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regards to the mueller investigation or the but rathersituation, the entirety of what happened in months leading up to the we saw plainly that there is something very wrong the justice departme department -- excuse me, in the f.b.i. because on the 5th of july of proceedings will resume >> "washington journal" lye every day at k a.m. eastern. we go back to the house. 4547 and agreeing to the speaker's ajournal of the journal if ordered. the first vote is a 15-minute vote. remaining votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. theunfinished is to suspend ules and pass h.r. 4547 as
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amended. yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk: h.r. 4547 a bill to amend titles 2, 8 and 16 to improve and strengthen the representative payment program. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. 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 396, the nays are zero, zero recorded as present. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will come to order. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the unfinished business is agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal which the chair will report de novo. the question is on approving -- agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> on that, i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote having been requested a vord -- a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 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
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the yeas are 4 2. the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition.
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the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 725, resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 772 to amend the act to approve certain for restaurants and food establishments and amend the authority to bring authorities providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 115 to amend the truth in lending act to improve upon the definitions for points and fees in connection with a mortgage. providing for consideration of the bill to raise the consolidated assets threshold policy statement and for other purposes and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. >> i ask unanimous consent that i may be considered as the first
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sponsor of h.r. 1057, a bill originally introduced by representative tiberi for adding co-sponsors and requesting reprinting. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does gentlelady new mexico seek recognition? ms. lujan grisham: pursuant to give rice to raise a question of the priffings of the house, the form of the resolution is as follows. whereas on january 30, 2018, representative paul gosar tweeted a series of stamentse that included, today, paul gosar contacted the u.s. capitol police and jeff sessions asking that they check identification of all attending the state of the union address and arresting any illegal ablins in
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attendance. whereas representative gosar went on to tweet any illegal aliens attempting to go through security under pretext of invitation should be arrested and did he for the, whereas representative gosar comments targeted the dackave recipients that members of congress brought as their guests. daca have been granted deferred action and have been thoroughly vetted by the u.s. immigration service. whereas representative gosar's to pressure the capitol police to deport dreamers according to u.s. department of homeland security regulations intimidated these young people who are facing fear and uncertainty.
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.nd he a bused the power to and whereas representative gosar has violated clause 1 of rule 2 of the code of official conduct which states that a member delegate, resident commissioner, officer or employee of the house shall be hafe in a manner that shall reflect credibility on the house. that the house of representatives strongly condemns representative paul gosar for his inappropriate and discredited the u.s. house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the resolution offered by is a question of the privileges of the house only a time deathed by the chair two days after the
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pending that degs the form of the resolution will appear in the record at this point. the chair will not determine whether it constitutes a question of privilege. .hat will be made at the time for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? without objection. >> the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is not correct. the house will come to order. please take conversations out of the aisles and the back of the chamber so one-minutes can continue. please take
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conversations off the floor, the house will come to order. he house will come to order. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. paulsen: i recognize four athletes who will be competing in the 2018 winter olympics. three are representing the united states on the women's ice hockey team, and a senior now at the university of minnesota. danny also from ploimouth raduated from blake and sydney graduated from a local high
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school and on the men's side, the forward is representing the united states. he graduated from bloomington kennedy and the university of minnesota. these four aggetleets join the united states athletes as they compete in south korea. these athletes go day in and day out with dedication and commitment to achieve their dreams of competing. to our athletes, we wish you good luck and we are clearing you on. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom illinois seek recognition? without objection. the gentleman is recognized for ne minute.
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rsh mr. speaker, last friday, the nunes' memo was released over the objections of the f.b.i. and members of the house intelligence committee and several republican senators. this document was political in nature from the outset as is evident in the gap between what some of my colleagues claimed to contain and what it says. carter ' memo is on page who has been under watch since 2013 for his relationship with the russian government, years before his involvement. this document in no way questions those facts while new reporting has revealed that he boasted of his role as a kremlin adviser. when the first fisa warrants were reportedly issued.
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as chairman gowdy has noted, it has no impact on the russian probe and must allow the american people to know. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek reckyigs? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. mr. poe: hurricane harvey hit the great state of texas and deficient i stated 300,000 homes. the house passed a crucial $81 billion disaster relief bill. is will not only also go towards disaster present veng in the future, but texas, florida re still waiting to see relief
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money. the senate hasn't taken any reaction and the senate still uses a 60-vote rule to pass legislation. the people of texas are suffering in their wake. the senate needs to change the 60-vote rule and go back to 51. the gulf coast is in hurricane alley. hurricanes come around every year. mr. speaker, there are over 401 house bills awaiting senate action and this bill is one of them. the senate must vote. nap time is over. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the legacy of mount
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zion baptist church in fort worth during its founding celebration. it has served as a beacon of light, pillar and support in a place of refuge. they planted a seed for what will become a sole ace. it began as a small church. soon after the condepregation moved to evans avenue. the church expanded to include an auditorium and included an child care, educational services and severed as a meeting service when dr. king visited fort worth. when the leadership has changed, the congregation has never lost sight and the current pastor is
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carl mcelroy. my good friend, again hicks and lorraine miller and i stand with them to honor the recognition of these founders, leaders and the leaders. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i would like to recognize a fire department from texas district 25678 they recently held their annual banquet to honor firefighters for bravery and valor. and mr. mr. fillman phipps received awards. committinging your life to protecting others is no easy task so to both of these heroes, thank you. thank you for your ted case and for putting your life on the line to get everyday texans out
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of harm's way. there were many others at the station recognized for their courage. nathan hun, michael av timbings a, donna owens, jason sanchez, jerny -- jerry darnell, dakota stroud, ben quell. bridwell, n, kelby nicole beginnered, kaine pejoy, randy furtado, andy vance. these men and women are a rare find, they're heroes and i'm honored to represent them in the 25th district of texas. may god bless texas, god bless the first responders an god bless the united states of america. in god we trust, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? without objection the gentleman s recognized for one minute.
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>> thank you, mr. speaker. rise to congratulate the ro zha park high school wrestling team for reaching the milestone of 1,000 varsity wins last week. they became only the fourth program in the country in just -- and just the second in new jersey to reach this milestone. the entire community played a part in propeling the panthers to this milestone. the panthers have always had a -- had strong support from local businesses, community groups, and of course their loyal fans and neighbors. mr. speaker, head coach ryan rooney and his team have worked hard to get to this point but they aren't letting the record distract them from their ultimate goal, winning another state championship.
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mr. payne: mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating coach rooney and the rozell park panthers for their 1,000th win and wish them continued success on the way to another state championship. go, panthers! i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise tonight to recognize two gentlemen in my district, john lewis and denny barney. since 2015, john lewis served as president and crmplet e.o. of the east valley partnership and previously served as mayor of gilbert. east valley partnership works with cities and town to maximize their potential and create jobs. i wish john the best as he and his wife leave to serve a church mission in cambodia.
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denny barney is a wonderful choice to replace mr. lewis. his record of service in the private sect yovend -- sector and on the maricopa board of supervisors will serve him well. i am grateful for all of oour leaders in east valley who work diligently to foster an environment for families to live and businesses to grow. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: mr. chairman, mr. speaker, in the house we have a procedure that if words are untoward and not becoming of our statute as members of the united states congress it can be, by any member, those words can be asked to be taken down. it is unfortunate that in a
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tweet this morning the commander in chief said of a member of congress that is a federal official he must be stopped. words to that effect. i left my hometown early this morning and had hoped there would have been some decentre spons from the chief of staff or other staff members of the white house. to be able to say that that is an inappropriate attack on any member of congress, a federal official. i've yet to hear a clarification or apology that indicates that providing provocative words to take a member down or he must be taken down is an inappropriate action or words for any federal official. i hope that we can establish decorum, not only in this body, but i hope we can establish decorum in the white house. this is sorely missing. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition?
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without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. >> mr. wilson: tragically in the last week i have been impacted by two train wrecks. the firsten wednesday was the collision in albemarle county, virginia, where my wife and i were passengers. it was inspiring to see immediately physician members of congress race to those injured in the wreck, led by congressman brad wenstrup of ohio and roger marshall of kansas and heroiccally assisted by registered nurse lydia knight, wife of congressman steve knight of california. first responders were rofessional and showed great courage. yesterday, an amtrak train collided with a parked freight train in my home district.
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passengers cared for each other while first responders provided assistance coordinated by governor henry mcmaster, the american red cross, along with lexington school district 2 established a shelter for victims. i'm grateful that transportation secretary elaine chao called with sympathy and support. our hearts go out to those who have suffered loss in these accidents and our prayers for quick recovery for all injured. gd bless our troops and we'll never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman jeeleds back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to commemorate officer glen anthony
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dodds a detroit police officer who died while serving in the line of duty. officer doss who joined the police force nearly two years ago, was answer -- answering a call when a gunman opened fire an shot the officer in the head before he could get out of his patrol car. mrs. lawrence: he was immediately rushed to the hospital but unfortunate he died on sunday, january 28, 2018. officer doss is what we call an american hero. he did what any police officer does the moment they poun their uniform and go out and serve their community with courage and honor. knowing that even the smallest interaction may put their lives in harm's way. officer doss followed in his father's footsteps who was a member of the detroit police officers for nearly 20 years. i want to say god bless his memory, his family, his friends, and the detroit police
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department for the work they do. he had a 9-month-old child. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise to honor a true public servant, state representative flo fabrizio who has served for 45 years. mr. thompson: he announce head will not seek a ninth term in the state's legislative district. there are probably few issues we agree on politically but he has always been a gentleman and someone who truly represents his constituents. representative fabrizio began his service in 2002 in the house of representatives. prior to that he served for 20 years as erie county clerk. he's a life will long resident
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of erie and has been active in the community, serving as a board member of the pleasant ridge man nor and is a member of many other philanthropic and charitable organizations. representative fabrizio has been diligent and dedicated and served the commonwealth with distinction. i wish him the best on his retirement and hope he'll enjoy spending time with his wife vick tira and his children. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? without objection the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to tell the story of a young teen who came to our country with nothing but hope for a better future. no english, no money, just a dream. the story may sound familiar but it's special to me. it's the story of my grandfather, adam cristadolas.
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the story of america is a story of immigrants. now we have a whole new generation of immigrants who hold our values. family, hard work, service, love for the united states, and dreams for the future. without immigrants, from the construction worker in st. petersburg to the c.e.o. on clearwater, there's no middle class. let's remember the golden rule, treating all god's children the way we want to be treated. fairly and with compassion. mr. speaker, let's pass a clean dream act today. we have the vote, we just need the will. i yield back, thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to recognize chris farms. this month the new york stating a culture -- agricultural
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withty honored crisp farms . the farm was established in 1985 by matthew and juanita chris. they offer various educational tours for visitors such as apple kreider production and maple sugaring tours. their mission to educate people about farming and the origins of food. they grow a variety of crops including apples, strawburies, blueburies and confer trees. they also produce apple kreider, award-winning hard citer -- kreider and pure maple syrup. con grglations for being honored as the new york state new york boifs the year. i'm looking forward to visiting chris farm for maple sugar season this march. many of you may be surprised to know the best, the best maple syrup in the world is produced in new york state. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? r nevada, pardon me. wooks the gentleman is recognized for one minute -- without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to remember the life of andreas a tia. she was a daughter, a sister, and a friend. she went to the route 91 festival in las vegas to celebrate her 28th birthday with her friends, her family and her boyfriend, derek. derek had planned to propose to her that night. she had a passion for makeup and hoped to use this passion to help cancer patients feel beautiful. andrea will always be remembered for her free spirit and positive outlook. i would like to extend my condolences to her family and friends. please note the city of las vegas, the state of nevada and the whole country grieve with you.
