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educate yourself. please. bakersfield, california, republican. theer: i want to know why investigation was started, three weeks before the election, when donald trump -- host: we have to leave, the house is in session. live coverage on c-span two and c-span3 for the barr hearing. 9. i hereby appoint the honorable henry cuellar 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 al he
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located 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 will be entitled to five minutes. the chair recognizes the the gentlewoman from ohio, miss beatty, for five minutes. mrs. beatty: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to express my deepest gratitude and to recognize the career of david p. blum for retiring as president and c.e.o. of ohio health after 36 years. he became president of grant medical center located in downtown columbus in my district. dave set out to make health care more access isible to underserved and diverse populations. providing care to our most at
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risk population was a focus of his for 30 years and 30 years ago. it is one that he has never lost. you see, mr. speaker, i he know that first hand because hi the opportunity to -- i know that first hand because i had the opportunity to witness his work. i am so honored he is with us today in the gallery. as president of the entire ohio health system for the past 17 years, dave has molded and elevated ohio health's commitment to all. all of the communities it served as the largest hospital system in central ohio. let me tell you what i have witnessed. when we talked about our babies and infant mortality, i remember it so well when dave
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made that call and said, we are going to keep our babies healthy. thus he spearheaded wellness on wheels, women's health, or as we like to call it in our home district, wow. and what a wow it has been. there is not enough time for me to highlight all the things that this incredible leader has done, but let me fast forward to my time in congress. i can remember how and when congressman steve stivers and i talked about the great work, and there was an opportunity when then speaker boehner wanted to revise the whole system for our veterans. steve stivers, a veteran, dave blum caring about our veterans. and thus he was appointed to the federal commission to reform the department of
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veterans' affairs. i can can can remember the exciting day when dave blum walked into my office and it was the same day that we were having in the house chamebers' joint session, the japanese prime minister, and i remember how excited he was to hear that we were going to host the prime minister. how great it was when he sat front and center in the gallery to hear that message. and the list goes on and on. but today is simply a day to say the two most powerful words that i can can say about a great leader, about someone who has changed the health care system not just for my district or columbus, but for the nation. and those two words are -- thank you. thank you for being a leader, thank you for being a public servant, but most of all, dave p. blum, thank you, thank you for being my friend.
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i salute you. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would remind members to refrain from referring to occupants of the gallery. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from ohio, mr. stivers, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize the career of david blum as he retires after 17 years of service as president and c.e.o. of ohio health this july. while his leadership in the industry's unparalleled, as a veteran i want to focus on what strikes me about dave the most and that's his commitment to improving access to health care for those who served our nation. in 2014 the department of veterans affairs was facing rising numbers nationally and unfortunately many veterans
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were not receiving good care that they deserved. as a result, the congressional commission on care was formed, a 15-person task force that would make recommendations about how to best serve our nation's veterans with health care. i knew dave's knowledge of health care and long-standing commitment to our nation's heroes made him an outstanding candidate for that commission and was proud to work with my colleagues, representative beatty and represent tiberi at the time to help secure an appointment from speaker boehner n 2015 dave blum and the commission got to work. after over 10 months of effort they ultimately produced 18 reforms for the v.a. and congress, including the v.a. mission act, which gives veterans access to local providers outside of the v.a. system and guarantees timely access to care. dave was a vital contributor to these reforms and i know he counts his time on the commission among his most rewarding experiences of his
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life. it's impossible to quantify the impact that he's had on the lives of millions of veterans and their families across this country, but it's certain to resonate with veterans far into the fuhr. dave, i'm incredibly grateful for your service and leadership. i wish you-all the best in your next chapter of life and i'm confident that you'll remain involved in central ohio and its communities for a long time to come. i'm also fortunate to call you a friend. you are a great leader in health care you have been a great leader for our country. thank you for your service to our veterans and i want to congratulate you on an incredible career in health care. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. snyder, for five minutes. mr. smider: thank you, mr. speaker. on saturday our nation was again stunned by yet another
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horrific attack on americans gathered at wore ship. mr. schneider: the shooting at the synagogue in california same as jews around the world celebrated the last day of passover. one woman was murdered in the attack and three others were wounded. i continue to pray for the recovery of those injured in the shooting and offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims of the itkwleas attack happened six months to the day as the assault on worshipers of the tree of life in pittsburgh which claimed the lives of 11 people. the deadliest attack on the american jewish community in our history. these shootings were committed against a backdrop of rising anti-semitism both here at home and around the world. according to the anti-deaf nation league in 20 17 anti-semitic incidents surged in the united states by 57%. this represented the largest singlele year increase on record and the second highest number of incidents since the -- they started tracking such
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data in 1979. in 2018, we saw the same number of reported incidents as in 2017. in recent weeks, there have been other chilling displays of anti-semitism beyond our borders as well. in february, a belgium carnival parade float featured grotesque carketures of orthodox jews standing on piles of money. on easter sunday in a small polish village, adults and children beat and burned an effigy of judas t did the not look like a character from been lickal times, this was an orthodox jews dressed in hasidic gash. feeding into these dangerous incidents just last week the international edition of the "new york times" published a disgusting anti-semitic cartoon. the paper subsequently apologized, but the damage was already done. it was an astonishing editorial failure by one of the nation's most important papers of record. i was pleased to see today the editorial board of the times directly address this issue and the times history.
