr. speaker, every single person in this country, no matter their gender or background, deserves to live in safety. and every single victim deserves justice. but for native americans, especially native american women, that has not been the case. far from it. there is a long history of violence against native
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americans and exploitation of native american women. it's a history that we don't talk about nearly enough. and that is why last week i introduced a bipartisan resolution to support the creation of a new federal holiday, indigenous people's day, on the day that is now called columbus day. because across the americas, too many indigenous people are still living with the legacy of colonialism and violence that came with it. taking one day a year to acknowledge that history and the -- and to acknowledge the many contributions of native americans to this great country is the least that we can do. but it isn't enough. as william faulkner famously said, the past is never dead. it's not even past.
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and the reality is that today, native american women are being killed and going missing at an alarming rate. native american women are 10 times, 10 times, more likely to be killed than the national average. and that is shameful. what's worse is that we do not even know how many native american women have gone missing. criminals prey on native american women because they know they can get away with this crime. so congress must take action to address this crisis and that is why we are here today. in april, the house passed the violence against women act, which would give native american tribes jurisdiction over crimes of violence against women. this is a significant step to solving the problem, but the senate must act now to pass this critical legislation and in may,
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i introduced savannah's act to honor na graywind, a 22-year-old pregnant member of the spirit lake tribe who was tragically murdered in 2017. i worked with a group of democrats and republicans from both chambers of congress to make sure that we incorporate input from a wide range of stake holders, including law enforcement. this bipartisan bill would create a new set of guidelines for law enforcement, responding to cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and would give incentives for law enforcement to implement those guidelines. it would also improve information sharing access to data so we have a clearer picture they have scale of these horrific crimes. this important legislation bilts on a previous version of savannah's act which already passed the senate last year.
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it is awaiting action in the house judiciary committee. i am confident that it will move forward season. because of the effort of native american women across the country, we are close to passing savannah's act into law. but we cannot afford to continue waiting. more importantly, nate i american women cannot afford it. thank you, mr. chairman, and i ield back. mr. newhouse: thank you for sharing with us your experiences and thank you for leadership on being the lead sponsor of savannah's act. it is a pleasure to work with you and i hope with your leadership we will get it to the president. it's my honor, mr. speaker, now to introduce someone who is truly is in the middle of much of this issue, co-sponsor of
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savannah's act, a leader not only on bringing solutions to help solve this problem, but probably just as importantly if not more importantly, also helping to shine a bright light on an issue that frankly many americans are just not aware of. i yield some time to the gentleman from north dakota. sergeant at arms: savannah's act . savannah this is act is her disappearance and suspected murder not only devastated the spirit lake nation but devastated the community of fargo and was truly a horrible issue felt by every member of my state from one end to the other.
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for eight days her family friends and community searched for her hoping she would be found alive. as we all know she was not. but her baby was found alive after surviving the attack and literally being cut from the womb. savannah's murder that data murdering of women and girls is scattered around government agencies or it is completely nonexistent. savannah's act attempts to address this issue. we have to address protocols including information sharing and training for law enforcement. we must do more to bring justice for the victims and prevent these crimes from happening and the reason is because the statistics are staggering. indian women are murdered at a rate more than 10 times the national average. at i have americans experience
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violent violent crimes and sexual assault crimes and the number of unsolved crimes on reservations is significantly hire than even the most crime-ridden series we have in the country. 84% of native american women will experience some form of violence and the reason and factors are varied. we deal with poverty and rural communities in general, jurisdictional fights between different organizations, addiction, a history of racial abuse. none of those things matter to the people who are missing and to the family members and tribal members. in savannah's case, the perpetrate oirgs were found and justice was served and that will never bring her back. i would be remiss, at this time north captivating the
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dakota. another body was found almost an entire year later in a lake and as of today that case has not been resolved. communication breakdowns from one end to the other have caused frustration for family members, the tribal governments and the state of north dakota have no resolution. we all know they are not isolated. when we are here and working towards things and we are dealing with lots of different things. but this is absolutely the purview of congress. this has had broad support and no excuse not to get savannah's act pa passed. i would like to thank congresswoman torres and senator murkowski and thank you to my
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co-sponsoring for he bill and former senator heitkamp. i urge my colleagues to pass this. and sometimes we can do the right thing and i yield back. mr. newhouse: you're right. this is something that is a serious issue. as you said, something this serious should be bipartisan and it is bipartisan. eople on both sides of the aisle recognize the horrific nature of these unsolved crimes and wanting to do something about aisle recognize it. i'm hartened by the fact that in this day and age and this climate here in washington, d.c., that there are some issues that we can rally around together in a bipartisan fashion. saying that, i think that is a perfect way to introduce a friend of mine from the
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bipartisan working group. someone who embodies the desire to find solutions, to find common ground on issues so that we can move forward. and this is a great example of the work that we can accomplish when we put our heads together. i yield some time to my good friend from new new mexico ms. tores small. >> i rise the 23 pueblos and tribes in new mexico. we observed our first indigenous people day celebrating the history of native-american communities. new mexico's past, present and future is tied to the vibrancy of the sovereign government. the threat is the crisis of murdered and missing women. the murder rate for native-american women is 10 times higher than the national
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average and we have problems can couning these tragedies. and we can't count the null of native-american women who go missing each and every year. this crisis demands a response in i join my colleagues co-sponsoring h.r. 3733, savannah's act. it improves access and creates guidelines to responding to these cases and law enforcement agencies to improve their practices. i yield back the remainder of my time. mr. newhouse: thank you, i appreciate that. it truly is a great thing that we can come together on an issue of such importance. thank you for your contributions and thank you for your contributions of savannah's act and together we will get this
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done. thank you so much for coming tonight. it may not be obvious to many of us, but some of the states are taking action. some specific states have accomplished some things. in my own state of washington, i got to mention the name of our state representative who is an ally in addressing this issue. we have 29 federally recognized tribes in washington state, so it is critical that we have the state support to help address this crisis. he has spear headed legislation to report the crimes on and off he reservations and coordinate between state patrol and tribes. the state patrol released a report as mandated by the legislation outlining the number and status of cases of murdered and indigenous women.
