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next, debate over censuring representative gosar for posting
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a video showing him killing representative ocasio-cortez and attacking president biden. he's the 24th member to be censured by the house. myself. i rise today as the speaker of the house of representatives and an institution that was designed by our founders to be the peoples' house, a house constantly invigorated by accountability to the people every year, a place where slaverry was abolished and taken our men and women into service to protect freedom and democracy throughout the world and place where medicare, medicaid and social security, meeting the needs of the american people were established and the list goes on about the distinguished nature of the house of representatives.
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many people have been elected to this body, only a few hundred women and great heroes of our country have served in this institution including president abraham lincoln that was before the chamber was where his desk is memberrialized, the place where his desk was. when we come to this institution, we understand there are 435 members of congress, but only one from each district, only one of us is -- represents the thoughts, aspirations, dreams, fears and hopes of our constituents. there is no bigger privilege for any one of us in the house, the speaker, any of the titles that our caucus has bestowed on us as to
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say i speak for the people in my district, in my case, the district of san francisco. when we come here, we have a responsibility to uphold the high standard of integrity, decency and respect for this institution. the constitution charges us for us to be accountable to the people and we must represent the house of representatives in a spirit in which our constituents and all americans should be very proud. house rule house ruled 23 provides for our official conduct. it requires that we, quote, shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect credibly on the house. sadly, extremely disserving actions taken last week by a member of congress threatening another member, wildly violate the standard these actions demand a response.
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we cannot have a member joking about murdering each other or threatening the president of the united states. this is both an dangers our elected officials and insult to the institution of the house of representatives. it's not just about us as members of congress, it is a danger that represents to everyone in the country. if you are viewing this and thinking, well, when you run for congress you get threats and the rest, you are expected -- not expected to get them from your colleagues. nonetheless the example set in this house is one used across this country. women across the country particularly feel vulnerable. it's insults of the nature that existed in this house are allowed to stand. i'll speak about that in a moment. again, when a member uses his or her national platform to encourage violence, tragically people listen to those words and
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they may act upon them. words spoken, elected officials, weigh a ton. people hear them very differently. as the resolution says, the committee is putting forth states depictions of violence can foment actual violence and jeopardize the safety of elected officials as witnessed in this chamber on january 6, 2021. it is inconceivable that a member of our community here would wish to repeat the violence of that dark day. that deadly day. as a woman speaker of the house, i want to be clear, these threats specifically target a woman, a woman of color which is part as the resolution states, a global pom -- phenomenon meant to silence women and discourage them from seeking positions of authority and participating in public life. again, this is about workplace
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harassment and violence against women. yet, the member has never apologized for his actions. it's a cartoon, relax, he said. really? a cartoon? relax? and he wrote to supporters hyperventilating that this a cartoon is dangerous or laughable or intentionally hyperbolic. i'm entitled to speak to the people and to do so in a manner that is engaging. he said. really? is it engaging to be killing a colleague or anyone? it's not just about members of congress. anyone threatening anyone. disguising death threats against a member of congress and a president of the united states is an -- in an animated video does not make those death threats any less real. indeed, conveying them this way makes them potentially more
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dangerous by normalizing violence. it isn't funny. and, yes, you have a right to speak. and so do we have a right to react to what you are saying when you are threatening the lives of members of congress and the president of the united states. it is sad that thisentire housep because of the recusal of the leadership of the other party. indeed, it took nine days for the minority leader publicly spoke out about this threat, and when did he, he merely said, it was not the member's intent to harm anyone. really? and many other members on the other side of the aisle have refused to strongly condemn these actions of the one member of leadership said, unfortunately in this world we are in right now, we all get death threats no matter what the issue is. death threats from our colleagues? death threats from members of congress? we all get death threats. no.
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members think it's ok to use their platforms to directly encourage more death threats against their own colleagues? the resolution on the floor today is about accountability. it is about integrity in this house and it will serve as a reminder to this congress and to this country that the house is committed to upholding the highest standards of decorum in all that we do. as is said in rule 23. shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect credibly on the house. in our actions, we must be mindful of all who make up our congressional community, including not only members but also the committees, the committee staff, the institutional staff and thank you for your service, the custodians of the capitol, the capitol police, and others. as we proceed to make progress for the people, let us be guided
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by our love of this institution, respect for this institution, in which we serve, and again an example that we wish to show to the world. again, a threat against anyone is wrong. whether you are a member of congress or not. so this is just about the example again that is in total violation by the action of the members. yes, indeed, madam speaker, it is a sad day for the house of representatives. but a necessary day. so that we can again behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect credibly on the house. with that, i thank the distinguished chairman again. i thank congresswoman jackie speier for her leadership in bringing this legislation forward. this resolution forward. and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana.
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mrs. walorski: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished minority leader. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mccarthy: thank you, madam speaker. the old definition of abuse of power. rules for thee but not for me. that's exactly what's happening here today. house democrats are preparing once again to break another precedents of the united states house of representatives. it's an open secret that the american people are facing substantial challenges today. many of these challenges are washington inflected -- inflicted of one party rule caused by a biden administration confident in radicalism. absolute chaos on the southern border. out-of-control crime, record breaking gas prices and inflation. a broken supply chain. a historic labor shortage.
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the failing education system. and, of course, humiliating surrender in afghanistan. will this congress be remembered as the congress that addressed those serious challenges? not a chance. instead, i believe this congress will go down in history as a broken congress. for nearly four years the house republicans have been voicing the needs of millions of americans, house democrats have broken nearly every rule and standard. in order to silence disdense and stack the deck with a radical and popular agenda. unpopular agenda. it broke the motion to recommit, first time in the history of the congress. they broke impeachment not once, but twice. they broke in-person voting and replaced it with proxy. first time in history. and they broke the minority's right to appoint members of its
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own choosing to committees. the speaker's burning down the house on her way out the door. what's worse, we got to this point on the basis of a double standard. democrats want to change the rules but refuse to apply them to their own caucus. i listened to the speaker talk about the highest standards. madam speaker, when a democratic chairwoman flew to minneapolis and told an angry crowd during a trial to stay on the street, get more active. get more confrontational, we've got to make sure they know we mean business. that high standard democrats refused to take action. the trial judge actually singled her out on her comments on her ongoing basis which he said could become an issue on appeal.
