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report that the joint resolution back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. the speaker pro tempore: the chair of the committee of the whole house on the state of the union reports that the committee has had under consideration the joint resolution, h.j.res. 37, and pursuant to house resolution 122 reports the joint resolution back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. under the rule -- the house is ot in order. under the rule, the previous question is ordered. is a separate vote demanded on the amendment to the amendment reported from the committee of the whole? if not, the question is on adoption of the amendment in the nature of a substitute, as amended.
those in favor will say aye. those opposed will say no. the ayes have it. the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the joint resolution. those in favor will say aye. those opposed will say no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: joint resolution directing the removal of united states armed forces from hostilities in the republic of yemen that have not been uthorized by congress. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed?
>> i am in its current form. the gentleman qualifies. the clerk: moves to recommit the resolution to the committee on foren affairs to report back to the house with the following amendment at the end of section 1 the following, it is in the national security interests of the united states to combat anti-semitism around the world because a, anti-semitism is a challenge to tolerance, flurlism and democracy and the values that bind americans together. there has been anti-semitic hatred that must be strongly condemned and urgent need to ensure the safety of jewish communities, schools, synagogues. 12, it is in the foreign policy interests of the united states continue to emphasize the
importance of combatting anticipate semitism in our bilateral and multi lateral nations with the united nations, european union, arab league and the organization for security and cooperation in europe the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will suspend. the house will come to order. the gentleman from tennessee may proceed. the clerk will continue to report the amendment. the clerk: it is important to the national security interests of the united states to maintain strong bipartisan support for israel, the only democracy in the middle east. all attempts to delegitimatize rights to israel. it is in the national security united states to oppose restricted trade practices by any foreign country against other countries friendly to the united states or against any
united states person. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. kustoff: this is the final amendment. if adopted, the resolution will proceed to final passage as amended plfment speaker, the attack in october last year against the tree of life synagogue in pittsburgh was a devastating assault on the jewish community. by inflicting violence on a thehborhood's congregation, gunman sent a bone chilling message. hate-filled individuals to attack jews for simply being jewish. the anti-defamation believes this is the deadliest attack in the jewish community in the history of the united states of america. this tragedy is merely one part
of an upsetting development that has emerged in recent years, a resurgence of anti-semitism around the globe. league t defamation reported a rise in the united states from 2016 to 2017. in december, european union released a survey of over 16,000 european jews which reported that anti-semitism pervades every day life undermining the jews safety and security. mr. speaker, we should all be alarmed by this international trend. no one should be forced to live in fear of violence or be deterred from participating in their faith community. the united states must remain a global leader, not only in
speaking out against anti- semitism, but in holding those who hold those vial beliefs accountable. our motion to recommit adds language that affirms that it is in the national security interest of the united states to combat anti-semitism around the world. it states that we must make combatting anti-semitism a priority in all of our depp low matic relationships and we need to ensure that jews around the world feel safe in their communities. mr. speaker, i remain deeply concerned by the measure that the democrats have called up in yemen, but if this resolution is going to move forward, it should do so by making a strong statement that the united states has no tolerance for anti-semitism. i urge all members to stand in
solidarity with jews around the world and support the motion to ecommit. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? yes. i rise in support of this esolution. the speaker pro tempore: i ask the gentleman from new york do you seek time in opposition to the motion? mr. engel: no, i don't.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman does not seek time in opposition to the motion. does any member seek time in opposition? mr. engel: i seek time in opposition although i do not oppose. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. engel: first of all, i accept this resolution and i agree everything that mr. kustoff just said. anti-semitism is a scurge, it is a scurge on humanity and in this country and has to be fought just like prejudice of any kind has to be fought. i think this entire house should support this and say once and for all, we will not tolerate anti-semitism in any shape or form. and i yield back the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the previous question is ordered, the question is on the motion to recommit. those in favor say aye. in favor of the motion say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. >> i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote has been 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. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, this five-minute vote on the motion to recommit will be followed by five-minute votes passage of the joint resolution
if ordered and motion to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 995 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 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 424. he nays are 0. two answering present. the motion is adopted. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> mr. speaker, pursuant to the instructions of the house and the meigs to recommit, i report h.j.res. 37 back to the house with an amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: mr. cus to have of tennessee moves to add at the end of section 1 the follow, 11, it is in the national security interest of the united states to combat anti-semitism around the world because a,
anti-semitism is a challenge -- >> i move to dispense with the reading the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to dispensing f the reading? the objection is heard. proceed. the clerk: a, anti-semitism is a challenge to the basic challenge to tolerance, pluralism and democracy and the shared values that bind americans together. bmbing, there's been a seg cant amount of anti-semitic an anti-israel rhetoric that must be most strongly condemned, and c there's an urgent need -- the speaker pro tempore: the house is not in order. members please remove your conversations. the clerk will -- the clerk will pro seed. the clerk: there's there's an urgent need to ensure the safety and security of jewish communities including synagogues, schools and other communs.
12, it is in the foreign poll sthoif united states to continue to emphasize the importance of combating anti-semitism in our bilateral and multilateral relations including with the united nations, european union institutions, arab league and the organization for security and cooperation in europe. 13, because it is important to the national security interest of the united states to maintain strong bipartisan support for israel, the only democracy in the middle east, all attempts to dehe -- the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will respend. the majority leader is recognized. the gentleman is correct, the house is not in order. members will cease their conversations. the clerk will proceed. the clerk: israel's right to exist must be denounced and rejected. 14, it is in the national security interest of the united states to oppose restrictive trade practices or boycotts fostered or imposed by any foreign country against other
countries friendly to the united states or against any united states person. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on adoption of the amendment. those in favor say aye -- those in favor of the amendment say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. the question is on engrossment and third reading. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: joint resolution directing the removal of the united states armed forces from hostilities in the republic of yemen that are that have not been authorized by congress. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the joint resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it.
>> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays have been requested. those faring a vote by the yeas and nays will please rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a phi-minute vote. -- 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.]
>> i rise along with my colleagues in the north carolina delegation to remember -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is correct, the house is not in order. the gentleman shall proceed. >> we honor and remember the life of walter jones junior, a treasured colleague, a public servant and a personal friend to many across this chamber. walter died on february 10, his 76th birthday and lived a life full of service four years in the north carolina national guard, and quarter century in the u.s. house of representatives. walter and i met long before either of us served in the house. we worked together on the north carolina presidential campaign of jimmy carter in 1976. i have a photo on my desk to prove it, a very youthful
campaign team. walter went on to chart a different course politically. there was uniquely his own. in fact, he found himself frequently at odds not one party but the other. but by the same token, he found possibilities for alliances and cooperation in unexpected places and did not hesitate to take those opportunities. this approach was rooted in walter's strong conscience and his personal sincerity and he ood out in an age when sincerity is in short supply in politics, earning respect and admiration from both sides of the aisle. it is testament to that tact. much has been said about the personal encounters hat with
veterans of the iraq war and the families of those who never returned and how these encounters led him to reassess his present and past policy stances. he sent over 10,000 letters to families of fallen troops and he memorialized those who died from camp ledge union with photos outside his office. his effective voice for our military, the marines especially and his deep love for his home state of north carolina will be missed in these halls and in the coastal, farming, military communities that make up the 3rd congressional district. we extend condolences to his wife, his daughter, his loyal staff and the countless friends, neighbors and community members whose lives he touched along the
way. our state and the institution of congress will be poorer without him. we are going to miss walter's reliable and cordial presence right here. right here in this center aisle. before we observe a moment of silence, i yield to the senior republican in the north carolina delegation, representative foxx. ms. foxx: i thank mr. price for yielding time and for his wonderful comments remembering walter. on behalf of the republican members of the north carolina delegation, indeed, all of the members of our republican conference, we remember our long-serving colleague walter b. jones. already miss him and express our prayer for him and his family. walter asked to be memorialized
on the floor by his dear friend, thomas massie and mr. price will recognize him in a moment for that purpose. i thank mr. price for yielding, and i yield back. >> i thank my colleague and i yield now to mr. massie. mr. massie: thank you, mr. price. our colleague and our friend, walter jones was kind. he quoted, washington, d.c., is the spirit of arrogance and christ is the spirit of ue humility. walter had the spirit of christ. didn't matter if you were a waiter at his table or intern, he extended the same respect to everyone and in his heart he never pleeved he was any better. his chief josh who has been with
im for 16 years remind me that people in washington, d.c., kiss up and punch down. he did the opposite, he would punch down and kiss up. he was a true southern gentleman who followed his heart. and whether you goode with him or not, walter displayed the type of courage we could all hope to possess. he was willing to admit when he was wrong like the time he voted for jimmy carter. he would admit it in front of god, in front of his colleagues and to 750,000 constituents. that's true courage. walter's conscience guided his every vote and action in the six years that i knew him. 11,266, that's the final number of letters that walter jones personally note offering his apologies and condolences to the
families who lost loved ones. he voted for the iraq war but then later came to believe that he had made a grave mistake. did he write those letters toll prepare him for the next re-election? no. he wrote those letters to prepare him for this day, when he would be judged at the gates of heaven. what might like a small fight might be his greatest cause if honor and respect were in the balance. whenever he gave the blessing before the meals, he mentioned two pilots who had been implicated, clearing the names of ruber and brow was one his most important achievements. when i spoke with him, he said he looked forward to meeting they will in heaven. he was at peace. he told me something else in
that hour we shared a couple of weeks ago, he reminded me that his father served 13 terms in congress and it had been his goal to match his father's service. for those who don't know, this was walter's 13th term. i told walter, they never beat you, did they? i used another word than that, but he laughed. you see, all the money in the world was no match for walter's sincerity, which always shown through to the people he served, even if they didn't always agree with him. he wanted to finish this term. i told walter he would finish this term because when i would vote, i would ask myself what would walter do, he seemed pooh pleased at that. please join me, the next time you are torn what to do or say in this body, what would walter do? he would follow his conscience.
just follow your conscience and together we can assure that walter's spirit finishes his 13th term. yield back. >> i ask that we observe a moment of silence. the speaker pro tempore: all present, please rise, and observe a moment of silence. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on suspending the rules and passing h.r. 995 as amended.
which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: h.r. 995, a bill to amend chapter 3 of title 5, united states code to require the publication of settlement agreements and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 995 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- >> mr. speaker, i call for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote has been requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote.
