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issue on how we divide district in our state and why should the supreme court enter into that? guest: under the constitution it is said that state legislations can draw district in each state. the states have a big say. host: i am always interested in neil gorsuch and how he responded to both of these cases, could you break that down? guest: unusually for him, because he has written a lot of opinions, he did not say anything on these cases yesterday. in theority opinion wisconsin case was written by the chief justice. it seemed like the chief justice get a strong vote without any dissent. trying to issue his narrow decision. it seems like he did that. again, (202) 748-8001. for republicans.
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x morning our speeches. here, a reminder that you can watch washington journal at east end at work. legislative work at the house beginning at 2:00 p.m., also doing with opioid use prevention and treatment. now, live coverage of the u.s. house here on speed -- on c-span. order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. june 19, 2018. i hereby appoint the honorable jay french hill 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
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and in no event shall debate continue beyond 1:50 p.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from guam, ms. bordallo, for five minutes. mr. speaker, today i introduced the federal school meals parity act with my colleague, congresswoman stacey plaskett, of the u.s. virgin islands, as the original co-sponsor. would ensure that guam
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and the u.s. virgin islands wou and the u.s. virgin islands are reimbursed fairly under the u.s. department of agriculture's in school meal and child nutrition program. these usda programs provide nutritionally balanced meals to needy k to 12 students each school day, including a breakfast, a lunch, and an afterschool snack. for many needy school children, these usda programs often provide their only well-balanced or full meal of the would ensure that guam and the u.s. virgin islands are reimbursed fairly under the u.s. department of agriculture's in day. these important federal nutrition programs serve millions, millions of american school children nationally, including some 18,000 guam students and more than 10,000 the virgin islands. however, current usda regulations reimburse guam and islands. the u.s. virgin islands at the rate for the continental united states. peer same time, our outline jurisdictions, alaska, hawaii, and puerto rico receive a much higher reimbursement rate. according to usda, the higher reimbursement rates for these states and territory reflect
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higher costs of delivering these programs in those outlying jurisdictions. well, we agree wholeheartedly that all outlying jurisdictions should be reimbursed at higher rates than the mainland united states because of these higher costs. all five territories and both states outside the continental united states share the challenges of higher costs of living, few you are locally available resources, and greater percentages of school children from undeserved households. indeed, guam and the u.s. virgin islands both have higher lower median g, household incomes, and greater unemployment than the mainland united states. both territories face much higher costs for imported food, transportation, fuel, refrigeration, and other everyday necessaryities than
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the mainland -- necessities than the mainland. certainly, guam is located and the furthest of the territories. to address these inadequacy, our bill would require the furt reimburse guam at the same rate as its peer jurisdictions, alaska and hawaii. and the usda reimburse the u.s. virgin islands at the same rate as neighboring puerto rico. under the federal school meals parity act, public department of defense and private schools on guam and the u.s. virgin islands would receive additional federal funding to provide more in school nutritious meals to our needy students. lastly, our bill directs usda to complete a report comparing the costs of providing in school meals to students in all five u.s. territories, with the maybe lapd -- mainland, 48 states and the outlying states of alaska and hawaii. i continue working in
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partnership with congresswoman plaskett to ensure that parity for guam and the u.s. virgin islands under usda's in school meal and child nutrition programs. as congress works to finalize the 2018 farm bill, i hope that our colleagues will provide equitable reimbursement for guam and the u.s. virgin islands. for me and congresswoman plaskett, this is an issue of fundamental fairness for the territories and our students. a priority for our house and senate colleagues as well. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. jones, for five minutes. mr. jones: mr. speaker, thank you very much. yields with the multitude of serious issues and problems facing our nation, one important issue has been forgotten. afghanistan.
