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much by relitigating the philosophy of the system. i am 72. i am ex army. can you tell us about was going on with the efforts to upgrade the militaries basic standard rifle and handgun? host: let's take that question. guest: that's a good question. it's been an ongoing saga within the army, trying to get a new standard issue weapon for the soldiers. wet is one of the things will be working for with the details of the budget request,. we should see those details on monday when they delivered the detailed budget justifications. i will be sure to look up what happening. host: he is the defense budget analysis director.
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come back again. guest: thank you. host: we will be back your tomorrow morning at 7:00 eastern . we send you now to the floor of the house. e speakepro te the hosel b ir. char the hse mmunation he speaker. caerthe speaker's room, shgton, d.c - t ck: the sure,asnon, c., march , 29. hereby appoint thhonorabl adrianess p yot t a a eerempo on is day -- adrian palao t asak pro ncpesi, saker of the ed, ose of reprentatives.
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puerto rico has made incredible strides to rebuild, but many, many families are still struggling. these are american citizens who pay taxes and who work hard just like mainland americans, but for some reason, the trump administration is having a hard time empathizing. when i think of all the ways the trump administration has attacked low-income working families i can't say i'm surprised. last week "the washington post" reported that puerto rico was forced to start cutting its nutrition benefits. puerto rico's food assistance program is funded by a capped block grant separate from snap, and while other federal nutrition programs like w.i.c. and school meals operate in puerto rico the same as in other states and territories, puerto rico remains disadvantaged because their nutrition assistance program funds are static. in order to receive nutrition assistance in puerto rico, you have to have a lower income to
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receive less assistance than someone who lives on the mainland. it also limits the program's flexibility to respond to changes in demand when the hurricane struck, additional funds had to be given to accommodate nor participants. these forced cuts will reduce puerto rico's food assistance benefits by 25% for 1.3 million people. that's 43% of puerto rico's population. and while it is true that this cut willry store the overall benefit amount -- will restore the overall benefit amount efore -- before the hurricane, they need more assistance given the circumstances. it's not easy to rebuild your entire life on an empty stomach. mr. speaker, on more than one occasion, house democrats have asked for an additional $600 million to help puerto rico through this rough patch. only to be shut down by the president and his misplaced il-informed prejudices toward
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puerto rico. even leader mcconnell seems to be helping the president do his dirty work by taking up the supplemental appropriations bill that we sent to the senate during the shutdown in january. probably because it would force them to address relief funds for puerto rico. pulling ott the rug from be-- pulling out the rug from beneath puerto rico makes a bigger problem. i encourage my colleagues in the u.s. senate to appropriate an additional $600 million for puerto rico's nutrition assistance program. i ask my colleagues to support these funds and speak out on this issue. the least we can do is empathize with our fellow americans who are recovering from a natural disaster. it doesn't happen overnight. it doesn't take months. it takes years to recover from the devastation that hurricane maria caused, and puerto rico has continued to fight and advocate for disaster funds unlike states on the mainland. time is running out. and we can't allow these cuts to continue. this is a moral question for
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all of us here in this chamber. this is about how we are going to treat our fellow citizens in puerto rico. it's all on us to act. it's all on us to end hunger now. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise during national agriculture week to celebrate american farmers and farm families. this nationwide effort recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by american agriculture. it also reminds citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us and plays a critical economic and food security role. thursday is national ag day which began in 1973 as a way to increase public awareness of agriculture's role in society. national ag day encourages every american to understand how food and fiber products are produced. appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products. value the essential role of
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agriculture and maintaining a strong economy. acknowledge and consider career opportunities in agriculture, food, and fiber industries. in the commonwealth of pennsylvania, we're fortunate to have more than 58,000 farmers. these men and women are the lifeline of the commonwealth as agriculture is our number one industry. our farmers produces a safe and abundant food supply including farmers. my bill, the whole milk for healthy kids act, would further expand milk choices in our schools and allow for whole milk, blothe favored and nonfavored -- both favored and nonfavored -- nonflavored. consumption in schools has dramatically decreesd since the .ealthy, hunger act milk is the number one source in the diets of many young
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americans. we can provide the foundations for a solid healthy lunch in our schools but also -- that also tastes great and students will want to drink. when students don't consume milk, they are not getting nutrients such as cal see up, poe tass -- calcium, potassium, vitamin d. national agriculture week is a perfect time to sign on to this important legislation. we know farmers feeds, nutrition matters and agriculture plays a critical role in modern society and i want to thank all the americans who work tirelessly on -- in the ag sector and on behalf of a grateful nation we thank you. i rise in support of h.r. 159 , the cybersecurity skills integration act. i'm proud we continue to provide the resources necessary to have a dominant and prosperous workforce. for instance, this past july, we authorized the carl d.
