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least in the summer from people we spoke to, thinking about when they could wind it down. they are careful not to give it a date until this week. they were sorta forced by the fact republicans are trying to pass a series of bills that will end a lot of these emergency rules, declarations, to really come out and say we will end at may 11 of the last day will keep it. republicans have been touting it as a win, that is what they have been asking for a year now. they have not been getting an answer until now. host: are republicans excepting the date, or are they pushing for to happen sooner? guest: they are going to try to advance the legislation this week. the house, it looks pretty clear. it is about four bills. not to be too technical --
host: we are happy with technical. guest: there is a national declaration of emergency, which has a broader look, then the hhs public health emergency. there is also a series of telework >> we'll leave this program here to keep our over 40-year commit many to live coverage of congress. u.s. house is about to gavel in to consider several pandemic related bills. now live coverage on the u.s. house here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me?
lord of our lives, may we approach you this day with earnest and truthful hearts. may we be eager to obey your laws, desirous for your company among us, and committed to remain loyal in our service to you and to this nation. enable us to keep your commands ever before us, like lenses through which we look to determine our steps, like reminders written on our hands so that we cannot ignore them. and when we walk these halls or take our seats in meeting rooms or rise to speak in these chambers, may we pause to realize that you are here in our midst. thus, may we not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought but prudent in imploring the opportunities you have entrusted to us. always and with sincerity, may we devote ourselves to your intent for our lives, not with
lip service but as one's totally beholden to you for all that we have. today and every day, may we strive to do your will with our whole heart. in your sovereign and gracious name we pray, amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announced to the house the approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from new york, mr. higgins. mr. higgins: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the
gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> madam chair, i rise to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam chair. madam chair, i rise today because our veterans deserve access to care in every corner of the country and they selflessly defended this country. the tricare benefit on behalf of the d.o.d. instituted changes which cut out thousands of pharmacies last year, my office received dozens of calls from veterans who were unable to access their prescriptions. our local pharmacies have the drugs these veterans need now but unless there are changes from the d.o.d. that provide ac access, our veterans cannot access the medicines they need. while the d.o.d. drags their feet, veterans are refusing lifesaving medicines and are given unacceptable care. mr. kenzie is one of the many patients in my district who this
new rule affected. mr. scott: he's a cancer patient at central georgia cancer care and is taking a chemo drug. he's been on this medication for about a year and was told that tricare would no longer pay for the medication at the local pharmacy. he called my office after trying to fill his prescriptions and only had five pills left of this critical drug. the new d.o.d. approved pharmacy said they could mail the drug to him in 10 days but he couldn't wait 10 days. this is just one example of what community -- why community pharmacists are so vital to patients, especially in rural districts. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. higgins: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: madam speaker, on may 14, 2022, a racist mass shooting took place at a supermarket in my home community in buffalo, new york. armed with an assault weapon, the shooter killed 10 people and injured three more in just two minutes and three seconds, one shooter. we continue to mourn and we continue to struggle to move on.
sadly, we are not the only community facing this challenge. horrific mass shootings have taken place in uvalde, texas, highland park, illinois, colorado springs, raleigh, north carolina, monterey bay, and half moon bay, california. last year we passed the bipartisan safe communities act. this was an important step but more needs to be done. as we mark national gun violence survivors week, we must honor those impacted by shootings by continuing to deliver legislation that will save lives. i'm proud to support a federal assault ban -- assault weapons ban, and i urge my colleagues to do the same. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from guam seek recognition? mr. moylan: mr. speaker, i ask to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. moylan: i'd like to wish franklin gutierrez jr. a happy birthday. over the weekend, frarnklin g,
who is one of guam's legendary musicians, turned the big 5-0. for years mr. gutierrez has not only entertained with his local gifts but he's also nurtured future generations of musicians in guam. his band is an island icon. frankie g. is more than just a musician. he's a proud husband, a father, a grandfather and a friend. frankie g. has also served his island as an officer with the guam customs and quarantine agency. he has proudly protected our borders while putting himself in harm's way. from the halls of the united states house of representatives, i would like to wish frankie g. a happy 50th birthday. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized.
mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, my two sisters are public school teachers. they taught me that school breakfast and lunches are every bit as important as a textbook or laptop to that child's ability to learn. during the pandemic, congress wisely provided 30 million kids free meals at school but last spring that provision expired. they had to go back to onerous paperwork and millions of kids stopped getting free meals. i ask usaid to lower the threshold for community eligibility. california, maine, and soon colorado already made universal school meals permanent. three other states, including massachusetts, have extended universal meals through this school year. massachusetts is working to make the program permanent with legislation recently introduced by state rep andy vargas and
senator domenico. madam speaker, we have a sacred responsibility to keep kids fed, and i am hopeful one day soon we can pass a universal school meals bill here in the united states congress. together we can end hunger now. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i rise to seek unanimous consent to address the body. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you very much. madam speaker, i have breaking news. the pandemic has ended. it seems that everyone knows the pandemic is over except the white house. despite the fact that the president said in an interview last september on "60 minutes" the pandemic has ended, the public health emergency has been extended again for the 12th time. madam speaker, it's past time to end this blatant federal overreach and that's exactly
what we are going to do. mr. bean: this week house republicans will vote to repeal the public health emergency, stop the forced vaccination of our health care workers, and finally get federal workers back to their offices to serve the american people. it's time to restore individual liberty so the -- to the american people so the american people, not the federal government, can make the best decisions for themselves and their families. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. garcia: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. garcia: madam speaker, extreme maga republicans have an economic plan that will hurt working families. house republicans are said to advance a new 30% national sales
tax. let me repeat that. 30% national sales tax. this will increase the average family's cost for groceries and everyday essentials by about $100 every single month. on top of that, they want to cut social security, cut medicare. working families will lose their hard-earned benefits. they are putting their special interests over the working class. they're putting special interests over people. rest assured, madam speaker, no matter what extreme maga republicans do, house democrats will continue to fight for working families. it is the middle class that makes our country strong. we will be there to put them over politics. we will be there to put people first. thank you, maments. i yield back -- thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my
remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. lamalfa: thank you, madam speaker. our nation is currently $31 trillion in debt. unfunded liabilities, meaning debt we can't fund, are almost $124 trillion. over the past few years, democrat majorities have added $300 billion in new extra federal spending. this level of spending is actually driving inflation. it's fueling runaway inflation that's driving up the price of everything from gasoline. we've known about that for a long time. to eggs, which seems to be a more recent phenomena. why do we have to keep doing this? we shouldn't. america's the land of plenty. america's the land of innovation. we can produce anything we want. we can innovate new and better ways to do it in this country. we're being hampered by government regulations, lack of planning, overspending by government. it's taking away the initiative of people to be able to do things on their own instead of
being harmed by government spending and regulation. we have to address washington, d.c.'s reckless spending, which is driving inflation and a massive amount of debt. the interest rate keeps going up, we won't be able to service the debt the way we should. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from the virgin islands -- the gentlewoman from the virgin islands seek recognition? ms. plaskett: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. plaskett: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to highlight a major legislative win which was the designation of the national heritage area act for my home of st. croix in the virgin islands. i want to thank the support of senator angus king, who introduced the senate companion bill which was signed into law by president biden. st. croix, which its place of landing, the only place in the united states on which christopher columbus actually
set his foot home to native caribs who engaged in fight with christopher columbus, the home of alexander hamilton, our history of enslavement and the struggle to maintain our african ancestors' culture on that island. seven nations have owned the u.s. virgin islands at one point or another. adding to a blend of rich -- a rich blend of many cultures and ideas. the epitome of american-ism. how the actual change in our country takes place. st. croix's national heritage area designation is the culmination of nearly 20 years of advocacy and hard work. we look forward to what it brings to our island. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: my
apologies. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, this week americans are hearing about yet another battle over the debt cei ceiling, a fiscal restraint that was supposed to stop congress from spending too much. congress gives itself a free pass to raise the debt ceiling, kicking the cdown the road. but with the national debt over $31 trillion, this game of our country cannot keep afford to playing. president biden is set to miss his budget deadline as required by law for the third consecutive year. mr. mccormick: i'd love to see us actually handle the budget one item at a time rather than a typical omnibus. victimification of -- villification of debt control
and protecting future generations is not where this discussion should start. we are not going to get rid of this deficit one year but can we at least have one small step towards reducing our national debt for the future of our children? hardworking american families have balanced budgets every month, every year, and they deserve a government that does the same. with that i yield. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. burgess: madam speaker, by the direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 75 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 1, house resolution 75. resolved, that upon adoption of resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the joint resolution, h.j. res. 7, relating to a national
emergency declared by the president on march 13, 2020. all points of order against consideration of the joint resolution are waived. the joint resolution shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the joint resolution are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the joint resolution and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on transportation and infrastructure or their respective designees, and two, one motion to recommit. section 2. upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 139, to require executive agencies to submit to congress a study of the impacts of expanded telework and remote work by agency employees during the covid—19 pandemic and a plan for the agency's future use of telework and remote work, and for other purposes. all points of order against
consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on oversight and accountability or or their respective designees. and, two, one motion to recommit. section 3. upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 382, to terminate the public health emergency declared with respect to covid—19. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority
member of the committee on energy and commerce or their respective designees, and two, one motion to recommit. section 4. upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 497, to eliminate the covid—19 vaccine mandate on health care providers furnishing items and services under certain federal health care programs. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on energy and commerce or their respective designees, and, two, one motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one hour.
mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. for the purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the previous question is ordered. mr. burgess: during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burgess: madam speaker, last night the rules committee met and reported a rule, house resolution 75, providing for the consideration of four measures, h.j.res. 7, h.r. 139, h.r. 382, and h.r. 497. the rule provides consideration of all four measures under closed rules with each having an hour of debate.
the rule provides one motion to recommit for each measure. madam speaker, i rise today in support of this rule and in support of the underlying bills. today the republican majority begins the long process of reversing the policy failures of president biden and the previous democrat majority. madam speaker, republicans last week demonstrated that republicans are committed to governing for the american people. towards that end, madam speaker, house republicans have had one of the most productive legislative weeks in recent memory. our new governing majority has demonstrated that it is no longer the closed shop which was business as usual in a democratic house in the last congress. instead of a lethargic congress, republicans in only three short
weeks have set a precedent that i hope subsequently members will emulate. the new republican majority is eager to begin the important work that america's sent us -- americans sent us here to do. so instead of legislating for the few at the expense of the many, republicans are making good on our commitment to america. we are dismantling the covid surveillance state. we are protecting the conscience rights of our health care workers. we are demanding that government employees show up to do their job like the rest of america has done, and we are terminating and resinlding -- rescinding the extensions of president biden's public health emergency declaration. you know, sometimes, madam speaker, i almost feel like i've been trapped in a dickens novel,
in "a tale of two cities." it seems the biden administration is clearly of two minds on the covid pandemic. one view being, the best of times. the administration's policies to combat the pandemic have been a resounding success. but then on the other hand, we are still living through a crisis that requires emergency measures that have to be prolonged indefinitely. but the american people spoke in the last election, madam speaker. their message was clear enough, their message by electing republicans was enough is enough. so now, thanks to chairman graves and h.j.res. 7, the american people can be assured that president biden's national emergency will be rescinded and americans will finally have a government that recognizes the reality across our nation, the very words spoken by president
biden on 60 minutes last september, the pandemic is over. madam speaker, nowhere is the contrast more evidence between republicans and democrats than what is included in this rule today. the republican majority is already hard at work passing commonsense legislation that will benefit our people, that will benefit all americans, not just the connected few. madam speaker, just like you, one of the most vital services i provide to the constituents of the people of the 26th district of texas is communicating with federal agencies on their behalf. through this communication, i'm able to ensure timely services like passport services, social security benefits, medicare enrollment, veterans' benefits and many more. but over the past few years, i've seen that these services have been severely delayed or even halted, completely in some cases, because, what do you get?
