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permanentazr and u.s. all ent nazr zaca, are sitting in iranian jails on bogus accusations of -- on bogus accusations of collaborating in espionage and u.s. citizen robert levinson is still missing more than 10 years after he went missing in iran. our hearts go out to these victims, our hearts go out to their families as we call for the immediate release of all u.s. citizens and permanent residents held in iran. with this we will impose tough sanctions on the regime and we do that for its corruption, for its attacks on innocent americans and its attacks on >> iran sanctions bill, one of the six bills the house debated earlier this afternoon and
expected to vote on that sanction bill. in ouse gaveling back momentarily. those will be coming up in a moment or so. we will have it live. the senate is done for the day after approving the nomination of kyle duncan to be u.s. circuit court judge for the fifth circuit. live for the house floor for votes here on c-span. wl be tak foowing order. suspending the rules and agreeing to h.con.res. 111, suspending the rules and passing h.r. 5086, and agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal if ordered. first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. royce, to suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution 111 as amended on which the yeas and nays were
ordered. the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: concurrent resolution 11, recognizing the efforts of the united bid committee to fifa world 26 fed cup competition to canada, mexico and the united states. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to the resolution as amended? members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: the yeas are 392 and the nays are 3. the rules are suspended and the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished is vote on the motion of the the gentleman from florida, mr. webster, to suspend he rules and pass h.r. 5086 on which the the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk: h.r. 5086 a bill to
require the director of the national science foundation to develop a course to support commercialalization ready companies and for other purposes. ism the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is on the question on agreeing to the speaker's approval ofhe journal which the chair will put de novo. the question is on agreeing to the speakes approval of the journal. those in favor sayye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ay have it. the journaltands approved. for what purpose does the for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognitio >> unanimous consent request. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state the
unanimous consent request. >> mr.peer, i ask unanimous consent that representative clay higgins of louisiana be removed as co-sponsor of house resolution 817. thepeaker pro tempor witho objection. mr. green thank you, mr. speaker. the house will come t order. plase remove yo conversations from the floor. for what purposeoes the gentleman frosouth carolina seek recgnition? >> mr. spker, i ask unanimous consen to ha my name removed as co-sponsor from h.r. 1310. thepeaker pro tempore: without objection. the house willcome to order. please remove your conversations rom the floor.
for what purpe es the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to remo my name as co-sponsor from h.res. 774. the speaker pro tempor without jection. house will be order. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> m speaker, i ask unanous consent that when the house adjourn today it adjourn toeet at 9:0a.m.omorrow. the speaker p tempore: without jection >> i ask unanimouconsent that the committee on governmentnd
oversight reform be dcharged from further consideration of house resolution 838 and ask for its immediate consideration in the hse. the speaker pro tempore: t clerk will report the titlef the resolution. the crk: house resolution38, resoluti honong the life of first lady barbara bush. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to consiration of the resution? without objection the resolution is agreed to. the tion iso the reconsider laid on the table. the house will come to order. please remove your conversations rom the for.
for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? the house will be in order. please remove your conversations from the floor. the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i'd like to take this time to speak about and reflect on the wonderful life of our former first lady, barbara bush. to those who knew her they knew the amount of love and kindness she exemplified every single day on this earth. she was a caring and compassionate wife, mother, and grandmother. mr. williams: who displayed true devotion to her country in all phases of her life. i had the great honor of knowing mrs. bush and her family. i have many fond memories of
summers with her and president bush that my family and i will cherish forever. on april 21, the day she was laid to rest in houston, texas, the congress regation in that church and people around the world remember her with fondness and admiration. she will always be missed but she will never be forgotten. i hope all of you in this chamber will join me for a moment of silence to remember the life and legacy of former first lady barbara bush. mr. williams: may god bless the bush family and may god bless this nation that's better for her. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom illinois seek recognition?
without objection. >> mr. speaker, young americans vote at the lowest rates of any age group and this is rooted in the unique obstacles faced by college students. mr. krishnamoorthi: when students move to a new campus, often in a new state, having never voted or even reng is it -- registered to vote, they lack the institutional support to help them navigate the voting process. that's why senator booker and i have introduced the help students vote act. our legislation will take three mainly steps in eliminating the obstacles -- major steps in eliminating the obstacles students face in vogt. first, it requires every college an university to send voter registration information to all its students twice a year, at least 30 days before registration deadlines. second, it requires every school to designate a campus vote coordinator to answer students' questions about voting and to promote voting.
and third, it encourages civic engagement by authorizing grants to colleges and universities that take exemplary action to promote political participation. the help students vote act is essential and will help our country better engage the next generation of american citizens. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. poe: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. poe: mr. speaker, it is remarkable that harris county, texas, precinct four deputy constable christopher gains is alive. on anita: 17 deputy gains -- on anita: 17 deputy gains and three other officers responded to a call. approaching the house, the officers were cautious and rightfully. so after all, mr. speaker, 22%
of police officers that are shot occur during domestic violence calls. suddenly the outlaw dashed out of the house with his guns blazing. the deputies returned fire, but with little or no area to take cover, two-year veteran of the force, deputy constables gains, was shot in the abdomen at point blank range with a shotgun. gains' wife even heard the shots from their nearby home. gains' fellow officers rushed him to the hospital and put him directly into surgery. gains' only thoughts were of his wife and 4-year-old daughter. thanks to the good lord and the medical professionals at memorial herman, zoe's dad is alive. after speaking with him, he told me he is in high spirits and expected to recover. he's already talking about returning to work. mr. speaker, deputy christopher gains is one of the rare breed of the american lawmen that always stand ready to protect and defend the rest of us from evil doers.
and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? without objection. mr. payne: mr. speaker, new jersey's 10th congressional district is the home of the port newark elizabeth main terminal, the largest port on the east coast. newark liberty national airport, amtrak's boston to d.c. line, the center of that 78 going -- d root route 78 going west in this nation. transportation infrastructure drives my district's economic and growth and the economy of states throughout the northeast. the white house and the congressional republicans have penalty is the past year promising to rebuild america's
infrastructure. but all the american people have gotten is a raw deal that would sell off america's infrastructure to wall street and leave main street to fill in all the potholes. the people who live in my district deserve a better deal than they're getting under this majority and this administration. my democratic colleagues and i have a real plan to rebuild america. it's five times as big as the puny propose albie the white house. democrats want to create 16 million new paying jobs, build bridges -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. payne: clear roads, broadband to schools, water infrastructure, energy grids and transit. that's what my constituents and the american people deserve. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition?
without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise to discuss the dire need we have for term limits in the congress. 86% of americans agree, but it's possible that congress doesn't. i've introduced the thomas jefferson public service act of 2018 to create a limit of 12 years without amending the constitution. something which we all know will never happen. it's time for congress to fish or cut bait. to the argument that -- about the value of seniority, i would humbly suggest that we ask the 18 to 25-year-old millennials in our country, these folks here, who will be voting and taking over the work force. mr. rooney: as you can see here, they voted massively for democrats in 2016.
