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the legislation she's referring to. it's an observation. curious what my fellow americans think where the vice president demands the legislative branch does something and saying it's nonnegotiable. that's all. host: this is cheryl in california. independent line. again we are just about to go to the house. caller: ok. i wanted-different before me a bunch of books i have been reading. these are legal books. and i have got a legal case here that they did not want to hear. and i'm willing to tell the world about it. host: i apologize that you won't be able to because the house of representatives is coming in. we'll take you to them now. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2023] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy visit ncicap.org] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication.
the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., february 2, 2023. i hereby appoint the honorable mike bost to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, kevin mccarthy, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be aoffered by chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me? almighty god, how good and pleasant it is when people live in unity. and on this day when many have been in fellowship together at the national prayer breakfast, people of different parties and nations have broken bread together, people of different beliefs have shared in faith. we give you thanks for the harmony of their devotion to you and for giving us a glimpse of what is good and pleasant in your eyes. may all of us have the willingness to look for such common ground in our engagements with one another. whether it be over a matter of policy or in a moment of prayer,
reveal yourself into the other than in them we would see what is good and pleasant in your eyes. sovereign god, we mind us that to strive for unity does not mean to disparage diversity. rather, you call us to be one in you, for there we will discover the dis-dants of our voices would be good in harmony. how good and pleasant that will be. 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. and pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from texas, mr. casar. mr. casar: 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 five requests -- up to five requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from nebraska for what purpose does the 1kwr56789 nebraska seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to welcome to washington the newest member of the nebraska delegation, u.s. senator pete rickets. senator rickets has just finished eight years very good years as governor of nebraska. during that time he steered the state through challenges including a dramatic period of historic flooding and a global pandemic. through it all he led nebraska to the best performance of any state during the covid pandemic according to "politico." across his eight years as governor, he helped run state government more like a business, delivered historic tax relief, and rolled back unnecessary
state government regulations. mr. flood: nebraska is fortunate to have his experience working for us now over in the senate. the nebraska delegation is excited to have him on the team. and we look forward to fighting together for the cornhusker state's priorities here in washington. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i am greg casar and i represent the heart of texas. mr. casar: today thousands of my constituents are freezing without electricity. as texans try to survive the cold weather and climate crisis being ignored in our state, they are also worried about paying for housing. they are worried because they have had their workers' rights stripped away, reproductive rights stripped away, voting rights stripped away. they are worried their kid could be shot in school. these are the concerns of the people. but republican leadership here
is working on none of these issues. instead, they are trying to redistribute wealth from working class families to their biggest corporate donors. but even though texans may be without electricity today, we are far from powerless. we have a history of organizing for change in texas. the same electricians who are getting the lights back on, the same medics caring for our sick are sick and tired of right-wing extremism. these working families will be the one who work and create a true democracy where people lead and politicians follow. mark these words as my first year in this chamber. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i stand here today to humbly thank the lord jesus christ, my constituents, and my colleagues for your thoughts and prayers and ternd mercies you showed my family over the last trying months. i'm here today to report to you
that the prayer works. because as of yesterday our daughter's cancer is in remission. i will never forget the kindness shown to me by both sides of this aisle. i humbly remain your servant. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. for one minute. >> mr. speaker, this week is gun violence survivor awareness week. a decade ago in this spot i gave my first seat in this house about the epidemic of gun violence in our nation. i could not then have imagined two things, first, that congress would fail to take significant action to address gun violence in our nation. second, that mass shootings would continue to grow as an epidemic. last year alone, 647 mass
shootings in our country, including my community of highland parked. mr. schneider: for all the hundreds of communities that are affected and a part of the tragic union from the devastation of gun violence, the effects are permanent. seven months ago in my community, at 10: 14 a.m. on july 4 at the independents day parade in highland park, a monster with an assault rifle climbed ladder and fired 83 bullets in less than a minute into the festive crowd below. he murdered seven wonderful people. wounded dozens more. and traumatized an entire community. the devastation and damage to a human body from these weapons are inconceivable. this week more people -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. schneider: we have to address gun violence. we have to pass an assault weapons ban introduced this week. i call on our communities to act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the
gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, today is a big day in the 15th congressional district of pennsylvania. specifically in pungs tawny, pennsylvania, as our most famous resident had his day in the sun, literally. to quote bill murray, it's groundhog day again. early this morning, punxsutawney phil saw his shadow. for those of you who know the old german legends, this means we are in for six more weeks of winter. punxsutawney phil has been prosecuting the weather since the 1800's. records gathering back to 1886 show phil forecasted a longer winter 107 times and early spring just 20 times. crowds gathered on gobbler's nob before sun-rise for the 137th celebration. phil has proven himself a
prognosticator and true icon in the world of weather forecasting. for these reasons and many more, phil was inducted into the 2023 meteorologist hall of fame by the weather discovery center. don't pack up your winter gear just yet. phil says we have six more weeks. happy groundhog day. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. garcia: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. garcia: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, once again house republicans are prioritizing extreme political stunts over problem solving for the american people. speaker mccarthy's purely partisan move to strip representative omar from her committee is not only a political stunt, but a blow to the integrity of our democratic
institutions and solves no problem. in modern american history, the punishment of stripping members of congress of their committee assignments has been reserved only for the most egregious wrongdoing, including threats to colleagues. congresswoman omar has neither threatened a colleague, nor has she committed any egregious wrongdoing. if republicans want to degrade the integ glit of the house -- integrity of the house and its committees t. will be up to democrats to stand up against these efforts. we will always stand for integrity in our house. i strongly oppose the efforts today by the extreme maga republicans in this political stunt that solves no problems. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
>> thank you. mr. speaker, i rise today to highlight the dangerous crisis our nation is experiencing on our southern border. two weeks ago on a tour of my des trict i had the honor of meeting law enforcement officers in clay, madison, and mcdowd counties. these counties are very different parts of north carolina's sprawling 11th district. yet these officers all shared with me that the number one problem they face every day, number one, is the flow of fentanyl into our mountains. keep in mind that western north carolina is 1,000 miles away from the southern border. and yet because of the biden administration's lax border policies, every state is now a state -- every state is now a border state. mr. edwards: we are suffering from the consequences. since day one, this administration has ceded control of our southern border to drug cartels and dangerous gangs.
in addition to fentanyl, we have seen the flow of unlawful migrants and illicit contraband pour into our country at rates never seen before. china is a key source of the ingredients. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. edwards: there needs to be change. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of the survivors of gun violence during national gun violence survivors week. sandy hook, parkland, buffalo, and, yes, even detroit, chicago, and so many now are impacted by various names and memories of loved ones. places where gun violence has traumatized our communities and taken far too many of our loved ones. ms. tlaib: every day in our
country more than 110 people are shot and killed and more than 200 people survive gunshot wounds. we are 33 days into the new year, mr. speaker, and there have already been 54 mass shootings. to every survivor of gun violence, from classmates who have witnessed their friends die, to families that have dinner at the table with an empty seat there we honor you always with action. so i call on to my colleagues to stand up to the corporate gun lobby and send the assault weapons ban to president biden's desk. there is no reason to have weapons of war in our communities. there is no reason that anyone needs a weapon of war that can fire up to 60 shots per minute. thank you. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, today i rise to express my support for h.r. 139, the show up act, which was introduced my good friend from
kentucky, chairman of the oversight and accountability committee, mr. comer, and passed on this floor yesterday. millions of tennesseans show up to work every day. however more than half of federal government workers who are expected to serve the american people still aren't showing up for work. this has led to extremely long wait times and delays in services. veterans who showed up to work and served our country can't get their proper v.a. benefits. mr. rose: families are waiting months for their passports. in my district the a father waited for more than eight months to receive his tax return. the entire time he was left in the dark by the i.r.s. tennesseans deserve better, mr. speaker. the pandemic is over. and it's time to get back to work. i urge my colleagues to support like-minded measures. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina, mr. mchenry, seek recognition?
mr. mchenry: mr. speaker, pursuant to house res. 83, i call up h.con.res. 9 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 9, concurrent resolution denouncing the horrors of socialism. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 83, the concurrent resolution is considered as read. the bill shall be deba debate dd for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on financial services or their respective designees. the gentleman from north carolina, mr. mchenry, and the gentlewoman from california, ms. waters, each will control 30 minutes. . mr. mchenry: i ask unanimous
consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to add extraneous material on the legislation. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mchenry: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mchenry: this bill is a simple one. it states that congress denounces socialism in all its forms. it's a statement that i would hope all elected leaders in the united states could support. despite my democratic colleagues' claims, there's nothing in this resolution about entitlement programs or banning social services or anything of the like. in fact, i would encourage anyone who has doubts to actually go and read the resolution. it won't take long. it outlines the pain and hardship experienced by millions around the world who have suffered under a socialist regime. this is something the sponsor of the resolution, ms. salazar of florida, can speak to
personally. congresswoman salazar is the daughter of cuban exiles and was born in miami's little havana. hafrment conresolution 9 -- h.con. resolution 9 is not just messaging or wasting of the time as some of my colleagues across the aisle said. it speaks to people who have known all too well the atrocities of socialism and it gives voice to their pain. i want to thank congresswoman salazar for her work on this resolution and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. waters: mr. speaker, i rise to oppose h. congressional resolution 9 and i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, yesterday in the committee on financial services, we organized and considered the
committee's oversight plan. we debated homelessness and the lack of affordable housing, how to best protect consumers and the need to strengthen diversity and inclusion across the financial services industry. we also discussed the threat to our nation's future if our congress is forced to default on our debt four months from today. we don't always agree, and honestly, none of the democratic amendments were adopted, but it was a civil debate about the merits of policy. i believe all of our committee members recognized that the legislation that comes out of our committee has the potential to support wealth creation, grow small businesses, support affordable housing, and build a stable financial system and economy. it is the contrast with the
intentionality and seriousness of the debate today that makes it so hard to understand why the very first piece of legislation to come to the floor under a rule is not a proposal to address the needs of any of our constituents, to provide support to struggling businesses or community banks and credit unions that finance them. and it certainly doesn't provide our markets with certainty that our country won't act recklessly and default on its debts, a situation that will bring untold harm to all of us in america. no. mr. speaker, this resolution today in fact does nothing except spread lies and fear about a threat that doesn't even exist. the right-wing extremists who
are running this house have forced my committee to consider as its very first piece of legislation, a bill that tries to say that our country will collapse in ruin because of -- wait -- for what? social security? the resolution suggests that because we support seniors with health insurance our democracy will crumble. they think that because congress and the president have provided disaster relief to communities that they have been burned by historic -- that have been burned by historic wildfires or flooding by once-in-a-generation hurricanes that we will fall into ruin. no. mr. speaker, americans take pride in the ways we come together to do everything, from building schools to sending a man to the moon. mr. speaker, americans know better than the fear mongering
we see here today. they know, for example, that when the pandemic hit and people were dying all across this country, it was the federal government that stepped in to provide trillions of dollars of support to small businesses, workers, renters, students, seniors, and would you believe it, even republican members of congress. in fact, the government, using taxpayer dollars, provided $14 million in p.p.p. loans to a number of our house republicans who asked and then, guess what, received debt forgiveness. now, some republicans have tried to suggest that voting against this resolution is saying that you support dictators like pol pot, or stalin, which is ridiculous. no one in this chamber supports them. but do you know which dictator
my extremist colleagues refuse to condemn? oh, they didn't say anything about hitler. you heard of him, right? my colleague, mr. gottheimer, noticed that the republicans just forgot to condemn hitler and offered an amendment to denounce his atrocities and mass murder. but republicans rejected it. and i think we know why. it's because donald trump, your true leader, true leader of the republicans, a north star for house republicans, was reported to have frightened his own staff by saying that hitler had done some good things. there's only one would-be authoritarian who would refuse to accept the will of our voters and peacefully transfer power after losing his election. instead, he incite a violent insurrection on january 6 to
block the election certification that was happening in this very chamber. but you won't see his name in this resolution or his strong-man pals that he loves so much in russia and in china. mr. speaker, we're a great nation, not because we have people fend for themselves, but because we care for each other. we come together as communities as small as towns and as large as a whole nation to decide to organize and collectively pay for fire departments, public schools, libraries, hospitals, roads and bridges, and our military. we are a better nation because we have programs that we love. we love social security and medicare, and we're going to fight every inch of the way to ensure that we keep social
security and medicare. we're not going to let the opposite side of the aisle take away our seniors' social security and medicare. i'll say it again. social security and medicare. we are a better nation because our form of capitalism includes regulatory safeguards and strong cops on the beat patrolling our financial system like the kvts consumer protection bureau. mr. speaker, i ask you to let my committee and this congress pass real legislation that puts the needs of our constituents and nation first. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: at this time i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from little rock arkansas, the -- little rock, arkansas, the vice chair of the financial services committee, mr. hill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hill: the sound you're
hearing, america, is your alarm going off. it's groundhog day. and i feel like bill murray because, mr. speaker, i -- when the alarm goes off every morning, the ranking member of the house financial services committee is off on a rant about the former president. so i think it's important that we stay focused on what we're talking about today. it's a choice between freedom and something far worse. and the american people know why we're on this floor today. we're on this floor today to support a resolution that denounces socialism. as a boy attending an elementary school in little rock, one of my teachers was a beautiful young mother who taught us spanish and her children were the playmates of mine. her family moved to little rock escaping the castro regime in cuba, that murdered their fellow citizens and took farms and
businesses and systematically destroyed one of the most beautiful, successful countries and places on earth. for me, an early lesson in the cost of freedom. as a businessman in 1986 at the height of the cold war, i joined a civil society to tour east berlin led by the u.s. army via the checkpoint charlie. there saw a stark cruel contrast of freedom versus socialism and communism. vibrant businesses, full shelves, full employment in the west and drab, sullen people in the east staring into empty store windows in buildings still baring the bombs and bullet scars from world war ii. just 3 1/2 years later with the fall of the berlin wall, i represented president george h.w. bush as his deputy assistant secretary of the treasury in helping design and
deliver u.s. economic and technical assistance to the citizens of the newly freed countries from socialism and communism, from the baltic to the black sea, creating a rule of law, markets, private property rights, and new banking services. and mr. speaker, i keep a piece of that berlin wall in my house office. it reminds me of the gruesome fact that the berlin wall was built to keep people in, not the other way around, and keep freedom out. today, some three decades later, one can witness the victory of capitalism and freedom over the authoritarianism and command and control of socialism. people of today's central europe want no part of communism or socialism. they know fully the brutality and failure of soviet-style authoritarian socialist domination. so much so they opened their homes to ukrainian mothers and kids. opened their wallets to provide
ukrainians money, military, and humanitarian assistance to expel the invading russians. mr. speaker, let's say no to socialism and yes to freedom and opportunity. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. and the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: i now yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from new york, ms. velazquez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. velazquez: thank you, madam chair, ranking member. mr. speaker, i rise today in opposition to this resolution. i think it is important that we clarify what my colleagues on the other side of the aisle believe to be socialist policies. historically, republicans have tried to label a socialist, any democratic actions that improve the lives of americans. in 1996, senator bob dole, the future republican presidential nominee, referred to public housing as one of the last
bastions of socialism and called for an end to gove government-assisted housing programs. public housing in the united states provides decent and safe housing to 1.3 million families that are working class, elderly, or disabled. this is what republicans call socialism. the 12-point plan to rescue america that senate republicans released last year vowed to stop socialism and shrink the federal government by enacting extreme policies like food and social security, medicare on the chopping block. former house speaker newt gingrich promised that medicare will wither on the vine thanks to spending cuts to combat what mr. gingrich dubbed big government socialism. social security and medicare are hard-earned benefits that provides millions of seniors with health care and retirement
funds every year. this is what republicans call socialism. from climate action and public education to affordable care and social security, republicans classify popular government programs to help working families as socialism. this resolution is a distraction from extremists and nothing more than a thinly veiled scare tactic directed at voters. why are we here, mr. speaker, we are wasting our time discussing a resolution about socialism? guess what, work on the budget. that's what you need to do. and you refuse to work on the budget because you will have to tell the american people that you intend to cut benefits for social security and medicare. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to direct your remarks to the care. the gentlelady from california
reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: at this time i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, the chair of the small business committee, an advocate for capitalism, mr. roger williams. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. williams: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, let me ask you this. are we capitalists? or are we socialists? i'm glad to join my colleagues in denouncing socialism in all forms. socialism is the greatest threat to our economy and freedom and must be defeated. worldwide socialism has led to the death of more than 100 million people. has forced thousands to flee in exile. and turned prosperous nation noose impoverished and hopeless nations. socialism is not winning in america and has no place in our country. we are a nation of opportunity. and incentive. and because of those principles we are a nation of hope where everyone can benefit. what sets america apart from the
rest of the world is the drive to reach our fullest potential coupled with a free market economy. it is what makes us the greatest economic engine in the world. the opposite of socialism is capitalism. and i'm proud to call myself a capitalist. capitalism is about taking responsibility for what you create and making it even greater. it's about going from nothing to going to something. it's about taking risk and getting rewards not government, hand outs or freebies. capitalism is the greatest force in the history of our world for lifting people out of poverty. we must install this value we have in future generations. as a small business owner for 52 years, i represent main street america. let me tell you, the implications of what socialism would mean for our businesses is alarming and scary. main street was built by men and women who wanted to swing for the fences because at the end of the day there is a desire to
dream bigger and to dream bolder. to turn dreams into visions, and visions into reality. america must always lead the fight against socialism and communism. we must always defend and protect the principles of the american dream and ensure our future generations have the same opportunities to build something for themselves. we must never forget the tragedies socialism has caused for countries around the world. i urge my colleagues, everybody, to support this resolution, denouncing the horrors of socialism and imploazing -- imposing the implication of socialism policies in the united states of america. bottom line socialism bad. capitalism good. in god we trust. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: thank you very much, mr. speaker. mr. williams is my friend, but i do wonder whether mr. williams views the $1.43 million he received in debt forgiveness was
consistent with his views on socialism. i don't get it. now i yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. doggett. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. doggett: i was prepared to vote for this resolution. socialism is clearly not the best path for america. who wants to be associated with stalin and the others that this resolution denounces, really thugs, masquerading as socialists. when the promoters of this worthless resolution rejected the takano amendment to protect social security and medicare, their goal became clear. they have a long history of rigorously attacking most every new social initiative originally claiming that social security would enslave workers and sabotage the country. and they have long denounced medicare as socialism. some republicans would even privatize the veterans administration with its socialist structure of
government-run hospitals and employees. it's a system our veterans love. this resolution is the foundation for continued attacks on better medicare for more americans and their attempt to cut social security benefits. like their cult leader, donald trump, they use this resolution to attack our allies, germany and sweden, at the very time they are considering sut cutting aid to ukraine. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: at this time i yield 90 seconds to the gentleman from -- i'd like to not do that. we'd like to yield 90 seconds to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. meuser. we are doing it live. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 90 seconds. mr. meuser: thank you. i thank our chairman very, very much for his leadership on what is a very important subject. i rise today, mr. speaker, to
support the simple, yes necessary, resolution to denounce the inevitable corruption of socialism and the suffering and destruction it has brought upon hundreds of millions of people throughout the world since its inception. our founding fathers built our nation on the principles of freedom, liberty, which leads to a free market economy and all tenets that stand in directly counter to the ideals of socialism. capitalism has produced prosperity for generations of americans and shaped the american dream. that so many have sought when immigrating to america for centuries. how many, mr. speaker, are fleeing capitalist countries like the united states of socialist countries. overtaxed economies backfire, they have no growth, prosperity, or quality of life advancements in medicine, food, housing, or honest education. overregular laights stifles -- overregulation stifles business throughout a national global market, and stateside gives
states like florida and texas, good for them, a great advantage over regulated and overtaxed states. historically obvious metrics and clear results prove capitalism is far better for all societies, especially the united states of america. as president reagan said, socialism only works in two places, heaven where they don't need it, and hell where they already have it. socialist governments culminate with absolute power, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: i yield one minute to the gentleman from new york, mr. meeks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. meeks: i don't take this issue lightly. i do, however, take issue with how this resolution has been presented. of course we oppose the violence inflicted upon people under the rule of communist and dictatorial governments. but this resolution is less
about their plight and more of a political stunt. make no mistake about it. i am a proud capitalist. and i always will be. but ideas like affordabling health care, affordable housing, and paid family leave are not radical socialist policies. some of our closest allies in europe and around the world participate in the free market and help their citizens meet their most basic needs. and that's what we have been sent here to do. to consider, debate, and ultimately pass legislation that will help the american people. i ask my republican colleagues, what is your agenda? is it the 30% sales tax? is it the cuts to medicare and medicaid? is it the cuts to social security? or eliminating access to reproductive care? what's your plan? do we give people access so they can participate in the capitalist society? or cut them so we can limit the opportunity to participate in a capitalist society.
