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just about to start business. they are now coming in. we will take you to them now. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., march 27, 2019. hereby appoint the honorable m costa
jim costa 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 limited to five minutes. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost. mr. bost: each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be than speaker. mr. speaker, this week we celebrate public school week. it serves as a reminder that every child deserves access to ality quality education, that helps them reach their full potential.
public schools are where our students become citizens. they learn to think critically, solve problems, and build relationships. they grow to contribute to our society, our economy, and our communities. and it all starts with the men and women who want to make a difference to our teachers and educators and professionals that work in these fields. and i want to include a miss lucy gamby who was my sixth grade teacher and thank her for the influence she had in my life. i'm sure everyone has someone someone like that that is a special teacher. mr. speaker, on march 21, we celebrated down syndrome day. many people don't know this but i have 11 grandchildren. my sixth grandchild and third grandson is stanley. stanley has downs, and stanley amazing, fun child, ild
wonderful. you know, it's kind of our job as grandparents to make sure that we want to encourage them to be the best they can be. with that, mr. speaker, i yield ack. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. -- ok. r now recognizes the chair now recognizes the gentleman from minnesota, mr. phillips, for five minutes. thank you, mr.
speaker. the clock is ticking and thousands of minnesotans are running out of time. business owners will lose their workforce, workers will lose their jobs and children are going to lose their parents and it will be because we here in congress fail to take simple action when we were called to make change. we've been handed a game-winning lay-up, or in minnesota terms, an empty net, and all we need to do is tap in the puck. all we need to say to our liberian population, who came who came here fleeing the civil war and the ebola virus that you matter, that you're doing everything right. the world took everything from you and you came to our country, you worked hard legally, you pay your taxes, and you are a valued member of our community, but because we
gave liberians immigration status d.e.d. that does not allow a pathway to citizenship and because that expires in four days, these friends, neighbors, and family members will be subject to deportation. and it will tear our community apart. and it will be on us. mr. speaker, i recently heard from nicole matson. we don't have enough workers, she said. and my facility, 60% of employees are immigrants and over half of those are liberians. we would have to say goodbye to a pool of talent that's highly skilled and educated. i have no idea why we would leave behind such a critically important group of people to the health care industry. very simply, we cannot do the work, we cannot care for people, we cannot care for seniors without them. we need them here and we're glad that they are here. mr. speaker, i would say that we need courage to pass a legislative fix to save minnesota's health care industry and keep hardworking members of our population home. i would say we need courage to keep our families and communities and brothers and sisters together. and this is so simple and so easy that we do not even need courage. we just need to pass a bill. these are immigrants who have done everything the right way. they are here legally. they work hard. they pay their taxes.
and they have made themselves irreplaceable contributors to our communities. their immigration status has been extended from every president from bill clinton to donald trump. if you need the human argument, hear it from my constituent, michael. going back to liberia is not an option for me, he said. my only brother, who we were not able to bring to america, died in liberia a few years ago. my parents and siblings all litch here in the united states. i was recently -- all live here in the united states. i was recently accepted into a doctorial program. matthew could lose his older brother. it affects me deeply, he said, as a u.s. citizen this is someone i look up to. if he was to leave the u.s. it would be very difficult for him and for me. he has a daughter. i cannot take on that responsibility to being my
niece's caretaker. i can't imagine the nightmare this would create in my own community. this is not about me and my family. it's our community as a whole. we are going to lose friends and family and we are not ready for this. we have legislation. we could move d.e.d. holders to move to t.p.s. for three years while we pass a more comprehensive fix. so my colleagues, ask yourselves, are you here to make a difference, are you here to make people's lives better, are you here to help business owners and workers or are you here to keep playing politics with people's lives? let's rise to the occasion and be better than that and finally at long last give our liberian community the peace of mind that they so richly deserve. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now recognize the entleman from texas, mr. hurd. mr. hurd: thank you, mr. speaker. rise today to spotlight
connect, an organization in my hometown that helps 2,800 . ildren with disability i helped support these children with local needs. in 2001 connect kids was ounded by casey, a pediatrician who saw children with special needs needed more exercise. they needed motivation, camaraderie, they needed the joy that comes from being part of a team. i am proud to be part of their team and i will always be here to cheer them on. congratulations on a great event and thank you for the important work you do in the community. mr. speaker, my team and i are committed to fighting the bureaucracy for folks i represent across the 23rd congressional district of texas who can't battle it on their own. recently my team helped south texas cut through federal red
tape to secure $4 million in funding and spare the county from financial ruin. the county was being punished simply for following orders. but due to conflicting information from washington bureaucrats regarding how much to pay employees at the county detention center, they were told they owed the federal government $4 million. once my office heard about this issue, we worked relentlessly with the u.s. marshal service to ensure these costs were covered. i thank them for informing me of this issue and the department of justice for working with my office to resolve this situation. mr. speaker, joyce meyers once said that teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges. for apple stat national recreation -- apple stead tional recreation -- amstead tional recreation, they have
created service interactive programs that help those of all ages of the importance of conservation and maintaining our south and west texas natural treasures for years to come. i'm proud to rise today to honor lisa and all the women who are making an impact each day across the 23rd congressional district of texas as we continue to celebrate women's history month. and mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from maryland, mr. steny hoyer. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. rise er: mr. speaker, i in deep concern for our country and its ability to sustain investments in growing our economy and making opportunities available for our people. our country suffered the longest government shutdown in
its history just a few months ago. for 35 days, 800,000 federal employees and their families were forced to go without paychecks. our economy was burdened by uncertainty and a lack of confidence in our leaders. that shutdown was the direct result of the trump administration's confrontational approach to governing and its irresponsible decision to insist on a position that congress had already rejected. i would have hoped they learned were that experience, but it appears that that is not the case. now, president trump and mick mulvaney, a former colleague of ours who voted not only to shut down the government but against the wishes of the republican speaker, voted against opening government up.