that's the blue. and would have left an electoral college of 504 democrats, 23 republicans. across the business world where i come from, employers are responding to the millennials' lack of concern for seniority, refusal to wait their turn, and unquestioning -- and questioning deference to authority. i'm not making a value judgment. i'm telling you, that's the way they are and if you want employees and good people, you got to deal with their concerns. the digital age is different. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. rooney: we republicans have a chance of convincing them that we're nimble, flexible and responsive by adopting this law. if we stay in our rut, like hamlet, we deserve our fate. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. tonko: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, last year this chamber rammed through a tax cut for billionaires and wealthy corporations. paid for on the backs of
america's middle class. you don't hear them talk about it much anymore, though. because it was a very bad deal. this year the president's budget includes a half a trillion dollars in cuts to medicare. and republicans wanted to eliminate medicare and turn it into a voucher. that's a bad deal. the president's budget includes a $1.4 trillion cut to medicaid. my republican colleagues have tried to cut medicaid time and time again with a. crmple a. repeals -- a.c.a. repeals. those are a bad deal. today more than half of our seniors would live in poverty without social security. they rely on medicare and medicaid to care for them and their -- in their golden years from doctors' visits to prescription drugs to nursing homes. after all, seniors paid towards these programs through their entire working life. democrats have plans to strengthen social security, strengthen medicare and strengthen medicaid. that's a better deal. and america and her people deserve a better deal. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom kentucky seek recognition?
without objection, the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor ben quinn sr. from glasgow, kentucky, for his indunks into the university of kentucky college -- indunks into the university of kentucky college hall of distinction. he graduated from -- and has 50 years of experience in civil engineering. 35 years ago he started his own company with only two employees in glasgow. mr. guthrie: now american engineers has over 100 employees in kentucky and georgia. american engineers has worked on several projects in kentucky's second district, including the william h. snatcher expressway, the owens bro regional health hospital, and the western kentucky university baseball field. next week is small business week and i cannot think of a better example of building a small business from the ground up than ben, his wife, and his family. ben is an outstanding member of our community, i am proud to
recognize his achievement. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise today to join with the armenian community in commemorating the 103rd anniversary of the armenian genocide with my colleague, congressman david valadao, who we both represent a large constituency of armenians. on april 24, 1915, the ottoman empire began to systemically deport and kill 1 1/2 million armenians, sending them to their death. mr. costa: it was systemic, it was planned. but as history has shown, the armenian people are stronger than any attack, even genocide. the first genocide in the 20th century, by the way. many armenians settled in in the california san joaquin valley where i was raised and
now i have the honor to represent. i heard their stories of their losses with their families. but i also saw their determination, their joy and their strength and their contributions to our community and to our nation. the armenian people show us that we must move forward. but we must never forget where we are from and who we are. and therefore the congress and the president must sooner than later officially go on record recognizing the armenian genocide. tonight i stand with the armenian people and commemorate their spirit. we move forward, we must never forget. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to remember those lives lost in the armenian genocide more than 1 ears -- 100 years ago. from 1915 to 1923 the ottoman
empire engaged in the systemic and organized deportation and extermination of over two million men, women and children from armenia. today these horrific events have become known as the armenian genocide. mr. valadao: many of those able to flee immigrated to the united states and settled in the central valley of california. today their families continue to grow, thrive and pass along their cultural heritage into their adopted communities. the sense of loss as a result of these horrific acts runs deep as many armenian americans personally know a friend or family member who was unable to escape the genocide. as a result, the armenians throughout the united states have been steadfast in their efforts to continue to ensure the memory of those lost never fades. despite the horrors of this time, broader national consensus that these events are rightfully identified as genocide, the foreign policy united states refuses to acknowledge what so many already know to be true. as co-chair of the congressional armenian caucus, i ask my colleagues in the
house of representatives to stand with me in recognizing and remembering the two million lives who were lost and forever changed by these tragic events. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? ms. kaptur: request to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one mep. ms. kaptur: mr. speaker, -- for more than 30 years greedy corporate chief danes enabled by the republican party have chipped chirningsed, chipped away at workers' rights, decent wages and secure pension benefits. in fact, they've even moved corporations to penny-wage environments, all in the name of preventing workers from improving their lives here and the lives of their families. our latest fight is to ensure pension security for retirees who already paid into their earned benefits. since 2014, we fought to protect millions of multiemployer pensioners at risk of insolvency. they should yield what they
were guaranteed. democrats have proposed solutions to ensure these retirees get a better deal. we rallied behind the butch lewis act, which has 160 co-sponsors, including republicans, but where's the house republican leadership? instead of helping retirees across in nation -- this nation with pension security, they forced passage of a trillion-dollar tax cut for the rich. this should tell you all you need to know about the republicans' raw deal. our 2018 recent funding bill secured a committee on pension security that is tasked to find a solution by the end of this year. america's retirees shouldn't be let down. they've earned a better deal. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. tenney: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize a
dear friend, jennifer o'brien of binghamton, new york, she was recently designated as the 2018 new york mother of the year. jennifer has dedicated her life to helping others and especially those who have been less fortunate. jennifer is the mother of two beautiful children, both whom have cerebral palsy. along with her full-time job at health processes, jennifer serves as the executive director of life is washable and as executive director of the american special hockey association. through life is washable, jennifer has implemented innovative programs which have allowed children with special needs to play sports and participate in community events with their families. in addition to serving over 50,000 people with these programs, jennifer serves over 3,000 members of the american special hockey association. she's also responsible for the construction of the largest accessible playground in new york state known as our space in binghamton, new york.
mr. speaker, please join me in recognizing jennifer o'brien's outstanding accomplishments as a wife, a mother and an advocate. jennifer is one of those rare individuals who possesses endless energy, integrity, courage, tenacity and compassion. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for no more than one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the victims of a deadly mass shooting at a waffle house in ant oklahoma, tennessee, early on the morning -- in antioch, tennessee, early on the morning of sunday. four young lives were lost, joe lynn ez, torian c. sander silva.ila da they crossed paths a at the restaurant expecting nothing more than good food.
i would also like to recognize james shaw jr., a nashvillian and hero. his courageous and decisive action saved many lives he doesn't consider himself a hero but his actions clearly prove he is a hero he gave us hope in one of our darkest days. we are heart breaken for the -- heart broken for the tragic loss of life. may we remember mr. shaw's words, i hope we can bring violence to an end in all facets, not just gun violence but all violence. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom kansas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for a time not to exceed one minute. >> mr. speaker, april 29 through may 5 is national small business week. recent studies and surveys show that small business optimism is
at an all-time high and i've seen that firsthand with the businesses i've met throughout the big first district in kansas. mr. marshall: today i rise to recognize the hard work and perseverance our small business owners have and acknowledge their critical role in our local communities. in the united states, small businesses create about two out of every three jobs per year and more than half of americans own or work for a small business. over the past year and a half i've had the opportunity to have meaningful conversations with many small businesses across my district from superior boiler works in hutchison to midwest energy in hayes i've listened and learned about the ways we can better support small businesses in kansas. due to the tax cuts and job act, i'm proud that small businesses will now work with lower tax rates and a fairer tax code. from big cities to small towns, entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country are creating jobs and contributing to the growth of local economies.
