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in 1924 after the first world war. it is such an odd sport to carry a gun, lay down and shoot. and if you miss the target you have to take a punishmentthat i. or curling. host: thanks for your time today. we take you to the house. speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., february 18, 2018. i hereby appoint the honorable rodney davis to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. --pursuant to the order of the house of january 8,chair will now recognize swante, the members from lists submitted by the majority and minority
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leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue past 9:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the majority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. when anna first set foot on the campus of hobart and william smith college in 2014, she immediately fell in love with the school. nestled deep within the finger lakes, the small liberal arts college appeared serene and safe. on that beautiful campus, however, was hiding a much more dangerous reality. unfortunately, anna would discover the terrible truth just two weeks after she arrived. on the second saturday of the semester, anna was eager to go out and meet more of her fellow classmates. as the night went on, anna got separated from her friends.
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when they received a text from her telling them that she was cared of someone she met and didn't know what to do, they began frantically searching for her. it wasn't until the early morning hours they finally found her, bent over a pool table with a football player appearing to sexually assault her. her friends immediately took her back to the dormitory. na was very ill, pale, and disoriented. worried she had been drugged and raped, her friends called the paramedics. after assessing anna, the paramedics knew she needed to be examined by sexual assault forensic examiner, commonly called a safe. saves are especially trained to deal with sexual assault victims and collect forensic evidence through rape kits. especially in cases where the victim has been drugged or was inebriated. they can provide important
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evidence against an attacker. anna was lucky that the paramedics knew she must be treated by a safe, but unfortunately many victims at colleges are never given this option. to ensure that all victims can have this care, i have introduced legislation that would require a hospital to provide access to a safe and a university to provide access to a safe who is properly trained to provide sensitive care for a rape victim that they have been experiencing or to have a plan in place to quickly get a victim to a nearby hospital. the bill, named the megan rondini act, in honor of a college rape victim who was denied posttreatment -- rape treatment at a hospital, will ensure victims can access the care they need. after the medical examine, anna returned to school and reported the attack. she was shocked, however, when the school reacted with skepticism and indifference. without given anna any time to
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prepare or even get the results of her rape kit, the school immediately held a hearing to adjudicate the case. there was no campus victim advocate to assess her and speak up for her during the disciplinary hearing. the panelists spoke over her, interrupted her and asked her all types of accusatory questions. so just 12 days after the assault, the school cleared the accused of all charges. devastated, anna took leave to recover at home, and while anna eventually did return to finish her degree, she never believed justice against her attacker was achieved. all victims of sexual assault on campus should have access to a victim advocate. advocates can offer counseling, legal advice, and assistance during hearings and emotional support. perhaps if anna had access to this vital service she would have gotten the justice that she was looking for. mr. speaker, if colleges and universities choose to
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adjudicate sexual assault on campus, independent of law enforcement investigation, then victims should have access to a campus victim advocate that is trained under title 9. this is only fair. schools must be prepared to deal with sexual assault victims that -- and must have access to a safe and they must have access to a victim advocate. otherwise, the victims will never know whether justice is served for them. and justice, mr. speaker, is supposed to be what we do, even on university campuses, and that's just the way it is. i'll yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes. mr. gutierrez: thank you, mr. speaker. we sat here and heard the president's state of the union about in which he spoke
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immigration and immigrants. couple of things i want to highlight. no, mr. president, not all immigrants are, a, latino, and not all immigrants, mr. president, members of organized gangs, ms-13. i know you don't want to be fair and didn't want to talk about the immigrants that are doctors, healing people every day in our hospitals. the immigrants that are teachers educating americans every day in our schools. the engineers that are innovating and creating new infrastructure that keep us safe and keep us modern in america. no, you don't want to even talk about the millions of immigrants that are in our fields without papers, without documentation. and we know and we see the fruit of their labor, both literally and figuratively speaking when we go to our
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grocery stores. who do you think does that work, does that hard work in the fields? people born american citizens? no. people who have come here. but we didn't want to talk about that. then you went on to say after you criminalized immigrants and made them these scary people who come to rob and to maim and to murder, then you went on to say, and by the way, those who come here legally sponsored by their relatives, by their parents, by nair brothers and sisters -- their brothers and sisters, by their immediate family members, they, too, pose a threat. you said, mr. president, they come here as immigrants and then they sponsor an unlimited of distant relatives. well, last time i checked in my personal life, my wife, who you
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can sponsor, is a pretty close relative to me. my children and my parents. knows are the only people -- those are the only people you can sponsor. and parents, children, your spouse. but you said they were unlimited. so if that's a lie, what part of what you said was true? well, virtually nothing. because if the underpinning of one of your arguments is shown to be false, then what is true? and then this week we saw this administration go from calling immigration -- immigrants criminals to saying they are just downright lazy. no. i say to the chief of staff of the president of the united states, the dreamers are not lazy. they may be afraid because it was an executive order which many of them feared a new president might revoke and put