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i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. frup does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized. for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to commend the house intel committee for voting to release the memo alleging the misconduct by senior f.b.i. officials involved in the russian oprobe. mr. lamalfa: chairman nunes has tone a great job steering us through, even-handed, with dignity work the ultimate goal of fairness in mind. i'd also like to thank the president for approving the memo as well. the contents of this document are troubling. i previously joined my colleagues in releasing this to the public as has been tchanded. there's no attempt to undermine anything. this is a document that jut lines some serious misconduct as a very high level of a powerful
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government agency and the american people have the right to know. so contrary to the narrative that's been created before its release, this memo in no way jeopardize ours national security but shines a light on a lot of misconduct and as promised, the committee today approved moving out the democrat version of the memo. so it is fair and we'll let the people compare. so with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek ecognition? the speaker pro tempore: without objection, jargd? about a e concerns supreme court case. it is strong unions to fight for the right to fair pay and safe working decisions that will affect their health care and the
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fate of their families. incomes for most a.m. cans have wealthy 1% while the have seen 10 %. and i want to recognize some of my own constituents who are ighting against the jan inch s ase, lorraine, brian, michelle and jody. i want to thank them for their leadership in fighting for appear increased for the household income for americans coming to the strength of america caps. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> address the house for one minute the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection >> in this chamber last wreak, the president touted that the stock market was roaring and today he called us traitors. ouple of days later, the speaker announced $1.50. it is not the unemployment rate and how you are doing. the stock market matters if you are able to invest in it. and your paycheck grows and play for retirement and save for a better future. the merkt of the economy is how are you doing. if you are only get six quarters from a tax quarters that gives millions to the richest among us . you deserve a better deal and i.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal request. the clerk: mr. cohen of today and ms. kaptur of ohio for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the requests are granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january , 2017, mr. evans is recognized as the designee of the minority leader. mr. evans: mr. speaker, i stand here representing the congressional black caucus and
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our chairman, seddrick richmond, who has initiated this particular opportunity of the smegs order for the congressional black caucus to have this opportunity to speak to the issues specifically connecting to the african-american community. so as a result of the chairman's leadership, we have laid out an agenda and we think it is appropriate to lay out this agenda and all of the americans need to recognize that the congressional black caucus has solutions. and there's a document here that i would like to present and show that with this document, under the leadership of chairman richmond is when the president stated sometime in august of
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2016, what do you have to lose, the chairman come over with the idea of an document, that we have a lot to lose, solutions to advance the black family in the 1st century. over the next year, we will be talking to the solutions relating to the african-american communities. e think that the african-american communities should recognize there are solutions to these challenges and with the president giving his speech last week on the state of the union, the topic we will talk about today is economic justice in the plaque community and economic justice in the black community. i would like to thank my colleagues for joining me here today to speak about economic
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justice, an important topic. it has a lot to lose under the current sfration. the racial welfare -- wealth gap is widening and the g.o.p. tax cut bill would not help when the eaker tweets about a $1.50 increase and believes this is a fair solution to our nation problems. yachts, bership, new gulfstreams for millionaire and billionaires. that is not right. we are in the business of doing no harm. to add to this, the president stands up and brags that the unemployment rates for blacks is at the lowest, even while the up ployment rate for went
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according to the bureau of labor statistics. we did not hear from the president on that. you can't take credit for the good, but not accept the bad. it's all about accountability and credibility, mr. speaker. there's nothing to brag about. to gain wealth comparison toll white high school dropouts, black people have to complete high school and some college, a very sad fact. this means that black americans need to invest resources and time to achieve resources as white americans. d generally, the typically black american has little room for error.
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navigating the problems that are always arise is numbing. they have leveled net worth that are 1/10 of the net worth of white americans. they have eight% of their wealth in businesses. black entrepreneurs have higher levels of and the lack of wealth makes it harder to start and maintain. according to data from from various reports,ing clueding the small survey, the kaufman foundation, they are more reliant on their own investment in their businesses because access to capital is too difficult to contain. to give you some context what is at stake, i represent a district
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with a poverty rate of 26%. hat means 196,000 people in my district are in poverty. we know one of the best solutions to addressing poverty is quality of jobs. let me repeat that. one of the best solutions of addressing poverties the quality of jobs. the president and his administration talks a big game about lowering unemployment, but we know this is not the reality in our neighborhoods nationwide. 15% c.f.p. report found of black americans are credibly invisible meaning they have no or limited credit history. black americans have higher student debt.
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nd they owe student debt and holding a average of 43,725. 43,725 of student debt compared for average of 31,000 36 whites. our historically black colleges must deliver a world class education and deliver top-notch students. let's talk about the solutions. let's talk about the solutions. and in this document we talk about the solutions. don't cut taxes for the superrich while others are struggling to make ends meet. adopt a fair tax code that oesn't pick binners or lose. 10-20-30 formula, all across all
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ages. this bold and innovative idea would commit 10% of their budget to the the counties with 20% or more that are living below poverty lines for 30 years. we should address food insecurity by providing access to healthy affordable food. more than 30 million americans live more than a mile than the nearest grocery store. this is our foreign poll. when they help with food and development aid, we are leaders to help end hunger. in addition, as a member of the small business committee and ranking member on the committee of economic growth, tax and capital action secretaries we
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need to spland. one of the things president can do is increase the budget. instead of slashing his budget. that's one of the solutions that we have in this document. we could increase the small business administration budget ile ensuring the centers are capable to provide assistance. instead of micro loans which would give small businesses, $50 thorks, a commal infusion have ideas in the dream but no cash. every day graduates of our firne universities go to work but find thepses behind or keeping up with their stupid loans. this is an opportunity, this is an opportunity to show support for entrepreneurs by forcing
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part of the student loan debt in terms of our entrepreneurs. the president should also make new market tax credits permanent and condition the fed fix charters on truth of equal credit access and using a emplate similar to that in the revifment act. e should set it up and rethors the community development block grant. the chairman who i'm going to introduce presented this document to the president. to my knowledge, i want to ask the chairman has he heard anything on the issue of economic justice? i yield to the chairman of the ongressional black caucus.
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instead, pl chairman, i make a correction to the gentleman from new jersey who knows a lot of nick development. i know he has led the effort on business development. e gentleman from, donald ayne. mr. payne: mr. speaker, let me just first thank the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. evans, for hosting tonight's special order. glad to see that his -- his celebrating allow -- allowed him to get here on time, since his team was victorious yesterday in he super bowl.
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for 84% of the american voters, the economy is a number one issue to care about. tonight's special order is made even more important after the huge drop in the stock market today. but of course, the stock market is not the only measure of a healthy economy or economics of our community. building wealth matters. wealth is what families accumulate and pass down, generation after generation, it is the house you pay for and give to your children so they can grow their families without paying rent. it's the retirement fund you live off of and pass on to your children so they can pay for their own children's college education.
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by building wealth we're building a safety neat that allows us to start a business or survive if we lose our jobs. yes, building wealth matters. but the black community has been shut out from building its wealth. more than 25% of the black community has zero net worth or has a negative net worth, and the median black family is worth 12 times less than median white family. why is that? our reason for this vast majority of households in the united states, 2/3 of families' wealth is tied up in the value of their home. that means the racial gap in wealth is mostly a racial gap in housing. and the housing wealth gap is not by chance.
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for decades, federal law and policy favored whites and discriminated against blacks. for decades, private banks discouraged lending to black people. and for decades, restrictive covenants outright prevented black people from owning homes in certain areas of town. there are young people today struggling to rent apartments in major cities because in 1950, their grandfather was denied a loan by a bank because of his race. there are nungweem of color -- young people of color are in essence forced to play catch-up with their white colleagues. to build wealth in black communities, we need to work toward ending the racial unemployment gap. as the president has repeatedly proclaimed, black unemployment has been dropping for the past eight years, reaching a historic
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low this year. but that statistic doesn't tell the whole story. while unemployment has gone down the gap between black and white pay has not been going down. black men only earn 70 cents an hour for every $1 a white individual makes. as long as that remains true, our communities will continue to struggle economically. to close the economic gap requires us to close the wage gap. workers everywhere need to be free to bargain collectively. we need to make unions and their workers stronger, not weaker. we need to raise the minimum wage for both tipped an untipped workers. we need to strengthen the equal employment opportunity
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commission. these basic steps will help generation -- generate black wealth by closing the wage gap. those are a few of the short-term solutions to closing the wealth gap and the wage gap among people who are in the work force today. but we need a long-term plan. we need to increase the participation and the success of black and latino and female students in careers that rely on science and technology. nd engineering and math. fewer than half of all high schools in the united states offer calculus. many high schools across the country don't offer physics or chemistry. and the students who don't have access to senior level science or math classes and are disproportionately students of color or low-income students. this is a national disgrace.
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this disparity continues through college where only 4% of engineering majors are black or african-american and only 8% are ispanic or latina. look, the world around us is undergoing rapid change and it will continue to evolve and there is a growing gap between jobs that are in high demand and the people who have the skills to fill them. over the next 10 years, 80% of careers require a deep understanding of stem skills, but our young women, black youth, and people of color are being left behind. they are among the least likely to pursue studies in most in demand stem fields, despite the
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fact that they're among the fastest growing demographics in the country. it is our duty to create an educational system that encourages young people. whatever their background, to dream big, to achieve big, only then will we be position -- positioned to dee cree ate a future in which technology reflects the strength of america's diverse communities. and i would just like to say we are here tonight to discuss this matter that has plagued our community for decades as i stated but it is time for us to level the playing field once and for all, for all families to be able to benefit from what this country that is to offer. the great american dream. it's a dream for everyone.
