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mark zuckerberg. eight questions for him smchlt questions include two weeks ago reported ork times" cambridge analytica harvested personal data of 50 million 87 million ou say users, what is the real number? am i one of the 87 million question?other does facebook keep track of me when i'm not using facebook? opt out of data collection? how much money does facebook my phone lling history? employees laughing at pictures i sent my spouse? hard es facebook make it to figure any of this out? don't know if the questions will today,ed by house members but you can see for yourself, starting 10:00 when you go to c-span3 and you can also see what was asked from senators on side when mr. zuckerberg was interviewed then. hearing, a lot of time devoted to that. go to our website at
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have ability to watch that. house of representatives as paul ryan set to make this announcement, set to come in and do business. we'll take you to them now. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., april 11, 2018. i hereby appoint the honorable don bacon 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 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
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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: mr. speaker, the president said to reporters at the white house on monday, quote, it's a disgrace, it's frankly a real disgrace, it's an attack on our country, a true sense of attack for all we stand for, end quote. i think this is a real disgrace but not the investigation of the president. special at the investigation and those close to him and i don't think lawful warrants for the homes, offices, fellow drifter are the problem. rather, it's the constant threat to further obstruct justice by a sitting president.
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to thwart those lawful investigations from reaching their logical conclusions. that is what i and a lot of patriotic americans are worried about. what we find disgraceful is the president's attitude towards law enforcement and the circumstances that have led us to this moment, including the apparent dealings with the kremlin, the campaign finance violation, using one's elected office to influence and even try to end an investigation in hich you are the target. when he's the target it's, quote, disgraceful. before we left for the easter break, democrats in the judiciary committee made a commitment we would be on the first plane back to washington to initiate hearings that the president took action to further obstruct justice, including firing the attorney general for recusing himself or deputy attorney general or the special counsel. the president reiterated his threats to subvert justice by
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firing key justice officials this week. so i feel obligated to reiterate my commitment to defending the constitution and the rule of law as a citizen of this nation. let's be clear -- republicans have no intention of investigating, holding hearings, or taking seriously their constitutional mandate no matter how far this president goes. the thletes kneel during anthem or the president salutes a marine while holding a cup of coffee, that's a constitutional crisis. when the president threatens to fire the special counsel, well, you know. we cannot rely on americans to defend democracy and our system of government as long as they find political and personal advantage in walking lockstep with the president or they tremble in fear of what would be in a tweet if they stepped out of line. and we as democrats, we're in the minority so we're almost powerless unless some of our fellow colleagues put country
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ahead of party. but human beings are very resourceful and fight fiercely for their own freedom. when we unite in great numbers we can accomplish many goals. in selma and elsewhere, martin luther king said that lynchings and others couldn't withstand the power of the people in fighting for injustice and inequality. the resistance known as the prague spring when people stood up to tanks and repression and eventually the wall came down. people are still fighting to secure their freedom and in china, the image of a lone man standing up to tanks to defend his country moved the world. one man standing up will not be enough. but many american women and men are already heeding the call. young people from parkland, florida, called us to washington by the millions despite vicious attacks.
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women led the way by the millions in washington and around the world. and when our muslim brothers and sisters called us to the airports to oppose trump's religious ban we came in numbers. we have to be ready to come to washington quickly, massively, energetically, in huge number when the shoe drops. we have to answer the call to defend the call we all love, and we must be unified as americans. my fellow americans, we must be ready to stand up again and again and answer the call when our nation is under attack and threatened by a tyrant. together, the american people can fight petty disregard for law and order, the data driven divisively and media manipulation to defend the country we love. to do so we must be ready and we must be together. the speaker pro tempore: the
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chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. -- members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. the gentleman from illinois is recognized for five minutes, mr. bost. mr. bost: i rise to recognize the patriotism and generosity of al catsenberger, jr., a true friend to illinois and its veterans. a thunderstorm blew through a cemetery in poe las key county. e flags that make up the cemetery was no -- they were destroyed and it's a center of pride for our local community. al, who served in the u.s. navy for over 40 years, decided to take action. he donated 50 new flug poles. to al, we say thank you for
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your decades of service to our nation and your continued dedication to honoring our national veterans. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from alabama, ms. sewell, for five minutes. ms. sewell: -- the speaker pro tempore: ok. we'll recognize mr. mcgovern from massachusetts for five minutes. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, the farm bill should be about helping our farmers and strengthening our food and nutrition programs. it shouldn't be about beating up on poor people. as the house agriculture committee prepares to mark up the 2018 farm bill, i rise to express my deep concern and my outrage with reports that republicans on the committee are considering drastic cuts to the supplemental nutrition assistance program, known as snap. press reports indicate that the majority intends to dismantle the core function of snap, to pay for a huge new untested bureaucracy while cutting and
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even eliminating benefits for millions of the most vulnerable americans, including seniors, older workers, individuals with disabilities, working families with children, and other struggling adults. we're still awaiting the full details of the plan which was crafted behind closed doors without input from democrats on the committee. i am not even sure any input from republicans on the committee. but this is what we have learned. that the republicans intend to focus their cuts in three areas. first, we're hearing chairman conway's bill will eliminate broad-based categorycal eligibility that helps working families with kids and seniors qualify for benefits when times are tough. more than 40 states currently implement this option which allows them to raise income cutoffs and ease asset limits. oad-based categorical also eligibility would not help people lift themselves out of
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poverty. estimates suggest at least 400,000 eligible households will lose their snap benefits if broad-based categorical eligibility is eliminated and 265,000 students will lose access to free lunches at schools. i mean, really? mr. speaker, this is shameful. we are also reading that the republicans are looking to cut benefits for households with out-of-pocket utility expenses by disconnecting the link between snap and the low-income heating energy assistance program known as liheap. it will make them produce the actual bills for the expense rather than receiving a standard allowance. it will force the elderly, force people who are disabled and working families to make another trip to the snap office and cut benefits for those who are unable to produce the receipts. mr. speaker, we expect this proposal will cut benefits by at least $6.6 billion.
