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rest of his constituents. if he is not going to follow what you people believe, then get his fanny out of their. host: that was our last caller for the show. the house is about the gavel in. see you tomorrow at 7:00 a.m.. the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., june 27, 2017. i hereby appoint the honorable brian fitzpatrick 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 3, 2017, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties. all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate
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continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. lumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr. speaker. this week the senate is poised to completely break donald trump's promises on health care. remember, he promised insurance for everyone. it would be less expensive, and t wouldn't touch medicaid. well, the c.b.o. report out yesterday makes it devastatingly clear that republicans are ready to repudiate all three of those promises. next year alone, 15 million americans will lose their health care coverage. over the course of the decade,
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that number will swell to 22 million americans, and because they have disguised the impact to be appear later in the next decade, we'll watch those numbers skyrocket. less expensive? well, under their proposal, a -year-old with a $56,800 income, not upper middle class by any stretch of the imagination, will by 2026 face an annual insurance premium of $20,000. impacts are most pronounced on lower income and older americans. won't touch medicaid? their proposal anticipates $772
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billion over the next decade to be slashed from that budget, a the health gives ce provider that are to most americans. , people with le higher costs, less coverage and poorer insurance. they take a stab at the concern about the destabilization of the insurance market which their proposal will do about taking away the mandate that people have coverage, allowing people to wait until they are sick but still requiring insurers to cover them. there's an escape hatch. they don't have to provide that there's been a break, and
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it's six months' delay required before people can sign up. think about what a six-month delay could mean for somebody who's just diagnosed for cancer. it's the equivalent of a death sentence. the people you trust for your health care do not support this bill. the american medical association, hospitals, people who deal with rheumatism, share alance palsy, cans -- cerebral palsy, cancer patients, they have outright opposition. who that you trust with your medical care, who do you rely on supports it? no one you rely on supports this measure. and make no mistake, health care in america will be worse.
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that's why the people you trust don't support it. seniors in nursing homes, disabled children and, yes, we got to admit it, people will die. there's very good research available that is logical, suggesting that for every 20 million people who do not have insurance coverage an extra 24,000 people a year die year after year. and why are we doing this? to fulfill a campaign pledge and to be able to cut taxes for those who need it the least. this massive reduction in health care is financed -- finances massive tax reductions. this is immoral. there's a reason that it was
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hatched in secret, keeping it away even from republican senators while it was being formulated and why they're trying to jam this through in one week. parity of republican omplaints about not enough for the president. the american public needs to know what's at stake before it's too late. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, for five minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. last week's general assembly meeting of the organization of american states, the o.a.s., in cancun was intended to get greater support from the region to hold nicholas maduro and his regime accountable for their horrific actions against the venezuelan people.
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however, we fell short of the 23 votes needed to fully enforce a resolution condemning maduro for convening a fake constituent assembly with the purpose of undermining the democratically elected national assembly. it condemned -- i commend the 20 nations, thank you to the 20 nations that stood up to the vendslan tyrant, especially i -- venezuelan tyrant, especially bar badeos, the bahamas, belize. for those that voted with the people of venezuela and not with the regime, i say thank you. to those who voted against the people of venezuela and with the regime, my message to you is wake up. the maduro regime is a sinking ship, and as that economy continues to implode, it will take some of the caribbean nations along with it. it is in the best interest of
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the caribbean nations to work with the united states, with canada, with mexico and other regional allies to put an end to the abusive tactics of the maduro regime once and for all. unfortunately, mr. speaker, countries like anything rag with a whose leader ortega is a kind red spirit of maduro spoke out to oppose the meeting and criticize the o.a.s. for what it called interference in venezuelan's domestic issues. ortega condemned the o.a.s. for taking its rightful action to apply the intraamerica democratic charter for venezuela. yet, ortega wants us to believe that he is in favor of negotiating in good faith with the o.a.s. to improve the electoral, the political and the human rights situation in nicaragua. what a farce. ortega has been doing the bidding of maduro since day one
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and we see right through him. ortega has demonstrated time and time guinness' not interested in any reforms -- that he's not interested in any reforms. but ortega was not the only one who abandoned the people of venezuela. no. el salvador is another nation that has not once voted alongside the u.s. on issues related to venezuela. even though we continue to provide funds for the central american alliance for prosperity plan. they like our money. they just don't want to look at things our way at all. last week, i signed onto a letter led by my dear friend, albio sires of new jersey. he led this letter to the department of treasury urging to designate the el salvadorian deputy foreign minister as a foreign narcotics kingpin for his ties to illicit activities, to drug trafficking, to money