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and we are -- we are bent on making sure that all communities have an opportunity to benefit from this great nation's wealth and with that, i yield back to the gentleman from pennsylvania. go, eagles. mr. evans: mr. speaker, could i ask the gentleman a question, since he's from the great state of new jersey, colloquy with the gentleman. mr. speaker, you heard the president in his state of the union address last week, and this topic is about economic justice in the black community. i think you did an excellent job in laying out very specifically on the issue of about the need for increase of the minimum wage. can you speak to that a little bit? because -- and talk about how you think that would provide
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economic justice, particularly in the black community, because i don't think, mr. speaker, and as a matter of fact sitting right next to you, i don't think i heard the president speak anything about the minimum wage. did i miss something? i want to know if i missed something when he was speaking. mr. payne: if you missed it, i missed it. i don't believe the president mentioned it at all. look, i mean, people that are struggling in this country, making $7 an hour, $8 an hour, $9 an hour, $10. it does not meet their essential -- esenable needs. it is not enough money to live in this nation, to have decent housing. sure you can make $7 or $8 an hour but what are you going to be able to afford as a home? sure you can make $7 or $8 an
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hour. but what is your children's future look like in terms of saving money for education? you're using everything primarily to feed and to clothe. it has been discussed over the past five to six years that a minimum of $15 is needed for people to survive in this country so we need to get up off of this high horse that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle sit on with this pull yourself up by the boot straps notion. those days are over. we were never given the boot straps to hold on to. there's always, always something in our way. any time an african-american family finds itself in a position to move forward, the goal post is moved.
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and it's further away. the rules are changed. every time we get to a point where there might be equality, somehow, there are different issues which don't allow you to move forward as your counterparts in the majority population. and it's wrong and it needs to stop and we need to continue to bring light to it as a condition gregsal black caucus. it is our duty, it is our duty as a voice of people in this country of color to make sure we know that this travesty is going on, we understand it, we see it, and we're not going tole to late -- tolerate it any more and we're going to have to fix it. that's the way i feel. mr. evans: thank you, really appreciate your comments. what i'm hearing you say is, we
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should give people a raise. mr. payne: have to. it's the only way for people in this country to make it. mr. evans: thank you very much. someone who is from a great state that has -- was a mayor and a state that manufactured, a huge opportunity in creating wealth, and i couldn't think of a better person to speak about this subject, economic justice in the black community, she knows a lot about this issue, she's been hands on about it, she's been in the forefront. so i'd like to yield, mr. speaker, to the great colleague from the 14th congressional district of michigan, cookwoman lawrence. mrs. lawrence: thank you. thank you, congressman evans, for your strong representation for your constituents of the second district of pennsylvania and your leadership and support of civil rights.
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mr. speaker, i rise today to address racial equality. and america's wealth gap. as we continue to celebrate black history month, we remember victories such as the civil rights act of 1964, the voting rights act of 1965. and the fair housing act of 1968. we can look back and celebrate these victories that brought us closer to the american principle of liberty and justice for all. but the fight for equality, fairness, and justice continues. i'm proud to stand with my colleagues of the congressional black caucus to call for true economic swrussties for the black community. still today, mr. speaker, in 2018, black people in america have to earn high school education, high school diploma,
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and complete some time in college to catch up to the wage of white high school dropouts. the black-white wage gap is larger today than it was in 1979. this tragic truth does not affect black men and women the same. since the year 2000, young black women have been hit the hardest. however, the racial wealt gap is even greater. the average wealth for white families is seven times higher than the average wealth for black families. mr. speaker, with facts like this, no wonder many find it difficult to stand and applaud president trump. believe that there's a trend of lower black unemployment --
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president trump's belief that there's a trend of lower black unemployment rate. that doesn't address the imbalance of wealth and opportunity. backward policies do not deserve our cheers. when we have an administration that puts forth policies that would eliminate programs to support minority businesses, drain the black labor pool by doubling down on the war on drugs and mass incarceration, put forth a tax plan that gives billions to corporations and the wealthiest while leaving crumbs for the hardworking middle class, mr. speaker, this does not deserve our applause. certainly under this administration, african-americans and minorities have a lot to lose. we heard that often during the campaign. what do you have to lose? and today, this administration
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is surprised we're not standing and applauding. a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. the strength of america is at its best when we are all strong. mr. speaker, that's why this fight from the black caucus, we're raising our voices, this isn't just about black america. this is about america. we are a country that the stronger each and every one of us, regardless of our race, our religion, where we came from, if we're in america and we're americans, if we are all strong, the united states of america is trong. equality is smart economics and justice for all is our american way. today we stand and call on this administration and this congress to fight to make america strong, to make america the best it can
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be. we call for equality. we call for economic justice. and economic justice for all. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. >> mr. speaker, i'd like to do a colloquy with my colleague there on something that really got my attention when she said about that chain. and i would like to, if you'd just take a couple minutes or so, just talk about that chain and what that means in real life and what it means when it's not functioning. mr. evans: what happens when that chain is not strong? can you speak to that? mrs. lawrence: if i can use the example of mass incarceration. let's give an example. in my state, in this budget in congress, we're constantly cutting programs for education. in america, if you do not educate a child their choices are very limited.
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and statistics have shown the lower the education, the higher the rate of incarceration. so, i will share with you that if we truly want to reduce costs of mass incarceration, if we truly want a work force that's trained and available to address e economic opportunities and invest in technology and ensure that we're paying taxes and growing our tax base, it would be more efficient to invest in education. but instead we systemically, with budgets and cutting funds, empower the prison system while at the same time creating a disadvantage for people that then become what we so often hear a burden to society. social welfare. all these other things. , n you have the opportunity
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the opportunity to provide leadership, to say we in america understand an educated american is an economic advantage, and we have systemically ignored that. we sit here as if every child in america is getting equal education. it is not a reality. it is not. it should be an outcry from every c.e.o. in america. all these corporations are getting billions of dollars in tax cuts. instead of saying, oh, you know what, we're going to open up a new factory, we're going to do this, they should say that in conjunction with, we're going to ke sure every child, our customers, every community will be able to improve their educational system. because the larger, the larger our work base, the more powerful our corporation and our economy becomes. why do you think these corporations go overseas and say
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they have to go to other countries to get workers? and excuse me, you don't see the reality slapping you in your face? when you have these children who are not educated, you have school systems that don't have adequate books and technology to allow this child to reach their highest potential, that's a weak link. and this america, that says that we're one of the best economies in the world, we're being attacked every day because our work force is diminishing, because we are not providing education that's competitive with other countries. mr. evans: mr. speaker, i think you may have heard our colleague from new jersey talk a little bit about the minimum wage and raising the minimum wage. how would you see thats a ect of raising the minimum -- that as expect -- that aspect of raising the minimum wage be a part of strengthening that chain? mrs. lawrence: when you have
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what we call the working poor, they're going to work every day, think about a mother who's raising a family and she's not asking for handouts. she's actually going to work every day. some of them are working two jobs. and still cannot provide the basics, the basics, food, shelter and clothing for her children. and then when she says, i need help, they call these handouts, these social welfare, these people are asking for -- when these are individuals who are working every day. to achieve the american dream. not to have luxuries, but to have the basics. the minimum wage is a beginning. but you tie that to education, we must address that. because many of these individuals who have never created a crime, they're not criminals, they're not bad people, they did not get the education that prepared them.
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and now they're working, they're trying. they are pursuing the dream of, if i work hard every day, if i do the work and show up and be a good employee, i'll be able to provide for my family. and that's not a reality. in america we should be ashamed of ourselves, to have people working and still be considered poor in america. mr. evans: i thank you. mrs. lawrence: thank you so much. mr. evans: for your comments. greatably appreciate it. the person who -- greatly appreciate it. the person who next i'll dwreeled is someone who is -- yield to is someone who is not a stranger to the topic of economic injustice in the black community. he's been leading this caucus for the last year and he's been very consistent about the need to address economic justice. he understands from his perspective from the caucus perspective, the importance -- caucus' perspective, the
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importance, the best poverty-buster is economic justice. so i want to yield to the chairman of the congressional black caucus, chairman richmond. ms. richardson: -- mr. richmond: thank you to my colleague from pennsylvania and, mr. speaker, let me take a moment and congratulate the city of philadelphia, the great people of pennsylvania, on winning the super bowl last night. and i will just say, as we talk about economic justice, one of the reasons why philadelphia or the eagles were able to win the super bowl, not just because of the outstanding play of malcolm jenkins, which you all got from the new orleans saints, but part of the reason why is because the rules are the same for everybody. and when the rules are the same for everybody, then you get
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rewarded for your hard work, your dedication, your sacrifice and all of those things. so, last night was the reward of the eagles' hard work, dedication and sacrifice. the problem with what we face in this country is that the rules are not the same for everybody. which is why it takes an african-american to have a high school diploma and some college education to earn what a white dropout makes. and, look, it is what it is. it's the rules we find ourselves. but in a great nation such as this, you correct it so that the playing field is even. and that the rules are the same. you know, some people are born on third base. they hit a single and think they hit a home run. and earned all of their success. so often in minority communities
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, we go to the plate already with two strikes. and we're expected to hit that same home run or that same single. well, this morning, as i prepared to say good-bye to my 3-year-old, little cedric, and dropped him off at daycare, go to the airport so that i could fly up here and do the people's the c.b.c. ced that was getting criticized for not standing when the president said that african-american unemployment was at an all-time low. i'm grown. i accept what i do. no, i didn't stand, to my colleague from pennsylvania. but for anyone who is listening, and i would hope that the white house is, why don't you just
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call me and ask me why i didn't stand? because i'll tell you. and i don't care if it hurts some feelings, ruffled some feathers, sent people in a tizzy. i didn't stand because we haven't done enough. i didn't stand because black unemployment's been going down since 2011 at a steady rate. the decline this past year is less hand the decline in other areas -- than the decline in other areas -- in other years. if i stood and applauded, it would make someone think that i was happy. it would make someone think that he was doing a good job. i also didn't stand because i just didn't believe the words that i was hearing. i also didn't stand because i could hear the words of my grandmother in the back of my head going, baby, he means you no good. but part of the other reasons why i didn't stand is because in a country as great as this, i was sitting there that night,
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and i'm a southern boy, and i was thinking about how cold it was outside while we were in here listening to the state of the union. and when i think about when the weather gets really cold and it's snowing or it's raining and cold, and i try to bundle up so i can hurry up and get in my car and then hurry up and get in the office and then hurry up and get in the house so i don't have to be exposed to the elements long, you know what i realized? that there are people in this great country that go to bed and wake up outside. and we can't consider ourselves a great nation if that's true. the other thing i realized is that there are mothers that go to work every day and they bust their tails to provide for their kids. and at the end of the week they still don't have enough to make ends meet. but she's working for a
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corporation whose wages are at an all-time -- their profits are at an all-time high, her wages are at an all-time low. she's making the corporation a profit, but she can't pay the basic needs for her family. you can't be a great country when that happens. so what does she do? not to mention she has to work two jobs to earn what a white male makes. so she's working two jobs to make what a white male makes, then we criticize her for not educating her children. well, she can't help with homework, she's working her second job. but in this country we have to be better than that. so to stand and give a state of , union and just look at it the unemployment rate, really means you're looking at it like a 3-year-old. and part of our job is as the
