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that our current system imposes is norma's and we can do better. are 29ot forget there million people who remain uninsured at this time. people are underinsured meeting they have insurance but there co-pays and deductibles are so large they can afford to get the care they need. that is not a sustainable system. the funny thing about this when it comes to cost is that it is often stated we cannot afford a single-payer system yet the united states has a uniquely expensive health-care system and we have a single-payer system. places that have a single-payer system spend much less than us. there is a paradox that is confusing. it is true that health care is expensive but we all need it. there is no long-term coverage in this country essentially except for medicaid which requires you to essentially become impoverished before you can have access to it. that is not a good system. yes health care is
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>> you can find this and other conversations from "-- "washington journal" online. members will begin debate today on bills dealing with radioactive waste, including waste from uranium mills and a measure on energy efficiency in schools. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. march 5, 2019. i hereby appoint the honorable ted lieu to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the president of the united states. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i am directed by the president of the united states to deliver to the house of representatives a message in writing.
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the speaker pro 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 and in no event shall debate continue beyond 1:50 p.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arkansas, mr. ill, for five minutes. i thank the speaker for the time. mr. speaker, in recent weeks it's been sad to read that a judicial nominee, brian bisher from nebraska has been targeted for his membership in the knights of columbus as a part of his senate judiciary
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committee's review. the assertion of being a catholic and knights of columbus would prevent him from properly and effectively serving our nation is preposterous. religion should not be a factor when measuring someone's ability to serve their country. i re mind senators that our constitution in article 6 states no religious test shall ever be required of the qualification to any office or public trust under the united states, close quote. the knights of columbus was originally founded over 120 years ago as a society for working class and immigrant catholics and is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity, and fraternity. as a catholic my faith plays a significant role in every aspect of life and fosters a respect for the religious rights and freedoms of others. i was encourage canned to see last month that the senate unanimously passed a resolution confirming that membership in a
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religious organization does not make a person unfit for public office. fundamental american values among which are commitments to religious freedom and human rights will always be the cornerstones of u.s. domestic and foreign policy. i'll continue to advocate for the rights of individuals to express their feelings without living in fear of violence and persecution. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize mathew, a double amputee arm yvette for his remarkable service to our country and for welcoming him to his new home in little rock, arkansas. in 2007 during deployment to iraq matt and his unit encountered an i.e.d. which exploded under his humvee. matt lost both his he legs, shrapnel tore through his ribs,
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he received the purple heart for his injuries and was medically retired. 2013 marked the start of a downward spiral for matt. after losing his grandmother and his dad, a man who stood by his side throughout the entire recovery process. matt came to arkansas seeking more than just help, he needed a community. today central arkansas community groups, veteran support organizations, and our v.a. hospital are helping matt p restart his life. he's seeking proper treatment for his ptsd and acts as a spokesman for our second congressional district veterans group, we're the 22, which offers assurance and hope for veterans who are considering suicide. matt's sacrifice for arkansas and america will never be forgotten and i join all arkansans in a heartfelt welcome to his new house in north little rock.
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mr. speaker, i rise today to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in venezuela. and the ineffective, inhumane, and irresponsible actions of the maduro government. for years venezuelans united socialist party has pushed a once prosperous nation towards desperate poverty and open tyranny. today in venezuela, maduro celebrates while his people eat garbage. and for p too long the author tating regime has acted without accountability. water sanitation is nonexistent and hospitals stand without power or medicine. the results, mr. speaker, of 20 years of irresponsible socialism under the chavez and maduro regimes. all this while 200 tons of u.s. food and medical assistance sit
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unused at the venezuelan -colombian border. blocked by maduro from entering the country. i stand with the organization of american states and over 50 countries with interim president juan guido and call on maduro to step down so that humanitarian aide can can flow to the venezuelan people who are sick, starving, and scared. all americans stand with venezuelan who is want their republic back. they want their rights back. they want their freedom back. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. rose, for five minutes. thank you, mr.
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speaker. i rise today to urge my colleagues to support the lobbyist loophole closure act. this bill will close a loophole that lobbyists on both sides of the aisle, and they are lobbyists, have been taking advantage of for far too long. they have been using it to skirt disclosure under the guise of just providing strategy guidance for billion dollar corporations. when i go back to staten island in south brooklyn, they see right through this. they see it for what it is. people getting over on the system, on the backs of hardworking americans. and they are tired of it. and it's time that we do our job here in the halls of congress to end this. this is the way our job should work because for far too long we have been allowing lobbyists on both sides of the aisle to undermine this process and keep our constituents in the dark.