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laundering for the farc, the farc that is a u.s. designated foreign terrorist organization. it is pathetic that the venezuelan regime continues to use certain countries at the u.s. as its puppets to shield itself from regional criticism. in the last two months, mr. speaker, more than 70 people have been killed by maduro's regime in venezuela. hundreds and hundreds and hundreds have been arrested. hundreds and hundreds and hundreds have been injured by the violence, including a 17-year-old protester who was shot and point -- at point blank range by pro-maduro police thugs. it's unacceptable for us to stand idly by as this cruelty continues to happen. it is a disgrace that the region could not come together in a united front to call out the maduro regime for the violent thugs that they are, a disgrace that our democratic
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principles and values and the disgrace to the intra-america democratic charter for which the o.a.s. stands. the deteriorating situation in venezuela is an important matter for the region, for our own interests, mr. speaker, and our message must be to those countries that continue to vote against the people of venezuela, stop being cowards. be courageous. stand up to those corrupt bullies in venezuela. do it for the people of venezuela. how many more have to give their lives in venezuela for you to wake up? and if you don't stop to reassess your support for the thug maduro and your willingness to turned a blind eye toward the suffering of the venezuelan people, perhaps america will start to reassess its relationship with you. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr.
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carbajal, for five minutes. without objection. mr. carbajal: mr. speaker, today i proudly introduce bipartisan legislation to recognize july as american grown flower month. i have seen firsthand the value of the grown flower industry, playing an important role in our economy and community during my visits with our central coast growers in my district. california produces 3/4 of all cut flowers grown here in the united states. this generates thousands of jobs across our state and drives a staggering $1.13 billion in the economic activity each year. whether it's celebrating mother's day, a birthday or a graduation, flowers have been
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used to mark special occasions dating back thousands of years. i am committed to recognizing this industry's remarkable ntribution to our country by designating july as american grown flower month. we officially celebrate the incomparable beauty flowers brings to our homes and to our celebrations year round. i also want to urge the white house to consider having american flowers in the white house for all occasions. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to commemorate the 65th anniversary of my hometown
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, bucks county, pennsylvania. in 1952, the first 20 families moved which is the first plant communities built in the u.s. with its partially framed housing, immature landscaping and muddy streets, levittown is outside philadelphia. levittown. the first family moved into their home on stoney brook drive and embraced homeownership. s she told levittown, she said it's city living. between 1952 and 1958 they built 17,300 single family houses with lawns. there are six months, the rancher, the jubilee, the pennsylvanian, the colonial, the country clubber and levvitown. they pushed the boundaries of housing by perfecting the home building assembly loun.
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the timbingstown grew into model middle class community. in fact, it became a popular place for hundreds of returning world war ii veterans who wanted to start families of their own. w levittown is home to schools, parks, churches that foster a sense of community for families to live and work. residents of levittown have worked in our steel mills, built our infrastructure and served our military all while raising their children. mr. speaker, i'm proud to call levittown my hometown and i'm glad to represent this close nit and hardworking community. happy birthday, levittown. . mr. speaker, i rise to recognize the network of victim
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assistance, nova, in bucks county, pennsylvania. nova seeks to support counsel and empower victims sexual assault and abuse from our region through advocacy and community education. by utilizing individual and group counseling, victims sexual assault and abuse can regain control of their lives and through education programs, children and communities learn to be advocates for victims of abuse, as well as prevention and personal safety. additionally, nova bucks county maintains a 24-hour hotline to be able to support all sexual assault victims get the assistance they need, as well as assistance in court and safety programs for those with disabilities. i was pleased to tour their facility earlier this year and m thankful for the work of penny, kathy, steve, keith, mindy, bill, and so many of the noshea staff -- nova staff and volunteers serving in bucks county. through its programs and projects, nova empowers victims
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sexual assault and abuse, providing them with the resources and security they need to live in spaces free from violence. i am proud to stand with them in their mission to stand with victims in the fight to end sexual assault. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from oregon, miss bonna meachy. -- ms. bonamici: this week we expect our colleagues in the senate will vote on the latest version of trumpcare. recently i voted against a very similar bill because it will be a disaster for oregonians and americans. under the senate bill, millions of people, up to 22 million people, will lose coverage. mr. speaker, many of my constituents are rightly worried. one of those is copana, carrying for loved ones with cancer. as she put it recently she is sandwiched by cancer. she manages intravenous chemo