they sent to congress a budget proposal that ramps up confrontation and sets up an even more difficult impasse. their budget proposal rejects six years, rejects six years of governing consensus. enshrined in three two-year budget agreements to raise the caps, put in placed by the budget control act in a bipartisan way and according to the principle of parody, fairness, equalness. adhering to that path and working together to raise the caps responsibly and at the same rate for defense and nondefense investments would be, in my view, the best way to ensure that appropriations for next year proceed on a bipartisan basis. so we can do the job of funding the government and avert another unnecessary, dangerous, and harmful shutdown in october.
the administration's proposal of using the outer continental shelf -- the overseas contingency operations account, with regard to the b.c.a. caps and hide increases in defense funding, is a massive gimmick. who said that? the republican majority said that a number of years ago. it is more than just an accounting sleight of hand with real implications with our national security planning and long-term strategy. the o.c.o. account, the overseas contringency account was supposed to help those outside the normal pentagon budget planning cycle. now, mr. mulvaney wants to use .c.o. at the rate of some $175 billion-plus as if afghanistan,
which we have been involved for some 17 years, is a contingency. it's not a contingency. it's an operating expense. if o.c.o. were used in the way the administration intends, it could cripple multiyear planning by our military by calling into question every penny shifted into that account in future years. it is also disingenuous for them to demand congress pour money into defense through what mr. mulvaney himself has called a back door slush fund. that's what he called o.c.o. in 2015 when he was a member of congress. and now that same mr. mulvaney, the acting chief of staff and, frankly, i believe also the acting o.m.b. director, proposes to use what he called a back door slush fund without acknowledging the need to
compromise elsewhere on the ledger. at fiscal irresponsibility its worse, because it's a very near of concern for -- veneer of concern for fiscal discipline, because it refuses bringsmanship, the trump-mulvaney budget is, to put it bluntly, a fraud. . now it is the congress' job to move ahead with good faith efforts to agree on raising the caps. we have a procedure called sequester that if we do not amend the caps will go into effect 15 days after we adjourn this session. and cut the levels that no member of congress, in my view, believes is either reasonable, rational, or responsible. but it would automatically occur
if we do not pass a caps bill. that is indicative that there is bipartisan agreement, which has happened over the last six years in two-year cycles, that the caps required by the sequester bill were irrational. i think there is a consensus, so as opposed to confrontation and to avoid a shutdown in october, we ought to come to an agreement. the president, of course, needs to be part of that agreement and he would have to sign legislation amending the sequester act. appropriators need guidance also to build to begin the hard work of writing funding bills. they need to know what the agreed spending level will be. we call it a 302-a, but what it really means is how much money you're going to spend on discretionary spending for defense and nondefense objectives.
i'm been appropriator. i haven't served on the committee for some years because i'm in leadership. i understand as well as anyone who important it is to have agreed upon top line numbers in order for the committee to do its work effectively on a bipartisan basis. i will tell my republican colleagues as i have told my democratic colleagues, it is my intention as majority leader of the house of representatives to provide for the passage of the appropriation bills through the house of representatives by the end of june. the budget act requires us to do it by june 30. we have never done it. we haven't done it on our side. the republicans haven't done it on their side. what inevitably happens is we don't get our work done and we had a shut down. last year and this year of historic proportions. historic cost. and historic undermining of competence in the united states
of america here and around the world. we need to get to work. we need to get to work together. we need to get this job done. let's strive to achieve that which i know is achievable. i have talked to ms. granger, i have talked to the ranking member of the appropriations committee here -- excuse me, the budget committee here in the house, steve womack. a good friend of mine. i have talked to mr. enzi, the chairman in the senate. i talked to senator mcconnell. i haven't heard anybody that doesn't think we need to get these caps established so that we can do our work for the american people. and re-establish confidence in the rational operations of the congress. it won't be easy. but it is necessary. let us not delude ourselves into believing just a few weeks removed from the longest government shut down in our history, that the
administration's shortsighted approach will lead to anything but another shut down at the end of the fiscal year. divided government need not be onfrontational government. i tell people on a regular basis that the congress is less than than the sum of its parts. what do i mean by that? i mean the individual members have integrity and a willingness to work together, but as a body, we have found ourselves unable and -- or unwilling to do just that. we're less than the sum of our parts. less than the sum of our members' intellect and willingness to act responsibly. he we can disagree on details -- we can can disagree on details but we must try to reach agreement on the caps to assist appropriators, promote fiscal
responsibility, reduce uncertainty, and protect the ability of our military to plan their budget over the long term with confidence. if o.c.o is relied upon in terms of billions of dollars, they can cannot do that. so it is undermining of our national security as well as undermining the ability to meet our domestic needs. the trump-mulvaney budget proposal, was, sadly, a missed opportunity and more of a fiscally irresponsible charade. so i say to my friends on both sides of the aisle, let us rive, not miss our own opportunity, to meet in good faith and produce a budget caps agreement that promotes fiscal sanity, uphold the principle of parity, and allows us to invest in a better future for our country.
