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that leave the u.s. and go to the nearest hospital in canada. really, it on the map may look like two countries, long that border, interconnected communities. armers may harvest grain and aul across the border to terminal on the other side of the border. having ability to move goods back and forth is important and we're going to continue to work terminal on the other side to have great relationships with them. the same time, all of us on both having e committed to secure border because that is important to security of our nation. ost: north dakota is home to one of the best slogans in the the city of hat is minot. minot.t governor doug burgum, first term republican governor, joins us on bus in bismarck. thank you, governor. we want to thank our cable midco, for bismarck, helping us set this visit up. "50 stipulate on the
capitals tour" is in st. paul. house of representatives is the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. may 16, 2018. i hereby appoint the honorable clay higgins to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 8, 2018, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m.
each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. gutierrez, for five minutes. mr. gutierrez: we can only imagine what the president and sean hannity talk about every night on the phone. the two tv hosts have a lot to discuss, i'm sure. maybe they talk about their mutual lawyer, michael cohen, and what he might or might not have in his files that could incriminate one or both of them. maybe they just discuss their mutual admiration for russian dictator putin. we can be reasonably sure that neither of them spends too much time discussing things like they have done for which they are ashamed or things they have done or said for which they should apologize. all of that blathering this
past week about whether the white house or president would apologize for comments by a white house staffer by a gravely ill american war hero, senator john mccain, was wasted prep. we have someone who does not apologize or regret something he or his staff has done. this week the white house is not alarmed a senior staffer made light of senator mccain's illness and life expectancy, but rather that the comment about the former prisoner of war, an american hero, was made public. clearly someone on the white house staff who heard the comment knew it was wrong, just wrong. moreover, they recognized the comment was emblematic of the attitude at the white house from the president on down and thought the nation and the world should know about it. but it was the leak of accurate information from inside the white house that raised the ire of the president. not the fact that someone said
things really awful about a true american hero. but we should know by now that this president and his henchmen do not apologize. tweeting racist videos from right wing british groups? no apologies. booting able-bodied americans who want to serve their country out of the military because they are transgender? bragging about sexually assaulting women by grabbing their private parts? well, he came close to apologize, but not really. some speculate that unapologetic is just the president's brand. he is brash and says mean things and doesn't back down because doing so would make him look weak. revealing his weakness in public is clearly among the president's greatest fears. the president and his late night phone buddy, sean hannity, remember? they complained about the last
too apologetic. but looking tough to cover up a -- covering up is only one explanation why this president does not apologize. he often doesn't apologize because he apologetic. but looking tough to cover up a in the first place. like when he said there were good people on both sides of the nazi rally in charlottesville where a woman was murdered by racist k.k.k. extremists. the president is not going to apologize. and not because it would make him look weak in the case of charlottesville, but because he believes what he said was true, nazis and the rest of americans, the same. he will never apologize for his founding campaign sin, calling immigrants, rapists and criminals. in fact, he is facing a broad anti-immigration and
anti-immigrant policy agenda on he bedrock belief that crime and the skin color of a person are synonymous. this was everyone around the president's typical position. do they point out the emperor's nudity or do they praise his new suit? and the s chief dispatched dispatched to tell a black member of congress that she was lying about how the president treated a soldier killed in action until the chief of staff was shown to be lying himself about what the congresswoman said. in the end, the american people knew what they were getting with this president and a minority, not majority, and a minority still elected him to the white house anyway. ut the american people are learning important lessons about the president's enablers at the three most important branches of the republican party. at the white house, in the congress, and at fox news. weigh know the president
