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away is we need more research funding. we need funding for research at the same levels at other diseases that have had breakthroughs. when we on research -- fund research as a country, we see breakthroughs. host: we have to end it there. thank you. live to the floor of the house. speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. march 6, 2019. i hereby appoint the honorable cheri bustos to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. 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
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parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties, and in no event shall debate continue beyond 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 texas, mr. green, for five minutes. thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, and still i rise. with love of country in my heart. and still i rise as i did some 659 days ago, more than 21 months, when i first stood on the floor of the house of representatives and called for the impeachment of the president. and in so doing, i had to fend off the multitudes who wanted
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to he know what crime -- who wanted to know what crime did the president commit? we had to fight that fight and we won because it is now generally perceived and believed that the president does not have to commit a crime to be impeached. in fact, article 2, section 4 of the constitution of the united states of america addresses that question when it deals with high crimes and misdemeanors as misdemeanors or misdeeds. pursuant to the understanding that we have of the constitution of the united states of america. and still i rise understanding that we have had to fend off those who said, you have got to wait for the mueller report. you have to wait. why not wait? here's why you don't have to wait, because the mueller report is dealing with violations of the law. misdeeds don't necessarily require a violation of the law. if you are corrupting society,
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if you are creating harm to society, if you are causing things to happen in society that are unacceptable to the people in the united states of america, an unfit president can n can be impeached for those misdeeds that corrupt and harm society. we're winning that fight. this fight is one that is easily won because as we proceed it's going to become intuitively obvious that these misdeeds are the problems and the misdeeds are creating the concerns in society. it is my belief that we have a duty, responsibility, and obligation under the constitution to deal with an unfit president. there are those who would want me to withhold my thoughts until after there has been an investigation when we have clear and convincing evidence before our very eyes of the
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misdeeds. separating babies from their mothers who happen to be of color, i might add, talking about s-hole countries that happen to be where people of color live, i might add, talking about good people or very fine people in charlottesville among those who were bigots and racist and zone , yes the nophobes evidence is there because the president was putting in his , bigoted ese bigots statements. these statements went beyond his words. they became a part of his policies. and for this he can be impeached. i stand where i stood 659 days ago, and will i continue to stand until this president is removed from office. we can investigate to the extent that we engage in what dr. king called the paralysis of analysis.
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just investigate until it's time for another election. and then the election becomes the focal point. my dear friends, my dear brothers and sisters, those who desire to wait may do so. i will not wait. impeachment is not dead. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. marshall, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to hon oor the men and women who have shaped our country's successes and are inspiring our future. this month we celebrated women's history month and recognize the women who have fought for equality and positively impacted their communities. the courage and resolve of our women must not go unnoticed. in kansas, we're always quick to highlight the great amelia erhardt, or hometown aviation pioneer. but today i want to highlight the millions of women around
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the world that have and continue to make significant impacts on their families, communities, and workplaces through meaningful, everyday contributions. my own mother, nancy, taught me many family values that continue to give me strength and guide me throughout fatherhood and my brother as an obstetrician. she instilled me the value of proper nutrition at an early age and i was able to explain in common sense terms to all my patients. i mom emphasized the importance of a healthy breakfast and sitting down each night as a family for different. something my wife and i prioritized as parents as well. she taught me these lessons while working full-time as a -- as an office manager. her dedication to our family and career didn't garner news headlines, but it made a significant impact and allowed me to grow up understanding the outcomes of hard work. my wife went to school to be a nurse at wut letter county community college and later
