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assessment really shows. it is right here and right now. about the white house's reaction, i think president trump is becoming a caricature of climate disputation. all, all experiencing it it is silly to have somebody saying we are not. us could stand on the top of my roof in a single file line and divide into who believes in gravity and who doesn't. have some of those who don't to >> "washington journal" live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern. always available at c-span.org. we'll leave the last few moments of this. the u.s. house coming in next. outgoing house speaker paul ryan will deliver his farewell speech on the floor in just a bit. later today the chamber begins debate on the rule for republican tax package. also on the agenda, extending
the national flood insurance program, which is set to expire tomorrow at midnight. we'll see the squaring in of brenda jones. she won a special election in michigan's 13th congressional district. live congress on c-span. -- live coverage on c-span. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, pastor hill jr. the chaplain: our father, our god, we beseech you this morning to grant unto this house abundant wisdom such as we read of in the epistle of james, a wisdom that is first pure and peaceable, gentle. open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits. without uncertainty or insin ter
-- insincerity. may such be the foundation on which decision is made. we pray for the health, wholeness and peace to be upon each and every esteemed member, their spouses, their family, and the dedicated -- dedicated staffs who underfwird them. may these become opportunities for greater blessing as together we seek your will for this, our beloved nation. may we be reminded today that our word teaches us, blessed is the nation whose god is the lord. we thank you for your incredible goodness, remembering all your many blessings both individually and as a nation. and we earnestly pray for a deep edesire to make you the foundation and center of our life as we offer this humble prayer in the name of jesus hrist, our lord, amen.
the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's pr seedings and announces his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approve. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. poe: pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 i nand a vote on the speaker's of the privel of the journal. the speaker: those in favor say aye, those opposed, no. the journal stands approve. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek reck nigs? mr. poe: i object to the vote on the ground that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker: 3ur un-- the speaker: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postpone thsmed epledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. lawrence. mrs. lawrence: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america plemming i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
the speaker: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, i have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of the certificate of election received from the honorable ruth johnson,
the michigan secretary of state, indicating that at the special election held on november 6, 2018, the honorable brenda jones was duly elected representative in congress for the 13th congressional district, state of michigan. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. levin: mr. speaker, i send to the desk a resolution and ask unanimous consent for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1161, resolution to directing the speaker to administer the oath of office to the
representative elect from the 13th congressional district of michigan. the speaker: is there objection to the consideration of the resolution? without objection, the resolution is agreed to, and the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. will representative elect jones and
members of the michigan delegation please present hemselves in the well. and the representative elect will please raise her right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god? mrs. jones: i do. the speaker: congratulation, are you a now a member of the
15th congress. without objection, the gentleman from michigan, mr. levin, is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker, i proudly present brenda jones as the new member of congress for michigan's 13th congressional district for the remainder of this congress. brenda jones was elected in a a special election earlier this month. she very much wanted to essentially be faithful to the votes of her constituents. and so all of us are here
proudly to be with her. her career in public service started in 2005 when she was elected to the detroit city council. my brother was once president of the city council. she's subsequently been re-elected three times and rising to become president of again ncil in 2014 and in 2018. brenda is a former small business owner, a past president of the communication workers of america local 4004, and a proud alumnus of wayne state university. so we all welcome you here to congress, especially her fellow colleagues from the michigan delegation, but if i might add, he former speaker is here,
nancy pelosi, and it's so characteristic of you to join all of us. in addition to the michigan delegation, i see others who are here who either know brenda jones or will come to know her in the short period she's here in the u.s. congress. so, mr. speaker, with that and those words, i appreciate the chance to address the house and yield back. the speaker: does the gentleman want to yield to mrs. jones, the new representative? mr. levin: not only do i want , but the world yield is sometimes misrepresented. i not only yield but i proudly leave this place to the member
now of the house of representatives, brenda jones. the speaker: the gentleman from michigan yields to the gentlewoman from michigan. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. mrs. jones: let me start off by saying to god be the glory. i want to first thank god for giving me this great opportunity. , ant to thank my family thank pastor john pitts, a special thank you to my colleague, brenda lawrence. i thank you to congressman brad sherman. lee nk you to sheila jackson. president cedric richmond.
all of the members of the congressional black caucus and l of the michigan delegation and to the leader. and to all of my supporters, all of my volunteers. to all of my church family, to the 13th congressional district , to the state of michigan i say thank you. this truly is a humble feeling to stand here and be sworn in amongst the men and women who do the work every day for the united states of america. 13th congressional district, your voice has been heard. and i am now seated as your representative of the united states of america. it is time to get to work. i'm ready to roll up my sleeves in this lame duck session. do what you expect me to do.