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especially at these times of growing anti-semitism, we must all be extra vigilant lest we add fuel to the flames of hate and intolerance. whenever and wherever we see anti-semitism, we must speak out to staunch it. for what begins as stereotypes and cartoons far too often leads to violence that has claimed so many lives throughout our history. our nation was founded on the idea that every american of every religion has the fundamental right to practice their faith without fear of persecution or violence. this was established in the very first amendment to our constitution enshrined in our bill of rights. but this right has been shattered far too many times at significant goings and poway, pittsburgh, african-american church in charleston, south carolina, a sikh temple in elk creek, wisconsin. will i not repeat the shooter's names or give him the notoriety he sought, it is clear he was motivated by white supreme sism and anti-semitism. citing the shootings at the
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mosques in cries church, new dezealand, and the tree of life synagogue in pittsburgh in his man festo. far right has been responsible for more death in the united states in the past two decades than any other extremist movement. we need to update our laws to reflect the growing threat of domestic terror. that's why i introduced the domestic terrorism prevention act. legislation that would strengthen coordination among the federal agencies in monitoring radicalized groups and individuals hopefully preventing hateful acts of violence. this is a necessary first tep to help our law enforcement agencies contain the threat and i urge my colleagues to join me on this legislation. we also have a duty to responsibly update our gun laws. i'm proud the house voted earlier this year to pass universal background checks and close the charleston loophole, a loophole that allowed the emanuel a.m.e. shooter acquire a firearm before the results of
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his background check were complete. we need the senate to stop stonewalling and bring these bills up for a vote. in closing, i can cannot help to reflect that this week the united states is observing holocaust remembrance week and honoring the six million jews and millions others murdered by the nazi regime. in the memory of all those lost to anti-semitism and other forms of hate, we have a moral responsibility to stamp out intolerance and prejudice in our time. otherwise as the late elie said, famously said, to forget the victims means to kill them a second time. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. marshall, for five minutes. mr. smash shall: -- mr. marshall: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the six million jewish men, women, and children who were violently murdered by the nazi regime for the religious beliefs. this week remember the victims that lost their lives to this
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evil egreem and honor the survivors that beat the unthinkable odds. shawna, a kansan from overland park, was a young teenager when nazi germany invaded her home in poland. she was imprisoned, locked inside a nazi concentration camp, and then later sent to the auschwitz death camp. there she saw human hatred in a way many of us today can can cannot comprehend. she tells the story of waking up each day suffering from starvation and seeing thousands of bodies stacked where she was imprisoned. she watched at her mother was forced into a gas chamber an sealed through this torture, and through it all she never gave up hope or abandoned her faith. she will not forget the hatred and horrific inswrusstiss that the murderous nazi ream good morning, america put her and millions of others through in the name of anti-tism and neither will this country. as the most well document the genocide in human history, a genocide documented and confirmed by generalizen hare,
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he -- general eisenhower, it will forever haunt us. we must never tolerate or overlook anti-semitism in any form. in 2017, hi an a emotional experience in the holocaust rue seem in israel with my wife. we heard and met through the many survivors and walked through the hall of names honoring the victims of the holocaust. sadly we have seen the ugly face of ents semitism rearing its ugly head and we must continue to fight it with full force. it should be made clear to those with this deep hatred of people in their heart that this country has zero tolerance for this type of evil. mr. speaker, i stand with the survivors like sonia and those who lost their lives during the darkest days in the history of our world. and i stand against anti-semitism. mr. speaker, i rise today to discuss my disappointment that the judicial overreach in my home state supreme court this past friday.