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worked in neonatal intensive care unit caring for premature babies. she made a huge impact on all those baby's lives, as well as their families in their development. as a mother of four and grandmother of two, i often tell people my wife has the most important job in america, raising our children. i know there are millions of mothers around the globe who have and continue to provide the same energy, time, and dedication to their children, families, and communities. too often we don't take the time to share and celebrate these contributions, but we all know a woman who has made a significant impact on our lives. as we celebrate women's history month, i i challenge you to thank those women that have positively influenced your lives, improved our communities, and contributed to the success of this great nation. mr. speaker, i'd like to recognize my friend and fellow western kansan physician, dr. bobby moser, for his leadership with the kansas heart and stroke collaborative and initiative funded through c.m.s.'s health care innovation
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awards. the efforts started in 2014 with the university of kansas health care system and hayes medical center. 10 critical access hospitals, and first care clinic to provide an innovative care delivery designed to improve health for rural kansans. when they first received this three-year federal grant they were nothing shy of ambitious. in their proposal they named tree dues health care costs by nearly $14 million and reduce deaths from stroke and heart attacks by 20%. the collaborative wanted to accomplish this using datesa in a meaningful way, enhancing bedside care, and building sustainable models for access and treatment. they have showed signs of good work and expanding their efforts. this group has held hospitals track data to find ways to improve patient performance. dr. moser recently reported that the clinical network of hospitals has improved medications and deliverry -- delivery time for getting caught busing drugs to patients
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that save lives and prevent live long paralysis. since its inception these physicians have grown to reach more counties and help more patients. now called care collaborative, they are exploring new payment systems for new hospitals and expanding treatments like palliative care. with more than 50 critical access hospitals in my district, the resources developed through this collaborative have been lifesaving and critical for hospitals and most importantly rural patients. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair now recognizes the distinguished gentleman from the state of massachusetts, the chair of the rules committee, mr. mcgovern, for five minutes. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'm here today to advocate for the federal nutrition programs that help our most vulnerable constituents and to highlight why these programs continue to need our unwavering protection and attention. march 4 marked the beginning of national school breakfast week which is designed to show parents, students, and school officials the benefits of fueling up for the day with a
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healthy school breakfast. i'm sure it comes as no surprise to many of you that learning improves when students are not hungry. it's awfully hard to concentrate when you don't have any fuel in your body. last week i met with several anti-hunger organization from my district and they shared with me stories from the people that they serve on how nutrition programs, food pantries, and school breakfast and lunch programs impact their lives. many of them wrote their thoughts on paper plates. and i'd like to read a few of them to you. jay from jeremiah said, these food centers make a huge difference when it comes to preparing meals. without them i would not be able to make -- i would not be able to make ends meet. please keep them going. many people may go hungry if they can could not continue. a parent from catholic charities in worcester said, snap and school lunch help my daughter and i eat. it helps us get by. and i work part-time. very grateful for these
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programs. sometimes, mr. speaker, school breakfasts and lunches are the only opportunitys -- opportunities a child has to receive a fuel meal. a student from memorial elementary school said, school lunch is important because it keeps me full until i go home. while another student from a family health services in worcester wrote, if i don't eat, my head hurts. while many nutrition programs -- program participants are children and persons with disabilities, their reach extends to veterans. veterans from st. anthony's parish in worcester wrote, my good bank provide myself and fell veterans with love and nutrition. without you guys it would be a long month. thanks to our nun who is help us always. when a family is worried about whether they he can can afford basic necessaryities, -- theck afford basic necessaryities, it
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goes a long way. a monthly average of 40.3 million people in 2018 participated in the snap program. despite the fact this number has been steadily decreasing, the trum has unfailed -- trump administration has unveiled several attacks on these programs. on december 20, 2018, the trump administration proposed a rule that will threaten the eligibility of snap participants who are considered ble bolieded -- able boddedied dults, -- bodied adults. the rule stigmatizes the participants and waive the 0-hour work requirements. the able-bodied adults are a complex group. many are veterans. returning from overseas having a difficult time reintegrating into our community. many of them are young adults who have aged out of foster care. some are ex-felons products of mass incarceration. some are workers who aren't