certainly we ought to expect no less of ourselves, and certainly that is what our constituents expect of us. and then let us proceed to achieve a realistically -- realistic fiscally responsible sustainable real, budget agreement, worthy of our duty to our country and constituents and to fuhr generations. -- future generations. i urge my colleagues to come together, to reason together, to establish a plan to proceed, not just for this year, but for a decade to come that is fiscally responsible, meets the challenges that we have, and seizes the opportunities that are in front of us. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from south dakota, mr. johnson, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i grew
up in a large working class family in central south dakota. i suppose there were some years when we were more poor than we were working class. but i want to make it clear my parents worked hard every single day. so did i, so did my brother and my sisters. even with that hard work, 24r were times when we needed help -- there were times when we needed help from government to get by. i am who i am today because of the experiences of both welfare and hard work. government assistance can help people meet people's basic needs, we all know that. on its own, welfare alone means surviving just barely on the edges. welfare can meet short-term basic needs, but education and , k, yes, education and work
they deliver long-term hope and dignity and purpose and opportunity. so that brings me today to the supplemental nutritional assistance program, snap. many of us call it food stamps. i know this program well from a number of personal and professional experiences. most of you probably know that under federal law able-bodied nonseniors, people between the ages of 18 and 50, who don't have children at home are required to work or train or volunteer or go to school for 20 hours a week to receive their benefits. out of most americans, these work requirements are common sense. just as they were when they were passed in 1996 into law in a bipartisan manner. now, they are common sense because work isn't punishment. work is opportunity.
unfortunately, over the years some states have used gimmicks and loopholes to trigger waivers. those waivers water down the work requirements we have been talking about. these, i'm sure well-intentioned, but misguided efforts mean that one third of our country lives in an area with no work requirements. and no -- so today despite a record high seven million job openings, we have 2.7 million snap recipients who can can work but who aren't. there is a better way, i'm happy to say. i want to tell you about it. a few years ago because of state waivers arkansas, too many arkansans were not experiencing the kind of dignity and opportunity that comes from work. course sas 7 -- changed they put the work requirements back into place and the results were breathtaking.
they were impressive. people who left the program because they didn't work or didn't train or didn't volunteer ended off better than they were on welfare. necessity pushed them into a job path that brought them more resources than welfare alone could ever provide. with all of those people moving off the welfare rolls and into the workplace, they were earning money and the state saw its revenues go up. that kind of success can and is happening elsewhere. when maine reimplemented work requirements, incomes of former enrollees more than doubled and caseloads declined by 90%. it is these results that show us, all of us, how important it is for us to close these loopholes. usda secretary sonny perdue should be commended for his efforts to do just that through a proposed rule, making sure that food stamp recipients are
encouraged and rewarded for their work. i want to make it very clear, these actions are not about taking aid away from areas that are struggling with high unemployment. there are clear exceptions for those areas. instead, this is about prompting more states and more citizens to experience the successes that have been experienced by maine and by arkansas. we all know that every one of us does better, every single one of us does better when we're pushed, when we're moved past our comfort level. growth requires effort. that is true in athletics. that is true in academics, that is true in raising children, and it is true in all other areas of life as well. the nine million of abled bodied snap recipients, that push, that growth also denies them a chance at a better future. in states where work
requirements have been reinstituted, a clearer path out of poverty has re-emerged. we have to do that elsewhere. we have to do that everywhere. so i would close today, mr. speaker, by saying that work has dignity, work is opportunity, work is an american value. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. costa, for five minutes. mr. costa: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. costa: mr. speaker, i rise today to join the sikh community in celebrating. on april 14, sikhs around the world including thousands and thousands in california's san joaquin valley will celebrate festival. this week we welcome members of the congressional sikh caucus to the hill to participate in those celebrations.