no one answers the phone or you get an out of office response from a federal agency. i submit that is entirely unacceptable. in fact, last week i introduced a bill called the react act in a bipartisan fashion to require a timely response from the executive agencies after inquiries from members of congress. however, in order for the agencies to fulfill their responsibilities, they first have to get back to work. h.r. 139, the show up act, would end the unproductive telework policies to ensure that these federal agencies are back at work for the american people. i strongly support this bill and i urge other members to support the underlying bill, as well as the rule. madam speaker, again, this september president biden in a candid, unguarded moment, officially admitted that the
pandemic is over. and then for emphasis, he repeated it. but despite this declaration, the administration, this administration just re-authorized the 12th extension of the covid-19 public health emergency. i think all of us who were here at the time agree that in march of 2020, the country was very much in a public health emergency. however, now the landscape has changed. and now the american people are transitioning back to their normal routines. today the biden administration's lack of transparency has yet again put our country in a very difficult position. throughout the last three years and 12 extensions of this public health emergency, people have had ample time to seriously discuss a plan to avoid disruptions to patients and providers as we transition out of this pandemic. this newhouse majority has been
-- new house majority has been pressing the administration to come up with a plan, to make permanent the policies that work and unwind the policies that don't. while there were several successful policies and innovations that came out of the emergency declaration, such as telehealth and hospital at home flexibilities, this administration has repeatedly failed to provide a plan. the public health emergency cannot serve as a permanent means for the biden administration to subvert congress to enact their radical agenda. madam speaker, i support congressman guthrie's efforts to officially end this public health emergency and look forward to transitioning back to regular order. madam speaker, our health care workers across america are still subject to president biden's vaccine mandate enforced by the centers for medicare and medicaid services. the health care industry is already suffering from a severe work force shortage that will
have drastic effects on our ability to take care of patients. republicans have been crystal clear on the issue, madam speaker. we never have and never will support federal vaccine mandates. the personal health decision of whether to receive a vaccine should be left between a patient and their doctor. the federal government has no place in demanding what an american must do for their personal health. and certainly as a condition of employment. for texas specifically, one of our hospitals lost over 150 workers due to the federal vaccine mandate. this decision has deepened the staffing shortages back home, especially in rural areas, leaving all of us ill-equipped to deal with day to day functions. madam speaker, i will just conclude by saying i stand in strong support of this rule and the underlying bills that they will allow to be debated and i
urge my fellow members to support the rule and i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: thank you, madam speaker. and let me thank the gentleman from texas, now the new vice chair of the rules committee, for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, there's a lot to take in from what the gentleman's opening remarks -- the opening remarks that he provided. i just want to say one thing. he says that the republicans have a mandate. i think the message of the last two elections was the overwhelming number of people in this country said no to extremism. and mandate? i mean, we picked up -- democrats picked up a seat in the senate and the red wave that was predicted by my republican friends turned into a pink
splash. and the reason why was because people were turned off by your extremism. and this, in spite of all kinds of jerry manldzerring and -- gerrymandering and crazy redistricting plans and money like we've never seen in an election before. and we have the narrowest of narrow margins. so if the gentleman thinks that there's a mandate here to embrace extremism, well, i beg to differ with that. and, madam speaker, there's no denying that the situation with covid has improved. cases are down. deaths are down. and most of us have returned to the lifestyles we had before the pandemic. but that's because of the incredible steps we've taken to keep people safe. vaccines, expanded health care, telework flexibilities, other programs and initiatives that ensure americans can lead healthy, full lives. the rule before us today allows
for the consideration of four measures, four reckless, regressive measures to turn back the clock on all that we've gone through and learned over these last three years. all under closed rules. let me repeat that. all under closed rules. h.j.res. 7 would terminate, effective immediately, the covid national emergency declared in 2020 by president trump and renewed by president biden in 2021. this immediate reversal offers no off-ramps for relief programs and benefits, threatening aid for nursing homes and hospitals, additional support for the v.a., as well as help for small businesses and more. it would end flexibilities to ensure more food-insecure people have access to snap, our nation's first line of defense against hunger. h.r. 382, the pandemic is over act, would similarly repeal health and human services public health emergency declarations.
