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peninsula, it would be chaotic and dangerous. the rms of reconciliation, two sides have to just really peacefully, living whatever the political structures might be, whether it federation or or separate states, that at least or the time being, living peaceably is the only option. host: got you. that, professor katherine moon from wellesley college, talking about the between north and south korea and related matters. thanks for your time this morning. you very much. host: now we take you to the house of representatives. pro t pursuant to the order of the house of january 8, 2018, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate
continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, new boy scouts make a promise to do their best, to do their duty to god and country and to help other people at all times. mr. lewis wood of stokes county, north carolina, has not only fulfilled that promise, he fullest. it to the mr. wood joined the boy scouts of america in january, 1943. later he served as a volunteer and scoutmaster for troop 440 for 50 years. when mr. wood and his family were recently informed of his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, he
was focused on living until this january, the 75th anniversary of his becoming a scout. what an admirable spirit and wonderful man. after a lifetime of service, mr. wood is now preparing for his next journey, mr. speaker. i commend mr. wood for his 75 years of dedication to the boy scouts and stokes county. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. espaillat, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to express my concerns and my deep shame for many in this chamber who continue to gamble with the dreamers. er 800,000
young people that are workers, students, they are teachers, members of our armed forces. they are dads, moms. and after five continuing resolutions, we still have left them out in the cold. over 800,000 of them. this week the senate is once again sandbagging the dreamers while senator mcconnell has publicly made this an open debate, it is far from being a fair process. just as yesterday a federal judge in the eastern district of new york ruled conclusively that eliminating daca and the benefits extended to daca recipients is an illegal act. just as this is happening the senate continues and begins to
sandbag the dreamers by first putting on the table the issue of sanctuary cities. and many have a flawed view of what sanctuary cities are. many erroneously think that cities harbor hardened criminals. that is far from the truth. a sanctuary city is a city that allows a mom to take her child to school who is undocumented without fear that the principal will call i.c.e. or the authority. a sanctuary city is a city that allows a senior citizen to go into an emergency room to be treated in a hospital without the fear that the nurse will turn him or her in. a sanctuary city is a city that allows people that are living under the shadows to go into a police precinct and report a
crime without the fear that they will be deported. that's what a sanctuary city is. it is an intricate part of our soul as a country of immigrants and states and cities of immigrants. the senate process is far from being fair. a fair process would be to starts a bipartisan debate on dreamers. and in this chamber, the speaker of this chamber has yet to make a commitment to bring a clean dream act to the floor. dreamers are our children. they are my children. they are -- they belong to all of us. when we look into their faces, i see my own face. when i look into their faces, i see a mccarthy fellow winner like christina jiminez. and one who is working towards becoming a doctor in the military.
there is so much aspiration in these dreamers. this is why over 80% of americans in red states and blue states, in republican districts and in democratic districts, support dreamers staying here in the united states. they represent the best of us. they represent the foundation of our nation. e tenments of what the founding fathers believed in that people should come to america, prosper, and make it a better place for all of us to live in. mr. speaker, the fate of these young people rests right here in the palm of our hands. we need to ask ourselves, are we a nation of aspirations or are we a nation of deportations? it is in our hands. we can cannot keep deferring a vote on a clean dream act. a deferred vote is a dream denied. justice delayed is justice denied. but i tell the dreamers this,
don't be afraid. don't be discouraged. don't be deterred. don't dismay. you have continued to fight for what is the most important issues facing america. you have done a tremendous job. keep this fight moving forward for justice in america. mr. speaker, thank you. i yield back the balance of my ime. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, for five minutes. mr. speaker, n: i rise to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the brothers to the rescue shoot down where three u.s. citizens and one u.s. resident were murdered by the tyrannical castro regime. carlos ry 24, 1996,
kosta, mario de la pena, armando, and pablo were on a humanitarian mission over international airspace over international waters when they were illegally and brutally shot down. the mission over the florida straits sought to save the lives of cubans fleeing castro's grip of power in search of freedom. one was rescued in a sess ma and -- cessna and brought to the safety of our shores. sylvia was onboard the only plane that survived. she recounts how seeing the burst of smoke over the sky line, the pilot, who along with sylvia, has testified before the u.s. congress, pleaded on the radio for his colleagues to respond. 22 years have passed but justice for the deaths of our
