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not just y, historians, but the federal view ment has changed its intersxhent sees it as unnecessary and a real strike against our constitution. it is something to keep in mind, is that when you are fighting an external -- naftali -- guest: don't change the way you are. host: the house is getting ready in.come we'll bring the viewers to the floor. thank you for joining us on the anniversary of the attack of pearl harbor. guest: my pleasure, john. washington, d.c., december 7, 2016. i hereby appoint the honorable randy neugebauer to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 6, 2015, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour ebate.
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the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip but in to five minutes, no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from west virginia, mr. jenkins, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. miners and their widows in west virginia and across the country are asking us to protect their pensions and health care. families like robin workman of boone county who wrote to me about how she and her husband depend on these benefits. these are the benefits that they earned. e said, my husband put in 35 years underground. a promise made to them shouldn't be broken. west virginia helped keep the lights on back then as well as
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today. please don't forget about us. this promise dates back to 1946 when the truman administration signed an agreement with coal miners, an agreement that guaranteed their pensions and health care would be there for them when they retired. now, that agreement -- no -- that promise is in jeopardy. in just a few weeks, tens of thousands of miners and widows will lose their health insurance. these miners have back problems. they have knee problems, breathing problems all from their work in the mines. they simply cannot go without insurance. kenny meade's father is one of those retired miners. he lives in chatmanville and reached out to me to share the
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story of his parents. kenny wrote about his father. he worked 31 years in the mines and often for less than other miners so he could bargain for the rights for health care and pensions, he said. this is an issue we can fix, but it's not an issue that arose overnight. the war on coal has decimated coal jobs in west virginia and across the country. an onslaught of overregulations, federal regulations have made it harder to mine coal and harder to burn coal. coal-fired power plants have shut down, making electricity more expensive and reducing the market for coal. and as demand has decreased and regulations have made it harder to mine coal, mines are closing and companies are filing for bankruptcy.
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and a company in bankruptcy isn't going to have the resources to meet its pension obligations. all of these, market forces, regulations and the war on coal, have had devastating impacts on our miners and their families. it is time for congress to act to keep the promise and protect the benefits the miners worked heir entire lives to earn. the coal health care and pensions protection act won't cost taxpayers anything. it uses existing funds paid for by mining companies to provide for retired miners. this is not a tax. taxpayers won't be on the hook for these pensions. this is about ensuring a promise made is a promise kept. mr. speaker, as we approach the holiday season, i hope we will
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remember the retirees and widows worried about what the new year will bring. we must act now to pass a solution to this crisis to keep our word. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. schiff, for five minutes. mr. schiff: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak about my friend and colleague, steve israel, who's retiring from congress after 16 years. we came into congress together and have been the best of friends and brothers ever since. now, the last time i mentioned steve israel on the house floor it was after making a bet with steve over the dodgers-mets series, a bet that i lost and i had to sing the meet the mets song on the house floor and i want to assure all my colleagues that is never going to happen again either on the
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playing field or on the house floor. but when we came to congress together, we were given a book like all incoming freshmen called "charting the course," and this is a book that basically says there are three different models of being a congressman. you can be the policy expert or you can be the political animal or you can be the pothole congressman who's focused on district needs and excellent at meeting the needs of constituents but the gist of the book is you can't be all three. you have to pick where you're going to make your specialization and if you try to do all three you'll end up not doing either one of them very well. well, steve israel proved the premise of that book wrong because he proved to be good at each and every aspect of being a member of the congress. on policy steve developed an expertise in energy policy and became a leading champion of the development of renewable sources of energy. he became an expert on defense issues, and as one of the members of the appropriations committee helped eliminate
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expenditures, wasteful expenditures on systems we didn't need, investment in defenses that would really protect the country. he became an expert on middle east policy in sorting out the difficulties of all the complicated relationships between the nations in the middle east. he became an expert on the syrian conflict. he also became an expert on issues affecting the middle class, and has always been a champion for what needs to be done to make sure that people in this country can enjoy a secured retirement, can get a good job, can raise their family and that their kids will enjoy a quality of life at least as great of their parents and hopefully even better. he also founded and co-chairs the center aisle caucus, doing something very difficult in this institution, that is bringing people together of both parties, something we need to see a lot more of. in addition to those policy strengths, he has been and has been one of our greatest political leaders. he served for many years as the
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dccc chair and had an encyclopedia of every district in the country. he was an extraordinary chair, not only in terms of raising resources but recruiting some of the finest candidates and a great many members of this institution. owe their presence here because of his incredible work. he was very effective member at shaping our message, helping us articulate what the democratic party was about and has been among the most effective surrogates that the democrats have. but in addition to this political expertise and policy expertise, having visited his district, having met his constituents, i know he was also so atuned to the needs of his constituents, particularly the veterans and the homeless but also in championing the economy and bringing improvements to long island sound. his casework was renowned
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within new york and his staff was among the most superb anywhere on the hill or in any district office. but in addition to all that -- and that would be enough for any of us -- he also wrote a fabulous novel on his iphone. now, who can do that? who can write a book, let alone on an iphone, let alone gets published by a major publisher and did well? when steve retires, this congress will lose another great member, someone of intelligent and integrity, someone that has become relied upon by presidents and lose someone with a sense of a humor and a practical joker. like one time he convinced his chief of staff that one of his staff ran over his dog? yes, that was cruel but he is funny. i want to wish him all the luck in the world in an exciting
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career that awaits him when he retires and all his new endeavors. i look forward to finding him not in the center aisle, necessarily, but on a different aisle, in the bookstore near me, with his latest work. and i want to join my colleagues in thanking steve israel for his tremendous years of service and for his wonderful friendship. we will all miss you as indeed will this entire institution. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. jones, for five minutes. mr. jones: mr. speaker, thank you very much. i am back on the floor again today to discuss the tragic loss of american life in afghanistan. this past week i was touched by george stephanopoulos and abc as a publicly listed the nine service members that died in iraq and afghanistan during the month of november. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to submit the names of the nine american heroes for
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the ford. he speaker pro tempore: -- mr. jones mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to submit the names of the nine american heroes for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. jones: mr. speaker, the service members that had a moment of silence took place march 3, 2014, almost two years ago. i frankly don't understand how house leadership is not more concerned about those who have given their life serving this nation. additionally, mr. speaker, i wrote to the secretary of defense, ash carter, several weeks ago regarding an article that said there are 200,000 afghan soldiers who do not exist. they call them ghosts, who are on the payroll of the department of defense. i asked him in the letter, why are we wasting this money and can you identify where the money is going?