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 418. there are no nays. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: though the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, madam. i was honored to return to serve on the rule committees at the start of the 116th congress. it has been my privilege to work alongside chairman mcgovern, ranking member cole and the hardworking members
that work sodrd to bring serious legislation and policy to the house floor. respectfully, i am writing to tender my resignation as a member of the rules committee effective february 13, 2019. thank you for this opportunitiened to my colleagues on the committee for their hard work and friendship. signed, sincerely, doris matsui, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, without objection the resignation is ccepted. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the democratic caucus i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 125, resolved, that the following named members be and are hereby -- >> i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be considered as read and printed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the reading is suspended.
without objection the resolution is agreed to. and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the entleman from new york rise? does the gentleman seek recognition? for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to be removed as co-sponsor of h.r. 940. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resignation is accepted. o ordered. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from indiana seek
recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent that the committee on judiciary be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 962, the born alive abortion survivors protection act and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is advised that the guidelines consistently issued by successive speakers as recorded in section 956 of the house rules and manual the chair is constrained, the chair is constrained not to entertain the request unless it has been cleared by the bipartisan floor nd committee leadership.
the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california eek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i want to offer my condolences and prayers to my dear friend congressman walter jones and also to the people of north carolina who lost a tireless champion. mrs. lee: throughout his time in service, congressman jones never lost sight of those who served, the families in north carolina, the people across the country and our brave service members around the globe. congressman jones will be remembered for his limitless
compassion and his willingness to reach across the aisle and find common ground. i worked with him on many issues over the years but our greatest collaboration was on our shared efforts to draw down our endless wars and bring our brave troops home. he was a co-lead on several of my bills including the one to repeal the 2001 and 2002 authorization to use military force to finally end our limitless wars abroad. it fills me with unspeakable sadness, mr. speaker, that congressman jones did not see -- did not live to see the end of these wars but his memory will live on. we will fight harder in his memory to ensure that congress does its job on matters of war and peace. i was honored to call congressman jones my colleague and my friend. his spirit will be greatly missed in the halls of congress. and tonight i again offer my condolences to his family and his friends and also celebrate his life because it was truly a life well-lived.
. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> permission to address the ouse the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. thompson: yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the flight 3407 crash that went down outside of buffalo, new york resulting in untimely deaths of 49 people. i rise with a heavy heart as we commemorate this tragedy. for families who lost loved ones, the pain will last. these individuals have suffered an unspeakable loss and they have traveled to washington numerous times over the past 10 years to advocate tore improved airline safety and advocate for regional flights that operate under the same standards and to ensure that the flight of 3407 is never repeated.
they advocate in memory of their loved ones whose lives were cut short. nothing can bring back their loved ones but the standards that have been enacted have saved lives. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom new york seek recognition? mr. engel: i ask that the engrossment of house resolution correct spelling and cross references and to make such other technical and conforming changes that may be necessary to reflect the actions of the house include inthe change now at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the change. the clerk: section 2 of the refueling s strike and insert refueling of. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the change is agreed to and without objection, so ordered.
the chair will entertain further one-minute requests. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. kaptur: last week, i received a peculiar invitation from the kuwaiti government to celebrate kuwait's independence at the trump hotel. while kuwait is a close ally of the united states, i felt compelled to decline the invitation. we must real ject the corruption of president trump and his family. president trump promised he would drain the swamp and promised to put the interests of the american people before his own but used his office to enrich himself further. according to "usa today," he earned $40 million from his washington hotel in 2017 and
includes $350,000 campaign funds and events. as we press foreign nations to better their own ghost, it is clear president trump has reduced america's moral authority. i remind the president of article 2, section 1 that the president cannot receive gifts. we must restore america's faith in our democracy. i look forward to working with my colleagues to hold the trump administration fully accountable for their misdeeds. the speaker pro tempore: rerment are reminded to refrain from depaging in personalities towards the president. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i rise today to recognize the career of one of my district's
journalistic figures, charlie daniel who spent the last six decades as a political car toongist. he is a march even. and he served his country admire apply and his retirement is a loss to our community. i never known a time you couldn't open the news to see his latest cartoon. quite often it was me because charlie didn't always get along or see eye to eye and i forgive him. but he is and one of the best and i have been made fun of by people all over the world. his cartoons were razor sharp while still being respectful. like steve and neal and joe who are probably more famous but none as creative as charlie. he is a hall of fame inductee
and recognized by the national cartoonist society. i know i speak for many saying the morning paper isn't the same without him. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting at marjorie stoneman douglas high school. it was a year ago we lost 17 lives at the hands of a gunman. 14 of these were young students with a bright future ahead of them and i elissa, martin, luke, helena, quin, elena,
carmen and peter and the three courageous staff members, scott, aaron and chris. may their souls be a guiding light to us on earth as we fight against gun violence because no parent wants to send their child to school, church or a movie theater. took less than 7:00 for a gunman to erase these people you but could not and will not be able to erase them from the memory of their loved ones. we remember their lives by saying their names and honor them by taking action. we can and must act. i will never stop fighting to honor their legacies and make our communities safer. and we as a nation shall never forget. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to