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the report revealed there is much more work in order to empower law enforcement of all jurisdictions. state, federal, tribal and local to accurately report and investigate these crimes. but i know washington state is not the only state that is doing things. as i would like to point out, i welcome my friend, representative don bacon from nebraska and his state has one of the highest rates of crimes against native-american women and nebraska has been active in tackling the shortcomings that we see in the coordination between tribes and law enforcement. i thank my friend, representative bacon, for his leadership on this issue and his help in getting this legislation through. he has been a strong supporter and not only here and in his home state. i yield him some time. mr. bacon: i want to start out by recognizing mr. newhouse for his leadership on this issue and
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educating us and galvanizing our congress and thank you for integrity that you bring to our chamber. you are a bright light right here in our capital. i address the serious epidemic, disappearance of selfless murders of native hive american women. this must be brought to our attention. according to the native america can women task force, omaha has a high number of missing and native-american well. 33 native-american women are listed as missing in nebraska. omaha has the most unreported cases of missing and murdered indigenous women. the nebraska state patrol is working with the commission of indian affairs and working as hard as they can to collect and
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improve data reporting and helping with the investigations, there is a lot more to do. this is not just an issue in nebraska. missing 5,712 cases of or murdered indigenous women reported and 116 were logged by the department of justice in their data base. many cases go unreported and that number is expected to be much higher. one of the ways we can bring awareness to this important issue is to improve and strengthen the relationship between tribal and state law enforcement agencies and enhance missing person reports, implement diligent recordkeeping and maintain communication between law enforcement and families of the victims. h.r. 2733, does just that and i'm thankful to be a co-sponsor. it is a worthy act that we
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should pass. we must press media coverage to hell locate missing women. in 1996, the amber alert system was established when dallas-fort worth police developed an early warning system and has had a significant impact. over 900 women have been safely found or children have been found. we need to have a similar system that applies to all americans and targeted here with our native-american population. what we have learned is the community lacks the proper resources to search for these women. when police cases go dormant, the families that have taken upon themselves to search for their loved ones. but that seldom works and seldom yields results. we need to provide resources to locate these missing women and that is what savannah's act is
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designed to accomplish. we will go to the ends of the earth to protect our family and loved ones. and that is how our brothers and sisters feel. d when a country faces a medical epidemic, we take action. when children go missing, we take action. when our fellow americans go missing, we take action. i urge my colleagues to support the savannah's act. we can do better. i yield back. mr. newhouse: i appreciate your participation and shedding light on this very important issue in our tribal communities around the country. thank you very much. i told you earlier, mr. speaker, i held a public meeting in yakima. the reporter i mensed asked me appointed question. this issue had been brought up
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to light about in the early 1990's by one of my predecessors that held this seat. and that person vowed to do something to do something about this. we are here 30 years later and nothing has been done. she asked me what is different today? you know what i think the right answer to that is, mr. speaker? the difference is from what i have seen personally, the men and women on our tribal communities are saying and standing up and saying, we are tired of this and we are just not going to take it anymore. they are making their voices heard loud and clear and demanding action and this is something that we need to deliver in order to help our native american communities around the country. it is a pleasure for me to yield to the gentleman from south
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dakota, mr. johnson, who has been a true leader helping to bring focus so we can find solutions. i yield mr. johnson some time right now. mr. johnson: i thank the gentleman for the time. i rise today to highlight i rise to highlight a crisis affecting our tribal communities throughout the country and that is violence against american indian women. more than 1.5 million american indian women have experienced violence. all too many, sexual violence, during their lifetimes. the numbers are straggering. -- are staggering. they have experienced violence, murder, kidnapping and much -- at much, much higher rates than other women. 1.5 million women. i know some of these women. like my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. i have looked in their eyes.
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i have heard their heart wrenching stories of violence. of trauma. i've held their hands. i have hugged them. as through tears they have described to me events that i otherwise could not imagine. in just the last few year we was had 6,000 american indian women, our countrymen, countrywomen, who have gone missing and just a few, just a handful of those cases have been logged with the department of justice. in that way, our federal government is not doing enough. to combat this problem. we know, every one of us here tonight, knows that we can do better. that's why i have felt so good about how many of my colleagues today have mentioned savannah's act which clearly i'm a co-spon or of, i'm a supporter of. it is in the a perfect bill.