i encourage my colleagues to join me in celebrating our small usiness leaders. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom nevada seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to remember the life of patricia "patty" mestes. she was a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. country n: she loved music and traveling. she would go to almost every country show within driving distance of her house. one of her favorite artists with us jason aldean and she was excited to see him perform in las vegas. patricia loved to laugh and smile. she had a fun-loving spirit and was young at heart. she's remembered for being
outdoing, likable and being sensitive to other people's concerns and problem. i would like to extend my condolences to patricia's family an friends -- and friends. please know that the city of las vegas, the state of nevada and the whole country grieve with you. i yield back the remainedmoifer time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize a member of the committee on education and the work force staff who is retiring after more than 29 years of public service. molly mclalklon somme began her congressional career as the staff assistant on the committee in the 100th congress. she rose through the ranks and served as deputy director of work force policy for 16 years. eight committee chair, republicans and democrats have had the benefit of molly's
guidance, direction and honest feedback. molly may be the longest serving member of the committee's work force staff but she has the heart of an educator. long ago, she established herself as a trustworthy, wise, and encouraging mentor to members of the committee staff. as an educator myself, i know it sometimes isn't easy to share what you know with someone one-on-one to watch them try, sometimes fail and get back up again. molly has not only made mentoring look easy but she has set a standard for paying it forward that we should all strive to reach. we wish molly all the best and we will miss her more than she will ever know. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one
minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentlewoman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. for too many hard working families, job opportunities are down, medical bills are up, and wages are flat. people are sick and tired of getting a raw deal from washington. let me tell you what a raw deal looks like. mrs. bustos: i met a home care nurse who lives near me. she works full time, her husband works full time too. they want to give their two kids the best childhood they possibly can but they can't even afford to take their kids to the movies. because tickets and popcorn and soda are just a little too much. so when i asked what they did for fun she said they have cable television. so how are we supposed to explain to a family like this who can only give their kids the disney channel, instead of disney world, that the majority in congress just gave a $3.5 billion taxpayer funds to the six largest banks on wall street? that's a raw deal and it's wrong.
instead, we should fight every single day to give a better deal built on a foundation of better jobs, better way, and a better future for all americans. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, yesterday on april 23, the army reserve marked 110 years in service to the army and united states of america. mr. thompson: evolving from the medical reserve corps in 1908 to the most capable, combat ready federal reserve force in our nation's history. rise to say thank you to our soldiers pa past and present and their families for serving all these years. in today's full spectrum environment, america's armed forces must be prepared to respond quickly through to the capable and sophisticated high end threats. they must conduct sustained
counterterrorist operations and work in many areas of the world while defending the homeland. they have a strength of 199 ldiers, 11,000 civilians and 2,075 units. they account for 20% of the army's orling niced units and provides half the army's total maneuver support. i whole heartedly thank the army reserve for defending our nation with honor and distinction for the past 110 years. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for a time not to exceed one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to remember the life of mr. joe bill dickerson who passed away on march 24 at the age of 88. mr. dickerson was raised in
homerville, georgia, in georgia's first congressional district and truly worked hard throughout his life to make this world a better place. mr. carter: after graduating from college with an agriculture degree, mr. dickerson enlisted in the air force, training in chemical, biological and radiological warfare he served in the air force until 1953 when he went on to pharmacy school at the university of georgia. mr. dickerson served in many levels of pharmacy he worked in pharmaceutical sales, at a hospital, the local pharmacy and even became a pharmacy professor at the university of georgia. today, pharmacists like myself work throughout the state of georgia and learn their craft under the watchful eye of an experienced mr. joe bill dickerson. his expertise, colorful personality and dedication to the betterment of others will truly be missed. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
mr. garamendi: thank you, mr. speaker. it's good to be back here on the floor to talk about a good deal a better deal, and a raw deal, but before i get into a discussion about how we can move this nation forward and how our colleagues on the other side are really taking us in the wrong direction, i want to put this up for us to take a look at. i suspect i caught your attention having it upside down. did that on purpose. i often start these discussions with this. it's from f.d.r.
one of his great speeches. he said the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have ch, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. i keep coming to this because it's a statement of values. it's a statement of direction, it's a statement of what i believe we should be doing as members of congress and as leaders of this nation. the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have ch, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. my democratic colleagues and i
take this to heart. and we try to structure our policies, our programs, the directions in which we want our country to go, along this line. to make sure that those in our nation, those in our community, those in our states, and even within our families, that they have enough. enough of the wealth of this nation, so that they can enjoy the frutes of their work. so that as they labor, that their eight hours, or 10, or 12 hours a day that they put in, provides them with enough income o that they can have what we learned from our founding fathers, happiness. that's not where we are today. that's not what's happening
today. yes, the economy is moving. yes, the employment rate, unemployment rate, is down. but this congress has just scam. a monumental tax back in december. presumably to grow the economy. it's en you look at that, not a better deal. which is what we democrats want for america. we want a better deal. one in which health care costs come under control. where prescription drugs can be available. where we have a real infrastructure program that actually will build the sanitation system the water systems, dealing with those communities. like those in michigan.
that have contaminated water. those in my state of california where the wells go dry and if they're not dry, those wells are contaminated. we want a better deal for america. so that the minimum wage actually provides sufficient income so that a family cannot only survive, but be able to pay the rent, be able to educate their kids. be able to put food on the table and maybe even have a vacation. we want a better deal for america. we want a country that is internationally competitive. we want a better deal for america's mariners, not where the maritime industry continues to decline as it has for the last 20, 30 years. but rather where it is built up. legislation such as i proposed that would require that a certain percentage, a small percentage, of the natural gas, one of our vital national
resources and our oil and other vie -- another vital national resource, that it be shipped oversees -- overseas on american ships with american sailors,, built, sailors who are -- who can continue to provide the necessary support for our military so that our ship yards can build those l.n.g. container ships as well as the oil ships. we want a better deal for america. . that's what we're here for. so many things. how about an education? why, why should it be that here in america the federal government provides student loans, not at the lowest possible interest rate, which would be the borrowing rate for the federal government, plus maybe half a percent for administrative purposes, but oh, no, our federal government charges maybe twice as much as what the federal government could actually borrow money for. so the markup is like 100%.
that's a raw deal for america. and we try to change that with policy changes that would allow for the refinancing of student loans. we want a better deal for those students as they come out of school, not burdened by heavy debt, but rather able to start a family, buy a car, buy a home , start a small business. but oh, no. somehow our republican colleagues won't consider refinancing student loans. they're able to -- americans are able to refinance their homes, but not their student loans. something's wrong here. we want a better deal for america. so many policies. we want a strong, capable military. but we also want a smart military. we want a government that will protect us from cyberhacking.
