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the clerk: h.r. 1122, a bill to authorize the secretary of housing and urban development to carry out a housing choice voucher mobility demonstration, to encourage families receiving such voucher assistance to move to lower poverty areas and expand access to opportunity areas. 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. his is a 15-minute vote. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 387, the nays are 22. 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 gentlewoman from california, ms. waters, suspend the rules and pass h.r. 758 as amended. -- as amended on which the yeas
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and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 758, a bill to provide a safe harbor for financial institutions that maintain a customer account for customer transaction at the request of a federal or state law enforcement agency. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. 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.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 404. the nays are seven. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois rise? >> thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that the committee of judiciary be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 962, the born-alive abortion survivor protection act, and ask for its
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immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: under guidelines consistently issued by successive speakers as recorded in section 956 of the house rules and manual, the chair is constrained not to entertain the request unless it has been cleared by bipartisan floor and committee leadership. >> parliamentary inquiry, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state his inquiry. >> is it not true under the born-alive abortion protection act, that infants born alive would receive life-saving medical care? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is not stating a proper parliamentary inquiry. >> parliamentary inquiry, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state his inquiry. mr. bost: does an infant survivor of any abortion not deserve the same care as other living human beings? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is not saying a proper parliamentary inquiry. >> mr. bost: one more parliamentary inquiry, mr.
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speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state his inquiry. mr. bost: will the chair entertain a unanimous consent request to enter into the record comments from virginia governor ralph nortman about infanticide? the speaker pro tempore: the chair will not provide an advisory opinion on that. mr. bost: mr. speaker, if this unanimous consent request annot be entertained on h.r. 962, i urge the speaker and the majority leader to immediately -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is not recognized. the gentleman has not been ecognized. the gentleman has not been ecognized. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute peeches.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? the houseland no -- the house ill be in order. members, take conversations off the floor. mr. johnson: i'd like all texans to join me -- ms. johnson: i'd like all texans to join me. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. the members of the texas delegation will join me. >> the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. ms. johnson: mr. speaker, today i'd like to recognize and pay tribute to the life and legacy of former congressman, fellow
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texan, and a dear friend, ralph hall. congressman hall served the people of the great state of texas for nearly a half century. 10 years as a texas state senator, from the ninth district, and 34 years as a member of the u.s. house of representatives, from texas' fourth district. he genuinely enjoyed public service and he was good at it as well. known throughout the halls of congress as an effective legislator, congressman hall made great legislative strides in the science field and was a top advocate for the country's space program during his time, as both chairman and ranking , ber of the house science space and technology committee. congressman hall was the first to reach out and offer his assistance when i was first elected to the house of representatives. he helped me learn the ins and
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outs of washington. no matter the party affiliation or political leaning, congressman hall was a man that could always be counted on and one who enjoyed a good joke. congressman hall was preceded in death by his wife, mary ellen murphy hall, sister, rose mary hall scott, and brother, hugh hall. he's survived by his three sons. and many wonderful grand children. mr. speaker, on behalf of the entire texas congressional delegation, i'd like to pay respects to congressman hall for a life dedicated to his family, his country, and his constituents. the texas community will miss him dearly and we will present -- we will be presenting congressman hall's family with the flag that's flowing over
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the capitol today. i yield back. i dwreeled mr. -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> to ask unanimous consent to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> i thank the gentlelady. at age 19, ralph hall jumped at the chance to join the navy, to fly fighters during world war ii in defense of this nation. 70 years later, at the age of 89, he jumped again out of an airplane, to honor america's veterans on memorial day. at age 11, ralph hall was working at the rockwall, texas, drug store when he served two coca-colas, two packs of old gold cigarettes and a stack of newspapers to two customers known simply to the rest of the world as bonnie and collide -- clyde. 80 years later at the age of 91, ralph was still working and serving the folks in rockwall
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and north texas as the oldest member ever to cast a vote in the history of the house of representatives. from beginning to end, ralph hall lived one of the most extraordinary and remarkable lives of anyone ever to serve in congress. in his 34 years in this chamber, ralph spent some of his time sitting over here as a blue dog democrat. for some of his time, he spent it sitting over there, as a conservative republican. ralph liked to joke that was because the republicans never much wanted me and the democrats never much liked me. mr. ratcliffe: nither of those was true, but -- neither of those was true, but it was that self-deprecating human that are made ralph hall beloved to everyone that knew him. in the science, space and technology committee room, ralph hall's picture hangs alongside other past chairmen, but ralph is the only chairman to have neil armstrong, buzz
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aldrin, gene certainen and every then living apollo-era astronaut come to his home to celebrate one of his birthdays. when asked why armstrong took a giant leap for mankind, he said ralph hall was a gipet to our space program. he said ralph hall was a gipet among men. to those on the floor who knew ralph hall, thank you for allowing me to remember him and for those of you who did not have the privilege of serving with ralph hall, thank you for remembering the man who was the kind of representative we should all help to be. when he passed away last thursday at 95, he left this earth and went past the moon and our loss became heaven's gain.