address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to support congressman wagner's born alive bill, a bill that would protect children born after a failed abortion. this is not a liberal or conservative issue. this is not a democrat or republican issue, this is not a political issue, it is a moral issue and moral issues have a way of being undeniable. laws protect the living and when we cannot agree when life begins, i'm confident that everyone in this house that life begins at birth and more importantly, i'm confident that the vast majority would agree that a child born alive is alive. i understand there may be attempts to protect members who are against the born alive bill. but it is impossible to protect
politicians from the moral convictions of the american people. i urge members from both parties to see the born alive bill as an opportunity to foster bipartisanship in this house. supporting this bill does not make you anti-abortion. it ensures that laws already in place are enforced to protect the most vulnerable among us. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: he spent a long day in judiciary working on legislation to respond to the american people's cry for universal background checks. but i rise as well in the backdrop of that legislation to stand for the victims of gun violence. i think it is important to note that america has 329 million
people-plus here in the united states and growing every day. but we have 393 million guns here in this country. and we have lost in this past year almost 40,000 people to gun violence. i believe it is important in a bipartisan way that when we are here in the people's house that we act on behalf of the american people. they want fair, simple universal background checks of which i hope will be on this floor very soon. let me close by giving my deepest sympathy to the family, friends and staff of walter jones. i viewed him as a great american, a great public servant and one of great principle. i know that walter and in his life and his passing, wishes for this nation peace and dignity for all of those men and women who serve in the united states
military. thank you, walter. may you rest in peace. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. johnson: in recent years some americans suspect that politics has infected our courts particularly the united states supreme court. this troubling trend threatens our democracy when the independence of our judiciary is questioned. last week i introduced a bill that requires the judicial conference to create a code of ethical conductor the u.s. supreme court. unlike federal judges, supreme court just discxds difficultieses are exempt from the code of conduct sm the supreme court ethics act changes that. supreme court justice should not be exempt from adhering to the standards. passage of this necessary ethical reform would restore the confidence that the judiciary is
independent, impartial and apolitical and protect the rule of law, the inviability of the judiciary and comparable and unique role it plays in checks and balances that sustains our democracy. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. adams: i rise today in honor of my colleague representative walter jones. he represented the people of north carolina's 3rd congressional district with pride and integrity and in his service, congressman jones was a steadfast warrior and advocate for north carolina and he was unafraid.
he was a principled leader and stood firmly for what he preeved and wasn't afraid to admit when he made a mistake. to be absent from the body is present with the lord. i pray that congressman jones has now found the peace. to his wife and daughter, please know that walter jones left an indelible mark upon our state and our nation. and he will be missed. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. quigley of illinois for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. he request is granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentlewoman from indiana, mrs. walorski is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the
minority leader. mrs. walorski: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to include extraneous material on the topic of this special order. mr. speaker, i rise today along side my colleagues to speak out against the radical and dangerous policies being pursued by democratic leaders. in new york, it amounts to allowing abortions up and after birth for almost any reasons and ends the safeguards that protect babies born alive. in virginia, a similar bill is under consideration that could lead to babies being denied life saving medical care. as the governor put it, quote, the infant would be kept comfortable and then a discussion would ensue. i think this is sickening. that's why my colleagues and i
have called for the house vote on h.r. 962 the born alive abortion survivors protection act, a commonsense bill to require that medical care, just medical care be provided to children who survive. democratic leadership in the house is standing in the way refusing to even allow an up-or-down vote on this issue. this is not a partisan issue, but simply what'site. what's right. we've got to stand together against this radical and inhumane agenda. we must protect the rights of all infants. i'm grateful to be joined in this call by so many of my colleagues. i would like to introduce first one of my colleagues from jamie on district 3, herrera beutler. .
ms. herrera beutler: thank you. it's a privilege to stand on this floor. in mid, 2013, my husband and i went into our 20-week ultrasound as excited first-time parents. we were told our unborn baby had a zero percent chance of survival. there was no kidneys. it was a condition called bilateral renal syndrome, potter's syndrome. our baby would be able not to breathe. she would literally suffocate upon arrival if we brought her to term. i, of course, was encouraged from physicians to abort my baby and while there are many reasons that lead women to make that decision, dr. gun they are said that terminations after 24 weeks are for severe fetal anomalies. now, our baby's diagnosis wasn't just severe.
it was without any glimmer of hope. wrigley, alive, kicking baby in your stomach wouldn't certainly die, it's doesn't just take the breath of your lung, it is like hell screaming in your face and it leaves fear. miraculously, our doctors were wrong. we pushed forward with that pregnancy and were successful. we had seen something happen that never happened before. my baby developed lungs in utero without can i go knees. it was an impossible outcome to the medical world at that time. you know, in good faith, our doctors had given us their honest, professional opinions. guess what, doctors aren't infallible. while we haven't known this if they hadn't tried to overcome this diagnosis. through divine intervention and some amazing doctors who were
willing to charter new waters, literally, we now get to experience our daughter, abigail, who's holding the bible for the swearing in here standing next to me and speaker pelosi, a healthy, happy 5-year-old who has -- she's a big sister and she says, someday she's going to be the boss of mommy's work. look out, speaker pelosi. so since our story became public, i talk to moms all over the world who, like me, carry their babies into the second and third trimusters hoping to eliver and are given wrong diagnosises. abigail was the first to survive her condition, but because of her breakthrough, she's not the only survivor now. radical legislation in new york and virginia have recently brought late-term or partial birth abortion into the spotlight. what if we used this discussion to go on the offensive against the potential disease instead of attacking the pregnancy itself?
