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and then i let -- left the republican party after what happened there. host: thanks for spending a little time with us this morning. we appreciate it. the house is coming to session. there could be a vote on the infrastructure bill at some point. thanks for being with us. we will see you tomorrow. ker pro teore: the use will bin order. the c layforehe hou a mmunion om the eaker. the clerk: thepeaker'sms, washington,. november 4, 2021. hereoint the honable ank mrvan to act as speer pro oron thiday. signed, nancyelosi, speak of the house ofreatives. the speaker o teore: rsuant to the order t house of january 4 21,he airilnow regnize mbers from l subtted by the majori and minority leaders for rng ho debat the chair alterna coition beeen t parties. withheime equally alloced betweee paies and each member oer thanheajority
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minority wp limited to five debate continubend1:50a.m. the chair rognis the geleman om california, . intock, for fi minutes. mr. mcclintock: mr. speaker, the president hasn't mentioned afghanistan since he turned the phased conditional withdrawal under trump into an unconditional surrender to the taliban. nor has he found the time to see much less admit the chaos that his policies have produced by collapsing our southern border. yet putting these things out of sight and mind doesn't change the dangers they have unleashed. i am afraid together they pose a terrifying prospect for our country that americans should prepare themselves to face in coming days.
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trump's phased withdrawal included keeping bagram air base. this strategic asset assured u.s. airpower could be projected throughout the region as both a bulwark to support the afghan defense forces and to deter the extremist regimes throughout the middle east. in addition, bagram included the detention facility that held under afghan control between 5,000 and 7,000 hardened terrorists. instead mr. biden ordered and his woke generals executed a surprise abandonment of bagram in the dead of night without even notifying our allies. it took the afghan government by complete surprise and set off a shock wave that resulted in the rapid collapse of afghan forces and in turn this meant not only the loss of billions of losses of military equipment to the forces that attacked us on 9/11, but also the release of the most dangerous terrorist in the world. we know where one of those
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terrorists went. 10 days later he detonated a bomb in the airport in kabul killing 13 of our service men and women including a constituent of mine. sergeant nicole gee of roseville, california. that's what one of them did. we still don't know where are the thousands of other terrorists released from bagram or the plans they are pursuing. but i think it's a very good bet more than a few of them are making their way right now to our open southern border. we know the border patrol has intercepted a number of known terrorists already. the government of panama told congressman gonzalez of texas that it intercepted 52 known terrorists with intent to make their way into the united states and tried in vain to warn the biden administration. what we don't know is how many have already infiltrated our country among the tens of thousands admitted by the biden administration since the surrender of bagram. we don't know how many more are
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among the got aways who escaped the border patrol while it's been overwhelmed processing the masses who responded to biden's open border invitation. nor do we know how many radicalized taliban or isis k are among the nearly 100 thousand evacuees being admitted to the united states from offing. the homeland security secretary informed us that it's not necessary for them to show that they assisted u.s. forces, but only that they don't know of any hostile actions that they have committed. in other words, if we don't know who they are or what they plan, that is sufficient for a permanent residence in the united states. americans should brace themselves for what is surely coming. if these terrorists unleashed because of the president's policy in afghanistan are able to make their way into our country because of the president's immigration policy, i am afraid that the price paid by innocent americans will be horrendous. the mass bombings we read about
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in other countries may soon arrive on our shores, if they do the responsibility will rest squarely with the president, his administration, and his apologists both in public office and the press. on october 14 i requested mr. mayorkas to provide the number of foreign nationals encountered on our southern botheredder by national it, the number in the terrorist screening database, and whether any were imprisoned at bagram. as of this date we have received no response. mr. president, wake up. this terror is coming. for all we know it's already on its way, for all we know it is already here. for god's sakes secure our border. start enforcing our immigration laws. fully vet any asylum claims or refugees before they are admitted into our country or else be prepared to bear the full condemnation of history for the terrors you will have set in motion against your country and your countrymen betraying the
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highest trust in the land. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to address their remarks to the chair and not to a perceived viewing audience. with that the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. mr. quigley: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, author and historian timothy snyder said in his book on tyranny, 20 lessons from the 20th century, that history does not repeat but it does instruct. indeed, we must constantly work to preserve our democratic institutions from those who wish to threaten them. because one of the most powerful instructions or lessons from the last century is that democracy is deeply fragile. and more importantly, it can trend and fall into authoritarianism. there are those in is country ignoring the lessons of the past
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or worse. some of the most popular news programs, facebook groups, and social media networks are those that spread deliberate or neglect misinformation for partisan gains. sure for financial gain especially. in 2018 the american institutional competence poll found that only 69% of americans believe democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government. the remaining 31% either reported that they were open to authoritarianism, under some circumstances, or they were so disillusioned with politics that the type of government didn't matter. while 69% may not seem alarming, it is nearly the same number of hungarians that reported that democratic values such as multiparty elections were very important. the same year that -- autocratic hewn gairian prime minister
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began his assent to power. american conservative pundits have been praising him for his brand of strong man authoritarianism for months. while his role has been marked by state controlled media, restrictions on lgbtq and immigrant communities and suppression of free speech, a free media and political opposition. despite his assault on global democratic values, conservative commentators, here at home have endorsed his policy and have held him up as an example of what americans should look for in a leader. these pundits have raised him for rejecting immigrants and refugees have embraced his brand of ethnoreligious nationalism. this praise for auto-- autocratic leaders and authoritarianism -- perhaps what happened in hungary and manipulation of political institutions could not happen here. but one of the important lessons of the trump presidency is that
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we cannot afford to be complacent. over the past four years we watched media and leaders on the right excuse or even support former president trump as he leaned into authoritarianism and incited violence. during his time in office the president's actions often echoed those of strongmen like orban. he used his office to target political rival, including the efforts in ukraine that ultimately led to his impeachment. treated the department of justice as his own personal police force. violently put down protests against him. used the presidency to enrich himself. and embrace political strongmen across the globe. intentionally inflamed political tensions to his own benefit. i believe history can and should continue to inform us. but we don't have to look back very far. the trends developing around the world and in our own country are warning about the threat of authoritarianism. at a time when political polarization has led to violent
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attacks on democratic institutions across the country, and in this very room, it is reckless to be feeding into these dwilingses. divisions. they are preying on deep ideological divides in this this country and followers' fierce. they exploit ang sit and concerns over immigration and globalization, they advocate for society with the voitses of those who offer different opinions are threatened or silenced. a poll released by the public religion research institute found that 40% of those who subscribe to the farthest right media agree with the statement, that, quote, true american patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save this country. these statistics should be alarming to all of us. but to those who pedal -- peddle in harmful rhetoric are using the trends towards authoritarianism to their cynical advantage. authoritarianism thrives on polarization and uncertainty. those who exploit it not repair
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these cracks and our democracy do so for the purpose of increasing their own power. we must recognize their true intentions and work to preserve the democracy they seek to threaten. all media outlets have an obligation to present orban and others like them as they are, repressive demagogues who threaten liberty and rule of law. we must continue to recognize our common interest and those that have made our country the envy of the world. our freedoms of expression, economic mobility, and our deep cultural business. orban's rule is a warning to all of us. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, mr. norman, for five minutes. mr. norman: mr. speaker, i rise today to enter into the 117th congressional record an example of service beyond the call of duty of two surgeons and an amazing team of nurses and staff shall working at the hospital