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i would like to ask all members to observe and honor the extraordinary life of ongressman ralph hall. >> i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: 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, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i want to thank chairwoman waters and ranking member lucas. transparency is critical. and my bipartisan bill requires the congress receive testimony regarding supervisory matters at the federal reserve board. and ederal receive board they need to know how they can cut red tape. we can't do that if the fed
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can't come ap testify. my bill will poost transparency for the bep fit of new jersey and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee 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. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i commend to commend a 13-year-old riceon watkins for his selflessness and quit thinking. on february 1, he saved another young map's life after receiving a message through social media. they initiated a response by law enforcement. in the aftermath of the event, tim deparner honored him with an award on behalf of the 2nd district and appreciate his
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actions. we should notice him for his integrity. not many 13-year-olds can encounter a crisis. he reacted. his leadership in this situation speaks volumes that the values that his parents instilled on him ap working with law enforcement ap mr. speaker. i thank them for their commitment. i yield back the ball aps of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does 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. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. mr. payne: i rise to congratulate the barr high
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school college faculty to and ce science, technology engineering and math programs. each year one of their teachers, one of 35 science teachers in the country who was sleggetted by this society to eceive $1,000 grant. she and other science teachers will be using this grant to create a science program for student research and will help buy equipment and materials. science teachers are doing great things to help students to prepare for a future. i'm proud to represent such bright students and passionate
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indicators and thank you to all the american teachers in this country, continued science uccess and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does gentleman. >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. thank you mr. speaker, since it is national agricultural week. the numbers don't lie. south dakota is our nation's 10th largest ag exporting state and send out products every single year. naftave deserves a lot of credit and our nation at-large exports $38 million to cappeda and mexico. we need to keep it going, which is why this body needs to ratify
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the united states-mexico-canada agreement. this is clearly better than nafta was. it doesn't mean it is perfect but does mean it is clearly better for our country. president trump and his administration have made a number of much-needed improvements to that trading agreement. let's send a clear message that the united states and south dakota are open for business. mr. speaker, let's get to work. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from flal 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. the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to express support for a resolution that i filed to honor the women who have dedicated
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themselves to serve in our country with devotion and discxds difficulties timping shon by deathing march the 10 thrive 16 the national veteran week. this observation will celebrate the achievement of our female veterans and raise awareness to the unique challenges they face. women are the fastest growing seeing metropolitan of our community. two million women in the united states are veterans. florida hosts the nation's largest seeing metropolitan of population of women veterans especially in dmp u vmp arch lmp county. having the largest amount of female veterans in the united states. i recognize one of the stinguished staffers, sherry barfield who was recognized 2019
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. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and stepped my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. carter: i rise today to remember the life of mr. carlson yield who passed away on february 18 at the age of 78. his friends remember him as a man of many tall especially and institution in his hometown of richmond hills. this sums up mr. hill. a formidable figure who played at georgia southern university and university of georgia and his tall especially included working as a procurement forrester for nearly 40 years serving as a county commissioner
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for five years and was a deacon and much more. for his work in guiding richmond i-95 a nearby section of is remembering him. and the respect he commanded when he entered the room. but he never weambed to be honest and treat everyone with that respect. a great leader of his community, mr. gill will be missed. his family and friends are in my thoughts and friends are in my thoughts and prayers and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas 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. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: every year, the vision of this nation is crafted in the budget that is offered et
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they are by the president or the united states congress. as a member of the budget committee, i'm delighted that our theme will be for the people. but today it is important to note that the president offeredal budget that disregarded the american people. $2.7 trillion in spending cuts coming from the very basis that makes america the greatest country in the world. 12% cutting in your children's education. 12% cutting health care from the department of health and human services. 11% cutting from interior, your parks, museums andmon you mepts. 12% cutting from the state department and international health. and 32% from the environmental protection agency, the quality of water and air. and 22% to decrease mobility in
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this nation. all of these dollars coming from what we call domestic spending when increased spending in other areas where other individuals are not protected. we will protect, for the people budget will be designed by democrats. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida 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. the gentleman from florida is recognized. >> i rise today to recognize the retirement of major general of michael a. calhoun who has served america for 0 years in umerous exayilt but as florida's adjutant general. he began his service as a private in 1977 and secured his commission in the medical services corps and throughout s career, he has served at
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every command and deployed overseas. earning the respect and erm respect. he responded to five named storms that impacted the state of florida one of which resulted in the florida guardsmen in the state's history. i had the privilege of working extensively with germ calhoun and i can aties to his commitment in his commitment of splens. over the past four years, general calhoun never lost sights of his mission. i thank him for his leadership and service and wish him and his wife the best in their retirement. a grateful state and nation say thank you. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition?
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>> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cohen: i'm proud to serve on the judiciary committee in the house and the subcommittee chairman on the house constitutional. we passed h.r. 1 that helps clean up corruption in our government and makes our depoft more transparent and makes voting more easier and more open to people and makes improvements. we passed h.r. 8, the first gun reform bill in over 20 years which says you have to have background checks on all sales. we will be marking up the violence against women's act and will have a hearing on renewing the voting rights act. we will be having hearings to get the voting rights act back on the law books in the united states and our subcommittee had a hearing to end the president's
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powers on emergency actions and we had bipartisan agreement and need to reform that bill. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. . . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. during women's history month, we honor american women whose exemplary lives have shaped the country we love. in 1945, private first class elizabeth johnson of he will kin, north carolina, -- elkin, north carolina, answered the call to serve our country, becoming one of 55 women to form the -- 855 women to form the 6,888th battalion, the first and only all-female and all black battalion in world war ii. they were given the task of delivering in one year a
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years worth of service members' mail in waiting to be delivered. but their strong dedication -- but with their strong dedication, in just six months, all letters were delivered to service members waiting to hear from loved ones. after her tour of duty in england and france, ms. johnson became the first woman to attend winston-salem state university on the g.i. bill and dedicated over 30 years to teaching in virginia and north carolina. i commend and thank ms. johnson for her legacy of lifelong service to fellow americans. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