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mr. speaker, again, i ask unanimous consent to submit my letter to secretary ash carter. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. jones: mr. speaker, the reason i mentioned these ghost soldiers is because americans are still dying in this god fore saken country known as -- forsaken country known as afghanistan, all while our nation is headed toward economic collapse as we will see the $20 trillion debt number come forward. for the sake of our military, we need to end this madness in afghanistan. i have beside me a photograph of a flag-draped coffin being taken off an airplane. this is a humble way that i can say to the nine americans who also came home in a flag-draped coffin in the back of a plane, thank you for your service. mr. speaker, it is time for the congress to have a debate on the floor of the house as to whether we need to stay in
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afghanistan for another 16 years, which we've been there for 16 years now. mr. speaker, before i close i would like to ask again to submit an article that tells the story of afghanistan better than i can today on the floor. the title of that article is "it's time for america to get out of afghanistan." i ask unanimous consent to submit that article. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. jones: thank you, mr. speaker. and with that i will ask our men, our god to bless our men and women in uniform and i ask god to continue to bless america, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, ms. raham, for five minutes. -- the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, ms. graham, for five minutes. ms. graham: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm so fortunate to grow up in a family dedicated to public service. i watched and learn from my father as he served as a state
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legislator, florida's governor and as a united states senator. and for my mother who worked tirelessly as an advocate for students and seniors. together they were a team that always put florida first. following in their footsteps, i served my community as a p.t.a. volunteer and i worked for my local school district. while i was happy to serve, i never planned to follow in my father's footsteps into politics. but as our country became more divided, my thoughts began to change. like so many americans, i was disappointed to see our nation's civil discourse deteriorate, to shouting matches on cable news and gridlock in government. and in 2013, i decided to run for office with my own message and my own mission, to bring back civility, to work with both parties to actually get
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things done and to always put the people of florida first. i ran for office to bring the north florida way to washington, and almost four years after making that decision, i'm proud to say we've had many successes in our own mission. after winning my election, i immediately began reaching out to my florida colleagues, republicans and democrats. i'm proud to say that those friendships have paid off to the benefit of florida. we were able to recruit almost the entire state delegation to support our app lash cola bay restoration ack and i co-sponsored legislation with congressman patrick murphy to protect the everglades and with congressman david jolly to ban oiling drilling off the coast of florida. . i asked to serve on the committees most important to my district -- the armed services
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committee and the agriculture committee. on the armed services committee we were able to make substantial legislative gains. we were able to amend the national defense authorization act with initiatives to protect programs that help florida's economy, create jobs, and strengthen our national security. as well as the work we have done to improve our relationship with israel, including authorizing a joint anti-tunneling program to fight terrorism and to protect both of our countries' borders. on the house agriculture committee i worked closely with farmers across the state. i'll never forget our 14 county north florida farm tour where i tried my own hand at planting peanuts and even pregnancy checked a cow. and i'm so proud of the work we did to bring the u.s. department of agriculture's strike force program to florida. which will help rural counties to protect their communities, to
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grow their economies, and to create jobs. while we have had many successes in washington, i'm even more proud of the work we accomplished in florida. our focus on constituent services and cutting through bureaucratic red tape has paid off. we have helped return more than $2 million in benefits owed to florida's seniors and families, including more than half a million dollars to veterans. while the numbers are impressive, the stories behind them are what really count. stories like kenneth mcrae, a vietnam veteran who was denied benefits by the v.a. until our office stepped in to help. in every vote and every way, we always put the people of florida first. while working in congress, the people of north florida have never let me down. i felt their love and support
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and each hug whether at a press conference or along a parade route. i witnessed their compassion after hurricane here mine when neighbors helped neighbors clear debris and shelter those in need. i have seen local leaders put partisanship aside to fight for our communities. we call this the north florida way, but we don't have a none mop pli on that spirit. it's the essence of the american spirit and i have witnessed a bit of it here in washington between campaigns and commercial breaks, i have seen that republicans and democrats can actually like one another and if we can begin talking to each other again instead of shouting at each other, we can move our country forward in a way that helps every american. so as i prepare to leave congress, i offer up this partying -- parting advice to new and veteran members. take the time to form
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friendships. put partisanship aside. and always put the people you represent first. now that i have shared this advice, i'd like to end my speech by saying thank you, thank you to my committed staff, my family, and most importantly i want to thank the people of north florida's second congressional district. i'm so thankful for giving -- 30 seconds more, mr. speaker? i'm so thankful for them to give me the opportunity to serve. running for congress and serving in the house has been en-- an enriching experience with many more days, possum festivals, and parades along the way. i'm sad it's coming to an end but this moment is bittersweet. i will always treasure the friendships and experience i have gained in congress. and i know as this chapter closes another opens. and i will continue to serve my community and the people of florida for as long as i am able. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady's time has expired. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from utah, mr. stuart, for five minutes. mr. stuart: thank you, mr. speaker. as i think all of us know today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor. mr. stewart: this devastating event that took the lives of more than 2,300 americans and ultimately led to the united states' entrance into world war ii. and though it's painful to think of all the brave men and women that we lost that day, i'm grateful for this heroic generation of soldiers, including my own father who served in defense of the freedoms of our country during world war ii. i wear my father's wings, i have them on today, i wear them every day. my mom and dad love their country and they, like so many others, sacrificed so much. it was examples of heroes such as these that led me to make the decision when i was a young man to become a pilot in the air force. i'd like to take a moment and share the story of one brave
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utahan, mervin, who was stationed at pearl harbor on the day of the attack. after graduating from high school? stimulate city, he accepted his appointment to the united states naval academy where he graduated near the top of his class. he later assumed command of the u.s.s. west virginia in july of 1941. the ship was moored with other vessels on battleship row on that sunday morning. just shy of 8:00 a.m. japanese forces struck the u.s.s. west virginia with at least six torpedoes and two bombs. under attack and struggling to organize a defense of the bridge, captain binon was struck with shrapnel. still he continued to direct the ship's battle while using one of his hands to hold his own wounds closed. several sailors attempted to convince him to go to the first aid and seek medical attention but he refused to leave his post. and sadly he later died because of a loss of blood. he was recognized with a medal of honor, of course our nation's
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highest military honor, for his conspicuous devotion to duty, and complete disregard for his own life. today on the anniversary of the attack of pearl harbor, let us remember not only the brave men and women who lost their lives in that attack, but also those who have continued to fight for our freedoms over the last 75 years. we live in a dark and dangerous world and in dark and dangerous places all around the globe. american soldiers, sailors, and airmen are doing what they can to bring stability and safety to many parts of the world. we should remember them. we should thank them. we should keep them and their family in our prayers. what we have asked them to do is not easy. and they deserve our gratitude and our respect. mr. speaker, i'd like to take a few minutes to congratulate the completion of the friedmans bureau records project. it was organized by congress in
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1865 at the conclusion of the civil war. it offered assistance to freed slaves in a variety of ways. the bureau opened schools to educate the illiterate. managed hospitals that rationed food and clothing for the destitute and even solemnized marriages. in the process it gathered priceless handwritten personal information on potentially four million african-americans. due to the work and commitment of over 25,000 volunteers, with the help of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints and family search international, they have been able to uncover the names and stories of over 1.9 million freed slaves. in some cases for the very first time african-americans are able to discover their civil war-era families through an online and searchable database. i was especially pleased to attend an event yesterday where the newly indexed database of the friedmans bureau project and the records were delivered to
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the african-american museum of history and culture. if i could divert for a moment and share a story from this experience from one of the leaders of the museum. i hope he'll forgive me for stealing his story and repeating it to you. but this gentleman told of how his grandparents passed away when he was very young. had he no memory of his grandparents except for going to his grandmother's house and watching her cook on some old tin cookie sheets. but as he was able to for the first time research his own family records, he found the records of one of his ancestors who was a slave and part of those records was an accounting of money that was paid to her and some of the things that she was able to purchase. and one of them was a line which recorded that she paid 22 cents for a set of tin cookie sheets. and what an emotional moment it was for him to have that connection now with his ancestors that he would not have been able to otherwise.
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the freedmans bureau project allows families to discover their ancestors, it allows them to connect with them. it allows them to see the heroes among their ancestors that so of them have. i would like to congratulate and thank the thousands of volunteers who sacrificed their time in this wonderful of them . i would project. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the time of the gentleman has expired. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. i have been privileged to serve with many exceptional people during my tenure in congress. this year there are a number of my democratic colleagues who are leaving who will be sorely missed. we just heard from one, lois capps is in the chair who may be speaking soon. but i would like today to take a moment to recognize two exceptional friends of mine on the other side of the aisle.