doesn't lose sleep wrestling with the morled implications of his behavior, but all of us had higher hopes for the professionals around the president. expectations which were apparently too high, indeed. one thing is sure. this country owes a a great debt to senator john mccain and our thoughts and prayers are with him even if the president's thoughts are somewhere else. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, for five minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, sir. thank you, mr. speaker. last week all americans were relieved when three of our own citizens were released and returned home from north korea. we're happy for them, for their families, and we rejoice in the reunification. however, mr. speaker, this success only serves as a
reminder that we have american citizens and legal permanent residents being unjustly detained elsewhere around the world, particularly in iran. we know that the iranian regime has played this game of detaining citizens from the u.s. and western nations in an effort to get political and financial concessions from us. they hold these folks hostages, use them as bargaining chips, destroying lives, and families in the process. last year my south florida colleague and ranking member on our subcommittee, the middle east and north africa subcommittee, ted deutch, we held a hearing entitled held for ransom, the family's of iran's hostages speaks out. we heard from doug, son of bob levinson, who has been missing in iran since 2007. 11 years. bob is the longest held civilian hostage in america's
history. he's also a constituent of ted's and i know that congressman deutch has you worked tirelessly over the years to do whatever he can to bring bob home and reunite him family. we also heard from other individuals. bob, whose father and brother have been family. unjustly deta the iranian regime. i have met with him many times and my heart just breaks each one of those times, especially when we hear of americans being eed from north korea while others linger in iran's prison. and our subcommittee also heard from omar, son of nizar. a u.s. legal permanent resident and hostage of the iranian regime. has gone on hunger has gone on
strikes about a dozen times since first being detained in 2015. i'm sure, mr. speaker, that the iranian regime used the news of the freed americans from north korea as a means to torture their hostages. the mental, physical, and psychlogical abuse that these individuals must be undergoing is beyond comprehension. the white house has said that this is a priority to release all unjustly detained persons in iran, not just american citizens and u.s. legal permanent residents, but all who are unjustly who are unjus detained. president trump spoke about how this would not happen if he were president. so it is time for president trump to make that a reality. and he can start by urging our european friends, some of whom have citizens detained in iran as well, to make this more of a priority for them as well.
and to condition and to condition any further talk on the release of all prisoners. we have to increase the pressure using all levers that we have and we have to bring these brave individuals home. i was pleased to see president trump announced his intent to appoint a special presidential envoy for hostages affairs earlier this week. this is a positive first step, mr. speaker. it signals an intent to make a more concerted effort to bring these americans home. for the sake of nizar and his amily, for the sake of baker and their families and the sake of bob leavenson and his family. and the sake of princeton graduate suent wang and his family, and all the americans and other foreigners being held in iran, we need to make this a priority. we need to secure their immediate release. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. costa, for five minutes. mr. costa: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore:
without objection. mr. costa: mr. speaker, i rise today to discuss a situation we're currently facing regarding the house version of the farm bill. the house farm bill traditionally for over 40 years is one of the most bipartisan things that we do here in congress. democrats working with republicans throughout the various regions of the america. and this is the third farm bill that i have had the opportunity to participate in working together. so where are we today? we're exactly where we should not be. we're facing a vote this week on a partisan farm bill. that is both in my view, bad policy and divides us even further as a country. or bill does not promote demonstrate the successful programs i think necessary to our trade in the
agricultural sectors across the country. america trades throughout the world and our agricultural economy is dependent in large degree on our ability to produce more food than we the agricultural sectors across the country. america trades can consume, therefore trade becomes very important. american agriculture needs a farm bill that supports and promotes not only trade but now perhaps ever more with looming escalation of a trade war sparked by the administration's efforts with steel and aluminum, we see tariffs taking place on a host of products gum, in the midwest, soar corn, and wheat, and in california potential increases almonds.nd that doesn't fair well. the version of the farm bill does not support the dairy safety net. economy is big throughout the midwest and in california. actually the largest dairy state in the nation. nor does it do enough for our specialty crops who grow the fresh fruits and vegetables part of a healthy diet.