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from minnesota seek recognition -- seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman from minnesota is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, today i rise to recognize national agriculture week. i grew up on a grain and livestock farm outside of truman, minnesota, and i have a deep appreciation for agriculture and all it does for our rural communities. our ag-based economy is so critically important to our nation and of course the state of minnesota and southern minnesota, which is our first district. the people in southern minnesota, we really appreciate our ag producers, our ag processors and our ag equipment dealers and all the rest. mr. hagedorn: minnesota's first district, one of the top crop and livestock districts in all the country, we actually were number two for hogs in the entire nation. our first district's home to nearly 20,000 farmers and considering that each farm represents enough -- produced enough food to feed about 165 people, the reach of our
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farmers goes throughout the united states and all around the world. so i look forward to commemorating and talking about the value of agriculture and our farmers during this week, and throughout this congress. with that, i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. friday was international women's day and today i rise to recognize the service of a remarkable woman in my district, ms. patricia sincalve age -- sincavidge. she has served as an occupation altherr pift at the lebanon veterans affairs medical center since 1978. she joined the v.a. after graduating from elizabethtown college. the lebanon v.a. serves about 80% of the veterans who reside in my district. mr. smucker: she pass spent the entirety of her professional -- has spent the entirety of her
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professional career giving back to our veterans. occupation altherrpy can assist veterans -- occupational therapy can assist veterans in continuing to take their of care -- take care of their health needs, but continuing to do the things they enjoy. ms. sincavidge is retiring from the v.a. after 33 years of service. she has four children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. she has served our nation's veterans well and it is an honor to recognize her today. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. as i deliver these remarks, the people of venezuela are without food, water, medicine and now even electricity. mr. gaetz: the organizing principle of american policy seems to be the need to drive maduro from power. what if maduro is not really in
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power right now? what if the people who are really calling the shots in venezuela are a group of transnational criminal organizations that merely maintain maduro as a figure head? what if their entire purpose is to draw the united states into an ill-advised war to create a massive migration of people throughout latin america, eroding borders, jeopardizing nation states? and ultimately leading to a permissive environment for more illicit activity to occur. these are important questions we have to ask. my constituents have to go to central and south america and fight these wars and certainly as a congress, we need to be very critical in our thinking to not get our nation in another ill-advised war. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, it's with great sadness i rise today to mourn the tragic loss of life on sunday morning, as an ethiopian airlines jet carrying 157
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people crashed only six minutes after takeoff. mr. lamalfa: onboard that flight were people from 35 different countries, including eight u.s. citizens, with no survivors. as tragedy hits close to home for those of us from northern california, two of the eight americans were from my district in chas at that county. melvin -- chafta county. melvin and bennett riffle, two brothers from redding, were embarking upon an adventure that had already taken them through australia, mogadishu, before they arrived in ethiopia. it has been said that this is their last trip together before melvin was set to become a father, together with his wife, brittany, who had only recently returned home. our friends and neighbors in northern california share in the sadness and grief that we all feel for their families and for all the families who lost loved ones that day on that plane. as we await more information on exactly what went wrong, please join me in praying for melvin, bennett, their families and all
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the others who boarded that fateful flight that day. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: are there any further requests for one-minute speeches? under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentleman from illinois, mr. shimkus, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. shimkus: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'm happy to be joined by my colleagues who graduated from west point, my -- our alma mater, and our colleague who represents the west point community, and the area. why are we talking about the academy today? well, we're close to what we call our founders day, which is march 17. but this is also a special year and it's the 150th anniversary of the association of graduates, which keeps the alumni informed and connected with our alma mater.
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the 150th anniversary will be may 22, 2019. so we thought we'd come down to the floor and talk about the experience and the importance of the military academies, but of course west point being the oldest and the best, the importance to our nation and its security. so with that i'd like to first yield to the member of congress, our colleague, sean patrick maloney, from the hudson valley, who represents west point and the surrounding communities for as much time as he may consume. mr. maloney: i thank the gentleman. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the west point association of graduates. i'm proud to represent the cadets, faculty, active duty soldiers, and the many alumni of the united states military academy at west point. in new york's hudson valley. i live across the river and i hear the cannon every morning and every night. it's a wonderful way to wake up and go to bed. just take a few steps on the grounds of west point it. will be clear to you that --
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point, it will be clear to you that west point is much more than a school. it is a community of devotion. made up of the best and brightest of our nation's past, our nation's present, and our nation's future. think of the legends and heroes who have graduated from west point. such a pantheon clearly deserves more than a run of the mill alumni association. accordingly, the west point sociation of graduates has fulfilled that need, and it goes above and beyond and it deserves the recognition we're giving it tonight. i want to thank my friend from illinois, mr. shimkus, a member of the association himself, for leading this special order to honor the organization for the services and fellowship opportunities it provides to graduates of all ages. our country's premier military academy has produced generations of leaders in all fields, including two u.s. presidents, 18 astronauts, 19 road scholars, 76 medal of honor winners and countless numbers of the fortune 500 c.e.o.'s list, cabinet
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secretaries, governors, senators, and for those who didn't do very well, members of congress. these men and women are connected by the long, gray line. the affection at reference to the unique tie that binds all graduates. they are linked by their commitment to living and at times even dying in service the of the motto duty, honor and country. but they're also connected through the tireless work of an exemplary alumni association. for 150 years the west point association of graduates has fostered these connections by allowing generations of graduates to grip hands with one another. in some ways the association is like other alumni associations, but like all things at west point, it's much more. the association provides mentorship and fellowship for younger alums, but often these alums are also returning veterans who need a hand when they come back. it supports local chapters across the country and around
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the world, but for a group as far-flung as west point grads, this gives them a sense of community when they're far from homed. it also helps graduates who have been hurt. and it even offers a professional memorial service coordinator to help grieving families navigate the funeral process at west point, when that difficult time arrives. these are the kind of people that make up the long gray line and the west point association of graduates. they are fiercely committed to our country, and to each other. during times of division, west point graduates still rally around their shared values and experiences to build bridges and remind us -- all of us, what it is to be an american. congratulations to the west point association of graduates for 150 years of connecting distinguished alumni and providing a helping hand to folks in need. thank you for all your service, and here's to another 150 years. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back.