the festival marks the new year and the beginning of spring season for the global sikh community, the day is tremendous significance in sikhism. it commemorates the year 1699, when sikhism emerged as a collective faith in what is now modern day india. it also celebrates both the birthday of the 10th sikh odell, and the foundation of calsa punt, sikh brotherhood. sikhs across the globe celebrate this day with with enthusiasm and joy. i know they do in the rich san joaquin valley that is home to so many who are farmers and businesspeople and community leaders, and i have the honor to represent them and to celebrate with them. this festival models what all
cultures strive for, strong communities coming together to celebrate progress and renewal its dedication to helping one another and peace. i ask my colleagues to please join me in celebrating this special tradition in the sikh community. mr. speaker, every march we come together to honor trailblazing women who have come before us, who have made a difference throughout the history of our country and throughout the world. and those who continue to pave the way for the next generation, those who have broken the glass ceiling and who are role models. the unsung heroins -- heroines of these courageous pioneering women continue to always make a difference. they are role models for me, and one who i must say made the incredible difference was our
mother. a daughter of immigrants, born before the depression, raised during it, having to quit school as a freshman in high school to help raise her seven siblings because her father had been injured in an agricultural accident. . she went on with our father to be as tom brokaw noted perhaps america's greatest generation, striving with the values of hard work, of teaching us to treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves. nd values of common sense as a young boy learning that jim, you know the truth is the truth, and you should always never forget those who are less foregnat. . you know, after our father passed away, my mother in her mid 70's quietly decided to go
back to school and get her g.e.d. she didn't need to. she was a successful business person. she was an artist, a vor arabs reader and a -- a reader, and a competitive bridge player. we said, mom, why didn't you tell us? she said, well, i didn't know i would do well. everything my mother did did well and continued to serve as a role model. later on the high school in which she had to quit as a freshman at 100th anniversary of that high school asked her to come with myself and they presented her with her high school diploma. she was so proud of that high school diploma, and today it sits on my desk and i show students that, that you can be whatever you want to be if you have the proper role model and encouragement. it's women who are guiding our nation toward a more equal future like our mother who make a difference. today, i'm proud to be a member
of the most diverse congress in the united states history, with over 102 women in this body, women serving the people's house. we honor their sacrifice, their brilliance and the strength of their service for our nation, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. babin, for five minutes. mr. babin: thank you, mr. speaker. former vice president joe biden has been in the news a lot lately along with the predictable narrative from the washington know-it-all chorus that he has a distinguished record and reputation as an expert on foreign policy. how very washington it is to assume that with his long washington resume, especially as his chairmanship of the senate foreign relations committee, that joe biden is a foreign policy genius. nice guy that he is, let's look
at the facts. because america's future and national security depends on america's wise choice of our next president, i want to quote the great charles krauthammer. more accurately described mr. biden's record back in 2012, and i quote. the vice president, over the last 30 years, holds the american record for being wrong on the most issues in foreign affairs ever. and the list starts with the nuclear freeze in the early 1980's against thatcher and reagan which is one of the follies of the era. he supported it. he was against aid to the nicaraguan contras which ended e sandanista rule at the time. he was against strategic defense which is the big advantage which we have now in missile defense.
and look at where he was on iraq. he opposed the first iraq war. the gulf war that liberated kuwait that everyone agrees was a good thing. supported the second iraq war which he, not i, say it was a terrible mistake. and then, when the surge happened he opposed the surge in iraq which rescued a losing war and ended in our leaving with our heads held high and some promise of the future. he seems to be the herbert hoover of american foreign policy and for him to be the spokesman for the obama administration on these affairs i think is quite ironic, unquote. it's not just conservative commentators who can see through the illusion of vice president biden's foreign policy judgment. robert gates, former c.i.a. director and defense secretary for presidents george w. bush and barack obama, had this to say about biden in his book "duty: memory with as of a secretary of war." i think he's been wrong on
every nearly foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades. i rarely, if ever, agree with barack obama, and i'm glad to see that our country's now back on the road to a strong foreign policy, but i will give president obama credit for wisely disregarding vice president biden's counsel on arguably the greatest achievement of president obama's presidency, his authorization in 2011 of the teams to erica's seal kill osama bin laden. as vice president biden recalled to a group of democrats in 2016, president obama asked for a final recommendation from his national security team and asked, joe, what do you think? his answer was, mr. president, my suggestion is don't go. many agree that president obama picked biden as his vice president in 2008 to quell concerns about his youth and lack of experience in foreign affairs. but in retrospect, it's now become clear that the most
useful role that he played was for mr. obama to take whatever he recommended and advise and conclude it was probably the wrong approach. mr. biden now believes he is the right man to choose -- excuse me -- the right man to lead our nation as president. america will choose a president in 2020, and i hope that republicans and democrats will conclude, as our 44th president and others have, the opposite might just be true. i thank you and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. thank the lee: i chair. i want to take this moment to and for very tough
any families amealiating journey, down memory lane, memories full of sick mothers and fathers, sick children and maybe even those who lost their ife because they could not get affordable health care. apparently, this administration doesn't understand for those of us who were here before the affordable care act the years and years of work, the thousands of pages of testimony , the many different committees , even my committee, judiciary, who heard the pain and cries of those who did not have health insurance. maybe he doesn't know the story