california grows half the nation's fruits and vegetables. this bill also proposes to make changes to the supplemental nutrition program, otherwise known as snap which almost devastate the food program working well. this is america's safety net and we have a lot of not only children and elderly, but people who are disabled who depend and rely on these important food nutrition programs. we do all believe that able-bodied people should be working, and all of us have the same goal in ensuring those able-bodied people are self-sufficient. if we want people to become self-reliant, give them a snap program that does just that. we have 10 pilot projects in 10 different states that are working, they are to report back next year on what best works to get able-bodied people working and what doesn't work. but this proposal in this house version, it is doomed to failure. and the house c.b.o. has scored
it accordingly. instead t. will likely cause our staff to create training programs that will collapse, costing billions of dollars, and create agnew federal bureaucracy never given a chance to succeed. we should not be in this position, mr. speaker. where should we be? we should be working together as we have with previous farm bills, democrats and republicans, deliberating, negotiating, and, yes, even disagreeing over ideas and approaches, but coming together compromises. the farm bill is america's food bill. it's also a national security item. people don't think about it way. the way. the ability to produce all for america's dinner table every night, the most healthy, nutritious food in the world is a national security issue, i believe. therefore we must support our food security and safety for our fell -- fellow americans. our nation's food policy must feed americans. ensure all farmers can be successful.
it should not serve as some and abandon others. it should not further divide us as a country. as i said, this is the third farm bill i have had the privilege to work on and we have worked through these differences in the past. we have worked through the challenges. and it's my hope that congress can do this again. it will not happen if we allow the partisan arm twisting to ram this bad policy through the house a vote against the house version of the farm bill is a vote for something better. which is the senate version where they are working together traditionally in a bipartisan fashion. that's what we should be doing, and not engaging in these partisan games that create bad policy. . therefore, a vote no -- vote against it is one that's a good vote and one that protects our past farm policies as they worked. a no vote is a vote for more support for our farmers and our families. it's demanding congress to do
better because we must do better. the senate version is currently a version that i think ultimately is going to succeed. i look forward to continuing to work with our colleagues on the other side. republicans and democrats who are fostering a bipartisan bill. senator roberts and senator stabenow. i look forward to moving past this version of the farm bill so that we can set aside this outrageous effort and partisan politics and get back to work on america's food bill, a national security issue to be sure. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to inform the house about our team's work on behalf of women in my district and across the nation. last month, data from yale university gynecologist demonstrated between 2% and 10%
american women undergoing gynecological operations has missed cancers. it's shocking these cancers are found only after women undergo these surgeries. these missed cancers are at high risk of being spread by the very surgeries these women are undergoing to help them. my physician constituents like the reed family tell me this represents an unacceptable and seismic epidemic of undiagnosed gynecological cancers that are prone to spread and upstaging with catastrophic results. therefore, mr. speaker, i asked he c.d.c. to immediately guide gynecologists to identify the women at risk. i am now awaiting response from c.d.c. leadership with a plan of action to contain what is likely to be a shocking epidemic of undiagnosed gynecological cancers in american women. mr. speaker, we must stay focused on the situation in order to protect all women from
his grave health risk. mr. speaker, this week is national police week and i'm proud to recognize a member of the law enforcement community in bucks county, pennsylvania, whose quick thinking delivered justice to the survivor of abuse. michael marks of the middletown township police department promptly and professionally investigated a person who had suffered blunt force trauma. it led to a grand jury inquiry which brought charges against a caretaker who was later found guilty. because of the work of officer marks, this individual will no longer be able to prey on the defenseless members of our community. i'd like to personally thank officer marks for his work in defending our community and sending a message to all of our neighbors in middletown township that they are undoubtedly safer for having him on our police
force. mr. speaker, over the past year, women all over our country collectively raised their voices and are continuing to change our culture for the better. today, i'd like to recognize a group of women in our district actively working to make bucks county, pennsylvania, a better place. the makefield women's association last month donated over $27,000 to local charities, including a woman's place, the family services association, emergency homeless shelter, the food pantry, wrapping presents, and the yardly makefield volunteer fire company. i appreciate the work of the makefield women's association which greatly improves the quality of life for our community. i'd especially like to thank the organization's president, jennifer, for her leadership and for her service.
mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. umenauer: thank you, speaker. i enjoyed listening to my colleague from california talk about his deep concerns and reservations about the farm bill that is slowly grinding its way, perhaps, towards the floor. being considered today by the rules committee. while we have somewhat different perspectives and different districts, we are united in the fact this farm bill does not remotely reflect the needs of the american public. one of the problems is that we ail to address the desperate array of subsidies under the farm bill benefiting a few states, a few districts, a few types of farming operations and
ignoring the rest. the famous nutrition professor marion nussle of n.y.u. has written a great essay, the farm bill drove me crazy, dealing with her attempts to try and understand and rationalize it. one of the most memorable portions is how she describes what an american diet would look like if it was based on the way that our farm bill subsidies are a raid. it would consist of a giant corn fritter because 78% of the farm bill resources goes to the production of industrial corn, soy, not fruits and vegetables, which would be a tiny microscopic part of that plate. there would be a little hamburger patty because that's less than 5%. and there would be a little cup of milk. oh, and she points out that that
meal based on the farm bill allocation would be accompanied by a giant napkin because 13% of the farm bill is allocated to cotton subsidies. the farm bill shortchanges the vast majority of american farmers and ranchers who are not heavily subsidized, who produce food, the fruits, vegetables, orchard products that deal with nursery, the majority of states and the majority of farmers and ranchers are shut out. there's an area of crop insurance subsidy. i will tell you i was stunned when i read the administration statement of policy, because ey're concerned with two areas. one dealing with unnecessary
subsidy for people for nutrition assistance. they're afraid that a few poor people would have access to lower cost food through the food stamps program. and they want to crank that down and limit it, force people to work. well, you look at the farm bill that they are supporting, they're doing nothing to encourage wealthy farming interests to rely less on subsidizization. they are concerned about expanding the subsidies for people under the snap program. at the same time we're given a farm bill that explodes the limits on the amount of subsidy that can flow to wealthy farming and ranching interests and it expands the subsidy so that nieces and nevada use and cousins - neifis and
and -- nephews and cousins that aren't working on the ranch would get money but they would deny hungry people, low-income people the same sort of benefit. there's also concerns that they want to crank down on the environmental programs. they want to make them more productive. yet, this farm bill ignores the fact that we right now do not have enough money for the conservation programs to help farmers and ranchers who want to improve the environment. only one in four grants gets funded. some of them swallowed up by big industrial agriculture interests that could afford to take care of their own environmental problems. but more telling is that they allow payment for things that don't even improve the environment.
why allow large agribusiness to compete for scarce environmental funding for things like hog lagoons and fences? that's the cost of doing business. that doesn't improve the environment. i have introduced legislation that would correct this. in terms of cutting down capping and containing unnecessary subsidies, reducing overly generous crop insurance and making conservation programs performance driven. i hope the day will come when we might be able to debate something like that on the floor of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from alabama, mr. byrne, for five minutes. mr. byrne: mr. speaker, i rise this morning during national police week to recognize and remember the men and women in blue who protect and serve our local communities each and every day. law enforcement officers leave the safety of their homes each day not knowing if they will
pass back through their own front doors when their day is done. they leave their families behind to ensure the safety of our loved ones at schools and neighborhoods and on roadways. these individuals are true public servants who answer the call and put their lives on the line. among their many roles in the community, law enforcement officers serve as role models for our children, keep the peace in our neighborhoods, direct traffic for football games and are the first to respond when help is needed. far too often we take their services for granted. this week i am proud that the house is taking up a number of important bills to support our local law enforcement. from legislation to prevent attacks on our officers to providing funding for additional resources, we are working to ensure these dedicated individuals have the tools they need to do their jobs us safe. see, our law enforcement officers are heroes who put their lives oe line each day to keep our citizens from harm's
way. national police week is a time for us to stop and show our appreciation to these heroes for all they do for our communities. our law enforcement officers serve selflessly, facing the many dangers of the job with courage and bravery. mr. speaker, i've had the opportunity to ride along with members in baldwin county sheriff's office in alabama. it was an eye-opening experience. at every single traffic stop, the deputies had no idea what to expect. every call was different, but each one came with an inherent risk of the unknown. despite the uncertainty, the deputies always conducted themselves with respect and professionalism. whether it's a routine traffic stop or responding to a domestic call, these officers have no idea how their encounters will turn out. it can always the risk
turn hostile and some cases deadly. national police week is also an opportunity to honor the heroes who have lost their lives while serving our communities. 2017, 136 officers were killed in the line of duty. already this year, 54 officers have lost their lives while serving our communities. sadly, one of these deaths occurred in my home state of alabama earlier this year. mobile police officer justin billup paid the ultimate sacrifice when he was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call on february 20. at just 27 years old, officer billup left behind a loving wife, erin, and a 1-year-old son, taylor. in such a time of immense grief, we saw the city of mobile rally together to support the family and friends of fallen officer billup. you see, these officers are much more than enforcers of the law. they are an integral part of the community. mr. speaker, i love seeing the
community wrap the officer's family up in a shield of prayer and love, but we shouldn't just do that when we lose an officer and we shouldn't just do it during police week. each and every day we should show our deep appreciation to members of law enforcement at every level who put their lives on the line so we can live in safe communities. may we not forget that we get to lay our heads down on our pillows at night feeling safe because of the brave men and women out there patroling the streets. so, mr. speaker, as we observe national police week, i can think of no better way to show appreciation for our men and women in blue than to encourage every american to take the time to say thank you to your local law enforcement officers. may their sacrifices never be forgotten. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman o'halleran, mr.
