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bout differences between the travel ban and countries listed trip.e president's current hat business was -- the post highlighted the trip, at least a visit with the pope and then other visits before the comes back. again, the house of representatives comes in shortly the morning business. as always, on this program, we'll take you to them. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., may 23, 2017. hereby appoint the honorable to act as to --
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speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the message. receive a the secretary: mr. speaker, i am directed by the president of the united states to deliver to the house of representatives a essage in writing. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2017, the chair will now recognize embers from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes.
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mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to highlight a truly wonderful business k.c.f. technologies. i had the honor to go to k.c.f. as they hit a milestone of hiring their 50th employee. it was founded by three penn i and researchers, gary, w frank. it's a private company and employee owned. this focuses on putting inventions to work in the industrial world. its staff develops and commercializes products and solutions for industry and the military. k.c.f. specializes in energy sensors, underwater navigation and mart material devices. its school is to bring the latest technologies to life to
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make things we work and live with smarter. k.c.f. is not only expanding its work force but its revenues have grown at an average annual rate of more than 60%, and over 500% since 2005. it set a lofty goal this year, to save its customers $100 million in 2017. and k.c.f. is passionately working to achieve that goal. outside of its state college headquarters, there's a thermometer sign to track progress. walls within the facility is adorned with the poster. as k.c.f. saves money throughout the year, the thermometer reflects that progress by filling up. k.c.f. technology not only res about giving back to its
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customers but they give back to the community as well. employees exchanged their work day to volunteer at centerpiece. centerpiece was established in 1994 with the purpose of providing a wholesome working environment for center county inmates. it operates the largest used furniture recycling project in the county, which prevents tons of items from ending up in the landfills. inmates repair and restore electronics and furniture, take classes to improve their life skills and learn how to handle conflict. k.c.f. technologies is working to improve the lives of our wounded warriors. thanks to research funded by the u.s. army telemedicine and advanced technology research center and the national science foundation. it is fully researching and developing self-powered prosthetic devices and the lon for use with leg prosthesis. these electronic mechanical devices make life better for
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every amputee in every walk of life. and today with mike thompson of california will introduce a bill that will curve medicare fraud when it comes to doctors of prosthetics. we make sure that c.m.s. stops allowing these onlicense operations to apply for and collect federal payments. as a former certified therapist and licensing home nursing administrator, i know the important porns of safe products that's needed. when they receive these services, both medicare beneficiaries and the american taxpayers are shortchanged. i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan medicare or thodics and prosthetics improvement act of 2017. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. kennedy, for five minutes.
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mr. speaker, americans aren't asking for much. the ability to put an honest day's work and provide for your family's basic needs. the chance to wake up in the morning without facing a series of impossible choices -- food or medication. mortgage or your car repair. a bus pass or school supplies. in other words, the basic economic dignity that every single person in this country deserves. the trump administration claims that their budget is about dignity. here's what this budget doesn't understand. big nit can be threatened by something beyond your control -- by disability, by job loss, by illness, by accident, about automation. by a government that shames you
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for needing a little help when you're dealt a tough hand. by the pain of having to send your kid to school knowing that he's not going to have the lunch money that he needs. countless american families battle these daily heart breaks and small injustices with their heads held high. for those families, this budget doesn't see them for their dignity but use them with disgrace. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. fazzo, for five minutes. -- mr. faso, for five minutes. mr. faso: thank you, mr. speaker, my colleagues. today i rise to congratulate two local businesses, craft breweries, within the 19th congressional district in new york state. these two local breweries, brewery on the gang, located in cooperstown, new york, and another located in sullivan, new york, tied for first place in the taste of new york
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inaugural craft beer challenge in manhattan. this competition was held on may 17 and was announced then in new york city. 70 breweries from across the state participated in the craft beer challenge. beers were selected by such foodie favorites like chef mario and many other notables in the new york food business. new york has clearly established itself and has the 19th congressional district as a craft beer destination. we are especially proud of our local upstate craft breweries which support our local economy, jobs, farms and tourism. mr. speaker, i'm pleased to announce and to congratulate these two fine establishments within the 19th congressional district. mr. speaker, my colleagues, i'm also pleased today to congratulate my predecessor in congress, congressman chris gibson, for his wonderful service to our country and to congress. chris will soon be honored by
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the columbia county association in the city of new york as man of the year. i've known chris for over 30 years and i'm blessed to call him and his family inside neighbors in the villeage of kendrahook where we both live. he exemplifies service in its many forms. chris is a proud patriot. he served 24 years in the united states army, rising to the rank of colonel. he's a highly decorated veteran who received not only the bronze star but the purple heart during his combat deployments. he was deployed seven times, including four combat tours in iraq. he made great sacrifices, as did his family, and he fought for our freedom. as the united states congressman, he continued to fight for the citizens of upstate new york. he served three terms in the 19th congressional district, fulfill his pledge to self-impose term limits.
