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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 224, the nays are 174 with zero answering present. the amendment is adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 5 printed in house report 112-75 by the gentleman from new york, mr. gibson, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the ayes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 5 printed in house report 112-75 offered by mr. gibson of new york. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation
the chair: on this vote the yeas are 273. zero answering present. the unfinished business is a request for a recorded vote on amendment number 7 printed in house report 112-75 by the gentleman from new york, mr. hinchy, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the nays prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 7 printed in house report 112-75 offered by mr. hinchey of new york. the chair: a recorded vote's been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the chair: on this vote the ayes are 1294. the nays are 2 -- 1 the 4. the nay -- 194. the nays are 214. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for recorded vote on amendment number 8, printed in house report 112-75 by the gentleman from delaware, mr. carney, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 8, printed in house report number 112-75, offered by mr. carney of delaware. the chair: a recorded vote's been requested. those in support of the request for recorded vote will rise and be counted.
a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the well will also be cleared. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? >> mr. chairman, i humbly ask for unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute. the chair: without objection, so ordered. mr. reichert: mr. chairman and members of this great body, this week is law enforcement memorial week. we have thousands of police officers from across the nation here in washington, d.c., to honor those fallen officers of last year and years before. last year we lost 156 police officers who were killed in the line of duty protecting each and every one of us. this year -- excuse me, please. this year we are on track to beat that record. unfortunately. 68 police officers have already been killed. and i stand today to have all of
you recognize their sacrifice and the families who have survived and the police officers who continue marching on. i yield to mr. weiner. mr. weiner: thank you for yielding. when we lay down at night to sleep and we kiss our children to bed and we thank god for the country we live in and pray for good things the day ahead, we know that weather we are in a small town with one sheriff or a police department like new york city that has over 38,000, that somewhere there are men and women who are out there protecting us. unfortunately as the sheriff points out sometimes they don't come home. this is the time of year we join together to pay tribute to them. we know as we stand here today that we do all we can to give them the tools to do their job, but at the end of the day they are out there every single day. and rarely does someone stop a police officer and thank them their car didn't get stolen or
their house wasn't burglarized or they woke up in the morning and their home was safe. this is the time of year we recognize that all of them are prepared to make sacrifices for us and should join in paying tribute to them. mr. reichert: may we have a moment of silence. the chair: will all members and guests in the gallery please rise and observe a moment of silence. thank you. without objection, five-minute voting will continue. the unfinished business is the request for recorded vote on amendment number 9 printed in house report 112-75, by the gentleman from new york, mr. reed, on which further proceedings were postponed on which the ayes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment.
the chair: amendment number 9, printed in house report number 112-75, offered by mr. reed of new york. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
answering present. the amendment is adopted. the question is on the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the amendment is adopted. accordingly, under the rule, the committee rises. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. mr. chairman. the chair: the committee of the whole house on the state of the union has had under consideration h.r. 754 and pursuant to the house resolution 264, i report the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole.
the speaker pro tempore: under the rule the previous question is ordered. the chair of the committee of the whole house on the state of the union reports the committee has had under consideration the bill h.r. 754 and pursuant to house resolution 264 reports the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. under the rule, the previous question is ordered. the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker. i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has agreed to h.con.res 50, providing for a condition adjournment of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: is a separate vote demanded? is a separate vote demanded on any amendment adopted in the
committee of the whole? the question is on adoption of the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2011 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the united states government, the community management account and the central intelligence agency retirement and disabilities system and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. please take your conversations off the floor.
for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed? nadya suleman in the current form. the clerk: mr. nadler moves to recommit the bill h.r. 754 to the permanent select committee on intelligence with instructions to report the same back to the house forthwith with the amendment. at the end of title 3, add the following new section. section 304, prioritization of funding to combat terrorists. a, finding. congress finds the following -- one, under the leadership and direction of president barack obama, the intelligence community performs with exceptional bravery and professionalism in the pursuit of osama bin laden who was killed on may 1, 2011, that enabled special warfare development group. two, the tremendous dedication and personal sacrifice of the unanimous men and women -- anonymous men and women under the leadership of former
president george w. bush and president clinton who brought justice and relief to the family and friends who lost their lives on september 11, 2001, and those killed around the world from al qaeda-sponsored attacks. three, director of the central intelligence agency -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. the gentleman is correct. the house is not in order. take your conversations off the floor. the motion deserves to be heard. the clerk will continue. the clerk: three, director of the central intelligence agency , leon pennetta, the special naval warfare intelligence group and those involved in the intelligence operation against bin laden and ongoing intelligence-related counterterrorism operations are to be commended for their vigilance in protecting the united states. for the death of bin laden marked a tremendous date to defeat al qaeda. but the al qaeda network and
its affiliates still pose a critical threat to the national security of the united states and must be pursued. three, prioritization of funding. obligating and expending funds authorized to be proponented in this act in the intelligence community shall place the highest priority on funding activity that will contribute to the continued discorruption this defeat of remaining al qaeda terrorists and affiliated organizations that threaten the national security of the united states. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for five minutes. mr. nadler: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, on september 11, 2001, osama bin laden murdered almost 3,000 americans in cold blood. as the house member representing ground zero, men of these innocent men, women and children were my constituents and my friends. words cannot do justice for the toll taken by this mass
murderer. it was part of the war of osama bin laden and his terrorist organization, al qaeda, had declared long ago and waged against the united states for years. after september 11, we vowed as a nation to wage war against al qaeda and in particular to bring osama bin laden to justice. when president obama made his dramatic announcement almost two weeks ago that american troops killed osama bin laden we knew our country finally fulfilled that part of the promise. while i supported and we passed an amendment today to commend our intelligence community for their role in eliminating bin laden, i stand by my earlier statement that it was inadequate. this motion to recommit, which i'm offering with ms. jackson lee and mr. ellison, properly honors all those responsible. it proponently commends everyone involved in the long road we took to bring bin laden to justice, president obama, president bush, president clinton, our navy seals and our intelligence community. the death of osama bin laden was a triumphant victory by our work is not done. this final amendment reminds us that we cannot rest on our
laurels. the threat of al qaeda is real and is continuing. that's why in this final amendment we make clear to the intelligence community that the highest priority is the disruption, dismantlement and defeet of al qaeda. we must focus on the materials captured from bin laden's compound is we can stop them from striking again. i urge my colleagues to join us to ensure we continue to do all we can to avoid another 9/11. in closing i want to state my hope that we can have a bipartisan show of support for this final amendment. commending those who worked so hard to bring justice to bin laden and recognizing that our number one intelligence priority is the defeat of al qaeda should be expressions that can be supported across the political spectrum. i now yield one minute to a co-sponsor of the amendment, mr. ellison. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may not yield a block of time but yield time to the gentleman from minnesota who is recognized. mr. ellison: i ask members to join us in supporting this very important motion to recommit.
