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wrong 90% of the time. so we are actually coming up with a better system to cross reference. the current program is incredibly broken. mr. woodall: i guess -- i appreciate the effort folks make to get it right. it seems like, as i read the bill, we're now going to for the first time register voters who are ineligible to vote -- [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] >> the house is gaveling out for recess. they'll be back -- the house is gaveling in from their recess. back for votes. a cowell of votes here -- a couple of votes here. we want to let you know that the rules committee hearing continues live on c-span3 and also online at c-span.org. s and to the speaker's approval of the journal if ordered. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, remaining electronic votes will be conducted as a five-minute vote. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business on the
vote of the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. takano, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1381 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 1381, a bill to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to take actions necessary to ensure that certain individuals may update the burn pit registry with a register's individual -- register individual's cause of death and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. 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.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 416, the nays are zero. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. takano, to suspend the rules and pass senate 49 on which the yeas and nays were ordered the clerk will report the title. the clerk: senate 49. an act to designate the out station of the department of veterans affairs in north ogden, utah, as the major brent taylor vet center outstation.
the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-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.]
the yeas are 417, and nays are zero. the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is 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. and the journal stands approved .
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from nevada seek recognition? ms. titus: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that mr. anthony gonzalez of ohio be removed as a co-sponsor of h.r. 1155 the speaker pro tempore: without objection. so ordered. members, please take conversations off the floor. members, will you please take your conversations off the floor.
members, the house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the committee on judiciary be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 962, the born alive abortion survivors act and ask for its immediate consideration of the house. the speaker pro tempore: under the guidelines as recorded in section 95 of the house rules and man youal, the chair is not request on strained to it. -
for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. payne: madam speaker, i rise today to celebrate the launch of a wonderful new group in my district, the m.s. group of hudson county. it is a progressive immune disorder for people with m.s., the internal systems designed to keep their bodies healthy and wound up are attacking other parts of their body. their immune system eats away at
the protective covering on their nerves. vere cases of m.s. result in vision loss and diminished brain function. nearly a million people in the united states are living with m.s. the m.s. support group of h.u.d. and roup will help support encourage people who are agnosed with m.s. as well as caregivers, families and friends. i'm proud of my constituents to work on behalf. groups like this serve as an important role in society and i'm honored by their commitment to helping one another. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: ask unanimous consent to address the house for
one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. members, please take your conversations off the floor. the house will be in order. . the gentleman is recognized. mr. thompson: saturday kicked off read across america day and national reading month. it celebrates readers, authors and stories annually in march. for the past 20 years, the read across america day is a national celebration that takes place on march 2 which is dr. seus s's birthday. programs bring together kids, teens and books to celebrate reading with young people. the message is clear.
through the magic of books you can be anything and go anywhere. this month makes students excited and engaged in reading. children across the country celebrate read across america and i hope they keep it going for 365 more days. because as the beloved dr. seuss said, the more you read, the more things you'll know, the more things you know, the more places you'll go. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman s recognized for one minute. mr. langevin: madam speaker, we often hear about the immunotherapy revolution. this next frontier is right now extending or saving lives. dr. gupta and his wife two
talented scientists who are on the cutting edge of this research. he's director of brain tumor immunotherapy research and assistant professor at brown university. he's been working as a scientist in the united states since 2002 and he holds numerous patents. despite these achievements, he's been unable to get a green card simply due to the country of his birth, india. for years we have reached the per capita cap on employment-based green cards for india and the current backlog is right now measured in decades. their dream of launching startup but 17 years after moving to this country they still live in uncertainty. madam speaker, that's why i sport the fairness for high-skilled immigration act -- immigrants act. a bill to remove per-country green card caps and treat all immigrants equally. it's the right thing to do for this family and for all americans and their families who
will benefit from their research and greatness of spirit. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i would like to take this time to honor the life and sloifing my good friend, jack barcraft's wife, faith christine barcroft. ms. barcroft resides in gainesville. at the young age of 39 she passed away on february 20, 2019, from glioblsa tombings ma. it's the most common type of brain cancer and almost 200,000 people die from it each year. this number is far too high and it break misheart that my good friend fell victim to it. before and after her dig know sis she was a loving mother, she
always put her family's well being above her own. this family as experienced an immeasurable loss. mr. williams: while we cannot bring faith back we can continue to raise awareness for glioblastoma and the pain it causes family. unfortunately there's no known way to prevent this type of cancer but we must not give up. we must bring attention to this unforgiving diagnosis and pray that one day research will uncover a cure. please keep this loving family if your prayers. may god bless the barcrofts. in god we trust. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania eek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> constituents, democrats, republicans and independents alike have told me they feel our
political system is rigged against working middle class and low-income americans and in many ways they are right. it's rigged by politicians who make it harder to vote. and it's rigged by massive corporations that fund candidates who will give them tax breaks and access to washington. h.r. 1 will move our country forward. it will ensure every american can cast a ballot, end partisan gerrymandering and reduce the influence of the ultra wealthy, corporations and special interests and it will allow us to finally get to work on the issues that matter most to my constituents. creating an economy that works for all, providing health care to all, and combating climate change. as part of this effort, i'm proud to introduce the bill that will help working americans make it to the voting booth. by requiring every state to hold at least 15 days of early voting. this measure will raise turnout and make our elections fairer
and more representative of our people. let's return government to the people. let's pass h.r. 1 right away. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i rise for unanimous consent for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one min. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to honor the first responders who have been working around the clock tirelessly since the recent flooding in tennessee. last week i visited a few counties to see the damage and hear from the local officials firsthand. and the damage to our infrastructure, homes and businesses was substantial. the flooding stranded many tennesseans who had to be rescued by boat. it breaks my heart to see so many lose everything they owned. first responders are out every day, have been since the flooding started. many communities, mayors, in
fact in one community, mayor carol was out on a vote delivering food and water to residents of the county. we're working hard to help these tpians return to normalcy and i hope you join me in keeping everyone affected by the floods in your prayers. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from -- or gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute and rhett heth -- and revise and extend my rashes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. kaptur: i rise in strong opposition to the trump administration's listing of sanctions against russian energy magnate oleg karasofska. we must strengthen sangs not weaken them. russia invaded ukraine and killed more than 10,000 people including civilians. she has seized 24 ukrainian
ilors and not released them, and they interfered in our democratic election process. moved to congress raise costs. yet the administration announced they would lift sanctions. america's first job is to protect liberty. it should not sell off our liberty to billionaires, especially mob bosses who enable cold-blooded murder in ukraine. it does make you wonder, what forces pull the strings of the trump administration? the free world must not be soft on the russian command structure and i look forward to hearing what sanctions the president counter the ill-advised removal of sanctions. i yield back. froipsprurp does the gentleman from washington seek
recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to congratulate karen miller of richland, washington, on her retirement and to honor her 20 years of various to the ratepayer of the benton public utility district n washington state's district. she's been at the forefront of the community's efforts to save our dams, spearheading rallies and events like river fest to celebrate the countless benefits of the colombia and snake river -- columbia and make river dams. mr. newhouse: while i know the group will miss her leadership and friendship i'm confident her service to the community will continue. i wish karen and her husband ken the best as they spend more time
golfing, traveling europe and enjoying time with their beloved grandchildren. congratulations, karen. thank you, mals, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: thank you madam speaker. i rise to wish mrs. jenny walker a happy 100th birthday. it's been a delight getting to know ms. walker and her family since they began splitting their time between homes in greensboro and land harbor in north carolina's fifth district. mrs. walker is a mother of two, grandmother of three, and great grandmother of six. and beloved by all of them. shortly after moving to north carolina, her husband delmer started delta electronic plating company and she went back to school to learn how to keep books and even helped in the plant and driving trucks.
