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soget many more teachers that boys that don't have fathers can have good strong role models of you don't bully, you are not allowed to bully. about why you feel you need to be a bully. those strong male role models are much more likely to be associated with a decrease in bullying. host: warren farrell cowrote the book, the boy crisis. thanks for your time today. if you pay attention to the house side, one of the things that will take place as that debate taking a look at dreamers and offering them amongst other things citizenship. look for that on the house side. several things taking place on
the senate side as well. the house just about to come in for its daily session. we will take you to them now. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chairer lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. june 4, 2019. i hereby appoint the honorable scott h. peters to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2019, i the chair will now recognize members 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 now recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise to recognize u.s. marine corps sergeant jerald gwaltney, and alexander county native, he he was sent on four major landings in the pacific during world war including g two -- iwo nima where he witnessed the iconic american flag raising there. in the line of duty, sergeant sacrificed himself for his men, costing him the use of his right hand. even after brushing with death and experiencing the horrors of
combat, this selfless patriot said he would do it all over again. this year president trump signed a law directing the secretary of defense to conduct a and announces to the house his approval thereof a aive program for the 75th anniversary of world war ii. it is important to take such opportunities like this week's commemoration of the 75th anniversary of d-day to highlight heroes like sergeant gwaltney, remember the brave americans who fought and died for our country in world war ii to preserve our freedom. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. green, for five minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, and still i rise.
i rise with a heavy heart but i still love my country. 48 days now some since the mueller report was and some 48 days for all who have said that the president should be impeached, that he has broken the law. some 48 days now the president has been above the law. 48 days. but as we continue this journey let us remember this. hat there are still children who have been separated from their parents. let us please remember that
there is a new story today about this separation. let us rememberer that separation doesn't always mean that the child was separated from a motherer or father. but perhaps a grandparent or some other person who was a significant other in that person's life. somebody that the person, the child had some sense of belief in or belonging to. let us remember, please, that these children are among the least, the last, and the lost. these are not persons who were plenty. likely born into extreme poverty. these are not persons who were born in the land of liberty and justice for all. these are persons who are seeking liberty and justice. these are persons who are trying to flee harm's way, these are babies.
these are babies. one can only imagine what grief a parent suffers knowing that the child has been removed from the custody of the parent and not able to be reconnected. let us imagine ourselves, what would we do if our child was taken from us as we were trying to journey toward freedom? if we were trying to escape harm's way and when we finally get to a point where we think that the laws that are applicable would apply to us, and our child was removed from us. what would we do? this is the united states of america. these laws are in place. those who beknown the fact that people are coming and seeking asylum should rememberer that the law allows what they are doing. they are not breaking the law when they walk up to the border
and say i'm seeking asylum. when they give the pronouncement as to why, and it is an appropriate pronouncement, that's the law. and for our president to make this a big issue now when he had control of the house, senate, and presidency and never sought to change the law, one can can believe that this is done with intentionality to make it an issue such that he can now claim someone else is responsible. but the truth is we're all responsible. the truth is every one of our -- u. myself included, are responsible for what's happening to the babies at the border. this president is willing to raid every cofferer in the country to build a wall. but he's not willing to go into the covers to make sure hildren are treated -- coffers
to make sure children are treated at the border. i close with this. if these babies and the babies that you saw on television this morning peering through some sort of small space, if these babies were coming from the northern border, if these babies were coming from the northern borders, if these were babies coming from the northern border, would we have the same mindset? would we allow this to continue with babies? we're all responsible, and it's time for us to do something about this crisis at the border . and doing something is more than building a wall. a wall will not solve the poverty that they are living in in these other countries. won't solve the persecution they have to endure. a wall is not a solution to a humanitarian crisis. it's time for us to act on the humanitarian crisis at the border. and for this president to lead the way on acting on this
crisis at the border. i love my country and i beg that we would do something to end this crisis. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personal issues towards the president. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. arrington, for five minutes. mr. arrington: thank you, mr. speaker. i find it ironic and hypocritical to hear my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who speak from this august chamber about the children and the families at the border when today we're going to vote on legislation that doesn't lift a fingerer to help those children and -- finger to help those children and families. doesn't give a dime to our president and make the investment in infrastructure and health care and the things that this president has asked for repeatedly to help those children. instead, we hear demagoguery
