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folks like might like to see that. there has been a proposal for $26 million to help clean up the airport, which may e the first considerable money that is applied. host: we are going to leave it there so i can move on to cathy in new orleans. she will be our last phone call. caller: i have lived in new orleans all my life. we have had katrina and disasters, and to blame the president for not being able to take care of things i think is ridiculous. the president has made many trips to our area.
just because newspapers put them in print does not make it true. i think we are always blaming the president for something that is beyond his control. host: that will have to be the last word. thank you for joining us.+ the house of representatives is getting underway now. we will bring you there now. . . , thal of northern westchester new york. the chaplain: o god, source of the spirit of living things, you created humanity with all its diversity in your image and placed us upon this earth to tend it, guiding us alon whichever spiritual path we call our own toward goodness and peace. in this great hall where dreams come true, we ask your blessing upon these men and women, these
representatives of the people. they have devoted their lives to our welfare, strengthened them with your courage, inspire them as they answer isiah's call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, to lift up those in this land and in all land who cannot stand on their own. in this chamber of debate, may every debate be for the sake of justice and may justice always be tempered with compassion. may this house be home to the hopes and aspirations of every american, and may america shine as an example to all the world. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from
new york, congressman hall. mr. hall: please join me in the pledge. 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 pro tempore: the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: mr. speaker, i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has passed h.r. 3951, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 2000 louisiana avenue in new orleans, louisiana, as the roy boehner sr. post office building. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from new york, congressman hall, is recognized for one minute. mr. hall: thank you, mr. speaker. i am pleased to welcome rabbi joshua davidson, senior rabbi
in northern westchester, new york, as our guest chaplain in the house today. rabbi davidson is joined here today by his wife, mia, their daughter, mikayla, and his in-laws. rabbi davidson is president of the westchester board of rabbis. he's served temple bethal since 2002 and before that served at the central synagogue in new york city. he has a long distinguished career serving on the boards of many charitable organizations, interfaith coalitions and prestigious jewish organizations. he served as chair of the central conference of the american rabbis committee on justice, peace and religious liberties, vice chair of the commission on social action of reform judaism. he shares the commission's task force on israel and world affairs. rabbi davidson is a member of the hew brew nation's council and serves on the clergy advisory board of interfaith of
new york state. rabbi davidson is a worthy entry into the long role of distinguished guests. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? mr. cohen: to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. cohen: thank you, mr. speaker. back in february when washington has slammed with record-breaking snowstorms, many of my colleagues made scientific conclusions that there was not climate change. many republicans seem to suggest that vice president gore come and build an igloo on the white house. well, the national oceanic and atmospheric administration has released information that says we have the warmest january to april ever, the warmest january to april ever since they started collecting data in 1880. and what do we get from our republican colleagues?
more drilling, more drilling, not safeguards but more drilling. they go out and hold a press conference and ask for more offshore drilling. rather than that, they should call for more solar investment, rebates for americans to have solar technology and get us away from fossil fuels that are ruining the gulf and causing the greatest disaster in the gulf and the worst ecological disaster we've known on this earth. what we can do to prevent future catastrophes is clear. we need to get away from fossil fuels. but republicans are only interested in lining the pockets of oil companies and making sure that they have the opportunity to drill, drill, drill, spill, spill, spill. we need to stop it and we need to have a policy that works. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida rise? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i'd like to recognize an outstanding constituent from my district in south florida, isaac behar, a longtime
humanitarian, philanthropist and businessman. ike will be presented with the lifetime achievement award by the miami jewish health networks. ike's american journey embodies the american dream. at the age of 20 isaac left havana for the united states with only $50 and the dream of building a new life and helping others. he proudly served our country, the united states, in the army in the korean war. upon completion of his service he started his own clothing business, the ike behar company, with over 400 employees. after seeing the great care that his mother-in-law received from the miami health networks, isaac decided to make sure that others would be able to take advantage of their great services. due to his generosity and commitment, the miami health networks have been able to continue to serve all south floridians. ike, i'd like to commend you for your service, for your support for our community and our nation. thank you for your dedication and commitment to improving the lives of all south floridians.
thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from arizona rise? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> mr. speaker, we are entering the heart of wildfire season in arizona. over the coming months, folks in my district will be faced with serious threats to their lives and property time and again, and time and again these threats will be contained thanks to our firefighters. as much as anyone, we in district one know the risk firefighters take to protect our communities. we remember how hard they worked to keep us safe when the rodeo fire forced thousands of arizonans to evacuate their homes. mrs. kirkpatrick: we saw them to battle the boggy fire which they successfully contained south of alpine just yesterday. these brave men and women face
incredible danger as a basic part of their jobs. so far this year 34 firefighters have lost their lives in the line of duty. we must honor their service and sacrifice and renew our commitment to providing them the support they need to fulfill their duties. it is the least we can do and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? mr. pitts: i ask permission to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. pitts: mr. speaker, last week the president's chief budget advisor, peter orszag, said that the administration was unwilling to send a package of deficit reducing budget cuts to capitol hill. even though the president's party's in control of both houses, or scomblag didn't think that administration budget recommendations would be considered. just a few days later, however, the president announced that he wants congress to pass a $50 billion bill to bail out states regardless of whether that increases the deficit.
so the administration's perfectly willing to dictate to congress that we should increase our already burdensome national debt but wholly unwilling to recommend sensible cuts to existing government programs. we just can't go on like this. this week greece just had another debt rating agency slash their bond rating to junk. now, europe is putting together a bailout package for spain. ireland and portugal may not be far behind. the warnings are numerous but i fear that they are being ignored. we have to get control of our federal budget or there's not going to be anyone big enough to bail us out. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado rise? >> i ask permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. perlmutter: thank you, mr. speaker. listening to my friend from pennsylvania i'd remind him as
well as others that the last month of george bush this country lost 780,000 jobs in one month. ok. 14 months later, 15 months later we gained some 400,000 jobs in this country, but in the process down here in the recession after the bush administration we lost eight million jobs. we have a long way to go to put those people back to work, but for democrats that's job number one, to continue to add jobs and put people back to work. when president bush left it was a $1.3 trillion deficit. we know that we have to rein in spending and we can begin by with iraq, by drawing down those troops and saving this country some real money, but first job is to put people back to work and that's what democrats are going to do. with that i'd yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, a marine corps legend and buford, south carolina, resident passed away friday leaving behind many touched lives. an iconic image and a legacy of service to our great country. this is a copy of an iconic marine corps recruit photo of sergeant chuck taliano. the way that he ended up on this famous poster is best reported by patrick donahue. the article explains that sergeant chuck taliano was awaiting an honorable discharge at marine corps recruit depot, paris island, 1948, when they snapped a photo of him giving a recruit an attitude readjustment. that cemented taliano's place in corps legend.
the photo captured his snarling mug inches away from a fresh face recruit with this caption, "we don't promise you a rows garden." it was -- "we don't promise you a rose garden." i want to thank sergeant taliano and his family for his commitment to our country and the marine corps. my prayers is with his family and friends. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. god bless the u.s. marine corps. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purposs does the gentleman from illinois rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 5297, the small business lending fund act. mr. quigley: this legislation will help the small businesses in my district such as allen joe's dele, a family-owned business in franklin park with pubsandwiches to die for that is looking to expand. it will also save businesses
such as national plumbing and heating supply company in illinois which had to shut down after six years because banks ended its line of credit. to respond to these problems i will vote to create a new $30 billion loan program to boost lending to small businesses so they can expand and create jobs. i also co-sponsored an amendment that will include commercial real estate lending at small business lending. this will complement regular lending efforts and help businesses like allen joe's, capitalize on existing property to expand and create new jobs. i urge my colleagues to pass this critical legislation. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize and honor the young talent of elaine kang, a 16-year-old violinist from pennsylvania. this coming september she will
make her radio debut on n.p.r.'s "from the top," a critically acclaimed radio show which reaches 600,000 listeners each week. it serves the tenacity of young musicians by showing who they are and what they can accomplish. she must be commended with only 16 years behind her and well ahead, she's on her way to a fruitful career. she is a role model to many young musicians as well as her peers. elaine certainly promotes them. she has exhibited wonderful skill and her example shows the benefit of pursuing one's passion. i wish elaine the best of luck in her upcoming taping in at the majestic theater in gettysburg and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore:
without objection, so ordered. mr. baca: i agree with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle that america's borders must be secured. border security is an important part of comprehensive reform. but we simply cannot ignore the 12 million individuals who are forced to live in the shadows of our society. our broken immigration system is tearing families apart, thousands of families every year. the department of homeland security reports that over the last 10 years more than 100,000 immigrant parents with u.s. citizen children have been deported. misguided laws like the arizona s.b. 1070 don't help keep families together. immigration is a federal problem that can only be solved with comprehensive approach that is both sensitive to families and ensures border security. i urge my colleagues, both democrats and republicans, to co-sponsor h.r. 4321, and last but not least, i'd like to wish the women's good luck tonight in their softball game. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. . for what purpose does the gentleman from nebraska rise?
>> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, the national debt just surpassed $13 trillion. since 2000, the national debt and government spending have doubled and in simple terms every american citizen now owes $42,000 toward this debt. the government needs to ccoose, mr. speaker, and choices must be made within our budget to resolve this dire situation. mr. for then berry: yes, the -- mr. fortenberry: yes, tightening the belt, making hard choices, and relieving the massive debt burden that will otherwise be left to our children and grandchildren, this is the charge of congress. this is our duty. this is what the american people deserve. government spending and overreach are eroding economic confidence. yet there is neither a political will nor mechanism in washington right now for addressing the
spiraling debt and deficit. right now there isn't even a budget and this is unconscionable and unsustainable. our constituents deserve a nation with its fiscal house in order and this starts with the responsible budget plan. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts rise? >> request permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. neal: mr. speaker, we had an opportunity yesterday to witness another happy moment. 38 years after 13 of our men and women were shot dead in ireland on a day now known as bloody sunday, the families and relatives of the victims have found justice they have been seeking for decades. they learned the truth yesterday about what happened during a peaceful civil rights march in january of 1972. they heard the british prime minister david cameron say their loved ones were innocent and the actions of the regiment that day were unjustified and wrong. if bloody sunday was a defining day in the history of the troubles, let us hope the
publication of the report will be a transformative moment for the people of northern island. today we remember those who lost their lives marching. we remember bloody sunday and those who were wounded. the innocent people have been exonerated. for those of us who stood up with those families over the course of almost four decades, and i was a strong supporter of those families, this is a moment of satisfaction. and in dairy people cheered the vind days of their loved ones who died on that tragic, tragic day. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from washington rise? mrs. mcmorris rodgers: i request permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to congratulate an eighth grade student from walla walla, washington, the winner of the first girls rock the house contest in my home state. at a time when only 17% of congress is made up of women, we
need to be doing a better job of making young ladies aware of the opportunities and encouraging more young women to become involved in public service. that's why i'm a strong supporter of girls rock the house and i'm very proud of this year's winner. the bill elie wrote is well researched, well written. it's an idea to promote healthy living and i am aproud to stand before my colleagues and ask them to join me in recognizing her achievement on behalf of the united states congress, congratulations, well-done. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. courtney: a gaffe is when the politician tells the truth. the republican leader, mr. boehner, proved this point the other day when he was asked point-blank whether he agrees with the chamber of commerce the government should pitch in to pay for b.p.'s oil spill. he replied, i think b.p. and the federal government should take
full responsibility for what's happening here. his words clearly misstated the law. b.p. is solely responsible and his staff went into damage control overdrive afterwards to clean up his mess. but this gaffe confirms what everyone knows in their heart, washington republicans for the last 40 years have been allies of the oil companies' push to shift the risk of oil production on to the taxpayer and keep the benefit to themselves. americans listening today should know no matter what the republican leader says, the democratic majority understands that b.p. is solely responsible for the cleanup. the taxpayer will be repaid for its costs. and that b.p. will compensate small businesses and working families for the damage done to their lives. no more free rides courtesy of the american taxpayer. the speaker pro tempore: members will be reminded to direct their remarks to the chair. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky rise? mr. yarmuth: request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. yarmuth: mr. speaker, after a year and a little bit more of
debating health care in this country, with all the numbers and rhetoric, sometimes we lose sight of the actual human face of what we accomplish for the american people. i have the great honor today of being joined by two bright and beautiful young women, camille and marilyn from louisville, account kentucky, seven and nine years old. they both will tethered chord syndrome that was treated in my %%metown. they are doing great. they will grow up to be whatever they want to be. i'm glad they are not 25 because probably one of them would take my seat. but the important thing is now because of the health care bill that we passed, they can be anything they want to be. they can go to grad school. they can stay on their parents' policy until they are 26. they have total freedom without regard of being denied coverage. this is one of the great benefits of the health care act that we achieve for the american
