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happening. and make sure we have paid china first before we pay people in this country should the right wing continue to demand defunding of owe bam care at all cost and -- obamacare at all costs. we all know how it should end, there is a way to fund the government which would pass this chamber with votes from both sides of the aisle. can i only hope that the republican leadership will eventually listen to the pleas from the americans in my district and in the whole country and pursue this bipartisan effort. until then i urge all members to oppose this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from louisiana, mr. scalise. mr. scalise: i thank the chairman, the gentleman from kentucky, for yielding. i rise to support this bill while continuing to fund government and defunding the president's health care law and ensure that the government does
not default on its debt. this is not rapp idea. talk to union leaders. james hoffa says that the president's health care law is destroying the middle-class family and the 40-hour workweek. in fact, the president himself has acknowledged that this law that the -- called a train wreck, he wants to derail components of the law, odge for the privileged class, only for those that have access to the white house. we want to give relief to all american families. it's killing jobs in america. it's causing people to lose good health care law they have today. in louisiana alone, our families are facing 50% increase in their health care premiums because of this law that's devastating our economy. it's not ready for primetime. the president's even acknowledge it. he signed seven bills to defund or repeal components of the law himself. it's time this house takes action and the senate does their job and take action as well. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i'm very pleased to yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman, mr. blumenauer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for two minutes. mr. blumenauer: i appreciate the gentlewoman's courtesy as i appreciate actually the hard work of the appropriations committee that has been placed in an impossible situation. hud till have pending the t- bill. people were concerned about cutting government spending and enforcing the republican budget. we would be having appropriations bills on the floor and we would be dealing with them. we're not because the appropriations committee was given an impossible challenge. they were given funding levels that the house will -- the house -- the house will never approve. that republicans in the house will never approve.
and we're sitting here with obamacare as sort of a side line. it's going forward. everybody in this chamber knows that the president won't sign it, it's not going through the senate and that train has left the station. but what we need to be doing is getting down -- i heard my friend from indiana talk about real things. the appropriations committee, if they were given real spending limits and time on the floor and regular order, these are accomplished distinguished people who care about the integrity of government. and they could work it out. the quickest way to do it is if the republican leadership would allow a conference committee on the budget. this is what's handcuffed the appropriations committee is they're operating under this unrealistic, ideological document that won't pass the
house. if the republican leadership would appoint conferees, we could work with the senate that passed a budget and we get down and work out something that is agreeable, and then we won't have this hard work of the appropriations committee and their staff off into the netherlandses and we could get down to -- netherlands and we could get down to cases. it doesn't have to be this hard. let regular order work. stop the side show. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from colorado, mr. gardner. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for two minutes. mr. gardner: thank you, madam speaker. to enter , i'd like into a colloquy. i want to thank him for working with all members of the house of representatives when their states are impacted by natural
disasters. you've been very reseptember i have and i appreciate your efforts -- receptive and i appreciate your efforts. e're currently having a flood, approximately over 2,000 square miles. certain areas received over 20 inches of rain, 19,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed and the destroyed count is now above 2,000 homes. areas are still in crisis and because of the vast devastation, the federal emergency management agency will be unable to provide an accurate damage assessment for at least 30 days. additionally, the colorado department of transportation estimates that costs could exceed the $100 million cap which would exceed the state cap on highway funds in the disaster relief act. the tragedy and devastation caused by this disastrous flood needs help from the federal government. i ask the chairman to consider working with me and other members of the colorado delegation to help our state recover and rebuild from this tragedy. mr. rogers: if the gentleman
will yield? mr. gardner: i yield to the gentleman. mr. rogers: first, i thank the gentleman from colorado for all of his efforts to help colorado through all of its turmoil. terrible disaster. and to recover from the flooding, especially. i'm aware of the dire need to help colorado and provide access to emergency resources, including access to emergency transportation dollars. and i look forward to working with the gentleman to address this important funding matter as quickly and as expeditiously as possible. i know i speak for all of the house when we say to the people of colorado that our hearts are with you and our prayers are with you and thank you for your great service. i yield back. mr. gardner: i thank the commarme for his support and i yield -- chairman for his support and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i am pleased to yield three minutes to the distinguished member fert from
the appropriations committee, the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. delauro. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized for three minutes. ms. delauro: i rise in strong opposition to this cynical and misconceived funding bill, designed to push us into a government shutdown. yesterday we saw this majority on a part line vote rob food from the mouths of over four million low-income americans, including children, seniors and veterans. this resolution before us would only further punish american families and accelerate the majority's race to the bottom. in fact, the majority's leadership has been quite explicit about their intentions. they want to lock in the cuts that we have seen to education programs, health programs. they want to make those cuts
permanent. that's their opening position. they've also been quite upfront that the only way they would mitigate against these cuts is in exchange for cuts to social security, to medicare and to medicaid. and even though these deep cuts are producing harmful results all over the country, the majority wants to use them as leverage for further negotiations. it is about ideology and it is just a game to them. people's lives don't seem to matter. let me remind this body of what's happening all over america because of the across-the-board cuts. more than 57,000 children are losing access to early learning through head start. over one million of our most disadvantaged children at thousands of schools across america would lose access to the support they need to provide the instruction that
they need. already overburdened states, local education agencies are forced to pick up the higher share of educating more than six million students with special needs. and over 30,000 kids are losing access to childcare, putting their parent's job and their family's economic security evenly more at risk. hundreds of thousands of unemployed adults, veterans, seniors and dislocated workers are losing access to job training programs. the biomedical research that saves lives and cancer, diabetes, autism, that research is being curtailed. i'm a cancer survivor. biomedical research and the grace of god have allowed me to stand here today, but they would cut off biomedical research. it's either going to be delayed or lost, and the list goes on. food safety, law enforcement, public health. we compromise our economy, the
health and well-being of american families and our very future as a nation. instead of working to pass a compromised bill that addresses the budget in a serious and in a responsible manner, they have used this process to try yet again to derail the affordable care act and denied americans affordable health care for the 42nd time. these members have health insurance. most americans do not that they can afford. 30 seconds? mrs. lowey: additional minute. ms. delauro: i thank the gentlelady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for an additional one minute. ms. delauro: members of congress have health insurance. people in this nation can't afford health insurance, but they would cut it off. they would make it impossible for people to get preventive care, to keep their kids up to age 26 on their own health insurance coverage and say to the insurance companies, go for it again. you can't deny people health
care coverage and talk about pre-existing conditions. families all over america are struggling. this budget resolution is designed to make it worse for them. this is not a game. we are talking about people's lives. we have a moral responsibility. we are here to represent the american people, not our own personal agenda, not our own political agenda and our own ideology. we have to do better and so we must vote against this bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. rog -- mr. rogers: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky has six minutes. mr. rogers: i reserve. mrs. lowey: i'm very pleased to yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from georgia, mr. john lewis.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. lewis: madam speaker, i want to thank my friend and my colleague for yielding. madam speaker, this is unbelievable. i cannot believe we are here again with so much to be done, so much good that we could do. this republican congress wants to stop the country to deny the people a chance to see a doctor. how many times are we going to do this? what is next? medicare, medicaid, social security? this is not right. it is not fair. it is not just. madam speaker, the voters have spoken. the supreme court has ruled. the affordable care act is the law of the land. it is constitutional. it is compassionate.
it is what is right. it is what is necessary. so much progress has been made. young people can stay insured under their parents. more people will have coverage. coverage to help them see a doctor when they need to. coverage that covers. the american people are counting on us. we must fulfill our constitutional responsibility to fund the federal government. we must keep the promise of health care to the american people. we will not go backwards. we have come too far and we cannot turn back. madam speaker, health care is a right. it is not a privilege for the wealthy. every citizen of the united states should be able to see a doctor when they need to. every single one. this is a resolution that will stop that. it is not the american way. it is not the america that we believe in.
we should care for each other. we should look out for one another. we are one family, one house, the american house, and we shull not the pull the roof down on -- we shall not pull the roof down on our heads to win political points. vote no on this backwards bill. vote for what is fair and what is right and what is just. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished leader, ms. pelosi from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for one minute. very osi: thank you much, madam speaker. madam speaker, i come to the floor in many ways as a mother, as a mother concerned about the children of america, as a
grandmother concerned about all of america's children, but as a mother who comes, steps into this chamber and i say, this place is a mess. we are legislators. we have come here to do a job for the american people. and that job means we have to make the government run for the good of the people. we are not here to expand government, but we're not here to eliminate government. if the idea is to limit government, let's work together to do that. . what is brought to the floor today is without a doubt, without a doubt a measure designed to shut down government. it could have no other intent. its purpose is clear. and if our colleagues on the republican side deny that, then they have no idea of the
graphity -- gravity of the situation, to quote the music man, of the trouble that is contained in this resolution today. it is a wolf in wolf's clothing. the underlying bill to shut down government, the c.r., is reason because object to it that bill will cost at least a million jobs in the course of the next year. will cost a million jobs. it will not only do that, it will cut our investments in the future, in education, in biomedical research. the national institutes of health has the biblical powers to cure. we have a moral obligation to meet that scientific opportunity with the resources to respect the talent, the intellect, the god-given intellect of the
science of a cure. what do we do in this bill? say no. we cut that. doing serious damage, doing serious damage to science, health, and not only that to our competitiveness as a nation. it's a vote that says investments, not only that if the underlying bill were not bad enough, if there were not reason enough to say, no, are you kidding? no, then they cloak it in wolf's clothing in saying in their view that they are going to defund the affordable care act. and you know what that's about? that's simply about putting their friends, the insurance companies, back in charge and medical decisions for your families. it gas farther than that, if that the -- it goes farther than that, if that were not bad enough, it slshes the strongly bipartisan children's health insurance program by 70%.
