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the priority is. the politics and power structures of d.c., and we forget who we are here to represent. the american people. to get 60 votes has been difficult. prior tax reform efforts, you look at the affordable care act and the lack of technical correction there. that is the problem in politics. host: congressman tom reed is a republican from new york. we appreciate your time. guest: always a pleasure. host: we will let you get to work as we take our viewers live to the house of representatives for coverage on c-span. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: 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 past 11:50 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 illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes. mr. gutierrez: yesterday was the deadline for the u.s. congress to secure the futures of hundreds of thousands of dreamers. our constituents who grew up in the united states, have been here at least 10 years but do not have permanent legal status and are thereby deportable, vulnerable, exploitable. the cynics are right and congress has taken no action. there have been a few attempts but the reality is congress has not passed a bill and the opportunity to pass a bill is dwindling. how is it we always end up here when it comes to immigration? well, it is both a failure of both parties to act, to
compromise, to legislate. but let's be honest, the president doesn't want these immigrants in this country and republicans in congress only want to do what the president wants them to do because they fear his tweets and the effect they might have on their voters in november. oh, the president said he loved dreamers. remember? he wanted to preserve daca, to treat them with heart. he said he wanted to give a pathway to citizenship for dreamers, and he told a group of lawmakers on national television he would take the political heat and sign whatever bipartisan approach they were able to come up with. but he was lying again. just like his conversation with lawmakers on guns after the massacre in florida. also with the television cameras rolling. what the president says in public, what he does behind closed doors, what he tweets and what he thinks from moment to moment do not seem to be connected in any logical way. and when the cameras are turned off, the radical right-wing whispers their orders in the president's ear and he falls right in line.
whether it's with gun manufacturers or the anti-immigrant nativists. and when you cannot trust the president to have a stable opinion for more than two, maybe three hours, it makes it hard for republicans to figure out what will please him and make him happy from moment to moment. bipartisan proposals that could have passed the house and the senate were brought to him and he rejected them. saying he wanted to eliminate various types of legal immigration, avenues used by people, especially people of color and people from the developing world. and without these massive cuts to legal immigration, the president just wasn't interested. and we offered him money for s silly, mindless, stupid, dim-witted, racist wall but he rejected that too. in the end it's not about dreamers, it's not about the wall, it's not about border security. you know what it's about? a deeply held core belief of the president and many of his advisors that just too many
people of color coming legally to the united states. there are too many family members of immigrants unless those immigrants are members of trump's own family. it is clear that the president doesn't want immigrants who look like the die verse and colorful fabric of the world -- diverse and colorful fabric of the world and he doesn't want dreamers who were raised alongside of our children who reflect the diversity of america. now, to be fair. some of my democratic colleagues are just as happy about the injunctions in the federal courts that are keeping the trump deportation machine from fully engaging and going after dreamers. lawmakers, both democrats and republicans, don't need much encouragement sometimes to just kick the can down the road. but let's not kid ourselves. we -- relying on the courts to save dreamers are a copout. and a lot of people are left out if they don't have daca. and for the ones that can renew their status, we may be back
here in a few days or week trying to prevent the deportation of dreamers and lots of other immigrants if the courts change course, which they may. so i will not let my colleagues in either party rest. for now, every person who has daca should renew their daca as quickly as possible for whatever time they have left. i say, run, don't walk, to renew. i've been here long enough to know that even when faced with an issue on which 80% of the american people agree, whether it's sensible gun control or preventing the deportation of children raised in america, it's the 20% of the american people who republicans are listening to and playing to and tweeting to and playing nice-nice with the white house to appease. so -- and the rest of us, what do we get? nothing on immigrants, on guns, on climate change, on health care, or on taxes.