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them in jeopardy. that's true. but lazy they are not. they scraped together the $500, went through the background checks not once but twice and thousands of them three times in order to get what you today want to take away from them, their ability to work and to live freely in this country with nothing from the government. and so if you didn't think the criminalization of immigrants was wrong, if you didn't think the demonization of them as hordes of people who can bring unlimited number of distant relatives, that lie was wrong, if you didn't think calling them just lazy was wrong, no, you know what i see. barack obama said he saw people hat were -- had the same values that he saw in his own
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children. i want to go one step further than that. i don't see my children in them. i see fellow americans. i see fellow members of the house of representatives, and i know that scares the hell out of a lot of americans that that could be but it shouldn't because that's the way forward and they are going to come and they are going to be integrated because we are going to get them the one thing that they need -- that piece of paper -- because they're americans. they're serving in the armed forces and dying for us today. serving in the armed forces and they're working and they're healing. why cannot we let people that are doctors and lawyers and people that are nurses and people that are in the armed forces stay? they've been through the background checks. because that's not the kind of america some of us want to see in the future. so today, they are going to bring over from the senate a proposal, they are going to lift the caps and they're going to say, let's vote on our budget. well, i say to everybody --
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. gutierrez: don't collude with this administration. vote against the budget. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. the gentleman is not recognized. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. and members are also reminded to direct all of their remarks to the chair. not to a 1/3 -- third party. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, for five minutes. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate coach derrick leonard who was nominated by the chicago bears for the 2017 don shula nfl high school coach of the year award. nominees for this award are chosen for their character and integrity, leadership, and dedication to their community, commitment to player health and safety, and onfield success. derrick leonard exemplifies all of these qualities. coach leonard has coached the rochester rockets football team since 2016 with an impressive -- 2006 with an impressive 133
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win and 29 loss career record, including a record seven state championships. the most by any public school in my home state of illinois. derrick is known for being one of the most gifted offensive minds in high school football. but coach leonard reaches beyond football with his message of faith, family, and football. in that order. he's a leader with the fellowship of christian athletes and ensures his players are equipped to become good men in life after they graduate from high school and walk off of that football field. i'm proud to have coach leonard as a friend, and i want to congratulate him and his family and his team on this honor. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman yields back his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. duncan, for five minutes. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, the spending bill we will vote on later today will pass because there's
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something in it for almost everyone, but there's nothing fiscally conservative about it. it busts all the budget caps, adding $300 billion over the next two years when spending was already going up anyway. there are no pay-fors or offsets for the disaster billions as we have done in the past. i repeat, there is nothing fiscally conservative about this bill. our deficit for the last fiscal year was an astounding $660 billion. this bill makes it certain that this fiscal year it will be even higher. this bill raises our national debt limit when our debt is already a mind-boggling, incomprehensible $20 trillion. this bill puts us on a path to $30 trillion debt in a very few years. i say again, there is nothing fiscally conservative about this bill. the easiest thing in the world to do, mr. speaker, is spend other people's money, but this is getting ridiculous.
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there is an old saying about spending like a drunken sailor. even drunk sailors never spent money this recklessly, and i will say once again and close by saying, there is nothing conservative -- nothing fiscally conservative about this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. curbelo, for five minutes. mr. curbelo: mr. speaker, army private first class johnny little is a former constituent of my district who was killed t the young age of 19 in germany while fighting nazis in world war ii. once his remains were brought to south florida, three years after being killed, he was regrettably buried without the recognition of his service that should have marked his grave all these years. when i became aware of his case last year, i felt it was important this mistake be
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corrected quickly. my staff immediately opened a case and located little's service records. after working with members of his family, my office was able to put in a request to the department of veterans affairs to secure the appropriate marker for his grave. unfortunately, due to the damage from hurricane irma, the cemetery was damaged and the installation of his head stone had to be put on hold. thanks largely in part to the volunteers who cleaned up and led the recovery after the storm, i'm pleased to share that first class john william little will finally be receiving the recognition he deserves as his families and members of the community come together with the homestead air force base honor guard to place a proper head stone on his grave later today. little was part of what we call the greatest generation, and the name is rightly deserved. at a time when human dignity and basic freedoms were under attack, he and millions like
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him put their lives on hold to ensure our way of life would be protected for generations to come. . the way of life we enjoy and the continued existence of our government institutions are because of the sacrifices made by men and women like private first class little. i'm proud of my staff's hard work to secure this recognition or one of our fallen heroes. and to honor him in person today, but i look forward to visiting his grave to pay my respects soon. mr. speaker, last year congress passed historic tax reform, repairing our and humbled that we're able to play a role in honoring his memory and sacrifice. i'm disappointed i won't be there nation's broken tax code. the positive effects of this through law are beginning to be felt across the country as businesses of all sizes reward their workers with bonuses and higher wages, all while hiring more people to fill new
