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want that to happen. well, they're not, tuelingly. all they're doing is assessing a reasonable fee that is associated with the cost of arguing, negotiating on his behalf to have a better wage. but he says, no. i want to be able to benefit from the work that the union does but i don't want to pay anything. it's quite ridiculous. but that's the case that's in the supreme court right now. you know, you want to know what's in the first amendment? the right to freedom of assembly. the right to freedom of assembly is in the constitution. if some workers want to assemble together and negotiate for better wages and better benefits with their employee, i believe they have a constitutional right to do so. what i don't think you have a constitutional right to do is to be a freeloader, which is what janus is arguing. he's saying, i want to be able to benefit from what the union negotiates on my behalf but i don't want to pay anything.
he doesn't have to pay into the fund that goes to political stuff. he doesn't have to pay for that. that is -- that issue has been decided. it's not required under the law that he helped fund candidates or issues he doesn't want to support. but it is fair and it is right and it is reasonable and the supreme court has found in the past that an assessesment on employees for the cost of representation is fair and constitutional. this is a case called the abuse case where it was found to be constitutional. what they want to do is flip abude and say, no, you can be a free loader. let me say to my good friend from california, our law has been favoring the employer over the worker for years now. here's the law,s the law right now. that if you are an employer and you fire a worker because they're trying to organize a union, that's not legal to do.
but guess what? that worker can't file a private lawsuit, they've got to file under the national labor relations act. they can't get punetriffable treble damages, they've got to go through nlrb process which takes quite a long time according to most workers who go through it. and when they do go through it, all they get is back pay minus whatever they earned after they were fired. illegally. this is a very small price to pay for people who are exercising what i believe is a constitutional right to freedom of assembly and free tom of expression but why shouldn't you fire them, you know? it's the cost of doing business for some employers who don't want a union. another example of how unfair the situation is. an employer can tell the workers, you better be in the calf tophera tomorrow because there's a union drive and i want to threaten you and scare you and tell you all the reasons why it can't -- it's a bad idea.
this is called captive audience. can the union go into the same plant and say, well, now we want to give you our side of why you do need a union? they cannot do it. it's not fair. so it's like having an election where the rights of the workers will be determined by the election and yet only one side gets to be able to go and argue why -- argue into the negative. by the way if the employer said, come to the meeting, we're going to tell you why you do need a union, that would be an unfair labor frackties. it's crazy, really. ut it's the kind of world that a guy like neil gorsuch thinks would be a good one. this is the guy who was in my view illegal he -- illegally put on the supreme court of the united states. the president gets to offer a
replacement for a vacancy on the supreme court. barack obama did that and the head of the senate republicans who was in the majority said we will not hear anyone, we will not hear anybody he didn't -- you know what, the role of the senate is to give advise and consent thafle can say we think this guy ♪ qualified. they can say this guy has a judicial temperament that's not proper thafle can criticize the nominee any way they want to. one thing they cannot do is say, we will not discharge our constitutional responsibility. but that's what they did do because nobody can make them do otherwise. they did it because they could do it. but it was wrong. it was actually immoral. and it was an abuse of their responsibility as members of the united states senate. but they didn't care. they want power. raw, naked power. and that's what they did. somehow they got away wit. because they got neil gorsuch on the supreme court and this is the guy who was the deciding
vote in a case that i believe is a foreshadowing of what we'll see in janus, the other day a case called murphy's oil was decided on monday, neil gorsuch cast the deciding vote in a decision that ruled for the first time that bosses can forbidder that workers from joining together in class action lawsuits to challenge violations of the federal labor laws. -- is an outrageous use of an outrageous. bringing a case against your boss is risky especially for workers who have no safety net. and congresswoman jayapal just got through telling you how stressed to the wall american workers are. and yet, those workers who don't have much money are now told that they cannot come together in a class action to challenge violations of federal labor law. they have to pursue these claims
individually. they don't have a chance. the bargaining position power is absolutely unequal. yet that's what we got. decisions like this are why mitch mcdonell and republicans engage in the historic obstruction to block president obama from the supreme court vacancy for nearly a year. hey wanted an ideologue like neil gorsuch to tip anti-worker cases like this. what's going to happen in janus? i hate to admit it but even i, who consider myself quite optimistic, believe that, look, they've got -- they put neil gorsthoiven supreme court to destroy public employee bargaining. that's why he's there. i have no illusions about what's about to happen. it's just like other unjust supreme court decisions that have happened along the livense shelby county, along the lines of -- which destroyed the voting rights act. or along the lines of citizens
