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schools and what schools need to do and those sorts of things but you will not see an education voice. you will have commissions and have forces that will not educators. educators need a seat at the table and a voice in this and so far they've not gotten it. we have given it to law enforcement and not loud -- allowed educators to help solve this problem and they need to be intimately involved. they need to be the majority of discussion, not one single person. host: we will have to leave it at that. thank you for your time. we now go to the house rep is in it of [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2019, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties
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and in no event shall debate continue clond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. ruiz, for five minutes. mr. speaker, two names have been lost in months of government shutdowns and threats of national emergencies. had a keen and phillip gomez. those were the children who died in december while in the custody of our federal government. let me tell you about haklene's story and how in the next 48 hours we will take an historic first step to forever change how our nation treats children fleeing violence. she was 7 years old.
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she joined her father in fleeing the extreme dangers and poverty of her village san antonio san cortez in guatemala. together they dreamed of new opportunities, of new safety, of a home free from violence and discrimination where they could build a life and support their loved ones at home. they chose the same destination that asylum seekers, immigrants, and refugees have sought for centuries -- the united states of america. but the conditions i saw at the border patrol facilities where they were held were not worthy of our american ideals. the conditions did not demonstrate respect for the human dignity of the individuals in our federal government's care. look, i'm a doctor. i know what a functioning emergency medical response
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protocol looks like and how it should operate, and this was not. i saw women, infants, toddlers, and the elderly packed and even piled on top of each other. open toilets in crowded cells without any privacy. visibly sick people, children coughing on one another. and i immediately saw that the border patrol agents did not have the resources to respond to a life threatening medical emergency. mr. speaker, let me put this into perspective. i traveled to haiti days after the devastating 2010 earthquake where i served as the medical director of the country's largest camp of internally displaced people. the conditions i i saw at the new mexico border patrol facilities were worse than those i saw in haiti. the most impoverished country in the western hemisphere. after their most challenging and devastating disaster.
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here we're, the greatest nation on our planet, and we're put ping children in cages and denying -- putting children in cages and denying them access to food, water, and private toilet. then and there committed myself to creating humanitarian w
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real solutions not empty promises that will save the lives of children at the border. i introduced legislation that makes it clear congress expects c.b.p. to implement three crucial reforms as soon as possible. first, provide meaningful medical examinations of individuals entering our borders. a basic physical exam would have shown warning signs of jakelin's septic shock and most probably save her life. a child who dies from septic shock does not look normal eight hours beforehand. to respond to life threatening emergencies. when medical these are straightforward reforms. they move us closer to a system that's safe, humane and aligns with our fundamental ideals as americans. our work is not done. but we have reached an important milestone. wrer beginning to address the humanitarian crisis at our
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border. not with rhetoric and political showboating or grandstanding but with real lifesaving solutions. this week we will not pass a bill that averts a government shutdown, we will pass a bill that provides funding for and holds c.b.p. accountable to implementing the humanitarian standards, including in my legislation, h.con.res 17. . these will help restore our legacy as a nation that recognizes the dignity and fundamental rights of every human being. so, mr. speaker, i'll speak the names of those two children again. illip gomez alons zoe, jakelin caal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker.