effectively eliminating an initiative that provides much needed help to millions of low-income children. i remind my colleagues that that bill passed the united states senate in a bipartisan way with a veto-proof majority. a veto-proof majority. but that's not good enough for you. you've got to slash it by 70% to harm those children. once again this week. it wreaks havoc on the health care for our seniors by disrupting provider payments for medicare and medicaid. either you don't know what you are doing or this is one of the most intentional acts of brutality that you have cooked up with stiff competition for that honor. it cuts $30 million again i say from the national institutes of health, delaying important research and denying medical breakthroughs for future generations. democrats have a responsible proposal that balances, that brings, reduces the deficit and
chris van hollen, our rahm on the budget committee, it reduces the deficit in a responsible way, ends the devastating across-the-board cuts of the sequester and makes investments in the future and keeps government open as opposed to this bill intended to shut government down. keeps government opened and working for the american people. i know my colleague, mr. hoyer, has been very vocal on this subject. he will quote some republicans and what they have said about this. don't take it from us. take it from you, mr. chairman, does not ill -- enable us to do the work of government. i urge a no vote on this continuing resolution. it's a terrible proposition for our families and our communities and our country. there's always time for us to work together to help ensure, not endanger the economic
security and prosperity of the american people. i urge my colleagues to vote no and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back and the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the distinguished majority leader of the house, mr. cantor of virginia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for one minute. mr. can'ter: thank you, madam speaker -- mr. cantor: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from kentucky, the chairman of the appropriations committee in the house, for his leadership bringing this bill forward. madam speaker, i rise today in strong support of this measure providing for the continuing resolution. madam speaker, today millions of americans across this country are struggling. they are struggling to find good-paying jobs, and they are struggling to pay their bills. and their frustration with government continues to grow. these americans, these hardworking middle class
americans, are counting on their elected representatives to show leadership during these hard times. this continuing resolution will keep the government funded at its current level without increasing spending on the discretionary level while congress finishes working on a real budget. americans are tired of seeing their government continue to spend more and more of their hard-earned tax dollars, and for the first time since the korean war, it will be possible to have two consecutive years of discretionary spending cuts. this resolution will also protect the working middle class from the devastating effects of obamacare. each week we hear stories about how both major employers and small businesses are cutting back benefits and cutting back hours. the president's health care law is turning our full-time economy
into a part-time economy. even the heads of major unions who were once so supportive of obamacare want to see this law drastically changed to avoid further, quot, -- quote, nightmare scenarios, unquote. let's defund this law now and protect the american people from the economic calamity that we know obamacare will create. americans back home are fighting for their families and we in congress were sent to washington by our constituents to fight for them. they have put faith in their leaders to do what's right. for this entire congress, the house has led on restoring faith in our economy and trust in our government. we should pass this continuing resolution so the senate can finally begin to do the same. again i would like to thank the gentleman from kentucky, the chairman of the appropriations committee, hal rorges, for his work on this mesh -- rogers for
his work on this measure, along with the help of the gentleman from louisiana, republican study committee chairman, steve scalise, for their hard work on the issue. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is ecognized. mrs. lowey: i am very pleased to yield tea minutes -- three minutes to the distinguished whip, mr. steny hoyer from maryland. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for three minutes. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. madam speaker, today we are considering a measure to fund government only if the democratic senate and democratic president will agree to dismantle the health care reform law that will help millions of americans access quality, affordable care. that isn't going to happen. and it is a blatant act of
hostage taking. the republican c.r. also lays the groundwork for a default on our debt, an unthinkable act, by instituting a pay china first provision. and it fully embraces the dangerous and irrational policy of sequester. this bill enshrines and confirms the descent into an economy destroying national security undermining, and ineffective rendering of the government that our country and our people need. the majority party with its destructive obsession with the repeal of the affordable care act, and it's unrestrained hostility towards government, has offered this bill notwithstanding republicans' hollow claims of the rationality of the see questionser policy their party adopts. the majority does so notwithstanding their chairmans.
accurate prescription of their policy of sequester, i quote the distinguished chairman, mr. --ers, as quote, unrealistic a policy which chairman rogers says, i quote again, must be brought to an end. his words, not mine. chairman rogers' vote today and the votes of his colleagues will, i expect, do just the opposite. they will vote to continue a policy that will inevitably lead to an american decline and retreat. i will not be party to the disinvestment in america's greatness. today's bill undermines the education of our children, the security of our seniors, the present and future health of our people, the strength, training, and readiness of our armed forces, growth of our economy, and creation of jobs. the quality and viability of our
infrastructure, the health of our environment, the proper compensation and respect for those who labor in the public sector, and most certainly the honoring of america's debts and obligations. today's bill undermines all those priorities and more. i will not support it. and i urge my colleagues to oppose it. and continues us on the path so aptly described by chairman rogers again, his words not mine, as lurching path from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis. i urge my colleagues with wisdom and courage on your side of the aisle to oppose this bill. 30 additional seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 additional seconds. mr. hoyer: madam speaker, i am for a competitive -- comprehensive, balanced, and responsible policy that will put this nation on a fiscally
sustainable, stable path. i have been and continue to be willing to work with all of my colleagues to adopt such a bill. i take nothing off the table. i believe it will take both reason and political courage to achieve such an objective. americans are hoping and, yes, praying that we will have such wisdom and such courage. i urge my colleagues to oppose this bill and commit themselves to adopting a bipartisan and effective alternative to this destructive and irrational path. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman's time has expired. mr. hoyer: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: i yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. mcclintock: i thank the gentleman for yielding. madam speaker, the minority whip is dead wrong. this measure protects the full faith and credit of the united states by assuring that our
sovereign debt will be paid in full and on time. it is imperative that our creditors know that whatever battles rage in congress, their loans to this government are absolutely secure. our ability to pay all of our bills depends on our credit and this resolution guarantees it. it also addresses two crucial fiscal concerns. i am getting frantic and heartbreaking calls from folks who just received staggering increases in their health premiums, who have been notified their health plan is being dropped or having their work hours cut back as a result of obamacare. this stops that train wreck. and second, it's for limited duration. c.r.'s abandon our responsibility for the finances, they should only be used for stopgap measures and this bill does that. this resolution keeps the government opened while meeting these tests. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i'm very pleased to
yield one minute to the gentleman from virginia, mr. moran. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for one minute. mr. moran: thank you, madam chairman. this is -- this vote is about more than these two throw away provisions which we now are not going to be taking seriously and should not by the senate or country. but but i want to oppose it for another reason. because i used to be very proud of this institution. used to be able to go through my community and many of those who have served as long as i have know what it was like to be proud to be a member of congress, to know that we had improved the lives of our constituents. that we had helped them build bridges and buildings and roads. that we could walkthrough the n.i.h. campus proud of what we had done for biomedical research, knowing we were improving lives, curing illnesses. we know what the government can
do. this bill doesn't allow the government to do what it can to improve the lives of our people. we need to believe in this government again. we need to do what this congress was meant to do. we need to fund the government adequately. to be a first class society with a first class economy that can compete and beat anyone. we can't do that on the cheap. that's why we ought to vote against this. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. . rogronk madam speaker, i yield one minute to a hardworking member of our appropriations committee, mr. nunnelee of mississippi -- mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the hardworking member of our appropriations committee, mr. nunnelee of mississippi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. nunnelee: i thank the commarme for his leadership. the people sent me to congress to help limit the government and grow the economy. there's not a single law worse
for limited government and job creation than obamacare. we must get rid of obamacare and replace it with a system that provides choice, lower costs and puts patients in charge of their health care decisions. today, we're standing up for our principles, our constituents and for americans. we will pass this bill today out of the house, and i encourage my conservative colleagues in the u.s. senate to take up this fight and stand with us to make sure we defund obamacare. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished gentlewoman from the district of columbia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized for one minute. ms. norton: i thank my friend for yielding. all of us are trying to keep the government open, yet, the federal government in the moment is engaged in
contingency plans in case of a shutdown, so is the district of columbia, because its budget is here. this local budget, this balanced $8 billion in local funds right here because the congress requires it to come and hasn't freed the d.c. budget. 3,000 hours and $131,000 is what it costs -- cost us in 2011 to prepare for a shutdown. when speaker newt gingrich was the speaker of the house, he worked with me to keep the district of columbia open even as the federal government closed down because one thing is clear, the only thing worse than closing down the united states government is closing down an innocent bystander with not a dime in this fight, the capital city of the united states, free the district, free the budget of the district of columbia. don't close down the nation's capital.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: might i inquire, madam speaker, as to the time remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky has three minutes remaining. the gentlewoman from new york has 2 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from nebraska, mr. terry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska is recognized for one minute. mr. terry: madam speaker, the evidence is very clear that obamacare is actually hurting people. in the last week, i've heard from several constituents, like mike, jim and kathleen, who told me they recently received their notice that they no longer have their insurance policy and must go into the exchange. and upon exploring that, found out their policy in the exchange will cost anywhere from 50% to 100% more and have higher deductibles and co-pays. they're not sure of what plan they can go on. they're not sure what the totality of the benefits and costs will be. kathleen is on a fixed income and is older and she may have
to have a policy with coverages that she doesn't want or need. i hear their heartbreaking stories like this from my constituents and the -- in the metropolitan omaha area. these are three real-life examples of how obamacare is truly hurting people and squeezing them. i want the senate to join us in acting on eliminating, defunding obamacare. let's start over in a real bipartisan way and really help folks get the health care they need. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, how much time do i have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york has 2 1/2 minutes remaining. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i yield myself the remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, the american people are counting on us to do our jobs, to work
together, to create jobs, to keep the government open and to keep the economy running. this is not the time or the relitigating -- health reform or not protecting the full faith and credit of the united states of america. with the great suffering in the wake of another natural disaster in colorado -- and my heart goes out to all those families who've lost lives, who've lost loved ones, who've lost property, this is not the time, my friend, to limit the ability of the united states of america to give relief to those losing loved ones, homes and livelihoods. republicans refuse to work together with the senate and the white house to bring a
constructive piece of legislation to this floor today . instead, we consider a bill we know is destined for failure in the senate and would be vetoed by the white house. for months the majority has failed to lead. they have refused to appoint members to work with the senate on a top line spending number. they can't even pass their own spending bills in this chamber, and we remember how the very important transportation and h.u.d. bill had to be pulled off the floor because they couldn't find the votes. and today they risk halting government services, functions vital to the american people and our economy. even when their own appropriations chairman, my friend, mr. rogers, has said we should end the sequester, find
a balanced plan forward, just days before the end of the fiscal year they're still playing political games. i urge my colleagues to oppose this bill, support the responsible replacement of the sequester with a balanced plan to create jobs and keep our economy moving. i know we can do it, and i would be pleased to be part of that partnership with the chair, mr. rogers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for two remaining minutes. mr. rogers: i thank the speaker. madam speaker, we are doing a c.r. even though the appropriations committee on the house side passed 11 of the 12 bills through the committee, four of them across the floor
of the house and the remaining ones waiting for floor time as we've run out of time. consequently, this continuing resolution will continue the government past september 30, end of the fiscal year. w, we are unable to pass the appropriations bills singly on the floor because of lack of floor time, but also because the house and senate never agreed to an overall number to which we could mark. consequently, we were not able to bring those bills out because of that limitation. december .r., until 15, if we are given a number common with the senate to which
we need to mark the individual 12 bills, we will do so. this is a hardworking committee . we are -- we know we have to pass bills in order to fund the government. thus, this bill. now, if we were intending to close down the government and shut it down, we wouldn't be here with this bill. we would just sit there, but this is an effort by the majority party in the house to continue the government and avoid a shutdown while we work out the differences on these funding bills for fiscal 2014. now, madam speaker, this continuing resolution is straightforward, it's clean, it's short term, it continues reductions in federal discretionary spending. i would point out we've
actually cut discretionary spending the last two years by $120 billion. the first time that's occurred since world war ii. so we're trying to be responsible. this bill is responsible, and i urge a yes vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 352, the previous question is ordered on the joint resolution, as amended. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the joint resolution. all those in favor say aye. all those opposed, no. the ayes have it, third reading. the clerk: joint resolution making continuing proogsproppingses for fiscal year 2014 and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed to the joint resolution? >> madam speaker, i am opposed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman qualifies. the clerk will report the motion.
