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on eight suspension bills. also on the agenda, gop tax passage -- package. 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. november 27, 2018. i hereby appoint the honorable paul messer 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 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 north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to honor this year's national christmas tree contest winner who hails from my home county of avery in north carolina's fifth district. mr. larry smith. this year mr. smith won the national tree contest hosted by the national christmas tree association whose members have presented the official white house christmas tree for display in the blue room since 1966. growers must first win their local competitions in order to
qualify for the association's national contest. at the national competition, growers, industry experts, and consumers vote to choose the real christmas tree grower who will provide the official white house christmas tree. i am proud to represent this year's winner and was delighted to join mr. smith, his family and friends, in presenting the first family with its frazier fir christmas tree last week. as a former christmas tree grower myself, i i can attest to the importance of recognizing this often overlooked yet highly significant farming industry. christmas trees have held a historic place in american family tradition since 1850. long before artificial trees were around, real trees brought christmas spirit into homes with their ever green and fragrant branches during the season. just as importantly, christmas trees play a vital role in the north carolina high country's economy by providing jobs and
livelihoods for thousands of north carolinians. the fifth district is one of the largest producers of live cut christmas trees in the country. producing over 20% of the real christmas trees in the united states. representing over 95% of all species grown in the state, the north carolina frazier fir christmas tree is the most popular in the u.s. -- christmas tree in north korea. it is shipped to every state in the u.s. as well as the caribbean islands, mexico, canada, bermuda, japan, and all other points all over the world. congratulations once again to mr. smith and thanks to thanks to christmas tree growers across the country for contributing to our economy and providing the joy of having a real christmas ree to families worldwide. mr. speaker, i rise today to share some good news with the house.
over a year and a half ago we passed a small business health fairness act. small businesses were hit hard by flawed mandates, soaring cost, and limited choices under obamacare. the education and work force committee worked hard to produce the small business health fairness act which expanded health care options and lowered costs for working families by encouraging small businesses to come together through association health plans and negotiate for lower costs on behalf of their employees. in october of last year, president trump issued an executive order that built on the solutions in that bill, directing the department of labor to remove barriers and make association health plans a viable option for businesses and their employees. it's working. in my home state of north carolina, individuals in the hospitality industry will soon have access to a new association health plan that provides affordable, comprehensive coverage. nearly half a million workers
in north carolina alone will have options they didn't have before. thanks to association health plans. in oklahoma, chambers of commerce at the state and local level are working with some of the smallest businesses around to form association health plans and allow these talented individuals to keep doing what they really want to do, innovating and creating jobs only they'll be able to create. even farmers in minnesota and nebraska are finding ways to come together for better bargaining power that puts people and their health care choices first. association health plans put people in charge. they empower small businesses to offer the same benefits that large companies can provide and allow employees to choose coverage options that work best for them. at the education and work force committee, we have been proud to do our part to bring about this sustainable health care solution for millions of americans. i welcome the news and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentlelady yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. marshall, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. november is prematurity awareness month and as the number of preterm births continues to rise in the united states, it's important to acknowledge this serious issue. in my own experience as an obstetrician having delivered over 5,000 babies, i have seen firsthand the seriousness of early birth. premature birth is still the number one cause of infant mortality in the united states and around the world. advancements in detection and care for infants born early have not made the same tridse that other areas of the medical field have. the premature birth rate in kansas is right now below the national average of 9.9, meaning that approximately one in every 10 babies is born premature. in the coming weeks, congress has the opportunity to act and