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c.b.c., the congressional black caucus, is to educate. which is -- our job as the c.b.c., the congressional black caucus, is toad kate. which is why we did prepare this document -- is to educate. which is why we did prepare this document. call me. i will send you the cliff notes version if this is too big. lord knows i used them once or twice in school. but i will tell you, if you want to know our solutions, they're on page 17. if you want to hear us talk about economic justice and how to improve the economy, it's on page 31. if you want to know how to improve education and the work force and health care, those are pages 40, 43 and 49. if you want to talk about rural america, because as the c.b.c. i want to make this crystal clear to the country. yes, we are the congressional black caucus. but we work for the entire
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country. so when we start talking about solutions, we're talking about solutions for rural america. like investing in their infrastructure and broadband and all those things. so rural people, both black and white and any other race, can succeed. but what most of the country doesn't know is, yes, we have 48 members of the congressional black caucus, we represent 78 million people. but only 17 million of those are african-americans. so we fight for the entire country. so when we marched in the civil rights movement, and when the c.b.c. fought for a civil rights bill and a voting rights bill, they weren't just fighting for african-americans. first of all, they were fighting to redeem this country's soul because it was so lost. and we find ourselves at a similar place in history where we're fighting to redeem this country's soul. we're here to help you save you from yourself. because in this country, with the wealth that we have, we
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should not have the poverty. and i want to be clear about another thing. i applaud the fact that people make a lot of money. i think it is absolutely phenomenal. there's a guy in california right now, building a 100,000-square-foot house for $500 million. god bless him. and god bless this country that he's able to make that much money. but you can't tell me that in the same country where he's able to do that, we can't take care of a hungry 3-year-old. or help that mother that is working two jobs to make ends meet and because she's getting subsidized rent we have the erve to call her lazy? no one in this body works two jobs. first of all, we're prohibited. but we don't work two jobs. and there are too many families all across this country where people are working two and three
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jobs. and you hear me talk about sill rights often. and dwight, i know you hear me talk about dr. king often. not only because he was one of the greatest leaders ever in this country. morenly because he went to house college, the greatest institution -- to moorhouse college, the greatest institution in this country, but because his words have meaning and more importantly, his actions and his deeds changed this country. so let's think, april 4rk we'll celebrate the 50th anniversary of his assassination in memphis. at the lorraine motel. what people don't realize about dr. king, he was down there fighting for sanitation workers. he was fighting for people who woke up every day, got on the back of a truck, we call them hoppers. they'd hop on and hop off the
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truck, put your trash in it, work very hard. but they didn't work with decent wages, decent work conditions or anything else. he was down there, not fighting chronic voters, not up and down toring a base, not trying to appeal to what is popular. he was down there fighting for garbagemen and garbagewomen so they could work with dignity and respect. that's what the c.b.c. embodies. i'm so glad that tonight you're leading this special order hour on economic justice. i know i went all over the place. i want people to understand, first of all, i'm not apologetic for not standing. make me. make me stand. and i'm not in a physical sense, that's too easy. the sergeant at arms and other security around here, they could
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make me stand. but make me want to stand. that's what make this is country great. anybody. anyone in this country can criticize. there are a whole bunch of people that criticize. they won't stand for the pledge of allegiance or the star spangled banner. what make this is greatly great is they don't have to. if they want to protest. but this country is so great, we should make people want to stand. we should make those players feel, not that they're sons of b's but that they're contributing member offings society and we cherish every community. that we're going to actually talk about police misconduct. not just from the white house, where we get -- here in the white house you get to beat up on the f.b.i., the c.i.a., you get to beat up on all law enforcement and nobody says a ward. but if one little football players says that police
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relations in my community are so bad that no, i'm not going to talk about the f.b.i. publicly. i'm not going to criticize them. i'm just going to, in a very reverent way, take a knee to show i'm not happy with police community relations in my community, all of a sudden they're despicable people. but you can stand and sit in the white house and tweet about the f.b.i., c.i.a. and everyone else and all of a sudden it's acceptable. so look. the rules should be the same for everybody. the solutions we have in this book, like investing in the minority business development agencies. those will make a real difference in the lives of african-american -- of african-americans achieving better. what did this budget do? propose to cut them out completely. we have to be cognizant of where we are, what we're doing, and know you have to have a plan.
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economic injustice will not cure itself. because it wasn't created overnight. and i know i'm probably way over the heads of all the people in the white house. but we learn in physics that if a ball is rolling downhill, the only way you stop it from rolling downhill is to apply equal or greater force in the opposite direction. so if we know that discrimination and racism and injustice has been involved in our economic system since the slaves built this hallowed building, then we know that that discrimination and that inequality has been roll do you think the hill for centuries. so if it's been rolling down the hill for centuries, we need an equal or greater force to meet it. that's what this document is. it's saying, mr. president, implement these policies that will be the equal or greater force to meet that. all of a sudden we have equal
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playing field and we have a chance to make this a more perfect union, is what we all strive for. so that little black boys and little black girls can be judged by the target diby their character, not by the color of their skin. that's what we strive for. too often, too many politicians forget it because they're up and down toring chronic vote evers and to a base. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back to the gentleman from pennsylvania from philadelphia, as he has on his green tie, celebrating his super bowl victory. mr. evans: mr. chairman, may i ask, mr. speaker, the chair a little question i want to follow up on something he said that sort of registered , he said this april, it will be 50 years since dr. king's assassination. what i'm interested in is your perspective as you look at that
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50 years, and you and i beth have the honor of sitting in this great house and what it means. but that economic justice aspect, as you look back and think about, i'm glad you brought up about the issue of our fighting for the sanitation workers and what he was doing. so if you look back and you look where we are today, speak to a little bit of where you think we are because just last tuesday we sat in this house and we heard the president give the state of the union. so you heard what the president said in his state of the union. you know about what dr. king -- that issue about economic justice in the black community, if you had to measure it, where are we? >> i'll tell you. how you describe the state of our union depends on what -- mr. richmond: how you describe
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the state of our union depends on what zip code you live in. there are zip codes where the state of our union is great. people are overjoyed the stock market was over 25,000. that they're bustling because of the economic recovery that was started under president obama. they're doing very well. and they did very well as we ended the great recession. but there are too many people in other zip codes that still find themselves without raises in the last 10 years, but the cost of gas, the cost of milk, the cost of electricity are going up. all the expenses are going up. but your salary is staying the same. at does not make for a balanced balance sheet. that makes for a deficit. which is why we talked about, thathallenged, the tax cut we just did. .e just spent $1.4 trillion
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bernie sanders' fre -- free college plan was only $800 billion. we could have did his free college plan and still had $600 billion left over to do infrastructure or something else. because the best way out of poverty and the best way to do these things is through investing in education. so the state of our union is divided. it's fractured. for vulnerable people it's scary. they're anxious. for too many people they're angry. we've pitched this whole idea in this country that if you're poor and you're white, the only reason you're poor is because minorities keep cutting the line. and keep taking what should be yours. and to perpetuate that doesn't help poor white people or poor black people. because at the end they have day they're both poor and we need to realize that that's not what this country is about and we need to uplift both. , the at's why i would say
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state of our union is in paralysis. we're paralyzed in a breck state but it's our job, the members of this house, all 435, figure out whies to come together to fix it. we know we have very specific ideas, we know that they have very specific ideas. they won the majority and elections have consequences. but if you want to talk to me in good faith about finding a solution, then be open to hearing what you don't want to hear. and i'm hope to not getting everything i want because i know we didn't win the house. so -- but this institution has to be better than that. and that i hope we can come together at some point and realize that spending money on american families is actually an investment that giveus a return and it's not just wasteful pending.
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mr. evans: can i ask how much time remains? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has eight minutes remaining. mr. evans: if i could ask the gentleman another question because this issue of economic justice in the black community, probably what i view as the issue, because we heard our colleagues from michigan and new jersey talk about that gap that exists. and there's somebody out there listening to you or listening to us tonight, if you turn around and you speak to them, what sense of hope can you give to them that you see some way of addressing this economic justice and n what way. is there something specifically that you can say to them that gives a little sense of optimism about, you know, that growing gap? i ride in cabs and all, they wonder if there's a fundamental difference.
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so i ask you, as the leader of the congressional black caucus, all 48, 49 of us, as you think about it, you've been here, what can you say to them about this economic justice issue that we have today? mr. richmond: i think they should take some confident and glean some hope from the fact that we're sitting here in the house of representatives, talking about economic justice on this monday night, because we're concerned about it. and because we're offering sloughs to it. and hopefully some in the majority, maybe in the house, maybe in the senate, maybe in the white house, will extend a hand to say we're interested in hearing your ideas, we'll reads your proposals, let's see if we can find some middle ground. this is not just about african-americans. this is about american people. there are too many people in this country that are busting their tail bus can't make ends
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meet. and that we have to take a reality. and corporations, the profits at an all-tile like, wages an all-time low, we ought to have a better balance than that. and i think that they should take comfort in the fact that we're dedicated to working on it. and that i think that there's some sense of corporate responsibility that will also level the playing field. mr. evans: mr. chairman, i really have enjoyed this topic and i guess this is a topic, like in your district and my district, it always comes down about the benjamins, always comes down to what exactly, and i like your analysis you gave about the rules. that you started out relating to football games, whatever sporting it is, there are some rules. i do think some people really
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wonder from an economic justice standpoint, how do they fit into a situation? i guess the point is, do you have any sense that you think, an you visit with the president, to your knowledge that, you know, got a fine document, i strongly support it, the solutions that you sent, either he his administration, that they are going to take up anything you see there in terms of discussion? >> not yet. -- mr. richmond: not yet. not yet is the short answer. let me say this, representative evans, as i close. you know, you start -- you mentioned that where we're from, it's all about the benjamins. which means the ben franklin the money dedicated to the resources. far too often, and i challenge a lot of the norms and customs and sayings in our community that i think are harmful.
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one of the sayings we used to hear a lot is, if it doesn't make dollars, it doesn't make sense. if it -- which means if it makes money, it makes sense. but the true saying should be if it only makes dollars, then it doesn't make sense. there has to be something else to it besides just corporations making as much as they possibly can. there still has to be some sort of community obligation that goes along with it to make the communities you're in a little bit better. whether it's the schools, whether it's the housing, whether it's the streets, roads, brings. all those things. when you start talking about infrastructure, the question becomes are corporations paying their fair share? they benefit from our labor, they benefit if our consumers they benefit from a whole bunch of things. if it's only about the dollars for them this country has lost its soul, which is why we're having this conversation because we have to save it from itself. and it's not the first time this country has lost its soul. during slavery. during jim crow.
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during segregation. there were many people who woke up every day, went to church, prayed to the lord, and then at the end of the day went right back to perpetuate jim crow, segregation, slavery, racism, and all those things, but it takes brave people to stand up and say, and call it for what it is. and if you don't diagnose the problem, you'll never find a cufere for it. so even in this house, where people will claim to be the christian right or the religious right, who will say and espouse very hateful and racist things, all in the guise of religion. . but it's our duty to remind people, one, that we're better than that. and two, we've done an awful lot of despicable things in this country and blamed it on religion. or blamed it on the lord.