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it does not do enough. but it tries to highlight, it tries to call attention to, it brings attention to, it brings resources to, the experiences of those 1.5 million american indian women. who have faced this violence. no, mr. speaker, it is not a perfect bill. but for those of us who have looked those women in the eyes, for those of us who have heard their stories, we know that it is important -- it is an important first step and one this congress should take. thank you. mr. newhouse: appreciate that very much, thank you for your leadership in making sure people understand the gravity of the situation we face. thank you very much. mr. speaker, we have talked a lot about both of these bills. probably more about savannah's act. let me talk about the badges for native communities act. it's a bill that strengthens
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tribal communities' ability to investigate crimes related to missing and murdered indigenous women and better enforce public safety. badges stands for bridging agency gaps and ensuring safety for native communities. it gives tribes and tribal law enforce. agencies access to databases so they can more effectively investigate open cases. it'll also provide resources for tribes to recruit and retain qualified law enforcement personnel which addresses an issue facing native communities across the country. representative deb hollan of new mexico and representative tom cole, the two leads sponsors of the badges for native communities act and co-chairs of the house native american caucus could not be with us here this evening. but i know their advocacy has inspired many members of congress, myself included, to work to bridge those gaps on behalf of native communities across the country. this legislation, like
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savannah's act, has strong bipartisan support and tonight i call upon the judiciary hearing committee to give this legislation a hearing. mr. speaker, another strong advocate in the people's house who fight days in and day out on behalf of american indian and alaska native communities is the dean of the housing, my friend, representative don young. the good dean couldn't be with us here this evening but he did send a statement i would ask unanimous consent to be submitted for the congressional record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. speaker. in his statement, representative young speaks of the extreme isolation and lack of law enforcement in remote native communities and the concerning fact that native communities lack full access to criminal databases, undermining tribal law enforcement and court systems. i want to thank mr. young for his years of leadership and for
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his original co-sponsorship of both savannah's act and the badges for native communities act. also, mr. speaker, as i mentioned in my opening remarks, i have requested a field hearing in central washington on the yakima nation reservation. they also mentioned that several local tribes have echoed my requests to both the hughes judiciary and house natural resources committees. i ask unanimous consent that the following letters be submitted for the record. from the yakima nation, also from the confederated tribes of he callville reservation, from he ywca, from the indian reservation, from the missing and murdered native americans, from the washington state women's coalition, and also from tribal council.
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these letters outline the importance to both native communities in washington state and the futures of indigenous people around the country. o quote from the yakima nation chairman gowdy's letter as the yakima nation testified, there needs to be a general yube response to the reports of missing and murdered native women and girl across tribal land. chairman gowdy continues, all new legislation needs to be guided by a clear strategic frame wrk and principles to move beyond current conditions endangering our lives and future generations of native women and girls. the unique perspective of native communities like that of the yak in a -- yakima nation are invaluable, mr. speaker, as we continue to debate the best policies moving forward that will actually provide solutions to this crisis. so i respectfully repeat my invitation to the house judiciary and natural resources committee to come to my
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congressional district in central washington and i can promise all those members, and chairman, the insight they gain will help them realize how this crisis truly affects our friends and neighbors on and off tribal lands. so mr. speaker, you've heard tonight how devastating this devastating crisis affects tribes, states, congressional districts across the country. it's easy to focus on these heartbreaking statistics, but these women are more than just numbers. they are mothers. daughters. sisters. aunts. neighbors. friends. there are those who are missing like 18-year-old rosal timbings a who was last seen in 2015. 37-year-old roberta jean raines last seen in 2001.
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29-year-old daisy maye tomlin who went missing in october of 1987. daisy's backpack and keys were found northwest of white swan. 29-year-old karen louise johnley, last seen by a friend at the lazy r tavern in washington in 1987. 16-year-old janis hambings nnigan who in 1971 went missing after she was discharged by the hospital on christmas eve. she never arrived home and has never been heard from again. then there are also the unsolved murders, including 31-year-old rosinda strong, last seen alive in wapato last year. her body was found in july, no arrests have been made. 23-year-old destiny louise lloyd who went missing on christmas day, 2017. she was found days later. 31-year-old mini andy. mini was assault in july 20 17 and died from her injuries.
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39-year-old linda dade whose tapanesh e found in in 2017 under a bridge. 23-year-old mother of eight naomi george, beat ton death in an alrein wapitoe in the fall of 2018. 44-year-old barbara, who died of blunt trauma to the head in 2005. 30-year-old sherry d. samson elwell, who was found dead in white swan in 1992. 44-year-old joanne betty jon. the mother of 11 had been missing for 2 1/2 years before her remains were found in 1992. she was identified by her dental records. 31-year-old rosalia sohappy, last seen new year's leave in 1988. her remains were found outside of brownstown. 20-year-old janiece wilson who
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difed a severe blow to the head in the sum of 1987. 26-year-old babette crystal green, a member of the warm springs tribe in oregon. her remains were found in 1987 near wapitoe. 25-year-old clydell alice simpson who after being mizing for two years was found in 1986 by hunters outside of granger. she died of a shotgun blast to the head. 33-year-old malvus josephine mckay. her remains were found in 1957 in sadas. she was a citizen of the yumatoa tribe. these are just some of the women with open cases from on or near the yakima nation reservation in central washington. this does not even begin to cover the number of open cases in other parts of the country. this is not an issue we can ignore, mr. speaker. the native communities we
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represent deserve action. congress must. to provide answers to their family, friends, and loved ones, congress must act. with that, mr. speaker, thank you for your patience and indulgence. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. kaptur, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. ms. kaptur: thank you. mr. speaker, the people of russia have never known real freedom. during the 20th century, over the course of 70 years, joseph alin, the soviet union's
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henchman and regime leader, an his successors were responsible for the brutal murder of millions upon millions of innocent people. inside ukraine, russia, poland, and many other central and east european countries that became familiarly known as the captive nations. during world war ii, american soldier nervous really made it east of germany. when they liberated camps in germany. so much of the truth about what happened behind what was called the iron curtain, the edge of soviet rule, was largely unknown to the west. russia's wretched rule included forced famine. starving millions of her own people to gain the acquiescence
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of others. gulags. where individuals were sent to work in work camps and died. they died of starvation. they died of overwork. they died of disease. genocide. the wiping out of ethnic groups that didn't fit the perfect image of the ruler of russia. ethnic cleansing. and a horrific world war launched in collaboration with nazi germany, where nazi germany and the soviet union divided up europe as they saw fit. not all europeans have experienced the same history. i'm interested to read some press reports now about eurocentric people. let me tell you, the history of azi germany and the history of occupied ukraine or occupied