i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute mr. mcclintock: it's often said socialism is sharing and capitalism is selfishness. it's precisely the opposite. the only way to prosper in a capitalist society is to identify what somebody else needs and to provide it for them better than they can provide it for themselves. whether it's sweeping a floor or design ago microchip. socialism is taking what one person has earned by helping others and giving it to someone who hasn't. socialism always produces poverty and misery because when you take a dollar from peter and give it to paul, both have been robbed of that doll's incentive -- dollar's incentive to help each other. peter has denied the reward of his dollar's work. and paul no longer needs someone
to earn that doll amplet socialism and slavery spring from exactly the same rotten principle as lincoln put it that you work and toil and make bread, and i will eat it. and both have been championed by the same party through the ages. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: i now yield one minute to the gentlewoman from georgia, ms. williams. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from georgia is recognized for one minute much ms. williams: mr. speaker, as a legislator i know to look at a bill's definitions. as house republicans talk about rejecting socialism in all its forms, it's important to understand just exactly what my republican colleagues are talking about. surely it's not social security and medicare. public schools, public libraries, public safety? roads and bridges. the bill doesn't say. there is not a single definition of socialism or all its forms. my colleague, congressman takano, gave my republican
colleagues an opportunity to clarify. he offered an amendment stating that programs like social security and medicare are not socialism. republicans refused that amendment. that makes me wonder if what republicans are really doing here is trying to reject things like bedrock social programs that so many of our seniors and constituents rely on. i support our nation's market-based economy and if my republican colleagues truly did the same they would be using this time for legislation that creates jobs and lowers cost force all american families. this bill does neither and i urge my republican colleagues to focus their time on the issues that will help all of our constituents achieve the promise of america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlewoman california reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: at this time i would like to yield 90 seconds to member of the financial services committee, great leader from west virginia, mr. m moone. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from west is virginias
recognized for 90 seconds. mr. mooney: grew up in the home of american ideals of personal freedom and limited government were cherished my mother grew up on a sugar kean farm in cuba where she was one of 14. when castro took over cuba by force. my mother was imprisoned by castro in weeks. they would have executed her and her friends. she fled communism to enjoy freedom and opportunity in america. today over 60 years later socialist policies have kept cuba in economic ruin. she met my father, vincent, and became a proud american citizen. my father was a captain in the united states army who served in vietnam to stop the advance of communism. growing up my parents impressed upon me and siblings that america is special. unlike economically failing socialist companies, americans' personal liberties enshrined in our constitution must be protected.
all citizens deserve basic freedoms, freedom of press, speech. innocent until proven guilty. where in communist countries you are guilty until proven innocent. america will never be a socialist country. america must never give up on our god-given rights. we must fight against socialism and for the american dream. when government takes away your rights and freedoms like the socialist and communist countries want to do, they never give them back. every american should feel blessed to be born in this country where we are free. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. takano. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. takano: mr. speaker, this resolution is not about socialism. it is about political cynicism. no one in this chamber would defend the atrocities committed
by murderous communist ideo ideologues such as castro. but that is not what this resolution is about. this resolution is about conflating some of our most cherished social safety net programs with so-called socialism. with this resolution, republicans demonize social security on which more than 46 million retirees rely today. republicans demonize medicare which has saved the lives of countless americans. and republicans demonize many other federal programs, including benefits offered to our nation's veterans. harry truman was right when he said, socialism is a scare word that republicans have hurled at every advance people have made in the last 20 years. i strongly urge my colleagues to oppose this resolution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: i yield a minute to a great leader for agriculture
issues, from tennessee, member of the financial services committee, mr. rose. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mr. rose: mr. speaker, today i rise in support of house concurrent resolution 9, which denounces the horrors of socialism in all its forms. because whether it's communism, marxism, lenonism, stalinism, maoism. ecosocialism, or liberal socialism all of these have failed. and none of these ideologies should and god willing will ever be implemented in the united states. by passing this resolution, we can send a message to the american people that we reject these deadly ideologies and our nation will always and forever be a bastion of freedom and beacon of hope. i pray for the more than 100 million lives that have been lost at the hands of communist regimes, totalitarian rule, and brutal dictatorships.
. i hope we can all agree on this commonsense resolution, and i urge my colleagues to vote yes on its passage. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: i now yield one minute to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. pocan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. mr. pocan: mr. speaker, for 35 years now i've owned a small business, giving me significantly more experience as a capitalist than the vast majority of members on the other side of the aisle. so as a capitalist let me tell you this resolution is plain ridiculous. it jointly condemns pol pot and norway. i'm with you on the first one but norway, please. here's what this is about. more and more members on the other side of the aisle are calling for cuts for social security and medicare and many have referred to these programs as socialism throughout their
existence. the other night in the rules committee, they showed their cards. republicans refused an amendment to declare that social security and medicare is not socialism. this resolution is little about intelligent discourse and everything to do about laying the ground work to cut social security and medicare. i support social security and medicare and capitalism and norway. and i'll be voting no. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: at this time i'd like to yield 90 seconds to the chair of the housing and insurance subcommittee, the gentleman from ohio, m mr. davidson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for 90 seconds. mr. davidson: i thank the chairman. i enlisted in the united states army after high school and arrived in west germany in the spring of 1989. the cold war was at fever pitch. and at the brandonberg gate president reagan had famously said, mr. gorbachev, tear down
this wall. on 9 november, 1989, the east german people tore down their own wall. not gorbachev, not america, not the west, but the people trapped on the other side of that wall. i was there that thanksgiving in the heart of berlin when they were experiencing the first hours of freedom. one man asked me, is it like this everywhere? and i thought like berlin, a big city. i'm from western ohio from a small town. he corrected me. he said, no, the stores are opened at night and there's fresh milk and everyone can go in. he'd been told a lie that we were poorer on the west than they were, that only elites could buy things like the communist party officials. he was not alone. you see, the wall had separated their communists from our freedom and free markets. the flood of people was to the land of opportunity, not to the failed ideas of marx and lenin. the united states of america is worth saving and to do that we
must defend freedom and defeat socialism. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. and the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: i now yield one minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. frost. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. frost: mr. speaker, i rise today in opposition of this resolution because the american people know that the biggest threats to our modern democratic society and free market economy is not some socialist boggiman. it's republican leaders -- boggyman, it's republican leaders in this country. it's people that -- this is just to scare people and position themselves to cut and gut the benefits that people count on. go back and look at the decades worth of transcripts and see what republicans call socialism to scare people. social security, medicare, medicaid, the affordable care act. they even call free public school education socialism to scare people. this vote is a sham. we've heard about cuba a ton. my mother came here from cuba in the late 1960's with my grandmother, my aunt, and i
won't let their story be used to gut the benefits that our people have earned and deserve. this vote has nothing to do with socialism and everything to do with gutting the programs that millions of americans have paid into and have earned. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: at this time i'd like to recognize the gentleman from nebraska, mr. flood, for 90 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska is recognized for 90 seconds. mr. flood: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today in strong support of this resolution, condemning socialism. i have seen the victims of socialism firsthand. many of those victims have found refuge in nebraska. vietnamese is the third most spoken language in nebraska due to immigration in the 1970's, and member of the fa loon gong have found freedom in our great state. history shows us that when socialism is tried, it leads to
three things -- poverty, devastation, and ultimately communism. as vladimir lenin once said, quote, the goal of socialism is communism, end quote. and socialist regimes continue to commit atrocities around the world. in north korea there's an estimated 180,000 prisoners today. many of them are subjected to torture and extreme manual labor. in venezuela, police and security forces killed more than 19,000 people between 2016 and 2019 for, quote-unquote, resisting authority. in cuba, journalists, bloggers, and artists are raoux teebly -- routinely jailed for speaking against the regime. the list goes on and on. socialism is the enemy, not just to free enterprise, but human rights. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. and the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: thank you very much,
mr. speaker. the last speaker, the gentleman mentioned china. and i'd like to just everyone of a quote by their president trump. and i like president xi a lot, he said. i consider him a friend and i like him a lot. i've gotten to know him very well. he's a strong gentleman, right? he's a strong guy, tough guy. so when are you going to denounce trump? mr. speaker, i now yield one minute to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for one minute. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to condemn all socialist autocrats who place power and wealth over their own citizens. yet, this resolution ignores some of the worse evils. then fall silent as there are mimics. cu cubans suffer far worse.
dictators there destroy human rights, the rule of law and jail, exile or kill their enemies. let's condemn socialists to abuse, yes. but they seek to overturn democratic elections, gut programs our families, veterans, and service members need. in my home state, an aspiring auto accurate daily deploys the playbook. he marginalizes minorities, cri criminalizes, speaker, book, and even history. we need to respect the rule of law, free speech and free elections and to protect our own citizens from the grinding poverty tyrants wield as weapons. socialist dictators deserve our scorn but glossing over their crimes and ignoring the leaders right here that mimic them, those fail those fighting for freedom everywhere. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: if i may inquire of the time remaining on both sides. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman from north carolina has 15 1/2 minutes. mr. mchenry: and i may i inquire about -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california has 15 1/4. mr. mchenry: all right. at this time i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from california, mrs. kim. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for two minutes. mrs. kim: thank you, chairman mchenry. i thank you for yielding your time. i rise in strong support of house concurrent resolution 9, to denounce the atrocities perpetuated by socialism across the world. if you want to see the difference between socialism and freedom, take a look at north korea at night versus south korea. as an immigrant who grew up in south korea during the aftermath of the korean war, i know firsthand the horror, the destruction that socialism has brought to millions of families in the korean peninsula under the evil regime of the kim dynasty to now, kim jong un.
socialism divided my family and friends between north and south. my mother-in-law, for example, she crossed over the d.m.z. and back multiple times to rescue loved ones from the tyrannical north korean regime and tens of thousands of war-torn families remain separated till this day. meanwhile, famines and the daily threats of a nuclear war in east asia persists. although i was just a young girl, i remember the hope embodied by those brave soldiers who defended the freedoms of a country they never knew and a people they never met. it is because of them that i stand before you today as one of the first korean american women to serve in congress. the united states must continue to stand as a beacon of freedom, hope, and opportunity for the world. i urge my colleagues from both
sides of the aisle to join us to say no to socialism, and i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. and the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: thank you very much, mr. speaker. the gentlelady from california just mentioned north korean leader kim jong un. and let me tell you what trump said. he said, kim wrote me beautiful letters and they are great letters. we fell in love. now i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from new mexico, ms. leger fernandez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized for one minute. ms. leger fernandez: thank you, mr. speaker. i absolutely denounce the brutal and communist regime of castro, lenin and others in the whereas clauses in this resolution. but sadly, instead of spending our precious moments in the
people's house, expanding opportunity for hardworking americans, supporting ranches, farmers, and rural communities, lowering health care costs and strengthening social security and medicare, we are spending hours, actually days in pure political theater. in the rules committee, when i offered mr. takano's amendment to clarify that this resolution does not also condemn social security, medicare, and veterans' health benefits, republicans blocked it. yet, i know, still, that our love and respect for our veterans, seniors, and retirees will always guide our work to ensure that they receive all the benefits they earned. i will not stray from our obligation to create prosperity, hope, and a future everywhere in america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from california reserves. and the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: at this time i'd like to recognize a great new member of the financial services
committee, the gentleman from hudson valley, mr. lawler, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. lawler: thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, mr. speaker. as margaret thatcher said the problem with socialism is eventually you run out of our people's money. now, my wife is an immigrant from eastern europe, from moldova, a former soviet satellite state. she came to this country in search of economic opportunity and freedom and a better life for her and her family. she left a former communist country that is still dealing with the grips of communism and socialist policies. let's be very clear. communism and socialism have limited freedoms, stymied economic innovation and opportunity and limited prosperity and the left the very
people it claims to help in a permanent state of poverty and government dependence. conversely, capitalism has lifted people from poverty to prosperity within a generation and made america the envy of the world. to be clear, this resolution is not about social security or medicare, two programs with broad bipartisan support. it is about a sick ideology that has destroyed nations, ruined lives, and resulted in death and destruction around the world. now, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are twisting themselves into knots trying to explain why they oppose this resolution. the sad truth is, it's because their party has been taken over by a radical socialist ideology that they are held hostage to. they can't even muster the courage to denounce it.
we are americans. we should speak with one voice and denounce socialism, communism, dictators, and despots at every turn. i'm proud to support this resolution to denounce socialism and proudly embrace capitalism, american innovation -- mr. mchenry: i'd like to yield the gentleman another minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is yielded another minute. mr. law remember that are -- mr. lawler: thank you, mr. chair. i'm proudly embracing capitalism, american innovation, and ingenuity and the role it has played in promoting freedom and democracy throughout the rest of the world. and i ask all of my colleagues to join me. it's very simple. . this is not about social security or medicare. t if you can't do that that speaks
volumes about your party. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from north carolina reserves. ms. waters: mr. speaker and members, i want to reiterate, i love -- the speaker pro tempore: the members are -- ms. waters: i love social security. i love medicare. and so now i yield two minutes to the gentleman from maryland, the former leader, mr. hoyer. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair would like toe are mind members that they need to direct their remarks to the chair. the gentleman is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i rise to lament the failure today to consider a resolution which would reflect the overwhelming consensus in this house that capitalism, not socialism, has proven to be the very best
economic system. it is the most effective system to create dynamic economies. and incentivize individual innovation, entrepreneurship, and risk taking to achieve economic security and success. such a resolution would have brought us together. it would give confidence to our fellow citizens that we are united in our support of our democratic capitalist system. the resolution before us today, however, does not do that. instead, it is an intellectually bankrupt screed of political demagoguery. all it aims to do is to divide. to distract. this institution and this
country. it is a political gotcha and a distraction from the real issues that face the american people. as our departmented colleague, elijah cummings, said -- departed elia cummings said, we are better than this. we came from an annual prayer breakfast where we gave voice to reconciliation and unity. we prayed to one god. and we recited our pledge to one nation, under god, indissable -- indissible. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. hoyer: america expects more of us. this resolution does not, sadly, mr. speaker, further that goal.
i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california -- the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from tennessee, my friend, mr. burchett. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. burchett: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, i appreciate you and your service to our great country. i rise today in support of condemning the horrors of socialism. the biggest crimes in humanity, in humanity have happened under socialist regime. it's taken more than 100 million lives. margaret thatcher said it best, eventually you run out of people to take money from. that's the only way socialism works. president trump said we would never be a socialist country in his state of the union address, and i was chokd, i was shocked that over half of this body, mr. speaker, refused to stand and applaud that. over half. i think it tells where we are as a country. too many people have fought and died for this country.
if you ever come to my office, there is a 48-star flag on the wall. it's the flag that was draped over my uncle's casket. he was too old to go fight. he went and enlisted anyway. they sent him home. he went back and enlisted again. they let him go. he died shortly after the d-day invasion as a sergeant. too old to go to fight, but he went anyway. he fought for the american dream. he fought for what we have in this country. every day we want to throw it away. the fact that we are even having this conversation sickens me, mr. speaker. i say that with all sincerity. i thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: again, quoting, the ex-president who still thinks he's president.
he said, i went in yesterday and there was a television screen and i said, this is genius. putin declares a big portion of ukraine, putin declares it as independent. oh, that's wonderful. he used the word independent and we are going to go out and we are going to go in and we are going to help keep peace. you have to say that's pretty savvy. i now yield one minute to the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, who is the ranking member of the judiciary committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. nadler: i thank the gentlelady. this resolution lists many communist dictators. but it doesn't list any of the capitalist dictators. from hitler, to mussolini, to franco, to salazar, to peron, and so many more because the issue is not socialism, the issue is tyranny. but the second issue is the progress of the american people.