united which basically said corporations can dump massive amounts of money into elections. who has massive amount of money? you know. america's corporate elites. oh and then, it goes all the way back to unjust decisions like the lock ran cases. history will look very dimly on this moment in time. i believe that when you crush decency and fairness to earth it does rise. and i believe that workers in this country, if they are prohibited by the law and the supreme court from being treated fairly, they're just going to start going on strike all over the place, just like the teachers showed us they would. they're going to start going on strike. we'll just settle it out in the street. this is unfortunate. wouldn't it be much better to have fair bargaining and come to the table and negotiate decent
wages and benefits? of course it would be. those teachers didn't want to go on strike. they wanted to be in the classroom teaching those kids. but whether it's arizona, north carolina, what are the other ones i'm leaving out? oklahoma. these people who are -- who dedicated their lives to young people had to go out on the trail, go out on the strike line, just so they can get a decent situation for those kids and themselves. these teachers said, these kids' learning environment is our work environment and both are bad so we have to strike. we have been given no alternative to do so. so they did and they got some justice out of it. this is what the like os neil gorsuch and janus versus afscme are pushing the american labor picture toward. it's too bad but i have great faith in the american worker. they will not, they will not
willthis lying down and we be on the picket line with them. yield back. mr. khanna: thank you, representative ellison, for those words and explaining so simply and powerfully what's at stake with the janus case, why the constitutional right is with the unions as you put it, to to assemble and not to freeload when someone is getting a benefit. thank you, and thank you for your leadership and fight on other want to make one point before yielding to my friend. one of the contemporary examples of the need for collective bargaining is seen with c.w.a. in their struggle with american airlines. when passenger service agents aren't making a living wage. i don't understand it. i pay so much for these american airline tickets, i wonder who
the money is going to? would any american think that the passenger service agents aren't getting a fair wage given what we're paying in airline tickets? yet the truth is, many of those workers aren't getting a fair wage. particularly those who are working for envoy and those who are working with piedmont and there are many members of this house, 81 of us who believe that american airlines needs to do the right thing and pay a living wang and t.w.a.'s ability to bargain, to ask for a fair wage, for what all of us pay when we pay for tickets, they ask the workers benefit from that as well, that's what is at stake in this. can c.w.a. organize and get a fair wage so workers benefit? i want to recognize a good friend, darren soto who is in my freshman class who is a great leader on so many issues, on
issues of technology and the future of work, he's come out to silicon valley. but what i respect about him is he's got his values in fighting for working families, for the middle class, for people who have been left out. those are the issues he's most passionate about. and i'd love to yield a few minutes to him so that he can speak out on this important anus decision. >> thank you. mr. soto: thank you. y'all are changing the world in california. i rest assured that someone of your savvyness, knowing technology, will help make sure we protect working families going into the future. i do also share your concern and believe that american airlines should be paying living wages to
these folks who are working for them and certainly stand with c.w.a. on that issue. today, we're talking about nuss -- ability janus v. afscme. mr. janus a man with wants to get something for nothing. a man who wants to get the benefit of collective bargaining without having to pay for it. and is asking the supreme court to dismantle unions in the process of that. all because he doesn't agree with some political messaging of the union. this case afscme. so i'd like to take a moment to take this logic to its end and perhaps every shareholder should be able to object to fortune 500 companies act political messaging they disagree with. every single one of them. one share, one million shares. perhaps every employee should
have the right to object to their fortune 500 company employers' political messaging if they disagree with it. but of course that's not what's happened. because this is a concerted attack on america's unions. leaving corporate dark money to rain unchecked in our political process. and ultimately it's an attack on the middle class. imagine our country without a strong middle class. imagine a country with just the haves and the have nots. there's plenty across this globe. there's plenty that aren't making a big difference in this world because when you have the rich control all capital, all political power, that's when they control us and we don't have the innovation, we don't have the incentive, we don't have the progress that is so
critical to capitalism which i think is being missed on this. if you don't have a fair market, you can't have successful capitalism. and part of a fair market includes having strong voice for our middle class, for our working folks. through our unions. it's no surprise that a rise to greatness in this country was tied to the rise of the middle class. think about it. g.i.'s returning home from world war ii. fanning out to suburbs. even before that. around world war i and before that. when you had all these major milestones that we talked about, 40-day workweek, overtime, child labor laws, osha, so many things that happened, that created the modern economy. d we surged and prosperity reign through the most corners of the united states.