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located in charlotte, north carolina. on sunday, august 22, 2021 enjoying a relaxing day at a family farm, our 5-year-old brandson got his hand entangled in a steel western located at the front of a four wheeler while attempting to pull a canoe out of a bond. i was table to -- able to pull his hand out of the western before his entire arm would have been severed but not before his index finger was severed and attached only by a single artery and middle finger remained attached but all vains, bones, and joints were shattered. i wrapped his hand in a towel and drove to the emergency room where he spent three hours before the ambulance transported him to the children hospital located in charlotte, north carolina. the ambulance arrived at the lavine children hospital at 9:00 p.m. it was there that dr. dan louis, a faculty member of ortho carolina and member of the american association of hand
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surgeons, and dr. keith nord had instructed the staff at the emergency room at piedmont medical septre on the medical procedures to take while blair was being transported to the lavine's children hospital and who was a specialist in hand surgery and serving a fellship at the hospital -- fellowship at the hospital examined blair and scheduled him immediately for emergency surgery that night. the expedient and easy determination for these doctors to make would have been to amputate both fingers as the loss of two fingers was not life threatening and the surgery involved attaching the index finger, which was dangling by a lone vain which was the size -- vein which was the size about the fourth of the width of a human hair and reconstructing the middle finger which was completely shattered. the decision was made to attempt to save the two fingers and perform a surgery that lasted
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over five hours beginning on a sunday night at 11:30 p.m. and ending at 4:30a.m. blair stayed in the hospital for eight days, august 22 through august 29 where he had a medical leech therapy a rarely used treatment prescribed by dr. louis which provided the necessary suction for attaining adequate blood flow for the severed finger. the doctors and the entire nursing staff went above the call of duty to take part in a successful surgery lasting over five hours into the middle of the night in order a 5-year-old boy could have a normal hand with all five fingers. the two weeks of post op care by dr. louis and dr. nord was exceptional and blair now has the full use of two once damaged fingers on a fully functional hand. the dedication and passion that dr. louis and dr. nord demonstrated along with the
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nurses and staff where they were willing to sacrifice their time and use their medical talent to perform a surgery that had a minimal chance of success was a testament to the age-old statement, service above self. dr. dan louis and keith nord are a living testimony of the hippocratic oath which they swore to uphold as medical professionals in the ending statement read, may i always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling. and may i long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help. may god may god bless the nurses and staff that made this surgery a total success. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from wisconsin, ms. moore, for five minutes. ms. moore: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i rise today to discuss something that's very, very important to me as public policy but something that's really personal to me. and that is the federal trio program. the trio programs are a set of higher education initiatives organized under the higher education act of 1965 that provide an educational opportunity to first generation low income students. you see, in 1969 at age 18 as a high school senior, i became pregnant with my first daughter. and because of the outreach as a college bound student suddenly feeling i was derailed from my prospects and my future. but the outreach of the trio programs at marquette university
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enabled me to get a high quality education at marquette university else i might have slipped through the cracks. you see me standing here today as a member of congress but even prior to that i contributed greatly to my community because of my educational opportunity as someone who created affordable housing through our state agency, put together a financial institution, a credit union for low income communities to fill the financial gaps and contributed in so many other ways. by the way, that daughter is a special education teacher today. but without trio support, i wouldn't be here and so many other millions of young people who are talented, but they are just poor and don't have the family background to enable them
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to get to college. access to quality and affordable education can change your entire life because a college education is one of the greatest democratizers and greatest equalizers in our democratic society and that's why it's been the honor of my career to be the co-chair of the bipartisanship trio here in congress and am ready to pay it forward for the next generation. i'm proud to introduce a resolution along with my co-chair, mike simpson, in recognizing november 8 as national first generation celebration day, a day that commemorates the signing of the higher education act of 1965 by president lyndon bainesjohnson. and i want to thank the many
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members who signed on to our resolution, especially our senate co-sponsors, senator warnock, a trio alum, and senator marshall, a first generation college graduate as well. you know, i would be remiss if i didn't take this opportunity to highlight how the build better back -- build back better act will help advance the goals of more first generation and students of modest means get to college and be able to benefit from the programs like trio to help ensure that they graduate and gain the skills necessary to participate in our ever, ever complicated economy. and without efforts to make higher education affordable and reducing the debt burden on our students, i'm afraid many students will never have the benefit to from trio. we need to do more to make sure the cost is not a barrier to quality higher education and
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that's why i think the build back better effort, and i just want to call out chairman bobby scott for all the work he did and increasing the maximum pell grant to help low income students get to college. it's clear pell grants haven't kept up with the rising costs of college and would provide $500 million over seven years for grants for states and institutions of higher education and tribal communities and universities to improve student outcomes including enrollment retention, completion and employment placement. and so i just thought it was important to say that when the build back better bill gets to the floor, we should all support it for the educational initiatives that are in it. but the story of trio is a remarkable one that benefits students of all races, creeds, colors, genders, veterans. it ought to be celebrated and urging that when it comes to the
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floor you support the bipartisanship resolution to celebrate national first generation day, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. arrington, for five minutes. mr. arrington: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize a trusted leader in lubbock county and a man i'm blessed to call a dear friend, sheriff kelly rowe. he was recently elected by his peers to be president of the sheriff's association of texas. i can think of no better texas law man to represent the character and noble calling of the law enforcement profession and the central tenet of free society law and order of kelly rowe. sheriff rowe served in the united states army, the texas national guard. he's been part of the sheriff's department since 1999 but he's been our sheriff for the last
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decade. unfortunately, mr. speaker, law enforcement in texas is under tremendous strain as they work to protect our citizens and secure a southern border which is in complete chaos as a result of our president's failure to defend the country and our president's failure to uphold the laws of the land as unprecedented numbers of crime, drugs, and gangs poor through our open border, our law enforcement officers have never been more important to the safety of our neighborhoods and our families. sheriff rowe is a leader among his colleagues and the lone star state is safer and stronger as a result of this service. mr. speaker, i'd also like to thank his lovely wife nola and their family for sharing selflessly kelly with our communities. law enforcement, as you know, is
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a family commitment, a family sacrifice. so congratulations, sheriff rowe, on this great honor. we're incredibly grateful for your service and extremely proud of your leadership contributions to west texas and beyond. god bless the men and women in blue, god bless america, and go west texas. mr. speaker, i would like to congratulate brian mud on 20 years of service at cammack which is a local television station in lubbock and his education of keeping the citizens informed of what's happening at home and across this country has been invaluable to west texas. buy and his wife sherry are servant leaders who go above and beyond their work to give of their time and talents to support many causes and multiple nonprofits in our community, and i know their fellow west texans and i am deeply grateful for their efforts. i alps appreciate brian and his