because every single issue of progress from medicare to medicaid to the affordable care act to public housing to social security has been called by republican leaders at the time, socialist. this is not an attack on tyranny, this is an attack on all of these programs. this is an attack on medicare, on social security, public housing, federal education, everything the republicans call socialist when they were first enacted. they still want to get rid of. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: i have heard most absurd argument just now on the house floor. the contents of this resolution are very simple, very straightforward. a system that is born out of freedom inevitably begets freedom. liberation of people from tyranny. an economic system is born out of taking, inevitably leads to the loss of human life and
centralization and control by despotic people. that's what this resolution speaks to. it does not speak to any programs here in the united states. doesn't talk about our system of government. doesn't speak of other systems, economic systems. it is simply in the resolved that congress denounces socialism in all its forms and opposes the implementation of socialists policies in the united states, period. so rather than contorting yourselves to vote no against a resolution condemning tyrants, that use socialism to centralize their power, they have contorted themselves, my colleagues are contorting themselves to speak against aga previous president a question of republicans' views on domestic social programs. it's not a part of this
resolution. it's a part of other debates everywhere else in congress. let's read the resolution. let's take to the terms of debate of the resolution. let's figure out a way we can actually come together and denounce socialism in all its forms here in the united states. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: i now yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. khanna. mr. khanna: thank you, madam chair. let me be clear, the democratic party does not believe that the government should control the means of production. no democrat believes there should be government gas stations or government technology companies or government car companies. what does the democratic party believe? we believe every person in america should have childcare. what does the republicans, what do they say? their answer, look at how many
people stalin killed. we say let's give everyone health care. the republicans say, well, we can't do that, look at how many people pol pot killed. make sure everyone has equal opportunity. the republican plan, we can't do that. look how many people kim is starving. give me a break. the american people are catching on. they know that we have lost 25% of wealth in the working class and middle class since 1980. they know that the real crime are not crimes happening abroad but the crime of paying starvation wages for hard work. this party is actually solving the problems of the american people. that party is giving rhetoric about foreign regimes. people will see through the rhetoric and side with the democratic party. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: i have one further speaker. i inquire from the other side how many more speakers they have.
ms. waters: mr. speaker, i have several speakers left. mr. mchenry: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: may i inquire how much time do we have left? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from has 7 1/4 minutes. ms. waters: thank you. mr. speaker, i'd like to share a quote from the opposite side of the aisle. socialism is a scare word that they have hurled at every advance that people have made in the last 20 years. they go on to say, socialism, what they call public power. socialism is what they call social security. socialism is what they call form
price supports. socialism is what they call bank deposit insurance. socialism is what they call the growth of free and independent labor organizations. socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all people. this was a quote from the great president truman talking about republicans' claims 70 years ago. it's revisited itself. i now yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. sherman, who is also the ranking member of the subcommittee on capital markets. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 2 1/2 minutes.
mr. sherman: imagine an anti-socialist resolution so poorly drafted that the co-chair of the c.p.a. caucus finds it necessary to come here and denounce it. but this resolution equates willie brunt with kim jeong eun. medicare with a great leap forward. european socialist allies of america and nato with the worst murderers in history. democracy calls for every country to decide what blend of government regulation of business, what blend of government programs to have, and that is a decision for each country to make. instead, we have a resolution that provides a misleading and soft moric -- sophomoric description of history. we are told all socialism is equal. and that marxist leninism is the same as the european socialists.
when communism stood over europe and could have conquered the western world, we organized n nato. here are the nato leaders who were all socialists. harold wilson, will-l brunt, france with a mitterrand, and so many others. without them stall stallennism may well have prevailed. this resolution condemns them. we are told, well, then if the anti-communist must be great people. yes, like francisco franco, and the rest of those identified on this chart. later today we are -- the republican leadership wants to take someone off her committees because they say they are dedicated to anti-semitism. yet on this same day they bring a resolution to this floor that equates some of the greatest
leaders of israel with some of the greatest mass murderers of history. look at the history of israel. the founder of israel, ben geurian. golda my ear, and sherr moan perez, president of israel and president of the socialist international. yet they say they are against anti-semitism. 73% of the american people believe that republican leadership is ignoring the important problems facing americans. we can disdis miss this resolution as a two pid -- stupid waste of time consistent with that ignoring. the fact is it's not -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. waters: i yield an extra 15 seconds to the gentleman. mr. mchenry: i'll yield an additional 15 seconds as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30
seconds. mr. sherman: thank you intent on using the debt limit to attack social security, which was attacked by republicans as socialist at the time and by paul ryan more recently. they're here to attack medicare as socialist as was done by ronald reagan and the whole l.p. album denying medicare as socialism. they're here with this solution, to say that any social program can be equated with the greatest mass murders in history. this resolution is not just a waste of time. it is a pernicious attack on the programs that american people support. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from california reserves. and the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: mr. speaker, i want to just take a moment and thank my colleague for his fullsome defense of socialism and i think that was the most intellectually
honest piece of debate we had here on the house floor. and if this resolution would simply draw out my democratic colleagues to say, yes, they're in favor of socialism, maybe this is a worthwhile endeavor. again, this is not my resolution. it was reported to my committee. we're reporting out this resolution as ms. salazar of florida presented and wrote because this is the early stages of the house. this came straight to the house floor rather than through the committee markup. it came through the rules committee. what i would have preferred in this resolution was a defense of capitalism and the juks toe position between that -- juxtaposition between freedom born out of our property rights, our individual freedoms that has deeply connected us with an
economic freedom and juxtaposition of that to the meaning of socialism. and what the taking of people's individual liberty and centralizing it in government and government control does to economic progress, to the best of humanity, what it does to social outcomes, to the economic prosperity of the people, and the misery that it begets to those people suffering in those regimes. but what we have here is a history of international moments of terror beget by putin. it's not in there. he doesn't currently call himself a socialist. but lenin did. stalin did. mao zedong did. fidel castro did.
and the list goes on. and then it talks about the loss of human life under those regimes from those socialist leaders. in the resolve clause, i read before, that congress imposes socialism in all of its form. i would be happy to work with my colleague on the type of resolution that i outlined. happy to have that come back to the floor in time on something that my democrat colleagues would actually support. a proper denounceation of the hisries of socialism and the proper embrace of our economic capitalism here in the united states. but that's not what we have before us today. so i'd encourage my colleagues to look at what is in the resolution and judge it based off the contents of what's here, not what is omitted. and with that i would reserve the balance of my time. and my colleague, i'm going to yield to, to close. so we're prepared to close on this side. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina
reserves. and the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i'd like to raise a question and i'll direct it to the speaker. was p.p.p. socialism? no, of course not. but some republicans would claim it was. and interestingly, many republicans, including several sponsors of this ridiculous resolution, not only applied for a p.p.p. loan but also asked that the government forgive the debt. so i ask unanimous consent to enter this list of republicans into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. waters: with that i yield one minute -- the speaker pro tempore: there is objection. the gentlelady may continue.
ms. waters: mr. speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. waters: mr. speaker, americans are tired of this body wasting its time when there are real problems to address. i want to get started considering legislation to house the more than half a million people who will sleep outside tonight because they don't have a house of their own. i want to get started on legislation to address the extreme wealth disparities in our country, including where c.e.o.'s now make almost 400 times what the average workers make. i want to stop wells fargo-like banks from ripping off millions of consumers. i want to get started finding ways for seniors and folks saving for their retirement to have more confidence that those who would defraud them would be thwarted. instead, we spend time talking how republicans want to force biden to slash social security and medicare. they will turn the economy down by forcing a default on our
debts, but the american people should rest assured that i and my democratic colleagues are united in our resolve to expand access to affordable housing, good-paying jobs, protect consumers from abuse, strengthen our economy, safeguard our national security, protect social security and medicare. and above all, defend our democracy. let me say it again, protect social security and medicare. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields back. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: mr. speaker, how much time do i have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: 4 3/4 minutes. mr. mchenry: i'd like to yield to the gentleman from texas, mr. arrington, to close on behalf of republicans. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. arrington: i thank my friend, the chairman from north carolina. socialism, like the devil, does not appear with horns and a pitch fork.
he masquerades as an angel of light, with promises of humans flourishing, all failed, all broken. socialism isn't empty words. it isn't a speech. it's a series of actions that rob people of their freedom and concentrate power in the hands of a few in their central government. i heard my colleagues say, socialism is controlling the means of production. we're not doing that. except that there's a whole of government assault for all the world to see on an industry, american energy, and it's being replaced with this green new deal. hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies, tax credits, grants. if that's not the control of the means of production, i don't know what is. universal health care, we don't want health care in the hands of
doctors and patients. we want it in the hands of bureaucrats. we want government to control health care. masquerading as an angel of light is this concentration of power. socialism is the road to -- and history is littered with the failed experiment in central planning. those countries that have taken that ruinous road have ruined, destroyed their country and left people in despair. our founding fathers believed fundamentally this -- if we limit the federal government's role in our lives, we'll unleash the greatest potential of free people created in the image of god and they were right. there's never been a greater force for all of humanity than freedom. nothing uplifts the human condition, unlocks the human potential, unleashes the human spirit like freedom. freedom has given every
generation of americans the greatest opportunities, the highest standard of living, the best quality of life anywhere on the planet, and in the world, but in the words of ronald reagan, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. it must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. god have mercy on our country. if you boil it down, mr. speaker, i believe our singular mission in this chamber, in this our nation's capital is to fight for our country by preserving and protecting freedom for the next generation of americans. and if, like my colleagues say, that this is just theater, that decrying socialism, extolling the freedom and virtues and value of freedom is theater, god, give us more shakespeares. god bless america, and i yield
back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to house resolution 83, the previous question is ordered on the concurrent resolution and the preamble. the question is on the adoption of the concurrent resolution. all those in favor say aye. those opposed say no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the concurrent resolution is agreed to. mr. mchenry: on behalf of republicans, mr. speaker, on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the vand. -- the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from mississippi seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, pursuant to house resolution 83, i call up house resolution 76 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 76, resolution removing a certain member from a certain standing committee of the house. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 83, the resolution is considered as read. the resolution shall be debated for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee
on ethics or their respective designee. the gentleman from mississippi, mr. guest, and the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. wild, will each control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from mississippi. mr. guest: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on house resolution 76. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. guest: mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. guest: mr. speaker, i come today to the floor pursuant to the process put in place by the previous majority in the 117th congress. at that time, i served as a member on the house ethics committee. today i serve as chair of that committee. . roughly two years ago, on
february 4, 2021, i publicly warned of the dangerous precedent set by the previous majority as they put in place an unprecedented process to remove minority members from their committee assignments. two years ago democrats offered a resolution. that resolution based on clause 1, house rule 23, removed a republican member from all committees and referred the matter to the house ethics committee. however the process instituted at that time by speaker nancy pelosi bypassed any ethics committee involvement and brought the matter directly to the house floor for a vote. i and many of my republicans warned that this majority veto over the minority party's committee assignments apoivments removed important rights of the
minority party. republican members also warned this process set a precedent that future majoritieses would follow to remove members from committee assignments. following the road map previously approved by the democrat-controlled 117th congress, we are here today to debate and to consider house resolution 76. a resolution to remove representative omar from serving on the committee on foreign affairs. today's resolution as it relates to representative omar details six statements she made as a sitting member of congress that under the tote tallity of the -- totality of the circumstances disqualify her from serving on the committee on foreign affairs. it is important to note that this resolution is very narrowly tailored and does not prevent representative omar from serving on other committees.
house resolution 76 instead simply states that she cannot serve on a committee that receives classified briefings and is responsible for maintaining international diplomacy. the committee on foreign affairs is a prestigious committee viewed by nations around the world, both allies and adversaries, as speaking for congress on matters of international importance and national security. all members, both republican and democrats alike, who seek to serve on foreign affairs should be held to the highest standard of conduct due to the international sensitivity and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee. based upon the important mission of this committee and the precedent previously set to remove members from their committee assignments, i support this resolution today. mr. speaker, i reserve the
balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. wild: thank you, mr. chair. i rise in opposition to this resolution. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. wild: thank you. i rise as the ranking member of the ethics committee. a body that i am proud to have served on throughout my entire time in congress. and i also rise as a member of the house foreign affairs committee, which i have also served on throughout my time in congress. many people don't understand the nature of the ethics committee. it's a unique body within this congress. it consists of an equal number of democrats and republicans. and it offers a mechanism by which complaints against members of congress and high ranking staff can be vetted, investigated, and adjudicated on pretty much of a confidential
basis by the members of the committee. i'm very pleased, what may really surprise people to know, that we often come to completely unanimous decisions in that very bipartisan committee. with that said i'm disappointed my colleagues in the majority are choosing as one of their very first exercises of authority in this congress to pursue vengeance over governance. governance would be to allow this resolution, which has been referred to the ethics committee, to proceed through the committee's regular process. the ethics committee is charged with determining whether a member behavior violates the code of official conduct and when warranted by a violation, recommending that the house adopt sanctions or restrict certain privileges like service on committees. i strongly urge a return to the days of civility which would be nice to see here in this body and which i think the american people would very much welcome.
one of the ways of doing that is to have this chamber allow the ethics committee to do its work so that we avoid a situation where every couple of years when there is a transfer of power between one party to the other we don't see these constant efforts to boot people from committees based on past actions. if a member does something egregious that is worthy of a complaint, any member can bring a complaint to the ethics committee and it can be dealt with there. the majority is seeking to advance this resolution bef before -- they are trying to advance it before the ethics committee, and yet the ethics committee has not yet adopted its rules, held an organizational meeting or convened for the first time this congress. i want to address the issue of due process. during the rules meeting leading
up to today's vote, a number of concerns were expressed and it's been reported in the media as well, concerns about due process. the resolution, house resolution 76, claims that any member reserves the right to bring a case before the committee on ethics as grounds for an appeal to the speaker of the house of representatives for reconsideration of any committee removal decision. notably that language is contained in one of the whereas clauses, not in the resolved clause, which is the only binding part of this resolution. by the way, it's even been conceded by members of the g.o.p. that the whereas clause, the quote is, merely references an existing process and in no way begins an appeal procedure or guarantees her committee seat will be reconsidered. it's nonbinding and not
actionable, a senior g.o.p. aide told "politico" on tuesday. i agree with that quote with the exception where it says, that the clause added -- references an existing process. there is no such existing process. there is no due process at all afforded to the member who is being sought to be removed from a committee. that is not due process. i say that to address the many, many concerns that i have heard from members on the other side of the aisle, from members of the rules committee there is no due process in this house resolution. once the full house votes to strip a member of a right or privilege, only the full house can restore that right or privilege. allowing representative omar to appeal to the ethics committee after the house has already voted to deny her a seat on the house foreign affairs committee would be nonsensical and
defective process. it is the wrong order of things. it violates how the ethics committee has operated ever since its creation as a standing committee of the house in 1967 where the committee recommends a sanction after full investigation and adjudication. after the member is allowed to present evidence and make their case, and then the full house votes on the committee's recommendation for sanctions. house resolution 76 violates the spirit of how our unique committee, the house's only evenly divided troolly partisan standing -- truly partisan standing committee operates. this is about partisanship, mr. speaker. not principle. this is about payback, not process. house resolution 76 is wholly transparent for what it is and i firmly oppose its passage. the gentlelady reserves, thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: yes sir, mr. speaker.
before i yield time to the gentleman from ohio, i do want to point out that house resolution 72 of the 117th congress, which is the resolution that stripped marjorie taylor greene of her committee assignments, contained no language whatsoever relating to due process and set forth no appeals process for her to be able to appeal the ruling of the body as a whole. and i will say that the resolution that we are debating today does contain language as to an appellate process. so i do believe that the resolution that we are debating today does contain additional rights to the member that we are seeking to remove than what was offered in house resolution 72, as it relates to marjorie taylor greene. mr. speaker, at this time i would yield six minutes to max miller from the great state of ohio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for six minutes. mr. miller: thank you, mr.
speaker. i thank the gentleman from mississippi for yielding. mr. speaker, the house committee on foreign affairs has broad jurisdiction over national security and foreign policy. peacekeeping and peace enforcement, international law, and the promotion of democracy and many other critical issues that require its members to be both objective and credible. members of the committee on foreign affairs represent the united states abroad and are regarded as credible add emissaries of u.s. policy. they guide our relation was other countries and relied upon by world leaders. most importantly our allies such as israel the forever home of the jewish people. what happens when a committee member is no longer viewed as a credible emissary of our foreign policy? what if a member is bar interested visiting one of our allies because of her prejudice comments? how can members who are unable to engage with our allies in a constructive manner be considered credible members of
the committee? well, the gentlelady's discriminatory comments disqualify her from traveling to israel in 2019, prime minister of israel, netanyahu, said we respect all political parties in the united states equally. however we also respect ourselves. whoever comes to impose boycotts on us and deny the legitimacy of the state of israel will not allow them entry. yes, the gentlelady disqualified herself from entering into one of the most important countries alleyed with the united states. over the past 75 years israel has been a steadfast ally of the united states. israel has stood by us in the volume tillity of the middle east and this has been critical to our own national security. how can someone not welcomed by one of our most important allies serve as an emissary on the foreign affairs committee.
given her bias comments against israel and against the jewish people, how can she serve as an objective decisionmaker on the committee? let's look at some of the gentlelady's comments. in february of 2019 barely more than a month after become ago member of this body -- become ago member of this body, representative omar suggested that the jewish people and american-israel public affairs committee were buying political support writing on twitter, it's all about the benjamins, baby. clearly amplifying an anti-semitic stereotype about the jewish people and money. in response, congressional democratic leadership, her own party, immediately release add statement by saying, anti-semitism must be called out, confronted, and condemned whenever it is encountered without exception. not long after representative omar trivialized the terrorist attacks of september 11, 2001, by describing that day of infamy as, some people did something.