pass the re-authorization act of 2018 and help those that annot yet help themselves. mr. speaker, this past holiday weekend i had the pleasure, opportunity to travel to the middle east and to the horn of africa, specifically i got to visit with some 700 kansas national guardsmen from the 137th combined battalion and battery sea of the 161st field artillery. they have been deployed since april in support of operation enduring freedom spartan shield. i'm often asked what was the purpose of my trip? why do congressmen do these trips? first of all i think it's important that as a congressman that i bring these troops and their families a message of hope and thanks and let them know personally that we do care and are grateful for their service and the sacrifices they are making for this country. next, my goal was to check on the mental and physical
well-being of our troops. despite talking to hundreds of our soldiers, can i not get one of them to register one complaint. specifically i thought their mental health was outstanding. they were all in good spirits. and indeed had great hope. physically, their nutrition appeared to be well attended to. their medical and dental needs were well attended to as well. my one concern would be the housing. though no soldier complained about the housing, when are you there for a year at a time do i think we could supply our soldiers with bert housing. today we're reminded of the dangers of serving in our military as we lost three soldiers to a roadside bomb in afghanistan. certainly my sympathy goes to the families and i know the words that i can can express will never be -- i can express will never be enough. i can say this today we're also reminded once again that freedom is not not free. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the
balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. major brent russell taylor is one of six brothers to each wear the uniform of the united states army. while training afghan security forces in support of operation freedom sentinal, major taylor was killed by an apparent insider attack on november 3 in kabul province while in the final months of his deployment. he is survived by his wife and even children. in utah we mourn with the family of major taylor and grieve his loss and honor his sacrifice. as major taylor and his brothers passed through basic combat training, they learned the seven army values in great detail. they are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal
courage. and major brent taylor lived these values. first loyalty, major taylor swore to bear true faith and allegiance to the constitution of the united states and to support and defend our nation's guiding documents against all enemies. he demonstrated this loyalty to this time and time again. duty, major taylor earned a bronze star for his outstanding dedication to duty during combat operations in iraq. the army says doing your duty means more than carrying out your assign tasks. major taylor's military service record shows he employed this guidance to the fullest. so, too, does his life outside the military because, you you see, major taylor was not only major taylor, he was also mayor taylor. his community and neighbors entrusted them to lead and provide and elected him mayor and in that role he did much more than carry out his assigned tasks. he worked to beautify and improve the city. create a community welcoming to newcomers, and in the predawn morning of his last christmas
on earth, mayor taylor ventured out into the cold to oversee the snowplows and salt trucks as they cleared the roads. respect, major taylor not only enjoyed the respect of his family, community, and service members, his presidents came from across the glone. in leather afghanistan, an aviator said your husband taught me to treat my children as treasured gifts, to be a better father, husband, and man. a man does not receive that level of praise without first showing his own grand measure of respect. selfless service, as a high school senior in arizona, he delivered the honor speech at graduation. his instructions to the audience was go out, be happy, find peace. and make a positive difference in the world. major taylor left his family and american soil on four deployments to make a positive difference in the world n that same honored speech he gave the order to stick with it to the end. he himself did just that.
honor, major taylor honored his faith, family, community, country throughout his short life. brent's social media postings reheat with photos of his children and family. they show images of love and service and patriotism. qualities of a man, husband, father who honors his family and country. in his last facebook post brent implored we all remember we have far more as americans that unite us than divide us. and he entered that post with the words, god bless america. integrity, the army says integrity is a quality developed by adhering to moral principles and the more choices you make based on integrity, the more this highly prized value will affect your relationships with family and friends. the days since the sad passing of major taylor have been filled with an outpouring of love and grief expressed by those who knew present, his integrity left and impression and affected his relationships. personal courage, september of fweven major taylor was commanding a convoy in iraq when he was hit by an insurgent