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that brings me to a moving "washington post" feature written by greg jaffey on may . titled "imperfect answers " as a son was killed in action and his parents ask why. i would like to share an excerpt from the article. 10 days since gabe was killed, bob and donna were sitting on a couch in their basement surrounded by relatives, close friends, and 16 of the soldiers who fought alongside their son in afghanistan. the soldiers had been back in the united states for just a few days, exhausted from their nine month deployment, and relieved to be home. they had come to this small farming town an hour drive to denver to help bury gabriel. high the time gabe was deployed
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in september, the war had fallen so far out of the headlines that bob found it hard to figure out why the u.s. military was still in afghanistan. he tried to read up on the war, but the news accounts of suicide comings, civil -- bombings, civilian deaths never really made sense. it didn't explain what gabe was ighting for. mr. speaker, that is why so many of us in the united states house, representatives, are disappointed and frustrated. we have mr. speaker, that written numer letters from members of both parties asking for a debate to this day. mr. ryan, the speaker, has not allowed the house to meet its constitutional responsibility to debate and vote on a 17-year-old war. of "the washington post"
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article notes, that is why conde family is so hurt. u.s. military members and their families deserve of a debate on the future involvement in afghanistan and committing our troops to other countries around the world. . speaker, allow me to share with this body the commandant of the marine corps, 31st commandant is a friend with of mine, chuck, he and i have communicated for five years on afghanistan. he agrees with me there is nothing we're going to do to change it. he said to me one time in an email, let me say, no one has ever concurred afghanistan and many have tried. we will join the list of nations that have tried and failed. again this is the 31st commandant of the marine corps who is now retired. mr. speaker, it makes no sense
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that our men and women in uniform have been there for 17 years. the afghan government would never change. history has proven that afghanistan is a graveyard of empires and yet we in congress who take an oath of office and that oath says that we're responsible for voting to go to war, and we can't even get a debate. mr. ryan, i know you have a lot to do, but for goodness sakes, you leave in january, let us have a debate on the future of afghanistan. let members vote yea or nay. the at lease give us a debate. it's very disappointing, mr. speaker, that you will not allow to us meet our constitution -- constitutional responsibility. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from connecticut, mr. himes, for five minutes.
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mr. himes: thank you, mr. speaker. and i stand to address this chameer with at the -- chamber at the start of this legislative week in a slightly different mode of thinking than i usually do. because as we have become aware in the last couple of days this country is in the midst of a moral and ethical emergency. mr. speaker, we debate lots of things on this floor, and good thing. we argue about taxes. we argue about our budget. we argue about the best way to take care of our children, all sorts of things where the debate in this good thing. we argue about taxes. chamber is ut our constructive, sometimes. to a good solution. what we have become aware of on our southern border is not a debatable thing. it transcends ideology. it transcends political party. it gets to the very moral core of all of us as individuals and
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at the very thing that makes this country truly exceptional. we're exceptional for a bunch of reasons. we're a very powerful country. we're a very healthy -- wealthy country. but there are other powerful wealthy countries. what makes this country exceptional is that we stand up for values and morals and ethics. and there is no wealthy countri. what makes this country ethical moral way to look at an agent of the united states government removing a small child from the arms of his or her mother and to in any way say that that is a moral act consistent with the values that make this country exceptional. there is no debate, there is no deology, there is no deterrent
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effect that would make that ok. and since our president is uninterested in doing what we all know he can do, which is to stop this immoral action right now, it is time for the congress of the united states, the representatives of the people of the united states, of the good people effect that would make that ok. states, to stand up today and i say that act will not be done in my name. we should have debates about immigration. we should solve the immigration challenges that face us, but never, ever, ever should we go to where we're today, where the lives of young children are being used for a deterrent. are being used as legislative leverage. my colleagues, we have been here before. we interned american citizens tea scent, because
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at the time in world war ii, we thought that they might be a threat. the president prom mull gates the notion that immigrants are a threat -- promulgates the notion that immigrants are a threat. to him immigrants are ms-13. we're all immigrants. this country is great because we're a nation of immigrants. and so it is time for us to setaside whatever calculations, whatever ideology, whatever arguments might be made around the vexing problem of immigration and to stop the separation of babies from their parents in our nation today. if we don't do that today, we will be complicit. the representatives of the people will be complicit in a moral act that resonates with american ent of citizens of japanese descent. i don't think any democrat or republican in this chamber wants their legacy to be that act. the president could fix this
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problem right now. it will take us a little longer, but because it will take us a little longer and because i do believe for all the arguments and dysfunction in this chamber that we're fundamentally a moral group of people, reflective of the ethical aspect of our constituents and of our country, that this afternoon is the time to come together to stop babies being taken from the arms of their parents in our country and in our name. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut yields back the balance of his time of the the chair now recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, for five minutes. mr. poe: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. speaker, 100 years ago this month american marines
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forged their legend as the world's most effective fighting force as they halted the german advance in france at the battle of belawood. less than six months later, world war i came to an end and this year we mark the centennial anniversary of the conclusion of the planet's first global conflict. there was nothing like it before its time. it was the 11th hour of the 119 day of the 11th month that all the guns fell silent of. after four years of war, 18 million people were laid dead, 23 million others were wounded, and many of the old empires of europe crumbled. . the great war, the first world war left a long shadow over history which we can still feel today. but none experienced the horo of this war more than the four million americans sent to fight over there in europe and the families they left behind. their lives were immediately