after demagoguery and it is all talk. it is no action. and the action we need is not amnesty for people who are in this country illegally. what we need is real solutions to putting the american citizens first. their security and well-being first. mr. speaker, i rise in strong opposition to the legislation the democrats are bringing to the floor today that will grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. incentivizing even more people to come to this country illegally and which would do nothing to combat the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border that continues to grow worse every day. the title of the bill, the american dream and promise act. the american dream and promise act. this may be a a dream for those who get placed in front of the line, in front of millions of
people who respect our immigration laws. it may be a dream for folks who get blanket immigration a pass and citizenship to this great country who have committed violent acts, criminal acts, folks who are convicted of d.u.i.'s, gang members, but it is not the dream of the american citizen. in fact, it's a nightmare what's happening on the border of this country, and it's anything but a promise. it is a failure, it is a broken promise to do our juries job and that is -- our first job and that is to protect the american people. from denying we have a crisis in the first place despite all the evidence to the contrary. to irrationally calling walls immoral. to repeatedly refusing to give the president the resources he needs to secure the border and safely detain the children and families who have made the dangerous trick. democrats have been derelict in
their constitutional duty to defend our borders and to stop this flow of illegal immigrants into our country. we have a responsibility to safeguard our sovereignty as a nation and know who is coming into this country. president reagan said, a nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation. right now we have zero operational control of our borders. for the second straight month border patrol agents apprehended more that 100,000 people trying to cross the border illegally. the highest number in 12 years. that's an average of 4,500 people a day. homeland security experts say we apprehend one out of three. we're talking about thousands upon thousands of people that we don't even apprehend. just last week, border patrol agents in el paso counted 1,000 people walked across the border. we couldn't do anything. we just let them go. we don't have the capacity. we don't have the resources. even "the new york times" and president obama's homeland security secretary jay johnson
-- jeh johnson, no fans of this administration, have admitted the system has been pushed past the breaking point and having 4,000 people crossing every day constitutes a crisis. the situation is so bad the border patrol agents are forced to release folks into the interior of our country because they have run out of room to house everybody. from the great state of texas, my home state, where we're on the frontlines against the fight against illegal immigration, i can can tell you that our brave patrol men and women are simply outnumbered and overwhelmed. yet in the midst of this unprecedented border crycy, what's the solution from the democrats -- border crisis, what's the solution from the democrats? a blanket amnesty from millions of people to reward those who come over here illegally over millions who respected our laws and waited in line to become citizens. waiting for years to become citizens. to grant amnesty to illegals while abandoning our own citizens and security needs is disconnected from reality.
it's disrespectful to our citizens. and it is down right un-american. mr. speaker, today's vote not an isolated incidents. it's the greatest of a lit niff examples that show just how extreme the democrat party has become, whether it's advocating for open borders, allowing for abortion up to birth or putting our country on the road to ruin with failed socialist policies. it's another example of democrats showing they are more interested in opposing, obstructing a president than solving real problems. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. arrington: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from california, miss baerga began, for five minutes -- ms. barragan, for five minutes. mr. speaker, this week i have the honor of traveling to the beaches of normandy france along with the congressional delegation to
commemorate the 75th anniversary of d-day. on the exact site where over 2,500 brave americans were to, in the words of abraham lincoln, give their last full measure of devotion. several among those fallen were some of the nearly 500,000 latino soldiers who served in world war ii. by the end of that war, 17 mexican americans received the congressional medal of honor, a source of great pride for the latino community. and a legacy of honor that has continued throughout modern history which now counts 60 medal of honors awarded to soldiers of hispanic heritage. among the military units with hispanic representation that participate in the d-day invasion was the army 79th infantry division which landed at utah beach. the d-day forces included men like nick alvarez from
california who led a tank crew tra broke through the german defenses that day, helping to put the allies on the offense, and helping to lead to the fall of nazi germany. those d-day forces also included private andrew ortega, from anaheim, california, who was one of the very first americans to land on omaha beach as part of a team of engineers tasked with finding a and neutralizing land mines ahead of the infantrymen taking part in the assault. . private ortega diffused land mines. his heroic efforts in the efforts of horrific danger saved countless american lives. as we make ready to honor all the troops participating in the d-day invasion, i would like to take special mention of private louis martin, who was a resident of my home district in wilmington, california, and who
is pictured here in this photo provided by his family. private martin was born in new mexico in 1914 and moved to wilmington as a young adult. by the time louis was drafted into the army, he was married and had a two-year-old daughter. louis was a member of the u.s. army first infantry division, which landed on omaha beach on d-day and it is there on the sands of that beach 75 years ago that private martin gave his life. for the freedom of his family and his country men and for the future generations of americans, we as a nation are forever indebted to him. and it gives me great pride to have him remembered here today. i would like to thank those who have served and i would like to