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and don't blame religion or the lord for wicked men. it's our obligation to make sure that we call it when we see it and we continue to fight for the least of these. because the least of these can't afford lobbyists. they can't run commercials on tv. congratulating people. they can't run commercials on tv opposing candidates. all they can do is continue to bust their tails every day to try to put a roof over their head, food on their table and all of those things. mr. evans: i thank the gentleman, mr. speaker. in his knowledge and his information. and i hope that's been very helpful on this subject of economic justice in the black community. so i want to yield back the balance of our time in terms of the c.b.c. special order. and i thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the
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gentleman from iowa, mr. king, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. king: thank you, mr. speaker. it's my privilege and honor to represent -- to address you here on the floor of the united states house of representatives. i appreciate the honor and the privilege to do that. i came to the floor here tonight to talk to you, mr. speaker, and address the body about the issue that is so important to so many millions of americans and that's the issue of life. the issue of protecting innocent, unborn human life that doesn't have the ability to speak out for itself. doesn't have the ability to scream for its own mercy. but does have the ability to squirm and move and belch and do all the things we do outside the womb and still -- and can feel pain. a beating heart. a this robbing heart of a heart beat, i -- a throbbing heart of
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a heart beat, i mentioned that here on the floor a couple weeks ago of an ultrasound that was sent to me. i would take people through some of the pro-life legislation that's been moved or attempted to be moved here in the united states congress, mr. speaker. i would take you back to 1973 and roe v. wade and doe v. bolten. those two supreme court cases, working in conjunction with each other, essentially translated into abortion on demand. and we saw abortions go from who knows what the number was, no, we do know. about 35,000 abortions a year in america, a number of that i'd say, i thought was horrible then, to something like 1.6 million abortions in america. now rash eted down, the weight -- ratcheted down, the weight of the conscience of our society, to some number of a million or maybe a little bit less than a million. mr. speaker, we don't get to count that difference between 1.6 million, roughly the peak,
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and a little under a million, as 600,000 babies saved every year. instead it goes on our conscience the other way. and that's the cumulative total of 60 million babies who have been sacrificed at the altar of this subject called pro-choice, judicial activism. i remind you, mr. speaker, that human life is protected in our united states constitution. it's protected under the 14th amendment. and we have a constitutional right here in congress to protect and defend life. in fact, i believe we have a duty to protect and defend life. and so i would first take us to that case of roe v. wade and doe v. bolten. the two cases taken together, january 22, 1973. and we've marched every year since then, including just last month, january 19. but essentially this. roe v. wade was a case that was built on several supreme court
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precedents. but the one that strikes me the most is the griswold v. connecticut case. that was back in the mid 1960's sometime. maybe 1964. where connecticut had outlawed contraceptives. they were a strong catholic state at the time. so they outlawed contraceptives. griswold went to court and said, no, we're married, we should be able to buy contraceptives and the state of connecticut shouldn't interfere in that. so the supreme court manufactured this thing called a right to privacy. which was the privacy was protected by contraceptive activities within the marriage. and so that case went in, as a precedent case, it established a right to privacy. and then there was a follow-up case. that would be the other case. it said, it doesn't matter whether you're married, you should be able to buy contraceptives, if you're co-habiting, rather than being
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joined together in holy matry moan. and the supreme court -- matry moany. and the supreme court -- matrimony. and the supreme court found in their favor in that cafmentse then here comes roe -- case. and then here comes roe v. wade. there's a right to privacy, so i guess if we're not going to interfere with reproductive choices of married couples or nonmarried couples, then we're not going to interfere with what weather they want to terminate -- with whether or not they want to terminate the life of that innocent little miraculous, beautiful baby. so they came down with it, the decision that a right to privacy was more important than the right to life. and on this floor, mr. speaker, i brought this issue up numetrimes. to remind the body that our declaration of independence ar tick -- numerous times. our mind the body that declaration of independence says there's a right to life, liberty
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and the pursuit of happiness. those are prioritized rights. the priority is this. life is paramount. it can't be -- it can't be subordinate to anybody's liberty. and somebody's pursuit of happiness can't trample on anyone's liberty or their life. and yet the court decided this right to privacy this liberty, this right to privacy that was manufactured in griswold v. connecticut roughly a decade or so earlier, was more important than the right of the life of the innocent unborn. and then they got into the concept of viability. but doe v. bolten is the one that gave the broad license. the viability piece is, well, can a baby survive at the end of the first trimefter? no. the end of the second trimefter? probably not -- trimester? probably not. but into the third trimester, that became more leakly. but yet even that didn't protect -- likely. but yet even that didn't protect that innocent unborn baby. because doe v. bolten pull the these exceptions in there for the health of the mother. and that was defined and included. the physical health, the emotional health.
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the psychological health, the familiar al health and age-related -- familiar al health and age--- familial health and age-related factors. emotional health is mental stability. it's affected by cash flow. what it amounts to is that this long list carried within it some place there that anybody can look at it and say, well, that's a license to abort a baby under any circumstances, any time, provided that the mother just simply is willing to -- if she wans the -- wants the abortion. and we've just -- a little over a year ago, saw a president leave office that stood on the floor of the illinois state senate and multiple times took the position that if a woman goes to an abortionist and wants an abortion, if the baby survives the abortion, she still has a right to a dead baby. and by the way, all the people speaking over here a little bit ago all voted against the bill that protected a baby who was born alive and survives an
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abortion. and it's abhorrent to me to think that you would abort a baby, but the second thing is that if that baby survives the abortion, to go forward and kill that baby anyway. or put that baby off in a cold room until that baby freezes to death, close the door, shut off the sound, plug your ears. and come back and check in an our or two or five and see if it's done. it's an appalling place that this country has gone. 06 million babies -- 60 million babies. and i've supported every piece of pro-life legislation that's come before this congress. including the born-alive bill. i support the ban on abortions for sex selection. i support the pain-capable bill which passed the house here last october. and went over to the senate where thankfully the senate had a vote on the pain-capable bill and it failed and we knew it would fail. but it did establish there's a pro-life majority, at least under those parameters in the
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united states senate. and i believe there will be some senators who are held accountabler into vote. -- accountable for that vote. so, mr. speaker, i want to make this clear. i believe this. i believe that life begins at the moment of conception. begins at fertilization. and from that point forward it is a unique being that is growing and multiplying and shaping. and within about 18 days, we have scientific evidence that the heart starts to beat. we know that there are -- there's a nerve activity. we know that that baby by about 20 weeks is clear, and i say actually irrefutable that the baby feels pain. we've watched them in ultrasound move around in the womb and squirm. we held a hearing last november 1 where we watched probably the youngest witness to ever testify before the united states congress. his name is lincoln glen miller. this little boy was 18 weeks into development and we watched
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him on ultrasound as he jerked his arm towards his face, sucked his thumb, moved his lips like he was trying to talk to us. squirmed around. this little guy, lincoln glen miller, showed us the humanity inside the womb here in this united states congress. for the first time. o, at the funeral of phyllis shlaffley who prior to her death was a living, breathing icon. a very principled individual. someone who was the clearest thinker of our time. i read most all of phyllis' writings and followed her closely and counted her as a friend. and she has a powerful impact upon this country. but at her funeral janet porter of faith to action and i sat down and talked about something that phyllis said, ask, will i bring a heart beat floor to the house of representatives and push it through for a vote here on the floor successfully?
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phyllis never wanted to do anything unsuccessfully and don't either, mr. speaker. and sent it over to the senate and worked to nurture it over there so it can get to the president's desk for a signature. because we have gone through 45 years of incrementalism. 45 years, 45 years of a little bill here, a little bill there, that saved a few lives here and a few lives there. henry hyde, the leader in the pro-life movement, and he was a glorious man that i had the privilege to serve with here in this congress, and i enjoyed that time with him, henry hyde brought the hyde amendment and that extrapolated into the mexico city policy. and the hyde amendment coupled with the mexico city policy has saved a million lives, perhaps as many as two million lives. during that period of time. i was involved in the ban on partial birth abortion. saw the we first supreme court overturn our ban
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on partial birth abortion. that ghastly tactic of turning a baby around in the womb and delivering the baby breach, feet-first. until that baby's head and face are still inside the mother and then poking a pair of scissors or a scalpel into the back of that baby's head and sticking a suction in and sucking the brains out to collapse the skull. and removing the balance of that baby as that baby squirmed for mercy. until the brain tissue was emptied from its skull. mr. speaker, that sickening and ghastly and ghoulish tactic was outlawed by this congress and it went to circuit courts around the country and those circuit courts found it unconstitutional because they couldn't overturn roe v. wade or doe v. bolten.
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and so it came to the supreme court. and the supreme court, in the first round, of the ban on partial birth abortion found that killing a baby in that ghastly fashion was entirely constitutional because the congress had failed to precisely define to the satisfaction of the supreme court the active partial birth abortion and had failed to demonstrate by congressional findings that a partial birth abortion was never necessary to save the life of the mother. so weapon went back to work. we went back to the judiciary committee. we held hearings, hearing after hearing after hearing. we got out the word processor again, it was a word processor in those days and we precisely defined the act of partial birth
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abortion. en i say it here, it is more - it is worse than i have ever seen it. but we defined it absolutely, precisely, from a medical perspective. we had a lot of sets of eyes and ears on it to weigh in and we had, with those hearings, medical doctor after medical doctor came through and testified. in the end, we had congressional findings that concluded, definitively, that a partial birth abortion was never medically necessary to save the life of a mother. so we defined the act. we proved it was never necessary to save the life of the mother. we passed the legislation. house and senate. and it went off to be litigated again. to three separate federal circuits. one in lincoln, nebraska, which i attended, judge kopp.