some parents have been presented with scary prenatal tests that can produce false alarms. these same earnest loving, would-be parents have made permanent decisions based on what can be incorrect information. what if the baby won't have that significant health condition or disability after all or if she does, what about the loving families eager to raise a child in anticipation of her living a full and fulfilling life? we got to hear frank stevens, an exceptionally joyful person with down syndrome how he said he is a, quote, medical gift to society and his extra chromosome may be the answer to alzheimer's. our society celebrates the term diversity. shouldn't that mean full diversity which includes all physical and mental abilities or disabilities, as some call? we step on very shaky ground on deciding who lives or dies
based on one's abilities or possibly lack thereof in utero because because of the best intention of the messenger, doctor or otherwise there is a limit what science can predict and that's not naivity speaking. that's coming from a mother of a child who was given a zero percent chance of survival. based on what was at the time sound science. excuse me. now, this kiddo has a full adult life ahead of her. gosh. those of us that know her are privileged, immeasurablely, and you know what, every -- know ureably, and you what, every child can get that same chance. i think that care and compassion is needed at every stage of a mother's maternal
journey. that means empowering mothers to dwell in the realm of the possible, not the impossible, even if it's never been tried before. with that i yield back. mrs. walorski: thank you. i now yield to my friend from new jersey's fourth district and the co-chair of the pro-life caucus, representative chris smith. mr. smith: thank you. thank you for your leadership, your courage and what an expression of love and compassion and faith we just heard. the child who was thought to be impossible but what be attribute to parents and a mother who loves so unconditionally. mr. speaker, in 2012, two bioth minerva . gubolini and published an outrageous report justifying the deliberate, premeditated murder of newborn babies during the first hours, days, and even weeks after birth.
the ethesis said, when circumstances occur after birth, that what would have justified an abortion, what we call after-birth abortion, should be permissible. in other words, the same conditions that would justify the killing of a baby in utero justifies the killing of the baby even when she is born. they, these two individuals, made it clear that because a child does not have dreams about the future at birth, that somehow is a disqualifier to personhood. the fan sizes they propose, mr. speaker, is here. after-birth abortion is here. a couple weeks ago new york governor cuomo signed into law a bill to allow abortion until birth and even removes penalties for infanticide.
other states like virginia, rhode island and new mexico have anti-child statutes under consideration. the violent assault on children, mr. speaker, must end. not only as 61 million unborn babies have been killed since 1973 by other dismemberment, where a child is torn apart, arms and legs and torso literally dismembered or by chemical poisoning, a death toll that equates with the entire population of italy but the pro-choice crowd now is legislating to extend the violence after birth. mr. speaker, we cannot look away when a child's fundamental human rights are being violated with such lethal actions. pass the born alive abortion survivors protection act now. mr. speaker, give us that
chance to vote on this. i yield back. mrs. walorski: thank you. i now yield to my friend from alabama's second district, martha roby. mrs. roby: thank you. i thank the gentlelady for yielding and i thank you for leading this very, very special order tonight and this topic is critically important especially in light of the heartbreaking news we already referenced that's come out of new york and virginia in the recent weeks. i want to start by thanking the gentlelady from washington for standing up tonight and telling us her story. you do have an amazing story. you have an amazing family. a loving husband, dan, and ethan and abigail and this is a family and so we know each other's children. and i can tell you that walking through that journey with you as your friend and your colleague has done so special to rally and to me and to our children, margaret and george, who love them just the same. so thank you so much for
standing on the floor tonight tell ing the courage to your amazing story. it means a lot. thank you for that. of course, i was trying to hear the voist russ cheering upon the new york state legislature's passage of a bill that would significantly loosen late-term abortions. meanwhile, in virginia, the democratic governor recently, -- recently threw his support behind similar legislation and made comments that would serve as a horrific defense of born-alive abortions. for the purposes of tonight's discussion, we got to call born-alive born what it is and it is infanticide. our dialogue surrounding legislation is critically important -- a critically important component of the democratic process in this
country. still no matter how our stances on abortion may vary, i hope we can all agree that if an abortion fails and a child is born alive, the child must be given the same medical care that any other living, breathing infant would otherwise be given. i want to take this opportunity to reassure the people i represent in alabama that i remain unapologetically pro-life. i believe that life begins at conception, and i am opposed to abortion at any stage. i am severely disturbed that this country now requires written legal provision to protect living babies. but sadly in the aftermath of this news coming out of new york and virginia, it's clear this step is immediately necessary. that's why i'm proud that the house of representatives have wasted no time in acting and i especially appreciate my colleagues, mr. scalise and
mrs. wagner, who have been working tirelessly to force a vote on the born-alive survivors protection act, a bill that would protect babies who were born alive during failed abortion procedures. again, to my colleague, thank you so much for organizing and having this special hour tonight. this is a critically important issue and i hope we will continue to have these discussions, not just tonight but in the days moving forward. thank you. mrs. walorski: thank you so much. now i want to yield to my friend from missouri's second district and sponsor of h.r. 962, the born alive abortion survivors protection act, representative ann wagner. mrs. wagner: i want to thank my good friend and colleague, the gentlelady from indiana, jackie world series key. we are classmate -- jackie walorski. we are classmates and came into congress almost seven years ago. i am so grateful for her for pulling this special order
together tonight to talk about the most vulnerable in our society. alk about the right to life. the gentlelady from washington state and i have to say your story moves us all and we are so excited about your growing family. mrs. roby, i cannot thank you for your support, your passion, your dignity when it comes to supporting life. all of my colleagues that are here with us tonight and stand with us on this legislation. and above all, i want to say, mr. speaker, that i believe our president, last week at the national prayer breakfast, said it best and i quote, all children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of god. every life is sacred and every soul is a precious gift from heaven. none of us could say it any
better than that. i never thought the time would come when i would have to actually argue and fight and debate and stand for providing health care to infants after they are born. and yet here we are. there are apparently many legislators who believe it's ok to allow a child to die after it's been born. when i first heard the news of state officials in new york and virginia believing that it is acceptable to limit health care for newborn babies, i was horrified. i will tell you, mr. speaker, it's not just in the commonwealth of virginia and the state of new york. in fact, only 26 states have affirmative protections for children born alive after attempted abortions.