the clerk: mr. inyart of illinois moves to move the joint esolution, house resolution 59 with the following amendment. at the end of the joint resolution, before the short title, insert the following -- full year funding for accounts to process social security, medicare and veterans' benefits. section 137. notwithstanding section 106, appropriations -- mr. rogers: madam speaker, i reserve a point of order. i reserve a point of order. the speaker pro tempore: point is reserved. is there objection to suspension to the reading? without objection, the reading is suspended. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois is recognized for five minutes in support of his motion. mr. enyart: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, this is the final amendment to the bill which will not kill the bill nor send is back to committee if adopted.
if adopted, the bill will immediately proceed to final passage, as amended. madam speaker, we are nine short days from the end of the fiscal year, and three weeks from when we as a nation can no longer pay our bills. in 2011, congressional leaders changed the rules for the first time ever by debating whether the united states should voluntarily refuse to pay its bills. congress ultimately raised the debt limit, but this partisan brinksmanship led to business uncertainty, a drop in consumer confidence and the first-ever downgrade of our nation's a.a.a. credit rating. most importantly, it cost job growth. i cannot believe that the full faith and credit of the united states would be threatent bid this house. -- threatened by this house. i cannot fathom how we cannot choose to pay the bills we already incurred. as we stand here today, we are
hurdling toward a government shutdown and once again facing default. i'm offering this amendment because the last thing we should be doing is threatening seniors with losing their social security and medicare. our troops protecting us both domestically and overseas, should not be worried whether or not they will be paid. with this amendment, social security checks will be processed and mailed on time. medicare and veterans' benefits will not be cut nor delayed. our service men and women serving around the world will receive the pay they have earned. this amendment prohibits social security from being privatized and medicare from being turned into a voucher program. madam speaker, i represent 136,263 social security recipients and thousands more
veterans in southern illinois. real people. not statistics. they are not only the retired, ey are the disabled, widows, spouses and children who look to us for leadership and depend upon us to do the right thing. madam speaker, our nation is at a crossroads. this body was sent here by our constituents to govern. instead, a determined few have turned the house of representatives away from solving problems and are creating problems. we need to turn to the most important work of our great nation today, creating jobs for those who want to work but can't find employment. i hope my colleagues across the aisle will signal to the american people that they are ready to get about the serious business of governing. join me to protect our seniors,
our veterans and our brave service men and women. we cannot do less. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? mr. rogers: madam speaker, i withdraw my reservation on the point of order. the speaker pro tempore: the reservation is withdrawn. the speaker pro tempore: does gentleman seek time in opposition? the gentleman is recognized. mr. rogers: this continuing resolution we spent the last night debating is absolutely necessary to keep the lights on in our government. a shutdown is not not what our businesses need, troops need, people need, and not what our country needs. the c.r. is straightforward, it's short term, it gives us the time we need to sort out our fiscal differences with the other body. by funding the government until
december 15, congress and the president will have time to construct a budgetary path forward that deals with the most pressing fiscal issues we face, raising the debt ceiling and constructing one common discretionary number while we find true savings, especially through entitlement reform. this motion to recommit picks out a few programs and would fund them for the entire next year, not the next 90 days, not until december 15. this motion would pick out a few programs to continue funding for the rest of the year. that's not the issue. it misses the point. the issue is whether we can get agreement on an overall discretionary number and replace sequester for all programs, not just a few. to get the additional time to negotiate, we've got to pass this c.r. now.
the motion also addresses the importance of social security and medicare. there's nothing in this c.r. that does anything but preserve these programs and protect the benefit payments for each and every recipient. for better or worse, madam speaker, we have spending levels in place that are enforced by sequestration. should my democrat colleagues wish to do away with those limits, i'd respectfully invite them to vote against this motion to recommit so we can keep the government open and negotiate a full debt package between the house, senate, and the president. this bill is about keeping the government open. preventing a shutdown. providing the important services that only the federal government can deliver for our people. the gentleman's motion is tantamount to shutting down the
government. because it will never allow for passage of the one thing critical to the functioning of government which is the continuing resolution before us. so i urge my colleagues to vote against the motion and for final passage of the c.r. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. without objection, the previous question is ordered on the motion to recommit. the question is on the motion. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. the motion is not agreed to. mr. enyart: i ask for the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays have been requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question
of passage of the joint resolution. this is a 15-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 speaker pro tempore: he the question is on passage of the joint resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? mrs. lowey: recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes y 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.]
he house will be in order. the house will be in order. would all members please take their conversations off the floor. pursuant to house resolution 351 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for further onsideration of h.r. 1526. will the gentleman from arkansas, mr. womack, kindly ake the chair.
the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the further consideration of h.r. 1526, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to restore employment and educational opportunities in and improve the economic stability of counties containing national forest system lands while also reducing forest service management costs by ensuring that such counties have a dependable source of revenue from national forest system land to provide a an extension of the secure rural schools and communities self-determination act of 2000, and for other purposes. the chair: when the committee of the whole rose on thursday, september 19, 2013, amendment number 7 printed in part c of house report 113-215 offered by the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa, has been disposed of. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18,
proceedings will now resume on those amendments printed in part c of house report 113-215 on which further proceedings were postponed in the following order. amendment number 1 by mr. danes of montana. amendment number 3 by mr. mcclintock of california. amendment number 5 by mr. mcclintock of california. the chair will reduce to two minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote after the first vote in this series. the unfinished business is the request for recorded vote on amendment number 1 printed in part c of house report 113-215, by the gentleman from montana, mr. daines, 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 1, printed in house report c of house report number 1 sp-215, offered by mr. daines of montana. the speaker pro tempore: a the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of 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 15-minute vote.
are 219, the nays are 196. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number three printed in house report 113-215 by the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, on which the ayes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number three printed in house report 113-215, offered by mr. mcclintock of california. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen a railroaded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-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 yeas are 243. the nays are 172. the amendment is adopted. the unfinished business is the request for recorded vote on amendment number 5 printed in 113-215, house report on which further proceedings were postponed and the ayes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 5, printed in part c of house report number 113-215, offered by mr. mcclintock of california. 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 two-minute vote.
the bill as amended by that resolution back to the house with sundry further amendments adopted in the committee of the whole. under the rule the previous question is ordered. is a separate vote demanded on any further amendment reported from the committee of the whole? if not, the chair will put them engross. the question is on the adoption of the amendment. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendments are adopted. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: the bill to restore employment and educational opportunities in and improve the economic stability of counties containing national forest system lands while also reducing forest service management costs by ensuring that such counties have a dependable source of revenue from national forest system land to provide a temporary extension of the secure rural schools and community self-determination act
of 2000, and for other purposes. it the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. he house will be in order. the chair would ask all members of the house to please take their seats, please take their onversations from the floor. the chair would ask members on both sides of the aisle to please take their conversations rom the floor. the house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona rise?
>> i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed to the bill? >> i am opposed to it in its current form. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman qualifies. the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. barber of arizona moves to recommit the bill h.r. 1526 to the committee on natural resources -- mr. hastings: i ask unanimous consent that the reading be dispensed with. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the reading is dispensed with. the gentleman from arizona is recognized for five minutes. mr. barber: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, arizonans know only too well the horrific effects of wildfires that they have on our communities. in july of this year, our state was devastated by the yarnell hill fire that swept across 8,400 acres of land in 15 days, killing 19 brave firefighters from the granite mountain hot
shots. they died in the line of duty doing one of the hardest jobs in firefighting. this tragedy will leave physical scars on arizona for many years to come, and the emotional scars will last forever. these fires are not unique to our beautiful state. every year communities across our nation battle wildfires that destroy their land, their homes, and their livelihood and too often take lives. the brave men and women that we send in to fight these wildfires put their lives on the line to protect us. a decade ago this summer another devastating fire swept through the community of summer haven in my district. it destroyed 350 homes and businesses. that area will not recover fully for years. two summers ago my district in southeastern arizona endured the horseshoe two fire.
