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tv   U.S. House Meets for Morning Hour  CSPAN  September 12, 2017 10:00am-10:24am EDT

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people across the country are hurting. host: do you think that congress are ooperating in the president's efforts? caller: not at all, i think this is where he lose to the swamp. to the comes electorate, to the people for our votes and then they cater to special interests. host: got you. to leave sorry, i have it there. congress is now in session, particularly the house. we'll go to them now. gton, d.c. september 12, 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable frank d. lucas to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2017, the chair will recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated among the parties and
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in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from louisiana for five minutes. each member other than the the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, sorry, mr. poe. mr. poe: thapping you, mr. speaker. thank you for the time. mr. speaker, as the country is recovering from natural disasters that are taking place our land, in the west coast, northwest, we have the wildfires. over the weekend we have hurricane irma going through florida and now through the southeastern states causing havoc. and then of course we're still from the hammering that we received in houston and other areas because of rricane harvey where
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thousands have lost their home over a million cars are destroyed. september 11, 2001. all of us who are old enough remember exactly what we were doing as we should always remember what we were doing that day. a defining hometown in our personal lives. i was a judge in texas at that time. red, ving my jeep, old, beat up jeep to the courthouse and listening to kilt radio, in the morning. country western station. robert b. mcintyre the newscaster comes on and says that a plane has hit one of the towers in new york city. like most folks didn't know what to make of that. thought maybe maybe it was an
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accident. a few minutes later he's back on the air talking about second plane crashing into the other tower in new york city. i pulled over to the side of the road as other people were doing and listening to what was taking place in america when we were attacked. and we all know the rest of the story about some wonderful people that were hydrogened -- hijacked in a plane in pennsylvania. took that plane down that apparently was headed for washington, d.c. probably this building. save the lives of members of congress and people who work in washington. and the fourth plane that crashed into the pentagon. i just like to talk about that fourth plane. that plane, american airlines flight number 77, takes off from dulles, takes to the air turns than 30 minutes,
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around, and is headed back to the pentagon. as you know, mr. speaker, the pentagon is right next to arlington cementary. -- cement tarry. the too many of the unknown, i call it the tomb of the unknown soldier. it's guarded 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all the time by the united states army, third infantry division. the oldest infantry division in the united states. has the honor, duty, and privilege to guard the tomb of america's unknown. who died for us. so what happened on september 11? when the two planes crashed into the world trade center and the other plane is headed toward the pentagon? yes, the soldiers are on guard. and did they leave their post? absolutely not. in fact, not only they did not leave their post, mr. speaker, they called for re-enforcements. they had 30 other soldiers, create a perimeter around the
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tomb to guard it from whatever may occur. from the terror that hit in the skies, they were there on duty. i assume and i don't know this, but i assume they knew those guards that day about the first two planes at the world trade center. and sergeant major on duty did not want those soldiers to leave the post. he called for reinforcements to protect from that terror in the skies. remarkable stories that took place that day, mr. speaker. stories about americans helping other americans just like americans are helping americans today with the wildfires, hurricanes. and many stories that we will never know about. but we know that on that day as the smoke was burning in new york and pennsylvania and the pentagon, our first responders,
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when that terror came to america, they didn't run. they ran toward that terror in skies. those men and women in our law enforcement agencies, our fire departments, emergency medical technicians, and thousands of others ran to help other people , strangers, when those skies. those planes, those terrorists, attack america. and we know that right down the street here at the tomb of the nknown where arlington cemetery is, bury our war dead, we knew that tomb stayed guarded, protecting from that terror in the skies. remarkable people these americans. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from louisiana, mr. abraham, for five minutes.
