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they will be out until september 8. dependent --in and i am an independent and always have been. however, my comment i am sick and tired and disgusted with the leadership of this country. to the american people, instead of complaining, to vote all of them out of office. they have an election every 2 trillion and we sit back and complain -- all we have to do is get together and unite and say we have had enough of this disgusting way this country is ran, and then kick them all out simultaneously, all at one time. henry in miami on our independent line in florida. caller: i have been watching this stuff since i was a little
kid, and the one thing i can say is legislating is a very complicated process. all these issues you guys are talking about normal typhus or did issues that are not just about one thing. so they sit on the house floor debate these things, they bring up one aspect of this problem, and it takes them years to thesh anything because of process. everybody commenting on the immigration problem, they always make comments that focus on one small issue. it is created in a vacuum and you cannot use those things. in order to move forward with immigration or any kind of reform in general, you have to do it right. it cannot be this clown debate on the house for. it is grounds -- it is grandstanding. the people know it, and it continues. this mindset that these issues can be solved by these remedial andures, it is all politics people are dying. it is absolutely insane. it is the system.
the politicians will just reform in the same way. host: the house republican conference reportedly will be meeting at this hour to discuss a way forward. they have pulled the $659 million border security funding bill, the bill they debated earlier. the leadership in the house, speaker boehner and others, issued a statement that read stash of this situation shows the intense concern within our conference and among the american people about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president's refusal to safely execute our laws. there are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now without the need for congressional action to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries. part of the statement from republican leadership after pulling that bill. this is thad in california, democrat line. very conservative
democrat. i like to state that. not all democrats are way out there on the wingnut side. anyway, the bay area here, we are basically under attack. what is never mentioned is that san francisco and similar towns are sanctuary cities where they refuse to cooperate with federal authorities for any type of immigration issues. so it is a tough situation here. we cannot even afford to take care of our veterans, our disabled. my son is severely disabled. .e is deaf from birth he cannot get any help hardly at all. ok, the only vocational rehabilitation in this state for people that are deaf is one small place in sacramento. what about the people in l.a.? you think there's no deaf people
and l.a.? did they have to drive to sacramento, 400 miles, for help? it is ridiculous. we cannot even take care of our own people. realnly people buying estate in the bay area are foreign nationals. half of our universities are being filled up by foreign nationals. right, a tweet from an abc political reporter -- the house appropriations chair said he was at the airport and was summoned back. he says there should be an immigration vote up or down. we understand a meeting is underway of the gop conference on capitol hill or will be shortly, within the next couple of minutes. let's get a couple more calls. pennsylvania, jacob, republican line. caller: yes, hello, one of the comments that i do here, you know, and they are always asking .bout the house coming together one of the good things that they are doing is they are coming and
meeting together to discuss this, but the other thing is, they are asking the people, they are coming to the people to get their opinions. host: thank you. one more, apple valley, california, james, hello. caller: hello, i am a 30-year government worker, employee. 20 years in the military and 11 years as a civil servant. the things that i have noticed is that the democratic -- excuse me, the republican national committee, they should all be taken out and put on trial for crimes against humanity. we have people in america that are not being fed, that are not being paid properly. we have women that are discriminated against, minorities are discriminated against. we are all immigrants. there is not a white person in america that is from america.
you know, i am surprised that the native americans have not brought us to court. and here we have got the , suing ans, you know president who is trying to alleviate the situation as last help heith the limited is getting on funding and on on these other issues. they are all tied together. employment, jobs going overseas -- it is all related. and for god sakes, 57,000 immigrants from central america or from mexico or wherever are entitled to be here as my grandparents who came over and landed at ellis island. oft: we thank you and all our collars. more later on, and more of your comments are welcome on facebook.com/cspan and on .witter using #cspanchat house republican leadership has pulled from consideration or
$659 million proposal for border security funding. in addition, they have pulled the measure that would undo the president's 2012 executive order dealing with the protection from deportation for the children immigrants brought to the u.s. illegally by their parents. the house republican conference is meeting at this hour to consider possible ways forward, so we are not done yet. we expect the house to gavel back in. we cannot tell you when, but when they do, we will have live coverage here on c-span. meanwhile, in the senate, senator ted cruz is speaking right now. you can follow that on c-span2. he was influential to some of the members in consideration of the house immigration bill. the senate is considering their own border security bill, rather, and you can follow that debate on c-span2. the white house today called the shelling of the u.n. facility in gaza totally an acceptable indispensable. press secretary josh earnest
tech questions earlier this afternoon. this was ahead of the house pulling the gop border bill. >> good afternoon. there is a presidential event later this afternoon. the president is also running a little behind schedule. if you need to leave early to tell -- to cover as remarks i will not take personal offense at your departure. with that, jim, would you like to get us started? >> yes, i want to ask about the israel and palestinian conflict. have you determined who was responsible for the u.n. school strike? you is thatn tell the u.n. secretary-general, ban ki-moon, said yesterday that "all of a available evidence points to israeli artillery as the cause."
the coordinates of the school were repeatedly communicated to israeli defense forces. the human rights and works agency commissioner general said that evidence has been gathered and they have analyzed fragments and craters. their initial assessment is that it was israeli artillery that hit the school in which 3300 people had sought refuge. the israeli government has acknowledged that is really forces were firing in that area in response to fire from hamas in the immediate vicinity of the school. they say it is possible that there was straight israeli fire. while we underscored the importance of a full investigation of this tragic shelling as all as the of other u.s. facilities and schools that have been hit, this does not appear that there is a lot of doubt as to whose artillery was involved in this incident. that is why we have continued to urge israeli military officials
their highto standards that they have set for the protection of innocent civilians. there is clearly more that can and should be done to ensure the innocent civilians. >> you do not dispute the u.n. determination? not haves point, we do evidence that would contradict what both you and officials and israeli officials are saying about this incident. >> on another point, does the president agree that the tunnels hamas has used to transport or hide armaments should be destroyed and be part of any cease-fire? >> i think what we have said -- this goes to the broader discussion about the militarizing gaza, and there have been some discussions about the proper way to do that. it is our view that an immediate
cease-fire is what is most , that as the violence continues in a very active way, it puts at risk innocent civilians on both sides of this conflict. and trying to put in place a cease-fire, working with the international community, would provide greater protections for those civilians, and that is what we believe should be the focus. once that cease-fire is in play awe certainly would role in facilitating conversations among the parties that would involve a discussion about deep militarizing -- de- militarizing gaza and ensuring rockets cannot be launched from gaza aimed squarely at innocent civilians and that these tunnels that have been used to carry out attacks against israeli civilians and military on the israeli side of the border are
also dealt with, as well. >> so the cease-fire first. finally, there is a palestinian-american teenager who has been in israeli custody for three weeks. i wondered if the white house -- [inaudible] >> i do not have any conversations about that at this point. >> what is the status of efforts to get a cease-fire? >> this is something that secretary kerry has been actively engaged in. >> are their talks right now about it? >> a lot of discussions are ongoing between u.s. officials and is really-palestinian leaders, and the u.n. is involved. there are also regional players that have a role in bringing both sides to the table in trying to facilitate an agreement between the parties who are in conflict here. so there is an active effort that continues to be under way on this.