extend my deepest condolences to private martin's family and friends and to thank private martin and all those members of the armed forces who so bravely fought and so much sacrificed their lives in the service of our nation during the d-day invasion. it is with the greatest appreciation for their courage and determination and fierce lead in this nation for which it stands that i pay tribute to these fallen soldiers today and it is in their honor that i pledge to endeavor within this body to strive ever harder to fulfill the promise of this nation proposed by our founders and paid for with the blood of soldiers like those who fell 75 years ago on the sands of normandy. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from alabama, mr. brooks, for
ive minutes. mr. brooks: mr. speaker, as i speak, unprecedented tsunamis of ns.gal aliens swamp the you what is the socialist democrat response to this life-threatening invasion. today they helped make our border security worse by pushing legislation by giving them amnesty which in turn entices even more illegal aliens to cross our border. what is the result of past socialist democrat efforts? in the first half of fiscal 2019, the number of illegal family units captured by border patrol roughly tripled over the previous year. the number of captured illegal aliens tapped capped in march
and april. the number of illegal alien kara vans has skyrocketed from two to f.y. 2018 to 104, vans, legal alien kara 2,742 illegal alien captures in the first few months of 2019. a border patrol chief recently testified to the senate that, quote, our apprehension numbers are off the charts. we cannot address this crisis by shifting more resources. it's like holding a bucket under a faucet. doesn't matter how many buckets we have unless we can turn off the flow. the socialist democrats betrayal of the american people, it is
not just centered on illegal aliens from central america. on may 31, border patrol captured illegal aliens from africa including places like and goala, cam roon and congo. border patrol agents captured the largest group ever captured at one place, 1,36 illegal aliens at the ell pass as border. illegal alien amnesty only be gets and encourages more illegal conduct. socialist democrats careless disregard demonstrates just how radical socialist democrats have become. however, if you understand the underlying reason for the socialist democrat open and dangerous policies, this makes
sense. about 70% of households with an illegal alien in them live off welfare and on the backs of american taxpayers. since they are heavily dependent on welfare, once they get the amnesty and citizenship, that makes them reliable socialist democrat voters. after all, socialist democrats are the party for taking much needed money from hardworking american taxpayers to pay for welfare for those who prefer to vote for a living rather than work for them. they don't give one twit about the thousands of dead americans who die each year because of illegal alien homicides. they don't care one twit about american blood on their hands. they have political power and they see open borders, amnesty and illegal aliens voting as the
way to get it. so many socialist democrat cities like san francisco are passing laws that allow illegal aliens to recommendation officer to vote in american electrics regardless of how badly this denies american citizens' control over their own government. his insult to americans. socialist democrat cities like san francisco are passing laws to allow illegal aliens to register to vote and vote in american elections regardless how badly this denies american citizens' control over their own government. mr. speaker, i yes or no for the day that socialist democrats put the interests of american citizens above illegal aliens power.ving for political unfortunately that day is not today. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
chair recognizes the gentlelady from georgia, ms. become bath or five minutes. ms. mcbath: today i'm introducing the federal extremist protection act of 2019. this commonsense legislation will empower loved ones and members of law enforcement to prevent acts of gun violence. when people are in crisis and pose a threat to themselves and others, those closest to them are often the first to know. 2/3 of all gun deaths are suicides. extremist protection laws can prevent these tragedies. these laws have the power to prevent mass shootings and intimate partner gun violence. 15 states and the district of columbia currently have extreme risk laws and these laws have
received bipartisan support. it is our duty as lawmakers to ensure the safety of all americans and extreme risk laws are a powerful tool that should be available for every single community across our nation. this is why we need the federal extreme risk protection order act. nearly 100 people die every single day in america as a result of gun violence. inaction is no longer an option. we have the power, the ability and the responsibility to change our laws to save lives. this legislation will empower americans to prevent gun deaths. and i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this legislation. i'm a victim of gun violence and
i have worked really long hours, days, months and years working with and talking to the victims that suffer needlessly from unnecessary gun violence. it is a tragedy for this body to continue to not pass legislation that would save lives. that is what we are brought here to do. that is who we are and for us to continue to turn a blind eye to the people that die every day to unnecessary gun violence is unconscionable. and i urge my colleagues to stand on the right side of preserving democracy and making sure that everyone in this nation last the ability to be able to live here without the fear of being gunned down. that is their right to live in
this country with the freedom from unnecessary gun violence. and every day that passes by and every tragedy that we continue to have when we turn a blind eye, we do a great disservice to the american people. on behalf of all victims like myself and the victims of virginia and the victims that we continue to see every single day, if we do not stand up to protect them, then we are not standing for democracy. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota, mr. emmer, for five minutes. mr. emmer: mr. speaker, i rise nelliganrecognize rice service.rs of public he retired from small business minnesota district council.