on may 11, 2011, this fire tarted on the east side of the chirachua mountants. the fire continued to burn steadily. on june 8 the fire reaches the national monument burning into the southeast corner of the park. in late june, the fire was finally contained, but by then 223,000 acres within the cchirachua mountains had been burned. we were lucky that summer. in southeastern arizona that there was no loss of life. we did not lose one firefighter, and this motion to recommit is very straightforward. it ensures that we provide our firefighters with the most advanced equipment, including air tankers, communication gear, and personal safety equipment. as the father-in-law of a firefighter, this issue is both a personal one and one of great importance to the people i
represent, to arizona, and to many communities across the western united states. i think about my son-in-law, jason, going off to work and my daughter at home with our two grandchildren, one of whom is barely 1 year old. i also think of these brave men and women across our nation that leave a wife, husband, a son, or a daughter every day to do the same. we owe our firefighters an eternal debt of gratitude for their courageous work and we owe them the best resources as they put their lives in harm's way to save lives, homes, businesses and our forests. this is the final amendment to this bill. it will not kill the bill or end it back to committee. if adopted, the bill will immediately proceed to final passage. i ask my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me and stand with our firefighters
by supporting this motion to recommit. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? mr. hastings: i rise to claim time in opposition to the motion. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed to the motion? mr. hastings: i am opposed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. hastings: i have to wonder sometimes about the seriousness of these motions to recommit that come from the other side but i especially have to do so today. earlier today, we passed a continuing resolution that provides over -- over -- $600 million for firefighters to fund all these fire fighters, actions we have had this year. and the author of the m.t.r. voted against that.
there's nothing serious here this motion to recommit offers absolutely no solution. here's the facts. the fact is, just last year, we haven't got the figures this year but last year, over nine million acres of national forestland burned. nine million acres. can you imagine the carbon imprint of that by the way? and secondly, we only harvested or managed 200,000 acres nationwide. that means that 44 times more national forest lands burned than were properly managed. this bill addresses that by properly managing our forests and the result will get us back to where we used to be, we used to spend $1 on forest management and get $2 back in return because we managed our forests. now it's reversed. for every $2 we spend today, we get $1 back.
that doesn't make any sense at all. there's been no solutions out there, and this is not a solution either. the solution is the underlying bill. i urge a no vote on the m.t.r. and a yes vote on the underlying bill. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. without objection, the previous question is ordered on the motion to recommit. the question is on the motion to recommit. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes visit. >> i call for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a record vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pusuant to clause 9 of rule 20, this is a five-minute vote on the motion to recommit and will be followed by a five-minute vote on passage of the bill if ordered. 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
in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey rise? >> i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman requests a recorded vote. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen, 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 speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 244. the nays are 173. the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? mr. speaker, on "roll call" roll call 478, had i been present, i would have been against defunding the affordable care act, sir. the speaker pro tempore: the statement will appeared in the record. mr. carson: thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? ms. jackson lee: thank you, mr. speaker. on roll call number 480, the
mcclintock amendment and 481, the mcclintock amendment, i was unavoidably detained by my constituents and the secretary of energy and commerce energy, i would have voted no on number 480 and no on 481. i ask unanimous consent that it be placed in the appropriate location in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady's statement will be placed in the record. ms. jackson lee: i thank you.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. hoyer: i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute for the purposes of inquiring of the majority leader, mr. cantor, for the schedule for the week to come. toipped without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: and i yield to my friend, the majority leader, mr. cantor. mr. cantor: i thank the gentleman from maryland. on wednesday, the house will meet at noon for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. on thursday, the house will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour, noon for legislative business. on friday, the house will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. mr. speaker, the house will remain in session next week and potentially into the weekend until completion of the continuing resolution. conving times for weekend session will be announced later next week. mr. speaker, the house will consider a few bills under suspension of the rules, a complete list of which will be announced by the close of
business today. in addition, the house will consider h.r. 687, the southeast arizona land exchange and conservation act of 2013, authored by representative paul gosar. the bipartisan bill will have an economic impact of $60 billion and is expected to create 4,000 jobs for the working middle class. mr. speaker, i expect the house to consider and pass a one-year debt limit increase. this increase will contain a number of pro-growth economic policies, health care and nonhealth care reforms in addition to a one-year delay of obamacare. finally, we will continue to work through the series -- the serious issues of funding the government. as i stated earlier, the house will not adjourn until the continuing resolution is completed. and with that, madam speaker, i yield back. mr. hoyer: madam speaker, i thank the majority leader for the schedule.
madam leader -- madam speaker, i sincerely hope that we can reach compromise next week. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. cantor: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet at 11: 00 a.m. on monday next. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leaves of absence requested for mr. latta of
pennsylvania for today, mr. murphy of pennsylvania for today, and mr. thompson of mississippi for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the requests are granted. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> madam speaker, i rise again to sound the alarm about the train wreck that is obamacare. yesterday we learned that the world renowned cleveland clinic will cut 5% to 6% of the budget and cut jobs to prepare for obamacare. the report said they will cut at least $330 million from their annual budget. madam speaker, i don't represent cleveland, but i'm
concerned about every single american job. at a time when we have the lowest labor force participation late in 35 years, does the president really want to encourage needless job loss? mr. perry: the cleveland clinic accounts 11% of the economic output for northeast ohio. we got to wonder, is sticking with a failed policy that puts these hardworking on the street needlessly, needless, is that the best we can do? madam speaker, this is devastating cleveland now, and it's going to happen in the district i represent and all other members' districts tomorrow and the days to follow. this isn't a partisan issue. this is an american issue. these people are not wondering and worrying about they are a registered democrat or republican. they're worried about how they pay their mortgages, the education for their children. it's no way to live and it's unnecessary. madam speaker, we can't afford to lose any more jobs about a well-intentioned but failed
policy that is obamacare. we need to stop this train wreck now before it cost any more american jobs. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. pallone: madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the 22nd anniversary of the independence of the republic of armenia. on september 21, 1991, or meania gained its independence from the soviet union and the caucus' region saw new opportunities as well as new challenges. i'm proud to say that the republic of armenia has taken on those opportunities and challenges with great success, and now is an important democratic ally of the united states. 18 years ago, i helped found the congressional caucus on armenian issues and served as co-chair of the caucus since that time. together, our two countries continue to work toward greater economic ties, including trade and investment and seek to build regional stability. here in congress, the armenian caucus is working towards those
ends. i ask my colleagues in congress to join me, along with the armenian people and armenian americans across the country in celebrating 22 years of armenian independence. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: madam speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. madam speaker, i rise today to remember and honor cody morray from forest county in northwest, indiana. cody was a remarkable young man who worked hard, was very dedicated to scouting and strived to help others whenever possible. among his many accomplishments was the -- his reen attainment of the prestigious rank of eagle scout. cody tragically lost his life in a motor vehicle accident on june 6, 2013, along with two friends of his.
cody master and thomas phelps. an extremely motivated person, he beard leadership qualities -- his a tremendous scoutmaster, rick, noted that cody, quote, had a serving spirit and clear ideas for a life built around helping others. end quote. today i'm proud to recognize him as a brother eagle scout. madam speaker, evidently god had an immediate need for cody's services and though he was called home at such a young age he remains with us and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. ms. chu: madam speaker, i rise today as a member of the save demand a cus to
reduce -- these standards set the limits on the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be allowed to emit. power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution, and these commonsense standards are moving us closer to mitigating the devastating effects of climate change. ms. matsui: as extreme weather events continue to show us the economic consequences of climate change are too great for us to continue to do nothing. by starting to rein in carbon pollution now, we are taking meaningful steps toward leaving a cleaner and healthier planet for future generations. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> seek permission to speak for a minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute.
> thank you, mr. garamendi: i rise on a sad note, last week, a true american hero died, richard tuttle. in world war ii, he was shot down, spent 18 months in a prison camp. he was a dear friend of my family. he and sally tuttle lived near us, he became one of the first commissioners of the california energy commission and went on to become a judge. a dear friend. his loss will be felt throughout the community. our condolences go out to his family. hank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker, during hispanic heritage month i want to honor his fanic serving institutions across the country. mr. grijalva: these institutions are institutions of higher learning with at least 25% of full-time enrollment of latino students. at a time when the latino pop leags continues to grow, it's esen torble invest in education and support educations that promote that education and provide for these students the opportunity and the access for them to go on and be great contributing members to our country. president obama proclaimed the week of september 15 through the 1st as hispanic serving institution week. i would ask my colleagues in recognizing the wonderful job of these institutions to support the preservation and research at
institutions serving minorities. this would amend the his tore ex act to allow hispanic serving institutions in preservation of our natural resources and historic buildings and artifacts throughout the country. with that, let me again say, thank you to the hispanic serving institutions. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek reck necessary? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the jegs is -- the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise to honor hispanic serving institutions week. we recognize the important role they play in educating our future leaders. with more than 60% hispanic florida university
