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fire people. he could hand out pardons. he could take aggressive action. one theory is that if donald trump, jr. did have some vulnerability it would make sense from mueller to do it last because he knows this is a tipping point. things will turn ugly. that does not mean he will. there are a few people watching closely that be the subject of potential indictments. with all of these -- what -- roger stone. maybe oliver st >> "washington journal" live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern. we'll break away here. the house coming back for the final work of the week. clerk: a chapter 36, title 44, united
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states code, to make certain changes relating to electronic government services and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the -- for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? woody paige mr. speaker, on that i -- mr. woodall: mr. speaker, on that i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a vorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a record vote is ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 391, the nays are zero. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal which the chair will put de novo. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the journal stands approved.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mccarthy: mr. speaker, i send to the desk a resolution and ask unanimous consent for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1164. resolution providing for the printing of a revised edition of the rules and manual of the house of representatives for the 116th congress. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the resolution? without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid pon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent the committee on transportation and infrastructure discharge from further consideration s. 2377 and ask for immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of he bill.
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the clerk: senate 2377. an act to designate the federal building and united states courthouse in dayton, ohio, as the walter h. rice federal building and united states court house. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the bill? without objection, the bill is read a third time and passed and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. . for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. it is with much regret that i and my colleagues from arizona ask for a moment of silence for our dearly departed former colleague, ed pasture, who retired after more -- pastor, who retired after more than two
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decades to the service of this house. our sincere condolences to his beloved wife, his daughters, his grandkids, and his mom. whom he cherished and spoke about often. a member's member is how ed was described. respect, he respected this institution, he treated his colleagues with good humor, and with honesty. his advice and count ten nance will be missed -- countenance will be missed. but in arizona as in elsewhere, he will be memorialized a as a giant in the history of our state. ed will be missed. he contributed much, he gave much, and respected the people he worked with anti-people that -- and this institution that he loved. with much regret, a moment of silence for our departed colleague ed pastor.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute peeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask talk -- unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor the life of ms. cary johnson, a lincolnville icon who sadly passed away earlier this week in st. augustine, florida. depending who you talked to she had many different names. to some she was st. augustine's
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sweetheart, or the voice of lincolnville. to others she was simply miss carry. who all of us she will always be remembered as an irreplaceable piece of the northwest florida community to truly lived to serve others. a mission of love, a message of hope, she began a foundation for homeless students in st. john's county. she organized annual christmas caroling in nursing homes and even considered an honorary officer by the local police who loved her and came to her for guidance. she could be seen on any given day riding her lamborghini tricycle around town spreading kindness and hope. her passing will leave a hole that can only be filled with the countless stories of the people she touched. i'm thankful for her dedication of making the world a better place for those around her and grateful that her memory lives on forever. she was a mission of love and a message of hope. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania eek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. mr. shuster: i rise today to celebrate the achievements of the bedford high school girls soccer team of bedford pennsylvania. they capped off an unbeaten season by bringing home the class aa championship saturday night. this is a monumental accomplishment for this school. it's bedford high school's first a championship in any sport and the first district five or six to win a state championship in their history. they defeated the green jack nets overtime 1-0 finishing their perfect 22-0 season. he lady bisons were coached by coach thomas. led by five seniors.
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amber scored the winning goal on a penalty kick 50 seconds into overtime. i a honored to congratulate the players and coaches of the team on their pennsylvania state championship. their passion, commitment, teamwork shown by these young women will surely follow them in the future. in their future endeavors and inspire the community for years to come. with that i yield back. 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, i ask unanimous consent to speak to the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise to honor dr. abraham lieberman who just recently announced his retirement. dr. lieberman has been a practicing neurologist for over 50 years working at the neurological institute in phoenix, arizona, for much of his career. he dedicated his life to the treatment and eradication of parkinson's disease, treating over 40,000 patients, including muhammad ali. he wrote six books on
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parkinson's, including the 100 questions and answers about the disease, the best-selling book on that key seize -- disease. his work has done a lot of good in furthering the treatment of parkinson's and create a greater quality of life for those who have the disease. i'm pleased the that institute has create add way people can honor him by setting up the lieberman legacy fund so individuals can donate money towards parkinson's research and treatment. mr. gosar: i wish him a long and happy retirement with his wife of 50 years, his four children, and 10 grandchildren. his pursuit to conquer parkinson's has endeared him to his patients with his personalized touch. he's become a pillar of excellence in medicine. your patients are so grateful. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize two outstanding members of our community and my dear friends, peg roberts, a retired teacher, and fran lynn, a retired nurse. ms. stefanik: they embodied the patriotic spirit through their musical teantsents -- talents. they referred to themself as ruby and lace. some of us in the country affectionately refer to them as coal and planl. ms. tenney: these retirees have been also known by the moniker the two hoties. it is a true honor to represent such determined and patriotic people. mr. speaker, i hope you and all my colleagues can laugh a little and enjoy the humorous lyrics of our upstate hoties, affectionately known as ruby and lace, or i like to call them coal and flanl. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition?