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republicans who enriched my time in congress and brought honor to this body. i rise today to speak of the ervice of richard hannah and reid ribble. these two gentlemen represent smalltown america. rural upstate new york in the case of richard, and green bay, wisconsin and surrounding environs in the case of reid. they have a number of similarities. they are both hardworking, dedicated members of this chamber who leave after only three terms. they are fiercely dedicated to their family and family concerns figured heavily into their decision not to seek re-election. they both have been very successful businesspeople. building their own enterprises. taking pride in the case of reid of the employment and service from a roofing company. and richard founding and growing
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a construction enterprise. both are accomplished in a broad range of other areas. richard is a pilot who travels across the country. piloting his own plane. reid recently completed a motorcycle trip from alaska all wait across north america to the florida keys. most of it with his wife riding along with him. they are both what normally would have been regarded as conservative republicans. that description really belies their approach and their value to the institution. in some respects they may actually entertain libertarian leanings. they believe in less interference. richard is equally disdainful of government telling women what they and their doctors should do with women's bodies. they are both deeply concerned about budgets and the economy, core republican values in the
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past. reid famously in an exchange with some of his tea party constituents indicating that they weren't fair to their grandchildren by refusing to even consider raising the gas tax to meet our transportation needs. he made an eloquent case. richard has been a partner with me for the last two congresses as we work with transportation stakeholders to try and inform one another and find common groundworking forward on solutions to common problems of rebuilding and renewing america. i fully respect the decision of both gentlemen to follow their instincts and their families until the next phase of their careers. but their decision to end congressional service weakens this institution. and the fact that we could not find enough incentive to keep them here being productive and adding their wisdom and energy says something about the challenges that this congress
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faces in the years ahead. serving with them has been a remarkable pleasure. they have helped both republicans and democrats function a little better in a largely dysfunctional climate. they both have given good advice to the republican colleagues which i hope as they leave will find greater resonance with those who are left. we're going through a great period of a national civics lesson where americans discover that elections have consequences, that facts really should matter, and voters need to be very discerning about the decisions they make. richard hannah and reid ribble have helped through their that civic dvance lesson. i'll be grateful to them for as long as i am a citizen and i look forward to friendship in the future and maybe that civic lesson. ways to advance that national civics lesson that they speak to so eloquently by their service.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. the conference report on the water resources development act is the product of many, many hours of good faith negotiations between the house and the senate and between republicans and democrats. like any compromise, i don't like everything that's in it, but the net effect is an important step forward in provide tecting against the devastation of future droughts in california -- protecting against the devastation of future droughts in california and catastrophic wildfire that threatens lake tahoe. it provides for $335 million for desperately needed surface water storage. it opens the new era of hatcheries to provide for burgeoning populations of endangered fish species. it enables water transfers to
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assure that water can be more efficiently moved to where it's the most needed. it adds strong protection to northern california origin of water rights. it updates flood control management criteria to make better use of our existing reservoirs. i particularly want to highlight the provisions related to lake tahoe. for many years we spent enormous resources to adjust drainage in the basin to improve water clarity at the lake. the senate version of the measure introduced this session by senators heller and feinstein continued this effort. but the heller-feinstein bill neglected the most immediate environmental threat to lake tahoe and that is catastrophic wildfire. the senate bill had no provision for forest management, specifically for fire prevention. the number of acres burned by wildfire in the lake tahoe basin has increased each decade since 1973, including a 10-fold
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increase over the past decade. 80% of the tahoe basin forests are now densely and dangerously overgrown. they are dying. at lower elevations, there are now four times as many trees as the land can support. model by the lake tahoe basin unit warns that in 2/3 of the forest, conditions now has flame size and intensity that are literally explosive. if a superfire of the size we've seen in other parts of the sierra were to strike the tahoe basin it could dess' mate this lake and the -- decimate this lake and the surrounding areas for years to come. congressman amodei and i introduced a bill focused on fire prevention. this measure was specifically designed after extensive input from fire districts throughout the tahoe region to reduce excess fuel before it burns. it provides for expediting
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llaborative fuel reduction projection jekts, and -- to ects and it has ways provide for further fuels management and other improvements. this was falsely portrayed by a left-wing activist in the region as a substitute for the senate bill. as congressman amodei and i made clear repeatedly, it was designed to supplement that bill and fill a glaring deficiency that ignored the single greatest environmental hazard to the lake. i am very pleased to note that the critical provisions of both bills, for lake clarity and fire prevention, are now in the conference report thanks to bipartisan negotiations between house and senate negotiators, most notably by senator feinstein and house majority leader mccarthy. unfortunately, in the last 48 hours, senator boxer has
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threatened to blindside this effort and destroy the fruit of these years of labor and endless hours of negotiation. she has threatened to assemble enough votes, not to put forward a positive and credible plan of her own to address these critical needs, but rather to ruin the painstaking negotiations of many others just as they are coming to fruition. in the last four years, the king fire, the butte fire, the rim fire have destroyed more than 1,000 square miles of forest in the sierra nevada. if we don't restore sound forest management for fire prevention in the tahoe basin now, the next fire could reduce its magnificent forests to cinders and clog the lake with ash and debris for decades to come. we can only pray that wiser heads prevail in the senate and that this conference report is speedly adopted by both houses and signed -- speedyly adopted
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by both houses and signed by the president. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from puerto rico, mr. pierluisi, for five minutes. mr. pierluisi: this will be my last floor speech as resident commissioner from puerto rico in congress. i want to thank my constituents for giving me the opportunity. they are enduring difficult times but they never lose their hope, dignity or appreciation for life's blessings. i also want to thank my colleagues in the house and the senate. i respect your dedication to public service, energy and commitment to the causes you champion. in addition, i want to thank my staff which has served me and the people of puerto rico with im skill, passion and loyalty. -- with skill, passion and loyalty. i want to thank my wife, my four children and the rest of my family. they have walked alongside me on this journey through the peaks and valleys and my love
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for them cannot be captured with words. it is impossible to condense eight action-packed years into five minutes. however, if there is a central theme to my teen 10ure as resident commissioner it -- tenure as resident commissioner it has been fighting the good fight. on behalf of the millions of people in puerto rico who have been treated unfairly for too long, an example of baptism by fire, the battle began almost as i assumed office in 2009 when congress was debating the stimulus bill. even as i was still learning to navigate my way through the capitol, we managed to secure state-like treatment for puerto rico, injecting $7 million into the island's economy when we needed it most. the fight continue tnd the following year with the continued the following year with the affordable care act. separately, we secured
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legislative and administrative action, eliminating many of the disparities that puerto rico faced under the medicare program. i'm also proud of our work to combat drug-related violence in puerto rico, requiring the federal government to prepare a counternarcotics strategy and persuading federal law enforcement agencies to increase their resources in puerto rico. the number of homicides on the island was cut in half between 2011 and 2015, but this is not about statistics. it is about preserving human life. moreover, i have tried my best to serve those who have served us. residents of puerto rico have a rich military tradition, and no unit exemplifies their courage and character better than the 65th infantry region minute which fought the enemy on the battlefield and discrimination in the barracks. after we enacted legislation to award them the congressional gold medal, these warriors now
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in the twilight of their lives stood beside president obama as he signed the bill into law and we're honored at a -- and were honored at a ceremony in the capitol that i will never forget. the toughest fight of my tenure came earlier this year when congress and the white house worked together to enact legislation called promesa, to prevent the government of puerto rico from collapsing. nobody was pleased that such legislation was necessary, and nobody liked every provision in the bill, but i firmly believed that promesa, if properly implemented provides a better path for the future of puerto rico. i close with this thought. puerto rico's current territory status, which gives congress license to treat my constituents like second-class citizens, is undignified and unsustainable. following a 2012 local referendum in which island residents expressed their opposition to the current
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status and their support for statehood, congress enacted legislation providing funding for the first federally sponsored referendum in puerto rico's history. the significance of this achievement has yet to be sufficiently appreciated. puerto rico should use this authority to conduct a vote on whether the territory should become a state. if the people of puerto rico ratified their support for statehood, as i expect they will, it will be incumbent upon congress to implement that result. this country, which was founded on the principles of equality and justice, must live up to its creed. god bless puerto rico and the united states of america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado, mr. tipton, for five minutes. mr. tipton: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, today i rise to honor mr. jose abedo of mount
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rose, colorado, who passed away november 14, 2016. jose is survived by his wife, loretta, whom he married 40 years ago and they have two sons. jose was a personal friend of mine and a beloved member of his community. he served our country proudly during the vietnam war from 1969 to 1971 as a fixed wing mechanic for the army's 358th aviation attachment. he received an honorable discharge after serving for two years. he was a hero because the time he spent in the army. the life he lived after his service showed what an honorable man and modeled citizen he truly was. jose married loretta one month after returning home from vietnam. they moved to colorado springs where he went to school and earned a degree in sociology at the university of colorado at colorado springs. he paid his own way through school, and then he and loretta
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moved back to mount rows where he began his career as a probation officer. he ran successfully for the city council in 2006 and served as the mayor of month rows in 2009. -- mont rose in 2009. mr. speaker, it was the devotion to serving others, as a husband, father, war veteran, little league coach and public servant, he lived a life full of selfless service and stood as an example for all americans to live by. he ended up serving as mayor which speaks volumes about the impact he had on his community. mr. speaker, i'm saddened by jose's passing. because he was an irreplaceable figure in mont rose, but i had the grateful opportunity to know him. his family is in my thoughts and prayers and i hope the community will continue to celebrate his tremendous
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accomplishments in the weeks and months to come. jose will be missed. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, for five minutes. mr. speaker, on the monday and tuesday before thanksgiving back in massachusetts, i participated in the seventh annual monty's march, a 43-mile walk to raise money for the food bank of massachusetts. the leader of this remarkable event is monty, a radio personality for the river and committed activist on behalf of those most vulnerable. this year the march raised a record $211,213. this translates into over half million meals for individuals and families who struggle with food insecurity. i was impressed by the stamina of all those who walked and by the incredible generosity of the community. the sad reality is there's no
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congressional district in the united states that is hunger-free and those defy stereotypes. some are homeless. some are jobless but there are many who work but earn so little they can't afford to put food on the table on a regular basis for their families. while food banks, food pantries and charitable organizations are vital in our effort to combat hunger, they can't do it alone. we need a strong commitment by our government to do their part. we have fallen way short to ensure no one goes hungry. those who i marched alongside during monty's march are good people who understands what it means to truly be part of a community. d i want to thank, first and foremost, monty and all the people at the river including matt, joan, michael, kalise, dave and matt. they are amazing people who worked overtime to make this march a success. i'm grateful to andrew moorehouse, executive director of the food bank of western
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massachusetts, and everyone at the food bank. they do incredible work. thanks to all the elected officials who joined part of the march maverpb, including my colleagues richie neal and joe kennedy. we were joined by state rep, steve, aaron and state rep-elect solomon goldstein and mayor david and district attorney dave sullvafpblet we kicked off the march at friends of the home in springfield and i'm grateful for all they do. the sheriffs departments as well as the deerfield police help provide escorts for all us dore all 43 miles. special thanks to students who joined the march from greenfield school, irving elementry. we were joined by a contingent from greenfield community college which included its president, bob. we also had a group of farmers from the kitchen garden who joined the effort. shawn from four seasons liquor in hadley was as usual monty's
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right-hand man and at the front of the line. we had a lot of people who marched and raise a lot of money. my friend, shea, deserves special credit for raising the most. thanks to all the people who greeted us along the way, including karen of kate's kitchen. lorraine's soup kitchen and pantry. lori at gateway city arts. chancellor at umass apple hearst and his aide who marched 27 miles with us. 're grateful for northampton brewery. chandler's for a great lunch tuesday. the chocolates that gave us energy and all the folks at semour's for the magnificent celebration at the end of the march. special thanks for the tea guys. thanks to ben clark and clarkdale farm for the apples and for keeping us in line.