has made a tremendous contributions. hispanic institutions are not only a boon for our community but our nation. f.i.u. received a grant benefiting south florida transportation. t was also featured on nbc's "today show." mr. garcia: i believe in the future of f.i.u. and have no doubt it will continue to build on past achievements to reach greater heights. in close -- close, i would like to thank all his pan exserving institutions across the nation. i yield back the balance of my time and thank you. the speaker pro tempore: there further one-minute requests? seeing none, under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 013, the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert is recognize for 60 minutes as the designee of the
majority leader. mr. gohmert: thank you, madam speaker. today was a big day for the people of the united states of america. some of us had tried to warn our friends across the aisle that back two and a half, three years ago, i guess three and a half years ago, when obamacare was being passed, that there would e dire consequences. it would not just hurt the economy but it would hurt people's health. we were assured, no, we've got to do this bill that most people haven't read, precious few had read, i had read it, some said we have to pass it so we can find out what was in it, which was diametrically opposed to what the founders wanted to see done, though thomas jefferson was not at the constitutional
convention, he did write later that he approved of the work. but if he had up with thing he would add it would be the reerment that no bill could be passed until it had been on file for a year. if obamacare had been on file for a year, i really don't have any question that it would never have passed. because people across america whether members of congress read it or not, people across america would have read it and would have found out what was in it and would have realized if they like their insurance policy, they're likely going to lose it. if they like their doctor, they're likely going to lose their doctor. people would have figured out that the consequences that are now being borne out would be coming down the road. there were union leaders that just couldn't rush fast enough down to the white house to
expresser that support for a bill that they clearly did not read. they relied on represent eags that turned out to be totally untrue. but we were trying to get across to union leaders, to americans, that this is a bad bill for union members, if they like their insurance which most did, they would not likely keep it. we were told this has to be done for the 30 million or so that don't have any insurance. and now today we see people losing their insurance right and left. that they liked. losing doctors they liked. a doctor in my hometown told me about having done a surgery here just recently and he helped a woman and he said, you know, it was one of the best jobs i've ever done. just a tiny, minimal loss of
blood. it was done in 61 minutes. because they have to keep trk of those things. and because of his many years of experience, it paid off and a patient got great health. but because so many parts of obamacare have been going into place, he got a call the very xt day from a bureaucrat who told him that -- and this was a federal bureaucrat who called from clear across the country to tell him that he was reviewing the information about the surgery the day before and that the average time for that surgery was around three hours, and that 61 minutes was just way too fast, that he was way below the average and normally they lose three pints of blood and he
didn't hardly lose any and therefore they were going to have to dramatically dock the compensation only town to about 40%. he was told how he could change the record and get full compensation, but this is an honest and honorable doctor and he was not about to do that. but what it did result in is, he has given his notice, he's giving up his pracktess and because of the government's heavy handedness, patients after this year, patients after this year will not be having the benefit of an encredible experience, expertise and training because this is where government control of health care goes. you run off doctors that are -- that care more about their patients than they do the government, and they're not going to stand for this kind of intrusion by some bureaucrat that didn't even -- didn't have
any idea what good surgery was, telling him he couldn't be compensated because he did what in effect was too good a job. these stories are being borne out across the country. when the government starts taking over health care more and more, it is a disaster. and of course the government gets to know everyone's most ersonal secrets of their own physical body. you know, i would have thought that over the years since row vs. wade, as so many friends across the aisle were screaming about privacy rights, that surely they would not want either democratic or republican bureaucrats or elected officials knowing every detail of their private bedroom life. and now we find that democrats
without a single republican vote passed a bill that is going to give the federal government full power to know every detail of what goes on in someone's bedroom. i mean, i would have thought that this was something that republicans an democrats could have come together on. i'm greatly appreciative of the democrats that voted with us today and i know there's one reason they would have voted with us today and that is that they have been home. i love august. because people, most of the people here spend that time as they should and they hear from people in their district and across the country, letting them know what is a proper thing to do, what's not a proper thing to do, and who is suffering for what decisions of congress. i love it when we come back in september and people have been hearing -- members of congress have been hearing from people
across the country and especially in their districts. it's a great thing. it seems like we get a lot more things done that really are good for america. and today was one of those things. every republican standing together and some democrats because everyone who voted for this continuing resolution today, it had stuff in there i was not in favor of. but to bring help to the american people who are already hearing, we've had personal stories about people being told well, after the first of the year they're not going to be able to get their pacemaker, won't be able to get the medical device they needed, they're not going to be able to get the back surgery they needed. they're already hearing these things from health care providers that because of obamacare kicking in the first of this eyear, they will no longer be able, because they're
just too old. so we're going to throw them out to pasture and not let them have the health care they need for a good quality of life and for the long life that they should be entitled to. this was a good vote today and i appreciate our republican leaders for managing things to the point where we could be here today and do that. now, if the senators, just straight down that hall if the senators at the other end of the hall had to go back and listen to town halls, and had to listen to their constituents the way members of the house do, then there -- there's no question in my mind they would have been rushing down here to work with us to say how can we stop this disaster that is creating so much harm for to the people's health across america that is nly just going to multiply
exponentially come january? but because of the 17th amendment and because state legislatures no longer select the senators as the foundersest tab learned, senators get elected at large. and there's a lot of benefit to having people accountable to all the voters in the state, but there was also benefit when the state legislatures selected the senators because that was the founders' check and balance to make sure senators did not just totally take away the powers that the constitution gave to the states and the people under the 10th amendment. everything that is not specifically enumerated as a federal power or prohibited to the states and people was reserved to the states and people under the 10th amendment.
that meant that before the federal government started getting its heavy handed hands all over education that local governments and local school boards could make decisions on what their schools needed. but congress got involved, we had set up multibillion dollar department to start sucking off money that could be going for students across america to fund bureaucrats and bigger, nicer, buildings and offices, more and more cubicles for bureaucrats, so that we would spend more money on bureaucrats that we used to spend on the students. and it also meant that school boards across the country would have to spend more and more -- and bureaucrats in administrators, other people in the school system that were not
actually involved in teaching. madam speaker, i would challenge people to go look at their own school board and get a report from their own school board. hat percentage of our school districts' employees in 1978, before the department of education really kicked in, what percentage of our school districts' employees were teachers that worked directly with the students? and what is that number now? . because the numbers i've seen is half of their employees actually helping the students. that's what happens when government bureaucrats gets involved. that's what happens when the federal government ceases to be the referee that they were
designed to be and like in health care they become a player, they become the coach and the referee, all three. we have a bad enough problem when we're just trying to referee. but when the federal government becomes the coach and the player and the referee, especially in the area of health care, it means less care for individuals. like obamacare. oh, it was going to mean a lot more jobs if you want to work for the i.r.s. and go after people's personal lives and their insurance and it's bad enough when they come after you demanding more tax money but now they were going to come after you for your health care. that's the last thing we need. hiring all millions and millions of dollars for navigators. they weren't going to provide one iota of health care for anyone, and i'm not sure they were even required to graduate
from high school. and all of that money that could be spent on health care will now be if we do not, if the senate does not agree, if they hold this good bill up, if the senate shuts down the government, which i hope and pray they won't, but all of this money will end up going for bureaucrats instead of going for health care as it could be going. for the big day people of america who have already been told that come january 1 they will not get the health care they need. it's a big day for those who are being told this year that their health insurance costs are going to skyrocket because of obamacare. some states like new york, apparently, theirs was so high they may come down a little bit, but most americans were
going to see or are seeing their health care costs skyrocket. we have had reforms in the republican party, and those who say otherwise are either totally ignoreant, intentionally so, or they're lying, because the republicans have many great policies and most of us actually thought president obama had a good idea when he said let's see this debated about health care. even on cnn, let's get it out there where the american people can see who is for what. well, the president didn't live up to that because if he had they would have seen union leaders not helping their union members. they would have seen the big pharmaceuticals getting special deal in there. they would have seen plaintiff's lawyers getting a special treatment. they would have been aarp getting special treatment, though their members were going to get hurt.
they would have seen all these special deals from the groups that stood with the president on this health care bill. and i have a feeling the president would not feel pretty strongly, he never would have won the second term if the american people had seen all the negotiations that were involved in passing this disaster, or as one democrat called it, train wreck. democratic senator. it is a train wreck. but the trouble is it is an ongoing train wreck that will continue to hurt passengers who were put into this obamacare system for many years to come and that's not even talking about the economy. those who have gone from full time to part time, those who have lost their health insurance when they had very good health insurance. employers that i heard from
that have said we are so upset. under obamacare we cannot afford to keep insurance. one owner had said, look, i've always paid 100% of my employee's health insurance. and now because of obamacare, this bill that congress forced on us is making me stop. so i give them an allowance, but because the way costs have gone up, it may not cover things. that's playing out across the country. people are not hiring people as they should. they're not sure how much more they're going to be out of pocket because of obamacare. so there are plenty alternatives. i had a bill i think was like 28 pages that newt gingrich sent some folks, experts to sit down with me and brainstorm, put together good ideas. mike burgess, tom price.
