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that hearing, don mcgann will not be appearing before the house judiciary committee. members of congress take their seats for the hearing. speaking of the impeachment conversation, one republican member of congress not afraid to move toward impeachment. republican of michigan and his fellow republicans calling for impeachment. the watch the washington post today looking for reaction. punish the libertarian who had a long history of bucking gop leadership even before trump was elected. gopay, kicking out of the congress, would only try more attention to his comments. just a minute or so before the house is expected to come in today. it looks like the doors are getting ready to open right now and we will have to ended there.
we will of course be back there tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern, 4:00 pacific in the meantime. have a great tuesday. [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. 2019] 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., may 21, 2019. i hereby appoint the honorable brenda l. lawrence to act as speaker pro tempore on this day . besigned, 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 embers 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. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. ruiz, for five minutes.
mr. ruiz: madam speaker, i rise today in the wake of national police week to memorialize our officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. nearly three years ago on ctober 8, 2016, officers leslie and gill from the palm springs police department were shot and killed in the line of duty. responding to what appeared to be a routine domestic disturbance. through this tragedy, our
community came together, not only to remember these officers but to do more for their families and the entire law enforcement community. together, we found that families of fallen first responders, those who gave their all to protect us all are being shortchanged. that's why i introduced the heroes first responders survivors support act to honor those who have passed by serving the living. my bill will increase the public safety officer benefit from $350,000 to $500,000 in order to pay off the calculated national average debt most families have. it will increase the monthly education benefit from $1,024 per month to $2,000 per month to ensure they can afford the actual rising cost of an education. and it will fix a bureaucratic loophole that, due to
unnecessary red tape and delays in receiving benefits, can cost families up to tens of thousands of dollars through no fault of their own. i urge all members of congress to do the right thing, to follow words with action, to follow praise with pragmatic solutions that will improve the lives of fallen first responders' families. i hope that all members will co-sponsor and support my bipartisan heroes first responders survivors support act. i urge the speaker to bring it up for a vote immediately. let's support this bill and stand up for the families of fallen officers who have sacrificed so much for us. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the eaker pro tempore: chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. boast, for
five -- mr. bost, for five minutes. mr. bost: thank you, madam speaker. a question for those watching at home. do you have a cell phone? has your family dinner been interrupted by a local call only to realize it was spam? this is incredibly frustrating and becoming all too common. in 2017, under 4% of cell phone calls were spam. in 2018, the number jumped to almost 30%. this year, spam calls are expected to rise up to the point of half of all cell phone calls. that's why i'm co-sponsoring the trace act. this bill gives the f.c.c. broader authority to find scammers and increase penalties for those who are caught. if you have a cell phone, this legislation will save you a lot of frustration and make those times at home with your family maybe a little bit more enjoyable. i hope my colleagues will join me in supporting this commonsense legislation.
madam speaker, the american people don't trust washington, d.c. i know that shocks everyone, but it's a perception that every one of us deals with back home. and after what the majority party pulled last week, it's easy to understand why. three -- get it -- three bipartisan prescription drug pricing bills made it through committee and were ready to vote on. now, let me say it one more time. bipartisan health care bills, three of them. that's unheard of around here. then, politics got in the way. the majority decided to add an unrelated poison pill to drive away the republican support. this health care package now has no chance of being considered in the senate and will never become law. that's why i urge the majority to bring to the floor h.r.
2700, this legislation includes only the three bipartisan prescription drug pricing bills. no poison pill. let's come together to address the problem. the american people deserve better than the cynical political games that we're playing. madam speaker, susan b. anthony once said, there will never be complete equal -- equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers and serve as lawmakers and actually serve in the chair. 100 years ago, congress moved one step closer to equality by passing a constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote. this week, we celebrate the 19th amendment, to honor the courageous women who ushered us towards a more perfect union. we wear yellow roses.