that's horrific. some people did something. yes, mr. speaker. some people did do something. some people committed evil acts of terrorism and killed nearly 3,000 americans. and in response some thousands of our fellow citizens, myself included, enlisted in our armed forces to defend the gentlelady's right to make her prejudiced remarks. many went off to combat and even died to defend that right. but they did not die fighting to have their bravery and love of country undermined by a member of the house foreign affairs committee. mr. speaker, i have no words to describe just how utterly unacceptable these comments are. but that's not all. in 2021, the gentlelady referred to israel, which has the absolute right to defend itself against terrorism and attacks on its very existence as an apartheid state. she even equated the united states and israel, countries that have stood as beacons of democracy, to the taliban and
hamas organizations that impose terror on their regions in the world. once again even her democrat colleagues swiftly condemned her comment. 12 democrat members of this body released a statement which noted, equating the united states and israel to hamas and the taliban is as offensive as it is misguided. ignoring the differences between democracy's governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice from her own party. some have decried this effort as a political game. mr. speaker, i assure you this is no political game. this resolution is not about engaging this is not about engaging in a tit for at that time with my -- tat with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. this is about keeping someone with bice off the foreign affairs -- bais off the foreign
affairs committee. even the democratic former chairman of the house foreign affairs committee, eliot engel, said that representatives owe -- representative omar's anti-semitic comments have no place in the foreign affairs committee or house of representatives. that is in addition to the previously mentioned joint statement from 12 of the gentle lady's democrat colleagues. the facts are clear. representative omar has espoused anti-semitic and anti-israel rhetoric time and again. she cannot be an objective contributor to the work of the committee and she has brought dishonor to the house of representatives. this body, this committee, which is viewed by nations around the world as speaking on matters of international importance and national security, should not have a seat for a member who would bring such dishonor to that committee. i encourage all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this resolution, to say with one voice that the united states house of representatives does not condone hate and to reaffirm we will always condemn
anti-semitism. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from mississippi reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> i now yield three minutes to representative dean phillips of minnesota, also a member of the house foreign affairs committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. phillips: thank you. ilhan omar and i are products of remarkably different life experiences. hers began by fleeing civil war in somalia, before immigrating to the united states after four years in a kenyon refugee camp -- kenyan refugee camp. an experience that any of us in this room could possibly imagine. my family came to america a century before hers, seeking the same safety, security and opportunity as they fled russian pogroms targeting jewish people in eastern europe. my life began by losing my father in the vietnam war, an american tragedy that may well
have been prevented if this chamber had been filled with more voices like ilhan omar's. don't get me wrong. representative omar and i regularly disagree on policy, both domestic and foreign. and she has at times used words that have caused concern, offense a. she and i have spoken face to face on those occasions and she's apologized and she continues to learn from those missteps. furthermore, she's never posted a video depicting herself decapitating and killing fellow members of congress. she doesn't question whether a plane really smashed into the towers on 9/11, she doesn't wonder if school shootings in america are staged. she has not propagated the absurd notion that space lazers financed by the rothschild family are the cause of wildfires in california. she's never equated vaccine mandates with adolf hitler. and she has never, ever expressed support for executing leaders of the united states
congress. now, being a conspiracy theorist alone is not grounds for removal from committees. i'll admit that. but depicting violence or supporting violence against fellow members of congress is grounds for removal. be it a democrat or republican. so why will 9 0% of jewish members of the united states house of representatives vote to maintain her committee assignment? quite simply because we believe in the human capacity to make amends and that atonement should be rewarded, not punished. we also believe that the most dangerous acts by elected officials in a democracy are to silence voices of dissent, even those with which we fundamentally disagree. that's what this is about. silencing and canceling.
how ironic. furthermore, this is the very weaponization of anti-semitism that i as a jewish person find repulse iive, -- repulsive, dangerous and shameful. so to my friends across the aisle, if you really, if you really are sincere about defeating anti-semitism in america, how about ask us, how about ask us what we need. and let me assure you, you might be surprised by the answer. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. >> reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the representative from the great state of tennessee, mr. kustoff. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for two minutes. mr. kustoff: thank you, mr. chairman, thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of the resolution to remove congresswoman omar from the house foreign affairs committee, for her anti-semitic speech,
comments and rhetoric. no doubt words have meaning. when a member of congress stands in this chamber or at home or in their district, the nation and the world pays attention to what they say and how they say it. when a member of congress makes hateful and anti-semitic remarks, they are amplified. they are magnified. even more so when that member sits on the house foreign affairs committee. the committee tasked with helping set policy and providing oversight over our nation's relationship with israel and with jewish communities around the world, it is imperative that this body not only speaks against anti-centralism -- anti-semitism but also holds accountable those who spread such hateful beliefs. as our nation's leaders, as our nation's leaders, we have the
ability and the responsibility to combat anti-semitism and ensure that our children, tomorrow's leaders, are taught that such rhetoric is unacceptable. let's be clear, anti-semitism has no place in the halls of the congress, nor in our national conversation. and i stand here today in solidarity with the jewish community with the strong message that the united states house of representatives does not tolerate such behavior. i urge my colleagues to support the resolution and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from mississippi reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> i yield one minute to the minority whip, katherine clark. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. clark: thank you. to the gentlelady from pennsylvania for yielding. the speaker of the house wrote this week that removing
democrats from their committees was for integrity. integrity? is that the quality of honesty and acting with moral principle? there is no integrity here. congresswoman omar is a committed, hardworking and highly valued member of the foreign affairs committee. a refugee, a survivor of war. she knows firsthand how much is at stake in its work. it is too serious of a subject to be subjected to partisan games by the republican majority. but that's how the g.o.p. has decided to govern. not with solutions, but with political stunts. how can my colleagues across the aisle talk about integrity and honor as they empower the most extreme voices in their party? as they claim due process has been added in, when there is none? as they promote conspiracy
theories? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. >> i hereby yield 30 seconds. cl ms. clark: as they stack some of our most critical committees with election deniers? it is too late to inject integrity into this sham process. but we as members can vote no on this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from the great state of new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized for two minutes. mr. malinowski: thank you, mr. speaker. we've heard from my colleagues the reason why the representative omar should be removed from this committee, but i feel like all the reasons have not just yet been stated which is why i rise to add for the
record. we've heard about the comments that were made regarding anti-semitism and anti-israeli views, but i rise to add to the record that, as a member of the foreign affairs committee, i've sat there and heard the representative actually spew anti-american rhetoric as well. i've been in that committee room where the representative equates israel and the united states to hamas and the taliban. absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee. i've also heard the representative equate that it is the united states' fault that there is turmoil in venezuela, it's not because of the oppressive socialist and communism that has spread throughout central and south america and venezuela at the hands of the maduro and hugo chavez regimes.
that is unacceptable. to hear the representative belittle, to try to diminish the worst terrorist attack on united states soil on september 11, 2001, as some people did something. that is unacceptable as well. and i hold the same standard for this side of the aisle that i do the other. ms. malliotakis: because when another colleague on my side said something about 9/11, i also had her voted to be removed from the education committee because i thought that was inappropriate. so i'm being consistent here and i hope my colleagues will do the same to show that this is about consistency and accountability. because we should not have anyone with those views on the committee that is tasked with representing our country and our congress to foreign nations. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from mississippi reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> i yield one minute to
representative steny hoyer of maryland. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i rise to make the point. the two individuals that we removed from committees were not removed for their speech, they were removed because they made threats against other members. this one was made before the representative came. mr. gosar's, of course, was made during. but both were removed because of the threat they posed to three of our colleagues. because of their speech, because of -- not because of their speech, but because of their threat. with an ak-47 or ar-15, i'm not sure which that gun is. and promoting themselves as the biggest nightmare to three of our colleagues. and mr. gosar portraying murder
of one of our colleagues. there is no equivalency here. we believe in free speech. however hateful that speech is. and i will tell you, i take a back seat to no one in this chamber to my support of israel, to no one. and my record reflects that. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. hoyer: but the equivalency that has been made here is absolutely without merit. and you go down a terrible road. i do not agree with the statements that were made. i oppose them. i said on this floor that i opposed them. but by golly, there are a whole lot of your folks over there that i disagree with vehemently who rationalized insurrection.
but that's not how we operate. but if a member threatens another member, that is a different kettle of fish altogether. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. hoyer: i support this -- i oppose this resolution and urge its rejection. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to please direct your comments to the chair. >> i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from the great state of indiana, mrs. spartz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for three minutes. mrs. spartz: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to comment on this resolution. our country was founded on the principle of protection rights of minorities. and it is a constitutional republic for a reason. because our founding fathers
understood that majority rule can lead to tyranny am of majority, more rule, and dictatorship. last congress, speaker pelosi and democrat majority took unprecedented actions removing minority party from committees, members. they also, the resolution of inquiry which was used against republican administration and also eliminated the ability for minority party. it was very disappointing. so what i ask, you know, i want to differentiate this resolution. he added explicitly to this resolution to make sure that we apply the same standard, not just to democrats, but also to republicans and it's stated in this resolution. and also added that, you know, we might look in the process of appeal. and i agree with the gentlelady
from i agree with the gentlelady from pennsylvania we didn't have any process. have the committee the ability to look if there is a way to look at the process if that's going to be continued. but i hope, maybe, we can reconcile it and have a collaboration as to parties as we are talking today at the prayer breakfast on a bipartisan basis. i think it's important for us to really look at us as a body and start respecting minority and unfortunately, our other party started this unprecedented action when they won the majority. we have to work on that how we can reconcile. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from is recognized. ms. wild: i completely concur with the gentlelady from indiana we need a better process and one that aboards due process. but this resolution does not.
with that i yield four minutes to the ranking member of the house foreign affairs committee, form chairman, representative meeks of new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes. mr. meeks: madam chair, it is undeniable that representative omar has made what considered to be offensive anti-semitic comments in the past. it is also undeniable that representative omar has apologized, learned, and then a reliable and productive member of the foreign affairs committee. i have watched her work with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle. she cares about her country. she cares about our national security. she cares about diplomacy. her perspective is invaluable to the house foreign affairs committee.
she's a refugee. and the only after run born mumustafrican muslim born membef the committee. losing representative omar's voice on the committee to extremist politics would be a shameful mark on this body, harmful to the interest of the american people and our image abroad and damage to democracy itself. i also know the shear hypocrisy of speaker mccarthy and members of his party looking to deny representative omar's seat on the foreign affairs committee is rich. this resolution is not about addressing dishonor or respect for the house this. resolution is not about addressing anti-semitism. if it were there would be other members named in this resolution. for example, in october 2018 a
republican member dweeted, we cannot allow soros, bloomberg to buy this election and get out the vote for republicans november 6 maga. that was the speaker of the house. the tweet included a video featuring the member discussing george soros, tom, and former new york mayor michael bloomberg. all jewish men who are significant donors of the democratic campaigns and causes. were these the only wealthy democratic donors he could choose from? jewish money buying elections is a stereotype about the jewish faith, popular among the alt right. i recall no apology unlike representative omar, to or for this tweet. this is far from the only example of the hypocrisy. representatives on the republican side have defended and agreed with well-known white supremacists and anti-semite
nick fuentes and spoken at his events. other republican members have complained zionist supremists are conspiring to flood europe with migrants to replace the white population there is. my republican colleagues have quoted adolf hitler in congressional remarks promoted the great replacement theory and invite add holocaust denier to the state of the union. finally when this congress moved the house resolution condemning anti-semitism, there was only one member that voted against it. and it wasn't a democrat. so, why is this member being targeted today? we don't have time to go through the entire list of objected remarks the other side has made. the point is none of these comments caused any members who made them to be removed from committees. not removed from the education and labor committee. not removed from the judiciary committee. not removed from the armed services committee.
not removed from the homeland security committee. a blatant double standard is being applied here. something just doesn't add up. and what is the difference between rep omar and these members? could it be the way she looks -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. meeks: could it be her religious practices? could it be -- it's clear if she were on the other side of the aisle we would not be having this debate today. that is absolutely clear. the g.o.p. was not outraged when donald trump broke bread with the anti-semitic holocaust deniers at his florida mansion. there was no outrage when he deployed images of the star of david -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. meeks: we need to vote no and is stand up for democracy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. meeks: omar is to remain and be productive on the house foreign affairs committee. i yield back the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: at this time i yield three minutes to the representative from the great state of new york, mr. lawler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. lawler: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to speak in support of house resolution 76. this is not about vengeance or retribution. it's about accountability. i represent new york's 17th district, home to one of the largest jewish populations in the country. between westchester, rockland, put nim and duchess counties i represent almost 100,000 constituents that practice the jewish faith. i take the scourge of anti-semitism very seriously. it is something that must be rooted out in our society as well as in the halls of congress. no one who peddles in anti-semitic activity, behavior, or language should have any right to serve on the house
foreign affairs committee, which has an incredibly important role to play in partnering with our strongest ally, the state of israel. two of my bread sessors, ben gilman and eliot engel, served as chairs of this important committee. israel's continued existence as a beacon of liberty, democratcy, and peace in the middle east serves as a model for other nations in the region, and is something we should be celebrating not demeaning. comments made by members of this body about support for israel being all about the become minee of israel is engaging in apartheid are appalling, wrong, and disqualifying. additionally, those who dismiss 9/11 as some people who did something, are you kidding me? it was a terrorist attack. it wasn't some people doing something.
or to equate the united states and israel, both democratic nations, to the taliban and hamas, and those who promote the sent see metic b.d.s. movement? you are damn right they deserve to be held accountable. as a member that represents a district that suffered greatly due to 9/11, and still has constituents grappling with the effects of that horrific tragic day, dying of 9/11 health related situations, i find those remarks jarring and alarming and insulting. to be clear, the representative can say whatever the heck she wants. but we don't have to accept it. or embrace it. individuals who hold such hateful views should rightly be barred from that type of committee. we cannot let the poisonous ideology of anti-semitism
permeate into policy decisions that impact the lives of millions of jews around the world. and i will stand up to anti-semitism and defend israel's right to exist and the right of jews everywhere to practice their faith peacefully and safely. this is not about silencing anyone. the rise in anti-semitism is significant. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. lawler: these hate crimes has not been prosecuted. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. gees: yield another 15 seconds. mr. law already: -- mr. lawler: worlds matter. rhetoric matters. it leads to harm. so the congresswoman is being held accountable for her words and her actions. and that is why i support this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the woman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. wild: i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from new york, representative ocasio-cortez.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. ocasio-cortez: thank you. as also as a fellow new yorker i think one of the things we should talk about here is also one of the disgusting legacies after 9/11 has been the targeting and racism against muslim americans throughout the ens united states of america. this is an extension of that legacy, consistency, there is nothing consistent with the republican party's continued attack, except nor the racism and incitement of violence against women of color in this body. i had a member of the republican caucus threaten my life and you all and the republican caucus rewarded him with one of the most prestigious committee assignments in this congress. don't tell me this is about consistency. don't tell me this is about an a condemnation of anti-semitic remarks when you have a member of the republican caucus who talked about jewish space laser and tropes and alsoet vaited her to some of the highest committee assignments in this body. this is about targeting women of
color in the united states of america. don't tell me because i didn't get a single apology when my life was threatened. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: reserve at this time, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. wild: i yield one minute to the the gentlewoman from massachusetts, representative pressley. ms. pressley: madam speaker, i rise in opposition to the rhetoric and resolution from across the aisle. our colleagues who once again who seek to make history for all the wrong reasons. i rise on behalf of every little girl who sees herself in the leadership of congresswoman omar. she is a mother, daughter, refugee, advocate, skilled policymaker, duly and decisively elected third term member to the u.s. house of representatives. i have spent time in the minnesota fifth. i have seen her pull her
community through grief and loss. i have seen her stand arm in arm in pickett lines with our educators and nurses. i seen her pass historic legislation to feed our babies in our schoolings. she has built coalitions. given constituents in crisis a sense of agency and centered most marginalized in word and deed. no matter how embattled, no matter how racially profiled, no matter how targeted she has pressed on for peace over mill tarrization. human rights at home and abroad. a world where an education is a fundamental right where gender equity is recognized. i want to live in that world. let me -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. pressley: congresswoman omar is right where she belongs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. pressley: needed on the foreign affairs committee. her clarity, conviction, and truth. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. she is no longer recognized. the gentleman from mississippi. mr. guest: madam speaker, at this time i yield one minute to my friend from the great state of florida, mr. gimenez. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. gimenez: thank you, mr. speaker. anti-semitism has no place on the foreign affairs committee. i say it again, anti-semitism has no place on the foreign affairs committee. that's why representative omar has no place specifically on the foreign affairs committee where israel security is one of the issues of critical importance. without a doubt the democratic jewish state of israel is america's strongest alley in tht and a put right to exist. representative omar has repeated anti-semitic cue nardz and perpetuated hateful tropes against the jewish community and her comments have compromised the ability of the house foreign affairs committee to conduct its official business. i ask my colleagues to vote in the affirmative to remove representative ilhan omar from the foreign affairs committee. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi reserved. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. wild: i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from missouri, representative bush. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from is recognized for one minute. ms. bush: st. louis and i rise
in support of congresswoman ilhan omar. i have been to her district. i have spoken with her constituents. we visited marginalized communities globally together. this institution is better because of her leadership and the foreign affairs committee benefits from her perspective. let's talk about what's really happening. republicans are waging a bla blatantly slamo phobic and racist attack on congresswoman omar. and i have said it before i will say it again. the white supremacy happening is unbelievable. this is despicable. it is congresswoman omar who has been harassed at her job for simply existing as a muslim woman in congress. it is she who has been attacked by a member of this body, ridiculing her as a potential terrorist for simply existing. as a muslim woman in this congress. . they bring this offensive resolution to the floor.
this is just a bunch of racist gaslighting. we all know it. vote no. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves and the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. >> we reserve at this time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. wild: i yield one minute to the gentleman from california, representative swalwell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. swalwell: madam speaker, when i heard we were going to remove a member of this house from a committee for anti-semitism, i raced down here because i thought, finally, finally in this chamber there's going to be some accountability. some accountability from this conference that continues to allow its members to root for rioters, to show sympathy for the insurrection, a conference that harbors a wanted international criminal, and has members who choose violence over voting every single day. finally. so i thought, we're going to hold someone accountable for anti-semitism.
surely it's the author of this tweet. kanye, elon. trump. october 6. written by chairman jim jordan. october 8, what does kanye say? i'm going to declare death con 3 on the jews. so surely this tweet came down, right? came down, was deleted. no. two more months it was kept up. two more months. so don't come here looking at us for anti-semitism. look in your own damn mirror before you ever come over here. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. and the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. >> i reserve, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. wild: how much time do we have left? the speaker pro tempore: 10 1/4 minutes. ms. wild: i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from washington state, representative jayapal. the speaker pro tempore: the representative is recognized for one minute. ms. jayapal: madam speaker, this is a revenge resolution. a revenge resolution that seeks
to remove representative ilhan omar's strong and necessary voice from the foreign affairs committee. it is an attempt to silence her simply because you do not agree with her views and you cannot begin to understand her lived experience. her lived experience as a war survivor, as a refugee, as somebody who brings an experience to this body that you're not even trying to understand. we previously voted in a bipartisan manner to remove individuals from their committee assignments because of their violent actions that endanger the safety of their colleagues. that is not what today's about. today is about revenge. it is also about the fact that republicans want to distract the american people from the fact that they have absolutely no legislation to bring to the floor that is actually about helping the american people with their costs, with dealing with inflation. you don't have any solutions so you're trying to distract with these inane, insulting, absurd,
absolutely absurd resolutions. vote no. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will remind members to direct their remarks to the chair. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. >> i reserve as well at this time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. wild: i yield one minute to the gentleman from california, representative schiff. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. schiff: madam speaker, i rise in strong opposition to this resolution. first, as to the false pretext, two members of the republican conference were removed from committees for inciting silence, encouraging violence against their colleagues. there is nothing at all at issue like that here. you want to introduce a resolution to condemn someone for inciting violence against their colleagues, against people here in congress, introduce a resolution against donald j. trump.