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his legislative priorities were national security, our veteran community and combating lyme disease. he always had his fellow citizens' best interests at heart. chris gibson was also a scholar. he graduated from sean college in loudonville, new york, where he received his rotc commission. he went on to serve not one but two masters degrees at cornell plus a ph.d. in government from cornell university. he was an assistant professor for three years, teaching cadets at west point at the united states military academy. today he continues his love of teaching at williams college as a visiting professor of leadership studies. i am proud to call chris gibson my friend and colleague, and it is clear to anyone that knows him that he will be successful in all of his pursuits. mr. speaker, i would like to submit for the record my full statement honoring my colleague, chris gibson. thank you, mr. speaker.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise to express gratitude and appreciation to the many who have called. i rise to thank people for the kindness that they have shown. i rise to express my deepest, deepest, most deepest heart-felt appreciation for those who've had the colonel to stand up to hatred, -- courage to stand up to hatred, to stand up to bigotry. i rise, mr. speaker, to say thank you. i want to especially thank those who are in leadership. i especially thank two persons - representative clyburn and bennie thompson. they called me to give me best
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advice how to proceed. for those who may not know, some very ugly things have been said. but they are not in any way comparable to the many kind words that have been expressed. so thank you to all on behalf of my staff, many of whom are young people who are having this as their first experience with congress. thank you on their behalf. i also, mr. speaker, want to explain why some of these ugly things are occurring, and the best way to do it in my opinion would be to use the words of j. patrick kenny. j. patrick kenny has written a poem called "the cold within" and this poem speaks to the extreme qupidity in the world. not stupidity. it speaks to the he can team prestigious that some have to en-- prejudice that some have to endure. it speaks to the abuse of it.
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j. patrick kenny talk about the coldest night on the planet earth. these are his words. six humans trapped by happenstance in black and bitter cold. each one possessed the stick of wood, or so the story's told. their dying fire in need of logs. the first man held his back because on the faces around the fire he noticed one was black. the next man looking across the way saw one not of his church and he couldn't convince himself to give the fire his stick of berch. the third man sat with at that timered clothes. he gave his coat a hitch. why should his stick of wood be put to use to warm the idle rich. and the rich just sat back and thought all he had in store and how to keep what he had earned from the lazy, shiftless poor. the black man's face spoke of revenge as the fire faded from sight. for all he saw in his stick of wood was a chance to spite the
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white. and the last man of the for lorne group did not accept for gain, giving only to those who gave was how he played the game. their logs held tight in death still hands was proof of human sin, they didn't die from the cold without, they died from the cold within. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair nowess the gentleman from california, mr. carbajal, -- the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. carbajal, for five minutes. mr. carbajal: mr. speaker, today i rise because three short years ago the isla vista community in my district was rocked by an act of tragic and senseless gun violence. a young man took the lives of six students and injured 14
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others. that day families were torn apart by a kind of grief that no one should have to ever experience, the loss of a child. the tragedy in isla vista, we remember today, is once again a reminder of the consequences of inaction by congress regarding the epidemic of gun violence across our nation. . far too often there are many red flags of someone intending to harm, to do harm, but no one can connect the dots. today i introduce legislation with my colleagues, congresswoman esty and congressman beyer, that will allow families and loved ones who see disturbing warning signs the ability to work with law enforcement and the courts so that they may have -- so -- so that they may intervene and bert prevent acts of violence.