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poland are completely different. there was little value for human life by the soviet regime and certainly no value for liberty. americans remember, some do, the collapse of the soviet union in 1991. after the free world had labored since 1946 to allow that moment to happen. and the hope that it brought to millions of sub jew gated people behind that armed -- behind that iron curtain who dreamed of a better way of life, not only across europe but in fact, the entire world. the fall of the berlin wall was symbolic and its anniversary is celebrated this year, 30 years, 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall that ushered in a newed or on a world that said liberty could still prevail over tyranny even in the face of impossible odds and some of the
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most forgotten places in the world. images of east and west germans ascending the old berlin wall that divided freedom from tyranny stood as that symbol and as those individuals who had lived in west germany and east germany climbed that wall, met for the first time in decades, serving as one of the most powerful symbols of freedom in human history. as families were reunited. new democratic institutions rose from the ashes, where tyranny nce dominated. the united states was a beacon of light in an ever growing free world following the rebuilding f europe in the poft-world war ii europe and four decades later soviet union's did he mies. the world war ii memorial is
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estimony to the 20th century's greatest achievement, the victory of liberty over tyranny. yet in the ashes of the soviet regime, the seeds of tyranny survived in the memory of its most ardent lieutenants and supporters. and one of them, the current russian president, vladimir putin, who served as a soviet y in the k.g.b. and or chest traiting to restore its former empire. today, ukraine represents the scrimmage line in the fight for liberty on the european continent. and why does it matter to america? because those allies in europe have democratic republics like ours. they are our closest allies. we do not live alone on this earth. america does not live alone on
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this earth but we have a security system that was established following world war ii that has held together the leaders of the free world. vladimir putin's greatest fear is an economically successful and democratic ukraine at russia's borders. a free ukraine would undermine putin's fragile, corrupt rule based on stealing, stealing land, stealing money from the people of ukraine and lining his pockets and those of his cronies. a free ukraine sends a message to the russian people, a people who have never known liberty in their own right that freedom is also attainable for them. for this reason, putin would go any lengths and is,
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assassinations, poisonings, war, ukranian o steal from people their right to choose their own destiny. 40 million people. 40 million people at the stepstone to all of europe, the largest land mass nation in all of europe. they have a right to choose their own destiny. in the aftermath of world war ii, the united states along side our allied partners in the newly-formed then north atlantic treaty organization, nato, created institutions, precious institutions to build solidarity and security among the transatlantic victors, institutions that never existed before. america invested trillions of dollars in programs beginning ith the marshall plan to build
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networks to reverse the spread of state-imposed communism. he american people in a very war-worn country after world war ii, rebuilt europe through the l plan. marshal though the nazis were defeated, millions found themselves trapped behind that iron curtain east of the berlin wall. ukraine was forced to exist under soviet occupation until citizens declared their own independence after the fall of the berlin wall in a democratic nationwide referendum in 1991, he only such referendum by any former soviet republic and astounding 84% of their
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population participated in that referendum and more than 90% of them voted to separate from the soviet union and chart their own national course. that was a new page that turned in world history. even in the earn portions of ukraine, a majority voted to be part of independent ukraine. in one voice, the ukranian people decisively favored liberty over tyranny. what a dramatic moment in world history as liberty attempted to move east ward. but even then, the struggle for liberty in ukraine was far from over. it was only beginning. and we can see it in real-time even until today. in 2014, the ukranian people rose up in the ukranian revolution of dignity against
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leaders in ukraine that had become utterly corrupt. he pro-russian leader, the president rejected, why did they rise up? he rejected an association agreement with the european union. do t whose be left did he that? vladimir putin. protestors moved to occupy the central plaza of kiev. clashes between those protestors became violent and resulted in the deaths of 130 civilians. most of them died from government-ordered sniper fire. to nsions rose, he fled russia to take cover. and on that same day, the
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parliament declared by a vote of 328-0, their congress, their arliament voted that he be removed from office. the fight for liberty is being fought in real-time. not just the ukranian people and the american people, the leader of the free world. in that very same year, putin mobilized russia's vast military machine to illegally and without provocation invades ukraine at its crimea edge and launched a not so covert war on ukraine's astern flank, an effort to re-impose his dream near soviet empire. over five years leader -- later,
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they are trying to preserve its freedom and sovereignty. its people have bravely faced own artillery ba rajes carried out by pro-forces including putin's little green men while the country, ukraine is not a member of the european union or nato, which it so wishes to be. its men and women including civilians have bravely fought and died, defending europe and their own fragile democracy. put yourselves in their position. what would you do if that happened in the united states of america? the five years since the war started, 14,000 ukranians have been killed. 30,000 have been wounded and nearly two million internally-displaced in the
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conflict with russia. it is a war that goes on, with little notice but enormous consequences for liberty in this modern era. due to years of corruption and mismanagement, the ukranian people took up the cause to defend their own nation. they have been seriously underequipped and their heroism roism shine.add, she they left their college studies and took taxis to the front line to thwart moscow's war. athwas like a david and golia struggle. they have fought rush yeah to a -- russia to a standstill. the ukranian people are in the
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trenches fighting russian aggression in the 21 st. they have more than earned the respect and continuing support from the united states and free world. when the soviet union collapsed, ne-third of the soviet nuclear arsenal remained in the ukraine. there are two countries that have nuclear russia at us and united states prepared to take them down if they would ever dare send them in this direction. but one-third of what the soviet union held in terms of nuclear strength remained in ukraine. deal facto providing ukraine the world's third largest nuclear arsenal. by signing the budapest member rapid umh, ukraine gave up the
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nuclear weapons in its territory in return for security assistance by the united states, russia and united kingdom. think about that. a promise was made. ukraine's independence, national sovereignty and borders would be espected by anexting crimea in a war russia has violated the terms of this foundational security agreement. russia retained its nuclear arsenal and their weapons remained aimed at us, the united states of america, and our nato allies in europe. the list of violations goes on. he basket one provisions which the soviet union signed in 1975 along with the united states, canada and more than 30 european
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countries as well as bilateral agreements signed with the russian ukraine have been if he cantively been thrown to the wayside. russia's forcible anextation and the hot war since 2014 violates numerous united nations' agreements that russia, ukraine and united states and other countries have signed going back to the organization's founding in 1945. while it would be convenient to only blame russia for the destabilization of this region, president trump's illegal block of more than 391 million in military aid to ukraine was not nly a only a blow to ukranian security and to its new president, but to our own.
