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the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. eternal father, thank you for giving us another day. the house is eptering a two week recess, many members will be returning to their districts to meet with constituents. we know that work will be
getting done behind the overt political scene. while important and significant issues are being addressed, may all members be imbued with the wisdom of solomon, the patience of job, and proceed like nathaniel who was a man without guile. in all, let there be more light than heat. may all that is done be for your greater honor and glory. men. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house her pproval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> thank you, madam speaker. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, i demand a vote on the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker: the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. so many as are in favor say aye.
those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the journal stands approved. ms. lee: madam speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds a work is not present and make a point of order a quorum is not present. the speaker: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from ohio, mr. wenstrup. mr. wenstrup: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to five requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from north carolina seek recognition? >> one minute to address the
house. revise and extend. the speaker: without objection. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to thank and congratulate a talented young woman who has served as my chief of staff for north carolina's 12th district for nearly five years. ms. adams: while her career path will be taking on a new chapter beyond my office, without question rhonda has been an extraordinary and extremely valued member of my leadership team. an energetic, innovative, creative thinker her bold leadership guided team adams to cultivate new possibilities in higher education, the verse it in tech, and signaturive cooperative inclusive partnerships between students and businesses and corporate and tech sectors at historically black colleges. i along with the entire adams team, stakeholders, many partners are grateful for her leadership and service and extend to rhonda e. fox our
best wishes and godspeed. well-done, rhonda. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from ohio is recognized for one minute. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to congratulate sweet cheeks diaper bank for opening their newest warehouse location in lower price hill. since they opened their doors in 2015, these wonderful people have been a lifeline for women and children in greater cincinnati and northern kentucky area. over the span of four years donated over a million diapers that have without doubt changed the quality of life for so many infants. last month alone, sweet cheeks distributed over 135,000 diapers through 43 community partners. they also delivered health aid kits to women and school girls who otherwise couldn't afford them. this tremendous organization gives back so much to our community, and most importantly gives so many women and
children in my district a sense of dignity. i want to congratulate sweet cheeks diaper bank on their newees warehouse location in lower price hill and sincerely thank them for all they do for women and children in the greater cincinnati area. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? mrs. dingell: request to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized for one minute. mrs. dingell: thank you, mr. speaker. i join my colleagues in the house and on the pfas task force who have come to the floor this week to call on our congressional leadership, house armed services committee, and all the conferees tasked with conferencing the fiscal year 2020 national defense authorization act, to include a strong pfas package. i thank chairman smith for his leadership and tireless work crafting this year's ndaa. it's a good bill and it includes many top priorities that will care for our service
members and keep the united states well defended, but we are in the midst after growing nationwide human health and environmental crisis. pfas chemicals are harmful man-made toxic substances wherever they are found. we know that there are up to 297 military installations that have confirmed pfas contamination. this puts our military families at risk and the communities surrounding them at risk, and it puts our national security at risk if we do not include robust pfas provisions. the american people are counting on us to protect them, and we must include this provision. the amendment -- our militaries are arguing this needs to be cleaned up. please keep pfas in the bill. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the
honorable gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize national clean energy week, september 23 through september 27. clean energy throughout our world is critical in fighting climate change and making our world greener and more efficient. currently only a small portion of our total energy consumption in the u.s. comes from clean energy and we are going to need more innovation and a booming economy to continue raising the statistics for clean energy. in this regard, georgia has largely been leading the way. over the past five years, we have been one of the top 10 states in solar power, all without state tax credits or mandates. 175,000 homes are powered by solar, an increase of 13 fold over the last five years. i'm proud the state of georgia's work and hope the rest of the nation will follow our lead. however, while we boost our clean energy, we cannot forget the importance of a consistent,
reliable energy supply, as well as the importance of energy independence to our homeland security. while i personally subscribe to an all of the above energy strategy, i encourage all of my colleagues during this national clean energy week to honestly discuss these issues in a bipartisan fashion. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. lee: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman from california is recognized for one minute. ms. lee: i rise today to highlight september and sickle cell awareness month and call for more research on the trait. today i'm introducing a resolution calling for more sickle cell trained research and public education and awareness on the disease. mr. speaker, sickle cell disease is america's most commonly inherited blood disorder and affects about 100 thousand americans, more than
three million americans, including one in 12 african-americans, and one in 100 latinos carry the sickle cell trait which can lead to sickle cell disease. for example, one is tested at birth to determine whether they have the sickle cell trait, and that's it. later in life, there are certain tests which some are often given to determine diabetes. if you have the sickle cell trait, you can get a false positive from this test. so it's very important that we figure out a way in terms of awareness, education, and dedicate our resources to making sure that there are strategies to provide the information for adults so that they know they have the sickle cell trait. right now, millions of people have it and don't know t i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan resolution. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? mr. wenstrup: i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.
revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wenstrup: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the career and retirement of the cincinnati reds' ledge endary hall of fame broadcaster, marty brennaman. yesterday he signed off for the last game of his famed career. he's been part of our lives anti-voice of our beloved reds for 46 years. marty was with us for his very first broadcast when harning aaron tied babe ruth for the most home runs hit ever. he was with us when pete rose broke ty cobb's long-standing record for most career hits. he was with us through three world series titles. he's an institution in cincinnati. he feels like family. marty helped make both riverfront stadium and great american ballpark feel like second homes to so many. i know we'll all miss hearing his play-by-play, his insights, and his stories. although i never saw marty swing a bat, i'll be glad to replay his greatest hits for
the rest of my life. i know i joined reds fans across cincinnati and the country in a collective goodbye to one of our greatest. and this one belongs to marty, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one -- without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. defazio: i saw an extraordinary clip of president trump at a closed fundraising event where he is accusing the intelligence agents who rightly supported -- reported his conduct of committing treason. let's see, russia has invaded the ukraine, ukraine is dependent upon the united states for military assistance, defend itself, trump is withholding the aid, statement asking them for dirt on his political opponent. he's jeopardizing the national
security interests of the united states. if anybody is committing treason, and i believe that's an impeachable offense, it's the president of the united states. donald trump. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize national hispanic heritage month and the contributions of hispanic americans in my congressional district in central washington state. growing up in sunnyside washington, i have witnessed firsthand how hispanic americans contribute to our communities through entrepreneurship, military service, and cultural diversity. they are are our friends, family, our neighbors, and our co-workers. they are small business owners, doctors, police officers, and
soldiers. while we may take one month out of the year to recognize a historical and cultural contributions of our hispanic american friends, we should do more to support and highlight our appreciation. that is why i am an original co-sponsor of the national museum of the american latino act, to finally create a smithsonian museum to recognize and celebrate hispanic american and latino history in our country. the people of central washington cherish our diverse culture and history. i urge my colleagues to join me in celebrating national hispanic heritage month. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee -- >> point of order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman should state his point of order. >> mr. speaker, as we well ow, the rules of the house
admonish speakers from including personalities and i would suggest that my colleague opposite cross that line and i'll remove my point of order if the speaker is, as a caution, to my colleague opposite that such violation will not be tolerated in the future. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has already reminded mbers from engaging in personalities against the president. mr. meadows: i appreciate it. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mr. leischmann: thank you, speaker. i rise to talk about the positive impact automakers and
their investments have made in the united states and specifically in my home state of tennessee. today, international automakers operate 30 manufacturing facilities across 12 states and build more than 60 different vehicle models in america. volkswagen is a huge part of that presence in the third district of tennessee. tennessee is also home to the infinity deckered power train lant, the nissan smyrna plant. toyota. the headquarters of both infinity america and nissan north america. in january, volkswagen announced an additional investment of $800 million for their chattanooga facility to build two electric vehicles with the groundbreaking taking place in november. mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the important role of international automakers in
the united states. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. -- enrolled bills. the clerk: h.r. 1590, an act to require an exercise related to terrorists and foreign fighter ravel, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. defazio: well, i have a resolution before the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the joint resolution. he clerk: joint resolution 54, , a joint resolution relating to a national emergency declared by the president on february 15, 2019. the speaker pro tempore: the joint resolution will be
divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on transportation and infrastructure. the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, and the gentleman from north carolina, mr. meadows, each will control 30 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on s.j. res. 54. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. defazio: all right. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: now, the president has declared a national emergency so that he can divert funds from the pentagon and other agencies to deal with the national emergency on the border. the largest diversion of funds is going into a wall. now, the president says the emergency is mostly about
smuggling of drugs. interesting. as we know from testimony when carlos guzman was tried and convicted in new york, big drug lord from mexico, his hinch people and others testified the cartels don't use people with backpacks through remote areas of the desert. that's too inefficient for a multibillion-dollar business. what they do is they send trucks, which they modified, semis, through our border control points where we only inspect 6% of the trucks, and so they lose one every once in a while. so what? tens of millions of dollars, doesn't matter to them. just the cost of doing business. kind of like taxes. so what's the president doing about the border -- you know, control points? nothing. we are not buying the new technology we need, recon figuring them to inspect every
truck that crosses the border. but they have another way, another way of getting the drugs in which they're using more and more and more and that is, they use semi-submersible and other boats and ships to smuggle the drugs around on the coast of the united states. now, the coast guard is our prime line of defense against this. the retired last commandant of the coast guard said we have actionable intelligence on 80%, 80% of the drug shipments coming into the united states, but the coast guard only has resources to intercept 20%. 20%. now, just last week, the coast uard intercepted a semi-submersible which had 10,000 pounds of cocaine. that is a lot of backpacks coming across the border. no.