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each of those circuits all found that our bill was unconstitutional in partial birth abortion. not because we didn't define the act precisely enough. not because our congressional findings weren't that, because they did prove that it was never necessary for a partial birth abortion to save the life of the mother. they found our second bill unconstitutional because of the precedent calls stare decisis. that's precedent that a court respects a previous decision. and so anybody that thinks that there's a piece of pro-life legislation that will save any lives that's going to be upheld at the lower court level is, i think, barking up the wrong tree. it's not going to happen that any lower court, lower federal court in the united states, is going to overturn a supreme court decision because they will respect stare decisis, the doifings the supreme court and there are too many justice who
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was served in the past on the spoirt who would also honor that stare decisis decision and if a similar case comes before them, they'd look at the decisions made before and say, the courts already resolved this, there's no reason to look at this there's going to be no de novo review. it's going to be whatever the court decided in the past. we're not going to challenge that going forward. we'll build all case law on the case law behind us as we go forward. that's an adherence to stare de-decisis, and that's what we must overturn if we're ever to put an end to abortion in this country. that's why we have written legislation in the heart beat bill designed to challenge roe v. wade and doe v. bolton and asked a new supreme court, after we pass the heart beat legislation, h.r. 490, and bring it to this floor, get this vote, pass it over to the senate. when the day comes we've got the votes in the house and the
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senate witness stand we have a president that will sign the legislation, today if we could get to it there, and a vice president that seems to be enthusiastic and i notice a political advisor for the president, kellyanne conway had a heart beat pin on her dress as she spoke a week or so ago, i appreciate the support that's there. with the votes that are here now in this house and the votes that need to be compiled in the senate, presidential signature, we can ban abortion if a heart beat can be detected, the baby shall be protected. that's he heart beat bill, h.r. 490. but when it's passed, and i pray god it is, and soon, it will go to the lower courts because the pro-abortion lobby will litigate everything. nothing seems to get to their conscience. they'll litigate it. we don't expect to win at the lower court level. it has to go to the supreme court. when we designed this path for
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this legislation, it was designed for a pro-life majority in the house. which we have. a pro-life majority in the senate. which was proven just a week ago we have. and a president that will sign that legislation, a pro-life president who said just a few days ago that he's a pro-life president. again, i appreciate that reinforcement. we designed it for all of that with the expectation it would go before, not the court at the time we wrote the bill and not the court now. perhaps the court now. but more likely a court that would be formed by a subsequent appointment or two made by this president, donald trump. all of that needs to be lined up for the heartbeat bill to have success. and we should remember that this isn't a function of waiting for the supreme court to be where we think it's favorable. alone. it's instead a function that there have to be four windows opened in the right sequence and we have to fly through those
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windows. so the first window is open right now. the house of representatives. we just need a speaker and majority leader that will ski swrule the vote on the floor with 170 co-sponsors on this legislation and a good, long list of folks that want to vote for the bill that just weren't ready to sign on yet. we will get there, mr. speaker. that's window number one. we've got to fly the heart beat bill through window number one. then, send it over to the senate. we've got to fly the heart beat bill through win toe number two. that's harder. it's harder with the filibuster rule, the 60-vote majority. but with 60 million lives at stake, maybe the 60-vote majority is not such a requirement. perhaps they'd be willing to waive that long tradition for the purposes of saving lives. that would be my argument. we've got 60 million lives we've lost in this country and you're requiring 60 votes in the senate and that sets the stage for another 60 million lives to be
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aborted if you can't get rid of the filibuster rule and pass it on a simple majority. the window in the house is open now. the window in the senate can be opened fesm the window at the white house is open right now. and a court is going to take a little time. but if we sit back and decide we don't want to send something out this window of the house because we don't think the senate is ready or we don't think the president is ready, by the way, or if we don't think the court is ready. then there'll be a window close and it'll be too late. we've got to move this legislation through. it's h.r. 490. the heartbeat bill that says this. that before an abortionist can ply his trade, he must first check for a heartbeat and if a heartbeat can be detected, the baby is protected that simple. that clear. we have the technology now that shows that definitive heartbeat on ultra sound where you can watch the baby move and squirm
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and gurgle and suck its thumb and try to talk and do all those lovable things. we have that technology that shows that in ultra sound. we have a take your home kit home and listen to the heartbeat of the baby. i get them texted to me from young ladies that are moms rr -- already and already bonding with that unborn by by. that technology says that at about six weeks, we can determine the definitive nature of that heartbeat. and if that heartbeat can be detected, the baby is protected. but mr. speaker, here's the problem that we have. 170 members signed on to this bill. another good bunch of them want this bill to come to the floor and want to vote on it. the will of the people is reflected through the united states congress, especially the house of representatives. and unelected people on the outside of this congress are the ones holding this bill back. when i talked to the leadership up the line and i say, i want to
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vote on the heartbeat bill, so i 170 members that signed on and multiple others that want to vote for it, the will of this congress is clear. but the leadership says, we've got, we don't want to divide the pro-life community. we want to make sure the pro-life community is unanimous in this before we move legislation. i think that's an old rule that was put in place. wouldn't be my rule. well so the top organizations along the way, the national light right to life, oldest and largest right to life, i've named them. have to name every other, faith family council, susan b. anthony, i'll name a bunch of them late they are evening, mr. speaker, every other organization that i name supports this bill. the only organization that doesn't support it is national right to life. ere's what they tell me.
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national right to life. protecting americans since 1968. the oldest pro life organization, the largest pro life organization. say we need you on this bill because it's not going to move until you say you support it or the rest of the congress rises up in a very strong way. so here's their answer. they tweeted this out here a little while back. national right to life does not oppose the heartbeat bill. that was their message. does not oppose. but in order for a piece of pro-life legislation to move, according to what i think is an archaic rule, there have to be unanimous. so that means f.r.c., family research council, susan b. anthony list, those two, national right to life if they all say we like this bill, we want to move it, then h.r. 490,
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the heartbeat bill, moves, mr. speaker. if they don't say they like the bill, it is a de facto veto. it blocks the bill. the will of 170 members who signed on and a good number of folks who are willing to vote for the bill that didn't sign on, the will of the american people reflected in this constitutional republic that we are, is all being stifled an frustrated by one organization. happens to be the oldest and the largest pro life organization in the united states of america, the national right to life. since 1968. they say national right to life does not oppose the heartbeat bill that is h.r. 490. there's no doubt about that. i've had my conversations with carol to bias and i've had conversations with david olsteen, i've had -- not in person. only by phone. couldn't get an in-person meeting but a couple of their lawyers came in, we had that conversation too. they is all say -- they all say the same thing.
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they say, our board doesn't like the heartbeat bill. doesn't support the heartbeat bill. we can't act unless our board tells us to act. when was your last board meeting? several months ago. won't be another one until after the march for life this conversation took place the first week in december. so call a special board meeting, because this is important. the heartbeat bill drew a lot more momentum than you thought it was going to. it wasn't your idea, i'll give it to you as an idea if that's what they want. they can't meet the board, can't poll the board, have to wait until the next scheduled board many meeting. who are the board members? i don't know. 50 of them. can you imagine, mr. speaker. cab you imagine, 50 dedicated, pro life people in america that are on the board of national right to life and all of them sitting there saying, no, i don't want to see the heartbeat bill move.
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it's not something i want to do. i don't support protecting babies from the moment that a heartbeat can be detected. how in the world sit that you are the preeminent right to life organization in the country and the best you can do is say you do not oppose the heartbeat bill. the real truth is, if you don't oppose it, neither do you support it. what it really means is the national right to life does mot support the heartbeat bill, for whatever those reasons are, mr. speaker. for whatever those reasons are. and i'd sure like to know. i think if you truly are pro-life, then, then there wouldn't be a way you could sit there and say, i don't want to protect the babies that have a heartbeat. in fact, i look through their tweets and their literature, it's full of references to heartbeat. i'll get to that in a little bit, mr. speaker. but i wanted to hear from the gentleman from texas and set the
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stage a little bit here and then -- so i'd be happy to yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from texas and yield to louie gohmert. thank him. mr. gohmert: i thank my dear friend from iowa, mr. king, for all his work in this area. not just his work but his leadership. i know his heart beats with the desire to make sure that any eart beating is protected. and i heard a comedian on television just last night saying something about yeah, so many years ago, i had an abortion because it's my choice, something to that order. audience cheered and clapped and i thought, comedian. my heart -- wasn't angry, my
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heart just broke for that child. and as my friend knows, my wife and i, you are first child came eight to 10 weeks early. and they tried for three days to stop the contractions and after three days it was clear our daughter was coming. and back then, it was far enough back that we really didn't know if we were going to be able to keep her. first day she was there in tyler had malpractice cases as a emp es and r prem you get to 100%, it may cause blindness, that is condition, mature rett ina is not
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enough and the blood vessels and cause fibers to come out and separates from the back of the wall. i knew all of that. i knew all about what was going on. and when the preed trish and came in and trying to get that a e in, he didn't intubate lot of children. but they lost her three times and monitors and tried to get the tube in and get oxygen to lungs. le undeveloped t was like a horror movie. but i could not leave until i found out. they were praying for my child and the doctor's hands but he
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timely got her intubated and came out sweating profusely. and i already held our child. i could hold her in one happened and i was careful to use two. but we needed to take her to dallas or shreveport and at that time, if they have to go, they go to dallas. at that time, i said which was ore successful and he said the is aval rate in shreveport little better. i wasn't sure. catty had to stay there and i followed the plans. when i got over there, the octor, i could understand, the
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octor was dr. sting. and got our daughter and had the onitors hooked up and halo around her head and extra oxygen and he said sit down here and he said you are aware her eyes are not functioning properly, she can't recognize you when she opens her eyes. but she knows your voice and listening to your voice for months. she knows you and she is comforted by your voice because she knows you. and so you sit here and you talk to her and you carress her arms and face and talk to her and you
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will do some good for her. and they said we have a two-hour limit of how long you sit here and take a break a couple of hours. he last thing that kathy asked if there was anything i could do to help our little girl. i carressed her little face. e danger of a child born prematurely is the lungs not being properly developed, to get enough air in to keep the child alive. the breathing was very, very shallow and heart rate was very fast and you could see it on the monitors, very shallow, very fast, very erratic, but she had a heartbeat and as you have said many times, my friends and janet
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said many times, you walk in a room and see a body not moving, you check to see if there is a heartbeat and if there is a heartbeat you have to call an ambulance and that is the inciple behind the heartbeat bill. with her was playing little hand, she took her whole hand and wrapped around the ends f my finger and held on tight. it was a tight grip. lungs not working so well, arms not working that great, but she was holding on and holding tight. and i was there three, four hours before the doctor came
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back and he said had you looked up at the monitors? and i looked up and the breathing was very shallow but was no erratic, but had a regular rhythm to it and the heart beat was fast but not erratic but a regular heartbeat. and the doctor said she is drawing strength from you, she is drawing life from you. well, i can tell you when you is this little child drawing life from you and strength from you, you don't want to leaf -- leave. and finally, after eight hours and the nurses and doctor came over and said, you got to leave,
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it's about eight hours. i said i don't want to leave. he monitor shows she has irregular heartbeat and they said you were supposed to leave six hours ago. go i went to mcdonald's and my heart was up there with our daughter and i rear ended a lady right there by mcdonald's and the policeman was very nice and the lady was extremely nice, but i couldn't wait to get back to our child. now she is extraordinary. absolutely extraordinary. bun of the top artists in the world was chosen to be one of the first 12 artists that swatch
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--al hotel dedicated in shanghai, one of the first 12 to live there, she was one of the first 12. amazing talent. ithink about the talent of -- mean 16 million children, every one of them had some kind of gift, and they're gone. and i have appreciated the national right to life when i was in college, when i was out of college and when i was a prosecutor after law school, when i was practicing lawyer, local businessman, my own firm, elected to judge, i never furthered my appreciation to the national right to life. i want to make sure people
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understand, we have a texas right to life. it's it's own organization and i talked to the deprames. and the grahams that head up the texas right to life, they have done incredible work. but they made clear, we don't care whose bill it is, but who came up with the idea, if there is any bill that will prevent ven one precious life of being aborted, that life being saved and allowed a chance to be loved and to beloved and not to be aborted, they are on board. that's the way everybody i knew pro-choice, meaning you
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the way ilive, that's thought everybody was. it has been been quite an awakening to be here in washington and to have any group, especially one that i put up on a step for so many years for decades now that says our board doesn't support a bill. e have a bill, pain-capable, es, that saves 5% to 15% abortions . and national right to life, it may save 80% to 90% of the children being killed, count me in. i'm in. and i thought that's where everybody would be, and i really don't understand if it's a turf
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battle and why is it that will any group doesn't support saving an additional life? and i do read the bible every day. i made that promise that i would that. e bible and i do and i have just gone again through some of the old testament books. fets n i read the prove evilabout -- prophets, how a society was. this king did evil in the ice of the lord, when the writer wants to illustrate the point that a society had become so evil that it was an abomination to god,
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them uld point out that sacrificing their children on the altar. and i remember reading that. what could be worst than that. i can't imagine a parent being willing to sacrifice their child. i couldn't imagine to the death to protect their child. but i couldn't imagine that happening in their old testament days and then come to realize we have been doing it since the 1970's and sacrificing these children that could survive their own on the altar of individual choice. 'm too busy to do other things
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when their parents begging for children to adopt. so, i just appreciate so much, my friend, speaking up on behalf of the unborn. we have heard from our democratic friends that are ciety is judged by the way they protect those who ploket themselves and help those who cannot protect thepses. there is clearly nobody more innocent and more in need of protection than a child not quite born that someone wants to kill. i appreciate my friend's i will lume nation. i thank you for i don't remember efforts but every day and i yield back. mr. king: i thank the gentleman from texas for that description and what it was like, that
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miracle child who wasing tell gent and beautiful and a world-class artist. i don't understand national right to life either. this is exactly what they are formed for. it fits h.r. 490. this is exact fit into their very mission statement. and i made it a point to look up that mission statement and i happen to have it. the national right to life statement goes this way. the mission of the national right to life is to protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, the right to life of every innocent human being from the beginning of life to natural death. the national right to life's position and mission from the beginning of life to natural death, i certainly support that.