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lastly, we heard the republicans intend to focus much of their damaging proposal on harsh work requirementes that target vulnerable groups of adults who do not have children or other pendents. we are reading that they will have a new massive bureaucracy and subject three million to five million vulnerable americans to new mandatory work requirements. the population is diverse. many have limited access to education with more than 80% having no more than a high school education or g.e.d. some have mental health issues, difficult histories of substance abuse or ex-offenders with nowhere else to turn. as many as 60,000 of them are veterans who have served our country. these childless adults on snap, often extremely poor and sometimes experience chronic homelessness. they turn to snap as a safety net when they lose their jobs, their hours at work are cut or their wages are so low they are
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unable to make ends meet. under current law, they are already subjected to severe time limits on the program. they are only provided access to benefits for three months out of a three-year period are completely cut off assistance after that time if they have not been able to find work. mr. speaker, this congress should be committed to helping people who are living in poverty and working to help make their lives easier, not cutting them off from assistance when they most need he it. estimates suggest as many as one million people will lose assistance if these incredibly damaging work proposals advance. the house agriculture committee held 23 hearings on snap over the past several years. i attended every single one. we heard testimony from dozens of witnesses, democrats republicans and democrats alike, and not one witness, not one, mr. speaker, suggested we make the drastic changes to the program that will cut off those most in need of assistance, let alone the ones that the republican majority are advancing. quite frankly, i don't know where these ideas are coming from. make some right-wing think tank
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but they are not coming from the agriculture committee. let's be clear what's happening. speaker ryan made clear a few weeks ago that he views the farm bill as a key piece of his misguided welfare reform agenda. just yesterday president trump issued a new executive order aimed at forcing snap recipients off assistance. the republican farm bill isn't about trying to help people. it's about politics and about appeasing the right wing of the republican party. it relies on negative stereotypes of undermining our safety net programs. mr. speaker, it's disgusting. mr. speaker, i plead with you, i plea with chairman conway and republicans in this congress to stop this attack on those who are living in poverty. snap is an important program. it's about providing people food, and i urge my colleagues on both sides to reject any and all proposals that will undermine this important program. the war against the poor must stop. with that i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman
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from pennsylvania, mr. hompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in celebration of national library week which began on sunday and runs through saturday, april 14. this year's theme is library's lead and misty copeland is the chair. national library week is an observance sponsored by the libraries across the country each april. it is time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and promote the support. all types of libraries, school, academic, special participate. celebrations during national library week including national library workers day which is a day for library staff, users, administrators and friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. national book mobile day which is celebrated today to recognize contributions of our nation's book mobiles and the
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dedicated professionals who make outreach possible in their communities. tomorrow is take action for libraries day which is a national library advocacy effort. mr. speaker, this year marks the 60th anniversary of national library week. in the mid 1950's, research showed that americans were spending less on books and more on radios and television and musical instruments. concerned that americans were reading less, the american library association and the american book publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the national book committee in 1954. the committee's goals range from encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time to improving income and health and developing strock and happy family -- strong and happy family life. in 1957, the committee developed a plan for national library week based on once people were motivated to read they would support and use libraries. with the cooperation of the american library association with the help from the advertising council, the first
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national library week was observed in 1958 with the theme, wake up and read. national library week was observed again in 1959, and the american library association council voted to continue the annual celebration. when the national book committee disbanded in 1974, the national library association assumed full sponsorship. this marks six decades this year. the honorary chair is not only a best-selling author but also the principal dancer at the american ballet theater, making her the first african-american woman to ever be promoted to that position in the company's 75-year history. misty's passion is giving back and she's worked with many charitable organizations dedicated to giving of her time to work with and mentor young boys and girls. it's clear she's an excellent role model for our youth and a strong supporter of libraries. mr. speaker, libraries have always been a great equalizer in our society. our libraries promote knowledge