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without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minutes. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the house will be in order. please take your conversations outside. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas. ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker. it is important for this body to adhere to the rule of law. several points i want to make this morning that adhere to the defining of the rule of law. first of all, we know that mr. cohen has pleaded guilty truth ay on questions of or falsity to the united states congress. with all due respect, we must
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investigate the rule of law. in addition, it is important we put forward a bill that addresses the question of the killing in yemen and our continued support for the blood shed created by the war between saudi arabia and yemen. the rule of law. peace or war. determination by this congress. finally, i encourage my colleagues to seek and look into their districts because of the increasing number of gangs, not ms-13, but gangs in our high schools and middle schools. and we must begin to address directly more resources to intervene in children's lives, to steer them away from the violence of gangs. rule of law, doing our job. i hope we start doing it and doing it soon. i know we'll do it in the 116th congress. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? >> to address the house for one
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minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to congratulate mr. danny cunningham, owner of cunningham farms in calloway county, kentucky, for recently being named the 2018 kentucky farm bureau farmer of the year. this is the third year in a row a farmer in kentucky's first congressional district has been recognized as farmer of the year. mr. comer: after growing up on a small dairy farmer owned by his father, began his own farming operation in calloway county. 58 years later, cunningham farms is a massive family-run operation. danny has been an active member of the farm bureau serving on the board of directors for more than 30 years. he was married to his late wife for over 54 years and is the proud father of three daughters. i am honored to congratulate farmer of the year, danny cunningham, on his unwavering work ethic, dedication to the
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calloway county farm bureau, and outstanding role in the agriculture community. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. are there any further requests from members for one-minute peeches? for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. holding: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize and honor the life -- the speaker pro tempore: does the chair an have -- lays before the house an enrolled bill. the clerk: senate 140, an act to authorize appropriations for the coast guard and for other urposes. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leaves of absence for mr. poe of texas for today.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. he request is granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017,, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. holding, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. holding: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize and honor the life of joseph gavigan. he was born on october 27, 1920 in philadelphia to gertrude and joseph senior. after graduating from lasalle college high school in 1940, joe went to work for the reading railroad company in his hometown. a short time later joe's wife and the lives of millions of americans was forever changed when a devastating and unprovoked attack on the united states pacific fleet at pearl harbor thrust the united states into the second world war. the very next day as a stunned
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nation tried to come to grips with what had just happened, joe stepped forward and answered the call by enlisting in the united states army. unaware of what the future held, joe had just one more thing he wanted to do before shipping off to war. on august 1rks1942, joe married the love of his life, mary in their hometown of philadelphia. shortly thereafter, joe deployed as a sergeant in the 559 infantry, leaving behind his new bride, family, and everything he had known. over the course of the next three years, joe experienced the brunt of the war in europe. he landed in normandy on d-day as part of the successful allied invasion of france. from there joe went on to serve in several major campaigns taking him from the rolling hills of northern france to the battle of the bulk. to the small towns of central germany. by may of 1945, with the war
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coming to a close, joe and the 65th division arrived in austria where they connected with allied russian troops and remained in lintz for the duration of the conflict. he distinguished himself in the line of duty in recognition of his valor and braveyry, he was awarded numerous medals including bronze stars and the combat infantry badge. with the war over he returned home to his wife and together they welcomed two children into the world. patrick and marita today is patrick's birthday. he also went back to work for the reading railroad company. joe's intelligence and strong work ethic qualities that served him well on the battlefield set him apart in the civilian world. he excelled in his work and rose through the ranks of the company. after working for 44 -- 43 years for the reading railroad, joe retired as company's general manager. outside of his professional career, joe was a beloved and active member of his community. he served as a member of the
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union league of chicago, the knights of columbus, the v.f.w., american legion, polish american club, and past president of the coal club of philadelphia and served in many chambers of congress. sadly joseph passed away peacefully on july 12 of this year. joe enriched the lives of all those who had the privilege of knowing him. in the face of unthinkable evil and tangible danger, joe's resolve never waivered. he leaves behind an enduring legacy of extraordinary service, part of the finest generation, the greatest generation. and his character and morality are an inspiration for us all. his life personifies the very best of america's greatest generation, remarkable young men and women who answered the call of duty, defeated the forces of evil, and returned home to build the world's strongest economy and prosperous society. .
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while joe will be dearly missed, he will not be forgotten. on behalf of a grateful nation, i offer my deepest condolences o the entire family. mr. speaker, today i rise and i'm going to recognize and honor the life of mr. tom ellis of raleigh, north carolina. over the past 50 years, few people have had as big of an influence on the tar heel politics as mr. ellis. he played a central role in shaping the careers of jesse helms and ronald reagan. two of the most important conservative figures of the 20th century. mr. he will ways born august 10 -- mr. ellis was born august 10, 1920. he first fell in love with north carolina while attending the university of north carolina -chapel hill.
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mr. ellis served in the navy during the second world war as an officer, after which he earned his law degree from the university of virginia. his time in the military shaped his outlook on the world. though he led a successful career as an attorney in raleigh, mr. ellis' most profound impact was in the political arena. mr. ellis entered politics in 1950 as a young staffer working on the willis smith senate campaign. and it was during the campaign that mr. ellis met a young raleigh journalist named jesse helms. the two idealistic young men headed off -- hit it off and it gave birth to a friendship and a relationship that would eventually transform north carolina politics and play a major role in the american conservative movement and help shape american history. during their regular thursday night poker games, mr. ellis began pushing helms to run for
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political office. and when helms ran for senate in 1972, mr. ellis managed his campaign to victory against great odds. over the next 30 years, ellis served as a key advisor and close confidant for senator helms. a short time after helms' 1972 victory, mr. ellis put his innovative and entrepreneurial mind to work, creating the national congressional club, which was a nationwide conservative fundraising machine that built senator helms into one of the most well-known senators in the country. mr. ellis' revolutionary direct mail fundraising practices raised an estimated $100 million for helms, as well as a host of conservative figures and causes. mr. ellis' most significant contribution, however, to the course of american history, came in 1976, when he played a key role in rescuing ronald reagan's political career. with all-important north carolina primary around the corner, then governor reagan's
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presidential bid was floundering. and was about to fail. mr. ellis stepped in, he took command of the campaign, and led reagan to a crucial victory in the tar heel state, in that 1976 primary. the win resuscitated reagan's campaign and political career. he went on to win 10 more states ' primaries and build a -- states' primaries and build a national identity and following and although reagan ultimately lost the 1976 g.o.p. primary, the cycle propelled pim into the white house four years later -- propelled him into the white house four years later. mr. ellis had a brilliant strategic mind and was a revolutionary figure in politics. he was a passionate ideologue who firmly believed in the issues he supported. throughout his career, mr. ellis mentored several of the conservative movement's most influential strategists and operatives. he also took great flight in mentoring young lawyers and
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telling them how to make a difference with their degree and how to serve in the best possible manner. sadly, tom ellis passed away on july 12, at the age of 97. and though he's no longer with us, his impact on north carolina , the nation and the american conservative movement will be felt for many years to come. mr. ellis was a giant and a man of true consequence and he is dearly missed. mr. speaker, i'd like to say a few words about ted george values i. i'd like to honor his -- vallis. i'd like to honor his life. ted was the son of two hardworking greek immigrants in raleigh, north carolina. ted was born on october 4, 1931.