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but this wasn't the first time, no. three times. at a rally in los angeles that same chairwoman, she told a mob, if you see anyone from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, gasoline station you get out and you create a crowd. and you push back on them. and you tell them that they are not welcomed anymore anywhere. she later defended that comment in another speech in l.a. saying the, the same chairwoman, the high standard, i did not threat yep trump, constituents, and supporters. i do that all the time. but i didn't do it that time. this side of the aisle didn't ask that chairwoman to lose her committee, we simply asked for an apology. meanwhile, that high standard
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with speaker pelosi and leader hoyer defended her. when asked about her minneapolis comments, leader hoyer described her as passionate. she believes in her issue. she believes she should get in your face. speaker pelosi, what did she do with that high standard? she compared her comments in minneapolis, dr. king's civil rights movement. you see, why would they do that? rules for thee but not for me. just this month the dossier's principal source was arrested by a special counsel for lying to the f.b.i. think about everything that dossier put this country through for two years based on fabricated evidence. the infringement of due process, the spying of the presidential campaign, and of course the $32
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million spent by hard-earned working taxpayers for a mueller investigation. and yet, democratic chairman says, i don't regret it. why? rules for thee, but not for me. when the speaker of the house on this very floor engaged in personalities, the floor shut down for three hours. because no one wanted to take the speaker on. her entire caucus, that believe in the higher standard, voted to keep her words in the record than strike them down. why? rules for thee but not for me. the speaker said, i stand by my statement. i'm proud of the attention that's being called to it. never happened before in the history of this body. why? it's a broken congress that
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believes in rules for thee but not for me. this is part of a larger pattern. when a congressman on intelligence committee was targeted by a suspected chinese communist party agent for years, democrats kept him on the committee. why? rules for thee but not for me. when a democrat congresswoman said, israel was hypnotized the world, supporting israel was all about the benjamin. and that 9/11 was, some people did something. democrats actually defended her. why? rules for thee but not for me. when a member of the democratic leadership tweeted a week ago, lock up kyle rittenhouse and throw away the key, in an
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attempt to sway an ongoing trial, democrats said nothing. why? rules for thee but not for me. let me be clear, i do not condone violence. representative gosar echoed that sentiment. the video was deleted. democrats won't listen because they will do anything to distract from the failures of one party rule in one year destroying a nation. for democrats, this vote isn't about a video, it's about control. . >> the democrats want control and don't care about the consequences.
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they are destroying this institution and silencing the minority and therefore silencing millions of americans. >> have you seen the video? no, haven't seen it but they knew what they wanted to do. it's interesting without even watching, they decide the punishment. why? rules for thee but not for me. what they have started cannot be easily undone. their actions are forever changed the way the house operates. it means that the minority rights that have served this body as well are the past and furthermore, it means under the pelosi president all the members that i have mentioned earlier will need the approval of a
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majority to keep those positions in the future. what was interesting is, not just the speaker that's making those decisions. when the chair woman in spite of those ideas three times, every one in the democratic party had ability to vote what they thought. because of those standards, they all voted to table and all voted to table not to remove this chairwoman from committee but asked for an apology. why? because we all believe in rules for thee and not for me. that legacy is a real culmination of speaker pelosi's career. make no mistake, the house is weaker, more partisan and more self-focused today than when
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speaker pelosi became speaker less than four years ago. future congresses will suffer for it and more importantly the american people have suffered. they won't soon forget it. it's about control. it's not about a standard tay everybody lives by. it's a standard that you enforce on one but not upon yourself. you encourage your own side to engage further and you all took a vote to table. it will be interesting to see if your leadership hasn't watched the video. how many of you who will vote today have watched it. when it was requested, i contacted the member and he took the video down and says he does not believe in violence to anyone. but you see others on the side of the aisle incite
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violence, it's ok because it's rules for thee and not for me. unfortunately, this body has suffered greaty. and the new standard will continue to be applied in the future. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: m embers are admonished to address their comments to the care and the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr.deutch: i yield five minutes to representative ocasio-cortez. ms. ocasio-cortez: i have been serving in this body just under three years, not three years, enormous amount has happened. but in response to the republican leader's remarks when he says that this action is unprecedented, what i believe is
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unprecedented is for a member of house leadership of either party to be unable to condemn inrightment of violence against a member of this body. it is a sad day in which a member who leads a political party in the united states of america cannot bring themselves to say that issuing a depiction of murdering a member of congress is wrong and instead decides to venture off into a tangent about gas prices and inflation, what is so hard, what is so hard about saying that this is wrong? this is not about me. this is not about representative gosar, but this is about what we are willing to accept.
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not just republican leader, but i have seen other members of this party advance the argument including representative gosar, the illusion that this was a joke. that what we say and what we do does not matter, so long as a we claim a lack of meaning. now this denialism runs deep and it conveys and portrays a certain contempt for the meaning and importance of our work here. that what we do so long as we claim that it is a joke does on nt matter, that what we say here doesn't matter, that our actions every day as elected leaders in the united states of america doesn't
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matter, that this chamber and what happens in it doesn't matter. and i am here to rise to say that it does. our work here matters. our example matters. there is meaning in our service. and as leaders in this country when we incite violence with depictions against our colleagues, that trickles down into violence in this country. and that is where we must draw the line independence of party or belief. it is about a core recognition of human dignity and value and worth. so when we talk
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about as mentioned in the resolution, that these depictions are part of a larger trend of misogyny and racist misogyny, this has results in dampening the participation. so this vote is not as complex as perhaps the republican leader would like to make folks believe. it's pretty cut and dry. does anyone in this chamber find this behavior acceptable? would you allow depictions of violence against women, against colleagues, would you you allow that in your home. you think this should happen on a school board, in a city council, in a
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church? and if it's not acceptable there, why should it be accepted here? lastly, when the republican leader rose to talk about how these are double standards and lists the litany of all these different things, not once did he list an example of a member of congress threatening the life of another. this is not about a double standard and what is unprecedented and what's tragic is the dissent of transgression in this body. i grew up as a little girl with awe about our nation's capitol. the reference and the importance of our work here. the gravity of our work here. so the question i
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pose to this body in response is will we live up to the promises that we make our children, that this is a place where we will defend one another regardless of beliefs, that our dignity matters. if you believe that this behavior is acceptable, go ahead. vote no. but if you believe that this behavior should not be accepted, then vote yes. it's really that simple and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: t he gentlelady from indiana. mrs.walorski: i yield such time as i may consume. first i'm not here to defend any comments or actions by representative gosar and i condemn all acts of violence. in fact, i'm a recent victims of violence, a political activist attempted to run me over with his car. when this happened,
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i immediately contacted law enforcement. if members of congress anywhere, any time feel threatened, they should contact the police. unfortunately, this posted video is not the first statement or video by a member of congress inciting or depicting violence. members on both sides of the aisle have made choices that i surely wouldn't have made. but as the ranking member of the house ethics committee, i find myself on the floor now for the second time this year. to address an issue that has been referred to ethics but which has seen no committee process before coming to the floor for a vote. yesterday afternoon, the majority party drafted this resolution and scheduled this debate and floor vote today. the house ethics committee has had no
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time to consider this matter through the ethics committee process and there is a process. our staff should have had the time to gather and research information and the committee members should have had conversations before making a decision on whether and how to move forward with any investigation. the chairman claims that he reached out to schedule an emergency committee meeting last night but the reality is he did so at a time that we were notified to appear on this resolution in front of rules last night. just for the record, the majority controls when this resolution was interviewed and when the rules committee meets and when the resolution comes to the floor for a vote. if there is a scheduling conflict as to why we are
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standing here and rushing this to the floor, it was intended by the majority. here we are voting to remove a representative from his committee and censure him on the house floor. traditionally members are placed on committees by their own party and they are removed from committees by their own party. but this majority has broken precedent again removing a second republican member this congress from their committees. let me say again, members on both sides of the aisle have made choices that many of us would not have made. but by rushing this vote to the floor today and ignoring the institutional process, the majority is setting a precedent again. they may not serve this institution well in the future. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: t he gentleman from florida.