secretary kerry continues to be intimately involved in those conversations, even as he is on the road to deal with other important united states security measures. >> but the israelis are talking about a long campaign. being a longat, it campaign? >> we believe it is in the clear interest of both sides for there to be an immediate cease-fire reinstated along the lines of the november 2012 agreement that was reached. that is clearly in the interest of both sides, and that is what we are urging both sides to do. >> separately, and lastly, speaker boehner says if the president takes for the unilateral actions, he will be sealing the deal on his lawlessness. what is your reaction to that? like i do not have an opportunity to watch what was a purely a rather colorful news conference convened by the speaker today. i will say this president has her bit of the but forth
specific proposals that deserve, and in some cases they have already earned bipartisan support, to make progress on behalf of middle-class families across the country. the best exhibit was the proposal does president put forward for comprehensive immigration reform, laying a prince pulled in january of 2013 about what comprehensive immigration reform should look like so we can maximize the benefits of that, addressing so many other problems that are caused by our broken immigration system. immigrants who were opposing on andsenate side came out agreements in a couple month, and it even shall he strong bipartisan support. legislation that would reduce the deficit, create jobs, expand economic growth. but for more than a year, speaker boehner and his the house in republicans conference have actively blocked that legislation from coming to the house floor for a vote. the reason is because they know that if the vote were convened
on this measure, it would pass and with bipartisan support, the same way it did in the senate. we have not been shy about expressing our frustration about that. we have also been pretty candid about the president's determination that even in the face of this congressional progress on to make behalf of the american people. that is why the president use the executive authority that is ratified in the law for any president of the united states to try to push our policy and the policy that benefits middle-class families forward. in the republican commitment to keep in place the wall that is preventing the comprehensive immigration reform bill from coming up for a vote is why the president is considering measures that he can take on his own to try to address some of
these problems. i do not have any announcements about what that action would look like, but it will be consistent with the proposal that was put forward by democrats and republicans in the senate, that is supported by business leaders and labor leaders, even law enforcement leaders across the country, and the benefits it would have. the president cannot do as much as congress could do in terms of addressing some of these problems, but we are going to figure out what exactly the law will allow the president to do, and we are going to do as much as possible within a confines of a problem address whose solution republicans in congress continue to actively block. >> while we do not have a heard from ae have number of people in the administration now that israel could do more. how could they do more at this point exactly? >> we have steadfastly defended the right of the israeli
government and military leaders to take the actions that they feel are necessary to protect their people and to defend their country. the steps that they have taken have also been taken with the standards that they put in place to protect the lives of innocent civilians. that stance in stark contrast to the approach adopted by hamas, using their military might to target innocent israelis. what we have said is that israel , clearly, based on published reports about the significant tragic loss of life experienced by innocent palestinian is that the israeli military can and should do more to protect the lives of those innocent civilians. so there is a difference in approach between what hamas is arbitrating on the israeli on the-- is perpetrating
israeli people and what israel is doing to defend their country. but the shelling of a u.n. facility that is housing innocent civilians who are fleeing violence is totally unacceptable and totally indefensible, and it is clear that we need our allies in israel to do more to live up to the high standards of that they have set for themselves. of attack was not as precise as many believed going in. and the u.s. continuing to supply them with more ammunition, does that raise concerns in the administration? do you agree that the weaponry is not precise? >> well, i think the concerns that we have expressed our with the specific military decisions military,e israeli that they have put in place high
standards that in sure that they are taking steps to protect innocent civilians who may because in the crossfire. and the observation that i think many across the globe have made is that there are, despite those standards, that there are innocent palestinian lives that are being lost. the loss of those lives, the palestinians,ent is tragic. the thoughts and prayers of the american people are with the lives, with the families of those who have been lost in this terrible conflict. and what we are simply asking the israelis to do, in fact, urging the israelis to do is to do more to live up to the standards of that they have set for their own military operation to protect the lives of innocent civilians. there have been high-level talks to do summing about possibly bringing americans are workers that have been exposed to a bola -- ebola.
can you confirm? >> the state department and cdc are working to facilitate options for potential medevac's for specifically american humanitarian workers. there have been reports that humanitarian workers from the united states in west africa .ave contracted the ebola virus i am not in the position to talk about individual cases, but these kinds of medevacs would be consistent with -- one other thing, these kinds of medevacs that are performed by private organizations are facilitated by the u.s. government and governing agencies, it is consistent with what has been done in similar situations in the past. in 2003, there were reports of american citizens overseas that had contracted sars, and the u.s. government facilitated the private transportation of those patients back to the u.s. so that they could and if it from
our modern medical infrastructure and have access to the technology that could render lifesaving aid to them. in 2000 seven, there were americans overseas who were at risk of contracting drug-resistant tuberculosis. again, those individuals were transported through private where facilitated by the u.s. government to return to the u.s. where they could get treatment. so there are conversations underway about doing something situation tois ensure that these american humanitarian aid workers who are currently in africa can be returned to the u.s. in a way that they can have access to modern medical facilities and technologies that would allow them to get access to potentially life-saving aid. is going say that this to happen, but we're looking at the timeline? >> i cannot confirm it. isre is one piece that
important to understand, and this goes to an assessment that was reached by the cdc. the cdc has concluded that there is nothing that can risk in the united states from the current ebola outbreak, and while it is unlikely that this disease would spread if the virus were detected in the united states, the cdc is taking action to alert health care workers in the u.s. and remind them that isolating and testing suspected patients while following strict control procedures. --a quick follow up on ebola is there any concerned this could affect anything regarding the upcoming africa summit? >> at this point there are no plans in place to alter the schedule in any way. >> a question about something that actually happened last week. the head of the defense intelligence agency made some comment at the aspen forum, suggesting that we are less safe now than we were five years ago.
he was asked -- are we safer today than we were 2, 5, 10 years ago? his answer was, my quick answer is we are not. my standard answer is that we understand that we are not and we are working to organize ourselves better. does the white house agree with that assessment that we are less safe now than we were 2, 5, or 10 years ago? >> i did not see the full comments. i will not comment directly on them, but i will say that there are very important steps that this administration has taken, and thanks to the service of our intelligence the community and our men and women in the military, there have been very devastating blows that have been leveled against al qaeda, particularly core al qaeda. what is beyond debate is that prior to 2001, core al qaeda was
inrating in a virtual vacuum the area between afghanistan and pakistan, and they used that area that was essentially lawless as a base of operations attackch a horrific against the united states of america. --ce that time, military members of the military, the intelligence community, and others have worked to mitigate that threat and, in fact, decimate the core al qaeda leadership that previously was operating with impunity in that area. however, what we continue to face are elements that are either sympathetic to al qaeda or associates themselves with the ideology of al qaeda in other remote areas of the world a threat to the
united states and our interests and our allies. this administration has kept up a very aggressive pace of trying to counter that threat, and we have done that in a variety of ways. we have done that by working with our partners and allies around the globe. there are intelligence-sharing and national security agreements that we have with these other countries to mitigate that threat. and this president considers it to be his very top priority to ensure the safety and security of the american people here at home but also all across the globe. >> what is the bottom-line assessment -- do you agree that we are less safe now than five years ago or do you suggest that that is not correct? >> what i am suggesting is that i'm not in a position to respond to his comment. >> but are we less safe now or more safe now? are is wenk what we are in a position where we have made significant gains over the last decade or so against al
qaeda elements that previously operated with impunity in afghanistan and pakistan and used that area to launch terrible attacks against the american people. there is no doubt that we have made tremendous progress along those lines. the threats on other affiliated organizations around the grow -- globe continues to exist, and this administration is working literally around the clock to mitigate and counter those threats and in some cases to bring this terrorists to justice. the president's record on that is incredibly strong. one last thing on the congress leaving town, as you pointed out, the five-week recess -- >> actually, they said today that they are returning on september 8, so it may be longer than five weeks. >> six weeks. i have asked this before, but now that the jet fumes, you can smell them, will the president call on congress to stay until they can get their work done, to
delay this recess to deal with the border crisis issue and a long list of things that they are leaving without finishing up? will the president say that congress should stick around until it gets the work done? >> unfortunately, i think we have seen the congress being in washington, d c, does not guarantee they are doing at additional work. i think the record speaks for itself in terms of this record,' demonstrating an inability to do very much, particularly when it is related to their priorities for middle-class families. it is pretty disappointing that in the very limited time remaining that house republicans were focused on passing legislation authorizing them to file a lawsuit against the president merely for doing his job. the american people would have been happier to see republicans