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ted developed a strong work ethic from a young age, working in his parents' restaurant, the manhattan, situated in downtown raleigh. as a student, ted discovered his gift for athletics. he was a stand-out member of the school's football, wrestling and track teams. his talent on the grid iron caught the attention of division i college coaches and ted accepted a scholarship to play football at mississippi state university. while at school in starkville, ted crossed paths with a young woman by the name of dorothy patty, dot as she was known by her friends. she was the daughter of the school's baseball coach with whom ted already had established a relationship. ted and dot began dating and the couple married in 1956 in a small mississippi church near their university. together, ted and dot had three children.
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paula, cara and stephanie. after graduating from mississippi state with a degree in business, ted joined the united states army. he was stationed at fort sam houston in texas for his two-year stint in the armed forces. having completed his military service, ted put his business degree to work and accepted advertising job with the "wall street journal." the experience ted gained working at his parents' restaurant as a kid served him well in the professional world. he had a strong work ethic and quickly caught the attention of his superiors -- superiors and was promptly promoted to the role of eastern advertising manager for the "wall street journal." ted spent 11 years at the journal, after which he decided to move back to north carolina. upon returning, ted purchased a struggling local newspaper called "the independent." ted revived the paper and under his direction the publication became a popular, widely read
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weekly newspaper. a few years later, ted purchased two additional local newspapers. "the western wake herald" and "the garner newspaper." finally, in 1988, ted determined it was time to retire and he stolede sold the papers -- and he sold the papers. thus closing the book on an illustrious 20-year career in journalism. relying on his strong work ethic, his intelligence and character, ted led a successful career in business. he was transformative -- a transformative figure in the local journalism industry. but, mr. speaker, his greatest legacy, though, is his contribution to his community. ted was a beloved fixture of his community, known by all for his kind heart and strong sense of humor. mr. speaker, ted vallis passed away on october 30 at age 87. though ted is no longer with us, his impact on his community will be felt for years to come. my thoughts are with the entire
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vallis family. ted touched the lives of many over the years and he will be greatly missed by his friends. mr. speaker, mr. speaker, i am going to ask at this moment for unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet on tuesday, december 4, 2018, when it shall convene at noon for morning hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. does the gentleman yield back? mr. holden: no, sir -- mr. holding: no, sir. mr. speaker, i rise again and i rise to honor and recognize the gen of richard hampton
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erette. he was one of the most impactful businessmen of the 20th century. he was a tie tal on wall street -- titan on wall street. he was born in raleigh, north carolina, on april 5, 1929, to emma and joseph. from a young age, richard's intelligence, work ethic and ambition set him apart from his peers. while a student in raleigh, richard took a job on the side as a sports writer for the raleigh times. where he worked under the future united states senator, jesse helms. after high school, richard excelled in his studies at the university of north carolina-chapel hill. upon graduation from u.n.c. with a degree in journalism, richard followed in his father's footsteps by beginning an apprenticeship as an insurance salesman. after two years, though, he determined the insurance industry wasn't for him. around this time, the u.s. was
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fighting a war on the korean peninsula. richard answered the call to serve and enlisted in the united states army. he completed a two-year stint during the korean war as sergeant assigned to counterintelligence as part of the intelligence corps. mr. speaker, after discharge from the army, he earned his m.b.a. from harvard business school in 1957 and set out into the world. beginning what would ultimately become one of the most successful business careers of his generation. his first job in the business world was with the prominent wall street firm, brown brothers. after a few years, dick teamed up with two of his classmates, bill donaldson and dan lufkin, and together they created their own firm. d.l.j. as it is commonly referred to. now at the helm of d.l.j., dick's career took off. he wielded a visionary approach implementing innovative business
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practices that diverge from the traditional practices of the 1960's. under dick's direction, d.l.j. focused on small emerging companies rather than larger, blue-chip companies, which had been the standard practice for established wall street firms in the past. this groundbreaking approach was a boone for the firm. in 1970, d.l.j. made history as the first wall street firm to offer shares to the public. over the subsequent decades, dick continued his successful business career. he held a variety of positions, including president and chief executive of the equitable investment corporation. dick's retirement in 1996 marked the final chapter of his successful and transformative business career. outside of his career, dick had a life-long passion for purchasing and restoring historic american homes. and throughout the years he restored over 13 homes. with his collection of homes in new york state, new york city,
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north carolina, south carolina, and st. croix, often considered to be one of the finest collections of classical architecture in the united states. for his work in preservation, dick was awarded the louie dupont crown in shield award by the national trust for historic preservation and an award by the world monuments fund. in france, he received the national order of the legion of honor award and the highest order of merit. sadly, dick passed away on april 22, 2018, at the age of 89. he will be remembered as one of his generation's most successful and innovative businessmen. he was admired by his peers and respected by those that knew him. and despite the cut-throat culture on wall street, dick always stayed true to his core values of honesty, respect and fairness. his character was not
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unimpeachable and it earned him the title of the last gentleman on wall street. ick was also a great mentor. as an example of that, one of the young harvard business grads who was working for him at donaldson, lufkin and jenerette came to one him day and said, i don't think this is for me. i want to go back to school and become an economist. but dick saw a lot of potential in this young man. more potential than would have been realized if he had just gone back to being an economist. he said, you have a great talent of being an investor. you have great insight and instincts. so he encouraged this young man to stick with it. today that young man is the c.e.o. and co-founder of blackstone. perhaps one of the most successful venture capitalists, private equity investors that
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the world has ever seen. and but for the mentorship of dick, that young man would not have grown to his full potential. to understand the depth that guided him through his successful business, one mustant look any further than 4 rules for success and finance national park life. i'm going tonighter all 24 into the record, but i'd like to highlight a few. number one, don't burn bridges. that are behind you. remember, that life has no blessing like a good friend. try to be nice and say thank you a lot. don't criticize someone in front of others. don't forget to praise a job well-done.