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mr.deutch: i yield myself such time as i may consume. this resolution was referred to the committee on ethics and seeks to censure representative gosar and remove him from committees and we are acting on this because he recently used house resources to disseminate and celebrate a video that depicts the murder of a fellow colleague. i did see the video. i'm sorry that the distinguished leader of the republican party chose not to see it or deemed it less than what it is which is the depiction of murder of a fellow colleague and we are acting on this resolution because republican party has not taken any action. the house cannot wait indefinitely
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for republican leadership to find its collective conscience and condemn the threat. when our colleague has been victimized. the house cannot ignore that threat. and so the full house must reject representative gosar's conduct and prevent the imagery and rhetoric directed against members of congress. just 10 months ago this very chamber was attacked in an act of brutal, bloody savagery. some were trapped in the upper gallery while an angry mob tried to beat down the chamber doors to disrupt the counting of electoral college. death threats against against congress have increased. the threat against members of congress is real and it's growing.
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so this resolution is vital to protecting our members' safety and vital to stem the pernicious wave of political violence rising across this country which is why gosar's video and take full responsibility must be swiftly condemned. any member who any member who uses his platform reflects extreme discredit on this body. clause one of our code of conduct requires members to behave at all times in a manner that's should reflect credibly on the house. if that rule is to have any meaning whatsoever, and if we are to fulfill our responsibility to uphold the reputation of the house, representative gosar must pay the consequences for his conduct. our republican colleagues make hollow appeals to process claiming this resolution wrongly bypass the ethics committee. but the ultimate power to kren
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seur a member and remove it from the committee rests with this house. the committee can recommend such a sanction to the full house but nothing in our rules requires the house to wait, nor should the house wait in this instance. not when there is clear and present need to remove representative gosar from a committee on which representative ocasio-cortez serves. there are no factual questions which remain open here. there are no unresolved questions of intent. it is clear from the video and from representative gosar's public comments minimizing it the censure is appropriate and immediate removal from the natural resources and oversight government reform committees is warranted. that is why the house must take this action today. i urge my colleagues to support the resolution. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana. mrs. walorski: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech for two minutes. mr. gosar: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to address and
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reject the mischaracterization, accusations from many m this body that the cartoon from my office is dangerous or threatening. it was no. i do not espouse violence towards anyone. i never have. it was not my purpose to nick make anyone upset. i voluntarily took the cartoon down not because it was itself a threat, but because some thought it was. out of compassion for those who generally felt offense, i self-sensorred. last week my staff posted a video depicting a policy battle regarding amnesty for tens of millions of illegal aliens. this is an enemy. speaks to young voters who are too often overlooked. even twitter did not remove the cartoon noting it was in the public interest for it to remain. the cartoon directly contributes to the understanding and discussion of the real life battle resulting from this
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administration's open border policy. this body is considering passage of mr. biden's reckless socialist, marks marxist $4.9 trillion spending bill that provides $100 million for amnesty to tens of millions of illegal aliens already in this country. this is what the left doesn't want the american people to know. our country is suffering from the plague of illegal immigration. i don't stop pointing this out, nor will i. millions of illegal aliens and human traffickers are being let in and moved around our country in the dead of night condoned by this administration. for this cartoon, some in congress suggest i should be punished. i have said decisively there is no threat in the cartoon other than the threat to immigration poses to our country. no threat was intended by my staff or me. the american people deserve to have their voices heard in congress. no matter how much the left tries to ply me, i will continue
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to speak out against amnesty for illegal aliens. defend the rule of law and advance the american first agenda. if i must join -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 second. mr. gosar: if i must join alexander hamilton, the first person attempted to be sensorred by this house, so be it. it is done. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the author of this resolution, the gentlelady from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for three minutes. ms. speier: thank you, madam speaker. i thank my colleague for giving me this time. i take no pleasure in introducing this resolution. no one asked me to introduce. no one tapped me on the shoulder. i am a victim of violence. i know what it's like. i also was in the gallery
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clamoring for life when the shots rang out. in the speaker's lobby. we are here today because a sitting member thought he it was ok, ok to post a deranged animate middleweighted video of himself killing a fellow member of this house. and also attacking the president of the united states. that video has been seen by three million people. it was up for over two days before it was taken down. inciting violence begets violence. congresswoman ocasio-cortez has become the go-to subject of the radical right to stir up their base. as so often is the case for women of color. it is disgusting and profoundly unacceptable.