prior to minnesota's s.b.a., he served in the us air force and the national park service. thank you, royce, for all your years of service and thank you for helping small businesses grow and prosper all across minnesota. for all the opportunities you helped create and promote, you left our state and communities better than when you started. congratulations on a job well done and wish you luck on your next chapter. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the and over fire department for being awarded the 2019 fire department of the year by the minnesota state fire department association. this award recognizes the department's efforts to provide outreach to seniors in the community to recruit women and for maximizing the use of available resources. the department's remember when fire safety program brings firefighters into senior chupets
to replace smoke alarms. the department has made significant strides to recruit women firefighters. in fact, and over is one of the few defendants to have a waiting list. thank you to the women and men of the andover community fire department. thank you to the captain and battalion chief on earning this important recognition. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize health river municipal utilities for being a fineist to the 2019 source water protection award. we hear when government fails to protect our water, but today, i want to recognize a local utility for going above and beyond. every year, the minnesota department of health and minnesota rural water association awards community facilities for their work to protect community drinking war.
elk river municipal utilities known as ermu was chosen as a finalist because of their diligence in prioritizing water quality. they sealed an abandoned well. they consistently examine stormwater ponds and effects of treatment on drinking water and issue rebaits. we are proud that the 6th district utility is great. congratulations for your selection and protecting the health and welfare of our residents and our drinking water. mr. speaker, i rise today to thank the president of st. john's university in st. cloud, minnesota. recently, he announced he intends to retire including his time as a student, he has
belonged to the st. john's family for 42 years. as president, he continued and built upon the college of st. john's reputation for developing great talent that is reflected in the alumni. the president leaves his alma matter with new buildings like the learning commons and the st. john's common gallery. thank you for what you have done to the college of st. john's. you will be part of the johnny family. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlelady from virginia, miss lurea, for five minutes. miss lurea: mr. speaker, i rise today greefing for virginia beach. a great -- grieving for virginia beach. where the worst mass shooting
happened last friday. that morning 1 innocent people left their homes from work but didn't return home to their families and they never will. 11 were devoted public servants with more than 150 years of combined experience. and one was a dedicated contractor. i'm honored to remember them today. lakita c. brown, a right of way agent who lived in chesapeake was an avoid travelerer who chronicled her trips to new york city, europe, and west africa. a friend of her called her ms. worldwide. her 40th birthday was coming up in november. ryan keith cox, an account clerk who lived in virginia beach h a golden voice and sang in his church choir. he had recently accepted his own calling to the ministry to follow in the footsteps of his father, pastor e. ray cox, a friend and pastor of new hope baptist church. during the shooting, keith guided colleagues to safety but
did not join them so he could look out for others. tara welch gallagher, an engineer who lived in virginia beach educated the public about clean water and served her city for six years. a survivor included her husband and 22 month old son. her husband told a reporter she was everything to me. mary louise gale was a right of way agent who lived in virginia beach. a proud grandmother had just turned 65 and her children planned to take her mom to portland late they are month to celebrate her birthday. alexandria gushev, a right of way who lived in virginia beach moved from belarus to seek a better life in america. he was a generous and thoughtful person who was said to grab his wlaun mower and cut his neighbor's lawn without even being asked. joshua o. hardy, an engineering technician who lived in virginia beach was a loving
uncle, healthier eater and runner. he smiled on the job and found time to write a beloved children's book that spoke to youth about trainers in their midst. michelle missy langer, anardive assist -- administrative assistant who lived in virginia beach. a friend said i will miss herer smile and hugs. that's the hardest thing. richard h. nettleton, an engineer who lived in norfolk, helped design, install, and maintain the sewer system. an arm yvette ran he enjoyed mentoring young engineers. katherine a. nixon, an engineer who lived in virginia beach was a devoted wife and mother to three daughters, one of whom was just 15 months old. according to her neighbor, her final call was to her husband just moments after she was shot. christopher kelly rath, an