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mr. shimkus: i thank my colleague for doing that great summation. because my colleagues down here are probably going to talk a little bit more about the microaspects of classes and friends and experiences over the years. ut i do appreciate your work for and in support of west point and the community and i know you'll always be a good steward of the campus -- campus and the cadets and the staff and the faculty. i thank you for coming down. mr. speaker, usually we manage things here in the house by seniority based upon being elected to congress. t at west point, it's a very competitive institution. and our seniority is based upon the graduation class, so i'm going to turn things upside down here on the floor and go by seniority, which means one of our newly elected members of congress will get a chance to
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speak first, and that's congressman mark green from tennessee and he's recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. green: thank you, sir. mr. speaker, in 1781, general george washington called the fortifications at west point the most important post in america. holding west point meant preventing the british from dividing the nation along the hudson river valley. following the war, president washington made numerous efforts to create a military academy, his first effort was within a year of becoming the commander in chief. however, it fell to thomas jefferson to get it done and in 1802, the united states military academy at west point was founded as the nation's school to teach the art and science of warfare. since its inception, west point graduates have served to preserve our nation's freedom in battle, from the mexican
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wars to the war on terror, west point graduates have sacrificed their lives and their youth to win our nation's wars. off the battlefield, west point graduates have served at the very highest levels of the u.s. military, as legislators, cabinet secretaries, governors, presidents, and c.e.o.'s leading the development of our nation's infrastructure and the establishment of the world's greatest economy. for young people, it is a different traditional path. they live by the code of conduct. recognizing that their life becomes second to the safety of americans. almost 100 west point graduates have give yep their lives in this most recent war and that commitment that makes the place
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so special. what sets west poip as an institution apart is just about everything that happens there. the grueling academics and the participation in sports and military drills and training and the leadership in character development. they use our math classes how to present themselves. but for me. what took my spreps atlanta west point took it to the next level is the men and women who made up ur class, the class of 198 , our motto is courage, never quit, 8 . we came from every state, nearly every real depon and ethnic origin and came together as one team fighting to get through the rigorous education.
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almost a third left before graduating. we celebrated together and served in the army together. many left to serve elsewhere in military and pass but we have tried to live by that motto, courage, never quits. our class has produced 18 general officers, four three-star germs. nd in addition, we have nine two-stars and six one-star generals. our class produced a secretary of state, a secretary of the army, two of us severed in congress, one of whom was a director of the c.i.a. and two state legislators, three judges come from our ranks and four deans and chance lors of
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niversities. 22-plus members of my classmates are presidents and c.e.o.'s from seff yep 11 to mercedes-benz and we have had those in our ranks make the ultimate sacrifice. more than anything, more than just the amazing location on the hudson river, more than the unparalleled history of the place, more than the grueling academics, what pushes me to serve is the knowledge of what my peers have accomplished. their hard work remipeds me never stop reading, growing and serving.
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they are my motivation and that is why i will never quite. rangers lead the way. courming never questions. 86 tth. go army, beat navy, i yield. mr. shimkus: i thank my colleague and i appreciate his service in uniform and we are happy to have you here. next, i would like to turn my attention to almost my neighbor on the north american continent, representative guthrie for as much time as he may consume. mr. guthrie: my motto is the ass of 198 , our country restreenged. nd i start with a story i went through the academy and i went into business and i was in new england business school and i
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was driving back from roosevelt's home and i as at a grocery store and he says, ken ugy plates, what are you doing here in connecticut? > i went to franklin's school. the hudson river is beautiful. he said well, if you love the hudson river, you ought to spend a weekend at west. i said are you kidding me. people go to a school? then we have parades and the -- i didn't want to say look, but he weapon through the day at west poip and he said tailgating and football and the great times you have there and you have good
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times. i didn't have the heart to tell him the truth and the story. as soon as he finished, i said i always heard about west point, it is a great place to visit and you don't want to live there. it is tough and hard. it is something you sacrifice or and one of migrate thrills, you nominate people to all of our academies and tell them they received an apointment. and a couple unform to the navy and a couple of air force academy. but they are deciding to do something big and different with their lives and classmates. i want to talk about, you want to crogs great people. i say the reason h.r. mcmaster, his first challenge was tore
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march correctly. and i was a challenge to him and we heard my previous speaker talk about his and got to serve with mike pompeo, secretary of state. but i want to tribute by class in 198 . i got my apointment in 198 . president regulate ap gave a speech about the evil empire and literally served from evil empire and a lot of my classmates and this shows what a great pros. the army was going to be borp and my prayers would have come true. my commemoration today ap a lot of my classmates did leave, those who spent time, whether 20
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years, 0 years, they have sacrificed to this country. my one experience with it, as a member of congress to my first trip to iraq. and i remember sitting in headquarters waiting for the general to give us a briefing. and he did congressional affairs and joe who was a great guy who severed in and leader of our class and he comes walking in and just struck me he has been doing this in the last 20 years. spending half of his life going overseas to serve our coup try. and i was there ready to get home. and he was there for a year. and it just struck me. hats off to my classmates, but
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every man and woman who has the courage and the conviction and the strength and everything about them to put on our uniform and everying single person volunteered to do so. it is amazing we have young men and women. my hats off to my classmates, those who seved 20 and 0 years who have made a difference for this country and sacrificed like no other has. we have had people in more combat-style complex. but i would dare say, the people who graduated, have not spent combat. than active they are my brothers and sisters and i appreciate their service and i yield back. mr. shimkus: i thank my colleague. think what article 2 of the
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association of graduates constitution states the object of this association shall be to cherish the memories and promote the fellow course and our deprauts. you see some snickering and stuff. and i think we all get transported back in time. in preparing for this, i did like congressman green, got the list of my classmates and started working on notes friday night and saturday. i had nightmares on saturday night and subpoenaed because of that experience that brought back to life for me, which i cherished. i'm happy to recognize the gentleman from ohio, congressman davidson. but before i turn it off to him.