focused on legislation that would raise minimum wage or guarantee access to equal pay for equal work. a college education more affordable. or even legislation that would solve so many of the problems broken by our immigration system. unfortunately, republicans are focused more on political priorities, rather than american middle-class families. that, on theon --der supplement to supplemental, can the agencies operate and handle this crisis with no money for the next five weeks? what is there are already a number of steps this administration has taken to add additional resources to the border and confront some of the challenges that we are facing at the border right now. this administration shifted resources to the border. we have technology to allow immigration judges and other ice
prosecutors and asylum officials the opportunity to help try to whittle down the little neck are the backlog of immigration cases that currently exist. but we have prioritized cases to try to process the recent border crossings. those moreprocess efficiently. there are a number of things the administration has done to try to do with that problem. there have been diplomatic efforts underway to try to address this problem at the source. secretaryresident and of state traveled to central america. the president met with central american leaders at the white house a week or two ago to talk about these issues. as i had to be quick to come over you actually seen some initially encouraging indications that the flow has receded somewhat. june, aree month of averaging more than 300 individuals and children being apprehensive of the border every day. that has been cut in half or .ven more
so we certainly are encouraged by that initial assessment. that said, because these numbers fluctuate a lot and there is volatility in the universe, we have continued to focus on this challenge. we're doing everything we can to try to stem the flow of visitors and do the other kinds of things that will ensure that our order remains secure, while making sure that the individuals are apprehended. >> do you still need that money? the congresselcome taking action on the request we forwarded to them for weeks ago. that the house waited to the last a of their session to even consider taking a vote on this is an indication that they are not operating with the best
interests of the american people in mind. >> given what you just said, the fact that so many actions the administration -- the situation, does the white house need it does not need as much money? >> no. we believe those resources are necessary because we can see that these numbers can be pretty volatile. that the flowged seems to have receded, but we remain concerned on the situation come up, but because the numbers can be volatile, but because those who have been apprehended have extended the backlog that already existed. working through that backlog and assuring that we are respecting the new presses -- and due process rights is a priority. we have been saying for weeks now that we need additional resources to address the problem that republican numbers of congress are eager to
acknowledge as a problem on cable television, but when they get back to work in their offices they are not willing to take action. >> about the internal cia report, that the cia was spying on the intelligence committee of the senate, and conversations that -- on the hill that john brennan had with dianne feinstein. back in march he said that the facts that the people who were laiming these reports were wrong. given that he has apologized, does the president believe there is a credibility issue for john brennan? >> no, director brennan is the one who inspect and -- who suggested the inspector general investigate the situation in the first place. the public affairs office put out a statement that said the director was briefed on the findings and noted that the
judgment thated a some cia employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between the senate intelligence committee and the cia. director brennan is the one who suggested that this situation be investigated. launchinged the ig that investigation. he has been briefed on those results come from the conclusion that the employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the agreement. director brennan took a step an accountability board that reviewed the conduct of the individuals and ensure that they are properly held accountable for that conduct. somebodypointed -- and who does not work at the cia, lead the, to
accountability board and to make sure that these kinds of misunderstandings do not have it again. director brennan has taken all the kinds of steps to address the situation. he is somebody who over the last ars has played an incidental role that has decimated the leadership of core al qaeda in afghanistan, and he is operating in a difficult environment to ensure the safety of the american public. >> are you concerned about the thatthat he said in march this had happened, or any perception problems that may arise over the fact that the president has a close relationship with him, that he directorrly the deputy for terrorism. no action anticipated from this? >> not.
whattor brennan has done is necessary to get to the bottom of what happened. he has been candid about the inconsistencies that the ig found, and he has taken the admission will steps of appointing somebody who does not work at the cia to conduct a review, and accountability review, of what exactly how tod, and determine hold those individuals accountable. those are the kinds of actions that somebody would expect from somebody who runs the cia and in no way impacts any judgment on john brennan's strong record of making the strong difficult decisions that are necessary to keep the american public safe. >> [indiscernible] >> in terms of communication between the director and the senate select to midi, i defer to the cia. >> [indiscernible] believe we will have to
check that she is among those who is anticipating in the discussion that the president has convened with democrats and republicans about a range of foreign-policy matters. i know the two of you were in the room taking photographs. i believe senator feinstein was there, ok. your colleague confirms that senator feinstein was not in the room. i do not know whether or not she and the president will have the opportunity to discuss this issue. julie? senate, youk to the said that there were no utheduling changes, thab there are already three leaders who have pulled out of the summit, so i was wondering is the white house anxious about the impact that this could have on the summit, and at what point does the president become concerned -- [indiscernible] >> we understand the decision
made i these african decisions not to participate. items of -- they have pressing items of business to address in their countries. we would hope that they would attend an important conference to building the future of the relationship between the united states and the countries in africa. these nations are sending delegations to participate in the conference and will allow them to get the benefit of eating here and participating in this historic event. anticipate any scheduling changes will be required. if our assessment changes we will let you know. >> on the meeting of the foreign-policy and house members -- >> they were delayed because of vote on the floor. >> what was on the agenda? was there anything that came out of the president's message --
>> the goal of the meeting was to further the important and viable consultant relationship between the white house and capitol hill. we have worked in close partnership with members of congress, particularly those of the few relevant committees, in pursuit of our goals around the world. this is intended to be a wide-ranging discussion of issues. we are putting together a formal readout that we will issue later this afternoon. >> what leaders have pulled out of the summit? >> check with state. i am not sure. some of these countries where the reported cases where ebola have occurred. >> they have pulled out because of that? >> i think they decided not to travel to the united states because they were attending to this important public health priority in their own country. >> the cia ig report, is there
points?tion of talking >> i have seen those reports. >> [indiscernible] >> well, i have seen the ap talkingout the draft points that are reportedly circulating around the white house. i think because they are still in their draft form i have not reviewed them. it is my understanding that this ap report is based on an errant amail that was sent to reporter. those cuts of circumstances, up frankly on our side of the aisle and on your side of the aisle, too. i do not have any comment on any sort of draft talking points that were reported that i have not seen. >> [indiscernible] soon enough you will have the
benefit of hearing me deliver the final version of talking points, probably in the next week, i would assume. >> is it true as the draft apparently indicates that the secretary of state was not told about these various procedures at the time? >> i am not in a position at this point to comment on the findings of report that has not been declassified and has not yet been released by its authors on capitol hill. peter? >> the inner differently e-mailed -- the inadvertently enough information was couple, what happened to the standards you were going to put in place after the inadvertent sending out of the name of a cia official in afghanistan earlier this year? differentre pretty scenarios. the information you are referring to in the previous incident was related to
classified information that had to theproperly indicated media. there are a number of steps we have put in place, corrective actions to make sure that does not happen again. there will be more thorough vetting of those meetings. there will be more careful review of the list that was before it was publicized to the media. we will put in safeguards to protecting classified formation while living up to the record of trenches heresy -- record of transparency we pride ourselves in. this was a different situation. it did not relate to classified information. it really did specifically to the circulating of a draft argument that i have not yet seen and am not in a position to talk about. >> anybody taken to the woodshed? >> i think a mistake like that is something that we have all made in one form or another. in this case, it was somebody
who sent and it a verdict e-mail -- and inadvertent e-mail, and it was a particularly sensitive piece of information that was circulated. an unfortunate error, but an honest one. >> the timing of today's executive order, and in your face to john boehner? >> the executive order the president will be signing later this afternoon is an important one. it puts in place an additional protections for workers to ensure that they are not -- that airl and paid fai are noty discriminated against age or gender. also to make sure that their employees are taking the set to require that they are operating in a safe work environment, by federal
contractors to a high standard of labor law provisions. >> i'm talking about timing. towhat i am saying we want do this as soon as possible. it puts in place protections for workers and taxpayers. this president promised to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars, and is a correlation between contractors that do not do a good job protecting basic worker rights, not living up to the performance standards of the contract that they signed. this is an executive -- >> all of us at www.c-span.org. to heartake you live from the president, over at the department of housing and urban development with the new n castro,, juliah just getting underway. >> hello, hi!