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states like california and connecticut have led the way on important measures to combat gun violence. this bill would encourage other states to adopt these proven preventive measures. the gun violence restraining order act would help ensure that family members can go to court to seek a gun violence prevention order to temporarily stop someone who poses a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a gun. when someone alerts law enforcement and members of their own family that they wish to do harm to themselves or members of the community, as was the case in identify la -- isla vista. it is irresponsible of lawmakers not to give judges and police the ability to intervene. i urge my colleagues to act and
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to pass this commonsense legislation so that not one more family must live through the nightmare that parents experience in ila vista on march 23, 2014. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizings the gentleman from connecticut, mr. larson, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. permission to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to talk about national service. i'm delighted as you can see from these posters to be standing next to president kennedy and general mcchrystal. many of you may know that this
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monday, memorial day, may 29, would be the 100th birthday of john fitzgerald kennedy. what better way to remember his legacy than by a call to national service. a call that's been echoed by general mcchrystal as well. i love the headline that says, you don't have to wear a military uniform to serve your country. president kennedy came up with the idea of the peace corps at a time when we faced nuclear threats and rising concern of proliferation of nuclear arms. at a time when russia as it still is today, was a very strong enemy of the united states. president kennedy felt what the united states needed to do was
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put the best face on to the rest of the world would be to establish a peace corps and send the brightest and best all across the globe. so that they could represent the values of this great country of ours. what better way to do that than through serving your country. by making sure you're not asking what your country could do for you, but what you, in fact, could do for your country. so we're proposing a concept called action for national service. action so that we can encourage people throughout the country to participate in voluntary service. whether you serve in the military, voluntarily, the guard or national reserve, or whether it's the peace corps, americorps, vista, or you're part of the corporation for national and community service in one of the many agencies that
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rk to provide a better world both here at home and abroad. so our goal is very simple and direct. we want to make sure as general mcchrystal has outlined, that by 2026, which would be the 250th birthday of this nation, that we have a million volunteers annually that are coming in to service. and providing an incentive for people to do so. very clear and simple. if you serve your country, we will help you get through college. if you have been through college and you want to serve your country, if you serve your nation, we will forgive your college debt. we know that in attracting a million people to public service we can do great good across the globe. we want to make sure that we
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raise the corporation for national and community service to a cabinet level position within the white house. we want to encourage people, more than 400,000 mi lenials, were turned away from -- millennials, were turned away from serving their country last year. less than 1% of the nation, including all of our military, and the peace corps, and americorps and vista combined account for less than 1% of the nation. how can a nation long survive 330 millionation of people and less than 1% of its countrymen serving this great nation of ours. this is a national crisis. and at a time when we have to
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make sure that we're encouraging and nurturing our great democracy, we need our citizens to become more involved. so that's why on thursday of this week we're going to be rolling out a bill that will do just that. and do so in a manner that will elevate the corporation for national and community service to a cabinet level position, create the goal of establishing a million volunteers annually by 2026, incentivizing them to serve, so if you serve your country we'll forgive your debt. if you serve your contry, we'll help you go to college or get the kind of training you need to be a participant while also gaining the knowledge and expertise and the values that come from community service. join us, we'll be live on you
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tube thursday morning at 9:00. thank you. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from indiana, mr. bers, for five minutes. -- mr. messer, for five minutes. mr. messer: thank you, mr. speaker. may is an important month for hoosiers. we celebrate indiana's great racing tradition, indianapolis 500, and our long-standing military tradition on memorial day and during military appreciation month. there are almost half a million veterans living in indiana today. in addition to the 30,000 hoosiers currently serving in the armed services, reserve, and the guard. we're proud of our military men and women in indiana. these honorable it hoosiers are our fathers, sons, mothers,
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daughters, neighbors, and friends. service and patriotic duty is the hoosier way. actually both of my grandfathers, served our nation in the armed services. and this may we gather together to celebrate our great hoosier traditions. let's remember the reason that we get to celebrate. it's all thanks to the men and women who have put their lives on the line so that each of us can be free. on memorial day, we, of course, remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. but every day we can remember that we owe our military families and our vets a debt that can never be repaid. let's all do everything we can to ensure they are honored every day.
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thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon tay. >> police have arrested a man in connection with the man hoster arena bomb attack on tuesday as prime minister may condemned the sickening cowardest of the perpetrator. the manchester police who believe they know the identity of the bomber, detained a 23-year-old man in the south of the city in connection with the attack which killed 22 people. another 59


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