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then we have ms. vaughan, the -- director of policy studies. she's been with the certainty since 1992 developing an expertise in immigration policy and operations. she's recently concluded a department of justice funded project where she studied the use of immigration law enforcement in transnational gang suppression efforts. in addition to her work with the certainty she instructs senior law enforcement officers in seminars -- >> this hearing continues live. can you follow it online at c-span.org. here on c-span we're going next to the u.s. house. they are gaveling in taking up a bill this afternoon that would outlaw abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. debate this afternoon. late they are week the house taking up the 2018 republican budget resolution which calls for rewriting the u.s. tax code
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under reconciliation rules. u.s. overage now of the house on c-span. house on c-span. nnounces
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to the house his approval ereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from assachusetts, mr. kennedy. mr. kennedy: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with
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liberty and justice for all. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman from louisiana, mr. graves, is recognized for one minute. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to give tribute to pastor kevin mckee who opened the prayer this morning this this chamber. kevin and his wife have been amazing pillars in our community as we have been through extraordinary associated with hurricanes katrina, rita, gustav, isaac, a 1,000 year flood last associated year, wor spill in the nation's history. incredible shootings of five of our police officers last year. in racial divisiveness. they have been incredible at propping up our community. at sharing the word in eastern europe and china and around the united states. i want to thank both of them for their incredible service to
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our state, our nation, and our we have been through these times of challenge. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. without objection, the we have through these times of chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina eek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: for all victims of the las vegas massacre. i am grateful that i have been an advocate for pro-life values and protecting the rights of unborn babies. today the house will vote on the pain capable unborn child protection act. this will save the lives of babies who are too young to speak for themselves, but who are old enough to feel physical pain. i appreciate the success of south carolina citizens for life who work to give a voice
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to those who do not have one. with the great leadership of he executive director of the midlands, this organization has been working to save lives. as a co-sponsor of the legislation with colleagues trent franks, and karen handel, i'm grateful to stand for life, upholding the conservative values and protecting the lives of our unborn babies. every life is precious and has great value. in conclusion god bless our troops, we'll never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. thank you, dr. tom price and betty price, for your successful service for american families. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from oregon seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. bonamici: i rise today to urge swift re-authorization of the children's health insurance program.
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and the community health center program. chip keeps kids covered by providing basic health care to about nine million children and pregnant mothers, including thousands of oregonians. the providers and families in our states deserve certainty that that funding for programs will be there when they need it. the lapse of these programs is already hurting our constituents and communities. at virginia garcia, a teaching house center in my district, payments for the residency program stopped abruptly. the clinic's executive director said, they cannot in good conscience stop their residencies, but they are nervous about spending precious reserves when they anticipated the grants would be fully funded. there is no excuse for delay when it comes to the health of our children and families. we must continue commonsense investment in our nation's health by re-authorizing the children's health insurance program and the community health center program immediately. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, when folks think of innovation and new technology, often louisiana comes to mind. we have been able to pioneer cell phone technology, been involved in genetics and d.n.a., we have incredible naval technologies. offshore oil and gas at depths never before even contell plathed.tate we have been able to power this nation's economy. once again, mr. speaker, louisiana's being recognized through the laser gravitational wave observatory by giving the nobel prize in physics for our discovery of measuring and recognizing gravitational waves. i want to give a shout out to livingston parish for their add and discovery in 2015 recognize the prize. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the
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gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: las vegas, nevada, three days ago, 59 people died dead, 527 injured. one shooter. the deadliest mass shooting in u.s. modern history. pulse nightclub orlando, florida, 2016, 49 people dead, 58 injured, one shooter. sandy hook elementary school, newtown, connecticut, 2012, 20 kids ages 6 and 7, and six adults all dead. one shooter. one shooter killed his mother and then killed himself. i have heard it said that the best gun control is a steady hand. perhaps, but a steady hand requires a healthy and sound mind. assault weapons are designed to kill people and to kill lots of people quickly. their availability made the massacres in las vegas, newtown, and orlando possible. in the days ahead we will learn much more about the shooter and
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his guns than about his victims once again. my hope is that this congress will use this information wisely and find the courage to respond appropriately in this way and only in this way do we actually honor the victims. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: request unanimous to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate old greg school community and recreation center on its 10th anniversary. recently i had the opportunity to visit the repurposed school and partake in the anniversary celebration. more than 80 years old greg school building educated children. young adults throughout the eastern valley and the time honored values and responsibilities of community and service. the traditions of the historic greg township school have been
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celebrated and expanded in the ole greg school community and recreation center, which is now a multipurpose, nonprofit facility benefiting the entire community. old greg school community and recreation center is regarded as a treasure in the heart of penns valley. it supports small business was affordable osts space. office athletic facilities for recreation, open space for immediatings and events both indoors and out. and has well maintained grounds and outdoor play areas. mr. speaker, old greg is an xample of how to repurpose a space to benefit the entire community. ole greg truly is a gem that all residents treasure. congratulations. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. space to benefit the entire community. ole greg mr. kennedy: on sunday night in mere minutes one man took at least 59 lives, forever
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a.m.t.ered hundreds more -- altered hundreds more, and left invisible scars on thousands. on monday morning, our nation welcomed all of them into america's fastest growing community. families left with a gaping knoll their heart caused by a ullet. a community that does not have the luxury of moving on from gun violence after tv cameras leave. after the front pages fill with new stories. a community that includes families black and white, rich and poor, a community that does big and s democrat and republican. ending gun violence isn't political. this is personal. so we're not powerless. we're not helpless. we're not hostages to -- hostages to some political organization. we're not bystanders as bullets tear through concerts, schools, nightclubs, military compounds, and quiet neighborhoods. this is up to us. o every single american.
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this is our country, our home, and our family. we can decide that one person's right to bear arms does not come at the expense of the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. say no more. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina eek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, the founder fathers enshrined the garne teaff without objection, life, libert pursuit of happiness. they regarded life as a core promise and one that was to be protected. the federal government is responsible for protecting those rights and currently we're failing at that responsibility. as i speak in this body america is one of only seven countries in the world that have legalized late-term elected apportion after 20 weeks. specifically, it is estimated that approximately 13,000 late-term abortions are carried out in our country each year on healthy babies.