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thanks to erica connell cooper's mother for the apple pies. and thanks to the folks at smith vocational school who made the shopping carts. want to talk about rumors about more cuts to snap or separating snap from the farm bill or weakening child nutrition. with so many relying on these programs to help put food on the table, these cuts would be devastating for families across the country. we must protect and we must strengthen these programs. i believe that food ought to be a right for every single individual in this country and on the planet. but the sad reality is that it isn't. all of us need to do better. all of us need to care more. all of us need to recognize our moral failings and not address -- in not addressing this sooner. for those who took part in monty's march, i ask all of us
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in congress to act and end hunger now. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. holding, for five minutes. . mr. holding: i rye today to recognize david howl. for the past 29 years church howl has served as the head football coach for the dunn high school wildcats in franklin county. during that time coach howl had unprecedented success amassing 214 wins and just 90 losses. he's had 45 players go on to play at the collegiate level. a nearly unheard of number for a double-a high school. while coach howl built the program into a regional powerhouse, it's more important to recognize the impact he's had on thousands of students, parents, and staff in the community. his expectation of his players to work hard not just on the field, mr. speaker, but also in the classroom translated into a 99% graduation rate for his student athletes.
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coach howl has famously told his team, show me your friends and i'll show you your future. encouraging his players not just to be good citizens but also to be productive members of society. no matter the outcome of any game, win, loss, draw, coach howl was always there to encourage his players to keep their heads up and to look to the future as the team ended every game with the high school fight song followed by the lord's prayer. david howl exemplifies what the thousands of dedicated educators in north carolina do every day. lessons of coach howl taught and the difference he made in the thousands of lives will be remembered in his community for years to come. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, rs. capps, for five minutes.
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miss caps: mr. speaker -- miss -- mrs. capps: over 18 years ago i was honored and humbled to be elected to this house and to spend the job and responsibility of a life ty. after a career spent as a nurse in our public schools as a school nurse was the start of a life i never expected but i was eager to answer the call to public service on behalf of the citizens of the central coast of california. it was the same call that had beckoned my husband before me. he was a religious studies professor who felt compelled to serve. like walter, i sought to help restore the bonds of trust between people and their government. while the circumstances of my joining congress were unexpected, it has been a tremendous honor to serve with all of you over these years. together with our colleagues, our dedicated staff, our constituents i have been proud to work on behalf of issues so important to our congressional
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district on the central coast of california. issues important also to our entire nation. we have worked hard to ep sure that everyone has the chance to fulfill their american dream. while moving our economy and our country forward, we have fought to protect women's rights, strengthen families, push for equality. we have made great strides in making health care more accessible and affordable so no one has to go bankrupt just because they get sick. we have championed a clean energy future while protect our coast liens, natural resources for future generations. in recent months i have often been asked what i will miss most while serving in congress, while there is much to miss the answer is easy, it's the people. to me this job has always been and always will be about the people. the people we represent, the people who work so hard to keep this place going, the people on my staff over the years who are so dedicated to making our community and our country just a little bit better.
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and the people i serve with here. you, my colleagues. it has been such a privilege and pleasure to get to know you and work alongside many of you over the years. learning more about your districts, your backgrounds, and your families. after all, isn't this what congress was meant to be? you, my colleagues, coming from all over the country, from all walks of life, to represent your neighbors and communities, in this place, this congress, to work together for the good of our nation. during my time in congress i have been so proud of those laws we passed that have made a real difference in people's lives. when i'm home i often hear about the positive impact of our work. the role our office has played in the district. the difference our efforts have made in individual lives. i'm proud of the progress we have made as a country, but we need to keep this momentum going and we -- as we all know cooperation and progress is not always easy, but it's what we're sent here to do and what we must do regardless of partisanship.
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we're here each one because we believe in the role of government to make the lives of everyday americans better. and that has been my guiding light. both as a member of congress, as a nurse before. as i have said i may be retiring but i do not want to consider myself retired. i prefer to say i'm graduating. to continue working locally on issues that have defined my time in congress. our work is cut out for us. i'm deeply optimistic about what the future holds. i trust that the next congress will hold healthy debates about how to build a better country for our children. i urge my colleagues to remember that even during the most trying times as my husband walter often said, there is much more that unites us as a people than that which divides us. and now i want to take one last opportunity to thank my staff, the people who have become family to me both here in d.c. and in the district, and i want to thank you, my colleagues, for
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camaraderie, hard work, and friendship. it's meant the world to me. and finally, thank you, thank you truly to the people of the central coast for trusting me as your representative. for inspiring me every single day with your passion and your dedication. for our nation and for california's 4th district. you make our community a place in which i have been proud to raise my children and my grandchildren now. one i am proud to call home. and so with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kentucky, mr. barr, for five minutes. mr. barr: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to mark the end of a long, harsh, partisan politicized campaign unprecedented in american history. i am not talking about the recent election. no, we're finally at the end of the obama administration's
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eight-year acult sault on kentucky's and america's coal industry. in two terms president obama's policies have successfully put thousands of coal miners and utility workers into the unemployment line. in 2008, then candidate obama pledged that any company looking to build a coal-powered electric plant would be bankrupted. the combined regulations of the e.p.a., the army corps of engineers, the office of surface mining, and several other bureaucracies have made that pledge into a reality. choking off investment in new state-of-the-art clean burning coal-fired electric generation. it led to the premature closing of existing plants. if we continue on this path, the other promise made by candidate obama will also come to pass. electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket. and that would be a disaster for consumers for whom energy prices are often the second or third
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largest line item in the family budget. i also think about industrial consumers and the many manufacturers in my district and around the nation who depend on affordable, reliable energy that will face skyrocketing costs if we fail to act and reverse these administration policies. but it's a new day. and voters particularly in the rust belt and appalachia turned out in november to close the book on this legacy of job-killing regulation and seek a new path forward. president obama said that elections have consequences and this is true. but his administration ignored every electoral outcome since 2010. doubling down on failed policies while the american people called for a different approach. the inverse is also true, consequences drive elections. and the consequences of the obama administration's unilateral decisions decided last november's election. and no place in this country
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felt those consequences as acutely as coal country. national coal production is at its lowest level in 35 years. pike county, the long leading coal producer in kentucky until loosing that tight in 2012 is down 89% since its peak in 1996. nationwide, consumption of coal has dropped nearly a third since 2007. in kentucky, coal employment hit its lowest level in 118 years. to repeat, coal employment in kentucky is now at its lowest level since 1898. in 2009, 18,850 people were employed by coal. about 73,000 jobs were indirectly supported by that economic activity. today only about 6,500 kentuckians now work in the coal fields, and those losses have rippled throughout the economy. and yet this is the legacy that
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this administration will earn as it leaves office. never in the history of our country has an administration singled out and targeted a lawful industry. in this case an industry that has provided jobs and american es for workers for generations. an industry that has literally powered america. and through that overregulation, crushed an entire sector of our economy. american workers obama administration apologists will say depletion in appalachian coal fields and new competition from natural gas is a competitor. but they don't give the ed reg lators credit. the turn around on gas production on state and private lands has been dramatic, but relative price parity with coal does not explain 2/3 of mining jobs in kentucky disappearing in seven years. the administration has targeted coal supply and demand prohibiting production leases, rejecting mining permit applications, stretching the clean air and clean water acts against congressional intent, prohibiting new and existing
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plants from using coal. the list goes on and on. many of these rules have been halted or overturned by the courts. several more remain subject to challenge by the states and the industry. but, since the president could not get congress' support for its agenda abandoning the production and use of coal, most of these regulations can be unwound by the courts or the next administration. i urge the incoming trump administration to do just that. and to engage with congress in a bipartisan fashion on our nation's energy and environmental policies. the livelihood of people in the coal fields of those working in manufacturing and the rail industries are families trying to keep their homes warm or their lights on. must never again be the collateral damage in partisan warfare. and i must address the issue of climate change. let the last eight years serve as a lesson to all of us. let's never again attempt to solve problems through central planning by punishing innocent
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americans whose paychecks put food on their table. instead, let's address problems like climate change the american way, not through central planning or government but through innovation, science, technology. while it will be a tough road back for coal country, it may never be the same after eight years of regulatory attack, i do look forward to a new day dawning in the coal fields. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. deutch, for five minutes. mr. deutch: mr. speaker, the holiday season is upon us. we're getting ready to head home. spend time with family and friends. but i rise today with a heavy heart for the family of my constituent, robert levinson of coral springs, florida. these weeks are a painful remind of another thanksgiving, another christmas, their 10th, in fact, without their father, grandfather, and husband. bob has been missing in iran for
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3,561 days. he disappeared from kish island in march 9, 2007. late that year bob's wife and oldest son traveled to iran to learn as much as they could about his whereabouts. it was a brutal three-year wait for the first proof of life. a video of bob dressed in an orange jump suit pleading for help. a year later, in 2011, another proof of life, pictures of bob. his beard long, his face thin. his gregarious smile gone. a shadow of the family man in this photograph. in march, marking the ninth anniversary of bob's disappearance south florida came together in support of bob's return with a rally. each of bob's children spoke so beautifully about the special relationship that they share with their father, his commitment to his family, and his words of wisdom, his ability to touch the lives of everyone
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that he meets. bob served his country for nearly 30 years. first as a d.e.a. agent. then as an f.b.i. agent. he is a definition of a patriot he loves this country. he dedicated his life to public service and now we must do everything we can to bring bob home, home to christine, wife over 40 years, home to his daughters. home to his three sons, dan, david and doug. and son-in-law randy. home to meet for the first time the newest members of his growing family, his sons-in-law and daughters-in-law. and six beautiful grandchildren. home in time for the birth of two new grandchildren, and home in time to hold 2-year-old bobby as he begins treatment for lymphoma. and bobby was named after grandpa bob.