only 26 states. d in fact, in recent days, vermont, rhode island, and new mexico are considering legislation to loosen the late-term abortion restrictions that have gone forward in virginia and new york. in fact, new mexico's house passed h.b. 51, would -- which would effectively permit abortions up until birth and would limit all restrictions thereafter so to me it is unthinkable that is baby is born alive. anyone's first instinct would be anything but to try to save that precious innocent life by any means possible. . our babies are the most vulnerable members of our society and it is our responsibility, our duty to make sure they are called for. every year babies survive
late-term abortions and left to die in bed pans and operating rooms. this should not happen in the united states of america. it is a flage grant violation of our constitution and offense against women and children. i'm asking our colleagues to support the born alive abortion survivors protection act. and mr. speaker, we will bring the next 25 days until we can put forward a discharge petition. and we will ask for unanimous consent to be passed by the full house. this is a piece of legislation that was passed in the 115th congress. and we will do it for the next 25 days until we can force it for a vote on the floor of the united states house of representatives. when i offered the unanimous
consent that it was the wrong time to fight for the most basic of human rights. mr. speaker, it is always the time to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. join us in this fight for innocent newborn babies. i thank you and i thank the gentlelady for her standing up for life. mrs. walorski: just reiterate and thank you to jamie and representative roby and representative wagner. we are serious about this. i did the unanimous consent and ask the bill to bring it down to the floor and bring it to a vote. this is an issue of what is right and what is wrong. we need to speak for themselves and those who could be potentially born alive in this country and given a lethal injection by a doctor. what's going on in this country is absolutely horrific.
mrs. wagner: would the gentlelady yield? mrs. walorski: for a minute. mrs. wagner: it does happen. next week in missouri's 2nd congressional district, i invited a guest to share her story. she was a born-alive baby after an attempted abortion through saline and will give her testimony what her life has meant and was saved and the fact she was given the opportunity to live her life, to follow in the ways of the lord and to be productive to society. this does happen. and we should do all we can to protect them. mrs. walorski: thank you to my colleagues. i now yield to my friend and fellow hoosier, representative reg pence. mr. pence: i rise today to
reaffirm my unwavering commitment to life, the protection of the unborn and those who survive the violence of the unborn. the greatness of our society can best be measured by caring for the most vulnerable. i'm deeply troubled by the efforts to expand late term abortion and remove any conceivable litmus on this horrific practice. in the face of such an onslaught, let the miracles of pregnancy and childbirth serve as a reminder as the constant fight for life. there should be no question that members of congress from both parties should gee to the fact that every child born into this world has the right to live. we must stand together for life and the unborn and protect those who cannot protect themselves
when handed abortion's death sentence. i pray one day that each and every life born and unborn is respected, valued and given the chance to pursue his or her dreams. that's why i am proud co-sponsor of h.r. 962. we must never ever give up in the fight for life. thank you. and i yield back the remainder of my time to my fellow hoosier. mrs. walorski: i yield to tennessee. ve mr. burchett: bunch abortion, the murder of innocent children cannot co-exist. late-term abortion involves
tearing limbs from bodies. only seven countries including china and north korea. the united states, mr. speaker, should not be in that same category as known human rights abusers. proponents claim this is an attack on women's rights. but doctors have determined that it endanger the mother. the best way to protect women's rights is to protect life. i close a little story. before my momma left this earth she was in and out of consciousness and she talked to her father who passed away long before and her brother who passed away and my dada who had gone before a couple of years prior and she was looking into the corner and i said what are you looking at? she said i'm looking at those sweet little babies up there. mr. speaker, i believe that my mother was looking at some babies that were murdered and i
urge my colleagues to stand with me to protect the unborn. we defend the unalienable right. mrs. walorski: i yield to representative virginia foxx. ms. foxx: i want to thank my colleague and distinguished member from indiana, congresswoman walorski for leading this special order tonight and to all of my colleagues who are here to affirm life, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, abortion advocates said they wanted abortion to be safe, legal and rare. now abortion advocates have reached new levels of disregard or new human lives by openly promoting infant side. d legislation that would doctors leaving newborn infants
o die can't get a vote in this house of representatives. bills such as the reproductive health act, which was recently passed with celebration in new york city are starkly at odds with reasonable limits on abortion that most americans support and exposes the extreme agenda of the pro-abortion movement. e r.h.a. would expand on roe v. wade would expand protections. in new york, an abortion no longer needs to be have a licensed physician and if the abortion is not successful and the child is born alive, the law offers no protection for the life of the baby. it's almost unthinkable, mr. speaker. such a horrifying bill should be
met with disgust and outrage, not celebrated. it's clear that the value of life has eroded in our culture. without a society that questions , quote, what are the rights of the unborn, unquote, legislators can use their power to eliminate the right to life and promote the idea that life is dispensible. proponents of the new york and similar virginia legislation should ask whether these policies truly reflect the society where women are valid or where unwanted babies are worthy of protection. in a culture where aborted babies are collateral damage in so-called women's health care. we should all fear that
following unborn children and newborns, there will soon be new targets for disposal. with that, i yield back to my colleague from indiana. mrs. walorski: i now yield to my friend from kansas first district, roger marshal l. >> i wanted to become a physician. i was blessed to do that and by the second year of medical school, my wife and i had our first daughter. mr. marshall: we were trying to decide what type of doctor we were going to be and i knew i wanted to deliver babies. i think my wife can attest that for the next 30 years of my life, most of my waking moments were spent with somebody in labor. so blessed to get to participate
in that wonderful moment. i was blessed to come to congress and represent the people of kansas and woke up a couple of weeks ago to the cheering of a state legislators from new york and their governor and i turned the volume up to see what the fuss was. and the fuss was they were celebrating their ability to murder the same babies that i have been trying to protect and deliver for the last 30 years of my life. i don't think there is think american, i never met an american who would think it's right to murder a baby moments, days or weeks before its due date. it is its most barbaric law i have ever heard of in our society. and if this wasn't enough, i turn the news on a week later and talk about murdering babies after they are born after so-called failed abortions.