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this is simply immoral and as lawmakers we have the ability to take commonsense measures to protect the unborn. the bill that we're mode voting on today, the pain capable unborn child protection act, is one of those measures. mr. speaker, every human being was given unalienable rights, chief among them life itself. governments is supposed to protect those rights. as law make i plan to do so by supporting the bill before us today. i urge my colleagues to do the same. yield back. the gentleman creeled back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> republicans have once again presented a budget that is reckless, regressive, and reprehensible. it's a budget that would hurt working families, middle class folks, senior citizens, the poor, the sick, the afflicted,
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veterans, and rural america. it's even a budget that would cut head start. mr. jeffries: meals on wheels. and the special olympics. it's a raw deal for the american people. and that is why democrats are focused on better jobs, better wages, and a better future. democrats are focused on higher pay for the american people, costs for the american people, and providing the american people with the tools to succeed in the 21st century economy. democrats are focused on providing the american people with a better deal. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom arkansas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. costs for the
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>> mr. speaker, the 21st century air act gives a voice to rural america on aviation issues. for too long our aviation assets have been managed with from the no input citizens in the real world who are most impacted. the 21st century air act benefits rural and small communities through local empowerment. this bill from the enhances the improvement program and ensures grant availability for small airports in the years ahetcht these grants support infrastructure construction and rehabilitation critical to local and regional economic development. the bill also promotes remote air traffic control tower technology. this concept has vast potential to allow rural airports to maintain tower service at a lower cost and bring services to airports that have previously been unable to support it. the 21st century air act is visionary, innovative legislation that will make the ong needed improvements to
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more efficiently serve american flyers and keep rural america connected to arrest aviation system. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady more from new jersey seek recognition? without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for ne minute. mrs. watson coleman: mr. speaker, today instead of working to protect dreamers and enacting commonsense gun safety legislation or reforming our tax system to benefit hardworking americans and not just the wealthy, i have to stand here and speak out against h.r. 36. another radical assault against women's health and reproductive rights. a bill that would deny care to women in the most desperate of circumstances, a bill designed to restrict a woman's access to a full range of health care services and a blatant attempt to chip away at a woman's right to choose. congressional republicans failed in their numerous attempts to strip health care away from everyone so they'll settle for
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just taking health decisions away from women. we settled this issue 40 years ago. women have the constitutionally protected right to manage our own bodies. i will continue to defend a woman's right to choose and vigorously oppose any and all attacks against that. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. at 20 weeks into a pregnancy, babies can hear music, respond to human voices and, most importantly, they can feel pain. these are our children at their most vulnerable. and yet current law continues to allow for abortions to take place even after this point in a pregnancy. that is why i've been a strong supporter of mica's law, which is legislation that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks
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. this bill is not a partisan issue, but instead a moral issue. by passing this law every year we would be saving over 12,000 babies who can feel pain and hear our voices. it should be noted that this proposal has seen bipartisan support across the country. in fact, 60% of americans support prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks. including 63% of those who consider themselves pro-choice. this legislation is about nothing less than protecting those who cannot protect themselves. mr. lahood: we remain one of only seven countries in the entire world that continues to allow abortions after 20 weeks. we must act to change this. i urge my colleagues to join me today in supporting the pain-capable unborn child protection act or mica's law, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition?
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without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today because this thursday, october 5, is an important deadline. 154,000 young men and women have until this thursday to renew their status under the deferred action for childhood arrivals program or daca. ms. barragan: those 154,000 daca recipients whose authorization expires before march 6, 2018, must renew their application. if you are one of them, please send in your application today. under the new daca rules, you are entitled to receive two more years of deferential, but only if the u.s. citizenship and immigration service receives your application by october 5. if you have not already sent in your application, send it in and the fast -- in the fastest way possible. a regular first class stamp will likely not arrive in time. my district is home to many daca beneficiaries known as dreamers. do not wait. to all the other dreamers i say,
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don't lose hope. you have the support of the vast majority of the american people and we are fighting every day to get the dream act to the house floor. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, the first week of october marks the celebration of an organization very near and dear to my parents' hearts, as well as many friends. it's national 4-h week. a time to reflect on importance of youth development and mentoring within our communities. 4-h was founded to be focused on youth within rural and agricultural areas. it teaches essential skills and the importance of community service. today 4-h has evolved into a global network and 50 countries. as the nation's largest youth leadership organization, 4-h exemplifies the kind of learning, engagement and leadership that is needed in our country. there are many programs focused on health, science, agriculture and citizenship and a positive
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mentoring environment. the experience teaches young people leadership lessons as well as the value of practical skills and hands-on learning. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek reck -- seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor a dedicated public servant, terrific mentor and good friend. elaine retired this week as state representative for illinois' 57th district. for more than 14 years, elaine has ably represented the communities of buffalo grove, arlington heights, north brook, wheeling, mount prospect, and prospect heights in the illinois' house of representatives. during this time she's been an outspoken advocate for her constituents. a passionate defender of the environment. and a champion for women's rights. future generations in illinois will benefit from elaine's work to invest in infrastructure,
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including a high speed rail link between chicago and st. louis. her smart backing of criminal justice reform ensures more young offenders have an opportunity to reform their lives through juvenile court. mr. schneider: the residents of the 57th district will miss her energy, dedication and tireless communication with her constituents. i am personally grateful for elaine's service and wish her the best and her husband, barry, the very best in whatever comes next. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina eek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of pastor livingston and his wife in recognition of their 40 years of ministry at central church of god in charlotte, north carolina. god has used the livingstons to grow and lead a church that truly impact the charlotte community and the world. each week over 6,000 people gather together for a wonderful
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praise and worship experience, along with a dynamic biblical message from pastor livingston. under their leadership, the congregation actively serves those in poverty, provides help for women facing an unplanned pregnancy all the way through life, and programs to assist seniors. mr. pittenger: central church also hosts an annual 5-k race to raise awareness in the fight against human trafficking. if you want to address the race relations in charlotte, a good place to start is central church. 40-plus nationalities worship together every sunday, hearing the love of gee sulls. thank god for -- of gee sulls. thank god for -- jesus. thank god for pastor livingston. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the resilience of nevadans,
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brave and caring, is in sharp contrast to the murdering of innocent victims we just witnessed. our hearts go out to the families of the victims throughout our country who are only interested in a peaceful and joyful evening. one of those was jennifer irvine, a young san diego lawyer who was killed in the attack. mrs. davis: let's also recognize the heroes, like tyler winston, a san diegoan who saved dozens of victims at the concert by driving a makeshift ambulance and taking people to the hospital. every single life lost to gun violence should elicit sorrow and action. mr. speaker, then why is it so hard for us to talk about this? why can't we come together in a bipartisan, bicameral way? where is the concern? we have had too many moments of silence in this chamber for mass shootings.