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is power and every american regardless of their personal life circumstances. from the magnificent of the library of congress to smalltown libraries, i wish everyone a happy national library week. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. barragan, for fife minutes. ms. barragan: i rise today in recognition of dr. willie j. hagan who is retiring after a storied career as an educator and most recently served as president of the california state university in domingo hills. i'm also proud that he's able to join us today in this chamber. he began his career at university of connecticut where he earned a ph.d. in psychology before moving to california where he became vice president of administration in cal state fullerton. during his time there he found
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time to earn a master of fine arts in screen writing from ucla and also write a screen play. during his tenure at cal state-dominguez hill he is worked tirelessly to advance the goals of the university by providing quality education, scholarship opportunities and services that have been transformative. under his leadership, cal state-dominguez hills experienced continuous growth in graduation rate, enrollment, tenure track faculty appointments and enhanced student services while bringing distinction to the university , he led an ahn wavering commitment to student success which promoted highly impactful student-focused initiatives. dr. hagan is well respected and admired educator who has demonstrated his commitment to the advancement of higher education and community growth. i wish dr. hagan the best of luck in his future endeavors,
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which i'm sure will include spending time with his wife betty who is also an educator. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, -- the gentleman from texas for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. national security is border security. mr. poe: recently i visited my friend, congressman cuellar's, hometown of laredo, texas, on the texas-mexico border. being from texas i've been to the border 20 times since i've been in congress. the boarder is actually the middle of the rerhee yow grand rive. i've toured the river with the border patrol, state officers and national guard. it's a long boarder from el paso to brownsville, texas, is about 900 miles. a river border.
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laredo is right here in the southeastern portion. standing on the united states side of the border near laredo, i look aid cross straight into mexico. a seemingly innocent, stark white water plant peeked out over the thick brush. looking closer, a figure appeared, having a radio and binoculars in his hand. why? he's wait fwrg the border patrol to pass. ready to send a go signal to another group of illegals ready to rush across the rio grande river. the drug cartels, mr. speaker, control border crossings. whether they are smuggling drugs, people, or criminals. the cartels have an advance system in place. sophisticated criminal network. they have scouts on both sides of the border. with cell phones and surveillance equipment. they have stash houses on both sides of the border where they hide drugs and people. so they can move them closer to america. everyone pays to cross.
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in the la ray doe sector, a violent cartel are in control. no one cross into the united states without their permission. the cartels, the zetas, for example, hide in the bushes ready to stop anyone who tries to cross without their permission and paying the money. how much it costs depend on where the person is from butern pays. whether a person is from central america, china, or mexico. make no mistake about it, the cartels are the ones who make money off illegal crossings into the united states. president trump has authorized state governors to use the national guard to help secure and protect the borders. our border patrols do the best they can to apprehend illegal crossers but they are outmanned, outgunned and outfinanced. technology helps but there's far too little of it. the cameras operating in the laredo sector are from the 1990's. a cell phone camera is better than the cameras they have.
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we need to have high tech cameras along the entire border. chasm rahs help spot illegals as they slip over the river and through the tangled brush on both sides of the river. the national guard will take over monitoring these cameras, monitoring censor -- sensor activation, conducting surveillance on sky boxes or other posts and operating vehicles. this will free up law enforcement restors patrol the border and make arrests. we must have a mix of physical and virtual barriers on the texas-mexico border rm laredo needs about 30 more camera towers to secure the border. border patrol needs to see the illegals and adjust manpower needed for the threat. the united states needs to prevent people from crossing into the united states in the first place by having boats in the rio grande river. remember, the river, the center of the river is the international border.
