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you know, all the middle-class people who or the angry core that donald trump got who are probably mostly factory workers -- host: we will end it there. the house is gaveling in for the daycare call us back and it will chat more about it. we now take you live to the house floor for gavel to gavel coverage. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms. washington, d.c. may 8, 2018. i hereby appoint the honorable roger w. marshall 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 morning hour
debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be minority lead and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this week is national charter school week. it is my pleasure to celebrate alongside the students who benefited from these innovative institutions. charter schools serve over ree million students students providing in rural, urban, and suburban settings with unique educational opportunities. the reforms in the every student succeeds act enabled charter schools to serve more students and allow states to support new, high quality charter schools to address the growing demand for these schools. and the demand is high. currently five million students are waiting their chance to
attend. charter schools offer american families the right to choose what environment is best for their child. it is clear that parents and students want this choice available to them, and they deserve to have it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona, mr. owe who ran, for five minutes. -- owe holler ran -- owe hollerian for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman suspended. recognize the gentlelady from north carolina again. my apoll gis. -- apologies. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to recognize sean of winston-salem, north carolina. this year the north carolina high school athletic association awarded him the thompson memorial eight will make a difference this. honor is awarded each year to one coach from each region of the state for excellence in sportsmanship, dedication, and being a student role model.
known for his supportive relationships with athletes and using the game to teach life lessons that go beyond the core, he finished his career as north brookside's head basketball coach after 12 seasons to spend more time with his family. however, he continues his dedication to students as the school's athletic director. congratulations to mr. vessel in receiving the eight who make a difference award. we're fortunate to have him as an example of sportsmanship and encouraging role model in north carolina's fifth district. i wish him success in his future endeavors. and now i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona, mr. o'halleran, for five minutes. mr. o'halleran: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life of mr. rodney lewis, a respected member of the gila river indian community, loving father, and a committed arizonan who made a
career of fighting for water rights for indian tribes across the country. when he was a boy, rod, as his friends called him, remembered watching his family survive droughts that destroyed crops, and listen to stories about the damming of the gila river which gave life to those who lived in the region. he served his country in the united states army infantry, becoming an army ranger, and rising to the rank of first lieutenant. after being honorably discharged, rod went to law school at the university of california, los angeles. where his next chapter of service began. according to his son, governor steven lewis, rod became -- came home to serve his people, to bring back that education, that legal expertise that the community did not have and many tribes did not have with something extraordinary. and something that was very significant to the community.
later on to the entire southwestern united states. for over 30 years rod not only served as general counsel to his community, but he was also sought after across the country pre-eminent legal scholar on what tribal rights, water and energy law, and tribal gaming. he was the first native american attorney pre-eminent l win a case before the united tates supreme court. he was also the first native american attorney to be admitted to the state bar and practice law in arizona. e of rod's longest lasting accomplishments is the american arizona water settlements act, which was signed into law by president george w. accomplishments bush. he led the negotiations with the federal government, arizona, and more than 39 indian parties for settlement
of the community's water rights and claims. the legislation set aside billions of gallons of water for arizona tribes and helped avoid lengthy lawsuits. and also helped settle the long lasting needs of water for the entire southern region of arizona. i had the honor of working with rod on important water issues. and saw firsthand what his knowledge and passion did for his community and the state of arizona. he and his wife met in first grade and raised a close knit and passionate family. governor goes out to her, governor lewis, john, and katherine and the governor lewi his mother and father were defined by soul mates. my heart whole community as they mourn their loss and celebrate the legacy of a great man. i yield.
the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. ompson: thank you, speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate the centre county 4-h robotics club for winning the first robotics competition and being the first pennsylvania team to capture the title. e first robotics competition is an international high school robotics competition. each year teams of high school students, coaches, and mentors work during a six week period to build game playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds. the centre county 4-h club was one of 405 teams from 22 states and seven countries to compete in the late april event which was hosted at ford field in detroit, michigan. each team earned a spot in the contest based on competition performance throughout the year. this year, the centre county 4-h robotics club earned its spot by winning its first
regional competition at the greater pittsburgh regional in march. the championship entailed 10 rounds of qualifications matches in six divisions. top eight teams in this division drafted four robots to compete in a single elimination playoff to determine the division champion. which time the certainty county team joined forces with strike force from kalamazoo, michigan, team rush from clarkston, michigan, and lake effect robotics from ontario. this is an maizing accomplishment on many fronts. club has county 4-h created state-of-the-art technology. they have worked together with interstate and international peers to achieve success and lasting career kills. i am incredibly proud of this club and i want to highlight each team member. tom, mary, tate, hannah, peter,
james, nathan, thad, griffin, lackland, y, zach, alex, en, a.j., braiden, eli, and lee. i am incredibly proud of this club and i want to highlight ach team member. the club had numerous mentors and community supporters who helped them to alleve this first place international finish. this is especially important today on national teacher appreciation day. this week we celebrate america's hardworking, dedicated, and passionate teachers who inspire scores of students. to all of our teachers and mentors, especially those who helped the 4-h robotics club bring home gold at the first robotics competition, we salute you. mr. speaker, i wholeheartedly congratulate the centre county 4-h robotics club on this outstanding achievement in certainty county, commonwealth of pennsylvania, united states of america. quite frankly, in the world.