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why are we not moved when people are dying in our districts daily? the american people send condolences and they deserve action. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i cannot think of a more important issue to get right than protecting the god had been given souls of the unborn -- god-given souls of the unborn and their right to the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. i'll never forget listening to the heart beat of my first child, nathan. i cried all the way to the car, praising god for this miracle. u formed me in my inward parts, you knit me together in my mother's womb. currently the united states is one of only seven developed countries that allow elective
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abortions after 20 weeks. that puts us on the same moral equivalent in this regard to china and north korea. mr. arrington: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 36. i stand with the vulnerable and the voiceless. and i kneel in submission to the author of life and ask for his blessings on this country and this initiative. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise to honor the lives of palm springs police officers jose and leslie who were tragically shot and killed one year ago in the line of duty. officer jose lived by the mantra of, to protect and to serve -- to serve and protect. he served our community for nearly 35 years and was just two months away from retirement when he was taken from his family and
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our community. officer leslie had recently returned to work following the birth of her daughter, now a year old, cora will never hold her mother, but her community will always remember her as a fighter and protector. mr. ruiz: this weekend the entire community will honor their memory by dedicating a four-mile stretch of highway 111 in their honor. i am proud of our community for supporting the families. let's come together to ensure they have what they need to ourn, recover and prosper. we honor you for your sacrifice and are grateful for your service. officer jose and officer leslie, end of watch, october 8, 2016. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak in support
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of house concurrent resolution 71. it's been said frequently that our federal tax code today is more than 60 times longer than the bible and it contains none of the good news. it's been more than 30 years since we updated our tax system and many americans are struggling to make ends meet, to find decent paying jobs, and prepare for retirement. no matter where i travel in my district, mr. speaker, louisiana's fourth district, i hear story after story about how our excessive tax code and burdensome regulations continue to hinder our businesses and stunt our economic growth. congress must act now. and deliver a tax code that meets the current demands of the 21st century economy. fortunately my republican colleagues and i have put forth a framework to do exactly that. our plan will create more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger pay checks for working class americans and small businesses. when the people are allowed to keep more of their hard-earned dollars instead of turning them over to an already bloated federal government, we'll unleash the free market again. it's well past time we get our
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economic -- our economy back on track and passing meaningful tax reform is a crucial first step in completing that mission. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to pay tribute to an incredible constituent in my district, richard. 72 years ago richard was aboard the u.s.s. indianapolis with nearly 1,200 others when it was hit by two japanese torpedoes and sank within a matter of minutes. he and 318 men of the crew survived five days in the ocean surrounded by sharks, without any food or drinking water. he defied truly remarkable odds. after this ordeal, richard went to finish high school and was honorably discharged from the navy. he was a truck driver for more than 40 years and raised six
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children. today he's 89 years young and it is a privilege to have him as a part of the eighth district community. mr. speaker, i'd like to inform this body that i am prepared to introduce legislation to honor richard of lansing, michigan, and the rest of his shipmates with the congressional gold medal award. mr. bishop: as we remember the survivors of this terrible tragedy, those we lost, and the recent finding of the ship itself, we thank you, richard, for your valiant service to our country. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to urge my colleagues to act quickly to re-authorize the community health center fund, which expired last week on september 30. community health centers provide cost effective and accessible primary care, mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment for over 27 million patients nationally, including
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over 200,000 of my constituents in kentucky's sixth district. the upfront federal investment and community health centers leave to savings -- lead to savings down the road by fighting the cycle of opioid addiction, preventing more complex health conditions and diverting patients away from higher cost centers of the care such as the emergency room. i have visited community health centers in my district, including white house clinics, sterling health solutions, family care of the blue grass and health first blue grass and have witnessed firsthand what a difference these organizations make in providing much-needed care to at-risk kentuckians. mr. barrow: without the support of the -- mr. barr: without the support of these centers, they may have to lay off staff or shut down clinics. mr. speaker, there is a robust debate in this country and a wide diversity of opinion about health care reform. the a.c.a. and what repeal and replacing the a.c.a. should look like. but we should all agree that community health centers are part of the solution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to offer my support to the pain capable unborn child protection act. this legislation is crucial toward protecting the very most vulnerable among us, the unborn. as a doctor, it's my job to stay current with the most research, and i have done so research, and i have done so as my job is congress, too. the research overwhelmingly shows that children 20 weeks or less are capable of showing pain. this is brought forth by the fact that when an in utero procedure is done, both the mother and unborn child are give anesthesia. not to do so allows that child to recoil in pain and show a stress response. i have heard personally as a physician heartbeats as young
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s a baby as six weeks of age in the utero in the utero. this legislation is critical. mr. abraham: it's past due and i urge my colleagues to support this. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from by quo ming seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 548 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 889. house resolution 548.