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not the shoreline in the united states. once a person crosses and they are on the shore, they are in the united states. they are not on the bored. boats from customs and border patrol, the state of texas and the coast forward should patrol the berd. i traveled the rio grande river with texas law enforcement and where there is a boat present, illegals do not cross. our longtime policy was to let people cross into the united states, then apprehend as many as we could and send a few back to their native country. that philosophy needs to change by keeping illegals, drugs and gangs from crossing in the first place. patrol the river. also, we must use more aerostaff, small blimps that have cameras that look 0 miles in each direction. we must further use the new high tech fiber ooptic lines that run under the shoreline that detect any movement crossing that line, whether it's human, animal,
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airplane, a tunnel beneath or even a bullet. our border patrol agents are on the front lines and the number of agents is dwindling. there are more officers in the city of new york than there are in the entire border patrol. there is no doubt the national guard deployment will be a welcome relief for our border patrol agents. the greatest country on earth, mr. speaker, must have the moral will to stop illegal entry into the united states. we must address america's border security because it is a national security issue. secure america first. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, once again, i rise because i love my country. i love what it stands for. i love the concept of government of the people, by the people,
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for the people. and mr. speaker, because i believe in this, and because i believe in the constitution of the united states of america, mr. speaker, i rise to announce that i do not approve of nor do support the notion that we should have war by twitter. that we should announce that we are going to war with a tweet. i disapprove, i do not support it. questions of war should be brought before the congress of the united states of america for our input, our debate and our vote. it's easy. to say what you would do when you don't have to vote to do it. i believe congress has a responsibility, a duty, and an obligation to stand up in times like these and make our positions known. on questions of war. and peace. this is the congress of the
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united states of america. this is our responsibility. and mr. speaker, i am having my staff as i speak now tweet out my opposition to that tweet. i want to make sure the people that read twitter are aware of my position. i don't know what others will do. but i know this. i'm making my demand that congress have this opportunity to have input. and mr. speaker, because i love my country, because i love the if titution, i believe that mr. resident should fire mueller, mr. speaker, he should be impeached. whether he will be or not is a question to be decided in the house of representatives. but i can guarantee you this. there will be articles of impeachment if he fires mr. mueller. whether someone else will bring them or not, i do not know.
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but if no one else does, there will be articles of impeachment because i will bring them. i love my country. i'm not going to watch this president decimate the constitution. i love my country. we didn't act when he fired comey. we should act if he fires mueller. and i plan to take that action. i say this in closing. we have seen under this president a deterioration of respect for the rule of law. this country is great because no one is above the law. are we now going to allow the president to be beyond justice? this is a moment in time, a crucial, critical, moment in time for every person to determine whether they're going to be the true patriots that we claim to be. this is our moment. let us stand up for the
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constitutionened the american people. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the chair recognizes the gentleman from connecticut, mr. courtney, for five minutes. mr. courtney: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, today, april 11, 2018, is a special day in southeastern connecticut. it marks the 150th anniversary of when the state of connecticut and the city of new london conveyed a deed of gift to the u.s. navy that today still stands as the naval submarine base in new london which has had a glorious, distinguished career in terms of our national defense. again, on that date in 1867, when the deed was signed and given to gideon well the secretary of the navy at the time, himself a native of the state of connecticut, glasstonbury, connecticut, it was the result of an effort by one of my predecessors,
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congressman augustus brandagee who got an appropriation that set up this conveyance. a ressman branndeghee, was member of this body a supporter of abolition, voted in favor of the 13th amendment, and he was somebody who was a frequent friend of president lincoln at the time, they rode horseback together in the morning and was a very strong ally of the president. again, after that deed of gift was signed, the navy base was a coaling station that provided a way station for navy ships in new england waters to get refueled. it also was a place that civil war navy ships were stored in the wake of that conflict. again, fast forward to 1915, that's when the navy actually designated that base as a submarine base. again it was a timely event because very shortly thereafter
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with the u.s. involvement in world war i where uboat activity obviously was the driving force for why the u.s. got into that conflict, the submarine base in new london became a critical part of our effort in terms of that conflict. again, moving forward, even from 1915, when the first subs arrived at the navy base in world war ii, as admiralny mits who headed up our -- as almirl anymore its, who headed -- admiral nimitz, who headed up the efforts in that war, the base was a site where a lot of submarines that were part of that conflict actually took on that struggle and again tragic, catastrophic losses but nonetheless i think for most historians, particularly in the pacific region, will affirm it was in fact a submarine force that was critical in terms of
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holding the line, particularly in 1942 and early 1943. again, after world war ii, the base had another, i think, huge play, role, in our national testifies with the development of the nuclear navy. admiral rickover who developed the u.s.s.: -- u.s.s. naught las launched in the 1950's, that took place in new london, connecticut. electric boat was the shipyard what the nautilus was built. today our submarine force is completely nuclear powered, again, we have 15 attack submarines at the gra tin base, gra tin, new london base, which doing important work both in the european theater in terms of putin's much more afwressive naval resurgent activities, as well as other combatant commands around the world. so again, the wisdom of my predecessor and certainly the state of connecticut to really
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site a navy base, submarine base today, in a place that's strategic in terms of critical regions of the world is paying important dividends for our national defense. as i'm standing here today there's a ceremony taking place to again commemorate congressman brandeghee's vision, secretary of the navy gideon wells' participation and all the great service that's taken place in the wake of that historic moment. to all of you in the state and all the 10,000 sailors who serve at the gra tin navy base today, thank you for keeping this incredible legacy and important future mission alive because again our national defense depends on it. with that i yield back. .
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he made the announcement official at a news conference that just wrapped up about 10 minutes ago.


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