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mr. speaker, this week i had the honor of meeting with a pennsylvania national guard associations which is solely dedicated to more than 19,000 guard members and more than 67,000 guard veterans and their families. national guard is an essential element of the united states military. founded in 1636 as a citizen force organized to protect families and towns from hostile attacks, today's national guard soldiers holds civilian jobs or attend college while maintaining their military training. always ready to defend the american way of life in the event of an emergency. the mission of the pennsylvania national guard is to ensure the pennsylvania national guard is fully funded, manned, equipped, and trained to perform their federal and state missions. that also includes ensuring that members and veterans have the benefits that they have earned. mr. speaker, the pennsylvania national guard mostly hails from the commonwealth and they
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are prepared to serve the nation at a moment's notice. in fact, pennsylvania guard personnel provided extraordinary support to areas affected by the disastrous 2018 hurricane season. they offered aviation support, restored lines of communication, and lent a helping hand to the fellow americans in their time of need. more than 1,000 guard members assisted in the domestic operations including snowstorms and funds. in 2018, guard members were deployed throughout the world in support of operations. they also participated in training events at home and abroad to enhance readiness. as part of the its federal mission, approximately 1,000 pennsylvania national guard personnel deployed throughout the world in 2018, in support of operations including operation spartan shield, operation freedom sentinal, admissions and support of the u.s. air force's central command, air force special
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operations command, and nato. mr. speaker, i had the opportunity to visit members of the guard's 28th infantry division over the thanksgiving holiday. led a could he dell -- codel last november where we saw members deployed in support of operation spartan shield. the service members that we visited while serving honorably overseas were also serving in one of the army's most historic units. the 28th infantry division is one of the oldies continuing serving division in the united states army. in 1918 it earned its nickname iron division, fighting during world war i. 100 years later the same division continues to defend freedom and liberty around the world. since the attacks on 9/11, more than 35,000 pennsylvania a national guard members have deployed overseas. in fact, pennsylvania's fort indian town gap is the busiest army national guard training
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center in the nation. the pennsylvania national guard is also home to the 56th brigade combat team which is one of the army's nine striker ably gade -- brigade combat teams. this is a team my son, logan, belonged to when he was national guard before he went to active duty. it is the only national guard striker brigade in the united states army. mr. speaker, the pennsylvania national guard continues to serve the commonwealth and the nation with pride and distinction. i look forward to its continued success. i thank all of our citizen soldiers past and friend present for their service. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new hampshire, mr. pappas, for five minutes. mr. pappas: thank you, mr. speaker. recently i spent the day in the mount washington valley with local businesses, hearing from small business owners about the challenges they face. i met with the owners of white mountain puzzles, a second generation family business, that produces 1.6 million made
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in the u.s.a. puzzles a year and sells them all over the world. later in the day i stopped by lieu pine pet, another terrific locally own business that sells durable pet collars. in keeping with our proud live free or die tradition in the granite state, we pay no sales taxes on goods and services. these are two of the many small business that is have thrived under the rules of the road of our state's economy. unfortunately, a recent supreme court decision is casting a dark shadow over these entrepreneurs. it's threatening those who have brick and mortar operations in our state and make a living selling to online sales to customers across the street and around the world. mr. speaker, in june of 2018, the supreme court upended decades of precedent. in its decision in the way fair case, the court ruled that a jurisdiction may legally impose sales taxes on customers or sellers that don't have a physical presence within that jurisdiction's borders. unfortunately, states across
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the country are now rushing to capitalize on this new taxing power to the detriment of businesses in new hampshire that don't impose sales taxes on consumers and aren't prepared to collect them. ultimately the way fair decision could force untold numbers of fall retailers in my state to stop doing business all together over the internet. that's a possibility that should alarm every american. we should be empowering entrepreneurs and innovators. the true driving force of the american economy, not stifling them with burdensome tax collection requirements. here's the bottom line, mr. speaker. businesses in my district should not be punished simply for using the internet to reach their customer base. clearly the time has come for congress to act. and there are commonsense steps that members of both parties should embrace, regardless of the tax laws in the states that we represent. first and foremost, we should prevent sales taxes from being imposed retroactively. we should give businesses enough time to understand this court decision. as a business owner myself, i can tell you how unreasonable
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it is to expect companies to somehow meet this new tax collection obligation at the drop of a hat. a financial burden that they couldn't possibly have anticipated. second, given the high cost and complexity of complying with different sales tax laws, nearly 11,000 jurisdictions, we should create an exception to collection requirements for these small businesses. the great folks at white mountain puzzles have a special talent for creating incredible jigsaw puzzles. not for navigating complex unique sales tax rules from every state and municipality in america. dave and scott and lieu pine pet don't have a legal department or accountants to assist them in collecting and remitting the right amounts. they say the cost of compliance, including the software solution for their small business, adds up to at least $5,000 a year. let's give them and millions of other small business owners a well deserved break. let's give them the protections that they deserve. mr. speaker, e-commerce is an american success story. online sales have created