we've seen a great victory for our country and yet we suffered a tremendous loss. 3,000 of our countrymen lost because of al qaeda and al qaedaism and their belief system. but you know what, they have reeked havoc all across this world. -- breaked havoc all across this world. they have brought murder and destruction across the globe. even in pakistan, 80 dead just recently. and so we got to make sure they are the priority, they are the focus so that we can rid the world of this pernicious, evil philosophy that has caused so much harm to so many and i yield back. mr. nadler: thank you. i now yield to the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee. . ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman. i rise to support this motion to recommit. as i introduced h.res. 250, 50 of you supported it because we believe that all of those involved should be thanked. all of america should be thanked. so many of us remember standing
on those steps and singing "god bless america" singing it others in america saying we were not to be daunted. yet this particular resolution thanks president clinton and president bush. it talks about the bravery and courage. it also acknowledges president obama calling and directing the order. and making sure that all of our resources were used and it also shows that our navy seals in spite of the loss of life of so many soldiers, our navy seals came back alive and they captured osama bin laden. isn't it important to make the statement that the prioritization of our intelligence community should be focused on getting rid of al qaeda, disrupting them, and those affiliated? vote for this motion to recommit because it does provide the opportunity to thank everyone. it says again, god bless america. i yield back. mr. nadler: thank you, mr. speaker. in closing i again want to stress this amendment commends all those who worked so hard to bring justice to bin laden and
recognizes our number one intelligence priority is the defeat of al qaeda. it should get bipartisan support. a very similar amendment passed the senate 97-0. i urge support of the amendment. i yield back. the chair: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? mr. rogers: in objection to the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. rogers: it's laudable they would commend the men and women of the intelligence community. we thank them for that. we just did that a few minutes ago. that would certainly qualify for the department of redundancy department as we move forward. the one that i find mystifying, we came so close, so close to finally making this a bipartisan product. so the first part was great. you said thank you very much to the folks and hid behind the great work of the men and women of the intelligence community. but then you blow up the entire intelligence bill by prioritizing funding. two things that does. one, it blows up the work of the
-- framework. there is a priority framework in the intelligence community that sets these standards and tells the intelligence community here's your priorities given place, given region, given resources. that happens already. so you basically say, we don't believe that you ought to be doing that. we should be doing that. wrong answer. the second part of it is, we have a classified annex. it talks about very important investments that we -- in a bipartisan way have worked to get to. code breaking, cybersecurity. what you're saying is cybersecurity isn't as important. you think this is more important. that is not for us to determine. we just went through months and months of work to tell this country, to tell the intelligence community to put the classified annex together to say, here are the intelligence priorities as we go forward. this bill is intended to gut the work of the last few months that we have just done in a bipartisan way. i tell you, it's a little frustrating knowing we came that
close, mr. speaker, to getting a bipartisan product that represents the values of the intelligence community, the resources that they need, and, yes, says thank you to the men and women who will never be known for the work they do to keep america safe. i recommend a strong rejection of this amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. without objection, the previous question is ordered. the question is on the motion to recommit. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. mr. nadler: mr. speaker, i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those in favor of a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 much rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of passage.
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consumption, gasoline prices and consumption. our general role witn the government is t collect, analyze and communicate independent and impartial energy information. the purpose is to inform policy makers, to inform industry decision makers and help improve decisions and inform the broader public about energy and intection with the economy and environment. host: your home base is duke
university, currently only leave from the nicholas school of the environment. since taking this job whats it like being inside the government as you look at the statistics? guest: i was the duke -- at duke university a couple of years but i used to be based here at a think tank in environmental energy and economics. i'm familiar with washiton but it is interesting to be here. the role that that kind of organization can play in terms of helping to inform decisions is very rewarding. this is a time wn the need for improved energy information analysis is critical. we see it in oil markets and broader energy policy. we see i in environmental poli just with respect to petroleum but electricity and other parts of the energy system. it is an interesting miss and important place to be as there are critical decisions made. host: staying with your organization before we get in
the numbers, you have been one of the many places with budget cuts. what is the total of the money, what percentage could be more appropriate and what affect will it have on the numbers you are generating? guest: in fiscal year 2011 we didave a significant cut to our budget. it was about a 14% to 15% reduction over what our funds were last year, coming more than halfway through the years it has a magazine any fiduciary impact. because at e.i.a. we don't make grants all the money goes to federal employees, paying their salaries or support services that support us with our analysis operations. we have had to act quickly to balance our budget this year. we are needing to cancel a number of surveys this year to balance that budget. we are hoping that it recovers next year. we have a significant increase
at least thatas been appropriate with our f.y. 2012 budget. some of the near-term impacts which we've put up on the weite so it is clear it respondents and users of the data, there's been a significant impact. some examples are the commercial building energy consumption survey which is the sole source of data on ergy in commercial buildings used by architects, builders, those interested in improving efficiency. we had to cancel that this year. time we have data is 2003. due to lack of funds we will cancel that. there are other surveys on the oil side, our annual report on oil and gas resves we will have to postpone for next year. there are other studies such as the international energy outlook that we will not be able to produce. we are adjust being as best we can to the situation and hop that the importance of the work we do is recognized and, if not,
we will do our best to be efficient and work wh what we have in producing information to help inform decisions. host: let's go from that to the topic at hand which is the gas price americans have been paying. can you explain to people why goes prices have spicked in recent weeks under -- spiked in recent weeks and why they are trerpding down? guest: there are four major components. the cost of crude oil in gasoline. refiners have to purchase it to make gas and other products. there is the cost of refiners beyond the cost of oil. so you take the difference between the wholesale price they sell at and ct of crude they have to purchase to make gasoline. that is two components, cost of crude and refiner margin. then there is the cost of distributing and selling goon through retail stations. thats a third component. is a federal and state taxes.
the federal and state taxes part has tended to be very constant at about 41 to 42 cents a gallon. 18.4 cents gallon federal and 23 cent average on state but the state tax varies considerably. so the difference there is state level taxes. if you compare the lowest tthe highest it could be more than 30 cents per gallon. that is relatively stableo that is not a reason for changes although there is a explanation for regional variation. the major cause of the recent increases inoes is twofold. one is increased cost of crude oil. so, crude oil had come up last year in the third quarter but was around $90 to $100 a barrel coming into 2011. since then we have had a number of things happen particularly unrest in the middle east and
north africa. this started with tunisia and moved to egypt. but the largest impact on crude oil prices has been since libya because of those countries libya is the largest oil producer. produce normally about 1.8 million barrels a day of liquid the principal part of is crude oil and export about 1.5 million barrels a day. that is all off line. they are not exporting much. so that is a significant supply side hit to the global market which has in turn raised prices. prices have come up from the $100 up to $115 to $125 per barrel. they have come down but we are still seek the impact -- seek the impact in the retail prices. that is the first component. the second component is increases in refinery margins.
this is due it both planned and unplanned outages at refineries in the gulf coast and northeast. each year typically in the spring season refineries bring down their refineries for routine maintenance. this is called planned outages. but we have had a significant number of unplanned outages. those two combined have significantly brought down gasoline stocks in most regions of the country except the west coast and rocky mountain area which are normal or above normal. so we have depleted inventory of gain which have really driven up well sale prices of gasoline beyond what the oil price alone would warrant. in addition, the recent concern about flood iing along the mississippi river has not yet significantly impacted refineries but in is a concern
it could. that has had some upward impact on wholesale gas prices the last several weeks. these two components, higher oil prices and higher wholesale gas prices due to refinery down turn and low inventories has led to increases in prices. as of this morning, the retail price of regular gasoline reported by triple a was $3.98 a gallon and it has been there for a while now. host: i have an historical praise chart. 60-month averagerom006 to now. you can see the wide fluctuatns. it took a big dip in 2008 is that all consumption driven? guest: right. the significant drop after the financial crisis which was due to the economic downturn there was not just a u.s. but global economic downturn. that significantly reduced demand for refined petroleum and oil and that really brought down the price of oil and gas.