i can't believe living in a society that would think about this. i got my staff together and said we have some legislation that is going to take care of this. we have our born survivor abortion bill that protects babies after they are born and we have a pain-capable bill as well to protect babies who are able to feel pain from being aborted. and my staff looked at me and said we got that legislation. i said we need 20 or 30 democrats to sign on this. surely the house speaker is against late-term abortion and my staff said, congressman i don't think we are going to find any democrats to do that. i want to talk about the moms. no one is talking about how horrible this is for mothers. mothers are going to die from these late-term abortions. i never did an abortion.
guess who takes care of complications. the first week i was in residency and called to the emergency room and there before me was a lady in shock and i apologize if this is too graphic but this situation is so graphic i have to tell you the details. she was bleeding out budgets of blood and i found out what happened. she had an abortion done hours before and now she was hemorrhaging and i looked at the nurse and i said what's going on here and i knew we needed to take her to the operating room and to find out during the procedure that a piece of that baby was still inside her uterus and the uterus couldn't clamp down and she was hemorrhaging. the later the procedure, the more often we will see this. people will get perforated uteruses and will be catastrophic for women.
we can't allow this to continue. with that, i yield back. mrs. walorski: i yield to my iend from missouri's 4th district, representative vickie hartzler. mrs. hartzler: i appreciate so much your leadership in bringing this subject up here to the floor and to the american people and to our colleagues. it is deeply disturbing to see what is happening across this country as life is no longer valued and babies are allowed to be killed, their lives snuffed out in the final moments before they are born and after they are born. i, like my colleague from kansas before me, was shocked when i turned on my tv very similarly and there are people all across this country that did that to see the governor of new york signing this bill and having all
of these women celebrated and then even have a building in new york city lit up in honor of this. but what were they celebrating? not only the demise of late-term l said. as dr. marshal but they could have permission to have that life snuffed out. but then to have it -- the death perhaps of the women as well at the hands of this procedure. a lot of people who are unfamiliar how a late-term abortion is done and what these individuals in new york were celebrating. but it is graphic, but people need to know what happens. uterus is dial ated and forceps are put in there and
a limb is grabbed ahold of. they find a leg or arm. they clamp down and they pull and pull until it rips off and they pull out the leg and put it on the tray and go in again and they find the other leg. they pull and they rip it off and put it out and go in for the arm and pull that out and pull out the other arm and then go in and crush the skull and suck it out. if this doesn't turn your stomach, america, then i don't know what does. and we could be celebrating this in parts of the country, it's not only tragic, it's barbaric, and it has to be stopped. so that's why here in congress we are trying to pass the born alive infant protection act, to stand up and to say we're better than this as a country.
that's not what america is about. that our founders established this country and the basic rights of all who are created by our creator and that is the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. and we want to make sure every american can live out that american dream, the ones who have the privilege of being born and the ones that right now people are celebrating unborn. we want everybody to have that opportunity of life. and i call on all my colleagues and everyone across this country, rise up and say now, now is the time that we stop this and we set up a new path for america that values every life. and i thank my colleague for leading this. mrs. walorski: thank you, my friend. mr. speaker, i'd like to require -- acquire how much time i have remaining. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady has 26 1/4 minutes remains. mrs. walorski: i'd like to
yield to utah's second district, chris stewart. mr. stewart: thank you. you listen to our colleagues and it's hard to listen to. it's hard to listen to this and not just feel overwhelmed by it. some things are so emotional and some things are so obvious that there are times when you just speak from the heart. one week ago tonight, little baby dawson was born to my family. a beautiful little baby boy. my sixth grandson. it is unbelievable to me that someone would argue you could take that child moments after birth, pull him from his mother's protection and destroy that life, take away any chance he has of any happiness in that world, take away any chance he has of being loved in this world, that you would suggest that and not call it evil. we can have this conversation
like the virginia governor said, we will take that infant, we'll make them comfortable while we decide how we're going to kill it. how could you have that conversation and not call it evil? if you think that's ok, go make that argument to the american people. while you're making that argument, be honest. yes, this is a baby. yes, it is moments from birth. in some cases, the child has been delivered. it is alive, laying there before you. yes, you are going to kill it. most americans find that repulsive. most americans find it unbelievable that we're having this conversation. most americans find it evil. please, help us save these children. mrs. walorski: thank you. i now yield to my friend from florida's fourth district, representative john rutherford. mr. rutherford: i thank the
gentlelady from indiana for yielding, and i appreciate this opportunity to speak for life. mr. speaker, i rise today because there are actually elected leaders in this country , in the united states of america who believe a baby can be left to die after having been born alive. how is this even a debate in the united states of america? when did murder become a partisan issue? some on the other side of the aisle call this frontal choice in health care. but mr. speaker, i tell you infanticide is murder, not health care. an abortion is not the answer to a preborn child's physical or mental disability. but don't just take it from me. listen to the words of mr. frank stevens who was actually
born with down syndrome and leads a remarkable life. a life worth living. he had this to say about abortion. and i quote. on abortion, i don't to make it illegal. i want to make it unthinkable. politicians change laws. i want to change people's hearts. mr. speaker, i want to partner with frank stevens because i believe that we can do both. making late-term abortion unthinkable and illegal. i yield back. mrs. walorski: thank you. i now yield one minute to my friend, my fellow hoosier, indiana's fourth district, representative jim baird. thank you, jackie.