we simply reshuffle the deck. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, for five minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. last week, sadly marked the third anniversary of the murder of russian human rights activist boris nemsov. on february 27, 2015, boris was assassinated while crossing a bridge near the kremlin in moscow, shot in the back in the most cowardly manner. boris' murder was no doubt directed by putin because boris had actively organized rallies against the regime and even had the courage to report in detail on corruption in the putin regime. his death was a great loss for the people of russia who are fighting for a free and democratic society. i was lucky enough to have
known boris and met with him several times over the years. i had the great privilege to work with him on getting the sergei magnitsky rule of law accountability act passed into law in 2012. in fact, i met with boris right after the house passed that bill. that day boris told me something that resonated with me, mr. speaker. he told me that putin had made stopping the magnitsky act his utmost priority. though that resonated with me, it did not surprise me because i was born in communist cuba and i was forced to flee my homeland with my family to get away from the castro regime. and i know that castro would have had the same reaction as putin because thugs fear the people, fear the people who are rave enough to stand up to their authoritarian rule and that's why putin feared magnitsky. that's why putin feared boris. that is why putin fears my
friend and close friend of boris', vladimir karamersav, who the putin regime tried to kill on two occasions by poisoning. vladimir carries out his mission of speaking the truth about the putin regime and calling attention to the human rights abuses in russia. he has carried on the legacy and brought boris' message to the world and through vladimir's efforts, the legacy has been memorialized right here in washington, d.c. last week, mr. speaker, i attended the unveiling of the naming of the plaza right in front of the russian embassy after boris. boris personified the fight for human rights in russia, and now in front of the russian embassy in washington, d.c., three years after boris was murdered, he is now memorialized as a symbol, a symbol signifying
that one person or one idea can be more powerful and more threatening to a corrupt regime than even the biggest army. that plaza also served as a symbol for the future because one day putin will be gone and boris' dream will become a reality. and when that day comes, the diplomats who come to the united states representing a free and democratic russia will be able to look out the windows of their embassy beaming with pride at what boris' sacrifice helped them to realize. and they will honor boris' legacy and everyone else who told the truth about the regime of putin and who gave everything for a free and democratic russia where human rights and the rule of law are respected, not feared. and i hope that day is soon upon us, mr. speaker.
i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. costa, for five minutes. mr. costa: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. speaker, i rise today to talk about the challenges that we face not only in my constituency as it relates to california agriculture but a host of other issues as well. we are in the process of trying to re-authorize the farm bill, something we do every four years. used to be, and we hope it will continue to be this year, to be one of the most bipartisan efforts we are engaged in. i represent not only the heartland of the san joaquin valley but third generation farmer. last week, as i do every weekend when i go home, i was walking the rolls of the almond trees in my ranch outside of fresno, california. they're beautiful. they're in full bloom this time
of year. there's not a time, though, in the year in the san joaquin valley where the incredible bounty of 300 crops that we grow are not on display because they are always out there. the blossoms in the spring grow into the almonds and pistachios into late summer. tomatoes are harvest in august and september and followed by cotton in october and november. the dairymen and dairy processors work every day because those cows have to be milked every day year round to produce the finest quality milk products, cheese and butter. as i walked through the orchard i remember countless stories and incites by my fellow california farmers, ranchers, dairy men and women shared with me over the past year and i think about my father who farmed all of his life and my grandfather. in anticipation of the 2018 farm bill, i have held roundtables, listening sessions, listened to agriculture town halls, met with our farmers and farm
workers who every day work so hard to put those food products on america's dinner table. i've done this to hear firsthand the concerns and the priorities of local producers, farm workers, nutrition organizations regarding our nation's food supply. i've also had numerous meetings with key agriculture trade officials, including agricultural secretary purdue who's been out to california a number of times. as we in congress move together with the farm bill and the negotiations we must maintain strong support for the cultivation and the production of fresh fruits and vegetables which are the foundation of a healthy diet. california produces over half the nation's fruits and vegetables. it's truly amazing. 300 crops. we must also make sure that we do not abandon our nation's most vulnerable through an inhumane cuts to the nutrition programs that we provide for steady source of food to our nation's food supply. we're talking about our safety net.
we're talking about the snap program. we're talking about women, infants and children. this has been part of the glue on a bipartisan basis that have kept democrats and republicans together in the re-authorization of the farm bill, but we must have a safety net for those who are most unfortunate in our society. we should work to also expand foreign markets for our products and to incentivize sound conservation practices and research. research is very important to ensure the sustainability. sustainability is critical and to continue the growth of american agriculture. we have an opportunity in the farm bill to address the crippling agriculture labor crisis affecting our farmers and it must be addressed as we look at a broken immigration system that not only impacts our dreamers, the daca program, but a reliable supply of farm labor. so these are all among the issues we must address to ensure that our nation's food
supply is reliable because, guess what. it's a national security issue. it is a national security issue. people don't look about it that way, you know. people go into the grocery store and think, well, what's the problem? grocery stores have all the food in the world. go to restaurants. got all the food you need. but the food don't get to the grocery store or to those restaurants without it being grown by america's men and women who labor. less than 3% of the nation's population to produce the finest, highest quality, greatest yield, most nutritionous food anywhere in the world every night on america's dinner table. and that's where we must come together as democrats and republicans to improve our nation's food supply by passing farm bill. partisan mr. speaker, i rise today to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the violence against women's re-authorization act, otherwise known as vawa. protecting the violence against
women's act is one of the top priorities in the victims' rights caucus, a bipartisan rights caucus that congressman ted poe and i organized some 10 years ago. it seeks to prevent violence in our community and provides services to survivors of violence in part by encouraging collaboration among local law enforcement, judicial personnel and the private sector organizations, n.g.o.'s. in my district, these organizations collaborate and they've been vital in helping survivors of violence. we must have numerous organizations working tirelessly to support the victims of crime. in my district, they include center, ie mason california women empowerment and central la familia crisis. this will help not only end violence in the valley but to our nation. we must ensure survivors have access to service for essential recovery. we cannot stop and we must not.
