stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from new hampshire, ms. kuster. ms. kuster: please join us in the pledge of allegiance. 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 gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. ros-lehtinen: to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. days leading up to the november 30, and december 1 protest in nicaragua against the castro -- against the ortega regime's proposed interoceanic canal and a corrupt election, the national police instructed by daniel ortega, sent heavy machinery, created checkpoints, used barricades to block farmers and indigenous communities from attending the protest. nicaraguans were severely beaten, some were even shot.
: the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes. ms. kuster: i thank the gentlelady from texas and thank you to the chair, mr. demrat. i rise in support of my bill, the promoting travel, commerce and national security act of 2016. in my home state of new hampshire, granite staters understand the special relationship that americans have with canada. for families in the north country and my district, many of their relatives live across the border in quebec and many of our businesses rely on cross-border trade to expand their operations. the united states and canada share the single longest international border in the world and trade over 1.8 billion every day in goods and services, supporting millions of jobs in the u.s. furthermore, approximately 380,000 people cross our border every day and can do so safely because of the close coordination between the u.s. and canadian border security first. many of these travelers save time by utilizing pre-clearance facilities that are operated by border first at nine different canadian airports. pre-clearance has trade benefits that presents th
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