no one has incited more violence against this chamber than donald trump. now, let me talk about anti-semitism. do not, do not insult our intelligence by suggesting this is about anti-semitism. you want to introduce a resolution against someone guilty of anti-semitism, introduce a resolution against someone dining with anti-semites, someone dining with white nationalists, members of your conference who are speaking at white nationalist rallies, introduce a resolution against donald j. trump, marjorie taylor greene, paul gosar and others. but do not, do not insult our intelligence by saying this is about anti-semitism. vote no on this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. >> i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. wild: i yield one minute to the gentleman from wisconsin, representative pocan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. mr. pocan: this is a new low. the majority party uplifts and
seats on committees a member who has a history of pathlogical lying, who even republican members of congress admit is a talented member of the foreign affairs committee. want to out of people for -- oust people for what they said? how about a member of the majority party who says that jewish space lazers set forest fires in california? no, she's seated on the committee. multiple republican members have said democrats essentially bought control of congress. but they're not only given full congressional privileges, but you elect them to g.o.p. leadership. republicans only draw the line when an incredibly productive member of a committee says something that she's apologized for. that doesn't add up. this clearly isn't about what ilhan omar said, as who she is. being a smart, outspoken black woman of a muslim faith is apparently the issue. and some republicans can't handle it so they're going to kick her off the committee.
unbelievable bigotry. shame on you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. >> at this time we reserve, madam speaker. ms. wild: i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from illinois, representative schakowsky. the speaker pro tempore: the representative is recognized for one minute. ms. schakowsky: my colleagues, i stand before you as a proud jew. and a proud friend and colleague of ilhan omar. i don't need any of you to defend me against anti-semitism.
my friend, it ilhan omar, -- my friend, ilhan omar, we have worked together for the values that i treasure as an american jew and that she treasures as an american member of the islamic woman. the only one on the foreign affairs committee. that is the third largest religion in the world. and we -- in the united states of america. i am just furious. we have seen all kinds of anti-semitism from the other side of the aisle and as americans we should be welcoming -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. schakowsky: vote no on this. we need to defend our values as americans and me as a jew. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves.
the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. >> we reserve at this time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. wild: i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from michigan, representative tlaib. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized for one minute. ms. tlaib: desperation. so desperate to distract the american people from their total inability to govern. the g.o.p. is now doing what it is best at. weaponizeing hate against a black, beautiful muslim woman. congresswoman omar's lived experience as a refugee and a childhood survivor of war should be welcomed on this committee. it is needed. when you can't pass any bills that actually improve the people's lives, they turn to congress, they turn congress into a place of fearmongerring hate. it is so painful to watch. how ironic that the so-called lovers of personal freedom are now moving to centennialser congress -- censor congresswoman omar in the same week they introduced a bill to ban federal
employees from engaging in censorship. where are the free speech warriors today? the hypocrisy is obvious to the american people. you are showing who you all are really. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. tlaib: representative omar will not be silenced. to congresswoman omar, i am so sorry that our country is failing you today. through this chamber. you belong on that committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is no longer recognized and the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. >> madam speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. wild: how much time do i have? the speaker pro tempore: 5 1/4 minutes. ms. wild: i yield to the gentlewoman from minnesota, representative omar, to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized.
ms. omar: this debate today, it's about who gets to be an american. what opinions do we get to have, do we have to have to be counted as americans. this is what this debate is about, madam speaker. there is this idea that you are suspect if you are an immigrant. or if you are from certain parts of the world or a certain skin tone or a muslim. it is no accident that members of the republican party accuse the first black president, barack obama, of being a secret muslim. it is no accident that former president donald trump let a birther -- led a birther movement that he was falsely born in kenya. because falsely labeling first and only president of the united
states of america, a muslim, an african immigrant, somehow made him less american. well, i am muslim. i am an immigrant. and, interestingly, from africa. is anyone surprised that i am being targeted? is anyone surprised that i am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about american foreign policy? or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced? frankly, it is expected. because when you push power, power pushes back. representation matters. continuing to expand our ideas of who is american and who can participate in the american experiment is a good thing. i am an american.
an american who was sent here -- an american who was sent here by her constituents to represent them in congress. a refugee who survived the horrors of a civil war. someone who spent her childhood in a refugee camp. someone who knows what it means to have a shot at a better life here in the united states. and someone who believes in the american dream and the american possibility and the promise and the ability to participate in the democratic process. that is what this debate is about. there is an idea out there that i am not -- that i do not have objective decision making because of who i am, where i come from, and my perspective. but i reject that. we say there is nothing objective about policymaking. we all inject our perspective,
our point of views, our lived experiences and the voices of our constituents. that's what democracy is about. so what is the work of the foreign affairs committee? it is not to co-sign the stated foreign policy of whatever administration is in power. it's about oversight, it's to critique and to advocate for a better path forward. but most importantly, it is to make the myth that american foreign policy is intrinsically moral a reality. so i will continue to speak up because representation matters. i will continue to speak up for little kids who wonder who is speaking up for them. i will continue to speak up for families around the world who are seeking justice. whether they are displaced in refugee camps or they are hiding under their beds somewhere like
i was, waiting for the bullets to stop. because this child survivor of war would have wanted that. 10-year-old me would be disappointed if i didn't talk about the victims of conflict. those that are experiencing unjust wars, atrocities, ethnic cleansing, occupation or displacement like i did. they are looking to the international community and the united states asking for help. they look to us because the international community and the united states profess the values of protecting human rights and upholding international law. so we owe it to them not to make this so we owe it to them to make this not a myth but a reality. i didn't come to congress to be scient.
i came to congress to be their voice. my leadership and voice will not be diminished if i am not on this committee for one term. my voice will get louder and stronger and my leadership will be celebrated around the world as it has been. so take your votes or not. i am here to stay and i am here to be a voice against harms around the world and advocate far better world. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself the balance of my
time. in closing, i want to adopt the comments that were made by then-chairman of foreign affairs, eliot engel. in late february, 2019, chairman of foreign affairs engel, after a third anti-semitic statement in just over two weeks, 17 days to be exact, then-chairman engel said these words. mr. guest: it is unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow american citizens based on their political views including support for the u.s.-israel relationship. we all take the same oath. representative omar's remarks
invoked a slur. chairman engel said such comments have no place in the foreign affairs committee or the house of representatives. i agree with the state -- i agree with the statements made by chairman engel. not only do representative omar's comments have no place in the foreign affairs committee, i hold that anyone who makes such statements have no place serving on the foreign affairs committee. and i ask all members to support this resolution removing from -- removing ms. omar from the committee on foreign affairs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time for debate has expired. the previous question is ordered on the resolution and preamble. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. and the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. guest: we ask for a recorded vote. the yeas and nays. i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number -- a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, this is a 15-minute vote on the adoption of the resolution and will be followed by a five-minute vote on adoption of house concurrent resolution 9. this is a 15-minute vote.
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the ayes are 218. the nays are 211. with one answering present. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on adoption of house concurrent resolution 9 on which the ayes and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 9. concurrent resolution denouncing the horrors of socialism. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on adoption of the
concurrent resolution. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? mr. scalise: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for the purpose of announcing the schedule for next week. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. scalise: thank you, mr. speaker. i also ask unanimous consent to
revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. scalise: thank you, mr. speaker. the house will meet next monday at 12:00 noon for morning, 2:00 p.m. for legislative bills. on tuesday, the house will meet -- business. on tules the house will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business, at 9:00 p.m. the house and senate will assemble for a joint session to receive president biden's address on the state of the union. members should be seated in the house chamber by 8:25 p.m. on wednesday the house will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative bills. on thursday the house will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business amend we'ller considering several bills -- we'll be considering several bills under suspension of the rule over the week. the complete list of suspension bills has been posted on the clerk's website. next week the house is expected to consider a number of bills under rules, h.r. 185, to terminate the requirement opposed by the director of
c.m.s. for proof of covid-19 vaccination for foreign travelers and for other purposes. h.r. 185, resinlds the administration's vaccination requirement on travelers who are coming to visit the united states. the house is also expected to consider h.j.res. 26, disapproving the district of columbia's city council revised criminal code act of 2021. h.j.res. 26 makes it clear that congress does not approving of the city down alis he -- city council's radical decision to reduce penalties for crimes, including violent crimes. we expect to consider h.j.res. 24, disapproving the action of the district of columbia's city council in approving the act. what this resolution would do is reverse the decision by the d.c.
council that would allow illegal aliens to vote. as we all know, our southern border has been wide open under president biden, millions of people have come into our country illegally. and he continues to -- we've talked about bringing legislation to this floor which we're working on in committee to secure america's border. but in the meantime, the idea that allowing people that are here illegally to vote here, not only undermines one of our most sacred rights in the united states, but it sends the wrong message to those who are seeking to come into our country illegally. we need president biden to close the southern border, secure the southern border, get back to a legal process of immigration, that's what h.j.res. 24 would do. with that, mr. speaker, i would be happy to yield to my friend, the minority whip of the house from massachusetts, ms. clark. ms. clark: i thank the gentleman and it is my privilege to join
my first colloquy, to stand here on behalf of the democratic caucus and it is a pleasure to be with you and thank you for the small promotion, however brief. i really do appreciate the insight into the week ahead, although it seems to have a local flavor to it. and i have to express my dismay that once again the house republican majority is putting forward an agenda, trying to score points rather than address the very real challenges faced by americans. next week president biden will return to this chamber for the state of the union. and under his leadership, house democrats have lowered costs, we've created great paying union jobs, and we have made communities safer.
10.7 million new jobs, the lowest unemployment rate in half a century, and wage growth that is outpacing inflation. but that work has seemed to have ground to a halt. here's what we've seen from the majority over the last month. the first bill of the 118th congress was a bill that helps billionaires dodge their taxes and added $114 billion deficit. they continued their assault on reproductive freedom and are threatening economic disaster in order to cut social security and medicare. and filling our schedule with hollow, symbolic stunts. the american people are in the g.o.p.'s rear-view mirror. it's politics over people, plain and simple. and our constituents and the american people are seeing this.
a recent national poll found that 73% of americans say house republicans haven't paid enough attention to the country's most important problems. the american people don't see themselves in the republican agenda. and i would ask the majority leader, what does he say to them? thank you and i yield back. mr. scalise: i thank the gentlelady for yielding back. and what i would first say to the american people is, thank you forgiving the republicans the house majority. to finally stop this mad rush towards socialism that we've seen in the last two years by the biden administration. the taxing, the spending, the out-of-control policies that have led our country into one of the worst economic times we've ever seen. inflation through the roof to the point where families can't even afford to put gasoline in their car. inflation through the roof to the point where families can't even go to the grocery store and buy all the things that they would want.
that's what the american people surely were fed up with and the good news is, as i thank them forgiving the republicans the ma -- for giving the republicans the majority which they did in the last election, republicans have already gone to work delivering for those families. we've actually brought, it's interesting, you know, as the gentlelady talked about scoring points, we've scored a number of points for those american people to the point where we've actually had a number of democrats vote with us. the bills that were called partisan just two weeks ago, we brought a bill to the floor to say, on energy, the strategic petroleum reserve, which is supposed to be america's security blanket in case there's some major disruption with american energy supply, and i'm not talking about the disruption we've seen from president biden's attack on american energy which has been so severe that it's made our country dependent on foreign nations again, which is unconscionable, when we can produce our own energy, cleaner, better than anybody else in the world. but it said, if you're going to raid, mr. president, that strategic petroleum reserve, you surely can't do it to sell it to
china. and it was called partisan when we filed it. what's interesting is a majority of democrats a actually voted for that ledge -- actually voted for that legislation and it's over in the senate and hope it ends up on president biden's desk. if he vetoes it, there was a veto-proof majority against that bill. we just brought a piece of legislation a few minutes ago onto the floor to reject the ills of socialism. not just what we're seeing here in the united states, socialist movement that's been damaging to our economy, but all throughout time, so many examples of socialist dictators killing millions and millions. i'm glad to say a majority of democrats joined with us to vote for that bill. still a little bit shocking that 86 democrats were not willing to stand up against the ills of socialism. that i would consider an extreme position, but clearly there's still work to be done and the american people, i'm sure, will continue to engage their members of congress on those issues. but we're going to continue to
move policies to help families who are struggling. energy policies, obviously, and there's more to come on that. the energy and commerce committee just got constituted, they're working now on a good energy security package. the natural resources committee and transportation committee, same thing. i mentioned to the gentlelady earlier on the border, as we would like to see real security from our southern border, i hope president biden when he's speaking from the podium here in just a few days will address that problem. more people have come into our country illegally under president biden's watch than the entire population of the state of new mexico. and where it's caused real damage is more than 100,000 young kids, our young kids, have died because of drug overdoses from drugs like fentanyl because the drug cartels of mexico now have operational control of america's southern border. that's disgraceful, that's all brought on by president biden's policies. he could end those today.
through executive action. reverse the things that he did that created the problem. he won't do that. so i do think it's important that this congress take that action. we still wait for the president to do it on his own, but we're not going to stand by. we will take our own action and show the country how we can get a secure southern border. i hope that would be a bipartisan vote when we bring it to the floor. the 87,000 i.r.s. agents, i don't know of any member of congress, i'd love to hear from any of them, who got phone calls from their constituents who said, please double the size of the irls. what they said was -- i.r.s. what they said was, please get federal employees back to work. i have constituents who have been waiting two years for their tax return. yet you still have half of the federal work force that's working remotely. not coming into work. i've got veterans who call my office all the time, who can't get their benefits that they earned, they showed up for work, by the way, they showed up and said, i'm going to defend the rights of this country, and some of them got injured, some of
them can't get their benefits today because some people at the v.a. are not showing up for work. people that are waiting for passports to go visit loved ones overseas can't get their passports processed because some federal employees feel they should get their full salary but not show up for work. so we brought a bill this week to say, show up for work. seems pretty basic. it's unfortunate that there were less than a handful of democrats that joined with us to do that. so we're addressing the needs of those families who were struggling. some of those votes have been bipartisan. some haven't. but we're going to continue to address them because they are bipartisan issues for america, not bipartisan in this chamber, hopefully that improves over time. i'm happy to yield to the gentlelady. ms. clark: i thank the gentleman. i am hearing the exact same rhetoric, the exact same political posturing that i've heard for the last month. it doesn't give the american people any reason to think the
g.o.p. are going to focus on them. let's just look at what we were able to do as democrats without a single republican vote in the inflation reduction act. true cost savings that went and started to go into effect this past month. we delivered a historic victsry for seniors -- victory for seniors. we capped out-of-pocket drug costs at $2,000 a year. we limited insulin co-pays to $35 a month. we empowered medicare to negotiate drug prices. and we pun youished drug companies -- punished drug companies for predatory price hikes. once again, every single republican in the house voted against lowering seniors' pharmacy bills. lowering these costs for our americans. a republican member even asked,
how are we going to undo that when we get into the majority? and here we are, the house republicans' campaign platform took direct aim at this historic legislation. so a vote on sham bills, we can look at what the d.c. city council is doing, that is up to the majority to set that agenda. our agenda is going to remain on lowering costs for americans. that the issues they talk about around their kitchen tables and worry about are the issues we are going to remain focused on. and i would ask the majority leader, will you commit to defending these cost savings, these true victories for our seniors? i yield back. mr. scalise: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. the good news is we not only have already brought some bills to achieve cost savings, we're
going to continue to bring bills to achieve cost savings. and one example, the gentlelady referred to a piece of legislation that deals with drug prices and it was failed to mention that part of what that bill did was limit about 40% of life saving drugs to come to market. we're already seeing right now a reduction in r&d and drugs being developed to cure new diseases. because many of those countries that have government fixed pricing also don't have many of the life saving drugs that america has because of that very policy. and so i'm curious to see which life saving drugs they don't want to have on the market in america anymore. but you can go to canada, you can go to france and see a long list, unfortunately, of drugs that you can't get in those countries, that you can get in america, that save lives every day. but that bill also raised taxes to the tune of over $1 trillion on americans. it raised spending to the tune of over $1 trillion in america.