hello, hi! all right. all right. all right. ok, good afternoon. just gotow that we here yesterday with our townhall, but it was so great that i decided to get together again, and this time we invited some very special guests. thanking start off by a member of our hud family who is here today, our omb director lew former secretary shaun donovan. on his last day here, shaun said that you could take shaun donovan out of hot but you cannot take hud out of shaun
donovan. i am very honored to follow in your footsteps, and you did a fantastic job that everybody appreciates. i want to thank members of congress who are here, cognition and green and others. thank you all very much for being here. we want to thank you, all of the hud team that does a fantastic job each and every day. know, i went into public service because i felt very blessed in my own life to have great opportunities, and i wanted to do my part to ensure that other folks have the same opportunity. and that is why i'm so excited to be here working with you at hud because hud is the department of opportunity. everything that we do. everything that we do, whether working with local communities
to refined life them or helping to ensure the responsible borrowers can get their first home, or helping after disaster has struck, we ensure that americans can reach their american dream. the great news and something that all of you know is that we have a man in the oval office who has also made creating opportunity his life's work. history will demonstrate very clearly that when crisis struck our nation, our president was ready. under his leadership, over the last few years, the housing , andt has turned around our private sector has created 10 million jobs over the last 52 months.
gentlemen, please help me give a huge hud welcome to president barack obama. [cheers] >> thank you. thank you. now, let me start off by making two points. hud has the clearly around the us to employees -- employees. rowdiest i have now realized this. the second point is that before i came out here, shaun donovan made a point of saying that this was not as exciting to people as
-- [indiscernible] that. know i hear that everywhere i go. there's no reason to remind me, to rub it in. that is why i married her. to improve the gene pool. stoleere today because i one terrific secretary of hud from you, but i delivered another terrific secretary of hud to you. you foro thank all of the great job that you are doing day in and day out, and we appreciate the members of congress who are here, although and i dosay that -- not have a choice. the obvious two, they obviously care.
the brother, i have to show up here and i appreciate them being here. let me say a few words about shaun. from his first day when he got work shaun new had his cut out for him. you will recall that the housing work it was the epicenter of the crisis we went through in 2009. millions of homes underwater, hundreds of thousands of contraction workers out of a job, too many veterans out on the street. but we were very fortunate is one of those people where he sees a problem, he will work to solve a, and if what he tries the first time, is not were, he will try something else. he is a geek. he is a wonk. spreadsheets. he recruited top talent. he promised that if everyone in harder, you
could turn things around for struggling and was. all the accepted that challenge. we still have work to do. think about the progress we have made. home prices, home sales, construction all up. veterans' homelessness down by 25%. millions of families are now seeing their home values above water, which obviously is a huge relief for them. when natural disasters strike like the colorado floods or hurricane sandy, you are right in their helping families rebuild. and a lot of that is thanks to shaun. a lot of it is thanks to the fact that all of you under his leadership took up the challenge and you remembered what it is that this agency is about. i love the way that your new secretary characterized it. this is -- this should be a department of opportunity.
and housing for so many people is symbolic of the american dream. it means that you got something stable, something you can count on, something that you own. ch the transformation that has happened around the country, first and foremost because of the resiliency of the american people and hard work, but also because at every step of the way you were in there trying to help them, that really makes a difference. so i could not be prouder of the work that shaun did, but i can tell you that nobody is more passionate about these issues than julio. he knows the difference between smart policy and investment that could make a difference than just talk. he is about action, not just talk. he has seen it firsthand and how he grew up. he has seen it firsthand as a mayor.
he revitalized parts of san antonio that had been neglected for a long time. he helped the east side promise zone take root and grow. he championed investments to keep communities strong over the long run, like economic the moment that expanded childhood education. most of all he knows how to lead a team, and this is a big team. and you guys have guns big instead, but we got a lot more to do. even bigger things need to get done. julian and try to persuade him to take this test, oft i saw was that spirit hard work that is reflected in how he was brought up in the values and build in him, and he every single day wants to make sure that those values come out in the work he does. i know every buddy in this room, you have got a story to tell to come about someone who gave you
an opportunity, about you being raised by a single mom, and like that first apartment that really had your own bedroom and was clean and it was in a decent neighborhood and there was a decent school district and how happy everybody was and the transformation that could take place in people's lives. that is a story i want you to cap into every day you come to work. cantimes work in washington be discouraging. sometimes it seems as if the the agenda that you are trying to pursue hoping working families and middle-class families, it seems like that is not the priority up on capitol hill. but if you remember why you got into this work in the first place, if you remember that this is not just a job, but it should also be a passion, that it should also be part of getting back, that you should not just
be checking in and punching the clock, but every single day there somebody out there who could use your help. and i know when they get that help and they write letters to me and they will tell me, you know what, you transformed my life. there is no better feeling on earth and that feeling that you somehow played a small part in a family succeeding. and that success then lasts generations, because some child or grandchild suddenly is feeling better and they start doing better in school and maybe they avoided getting into trouble and ending up in the criminal justice system or dropping out of school and not being able to find a job. all because of what you did. what an incredible privilege that is. what an incredible honor. and that is the attitude i want you to have every single day that you are here. and i tell folks, i have not been president for more than
and i want to squeeze every single day, i want to squeeze as much out of every not just a this is job, it is a privilege that we have, and we've got to take advantage of it. we got to seize it, because that is what makes it worthwhile. somethingit's that when i travel around the country i try to describe because people are so inundated news, andism and bad i want to tell them a story of good news. there are people in agencies like hud every single day that care about you and they want to know, bigand, yhoou organizations are never going to be perfect, there's always going to be red tape, things that were
not quite as smoothly as we want, and your job is to fix that stuff or work around that stuff, and i want everybody here it that when you are working with this new secretary who has energy and drive, young, -- youoking, talks good know, you cannot let him down. you got to be open to try new things and doing things in different ways and doing them better. but more importantly, you cannot let those families of their down because they are counting on you. so i am going to work with him, but more importantly i'm going to work with you. and every single day when you come to work i want you to know that i cannot do my job unless you're doing your job. julian cannot do his job unless you're doing your job. ad whether you are managing
financing program to build low-income for affordable housing or you are helping with some of our initiatives like a or you aree's coordinating with regional offices, whether your task, -- whatever your task, whether upper management or the new kid on the block having in -- coming in, you can have an impact that last for generations. do not squander that. do not succumb to the cynicism. do not start thinking that this is just a job. remember the mission that you have got, and if you do that, i guarantee you under julian's leadership, years from now you will look back and really be proud of everything you have a commerce because there are currently a lot of peoples lives that will be affected by that. they could, -- thank you, everybody. god bless you.