and join my colleagues in getting the job done. for the 10th congressional district and for the united states of america -- 139 congressional district and the united states of america. god bless the 13th congressional district. god bless the united states of america. thank you. the speaker: the gentlelady yields back her time. under clause 5-d of rule 20, the chair announces to the house in light of the administration of office to the in just a moment michigan, the whole number of the house is now 433. without objection, the gentleman from florida, mr. buchanan, is recognized for one inute. mr. buchanan: mr. speaker, it is an honor for me to welcome to the united states capitol my pastor, william hill, who led us in the opening prayer today. pastor hill is not only a
tremendous community leader in my hometown of sarasota, florida, but a great friend to sandy and i and a resource to me and my family for nearly 18 years. since 1997, pastor hild has served as a pastor of first baptist church of sarasota, florida. under his leadership the church has grown and is very dynamic and makes a big difference in our community. also under his leadership we have seen the incredible outreach that he has done in terms of strengthening, encouraging people on our beautiful golf -- gulf coast. i want to personally thank him, sandy and i, for what he has done for us in our life and what he's continued to do in our community to make it weighter community. with that it's a privilege today for him and his family to be here. thank you, pastor hild. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair would entertain up 15 -- to 15 further requests for
one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. ms. ros-lehtinen: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. i'm so proud to rise today to recognize ira and congratulate him on receiving the 2018 lawyers for children america's janet reno outstanding community partner award. as a university of florida law school graduate, ira proved himself to be an spent draven individual. from the beginning of his legal career. upon graduation, ira entered the honors program at the u.s. department of justice and served as a trial attorney in the u.s. army and in the judge advocate general corps before opening his own practice in 1976. since then, ira has become well-known for his work throughout our state and the
u.s. where he has consistently made it his mission to be a voice for the less fortunate and those in need. in the early 1990's, ira established the least field family foundation that supports both local and national nonprofits and emphasizes protecting the elderly and underprivileged women and children in our south florida community. today i ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating ira on this well deserved recognition. i thank him for his tremendous efforts throughout the years. i am so honored to call ira my amigo. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: thank you so very much. the nation loves its history. we in texas love our history. and today i rise to encourage
and to announce the legislation that reflects history. h.r. 4745 to designate the emancipation national historic trail is a wonderful legislative initiative that reflects history in the state of texas and throughout the nation. we're all reminded of the emancipation proclamation issued in 1863. we know that there were areas of the south that did not get the word that the slaves would be free for two years. earlier this week i celebrated the commemoration of the birthday of the honorable mickey leyland who died some years ago alongside of a ethiopian mountain, attempting to feed those struggling. but he believed in food insecurity to stop it. in honor of him reflecting on the history of our community, i
ask my colleagues to sign on to h.r. 4745 recounts the announcement by captain granger that the slaves were finally free in texas and throughout the southwest and creates a wonderful trail that all of us can enjoy that chronicles the story from galveston to houston. this is legislation that says that america can accept all of our history and i ask you to join h.r. 4745. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker: i rise today to express profound gratitude to the people of the first district of wisconsin. any time i get to swear in a new member, like we just did, that
brings me back to a time when i was first sworn in here in 1998. i remember being awe struck the first i walked down that center aisle that feeling just never goes away. i still feel it when i walk onto the floor each and every time. i'm immensely grateful to the people of southern wisconsin for their trust and their confidence. i've always had this thing about calling the people i represent not my constituents but my employers. it's the way i've always thought of this and i think it's important that we as members understand that we work for the people, not the other way around. that we are in this to make a difference for them. we work every day to keep that obligation. especially actually when it comes to constituent service. s the life blood of the work we do here as representatives and it's something that goes unreported but is extremely important, extremely valuable and very gratifying. any success that we have had is
really in my case due to our humble and our hard working staff. i have had the chance to work for and work with the very best people. i really have. before i was a member, i was a part of the legion of hill staffers. i was a staffer here before i got elected as a member. i started as an intern in the mail room and i worked my way on up. legislative correspondent, legislative assistant, legislative director, chief of staff, all those things. i figured i knew everything about these jobs, all the long hours and all the sacrifices but othing can truly prepare you for having people willing to help you in such a big undertaking on the front line. i am profoundly grateful for the dedicated public servants who helped us serve my employer the people of the first congressional district.