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in a 6-1 vote the radical kansas courts ruled the state constitution guarantees unlimited rights to an abortion. this verdict came in response to a 2015 state law that prohibits performing a dismemberment abortion procedure in the second trimester except when necessary to save the life of the mother. two doctors who performed this barbaric and painful procedure in the second trimester of pregnancy challenged the law. as someone who has dedicated my careerer to bringing life into this world and delivered some 5,000 babies in my home state of kansas, please forgive me and allow me to be graphic for a moment. this procedure literally tears the live baby apart limb by limb from the womb and evac waits the dismembered baby body parts one at a time from the uterus. the person that performs the procedure pieces them together to make sure they remove the entire baby. this very pain capable baby bleeds to death to end its
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life. sadly the method is used today in 95% of second trimester abortions even though the child's heart is beating, the baby is breathing, as i said earlier is capable of feeling pain. it's despicable and this procedure should be banned nationwide. it sickens me to the core that the kansas supreme court violated the sanctity of life and voted to deny the rights of the unborn in our state. . today, i call upon our legislators to protect these precious babies today. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, for five minutes. mr. cummings: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i know that representative joyce beatty would join me
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today in what i am about to say. i rise to honor a great american and a distinguished man of god, the reverend dr. charles e. booth. dr. booth transitioned from this earthy plane on saturday, march 23, 2019, after a valiant battle with cancer. dr. booth's life and mind moved along many of the same paths and through those shared experiences, we developed a deep, personal bond. he was born in my hometown of baltimore, maryland, on bruary 4, 1947, to hazel booth and william w. booth and he attended the same high school as i did, baltimore city college high school in baltimore. we also attended the same college, howard university. dr. booth went on to earn a masters of divinity degree from the eastern theological seminary in philadelphia,
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pennsylvania. he then earned a doctorate of ministry degree from the united theological seminary in dayton, ohio. as a testament to christian education, dr. booth served as a member of the board of trustees of that institution from 2011 until his recent passing. at the age of 23, dr. booth pastored his first church, st. paul baptist church in westchester, pennsylvania. in 1978, he began to pastor mount olivet baptist church in columbus, ohio, where he remained the faithful leader for 41 years. dr. booth proudly made columbus his home but he never forgot his roots. he visited baltimore often to preach at various churches and spent time with family and friends. fact, he preached revivel services each year at my church where the doctor -- revival
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services each year at my church where dr. thomas is the pastor. when i was not in washington, i was at church to listen to his prolific sermons. as a son of two preachers, i understand the power of the preached word, and dr. booth could deliver like none other. they often called him the preaching machine. he had a commanding presence in the pulpit with his stature and baritone voice. he studied the bible voraciously. at a time when people are turning away from traditional religion, dr. booth made christianity accessible and inspired people to deepen their faith. dr. booth was a pastor's pastor. he traveled the world to preach the gospel, and he was tremendously respected by his peers. he found joy in mentoring young preachers and made time to listen to their concerns and
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offer his counsel. in 2011, dr. booth founded the charles e. booth preaching conference, which focuses on the tenants of keeping passion in one's preaching, christ-centered preaching in contemporary life, building relationships with preachers, strengthening the preachers' devotional efforts. and like remaining true to the sermonic ingredients of inspiration and education. education was central to dr. booth's life. not only was he continually learning, he encouraged others to use education as a key to open doors of opportunity. in 1994, he founded the gloria s. fran christian academy, a fully accredited elementary school at his church, which emphasized academic excellence and cultural enrichment. centered on african-american history. dr. booth also authored several books focused on christian
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education. a pillar in his community, dr. booth used his position as a faith leader to be a strong voice for the voiceless. he worked tirelessly to help create solutions to issues such as poverty, homelessness, unemployment, access to quality health care, and as i mourn the loss of my friend, i'm comforted by the inspiring legacy he leaves for all of us. in the new testament, the book of titus, the apostle paul said, show yourself in our respects, to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity and sound speech, end of quote. dr. booth lived this creed through its example. he encouraged everyone he encountered to do the same. he leaves to mourn his wonderful life. he was a tremendous blessing to his family, his church, his nation, indeed the world.