i.e.d. his vehicle was struck by debris. for the wounds received in action he was awarded the purple heart and would he go on to deploy twice more. brent taylor stood as an example of personal courage, he lived the army values. in april of this year, the department of veterans affairs opened a facility in north ogden city, a place where veterans and their families can go to receiving counseling and support. it's a place located in the heart of brent taylor's hometown. and as a small gesture of -- to his service and sacrifice, i have a bill to name that facility the major brent taylor outstation. the naming of the build will go never repay the debt our nation owes mayor taylor or his family, but it can stand as a humble remind irof the citizen soldier who lost his life in the service of others. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. rothfus, for five minutes. mr. rothfus: thank you, mr. speaker. in the coming days the house will debate the importance of securing our border with mexico. this should not be a controversial debate. every nation has the right to secure its borders. there are differences among nation from the type of government to the freedoms and liberties a country's people enjoy and borders define where these begin. borders also allow countries to determine who and as important what is allowed to enter into respective nations. it is this latter point, mr. speaker, given the historical context in which the united states and mexico find themselves that impels not only the united states but also mexico to ensure that we have a secure border. there are certain products, namely dangerous narcotics, being made in and shipped through mexico that we do not want in the united states. there are items, illicit cash from drug sales, that mexico
does not want imported from the united states. yes, we're concerned about knowing the identity of individuals coming into our country and we need to be vetting each individual seeking admission to the united states. but it is the illicit drug trade which is responsible for taking tens of thousands of lives on both sides of the border that makes beyond urgents the securing of the u.s.-mexico border. 90% of the heroin used in our country comes from mexico. . heroin and cocaine and fentanyl flow across the border. they destroy lives and results in billions of dollars flowing to transnational criminal organizations on the mexican side of the border. these organizations are described best in one word -- evil. over the last decade, mexican drug cartels have been responsible for the deaths of thousands of mexicans and their exports have killed thousands of americans. mexico prosecutes relatively few of the murders that occur on their soil. the cartels kill with impunity.
they kill catholic priests, they kill journalists, they kill students, they kill politicians, they've killed u.s. agents, they keel each other. the rule of law have been replaced in many mexican states with the law of violence, revenge and brutal force. headlines over the past two years tell the story -- national catholic register, may 22, 2018, why is mexico the deadliest place for a priest? "new york times," most lethal to journalist, one war zones, two mexico. cnn, 2018, mexico goes to the polls. 132 politicians have been killed since campaigning began. "wall street journal" november 14, 2018, it's a crisis of civilization in mexico. 250,000 dead. 37,400 missing. progress against the cartels have been too slow, but thereby some encouraging developments. the trial of the alleged head chapo gudsman l
is in court. and -- guzman is in court. the u.s. drug enforcement administration recently announced it was joining with state and local officials in chicago to go after mexican cartels, which have played a role in the violence that plagues that community, a community that is 1,500 miles from the border, and announcing the action, the d.e.a. said there is no single entity or solution that can stop the flow of dangerous illicit drugs like heroin or fentanyl in chicago or keep from harming the citizens of this great city. these drugs are being produced, manufactured, trafficked by various mexican cartels. yes, mr. speaker, the border issue doesn't affect california, arizona, texas, it includes my district, including western pennsylvania. our two countries have not done enough to combat the epidemic
of drugs and violence and it's an epidemic that has left mothers, fathers steeped in grief. there is no single solution to this evil but one tool is available and that's the force of our will. it is an act of the will, to stop the transfer of drugs northbound into the united states and the transfer of illicit cash southbound in mexico. a secure border is a necessary prerequisite to this end. that secure border requires not only where appropriate physical barriers, it requires increased capacity for inspecting vehicles traveling from mexico to the united states at our ports of entry. all of this was prescribed in the securing america future act. if we are serious about securing the border, that bill should accompany any appropriations language we pass this month. as the 115th congress draws to a close, let us take one more vital step to ending the drug crisis and bring peace to mexico and communities across the united states. mr. speaker, let's secure our
border. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess u >> the house gaveling out. they'll be back at :00 eastern tame to debate eight suspension bills which include coast guard programs for 2019. and susan wild who won a special election in pennsylvania's 12th house district will be sworn in later tailed. also on the agenda this week, the g.o.p. tax package. follow the house, live here on c-span. >> when the new congress starts in january, there will be more than 100 new house and senate members. the democrats will control the house. the republicans, the senate. new congress, new leaders. watch the process unfold on -span. >> the european union approve