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tragically the minority leader has not condemned the video. for eight days he said nothing. silence speaks volumes. silence normalizes violence. violence against women in politics is a global phenomenon. a 2016 survey by the intraparliamentary union found 82% of woman parliamentarians have experienced psychological violence. and 44% are received threats of death, rape, beatings, or abduction. the intent of these online threats against women is clear. silence them. strip them of their power. and discourage them from running for office. the congressman defends his post. published with house resources and posted on his official twitter and instagram account. it didn't stop there. he sent an email to supporters that weekend stating that the
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full outrage was infantile. this is not faux outrage. this is not infantile. then went on to say the accusations are shrill. it doesn't take a rocket scientist to glean that this is gender coded language. the congressman shows no remorse. in fact, yesterday the congressman said, i did not apologize. 23 members of the house in the history of this country have been censored for actions including insulting the speaker or using unparliamentary language. certainly conduct by a member depicting murdering another member of the house deserves censure. let me be clear. if a democrat did the same thing, i would introduce the same resolution. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana. mrs. walorski: madam speaker,
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i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from indiana, mr. baird. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. weared: -- mr. baird: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, the lady from indiana. madam speaker, you know today i rise in the light of recent events and i can no longer feel like i can stay silent. the hypocrisy of this body considering this common sensuring and stripping of committee assignments of representative gosar is illustrative of the interabilitf this body to effectively legislate. it democrats why -- demonstrates why many americans have lost all confidence in our ability to be and provide effective leadership. i have found mr. paul gosar to be an honorable and effective legislator. and i have found him to care deeply for his colleagues and
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america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from rhode island. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentleman for yielding and thank the majority leader. i rise in strong support of this censure resolution. i watched this video and i was sickened when i saw mr. gosar depicting the killing of another member of this body and brandishing sword to the president of the united states. this kind of rhetoric is not just unfitting of a u.s. representative, it's dangerous and can be deadly as we saw on january 6 and in 2011 an individual shot then congresswoman gabby giffords. after shooting targets on various congressional districts, including gabbies. this is not a joke, this is not about politics. it's about safety. it's about healthy debate on the issues on differ policy issues is important. it's what keeps our democrat say
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liven. this is -- democracy alive. this is not that. we cannot allow members to encourage and incite violence, period. mr. gosar, you are no alexander hamilton. you must be held accountable. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are again reminded to address their remarks to the chair. the gentlelady from indiana. mrs. walorski: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from arizona, mr. biggs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. biggs: i thank the gentlelady. madam speaker, let's take a look at what democrats in congress are ignoring so they can censure a conservative republican because he posted a cartoon they found offensive. and which he took down himself. pore than two million illegal aliens crossing our border this calendar year. attorney general garland deploying federal agents to spy on parents. inflation driving gas prices up. everybody's thanksgiving dinner going up. a vacs mandate sin constitutional. a bankruptcy inducing spending
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bill by democrats. supply chain in shambles. democrats consistently ignoring calls of their own, calls that democrats have made to violence and anti-semitic statements. foreign policy embarrassments. america is languishing behind. and china, iran, north korea on the move. yeah, we have been ignoring those things. but we are here today. i have lived in japan. i lived in japan. for several years. i speak japanese. i read and write japanese. this is an an mi nay -- anime. highly popular. stylized. intended to demonstrate the alienation people feel, particularly young people, in their cultures. now, does anime have violence? yes.
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it's highly stylized violence. it is not meant to induce people to violence. nor was -- i thank you. it was not mr. gosar's intention, i believe. he's made that clear. to induce it to any violence. like he i condemn violence. i would ask, i would ask you to reconsider further usurping and taking control of this body for political purposes because that's what's happening here today. madam speaker, i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will again remind all members to address their remarks to the chair. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the house majority leader. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i think all of us would wish that we were not here. on a subject of this graphity --
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gravity. on a subject of -- so present in our society at large. the exhortation to violence to accomplish one's objective. i have been sitting here since we started the debate which was about 45 minutes ago. so many get up and say i do not support violence. i do not support this action. but i will do nothing about it. of course, they don't say the last sentence, they just don't do anything. as i sat there, mr. mccarthy was talking, i was thinking he was getting number my face and up in nancy pelosi's face. i think that's what he was
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doing. i expect that. vigorous debate. they focused on a nonanalogous action by a member of this house, the chairman of the finance committee. why did they do that? because there is no analogous event to this one. in the 40-plus years that i have served here, there has never been a case like this. never. this is not about control, as the majority leader would represent. it is about decency, democracy, and security. and the rule of law. we have seen, madam speaker, over and over again in our
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politics that words matter. and actions matter even more. vitriol, the glorification and promotion of violence, hate speech and the failure to condemn all those when they occur have created an atmosphere in our country which sadly has now, and too frequently, been visited on this floor. that is not conducive to the exercise of free institutional politics. former leader of my party, dick gephardt, said that democracy was a substitute for war. we should settle our differences peacefully. and nonviolently. the speech that has been the subject of this resolution wills
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away at the rule of law and civility needed to construct debate. indeed, violent words and images are too often a precursor to the practice of violence. we have seen that. we saw it on january 6 as the president of the united states incited and urged people to come to the congress to stop democracy in its tracks. and people wanted to hang the vice president of the united states as a result of those words because he was not doing that because he thought it was not legal. he wanted to follow the law. my friend gabby giffords and senator kelly know that all too well that violent word and images are too often a precursor. as does representative speier who worked for the late representative leo ryan and was herself badly injured in the
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shooting that took his life. as well, my friend, the republican whip, and his family, know that words can encourage and result in violence. last month, the family of constituents of sir david amos in the united kingdom experienced the same pain. all of us who were in this capitol on january 6 and those who stood in defense of it know that pain. the loved ones of officers sicknick, liebengood, smith, defray tagg andra tschida carry that pain with them every day. officer evans family as well carrying that pain since april. madam speaker, so do the families of elected officials, journalists, and others who have been killed or maimed by political violence across the world. incited by rhetoric that is
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rationalized as acceptable in the political environment. and then oh, i don't support violence. i don't know how that happened. yes, i said in the front of the capitol of the united states, excuse me thoarveg white house, go down to the capitol, and although it wasn't the exact words of be violent, it's what those who came down here expected the exhortation to be. it would be nigh yves, madam speaker, to -- nigh yves -- nay yves, madam speaker -- naive, madam speaker, to assume we can stop evil in our country or abroad. evil has always existed. but constitutional parliamentarians worldwide have long understood that in order to maintain the level of civility
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required to maintain the business of legislating for the people we must have rules of decorum. and limits on speech that would cause civil debate to devolve into uncivil attacks and political violence. that's why we have rules in this house to enforce decorum and ensure civility. that's why we have rules of conduct which the chairman of the ethics committee read a little earlier. it should be and is undebatable that this conduct violated that rule. those rules apply not only to this floor but everywhere a sitting member engages in work as representative. when those rules were written they did not anticipate a member would threaten violence directly against another member. not because it's never happened. a congressman from south
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carolina nearly beat to death a senator from massachusetts, senator sumner, because he wanted to abolish slavery. that of course was a crime. in some countries, threatening public officials is a crime. didn't have to spell out that -- spell that out explicitly because it's always been understood that such behavior is unacceptable. this institution and incompatible with our service. indeed, any kindergartener, frankly, madam speaker, will tell you such behavior is wrong, anywhere. the actions of representative gosar this week and in weeks previously, much like the actions of representative greene earlier this year, would convey a dangerous lesson to our children and teenagers that the opposite is true. that the threatening violence against those with whom one
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disagrees is acceptable. it is not. that encouraging one's followers to menace another group is somehow compatible with did sennship in a democracy and indeed a civilized society. it is not. the resolution before us today is necessary because we in this house who speak for the american people must reflect as the speaker said the highest standards of american society. i just came from the speaker's office not too long ago. i don't know how many of you have been there. but over the door, the robert michael rooms. i had the opportunity to serve with robert michael. he was a republican. he was from peoria, illinois. he was the finest, one of the finest, most decent men that i have known. not just serving in the congress of the united states but have known. he said this.