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mr. abraham: mr. speaker, i rise today to highlight the incredible work performed by those running the alexander megashelter in my district during the hurricane harvey evacuation. in louisiana we know too well how devastating hurricanes and flooding can be. when our neighbors in texas needed help, louisiana answered the call. at its peak the alexandria megashelter housed 1,800 people displaced by hurricane harvey. i visited with some of the victims and the workers and i wanted to share with you some of the amazing work that went on there. the shelter provided a roof and bed by people whose homes were flood and destroyed, but as a physician, i was most impressed with the medical response that i saw at the shelter. on short notice local health care providers banded together to set up a clinic to meet the
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health needs of these displaced people, including dialysis patients who could not miss treatments. if they did they could die. the clinic allowed most patients to be treated in house, right there in the megashelter. making their stay in the shelter easier than it might have been otherwise. additionally, the shelter was able to send 1,800 pounds of donated medications and medical supplies to patients in beaumont, texas, whose people were struggling in the aftermath of the storm just to get the medicines they needed to survive themselves. local pilots and aviators donated their time and resources to fly these medicines and these badly needed supplies to beaumont where they could help these good people. i want to specifically mention the efforts of the louisiana national guard, the louisiana state police, including superintendent kevin reeves and s troopers, sheriff hilton
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deputies, and the staff at the louisiana department of public safety for their role in assisting the people at the shelter. also deputies, and the staff want to mention dr. spencer tucker. dr. emily, laura pickett, belinda sanders, nicki english, dr. david hole couple, and all those with the want to mention department of health emergency and local pharmacies who helped meet the medical needs of all these people displaced at this one shelter. recovery from harvey will be difficult and our prayers and thoughts are also with our friends in florida who are dealing with the effects of hurricane irma that just passed. and as tragic as these storms can be, they also tend to pray bring out the best in we as americans. who always, always answer the call to serve and help those who are suffering.
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we're all one big family when these disasters hit. thank you to all those at the alexandria megashelter who welcomed these displaced people in their time of need and hopefully made their ordeal a little better. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, for five minutes. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. last week i was outraged when president trump announced that he would be ending the daca program. daca recipients are contributing members of our society, have no criminal record, and have known only this country as home. leading american companies, they have served our country in the military. on the day of the president's decision, i met with several young people leading american companies, they have served our country in the military. on the day of the president's
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decision, i met with several young people at rutgers university in my district who may now face deportation. i was impressed by their courage in coming forward to tell their stories leading amer companies, they have and to challenge the president's reckless action. some examples, a 17-year-old from free hold, left mexico when she was 1 year old. she said at the meeting i had, quote, i do want to become something in life because that's why i'm here. do i not want this dream to be shattered because daca apparently is going to be killed. and then there is alma, a 23-year-old from perth amboy in my district who added, i quote, daca has opened doors for me that i never new existed. the elimination of this executive order without an appropriate replacement would not only be devastating for dreerms but to the country as a hole. i agree with her. mr. speaker, these new jerseyans emed abouty -- new jerseyans embody the best of america. and i stand by their side as we work together to protect their daca status and we need to pass the dream act as quickly as possible. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair row n.o.w. recognizes the gentleman from -- chair now recognizes the gentleman from
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minnesota, mr. erm, for five minutes. mr. emmer: i rise today to celebrate an ed tator in my district whose dedication to her students has earned her an important award. jolene, who serves as the assistant principal at st. michael albertville, high school, was named vice principal of the year by the minnesota association of secondary school principals. she served as an assistant principal at st. michael albert high school for nine years. she's known for her strong leadership and commitment to oviding students a great environment to learn and topnotch education. she's shown her commitment by consistently improving curriculum and implementing many different programs designed to assist her students. one program she created is called freshman connections which helps build relationships between incoming freshmen students and their upper classmen peers. successful students are the key to our future so it's important we recognize educators like jolene guiding our students on the path to success. congratulations on being named
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the vice principal of the year. you deserve it. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize a st. cloud hospital for being recognized as one of the most digitally connected hospitals in the nation. this is not st. cloud hospital's first major award. in fact, just last year they were named one of the top 100 hospitals in the country. as technology continues to develop and advance, our nation's hospitals are better suited to provide their patients with a very best care possible. which section actly what the st. cloud hospital does each and every day. we're proud that the st. cloud this l is a leader in health care industry and in utilizing useful technology. allowing patients to stay in touch with their doctors and nurses, renew prescriptions, gain access to their records, t health care and even take part in virtual physician exams. this high distinction is the result of the health care providers and the information systems staff working for center care health in the st. cloud hospital. thank you for your service and thank you for making the st.
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cloud hospital a leader in 21st century health care. i rise today to recognize randall and cheryl, the owners of the pizza ranch in andover on being recognize as the franchisee of the year. they received the award because of their commitment to the community. they have owned the pizza ranch for the past four years and as a direct result of its success not only have then they been named franchisee of the year, but also awarded the community impact award last year. opening and operating a franchise business not an easy jofpblet we appreciate the jobs people like randall and cheryl create anti-commerce they bring to our communities. congratulations on your award and thank you for your contribution to minnesota's sixth congressional district and the andover community.