host: we are seeing now from all the news reporting that consumption in the united states is down because of high prices. if consumption is down how will that affect prices? guest: one of the reasons why the price of oil has come down in recent days is concern about the demand for gasoline and other refined products comg down. it is a bit like reading tea leaves. it is unclear how there has been a demand affect. a number of indicators pointing in that direction. we put out weekly numbers which are closely tracked by markets. that has been indicating a signaling o a decline in demand. how this unfold the next self months we need to see. the weekly data tends to be more variable than monthly data. the international energy agency has also brought down its forecast for demand increases
the next year or two. overall compared to last year, we are still forecasting increased consumption of petroleum products this year relative to last year and increase next year. it is more the rate of increase may be diminished somewhat potentially due to higher prices but also the other element is not just the price of oil and price of gasoline, it is also the outlook for the economys a whole. there are two competing factors. how fast will global economies grow and how high is the price of the product. those two factors can point in different directions or the same direction. the last week or so they seem to be pointing in the same direction, which tended to underp lower prices. host: we would like your calls and your questions by e-mail. or you can tweet us. we wou welcome your participation. we do have a tweet asking are you going to take questions
abt energy or gas at the pump? talking about goes doesn't just address the problems. widening the conversation, can you tell our audience about alternative fall use as a percentage of energy consumption in the united states? how are we trending? guest: trending up. raceway inaudible -- renewable fuels like ethanol or wind power or solar, geothermal, that is one of the fastest growing parts of the u.s. energy system. they are starting from a relative small base. currently the overall system over 80% of our energy comes froms fossil fuels. so ather part of that is nuclear power then 9% or so is renewable including things like biofuels for transportation and renewable electricity sources. we expect that
we're focused on gasoline. ethanol. ethanol has increased significantly over the past several years. it is up to about 10% of our gasoline consumption. when you go to buy regular gasoline, it is typically mixed about 10%. this has been mixed by a number of different factors. there is a tax credit for ethanol, which encourages at the mall production. we now have a renewable fuel standard for ethanol and other biofuels which is slated to increase the amount of biofuels over the next decade or up to a significant increase over that period of time. a third factor is higher prices of oil. host: the department of
agriculture has a role in by a fall -- in biofuel. the u.s. department of agriculture released its may world supply and demand estimates which call for corn production to reach 30.5 billion bushels in 2011. host: you work with the agriculture department because ethanol as part of the energy equation. guest: we tended to collect our own statistics on capital. one thing we ha been doing
over the past few years is that we have had to change our statistical collection to better incorporate ethanol into our balances of our petroleum oil supply. one of the things that there is an interagency group on the statistical side is to improve coordination of agricultural statistics and energy statistics. we do work with them but we collect our own data of biofuel use. host: ohio, an independent, jeanne. caller: how is it the oil companies, to own the oil? it is all in the hands of shell and exxon and its private companies? did they purchased the land outright? was there any taxpayer money
involved? are these really american companies? do they have any obligations to act in the interest of the american people in termshe yeas are 228 with one recorded as present. the motion is not adopted. the question is on the passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the gentleman from maryland, for what purpose dwow rise? >> i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that in the engrossment of bill h.r. 754 the clerk be authorized to make such technical and conforming changes as necessary to reflect the actions of the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. for what purpose does the gentlelady from michigan rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the following co-sponsors be moved from the permanent record. mrs. miller: representative reeg al, adams and woleden. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? ms. jackson lee: mr. chairman, i was unavoidably detained on may 9 in my state of texas, dealing with issues on immigration reform with the president of the united states and i missed the
following roll call vote and if i had been present at that time i would have voted roll call vote 299 no, roll call vote 300 no and roll call vote 301 no. in addition, yesterday because of the meeting with the president i missed roll call vote 321, h.con.res. 50, i would have voted no and roll call vote 322, the rule for the intelligence authorization, i would have voted aye. i ask unanimous consent that it be placed in the appropriate place in the record. . the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady's statement will be -- will appear in the record. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? mr. rangel: unanimous consent, i want to indicate i missed the last vote inadvertently. had i been here i would have
voted in the affirmative. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman's statement will appear in the record. mr. rangel: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair is prepared to entertain one-minute requests. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
>> madam speaker, i rise today to spook on my amendment that was offered earlier today by my colleague, mr. reed, on my behalf and was included in the intelligence authorization act. mr. grimm: my amendment honors the brave members of the intelligence community, military, and civilian contingent who played a vital role in the mission that killed osama bin laden on may 1. on september 11, 2001, bin laden and members of histories network struck at the heart of the nation, carrying out attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent americans. of those killed, 2,752 were in my hometown of new york city. including over 400 police officers, firefighters, and first responders. the largest percentage of these americans and their families called my district of staten
island, brooklyn home. so i have a good reason to stand here today and to congratulate the men and women of our intelligence community for their role, the role that they played in locating and killing osama bin laden. a man who was the embodiment of evil and oppression. the members of america's intelligence community are faceless warriors whose heroic accomplishments rarely see the light of day. so i urge this administration, mr. president, please, these men deserve our underlying gratitude for their role in this extraordinary mission. and they deserve our praise not our prosecution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. members are reminded to direct their remarks to the chair. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
mr. engel: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to honor the members of the intelligence community for their role in the mission that killed osama bin laden on may 1, 2011. i, too, am from new york and unfortunately many of my constituents perished in the world trade center. i just voted for an amendment by my colleague from new york to honor the members of the intelligence community, but quite frankly i find it lacking in one aspect. i want to honor the president of the united states who had the courage to make the call on getting osama bin laden. this was not something that was a slam dunk. this is something that could have gone very poorly. i really want to say that i'm very sorry that my republican friends on the other side of the aisle never seem to commend the president. you know that if the president had done something wrong, they would have been the first ones to jump in.
i think all americans, regardless of party, republicans and democrats, ought to say to president barack obama, thank you, mr. president, for a job well-done. well we thank the intelligence community and well we should. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. engel: we also have to thank the president of the united states for making a difficult call. thank you, mr. president. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to speak on behalf of the infrastructure jobs and energy independence act. a bill that was introduced by a number of my colleagues in a bipartisan fashion just yesterday to deal with the issue of energy and our ability to make it available to americans
at an affordable and efficient capacity. what it will do is take dollars that we can use by investing the ability to take the resources from the outer continental shelf leases and put those $2 trillion to $3 trillion worth of assets to work by dedicating them to rebuilding our infrastructure, focusing on our ability to find renewable and clean energy resources. and to put those dollars as well towards cleaning up our environment. it's a bipartisan effort that gives it an ability to hold down the long-term costs of energy. it's a tremendous opportunity for us to get a hold of this. i look forward to working with my colleagues in congress and making this law. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired.
for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: the last 24 hours we heard of the devastating attack in pakistan and the words of the taliban saying it's in retaliation for the capture and demise of osama bin laden. earlier this week i introduced h.res. 240, to acknowledge all of those who sacrificed their lives to be able to go into battle to find osama bin laden. the intelligence community, president obama, president clinton, president bush, president obama directing this very, very, very difficult mission and as well the brave men and women who participated and the navy seals who went in and came out alive.
but we must realize that we live in a very difficult time. and that time is a time of attack and retaliation. we will not be daunted and we will stand in place to be able to celebrate those who are brave enough to fight this war on terror. the people of pakistan, we offer our sympathy. we'll continue to work together for the betterment of those who believe in the democratic values. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. defazio: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. defazio: earlier the house stood in silence this month when we observe and honor those who serve in our nation's police forces. i rise today in memory of eugene police officer chris. he died in the line of duty, april 22, 2011.
he was an exemplary member of the police department, served with valor and distinction, received 85 commendations in his 12 years in the department. and service as member of the traffic enforcement team and was a skilled negotiator with the crisis negotiation team. he saved the lives. he loved being a police officer. his memorial service, he was honored by hundreds of uniform police officers, dozens of elected and public officials. he's remembered by his peers for his service, kindness, and good nature and unmatched rapport. his tragic death is a sobering reminder of the dangers confronted daily by member and women in law enforcement. one american law enforcement is killed in the line of duty every 53 hours. in a final tribute at his service, a last call went out for one mary 18. dispatchers refer to eugene
motorcycle officers as mary units. after there was no response to the call, the faceless dispatcher called out, all units be advised one mary 18 is secure. he may be gone but he's not forgotten. rest in peace, chris. rest in peace. he is survived by his wife, kristi, daughters sydney an katie ann. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal request. the clerk: leaves of absence requested for mr. flores of texas for today and ms. eddie bernice johnson of texas for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the requests are granted.