this would roll back significant expansions to health care access and services for millions across the country. iv h.r. 139 would force federal agencies to return to prepandemic telework policies despite the fact that the pandemic showed that workers could complete their jobs remotely. and h.r. 497, the freedom for health -- the freedom for health care workers act, would remove covid vaccine requirements for medicare and medicaid health care workers. now, if you take a second to think about these bills, not a single one makes things easier, safer, or more effective. they're sound bites. that's what my republican friends are good at. sound bites, not legislating. they're good at making political statements but not solving problems. eliminating vaccine mandates for health care providers will not help -- will not help health
care providers. instead, it increases their chances of getting sick and increases their patients' chances of getting sick. covid vaccines are safe and effective. you wouldn't know that if you listen to some of the commentary in the rules committee last night. but they are. and they have protected millions of health care workers, patients, and their families from infections, hospitalization, and death. pulling the plug on the national -- on public health emergency declarations will throw federal programs and our health care system into chaos. no longer will americans be able to receive free covid testing and treatments. hospitals that already struggle to stock their shelves with proper p.p.e. will face an even greater uphill battle. now, i'm not saying these declarations should continue indefinitely. nobody is saying that. president biden announced yesterday he plans to end the declaration on may 11. but we need time to understand the impact that ending the declarations will have on our country. the responsible thing to do is
to provide an orderly offramp for these agencies so that essential benefits aren't suddenly ripped away from those who need them most. and essentially getting rid of telework for our federal agencies when it has allowed our country to work through this historic pandemic is nonsense. studies have shown that telework has been largely beneficial, resulting in increased productivity, reduced absences, reduced turnover and reduced office cost. if corporate america has chosen to harness the net effects of teleworking, government agencies should, too. now, i want to add that my republican friends, who are screaming against telework provisions, i want to just point out for the record, madam speaker, that republicans voted by proxy more than 14,500 times in the last congress. let me repeat that.
republicans voted by proxy -- that means they were operating remotely -- more than 14,500 times in the last congress. it was kind of comical last night, my friend from texas in the rules committee last night said that people were -- the republicans were voting by proxy because they felt democrats pressured them. that democrats made them do that. really? i mean, i heard a lot of crazy things in my life but i never heard that used as an excuse. give me a break. i find it out rrageous that som workers are worried about getting their work done at home while they themselves took advantage of proxy voting over the last three years. guess what, proxy voting is called telework. and my friends are ok with telework for themselves, but when it comes to federal workers, no, they're not ok. i guess for house republicans, it's do as i day and not as i do. we had the chair of the
oversight committee testify very passionately, you know, against telework last night. and he voted by proxy, get this, 83 times. 83 times. you can't make this stuff up. we all know that covid has moved into a new phase, and thanks to the use of safe, effective vaccines and other prevention tools, we're moving forward and we're learning to live with it. but let's not forget that over a million of our fellow americans have died from it. and we should not ignore the fact that covid continues to spread and few talt. -- mutate. it still poses a danger to people. it's clear that house republicans want to pretend that covid isn't a problem, that science doesn't exist and telework doesn't have a place in the 21st century. at the end of the day, these measures were introduced, really, out of spite. our colleagues across the aisle are looking to undo everything we did. and even that means getting rid of important, effective measures that help american workers, that help american families, and that help american patients.
let me just say this in closing, madam speaker. none of these have gone through committee. th there were no hearings. not a single hearing. again, there were lots of questions raised about these bills in the rules committee last night, including whether or not title 42 would be overturned. and the administration has one opinion and my colleagues have another opinion. i don't know what the truth is. they couldn't wait a couple days to do a hearing. they want to rush this to the floor to get a press release out. there were not only no markups, no amendments. we had amendments submitted to the rules committee last night, not just by democrats, but by republicans. they said no. closed. no. can't even have a debate on the floor. can't have an up or down vote. 15 out of the 16 measures that this congress has considered so far are totally closed.
i'm thinking i need to call the attending physician's office and get a neck brace because i have whiplash trying to reconcile what my friends said they were going to do and what they were actual -- they're actually doing. i mean, they -- the last time the republicans controlled congress, they presided over the most closed congress in the history of the united states of america. let repeat that. the last time they were in control, they presided over the most closed congress in the history of our country. and they're on track to try to beat their own record. and so i -- this is not what the speaker promised. now maybe -- i didn't see the secret memo that speaker mccarthy was circulating to get votes. maybe there was some stuff in the secret memo that basically said that, you know, say one thing and do another. but the bottom line is this is not what anyone was promised.