i have two daughters. i have seven granddaughters. i'm thankful that they can shape their government because of the generations of women who came before them. and with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green for five minutes. thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, and still i rise. with love of country in my heart and a belief that the constitution ought to be honored. and today i rise some 34 days
since the mueller report has been made public. 4 days since we have concluded that impeachable offenses have been committed. the president still commits actions that are deemed obstructive. 34 days. which means that for 34 days now, the president is clearly above the law as it relates to the mueller report. longer than that. as it relates to the mueller report and its being released, 34 days. but there is good news. good many members are deciding to join the impeachable movement.
i say, it can never be too late when it comes to being on the right side of history and the right side of justice. so i salute them and i believe that others will come on board as well. i believe they are doing this because they believe that no one is above the law. i think they're doing this because they believe that you have to put principle above politics. they're doing this because i think they love their country, and they refuse to allow this condition to continue without the constitutional remedy of impeachment being given its proper place in history as it relates to this president. and as they do this, i just want to remind us that there's something that is indelible in my mind. this image. forget a baby.
this is a baby crying. i won't forget this image. for this alone we should consider impeachment. separating babies from their parents without a means of reuniting them. for this alone we should consider impeachment. but there's much more to add. the whole notion that there are s-hole countries in africa, that there are very fine people among those who were in charlottesville where a person lost their life, the whole notion that the chief executive officer of the united states of america, the president, will stand before law enforcement personnel and say, you don't have to be nice when you're bringing people into your care, custody, and control. and last night, to go to a rally -- this is the president of the united states at a rally with people behind him saying, lock her up, or some
equivalent. outlaw, t some renegade country. this is the united states of america. do we want the president of this country to go before the public and have throngs of people shouting, lock her up? this is a great country. i love my country, and for this reason i want to assure my friends that i'm going to thank all who are coming on board. and the question is not now, who's going to be the first to come on board, the question really is this -- who will be the last to come on board? who will be the last person to say, i believe that no person is above the law? who will be the last to say, i'm going to do what i believe the constitution requires when we have a person who has demonstrated that he is a lawless, ruthless, reckless person who happens to have control of the executive branch
of government? it is my belief that sometimes you stand alone, and it's better to stand alone than not stand at all. but i also understand that sometimes when you stand alone, it's just a matter of time before others will stand with you. i compliment all who are standing with us today, who have been here from the genesis of this, and i want to say one final thing, madam speaker. this is not about whether you're republican or democrat. i compliment the republican who had the courage to step forward , the courage, the intestinal fortitude to take the stand for righteousness. believe me, you won't be the last. there will be others. it's just a matter of time. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore:
members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities oward the president. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. arrington, for five minutes. mr. arrington: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in strong support of the effort to establish a national veterans' cemetery on the south plains of west texas. dating back to the civil war, the 147 national cemeteries across america are a powerful way to honor those who have gone before us, who wore the uniform of the united states, and remind us every day of the 1% of americans who are willing to sacrifice everything in defense of our freedom and security. for some, they serve as what president lincoln called a final resting place for those who gave their lives, that our nation might live. yesterday, i had the privilege of meeting with several distinguished veterans who have made it their mission to see
this vision become a reality. among them were four generals who have chosen to reside in a little slice of heaven that chairman mike conway and i call west texas. i am excited they are here. general murphy, who was the commanding general of the 49th armor division of the army national guard for the state of texas. in his distinguished 42-year military career, he was awarded numerous medals, including the legion of merit and today the armed forces guard and reserve center in lubbock is named in general murphy's honor. general yan sobel, a former major general in the arizona air national guard, who served as the first female homeland security director for the state of new mexico. and today she continues by serving and teaching at my alma mater, texas tech university. brigadier hardin, a master army aviator. he served as the nato northern
regional wartime construction manager and commander from 1989 to 1995, responsible for the united kingdom, norway, and denmark. and last but certainly not least, my good friend, lieutenant general bernie mittimeier. he served 28 years in the u.s. army, earning numerous awards and declarations and served from 1981 until 1985 and also served as commanding general of the walter reed army medical center in united states washington, d.c. madam speaker, i am proud to represent over 40,000 veterans in my district and rural america, and if you take into consideration eastern new mexico, that this national cemetery would serve, it's over 70,000 veterans. we must ensure that the commitment we make to our veterans isn't reserved only for those veterans living in population centers, whether it's long-term care services for the disabled or respect that's owed our honored dead, we must never forget all
veterans, including those living in rural parts of our country. . madam speaker, no group of americans believe more adamantly the importance of strong defense and mission of our military to keep us safe and free than the good people of west texas. their duty was to serve. our duty is to remember them. one of the best ways we can can can do that is by giving them a hero's burial in a national cemetery. god bless our veterans. go west texas. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. peters, for five minutes. thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize the late colonel robert "bob" dingman, a decorated veteran and community leader who dedicated his life to service. his commitment began when he was just a teenager.