engineer living in powhatan. compared by some to mr. rogers, he was known as encouraging and enthusiastic. herber "burt" snelling a contractor who lived in virginia beach and visiting the municipal center for a permit. he led his church's security team and in his work he did everything from small handyman repair to building homes. robert "bobby" williams. a special projects coordinator who lived in chesapeake worked for virginia beach for 41 years. he helped build the seawall in our city and planned on retiring this year to spend more time with his family. the losses here will never be replaced but so many heroes emerged to prevent further horror. over the weekend, i saw heroic first responders, police, fire, and e.m.s. personnel who ran into the line of fire to save others before comforting our
community in the immediate aftermath of this tragedy. as the hours and days go by, we hear tens if not hundreds of stories of the heroism of individuals who helped save lives during this tragic event, including the officer among first responders who in the performance of his duties took a bullet to protect our community. and was, by the grace of god, aved by his protective vest. unbelievable bravery in sentera hospital where i had the honorer to visit a survivor the shooting. she collapsed my hand as i stood at her bedside and her strength and resolve were palpable as she had only narrowly come away alive. as i love and hope and heartfelt vigils across our community where people of all faiths remember in prayers to those who left too soon. i saw strength in our leaders and police chiefs determined to
remember the 12 we lost far too soon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, last week i was honored to attend the showcase for commerce. for nearly 30 years the annual showcase for commerce is highlighted the exceptional ork happening in cambria county. established by late congressman jack murtha, it brings together federal, state, and local leaderser as well as major defense corporations and subcontractors and regional, national, and international business leaders. with more than 100 exhibit tors and nearly 2,000 attend tendees, the showcase for commerce has grown into a nationally recognized business and industry trade show and defense contracting exhibition. it has a skilled work force
that makes considerable contributions to our national security. we saw more than $180 million in new defense contracts announced at this year's showcase. because america can't merely remain competitive in a global economy, but we must lead the way with the most sophisticated technology. as a member of the house of representatives and father of an active duty soldier and purple heart wounded warrior, i'm not interested in a fair fight. our united states military members deserve our best. that includes the resources to be safe, effective, and lethal. there is no better means to a peaceful world or deterrent to would-be dictators and terrorists than a well equipped, robustly trained, and properly funded united states military. generations of workers in cambria county in southwestern pennsylvania have been dedicated to our national security. through service overseas and service here at home. they ensure that we send our
service men and women into combat with the most advanced state-of-the-art equipment available. here in washington, the army's modernization efforts includes a request of $12.2 billion in research development, test, and evaluation funding. and $21.8 billion in procurement which will begin to address the army's identified top six modernization priorities. long-range precision fires, next generation combat vehicles, future vertical lift, tactile -- tactical network air and defense -- air and missile defense, and soldier lethality. i support this request because we need to be ready to answer the threats that are before us. whether they come from iran, north korea, russia, or elsewhere, we must be able to counter and mitigate such threats swiftly and deliberately. in career and technical education plays a role in our readiness. right now there are more than
seven million job openings in the united states since one of the greatest challenges we face is skills gap. thanks to the strength and career and technical education for the 21st century act, we're able to completely overhaul the perkins act and invest the resources necessary to have a dominant and prosperous work force. we can secure the future and help more americans climb the ladder -- lime the rungs on the ladder of opportunity through career and technical education programs. mr. speaker, the showcase for commerce puts the talented work force on tchiss dis play. those of us in pennsylvania already knew this and the showcase lets us share it with the rest of the nation. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona, mr. gallego, for five minutes. mr. gallego: i yield to the gentlelady from virginia as much time as she may need. miss luria: thank you, mr. speaker.