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quote. civility means being tough without being mean. being witty without being malicious. and believing the power of reason to influence public debate while still being aware of the power, hear these lards words, being aware of the power of irrationality in public life. this resolution, madam speaker, is necessary because when members of congress and other elected officials speak and act, our constituents and followers give great weight to our words and actions. it's a way for them to rationalize unacceptable behavior. as was done on january 6. it is disgusting, madam speaker, whenever someone out in the world tweets a threat of violence or hateful content. but when a member of the house does so, no matter how you rationalize it, no matter how you try to put lipstick on that
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pig, it's a threat of violence. what representative gosar did last week is not just worthy ofsen sure. it demands it. for anyone who threatens to apply the same standard to democrats in the future, as ms. speier said, i'm with you. this is not about republicans or democrats, this is about decency. this is about security for our members. this is about democracy. not violent overthrow or opposition. i for one will join you in enforcing that standard on any democrat who violates it. but i will tell you this, your analogy, madam speaker, the analogies that the republicans have been making, limp badly. i'm certain my fellow democrats
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will do the same. this is not about party. it's not about politics. it's not about partisanship. it's about decorum. silty. safety. and yes, the rule of law. that was trampled upon on january 6. but this is not about january 6. but this is about this incident. of a member using whatever medium you want to say on the public dime threatening and showing the killing of a member of this house. can't that appall you? even that act? do you have no shame? madam speaker, those are the questions that i would ask. no one, democrat or republican, ought to be allowed to engage in the promotion of violence against a fellow member or indeed a fellow american. because we know with the glorification and promotion of
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violence, we have seen it, we have seen it this year and previous years. piercing tweets become sharp knives. words bring out firearms and cartoon killing begets real life bloodshed. this addresses representative gosar's acts but it also addresses what i hope is the sentiment shared by members of both parties that we have seen too much of violent speech in our politics and in this country and it must end. in february, when we considered a resolution relating to the violence promoting undeck rouse actions of representative greene, i recalled the famous words of edmund burke, who viewed service in his nation's parliament as the highest calling. he said, nothing is necessary for the spread of evil but that good men and women -- he did not add that but would today certainly, that good men and good women do nothing.
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once again. republican leadership in this house has chosen to do nothing. it's interesting because a far lesser offense resulted in the removal of a republican by the republicans from committee. steve king of iowa. so again, the house in light of that void, must take action. i urge my colleagues to vote yes. on both sides of the aisle. to uphold a standard that should be critical to us all. some modicum of respect for those who are political opponents, madam speaker. and some restraint in the way we depict them and ourselves. vote yes on this resolution. i yield back the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana. mrs. walorski: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. comer, ranking member of the oversight and reform committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. comer: during democrat's leadership of the house we've seen an unprecedented exercise of authority that only a democrat could wield due to the authoritarian nature of actions. democrat leadership has fined republican members for not mask, installed metal detectors, stripped another republican of committee assignments issued and sought to enforce sweeping subpoenas against the former president and his top advisers. i'm not just talking about subpoenas related to the event of january 6. democrats on the oversight committee are chilling, if not infringing the first amendment rights of advocacy group, corporations an individuals. they've asked for communications between certain nonprofit organizations and certain
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member's offices. these communications fall squarely within the right to petition abfreely associate. and today, we're debating a resolution to censure dr. gosar for something he posted to his twitter account. while republicans certainly do not condone violence and extreme behavior my question for this body is, when will we exact punishment in an equitable, that's one of the favorite words of my democrat colleagues, equitable manner? madam speaker, we have democrat colleagues who routinely call for violence in the streets, make anti-semitic comments on twitter, launch obscenities at our elected officials and engage in inappropriate relationships with chinese operatives. yet madam speaker, these democrats maintain even their leadership positions on prestigious and sensitive committees like the intelligence committee. the last time we took this
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extraordinary step to censure a member of the house, it was congressman raengel after a thorough -- rangel after a thorough investigation into improper use of resources and benefits. instead of solving america's crises, drugs rolling across the southern border, rising gas prices and grocery prices in this ongoing pandemic we're here debating the censure of dr. gosar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. comer: i urge my colleagues to vote against this resolution and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: i yield one and a half minutes to a member of the house ethics committee, the gentlelady from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman gentlelady is recognized. >> like representative ocasio-cortez i have served in this house for three years. i have found the dignity and respect we owe one another in
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this chamber has been severely lacking. while my democratic colleagues and i continue to work on critical legislation that improves the lives of americans, mr. gosar, a member of the republican conference, has decided to focus on promoting xenophobea and fetishizing violence, fanning the flames of hate. ms. escobar: words words have power, my community only knows too well, and the example we set as members of congress is followed by millions of americans. ms. escobar: mr. gosar's actions continue to lower the bar, obliterate standards for respect and civility, and make this workplace unsafe by targeting a colleague, a woman of color. i'd like to note that women of color are frequent targets of hateful rhetoric and attacks like these. in any other environment, in any other environment, someone like mr. gosar would have immediately faced termination, would have to
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live with the consequences of his dangerous actions and words, but not in the republican conference. mr. gosar's video, which glorifies the gruesome killing of our colleague and a violent attack against our president, should have sparked immediate condemnation and action by the minority leader and his entire conference. but instead, we're told to relax. and we're threatened, told that if we dare take action, we will face retaliation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. escobar: my colleagues, when hate and racism -- mr. deutch: madam speaker, additional 15 seconds. mr. escobar: my colleagues, when you give hate, racism and violence cover, you give it life. with this vote we are saying not on our watch. i invite my republican colleagues to do what's right and support this resolution. thank you, mr. chairman, thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana. mrs. walorski: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes
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to the gentleman from texas, mr. roy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. roy: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentlelady for yielding. my colleague just referenced the phrase, any other environment, that there would be some consequences. well, this is not any other environment. this is the house of representatives. we have constituents who elect us, send us to washington to represent them, engage in debate, engage in often heated discussions with each other. this is not the same. one of the fundamental problems we have as a chamber right now is that it's being treated that way. it's being treated that way by the majority. shutting down our ability to engage in actual debate, shutting down our ability to move about the chamber wearing these masks, talking about right now with c.m.s. and what's
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happening, as early as december 5, doctors in san antonio, texas, unable to perform their tasks as doctors, potentially the result of loss of life through vaccine mandates. we have untold harm occurring in south texas with bodies in trailers. we have people dying. we have these vaccine mandates causing people to lose their jobs, osha jobs, military, defense, border patrol. all of this is happening as we're heading towards december 3 with a potential government shutdown. and this is what we're having the debate on the house floor. i have not seen this chamber look like this since i've been in congress where we're debating an issue and we have 100 members on the floor. we're down here usually giving speeches to an empty chamber. look, let me be clear. i would not have posted that video. i would have told my staff, i don't want to do that if i knew what was in it, ok.