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one of the benefits the academies do, they don't just consider the brightest and the best in our secondary system but reach into the military forces ap find those young men and women who are showing through the chain of command exceptional opportunities with the chance to promote and become appear officer, the congressman is one of those and i yield time to him, the class of 1995. >> i thank the gentleman for yielding and i thank this body for the opportunity toll recognize our association of graduates in the united states military academy at west poip. as mr. shimkus was highlighting. i deposit come the easy way. david davids and for me --
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mr. davidson:, for me, my journey started in my my classroom in my senior year. that is a late start to the path to go to one of our service academies. she asked me what i wanted to do. she said you should go to college and consider a college. and i said i thought i could be in the west point and be in the army and go to college. and looked at me, she said well, baby, that's not going to happy. that isn't mean but realistic. she walked me through who people gets in, the th the high g.p.a. and being captains of sports and eagle sports and i recognized that on of my classmates who had been on
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that path and i recognized that's not the path i had bep on and no one on my dad's side had depon to college. she said work on other plaps. i enlisted in the army. brett guthrie's classmates, larry bradley were platoon leaders. and got training by the 10th special forces and it was there during that plat and that the berlin wall had come down. and it wasn't part of the training or jazzy introwhere they said it is going to be one of the most, 9 november, 1989. we thought, from that, i had a chaps to do something, it was
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the culmination not just graduates of the military united states academy. so many of them, west point graduates like eisenhower and adley and patent who are helped obliterate people in that continent. not gause mr. gorbachev tore it down but the east german people found out that the fruits of our ideology had produced different results. and it's shocking today to think we might relive some of those bad choices that led to poverty and scarcity on the other side of the wall while our idea led to abupped appears and flourishing. i went to the prep school and i
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et class mates like major bill lynn and he had a come pat jump. i met classmates who weapon on to serve -- to patriotic it to west point and those who deposit make it to west point and our classmates is currently the commandant but i met people who aren't this the army. i people to ip crease the diversetives and needed strength on their academics. and they were going to be i met people who needed to doengthen their academics to their sports they were going to do. but i found out about a club at west point, the 2% club.
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the 2% club are those who start with a girlfriend and graduate with the same girlfriend and end up marrying that girl. i'm thankful today that i'm married to my lisa. people talk about lisa this, lisa that, i would refer to my lee, is a the girl that chose to marry me. we experienced cadet life in a different way. we have all these memories of things like the cadet in the red sash. stepping up to the line but not on the line or over the line. we remember things like beast barracks and buckner. budler's runs. spinning the spurs. we remember the honor code. and the character that was so prominently featured there. that a cadet would not lie, cheat, or steal nor tolerate those who do. how hard it was to live with the consequences for people who made those bad decisions, who you
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knew to be good people, who were separated because it was taken seriously. we saw in the cadet parades we talked about, on the parade fields, the long gray line for the ceremonies where they'd lay a wreath for founder's day at the statue of counselor staub. you see men and women in uniform but you'd see senior citizens at the front of the line, the oldest graduate would lay the wreath. often in a wheelchair. feebly mustering every ounce of strength necessary sometimes to move from that chair to lay that wreath with pride. at the statue. in front of the house. we remember the million dollar view atrophy point and the quarter million dollar education one nickel at a time as we studied. friends and classmates that
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helps us through the hard times, remember the knowledge like duty, honor, country, or scofield's definition of discipline. we remember the seriousness with which nearly every one of us took the opportunity be prepared , should the case arise that we would lead our nation's young men and women in combat. that we would be ready to face the challenge. many of my classmates did that i served five years in great unit the old guard, the 101st airborne. and the 75th raping regiment and then i left active duty which shocked many of my classmates and i found that -- a great sense of purpose, to give a lifetime of service to the nation, didn't always mean in uniform but you still look in awe at the sacrifice that so many have made who continued on in active duty and
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measure. to keep our nation free to and bring honor to the long gray line. today as i look at young men and women who have the -- and have the privilege of calling them and congratulating them on all the work it takes to do it generally the right way, the advanced knowledge and the preparation, the more common way, the disciplined path that started earlier in life, i'm encouraged because there are so many talented young men and women who still want to put our nation's uniform on, to still make sure that our nation is made and kept free, with an all-volunteer force committed to serve our country. i look at the long gray line today, a line that is a very tight knit alumni organization, where friends could be distant
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for years, even decades, and in a moment connect just as if you'd just finished playing spades with one another after hours, ditching the late lights penalties. i look forward to those time, i cherish those memories, i am so thankful to the west point association of graduates who have set a great example of how to bond classmates together to serve the cause and interest of our great alma mater so this long gray line may continue to flourish always. i yield. mr. shimkus: i thank my colleague for ginning us tonight he makes me think of a lot of things. i want to make sure we don't forget the staff and faculty, the department of army civilian the spouses and families that make up the whole pest -- the whole west point experience. a lot of times, staff and faculty will adopt a cadet to be like their family while they're
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away. i'm from illinois, new york was a pretty listening distance. i was fortunate to be in essence adopted by colonel and mary ellen wooder. they were my pseudofamily there and boy did i need it. i was kind of joked about. i also remember many times going and visiting instructors after hours on a program we called additional instruction. i thought i was smart in high school. i found out college level engineering school i wasn't as smart as i thought i was and i needed a lot of assistance to get through the academic program there and so i appreciate many of those staff and faculty, teachers, were west point graduates so they not only had the book learn bug knew the experience we were all going through. i also brought down the -- my yearbook. paged through. because who attended our graduation was general omar bradley. which shows you the length and
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depth and width of the long gray line. and it was a special time to be able to see that connection. th that now, our most junior graduate, maybe we would call him a plebe in our lexicon, but the freshman member of congress, the gentleman from kansas, congressman watkins. mr. watkins: i thank the gentleman. uty, honor, country. the united states possesses the greatest military in the history of mankind and it isn't even close. how is that possible since through the ages warfare changes ? our enemies change, the geography changes, the ideology that we're up against changes.