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commitment and excellence in journalism and his unwavering dedication to bringing timely, fair and balanced news to the people of west texas. i'm proud to represent brian and his family in our nation's capitol, mr. speaker. god bless you, brian, my dear friend, congrats, go west texas. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will recognize the gentlewoman from texas, ms. escobar, for five minutes. ms. escobar: mr. speaker, congressional democrats have been focused on working with president biden to deliver long overdue investments for the american people and for our future. we started earlier this year with the american jobs act which got critical resources, including vaccines into our communities and put money in people's pockets. we helped struggling businesses and schools and we did so much more. now we are on the cusp of
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passing two bills that will enormously improve the lives of all americans. the build back better act and the bipartisanship infrastructure investment and jobs act. these two bills together will rebuild america's aging and failing infrastructure, create jobs, cut taxes, and lower costs for families, protect and recognize the contributions of immigrants, tackle the climate crisis, and so much more. mr. speaker, my district of el paso, texas, has long suffered from chronic poverty due to lack of action to many resources and economic opportunities on health care, my state of texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation. in my community of el paso, a quarter of my residents have absolutely no health insurance whatsoever. on climate, el paso has seen the second highest increase in
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average temperatures over the past 45 years with the number of 100-degree days predicted to double. on family care, nearly half of people, 48% of people, live in a childcare desert with no access to childcare whatsoever. on education, in my state of texas, your education and the amount of money invested in k-12 kids depends on your zip code and where you live. the historic investment that we will be making with both of these bills will strengthen health care access to texas families by expanding medicaid coverage for those who have been denied. it will -- they will protect our communities from the consequences of the climate crisis by helping us lower emissions, advancing a clean energy economy, and advancing
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environmental justice. these bills will support families with the child tax credit which will benefit 173,000 children in el paso alone. in addition to the investments in childcare, home health care, paid family and medical leave, work force development, and universal pre-k which is probably the best predictor for school success and for kids who end up going to college. my community needs that. my kids in el paso deserve that. americans everywhere need this help and support and they need it now. these investments are fully paid for. they will not add to the deficit. and because these expenditures represent less than 1% of our g.d.p. over the next decade, and because they are paid for in
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part by making corporations and the wealthiest americans pay their fair share, the build back better act will not increase inflation. i am so proud to have played a role in crafting these bills. i am so proud to advance them and ensure that they uplift el paso families, improve our economy, and help save our planet. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. flyinger, for five minutes. mr. flyinger: thank you, mr. speaker, i rise in support of veterans day and thank those who served. you'll see some faces on here and i'm going to highlight five individuals from my district in west texas among the thousands who offered to serve. many of these are part of the greatest generation and this is the greatest country in the world because of their
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sacrifices. i rise today to recognize a world war ii hero, mr. bill womack of midland, texas, who celebrated his 100th birthday this year. mr. pfluger: he joined the army immediately after high school and after the pearl harbor bombing, mr. womack became a utility man stationed in north africa and europe. he is one of the legendary texas liberators, a group of 488 texans who fought against the nazi regime to liberate jewish prisoners and is a group of heroes who first breached the concentration camp at dachau and helped bring many to safety. countless lives were saved because of the selflessness of mr. womack. i rise today to highlight a hero of mine, mr. phil george of st. angelo, texas, a distinguished veteran and university basketball coach. mr. george is a legend in my hometown of st. angelo, a
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veteran of not only world war ii and korea but also of vietnam where he spent years as an incredibly skilled fighter pilot. when the nation called he answered multiple times. i cannot overstate the sacrifices he made professionally and in his community after his service in the military. : he's a mentor to so many and he leaves a legacy to this day of the selfless ability to lead others, to motivate others, to a life of service. his torreys are incredible. his faith in god is palpable. and his love for his late wife and entire family are inspiring. in addition to his record of service, he has an incredible record as a basketball coach and athletic director at angelo state utah. i want to thank him for his service to this nation. mr. speaker, i rise to recognize mr. maynard schwartner to spent
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his entire life in service his country both in vietnam and back at home as a well driller in vietnam he spent his time providing clean water for civilians and the military. back at home he dedicated his life to serving fellow veterans, that includes helping establish veteran veterans chapters, memorials, and support groups. he's a distinguished member of the commute who lives a life dedicated to supporting our nation and our armed forces. mr. speaker, i rise to recognize mr. torres for his service in world war ii. he was part of the second wave of the d-day envision at normandy. the legendary amphibious invasion that turned the tide of the war and led the allies to liberate europe. tragically when trekking through the wore torn -- war torn europe he was struck by enemy shaheen guns and survived his injuries and honorably discharged but not
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before earning many medals. he is in his 90's today. and he hopes to visit normandy and i hope can he do that. mr. speaker, i rise to recognize mr. j.l. stevens, a west texan of world war ii veteran who also took part in both the normandy invasion on d-day and the invasion of okinawa. his service to this country was inspired at the age of 17 as he enlisted in the navy. with the desire to follow in the footsteps of his brother. his sacrifice helped create a safer world for his two daughters, six grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. mr. speaker, i think it's important for us to recognize the service of all of these service members. as we approach veterans day, these are just a few stories amongst many bipartisan in all of our districts. my hope is this country can look to the service of these, many of whom are part of the greatest
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generation, and we can realize that this is the greatest country in the world, but it's not without sacrifice. it's these folks and it's their families' sacrifice who brought us together and once again i believe that going forward, veterans just like these will continue to bring us together. it's my challenge to everybody in this body and all across the united states that we recognize our veterans service and their families' sacrifice's we approach veterans day. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. boyle, for five minutes. mr. boyle: thank you. mr. speaker, we stand on a precipice in which shortly we are about to deliver truly a once in a generation piece of legislation. action that will lower the everyday costs that burden working families. in my district in pennsylvania
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and throughout the nation. from health care to childcare and more. and fully paid for by making corporations anti-richest .1 pay their fair share. here's what it does. first, lower health care costs. negotiating lower drug costs for seniors, halting phrma's outrageous price hikes well above inflation. expanding the affordable care act to make coverage more affordable for those who buy their own insurance. second, lower childcare and family care costs. expanding the basic promise of free schooling in america for the first time in a century with universal preschool for all 3 and 4-year-olds. this is so critical. in my state of pennsylvania the commonwealth of pennsylvania, only 16% of 3 and 4-year-olds
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have access to universal pre-k. it also will splash families' childcare costs, extend the landmark biden child tax cut. which helped reduce child poverty in this country this year by 50 years of -- 50%. and will expand access to affordable home care for older adults and those with disabilities. third, we are talking about the largest investment to combat the climate crisis in our nation's history. cutting pollution, reducing energy costs, creating good-paying jobs with a transformational investment to ensure america leads the worldwide clean energy economy. why would we want china to take the lead on that? they are already investing a ton of money in clean energy. it's time for the united states to catch up and take the lead. we are the number one country, but in order to remain the number one country, we have to
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get with it when it comes to where the jobs will be in this century. the build back better act lowers costs and fights inflation because, and i hope everyone hears this, it is fully, 100% paid for. not one american who makes under $400,000 a year will pay one extra dime in taxes. not one. in fact, many, especially those families with children, will see their taxes go down. mr. speaker, i want to paraphrase, and i hope i have the quote exactly right, i'm going on memory, but i remember when i was growing up in pennsylvania some decades ago in the 1980's our goff was bob casey sr. legendary figure in pennsylvania politics. he once said, what did you do when you had the power?