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resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 36, to amend title 18, united states code, to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are aived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the the bill shall be considered as read. bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except: one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary. and two, one motion to ecommit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from wyoming is recognized for one hour. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. i now yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentlewoman from which i yield
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myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks which i yi myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of house resolution 548, which provides a closed rule for consideration of h.r. 36, the pain capable unborn child protection act. this born bill protects and extends compassion to the most vulnerable among us, the unborn. by prohibiting abortions with imited exceptions, after the point at which scientific evidence shows that an unborn child can feel pain. r. speaker, this really should be called mika's bill, in honor of a little boy who was here on the little last week with his mom. weighs born at 20 weeks old. we saw and see from babies like mika with the right medical care babies born at 20 weeks can survive and grow into healthy adults. his mother spoke last week
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about her experiences. when mika was born, she said, his eyes were still fused shut. his bones were not hardened yet. he couldn't breathe on his own. medicated to stay comfortable from pain. we were told not to touch his skin as his skin was so sensitive it could hurt him and tear the skin. i was there to see his first set of hiccups, his first sneezes, and his first drop of milk placed on his lips. his first smile, his first laugh. he was alive. he was fighting. he wanted to live. and today, mr. speaker, mika is a healthy 5-year-old boy. babies like mik at 20 weeks have well developed brains and central nervous systems. developed enough so that medical evidence has increasingly confirmed these feel pain. not only pain, but intense and possibly excruciating pain. research also indicates that after 20 weeks feel pain. not only pain, an unborn baby's responses to painful stimuli
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are similar to adult responses. to the extent that when surgeons, mr. speaker, are performing in utero surgery, corrective procedures on these unborn children, surgeons have seen babies flinch, jerk, and recoil from those sharp objects and incisions. in response to this, mr. now er, surgeons routinely administer anesthesia to unborn children now administer anesthesia to unborn children in the womb before performing surgery. this anesthesia has been associated with a significant increase in babies' industries hormone levels during medical procedures. late-term abortions usually performed by inducing labor after the fetus has injected with a lethal agent or by the horrific practice of dismemberment, causing babies intense pain, should be illegal. and that's what this bill ensures. i believe, mr. speaker, that this bill also takes important steps to protect women, providing exceptions for those
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race kases of rape and incest and life of the mother. h.r. 36 also provides women with a cause of action, allowing them to sue abortionists who don't provide protections for unborn babies alive, or aborted babies born alive of the the pain capable unborn child protection act protects the sanctity of life by ensuring protection from pain for the most vulnerable among us. mr. speaker, this is a moral obligation of this house and of our government. therefore i urge support for the rule to allow for consideration of h.r. 36, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask the gentlelady for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady virginia tech. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker -- the gentlelady is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, 44 years ago the supreme court
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issued its landmark roe vs. wade decision. it reaffirm the protective right of every woman to safe and legal health care, including the right to choose. when life puts a woman in even the toughest of circumstances, the highest court in the land said the decision that she makes should be hers, free from any interference from the government. row v. wade is a firewall that women rely on, but with every passing year and every new session of congress, politicians have tried to chip brick, it, brick by hoping it will crumble away. most politicians are not medical professionals. we shouldn't brick, hoping it be meddling in health care decisions that should be made between a woman, her doctor, her family, and anyone else that she chooses to include. the american people are tired of politicians that are not
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doctors, often playing one on television, with this medical decision. this is the only, the only medical procedure that congress has made an attempt to regulate. the only one. and it says quite plainly, we can't trust women to make a decision. we have to do it for them. the majority over and over again, the medical professionals that we should be listening to all oppose this ban. the american congress of obstetricians and gynecologists call it part of a legislative agenda that is, and i quote, not based on sound science and n attempt to prescribe how a physician should care for his patients, end quote. that certainly speaks it loudly. the american medical association said that it, quote, strongly condemns any interference by the government or other third parties that cause a physician to compromise
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his or her medical judgment as to what information or treatment is in the best interest of the patient, end quote. the conservative political groups have also been pushing the bill to try to use it to run up the score. in the next election. why did they do it? well, the main sponsor of this bill admitted that abortion bans -- i hope everybody hears this. this is a congressman from arizona who sponsors this bill who admitted the abortion bans are, in his words, good politics. quote, it will cost some people the election, but it would cost more democrats the election than it will republicans. i'm convinced, he says, that if every few districts in america someone are lose because they voted for this ban. maybe that's the case,
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they need a different district anyways, whatever that means. end quote. it as plain makes as day as far as i'm concerned is why year after year for 40 years we have been confronted with this. it as plain as day it is hard for me and should be to everyone here that matters of personal conscience are being reduced to who is up and who is down in the polls. this bill is dangerous and it is unconstitutional. the supreme court established wade and reaffirmed in planned parenthood vs. casey that the woman has the right to choose abortion care. this is the constitution of the united states that we all justly revere. meanwhile, every federal court has reached a decision on bans like this in states has in planned parenthood vs. casey that the woman has the right to choose abortion blocked it every time. this includes rulings striking wn bans in states like
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arizona, idaho, arkansas, north dakota. mr. speaker, this bill before us is nothing more than the latest attempt by the majority to pass our political posturing as proven science. after birth strangely this body exhibits scarce attention to the well-being of the child. and that is proved by the fact that you cut back on food stamps. women, infant, children care. daycare. head start. one after the other, the same group that couldn't find it in their hearts last friday to extend the children's health insurance program before it expired, along with community health services, which again helps children. what a nine -- one in nine get on children in america the health insurance from the program that expired. after 20 children, 6 and 7-year-olds were shot and killed at sandy hook in newtown, connecticut, five years ago. funding as i said for both food stamm nts and the school lunch program is routinely get the health insurance from the program that expired.
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after 20 cut. i don't know anything else to call it but pure hypocrisy. we love it until it's born then somebody else's problem. a 3-year-old girl in my district was recently killed by the adults she believed were supposed to take care of her. they abused her so violently that she was bruced from head o toe and internally hurt. -- bruised from head to toe and internally hurt. there were adults around but not a single one helped her. ed child protective service in monroe county got two reports about abuse and neglect, but the agency was too over worked and stretched too thin to act in time. which is another hypocrisy. which is another hypocrisy. we're not going to fund those programs enough so that little children would live. 3 years old. 3 years old. all the people -- nobody lifted a finger to help this child. they did nothing to save her life. this is just some of the reality that children face today. all too often as long case,
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absolutely nothing to address it. to truly care about children is to care for the them long after they are born. we have taken up this bill before and it was a one house bill. never able to pass the senate. and i sincerely hope this bill sees that same fate. when the american people went ballot box, they were electing politicians not somebody to meddle around with their ballot box, they medical . it's simply appalling. just remind yourself that the only procedure that we deal with is the fact a woman's right to choose, which is protected by the constitution of the united states. enough already. the majority acts like a group of elected physicians that have some. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlewoman from wyoming. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, is recognized for two minutes. mr. collins: i appreciate the gentlelady for yielding. i rise today not as an elected doctor, not as an elected thing except member of congress, but also i rise today as a father. of a child who we were told before she was born it would probably be best to kill her. she had a disability, and it's probably best there would be better choices for us to make in life than not have her. i rise today for mika's bill simply for those that the statement has been made once children are here there's problems that are political choices and life circumstances and those are things we have dealt with and we should actually look at. but those are only available for those lucky enough to have a birthday. this bill is really about a birthday. it's about giving an unborn a chance at life. it is interesting to me today, mr. speaker, that many medical professionals who are against this bill also will choose to anecessary at the size those same babies in the womb because
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their reaction to the proceed you are. . they don't want to talk about that they want to talk about something else -- talk about that, they want to talk about something else. but this bill is about life. this is something we're talking about, a procedure, but it is talking about life and it's talking about birthdays. it's talking about that that life in that womb matters and the potential from life until death is something that i believe god has given. when we understand that, let's take it out of the realm of choosing a choice. we're standing here today, i'm stabbleding here today, to take up -- standing here today, to take up for the right that was baby in the womb. and making sure that birthdays come, that life happens, and when you look at someone like mika, and you understand that many people would have wrote them off as unviable, god had a different choice. and that is today that young boy that was on capitol hill last week. but it doesn't take mika for me. it just takes jordan for me.