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i would contest that the reason we consistently win our nation's rs is because our greatest attribute never does change. those are the values that we hold dear. it's the leadership principles that every graduate of the united states military academy learns. w how on earth could that be encapsulated? the best i could hope for is to call on general mcarthur who in 1962, to the united states army corps of cadets, said duty, honor, country, those three halllowed words reverently dick kate what you ought to be what you can be, and what you will be. they are your rallying points to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when
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there seems to be little cause for faith. and to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. the united states military academy has a sacred place in my heart. to the class of 1999, with duty in mind, i want to thank god for west point. i want to thank the long gray you, usma, myless rock bound island home. i yield back. mr. shimkus: i thank my colleague for joining us tonight. we have -- peach watch and participate in the army-navy games. there's now a new kind of challenge for the -- either the midshipmen or the corps of
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to -- ifd it's a fight you watch the army-navy game at the end, after the tremendous battle on the field, the friendly strife. both sides join together and listen as the alma mauters are sung, the goal is to be the one who sings second because that means you won the alma mater of west point is, i'd like to read it, hail alma mater dear help us our motto bear let duty be well performed, honor be e'er untarned west point by thee. ide us thy sons aright, keep our honor bright for thee to
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fight. hen we depart from thee may we still loyal be west point to thee. when our work is done, our course on earth is run, may it be said well done, be thou at peace. e'er may that rain of gray, live, serve, and die today, west point for thee. soipt to talk about my class. class of 1980, alyle bit. who are now mostly part of that long -- a little bit. who are now mostly part of that long gray line. we've got some still on active duty by they are leaving soon, they have served faithfully over the years. many folks will recognize some of these names. our motto was pride and excellence. we graduated about, these are ethe stats from a.o.g., we all
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know garbage in, garbage out so if some of my classmates are notup dating records, it may not be 100% accurate but the numbers are pretty good. we graduated 902. we think 23 have been deceased. we graduated 62 women. i was -- these are the pioneers. this is the first class of women who graduated from west point. they're very close. i talk with many of them frequently. we're all very proud of them. it was not easy for these women. as you can imagine. an all male institution. and they are a tribute to our class. we have four, four-star general officers two recently retired, brooks and perkins. we still have thomas who is commander of special operations command and votel, commander at
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sent come. these both are retiring soon. -- at centcom. stheeze both are retiring soon. ton -- erals, livings eight major generals, nine brigadier generals, one-stars, i want to note, brigadier general, retired, ann mcdonald who for raised to assmates the highest ranks of military service. we have real jus leaders in our class. pastors, chaplains, deacons, one that i like to always catch up gugwa, follow is nancy a benedictine sister. nancy rose gugwa, retired as a
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lieutenant colonel and went into -- became a nun. the -- we have medical doctors. we have university professors. i also like to highlight jeff williams, our astronaut, who has as a more time in space guy of the nasa program. a female astronaut just surpassed him but he's in space quite a bill and we're very, very proud of him. what's interesting as people talk about the military academies and institutions, the proverbial return on investment. i think my colleagues have talked about the selfless service of their classmates and the people they met. i think the interesting thing that i came upon in just going over some data from my class is, we know that every graduate for
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the most part serves in active duty. and the desire is for a, you know a 20-year service at a minimum but a lot of people choose not to do that. i think what surprised me was the any people picked up mantle in other branches or in the reserve program. about 422 retired from military service, close close to 50%. what are those? that's the obviously the united states army, united states army reserve, united states army national guard, we had a couple retire from the air force, we had one retire i think from the coast guard. and if you are in the reserves or in the guard rgs you are working. and you can be deployed and it's
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not a weekend warrior status anymore. they are part of the total military force. we have college professors and world class athletes and artists. some of our classmates now have their chirp who are already graduates and served their time ap already out of the service. so generation after generation of families and that's just an .xample of one of other classes the association of deprauts does a good job as was noted here, trying to keep us connected to our college. we have folks that come from not only 50 states. but also we have folks from foreign countries who are invited to serve and go through
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the program. and that's the unity of the association of graduates that attempts -- this night was spent to really accomplish two things. ne, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of graduates whose goal was to keep these boppeds of friendships and keep reminding us of the duty of horp and country and thank those who -- our classmates who seffed us and got us through the four years of training. thanks to staff and fack you will ti and thanks for allowinging and continuing to pport the great support of military training, west point, air force and i'm going to end
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speech, congressman watkins read it. it is one of my favorites. and i'll end on this, mr. speaker and this is the end of he speech, germ douglas mack arthur give. i come back to west point, ules their echoes, duty, horp, country. today makes my time roll call with you, when i cross the river, my last thought will be of the corps and the corps and the corps. i bid you farewell. and with that, i yield pack. the speaker pro tempore: jabbed. under the speaker's announced
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2019, mr. january 3, soto is recognized. mr. soto: i thank the speaker for the opportunity, we appreciate the esteemed institution that is west point and the united states marines are a great institution and i want to thank the speaker for your service in afghanistan and iraq as well. in honor of women's history month, i want to recognize me lippeda junes williams. al civil rights activist was born march 14, 1950. she is resident of hapes city, florida with one child. in july of 1963, me lipped ave jones williams was one of 15 i ls to end difficult advice
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haveness by protesting a strong force. she was arrested with 14 other girls. these depirls were all stolen, hid yep from their parents and locked in an abandoned building. source w, toilets or no of water. and they are stolen girls. and for that and for heroism, we thank you. in honor of women's history reeve i recognize charlie was raised in kissimmee. first in her family to graduate from college with a degree in
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jourmism in 1997. e has worked at the "orlando sentinel." while working for "stars and stipes" she has covered geo politics and u.s. military community. she moved to do volunteer work veterans who fought. he was named editor and worked closely with several n. depmplet o.'s helping agent original vet raps. she came back to florida to reconnect with her florida roots. it was a home comeing that led her back as a a sopedjourmist.