and there's absolutely no reason that we couldn't have waited a few days to do hearings on this stuff so we can decide whether or not any of these measures were the responsible thing to do or whether or not there were some additions we could have made to these measures to make them responsible. you know, we all want to move on, but we want to do so responsibly. we all want to move beyond the national emergency, but we want to make sure there are not any unintended consequences. and so this is not serious legislating. this is political posturing. and it's a lousy way to begin the new congress. and so i'm going to urge a no vote on the rule and a no vote on the underlying legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. i disagree with everything the gentleman just said except his kind remarks on me being named vice chair of the rules
committee. i do think it's somewhat ironic, he brings up redistricting. and after all, it was democrats gerrymandering in the state of new york that led to the court throwing out their map and as a consequence of the court map, we elected more republicans from new york than anyone thought possible which delivered the majority. it's now my great pleasure to recognize a fellow member from texas, mr. roy, for five minutes on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roy: i thank the speaker. i thank my friend from texas. and i would note that last week, for the first time in seven years, we were able to offer amendments on the floor of this body here on the floor, a modified open rule. and in 10 years be able to amendment appropriations measures. now i believe the gentleman -- protest too much to be able to amendment appropriations on the floor. sorry. other than appropriations measures. the bills we're talking about here are one page each and one
is six pages. we've had these bills out there. they've been publicly available. they've been out there for 72 hours. and when the gentleman says, why are we doing this so quickly, i tell you why. because i'm not going to look at another nurse, another doctor, another health care practitioner in my district who is begging to go do his or her job, to go care for the american people that they represent, that they want to take care of and look at them and say you can't do it because the federal government is telling you can't, without any basis in science, without any basis rooted in any defense whatsoever. keep in mind this, the osha mandate put forward by this pres president, struck down by s.c.o. -- scotus. federal contractor mandate enjoined by federal courts. head start mandates enjoined by federal courts. still making it impossible for
some of the men and women who want to serve their constituents and take care of them to be able to do so. but let's just keep in mind what we're operating under. something that dates back to september, 2021, keeping in mind that dr. walensky, the c.d.c. director, said in august, 2021, quote, what they can't do -- they being the vaccines -- what they can't do any more is prevent trants mission. -- transmission. the c.d.c.'s own website right now says on the website that the vaccine does nothing for transmission. zero. yet, that was the whole basis for the vaccine mandates. the whole reason given to have the power of the federal government, unconstitutionally, and wrongly stepping in the purview of american people wanting to carry out their livelihoods. and you have to look at them in the i and say, sorry, you can't do your job. you can't do your job because some bureaucrats in washington
said so. now the president of the united states, lo and behold, says oh, the groundhog has come out and now on may 11, suddenly we can go ahead and end these emergencies. we can go ahead and end the national emergencies, end the emergencies so we can move on, on may 11, the magic date the groundhog has thus spoken. right now the american people are dying for us to actually stop the madness out of this town, interfering with their lives, and the republican party, the majority in the house are now doing that. with all due respect to the ranking member on the rules committee, this rule is allowing for us to bring forward four very simple measures. they don't need a whole lot of going back and forth in debate and discussion. they are four simple measures. we debated them last night. they were put forward. they're one-painge bills. the american people understand what these bills say.
these emergencies need to end. let me be clear, i'm an equal opportunity barber of national emergencies -- basher of national emergencies that shouldn't be here. i introduced legislation when president trump was president saying we should end 40 years of national emergencies. the article 1 act, senator lee and i introduced. i ask my colleagues across the aisle and work together to end 40-year-old national emergencies because we have no business carrying out business under emergency. why aren't we praising and applauding the end of the emergencies? why aren't we saying this is a great day in america that we can move forward? and one last point on the efficacy of the vaccines. there are enormous questions that have been raised about the vaccines. there are americans that are around this country that are saying i don't want to have something put into my arm through the force of government, you know, mandate. why are we stepping over that
for a vaccine that's been admitted by our own c.d.c. director, by the c.d.c., by the n.i.h. to do nothing to stop transmission? my colleagues on the other side of the aisle do not want to address that. they want to hide behind, quote, the science. they want to say congress has no role to step over into the executive branch and say, wait a minute, on behalf of the american people, enough. but today, the republican majority is saying enough. we should support this rule. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: well, madam speaker, there's a lot to unpack here. let me just tell the gentleman that the issue of national emergencies -- by the way, i would add war powers -- we did a hearing in the rules committee on that in the last congress. i did it with now chairman cole. and so -- and i -- and we thought it was appropriate to do a hearing because we wanted to avoid any unintended consequences. so we have done that.
it's now becoming very clear to me how this is going -- how this congress is going to operate in the rules committee. the gentleman just made it clear about, you know, everything should go through regular order except what he thinks is important and he thinks it's important we come here with a closed rule. and then i'm a little confused over the gentleman's upon philadelphia indicating -- pontificating the fact that these are one-page bills. the modified open rule is a three-page rule. does the number of pages of a bill determine whether we have amendments or not? the bottom line is people had good ideas that they offered to the rules committee last night. not only that, people had a lot of questions. and if you read the president's statement of administration policy, i mean, he raised issues about title 42 that we seem to
have a dispute on. boy, if you had a hearing or a markup, you might have been able to address those things. i'm not saying we're moving too quickly. i'm you can -- once your committees are constituted, you can have a hearing immediately, you can bring this to the floor next monday or tuesday if you want. but you chose to shut the system down. notwithstanding all of your rhetoric, notwithstanding all of the pontificating on the need for more amendments to be made in order. a more open process, more transparent process. you are beginning this session with closed rule after closed rule after closed rule. last night the rules committee reported out four more closed rules. that's the choice you have made. so that's -- we have a sense where you're going. the last time you were in charge, you presided over the most closed congress in the history of the united states government. i wouldn't be surprised if you beat your own record. madam speaker, if we defeat the previous question, i will offer an amendment to the rule to
ensure that none of the bills in this rule take effect unless it is certified that they do not decrease social security benefits. madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment into the record along with any extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, social security is the bedrock of our nation's social safety net. since its inception, it has lifted millions of our seniors out of poverty. protecting the benefits it provides should be a priority for this congress. as my republican colleagues demand reckless cuts in exchange for paying our nation's bills, democrats will continue taking action to protect social security. this is not the first time social security has been under attack by my friends on the other side of the aisle. and don't be fooled by them saying they're only interested
in, quote, protecting social security. we know that that is code for cutting benefits. for raising the retirement age. for throwing people off the benefit. and to discuss our proposal, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from connecticut, mr. larson. the speaker pro tempore: mr. larson, you're recognized. mr. larson: i thank the gentleman from massachusetts. madam speaker, i rise that first and foremost, today should be a day of celebration. 83 years ago today, ida may fuller received the first social security check. it is the nation's number one insurance program. it's the nation's number one anti-poverty program for the elderly. it is also the nation's number one program to help children out of poverty, as well as the number one disability program,
especially for veterans and those who utilize social security more so than even the v.a. and this, today, looking at this proposal, i commend the rules committee chairman for having come up and situated because of everything we've heard from the other side. imagine holding the american economy hostage so you can make cuts to social security and medicare? the bedrock insurance policy for the nation, something that impacts your brothers, your sisters, your family members, people you go to church with, people you work with on a daily basis. and you have proposed, both in your study group analysis, a 21% across-the-board cut to social security. that's what's got our attention.