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my 25-year-old who just texted me a few minutes ago to say, daddy, i love you. over 25 years ago someone told me she was not worth having. and my wife. i stand here today to stand for those still in the womb waiting for life and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady reserves. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from new jersey, mrs. watson coleman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one inute. mrs. watson coleman: thank you to the gentlelady from new york for yield nofplgte today i rise for -- for yielding to me. today i rise for terry from new jersey. terry and her husband were thrilled to be expecting their first baby in january of 2016. all of terry's tests were looking great until the 20th week ultrasound. terry recounts, our ultrasound
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tech spent a lot of time looking at her heart and finally the doctor came in. as she stands, she told them that there was some severe brain and heart abnormalities. the doctor also told them the chest cavity was small and that the lungs were not developing properly. a few days later, a geneticist told terry and her husband that the baby had three copies of every chrome so en-- chromosome. a very rare condition. the doctor informed them that infants born with this condition very rarely survive more than a few days after delivery. according to terry, we both calmly made the decision to have an abortion. we did not want our little girl to suffer, we would much rather take on that suffering for her. on behalf of she, new jerseyans and women everywhere, i urge my colleagues to vote no on this ule and vote no.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from wume. minute y: i yield one missouri.tlelady from mrs. hartzler: thank you, i rise in support of this rule, which is known as mika's law. the underlying legislation will protect thousands of unborn babies from the excruciating pain of abortion. 20 weeks post-fertilization is an incredible milestone in pregnancy for moms and their unborn babies. children at this stage of development have fingers and they have toes and they have well developed neurological structures that can feel pain. in fact, babies at this age are hypersensitive, feeling pain more acutely than you and me. preemies, children born at the beginning of the sixth month, just like mika, can survive outside the womb. these babies are the future doctors, nurses, scientists, teachers, law enforcement
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officers in our country. h.r. 36 protects this next generation of america's children. our country's unified in protecting life at 20 weeks. six in 10 americans support the pain-capable legislation and 20 states have passed similar legislation. let's put an end to the abortion of these potential children. let's support this rule. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. maloney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. maloney: thank you. oday i rise to speak for april and against this unconstitutional underlying bill. her story is about one of the most complex and painful decisions a woman can face. but it would have been even more painful if this bill that we're debating, which is opposed by the american medical association, was the law at the
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time. 18 weeks into her pregnancy, she and her husband discovered that their baby had a birth defect, lethal skeletal dispublish aia, and was incompatible with lisme the baby would never be able to breathe on its own. the baby would either die in utero, or die immediately at birth. she was heartbroken. she went to other doctors for more tests. these tests took additional weeks. tragically the tests confirmed the diagnosis. so at 21 weeks, april had an abortion. with this bill, the federal government would compel every woman like april against their will to carry to term a fetus that they knew would either be still-born or suffer and die at birth. i urge a no vote on this underlying bill. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would admonish all members if your time is expired, seek additional time if possible.
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the gentlelady from wyoming. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from michigan, mr. mitchell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. mitchell: i thank the gentlewoman from wyoming for yielding. i rise in support of h.r. 36, mika's law, which i proudly co-sponsored. it's said that nations are judged by how we care for our weakest members. there are no more vulnerable than a preborn child, whom unfortunately we've failed to protect. the united states is one of only seven nations that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy when science confirms that the babies feel pain. accompanying us on this list are china and north korea. nations with disturbing records of human rights violations. mr. speaker, this is not simply about a medical procedure. it's about life. mika pickering was born at 22 weeks. he is now a happy, healthy
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kindergartener. there's a lot of talk around here about life. this bill is about life. it is not about being lucky enough to have a birthday. it is about giving every child the opportunity to grow. and we are responsible for them and we should take that action seriously. i co-sponsored the bill, i vote for the bill and i urge everyone to support mika's law. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from maryland, mr. raskin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. raskin: thank you very much, mr. speaker, and ms. slaughter. today i rise for my constituent, ali. because we should not be playing politics in congress with women's health choices and with the family decision making rights of all americans. last spring ali and her husband were thrilled to learn that she was pregnant with their second child. a few months later they found themselves heartbroken in the doctor's office, in order to
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terminate a pregnancy that they had so badly wanted. everything had gone smoothly until about 12 weeks when a routine test returned with extremely abnormal results. ali and her husband hoped for the best and waited several more weeks until they could perform an annio. the results were unbearable. they found that the fetus had grown from a compromised cell line. there were multiple genetic anomalies that would result if the pregnancy continued to term and a child with physical, cognitive and developmental problems. the news was crushing and the decision agonizing. but ali knew the path forward for her family was clear. she would become part of the tiny group of women having abortions after 20 weeks, less than 2% of all abortions. but ali's story doesn't end with the decision that she and her husband made because she's a federal employee, the hyde amendment prevented her insurance from covering her abortion services. fortunately maryland is a state where we respect women's choices and ali was able to go to a
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clinic and she paid $900 out of pocket. ali recovered quickly from the procedure and was able to get pregnant again shortly thereafter. this summer ali and her husband were thrilled to welcome a beloved second child into their family. ly a -- ali has one thing to say to lawmakers here today. we made the choices -- can i request 10 seconds? ms. slaughter: i'm sorry. mr. raskin: just to complete the sentence. we made the choices that are best for our family and i trust all women to do the same. i urge my colleagues to vote no. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from wyoming. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. smith: i thank my friend for yielding. mr. speaker, overwhelming majorities of americans, some 60% to 64%, according to pollsters, support legal protection for pain-capable unborn children at least a 20th week or about five months. today though that unborn babies not only die but suffer ex
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trutionating pain during dismemberment abortion. a cruelty that rips arms and legs off of helpless child. -- off a helpless child. even anthony kennedy, the swing vote on the court, in the steinberg-carhart decision said, and quote, the fetus dies just as a human adult or child would. it bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb. he points out that with a dy and e dismembered abortion, the fetus can be alive and survive for a time while its limbs are being torn off. mr. speaker, even if pain wasn't present, dismembering a child is violence against children and it is inhumane. but these babies at this age actually suffer. dr. robert white, professor of neurology, has said an unborn child at 20 weeks is fully capable of experiencing pain.