of the 8-year-old girl whose family actually took her to the office of the insurance company. she had leukemia. egged for coverage begged for coverage and they denied her and she died. aybe they did not hear the story of the mother whose son had hepatitis because he had not been able to overcome his drug addiction even though he was a lawyer. and his only basis of health care was the emergency room in a city hospital. or maybe the doctor who drove to another city hundreds of les away to get his intern son, put him in the backseat of his car and drive him all the way back so he can be inside the jurisdiction in which his health care covered. maybe the administration and president does not know about
unk insurance policies, that when you get to the hospital as they look over you in the emergency room and say, there's no room at the end for you because your insurance doesn't cover hospitalization. or the tap on the door of your hospital room in the bed, and although you are still ill, you are evicted because your insurance has caps. all of that was eliminated with the affordable care act. what a disaster for this administration to proudly and arrogantly stand up to take a stand to destroy the affordable care act in my state, in texas vs. azar, and how sad it is that state officials from the moment they got elected in my state, republicans, every day have been fighting to destroy the affordable care act. and my own home county
department is begging for relief, begging for expanded medicaid, begging to serve the many thousands upon thousands that are in need who are working poor but my state refused to accept expanded medicaid. nd now, with great pompousness, this government is supposed to be for the people of which we are has decided to take a stand to destroy the kircare. rather -- destroy the affordable care act. rather than protecting pre-existing conditions and to expand and improve on health care, we are looking to lower health insurance premiums, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, stop insurance companies from selling junk health insurance plans, and reverse the administration's health care sabotage, needlessly driven up premiums and inuninsured rates and
enrolling more people. and outreach, i have been involved in outreach and education and families are excited when they are eligible for insurance. all of the people that i mentioned, and some who died, had pre-existing conditions. over 50% of the american people, maybe upwards of 65% have pre-existing conditions. in 2012, there were 45 million uninsured persons, but the affordable care act was making its way so much so that we have reduced that amount of uninsured persons as the numbers show in 2018. down to about 28 million. and we were making steady progress. what kind of caring attitude do you have? where is your humanity that you would take insurance away from sick children, families and the elderly and that you would allow their prescription drugs to shoot through the roof, which is what will happen when you destroy and implode the affordable care act?
it is not an overnight success. 50 years america was trying to work on a system that would work, beyond the medicare system and medicaid. we're supporting, many of us, to provide health care for all, like medicaid for all. i'm supporting this legislation. what is happening in the administration? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: we need to stop that now. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from west virginia, mr. mckinley, for five minutes. mr. mckinley: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize the wheeling park high school speech and debate team which has won the west virginia state championship for 40 years in a row. think about that. their uninterrupted string of victories began when jimmy carter was president, and how has extended through the administrations of presidents
reagan, bush 41, clinton, bush 43, president obama, and now president trump. their winning streak is longer than most than my staff has been alive. their record may be the longest in the country's history. their students are part of a dynasty. some even have a personal family legacy because they're following in the footsteps of their parents who also won when they competed in the high chool competition at park. look, generation z suffers from a lot of stereotypes, but the members of the team on the wheeling park steve and debate team are examples of a -- park speech and debate team are examples of dedication. they work year round and compete in competitions to hone their skills. they're able to convey emotions and sway an audience while passionately arguing today's most pressing topics. we can't be prouder of these
students. there's no doubt in my mind they have a bright future ahead of them and has everything to do with their work ethic and dedication. i'd also like to congratulate and thank their coaches, bill, en, isabella, as who led them ch through their first 25 victories. so let's say congratulations on their first 40 and here's to the road to 41. hank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the 50th anniversary of the american association of critical care nurses. my wife, mary, was a critical care nurse for over 45 years and served as past president of aacn. her time as a critical care
nurse taught me how difficult it is to have a career in nursing. it means working long hours, working weekends and being with patients during the most challenging times of their lives. while nurses get to see happy endings, the other times they share in the emotions of families making very difficult decisions. so that's why it's important to honor the american association of critical care nurses, their dedication to their patients and their push for excellence. because, like their mission statement said, nothing less is acceptable. nothing less is acceptable. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. porter, for five minutes. ms. porter: i rise to talk in my important issue
home state of california. i'm a single mom and i know firsthand that we have a childcare crisis in this country. two years ago i spent $16,000 on childcare for my daughter betsy to ascend the u.c.-irvine preschool. that's more than it would have been for an entire year of tuition for her to be an undergraduate at u.c.-irvine. i was able to keep $5,000 of the money that i earned pretax to go toward those childcare expenses in a flexible spending account, but that didn't go very far to cover childcare for betsy. never mind my other two children. . $5,000 doesn't even get me to tax day. this is the reality of raising a family in orange county and in so many places across the country. in only one state is childcare considered affordable. let that sink in.