so i want to take a moment, and i appreciate mr. khanna for bringing this forward, to urge the supreme court to do the right thing. to protect the right to collectively bar gauge from being dragged down by nonunion free riders. just because they dis agree with a political message. or in the alternative, allow every employee, every shareholder to object to corporate political speech they disagree with. let's keep it fair on all sides then. if i have one share, if i'm a part-time employee, of a major fortune 500 company and i disagree i should be able to object just like this man wants to be able to object. because corporations aren't people. people are people. and i want to thank you for this opportunity, mr. khanna, the gentleman from california, to be able to stand with you on behalf of america's working families. mr. khanna: thank you,
representative soto and for that analogy, that the rules for corporate shareholders shouldn't be different than the rules for workers. we need fairness. we certainly shouldn't be privileging shareholders. i appreciate your advocacy for working families and speaking out to that. hank you. mr. soto: i want to close with simple points. people often say that workers have a negative view of unions or don't want unions to be representing them. but gallup research shows that 60% of americans, 60% have a favorable view of labor unions. and that number has been going up as more and more americans see that their wages have been going down, more and more americans are saying they need the unions to level the playing field. me and n we look at afs
what he says doesn't want to be represented him, i think of john lewis and we went to memphis a temple hs ago and mason we heard over the loudspeaker, drr king's voice as he spoke about seeing the promised land and as that booming voice came over the bowed speaker, there on stage was a man in his 80's who was a sanitation worker at the time that dr. king marched in memphis. and he talked about how he still was owed money for his fair work at the age of 80. memphis still hadn't paid him.
that person, that man, he didn't shirk from work. he was working still in his 80's and believed in the dignity of work and talked about the dignity of work. he just wanted to have a fair shot at being paid for that work. that was afscme and that is what is at stake in this supreme court fight. do we stand for the values that dr. king marched for and stand for the labor union in this nation. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to include extraneous material on the subject of my special order. thank you for your giving us and i now yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
a three-year state trooper veteran, trooper b ump llard was helping our communities. and he protected our communities and uphold the rule of law that our safety rests upon. condolences. while his ultimate sacrifice cannot be repaid, i remain grateful for his sacrifice and remember him and his loved ones in my prayers.
mr. speaker, i'm here tonight to lk about a serious situation that exists in our country. a very serious situation. every member of this body hears every day from employers in our districts that they have jobs hat are going unfilled because americans do not have the skills they need to fill those unfilled jobs. sixifically, there are over million unfilled jobs in this country due to the skills gap. we have a solution to that
problem, mr. speaker. and it has come out of the education and work force committee. it's called the prosper act. today, in the hill, there was a terrific article encouraging this body and this congress to pass the prosper act. and i'm going to quote some of the article. the article was entitled "congress passed the prosper act for federal student aid reform." and written by rachel peterson. it has been 5 years since president johnson signed the higher education act into law and 10 years since it was re-authorized since president obama. the law touches every aspect of higher education has turned into a special interest bow nansa and
shields colleges from marketplace competition and weaves stupid aid and tax on the pork and served as a pretext for the department of education to have regulations. the prosper act would act.thorize the higher the bill would streamline federal programs, relax burdensome regulations and forbid the secretary of education frling acting outside the scope of the law and protect speech and of free religious freedom. the national association of scholars released a top-to-bottom review concluding that it represents the best opportunity to reform higher education in decades.