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that is the question that will be asked of all public servants. what did you do to help people when had you the power? that's what the build back better act is about. answering that question. delivering in all of these measures i just cited. once this passes the house, passes the senate and signed into law, it will truly be the most important domestic bill in my lifetime. it will help ordinary people from the second congressional district of pennsylvania to all 435 congressional districts in this nation. working families deserve it. if you look at how hard it is today to achieve the american dream, we know based on statistics that working families and middle class families are struggling out there. yes, the unemployment rate is
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coming down. we are in such a better position right now than where we were a year ago. every single statistic supports that. but it's not enough. we need to build back and we need to build back better. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse, for five minutes. mr. newhouse: it -- i apol ghiez. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. mr. joyce: mr. speaker, i rise to address the house and ask unanimous consent to revise and extend rye miremarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. joyce: mr. speaker, right now as our country continues to suffer from the negative effects of the democrats' previous reckless spending spree, it is clear that we do not yet need another reckless spending bill that would further balloon our debt and raise all inflation
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without actually addressing the issues that we are currently facing. congress has already appropriated trillions of dollars that has not yet been spent. again, trillions of dollars remain unspent. instead of passing yet another trillion dollar spending bill, of which only 10% would actually go to true infrastructure, we can repurpose those earlier funds to meet the needs of our communities. i am proud to be joining my colleagues as a co-sponsor of legislation that would use the money that congress has already approved to truly help the communities that we serve. legislation that has already been passed by our colleagues in the senate. now is not the time to waste money on taxpayer funded kickbacks to green energy companies or spend $50 million to monitor coastal erosion. we need to fund infrastructure
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improvements that our communities need. we need to do so without mortgaging our children's future. we were elected to be responsible stewards of the taxpayers' dollars and passing the green new deal dressed up as infrastructure is not the way forward. thank you. i yield the reason re-mainedder of my time. the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from nblg north carolina, ms. ross, for five minutes. ms. ross: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to discuss the urgent need to pass the build back better agenda. a transformational package that will help individuals and working families across north carolina. this bold legislation will bring down the high costs that have held families back for decades. making childcare, home care, education, health care, and housing more affordable. this is a package for the
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people. all the people. and it spans generations. providing support to infants, students, working adults, and older americans. right now the average annual cost for a child in north carolina to attend a childcare center is nearly $9,000. the average north carolina family with two young children spends more than 20% of their annual income on childcare. that is unacceptable. for kids to thrive and for parents to excel in the workplace, we need quality, affordable childcare. i have a constituent from terry, north carolina, named katie. she works at a nonprofit and has a 1-year-old child. and she told me this. becoming a mom has opened my eyes to how broken our nation's childcare system is.
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we felt lucky to find a spot for my child at a high quality childcare program, but the cost was shocking. we pay more than $800 a month for my son's care. at the same time, the director and teacherrers -- teachers at my son's program likely don't make a living wage. they are doing one of the most important jobs in the world, helping raise the next generation. why aren't they compensated fairly? childcare providers shouldn't have to work second jobs on the weekends to feed their families, but many do. at the same time, parents can't shoulder the burden. in fact, the extremely high cost of childcare is a major factor for my family as we decide to have a second child. katie's story is so common. if we claim to value our children and our families, we need to stop turning a blind eye
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to the exploding costs of childcare. we can do better. that's why the build back better act will provide universal pre-k for all 3 and 4-year-olds and limit childcare costs for workerring families to no more -- working families to no more than 7% of their income. mr. speaker, we also need to do more for our seniors and their loved ones. every american should be able to look forward to a comfortable, secure retirement. our seniors should not have to worry about financially burdening their children and their grandchildren. in my family my father-in-law wanted to stay in the home he loved. he did until he was 98 years old. but we found it very difficult to find him home care. i continue to hear stories from seniors in my district who have had to give up their homes simply to stay in a nursing
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home. again, we can do better. that's why the build back better act will provide a historic investment in home care in order to help the more than 800,000 people on state medicaid waiting lists. mr. speaker, when we passed this bill, more of our people will stop struggling to make ends meet and start experiencing true financial security. when we pass this bill, more of our children and our seniors will receive the care they deserve. and most importantly, when we pass this bill we will be one giant step closer to an america where everyone has a chance to pursue the american dream. and the means to support their families. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington, mr. new house, for five minutes. mr. new house: thank you, mr. speaker. there's no doubt about it, we're in a time of crisis largely fueled by the democratic party and president biden's policies. store shelves are increasingly empty. the cost of basic goods is soaring, supply chains are failing, ports are backlogged, and government restrictions on domestic energy have driven the price of gasoline to seven-year highs. and who is it that foots the bill for these progressive policies? i'll tell you, it's hard-working american families. rather than address the underlying causes of scarcity by bolstering american production and enhancing our nation's energy independence, the biden administration has worsened the administration with their dictatorial policies and man details.