in every state but one, the majority of families have to spend more than 7% of their income on childcare. my constituents in the 45th congressional district have asked me to help them make childcare affordable. jennifer, who works in my district, has two children under the age of 3. she and her husband will spend 23% of their gross income on childcare next year. . in irvine, erica and her husband pend $1,350 each month for childcare for their 3-year-old son. they have access to a flexible spending account through their employer, that's a $5,000 that current law allows only covers 31% of their annual childcare costs. even for those with school-age children, the most affordable city sponsored camps so parents can work during the summer and
spring break exceed $5,000. and the cost of eldercare is equally out of proportion to the current $5,000 limit on the dependent care flexible pend spebbeding account. that's why i'm introducing the bipartisan family saving for kids and seniors act. this bill will allow families to keep more of their own paycheck pretax to use for the taylor for kids, grandparents, and other family members they incur so they can work. the bill does this by adjusting the limits that americans can put into their depenent care flexible spending accounts, or f.s.a.'s. families use this pretax benefit to help pay for preschool, camps, adult daycare, and childcare. the $5,000 limit under current law has not changed since it was enacted in 1986. childcare cost vs. certainly
ridden with the cost of inflation. there is no reason why families' ability to pay for dependent care shouldn't have increased with time as well. if my bill were in effect now, families would be able to put $11,300 in their flexible savings accounts, that's about the average cost of childcare for one child in this country. the family savings for kids and seniors act offers family a way to keep more of what they earn to pay for the childcare and eldercare that allows them to work. d the work that parents do adds to the vitality and strength of our economy. i hope my colleagues will join me in supporting america's working families. mr. speaker, i yield back the remainder of my time. mr. shaub: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i
rise to recognize a sikh community that truly embodies the virtues of kindness and charity. grace bible church will be hosting its sixth annual easter dinner where all members of our community are welcome. grace bible church will be offering transportation to residents of grundy manor so they are able to participate in an evening of food and fellowship. mr. speaker, i'm grateful to all the congregants of grace bible church for opening their doors to our neighbors and for living out their christian faith in their actions. i would like to particularly thank and recognize one of the event's organizers, carol doyle, for her work, and the pastor for their vision and leadership. mr. speaker i rise to recognize the retirement of a true
professional in bucks county, pennsylvania, after his nearly 40 years of providing mental health counseling and recovery services to members of our community. alan will be stepping down as the chief executive officer of the foundation after a long and distinguished career. a psychologist, alan has for decades been a strong advocate for those with behavioral health needs. widely respected throughout the county and his peers, he's a member of the national council for behavioral health, and the pennsylvania rehabilitation and community providers association. alan's dedication to improving the lives of our neighbors and delivering hope to those most in need are truly admirable. i wish him all the best in his new chapter and wish his successor all the best in her ew role.
mr. speaker, i rise to recognize an outstanding school administrator in montgomery county, pennsylvania, who was recently recognized by a national nonprofit organization for her work to prevent hunger amongst our community students. caroline, nutritional services area supervisor at north penn high school, was named a breakfast hero by the organization, no kid hungry. her work has been interinns trumetal in making breakfast more accessible to students, notably through her work to implement a breakfast cart for the 2018-2019 school year. mr. speaker, our community school add mrdors and educators work tirelessly to give our students the resources they need to pursue their goals. i applaud her for her service and would also like to thank north penn high school principal and the no kid hungry network, and organization for all the work they do for our community. i yield back. mr. shaub: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the
gentleman from nebraska, mr. bacon, for five minutes. mr. bacon: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise to commemorate the long-standing bond of our community for the fighting 55th wick, united states air force wing, right ere in nebraska. the 55th wing and association will jointly celebrate a uniquely treasured relationship at this year's reunion in april that will feature numerous commemorative events. the fighting 55th historic lineage began before world war ii. since 1940, the unit has distinguished itself as pre-eminent air force organization flying and supporting worldwide operations in peace and conflict. of note, the 55th fighter group conducted fighter sweeps over the invasion beaches on june 6, 1944 using their p-38's.