that has increased inflation. that is inflation. the biggest thing i hear from families is stop the mad spending in washington that's caused them to have to pay more for everything they buy and it's taken at least one month's pay a year out of their pockets because of all the spending we've seen in the last two years in washington. so just stopping the spend bug also trying to rein in that -- in fact, we brought a bill this week, we can talk about d.c. and other places but all across america, most americans are saying let's get back to our lives. let's end this covid emergency. we announced last week we were going to bring a bill this week to end the covid emergency. what was interesting was after we took the lead, president biden himself actually acknowledged that it does need to end. he said he wants to wait until may to do it and what's interesting about waiting until may is it allow the federal government to continue spending billions and billions of dollars urn the guise of covid on things
that have absolutely nothing to do with covid like paying people not to work. millions of people today are able bodied, fully capable of working and because of the waiving of things like welfare this work requirement, where people can right now get $25,000, $35,000 a year to sit at home and not work, do you know what that does? we want to reverse that policy. if somebody is capable of working they should be working. we believe in a social safety net for people, if somebody comes on hard times that's why you have programs there. we are in america. if you want to stay at home and not work that's your right but don't ask the hardworking taxpayer, the single mom who is working two jobs for you to stay at home. what's even big for the what president biden has tone in having these policies at place that paid millions to stay at home, you know what that does? that policy by president biden undermines social security. because those millions of people who our seniors are counting on to be in the work force, who are
fully capable, being in the work force, paying into social security so those who work their whole lives and earn that benefit can have a confidence that it will be there for them. when you have millions of people being paid by the federal government to stay home. of course it adds trillions to our deficit but it also takes billions of dollars out of social security. that we want to put back in. we want to shore up social security. but president biden has undermined it with these policies that pay people not to work. so our bill said let's end that immediately. let's get those people back to work who are fully capable of workingle. let's shore up social security immediately. we shouldn't have to wait more mpts and months like president biden said he'd wan to do. and of course if we didn't file that bill he probably never would have wanted to end that emergency. so hopefully as we can't to lead we'll see the president follow along. we welcome him to join us in saving this country and getting the country back on track so we'll continue to bring those bills to get the many -- address
the many problems the country is facing. i yield back. ms. clark: i'm disappointed. it seemed like a simple question, would you support the cap on insulin at $35 a month when one in four americans with diabetes didn't take their medication because they simply couldn't afford them. but if the gentleman wants to talk about social security, i welcome that discussion. it is clear that speaker mccarthy, who was just at the white house yesterday, was talking with the president, who underlined the urgency of responsibly raising the debt ceiling. something that republicans did three times under president trump. but instead the majority seems more than ready to hold our economy hostage, risk a global
recession. to risk the full faith and credit of the united states. to gut those very programs, social security, medicare, and to put more money in the pockets of the rich. they are using this debt ceiling as a smoke screen. so let's get the facts straight. this is not about new spending. this is about money we already owe. and if we want to go back to a place where donald trump really excelled, it was in driving up the deficit. $8 trillion in four years under the trump administration. that is a quarter of our entire debt ceiling. and again, when donald trump was in office, spiking our debt ceiling, the debt ceiling -- spiking the deficit, the debt ceiling was raised three times
without fanfare. who benefits from that borrowing? the rich. the very rich. and the ultra rich. who do you think if we don't pay this debt ceiling is going to take over those payments? apparently you think it should be our seniors. on medicare. and social security. families who are looking for affordable housing. our veterans, our children, our planet. you don't have to take it from me. the majority has made their position perfectly clear. one republican member said the debt ceiling is an obvious leverage point. another said the focus of budget cuts has got to be on entitlements. the republicans' budget committee chair has called for eligibility reforms to social security. and medicare. the republican study committee has openly proposed raising the
retirement age to 70. handing social security accounts over to wall street. transitioning medicare to a voucher system. all the while when they actually are taking action, we're back to the rich, the very rich, and the super rich. first bill passed. adding to the deficit. so that billionaires and the very wealthy can avoid paying the taxes that we ask our teachers, our firefighters, our nurses to pay. and what's more, what's waiting on the agenda is a proposal to do away with the i.r.s. let's do away with income tax. and go to a system of a 30% sales tax. this would be devastating to families at home who are trying to put food on their table, a roof over their families, and
have a basic quality of life. so i ask the majority leader, do you agree with your colleagues, or will you join democrats and keep our seniors and everyday americans off the chopping block. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for -- the gentlelady for yielding. i earlier pointed out, i reject what president biden did to undermine social security. what we're going to be doing, and speaker mccarthy brought this up to president biden yesterday in talking about the debt ceiling because frankly i think most americans have been hungry for us here in washington to have the same adult conversation that they've been having at their kitchen tables for years. and that is how we can actually get spending under control in washington. so, we've talked about the problems of paying people not to work. it not only adds to our deficit and debt, it also undermines social security. so let's get people back to work who are fully able bodied.
but why don't we talk about the nation's credit card. the debt death ceiling is a symptom of washington spending problem. so we are approaching in june, according to treasury, the end of extraordinary measures where the nation would exceed its debt limit. what that means for a family is, families have credit cards. the credit card has a limit p it's a maximum amount you can spend. many families would not like to spend up to that limit. some like to pay their credit card off fully at the end of the month. many don't have that luxury. and so they watch what the maximum is so they know ok, if i've got $300 before i hit it i'm not going to spend 300 bucks because the card will be declined. if you max out the card which president biden has done with his last two years, $6 trillion minimum, those are the conservative estimates, some estimates go as high as $10 trillion that president biden racked up on the nation's credit card, so the $31.3 trillion on
the -- maximum on the nation's credit card has been hit by president biden and the democrat majority spending the last two years. interesting when they were doing that they didn't account for raising the cap on spending when they spent the money they've pushed that off on us. now we have to confront this problem they created. so the conversation really should be focused on how we stop this from happening. how we stop maxing out the nation's credit card. because if a family maxed out their credit card of course they'd pay the minimum payment. of course they would pay the must-dos. social security, again, speaker mccarthy made it clear, we are fully committed to supporting social security and those promises that have been made. why sit that president biden, the first thing he threatens is social security? $1 is coming into the federal government. $1.29 is going out. that's the spending problem. if you want to break it down to raw number for every $1 the federal government takes in, it spends $1.29. very few families sustain
themselves on that kind of trajectory. what we're saying is why don't we try figure out republicans and democrat, and by the way this shouldn't be a partisan exercise. both sides should wan to say if a dollar is coming in, how do we make sure only a dollar goes out? that's not where we are today. let's have that conversation. it's a responsible conversation to have. in the meantime let's make sure we're paying our debts and talking about how we can make reforms so we don't keep maxing out the nation's credit card. that's what this debt ceiling discussion is about. because if we just give the president a blank check which he asked for, and he's not going to get, nobody should just get a blank check, give me more money so they can just spend more money. that's not responsible. let's figure out how we can stop the federal government from continuing to max out the nation's credit card. no better time to have that discussion than after president biden has maxed out the nation's credit card. so we'll have that conversation and i think we can get to an agreement where both sides come together and say this is a problem we need to tackle
together. previous presidents, republican and democrat, working with congresses of the other party, i think we can have that conversation and again, i think most of america has been saying it's about time washington finally starts having that conversation. because families have been having that conversation at their kitchen tables for decades and generations. i yield. ms. clark: i thank the majority leader but i have to disagree. i think the majority is well aware that there's a big difference between our responsibility around the debt ceiling and spending discussions. and what we have seen be brought together by all the quotes from republicans laying out that this is their leverage point to cut spending for the basics for the american people.
those are your words. not the words of democrats or president biden. and i would completely disagree with this idea that maintaining our full faith and credit for things that we have already agreed on, that is not a blank check. that is not something that benefits president biden. that is basic fiscal responsibility. and what we have here is a case of hostage taking. the willingness to risk global economic destruction to put the full faith and credit of the united states in jeopardy, to be able to reduce investments we've made in the american people. what is it you would like to reduce? there is nothing we hear. and when we point out the majority's own words that it is
entitlements we are coming after, now we're saying, that's not our goal. but let's look at what happened under our last republican administration. donald trump tacked nearly $8 trillion onto our deficit. if that had not occurred, we would not even be at our debt ceiling right now. that would be coming in several years. and $8 trillion on that deficit is a quarter of everything we owe. and when that was occurring, when the spending was going to the very wealthiest of americans, when this -- when my colleagues were last in the majority, and donald trump would sign their bills, there was no mention of the debt ceiling. but now that we need to protect our seniors, those who are
hungry in our communities, those who are still struggling to find health insurance. those who are needing to access security in their communities, to find affordable housing, the investments that we're making, fighting climate change, building resiliency and protecting our planet, whoan those things that don't affect the very wealthy and privileged, those are the things we're willing to put on the chopping block and use the full faith and credit of the united states as leverage? that is a disservice to the american people and it is the reason we are seeing polls like i previously cited. the american people see they are not a part of the republican agenda. it is about stunts and building the economy that works for only
the very wealthy in this country. i would ask that the republican majority leader look beyond the swineses of the -- constituents. i hope you find room for our families and join with us by putting people over politics and making sure we are continuing the work we started, in rebuilding our infrastructure, making an investment in jobs. we created over a million jobs in the infrastructure bill every single year for the next 10 years. those projects are going to be rolling out across this country and seen it already with the president's trip to cincinnati, to ensure we are not only
rebuilding our roads and bridges but expanding broadband and creating jobs and opportunity to help the american people. sham bills, using our full faith and credit to continue to rig the system for the very wealthiest americans, that's not what we're about. and i hope we are going to see an agenda from the g.o.p. that has a glimmer of the american family reflected in it. mr. scalise: the gentlelady yield back? ms. clark: i do. mr. scalise: you brought up a number of constituentses and the people who have been struggling the most, lower and middle-income families. they thrived never like before during the trump years.
and why did we see such growth from lower and middle income categories? because we cut taxes to be competitive as a nation and create millions of jobs and created millions of jobs by cutting taxes and making our country competitive and not keeping money in washington but freeing up power so people can control their destiny and those people did control their own destiny. we were losing our middle class during the obama years. we saw u.s. companies leaving america and get a list. let's reverse that and let's fight for the forgotten men and women. the millionaires have their accountants and lawyers. how about we start fighting for those people who were being left behind because we saw they were being left behind. we made a tax code -- the good
news is real data. you don't have to worry about it and throw about the talking points about the rich. the income groups that benefited the most from those tax cuts were the lower and middle-income groups and millions of people became part of the middle class who were left behind. those are the facts. the data is out there. some people are angry because they live in this false universe because they decry tax cuts because it takes p power away from washington. when they see people to be free to control their own destiny, not bureaucrats and auto cats telling them and telling them how high they can go, how about you break the ceilings and let people go out and succeed and give them the tools to do it. and if you want to go out and succeed and achieve the american dream, it's different for everybody.
by the way, those tax cuts expire. i hope the gentlelady and their side will join with us in continuing to keep that tax structure in place so middle-income folks can continue to grow and thrierve and also for our seniors. this is where the president is looking for ideas on how to start living within our means again. and as i will refresh as the gentlelady talked about spending that has been done, leveraging and full faith and credit of the united states. none of that would be a discussion point today as if the democrats when they had the house, senate and white house and spent 6 trillion and would have addressed the debt ceiling at that time. we wouldn't be standing in this spot. the spending not done by president trump, he addressed the debt ceiling as we put
policies in place and created the middle class. the last two years, over $6 trillion in spending but no time to address the debt ceiling. and we are willing to get a discussion about how to get control over spending. these ideas will strengthen social security for our seniors. i talked earlier about getting people that are being paid not to work back into the work force. that will strengthen social security but how we restore some of the work requirements that used to be there. president clinton signed those work requirements and helped people get in the work force and achieve the american dream but strengthened social security. when the government is being paid not to work, that undermines the program. we should want to strengthen. we will be getting lists out and i hope democrats will say we
agree, paying people hundreds if not billions of dollars who don't even live in america. if a tax credit is there, it's there for people who pay taxes and not those who manipulate the system because this administration won't verify a social security number. just doing that verification would save tens if not billions of dollars. we are talking about real money. these aren't cuts but savings for fraud, real fraud, waste and abuse that equals hundreds of billions of dollars. i haven't found any takers yet, but i'm not going to give up. i think we will get a lot of takers on the other side will recognize this is something we need to come together and do because there is no reason that families should be paying for others to cheat the system. we'll continue to highlight them and bring bills to address those
exact problems and all of that should be part of this discussion so we don't keep maxing out the nation's credit card. but nobody just says here, if the kid maxed the card and they aren't going to give them another card. but have an adult situation that you don't put the country in this situation again. i yield. ms. clark: i thank the gentleman for yielding. let's go over the basic facts and once again, what the house g.o.p. did fight for in 2017 was a $2 trillion in tax give-aways for our largest corporations and the wealthy, because that's who they work, the rich, the very rich and the super rich. and under the trump administration we had record job loss of three million jobs.
so i am prepared to close, if you are. mr. scalise: i would just say on that, go look at the tax cuts. after those taxes were cut, the federal government took in more money than it has ever done in the history of the country because more people were working and lower and middle-income were making higher wages lifting those, which was evaporating under the owe palma years. those tax cuts brought money into the federal treasury. anybody wants to dispute it, i challenge them to go to president biden's treasury website and find the numbers because they are there. ms. clark: $8 trillion in deficit under the trump administration, direct correlation to a tax policy that only benefits the very wealthy. but i would like to close if the
gentleman yields for that -- i thank him for joining me today and i look forward to many more conversations to come. in the meantime our caucus is thrilled to welcome the president back to this chamber on tuesday for a state of the union address. and we hope the majority will draw some inspiration and work with us in service of the people who sent us here. let's put people over politics, put them back on the table here in congress. with that, i yield back. mr. scalise: i thank the gentlelady for yielding and enjoyed our first of many of these colloquies. and as we look forward to hearing from the president which we welcome together into this chamber, i look forward working with the president to address these problems the and there will be more conversations we will have. and with that, i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? mr. scalise: i ask unanimous consent when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet next monday, when it shall convene at noon for morning hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i am honored, deeply honored to be here today to recognize the life and legacy of a great man, greg mcmaster.
he was born in chicago and graduated high school and went into the marine corps and continued his education at the university of illinois. for 30 years, for 30 years, fred worked for pepsi and retired as vice president and general manager. he wrote gospel tracks and spreading the good news of jesus christ and helped his son with his chartity taking it to the streets and affording first responders. he had a love for god, his family and this nation and a love for humanity. well done, sir, good and faithful servant, we salute you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does gentlelady from california -- >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. porter: two decades western states have endured extreme drought conditions. this hurts our economy and dangerous life and increases costs. to avoid importing costly water we have to continue to make bold estimates to make california more drought resilient. last year, i brought the secretary to announce a grant. this will expand recycled water storage capacity by 1.6 builtion gallons. the recent storms prove how effective these reservoirs are. irvine lake has collected 1 million gallons. i applaud these investments that make full of water supplies and
i will increase to lower costs for families. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to honor the love, dedication and faithfulness of george and norma carpenter of allen, michigan. in 1943, george bravely served in the war. they were married. soon they will be celebrating their 780 -- 80th anniversary. george and norma have continued to set an example to our community to their faith as devoted members of countryside bible church. they are currently 98 and 97 years old and still strong in their health and love for each
other. with over 100 descend ants, they have left a tremendous mark on the community and beyond. i would like to recognize this remarkable couple. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does gentlelady from texas seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to oppose the removal of congresswoman omar from the foreign affairs committee and i ask what is the crime? this is a question that many have been asking over the last week, what is the crime? many with were referring to tyre nichols. was her crime committing fraud in brazil and allegedly breaking campaign laws? was the so-called crime stealing
from her roommate and outright lying to was her so-called crime stealing from they are constituents? no, none of the above. but these are crimes my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have no qualms countenancing when it's politically expedient. i ask again what is the crime. there are those accused of aturk democracy here on january 6 and they have been seated on committees. here we are with our first african-born member of congress who has not been accused of the above crimes or any crimes and we are wasting taxpayer dollars debating her removal from the committee on foreign affairs. i ask again what is her crime? with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from iowa rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my
remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize the 60th anniversary of the isabel -- the original isabel bloom was a davenport native who attended the art institute of chicago and vogue school of fashion. she and her husband married in 1938 were settling in davenport and raising their children. they opened a small studio in davenport's east village. she received awards for her sculptors. her preferred base was concrete because it was storedy and weather resistant. those owner shep has chairmaned, the shop continues to grow and the current own verse stayed true to bloom's original have the vision to create art that brings comfort and joy to their community. as an own over a few isabel
bloom piece myself, i can say that rings true. con grjlations to the isabelle bloom shop, i wish you many more years success. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. payne: mr. speaker, i rise today in opposition to h.res. 76, removing congresswoman ilhan omar from the foreign relations committee. instead of focusing on real issues impacting american families, republican leadership is attempting to exact political revenge. the effort to remove
representative omar is inconsistent with the previous actions taken by the house to remove members from committees. in the past, this has only been used for members who incited violence against other members and those removals received bipartisan support. the bill is partisan, hypocritical legislation that ignores republicans' constant refusal to address the violent rhetoric, election denial. i, and extreme ideology among their own conference. i am proud to have opposed this bill and i yield back the the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from west virginia seek recognition? >> i ask to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> earlier this week, the house resoundingly passed my bipartisan bill expanding access
to capital for rural job creators act. rural small businesses face unique challenges that big city businesses do not. nearly 20% of the u.s. population lives in rural areas and yet businesses in rural areas raised under 2% of total capital over the last three years. my home state of west virginia is a very rural state where no city has a population greater than 50,000 people. my legislation requires the united states securities and exchange commission in their advocate for small business formation to identify and report to congress the challenges rural small businesses face when trying to access our capital marks. this will make it easier for congress to do our jobs and make rural small misses like those in west virginia make sure they're not left behind. i hope the senate takes this bill up soon. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house and revise and
extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor billy raymond, a letter carrier in my hometown. in october, francis raymond, better known as billy, will celebrate 30 years of carrying mail along the same postal route. billy is well known to residents on his longtime delaware county route and vicar havesasm he knows the names of the kids and dogs on his rut and greets them on his rounds. ms. scanlon: four years ago he was honored as a member of the million mile club. that club celebrates postal workers who have safely drip over one million miles or served for 30 years. this united states postal service plays a critical role for our country, connecting family, businesses across the nation and billy raymond is a critical part of that connection in pennsylvania's fifth district. february 4 is thank a letter
carrier day so i want to thank billy raymond for his dedication and to extend a broader thank you to all the hardworking postal workers serving at the 60 post offices across my district. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lamalfa: thank you, mr. speaker. today i join my colleagues in celebrating national girls and women in sports day. our female athletes deserve a level playing field in competitive sports. unfortunately, that is under attack today by the far left. the far left's gender interpretation has created chaos in women's sports. biological men who would otherwise not be competitive in male sports can now iden phi as women and dominate girls' sports. time and again we have seen biological men win in women's swimming running and wrestling. by distorting realty, the left
has made a mockery of competitive sports and force maryland talented athletes to watch as their dreams are rushed by biological males. what ever happened to the fight for title ix so women with's sports an activities could be on their enand have an equal opportunity. it's time for logic and reason to return to the discussion. biological men have no place competing in women's sports. we have gender-specific sports for a reason. men and women are biologically different. that's not news. women and girls deserve to have their own sports. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask for unanimous consent to speak to the house for one minute and revise and extend -- and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. on international holocaust remembrance day, seven jewish worshipers were murdered in cold
blood outside a synagogue in jerusalem. make no mistake, this was no random act of violence. this was a heinous and cowardly attack rooted in hate, bigotry, and anti-semitism. in the face of such evil, it is imperative that we come together. not as democrats or republicans but as americans. committed to fighting against anti-semitism and defending the sacred relationship between the united states and israel. never again is more than a here mash tag for social media. it's a solemn oath. i look toward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to act against anti-semitism wherever and whomever it comes for. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, today i rise to
congratulate my colleagues on voting to remove representative ilhan omar from the foreign affairs committee they will passage of h.r. 76 sends a strong message that we support israel and the jewish community. i urge the 118th congress to stand together, proudly upholding every single american, no matter race, religion, pedigree or creed as less than their neighbor. that jewish americans are patriotic americans and we all have a role in fighting bigotry and anti-semitism in our country. we must make sure the house of representatives reflects such principles as a united body. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today because while we wasted our time on ridiculous resolutions, there are real and present attacks on freedom and democracy happening in my home state of florida at the hand of our governor, ron
desantis. this week he launched a full scale fascist attack on a small and very important institution of higher learn the new college of florida. in his quest to stoke the culture war after culture war, governor desantis stacked the board of trustees with ultra conservative lap dogs who immediately fired the new college's president and are now vowing a hostile takeover that will cause harm to thousands of young queer and people of color who formerly considered new college a safe haven. mr. frost: i know this school, i loe this school. desantis is waging a war on education. we have to be clear this isn't freedom. the people florida, the students of florida, will not let this happen without a fight. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from minnesota seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognize for one minute.