with a few tweaks, the prosper act should be passed at once. o emimportant areas, federal student aid reform and protection of freedom of speech shows why. currently federal student aid is a system that encourages students to take on debt and incentivizes colleges to raise he tuition. and has four dozen options. the prosper act simplifies federal student aid and making it easier for students to see their options and caps the amount of money that they can borrow from the federal government and streamlines into a single grant program and single repayment program and
eliminates special interest projects such as loan forgiveness which privileged government employees after 10 years of payments, end quote. reallyaker, ms. peterson encapsulates the beginning of this article, the reasons why we should be passing the prosper act. it passed out of the committee in december and we are working to find time to bring this bill to the floor and be able to have the house vote on it, send it to the senate, have the senate vote on it and send it to the president for his signature. again, ms. peterson said congress passed the prosper act. but as she explains in her
quote, she says even more about it. let me explain some additional reasons why we need to pass the prosper act. % of parents say four-year schools charge too much. 54% of parents think that four-year schools are accessible to middle-class americans. mr. speaker, we have a problem in this country not just with skills, but people who are in poverty. the way for people to get out of poverty is to gain a good education that provides skills for people to get a job. mr. speaker, all my life, i have promoted the need for people to get a great education. i, myself, am a living example of what an education can do for
a person. i gue up in a house with no electricity, no running water. my parents had a sixth grade and ninth grade education. i come from no privilege whatsoever. and yet, mr. speaker, because i and million millions of other people in this country who came from similar circumstances, were able to get a good education and use their talents and skills to lead successful limbs. what i want, mr. speaker, is for every american, who has the drive to do the same thing. and mr. speaker, while the federal government doesn't create jobs, the federal government can create situations where jobs can be created by the
private sector and we can help people gain the skills that they need to take those jobs. and begin mingtl again, as i said, we have over six million unfilled jobs in this country and what employers are begging us for is to provide the opportunity for people to gain the skills that they need to fill those jobs. and this is the way the american people right now again. 81% of americans feel that schools charge too much. what we do with prosper is give insenttives. we don't tell them what to charge. but we put in place policies that we believe will cause twuse not to continue to rise at such a ry rate and students will get
more information so they choose well the programs they go into. also, we are closing out the opportunities that i had and millions of other middle-class americans have had in the pass by pricing post-secondary education too high and making people feel it is not possible. 13% in this country believe that college graduates are well prepared for success in the workplace. something is wrong, mr. speaker. that we have this low a number of people in this country who believe that those who are graduating from college or attending college don't have the skills that they need to take those jobs that are out there available. and what -- there's even more negativity coming from those who employ those who go to college.