in 1966, fighting 55th transferred to nebraska as part of the strategy air command. for over 50 years, the 559 wing person has supported national interests around the world and providing first class reconnaissance, real time intelligence, command and control, information where wear, and combat support capabilities. it's the largest wing in air combat command fights the most diverse types of aircraft. notably desert shield and storm, the 55th wing is the only air force wing with continuous operations and maintenance and aircraft presence in the united states central command. indeed, the cheer longevity of the storied unit's history personifies their motto, the sun never sets on the fighting 55th. the unit's exceptional record of service was the catalyst for the 559 wing association's creation. the fighting 55th camaraderie,
global deployments, and operational achievements, a handful of aviators were determined to preserve this heritage so it would not be lost to future generations. this innovative idea, forming this association, to serve alongside the 55th stratiege gallon wing active duty force. both organizations were eventually renamed to today's 55th wing and 55th wing association respectively and remained in nebraska ever since. the 55th wing association is comprised of air force veterans who served honorably in the fighting 55th, most stationed at the air force base. the 559 wing support to their active duty counterparts is second to none and it supports the 55th wing alumni is a model for other air force organizations to emulate. it embodies the impressive relationship between alumni veterans and active duty and military members and have in
their credo, honoring those who serve and serving those who do. it could not be said any better. the bond between the citizens and military personnel is nothing short of remarkable. they demonstrate the very best cooperation to serve financial interests and sustains the organizational values and fosters military fellowship for as far back as those who served in world war ii to those of the present. we still fight and win our nation's battles right now. the relationship will forever be enshrined at the many ceremonies in nebraska on april of. monuments will be dedicated to the alumni of fighting 55th, past, present, and future. in 2003 the 55th wing association captured the inspirational essence with their history, choosing the following inscription on the air force museum monument, it says, we must never forget that freedom is never really free. the most costly thing in the world and freedom is never paid
in a lump sum. payments come due in every generation. all any of us can do is to offer the generations that follow a chance for freedom. the 55th wing association also chose these same words, for inclusion they will dedicate this april. they are a fitting praise for the accomplishments of the past and a challenge to the fighting 55th for the future. just 11 days oak nebraska was hit with the worst natural disaster in the history of our state. the offutt air force base was damaged. the fighting 55th never missed a beat. supporting operations all over the world. the spirit of our fighting 55th, led the second of the air force, heather wilson, to state not even mother nature could defeat the 55th wing. after 75 years as an organizational flying wing, over half century based in nebraska, and more than 25 consecutive years deployed, in the middle east for combat operations, the
fighting 55th is our highest respect and i'm honored to salute the 55th wing association for all its efforts to preserve its rich heritage. i yield back the balance of my time. thamming you, madam speaker. -- thank you, madam speaker. mr. shaub: the gentleman has yielded back his time. renow recognize the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, for ive minutes. mr. davis: madam speaker, i rise today to congratulate colonel craig osborne, a soldier in my district, retiring this week after 30 years of service in the united states army. the colonel graduated from illinois state university in 1989 as a distinguished military graduate and during his time with the army he's participated in a total of five combat deployments. operation desert shield, desert storm, joint guard, enduring freedom, and iraqi freedom.
time and time again colonel osborne has answered the call to serve his country. he's served at the headquarters of allied land forces southeastern europe in turkey as well as the chief of staff for a combined joint and interagency task force in kabul, afghanistan. in his current position with the national defense university, he contributes to the education of future generations of our service members. among his many distinction, colonel osborne has three defense service medals. five bronze star medals, defense mare tourous service medal. combat infantryman's badge, and other awards. awards cannot express how thankful i am for his service. he's a great example of someone who has dedicated his life to serving his country and i am proud to honor him today. congratulations on your retirement, colonel.
madam speaker, i rise today to remember garey jones, a good friend and -- gary jones, a good friend and dedicated police officer who passed away earlier this month after a long battle with cancer. gary and i both grew up in taylorville, illinois. after graduation he went on to serve in the army and army national guard. eventually became a police officer in our hometown. he was proud of his job and always loved going to schools to teach students about the police station and his job protecting our community. outside of work, his greatest hobby was firearms, he was a gun smith, proud member of the n.r.a., master firearms instructor, and my and my wife's concealed carry instructor. gary loved teaching people about the responsibility of owning firearms and teaching people the importance of gun safety. i will remember gary as a true example of patriotism and service to the community that we share as a hometown.
he made a tremendous impact on the lives of many in taylorville and he will truly be missed. . my prayers are with their wife, four children, and all those, like me, who are blessed to know gary jones. madam speaker, i rise today to highlight a dangerous, disturbing and unacceptable trend in illinois and across the country. it's the rising number of first responders being struck by drivers. we are not even three months into this year and 14 members of the illinois state police have been struck by drivers while on the road or responding to incidents. these accidents have resulted in one fatality and more than a dozen injuries. our first responders put their lives on the line every day to protect us, and it is inexcusable to have this number
number distracted by -- of them struck by distracted drivers. even though every state has laws requiring drivers to change leans or slow down when vehicles are -- lanes or slow down when vehicles or emergency personnel are on the road, these tragedies keep occurring. for the safety of our first responders and construction workers and our toe truck drivers, please, slow down, avoid distractions and help buck this tragic trend. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from michigan, mr. walberg, for five minutes. mr. walberg: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to bring awareness to the issue of motorcycle profiling. this week i joined congressman burgess, my fellow co-chair of the congressional motorcycle caucus, to introduce a
resolution that encourages greater collaboration between the motorcycle community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling. there is no doubt motorcycles represent more than just the mode of transportation to those of us who ride them. they often signify a sense of freedom, identity and camaraderie. in michigan, we have thousands of local riders and many more who come from out of state to enjoy our great lakes, scenic highways and the great outdoors. as an avid motorcyclist myself, i heard from many in the riding community who felt they had been profiled by law enforcement at least once, oftentimes solely because of their motorcycle-related apparel. while i certainly support actions taken to enforce violations of the law, we should all be concerned about profiling of riders based on their attire and absent any
wrongdoing. to be clear, motorcyclists have a deep appreciation for our nation's law enforcement officers. we understand the difficulties they face on a daily basis, and we're not disparaging of that in any way. our resolution simply seeks to bring increased awareness and encourage a cooperative effort to address an issue that affects many of our constituents in the motorcycle community. by having an open dialogue, i hope we can foster a greater understanding of the issues regarding motorcycle profiling and ensure our roads and highways are safe for all to enjoy. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize jim and sherry matlin of jackson, michigan. the matlins recently made history by becoming the first family to visit all 418
national parks and units. from alaska to the river battlefield park in monaco, michigan, they've logged more than 300,000 miles over the span of eight years. the matlin children, jamison and gerald, each have an impressive collection of junior range badges from learning about all of the parks. the family earned the nickname the park bound matlins after watching a documentary series on america's national parks which they then sparked a desire on their part to see the beauty across our great land. when the matlins are not exploring in their r.v., you might see them exploring at the national battlefield park in michigan. it's a wonderful park and destination in our community where the family spent more than 1,000 volunteer hours. their philosophy is to leave each park a little bit better than how they found it.