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perkins act to advance career and technical education. we must continue developing the 21st century workforce to meet the technical demands our country is facing now and into the future. that's why together with my friend, congressman jim langevin, we've introduced a bill to help protect our sensitive data and critical infrastructure from bad actors. our legislation directs the department of education to create a comprehensive grant program that integrates cybersecurity education and to new and established postsecondary c.t.e. programs. with more than 16 critical infrastructure sectors in our country, we must prepare our next generation of learners to have the most sophisticated and comprehensive educational programs to protect our nation's most dire asset systems and networks. i urge my colleagues to support this bill, and i thank mr. langevin for his work and leadership on this issue. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california,
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ms. speier, for five minutes. ms. speier: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house and to revise and extend my remarks and include extraneous materials into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. speier: mr. speaker, i'm outraged but not surprised that the political appointees in the e.p.a.'s washington, d.c.' office have decided that the roadwood city salt ponds in my district do not include waters of the united states under the clean water act. this administration has completely hijacked the jurisdictional process away from the experts on the ground, putting politics ahead of science. no surprise. stunningly, after experts at the e.p.a.'s region nine had drafted a termination in 2016 that came to a complete opposite conclusion, the
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peaverplettramped on that evidence -- the e.p.a. trampled on that evidence-based determination. the administration was no doubt counting on the fact the draft would not be released to the public. well, i'm not willing to allow that to happen. let the record reflect that after being designated in e.p.a. -- an e.p.a. special case, region nine conducted an extensive review of the property and finally concluded hat 1,270 acres within the redwood city salt pond's property are in fact waters of the united states for the following reasons. first, the tidal challenge channels were part of the navigable waters of the san francisco bay and were not converted to, quote, fastland or, quote, dry solid upland prior to the enactment of the clean water act. this is because waters that have been severed from tidal
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influence are not fast lands. secondly, the salt ponds in their current condition have been shown to be navigable in the past and could be used in interstate or foreign commerce with reasonable improvements, such as removing levees. in fact, large portions of former salt ponds in proximity to the site have been restored to tidal marshes. third, the salt ponds are impoundments of waters, as defined by waters of the united states. finally, the salt ponds have significant nexus to the traditionally navigable waters of the adjacent san francisco bay, providing food and habitat to certain species of microorganisms, and the most recent e.p.a. determination directly contradicts the findings of region nine experts but it's completely in line of this administration's record of gutting environmental protections in the name of corporate interests.