at theident obama department of housing and urban development welcoming the new secretary who was just sworn in. looking at the u.s. capitol, the senate is in session as senators debated their proposed supplemental spending for the border. the house had pulled its bill and the house is in recess subject to the call of the chair. the house republican conference is meeting at this hour on the issue of whether they will move forward in picking up the border avail. shortly after the bill was pulled, reaction on twitter. sessions is to blame,
the senator of alabama. one republican member told me i was at the airport with my wife and then got the call to come back. she is not happy. rebecca retweeting rick perry of texas says congress should not recess until the job is completed on the border. isunderstand the meeting still going on. some additional news from that, there are folks lining up at the microphone saying they want to vote before they leave. 218.need to get to flashes strike tweeting of anger at gop leadership leaving the meeting today. he said traded words from a member just now, they may be voting tomorrow. isis members will stay until they vote on a border
bill. we will keep you posted. no word on when they plan to gavel back in. we will have coverage on c-span in just a bit. just a reminder, they are in recess subject to the call of the chair. so as soon as we know, we will take you back to the house floor for any further debate of this afternoon, or tomorrow. in the meantime, we are going to show you the debate from earlier today on the house republican bill, the build to deal with the influx of migrants at the u.s.-mexico border. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield myself six months. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for six minutes. mr. rogers: i rise today to present h.r. 5230, which provides immediate short-term funding to address the southwest border crisis. in total this bill provides $659 million to meet urgent border
security and humanitarian needs for this fiscal year ending on september 30. thousands of illegal immigrants, including unaccompanied children, have flooded our borders and overwhelmed our current facilities and personnel this includes a staggering number of children arriving with no family, who are being smuggled across our borders by criminal organizations. subject to abuse and violence. we need to put safeguards in place to prevent them from taking this dangerous squour nee , as well as provide the resources needed to take care of them and process them appropriately. the president must take the lead on this. by mitigating the crisis. turning back the tide of illegal
immigrants, and fully enforcing our laws. this problem has, without a doubt, been exacerbated by the administration's policies on immigration and it's up to the administration to find a way to fix that problem. in the meantime, however, madam speaker, it's plain that something must be done to ensure that our law enforcement personnel and federal agencies have the resources needed to deal with this dire situation in the short term. the $659 million in funding in this bill focuses on three areas. one, border security. two, humanitarian assistance. nd prevention. to meet the most pressing needs. out of the toal $659 million,
$262 million is provided to increase security and enforce our laws. boosting personnel and increase degree e-- detention space to the largest capacity in our history. part of this funding will help accelerate judicial proceedings by increasing the number of temporary judges and outfitting all immigration courtrooms in the nation with teleconferencing equipment that would allow them to be able to join in the process of adjudicating those cases on the border. there are some 332 of those courtrooms around the country. and we've doubled existing funding for the national guard to bolster their presence along our border as they assist customs and border protection with surveillance, investigations, and humanitarian efforts. the bill also provides $197
million to take care of these unaccompanied children. ensuring they have proper housing, meals, and temporary care while they are in u.s. custody. third, madam speaker, to stave off the continued influx of illegal immigration, the bill redirects existing state department funding to ensure that countries like guatemala, honduras and el salvador must quickly accept and repatriate these returning from the u.s. this bill draws a hard line on spending, scrubbing the president's request to the couse -- focus on the most immediate needs. it does not include funding for longer term needs or unnecessary programs like cash subsidies for coffee farmers. any additional funding for this crisis can and should be
addressed under the regular appropriations process for fiscal year 2015. in addition to make sure that this bill doesn't add a penny to , we make sure there's offset using prior year funds. lastly the bill includes several policy provisions recommended by the speaker's working group on .he border crisis representative kay granger of texas will speak soon. this includes changes in a 2008 law to make sure all unaccompanied minors arriving in this clint are treated the same, mexicans and canadians and all will be treated equally.
-- it gthens the law prohibits secretaries of interior and agriculture from restricting customs and border protection activities on federal and on the border. address of the most immediate needs on the border. it also puts in place much-needed policy changes that should stop the flow of unaccompanied children who are being put at risk during their long dangerous journey through mexico. it's our congressional duty to
quickly pass this bill in short order and therefore i ask all members to support it. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. >> madam speaker, i rise today to oppose this bill that sadly falls short in too many ways. mrs. lowey: the key federal agencies tasked with responding to the humanitarian crisis on our borders are dangerously close to running out of money. these unanticipated costs are affecting the core functions at the department of homeland security and health and human services. and although the bill includes funding to hire additional immigration judicial teams and help set up new repatriation centers in central america, the amounts provided are insufficient. the justice department and the state department will not be able to handle their duties
without significantly more resources. all four departments need more funding than this bill provides, and few are partisan immigration policy riders than this bill now contains. our majority unwisely included legislative language to make sweeping changes to current law related to due process and immigration proceedings. controversial legislation hastily added to an emergency supplemental is not the way to address a complicated problem. on july 8, the president requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding. the bill provides less than $700 million. the president requested funding through fiscal year 2015. this bill barely covers the remaining weeks in f.y. 2014, setting this house up to do this all over again in
september. the president's request also sought emergency funding to combat a dangerous wildfire season. as of monday, the forest service reported 26 large uncontained wildfires burning in eight states. as a member from new york, our region devastated by hurricane sandy, i'm acutely aware how important it is for the federal government to provide a robust response. with the house adjourning today , federal agencies will be left to fight august fires without ore funds. this bill fails to procure more iron dome interceptors for israel as requested. hamas has used the ongoing crisis in israel and gaza as an
accuse to launch thousands of rockets at israeli cities and towns. the iron dome missile defense system has proven highly effective at neutralizing the rockets. in addition to not funding important priorities, the majority offsets the funding that is provided to cuts to other programs. we should provide emergency funds in a crisis situation. lastly, i strongly object to the majority's significant policy changes to existing law without any hearings or markups. 3/4, 3/4 of this appropriations bill is straight authorizing legislation. clearly many factors led these desperate parents to hand off their children to complete strangers with the hope to make their way to safety here.
we ought to consider the complicated policy questions and provide a carefully considered solution. yet, these policy changes reveal a knee jerk response, coupled with another bill to deport children who are already in the u.s. in addition to emergency appropriations, we should consider bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform passed by the senate over one year ago. which could have helped to prevent the current humanitarian crisis along our southwest border by increasing border security personnel and nearly doubling the number of immigration judges. the two measures we will consider today are deeply disappointing. mr. speaker, madam speaker, we should provide sufficient funding to cash-strapped
agencies and without the baggage of controversial immigration policy riders. i regret we will not do that with this bill and i regret even more the consequences of our failure. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves her time. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentlelady from texas, kay granger, who is the chairman of the foreign operations subcommittee on appropriations, but more importantly here, accepted the responsibility of the speaker to put together a task force to investigate the problem on the border and to recommend collusions and she has, with great success. so let me recognize, or yield five minutes to the gentlelady from texas, kay granger. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for five minutes.
mr. ranger: thank you, chairman. for yielding. madam speaker, as we speak, unaccompanied minors continue to be sent from central america through drug cartel smuggling networks across mexico and through our southern border. families are being lied to and manipulated by the coyotes. the $6,000 their families spend to send their children to the united states go into the bank account of the most powerful drug cartels in the world. since october, over 58,000 unaccompanied children have made the dangerous journey to the united states and many more will continue to come unless we send a clear message that they will not be allowed to stay in the united states. i have seen firsthand the crisis that's unfolded on the southern border in places like the rio grande valley in south texas.