he was living with his family in hawaii and serving in the reserve officer training corps when the japanese attacked pearl harbor. bob helped to get the women and children to safety before joining the defense of the base. the events of that day led bob to a life of military service. he graduated from west point in 1945 and went on to serve in world war ii, the korean war, and vietnam war. during his decades of service, bob earned a silver star, soldier's medal, bronze star, and purple heart. after retiring from the army, bob earned multiple masters degrees and worked as a college professor at san diego miramar college teaching math, histories and political science. he became a pillar of san diego's scripts ranch commute where he and his wife and children made their home. bob helped create the town's council, the civic association, organized many annual traditions, including the fourth of july parade and establish the community newsletter. the robert e. dingman elementary
school opened in 1995 so named by the san diego unified school district to recognize his accomplishments in the community. the school celebrates bob dingman day every year on june 12, his birthday. scripts ranch and san diego are better off for his leadership and community involvement. his legacy of volunteer service will continue to be an example for us all. please join me in honoring bob dingman for his dedication to scripts ranch and his service to the country. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize marine corps air station miramar on receiving a 2019 secretary of defense environmental award. the award recognizes the commitment to he protect the environment while supporting the mission of the military. the united states department of defense is the world's largest user of fossil fuels. when the price of those fuels spike, it harms our mission. that's why the marines view
energy security as national security. 9 marines at miramar have led on energy storage research threw a partnership with california energy commission on electric program investment charge and deployed a methane to energy project from on site land phil that generates half the base's energy. the installation wide microgrid delivers 100% renewable energy to the base. it's distribution can provide reliable energy to mission cite cal facilities for three weeks if they are disconnected fromed grid. this achievement has wide implication force the marines, san diego, and wait we power our world. energy innovation has come naturally to the military and miramar embodies san diego's forward thinking approach and commitment to sustainability. thank you to the marine corps air station miramar and the marines stationed there for your service to our nation and the marine corps leadership for your dedication to alternative energy. please join me in congratulate
-- congratulating them on their environmental award. madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the new children's museum of san diego, winner of the 2019 national medal for museum and library service. this award is the the highest honor given to museums that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to community service. the new children's museum, which will celebrate its 36th anniversary this year, is a cornerstone of arts and culture for san diego families. the museum is certainly a model for engaging people of all backgrounds with art. they collaborate with community centers, social service organizations, and schools to spread art creativity and play outside the museum. the new children's museum floydeloy as philosophy that enables children to learn through play. their philosophy is pervasive in their immersive exhibits that allow children to climb, touch, and engage with the art.
i brought my own children there to think, play, and create like so many families when they why younger. today the museum offers free and reduced admission for military families, head start groups, homeless and foster children, migrant families, and more. this award is a testament to the new children's museum service san diegans. please join me in honoring the new children's museum. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentleman from indiana, mr. by shar. or five minutes. madam speaker, i rise today with my house colleagues to honor and remember senator richard lugar a giant in indiana politics who recently passed away at the age of 87. for those who had the privilege
to serve in congress alongside senator lugar, you simply could not find a bert mentor, colleague, and friend. nor could you find a more honorable and decent individual. senator lugarrer defined what it meant to be a principled statesman, dedicating his life to the betterment of the world, our nation, and the hoosier state. from serving in the united states navy to being elected the mayor of indianapolis in 1968, and to his service in the united states senate from 1977 until 2013, he spent his entire life in service to his nation and his fellow americans. while senator lugar worked on a wide variety of issues during his time in office, it was in the realm of foreign policy that he made the largest impact. senator lugar's knowledge of foreign policy issues were unmatched and our nation will forever be stronger and safer because of his tireless efforts.