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russia on the march does not serve the security interests of the united states. the united states and nato have a vital interest in stepping the kremlin's aggression in ukraine. that trump did so in denying military assistance and in delaying military assistance to ukraine in pursuit of a political agenda in 2020 makes it not only a betrayal of u.s. security interests but also a legal issue. it looks like just the sort of per version of the justice department that ukraine has suffered for decades. to date there are no records detailing president trump's or his tration's president trump's secret meetings and phone calls with russian president putin and his top lieutenants. there is no documentation to date on why president trump
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lifted sanctions on key putin oligarches and supporters. if records exist, i hope, they have not been unlawfully squirreled away somewhere by senior white house staff similar to actions alleged in the 2019 whistleblower complaint. it is clear that putin has been at war with ukraine to restore its domination in that neighborhood. the united states should do nothing to make it easier. tragically, it appears president trump is accommodating and perhaps abetting him. current wonder that our president was putin's preferred candidate in 2016 and remains so for 20206. president anafort,
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trump's 2016 campaign manager sits in prison for tax evasion but his crimes are much worse. he took millions of dollars, millions of dollars to lobby for the pro-russian anti-american ukranian president, who i mentioned earlier, whose own people drove him out of the country. he took his orders from putin who directed putin's infiltration and ordered the war in ukraine. . . trak rudy giuliani. -- take rudy giuliani. undermined their political rivals and boost the president's re-election. it was confirmed that trump's personal lawyer, rudy manafort, urned to who's sitting in jail, for fabricate is efforts
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falsehoods on vice president joe biden. president and giuliani even enlisted the support of u.s. officials in this scheme, co-opting u.s. taxpayer personal political gain. when the united states refused toto ukraine aid and abet their plot, purged the ump highly respected u.s. yovanovitch, rie who dutifully served our country with distinction throughout their adult life. tenure, ukraine carried out two democratic elections during a time of war duress, and made normous progress on its anticorruption efforts. ambassador's u.s. diplomatic
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excellence is what was needed to shepherd the ukrainian people the jagged path toward democratic reform. ambassador marie yovanovitch the united states at the highest levels in her career in other countries facing challenges. stan, for one, and kirk st-- -- and courage kurikstan. this is a true testament to her which i c season from believe our president could learn something. of ically, the purging mbassador yova flfshgs vitch -- yovanovitch is which we placed public servants who placed their lives at risk,
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serving the american people's of liberty, day in and day out. let the trump and record show dodged u.s. service n the military, seems to have o value of the trans-atlantic alliances. they are the single most guarantor of our security and freedom. america needs friendly allies values e our democratic and believe in the rule of law. recently, we have learned that appointed u.s. ambassador to the european union hould have been focused on repairing relations with europe, own president has embarrassed european presidents publicly, the ambassador to the european union found himself in ukraine meetings to conduct president research on
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trump's political opponent. overstated just how much the actions of our president trump and rudy undermined the u.s. alliance. imagine how the young new president of ukraine felt when alliance. the united states said to him that the military aid that was due to dispensed in the middle of this summer from the actually be would would til that president do our president a favor, his own re-election. wow. trump-led mignons, ur -- minions, our president does not serve the people. rather, unfortunately, it's
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serving him. continue to seek cooperation with the trump ownnistration to help other people here at home in so many cost of prescription drugs, trying to get an infrastructure bill passed in the house and senate, trying to with corruption in our own congress system -- must investigate this. we constitution demands conduct our affairs in a mandated role y of oversight and the impeachment inquiry, which is ongoing. we must ascertain to what extent he president and his advisors abused their power and held up critical military aid to ukraine own political gain. thus far, the president's has been complete resistance and not providing the materials necessary for a full
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congressional investigation in to be an ongoing campaign to intimidate state officials from testifying before congress, hich really means before the american people. the american people have a right to know the truth. this is an open society. need stonewalling from this administration. whatould ask the president does he have to hide. know the an people difference between truth and fiction. speaker, what an historic defeat for liberty it would be f the west were to skwaundor sacrifices dor the of the allies to allow putin sinister mission. despite president trump's united states congress remains laser focused
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on the threat from russia. is serious -- it is serious and it is real. hile ukraine fights for its very existence, the united states congress and freedom continue rywhere must to support ukraine through aid, programs to fight corruption, be and the development of civil society american people do so well. congress must get to the bottom president trump's effort to ithhold vital defense aid to ukraine. she is facing a mortal enemy. liberty at stake in our lifetimes. the challenge? the abuses of power outlined in he whistleblower complaint underscore the danger that posedent trump's decisions to american national security and democracy itself. american people must learn to what extent the
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president solicited interference a foreign country in the 2020 u.s. presidential election. from our own f.b.i., we have how many times russia interfered in the last election times many then-candidate trump contacted russia during the campaign. thinking about that one night. if i were running for president of the united states, would i russiay be in touch with nearly 200 times? think about that. is that?al the american presidency cannot gain its for russia to insidiously destructive power. american people deserve liberty first, last, and always. the political system -- and system free. long live a free america, and ay the people of ukraine ultimately gain the freedom they so justly deserve.