mrs. walker remains an engaged citizen to this day, especially in bridge circles and first baptist church where everyone ejoy -- enjoys her pies. at 100, i hope to be as full of life as mrs. walker and i wish her a wonderful birthday and many, many more to come. i yield back, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise to highlight the new legislation i'm introducing this week, h.r. 1515, the high speed refund act. simply put, california's proposed high speed rail system has been a total disaster that will not meet the legal requirements of a true high speed rail from san francisco to los angeles. mr. lamalfa: the total projected
cost has ballooned to $100 million, tripling what the voters were sold in 2008. the trump administration has already canceled a $929 million grant but i think they should take the entire $3 ppt 5 billion in federal dollars that california is wasting under the act of 2009 10 years ago. that's why my bill, the high speed refund act, would require california to refund all federal funding for high speed rail and repurpose it to highway and transportation project that would actually benefit people and be economically viable. $5 billion has been wasted let's not make it $100 billion. undertaking the project was a huge mistake. i think californians and the other 49 state december serve a refund and channel this money into something that would be more useful for all americans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition?
without objection, the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, 10 years ago, , bill heard chevrolet went to the dustbin of history, replaced by classic chevrolet. they opened on the same lot at southeast u.s. 59 and u.s. 98. mr. olson: don got it rolling, jeff and kit kept it rolling stronger. 10 years, classic made sugarland's -- sugarland and the county better. they've been fully engaged in our community. a few examples, they participate every year in an annual classic chevy chili cookoff, raising
tens of thousands of dollars for first responders. they support local schools, the fort bend education foundation. they support the boy scouts, fort bend boys choir, impact hero for combat wounded veterans and on and on and on. no need ars, they have tofind new -- all roads lead classic chevrolet. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. the clerk: senate 483, an act to enact into law a bill by reference.
the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, is recognized for 6 0 minutes as the designee of the inority leader. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. we are here tonight to honor our . lleague, walter b. jones and i want to thank congressman price for the effort he has put in to making this evening a time for us to honor walter, our esteemed colleague. madam speaker, walter jones will
always be remembered for his dedication to north carolina's 3rd district and steadfast support for our support for our men and women in uniform. i know many of the speakers will talk much more about that this evening, as will i. i would like now to recognize mr. price for his comments. and then, madam speaker, we will be recognizing our colleagues from both sides of the aisle, which is extremely appropriate and particularly in the case of congressman jones. mr. price, you are recognized. mr. price: i thank my colleague for yielding and calling this special order to pay tribute to our departed friend and colleague, walter jones junior. he died on february 10 on his
76th birthday. four years in the north carolina general assembly. four years in the national guard, and nearly a quarter century in this u.s. house of representatives. walter and i met long before either served in the house. we worked together on the jimmy carter campaign in 1976. i have a photo of youthful workers. that was uniquely his own. he found himself at odds with his not one party but the other. he sometimes found possibilities for alliances and corporation in unexpected places and he didn't hesitate to take those places. madam speaker, we are going to hear from a wide range of
colleagues and amazingly diverse group of colleagues that reflects the friendships that walter had in this chamber. that was also reflect the in the delegation that went to greenville for walter's funeral service on february 14. he was an independent man and he just had friends all over the place. now that independence was rooted and it was rooted in walter's strong convictions and sincerity. he stood out in an age in which sincerity sometimes in short supply in our nation's politic, he earned respect on both sides of the aisle. the outpouring is a test ta metropolitan to that fact. much has been said about the personal encounter that walter had with veterans of the iraq
war and the families of those who never returned and how those encounters led him to reassess his policy stances. he september over 10,000 letters to families of fallen troops and foteooves are outside his office. his determined voice for the military and his marines and deep love for his home state of north carolina will be missed in these halls and in the coastal farming and military communities in the 3rd congressional district. we express concxds con doll loanses to his wife and daughter and friends and neighbors and the lives he touched looping the way. and madam speaker, if i may, i would like unanimous consent to insert a couple of additional
tributes in the record, one from his long time staff member and another from representative alma adams. i thank my colleagues. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i thank mr. price for his comments and i would like to recognize mr. amash for his tribute to our good friend, walter jones. r. amodei: thank you, -- >> i can't tell you how saddened i was hearing about the passing of walter jones and what a great loss to this institution. he was one of my closest friends. i wish i spent more time with him. i will be forever grateful for the time i did spend with him.
i'm glad i was able to say good-bye and celebrate his life. i'm pleased to join with my colleagues and friends to do the same. even though he was one of my best friends, he referred to me as chairman. i was chairman of the house liberty caucus and i realized he would call all other people chairman. i asked him about it. he said everyone is chairman of something. well, walter, you were the chairman of kindness, humility, dignity, courage, integrity and honor. walter was one of the best men i knew. a he was dedicated to his faith and the people he represented. walter had a courage and integrity you rarely see in this chairman per.