it was a privilege and honor to serve alongside senator lugar during my first term in congress, and as i stand here today, it is truly humbling to say goodbye to a man that inspired so many to answer the call to service. our thoughts continue to be with his beloved wife, charlene, his sons, and the rest of the family. may you have fair winds and following seas, godspeed. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. rouda,er for five minutes. mr. rouda: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to mark the 100th anniversary of this chamber's passage of the 19th amendment guaranteeing women the right to show. the battle for the 19th amendment was long and hard fought. it was 7 years from the seneca
halls convention in 1848 to the affirmation in our constitution that women were owed the right to vote. but the ultimate goal was not just a vote. it was what the vote means that american women, all women, could enjoy the same rights and freedoms as american men. in the last 100 years, we remain well short of that goal. in fact, this past week's latest assault on women's bodily autonomy is proof of that. the fact that women make 80 cents on the dollar compared to men and much less for women of color shows that we have a long way to go. when there is so much work left to do to realize full equality for all american citizens, we can can cannot afford to move backwards. it's clear we need women's voices now more than ever. and i am very proud of the fact that 40% of the democrats in congress are women, but we need more. i'm proud to serve with the largest group of women in congress in u.s. history and
call these incredible congresswomen my friends, colleagues, and speaker of the house. i look forward to working with them towards full gender equality. we will not wait another hundred years. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. conway, for five -- mr. conaway for five minutes. mr. conaware: i rise to honor a long time friend of mine, jimmy lee, from lubbock, texas. he took his profession seriously, helped create a firm in existence today passed away in april of 2019. he was 89. and it leaves a giant hole in the hearts of his family as you might expect. i first met him when i joined the state board of accountcy in texas. for whatever reason, i will never know, chose to take me under his wing.
he mentored me, wise counselor, as a result of his friendship and his help, i was able to chair the state board of accountancy, the national association of state boards of accountcy, anddy that work more professionally because of my friendship and leadership. my story is one of only many like it. jimmy served the texas state -- texas state society of c.p.a.'s throughout his career. there are countless other c.p.a.'s who could have the same conversation with you that i'm having this morning as a rault of his friendship and leadership. he leaves behind his wife of 66 years. sonny, daughter, and her husband , her son, jeff, and his wife, and his combrand children and great grandchildren. jimmy lee everywhere he touched got better. whether it was a not for profit organization, his profession he
served diligently, and countless individuals that he came in contact with are much better off. none more so than the fellow who stands here in front of you today. my life is better as a result of my friendship with jimmy lee mayson. i miss my friend. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from indiana, mrs. brooks, for five minutes. mrs. brooks: thank you, madam speaker. one century ago today the united states house of representatives passed a constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote and just one year laterer the 19th amendment was ratified. even before women had the right to vote, women from indiana were on their feet rallying their voices to be hearder. hooshers suffragettes, such as amanda, may wright sewell, dr. amelia keller, and grace julian clark led the push for suffrage in indiana and inspired hoosier women to stand up and speak out about their rights.
each of these women and so many more across the country pave the way so that other women can can now vote and can hold local, state, and federal government positions. it's an honor to be one of seven congresswomen elected thus far to represent the hoosierer state in our nation's capital. it began with representative virginia elie jenks, who began her service in 1933. then cecil harden who began her service in 1949. katie hall, in 1982. jill long thompson in 1989. julia carson in 2003. and my good friend, jackie walorski and i, in 2013. hoosier women have certainly left their marks in america's history book, but as i stand here today i'm struck at how much work, yes, we still have to do, exercising our right to vote is the most powerful tool we have to share our voice. today i join many colleagues
here in the house wearing a yellow rose commemorating the suffrages fight for our rights to vote. so much has been accomplished by women and for women in the past 100 years, and today i want to encourage all americans to consider how much farther we can can can go in the next 100 years. thank you. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from washington, mrs. rodgers, or five minutes. mrs. rodgers: i rise today to reflect on moral characterer which is essential to the promise of america in order for us to flourish. i'm reminded that we stand on the shoulders of so many who have gone before us and impacted our lives in many ways. members of our greatest generation who bravely fought tyranny and oppression during world war ii. they were they were driven by duty, honor, and country.