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he will be sorely missed but we give great thanks that god allowed our lives to eclipse with his. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. speaker, k: as we approach teacher appreciation week, i would like to recognize an extraordinary educator in bucks county, pennsylvania, who's making a difference in the lives of our community's young people. george daca, a u.s. history teacher, was recently selected as an honoree for the 13th annual teacher as heroes award. later this month, george will receive his award at the national liberty museum in philadelphia, alongside 11 other outstanding educator from pennsylvania and delaware. george sees his job as more than just teaching students about history, and he seeks to inspire them about our nation's
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rich traditions. we applaud george on this well-deserved award, and we wish him and his family all the best. and we'd also like to thank kathryn henshaw for nominating george for this well-deserved honor. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the 100th birthday of a bucks county resident who's sharing her talent and creativity with others. last month, marjorie celebrated her incredible milestone with over 100 family members and friends. this was no ordinary birthday celebration, however. it was also served as the unveiling of marjorie's new art exhibit at the bucks county visitors' center. despite her many life experiences, morgery only discovered her passion for watercolor painting nearly 12
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years ago after taking an art class and since that time she's sharpens her skills with one professional saying marjorie paints, quote, as a realist. mr. speaker, we wish marjorie a very happy belated 100th birthday and congratulate her on her exhibit and thank marjorie and her family for all hey do in our community. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize a talented group of young musicians from bucks county, pennsylvania who were recently honored for their performances. the ben salem jazz band traveled to perform in the jazz championship. ben salem high school jazz band is well-known for their outstanding performances, and was the only band given the superior rating at the event and was also named the grand champion. this is the third time that
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they have been named grand champion over the last 11 years a testament to the band's skills, dedication, and work ethic. critical to the success of these young people is the director of the high school jazz band, michael zimmerman. we extend our gratitude to him for working with our community's youth and students to sharpen their musical abilities, and we'd like to congratulate all performers in the ben salem high school jazz band for their earned distinctions. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise to to recognize mr. -- recognize mr. milton "woody" woodside. for serving more than 30 years as president of the brunswick
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golden aisles chamber of commerce, after graduating from the citadel, mr. woodside has dedicated his entire career to public service, and without his work, coastal georgia would likely look very different than it does today. to start, he worked 13 years for the first congressional district of georgia with representatives ken and thomas. since his work with the house of representatives, he held top positions with the chamber of commerce and is one of the longest continuing service members in georgia. in his position with the chamber, mr. woodside advocated for the creation of the south georgia parkway. funding to deepen the port of brunswick, a replacement for the sidney linear bridge, the golden aisles convention center, along with the career academy, and much more. whether it was at the capitol in washington, d.c., the state house in georgia, or the mayor's office in brunswick, mr. woodside was constantly
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working to help brunswick grow. although he's retired on may 15, i'm sure that mr. woodside will continue to help the brunswick community in any way he can. woody, thank you for your service. you have been an inspiration to all of us. you are an icon in our community. our community thanks you. our state thanks you. and our country thanks you. nd i thank you, my friend. mr. speaker, i rise today to remember the life of mr. roy kent hodnick, who passed away at the age of 98 on friday, april 26. known throughout the first district as a gentleman with a caring personality, he brightened the day of everyone around him. he served in france during world war ii. directly after d-day, earning the purple heart, bronze star, and victory medal. when he came home to the united georgia, stopped in
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bought a home that weekend, started raising a weekend. while there he built one of the most successful companies in the area, hodnick cooper real estate and vacation rentals. but through all of this, his passion was with his family and his community. for him, the key to a successful business was having a wife of 75 years who stood behind -- who stood beside him and believed in him. he also mentored and advised countless young people, helping them find their own paths through life. i'm proud to have mr. hodnick spent so much of his life in the first congressional district of georgia. his family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. lipinski, or five minutes.
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mr. lipinski: i'm proud to be cosponsoring h.r. 9, which we'll be voting on this week. h.r. 9 reaffirms the united states' commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. it's long past time that we do more to fight climate change. fighting climate change has been a priority of mine since i got to congress more than a decade ago. in 2007, in an era of divided government, we were able to make some progress. i was able to get two bills passed into law that addressed climate change. one required the federal government to cut energy usage by installing energy-efficient light bulbs in federal buildings. the other created new price competition to encourage development of clean transportation fuel. it seemed that we were starting to take climate change seriously. in 2009 and 2010, more steps were taken.