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treatments for her 7-year-old son fighting leukemia. presently he's winning that fy. and her father has been through countless therapies in his decade long battle with prostate cancer which has spread. she's amazing. our own local wonder woman. fortunately she can devote time and attention to her family's care without having to choose between paying for health care and paying for rent, food, or other basic necessaryities. for now -- necessities. for now. after the house vote on trumpcare she said this, i feel like someone had punched me in the gut. before the affordable care act families lived in fear that a cancer diagnosis or heart attack would leave them in economic ruin and take make them ineligible for insurance in the future. early in my career, i worked at legal aid. i did financial counseling with clients who were struggling. often because they got sick with no insurance or because they had insurance that didn't cover them
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when they needed it. we can't go back to the day when medical debt drove too many families into bankruptcy and financial ruin. oregonians and americans need the stability of knowing they will have affordable health care coverage when they get sick or when they are injured. with the affordable care act, families across the country have had that peace of mind and security that comes with having health coverage. and all of that is in jeopardy this week. mr. speaker, thises the united states of america. -- this is the united states of america. health care can and should be available for all, not just the healthy and wealthy. i urge my colleagues in the senate to reject trumpcare and let's all get back to the table and talk about how we can improve not take away access to affordable health care for our constituents. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. curbelo, for five minutes. mr. speaker, june
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is immigrant heritage month and as the son of parents who fled castro's cuba, like so many other residents of south florida, i am especially proud of my district's rich immigrant history and culture. from small business owners to law enforcement, hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their desendants across south florida are contributing to our economy, culture, and local communities as living examples of american success. i know from firsthand experience the great and generous spirit of the american people and the unimaginable opportunities our nation provides to all who are willing to work for them. despite the long-standing tradition of welcoming immigrants to our shores, our nation continues to have vigorous debate about immigration policy. unfortunately, mr. speaker, the current debate has left thousands of immigrant children who were brought to this country by their parents in constant fear of deportation to countries
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of origin, many of them don't even remember. they have attended school with our own children, graduated high school, sometimes even serving in the military, and today are seeking to contribute to american society and help grow our economy. mr. speaker, the president, the former president, members of congress in both chambers, and from both parties agree that these young people commonly referred to as dreamers should be treated with compassion. i, too, agree which is why i introduced legislation that would give these young people the certainty that they deserve. the recognizing america's children act creates three pathways to legal status for them. academic, military service, or employment. all qualified applicants would be thoroughly vetted and any individual who has been involved in serious criminal conduct will be disqualified. mr. speaker, immigration reform means strengthening security at our border, and modernizing our
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visa program to keep americans safe. but it also means offering immigrants who love our country just as much as we do the opportunity to fully participate in the american experience. it's my hope that this immigrant heritage month will lead us to act in this regard. mr. speaker, neurological and psychiatric disorders have exacted a tremendous toll on our society. despite the great scientific strides being made daily in neuro science research, the underlying causes of conditions like alzheimer's disease, parkinson's disease, autism, schizophrenia, depression, and traumatic brain injury remain unsolved. for true breakthroughs to occur researchers require additional data to better treat these conditions. to address this the previous administration announced the brain research through advancing innovative neuro technology initiative in 2013. known as the brain initiative, this collaborative
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public-private research project will advance our understanding how the brain functions as researchers work to map the brain and how individual cells interact in both time and space. the data generated from this research will help scientists fill in the gaps in our current understanding and provide unprecedented opportunities for explore how the brain enables us to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information. this information will also provide researchers with a better understanding of mental illness and posttraumatic stress disorder in hopes of better treating these diseases and reducing the number of suicides each year. i was pleased that the 21st century cures act, which i supported here in the house and signed into law, authorized $1.51 billion for this important research. mr. speaker, to help accelerate this project and raise public attention to this initiative, today i introduce the mental health awareness semipostal stamp act with representative grace napolitano to raise
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awareness for this important cause. this would come at no cost to taxpayers. revenues generated from the sale of a specialized poseage stamp would be directed to the national institute of mental health to further this ambitious has the potential to revolutionize neurological and psychiatric care all around the world. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now has the potential gentleman from missouri, mr. clay, for five minutes. mr. clay: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to mourn the death f my former constituent, filandro castile who is shocking and completely unnecessary death has now been scene season by millions around the world via video. i mourn not only his death, but also the complete nail your -- failure of local law enforcement and criminal justice system to
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protect his most precious right, the right to life. filandro like so many other young african-americans before him, interacted with local law enforcement, responded peacefully, did exactly what he s supposed to do, and yet he wound up dead. shot six times at point-blank range by an officer who saw him as something less than human. he is dead for no good reason except for the color of his skin anti-fact that his ethnicity fed nto an impliesity, sick, and deadly bias held by some police officers that black people threat n imminent