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but the video that was posted was an effort to make a point. we're now in the business of chilling debate and discussion about censuring our members -- mrs. walorski: madam speaker, i yield an additional 30 seconds. mr. roy: and going down the road of pulling each other off of committees. where's this going to end? when republicans is back in the majority, where is this going to end? when ms. ocasio-cortez called my friend ted cruz an attempted murderer and i asked her not to be strip of committees but just to apologize, it was met with utter silence. i call then and i call now for us to drop that down and actually engage in debate on the issues that matter. actually engage in debate what's occurring in america where people are getting harmed by vaccine mandates and open borders. mr. deutch: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from texas.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. ms. garcia: thank you, madam speaker. representative gosar's behavior is alarming, unacceptable, and should never, ever be tolerated. the official communication accounts for a member of the united states congress should never in any way show or encourage violence against a colleague or threaten the president of the united states. on january 6, we personally experienced the consequences of allowing this kind of viciousness and vulgarity. put simply, violent images in our politics encourages violence against any of us. no one, especially women and women of color, should fear coming to do the work they were elected to do for the people. we must encourage women to lead, not silence them, by tolerating threats like the congressman. as members of congress, we must set an example for the entire country. it is our moral imperative to be
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collegial to one another. it is our responsibility to hold ourselves accountable. and it is our obligation to protect the integrity and honor the united states congress. children are watching. the world is watching. we must do better. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana. ms. garcia: thank you. i yield back. mrs. walorski: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from north dakota, mr. armstrong. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. armstrong: thank you, madam speaker. i was in minneapolis that saturday that speech was given. to say it was an analogous i think is is uncertain. the entire town was a tender box. i would like less the self-righteous indignation. what's unfortunate is we've abandoned any institutionality. any pretense of fairness. any notion that some things should be above partisanship. because i got news. i believe this. what i thought was said in minneapolis doesn't rise an
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incitement of violence. jury tampering, maybe. the same thing goes with this post. it was dumb. it was silly. it was stupid. it was mean-spirited. you know what's not? it's not incitement of violence. when we use hyperbole, we cause ourselves problems. the are this house of representatives -- this house of representatives looks like a junior high lunchroom. if you're in our clique, you're ok. if not, tough. if you like you, no fines. if we don't, we'll take it out of your paycheck. a member on your side calls for violence, motion to table. a member on our side, stand in the well and answer for your sins. rules matter. process matters. the institution matters. and this will be the fourth member of the minority stripped of their committees by the majority this congress. that has never happened before. but it's going to happen again. and that's what i don't understand. i understand completely why the
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majority's leadership is willing to do anything to remain control of the caucus until the next election. but in the process, you are all negatively and permanently changing the way this body functions. forever. you are weaponizing the gavel against minority members. and if you think it stops at the next election, i have no doubt that the leadership in the majority has no intention of going back to being a rank and file member in the minority. but the rest of all will. now do you think this ends? when the pendulum swings, and it will, we are going to suffer the consequences. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady. mrs. walorski: i yield an additional 30 seconds. mr. armstrong: and the institution is going to suffer for it and it's already suffering for it. committee structuring, witness list, these are all purview of the majority. but this has to be applied equally to all members or the institution continues to degrade and the rules are not being applied equally. and it's noticed by us.
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it's noticed by the american people. it's unfortunate, and it's sad. and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are once again reminded to address their remarks to the chair. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: i yield one minute to the house majority whip. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. clyburn: thank you very much, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding me time. madam speaker, i rise in strong support of this censure resolution. today's actions is necessary. due to representative gosar's shocking depiction of a murder of a colleague and a violent attack against the president of the united states. this insendary behavior -- insendary behavior cannot go unaddressed. this leaves us no choice but to proceed with this action. i often refer to the hall of
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this house as america's classroom. as members of this august body, we should conduct ourselves in the way we must leave our students to immolate. mr. gosar's behavior fails our students, fails our colleagues, and fails our nation and the ideals weess pows -- we espouse. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. walorski: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. good. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. good: thank you, madam chair. as my colleagues told you before, this is not about mr. gosar. this is about hypocrisy from the majority and the double standard. does anyone in this chamber think we would be here today if the exact situation was reversed? clearly we would not be here.