that's not how they do it. worth $165 million. what's the president doing? he's diverting money from the coast guard to the physical land-based border and saying that somehow this is going to help us stop the drug shipments. here's the coast guard with -- well, with a prior -- prior drug shipment that they -- that they intercepted but now they just intercepted another and we have all seen the videos of them jumping on them out in the middle of the pacific, six, eight-foot swells, jumping on there stopping and arresting these people. what's the president doing? he's cutting the coast guard's capability of doing it. back to the border. again, there's a few things we could be doing. well, here's a -- oh, look. there's something just like what the president wants. a big tall fence with slats. hmm. people seem to be climbing over it. oh, here's the border control point. 6% of these vehicles will be inspected.
oh, here's a tunnel over it, a drone over it. some of these people are real genius. they are imitating the middle ages. they are using catapults to put drugs over an existing wall. here we're cutting $6 billion from the pentagon for critical needs of the pentagon for housing more troops, that are living in mold-infested barracks, for training facilities for the national guard, for firefighting facilities on our military bases, from daycare centers for our troops' kids. we don't pay these troops a heck of a lot of money. they can't afford to send their kids off base to daycare. nope. the president says all that stuff's going to be cut because we have to build his stupid wall, which isn't even targeting the way that drugs are really brought into the united states of america. this is just an abysmally
stupid waste of money but he's delivering on a campaign promise. oh, wait a minute. mexico is going to pay. who's going to pay? mexico. who's going to pay? mexico. then he had a phone call with the president of mexico saying, i know you're not going to pay for it. we have this transcript too you can't say publicly you are not going to pay for it. we're going to pay for it. the taxpayers of the united states will pay for his stupid, useless law, cutting essential things from the coast guard who does real dangerous work every day intercepting drugs, cutting funds from the military who need these facilities for their troops and troop morale and for the safety and security of our troops all for a stupid wall. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from -- mr. meadows is recognized. mr. meadows: this has nothing to do with the coast guard. this has everything to do with politics.
mr. speaker, when they go out there and have this faux outrage with the president, it's their opposition to a secured border. i'd point out to the gentleman opposite, when president barack obama requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding, there was not a peep from the other side of the aisle. and all of a sudden there's this outrage. the gentleman knows all too well, mr. speaker, that this is not even going to cut the funding. i see over there that we have the chairwoman of the appropriations committee. she knows that this president, under his leadership, is funding the military and our coast guard at levels that we've never seen. and so for my friend opposite to suggest that this is all about the coast guard, this is all about politics, making sure that there's an open border, and when he had the chance, mr. speaker, to vote and make sure
that we limit any of these funds going to this, what did he do? he looked the other way. he voted for a c.r. just the other day. he voted to allow this money to continue to flow. so this is a show vote, mr. speaker. this has nothing to do with really legislating. if they want to legislate, let's figure out how we work on those separations at the border. let's look at the flores decision. let's make sure we are constructive. i've had, mr. speaker, conversations with some on the other side of the aisle. i'm willing, but what we're seeing today is nothing more than political theater. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: i recognize the gentlelady from new york, the chair of the appropriations committee, mrs. lowey, for such time as she may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, the president's fake national
emergency is an end run around this congress' power of the purse and an offense to the constitution. as appropriations chair, i am outraged that this president has cancelled $3.6 billion in military construction projects to pay for a wasteful wall. want to repeat, $3.6 billion in military construction projects to pay for a wasteful wall. the president chose his wall over our national security and the needs of our service members and their families. congressional democrats have repeatedly made clear, including in our appropriation bills, that we will not give
his president a blank check by backfilling these projects. terminating the president's fake national emergency declaration is the only way to whose the 127 projects funding the president stole. i urge a yes vote and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york yield it's back the balance of her time. the gentleman from oregon reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: thank you, mr. speaker. facts are a stubborn thing. i'd like point out to my friend from new york, indeed, we are backfilling that. these projects will get funded. she knows that. i know that. soon the american people will know that. i'm going to recognize the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for two minutes. mr. lamalfa: i thank my colleague, mr. meadows,.
earlier this week, my colleagues voted to monitor the practices of our border patrol and detainment officers. thankfully the senate immediately tossed that idea aside. i have some good news for my colleagues across the aisle, however, because i can tell you any inspection of our border facilities would find an agency, though underfunded, standing strong despite a record setting deluge of people coming at our southern border. looks like today's groundhog day because we're voting to stop illegally call what's happening on our southern border an emergency. my colleagues called it -- called the president's actions unprecedented. unprecedented is what you call when our immigration system is on pace to be overwhelmed by a million immigrants pleading asylum. a million. maybe democrats call this policy. unprecedented is what you call when congress refees us -- refuses to fund our national security agencies and threaten to fire our enforcement
officers from doing their job. the situation is unprecedented. not because the president's actions is unprecedented. it's the actions of my democratic colleagues. rather than further consider this resolution, i hope the majority leader will recognize the crisis as some democrats have inadvertently that we are facing on the border. let's address the root causes of this emergency. fund the border patrol's $3 billion backlog, install physical barriers and security measures to ensure the whole length of our southern border is secure. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. . mr. defazio: i yield the gentleman from maryland, member of the committee of jurisdiction, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for three minutes. mr. brown: thank you, chairman. i rise to once again to oppose the president's outrageous decision to declare a national emergency. president trump repeatedly
promised that mexico would pay for his border wall. but now he is diverting money, $3.6 billion, away from our service members, military families, and their children. two projects were canceled in my district. at joint base andrews. joint base andrews is home to air force 1. it's the cornerstone of military security in our nation's capital. president trump canceled a much needed new childcare facility for families at joint base andrews. we have been working on this for over a decade. the current childcare center, which i visited two weeks ago, two years ago, was constructed during world war ii. it's too small to serve the children. on base. there are 200 children waiting list. it suffers from sewage backup, that's right, classes are canceled when the sewer backs
up. the kitchen closes. -- closes when the sewer backs up. that happens every other month. it's got mold and rodent infestation, a leaking roof that collapsed five years ago, and a failing heating and air condition system. service members will be forced to use more expensive and lower quality off-base programs. the department of defense estimated, they studied it, they estimated it will cost military families $10,000 a year each, money that is coming out of their pocket. why? to build a wall. the families at andrews have been waiting for years for a modern safe building. and now we are telling them to wait. we are telling kids to go without so president trump can build his wall before 2020. service members defending our nation should never have to worry about the safety and well-being of their children while they are serving our nation. this isn't the only project
being canceled at andrews. the president canceled a hazardous material cargo pad necessary to load ordnance and munitions on to planes. the pentagon said without this project andrews will have, i quote, enduring systemic weaknesses in its ability to support required military activities. think september 11, 9/11 we relied on fighter jets from andrews and now we are risking their mission with this cut. the president's also canceling dozens of essential projects that would provide relief in puerto rico, in europe against russian aggression, it hurts morale among the men and women who sacrifice more and more every year. voting to end this national emergency is the only way to restore funding that the president has taken from our troops and their families. the administration should not build this ineffective, xenophobic, vanity project on the backs of the military.
when we face critical challenges at home and abroad, this kind of action hurts our ability to respond to real world emergencies. i yield back whatever time i no longer have. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland yields back the balance of his time of the the gentleman from oregon reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: thank you, mr. speaker. i would remind the gentleman opposite that there is not a single delay in the plan of building those facilities at andrews. and he knows it. what happens the hyperbole from the other side doesn't match the facts. with that i will recognize the gentleman from florida, mr. spano, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for two minutes. mr. spano: thank you, mr. speaker. for the third time we will vote to terminate president trump's national emergency declaration related to the crisis on our southern border. when are we going to get serious about solving the issue?
for the first half of the year, democrats wouldn't even acknowledge there was a crisis. they ignored the reports from border patrol, showing record levels of illegal crossings month after month. i thought we made progress in june, at least in terms of democrats acknowledging we have a crisis. you see, 305 members of the house and 84 members of the senate voted to provide emergency funding in response to the humanitarian crisis. unfortunately, we are back to the same partisan votes we started the year with. today's the last day the house will meet in session in fiscal year 2019. i wish, i wish i could tell my constituents yes, we are going to terminate the emergency declaration because the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill provides the money needed to secure the border. but that could not be further from the truth. not a single full year appropriations bill has been signed into law. in fact, the house hasn't even voted on next year's homeland security appropriations bill. this brings me back to my question of when?