look what's happened to america. we basically have allowed the russians to hack into our energy systems, into our power grids. that's not a good deal for america. so where's the federal government stopping that? what actions has the president taken? to protect our electorate, to protect our policies? one raw deal after another, when we offer a better deal. an active federal government that will protect us in cybersecurity. that's what we want. we can't get it. we can't do that now. because our republican colleagues are controlling the house. and what they offered us was a tax scam that is leading to one raw deal after another raw deal. let's understand exactly what's happened here with this tax olicy.
perhaps we could see it best here. the tax scam. g.o.p. gives to the rich and makes every other american pay for it. they do it in just three easy steps. first of all they cut taxes for the rich. i don't know what you've heard about this tax deal that passed with great fanfare just before christmas and the president went down to mar-a-lago just after he signed it, talked to all his rich buddies and said, i have made you so much more wealthy. ndeed, he did. $1.5 trillion, plus more than that, tax cuts. who got them? 83% of all of that money went to american corporations and to the top 1%. a trillion dollars and more.
a raw deal for americans. a tax scam of unprecedented proportions. foisted upon the american public as though somehow it would be good for them. that's step one. they said this tax bill will pay for itself. the essence of trickle-down economics is what it was. and so what's the next thick that happens? -- thing that happens? well, when they passed this bill there wasn't a deficit hawk to be found on the republican side of this house. not one word did i hear from the deficit hawks as they rammed through this tax scam without one public hearing here in the house of representatives. no accountant came in, no tax lawyer came in on a public hearing. slam, bang, done. yeah.
it was done. done in for americans. oh. weren't it hawks exterminated. they're not an endeaningered species. they simply migrated -- endangered species. they simply migrated out of town. guess what, they're back. the deficit hawks are back and they're back with a vengeance and they're back with a plan that will rip the guts out of programs that americans depend upon. social security, medicare, medicaid, food stamps. oh, yes. they're back. because they exploded the deficit. they exploded the deficit. we will have close to a trillion dollar deficit this year. started at $440 billion before the great tax scam. -- on to ed onto it
it. next year, let's just take a look. people say, you're just a politician, you're just up here talking. here's some real news. not fake news. real news. and this comes from, well, let's see. the republican tax cuts to fuel historic deficits. congressional budget office. eported by reuters, april 9, 2018. deficits to top $1 trillion per year by 2020. congressional budget office says. reported in "the washington post." april 9, 2018. cobb, g.o.p. policies -- c.b.o., g.o.p. policies add nearly $1.6 trillion to the deficit. april 10, 2018.
here's one from the "wall street journal." wider than previously expected deficits and mostly temporary spurt in economic growth. real news, not fake news. so the deficits exploded and so the deficit hawks return to town. and what do they want? ell, now they demand big cuts. big, beautiful cuts. medicare, over half a billion. social security -- excuse me, medicare, nearly $1 trillion. social security, half a billion. half a trillion, rather. education, medicaid. that's what the deficit hawks want. because they've come to understand that their big,
beautiful tax scam really is sending this country into a huge deficit for the years to come. so, here's what they propose to do. republicans will cut social security, medicare and medicaid to pay for their tax scam. says who? says the speaker of the house. speaker ryan says, republicans to target welfare, medicare, medicaid in 2018. his words reported in the "the washington post," december 6, 2017. top republicans are already talking about cutting medicare and social security next. reported by fox news, december 20, twent. house -- 2017. house g.o.p. budget plan cuts medicare and social security, "the atlantic."
trump proposes to cut medicare on wall street and defense hirks budget. you heard some of my colleagues -- defense, his budget. you heard some might have colleagues talk about this earlier. so what did the tax scam bring us? a raw deal. a raw deal. for millions upon millions of americans. we want to do it better. we want a better deal for americans. we can control prescription drugs. if we had the votes. we could allow the federal government to negotiate prices for drugs given to or provided for medicare recipients, medicaid recipients and others. we could do it. simple law.
we can do an expansion, we can maintain the expansion of the affordable care act so that some 16 million, 18 million americans could stay on medicaid around the country. in california, 3 1/2 million americans are potentially going to lose their health care insurance if the republicans have their way with medicaid cuts. that's a lot of people, folks. hat's a lot of families. they're not going to have insurance. and the majority of children now born in california and in many other states are on medicaid we call it medi-cal in california. so what have them? what of those children? what kind of a healthy start will they have? speaking of healthy start, one of the programs that the president proposed be cut.
what sense does that make? all so that the tax scam can give a trillion dollars, a trillion and a half dollars to american corporations and to the 1%. trickle-down economics. oh, they say it works. really? they say it works, does it really work? let's take an example. i talked a moment ago about drugs. the most expensive illness in this nation is dementia and alzheimer's. one out of every $5 spent by medicare today is spent for that. and as the baby boom population grows as a percentage of our population, grows into their latter years, alzheimer's is going to bust the bank.
now, one of the great american drug companies, pfizer, had a major alzheimer's research program under way to look for that miracle drug. to understand what alzheimer's is all about. how the brain works or doesn't work. so, they received $3 billion, $4 billion tax reduction in the g.o.p. tax scam. mediately turned around, terminated the alzheimer's research program that they were conducting, and spent the money on stock buybacks. and increased dividends. you know what that does? a stock buyback will increase the price per share, because there are fewer shares outstanding. you know who benefits? you got it, the corporate
executives. because their pay is based upon an increase in the value of the stock. not in more and better drugs. not in hiring more people. not in more research. only by manipulating the price per stock, earnings share. that's what the tax scam did. and it is repeated all across this country. oh, i know, they promised a one-time bonus. not an increase over the years in the salaries and the wages paid to workers, but a one-time bonus. reduced 13% of the tax benefit to corporations has gone to pay for salaries and ages.
that's what the tax scam did. it is the ultimate trickle-down. the democrats want a better deal for america. we have had enough raw deals. we know there is a possibility should our proposals on infrastructure be taken seriously by our republican majority. programs such as peter defazio's, a penny for progress. serious infrastructure. over time, putting 16 million people to work. programs such as i proposed dealing with the export of natural gas and oil that it be on american ships. not all of it, but a small percentage of it. we could build 50 to 100 ships and provide the necessary ocean ransport for our military.