he never gave up fighting in what he believed in. he wasn't in washington for money, power or fame. he cared about honor and doing the right thing. and he was brave enough to admit he was wrong. you were a great man, walter. you were a good man, chairman. and i will miss you. maybe your memory be eternal, i yield pack. ms. foxx: thank you, representative amash. i would like to recognize representative gabbard from the great state of hawaii. ms. gabbard: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to honor the life of my friend, congressman walter jones junior, man who was known by all of us throughout his many
years of serving through this chamber for his kindness, southern charm and big heart and fierce independence and his pursuit of peace. walter left us on february 10, his 76th birthday. he lived a long life in service. four years in the north carolina national guard and 25 years serving in these halls. walter stayed true to himself throughout this time following his heart. he was never afraid to challenge the status quo off ento the chagrin of his party leaders. we found a common bond and friendship of putting people before politics, putting service above self. he knew that when we see each
other as people, as public servants not just as republicans and democrats, that this is when we have the opportunity to find common ground and work toward our common goal of serving the people of this country. in 2002, he voted for the iraq war, the war that i served in. e war that took the lives of my brothers and sisters in uniform. the war that took the lives of er 4,000 service members and 100,000 iraqis. walter shared with me that this vote was the biggest regret of his time in public service. he shared how when he attended a funeral at camp ledge union for a 31-year-old marine who was
killed in 2003 who was wounded, everything changed for walter. he sat there and he heard this marine widow in front of their three children read the final letter that this marine sergeant sent home. and he saw those three kids, knowing that they would never see their father again. this impacted him so deeply and maybe for the first time caused him to realize the cost of war and who pays the price. so walter started writing. and he wrote over 12,000 letters to families who lost their loved ones in both iraq and afghanistan and shared how he
begged god to forgive him for his mistakes. to memorialize those who died from north carolina's camp ledge union and photos who all could see. he became a leading voice, not in his party but in congress pushing for additional oversight. he called for ending illegal regime change and leaving families behind and he pointed ut that our taxpayers' dollars shouldn't be the policeman of the world. walter didn't agree on many things, but we found many opportunities to work together on things that we strongly believed in. we co-sponsored and co-led the no more wars act which put the
responsibility back in congress' hand. he co-sponsored my bill to make sure that taxpayer dollars are not funding terrorist groups that we have seen in syria and yemen. we co-sponsored to strengthen voting acts and civil liberties upholding our 4th amendment rights. walter was courageous. he didn't care about party politics. he suffered the consequences but he deposit care. he didn't care. he never hesitated to stand up for what he believed in. while walter and i were different people coming from two different places, walter was my different friend, fellow service member and my brother. he will be deeply missed and my
heart and prayers go out to his family, friends and loved ones. and his legacy of service and his principles and values will continue to live on in the washington, in the halls of congress and in the lives of the many people he touched. i yield back. ms. foxx: madam speaker, i now yield time to representative of our eld, another one north carolina colleagues. burt burt -- mr. butterfield: madam speaker, i rise today with my colleagues to remember and honor a great, great public servapt, a great north karlian, a devoted husband and father and man of great
faith, congressman walter b. jones junior. and i emphasize the word junior, because i knew walter's father and knew him very well, for he was the congressman for eastern north carolina for many years in walter did not use junior his official name, he was a junior. , passed away on february 10 2019, on his 76th birthday. he was a public servant, serving in the north carolina national guard for four years and u.s. house of representatives for 24 long years where he served north carolina's 3rd congressional district. i watched him cast difficult votes. he cast those votes with conviction, standing firm in what he believed was right for his constituents and for the
american people. that is why the people of north carolina's 3rd district sent him back to congress again and again and again electing him 13 times since 1994. even as he gained seniority in the congress, he maintained his strong conditions and his principles. as a senior member of the house committee on armed services, walter was an effective voice for our military and anyone in eastern north carolina knew of him would know of his love for the military. he was committed to committing sponsored ing and he and co-sponsored veterans' legislation in the last three congressional terms than any other sitting member of congress. . .
it was one of greatest hon noffers my life for him to ask me to administer his oath of office which i performed on january 4, 2019. i might say his home there is 20 minutes from my home in wilson. i am equally proud to say that a 30-member delegation traveled to greenville, north carolina, for the ohm doing service for congressman jones that 30-member delegation was led by the dean of our delegation, congressman david price, and the ranking republican among our delegation, congresswoman virginia foxx. i will miss walter jones in these halls and in our beloved state. walter would drive home each week, he would sit right here on the house floor each friday and talk about how our weekends, he would tell me how how he was preparing to drive home and how he dreaded the traffic but that
he would offset the dread of the traffic by listening to up as in his car while he would -- listening to audiotapes in his car while he would drive. we may have stood on opposite sides of the house but there was always a mutual respect and friendship between us. i would say to the gentlelady from hawaii who just spoke, he called me mr. chairman. i never understood why he did that, but i found it very honorable that he would do this. though our friend is no longer here, he's left his mark on north carolina, the house and the nation. may our friend, walter b. jones jr., have eternal life in heaven. to all the family an friends of wait a minuter jones we wish you god's blessings in the year to come. i yield back the balance of my time ms. foxx: thank you. i now, madam speaker, yield such
time as he may consume tour colleague from eastern north arolina, mr. rouzer. mr. rouzer: madam speaker, many in north carolina and around the country are mourning the passing of our friend and colleague, congressman walter b. jones, just as much as we are. our dear friend humbly served the great people of eastern north carolina in the state legislature and in congress for more than 30 years. having no -- having known walter for more than 23 years, i can attest to his great faith in our creator and his servant's heart. congressman jones was elected to congress with the 1994 class and it was in his first term that i met him. i was brand new to the hill myself. working for u.s. senator jesse helms at the time. senator helms and his wife dot
quickly became great fans of walter. so much so, and many may not know that -- may not know this, hat etch after senator helms passed, dot would cut radio commercials for him up until her death. what they saw was nothing different than what everyone who knew him admired. his character, his ad heerns to his convictions and hi commitment to serving others. he was a staunch advocate, of course, for those who made the greatest sacrifice of all while serving our country and constantly worked on behalf of our troops and veterans. every single day. especially those who were based in his district at camp lejeune point.sonville and share congressman jones dedicated his life to serving others he stood strong for his beliefs and even
stronger for his faith. always choosing to do what he believed to be best for his constituency, our state, and our nation. the citizens of this state and country have lost a great friend whose life made a real difference for so many. his honesty, faith, and integrity will not be forgotten. madam speaker, i yield back. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. rouzer. i now yield such time as he may consume to the distinguished gentleman from connecticut, mr. larson. mr. larson: i thank the gentlelady. i thank the dean of the north carolina delegation for putting together this special order. on behalf of someone who truly epitomized the word gentleman. indeed, southern gentleman.