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millions of jobs and they onnect americans from coast to coast. internet retailers give rural america the opportunity to participate more fully in our country's economic success. let's give these online sellers, including hundreds of small businesses in the granite state, the support and the certainty they deserve to continue to grow and prosper. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. herd, for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. those who answered the call to our country can be found across the 23rd district of texas. mr. hurd: my team chris crossed the 29 counties i represent and heard from 23 of our nation's heroes. whose stories will be preserved for generations to come through the library of congress' veterans history project. from those who just finished serving in the military to veterans of the vietnam war anti-second world war, these
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men stood in the trenches overseas, flew aircraft over nazi germany, and put themselves in harm's way to protect our nation from threats across the globe from the access powers -- actioncies powers to isis. they ambed the way for today's service members who keep us safe every day. thank you to the library of congress for preserving these stories so that we can learn about our past and teach future generations the value selfless service. thank you to all who have served. god bless these united states of america. . mr. speaker, i also rise today to celebrate the outstanding achievement of the san antonio christian school's swim teams for winning both the girls and boys texas association division ii state championships last week. this achievement is truly a testament to their dedicated work ethic and incredible talents. what a fantastic way to end an
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undefeated season. hard work and practice paid off. your parents, your peers, and your community are proud of you. included in this group is a former intern of mine, a gifted athlete and rising star, michael o'brien of san antonio, texas. well done, michael. enjoy these great moments. you'll treasure them for the rest of your lives and, go, lions. mr. speaker, in 2019, there are more women serving in congress than any other point in american history. this is a tremendous achievement for our nation and a trend i hope will continue because while women are half the population, they still make up less than a quarter of my congressional colleagues. i rise today to recognize an organization that is doing critical work to bridge this gap. since its inception in 2007, running start has trained over 10,000 young women to run for office. i'm proud to be a congressional co-chair of running start because our elected leaders
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must better reflect the makeup of our country. with all the problems we face as a nation, the only way we are going to solve them is by working together, and that will require including more women in the conversation. running start is training that next generation of women leaders who will do just that. i hope my colleagues will join me in supporting this incredible young -- the young women in running start's network and encourage young women in their lives and in our lives to never let anyone tell them they aren't capable of running for office. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the ntleman from illinois, mr. casten, for five minutes. no more : there is risk than climate change. for the sake of our very survival, i urge my colleagues
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to put aside their concerns about how our party leaders our our base will judge us. all that truly matters is how our grandchildren will judge us. there are those who claim they don't believe in climate change. those doubters deserve no more of our time or attention than those who don't believe in gravity. science doesn't care. there are those who claim we can't make progress until we have a new occupant in the white house and a democratic majority in the senate. for those i say we have no time to wait. two years of inaction is two years we can never get back. we in this body need to be tackling climate change now and we need to start by talking about it differently. not as an unproven scientific theory, not as a political inconvenience and not as a job killer. it's an economic opportunity. action on climate change can be the path to making the u.s. more globally competitive. and i don't speak on this floor today as a theorist. from 2000 to 2016, i built multiple companies with missions to profitably reduce greenhouse gas emissions. my colleagues and i made u.s. manufacturers more competitive
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by reducing their energy expenses. we built more than 80 projects, $3 million of capital investment. i can say three things with certainty. one, there are no thermodynamic barriers to drastically reducing co-2 emissions. there are a lot of legal barriers to profitably reducing greenhouse gas emissions and this gives us an opportunity because while we can't change the laws of thermodynamics and we can't change the laws of economics, we can change the laws of the united states. and we don't need to reinvent the wheel. switzerland, germany, denmark, they use half of energy we do per g.d.p. they have the same access to talent and capital but they use half as much energy. if all we do is copy them we can cut co-2 emissions by 50%. i think we can do better. 2007 congress tried and failed to pass the lieberman-warner
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climate bill which was seen by some by being too ambitious because it caught to cut u.s. electric sector emissions by 17%. it didn't pass and there was a powerful senator who said at the time the bill would drastically increase energy costs and cost millions of american jobs all for no environmental gain. as warner wolf says, let's go to the videotape. co-2 emissions are down by 25% per megawatt hour and real prices are down by 4% over the last decade. just imagine what we could have done if we tried. so why did emissions fall? because of economics. we have gradually been building cleaner, efficient power plants and once those plants are built they run more than the older, less efficient plants because here's the little secret, businesses like to make money and you make more money if you spend less on fuel. mr. speaker if my colleagues take nothing else away from this speech, i hope they will understand that point. everything we do to make our economy less dependent on expensive fossil fuel, lower
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co-2 emissions and makes our businesses more profitable, protects american jobs and makes our citizens wealthier. so let me take this opportunity to speak to those who don't believe the science and to those who believe the science but think a warmer world is a good thing. keep your beliefs. hold on to them. all i am asking is that you be greedy. greedy for america, as our president has boasted, because if you are greedy you will work with me to see co-2 reduction as an opportunity as cost reduction and profit maximumization. i mentioned that the primary barrier to co-2 emissions is for u.s. laws. that doesn't mean they have been written to those with bad intent. many of those had negative intentional consequences. tax code cause capital to flow technologies. well-intentioned social policies obscure the true cost of fossil fuels, distorting capital markets away from cheaper alternatives.