american heroes has yet to be chieved. they have all been indicted in our u.s. courts for their roles in the murders brothers to the rescue shoot down but they have yet to be held accountable. i have urged administrations after administration to bring these perpetrators to the united states so that they can be prosecuted and justice can be served. furthermore, the obama administration made the grave error of releasing cuban spy her regardo hernandez, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage and conspiracy to commit murder for his role in the deaths of these brave pilots. released. i will continue to urge our department of justice to pursue legal action against all current and former cuban regime operatives who perpetrated that
murderous attack against the brothers to the rescue aircraft and its unarmed victims. and all cuban operatives who planned or otherwise participated in the shootdown. to this day that same regime that violated international law, that killed carlos, mario, an pablo remains as oppressive as ever, routinely beating and harassing peaceful protestors and incarcerating journalists. we cannot let anyone forget the blood at the hands of the castro regime remains. the brothers to the rescue and their families will forever serve as an inspiration for those who are willing to endure great sacrifices for the sake of a free cuba. mr. speaker, i would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2018 torch awards from my alma mater, florida international university. the torch award is the highest
honor given to both faculty and alumni by the f.i.u. alumni association, highlighting the excellence they bring to their professions and the pride they bring to f.i.u. as an educational institution. their exceptional achievements and contributions not only to our university but to our miami community at large have earned them this prestigious award. this year's honorees include alumnus of the year, chad moss, class of 1994. chad currently serves as executive vice president of moss and associates, one of florida's largest private construction companies. outstanding faculty award recipient, dr. mark allen wise. he's an imminent scholar, professor, and associate director of academic affairs for the f.i.u. school of computing and informational sciences. community leadership award recipients, seth of the class of 1998.
seth is a pediatric radiologist and has demonstrated exemplary service and civic engagement in his community through his activism t. roy jefferson medical society, and a two-time chair of the group's annual health fair which has been fitted thousands of underserved children in palm beach. lastly, the charles perry young alumni visionary award recipient, manny varas, class of 2010 and m.b.a. in 2014. manny, the president and c.e.o. of m.v. group is a full service construction company and has made great strides in the early stages of his career. these individuals, mr. speaker, and many other distinguished alumni honored this year exemplify what it means to be an f.i.u. panther. their service to the betterment of our community makes them invaluable and deserving of this great award. i congratulate them all and go,
panthers. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. ruiz, for five minutes. mr. ruiz: today's valentine's day. children will pass around cards and candy at school. young men and women will gather the courage to speak to their crush. and many couples will get engaged to marry. i sent my first valentine, my mother, flowers, and i will spend this evening telling my wife, monica, and my girls sky and sage, the many ways that i love and appreciate them over face time. but for many, today is not a joyous day. there are too many victims of domestic abuse who live in homes of broken hearts and who search for love but find violence instead. no form of mental, emotional,
sexual, for physical abuse is acceptable no matter who it's from or under any circumstances, period. to the many organizations like shelter from the storm, coachella valley rescue mission, and others in my district, thank you for the refuge and support that you provide. and to the victims, i want you to know that you are not broken. you are not at fault. you are a survivor and you have the courage. help is only one phone call away. happy valentine's day. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from alabama, mr. rooks, for five minutes. mr. brooks:
mr. speaker, america cannot afford to be the world's orphanage because we simply do not have the money. america's o2015 deficit was $ 438 billion. america's 2016 deficit deteriorated to $585 billion. america's 2017 deficit deteriorated yet again to $666 billion. now, thanks to last week's debt junky spending bill, america faces $1 trillion deficit this year. by every account, america's deficit threatens a dangerous insolvency and bankruptcy that will destroy the america it took our ancestors centuries to build. let there be no mistake about
it, illegal aliens are a large art of america's debt problem. per a recent study, illegal aliens are $116 billion per year net tax loss to american taxpayers. mr. speaker, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. america tried amnesty in 1986 and it failed miserably. 1.2 million illegal problem into a 15 million illegal alien disaster. why? amnesty doesn't stop illegal conduct. it encourages it. it baffles me that the washington surrender caucus refuses to learn from history and anxiously seeks to repeat