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without question abortion is dreadfully painful experience for that child. dr. malloy, professor at division of neoanywaying to at northwestern in her testimony, before the house judiciary committee, said, when we speak of infants at 20 weeks postfertilization, we no longer have to rely on infenches or ultrasound imagery because such premature patients are kicking, moving and reacting and developing right before our eyes, in the neonatal intensive care unit. again, these children are there being assisted and if you touch them, if you try to dismember them once they're born, they will feel the pain. in like manner, an unborn child at 20 weeks gestation will feel the pain. he points out that she would never, ever commit such cruelty to a child. i urge support for this legislation, h.r. 36, and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm
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pleased to yield a minute to the gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend for yielding and for her leadership on this issue. after what has happened in the last couple of days this terrible tragedy in las vegas, this congress should be spending every minute focusing on what we were sent here to do. taking action to enact commonsense safety measures to reduce gun violence. but what do we hear on that subject? from the leadership on the republican side? nothing. but what we get is yet another attack on the individual rights of women in this country to make decisions about their own health care, about their bodies. about themselves. those sorts of decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor. this has basketball -- been confirmed by the supreme court
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of the united states. and people in washington, d.c., sitting in this congress should not be able to interfere in the private health decisions that women can only make for themselves. republicans talk about limited government. this is the time to -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman is the is not recognized. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlewoman from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from utah. mrs. love: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to take a moment to send my love and prayers to the victims and family members who were hurt in nevada. i'd also like to plead to the american people today to be good to one another. we have enough people out there, outside of our country, trying to hurt us. we have enough natural disasters trying to tear down our homes and tear up our lives that we don't have to do that to each other.
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i rise today as an american, as a wife, and mainly as a mother. to address some of the double standards that we have in this country. as a member of the select panel on infant lives, i learned that the federal law increases criminal penalties for crimes involving pregnant women. these laws give protections to the mother and her unborn child. rightfully so. however, this begs the question -- when does the unborn have a right to protection just like their mother? obviously this is an important issue. why is abortion not considered murder and killing a pregnant woman a double homicide? martin luther king said this about the civil rights movement, the negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for comfort and safety. how account dream survive if we murder our children? . each human life should be protected under the rule of law.
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each life that feels pain should be free from being tortured. i cannot believe that we are here on the floor of the house, the people's house, continuing to plead and advocate for life. i am asking that we support h.r. 36 and help provide these protections for our unborn. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlewoman from wyoming reserves. and the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from california, ms. chu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. ms. chu: today i rise for doctor jennifer and her patients. this is their story. dr. jennifer's patients come from my home state of california. they were a married couple on their second pregnancy. they were so excited to grow their family, but they discovered at 23 weeks that the fetus was severely growth restricted, had no fluid around it, had a cardiac anomaly and
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would not survive the pregnancy. although this was a wanted pregnancy, they chose to terminate the pregnancy at 23 weeks rather than prolong the suffering of the mother and her fetus. dr. jennifer wants lawmakers to know that abortion restrictions would have forced her patient to carry this pregnancy until the fetus died in the womb despite the medical advice that her baby would not survive to term. h.r. 36 and policies like it deny families their constitutional right to a choice about how they want to move forward with medical decisions that impact their bodies and their families. on behalf of dr. jennifer and her patients, i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36. we must stop these bans. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlewoman from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. rothfus. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for a minute.
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mr. rothfus: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of the rule and the underlying legislation, the pain-capable unborn child protection act, or mic's law is of up -- mica's law is of utmost importance. it offers our nation an opportunity to prevent excruciating pain for those same members and stop a form of violence that's gone on for too long. this bill is a step forward in reversing a culture of violence and restoring a culture of life. the congressional budget office estimates that passage of this legislation will save 2,750 children per year. that is 2,750 girls and boys who will have a chance to contribute to our society. if you want to facilitate a culture of life, vote for this bill. if you want to begin to prevent violence in our country, vote for this bill. i urge all my colleagues to support this legislation and i
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yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from wyoming reserves and the gentlelady from new york is recognized. slatheslathe mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from illinois, mr. snyder. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for one minute. mr. snyder: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise for jessica. this is her story. jessica's second pregnancy was difficult. at about 12 weeks she discovered she was bleeding. after weeks of calls with mid wives, visits to specialists and numerous tests, it wasn't until 22 weeks, five days into her pregnancy when she was told the tragic news, that her baby had a rare birth defect and would likely not survive through the two surgeries she would have needed. jessica made the difficult, heartbreaking decision to end her pregnancy. under this bill there would be nowhere for jessica to turn. jessica wants lawmakers to know in her own words, i am so incredibly thankful that my daughter never had to suffer. i am still grieving and i think i always will be. having an abortion was the most compassionate choice i had available to me.
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my daughter deserved compassion. a decision like jessica's should be between the woman and her doctor, no one else. i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36. e must stop the ban. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from wyoming. ms. cheney: i yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. kelly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. kelly: i rise in strong support of the rule and the underlying legislation. we come here today as members of congress but as we look at our country in the last several weeks, one of the things that's is first responders, those rushing to the scene to those who were suffering. we are first responders, we stand for life. we stand for the ability as a people and there's no other nation in the world like the
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american people who respond when other people are ining trouble, when they are in suffering, when they are in pain, when their lives are in danger and yet we turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to what we are doing to these children. these are little boys and little girls waiting to be born. if we do not stand for them who will stand for them? if we are not the first responders, who will be the first responders? if it is not us in the people's house that go beyond the hypocrisy of a political statement and go about the reason we are here, it is the people's house because we defend those people. let us be the first responders. let us pass this bill and stop this inhuman activity we are doing. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from wyoming reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i am pleased to yield one minute to the gentlelady from wisconsin, ms. moore. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. ms. moore: thank you, mr. speaker. let's talk about pain here today.