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given 20 hours of work per week. 75% of snap participants do work. but often in jobs that are either unstable or don't pay enough to put food on the table. it's not that the able-bodied dealt with the dependent populations are jobless by choice. many are jobless because they lack privilege and trying to get on their feet. this proposed rule also specifically goes against the will of congress by imposing restrictions that were specifically rejected for inclusion in the farm bill signed into law just last year. as if that weren't enough, the trump administration also announces attention to impose changes to categorical elinlibility. cat-l is criteria used to determine whether a family is automatically eligible for snap because they already qualify for certain other low-income programs. cat-l is fine as it is because it eliminates he redundancy and minimizes hurdles low-income
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families must overcome to keep up with the basic needs. while the administration changes are forthcoming, don't have much optimism about how they will turn out. the current administration is trying to solve problems that don't exist. and they are creating problems that have clear solutions. that is why we must continue to raise these issues in the forefront of our agenda. there is no excuse. we have the resources. it's on all of us to prioritize basic hunger needs. supporting school breakfast and lunch programs and maintaining reasonable eligible for -- eligibility for nutrition assistance programs are the least we can do to end hunger now. we live in the richest country in the history of the world. we have millions and millions of people who are hungry. we should all be ashamed of that. hunger and food insecurity are political conditions. we can solve these problems if we have the political will. i urge my colleagues to gather their political will. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from alabama, mr. brooks, for five minutes.
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mr. brooks: mr. speaker, america recently blew through the $22 trillion debt mark with no end in sight. in january, the nonpartisan congressional budget office warned washington that america faces an unending stream of trillion-dollar-a-year deficits beginning in f.y. 2022 and culminating in a $1.4 trillion deficit in f.y. 2028. the amount congress spends each year on our discretionary budget that pays for the military, nasa, a.t.f., f.b.i., and almost every other federal agency. the cumulative effect of these deficits is a debt that explodes from $22 trillion
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today to $33 trillion in a decade. as debt goes up, so does debt service. the c.b.o. warns, quote, in c.b.o.'s projections, outlays for net interest increase from $325 billion in 2018 to $383 billion in 2019 and more than uble by 2029 to $928 billion a year. which is the rough equivalent of almost 50 nasa programs. compounding matters, this past weekend on march 2, the federal government hit the debt ceiling, which means the federal government's operational costs are being paid for by extraordinary measures, such as borrowing from the social security and medicare trust fund. washington's response to this financial firestorm is akin to
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-- of roman empeeror emperor neo who looked while rome burned. congress immolates an ostrich which buries its head in the sand and denies lurking danger. in sum, america's sea of red ink and projected financial path is wholly and completely unsustainable. america must learn from financial reckless nations like greece and venezuela and from puerto rico, an american territory that defaulted on its $70 billion debt. unfortunately, the vast majority of american voters are oblivious to america's lurking financial dangers in large part because of minimal national media coverage. american voters are too often seduced by debt junky politicians who promise free
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stuff to get elected while knowing full well america can't pay for it. if american voters do not elect financial responsible officials to washington, america will succumb to the same debilitating insolvency and bankruptcy that wreaks havoc in greece and puerto rico with one major difference. unlike greece, which has been bailed out three times by the european community, and unlike puerto rico, which may yet be bailed out by american taxpayers, there is no one, no one who can or will bail out america. instead, america will be more like venezuela, whose annual $two ion rate now exceeds million percent, where the international monetary fund reports there are is no food, exacting a tragic toll, end quote.
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where grocery stores have rows and rows of empty shelves, and venezuelans can't find food to feed their families. worse yet, venezuela's bankruptcy has made it one of the most violent countries in the world with a chilling 82 homicides per 100,000 population, roughly 20 times orse than america's homicide rate. caracas, venezuela's capital is the world's most violent city with a war zone of 120 murders per 100,000 citizens. mr. speaker, america must learn from the financially irresponsible mistakes of. as the adage says, we can either learn from history or we are doomed to repeat it. american voters must wake up and stop being seduced by the ways of debt junkie politicians who promised anything to get elected, who pretend to be santa claus when in fact they are the grinch that stole america's future. time is running out.