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i don't disagree when life begins. but one might read it, maybe national right to life's position is something other than the moment of conception because the statement doesn't say from the fertilization to natural death. it says from the beginning of life to natural death. . . when does life begin? and it answers its question this way. the life of a baby begins long before he or she is born. a new individual human being begins at fertilization when the sperm and ovum meet to form a single cell. perfect. i agree with that answer. so they are then formed. the mission is to protect and defend the most fundamental right of humankind, right to
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life, of every innocent human being from the beginning of life to natural death, natural right to life's mission statement. and they define the beginning of life as when -- at fertilization, when the sperm and ovum meet to form a single cell. there should be no argument any longer. where does national right to life stand? they should be standing for protecting all innocent life from fertilization to natural death. it's a fine and honorable position and the history of national right to life has spoken to the heart beat issue and the heart beat bill. for example, there was a heart beat bill that passed out of the north dakota state legislature, a in 2009, and it went to federal circuit court where it was not upheld by that federal circuit court. just as i described a little earlier. the lower courts will not overturn a decision made by the
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supreme court. it has to be appealed to the supreme court level. this was not. but they were supporting the heart beat bill then. so they're on record supporting heart beat bill. and here are a number of other times on their positions on heart beat. heart beat's been showing up pretty often in the information that's come out of national right to life. i point out again their lead. but here's one, this is fifth of february, 2013. right to life's tweet that went out. national right to life's tweet. @nlrc, if you want to send them a message. unborn child's heart beat, the most beautiful music, says beyonce. i looked that up because i wondered what that was. beyonce was pregnant. she actually had a miscarriage and lost that child. love that child -- loved that child before that child was born. i don't have any doubts that her heart was broke. she said, an unborn child's
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heart beat is the most beautiful music. and that's posted on national right to life's -- on their twitter page. and then i go on. that's february of 2013. here's july of 2013. a tweet from them. unborn babies can feel pain, they can dream, they have a heart beat. they respond to their mother's voice. abortion ends their life. looks like national right to life understands the importance of heart beat. i think they know something that i think i also know, that thabeeting heart is in our ears -- that that beating heart is in our ears now. many of us have heard thabeeting heart on ultrasound and -- that beating heart on ultrasound and we know that's life. we also know if that heart beat can be detected and the baby is protected, that baby has at least a 95% chance of a successful birth. and so that's how viable that baby is at 6 weeks, with a heart beat. heart beat. here's another tweet.
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24 september, 2014. right to life's twitter account. listen to an unborn baby's heart beat at just six weeks. just the amount of time i gave you. another heart beat message. going on down the line. this is 2014 also. a right to life tweet. did you know babies by 20 weeks can feel pain, that's the pain-capable bill that just failed in the senate. they already have a heart beat. and detectable brain waves by then. heart beat about six weeks. and so they're telling us this heart beat matters. the heart beat is a sure sign of life. if there's a heart beating there, there's a live baby there. and a baby with a 95% chance or better of successful birth. moving on in 2014. also. here's carol tobias, the lead in national right to life. she tweets out on this day, 24 arch, 2014, new smartphone
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accessory allows moms to hear unborn child's heart beat. i'm glad that we've been noticed of this. it's important that we know that. that's the place where these heart beat sounds have been texted to me from young mothers that are, say, six weeks along or seven or eight weeks along. they'll send me the sound of that heart beat. and i can open, here comes my phone and i can open that up and i can hear that heart beat and surging at say 158 beats per minute. that's one of the most precious that came to me, 2 1/2 weeks ago. 158 beats a minute. here's the next tweet that comes down. this is february, 2015. an abortionist, national right to life's tweet. quoting an abortionist. who said, i know that the fetus is alive during the process. meaning the process of abortion. i can see fetal heart beat on the ultrasound. i can see the heart beat on the ultrasound. that abortionist stops thabeeting heart -- that beating
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heart. ends the life of that baby. this is why right to leaf put up this. they know that heart -- life puts that up. they know that heart beat means life. they're the oldest organization in the country, the largest organization in the country. the heart beat bill couldn't more perfectly fit their mission statement, their cause for being, or the messages that come out here time after time and what one would presume would be laying down the predicate for the heart beat bill itself. here's another one right to life . their tweet that comes out it. says, i have a heart beat. it's a baby -- out. it says, i have a heart beat. it's a baby. i can feel pain. don't i deserve human rights? yes. as soon as we can possibly provide them and stop this carnage of abortion, don't i deserve the human right to life? is what this quote is. put out by right to -- national right to life.
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and going on to another tweet. his one is in november 2017. there's a continuum here. that brings this thing through to 2017. national right to life's tweet that says, did you know an unborn child's heart beat starts around 20 days into a pregnancy, most mothers don't even know they are pregnant by that time. not easily detectable. not detectable by the technology that we call for in the heart beat bill. but that's how early that is. knights of columbus put up a billboard that say, my heart began beating at 18 days. we all start small. abortion stops a beating heart. heart, heart, heart. it rings in our conscience it. should ring in the conscience of -- conscience. it should ring in the conscience of national right to life. heart beat, heart beat, heart beat, heart beat, heart beat, heart beat. why not support the heart beat bill? you tilely are doing so verbally here -- you actually are doing so verbally here. you but -- but you go back to this, national right to life
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does not -- you want to say oppose. the national right to life wants to say oppose, mr. speaker. but instead i say it's more appropriate to say they do not support the heart beat bill. why? it's beyond my comprehension how an organization that has this kind of convictions cannot be supporting the heart beat bill. we have polling that tells us where this stands. it's a majority opinion all the ways a crot -- all the ways a crot the board. in a -- across the board. in a poll taken in 2017, 69% of adults support the heart beat bill. actually it's slightly more, has slightly more polling support than the pain-capable bill that's already passed the house and just failed in the senate but with a majority vote. 69% of adults support the heart beat bill. 86% of republicans. 55% of democrats. even pro-choice/pro-abortion democrats, their people that vote for them support, support them, also support the heart beat bill, with what we'd call a
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supermajority, excuse me, not a supermajority, but a landslide level if it were an election. 86% of republicans support it. 55% of democrats. 61% of independents support heart beat. we're getting down to the place here where it's making even less and less sense that national right to life would not support the heart beat bill. there's another big set of easons here. mr. speaker, this isn't the whole set of reasons. this is maybe half. maybe not quite half the set of reasons. not only 170 members of congress have signed onto this bill and a good number of them that will vote for it on the whip card on top of that, but 130 pro-life organizations and leaders support the heart beat bill, h.r. 490. you can't read this from very far away because we tried to jam as many names on there as we could and there's another sheet behind this, at least, and probably another one behind
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that. 130 pro-life organizations. we looked down through that. who are we missing? i couldn't come up with anybody that we were missing as far as supporting this other than national right to life. on top here, here's the susan b. anthony list. we'll put that at the top of the list. here's tony perkins and the president of the family research council. these are the top three organizations right here that are -- some have referred to as the holy trinity that control pro-life legislation and whether it comes to the united states congress or not. whether the will of the people can be realized is being right here in red. we put this in red. i held this back. reserved this spot on this sheet. for carol to buys of the national right to life -- tobias of the national right to life. just pick up the phone and call the speaker is all that carol tobias needs to do. and the heart beat bill comes to the floor of the house. and the will of the people can be reflected. and it can go over to the senate. and it can sit on mitch mcconnell's desk and they can
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have a vote over there and we'll find out where those senators are. if it doesn't pass on the floor of the senate, there might be some new senators sent in that will protect innocent unborn human life. so i can go down the list. lyla rose, the president of live action, a strong support, enthusiastic supporter of the heart beat bill. tom, march for life. we sat down and had a conversation. he supports this. then we have kristen hawkins, the president of students for life. on down the line. anita staber, president of the liberty council. ed martin, the president of the phyllis slaffly's organization, eagle forum. he's the eagle's president. he's solidly in support of heart beat. in fact, he was there in that church that day that we put this plan together and he's been a driving force. but the real strongest driving force of all is janet porter, the president of faith to action. janet porter really carried this in the state of ohio. i went to ohio to help conclude that. what we found out in the state
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of ohio is that not only did the heart beat bill pass in ohio, mr. speaker, but it passed over the resistance of the local affiliate of the national right to life. and they will tell me and david told me they're not in control of their state organizations. you heard congressman gohmert address that also. that the state organizations kind of run their own show. but when it was resisted in ohio, it made no sense and they lobbied to get john kasich to veto the bill. why? under the grounds that it would be found unconstitution albie the supreme court in ohio -- unconstitutional by the supreme court in ohio. seriously? do we go through all that work and decide we're going to preeveryone a court decision, -- preempt a court decision, sign it into law, and save the babies' lives? every step we take along the way saves lives. and keith rothfus made an argument that i want to give him credit for. he said, even just debating the heart beat bill savegs lives.