who will not -- though not what you may immediately conjure fup you're from the north when you think about that genteel southern person and plantation owner. his father, who served in this body, was a factory worker. nd walter grew up with great i wastion for his dad who able to talk with him about on several occasions on this floor. what a special and unique place, this chamber we serb in is. and throughout history, how many people have graced these halllowed halls and served with distinction.
walter served not only with istinction but with an acute humility for what that service meant and for the people he represented. most notably those at camp lejeune. and as has opinion alluded to ready, the thought process that walter went through coming to the conclusion that he must a war he and oppose had voted for. the very troops he nurtured and cared and felt so much a part of, he felt honor-bound that he
must speak on their behalf. was uld not withstand, tortured by the memory of looking at the little boy who lost his father and knowing that he would never know his daddy. as walter would say. i came in with virginia together in 1998, i served on the armed ervices committee with walter. i was introduced to him by a man from mississippi named gene taylor. who said, there's more integrity in this man than any member of the united states congress.
how right he was. walter would frequently come over to the corner as we referred to it. and confer with jack murtha. my mentor and arguably one of the most knowledgeable people in this chamber and in this body on matters of defense, on matters of military as he had served, as a colonel with distinction in vietnam. and walter would often probe mr. in iraq and the war he was by that vote.
jack would counsel him and walter would walk away, jack murtha would add to the chorus of people who would say, what honor. what integrity. what thoughtfulness. at a genuine human being walter jones is who cares so deeply about the people he epresents and the feeling that he had not done the right thing. ith his vote for iraq. there are a number of reasons why jack murtha came out to ultimately oppose the war in iraq. but i'll always believe that
walter's regular pilgrimages over there to talk about the rank and file soldier, about the person on the frontlines, and heir families behind at home nd the fact that people felt they were lied to played an enormous part in mr. murtha's ecision. two profound figures that i had the honor to serve with in this body. both who have passed. both whose opposition to the war n iraq changed the course of
events here in this country. alter, ever the gentleman, .lways sincere, always humble his friendship, his acts of indness are legendary. i thank the dean of the north hold a delegation who i in profound regard because i know he and everybody here tonight cares deeply about this institution. and what makes this institution what it is is not the splendid ll, but it's the humanity of people like walter jones who have graced us with his service
and his presence, indeed, the people who bring honor and dignity, and integrity to the united states congress. i yield back. ms. foxx: thank you very much, mr. larson. i now yield such time as he may consume to the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa. mr. lamalfa: thank you, my colleague, ms. foxx, and mr. price, both from north carolina, who have made this opportunity, fittingly, available for all of us here tonight in order to honor our friend walter jones. i would always encounter him as a low-key but kind, gentle, sweet soul that he is around the
building and in his own way comes up, keep going, encouraging in what we do around here. a lot of very kind remarks made about him here tonight from people that got to serve with him a lot longer than i did. but indeed, we hear about how, you know, he was a very independent voice. i think marching to his own higher standard of what he felt his integrity required. not only as a representative, as a person in this political business, but one who is answering to a higher power. importance of god in his life. made abundantly clear. indeed, in his service in north carolina it hit home -- at his service in north carolina it hit home for me how much that was a part of him. as we know, he was very, very
unhappy with the gulf war. really, i started, he believe, and results show, he spent he rest of his career trying to find and make the right comfort for the members of the military even more so the gold star families who he knows and we all realize bear the loss the most. . i heard that he would write to every single gold star family when he would learn of one of their loved ones having fallen in conflict. or killed in action. he would take his time. in that position, as a member of the united states house of representatives, using his name, using that title, and whatever that carried, to those comfort and show
families that there's people in this place that really, really do recognize -- we all do, but he went that extra measure for people all over the country, not even -- not just in his district. to take that care, to take that time. i thought that was pretty as i ma -- pretty amazing. another way he tried to help was supporting the various programs out there to provide those working dogs, a program i've encountered. to soldiers that have come home, that suffer with ptsd or similar type of afflictions. that those comfort dogs could provide something unique to them, that maybe no human contact can reach for some of them. he spent a lot of time, a lot of effort in helping with that
because he did want to make as much of a positive mark on those soldiers as possible. most importantly, though, his higher calling, he felt, it wasn't here to put treasures in this place or in his title. it was the treasures would want to store in heaven -- he would want to store in heaven, he wanted to do what he could to please god and walk with his savior, jesus christ. that's the most important thing about walter jones and his life and his devotion. god bless him and his family and the memory of him to this place. i yield back. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. lamalfa. mr. blumenauer, i yield to you uch time as you may consume. mr. lamalfa: -- mr. blumenauer: i appreciate the gentlelady's courtesy. my friend, congressman price, in bringing us together.
i'm standing in front of the air here on the floor that i routinely occupied and walter hundreds of hours. it was fascinating watching the dynamic on the aisle. i think some people like to be on the aisle. because it's a place where people come together. i watched a parade of people in both parties. we'd stop, greet him -- both parties who would stop, greet him, talk about issues large and small. diating a sort of humanity that at times is in short upply around here.