i want to thank the members of my team who have stayed to the very end. rebecca, jordan, may began, laura, i want to thank allison stile, our deputy chief of staff who has been with us 10 years. i want to thank patricia stoneking who has been with us for 15 years. i want to especially thank the members of our team who have been with us from the very beginning, from the start. we call them the lifers. daniel, my -- danielle, my chief of staff. chad. suzy. chad is a hunter, he's a veteran, danielle is just -- she came from my predsessor she knows every nook and cranny they have federal government, how to help constituents navigate their problems. chad has helped countless veterans with -- he knows the veteran system so well and he's done so much good for the
veterans of southern wisconsin. suzy, our district director. she has one of the most pleasant, happy demeanors. you can get a lot of angry constituents walking into a district office. she handles them better than anyone i have ever known. theresa, who has run my bilingual service, helped me with my bilingual hispanic town hall meetings, she's done a spectacular job of constituent outreach throughout my district. meier, she was my first legislative director. andy, been my longtime chief of snasme silent partner. andy and i met in sixth grade basketball camp at st. paul lutheran school where he went, where his kids go and we have been friends ever since. went to high school together. when i moved home to run for
congress he was the go who helped me. he's been my partner in in -- in this venture all along and i am so grateful for his friendship. i'm so grateful for his partnership. i also am just grateful for the people of janesville, racine, lake geneva, racine county, kenosha county, rock county, waukesha county, everyone in between. since becoming speaker of the house, which is not something we're used to in wisconsin, i'm the only one who has done that i appreciate the indulgence of the people i work for who indulge the fact that i had other responsibilities in addition and when i took on these adegreesal responsibility the people of our staff really stepped up. and really helped serve our constituents so that they continue to enjoy those flawless constituent services. i am just so grateful for these people in my life, i'm so
grateful that they were able to serve the people of southern wisconsin so well. and i am absolutely grateful to the people of southern wisconsin for entrusting me as their representative. thank you and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection -- >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized. mr. poe: mr. speaker, as we
remember the 100th anniversary of the great world war i, it is vital to honor american pilots who fought for freedom in europe before the united states officially entered the war. under the french air service, the lafayette espa drmbings rille was formed, an all-american, all-volunteer squadron. in 1916, 200 merps formed the unit eric they wore french uniforms and the symbol on their biplanes was a courageous native american chief. being a pilot in world war i was deadly dangerous. the life expect tennesseecy of an allied pilot was 11 days. daily combat operations saw casualty rates of 400%. 51 americans were killed in combat and the americans downed 199 enemy planes. they flew in all the major battles over the western front, bloody trenches of no man's land. in 1918 when the united states
entered the war, these opinion of the lafayette were incorporated into the united states air service. these young flyboys of world war i were some of america's best and went over there and flew the skies fighting for freedom. proudly proclaiming lafayette, we are here. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i rise today in support of two pieces of legislation. the first, h.r. 6216, will designate the united states postal service facility in montrose, colorado, after sergeant david kit rick who was killed in the line of duty on his career in law
enforcement began in the 1980's. throughout his career he served in the marshal's office, san miguel county sheriff's office and montrose county sheriff's office. the second bill will dez egg nate the postal service facility in grand junction, colorado, in the third congressional district, after deputy sheriff grier who was killed in the line of duty in 2016. deputy sheriff grier went to school in grand junction an raised his family there. he's a u.s. navy veteran and he went into the mesa county sheriff's office for 15 years. these men were respected law enforcement aurses. dedicated to public service and family men. their deaths were mourned by people throughout the third district of the state of colorado. passage of h.r. 6216 and 6217 will help preserve and honor the memories of these police officers and their communities. thank you, mr. speaker, and i
yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i would like to take this time to speak about a courageous texan, part of the cleburne fire department in the district i represent, lieutenant chris watson. we all have been watching the fires in california that have been catastrophic to families and businesses. thousands of buildings, including homes, were scorched in the blaze and at least 5 people lost their lives, i cannot imagine what the california community is going through and my heart breaks for them. mr. williams: while these fired were treacherous and unpredictable, our very own cleburne firefighter was one of 200 who answered the call for help. the selflessly went into harm's way to put his life on the line to save others. hao ayes true hero and i'm humbled to speak about him today on the house floor in front of
my colleagues and the nation. even the fires have calmed down the effects will be felt for years to come an it's important to let our friends in california know that we are with them and we will continue to keep them in our thoughts and our prayers. i'm happy to report that chris made it become to cleburne safely last week. everyone in texas' 25th district is proud of our fellow texan and thank him for his valor. may god bless the cleburne fire department, in god we truss, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? without objection the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the service of garland county judge rick davis who is serving his fourth and final term in my home downy in central arkansas. since becoming the county executive eight years ago, judge davis has worked hard to impruff county roads, stabilize the