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bob's daughter, susan, said, i always wanted to name my son after my dad, not because he's been taken but because growing up i always knew how special my dad is. the family needs bob home. we can't wait any longer. whether you support engagement with iran or not, doesn't matter. the fact is for the first time since bob went missing, the united states government sits directly across the table from the iranian counterparts. the future with iran is uncertain. the iranians have spent the last two years seeking acceptance from the international community, but to be treated as a responsible nation, they must act as a responsible nation. after iran released other americans this year, the u.s. government announced iran's commitment to use newly established channels to move us closer to bob's return. 11 months later, iran has not fulfilled that commitment. our allies are looking to invest in iran. u.s. businesses are seeking new economic opportunities, and iran is seeking to change its
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standing in the world. i am not here today to debate u.s. policy. i'm only here to remind iran, to remind the world that an american is still not home. i'm grateful for this congress or the unanimous passage for iran to find bob and bring him home and i don't want to introduce this legislation again next year. i don't want to come to the house floor in 2017 and plea for bob's return. this is time for action. this is the time to bring bob home. when the levinson children were growing up, they would pile into the family's suburban in search of the best holiday decoration displays. the kids would sit back singing christmas songs and bob who hold christine's hand to hold. bob's family deserve to see the lights together this year and sing together. this must be the last season
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that bob spends away from his family. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. huelskamp, for five minutes. thank you, mr. chairman. this year my parish holy cross catholic church in hudson, kansas, is celebrating their 60th year. two proclaimed to be the first parish in hutchison and on june 23, 1957, the church celebrated the first mass. holy cross parish has come a long ways from the first mass held on the kansas state fair grounds. now a beautiful church adorned with holy images, the parish serves christ people from the moment they are born with the sacrament of back tism to feeding them with the holy god
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and uke crist to couples getting marriage vowels and finally -- vows and finally when we prepare to meet our lord at the end of our life. at each milestone of a catholic's life, holy cross is there to guide us to the truth, to serve the lord in this life so as to be with him in the next. the work of the holy cross community certainly extends outside the church walls. the parish's serving meals to the needy, visiting inmates in prison, working to save the lives of the precious unborn children and comforting those who grieve. additionally, education has always been a high priority for the holy cross parish. hundreds upon hundreds of boys and girls, young men and women have received a superb catholic education at holy cross grade school and trinity high school. dedicated administrators, coaches and teachers, holy priests and nuns and
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parishioners have worked together to prepare each of these students so serve as christ-like to the world. the families that make up holy cross catholic church are living examples of individuals who live out their faith in their work and their daily lives. our country was founded on judeo-christian principles. the first amendment guarantees the freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. it is my sincere hope that as america moves forward our leaders will place the issue of religious liberty at the forefront of their political and legislative agendas. on this 60th anniversary of holy cross catholic church, it is my prayer that the parish will continue to grow and thrive, welcome new members and share the gospel with the world. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney, for five minutes. mr. mcnerney: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to discuss the growing
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anti-science attitude in washington. this attitude has manifested itself even on the cover of the respected "national geographic" magazine tiled, "the war on science." the war on science is being conducked in two ways. first, by rejecting or trying to discredit legitimate science, and, second, by reducing federal science funding. skepticism of science is hardly new and sometimes well-founded, but what's happening today is different and is part of a trend in the united states to discount or disbelieve experts in any field. i hear from scientist who is are very worried that the quality and quantity of science produced in this country will decline as a result. american inventors and innovators have improved our lives, gave our country an economic edge, helping us be the strongest country in the part. let me share you revolutionary achievements by american cientists.
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airplanes, phonographs, incan dassent lamps, wireless communications, micro wave ovens, lasers, personal computers, washing machines, 3-d printing machines, polio accinations, the nuclear bomb, l.e.d.'s, fiber-optic cables, global positioning systems, or g.p.s., and social media. now, let's recall an earlier battle against science that used the discredit tactic, namely the tobacco company's effort to dispute the science that smoking is addictive and causes deadly diseases. the tobacco industry tried to both discredit and threaten the scientists who were advancing the facts and funded questionable scientists to create doubts about the actual scientific results. the tactic worked for a time
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while tobacco producers were able to continually hook millions of new people on their dangerous product, eventually the science went out but the cost was terrible. today, a similar effort is under way with respect to climate change. the science is clear but with the vast majority of climate scientists agree the climate is warming and emitting carbon into the atmosphere at current levels that will change our environment. moreover, even though the evidence of climate change is already taking place, and is overwhelming and increasingly obvious, there is widespread denial that climate change is even happening or that it will be possible to help combat it. but the things that need to be done to address climate change, such as taxing carbon emissions, can be done gradually, predictably and in a way that helps the economy grow and puts people to work. so why is there so much
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resistance? the recisens in america is -- the resistance in america is to create doubt by obvious scientific facts. the fossil fuel industry, in particular, has been paying its own scientists to go on talk shows to publish in their own denial journals and generally to create doubt whenever possible about climate change, suggestsing that it would be better to wait for conclusive evidence before doing anything. but to wait for conclusive evidence is to wait for catastrophe. while republicans in washington are trying to reduce or eliminate funding for climate change research, there also seems to be an effort by republicans to reduce science funding across the board. this will result in fewer scientific advances in the u.s. which will cause us to fall behind our competitors. but this is part of a larger end that denies the real experts. science denial has become a pop culture.