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but that's great news because we can fix all of those things. so let's make u.s. manufacturers more competitive. let's help them cut costs. energy costs. let's protect u.s. jobs and let's make our energy system more resilience and let's lower co-2 emissions. now, i think that's pretty bipartisan. as i go to work on the select committee on the climate crisis i will be working to writing and introducing legislation and i look forward to hearing all the great ideas from my colleagues in this body because i don't claim to have all the answers but i know that we do. but for goodness sake, let's not wait. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from nebraska, mr. bacon, for five minutes. mr. bacon: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of judge william mark ashford, the fourth judicial court of nebraska, known for his jovial smile, gregarious nature, and being a fearless voice for justice. february 14 marks what would have been his 67th birthday. his untimely passing is a great loss for his family, friends, for the people of our community
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whom he served with the highest level of commitment, integrity, and honor. appointed to the bench in 1988, judge ashford's work ethic and uncompromising professional integrity quickly garnered the respect of most and ruffled the feathers of some. armed with a sharp mind and even a sharper focus on the wanted e helped, he transparency in and outside the courtroom. the power of justice will continue to serve as an nyielding example. judge ashford's work with the young adult treatment center a veteran hing court will be sorely missed. according to a newspaper, ashford felt a calling to oversee veterans' court because his father was a world war ii
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pilot. i extend my deepest condolences to his friends, family members, especially his wife, deb ashford, son steven and sam, stepsons keith, christopher, kent, and his brothers, brent and carl ashford. mr. speaker, i rise today on the occasion of the african-american history month to recognize two key figures in nebraska history, will brown and george smith, both murdered by lynching at the hands of lawless mobs. this is not a past nebraskans are proud of, but the story we must continue to tell so we never forget them or allow acts of hate like these ever to be repeated. nearly 100 years ago in the summer of 1919, black people were killed in violent race riots occurring across the country. omaha, nebraska, was not immune during that red summer and regrettably became known for one of the most heinous acts of hate and racial violence in american history. according to research, the destructive flames of hatred and racism at the time were fanned by a series of
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politically motivated articles published in newspapers like the "omaha bee." the promotion of racial prejudice, the reverend john williams, the first president of the local chapter of the naacp, and minister of the episcopal church, called on the bee to stop their propaganda. a ralk us crowd of more than 4,000 emboldened by the destructive rhetoric grew violent and set fire to the douglas county courthouse. when the mayor tried to calm the crowd, he was assaulted and nearly killed by the mob before being rescued by local law enforcement. without a trial, they seized mr. brown who had been accused of rape and robbery, despite his explanations of innocence and physical evidence of his claim, his body was murdered. his body at the raided through the streets. george smith, 28 years in 1891,
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he was accused of raping a young girl despite having a valid alibi and witnesses who attested to his innocence. again, unchecked hatred fueled this unjustified lynching without any judicial process. we can begin to speak truthfully about this difficult history so that reconciliation can be achieved. it also allows us to honor the inspirational leaders who rise up to promote equality and eradicate racial subjew gation. the work of the naacp was tremendously effective in awakening the nation to the urgency of stopping lynching. today in my community, a coalition has been formed called the omaha community council for racial justice and reconciliation to memorial call of lynching and i on all who hear these words to stand against hate, injustice whenever and wherever it may be found. we must make sure these don't occur and the legends of will
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brown and george smith's deaths are never fore gonte. we must respect life, liberty and the rule of law. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. rose, for five minutes. mr. rose: thank you. mr. speaker, i rise today to say that i was proud to vote for h.j.res. 37 and stand in opposition to continued u.s. engagement in hostilities in yemen as yet undeclared by congress. however, this is just the first step in addressing just how far astray we've gone when it comes to yemen and our foreign policy more broadly. let's be clear. the crisis unfolding in yemen right now is a consequence and the responsibility of actions by both republican and democratic administrations. we took a low level conflict