they were selfless, not drawing attention to themselves or seeking to be a celebrity or hero. they were models for character that we must always celebrate and remember. they would never admit it but they are our heroes, heroes who bravely and humbly were doing their part to protect our freedom. madam speaker, why is character so important? why does it matter? it's because our character, who we are and the decisions we made when we are tested is foundational to the rule of law. in this body, we talk a lot about the constitution, our god-given rights, bills and laws, checks and balances. the rules and the procedures that govern debate. the branches that make up this government, and so on. all of these pieces of our government are significant, but they are lifeless and have no meaning without the spirit of good faith. if we, representatives of the
people, don't lead with moral character, america doesn't stand a chance against corruption and the breakdown of trust with the people we serve. it's on us, each one of us, doing our part for what is righteous, what is just, and for what will keep america free. president reagan once said, freedom isn't passed down in the bloodstream. it has to be fought for. in other words, freedom involves choices, and that's precisely why character matters. every single day, every single moment, our character is tested. in politics, it's trusted by the temptations of power, pollas ambition and personalities. i won't blame either side of the aisle, madam speaker, but these are the smoldering fires that burn around us that threaten our institutions and our laws.
did you know only 3% of americans trust the government will do the right thing? 3%. 46% of americans say they have very little confidence in congress. there is a crisis of confidence, and if a call for reformation of character so that people will trust, can trust that their representatives will always act in good faith on their behalf. again, it starts with us being better examples, not for the glory or the recognition, because -- but because it's the right thing to do. we must be countercultural to the divisiveness that's taken hold of modern politics today. that means stopping the blame game, honoring another's argument even when we disagree and acknowledging and even celebrating our differences without attacking the other side's character. that's the way that we'll come together to find out how we can make tough decisions without kicking the can down the road.
i fear what may come if things do not change. as abraham lincoln famously said, a house divided against itself cannot stand. the strength of our nation, our constitution, our laws and our institutions have no greater guardians than us. it's this government of the people, by the people, and for the people. we must take this responsibility seriously or, again, we won't have a fighting chance to rebuild the trust of we the people and keep the promise of america alive. i've said it before in the well of this house. this is the promise that will keep us free and empower the next generation to shine. for their sake, our character, the spirit that leads us to do what is right and just must be our guide in our house so that it will stand forever. thank you, madam speaker, and i
yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. smucker, for five minutes. mr. smucker: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to urge my colleagues to support the new trade agreement negotiated with mexico and canada, or the usmca. my district that i represent, the 11th district of pennsylvania, is one of the top 10 dairy producing counties in the nation and is the number one producing county for egg layers. one thing i can tell you about the farmers of the 11th district is that they adapt and they hold on to hope that better times are yet to come. and i agree with them. better times are coming for these farmers because the trump administration has worked to do right by the american farmer in negotiating the usmca. under the agreement, canada would eliminate its price control systems, which have
effectively blocked out america's dairy industry. the agreement also makes improvement for the egg and poultry industries with canada agreeing to increase its quota regimes to allow for more american eggs and chicken into the market. the farmers of my district are eagerly calling for the usmca to be enacted as soon as possible, and i join them today in that call. i'm hopeful we can get there. that's why i urge the leadership across the aisle to join in standing up for our nation's farmers and to allow a vote on the usmca. we have a generational opportunity to help american farmers compete and to thrive. let's take that opportunity. madam speaker, earlier this month was national correctional officers and employees week, and i rise today to recognize individuals from lancaster county who are making a
difference in improving criminal justice and public safety in our community. i'd like to recognize lancaster prison warden sheryl steeburger ho has shown exceptional leadership. e has improved the welfare and helped with the transition out of incarceration. the warden has done so by following the data with a program known as prison stat. prison stat is run in conjunction with the lancaster prison board led by lancaster county commissioner and chairman josh parsons. this program monitors key metrics on the prison's performance and holds leaders accountable through transparent and frequent public review of the data. their work in lancaster county has been honored by the national association of counties who awarded both
commissioner parsons and warden steeburger with the 2018 achievement in criminal justice and public safety award. madam speaker, we appreciate the work of our correctional officers and we thank warden steeburger for her dedication and leadership. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from nebraska, mr. bacon, for five minutes. mr. bacon: thank you, madam speaker. in honor of national foster care month, i'd like to address a vital issue in today's foster care system. the need for more foster care parents. i'd also like to recognize a few foster care organizations in nebraska's second congressional district. these organizations embrace children in the foster care system and are committed to helping youth find permanent homes through foster parents so that they, too, can experience love, stability, and the freedom to reach their full potential, regardless of their circumstances.