i just want to say thank you and appreciate all your efforts regarding this issue. but mr. speaker, i rise here today to voice a concern over the actions taking place in new york, virginia and across the country. the direct -- directly threaten the sanctity of life. these proposals are far beyond what hoosiers in my community and most folks around the country believe is right. that's why i'm proud to co-sponsor house resolution 962, the born alive abortion survivors protection act. this legislation will make it illegal to kill babies that are born alive after surviving an attempted abortion.
the degradation of life in this country is deeply concerning. congress needs to step up and do what's right. the extreme views of some should not overwhelm the commonsense majority of millions of americans. protecting the sanctity of life is something i will continue to fight for to ensure that those without a voice can be heard and their lives spared. and i yield back my time. mrs. walorski: thank you. i now yield to my friend from michigan's seventh district, representative tim walberg. mr. walberg: i thank the gentlelady for taking on this issue. when we heard words such as the governor of virginia and others who would say it's ok for a male governor of virginia to make a statement but generally mention not be talking about something that is only given to women to talk about because it's about their bodies, about their lives. well, it is. but i think we need to talk as
well. if it's not me who should talk, i would like to read for you the statements of another individual who i think expresses all i would want to say this evening. i read just a few excerpts from an article he wrote. he said, do you want us to let him go? those were the first words that were spoken over me as i came into the world. those were the words of my delivery room doctor as he held my armless and lifeless body in his arms. as he assessed me and my situation, all he could tell my parents is i was not viable. that was the words of daniel richie as he spoke about his birth. he said, not bad for a kid that wasn't supposed to lead a full life. and why did he say that? e said, in almost 35 years these words were spoken over me, by god's grace i survived. i learned to read myself, food myself, type and drive all with my feet.
i graduated from high school with honors and double majored in college. i met the girl of my dreams. got married 13 years ago and we have two beautiful kids. now i am a sought after speaker who shares his stories at conferences, churches, schools, colleges, and with corporations across the country. not bad for a kid that wasn't supposed to lead a full life. viability and independence are terrible indicators of life. i'm no less of a man because of my two vacant sleeves. i'm a perfect creation crafted by the hands of a careful creator. i'm not the sum of my missing parts. i'm a man that god has made with talents, gifts, abilities just like any other person who was born blind, deaf, or paralyzed as the same gift. and he ended by saying this. we are all made in god's image. we are all given talents and abilities. we are all worth being given a chance at life no matter how small the chance may be and i
am living example of that. my armless life is worth living and i am beyond thankful my parents saw that one day and i was viable. i yield back. mrs. walorski: i now like to yield to my friend from south carolina's fifth district, ralph norman. mr. norman: i thank the gentlelady from indiana. mr. speaker, i rise today to raise my voice for those who have no voice. you know while we may have disagreements in this chamber, i never thought i would have to come to this floor for this reason, to denounce the killing of children after they have been born. but i am here today because one of our nation's governors has endorsed infanticide in all but name. even though the media may be distracted by the governor's latest scandal, i refuse to allow this atrocity to be ignored. it is wrong, plain and simple. i wish to live in a nation
where we respect the sanctity of all human life. where condemning the murder of a child is not for debate but a matter of course. until then, i will not stand by silently. i will continue to cut out those who attempt to corrupt our values. whether through state laws allowing abortion on demand or governors condemning abortion. these actions do not represent the values of the american people. they represent the views of a small but powerful group of ideologues with no respect for the sanctity of life or the rights for the voiceless. i find it bizarre that the party of birthright citizenship will not endorse the birthright to life. i yield back my time. mrs. walorski: thank you. i now would like to yield to my friend from west virginia's third district, representative
arol miller. mrs. miller: i stand for the right to life. i am a mom and grandmother. i have felt life quicken in my womb. i know the blessing of children, all of whom are created in god's image. and that is why i am so saddened by the pro-abortion discussion taking place around the country and in places like new york, virginia, and others. where state legislatures are debating and legalizing abortion all the way up to birth and in some cases after a child is born. i am sickened that laws are being written which allow for a baby who survives an abortion attempt to no longer receive
support and care once they are born. this is infanticide. there is no other way to say it. this is an affront to life. we must demand more from our country and our citizens. we must ensure protections for the youngest and most innocent of our citizens. both inside and outside the womb. we must take care of those who cannot take care of themselves. we must take care of our children. we must take care of and respect and cherish life. i yield back the end of my time. thank you. mrs. walorski: i now yield to the representative from ohio's sixth district, bill johnson. mr. johnson: as a proud father of four and grandfather of six, i rise today in strong support of those who cannot defend themselves. the most
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