let me share some other information. only two in five managers believe that college graduates are well equipped for a job in their field. and mr. speaker, even those who go to college are not completing . we have a six-year completion rate of 54.8%. and what does this mean to students? year in 68,000 per lost wages and the cost of attending. this is occurring not just with those who attend what are known as four-year colleges, which are now really six-year colleges, most of the ones graduating are are graduating in six years. it's applying to student whors
in what we've always called two-year colleges. so we have a terrible problem every way you look in this country in terms of providing the opportunities for not only poor people, but middle income people, for completing a degree or a program or a certificate that will allow them to gain the skills that they need and the credentials they need. we're a credentialing society, mr. speaker. we want people to be able to prove what they've done. therefore, we need to honor people with all kinds of credentials and make it easier for them to gain those credentials. not everybody needs a baccalaureate degree to be a successful person in our country. and we know that because only 30% of the people in this
country do have a baccalaureate degree. and yet we have millions and millions of people already who are successful. what we want to do is encourage more people to seek certify scation -- certification and programs that i a -- allow them to be certified without necessarily completing a baccalaureate. but mr. speaker, people will say, well you don't honor liberal arts degrees if you're encouraging people go on and just get a certificate. i want everybody to get a liberal arts degree. i got a liberal arts degree. i think that's wonderful. but people don't have to do that immediately out of high school. and they don't have to do it in order to lead successful lives. but ultimately, we hope everybody will be a lifelong learner and the best way to be a lifelong learner, i think, is to help people be successful early
on so they'll be encouraged to continue to want to learn and do the things that will make them successful. so what does prosper do? we make it possible for more students to qualify for pell rants for short-term programs. this is what we do, mr. speaker. pell grants are the grants that undergird most people going to college. who don't come from very affluent families. the average pell grant in this country now is about $6,000. that's the maximum, excuse me. but students can qualify for that if they're very, very poor. what we'd like to do is allow pell grants to be used for shorter term programs again to get students to get into a program, help them gain
certification, so they can ontinue to earn and learn. so they can get a job, continue their education. we make it possible for seven million more people to qualify for pell grants. many colleges and universities, unfortunately, have come out against the prosper act. why is that when we make seven million more students eligible for pell grants? it's because, mr. speaker, we also ask for more accountability on the part of the schools and universities. i'll talk a little bit more about that in a minute. what do we do for the schools? we say to them, help these pell time,stublets graduate on meaning four years, and guess what, we will give you a little now, the this right
schools get no rewards for helping their students graduate on time. in fact, they get rewarded if they extend the amount of time students are in school. but that costs the students money in lost wages. it also encourages them to borrow more money which is not a good thing. we know right now that we have $1.4 trillion in student debt in this country. we see the headlines every day. in the newspapers. about the problem with student debt. and we don't want to encourage students to take out more debt. we want the students to take -- get less debt. so we simplify what we're doing in financial aid, mr. speaker. that's what we hear from schools, parents, students.
we just had a meeting with members of congress before i came up here and members of congress all -- who have had children go to college, all talked about how complicated the fafsa is. how invasive of privacy it is. and how we need to do better with the fafsa, which is the financial aid form students have to fill out to qualify. t we also have a complicated set of loans, grants, and campus-based programs. so what do we do with prosper? we simplify things. right now we have six different loan program, nine repayment options, 32 deferment forebearance options. that means 32 ways to not pay
back the loan and $1.4 trillion in student debt. what we do is turn the six loan programs into one loan program. we make it much less complicated, students and paraphernalias can understand. we take the grant programs and turn them into one grant program. it'll all be called pell grant. and we take a couple of the grant programs and put them in work study. why do we do that? because we've known for 50 years or more that work-study is successful. students who work have been -- we've done studies to show they're much more likely to graduate. they do better academically. they become better time managers. and they're much more likely to get a job when they graduate.
what we do with work-study is we make it an even better program than it is now. we double the amount of money that's in work-study. and we make it possible for the school to allocate up to 50% of the money into the private ector. what that will do, mr. speaker, is that will allow the students to work in the private sector, o an internship a co-op, or an apprenticeship program. and we know most of the time those programs result in a job. and that will start the student on a successful career, we believe, in the industry or business or area that the student wants to go into. it's better than just working on campus.
working on campus is a pstive thing and helps the students a lot. but working in the private sector is even better because again those often lead directly into employment in the private sector. so this is what we do. and mr. speaker, we're responding to the public. we're responding to the school saying financial aid is too complicated. parents and students say financial aid is too complicated. we're listening to both of those folks the institutions have said it. and the students and parents have said it. hat else are we doing with the financial aid? $14.5 billion back in the pockets of students.