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mandates. most recently in the form of an executive order requiring all federal employees and contractors be fully vaccinated against covid-19 by november 22 and december 8 respectively. the alternative? termination. this mandate goes too far and has become a model for democratic governors across the country, including my own state of washington, governor inslee, who are using it to justify their own drastic actions and impose similar state level mandates. in addition to hundreds of state emergency personnel who are already out of work threatening the safety of our communities, central washington also has hundreds of federal workers and contractors who are facing termination. american businesses have been struggling enough to find workers, fill production shifts, and deliver goods. president biden's one sides --
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one size fits all vaccine mandate will further hamper small businesses, driving up prices and slowing down deliveries and exacerbating supply chain problems. first responders and front line health care workers also are being fired for not complying with covid-19 vaccine mandates. in the state of washington, we've seen hundreds of our brave law enforcement officers forced to choose between vaccination and doing their jobs, leaving our communities who are facing rising crime rates, unprotected is not going to increase anyone's safety. hospitals and health clinics are experiencing staffing shortages as well. the remaining employees are then overlooked, overworked to compensate, leading to burnout and increased staff turnover. even our hospitals understaffed is not going to help our communities overcome this public health crisis. president biden's deadline for the vaccine mandate brushes
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right up against the peak holiday season. since cargo distribution companies are already battling unprecedented labor shortages, this mandate is likely to wreak havoc on the global supply chain when it's stressed the most during the holidays, leaving our tables empty and the space under our christmas trees bare is not going to improve morale. why is president biden -- president biden perpetuating a state of emergency? what comes to mind is he's more concerned with expanding governmental control than the safety and stability of our work force for the protection of our individual rights. not only does this mandate go against our inalienable rights protected in the constitution, but ignores the fact that natural immunity also provides protection against infection from the virus. in fact, other countries have adopted policies upholding this as a valid, science-based
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exemption from vaccine requirements. the mandate also doesn't allow workers to opt out through frequent covid testing as many private businesses have chosen to do. federal employees who have opted not to receive the vaccine because they have natural immunity developed after recovering from the virus do not deserve to be fired. especially when those same men and women have worked tirelessly to keep our communities safe and healthy before there was even a vaccine available. these men and women who have been on the frontlines since the beginning of the pandemic, risking their family's health and safety to ensure our federal and state projects continued and that our communities remained protected. they deserve our respect, not our condemnation. but the president has doubled down on his policies, stating that he absolutely thinks police officers, emergency responders should be fired if they do not
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comply with this mandate. that's why we introduced the options over terminations act. this legislation would provide an exemption to the federal covid-19 mandate for any federal employee or contractors who provides proof of covid-19 antibiotics. antibodies. i urge my colleagues to support our legislation and provide our workers with a smart, science-based alternative to president biden's vaccine mandate. thank you, mr. speaker. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. this past week it's been heartening so see the promises out of glasgow. our success will not come from voluntary pledges and vows but must include specific utective steps that can be put in place now to begin making a difference. i worked on the climate issue
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since 1991 when i was a member of the city council that enacted the nation's first carbon commitments which we have met over those years. but the cascade of recent extraordinary weather events have made it clear as if we needed further reminders that we're entering a new era in terms of impact and public awareness of climate disasters. the oregon experience has been searing. we had the worst air quality in the world last year due to extreme forest fires. in my district, when we set an all-time heat record of 116 degrees this summer after setting two other previous all-time highs, we recorded temperatures of 180 degrees in the heart of my district. no wonder hundreds of people died. working on these issues for years, we've had some successes but we can no longer afford to
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be nibbling around the edges. we need bold transformative action to meet the scale of this problem. we must continue to fight to reduce emissions and improve our resilience by passing the build back better act and the bipartisanship infrastructure bill together. but as we undertake that enormous effort, we must also undertake the massive issues of community preparedness, resilience, and risk mitigation. we can with some of the basics. stop allowing new development in risky places, like the fire zone, the urban rural interface. or areas with high flood risk. we must review flood laws in a more thoughtful way, including paying to remove properties and people to ensure that the vulnerable aren't stranded in high-risk areas. we must enhance the protections of the stanford act, help fema address the challenges of
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today's climate. fema does not actually have a mandate to deal with extreme heat like we had in portland that was killing people. we must empower cities and states to be both proactive and realistic in their approaches to planning development and hazard mitigation. we must radically approach our agriculture and deforrestation to stop making it worse. i've introduced legislation that would make it illegal for products that were grown on illegally deforrested land, palm oil, soy, cocoa, from entering the stream of commerce. and having a border adjustment tax will make a big difference to stop people from exporting their carbon pollution. above all, we must mitigate
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climate change with an emphasis on equity. and we should harness the forces of nature to heal the land and reduce carbon. it's more effective and it is cheaper. instead of putting off much needed policy changes, this will only delay the inevitable and make the adjustments more difficult as we reap the consequences of decades of inaction and denial. yes, it's going to take massive investments, but we're already making massive investments. the biggest infrastructure program now, the federal government, is paying to clean up after follow disasters. we should take some of that revenue stream and instead invest in mitigation and recovery that will make us stronger going forward. over the past months, i've worked to try and assemble my thoughts, talking to experts, thinking about what would make a difference. i have a little report i call
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from ruin to resilience, protecting communities and preventing disasters. i look forward to discussing this with my colleagues to understand their issues and things that we can do together on a scale that this challenge demands. mr. speaker, i look forward to progress and discussion in glasgow, but more important, i look forward to progress and action here in congress and in our communities. our future and our children's future depends on it. thank you and i yield back. the chair: the chair recognizes the gentleman from from indiana, ms. mularkey. ms. mularkey: i rise to expose a outrageous scheme by the biden administration to pay hundreds to migrants who violated our laws by illegally crossing the southern border. right now there's a national security, humanitarian and public health crisis on the
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southern border. every neighborhood in america including mine in indiana is facing the devastating consequences of this crisis as illicit drugs come across the poorest border and wreak havoc in our communities through more violence and drug overdoses. ms. walorski: instead of protecting our country by securing the border, president biden wants law-abiding taxpayers to pay illegal migrants who people know and we know broke the laws a ridiculous sum of money. this decision will do nothing more than encourage human trafficking and drug smuggling. the administration's border policies are downright inhumane and will continue to incentivize migrants to make the dangerous journey to reach our border. this radical proposal should be abandoned immediately. it will not. it will only exacerbate this crisis and also be put on the taxpayers' dime. as inflation skyrockets under