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mr. speaker, i rise to recognize national pow-mia day and remember the brave americans who became prisoners during their service and those still missing in action. since america's founding, hundreds of thousands of americans have been held as prisoners of war. to this day more than during th americans remain missing in action. these patriots answered the call of duty during some our nation's darkest times. their service and enormous sacrifice must never be forgotten or taken for granted so i stand here today reaffirming our nation's commitment to these americans. they deserve to return home and their families deserve answers. that's why every third friday in september we not only honor these americans, but we recommit to our promise to until every missing soldier is accounted for. . if they are still missing, pray for their homecoming. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the
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gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor the nearly 3,000 souls that were taken from us much too soon on september 11, 16 years ago. like many others, the events of september 11, 2001, are forever etched in my memory. on that day i was in raleigh, north carolina, serving in the state legislature and recall an aide coming in to share the news. naturally when hearing about the first plane hitting the world trade center we all thought it was a terrible accident that had occurred. my colleagues and i were in a state of shock and grief when we heard about the second plane and the subsequent attacks that followed. what i remember most is the
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feeling of abject horror and disbelief we experienced on that day. that horror still felt by the family members who were left behind, robbed of their loved ones who were violently taken too soon. i often think of the brave first responders who ran towards danger with thought of little else other than to save their fellow americans. the terror attacks seemed surreal and yet the aftermath has a finality which does not dissipate with time. as years past, the shock of the attack have -- has diminished, but the memory of the feeling of hope that arose from the act of selfless americans is stronger. in my mind, one of the very worst events in human history became overshadowed as the very best in us as eight people was made evident through countless acts of kindness and dignity.
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it is this dignity we must hold onto in order to honor the fallen. from the first responders, citizens, volunteers and finally the devoted souls onboard flight 93, i remember the moments in which the very best parts of americans shown brightest. these moments include when our citizens were no longer categorized by their differences but were defined by their shared determination, not only to survive but also to overcome an unthinkable tragedy. i always tell people honestly of the horror i felt and i tell them of the hope that emerged as our people did their level best to turn evil into good. while i will never forget september 11, 2001, and the lives that were forever lost to us on that day 16 years ago, i take some comfort in knowing
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that a loving and never-changing god called them to heaven to live in his presence forever. now more than ever before, we must recall the sacrifices made by so many in the aftermath of september 11, and recall that freedom is never truly freely given. it is earned, it is hard fought for and it's something we must all work together to continue to achieve. may god bless all of those who lost their lives on september 11, those who were left behind and those who continue to fight for our freedom. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kentucky, mr. comer, for five minutes. at the beginning of august, i was able to join the majority leader and a number of my fellow freshmen on an eight-day trip to israel.
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i would like to thank leader mccarthy for organizing this informative and memorable visit which taught me so much about the importance of the u.s.-israel relationship and the numerous challenges and opportunities facing our two countries and our other allies in the region. it is impossible to visit israel without feeling the weight of history, from biblical times to modern day. staying in jerusalem, seeing bethlehem up close, viewing israel atop the golan heights and traveling along the jordan river all made a lasting impression. my time in israel also impressed me on israel's undeniable security needs in the face of the persistent threat from iran and its proxies in syria and lebanon as well as the instability and violence stemming from the long-running conflict with the palestinians. listing the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu's presentation to our
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congressional delegation greatly enhanced my level of support for israeli foreign aid. just as listening to the palestinian authority's presentation greatly enhanced my opposition to foreign aid for palestine. for these reasons i believe u.s. security assistance to israel should continue to be a high priority, and i am proud that defense collaboration between our two countries has yielded many important developments, including the arrow antiballistic missile system, which is among the top missile shield technologies in the world. considering the growing threat of north korea's nuclear missile program and iran's ballistic missile development, it is clear that our efforts in this field are more important now than ever. in addition to our successful cooperation on defense, the u.s. and israel also work together on many other issues. one of issues that's of
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particular important to me is agriculture. i never dreamed that israel's agriculture industry would be as advanced as it was. despite a very challenging ecosystem, israel produces enough food to feed their entire country as well as boasts a very impressive agriculture export market. in conclusion, i believe the close working relationship between our two governments will remain critically important for many years to come, and i am grateful for the opportunity to advance these ties in one small way through my visit last month. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until
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updates on hurricane irma and relief efforts. >> just me,


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