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simply by virtue of who we're. -- of who we are. that bias is pervasive not just among threat some police officers, but re. also throughout our criminal justice system. anyone who views the video of his police shooting can see that he should not be dead. and that the officer who killed him should have been held accountable. but some police as in far too m cases, the justice system failed. filandro and his family the most in an outrageous way. the sad truth is in 2017 we continue to suffer under justice system that provides justice for someut not for all. as i join with his family and millions of other americans who were outraged by complete lack of accountability for his death, i couldot but help remember another tragic case. he death of my 18-year-old
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constituent, mike brown, filand screaming out for constituent, mike brown, almost three years ago in ferguson, movement. justice, they reminded me of something that mike brown's mher told me. she justice, they said, congres them to know that he mattered to me. well, he matred to me, too, as well as filandro. -- d at that myrrh rice tamir rice, eric garner, freddie gray, and so manothers who have died at the hands of local police for no good reason. without any consequences. mr. speaker, i have supported local law enforcement for over 30 years. and i continue to have no doubt that the vast majority of police officers perform a difficult,
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dangerous, and essential job with honor, bravery, and integrity. but i also know that too many other officers clearly lack the temperament and training to de-escalate interactions before they become deadly, and that continues to cost many innocent lives. that's why i introduced along with my good friends congressman steve cohen and senator tammy duckworth of illinois, the police training and independent review act of 2017. this legislation has already earned almost 100 co-sponsors. my bill would protect both police officers and the citizens they serve. it would require sensitivity training in the areas of race, ethnic bias, disabilities, and
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interactions with new immigrants. it would also establish incentives to encourage states o adopt new laws to require an independent prosecutor in all cases when police use deadly force. this legislation deserves a fair hearing and an up or down vote in this house. i will close with this, a brief teaching from the late dr. martin luther king jr. on the occasion of another needless tragedy. the police killing of civil rights worker, jimmy lee jackson, by an alabama state trooper in 1965. in his eulogy, king said a state trooper pointed the gun but he did not act alone. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair now recognizes the entleman from tennessee, mr.
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duncan, for five minutes. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, in one of the capitol hill newspapers today i duncan, for five minutes. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. this cartoon, cartoon showing a general with several stars on his shoulders saying, 16 years of blood, bombs, bullets, and devastation, and no one's winning. talking about the war -- our 16-year war in afghanistan. . then the cartoon shows a greedy looking men with all kinds of cash sticking out of both sides and with this greedy smile saying, oh, i wouldn't say that. and that's what this war is now all about, the 16-year war. it's being held up and continued only because so many people and companies are making money out of it. and just yesterday in "the washington times" there was this story entitled "war and waste," and i'd like to read some of that story. quote, these are the basics for
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outfitting an afghan soldier but in that simple uniform combination are the threats of two troubling stories. one, about the waste of millions in american taxpayer dollars. actually, it's many billions. the other about the perils of partnering up an army in a seemingly endless war. together, these tales help explain why some in congress -- and it should be everyone in congress -- why some in congress question the wisdom of investing even more resources in afghanistan nearly 16 years after the united states invaded the taliban-ruled country in response to the al qaeda attacks of september 11, 2001. the army general who runs the u.s. war effort in afghanistan calls it a stalemate. defense secretary jim mattis says the u.s. is, quote, not winning. and i'll continue with this story. and sadly, the only americans who are being killed in recent weeks have been killed by the afghan soldiers who we're
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paying and who were there trying to help out. continually, this story, the long war has generated repeated examples of wasted funds which may be inevitably in a country such as afghanistan where the military has been built from scratch, is plagued with corruption and relies almost completely on u.s. money for even the most basic things, including salaries and uniforms. among the costs rarely noted publicly, the pentagon has spent $1 billion over the last three years to help recruit and retain afghan soldiers. and then i continue with the story. the pentagon has not disputed the gist of findings by its special inspector general for afghanistan john sopko, that the u.s. spend as much as $28 million for afghan soldiers with a camouflage forest pattern that is totally inappropriate for the largely desert battlefield. in a report released this past
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week, his office said the pentagon paid the license of pry price camouflage pattern even though it has patterns they could use for free. spent $28 million they could have gotten for free. the choices was based on the fashion preference of a single afghan official. this is not an isolated event, he said, in a telephone interview. the u.s., he said, has been, quote, in a mad rush to spend money like a drunken sailor on a weekend furlough. it reflects a pattern, he said, of spending too much money too quickly with too little oversight and too little accountability. and he continues, mr. sopko, this was more than just a bad fashion move, he said. it cost the taxpayers millions of dollars more than might have been necessary. money is rarely part of the debate over what the united states should do differently or better in afghanistan and thus the accumulated costs are often