for what purpose does the gentlelady from ohio seek recognition? ms. kaptur: madam speaker, i wish to address the house for one minute, please. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. kaptur: thank you very much. madam speaker, i wish to add my voice to our colleagues paying tribute to our law enforcement officers around our country. dozens and dozens and dozens have died in the line of duty and to them, to their families, to their colleagues, we are eternally grateful. i also want to say that the most important way we can pay tribute to them and to their courage and patriotism is to make sure that they have the backup that they need, that we have enough officers on the street. in far too many communities across this country, the economy has forced cutbacks where they are going out alone. where there isn't the kind of equipment that they need in order to perform their duties,
to pay them the tribute that they deserve, we should let no officer out on the streets without proper equipment, without proper attendance in order to save lives in the future. i think it's unconscionable that certain accounts are being cut here that put their lives more at risk. that's the reason that the numbers are going up around the country. we suffered this in ohio. we know other states are suffering it. i say to the american people, pay attention to what happens here because -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. kaptur: god bless our law enforcement officers. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 5, 2011, the gentleman from indiana, mr. burton, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. burton: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burton: madam speaker, about
a week or so ago a good friend of mine from indiana, rex, who has been very active not only political circles but civic events for a long time brought to my attention some extraordinary things that has been done by a young man who is in our military. corporal sean leahy, graduated from hamilton southeastern high school in 2006 at fishers, indiana, he's now a 23-year-old marine and squad leader in the first platoon kilo company. he recently completed his second tour of duty initially having served with distinction in iraq. he was preparing to leave the marine corps to pursuit a college degree. when he was made aware his unit would be sent to afghanistan, instead of leaving to pursue college, he again decided to answer the call and he re-enlisted instead of going to college. he didn't have to risk his life again but he wanted to be with his unit. and he promptly joined his
brother in preparation for their next deployment. he was deployed to the helmund province of afghanistan an area where our troops have sustained heavy losses and heavy wounds in recent months. leahy and his good friend, matthew, served side by side with honor guiding and protecting their platoon. when called into duty, corporal leahy answered the call to action without any hesitation. i think that's amazing for a 23-year-old fellow who has a great college career ahead of him to pass that up to go back with his unit into a combat situation. when he was presented with the opportunity to pursue a calmer life here in the states after completing his tour in iraq, he instead chose to stand shoulder to shoulder with his fellow marines. madam speaker, this kind of bravery and love for one's country is too often neglected, overshadowed by our chaotic news cycle and conjecture regarding the latest hollywood gossip. heroic actions of people like corporal leahy can often go
unnoticed. but today i rise to give a heartfelt thank you to corporal leahy and the many men and women like him in our armed services who have chosen to risk everything day after day to ensure our country's safety in the face of terror. i can't -- the words i have just spoken don't express enough the sentiment that most of us in america feel toward the people who are defending our freedoms. i'd like to submit this for the record. now i'd like to proceed with the rest of my special order. . there was an article, madam speaker, in a number of our papers around the country after osama bin laden was killed and these articles kind of troubled me, not because we haven't been aggressive in going after osama bin laden for 10 years, but because of the message these articles sent possibly to the
terrorist leaders around the world. and it indicated that the president wanted to reach out to the muslim radicals now that osama bin laden has been killed to say, you know, let's solve this problem and not have any further conflict. now, that kind of rhetoric may sound good to many people in this country, but it troubles me because it may give the impression that we're trying to appease the terrorists in order to get them to stop their terrible, terrible terrorist activities around the world. so i'd like to put into the record a few things that were said prior to world war ii that i would like if the president were paying attention to listen to. because there's an old saying, those who don't profit from history are destined to make the same mistakes. i'd like to quote lord chamberlain who was the prime minister of england prior to
world war ii. and he said, this morning, i'm quoting him, he said, this morning i had another talk with a german chancellor hitler and here is the paper that bears his name upon it as well as mine. we regard the agreement signed last night and the anglo german naval agreement as symbolic of the desire of two peoples never to go to war with one another again. that was a speech that he made on the 30th of september, 1938. and it was part of the peace in our time approach that the lord was taking. and he said later on, he says, i stick to the view, i have always held that hitler missed the bus in september, 1938. he would have dealt france and ourselves a terrible blow then but the opportunity will not occur. this is a letter that he sent to his wife in december of 1939. so he was trying to say that the reason he signed that agreement
with hitler was because they weren't prepared for war and so he decided to give the land to hitler without any kind of a conflict. the thing that bothers me about that is what he said to the czechoslovakia people and he said, when we were convinced as -- as we became convinced that nothing would keep the land within the czechoslovakia state, we urge the -- urged the czech government to agree to the session of territory and promptly agree. the czech government, because of the pressure that was brought upon them, through the wisdom and courage of the president accepted the advice of the french government and ourselves. it was a hard decision for anyone who loved his country to take but to accuse us of having by that advice betrayed the czechoslovakia state is preposterous but in fact it was
a terrible decision that was made by lord chamberlain. because what happened was, because of the appearance of weakness by going to munich and signing a peace agreement on hitler's terms, giving the land, which was part of the czechoslovakia republic, to hitler, it was the green light because he suspected and felt that the free countries of the world were afraid of him and would back down on any -- in any case that might arise. and as a result world war ii started and 60 million, 50 million to 60 million people were killed. it's very person that we realize today -- important that we realize today as they did after lord chamberlain made this terrible mistake that we should not in any way give the appearance, the appearance of the -- of appeasing the radical islamists because they may think because we got rid of osama bin laden we don't have the
intestinaled for tude to keep after them, to destroy them so they can never be a threat to the free world again. i think it's important that we remember what winston churchill, who was an outcast in the british parliament at the time, what he said for years and years and years. he said, the era, i'm quoting churchill now, he said the era of procrastination, of half measures, of soothing obedience is coming to a close. in its place we are in a period of consequences. he was predicting that world war ii was going to start. and this was as far back as 1936. he went on to say later on, people say we ought to -- not to allow ourselves to be drawn into a they receiptcal antagonism between naziism and democracy but the antagonism is here now. it is this very conflict of spiritual and moral ideas, this is what we're facing right now, spiritual and moral ideas of the
radicals. it is this very conflict of spiritual and moral ideas which gives the free countries a great part of their strength. winston church whill who was vilified was absolutely correct, they should have prepared for war, they should have let herr hitler know there was going to be no giving of any quarter to him and it might have prevented world war ii and maybe saved 40 million, 50 million, 60 million lives. winston churchill went on to say after the war was about to begin in the house of commons in 1938, he said, britain and france have chosen between war and dishonor. they chose dishonor and now they will have war. and they did have war. churchill also said, and do not suppose that this is the end, this is only the beginning of the reckoning and i hope our government realizes that this is
not the end of the war with the terrorists, this is still going on and although bin laden has been killed, there's still a lot of terrorists out there that believe we're weak and that we're not going to follow through and that they can prevail in the long run. and we need to send a message like churchill did prior to what lord chamberlain did by going to munich. that we're going to be tough and we're going to follow through and i think the president needs to send that message very loud and clear. instead of reaching out now that bin laden's gone and saying to the terrorist world, we -- now that bin laden's gone, your leader is gone, we ought to sit down and work this thing out, that is a sign of weakness. i hope the president when he makes this speech makes absolutely clear to the terrorists that we're willing to do whatever it takes to protect america in the free world. as churchill went on to say, this is only the beginning of the wreckening. this is only the first sip, the
first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be preferred to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigor we rise to take our stand for freedom as in the olden time and that was in october of 1938. we're in a war against terrorism, it's something that hasn't been seen since the 12th century when the radical islamists tried to take over western europe and a lot of people don't remember that. but they did. and there's always those radicals who want to foist upon the rest of the world their religious beliefs and the way they think the world should be run. and we have to, when they rise up again and again and again, as they will throughout history, i'm sure that there will always be radical islamists who will want to make sure the rest of the world believes the way they do as far as their religious beliefs are concerned and whether it's now or whether it was in the 12th century or
whether it's going to be in the future, the free world has to be resolute of purpose and make absolutely sure that the message is sent loud and clear that we are willing to do whatever it takes, whatever it takes to defeat the terrorists. and that means doing whatever it takes to get information from their leaders to make sure that we find the terrorists in whatever hole they've dug themselves in to protect themselves. i'm very happy we got osama bin laden, i think it's a great step forward in the quest for peace but the war is not over. it's going to go on for some time, until the terrorists know that there's no possibility of winning. and the threat to our homeland, from terrorism, the threat to the free world from terrorism goes on. and i'd like to end, if i could, to say to the president, i know i can't talk to him because he's not here, but if i were talking to the president i'd say, mr. president, when you make this speech allegedly to reach out to