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i realize this administration struggles to recognize any body of water that's not a murky, scum-filled swamp, but i refuse to let this 180-degree political flip-flop occur without public disclosure. and believe me, the decision by administrator wheeler is a flop. that is why i am submitting this draft determination in its entirety for the public record. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the remaining of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does -- the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania -- sorry -- the gentleman from kansas, mr. marshall, for five minutes. mr. marshall: mr. speaker, it's with great sadness that i speak today about the passing of a great kansan and former member of the united states congress, my friend, mr. richard dale nichols. dick was born in southeast kansas and honorably served his country in world war ii as a
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member of the united states navy. upon returning to kansas, he attended kansas state university and was a fellow pi fraternity brother. he served as president and chairman of the board for home state bank and trust. in 1990, dick was elected to the united states congress, representing the fifth congressional district of kansas. two years later, following the census, dick's district was eliminate and he returned to life as a business man, but never gave up his passion and love for our country. dick served as president of the kansas bankers association and was active in the local chamber of commerce and the fellow rotarian. he was a proud husband, father, d grandfather, and his outgoing, optimistic personality gave him new friends wherever he traveled. i got the opportunity to know dick and will be grateful for the time and energy he spent helping me find my way to
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washington, d.c. when i was back there, i enjoyed chatting with him about kansas state athletics, fraternity brothers, and republican politics. our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, linda, and the entire nichols family as they mourn the loss of a great kansan and a great man. he'll certainly be missed. mr. speaker, i stand in support of secretary perdue and the department of agriculture's proposed rule to restore the spegrit of the supplemental nutrition assistance program and implement it as a safety net, not a way of life. in 2019 too many abled body men and women remain on the sidelines of the workforce. a historically robust economy but there is sluggish labor participation rates, indicating a continued reluctance by some to engage in the workplace. according to data from usda, we
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have more families accepting snap dollars today than we had at the height of the financial crisis of 2008. despite major economic gains and today's record low unemployment, too many states are allowing people to opt out of work, leaving employers to spend valuable resources searching for men and women to fill our many vacant jobs. y requiring able-bodied adults to participate 20 hours a week or be in educational programs, we will make sure they are finding a way back to the workforce and long-term self-sufficiency. this nation's economy is the strong it's been in my professional lifetime. we must continue to encourage individuals to become self-sufficient and find new employment opportunities. for too long too many states have bypassed the rules and allow able-bodied adults to neglect job training and educational opportunities. employers across the country have good-paying jobs that can
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help individuals move out of poverty and regain their independence and integrity. it's time we restore snap to its intended purpose, help men and women above back to the workforce and take a major step in closing the workforce participation gap. . mr. speaker, i rise to discuss the progress made over the past two years to close the kidgetal divide. access to reliable internet connection remains a seg challenge in america and across my district. society is becoming more reliant on broadband whether for educational resource, telemedicine, or agriculture technology. at the end of 2016, more than 26 million americans did not have access to high-speed internet. a recent draft report circulated by chairman pie, that number dropped to just 19 million at the end of 2017 with. those new connections being in rural america. it was will be throid to almost
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600 million homes by the end of 2018. the largest number recorded. reducing the burdens helped to incentivize investments. we're working hard to leverage federal programs, private dollars, and savings from the tax cut and jobs act, to deploy broadband to rural communities. companies like rockhouse motion, or ital media company roland j. boutique are able to thrive thanks to that internet connection. i applaud our efforts at the fcc, the usda and congress to make broadband access in rural america affordable and reliable. i encourage my colleagues to continue working to ensure americans have access to an internet connection no matter where they live. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from oklahoma, for five minutes. thank you, mr.
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speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the girl scouts of the united states. as it celebrates its 107th birthday today. on this day in 1912, juliette gordon lowe founded this organization for in her worlds, the girls of savannah and all america and of the world. as you might be able to tell from the pictures next to me, girl scouts holds a very special place in my life. girl scouts prepares girls to empower themselves, promotes compassion, courage, confidence, character, leader, entrepreneurship, and active citizenship. my life has been shaped as have many other girls and women throughout this country in large part by the lessons i learned through scouting. from my great grandmother to my grandmother to my mother, to
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myself, girl scouts and the values that they taught me and the strengths that girl scouts helped me to achieve have helped carry me through life. for more than a century the girl scouts have taught girls to be go-getters, innovators, risk takers, and leaders. and today with a record number of women serving in the u.s. congress, there are also a record number of girl scouts. 58% of the women in the u.s. house of representatives are girl scouts. and 73% of female u.s. senators are girl scouts. and though there are hundreds of girl scout alums in both houses of congress, there are three of us who earned scouting highest honor, myself, congresswoman lauren underwood, and senator tammy duckworth. this award, the gold award, is given to high schoolers after they identify an issue in their
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community, investigate it, build a team, build a plan, and implement it. these one to two-year take action projects must have sustainable impacts on the community. they can be petitions to add playgrounds to local parks, recycling campaigns, building emergency kits, and on and on. the one thing they have in common is the sustainability requirement. simply can't be a one shot. they must create lasting change. girl scouts teaches its members to look for the root cause of a problem not simply the symptoms. and the gold award is the highest achievement in all of girl scouts. congress isn't the only place as well that girl scouts have gone into public service. three secretaries of state, condoleezza rice, madeleine albright, and hillary clinton have all been -- were all girl scouts. and virtually every single female astronaut has also been a girl scout.