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overlooked. since 2002, the u.s. has spent $66 billion, $66 billion on afghan security forces alone. in addition to many, many billions more on other things in trying to do nation building in afghanistan, which we never should have been doing in the first place. in recent weeks, this spending has grown. listen to that, in recent weeks this spending has grown over the $66 billion. steven biddle, a professor of political science and international affairs at george washington university said the money wasted on camouflage uniforms is symptom attic of a broader problem of official corruption that has zapped the strength and spirit of too many afghan soldiers. and he said this, -- added this, the real problem in afghanistan is not can we get a rational decision about which camouflage design it should be. the real problem in afghanistan is that cronyism and corruption
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-- that word is in that story several times -- corruption -- in the government and the security forces zaps the combat motivation of the soldiers. mr. speaker, it's time for us to end this wasteless -- this very wasteful war and get out of afghanistan. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, for five minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker and i ask to address the house, unanimous consent, and as well to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: thank you. i want to speak about a young man by the name of will who's 34 years old and tells us a story that if he was a canadian there would be a good chance he could live 17 more years. he has cystic fibrosis, and i imagine there are many families with children who have that. but he's concerned about
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trumpcare and the impact. at age 2 he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a he had red tear disease, impact -- hereditary disease, impacting 30,000 americans. he said imagine coming up for air but instead of breathing you uncontrollably you cough that air out. the harder you try to breathe the more you cough. this disease feels like a long drawnout panic attack set to the soundtrack of an endless hacking cough. at 34, statistically, i have seven more years left before my lungs cease to function. he mentions if he was in canada, statistically he would have 17 more years because of the health care. but he also says this is not an exaggeration. the cold data from a recent udy by the u.s. stist -- cystic fibrosis, canada's
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single-payer health care system, guarantees health insurance for everyone, is a primary reason why canadians with my disease will live longer. but look what happened to him. for the past four years, however, my disease has gone into reverse. i've been gradually getting better. it's an extraordinary sensation, a new medication made by a company in boston, has given me the promise of extending both the length and quality of my life. i've been healthy, enough to work abroad, a freelance journalist. a year and a half ago will got married. my wife and i hope to one day have kids, but today is a sobering day. the house republicans replace the affordable care act and if the senate bill goes through, a plan that likely won't allow me to remain on this drug, then my long-term plans go out the window. i have a pre-existing condition. my outlook would likely regress back to the one of short-term
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urvival and carpe diem. that's different than the one i planned to have. that's what trumpcare represents to millions of americans. higher costs, less coverage. 49 22 million now but 2026, million americans will not be insured. how can you? where is the moral standing? it guts protections for pre-existing conditions no matter what kind of smoke and mirrors the senate is trying to tell us. it does not exist. it's crushing age -- its crushing age tax. if you're over 50, more of your dollars will be used for premiums. up to $15,000. and it steals from medicare. it makes the medicare trust fund insolvent. in my own state of texas, here is a long chart that talks to
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each member, including my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. how many people in their district will lose their health insurance. i'd ask the question, is there any mercy? is there anyone that understands? in my district alone, almost 90 -- almost 100,000, 89,000 individuals will be losing their insurance. almost 20,000 of those will be children. and it goes on, in other members' districts, that talks about children. 7,000, 9,000, 8,000, 15,000, 3,000, 12,000, 10,000, 14,000, 18,000, 16,000 children in different districts in the state of texas will lose their insurance. and then will who would have and has now, because of the affordable care act, a decent
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life with a pre-existing condition that he described, how would you like to come from underwater and try to breathe, and that breathing is undermined by the hacking of that cough? i hope that this bill is derailed. i hope that trumpcare in the senate never sees the light of day, not because i don't want to work with my colleagues but because the chronically ill will suffer and many will die. and the statistics show that we have gained insurance in the state of texas, mr. chairman -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: i conclude with this one sentence, mr. chairman. i want to go back to mr. clay and i ask the attorney general to investigate the shooting of mr. castille and to do it now. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady's time has expired. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. arrington, for five minutes. mr. arrington: thank you, mr. speaker. as a representative of the great state of texas, i want to first acknowledge and preface my remarks with the fact that most people that are entering these united states illegally are doing so because they want a better life for their families. that said, it doesn't make it right. as has been said and i have said it before, we are a nation for immigrants for sure, all of us, but we're also a nation of laws. when the federal government abdicates our responsibility, we not only fail in our sacred duty to uphold the constitution and the rule of law but we put merican lives at risk.