there's lots of great health care ideas, and i think if the american people could see us do what the president promised and debate that where they can see we have great alternatives, but one of them that needs to be in every bill, whatever ends up being the law, if we can totally get this repealed, we need to have truth in the cost of health care so that when someone asks a popt administrator, what does a -- hospital administrator, what does a room cost with one bed, they can tell you. well, it depends, is it medicare, medicaid, blue cross, what insurance? or if it's cash? there ought to be a price, it ought to be posted. people ought to know what it is, because if people could pay the actual price that a lot of insurance pay, they wouldn't want the insurance getting between them and the doctor and telling them what procedure and
what doctor or the government getting between them, if they could pay what medicare pays, then a lot of people would have the money to do it themselves. but people get a bill like i did for my daughter, $12,000 for two m.r.i.'s. well, it didn't cost but a matter of hundreds of dollars, not thousands of dollars. there ought to be truth in advertising in the cost of health care, just like opthaalmologist do on lasix surgery and that's why the price kept coming down. there were times when my parents said, we're going to another doctor here in our small town, said the other one went up on price. i remember being told specifically. and this doctor is as good as that one. when was the last time anyone changed doctors because the doctor was costing too much? nobody knows what doctors are costing. and that needs to be part of the reform and obamacare does
not even touch that issue. it just gets a heavy-handed government between patients and their doctors, and i want to see the day when patients and doctors make their decisions, not the government, not insurance companies and we could do that with some of our proposals. there are people that i have not cheered my leadership very often but today was a big day, today was an important day, not for republicans, not for democrats but for the people of america who have already been finding out how much damage obamacare is doing and hopefully senators down the hall will now that it's headed down to the senate, now senators will start hearing and having to listen to americans who are suffering health-wise, health care-wise
and economically because of that terrible bill. it is also an important week, umber of things have happened. there's an article here. home depot alters insurance for part timers. a lot of people have gone from full time to part time so they wouldn't have to be -- employers would not have to pay the heavy-handed obamacare insurance costs. home depot. there are just so many of these stories. let's see, here's a report , september bowie 18, front page, obamacare. this says, here's a sampling where america stands on obamacare. 68% are concerned about the impact of their personal health
care under obamacare. 57% oppose obamacare. 52% believe obamacare will result in their health care costs increasing. and from people i've talked to, they don't just believe it, they've already seen it start to have that effect. 51% want congress to cut funding for obamacare. so -- as it says here, labor unions have sought relife from it -- relief from it. democrats have called it a train wreck and washington political class is getting exemptions or special treatment. well, if we can't get it repealed, everybody ought to be under it, including the president whose name is normally used to identify the bill. another thing happened this week -- in the last week that was certainly worth noting and a was the sentencing of
iminal defendant who went in to the family research center and began to shoot. from an article here w.m.d. it has a quote. there is a par dime shift in america where if you are an outspoken open christian you are now being labeled as not only a hate monger but also a potential threat to u.s. security. article goes on to -- that was a quote from retired general jerry boykin with the f.r.c. he was in part referring to documents influenced by the outhern poverty law center, or
splc, that identified the founding fathers as the kind of radicals that we should be watching out for today. it is rather amazing that the very -- the very constitution that we celebrate his week was founded by people that are now being called extremists. the most free country in the world now has people calling the founders, those who gave us our constitution, as being radical extremists that need to be stopped. the irony is actually sickening. the article goes on, though, talking about boykin, he was in part referring to documents by the southern poverty law center. boykin's full list of accomplishments in service to his country is too long to detail, but it includes serving
as an original member of the u.s. army's delta force, commanding all the army green berras and doing stints at the and working at the department of defense and now he's found himself facing an adversary here in his homeland, one that's capable of bloodshed and that is the radical left. boykin is the executive vice president of family research council, or f.r.c., which is dedicated to, quote, a culture in which human life is valid, families flourish and religious liberty thrives, unquote, and seeks to, quote, advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a christian world view, unquote. n august 15, 2012, heavily armed homosexual activist
walked into washington offices of the f.r.c. began shooting with the intention of killing, quote, as many people as i could, unquote. he admitted he picked the f.r.c. offices that are here in washington because the organization was listed as an, quote, anti-gay, unquote, hate group on its website. article says corkins, a former volunteer at an lgbt community center pleaded guilty to terrorism and will learn his fate thursday when he will be sentenced in federal court in washington, d.c. we now know he was sentenced to 25 years. boykins said, quote, i think the splc should be taken to task by the media and public opinion for the reckless nature that they're doing, unquote. and personally, i think it's worth noting that the southern
poverty law center arose out of racial hatred and bigotry, those things that were addressed by dr. martin luther , ng jr., a true american hero o advocated for peace, who advocated for love of christ jesus as an ordained christian minister, that that was the way to win the day. and now all these years later after the death of that great american hero, martin luther king, they've somehow morphed into an organization that is so busy calling other people hateful and groups hateful they don't see all of the hate that they are spreading and spewing around this country. . back to the article, the general
called the map capricious and noted it had no definition of a hate group, talking about the hate map that the splc had created, more importantly we think what they are doing is absolutely reckless. particularly given they put us in the same category as groups like the ku klux klan and the skin heads. pressure has to be put on the splc to stop this because boykin said, quote, it is reckless behavior that at least in this case insighted someone who wants to kill people who don't believe what they believe and stand for, unquote. people may remember that he came a to the f.r.c. and he had sack of chick if i lay sandwiches which was also considered to be hateful by the splc, and i think it's worth noting that if you go back, say
the 1964 speech by a man who was considered to be an extremely liberal democrat, hubert humphrey, you go back to 1960 speeches by a man some considered to be very liberal, john f. kennedy, and you find that they talked about the home and the parents and mother and father and a good home and we ought to be nurturing homes. humphrey's speech was really rather amazing to 1964 democratic convention. though he was considered very liberal, he made it very clear we were doing great damage as we break down the traditional family home. wonder how he would be labeled speechy the splc for the he gave in 1964. the article says he managed to shoot and injure just one person thanks to the heroics of the building manager who stopped the
attack. a video shows corkins entered the building and approached johnson. then leaned over to place his backpack on the floor. when he straightened up corkins pointed a semiautomatic handgun directly at johnson and fired. despite being wounded in the arm, he was able to subdue corkins after a great struggle. he is doing very well after a series of surgeries and over a year of recovery time he is doing very, very well, unquote. it points out the general's also a pastor and wanted to emphasize, quote, it's important to remember that regardless of where america is today the original roots of america were founded in judeo-christian beliefs, unquote. he observed the declaration of independence was signed by a man of christian faith, but today the vestiges of that heritage are being squeezed out of our society. quote, people who cling to those values are being forced to go
underground for fear of being ridiculed, for fear of even being attacked and maybe killed as was evidenced here. it's a sad commentary on the state of our society. it is a sad commentary on our society. we were founded on judeo-christian values. look at the speeches that were given during the constitutional convention. the fact that the constitution itself was dated in the year of our lord 1778, i wonder what lord they were talking about. the founders knew. they knew. hopefully we can get back to the place where though people in america, they practice whatever religion or no religion they believe or want to, that the values are those that were
founded on. and it was amazing to me how in the first draft of the declaration of independence thomas jefferson could put one of the longest grievances listed as talking about slavery and condemning king george for ever allowing it in america. they knew it was wrong. the values they had knew slavery was wrong. but out of convenience it was allowed and did such great damage to this country because it damaged people that were in it. and the great speeches of john quincy adams, just down the hall, after he ran for the house of representatives and got elected, after he was president, only person ever to do that, be a representative after he was president, but he wanted to end slavery. and he believed that was what god was calling him to do and what god wanted america to do. that's what abraham lincoln
believed. he believed that 1860 god had called him to bring an end to slavery. he was influenced by the speeches down the hall by john quincy adams. and it has been an honor for me to be in the church and worship god in the church where an incredible human being wore came -- wore shpped, close to god in frederick douglass who had such a profound effect on abraham lincoln as well and made a tear change in this country for the better. it is amazing here with all the hatred being spewed toward christians, and i'm shocked that in my lifetime that we have seen the lessons of anti-semitism and the hatred toward jews start coming back even in this country .
when i read about what happened in the concentration camps after -- during world war ii, i couldn't believe, and i just knew we would never allow that kind of hatred to raise its ugly head again. and yet not only in some hate philed countries in the middle east is it resurfacing, it's resurfacing here in america. there were five of us, republicans here in the house, that signed letters to five different departments asking we set out facts in those letters, there were facts, sained there are indications that there is muslim brotherhood influence in your department or within your agency since your job is to investigate issues in your agency or department, we would ask you to investigate the extent of muslim brotherhood influence in your department. ne such letter was sent to
homeland security, department of homeland security, one was sent to department of state. people like even senator mccain got all up in arms. it was obvious he had not even read the letter before he started condemning those that signed it. i hope that at some point he'll read our letters. but then we hear in the news this week the stories from "washington times," washington free beacon written by adam cradeo, dated september 18, a senior muslim brotherhood official who until recently had been employed by the william j. clinton foundation, was arrested in cairo on tuesday and charged with insighting -- inciting violence. he served as one of the muslim brotherhoods top communications officials until egyptian security forces seized him as
part of a wider crackdown on officials loyal to ousted former president, muhammad morsi. before emerging as a top brotherhood official and advisor to morsi, he served for five years as a top official at the clinton foundation, a nonprofit group founded by former president bill clinton. this article goes on to say he gained a reputation for pushing the muslim brotherhood's islamist agenda in the foreign press where he was often quoted defending the brotherhood's crackdown on civil liberties in egypt. he was raised in a family of prominent brotherhood, that's muslim brotherhood, supporters and became the public face of the islamist organization soon after leaving his post at the clinton foundation. however much of his official work with the brotherhood took place while he was still claiming to be employed by the
clinton foundation. article goes on to say, his arrest sparked outrage among brotherhood supporters. it says scores of whom have taken to the streets to protest in the week since morsi was removed from office and seized by the egyptian military. i want to inject in here that as the article points out, it was scores. a score being 20 people. scores of people came to the streets. as i and some of my republicans, republican and democrats, were in the middle east -- some of my colleagues, republicans and democrats, were in the middle east the last few weeks, i was surprised to keep seeing on cnn talk about the thousands of morsi supporters and muslim brotherhood supporters who had come to the streets. according to cnn just want their country back. whereas they kept failing to report about the glorious stand
that millions and millions and millions and millions of egyptians took to get their country back because they did not want radical islam running egypt. and even some of our own officials privately said, we are not exactly sure how many millions of egyptians came to the streets to protest morsi and demand his ouster, but it was certainly millions more than the 13 million he claimed had voted for him. this was not a coop, and those across america that only listen or watch the mainstream media like the newspaper editor in henderson, texas, they don't know. they thought that was a coup. because they haven't had the benefit of watching and getting information from the reality of what has happened in egypt.
this was not a coup. they can talk to the coptic christian pope of egypt in cairo as i have. and have him explain that, look, i am a christian. and i am telling you i was part of the demonstration. i was gratified to have so many moderate muslims join hands figuratively and literally with us and with me and say we don't want radical islam running egypt. this president has violated our constitutional -- constitution repeatedly. he's making life horrible for people of christian or jewish or moderate muslim faith, and we want him out. and the pope, the egyptian pope will tell you this was not a
coup. this was millions, millions more egyptians rising up and saying very clearly morsi has to go. i didn't know until i did my own research and consulted the experts, but even though the united states gave advice to egypt about their constitution, emphasize the importance of having an impeachment process to have an orderly government. so egypt's constitution that morsi was continuing to violate, according to the masses, millions of people there, had no provision to remove him. they had no choice except to move out in peace as they did and demand morsi's removal. the violence when you get down
to accurate reporting it, has been stirred by the muslim brotherhood. and just as cnn reported, they want their country back and they are willing to burn churches to kill christians, to tell christians to either repent and give up your belief in christ, or we will cut your head off and be proud of it. and show the video. you either repent and repudiate christianity or we'll kill you. they burned churches. they killed christians. they killed moderate muslims. and i think it's to the military's credit they heard the millions more egyptians who rose up that morsi claimed voted for him and demanded the ouster since there was no impeachment mechanism, and now they have an interim government with a road
map toward having a fair election, but they are not going to let the radical islamists take over that country, and we need to be applauding that because they know when they stand up to radical islamists, just like other places in the world, it means death to some of them because radical islamists believe they get virgins, they get paradise if they kill what they think are infidels in the process of pursuing their goal. thomas jefferson didn't know there was a religion in the world, as well-read he was, that would get to paradise by killing innocent people. and especially not innocent women and children, for heaven's sake. so he got his own version of he koran, english translation.