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today more than 50 million women alive have participated in girl scouting and growing up. i'm proud to say that the girl scouts of western oklahoma, there are today 14,000 girls who are members. and worldwide girl scouts has a 2.6 million current girl and adult members. although girl scouts is perhaps best known for the entrepreneurial skills it introduces through the cookie program, it does so much more to develop leadership skills in girls. it teaches them how to advocate for themselves, for others, and it gives them a voice beginning at a very young age. programs introduce girls to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, or steam. often paths where girls might not otherwise be encouraged or supported to go on their own. their steam programs introduce girls to these important areas and help them to move through challenges. girl scouts can can also learn
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about the outdoors through going on long treks, camping, kayaking, mountain biking, and other activities while learning how to minimize their impact on the environment. bottom line, girl scouts teaches girls the skills they need and they might not get elsewhere about healthy relationships, soft skills, financial literacy, nutrition, and health. all of these journeys are designed by girls and for girls following evidence-based approaches that ensure they fit girls and foster their growth. i am honored today to rise to celebrate the girl scouts on their 107th anniversary. as a fourth generation girl scout and gold award recipient. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from alabama, mr. brooks, for five minutes. mr. speaker, a
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prominent american socialist politician recently proclaimed that, quote, capitalism is irrelevant redeemable, end quote. mr. speaker, capitalism better known as free enterprise, is based on freedom and liberty not government dictate. the claim that freedom and liberty should give way to government control and dictatorship is astonishing, sad, and alien to the america that i know. it is detrail -- betrayal of the freedom and liberty americans have fought and died for. a freedom that has given america the best gross domestic product, the most wealth of any nation in history. in sum, the argument that free enterprise is bad and irredeemable is the height of economic hubris, economic ignorance, and economic stupidity. mr. speaker, it is one thing for
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an argument to be economically ignorant and stupid, it is another thing for it to be dangerous to human life. in that vain the argument that socialism is better than free enterprise is not only a betrayal of america's foundational principles of freedom and liberty, it is also dangerous and must be dealt with quickly and severely. history is replete with examples of dead or dying nations that have paid a heavy price for succumbing to socialist politicians who care more about personal and dictatorial power, who care more about being the boss than the welfare of their own people. for those who refuse to learn from history, i suggest reading george orwell's prophetic book "the animal farm." it explains all you need to know about how and why socialism fails and who rules in a socialist society. venezuela's economic and
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humanitarian catastrophe is a present day, glaring lesson that warns all tempted by the siren song of socialism. thousands of venezuelans are dying from malnutrition, disease, and lack of food and medicine. the result, deadly riots. n 2018 alone, a staggering 7,523 civilians were murdered due to clashes with military and state police forces. mothers are forced to choose which child to feed and which child goes hungry. in 017 the -- 2017, the average venezuelan lost 24 pounds because they could not get the calories necessary to maintain their body weight. today, there are venezuelans searching for food in trash cans who are fortunate if they can eat once a day. as they lose hope, suicide rates
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have skyrocketed to almost twice the global suicide rate. venezuela's socialist economy has collapsed. 2018's inflation rates soared to 80,000%. nearly 90% of the population is living below the poverty line. even elech terroristity is unreliable. as caracas suffers from sporadic total power failures casting venezuela's capital city into darkness. worse yet, venezuela's socialism promotes crime and lawlessness by desperate citizens. according to a 2018 report by the world economic forum, venezuela is the second most dangerous country in the world with caracas coming in as the second most dangerous city overall with 111 homicides per 100,000 residents. vens willa's suffering even
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exsends beyond its borders as thousands of refugees flee to neighboring countries that can -- cannot take care of them. it's a man-made catastrophe brought about by tyrannical dictators and self-proclaimed boss that is are always the result of socialist policies. mr. speaker, america must learn from venezuela, a country that's succumbed to evil sales pitches even though history proves socialism has failed every time. i urge my colleagues and america to reject socialismless america go down the same path of financial self-destruction as venezuela. minally, mr. speaker, i urge america to reject self proclaimed dictators and bosses who seek to deprive america of our hard fought and hard won freedom and liberty. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five