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121, that's the number of lives that have been lost from 2010 to 2014, lives that could have been saved if we had the political courage to enforce our immigration laws regarding criminal aliens. here's something even more outrageous. of the over 36,000 criminal aliens released from immigration and customs enforcement custody over the course of a year, 1,000 of them were reconvicted of another crime. these avoidable, tragic deaths and violent crimes continue to happen across the country and many of the criminal aliens who have committed them have found refuge in our nation's sanctuary cities. these are lawless cities, let's be clear, cities whose actions undermine the basic american tenant that we are a nation of laws, not of men. fortunately we have the opportunity to stop this madness and do the job the american people expect their
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government to do. their first job. and that's keep americans safe. passing the no sanctuary for criminals act would impose significant penalties on states and cities that refuse to follow federal immigration laws and cooperate with authorities. additionally, it would allow the secretary of homeland security to prohibit law-breaking immigrants in d.h.s. custody from being transferred to sanctuary cities. the no sanctuary for criminals act only addresses one part of the problem in this area, a problem that we all know will require further reform, but nonetheless, this is a good, commonsense law and it will move our country in the right direction towards safer, stronger communities in addition to supporting the no sanctuary criminal acts, i have co-sponsored the davis oliver act and i urge all my colleagues to do the same. in addition to holding these cities accountable for
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harboring criminal aliens, we need to ensure that our state and local law enforcement officials have the authority to actually do their job, and that's enforce all of our nation's laws. together i believe the no sanctuary for criminals act and the davis oliver act will have a major impact on stopping illegal immigration and deterring lawlessness at the hands of criminal aliens who have repeatedly proven that they will break our laws, harm our citizens and disrespect this great nation. mr. speaker, let's empower the president and local law enforcement agencies to do their job. let's honor the constitution and respect rule of law. mr. speaker, let's simply put america first. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from arizona, mr. gallego, for five minutes.
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mr. gallego: mr. speaker, as candidate, donald trump made some big promises on health care to the american people. g.o.p. leadership in the house and senate have affected those promises. but the trump-ryan health care bill and the senate version of the g.o.p. bill fail to deliver on those promises. donald trump promised health care for all of the american people, even though the a.c.a. expanded health coverage to nearly 20 million americans, donald trump said he didn't think it provided enough people with coverage. he said, and i quote, we're going to have insurance for everybody. . and i'm not going to leave the lower 20% who can't afford insurance off. the congressional budget office says that 14 million people would immediately lose coverage under the trump-ryan plan, and 24 million people would lose coverage by 2027. the senate version of the bill isn't much different. trump also promised that americans would enjoy cheaper health insurance with much lower deductibles. his health and human services secretary, tom price, said that
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nobody will be worse off financially. but the g.o.p. plan would cause an increase in health premiums by 15% to 20% in the first two years alone according to the congressional budget office. during the republican presidential primary, donald trump bragged that he was, quote, the first and only potential candidate that there will be no cuts to social security, medicare, and medicaid. but the g.o.p. health plan guts medicaid more than ever before. it freezes enrollment and unraffles medicaid expansion. donald trump and g.o.p. leadership are breaking their promises to the american people. their health care bills take away coverage from millions. deductibles will go up and co-pays will go up. trumpcare would gut essential health benefits which would even soaring costs for people with pre-existing conditions and provide worse coverage to those who are lucky enough to still be able to afford t to what end? they are stripping health care for millions of people to give
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tax cuts to the wealthiest americans who need the least. they are lining the pockets of the rich while leaving our families out to dry. the g.o.p. wants to take away health coverage from millions of hardworking americans who just want to feel secure and know that they and their families will be able to see a doctor and e treated if they get sick without putting themselves and their families in financial ruin. they ever robbing peter to give paul ryan and his cronies a tax cut. in arizona, we have seen irsthand the damage that medicaid cuts can wreck. in 2011 the arizona governor cut medicaid funding and froze enrollment. families on medicaid at the time could only continue to receive benefits if their income remained below the poverty level. a family who worked hard to raise their income even the tiniest amount to the federal poverty level, would lose medicaid coverage immediately. even if their income went down later. about 150,000 adults in arizona