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changed forever. the united states came late to the war, but when we arrived and restored hope to our european allies, we reached a defining moment in our history and world history. until that time, america was not a great power, as we are today, but with the arrival of our doughboys, they ushered a new era of freedom in europe. this was the beginning of the american century, the new world superpower, the united states. our military saw that it was their duty as champions of liberty to help our allies in need and to make the world safe for democracy. they went to liberate, not to conquer. our enemy was shocked, our allies were stunned about the tenacious doughboys. the american doughboys changed the course of the war forever. here in this photograph we have americans going over the top, as they say, over the top of the trench charging into the guns of the germans. when the americans arrived, the axis power were slowly gaining
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power with russia's were mature exit from the war, german troops from the eastern front were able to be redeployed to the western front. in the spring offensive of 1918, the germans threw everything they had at our british and french allies hoping to end the war before the americans entered that war. but they were too late. u.s. troops rushed to the front, releaving their battle-weary comrades and stunning the germans with american fighting spirit. world war i is often considered the first modern war. military technology made rapid advances, making the battlefield more dangerous than ever in history. the trench warfare was horrified and brutal. despite the dangers, our boys were eager to get into the fight. in june of 1918, the feared german army was approaching paris, france, but then they met the united states marines at bellawood. mr. speaker, the americans, the marines arrived on the
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battlefield when they encountered retreating french troops. a french current curnl ordered the marines to -- colonel ordered the marines to retreat as well. the american captain, second battalion, fifth marine region meant, made it clear they weren't there to experience defeat. he responded, retreat, hell, we just got here. the battle was costly for our marines but it broke the german army's advance and will to fight. from then on the german only lost. the allies pushed the germans back into germany and the war was over. 100 years ago this year. we must not forget those who sacrificed so much to make the world a better place. uring the world war, 116,516 americans were killed. another 200,000 were wounded. thousands more died when they returned to the united states with the spanish flu that they
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received when they were over there. while none of the four million courageous americans who answered the call are with us today, their legacy lives on. i'm pleased that last year we finally, finally, after 100 years, broke ground on a new memorial here in the nation's capital to honor all of those who served in the great world war i. i commend the commission of the world war i -- the world war i commission, on which i once served, for their highlighting of our world war i troops. now after 100 years, a memorial will be built in d.c. for those who served, those who returned, those who returned with the wounds of war, and those that did not return. we are giving these great americans the honor they rightfully deserve here in washington, d.c. there are no more of the battlefield weary troops that served in the great world war i. the last one was frank buckles who died at 110, a friend of
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mine, and it was his desire to see a memorial built here in washington for all of those friends of his that served in world war i. so finally we are doing that and the sacrifice of those americans for this nation will be preserved in bronze and stone in the heart of this city. for the worst casualty of war, mr. speaker, is to be forgotten. and that's just the way it is. tony: the gentleman from texas' time -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas' time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett, for five minutes. ms. plaskett: as part of the immigration act of 1990, the diversive visa lottery was a way you to diversify the united states. over the past 28 years, the visa lottery has helped fortify the image of our country and enlargen the greatness of america through the immigrant population. the diversity immigrant visa program awards up to 50,000
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visas each year that presents permanent residency in the u.s. and serves as a pathway to citizenship. the lottery has been an imperative and creating a new opportunity for african and caribbean individuals seeking citizenship in the u.s. the proposed immigration bills today that will be coming to the floor aim to limit the refugee admissions, eliminate the diversity lottery, and reduce the number of employment-based visas distributed each year. as americans begin, many of the pastimes of the summer that are quintessentially summer, back yard baseball, trips, caribbean -- american heritage month. the bills coming on the floor this same month will end the diversity visa lottery program which has allowed many
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caribbean people come and be part of the american experience. in a month of polarized politics and the trump administration's assault on increasing diversity in this nation, caribbean american heritage month serves as a perfect counterpoint example to support the doctrine of americanism. congress and president bush adopted the caribbean american heritage month in 2006. while the act establishing caribbean heritage month emphasized the present influence of caribbean americans, american history would not be complete without the integration and support of caribbean people. from americans founding to the present, caribbean people supported in the creation of collective american identity. the articulation of this rightful place in the world, its traditions, its language and its cultural style. from alexander hamilton to
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american revolution haitian jean degare, slave revolt leader to colin powell's shock and awe doctrine, the caribbean emphasis on revolutionary and righteous ideals enforced through marshal action has supported american ideals both home and abroad. in today's culture, many are surprised by the placement of americans of caribbean descent. it includes eric holder to iconic personalities like lenny kravitz and beyonce. economic minds such as federal reserve bank of atlanta president rafael bostic to actors kerry washington, jada pinket smith. athletes like tim duncan, mariano rivera, carmelo anthony, to journalists joy reed and u.s. senator kamala harris. these signs of caribbean region are completely american, yet in many ways their caribbean heritage informs and accounts for the atributes which have
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assisted them in their advancement and supported american greatness. that philosophy is borne out with recent immigrants and naturalized caribbean people. coorled to the migration policy institute, latin american and caribbean people account for the largest percent of foreign-born military personnel and that group constitutes 38% of all foreign-born that are in the armed forces. additionally, according to the 2004 u.s. census bureau report, about 66% of caribbean immigrants and immigrants overall were in civilian labor force compared to 62% of native-born. according to the caribbean policy institute, caribbean blacks have labor force participation rates that exceed the average of u.s. natives in all im-- and all immigrants combined. the study from this institute showed collectively caribbean people have higher median income earnings than all immigrants in the u.s.