i continue today in greefing for virginia beach and for those -- grieving for virginia beach and those we lost. those who knew the victims are making statements we need to her. burt snelling's neighbor told the virginia pilot reporter, it's the world we live in now, and it's a shame. a friend of missy langer's told "the washington post," this kind of thought has got to stop. another friend said, she didn't deserve to die like that. none of them did. this is a moment where doing nothing is no longer an option. to prove that point, all we have to do is look at the first responder who ran into the building and took a bullet to protect his fellow citizens. to him, it was never an option to not act. if there is a lesson that we take out of this tragedy, all we have to do is look at him. we must run into the building
together. we must act. thank you. i yield back the balance of my ime. mr. gallego: the trump administration setting fire to our legal immigration system, separating families, i'm proud today here in the house of representatives, democrats are standing up and taking action to provide legal status and earned path to citizenship for young people and families that are already call this country home. dreamers an t.p.s. holders are our neighbors, co-workers, and friends. they are productive and contributing members of our society, raising families, serving in the military, and uplifting our communities. even though they collectively represent some of the strongest in our country, the trump administration has forced them in fear. they have had the courage to step out o of the shadows and tell their stories and fight for the lives they have built for themselves and their families and furet they aspire . to they have sproken up many
times, putting themselves at risk to do so, in hopes they would drive us to act to uphold our american values and allow them to become on paper what they already are in their hearts, americans. the hundreds of thousands of dreamers who came forward to register were the government as part of the daca program trusted the government to live up to its end of the bargain. although the trump administration has tried to break that promise, today we're taking action to make sure we keep our word. we will not allow these aspiring americans to become the next victim of trump's brutal force. it takes immense courage to stand up to power at any time. even more so when your life is at great risk. i have the utmost admiration and respect for dreamers who have taken a stand and fought for the right to continue to live and work in the country they call home. i know they'll continue to fight until this bill that we pass becomes law. in the meantime, i a and my fellow democrats will continue to be right by their side. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. smucker, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to mourn the passing of john david, known as j.d., smith a volunteer firefighter with the red lion fire department. j.d. passed away on sunday due to injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. j.d. officially joined the department in june of 2016, though he was involved in years prior as well. his sister, megan, said he was a very dedicated firefighter. it was like his second home. he ran just about every call he could without hesitation. he had a kind heart and would help anyone who needed it. if you were sad, he was the first to ask you what's wrong. and if he could help with anything. mr. speaker, we appreciate j.d.'s compassion and service to his community. we recognize that those who
volunteer with our local fire companies are special and their dedication to the protection of others is admirable. i ask that the community join me in keeping j.d.'s family, friends, and fellow firefighters at the redline fire department in our prayers during this difficult time. hank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, may was national foster care month and i'd like to recognize all the loving and caring foster parents in my district. nearly 670,000 young people have foster parents across this great nation, and it's in a loving home they are able to grow and thrive. today i'd like to thank the foster parents, volunteers, family members, social workers, child welfare professionals, and countless others across the district that i represent who help them find permanent homes
and build strong foundations. in particular i'd also like to recognize the work of two outstanding nonprofit organizations in my district who do great work in assisting fosterer children and families, bethany christian service, and kobe's family services. this is an issue we should all care deeply about. and i was very proud, my very first legislation to become law was bipartisan language sponsored -- co-sponsored with representative terri sewell to help place foster children in the home of family members. there are no republicans or democrats, just mothers, father, aunts and understandingles and sons and daughters who believe a child needs to be tucked in in a living home. thanks to the foster parents that provide just that.
thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the state champions girls track and field champion, the warwick warriors. the warriors brought home the school district's fifth state championship. the team took home seven medals from the state championship games. every time those girls were asked to do something, they did it, said the coach. they rerows to every occasion from sophomores to now and just unreal. and certainly there is much to be proud of, the lessons that they learned together will stay with them throughout their lives. ask what she learned from graduating seniors on the team, junior megan quinn said, no matter how many medals or how many awards you get as a team, it always comes back to the people that you are and the friendships that you've made
along the way. we can't do it without each other. mr. speaker, the community is proud of the efforts of these young women. we congratulate them on their tremendous success and continue to wish them well in the future. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizees the gentlelady from california, ms. ass, for five minutes. ms. bass:, thank you, mr. speaker. may was national foster care month, a time for our country to come together to acknowledge the half million people in our child welfare system. the hundreds of thousands who work within the system day in and day out, and the millions of adults who have exited the system and no longer in care. no one knows the fast ter children. the congressional caucus on
foster youth and national foster youth institute have brought more than 100 young people from every corner in the country here to washington d.c. i would like to thank the 100 members of congress who are learning from a constituent and delegate of this program about their personal sprentiones and ideas to make impactful change in the child welfare system. the representatives have been in the program and been in town since saturday and been learning about community activism and successful movement building. yesterday we held a forum right here where our delegates were asking members of the leadership of congress questions about changes to child welfare system. i can't wait for the participants of this program to be up here serving in congress making their voices even louder than they are now. each year, our participants have a real hand in making change from the chafee grant extension to the passage of the family
first act just last year, this group's voices have changed our child welfare system forever. the reality is this. when the government removes children from their parents, the government becomes that child's parent. too often the government forgets this commitment and life goes on. but for those in it, they come to feel trapped and forgotten. these young people here today have traveled thousands of miles to share their stories, their challenges with abuse, over medication or homelessness and they are sharing successes with mentorship, adoption, community activism and independent living. their goal is to leave congress with a better understanding of the reality faced day in and day out by our nation's youth in care. i would like to share the stories of four former foster youth who are shadowing me graduated in the
top 10 of her class from st. martin's university in a bachelor in social work and minor in sociology. she hopes as a social worker she can share her story to encourage other youth. vonda born and raised in the city of watts. her current occupation is a public safety dispatcher. she attended ucla and currently attending college. raquel is a florida-barred attorney and is the statewide outreach for keys to independence and educate tomorrow. the keys to independence program is designed to help youth in and out of home care overcome barriers to driving. aquel is a proud graduate of florida a&m earning j.d.