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this is dangerous because modern society is built upon the things that science got right. i see the war on science in this country is shortsighted and very damaging to our economy. we need to change the tone and direction toward a positive process that acknowledges and supports the role science has played and will continue to play for our country. that means working with legislators and getting more scientists, yes, more scientists and other concerned citizens involved in the political process to ensure that our nation can continue to benefit from new science, discoveries and innovation and which will help create the jobs we need to continue to be a great economic power. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. costello, for five minutes. mr. costello: thank you, mr. speaker. in my hand is a book, congress,
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the chester county line written by wayne c. woodward, and a portion of the forward reads as follows. from the very beginning of our great nation and the first american congress, chester countyians have served their southeast pennsylvania constituents in the united states house of representatives. not all have been nationally known leaders or internationally renowned legislators, but by and large, congressmen from chester county have played a major role in american history. that was written by richard t. schultz, member of the united states house of representatives serving from 1975 to 1993. mr. speaker, i want to recognize congressman joe pitts who has served chester county, burks county with tremendous distinction for the past two decades. whether it was his legislative focus and advocacy involving religious liberty, life, health
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care, land conservation or focusing on those issues at the most local level, joe pitts' legacy and achievements as a legislator will prove lasting in the history of chester county and this congress. my predecessor, jim gerlach, serving in the neighboring sixth congressional district, commented, i had the good fortune of working with joe from my first year as a state legislator in the p.a. house all the way through my last year in congress. during those 24 years, joe pitts was a steady and committed voice for conservative principles and policies that are the bedrock of our economy and society. he cared deeply about his constituents and country, and he always voted for what he believed was best for both. in short, he was a principled leader who worked hard every day to do the right thing and his leadership will be missed. joe pitts' predecessor in
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congress, occupying what is commonly referred to as the pennsylvania dutch seat, congressman bob walker, commented, joe pitts has distinguished himself and the district he represents with his congressional service. he has become an acknowledged leader in health care policy and his human rights world has won worldwide acclaim. i have been proud to call his -- call him my congressman for the past 20 years and wish joe and jenny the very best in the years ahead. this book, congress, the chester county line, was written in 1992. there will be a day when a second book about the history of congress in chester county will be written. we don't know who will write it, but we do know there will be a chapter on the service of jim gerlach and on the service of bob walker and there will also be a very long chapter, rich in content, on the contributions that joe pitts has played in american history
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for the betterment of this country, for the betterment of chester county, burkes county and lancaster county. congressman pitts, i wish you the very best as you retire and a long and healthy retirement to you and your family. god bless you. . mr. speaker, when i came to congress as i suspect most new members come to congress, you tend to look around for those members who you can take a little something from. to improve yourself, to see what they do, and also what they don't do. congressman bob dold is serving out his second term and i'd like mr. dold to know that i have taken a great deal from him. i find him to be a very honorable man and a friend who has served with purpose, a positive attitude, and partisan free. he's a great example how to serve in this body effectively with distinction and with a
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great attitude. i wish you the very best, congressman dold, in all your future endeavors. mr. speaker, richard hannah serving new york's 22nd congressional district is retiring. i just wanted to commend congressman hannah on his thoughtfulness, independence, courage of convictions. i find him to be a great example of how to serve in this body honorably and i wesh him and his family the very best in his retirement. mr. speaker, congressman mike fitzpatrick of pennsylvania's 8th congressional district is retiring. his brother, ryan, has big shoes to fill to serve in mike's place. when i came to congress, one thing you would always hear in political circles is that mike fitzpatrick while serving in congress never stopped being a bucks county commissioner. what that really means is, while he came down here to washington
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to focus on issues important to this country, he never stopped spending time in bucks county serving the district with distinction. i wish mike fitzpatrick the very best in retirement and thank him for his mentorship through my first term in congress. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. tonko, for five minutes. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize staff sergeant hob letter, an albany native and la salle institute of troy graduate was selected for the outstanding airman of the year award by our united states air force. the air force provides this recognition to top enlisted airmen for their unique individual achievements in leadership, job performance, significant self-improvement, and community involvement. he's a final example of the best the capital region, the air
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force, and our nation have to offer. in addition to his military service, he serves as a manager at the california department of social services, mentors local youth, and is a regular blood donor. thank staff him for his -- i thank him for his service. he and his colleagues are truly what has made and continue to make this country great. also, mr. speaker, last week the national science foundation announced that the 109th airlift wing provided a humanitarian medical evacuation flight from the south pole station in antarctica to astronaut buzz aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon. as a representative for new york's 0th congressional district, i am indeed honored we're home to straten air national guard base which hosts the 109th airlift wing in new york. their unit flies the word's only
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i ask equipped l.c.-130's, better known as ski birds. the 109th continues a proud tradition of critical contributions that new york's capital region makes to our national security, our economy, and, yes, our standing in the world. i am, indeed, proud of their unique service to this country and thank them for their continued support. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. hanabusa, for five minutes. ms. hanabusa: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, 75 years ago the imperial forces of japan attacked pearl harbor and other bases in hawaii. this unforgivable act thrust our country into the war in the pacific. on this day, 2,403 americans died. 1,177 of them on the arizona.
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and 1,178 were wounded. today to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice there will be services here in d.c., throughout the nation, and particularly at pearl harbor. this is where pearl harbor s. the symbol of world war ii and the attack is found. and that of course is the u.s.s. arizona memorial. designed by al frid prius, it was controversial when first unveiled because people could not understand the significance of it. they said it kind of looked like a squash milk carton, but when you really understood what went behind it, it made all the sense. the middle part that looks like it's sagging represented the defeat of december 7. however, the two proud, strong sides represented the victory of
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that our country faced. now, think about it all. there's a portion of it that has an open, you have been there, it's opened to the ocean. that's where leis like this were thrown into to honor those who were buried below. in addition there is a wall that named all those who perished, but there is another wall, and this is very significant, it is those who survived the attack but choose to return to be buried with their colleagues. and the navy diver who takes them, their ashes down, and puts them on the u.s.s. arizona. there are seven large windows on one side representing december 7. and there are 21 windows all together representing a 21-gun salute. mr. prius when he designed it said he wanted the memorial to be everything to anybody as they looked at it, but most importantly, he wanted it to be
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serene. ou have to ask yourself why. what little we know about him is like the japanese americans, he was detained because he was austrian. in hawaii there were internment camps, not only of japanese americans, but of germans, of american decent, as well as italians and mr. prius was one of them. world war ii created the greatest generation of all time and we must never forget them. we must honor them, but we must always remember that ultimate sacrifice which they made. they made it for all of us. so we would appreciate and enjoy civil liberties because remember in february of the following year is when president roosevelt signed executive order 9066 which put into internment camps japanese americans whose only crime was that they were
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japanese americans. this group fought to fight. they fought to prove their loyalty to this country. let us not forget them, the filipino world war ii veterans who also served, and everyone who served in world war ii. let us not forget why they served and why they did that ultimate sacrifice. it was so that we would be the greatest country on this earth and we would provide people with civil liberties. let us not as we move forward forget that. let us not forget what it means to be a country which welcomes all and has protected the civil liberties. so as we look and hear about things like the muslim registry or building walls, think what those brave men of the greatest generation really think they fought for that? is that what they want this
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country to become? i contend that they do not. so on this day, mr. speaker, as we honor those who safe that ultimate sacrifice, let us not forget why we are the greatest country on the face of this earth. and why they are the greatest generation. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. costa, for five minutes. mr. costa: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. speaker, i rise today to bring attention to human, real human impacts the croutdrouth has had on families in the san joaquin valley. this drought lasting six years. tomorrow the house will have an
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opportunity to vote on legislation that will help address the impacts of the drought and begin to repair a broken water system that we have in california today. i hope more than anything that we can get the legislation across the finish line, but it seems that some of my colleagues in the house and senate remain unconvinced that a solution is necessary. i tell you a solution is necessary and we're working on borrowed time. i'd like to take the opportunity to spell that misconception. picture next to me here is mr. and mrs. cabrera from maderia, california. i represent these constituencies. as you notice they look happy. the reason they look happy is because they, when i had the pleasure of meeting with them on that day, found out that they had received a federal resource grant to dig a new well in their backyard. two years prior to that day their well had gone completely dry. but my colleagues who do not represent the rural
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constituencies across this country or in california, that means for two years the family could not turn their faucet on to get water to bathe or to cook. instead, they went outside to haul buckets of water into their house. a 2,500 gallon tank in their backyard is where they got the water from. some families are even less fortunate and had water trucked into their neighborhoods. miss ictured with me is garcia. she was free tured in the fresno bee. her family and 700 households have no water. this photo illustrates the delivery of nonpotable water to her and her family. miss garcia and her family walked to the local church several times a week so they could take a shower.