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the american people don't care about what we're doing here today. when we get back to our districts next week, no one will ask us, what about the cartoon video, what happened with in a? the media cares, as we can see here today. my colleagues across the aisle care because they have an opportunity, again, here. when our hardworking constituents, what they care about is the disastrous policies enacted by this administration and the majority, the disastrous policies, none of which are working. we cannot point to one thing in the country that's going well under these disastrous policies. the border invasion. the rising gas prices. the out-of-control inflation. the reckless spending of our children's future. the failure in afghanistan. our failure with our standing around the world. there's not one issue. rising crime. nothing they can point to. instead, we point to a distraction here today to pretend this matters to the american people. we have -- a rasmussen poll said
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this week on the generic ballot republicans are up 13%. but the tone deaf majority is frying to ram through as much of their partisan agenda they can. what they're going to find out is that america spoke two weeks ago in the election, and there are many of their constituents and now former democrats who spoke two weeks ago as well. and they're saying, what in the world are we doing on the house floor today? we're stalling before we try to pass a radical build back bankrupt bernie and a.o.c. bill. and here we are trying to punish another member, trying to silence voices on committees. i urge all of my colleagues to vote against this sham bill and resolution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentlelady from florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. madam speaker, i rise to urge the censure and remove from committees of mr. gosar for
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portraying the murder of a fellow colleague and promoting violence against immigrants. we know that promoting visions of violence and spreading false, hateful rhetoric foments actual violence. january 6 taught us that. surely, we can't use taxpayers' own money to do this. i still see bedside visions of my friend gabby giffords, fighting for her life. her aide already dead. i shutter to recall mr. scalise limping to this chamber on a cane because someone tried to murder him. a pipe bomb, sent by a deranged trump supporter and handled by my staff had to be detonated. you know, it's ironic that mr. gosar compares himself to alexander hamilton and another member condoned the stylized violence portrayed by mr. gosar
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because hamilton was actually killed by accepted high-class violence in his day in a duo, promoting and glorifying such conduct cannot be condoned or ignored by this body. voting to censure mr. gosar today firmly denounces it unequivocally. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana. mrs. walorski: madam speaker, i am pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from louisiana, mr. higgins. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. higgins: madam speaker, america is being crushed under the oppressive weight of the democrats' greed for lust and power. they want totalitarian control over every aspect of american life and their rule -- they're ruling the people's house if they're royalty. america is dissolving under our feet, and democrats are worried about cartoons. in in afghanistan, democrats led betrayal of american honor,
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granting control of the afghan theater to terrorists and arming those jihadist terrorists with millions of dollar os weapons systems. our southern border has disintegrated. american sovereignty is lost and control of our own border completely ceded to criminal cartels. american parent are tracked by terrorists because they had the audacity to challenge government indoctrination of their children, assembling at their own school boards and own communities. american parents treated like criminals. americans dealing with unbelievable inflation. families cannot afford groceries and fuel and millions of americans are being commanded by federal decree to choose between losing their job or neiling to comply with an -- or kneeling to comply with an unconstitutional mandated medical procedure and the oppressors intend to
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distract you with cartoons over the -- cartoons. over the speaker's podium are forever etched the words, "in god we trust." scripture says a friend loveth at all times and a brother stands in adversity. i stand with my brother paul gosar today because i stand against oppression and persecution. madam speaker, i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: i yield one minute the member from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, not since the civil war has congress operated under the constant threat of violence from some of its own members. but here we are. that is the behavior that mr. gosar has encouraged. maybe i shouldn't be surprised, having watched so many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle incite and then express support for the insurrectionists who nearly killed us in this chamber on january 6. we cannot let the republican
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party make congress the only workplace in america where violence against your co-workers is not a crime but a credential. if we don't hold people like mrl only embolden the worst people in our politics to bring their fever dreams to life. that is why today we are standing up for the safety of our colleagues, for the safety of congresswoman ocasio-cortez, and for the future of our democracy. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana. mrs. walorski: i am pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. gohmert: thank you, madam speaker. i looked at the video anime and was trying to figure out, i couldn't see, i'm told if you stop it frame by frame you can see what our democrat friends are talking about. i couldn't see it. i tried to freeze frame and i saw what i was told was supposed
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to be our colleague, congresswoman ocasio-cortez, i was insulted for her if that's supposed to be her. that's really unfair. but i didn't see the violence being talked about. we should not condone violence. but the reason it's so hard to sit here and listen to the condemnation from the other side, madam speaker, is because when there was violence against us, there was no condemnation. my wife and i went to a speech at the white house and i have yet to hear anybody condemn the attempted violence on us. we were chased for two blocks. now ron paul was on tv when he was chased. because he had cameras and secret service around him. we didn't have that. if it weren't for a guy popping up and opening a locked door,y we would have -- i told kathy,
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look, i'm afraid they're going to get here before this door is opened. you run on down to pennsylvania, there are cops down there. they'll be beating on me, you just get away. nobody has condemned all that violence, that i've ever heard. this is where we ought to be able to come together. oh and by the way. people that committed violence, did crimes in this building, need to be punished but for many of them the most serious crime was on strucking an official's -- an official session of congress. it turns out, i didn't know it was a crime in 2016. but most of the democratic party committed a felony right here in this chamber by obstructing an official session of congress not six hours like january 6 but 26 hours. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire. the gentleman from florida. mr. gohmert: let's come together and agree on what is crime. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one
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minute. ms. lee: i want to thank the gentleman for yielding. representative gosar used taxpayer funded resources to publicize a cartoon of him killing one of our house colleague, congresswoman ocasio-cortez, and threatening to kill the president. when republicans don't condemn death threats against their colleagues and the president it sends a message to the public that these threats are condoned. their silence and misrepresentation in light of these threats speaks volumes. it might be easy for mr. gosar to shrug this off as a joke but it's not only members of congress but women and people of color throughout the country who daily deal with the threat of physical violence. this is no laughing matter. as someone who for decades has had to live with death threats, we need to say enough is enough. hate speech leads to violence.
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death threats can lead to deaths. this resolution, i tell you,s the minimum we need to do. it reinforces that this behavior will not be tolerated. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana. mrs. walorski: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from ohio, mr. jordan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. jordan: as we speak the f.b.i. is treating parents as terrorist, the department of justice is getting ready to pay people $450,000 who illegally entered our country, and democrats in congress late they are week plan to spend $2 trillion more which we all know will only exacerbate the already 30-year high inflation. and what are they doing today? censuring a member for a cartoon. you have got to be kidding me. the attack, what scares me most
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about this is the attack we have seen on the first amendment other the last year from the left, from the democrat party. they're attacking moms. for standing up and speaking at a school board meeting. they're stopping americans, there are still places in this country where a full congregation can't meet on a sunday morning. stopping americans from practicing pair first amendment freedom of religion rights. forever the speaker stopped americans from petitions congress to redress their grievance, wouldn't let them in the capitol. now censoring speech the most fundamental right we have. they're going after that today. they don't like freedom. you can see it. this is wrong. we know it's wrong. what they're doing to our colleague, mr. gosar is wrong. i hope, i hope they will have second thoughts and we will vote this down. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: i yield a minute and 15 seconds to the committee
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member from minnesota. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute and 15 seconds. mr. phillips: i love freedom. live george washington. i keep this book on my desk. george washington's rules of civility and decent behavior. i encourage every colleague in this body, every one of us, keep this on your desk and refer to it. i've heard everything talked about today. inflation, afghanistan, schools. except the issue we're here for. censure of a member of congress who issued a video showing the killing of a fellow member of congress. worst of all, most despicable of all, the object of the censure said it was to attract a new generation. think about that. to attract a new generation of americans. we got to do better, my friends. come on. to my friend from virginia who said if democrats had done this, what would we do? rest assured, my friends, every one of you, we'd do the same thing because i will never, ever, ever allow a fellow member of congress to threaten or
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distribute a video showing the killing of of one of us let alone another american. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana. mrs. walorski: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from colorado, mrs. boebert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. boebert: thank you, madam speaker. democrat policies are so pathetic and have done so poorly that the left has nothing left to do but to troll the internet looking for ways to get offended and try to target members and strip them of their committees. this is a dumb waste of the house's time. but since the speaker has designated the floor to discuss members inappropriate actions, shall we? the jihad squad member from minnesota has paid her husband and not her brother-husband, the other one, over $1 million in campaign funds. this member is allowed only the foreign affairs committee. while praising terrorists. a democrat chairwoman incited
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further violence in the streets outside of a courthouse. and then the cherry on top. my colleague and three-month presidential candidate from california who is on the intelligence committee, slept with a chinese spy. let me say that again. a member of congress who receives classified briefings was from ternizing with the enemy. this is unacceptable and would never -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expire. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: i yield one minute to ethics committee member from pennsylvania, ms. wild. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. wild: as maya and gee lieu said -- angelo said -- angelou said when someone shows you who they are believe them the first time. despite representative gosar's conduct showing him to be a dangerous extremist he's still here in congress. now he's depicted himself killing one of our colleagues and the president of the united states.