we need real make it in america policies, not something soft and fluffy, but real, strong, make it in america policies. if we are going to spend your taxpayer dollars, those taxpayer dollars would be spent on goods and services made in america. , how many years have i been up here talking about make it in america policies? our efforts -- we were able to increase a little bit, the percentage of made in america for the highway dollars. we're not where we ought to be. ought to prop it up to 80%, 90%, 100, so we can manufacture in america. the president doesn't deal with
this unless you write a law unless you say your taxpayer dollars will be spent not on stuff imported from china. no. no. we are going to continue to push the make it in america policy to make it a better deal, a real deal, not a raw deal. you are going to hear a lot bout this in the days to come. you'll hear a lot about this in the days to come. because we believe what franklin dell nor roosevelt said, when he said the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance to those who have much, a test, a december of f-grade given to
the president and the g.o.p. and my republican colleagues when they passed the great tax scam of 2017 and gave trillion dollars-plus to the superwealthy, to the wall street bankers and to america's big wealthy corporations, who had so much gas, they didn't know what to do with it before there was a tax cut. so they gave it back to wall street. the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much . here's where we are as democrats. .t is whether we provide enough those young mothers out there who need maternity care, who will deliver a baby, on the
medicaid programs across this nation. those are the people we care about. we want young men and women to have a good education. i'm sure the superwealthy can take care of themselves. they don't need a pell grant . they don't need more. but i will fell you that a child -- let's say that child is 16, 17, ready to go to college and his father is earning a minimum wage, there is no way that family can support that kid in college. he'll take out a loan and the federal government will rip him off with an interest rate twice. but the federal government can borrow money for. the test of our progress is what we do for those who have too little. that's our mantra and that's how
we see a better deal for americans. f.d.r. was right. and we'll work to see that it happens in america. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from south carolina, mr. wilson, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. wilson: thank you very much, mr. speaker. as we begin this evening, i want to begin as the -- in my service as co-chair of the french caucus to welcome the president of france to washington. south carolina is especially appreciative of france with our shared heritage particularly as we are very grateful that the
lafayette who was very vital in the american revolution landed in georgetown, south carolina. and it is significant with my colleagues from south carolina, north carolina and florida and we are grateful to point this out that here in the house chamber as an indication that the affection the american people have. president george washington and and rquee de lafayette there is love and affection for america's first ally and how excited he has arrived here in washington and looking forward to the joint session as he speaks to congress and the american people tomorrow morning. last year, house republicans made history bypassing the first meaningful tax cuts in 32 years. the last time our tax code was updated, top gun was the top movie, oprah win free first
aired across the nation and the ow jones ended the year at 1 ,895. for context, the average is over 24,000 points which is an increase of nearly 8,000 points, which is nearly 20% increase since the day that president trump was elected. from that day, the sfock market has had a remarkable increase because of faith in his combiss acumen and the republicans have cut taxes and create jobs. despite how much our economy has changed, we are operating on a tax structure designed in 1986. but last year, house and senate republicans came together in spite of president trump to make the tax code more fair, more simple and less burdensome for the middle class, which then yields to the increase in the stock market which benefits all americans.
i'm grateful that families across america today are already seeing the direct benefits of the tax cuts and jobs act with the leadership of our chairman of ways and means, kevin brady, the extraordinary service of speaker paul ryan, our leader kevin mccarthy and our secretary of the conference, virginia foxx of north carolina. the jobs have been created in such a remarkable way that african-american unemployment is the lowest since the bureau of labor statistics started tracking in 1972. it is the lowest that has ever been recorded. the level of unemployment for american women is at the lowest rate in 20 years. and 14 states have recorded record low unemployment due to new jobs by reducing regulations and taxes, a positive agenda. we are here to highlight stories
across north carolina and south carolina of every day families and small business owners getting to keep more of their own hard-earned income. i would like to yield to my good friend, congressman ralph norman who represents the 5th district of south carolina. he was just elected in a special election last year, but already he has been here to make a difference on behalf of the people of south carolina and the united states. with his background as a real estate developer, he has proven how to build a business and create jobs. congressman ralph norman. mr. norman: i rise today to tell you that the tax cut and jobs act is working. it's working in south carolina's 5th congressional district and working across the country. it is working for individuals and families who are seeing more money in their paychecks each money and working for the companies who are investing the savings from tax reform into the
employees. over the past few weeks, i have spoken with and visited the businesses of south carolina that are putting these savings right back into the local communities. earlier this month, l.p.l. financial announced they will be investing savings into their employees by increasing its 401k match by 75% and this will be for six months. as congressman wilson said, this personally touches 2,000 constituents in the 5th district of south carolina. that is 2,000 more families that now have a greater opportunity to save and see the light of a brighter future ahead. mr. speaker, just today, i visited a u.p.s. store in south carolina. because of tax reform, u.p.s. has announced over $12 billion investments and increase in pension funding. during my u.p.s. visit, i put on
a uniform and assisted a delivery driver during the ride. i heard directly from the hard-working employees about how this news will impact them and their loved ones. i don't think i speak just for myself when i say we want to -- the jobs to come in and stay in america. we want businesses to expand and hire people in our communities. by reducing tax rates and simplifying the tax code, we are allowing companies to make these investments in their employees and their communities and in growing their businesses. i look forward to continued opportunities to learn, see and talk about the success of this tax reform. we promised fairer taxes, higher wages and more jobs. and as congressman wilson says, we have delivered. i yield back. mr. wilson: thank you, congressman ralph norman and thank you about your citation about u.p.s. i put on the brown uniform.