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the proposed zero tolerance immigration policy has resulted as we've seen thousands of children being torn apart from their families. children being held in prolonged family detention centers and this bill eliminates protections that are in place to ensure safe and basic living needs. it's our duty to stop the separation of children. it is our duty to see that america remains great through the die versity that it entails. -- diversity that it entails. we cannot allow this bill to go forward which would eliminate the diversity lottery that has created the diverse american culture that we have. through service, through ideals, even through protests, immigrants have made this a great nation. president trump issued a proclamation on may 31 of 2018, which stated that caribbean american heritage month is a time in which america will honor america's long-shared history with our neighbors, but it would appear to be ignorant it's not a that
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shared history. our neighbor's history is our american history. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the chair now recognizes it's n shared the gentleman from kansas, mr. marshall, for five minutes. mr. marshall: mr. speaker, i rise today to discuss the opioid crisis. opioid addiction is sweeping the nation. it's an epidemic that knows no race, gender, income or marital status and certainly no political party. as we continue to work together here in washington to combat this crisis, i met with the physicians in hutchinson, kansas, that have taken responsibility and ownership of this issue. they developed their own scientific and compassionate approach to curb addiction in their community. the hutchinson clinic created an officewide task force working with nurses, pharmacists, physicians and social workers that outline steps and procedures to reduce the number of narcotics prescribed in their medical practice. when i met with the staff and
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physicians yesterday, they explained these new steps would not only reduce the number of people unnecessarily exposed to narcotics but identified patients at risk for addiction. they will use clinicalwide protocols and best practices which will eliminates doctor shopping for narcotics and manage chronic pain or acute pain more uniformly. i was heartened to hear success stories of many patients being emoved from narcotic addiction. they sat down with their patients and in many cases they uncovered some type of an underlying depression or psychosomatic issue that can be resolved with counseling and other medications. and in some instances they found out the patient was not taking the narcotics but rather a family member was selling them. in either case, they are trying to use a compassionate approach to deal with this growing problem. this is a great prevention and awareness approach.
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as a physician of 30 years, we must make sure that prescribers understand the risk involve with these highly addictive drugs and minimize addiction. and while we continue to look at solutions here in washington, i am proud that physicians and nurses in kansas and pharmacists in kansas are also finding solutions by looking in the mirror and recognizing there are steps that communities, that physicians, nurses, social workers and pharmacists working together can take to prevent addiction before it ever starts. this month, as the house continues approaching dozens of bills from every angle, i wanted to take time to applaud the hutchinson clinic, the physicians, nurses, the pharmacists, the social workers, their staff for the action they are taking and implementing solutions that are working. for those closest to the problem will have the best solutions. back. ou and i yield
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair decla
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president the responded? >> none of this is pleased with the situation at the border. we have been asking congress to give us resources, more judges, so we can adjudicate these cases faster and asked for a resolution on the floor settlement that will give us the ability to keep children and parents together as they wait for that adjudication.
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>> is that a good way it characterize his response? >> none of us -- >> any chance he ends the zero tolerance policy -- >> i'm not going to attempt -- >> he has the power right now -- >> a lot of people are wondering why he doesn't. >> ted cruz, what about -- >> we're going to be looking at those. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] >> this afternoon senate commerce subcommittee exams cambridge analytica's partnership with facebook during the 2016 presidential campaign. the hearing is a follow-up to one earlier this year with facebook c.e.o. mark zuckerberg. today's hearing will focus on the collection and use of social media data, the privacy concerns raised in the wake of the analytica facebook scandal, and potential steps to protect consumers, live coverage at


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