madam speaker, i share the matlins' love of the outdoor and the park system. this is a truly remarkable accomplishment and one that makes me pretty jealous. congratulations to the matlin family on your incredible journey and thank you for your commitment to keeping our parks in pristine shape, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from washington, rs. mcmorris rodgers, for five minutes. mrs. rodgers: madam speaker, i rise today to reflect on the promise of america. what is the promise of america? what has it meant for us? what does it mean for us today? america has been around for a few hundred years. that's really not that long. and in that short time, our dreams have informed the imaginations of people around the globe. it all started when our founding fathers drafted and
signed the declaration of independence. it set us on a path for our nation to be the greatest experiment in self-governance that the world has ever known. our founders were our first innovators who risked it all for america to be free. sure, there are times that we have fallen short, but our experiment has been overwhelming for the good. it's here in america that we led and cultivated history's greatest break-throughs. we fought a war to end slavery. we liberated europe from the nazis. we invented flight, put men on the moon, split the atom, invented the micro chip, the internet, and more. at great expense, all of this was accomplished by maintaining fleets and armies for america to be a beacon of hope for freedom-loving people around the world. we've done more to lift people out of poverty, raise the standard of living than any nation in the history of the
world. madam speaker, i'm sure our founders never dreamed that any f this would be possible but it was because they made their vision for america a reality, rooted in the promise that our rights are self-evident, sacred and undeniable. america was born with purpose. it says it right here in the declaration of independence. we all know the words. or at least we should know the words. we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. these are more than just words. it's a faith statement, a distinctive national credo. the moment we fail to believe it, the experiment is over.
this nation will fade away like all nation states that have lost belief in themselves and forgotten their identity. if we forget our purpose and let the promise of america be broken, we are lost. the future is lost. it's our job, our highest responsibility to transmit the promise of america to our children and to all who are a part of this great experiment. it's not enough that we merely assert these as ideas. we must live them as truths and show the world they work. america is where freedom has made its greatest mark. it's where creativity is unmatched by anytime in history. it's where justice flowers more generously than any place on earth. the torch must be passed to the next generation. that is what president john f. kennedy said, and, madam speaker, we must do just that. so i will keep coming back to this floor, to the people's
house to make this case that the promise of america is for every person in our country. there's a battle going on right now for the heart and soul of america. so it's worth repeating that we must never forget our purpose. that's what unites us as americans and it's where i find hope that we can come together around shared values that built our great nation. i'm committed more than ever to restore trust and confidence in the promise of america. it's a promise that will keep us free, empower our children and the next generation to shine, and strengthen the moral fabric where our identity rests. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, madam
speaker. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the 28th infantry division of the united states army national guard as they recently celebrated the anniversary of its 140th year of serving this nation. its roots in american history were planted long before actually our nation's founding. the 28th infantry's lineage traces all the way back to when benjamin franklin formed a militia as the pennsylvania associators, the first meeting of the associators occurred on november 21, 1747. franklin organized units to defend the city of philadelphia against french and spanish privateeers. the 28th infantry division is the oldest continuously serving division in the united states army. it wasn't until 1879 when the 28th i.d. was officially established by governor henry
hoyt and designated a red keystone at its symbol. throughout history, the 28th infantry division has answered our country's call to serve in nearly every war. 28th i.d. soldiers fought side by side in the spanish-american war. they earned the nickname iron division in the first world war by general john pershing after a stand in france. this decorated division still goes by this storied nickname. the infantry men stepped on-shore on omaha beach and was the first division to parade through paris after its liberation. they were also deployed for duty during the korean war. in present day, its operations have continued in places like bosnia, kosovo, kuwait, iraq and afghanistan. i had the distinct pleasure of meeting these members of the 28th division last november in
kuwait, joining them in the mess hal for thanksgiving -- mess hall for thanksgiving. spartan shield sought to strengthen u.s. partnerships in the middle east and support ongoing operations to defeat isis. just a few weeks ago i got to reunite with the 28th i.d. in hershey, pennsylvania, to celebrate the 140th anniversary. it was a fitting tribute for a historic part of the united states military. madam speaker, these men and women continue to build upon the iron division legacy. they are brave, resilient and well trained to support each other in combat and defend our great nation. so i say to the men and women of the 28th infantry division, roll on, 28th, roll on. madam speaker, i congratulate the 28th infantry division for 140 years of service, sacrifice, and valueo. thank you, -- sacrifice and