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this wide view? if you get to the democratic caucus and say i want to work for republicans -- you change votes. host: unfortunately -- you havefortunately, to get through the primary process. 14, 16, 18 potential candidates in the race will have to appeal to the far left extreme. , politicalis next reform, fixing a deadlocked system question mark -- system? guest: there is a group to talk about reform and we will work with those groups to put --ether a sizable at constituency. guest: i think we will see what we can figure out. this is complex stuff. it is easy to echo the platitudes and what has to happen. as we have seen in politics, for other -- for every action, there is a reaction. host: former congressman jason
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altmire and tom davis. that will do it for our program and we now take you to live coverage of the house floor. we will see you back here tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern, 4:00 a.m. pacific. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, caller: which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. march 26, 2019. i hereby appoint the honorable scott h. peters to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2019, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be
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limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from california, ms. roybal-allard, for five minutes. s. roybal-allard: mr. speaker, i have the honor of serving as chairwoman of the house appropriations subcommittee on homeland security. the subcommittee is charged with overseeing the funding of our nation's longest, continuous sea going service, the united states coast guard. since the coast guard's founding in 1790 by alexander hamilton, americans have relied on this service to protect our maritime interests. the coast guard has secured our sovereignity in times of war and peace and safeguarded the person public during times of national catastrophe. as one of the five branches of the u.s. armed forces, the coast guard serves as a critical link between the
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department of defense and the department of homeland security. my role as chairwoman of the d.h.s. appropriations subcommittee and previously as the subcommittee's ranking member, has afforded me the opportunity to more fully appreciate the challenging work of the men and weapon -- women of the coast guard. this includes saving more than 11,000 lives after the devastating impacts of hurkts maria, irma, harvey, florence, and michael to the cumulative interdiction of 432 tons of cocaine over the past two years. one of the greatest examples of coasty dedication and effectiveness is captain adam shamey who has served as a coast guard liaison to the house of representatives for the past two years. adam has consistently demonstrated an ability to
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effectively convey the critical needs of the coast guard to both members of congress and staff while also supporting the coast guard's responses to the needs of states and congressional districts across the country. over his two-year tenure as liaison, he has helped facilitate the coast guard's two largest annual funding levels in the service's history. on april 18, 2019, adam will take command of coast guard sector key west, an area from the bahamas and cuba emcompassing 55,000 square nautical miles. while his departure is a loss to the house and the men and women of the coast guard serving along the florida keys will greatly benefit from his leadership and his commitment to the coast guard's core values of honor, respect, and
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devotion to duty. i wish him fair winds and following seas as he starts a new chapter in his career. today i ask my colleagues to please join me in recognizing this great american and coast guardsman for his selfless service to our nation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise to call for debate in this chamber on h.res. 109, referred to as the green new deal. this resolution lays out an agenda that is, frankly, anti-american, and goes against everything our constitution is all about. the resolution states, quote, it is the duty of the federal government to create a green new deal, end quote. the main components of this
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deal include net zero greenhouse gas emissions, creating millions of good, high-wage jobs, and upgrading all existing buildings and building new buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability. all of this is to be accomplished in 10 years' time. among the things the federal government has meddled in beyond the scope of its limited powers, completely overhauling every building and meth thot of transportation -- method of transportation in the country would be by far its most egregious transgression to date. however, the green new deal certainly will require congress' constitutional authority to levee taxes and borrow money to pay for it. this so-called deal would come at the cost of trillions to the
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middle class and spend taxpayers' hard-earned money as if they don't know best how to use their money and need the government to do it for them. the green new deal reflects zero understanding of moral has around and the government's capacity for waste, suggesting the government assume the risks in the unchartered research and development this socialist experiment would require. the way the resolution supporters see it, money will simply be put back into the economy and create millions of new jobs. they think nothing of the fact that these actions actually take power away from we, the people. now in light of the senate taking up this resolution for a vote this week, i'd like to offer some thoughts as to why it needs deeper thought and debate in the house. america's currently on the sustainable plan with its all of the above energy strategy, including renewable, oil, gas,