and amidst all of this, and especially amidst this pandemic, this global pandemic, where more than a million people have perished here in the united states, over 756,000 are over the age of 65. there are 66 million social security recipients, they are predominantly on fixed incomes and impacted the most by this pandemic, and the most by inflation. and so, to call for 21% across-the-board cuts, and to hold hostage, hold hostage the american economy is beyond the pale. i hope all of our citizens are aware of this. and we're going to continue to make everyone around the country
aware of what's going to happen and the attempt to cut social security and medicare. that's what this is about, madam speaker. that's why i rise on this floor today, there are 10,000 baby boomers a day who become eligible for social security and congress has done nothing to enhance social security in more than 51 years. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. mcgovern: i yield the gentleman an additional 30 seconds. mr. larson: i thank the gentleman. obviously -- i appreciate the passion on the other side. and i think this passion and engagement has to be brought forward to the nation's number one insurance program. it is not an entitlement. it's an earned benefit. and the citizens of this country know it. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: let me yield myself
30 seconds for the purpose of a response before i yield to mr. massie. i would just say, right now, first off, the speaker has been very clear that's not negotiable, there would be no cuts to social security and medicare. but more importantly, the only person, the only person who is cutting medicare right now is president biden. ask any doctor in this country, has your pay been cut in the last four years? and they will answer resoundingly in the affirmative. now i'm pleased to yield four minutes to another new member of the house rules committee, mr. massie of kentucky, to speak on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: you're recognized. mr. massie: thank you very much. i rise in support of this resolution. the freedom for health care workers act. what does that bill do? it ends the unscientific, illogical, immoral, unconstitutional, unethical vaccine mandate on health care
workers that is predicated on lies. what are some of those lies? let's start with the first one. the first lie, the vaccine prevents spread. who says that it doesn't prevent spread? is this an internet conspiracy? well, it's on the internet, but it's the c.d.c. director who said a year ago, what the vaccines can't do anymore is prevent transmission. pfizer admitted, they were not asked by regulators to assess whether their shots reduced transmission. nor did their trials meriwether the shots reduce -- measure wea whether the shots reduced transmission. the next lie, that vaccines can't cause any harm. they're safe. they're completely safe. you have nothing to worry about. no side effects. no adverse reactions. who disputes that? is it an internet conspiracy?
it's the c.d.c. website. yes, it's on the internet. the c.d.c. website acknowledges that the vaccines can cause blood clots and even death. c.d.c. and f.d.a. recently announced they had identified a preliminary vaccine safety signal, for persons 65 and older, for the vaccine, that it could increase their chance of stroke in the 21 days following vaccination. with pfizer's new vaccine. whereas the third lie that this is predicated on, this vaccine mandate for health care workers? that it's scientific, that it makes sense. how does it make sense to require somebody to have two shots targeted at a variant of the virus that is no longer circulating? to have two shots that wear off after eight months, two shots
that were taken two years ago. the c.d.c. acknowledges that those vaccines that are mandated, taken two years ago, have worn off by now. why would you m mandate them? what's the fourth lie that this vaccine mandate is predicated on? it ignores natural immunity. when the vaccines first came out, the c.d.c. that said that the pfizer trial showed that the vaccine was 92% efficacious for those who already had covid, guess what, it showed no such thing. i called the c.d.c., they admitted to me it was wrong. they said they would fix the website. here we are over two years later, they haven't fixed that lie on their website. they know it's a lie. i have them on a recording, if anybody over there wants to hear it. finally, who's liable for the damage that this could cause? nobody's liable. we're living under medical
malpractice martial law under prep act and the e.u.a.'s. let me close with this. this vaccine mandate affects nurses, 85% of nurses are female. and this -- joe biden's covid vaccine mandate for health care workers has forced many from the workplace. many of whom quit nursing as a career, retired early or didn't pursue it as a degree. this is the epitome of hypocrisy. nobody in this room was mandated to take a vaccine. and we're voting on whether we're going to force people who want to take care of people, whether they have to take the vaccine. end the hypocrisy. none of us were mandated. none of the staff in this room were mandated to take this vaccine. end it now. support this rule. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, oh, my god.
there are doctors who serve in congress. democrats and republicans. and i hope that they will stand up and correct the misinformation. i mean, really. you know, the gentleman talks about herd immunity. as if somehow that were some panacea here. i ask unanimous consent to insert into the record an article from harvard medical school entitled covid-19 diagnosis raises risk of heart attack and stroke. madam speaker, a study found -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: a study found that in the week after a covid diagnosis, the risk of a first heart attack increased by three to eight times. the risk of a first stroke caused by a blood clot multiplied by three to six times. in the following weeks, both risks decreased steadily but stayed elevated for at least a month. i'd like to insert that in the record. the other thing, i ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a "u.s.a. today" piece
titled fact check, covid-19 vaccines primarily designed to prevent serious illness and death. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: and i want to highlight one of the quotes here. it's attributed to a doctor who says, who said on cnn, what the gentleman was referring to, in the original interview, which was aired in early august, not recently, that while it's true that vaccines cannot entirely halt transmission, experts say they do reduce it. and reduce the chances of hospitalizations and death. madam speaker, i request unanimous consent to insert into the record a study by the commonwealth fund entitled, two years of u.s. covid-19 vaccines have prevented millions of hospitalizations and deaths. madam speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: we have lost over a million of our fellow citizens to covid. over a million in the united states alone.