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in order to make a major breakthrough, in 2009 i helped introduce the first bipartisan bill to impose a revenue-neutral carbon fee. however, in 2010, congress failed to pass major climate legislation, and since then, we have failed to make more progress. today, i have renewed hope. h.r. 9 is a good first step but much more needs to be done. i'm an original co-sponsor of the bipartisan energy innovation and carbon dividend act, which would institute a carbon fee with revenue returned to americans with a dividend check. this bill would bring greenhouse gas emissions down 90% by 2050. i sponsored several other climate change bills, including the challenges for climate act, which incentivize and reward
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development of innovative solutions which direct benefits to the climate. ese are always the harness energy ingenuity to solve our climate crisis and by doing so by coming up with an american solution. we could build our economy and create more jobs. we know as americans that we can get this done and we must do it. . now is the time for us to act. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from utah, mr. curtis, for five minutes. mr. speaker, utahans believe in good stewards of our planet, leaving the earth better than we found it. when i served as the mayor of provo, we pursued policies to construct leed certified
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buildings, create more environmentally friendly transit options and educate our residents on how they could be better stewards of the environment. we considered these efforts to be meaningful steps in the right direction. but imagine my surprise when i arrived in congress and learned of the dangerous winner take all system of governing that has overtaken washington, especially on issues impacting the environment. instead of pragmatic approach to a positive change through small and consistent consensus, an all oring in approach dominates the debate and villainizes all but the most extreme positions. congress is a place where ideological purity is rewarded more than results. it's easy to vote on a messaging bill that the sponsor knows will never be passed into law and then go home and take the applause from the like-minded constituents, but it's difficult to leave the chambers and work across the aisle with individuals who have
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different backgrounds than yourself and find common ground. the most obvious example of this is the climate change debate in our country where today my democratic colleagues have taken the easy path. the bill we are voting on today as 224 democratic sponsors and not a single republican sponsor. instead of working with republicans on a four part approach to addressing climate change through innovation, conservation, adaptation, and preparation we are sending a partisan bill to die in the senate. i attempted to work with my colleagues on this bill. i offered a good faith amendment that would increase transparency and competition by comparing emissions produced by all the countries in the paris agreement. this amount even allowed a vote by the democratic leadership. although there was no problem allowing votes from their fellow democrats.
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in fact, only three republican amendments will be considered and 26 democratic amendments will be offered for debate. it's as if my colleagues on the otherer side are afraid of hurting the feelings of china and russia by pointing out that they are not pulling their weight. i have long been a proponent for the environment and i was proud to receive the utah clean air partnership person of the year award in 2017. i have championed hundreds of thousands of acres of bipartisan conservation in utah. i like all utahans care deeply about conserving our planet and our way of life for future generations. but i can cannot vote for h.r. 9. because i believe it further divides us apart, reinforcing the false narrative that all republicans don't care about the environment because they are unwilling to get onboard with an all or nothing, unrealistic approach to addressing the climate change. h.r. 9 completely ignores the serious and legitimate concerns
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about the cost and effectiveness of the paris agreement. h.r. 9 ignores that president obama's pledge to the paris agreement can can could cost the united states $250 billion and nearly three million jobs in this next six years, and it ignores in the next 20 years this commitment to cost us $3 trillion and 6.5 million american jobs. h.r. 9 also ignores that because of innovation and technological improvement, the united states is already leading the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. since 2000 the united states has decreased annual carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 800 million tons, the largest absolute decline among all countries since 2000. h.r. ignores the fact that if the united states cut co-2 emissions to zero, it would not even come close to offsetting the emissions coming from the rest of the world. nr 9 even ignores that the
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paris agreement allows china, largest greenhouse gas polluter, to increase their emissions through 2030 with little evidence to show they plan to comply in the future. i have heard over and over that the u.s. must remain in the paris agreement to show leadership. and i ask you, what kind of leadership leads to double-digit unemployment in rural america but lets china off the hook? i agree that america must continue to show leadership, but let focus on leadership that goes back to the core principles of innovation, conservation, adaptation, and preparation. this bill fails to do any of that. let's continue leading the world and bettering our environment, but let's not pretend that h.r. 9 is a silver bullet to our evolving world. i hope that we can stop with the ease withy, cheap rhetoric that offers false promises and divides our country even
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further and focus on those things that make meaningful change. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor my friend, ralph vaney, senior house audio technician who retired earlier this month. forer 34 years ralph has been the man behind this microphone and every microphone in this chamber. when he took his job as the house technician in 1985, ralph was no trainer to capitol hill. at the age of 16 he landed an internship with then senate minority leader -- senate majority leader, sorry, ralph. after two more internships and graduating college, ralph had a