and thank god most muslims do not believe in the radicalized islam. but it's time to recognize this is a threat, and the muslim brotherhood around the world wants to build toward one thing and that is a permanent global caliphate where all of us, ither repudiate our faith or lack of faith and become radical islammists like they are. we cannot allow that to happen, and our five letters that our group of five in the house wrote were pretty denine, actually. pointing out that there is influence, let's find out what the influence is. might also mention from the article here that i was quoting rom that one assisted that was
arrested as the muslim brotherhood spokesman in egypt. he left the clinton foundation august, 2012, just as morsi assumed egyptian ministry. but the clinton climate initiative, it says, taught him about managing an n.g.o. and the role that its civil society takes between the state and private sector, lessons he's applying to the renaissance project, unquote. but he applied the knowledge he learned at the clinton foundation to his work for the ren sauce project, the muslim brothers. he was appointed, quote, senior advisor of media spokesman, unquote, to the muslim brotherhood in january of 2013, served in that role until his arrest. he defended the brotherhood's authoritarian crackdown on
civil society, evening running damage control in december, 2012, when morsi supporters attacked women and children. that's the kind of outrage that the people of egypt stood up against. article says also, when widespread democratic protests broke out june 30, he referred to the demonstrators as violent thugs in an interview with the free beacon. so nobody knows for sure -- nobody i know knows for sure, be it the clinton foundation, clinton family, somebody knows who hired this muslim brotherhood advocate to work r the clinton foundation and allowed him to continue his work for the muslim brotherhood while he was working for the clinton foundation. know that a man named
al-amudi helped with some of the muslim hirings and placement within the clinton administration, but we have not been able to find out who placed one in the position with then first lady hillary clinton to become her close advisor over the years, especially when she became secretary of state nd of course we also know that ms. weiner was part of a journal that was founded and run by a guy that osama bin den said had material affect on him being radicalized. there are questions here about drsh had material effect on him being radicalized. there are questions here about this. how could the administration
end up being so supportive of a muslim brotherhood member that said, well, he gave up his muslim brotherhood membership. well, the muslim brotherhood makes clear, you don't have to have a card to be a muslim brotherhood. morsi did and he violated the constitution routinely, according to widespread reports. so the 13 million he said voted for him, there are allegations of fraud, but that was clearly overshadowed by the millions and millions more in the largest demonstrations in the history of the world sazz the egyptian people rose up and said -- world as the egyptian people rose up and said we don't have an impeachment provision in the constitution so all we can do when a radical, like morsi, takes over our country, then is demand the military having stepped down until we can elect a truly
democratic leader who will follow the constitution. i know there were friends who told me, we think morsi is a really good guy because he's really actually going to bring peace. he's helping bring piece in the sinai. but when you go over there, do your own research, you find out that inside the sinai has been more weaponized with real military weapons than just about anyplace on earth and it is a major threat to israel. so those who thought maybe he's a real help to israel, they have no idea. in meeting with a general, he makes clear, i don't want to be president, i'll step down from the military, but the people of egypt made clear to us in the military they want a democracy and this man totally violated the constitution. and when i asked him point blank, since i heard from a former c.i.a. agent that new --
he said he knew that morsi had been trying to contract to have a hit placed on the general, i asked him directly if he was -- if he had evidence of morsi trying to have him killed as head of the military, he dodged the question but finally admitted, yes, they had evidence of morsi trying to have him killed. i mean, if we had a president -- and thank god we don't have a president like this who is trying to have other members of the government, including at the pentagon, having them knocked off, we wouldn't stand for that. well, the people of egypt, they didn't know about the contract he was frying to take out, according to what -- trying to take out, according to what they knew, but they knew they had a president that was acting outside the constitution and he had to go. go then we -- i want to
back to the influence that some of us are awrare that the muslim brother -- aware that the muslim brotherhood has on this administration, and we can say that because we know in the holy land foundation trial, in u.s. district court, ample evidence was produced to show that care, the council of merican islamic relations, and islamic society of north america were two of the largest front organizations for the muslim brotherhood. and when care, isna, these groups who tried to have their name removed as not indicted but as named co-conspirators to support terrorism, the district court said, no, there's plenty of evidence there to support your staying a part -- a named co-conspirator. so they appealed to the fifth circuit. the u.s. fifth circuit court of appeals made clear the evidence is quite profound.
yes, these guys are front groups for the muslim brotherhood. and we know care has had all kinds of influence in this administration. when i was questioning secretary napolitano on october 26, 2011, i asked her about this and i was asking her if she was familiar with a man from texas, nice guy, i met him. and i said, let me ask you, mohammed is or was a member of the working group, talking about the countering violent extremism working group, you promoted him and it says there, i got articles here that say you swore him in as a member now of your -- let's see, the homeland security advisory group. he's been given a secret
clearance. do you know him? and secretary napolitano said yes. on furthering the question, i said this is critical, secretary. were you aware that a week ago today from his home computer he accessed the scli database, a classified database and got information off and has been shopping a story to national media on islamaphobia to the security folks there in texas, were you aware of that? she said no. and i said, i'm telling you it happened. do we need to appoint somebody or will you have that investigated yourself and if so by whom? well, since i don't know the facts, she said, i'll have to look into the facts. i said, so you'll be the one to make that call? she said, we'll have somebody and it will be myself or someone. in july -- on july 20, 2012, i
ked the same person, secretary napolitano, about the same thing and she said, i found out that the statements that had been made in that regard, talking about him accessing the database -- classified database, are false. they are misleading and objectionable and i think they are wrong. i went on and said, but are you saying before this congress right now that as secretary of homeland security it is a lie that mohammed al-bieri downloaded material from a classified website using the secret security clearance you gave him, are you saying that's a lie? she said, i'm saying that isn't accurate, that is correct. i went on down, so you're saying that the state and local intelligence community of interest database is not classified? i'm saying he, as far as i know, did not download
classified documents. and that's all real interesting. oh, and i asked her if his status on the homeland security advisory council had changed and she said no. and i said, this administration seems to have a hard time recognizing members of terrorist groups who are allowed into the white house. are you aware of that happening, aren't you? she said absolutely not. and by the time she testified before the senate, not long after that, she had found out that they had allowed a member of a known terrorist organization to go into the white house. so these are the kind of things that give us great concern. it's my understanding that not only, as mr. al-bieri still been there, but he's had his security still there, may have been increased, i'm not sure, but is now even more important as an advisor. and then we got this from judicial watch. judicial watch had made a
demand to know about the investigation into him. and the response back from the department, u.s. department of homeland security, now that secretary napolitano is no longer there, and i'm quoting from their letter to shawn dunnigan from judicial watch, september 16. quote, we conducted a comprehensive search of files within d.h.s., enterprise correspondence tracking system for records that would be responsive to your request. unfortunately we're unable to locate or identify any responsive records. they have no records of any investigation into the facts presented before secretary napolitano. public to the head of safety before i asked our questions and he had told me that even though she said the
next day she didn't know anything about that episode about him allegedly downloading documents from a classified source, and steve mccross said, i just talked to her chief of staff since you and i last talked and he said he had totally briefed the secretary the situation with him, she was fully aware of it and she testified before the next day, she didn't know anything about it. and then she had the nerve to say it never happened and yet there was one reporter, patrick poole, did an article about it happening, and he had the source in the mainstream media who had told him about him shopping those documents to him. and they know how he classified the database, they knew what the er he used and yet
secretary of homeland security was not able to find what the department of public safety had knew and had found in texas. madam speaker, we are in trouble when homeland security says they do an investigation and there's no documentation whatsoever of any investigation being done, and not only do they deal with the problem that was clearly a problem, they promote the individual. goes back to the letters and i think we need answers again that make clear that, yes, there is muslim brotherhood influence through this administration and we need to know the extent. we have also this week an executive summary of the f.b.i. interactions with the council on american islamic relations from their inspector general when he only looked in to five specific incidences where the new policy after it was proven that care
was a muslim brotherhood front organization, where the f.b.i. totally disregarded the new policy, three out of the five times that they investigated, and that's only the five they investigated, andtowned to have a chummy relationship with this muslim brotherhood front organization. so i have not yet reviewed the classified report, but for example october 2010, the new haven field -- f.b.i. field office, the f.b.i. office co-coordinated a diversity training workshop with a local muslim organization and two of the six trainers selected for this cultural sensitivity training were local care officials. at some point we have to learn that there are people who want to do away with our constitution and do away with our form of government and substitute their own cal fate -- caliphate
therefore. some want to do it peacefully, some in the organization want to do it violently, but it is an outrage for people who want to eliminate our constitution and have their own shari'a law to be allowed to be in the higher places in this government, at least that's what the egyptians were reporting. trying tonews outlets claim by my reporting what happened in egypt when the egyptian people rose up by the millions and showing the the american flag on one half with a green check mark, and the president with an red x and tried to blame pea for stirring up the egyptian people? i just want people in america to understand what's really going on and unfortunately enough people have not gotten the real picture. it's time to wake up, america. it's time to embrace the values
that helped us get rid of slavery, that helped us become the greatest nation in the world , in the history of the world, to re-embrace the values and to deal with anybody that wants to see those thrown asunder. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. >> thank you, mr. speaker. rise today to honor a true american hero from logan, ohio. general michael scapariti who is being promoted to a four star general today in a ceremony in henderson, virginia. he's only the 223rd four star general in the history of the united states army. prior to rising to the rank of
general, he served as director of the joint staff at the pentagon, second in command of u.s. forces in afghanistan from july of 2011 to june of 2012, and he's now commander of all u.s. forces in south korea. throughout his career he has rightfully earned a number of awards and decorations, including the defense superior service medal, legion of merit with three oak leaf clusters, bronze star medal, with an oak leaf cluster, meritorious service medal with four oak leaf clusters, and many more. mr. stivers: as a nation we are fortunate to have leaders and patriots like him defending this contry. i'm truly honored for this privilege to recognize him and wish -- i ask all the members of congress to join me in thanking him for his service and congratulations him on his promotion. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? mr. stivers: i move to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house on c-span and senate covers on
c-span two. following the vote in the house, the majority leader in the senate read -- that's from harry reid. shortly after the vote today in the house, house republicans held a rally this is under 10 minutes. >> good morning and thank you for joining us following this important vote. today, the house has acted. the house has acted to keep the government open, to control