what i think ed politics should be. we talked often about how he was creating problems for himself at home. there's probably not a district in the united states that is more oriented towards the united states military, as we've heard already. he comes from a district that more ensely patriotic and than a little republican. .et he charted a path once he had determined that he d made a mistake, he charted a path to try and make it right
. not just to the gold star families. but to having that interaction here on the house floor. not in an accusatory fashion for people who may have disagreed with him, but just humbly focused on the human nsequences, on the political foibles of congress. he willingly took that burden on. even though he knew that it could have cost him his position in congress. and this is family tradition, as is mentioned. his father before him. it mattered a great deal to walter to carry that banner, to serve his constituents and his state. but he walked into that storm
willingly because he thought it was the right thing to do. we don't see a lot of that around here. people who can face up to mistakes, which we all make, how many of us have as graciously and publicly acknowledged our mistakes? attempted to make them right and accept the consequences? walter was the singular human privileged to have sat next to him all those hours. i yield back. ms. foxx: i thank the gentleman from oregon for his comments and i now yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas,
mr. gohmert. mr. gohmert: thank you. i thought it was appropriate fox news had this headline, farewell to representative walter jones, a man who lived his life putting people above politics. other headline from w. james antol, walter jones and the road not taken. another, a man of faith, honesty and integrity. he was all of those. he, i guess, manifested a bit of what robert frost talked about when he said, and i shall be telling this with a sigh, somewhere ages and ages hence, two records diverged in a wood, and i, i took the one less
traveled by. and that has made all the difference. that was walter jones. he was not going to take the easy way. have going to and did great integrity, great conscience, and fulfilled his commitment to the people in his district in north carolina. he would say es go back to his christian commitment. he said, on one occasion, there's some documents you can't rewrite and truthfully one of them is the bible. he said, for over 15 years i've led the charge to return freedom of speech to our churches and houses of worship. during that time, i've spoken with countless legal experts and we believe the clearest avenue to rectifying those first amendment rights is a
full repeal of the johnson amendment. he also said, america was built on judeo-christian values. these values should be protected, during my years in congress i've been a steadfast supporter of traditional marriage, the unborn, and free exercise of religion. some people think that christians must hate everybody that disagrees with them. and i think walter johnson was a living example of what a christian should be. with that conscience, with love , ven for those who hate walter had that love and i saw that that last day that thomas massie and i were with him. god blessed america with walter jones. god blessed this body with
walter jones. and god blessed me having a friend like walter. we miss you, walter. i yield back. ms. foxx: i thank the gentleman from texas for his extremely eloquent remarks. i now recognize the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. kaptur. ms. kaptur: madam speaker, i want to thank the gentlelady of north carolina for helping to organize this evening, as well as the dean of the north carolina delegation, david price, virginia foxx, truly so many of us miss walter jones among us already. and we thank you for this special order, this hour to celebrate the honorable life
and service of the late congressman walter b. jones of north carolina, a man of deep conscience and integrity. his word was his bond. it is with a sense of true sadness but abiding gratitude that i rise tonight to join all of you as we pay tribute to our cherished friend and colleague, walter. and offer sincerest condolences to his beloved wife, jo ann, and daughter, ashley, to their friends, to their family, to his constituents in north carolina and friends across the country. i also rise this evening in memory of his father, walter jones sr., with whom i had the privilege to serve when i was first elected to the congress. we both shared a great interest in maritime commerce.
and so when walter arrived in congress, it was my great privilege to serve with his son. so i was able to serve with walter during his entire quarter century of exemplary service here in the house. and, yes, he was a man of deep conscience, in an era of utter distraction. he exemplified exceptional honor, always kindness. and a steady conviction that stayed true. i brought with me today a book walter gave me entitled, "extortion" by peter switeser. and in it walter inscribed the following message. may those of us who serve in the u.s. house work together to return the house to the people and not let special interests,
which he put in quotes, continue to influence policy. thank you for your friendship. god bless america. walter jones. at the time walter wrote these words, he and i had been talking about a bipartisan effort to clean up congress using our joint efforts, traveling to appropriate venues along the way to advance reform of our democracy and get big money out of politics. but as the months went by, it became clear that walter would not be able to make this journey. and he bother his wounds with great -- bore his woubleds with great death digny -- wounds with great dignity and in silence. what a man of courage. walter, as others have said, had deep passion for the people he represented, surely the marines of camp lejeune and their families and colleagues, as these photos attest.
he would always take to this house floor to compassionately recall their patriotic service. he never, ever forgot them. the war in iraq weighed so heavily on him, and his integrity required him to speak out. and he did. often. his constituents knew the measure of this committed, modest man. of sterling conviction. walter is held in highest esteem by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle and he is sorely missed. a grateful nation thanks the people of the third congressional district of north carolina and i know all of his constituents join us in thanking walter for his decades of public service and his family for all their sacrifices
. because he so con yensshussly and self -- cons yens -- conscientiously and selflessly dedicated himself to our nation. he was true. he was reflective. he was faithful. and he was a patriot. and his spirit lives right here , i can feel it myself, as a beacon across this congress, and as a shining star for all to come with integrity and moral conviction. may god bring comfort to his amily and may his strength shower them to move through this period of deep mourning and come into the sunlight again. i yield back. ms. foxx: i thank the gentlewoman for her comments. i yield two whins to the
gentleman from florida, mr. yoho. mr. yoho: i theaning gentlelady and i look at walter here, it reminds me when i came to congress 2013. walter was one of the first people that befriended me. we had over the course of several congresses we had many, many good laughs. he was always quick to laugh, he was always gentle, strong in his conviction, and he wouldn't hesitate to hold you accountable. every time i went on a co-dell he would scold me for spending taxpayers' money. so when the co-dell went to go to his funeral, i said if i want on that co-dell, walter would roll over in his gave and yell at me so i chose not to go just to honor him on that. he would give you the shirt off his back and help you any way he could. there was a christmas ball and i had to have a date for my daughter because she came up here. i took my wife. i called walter and he goes,
wropt to do that, but i'll do that he walked my daughter in there so that she got to go. he cared about god, country, and family. his family obviously the people that served this great nation and his -- the people in his district. he was held in high esteem as was evidenced the day when thomas massie and louie gohmert gave the eulogy here in the -- and the talk about walter. that was the quietest this chamber had ever been without the speaker having to interrupt. and he was always fun to have a joke with or a laugh. we had many. and next time we're at a reception and his team is back red wine and ve a cigar in walter's favor. with that, thank you for doing this and thank you, buddy. for the things you did for us.
god bless. ms. foxx: thank you. now would like to recognize a long-serving and another well-respected member of this body from the great state of new jersey, representative pascrell. mr. pascrell: madam speaker, to virginia foxx and to david price, i would expect you two to be here. i really would. gentleman, gentlelady. and to the staff, sat quietly in he back.
i know what you felt about alter jones. i say thank you to you for serving him. as he served you. and all of us. at a moment when our nation cries out for principled leadership the less of walter jones is especially difficult. the challenges we face right now really demand the wisdom of men and women like walter jones. the absence of his voice in our chamber is devastating. walter jones was a real patriot. he was gentle. but persistent.