people and there are millions more like madeline and camille who would benefit for the rest of their lives. i'm so proud of what we accomplished for them and millions of american young pool. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does -- for what purpose does the gentlelady from nevada rise? miss titus: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. titus: thank you, mr. speaker. today the senate will hold a subcommittee hearing on the sloan hills withdrawal act introduced by majority leader reid. i'm a co-sponsor and strong supporter of a house companion to this legislation. the bill would withdraw a 640-acre site near the sun city anthem community in henderson from being made available for mining purposes. the proposed mining operation would cause air quality deterioration, a serious concern
especially for seniors and children who are vulnerable to respiratory diseases. the proposal is also water intensive and will increase traffic in the area. residents of nearby communities which are in district three would be most directly impacted by this. that's why i attended a public meeting in april of last year with more than 400 concerned residents of the area. i heard loud and clear that the proposed mine was unacceptable. this act would ensure an aggregate mine is not developed in this site and it will protect the health and well-being of my constituents in henderson. so i urge its passage. thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i rise today to honor scott from minnesota. he was this year's recipient of
the minnesota foundation's outstanding educator award. this award recognizes exemplary teachers who support, inspire , and assist students to achieve their full potential. mr. walz: they are nominated by students, parents, colleagues, and community leaders. the people that matter most. as a teacher on leave myself from the high school i had the honor of teaching in the classroom next to scott. i have seen his passion and outstanding leadership inspired students. he encourages his students to learn the material not simply through a test but test their knowledge and their limits. scott's success with students is unparalleled. over the past 11 years, the students in his rigorous advanced placement government and politics class have maintained an 80% pass rate on the national exam. well above all averages. last year 85 students took the exam with a pass rate of 94%. and 54% achieved five out of five. students in scott's advanced placement government class come
away with not only superior knowledge of our political system but deep love for our democracy. for 27 years he has challenged and inspired and i hope it's another 27. congratulations, scott. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from nevada rise? ms. berkley: to address the house for one minute. and possibly revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. berkley: the horrific crisis and tragedy in the gulf must be a wake-up call to america that we must break our addiction to fossil fuel and move with all deliberate haste to a renewable energy future or america simply will have no future. energy independence is an economic necessity we can create an entire economy based on green jobs. it's not only an environmental necessity, look at the crisis that we have in the gulf with the loss of life and the destruction of an ecosystem that will take a lifetime to fix. it's a national security imperative. we have to break away our --
break from our reliance on the saudis and venezuelans and b.p.'s of the world and harness the sun, wind, geothermal, biomass. the state of nevada can become the epicenter of renewable energy. we just need the will to do it. i yield back and ask my colleagues to please join me in a renewable energy future for this great country. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from ohio rise? >> permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. fudge: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, wall street reform is critical to creating jobs and growing our economy. as we rebuild america, we must ensure that wall street won't gamble again with our futures. i support the restoring american financial stability act because it includes commonsense reforms to hold wall street and the big banks accountable. this bill will end bailouts by
ensuring taxpayers are never again on the hook for wall street's risky decisions and will rein in big banks and their big bonuses. it protects families' retirement funds, college savings, homes and businesses financial futures from unnecessary risk by lenders. it also safeguards the american people from territory lending abuses which resulted in millions of foreclosures over the past few years. the american people deserve and want these reforms. let's give americans what they deserve. fairness and the -- in the financial system. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california rise? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. sanchez: good morning, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize a very special individual by the name of first lieutenant wayne t. hogancamp.
he lives in orange county, california, was awarded the third highest honor in the military for gallantry of action, is the ver star, on january 1, 1945. while in command of an m-8 cannon platoon and advancing over an enemy controlled road in the philippines, he maneuvered his m-8 through a barrage of enemy artillery fire and successfully destroyed two 77 millimeter guns thus allowing his column to advance. while continuously exposed to enemy fire and using a burning m-5 tank for cover, he eliminated the enemy threat, allowing the safe passage of his men. first lieutenant hogancamp's bravery is a testament to the dedication and valor of himself, his unit, and the united states army. it was an honor for me and my office to have helped lieutenant hogancamp obtain his much hogancamp obtain his much deserved silver st