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lost their medicaid as a result of those changes. people would get sick and be able to see their doctors just because they couldn't afford it. in some cases, people were forced to decide between lifesaving medicine or care and paying their rent. if medicaid expansion goes away under the g.o.p. health care plan, around 400,000 arizonans will lose coverage. according to access in arizona. that includes 26,700 cancer patients. and about 47,000 who are working to overcome different levels of substance abuse, including opioid treatment. and people in other states across the country would experience similar devastating outcomes. senators john mccain and jeff flake witnessed this disastrous effect of taking away health care coverage for people in arizona. they know more than anyone else how many lives can be ruined. some republicans have already voiced their strong concerns about this bill's impacts on
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their constituents. if they are serious about these concerns, it would only take three senators, three republican senators, to take a stand and grind this process to a halt. unfortunately, so far senator mccain and flake are not among them. senators mccain and flake face a very stark choice. they can do the bidding of donald trump and deprive millions of affordable health care coverage, or they can take the steps to defend the health and financial security of arizonans that they were elected to represent. the people of arizona haven't been shy about letting our senators know how they feel and why they feel it. but it's really time to dial up the pressure. senator mccain and flake must understand that they owe it to the arizona -- to arizonans' families to vote no on trumpcare. if they don't, arizonans will hold them accountable. it's time for my colleagues in the house to put pressure on the senators in their own states to do the right thing and vote no on this bill. we owe it to our constituents to
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stand up for them and make sure that this catastrophic plan never sees the light of day. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter, for five minutes. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today in recognition of monsignor william o'neill who celebrated his golden jubilee of ordination on june 4, 2017, marking his 50th year of service with the catholic diocese of savannah. irish catholics have been an important aspect of savannah's culture and history since their arrival in the mid 19th cren 2ri. today savannah maintains important aspects of irish culture and now home to the third largest st. patrick's day festival in the world. a native of ireland, a newly ordained o'neill arrived in the heat of a georgia summer in 1967. his first assignment was to st. mary's on the hill in augusta. later he would go on to manage
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the cathedral which has become an architectural staple in the city of savannah. his graciousness and love for the kate lick faith and followers led him to begin the renovation of the cathedral in 1998, which involved the removal and cleaning of over 50 stained glass windows, replacement of the slate roof, and restoration of the building's interior. on february 4, 2001, father o'neill was made the first priest of the savannah diocese in nearly 30 years to be invested with the title of monsignor, which serves as the recognition of his commitment to the diocese. although he has since retired, father o'neill remains an active part of the diocese. congratulations, father o'neill. thank you for your commitment to the first congressional district of georgia. mr. speaker, i rise today to thank miss connie patrick for her service to the federal law enforcement training center as she will retire as its director
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this friday, june 30, 2017. director patrick began her career in law enforcement in 1976 when she was sworn in as deputy with the prevard county sheriff's office in titus vill, florida. her hard work and determination gave her the opportunity for promotion to serve as a special agent with the florida law enforcement. after 20 years with the florida department of law enforcement, she began her work with fletc. director law enforcement. after patrick's impeccable work ethic gained her a promotion to director of the fletc in 2002, and she has since served in that capacity. under director patrick's leadership, local, state, and federal training facility growth has increased by an astonishing 22%. fletc is also training more students during her tenure than it did in the first 36 years of existence. as director of this division of homeland security director patrick oversaw training for a majority of federal officers and
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agents for more than 90 federal organizations on the local, state, and national levels. these facilities graduate approximately 63,000 law enforcement officers annually. to date director patrick is the longest serving head of any component of the department of homeland security. director patrick is also found the time to serve as a leader among members of the national sheriff's association, education, and awards committee, as well as executive committee of the national law enforcement exploring committee. thank you, director patrick, for your invaluable dedication to ensuring that our law enforcement officers are properly trained to protect our loved ones. mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate the st. mary's mission baptist church on itsle -its 87th anniversary this year. hey purchased land and built