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and we put it on steroids. we took a regional issue and we turned it to -- into the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world. and for what? we started supporting the anti-houthi coalition because we didn't want iran to expand its influence and here we are. the houthis are closer than ever to tehran, and they're launching iranian-made missiles at riyadh. i thought we were doing -- done doing dumb stuff. on top of all of this, the president compounded this humanitarian crisis by implementing a travel ban, which left the families of american citizens strand stranded in a war -- stranded in a war zone that we helped create. i represent one of the largest yemeni american communities in the united states. i have hundreds of families in my district, staten island and south brooklyn, who wore bee their husbands, their wives --
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who worry about their husbands, their wives, their children, their parents, who only want to be reunited with them in the united states. now, many families have told me that they can apply for a waiver, which somehow makes this unconstitutional -- excuse me -- constitutional, but not a single person from the secretary of state on down can tell me how my constituents can actually get the waivers that their family members so desperately need. we still don't know. look. nobody cares about cares about national security more than me, but this isn't it. we are one of the most powerful country in the world and we've trapped my constituents' loved ones in a war zone with no answers for how they can get out of there. how does this make us more safe? it's time we have a clear-eyed look at how we conduct our foreign policy. and more importantly, how we decide to use military force in
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the first place. this resolution is just one step in the right direction. thank you. i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kentucky, mr. comer, for five minutes. . mr. comer: mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate supreme court justice bill cunningham fromlyon county of the first district of kentucky on his upcoming prirmente from the kentucky supreme court. after serving in the united states army, bill cunningham was the city attorney, the public defender for the kentucky state penitentiary, and commonwealth's attorney for the 56 judicial district. he then served on the bench as a circuit judge for 15 years before his election to the kentucky supreme court in 2006. as an avid writer, bill cunningham documented important parts of kentucky's history in his books.
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through his writings and life as a concerned citizen, he sought improved race relations and minority representation on juries. justice cunningham evidently passed his passion for public service on to his son, congressman joe cunningham of south carolina. i am proud to o serve alongside congressman cunningham and look forward to working with him to promote bipartisan legislation in the 116th congress. as justice cunningham begins the next phase of his life, i join with the people of western kentucky to express our gratitude for his lifetime of public service to the commonwealth of kentucky. i yield back the balance of my time. he speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman. the chair recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, mr. cunningham, for five minutes. mr. cunningham: thank you, mr. speaker. i, too, rise today to call attention along with congressman jamie combtory one of kentucky's most fearless,
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tireless public servants who recently retired from the commonwealth's highest court at the beginning of this month. who is my father, justice bill cunningham. he began his long and distinguished career by serving as a j.a.g. officer in the u.s. army during the vietnam war, serving in germany, vietnam, and korea. he returned home to serve later as the city attorney, then the public defender, and then the prosecutor followed by circuit court judge all before being elected to kentucky's highest court, the kentucky supreme court, where he's been a justice for the last 12 years. his skills in the courtroom were not just limited to the courtroom. growing up the youngest of five unruly boys, we found he brought those skills home with him. i recall one time when three of my older brothers came home late past curfew with the smell of alcohol. their stories did not jimb with
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one another. he immediately see questered each brother in three separate rooms and went from room to room interrogating each of them. only to find out their story of a flat tire fell apart very quickly when they could not decide which tire was flat and who fixed it. he acted as the judge, jury, and the executioner of our household in disciplining five boys. i recall one time being disciplined at school for fighting and i came home, my father told me, if you are in trouble at school, you are in trouble at home. he took a 25-pound weight, put it in a backpack, and made me carry that backpack around with me everywhere i went, to school, back from school, to home with the message that if i was going to be a weight on him, he was going to put a weight on me. no doubt such behavior would probably call attention to child services these days. he's the bastion of public service. he's the example of integrity.