the arab world, make it absolutely clear, mr. president, that we're going to do whatever it takes to defeat the terrorists as long as it takes and with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 5, 2011, the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert, for 30 minutes. mr. gohmert: thank you, madam speaker. i want to identify with the comments of my friend from indiana, well said, great
thoughts. we have wonderful friends in this world as a nation but we need to recognize who our friends and who are our enemies and who are the places, the countries, the peoples that intend us harm, who are the people that are willing to assist us in encouraging and allowing for freedom to spread around the world. we should be well aware that there are people across our border in mexico who are not mexicans, people who would like to see this nation fail as such an important keeper of the peace
. we know that hezbollah has been setting up camp across the u.s. border in mexico, that they have been working with drug cartels in mexico and it appears we see some of the signs of that in the ways that people are murdered, the way the crime business has developed. we know that people coming across our border into this country are a significant percentage at least are other than mexican, o.t.m. they're classified, so many of them middle east, many who are taught to try to appear as hispanic and come across and try to avoid
indicating anything that would give away the fact that they're coming here, not for jobs, but to set up to try to do us harm. so, when you are aware that there is so much violence on the border, americans being murdered down on both sides of the border , we have two lakes between texas and mexico, together about 85 miles of international border that should be patrolled by the united states coast guard but this administration doesn't wish to see coast guard there. visiting with texas govern ar few weeks ago -- governor a few weeks ago, he had made clear, please help me in urging the administration to allocate some
coast guard resources to these lakes where the drug cartels are bringing dangerous people, bringing drugs, bringing mayhem across into the u.s., texas is committing money, resources, man power on the lake, but it's a federal job and what we've seen with this administration, when the state does too good a job or does too well of the job the federal government is not doing in order to protect its state, this administration decides to sue them. we've seen also recently that if there is plenty of evidence to support that people are -- or groups are funding terrorism in the world and it is radical
islamists that are doing that, then this administration wants to embrace the groups that we have evidence are funding terrorism rather than confront them and stop them. so it's an interesting time we live in but i do want to follow up on the president's comments, texas has suffered the loss of around 2.3 million acres burned in the last decade or so, other president, other administrations and even this administration have recognized that when 177,000 acres, 300,000, 400,000, 500,000 acres have been destroyed that is certainly
worthy of declaring a disaster area in order to provide federal support. . texas is a donor state. we put much more into the federal government than texas gets back but we are proud to be such an important vital part of the united states. but it does follow that when there is such a compelling disaster as the wildfires in texas, 2.3 million acres destroyed, that it would be nice to have the support of the president. but just as this administration snubbed all the contributions that houston provided to the shuttle program and refused to allow a shuttle to be on display permanently in the nasa space center in houston, also texas was again snubbed there with the 2.3 million acres being burned,
snubbed without any assistance or declaration of a federal disaster area. and we know the president did have a rather nice fundraiser in austin during which probably hundreds of thousands of dollars were sucked out of texas due to the president's fundraising, and then headed to el paso, and i have to say much of the president's speech in el paso was very good. it was unifying. coming from a man who said he was a uniter not a divider. but then toward the end of the speech gloves came off and things that were said that were not true. the president said, and i know
they weren't lies because a lie requires intent to deceive on the part of the speaker, and i'm sure the president would not ever want to do that. but he did state things that were not true. and they need to be addressed. the president said the fence is basically finished. the fence on our border is basically finished. actually our border is nearly 2,000 acres -- miles, around 1,969 miles of border between the united states and mexico. close to 2/3 of that are in texas. we know that the so-called fence was going to be largely
consistenting -- consisting of a virtual fence where there was no real fence but there was technology utilized that would allow monitoring, checking to ensure that the border was protected even without a physical fence there. so not only was there no physical fence, the administration ended that program, no virtual fence, no physical fence, we are open for business for the drug trade despite the border patrol, the limited folks, they are doing all they can. it is such a massive border. it requires more help than is currently there. we width stood belittling from the president as he stood in el paso, texas, where just within a
few miles 3,000 people had been killed in the last year, just across our border. the violence spilling over into the united states. and the president chose this time and location to belittle those who say we should secure our border, we should comply with our oath. we have an obligation to provide for the common defense. that includes securing our borders. and the president wants to belittle those of us who say, let's keep our oath. let's keep faith with the american people. by defending them, by defending our sovereignty. this administration, on the other hand, the very administration that makes light of those who say let's secure our border, let's protect our
people, and instead of doing that, say, you know what, arizona, 30 miles or so of border with mexico, and wilderness area, where we don't allow any mechanized vehicle to go, tell you what, we'll just -- we'll put up a sign, which they did, saying, there's a lot of violent drug smuggling, dangerous people coming in this area, so we would advise american citizens to use the areas north of the interstate because this administration has basically turned over our sovereign soil to foreign illegal, violent drug smugglers. that should not allow for any smug condescension and belittling of those who are
concerned about our security. we were told in the president's speech that since 2004 the president has more than doubled the border patrol. well, the actual fact is that in -- when president bush took office, there were about 8,600 border patrol, around that number. when bush left office, there were about 1,7 -- 17,500 border patrol. so it was president bush that -- it took us a while to convince president bush to do it, but president bush did double the number of border patrol on our
southern border, and since then that number, since president obama's taken office in the last 2 1/2 years, that's increased 18%. but if you want to know what the president permanently feels about what should be done, you could look at his 2011 budget that he proposed because he actually cuts the number of border patrol. yes, it is true, bush doubled the number of border patrol, but the truth is this administration has increased it only a fraction of that. and shown its true intent. they would just as soon cut it. this congress isn't going to let that happen. the president said we got more people on the border than we ever had in history. that's simply not true. i realize that the president has spoken previously of what he
says are the 57 states in our country. so perhaps he's not aware of the history that goes back to 1916 when a man named pancho villa from mexico was involved in a handful of americans being killed, but president wilson was not going to allow that to build. he wasn't going to allow renegades from mexico to come illegally into this country and kill americans. so he took a stand, he sent general pershing there, and with 10,000 to 20,000 troops pershing went into mexico, chasing after pano villa -- pancho villa. the way it was done may not have been well thought out, but the
fact is that at one point during that time in order to protect america from the small number of murders that had occurred from illegal mexicans coming into the united states around 1916, wilson had over 100,000 troops, early national guard folks, down on the border to protect our sovereignty. so obviously the president was not aware that any president had ever seen murders by illegal immigrants coming into our southern area as important as president woodrow wilson did. but hopefully someone on his staff can do the research that hadn't been done before in the white house and advise the president, hey, there was a president, took it real seriously, when americans were killed along our border. he didn't go to el paso and make a speech making fun of those who
are concerned about our security, he actually sent over 100,000 troops and they stopped the insanity before it could go any further. some historians talk about how pershing was not able to get pancho villa and how much it cost. there was a lot of waste in that campaign. perhaps a lot more were committed than necessary except he made his point. the violence stopped. when our enemies who would like to destroy our way of life here take away all the goodness that has developed in this country. take away the things that people we are told maybe as many as 1.5 billion of the six billion people in the world would like to come to america at some time or another, there's got to be
something good going on when that many people would like to come here. but there are those who would want to destroy that. take it away. and this president has an obligation and oath to protect and we hope he'll stop the belittling of those who want him to keep the oath and live up to his true commitments. but since we are dealing with the president who said if you like your insurance you can keep it and we find out that wasn't true. if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, we found out that wasn't true. we told here recently by the president in another speech just in the last week or so that we are producing more oil right now than any time in our history, and i know he doesn't know it or he wouldn't have said that, but the fact is that we have produced as many as 9.6 million barrels of oil and right now we are producing 5.5 million barrels of oil in this country.
the president assured us he would go line by line and scrub that budget and that's never happened. he told us that vice president biden was not going to allow any fraud or waste. we know that didn't happen. we were told -- he said he was going to close guantanamo within a year, and i think i'm very grateful that he didn't keep his word on that. he said he was a uniter not divider. he would bring people together. i hope and pray that at some point before his four years is up he will actually do that. but there are people that want to destroy this country. we can no longer play around, make fun of each other, in this country while people are set about to destroy us. we've got to depend what we've got.