i've seen the women and children sleeping on the floor of a bus station in laredo. i've seen motherless infants being cared for by my straminger who is around and i've seen the children who are alone in detention facilities in mcallen, texas, and i've seen the 1rks200 children being sheltered at lackland air force base in san antonio. most disturbing of all, i've heard the stories about the most god-awful journey anyone should ever have to experience. we're here today because we have a responsibility to stop this crisis. the president has failed to lead, so i firmly believe this chamber must act. doing nothing is not an option. since june when the speaker asked me to lead a working group to provide policy recommendations on what we can do to address the crisis, i've been to the texas-mexico border twice and led a co-dell to guatemala and honduras to see
where the children are coming from and why. i'll be returning to the border tomorrow for a third time the members of the working group dove head first into this issue to understand this crisis and provide recommendations for short-term, immediate response. the policies we reck mened are not an attempt for immigration reform, they are serious solutions to address this crisis. i want to take a moment to recognize the -- recognize the hard work of the members of the working group who made policy recommendations to the conference and the expertise they brought to the table. i want to thank the chairman of the judiciary committee bob goodlatte, chairman of the homeland security committee, mike mccall, chairman of the homeland security committee, john carter, chairman of the western hemisphere foreign affairs subcommittee, matt salmon, congressman pearce from the financial services committee and congressman mario diaz-balart from the appropriations committee. one of our conclusions is that congress should not provide more
resources to the administration without changing the policies that have led us to the situation we're in today. administration officials and officials in the central american countries have always said we have to make changes to the trafficking victims protection re-authorization act of 2008. a month ago, it appeared there was a bipartisan consensus forming on this issue. white house press secretary josh ernest said from the white house podium just three weeks ago when discussing changes to the 2008 law, that is, quote, a priority of this administration and if you listen to the public comments of democrats and republicans, it sounds like it's a bipartisan priority. i agree. and it's disappointing that the white house has backed down from their original statement on how we can immediately address this issue. we're not asking for repeal of this law. we are saying we need to tweak
the 2008 law so that all eunaccompanied minors are treated the same as mexican and canadian children for removal purposes. the policy changes included in this bill ensure that children receive a prompt hearing within seven days after they're detained and require that a judge rules no later than 72 hours after a hearing. accelerating the hearing times requires more judges. i thank the chairman for including the necessary funding to hire 40 temporary judges until this crisis is under control. for prepay -- for repatriation we're prioritizing last in, first out. the last child to go into custody will be the first ones we send home. after families have spent between $6,000 and $9,000 to send their children here, this will send a strong message to the families and the countries -- in the countries of origin that their children will not be permitted to stay. this is a message of deterrence. i also note that chairman rogers
has prioritized funding for central american countries to safely and humanely return these children. working with these countries, as we return their children, as they have asked us to do. with a surge of children, there's been an increased pressure on customs and border protection officials this supplemental deploys the national guard to assist high traffic states and will free up the border patrol to focus on their mission. mr. rogers: i yield the gentlelady one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. granger: we include a provision to allow border patrol unfettered access to federal lands. right now through a memorandum of understanding, border patrol officials are only allowed to pursue those into federal lands, they can't do regular patrols. and finally, the supplemental requires a sense of congress that children should not be detained at military bases. while this will not change the
law, this provision addresses a serious and growing concern from members of congress, not least of the concerns is that children should not be stored on military bases. the congressional budget office has given the assessment of policy changes in this bill. they said that because the legislation allows for the children to self-deport, it will lead to immediate savings. this is a smart targeted bill that addresses the crisis immediately. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the supplemental and show the american people that we're going to end this crisis. i thank you, mr. chairman, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from connecticut, the distinguished ranking member of the labor, health, human services subcommittee on appropriations.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized for two minutes. ms. delauro: madam speaker, i must rise in opposition against this irresponsible and insufficient border supplemental. for months democrats have urged this majority to pass comprehensive immigration reform. the bill that was passed in the bipartisan basis in the united states senate, reforms that reflects our values and the country that we want to be, one with strong enforcement at the border, deportation of dangerous criminals and a path to citizenship that protects workers, helps families reunite and clears backlogs. but this republican majority has done nothing. they have refused to act, and my colleague from texas is right. doing nothing is not an option. and now we face a humanitarian crisis on our border that demands an immediate response. the majority's answer is just send children who enter our ountry alone, send them home
regardless of the violence and the imminent danger that they face. this bill only includes $197 million for providing shelter and care for these refugee children. and while these kids are here, we have a moral and, yes, we have a legal responsibility to provide for their housing, care and processing in the most cost-effective way possible. this insufficient amount will mean that h.h.s. will have to make up the difference through high-priced short-term contracts. that will cost us more in the long run and it could result in cuts to other priorities like education, health, medical research and job training. if congress tries to make up these shortfalls elsewhere, this is not responsible leadership. our policy, signed into law by president george w. bush, provides for appropriate screening of those who may be victims of trafficking and that rightly includes unaccompanied children.
this supplemental appropriation would change this policy and almost certainly result in children being returned to the violence that they are desperately trying to escape. america can do and should do better. we should help protect those kids who are in serious danger and push the leaders of these nations to address the root causes of why so many of their citizens are fleeing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. delauro: and we should pass comprehensive immigration reform. it is time for leadership from this republican majority. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield three minutes to the chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on homeland security, the gentleman from texas, mr. carter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes. mr. carter: thank you, mr. chairman. madam speaker, it is a proven fact that lawlessness breeds
lawlessness, and sadly i believe this assertion sums up an issue that is confronting us today. thanks to the large part to the president's political decision to not enforce our immigration laws, a chaotic situationes that erupted into a national security crisis and a law enforcement nightmare along the border. we all know the facts. an estimated 90,000 unaccompanied alien children are estimated to cross into south texas rio grande valley by the end of this fiscal year. another 145,000 children are estimated to flood the border in fiscal year 2015, and these figures do not include tens of thousands of families that will also surge across our border over the same period of time. as the result of this influx, our brave border patrol agents, c.b.p. officers and i.c.e.
agents are spending countless hours caring for children rather than focusing on their primary enforcement missions. this will be tragic if it weren't so preventable. mr. speaker, we do not have -- madam speaker, we do not have an open border policy in this country. as we tragically learned in 9/11, border security and the integrity of our immigration system, that truly matters to our nation's security and the rule of law. so today we offer a strong but initial step to provide both the right tools and the right authorities to address and deter this seemingly unending influence of illegal -- influx of illegal aliens. included in this package is $405 million completely offset from recovered funds for the department of homeland security , funds that will enable c.b.p. and i.c.e. to enforce our laws
and apprehend, detain and deport illegal aliens. perhaps more importantly, mr. speaker, this -- madam speaker, this bill fully funds the administration's realization that detention is in fact a necessary deterrent to illegal immigration. the president requested funds to fully support the long mandated annual bill capacity -- bed capacity, a complete reversal from his budget request in which he proposed instead to reduce detention beds by nearly 10%. the president has also retracted his policy on the detention of families who illegally cross the border. this bill provides funding through the end of fiscal year to support 34,800 detention beds and an additional 6,320 family detention beds, a total of over 41,100 detention beds to enable the necessary consequence management for
breaking the law. and lastly, mr. speaker, this bill includes policy changes to bring reform and parity to the adjudication and repryation of -- repatriation of these children. madam speaker, we must act and we must act now. lawlessness breeds lawlessness and we must act to stop it and secure our borders. i urge my colleagues to support this strong bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i am pleased to yield four minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. price, the ranking member of the homeland security subcommittee of appropriations. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for four minutes. mr. price: madam speaker, i rise in strong opposition to this misconceived and underresourced legislation. for a while it looked like we might do better than this.
as the ranking member of the homeland security appropriations subcommittee i was pleased to take part in a delegation to guatemala and honduras, ably led by chairman kay granger. but as successive versions of the republican bill have surfaced over the past two weeks, an apparent request for votes only among republicans, they reflected less and less of what we learned on that trip. the bill under consideration provides less than $1 billion for the departments of homeland security, health and human services, justice and state, far below the president's request, what is being considered by the senate or what is required to deal with the crisis on our borders and beyond. the bill only provides funding for anticipated needs for the remainder of this fiscal year, a mere two months. now, i would object to that less if the majority had any plans for actually completing our appropriations bills before the end of september, but we all know that they do not. instead, for the first time
since the creation of the department of homeland security, our homeland security appropriations bill is not even going to the house floor. the approach taken in this legislation shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the issue before us. this isn't a border security crisis. this is a humanitarian crisis. we don't need to deploy the national guard or surge our border capacity because we're not failing to catch individuals as they cross. in fact, these young people are turning themselves in. now, we do have some agreement on the need to expedite consideration of the claims of these matters for asylum or other forms of relief. but a $12.9 million, the bill falls short of even the administration's modest request for more immigration judges. instead of focusing on this area of agreement, the majority relies on a questionable and controversial rewriting of the wilber force law. enacted in 2008 to deal with
child trafficking. my own view is that the proposal incorporated in the bill both fails to address deficiencies in our present screening of mexican youths for signs of torture or fear of persecution and risk transferring these deficiencies to the treatment of central american children. in any event, it's not wise to complicate or delay consideration of this emergency supplemental request with an authorization bill that surely requires more deliberation. madam speaker, there have been some recent signs of progress down at the border. over the past few weeks, average daily apprehensions of unaccompanied children have dropped from 400 to well under 200. that doesn't mean the crisis is over. we could easyly see a spike in app -- easily see a spike in apprehensions in the coming weeks. we need reform that reflects our values. faith leaders of all traditions across the country are calling on congress to provide the
social and health services these children desperately need. perhaps the greatest failing of this legislation is it fails to move us toward any viable long-term strategy to address the causes of the current crisis. beyond any funding we appropriate to help manage the flow of unaccompanied children or families over the next several months, we are setting ourselves up for similar crises in the future if we aren't lling to ininvest in a long-term strategy in guatemala, honduras and el salvador. to stabilize their economies, modernize their institutions, reduce violence due to cartels and street gangs. madam speaker, i fear that the bill before us fails to address either short-term or long-term needs, and much of what it does contain is irrelevant to the current crisis. i urge a no vote and i yield back the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas who chairs the homeland security committee of the house, mr. mccaul of texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. mccaul: i thank the tchimplee appropriations committee for his hard work and chairman kay granger for heading up this task force i was happy to be part of. as a former federal prosecutor who has dealt with border security for many years, i have never seen a crisis quite like this one this crisis demands action and leadership. it demands a solution to the problem. daca the president enacted in 2012, we've seen 60,000 unaccompanied children cross the border in the rio grande valley sector of texas alone, 250 per day. we went down there to see these
children. these children are the victims caught between the administration's policies and the coyotes and the traffickers who exploit them and make money, between $5,000 to $10,000 apiece. madam speaker, this bill fixes that crisis. first and foremost it changes the 2008 trafficking law as a message of deterrence. this crisis will not stop until we start sending them back. and all this does is treat central americans the same way we treat mexicans. it will provide for swift removal in a humane way back to their countries of origin. it's unfortunate that the administration, while initially supportive, has now flip-flopped on that issue. it also provides for the detention, removal, and repatriation of these children. for me, in my home state of texas, importantly, it calls for the deployment of the national
guard to the southwest border to secure our border. my governor, governor perry, has already activated the national guard. but it is a -- but it is the federal government's responsibility under the constitution to pick up that price tag and that's precisely what this bill does. finally, madam speaker, i think importantly, it directs the southern command, our military, to help secure the border between guatemala and mexico which i believe, and i know the chairman of the appropriations believes -- believes as well, is key to stopping the flow out of central america. madam speaker, the time to act is now. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from california, ms. roybal-allard, a member of both the labor, health and human services and the homeland security committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes.