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and last but not least, he's my hero. thank you, dad, for all of your hard work, for leading by example. he treated every single person with dignity and with respect. even today when he he goes inside the walls of kentucky state penitentiary, the maximum security pen textry -- penitentiary, he walks around in the yard, people approach him, people he's prosecuted, people he has sentenced to the penitentiary, and they come up and want to shake his hand because he treated every single person with dignity and with respect. i want to thank my father, justice bill cunningham, for making this world a better one. to my mother, who will be the beneficiary to all his newfound and free time, i wish to say to her, good luck. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. speaker, k:
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bucks county, pennsylvania is home to some of the most thoughtful and compassionate people in the nation. this was on full display earlier this month when parents and students from the howard hirsch religious school at congregation brothers of israel had a reception for first responders called hearts for our heroes. held at the newtown township building, first responders in attendance received letters of appreciation and cookies for their service and their sacrifice. students also sang a song of gratitude to the heros in our community. i would like to honor several people, mr. speaker, who played a pivotal role in ensuring that our community's first responders received the recognition they deserve. joan hirsch, congregation brothers of israel religious school director, and janet and amy, who co-chaired the congregation's caring committee, as well as rabbi aaron gaber. i would also like to extend my
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sincere gratitude to all first responders in new tennesseeship and bucks county for all they do to keep us safe. -- newtown township and bucks county for all they do to keep us safe. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the remarkable career of a public servant in bucks county, pennsylvania, who will be retiring at the end of the term. judge ray boilin, a resident of hill town, has spent 0 years on the bench and the most tenured member of the bucks county court of common pleas. in her years of service, she's worked in the public defender's office, the office of the district attorney, and also was bucks county controller before her judgeship. throughout her tenure, she has been known as a fair judge who is not afraid to hold people accountable and always seeks to rehabilitate those in need. notably, her work with juveniles and those struggling with addiction truly embodies her dedication to both justice
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and fairness. i wish judge boylin all the best in her retirement and i speak on behalf of all bucks county i when we thank her holeheartedly for her service. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate north penn high school swimming coach for being pennsylvania coach of the year for girls swimming and diving during the 2017-2018 school year. the national federation of state high school associations awards coaches who exemplify the high standards of sportsmanship, ethical and moral character, and received the endorsement of their state high school association. last fall the north penn school swim team won the state championship. under john's leadership has competed in seven state championship meets. mr. speaker, we congratulate
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john for receiving this honor and all the athletes of the north penn girls swim team for their outstanding achievements. we wish them all continued success in their future endeavors. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from alabama, mr. brooks, for five minutes. mr. speaker, in fiscal year 2018 more than 2,000 illegal aliens were apprehended by federal agents for homicides committed on american soil. in addition, over 70,000 americans are killed each year by poisonous drugs, much of which is shipped illegally into
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america across our pourous southern border by illegal aliens, ms-13, and other drug cartels. stronger border security, which must include wall construction, will save thousands of american lives each year. unfortunately, in the worst betrayal of america in history, socialist democrats motivated by a lufment. st for political power, selfishly elevate illegal aliens over american citizens because illegal alien families overwhelmingly rely on welfare, thus making them highly reliable democrat voters who elect socialist democrat politicians by deluding the votes of american -- diluting the votes of american citizens. as much as socialist democrats refuse to protect american lives from illegal alien homicides, drug deaths, and
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america's porous southern border, i urge president trump to secure our borders and build the wall under existing law and presidential powers. for example, title x, section 284 of the united states code empowers presidents to order america's military to assist federal drug and law enforcement agencies in the fight against drug and transnational organized crime. pursuant to this law, the president may delay active military and national guard troops to establish and operate bases of operations, detect and monitor surface traffic in mexico, and in the united states within 25 miles of the southern border, construct roads, fences, barriers, and lighting to block drug smuggling corridors across the southern border, and use ariel and ground reconnaissance.