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she shows no stranger. her ability to connect with people and ups their problems is perhaps her greatest strength. her work thought her life is about more than chasing a sorry, it's about serving a community and being an advocate for the public, a voice for the voiceless and shining a light on corruption. the flesh she experiences while helping others is truly all hers. nd for that, we recognize you. in the honor of women's history month, i want to recognize juan nita gathers. she has six chirp and nine grand chirp with her husband, former mayor of winter haven. she has spent 34 years as an educator in polk county schools
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and retiring in 2004. wentraduated as in 195 and n to receive her bachelor of from the university of south florida. e severed as secretary state executive committee and was the highest woman. she served as a national congressional delegate. as an active member, she is the recipient of the outstanding award. she has severed on polk league andpolk count girls ink. and lifetime member of the nmp arch arch crmpcrmppmp and
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heretofore chapel. nd for that, we honor you. in honor of women's history month, i want to recognize onica re dmp inch z. she was born in detroit michigan. after moving to texas, she became aware in the shift of the political climate. after the 2004 presidential race, dallas republic caps were running opposed. she took time away from the company to become a full-time volunteer for the democratic office in plano, texas. e has worked with campaign managers and fund raised for
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candidates. in 011. monica moved to florida where she coordinated grassroots efforts by spearheading detail west orange county. she now happily serves as the dem contribution' women crub serving 600 members and the chair of the annual purse sisters rally of the democratic women's club. with that, we horp you. in honor of women's history lisa i want to recognize cr ompmmp arch is ar deaf mother to two boys and life to scott. she was born in 1962 to puerto
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rican parents. her early career was incorporate i.t. she diversed her first husband and went to work for the domestic violence agency. after meeting her husband scott, he had a friend running for congress, which presented an opportunity to transition to political consulting. she severed as voting co-chair and is now an executive board member of the women's march of florida. in 2003, the long time consequences of her disease became unbearable resulting in severe hearing loss. n 2016, she moved to longwood, florida. like everyone else, she was horrified by the pulse nightclub shooting. days, with post-911
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prompted her to offer a safe place ap safe space for frightened neighbors as well as visiting visiting families. hen the hurricanes, lisa refocused her efforts on achieving a just recovery. the vice president of international coalition of human rights human rights organizations. she also sits on the steering committee for -- [speaking spanish. >> and for that, we honor you. >> in honor of women's history month, i want to recognize karen
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green. reverend karen r. green, a crowd jamaica-born is ambassador at lample. d tireless crusader fighting to enhance the rights of women and secure the civil liberties of immigrants. as a resident of florida for over 20 years, dr. green has leveraged her talents as a political strategist, campaign manager. she has served as the democratic's party as the coalition director for the state of florida and its territories. service as cludes field for barack obama esidential campaign and germ
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election campaigns and political advanced to u.s. territories. she has led on universal health are, a women's right to choice choose and and as well. dr. green is also noted to have been instrumental on the front twigse. ight instate she currently serves as the c.e.o. of the liberty and justice for all liberty foundation and primary partner at plus field consultants international. passionate for service and strong service for dead cage is clearly a meet vating force for dr. green and merits these
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values to these values. a quotes marcus garvey, jamaican native with, i quote, a people without the knowledge of their past history, is like a tree without roots. and for that, ms. car yep freen, we honor you. . in honor of women's history month, i want to honor kim porteus. she's one of many women at the women's march on january 24, 2017. she is a community organizer supported by community women. though she's been involved in advocacy throughout her life she knew as a former survivor of rape, workplace sexual assault, and domestic abuse that she
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needed to make it her life's work to stand for women, sexual assault victims, the disabled, the lgbtq community, immigrants, dreamers, against climate change, for religious minorities, and to promote health care. she is committed to amplifying the voices of marginalized communities through intersectional feminism and uniting communities regardless of their privilege they have 2016 election led kim to amplify her message of equality beyond her circle of friends and get out into the community to engage. she has had the privilege of supporting organizations and community partners, including the national organization of women, organize florida, planned parenthood, for our future, adapt, rubio tuesdays, hope house, moms demand action, march
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or women and fight for 15. dollars an hour. kim is currently vice president of the greater orlando chapter of the national organization for women and is focused on sustained action to achieve the ratification of the equal rights amendment. for that, ms. kim porteus, we honor you. in honor of women's history month, i want to recognize rasha mubarak. she's a palestinian american community activist who was ecently named one of 10 people making orlando a better place to be by "orlando weekly." she's a current facilitator for the trust orlando coalition helping make history by passing the first trust act. not only in florida but in the southeastern region of the united states. she also serves as vice
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president for the muslim women's organization, she is the president of the young democrats of orange county, media litical strategist, is the president of orlando's palestine children's relief fund. she helped launch impactful programs such as welcoming immigrants now group and the domestic violence program. a sought after speaker about topics including palestinian rights, islamaphobia and women's representation in islam, rasha has been a grass roots organizer and speak for statewide demonstrations and campaigns for interfaith works, palestinian muslimbanever. she leads educational panels, discussions dispeling stereotypes abmuslim women. in 2015 she co-founded floridian responding to refugees, spearheading efforts to welcome
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and transition refugees. she was previous lay mental health counselor, volunteered with the palestine medical relief society, helping women and children suffering pmbing tsd. with that, ms. rasha mubarak, we honor you. in honor of women's history month, i want to recognize nicolette falielo springer. she's the sort of woman who does not fit conveniently into a mold. she's a criminologist, college educator and a doting mother to her two daughters, emmerson and avery. with a master's degree in criminal justice from the university of central florida, nicolette specializes in mental health and substance abuse. she was the assistant director of the criminal justice menlt health substance abuse center where she focused on program evaluation and policy analysis across the state of florida. nicolette's research areas
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include mental health court, drug court and crecks. it is her work in criminal justice that informed her work as a community activist, championing issues around adverse childhood experiences, social justice and access to education and health care. nicolette serves as champion leader for central and north florida for united nations foundation shot at life campaign which focuses on advocating for access to vaccines in the developing world. on the local front, she co-leads a girl scout troop of 27 girls and giving them the opportunity to see the best in themselves. nicolette's activism led her to run for office in the historic pink wave of 2018. she parlayed her own campaign experience into a full-time position on a democratic gubernatorial campaign and continues to advocate for progressive values. she is currently one of the co-chairs of the juvenile justice committee for the