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but don't praise a poor job. lastly, keep your standards igh in all you do. there are more, mr. speaker, and i'll have them in the record. they are guide full for all of us. dick was a man of great consequence. he lived his life to the fullest. he was a friend. e will be dearly missed. lastly, mr. speaker, i'd like detective honor roger sherrin of the middlesex police department who a few weeks ago risked his life to save a young woman trapped in a sinking car. on monday, november 12,
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detective was on patrol when he came across a car that had just veered off the road and crashed into a pond. as the car rapidly filled with water, the driver was trapped, and unable to escape. without regard for his own personal safety, officer sherrin sprung into action. he domb into the icy cold water, pride the door open -- pried the door open and rescue the woman. thanks to his actions the young woman survived the ordeal. his courage and bravery is inspiration to us all. he's a living example of what it means to protect and to serve. so i ask that everyone join me in honoring this brave officer and all the men and women of the middlesex police department who work on our behalf every day.
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i'll be yielding momentary to mr. rothfus of ennsylvania. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. general leave is granted for the special order hour. r. holding: thank you.
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i yield to mr. rothfus the remaining balance of the time i have been allotted. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back. -- under recognizes the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. rothfus, is recognized for the remainder of the hour as the designee of the majority leader. mr. rothfus: i thank the speaker. i thank the gentleman for
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yielding. mr. speaker, since the house of representatives moved into this very chamber in 1857, the people's representatives have debated the great issues of the day. the speaker's rostrum behind me was redesigned after world war ii and words were added to the bottom level that speak to noble aspirations of our nation. union, justice, tolerance, liberty, peace. these words are not the fundamental principles upon which our nation was founded, but i suggest the fruits of those principles. consequently, if our founding principles are eroded, these fruits will be eroded as well. over recent decades, our nation has endured a great and ongoing debate that at its heart goes to the continuing relevance of
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our nation's founding principles. what are those principles? they are in our declaration of independence. we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. that the to secure these rights governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. the consent of the governed. these five words recognize that our nation's sovereignty is in her people. not the government. not the legislative branch. not the judicial branch. not the executive branch or the federal bureaucracy. but in the people. sovereignty in the people was indeed revolutionary in 1776 and it is at the heart of the notion of self-government. this sovereignty in the people, however, is not absolute. it is restrained by a a higher
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law that acknowledge that is certain of our rights come from our creator and are unalienable. among them the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. these rights do not come from or depend on government. or what a majority of people electing the government decide. they require, however, that the government protect them. sovereignty is further restrained by the higher law that we're created equal. our laws should not favor one person over another. all are to be equal before the law, and there must be a fair playing field where all are given the opportunity to develop their god-given gifts and talents. these concepts, mr. speaker, are not just founding principles, these are truths. self-evident truths. there are many today who challenge the notion of truth and claim everything is relative. but the founders recognized the self-evident truths of the
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declaration in establishing this country. our founders built on these principles when they adopted our constitution and bill of rights, which limited the power of the federal government. the founders understood that the bigger government became, the more we're on the fringe of the principles of our declaration. it was appealing to our founding principle that is our nation was able to correct a defect in our constitution that denied the equal rights and liberty to those held in slavery. but some current political views reject the framework of sovereignty and the people and that such sovereignty is limited by god-given rights and freedoms. some decry our constitution structure as being a charter of negative liberties. for example, barack obama prior to becoming president said our constitution, quote, says what the states can't do to you. says what the federal government can't do to you. but doesn't say what the federal or state government must do in your behalf. if you don't like what the
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constitution says, there is a process to amend it. and those who would advocate for the government to do things should go through the process of proposing amendments. those who are progressives believe they can better order a society than can a free people relying on their god-given rights to life and liberty. but this is inconsistent with the notion of self-government. progressives believe in the power of government, the power of government should be used to protect rights. not infringe or abridge them. what progressives miss is how the power of government can can destroy communities and lives and infringe upon god-given freedoms which we have seen in recent decades. it is the power of the government acting through the supreme court that denied the very first right recognized in our declaration, the right to life for an entire class of human beings. to be clear, insisting on
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universality of the good-given right to life is not an establishment of religion. it is simply an affirmation of a self-evident truth described in our declaration of independence. it is the power of government that put through great society programs that undermine the family and dramatically increased societal challenges as a result. it is the power of government that targeted the american energy industry threatening hundreds of jobs in my district. it is the power of government that took away health care plans that people liked and the power of government that went after the little sisters of the poor. rather than looking to the power of government, perhaps we should look to the power of the people. rightly understood government should not be looked at as a vehicle for wielding power, but for serving and protecting the rights in our declaration and constitution. it is never out of season to
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rediscover those principles. this is what abraham lincoln called us to do at another divided time in our nation. in 1858 speech in lewiston, illinois, lincoln said, if you have been taught doctrines conflicting with the great landmarks of the declaration of independence, if you have listened to suggestions which would take away from its grandeur, the symmetry of its proportion, if you have been inclined to believe that all men are not created equal in these rights enumerated by our harter of liberty, let me tell you to come back, come back to .he truths of the declaration if we want union let us unite around the principles of the declaration f we want justice, let us work for equality for all while protecting the right to life of every human being. no matter their age or state of dependency.