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hand in nearly every corner of the capitol building from doorkeeper for the sergeant at arms, to working in the senate cloakroom. in his most recent role, ralph saw six presidents give their state of the union speeches, but the day he said will never forget is running audio from that perch right up there for pope francis' address to this chamber in 2015. i remember meeting ralph on my first day as a newly elected member of congress during orientation in 2013. with the speaker's permission, we could take photos on the house floor that day. and i took a minute to take one with ralph and some of his team and the many folks who do a wonderful job guarding this chamber every day. ralph, you became my friend that day and have been my friend for the last 6 1/2 years i have had a chance to serve in this great institution and i
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wish you the best in your retirement and want to thank you personally on behalf of every member of congress who stands behind any microphone in this institution. you made us sound ok. but we appreciate you, good luck in your retirement. thank you for all your years of service and thank you. i'm going to miss you looking up in that perch, but i'll get to know the folks who replaced you so well and you have led a great generation into that seat to replace you now. thank you, ralph. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, miss spiers, for five minutes. ms. speier: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. speaker. innocent children shouldn't pay the price for the president's cruel immigration agenda. steamrolling the facts and law he has implemented policy after failed policy playing catch and release with his own cabinet. as the president ratchets up
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his threats to close the border and cut aid to central america, thousands of migrants are fleeing their home countries to seek refuge in the united states. i recently met with the editors solita, k "solito, alone alone. a collection of oral histories that tells the stories of young refugees in their own words. i rise today to read excerpts from one of them. gabriel menendez. his story begins in a poor dangerous neighborhood in the capital of honduras. he says, and i quote, when i was just a boy of 7, my cousins raped me for a a long time. for a year. they raced me up the river where they selected water, my own home. some of my fellow students who belong to the gangs took weapons to school. i told them that i didn't want to bring weapons to school. i was afraid to do them.
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they also wanted me to bring drugs into school. i didn't want to do it. so i left that school. now the they were looking for me to kill me. they were asking my neighbors if they knew me. when he was 14 he convinced his mother, who was living in san francisco, to pay a coyote $6,000 to bring him to the united states. he recounted the who arer roars he encountered along the way. quote, they kept us locked in the house with eight others for a week. we kept moving. many days passed without eating or drinking water. we were taken to the river where there was a raft. we crossed the river into the united states and moved to a safe house. we spent four nights in the desert, including the night of my 15th birthday. we came upon another group of people who had been traveling two days ahead of us. a young man, under 18, had perished from exposure and lack of water and food. i got stuck in some barbed wire
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in the desert. the coyote kicked me, ripping my flesh to set me free. we got to los angeles on december 17, 2013. if we didn't pay more money, they threatened to cut off our heads and all kinds of horrible things. my mom said she would give them another $50 and they piled another eight people in a van and brought us to san francisco. in san francisco, gabriel feared for years he would be sent back to honduras. with the support of his mother and attorney he was granted a aidentify lum. now he is a student at the university of california at berkley with dreams of becoming a lawyer himself. in an essay he he wrote, my experience of childhood sexual and domestic abuse has shaped my dreams to become a lawyer, to defend victims, and fight for children's rights around the world. my immigration lawyer was a role model for me because she listened to my experiences. i want to continue studying to
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help children feel protected by the law. unquote. if we want to understand the why behind mass migration, we need to listen and learn from these stories. as members of congress, it's our job to uplift these voices and use them to fix a broken immigration system. we must insist on due process for asylum seekers. we must insist on humane treatment of our families and we must insist on aid to central america to stem the drivers of migration. together we can can prevent more children from -- we can prevent more children from risking their lives. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon and when the house returns at noon eastern, members will
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begin working on a bill requiring the u.s. to stay in the paris agreement on climate change. president trump announced in 2017 that the u.s. will pull out of that pact in 2020. the house bill would require president trump to craft a plan for how the nation would agree with the lower carbon levels. they'll debate rules if that passes at 1:30 eastern, there will be 90 minutes of general debate and then debate on up to 30 amendments. a vote on passage is expected tomorrow. again, you can see live coverage of the house when members return here at noon eastern on c-span. until then, we will head over to the dierkson senate office bill on capitol hill where attorney general william barr just beginning the first of two days of house and senate testimony on the mueller report. the attorney general began his testimony about 15 minutes ago.
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atty. gen. barr: i wanted to get the whole report out and i thought summaries by very definition, regardless who prepared them, would be underinclusive and we would have a series of different debates and public discord over each traunch of information that went out and i wanted to get everything out at once and we should start working. and so the following day i put out a letter explaining the process we were following and stressing that the march 24 letter was not a summary of the report but a statement of the principled conclusions and that people would be able to see bob mueller's


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