>> thank you, mr. speaker. i'm here to recognize the farmington high school robotics team. an impressive group of students known as the rogue robotics, who exemplify the spirit of giving in farmington. about five years ago, the team received a message from cilian. cilian jackson's father says he's a young boy who lives in farmington who was born with a genetic condition that makes it hard for him to get around. his father reached out to the team to see if they'd be interested in building a custom wheelchair for him. this talented robotics team took on the challenge and built a wheelchair and over the past five years have built six more cows cust tom wheelchair -- wheelchairs free of charge for children with disabilities across our community. each member of the team has used
their talents and expertise to serve our community. i'm prely impressed by their talent, hard work and dedication. our future in minnesota is strong with these kids. thank you for showing us what selfless service looks like. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from vermont seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, we can't truly address the mental health crisis in this country without addressing the stigma head on. for that reason, i rise today to say that i'm one of millions of americans who balances day-to-day life with managing anxiety and depression. it's always easy for me to share my -- it's not always easy for me to share my struggles with mental health but i know that facing mental health challenges
does not make you weak, it makes you human. and it gives others permission and courage to also speak openly. we have to change the national conversation so we can pull together bipartisan support to finally address our mental health crisis. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to turn their attention to our country's growing mental health crisis. addressing mental health gets to the root of some of our country's most challenging issues. the issues do not exist within a vacuum. they touch education, they touch housing, they touch substance use disorder. i will not stop bringing up this issue until our communities feel heard and receive the support they desperately need. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from hawaii seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, 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 gentlelady is recognized for one minute.
>> i rise today to recognize the life and legacy of dr. noaeh emmitt, a pillar in the native hawaiian community who passed away, november 30, 2022, at the aim of 8. brn and raised in hawaii he was one of five native hawaiians in the first graduating class of the youth of hawaii's school of medicine. even in the time geysers passing, he mentored aspiring doctors, made house calls and providing care to all generations. he was also a leader of the protect -- forcing an end to bombing practices on the island and its return to the state of hawaii. i will work to continue his legacy to ensure access to health care in rural communities and strengthen pathways to health professions. this weekend i will fly to molokai to celebrate his life and i ask my colleagues join me in honoring legacy of a visionary. i yield back the balance of my
time. the speaker pro tempore: for what the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of black history month. it is particularly meaningful to me this year because i am so honored to represent the great people of north carolina's 1st congressional district. i celebrate the african-americans have played in every aspect of american life. i stand on the shoulders of giants before me and the glass ceilings they had to shatter. as we celebrate the ideals of black history month, i am reminded of my predecessors like
the honorable eva m. clayton, the first black woman to represent north carolina in the congress. she and others all fighting the good fight of faith so young boys and girls can thrive in eastern north carolina. mr. speaker, this moment is about taking a look at the past so we can better shape tomorrow. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does gentlelady massachusetts seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to cruel efforts to remove emergency declarations for covid-19. one in five adults who had covid-19 are suffering from prolonged health impacts known
as long covid. those debilitating, from fatigue, muscle contraction and they are hard tore diagnose knows. in the massachusetts' 7th, i hear these stories. and this could help jeopardize community members and threaten lives. as we strive for a health care system and economy that works for all, it is imperative we listen to the voices of long covid patients and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: jop gentlelady from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: as we begin the
month of february that has been designated to educate and to embrace and confirm the wonderment of america's diversity as we would in every single important aspect of american life from our native americans to our immigrants of the 1800's and 1900's and even today. african-americans have their own special history. and it is important to rise to support the republic air regulateses proposal. that legislation should be passed and connotes the history of those who fought in every war, who shed their blood for this nation and walked in a second class citizenship and come today to embrace the richness of their history and
reconcile and heal. this is about repairing and the emancipation trail which would create a historic pathway. we are one country with -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the chair announcees the appointment of 4-d and order of the house of january 9, 2023 of the following individuals to serve as the govern board of the office of congressional ethics. the clerk: nominated by the speaker after consultation with the minority leader, paul d. greenovich. ms. karen l. haas. after consultation. mr. michael d. barnes, co-chair,
mr. paul luther of minnesota, mrs. lorraine krrcht miller of texas. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives, sir, i am honored to be offered the opportunity to serve in the house science, space and technology committee for the 118th congress. i was proud to have been chosen to temporarily serve in this committee for several months during the 117th congress. unfortunately at this time, i am unable to accept this commission. therefore, i respectfully request to be held from the health, science and space. jennifer gonzalez coal own. -- colon, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's aannounced policy
of july 9, 2023, mr. green is recognized as the designee of the minority leader. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. and still i rise, mr. speaker. i rise with the message related to the month. this is, indeed, black history month. but i rise with a message that goes far beyond this month. a message that carries with it a moral imperative to do certain things that are on the conscience agenda. today i will first thank the leadership for allowing me to have this time, this privilege, to come to the floor and speak on these issues. i'm grateful to the leadership on both sides of the aisle. i am grateful because it is a
rare privilege that one is accorded when one can stand in the well of the congress and literally speak to the world. each time i do it, mr. speaker, i ask myself, could you have ever imagined this happening to you. and the answer is always the same. never. so i don't take for granted this privilege that i have and i'm here to represent the 9th congressional of -- district of texas. i represent the entire nation. today, i'm going to talk about several issues that are a moral imperative. these issues will include,
first, august 20 as an annual day where we will recognize slavery remembrance. we want to incull indicate this into the fiber and fabric of our country. slavery is unlike any other day. there are many holidays in this country, and i recognize them. i have no quarrel with them. but in this country we have certain days that are set aside for us to remember certain events. certain events that have been seminal moments in time. 9/11. a day to be remembered.
pearl harbor, the bombing of pearl harbor. december 7, a seminal moment in time, a day to be remembered. the holocaust, a seminal moment in time that has impacted the rest of time, should be remembered. all of these are remembrance days, days that we have set aside in this country to remember. well, august 20 of 1619, the white lion landed, docked, if you will, at point comfort. and the white lion had on it 20 persons of african ancestry. 20 people who were traded, they
traded cargo. they had other things that were desired by the colonies, the colonists and they traded and they exchanged these things. but they also have 20 people that were exchanged for goods that they desired. these 20 people became the persons that we know as slaves, slaves who were among the first, if not the first in this country. there may be some debate about some other circumstance, but generally speaking, august 20, 1619 i acknowledge is the date that slavery had its ugly face
shown in our country. august 20, 1619, 20 people, human beings, treated like cattle, called chattel, treated like cattle, called chattel. we want to commemorate their lives and all of the millions of lives that followed. commemorate their lives and commemorate their contributions to the success of this country. america's a great country. but as great is because of these humble hands. there were others who contributed to the greatness and they are going to be acknowledged. but the humble hands of slaves
have not been properly acknowledged for what they have done to make america the great nation that it is. these humble hands helped to construct this capitol. they helped to raise the statue of freedom that is on top of the capitol. these humble hands helped to build roads and bridges, that planted crops, they harvested. they literally were the means by which the nation was fed. these persons were worked. some of them for their entire lives without renew mexico regulates, without compensation. they were kept alive.
they were given clothing. they were given food, the necessities of life, only such that many of them could continue to slave their lives away. we don't recognize them for what they have done to this country. the truth is we he revial them. we revial the saves those who were enslaved to be more appropriate, we resolve them and reveer the enslavers. confederate soldiers have been revered across the length and breadth of this country. confederate soldiers, who fought to maintain slavery have been
honored and celebrated and appreciated. confederate soldiers, who took the lives of many people, many of whom were not slaves. confederate soldiers have been honored, celebrated and appreciated. but not so with the enslaved persons who are the foundational mothers and fathers and children of this country. they haven't been properly recognized. i mentioned that the confederate soldiers have been lionized by having their names placed on schools, statues around the country.
. . . there's no statue honoring nat turner. no statue that i know of. there may be one or two someplace that's unknown to me. but those who fought to liberate the slaves have been demonized. i remember well what i was taught when i was in grade school how nat turner was a bad man. now, turner was a liberator. how john brown was crazy. he was a white man who was a liberator. we've been taught to demonize the liberators, lionize those who would maintain slavery, and
literally overlook marginalized, literally try best as we can to reshape history as it relates to those who were enslaved. here's how far we've gone with this. 1956. this congress, 1956, the congress of the united states of america accorded a congressional gold medal to confederate soldiers. confederate soldiers. the congress of the united states of america honored confederate soldiers. never has this congress bestowed
any honor on the enslaved. it is -- it is almost impossible for people of goodwill to comprehend that such a thing occurred, and it's still occurring because we still have places around the country where confederate soldiers are being lionized. but the slaves, the slaves, they've not been recognized. no recognition, appreciatable recognition -- appreciatable recognition for the slaves, those that built the country, foundational mothers and fathers of the country, born into slavery. babies were slaves for edification purposes. babies. babies were slaves. if you born a child of a slave, you were a slave at birth.
you lived your life as a slave. you died as a slave. at some point, this wrong has to be addressed. i believe that it should be addressed by according the slaves, the persons who were enslaved -- they didn't place themselves in this country. i believe -- themselves in this country. i believe it should be addressed by according them a congressional gold medal just as we accorded the confederate soldiers a congressional gold medal. that's not asking too much of the country. in this congress, we're going to give congressional gold medals to people. yes, last congress we did.
why can't we give a cobble gold medal to those who were enslaved? oh, because that's centuries ago, because they are no longer with us. well, we've chorded congressional gold medals posthumously. this would not be the first time. tuskegee airmen. the soldiers who died in afghanistan. we've done it. the question is, do we have the decency, the decency to do for the people who helped build this country what we've done for so many others? just the decency.
i believe we can and we should do this. it would be historic, but it would be meaningful to a good many people. it would say that we respect those people. we regret what happened to them, but we respect them and we respect them enough to recognize their lives, not just the work, not the building of the country, but their lives that were sacrificed. i believe it can be done. i believe it should be done. but i'm not alone in my belief. we opened the letter up and started circulating it today. i want to read the names of the persons who have similar beliefs. these are persons who are already on as original co-sponsors, and we will close
the opportunity at the end of black history month. it's open now to everyone. this is black history month. this is a piece of black history. a seminole piece of black history. and we're going to tell you who believes that a congressional gold medal ought to be accorded persons who sacrificed, whose lives were sacrificed to make america the great country that it is. the honorable maxine waters first on the list. the honorable bennie thompson. the honorable sheila jackson lee. the honorable danny davis. the honorable jim mcgovern. for fear that someone may just be tuning in or starting to follow what we're doing, i'm announcing the names of persons
who have allowed their names to be associated with the congressional gold medal legislation that we will be filing at the end of this month, this black history month. i will continue with the names. the honorable brad sherman. the honorable barbara lee. the honorable emanuel cleaver. the honorable yvette clarke. the only hank johnson -- the honorable hank johnson. the honorable gerry connolly. the honorable mr. mfume. the honorable joaquin castro. the honorable mark veasey. the honorable pete aguilar. the honorable ted lieu. the honorable aidry anno espaillat. the honorable lizzie fletcher.
the honorable ms. garcia. the honorable alexandria ocasio c cortez. the honorable ilhan owe har. the honorable -- omar. the honorable greg casar. the honorable bonnie watson coleman. i trust that there will be more names that i will be permitted to announce at some point in time. remember, historic legislation, original co-sponsorship closes at the end of black history month, the last day it will close, at the end of this month. this legislation is designed to bring attention to the house this month. so we will close it and we will file it on the last day of this month.
i believe that should we do this -- and we should -- if we do this, i believe that it will make a difference in the lives of all people in this country because i think that in large part the reason we had a person of african ancestry assaulted by other persons of african ancestry who are a part of the constabulary, police officers, it's because there is little respect for black lives. not as much respect for black
lives, we say all lives matter, if we say that then we got to say black lives. you can't say all lives matter and not say black lives matter. they do. i do not believe that if that young man had been of european ancestry, what we call an nagl -- anglo or white -- i frankly don't like saying white, but if he had been an anglo, a person of european ancestry, those officers wouldn't have behaved that way. they would not have disrespected his life to the extent that they disrespected that young man of african ancestry's life. we've got to respect black
lives. you say they matter, then you respect them. and for edification purposes, this is not the first time. and if anybody thinks this is the last, you're mistaken. i want it to be the last. i don't want it to ever occur again, but it can and likely will. because we don't respect black lives to the same extent as many others and we should. this will go a long way towards saying to the world, black lives ought to be respected. i believe that black lives, when properly respected, will not be abused as was the case with that young man. what they did to him is
unthinkable. i would say unforgiveable, but my religious teachings don't allow me to say that. but we forgive, according to my religiousity. we forgive. but i assure you, it's the kind of thing you never forget. i have -- i remember so that i can shape the future. black lives do matter. and i would like to think that we can pass this first thing on our list on this conscious agenda. august 20 annually as slavery remembrance day. i'm going to move on to the next item on the list.
all of these items are important. some would say are more important than others. but they are all important. and by the way, there are many mohr things that will -- more things that will be added to this list. this is not exhaustive of the more -- the things that are moral imperative for this conscious agenda. the second item that i have listed -- third item, actually. i talked about the august 20 as slavery remembrance day, and i talked about awarding a congressional gold medal to the enslaved. so now i'm going to talk about the third item which is the name of richard russell. removing the name of richard russell from the russell senate office building.
richard russell was a self-proclaimed white supremacist. i don't go in the russell senate office building. i think i respect myself enough not to go in the russell senate office building. others will do what they may. and i assure you, if that office building had on it a name associated with the third reich, lots of other people wouldn't go in, too. . we'd take that name off of that building. but what richard russell did to people of color is not only
central, it is -- sinful, it is such shameful -- so shameful as to not reward him with placing his name on a building paid for with tax dollars, maintained with tax dollars, knowing that people of color of necessity have to go in and out of the building. do you have no respect for us? do you not care how we feel about things? is it just another thing we'll get around to when we feel like it? can we cannot say when things are harmful to us, our well-being, can we not say they
should sees to -- crease to exist. what's wrong with the senate? take his name off. richard russell fought anti-lynching legislation. richard russell was the father of the southern manifest to. -- man festo. the man called himself a white supremacist. what is wrong with us? why do we disrespect black people to this extent? the senate ought to immediately
take it up, but it won't. this is black history month. would be a great time to do it. but it won't. there are people hiding behind well, do we name it after? who do we honor? what name do you put on it? i'm not asking you to put turner's name on it or john brown's name on it, dr. king's name on it, rosa parks' name on it, harriet tub man. i'm not asking you to put any name on it except the name that it had before it became the russell senate office building. and that name was the old senate office building. revert to the name it had, and
then take all of the time you desire, my dear brothers and sisters. take as much time as god allows. adinfinitim. but richard russell's name will be there beyond the time. you can do the right thing. that would be a part of it but do more than the right thing if we take his name off. we will have done the righteous thing, righteous thing, his name ought not be there. richard russell, notorious big get. notorious white supreme. his name ought not be on that
building and at some point in time, some point along this con you umh we call time, we all have to account for our time, and those who have had it within your power to change these things, you are going to have to account for your time and at some point, you will account for it. you will account for holding in your hands the ability to make righteous change and deciding that you'll do it when you are good and ready, and when it benefits you. you ought to be concerned about the people adversely impackedded and how it will benefit them as opposed to how it will benefit you. managed to talk about the good
samaritan today. good samaritan didn't ask the question, what will happen if i cross over and that wasn't the question. the good samaritan wants to know what will happen to him if i don't do it. ask about the many people who has had to suffer knowing there is a racist name on a senate office building that is paid for with their tax dollars. if the tables were turned and he insulted european anglos to the same extent he insulted black people, his name wouldn't be there. they would have removed it long
ago. there is time for the name to come off the building. let it revert to the old senate office building. the fourth thing on the agenda, enacting the securities and exchange opponents act. friends, our research has shown that financial institutions engaged in the slave trade, banks. many of the big banks now have predecessor institutions, banks, that literally, actually, made loans to people and allowed those loans to be secured with enslaved people.
enslaved people. treated like cattle called chattel. enslaved people like a piece of property. like you secure a loan now with a piece of property. made money doing it. insurance company, predecessor institutions, literally ensured enslaved people just as you would insure cattle, a horse, a cow. they insured them. made money. they need to atone. they need to atone.
a poor man has not been defined in the sense of doing a specific thing. one institution has made an effort, but there has to be atonement. there has to be some sort of atonement to that. i assure you if the tables were turned and if and glows -- anglos had been treated in the numbers in the same way, similar fashion to the way people of color were treated, anglos would be demanding atonement. i assure you, it's not even debatable. you would. you would.