lutheran family services of nebraska has been an advocate in the child foster care system for more than 125 years. this year their mission is to secure 100 foster families who can offer ma -- a mature and stable environment. boys town nebraska, where i was fortunate enough to speak last week at their high school graduation, directly serves about 30,000 children every year and believes that foster parents are the heart of high-quality foster care by offering children protection, perm nancy and comfort. the child saving institute values the overall well-being of children by offering free, child training to individuals and couples who want to serve as foster parents. and then, the nebraska child home society. not only strives to find permanent homes for children but they also address the need for foster -- to foster teenagers. all four of these organizations provide care and assistance to the abused and neglected and
encourage the need for foster parents for children of all ages. each year hundreds of nebraska youth are removed from their hoims due to unfortunate circumstances -- homes due to unfortunate circumstances and many fear where they will end up or if they will ever find their forever home. my wife, angie, and i adopted two children, austin and jessica, from the foster care system when they were just 8 and 9 years old. even though we already had two sons, we knew there were not enough homes for older children and siblings. austin and jessica are blessings to our family, and even though foster parenting was challenging, choosing to adopt them was one of the best and most rewarding decisions angie, my wife, and i have made. even though foster children are hurting, they're just looking for someone to be committed to them and help them succeed. it's time to realize that everyone can play a part in enhancing the lives of youth in foster care and these children want someone to care for them. it's the hope through one day
these children will grow up, provide safety for their own children, benefiting future generations. the idea of children being placed with stable and devoted families is not a partisan issue. i'm very appreciative to my colleagues from both sides of the aisle, and i am thankful to serve as co-chair for the foster care caurks. i will continue to be an advocate for foster children and encourage the need for foster parents. we must remember every child, no matter of age, is worthy of love and deserves a family. i yield back the remainder of my time and thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa, for five minutes. thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to honor the life of a great many and patriot from reding, california.
his commitment to fellow citizens is unparalleled. major john cleckner sr., he leaves behind a tremendous legacy of service. during his 22-year military career than began in 1957 in the 82nd airborne division and later the army special forces, john received far too many awards and honors to list in this time. but they do include during his time as a veteran of the vietnam war, he was wounded multiple times, received three purple hearts, and two bronze stars. in 1969 he was assigned to the fifth special forces group. intelligence in gathering, he heard of increasing activity by north vietnamese units in his area. a heavy weapons regiment laid siege to their camp for five months, but thanks to john's efforts, the camp held.