for five minutes. mr. o'halleran: paired with the dry conditions and high heat, the first district is historically home to one of the worst wildfires in the country. earlier this month, my constituents in rural arizona faced off against the tender fire, which spread more than 16,000 acres before being mostly contained. . it could have been far worse. i rise today to commend the hundreds of brave first responders, community leaders in arizona and across the west, public safety officials who worked tirelessly over o the past three weeks to contain the fire and protect residents and their homes. it was their quick thinking and expert training that prevented this fire from spreading even further and destroying hundreds of homes. on ire which was reported
april 27 by forest officials and before the fire even reached 50 acres on the second day, the decision was made to bring in the type one southwest area incident management team. to oversee the firefighting efforts and safety efforts. this is unheard of for fires of this size, but it turns out it was the right call. the type one team was able to set it was the up a strong line and get hot shots and irefighting crews on the ground to save the hundreds of homes, ranches, and lives. this was not the only proactive measure that was taken during the early stages of the fire. during my visit to the type one incident command center earlier this month and the fire site, the team shared with me their work and i have -- to extend my
sincerest gratitude so the national forest and sheriff's office and the county staff and their work. in saw the dry conditions the area. they saw the weather report of high winds coming. the decision to evacuate residents was in the area. made before the fire grew to a significant size. it was made correctly. they made this decision as that fire moved towards large subdivisions and it was moving -- 1 1/2 ff hours hours it moved three miles. the wind speeds were up to 50 miles an hour. this contributed to one of the smoothest evacuation efforts these teams have ever seen and t saved lives.
my team worked with local county and state officials to deliver information and resources to those who were evacuated to the centers. in addition to the more than 800 personnel on the ground, i want to thank the communities who stepped up to help. from all across the western united states. t saved lives. my team worked with local county and and through all across arizona. businesses opened up their doors to evacuees and their livestock and pets and volunteers signed up to assist at evacuation shelters. it was interesting when i visited the site, trees that were not burned except for underneath, the firing was moving so fast that the crown fire did not occur. but could see -- but you could see where the trees were bent but the niddles on the tree were all pointing in the direction of the wind. the fire spread out throughout and then hit those homes and then the homes went up in fire. over three dozen homes.