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central florida league of women voters an serves on the victory counsel for ruth's list, florida. she's the legislative analyst for the leefing women voters of florida, empowering voters and helping improve the lives of floridians. r that, nicolette fariello springer, we honor you. in honor of women's history month, i want to recognize issa monotall vote. she lives in orlando with -- montalvo. she lives in orlando with her husband and two sons. she is a radio anchor, producer and con gregal staffer recognized for her contributions to the his tannic community. named5, "vision" magazine her one of central florida's most influential his panges. nder her leadership as a formeeder to and chief of the oldest running oublepation --
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publication in central florida, founded by a relative of mine, readership doubled in one year alone. as a reporter for the largest spanish language media outlet in the country, some of her stories gained national attention in her almost 20 years of journalism career. while working as a reporter, she covered news events like the protests at the united nations against the u.s. navy military ractices and the island of viecas. protested in times square against the war in iraq the aftermath of 9/11, the world economic forum and the new york blackout. she had the opportunity to interview high profile politicians and celeb toifs worldwide recognition as well as holding an exclusive interview with the federal agent who stopped the 20th hijacker from calfing a flight during the terrorist attacks on 9/11. her reporting about the puerto rican diaspora, neglected communities of color, learned -- earned her recognition and
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awards from prestigious national association of hispanic publications. she served as press secretary of two u.s. representatives before taking her vast experience into new business venture. she currently is founder and president of the olan group, a purpose-led research and consult ancy firm in orlando. as an independent journalist and media strategist she focused on raising awareness about underreported issues afingting the world like environmental justice and women's rights in spanish language and media outlets covering the latinx experience in the u.s. she also served as press secretary from 2017 to into 2018 and did an absolutely fantastic ob and for that, ms. isa montalvo, we honor -- we honor you. in honor of women's history month, i want to recognize dr.
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katherine elizabeth mccarthy. dr. elizabeth mccarthy currently serves as legislative director the the florida lgbt democratic caucus and federal chair of the democratic women's club of florida. born in richmond, virginia she moved to florida in 1981. after attending nool pasco county she attended university of florida and florida state university on basketball scholarships and graduated from florida state in 1992 with a degree in criminology. she then went back to school to become a nurse. after spend 25g years working as a cardio operating room registered nurse for the florida heart group she desaied to attend medical school at the university of central florida and soon became a cardiologist. elizabeth was working at orlando regional medical center the night of the horrific pulse nightclub shooting in orlando, florida. as a doctor, her work was vital in saving the lives of many
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victims and members of our community. she was table remove 77 bullets out of 32 victims. as a member of the lgbt community and lgbt activist she now serves on the one pulse foundation memorial task force, established to create a sanctuary of hope and to grant care for the families of vims and survivors and for that dr. elizabeth mccarthy, we honor you. in honor of women's history month, i want to recognize anna marie heeke. she was born on may 8, 1957. she attended cardinal gibbons high school and graduated from florida atlantic university with a degree in education. ann was a special education teacher at west arns high school, a longtime member of the classroom teachers association, and taught children for over 30 years.
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ann joined god on november 18, 2018, and we are recognizing her posthumously. she is survived by her mother, mary, he brothers joseph and ames, and her sister joan. ms. ann marie seeker, for that we honor you. in honor of women's history month, i want to recognize christina whitfield atkinson. christina whitfield ats tinson resides with her husband jeff lee, their four dogs and is supported by her son thomas two stepdaughters mariah and amber, and her four grandchildren. she has long believed ewomen are the backbone to any successful, prosperous society. she has earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration and worked for the past 20 years in multiple professional capacities including owning a dental supply
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company, working in risk management, internet security, insurance claims, and adjunct -- university professor and dedicating hundreds of thundershowers various charities. she believes in promoting a philosophy of integrity and honor through giving back to those who have given her so much. she believe there's no greater honor thaten participating in and promoting philanthropic activities. in january 20 18, after leaving her role in corporate america she was appointed as the v.a. representative for soldiers angels. as the wife of an air force veteran, cyster to a navy veteran, and mother-in-law to an active duty army soldier, christina was thrilled to volunteer for one of the highest ranked 501-c-3 organizations dedicated to supporting our military veterans. christine oversees a diverse group of volunteers in the orlando area, which visit
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veterans who are fashtes at the v.a. hospital -- who are patients at the v.a. hospital, help with veteran support events including distributing gifts and blanketers in community and oversees the monthly mobile food distribution which provides 200 low income veterans 50 pounds of food each month. if she is not at the v.a. supporting our veteran, she's reaching deep into the community to find other groups, business, and community leaders to help our military veterans. her love of the military is her primary focus in all she does and it is permanently ingrained in her. for that, ms. christina whitfield atkinson, we honor you. in honor of women's history month, i want to recognize chloe c. battle. chloe battle works in orlando, florida, as the executive
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director for the local food pantry called servants heart ministry. the faith-based organization feeds children, senior, and other vulnerable individuals through a community partnership by providing basic needs, empowering people to grow and thrive in their own neighborhoods, and offering opportunities for people to serve. ms. battle's mission is to feed the hungry and she also advocates -- advocating if building relationship which is she says is the most important part of serving and is the cornerstone for community health. when you get to know a family at the interpersonal level, their needs become more apparent and easier to address. and resources provided become more meaning to feel them. before entering the nontroft sector, ms. battle acquired her bachelor of science in psychology from indiana university, working out of a prestigious child development lab. she developed a keen interest in health psychology and social
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work and from their main -- and from there, maintained a personal commitment to care giving, family advocacy and community casework. ms. battle cites her strength comes from god and personal experience and her growth as a leader and community partner drives her forward to show others how everyone can do something, education and nurturing is the key to the success of all if -- of all families. d for that, ms. chloe c. battle, we honor you. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman yield back? r. soto: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman have a motion? mr. soto: yes, i move the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to
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adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the mowing is adopted. ahouse is adjourned until
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