congratulations. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from guam, ms. bordallo, for five minutes. mr. speaker, today i introduced the bipartisan wildlife conservation and anti-trafficking act of 2018. i want to first recognize my good friend and republican co-lead on this important legislation, congressman don young of alaska. dean of the house and a long time conservation leader. i want to thank him for his support as the original co-sponsor. i also want to thank the leading wildlife and marine conservation whistleblower and animal welfare groups that have endorsed the bill to date. the wildlife conservation and anti-trafficking act will
strengthen enforcement against poachers, traffickers, and the global trade in illegal wildlife and seafood products. wild life trafficking, poaching, and illegal unreported and unregulated fishing rank among the top global crimes. generating billions in illicit profits each year for transnational criminal organizations and extremist groups. in tackling the global wildlife trafficking trade, as our bill does, congress can help to conserve iconic wildlife and cut off illicit financing for groups responsible for human rights abuses, political corruption, and even terrorism worldwide. our bipartisan bill includes enforcement provisions passed by the house in november of 2015 by voice vote, which will empower federal prosecutors and law enforcement to combat the
global wildlife trafficking trade. importantly, the bill also recognizes the critical role that whistleblowers can play in providing the actionable intelligence needed to prosecute wildlife poachers and take down trafficking rings. by incentivizing whistleblowers on wildlife trafficking and related crimes to come forward, congress can increase enforcement and leverage existing federal agency resources and our legal system at no cost to the taxpayers. our bill also includes several provision that is will support wildlife, conservation worldwide by authorizing a comprehensive international wildlife conservation program within the u.s. fish and wildlife service. also, stationing law enforcement and agency personnel in wildlife focused countries
identified by the state department. and providing dedicated funding for wildlife, marine mammal, sea turtle, and shark conservation at no expense to the taxpayers. i'm especially pleased that our bill provides for marine wildlife species, which often go overlooked but are increasingly targeted by poachers, traffickers, and illegal fishing. the bill also expand the marine turtle conservation fund to make the u.s. territories eligible for funding and to provide for the conservation of endangered fresh water turtles tortoises. many of the world's fresh water turtle and tortoise species could become extinct in the next few decades, and all sea turtles tortoises. found in our nation's territorial waters are listed under the endangered species act. u.s. territories are home to numerous marine turtle species, including the endangered hawks bill and the green sea turtles native 20 guam -- to guam and
the western pacific ocean. founr lastly the bill builds upon the success of two laws which i sponsored, the shark conservation act of 2010, and the illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing enforcement act of 2015. together with congressman young, we have put together a comprehensive bill that advances wildlife conservation and continues american leadership in trafficking wildlife and the global trade in illegal wildlife and seafood products. we do all this with existing federal resources at no cost to the taxpayers. so i urge all members of the house to join me and congressman young in co-sponsoring the wildlife conservation and anti-trafficking act of 2018. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from alabama, mr. brooks, for ive minutes.
mr. brooks: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the 53-year pastoral career of dr. jimmy e. jackson, who is set to retire in early june. . over those 38 years i have grown to very much appreciate and admire all that dr. jackson has done to improve the physical and spiritual lives of tennessee valley residents. dr. jackson has dedicated the last 40 years to the congregation of whitesburg baptist church in huntsville, alabama. my colleagues may recall when dr. jackson served as a guest chaplain for the house of representatives in april of 2015. dr. jackson's walk with christ began on october 26, 1968.
that day dr. jackson made the solemn decision to accept jesus christ as his savior and devote his life to god. dr. jackson has said, quote, knew about jesus before october, 1968, but that morning when i knew myself to be lost and turned to jesus christ in faith i was converted by the grace of god, end quote. through 40 years at whitesburg baptist, dr. jackson has remained committed to leading people in the rocket city and alabama to christ and has been integral in the spiritual life of the people of the tennessee valley. under dr. jackson's leadership, whitesburg baptist church has grown to 7,100 members, making it one of the largest and most successful churches in the tennessee valley. in matthew 28, versus 19 and
20, jesus instructed his disciples to, quote, therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit and teaching them to obey everything i have commanded you, end quote. dr. jackson has lived this great commission through his long pastorial career at whitesburg baptist and in our community and the broader christian faith. in addition to presiding over whitesburg baptist church, dr. jackson served in a number of distinguished capacities, including but not limited to, the executive committee of the alabama state board of missions, the executive committee of the southern baptist convention, a trustee of southwestern baptist theological seminary, and on the board of regents of the university of mobile.
i commend dr. jimmy jackson on his exceptional career and service to god. i wish dr. jackson many years of happiness as he begins this new phase of life with his bride of nearly 58 years, bobbi, his children, his grandchildren, and his great -grandchildren. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from indiana, mr. bucshon, for five minutes. mr. bucshon: excuse me. mr. speaker, it's with a heavy heart i rise today to honor the life and service of officer robert shawn pitts of terre haute police department who was killed in the line of duty on friday, may 4, 2018. officer pitts was born in indiana and dedicate the his life to the security and protection of his community.
he proudly served with the terre haute police department for the past 16 years and with the sullivan police department for six years prior to joining the force in terre haute. he was also a member of the special response team and u.s. marshal's task force. i want to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of officer pitts, especially his three children, brooke, austin, dakota. law enforcement personnel across this country go to work every day to serve and protect our communities. these brave men and women risk everything to keep our cities and our families safe and secure. events like these are somber reminders of what heroes who stand on the thin blue line and their families sacrifice on our behalf. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house