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coal, and nuclear sources. renewables presently make up 17% of u.s. electric power generation and despite enormous subsidies, are far from capable of serving as exclusive energy sources that are reliant and affordable. yet since 2005 use of cheap natural gas has reduced carbon emissions from power generation by 30%. our current approach encourages development of renewable sources and accounts for both environment and monetary costs. this resolution instead throws money exclusively at renewables and entirely eliminates the oil, gas, and coal industries. secondly, if the goal is to build the middle class and create jobs, why go in the completely opposite direction of what has worked to create over five million jobs in the past two years? reducing the federal footprint with regulatory reform and middle class tax cuts have caused wages to rise, job
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growth to soar, and consistently low rates of unemployment. allowing small businesses to keep more of their money as work to create jobs and increase wages. we certainly don't need to raise taxes and spend more money to create this effect. finally, this massive government intervention will push businesses overseas and disrupt the lives of workers, farmers, and students making the most of america's abounding opportunities. americans cherish freedom which includes the ability for individuals to determine their own paths without the government deciding how they will contribute to society. this socialist ideology behind this resolution is at odds with the american values that have cause canned our society to flourish and -- caused our society to flourish and innovate. i encourage the democrats who have co-sponsored h.res. 109 and speaker pelosi to engage in serious and open debate on this
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legislation. or at least publish a new fact sheet they can stand behind so accurate representations of opposing viewpoints can be heard by the american people. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from ohio, mrs. beatty, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to salute the tremendous work by several ohioans and reflect on the power of education and what it
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has for our young people today as reflected by the board. it has been said a quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labor, exploitation, and disease, and give them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential. i met with columbus school board of education members shawna gibbs, michael coe, and johanna jefferson's public school board president. these three dedicated educators and advocates along with a whole host of others from across the third congressional district are working day and night to ensure every child has the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential. across my whole district, whether that be worthington,
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east columbus, to grove port and everywhere in between people respect the power of education. another ohioan committed to making a go, this goal a reality for more students is jamie spearo. -- spiro. for over a decade jamie has been with sandusky city schools where she currently teaches ninth grade english. her hard work and unique ability to connect with students and people has made all the difference. under her tutelage, students have achieved an 85% passage rate on the state aat this tude test, and in the process achieved the highest value added score in the english department two years in a row. mr. speaker, we need more people like jamie, shawna, michael, and burl. or as jamie recently said to me, we need more educators to let students know daily that
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they can achieve anything they can can put their minds to. no matter their race, abilities, or anything negative they have been told. yes, america's next generation of leaders are today's students. many will go on to be great teachers, doctors, first responders, lawyers, scientists, astronauts, you name it, yes, even members of congress. i was particularly honored to find out two of my youngest constituents were inspired by me. recently katherine dressed up as me for a worthington evening street elementary black history month living wax museum. similarly. jamilia, a student at a-plus children academy commoont school did a presentation on my decade-long service to central ohio. as part of their projects, katherine and jamie highlighted my career. i am flattered, but i want them
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to know and every other young person that being the first is great, but we need to have a second and third. because each of us has the responsibility to meet the next generation. for example, last month from grace christian school in blacklick, a student, 5 years old in kinder garden, was studying the martin luther king dream speech, and 5-year-old said we learned what happened to people like ruby bridges and rosa parks just wasn't right. we should treat everyone fairly. i stand here today on the shoulders of heroes and she-ros who have equipped americans of all backgrounds for decades, even centuries, to still do that, treat people fairly. mr. speaker, whether it is the k.i.p.p. school, bexley high school, ohio's media school, columbus afro centric, or columbus school for girls, king
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famously said, the function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically, intelligence plus character, that is the gold of true education. thanks to all the hardworking teachers, educators, parents, mentors, past and present, students in central ohio thank you for embracing the power of education and its positive effect on the lives of so many in our classrooms. let us salute these students and teachers for a job well done. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, r. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this week our nation celebrates public schools week. it is a time when we