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if we want tolerance, let us appreciate that while we have differences, we should not demonize those with whom we disagree. if the little sisters of the poor or a small business or private citizen for that matter hold sincerely held beliefs that people throughout history would recognize as being grounded in the exercise of conscious and faith, we should bele to rent of such exercise. -- tolerant of such exercise. if you want liberty, let us ensure our constitution remains a check on the power of the state that would infringe on the fundamental rights and freedoms our founders sought to protect f we want peace, let us embrace what our founders embraced and like the founders let us firmly rely on the protection of divine providence as we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. when we reaffirm our foundational principles, let us hope that instead of division we would see the new birth of
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freedom that lincoln nvisioned. mr. speaker, i rise to express my deepest gratitude to the people of pennsylvania's 12th congressional district encompassing beaver county and parts a of allegheny, westmoreland, cambria, and somerset. i appreciate that they elected me to represent them in this house for the past six years. it has been an incredible honor to pursue the objectives they sent me here to do, to get the economy growing at a healthier pace with more jobs and higher wages. to stop government overreach that was taking away the right of people to choose their own health care plan and causing their health insurance costs to skyrocket. to stand in solidarity with our veterans. and defend the foundational principles on which this country was founded, including the first right and first freedom mentioned in our founding documents.
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the god-given right to life and the free exercise of religion. i could not have done my work without the support of several constituents in particular. . wife, my kids their patience and endurance with my absences are what many families of those in public life go through. and can i not thank them enough. -- i cannot thank them enough. may god grant that our country reaffirm the truths embedded within our declaration of independence, and may he grant that such reaffirmation does lead to that new birth-birth of freedom that president lincoln spoke of. i standing thank the speaker and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman yields.
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under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from ohio, mr. ryan, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority eader. mr. ryan: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today as the congressman from the general motors-lourdestown plant. we have got some bad news this week that we're going to lose 1,600 jobs in lournstown, you factor in the supply chain, four, five or six times the amount of that in our community. seat manufacturer, lo jestics company, trucking and all the rest. many communities in the last week have been dealt a pretty
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bad hand. and i think this speaks, mr. speaker, to the broken economic system that we have in the united states. when you have a company many years ago that gets a rescue package from the taxpayers in the united states, many years later, last year they got $157 million in a tax cut we were told was going to be spent for workers and factories and johns in the heartland, and turn round and cut 14,000 jobs, and their stock price goes up 6%. that is a broken economic system that we have in the united states of america. and we need an industrial policy in this country where the government, the agencies, the department the tax code, the
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investments and infrastructure and education are all moving in the same direction that will create manufacturing jobs here in the united states. and we have to have policies that move venture capital out of the three main states, california, new york, and massachusetts which is 80% of all venture capital. i'm not sure, mr. speaker, that the people on wall street or the people in the high tech centers of our country fully appreciate what is happening in communities all over the united states of america. hey're being hollowed out, disinvested in. and we need this government to begin to modernize itself, to look at the world as it is. to recognize that globalization
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may yield great benefits and great wealth, but that those benefits aren't shared everywhere in the united states of america. they're not shared in the industrial midwest. wages have been stagnant for 30 years. people work hard, play by the rules and still get to their retirement and they lose their pension or their pension is cut in half. this is not working. this is not working, mr. speaker. and the american people are fed up. how much can the worker take? how much can their families take? year in and year out, 40 years this has been going on in this country. and people who have money continue to make money. the top 1% continue to do well. and i don't hate anybody because they're rich. my goodness gracious, when
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everyone else is suffering, when ohio and michigan, indiana, western pennsylvania, kentucky, minnesota, these communities that have done so much for so long, whether there's a war or manufacturing, it's been these ommunities who have responded. and now they've been cut loose and the stock price goes up. it is time for us to reclaim the american dream for these communities and these workers who have done nothing wrong. they've done everything right. they support their church. they support the little league. they sit on the boards of the booster club. they coach football. they've done everything right. everything our society would ask of them, they have done.