fighting efforts were aided by the work of homeowners. over time had personally cleared fuel like small trees and underpresident bush from their home. they followed -- from under their home. again, mr. speaker, i thank all the brave men and women who worked to contrain this fire. i would advise anybody to look into this more, to understand the difficult conditions that they have to work in. 18 over time had hours on the line. going back to pup tents hours, sleep for a few hours, then going back out into the field to save lives and save homes. and then after this fire, they move right on to another one. that's sadly the condition of our forests in the west. , prevention of loss
of life and death, prevention o of life and death from other destruction was to be accomplished only by professionals who did this in a way that brought honor to their service. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. kustoff, for five minutes. mr. kustoff: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor john vereliii from madison county, tennessee. johnny, as he's known to his friends, was named farmer of the year by the university of tennessee. johnny's a third generation farmer who began farming in 2005, 40 years after his grandfather started the family business. farmers from across the state were nominated for the honor by their county extension agents. johnny's commitment to land stewardship, community service,
and savvy business tactics stood out among all other nominees. their family is over 5,000 acres of wheat, soybean, and corn. johnny manages all the land for sustainability, including installing wildlife food plots, planting buffer strips along streams, and using best practices that reduce the amount of fertilizer and pesticides applied to the crops. he's even planted 20 acres designated as pollenator habitat to help native bee possible pew lations survive and thrive. with the help of technology and precision agriculture, they ave known to produce in excess of 300 bushels per acre. are done way things
in west tennessee. congratulations to johnny, his wife, and their daughter. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: are do in west tennessee. congratulations to johnny, the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, it's always an honor to stand in the well of the house. i consider this an extraordinary privilege. . speaker, there are seminal moments in time moments in time that can impact the rest of time. , sometimes ts where wrong is placed on the thrown. justify t is used to
wrong. seminal moments in time. mr. speaker, might cannot make wrong. wrong right. might cannot make wrong right. it can only prolong wrong. seminal moments in time where might is used to justify wrong. might did not make slavery right. here were those who used false eligiousity to justify slavery. they had the slavery. they had the might, power, they could impose their will. but might will not make wrong right. make segregation right to force people to go to separate areas, to use a level of power to impose a decency upon a people -- indecency upon1
a people. might can never make wrong right. mr. speaker, might has not made invidious discrimination right. it still exists today. and no matter how much power we have, we will not make it right simply because we have the to justify it with the might that we have. might , mr. speaker, to justift will not make bigotry emanating from the presidency right. it will not. there are many who want to just let it go. let it go. might the bigotry, put it behind us. bigotry emanating from the presidency impacts this country. stained this country a image in the world.
the president represents this country. he represents every one of us. we may differ with him, but he is the standard-bearer. and the bigotry that emanates from the presidency is something that we all have to concern ourselves with. we can't just say it's all over with. let's let that go. yes, it has happened and it continues to happen. and might will not make it right. he has power, but his power is not going to cause his invidious and harmful commentaries to become right. so i'm here today to simply say this, mr. speaker. that while the president has the power, impeachment is the remedy. a president who has said that there were some good people
among those in charlottesville, a president who would ban muslims from the country. a president who has said lgbtq persons shouldn't be in the military, a president who has called the sons of some professional athletes, called heir mothers dogs, s.o.b.'s, a president who has said that in -- the speaker pro tempore: the entleman's time has expired. >> mr. speaker. at this time language has been accepted on the floor of this house -- mr. green: the presidency -- the speaker pro tempore: all members will suspend. members will remine to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. mr. green: mr. speaker, the president is about the people. it's about the people's house. the right ple have
to address this insidious discrimination emanating from the presidency. i'm not going to stand for it. others may stand for it. the ri to you know there's bigotry emanating from the presidency, yet you would not want me to stand here and address it. i will address it. this president has exhibited a kind of bigotry that this country ought not tolerate. and when he said that there was s-hole countries as he was addressing his immigration policy, he was putting his bigotry s-hole countries as int. and that is something that we all should concern ourselves with. the fact that the president's policies are based upon his bigotry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. green: impeachment is the remedy. i yield back. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded from engaging in personalities towards the president. the chair recognizes the entleman from louisiana, mr.