tony had the opportunity to be an intern in my office where she experienced child welfare and foster care policy issues from a different point of view. after toni's time on the hill she pioneered a white house initiative and worked with washington, d.c.'s most vulnerable youth. n 2019, toni founded her own company. the company's mission is to help at-risk youth find their path in life. mr. speaker, our country is the richest country in the history of the world and there is no excuse for us not to take care of the half million youth who are in the child welfare system. when the government removes them, we are the ones responsible and we should never be in a situation where anyone would accuse the government of
abuse and neglect. this is why we need to transform the child's welfare system to make sure that all of the children in our country have everything they need to be successful adults. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, for five minutes. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i rise today to remember john d. miller illinois, who passed away last week. after graduating in 1971, he served in the united states army and later army reserves and
began his career in law enforcement serving as a military police officer and an instructor. his civilian service started with a decatur police department. 1995, he was appointed where he went on to serve for 17 years until his retirement in 2012. throughout his tenure, he was known for sense of justice and also his sense of compassion. in total he dedicated 34 years of his life in law enforcement. in 2013 he bettered his ommunity and elected as an alderman and. john lived his life in humble service to his friends and he was a role model and mentor. he will be missed, our prayers are with his wife, children and grandchildren.
i rise today to congratulate the men's golf team at illinois wesleyan university on their championship win last month. illinois wesleyan has made it to the national championship, but this year, they took home the trophy. the coach said the nice thing is, it was such a team effort. during the three-day tournament, the tight ands led the score board until the final nine holes when the second place team tied them. thanks to a 12-foot par putt by skiler leff even and par putt, the team scored their first-place ranking earning the title of national champions. the dave williams national coach
of the year award. he has been the men's golf coach since 2000 and led them to eight wins and 11 townments. after coaching the tight ands for 19 years, he can boast a national championship win. you have a lot to be proud of, coach. congratulations to you and the ntire tight and -- tithe and golf team. -- titan golf team. mr. speaker, i rise to on remember terry tote. he was a friend and beloved community member who passed away in may. we grew up listening to terry on the radio. for the past 41 years, he was the man announcing some of the most memorable moments in high school sports in central illinois. terry got his first tran cyst
tore radio at the age of 1978. he was hired by wsmi in lipfield, the radio station he had listened to on that radio growing up. his excellence in sports announcing, he was inducted to the illinois basketball hall of fame. his love for youth sports went far beyond his broadcasts. he officiated basketball, baseball and soccer with the local sports association. and he was instrumental in expanding the raymond park district to add two athletic fields including a soccer field named in his honor. he hosted a basketball townment that raises money for the american cancer association. he left a lasting legacy. i remember meeting terry in 1995 and he is one of the most again you inpeople that anyone could
have ever met. he was a member of the raymond community and will be missed by many. our prayers are with his wife, children and grandchildren and everyone who knew my friend. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. costa, for ive minutes. mr. costa: ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. mr. speaker, i rise today to talk about our dreamers and the need for congress to work together now to protect them and provide legal status. simply put, dreamers are americans, just like you and me. and they should be treated as such. they came here brought by their families at a very early age, two, three, four years of age. for them, this is the only
country they have ever known. they are our friends, our neighbors, and members of our churches, synagogues and mosques. they serve in the military, attend our schools and universities. 16th istrict alone, district of california and san and thousands of more that are attending our community colleges. i have heard their stories. i have looked them in the eye. and i console them. they have great fear. they fear things that we would not probably think about like driving to school, driving to work, fearful that they might be pulled over because maybe their vehicle has some sort of a violation and find out that they
are not here legally. the jobs that they have, many of them full-time jobs, good jobs, they are threatened by potential audits to the employers that are seeking to determine whether they are here legally or not. despite those challenges, they work tirelessly, to improve their education, to contribute to the betterment of their families and families, they pay taxes and give back. isn't that the american way? they are the next generation of leaders in various regions throughout our communities. yet, they are living in fear, in fear every day that they could be deported. fear for their families. fear for their future and want to see if they will be removed from the home they have only known. i mean, could you imagine being in a household where some members of our family are here
legally and some are not and the notion that your families might be split apart, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. they have trusted our government to uphold its word that we would give them protections under the daca program. that is under a cloud. we must keep our promises. living with this uncertainty is not right, unfair, unjust and not the american way. my grandparents came to this country and they often faced many of the same challenges that our dreamers live with every day. our story, therefore, a nation of immigrants past and present is their story, their story like my family is the american story. it's the story of immigrants wanting to come here to have a better life for themselves and for their children. .