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and they get cut loose. and now we live in communities that is blight, they don't have broadband they don't have investment. and some people will say, just cut taxes for the wealthiest people and that all -- and all that wealth will trickle right down to the lourdestowns, the youngstowns, and the gary, indianas of the world. mr. speaker, we've been trying this for 40 years. since 1980 the supply side economic policy has been pushed in this country. and if it's so damn good why isn't it working for working class people? that's what i want to know. if this economic philosophy is so great, why does the worker in get screw and the stock price
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for the company goes up 6%. why does the c.e.o. of these companies get 350 times the amount of money that the worker on the factory floor gets? oes that seem fair to anybody? people work hard, play by the rule, can't get health care. people working hard, tension gets squeezed, kid gets gets sick, can't afford it, got to go to the emergency room. opiate epidemic. try to work hard, go to college, end up $30,000 in debt. $40,000 in debt vfment to move out of your own community. the systems are broken in the united states, mr. speaker. to remember job these families who have done
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everything right. that's our commitment. that's our responsibility, to ix this broken system. there's been a lot of promises and it's our obligation to fix it. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. or 30 minutes. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. i was hoping we would be able to
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get more accomplished this week that would help the american workers. it's amazing a party that calls itself the friend of the working class in america has spent much of the last 10, 12 years doing everything they can to encourage people to come into the united states illegally so that they can take the jobs from those hard working americans and those who wanted to work. and it's clearly drin down wages for many years now. and i think that had a lot to do with president trump getting a higher percentage of african-americans in this -- and hispanics than was ever predicted or other republicans had done is -- and i've -- i've
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had african-american friends in different places say it's pretty clear the party that counts on getting 90% of our vote or so most places, you know, they haven't done us any good. under the eight years of the obama administration, especially after the early part of the administration when democrats had the house, the senate, and the white house, they got anything they wanted done. and did they want to fix immigration or border? no. it was not a priority at all. they're more interested in driving us into socialized medicine and -- which makes record -- has made record profits for the big pharmaceuticals, made record profits for the big insurance companies, driven the little guys out of the market. and so we also know and we've
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, the n this last election part -- the multimillionaires,ing me millionaires, the billionaires have played as they've poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the election to try to drive into office people who call themselves socialist, communist, progressives, and you know, it doesn't take a lot of research to figure out why they'd do that. we saw the policies of the obama administration and the democratic party have a profound effect on the economy and president obama himself, you can find it on video, he finally had to admit that for the first time in american history, it was on his watch, it was under his policies, that 95% of all of the
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income made in america went to the top 1%. so we can talk about the party that cares deeply about the working class, but let's look at who they pandered to in order to get hundreds of millions of races where p in we had republican members of congress who were outspent 10-1, 20-1, 30-1. it was dramatic. and i know talking to ted cruz, he said they had 18 full-time employees, which is understandable, you'd have a lot because it's a big state of texas. you need more than two or three he had 18 full-time employees. at the time of the election. and he said then we learned that his opponent, robert francis
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o'rourke, had over 800 full-time employees. and what you normally use full-time employees in your campaign for you don't have them necessarily go out and do the , or knocking and do the calls but usually it's your full-time employees that contact others and solicit volunteers who then go do the block walking, the phone calls and all that kind of thing. so to have outraised and outspent ted cruz so dramatically that you can have not just 18 employees but really a whole army, you know, platoons and platoons, 20 p platoons or so full-time employees, it tells you that that money was not coming from the country's poor.
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in order to drive up the contributions. and one of the things that i feel like really needs to be done and i haven't heard anybody mention it in the democratic party and there's probably a good reason, but one of the things we saw in 2008 when president obama, then-candidate, senator obama ran, we saw little glimpses of it in the clinton election years, but we saw it with robert francis o'rourke and hat is contributions that came in under the amount that quired the fight of the name and information about the contributor. so it is a loophole.
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and obviously if you have loophole, somebody will come along and take advantage. but when you have millions and millions of dollars contributed, $40, $50 amounts, so that you just list the amount, you don't have to list the credit card, who the credit cardholder was, we don't know if there was one credit card that paid for millions of dollars of $50 contributions, we don't know where that money came from, we don't even know if it came from the united states or iran. you know. when you have that kind of a loophole, heck, you could even have -- and i'm just saying it's possible -- that when you don't have to report where the money came from, you could say, hypothetically, we'll send $150 billion to you in your country if you'll send millions back for
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the campaigns i want to help. those are the kinds -- i'm not saying that happened. i'm just saying that's the kind of thing that's possible and that loophole needs to be closed. it is i convenient to have to report every contributor, but because it's a loophole that can allow violations of the law without a allowing a proper audit and determining -- determination whether the law was violated, that loophole needs to be closed. we need to stick in a provision before we leave the majority that requires the contributor of every dollar to be listed with the meeting the federal requirements, who they are, where they are, that information. it needs to be filed. for heaven sake f. somebody's doing it with a credit card, it isn't hard to do that filing.
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you can get a program that would do it on automatic pilot for you. but in the same way we know that the democratic party has battled tooth and nail, courts, i would say all over the country, but they are very careful about where they file, so that they can have the most liberal judges. even though this is an area of complete ignorance ofure chief justice -- of our chief justice roberts who said there is no such thing as obama judge, bush judge. well, he's right about part of that. really to say somebody is a bush judge, that's really not o define who they are. we have seen appointments even under h.w. bush. i understand that president george h.w. bush has acknowledged that probably his biggest mistake was nominating
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david souter for the supreme court. i understood it had come down to edith jones who is a wonderful america loving, brilliant jurist, former chief justice of the fifth circuit court of appeals in new orleans, but it came down to edith jones and david souter, nd that i was told by one of edith's close friends that she was asked to fly to washington and actually was at the white while ith david souter president george h.w. bush was rying to make up his mind. edith and suter were both waiting to find out who was going to be tabbed to go out into the rose garden, wherever they did it, to make the announcement who was going to
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be the nominee, and supposedly, i was told, hadn't confirmed, that had apparently was john sununu who said, i'm sure mrs. jones is a great jurist. would be a great jurist. i don't know her. but i know david will be a terrific supreme court justice. they said go get suter. ay suter was a bush appointment, does not define who he is. it doesn't tell you anything about who he is. orned -- on the other hand, judge roberts, it's nothing against him from an intentional point, it's simply he's totally ignorant of the facts that when someone says that this judge or justice was an obama justice or
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judge, then it does define who they are. they are rock red liberal. they don't care what the constitution says. they fit in nicely at the ninth circuit where one just physical said something years back about we don't care what the constitution says. we figure if we come out with enough opinions, the supreme court can't reverse them all. to me it's treasonous, it's inconstitutional, it should be a basis for impeaching any such judge, but we haven't done that. i was hoping our judiciary committee would begin to bring n justices who had shown a contempt for the constitution in violation of their oath, but cause of what i believe is the lack of keeping our promises, we didn't get enough people out in the last election and we lost the majority in the house.