higgins, for five minutes. mr. higgins: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today on behalf of the american farmer. mr. speaker, higgins, for five minutes. mr. will this body recognize the heritage and culture, the sacrifice of american farmers who for have provided for have provide our country and our world? i rise today in support of one of america's most important agricultural commodities that supports and industry which produces $20 billion of domestic economic activity annually. sugar. i had the honor of representing southwest louisiana where sugar contributes $3.5 billion to our state economy annually and employs over 16,000 hardworking louisiana citizens. mr. speaker, these men and women have come into their lives embracing the heritage and hard work of their mothers,
their fathers, their grandmothers, their grandfathers. for generations by the toil of their labor, the sweat of their brow they have tilled the soil and raised sugar. the united states has historically been a reliable supplier of high quality, low cost sugar that is used by consumers necessaryically and internationally. -- domestically and internationally. in fact, americans on average spend over 20% less for sure gar than consumers in other nations. and manufacturers pay roughly the same price for american sugar that they did in the 1980's. american sugar growers last year produced 32,000 tons of sugar, 13,800 tons of which came from south florida. -- south louisiana. while sugar price vs. remained flat for the past three decades, the cost of farming
has not as equipment, fuel, and fertilizer cost vs. all risen between 90% to 200% in that same time frame. . we must protect the future of american sugar and american sugar farmers, american sugar farm families. i urge all my colleagues to support american farmers and pass h.r. 2, the agriculture and nutrition act of 2018, as amended, by the house committee on agriculture and, mr. speaker, yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. keating, for five minutes. mr. keating: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. keating: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the retirement and many
distinguished accomplishments of captain timothy a. to beias, commanding air station cape cod, massachusetts. captain tobias has honorably served our country for over 32 years of active duty military service. his career began in the u.s. army as a blackhawk air assault pilot where he served in the ninth calvary, ninth brigade at fort lewis, washington. in 1991, he was accepted to the united states coast guard's officer candidate's school in 1992. from there, he quickly rose to the rank of captain and during his 32-year military career, captain tobias amassed over 7,000 flight hours and qualified
in nine different aircraft to jayhawk, mh-60 mh-65 herk louis, dolphin. and ocean century. water, d at clear california, san diego, california, kodiak, alaska, new orleans, louisiana, savannah, georgia, and cape cod, massachusetts. and as the commanding officer of two bases. in addition to his remarkable aviation career, captain tobias served in the u.s. senate as a military liaison officer, as budget and program reviewer at u.s. coast guard headquarters, a military -- senior military advisor to the u.s. northern command combat and commander and the national security fellow at the harvard university's john f.
kennedy school of government. of his many outstanding achievements during his storied career, i'd like to highlight three. lieutenant tobias was one of only six pilots selected to pioneer helicopter interdiction squadron 10. this successful concept led to one of the most significant policy changes in coast guard aviation history through the development of the aviation use of force policy, an establishment of a permanent command in jacksonville, florida, now responsible for armed current drug operations around the globe. in 2005, while serving as the operations officer at coast guard air station new orleans, lieutenant commander tobias led rescue operations during and immediately after hurricane katrina ravaged the gulf coast
and in a 10-day period, aircrews, under his leadership, saved over 1,400 lives. most recently and just last year, captain tobias was called upon again to lead air rescue operations following landfall of hurricane harvey over texas and louisiana. thanks in great part to his extraordinary croord nation and unflappable judgment he strategically directed 53 aircraft and 415 aviation personnel for 21 different units, saving lives of over 1,700 civilians. mr. speaker, i join a very grateful nation in thanking captain timothy tobias and his family for their service and sacrifice and wish them the absolute very best in their next careers. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. kelly, for five minutes. mr. kelly: thank you, mr. speaker. this morning i would like to recognize one of my constituents in pennsylvania's third congressional district, mr. william don thomas who will make history this evening when he becomes the oldest university to graduate from butler county community college, also known as bc-3. he began taking college in bc-3 in the fall of 2010. this evening at the age of 80 years he will proudly receive an associate of arts degree in history. furthermore, mr. thomas also represents the most senior graduate in the class of 2018 among other state's four other western institutions within the pennsylvania commission for community college. you got to know something about mr. thomas. he's an air force veteran who honorably served our country as an air man second class with the
17th squadron. i want you to think about something. this man, while serving in france from 1956 to 1959, enrolled in classes, provided by the university of maryland. it was held outside the northern french town where he was stationed and while there he earned 28 credits. all these years later, following a successful life and career, mr. thomas decided to enroll at bc-3 in order to finish the degree he started in 1956. mr. thomas credits much of his academic success to bc-3, which has been rated the top community college in the commonwealth of pennsylvania in back-to-back surveys. bc-3 president is beyond proud of mr. thomas and believes his accomplishment is symbolic for the entire community college. now, additionally, don thomas receives an abundance of love and support and encouragement