mothers, fathers, siblings, friends and children. but the development of safe vaccines has meant that millions more lives have been saved. there's no question whether or not covid -- the vaccination is effective. and i just -- let me highlight one of the findings of the commonwealth report. it said from december 2020 through november, 2022, we estimate that the covid-19 vaccination program in the united states prevented more than 18.5 million additional hospitalizations and 3.2 million additional deaths. without vaccination there would have been nearly 120 million more covid-19 infections. the vaccination program also saved the u.s. 1.-- $1.15 trillion in medical costs that would otherwise have been incurred. i just -- i mean, here we are, after having gone through what we went through, after knowing the benefits of these vaccinations, and to hear what we're hearing on the floor, it
really is disappointing. but again, doctors in this chamber, democrats and republicans, please stand up, please correct the record, please tell people that vaccinations have been a good thing and that people should get vaccinated, it could save their lives. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i'm pleased to recognize mr. gosar of arizona for four minutes to speak on the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gosar: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, mr. chair. i rise in support of my own bill, h.r. -- resolution 7. terminating the covid national emergency declaration. it's the same bill text that i sponsored in the 117th congress and the same bill text that passed the senate twice last year, most recently in november, with the bipartisan support of all republican senators and 12 democratic senators. now, emergency powers were created to give the executive branch flexibility to respond to a range of crises facing the
united states. the national emergencies act, which was passed in and the national emergencies act that are ak have i tated when formal declaration is declare. as i said before, good process builds good policies, builds good politics. let's look at the timeline. on march 13, 2020 president trump rightfully declared a national emergency concerning covid-19. mr. biden has since abused presidential authorities by repeatedly extending pandemic powers beyond their timeline and scope. section 202 of the national emergencies act requires congress to review termination of all national emergencies stating that six months after declaration and every six months thereafter emergency continues, congress must, must meet to consider a resolution of termination. sadly, rather than debate and
vote on terminating the emergency declaration, the former speaker changed the rules of the entire house of representatives and handicapped congress' ability to perform its most basic constitutional duty. check the powers of the executive branch and the power of the purse. as a result, mr. biden continues to extend the covid national emergency into perpetuity. until now there has been zero oversight from the house even through federal law -- even though federal law requires congressional review. by now and by any measure the covid-19 pandemic in the united states has ended. but biden has continued to extend this pandemic power. why? under the continued covid national emergency extension, more than 120 special statutory powers, only meant for times of actual emergency, continue to be available to mr. biden. including the power to draft americans without consent. barricade the united states capitol. place the public health service under military control.
and, yes, even moving money around. biden' he's unreeling to let ths go -- millions of americans that they represent are finally able to weigh in on the concerns with continued pandemic powers. the covid-19 pandemic emergency the u.s. has ended. most americans have returned to prepandemic normalcy. biden himself stated, quote, the pandemic is over. unquote. so why does biden continue to extend the covid-19 national emergency? the answer is simple. to force americans to live under extreme measures that deprive us of our freedoms. it said, sad to hear the other side talk about all this lack of tyranny and not following the rules. we were forbidden to do our job. the national emergencies act
requires, demands that congress every six months look at this national emergency and decide whether to up or down. that's all it did. in the two years since he's been president, we have done neither. it is high time that we answer that call and do our job. at least the senate has done it twice. i think we need to get back to -- get back to the power of the purse and holding this administration quibble. time's up -- qui quibble. time -- accountable. time's up. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i want to ask unanimous consent consent to insert into the record a bees by the "new york post" entitled g.o.p. unveils commitment to america, plan to halt biden inflation a crime. madam speaker, republicans promised as soon as they were in the majority they would immediately move to address inflation. we are a month into the 118th
congress with zero action to lower costs for families. my question is what happened? why have republicans spent all of january on messaging bills and trying to get their house in order. it was a tumultuous week to try to elect a speaker. we made history four days and 15 votes. unprecedented. but nonetheless what happened to focusing on issues that were first and foremost on people's minds. instead we had abortion bans and now we are dealing with this. and i think we are dealing with a bill on socialism later today. i don't know what the heck prompted that. in any event, really, is that what my republican friends think the american people want? again i'm going to just say again that i'm urging my colleagues to vote no on the previous question so that we can have a vote on my proposal basically which says that social
security benefits must be protected. that there is nothing in any of these bills or any bills going forward that would in any way negatively impact social security. protecting the benefits social security provides should be a priority for this congress. quite frankly, none of us are comforted by any of the words the speaker has said. we don't know what's in the secret memo. don't know what was promised on social security. but when republicans say things like we want to protect the integrity of the program, that is code for, we want to cut it. that is code for we want to raise the retirement age. that is code for all the things that our constituents, not just democrats, but independents and republicans, clear might be coming down the road. they are trying to use social security as -- hold it hostage as part of their -- this effort
to get some sort of deal on the debt ceiling. basically holding this economy hostage, the good faith and credit of the united states, they are holding it hostage ready to just throw it into the wind until they get these cuts in programs that help people. again i would just -- before i yield back, at this point, let the gentleman continue with any speakers he has, i would just say that the measures that we are dealing with today are concerning to us because there is a right way to wind down and wrong way to wind down. what we suggested last night in the rules committee is the right way to do this. you can do it quickly. do hearings make sure there are no inintended consequences. make sure there aren't vulnerable people who are going to be adversely impacted by your quick change of the rules. and you would have none of it. again, this isn't a serious effort.