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acknowledge the diversity and success of our public schools and the sound education that they provide. strengthening america's public schools is the best way to ensure our children's future success and our country's prosperity. 90% of american children attend public schools. this week supporters across the country will share stories of the many schools and students and professionals who make public schools such vital components of our communities. this includes parents who are working hard to improve educational outcomes for children, advocates nationwide will share scores of stories about public school students and their successes. . mr. speaker, public school teachers truly make a difference in the lives of our students. they bre pair them for a bright -- they prepare them for a bright and successful future. as a senior member of the education and labor committee and a product of public schools, i know the incredible
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role our schools play in communities across the nation. public schools today have much good news to share, from increasing graduation rates and reduced dropout rates to improved ratings given by communities on school performance. public schools welcome every child regardless of ability, wealth, race, country of origin or need. by strengthening the public school system we strengthen the democracy of our country. supporting public schools today will build a stronger workforce for tomorrow. the future of our nation to produce in the manufacturing industry, the farm and the information age will be based on the investment we make today in supporting public schools. schools today are integrating the new ideas that are being explored by businesses and industry. strong public schools are vital to our national security. our military success is dependent on members who can apply their knowledge and skills to navigate the
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increasingly complex tools that keep our country safe. in many communities, the school district is the largest employer. teachers, bus drivers, administrators, coaches, facilities management all depend on the school district and all these jobs contribute to the fabric of a community. communities are stronger and schools are better when we all work together to support public education. public schools also make sure our kids receive at least one nutritious meal a day. 30 million school lunches are served each day, including 20 million free and two million reduced price lunches. for some students it may be the only meal they receive will be the one they get at school. mr. speaker, a child's opportunity for success should not be left to chance. every child needs a quality, well-equipped school right in their neighborhood where they can learn, be inspired and thrive. public education has always been the great equalizer in the united states and i am grateful
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for the contribution of our public schools and i know that together we will continue to work to strengthen them for our most precious resource, our children. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. smucker, for five minutes. mr. mucker: thank you, speaker. march is women's history month. i'd like to take this time to honor a notable woman from my istrict, ms. ann byler of lancaster, pennsylvania. ann is well-known in our community but also well-known and beloved throughout the world, since she's the founder pretzels.anne's her parents became a member of the amish mennonite church at 3 years old. she worked in a waitressing job which taught her the values of hard work and customer service.
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she learned to make pretzels when she worked at a food stand in farmer's market. eventually, she started her own pretzel business, and in 1989 she opened the first franchise throughout central pennsylvania. auntie anne's unmistakable pretzel aroma can frequently be smelled in malls throughout the country and the world and i'm very honored to recognize her hard work here today. anne has also been instrumental in supporting many organizations and causes in our community, and currently she serves on the board of the museum of the bible here in washington, d.c. thank you, mr. speaker. i'm honored to recognize anne on women's history month. thank you, mr. speaker, march is women's history month and i'd like to honor a notable woman from my district, ms. mairlyn ware of lancaster, pennsylvania. ms. ware was c.e.o. of american water works during the time she
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grew that company to a market .ap of $8.3 billion merylin was involved in the local -- mairlyn was involved in the local community. she was a pioneer in fundraising and cared deeply about the direction of our state and our country. she was always doing all that she could to make sure our country was in the right path. in our local community, she was a lifetime advocate of farmland and open space preservation. from 2006 to 2008 she served as an ambassador to finland. she was passionate, hardworking, always looking to make a difference and recruit young people into the world of politics. unfortunately she passed away in 2017 but has left a lasting legacy for women and for people all across my district. it's an honor to recognize her
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on the house floor today. thank you, mr. speaker. march is women's history month, and i'd like to honor a notable woman from my district, ms. jackie fersich. jackie currently serves as lancaster county clerk of courts where she served since 2016. since she she modernized the court filing system with an electronic filing system. this allows them to file documents electronically and help speed up our court process and make it more efficient. jackie began her legal career as an assistant attorney for the pennsylvania general counsel, department of labor, and industry where she prosecuted those who violated the commonwealth's labor laws. she resides in east hempfield with her husband, ed, children ella, nathan, and tyler. jackie is an example of a