from his beloved wife, nancy, their six children, their eight grandchildren, and their four great-grandchildren. can you imagine tonight's graduation ceremony when he stands there with all those people and receives his degree? now, mr. thomas is not a traditional college student. he faced obstacles along the way but regardless of the circumstances he never abandoned his goal of earning his degree. mr. thomas reminds all of us that with faith, hard work, and determination, anything is possible. mr. thomas embodies the spirit of a life-long lerner and is a living testament -- learner and is a living testament if there is a will there is a way. his unwavering dedication, passion is not only inspiring amazing, it is quintessentially american. it is who we are as the american
people. i am so blessed to be able to stand on the floor of the people's house today and to congratulate mr. thomas on a job well done and one of our district's finest constituents. mr. thomas, i say, happy graduation day. happy graduation day. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, for five minutes. ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. speaker, e: thank you for the opportunity to begin discussion on the floor for issues i think in the backdrop of mother's day and the
desire to be family friendly in this nation and to really answer the questions of americans -- can our government do well by them? and so i raise to the body how we can be more constructive and i do it on the basis when we all do and interact with our constituents and so i did as i went home this past weekend, a couple of days in the midst of the exciting graduations that we all had a chance to go to and to make remarks and i want to congratulate those students that i had the privilege of being and speaking at their graduations. the historiccally black college, texas southern community, lone star community college. what an amazing group of graduates, people who are adults
and veterans and students who were what we call early college students graduating. and of course to the system, the houston community college, i spoke there. it looks like i was going to graduations and celebrating with their families. that was good. but then at the same time -- and, mr. speaker, they were diverse. all backgrounds, religions. that's what houston is all about. the same time i visited with and had a press conference with a collective body of humanitarians. the sister rogers, a catholic sister and many others about the unfortunate circumstances of where we are in the dreamers and why we haven't addressed that question and why would dreamers who need to be status, who are lawyers and doctors and some in the -- serving in public service, we had a paramedic standing with us, why we can't get them status. why can't the nation do what is right? why can't the president work with us and sign the president?
then i introduced or indicated that i am going to introduce the restatus of t.p.s. status persons, some who have been here for 20 years with mortgages and people in college, young people in college, and to status them for two years to allow the congress to fix it and that their status be tied to the laws and requirements that they be in sync with those who would get citizenship so they would not be, if you will, awry of the law, they would be in step with the law as most of the people are from el salvador, from haiti and beyond. then i went to stand with mothers at public housing and indicated to them it's long overdue in all of our communities that we introduce an infrastructure bill of $150 billion to fix our public housing. because as i was standing with these mothers at cuny homes, their air-conditioning was out. but we stood there the day before mother's day to salute
them and say they deserve to live in quality housing. they're raising their children. some of their children go off to the united states military. finally, i think it is important to acknowledge, mr. speaker, maybe this is a confused statement. by the administration. but i have to speak against -- and these are my friends. we want to work internationally. i was here for the permanent trade agreement that was done with china, but it is important to know that our economy is based on innovation. why would the administration support the chinese firm of z.t.e. that our intelligence community has taken note that they have interfered with our innovation and our technology and suggest that he wants the chinese workers to have their jobs again? i certainly want the best for any country, but i do know it's important to restore the jobs of
the american people and there are many call center american companies that would make a great infusion of energy and dollars in various communities across the nation. it's important to note that the house intelligence committee report of 2012 indicated and concluded that z.t.e. cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus poses a security threat to the united states and our systems. it also said, it is odd -- while it is odd that this president, who has put an extensive sanctions on iran and north korea, is now willing to overlook a house intelligence report indicating, of course, that z.t.e. cannot be trusted. so i started, mr. speaker, by congratulating my graduates but i indicated throughout that i'm baffled by these policies of the
administration but i do say that i have faith in this institution and i ask my colleagues, stand with me on the restoration of a two-year status for t.p.s. so we can get it right. let us not separate mothers from their children and the immigration structure and let's pass a dreamers bill and let's work to introduce funding for our public housing that exists and that mothers are living in across america. with that, mr. speaker, your kindness is appreciated. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today.
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