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back any r, i yield remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: the back.ewoman yields members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the chair recognizes the gentleman arkansas, mr. hill, for fi 30 minutes. hill: i thank the speaker. i certainly enjoyed my dissertation there, much of which was a criticism of our hief executive of country. when many of the same comments he made could be made directed at this house and its investigation of the president, following the precedent set, precedent set he in the nixon impeachment or in impeachment. the speaker has not had a vote in this house to commence an inquiry.nt that is an open system.
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that's the transparency my talking about. that's the kind of accountability the american see.e would like to and that should be the policy of it's not., but sadly, she talks about contacts with campaigns.olitical many of us look forward to the investigation by the attorney by the u.s. attorney in connecticut on exactly that campaign and how the opposition party, the clinton ampaign, was in fact the one digging up activities about the trump campaign. anyway, i enjoyed that comment about the ukraine and ukraine and e of the importance of democracy in ukraine but all throughout that had to endure ne supposition and fiction. speaker, i'd not like to talk about ukraine, not talk about syria but talk about
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and where are we in this ery important critical bilateral negotiation between the united states and the eople's republic of china to end china's mercantilistic trade nvironment, their lack of openness, their failure to police, the terrible theft ctual property that's gone on for over two decades there that benefits and hurt, i should say, not only american businesses, but those elsewhere. asia and also in europe. the president for calling out the challenge that e've had and faced in the west on how to obtain china as a better player for trade. president trump has worked for now to changeears its 's outlook, to end mercantilistic protectionism and
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join the world trading system, not just on paper, mr. speaker, but in fact, completely and be one with the developed orld as it has grown its economy so mightedly over those two decades. the president's point man on this issue, larry udlow at the national economic council, secretary mnuchin, the secretary of the treasury, and lighthizer, bert who is his u.s. trade representative, who has the to work out ng something that's a major change relationship between the u.s. and china but also china nd the rest of the developed world. of this trade t dispute is the fact we live in an integrated global economy deeply connected, multicontinental supply chains. integrated global economy is based on the extraordinary
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post-world warhe ii reductions in trade barriers, the expansion of the rule of law and the extraordinary success of capitalistic t system that's lifted so many out since world war ii and enlightened the capitalistic spirit throughout the world. beginning slowly in the 1970's people's , the republic of china was encouraged o open its domestic market, increase economic freedom, rights and ct human religious tolerance, and join nations.l family of following the fall of the berlin all and the reunification of germany, as that freedom breaths shroud of w away the the iron curtain, reform in next great ed the touchstone of the post-world war
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agenda. he 1989 crackdown in tiananmen square sidetracked this progress, but china's world's ion in this economy began in earnest in the 1990's, and that's where this complicated, and that's where the concern of really begins. european and american leaders, economic values of freedom, religious tolerance, and common national security the historic and extraordinary transition of the asian pan and tigers. hose countries of singapore, taiwan, hong kong, and south korea. the asian cades, tigers had been authoritarian, rampant for their heft of intellectual property, spurning of democracy, so much
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when jimmy 976, carter was elected president of campaignedstates, he on pulling american troops out south korea, ending aid to outh korea, and righting off south korea as a failed experiment. that it would be an uthoritarian dictatorship, never adopt to democracy, never top stealing intellectual property, and basically right it this was sheffield and the asian tigers expanded their economies and began to open their markets and fully embraced democracy and the rule of law and enjoy its world global progress. policy makers considered china to be next and they believed that while a much larger country der a much more author
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tatetive communist regime that the economic benefits of global transparency would even penetrate the middle kingdom. in 1996, in a column in "the arkansas democrat gazette" offering suggestions to the clinton administration to have a more directed china policy, i argued that china must change. i said china as a world power, for her part, must recognize that bilateral and multilateral treaties are to be enforced. lack of compliance must produce a known and delivered set of sanctions by the world community. and china must clearly understand the consequences of noncompliance. so, mr. speaker, that's what i wrote back in 1996 as a private citizen, former bush
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administration official thinking out what needed to change in america and chinese relations. chinese multilateral relations. china has not changed, mr. speaker. but instead, has grown more aggressive, hence the challenge of one world, two systems. market-based capitalism versus state-controlled communism. they are not compatible when it comes to this complex integrated decided.pital market i in the 1990's, the fight was to the rampant theft. at the time i uttered those, the u.s. computer software industry, hollywood videos all were being
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ripped off by the peoples republic of china. chinese pier asy was costing the .s. $225 million in software sales. the reality is despite efforts in 1992 at the end of the bush 41 administration and vigorous efforts by clinton's trade nothingors, essentially happened. president clinton threatened to impose 100% tariffs on select imports if beijing didn't enforce mr. clinton's 1995 intellectual property rights. does this sound familiar? is this the exact conversation we are having today in 2019? what happened in 1995?