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minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, and still i rise. and i do he so today because i love my country and i believe in what it stands for. and because i love it and believe in what it stands for, i believe that my country is worth liberty and justice for all. i believe it is worth government of the people, by the people, for the people. i believe it is worth the belief that all persons are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. our country is worth it. because our country is worth making great and noble these american ideals, i do not believe that an unfit president should be allowed to stay in office. if we acknowledge that the president is unfit, if we say that he's causing harm to society, then we have to honor
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article 2, section 4 of the constitution of the united states of america which calls for the impeachment of an unfit president who is causing harm to society. this is where i stood some many, many weeks ago. this is where i stand now. and i stand here because i love my country. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise to salute mr. tom dorsett in north carolina's fifth district. mr. dorsett is about to retire from his very successful business, dorsett technologies, which since 1977 he has grown into the innovative and thriving business it is today. mr. dorsett, his wife, and their excellent employees have built the business from a small
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heating and air conditioning supply and service business to one of the most innovative businesses in the area. today the company specializes in automation for buildings and municipal water and wastewater systems. municipalities across the country use dorsett technology's software to control systems for energy, security, and water. . they supplied the air force, nasa with the cutting edge technology. along the way, the company and the dorsetts have been outstanding philanthropist for every good cause and nonprofit in the county. their support ranges from the art council to rotary, the united methodist church, united way, the christian ministry and mr. dorsett is a visionary. understanding the need to
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develop young people for the jobs of the future, mr. dorsett has led the effort to promote the robotics education in the school system, giving and raising money for the program, which has become one of the most popular in the area. the dorsetts were also lead gift givers for the arts council which renovated an area of the downtown into a very successful art center a few years ago. he's a renaissance man, but he and his family seek no recognition for the positive things that they do although recognition is much deserved. thanks to the dorsetts for being such positive role models and for their generous support of the community. we wish them well in their retirement. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from nebraska, mr. bacon, for five minutes.
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mr. bacon: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to recognize and congratulate one of the distinguished finalists for the prudential spirit of the community awards from millard south high school, senior carley rankin. he's part of the nonprofit musicians which helps kids with special needs. the organization is designed to provide a safe learning environment, teaches basic music theory, features instrument playing, singing, dancing, and cull minute nates per -- culminates performances. the organization created a program that focused on the importance of community service and volunteer work and inspire other americans to help those in need. more than 29,000 students across the country participate in the 24th annual prudential spirit of community awards
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programs. i ask you all join me in recognizing carley for her passion and service and thank prudential financial for taking the time to encourage our youth in their pursuit of selfless sacrifice. mr. speaker, today i rise to support a constituent of mine who was recognized during this past january as the 2019 dealer of the year by the american truck dealers. trey is president and c.e.o. of truck center companies which is headquartered in omaha, nebraska, located in our congressional district. truck center companies has eight dealerships including parts and service facilities in nebraska, kansas, and iowa, representing seven trucking franchises. of the nearly 575 employees, almost 25% of his staff are military veterans or active in the reserves or guard. in 1991, high school mr. mitty began his career with truck center companies. he started out by washing trucks and ensuring the workplace was clean. after earning his degree at the
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university of nebraska-lincoln, trey became the dealer-principal and owner of the truck center companies. 2019 dealer of the year is a national award recognizing a national truck dealer who performs distinguished community service. trey was chosen for his support of make washe nebraska by sponsoring an annual golf outing. to date, the dealership has raised over $2.6 million with another goal of $3 million in 2019. in addition, mr. mitty and truck center companies donates to multiple area technical schools and the company has developed a 16-week training program to integrate young professionals into the truck retail industry. earlier this year he began as two-year role as american dealer council, demonstrating his selfless leadership to his fellow truck dealers. mr. speaker, on behalf of all the constituents in nebraska's second district, please join me in congratulating trey mitty on being named 2019 truck dealer