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let's talk about leslie and her husband who found out that they were pregnant and were thrilled and unfortunately the pregnancy did not go well. tests revealed that leslie's fetus' brain never divided into two separate hemispheres giving her child no chance for survival. let's talk about pain. by the time the tests exposed this tragic news, leslie was over 20 weeks pregnant, but she lived in a state without an abortion ban. now she lives in wisconsin where abortions after 20 weeks are illegal. had she lived there during this time she would have been forced to deliver a baby and be pregnant for 20 more weeks, compounding the emotional horror of the experience. let's talk about pain. in leslie's own words, i still mourn my daughter every day but i cannot begin to understand how a physician would rather see me dead and neither of my
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sons never born just to prolong a tragic doomed pregnancy pro-life. on behalf of leslie i urge a no vote on h.r. 36. we must stop the bans and stop the pain. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york reserves her time. and the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from tennessee, mrs. blackburn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. speaker. and i think we should talk about pain on the floor today. because when you talk to physicians and ob-gyn's, they will tell you that if they are oing work, if they are doing an apple neo sin tee cis-- amniocentisis, then that baby feels a pain, that baby responds, that child in the womb. so i would encourage my colleagues, talk to dr. roe, talk to some of the ob-gyn's
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that serve in this chamber. because they fully understand, as we understand, that the gift of life is not something that comes through the law. that is a natural gift. that is a gift of god. and that child who is receiving that life, who is held in the womb, if they are poked or prodded, or there is an uncomfortable situation, they experience pain. that is why this legislation is pain-capable the unborn child protection act. i encourage support of this legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from wyoming reserves, and the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from the district of columbia is recognized for one
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minute. ms. norton: i thank my good friend for yielding. mr. speaker, i remind the house that the house keeps the district of columbia from spending its own funds for women who want to end pregnancy at even one week, but today i rise for christy, a district of columbia resident. a mother of one. soon-to-be mother of two. however, at 21 weeks, an m.r.a. detected a fetal anomaly regarding her unborn son's brain. a critical part of this baby's brain had simply not developed. she decided to end the pregnancy at almost 22 weeks. on behalf of christy zinc, i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36. we must stop the bans, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentlelady from new york
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reserves her time, and the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. pittenger. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for two minutes. mr. pain injury: i rise in support of h.r. -- mr. pittenger: i rise in support of h.r. 36, the pain-capable unborn child protection act. god bless representative trent franks for his tireless leadership. this is a pro-life bill that prevents late-term elected abortions on unborn babies after 20 weeks post fertilization. at 20 weeks they can phoenix the pain of abortion. america has always been a beacon for human rights. yet, according to a 2014 report by the charlotte lozier institute, the u.s. is among of just seven countries that permit elected abortions past 20 weeks. these countries include china and north korea. our nation suffers be a
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egregious offense to be listed with north korea and china, two oppressive regimes that show no respect for human life or human rights. allowing the killing of these precious babies as they endure these cruel abortions. this bill is important. we speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. as an engaged and active member of the congressional pro-life caucus, i fully support this bill as i stand for life. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back. the gentlelady from wyoming reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. lawrence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from michigan is recognized for one minute. mrs. lawrence: today i rise for rose from michigan. in rose's first pregnancy, which was planned and very wanted, severe brain be a normalities were detected in the 22nd week. she made the decisions.
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she said, i will take that risk, because the doctors said it was a 70% chance that the child would be able to function. but at 28 weeks, the doctor again made the analysis, the severe brain condition with a life expectancy under four years with severe seizures and limited development. we are talking about suffering now. the baby would have problems swallowing, breathing, even smiling. she would -- the baby would never be able to communicate or control her body. and today we're talking about suffering. she made, rose made the choice between a short painful life and peace. she chose the latter. rose says, and i believe, this is her quote, i believe we made the most compassionate and loving choice we could for our baby. the grief was initially overwhelming. on behalf of rose, i urge my
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colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36. we must stop the ban. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from wyoming. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i think that it's important to acknowledge the pain of the cases that those on the other side of the aisle are mentioning. but i would note, mr. speaker, that there's been no mention, no discussion on the other side of the aisle about the pain that these babies feel. and when you are in a situation like the ones that have been described, what's happening is those babies are being subjected to really oftentimes a horrific procedure and the question is, because the baby is found to have some chromeo somal anomaly, to have some very severe handicap, whether or not they deserve to be subjected to the pain we now know they feel. in fact, mr. speaker, we have seen work done by northwestern university that demonstrates that the pain these young preemies feel may in fact be even worse than the pain older babies feel because the pain
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inhibitors develop later in life than pain receptors do. mr. speaker, i would just urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle not to ignore the challenges and the issues involved here with respect to the pain these babies feel. i would also note, mr. speaker, the c.b.o. and a very unusual step has assessed that this bill itself would save 2,750 lives annually. that's something that the c.b.o. doesn't often do but it's very important for us to recognize. i don't think we can have a discussion about this bill, about these issues without acknowledging the pain these babies feel and i would urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to focus on that as well and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from wyoming reserves her time. the gentlelady from new york. . ms. slaughter: i yield myself 20 seconds. i appreciate what my colleague is saying but there's no scientific evidence or proof that be a -- that an unborn fetus feels the pain. that's one of the reasons we're not discussing it over here.
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mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from new york, ms. velazquez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized for one minute. ms. velazquez: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady from new york for yielding. mr. speaker, for over 40 years the landmark supreme court stoodon roe vs. wade, has s a bull war, protection for we'll's rights. now in 2017 house republicans are leading yet another unconstitutional dangerous and outreach -- outright assault on women's health and privacy. this extreme bill not only takes aim at roe vs. wade, by lowering the ban on abortion to 20 weeks, it goes even further by promising to throw doctors in jail. this is a cynical, repugnant effort by republicans to pander to a far right base while jeopardizing women's health. all for a political payoff.
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at the same time this house is considering a measure restricting a woman's right to choose. we have not found time to assess 3.5 million american citizens who are suffering and dying in puerto rico. you call that pro-life? i urge republicans, listen to the majority of americans who support a woman's right to privacy and a safe abortion. reject this shameful bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. let me say, mr. speaker, that the scientific evidence is extensive. in terms of the pain that these unborn babies feel. in particular the standard of care, mr. speaker, for babies that are born prematurely, as well as for babies who are patients invetro is to provide an he is thesia. that is it -- anesthesia.