how are we doing that? we're eliminating the origination fee for loans. this was a hidden fee that most students didn't know anything about. they had to pay this up front out of the loans they were getting and very often it made a big difference to the students in terms of having the funds that they needed to be successful. in their -- in their programs. so we eliminate that, mr. speaker. we think that is a very, very positive thing we're doing. in general what we're doing with the prosper act is we're responding to the american eople. we're responding to employers who are saying to us, please help us with creating the
programs in the colleges and universities, or smoothing the way for students to go to colleges and universities to be able to gain the skills they need to take these six million jobs that we have available out here. universities are not doing it for us. the colleges are not doing it for us. the colleges and universities are graduating approximately 1. million students every year. and yet what's happening is, we've got all these jobs unfilled out here, and we've got graduates being graduated, but they don't have the skills that the employers need. study after study after study, poll after poll after poll is telling us that. we're hearing it from everybody. this is not a panacea. it is not going to answer every single need that's out there.
we never said that it would. ut it's a true reform of post-secondary education. what we want to do is say to the post-secondary institutions, we've heard you, we've heard what you said. you've said, reduce or eliminate a lot of the rules and regulations that we have. that's what's driving up the cost of tuition. guess what, mr. speaker? have revised or eliminating 59% of the 59 rules that were presented to us by the colleges and universities. but when they talk to to the our colleagues here, we never hear them mention that to them. but we're doing that. so we're responding to them. they said simplify financial aid. we're doing that.
so we're doing what the schools asked us to do. we're doing what employers asked us to do. we're providing funds for short-term programs that will result in certificates that will -- certificates that will result in the ability for students to gain the skills they need and go to work after as short a period of time as 10 weeks. and 300 hours. this is a huge change in the way financial aid has been offered in the past. and we've listened to parents and students. we've simplified financial aid. we're making it much easier for students to apply for financial aid. we make it simpler for them to understand exactly the aid that they're going to be getting. what their obligations are going to be. and we know that ultimately it's going to bring down the cost of post-secondary education because we remove incentives for the
colleges and universitys to keep raising tuition and fees. because we're saying to the colleges and universities, we want you to help these students succeed, we want you to encourage these students to take out less debt, and we're providing you the vehicle for doing that. so mr. speaker, we're responding to all the segments of the population that have asked us to change the way post-secondary education is delived in this country. we're going to help fulfill these six million unfilled jobs and we're going to bring down the cost of tuition and fees and make financial aid less complicated. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the chair recognizes the gentleman
from florida, mr. soto, for 30 minutes. mr. soto: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. soto: in honor i would like o recognize andrew jang. he has been extensively involved in different communities and organizations. he is an owner of an tech and pacific islanders, american public affairs, president of chinese chamber of commerce and and president of the club. in the past, andrew was involved with the boys and girls club, senior first, the asia yap american heritage croum, international association of chiefs of police and american
veteran groups. as the president of chinese, he spoorted the business community with facilities and knowledge of the community as well as supporting businesses through advocating for positive business legislation and hosting seminars and imoutreach. he received the award of asian-american for orlando in 2016 and in 2009, the community service of asiaian-american and earned a bachelor of laws and central police and master agree of computer from the new york computer of technology. e recognize you. in honor of asian-american
month, i would like to recognize provides health care services in kissimmee in 2004. he graduated from brown university and university of massachusetts. dr. is on faculty with the u.c.f. teaching medical students and resident doctors. e has served on the board of osceo lmp a and president of the association of pakistani americans of central florida. he has served as president of he and north america and
launched projects of four mobile clinics to help uninsured people in four states in the united states. he is very active in the community through volunteering and raised funds for the victims of hurricane irma in 2017. i joined the doctor in the opening of a free health care clinic in kissimmee in our district in which he was involved in establishing and for hat, doctor, we honor you. in honor of asian-american month, i would like to recognize the president ly of the asian american commerce.