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the american people must start being good stewards of our republic and elect washington officials who both understand the threat posed by defaults and deficit and debt and have the backbone to fix it. america's future depends on it. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new jersey, mr. van drew, for five minutes. mr. van drew: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to insert letters of support for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. speaker, i rise today because i am profoundly concerned with the possible permitting of seismic air gun blasting off the atlantic coast from jacksonville, florida, to new jersey to portland, maine. this is an extremely serious
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issue. late last year, the national oceanic and atmospheric administration, also known as noaa, issued five harassment authorizations, which advanced permit applications for seismic air gun blasting in the atlantic ocean. this action essentially sets the stage for the bureau of energy management to approve these permits at any day now. seismic air gun blasting is not only the first step toward off-shore oil and gas exploration and development, but it is harmful to marine mammals' life and to marine life in general and it encroaches on vital military operations. at a time when we are attempting to limit the dangers of climate change, such as extreme weather events like superstorm sandy, it's unthinkable to further harm the environment and endanger our coastal economy along the coast which is largely based on
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fishing and based on tourism. our public policy goal is to create a cleaner and a healthier environment. an environment we can pass on to our children and on to our grandchildren so that they may enjoy it. i am proud that a broad array of organizations in new jersey have supported my legislation. these organizations include the chambers of commerce of cape may county, ocean city, vineland, greater atlantic city, the garden state seafood association, the recreational fishing alliance, the jersey shore partnership, clean ocean action, surfers environmental alliance, the american literal society, oceania and the new jersey's chapters of the sierra club, the league of conservation voters, autobahn and environment america. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent before to enter letters
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of support into the record for a reason. it was a pleasure to have worked with congressman rutherford of florida on h.r. 1149. i am also grateful that several of our elite colleagues joined us on important efforts, including joe cunningham of south carolina, chris smith of new jersey, donna shalala of florida, brian mast of florida as well. our bipartisan bill, the atlantic coast economies protection act, would prevent the five seismic air gun blasting permits that are now under consideration from the bureau of energy management from being issued. it would stop them. i urge my colleagues to protect our precious coastline and to protect the livelihoods of those that depend upon it by supporting h.r. 1149. it is a bipartisan bill. it is the atlantic coastal
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economies protection act. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, over the past couple weeks i had the honor of visiting three high schools in my district, richland high school, cambria high school and purchase line high school. as a senior member of the house education and labor committee, i love speaking with students about their learning experiences and hearing from faculty and staff as well. last week, the richland school district invited me to join them for their teacher in-service event with award-winning educator and . incipal salom thomas it was a privilege to hear the ways that we can work together to improve education in america. i enjoyed hearing mr. thomas to
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discuss the change in attitudes and strategies of school staff, parents, members of the community to help the students in most need of guidance. he's currently the head of the thomas edison charter school in wilmington and before that began his career at a teacher in a middle school. he published several books, received prestigious awards, appeared on television and disney recently got the movie rights to his book "i choose to stay." he's committed more than 20 years of his life to ensure every child achieves their greatest potential. the question is one that all educators seek to answer and even policymakers in congress, and that's why i'll continue to support legislation and initiatives that meet the needs and grow the potential of every student. we must also address family poverty, child nutrition, community violence, and other
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barriers that affect constitutes' -- students' success. as he said, all children can and will learn as long as they have adults who care enough. and he's right. in order for our country's students to truly succeed, they need the support from adults at home, in the classroom, and throughout their communities. i left the in-service event with richland school district encouraged and confident that our educators are providing sensible support to their students. that feeling stayed with me the next day as i visited cambria heights high school. there i met with students representing music, athletics, student council and vocational programs at the school. students showed me the ongoing renovations to the high school building as part of a major ven ration to the -- renovation to the classrooms and cafeteria. they also shared with me their many accomplishments including top scores in the county on the state's keystone exam for literature and biology.