when are democrats going to get serious about securing our border? it's certainly not in the appropriations bills they drafted. section 227 of their homeland security bill reads, quote, no federal funds may be used for the construction of physical barriers along the southern land border of the united states during fiscal year 2020. their defense appropriations bill went even further. that bill prohibits any funds from being used quote, to construction a wall, fence, border barriers, or border security infrastructure along the southern land border of the united states, close quote. it's unbelievable. not only is there no funding for physical barriers, they specifically prohibit it. my constituents did not elect me to stand by silently as we transition to open borders in this country, and i will not. i call on my colleagues across the aisle, let's put this partisan vote behind us, let's get hereous, and let's work together to secure our borders, it's what the american people want and expect us to do. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yield
back the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: just quick response to the gentleman. as i pointed out earlier, first off, of immigrants are attempting to come to the united states, seek asylum, are walking up to border control points. they are not sneaking across the desert, building a wall will do nofplgt as pointed out earlier, the drugs are not being smuggled in backpacks through the desert. we know they are coming by sea and through our border control points and we know we don't have the technology nor the personnel necessary to stop them. with that i yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from florida, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for two minutes. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. we are standing here today because the president has decided that a campaign promise is more important than the safety and security of our nation. earlier this month the president stole funds from our brave service members to pay for a costly monument to waste. instead of owning up to the
falsehood that mexico would pay for his border wall, trump has chosen to degrade our national security. the continuation of this fake emergency declaration poses a direct threat to both our military families and america's national security. it steals from soldiers who must now keep sending children to overcrowded schools. it forces service members to work on bases where hazardous materials sit in unsafe facilities. these trump cuts sacrifice emergency and fire rescue facilities, flight simulation facilities, roads, clinic, and dining halls to name a few. this action will make training readiness and life harder for america's families and hurts our national security. but don't take my word for it. take the word of a recent air force report that detailed the risks to our troops and national security at home and abroad with the diversion of these previously appropriated funds. nd i'll quote from the report, at the air force base in alaska a boiler failure at a facility
that provides all electrical power and steam heat at the base is imminent. with temperatures as low as 65 below zero, a failure would be devastating to facilities and the mission housed by them within hours. the base would be forced to evacuate within hours, once closed would freeze and require millions of dollars of repair to return to usable conditions. does not sound like the border wall for a fake emergency is more important than making sure we don't close an enbase -- entire base in alaska. this wall was rejected by a bipartisan majority and the fake national emergency was rejected by bipartisan majorities twice now in the republican senate. this is using the playbook of an authoritarian jepparsizing -- jeopardizing our military readiness to steal a wall after it could not be lawfully secured. this is a dangerous precedent. i hope all my republican colleagues join me in terminating this quote, emergency declaration. we all should agree bypassing congress anti-constitution and
starving the military of funding is not patriotism. it is everything that true patriots fight against. i urge my colleagues to vote for this resolution and send a message to our troops that their safety and our nation's military readiness matter more than fulfilling a deceptive campaign promise. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida yields back the balance of the time. the gentleman from -- mr. defazio: may i inquire as to the remaining time on the other side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon has 17 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from north carolina has 24 1/2 minutes. mr. defazio: i thank the gentleman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: thank you, mr. speaker. i need to clarify once again another fact. the gentleman from opposite seems to think that all the drugs and all the bad things come in at the ports of entry when the facts are since 2014 the u.s. customs and border
patrol have actually seized more drugs between the ports of entry than at the ports of entry. i would like to -- if the gentleman wants to review the facts with me, i'll be glad to do it because we have actually collected 6.4 million pounds of drugs between the ports of entry versus 3.1 million at the ports of entry. with that i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from west virginia, mrs. miller. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from west virginia is recognized for two minutes. mrs. miller: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak in opposition to the resolution on the floor. yesterday we had one of the most important hearings in this congress where we learned about innovations in energy efficiency and carbon capture. these real solutions will allow us to provide affordable clean and reliable energy to continue to give america and the world the security and prosperity that we enjoy. it took us nine months to have
that hearing. unfortunately, not every hearing we have provides solutions. for the past nine months instead of prioritizing our nation's infrastructure, solving the opioid epidemic or ending the crisis, yes, crisis on our southern border. my colleagues across the aisle have spent countless hours exploiting important committee meetings searching for something, anything that would impugn our duly elected president. we need to stop wasting time on these political games. the president has already vetoed this ridiculous resolution and he has promised to veto it again. we must secure our southern border. the president has taken action while this house has tried to undermine his efforts at every step. we must put aside our political differences to save the thousands of lives we lose every year to fentanyl and the opioid epidemic. and to save the lives of the
young boys and girls who are being trafficked across the border against their will. i was sent to congress to create jobs, fix our infrastructure, and innovate the energy industry. not to bicker over partisan squabble. i strongly oppose this legislation and i urge my colleagues to do the same. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from west virginia yields back the balance of the time. the gentleman from north carolina reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: just in quick response to my colleague from north carolina. member of the committee of jurisdiction. the coast guard has interdicted more drugs than all the other federal agencies combined, yet they say they are only acting on 20% of them. that's a pretty big hole. but the second thing is, he's right. he's right. we are not interdicting very many drugs at the points of entry because we only inspect 6% of the semis with high
technology. and guzman's busies said that's how we bring it in. we put fake floors in the semis and bringing tons of drugs acrosms he's right we are not intercepting them because we don't have the personnel and technology. with that i yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. 2 1/2 minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. in february i offered a resolution to reject the president's emergency declaration at the border. both chambers of congress, democratic house and republican senate, rejected that sham declaration by passing the resolution. mr. castro: today we consider a similar resolution to terminate the president's emergency declaration. border wall does nothing to make us safer or address the real humanitarian crisis at our border. this time border wall does arou is raiding actual national security priorities to build his wall. he's stealing millions of dollars reserved for important projects that range from training sites for our service
members, to the schools for their children, to our military readiness projects. it's shameful that our service men and women are collateral damage in his quest to build this racist wall. it's a disgrace that money is being stolen from over two dozen states and territories ensuring that american taxpayers, not mexico, as the president repeatedly promised, are actually paying for the wall. for example, in my district alone, we're losing construction funds. in texas, it's $38.5 million. and the total impact for the entire country is over $1 billion. this should be shameful for awful my colleagues that this administration would leave our military families out to dry. i ask all of my colleagues to vote their conscience and to vote their district. i would also add that the heavy burden of this wall will be
felt by people in the rio grande valley and in south texas. miles and miles of private property, texans' land will be taken to build donald trump's wall. there have been stories about how people's property will be split, some of it in front of the wall, some of it behind the wall. some people will actually have to drive -- there will be -- the wall in front of them, they'll have to drive, use a clicker to open the wall to come into what would be considered the united states. those are american citizens who are literally going to be behind the wall in texas because of donald trump. this is a shame. this was a simple campaign promise. this doesn't do anything to keep us safer. i hope, as we did last time, that the house of representatives, republicans and democrats, will vote overwhelmingly to vote the president's emergency declaration. i yield back, mr. speaker.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. the gentleman from oregon reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: mr. speaker, the gentleman on sit was just talking about the fact that one particular person might have to use a clicker. what about the millions of americans who go down to our border right now and they can't even go on u.s. territory because the cartel controls it? the gentleman knows all too well that the border on our southern border is controlled in areas by a cartel. but, you know, far about it from me to be the expert. we have the expert here on that particular subject, and i would yield two minutes to the ranking member from the homeland security committee, my good friend from alabama, mr. rogers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized. rogério de lima thank you, mr. speaker. -- mr. rogers: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding.
last year nearly one million illegal immigrants attempted to cross our southwest border. one million is more than the population of delaware or south dakota or north dakota, alaska, vermont, or wyoming. one million is approximately the population of austin, texas. san jose, california, our jacksonville, florida. for months, migrant families and children arrived at the border in droves thanks to sophisticated smuggling operations. coyotes told vulnerable populations that a child was a ticket to the united states, whether or not it was their child. e massive volume of illegals led to unacceptable conditions for those and agents alike. more border patrol agents were pulled off the front lines to transport, care for the record number of migrant children and families.