water supply and improve the business environment of garrland county. he has excelled in his role, bringing more than 30 years of private industry experience to his job. before taking the help of the county judge's office, rick was chief executive officer of daveco construction and along with his wife denise raised registered angus cattle on their farm. they were named the farm family of the year in 2004. rick and denise are important members of our community who have dedicated their lives to service. i congratulate rick on successful tenure as county judge and his long deservedry tirmente. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, prk. i rise to recognize the special work of mark, mesa community
resources of arizona. it provides education, rehabilitation and other social services to children and adults with physical disabilities and developmental health challenges. since 1957, it's been committed to helping those with disabilities live, learn, work, an play. each year it helps more than 4,000 people overcome the limitation os they have disabilities to reach their full potential. the challenges that the disabled face in day-to-day life are often underappreciated air their achievements in overcoming those challenges are frequently overlook. i'm sure the employees would say it is their patient whars the real heroes and while they face severe battles, today i rise to community sa resources. thank you for your service to mesa and the entire valley. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman
s recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to mourn the loss of christopher wise for the, a friend and -- wisener, a friend and constituent of mine from michigan. he died last week at the age of 29. truly heartbreaking and far too soon. i met chris but a -- through a group called andy's angels which fights the opioid epidemic in our community. a star basketball player in high school, chris battled his own addiction as a young adult. he bravely and openly shared his personal struggles in recovery to educate young people and their families about drug adiction. by doing so he touched many lives and inspired them to follow the right path. mr. speaker, we've lost too many lives of sons and daughters to this devastating epidemic. that's why earlier this year, we
enacted a bipartisan law to combat the opioid crisis in a comprehensive way. yet in memory of chris, sooned many others, we still have more work to do. may all of us commit to redoubling our efforts in this year ahead. and may god provide his peace and comfort to chris' parents, julie and dan, his sister, angela, and the entire weisner family. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. on april 27, 2017, u.s. army sergeant joshua rodgers gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country during a raid on an isis headquarters in eastern afghanistan. despite being just 22 years old, sergeant rodgers, a member of the u.s. army rangers special
operations unit had quickly become a decorated hero, earning numerous awards and medals, including the bronze star with valor and a purple heart. mr. lahood texas today the house will consider my legislation to rename the post office in his honor. we work closely with the u.s. postaler is vess, with his local state rep, dan brady and with joshua's mother. this is a way to pay tribute to theeant rodgers by renaming post office in his hometown. this has the backing and support of the entire illinois dell gation. we hope that the renaming of this post office forever will remind the bloomington normal community of their hometown hero and joshua's commitment to serving our country. while we can never repay fully sergeant rodgers and his family for the sacrifice he is made, renaming the post office in his honor is a small way to thank him for his service and dedication to protecting
america, the greatest country in the world. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from indiana seek recognition? mrs. walorski: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. walorski: i rise today to recognize international day for the elimination of violence against women which was november 25. according to the world health organization, one in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetimes, across all class, race, countries, and age groups. less than 10% of abused women seek judicial help. that's why i co-signed a bipartisan letter to secretary of state pompeo urging our continued support for the citizens security program in guatemala which addresses crime and violence at the community level. while working with guatemala's attorney general and judiciary to bring criminals to justice. it also called for the creation of similar programs in countries that have high levels of corruption and violence against girls and women.
it's crucial our nations work together to strengthen the law and support of institutional structures that protect women and girls from abuse and violence. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to congratulate a young woman in my district for creating a remarkable application to help detect parkinson's disease. arnte smith, a high school graduate, created face print a facial expression recognition system that use as webcam a or smart phone to detect facial masking, a common parkinson simton caused by stiff facial muscles. it will analyze the involvements and compare them to people with and without parkinsons. mr. yoder: it will help lead to an early diagnosis meaning early treatment and tarlingetted therapist could be initiated before further damage can be done. this earned her a spot on the
30 under 30 list making her the youngest to make this list in a decade. we're proud to have aaron in the third district of kansas. she's a testament to our local schools and a shining example of the hardworking and innovative kansas spirit. wish the best for aaron as she continue this is important work to combat parkinson's disease. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize mayor har have i of prescott valley, arizona, who will be retiring next month after a long career of public service. the mayor has served the community for almost three decades on the city council, 19 years of which he served as mayor. along with his many years of public service, he's known for his pride and appreciation for his family. mr. gosar: he moved with his family from the valley of the
sun to the valley in 1982. he and his wife have nine children, 61 grandchildren, and 43 great grandchildren. during his time as mayor, he has received many honors, including serving on the arizona league of cities and towns executive board, and the chairman of the greater arizona mayors association. he was also appointed by governor janburger to the homeland security senior advisory committee for the state of arizona. outside of public service, the mayor has been a successful small business owner, developing three accounting practices. he has been a shining example after true public servant and outstanding friend to me and my staff over my years in congress. wish him well in his retirement and thank him for his service to the prescott valley and the entire state of arizona. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. senate 3389, an act