1986's bad mistake at great costs to america. and the cost is great. a 2015 center for immigration studies report disclosed that more than 60% of households that have an illegal alien in them are on welfare. compared to only 30% of households with no immigrants in them. consistent with that data, the congressional budget office determined that the democrats' dream act that gives amnesty to illegal aliens and democrats recently shut down the government over cost federal taxpayers $26 billion, and that $26 billion net tax loss to federal taxpayers does not include even larger state and local tax losses. by any measure, any amnesty, including amnesty for daca illegal aliens makes the
illegal alien problem worse and over the long haul costs american taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars america does not have, has to borrow to get, and cannot afford to pay back. of course, the leftist mainstream media rarely shares these facts with americans because it undermines their fake news narrative that dreamer amnesty pays for itself. mr. speaker, the executive branch must do its job. the executive branch must catch and evict illegal aliens. it is that simple. further, the executive branch must enforce section 212 of the immigration and nationality act, which states that no person may seek admission to the united states or become a permanent resident if the individual, quote, at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status is likelied a any time to become a
public charge, end quote. if the executive branch will simply enforce america's immigration laws, there will be no illegal alien problem and taxpayers will over the long haul save hundreds of billions of dollars that could be better spent on debt reduction or american citizens. unfortunately, instead of insisting that the executive branch enforce the law, washington's surrender caucus wants to give up and grant amnesty to illegal aliens thereby again naively rewarding illegal conduct at great costs to american taxpayers. in so doing, washington's surrender caucus betrays american families and taxpayers who must foot the bill for yet another bad mistake by washington that's motivated by election ear politics, not -- electioneer politics, not america's best interest. mr. speaker, i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'm always honored to stand in the well of the house. mr. speaker, today i rise as a liberated democrat, a liberated democrat who will not only speak to truth to power but who will also speak truth about power. mr. speaker, i rise today to dehe fend freedom of speech. i rise today to defend the freedom of speech of "the hill" newspaper. i defend the freedom of speech of "the hill" when it printed these words. it reads, "morning joe" host -- i won't mention his name -- said on sunday that the democratic party should take away funding from democratic candidates who talk about impeaching president trump on
the campaign trail. i am such a candidate. i have talked about impeaching the president, and i will continue talking about impeaching the president. and "the hill" goes on to say -- and i am defending it -- any democrat who mentions the word impeachment on the campaign trail should have their funds pulled by the democratic party. this is what was tweeted by "morning joe" host. i defend "the hill" their right defend it and i will "morning joe" host saying what he said. i will not be intimidated. i want the host to know, those who threatened my life couldn't intimidate me he will not. i want the host to know that i spoke about impeachment just this weekend that past and i am looking to future engagements to speak about impeachment and
i will bring articles of impeachment to the floor of the house of representatives again if conditions require it. i am not afraid. i have no fear of these people who would have me be ary gait my constitutional rights -- abrigate my constitutional rights. i will exercise my rights. the truth is this -- we all have a duty to speak up and speak out and stand up. that's what i will do. god bless you and happy valentine's day. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the big brothers and big sisters of bucks county which has served tens of thousands of kids in our community since its
founding in 1963. the bucks county chapter is unique. since 2015, they have piloted an expansion of their mentorship program which pairs elementary school with high school mentors to include children with autism spectrum disorder. this tailored program caters to the students' unique needs. providing these children with specially trained high school mentors rather than one. the program has been so specifically that big brothers big sisters of bucks county is now looking to expand it. their community mentorship program matches at an risk youth ages 6 to 16 with volunteer mentors. this program provides caring adult role models who consistently spend time with their littles to help them make good choices so they may become productive, responsible, and engaged young adults. i want to highlight the story of john wilson, the board president, an individual who
himself benefited from big brothers big sisters. john's father passed away when he was 5. he was matched with a big brother when he was 12. at a point when in his own words he was at a significant risk of heading in the wrong direction. he credits his mentor having a profound impact on his life without whom his life could have turned out very differently, in john's words. he graduated college, enjoys a successful career and now gives back to the board. john is still in contact with his big brother and working hard to pay back the investment made in him years ago. to all those involved in big brothers and big sisters, including john, we thank you for your work in helping our youth in bucks county.