the men and women of c.b.p. have worked hard to manage this crisis while democrats in the house were busy talking about a fake emergency at the border. the administration has taken extraordinary steps like the migrant protection protocols, d.n.a. testing to catch child smugglers and implemented new rules to reduce abuse of our asylum laws. while the president is doing everything in his power to manage the crisis, house democrats have done nothing. they steadfastly refuse to do anything to fix our broken immigration system to protect vulnerable families and children from human smugglers, to reduce the asylum backlog or expand processing and long-term housing. now they want to take away the president's authority to respond to a crisis and prevent another one from happening. it's disgraceful. i urge a no vote on this resolution and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: i recognize the
gentlelady from california for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for three minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise in support of s.j. resolution 54. the president declaring a national emergency in order to deliver on a failed campaign promise is a gross misuse of power and sets a dangerous precedent. ms. brownley: not only is the president's fake national emergency unconstitutional, but he's choosing to undermine actual military readiness by diverting construction funding to the border wall. for instance, president trump is targeting critical military projects, including a california air national guard flight simulator which is intended to train c-130-j pilots who put their lives on the line every day fighting wildfires among many other of
its missions. based in ventura county in my district with over 1,200 highly trained and talented national ard personnel, the 146th airlift wing has been called up to respond to many of our nation's true, true, true national emergencies, including the mendicino complex fire and thomas fire, the largest fires ever recorded in california's history. the 146th airlift wing also responded to the campfire, one of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in u.s. history. across the country, the 146th airlift wing has been a critical component of federal disaster response and humanitarian relief efforts, including in puerto rico in response to hurricane maria, in florida in response to hurricane irma, and in texas in
response to hurricane harvey. stealing the funds for this critical flight simulator will harm readiness and delay necessary training for our air national guard members who risk their lives to save the lives of others. the fact that president trump is willing to undermine military readiness, california's firefighting capabilities and our nation's emergency response efforts is unconscionable. we are talking about potential lives lost. i urge my colleagues to vote for s.j. resolution 54 and end this madeup crisis and fake emergency. what i'm talking about here today is a real emergency. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from oregon reserves the balance of his
time. mr. defazio: i inquire as to the time remaining. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 13 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from oregon reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: thank you, mr. speaker. i have a solution for all of this. the gentlewoman was just talking about an emergency. the chairman of the transportation committee is talking about the coast guard. i will join both of them in making sure that we fund it if they will join me in appropriating $3.7 billion to secure our southern border. if it's an emergency, let's get together and work in a bipartisan fashion. but you know what, this is not about an emergency. this is about talking points. this is about politics. it's about wanting an open border and they know it. but i'm willing to work with them. i see the gentleman from california. i'm willing to work with him on the coast guard. it's his passion. let's fund the coast guard. let's fund the border. we'll get together. i'm going to recognize the gentleman from california for
two minutes, mr. mcclintock. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for two minutes. mr. mcclintock: thank you, mr. speaker. for 43 years, the president of the united states has had the statutory authority granted by this congress to declare a national emergency and to reprogram unobligated military construction funds to meet that emergency. 58 times previous presidents have invoked this authority to address such matters as civil unrest in sierra leone and burma. only when this president invokes his authority for the 59th time to address the most serious national security crisis in our lifetimes, the collapse of our southern border, only then do we hear otests from the left and its disciples in congress. under the constitution, the congress appropriates money but cannot spend it and the president spends money but can't appropriate it. he spends in accordance with the laws given to him by this
congress. in this case, congress appropriated funds delegated to the president precisely the authority to spend those funds that he's now exercising. whether congress should have delegated this authority is a separate question that no one has raised in 43 years. but while that authority exists, the president has both the right and a duty to use it to defend our country. we also hear protests that the president's act will divert money from other construction projects. well, i ask them, what is more important to our nation's defense than the defense of our own borders? a childcare center in maryland? really? . our nation's going to have a serious discussion over whether we wish to continue as a sovereign nation with uniquely american principles and customs that have made us, in lincoln's words, the last best hope of mankind on this earth or whether we will allow the democrats to render our borders
meaningless and reduce our once great nation into nothing more than a vast international territory between canada and mexico. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: i just would comment. the gentleman just said it's insignificant or whatever because he just demeaned a childcare center for the troops at andrews. and he heard of the conditions that those children are living with sewage, mold, collapsed roof. but he doesn't think that's necessary for the troops or the troops' kids. with that i yield one minute to the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. the speaker: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. thank you for making that very important point, mr. chairman, about the quality of life of the families of our men and women in uniform which has been
demeaned by our colleagues. mr. speaker, members of congress take a sacred oath to support and defend the constitution and to protect the american people. today, the house honors that oath with this resolution to defend our national security and our constitution's system of checks and balances, the guardrails created by our founders to safeguard our republic. the president's decision to cancel $3.6 billion for military construction to pay for his wasteful wall makes america less safe. the administration is stealing in s from 127 initiatives 21 countries, 23 states, three territories, stooping so low as to steal from a middle school in fort campbell, kentucky. a recent u.s. air force report shows that the canceling of these projects hurts our national security worldwide,
including in europe, where the president is canceling construction for the european defense initiative, which deterse russian aggression, which deterse russian aggression, the president is canceling that. that makes the russians very happy. the middle east where he's canceling maintenance at a key base to protect our troops from -- in the words of the air force -- hostile penetration in the midst of contingency operations and an increased terrorist threat, end of quote. in the pacific where he's canceling construction on storage facilities in guam for more than $1 billion in munitions, the largest stockpile in the region, and in north america, where he's canceling repairs at a base in alaska which was needed to prevent an explosion that would cause a full evacuation and require millions of dollars to repair. that's the decision, also,
disrespects military families, as our distinguished chair, mr. defazio, mentioned. a coalition of leading education, labor, and veterans' organizations wrote to the president to express their profound concern, their profound concern saying, our troops and their families deserve much better for their sacrifices. the president had said mexico will pay for his wall, not military families. and so the administration's decision also dishonors the constitution by negating its most fundamental principle, the separation of powers, is an assault on our power of the purse. it does great violence to our constitution and our democracy, strikes at the heart of our founders' conception of america, which demands a separation of power. indeed, many white house decisions that have recently come to light show the same disdain and disregard to the
constitution. today, we join the senate -- congratulations to the senate -- in a bipartisan way, they restored our system of checks and balances and reasserted congress' constitutional responsibilities. this issue transcends partisan politics. all members take that oath to protect and defend. we continue to urge house republicans to join us to uphold the constitution and defend and support our national security. i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from alabama, mr. at aderholt. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized for two minutes. mr. aderholt: i thank my friend and colleague from north carolina for yielding. i also want to rise today to ask my colleagues to oppose the joint resolution.
which obviously as has been said will terminate the president's proclamation as he has declared a national emergency on the southern border. as i have previously stated during other debates on this issue, it's clear that there is a national emergency that exists. the american people understand that unchecked and unregulated immigration, which is in violation of our nation's laws, have created a border security and also humanitarian crisis which allows the flow of drugs, human trafficking, and gang members into this country. as well as causing desperate situations that are faced by women and children who make this dangerous journey. furthermore, i think it's important for this debate that we remember and make clear that it is clearly within the authority provided by congress for the president to do this. as an appropriator i understand the importance of congress' responsibility in military construction funding, and i
appreciate the work my colleagues have done on the milcon subcommittee. i had the privilege to be a vice chair of that subcommittee several years ago. i also recognize that congress has to provide the executive branch with reprogramming authority for military construction under 10 u.s. code 2808. this is not the first time this authority has been invoked. president george bush invoked t. president obama invoked it, and i think it was a total of 18 projects between those two presidents, between 2001 and 2004. i think most americans agree with president trump that there is an emergency at the southern border. it's gotten worse in recent years. i ask my colleagues to vote no on this resolution and acknowledge the seriousness of the border security and humanitarian crisis on the border. mr. speaker, i would urge my colleagues to oppose this joint resolution and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama yields back. the gentleman from north carolina. mr. meadows: mr. speaker, may
inquire how much time we have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina has 14 1/2 minutes. mr. meadows: my friends opposite? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon has 11 1/2 minutes. mr. meadows: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: i yield the gentleman from california four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for four minutes. it -- >> thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. defazio. my good friends on the republican side of the aislele, this is really about the constitution. mr. garamendi: madison in the federalist papers wrote that the appropriation power, that is the power of the purse, is the ultimate power that congress has to reign -- rein
in excesses by the president or even by the court. and that's where we are today. it's not that there is an emergency. we can all agree there is a problem. call it an emergency at the border. many others, fires, floods, houston, you name it's not that it. plenty of emergencies. it's not that the president doesn't have the -- shouldn't have the authority and power to declare an emergency and then deal with it. that's not the issue here. the issue here is that this particular emergency declaration by the president was specifically used to circumscribe and to usurp the authority of congress in our power of the purse. keep in mind government was shut down for 35 days because the president wanted money for his wall. we debated it. at the end of that we for priated $1.3 billion border security, including some fences and walls.
of the president signed that bill and then immediately turned around and declared an emergency shortly thereafter, used that emergency power to rip off $3.6 billion from necessary military construction projects around the world, of which $770 million, was specifically designed to push russia back. part of the european reassurance initiative. projects in eastern europe, projects in europe specifically to push putin away. from nato. other projects have been described here. all of them deemed to be essentially important for the security of this nation. that's not all. there's almost $3 billion that came out of the operations of the military so nearly $6 billion of money was ripped out of our military, all of it
necessary for the security of this nation, and repurposed for the border wall. fundamental issue here is not about an emergency. it's not about the emergency powers of the president, although we ought to circumscribe those. this is very much about the way the current emergency power is being used. first, to circumvent the appropriate constitutional and necessary power of the congress to do appropriations. that power should not ever reside with the president, but that's exactly what he's used this emergency appropriation to accomplish. to grab the power of the purse. to take that power, that essential power as madison said, from the congress. most n specifically and dramatically and dangerously
harm the security of this nation. by stopping necessary construction projects that the military says we need to project nato against putin and russia. we ought to pass this simply to regather the power that we must have to be a co-equal branch of government, the power of the purse. we can debate emergencies. we can appropriate money for the border. and we do. but to allow the president to use this power to usurp the fundamental constitutional authority of congress is wrong and therefore we must, we must, we have no choice, if we believe in the work in our oath, we have no choice to pass this resolution. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from's time from california he yields. the gentleman from organize reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: mr. speaker, it's interesting that the gentleman from california would suggest this president ripped this from congress. we willingly gave it to him under section 2808. and you know, the gentleman knows, all too well, that if he didn't want the money going to the border, he could have done a limitation amendment when they passed the funding bill not once, but twice. the same funding bill that the gentleman voted for. he could have put a limitation bill on it this. whole thing about the constitution is actually about a section that has been exercised, not just by president trump but by president barack obama. when president barack obama exercised it, there was not a peep from the other side. not a peep. i'll recognize the gentleman from north carolina for two
minutes. the gentleman from the ninth congressional district of north carolina, mr. bishop. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for two minutes. mr. bishop: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, having taken my seat in this congress on behalf of the citizens of the ninth district only last week, i'm experiencing already that the majority is prone to theater. in this case a showboat for which the majority lacks the 2/3 vote necessary to override a promised presidential veto. but it's the first time i have had an opportunity to vote on it, so i'll take the opportunity to declare the southern border is indeed an emergency. because democrats have sunnedered and blocked effective -- sundered and blocked effective border security for over 30 years. it's not the emergency that's fake. it's this futile vote. it is the sudden professed
concern for men and women of our armed services. we saw it yesterday, the majority's concern for our armed services, when it preferred electronic medical records for illegals over e.m.r. for our vets. our service members know who's protecting their interests and who has their back. and as for me, i'm with the president. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina, mr. meadows, reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: one minute to the gentleman from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. garamendi: my good friend from carolina, you are a true conservative. i know you, i know you well. we have had many, many discussions, and you are a true conservative. and you really do believe in the constitution. you made a most interesting argument that in the legislation that ended the 35
day trump shut down that we should have put into that legislation prohibitions on this. yes, indeed, we should have. had we any idea whatsoever that the president would so abuse the emergency authority as to literally rip away from congress our appropriation powers. keep in mind that we specifically put legislation forward and money forward for the border wall. that solved the 35 day shut down. the president signed that bill. and then used the emergency power that is the subject of this debate and this resolution to usurp our appropriation power. and he did that by going into the military and taking nearly $6 billion. and i understand he's looking for another $10 billion or so from the same source. using the same power. this is a direct attack on our appropriation power. we've got an emergency.