we must end this horrendous violence once and for all and that's why we must support the violence against women's act. i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost, for five minutes. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to congratulate the city of alton, illinois. it was selected from hundreds of cities nationwide to be featured "small ality tv show, business revolution, main street." the city will also receive a $500,000 investment for its small businesses. they have a rich history. it is home to historical buildings, a deep manufacturing heritage. it was a site of one of the lincoln-douglas debates. a route on the underground railroad. blues musician miles davis. and a history of the tallest
wadloe. " robert these days it is undergoing a small business revolution. from a self-pour craft beer tap room to a post office convert food a small business hub and new businesses are popping up all over. it's an exciting time for the community and they can't wait to show the nation, southern illinois spirit and innovation. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the determination of a hometown of m my murphys borough, illinois. robby has cerebral palsy and a nerve disorder. that hasn't hometown of murphys stopped him from trying out for the red devils basketball team year after year. while he hasn't made the official roster, he served as team manager. going to every game, all through his high school career, and
every practice. rowdy had a constant presence with the team, coaches, and our community. last month, finally got -- rowdy finally got the chance to see game time. rowdy scored 10 points on the night, including a buzzer-beating three-point shot. in his own words, i got a whole lot of school behind my back and my family. i've got a lot of people that support me. so it is an awesome to know that they all came to the game to watch me play. rowdy, we're all proud of you. if i aker, i rise today could to take a moment, i'd like to read a particular proverb, part of a problem verb, 31:10 :316789 an excellent wife who
confined she's more precious than jewels. -- the heart of her husband trusts in her and he will have no lack of gain. she does him good and not harm and all the days of her life. she seeks wool and flacks and works -- and flax and works with willing hands. she is like a ship of the merchant she brings her food from afar. she rises while it is yet night and provides food for her usehold and portions for her maidens. she considers a field and buy it is and the fruit of her hand she plants the vineyards. she dresses herself with strength and makes her armstrong. she perceives that the merchants is profitable -- merchandise is profitable and her lamp does not go out at night. she puts her hands to the spindle. she opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy. she is not afraid of snow for her household for all of her household is clothed in scarlett. she makes the bed conversation for herself, her clothing is fine linen and purple. her husband is known in the gates. and when he sits among the elders of the land, she makes linen garments and sells them. she strength and dignity are blothing and she laughs at time to come. she opens her mouth with wisdom and teaches kindness is on her tongue. ways of well to the her household and does not eat bread of idleness. her children rise up and call her blessed. her husband also. and he praises her. many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all. charm is deceitful. but a woman who fears the lord is to be praised. give her the fruit of her hands and let her work praises -- and praise her in the
gates. mr. speaker, many may ask why i would read such a scripture this day on the floor. well, because 38 years ago tomorrow i married a beautiful young woman who has grown to become this very woman that's described in this scripture. she is very beautiful and very charming, but most of all she is virtuous. so with that i want to wish her an early happy anniversary. i love you, tracy. with that i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the air recognizes gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. i would ask i be permitted to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. green: thank you. mr. speaker, it's an honor for me to rise today in defense of dreamers and those who brought them here. i rise in defense of them, mr. speaker, because i rise in defense of them, mr. speaker, because quite frankly there was a desire for persons
to come here. there was a desire for them to come and to work and to work at wages that some considered subpar. a desire for them to work on the conditions that were not the best. that was a desire for them to come. and they came. i rise in defense of them because, mr. speaker, we are complicit in this behavior. we were complicity because we knew they were coming and we wanted them to come. i rise in defense of them because i don't believe that a country as great as the united states of america can asked young people to accept a pathway to citizenship but not give it to the people who brought them here, their parents in most cases, but in a gad many cases other persons who cared for them. to ask these young people to sell out, to borrow a term that