ms. roybal-allard: two weeks ago, i visited the border and saw small children held in tiny cells, forced to sleep on cold floors and bemples. the treatment of these vulnerable kids, many of whom fled their homes to escape extreme violence, shocked me as a mother and a person. unfortunately this bill contains only 11% of the president's request for the department of health and human services this palt ray allowance will only make conditions worse for these vulnerable children by limiting the bed space capacity and exacerbating delays in transferring children away the overcrowded border patrol stations into the more suitable conditions of h.r. -- of h.h.s. unfortunately, insufficient funding isn't the only flaw in this bill. by treating all children the same, the majority means taking away protection and treating central american children like mexican and canadian children who have limited protections
under current law. this legislation sadly undercuts the current critical humanitarian and due process protections for these desperate children seeking safe haven from the horrors of violence in their country. without due process, many of these children who would qualify for protection under our laws will be returned straight into the arms of their traffickers or their impoverished, violent, neighborhoods. that's why national anti-trafficking organizations like the alliance to end slavery and trafficking strongly oppose this bill. mr. speaker, the republican supplemental is an irresponsible and inadequate bill that does little to protect our border or address the humanitarian crisis facing our nation. the bill is a senseless and deeply flawed political ploy that my republican colleagues know will be rejected by the senate. instead of playing political games, let us act in the best interests of our country and
these kids by passing a bill that upholds our american values, honor ours heritage as a nation of immigrants, protect ours borders, and fully addresses the causes and consequences of the humanitarian crisis on our border. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, a member of our committee, mr. dent. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for two minutes. mr. dent: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in very strong support of this border security legislation presented to us today for a number of reasons. it does provide for humanitarian assistance. this does deal with -- this legislation does deal with this issue in a compassionate, thoughtful way to deal with unaccompanied children. it secures the border, provides funding for the national guard and does many other things in terms of policy changes that will treat these children just as we would treat unaccompanied children who cross the border
from canada or mexico. s the right policy for a whole host of reasons. congressman k, gerlach, meehan and i visited a resettlement program in pennsylvania. those children are treated compassionately. but let me tell you what will happen if we do nothing here today. the children who are coming into children willhese in fact keep coming into our communities and they will be treated humanely and then they'll be resettled and reunited with parents or family members who already -- were already in the united states and in most cases here unlawfully. that's what doing nothing means. the children will keep coming, they will be resettled throughout the country and they will basically reside somewhere within the interior of this country. that's what doing nothing means. it would be reckless and irresponsible for the house to walk out of here today without addressing this border and
humanitarian crisis this bill is the right thing to do. it secures the border, provides humanitarian assistance and makes the necessary policy changes to stop this flow of children. s that tragedy that these children are leaving their countries in this way. i can't imagine the desperation these families must feel, that they must feel that they would let their children travel with somebody unaccompanied, drug dealers, cartels, smugglers, coyotes. we need to make sure this stops. i met with a 5-year-old girl who told me her horrible story, and i just -- i shudder to think of the children who didn't make it. that's why we need to act today. it's the right thing to do, compassionate thing to do, and it is in keeping with our american tradition. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time is expire the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from maryland, the minority whip of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 2002 minutes.
mr. hoyer: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i was going to ask my friend from pennsylvania whether he talked to the senate and whether it has any chance of moving this week and the answer is, i know it does -- is that no, it does not. it would be tragic not to act. it's tragic that we're acting in a partisan fashion that almost ensures inaction on this, the last day we're going to be here. we should be acting in a bipartisan fashion, as i've urged the majority leader to do. what is a bipartisan fashion? a, considering the emergency need today. and funding the resources necessary to respond to that. b, taking under consideration the substantive lebling slative changes that can be affected that will help this issue, will send the mess annals that the gentleman wants to send. he's my dear friend and a good member of this body. but i will tell you this bill
as had no hearings, no committee consideration, yes, there was a partisan task force, but this is had no -- this has had no consideration in this process. the majority leader last week, last week, told me that there would be no bill that did not get 72 hours' notice. the gentleman knows off bill on the floor which is contingent on the passage of this which has had a few hour's notice at best. last night, i think, at 10:00 the rules committee met. i will tell my friend that, had we acted in a bipartisan fashion, at whatever level of funding we could agree, pass a bill to pete the immediate crisis, b, have hearings. on the ramifications of the law that passed with only two votes in opposition. er 405 members voted for the
2008 legislation. we are changing that without a hearing. either in subcommittee, committee, or full committee. that's not the way we ought to be working. that's not good for our country. it's not good for this institution. it's not fair. so i would urge my colleagues to defeat this legislation. is that my two minutes? may i get one additional minute? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one additional minute. mr. hoyer: i believe once again we find the republican party divided and because they're divided they're trying to cobble together some of their hardest line members so that they can get them to vote for this supplemental. they put on a bill which has had no notice to the american people or to members of congress. it's ironic that people are supporting this who demanded that we read the bills. there was no bill to read. until this morning. how sad for the american people. we have a humanitarian crisis that must be addressed without
delay and the way to address it without delay is to give the resources necessary and then pursue the legislative process, not together, it will slow it down and i predict will not pass the senate. i thank the gentleman and ladies on this -- i think the gentlemen and ladies on this side of the aisle know the senate won't pass the bill. if you really think we ought to act now, do so in a bipartisan fashion and then let us debate the legislation before us. mr. mccaul just said,s that real crisis. just said, minutes ago, mr. mccaul, the chame of the committee, this is a real crisis which demands action. the recommendation that's been made to us will undermine action by this body in the face of crisis. we should not pass this legislation. we ought to pass a very simple resource to the crisis now and legislation later. i urge my colleagues to vote no the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: i don't know where
the gentleman gets his information but this bill was filed tuesday. you've had since tuesday morning to study this bill and that's the appropriate, under our rule, that's the appropriate time. mr. hoyer: will the gentleman yields? the daca legislation is dependent on this legislation. that was not filed 72 hours ago. mr. rogers: that the not this bill. reclaiming my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky has the floor. mr. rogers: this bill has been available to you since tuesday. may i inquire the time we have remaining, madam speaker? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky has 7 1/2 minutes. the gentlewoman from new york has 14 minutes. mr. ronellers: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman -- mr. rogers: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized.
mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i am pleased to yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fattah, the ranking member of the commerce, justice, and science subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize for two minutes. mr. fattah: i thank the gentlelady. we are here because the president of the united states has requested a -- an emergency supplemental appropriation of about $3.7 billion. the senate has acted in the range of about $2.7 billion. the house now comes with 1/6 of the request to deal with this crisis. it ignores the wildfires in the west. the challenges that relate to other parts of the bill. that were presented by the administration. and it says we're acting responsibly. i rise in opposition to the bill.