mr. speaker, growing up in middletownship in bucks county, pennsylvania, and as a current resident, now representing my hometown in congress, i've seen my community change throughout the years. the one constant, however, has always been the presence of stone meadows farm. one of the last remaining active agricultural lands in our township. the 168-acre farm has a rich history that connects the present to the past. as development continues throughout our region, stone meadows farm reminds residents why we chose to live in middletown township, pennsylvania. i firmly believe this is something worth preserving. in bucks county we are fortunate our local and county leaders continue to make concerted efforts to preserve our open spaces and here in congress, i am working to support preservation and land conservation efforts nationwide. i stand ready to work with any government official and our citizens like members of the
save stone meadows farm movement who share this goal to preserve our quality of life and the character of our community. whether in our hometown or across our great nation, we must stand ready to preserve and protect our open spaces from overdevelopment. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, yesterday morning i had the opportunity to attend part of fulton banks 39th annual agriculture seminar long inform y- mational event. it's free and features economists andrew frankenfield and other industry experts. mr. speaker, as the house agriculture committee prepares the next farm bill, there's been universal agreement that
the dairy region's margin protection program needs to be reformed and advanced. to address this we were able to make much-needed changes in last week's bipartisan budget deal. the final agreement took a number of angsts that will revamp the program to better preserve participating dairy farmers. to help the program to be more accurate and responsive during difficult months, monthly margin calculations have been changed to bimonthly. to help the program better reflect the growth and dairy herd sizes, the new law expands the first tier from four million to five million pounds. it raise the catastrophic level of $4 per hundred weight to $5 per hundred weight. it reduces premiums for the first five million pounds of production making higher levels of protection more affordable. the new law allows for the development of insurance policies for livestock producers, including for dairy
farmers. this change encourages further adequate risk management tools are available the next time they are faced with disaster. mr. speaker, the state of the dairy industry is much different today than it was when the last farm bill was written. today we see low milk prices that have impacted the dairy industry across the country. the agriculture committee is not only aware of the challenges facing in the industry but we are working to help bring relief. another factor negatively impacting the dairy industry is declining milk consumption. this not only negatively affects dairy farms and farm families across the country but also students and their overall nutrition. despite the fact that public school enrollment was growing, schools served 213 fewer half pints of milk between 2014 and 2016. children over 4 years old are not meeting the recommended daily servings of dairy in the dietary guidelines in america. we know milk is a nutritional
powerhouse. given the nutritional value of milk and because students need to be nourished to be at their best, this is a cause for concern. steadily decrease in participation in the school lunch program coupled with the fact flavored milk, most popular variety in schools, must be fat-free under the current law, has led to an alarming decline in overall milk consumption. we lost an entire generation of milk drinkers. they've lost out that generation on the nourishment, nutrition that comes from milk. providing students the option to consume milk with flavor has the potential to positively affect milk consumption trends. among children and adults while supporting the local dairy farmers. this is why i introduced h.r. 4101, the school milk nutrition act. this bill provides the schools the option of offering low fat 1% flavor milk instead of only fat-free. n november 29, 2017, secretary -- usda secretary announced a new rule that expands options
for milk in school lunches. similar to my legislation, this rule gives schools the option to serve low-fat 1% favored milk. thankfully this rule will be in effect for fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019. i look forward to continuing to craft a farm bill that puts forth the very best policy for our farmers, our families and all americans and i know secretary purdue supports the legislation, h.r. 4101, moving ahead to codify what he has been able to do with what flexibility he has and to get that done for our kids and for the dairy industry. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota, mr. emmer, for five minutes. mr. emmer: mr. speaker, i rise today to remember the life of sara, a friend who passed away unexpectedly and far too soon.