he was fervent, but not self-indulged. he was a real winner. our 10 years in this place overlapped -- our tenures in this place overlapped almost completely so i had the pleasure of working closely with walter many, many times. there's no member i have served with, man or woman, democrat or republican, old or young, who has -- who was more forthright nd was more courteous or kind. he was revered for his generosity. because that's exactly who he was. walter was my friend. nd i was his friend. we were leading the effort, both of us, to get the congress to reassert its prerocktives and
apply oversight of the executive branch of government. walter stood up. by himself. for this. if operating in the minority was a lonely crusade for us, imagine how it was for walter to cast hose votes all by himself. sing rstood the song we many times on sunday, "be not afraid." he was not afraid. but for walter jones it was just another day at the office. walter made a career standing up by himself, guided solely by what he thought was the right thing. and he was often punished for
it. yeah. he was stripped of political clout and prestige for his independence. he was a person of faith. who respected all faiths. we are all equal in walter's eyes and in walter's heart. what a lesson. so it's important to understand what that really entails. there may be nothing more difficult than standing alone. we see every day here how challenging it is for men and women to stand up when everyone else is lined up against them. so even when you know a position, a vote, an act is right tosh do it alone takes immense confidence, courage, and unswaying principle.
walter jones embodied those qualities. as much as anyone who has served in the people's house. there was only one walter jones. and we've lost him. we could use a lot more like walter. he was not -- it was not a photo op he was the real thing. thank you. thank you for your gracious friends who came tonight to speak about you. and it was from everyone's heart. i hope the congress learns something. thank you, walter. i yield. ms. foxx: i thank the gentleman from new jersey for his eloquent comments. i now recognize the gentleman from new york, mr. tonko, for his comments. mr. tonko: thank you, madam
speaker, i thank the gentlelady from north carolina for yielding. i thank the dean, the gentleman from north carolina, for bringing us together. the delegation has done an awesome bit of tribute here to recognize walter b. jones jr. our colleague who has served so faithfully well. i offer a few comments here. it's been a tremendous tribute. i do -- in the initial comments here i want to extend my condolences to his widow and hi family and his many friends and colleagues and in a particular way to his staff. to know walter jones is to love walter jones. and i have to believe that the relationship he had with so many and in particular his family and his extended family, his work
family, had to be driven by that love that compassion that was part of him. it was undeniable. it was so clearly presented by every step, every thought he shared. he was a person of deeply rooted faith. his christian faith, his catholic faith, guided him. he's a pious individual. but was not self-righteous spoke with such integrity and such deeply rooted beliefs that our goal in life is to connect inextricably with everyone and to serve everyone. he understood the role of legislators to be compassionate. to emfa -- to empathize. to be able to express the many people who trusted in his leadership, to share what needed to be done here. so tonight we gather together to offer our thanks to this
consummate gentleman who was in every bit of the way an individual of greatness but if we do not mention his heart, his kindness, we don't capture the individual. his kindness worked in several, several ways he wove that kindness into every bill that he addressed, every vote he undertook. every step that he made in his career of public service. he understood that these tacts of kindness would accumulate to express an individual of greatness. his integrity, impeccable. i cherish the many conversations we would have on the walk over the house or in riding in the trolley that were a sense of guideness a sense of how to conduct yourself. how do go forth and understand
that the work you can address in this body affects individuals so greatly. obviously, he was a person who was humble and could acknowledge mistakes. as was indicated earlier to do that publicly and graciously. suggested thathe many thousand the 12,000 plus letters that he had drafted to families of dead troops since 2003 was in a sense an act of penance. a sense of expression that he had aeroed and that he regretted, that there were these consequences of war that were borne by these many families. who lost their loves ones prematurely. a sense of coming together that he would allow all of us to hare in the efforts for peace. walter carried himself in a
peaceful way, a peaceful manner, a moral compass nor house. one who taught us by his very actions that it is essential for us to be bold, our fight to be there for what is just and fair should guide us. so tonight i acknowledge his great work, his great friendship, his great lessons taught. he didn't use or need to use words to teach us his actions spoke louder than any words he could utter. tonight, we say thank you for an individual who is very much missed already in the weeks that have passed since his departure from this world. walter, we cherish your memory, it will live forever, you will be the measuring stick for member who serve in this house and you will be that constant reminder as i look at that kind and loving smile that have in
this photograph we have on display on the house floor. it has guyed us, it will continue to speak us to. your actions are powerful. your words were so carefully chosen, and so heart felt. your drive to be a just and fair man will get you, has earned you an eternal reward. good job. humble and faithful servant. god bless you. may you rest in peace. i yield back. ms. foxx: thank you very much, mr. tonko, for those words. as peaker, madam speaker, we sometimes say here to keep from using up time we shouldn't use, i want to associate myself with all the comments made by my olleagues. walter was all of the things
that our colleagues have talked about. he had a fantastic southern charm. fantastic smile. he was humble. he exhibited acts of kindness, he was pious, not self-righteous. i regret, as others have said, that i didn't take more time to spend with him. but i think even in walter's we h, he has done something talk about doing here and that is bring the house together. on an issue. we're here to honor a very extraordinary man who did what his conscience told him to do the ffered sometimes
consequences, but i think that doing the right things for the right easons will be honored and has been honored tonight. i want to thank again all the members who came here tonight to speak on walter's behalf. we all benefited from that. i particularly want to thank the dean of our delegation, david price, who was a long-time friend of walter b. jones jr.. i -- jr. i want to thank his assistant, oria, and lewd -- gloria ann lewdman for his great assistance in this. and, mr. speaker, i ask -- madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may
have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of my special order. because i know there are mbers who wish to insert their comments because they could not be here. i would ask mr. price if he has any closing comments he would like to make. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. price: i thank my colleague for presiding over this remarkable series of tributes. it has been a memorable evening. more than i could have anticipated. in the array of colleagues who have paid tribute and in the kind of emotions stired in all of us, i think. by the memory of a good friend and a good man. values, a sense of the the affection that binds us together here.
it's too bad perhaps that it took an occasion of this sort to bring this out. but i will never forget it. and we will never forget walter jones and what he meant to all of us. so thank you so much. ms. foxx: thank you again, mr. price. for your contribution to this evening, and i agree with you. it's unfortunate sometimes that it takes a death to bring out these kinds of comments and this kind of camaraderie. we must remember tonight and practice it more often. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman has yielded her time. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the chair recognizes the gentleman from nebraska, mr. fortenberry, or 30 minutes. mr. fortenberry: thank you, madam speaker. before i begin my remarks, let
me thank my colleagues, congresswoman virginia foxx, and congressman david price, for their beautiful, moving tributes to our colleague, walter jones. i wasn't an intimate friend of walter's, but we did have a friendship. and each encounter that i had with him, it was special. because he always had an eye toward that which was higher and noble and good. and i heard some of your sentiments that you expressed, heartfelt sentiments of loss. but also of great tribute and honor to this extraordinary man who did try to rise above the difficulties and the tensions here. and i think both by his life and his death, taught us invaluable lessons and i frankly think it's what the american people are longing for from this body as well. so thank you very much for doing this. madam speaker, tonight i'd like to talk about two women.