you want to talk about emergency, we are willing to work on emergencies and appropriate the necessary money. i have done so many times. in fact t. there once was an offer first of $20 billion plus dollars for all this. my time has expired. and i'd love to debate you, sir. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from oregon reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: thank you, mr. speaker. the gentleman, i want to make sure i'm addressing you, mr. speaker, but i wanted to highlight one critical part. he's exactly right that the president signed this. if the president had not given the other side the warning that he was going to declare a national emergency, then the gentleman would have had a valid point, mr. speaker. but i can tell you, before the president signed it he said if we do not get the money to secure our border, to secure our southern border, and make sure that communities are safer, i'm going to declare a national emergency. so he put the democrats on notice. that's why all this outrage is
interesting. go back and google it. i promise you that it was on notice. he said i'm going to declare a national emergency. this is not about ripping constitutional power. this is about yielding the power. my democrat colleagues did exactly that. i'm going to recognize the gentleman from arizona who probably knows more about the border than anyone who has spoken previously from our side because he's been down there over and over again. he's the gentleman from arizona, mr. biggs, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized for two minutes. mr. biggs: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding time to me. i'll just tell you, i have spent at least a couple weeks on the border this year alone. multiple times have been in every facility i can find. and i get down there as often as i can. i talk almost daily to folks who live along the border. i get a chuckle if it weren't so doggone serious when i hear people say there is no drugs coming across the border.
we are getting an ocean. i'll tell you one thing. in the tucson sector, 40% of the drugs coming to this country from the south, they come in through the tucson sector. you know why? there are 75 miles of open border. you got one port of entry. that has a fence about a mile and a half each side of it. then single strand barbed wire. you know what's holding it up? it's coming up to the border fencing. it's got a slip knot in case you need to get into the country. you can look at the five paths that come across. they all come right to that place where the slip knot is. i'll tell you one thing, if you got a problem with an emergency declaration, then you just simply don't know what an emergency is. 1.1 million people have surrendered or been apprehended at the border this year.
another million our so we don't even know have come across. we have let 1.2 million people come in legally this year. and you want to tell me you don't have a border crisis? you got opioid addiction and overdoses killing people. you got people coming in unvetted, you have 1,000 people come in from where? the congo. the congo, right through the rio grande valley. i'm telling you something, for you to stand there and say you don't think this is an emergency, means you just simply aren't paying attention. and this president has the authority because congress delegated that authority to the president of the united states of america. and this becomes a true crisis, a true emergency. i just give you one thing -- if i can get 30 seconds. mr. meadows: one minute.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. biggs: i thank the chairman, the gentleman. i tell you one thing. the most remote border entry we have got in the entire country, it's only 9:00 to 4:00. we have three custom agents assigned there. one border patrol that lives there in a double wide mobile home. i won't say what his name is but let's say it's bob. night before i got there, 2:00 a.m., 25 people cartel driven because there's no place 30, 40 miles. that's the nearest town. 250 people dropped up and knocked on the door. bob. we declare asylum. talked to the -- to an agent. he tells me he had been exposed in the last six weeks to hepatitis a, b, and c. measles, mumps, lice, scabies. he said, don't forget, a
skin-eating bacteria they have not been able to identify yet. that's not a border crisis? you don't want to address that? i'm telling you, it needs to be addressed, needs to be addressed today. i thank the president for having the courage to do it. you know what, if you want more money, give him more money for coast guard. i support that. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona's time has expired. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. mr. meadows: mr. speaker, may i inquire as to how much time is remaining? mr. defazio: on both sides. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina has 8 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from oregon has six minutes remaining. mr. meadows: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may consume. my good friend and colleague said that the president said something about declaring an emergency. well, the president says an awful lot of things that he
doesn't do. so i don't know how we are supposed to give credibility to that. he said mexico, he probably said 100 times, more than 100 times, mexico's going to pay for the wall. who's going to pay for the wall? mexico. he would get cheers. he would brighten up, this was so wonderful but, of course, that's not happening. with that i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for two minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker. the gentleman from oregon, i thank you for the time. it may have been 200 times that the president said that mexico would pay for the wall. here we are today and i rise to support h.j.res. 54. $3.6 billion is coming out of your united states military, the men and women, your children, your husbands and wives that you send to farahway places and to the bases where
families live, that is what is happening. now, as a texan and member of the homeland security committee, since the heinous act of 9/11, i probably have been to the border more times than i can count. i've walked across, i've ridden in speed boats, i've watched the officers deal with the issues at the border. and i've asked and watched as they have interdicted drugs. drugs don't come across in the large number across the border. they come through legal points of entry. and our men and women have been very successful in doing that. but let me tell you what we are facing. 1957 structure on the portsmouth, virginia, shipyard known as building 510 have been cited for numerous life safety violations. that's where your young navy personnel are. life safety violations that threaten the well-being of hundreds of workers.
not heavily renovated. the navy warned in the budget request to congress, the building has been labeled a high-risk environment. largely due to fire safety concerns. so you know what they've done, to compensate for the risk of fire, the navy has been reassigning workers to staff roving fire watches around the clock seven days a week. they've been cut out for getting their money. childcare centers have been cut out for men and women in the united states military for getting their money. when we know that border crossings of desperate people are down, and we recognize that this border wall over and over again has been said to be designated as an action of the sovereign nation of mexico. why, then, are the people of the united states, taxpayers voting for something that was promised by someone else? vote for this resolution and help your men and women -- the
men and women in the united states military. stand with them. stand with them. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from oregon reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: mr. speaker, only in washington, d.c., is spending $160 billion more on the defense a cut. the gentlewoman from texas is talking like we cut the defense. we're spending $160 billion more over a two-year period. you ask the military men and women if they are better funded today than they were under the eight years of the barack obama administration and almost to the person they will say yes. this president is standing with the military men and women of this great country. i recognize the gentleman from ohio for two minutes. >> i thank the gentleman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for two minutes. >> i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, this is one more example of the democrats' attacking the president instead of trying to solve the problem. we all know how serious the
problem was. mr. jordan: we've known it for months and months and months. for months we said there was a crisis on the southern border and the democrats said, no, no, no. it's not really a crisis. it's manufactured. it's not real. and then -- even though there was 144 apprehensions in the month of may alone they said, oh, no, no. manufactured. finally, the real crisis got so extreme, even the democrats had to say, you know what, that money the president is asking for, we have to give him a little money, we have to do something here. they put strings on it. they finally agreed there was a real crisis on the border but they limited what the president can do. and never forget, in the broader context, never forget what they have said. they've said abolish i.c.e. members of the united states congress, abolish i.c.e. we had a member from the majority say abolish the whole department. we had the speaker of the house, even though she has a wall in her own state saying walls are immoral. the majority says they're ok with noncitizens voting.
this is the perspective they offer and now they bring this bill. of course we should vote against this thing. of course we should vote against this thing. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. i believe i have the right to close. i'll reserve. i have no further speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: mr. speaker, i recognize the gentleman from the third congressional district of north carolina, one that has actually been a strong advocate for the hurricane relief that has hit his particular district, the new member and my good friend, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. murphy, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for two minutes. mr. murphy: mr. speaker, thank you very much. thank you very much, congressman meadows. the ak this morning on
brave men and women that literally sacrifice their lives to serve a nation. now we have a nation of laws. and now we have that nation of laws and the sanctity of that country threatened. if you look back on the last several republican and democratic presidents of the united states who right from that very seat spoke about our border crisis, they spoke about what they needed to do to keep the sanctity of our borders. yet, nothing was ever done. the american people have complained incessantly on how this congress does not act. it is stalemate. and now we have a president, bold as he is, who's finally acting on this crisis. we are literally overrun by folks from the southern border. yes, there are drugs. i heard that was mentioned from the gentleman earlier. there are drugs that are coming in. but we also talk about human
trafficking. that is the trafficking of young men and women into this country into essential slavery. we now want to open the borders up and have this country become what was previously a nation of laws now become overrun and say that laws are no longer sanctified in this country. ladies and gentlemen, we have a president who's bold, who's recognized what's not been recognized by previous presidents, that we do have an emergency, we do have the need for a physical structure to prevent a physical object from moving from point a to point b. we need a sanctified and we need a secured border. i wish the republicans and democrats would get together and recognize that we do need this for our country and it is truly an emergency. thank you, mr. speaker, for your time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves the balance of the time. the gentleman from north carolina, mr. meadows, reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: as i said earlier, i have the right to close.