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just look at this, ok. on both sides of the aisle we have seen this in my own party, former senate majority leader tom daschle, quote, he laid the blueprint for the shadow lobbying industry. he did work that looks, smells, and tastes a lot like lobbying, but the public was in the dark. he earned millions advising health care clients and others how to navigate congress without registering as a lobbyist. on the republican side, the president's former lawyer, the infamous michael cohen, getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for providing strategic guidance to corporations when in truth it was providing access to the president without ever registering as a lobbyist. again, used his ties to the president to land consulting agreements. seek secretly hired to work on the same issues their lobbyists
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were already there to work on. was paid millions of dollars to influence administration policy without once registering as a lobbyist. folks, this is corruption. ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake, this is corruption. no matter if you are a democrat, if you are a republican, if you are an independent we all see for what it is. ow, this is why h.r. 1 is such an essential step. i applaud my democratic colleagues for putting a bold anti-corruption bill on the floor of the house this week in which the lobbyists disclosure act will be a part of it. we have got to take this opportunity and push the fall forward because for the last four years the american people have within voting for change -- been voting for change. the republicans called the draining the swamp. the democrats called it anti-corruption. the american people are united against the american political
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class. they are united against the d.c. political class. we got to do something about it because if it looks like a lobbyist, if it talks like a lobbyist, if it acts like a lobbyist, ladies and gentlemen, let's call it a lobbyist. let's disclose it and regulate it as such. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from nebraska, mr. smith, for five minutes. mr. smith: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to commemorate the 157th anniversary of the homestead act passing the house of representatives. the homestead act was instrumental in bringing settlers to the midwest and forming the state of nebraska as it allowed any qualified person to claim up to 160 acres of federally owned land in exchange for five years of living on and improving the property. homestead national monument, which is located in nebraska's third congressional district, commemorates this law. unfortunately, the name of this
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facility does not represent its cultural and historical value as many tourists show up looking for a physical monument rather than a park, which would more accurately describe it. for this reason, and at the request of local communities, i introduce add bill on thursday, february 28, the anniversary to reclassify homestead national monument as a national historical park. i ask my colleagues to support this bill in order to maximize its value in terms of education, tourism, and economic development for the surrounding community as it commemorates an important event in our nation's history. thank you, mr. speaker. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. gaetz, for five minutes. mr. gaetz: thank you, mr. speaker. i come to the floor to remember my good friend and late colleague, representative walter jones. walter jones was someone who deeply cared about this institution and the
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constitutional principles that undergird our service. he was a respected member of the armed services committee where he he was a passionate advocate for military families and against endless senseless wars that seemed too often to have a small percentage of americans bear a disproportionate burden for the decision that is are made by this body and others. walter was a deeply caring individual. he was an encourager when he saw members on the floor, regardless of your seniority or status within the institution, he referred to everyone as chairman. he thought that was a distinction that should be shared and one he used to revere those who he served with. he had friends on the right, left, and in the middle because walter treated everyone with respect and was the ultimate southern gentleman. i will miss his friendship, guidance, his mentorship, and this institution and this country will miss the principle served h walter jones
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a democratic package that would create public financing for congressional elections. make election day a national holiday. and create new ethics rules for members of congress. when the house is back in session, live coverage here on c-span. >> watch c-span3 this week for live coverage of key hearings. on wednesday at 10:00 a.m. eastern, homeland security secretary nielsen testifies before the house humanitarian committee about border security.
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at :30 eastern wednesday, the senate armed services committee looks at prevention and response to sexual assault in the military. on thursday, at 10:00 a.m. eastern, senate foreign relations committee hearing on u.s.-venezuela relations with mark green, usaid administer, and elliott abrams, state department special representative for venezuela. t 1:30 supreme court justice alito and kegan on the supreme court budget. watch beginning wednesday live at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span3, c-span.org, or listen on the free c-span radio app. >> up next on c-span, a conversation with labor secretary alex acosta, white house advisor conaway, and jon ernst. national association of

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