sarah was one of minnesota's best political commentators. as a strategist she understood all sides of the issues and brought humor everywhere she went. over the course of her career, she built relationships across the political spectrum. she was known for lending her honesty and wit to every encounter. she commanded respect by becoming a source of political knowledge through her writing, newsletters, and commentary. she was sought after by local and national media to provide her insights on minnesota's unusual politics. our communities has suffered -- community has suffered a great loss. her bright spirit will be missed. my deepest condolences go out to her family and loved ones. sarah had a great heart and we'll all miss her. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the legacy of wright county sheriff joe hag arty. he retires after 33 honorable years of service to the third largest sheriff's office in the
state of minnesota. reputation for honesty and has become reputation for h and has become someone we all trust. our community has been honored to have a public servant with joe's level of integrity and accountability. his respect for the rule of law and compassion for his fellow citizens made him an exceptional sheriff. during his time in office, joe fostered a relationship with neighboring counties to share a crime lab which helped solve cases and bring justice. every single day joe put the safety of minnesotans above all else. sheriff haggerty, i speak on behalf of all minnesotan when is i say thank you. we wish you a happy and healthy nd well deserved retirement. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize and thank sheriff jim olson for his incredible 31 years of service to the people of minnesota. in jim's three plus decades on
the force, sheriff olson oversaw some of carver county's most exciting and turbulent times. when the ryder cup was held in 2016, jim managed safety operations and maintained a family friendly environment for everyone. after the passing of minnesota legend, prince, jim ensured that paisley park remained a safe place for prince's fans to mourn. jim has dedicated his life to the county serving as an instructor to the citizens academy to inform the public about the services and role of the sheriff's office. impressively he also serves as a member of the carver county mental health consortium to spread awareness of mental health resources. he has been a faithful, selfless servant leader. thank you for your service. we wish you the best in your retirement. mr. speaker, i rise today in recognition of one of
minnesota's outstanding businessmen, butch ames. as chief executive officer and co-founder of ames construction a. family owned and privately held construction company, headquartered in minnesota, butch has built and grown the industry nationwide. ames construction is known for heavy civil, transportation, and mining construction. with butch at the helm, the company continues to grow and expand its reach across the nation. they have completed notable projects such as denver's international airport, the i-15 reconstruction project in salt lake city city, the loop 202 in phoenix, and the st. croix river crossing in minnesota. he holds his company to standard of professionalism and safety that's unparalleled, serving his nation and industry proudly. congratulations. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize torah academy for entering their 7 rd year educating jewish children in minnesota.
from the beginning and to this day, torah academy maintains a focus on strengthening the mind and spirit of our future leaders. because of educators like dean -- epstein, they offer a quality education on firm spiritual ground. pillars of our strong local community like dr. joey greenberg and his wife spread kindness and again rossity to make certain torah can execute its mission and goals. a special thank you to citizens independent bank who also dedicates their support. torah students succeed because their community supports them. they are guaranteed to make their corner of the world a better place. congratulations to torah cademy for a successful 73 years. we wish you many more. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the
gentleman from illinois, mr. rush, for five minutes. mr. rush: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rush: mr. speaker, i rise day to pay tribute and honor to the memory of dr. rosemary jackson. rose was an educator in chicago . dr. jackson was a entrepreneur. rose was an exceptional community leader. who passed away last week. a legacy that nd will endure throughout the years. dr. jackson was a lifelong chicago resident who had a
passion for education. a passion that began when she was a young girl. lay ceived her ph.d. yolea university and -- loyola university and a masters gree from the national college of education and the depaul university. beginning her career as an alma h teacher at her mater, john marshall high school, my alma mater, she went to teach at local institutions such as the hyde park high school on the south side in my district. the kennedy-king community college in my district. and her beloved depaul university.
all these places, mr. speaker, rose touched deeply countless lives and inspired so many young people. rose jackson, mr. speaker, was a pillar of the community and deeply committed person, committed to public service. she was also a member of the delta sigma theta sorority for which she chaired several committees during her tenure as deltas.r of the dealt beyond her love for education, her love for community service, dr. jackson was a beloved wife and mother. she was the vice chairman and
chief administrative officer of the chicago-based central city productions. the business that she helped develop with her lifelong partner, her devoted husband, my long time friend,. r. donald jackson. it is best known for producing the stellar awards. e first and oldest televised awards show in our nation that honored gospel music artists for over 33 years. dr. jackson achieved so much in her life through hard work and determination. she never gave up. always fought for what was right. and made it her life's mission
to help students in chicago explore their potential and their educational possibility. rose was a truly remarkable, smart a, and phenomenal woman who enjoyed the -- smart, and phenomenal woman who enjoyed the arts, sports, and loved line dancing. she had a smile that would light up a room. rose would be missed by her family, her friends, our city, our state, and indeed, our ation. those will fondly remember her beautiful and loving spirit. i was blessed to know her and chicago is better because of her. my heart goes out to her family. me ast time i saw rose,
and my late wife, last year, was coming in to one of our favorite restaurants and -- in the community and rose and don, her husband, were leaving. and we stopped for a moment and shared conversation. mr. speaker, on behalf of the people of the first congressional district of illinois, thank you, rose. thank you, god bless you. enjoy your rest. you have earned it. god bless you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today. a
significant milestone.the house since the passage of the republican tax bill there has been over $100 billion in stock buybacks. as of last week, corporations announced twice the amount of corporate share buybacks as during a this is his second day answering questions about the president's 2019 budget request. live coverage on c-span. while it doesn't cost as much money the vast number of individuals