we use, to sell out their parents is more than a great nation should ask of young people. to say to them, you can stay, but your parents may have to go. what kind of country are we if we demand this of young people who came with people that we wanted to come, who have done us no harm, who worked hard in our kitchens. who worked hard cleaning our homes. who have worked hard tending our fields. ho worked hard bringing in the fruits of the labor that they brought to this country. what kind of country says you're going to go back after many years of being here? and sending the young people back to place that is they know very little of. mr. escobar is a case in point. he was sent back to san salvador
have a door, hadn't been there in many, many years. came here around 15 years of age. mr. speaker, now is the time for this country to take the affirmative action to correct what will be an injustice if we pursue the path that the president would have us pursue. now know very little is the time for us sure that every person is receiving the kind of liberty and justice for all that we extol in the pledge of allegiance. now is the time for us to make sure that all of these young people are given the opportunity to succeed on their merits or fail on their demerits in the country they know as home. mr. speaker, we are a great country. a great country does not do what the president is proposing. and i will not stand with the president on this. i stand and defend the dreamers
and the people who brought them here, in most cases their parents. this is what a great nation ought to do. i know that there may be people who deliver, but when you are standing on right, you don't worry about those who differ. this is the right thing for the united states of america to do. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. hompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate track form resources of logantown, pennsylvania, for being named the 2018 innovative dairy farmer of the year. the national award celebrates u.s. dairy producers that apply creativity, excellence, and forward thinking to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improving marketing. the award is presented annually by the international dairy foods
association and dairy herd magazine. mr. speaker, track farm resources has a rich history in clinton county. located in the heart of country, it is operated by jim and lisa and kevin track. lisa and kevin are siblings. they run the farm with the help of their children and grandchildren who now represent the 11th generation farmers of the land. yes, that's right. track farm resources has been in operation since 1773. three years before the declaration of independence was ever issued. they have 22 full-time employees and some part-time help as well. the owners said it is teamwork that make it possible for them to receive this award. it's especially meaningful to see a pennsylvania farm with good long history of stewardship being named the leading innovator nationwide for
dairy farming. today they are good managing an 1,100 head dairy herd while advocating for no till farming and maintaining soil health and promoting awareness of the chesapeake bay watershed. its farming practice is truly focused on conservation. track farms also was an early acopter of renewable energy technology and installed one of the first methane die jesters in pennsylvania. now -- digesters in pennsylvania. now they sell power back to the grid and reduces electricity costs for the farm. track farms is a model operation that is at the forefront of modern day farming practices. their operation effectively demonstrates an investment in environmentally friendly practice can lower costs, provide new revenue streams, and offer greater efficiencies in the farm. they also educate local legislators and again public about their operations, plus economic and environmental benefits. jim says the farm's practices and beliefs go well beyond the borders of farming. family members and farm staff are involved in associations and
organizations that promote dairy farming and its environmental impacts. he's traveled across the country speaking about the practices that they use right there in loganton, pennsylvania. track farms accepted the award earlier this year at the dairy farm 2018 in palm desert, california. the pennsylvania secretary of agriculture nominated the farm for the award and i was pleased to add supporting comments to the nomination it. mr. speaker, i am most proud of track farms and the entire family for being a leader in dairy farming not only in the commonwealth of pennsylvania, but nationwide. i wholeheartedly congratulate them and their families and employees on this outstanding achievement. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. kaptur, for five minutes. ms. kaptur: mr. speaker. i am pleased to join my colleague, representative jackie walorski, as co-chairs of the polish caucus.