and i found out something, the employees are remarkable people delivering a product, american-made products to the american people. what wonderful companies these are and wonderful employees they are. i would like to go over the specific positive changes to our tax code that occurred under the tax cuts and jobs act. a middle-class family in south carolina will save thanks to the tax cuts. the child tax credit was doubled and i want to give credit, the reason it was doubled because of the great work of our u.s. senator tim scott working with ivanka trump kushner and this was to make child friendly, family friendly and looking out for persons who are single-parent households and the child tax credit was doubled from $1,000 to 2,000 making it
easier for new families to provide for their children. the bill removed the mandate that required you to buy to buy or pay a penalty. .eople are not being pen liesed this standard deduction doubled to $24,000 for married couples filing jointly. this makes it simpler for couples to file their taxes because they will use the standard deduction and won't itemize. corporations that create jobs, saw their tax cuts drop from 35% to 21%. i have heard from business owners who planned to use their extra income to create jobs, provide bonuses and raise wages. when taxes are low, businesses thrive. and jobs are created in the reagan tradition. i'm grateful for the leadership wayseaker paul ryan, house
and means chairman kevin brady along with president trump to deliver tax relief to the american people. they deserve it. local success was first heralded in the 12nd district of south carolina, the central district by lou and bill kennedy. announcing 125 new jobs in a 5% pay increase. they said that they made this decision as a direct result of the tax bill. in fact, i'm grateful that lou put together a barbecue when i was present with the governor and she made the announcement at the barbecue to the extraordinary employees of the pharmaceutical company. they may have been the first but they are not the last. something that i was so grateful. i was going through walgreens to pick up some pictures i was having developed and i ran into
bill. he is the president of the local chamber of commerce and came up and announced, joe, because of the tax savings, our business, our auto repair shop is going to add a new bay, create new jobs. and i said, hey, bill, because you announced this to me, you volunteered for a press conference and i was grateful that we were able to have with the national federation of independent businesses led by ben. nfib is the largest small business organization in america and bombs up. the leadership really follows the directions of their local members. so all of us truly appreciate nfib. . a recycling facility in akin, south carolina. i took this opportunity to congratulate him on his expansion, resulting from the
tax cuts and jobs act. he opened a third business last year due to the confidence in president donald trump and the house republican leadership. all three of his small businesses are thriving and providing much-needed new jobs. hat day i also met with clancy kipkila, president and c.e.o. of so lara energy hospitality of the area. they're providing bonuses for their hotel hourly societies thanks to the -- associates thanks to the tax cuts. in orangeburg, south carolina, south bank provided a $1,000 bonus to their employees. and a rural area like orangeburg, $1,000 bonus can make a huge difference for families. it can provide an opportunity for families to buy extra school ply splieparkse down debt, make an investment in the future, start or add to an emergency fund or take a much-needed family vacation. now i'd like to yield to this distinguished congressman, robert piteninger -- pittinger,
who represents the beautiful ninth district of north carolina, which includes a substantial extraordinary city of charlotte, which is such a creation -- a center for job creation of the carolinas. mr. pittenger: thank you. mr. speaker, chairman wilson, thank you for your leadership and for providing this opportunity tonight for us to highlight the significance and the importance of this tax bill for the american people. you know, mr. speaker, when i lived in washington, d.c., in 1980, came out of the malaise of an economy that wasn't growing, no jobs, no opportunity. and ronald reagan had a vision for a different america. and i worked hard on his campaign. and he changed the whole structure of our tax code, reduced regulations that moved this economy forward. unprecedented growth in jobs, 18 million jobs came out of that economy. and that's what this vision of president trump and this
congress is about today. who would have thought a year ago, just a year ago, that america would be experiencing what it is today? companies like apple reinvesting $350 billion, exxonmobil, $50 billion. you have unemployment plummeted to a 49-year low. u.s. manufacturing is expanding at the fastest rate in 14 years. and consumer confidence at a 17-year high. wages are up. opportunities are up. i had a gentleman come to me just this last week who owns two restaurants in charlotte. he said, thank you for your tax cut. i'm now going to expand and build another restaurant out at the lake. and i can do that because i've got the capital to go reinvest. we have constrained this economy because -- and the american people by these burdensome tax rates that are not competitive.
companies have been going to the rest of the world, ireland, u.k., germany, and leaving america because we weren't competitive with our tax code. now they're coming back. now companies in america are expanding. you take just an individual. i had a lady at the gas station the other day, i was getting my gas and she was pumping her gas and she said, are you congressman pittinger? i said, yes, ma'am. she said, thank you. she said, you know, i'm a single mom. i've got the little baby in the back seat. and what you've done for me is give me another $150 a month and i really can't tell you how much i appreciate what you're doing. 82% of the american people are going to get a pay raise, are getting it right now. and that's the difference. the proof is in the paycheck. americans know that. regardless of what the left says, the media says or anyone else. the reality is there, the jobs are expanding. paychecks are going up. people are getting bonuses in
charlotte alone. we have bank of america giving out bonuses, we have charlotte piping foundry, american airlines so, many. 500 companies in this country -- airlines, so many. 500 companies in this country have given out bonuses and probably more we don't know about. i want to commend you for your leadership, chairman wilson. thank you for making sure that the american people know what is yet to come. we've just scratched the surface on the opportunity and the growth, the jobs that will be there for the american people. thank you and i yield back. russell wilson thank you very much -- mr. wilson: thank you very much, congressman pittinger. the point you make, where people can look at their paycheck and see they're keeping more of their own money. this is not from the government. this is their own money. and how important this is and how it enables families to have a better life and -- for the young people of our country, how positive this is. so thank you for reiterating that point. the business round table in association of america's largest employers is reporting
that tax reform has already produced wage increases, bonuses, increased matches for retirement savings, lower places for consumers -- prices for consumers, investments in facilities and tenses of thousands of new american jobs -- tens of thousands of new american jobs as a direct result of tax reform. as i indicated, we have the lowest unemployment among african-americans ever. we have the lowest unemployment among hispanics since it's ever been determined. and it's so exciting. 14 states have the lowest level of unemployment in recorded history and then among women, we have the lowest level of unemployment in 20 yeemplets everybody benefits -- years. everybody benefits from the tax cuts. this is so positive. table alone has provided $445 million in wage increases to 1.6 million workers, along with $1.2 billion in charitable
contributions. and according to the tax foundation, the tax cuts and jobs act will significantly lower marginal tax rates and the cost of capital, which would lead to a $1.-- 1.7% increase in the gross domestic product over the long term. 1.5% higher wages and an additional 339,000 full-time equivalent jobs. they also say it will spur an additional $1 trillion in federal revenue from economic growth, with approximately $600 billion coming from the bill's permanent provisions and approximately $400 billion from the bill's temporary provisions over the budget window. now i have the honor to yield to chairwoman virginia foxx who represents the fifth district of north carolina. congresswoman foxx is secretary of the republican conference, she is a remarkably determined former community college president, and she is also very much appreciated as the chairman of the education work force committee and then she's
particularly fortunate, she lives and has a beautiful home in grandfather mountain, north carolina, some of the most beautiful mountains in the world, of western north carolina. congresswoman foxx. ms. foxx: thank you, congressman wilson. for leading this special order on the tax cut and jobs act. and i will agree with you, the lord has blessed me with living in one of the most beautiful places in the world. the fifth district of north carolina. and i am very, very grateful for it. was now, last week tax day for once an occasion to celebrate. because this was the last time americans filed under the broken 32-year-old tax code. next tax season they'll file under the tax cuts and jobs act passed by this congress last december. across the fifth district of
north carolina, the tax cuts and jobs act has already relieved north carolinians who are cashing bigger paychecks and benefiting from the country's lowest unemployment rate since 2000. according to the bureau of labor statistics, north carolina added 9,000 jobs this february alone. and thanks to lower rates for individuals and small businesses under the new code, north carolinians are keeping more of their hard-earned money. as you point out, congressman wilson, it's their money, not the government's money. this year married couples in the fifth district who take the new standard deduction could receive a tax cut to the tune of $1,834. for the over 52,000 taxpayers of the fifth district who have small business income, these tax savings are not crumbs. as my colleagues on the other side of the aisle falsely assert.
a restaurant owner in -- owner recently told me that allowing immediate capital expensing under the tax cuts and jobs act empowered her to purchase a new $20,000 piece of equipment for her business. you spoke of the business round table. the business round table reports 68% of business leaders similarly expect their capital spending in the next six months to be at its highest in 15 years. this increased purchasing power for the backbone of our economy is evidence that pro-growth tax cuts work. continued growth is also expected by the congressional budget office. e c.b.o. estimates for every 1/10 percent indemrees g.d.p., nearly -- increase in g.d.p., nearly $270 billion is added to revenue over 10 years.