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strong, innovative and hardworking woman and i'm honored to recognize her on the floor of the house today. thank you, mr. speaker. march is women's history month and i'd like to honor a notable woman from my district, ms. beverly, known as peggy, steinman of lancaster, pennsylvania. peggy served as the chairwoman for steinman communications, her family's business history in our area began not long after the founding of the country. they were responsible for publishing many of the local papers in our area, including l&p ily newspaper, the and she took helm of the company in 2010 and did an extraordinary job leading steinman communications. more importantly, peggy is a leader in our community and philanthropy, always working to make lancaster county a better place. she served on the leadership boards of the united way of lancaster and currently works
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with the steinman foundation to improve the quality of life for people in our community. she loves our community and is always giving back, and for that reason i'm honored to recognize her on the floor of the house today. thank you, mr. speaker. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields, and the chair now recognizes the gentleman from alabama, mr. brooks, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise once again to share stories of americans who once were vibrant and alive but now are dead because washington's open border policies fail to protect our own people. i yeern for the day when there are -- i yearn for the day when there are no more speeches like
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and there are no more alien killings to describe. on average, roughly 2,000 illegal aliens are apprehended each year by federal agents for homicides committed on american soil. another roughly 120,000 illegal aliens are arrested each year for other criminal activity, including 50,000 assaults and 15,000 sexual assaults. for emphasis, behind each statistic is a crime victim who would have been spared if america simply secured our porous southern border. in marshall county, alabama, an illegal alien was recently arrested for first-degree rape of a 12-year-old girl. according to marshall county sheriff phil symms, the illegal alien had at least 10 different aliases, four different birth dates -- alias, four different
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birth dates. the illegal alien was charged with d.u.i. in louisiana and deported in 2008. in 2009, the illegal alien was deported yet again for illegal re-entry. this first-degree rape of a 12-year-old girl would have been prevented by proper border security. in mobile, alabama, sonya jones was recently killed by an illegal alien charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a head-on collision. sonya jones was a teacher at living ward christian center academy. one of sonya's colleagues said, quote, she had a smile that would light up the hallways, end quote. the illegal alien who killed sonya jones is a prime example of how dangerous asylum laws and catch-and-release policy laws are to americans. sonya jones' illegal alien's
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killer was captured by law enforcement but then released when he lied to claim asylum. as is so overwhelmingly often the case, sonya jones' illegal alien killer failed to show up in court on the asylum claim and instead disappeared, leaving at least one dead american in his wake. ast week, in washington state, deputy ryan thompson was shot and killed by yet another illegal alien who legally entered america in texas in 2014 on a temporary agriculture worker visa by illegal overstayed his visa after it expired. deputy ryan thompson was married with three children and as the first law enforcement -- and is the first law enforcement officer to be killed in his county since 1927. in 2005 in milton, pennsylvania, beautiful 20-year-old carley snyder loved animals and dreamed of being a
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veterinarian. her dream ended when an illegal alien forcibly entered carley's apartment, punched her in the face, knocked her to the floor and stabbed her 37 times. carley went into shock and died at the scene. mr. speaker, washington should have more sympathy and concern for the lives of americans than illegal aliens. unfortunately, washington does not and instead puts illegal aliens on pedestals above the interest of americans. mr. speaker, americans have every right to expect congress to defend american rights and the most basic right is the right to life. the right to be protected from illegal alien killings that could so easily be avoided. tragically, congress turns a blind eye to the lives and innocence of americans stolen by illegal aliens. that is wrong. president trump is right to declare a national emergency to help save the lives of at least
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30,000 americans who are alive today but will be dead a year from now if we do not protect and secure america's southern border. as such, i will not hesitate to proudly vote to sustain president trump's veto of socialist legislation that supports open border policies that aid and abet illegal aliens that kill americans, at aid and abet illegal drug cartels that take american lives. mr. speaker, americans who die at the hands of illegal aliens had dreams too. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon to
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ms. delauro: eliminating a temporary fix for rejected borrowers who thought they qualified for public service loan forgiveness and slashing adult education, federal work study,re

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