two women from very different places, two women from very different cultures, different religions, two women with very different stories. together these two women, differently and separately, they're reinterpreting in light of what was so, that they can imagine what will be. the first woman, her name is nadia morad. nadia won the nobel peace prize in 2018, last year. i know nadia. she is a yazidi woman from northern iraq. the yazidis are a people bound by an ancient faith tradition and they have sought to live in peace in very harsh surroundings through the centuries. along with their christians of the area, they have endured many persecutions for a very long time. but nothing could have prepared
nadia for what happened on august 15 in 2014. nadia lived in a little village in an area called sinjar in northern iraq. the town's residents were mostly farmers and shepherds. at 21 years old, nadia dreamed of owning her own hair salon. becoming a history teacher. but then the unthinkable happened. the islamic state, isis, invaded her village. isis rounded up everyone and forced them into the school yard. the men were then separated from women and as nadia told us, she said she never realized how small her village was until she saw all of them in that school yard. they stood huddled on the dry grass, some whispered to one another, wondering what was going on. thers were silent, in shock.
no one understood what was happening as nadia said to us. nadia was then forced to watch as six of her brothers were massacred. her mother was executed along with 80 other older women. the bodies of the men and women were then thrown into mass graves. and the rest of the women, including nadia, were taken to mosul, the largest city held by isis at that time, and they were sold. hey were sold as sex slaves. the depravity of isis further unfolded as they sought to carry out a genocide, a complete extermination of christians andia zit ziddies and -- and yazidis and other religious minority traditions in that area. the yazidis were singled out for persecution by isis because they were part of a kurdish
speaking religion without a holy book. and using that background as justification, what was called the isis research and fatwa department targeted yazidi women for sexual slavery in an effort to lure young men into joining their cause. twisted isted -- isis' idea of bureaucracy -- bureaucracy of barbiity created a document on this called questions and answers on taking captives and slaves. true to the dictates of the isis document, nadia was bought and sold several times. with facebook used as one of the prime isis marketing tools. she was repeatedly raped, burned with cigarettes and beaten and at one point attempted to escape, was caught , and then the vicious gang rape that then pursued left her
unconscious. she decided not to try to escape again. but after months of unspeakable agony, one day nadia discovered that a door had been left unlocked and she fled. she found refuge with a muslim family who willingly helped her. in fact, the eldest son, at great personal rhys, took her in his car -- risk, took her in his car and got her to the kurdish lines where she was safe. i was first introduced to nadia by some friends in lincoln's yazidi community, through an interesting convergence of things, lincoln, nebraska, which is my home, has the largest yazidi population in america. many of the young men have served as our translators during the height of the iraq war, and interestingly one of the first pieces of legislation that i worked on was to give special visas accommodating
people to come to america who had risked their lives alongside of our troops, some of whom died. and they were given special status to come here, many have made their home in nebraska and i'm very proud of that. when nadia came to see me, i just could sense the trauma in her face, and the wounds in her soul. so i tried to gently ask nadia if she would be willing to share her full story with those of us there in my office. i told her, i thought it was important that we do hear in order to try and understand. but only if she wanted to. but she, again, gently answered back, yes, she would share her story. she walked us through her nightmare and at one point i looked over at her yazidi translator, tears streamed down
his face. my own chief of staff, he sobbed. t was just too much to bear. but in a real moment of pride for me, madam speaker, one month ago today, nadia morad was my guest right here in the house chamber. for the state of the union. i was happy to see her again and she gave me a copy of her book called -- called "the last girl." her fiance was with her. shemdin. shemdin -- what a gentle young man. he had served as a translator at the height of the iraq war and had earned his citizenship to america. nadia and i, before the state of the union event, we spent about an hour with a reporter from "the washington post." and the beautiful gift of watching her interact with this reporter was this, she answered the questions clearly, with
great grace. and purposeful resolve. and as abid lovingly stood by her, translated the words and the full meaning of them. and though she was in washington to raise awareness of the yazidi genocide, and join us in the call for a new type of security settlement in northern iraq, that would rotect the ancient mosaic, the ancient tapestry of religious pluralism that once existed there, including christian and yazidis, as well as other certain islamic minority traditions. while that was her primary motive, before that reporter and us, again, she gently and profoundly articulated the need to respect human dignity. and she used that pain in her soul to project healing on our
broken world. now, madam speaker, when i first came to congress, an older member, he warned me about something. he called it the tyranny of the urgent. he says, be careful of the tyranny of the urgent. because what it that will do is subassume you into emergency after emergency without leaving any time for reflection, for thought. for dialogue. for relationship. and we see that played out day after day and of course the media begs -- bags this as issues, switch -- bags this as issues switch and things arise. we're all summonned to give opinions on whatever negative thing just happened. the tyranny of the urgent. got to be careful of that. because it robs us of the chance to sit with a woman, a heroic woman like nadia, and listen carefully to what she has to say. d.c./9:fire hour
alarm is distracting us from this work of reflection and authentic governance and it's true now more than ever. a lot of what goes on here is outside of the glare of television. and recently i had the chance to engage the administrator of the united states agency for international development who had come before the house appropriations subcommittee on state and foreign operations. and i talked to him about a number of issues that were important to me. a country of ahead -- the country of haiti. the prospects for reforestation around the world. conservation. the story of nadia and so many yazidis and this need for the new security settlement in northern iraq. the american people are generously helping with economic aid under the leadership of the agency for international development, to help potentially create the conditions in which yazidis and christians could return and
once again flourish. so this was foremost in my mind as i spoke with the administrator in the committee hearing. but i told the administrator this, that the name, the name itself, the united states agency for international development, really does not capture the fullness of the mission of what we are trying to do. ultimately this mission and our disposition as reflected in policy ought to be one thing expressed in two words. human dignity. protecting human dignity. and in doing so attack degree root causes of poverty and attempting to create for the 21st century an imaginative architecture for dip willmatic relations. oted in service to america's humanitarian impulse creating
with our for service own national security. s that properly oriented foreign policy trajectory of our nation. again, it's base those opposed, no idea that america's impulse is to be charitable. america's impulse is to help. yes, to demand responsibility. but also to help create the tennessees -- the conditions in which human life can flourish. this has profound meaning, madam speaker, where i live, particularly in nebraska, because one of the ways in which we express in practical terms that humanitarian impulse is through agricultural policy. we feed ourselves and we feed the world. nebraska has a big role in doing just that. and this is true now more than ever in our modern age. the land has been the source of