after receiving his third purple heart, john was medically retired in 1979. as impressive as his military service record is, it might pale in comparison to his 35 years of dedicated service to his fellow veterans both in northern california and across the united states. much like his military career, his accomplishments and advocates for veterans are too numerous to properly say in this format. but he's worked closely with me and my office over the years as an advisor for all things veterans related and help our veterans thrive. he was a leader in every since of the word. john was instrumental in getting a new clinic in reding, whose groundbreaking will be -- redding, whose groundbreaking will be soon, thanks to his relentless efforts. john collaborated with country
music legend merle haggard who for a ding native, chance to get out, relax, enjoy the outdoors with people that they can relate to. for him, it was all part of making the lives of veterans better in any way he could. when jaundice covered that many veterans struggled to obtain legal help, he went back to college at the age of 62 to get a degree that will allow him to rve as a legal assistant for in need veterans with no charge. that's amazing service. that's the kind of person john cleckner was. for his impressive track record both on the battlefield and civilian life, the u.s. army john f. kennedy special warfare school inducted john into the special operations regiment in 2010. i know this, major john cleckner was a hero on and off
the battlefield. he devoted his life to his country. when he could not longer serve, he helped improve the lives of his fellow veterans. i've seen that firsthand. i consider myself fortunate to have known him as a friend and i'm grateful for the things he helped us in my office and others do to accomplish things for veterans in northern california. john was tough. even a little bit scary. especially if he thought you weren't being true to what you were saying you would do, but if you were, you wouldn't have a stronger ally than major john cleckner, and what we pursue to help our veterans, to help our nation be strong to be true. his commitment has only strengthened my own resolve to further some of the initiatives he started and we helped with to never stop fighting for our veterans who deserve it. i thank john for his service, his sacrifice, his dedication. we will miss him in northern california, but we'll ensure his legacy lives on through our efforts, all of us, to help our
veterans, to help our nation remain strong. god bless major john cleckner, his faithful wife and partner, doris, his amazing family, and all that he ever touched during his life of service, to his nation and to his brothers. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. r. fitzpatrick: madam speaker, it is with a heavy heart that i rise today to honor the life and memory of trooperer donald c. bracket, a dedicated law enforcement professional with the pennsylvania state police. trooper bracket passed away while on duty saturday morning at the age of 58. our nation just recognized national police week, a time to reflect upon and honor the sacrifices made by the men and
women in law enforcement. trooper bracket was no exception. a resident of salem, he served nearly 18 years in the united states marine corps and enlisted in a pennsylvania state police in october of 2001. he was most recently assigned to the patrol section of troop t, king of prussia, and was previously assigned to troop k. in media throughout his distinguished career. madam speaker, trooper bracket lived his life in service to our nation and to our community. he truly is an american hero. i send my deepest condolences to his wife, his children. he lived his entire life in service to our community. he set the example for our entire nation to follow.
madam speaker, i rise today to recognize a native of from bucks county, pennsylvania, who is promoting animal welfare through the nonprofit organization he established four years ago. paul, an arm yvette ran, and a network engineer, founded flying fur animal rescue in 2015. flying his 1970 beach craft single engine airplane, he transports shelter animals, mostly dogs, at risk of being euthanized to rescue groups along the east coast. saved he estimates he the lives of over 1,300 animals in need. for this ts whit rick organization. he allowed paul the original aircraft he used to transport the animals. i applaud the work of flying animal rescue and i encourage
all of us to follow his lead for being a voice for the voiceless. madam speaker, i rise to recognize an outstanding nonprofit organization in montgomery county, pennsylvania, that is serving individuals in need in our community. brush with the law based in montgomeryville was founded as a visual arts program at the montgomery county corrections facility in 2013. the program quickly grew popular and was transitioned into one that helps marginalize individuals trying to re-enter society. brush with the law works with municipalities and small businesses in their endeavors which involves the creation of conception all art installations to beautify our community. they seek to raise awareness for issues important to local residents such as drug addiction, homelessness, and climate change.
the principal goal is to bring people together, a vision we all should applaud. i'd like to recognize the founder and director, maria, of north wales for her 4r50eredship and work in empowering our community. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. olsen, for five minutes. madam chairwoman, on my democrat 9, colleagues were overjoyed.
the report on the investigation into russian interference in the 2000 presidential leaks was released. it was two volumes. volume one and volume two. volume one was 199 pages long. olume two, 182 pages long. special counsel mueller's report was my colleague's dream. the smoking gun. president mpeach donald trump. the taxpayers spent $2.5 million so far. but that's a victory. he folks back home heard this.