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meeting after meeting was held and agreement after agreement as signed and still the piracy continued. and my point to the world delivering a known set of sanctions that china must clearly understand the consequences of noncompliance, instead, china was rewarded and admitted to the w.t.o. in december, 2001. sadly, pirated goods have only increased. recently, the business software alliance, the same folks i quoted back in 1992 now estimate at 70% of software installed in china in 2015 was unlicensed. and the u.s. trade representative estimates that intellectual property theft sts between $225 billion and
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$600 billion annualy. thus the world has not banded together and offered clear and known sanctions for not following the global trade rule. in fact, global trading parters have rewarded with the admission to the w.t.o. and continue to tolerate theft and closed mestic markets and chinese supply-chain participants. this is why president trump has elected to go forward with a more abreast i have, directive manner and deliver the message that lack of compliance with international treaty obligations must produce a known and delivered set of sanctions by the world community. however, the president's success in this endeavor may well be diluted by the opening up of
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trade dispute all over the world at the same time including dispute with america's allies. specifically i'm talking about across the board unilateral steel and aluminum tariffs, for example. or trying to renegotiate every trade treaty that we have all at the same time while we are trying to press china. now that's not to take anything away from the extraordinary work of the president and ambassador with the newighser usmca and free trade agreement, initiating and completing an agricultural agreement with japan. but i have to say but doing all of that at once and not engaging our allies fully and publicly to be at our side and pressing
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china, i think makes it more difficult. as i have traced over the past 25 years, the lack of success with china, the one thing i would argue that will make it different this time, always dangerous words to utter, would be if we had the european union, japan, malaysia, vietnam, the phillipines, south american countries, all at our side as we try to get a concrete change in china's behavior. in my view, the president would be more successful if he focused on the chinese challenge and rallied the world to a common purpose of focusing china on that important point. clearly understand the consequences the noncompliance. we have done many things in this country that is improving that relationship and fighting, but
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we must have full global support in order to i think and believe to lever china into compliance. not successful in bush 41. not successful with president clinton. not successful with president george w. bush, little effort by president obama. i admire that this benefits the whole world and will take a sustained multilateral effort to do that and i wish him well and those in this house stand by him as he tries to get a quality substantive deal to bring china truly into compliance. now, mr. speaker, i want to recognize to some people of the state of arkansas. i rise today to recognize carl carter for being awarded the
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2019 community service award by the real estate educators of america for exceptional spirit of service. he is a second-year student attending the university clinton school of public service in little rock. e accredits it to his mom, beverly carter who lost her hands at the life of two people posing as real estate clients. he started an organization dedicated to the cause of helping real estate's agents' safety. he works to improve through traveling and talking to escrow agents, agents and brokers all over the united states of how to avoid being the victims of crime. this is only the beginning for carl and i'm excited to see where his ambition and his heart takes him and i congratulate him on this good work.
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mr. speaker, i rise teed to recognize the fire department and the firefighters from station one for going above and beyond the call of duty. earlier this summer, firefighters responded to a call for a fire alarm at a resident's home. the resident was not in immediate danger but noticed one issue, the resident could not leave his home without the assistance as there was not a wheelchair ramp. the firefighters at station number one took it upon themselves to fix this situation. they reached out to the community for help including the local lowes home improvement store. they got discounted supplies and the ladies' auxillary provided funding and they were able to build a ramp. this is a small example of how the fire department and law enforcement officers go above
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and beyond the call when keeping our residents safe. i thank them for their continued hard work and service. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate ryan davis for receiving the emergency medical technician air medical award of excellence. this award honors those who help the air medical industry continue to see growth. ryan grew up in arkansas and is the fire chief for this community. he is a nationally registered emergency medical technician and paramedic and flight medic. he has served his community since 2003 and works for air evac. he has served on numerous boards and committees, the american heart association, the national association of e.m.t.'s where he serves as president. i would like to extend my
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congratulations to ryan davis for receiving this prestigious award. . speaker, i rise today to honor jamie cheney for her outstanding service. she serves as a volunteer firefighter on her day off. she gained her skills at the university of arkansas community college where she juggled school while working at the green breyer nursing center. she received the phoenix award while serving as an e.m.t. this was bestowed on to first responders who revive a patient who has suffered from cardiac arrest. i'm proud to have a dedicated member of my district volunteering and assisting those need and i join all for herselflessness and wish her
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continued success. and mr. speaker, i rise to recognize and congratulate an emerging person. lindsay henderson. lindsay serves as the chief revenue officer for the conway area chamber of commerce. she was awarded the under 40 award. he honors young officials that have demonstrated success in their career and made noteworthy accomplishments. the association of chamber of commerce executives recognizes emerging leaders and honors 40 such chamber professionals who work. fy their i concxds con grat you lawsuit for this award and wish her continued success. i yield back the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grothman, or 30 minutes. the gentleman is recognized. mr. grothman: thank you. i intend to address the good news, significant drop in murders in this country in 2017 over the recent peak in 2016. before i address the house on that matter, i would like to yield some time to my good
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friend, congressman mooney of west virginia. mr. mooney: thank you. thank you, congressman, and mr. speaker. i spoke a little earlier on a one minute on this topic but i was pressed for time and i saw my good friend from arkansas speaking on this and i would expand on my remarks earlier. . . the important trade issues the president is working on with couldn't tries and i agree more those: important issues that should be working on. that's exactly what the president and congress should be focused on. in fact, it should be focused on that in a bipartisan way, republicans and democrats together. instead, what we're faced with, is this pretty bizarre inquiry process. i think it's important for the american people to know and how this is supposed working.nd how it is
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an impeachment inquiry, it sounds like it's a fair process.n in the past, during the impeachment process of president clinton, theesident house of representatives, right here, led respectedly at the speakers abbott and ingrich established the following procedures that's currently not being provided in attempt ed process to to impeach president trump. precedent important that when you're dealing with a president who's duly elected by president of this country, districtdent of second of west virginia voted for president trump. electoralry in a fair college put donald trump in as president of the united states. and my strict -- district voted for president trump for president of the united states. choose the is how we leader of our country. i stood there on the steps of the capitol just a few years ago
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and watched donald trump be inaugurated as president with former ort of all the living presidents who attended time. process that s a is immolated in the world. instead what we see here announced by the speaker of the ouse of this impeachment inquiry. however, she's denying this president the same rights that other presidents were given this so-called impeachment inquiry. and what exactly are those? important to understand how this has happened in the past and how it should be but is not.ght now i think the democrats here in congress would like the american eople not to understand what they're doing. but first and foremost in the past when this was done, the two times it was done in the past, i going to list for you the seven things, the seven rights given to the been accused party. in this case, it's donald trump, president of the united states.