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these families represent the faces of thousands of families throughout the valley who don't have water and don't have a long-term plan to have their water. they have been impacted. the farmers and farm workers and farm communities throughout the san joaquin valley have been impacted as well. without water, hundreds and thousands of acres of productive plan have gone fouler. without planting, that means no jobs, no water. unemployment in many of these communities in the double digits and all-time high. california drought relief will not resolve every single challenge we face in the valley and in california's broken water system, it will provide some relief to help these suffering families. so to my colleagues in california and elsewhere who think that the language in the water bill is a poison pill, i say this is not. this is important to help solve the problems of the people in this valley to ensure that more valley families do not become the victims of polluted water
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and dry wells. this is not a poison pill. you should not look at it that way. it is wrong. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues on the house and senate to support this legislation to act swiftly not only on behalf of the people of the san joaquin valley but flint, michigan, and others who will benefit in a very important water bill that will be before us tomorrow. time is of the essence. the drought stricken communities in california, especially in the san joaquin valley and others who are impacted by much important needed efforts as senator feinstein and others have put together as a part of the water bill, a bipartisan water bill that congressman mccarthy has worked on should be passed tomorrow and do the right thing before christmas. i thank you. i yield back the balance of my ime. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. kaptur, for five minutes.
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ms. kaptur: mr. speaker, i rise today with a strong recommendation that the president-elect trump address immediately and put to rest the overwhelming conflicts of interest that abound with his personal business affairs that threaten to undermine the public interest and destabilize his future administration. when america's founding fathers wrote the clause in our constitution, their firm intention was to insulate our new government from unethical foreign inducements to our elected officials and corruption attendant to the intertwining of europe's politics with our own. so reads our constitution, article 1, article 1, right at the beginning, section 9, clause 8, no title of nobility shall be granted by the united states, that means we don't coronate kings here, and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them shall without the consent of congress accept
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any present, office, or title of any kind from any king, prince, or foreign state. no elected official in this country is above the constitution, the law of the land. this is the strict time tested standard, ethical standard, to which the president and congress and all senior government appointees are held. unfortunately, american history has no shortage of examples of presidents and senior officials who attempted to skirt this ethical standard outside of appropriate charges and they paid the price. ulysses s. grant whiskey ring, or warn g. hearting's teapot dome, tore richard nixon's jewel scandal or watergate to name a fue. each represents an instance of improper gift, self-dealing, and an array of class dess tine and illegal activities of which president-elect trump would be wise to reflect upon their
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consequences. there there have been many suggestions offered to the president-elect and what he should do to clear up such potential conflicts about his foreign investments, contacts and his vast private wealth that could compromise his position as president. yet, president-elect trump's advisors keep us waiting and dodging the main question. he himself has said that action is not legally required. he is wrong. he also incorrectly asserts there can be no conflict of interest for a president. history shows that is false. without separation of his private interests from his public interests, how will the american people know he's acting fairly and impartially in his appointments to regulatory agencies, for example, or his funding recommendations of budgets and departmentes that could impact
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is investments or how will the contracts that are led by the federal government itself? how will he work with banks and which ones? nation state owned or foreign who have loaned him and his associates money? who will he appoint to key regulatory positions that could impact his vast financial interests across many continents? a former reform party vice-presidential candidate opined on the huffington post site that mr. trump has three options to address his conflicts of interest. number one to place his company and assets into a true blind trust supervised by a totally independent entity. number two, to persuade the g.o.p.-controlled congress to enact a law that exempts the president from the provision which i would vote against. or to, three, resign or risk impeachment. as the office of government ethics advise, on a true divestiture of his stake in his
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sprawling and global business dealings will resolve ethical concerns of conflicts of interest as he resumes the role of president of the united states. now, this map gives you a sense of some of his interests that he's acknowledged in some of his filings of 144 companies in 25 different countries. we don't know what those relationships have. he has a sprawling global business empire and it has countries with strained diplomatic ties with the united states. he will be forced to make decision ons foreign policy and tax policy, for example, that will impact these significant business interests. only a truly complete removal of his ownership can assure the american people that his presidential actions and political can he significances are not motivated by personal financial interests. even then, suspicion will arise about every move he makes and be subject to prosecution. in the three weeks since his election, president-elect trump
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has held meetings and calls with foreign dignitaries, prime ministers, presidents in his official capacity as president. that is normal. what is not normal or appropriate, though, is for the public to hear afterwards that his adult children, who are slated to take over the family business, were also present. the american public is well aware that the trump team has a steep learning curve in understanding his role, the operations and legal allowances of our federal government and he has a long way to go in separating his personal financial interests from his public financial interests. i can't say in strong enough terms, we do need to have his tax filings on record and we do need to have clarification for the american people that our constitution must prevail. no public official, no public official is exempt from the law of the land and the highest law is the constitution of the united states. he must separate himself from his business dealings, and i yield back my remaining time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio, mr. wenstrup, for five minutes. mr. wenstrup: well, thank you, mr. speaker. on friday, december 2, my alma mater, st. xavier high school in cincinnati, ohio, beat the odds in a true underdog story and won the ohio high school division i football state championship. they joined the st. xavier water polo team as state champs this year as well. through a tough regular season schedule, the st. x bombers went into the final regular season game with a record of 4-5, needing one more win to make it to the playoffs, and they were losing at halftime. they won and went on to win five more times, ultimately beating a tough cleveland team in front of 13,000 people in ohio stadium to win the state championship.
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in one of the most thrilling high school football games, st. x won 27-20 in double overtime. in fact, three of the five playoff victories were won in overtime. in a historic year, st. x became the first team in ohio high school athletic history to lose five regular season games and then go on to win the state championship. the 2016 football season can teach us all something about perseverance and never giving up. i would like to congratulate the st. xavier players, the coach and his staff for their hard work and dedication. this win adds to a long history of sportsmanship and commitment on the field at st. xavier high school. go, bombers. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, mr. wilson, for five minutes.
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mr. wilson: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm grateful that president-elect donald trump has appointed dr. ben carson to serve as secretary of housing and urban development where he will promote opportunity for success for everyone. president-elect trump announced, quote, ben carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities. ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all americans, end of quote. dr. carson knows that there is power in education and hard work. he earned a full scholarship to yale university, received his doctorate from the university of michigan and then at just age 33 became the director of pediatric neuro surgery at johns hopkins. with his dear wife, candi, he started the carson scholars fund, a valuable national scholarship program to empower
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students from all backgrounds to strive for academic excellence and community service. our nation is fortunate that dr. ben carson has been nominated to this important position and i'm confident in his future success for american families. in conclusion, god bless our troops and may the president by his actions never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. 9/11 was the pearl harbor of our era, being a surprise attack on our civilization. president-elect donald trump with secretary of defense jim mattis will lead us to victory to protect american families. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house noon today.til
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contain the $1.07 trillion spending cap designated in the sequester. the c.r. includes $170 million to help flint, michigan, and other communities dealing with lead-tainted water systems. the measure also includes a legislative provision for early january, 2017 senate consideration of donald trump's defense secretary nominee retired general james mattis.
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the current c.r. expires this friday at midnight. also today on capitol hill several tributes planned in the senate to honor vice president joe biden. those are expected to get under way at 3:00 eastern as well. you can follow those on c-span2. >> c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies and is brought to you today by your cable or satellite provider. deo --gressman congressman ryan ohio congressman tim ryan. you said that the press conference after the vote that you are three votes sent a
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message. that message was heard. -- your 63 votes sent a message. two things internally ourt our reform pushed by ewer members, that was the internal stuff adopted in the last week or so, which i'm very pleased about. and then externally, it was our message. we were not talking about economics. we were slicing and dicing up the electorate and who is black, who was white, who is brown, who , andy, who is straight then trying to talk to people in that lane. i wanted us to start talking about economics, things that unite all of those people. everybody wants a job come everybody wants good health care.
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when we talk like that, when we speak to the economic needs of people -- that is what is on their minds -- then we connect better to them. in the last week or two, we've been moving in that direction with our message. host: are you happy with how the election was run? herstill got 63 votes to 134. what if nancy pelosi's comments against you during the election was that you could not even carry your own district for harry lee clinton -- four r hillary clinton. you did actually when your district for hillary clinton by about five or six points. guest: i was not in charge of the national message, i was not in charge of saying we need to -- the economic courts here chords here.
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there's a lot of members of congress who got elected and secretary clinton did not do well in their congressional district. i don't think it's our job to help them get elected. my main point was, look, we have to get away from slicing the electorate. we have to talk about jobs. sometimes, we talk about the minimum wage, which i am for an increase, but we speak just to that. we are not talking about middle-class wages and how we we'dpeople a raise -- if teamed economic gains in the last 20 or 30 years, the bottom 90% of not seen anything. it went clearly to the top 10%. if you are not fitting that theme every single day when atple are sitting i their kitchen table figuring out how they will make their house payment, those kinds of things are on people's minds. host: did you see the democratic caucus not sticking to that?