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the first structure that would become st. mary missionary baptist church. on that location the members of the first structure that st. mary embraced the church's unified goal of touching lives for christ. as pastors came and went oferte years each had their own vision how to improve and enrich the congregation. the church's if current leader joined -- the church's current leader joined in 2005 and made many improvements and purchases that hent church grow its membership while never losing sight of its vision. st. mary is truly a blessed congregation with its kind and charitable members serving this community any way it can. as the church continues to grow, the good people of st. mary touch more lives every day. on june 11, communities and congregations from all over came together to celebrate st. mary's history and future. congratulations, minister baker, on your impressive leadership of this dynamic organization. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore:
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>> we take you live to a senate subcommittee hearing own the labor department budget. started about 25 minutes ago with opening statements and we're hearing from labor secretary alexander acosta who is testifying. this is washington's patty murry. senator murray: not only did congress streamline training programs when we wrote the work force innovation opportunity act, but evidence now shows that 80% of the adults find jobs after training. so tell me why this major cut is
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in this after congress worked really hard to streamline the bill, cut out the ineffective things, and did it in a bipartisan way, now your budget cuts all the support for that? secretary acosta: senator, thank you for the question. let me begin by thanking congress for its prior work because it was a bipartisan bill that took several important steps, both in streamlining programs and in returning to the states funding so that states could work with greater flexibility. the current budget proposes to further increase that flexibility to the states in how they can allocate their money, which is an important action. ultimately governors and localities are those that can provide -- that can best focus the money within their -- senator murray: the governors are telling us nationwide that they don't support this cut --
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these investments in job training. they say they do not have the ability to make up the federal dollars in their own budgets. they do not support this budget. secretary acosta: as i was saying, senator, i understand. flexibility is certainly important. as the chairman indicated, the budget certainly and historically the proposals have been -- have looked to reduce the spending because ultimately as a federal government we need to find ways to reduce spending. i'm certainly willing to work with the committee as the committee looks at this more closely to discuss priorities and to discuss how to best proceed with respect to this budget. let me say one last thing. as a general rule i think sometimes there is a tendency -- we all want metrics, and we all judge success based on the level of spending. i see this in universities where
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universities sometimes judge their success by expenditures per student. senator murray: nobody's trying to do that here. what we have done and continue to do, invest in jobs in those communities to give the people skills they need. and this budget doesn't do it. i am out of time. i have to tell you this isn't about dollars increase. this is about major cuts to people and their inability to get the skills they need. hairman alexander: -- senator alexander. mr. secretary, welcome. democrats have set some records for delaying president trump's cabinet nominees, but president trump is setting some records for not setting up subcabinet nominees for us to consider. under president obama had sent 10 department of labor nominees by now. president bush sent nine. petroleum set two -- president
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trump set two. when are we going to get more nominations for your department? secretary acosta: well, senator, mr. chairman, i appreciate the question. i can say this. i'm approaching my own 60-day mark as a secretary. and i have set it as a personal goal to have the vast majority subdepartment leadership identified and in clearance by the 60-day mark. i believe that that goal is something that can be reached. then ultimately they do have to go through background check and clearance. senator alexander: i would urge the white house, the president, and you -- this is the senate's opportunity to confirm, to vet the question these nominees. we can move them quickly through the committee. let me go -- i want to ask you to respond to this. i just want to give you my
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opinion to consider on this so-called overtime rule. that was a bad rule. here are the problems with it. the rapid rate of increase. the salary threshold was set to double overnight. the top number was $47,000, too high for many parts of the country, and i think it would be wise to consider a different top level for different parts of the country. . colleges and universities say they have to raise tuition by a large amount to accommodate it. it included annual increases with only two months' notice. now, annual increases might be a good idea but not with two months' notice, so i would urge you to show us how to write a good overtime regulation as you consider this, one that takes those issues into account, and there are thousands and thousands of colleges, universities, boy scout groups, businesses that will hope you will do the sam


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