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of the year. i wish he and his family and truck center companies a prosperous future. mr. speaker, in honor of women's history month, i'd like to recognize a constituent of the second district of nebraska, sherry wright, the first african-american woman to receive a military commission from the university of nebraska-omaha rotc's program. as a single mother, sherry earned a bachelor's degree in social welfare and graduate degree in human studies. upholding high academic standards, in september, 1975, sherry noticed some rotc members on campus and admired their willingness to serve, protect and honor our country. it was in that exact moment that sherry knew what she wanted to do and she joined the air force rotc that very day. she worked as an operations officer and squadron transportation officer monitoring and directing airfield operations, security and ground transportation. after serving in the air force, sherry worked for 30 years in
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the united states post office. now retired, sherry's selflessness and consideration for children has motivated her to create programs that educate, empower today's youth. she's also taken children on educational field trips at her own expense. she flew children to disney world so she could experience an airplane ride for the first time and know there is world outside her neighborhood. she found and organized increase the peace campaign, an organization to challenge youth to think about peace on what they can do to help their communities through writing and art. she's been an active board member as the greater omaha coalition, the city of omaha's human relations board and omaha housing authority board. not only sherry is a public lished author of a book "there's something in my water," she's a recipient of many awards to include the outstanding service of woman of color award and she's also made the admiral the nebraska nave eye by the former govern --
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navy by the former governor. she lives through christ, she serves her neighbor, her willingness to serve our country makes her a positive role model, humble, a wonderful individual and empowering community activist. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. speaker, k: it's with a heavy heart that i rise today to honor the life and memory of an amazing bucks county resident, mar dugin, who we recently lost after a courageous battle with cancer. she married her husband, doug, in 1991, and together she raised three amazing children, patrick, -- children, and she
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was known for her adventurous spirit, unwavering kindness and her ability to appreciate the small things and find the joy in everyday life. mr. speaker, we as a house send our deepest condolences to the dougin family and i'm grateful for them sharing mara's life with all of us in bucks county. she touched so many lives and helped so many people. she is now enjoying her eternal reward for living her life serving others. mr. speaker, just under one year ago i recognized the outstanding work of mary's covered, a food pantry in bucks county, pennsylvania. i rise today to mourn the passing of one of the founders of mary's cupboard, marion slack, a longtime resident of
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middletown township, lived the life of devotion to her family, to her community, and to her catholic fafe. marion truly embodied what it meant to live out one's faith each and every day. inspired after meeting mary an emergency de food center. marion was previously recognized as catholic woman of the year by the knights of columbus. mr. speaker, our entire community stands by her maureen, ary ellen, eyely along with the entire family. marion is enjoying her eternal reward. her generation will live on for generations. mr. speaker, i had the pleasure
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of meeting with advocates from an alliance here in washington, d.c. last week, and it was great speaking with them to express my strong support for the continuation of funding for the program in the fiscal year 2020 department of defense appropriations act. t.s.c. is a genetic disorder that can cause tumor growth in vital organs in the human body. it occurs in approximately one in 6,000 births and i'm proud to share the story of the miller family. nearly five years ago, lindsey and her husband, dave, welcomed their daughter into the world. while ellie was born with t.s.c., she has not let it stop her from being it just like every other kid. she's developmentally on track. she enjoys preschool with her friends and she sees her doctors regularly at the children's hospital of philadelphia. however, there's no way to currently gauge how t.s.c. will affect ellie in the years to
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come. and this is why funding for it s.c. and the research program is so vitally -- for the t.s.c. and the research program is so vitally important. i encourage all my colleagues to support this. i want to thank my colleagues for their leadership on this issue. again, i encourage all my colleagues to help us. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today.
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director vought: when >> i'd ask you to respond to what i have said here. is there anything you with add or think is worth emphasize? director vought: i think it's important to reflect on the fact that in the 1960's we had spending as a percent of g.d.p. roughly in the 16% range. since the 1960's we have seen spending skyrocket to in the neighborhood of 2% as a percentage of g.d.p. whereas revenues have

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