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irst, in the committee hearings, there was -- there should be given co-equal both the ower to chairman of the committee and the ranking member of the committee, which is the minority party. at that committee level they're given co-equal power to subpoena witnesses. now it's one-sided. subpoenaing witness after witness and the other side doesn't have an opportunity to witnesses. that's how a fair process is supposed to work. had been all subpoenas subject to a vote of the full committee at the request of the r the chairman or ranking member. one-person a juan itch-hunt -- to avoid a one-person witch-hunt, they can the to subpoena, no to subpoena. you have at least a committee input. that's how it's been done in the past. it's not happening right now. third, the president's counsel
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attend all t to hearing and depositions. that?u imagine we have hearing and depositions going on right now in the committee and the president and his counsel that represents him not allowed what's being said about him. this is denial of a basic right legal process of any kind. the president's counsel has had the right to present evidence being presented on one side, unless it's a kangaroo court, you have presented on the other side. that's being denied to the president of the united states. counsel has 's always had the right to object to the admitans of evidence. basic legal -- procedural legal right. the evidence being presented, objections. may not be accurate for a variety of reasons. the president is not there. the counsel is not there. can't even object to the evidence being presented. in the past, the president's had the right to cross-examine witness. you have the right to face your to ser and the right
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cross-examine witnesses. counsel president's would have a right to recommend a witness list. so, ladies and gentlemen, it's important you understand that president's being denied these seven basic legal rights to defend himself right now. this is not a fair and just system in any way. communist led a country when she was 20 years old. she was in cuba. castro came down from the mountains with the guns and locked her and her family up. for ther was in prison seven -- my mother was in prison for seven weeks. n communist countries, you are accused first and stuck with the burden of somehow trying to prove you didn't do something, you're not ove guilty. the is country, you have right to be presumed innocent. innocent until proven guilty. a disgrace what's happening right now. this president is in the court one-sidedopinion with innocence to try to prove his innocence. real evidence ny
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to that fact. t is -- even if you aren't a supporter of president trump, you should object to this process. magine if you are falsely accused of something or god forbid your son or daughter was falsely accused of something. expect your child to have these same basic rights in a legal process to defend themselves. deny these rights to the president of the united states of america, rest assured, side leagues on the other of the aisle will deny that right to you one day. you should be alarmed at this no matter where you stand on the liking president trump or not. congressman, mr. my colleague from wisconsin, i will yield back to you. very much. you.rothman: thank i now like to address the body on the topic of the recent decline emerged in the united states of america. for people who watch this house, that there are all sorts of bad things we could dwell on. dwell on the immigration
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crisis. we can dwell on high health care costs. on the debt. but recently, some relatively to news, we have more work do, was brought forth and that 2018 murder rates for were published. murder in this country, rates skyrocketed from the early we had the beginning of the welfare culture, the war family under lyndon johnson, and murder rates rose 100,000 to five per 1980.0 per 100,000 in and murder rates stayed elatively high throughout the 1980's, early 1990's. since that time, i think in part of increase in incarceration, those murder 2016.were falling until 2015. in part, i think
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because of a government that of police, vely talked about or implied the were racially s motivated, something happened going e of what had been on the 25 years before that. ll of a sudden, for two years in a row, the number of people murdered in this country jumped low of 4.4 p from a the years 100,000 in 2015 and 2016. that, we can talk about whether it was there or not, donald trump took over. somebody who ran encouraging upport of the police, respect of the police, and murder rate began to drop a little bit in 2017, and last year, it one more time fell to less than five per 100,000. president trump ran, of course, for police.
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it's one of the reasons i think people wanted him in there. prior president, a dignified had barack obama in the white house, over 80. barack if you look at obama, his praising of black lives matter, his encouraging police with w distrust, was traps one of one of the erhaps reasons completely out of the ordinary, at a time when the economy was not bad, we had shootings rise significantly. president who, as the yard signs in my district you know, respect as badge, we have somebody president that is somebody badge, the population continues to grow of 1,000 people, 1,000 lives
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saved. that spike in murder before president trump took office and why was the reduction took office?ter he as i mentioned, i think the people like al sharpton, who encourages police, or at least blames them, blames sad on racial motivation, i think that's one of the why you had an increase. you had police who were afraid what they could do for sanctioned.ng you had people maybe afraid to go for the police or go to the to report criminals, perhaps, because they were told irmean.ce was there -- enemy. haven't checked, but i'm sure al sharpton hasn't been invited to the white house times in president trump's time.
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we have someone who knows as long as the police are appropriately doing their job, their back. and we've seen that significant last two years, which is rare good news that you get. await when the statistics come out for the year 2019. we know another drop of about 7% in the massive cities, south end of chicago. seven ve in the first months of the year we saw another 10% drop in milwaukee. another drop in new york. is is this a coincidence or this because our police know at the y are respected highest level of government? i get back home, i hear some people talk about crime and worry about crime and work that has to be
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done. having 1,600 people -- having as many people s we have murdered every year high, l a figure way too but a drop of 1,000 was a drop.icant i hope everybody pays attention to what i believe is another happen in 2019 and hope everybody realizes that this may not just be an aberration. is a lot of lives. it could be the result of a policy based based on respect of the police. police when they're wrong, no doubt about that, when they're bad police, but not a affair with black lives matter. respecting the fact when studies been done by groups such as the national academy of that when hey find police do kill people, it is aiktively -- collectively not
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racially motivated or a racial thing. sadly something that happens because sometimes people and usually gs people are in the process or apprehended for very dangerous crimes. couple times, a few times it does happen because police make mistakes. when it is, it shouldn't be used police as a whole and it shouldn't be used to come out with the idea that these things racially motivated. the goods my report on news to the american people. i yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. i'd like an: and to -- i'd like to ask that we adjourn.
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the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. all those in favor say aye. no.those opposed say in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning for morning hour debate.

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