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the biden's administration big government giveaways, working families are struggling right now to pay for everyday necessities. small businesses are struggling with supply chain and work force shortages. while americans face these obstacles, president biden has decided rewarding people who break our laws is more important than fighting inflation, securing our border, or ensuring that we have the necessary energy to heat our homes this winter. this is big government insanity at its worst, i wholeheartedly reject it, thank you, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i rise today in support of millions of individuals across our country who rely on public housing to keep a roof over our head. and for millions who need access
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for safe, stable and affordable housing across our country. mr. espaillat: housing is the basic right and foundation on which we build our lives and our families. and though it is clear that this is essential, far too many americans struggle to keep a safe roof over their heads. in fact, homelessness is now at epidemic levels across our country, particularly in our urban cities. families are homeless. children and women and seniors and veterans are homeless. when we speak of the build back better program in our agenda, we speak of introducing the importance of prioritizing the most at risk communities. this is who we're focusing in --
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on in the build back better agenda. the most at risk communities in our country. we speak of equitable access to the basic needs of the american people. that's what we speak about when we speak about build back better. we have included provisions that ensure children in need to have access to free school lunch. we have worked to expand medicare benefits for seniors. we have fought to include and boost the child tax credit, which will provide families with much-needed financial help, lifting children, mr. speaker, out of poverty. we've included historic provisions that will be better for our nations for years to come. but today, mr. speaker, i want to focus on the significant investment of the build back better act that secures for
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public and affordable housing needs. the build back better act will make the single largest, most comprehensive investment in affordable housing in our entire history. over $150 billion for housing is an enormous investment towards solving our pressing housing challenges and needs across the country. : importantly this bill includes billions to expand rental assistance. $24 billion for new housing vouchers. as we know, mr. speaker, many people are backed up on their rent. in addition to that, mr. speaker, $65 billion to address public housing repair backlog for 2.5 million residents. a significant resource for the
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national housing trust fund to build and preserve thousands of homes for low-income families who are disproportionately people of color. so this is a major investment. an unprecedented investment in housing. my district which has the largest housing stock in the new york city housing authority, public housing, and it has the highest number of rent stabilized apartments in the city of new york will benefit greatly. due to -- the covid-19 global crisis we are in the brick of a housing crisis, mr. speaker. an eviction tsunami and up to 40 million people in america are at risk of being displaced. this crisis is here. we want to act on it right now. it will take generations for our nation to recover.
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plus, we are now experiencing a shortage of seven million affordable homes for working class and low-income families nationwide. for every 10 household in need, mr. speaker, there are fewer than four affordable, available homes. not a sickle -- single city, state, or district has enough housing to meet these dire demands. even when housing is available, it may not necessarily mean that housing is safe. my district has the largest concentration of public housing and it has, as i said earlier, the highest number of rent stabilized apartments in new york city. yet they lack the critical resources needed to create habitable living. this is a great investment, mr. speaker. the build back better program is an immense investment in
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housing. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. fitzpatrick: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize an individual i recently had the pleasure of having a conversation with. singer songwriter who more importantly is a tremendous supporter of our troops. john drasic. john started fight for fighting in 1995 and shortly thereafter rose to fame after releasing the grammy nominated ballot, superman. while written and released before 9/11, superman became an anthem in the tough days following 9/11. as our nation came together as one, superman struck a chord with the survivors and families of those we lost on that day as well as our troops serving around the world. and its lyrics resonated with people and comforted those who needed it the most. mr. speaker, since then john has been deeply involved with our
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troops. he has performed at dozens of u.s. u.s.o. shows for our service members overseas and also works with several veteran oriented dairts. charities. john has spent the past two decades writing deeply personal songs that including social messages -- message that is make an emotional vex and invoke the human spirit. some of these songs are included on a c.d. for the troops project, a collection of 13 songs from top artist, including john's, those compiled specially for the u.s. military members. since 2007 john has distributed over one million free copies of c.d. for the troops to service members and their families around the world as a way of thanking them for the sacrifices that they have made and continue to make. john's support of the u.s. armed forces is unwavering. and like many of us when he saw the devastating images coming out of afghanistan, during the onset of the u.s. withdrawal in august, he was horrified.
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terrified mothers were throwing their babies over barbed wire fences and men were clinging on to military aircraft as they lifted off. all in an attempt to flee the taliban. how could this be happening? john then did what many musicians in pain do. he sat at his piano and wrote a song. he penned, "blood on my hands." a song that mourns the americans who died and the ones who were left behind in afghanistan due to the failures of the administration. blood on my hands incapsulates the emotions that i and many americans felt following the terrorist attacks in kabul that killed 13 u.s. service members and dozens of our afghani allies. similar to superman's effect on 9/11, it quickly went viral and quickly became an anthem. mr. speaker, many people caution john not to released the song. still he kept coming back to the idea that this song sent an
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important moral -- important moral message about the withdrawal from asmght john says blood on my hands, quote, it is not a political song. it is a moral message about promises that we made to people there. that we promised to protect. that we left there. we broke our promise. it's about accountability and admitting when you make mistakes because that's how you can rectify them and learn not to do them again. end quote. mr. speaker, i could not agree more with this sentiment. what happened to no person left behind? we put american citizens, afghanis and allies at risk. the united states of america and this administration broke that promise to these people. the administration's decisions to withdrawal will go down as one of the worst foreign policy decisions in american history. as a result, american lives were needlessly lost. it's time our leaders reflect on the mistakes that were made and take accountability for failures
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so that we can do bert for the american people and our allies in the future. mr. speaker, john's work is evidence of the power that music holds. it brings people from different corners of the world together. it transcends time. and i am confident that john's song, blood on my hands, will do just that. we will never forget 9/11 and in the same vain we can never forget the heroes who fought in the subsequent 20-year war in afghanistan. thanks to brave story sellers -- storytellers, we won't forget these heroes. john is a true patriot and i applaud and admire his courage to stand up for what he believes in. and even more so demand accountability from our nation's leaders. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from louisiana, mr. carter, for five minutes. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: wroid. without objection.