here we had a hearing with -- in judiciary where the attorney general of the united states testified and we also know that there is a memo, he's been given a date, and -- who provided the memo, and we asked for a copy of it. haven't been willing to provide that either to pete king or judiciary thus far. so we are probably going to have to subpoena it if he doesn't. we may come to quite a a row, governmently speaking. instead the attorney general said i understand there was an article in the dallas news where the interim u.s. attorney down there said the politics didn't play a role in our administration not pursuing the co-conspirators in the holy land foundation terrorist funding
trial. we want the memo. we don't need a newspaper article from the attorney general. and when we have documentation from the f.b.i. that arose in the holy land foundation trial, five defendants conof all 108 counts in late 2008, we know that in 2005, massive amounts of additional evidence were obtained, and we have these transactions, journal vouchers, there's deposit slips, all kinds of things that helped establish with the judge that co-conspirators should be left as named co-conspirators and not eliminated from being named in the pleadings in the holy land foundation trial. we know the evidence is there. we know that there's a case to be made, and yet this administration not only refuses
to go after the islamic society of north america, often referred to as isna, but we have the remarks on the white house's own website, and this was put up march 6, 2011, remarks of dennis mcdunno, deputy national security advisor to the president, our deputy national security advisor starts his remarks at this muslim society by thanking -- thank you, imam, for your very kind introduction and welcome. . i know that president obama was very grateful that you led the prayer at last summer's iftar dinner at the white house. the president of a known co-conspirator of financing
terrorism is not only buddies with our deputy national security advisor, he's leading the iftar prayer, which is the ceremony that ends the ramadan celebration, so the white house had the iftar celebration, and had the president of the named co-conspirator in the holyland foundation leading the prayer in the white house. who's running this hen house? and then we find out, as we hear in the news and i know the president gets briefed and is aware, not only are there al qaeda involved in going after gaddafi, we're helping those people including al qaeda. gaddafi needs to go, but, my
goodness, intelligent people on foreign affairs know you should never help take out a foreign leader unless you can be assured that the subsequent leader will be better for your country. whose country are we trying to help here anyway? we know we got people being killed on our southern border and instead, because the president said, not congress, but the u.n. and arab league had encouraged us to get involved in libya, we're going to go expend american treasure and american lives at risk in libya, that we're going to push for an ally, whether he's a nice guy or not, he was helping keep the peace in the middle east, mubarak in egypt, and we push to take him out so that instability is going to reign in the region, who's running this show? who are we trying to help?
we ought to be helping this country. that's what our oaths have been made and that's to whom the oaths have been made. scary stuff here. it is staggering what this administration is doing. there's good information, andy mccarthy, patrick pool have been publishing some good information on what'sing been going on -- what's been going on, nonprosecution. it's time to defend this country, not be protecting other countries. now, there is -- there has been some excellent things written and said encouraging the president on what would be appropriate action in the middle east.
unfortunately this administration has chosen to play handsy, be friendly with and encourage it seems the development of the relationship between fattah, the palestinian authority leaders in the west bank, with hamas who we've listed and know to be a terrorist organization that is in control of the gazza strip -- gaza strip. we have laws in this country that prohibit us from providing funds to any nation or any entity who is allied with terrorist organizations. and yet what we're seeing is this administration apparently
being willing to somewhat embrace, i'm hoping the president will come out and make clear he's not going this far, but embrace that, hey, the west bank joining hands with hamas, the terrorist organization, is ok when the fact is our laws prohibit us providing money to hamas. we've had five people convicted in the trial for providing funds including to hamas and yet if this administration does not stop the funding of the palestinian authority when it is joined with hamas, then whoever pushes for that funding may have some criminal sanctions. this is a very, very serious
issue and it needs to be addressed. and caroline glick who writes for "the jerusalem post" has an article this week on that very issue and i hope, mr. speaker, you and others will review that because it makes very clear this administration keeps pushing the israeli leaders to give away land, make unilrl concessions when it's not israel -- unilateral concessions when it's not israel who is acting in terrorist fashion. this administration seems to be ignoring the fact that hamas is still killing people in israel, still killing people and promoting terrorism in the middle east. it's time to stop acting as if this nation's administration is
ok with terrorism in the middle east as long as it's by the muslim brotherhood, as lodge as -- long as it's by hamas, hezbollah, we're helping rearm people who are israel's enemies. this stuff's got to stop. it is insanity when we help arm people who want to see this nation destroyed. i hope and pray that this president will come to his senses, his advisors will give him better advice and that we can stop this. we are hurting ourselves when we hurt our friend israel. it makes no sense. it has to stop. we are going to be fortunate to have the leader of israel speaking to us from that second level podium right here.
on may 24. and i know the administration is going to be trying, probably has already, to push netanyahu into making concessions but the fact is israel is still under attack, its enemies are still not willing to recognize israel's right to exist as a jewish nation, it is still not willing to stop the pushing of hatred and the teaching of hatred and anti-semitism in the middle east so israel owes them no unilateral concessions. there should be nothing and hope and pray will be nothing in the way of concessions, as i pointed out to prime minister netanyahu. any time israel in its long
history going back 3,000 years or so has given up land to others, it is only used as a staging area at some point from which to attack israel. it's full of incidents where leaders of israel have tried to placate terrorists, those who would want to destroy it, and giving them land, giving them things, paying tribute, it has never worked, it will never work. this is no time to do it now. with that, madam speaker, i would yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess subject to the call of the chair.
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-- online. the wife of indiana governor mitch daniels addressed the indiana republican party at its annual spring dinner in indianapolis last night that she is introduced by her husband, the governor, let's talk about a possible run for president in 2012. [applause] >> thank you, everybody. run,mitch run. ron packa >> the annual meeting of the one and only party a purpose will come to order.
[laughter] >> well, you are a record crowd. more importantly, there is a record take. [laughter] >> do not try to leave. he will find the doors are locked, but as soon as a last check has cleared, you will be free to go. we have a record number of guests, many of whom have come a distance. a special welcome to all of them, typically the young people who have come in large numbers because they're concerned about the future and direction of this country. if there is one of them at your table, tom welcome to indiana. -- tell them what to indiana. [applause] >> there has been a lot of speculation leading up to tonight. there is no sense in beating
around the bush about that. despite our constantly telling everyone about that, not to look for any announcements or pronouncements, some insist the unexpected some. now, this whole business of running for national office, i am not saying i won't do it. [applause] >> you know, my friends now -kn- [applause] >> my friends know that it has never been any intention of mine. i always thought when i was done being governor that i would like to go to a quiet place, where nobody could find me like al gore's cable network. [applause] >> listen, all of the noise, and all of the speculation is only natural. it is that of the season.
there are a lot of really good people out there maneuvering, exploring, jockeying for position that if we ever ran, i like my chances, -- position. if we ever did run, i would like my chances, because if there was ever anyone made for jockeying, it is me. [applause] >> what is important is that we recognize why that chatter has happened, and there is only one reason. as i am matt -- as i am reminded on a daily basis by some article in the daily press, it has nothing to do with my looks or my personal characteristics, which apparently are very decisive. [laughter] >> i got to be the most homeless, most boring person that has ever talked about the presidency, according to things
i read. there is only one reason for any of this attention, and that is because indiana tonight is very different. it is different from what it has been, and from the rest of america. people are noticing. when people talk about great business climates, they talk about his indiana. when they talk about a state with great infrastructure in a nation of crumbling infrastructure, indiana is the first state they talk about. when they book about people who have searched for ways to creatively bring health insurance to low-income people, to conserve record amounts of our national spaces, wetlands, and beauty, and more recently to bring reform to public education to get every child a better shot at life, it is indiana they're talking about these days. that did not used to be the case. [applause] >> i suppose, as much as
anything, what draws attention to indiana, and therefore anyone associated with the progress here, and to this room tonight, is in an ocean of broke, and sometimes bankrupt states, people cannot help but notice the third lowest spending in america, a aaa credit rating, the fewest state employees per capita in the country, the lowest property taxes in the country, budgets balanced every single year, billions in reserve, debt pay down 40% -- we are a state of people that take care of the people's money, take care the people's business, and never forgets where that money came from in the first place. [applause] >> there is only one reason indiana is different. this is something i hope each of you understand, but our guests may not. the only reason indiana is
different is because the indiana republican party is so very, very different. i think this has been a source of frustration to our opponents for a long time. it is a source of confusion to outsiders, perhaps some of our guests. we just do not fit their neat little stereotypes of what a republican is supposed to stand for, how a republican is supposed to conduct themselves. we do not fit that cartoon they carry in their head. no, the indiana republican party is a party of purpose. is known by what it is for, not by what we are against. the only red meat when we get together for dinner is on the menu. we are too busy building a much better state for our children and their children to bash anybody. we are a party of -- [applause]
>> we are a party of ideas, but more importantly, a party that acts on ideas -- roads, schools, health care -- all of the basic government services. every single day we of looking for ways to win prove them, to show that government can be limited but effected, did all activities, -- effected in all activities. always, we are thinking of our central objective, the one towards which all of those other activities are just a means to an end, and that is to build in our state, not just the nations, but the world's best client -- climate of hope and opportunity. to be the most inviting place on the planet for people with dreams, men and women of enterprise, to come together with their ideas, their capital, their ambition, and to make
wealth for each other, and higher hoosiers' along the way. we have said from our first date at the parking lot we would build the best sandbox in america, and look around you friends. we have done it. [applause] >> the indiana republican party is different in another respect. we are about a better life for everyone. we have campaigned in a way that says there will be no forgotten places in this state. if there is no town to tiny, no hitter city to plead for us to go to listen, and make new friends. we have tried to govern in a way that says there will never be any forgotten people in this state. in fact, this party takes as its first commitment to make a better life for the folks that are not in this room tonight. it has not been our primary objective to see that people with a lot of money make any
more. our objective is to see that people with little or no money had a great chance to earn some. one day we want them to fork over the two hundred dollars to come to a dinner event like this of their choice. [applause] >> lastly, indiana republican party believes in people. we believe is not just the right, but within the capacity of every human being in our state, every human being in the free society of ours, to make the decisions that are important, central to their own future and wives -- lives. we simply refused to believe that they're not capable of making sound judgments about the futures for themselves, and their families. we see them as creatures of dignity, not objects of therapy.