spending, and to protect people from an unworkable law that is making it harder on them. my colleagues have all voted in favor of this law because it will help moms and dads and families and young people and seniors across this country. that is who this is all about. when i was home in august, like so many of my colleagues, i heard the stories from individuals and families who are concerned, who are panicked over the implementation of this law and the impact it is having on their lives. that is why the house has acted. today, we urge the senate to take action. we urge our colleagues in the senate, our allies on the outside, and the american people to push the senate to have this important debate on the floor of the senate because if we are going to take action on behalf of the american people, we need the senate to have this debate on the floor of the senate. [applause]
when we started this health care debate, the president led with a very big promise to the american people. do you like the healthcare that you currently have? you can keep it. today, the headline reads -- 20,000 americans working for home depot, that will not be the case. obamacare does not allow that. today,why when we acted it was not just a group of republicans but a bipartisan vote. let me state that again because i want to make sure you write it correctly -- it was a bipartisan vote because we are americans. [applause] privilege to sit in this office and i will tell you this -- as the founders crafted this country, they crafted two bodies
, two bodies to work. the house is now done their work and we call abound -- upon the senate to their -- to do theirs as well. [applause] fightingouse has been to stop obamacare since 2009. and over againer that this law is going to increase the cost for the working middle class families of this country and we are now seeing it. we have said from the beginning that this law will harm our economy and we are seeing our economy turn from a full-time job economy into a part-time job economy. that is why we are doing our job and now it is up to senate democrats to show some responsibility and follow the houses lead. [applause] many senate republicans have promised to leave no stone unturned fighting this bill and
all of us here support that effort. [applause] we are calling on senate democrats do the same thing. i want to know where senator prior stance on protecting the middle class. [applause] from the consequences of this horrific bill. earlier this summer, a nonprofit group in ft. smith, arkansas, that provides health cover seniors announced cutting hours for hundreds of staff members to 20 eight hours per week. in northt kay hagen carolina? does she understand the consequences that obamacare is having in her state? a grocery store, the president has said it is not feasible or sustainable to extend coverage for all of the 1100 employees he has. he too may have to cut hours for much of his workforce. oft about mary landrieu
louisiana? obama care is hurting her hard- working taxpayers in that state. ownery, lawrence katz of a diner told the center -- senator he may have to lay off as many as 16 workers. these are working middle-class americans just trying to make ends meet. mark begicht about of alaska? americans across the country could be hit with a rate shock. and alaska, it is predicted that premiums could rise between 30- 80%. what is senator begich going to do about this? will he vote to keep obamacare in place? we will are -- we are in the fight and we want the senate to join us. [applause]
>> while we had a victory today for the american people, we also had a victory for common sense. senator baucus said it right several months ago when he said that this law is a train wreck. and it is a train wreck. if the president has said if we pass this law, healthcare costs will go down. now we find out that healthcare costs costs are going up are most americans. the president said if you like your health insurance policy that.you have , you can keep it we found out that's not quite accurate either. in the coming months, millions of americans will find out it's not quite true. ouren, this is hurting constituents, it is hurting the american people at a time when the economy is barely eking along, wages are not increasing, new new jobs are not available
and we are putting more cost and more inconvenience on the american people. it's time for us to say no. it's time for us to stop this before it causes any more damage to american families and american businesses. you've got businesses all over the country who are not hiring because of the impact of this law. you've got other businesses that are reducing the hours for their employees because of this law. statessage to the united senate is real simple -- the american people don't want the government shut down and they don't want obamacare. [applause] the house has listened to the american people. now it's time for the united
>> >> house republicans are gathering after the passage of the continuing resolution, the funding the189, federal government through december 15 and defunding the healthcare love most of the senate and the houses back next week for legislative work wednesday at 2 p.m. eastern. on c-span and a bit, we will take you live to liberty, missouri where president obama is. he will speak at the ford stamping plant in missouri, talking about the auto industry and the economy five years after the financial crisis. we expect his remarks to get underway shortly. we will have them for you live once they start. in the meantime, conversation from this morning's "washington
theal -- journal" on census bureau looking at poverty income and health insurance in the u.s.. host: we want to entered deuce you to ron haskins the senior fellow for economic studies at brookings and the codirector on the center for children and families at the brookings institution. thank you for being with us. one new numbers are out income equality, poverty and insurance rates. let's begin with the income numbers. guest: this was a big week. numbers for income were released. we found there is not much 2011- on national between 2012. median household income is about $50,000. 15%poverty rate stays at
similar to last year and inequality has not changed this year to lester and health 15.7%nce took down from to 15.4%. host: does that surprise you? guest: it's about what was expected but i thought poverty would go up a little bit. the economy is recovering a little bit and jobs are a huge problem, worse than almost any previous recession since the great depression. no, the numbers are not surprising at all but they are still quite distressing. host: let's look at this chart and puts it into perspective for the last nearly 50 years. the real median household income back in 1967 was just under $43,000 per year and now it is $51,000 per year. the poverty rate has essentially stayed about the same. about the poverty numbers --
perpent about $1 trillion year between the federal and state governments on programs that give additional money to low income families. money, our property rates would be much worse. in the oafish the numbers that were published, much of that money is completely ignored. even though the american taxpayers are coming forth with lots of benefits, they are not reflected in the poverty numbers. poverty is lower than it is on the official measure if you count that. this is the business section of "the new york times." we don't really have a definition for the middle class. you can take a number of different looks at distribution.
people usually view middle-class with what is happening with inequality. there has been an increase in inequality over time but the key thing we shown in this report was no change between 2011-2012. host: as you look at these numbers, and this is broken down according to ethnic lines, asian-americans are doing better than non-hispanic whites. you can also look at the hispanic figures in african- americans are at the bottom of the list. yes, over time, the thing you cannot see from this picture is there was no change in any of their income between 2011-2012 but if you go back to 2007, all of them experienced a fall in their median income. blacks actually have fallen 11.3% whereas non-hispanic whites fell only 3.6%.
that cap actually increased in 2007. guest: this is an accusation that everybody makes about the economy. the president gives speeches about it. under the destination of -- under the definition of full income, the middle class has not disappeared. if you look from 1979 when everything went wrong to 2007 before the recession, the middle class to be defined as the middle 20% or even the middle 60% of americans. they had more income than they did previously. years and it most had gone up at the end of the period. president reason the can make the argument that the middle class has disappeared. they are ignoring a lot of the income, especially government
income. the government has a large role in improving the situation of citizens. they take money from the rich and give it to the part when you include all that money like medical care, everybody is better off. host: we are looking at poverty and insurance rates around the country. we will get to your calls and comments in a moment. we are dividing the phone lines differently -- for those of you earning $50,000 per year, call this number -- betweene of you earning 50-100,000 dollars per year, ask you to call this number -- >> this is my fifth day working for ford. [laughter] i am the third generation of proud ford workers. [applause] growing up, working for ford was
a dream. i have this great opportunity to work for the kansas city assembly plant. i have the opportunity to go back to school and get my business administration degree and i hope one day to be an executive at fort like alan mullally. [laughter] [applause] i am really excited for the future of ford and i am very honored to have this opportunity today. i am so proud to introduce the president of the united states of america, president barack obama. [applause] to the chief] [applause]
hello. everybody give jordan a big round of applause. [applause] i just want to say about jordan -- third-generation ford employee, she's going to school during the week, works at the plant on the weekends, or getting a degree in business management, and will be takingalan's place running the company and about -- i don't know -- it may take a few years. we are so proud of her and congratulations to everything that she represents. when you see young people like that who are working so hard making something of themselves, and are rooted in a community like this, it makes you proud. before i get started, there are
couple of other folks i want to introduce that are working for you day in and day out. first of all, your outstanding governor, james nixon and his wife georgeanne. [applause] the plant might not have been here had it not been were the great work of jay. that's important to know. [applause] my outstanding secretary of health and human services, former governor of kansas, kathleen sebelius is in the house. [applause] becausecally just tame her son and his fiancée are here. [laughter] but were glad she is here. friends andeatest just a tough, smart, dedicated public servant -- senator claire mccaskill is here.
[applause] your former mayor, preacher come up can do everything -- emmanuel clay is in the house. [applause] current mayor of kansas city, sly james is here. [applause] mayor of kansas city, kansas, mark holland is here. [applause] and the mayor, right here in andty, lindell branton his lovely wife roxanne are here. [applause] there they are.
now, when i said i was flying into kansas city to see an incredible success story in action, i did not think i was going to be talking about the chiefs. [applause] before you get carried away, i want to point out that the bears are 2-0. i'm just saying. able to passtually more than 10 yards. [laughter] just a little trash talking. we will see how we are looking at the end of the season. i want to give special thanks to he is one of our
outstanding business leaders and has helped to lead ford to be the number one automaker and the united states of america, alan mullally is here. we are proud of him. [applause] it does not matter if you have an outstanding ceo if you don't have outstanding workers and the president of local 249, jeff wright is here. [applause] your launch manager, i really like him because he is a there is and they fox fan. give him some applause. [applause] appreciate him
and some of the other folks showing me around this new stamping plant right here. butmay not be aware of this you and i have a little history together. i made role in a cadillac these days but it's not my car. i'm just renting just like my house. [laughter] the lease runs out in about 3.5 years. [laughter] but before that, i was driving around in a 2008 ford escape. [applause] it came right off these assembly lines, some of you might have been involved in building it. it was a great car. is, i got secret service about a month after i bought the car so i have only got 2000 miles on it. [laughter] it is in mint condition.
i want to say thank you for but i also came here to talk about what's got to be the number one priority in this country and that is growing our economy, creating new jobs, and making sure that everyone who works hard in america has a chance to get ahead. [applause] that is our number one priority. some of you remember five years ago, the financial crisis hit wall street. it turned into a devastating recession on mainstreet. it came close to being another great depression. office, thei took economy was shrinking at a rate of 8% per year. unprecedented. our businesses were shedding 800,000 jobs a month. andhad this perfect storm
millions of americans lost their jobs, homes, savings they had been working a lifetime to get. the recession also showed the middle-t for decades class families had been working harder and harder just to get by, had not seen their incomes or wages go up. manufacturing was moving overseas. class had our middle been buckling and weakening. i think if you ask most economic when the crisis hit, they may not think it was lehman brothers collapsing. they would talk to you about when they got a pink slip they did not expect or the bank took away their home or they did not have health insurance, or maybe they were told the plant was shutting down and the assembly line was going quiet. those were tough times.