one ugly thud. there was no collusion and no obstruction. so why do my colleagues keep the investigation going? why are they threatening subpoenas, contempt of congress? well, it's because mr. putin hacked into our elections with a wide open door give it to him by the democrat congressional committee, the d triple c. volume one, page 38. 2016, the april 12, g.r.u., the russians, had gained access to the d triple c computers using the credentials stolen from a d triple c
employee who had been successfully spearfished the week before. end quote. a few lines later, quote, approximately six days after the first hack into the d triple c network on april 18 of 2016, the g.r.u., again the russians, gained access to the d.n.c. network via virtual private network connected between the d riple c and the d.n.c. mr. putin was not interfering our elections to help mr. trump. the approach shows he was motivated by the fact of people back home. he wanted anybody but mrs. clinton.
olume one, page 23, quote, ere's the main idea, use any opportunity to criticize hillary and the rest except for mr. sanders and mr. trump. we support them. unquote. it's time for our friends on the other side of the aisle to admit they left the barn door opened and mr. putin let those cows out to run free in our elections. it's over. let's move on. join us in doing the people's work. that means issues they care bout like how about having a lower unemployment that is historic low right now for
arabans, african-americanners, and hispanic americans. let's give that a round of applause. how about age end pens. yes, our world is cleaner because of american energy. how about helping to secure our border? address the crisis on the border. have an immigration policy that works? the american people want this. they are sick and tired of investigation after investigation after investigation. it's over. let's move on. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from puerto rico, miss gonzalez-colon, for five minutes. you, onzalez colon: thank madam chair. on june 4, we will celebrating 100 years since congress passed the 19th amendment which correctly recognized women's right to vote.
at that time only one woman has served in congress, janet rankin in 1916, from montana. today we have more women serving in this congress than ever before with 131. in this proud moment for both women and our nation's history, we also honor the sufficient a gists who for more than a century ago paved the way that allow women to take part in this democratic process so that -- also allow me to stand here as the first woman elected to represent puerto rico in congress. because of our territorial status, puerto rico has been historically excluded from our national processes. including the 19th amendment ratification process. prior to becoming a u.s. territory in 1898, puerto rico was a spanish colony and people in the island advocated for political equality for women beginning with the right to
education. but it wasn't long after becoming a u.s. territory that susan b. anthony advocated for equal rights for men and women in the new possessions, including puerto rico. these advances in civil rights was one of the first reasons why people on the island began to fight for the conversion of puerto rico as a state of the union. it was the leaders of the republican party who first included women's vote as part of their platform. and they also presented legislation to achieve it. as they measured that progress, our suffragist fought support from national organizations and the united states congress which introduced legislation extending women's right to vote in puerto rico. finally, in 1929, puerto rico legislature recognized the right to vote but only to literate women and in 1935 the right to
vote was granted for all women. this series of events led the election of maria to become the first woman in puerto rico to be elected to a government legislative body in 1932. however, because puerto rico's n unincore prape the territory of the united states, despite being u.s. citizens since 1917, puerto ricans can cannot vote for the u.s. president and they are also denied voting representation in this congress. while this congress is legislating to extend benefits to all women, i must raise my voice many times to advocate for these rights and to be extended those rights to territories like puerto rico. that still lack at a general level full equality in relations to a state. statehood for puerto rico will happen. the question is, when this congress will do it. first, the end of slavery.
the end of segregation. the women's right to vote are just examples of civil rights that took a while to become the law of the land. statehood for puerto rico will follow. we're still fighting for equal pay, for equal work, for being able to walk safely without fear of sexual harassment, for eradicating gender violence, for having more access to where decisions are made, for having more representation in different fields such as science, arts, sports, business, economics. as we rejoice and celebrate progress in equality for women, i ask my colleagues to be reminded that our job continues and much more remains to be done to achieve true ewalt for all americans. and that also includes the veterans of puerto rico. sets. ns that a lack a instead of only active duty service women's under family members have access to prime,
specifically prime overseas. this also affects the access to spouses, by dependents to benefits of their families' members serving in our country. current law dictates that military in puerto rico and territories under age of 65 are eligible only for standard. that's the reason i file h.r. 2171, and this seeks to rectify by making tracker prime available for over 29,000 service members in puerto rico that have retired from the armed forces and their dependents. not having access to tricare is one way week puerto rico is treated differently. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2171. i yield back the balance of my ime.