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i know we had house republican leaders whose mentor was when there's no drama we win. but it seemed very clear the senate won. they picked up a couple seats because they fought. there was drama and they stood p against the outrageous attacks on an honorable man named kavanaugh. kind of like judge bourque. probably nobody more qualified than justice bourque when he was nominated, but he was a bit arrogant. so they got the votes to bring him down. you had senator ted kennedy did an amazing job of character assassination. it was effective in the lies made up about judge bourque that kept him from being confirmed. of course there was a big
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celebration that -- not for the truth but for the fact that regardless of the truth they were able to block justice bourque. the term obama judge or obama justice is quite definitive. he was very careful not to 35 point -- to appoint anyone who believed in following the strict language of the constitution. these are people that had no i left n doing what the bench to do and that's to legislate. they have no problem with taking over legislative duties and now we have seen, we have obama judges who have no problem taking over the executive function. and for any judge to say that a president cannot put restrictions and even prevent a reporter from coming and asking
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questions when they violate what's been instructed, and when the person in charge the president says i have answered your questions. and he doesn't allow a filibuster, and the reporter still will not be obedient, the president needs to be able to say, you're not going to come back and ask any more questions. that's the way it is. it seems to me to be perfectly equivalent if the president were to issue an order saying at no federal judge could go ack -- or could limit oral argument. that it's a violation of an alternative's freedom of speech -- an attorney's freedom of speech but to put a time limit on oral argument.
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in the early days of this country there were no time limits on arguments before the supreme court. i i understand daniel webster argued one case for about three days. in the am stad -- am miss stad -- amistad quace that john quincy adams, one of my heroes, he argued, even though he was an ineffective president, some say best educated, perhaps most intelligent, but he was determined to bring an end to slavery. he was talked in to handling the oral argument in the amistad case before the supreme court when they were meeting downstairs and his arguments spilled into a third day. since it was multiple days, one of the nine justices even died during that time. that crimps your argument a little bit if you lose a justice. they didn't have time limits.
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you would argue the case as long as you wanted. in you go down to the old supreme court chamber downstairs, they have two red couches. they are alled fainting couches -- they are called fainting couches, because lawyers could argue a case as long as they felt like they should. and sometimes they might grow faint and they had a place to land if they argued too long and became faint. heck, if the courts are going to say the president cannot have any restrictions and put any restrictions on reporters who want to filibuster a press conference, and they can't limit their questions as long as the reporter wants to talk, then maybe the president should issue an executive order that no federal judge can limit the time of oral argument of any lawyer before the court. now, if that had been the law that i could not limit
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arguments, oral argument in a case, either during my time as a trial judge or my time as a court of appeals chief justice, i could not have survived on the bench. you got to be able to put a limit on how long argument's going to go on. if the courts are going to say the president can't limit a reporter, it violates his freedom of speech, sure seems like it's a violation of the lawyer's freedom of speech for a justice to say i'm putting a limit of 10 minutes or an hour or 40 minutes, whatever they do. seems like it would be a violation as well. it's just really outrageous. you would expect either an obama or clinton judge to be the one who would issue such a ridiculous ruling. certainly reporters have freedom of speech, but they do not have a right to be anywhere
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they want to be to utilize that speech. the president can restrict all kinds of areas. as we know, president obama did. he shut down tours of the white house for a prolonged period of time. we had a harder time allowing constituents -- talking about democratic constituents, we don't care what party anybody's affiliated with, no party, some party, if they want our help to get a ticket tour the white house, we help them. we don't ask what party they are part of. but apparently party meant a great deal during the obama years, and they had no problem with doing things like violating the law that says you can't spend more to shut down a federal site during a
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government shutdown than it takes to leave it open. they spent a lot of money shutting down facilities. didn't require any money to keep them open. they wanted to make the veterans suffer. d keep them out of their memorials. some of them, it was their only chance to see the memorials in their whole life. the obama administration didn't care. they shut them down. and then said it's all the republicans' fault. even though we passed four bills, doing everything we could to prevent a government shutdown, the senate was hellbent on having it shut down. with the help of john boehner saying, republicans did it. it was ridiculous. maybe he had had too much to drink that night. i don't know. we passed four bills in those preceding days and even up until 1:00 a.m.