i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina. mr. meadows: so, mr. speaker, if the gentleman opposite has no more speakers and is prepared to close, we'll go ahead and give our final remarks. mr. speaker, i think it would be appropriate for me to recognize our fine staff that is here, all those that have prepared the work have done a great job day in and day out. many times our staff is looked at and overlooked. i didn't want this day to go by without recognizing their fine work on this particular subject. mr. speaker, this is -- it should come to no surprise to the american people or to this body why we're here today. every single day, mr. speaker, it becomes clearer and clearer and clearer that the majority is just blindly objecting to anything that this president does. even if those efforts are to serve this nation. the facts are, there is a real
crisis at our southern border, something that even the speaker has recently as june has recognized. so mr. speaker, i think it is important that we come together and we do secure our communities, we do provide the funding, and i'm willing to work with my friends opposite. you know, if we're looking at our coast guard wanting to make sure they have the proper funds, i'm willing to work with them on that. i'm also willing to look at what we need to do to make sure that not only we build a secure southern border but that we apprehend those cartels and those human traffickers that my good friend from north carolina talked about. there is a cost of not doing something each and every day. now my friend opposite wanted to talk about how the president really says things and doesn't do it. i can tell you, this president is very serious about building a wall on our southern border
to secure it. in fact, it is being built right now. this president was very serious about moving the embassy to jerusalem. in fact, the embassy is in jerusalem. this president was very serious about lowering taxes. in fact, we lowered taxes. this president was very serious about making sure our economy hums so that unemployment would reach historic lows. and indeed, he's done that. this is not a campaign promise to build a wall. this is about a campaign promise to secure our communities. in fact, this president has done it. i'm going to stand with him. i ask my friends opposite to work with us on giving the proper funding to make sure we do exactly that. it's high time that we put the interests of the american citizens first, and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: well, again, in response to my good friend, the
president said hundreds of times, mexico's going to pay for the wall. they're not. we have the transcript of a phone call where he called the new president of mexico saying, i know you aren't going to pay for the wall. you can't say it. we'll pay for it. he also talked about moving the embassy to jerusalem. the president was going to deliver a peace plan for the middle east. where is it? there is a lot of things the president said he was going to do and it hasn't happened. you know, getting close to the president is sort of like being in the orbit of a black hole which sucks in everything. and that sucked in a lot of things and a lot of people who have been blown back out at some point by the president. his current current acting chief of staff. i don't know how long he's been acting. a year, year and a half. the president likes them to be acting because he can get rid of them more easily, he thinks. when he had his own opinions, when he wasn't in the orbit of the black hole of donald trump,
he said about walls, mick mulvaney, president's acting chief of staff, you go under, you go around, you go through. what they need is more manpower and more technology. acting chief of staff mick mulvaney said that august 25, 2015, when he had his own opinions when he worked here in the house of representatives. can't have his own opinions anymore. thought a wall was stupid then and wouldn't do anything and he said what we've been saying. e inspect 6% of the semi tractor-trailers that roll across the border, and we have testimony in the conviction of a drug lord, carlos guzman, in new york. we have testimony in that trial. they are bringing the drugs in just boatloads or truckloads -- boatloads, we talked about the coast guard, and truckloads across the border. we only inspect a fraction. so what if we lose a few.
that's a multimillion-dollar business, the cartels. and mick mulvaney said we need manpower. we heard, gee, we have four people at the border crossing in. arizona. we've appropriated more money for more border patrol people consistently year in, year out, but they're way behind in their numbers. they haven't been able to hire up to the numbers we've authorized. . technology, which is what i'm talking about, they don't have that, either. people over there are pooh-poohing childcare centers for the troops in the military and things like that. they don't need t their kids don't need it. really? then there are also -- president is taking hundreds of millions of dollars out of the european defense initiative. i have been to poland recently. d i have seen the sawaki corridor. that is the russian invasion
route into europe. for years it was the faulda gap. sawaki the a wacky -- quarter since germany is reunified. we are going to candles projects in countries to defend that area and give them better capability to defend themselves against russian invasion. tains vlade, that's mr. putin, whatever dictators are called in russia, is buddies with the president. they have secret phone calls, secret conversations that aren't transcripted. the president with withholding money from ukraine to defend itself. but -- now we are going to cut money for our allies, the european defense initiative, to build a stupid, useless wall on the border. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time for debate has expired. pursuant to the rule, the previous question is ordered on the joint resolution. the question is on the third reading of the joint resolution. so many as are in favor say aye.
those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: joint resolution relating to a national emergency declared by the president on february 15, 2019. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the passage of the joint resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the joint resolution -- mr. meadows: we request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes y electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, this is a 15-minute vote, passage of the joint resolution will be followed by a five-minute vote on the motion to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3722, and agreeing to the
speaker's approval of the journal, if ordered. members, this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the nays are 174. the joint resolution is passed. without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. embers, can we have order. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman hold. members. the gentleman from california is recognized. >> thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today with my democratic and republican
colleagues to present to you, to present to this body, a trophy that recognizes something that hasn't been done in over a decade. now, i'm not talking about the 2009 raise the wage act. i'm not talking about the 2009 hate crimes act. i'm not even talking about the creation of the office of congressional ethics in 2009. but what i am talking about is that congress, these congressmen in front of you, actually beat the capital police in football on tuesday night. for the first time in a decade. mr. panetta: now, at the game, mr. speaker, at the game fortunately there were no serious injuries. at practice there was, but not at the game. sore a lot soar -- muscles, but most importantly
we did raise a heck of a lot of money for local charities and the capital police memorial fund. so, mr. speaker, i present this trophy to you, this rather large trophy to you, i present it to this body as a reward for that victory. but also a small reminder of what democrats and republicans can do when we work together. thank you. >> i want to say thank you to everybody standing up here. they came to practices in the mornings. mr. davis: they braved some injuries, special shout out to our colleague who is not here who broke a fibula trying to play for this game. rick, we 34iss you. former members have played, but certainly our pros that helped coach us, john booedy and ken harvey, all of you deserve thanks. please, whenever you see these great capital police officers,
thank them for what they do each and every day for us and for the millions of visitors that come to this institution. but remind them the charities and the winners and make sure they know the members are the victors. i yield back. mr. panetta: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. correa, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3722 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: union calendar number 152, h.r. 3722, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to authorize a joint task force to enhance integration of the department of homeland security's border security operations, to detect, interdict, disrupt, and prevent narcotics such as fentanyl and
other synthetic opioids from entering the united states, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, 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.]
for what purpose does the distinguished minority leader rise? mr. mccarthy: i rise because i'm concerned. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state a purpose. the gentleman is not stated a reason. mr. mccarthy: madam speaker, one of our greatest constitutional responsibilities. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has not been recognized. the gentleman has not been ecognized. the gentleman rises with a question of the privilege of the house, the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: whereas at a press conference on september 24, 2019, speaker of the house nancy pelosi stated, therefore i am announcing the house is moving forward with impeachment inquiry. whereas the rules state that impeachment is normally
instituted by a resolution against the officer in question. whereas in the last 25 years the house has moved forward with impeachment against a federal officer three times. resolution ofby a impeachment by the house. whereas on may 4, 2019, directing the committee of the judiciary to determine whether the house should impeach samuel b. kent, a judge, for the southern district of texas. whereas on january 13, 200 , the house approved house resolution 15, directing the committee on the judiciary to inquire whether the house should impeach g. thomas porteus, a judge for the southern district of louisiana. whereas on october 8, 1998, the house approved resolution 581, authorizing and directing the committee on the judiciary to investigate whether sufficient rounds exist for the impeachment
of william jefferson clinton, president of the united states. of the united states. whereas the committee report to acomp nip house resolution 581 stated, because the issue of impeachment soft such overwhelming importance the committee decided that it must receive authorization from the whole house before proceeding on any further course of action. whereas that report further stated because impeachment is delegated solely to the house of representatives by the constitution, the full house of representatives should be involved in critical decision making regarding various stages of impeachment. whereas the speaker's extraordinary decision to move forward with an impeachment inquiry without any debate or vote on such a resolution by the full house undermines the voting privileges aforded to each member and the constituents they represent, and whereas this uns predened and politically motivated decision by speaker pelosi represents disputed power, now therefore be it resolved that the house of representatives disas of the
actions of the speak of the house, mrs. pelosi of california, to initiate an impeachment inquiry against the duly elected president of the united states. the speaker pro tempore: the resolution presents a question of the privilege os they have house. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland rise? mr. hoyer: i have a motion at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. highwayerer of -- hoyer of maryland moves that the question be laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on laying the resolution on the table. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- for what purpose does the gentleman rise? mr. mccarthy: i demand a recorded vote on this matter. the speaker pro tempore: the -- a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the five-minute vote on the motion to table will be followed by a five-minute vote on
agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal if ordered. [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 motion is adopted. without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the the ayes have it. the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentlelady from oklahoma seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to that my name be removed as co-spon or of h.r. 816. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, ordered. for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin rise? may ask unanimous consent i
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek permission? mr. langevin: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today, it adjourns to meet at 89:00 a.m. on tuesday, october 1, 2019. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the house will be in order. the house will be in order, please. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. langevin: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. langevin: madam speaker, i rise today to honor the career of a pillar of new england's
law enforcement community. don kennedy served with honor in the rhode island state police for 24 years before retiring as a captain in 1998. when he left the force, he did not leave his brethren in blue. rather for more than two decades he's guided the work of the new england state police information network. as the deputy director of field services, he helped departments across the region with investigations and he will be retiring as executive director of the program. don's been a great advocate for the federal regional information sharing services program that helps fund the program. i have learned the immense value of 234e9 working state police resources and my friend, mr. king of new york and i, have helped ensure the program's appropriately funded by congress. don's legacy will live on in the programs he's helped support and the communities made safer by him. i wish him all the best of luck
in this exciting, new, and forthcoming chapter in his life. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? it >> madam speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, ma'am. madam speaker, i rise to recognize september as national recovery month and to celebrate the millions of americans who are recovering from substance abuse. i'd like to thank my colleagues, representative trone, riggleman, kuster, and fitzpatrick for leading this initiative. like so many communities across america, my district in east tennessee has been affected by the ongoing opioid crisis. i'm proud to work with my fellow members in the freshmen working group on addiction to bring attention to the cevaerity of overdoses and how we can support those in recovery. almost 70,000 americans
overdose on drugs each year, and some 23 million americans are recovering from substance abuse. mr. burr shut: -- mr. burchett: health care prode advice must do everything they can to combat this orble addiction and congress needs to play its part. i sponsored the effective drug control strategy act to improve federally funded drug demand reduction programs and prevent addiction before it begins. madam speaker, the house should seriously consider this legislation and the positive impacts it will have on preventing drug addiction. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. members of this house, i want you to join me in congreating chapman university in my district, men's baseball team and head coach for winning the
ncaa division iii baseball national championship. congratulations to the banters. this is their third national championship, the first one, 1968. second one, 2003, and 2011 they were runners up. 2019 here they are. california's 45th district, home of champs. please join me in congratulating chapman university panthers. job well-done. madam speaker, i yield. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. i'm sorry. the chair will remind all persons in the gallery that they are here as guests of the house and that any manifestation of approval or disapproval of proceedings is in violation of the rules of the house. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.
revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize the remarkable and extraordinary life of ira lipman. he was not only a loyal friend, but he was a humanitarian, a successful businessman, and widely respected leader by all. ira was committed to the city of memphis and inspired others to make his hometown a better place to live. he founded his company in the city of memphis which grew into the nation's largest privately held security company. he was recognized as a national leader on all security matters. ira also championed the creation of the memphis shelby county crime commission which for more than 20 years has brought together leaders in business, government, and law enforcement to address the city's crime issues. mr. kustoff: his again rossity, wisdom, and courage were
unparalleled and i'm lucky to be able to call him a friend. the world was a bert place with ira in it. he leaves behind his beloved wife of 49 years as well as three sons. indeed, ira may have rested his head at night on his pell low in new york city, but his heart and soul are in memphis. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. johnson: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in opposition to the expansion of the alcantara launch center in brazil. this agreement between the trump and bol so noro will place afro brazilian families from their land, further disparaging an already marnell untilized community.
brazil's constitution provides explicit protections for the ands and trump and bowl sonaro bolsonaro are -- the expansion of that base on the land will displace some additional 800 families from their actually protected ancestral land. i appreciate america's long-standing relationship with brazil, however, i cannot support policies that dehumanize native people and bring harm to vulnerable communities in brazil. i oppose this agreement and urge my colleagues to do the same. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute.
madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the life and legacy of my dear friend and lubbock legend, e.j., who patched away last saturday. he was the pride of lubbock high school, one of the best texas tech football players of all time. some referred to e.j. as the beast, i called him uncle e.j. because he was one of my dad's best friends at texas tech and a lifelong member of the arrington family. mr. arrington: he was larger than life on and off the field. his stature and strength on the gridiron was only rivaled by the size of his heart for people. e.j. was a true gentleman, a real cowboy. he loved his family, his horses, and all things texas tech. and he is leaving behind a tremendous legacy for west texas. to sandy and e.j.'s girls please know we love you and are praying four. to red raider nation, take off your hats, get your guns out,
and join me in paying tribute to our favorite fearless champion and herculean hero, e.j. "the beast" holland. i love you, uncle e.j. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the incredible performance of schools and students in the 39th congressional district in california. yesterday the department of education recognized 362 schools across the country as national blue ribbon schools for the academic -- for the academic excellence. i'm proud to say that two schools in my district have received that honor. acashea elementary school and robert c. school in fullerton. it's a testament to the outstanding work of the teachers, staff, students, and families who create a culture
of success at our schools. additionally, i want to congratulate the students at thor bow linda unified school district for their 84% pass rate on their advanced placement or a.p. examples. one of the highest in the nation. mr. cisneros: they were included in this district honor roll. less than 3% of school districts across the country have received this honor. as a long time education advocate, it is with immense pride that i stand here able to recognize these schools and their students for their achievements. all of these schools and students are shining examples of academic excellence in the 39th congressional district. worthy of their national distinction. i ask my colleagues to join me in offering my congratulations. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute.
>> madam speaker, for our economy to continue growing, workers need technical skills, the right trainings, and education funding. work force development is a bipartisan goal, strongly supported by both employers and employees. small businesses, manufacturers, trade unions, and industry groups are concerned about the shortage of skilled trade workers. sadly, many seeking technical training are precluded from using qualified 529 education savings plans. and many apprenticeships are not eligible for 529 plans as well. to solve this problem, i'm proud to have introduced h.r. 4469, the american worker force employment act. and i'd like to offer special thanks to my colleagues, mr. jeff van drew of new jersey, ron estes of kansas, and paul mitchell of michigan for co-authoring this legislation. mr. hagedorn: it expansdz of the application of the plans to include expenses leading to post secondary credential, apprenticeships, and purchase
of tools and equipment. these programs have been identified as critical by trade unions and manufacturers, empowering womenmen and women to utilize their own pretax dollars to increase the number of highly trained individuals purr suing and filling work force gaps in manufacturing and skilled labor sectors. i ask my colleagues to support our bipartisan legislation so americans can receive education and technical training to pursue their dreams and expand our economy. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. and extent and revise my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. mr. van drew: i'm here today to bring attention to the american worker force empowerment act. which i worked on with my friend from minnesota,
congressman jim hagedorn. this is a bipartisan solution and i hope everybody heard those words, bipartisan, to address the growing shortage of skilled workers to fill jobs opening the technical and skilled trades. small businesses are in need of machinists, welders, truck drivers, and an array of other qualified trades and labor intensive professions. we should do everything we can to incentivize technical skills training and apprenticeships for those who like to work with their hands and see the product of their hard work. the bipartisan american work force empowerment act expands these programs, eligible for payment by 529 savings plans, and by making registered aprebtissships -- apprenticeships eligible, we can more easily and readily close the wide gap of good paying position that is have gone unfilled in our robust
economy. i urge my colleagues to co-sponsor h.r. 4469, we need to expand our work force, and this is a great way to do it. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize bedford county sheriff mike brown and his wife, liberty university professor dr. janet brown, for their tireless efforts to combat human trafficking and human sexual slavery throughout the world. they founded a foundation with the mission to educate youth and teens about the dangers of the internet and social media. in may they were invited to present a program they developed called cyber safety while accessing technology, cyber swat, to the global sustainability network at the vatican.
it uses the social cognitive theory where youth learn by emulating the behavior of their peers. students receive training and design presentations for their classmates about online threats. the response was outstanding. since then it's been implemented in eight other high schools across the country. cyber swat has the potential to not only save lives in the united states but around the world. i want to thank the brown nares efforts to protect the next generation by teaching them internet safety and i look forward to the continues success of the cyber swat program. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: i rise today to recognize september 27 as national chocolate milk day. chocolate milk is adored by
millions of americans nationwide and it's a favorite among children. 70% of the milk children consume is flavored with chocolate being the most popular. why? because chocolate mill sk low in fat, high in nutrients and packed with flavor. milk consumption has been declining and when the national student lunch program reniveed most popular and nutritious options from the schools to serve on fat-free milk the numbers continued to drop. this was partially reverse bed the usda when the decision was made to allow 1% flavored milk back in school lunches. to build on this momentum i introduced this ewhole mill if healthy kids act earlier this year to allow whole milk, flavored and nonflavored, to be offered in the program because children can greatly benefit from the essential nutrients whole milk provides. with that i'd like to encourage my colleagues to celebrate national chocolate milk day accordingly and i yield back the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise to reflect on what could have been accomplished in the past nine months on this house floor. the list is staggering. border security and illegal immigration reform. lower drug costs and lower premiums and deductibles for families. correcting surprise billing. make the middle class tax cut perm nene. passing a robust infrastructure an transportation bill. promoting free, fair, reciprocal trade globally and pass the -- passing the united states-mexico-canada agraeme and other america first but not america alone trade agreements which will grow our domestic industry in agricultural exports. mr. mousser: democrat leadership -- . meuser: democratic
leadership has wasted the last nine months of investigations. every investigation has produced the same result, nothing. the majority party has wasted its own time and much more seriously the time of the people that sent us here. house democrats are now grasping at one last desperate effort, an impeachment inquiry over a baseless, second hand account. they choose to push a presumption of guilt where evidence is nonexistent and it's an embarrass. for our country. may god continue to bless the united states of america. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. , year ago on october 2 volusia county, florida, lost one of its greatest public servants, dorothy heugel. sheafs servant leader who dedicated more than two decades
of her life serving our community, working tirelessly to improve the lives residents in our area. she served as councilwoman before becoming mayor of port orange. she then headed to the florida house of representatives, it was there that she fought for education and financial literacy, encouraging high school students to take courses on money management. dorothy didn't care about the spotlight. she preferred to be quiet, yet effective. she was always on her a-game and she truly cared about her constituents. dorothy didn't see people as republicans, democrats, or independents, she understood the need to work with everyone and she truly cared about her community and the people she represented. dorothy would put up welcome signs for people in our community who often planned nths in advance to travel to florida's capital in tallahassee.