this is about messaging. and it's really disappointing. with that i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: madam speaker, may i inquire as to the time remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas has 7 1/2 minutes. mr. burgess: at this time, it is my great pleasure to recognize one of the new members, elected last november, dr. mccormick, of georgia, to -- dr. economic core mack, of georgia, to speak on the rule. mr. mcdoor economic: -- mr. mccormack: i am emergency room physician who served before the pandemic began i am sure i was exposed to it thousands of times with thousands of patients i treated for covid. some of which i intubated. we had health care workers who had had decades of experience, exposed over and over again before there even was a vaccination. people went home sick. they had fevers.
it may surprise you i was never tested for covid. not in the entire career that i have had as an emergency physician. have i ever been tested for covid. yet i came to work time and time again putting my life on the line. i lost friends. i watched people put their lives on the line and put -- come to work when everybody else got to call in or stay home based on congressional mandates or congressional exceptions because we were essential. because we understand our profession. we understand how important it is to public service. to save the lives. to learn and to continue to grow to have the debate over what would and would not work for patients. we evolved. it wasn't just one-size-fits-all for medicine. people are not treated the same because people are different. different exposures require different treatments. once you have had the disease, you develop an immunity. if you have immunity and you are exposed to a vaccination within
a certain time, can you have a hyper immune response that can be harmful. this is not taken into account by congressional people who do not understand medicine. who have not been to medical school. who have not had a residency. who have not had decades of experience either as a doctor, nurse, mid level, or some other health care professional who understand health care far more than anybody who sits in these sits who have never treated one patient or read one book or had one test concerning the outcome of a patient. they have never held the hand after patient who is dying. so i would challenge you, sir, to consider a health care professional when they get to determine their own fate as they continue to put their lives on the line to serve the very people that we are supposed to be serving here in congress. with that i yield. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to direct their remarks to the chair. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized.
mr. mcgovern: i appreciate the gentleman's response. i'm not sure who he's responding to. the question -- what i asked was for physicians to come down here and to make it clear contrary to what was said before these vaccines are not dangerous. that people should get vaccinated. it can save lives. people are still dying of covid, by the way. and the idea that somehow we should be discouraging people from getting vaccinations by scaring them doesn't make a lot of sense to me. i think it's irresponsible. i appreciate the gentleman's service to his patients. but i -- and i hope that he understands now his service is to the american people and that service includes getting out the truth and what is accurate and what is not accurate about these vaccine identifications. i reserve -- vaccinations. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: madam speaker, i have no further speakers. i would inquire to the gentleman
from massachusetts. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: how much time do i have, madam speaker? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 4 1/2 minutes. mr. mcgovern: thank you. madam speaker, our side isn't afraid to embrace change. we know that living in the 21st century means we can and we should use technology to improve america's quality of life. we know that vaccines save lives. we know that science is real. we know that ending these emergencies immediately is irresponsible. and most importantly, we know that we are here to make progress not to go backwards, which is what the four measures this rule includes would do. let me say, none of these bills went through committee. they could have, but none the them d94% of the rules this congress has been -- dealt
with -- have been completely closed. 15 out of 16 measures with no hearings, no amendments, no markups. is this what speaker mccarthy promised you and his secret memo that this is the way you conduct business? on top of all of that, i mean we are deeply concerned that a small minority on the other side of the aisle representing the most extreme elements of the republican conference are calling the shots and we are wary about social security. and we are worried about medicare. and that's why we are asking people to vote no on the previous question. because we want to be able to put in place protections so that a fringe group can't mess around with social security. can't take away from people what they have earned. it is not anonymity. it is what we have -- it is not a entitlement. 's what people have earned. i urge a no vote on the previous
question and strong no vote on this rule. there is a right way to do this and wrong way to do this. you are control. you are in charge. take the time, do the hearings. ask the questions. make sure there are no unintended consequences. this is about the health and well-being of the american people. they deserve at least a hearing rather than a messaging bill rushed to the floor. with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, madam speaker. i yield my southwest balance of our time. in preparing for this debate today on the rule, i reflected on the iconic photograph of the sailor kissing his girlfriend on the streets of new york at the end of the second world war. you think about that for a moment, my parents were married in 1946. my wife's parents were married in 1945. the end of the second world war the optimism of that couple on the streets of new york, which
then gave rise to basically my generation, the baby-boom generation. i was thinking back to about a year ago when there was a video making the rounds on the internet of an elementary school class where the teacher said, masks are no longer required. and the unbridealed -- unbridalled joy of those young students as they ripped off their masks never to have to put them on again while we are standing on the precipice of just such a moment today. this truly is an historic moment and it's one that the american people should look back on and say, this was the time, this is the time for optimism to without fear embrace the future because we know the good things of which our country is capable. . now, i do need to thank some of our fellow members, specifically
the chairwoman of my committee, the energy and commerce committee, chairwoman mcmorris rodgers. chairman sam graves of the transportation committee. and chairman comer of the oversight and government reform committee for their hard work in delivering for the american people by bringing these bills to the floor and helping ensure that commitment to america and the future. the republican majority has again demonstrated that our governing agenda will be devoted to improving the lives of our nation's citizens. our governing majority will continue to focus on the issues that matter most to our people, and to combat the rising energy costs, sky-high inflation, rampant crime, and our porous southern border and the fentanyl crisis. these are the issues that the american voters rightfully demand that their representatives address. the republican majority is committed to solving the crises
that the previous democratic majority has inflicted on our nation. i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. reqthe question is on ordering e previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. mcgovern: madam speaker. i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i ask for the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on question will be postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares that the house is in recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
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