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because -- savings lives. because the debate causes people to talk about it, to think about it differently and to make different decision about it's lives that they are in charge of protecting and that's the innocent unborn lives. and so here we are with 130 pro-life organizations and leaders supporting the heart beat bill, h.r. 4906789 we look down through this list -- h.r. 490. we look down through this list, i saved the spot up here in red for carol tobias and david ostein and the national right to life. just give us a call. send me an email, a text. pick up the phone. call the speaker. we'll move this bill and we'll save lives together. and meanwhile, if that doesn't happen, i'm going to continue to ask the question. how in the world can you not support this bill? how in the world can the nation's preeminent pro-life organization, national right to life, who says they do not oppose the heart beat bill, and
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i say they do not support the heart beat bill, how can that be? how can you form 50 people on a board of directors, all of them pledged and dedicated to your mission statement to protect life from the beginning of life to natural death? and not find one among those 50 that support the heart beat bill? when 170 co-sponsors are already on it here in the house of representatives, and multiple others are standing up ready to vote for the bill. and not one among you? not one among your board that supports the heart beat bill. there's something wrong. there's something wrong inside an organization. maybe those statements came both from carol tobias and david ostein. maybe there were a couple along the way. there's a little clause in there. but generally this. who on your board supports the heart beat bill? can't name any. that's essentially it. if that's the case, mr. speaker, then there's something seriously wrong in the national right to
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life. and something that seriously needs to be corrected because there are babies who must be protected. if a heart beat can be detected, the baby is protected. and we need the support of the entire pro-life community in order to get this legislation moved out of the house and over to the senate to the president's desk. it will eventually get before the supreme court. will eventually have one or two more appointments to that supreme court. it's got a shot today. it's clearly more constitutional than the pain-capable legislation because it's precisely drafted with these things all in mind. it's a solid case to go before the supreme court. i would say instead there's no reason to litigate it, but i kind of think it will be because the enemies to life litigate everything that saves and protects lives. these babies are too miraculous.
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i want every little baby that has a heartbeat to have that chance to be born. that chance to live, to love, to laugh, to learn, to worship, to be a pattern of its own and be a gift of god to this country and this planet. that's the miracle of every little child. and congressman gohmert talked about holding his little girl in his hand and now has grown into a woman who is contributing to society and this world than that god. give glory to and 60 million. they have to put an end to the abortion. ap there is only one entity standing in the way and that it
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national right to life and i pray you will come around to support that. and it's time now to get on the bill. mr. speaker, with that, i would conclude and yield pack the ball aps of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mbers are reminded to direct their remarks to chair. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. soto until 10:00. mr. soto: first, i would like to take a moment to acknowledge that we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the family and medical leave act signed into law in 1993. it accomplished the right for many workers to take an unpaid leave from work. and unfortunately unpaid leave
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still incease i believe for 63% for they are ineligible and cannot afford to take unpaid leave. and families face impossible choice, work or familiar lay responsibilities. not only hurts our economy but hurts our families and women who suffer. in florida, 79% of black latin american mothers. and care for their family medical needs. we must also think about our empaid ment medical
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leach of leave and it boosts economic activity. must expand fa mrp l tore cover workers for the next 25 years and beyond. i would like to take a moment to reflect on the contributions of african-americans and what they have done throughout our nation's history and to our ommunity in central florida. there are incredible heroes. and who we honor for demanding equality for all. the leaders of central florida
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who have made an impact throughout their lives in our community. they are an inspirational group and america is made stronger by the countless contributions. in honor of plaque history month i would like to recognize richard hall. aviator first plaque and u.s. army air corps. born in georgia, he moved in hall nths old and and received a four-year slolar ship in louisiana. he joined the army air force reserves and was drafted in 1942 and sent to fight in world war ii in france.
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mr. hall was among the first african-american chief sergeants. he served his country for three decades and completed tours including the korean and viet national wars. and in 2007 mr. hall received the congressional gold medal and in central florida he was horpped with a sculpture that are sits outs of winter park. mr. hall retired to florida and called florida his home. i was able to interview mr. hall last week for the library of congress veterans' project and it was and absolutely amazing story of a man from central florida who traveled roorned the world defending our country and made it back home.
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in honor of plaque history nth, i want to recognize elizabeth jonings who was born in georgia. she made sure career from working with bank of america and managing support for our soldersers in germany. she started working for presidential campaigns to get out the vote. she worked for various candidates by distributing campaign literature and helping with the field campaign. he became the precinct retttive. in march of 2016, elizabeth joined the caucus and was elected to the executive board nd active member and being
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ngaged in orange county. as alist beth volunteers with he ildren were cancer and the children's cancer hospital and the florida baptist mobile dental bus and in need of free dental care. she has been vol ununtearing for more than five years. ms. jones, we honor you. in honor of plaque history month, i recognize stewart moore, he co-aincors and important voice for the central florida community. he joined the wes hmp news team and from south carolina.
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he has made a tremendous impact. he volunteers at schools and sits on boards and has moderated discussioned. ile at wesh as has won two emmies for his conch of the nightclub. 2016 in 2012 and presidential. before joining wish he was an anchor in tallahassee florida. he began reporting while still in college at florida state university. he majored in creative writing. he turned in c nmp n. and he won an award for his
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profile of the south carolina slim per and covered the 2008. a news junkie he is a vital voice and member of our central florida community. stewart, we honor you. in honor of plaque history nth, i want to recognize rocksanne harvey, he is the president of the democratic women's club and missionary, recording artist and a speaker. president of the dwcoc, she has united people by recruiting the members educating and others . she accomplished real love
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international to help people discover and develop new skills that will enable people to go spoo abundant living. from victims to victorious living, and she developed programs such as transformation technology station, a six-week program that assists and educates low-income and at-risk families and diamonds in the rough, a program to help teenaged girls to help develop self-esteem and social and interpersonal skills and spiritual foundation. as a result, she has held crew says and clinics and fed the poor such asening lapped, ireland, scotland and honduras
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and puerto rico and united states, africa and led thousands of people who hope, purpose and most of all, god. where she goes, she encourages people to arise to their calling. roxy, we honor you. kenzie.o recognize sean he is a leader in the state of florida. he is the current chairman of . e incoming chair he has been the president of the democratic club and as well as assistant secretary for the conference for the naacm. sean is a member of the winter haven board of directors.
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and immediate past president. lastly, he was the president ppt of the black caucus of florida n which he was recognized as launton chilesell member of the year. he graduated from st. joseph's catholic school and in lakeland florida. e attended florida a&m university where he received degrees in business administration and health administration. sean's community involvement is based upon his commitment to the engagement of all residence of polk community. sean,, we honor you. in honor of plaque history month, i recognize retta peeples
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she is an activist to get voters to the polls. a volunteer, she helped candidates to get access. thealong the i- corridor in promotion of forums. she served as president of a nonprofit organization and small business owner. she studied immediate yield and graduated from florida. during in college she worked as an announcer in tall hasey. she takes pride of being an award journalist because she said writing is the root and sun."o "orlando she studied the history of the
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clinical trials as a fellow at the university of maryland in baltimore and awarded the florida public health association for excellence in communications and reporting in public health issues. after working for post "newsweek," crbs, she decided to start her own firm. e honor you. in recognition of black history month i want to recognize dawn curtis. she's a native of a small town in louisiana. she's worked with the government sector for over 15 years. in conjunction with the government sector, she has also worked with nonprofit providers to help them build relationships and organizations with the community. dawn has experience with assisting nonprofit committee boards in clarifying their organizational goals and identifying the leadership
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qualifications necessary to achieve those goals. in addition to her professional experience with governmental and nonprofit agencies, dawn is an active board member with a number of community organizations. she currently serves as the first vice president of the orange county democratic black caucus, treasurer for the orange county democratic executive committee, and secretary for the national congress of black women. she's a member of the naacp, where she serves as a member at large and is the chair of the environmental justice committee. dawn is a member of alpha kappa alpha sorority incorporated and a chapter where she serves as the co-chair of the strategic planning committee. dawn received a bachelor degree from the florida state university and a master's degree in business administration and human resources from the university of phoenix. dawn serves her community with great humility and passion. she feels it is her moral obligation to give back to the
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community. therefore she has dedicated her life to service and community activism. awn, we honor you. in honor of black history month, want to recognize wanda fay howard. wanda howard is a lake wells native. she became the first african-american female president of the lake wells branch of the naacp. prior to that, she was the former youth advisor of many years for the lake wells naacp youth council. wanda is a member of the delta sigma theta alumni chapter since spring of 1998. at the regional level she serves on the regional committee in tennessee and program planning and development of various regional national conventions. she has been a volunteer at school arkts two schools in lake wells, florida.
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she was once a member of the league of women voters at polk county and spent time volunteering at the lake wells boys and girls club. she enjoys giving her time, talent and resources to the lake and naacp, a.c. -- actso back to school stay in school programs. wanda is also very active member of her church, the allen temple, african methodist church in lake wells, florida. ms. howard continues to visit with the boys and girls club of lake wells, florida, to talk to them about civil rights and blake history. we honor you, wanda. in honor of black history month, want to recognize dr. j.a. wilt scheyer. he is the first african-american physician in lake wells. he was born in new jersey and served in the army specialized -- specialized training program from 1943 to 1946. reaching the rank of second
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lieutenant. while serving in the army, earning his bachelor's degree from fisk university in tennessee, and entered the harry medical school, graduating with honors in 1946. dr. wiltshire moves to tallahassee to become the chief of staff in 1947. he moved to lake wells in 1948. and opened his practice on b street, later moving another office to first avenue. dr. wiltshire lived an amazing 2,500 babies and almost 50 years of practicing medicine in lake wells before retiring in 1995. his wife, laura, said he'd never turned away a patient and he always stayed past office hours and made a lot of night house calls. he was a member of the alpha phi alpha fraternity, post number 213 of the american legion. and many other organizations as well as helping the community
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with housing and medicare. and medical care. in 1984 he received the annual medical award from the polk county chapter of the united negro college fund. dr. wiltshire was chosen as citizen of the year in 1988 and in 2004, a street was named for him. the dr. j.a. wiltshire avenue. we honor you, dr. wiltshire. lastly, mr. speaker, i'd like to talk a little bit about the national debt and what we see going into 2018. it was reported this week that the u.s. government is set to borrow over $1 trillion in 2018. approximately $955 billion, which is an 84% increase from 2017. the congressional budget office reports quite clearly, tax receipts are going to be lower
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because of the new tax law. this is increasing bond yields which is directly related to the recent stock market decline of nearly 1,800 points that we've seen over the last two days of trading because we see a higher -- we see higher interest rate, the highest for bonds since 2014. as a result, we have been watching a precipitous decline, the largest in american history, y actual number of points. president trump's treasury office forecast borrowing over $1 million in to 2019 and over $1.1 trillion -- excuse me, $1 trillion in 2019 and over $1.1 trillion in 2020. president trump has described himself as the king of debt. despite campaigning on reducing the national debt. what we worry is that the tax plan will be mortgaging our future for today and guess who pays the bill? our children.
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who will have to repay a massive debt. our seniors, who could face cuts to medicare and social security. and every american, due to a declining america. -- economy. we must take this seriously. $1 trillion being doubled the year before and going over $1 trillion next year, $1.1 trillion the following year, this is not sustainable for our nation. and i encourage all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together to fix this growing, crushing debt before it's too late. with, that mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. -- with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. does the gentleman from florida have a motion? mr. soto: i move to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted.
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accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. for morning hour debate.
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