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mr. carter: let me paint a picture. it's the east side of new orleans 1959. a black man at a swimming pool jumps off into the high dive. off in the sky. fellow swimmers and passers byes watch him from a shade of a palm tree. a ferris wheel turns at the amusement park. families picnic on the sandy shore of lake pontchartrain. that's what lincoln beach was like in its heyday. a beach. amusement park. performance area and pool. for the black community of new orleans who were not allowed at the all-white swimming pools in the area. growing up my community had fond memories of lincoln beach. and it was the process of shutting down after courts degree a racial nondiscrimination policy for private facilities on public
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lands. desegregating the all-white pools. since its closure in the 1960's, lincoln beach has fallen into decline. a site for picnics and ongoing and outings without any maintenance over the decades, mountains of debris have piled up. this historic site where so many black kids and families built communities in new orleans east was fenced off and forgotten to many. but not to everyone. during covid-19, some inspiring local activists and community members including sage, reggie, and bliss who took it upon themselves to take the first steps toward reopening this historic lincoln beach. they got into some good trouble. and cleaned up the beach all by themselves, spending their own resources time, energy, money.
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all on their own time. their own dime. they removed hundreds of bags of garbage and debris. about three tons of ref fuse removed by these -- refuse removed by these good-doing volunteers. after hurricane ida, they are facing setbacks once again when flooding that floated the more than year's worth of trash collection away. however these committed activists are already back to work, cleaning up the beach and trying to remove obstacles to the future of what can be a revitalized, renewed lincoln beach. after hurricane katrina the primarily black owned new orleans east populated essentially at the same rate of the city of new orleans. businessnot come back at the same strength.
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many of the major commercial areas are full of vacant businesses in this thriving, rich, strong community of eastern new orleans. the once populated mall was razeed instead of being rebuilt. in 2019 a report said 19% of the homes are vacant. reopening a beautiful beach on the shores of lake pontchartrain could be a catalyst that will attract a renaissance of economic development in a community that historically has been underserved and should have equitable investments. one of the most important things a member of congress can do is to fight for allocations, to fight for funds to -- for projects for development to improve the lives of their constituents in a particular area like eastern new orleans. this is an equity issue. this is a racial issue. this is an issue of economic development. this is an environmental issue and a recreation issue.
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lincoln beach has a rich history. important cultural significance. and a huge potential for the future of this great community. i rise in supporter the efforts of the city of new orleans to direct restore act funds toward the project. today i reaffirm my commitment to support the renewal of lincoln beach in any way possible from congress, state, and local resources. i came to congress to fight for the people of the second congressional district. to fight for good jobs, healthy communities, equity and opportunities. one way to achieve this fight is for us to revitalize new orleans east and bring lincoln beach back to its full lustre and beauty for the commute to ebb joyed -- community to enjoyed. enjoy. to show what revitalization and community efforts joining with federal, local, and state resources can do. we can and we will do better.
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the people of new orleans, the people of louisiana certainly deserve it. and we will fight to continue to bring those resources to bear. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from mississippi, mr. guest, for five minutes. mr. guest: west virginia, hawaii, new hampshire, maine, montana, rhode island, delaware, north dakota, south dakota, alaska, vermont, and wyoming. during president biden's first year in office, the number of illegal immigrants that the border patrol has encountered on our southern border has surpassed the population of these 12 states and the end is nowhere in sight. i'm not sure if the biden administration knew that their policies would lead to the number of illegal immigrants surpassing the population of over 20% of u.s. states.
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but by reversing the successful policies of the previous administration, they have created this crisis. this administration has listened to special interest groups over the will of the american people. this administration has implemented catch and release policies. this administration has canceled the remain in mexico policy. and on his very first day in office, president biden issued an executive order ending border wall funding. this administration has turned their back on every state of the union to pursue a far left agenda. this administration has created a new state of chaos in our nation with their failed policies. it is time for us to reverse course and to return to commonsense policies that work and that protect our nation's borders.
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former president ronald reagan once said, veterans know better than anyone else the price of freedom. for they suffered the scars of war. we can offer them no better tribute than to protect what they have won for us. . we remember our veterans to the nation they helped protect and we know american veterans risk their lives on the field of battle to preserve this nation and the ideals of democracy, liberty and freedom. but we must not forget that they not only fought to protect the rights that were established by our founding fathers, but they also returned home to set an example of enduring patriotism and leadership in our communities, our state, and our nation. when their service ended, our veterans helped advance our
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country by embodying the american spirit of hard work and perseverance. today we thank them for the example they set. this day more than any, let every american reach out to a veteran and say thank you for your service, and we are grateful for your many sacrifices that you have made on behalf of our nation. as we stand in this great institution of democracy that our veterans helped build and fought to preserve, let our nation remember the hundreds of thousands of men and women who fought for our freedoms, and let us always remember our nation would have been long forgotten to history if not for those men and women brave enough to protect it. may god bless our country and may god bless our veterans. mr. speaker, i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. smokier, for five minutes. mr. smokier: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor a truly dedicated township official from pennsylvania's 11th congressional district i'm honored to represent, les house calendar in eastern lancaster -- less houk in eastern lancaster is retiring after 48 years in that body, almost half a century. mr. smucker: his service to his township began two years prior to his 48 years as a supervisor in 1972 when i appointed to the township planning commission. les is a wonderful husband and father as well but he dedicated half a century working to improve his community. and over the years, les has
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become a trusted voice who is sought out for counsel in lancaster county and across the commonwealth as well. beyond his service to the residents of salisbury township, les served on several boards for lancaster county for advisory committees to the governor and other state departments and in leadership roles with both the county and state associations of township supervisors. mr. speaker, i'd like to extend my sincere thanks to less houk for 50 years of service to the residents of salisbury wpbf and for being an outstanding and true example of servant leadership. mr. speaker, today i rise to congratulate p.h.d. of lancaster county as they celebrate their business' 125th anniversary, truly an impressive milestone.
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the business, angle, hamright and davies known as e.h.d. its back to 1896 and grown over the years to previously working in real estate to now being a respected full service insurance agency which employs 120 individuals with offices in lancaster, redding, exton and pittsburgh. they are one of only a few independent insurance agencies who achieve the best practice's extinction for six consecutive years from the independent insurance agents and brokers of america. they also work, have worked and continue to work to give back to the community they've called home for over a century, supporting a number of nonprofit organizations through their many charitable efforts. mr. speaker, the american entrepreneurial spirit led to the founding of many businesses, some do well and some fail but not many have lasted for 125
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years. that's rare. so today, i want to mention e.h.d., we celebrate with them, we congratulate them on achieving this milestone and we wish them continued success. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois for five minutes. >> the democrats want to defund police and take away our second amendment right to self-defense and then stand by and watch crime skyrocket in cities like chicago. the new push by the left intended to diminish your second
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amendment rights is to pass so-called recent flag gun confiscation laws. mrs. miller: this is a disguised attempt by congressional democrats and some republicans to seize lawfully owned firearms and violate the second amendment rights of citizens. congressional democratses -- democrats and some republicans voted to pass the national defense authorization act which includes red flag gun confiscation provision. i urge the senate to reject red flag gun confiscation provisions in the n.d.a.a. i will stand up for the second amendment rights of my constituents. shootings in chicago are up 220% due to the pro crime policies of the left.