sheafs true example of a servant leader. she fought to inspire others to make our community a better place. and she is missed dearly. it is my honor to recognize her on the floor of the house of representatives. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom colorado seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to invite my colleagues to join my cause, designating september 20, 19, as school bus safety and security month. earlier this month, i introduced a resolution to honor and show my appreciation to the more than half a million school bus drivers across the country. over 26 million children rely on the public school transportation to get them safety to and from school each year and september is the perfect month to thank these drivers for kirpge kids
safe as they return to school. in rural districts like colorado's third congressional district many of these drivers find themselves driving great distances, facing inclement weather, wildlife and other hazards that make driving difficult. yet they work tirelessly to ensure safe transportation of our children. madam speaker, i would also like to commend the child safety network for their 30 years of commitment to america's children and promoting this resolution. i'm truly appreciative of their advocacy on behalf of school safety and i thank my colleagues who have joined as co-sponsors for this important resolution. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. today i ask the house's attention to recognize the 50th anniversary of the talladega 500 super speedway in talladega, alabama. in the mid 1960's, nascar's
funner envisioned a bigger and faster track on the nascar circuit. after meeting with local race car driver and fan bill ward in aniston, alabama, the location was selected for the track and he ground breaking ceremony at alabama international motor speedway took place on may 23, 1968. the first race, the talladega 500, was held on september 14, 1969, with richard brickhouse winning that race. i had the good fortune to be in attendance that day with my dad. the race played a major reel -- role in nascar history as many of the top stheefers sport backed out the day before the race due to coverpbes tire wear on the 200-mile-per-hour track. mr. france said the are race would go on and directed -- recrewed drivers from the bama 400 the day before to replace them. the talladega super speedway is the most competitive track on
the schedule, the highest banks and most fan friendly. join me in recognizing the an verserer -- anniversary of thal day ga super speedway. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. mcnerney: i ask unanimous consent that members have five days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection so ordered. mr. mcnerney: thank you. madam speaker, i rise to recognize the dedicated public servant and professional aide who has been instrumental in helping me serve the constituents of california's ninth and 11th congressional districts.
he was hob nored as a 40 around 40 awardee. he began his service in my stock hohn office as a field representative when i was first lebted in 2007 and he developed the first major congressional foreclosure assistance workshop in the country that helped more than 500 residents and hundreds more through subsequent housing workshops. he also organized dozens of congress at your corner events and several other events throughout my district. for his contributions to the
residents of san joaquin county, jody was featured in the san joaquin magazine, five people under 30 to watch for edition, as a chargeemaker. after working in the stockton office for four years he was promoted and relocated to my washington, d.c. office in 2011. he was promoted again in 2015 to senior legislative assistant. during his time in my office he worked on several legislative initiatives and two wills that were signed into -- two bills that were signed into law. i ask my colleagues to join me in recognizes him for his contributions to our community and for his invaluable public service over the past 12 years. madam speaker, at this time i'd like to yield the remainder of my time to the gentleman from olorado.
mr. neguse: i want to thank the gentleman for -- from california for his -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. under the speaker's announced the y of january, 2019 gentleman from colorado is recognized for the remainder of the hour. mr. neguse: thank you, madam speaker. i also want to thank the gentleman from california for his courtesy and of course to the majority leader. madam speaker, i rise today to call attention to a failure of government. a failure of our government to a promise to set regulatory guidance in a timely manner. a failure of our government to adequately prepare the american people for natural disasters and provide relief for suffering
communities. i happen to represent the great state of colorado, the second congressional district. my state is no stranger to catastrophic weather events. exacerbated by the dangers we face from the threat of climate change, we regularly experience forest fires, tornadoes and other disasters. six years ago we experienced historic flooding, most severely impacting boulder county and lair mar county, both counties in my district. in september of 2013, we were unin-- inundated with heavy rainfall, up to 15 inches of rainfall in one week in some areas. the result was devastating flooding across the front range of colorado. the storms took the lives of 10 coloradans and caused nearly $4 billion in damage across 21 counties in our state. the most expensive disaster in colorado's history. rivers and creeks overflowed,
water seeped into the homes of thousands and displaced 18,147 people across our state. roads and bridges, as you can see here, were completely washed out. and much infrastructure was destroyed. my district as i mentioned contains two of the counties that were the hardest hit by these events, boulder and larimer counties. today, more than six years later, many of these communities have still not been able to fully recoverer from the flooding. rebuilding from a disaster this severe is a lengthy and expensive process. however, it is made more difficult by federal grant regulations set by the federal emergency management agency or fema, which requires cities and counties to rebuild infrastructure in the exact same way it had been built before the
disaster in order to qualify for reimbursement. now, these counties were to rebuild the roads and bridges that were destroyed in the flood the same way that they were originally built, it would put communities at risk at of future disasters once again. so there is a lack of clarity and consistency for these cities and counties as well as countless other cities and counties across the country in fema's curb determination of the counties made an adjustment and wanted to improve their nfrastructure, not infrastructure, not just rebuild the same road right next to a river that would be washed out again with the next flood. now the good news, madam speaker, is that congress has
already acted in a bipartisan way to show we understand this problem. intion 1235 passed last year 18 and it required that fema issue interim guidance based on the latest codes and standards within 60 days of that law being enacted. so just to give you a sense of the context in terms of time, the law was signed by the president on october 5, 2018. it has been almost an entire year since this bill was signed into law and yet fema has issued no interim guidance. i understand, i get it. i recognize that it may take longer than 60 days, maybe 90 an , maybe 120 days but
entire year? this endanger not just the financial security of counties in colorado that have millions of dollars at risk based on the pending project determinations but it demonstrates a fundamental failure by the united states government. there is simply no excuse for the extensive delay which fema has taken in shoing this interim guidance. illions of dollars are at risk out. unties to find there are people who are at fema are protecting communities across our country. i would just implore the agency and we have communicated this directly to the agency that it should not have taken six years for communities to fully rebuild their infrastructure after a flood and it should certainly not be be caused by delays from red tape at the federal level. so i would urge fema, promises
were made by the agency to get this rulemaking done sm. i would urge them to take action to issue this guidance. in the last few days of september as they promised. we have a few more days until the month concludes. my constituents are waiting. the counties are waiting, the country is waiting. so i ask fema to not allow for any other days. and with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. does the gentleman from colorado have a motion? mr. neguse: i would move to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted, accordingly the house stands adjourned until 9:00
follow the house live here on c-span. >> saturday at 2:00 p.m. eastern, historians talk about the lessons learn fled recent -- the reconstruction period after the civil war. >> the concept of whiteness before the civil war was a barrier of exclusion when states said, only white men can vote, whiteness was therefore used to exclude others. but in the civil rights act, whiteness becomes a baseline. if white people enjoy certain legal rights, everybody else has to enjoy those rights also. >> and at 8:00 on lectures in history, the deindustrialization of the united states in the 1970's and 1980's and sunday at 2:00 p.m. eastern, the psychological impact of flying on world war i pilots. and at 7:00, women in the apollo program and the challenges they faced. >> there were cameras all over the place but there was -- they're supposed to be on the room as a whole, this camera was just on me, i had no idea houpping it had been on me.
i didn't say anything about it. we didn't know the term sexual harassment or hostile work force. there's two different ways to think about that. one is that, you know, it's a little voyeuristic on the part of the dudes watching you and it is sort of harassing and uncomfortable. the other way to think of it is, so let them look and let them all know, let everybody who is not in damn room know there's a woman here, i'm here, get used to it. [applause] >> explore our nation's past on american history tv, every weekend on c spab 3. -- on c-span3. >> sunday night on "q&a" as the house lanches a formal impeachment inquiry into president trump, here from james banner, editor of the book "presidential misconduct" and one of the roycetorians who worked on a report commissioned by the house judiciary committee
in 1974 on the impeachment inquiry into richard nixon. >> john dorr who had been appointed council thought of the utility of a report like this and turned to his friend, van woodward and asked woodward to be the kind of commander in in f of a project chief of a project of preparing such a report. which was unprecedented, as van said in the introduction to the original volume. >> 1974. >> and he asked three people to be his field generals and they identified and recruited about 12 historians to write one, two, or three stretches of that many presidencies. and i was chosen to be one. we had eight weeks to do it. it was a day before facts, before email -- before fax, before emails, before digitization, it was done by telephone and by mail we feel managed to do it in eight weeks and