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for emphasis, this federal law empowers president trump to order america's military to construct walls and barriers to block drug smuggling corridors with the side benefit of stopping illegal aliens. mr. speaker, another example of existing presidential authority is the power to declare a national emergency and divert congressionally appropriated money to border security and wall construction. america invaded iraq and afghanistan based on 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed roughly 3,000 people. in response, america spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of lives in military actions in iraq and afghanistan. while 9/11 was horrific, 9/11 deaths pail -- pale in comparison to hundreds of
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thousands of americans who are dead or will die over the years because of illegal alien homicides and overdoses caused by deadly drugs shipped across america's porous southern border. for emphasis, a minimum of 50 americans die each day we delay securing our southern border. that is a minimum of 15,000 dead americans each year. that death rate easily justifies a presidential declaration of a national emergency. in fact, not one of the 58 national emergencies declared by a president since 1979 is supported by our worst death rate or threat to america and american lives. mr. speaker, an extraordinarily weak and conflicted congress is of no help. worse yet, this congress is a hindrance. as such, i urge president trump
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as america's commander in chief to invoke title x united states code section 284, declare a national emergency, and use every other authority, statutorily and actually he poe sests to -- constitutionally he possesses to secure our southern boarder, build the wall enand protect and save america's lives. america's military protects the borders and lives in south korea, iraq, syria, afghanistan, and many other countries. america and americans deserve no less protection. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i ask
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one question today, what happened to the democrat party? democrats up until just recently were a lot closer to the middle. take john f. kennedy for example who ordered -- who argued in favor of supply side economics, fought for tax cuts, and personal responsibility. bill clinton and dianne feinstein are recorded decrying rapid and illegal immigration. bill clinton described policies on abortion as safe, legal, and rare. even as recent as last decade, barack obama attacked companies for hiring illegal aliens. but something new is emerging from their ranks, dangerous, extremist ideas are becoming the new normal on the left side of the aisle. let's begin with infanticide. are determines truly accepting killing babies outside the womb now? a democrat head of state last month casually defended it on a radio station broadcasting in the nation's capital. he explained to listeners that
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an infant already delivered would be kept comfortable while a mother and a doctor discussed letting the child die. when pressed for clarification, he explained that the scenario he envisioned involved a baby with deformities. assuming he meant something like down syndrome or something similar, this is an outrageous claim. if you go and ask people with down syndrome, they think their life is worth living. and i couldn't agree more. . if that's not sitting well with you right now we are just getting started -- i should say they are just getting started. how about the newly unveiled green new deal? this mass overhaul of the economy was reportedly drafted .y a single weekend they are hoping to eliminate air travel.
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eliminate 99% of cars. eliminate nuclear energy. ban affordable energies like natural gas. one of the authors of the green new deal laments we're sure -- we aren't sure we'll be able to ly get rid of flatulatting cows. of course, that's been pulled off their web fight following the appropriate national response. but don't worry, the authors tell us, if passed into law the -- we will have free education for life, a house, healthy food for all americans. how about the various proposals to get free health care for everyone? the most popular one of these, medicare for all, was introduced by self-described socialist and has received enthusiastic endorsement of 2020 democrat presidential candidates. now, cautious estimates of the cost of sanders' plan started at $36.2 trillion over the next
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10 years. even if we implement the most aggressive tax plan to seize and redistribute wealth, the hard-earned work of some americans, we only raise $720 billion over 10 years or 2% of what medicare for all will cost. and keep in mind, our revenue for the entire united states over that same period will only be approximately $40 trillion unless, of course, this bill passed and we tail spin toward a second great depression. democrats have abandoned all reason in the immigration debate as well. we're witnessing democrat officials offering homes, voting rights, welfare, taxpayer-funded education to anyone and everyone who's able to sneak in to the interior of the united states. it's been estimated that each illegal border crosser is a net fiscal burden of $74,722 to the united states. and that's before all the goodies i mentioned previously