we have said they did all our projects that way. that is the kind of america and we want. give us a hand for yourselves, for what you deserve, for making this possible correction -- making this possible. [applause] >> now, the fun part. ,n 1975, i'm a small-town girl and it was one of those first sight things. i could not take my eyes off of her legs. she could not take her eyes off of the state can't shake double cheeseburger i was eating. whatever works. we began dating, and i still remember what struck me most, the moment that i have somehow
trick this lady into spending life with me. it involves, like our life has involved, children. the woman is a magnet for children. we would be at some social occasion, and within 10 minutes anybody in the room under 12 years old was talking to her. she knew how to talk to them. she knew how to get them laughing. it is still the same today. we got married, and she became a business will end. she was in the business of producing beautiful young women. astonishingly, they turned out to be even more beautiful in character than they are in appearance, and that is saying something. then, life has always been a lot of fun, all along the way. not too long ago, after an especially hard workout, i came
upstairs, dripping wet, feeling kind of macho and i said "what do you think of all those in national reporter types, if they could see me now?" she said they would set a coat i'm married for money to call -- "i married for money." [laughter] >> one night in 2003, we had a serious conversation. i said i do not know what you will think of this, but there are a lot of people that want me to run for office, run for governor, something i had never done, something we never contemplated doing. it does not overstate the case to say this was not her first choice. but i said, look, honey, there
are a lot of all modern politics that i do not think too much of. if i am going to try this, i'm going to do things differently. i am going to compete differently. we will hit the road. we will see everyone who will see us. we will put a personal contact back in our public life. if it works out, we will govern differently, continuing to be accessible and as open as we can be, and we are just going to go for it. we're not going to take polls to figure out what we stand for. we are going to listen and learn, and when we decide what we think is right for the future of indiana, we will do it if it is doable. i said you and i can be different, too. there is no rule book as far as i'm concerned. i would never want you to be any different than you are. i will never ask you to be. i will never ask you to go anywhere if you do not want to go. you can go anywhere you want,
and i hope you will choose to do a lot, but it is entirely up to you. eight years later, i think i can tell myself i have held up my end of the deal. now, i had a suspicion, a very strong suspicion, that if things went just that way, that this state would come to embrace and logged its first lady for her genuine, -- for authenticity. when she shows up somewhere, everybody knows immediately his because she wants to be there and be part of what ever it is that is so important to them. everyone can form their own opinion. i just love the way she handles this role. [applause] >> those who know her now know
all of the reasons that i love her. those that do not, are about to find out. my good friends, please welcome, my wife, love of my life, the mother of the four most beautiful daughters in the state of indiana, sherry when daniels. -- lynn daniels. [applause] ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] ♪ sherri baby can you come out tonight sherri baby
sherri baby can you come out tonight >> thank you. that is one of my favorite songs. this might be easier than i thought it was going to be. thank you so much. hi appreciate that warm welcome -- i appreciate that warm welcome. when i was first asked to speak here tonight, i thought this was a great honor, and then i thought i wonder who cancelled? [laughter] >> honestly, i thought i was getting bigger left on that joke because that is one of mitch's jokes spr. [laughter] >> he charged me $10 to use it. [laughter]
>> in the past, the keynote speaker for this event has always given a very politically- inspired speech. if you came here tonight at - expecting that, i'm sorry to report you will be disappointed, but if you came here with a sense of humor, you will have a really good time. being the first lady is many things. there are speeches, receptions, school visits, interviews, and so much more. tonight, i am going to share with you some of the really glamorous things that i get to do, and i think you are going to be a little surprised to find how similar my role is to the governor's role. for example, mitch as the governor gets to meet a lot of important people -- senators,
presidents, prime ministers, but i also get to meet a lot of important people. you might recognize some of these people. some of our great mascots. we all mel smokey the bear, and trooper teddy. i need a lot about vip's are on the harry said. there are a lot of awards that, and go. mitch has received many awards, honorary degrees, plaques for all sorts of things. well, i, too, have received some very prestigious awards. [laughter] >> i think this speaks for itself, but i am an honorary hooters girl. [applause]
>> thank you. i have received a lot of first- place ribbons at the indiana state fair. now, some of you may have heard i have won the cow milking competition, the sheet showing, cornhusking, and first place in the swine showing. the pioneers at pioneer village maize in a yearhmiss of corn. i did not get a diamond tiara. my crown is made of corn stalks. awards come in different shapes and sizes, and sometimes people are honored with a building, a
highway, or even a library. you might not know that mitch and i have had an even greater honor bestowed on us. >> they want you to see the twins. >> yeah. >> there is little cheri. >> what night were they born? >> this is my guy. >> are you looking for your bottle? are you looking for your bottle? yes, you are. [laughter] [laughter] [applause] >> you have to add that that is pretty special. one of the best things that i get to do being your first lady is i get to go to the indiana
state fair every single day. [laughter] >> as most recently, 17 days. now, some states are no longer able to have a state fair, but fortunately for us our state fair keeps getting bigger and better. the reason it keeps getting bigger and better is because of cindy hoi. she is the director of our state fair. i have to tell you, i loved her. cindy has this power over me that i cannot say no to her. she can't ask me to do anything imaginable and i say -- she can ask me to do anything imaginable, and i say yes. it is a joke that if mitch wants
me to do something, anything silly answer is going to be no, he has cyndi -- and he thinks the answer is going to be now, asked me.ndy as a matter of fact, i think she asked me to speak here tonight. [laughter] >> i am kidding. every year, with at a theme -- trees, corn, tomato, and lester, i was called a few days and -- before and was asked to do a photo shoot. i said of course. she said by the way, it is the year of the pig. i said ok. i went out to the state fair. i go out and walk into this plan with a bunch of little pigs. i will say this.
cindy was not there. the photographer tells me to pick up this little paid and hold it. have you ever tried to pick up a little pig? their feet start going in all directions, and when they say they paid squeals, they are not kidding. it is here-piercing carry the photographer is patiently waiting for me -- ear-piercing. the photographer is waiting for me patiently, to get this pose, so i decided to start scratching him behind his ear, and it works. i am thinking i am a pig whisperer. it was quiet. we got all of the photos we needed. i put him on the ground, and he has all eliminated all over my
shirt. it was a double elimination, by the way. [laughter] >> but, cindy has got me to do some amazing things at the state fair. it is 17 days of fun if you like 90-degree days. it is great food, a great entertainment, but most of all, great people. one of the things she tricked me into doing was getting into a hot air balloon, and you can imagine who the mastermind behind that was, your governor. i did go in a hot air balloon. i can tell you there is a flame of death about a foot above your head. there is no steering trade is done by wind. i will say, -- steering. it is done by wind.
i will say my balloon is not the one that landed on the ramp. i'm grateful for that. cindy also talked me into being a judge for a spam recipe contest. i never had this before, i do not know what is in it, and i do not want to know, but i tested 19 different ways to cook with spam. breakfast, lunch, dinner, and here is the most unappetizing one, desert. the entertainment at the state fair is fabulous, and i think i fit in well with kids. sort of as a consolation, cindy
is always nice enough to get my favorite country singer keith urban out there a couple of times for me. there is one thing that goes on at the state fair every year, and it is called the elvis impersonators' contest. nothing could be more scary than having 10 elvis impersonators sing to you, but they do every year, and it is a fun event. one year, they actually gave me some sunglasses. that was great. the state fair offers all kinds of different things. there is something for everybody out there. i loved writing the trolley and announcing the stops. -- right in the trolley, and announcing the stops. the ax throwing was scary.
i'm sure there is a rule about throwing in flip-flops', so i need to worry about that. this leads me to a few other things that cindy has talked me into. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> you are looking for a job? >> your name is? >> cheri --- daniels. >> start putting those on a plate. >> you are kind of bossy. you put them on upside down. that is how they are so perfect. [laughter] >> take a break. >> pocket. now, can i have my coffee back?