we must not let our dreamers know -- we must let our dreamers know that we stand with them and that we will not stop fighting for them. a majority of americans want legal protection for dreamers. and congress must listen and congress must act and hopefully we'll do that today. so i stand here and say to my colleagues, vote yes. vote yes to pass the dream and promise act. it is the moral and right thing to do. and therefore we must do it now. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair now recognizings the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to discuss the flooding back in my home state of arkansas and the need for
prioritizing spending and more federal investment in waterway infrastructure. while national media attention is largely focused elsewhere, the arkansas river has swollen to historic levels, flooding homes and businesses, breaching levees, a and devastating farmland. president trump issued an emergency declaration last week, allowing fema to provide immediate relief to 16 counties most severely aeffectsed. this federal aid is valuable as communities work tirelessly to save businesses and homes. arkansas is not alone in experiencing flooding. our neighbors in oklahoma, mississippi, louisiana, and missouri, as well as south dakota, iowa, and kansas have all been affected by flooding. these disasters beg the question, what can can congress do to prevent future flooding? more specifically, how can can can we improve infrastructure within our state to he reduce
the risk of dam and levee breaches? as ranking member of the transportation and infrastructure subcommittee on waterer resources and environment, i hope to add insight into that very question. waterways tend to be out of sight and out of mind. but widespread flooding has made navigable rivers impossible to ignore. in arkansas alone we have seen an estimated $23 million daley in economic loss along the arkansas -- daily in economic loss along the arkansas river. the entire state and surrounding areas suffer. much of the infrastructure along these rivers was nirblee initially installed in the 1960's and 1970's and reaching the end of its shelf life. a backlog of maintenance projects compounds the issues and we can't keep putting temporary patches on systemic problems. for example, i recently co-sponsored bipartisan that would unlock billions of dollars in already collected
fees to maintain our nation's federal ports and harbors. and many cases we have the money for infrastructure projects. however, red tape and bureaucracy slow down the process and prevent necessary work from occurring. the irony of delaying projects on our navigable waterways is that these projects often have tremendous economic returns, as high as 10 to 1 and 16 to 1. it makes economic sense and it's common sense to invest in watererways and infrastructure. unprecedented flooding such as we're observing should serve as a chance for us to re-exam infrastructure, to ensure it is updated and capable of protecting life and property. no doubt as floodwaters recede in the coming days, congress' attention will turn elsewhere. i urge my colleagues in both the house and the senate to come together, address long-term projects that have been put on the back burner for years, and keep wrda on its two year schedule. we can't control the weather,
but we can can and should do better than accepting as the normal to have outdated an failing infrastructure, flooded homes, and washed out farmlands. the american people deserve better than that. before i close, i'll be remiss if i didn't acknowledge and thank the countless first responders and volunteers who have worked around the clock to fill sandbags, move livestock to higher ground, transport possessions from homes at risk of flooding, and rescue people trapped in moving floodwaters. governor hutchison, the arkansas national guard, the corps of engineers, and many others state and local officials have led an efficient and organized responsement and their swift action has certainly saved lives and property. arkansas doesn't back down when challenged, and we persevere through the storms of life. i have heard so many stories of arkansans rallying around one another in their time of need.