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businesses and citizens are leaving illinois for a record number. officers are retiring from the chicago police force at a recognized pace. our second amendment right to defend our home and family has never been more important. i will always stand up for the constitution and for the safety of the people in illinois. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms. porter, for five minutes. ms. porter: a jury instructed johnson & johnson to pay adds million in damages to patricia, a retired teacher with two children and four grandchildren. one month later she died at age
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61 of mesothelioma, a aggressive form of cancer caused by abest owes exposer you are. christina was studying for her master's degree when she was diagnosed with cancer. she was awarded $20 million in her case against johnson & johnson. gail was a 36-year-old when she collapsed on her kitchen floor. she was diagnosed with mesothelioma and has undergone six rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and major surgeries. two days into her 2019 trial, johnson & johnson struck a deal to pay her damages. these women, all californians, are just a few of the now over 40,000 women who want johnson & johnson to help cover the millions of dollars in medical expenses they've racked up in their fight against cancer caused by abest essex the presidentof the united states you are.
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asbestos from the exposure. men in shipbuilding got cancer. for decades women who didn't work in those jobs but diagnosed with mesothelioma wondered how could they have been exposed? like abest owes, talc has to be mined and can be contaminated by asbestos. the women diagnosed, 40,000 of the women, all diagnosed with asbestos related cancer all used johnson & johnson baby powder for decades for their children and on themselves. the main ingredient, talc. johnson & johnson sold its iconic baby powder for 60 years despite their own internal documents showing their executives, scientists, doctors and lawyers all knew that some bottles were laced with abest
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owes. in 1996 johnson & johnson assured the f.d.a. that no asbestos was in any sample of talc produced between december of 1972 and october of 1973. what it didn't say, what it didn't tell the regulator was that three tests by three different labs found asbestos in the powder in one case at levels reported as rather high. internal documents confirm that johnson & johnson willful misled consumers about the safety of its baby powder. in a memo to managers, a johnson & johnson executive explained that the company's policy of countering negative research about the dangers of talc, quote, our current pastor with response to sponsorship of talc safety studies initiated studies only dictated by confrontation. the principal advantage for their philosophy is in the fact that we minimize the risk of
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possible self-generation of scientific data which may be politically or scientifically embarrassing. in this 2013 markup in a statement for johnson & johnson's website, you can see that johnson & johnson's legal team advised the company against claiming that our talc-based consumer products have always been asbestos free with the comment, we cannot say "always." they recognize that the company's talc could have been contaminated in earlier times. johnson & johnson built its fortune on its baby powder. the company's net worth is $440 billion. plenty of assets to help of women poisoned by their products. three weeks ago, johnson & johnson formed a subsidiary called l.t.l. management. they then dumped all of their asbestos-related liabilities,
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including nearly 40,000 lawsuits into that shell company. two days later, l.t.l. management filed for bankruptcy. this is corporate chicanery, corporate abuse because j&j only provided that shell company with $2 billion to cover tens of thousands of asbestos related lawsuits. $2 billion is a big number but j&j knows the real damages they caused. in 2018 the company was ordered to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families who used baby powder. they know they did not put enough money into that entity and they specifically created it to avoid liability. corporations abusing our bankruptcy system is not new. before i came to congress, i did extensive research on these kinds of predator anti-consumer tactics. johnson & johnson is abusing our legal system to shield its assets. this is an injustice and congress must act.
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thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, what's happening at the national labor relations bored nrlb is so rotten, it stinks. under democratic relationship, the nlrb have a history of bias and overreach. president biden fired the senate confirmed general counsel on his first day in office and now the biden board is dodging ethics rules. nlrb democrats are refusing to follow conflict of interest standards that were weaponnized by democrats during the trump administration. this is blatant hypocrisy and threatened the integrity of the board. how do nrlb members wynn, wilcox
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and david be conshe ensures arbiters in the very policies they fought against as union employees, and how can we expect board member with close ties to union activists to be unbiased when it comes to big labor cases? is there anything nrlb democrats won't do to advance the interests of big labor at the expense of american workers? it is a shame what it is doing. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the chair recognizes the gentleman from west virginia, mr. muni, for five minutes. mr. muni: thank you, mr. speaker. soon the supreme court will rule on the challenge to the texas abortion law case. the law implements the nation's toughest restrictions on abortions, signed into law by governor greg abbott in may, it prohibits abortion after a
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heartbeat is detected in the unborn child. this usually occurs around six weeks. the law makes exceptions for medical emergencies. the u.s. supreme court is hearing challenges to this bill by pro abortion groups who want the law overturned. mr. mooney: the rule will be watched as an indicator as to whether future courts will uphold future states' rights to implement pro-life legislation rather than continuing to overreach their federal court authority. unborn abeies are human lives of the all too often abortion is referred to as simply a medical procedure and the sanctity of life is devalued. at six weeks an unborn child has a heartbeat of approximately 98 beats per minute. blood vessels begin to form in the circulatory system and the brain is rapidly developing. this is a human life. by 10 weeks an unborn baby has arms and legs, fingers and toes.
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the baby's pain receptors have been developing for weeks. this is a human life. by 15 weeks all the unborn baby's major organs have formed and a heart that pumps 26 quarts of blood per day. the baby can feel pain. all too often these facts are overlooked and sidelined and not even addressed in the issue of abortion. it is my hope the u.s. supreme court will see the merits as to why the state of texas heartbeat bill was implemented. according to c.d.c.'s statistics, 619,591 babies were aborted in the united states in 2018. that is 619,591 lives that could have been the next teacher, firefighter, parent, or president of the united states. reversing the heartbeat bill would save the lives of countless unborn babies, upholding the heartbeat bill,
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would sairvet lives of countless unborn babies. both male and female. here in congress i continue to be the protector of life and champion for the hyde amendment in federal legislation. taxpayer money should not be used to end the lives of innocent defenseless babies with beating hearts. the right to life is our most fundamental, natural and god-given right. i will continue to fight to oppose pro-abortion plans to force taxpayer funding, your taxpayer dollars, should never be used to be funding abortion on demand. i believe in the sanctity of life and i will continue to fight for the rights of free born babies. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until noon today


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