>> start turning them over? >> go. >> stopped making it a race. mine are not going to be pretty. >> what other fun and exciting things begin to do? >> today, i'm ducking it out. >> have in the thick towel before? -- i am milking a cow. >> have you milked a cow before? >> last year. >> are you ready? >> do not touched her hair. >> we have the defending champion here. [applause] >> i am ready to go. >> ready, set, though. -- go.
>> we tried. >> very hard. [applause] >> it is not easy in the first lady. after the cross saw competition , when a local newspapers dubbed me as surprisingly brawny. it is also important when you are competing to go out and bond with your cow, so every year i go out ahead of time, talk to her, practice milking her, all in the hopes of winning once again. this year, i am going to give it one more try. [applause] >> now, you can see only cindy
can talk me into wearing that pioneer dressy and 95-degree weather. i am a little nervous this year. it is the year of the soybean, and i'm really not sure what she is going to make me do, but i'm sure it will be interesting and fun. another part of my job is to participate in some charity event, and i loved doing this because it is always nice when people are raising money and giving back to others. one of my favorite places to go is to the celebrity chef event for the children's bureau in indianapolis. i have gone to partner with dallas clark credit we have also started something in my office, about three years ago, and it is the hoosiers helping hoosiers'
food drive. we have collected more than two under 50,000 items, -- to under 50,000 items." -- 250000 items. one of the most wonderful events i have participated in is the senior citizens prom. it is a simple concept. a celebrity dancer goes and partners with a senior from the senior center. my partner was daw. -- don. he is an amazing dancer. i figured i was in good hands. we practiced for a couple of weeks ahead of time, but the second time i went to practice with him, i noticed our routine
kept changing. it was going be hard to remember what we were going to do because he changed it every week, but the night of the, calms, i see him there, and i watch him sliding around the floor with senior women, just dancing brilliantly, and i'm thinking we were in good shape. it is time for us to get ready and to our number, and i have asked don how he was feeling, and he said "i'm so nervous, i've had three whiskey sours." i thought "oh, boy." we did our number. it was not something i recognize, completely different, but we twirled all over the
place, and we did a good job. if you ever want to go, i highly recommend a few whiskey sours. as you are ever -- as you are probably getting the impression, being first lady is very glamorous. there are many formal events to attend, and a lot of opportunities to dress up, but my definition of dressing up might be different than yours. [applause] >> now, which has to make tough decisions every day, but i make the toughest decision of the year, what are we going to wear for halloween? each year we dress up and passed out candy to the neighborhood kids. we usually end up giving out about 600 bags every year. so, it is a big deal to figure
out what we are going to be, and if any of you have any suggestions, please see me after this evening. we've had fun in the past. we have done "the wizard of oz," "the pirates of the caribbean," "indy 500" "grease," and cocoa alice-in-wonderland." his days are often filled with high-profile meetings. my days are pretty interesting, too. for the past two years i have partnered with hank fm for a chores, we call cheri's
or listeners call in, and here are a few examples. >> we want to come up to him, let him know what we are going to do, or we are getting ready to do. he is listening to us. we use little circles like this. this just gives them a little moustache. >> the first lady is now an employee at horsey club med. >> this is what you do for the governor every morning, right? >> every morning i brushes hair. -- brushed his hair. -- brush his hair. ♪ >> is not every first lady that can drive a dump truck and give
you a wave. >> an experienced driver can lay this out current >> it looks like we need to get the breaks. >> it was fun to drive this. i want to know where we get our beer after work. [laughter] >> you look great. >> i feel like we should be no, it sure. -- should be in a prompt picture. -- prom picture. >> look what i did. i am twirling at the same time. >> that is going to fall. [laughter] >> beautiful. >> nice.
♪ >> back up this way, and then back around. >> i am willing to back up in front of a purple car. i was more worried about wrecking the wrecked car. i am going to pick the car up? >> yes. >> here we go. see if you like that spot. >> you are out of. you are ready to go. -- hooked up. you are ready to go. >> i did it. >> watch out, illegal parkers. mrs. daniel is on the case.
>> you bond with your call before you ask them to do anything. that, --'d jump up on [unintelligible] >> if you want to feel what it feels like, stick your finger in there. >> ok. stand up, and step out. there you go. you are already making milk. look at my milk. >> what is your pleasure, sir. >> i would like a glass of lemonade. can i have meant? >> absolutely. >> keep the change could >> my
first dollar, and my first step. we got a tip from the mayor. >> lemonade, please. >> i want to see your money first appeared >> you have the money -- money first. >> you have the money. [laughter] >> we have just sold the key will most expensive glasses of lemonade ever. >> hashing may be lemonade at home? >> -- has she made you lemonade at home? >> yes. >> did it cost you $15? [applause] >> if any of you know mitch you know that getting him to pay $15 for a glass of lemonade, it is pretty darn good, but if he did
not notice, he did try to get change. one of the things that is very important to me is literacy. i love to read, and i knew i wanted to make children's literacy one of my initiatives. for the past seven years, i have been visiting schools reading to children, and in answering questions. now, mitch is faced with asking questions from reporters. they are not the only ones with inquiring minds. i had the best some pretty interesting questions from school kids. one of my favorite ones is "are you the very first lady in the world?" did you come in a limousine? who does your hair? how much money does the first lady make? i think my check is in the mail. my personal favorite, what is
your favorite part of war? -- part of work. -- carnivour. >> another initiative is heart disease. we learned it is the number one killer of women, so i decided it would be a good idea to take this message all over the state and teach people how to improve heart health, so i created a program called heart-to-heart. it began as a program that went to college campuses. we decided this would be a good target audience because it was a good age to start making heart- healthy habits, but the program grew, and we started taking it to women's groups and hospitals all over the state. one of the things you do to promote our health, and make people aware is we have a
walkout at our state fair. it is called the heartland walker for health. it is free. it is not a race, but it is a walk, and everybody comes out. we get a lot of information. we have free screening. we usually have about 600 people or more there, and we would love to see some of you there next year. it is something that is very important, and important to all of us as hoosiers. but, the best thing about being first lady is that there is no job description. you can make it your own. you can do whatever you want with it, and that is what i have tried to do. in all seriousness, being first lady has given me the opportunity to travel all over our state and meet lots of wonderful, wonderful people. i truly appreciate the encouragement you have given
match, which has enabled him to do some incredible things for our state. on behalf of our entire family, i thank you for your ongoing support and tightness, and for allowing me to share some of the -- kindness, and for allowing me to share some of the memorable moments ipad as first lady -- i have had as first lady. thank you. [applause] [unintelligible] [applause] >> well, this is a surprise, but
i am so delighted that more hoosiers and out of state guests as well learn more about cheri daniels tonight, because no her is to love her. you now have a better understanding of her works, and her fawn, of course, and how she makes a great contribution to this state. she is refreshing. she is authentic. she is obviously funny, and she is different, you know, then the more political first ladies of the past. but, while she has never sought out the spotlight, i know how much she does. i know how much she cares. i know how much she travels around the state of indiana, how passionate portia's about her special initiatives -- -- how passionate she is about her special initiatives -- heart
health, children literacy, and fitness. i senator notes of gratitude, especially from hoosiers to tell me what a great job she has done. we have never had the perfect opportunity to show our affection for you, or to let you know how much we thank you for your great job performance until tonight. now, there are a few things you need to know first. i want to tell you first, that if you have not learned by now, cheri is the queen of the indiana state fair grounds. she is not a fair claim, we have one of those, but she is the queen of hearts. she's the queen of hearts among everyone who plays a role in the state fair. you mentioned cindy, who loves you, all of the