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e -- the last appointing conferees and they didn't include me. they were people that were ready to get an agreement struck within the hour. and the senate would not even appoint conferees because they wanted a shut down. i was just heartbroken. i was the one that cut the tape. and i hollered at steve palazzo from mississippi, he had three busloads of veterans out there, majority i think were in wheelchairs, and they couldn't get in. i came with scissors, cut the tape, and i called steve over. there were two big bear cages there. steve, when i cut the tape, don't hesitate. you open the left side. i'll open the right side. and we'll get this opened for our veterans. i asked steve king to go over before we did that and tell the park policeman closest to us
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which ones were members of congress so they didn't arrest us. and then later say, oh, we didn't know they were members of congress. we had a right to be there. we had a right to inspect the facilities. so steve took care of that detail for us. once steve had done that, then steve and i, i cut the ribbon and he opened the left one, opened the right one. i didn't even notice there was a bagpipe player there who had worked his way up right behind me and steve. so when we opened those barricades, the first guy through behind us was the bagpipe player. it was awesome to see all those veterans rolling in in wheelchairs right behind the bagpipe player. it was a beautiful sight. but it was tragic to see the way the obama administration wanted to punish our veterans. after i left there to go try to
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help open the iwo jima monument access, came by the -- could see the martin luther king memorial. i couldn't believe, they had barricaded that. it's a walk-through memorial. yes, they wanted to blame republican bus they spent a lot of money to blockade a facility you walk through. it's a moving memorial to most of us but they blocked people out of that. so when you cup that will kind of ka louseness toward the middle class patriots of this country who risked life and limb, some of them lost limbs, and you want to punish them to make a political point? it was outrageous. but then when you see the economic policies of an
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administration, though ba ma administration, which claimed to be looking for the little guy where basically they kept holding out, luring people into the united states illegally by their failure and refusal to protect our borders. it's clear they drove down wages, people had not had a wage increase when adjusted for inflation for a very long time. and when anybody really studies socialism, and i'm not talking about the games that are played in so many universities now about this glorious thing called socialism prork agressivism, communism, but when you really look historically at what that means, in socialism, there is no middle class. you have the ruling class, and
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you have the ruled class. now, someday in heaven, then everybody will share and share alike and do so joyfully. but in this world, where no human being is perfect, there's always going to be jealousy and you're always going to have circumstances like i found as an exchange student in the soviet union when i asked a bunch of farmers sitting in the shade in the middle of the morning, when do you work out in the fields? they look terrible. couldn't even tell what they'd cultivated, what they hadn't. they laughed. i thought i said something wrong in russian. and one of them responded, i make the same number of rubles if i'm out there in the sun as i do here in the shade, so i'm here in the shade. that explains why socialism, communism never, ever works in this world.
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it never, ever will. you are left with a ruling class, it gets all kinds of privilege, doesn't have to worry about money they get everything they want. and then the ruled class. and their health care stinks. and being over in the soviet union for that summer and being exposed to their socialized medicine, i literally thank god that i was american and never had to worry about socialized medicine. it just seemed like they were 20, 30 years behind where we were and i lived in a small town , mount pleasant. we had a lot better health care than they had over there in some of the larger cities. it was amazing. but if you're going to do socialism and you're going to pay a physician the same amount of money whether they see five people or 100 people, then the
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physicians have no incentive to take care of as many people as they physically can. they have an incentive to see as few as they can. and in a socialized medicine situation, the physicians don't et paid all that much. now, the big pharmaceuticals, big pharma, the big insurance companies, not the little ones, the big one the pharmaceuticals that signed on to support obamacare, they could tell and i could tell from reading the bill they were going to make billions and billions more than they've ever made in their history. but as i told some of the lobbyist you guys signed your own death warrant, yeah, you're going to make billions and billions more, maybe 15 years. but then eventually you're going to be capped. and you're going -- not going to be able to collect for research and development.
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you're going to be unable to stop creating life-save, life-enhancing medications and you're going to be like a third world pharmaceutical. they didn't care. because these guys had golden parachutes. they knew they'd make billions more because of what obama did for them and they did. and they have. and they still are yes, we've lost a lot of insurance companies, big companies are doing great. they're doing real well. in fact, i was shocked -- i missed it when i read the bill but these biggest insurance companies could even get bailouts in years they made record profits. we were able to stop some of that but -- while we had the majority -- but guess those kinds of things won't be stopped next year when the democrats that pass odd ba macare, they're probably not going to be restricting the big money coming
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to the big insurance companies because i'm sure a lot of that will come back in the way of political contributions. needs to a lot that be done. we have not been faithful as a arty to keep our promises. the number one issue i think that got president trump elected was that he was going to secure the border, we're going to get a wall built where we need it. and i really do believe what he said that if he had cooperation of congress he was going to be able to do -- to make mexico pay for itism feel like he eventually would. , t if there's no wall built not all the places we need it, we don't need 2,000 miles of it but there's some places we definitely need it, but these invasions, whether you want to
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call them caravans -- they're really invasions. even the alt-left media, msnbc, cnn, were saying big lies about the caravans, there's no invasions, there's no -- it's all political hoax. well it was not a political hoax. they were either intentionally lying or they were just ignorant. either way they were wrong. and then we see yesterday information about a third of those wanting to crash into our country, invade our country have serious health care issues and they're going to make a lot of americans sick if they come in. now, there is no country in the history of the world that has been more generous, more philanthropic, has done more good for other countries, other peoples all over the world, but in order to maintain that, you
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have to have a vibrant economy. and actually, to do that, care for the environment, you've got to have a vibrant economy. so we should be doing reconciliation, get the money for the president's wall, and do it now before we turn over the majority. anything else is a betrayal of our promises. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. does the gentleman have a motion. mr. gohmert: i sure do, mr. speaker. i move we do hereby now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. acordingly the house stands adjourned until noon on tuesday
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>> last night house republican leadership postponed debate on a tax bill. looking ahead to next week, they'll need to reach an agreement on funding the federal government in that package, president trump is asking congress for $5 billion for construction of a wall along the u.s.-mexico border. follow live house coverage next week here on c-span. earlier today, president trump signed a new trade deal with canada and mexico at the g-20 summit in benosarries. it now replaces nafta signed in 1994. here's a look. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. the president of the united mexican states. and the prime minister of canada. [applause]


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