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that's because these babies react to pain and feel pain. mr. speaker, i think the notion that there's no scientific evidence for this is flat wrong. and also i don't think we can ignore the example of babies like micah. babies who are born, babies who grow up to lead very full and healthy lives and who deserve a chance. and, mr. speaker, i think that as individuals and as representatives, elected representatives, it is our obligation in fact to do everything we can to protect these babies. and that's what this bill is about. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from california, representative and dr. ruiz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. ruiz: thank you. like every physician i took an oath to do no harm and make every decision in the best interest of my patients in the emergency department. that oath drives every choice a doctor makes, whether it's prescribing medications,
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treating chronic illnesses, and even choosing how best to triage and treat a trauma patient. h.r. 36 would stand in the way of a doctor's ability to best care for their patients. this bill would force doctors to ignore the symptoms that they have learned through years of training and practice, that show a patient's condition could become a more serious medical condition. can you imagine going into your doctor's office as a pregnant woman and being told your twins would not live and that giving birth could rupture your uterus, causing severe bleeding? that's what happened to phil and his wife from missouri. they learned at week 21 that she was at risk of a ruptured uterus and that the twins would die because of twin-twin transfusion syndrome. phil said, quote, decisions about abortion need to be made with families and the best medical information available. and i couldn't agree more. a physician's sole focus should be the health of their patient, not the consequences of an arbitrary law that has no basis
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in medical evidence and no basis -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. slaughter: i'll yield 30 seconds more. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. ruiz: no basis in medical evidence, that this bill is even necessary or that it will improve health outcomes. that's why as a physician and a father i oppose this legislation. we need less bureaucratic obstacles that get in the way of a doctor caring for their patients. we cannot interfere with the provider's ability to deliver the best care for their patients. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from wyoming reserves. it is back to the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, if we defeat the previous question, i will offer an amendment to the rule to bring up h.r. 3440, the dream act, which deals with children
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as well. this bipartisan, bicameral legislation will help thousands of young people, children, who are americans in every way except on paper. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record, along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. slaughter: and to discuss our proposal, i yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. soto. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. soto: i thank the gentlelady from new york. president barack obama established the daca program which temporarily protected immigrants who were brought to the u.s. as whirn from potential deportation under his executive powers. our nation made a promise to dreamers that by coming out of the shadows, following the rules and laws of our great land, they would not be deported to a foreign country that they never knew or barely remembered. dreamers came to the united states under no voluntary ligs
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of their own -- volition of their own, as young children. making this country the oklahoma many of them have -- the only many of them have ever known. since its implementation, the daca program has added over 50,000 jobs to our economy and 93% of dreamers are currently employed. over the next decade, daca beneficiaries are projected to contribute $460 billion to our nation's g.d.p. $24.6 billion in medicare and social security, and an estimated $2.5 billion in annual for state and federal contributions. ms. slaughter: i yield another minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. soto: i thank the gentlelady from new york. however, on september 5, president trump announced he would end daca. and looks to congress to develop a legislative solution for daca
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recipients. well, congress has a solution. it's h.r. 3440. the dream act. we've heard of it from sea to shining sea. it would allow dreamers to earn lawful permanent residence with a pathway to citizenship. also it would give them the opportunity to continue contributing to their communities, by encouraging them to pursue higher education, work for at least three years, or serve in our united states military. to qualify under the dream act, a person must graduate from high school, pass a background check, demonstrate proficiency in the english language, and not have a felony or any other serious crime that could pose a threat to our country. with the daca program set to expire, now is the time for congress to act. we must bring the dream act to the floor for a vote. because congress has been silent for too long. dreamers are doing their job, what we ask is that congress does theirs. it's time for congress to do its
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job and pass the dream act without delay. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from wyoming. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from colorado, mr. lamborn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for two minutes. mr. lamborn: i thank the gentlelady for her leadership. mr. speaker, i rise today because i believe americans are compassionate people. i also believe americans are angered by injustice. and i know americans are eager to protect the defenseless. in a past hearing before the judiciary committee on this bill, dr. condick said, imposing pain on any pain-capable living creature is cruelty. and ignoring the pain experienced by another human individual for any reason is barbaric, unquote. h.r. 36, the pain-capable unborn child protection act, gives us a chance to choose compassion by preventing abortions from taking place if the child is 20 weeks or older. science proves that not only can these children feel pain, but
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since their pain inhibitters are undeveloped, they feel pain even more intensely than we can. in the doctor's words, quote, we simply have to decide whether we will choose to ignore the pain of the fetus or not. unquote. mr. speaker, i am choosing not to ignore their pain. i strongly urge my colleagues to support this compassionate bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from wyoming reserves. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, may i inquire if my colleague has further speakers? the speaker pro tempore: she does not. ms. slaughter: i'm then prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, the majority keeps trying to take the woman's personal decision and put it in someone's else hands. -- else's hands -- someone else's hands. over the years they've tried to allow bosses to make those decision. they've pushed a bill to allow a woman to die if someone coming to her aid had conscientious
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objection. today they're trying to pass an abortion ban that would put even more obstacles and prevent women from receive a safe and legal abortion. protected by the constitution. the bill before us today strikes at the heart of roe v. wade. opponents of the supreme court decision have been clear and outspoken that that is precisely their goal. the ban on abortions after 20 weeks does not contain reasonable exceptions for victims of rape and incest. and the legislation flies in the face what have the american people, women and men, want us to be doing. the majority must have quickly forgotten the national women's march that took place in january . millions of persons across the country and around the globe marched in the largest day of protest in our nation's history. more than half a million people took to the streets right here in the nation's capital. and they sent a message to the majority to respect their rights, including their right to
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choose. the people sometimes ask women why we are still marching and calling and writing about the four decades after the supreme court's roe v. wade decision, which it has since upheld. it's because of bills like this. we constantly have to refight the battles our mothers and grandmothers won for us. this legislation again is proof of that. i urge a no vote on the previous question, the rule, and the bill, and i -- the previous question on the rule and the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized for the remainder of the time. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i want to thank the gentleman from arizona for his work on this issue and for introducing this important bill. mr. speaker, it's undeniable that we have a much better understanding today of life inside the womb than we did at the time of the passage of roe v. wade. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle express a commitment to science in all cases except where it matters most.
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in those cases that involve the preservation of human life. they don't want to talk about babies, they don't want to talk about the horrific procedures that we're dealing with today. and we have to. our obligation to. mr. speaker, our country has banned partial birth abortion in a decision that was upheld by the supreme court. and our i would just urge my colleagues to look at the decision in that opinion, gonzalez v. carhart. the decision written by justice kennedy. talking in specific, quoting a nurse, talking about the reaction of a 26-week-old baby who was the victim of partial birth abortion. what their reaction, the physical reaction is. the mother of little babies, reading that, the description of what happens to a baby when they are killed, of watching their hand expand and then contract, as me mother of a newborn infant has watched many times. it is truly horrific. and i think as a society, mr. speaker, we have to be willing to face the exact nature what have it is we're talking about. we have an obligation as elected representatives, mr. speaker, to
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protect the lives of these unborn babies. this legislation would do that. we have a moral obligation and it is our job and it is the interest of the state to make sure, mr. speaker, that we do everything possible to protect life. in this case, mr. speaker, we're talking about a bill that would protect babies at moments when we know they can feel pain in the womb. therefore, mr. speaker, i urge the adotchings both the rule and -- adoption of both the rule and h.r. 36 so we can continue to protect and save lives. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. all time is expired. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking
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this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of adoption of the resolution. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 23 3rks the nays are 184. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute involvement -- five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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