our vitality in america. particularly where i live but really across the country, agriculture is so essential to our economic well being, our life, our way of life, to who we are as a people. where i live, production agriculture is so esen national corn, soybean, livestock that cover much of our landscape. they are an important part of america's export prowess. farm communities and ranch communities, efficiency, their quality, their ingenuity allows us to provide food security for tens of millions of vulnerable people in america and abroad while ensuring that americans enjoy the lowest per capita grocery bills in all the world. the challenge and the opportunity is to grow america's farm family. and to look to the future we should look to the past, to see again in this new century a new
connection starting to occur. between the urban and the rural. this diversify case of our farm family is happening rapidly. so we importantly are no longer talking in the language of producers and consumers but rather in terms of connecting the farmer to the family. you can new meet your farmer at the local farmer's market. that's a level of intimacy not seen since the early days of agriculture in america. and this desire, what's at stake here, madam speaker is this desire to bring people closer to their food and into an authentic relationship with those who grow that food. agriculture is creating an exciting new entrepreneurial space. and we have seen a real uptick in young people entering the ag field. young people are being drawn to agriculture through exciting new iches including artis anal
foods -- artisal foods and crops and they never sit off to the side in their sylow, they're intertwined with environmental science and conservation as well as international development. restaurants that focus on locally sourced foods are also growing in popularity. with that trend comes an increased interest in the food of indigenous people. all exciting new spaces. still, at the heart of nebraska and at the heart of america is the dramation -- traditional large-scale american farm. the quining -- beginning of this, madam speaker, i talked about two women and we've heard adia morad who is living with deep wound and yet seeking ways to rebuild what once was a thriving tradition. i want to talk about another
woman i rent cri -- i recently met. a fascinating young woman who has merged the millenial sense of authentic connection with a traditional production ag operation. hannah is an agriculture student at the university of nebraska in lynn condition and a nebraska beef ambassador. hannah was surprised when she recently visited some young children in a classroom in one of our counties and when asked a basic question about where food comes from, a third grader answered that eggs come from cows because they're next to milk in the grocery store. it alarmed hannah a bit but reinforced her desire to go deeper into agriculture and outreach. she's a specialty livestock producer with a fascinating background. she's part of a growing movement of young agriculture entrepreneurs. she's a passionate advocate for
production agriculture while also seeking emerging niche opportunity. in nebraska, the average age of a farmer is 58 years ole. i don't know exactly what it is across the country, madam speaker. but i assume it's somewhat similar. what we have on our hands is on the horizon a generational transfer. but there is also an interesting convergence of amazing new opportunity on that same horizon. two die nam -- two dynamics on the verge of breaking out. small scale farm production and the inknow vative use of technology in agriculture. i met hannah as an ag pioneers event organized by thing aberry -- agribusiness entrepreneurship program at the university of nebraska. businesses of these cutting edge ag leaders range from organic popcorn production to ag tech and the internet of of things. others were leaders nfert
farm-to-table movement, boutique vegetable growers and specialty livestock sellers. some were large grain producers experimenting with cover crops that would enhance the soil. own so advance their innovation in the precision agriculture space. not everybody in this room was young. not everybody came from farm families, interestingly. but what they shared was a passionate deire to add value to traditional production agriculture and create space for a new food movement that is showing tremendous potential. of course at that meeting, given that this body recently passed a new farm bill, an important piece of legislation that does basically one thing, provides food security in two ways, the risk management policies that protect agriculture producers from the vagary the ups and
downs of weather, supply, problems as well as other difficulties that arise ensuring that a timely, good harvest is delivered. that's the purpose of the farm bill. combined with its other purpose, to help those who are in food-vulnerable circumstance through our nutrition programs. we discussed the policies embedded in the farm bill including the value-added grants section and the assistance that we give to beginning farmers and ranchers. another group of -- one of the participants were the bruger brother, they were engaging young people who could honestly, madam speaker, star in a reality tv show. they are adding enormous value to the farm commodities they produce. these twins not only distill corn and raise cattle, they create a sequence of value across multiple agricultural products from hops to whiskey to finished meats.
their vertical integration puts the value in the value chain in their pocket. that's an exciting entrepreneurial place to be. these brothers, however, are more -- are about more than food. they also want to lure members of their younger generation back though small town. they want to build community around artisanal agriculture. this connectivity around food is one of the value propositions that i wanted to highlight here. that hannah holds so dear. she's grown her own premium brand of beef through the power of story. using instagram and photo video, she sells her livestock product through the internet to a diverse range of customers around the country who yearn to know the prove nance of their food.
hannah draws interest in her cattle she ng the invites customer into the intimate process of livestock production. her market is to a world hungry for the authentic story behind what's for dinner. madam speaker work han that and other ag pioneers, we are bit, or the front end, i should say, of an emerging set of ideas that will help shape our social and economic well being nor century. it is the the entrepreneurial drive that these young people possess to be stewards of the land, to grow the ag family, and to create the space for genuine food relationship. this millenial driven movement signifies and embraces the traditional human scale mod eel of agriculture -- agriculture
for which we are yearning while remaining firmly within and adding to the main strem of production agriculture that feeds america and feeds the world. so what do hannah and nadia hold in common? i think they're connected. they're from very different lands. they speak different languages. they have different cultural mores. what they are driving for is meaning. around human dignity. whether it's nadia who has suffered the horrible loss of her family and her extraordinary tradition. she's being driven by a purpose
to pull out of that tragedy deep meaning and projecting that on the world. speaking to our hearts clearly through her suffering about the need for human dignity. it is our only way out. to express and rebuild our systems of governance, our foreign relations and our economics around this idea of interconnectedness with respect for human dignity. very important driver, even in the life of entrepreneurial -- an entrepreneur like hannah who seeks again the authenticity of food relationship. i think there's an intimate connection here between two women from two very different far away places. madam speaker, my wife was telling me recently, i venture out here a little bit because i don't know the name of this art form, it's my understanding
there's a type of porcelain that is very, very delicate and fragile and if it should break, t's actually repaired by gold. is that as beautiful as the original piece was, it becomes its vibrant, more offering, brokenness shows more beauty. and listening to nadia and her deep woundedness and watching escortng fiance lovingly her through the story telling of it's unds to the world, that porcelain being repaired by gold and it shines all the more beautifully. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule
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