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positions. millions of americans across the income spectrum will start seeing more money in their paychecks as soon as this month. however, with the growth of wages and bonuses being realized, reprehensible individuals looking to commit fraud and take advantage of countless hardworking americans as they file their taxes will see this as a prime opportunity to ply unsuspecting victims. sadly fraudulent tax preparation is a problem we know all too well in south florida. fortunately, free tax filing assistance is available for those who need it. the i.r.s. offers the volunteer income tax assistance program to provide free tax preparation service from volunteer tax professionals in local communities. mr. speaker, for low-income families with an annual income of less than $54,000, the elderly, and those struggling with english, vita services are an opportunity to make the most of the recent tax relief
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legislation and ensure they are getting as much in their tax return as possible. 60% of residents in my district qualify for this assistance in preparing their taxes. which is why i have made fighting to protect and strengthen the vita program one of my top priorities since being appointed to the ways and means committee last year. together with my democratic colleague, representative danny davis, i introduced a bipartisan bill that would permanently authorize the i.r.s. to fund this free tax preparation service. it also ensures that vita grant recipients who already have accuracy rates of 94%, including tax returns claiming the earned income tax credit, maintain strong records of accuracy that will save taxpayers money. my legislation is an important step towards ensuring the i.r.s. is serving taxpayers and not the other way around. i'm proud it has strong bipartisan support. in my district, united way of miami-dade and monroe work hard to connect lower income
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taxpayers or those with limited english skills legitimate tax preparation assistance entirely for free through the i.r.s. vita program. i was honored to invite united way miami-dade to washington last year to share the work they do to help so many in our community fully utilize this free resource. unfortunately, i won't be able to visit united way in south this afternoon as planned, i look forward to rescheduling to bring attention to their work soon. i want to ensure as many constituents as possible are aware of these services to protect their hard-earned paychecks. especially in a period of historic tax relief. i encourage anyone looking for more information to reach out to my office for assistance. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess
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yesterdayleaders unveiled a budget deal adding $300 billion in defense and twoefense spending over years. it increases discretionary spending by 21% over the current limits. it lifts the debts and let -- debt limit, adding funds for medical research, amenity health centers, and disaster relief. next up, we are going to take you live to the capital. we are expecting to hear from democratic leader nancy pelosi this morning. democrats are holding their policy retreat at the capital -- capitol, in light of needing to be here for votes and action yesterday, and waiting for the
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senate to finish work on that short-term funding measure. the senate coming in this morning at 10:30 eastern. that will be live on our companion network, c-span 2. [murmuring]
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>> yesterday, house democratic
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leader nancy pelosi spent eight hours on the floor. by anyone's count, a record-setting speech on the house floor. have to go back to 1909 to find a speech as long. she was speaking mainly about immigration, calling on speaker ryan to allow a full and open debate on immigration, in the light of the house consideration of the continuing resolution, and the house's likely consideration of the budget deal announced yesterday by mitch mcconnell and chuck sherman. "the new york times" writes that weeks ago, the leaders could barely look at each other on the floor as congress careened into a government shutdown. their relationship was considered so badly frayed that a bipartisan group of lawmakers intervened to help them save face and temporarily and the impasse. carl writes that on wednesday, the two happily linked arms and delivered a major budget deal, containing i-popping spending
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increases and political benefits for both sides, as lawmakers head into a crucial midterm season. "the new york times" writes it shows how tens of billions of appropriately scattered dollars can soothe any hard feelings. or more about that relationship and that bill, the budget deal, here is a bit from this morning's washington journal. yesterday. mr. wong, thanks for joining us. talk about the house side. how was this bill received? guest: by conservatives and a fiscal conservatives, not well. coming colorful reaction from the house freedom caucus. it was called a debt junkie -- junkie's dream, someone called it a christmas tree on steroids. , number of other fiscal hawks
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people concerned about the rising debt and deficit in this these folks orf swept into congress in 2010 and 2012 cycles as part of this tea party wave, believing they were sent to fight the debt crisis. a lot of these folks are of the package is not paid for. it is not offset. in particular, they have concerns with raising the debt for one year. this would extend the debt ceiling and the borrowing limit to around march 2019. those are points of contention now. host: what is paul ryan saying to his caucus about this bill? does he have votes to get it passed? guest: leadership and steve
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scalise's wit team will acknowledge this needs to be a will acknowledge this needs to be a bipartisan effort. they will need democratic votes to get this across the finish line. they are acknowledging that publicly. that is where we see drama this afternoon. the point kevin mccarthy made last night was this w >> we will show you more later. the briefing is getting underway on capitol hill. we will take you there live. >> last july, democrats launch date brought economic agenda, focused on better jobs, better wages for a better future. second to that plan is a commitment to create millions of good-paying jobs by rebuilding our country.

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