and by the way, eyed be there with you. i would stand with you because it would be the righteous thing to do. i would stand with you if the tables were turned on any of these issues, because it would be the righteous thing to do. and pi plan to proceed with this legislation. we will be filing it in this congress. and finally, establishing the department of reconciliation. we have not reconciled in this country. by the way, i'm of the opinion that people just don't care but there are many others that do, who do. and those who care, people of goodwill, they know that we need to do more to reconcile. we need to cover this moral
imperative. we have the department of education with under secretaries of education, a department of labor, sunday secretaries of labor. department ofcommerce, why then can we not have a department, a department of reconciliation? a department of reconciliation with a secretary of reconciliation and undersecretaries, structured that it will deal with the moral imperatives, a department of reconciliation such that at the end of the day, when one president leaves office and the other comes in, the work of the department continues, just as
the department of labor continues, the department ofcommerce continues, one president coming and leaving does not change the work of any of these departments. it's not going to be easy to complete the moral imperative. the conscience agenda. it's not going to be easy, but it's something that we must do. we are not going to change history, those who desire to no longer teach what actually happened to people in this country. there are people in texas now who would have slavery become involuntary relocation. that's true. involuntary relocation. kidnapping, involuntary
relocation? murder, rape, involuntary relocation? separating families at the auction block, involuntary relocation? no. you're not going to change history. there are people who want to been under some speeshous theory that the people who want to teach history are wanting to harm the country by telling the truth. now we are a country that believes in truth. we preach truth in this country. somewhere it's written, you shall know the truth and the
truth will set you free. truth with a certain amount of freedom with actualizing, realizing the truth. we have to know the truth. you're not going to be able to hide it, but there are people who would say by teaching truth, we are going to harm the country. what about the people who suffered and still suffer as a result of the truth not being told. people have to nope what happened. black history month is not nearly enough time to explain what happened. we take out certain things that happened, certain meaningful moments in time. but that's not black history. that history is more than the civil rights movement. it really is.
it's more than that history of the history of africans. black history is black history, but it's also world history. it's world history, just as the history of others who are global, they have a global history, too. i remember in my history book, there was an indication that the reason the nations, countries in africa were not mentioned in world history is because they made little contribution to history. . . i had little contribution to history. friends. and i say friends and i am very sincere when i say it -- i
consider people friends who may not consider me a friend. but friends -- or as dr. king might say it, brothers and sisters, we must reconcile. yet, we will not reconcile without some structured department, something that has no end in sight. the end would be when reconciliation is ultimately achieved. so we need this department of reconciliation. the country needs it. it will benefit us all. it will make the country a better place. but not everybody wants it. not everybody wants to see the change in the status quo. i know this is a very difficult thing for many people to embrace, and i'm very much atare
to what voltaire called to our attention. -- very much aware of what voltaire called to our attention. and its impacts. he reminded us that it is dangerous to be right in affairs where established men are wrong. it's dangerous to be right. they understand that. and because they understand that -- this is a righteous agenda. this is -- there is nothing on here that cannot be done and should not be done. everything on here is a part of the righteous agenda. nothing wrong with having august 20 as slavery remembrance day. just as we have a 9/11 remembrance. a pearl harbor remembrance. a holocaust remembrance.
by the way, all recognized by the congress. that will be the house and the senate. not just the house. all recognized. but i do confess this. and i should have mentioned it earlier, but it's never too late to speak truth. the president of the united states has acknowledged august 20 as slavery remembrance day. the honorable joe biden. the house passed this resolution, by the way, many members are not aware of it. we did pass a resolution honoring august 20. i don't know what the senate should do. i am at a point where i believe we should go on and commemorate the day. just commemorate the day. nobody gets paid. i'm not asking, does anybody get paid? nobody should be paid. this is a day of commemoration, not celebration.
no celebrations. i don't want the stores to give discounts. slavery remembrance day discounts. that's not what this is about. this is sacred. this is not secular. this -- august 20, nothing wrong with that. nothing wrong with it. president has acknowledged. and if i just may say so, the president, in his efforts to acknowledge that black lives matter and do so in a very positive way, the president appointed an african-american female to the supreme court of the united states of america. something that could have been done by many others but never achieved. did he it. now -- he did it. now, if anybody is going to think i will forget the
president did something as significant as that -- see, may not be important to other people, but to me it is. probably one of the most important things that he has done. and i'll be eternally grateful and there are a lot of other people that will be equally as grateful. so there's nothing wrong with this as august 20 as slavery remembrance day. nothing wrong with according giving a congressional gold medal to the enslaved people who built the country, laid the foundation for the economic success of the country. nothing wrong with that. if we can do it for the confederate soldiers, surely we can do it for the enslaved people, born into slavery, lived as slaves, many of them, and died as slaves. nothing wrong with removing the name of a self-proclaimed white
supremacist from a building paid for with tax dollars. nothing wrong with saying that these -- these companies, mega companies -- excuse me -- mega companies, nothing wrong with saying these mega companies who profited enormously from the slave trade, not saying they should atone. good christians understand atonement. people of goodwill understand atonement. all religions address atonement in some way. nothing wrong with atonement. wanting to reconcile -- having a department of reconciliation, how does that hurt a country
wh wherein we see circumstances necessitating reconciliation? it is a moral imperative. mr. speaker, it's always an honor, it is a privilege to have this freedom of speech. freedom of speech may be the hallmark of our democracy. we don't have to agree. that's what freedom of speech is all about. freedom to say and not be persecuted for having said. i'm grateful to have this opportunity to speak without
fear of persecution. i could be wrong, but i'm not afraid. i'm not afraid. and i'm grateful. i love my country. i try to conclude by saying this. i love my country. i salute the flag. yes, i say the pledge of allegiance. i sing the national anthem. i stand when i sing it. i place my hand on my heart when i sing it. i place my hand on my heart when i say the pledge of allegiance. but i also defend those who choose not to. that's the greatness of america. the greatness of america is not in my standing and saluting and singing. the greatness is in allowing those who choose not to, that's the greatness of the country, that we can accept those who
would not do what others do. those who will say, look, i'm not going to march in lockstep. i choose to take a different path. i defend their right to do so. i do so because i love my country. god bless you, mr. speaker. god bless the united states of america. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 9, 2023, the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. grothman, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. grothman: we don't intend to use the full 60 minutes, but the first three minutes, we're going to yield to the wonderful chairman of the education committee, all the way from north carolina, please allow three minutes to virginia foxx. ms. foxx: i want to thank my great friend from wisconsin who serves on the education and
workforce committee and is a very valuable member of that committee as well as the oversight committee. mr. speaker, today, the house rightfully condemned and denounced socialism in all forms and absolve to oppose socialist -- brings a profit but mere talk leads only to poverty. socialism is mere talk. socialism is the idea that if you work hard, your neighbor will enjoy the fruits of your labor. socialist regimes in just the last 100 years have impoverished, enslaved, starved, and even killed over 100 million people. this is a horrific cost borne by
far, far too many. socialism, no matter its form, should never have a place in our republic. i yield back. mr. grothman: thank you. well, i guess after hearing the last speaker, i should kind of readjust my remarks about the importance of free speech and the current flight from free speech which we have going on in the united states. we have here a little graph, which i view with total alarm when my staff was able to come up with it. of course, freedom of speech takes many forms. the ability to write books, the ability to get onto radio, and now the ability to post things on the internet. i hope my good friend from texas looks -- he left the floor right
now -- and sees how precarious the right to free speech is in america today. we look here -- and there's a question. the u.s. government should take steps to -- even if it limits freedom of information? now, of course, we all can disagree about a lot of things. we can disagree on politics. we can disagree on elections. we can disagree on medical facts. if we have something wrong with us medically, we sometimes get a second opinion because one doctor things different than the other. right now -- and, of course, we all know people, should i take the shot, should i not take the shot, should i get a surgery, should i not get a surgery, a lot of questions are up in the air. at a time when it was -- could had an affect on an election. hunter biden took a lot of money from people in other countries. maybe had a -- an underlying
goal. the question is, is free speech what this country's about or not? with the democrat party -- and this alarms me because i was a democrat until i was 20 years old. and i thought democrats were out in front of free speech and the republicans were the stayed people. but we have a situation right now over the last few years in which 65% of the democrats almost two to one, the u.s. government should take steps to restrict false info online even if this restricts freedom of information. 65%. only 28% of republicans do. now, this graph shocks me. this week i will be speaking to some back in the district and i will tell you i will tell them how disappointed i am that 28% of the republicans responding to the poll apparently don't want freedom of information. but i would hope my colleague
from texas goes back home and explodes at the people back home. 65% of the democrats or people leaning democrats want to restrict the free flow of information. now, you can say they only want to prevent false things from being put out there. of course, who determines what is false and what is true? you look at the next one, another sign of do you believe in free speech or not -- should tech companies take steps to restrict false info online even if it limits freedom of information? and we all know that some people agree with and some people don't agree with and sometimes things we once thought were false turn out to be true. but here, again, it scares me. the democrats, when i was a democrat -- the democrat party has changed a lot. 76% thinks tech companies should restrict false info even if it limits freedom of information. only 37% of the republicans feel that way.
that's a very scary thing. it comes down to i think is the scariest thing of all the way people think. it's not even things the government does. i don't know if they have bad schools out there or whatever. but the way people think is kind of scary. we know in canada, to the north of us, which we thought was a country like america, right now they crack down on churches -- churches if maybe they disagree with the party line on sexual behavior. we mentioned in the last election, things began to come out about hunter biden taking money from foreign outfits, presumably being given because we better not talk about that on tv. that might affect the way people think. so we have this restriction going on right now.
like i said, on the covid stuff. i don't know the agree to which it is influenced by campaign contributions. but we are entering into an era in which we will not be able to say certain things unless the american public realizes that the 1st amendment is border line absolute and the fact that such a huge party, overwhelming majority has no problem with know-it-alls restricting what you can find online. i hope and the american public wakes up on this dangerous trend. i know we're late here on thursday and i hope my friend weighs in here. but i will talk to republicans this weekend. but i hope my colleagues on the other side of the aisle come
down strongly with their rank and file that apparently against free speech and tell them the importance of free speech. the next thing i'm going to address is the ukraine and i don't think the american public or the american press, the mainstream media is asking the right questions on this vitally important topic. it would be better for ukraine, and for russia and young people and better stability for the world if an agreement was reached. there are too many people in this capitol don't consider peace a priority and the biden administration. eventually this war is going to come to an end. the only question is the war going to come to an end in 2023,
2024, 2027. as the war goes on, more and more people died and destroyed. more and more people in both ukraine and russia will have anger towards each other for years and years in the future. nevertheless, the biden administration i get when i talk to them is not aggressively looking for peace. the united states is weighing very heavily on this war and hard to believe we would be an impartial broker but countries like turkey, france and israel can be encouraged to step in and put an end to the war going on here. war between any two countries makes you want to look for peace. between these two countries it is particularly so. ukraine has the second lowest
birth rate in the world. if you have the second lowest birth rate, you ought to be protecting the people that you have for the next generation. ukraine should say we want this war to end. and russia has a low birth rate. i think a lot of the young russians that are there are leaving russia for other countries because of the bad economy they have in russia and we still have a free market economy in the united states, much more honest government. i have no problem finding russians in my district. and over a year ago now, when i was in the san diego sector on the southern border during that two or three weeks i was there, the second most commonality
coming from mexico were russians. not only does russia have a low birth rate and a lot of young people with their children coming to the united states. two countries that number one priority ought to be, make sure they have young children, two great cultures, are going to end. instead this war goes on. for these two countries it should be easy to find some sort of compromise and stop the killing and especially important not only to stop the killing right now. but we have to remember russia has hyper sonic capability. they have nuclear weapons. maybe you can say things for years and years and never use the weapons. there are people in this chamber who hope that putin will be
forced to set aside and no indication. and i hope the american press corps, the press corps of the united states of america spends more time asking all the principles in that war, are you for peace or not, would you negotiate for peace before any more people die. and i would hope all people would be in favor of that. before i was 20 years old, i thought the republican party was the party of war. i have talked to democrats and have no desire to ramp these things around. i hope they can step forward and say, democrat party used to be the party of peace or at least they fan seed -- fannied the
party of peace. in my district i have a mosque of muslims and they believe things different than the shiite, sunni muslims believe. i bring up their plight worldwide as other muslim groups are sometimes per cuting. nine men were murdered before the women and children there. they are frequently being persecuted in pakistan. there are probably about 15 million amadia muslims. pakistan is not the most forgiving and not surprised that these muslims are murdered
there. and it's one of the wonderful traits of the united states that while we not only believe in free speech or at least did until recently, particularly speech is protected when it is religious in nature and important to learn the lesson what goes on in and not only are real dpows beliefs suppressed but people are killed for saying things that are disliked by other groups of people. and i wish my best for my friends, wish them best for the mosque they have in oshkosh, wisconsin and hope the rest of the world is supportive of them
in their plight. i have spoken many times from this platform about immigration and speak about it again today because it is even more important, if that's possible, than what's going on in the ukraine, in ukraine. in the last month that we have information, we hit another all-time record of the number of people coming into the country and whether it's because they don't care or whether because they are for limited people coming here, the american press has fallen asleep on this topic. a year ago, kind of the final month in december of 2020. the final month we had a different administration, there were 21,000 people that came here. and that was a big deal.
21,000 people coming across the southern border. we are at 238,000, the all-time high. i'll tell you -- of that 238,000, 67,000 are got-aways. there are two groups of people when you hear this. there are people who check in with the border patrol. we want asylum. once they are in here, they disappear. there are people that are called got-aways and don't check in and probably more dangerous because they are more likely to have drugs and more likely to have criminal records because we don't have an opportunity to do a background check on them and see if they have committed crimes in the u.s. or canada.
number of got-aways has gone up from 21,000 to 67,000. tripled. and what do we hear from the biden administration? nothing. there is another subject group called unaccompanied minors. there was a time when people were worried about families being separated even though they were trying to keep them separated for a minimum amount of time and people have broken the law. we have gone from 2,000 to 8,000 unaccompanied minors. they are coming here without their parents' protection or knowing where they are. isn't the first thing we do is spin him around and send them back to their country of origin
rather than negotiate the trip from el salvador or brazil. somebody has to look it up on the internet. i hope they familiarize with the people who come here that are not adequately vetted. we talk about a number of people that aren't vetted. the other side is once people come here and we find a mistake, once we found out that perhaps committing crimes, how many of those people are be kicking out? if they commit crimes, why, out they go. nobody let in here illegally. if they commit crimes, wow. what did we find in the last year before the covid 267,000
americans were deported, a fair number was deported under barack obama. over a quarter of year, they were deported. and this is well under covid and we are down to about 72,000. at the same time, the number of people coming here illegally has gone up by a factor of 10. the number of people being deported has dropped by three-quarters. i was talking to a guy that was a u.s. attorney and he was stunned because he was u.s. attorney at the time, he was stunned at the new guidelines from the biden administration. it's no big deal. this must be a priority. the american public should wake
up. i blame my republican friends a little bit. the republicans should have talked about the illegal immigration where there is a stark difference between the parties. but for whatever reason, they haven't talked about it enough. i'm going to talk about the illegal drugs coming across the border. 800,000 dying from illegal drugs, primarily fentanyl coming across the southern border. the number of people who die -- i'm old enough to remember the vietnam war. every year the people who die of illegal drugs is twice the number of people who died in 12 years in vietnam. i'm old enough to remember the vietnam war and remember all the students protesting, too many people are dying, too many
people dying and too many people were dying. twice as many of died from drugs. those students ought to be marching up and down on state street protesting the 108,000 people are dying and wondering what their government is doing to prevent it. there is something wrong if you are taking a drug that is so powerful. 800,000 deaths is just too much. if you run into your sheriffs, ask how many people died last year of illegal drug overdotes dances we are way over the number of people who die in car accidents and homicides combined. way more. if someone dice in a car
accident, makes the paper, and somebody dies in -- you don't read about drug overdoses and i blame the 100,000 deaths, president biden who doesn't do knowing, but our press corps is not ringing the bill saying it is time to do something about illegal immigration and illegal drugs. . . now, my final little area that i am going to address today, a bill i'm going to introduce called the responsible borrowing act. one of the crisis we have in this country is the -- is the huge number of student -- the huge amount of student loan debt that's out there. it's much worse than it used to
be years ago. i guess a lot of the blame has to go on the universities who are selling college degrees or maybe admitting people who aren't going to get a college degree anyway and they wiend up with these huge student debts. if you plan on playing off your debt, maybe you delay having children, maybe you never have children -- what a tragedy -- maybe you put off a house, your student loan is so great that your crediting is such that you can't get a loan given the amount of student debt, i have what i think is a minor bill. but i'm shocked that it's going to be considered controversial if we bring it to the floor. there was a time in this country -- in the 19990 -- 1990's, if you were a student loan officer at a university and the student was taking out a student loan, that person was able to say, i think you're
taking out too much of a loan. maybe they'd say, i think you ought to get another job. maybe they might say, you're living too high on the hog. you're spending too much money. you don't have to take out a $5,000 loan. you should take out a $2,000 loan. maybe they say because of the major you're getting you are not expected to make enough money to get that loan. believe it or not, it's unlawful for these financial aid counselors to say you ought not take out this loan. that's almost beyond belief. we began this little lecture by talking about free speech. now we have a situation in which we bar loan counselors from saying ought not take out a bigger loan. by the way, i think across the board way too many americans are in debt on a variety of things.
but my bill will go back to the days in which financial aid administrators are able to tell students, this is going to be too much of a loan. it may feel good to get that big check in your hand when you're 20 years old but when you're 30 years old that debt is not going to be so great. and if you would not spend so lavishly in congress or would get a better degree or maybe delay going to college for a couple of years to make sure you are confident that you're going to complete a degree, this was brought to my attention from somebody who runs a university. they were appalled at it. they had been running this university since the early 1990's and they remember the good old days when they prevented students from taking out excessive loans by telling them, what a dumb financial decision. the good old days are gone. now when supposedly we're concerned about excessive student loan debt we tie the hands of the financial aid
officers and tell them you cannot discourage people from taking out debt. at a minimum, shouldn't that bill just fly right through here? i bet it won't fly by through here because too many of the universities don't like to rain on the student's parade and tell them, maybe you shouldn't go out on so many saturday nights or maybe you should get another job, bartending or waitressing or what have you. so some universities will fight this. but i encourage my colleagues to pass the responsible borrowing act and go back to the days in which the colleges, who care about their students, and there are some colleges that won't take advantage of this. they don't care about their students' financial health at all when they leave. sad to see but i've come across it. but at least we want to give the responsible colleges the right to tell their students, hey, wait a minute. you don't have to take out any
more debt. now, i'd like to thank you for listening to this a little bit. i hope you all learned a little bit about the huge volume of people crossing the southern border. i think you learned a little bit more about the huge number of people in our country, and particularly democrats -- i can't believe i was once a democrat -- who want to restrict free speech and we have to be on the lookout for that and educate our young ones. and we learned a little bit about the responsible borrowing act and how it's high time we let universities tell their students they don't have to take out any more. and we also learned a little bit our government is not working for peace in ukraine. so now that you heard that -- i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? mr. grothman: i think they had enough today. i move that the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until noon on monday next for morning hour debate.
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