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you seem optimistic they are going to. what do you do? is there something you can do inside the caucus? is there a coalition you can build? using the conservative freedom caucus build a coalition on their side and make changes, policy changes were moved policy in a direction they want to see. is that something you can replicate among house democrats? guest: i do think there needs to be something internally to really help drive this message and keep our focus. leadership is about keeping the organization focused on task come on message, for filling the mission of the organization. we are having conversations now with a lot of the people who supported me publicly and supported me privately. 's ourcongressman tim ryan guest from ohio, the youngstown area of ohio. the phone lines are open. democrats can call 202-748-8000.
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republicans, 202-748-8001. .ndependents, 202-748-8002 he will be with us for the next 35-40 minutes or so here on the "washington journal." i want to get your thoughts on speakingd trump is that message you've been talking about, specifically with his actions in recent days on the carrier deal. your thoughts -- was that a policy win for him? guest: i commend him for getting involved. i'm not one of those people who will bash him for trying to save jobs in america. i'm thrilled for the thousands of people that will be employed there. we deal with that in my congressional district, in my state all the time. i would be the first one calling folks to put a deal
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together -- it is not a sustainable model for us. he national policy that incentivize companies like carrier to be here in the united states. we need a national manufacturing policy, a national job policy where we make sure every able-bodied american who wants to go to work can go to work. i'm glad and happy that this happened. in a couple months, donald trump will be president of the united states. he will be dealing with syria, isis, the middle east that he will not be able to get on the phone and make calls. we just lost 1200 jobs at our local gm plant. this happens in the economy. ,hile i commend the sentiment the best thing we can do is sit down and figure out policies to keep companies here. host: jack is up first on the
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line for democrats from providence, rhode island. caller: good morning, gentlemen. let's lay it on the line straight here -- the congressman is a nice guy and i like him, but here's the situation. -- i workedic party on wall street for over 30 years , did quite well. i reached the levels of middle management. there are things he cannot say. the democratic party is under the control of coastal financial elites. the coastal financial elites, who i work for, and they were good to me, control hillary clinton. ohio went for the republicans because of what the gentleman just described, the working situation. he cannot say it.
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, they will come down on him like a 10 of bricks. guest: i have said it. i said it in the last couple of weeks, we have become a coastal party. by manybeen perceived people in the country is more concerned with fundraising, more being at high dollar fundraisers with celebrities then we happen with concerned -- then we happen concerned with working people in youngstown, ohio. it is true. in this. be hostile we need to make sure we have people who want to do business in the united states. it's about bringing a level of fairness and making sure we have that everyone can participate income, not just the top 10%. in the last 20 or 30 years, all the income gains went to the top 10%.
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the people in my congressional district have seen flatline, not even a cost of living. coastsre people on the who need us who are working class people. i would go on some of these tv i'ms in new york and talking to people behind the camera who are living paycheck to paycheck. there are really wealthy people in new york and california, but there are also a lot of working-class people. dust getant to into into completely dividing, dividing. we are all americans. we all want an opportunity to from the buckeye state, lawrence is waiting on the line for an --independents. lawrence, go ahead. caller: good morning. first of all, to the congressman, i appreciate that you ran against nancy pelosi
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despite the outcome, because i think it sent a message to your party that visionary leadership is needed. i voted for barack obama twice. in this election, i went the other way, because i did not think the democratic nominee was really speaking to the needs of our region. beingk politics were played to the extent that i have never seen it before. i just want to get your opinion on the identity politics within the democratic party. african-americans within our opinion -- within our community democrat,s to vote but not all of us feel that way because of the identity politics that were being played. host: to be clear, you voted for donald trump? caller: i did. guest: there you go. that is exactly what i have been talking about. that is an african-american male that was in cincinnati, ohio who voted for donald trump.
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that is because donald trump was speaking directly to his economic interest. either they went in voted for trump like this gentleman did, or they stayed at home. it is any, unsustainable model for us as democrats. we have hollowed out middle america. we do not have much representation in any of those states. if you look at the last few 900 statehave lost legislative seats. is about 60 some state legislatures. 31 secretaries of state. we do not have anything down in washington right now. we are now about to get a new, republican supreme court nominee. we are getting slaughtered. it is about being honest with each other as to what happened with our party. this is a tough conversation for us to have. we need to have it. host: what about democrats who
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did not vote for you? you look at the house democrats seek to have been lost since 2008 -- guest: i think the sentiment is that this is different from a popular election. there is a lot of concern about committee chairmanships. speaker pelosi has had a lot of personal relationships with people. i was try to make the argument that this is not personal, it is about our party. everyone has to be accountable for their position in their vote in the direction they want to see the democratic -- for their position, their vote, the direction that want to see the democratic party going. i laid out where i wanted the two democratic party -- the democratic party to go in. any word that you might see some impacts on your
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committee seats or lose a post in the party? guest: no, no. myself and 62 others were giving real voice to concerns we have. i think we represent a lot of people in the country that feel the same way. from new york on the line. good money. caller: -- host: good morning. caller: [no audio] from let's go to joe hackensack, new jersey on the republican line. caller: good morning. commerce man, how are you? -- congressman, how are you? i have to tell you, i used to be a democrat. your party is being taken over by the socialist and. pelosi,ou try to defeat but your party is done. it has gone so far to the left. all you go for is welfare and
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killing babies. i do not know what is going to be with the democratic party. socialism has not worked anywhere in the world. have progressive values. i still have progressive values. there are many issues that i am very supportive of. , but weot for socialism are for economic security. we are for the average person having job security, increased wages, a secure pension, a secure retirement, good welfare. that is what we are for as democrats. we are also for creating the type of economy in which the millennial generation can move around in. it is going to be a different economy. it is going to be more mobile. when you talk with them about affordable health care, tensions, job retraining benefits. we need to allow people to maneuver in this dynamic economy that we are participating in. the problem is, in many ways,
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neither political party is addressing the kind of changes that need to happen in order to allow the economy to thrive. what i'm hearing from donald trump, it is not going to have that big of a difference. corey, good money. caller: good morning. given the effects on climate change and a model built on inequality, that the democratic party have any plans to replace capitalism? if not, why not? well, no. the short answer is we are not going to replace capitalism. i believe most people believe that capitalism is still the best system for us to have. the way we move capital around the world, it has a lot of benefits and efficiencies as opposed to a command control government run economy.
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the capitalistic system right now is not working for many, many americans. our responsibility as policy makers to mention that people do have economic securities. what are the policies we need to put in place? if you go back 75 to 100 years, we needed social security to provide security for people going into retirement, because you cannot work when you are older. medicare so that people could have medical care in their later years. medicaid, so that if you are poor you could still have some health care. safety at the workplace. 40 hour work weeks. pensions. all of these things in the out of it capitalistic system that had some rough edges. we knock off the rough edges, and we provide security. here we are today. high levels of inequality. people are losing their pensions. ,ow we have to be aggressive
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those of us in policymaking positions, to help people have economic security. initalism needs to stay place, but we need to be more proactive in addressing those difficulties that come with a capitalistic system and not ignore them. tot: a lot of democrats want talk to you as we talk about the future of the party. one of them is david. david, good morning. caller: good morning. i am sure you are glad that you are on this morning. i hope you do not cut me off. on social security, the republican party voted against social security. in 65, they voted against medicare. tim, i appreciate you being on and i am grad -- you ran against
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nancy pelosi. it is time for change. i hope you run for president in 2020. host: is that on your radar? guest: no, not right now. i just got off a tough, two-week campaign. i cannot imagine that right now. host: who is the leader in the democratic party right now? guest: it is tough. the voicesm one of of leadership in the democratic party, and i am happy to do it. i think it is important for me to step up and others like me that have been around for a little bit. those who have a unique light of being a little bit younger but also have experience. really, what this was about in the run against leader pelosi, i was trying to say that i was a little bit in my comfort zone, too. i have three kids and two dogs. i can hear most of the week, and i hate not being with my family. these campaigns can get tough,
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but we have to step up. it is time for people to step up. i challenged myself, and i did it. i hope in some ways that you challenged other people -- not just in washington but around the country. we need new leadership, and we need to be excited about pushing new aggressive -- progressive values around the country. host: there is a story from "the hill." it was interview with joe biden after his time in the administration. guest: i love joe biden. i like the fact that he signaled for people that he is still in the game. saying, i amn still here and i'm not going anywhere. that is what we love about him. that is what we love about them as democrats. host: >> watch all of this at coming up next, the house gaveling in for legislative work this afternoon. they'll take up some dozen
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bills or so, including one on international insurance standards. off the floor, house rules committee meeting on the continuing resolution. at's at 3:00 offer over on c-span3. you can watch it on or watch it on the free c-span app. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. haplain conroy: let us pray. eternal god we give you thanks for giving us another day. on this day, 75 years ago, our nation was attacked and war was visited upon our people. in


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