after years of malaise under the obama administration, even modest increases in g.d.p. growth caused by the tax cuts and jobs act will substantially contribute to a leveling off of the deficit. and for the first time since 2008, the c.b.o.'s budget and economic outlook revises upward economic potential for 2018. under current conditions, it notes that 3.5% growth is possible. in further good news, fifth district businesses share this optimism and are investing more in their employees and communities. just last week as part of its initiative to invest in community health with its tax savings, blue cross-blue shield of north carolina gave $1 million to winston-salem state university's nursing school. north carolina is projected to have the second largest nurse
shortage in the nation. this investment will develop the fifth district's medical work force and increase access to high-quality health care, especially in rural areas. this is just one of the many examples that illustrates how philanthropy is fostered and communities are developed when the government scales back. mr. speaker, i'm pleased that house republicans kept our promise to bring about more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks for hardworking americans. but i am more proud of the hard working men and women in the fifth district who are seizing the opportunities unleashed by the tax cuts and jobs act to create wealth and serve their communities. again, congressman wilson, i thank you for your leadership on this special order and for allowing us to correct the record that's been distorted
about this bill, and bring to the american people the facts about this wonderful tax cut and jobs act. and i yield back to you. mr. wilson: thank you, chairwoman virginia foxx. and thank you as an educate for er -- educator for educating the american people and bringing to the attention of the american people the real benefits of the tax cuts. congress appreciates that americans should keep their hard-earned tax dollars. and it is shocking to hear that the other side of the aisle says that they would repeal the tax cuts if they get a majority in the house come november. resulting in tax increases on american families, destroying jobs. sadly, i suspect a lot of families and businesses being highlighted today will be shocked or maybe not so shocked to hear that democrats are campaigning on raising taxes, destroying jobs. i sincerely hope that americans across the country know that republicans will continue to do all that we can to increase
take-home pay to families, reduce the tax burdens on seniors, and create more efficient and effective government that works for you and provides opportunities for the young people of america. i now ask for unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the topic of this special order. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. under the speaker's announced the of january 3, 2017, chair now recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. curbelo, for 30 minutes. mr. curbelo: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i'm here this evening to emphasize the importance of reforming our nation's policies concerning cannabis. this issue has grown to be increasingly bipartisan over the years and yet some in this administration have largely
ignored the rising public support for legal state-regulated cannabis. mr. speaker, at this time i'm pleased to yield to my distinguished colleague from the florida panhandle, mr. i'm very proud to announce in the coming days, i will be joining the gentleman from virginia, mr. bob goodlatte in introducing legislation that enjoys support from across the ideological spectrum and will do several important things. it will increase the number of people who are growing grade cannabis and end the gag rule at the v.a. that precludes physicians to consult and speak with their patients about the laws in their particular states.
third, it will create a safe harbor so some of the finest medical institutions and universities in this great country will be able to research and partner with private sector entities to discuss ther potential. and finally, this legislation will end the prohibition from having commercial for-profit entities working in concert and collaboration with some of those very universities and medical institution. it's my hope by focusing on the issues that bring us together, we will be able to advance legislation to democratize can business research and unlock cures that shouldn't be lied to about the potential health benefits. i thank the gentleman and i yield back to him. mr. curbelo: i thank the gentleman for his honesty and sincerity on this issue.
and i'm proud to say i have co-sponsored this legislation. and i would like to introduce one of the original co-sponsors of mr. gaetz legislation and one of the great leaders on this institution for many years, mr. blumenauer of oregon, as an educating colleague and american public on cannabis and tonight i'm pleased to be joined with him on the floor and yield to him. mr. blumenauer: i appreciate the gentleman from florida's courtesy and permitting me to join him on this special order this evening. i appreciate the partnership that we have had on the ways and means committee on dealing with these issues publicly. it is true i co-sponsored the legislation that that mr. gaetz referenced. i have been introducing legislation like this for years. in fact, my veterans' access
amendment actually passed both the house and the senate last congress, only to fall victim behind the scenes of, i think misguided action on the part of leadership. i am pleased that we have bending able to retain the roirk -- rohrabacher-blumenauer amendment and i look forward to working with my colleague because i know you want to extend those protections to all state legal efforts. and i say that someone who has spent a lot of time working on these state campaigns and working with the industry and working with advocates, i appreciate your advocacy and moving out of your district and being involved in this and looking for opportunities to strengthen the position on the floor of the house. we are in a situation now, mr. speaker, where we have virtually every democrat, who now supports
these simple commonsense reforms and in no small measure to my friend from florida's persuasive efforts, that there are several dozen republicans and that number is sure to grow either before or after the next election. this is an issue that we have watched slowly take shape. i was in the oregon legislature when we the first state to decriminalize back in the 1970's, but there was a high hiatus for 20 years. there was richard nixon unfortunate and unfair war or drugs. the schedule-1 cat gorization of marijuana. if we were doing it over again, it probably wouldn't be scheduled at all. but tobacco would be schedule 1 because it is deadly and addictive.
we have watched what has happened in the state level accelerate. medical marijuana since 19996 cole, rting in 2012 with marks, we had initiatives in alaska, the district of columbia. we had nine states vote in 2016 and eight of them approved reforms. i am excited to watch this accelerated progress. in fact, i think what we have seen over the last six weeks is unprecedented. and watching people in both parties to identify things they can get behind and move forward. we see survey research demonstrating that is no longer a highly divisive issue. the majority of americans support legalizing adult use, increasingly, there is evidence that majority of trump voters
support that use. medical marijuana is like the 4th of july. and it is almost universally voting in the florida was overwhelmingly supported. now is the time for us to move forward. we have a bipartisan cannabis caucus and i appreciate the gentleman participating and leading in this. we have almost three dozen pieces of legislation. we had this last week, a couple of things that were rather noteworthy. the former speaker of the house, john boehner, who opposed our efforts, has now evolved on this this issue and has joined the advisory board of a firm in massachusetts. both of us are familiar with them, looking at the leadership and industry. we have watched donald trump in the last 10 days sort of clarify
that what he said on the campaign trail in 2016, that the states ought to be free to do this, he's re-affirming that and undercutting the feament by his attorney general sessions to s' a pal over the state legal efforts. we watched mr. schumer come out supporting comprehensive legislation. i would note for the record, very similar to what my colleague in the senate, on the senate finance committee, ron wyden and i introduced last year. that's great. the more the merier. what we want to do, this congress is to be able to do some simple things. the legislation we have worked on together to allow state legal marijuana enterprises to get rid the permits to get rid of
their expenses. i appreciate the gentleman's leadership. and there is robust medical research on cannabis. the federal government interferes. no longer for any reason on that. and in working on this literally for decades, i have never met a single humidity being who thinks there is anything to be served by forcing state legal marijuana enterprises to be conducted on an all-cash bases. these are things we can change whether people want formal legalization. this are commonsense steps that have bipartisan support. and we will take it to the people. we will be voting on it in michigan, probably in missouri and a ballot measure in utah, other states are looking.