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never doubt that leaders' calls for violence can lead to actual violence. we've seen it throughout the world and we've seen it right here on january 6. nor should the actions of his taxpayer-paid staff in creating and disseminating this video be ignored. they are grown adults. and they have cultivated a hostile work environment for the subject of this disgusting video and her staff. paul gosar has glorified violence against a duly elected official who came here to serve her district. she, nor any of us, signed up for this kind of abuse. our families should not have to live with the fear that we'll be subject to violent attacks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. wild: censure him. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana. mrs. walorski: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. rice.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rice: thank you, madam speaker. with so many real problems facing americans, created by the biden administration, open borders, soaring gas prices, sky high grocery bills and our embarrassment in afghanistan, my friends across the aisle assemble us here today to debate a cartoon. political cartoons routinely depict violence. it's not new. cartoons have depicted violence since there were cartoons. if you done believe me google political cartoons 2021. you'll see a depiction of joe biden killing a republican with a steam roller. a republican elephant trampling voters, among many others. i ask all of you out there to watch the gosar cartoon that is occupying the floor of the united states congress for over an hour today.
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is it inappropriate? yes. childish? of course. stupid? without question. but is it a threat? absolutely do not now i know some members may need to seek therapy because they saw this cartoon. but is it a threat? absolutely not. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the assistant speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you for yielding. it started with a white supremacist online fringe movement and turned into a deadly january 6 insurrection. and now i stand before you because a member of this body has once again had her life threatened. but this time by a colleague who posted a video of killing her on his official account. think of that. and it's no coincidence that the
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recipients of this violence are most often women and women of color because this violence is directly connected to sexism and racism. ms. clark: we cannot and must not accept this behavior. and silence and excuse is condoning it. the excuses we have heard today, this is ok because it's highly stylized killing. it's a cartoon. it was some sort of youth outreach. are grotesque. enough is enough. vote for this resolution, vote for censure, vote for decency. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana. mrs. walorski: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: i yield one minute to the vice caucus chair. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> when an armed mob stormed the capitol earlier this year they did so under the belief that political violence was an
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acceptable means to an end. as leaders and members of this body every one of us has a responsibility to stand up and make clear that way of thinking is unacceptable. we have a responsibility here to work together to keep our colleagues, our staff, and all the people who work in this building safe. that goal becomes more difficult when members are making open threats of violence on social media. mr. aguilar: it is not acceptable for a member of the house to insinuate they want to violently kill a member and we need to directly respond to this threat. today we have a chance to send a strong, unified, bipartisan message against this kind of conduct. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the resolution to ensure accountability and recommit ourselves to the safety of every member and the future member of this body. thank you and i yield back. mrs. walorski: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the chairman of the house democratic caucus, mr. jeffries. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. jeffries: i rise in strong
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support of this censure resolution. inciting violence is unacceptable. threatening to kill a colleague, the president of the united states, or any american is unacceptable. and i rise to make it clear that we have an opportunity today to choose decency over demonization, to choose civility over cynicism, to choose the rule of law over reckless levi lent behavior. that is why the -- recklessly violent behavior. we cannot normalize violence tomorrow or moving forward in our future. the house will hold paul gosar accountable for his violent and deplorable behavior, whether the
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cover-up caucus likes it or not. vote yes on this censure resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana. mrs. walorski: madam speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: i yield 45 seconds to ms. leggms. leger fernandez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. leger fernandez: the responsibility calls upon us to condemn hate when we see it. if we let hate fester, it will threaten to destroy us. that's why one in three women have been attacked violently in this country and around the world. instead of apologizing today, republicans chose to vilify immigrants yet again. which is an outrage when the victim is herself a latina. remember the gunman who traveled to el paso to kill mexicans after republican politicians deem onnized them -- demonized them. scripture says love thy neighbor
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as we love thy ourself. it is the love of this institution, the love for our fellow members which is calling upon us to pass this resolution. mrs. walorski: madam speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: i have no further speakers. i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana is recognized to close. mrs. walorski: thank you. i absolutely reject violence and calls for violence against any member of congress or anyone else. but by rushing this vote to the floor today and ignoring the process, the majority is setting a precedent that i fear may not serve this institution well in the future. the majority should withdraw this resolution and if it chooses, do this through law enforcement and/or the ethics committee. if the resolution is not withdrawn, then i am going to vote no and hope at some point the ethics committee will once again serve this body as it was intended. i ask my colleagues to vote no and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: madam speaker, none of us want to be here today. revisiting the violent imagery, the vial, hateful content that representative gosar delighted in disseminating over his official social media accounts, material defended over and over and over today by our colleagues. if the republican leadership acted as it should when they breached the most basic standards of decorum and decency, we wouldn't be here. if the house cannot ignore representative gosar's conduct, as republicans would have us do. january 6 must serve as a reminder of just how important this action is we're about to take. on january 6, violence stoked by hateful imagery and inflammatory rhetoric over social media found its way to the steps of the united states capitol and the doors of this table. on -- doors of this chamber.
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capitol police officers drew their weapons. members bravely blocked their entrance. heroes valiantly repelled the attack on our democracy. on this day, with our votes on this resolution, let us reject the notion that it is ever acceptable for a member of congress to threaten the safety of a fellow member, to depict the murder of a fellow member. let this resolution serve as an unwavering statement that never in this house should the type of horrific violent imagery be deemed acceptable. madam speaker, i would ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to smash the partisan lens through which they view this behavior and this debate. i would ask all of my colleagues to support safety and civility and decency by
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the speaker: the house will be in order. will representative gosar present himself in the well. by adoption of house resolution 789, the house is resolved that representative paul gosar of arizona be censured. that representative paul gosar forthwith present himself in the well of the house with


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