this year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of poland's re-meergence as a european nation in 1918. as grateful polish americans, we join together on a bipartisan basis to acknowledge this historic achievement of freedom's advance. the reality is history has been brutal to poland. in the late 1700's, poland was erased from the map of europe for 123 years. by three adjacent predatory empires because it passed a constitution inspired by ours which included a separation of powers. poland became the first nation in europe to abolish certificate ofdom by the man fest on may 1, 1791. then in 1918, following world war i, with the support of president woodrow wilson, poland was restored to the map of europe and resumed its torturous
climb to freedom. then in 1939, world war ii began. as poland was invaded first. by nazi germany and then three weeks later by communist russia. poland a suffered an unimaginable loss of 20% of its population that perished during world war ii, the most of any nation in that war. . of the 14 million people killed over six million people were killed in poland. three million jews and three million christians. as well as roma and the disabled, homosexual and other innocents. poland never surrendered. there never was a collaborationist polish government. establishing a free government in exile, polish armies fought
on every front in europe including alongside american soldiers at normandy. despite the nazi and soviet campaign to wipe out poland's most educated and accomplished and indeed poland's history, poland resisted with the largest downground resistance. poland never surrendered nor did it surrender to nazi or communist -- with bullets to the back of their heads, killed ver 12,000 polish leaders from its military, civil society, their educational community and heir religious leadership. 1945 brought allied liberation to a war-torn europe but not to poland which fell under the soviet yoke, repressed and ocked -- yolk, repressed and
blocked. even denied a true representation of its war-time heroism, tragedy and terror. but in 1989 after 43 years of increasing resistance to occupation inside poland, its fierce love of liberty spilled over into successful resistance and massive electoral victory won by the labor movement that yielded ultimate liberty for poland. this was the first wave of major popular across the soviet block that resulted in the berlin wall's collapse in 1989, the wall that divided liberty rom tyranny and ultimately communism's demise. poland has achieved a steady economic growth and each year since its return to freedom the most robust of any nation in europe. yet, the millions of souls who perished in poland across every faith concession and ethic origin, much remains unknown to
history. our globe is still weighted down with the sense of grief and lack of historical truth that humanity must address. for the millions that perished, this anniversary year of poland's rebirth should be an occasion to uplift that historical truth to heel, not divide. as we speak, vicious russian aggression aims to destiblize europe and our presence trans-atlantic and nato alliance, essential to liberty. poland should recommit to liberty and rule of law, setting aside language and gestures that inflame divisions across europe. now's the time for unity, not division. now's the time for restraint, not antagonism. now is the time for dialogue, not media taunts. and let me thank them for their reasoned progress and reasoned statement. now is the time for diplomatic excellence and military
readiness, not provocative gestures. legislative or otherwise. now's the time for robust archival restoration so the full truth of millions who perished can be known and recorded forever. now's the time to strengthen freedom's umbrella, not weaken it. may i extend all congratulations and blessings to poland on its 100th anniversary of reborn nationhood. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. speaker, k: recently i was fortunate to meet an impressive young man, kevin, and celebrate with him as he earned the rank of eagle scout. kevin is a senior in high school. he's involved in the community as a member of the unified special olympics and the regular special olympics where
he competes in soccer, swimming, bocci, baseball, track and field. he's the manager of the school lacrosse team. involved in this year's musical and voted homecoming king. as an eagle scout in troop 91 kevin earned 36 merit badges and led a group of 38 others in building a ga z-bo on the high chool grounds in just two -- gazebo on the high school grounds in just two days. kevin is a heining example of commitment to community -- is a shining example of commitment to community service. congratulations, kevin, on earning this well-deserved rank f eagle scout. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize christine, allie and kim for their work in the community combating type 1
diabetes. after all three women had a child diagnosed with diabetes in 2014, they began raising money to find a cure. in 2016, they took their efforts even further, starting the type one parent project foundation, focused on providing support and guidance for families in my district in bucks and montgomery counties as well as raising general awareness about type one diabetes. this year this organization will continue to expand its efforts, increasing the number and range of speakers at their meetings, creating a mentoring program where older kids can mentor younger ones about the effects of type one diabetes and they will in the coming months award several scholarships to local families so kids can attend the american diabetes camp freedom, a week-long overnight camp for kids that have diabetes. mr. speaker, i want to thank them for all the work they're doing to cope kids and help kids safe in our community and
educate our community about children facing this challenge. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. jeffries, for five minutes. . jeffries: mr. speaker, reckless, regreves and reprehensible republican budget cuts funding for social ecurity, cuts medicare, cuts medicaid,. the republican budget cuts funding for meals on wheels, cuts funding for school violence prevention programs. it even cuts funding for the special olympics. who does that? the republican budget seeks to balance itself on the backs of working families, middle-class folks, senior citizens, the poor, the sick, the afflicted, veterans, rural america, and the safety of our children.
it's an abdication of responsibility. it's a dirlix of duty. it's a -- dereliction of duty. the reckless republican budget is a raw deal for the american people. democrats have a better deal focused on better jobs, better wages and a better future for the american people. democrats have a better deal focused on higher pay, lower costs, and providing the american people with the tools to succeed in the 21st century economy. democrats have a better deal focused on improving the quality of life of everyday americans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess
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