i understand what the majority is offering. i think it's been stated pretty clearly, i believe if we have children who are presented to us without adults, who have been the victims of trafficking, which is what the majority has said, they've been trafficked by artels and paid criminal enterprises to bring them to our border, the majority says some of them have been sexually abused and mistreated in other ways. i don't believe that our response should be to close the door. so as we think about our responsibility as the united states of america, a nation that had 12 million people without documents when the president was sworn into office, 50,000 children, just like the 5-year-old girl my colleague said he met and talked to, the idea that what our moral
responsibility is is to say to her, you go back to where you came from, i don't believe that that's what we should be doing. so i reject this, not because of the numbers or the other things. i think this is morally deficient that our great country would say, as we demand other countries around the world, that they take in refugees who are facing dangerous circumstances, that what our answer is, is no, not here. not in our backyard. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the chairman of the house judiciary committee, mr. good lat of virginia. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for two minutes. mr. goodlatte: madam speaker, i thank the gentleman from kentucky for his leadership on this issue. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5230. there is a crisis at our border.
it is a crisis, a disaster of the president's own making. 's lax a administration immigration foreign policies says they can stay and now they are finding ways to bring their children who are still in central america and beyond to the united states unlawfully. although president obama has many tools at his disposal to stop this surge at the border, he refuses to use them and instead proposes to make the situation worse by taking more unilateral actions to stop the enforcement of our immigration laws. it is ultimately up to president obama to end this crisis by reversing his policies that created it. however, since he refuses to do so, we have to act to the extent we can to provide narrow and targeted funding to meet the immediate needs of our law enforcement agencies at the southern border. we have to enable them to do their job, to secure our border and enforce our immigration
laws. and we should act to provide narrow tweaks to the 2008 law regarding the removal of unaccompanied alien minors. because of the president's inaction, we are taking the responsible step today of passing these narrow fixes that will help the american people avoid billions of dollars in additional costs due to the president not trying to solve this problem but asking for more money to continue to resettle thousands and thousands, tens of thousands of people into the interior of our country. while the bill is not perfect, it does not give -- it does give law enforcement many tools they have requested. for example, while i was in the rio grande valley earlier this month, border patrol agents cited the administration created restrictions that bar them access to federal lands as a significant stumbling block to securing the border. one of the most important provisions of this bill gives border patrol agents access to federal lands so they can stop
drug traffickers, human smugglers and unlawful immigrants from exploiting these gaps along the border. since the president isn't taking serious action to address the crisis at the border, the house is doing so today, and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i am pleased to yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from california, the chair of the house democratic caucus, mr. becerra. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for two minutes. thank the i ranking member for yielding. i agree with those who've said that doing nothing is not an option. but making matters worse should not be an option either. stripping children of the chance to establish their credible fear of death or endangerment is a crude and cold way of dispensing justice
in america. that is not an american way. this bill is a patch, not a solution. it lasts two months. so we'll be right back here trying to solve this challenge again in september. governing and budgeting in pieces is what leads to government shutdowns. that's not the american way. this bill robs peter to give to paul. how does this bill fund the money to pay for the border work that has to get done? first, it strips emergency funding to tackle devastating wildfires that the president has requested because the states have requested it. second, it takes $407 million from the federal emergency management agency's disaster relief fund. money which would be used to help people who've been devastated by wildfires and
other natural disasters. madam leader, if we had passed immigration reform a year ago with the bill that passed the house on a bipartisan basis which in this floor we've been denied a vote for more than 380 days, we would not be looking at a crisis on the border the way we are today, but that's the difficulty you have. when you don't fix the broken immigration system, that's what you encounter, and these piecemeal approaches won't solve anything. we'll be right back at it in september. that is not the american way. we provide justice to people. we make sure we dispense it the way we should and we take care of our emergencies. let's get it done the right way. let's do two things. let's give the emergency funding that they need at the border to run this crisis right and let's have a vote on the floor to fix the broken immigration system.
i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky. robb robb madam speaker, i yield two minutes to -- mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from arizona, mr. salmon, a member of the task force that investigated the border problem. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized for two minutes. mr. salmon: i rise in strong support of secure the southwest border act of 2014. this kind of came to light a few months ago when the arizona republic noted a story that these families were being dropped off at the bus stations in tucson and phoenix and then highlighted the current administration's catch -and-release policies that are encouraging literally swarms of people to come across the 1,500-mile desert of new mexico into the united states, risking .ife, risking their happiness and the fact is we can't keep
doing nothing. and this bill will stop these waves and waves of people coming across our border. as we went over to guatemala and we went to honduras and we talked with our state department folks, that's exactly what they said. you've got to make it clear that we move from a catch-and-release policy to a detain-and-deport policy and that's what this bill does. if we want to send a strong message to people that that $5,000 to $8,000 they're paying to these thugs that are transporting them across the border and hurting these young boys and girls along the way and then holding them for extra money, extorting their parents, that if we want to stop this from happening and stop the pain that's going on with these children, then the best thing we can do is send a clear message that in america there is no permisos. if you make that journey you'll be sent back to your country. that's the only thing that will make it happen. liberal friends want to throw more money at the problem and
perpetuate the problem. they want it to keep happening. i say that's not compassionate. i say continuing that pain and that harm to these children is not a good thing to do, and the way to stop it is to send a clear message. we got folks on my side of the aisle that have problems with the bill. what do they have a problem with? nothing inside the bill. not putting the national guard on the border, not stopping the catch-and-release programs and not giving unfettered access to our border patrol. they can't come up with a good reason to vote against it. they're playing into harry reid's hands. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield the gentleman an extra minute and wonder if he'd yield? mr. salmon: yes, i'll yield. mr. rogers: do you understand that if we do nothing the experts have told us, if we don't change the law, experts have told us that another 145,000 people will be with us next year alone, is that not correct? mr. salmon: that's correct. conservative estimates said it will cost $2.6 billion to care
for the nearly 60,000 that are already here. we're talking about billions and billions of dollars, not to mention the fact that these children are being sexually molested along the way, that they're being killed along the way, that they're being sold into slavery and we can stop it. mr. rogers: if the gentleman will yield? mr. salmon: yes, sir. mr. rogers: i'm focusing on the money part of it. if we don't change the law, you're saying we can expect to pay another few billions of dollars a year -- mr. salmon: just to care for those people. mr. rogers: to care for those people coming across? mr. salmon: yes. i don't understand how any conservative in good conscience would not stop that hemorrhage and make sure we're not spending those billions of dollars to pay down our debt. mr. rogers: not only conservatives but everybody would like those kinds of savings. mr. salmon: i would do. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'd just like to say to the distinguished chairman, i would have liked to hear from these experts at hearings.
unfortunately, the majority has not had hearings and we're bringing this bill to the floor without any hearing, without any witnesses, without any information. and i'm pleased to yield to the distinguished speaker one minute. mr. rogers: would the gentlelady yield briefly on that point? would the gentlelady briefly yield? mrs. lowey: ail ill' be delighted. mr. rogers: the 145,000 additional people across the border, that number came from the department of homeland security. so those are governmental estimates if we do nothing on the law change. i thank the gentlewoman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i'd like to say to our distinguished chairman that it would be helpful in having an analysis of the current statistics and the future prospects at hearings, but we're bringing this bill to the floor, the majority is bringing this bill to the floor without any hearing, without any discussion. this is really not the way to pass important legislation.
and, again, we had a bill. we could have had comprehensive immigration reform that passed the senate in a bipartisan way, but thank you, mr. chair, and i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for one minute. ms. pelosi: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentlelady for yielding, our ranking member on the appropriations committee who from day one knowing of this challenge that we have with the children at the border as reacted in a very wise, humanitarian, yes, practical way as to what the best way is to address the challenge under the values of our country and save the children. i was interested in the back and forth between the distinguished chairman of the appropriations committee, mr. rogers, and our ranking member on the subject of the change in