i think the momentum is building and i can't say enough how much i have enjoyed working with the gentleman on these issues. i look forward to continuesing that partnership, so the simple commonsense provisions that are actually supported by a majority of the people in the house and the senate are allowed to be voted on. and i hope that he can work his persuasive ways with the republican leadership to eliminate those roadblocks and allow the house to work its will. america will be better for it. americans will be freer and there will be economic opportunity, health opportunities and less destruction of lives with ill-conceived efforts to criminalize behavior of otherwise law-abiding adults. i thank the gentleman for his sponsorship of this conversation and permitting me to be a part
of it. and his partnership, i look forward to accelerating those efforts in the months ahead so we can mark significant progress yet in this congress and next congress, get it all taken care of. thank you, and i yield back to the gentleman. mr. curbelo: i admire and appreciate my colleague. he is a man of principle, but he is also someone who is always at the table trying to find common ground and trying to see how this institution can work better and how we can work better for commonsense solutions and in this case what americans are asking of this institution to allow each state to come up with its own laws, its own regulations for this industry. so thank you very much, to my colleague, for spending a little time with us this evening and also for his work over many years. because as he said, many in this institution are coming around on
both sides of the aisle, but it's mr. blumenauer, who, for a long time, led these efforts, and it was not always an issue of consensus as it is today. thank you. nine states and the district of columbia have legalized the reckcreational use and medical marijuana is legal in 29 states. over 70% supported the use of medical marijuana in the 2016 election including 808.3% and 68.3% in the two counties i represent, monroe and miami-dade respectively. thement was in monroe county on thursday and many people greeted him in the steets. many of those are supporters, considering 80% support of that district of this issue. on friday, last week, a report
published by the florida department of health, the medical marijuana registry has risen to a dramatic increase to the 23 thourk 350 patients registered in june of 2017. this milestone happens to could inside with miami beach's first medical marijuana dispensary. despite overwhelming support from the public, legitimate businesses face financial and uncertainty because of a witch hunt opened up by attorney general sessions last year. to make matters worse, he is hamstringing scientific research to analyze the medical applications of cannabis. my colleagues have taken an approach to improving our country's irresponsible and ill-advised laws on cannabis.
we are addressings the tax burden through the small business tax equity act, legislation which provides taxpayer to marijuana businesses operating in compliance with state law. i'm working with congressman garrett to urge the department of justice to order the drug enforcement administration to immediately approve additional registration for the bulk manufacture of cannabis for federally approved research purposes. compliant manufacturers are attempting to provide state and federal governments and medical professionals with fact-based research on cannabis, both adverse and therapeutic but their applications aren't being assessed. it's difficult for me to comprehend the logic to olympicing the scientific research to analyze the medical application of cannabis because i think it is critical to have
anxiety,lternative for post-traumatic stress disorder and ep leadership si. we owe it to american patients to open up the field of research. now, the only logical explanation i can think of is that the attorney general knows the field of this research won't support his policies or the witch hunt he and his department have been conducting on legal state-regulated operators. according to the septemberers of disease control, there are 68,000 lives throughout the unings in 2017 alone with over 45,000 of those as a result of opioid legal drugs. and an article published this morning by cnn which the doctor tails the results of his
study. after dedicating countless hours f both patients and scientists gathered. dr. gupta began to view the plant in a different light as a source for healing. at the conclusion of the doctor's examination, he came to the deduction that not only can cannabis work for a variety of conditions such as epilepsy, m.s. and pain, sometimes, it is the only thing that works. . researchers from the rand corporation, and supported by the national institute on drug abuse, which shows an approximate mated 20% decline approximated 20% decline in
opioid deaths in states with legalized medical marijuana and functioning dispenseries. mr. speaker, this analysis is similar to countless others i've heard that prove cannabis can quell both the disease of addiction and the pains associated with it. now some may view this investigation and others as if they're anecdotal. and to them say i, let's find out -- them i say, let's find out. let's stop hamstringing federal research of the issue and let's let the facts speak for themselves. as i've said before in this chamber, mr. speaker, the best ally that illegal operators like drug cartels and drug traffickers who do not pay taxes, who target children, who have no safety standards for their products, the best ally they have are the policies that the attorney general has embraced. because by continuing to hamstring federal research and
stoke uncertainty, legally operating businesses that are state regulated, that pay taxes, that are helping patients who are suffering can no longer compete. and when these businesses can no longer compete, people turn to the black market. so inadvertently, i hope, the attorney general's actually doing a great favor to the criminals operating outside the law by punishing law-abiding americans trying to control this substance and make it safer. so i'm here today to once again call upon this administration to not just allow but encourage meaningful reform on our nation's cannabis policies. on this issue we have an opportunity to reinforce the 10th amendment and ensure the federal government does not overstep its boundaries and supersede the will of the states. on this issue we have an opportunity to afford businesses selling legal products the chance to contribute to our economy.
and create jobs while simultaneously crippling the iminal enterprises empowered and prospering under the attorney general's policies. and perhaps most importantly we have an opportunity to change and possibly even save the lives of americans suffering from opioid addiction and other diseases and conditions. mr. speaker, there are a lot of colleagues in this chamber who say people should be title of the bill buy whatever health insurance or get whatever kind of health coverage they want. the government should interfere as little as possible. and i agree. but on this issue there seems to be a hypocrisy. and many colleagues want to impose a federal view or a federal perspective on states, on the people of states like florida who have already decided explicitly and clearly and overwhelmingly. so i thank my colleagues who joined me here tonight and i
truly look forward to the day where this institution can legislate in a way that respects the people of florida, respects the people of oregon, respects the people of colorado and american citizens in 36 states in the union who have spoken loud and clear. thank you very much, mr. speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the house declares the house in recess subject to the call of the chair.
committee will debate protections for special counsel while sending requirements and limitations for the removal of office race shall counsel appointed by a -- and attorney general. attorney general. friday morning, we are in salt lake city utah for the next stop on 50 capital store. guesterbert will be our starting at 9:45 eastern. sunday night on afterward, journalist ronald kessler with his book. he is interviewed by ginny thomas of liberty consulting. >> he is always very intentioned, bobbing and weaving. it is all an act.
i interviewed his top aide. there were only of the -- seven other employees. there are two donald trump's one is the one that you see on tv, who makes these outrageous comments to get attention for his brand. even if it creates negative coverage company still becomes the center of attention every day in conversation and for the media. then there is the other donald .rump who is the opposite he listens come he is very careful about making decisions. effort -- watch afterward on c-span twos tv. talks tocy pelosi students in georgetown university. she covered a number of topics including the upcoming 2018 meant term -- midterm elections
and social media data. [applause] >> good morning. >> good morning. >> leader pelosi, welcome back to georgetown. we are thrilled to have you. studentcam -- student town hall here as we approach the end of the semester. we are thrilled to have you here. a little bit of context. two years ago this week, we had speaker ryan come do a town hall with students, in which he made