he has been involved with the chamber since 2010 and taken multiple leadership roles. the chamber of commerce of central florida's is to provide support and encouragement to the business exuent of orlando so our members of that organization may prosper and grow. he works for universal orlando as an sergeant and worked in various departments and has had an impressive career. he is on the board of directors for the orlando economic partnership since 2018 this year. his family moved to the united states in 1992 from the phillipines and called florida home since then. and for that, jose, we honor
you. in honor of asian american pacific islander month, i recognize rickey lee. he is a profession allege. vietnamese boat boat refugees and he served in the past 15 years. he was chosen by orlando weekly as one of the 10 people of making orlando the better place to be. s the former chairman of water resouses committee, he worked to educate professionals and community leaders about resources and challenges that face our state. mr. lee serves on the board of directors of second harvest food
bank and been involved with the arks and family recreation board, city's academy and board ember for local m.p.r. affiliate. mr. lee leads campaigns for the ocal asian committee and awarded. e worked with local pbs on the documentary series, vietnamese orlando highlighting the history of the community in orlando. the graduate of the university of central florida, he is the co-founder of the asian pacific at u.c.f. and senator representing the college of engineering and computer science and the author of the book the
food lovers' guide to orlando and highlighting our local restaurants, markets and growing food scene. n 2017, he was inducted into the cull anyary hall of fame and an e central florida 100, opinion column. he is most thankful for his parents, and life partner and heir first-born daughter who brings much hope new dreams. and for that, rickey lee, we honor you. in horp of asian-american month, i would like to recognize vallier eye bio and is the
president of the florida chapter. she has been in television news and works for fox 35 news in orlando. as an award winning television reporter, she is proud to represent her chibe ease-american heritage. in a world where crime dominates headlines, she focuses on faith on those who have been affected. valerie's metropolitanors and metropolitanors not only asian students but students of all backgrounds as well as young professionals and teaches them to report all sides of the story. she encourages all students to be the best and knowing hard work pays off. for being different is an honor, not an entitlement.
valerie assists the broadcasters and applauding broadcasters around the states and taking part. and volunteers her team with the negro golf town metropolitan benefiting young student. as a member of the orange county, she brings people together recognizing their talents and applauding their efforts to make this community better. her father grew up in hong kong. her mother was born in new york. they both inspied her to carry on the importance. she is married to jeff ram say where he has taught her about his southern routes but she has to taught him, too, an
appreciation for dim sum. nd for that, we honor you. in honor of asian-american, i in d like to recognize born pakistan, moved to the united kingdom in 1961 and graduated from birmingham. after 17 years investment banking and working in eight countries moved to florida and built a successful real estate business. he devoted his time for the asian community. he has been a leader in our community. he was the president of the asian-american chamber of commerce in 2016 and won the international leadership
foundation award in 12017 for his accomplishments and was in influential st list. this year, he is president of the american muslim list. he is a husband, father, grandfather and has dedicated his work to strengthening the asian american community in florida. e honor you. in honor of asian-american, i would like to recognize neal abid. he is the executive director of the largest community center and advocate for the florida arabic. since mr. his ch
executive director and he has overseen the expansion in orlando, tampa and jacksonville. the a arch c fmplmp charity services have assisted over 15,000 community members through its health care services, refugee programs as well as many other services based out of the aace headquarters. chairman of the festival in tampa. known for his role. mr. abid is and
an american palestinian who resides in tampa. e honor you. in honor of asian-american month, i would like to recognize iman croum serving. he works with community leaders government officials and the community to foster peace, unity and love. he has traveled over 60 countries and brings his understanding of different cultures by advocating across economic, social and culture sfeers. his love for the entire community is ex emapply fide.
he established the first free health care clinic and provided much needed resources to the victims service center in central florida ensuring that no person is turned away. im arch nmp has joined forces with local shelters working to educate the community in providing support to local shelters by hosting events and meals in support. as a muslim-american leader, he started some of the first institutions for for two decades and has been devoted to serving the community and hosted town hall meetings with local governments to promote unity fter the pulse nightclub
tragedy, he and with other leaders they honored the victims. since then he has worked with other leaders to reach out and express report for central floridians of all back ground. as a community leader and father of eight, he has championed many causes to champion and vowing to spread love without limitation, and for that im arch nmp, we honor you. . thank you, mr. speaker, for the time. we yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. does the gentleman have a otion? mr. soto: mr. speaker, i now move for the house to adjourn.