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earlier this week i participated in an assembly in indiana county. the student asked great questions about civic engagement. we had an open dialogue about the challenges and the opportunities that are facing our nation. meeting with all these students gives me great hope for the future, and i know these students will become our next generation of leaders, regardless of what fields they enter after graduation. mr. speaker, i thank the richland school district, cambria heights high school, and the purchase line high school for inviting me into their schools and sharing with me the ways they are transforming education to help students, not only graduate, but go on to earn a higher degree or certification or, quite frankly, go successfully into the workforce. a good education opens so many doors in life. i'm tremendously proud of the students, faculty, and staff of each of these outstanding institutions. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house morning tontil noon today. you. you can call in on this question about how you would change how americans vote. we are talking about the "for the people" act. bill number hr-1. presented first bill to the house for the 116th congress. wejoined to a political -- are joined by a political reporter on the phone. this is a nearly 600-page bill with provisions on transparency,
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everything from tax returns -- transparency in the way americans vote. what was included in this bill? steps this is a series of that unite democrats. everybody from the progressive flank of the party to the new freshman coming in, these are issues that include things like automatic voter registration, limits on campaign finance and super pac's relying the wreath -- requiring the release of presidential tax returns. the process that brings democrats together and one of the major reasons nancy pelosi prioritize this. it excites the base and something conservative leaning members of the democratic party also strongly support. host: we are going to focus on the elections aspect. focus on what you talked about, the automatic voter registrations.
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how would that work and talk about the changes it would make nationwide. guest: at the heart of that aspect of the bill is an attack on the supreme court's decision, shelled -- shelby county versus holder, it limited a piece of the voting rights act from the 1960's and has become a rallying cry. hurdles for people to register to vote and go to the ballot box. conservatives oppose it and say it opens the door to people who are not properly -- should not be able to vote, makes it easier for them to vote. this is a controversial piece. if you look across partisan lines, it is not going to get much, if any republican support and mitch mcconnell is fiercely opposed to it because limiting campaign-finance restrictions has been one of the causes near and dear to his heart. the: in terms of going to
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ballot box, talk about the early voting and vote by mail provisions. designed to expand access to the polls in all sorts of ways. this is an aspect that would limit the role of what is known as dark money in politics and it would improve federal ethics laws as well, especially as we talked about -- where it relates to presidential tax returns. host: it would also make election day a national holiday, correct? guest: that is right. host: some of the pushback on that, what are you hearing in your reporting on capitol hill? why sued -- wouldn't some members want to do that? guest: the white house threatened to veto the bill yesterday, said it was an overreach of federal power that -- macconnell, the republican from kentucky who
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runs the senate has derisively called this the democratic politician protection act are going are passing these changes because it would improve their party's political standing. host: one of the ways they are concerned about that is the redistricting aspect. can you dig a little bit into that? guest: right now, this is entirely up to states. in 2010, republicans came to power across states and the house of representatives and used that power to draw districts across the country in various states that entrenched in their own power. they drew them in a way that diluted the power of democratic voters, clustered them into thatfic urban districts were always do they created a lot of red leaning districts
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that would comfortably -- if not necessarily vote for republicans. what democrats are trying to do is take politics out of that process of drawing districts to make sure it is fair in the long haul. host: what has been the pushback from republicans? guest: republicans say it is a state issue. host: what is the path ahead for hr-1? guest: debate begins today in the house of representatives. oninal vote is expected friday. this is part of what i would call a series of kumbaya bills that unite various wings of the party. this is not going to be true for very many other bills. when you get into climate and health policy, you will see divisions emerge. this is something they very much liked. host: you have spoken about the reaction from the white house
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and mitch mcconnell. it does this have a chance of coming up on the senate floor? guest: it seems highly unlikely to come up on the senate floor. host: you can check out his work, >> the house rules committee met last night to consider h.r. 1 and which amendments to allow when the legislation comes to the house floor this afternoon. massachusetts congressman jim mcgovern chairs the rules committee. the rules committee will come to order.


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