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are added. moreover, we have one primary agency in charge of identifying and apprehending illegal aliens who go on to commit other crimes. immigration and customs enforcement and democrat officials are demanding we eliminate them. instead, they tell us, to give everyone amnesty, something estimated to cost taxpayers another $2 trillion. with all the free programs available to illegal aliens in the united states, it's no wonder they're flooding over the southern border. according to the white house, 400,000 migrants are apprehended, attempting to illegally enter the united states in f.y. 2018 alone. along the way, reports from nonpartisan organizations state that one in three women are sexually assaulted on the trip north. they also have to pass through something called the route of death. do we really want to incentivize people to make this
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trek? a wall and a crackdown on illegal immigration would surely disincentivize migrants and save lives. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. yoho, for five minutes. mr. yoho: thank you, mr. speaker. today i'd like to honor the memory of a friend, a man from ocala, florida, a man i consider a friend of mine, mr. al dunlap. i had the pleasure of meeting mr. dunlap at a charity event in my district where he and his wife, judy, of 50 years were providing scholarships for local schoolchildren. a self-described nothing kid from the slums of hoboken, new jersey, he was a tough guy, a shrewd businessman known around the world, but a man with a big heart. mr. dunlap earned a degree in engineering at the united states military academy at west point and served our nation in
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the u.s. army. he went on to lead many successful businesses around the world and had dined with kings and queens and just wealthy people around the world. mr. dunlap, he moved his work down to the ocala, florida, area where i live, but it's not his work in the business world that he will be most remembered for. mr. dunlap was an important part of his community and was always there to lend a helping hand to his friends, his neighbors and to his community. he supported my rival university in our state, florida state university, to the tune of over $40 million. and we always had fun ribbing each other about the gators and seminoles. during his lifetime, mr. dunlap's kindless and selflessness of he and his wife, judy, touched many lives and he will be greatly missed. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back.
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mr. yoho: reserve. sorry. i have two more. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor a man who was a pillar in our community and in the agricultural community. mr. merle hein. i've known mr. hines, merle, i knew him before i became a veterinarian, and was able to work on their family farm. he and the rest of the hines family had a profound impact on my professional career as large animal veterinarian but also as a person. the hines family farm is a generational farm that goes back to the 1850's. and today the family are the cornerstone of the gilchrest community. when you look at farm families in america, they're the salt of the earth. mr. hines and his family were those people. they were the salt of the earth. they would do anything for you at anytime, anywhere, anyday and ask nothing for you in return. some of my earliest memories as veterinarian, not out of
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school, is with their family. i joined the family for lunch where there is no shortage of home made biscuits by his wife, ms. betty jo. jokes ran wild and we always had a great time answered was the pillar of the family, the patriarch. one thing mr. merle was, no shortage of a work ethic in a man and i saw him working cattle up into his 80's every day from morning until night. he was -- said he retired but would show up at 7:30 and work until 9:00 at night. despite quiting school at the age of 13, mr. merle had more common sense and business acumen than most that go all the way through college. his successfully grew watermelons, tobacco, grass, cattle and grew his father's cattle operation beyond what others said couldn't be done. mr. merle knew, according to the criptures in psalm, that the lord had no need for a bull
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or a goat. for every beast of the forest was his. as were all the cattle on a thousand hills, merle himself sure knew what it was like to have that many cows. but seriously, he was a proud caretaker of the lord's land and a man of conviction and faith. just last year he was presented the conservation stewardship award for his work in the best farming practices. to him, recognition and awards weren't necessary. he just always did what was right. he was in every sense of the word a true cowboy, a vice-like grip hand, an easy smile, a man of great faith but a few words. he was a family man, married to his wife betty jo for over 70 years and an example to us all when it came to family, work, and common sense, giving back and ultimately the life. it's my honor to have known him and worked beside him and to have shared so many memories with you and the rest of the hines family over the years.
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mr. speaker, in honor of my friend and mentor, mr. merle hines, i'd like to close with a cowboy's prayer. heavenly father, i pause mindful of the many blessings you have bestowed upon me. i ask that you will guide me in my life, help me, lord, to live my life in such a manner that when i make that last ride to the country up there where the grass grows lush and water runs cool, that you'll take me by the hand and say, welcome home, cowboy. amen. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today.
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>> here on c-span. right now we're going to take you live to the funeral service for late representative john dingell of michigan. at the podium is john lewis speaking to -- speaking to folks at holy trinity church in georgetown. mr. lewis: use our power, not to advance our own ambition, but to serve. my beloved brothers and .isters, let me say again thank you for holding

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